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Tony Yazbeck to Lead John Doyle's THE CRADLE WILL ROCK At Classic Stage CompanyTony Yazbeck to Lead John Doyle's THE CRADLE WILL ROCK At Classic Stage Company
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2019

Classic Stage Company presents Marc Blitzstein's allegorical play in music The Cradle Will Rock, directed by John Doyle, March 21 - May 19, 2019. A Depression-era indictment of rampant capitalism told almost entirely in song, The Cradle Will Rock maintains a twinkle in its eye while bearing sharp fangs. The 1937 premiere of this story of American class tensions-directed by Orson Welles-was famously shut down on the eve of opening night by federal authorities over so-called 'budget cuts,' commonly considered a thin veil for fears of the play's pro-labor stance. The artists involved rebelliously circumvented its cancellation, making for one of the most memorable stories in 20th century theater history. While Blitzstein's libretto is very much a product of its own 1930s political context, The Cradle Will Rock pulses with immediacy in an era of expanding economic inequality and policy for purchase. CSC's 2018-2019 season began with The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Bertolt Brecht's allegory about the rise of fascism via a charismatic tyrant; this spring, it closes with an all-American Brecht-and-Weill-inspired work, which carries a message of defiance built into its very title. (more...)

Diana Arnold's One Woman Show ON THE TABLE Comes to The Triad TheaterDiana Arnold's One Woman Show ON THE TABLE Comes to The Triad Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2019

Mike Geffner, founder/producer of the popular performance series InspiredWordNYC.com and former New York City journalist, including 12 years as a columnist for the Village Voice, presents On the Table, a one night only one woman show written and performed by actor/poet/storyteller Diana Arnold, daughter of the late legendary TV writer/producer Nick Arnold (a writer for 261 episodes of The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson as well as writer and producer of Welcome Back, Kotter, among many other major credits). (more...)

Photo Coverage: New York Stage and Film Gala Honors Patricia Wettig, Ken Olin and Johanna PfaelzerPhoto Coverage: New York Stage and Film Gala Honors Patricia Wettig, Ken Olin and Johanna Pfaelzer
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2018

Just last night, New York Stage and Film held its annual Winter Gala, featuring performances and appearances by Tony Award nominee and Pulitzer Prize finalist Jon Robin Baitz, Tony Award nominee Santino Fontana, David Forman, Tony Award winner John Gallagher Jr, Grammy Award nominee Rob Hyman, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Mozhan Marno, Bonnie Milligan, Manu Narayan, Josh Radnor, Dee Roscioli, Academy Award and Tony Award winner John Patrick Shanley, Grammy Award and Tony Award winner Duncan Sheik, and Obie Award winner Lucy Thurber. Brian Usifer served as Musical Director. (more...)

Songwriter Showcase, Midday Cabarets And Final Casting Announced For National Alliance For Musical Theatre's 30th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALSSongwriter Showcase, Midday Cabarets And Final Casting Announced For National Alliance For Musical Theatre's 30th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2018

National Alliance for Musical Theatre (Betsy King Militello, Executive Director) is thrilled to announce final casting for the 30th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS along with The Songwriters Showcase and Midday Cabarets. The FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS takes place on Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26, 2018 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). Festival events kick off on Monday, October 22 with Thank You, 30! a gala event to celebrate the 30th Annual Festival. (more...)

Kate Shindle, Barbara Walsh, Alex Brightman and More Added to Vassar's Powerhouse SeasonKate Shindle, Barbara Walsh, Alex Brightman and More Added to Vassar's Powerhouse Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2018

Vassar & New York Stage and Film have announced additional casting for the highly anticipated 34th Powerhouse Season in Poughkeepsie, NY, which is currently running through Sunday, July 29. (more...)

Raul Esparza, Alice Ripley, and More Announced for Vassar's Powerhouse SeasonRaul Esparza, Alice Ripley, and More Announced for Vassar's Powerhouse Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2018

Vassar & New York Stage and Film have announced the next wave of casting for the highly anticipated 34th Powerhouse Season in Poughkeepsie, NY, which starts this Friday, June 22 and runs through Sunday, July 29. Actors joining the annual summer play development incubator include Tony Award nominee Raul Esparza, Tony Award winner Alice Ripley, Tony Award nominee Denee Benton, Tony Award nominee Lauren Worsham, Tony Award nominee Alex Brightman, Noah Galvin, Frankie J. Alvarez, Lesli Margherita, Michael Esper, and Carson Elrod. (more...)

Kathleen Chalfant, Lucas Steele to Star in Workshop Production of Cusi Cram's ST. VINCENT'S PROJECT: NOVENAS FOR A LOST HOSPITALKathleen Chalfant, Lucas Steele to Star in Workshop Production of Cusi Cram's ST. VINCENT'S PROJECT: NOVENAS FOR A LOST HOSPITAL
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2018

RATTLESTICK PLAYWRIGHTS THEATER (Daniella Topol, Artistic Director; Annie Middleton, Managing Director) is proud to announce the workshop production of SAINT VINCENT'S PROJECT: NOVENAS FOR A LOST HOSPITAL, presented in partnership with the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, NYC AIDS Memorial Board, The Stonewall Chorale, and St. John's in the Village. (more...)

BWW Interview: Life Jacket Theatre's Travis Russ Discusses Bringing True Stories to the Stage in AMERICA IS HARD TO SEEBWW Interview: Life Jacket Theatre's Travis Russ Discusses Bringing True Stories to the Stage in AMERICA IS HARD TO SEE
by Danielle Gutierrez - Feb 13, 2018

Before a performance of the play America is Hard to See, audience members have the opportunity to wander across a canvas map of Miracle Village. What appears as a gridded crisscrossing of rural living quarters is home to a community of men - sex offenders - who are finding a way to move forward. Travis Russ, artistic director at Life Jacket Theatre Company, calls this Southern Florida community one of many "little dots" on a map, where real people have stories to tell. In his case, Russ decided that the stories within Miracle Village should be told onstage. In a phone interview with BroadwayWorld, Russ discussed bringing the residents' true stories to the theatre. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at AMERICA IS HARD TO SEE from Life Jacket Theatre CompanyPhoto Flash: First Look at AMERICA IS HARD TO SEE from Life Jacket Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2018

The music-infused play AMERICA IS HARD TO SEE from Life Jacket Theatre Company will have its opening performance tonight, Friday, February 2nd. From Life Jacket artistic director Travis Russ and songwriter Priscilla Holbrook, the production will run through February 24th at HERE (145 6th Avenue). Get a first look at the production ahead of opening! (more...)

2017 Yale Institute for Music Theatre: Cast and Creative Team Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2017

The YALE INSTITUTE FOR MUSIC THEATRE (Mark Brokaw, Artistic Director) announces the creative teams and casting for the two original book musicals, COWBOY BOB, created by Molly Beach Murphy, Jeanna Phillips, and Annie Tippe, book by Molly Beach Murphy, music and lyrics by Jeanna Phillips; and GUMBO, music by Brett Macias and book and lyrics by Christina Quintana, conceived by Brett Macias and Christina Quintana, which are being developed in an intensive two-week summer lab at Yale School of Drama, June 13-24. Scott Frankel is the Artistic Advisor, and Catherine Sheehy is the resident Dramaturg for this year's Institute, which culminates with open rehearsal readings of each project, presented as part of New Haven's International Festival of Arts & Ideas on June 23 and 24. (more...)

BWW Review: THE LIGHT YEARS Salutes Starry-Eyed Innovators Who Remain Earthbound
by Michael Dale - Mar 15, 2017

At the beginning of The Debate Society's premiere production of THE LIGHT YEARS (written by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen, developed and directed by Oliver Butler) we're told that Arcturus, the star that guided Christopher Columbus to what he thought was India, is precisely forty light years away from Earth. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at The Debate Society's THE LIGHT YEARS at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2017

The world premiere production of The Light Years, written by Drama Desk Award winner Hannah Bos (The Open House, Jacuzzi, Blood Play, Buddy Cop 2) and Obie Award winner Paul Thureen (Jacuzzi, Blood Play, Buddy Cop 2), directed and developed by Obie Award winner Oliver Butler (Jacuzzi, The Open House, Blood Play), made by The Debate Society, is currently in previews at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street). The production has an Opening Night set for Monday, March 13, and will play a limited engagement through Sunday, April 2. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Hannah Bos Brings Spirit of Invention Off-Broadway in THE LIGHT YEARS Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

Playwrights Horizons has announced complete casting for THE LIGHT YEARS, the world premiere of a new play written by Drama Desk Award winner Hannah Bos (The Open House, Jacuzzi, Blood Play, Buddy Cop 2) and Obie Award winner Paul Thureen (Jacuzzi, Blood Play, Buddy Cop 2), directed and developed by Obie Award winner Oliver Butler (Jacuzzi, The Open House, Blood Play), made by The Debate Society. (more...)

Playwrights Horizons Offering $5 Lottery for THE LIGHT YEARS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Playwrights Horizons begins accepting entries today, Monday, February 6 at 12 Noon, for the LIVEforFIVE online lottery for $5 tickets to their world premiere production of THE LIGHT YEARS. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Playwrights Horizons' THE LIGHT YEARS
by Jennifer Broski - Jan 24, 2017

Playwrights Horizons will soon present THE LIGHT YEARS, the world premiere of a new play written by Drama Desk Award winner Hannah Bos (The Open House, Jacuzzi, Blood Play, Buddy Cop 2) and Obie Award winner Paul Thureen (Jacuzzi, Blood Play, Buddy Cop 2), directed and developed by Obie Award winner Oliver Butler (Jacuzzi, The Open House, Blood Play), made by The Debate Society. The production will be the fourth production of the theater company's 2016/2017 Season. (more...)

Hannah Bos to Bring Spirit of Invention Off-Broadway in THE LIGHT YEARS; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2016

Playwrights Horizons has announced complete casting for THE LIGHT YEARS, the world premiere of a new play written by Drama Desk Award winner Hannah Bos (The Open House, Jacuzzi, Blood Play, Buddy Cop 2) and Obie Award winner Paul Thureen (Jacuzzi, Blood Play, Buddy Cop 2), directed and developed by Obie Award winner Oliver Butler (Jacuzzi, The Open House, Blood Play), made by The Debate Society. (more...)

BWW Review: Post-War Is Hell For Women in David Hare's PLENTY
by Michael Dale - Oct 24, 2016

Those who have lived through it may agree that war is hell, but for the central character of David Hare's 1978 drama, Plenty, the excitement of confusing, distracting and demoralizing the Germans in occupied France was a slice of heaven compared with living as a woman in post-war England. (more...)

Photo Coverage: PLENTY Celebrates Opening Night at The Public Theater!
by Walter McBride - Oct 21, 2016

The Public Theater presents the first major New York revival of Plenty, written by David Hare. Directed by five-time Tony Award nominee David Leveaux, the show began performances on Tuesday, October 4 and will now run through Thursday, December 1. BroadwayWorld was there for opening night and you can check out photos below! (more...)

PLENTY, Starring Rachel Weisz, Extends Again at The Public
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

The Public Theater has announced a final extension today for the first major New York revival of PLENTY, written by David Hare. Directed by five-time Tony Award nominee David Leveaux, the show began performances on Tuesday, November 4 and was originally extended through Sunday, November 20. It will now run through Thursday, December 1, with an official press opening Sunday, October 23. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Rachel Weisz and More in PLENTY at The Public Theater
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

Directed by David Leveaux, David Hare's PLENTY, in its first major New York revival, is in previews now and running through Sunday, November 20, with an official press opening on Thursday, October 20 at The Public Theater. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

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