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Bheki Mkhwane Departs BOPHA! Season at South African State Theatre Photo Bheki Mkhwane Departs BOPHA! Season at South African State Theatre
by Stephi Wild - May 24, 2021

The South African State Theatre has announced that veteran performer Bheki Mkhwane will no longer be part of Bopha's season -starting from 25 May to 13 June 2021- after being booked off sick for four weeks.

Ricardo Khan and the Performing Arts Alliance to be Honored at Theatre Communications Photo Ricardo Khan and the Performing Arts Alliance to be Honored at Theatre Communications Group 2021 Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 20, 2021

Theatre Communications Group has announced the 2021 TCG 60th Anniversary Gala: Our Stories will be held virtually on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 7:30pm ET with an afterparty to follow. The Gala will honor Ricardo Khan and the Performing Arts Alliance, and both the Gala and virtual live afterparty will be hosted by drag superstar Shequida. 

Crossroads Theatre Company Looks Back on SHEILA'S DAY to Celebrate Women's History Mo Photo Crossroads Theatre Company Looks Back on SHEILA'S DAY to Celebrate Women's History Month
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 1, 2021

A presentation of excerpts of the musical drama Sheila's Day is being streamed as part of Crossroads Theatre Company's commemorative programming celebrating Women's History Month.  It will stream March 2 through March 23 on the Crossroads website. 

New Federal Theatre Announces Virtual Reading of WINDOWS  by Mfundi Vundla Photo New Federal Theatre Announces Virtual Reading of WINDOWS by Mfundi Vundla
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 22, 2021

 As part of 'New Federal Theatre Celebrates Black History Month,' Woodie King, Jr.'s New Federal Theatre is offering a live streaming virtual reading of 'Widows' by Mfundi Vundla on February 27 at 7:00 PM. The reading will be available on-demand through March 1. 

BWW Interview: Greg Homann Joins HOW NOW BROWN COW's Promising Playwrighting Initiati Photo BWW Interview: Greg Homann Joins HOW NOW BROWN COW's Promising Playwrighting Initiative
by Lindsay Kruger - Feb 4, 2021

Founded at the end of last year, local production company HOW NOW BROWN COW has launched a new and exciting writing programme. As one of the participants of its first instalment ‚ÄĒ¬†director, playwright and academic Greg Homann chats to BroadwayWorld about his writing and his involvement with THE WRITERS' COLLECTIVE.

Meet The Current Cast of Creatures In THE LION KING On Broadway Photo Meet The Current Cast of Creatures In THE LION KING On Broadway
by Alexa Criscitiello - Aug 4, 2019

Giraffes strut, birds swoop, gazelles leap - the entire Serengeti comes to life on stage each night in The Lion King. The Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of Disney's much-loved film transports audiences to a dazzling world of glorious colors, stunning effects and enchanting music to tell the story of Simba and his epic journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.

Mbongeni Ngema and Percy Mtwa Reprise Roles in WOZA ALBERT! at the Baxter Theatre Photo Mbongeni Ngema and Percy Mtwa Reprise Roles in WOZA ALBERT! at the Baxter Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Jan 18, 2019

Acclaimed South African theatre luminaries, Mbongeni Ngema and Percy Mtwa, reprise their original roles - created some 40 years ago - in one of this country's most brilliant and popular classics, Woza Albert!, at the Baxter Flipside from 5 February to 2 March 2019 at 7.30pm and Saturday matinees at 2pm.

Jam-packed Eighth Annual Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival Now On Stage Photo Jam-packed Eighth Annual Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival Now On Stage
by David Fick - Mar 11, 2018

The eighth annual 2018 Zabalaza Theatre Festival to showcase some 40 productions by dynamic young theatre-makers from all over the Western Cape.

UK Premiere of THE SUITCASE to Open at Hull Truck Theatre Before Touring the North of England
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

The Suitcase brings together a unique partnership of venues in the North of England and the Market Theatre Johannesburg, marking the internationally renowned theatre company's return to the UK after a five year absence.

Did You Know... Our Favorite Fun Facts About the 2017 Tony Nominees!
by Matt Tamanini - May 2, 2017

The 2017 Tony nominations were announced this morning. If you haven't checked them out yet, what are you waiting for?! CLICK HERE to check out a full list of this year's nominees, and HERE for reactions from the lucky few!

BWW Awards Special: South African Theatre Winners Celebrate the 2016 Regional BroadwayWorld South Africa Awards
by David Fick - Jan 18, 2017

It was no unlucky Friday the 13th for South Africa's theatre community when BroadwayWorld's Regional Managing Editor Christina Mancuso released the names of the of the winners of the 2016 BroadwayWorld South Africa Awards.

BWW Review: Will the Real WOZA ALBERT! Please Stand Up?
by David Fick - Oct 7, 2016

WOZA ALBERT! remains an incredibly powerful play. That it can withstand mediocre productions and still, more or less, manage to resonate with an audience is a testament to what Ngema, Mtwa and Simon achieved 35 years ago. When the real WOZA ALBERT! stands up, it takes no prisoners. It is a play that reminds us of the journey we have travelled, and the long way we still have to go.

BWW Review: WOZA SARAFINA! at Cape Town Fringe a Disruption that Needs to Erupt
by David Fick - Sep 25, 2016

Writer-director Koleka Putuma's assemblage of ideas and motifs in WOZA SARAFINA! is constructed within the context of the #RhodesMustFall movement and is informed by the ideologies that underpin that movement. While it speaks many truths, the play never finds a way to deliver more than just "the feels".

SARAFINA! Set for Mann's 2016 Young People's Concert Series, 6/14
by Tyler Peterson - Jun 8, 2016

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts will present the musical Sarafina! to kick off the Mann's 2016 Young People's Concert Series on June 14. This special performance, presented by the Mann, Howard University's Department of Theater Arts and NEWorks Productions, is a musical inspired by the 1976 Soweto Student Uprising, when more than 10,000 South African youth boldly defended their right to an education that affirmed their cultural identity and heritage. Now, 40 years later, the inspiring story of these brave South African students comes to life on the Mann's main stage in this production by Howard University. Sarafina! is Directed by Eric Ruffin with choreography by Jakari Sherman, the book, music and lyrics are by Mbongeni Ngema and arranged by Mbongeni Ngema and Hugh Masekela.

Who Was Lucille Lortel and Why Is There An Award Named For Her?
by Michael Dale - Mar 31, 2016

With a career spanning seventy years in the theatre, Lucille Lortel's life mission was to help nurture emerging innovative playwrights.

NY Public Library's Artistic Producer Evan Leslie on SARAFINA
by NYPL for the Performing Arts - Feb 27, 2015

BroadwayWorld.com continues our exclusive content series, in collaboration with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, which delves into the library's unparalleled archives, and resources. Below, check out a piece by Evan Leslie, Artistic Producer for The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on Sarafina:

BWW Reviews: Revised and Improved RETURN OF THE ANCESTORS at the Artscape Still Not a Game Changer
by David Fick - Nov 16, 2014

Although the basic outline of the play remains the same, RETURN OF THE ANCESTORS has been revised in the four months that have passed since its premiere. The new script and its associated theatrical production improve on the earlier version of the play.

Mike van Graan's RETURN OF THE ANCESTORS Next in Artscape's Spring Drama Season
by - Nov 3, 2014

Mike van Graan's RETURN OF THE ANCESTORS, the penultimate production in Artscape's 2014 Spring Drama Season, is a hard-hitting satire that genuflects to the South African classic WOZA ALBERT!, in which Mbongeni Ngema, Percy Mtwa and Barney Simon crafted a tale in which Jesus returns to South Africa during the apartheid era.

BWW Previews: LETTERS FROM ZORA: IN HER OWN WORDS at Crossroads Theatre Company in New Brunswick
by Marina Kennedy - Sep 26, 2014

Crossroads Theatre Company in New Brunswick presents 'Letters From Zora: In Her Own Words' from October 9th through October 26th. Written by Gabrielle Denise Pina and directed by Anita Dashiell-Sparks, this one-woman show stars Vanessa Bell Calloway.

Artscape Spring Drama Season Celebrates Tenth Anniversary
by Tyler Peterson - Sep 16, 2014

This year sees the tenth anniversary of Artscape's annual Spring Drama Season, which runs from October to November 2014 featuring four diverse plays and two showcases at the Artscape Arena Theatre. The season forms part of the Artscape's New Writing Programme, which is devoted to the professional writing and production of new South African plays.

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