BWW Review:  A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS at The Old GlobeBWW Review: A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS at The Old Globe
by E.H. Reiter - May 23, 2018

A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS is a gorgeous and emotional story of the beauty and power of women's friendship and how it can help them endure even the most horrible of circumstances. Playing through June 17th at the Old Globe www.theoldglobe.org (more...)

Muny Announces Full Cast and Creative for JEROME ROBBINS' BROADWAYMuny Announces Full Cast and Creative for JEROME ROBBINS' BROADWAY
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2018

The Muny announced today its full cast, design and production teams for the theater's opening centennial season show, Jerome Robbin's Broadway. In its first production ever in the world since its original Broadway and national tour productions, Jerome Robbins' Broadway will run June 11 - 17. (more...)

Devilishly Clever Comedy THE FOREIGNER Opens June 15 At Little Fish TheatreDevilishly Clever Comedy THE FOREIGNER Opens June 15 At Little Fish Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2018

???????Larry Shue's side-splitting comedy about small towns and mistaken identity takes the stage in Little Fish Theatre's production of The Foreigner directed by LFT Company Member David Graham.  Winner of two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards as Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production, The Foreigner is a melee of misunderstanding and mischief. (more...)

Photos: Broadway's Alex Brightman Ties the Knot in Brooklyn!Photos: Broadway's Alex Brightman Ties the Knot in Brooklyn!
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2018

She swiped Brightman! At least that's what we hear on social media. Some of Broadway stars like Sierra Boggess and Lesli Margherita turned out this week to celebrate the marriage of Broadway's own Alex Brightman to casting director Jenny Ravitz.  Check out photos of the happy couple and their guests below! (more...)

Roundabout Will Celebrate Student Theatre Arts Festival Today!Roundabout Will Celebrate Student Theatre Arts Festival Today!
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2018

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) and Education at Roundabout (Jennifer DiBella, Director of Education) will present the eighth annual Student Theatre Arts Festival, hosted by Roundabout actor (Too Heavy For Your Pocket) and 2018 Lucille Lortel nominee Brandon Gill. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at NATIVE GARDENS at The Old GlobePhoto Flash: First Look at NATIVE GARDENS at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2018

Young power couple Pablo and Tania get their piece of the American dream when they purchase an upscale house in a historic neighborhood. But a disagreement with their next-door neighbors Virginia and Frank over the property line that separates their backyards soon spirals into an all-out war of taste, class, and gardening. The hedgerow becomes the site of a culture clash and friendly neighbors turn into flower-flinging enemies in the West Coast premiere of Karen Zacarias's uproarious Native Gardens. (more...)

Photo Flash: Deidrie Henry Returns to The Armory in LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILLPhoto Flash: Deidrie Henry Returns to The Armory in LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2018

Deidrie Henry returns to The Armory to star as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, Lanie Robertson's riveting portrait of Holiday's life told through an imagined final performance in a small bar in South Philadelphia in 1959. Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill begins preview performances on May 26, opens on June 1, and runs through July 1 on the U.S. Bank Main Stage. Bill Fennelly returns to The Armory to direct after previously directing Gypsy, Black Pearl Sings and, most recently, Little Shop of Horrors. Deidrie Henry, who most recently played Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire at The Armory, will be joined on stage by Abdul Hamid Royal, the production's music director who also plays the role of Jimmy Powers, along with local musicians Charles Neal (drums) and Andre St. James (bass). (more...)

California Premiere Of Red Scare Drama FINKS Opens At TheatreWorks This JuneCalifornia Premiere Of Red Scare Drama FINKS Opens At TheatreWorks This June
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2018

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents Bay Area audiences with the California Premiere of FINKS, a comic drama based on the true story of comedian/actor Jack Gilford directed by TheatreWorks Director of New Works Giovanna Sardelli. With the 1950s Red Scare in full swing, the House Un-American Activities Committee attacks 'subversion' in the arts. When a romance blossoms between rising comic Mickey and firebrand actress Natalie, they face being blacklisted along with their friends and fellow artists. Written by Jack's son, playwright/screenwriter Joe Gilford, this engaging play shares the story of targeted individuals in the entertainment industry suddenly faced with losing their careers, or being branded forever as 'finks.' For tickets ($40-$100) and more information the public may visit TheatreWorks.org or call (650) 463-1960. (more...)

Duplex Cabaret Theatre Hosts IN THE WORKSDuplex Cabaret Theatre Hosts IN THE WORKS
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2018

Honeck-Moss Productions is proud to present 'In The Works.'  This exciting series is in it's second season was conceived as an opportunity for composers to try out new work in front of an audience and see how it plays in a supportive environment.  It is also an opportunity to create community among the composers and their performers. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Shakespeare Theatre Of New Jersey to Present TARTUFFEPhoto Flash: The Shakespeare Theatre Of New Jersey to Present TARTUFFE
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2018

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey begins its 56th season with its first Main Stage production, Tartuffe. Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte will direct this masterful French comedy that hasn't been seen on STNJ's stage since 2001. Renowned translator Richard Wilburbrings Moliere's witty words to brilliant life for English-speaking audiences. Veteran company member Brent Harris will play the title role and will be joined by STNJ favorites Patrick Toon and Victoria Mack, as well as two-time Tony Award nominee, Vivian Reed. Performances begin May 16. (more...)

Off-Broadway Hit SKELETON CREW Comes to People's LightOff-Broadway Hit SKELETON CREW Comes to People's Light
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2018

People's Light presents the wildly successful off-Broadway hit Skeleton Crew, a powerful story of love and loyalty by New Play Frontiers writer Dominique Morisseau. This funny, incisive, and "deeply American" (The New York Times) play that "theatergoers won't want to miss" (Huffington Post) centers on a group of Detroit autoworkers as they confront the eroding manufacturing industry. Steve H. Broadnax III, who directed the theatre's critically-acclaimed staging of The Mountaintop in 2016, returns for the production. Skeleton Crew opens on June 13 and has already extended to July 15 on the Steinbright Stage at People's Light. (more...)

Rhinebeck Writers Retreat Announces 2018 Writers, Including Tony, Emmy, Jonathan Larson, And Kleban WinnersRhinebeck Writers Retreat Announces 2018 Writers, Including Tony, Emmy, Jonathan Larson, And Kleban Winners
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2018

Founding Executive Director Kathy Evans announced the 19 writers of 9 new musicals in this summer's Rhinebeck Writers Retreat. This year's writers include 2018 Jonathan Larson winners Andrew Farmer and Andrew Butler, 2018 Kleban winner Amanda Yasnowitz, Tony-winner Ken Davenport, 2018 Lucille Lortel winner for Outstanding Musical (KPOP) Max Vernon, Emmy winner Doug Katsaros, Obie winner Erin Courtney, and the writers of the podcast musical 36 questions who are developing their next musical, Chris Littler and Ellen Winter. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS at The Old GlobePhoto Flash: First Look at A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2018

A sweeping and deeply moving theatrical production based on the best-selling book by Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner). The epic story of three generations of Afghan women and their remarkable resilience, A Thousand Splendid Suns is set in the war-torn neighborhoods of 1990s Kabul. When battle upends her family, beautiful Laila must seek shelter, first in the home and then in the arms of her older neighbor. Soon she forges an extraordinary and unlikely friendship with Mariam, her new husband's first wife. Summoning the strength to defy a tyrannical society, the two women seek hope and the promise of a better future. (more...)

University of Washington School of Drama Announces New LeadershipUniversity of Washington School of Drama Announces New Leadership
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2018

The University of Washington School of Drama announced last month that Executive Director Todd London, who has served in that role since 2014, will step down in August. (more...)

Laguna Playhouse Presents Tony and Pulitzer Winning CLYBOURNE PARKLaguna Playhouse Presents Tony and Pulitzer Winning CLYBOURNE PARK
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2018

LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE is thrilled to present the final show in its 97thseason, the critically acclaimed, Pulitzer and Tony award winner for Best Play, CYLBOURNE PARK, written by Bruce Norris and directed by Matt August. Executive Director Ellen Richard comments, "What a privilege to close this extraordinary season with one of the most important plays of the past decade." (more...)

MISS YOU LIKE HELL to Receive Cast RecordingMISS YOU LIKE HELL to Receive Cast Recording
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2018

GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS has announced it will record the new musical Miss You Like Hell, the New York premiere production from The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham), for an original cast recording to be released later this year. With book and lyrics by Quiara Alegria Hudes, music and lyrics by Erin McKeown, and choreography by Danny Mefford, the new musical was directed by Public Theater Resident Director and Founder of Public Works Lear deBessonet, and stars Daphne Rubin-Vega and Gizel Jimenez. The recording is being produced by Erin McKeown and Kurt Deutsch. (more...)

BWW Interview: Jonathan Cake Talks THE GRONHOLM METHOD  at Menier Chocolate FactoryBWW Interview: Jonathan Cake Talks THE GRONHOLM METHOD at Menier Chocolate Factory
by Alistair Wilkinson - May 16, 2018

Set in the offices of a New York City Fortune 500 company, four unsuspecting candidates embark on the most testing job interview of their lives. This taunt play - which premiered in Barcelona in 2003 to great critical acclaim, exposes the psychological depths people will go to in order to get what they want. In our age of reality TV game shows and tweeting US presidents, The Gronholm Method explores the human capacity to manipulate, lie and 'play the game' to get ahead. (more...)

Tony Award-Winner Len Cariou Presents & Stars In AN EVENING OF SHAKESPEARE & SONGTony Award-Winner Len Cariou Presents & Stars In AN EVENING OF SHAKESPEARE & SONG
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2018

Tony award-winning actor Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Applause), in collaboration with Aruba productions, proudly presents and stars in Broadway and the Bard: An Evening of Shakespeare & Song at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, previewing Wednesday, June 6 with a press opening Thursday, June 7 and closing Sunday, June 10, 2018. (more...)

New York Classical Theatre Celebrates 19th Anniversary with ROMEO AND JULIETNew York Classical Theatre Celebrates 19th Anniversary with ROMEO AND JULIET
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2018

New York Classical Theatre (Stephen Burdman, Artistic Director), New York City's only all-free professional Off-Broadway theatre company, is pleased to announce a new production of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to celebrate its 19th Anniversary Season. The production, directed by Mr. Burdman, is the company's first staging of Shakespeare's tale of star-crossed lovers, and will be presented in five New York City parks - Central Park, Rockefeller Park/Battery Park City, The Battery, Carl Schurz Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park - with performances from June 5 through July 29 at 7:00 PM. There is no ticketing, and all performances are free and open to the public. New York Classical Theatre also invites audiences to experience unique behind-the-scenes access to open rehearsals on selected dates for each of the five park stagings.  (more...)

Kate Burton Leads Cast of Old Globe's THE TEMPESTKate Burton Leads Cast of Old Globe's THE TEMPEST
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2018

The Old Globe today announced its next cast and creative team-including numerous Globe favorites and new faces-as the 2018 Summer Shakespeare Festival once again presents the finest of the Bard's work outdoors under the stars in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Summer will officially arrive with The Tempest, directed by Joe Dowling (formerly the Artistic Director for Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and Abbey Theatre in Ireland), with star of stage and screen Kate Burton as Prospera, running June 17 - July 22, 2018. (more...)

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