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Stratford Festival Launches STRATFEST@HOME, a New Digital Subscription Series Photo Stratford Festival Launches STRATFEST@HOME, a New Digital Subscription Series
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 19, 2020

The Stratford Festival is following up on the success of its recent Shakespeare Film Festival with a $10-a-month digital content subscription, Stratfest@Home, offering more Shakespeare and more films, along with new commissions, music, conversation, cooking and comedy.

Four BIPOC Musicians Announced As Los Angeles Orchestra Fellowship's Second Class Photo Four BIPOC Musicians Announced As Los Angeles Orchestra Fellowship's Second Class
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 2, 2020

Stratford's RICHARD III With Colm Feore Extended For Three Weeks Photo Stratford's RICHARD III With Colm Feore Extended For Three Weeks
by Stephi Wild - Feb 27, 2020

Thanks to overwhelming demand, the Stratford Festival's 2020 production of Richard III will be extended for another three weeks, giving theatregoers more opportunities to see Colm Feore bring this iconic role to life in the Festival's brand new Tom Patterson Theatre, which opens this spring after more than two years of construction and fundraising.

Stratford Festival Announces Casting For 2020 Season Photo Stratford Festival Announces Casting For 2020 Season
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 17, 2019

With the new Tom Patterson Theatre taking shape on the banks of the Avon River, the Stratford Festival is thrilled to announce key casting as it builds the acting company for its monumental 2020 season.

BWW Review: Michael Healey's New Adaptation of THE FRONT PAGE Offers More than Just L Photo BWW Review: Michael Healey's New Adaptation of THE FRONT PAGE Offers More than Just Laughs for Stratford Festival Audiences
by Lauren Gienow - Aug 25, 2019

The Stratford Festival is celebrating the World Premiere of Michael Healey's adaptation of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's THE FRONT PAGE at the Festival Theatre. A beloved American satire set in 1920's Chicago, THE FRONT PAGE tells the story of journalists in a courthouse pressroom doing whatever they need to do to get their story while at the same time being the only potential failsafe against political corruption at a time when the seedy Chicago subculture was in full swing. Directed by Graham Abbey, this adaptation is updated to include more diversity among the characters. It is a knee slapping night at the theatre whilst also providing a seemingly timeless commentary about the flaws and biases of the criminal justice system.

Michael Healey's New Adaptation Of THE FRONT PAGE Begins Previews Photo Michael Healey's New Adaptation Of THE FRONT PAGE Begins Previews
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 30, 2019

The Front Page, one of the great satires about the world of journalism, hits the stage in Stratford today, under the direction of Festival veteran Graham Abbey. Written by former Chicago reporters Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, and newly adapted by Canadian playwright Michael Healey, this comedy-drama is now in previews at the Festival Theatre and will officially open on Thursday, August 15.

Stratford Festival Announces Casting For 2019 Season, Including OTHELLO and More Photo Stratford Festival Announces Casting For 2019 Season, Including OTHELLO and More
by Stephi Wild - Oct 16, 2018

Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino has announced key casting for the 2019 season, including Michael Blake as Othello and Amelia Sargisson as Desdemona in the season opener, Othello, one of Shakespeare's greatest and best-known tragedies.

A CHORUS LINE Set To Play Gallery Players Photo A CHORUS LINE Set To Play Gallery Players
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2018

Gallery Players kicks off its 52nd season with A CHORUS LINE, music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban and book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante.

A CHORUS LINE Set To Play Gallery Players Photo A CHORUS LINE Set To Play Gallery Players
by Julie Musbach - Aug 17, 2018

Gallery Players kicks off its 52nd season with A CHORUS LINE, music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban and book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante.

Broadway HD To Celebrate Shakespeare Month This April Photo Broadway HD To Celebrate Shakespeare Month This April
by Macon Prickett - Mar 27, 2018

April is Shakespeare month! Marking both his birthday and passing on April 23rd, BroadwayHD, the premiere streaming platform for live theater, is highlighting its definitive collection of Shakespeare's productions.

Rock Musical CHESS Set To Play Gallery Players Photo Rock Musical CHESS Set To Play Gallery Players
by Stephi Wild - Mar 26, 2018

Gallery Players announces the final show of its 51st season, the timely classic, Chess. It is an epic story set at the height of the Cold War, where two great chess masters-an American and a Russian-meet in Bangkok to battle for the world championship... but their greatest contest is for the love of one woman.

BWW Review: THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT at the Stratford Festival is Unsettlingly Exhila Photo BWW Review: THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT at the Stratford Festival is Unsettlingly Exhilarating
by Lauren Gienow - Sep 16, 2017

The very last production to ever open at the current incarnation of the Stratford Festival's Tom Patterson Theatre was David Edney's translation of Jean Giraudoux's THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT. Directed by Donna Feore, this was the world premiere of this translation. It boasts an excellent company and it explores themes and issues that are certainly relevant today.

BWW Review: THE CHANGELING at the Stratford Festival is Disturbing and Exhilarating
by Lauren Gienow - Jul 4, 2017

This season at the Stratford Festival has proven to be a stellar one, and Jackie Maxwell's production of Thomas Middleton and William Rowley's THE CHANGELING on the Tom Patterson Theatre stage is no exception. The questionable morals and values of the characters, and the intense relationships between certain characters leave the audience feeling uncomfortable (as was likely intended by the playwrights) but the performances by the members of the company and the overall impact of the production itself, leaves the audience feeling exhilarated.

BWW Review: Stratford Festival's TIMON OF ATHENS is a Powerful Cautionary Tale
by Lauren Gienow - Jun 4, 2017

TIMON OF ATHENS opened at Stratford Festival's Tom Patterson Theatre on Friday night. It is probably one of the more relatable cautionary tales that Shakespeare has produced, which explains why the Festival continues to have it set in modern times. Director, Stephen Ouimette takes this production on for a second time, as he also directed it in Stratford in 2004. I did not have the opportunity to see his previous production, but this one is impressive.

The Gallery Players presents RAGTIME
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 3, 2017

Gallery Players announces the final show of its 50th season with the critically acclaimed and timely, Ragtime.  At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing…and anything is possible.  Ragtime comes to Brooklyn, a show which Bloomberg News has hailed as "explosive, thrilling and nothing short of a masterpiece.

BWW Review: Fiona Reid Shines in THE AUDIENCE
by Alan Henry - Jan 20, 2017

Fans of The Crown on Netflix will love The Audience. In fact, they share the same writer (Peter Morgan wrote the Netflix series and is the playwright) though the projects are separated by a few years of development. In fact, some of the dialogue from the Netflix show is clearly lifted from the play.

TV Exclusive: Watch 'The Miller's Son' from Stratford's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 6, 2016

BroadwayWorld has an exclusive first look at The Stratford Festival's new production of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC. In this clip, Sara Farb performs 'The Miller's Son.'

Stratford Festival Box Office to Open This Weekend
by Tyler Peterson - Jan 5, 2016

After a period of brisk advance sales to Members, the Stratford Festival is opening its box office to the public this Friday, January 8.

TARZAN Opens Tonight at WPPAC
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2015

The White Plains Performing Arts Center's upcoming production of Tarzan, The Stage Musical plays the New York venue tonight, December 18, through January 10.

Photo Flash: First Look at TARZAN at White Plains Performing Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2015

TARZAN, THE STAGE MUSICAL will play the White Plains Performing Arts Center tomorrow, December 18, through January 10, and is directed by Jeremy Quinn with music direction by Stephen Ferri and choreography by Lexie Fennell Frare. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

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