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Photo Flash: Laguna Playhouse Continues Season with A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLINPhoto Flash: Laguna Playhouse Continues Season with A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2017

Laguna Playhouse is thrilled to announce the second show in the Laguna Playhouse 2017-2018 and 97th season with the Tony nominated rock and roll musical, A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, in Association with the Estate of Janis Joplin and Jeffrey Jampol of JAM, Inc., with musical direction by Todd Olson and written and directed by Randy Johnson. (more...)

Photo Coverage: THIS Celebrates Opening Night at Barrington Stage CompanyPhoto Coverage: THIS Celebrates Opening Night at Barrington Stage Company
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 7, 2017

'THIS' a play by Melissa James Gibson (House of Cards) opened on the St. Germain Stage of Barrington Stage Company last night and had most of the first night audience telling there friends 'don't miss THIS', after leaving the theatre.  Broadwayworld was there for the opening night celebration.  When great ideas, words, and acting are heard in a theatre THIS is what happens. 'THIS' runs thru August 27th.  Already Berkshire theatre lovers are also saying 'don't miss this' about Barrington Stage Companies production of COMPANY starring Aaron Tviet on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage August 10-Sept 2...Opening night is August 13. (more...)

Mosaic Theater Company of DC Kicks Off Third Season with its First MusicalMosaic Theater Company of DC Kicks Off Third Season with its First Musical
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2017

Mosaic Theater Company of DC, the 2017 Helen Hayes Award-winning theatre for Outstanding Emerging Company, will begin its 2017-2018 season with the Off-Broadway hit The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith. Written by Angelo Parra and performed by the indomitable Miche Braden (who also directed and arranged the music) and directed by Joe Brancato, this boisterous show featuring thirteen songs tells the story of Bessie Smith's final performance after she and her band are turned away from a whites-only theatre in 1937 Memphis. Previews begin August 24 with a press opening of Monday, August 28, and the show runs through September 24, with a potential extension week through October 1. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for Starry WILLY WONKA and 'JOSEPH' at NewArtsPhoto Flash: In Rehearsal for Starry WILLY WONKA and 'JOSEPH' at NewArts
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2017

NewArts, a not-for-profit theatrical production organization based in Newtown, CT that was recently featured in the award-winning documentary film, Midsummer in Newtown, continues its mission of fostering healing and strength through the performing arts and character development as it produces Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for its Summer 2017 season. Scroll down for a sneak peek inside rehearsal for both shows! (more...)

Jim Stanek and Janet Metz to Lead WILLY WONKA and 'JOSEPH' at NewArts This SummerJim Stanek and Janet Metz to Lead WILLY WONKA and 'JOSEPH' at NewArts This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2017

NewArts, a not-for-profit theatrical production organization based in Newtown, CT that was recently featured in the award-winning documentary film, Midsummer in Newtown, continues its mission of fostering healing and strength through the performing arts and character development as it produces Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for its Summer 2017 season. (more...)

Laguna Playhouse presents A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLINLaguna Playhouse presents A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2017

Laguna Playhouse is thrilled to announce the second show in the Laguna Playhouse 2017-2018 and 97th season with the Tony nominated rock and roll musical, A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, in Association with the Estate of Janis Joplin and Jeffrey Jampol of JAM, Inc., with musical direction by Todd Olson and written and directed by Randy Johnson. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside The Party - RAGTIME Celebrates Opening Night at Barrington Stage Co.Photo Coverage: Inside The Party - RAGTIME Celebrates Opening Night at Barrington Stage Co.
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 25, 2017

Opening night theatre goers celebrated with the Elizabeth Stanley Darnell Abraham, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, David Harris, J. Anthony Crane, Zurin Villanueva, Cast, Creative, Lynn Ahrens, and the staff of Barrington Stage Co. last night and Broadwayworld was there for the festivities.   (more...)

Photo Flash: Shakespeare on the Sound presents MACBETHPhoto Flash: Shakespeare on the Sound presents MACBETH
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

Performances begin TONIGHT for the Shakespeare on the Sound's immersive production of Macbeth. Directed by Artistic Director Claire Shannon Kelly, Macbeth will transform the idyllic Pinkney Park (177 Rowayton Avenue, Norwalk, CT) on the Five Mile River to the eerie Scottish Highlands to create an immersive experience for the audience; Macbeth's journey will be their journey too.   (more...)

MACBETH Brings Something Wicked to Rowayton Tonight for Shakespeare on the SoundMACBETH Brings Something Wicked to Rowayton Tonight for Shakespeare on the Sound
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

Performances begin tonight for the Shakespeare on the Sound's immersive production of Macbeth. Opening Night is Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Performances Begin Tonight for MACBETH at Shakespeare on the SoundPerformances Begin Tonight for MACBETH at Shakespeare on the Sound
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

Performances begin TONIGHT for the Shakespeare on the Sound's immersive production of Macbeth. Directed by Artistic Director Claire Shannon Kelly, Macbeth will transform the idyllic Pinkney Park (177 Rowayton Avenue, Norwalk, CT) on the Five Mile River to the eerie Scottish Highlands to create an immersive experience for the audience; Macbeth's journey will be their journey too. (more...)

SHAKESPEARE ON THE SOUND Comes to RowatonSHAKESPEARE ON THE SOUND Comes to Rowaton
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2017

Directed by Artistic Director Claire Shannon Kelly, MACBETH will transform the idyllic Pinkney Park on the Five Mile River to the eerie Scottish Highlands.  Kelly wants the production to be an immersive experience for the audience; Macbeth's journey will be their journey too.   (more...)

TRAYF Opens Penguin's 2017 Season this FridayTRAYF Opens Penguin's 2017 Season this Friday
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

Penguin Rep Theatre, the award-winning professional Equity theatre under the leadership of founding artistic director Joe Brancato and executive director Andrew M. Horn, opens its 40th season with Trayf, a new play by Lindsay Joelle. (more...)

Penguin Rep Theatre Opens 40th Season with TRAYFPenguin Rep Theatre Opens 40th Season with TRAYF
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2017

Penguin Rep Theatre, the award-winning professional Equity theatre under the leadership of founding artistic director Joe Brancato and executive director Andrew M. Horn, opens its 40th season with Trayf, a new play by Lindsay Joelle. (more...)

Kevin McGuire Brings World Premiere of SOME PEOPLE HEAR THUNDER to Capital Repertory TheatreKevin McGuire Brings World Premiere of SOME PEOPLE HEAR THUNDER to Capital Repertory Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2017

Some People Hear Thunder is a powerful musical love story-an uplifting tale of a young reporter, his true love in America, and Armenians fighting for dignity and survival in the face of brutality. (more...)

Photo Flash: On the Red Carpet at Opening Night of DANIEL'S HUSBANDPhoto Flash: On the Red Carpet at Opening Night of DANIEL'S HUSBAND
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2017

In Michael McKeever's compelling new play, Daniel's Husband, we see Daniel and Mitchell enjoying life as the Perfect Couple. Perfect house, perfect friends, even a mother who wants them to wed. What isn't perfect is that Daniel longs to be married and Mitchell does not.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Rubicon Theatre Company Celebrates Black History Month with THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITHPhoto Flash: Rubicon Theatre Company Celebrates Black History Month with THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2017

Rubicon Theatre Company celebrates Black History Month with THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH, starring singer and actress Miche Braden of the original Off-Broadway production (named one of the 10 Best Off-Broadway productions of the year by the N.Y. Daily Times). Described by CBC as a, "bawdy, bluesy, boozy rollicking night out at the theatre," the show follows the life, loves and career of blues and jazz singer Bessie Smith, called the "Empress of the Blues."  (more...)

BWW Review: THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH at Rubicon Theatre CompanyBWW Review: THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH at Rubicon Theatre Company
by Cary Ginell - Feb 24, 2017

It's been 80 years since Bessie Smith, the celebrated Empress of the Blues, died a lonely death, after an auto accident on a desolate Mississippi road. Contrary to legend, Smith did not bleed to death after being refused admission to a white Southern hospital. That story was related to Down Beat magazine by Columbia Records impresario John Hammond, who later apologized, saying that it was all based on hearsay. But her injuries were severe enough so that when she was taken to the nearest hospital (which happened to be one that accepted blacks), that she was beyond saving, and died at the young age of 43. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Company Presents THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITHRubicon Theatre Company Presents THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

Rubicon Theatre Company celebrates Black History Month with THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH, starring singer and actress Miche Braden of the original Off-Broadway production (named one of the 10 Best Off-Broadway productions of the year by the N.Y. Daily Times). Described by CBC as a, "bawdy, bluesy, boozy rollicking night out at the theatre," the show follows the life, loves and career of blues and jazz singer Bessie Smith, called the "Empress of the Blues." (more...)

Broadway Vet James Ludwig to Star in A CHRISTMAS CAROL at NewArtsBroadway Vet James Ludwig to Star in A CHRISTMAS CAROL at NewArts
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2016

NewArts, a nonprofit organization based in Newtown, CT, is producing its first winter production - Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol - in partnership with Walnut Hill Community Church. (more...)

BWW Review: CAMELOT at Capital Repertory TheatreBWW Review: CAMELOT at Capital Repertory Theatre
by Gianluca Russo - Dec 7, 2016

Beautiful melodies fill Capital Repertory Theatre with director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill's staging of Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner's "Camelot." The musical's score is composed of lush, romantic, and memorable tunes that help to move along the somewhat flawed book. (more...)

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