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Disney's THE LION KING Comes to Boston Opera House, Now thru 10/12
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2014

The Boston engagement of Disney's The Lion King. Boston's most eagerly awaited stage production returns to the Boston Opera House stage runs today, September 9 to October 12 as part of the 2014-2015 Lexus Broadway In Boston Season. (more...)

Celebrities And Mom Bloggers Come Together To Do 'Good' Through New eZine
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2015

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Maureen Dowd, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Isabel Wilkerson, Trevor Noah and More Slated for Chicago Humanities Festival's FALLFEST/16: SPEED
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2016

The Chicago Humanities Festival is moving full speed ahead towards the 27th annual Fallfest, releasing its full line-up of events. Fallfest/16: Speed will feature more than 100 events by prominent artists, authors, historians, scientists, and cultural commentators including Dan Savage, Maureen Dowd, Trevor Noah, and Jonathan Lethem. (more...)

Syracuse Stage Season Begins 9/24 with VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2014

The 14/15 Season at Syracuse Stage starts September 24 with Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. In this "ripped and roaring" comedy by Christopher Durang, Sonia and Vanya have frittered their lives away in the family farmhouse. Enter their sister, self-absorbed movie star Masha with her 20-something boy toy Spike, and a dysfunctional family's reunion turns into a weekend of hilarity. (more...)

Syracuse Stage Season Begins Tonight with VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2014

The 14/15 Season at Syracuse Stage starts tonight, September 24, with Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. In this 'ripped and roaring' comedy by Christopher Durang, Sonia and Vanya have frittered their lives away in the family farmhouse. Enter their sister, self-absorbed movie star Masha with her 20-something boy toy Spike, and a dysfunctional family's reunion turns into a weekend of hilarity. (more...)

Court Theatre & American Blues Theater Extend NATIVE SON
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

Due to early ticket demand, Court Theatre and American Blues Theater announce an extension to the world premiere of American Blues Ensemble Member Nambi E. Kelley's new adaptation of Richard Wright's classic novel, Native Son, directed by Seret Scott. Native Son will now run September 11 - October 19, 2014 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue. (more...)

MAN IN THE RING to Make World Premiere at the Court Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Court Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert, presents the World Premiere of Man in the Ring by Michael Cristofer, directed by Artistic Director Charles Newell. (more...)

Maureen Dowd, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Isabel Wilkerson, Trevor Noah and More Slated for Chicago Humanities Festival's FALLFEST/16: SPEED
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2016

The Chicago Humanities Festival is moving full speed ahead towards the 27th annual Fallfest, releasing its full line-up of events. Fallfest/16: Speed will feature more than 100 events by prominent artists, authors, historians, scientists, and cultural commentators including Dan Savage, Maureen Dowd, Trevor Noah, and Jonathan Lethem. (more...)

Andre De Shields and More Headed to Yale Rep's SEVEN GUITARS; Cast, Creatives Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2016

Yale Repertory Theatre presents August Wilson's SEVEN GUITARS, directed by Timothy Douglas, at Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street) November 25 through December 17. Opening Night is Thursday, December 1. (more...)

John Leguizamo Brings The Q Brothers' OTHELLO: THE REMIX Off-Broadway Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2016

John Leguizamo presents The Q Brothers' Othello: The Remix, written, directed and composed by GQ and JQ, which will make its New York debut at the Westside Theatre (407 W. 43rd), beginning previews tonight, October 25th, and officially opening on Thursday, November 17th. (more...)

LaChanze to Launch FEELING GOOD Tour at The Highline Ballroom This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

LaChanze - the Tony Award winning actress and concert star of The Color Purple, If/Then, Once on This Island and more - will introduce New York to an electric new concert 'Feeling Good' at The Highline Ballroom on Monday, February 27, 2017 in anticipation of an upcoming national tour. (more...)

Andre De Shields and More Star in Yale Rep's SEVEN GUITARS, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2016

Yale Repertory Theatre presents August Wilson's SEVEN GUITARS, directed by Timothy Douglas, at Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street) tonight, November 25, through December 17. Opening Night is Thursday, December 1. (more...)

DAVE STEWART Signs on as Executive Producer of Documentary 'The Blues House'
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2014

DAVE STEWART--best known as the founder of Eurythmics with Annie Lennox and for his collaborations with Mick Jagger and Stevie Nicks--has signed on as executive producer for The Blues House (more...)

First Lady Michelle Obama Touts Arts Education at 2014 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Awards
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2014

At this weekend's ceremony for the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about the importance of the arts in U.S. schools. Among the programs she put in the spotlight were Aurora, Colorado's 'Job Training in the Arts' and Los Angeles's after-school dance program 'Everybody Dance!'. (more...)

VIDEO: Tony Winner LaChanze Talks IF/THEN, 9/11 Loss & More on Backstage on Broadway
by TV News Desk - Nov 10, 2014

TONY Award winner LaChanze stopped by this week's Backstage on Broadway to talk with PIX 11's Tamsen Fadal about starring in the new Broadway musical IF/THEN. (more...)

LaChanze to Join Jason Robert Brown at SubCulture on 5/15
by Louisa Brady - May 8, 2016

A concert series curated by the renowned Tony Award-winning composer, lyricist, conductor, and director, Jason Robert Brown. Each unique performance will incorporate an eclectic mix of material, featuring music from throughout his acclaimed career, along with new works in development. Next Sunday, May 15th, Tony winner LaChanze will become Brown's latest guest in the series! (more...)

DOUBT Opens Tonight at Writers Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2015

Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce the Writers Theatre production of Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Shanley, directed by William Brown. The show runs now through July 19, 2015 at Glencoe Union Church, 263 Park Ave, Glencoe. The Press Openings are tonight, May 6 and tomorrow, May 7. (more...)

Photo Flash: HARVEY Hops His Way to the Court Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

Court Theatre, under the leadership of Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert, concludes the 2016-2017 Season with the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy Harvey by Mary Chase, directed by Devon De Mayo. Harvey runs May 11 - June 11, 2017 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue in Chicago. The Press Opening is Saturday, May 20 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

VIDEO: Tony Winner LaChanze Dedicates 'Amazing Grace' to Her Late Husband at Today's 9/11 Memorial
by Stage Tube - May 15, 2014

Broadway's LaChanze, a Tony Award-winner, performer whose husband Calvin Joseph Gooding perished in the September 11, 2001 attacks, performed a stunning a cappella version of "Amazing Grace" (more...)

Tony Winner LaChanze Dedicates 'Amazing Grace' to Her Late Husband at Today's 9/11 Dedication Ceremony
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

Broadway's LaChanze, a Tony Award-winner whose husband Calvin Joseph Gooding perished in the September 11, 2001 attacks, performed a stunning a cappella version of 'Amazing Grace' during this morning's dedication of the 9/11 Museum in New York City. (more...)

Danai Gurira's FAMILIAR Extends at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

Due to critical acclaim and popular demand, Playwrights Horizons has announced an extension of their New York premiere production of FAMILIAR, a new play by Obie Award-winner Danai Gurira (Eclipsed now on Broadway, In the Continuum, The Convert, Michonne on AMC's 'The Walking Dead'). Directed by Rebecca Taichman (Stage Kiss, Milk Like Sugar at PH; The Oldest Boy; Marie Antoinette; Luck of the Irish; Orlando), the play is the fourth production of the theater company's 2015/2016 Season. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Stackner's LOW DOWN DIRTY BLUES Seductively Satisfies the Soul
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Mar 27, 2015

Reaching from a music tradition founded near the turn of the 20th century, the All-American Blues "brings out the boogie" at Milwaukee Rep's Stackner Cabaret. Their lusty revue Low Down Dirty Blues features "Big Mama" Felicia Fields, Chic Street Man, Sugaray Rayford with the trio accompanied by jazz pianist Robert Stephens. (more...)

Trezana Beverley's MABEL MADNESS Extends at Urban Stages
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

Urban Stages will extend its critically acclaimed World Premiere of Mabel Madness written and performed by Tony Award Winner Trezana Beverley (For Colored Girls...) tells the dramatic story with music about the life of the famous cabaret chanteuse, Mabel Mercer. Co-directed by Frances Hill and Peter Napolitano with musical direction by Tuffus Zimbabwe, Mabel Madness began performances on February 19 and was originally set to end its run on March 20, will now play Wednesday nights at 7PM and Sundays at 3PM & 7PM through April 10, 2016. Tickets are $40 and are available at www.urbanstages.org or by calling 1-866-811-4111. (more...)

Victory Gardens Sets Cast of HILLARY AND CLINTON World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2016

Victory Gardens Theater announces casting for the next show of its 41st season, the world premiere of Hillary and Clinton by Lucas Hnath, directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew. Hillary and Clinton runs April 1 - May 1, 2016, with the press performance on Friday, April 8, 2016, at 7:30 pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

A RAISIN IN THE SUN's Kenny Leon Wins Tony for Best Direction of a Play
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 8, 2014

A Raisin in the Sun's Kenny Leon has won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play. Kenny Leon's Broadway credits include August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean (five Tony nominations) and the Tony Award-winning revival of A Raisin in the Sun, both featuring Phylicia Rashad; for the latter, he earned a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Director of a Play. Other directing credits include the Off-Broadway hit Emergence-See featuring Daniel Beaty, Blues for an Alabama Sky, and From the Mississippi Delta (Huntington Theatre). (more...)

BWW TV: A RAISIN IN THE SUN's Kenny Leon on Taking the Tony for Best Direction of a Play
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 8, 2014

As announced earlier this evening, A Raisin in the Sun's Kenny Leon has won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play. BroadwayWorld's own Richard Ridge was in the press room to catch up with the winner on what the award means to him - hear what Leon had to say below! As announced earlier this evening, A Raisin in the Sun's Kenny Leon has won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play. BroadwayWorld's own Richard Ridge was in the press room to catch up with the winner on what the award means to him - hear what Leon had to say below! (more...)

CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC to Play Fountain Theatre, 8/1-9/14
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

A meditation on race fusing poetry, prose, movement, music and the video image, Citizen: An American Lyric is a provocative new stage adaptation of Claudia Rankine's internationally acclaimed book of poetry about everyday acts of racism in America. Adapted by multiple award-winning playwright Stephen Sachs, helmed by multi award winning director Shirley Jo Finney, and featuring a talented six-member ensemble including Bernard K. Addison, Leith Burke, Tina Lifford, Tony Maggio, Simone Missick and Lisa Pescia, the world premiere of Citizen opens at the Fountain Theatre on August 1. (more...)

Disney's THE LION KING Comes to Boston Opera House, 9/9-10/12
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

Casting has been announced for the Boston engagement of Disney's The Lion King. Boston's most eagerly awaited stage production returns to the Boston Opera House stage from September 9 to October 12 as part of the 2014-2015 Lexus Broadway In Boston Season. (more...)

Donna McKechnie Will Star in Arena Stage's THE PAJAMA GAME; Season Casting Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2017

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces select cast members for upcoming productions as part of the company's 2017/18 programming as single tickets for the full season go on sale. (more...)

BWW Interview: LaChanze Is 'Feeling Good' About Her New EP, Highline Ballroom Concert, and Upcoming National Tour!
by Courtney Savoia - Jan 28, 2017

Tony-Award winning actress, LaChanze, has been hard at work on her new EP 'Feeling Good' and is gearing up for a national tour that will share the music of her heart and soul. Before hitting the road, LaChanze will treat New Yorkers to a special performance at the Highline Ballroom on Monday, February 27th to celebrate the release of her EP on Friday, February 24th, 2017. (more...)

Marcus Gardley's A WONDER IN MY SOUL to Premiere at Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

Victory Gardens Theater continues its season with the World Premiere of A Wonder In My Soul, written by ensemble playwright Marcus Gardley and directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew, with original music by Jaret Landon. A Wonder In My Soul runs February 10 - March 12, 2017, with the press performance on Friday, February 17, 2017, at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

Joe Wilson, Jr. to Play Dr. King in THE MOUNTAINTOP at Trinity Rep
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Katori Hall's Olivier Award-winning play, The Mountaintop, kicks off 2017 at Trinity Repertory Company and continues the 53rd season, Ghosts of the Past, Dreams of the Future. (more...)

LaChanze & Lindsay Mendez Join INSPIRATIONAL BROADWAY Concert Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2016

Broadway leading ladies LaChanze (Tony Award winner for The Color Purple) and Lindsay Mendez (Wicked, Godspell) have been added to the all-star lineup of INSPIRATIONAL BROADWAY, a dynamic and soulful evening of music. (more...)

LaChanze Releases FEELING GOOD EP Today Ahead of Highline Ballroom Show
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

LaCHANZE - the Tony Award-winning actress and concert star of The Color Purple, If/Then, Once on This Island and more - has recorded a special EP 'Feeling Good,' featuring musical highlights of her electric new concert of the same name at The Highline Ballroom. (more...)

LaChanze, Lewis, Porter and More Set for INSPIRATIONAL BROADWAY Concert Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2016

Broadway leading ladies LaChanze (Tony Award winner for The Color Purple) and Lindsay Mendez (Wicked, Godspell) lead an all-star lineup for INSPIRATIONAL BROADWAY, a dynamic and soulful evening of music, set for tonight, February 15, 2016 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. (more...)

Marcus Gardley's A WONDER IN MY SOUL to Premiere at Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2017

Victory Gardens Theater continues its season with the World Premiere of A Wonder In My Soul, written by ensemble playwright Marcus Gardley and directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew, with original music by Jaret Landon. A Wonder In My Soul runs February 10 - March 12, 2017, with the press performance today, February 17, 2017, at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

Encores! CABIN IN THE SKY, Starring Chuck Cooper, LaChanze, Norm Lewis & More, Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2016

Harvey Blanks, Chuck Cooper, Marva Hicks, Carly Hughes, LaChanze, Norm Lewis, Forrest McClendon, and J.D. Webster star in Vernon Duke and John Latouche's jazz-filled fable CABIN IN THE SKY, running for seven performances for Encores! at New York City Center, tonight, February 10, through February 14. (more...)

Breaking News: Chuck Cooper, LaChanze, Norm Lewis & More to Lead Encores! CABIN IN THE SKY; 1776, DO I HEAR A WALTZ? Creative Teams Set
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2015

Encores! Artistic Director Jack Viertel today announced the creative teams for New York City Center's 2016 Encores! season. J. Bernard Calloway, Chuck Cooper, Marva Hicks, Carly Hughes, LaChanze, Norm Lewis, Forrest McClendon, and J.D. Webster will star in Vernon Duke and John Latouche's jazz?filled fable Cabin in the Sky, running for seven performances at City Center from February 10-14. The 1940 musical will be directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago?Hudson with choreography by Camille A. Brown. (more...)

Tunes from Highline Ballroom Concert Featured on LaChanze's FEELING GOOD EP
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

LaCHANZE - the Tony Award-winning actress and concert star of The Color Purple, If/Then, Once on This Island and more - has announced plans to record a special EP "Feeling Good" to feature musical highlights of her electric new concert of the same name at The Highline Ballroom. (more...)

Joe Wilson, Jr. to Play Dr. King in THE MOUNTAINTOP at Trinity Rep
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

Katori Hall's Olivier Award-winning play, The Mountaintop, kicks off 2017 at Trinity Repertory Company and continues the 53rd season, Ghosts of the Past, Dreams of the Future. (more...)

Yale Rep's Starry SEVEN GUITARS Officially Starts Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

Yale Repertory Theatre presents August Wilson's SEVEN GUITARS, directed by Timothy Douglas, at Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street) now through December 17. Opening Night is tonight, December 1. (more...)

The Fountain Theatre Presents Mother-Daughter Tale RUNAWAY HOME
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2017

Sometimes what you're searching for is right where you started. The Fountain Theatre presents a powerful, funny and deeply moving mother-daughter story byJeremy J. Kamps. Multiple award-winning Shirley Jo Finneyreturns to the Fountain to direct the world premiere of Runaway Home for a Sept. 16 opening. (more...)

Chautauqua Theatre Company Wraps Up 33rd Season with TAMING OF THE SHREW
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2016

Chautauqua Theater Company (CTC), under the co-leadership of Artistic Directors Andrew Borba and Vivienne Benesch, brings its 33rd season to a close with William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew directed by Andrew Borba and featuring the outstanding talents of its entire 2016 Conservatory company onstage and off to produce this comedy masterpiece. The Taming of the Shrew plays August 12 - 19 on the Bratton Theater stage at the Chautauqua Institution. Opening night is Saturday, August 13 at 6pm. Tickets are $35 and are currently on sale. (more...)

John Leguizamo to Bring The Q Brothers' OTHELLO: THE REMIX Off-Broadway This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2016

John Leguizamo is proud to present The Q Brothers' Othello: The Remix, written, directed and composed by GQ and JQ, which will make its New York debut at the Westside Theatre (407 W. 43rd), beginning previews on Tuesday, October 25th and officially opening on Thursday, November 17th. (more...)

MAN IN THE RING to Make World Premiere at the Court Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

Court Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert, presents the World Premiere of Man in the Ring by Michael Cristofer, directed by Artistic Director Charles Newell. (more...)

CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC Plays Fountain Theatre, Now thru 9/14
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2015

A meditation on race fusing poetry, prose, movement, music and the video image, Citizen: An American Lyric is a provocative new stage adaptation of Claudia Rankine's internationally acclaimed book of poetry about everyday acts of racism in America. Adapted by multiple award-winning playwright Stephen Sachs, helmed by multi award winning director Shirley Jo Finney, and featuring a talented six-member ensemble including Bernard K. Addison, Leith Burke, Tina Lifford, Tony Maggio, Simone Missick and Lisa Pescia, the world premiere of Citizen opens at the Fountain Theatre tonight, August 1. (more...)

DOUBT Begins Tonight at the Writers Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2015

Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce the Writers Theatre production of Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Shanley, directed by William Brown. The show runs tonight, April 28 - July 19, 2015 at Glencoe Union Church, 263 Park Ave, Glencoe. The Press Openings are Wednesday, May 6 and Thursday, May 7. (more...)

Jack White Donation to Fund Technology at National Blues Museum
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

The National Blues Museum in St. Louis today announced that it has received a six-figure contribution from Grammy Award-winning musician Jack White that will fund the “MIX IT UP” creative Blues experience within the state-of-the-art museum. (more...)

League of Chicago Theatres to Honor Lookingglass, Route 66 and More at 2017 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

The League of Chicago Theatres announces the 2017 Annual Gala, an elegant event that brings together friends of Chicago theatre to raise funds for programs to support Chicagoland's more than 250 member theatre companies. The Chicago theatre community will honor Michael and Mona Heath with the Tribute Award, Cheryl Lynn Bruce with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Lookingglass Theatre Company Ensemble with the Artistic Achievement Award. (more...)

DOUBT to Run 4/28-7/19 at Writers Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2015

Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce the Writers Theatre production of Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Shanley, directed by William Brown. The show runs April 28 - July 19, 2015 at Glencoe Union Church, 263 Park Ave, Glencoe. The Press Openings are Wednesday, May 6 and Thursday, May 7. (more...)

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