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Single Tickets on Sale This Week for SCHOOL OF ROCK in ChicagoSingle Tickets on Sale This Week for SCHOOL OF ROCK in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2017

Broadway In Chicago and Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber's SCHOOL OF ROCK - THE MUSICAL have announced that individual tickets for SCHOOL OF ROCK - THE MUSICAL will go on sale Friday, August 25, 2017. (more...)

BWW REVIEW:  In THE UNWRITTEN LAW, 'Word Warrior' Chesney  Snow Fights Racial Injustice and Finds Personal FreedomBWW REVIEW: In THE UNWRITTEN LAW, 'Word Warrior' Chesney Snow Fights Racial Injustice and Finds Personal Freedom
by Victoria Ordin - Aug 9, 2017

Chesney Snow (In Transit) calls THE UNWRITTEN LAW: REALITY SHOWING OF MY AMERICAN LIFE 'a choreopoem.' Like everything else in Snow's exquisitely wrought and riveting autobiographical work, his invocation of the term coined by Notzoke Shange in 1975 to describe For colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is Enuf is deliberate. In just 65 minutes, Snow compresses one-hundred years of family history and anchors this into a larger historical narrative. Not a single word is superfluous or out of place; everything signifies. Yet for all this tragedy, THE UNWRITTEN LAW isn't a downer. One feels sadness and some anger but by the show's conclusion, the dominant feeling is simply awe--awe at the courage and beauty both of the show as a whole and of Snow himself. Snow, literally, wrote his way out of the despair. The phenomenal dancing of Rebecca Arends and Maleek Washington are essential to the show's effect, as is the haunting union of A.J Khaw's piano and Varuni Tiruchelva's cello. The pure pleasure of the language, the dancing, and the music add up to 65 minutes of the most breathtaking theater I've ever witnessed. (more...)

Basil Twist's Mega-Hit SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE Returns to HERE for 12 Weeks OnlyBasil Twist's Mega-Hit SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE Returns to HERE for 12 Weeks Only
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2017

SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE - the singularly inspired creation by the designer, director and performer, master puppeteer Basil Twist, set to the revolutionary 1830 score by composer Hector Berlioz - will return to New York City on the occasion of the ground-breaking work's 20th anniversary starting March 29, 2018 prior to opening night on April 3 at HERE (145 Sixth Ave.), it is announced by HERE's Artistic and Producing Directors Kristin Marting and Kim Whitener, and Barbara Busackino, HERE's Co-Founder and Executive Director of Tandem Otter Productions, Mr. Twist's production company. HERE's Dream Music Puppetry Program proudly presents SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE's return to HERE, its original home, on the occasion of HERE's 25th Anniversary Season. (more...)

World Premiere of THE RAPE OF THE SABINE WOMEN Comes to The Playwrights RealmWorld Premiere of THE RAPE OF THE SABINE WOMEN Comes to The Playwrights Realm
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2017

Led by Founding Artistic Director Katherine Kovner and Producing Director Roberta Pereira, The Playwrights Realm kicks off their 2017-18 season with the World Premiere of Michael Yates Crowley's The Rape of the Sabine Women, By Grace B. Matthias (August 25 - September 23) at The Duke on 42nd Street, a New 42nd Street project. Directed by Tyne Rafaeli, this complex collision of satire and dark comedy fearlessly explores rape culture in America and was previously developed as part of The Realm's 2014-15 Writing Fellowship. (more...)

THIRTEEN's Theater Close-Up Rebroadcasts Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-Winning BURIED CHILDTHIRTEEN's Theater Close-Up Rebroadcasts Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-Winning BURIED CHILD
by TV News Desk - Aug 2, 2017

In November 2016, Sam Shepard's Pulitzer-Prize winning play Buried Child debuted on THIRTEEN's Theater Close-Upseries.  In tribute to Shepard, who passed away last week at age 73, THIRTEEN is presenting a special encore presentation ofBuried Child airing in New York Friday, August 4 at 9 p.m. ET on THIRTEEN. Actress Blythe Danner hosts the broadcast.  Director Scott Elliott's acclaimed production by The New Group is available to stream online now for those within the New York metro area.  (more...)

Everybody Say Yeah! Original KINKY BOOTS Stars Billy Porter and Stark Sands Will Return this FallEverybody Say Yeah! Original KINKY BOOTS Stars Billy Porter and Stark Sands Will Return this Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2017

Producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig announced today that Tony Award winner Billy Porter (whose recent studio album: Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers debuted at #2 on the iTunes R&B charts) and Tony Award nominee Stark Sands (who appears alongside Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in Spielberg's upcoming The Papers) will return to Kinky Boots this fall. (more...)

Review Roundup: GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY at the Old VicReview Roundup: GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY at the Old Vic
by Review Roundups - Jul 27, 2017

The Old Vic presents the World Premiere of Girl From the North Country, an electrifying new work written and directed by Conor McPherson along with classic songs from Bob Dylan. Girl from the North Country plays at the Old Vic until 7 October. (more...)

Mission Accomplished! OSLO Takes its Final Broadway Bow TodayMission Accomplished! OSLO Takes its Final Broadway Bow Today
by Stephanie Wild - Jul 16, 2017

Today, July 16, Oslo concludes its Broadway run after an extension on its limited engagement at the Lincoln Center Theatre. Take a look at the show's journey on Broadway below! (more...)

Review Roundup: Sam Gold Brings HAMLET to The Public TheaterReview Roundup: Sam Gold Brings HAMLET to The Public Theater
by Review Roundups - Jul 13, 2017

The Public Theater presents Hamlet as part of its downtown summer season, featuring Golden Globe Award winner Oscar Isaac as the tormented Danish Prince. Directed by Tony Award winner Sam Gold, the production held its opening night tonight and the critics were in attendance. (more...)

Review Roundup: PIPELINE at Lincoln Center TheaterReview Roundup: PIPELINE at Lincoln Center Theater
by Review Roundups - Jul 11, 2017

Tasha Lawrence, Morocco Omari, Karen Pittman, Namir Smallwood, Jaime Lincoln Smith, and Heather Velazquez are featured in Lincoln Center Theater's production of Pipeline, a new play by Dominique Morisseau, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, which opened just last night, July 10, at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65 Street). (more...)

Quotidian Theatre Co Presents Haunting Tale NIGHT SEASONSQuotidian Theatre Co Presents Haunting Tale NIGHT SEASONS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2017

Quotidian Theatre Company wraps up the 2017 season with the Washington, DC area premiere of Horton Foote's NIGHT SEASONS. (more...)

THE UNWRITTEN LAW Comes to Dixon Place 7/30THE UNWRITTEN LAW Comes to Dixon Place 7/30
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2017

Dixon Place (Ellie Covan, Founding & Artistic Director) presents the co-production of world-famous beatboxer and Drama Desk Award recipient Chesney Snow's THE UNWRITTEN LAW opening Sunday, July 30th. Snow comes direct from his run in Broadway's In Transit, where Ben Brantley of the NY Times called him "a one-man sound effects wiz." (more...)

Performances Begin 6/28 for HEISENBERG at the Mark Taper ForumPerformances Begin 6/28 for HEISENBERG at the Mark Taper Forum
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2017

Preview performances begin June 28 for 'Heisenberg' at the Mark Taper Forum. Written by Tony Award and two-time Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens, 'Heisenberg' opens July 6 and will continue through August 6, 2017. (more...)

SCHOOL OF ROCK to Welcome New Class of Rockers This SummerSCHOOL OF ROCK to Welcome New Class of Rockers This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2017

Andrew Lloyd Webber's smash hit musical School of Rock - The Musical will welcome five new cast members to the class on Monday, July 31, 2017. Rocking their way to Broadway will be Zachary Zwelling as 'Zack' the guitarist, Levi Buksbazen as 'Freddy' the drummer, John Allyn as 'Billy' the stylist, Gabrielle Greene as 'Shonelle' the back-up singer, and Cory Leventhal as 'James.' (more...)

Review Roundup: Immersive SEEING YOU Opens Under The High LineReview Roundup: Immersive SEEING YOU Opens Under The High Line
by Review Roundups - Jun 22, 2017

Seeing You, the new immersive experience from impresario Randy Weiner (Sleep No More, Queen of the Night) and avante garde choreographer Ryan Heffington (Sia's 'Chandelier' music video), opened last night, June 21, 2017, Off-Broadway at a former meat market under The High Line at 450 West 14th Street in the Meatpacking District of New York City. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

Book Now For HEISENBERG: THE UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE In The West EndBook Now For HEISENBERG: THE UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE In The West End
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2017

Tony and Olivier Award-winning director Marianne Elliott has teamed up with producer Chris Harper to create an exciting new theatre company, Elliott & Harper Productions. (more...)

Australian Premiere of DRY LAND Announced for Kings Cross TheatreAustralian Premiere of DRY LAND Announced for Kings Cross Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

Highly acclaimed companies, Outhouse Theatre Co and Mad March Hare, join forces to present the Australian premiere of Dry Land, the riveting play by much-heralded newcomer Ruby Rae Spiegel. The play, that has created a huge stir amongst critics and audiences across the U.S. and London, will have its Australian premiere at the Kings Cross Theatre (KXT) from 28 July. (more...)

Playwright Paula Vogel Calls Out New York Times Theatre Critics On TwitterPlaywright Paula Vogel Calls Out New York Times Theatre Critics On Twitter
by Alan Henry - Jun 14, 2017

Earlier today, playwright Paula Vogel took to Twitter to comment on theatre criticism regarding plays in the 2017 Broadway season. (more...)


by Contests - Broadway - Jun 12, 2017

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THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG's Nigel Hook Wins 2017 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a PlayTHE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG's Nigel Hook Wins 2017 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Play
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2017

Nigel Hook has won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Play for THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. (more...)

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