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

Schedule

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.


Tenement Museum Announces New Tour Series
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2017

On tours of the restored, late 19th-century tenement apartments at the The Lower East Side Tenement Museum, visitors often have the most questions about the bedroom, which were usually no more than 80-square-feet and shared by both parents and children. (more...)

The Box In Black: Johnny Cash's Beloved 'Unearthed' Collection Returns As Monolithic Nine-LP Vinyl Box Set On November 3
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2017

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Modern-Day Immigrants Get First Permanent Exhibit at Tenement Museum
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2017

With immigration dominating the national conversation, a new permanent exhibit opening this week at The Tenement Museum immerses visitors in the lives of three immigrant and migrant families from different corners of the world -- China, Puerto Rico, and Poland -- who all lived in the same New York City apartment building during the 1950s to 1970s. (more...)

Casting Complete for Lookingglass Theatre Company's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2017

Lookingglass Theatre Company announces complete casting for its 2017 2018 Season lineup. (more...)

Lookingglass Theatre to Open 30th Anniversary Season with Return of HARD TIMES
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2017

Lookingglass Theatre Company opens its 30th Anniversary Season with the return of the award-winning, circus-infused Hard Times, adapted and directed by Artistic Director and Ensemble Member Heidi Stillman from the book by Charles Dickens and in association with The Actors Gymnasium. (more...)

Cast Announced for Lookingglass Theatre's HARD TIMES This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2017

Lookingglass Theatre Company announces complete casting for the return of the award-winning, circus-infused Hard Times, adapted and directed by Artistic Director and Ensemble Member Heidi Stillman from the book by Charles Dickens and in association with The Actors Gymnasium. (more...)

Lookingglass Theatre Teams with TodayTix for $25 HARD TIMES Lottery
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2017

Lookingglass Theatre Company announces a partnership with TodayTix-the free mobile app that provides on-demand access to theater tickets-to offer exclusive $25 Lottery tickets to the return of the award-winning, circus-infused Hard Times, adapted and directed by Artistic Director and Ensemble Member Heidi Stillman from the book by Charles Dickens and in association with The Actors Gymnasium. (more...)

Cast Complete for West End Transfer of John McCrea-Led EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2017

Full casting has been announced for the West End transfer of Everybody's Talking About Jamie, directed by Jonathan Butterell and written by Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae, which will play a limited season at the Apollo Theatre from Monday 6 November following a critically acclaimed run at Sheffield Crucible. (more...)

Trevor Noah Wins 2017 Thurber Prize for American Humor
by TV News Desk - Oct 3, 2017

At a ceremony at Carolines on Broadway in New York City on October 2, 2017, Trevor Noah was awarded the 2017 Thurber Prize for American Humor for his memoir, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. (more...)

VIDEO: Lola Gets Funky- Watch Billy Porter Perform a KINKY BOOTS Remix!
by Stage Tube - Oct 3, 2017

Below, watch as Porter performs a remix of Kinky hits during a recent concert in his hometown of Pittsburgh! (more...)

Downstairs Cabaret Theatre Announces Fall/Winter Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2017

The Downstairs Cabaret is thrilled to announce six shows as part of its Fall / Winter Program, including several regional premieres, performing through mid-December. (more...)

Will Hoge Announces U.S. Tour Dates in Support of 'Anchors' Album
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2017

Will Hoge is a creative gambler. He left the comfort of touring with his band because he hit a wall and needed to figure out his next move. The CMA- and Grammy-nominated artist took to the road for a year of solo shows with a guitar and keyboard and in so doing, reclaimed what inspired his soul. (more...)

Documentary WAR DOG: A SOLDIER'S BEST FRIEND Debuts on HBO 11/13; Watch Trailer
by TV News Desk - Oct 26, 2017

From executive producer Channing Tatum and director Deborah Scranton ('The War Tapes,' HBO's 'Earth Made of Glass'), WAR DOG: A SOLDIER'S BEST FRIEND highlights the intimate relationship between U.S. Special Operations soldiers and their K9s, who serve together as human-animal teams in combat. (more...)

BWW Interview: Actor Max Greger Talks THE GRAPES OF WRATH
by Linda Ann Watt - Oct 22, 2017

THE GRAPES OF WRATH message is family.... Sticking together through the good times and bad times. Family members die, people leave in the Hard Times, but it's family that keeps you going. (more...)

Kathryn Erbe, Kathy Najimy & Patrick Reilly to Appear at NYC Debut of DATING MY MOTHER Indie Film
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2017

Indie comedy DATING MY MOTHER will make its New York premiere as part of NewFest, NYC's largest LGBT film festival, at Cinepolis, Chelsea on October 21st. (more...)

MURDER ON THE PARADISE LINE Sets Opening in Ocean Grove
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2017

La Strada Ensemble Theater is all aboard with their revival of their very first dinner theater experience Murder on the Paradise Line. (more...)

The Shakespeare Project Of Chicago Announces 2017-18 Theatrical Reading Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2017

The Shakespeare Project of Chicago announces the lineup for its 2017-18 Theatrical Reading Season, featuring two beloved Shakespearean comedies, one of his rarely seen tragedies and a work by Shakespeare's contemporary Thomas Middleton. (more...)

Review Roundup: HARD TIMES at Lookingglass Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2017

Hard Times runs at Lookingglass Theatre through January 14, and the critics are weighing in! (more...)

Janet Dacal, Ed Dixon, Judy Gold, Brandon Uranowitz and More Set for Project Shaw's VOTES FOR WOMEN
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2017

Gingold Theatrical Group continues its 12th Season of PROJECT SHAW when it presents 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). (more...)

BWW TV: Watch Highlights from Lookingglass Theatre Company's Acrobatic HARD TIMES
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 17, 2017

Lookingglass Theatre Company opens its 30th Anniversary Season with the return of the award-winning, circus-infused Hard Times, adapted and directed by Artistic Director and Ensemble Member Heidi Stillman from the book by Charles Dickens and in association with The Actors Gymnasium. Hard Times runs now through January 14, 2018 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N Michigan Ave at Pearson. BroadwayWorld has highlights from the show below! (more...)

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE UGLY DUCKLING and More Slated for Christmas 2017 at Tobacco Factory Theatres
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2017

Celebrate at the theatre this Christmas season! Christmas is always busy at Tobacco Factory Theatres and this year is no exception with not one, not two, but three Christmas shows for all of the family to enjoy. (more...)

Kathryn Erbe, Kathy Najimy & Patrick Reilly to Appear at NYC Debut of DATING MY MOTHER Indie Film
by Movies News Desk - Oct 16, 2017

Indie comedy DATING MY MOTHER will make its New York premiere as part of NewFest, NYC's largest LGBT film festival, at Cinepolis, Chelsea on October 21st. (more...)

VIDEO: Watch Director Heidi Stillman and Others Discuss HARD TIMES At Lookingglass Theatre Company!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2017

Watch as director Heidi Stillman and other cast and creative team members discuss this adaptation of Hard Times! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at BELLO at Young People's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2017

Bello by Governor General Award-winning playwright Vern Thiessen, translated by Brian Dooley, is being directed by Mieko Ouchi in a co-production by Young People's Theatre, Concrete Theatre and L'Unith tre, presented in English and in French. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Acting For Others Announce Initial Participants For 14th Annual Bucket Collection
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2017

Today, theatrical charity Acting for Others announces initial participants in its 14th annual bucket collection. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at HARD TIMES at Lookingglass Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2017

Lookingglass Theatre Company opens its 30th Anniversary Season with the return of the award-winning, circus-infused Hard Times, adapted and directed by Artistic Director and Ensemble Member Heidi Stillman from the book by Charles Dickens and in association with The Actors Gymnasium. Hard Times runs now through January 14, 2018 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N Michigan Ave at Pearson. The Press Opening is this Saturday, October 14, 2017, and BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Shaina Taub Honored with The Ziegfeld Club's 2017 Emerging Composer Grant
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2017

The Ziegfeld Club, Inc., one of New York City's first performing arts charities to benefit women, has announced that Lucile Lortel Award-Nominee Shaina Taub (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812) has been named the recipient of the third annual Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award (BBZA). (more...)

Tyler Perry to Bring 'HIGHER IS WAITING' to the Fox Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2017

Tyler Perry returns to the Fox Theatre with the announcement of the one-time only event, HIGHER IS WAITING A CONVERSATION WITH TYLER PERRY on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 3 p.m., which will explore Higher Is Waiting, an intimate book of inspiration by one of the great cultural icons of our time. (more...)

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...)

Theatre NOVA Presents THE YEAR WITHOUT A PANTO CLAUS Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2017

Theatre NOVA, Ann Arbor's professional theatre with an exclusive focus on new plays and playwrights, presents the world premiere of The Year Without a Panto Claus by Carla Milarch and R. MacKenzie Lewis. (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...)

Modern-Day Immigrants Get First Permanent Exhibit at Tenement Museum
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2017

With immigration dominating the national conversation, a new permanent exhibit opening this week at The Tenement Museum immerses visitors in the lives of three immigrant and migrant families from different corners of the world -- China, Puerto Rico, and Poland -- who all lived in the same New York City apartment building during the 1950s to 1970s. (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...)

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

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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...)

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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