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THE BAND'S VISIT, JITNEY, And More Nominated for 2020 Helen Hayes Awards THE BAND'S VISIT, JITNEY, And More Nominated for 2020 Helen Hayes Awards
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2020

Tonight, at a celebration honoring theatre excellence on stages across the Washington area, theatre artists, administrators, patrons, and special guests gathered in the National Theatre's Helen Hayes Gallery for theatreWashington's announcement of nominees for the 36th Annual Helen Hayes Awards, which will be presented on Monday, May 18 at an event at the Anthem. (more...)

1st Stage's Co-Production Of THE ROYALE Opens In Tysons 1st Stage's Co-Production Of THE ROYALE Opens In Tysons
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2020

Jay a?oeThe Sporta?? Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, but in the racially segregated world of boxing in 1905, the odds are stacked against him. When a crooked boxing promoter hatches a plan for a?oethe fight of the century,a?? a?oeThe Sporta?? might land a place in the ring with the reigning white heavyweight champion. Inspired by the real-life experiences of Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight world champion, The Royale is an a?oearresting productiona??.a stylized blow by blow of a fight that still rages today.a?? (The Washington Post). (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at AIRNESS at 1st Stage Photo Flash: First Look at AIRNESS at 1st Stage
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2019

When Nina enters her first air guitar competition, she thinks winning will be easy. But as she befriends a group of charismatic nerds all committed to becoming the next champion, she discovers that there's more to this art form than playing pretend; it's about finding yourself and performing with raw joy. Airness is “unmitigated pleasure... filled with dignity and delight” (Chicago Reader). Airness is a regional premiere co-production with Keegan Theatre. The production will transfer from Keegan to 1st Stage and begin performances on December 5 at 1st Stage's theatre space. (more...)

Celebrated AIRNESS Co-Production Comes To 1st Stage Celebrated AIRNESS Co-Production Comes To 1st Stage
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2019

When Nina enters her first air guitar competition, she thinks winning will be easy. But as she befriends a group of charismatic nerds all committed to becoming the next champion, she discovers that there's more to this art form than playing pretend; it's about finding yourself and performing with raw joy. Airness is a?oeunmitigated pleasurea?? filled with dignity and delighta?? (Chicago Reader). Airness is a regional premiere co-production with Keegan Theatre. The production will transfer from Keegan to 1st Stage and begin performances on December 5 at 1st Stage's theatre space. (more...)

VIDEO: Jennifer Aniston and Billy Crudup Perform 'Not While I'm Around' from SWEENEY TODD on THE MORNING SHOW VIDEO: Jennifer Aniston and Billy Crudup Perform 'Not While I'm Around' from SWEENEY TODD on THE MORNING SHOW
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 15, 2019

Episode five of Apple TV+'s The Morning Show features a musical duet performed by Jennifer Aniston (Alex Levy) and Billy Crudup (Cory Ellison) of a?oeNot While I'm Arounda?? from Stephen Sondheim's musical, a?oeSweeney Todd.a??  (more...)

1st Stage Extends TRYING Through November 3 1st Stage Extends TRYING Through November 3
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2019

1st Stage, Tysons Corner's award-winning professional theatre, announces the extension of their critically acclaimed production of Trying until November 3. (more...)

THE ROYALE Begins After 1-Week Delay At Olney Theatre Center THE ROYALE Begins After 1-Week Delay At Olney Theatre Center
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2019

Olney Theatre Center and 1st Stage's co-production of The Royale by Marco Ramirez and directed by Paige Hernandez begins its delayed run on Wednesday, October 2 at 1:45pm. The original first week of performances were cancelled when the actor had to withdraw for medical reasons just prior to the first scheduled performance. (more...)

BWW Review: TRYING at 1st Stage BWW Review: TRYING at 1st Stage
by Jenny Minich - Sep 24, 2019

In TRYING, Judge Biddle and Sarah do battle with the prejudices that stem from their 56-year age gap. (more...)

1st Stage Opens Season 12 With Regional Premiere Of TRYING 1st Stage Opens Season 12 With Regional Premiere Of TRYING
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2019

The regional premier of this two-hander explores the author's real experience working for Francis Biddle at his home in Washington, DC from 1967-1968. Judge Biddle, Former Attorney General of the United States under Franklin Roosevelt and Chief Judge of the American Military Tribunal at Nuremberg is notoriously hard on his staff as he tries to cement his legacy. Can the old, Philadelphia aristocrat and his young, Canadian assistant bridge the generational divide and come to understand one another in this a?oecomic and touching' play (The New York Times)? (more...)

Sports And Race Face Off In The Ring For The Regional Premiere Of THE ROYALE By Marco Ramirez Sports And Race Face Off In The Ring For The Regional Premiere Of THE ROYALE By Marco Ramirez
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2019

Olney Theatre Center and 1st Stage combine forces to co-produce the first show of the 2019 - 20 Season in the Olney Theatre's Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab: The Royale by Marco Ramirez, directed and choreographed by Paige Hernandez. Inspired by the story of Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion boxer, the New York Times praised Ramirez's play that a?oeboldly takes on and reorients a familiar genre and a familiar tale.a?? The area premiere runs at Olney Theatre Center September 25 - October 27, 2019 with Invited Press Night on Saturday, September 28 at 7:45pm. The production, with the same actors and set, moves to 1st Stage for a run January 30 - February 23, 2020 (more...)

Writers Theatre NEXT TO NORMAL Extends Again, Must Close June 30 Writers Theatre NEXT TO NORMAL Extends Again, Must Close June 30
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2019

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, announces an additional one-week extension of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal, with music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, directed by Tony Award winner David Cromer (The Band's Visit), music directed by Andra Velis Simon and choreographed by Eamon Foley. Next to Normal now runs through June 30, 2019, in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. (more...)

David Cromer Directed NEXT TO NORMAL Extended At Writers Theatre David Cromer Directed NEXT TO NORMAL Extended At Writers Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2019

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, announces a one-week extension of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal, with music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, directed by Tony Award winner David Cromer (The Band's Visit), music directed by Andra Velis Simon and choreographed by Eamon Foley. Next to Normal runs through June 23, 2019, in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. (more...)

BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at Writers Theatre BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at Writers Theatre
by Rachel Weinberg - May 17, 2019

Under the direction of David Cromer, Writers Theatre presents a NEXT TO NORMAL that is raw and electric. Tom Kitt's music and Brian Yorkey's book and lyrics have an utter immediacy to them in this production (and each note sounds great thanks to the music direction of Andra Velis Simon and the six-piece band.) It's beautifully cast and even more beautifully delivered. Each member of the cast rises to the dual challenge of conveying the messy, deeply personal experience of emotional pain while also hitting the notes of Kitt's complex score with precision. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at David Cromer Helmed NEXT TO NORMAL Photo Flash: First Look at David Cromer Helmed NEXT TO NORMAL
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2019

Writers Theatre concludes its 2018/19 season with the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal, with music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, directed by Tony Award winner David Cromer (more...)

BWW Review: Topical and Significant COLUMBINUS at 1st Stage BWW Review: Topical and Significant COLUMBINUS at 1st Stage
by Pamela Roberts - Apr 2, 2019

To mark the 20th anniversary of the deadly shooting at Columbine High School, 1st Stage brings us a columbinus that, tragically, is as frightening, significant, and topical today as ever before. In the two decades since the massacre at Columbine High-the deadliest school shooting at the time-we have now experienced tragedies at Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Parkland, and more. columbinus mixes documentary fact with fiction to delve into the alienation, social pressure, intimidation, and rage of adolescent life in high school. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at COLUMBINUS at 1st Stage Photo Flash: First Look at COLUMBINUS at 1st Stage
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2019

Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the tragic 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, this docudrama combines fact and fiction to illuminate the dark realities of adolescence. Weaving together excerpts of real interviews with parents, survivors, and community leaders and powerful characterizations of contemporary teens, columbinus thoughtfully explores the Columbine shooting and the conversations that continue to this day. The New York Post hailed columbinus as 'a powerful and important piece about the churning rage that's all too likely to bubble over again.' (more...)

Writers Theatre Presents NEXT TO NORMAL Writers Theatre Presents NEXT TO NORMAL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2019

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, concludes its 2018/19 Season with the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal, with music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, directed by Tony Award winner David Cromer (The Band's Visit) and music directed by Andra Velis Simon. Next to Normal runs May 8 - June 16, 2019 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The Press Opening is Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

1st Stage's COLUMBINUS Marks 20th Anniversary Of Columbine 1st Stage's COLUMBINUS Marks 20th Anniversary Of Columbine
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2019

Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the tragic 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, this docudrama combines fact and fiction to illuminate the dark realities of adolescence. Weaving together excerpts of real interviews with parents, survivors, and community leaders and powerful characterizations of contemporary teens, columbinus thoughtfully explores the Columbine shooting and the conversations that continue to this day. The New York Post hailed columbinus as "a powerful and important piece about the churning rage that's all too likely to bubble over again." (more...)

1st Stage Presents THE BROTHERS SIZE From Academy Award Winner Tarell Alvin McCraney 1st Stage Presents THE BROTHERS SIZE From Academy Award Winner Tarell Alvin McCraney
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2019

From the co-creator of the Academy Award-winning film Moonlight comes a profoundly compelling story of family, devotion, and belonging. Deep in the Louisiana bayou, the hardworking and steady, Ogun Size, is reunited with his aimless younger brother recently released from prison. Flights of poetry, music, and West African mythology combine in a one-of-a-kind experience that delivers "the greatest piece of writing by an American playwright under 30 in a generation or more" (The Chicago Tribune). (more...)

1st Stage Extends A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS Until December 30 1st Stage Extends A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS Until December 30
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2018

1st Stage, Tysons Corner's award-winning professional theatre, announces the extension of their critically-acclaimed production of A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration until December 30. (more...)

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