Theatre Philadelphia Announces Nominees For The 2019 BARRYMORE AWARDSTheatre Philadelphia Announces Nominees For The 2019 BARRYMORE AWARDS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2019

Theatre Philadelphia, the non-profit organization that promotes and celebrates theatre across the Philadelphia region, has announced this year's nominees for the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre.  (more...)

Photo Flash: NINA SIMONE: FOUR WOMEN Comes to People's LightPhoto Flash: NINA SIMONE: FOUR WOMEN Comes to People's Light
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2019

People's Light presents Nina Simone: Four Women, a new music-filled play featuring hits like 'Sinnerman,' 'I Loves You Porgy,' and 'To Be Young, Gifted, and Black' performed by an all-star female cast. The play opens on legendary songstress Nina Simone in the moment she learns of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, the event that shifted her career from nightclub singer to Civil Rights activist. Nina Simone: Four Women makes its regional premiere on the Leonard C. Haas Stage from February 27 through March 31. Tickets range from $30-$50. To purchase, call 610.644.3500 or visit www.peopleslight.org. People's Light is located at 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, PA 19355. (more...)

NINA SIMONE: FOUR WOMEN Comes to People's Light This MarchNINA SIMONE: FOUR WOMEN Comes to People's Light This March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2019

People's Light presents Nina Simone: Four Women, a new music-filled play featuring hits like 'Sinnerman,' 'I Loves You Porgy,' and 'To Be Young, Gifted, and Black' performed by an all-star female cast. The play opens on legendary songstress Nina Simone in the moment she learns of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, the event that shifted her career from nightclub singer to Civil Rights activist. Nina Simone: Four Women makes its regional premiere on the Leonard C. Haas Stage from February 27 through March 31. Tickets range from $30-$50. To purchase, call 610.644.3500 or visit www.peopleslight.org. People's Light is located at 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, PA 19355.   (more...)

Theatre NOVA Presents THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITHTheatre NOVA Presents THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2018

Theatre NOVA, Ann Arbor's professional theatre with an exclusive focus on new plays and playwrights, presents 'The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith' by Angelo Parra and Miche Braden. (more...)

Cincinnati Playhouse Brings The Godmother of Rock and Roll to the Stage March 3Cincinnati Playhouse Brings The Godmother of Rock and Roll to the Stage March 3
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2018

The swinging gospel sound that influenced rock and roll comes to the Marx Theatre March 3 when Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park opens MARIE AND ROSETTA, presented by Leading Ladies. The play, which first appeared off-Broadway, runs through March 31. (Official opening night is March 8.) (more...)

Nominations Announced for the 2018 Helen Hayes Awards; MEAN GIRLS, FUN HOME, and More!Nominations Announced for the 2018 Helen Hayes Awards; MEAN GIRLS, FUN HOME, and More!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2018

The nominees for the 2018 Helen Hayes Awards were announced on February 5, 2018. One of the country's most prestigious cultural honors, The Helen Hayes Awards recognizes and celebrates excellence in professional theatre throughout the Washington metropolitan area. The National Theatre's Helen Hayes Gallery set the scene for the announcement of nominees in 47 categories for artistic excellence, and the theatre companies eligible for the 2017 John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company. The recipient of the 2018 Helen Hayes Tribute will be announced shortly. (more...)

BWW Review: CPH's MARIE AND ROSETTA Points the Spotlight on Future-Inductee Into the Rock and Roll Hall of FameBWW Review: CPH's MARIE AND ROSETTA Points the Spotlight on Future-Inductee Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
by Roy Berko - Jan 27, 2018

When Sister Rosetta Tharpe's name appeared on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ballot, there were many who thought, Sister who? Little did those not familiar with the history of the genre, know that 'she was wailing on the guitar before Chuck Berry, shouting call and response before Little Richard, and swaying rhythmically to the music long before Elvis shook his hips.' In fact, Elvis may have learned his slim hip swiveling from the Sister Rosetta's pelvis thrusts. (more...)

Miche Braden and Chaz Hodges to Star in MARIE AND ROSETTA at Cleveland Play HouseMiche Braden and Chaz Hodges to Star in MARIE AND ROSETTA at Cleveland Play House
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2018

Cleveland Play House (CPH) has announced the triumphant return of Miche Braden to CPH, where she will star as Sister Rosetta Tharpe alongside CPH newcomer Chaz Hodges as Marie Knight in the Atlantic Theater production of Marie and Rosetta. (more...)

Cleveland Play House Celebrates the 'Godmother of Rock and Roll' with MARIE AND ROSETTACleveland Play House Celebrates the 'Godmother of Rock and Roll' with MARIE AND ROSETTA
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2017

Cleveland Play House (CPH) is proud to bring George Brant's Marie and Rosetta to the Allen Theatre stage. Marie and Rosetta chronicles the story of 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Early Influence Inductee Sister Rosetta Tharpe and her counterpart Marie Knight as they changed the landscape of modern music. Miche Braden will make her return to Cleveland Play House as Sister Rosetta Tharpe alongside CPH newcomer Chaz Hodges as Marie Knight. Directed by Neil Pepe, Marie and Rosetta runs January 20 through February 11, 2018 in the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square. (more...)

Miche Braden and Chaz Hodges to Star in MARIE AND ROSETTA at Cleveland Play HouseMiche Braden and Chaz Hodges to Star in MARIE AND ROSETTA at Cleveland Play House
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2017

Cleveland Play House (CPH) has announced the triumphant return of Miche Braden to CPH, where she will star as Sister Rosetta Tharpe alongside CPH newcomer Chaz Hodges as Marie Knight in the Atlantic Theater production of Marie and Rosetta. (more...)

Mosaic Theater Company Extends THE DEVIL'S MUSICMosaic Theater Company Extends THE DEVIL'S MUSIC
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

The first show of Mosaic Theater's third season, The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, has been officially extended through October 1. (more...)

BWW Review: Mosaic Brings THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITHBWW Review: Mosaic Brings THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH
by Roger Catlin - Aug 29, 2017

The Mosaic Theater Company ignites its third season with a sure hit, a proven crowd-pleaser about the Empress of Blues. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: The Goree All-Girl String Band Forges A Path To Freedom (And Audience's Hearts)BWW REVIEW: The Goree All-Girl String Band Forges A Path To Freedom (And Audience's Hearts)
by Victoria Ordin - Aug 6, 2017

One of five shows singled out as “ones to watch” at the prestigious 2017 New York Musical Festival festival, THE GOREE ALL-GIRL STRING BAND successfully couches a message about redemption through music in a consistently funny play about a female prison in Texas circa 1938. The true story of female inmates at Goree State Farm doesn't pull punches about racism, sexism, or the justice system. While the grim reality of incarceration (and potential sterilization) is ever-present, it is ultimately the humanity of these women “who've done bad” that emerges from Michael Bradley's well-plotted book and the fine acting of GOREE's ensemble, led by Lauren Patten (Fun Home). (more...)

Mosaic Theater Company of DC Kicks Off Third Season with its First MusicalMosaic Theater Company of DC Kicks Off Third Season with its First Musical
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2017

Mosaic Theater Company of DC, the 2017 Helen Hayes Award-winning theatre for Outstanding Emerging Company, will begin its 2017-2018 season with the Off-Broadway hit The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith. Written by Angelo Parra and performed by the indomitable Miche Braden (who also directed and arranged the music) and directed by Joe Brancato, this boisterous show featuring thirteen songs tells the story of Bessie Smith's final performance after she and her band are turned away from a whites-only theatre in 1937 Memphis. Previews begin August 24 with a press opening of Monday, August 28, and the show runs through September 24, with a potential extension week through October 1. (more...)

THE GOREE ALL-GIRL STRING BAND Named 2017 Recipient of KSF Artists of Choice USA in Musical Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2017

An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival's Next Link Project and produced by Wayward Creatives Entertainment, The Goree All-Girl String Brand has been named as the recipient of this year's Kevin Spacey Foundation (KSF) Artists of Choice USA in Musical Theater. (more...)

54 SINGS 1776, Kyle Dean Massey, Samantha Barks and More Coming Up at Feinstein's/54 Below This July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2017

This July, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. (more...)

40 Years Ago Tomorrow, Penguin Rep Was Born
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2017

When Penguin Rep Theatre opens its month-long run of COBB, Lee Blessing's play about the legendary baseball player Ty Cobb, today, it will be exactly 40 years to the day since the enterprising company gave its first performance... (more...)

Connecticut Premiere of TRAV'LIN Opens this Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

The Connecticut premiere of Trav'lin - The 1930s Harlem Musical opens this weekend at Waterbury's Seven Angels Theatre, following productions at Houston's Ensemble Theatre and Fort Worth's Jubilee Theatre, and development in Washington, D.C. and New York City, including a sold-out run at the New York Musical Festival (NYMF).  Performances being Thursday, May 11, Official Opening is Saturday, May 13, and the show runs through Sunday, June 11, 2017. (more...)

TRAV'LIN Musical to Make Connecticut Debut at Seven Angels Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2017

Following productions at Houston's Ensemble Theatre and Fort Worth's Jubilee Theatre, and development in New York City and Washington, D.C., including a sold-out run at the New York Musical Festival (NYMF), Trav'lin - The 1930s Harlem Musical receives its Connecticut Premiere at Waterbury's Seven Angels Theatre, beginning Thursday, May 11, 2017. Opening Night is Saturday, May 13, and the show runs through Sunday, June 11, 2017. (more...)

Mosaic Theater Company Announces 2017-18 Season Three Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

Mosaic Theater Company of DC announces its most ambitious and theatrically varied lineup to date with its 2017-18 season. Compelled to respond to changing and challenging times in our country, Season Three grapples with our current political climate, celebrating outspoken heroines (of fluid gender and sexuality) in two new musicals, while embracing documentary inspired reportage, sharp political and social satire, and stirring family drama.  (more...)

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