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Geffen Playhouse Announces Second Extension For LIGHTS OUT: NAT KING COLEGeffen Playhouse Announces Second Extension For LIGHTS OUT: NAT KING COLE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2019

In this electrifying exploration into the soul of an American icon, Colman Domingo and Patricia McGregor imagine Nat 'King' Cole as he faces the final Christmastime broadcast of his groundbreaking variety show and weighs the advice of his friend Sammy Davis Jr. to 'go out with a bang.' Cole's hit songs, such as 'Nature Boy,' 'It's a Good Day' and 'Smile,' underscore this boldly original homage to the renowned performer who struggled to break through America's color barrier in the early days of television. (more...)

BWW Review: LIGHTS OUT Is an Entertaining TantalizerBWW Review: LIGHTS OUT Is an Entertaining Tantalizer
by Don Grigware - Feb 14, 2019

Lights Out: Nat 'King' Cole/book by Colman Domingo & Patricia McGregor/music supervision:John McDaniel/directed by Patricia McGregor/Geffen/Gil Cates Theater/through March 17 A much anticipated musical in Los Angeles has been Lights Out: Nat 'King' Cole, which has received previous tryouts back east. Penned by Colman Domingo and Patricia McGregor, who also directs the piece, the show is supposedly based on real facts from Cole's life and includes most of his standard hits arranged by John McDaniel. Currently onstage at the Gil CatesTheater of the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, Lights Out is spectacular entertainment, especially from Dule Hill as Cole and Daniel J. Watts as Sammy Davis Jr. but its book is in need of some major retooling. It is December 17, 1957 in the NBC Studio in Burbank where Cole's final  30 minute TV variety show is about to be presented live with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra and Randy Van Horn Singers. Fifteen minutes to air time, Cole is in a deep state of depression over this being the final show. Why? He has millions of fans. Southern states have refused to continue paying for advertising on the show. Cole is a Negro, pure asnd simple. In spite of his fame, it's Lights Out for him. Guest star Peggy Lee has not shown up and friend Sammy Davis Jr. comes in to replace her with his amazing style of frantic comed (more...)

Sixth Annual Alaska One-Minute Play Festival Returns to AnchorageSixth Annual Alaska One-Minute Play Festival Returns to Anchorage
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2019

The ALASKA ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL (#1MPF) returns to for its sixth year, in partnership with Perseverance Theatre at the Alaska Center For The Performing Arts. The 6th Annual Alaska 1MPF runs two performances only; Sunday, March 17 & Monday, March 18 at 8pm. (more...)

BWW Interview: Storyteller Extraordinaire Patricia McGregor Ruminates on Nat, Sammy, Dominique & Her 3 P'sBWW Interview: Storyteller Extraordinaire Patricia McGregor Ruminates on Nat, Sammy, Dominique & Her 3 P's
by Gil Kaan - Feb 9, 2019

Director Patricia McGregor returns to the Geffen Playhouse after her successful directorial stint of Dominique Morriseau's SKELETON CREW last year. This time, Patricia directs the west coast premiere of LIGHTS OUT: NAT 'KING' COLE (now, already in previews), co-written by herself and Coleman Domingo. Patricia took some time after a long day of rehearsals to chat with me over the phone. (more...)

MACRO Lodge At Sundance Film Festival Concludes Four Days Of Programming To Champion Diversity, Inclusion And People Of ColorMACRO Lodge At Sundance Film Festival Concludes Four Days Of Programming To Champion Diversity, Inclusion And People Of Color
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2019

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Vineyard Theatre to Honor Colman Domingo at 2019 GalaVineyard Theatre to Honor Colman Domingo at 2019 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2019

Vineyard Theatre announced that the 2019 Gala fundraiser will celebrate Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, and Drama League Award nominated artist and Vineyard Board Member, Colman Domingo. The annual benefit Gala will take place on Monday, May 6, 2019, beginning at 6:30pm at Edison Ballroom (240 West 47th Street). (more...)

Sir Ari Gold Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall with SOUNDTRACK TO FREEDOM ConcertSir Ari Gold Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall with SOUNDTRACK TO FREEDOM Concert
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2019

Recording artist Sir Ari Gold, who also performs under the name GoldNation, will celebrate his birthday on Sunday, February 10th with two different sets at The Cutting Room. The event will also honor the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall and the role of dance music as the defining soundtrack to LGBTQ liberation and equality with music from his album 'Soundtrack to Freedom' and the upcoming 'Remix to Freedom.' The evening will contain an acoustic set at 7:30 and an electronic dance set at 9:30.  (more...)

Vineyard Theater Announce Cast For DO YOU FEEL ANGER?Vineyard Theater Announce Cast For DO YOU FEEL ANGER?
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2019

Vineyard Theatre Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern announce dates and casting for the New York premiere of Mara Nelson-Greenberg's DO YOU FEEL ANGER?, directed by Margot Bordelon. Performances will begin at Vineyard Theatre (108 East 15th Street) on Wednesday, March 13 with opening night set for Sunday, March 31. (more...)

Previews Begin Tonight For Jessica Dickey's THE CONVENTPreviews Begin Tonight For Jessica Dickey's THE CONVENT
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2019

Previews begin tonight for the world premiere production of The Convent, a new play by critically acclaimed playwright Jessica Dickey (The Amish Project, Charles Ives Take Me Home), directed by Daniel Talbott. (more...)

The BAFTA Tea Party Was Held January 5The BAFTA Tea Party Was Held January 5
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2019

The BAFTA Tea Party was held at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 5, 2019. The event was presented by American Airlines, BBC America and Jaguar Land Rover. (more...)

Northlight Theatre Continues its 2018-19 Season With NINA SIMONE: FOUR WOMENNorthlight Theatre Continues its 2018-19 Season With NINA SIMONE: FOUR WOMEN
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2019

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, continues its 2018-19 season with Nina Simone: Four Women, written by Christina Ham and directed by Kenneth L. Roberson.Nina Simone: Four Women runs January 24 - March 2, 2019 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie. The press opening is scheduled for Friday, February 1, 2019 at 8pm. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2018

Geffen Playhouse today announced the full cast for its production of Lights Out: Nat "King" Cole (more...)

Boston One-Minute Play Festival Returns For 8th YearBoston One-Minute Play Festival Returns For 8th Year
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2018

The 8th ANNUAL BOSTON ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL (#1MPF) returns for its eighth year, in partnership with Boston Playwrights' Theatre. The marathon evening of one-minute plays by 60 established and emerging Boston area playwrights and directors plays three performances only. Saturday, January 5th at 8pm, Sunday, January 6th at 8pm, & Monday, January 7th at 8pm. (more...)

HBO Partners With Ailey To Celebrate Its 60th AnniversaryHBO Partners With Ailey To Celebrate Its 60th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2018

HBO salutes Ailey at 60 with a social media video series to launch during Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's 60th Anniversary New York City Center season November 28 - December 30. This tribute video series will introduce new audiences to the Ailey legacy through moving commentary from music, film, and TV stars - Jussie Smollett, Vanessa Williams, Jillian Hervey, and Black Thought - who share how Ailey has inspired their artistry, impacted American culture, and continues to reach people of all ages backgrounds around the globe. (more...)

Amy Berryman, Annabel Capper, and More Among All-Female Cast of THE CONVENTAmy Berryman, Annabel Capper, and More Among All-Female Cast of THE CONVENT
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2018

Weathervane Productions, Rising Phoenix Repertory, in association with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater announce casting for the world premiere production of The Convent (more...)

Aleshea Harris's WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN Extends Through December 16Aleshea Harris's WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN Extends Through December 16
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2018

The Movement Theatre Company is proud to announce the extension of the New York Premiere production of WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN by Aleshea Harris (Is God Is), directed by Whitney White (Macbeth in Stride). Originally scheduled to play its final performance on December 8,  2018, WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN will now play an additional week through December 16, 2018. (more...)

Breaking: Last Dance! SUMMER Will Take Final Broadway Bow in December; National Tour Will Launch in 2019Breaking: Last Dance! SUMMER Will Take Final Broadway Bow in December; National Tour Will Launch in 2019
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2018

SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical will close on Broadway Sunday, December 30, 2018. A North American Tour will launch on September 30, 2019, playing dozens of cities across the US and Canada, including Los Angeles, Nashville, Rochester, Washington DC and West Palm Beach. (more...)

Wake Up With BWW 11/28: HADESTOWN Will Transfer to Broadway, and More!Wake Up With BWW 11/28: HADESTOWN Will Transfer to Broadway, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - Nov 28, 2018

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: Hadestown is officially coming to Broadway, and more! (more...)

Vineyard Theatre Opens New Rehearsal Studio, Open House TonightVineyard Theatre Opens New Rehearsal Studio, Open House Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2018

Vineyard Theatre announces the opening of a new rehearsal space for both Vineyard productions and industry rental. (more...)

Actors Theatre Announces 43rd Humana Festival Of New American PlaysActors Theatre Announces 43rd Humana Festival Of New American Plays
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2018

Actors Theatre of Louisville announces the lineup for the 43rd Humana Festival of New American Plays. A cultural highlight for theatre lovers, artists and producers across the country, the Humana Festival runs March 1 through April 7, 2019 in Louisville. (more...)

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