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First Impressions - 1959 - Broadway

Based on the novel Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Based on the play by Helen Jerome


Alvin Theatre

(New York, NY)
250 W. 52nd St.
by Anthony Walker-Cook - Sep 30, 2019
After winning a Stage Debut Award in 2017 for The Country Girls and starring alongside Jennifer Saunders in Lady Windermere's Fan, Grace Molony can now be seen in the London transfer of Laura Wade's The Watsons, which opens tonight at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Directed by Samuel West, The Watsons tackls Jane Austen's unfinished final novel. BroadwayWorld spoke with Grace about Austen's legacy, returning to the show, and the play's unexpected relevance today.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2019
The Broadway community mourns the loss of beloved performer, lyricist and women's healthcare advocate Phyllis Newman, who passed away on September 15, 2019 at age 86. To commemorate her life and work, the Committee of Theatre Owners will dim the lights of the American Airlines, Broadhurst, Helen Hayes, Lunt-Fontanne, Lyric, New Amsterdam, Samuel J. Friedman, St. James, and Vivian Beaumont Theatres in New York for one minute on Friday, September 27 at exactly 7:45pm. 
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2019
Peak Performances presents Lena Herzog's Last Whispers, an immersive AV experience dedicated to vanishing languages, accompanied by panel discussions on select days, October 16-20 at the Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University. Trained in linguistics and philosophy, Herzog, also as an acclaimed photographer, has taken an ongoing interest in indigenous languages, which are disappearing at an astonishing rate. By 2050, half of roughly 7,000 languages spoken around the world will fall silent. Herzog's a?oehaunting and singulara?? (The New Yorker critic Alex Ross) immersive oratorioa?"situated at the intersection of installation art, music, and filma?"features spoken and sung recordings of more than 40 endangered or lost languages.
by Zac Thriffiley - Sep 22, 2019
FIRST DATE, the romantic comedy musical closing out Stage West Theatre's 40th season, is sweet, charming, tender, uproariously funny, and a celebration of all the worthwhile risks we take in the search for love.
by Kori Lotito - Sep 18, 2019
Everyone knows that feeling of waking up on the first day of school and wanting to wear their very best outfit to showcase the brand-new human they've become over the summer. Great outfits bring great confidence. There's no better feeling than knowing you are rocking what you're wearing, whether it's the first day of a new school year or you're an adult meeting new people. First impressions matter.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2019
BroadwayWorld is saddened to report the passing of Phyllis Newman. The news was shared on social media by her daughter, Amanda Green. Newman was 86 years old.
by Walter McBride - Sep 16, 2019
As BroadwayWorld sadly reported yesterday, stage star Phyllis Newman passed away yesterday, September 15, at the age of 86. Newman got her start in show business at 4 years old imitating Carmen Miranda in theatres and clubs. Her portrayal of Martha Vail in the Jule Styne/Comden and Green musical Subways Are For Sleeping - costumed only in a bath towel - earned her a Tony Award. Her other Broadway credits include Bells Are Ringing, The Apple Tree, On the Town, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Awake and Sing, Wish You Were Here, First Impressions, and her one-woman musical The Madwoman of Central Park West, which she co-authored with Arthur Laurents. She garnered a Tony Award nomination for her highly-acclaimed performance in Neil Simon's Broadway Bound.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2019
BroadwayWorld is saddened to report the passing of Phyllis Newman. The news was shared on social media by her daughter, Amanda Green. Newman was 86 years old.
by Nicole Rosky - Oct 5, 2019
Settle checked in with BroadwayWorld earlier this week to tell us all about life after the Bearded Lady, how one special song changed her life, and why she just can't get enough of Hugh. 
by Stage Tube - Oct 27, 2019
During last night's episode of Saturday Night Live, Judge Barry (Chance the Rapper) presides over First Impressions Court, where he doles out judgments based on first impressions.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2019
In Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Appalachian Spring, Martha Graham Dance Company Returns to its Founder's Iconic Dance, with its Pulitzer Prize-Winning Score by Aaron Copland, and Debuts The Auditions, a New Work by Schumacher and Thomasa?"Commissioned by Peak Performancesa?"Devised to Resonate with Graham's Classic
by Cary Ginell - Oct 11, 2019
In Part 2 of our interview with Adam Pascal, Adam talks about two traumatic Broadway experiences: going on with 'Rent' right after the sudden death of Jonathan Larson and having to do 'Aida' two days after the 9/11 tragedies.
by TV News Desk - Oct 10, 2019
Bravo dives back into the dating pool with its reboot of the iconic series 'Blind Date,' premiering Monday, November 18 at 11:30pm ET/PT. In the age of social media where preconceived notions dominate and dating apps thrive on a swipe left or right, hopeful singles looking to form a true connection - or perhaps just any connection - take the ultimate plunge when they embark on a blind date. A nod to the original format with a modernized twist to match social media trends, each half-hour episode focuses on two couples of varying ethnicity, sexual orientation and age. As each unpredictable date progresses, only time will tell if these strangers struggle to connect or find their perfect match. For a sneak peek, please look below.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2019
Peak Performances presents the Martha Graham Dance Company, comprising the “most skilled and powerful dancers you can ever hope to see” (The Washington Post), dancing the revolutionary choreographer's Appalachian Spring. The company celebrates the 75th anniversary of this enduringly powerful work with a dynamic, lyrical new dance that resonates with Graham's classic: Peak Performances commission The Auditions, choreographed by Troy Schumacher to an original score by composer Augusta Read Thomas, and performed by seven Martha Graham Dance Company members.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2019
Peak Performances presents the U.S. premiere of Gandini Juggling and choreographer Alexander Whitley's Spring, a mesmerizing collaboration setting the company's avant-garde approach to juggling in juxtaposition with contemporary dance. Following the success of last year's Smashed, Gandini Juggling joins forces with Whitley for a kaleidoscopic dreamscape of a performance. The production features six virtuosic jugglers: Kati Ylä-Hokkala, Tristan Curty, Dominik Harant, Kim Huynh, Liza van Brakel, and Wes Peden and four contemporary dancers: Sakeema Peng Crook, Tia Hockey, Erin O'Toole, and Yu-Hsien Wu, and an immersive score by London-based composer and producer Gabriel Prokofiev. The Guardian called Spring a?oejoyfully hypnotica??filled with intricate skill.a?? Visually arresting, colorfula?"with lighting design by Guy Hoare and costume design by Claire Ashleya?"and bursting with rhythm and pattern, Spring is a refreshing and entertaining production at the vanguard of contemporary circus. Performances take place December 12-15 at the Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University.
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2019
You may have seen or read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, but this summer, Heritage Theatre Festival's got news for you: You've never seen it quite like this!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2020
A retelling of the original, much-loved fairytale Beauty and the Beast will take centre-stage at Staffordshire's New Vic for Christmas 2020, the theatre-in-the-round announced today.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2020
Bravo Bell, a friendly pup who is resident mood-booster and Director of First Impressions for Off-Broadway's Players Theatre in NYC, is feeling lonely during these quarantine times. So, he and the co-owners of recently opened Bravo's Book Nook, Brenda Bell and Michael Sgouros, have launched a virtual Storytime every Tuesday at 2:00pm.
by Drew Eberhard - Mar 25, 2019
'Strikingly beautiful,' 'ghost-like,' are just two adjectives that make up the mood in which Agatha Christie's Mousetrap, leaves on it's audiences which can witness this 'who-dunnit' now on-stage at Stageworks Theatre in the heart of downtown Tampa. At least that was the first and lasting impression I received upon entering the space Saturday night for a mere sold out performance, that was so stunning I still think about it days later. After all as one character proclaims, 'First impressions are so important,' and this bone chilling first impression still has me gasping for air.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2019
The 14th Annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival is pleased to announce the details of its full 2019 program in September, titled Tennessee Williams and Yukio Mishima.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2019
As we roll into summer, Underbelly Festival Southbank 2019 today announces its final raft of shows including its last headliner and a multitude of blockbuster variety, circus, cabaret, comedy and music.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2019
She's only got one chance to make a thousand first impressions. 'The Girl of A Thousand Voices' follows her run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a magnificent UK tour that travels across the UK from 1st September to 26th October 2019.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2019
IMPRINT's Inaugural Season, Built For Longing, garnered 12 DFW Theatre Critics' Forum Awards, a staggering 40 Column Award Nominations (with 3 wins), and inclusion on many Best of 2018 Year-End Lists. Their sophomore season, Mercury Rising, has continued to raise the bar with unique theatrical experiences and opportunities, including new partnerships, new works, and additional surprises along the way. In their third season, entitled Home, IMPRINT aspires to build a community of inclusion, where everyone from the underdog to the forsaken can find their Home.
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jun 11, 2019
With nearly 4,000 shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, it can be a little overwhelming to select which shows to see. BWW reviewer Natalie O'Donoghue has narrowed down her top ten picks in the cabaret section of the programme.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 4, 2019
The Colony Theatre in Burbank has announced Saturday Night Stand Up, an evening of non-stop laughter featuring The Feminoles with special guest Angel Laketa Moore, on Saturday, August 24, at 8pm. 
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2020
Today (July 31) in live streaming: Jerry Mitchell visits Backstage Live, the Marie's Crisis Weekend-Warmup is back, and so much more!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2019
This comedic Broadway musical paints the picture of every blind date full of first impressions, awkward pauses, and unexpected attractions. First Date by Austin Winsberg, Alan Zachary, and Michael Weiner follows blind date newbie Aaron and serial-dater Casey as they meet for the first time in a bustling New York restaurant. What was supposed to be a relaxed drink by the bar soon turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2019
Disney's classic musical “Beauty and the Beast” will be presented July 19-28 by KidsAlive! of Oklahoma City.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2020
Royal Family Productions (Chris Henry, Artistic Director), a Times Square-based non-profit theatre company known for its innovative productions and development of new original work, is proud to kick off their season with Royal Family's Resident Choreographer/Creative Associate Lorna Ventura curating the FEMALE FORWARD FESTIVAL. This festival features Blackbirding by Queen Esther (The Moxie Show), Journeys by Rosa Arredondo (TV: a?oeRoswell, New Mexico.a?? Broadway: A Streetcar Named Desire), and This Open Earth by Iman Schuk. Tickets are $30; $100; $250 and can be purchased by clicking 
by TV News Desk - Jan 27, 2020
Sammy Hagar & The Circle, comprised of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson, are joining forces with Whitesnake, formed by former Deep Purple singer and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer David Coverdale with guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra, drummer Tommy Aldridge, bassist Michael Devin and keyboardist Michele Luppi, for a 2020 summer tour featuring a setlist of some of the biggest hard-rocking hits of the past four decades.  The 30-city U.S tour will also feature special guest Night Ranger on all dates, delivering fans an incredible summer evening of music at some of the most scenic outdoor amphitheaters across the U.S.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2020
Urban Stages (Frances Hill, Founding Artistic Director) will begin 2020 with The Tourist Trap plays. Seven playwrights have been challenged to write a brand spanking new short play using a tourist trap (Mount Rushmore, Hollywood Sign, etc) as a springboard. This will be the ninth installment of short play premieres under Urban Stages New Pages' facilitated by Bara Swain. The program provides increased visibility and networking opportunities to playwrights at all career levels as well as free public programming.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2020
PEAK Performances presents two concerts by the United States' only professional piano sextet, Grand Band, who arrange and play six pianos in a circle. The unconventional ensemble-Erika Dohi, David Friend, Paul Kerekes, Blair McMillen, Lisa Moore, and Isabelle O'Connell-engulfs the audience in the sonic intensity of four landmark contemporary works, including the iconic and massive Gay Guerilla by late minimalist composer Julius Eastman. The Quietus describes the piece as 'one of the most moving pieces ever to be written for eight hands...beginning in lonely stuttering notes, slowly unraveling into defiant crescendos, before the final part repurposes Martin Luther's A Mighty Fortress Is Our God into a queer manifesto.'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2020
Royal Family Productions (Chris Henry, Artistic Director), a Times Square-based non-profit theatre company known for its innovative productions and development of new original work, has announced their 2020 spring season.
by Jenny Ell - Feb 4, 2020
Louise O'Neill's award-winning 2015 novel, Asking For It, has been adapted for the stage by playwright, Meadhbh McHugh, and received its UK premiere at The REP Birmingham last night, following great success in its country of origin in 2018.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2019
Stephen Nachamie (She Loves Me) will direct an industry reading of the new musical Pride & Prejudice - the Musical, with book, music and lyrics by Lawrence Rush, on February 18th and 19th featuring DeLaney Westfall (Kinky Boots, Side Show, Sweeney Todd) as Elizabeth Bennet.
by Review Roundups - Feb 25, 2020
Vineyard Theatre presents Dana H., by Lucas Hnath, adapted from interviews with Dana Higginbotham conducted by Steve Cosson, and directed by Les Waters, began previews on February 11 with Deirdre O'Connell reprising the title role for the New York premiere direct from engagements at Center Theatre Group and The Goodman Theatre. 
by Richard Sasanow - Feb 24, 2019
Purcell's DIDO AND AENEAS, written in about 1689 with a libretto by Nahum Tate, doesn't exist in a final version approved by the composer but, well, never mind. In the care of the more-than-budding artists of the Juilliard415 historical music ensemble and singers from Juilliard's Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts, all was well.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2019
Emmy Award-winning comedian Dana Carvey will return to The Mirage March 8 - 9. The household name in movies and TV will perform with Ray Romano in his Aces of Comedy series debut in lieu of the originally scheduled David Spade.  
by Student Blogger: Kiana Holmes - Dec 6, 2018
Dear High School Seniors: BA programs are good and here's why
by Fiona Scott - Dec 24, 2019
In 2019, I reviewed 30 shows for BroadwayWorld, but I actually wrote more interviews - around 50 articles on my count. Here's my attempt to pick out some highlights alongside the other pieces of theatre I saw this year.
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Dec 23, 2019
BWW reviewer Natalie O'Donoghue highlights her favourite theatre productions and performances of 2019.
by Lindsey Rusling - Dec 2, 2019
First Date is a romantic, musical comedy with book by Austin Winsberg of Gossip Girl fame and music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner based on personal experiences with blind dates.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2019
The Australian Music Vault has captured the stories of some of the most formidable pioneers and innovators from the Australian music scene including Judith Durham AO and Archie Roach AM in their latest offering, Long Play Series.
by Fiona Scott - Aug 4, 2019
It may not be Christina Bianco's first time at the Fringe but she brings her hilarious new impressionist show, First Impressions to Assembly Checkpoint. Bianco hails from New York and is famous for her fabulous diva impressions, from Julie Andrews to Liza Minelli, some of which have gone viral on YouTube.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2019
Carolines on Broadway, New York City's premier comedy venue, presents its talented line-up for the month of September, highlighted by headliners Rob Stapleton, who presents The Goodbye Summer Comedy Weekend, September 1; Clayton Thomas, from Bounce TV's Family Time, September 5 - 7; Kountry Wayne, Instagram sensation, September 12 - 15; and Brad Williams, from Netflix's The Degenerates, September 19 - 21.
by TV News Desk - Aug 20, 2019
It all starts with a 911 call. Police direct officers to the scene; body cams are activated, and dashboard video is engaged.  Roll tape.  Police encounter the crime scene in its entirety and record every corner, but they need more information.  Suspects are taken to interrogation rooms, witnesses share their impressions, and family members' reactions are recorded.  Law enforcement narrow in on an answer to the crime, and they know they have one tool to thank. In these cases, memories may be fallible, but the tapes are forever.  THE MURDER TAPES premieres on Wednesday, August 28th at 10/9ct, only on Investigation Discovery.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2020
Main Street Theater (MST)'s 45th Season will include six (6) productions on its MainStage and seven (7) at its Theater for Youth for 2020-2021.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2020
Bravo will be back on Tuesday, April 14th at 2pm for another story time! Although his mom, Brenda, continues to battle those pesky technology mishaps, Bravo is determined to persist. He commented 'look, we're theatre people (and well, dog). My mom [Brenda] is way more accustomed to live performances and hates having to fuss around with 'going digital'. BUT I assured her that all my friends and fans wanted to stay connected and so they can see how badly I miss their bellyrubs and cheeks for kisses!'