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BWW Review: Women's Theatre Festival's PARALLEL LIVES Delivers Enough Knee-Slapping M Photo BWW Review: Women's Theatre Festival's PARALLEL LIVES Delivers Enough Knee-Slapping Moments of Hilarity to Be Worthy of a Night Out
by Lauren Van Hemert - Jun 30, 2018

According to Mo Gaffney, she and Kathy Najimy still think they are the funniest people on the planet. And if the play PARALLEL LIVES is any indication, they just might be. Najimy and Gaffney (better known as Kathy and Mo) first performed PARALLEL LIVES, a series of comedy sketches they penned about women, in 1983 at The Old Town Theatre in San Diego. Six years later, they opened the show off-Broadway and in 1991, PARALLEL LIVES became an HBO special. PARALLEL LIVES opens this weekend at Burning Coal Theatre as part of The Women's Theatre Festival. In this production, the roles originated by Gaffney and Najimy are being played by the Keith Liles and Emily Levinstone. While there is no through-line to PARALLEL LIVES per se, the common thread that ties these sketches together is one of acceptance and fundamental human rights, strikingly contemporary and relevant themes for a piece first performed over 30 years ago. And although some of the sketches work better than others, and the play runs long at just over two hours, there is enough thought-provoking funny material to make PARALLEL LIVES worthy of a girl's, err should I say women's, night out.

July 2018 Programming Highlights for Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior Photo July 2018 Programming Highlights for Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior
by TV News Desk - Jun 27, 2018

Disney Channel, Disney XD, and Disney Junior share July 2018 highlights including The Fancy Nancy, Andi Mack, Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure, & more! Check out all that is coming to Disney this July below!

Mark Cortale Productions Makes Plans To Relocate Provincetown Theatre Base For Summer Photo Mark Cortale Productions Makes Plans To Relocate Provincetown Theatre Base For Summer 2019
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2018

Mark Cortale, Producing Artistic Director of Provincetown's internationally known Art House theater, has announced that he has begun to search for a new summer location for 2019. Cortale learned last week that the twin 120-seat theaters at The Art House will be gutted by the property owner after the current summer season due to restaurant expansion plans. The news comes on the heels of seven consecutive seasons of remarkable success; thriving outposts of its famed 'Broadway @' music series in major venues across the country and abroad; and the recent announcement of its largest lineup of Broadway, comedy and music stars yet for its P-Town home.

BWW Interview: Mo Gaffney Talks Feminists, Funny Women, and the Relevancy of PARALLEL Photo BWW Interview: Mo Gaffney Talks Feminists, Funny Women, and the Relevancy of PARALLEL LIVES 35 Years Later
by Lauren Van Hemert - Jun 11, 2018

In the opening scene of PARALLEL LIVES, two Supreme Beings plan the beginning of the world with the relish of two slightly sadistic suburban wives decorating a living room. From this moment, the audience is whisked through a series of skits that catapult them into the outrageous universe of comediennes Kathy Najimy and Maureen (Mo) Gaffney. Najimy and Gaffney first performed PARALLEL LIVES in 1983 at The Old Town Theatre in San Diego. Six years later, they opened the show off-Broadway at The Westside Theatre in New York and in 1991, PARALLEL LIVES became an HBO special. Later this month, Emily Levinstone and Keith Liles step into Kathy and Mo's shoes for the opening of PARALLEL LIVES at Burning Coal Theatre as part of the North Carolina Women's Theatre Festival. Judy Long, who is making her Raleigh directorial debut, says the show covers themes that are relevant today as they were 35 years ago, including women's rights, LGBTQ rights, and acceptance. Gaffney and Long opened up about the relevancy of PARALLEL LIVES 35 years later.

Disney's TANGLED: THE SERIES Ordered for Third Season Ahead of Season 2 Premiere Sund Photo Disney's TANGLED: THE SERIES Ordered for Third Season Ahead of Season 2 Premiere Sunday, June 24
by TV News Desk - May 31, 2018

Disney Channel has ordered a third season of the Emmy® Award-nominated animated adventure comedy 'Tangled: The Series,' which will premiere its second season with the new title 'Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure,' SUNDAY, JUNE 24 (8:00 a.m., EDT/PDT), on Disney Channel, the DisneyNOW app and Disney Channel VOD. The series' talented voice cast; including Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi as the beloved Rapunzel and Eugene, as well as Eden Espinosa, James Monroe-Iglehart and Jeremy Jordan as fan-favorites Cassandra, Lance and Varian; are set to return. The series features music by Academy Award®-winning Disney Legend Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater.

Indie LGBT Documentary BETWEEN THE SHADES Announces LA Premiere Photo Indie LGBT Documentary BETWEEN THE SHADES Announces LA Premiere
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2018

Dances with Films  (DWF) officially announced the LA Premiere of LGBT Doc Between the Shades to screen at The TCL Chinese Theatre as one of six feature documentaries on June11th at 5pm.Tickets are available for sale here! 

It's An All-Star Cast of Celebrities on the Third Season of ABC's Hit Prime-Time Game Photo It's An All-Star Cast of Celebrities on the Third Season of ABC's Hit Prime-Time Game Show THE $100,000 PYRAMID
by TV News Desk - May 3, 2018

The Pyramid is back! As part of ABC's "Sunday Fun & Games," the Emmy® Award-winning pop-culture phenomenon is reimagined and better than ever. Featuring an all-star cast of celebrities who take center stage and partner with contestants from across the country competing against each other with hopes of making it to the winners' circle and the ultimate prize of $100,000, "The $100,000 Pyramid" premieres SUNDAY, JUNE 10 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

Brief 4/23: SUMMER Officially Opens Tonight, and More! Photo Brief 4/23: SUMMER Officially Opens Tonight, and More!
by Stephi Wild - Apr 23, 2018

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: Summer: The Donna Summer Musicals officially opens tonight on Broadway, and more!

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 4/21/2018
by - Apr 21, 2018

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 4/21/2018.

Kathy Najimy Stars In NATURAL SHOCKS, A Benefit Reading For Ms. Foundation For Women Photo Kathy Najimy Stars In NATURAL SHOCKS, A Benefit Reading For Ms. Foundation For Women
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2018

Actress and activist Kathy Najimy is teaming up with playwright Lauren Gunderson (I and You) for a benefit reading of her new play Natural Shocks in support of the Ms. Foundation for Women whose programs and grants address domestic violence and gun violence against women. The benefit reading will take place on Monday April 23rd, 2018 at 7pm at the Minetta Lane Theatre (18 Minetta Lane, between MacDougal & 6th Avenue - one block south of W. 3rd Street).

L.O.V.E.R. A Funny Coming Of Age Journey Comes to The Zephyr Theatre Photo L.O.V.E.R. A Funny Coming Of Age Journey Comes to The Zephyr Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2018

Accomplished actress Lois Robbins takes us on a poignant and comic journey as one woman explores her sexual history, in what ultimately becomes her coming of age story, L.O.V.E.R. Directed by Sonia Sebastian, L.O.V.E.R. opens on April 13, running through May 12 at the Zephyr Theatre on Melrose Avenue.

Roundabout Theatre Company Announces Fourth Annual Casino Night Photo Roundabout Theatre Company Announces Fourth Annual Casino Night
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2018

On Monday, May 7, Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) will host their fourth annual Casino Night, at the American Airlines Theatre (227 W. 42nd St). All proceeds benefit Roundabout Theatre Company's many programs, including the Education programs, the Theatrical Workforce Development Program and Artist Residencies.

Additional Casting Announced for MARY PAGE MARLOWE Starring Tatiana Maslany Photo Additional Casting Announced for MARY PAGE MARLOWE Starring Tatiana Maslany
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2018

Second Stage Theater (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director; Casey Reitz, Executive Director) has announced additional casting for the New York Premiere of TRACY LETTS' acclaimed play, MARY PAGE MARLOWE.

Kathy Najimy Stars In Benefit Reading Of NATURAL SHOCKS By Lauren Gunderson Photo Kathy Najimy Stars In Benefit Reading Of NATURAL SHOCKS By Lauren Gunderson
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2018

Actress and activist Kathy Najimy is teaming up with America's Most Produced Playwright Lauren Gunderson for a benefit reading at the Minetta Lane Theater on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 7pm. Presented by the WP Theater with Erica Rotstein and Christina Wallace, the reading of Gunderson's new play NATURAL SHOCKS is in support of the Ms. Foundation's programs and grants that address domestic violence and gun violence against women. Tickets range from $100-1000, with discounted tickets available for students ($25) and a limited number of $50 early bird tickets available through April 16. Tickets available at www.naturalshocks.com/nyc.

Jeremy Jordan, Bianca del Rio, Stephanie J. Block, and More Announced for Provincetow Photo Jeremy Jordan, Bianca del Rio, Stephanie J. Block, and More Announced for Provincetown This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2018

For the eighth consecutive season since taking the helm as Producing Artistic Director at Provincetown's Art House, Mark Cortale has upped the ante - announcing his largest music and comedy lineup yet.

Nashville Film Festival Announces The 2018 Competition Features In Narrative, Documen Photo Nashville Film Festival Announces The 2018 Competition Features In Narrative, Documentary, And Graveyard Shift
by TV News Desk - Mar 27, 2018

Following the announcement of kicking off Opening Night with the world premiere of Steven Tyler's documentary OUT ON A LIMB, the Nashville Film Festival continues its lineup for the ten-day festival (May 10-19, 2018) with the announcement of 48 additional feature films in Narrative, Documentary, New Directors and Graveyard Shift competitions. Capturing the essence of today's most relevant social issues, historical stories and more, these 48 films hail from China, South Africa, Netherlands, Denmark, India, France and more, as well as 31 from the U.S. A jury of industry professionals will select the winning films that will take home up to $20,000 in cash and prizes.

Photo Coverage: American Associates of The National Theatre Host Gala Celebrating ANG Photo Photo Coverage: American Associates of The National Theatre Host Gala Celebrating ANGELS IN AMERICA
by Walter McBride - Mar 12, 2018

The National Theatre and the American Associates of the National Theatre hosted an exclusive fundraising gala to celebrate the arrival of the National Theatre's acclaimed production of Angels in America, A Gay Fantasia on National Themes on Broadway on Sunday, March 11.

Blair Brown Joins the Cast of MARY PAGE MARLOWE Photo Blair Brown Joins the Cast of MARY PAGE MARLOWE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2018

Second Stage Theater has announced that Tony Award winner BLAIR BROWN will join the previously announced EMMA GEER, TATIANA MASLANY and SUSAN POURFAR in the New York Premiere of TRACY LETTS' acclaimed play, MARY PAGE MARLOWE, directed by LILA NEUGEBAUER.

Emma Geer Joins the Cast of MARY PAGE MARLOWE Photo Emma Geer Joins the Cast of MARY PAGE MARLOWE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2018

Second Stage Theater (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director; Casey Reitz, Executive Director) has announced that EMMA GEER will join the previously announced TATIANA MASLANY and SUSAN POURFAR in the New York Premiere of TRACY LETTS' acclaimed play, MARY PAGE MARLOWE, directed by LILA NEUGEBAUER.

Susan Pourfar to Join Tatiana Maslany in MARY PAGE MARLOWE Photo Susan Pourfar to Join Tatiana Maslany in MARY PAGE MARLOWE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2018

Second Stage Theater (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director; Casey Reitz, Executive Director) has announced that SUSAN POURFAR will join the previously announced TATIANA MASLANY in the New York Premiere of TRACY LETTS' acclaimed play, MARY PAGE MARLOWE, directed by LILA NEUGEBAUER.

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