BWW's On This Day - September 8, 2015
by - Sep 8, 2015

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on September 8 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Temple Theaters to Present FOR COLORED GIRLS, 9/16-24
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2015

Temple University's Temple Theaters opens its 48th season with Ntozake Shange's for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf, directed by Lee Kenneth Richardson, with a cast of talented undergraduate students. The historic and groundbreaking drama runs September 16 - September 24 in the Randall Theater. (more...)

50th Anniversary Production of IN WHITE AMERICA to Play New Federal Theatre, 10/15-11/15
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2015

 Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre, in association with Castillo Theatre, will revive Martin Duberman's 'In White America,' one of the signature plays of the Civil Rights Era, in a Off-Broadway production October 15 to November 15 at Castillo Theatre, 543 West 42nd Street.  The famed documentary play traces the American quest for racial equality from the earliest days of the republic to the Little Rock crisis of 1957, with dialogue drawn from historical letters, speeches, journals, songs and other personal accounts including recordings of former slaves. Charles Maryan directs an ensemble of seven which includes actor-turned-newscaster-turned-actor Art McFarland. (more...)

Temple Theaters Present FOR COLORED GIRLS, Now thru 9/24
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2015

Temple University's Temple Theaters opens its 48th season with Ntozake Shange's for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf, directed by Lee Kenneth Richardson, with a cast of talented undergraduate students. The historic and groundbreaking drama runs tonight, September 16 - September 24 in the Randall Theater. (more...)

AKEELAH AND THE BEE Stage Adaptation Coming to Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2015

Fresh off its world-premiere run in Minneapolis, where Star Tribune declared "Akeelah and the Bee triumphs," Children's Theatre Company's new production about an 11-year-old spelling prodigy comes to Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. The show is adapted for the stage by veteran playwright Cheryl L. West (Arena's Pullman Porter Blues, Jar the Floor), who partners with celebrated director Charles Randolph-Wright (director of Broadway's Motown and an inaugural resident playwright with Arena Stage, where he premiered his play Love in Afghanistan). Akeelah and the Bee runs November 13-December 27, 2015 in the Kreeger Theater. (more...)

Temple Theaters to Welcome Ntozake Shange & Oz Scott, 9/20
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2015

Temple Theaters, with Temple University's Division of Theater, Film and Media Arts, welcomes playwright Nzotake Shange and Broadway director Oz Scott to the Temple Performing Arts Center (TPAC) on Sunday, September 20 at 4:00 pm. In a free and public event moderated by Temple professor Lee Kenneth Richardson, the two African American artists will discuss development of Shange's groundbreaking drama for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf. (more...)

New Federal Theatre to Stage 50th Anniversary Production of IN WHITE AMERICA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2015

Woodie King Jr's New Federal Theatre kicks off its 47th season a rare revival of Martin Duberman's In White America, not seen in NYC for 50 years! In White America, directed by Charles Maryan, will begin performances October 15th, with opening night set for October 29th at the Castillo Theater (543 West 42nd Street). This limited Off-Broadway engagement will continue through November 15th only. (more...)

Theatre School at DePaul University to Present JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2015

The Theatre School at DePaul University is pleased to present August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone on the Fullerton Stage at The Theatre School at DePaul University.  The production, directed by Phyllis E. Griffin, premieres on Friday, November 6, and runs through Sunday, November 15, 2015. Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. Previews are on November 4 and 5, at 7:30 PM.  (more...)

Tony Winner Trezana Beverley Directs HSF's All-Female OTHELLO, Nov 6-22
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2015

Take Wing And Soar Productions & Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre Group are proud to present THE HARLEM SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL'S All-Female, Multi-Racial THE TRAGEDY OF OTHELLO: The Moor of Venice. (more...)

Martin Duberman's IN WHITE AMERICA Begins Updated Run at Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2015

Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre, in association with Castillo Theatre, will revive Martin Duberman's IN WHITE AMERICA, one of the signature plays of the Civil Rights Era, in a Off-Broadway production tonight, October 15, to November 15 at Castillo Theatre, 543 West 42nd Street. (more...)

50th Anniversary Production of IN WHITE AMERICA to Play New Federal Theatre, 10/15-11/15
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2015

 Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre, in association with Castillo Theatre, will revive Martin Duberman's 'In White America,' one of the signature plays of the Civil Rights Era, in a Off-Broadway production October 15 to November 15 at Castillo Theatre, 543 West 42nd Street.  The famed documentary play traces the American quest for racial equality from the earliest days of the republic to the Little Rock crisis of 1957, with dialogue drawn from historical letters, speeches, journals, songs and other personal accounts including recordings of former slaves. Charles Maryan directs an ensemble of seven which includes actor-turned-newscaster-turned-actor Art McFarland. (more...)

Martin Duberman's IN WHITE AMERICA to Play Updated Run at Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2015

Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre, in association with Castillo Theatre, will revive Martin Duberman's IN WHITE AMERICA, one of the signature plays of the Civil Rights Era, in a Off-Broadway production October 15 to November 15 at Castillo Theatre, 543 West 42nd Street. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - October 10, 2015
by - Oct 10, 2015

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on October 10 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Atlanta Awards Update 11/27 - Brandon Smith, Chase McElroy in the Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 27, 2015

Voting has opened for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Atlanta Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of November 27th. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

Phylicia Rashad to Return to The Public in HEAD OF PASSES This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2015

BroadwayWorld is excited to report initial casting for The Public Theater's New York premiere of HEAD OF PASSES, written by Tarell Alvin McCraney and directed by Tina Landau. Phylicia Rashad returns to The Public to play 'Shelah' in this deeply moving new drama about family, acceptance, and the power of faith. Rashad last appeared at The Public in THE STORY by Tracey Scott Wilson in 2003. HEAD OF PASSES begins previews on Tuesday, March 15 in the Newman Theater with an official press opening on Monday, March 28. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - May 7, 2016
by - May 7, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on May 7 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Phylicia Rashad Chairs Arena Stage's THE BLOOD QUILT Premiere Celebration Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad will join Event Chair and Arena Stage Board member Shawna Watley (Senior Policy Advisor with Holland & Knight) as the Honorary Chair for The Blood Quilt World Premiere Celebration tonight, May 7, 2015. The new play by Katori Hall (The Mountaintop, Our Lady of Kibeho) is directed by Kamilah Forbes and runs now through June 7, 2015 in the Kreeger Theater. (more...)

Did You Know... Fun Facts About the 2016 Tony Nominees!
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

The 2016 Tony nominations were announced this morning. Below, check out some fun facts about this year's nominees! (more...)

NSU Theatre Company & The Limbic System, Inc. to Present CHOIR BOY
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

NSU Theatre Company, in collaboration with The Limbic System, Inc., a project of Patrick Mullins, is pleased to announce their co-production, Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney, a "stirring and stylishly told drama, Tarell Alvin McCraney cannily explores race and sexuality and the graces and gravity of history.' -NY Daily News. (more...)

Rain Pryor's FRIED CHICKEN & LATKES Comes to NBT This June
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

?RAIN PRYOR's one-woman autobiographical play, FRIED CHICKEN & LATKES, will have its World Premiere at Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's National Black Theatre (NBT) in Harlem, running Tuesday, June 2, through Sunday, June 28. Directed by Kamilah Forbes, this Limited Off-Broadway run is the actress-writer-comedian's funny take on growing up Black & Jewish as the daughter of one of the world's most beloved & iconic funny men, comic genius Richard Pryor. (more...)

The Flea to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Ntozake Shange's 'FOR COLORED GIRLS...'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2016

On March 13th, The Flea Theater and Project1VOICE are teaming up for a one-night-only event to honor the 40th anniversary of Ntozake Shange's for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf. (more...)

Phylicia Rashad Returns to The Public in HEAD OF PASSES, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

The Public Theater presents the New York premiere of HEAD OF PASSES, written by TarellAlvin McCraney and directed by Tina Landau. Part of Oskar Eustis' 10th anniversary season, HEAD OF PASSES officially opens tonight, March 28, in the Newman Theater and runs through Sunday, April 17, 2016. (more...)

COPS AND ROBBERS Returning to the Marsh San Francisco, Begin. 4/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2015

Law enforcement officer, hip hop star, Jinho 'The Piper' Ferreira examines the lines between 'right' and 'wrong' in COPS AND ROBBERS returning to the Marsh San Francisco for a limited five week run. (more...)

BWW Review: FOR COLORED GIRLS/WORD BECOMES FLESH at Theater Alliance
by Hannah Landsberger - Mar 2, 2016

Theater Alliance's for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf and Word Becomes Flesh are both beautiful theatrical experiences; when presented together their power and resonance only magnifies. (more...)

Phylicia Rashad Returns to The Public in HEAD OF PASSES, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2016

The Public Theater presents the New York premiere of HEAD OF PASSES, written by TarellAlvin McCraney and directed by Tina Landau. Part of Oskar Eustis' 10th anniversary season, HEAD OF PASSES begins previews tonight, March 17, in the Newman Theater and runs through Sunday, April 17, with an official press opening on Monday, March 28. (more...)

Phylicia Rashad to Chair Arena Stage's THE BLOOD QUILT Premiere Celebration This May
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad will join Event Chair and Arena Stage Board member Shawna Watley (Senior Policy Advisor with Holland & Knight) as the Honorary Chair for The Blood Quilt World Premiere Celebration on Thursday, May 7, 2015. The new play by Katori Hall (The Mountaintop, Our Lady of Kibeho) is directed by Kamilah Forbes and runs April 24-June 7, 2015 in the Kreeger Theater. (more...)

Trezana Beverley's MABEL MADNESS Extends at Urban Stages
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

Urban Stages will extend its critically acclaimed World Premiere of Mabel Madness written and performed by Tony Award Winner Trezana Beverley (For Colored Girls...) tells the dramatic story with music about the life of the famous cabaret chanteuse, Mabel Mercer. Co-directed by Frances Hill and Peter Napolitano with musical direction by Tuffus Zimbabwe, Mabel Madness began performances on February 19 and was originally set to end its run on March 20, will now play Wednesday nights at 7PM and Sundays at 3PM & 7PM through April 10, 2016. Tickets are $40 and are available at www.urbanstages.org or by calling 1-866-811-4111. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - June 11, 2016
by - Jun 11, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on June 11 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Rain Pryor's FRIED CHICKEN & LATKES Comes to NBT This June
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2015

?RAIN PRYOR's one-woman autobiographical play, FRIED CHICKEN & LATKES, will have its World Premiere at Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's National Black Theatre (NBT) in Harlem, running Today, June 2, through Sunday, June 28. Directed by Kamilah Forbes, this Limited Off-Broadway run is the actress-writer-comedian's funny take on growing up Black & Jewish as the daughter of one of the world's most beloved & iconic funny men, comic genius Richard Pryor. (more...)

Awards Morning at the 2016 National Arts Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

Outgoing National Arts Festival Artistic Director, Ismail Mahomed, was celebrated at the National Arts Festival yesterday morning, in a ceremony during which the winners of the 2016 Standard Bank Ovation Awards were revealed. (more...)

The Flea Premieres BUT I CD ONLY WHISPER; Begins Previews Feb. 18
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2016

The Flea Theater presents the New York premiere of Kristiana Colon's but i cd only whisper, directed by Resident Director David Monteagudo and featuring members of The Bats, The Flea's resident acting company. Previews start February 18, with opening night slated for Monday, February 29. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - January 2, 2016
by - Jan 2, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on January 2 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

MEMPHIS Opens 1/22 at City Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2016

St. Petersburg City Theatre continues its 91st Mainstage Season, presented by Raymond James, with MEMPHIS, THE MUSICAL, winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical.  Preview on January 21, 2016 at 8pm. Opening night is January 22 and the production runs through February 7. (more...)

New Federal Theatre Dedicates 46th Season to Amiri Baraka
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

Woodie King Jr's New Federal Theatre kicks off its 46th season with 'The Amira Baraka Project' - featuring a revival of his early acclaimed play Dutchman from 1964 and the world premiere of his final play, Most Dangerous Man In America (W. E. B. Du Bois), written fifty years later. Dutchman, directed by Woodie King Jr., will begin performances February 5th, with opening night set for February 20th at the Castillo Theater (543 West 42nd Street). This limited Off-Broadway engagement will continue through March 8th only. (more...)

Woodie King to Tour 2015 Black History Month Play Series to Harlem, Queens and the Bronx, 2/8-22
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2015

Woodie King's National Black Touring Circuit's 2015 Black History Month Play Series will feature "Adam," the story of legendary Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, and a reading of Ossie Davis' seminal play "The People of Clarendon County" from February 8 - 22 in Harlem, Queens and the Bronx. It's produced in conjunction with Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre Group. Tickets are $20. For more information call 212-353-1176. (more...)

New Federal Theatre Kicks Off 46th Season with DUTCHMAN Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2015

Woodie King Jr's New Federal Theatre kicks off its 46th season with 'The Amira Baraka Project' - featuring a revival of his early acclaimed play Dutchman from 1964 and the world premiere of his final play, Most Dangerous Man In America (W. E. B. Du Bois), written fifty years later. Dutchman, directed by Woodie King Jr., will begin performances tonight, February 5th, with opening night set for February 20th at the Castillo Theater (543 West 42nd Street). This limited Off-Broadway engagement will continue through March 8th only. Most Dangerous Man In America (W. E. B. Du Bois) follows in May. (more...)

Robert Joy & More Round Out Cast of Public Theater's HEAD OF PASSES with Phylicia Rashad
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

The Public Theater announced complete casting today for the New York premiere of HEAD OF PASSES, written by Tarell Alvin McCraney and directed by Tina Landau. Part of Oskar Eustis' 10th anniversary season, HEAD OF PASSES begins previews on Tuesday, March 15 in the Newman Theater and runs through Sunday, April 17, with an official press opening on Monday, March 28. (more...)

BWW Review: Tony Winner Trezanna Beverley Skillfully Channels Iconic Cabaret Star Mabel Mercer In MABEL MADNESS at Urban Stages
by Alix Cohen - Feb 25, 2016

Some years ago when Tony Award-winning actress (for For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf (Ntozake Shange) and playwright Trezanna Beverley's voice coach suggested she listen to Mabel Mercer, the artist had not heard of the nightclub and cabaret singing icon. A trip to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (Harlem) began a protracted period of research into Mercer's life and work. Beverley found she not only respected and admired her subject, but felt a kinship both in spirit and color. Inspired, she decided to write her own theatrical script about Mercer's life and art with the goal of playing her in a one-woman show. Her dream has been realized with Mabel Madness, a play with music that opened this week at Urban Stages and runs until March 20. (more...)

Heritage Ensemble Theatre to Present 'FOR COLORED GIRLS...' and 'FOR BLACK BOYS...' at Firehouse Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2016

The Heritage Ensemble Theatre Company often likes to intertwine the familiar with the unfamiliar, so they are presenting two provocative works in rotating repertory at Firehouse. Audiences can experience the female point of view in Ntozake Shange's ground-breaking choreopoem FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF, and then explore the male response in Keith Antar Mason's FOR BLACK BOYS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED HOMICIDE WHEN THE STREETS WERE TOO MUCH. (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Atlanta Awards Update - Jordan Bollwerk, Jeremy Proulx Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 4, 2015

Voting has opened for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Atlanta Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of November 27th. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Atlanta Awards - Last Week to Vote!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 24, 2015

Happy Holidays! It's the last week to vote for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Atlanta Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 18. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31! (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Atlanta Awards Update - Sarah Charles Lewis Winning!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 18, 2015

Time is running out to vote for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Atlanta Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 18. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31! (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Atlanta Awards Update - Riley Smith in Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 11, 2015

Voting is fully underway for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Atlanta Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 11. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

Tickets to Temple Theaters 2015-16 Season Now on Sale
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2015

Tickets are now on sale for Temple Theaters 2015-2016 season of performances at Temple University - a spellbinding selection of timeless classics, provocative contemporary drama, and beloved musical theater. The season includes six mainstage productions: a 40th anniversary production of for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf by Ntozake Shange, the Cole Porter musical comedy Anything Goes, John Guare's A Free Man of Color, William Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona, a modern adaptation of The Odyssey by Mary Zimmerman, and Godspell, the first major musical by Stephen Schwartz. Single tickets, full season subscriptions and flex packages are available online now, via Temple Theaters' new website tfma.temple.edu. In person and phone sales begin Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at Tomlinson Theater or by phone, 215-204-1122. (more...)

Timely COPS AND ROBBERS Returns to the Marsh San Francisco This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2015

Law enforcement officer and hip hop star, Jinho "The Piper" Ferreira examines the lines between "right" and "wrong" in COPS AND ROBBERS returning to the Marsh San Francisco for a limited five week run. Featured in The New York Times, Newsweek, and others, this solo tour-de-force made national news, selling out its entire original run and three extensions at The Marsh Berkeley last Fall. It will now return to play The Marsh San Francisco for a fixed engagement this Spring. (more...)

Cast Set for Amiri Baraka's Last Play at Woodie King Jr's New Federal Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

Woodie King Jr's New Federal Theatre will continue its 46th season dedicated to Amira Baraka with the world premiere of his final play, The Most Dangerous Man In America (W. E. B. Du Bois).  Performances will begin May 28th, with opening night set for June 11th at the Castillo Theater (543 West 42nd Street). This limited Off-Broadway engagement, directed by Woodie King Jr., will continue through June 28th only.   (more...)

COPS AND ROBBERS Returns to the Marsh San Francisco Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

Law enforcement officer, hip hop star, Jinho 'The Piper' Ferreira examines the lines between 'right' and 'wrong' in COPS AND ROBBERS returning to the Marsh San Francisco for a limited five week run. (more...)

MetroStage to Present BLACK PEARL SINGS! This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

Producing Artistic Director Carolyn Griffin is pleased to announce that MetroStage will present the award-winning play BLACK PEARL SINGS! by Frank Higgins April 21-May 29, 2016. Sandra L. Holloway will direct and William Hubbard will music direct this production. (more...)

HEAD OF PASSES, Starring Phylicia Rashad, Extends Again at the Public
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

The Public Theater announced an additional one-week extension today for the New York premiere of Head of Passes, part of Oskar Eustis' 10th anniversary season. (more...)

Charlayne Woodard, Chris Myers & More to Star in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' WAR at LCT3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

Austin Durant, Reggie Gowland, Chris Myers, Rachel Nicks, Michele Shay, Lance Coadie Williams, and Charlayne Woodard will be featured in the upcoming LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater production of WAR by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz.  WAR will begin performances Saturday, May 21; open Monday, June 6; and run for six weeks only through Sunday, July 3 at the Claire Tow Theater (150 West 65th Street).  (more...)

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