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AVENUE Q's Anniversary Celebration Begins Tonight with Jordan Gelber & Ann HaradaAVENUE Q's Anniversary Celebration Begins Tonight with Jordan Gelber & Ann Harada
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2018

AVENUE Q is celebrating its 15th anniversary with two weeks of special unique performances at New World Stages as members of the musical's legendary original Broadway company and other AVENUE Q alumni return to perform beginning tonight with Jordan Gelber (Brian, 2003-09) & Ann Harada (Christmas Eve, 2003-09) and additional alumni continuing through Sunday, July 29, 2018. (more...)

Photo Flash: Westport Country Playhouse Stages Comedy A FLEA IN THE EARPhoto Flash: Westport Country Playhouse Stages Comedy A FLEA IN THE EAR
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2018

Westport Country Playhouse will stage the lavish, large-cast comedy, "A Flea in Her Ear," newly adapted by David Ives from the original by Georges Feydeau, and directed by Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse artistic director.  Fresh from a sold-out run by Delaware's Resident Ensemble Players (REP), a professional theater located at the University of Delaware, the co-production with the REP will run in Westport July 10 - 28.   (more...)

BWW Review: High School Machiavellian With Cerebral Palsy Claws His Way To Power in Michael Lew's Shakespeare Riff TEENAGE DICKBWW Review: High School Machiavellian With Cerebral Palsy Claws His Way To Power in Michael Lew's Shakespeare Riff TEENAGE DICK
by Michael Dale - Jul 12, 2018

'Now that the winter formal gives way to glorious spring fling,' recites our antihero at the outset of Mike Lew's enormously clever contemporary riff on Shakespeare's RICHARD III, titled Teenage Dick, 'we find our rocks for brains hero Eddie - the quarterback - sleeping through his job as junior class president.' (more...)

ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER Extends Through September 6ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER Extends Through September 6
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2018

Irish Repertory Theatre announces an extension for ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER, which features music by Burton Lane and book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. (more...)

U.S. Court of Appeals Rules WHO'S HOLIDAY as Parody; Broadway Run Planned for 2018!U.S. Court of Appeals Rules WHO'S HOLIDAY as Parody; Broadway Run Planned for 2018!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2018

A U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of playwright Matthew Lombardo last Friday, affirming that his play WHO'S HOLIDAY! is indeed a parody, transformative in nature, and therefore considered fair use. Dr. Seuss Enterprises tried to appeal the lower court's ruling from last September, but the Appellate Court denied their attempt with a ruling that came less than two weeks after it heard oral arguments on June 26. (more...)

BWW Review: Problem Solved!  Wild West Shakespeare Musical DESPERATE MEASURES is Hilarious and TunefulBWW Review: Problem Solved! Wild West Shakespeare Musical DESPERATE MEASURES is Hilarious and Tuneful
by Michael Dale - Jun 22, 2018

David Friedman and Peter Kellogg may be billed, respectively, as composer and bookwriter/lyricists of the rollickingly fun new musical comedy DESPERATE MEASURES, which has just moved from the intimate York Theatre to more spacious digs at New World Stages, but they can also add 'problem-solver' to their resumes. (more...)

Review Roundup: Richard III Goes to High School in TEENAGE DICKReview Roundup: Richard III Goes to High School in TEENAGE DICK
by Review Roundups - Jun 21, 2018

Ma-Yi Theater Company, in association with The Public Theater, present the world premiere play by Mike Lew, now playing through Sunday, July 29, 2018. TEENAGE DICK, which follows Ma-Yi's phenomenal success with the critically acclaimed KPOP, winner of three 2018 Lucille Lortel Awards, is choreographed by Jennifer Weber (KPOP), directed by Tony Award nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Hand to God, Present Laughter), and stars Tiffany Villarin (House Rules) and Gregg Mozgala (Light Shining). It runs Off-Broadway at The Public Theater (425 Lafayette St). (more...)

CINDERELLA Returns to Starlight TheatreCINDERELLA Returns to Starlight Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2018

Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA, the 2013 Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The King & I and The Sound of Music, will play Starlight Theatre as part of the 2018 Shawnee Mission Health Broadway Series for a limited engagement from June 29-July 1. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Go Inside the 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards!Photo Coverage: Go Inside the 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jun 20, 2018

The Off Broadway Alliance, an organization of Off-Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing professionals, just presented the 8th Annual Off-Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened Off-Broadway during the 2017-2018 season. Winners included: Desperate Measures (Best New Musical), Transfers (Best New Play), The Government Inspector (Best Revival), KPOP (Best Unique Theatrical Experience), Billy Crudup, Harry Clarke (Best Solo Performance), Polka Dots: The Cool Kids Musical(Best Family Show).  (more...)

BWW Review: What Lies Beyond Ideality in A.R. Gurney's THE FOURTH WALLBWW Review: What Lies Beyond Ideality in A.R. Gurney's THE FOURTH WALL
by Kristen Morale - Jun 14, 2018

Presented by Theater Breaking Through Barriers and under the direction of Christopher Burris, The Fourth Wall is anything but inhibiting, especially in terms of its creation. This Off-Broadway company brings actors with and without disabilities together to break stereotypes and portray how little there is separating all those who wish to bring their love of theater to an audience. The collaborative efforts of a diverse cast are proven successful in this rather momentous production of a show not many people can acknowledge as having seen. (more...)

Hannah Gadsby's NANETTE to Play Final Performance At SoHo PlayhouseHannah Gadsby's NANETTE to Play Final Performance At SoHo Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2018

The final off-Broadway performances of Hannah Gadsby's critically acclaimed and multi-award winning show, Nanette, are scheduled for June 20 - 30 at SoHo Playhouse.  Presented by WestBeth Entertainment, SoHo Playhouse, Barrow Street Productions and Token Events, tickets are on sale now for all performances.  (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Shanice Williams, Stephanie Umoh & More in the Sheen Center's LITTLE ROCKPhoto Flash: First Look at Shanice Williams, Stephanie Umoh & More in the Sheen Center's LITTLE ROCK
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2018

History called it heroism. They called it high school. Rebel Theatrical Management, LLC (Harvey Butler, producer), The Steward Family, in association with The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, present the New York premiere of the new play Little Rock, written and directed by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, now in performance for a limited engagement through September 8, 2018 at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture. Opening Night is June 14, 2018 at 7:00PM. Check out photos from the production below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at the World Premiere of LONESOME BLUESPhoto Flash: First Look at the World Premiere of LONESOME BLUES
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2018

The York Theatre Company, in association with Documentary Arts, presents the world premiere of the new musical Lonesome Blues, based on the true story of legendary bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson, created by Alan Govenar (Texas in Paris) and Akin Babatunde (Blind Lemon Blues), directed by Katherine Owens (How Is It That We Live or Shakey Jake + Alice), and performed by Akin Babatunde with David Weiss on guitar. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: John Kander Ebbs & Flows In 3/4 TimeBWW Exclusive: John Kander Ebbs & Flows In 3/4 Time
by Harry Haun - Jun 13, 2018

In the black at the back of the Vineyard Theater during one of the final previews of The Beast in the Jungle the other night sat its composer, disguising himself as a member of the audience by dispassionately drinking in the stage action and politely applauding at the appropriate places. This is-typically-the usual battle station for the artist-in-progress. Atypically-in fact, for the first time--John Kander sat alone. (more...)

DESPERATE MEASURES Opens Tomorrow at New World StagesDESPERATE MEASURES Opens Tomorrow at New World Stages
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2018

Desperate Measures, now playing at New World Stages, opens tomorrow, Wednesday, June 13. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look At ALL I WANT IS ONE NIGHTPhoto Flash: First Look At ALL I WANT IS ONE NIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2018

The Brits Off Broadway season continues at 59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) with the US premiere of ALL I WANT IS ONE NIGHT, written by Jessica Walker, with music direction by Joseph Atkins. (more...)

BWW Feature: Thoughts I Had Seeing RENT for the First TimeBWW Feature: Thoughts I Had Seeing RENT for the First Time
by Clarissa Moon - Jun 7, 2018

More than twenty years after its opening on Broadway, RENT has been seen by millions of people and is a favorite among musical theatre lovers. Yet...until recently, I'd never seen it. I knew absolutely nothing about the musical except that it's based on the opera LA BOHEME.As I sat down, it occured to me that I was probably the only person in the 2,700+ seat theatre that was more familiar with LA BOHEME than RENT. Nevertheless, I was ready to finally check out the musical my friends had been obsessing over for years. (more...)

BWW Review: John Kander and Susan Stroman Mix Henry James With Henri Matisse in THE BEAST IN THE JUNGLEBWW Review: John Kander and Susan Stroman Mix Henry James With Henri Matisse in THE BEAST IN THE JUNGLE
by Michael Dale - Jun 6, 2018

From the mid-1960s through to the early years of this century, the musicals scored by the team of John Kander and Fred Ebb have exemplified Broadway pizzazz while exploring darker issues under the glitzy polish. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at DESPERATE MEASURES at New World StagesPhoto Flash: First Look at DESPERATE MEASURES at New World Stages
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2018

Desperate Measures, a new musical comedy gone wild with music by David Friedman (Listen To My Heart), book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg (Anna Karenina), and directed by Bill Castellino(Cagney, Marry Harry) is one of the most winning off-Broadway shows of the year. (more...)

Photo Flash: Westport Country Playhouse Presents FLYIN' WESTPhoto Flash: Westport Country Playhouse Presents FLYIN' WEST
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2018

Westport Country Playhouse will open its 2018 Season with an uplifting tale of bravery, pride, and sisterhood, "Flyin' West," written by Pearl Cleage and directed by Seret Scott, playing May 29 through June 16.  This year marks the historic theater's 88th season. (more...)

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