Abyssinia

Based on the novel "Marked by Fire" by Joyce Carol Thomas

Born during a terrifying tornado, Abyssinia is given the gift of song and a healing spirit to inspire her entire community in early 19th century Oklahoma.

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Goodspeed Opera House

(East Haddam, CT)
PO Box A, 6 Main Street
East Haddam, CT 06423
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by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2016
Tituss Burgess has received the rights to the beloved film, 'The Preacher's Wife.' An industry presentation will be held in NYC on Monday, Sepetember 12, starring Loretta Devine and Ledisi.
by Ashley Steves - Sep 2, 2016
2016 is one of Broadway's most diverse seasons, so much so it spawned a Twitter trending hashtag #TonysSoDiverse following the nominations for this past weekend's awards ceremony. 12 Black and non-Black actors of color were nominated for a Tony Award. For the first time in the Tonys' history, all four musical acting categories were won by Black actors, and if you walk down 45th Street, as soprano Paula Dione Ingram has, the block is lit up by 'Black Broadway.' It's a laudable moment in a theatre history that has not always been so and still continues to have a long way to go, the subject of Ingram's Dark Legacy: Bright Lights of Black Broadway, her debut show at Feinstein's/54 Below on June 4.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2018
Acclaimed Los Angeles drummer and producer Te'Amir released his latest single, “Blue Nile”, today, after the track premiered yesterday via LA Record, announcing his sophomore EP of 2018,Abyssinia Rise, will arrive October 19 on Tru Thoughts – watch the teaser video.  To celebrate, Te'Amir will perform tonight at the Destination Out party at the FreeHand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, 8pm-11pm [details here].  Abyssinia Rise follows the July release of the Abyssinia EP which gained recognition from tastemakers such as Jeremy Sole (KCRW) and Garth Trinidad (KCRW), producer and DJ Carlos Niño, Mochilla, Red Bull Music Academy Radio and Okayplayer.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016
Junkyard Dog Productions announced today that the new musical COME FROM AWAY will begin performances on Broadway on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street) and officially open Sunday, March 12, 2017, following productions at Washington DC's Ford's Theatre (Friday, September 2 - Sunday, October 16, 2016) and Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre (Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - Sunday, January 8, 2017), and two special benefit concert performances in Gander, Newfoundland (Saturday, October 29, 2016).
by TV News Desk - Sep 11, 2018
Shapes: Mountains is the latest in Tru Thoughts' series of label compilations put together by A&R, label co-founder and renowned DJ Robert Luis. After 19 years of independently releasing music, the Shapes LPs continue to encompass the best of the Brighton-based label's wide-ranging and international roster. Featuring the finest of Tru Thoughts' classic cuts, recent releases and inspired remixes, Shapes: Mounatins is out on digital and limited edition transparent green vinyl (with full 32 track download card) on October 12, 2018.  
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Oct 3, 2019
Wow! When two brothers from East Africa dream their childhood dreams they imagine an Abyssinian circus. The Tesfamarian brothers, Bichu and Bibi, magical, marvelous circus arrives at the Minneapolis Children's Theatre Company (CTC) by way of Ethiopian culture, a country previously titled Abyssinia. In a traveling production performed worldwide, CTC Artistic Director Peter C. Ambrosius arranged for Circus Abyssinia: Ethopian Dreams to dazzle the Twin Cities. Created and produced by the two Tesamarian brothers, the circus also collaborates with Writer Cal MC Crystal and Choreographer Kate Smith to transfix the audience on the amazing 19 member cast.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2016
Frontier Theatre Productions today announce their second production, a world premiere double bill of Susan Hill's Spring and Mitch Hooper's The Last Dance opening at The Theatre Room on 18 October. Harry Burton directs Sally Faulkner, who will be starring in both productions, as The Older Woman in Spring, where she is joined by Portia Van De Bramm who is playing The Girl, and as Suzanne in The Last Dance where she will be joined by David Mallinson who will be playing Peter.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2018
Acclaimed Los Angeles drummer and producer Te'Amir released his second EP of 2018, Abyssinia Rise, today on Tru Thoughts.  Abyssinia Rise follows the July release of the Abyssinia EP which gained recognition from tastemakers such as Jeremy Sole (KCRW) and Garth Trinidad (KCRW), producer and DJ Carlos Niño, Mochilla, Red Bull Music Academy Radio and Okayplayer.  In advance of today's release, Stamp The Wax premiered the track “Salam” – listen + share.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016
Linked by ocean sounds and the figure of a silent female listener, Spring, and The Last Dance, are a potent, poetic pairing. The girl in Susan Hill's Spring considers the life she has already lived, and the life that lies ahead of her. What might she have to look forward to? But although the sea air on a clifftop in Spring gives the feeling of hope, she's far from carefree.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2018
This holiday season, experience the magical journey of two Ethiopian brothers, Bibi and Bichu, who realize a lifelong wish to run away with the circus. In Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams, two young boys discover a world of wonder, full of dreamers like them: agile tumblers who ricochet around the stage, elastic contortionists who twist into unfathomable shapes, and expert jugglers who exchange an endless array of objects. Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams weaves together heart-stopping stunts with the irresistible rhythms of Ethiopian music and song to create a family-friendly spectacle of infectious joy and effervescent energy! The all-Ethiopian troupe vaults onto the New Victory stage this holiday season from November 30 - December 30, 2018.
by TV News Desk - Nov 15, 2018
As 2018 draws to a close, Tru Thoughts 2018 (out December 3) is the latest edition of the Tru Thoughts annual label compilation series. Curated by A&R, co-owner and respected DJ, Robert Luis, the digital album celebrates the best of the Brighton-based label's wide-ranging and international releases from this year. Featuring the finest of Tru Thoughts' classic artists, new signings and inspired remixes, this compilation highlights a diverse selection of sounds from R&B and future soul through to reggae, electronic, jazz, and grime.
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2019
Tesfa Ethiopia is a non profit organization committed to helping students in Ethiopia secure basic school supplies. Many of these students walk up to an hour to go to school and they do not have access to pens, pencils, uniforms, and other essential supplies. The nonprofit is organizing Charlotte's first Ethiopian Cultural Event in order to raise funds for these students. The event will have a free outdoor area with food and activities for families. The inside of the event requires a $10 ticket purchase and will have music, activities, and an exhibit on Ethiopia. The festival will take place at Midwood International and Cultural Center located at 1817 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC, 28205. It is open to the public starting at 12PM and ending at 6PM. In the outdoor area there will be a bounce house and other fun activities for kids. There will also be authentic Ethiopian food available for purchase along with cotton candy and funnel cakes. Inside the auditorium there is an exhibit about Ethiopia along with a DJ that will play Ethiopian music. There will also be performances by students including a play and fashion show. The event is sponsored by Sindu Trucking, Kumon, Enat Ethiopian Restaraunt, Carolinas Group, Abyssinia Soccer Team, Abugida Cafe, Kera Market, Amhara Association of America, Carolinas Realty Group, Nile Grocery, and Our Bridge for kids. Special thanks to MV Law for supporting the organization in becoming an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2018
DESPERATE MEASURES, a musical comedy gone wild with music by David Friedman (Listen To My Heart), book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg (Anna Karenina), and directed by Bill Castellino (Cagney, Marry Harry), will play New World Stages (340 West 50th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues), it was announced today by producers Pat Flicker Addiss and Mary Cosette. Following critical and audience acclaim at The New York Musical Festival and The York Theater Company, performances for the open-ended engagement begin May 30th and opening night is set for June 13th.
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017
Postcards is back and bigger than ever! This three-week festival of circus, cabaret and extraordinary performance at Jacksons Lane, North London's creative space, offers twists, turns and just a touch of blasphemy.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2018
Now preparing for a 10th year on the Southbank and having smashed through the million-tickets-sold barrier last year, Underbelly Festival Southbank 2018 has added yet more names to the incredible array of talent on display by the Thames between April and September.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2018
DESPERATE MEASURES, a musical comedy gone wild with music by David Friedman (Listen To My Heart), book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg (Anna Karenina), and directed by Bill Castellino (Cagney, Marry Harry), will play New World Stages (340 West 50th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues), it was announced today by producers Pat Flicker Addiss and Mary Cosette. Following critical and audience acclaim at The New York Musical Festival and The York Theater Company, performances for the open-ended engagement begin May 30th and opening night is set for June 13th.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2017
???????The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team of Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti. In-demand director Stafford Arima (Broadway's Allegiance, Off Broadway's Altar Boyz, West End's Ragtime) returns to the Globe, following Allegiance and Ace, to helm the award-winning drama, which runs March 25 - April 30, 2017.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2018
Now preparing for a 10th year on the Southbank and having smashed through the million-tickets-sold barrier last year, Underbelly Festival Southbank will open in just two weeks with a dazzling array of circus, comedy, cabaret, family entertainment, food and drink.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2018
Hackney Empire has today announced Aladdin as its 2018 pantomime and 20th anniversary production which will arrive in true Hackney style this Christmas as the venue marks its landmark year with the classic tale. Susie McKenna and Steve Edis celebrate two decades at the helm of the legendary pantomime which has grown to become one of the city's most anticipated annual highlights and a champion for culture and community in the East End. Aladdin will run from 24 November 2018 to 6 January 2019, with opening night for press on 5 December.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2017
The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team of Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2018
Underbelly are gearing up for their most ambitious Edinburgh Festival Fringe to date as a raft of top shows go on sale today. The eleven top shows provide a tantalizing glimpse into the 2018 programme, charting comedy stars, international circus acts and West End theatrics set to perform across Underbelly's Fringe footprint including McEwan Hall, marking a return after a three year absence.
by Barry Lenny - Mar 13, 2019
On Day 2, Circus Abyssinia burst onto Stage 2 with an explosion of energy.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017
Theatre Calgary's Board of Directors have announced Stafford Arima as the new Artistic Director of Theatre Calgary. Mr. Arima becomes the 12th Artistic Director in the theatre's 49-year history.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2018
Following a smash hit run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 and as seen on ITV's Royal Variety Performance, Circus Abyssinia makes its London premiere at Underbelly Festival for six weeks only. As circus marks its 250th anniversary this year, Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams is a jubilant celebration of circus itself that will mesmerise audiences of all ages through the sheer infectious energy and spirit which fly from its cast.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2019
Who really holds the power in a world where the witches are now the hunters ... and the predators are now the prey?
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2019
Goodspeed Musicals continues its commitment to innovative, thought-provoking new works with inspiring new musical Passing Through, based on the book Walking to Listen by Andrew Frosthoefel.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2018
The New Victory Theater, dedicated to bringing high quality international productions to New York kids and families, announces its 2018-2019 season. From September 28, 2018, through June 9, 2019, the New Victory 2018-2019 Season will include nine U.S. Premieres among its 16 productions of theater, circus, dance, puppetry and music from nine different countries around the world.
by Guest Blog: Adrian Berry - Jul 4, 2017
Postcards Festival started at Jacksons Lane in 2010 and has now become a much-anticipated annual festival of circus, cabaret and extraordinary performance in North London. It's 15 nights of thrilling work which constantly confounds expectations and offers so much choice - whether you love anarchic clowning, faux-gospel gigs or logic-defying magic, you'll literally find something for all tastes here. Some of it is subversive and naughty, some family-friendly and charming. But it's all totally original.
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 21, 2017
BWW speaks to Danny O'Brien about his 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show RaconTour.
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 10, 2017
BWW speaks to Circus Abyssinia about their 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show Ethiopian Dreams.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2018
Vital Theatre Company is pleased to announce its upcoming musical adaptation of OWEN & MZEE: THE TRUE STORY OF A REMARKABLE FRIENDSHIP the #1 New York Times best-selling children's book about the friendship between a tortoise and an orphaned hippopotamus written by father and daughter team Craig and Isabella Hatkoff and Dr. Paula Kahumbu . The musical features book and lyrics by Michelle Elliott and music and lyrics by Danny Larsen. Stanley Mathis is the Director/ Choreographer and Costume Designer.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2017
The York Theatre Company, announces the Off-Broadway premiere of the new musical Marry Harry, with book by Jennifer Robbins (Hudson River Blues) and music and lyrics by Dan Martin and Michael Biello (In My Body, The Cousins Grimm). Directed and choreographed by York favorite Bill Castellino (Cagney, Storyville), performances are set to begin Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. for a limited engagement through Sunday, May 21, 2017
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2019
Children's Theatre Company (CTC) is proud to announce the global 2019 - 2020 Season, including two CTC commissioned works, two international presentations, surprising reimagined classic fairy tales, and exciting musicals. This season will feature a wide range of productions that will engage conversations and create memories. Earlier in January, CTC announced that Rajane Katurah (former CTC Performing Apprentice) has accepted the position of Company Member, joining Autumn Ness, Dean Holt, Reed Sigmund, and Gerald Drake for the 2019 - 2020 Season.
by Julie Musbach - Feb 14, 2019
Roundabout Theatre Company's new Broadway production of the musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate, starring Tony Award winner Kelli O'Hara, begins preview performances today. Get to know the cast below as they begin Broadway performances!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2018
Underbelly Festival is back for its tenth year on the Southbank with an incredible line-up, including headline shows from four countries across four different continents by some of the finest purveyors of circus in the world.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2017
VITAL THEATRE COMPANY is pleased to announce full casting for its upcoming musical adaptation of OWEN & MZEE: THE TRUE STORY OF A REMARKABLE FRIENDSHIP the #1 New York Times best-selling children's book about the friendship between a tortoise and an orphaned hippopotamus written by father and daughter team Craig and Isabella Hatkoff and Dr. Paula Kahumbu . The musical features book and lyrics by Michelle Elliott and music and lyrics by Danny Larsen. Stanley Mathis is the Director/ Choreographer and Costume Designer.
by Cindy Sibilsky - Dec 26, 2018
When one thinks of Ethiopian imports, coffee and extraordinary runners might grace the top of the list but circus artists aren't usually associated with the sovereign African nation. However, with Circus Abyssinia - an all-Ethiopian contemporary circus company, the brainchild and heart project of a pair of brothers, Mehari 'Bibi' Tesfamariam and Binyam 'Bichu' Tesfamariam, who are both talented jugglers and global arts entrepreneurs - the world might start to see Ethiopia in a different light. The siblings' journey to fulfill their dreams reads more like a fairytale or Cinderella story, where the heroes persevere and make magic happen with their unshakable willpower and determination, though not despite many struggles and frustrations on their way to fulfilling their dreams.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2017
Underbelly today announced the return of Underbelly Festival for 2018, which will see them mark 10 years on London's Southbank having broken through the one-million ticket barrier in 2017.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2018
Acclaimed Los Angeles drummer and producer Te'Amir [pronounced Taah-mer] ties together his 2018 two-part EP series of beat driven and soulful explorations Abyssinia & Abyssinia Rise, together inspired by his Ethiopian heritage, for release as one vinyl full-length LP, January 25 on Tru Thoughts. The release is imprinted with his research into the Ethiopian Golden Era, Ethiopiques, traditional Ethiopian and Eritrean music, and offers a beatific interpretation that takes the listener on a journey through the soundscapes of the Abyssinian Empire.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2017
The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Interim Executive Director; David McCoy, Chairman of the Board), dedicated to the development of new musicals and the preservation of musical gems from the past, as part of its acclaimed Developmental Reading Series, will present the staged reading of OMG...BROADWAY!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2018
VITAL THEATRE COMPANY is pleased to announce the Super Showcase performance of OWEN & MZEE: THE TRUE STORY OF A REMARKABLE FRIENDSHIP the #1 New York Times best-selling children's book about the friendship between a tortoise and an orphaned hippopotamus written by father and daughter team Craig and Isabella Hatkoff and Dr. Paula Kahumbu . The musical features book and lyrics by Michelle Elliott and music and lyrics by Danny Larsen. Stanley Mathis is the Director/ Choreographer and Costume Designer.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2019
Children's Theatre Company (CTC) is announce the presentation of Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams, running September 17 through October 20, 2019. This new circus was created by brothers Bibi and Bichu Tesfamariam in 2017, who have been circus performers for over two decades.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2017
The York Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals and preserving musical gems from the past, in association with Cecilia Lin and Hu Guo, has announced the cast and creative team of the New York premiere of the musical Desperate Measures, with book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg (Anna Karenina) and music by David Friedman (Scandalous). 
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017
The York Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals and preserving musical gems from the past, in association with Cecilia Lin and Hu Guo, has announced the first mainstage production of the 2017-2018 season: the New York premiere of the musical Desperate Measures.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2018
VITAL THEATRE COMPANY is pleased to announce the Super Showcase performance of OWEN & MZEE: THE TRUE STORY OF A REMARKABLE FRIENDSHIP the #1 New York Times best-selling children's book about the friendship between a tortoise and an orphaned hippopotamus written by father and daughter team Craig and Isabella Hatkoff and Dr. Paula Kahumbu . The musical features book and lyrics by Michelle Elliott and music and lyrics by Danny Larsen. Stanley Mathis is the Director/ Choreographer and Costume Designer.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2018
Roundabout Theatre Company has announced the world - premiere production of TONI STONE, by Lydia R. Diamond, starring Emmy Award winner Uzo Aduba ( " Orange Is the New Black, " Godspell, The Wiz ) as " Toni Stone, " directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2018
Today (4 April) marks 250 years since Philip Astley staged the first ever circus in Waterloo. This Friday (6 April) mere yards from the site where one of the world's most exciting global artforms was born, Underbelly Festival will launch its 10th year on the Southbank with its biggest circus programme ever, including four headline shows from four different countries across four continents.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017
After two successful years Circus Hub is bigger and better than ever before - presenting larger venues and bigger companies, this years programme is packed full of high flying, spectacular acrobatics to marvel at.  2017's programme is truly international, with companies coming from Ethiopia, Colombia, Belgium, Ireland and Australia to offer Fringe audiences the best of world circus and cabaret.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2018
Astonishing acrobats, bewildering contortionists and world famous jugglers from the highly acclaimed Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams got the 10th anniversary Underbelly Festival off to a spectacular start with a very special performance on the Southbank, just yards from the location at which Philip Astley's first ever circus took place 250 years ago this month.