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BWW's On This Day - August 19, 2018
by - Aug 19, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on August 19 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - August 18, 2018
by - Aug 18, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on August 18 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Exclusive: Chris McCarrell To Lead THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2018

The producers of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical announced this morning Chris McCarrell will reprise the role of Percy Jackson in the upcoming national tour of the musical adaption of the New York Times best-selling novel written by Rick Riordan.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Theatre By the Sea Presents CHICAGO
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2018

Chicago, currently running at Theatre By The Sea through September 9. For tickets call (401) 782-TKTS (8587), visit www.theatrebythesea.com, or visit the box office at 364 Cards Pond Rd., Wakefield, RI. (more...)

Casting Announced For The New Colony's FUN HARMLESS WARMACHINE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2018

???????The New Colony, under the new artistic leadership of Fin Coe* and Stephanie Shum*, is pleased to announce casting for its world premiere of FUN HARMLESS WARMACHINE, a journey down the rabbit hole of online masculinity cults written by Co-Artistic Director Fin Coe* and directed by James Fleming.  (more...)

THE MOMEDIANS OF MOMEDY Come to Davenport's 9/13
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2018

The Momedians of Momedy is a stand-up comedy show featuring Chicago's best comedians - who just happen to be moms! Host Denise Medina will deliver the laughs along with fellow Momedians Kat Herskovic, Colleen Brennan, Jessica Besser-Rosenberg, Maya May and Lia Berman. Come join the fun as the Moms joke about the perils of life, pregnancy, relationships, parenthood and more¬ÖWhy? Because we said so. (more...)

Ballet Hisp√°nico Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With HISPANIC HERITAGE HAPPY HOUR
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2018

Ballet Hisp√°nico will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with free events, performances, and dance lessons for children and adults. Events include an Instituto Coreogr√°fico, which will feature an inside look at Bennyroyce Royon's new work, the annual A La Calle Block Party, an intimate Flamenco Tablao performance, and a Hispanic Heritage Happy Hour. (more...)

BWW Review: No Sleepin' on the Job in DREAMGIRLS at The Cupcake Theater
by Valerie-Jean Miller - Aug 17, 2018

This musical is one that everyone loves, but it is not an easy one to put together and do right. Tor Campbell, the Director and Choreographer, has accomplished that with an abundance of clever ideas, high energy, style, conviction and talent. The entire Cast is on top of it, feeling and selling this Broadway treasure like nobody's business! There is so much heart in this large Cast that it just spills out everywhere on stage all the way to the back of the house. Besides non-stop movement, full-out everything across the board performancewise, each Principal and each Ensemble member puts their all into it. Book and Lyrics by Tom Eyen, music by Henry Kreiger, Originally Choreographed and Directed by the great Michael Bennett. (more...)

Marylouise Burke and Gary Wilmes Join Roundabout's TRUE WEST; Full Cast and Creative
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2018

Roundabout Theatre Company has announced full casting for the new Broadway production of Sam Shepard's TRUE WEST, directed by James Macdonald, starring acclaimed screen and stage actors Ethan Hawke as "Lee" and Paul Dano as "Austin." Marylouise Burke and Gary Wilmes join the cast as "Mom" and "Saul Kimmer." (more...)

Post Animal Reunites With Band Co-Founder, Stranger Things' Joe Keery, For New Music Video
by TV News Desk - Aug 17, 2018

Chicago neo-psych rock band Post Animal released their critically acclaimed self-written, performed and produced debut album When I Think Of You In A Castle earlier this year via Polyvinyl, and today they share the music video for the album's lead single ¬ďRalphie.¬Ē Band co-founder Joe Keery, known for his role as Steve Harrington in Stranger Things, recorded the album with his bandmates and sings vocals on ¬ďRalphie,¬Ē but has remained a largely inactive member due to his busy acting schedule. While touring hasn't been in the cards, we're treated to Keery rejoining his friends at the Oasis for the final scene of their new music video. ¬ďOasis is anywhere you can get together with all your buds,¬Ē Post Animal say about the music video. ¬ďOver the last few years a lot has changed for our band and we have learned to really appreciate the time we get to spend with one another. It was great to come full circle and catch up with Joe for this video, and we had a blast doing it.¬Ē Watch ¬ďRalphie¬Ē exclusively via Apple Music HERE. (more...)

VIDEO: Go Behind The Scenes Of PRETTY WOMAN Opening Night On BWW's Instagram
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2018

In the video below, go behind the scenes of opening night on BroadwayWorld's Instagram as company member Tommy Bracco takes us behind the scenes of the show's Broadway opening night from curtain to after party! (more...)

Morocco's Oasis Festival Announces Addition of Special Guests Black Coffee And Virgil Abloh
by TV News Desk - Aug 17, 2018

Morocco's Oasis Festival, taking place September 14-16 in the shadow of the Atlas Mountains, has announced the addition of two very special guests, South African doyen Black Coffee and versatile creative Virgil Abloh. Combining an impressive lineup that includes Avalon Emerson, Ben Klock, Carl Cox, DJ Koze, Hot Since 82, Honey Dijon, Jessy Lanza, Mount Kimbie, Sasha, Peggy Gou, and The Black Madonna, with a truly authentic cultural experience, Oasis is shaping up to be one of the most impressive boutique festivals of the summer. (more...)

MY MOTHER'S ITALIAN, MY FATHER'S JEWISH I'M IN THERAPY! Comes To MKE This October
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2018

???????The international comedy hit My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy!, featuring actor & comedian Peter J. Fogel, announced it will be coming to Milwaukee's Broadway Theatre Center in the historic Third Ward, October 10-28, 2018. (more...)

Planet Ant Celebrates 25 Years with Ant-iversary Show
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2018

This fall marks Planet Ant Theatre's 25th year as a fixture within the community from their corner of Caniff. (more...)

Netflix Announces New Series WHAT / IF Starring Renée Zellweger
by TV News Desk - Aug 17, 2018

Social thriller What/If explores the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things. Each season will tackle a different morality tale inspired by culturally consequential source material, and the power of a single fateful decision to change the trajectory of an entire life. (more...)

Northlight Welcomes Artistic Fellow Mikael Burke
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2018

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, has named Mikael Burke as its first-ever Artistic Fellow. (more...)

Ed Helms' The Bluegrass Situation Announces Podcasts and Releases Details for 3rd Annual Shout & Shine Showcase
by TV News Desk - Aug 17, 2018

An exciting 2018 is underway for The Bluegrass Situation, the multifaceted and ever-evolving media company, co-founded by actor and banjo player Ed Helms, that has been redefining roots culture since 2012. Today, the movement better known as BGS is pleased to announce the addition of three new podcasts to their in-demand podcast network through which listeners tune in from around the globe to hear fresh discourse on all things roots. Plus, BGS reveals details on their third annual Shout & Shine Showcase to be held Monday, Sept. 24 at the North Carolina Museum of History. Continue reading to hear everything that BGS has been up to and what's still to come in 2018, including exciting tribute concerts, presenting shows at Red Rocks Amphitheater, curating festival stage lineups on two continents, launching BGS-UK, and so much more. (more...)

Former Joffrey Ballet Company Member Joins Board
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2018

Joffrey Board Chair Zachary Lazar and President & CEO Greg Cameron are thrilled to welcome former Joffrey dancer John Mark Giragosian to the Joffrey Board of Directors. Giragosian becomes the first former Company-turned-Board member in Joffrey history. Board members serve as the governing body of the Joffrey, providing leadership, overseeing policy and direction, and are responsible for the fiscal accountability of the organization. Mayor Rahm Emanuel serves as the Honorary Chair of the Joffrey's Board.   (more...)

Alice Lee, Carly Sakolove, and More Star in PORN AWARDS: THE MUSICAL!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2018

Max Ziegfeld's Porn Awards: The Musical!, welcoming you to The 69th Annual Golden Dick Awards, will hit Rockwell: Table & Stage Aug. 27 at 8 PM. (more...)


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World Premiere Of SPIN OFF Will Be Presented at The Riverside Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2018

Creative Women New York will present the world premiere of 'Spin Off' by Bernard Pomerance, author of 'The Elephant Man,' in a production directed by Ron Canada from September 21 to October 13 at The Riverside Theatre, 91 Claremont Avenue. (more...)

See the Full List of What is Coming and Going on Hulu This September
by TV News Desk - Aug 17, 2018

Hulu is a leading premium streaming service that offers instant access to live and on demand channels, original series and films, and a premium library of TV and movies to more than 20 million subscribers in the U.S.  Here's what is coming to Hulu for September: (more...)

Paul Lewis's North American Concerts In 2018-19 To Include Viree Classique, Chicago Symphony, Carnegie Hall Concerto Debut, Recitals With Mark Padmore
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2018

Paul Lewis's Haydn-Beethoven-Brahms project enters second season with two compelling new programmes. North American engagements in 2018-19 include dates with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Haitink, Beethoven at Carnegie Hall and Mozart in Montreal, and song recitals with regular duo partner Mark Padmore. (more...)

Atlantic Records Releases 'You And I' from the Forthcoming PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL Original Broadway Cast Recording
by TV News Desk - Aug 17, 2018

PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL, with original music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner Bryan Adams and his longtime songwriting partner Jim Vallance, a book by Garry Marshall and the film's screenwriter J.F. Lawton, and direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell, opens tonight, Thursday, August 16, 2018, at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street). (more...)

First Floor Theater Announces 2018-19 Season At The Den Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2018

First Floor Theater is pleased to announce its seventh season, featuring a world premiere and two Chicago premieres. The 2018-19 season will be presented at FFT's resident home, The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood.  (more...)

Paul Lewis's North American Concerts In 2018-19 To Include Virée Classique, Chicago Symphony, Carnegie Hall Concerto Debut, Recitals With Mark Padmore
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2018

Paul Lewis's Haydn-Beethoven-Brahms project enters second season with two compelling new programmes. North American engagements in 2018-19 include dates with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Haitink, Beethoven at Carnegie Hall and Mozart in Montreal, and song recitals with regular duo partner Mark Padmore (more...)

Ballet Hisp√°nico Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With Dance: Instituto Coreogr√°fico
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2018

Ballet Hispanico will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with free events, performances, and dance lessons for children and adults. Events include an Instituto Coreografico, which will feature an inside look at Bennyroyce Royon's new work, the annual A La Calle Block Party, an intimate Flamenco Tablao performance, and a Hispanic Heritage Happy Hour. (more...)

DAG Announces 2018 2019 Season
by Anton Anderssen - Aug 17, 2018

The Downriver Actors' Guild announced its 2018 2019 season on Saturday with a festive reception and teasers. The reception included heaps of shrimp cocktail, fresh hummus, and home-baked cookies. Each upcoming show was featured during the special event. (more...)

Wildclaw Theatre Presents SECOND SKIN
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2018

Tickets are now on sale for the WORLD PREMIERE production of SECOND SKIN by Kristin Idaszak and directed by Jess Hutchinson STARRING: Stephanie Shum, Hilary Williams and Paula Ramirez. WildClaw Theatre Company, bringing the world of horror to the stage for 10 years in Chicago, is proud to present this three-women-told tale of a secret surfacing from a place thought buried in the deep. Previews begin September 11th and the show opens September 14th at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. (more...)

The Gift Theatre Welcomes Newest Ensemble Member Jennifer Glasse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2018

The Gift Theatre is pleased to welcome Jennifer Glasse as its newest Ensemble member. Glasse has appeared in The Gift's world premieres of Hang Man and A Life Extra Ordinary.  (more...)

The Imperial Sound to Release THE NEW AM On 8/31
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2018

The Imperial Sound's blithe synthesis of 21st-century irony and bright, unselfconscious AM-radio pop is both brave and unique. And catchy as hell. The band's debut album,¬†The New AMshowcases songwriter Frederick Mosher's hook-driven heritage ¬Ė with influences from Todd Rundgren and Carole King to The Replacements and Elvis Costello ¬Ė delivering infectious, shimmering songs that celebrate the craft and style of the best pop music. Pravda Records will release the new album on August 31st, and the band will celebrate at the Hideout September 1st with guest singers Renaldo Domino and Robert Cornelius. (more...)

NE QUITTEZ PAS Comes to O18 Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2018

Lauded as ¬ďone of the most creative and ambitious companies in this country¬Ē (New York Times),¬†Opera Philadelphia¬†justified that reputation once again when it launched its inaugural¬†Festival O¬†last season; the¬†Washington Post¬†found it ¬ďone of the most enjoyable additions to the fall calendar in years,¬Ē and the¬†Philadelphia Inquirer¬†noted the festival's ambition ¬ďnot to follow taste but to lead it.¬Ē (more...)

Photo Coverage: Omigod! First Look at Paramount's LEGALLY BLONDE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2018

Omigod! Omigod, you guys! Aurora's Paramount Theatre kicks off Chicago's 2018-19 theater season in high fashion with a new production of Legally Blonde. (more...)

MAD Announces Burke Prize 2018 Finalists And Exhibition
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2018

???????The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) is proud to announce the finalists for the inaugural Burke Prize for contemporary craft. The prize, named for craft collectors Marian and Russell Burke, drew an outstandingly diverse and highly competitive pool of five hundred artists working to expand the field of craft. Open to professional artists under the age of forty-five working in glass, fiber, clay, metal, or wood, the Burke Prize was determined by a jury of professionals in the fields of art, craft, and design. (more...)

Trap Door Announces NAKED
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2018

The Trap Door Theatre presents Naked written by Luigi Pirandello, translated by Nina Da Vinci Nichols, directed by Kay Martinovich. (more...)

Auditorium Theatre Partners With National Geographic Live For Speaker Series
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2018

???????The Auditorium Theatre kicks off its three-part National Geographic Live speaker series on Wednesday, September 26, with "When Women Ruled the World," featuring Dr. Kara Cooney, National Geographic author and professor of Egyptian art and architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles. (more...)

Ate9 Announces New Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2018

???????Ate9 Artistic Director Danielle Agami today announced that the company is set to tour the United States with an exciting repertoire for the 2018/19 Season that features two new full-length works. (more...)

BrightSide Theatre To Hold Annual Fundraiser 10/13
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2018

The BrightSide Theatre Board of Directors, Artistic Director Jeffrey Cass and Executive Director Julie Ann Kornak invite you to BrightSide Theatre's 2018 Annual Benefit on Saturday, October 13 from 7-10 pm at the Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 South Ellsworth Street, Naperville, IL  60540. (more...)

Las Vegas Philharmonic Celebrates Opening Night 9/15
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2018

???????The Las Vegas Philharmonic opens its 20th anniversary season on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 7:30 pm in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts with a program celebrating the works of Bernstein, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky.  Music Director Donato Cabrera will host a pre-concert conversation in Reynolds Hall one hour prior to the performance (6:30 PM) for patrons who want to learn more about the history and meaning behind the music to be performed that evening.  Following the concert, the Philharmonic will celebrate its 20th anniversary at a special reception with wine, coffee and dessert on Reynolds Hall stage ($50 per person, tickets separate from concert). (more...)

The National Hellenic Museum Announces Newest Exhibit ¬Ė George Kokines: Layers Revealed
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2018

???????Dedicated to collecting, preserving and portraying the legacy of Greek history and culture in America, the National Hellenic Museum has the largest collection of Greek American artifacts and recorded oral histories anywhere. The National Hellenic Museum (NHM), 333 S. Halsted St., introduces its newest exhibition - George Kokines: Layers Revealed. On September 20, 2018, the National Hellenic Museum will open the first ever retrospective of the artist George Kokines. Using loaned objects and those from the NHM Collections, this exhibition traces Kokines' artistic development and accomplishments in Abstract Expressionism as well as his journey to embrace his Greek American identity. (more...)

THE GOD COMMITTEE Comes to Oil Lamp Theater
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2018

Executive and Artistic Director Keith Gerth and Associate Artistic Director Stephen Smith of the Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview announce their next production, Mark St. Germain's medical drama The God Committee. This production is directed by Josh Johnson and will be performed from August 16th through September 23rd, 2018 at 1723 Glenview Road in Glenview. (more...)

Rick Stone THE BLUES MAN To Extend Through 9/9
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2018

Black Ensemble Theater is adding two additional weeks to the run of Rick Stone the Blues Man written and directed by Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor. Rick Stone the Blues Man will be performed at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago, now through September 9, 2018. (more...)

BWW Interview: Katie Becker Colon of TOO MIGHT LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND (30 SHOWS IN 60 MINUTES) at Duke City Reparatory Theatre
by Beth Leitman - Aug 16, 2018

BWW Interview: Katie Becker Colon of TOO MIGHT LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND (30 SHOWS IN 60 MINUTES) at Duke City Reparatory Theatre (more...)

Magic Time Productions In Partnership With CoHo Productions Present THE BEN HECHT SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2018

1943: Ben Hecht tells you everything you need to know about show business, Jews, and anti-Semites. With jokes. (more...)

THE COLOR PURPLE To Open At The Armory Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2018

???????Portland Center Stage at The Armory's 2018-2019 season launches with the Tony Award-winning musical The Color Purple, adapted from Alice Walker's classic novel about the sisterhood, resilience and self-empowerment found in a community of black women living in rural Georgia in the early 20th century. The Color Purple begins preview performances on September 15, opens on September 21, and runs through October 28 on the U.S. Bank Main Stage. Timothy Douglas directs the production, joined by music director Darius Smith, who will bring the Grammy Award-winning score to life. (more...)

Bard Conservatory Celebrates Composer Joan Tower's 80th Birthday With Special Concert
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2018

Joan Tower, the Asher Edelman Professor in the Arts at Bard College, is renowned as one of America's most important living composers. This September, The Bard College Conservatory of Music celebrates Tower's 80th birthday with a concert program of featuring world premieres of Towers' recent compositions including Small Plus (2018) performed by S? Percussion; Looking Back (2018) performed by the Da Capo Chamber Players; and Thank You (2018), with Dawn Upshaw conducting members of the Bard Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program. (more...)

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Announces Performance Benefiting The Actors Fund
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2018

The Actors Fund announced today that Once On This Island has added a Special Benefit Performance for The Actors Fund. This benefit performance will be held on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 8:00 pm at the Circle in the Square Theatre (235 West 50th Street). (more...)

Barrel Of Monkeys' THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA Tackles Ghosts, Ghouls And Talking Potatoes
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2018

Just in time for Halloween, Barrel of Monkeys is pleased to present the newest revue of its much lauded sketch show: THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA: Ghosts, Ghouls and Talking Potatoes, directed by Artistic Director Brandon Cloyd. The Halloween edition plays Sundays at 3 pm from October 7 - November 4, 2018 at the Neo-Futurist Theater. (more...)

Paramount Worldwide Acquisitions Acquires the North American Rights to Sarah Jessica Parker's HERE AND NOW
by TV News Desk - Aug 16, 2018

Paramount Worldwide Acquisitions announced today that it has acquired the North American rights to the Sarah Jessica Parker (¬ďDivorce,¬Ē¬†¬ďSex and the City¬Ē) drama HERE AND NOW (formerly titled Blue Night). ¬†The film will be distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution on Digital and VOD beginning¬†November 9, 2018, the same day that it will debut in theaters from AMBI Distribution. (more...)

Dance Center's 45th Season Opens With Chicago Debut of Ephrat Asherie Dance
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2018

To open the 45th season of its Dance Presenting Series, the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago presents the Chicago debut of Ephrat Asherie Dance (EAD), a company rooted in street and social dance. Performances take place October 11-13 at the Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. (more...)

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