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Manhattan Theatre Club Stage II (New York, NY)
131 West 55th Street


3 hours, with one intermission

Tuesday through Friday at 7:30pm
Saturday at 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Sunday at 2:30pm

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From childhood, Louisa and Tom Gradgrind were trained to shun emotion, imagination, passion – to put their trust in Cold Hard Facts. Now faced with a loveless marriage and a life devoid of dreams, Louisa has begun to wonder – has something inside her been maimed? In Stephen Jeffreys’ whirlwind adaptation of Dickens’ saga – crowded with eccentric circus performers, shrewd businessmen, cunning widows, and downtrodden workers – we find that even in the darkest industrial landscape, honesty, loyalty, joy, and love abound…and the human heart will not be silenced forever.

Angel Sessions Releases New Single, 'I Know That You Can'
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2017

There are many songs that has inspirations of words to be said, and many people today need encouragement though any situation to get though the Hard Times. Angel Sessions brings that in this new song, 'I Know That You Can.' (more...)

Paramore Announce Lineup for Parahoy! Deep Search Concert Cruise
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2017

Fueled By Ramen recording group Paramore has announced a stellar lineup of special guests for PARAHOY! DEEP SEARCH, the sold out third installment of their hugely popular PARAHOY! vacation experience. (more...)

Michael Cerveris' Band Releases Christmas Album 'Seasonal Affective Disorderis,' 12/1
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2017

Not looking forward to the holidays? Then Loose Cattle's Seasonal Affective Disorderis the Christmas album for you. Releasing on December 1st, the record shines a light on the darker side of the holiday season, mixing humor, honesty and tongue-in-cheek twang into 15 Americana songs. (more...)

Michael Cerveris' Loose Cattle Releases Christmas Album, 'Seasonal Affective Disorder'
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2017

Not looking forward to the holidays? Then Loose Cattle's Seasonal Affective Disorder is the Christmas album for you. Releasing on December 1st, the record shines a light on the darker side of the holiday season, mixing humor, honesty and tongue-in-cheek twang into 15 Americana songs. The album is currently available for pre-order with this link. (more...)

Acting for Others Brings ONE NIGHT ONLY Back to The Ivy on 10 December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2017

Theatrical charity Acting for Others today announces the return of One Night Only at The Ivy in West Street on Sunday 10 December 2017. Over 100,000 was raised last year for the charity, which is an umbrella organisation for 15 invaluable charities dedicated to supporting people from the theatre and dance communities who have fallen on Hard Times through injury, illness or circumstance. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Gingold Theatrical Group's Project Shaw Presents-VOTES FOR WOMEN
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Nov 21, 2017

Gingold Theatrical Group continued its 12th Season of PROJECT SHAW when it presented its 128th concert presentation, Votes for Women, a rare staging of the 1907 play by Elizabeth Robins, for one night only, on Monday, November 20th, at 7pm, at Symphony Space's Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre (2537 Broadway at 95th Street). BroadwayWorld attended the big night and you can check out photos below! (more...)

Tom Sierchio's Â"The Girl Who Invented KissingÂ" Takes Top Honors At Winter Film Awards International Film Festival
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2018

Tom Sierchio's debut feature film The Girl Who Invented Kissing has won the award for Best Picture at New York City's 7th annual Winter Film Awards International Film Festival. The film is the story of a nameless, pill-popping drifter girl (Suki Waterhouse), who steps off a bus and into a neighborhood bar owned by two middle-age brothers. She quickly befriends older brother Victor (Dash Mihok) - a good-natured lummox whose mind was affected as the result of a childhood accident. The mysterious Girl soon upsets the delicate balance of the brothers' lives while bringing both trouble and new life into the world of these resigned characters. (more...)

Winners Announced At Today's Manchester Theatre Awards
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2018

Sheridan Smith and Danny Mac were among the winners at the Manchester Theatre Awards - which were announced today at The Lowry. (more...)

ShawChicago Presents Noel Coward's HAY FEVER
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2018

ShawChicago presents Noel Coward's Hay Fever from April 14 through May 7 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60610. (more...)

by TV News Desk - Mar 8, 2018

Following their massively successful “Tour Two” last fall, GRAMMY® Award-winning band Paramore today announce their 2018 North American “After Laughter Summer Tour (Tour 5).” Foster The People will join the summer amphitheater and arena tour kicking off June 12 in St. Augustine, FL and make stops across the U.S. and Canada including Toronto, Brooklyn, Chicago, New Orleans, Los Angeles and more. The 26-city trek will wrap on July 24 in Morrison, CO at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre. A special guest will also be added to the tour and announced soon. (more...)

Liberation Theatre And Blackboard Plays To Premiere New Work By Liz Morgan, Camille Darby And More As A Part Of The Cell's Third Annual C-MORE Festival
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2018

the cell (Founding Artistic Director Nancy Manocherian, Artistic Director Kira Simring) in Chelsea, New York City has partnered with Liberation Theatre Company and Blackboard Plays to produce five new play readings as a part of the cell's annual C-MORE Festival. (more...)

Simple and True: Song Dongye, China's Viral Bard, Brings His Plain-Spoken Songs to the US
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2018

Song Dongye, a mild-mannered but forthright singer-songwriter from Beijing, made a huge (and hugely unexpected) splash several years ago, as his song “Ms. Dong” went viral in China. It propelled him to unanticipated fame, an indie record deal, and a professional career. Now he's returning to the US, looking to share his songs with America-based fans and new audiences. Song will embark on a US tour this April, 2018. (more...)

Dean John Wilson to Join Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe in THE KING AND I; Three Week Extension Announced
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 15, 2018

Looks like the West End will be getting to know Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe. According to a report by the Daily Mail, Lincoln Center Theater's production of THE KING AND I 'has its eye on the London Palladium for a limited season next year.' (more...)

California's Soft Science To Release Double A-Side Single 'Undone / I Don't Know Why I Love You'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2018

Dream-gaze syndicate Soft Science have announced a new double A-side single 'Undone / I Don't Know Why I Love You', to be released via Test Pattern Records. This includes 'Undone', the first single off their forthcoming third album 'Maps', and a blissful sanguine cover of the classic House of Love track 'I Don't Know Why I Love You'. This single finds the band flirting in grand waters between My Bloody Valentine on 'Undone' and The Primitives on 'I Don't Know Why I Love You', offering the listener a distinctive mix of sweetness and fury.  (more...)

NYC's Timothy Dark Announces DOG DAY AFTERNOON EP, Previews SHE PUTS A SPELL ON ME
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2018

New York-based artist Timothy Dark has announced his forthcoming EP 'Dark Day Afternoon', which is slated for release on March 30. This five-track offering is preceded by the release's lead single 'She Put a Spell on Me'. The EP was co-produced by Robb Torres and Timothy Dark for Darkseed Entertainment at Quartier General Studios in Los Angeles. (more...)

Full Casting Announced For Northern Broadsides National Tour of HARD TIMES By Charles Dickens
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2018

Northern Broadsides announce full casting for Deborah McAndrew's new adaptation of Charles Dickens Hard Times. Hard Times cast will feature Suzanne Ahmet (Saint George and the Dragon, National Theatre) as Sissy Jupe; Darren Kuppan (Guards at the Taj, Bush Theatre and The Tempest, Globe Theatre) as Mr Harthouse / Bitzer; Vanessa Schofield (Plastic Figures, Box of Tricks) Louisa Gradgrind; Tony Hunt (The Commitments, West End) as Steven Blackpool; Perry Moore (Cyrano, Northern Broadsides and Peter Pan in Scarlet, New Vic Theatre) as Tom Gradgrind; Howard Chadwick (Brassed Off, Oldham Coliseum) as Josiah Bounderby/Strong Man. (more...)

Tony Award Winning Musical Director to Conduct Master Class At Long Island High School For The Arts
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2018

Tony award winning Musical Director Ted Sperling visited the Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA) recently where he conducted a Master Class for the school's music and theatre students. (more...)

Amy Ross On Playing Elphaba in the WICKED UK Tour
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jan 31, 2018

BWW speaks to actress Amy Ross about playing Elphaba in the UK tour of Wicked and their run at the Edinburgh Playhouse in May. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsals for Northern Broadsides' Production of Charles Dickens' HARD TIMES
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2018

Northern Broadsides have released rehearsal images for the forthcoming premiere of Deborah McAndrew's new adaptation of Charles Dickens classic novel Hard Times. Check out a first look at the production in the photos below! (more...)

The Ziegfeld Club Announces Details For The 2018 Liz Swados Inspiration Grant
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2018

The Ziegfeld Club, one of the first New York City performing arts charities to benefit women, is thrilled to announce that for the third year in a row the Liz Swados Inspiration Grant will be awarded. Created in 2016 and underwritten by actress Diane Lane, The Liz Swados Inspiration Grant serves to honor an influential female music educator in New York City through a $5,000.00 cash grant. (more...)

Oscar Nominee THE FLORIDA PROJECT Opens Thursday at River Street Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2018

The global hit independent film, The Florida Project opens this Thursday, January 25th at The Park Theatre's River Street Theatre in Jaffrey after scoring an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor by Willem Dafoe. (more...)

J. PHLIP Comes to Fox Theatre, 4/10
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2018

Jessica Phillippe is diehard, born with true grit and skills to pay the bills. Despite her success with the dirtybird gang, she's still out there in record stores on the regular digging, uncovering precious gems and weaving them into her dynamic sets with panache. She's a hard-working, dedicated lady who refuses to compromise and aims to rock the dance floor without relying on the most obvious tracks. Production-wise she's just as fearsome, lacing her tracks with a tough yet bouncy flavour. Her prowess in both disciplines combined with her infectious sense of fun and mind-boggling depth of knowledge make her one of the most revered DJs on the global circuit today. Ever since the purchase of a cheap set of belt-drive decks and a mixer on her 19th birthday she really hasn't looked back and, after completing her studies in Engineering, the straight-A student jumped head first into her true passion, music. She won a DJ competition in 2005, toured the USA and moved from her hometown, Champaign, Illinois, to the birthplace of house music, Chicago. (more...)

Circa Survive Will Play the Boulder Theater as Part of Newly-Announced Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2018

Circa Survive has announced their spring North American headlining tour, in support of 2017 album The Amulet. The band will make a stop at the Boulder Theater on April 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale this Friday. (more...)

Nominations Announced for the Manchester Theatre Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2018

Nominations have been announced for the forthcoming Manchester Theatre Awards, to be held at The Lowry's Quays Theatre on Friday 9 March, hosted by actor and comedian Justin Moorhouse. (more...)

Austin-Based Arkansas Dave To Release Self-Titled Debut 4/20 On BIG Indie Records
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2018

Austin-Based Arkansas Dave To Release Self-Titled Debut 4/20 On BIG Indie Records (more...)

'I Do Not Forgive Bullying!' - Hideki Matsui Becomes a Supporter of STOPit and Its Anonymous Reporting Platform
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2018


Jeremy Camp's The Answer Tour Comes To MPAC, Tickets On Sale Friday
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2018

Jeremy Camp's The Answer Tour Comes To MPAC, Tickets On Sale Friday (more...)

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Grooves at Encore Musical Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2018

The Encore Musical Theatre Company proudly presents Million Dollar Quartet, running February 1st through 25th, 2018, directed by Tobin Hissong, and music directed by R. MacKenzie Lewis. (more...)

Barrington Stage Company Announces New Associate Artists
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2018

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, announces the 2018 Associate Artists - director Joe Calarco, costume designer Jennifer Caprio, music director Vadim Feichtner, and actress Elizabeth Stanley. (more...)

Breaking: FALSETTOS Will Launch National Tour in 2019!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2018

A North American Tour is announced today for the Lincoln Center Theater Broadway Production of FALSETTOS, William Finn and James Lapine's groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical. This production was nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival when it returned to Broadway in Fall 2016, and this production will tour North America in the coming season. (more...)

Paramore Unveil Video For ROSE-COLORED BOY
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2018

Paramore Unveil Video For ROSE-COLORED BOY (more...)

BEDLAM: HAMLET + SAINT JOAN Come to The Broad Stage, 4/5-15
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2018

The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica presents Bedlam, the acclaimed New York based theatre company, with a fresh kinetic look at two plays with four actors, playing 49 characters in William Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw's most famous creations, side by side, Hamlet and Saint Joan, in repertory April 5 to 15 at The Broad Stage. This engagement will be the company's West-Coast debut. (more...)

BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS at Thousand Oaks Civic Art Plaza
by Cary Ginell - Feb 24, 2018

'Kinky Boots' overcomes a formulaic, predictable storyline with energetic performances and Cyndi Lauper's outstanding score. The national tour features outstanding work from its trio of stars: Lance Bordelon as frustrated shoe factory owner Charlie Price, Jos N. Banks as enterprising drag queen Lola, and Sydney Patrick as spitfire factory worker Lauren. The show plays at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza though Sunday, February 25. (more...)

by Cindy Marcolina - Feb 22, 2018

Actress Rula Lenska is on the road with The Case of the Frightened Lady. After a brutal murder at Mark's Priory, home to the great Lebanon family, Inspector Tanner finds out that nothing is what it seems inside the house. (more...)

ArtsEmerson Announces Bedlam in Repertory: SAINT JOAN and HAMLET
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2018

ArtsEmerson, Boston's leading presenter of contemporary world theatre, proudly welcomes New York's Bedlam for Hamlet andSaint Joan in repertory. The two productions feature a brand new cast of 4 actors, playing a total of 49 characters for two riveting, stripped down, stagings, both directed by Bedlam founder Eric Tucker. (more...)

Northern Broadsides Executive Director Sue Andrews To Receive Prestigious Award and to Step Down After 25 Years
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2018

Northern Broadsides is delighted to announce that their Executive Director Sue Andrews has won the prestigious WGGB OLWEN WYMARK THEATRE ENCOURAGEMENT AWARDS 2017. (more...)

Review: DESSA ROSE Musical Performed to Perfection Saluting Black History Month at Chromolume Theatre
by Shari Barrett - Feb 19, 2018

First of all, kudos to director James Esposito for discovering the musical DESSA ROSE, based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Sherley Anne Williams. This awe-inspiring musical received its New York premiere at Lincoln Center in 2005 and it's a wonder no other theater group has decided to produce this timely exploration about the universal need for freedom and equality. With book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, it tells the story of a young black woman (a runaway slave) and a young white woman (an abandoned mother) beginning in the years just prior to the Civil War and continuing through their journey to acceptance in the antebellum South. The audience has the role of playing their grandchildren, to whom the elderly pair tell their story as it is presented to us. (more...)

BLACK BEAUTY Makes US Premiere at The New Victory
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2018

Saddle up and jump headlong into a tale where loneliness gives way to hope, friends become heroes and courage saves the day! Following two wins for Best Design and Best Production for Children, and five nominations including Best Director and Best New Play by the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland, Black Beauty is a fun-filled twist on Anna Sewell's classic. With storytelling at its finest by Andy Manley and Andy Cannon and a versatile set full of surprises designed by Shona Reppe, Black Beauty canters onto the New Victory stage for its U.S. Premiere from March 16-25, 2018. (more...)

BWW Interview: Dawn Pascoe Wants Us To Celebrate Ourselves, FLAWS & ALL, At Fringe World 2018
by Ellin Sears - Feb 1, 2018

Perth performer Dawn Pascoe wants us to celebrate ourselves - FLAWS & ALL! Broadway World caught up with her ahead of her solo Fringe World show and got the lowdown on what it's like to eat a whole cake onstage. (more...)

DTC Announces 2018-2019 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2018

2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award recipient Dallas Theater Center (DTC) announces titles for the 2018-2019 season, including the heartwarming, southern comedy Steel Magnolias; the critically-acclaimed Broadway play and winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, Sweat; William Shakespeare's delightful comedy, Twelfth Night; the acclaimed comedy, then film, Real Women Have Curves; a world premiere play set in Dallas, Penny Candy; a new play fresh off the New York theater season, The Wolves, and a fascinating play about the relationship between Muhammad Ali and Stepin Fetchit, Fetch Clay, Make Man. Productions will take place at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre at the AT&T Performing Arts Center and at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. Full season subscriptions are on sale now at and by phone at (214) 880-0202. (more...)

The Green Room 42 Celebrates First Birthday with Lillias White in Concert
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2018

THE GREEN ROOM 42 - Broadway's newest intimate concert venue - has announced the return of Tony Award winner Lillias White one year after she performed for the grand opening of The Green Room 42 with her new show "Baby-Makin' Music" on Wednesday, February 14 at7:00 PM. Her brand new evening of music will feature songs from Broadway, blues, R&B and pop. Selections include classics from Harold Arlen, Ashford & Simpson and Irving Berlin, in addition to original songs by Timothy Graphenreed, the show's musical director, who leads an all-star quartet. (more...)

BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Tobacco Factory Theatres
by Tim Wright - Dec 6, 2017

Stepping into the Tobacco Factory Theatre this Christmas and you're immediately transported to an eerie forest in rural France for a re-telling of this classic French fairy tale. (more...)

David Schwimmer to Helm PLANTATION! Premiere at Lookingglass Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2017

Lookingglass Theatre Company continues its 30th Anniversary season with the world premiere of Plantation! a new comedy by Ensemble Member Kevin Douglas, directed by Ensemble Member David Schwimmer. (more...)

Northern Broadsides To Premiere Deborah McAndrew's New Adaptation Of Charles Dickens' HARD TIMES
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2017

This February, Northern Broadsides are set to stage the premiere of Deborah McAndrew's (UK Theatre Award Best New Play winner An August Bank Holiday Lark) witty new adaptation of Charles Dickens' great Northern novel of repression and longing Hard Times. (more...)

Third Man Records to Reissue Laughing Hyenas' Entire Catalog on Vinyl
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2017

For the past year, Third Man Records has been working closely with Touch and Go Records and the surviving members of Laughing Hyenas to craft deluxe vinyl reissues of the entire Laughing Hyenas' catalog. (more...)

John Tartaglia, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, and More Sign On as Muny Season 100 Creatives
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2017

The Muny announced today the directors, choreographers and music directors for The Muny's 2018 centennial season, which opens on June 11 with the first production in the world of Jerome Robbins' Broadway since it's Tony - award winning Broadway and national tour productions. (more...)

After STEREOTYPE THREAT From FKAjazz, Saxophonist Samir Zarif Lays Dynamic Groundwork Possibilities of Jazz
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2017

With the release of his new album Stereotype Threat under the bold, fresh artistic identity FKAjazz (formerly known as...), NYC based saxophonist Samir Zarif lays the dynamic groundwork for the possibilities of what jazz is for his generation and provides a vision for what the cherished American art form can be moving forward. With a freewheeling energy driven by the still simmering melting pot of influences that drive his musical passion - traditional jazz, R&B and hip-hop - the full length collection is the culmination of a multi-faceted journey that transcends easy definitions. It's always evolving with a sense of grooving and improvisational wonder and discovery. (more...)

Wild Swan Theater to Continue 38th Season with FROG AND TOAD
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2017

Award-winning Wild Swan Theater continues its 38th season of bringing the finest professional theater to families with Frog and Toad, a charming production especially created for younger theater goers. (more...)

Caitlin Lee Reid's LEZZIE WITH A 'Z' to Play Dixon Place
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2017

Lezzie with a 'Z', which is a one-woman show starring Caitlin Lee Reid and an homage to Liza Minnelli's 1972 filmed theatrical production: Liza with a 'Z', will play a one-night only engagement at Dixon Place (161A Chrystie Street in NYC) on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 10:00PM. (more...)

Acting For Others Announce Over 150,000 Has Been Raised At This Year's One Night Only At The Ivy
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2017

Theatrical charity Acting for Others announces that over 150,000 has been raised at this year's One Night Only at The Ivy setting the record for the highest amount raised from this event. Stars of the stage and screen swapped their costumes for aprons and served diners across two sittings at The Ivy, world-renowned for their unfaltering impeccable service. Heading up the waiting staff this year to ply their trades in bartending, waiting tables, manning cloakrooms and welcoming guests were Noma Dumezweni, Arlene Phillips and Freddie Fox. (more...)

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