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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.

T-Wayne Debuts 'Double Standards' Video
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

Early on, T-Wayne realized that the key to unlocking his dreams was simple. He just had to grind harder than literally everybody else. (more...)

Photo Flash: Starz Releases First Look Image from Limited Series HOWARDS END
by TV News Desk - May 5, 2017

Starz, with the BBC, today released the first image from the limited series HOWARDS END,  based on the classic E.M. Forster novel. The photo features Hayley Atwell (Margaret Schlegel) and Matthew Macfadyen (Henry Wilcox) at Simpson's-in-the-Strand restaurant. (more...)

BWW Review: A KINKY Revolution in Richmond
by Jeremy Bustin - May 31, 2017

Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, KINKY BOOTS runs at the Altria Theater through Sunday, June 4. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - May 31, 2017
by - May 31, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on May 31 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS at Act II Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Act II Playhouse in Ambler presents Neil Simon's masterpiece Brighton Beach Memoirs, directed by William Roudebush, on stage now through June 18, 2017. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Jimmy Wayne Releases Children's Book This November
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

When Ruby, an adorable mixed-breed puppy with an underbite, gets mixed up in a daring attempt to help foster kids, she learns that love can overcome any obstacleÂ…even a broken heart. Abandoned in a shelter as a puppy, Ruby wonders if she'll ever be adopted by a family. (more...)

Paramore Announce North American 'Tour Two,' Launching This September
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

Fueled By Ramen recording group Paramore is celebrating the release of their acclaimed fifth studio album with a wide-ranging storm of international activity. (more...)

Winners Announced for Inaugural Acting For Others' Presidential Awards
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

The winners were today announced for theatrical charity Acting For Others' inaugural Presidential Awards.  The awards celebrate the most supportive and successful fundraisers who have helped the charity raise £380,000 over the previous twelve months.  (more...)

Diane Lane Underwrites The Ziegfeld Club's Liz Swados Inspiration Grant for Female Music Educators
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

The Ziegfeld Club, one of the first New York City performing arts charities to benefit women, has announced the second Liz Swados Inspiration Grant to honor an influential female music educator in New York City. (more...)

WEST END BAKE OFF Announces Arlene Phillips, Dame Barbara Windsor, and Janie Dee as Judges
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

Today, West End Bake Off, in aid of theatrical charity Acting for Others, announces Dame Barbara Windsor will return to the judging panel for a third year alongside first time Bake Off judges Arlene Phillips and Janie Dee. The third annual West End Bake Off will take place at The Actor's Church St Pauls on Saturday 20 May. (more...)

U.S. Pavilion Opens With Mark Bradford's Tomorrow Is Another Day
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

Tomorrow  Is Another Day, featuring new work by Mark Bradford, is presented by the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University and The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, at La Biennale di Venezia 57th International Art Exhibition. (more...)

State Farm Agent Meridth Lamas Helping Empower Women Via Purses
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017


BWW Interview: Guy Davis Forges Path Through Music, Theater & Beyond
by Tory Gates - Jun 5, 2017

'I think entertaining is what I do, that is what my spirit is called to do, and the blues is kind of like my salvation. It was a form of music that I felt like it was in me. It is in me to communicate.' (more...)

Casting Announced For James Bridie's MR. GILLIE at Finborough Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2017

In a new production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre and continuing their rediscovery of James Bridie, one of the West End's most successful dramatists of the 1930s and 1940s, the first London production since its 1950 premiere of Mr Gillie runs at the Finborough Theatre, playing Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees from Sunday, 25 June 2017 (Press Night: Monday, 26 June 2017 at 7.30pm). (more...)

Cast Announced for Lookingglass Theatre's HARD TIMES This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 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...)

BWW Interview: Ebi Shankara of TROPICANA at Capitol Theatre
by Mathilda Chua - Jun 26, 2017

Ebi Shankara is an actor, host and all around Arts advocate based in Singapore. Ebi holds both a diploma in Theatre and a First Class BA (Hons) in theatre arts from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), the latter was which obtained in NAFA's partnership with East-15 Acting School at the University of Essex. Besides being a familiar face on local television, along with his numerous hosting gigs, Ebi is also the artistic director of the Ravindran Drama Group Company, a local Theatre company that specializes in creating unique and dynamic Indian Theatre. He recently closed a successful run of Tropicana, a musical about nightlife in 1960s Singapore. (more...)

UD Summer Stage to Open 42nd Season with ANNIE, JR.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2017

Audiences are invited to join Annie and her friends as Upper Darby Summer stage opens its 42nd season during Independence Day week with 'Annie, Jr.' (more...)

First Look: THE HERO WITHIN Brings Veterans' Personal Stories to Life, Extended July 7-8-9 in Santa Monica
by Shari Barrett - Jun 22, 2017

After a sold-out and critically-acclaimed run at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in April 2017, CRE Outreach, in partnership with the Veterans Empowerment Theatre, is pleased to announce a one-weekend extension of THE HERO WITHIN, the powerful play which brings 7 local veterans' personal stories to life through an artistic journey that gives voice to the difficulty of transitioning from the war zone back into society as they search for the hero within themselves. The show includes both lighthearted comedy and dramatic moments that will leave audiences on the edge of their seat. (more...)

Georgia Engel and Lillias White to Take the Court in Paper Mill's HALF TIME Next Year
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, has announced early casting for Half Time, a new musical, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell. Five-time Emmy nominee Georgia Engel (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Drowsy Chaperone) and Tony and Emmy Award winner Lillias White (The Life, Sesame Street) will lead the cast in this uplifting true story of ten New Jersey seniors with extraordinary dreams who audition to dance at halftime for a major basketball team. (more...)

Youth Festival Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Middle & High School Filmmakers
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2017

Big Dreams & Silver Screens Youth Festival (formerly the Rahway Film Festival Jr), is now moving into its second season. (more...)

Scoop: ONE MAGNIFICENT MORNING on THE CW - Saturday, July 1, 2017
by - Jun 15, 2017

Get all the scoop on ONE MAGNIFICENT MORNING, airing on THE CW on Saturday, July 1, 2017! (more...)

Paramore's Parahoy! Festival At Sea Now Sells Out in Record Time
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

PARAMORE's one-of-a-kind vacation experience, set to sail April 6 – 10, 2018, with the band's third installment of the massively popular PARAHOY! has sold out in record time for the second consecutive year (more...)

David Guetta Produced & Poo Bear Written 'Forever Is Over' Released Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2017

Singer and songwriter Elvana has released a new music video for her crossover hit 'Forever Is Over' , the first song she has released in English. (more...)

BWW TV: The Way They Got By... Tony Nominees Reveal Their Worst Survival Jobs!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 11, 2017

They may be Tony nominated now, but they've seen Hard Times just like the rest of us. BroadwayWorld caught up with some of this year's nominees to find out where they worked before making it on the Great White Way. (more...)

Edmund Gaynes to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at 2017 Valley Theatre Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

Producer/theater owner/multi-hypenate Edmund Gaynes will be awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Valley Theatre Awards in North Hollywood, California in Monday, June 5th.  (more...)

New Jersey Veteran Rocker, Wayne Olivieri, Unveils Video for 'I'm A Music Man', the First Single From Debut Solo Album 'Eclectic Mind'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

By the age of 17, New Jersey veteran rocker, Wayne Olivieri, was already performing fulltime in iconic clubs like CBGB's, Max's Kansas City, The Limelight, The Village Gate and more, with his band Rockids, playing on the same bill as unsigned young bands such as The Ramones, The Talking Heads, Blondie, and a plethora of others. (more...)

Jeff Daniels with the Ben Daniels Band, Rami Kleinstein and More on Sale at City Winery Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph Street, announces father-son duo Jeff Daniels with the Ben Daniels Band, Israeli pop star Rami Kleinstein, "The Voice of Ireland" Tommy Fleming and more. The following shows go on sale to the public on Friday, July 7 at noon at (more...)

Book of J to Perform at Barbés Every Saturday in July
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

Jewlia Eisenberg of Charming Hostess and Jeremiah Lockwood of The Sway Machinery perform as duo Book of J every Saturday in July at Brooklyn's Barbes. Guest performers joining throughout the run include Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase, noir guitarist Stephen Ulrich, jazz percussionist Ricky Gordon, and more. (more...)

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET to Rock Pittsburgh CLO for the First Time This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2017

Pittsburgh CLO presents the rock 'n roll hit MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET for the first time, August 8 - 13 at the Benedum Center. (more...)

BWW Review: AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY Darkly Delivers Laughs at The City Theatre in Austin, TX
by Amy Bradley - Jul 27, 2017

Few modern plays have experienced the immediate love and adoration Tracy Letts garnished from her 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY. Originally premiering at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago close to a decade ago, the story of the dysfunctional Weston family has travelled beyond the mid-western plains they call home. After secluding themselves inside their home to nurse a nasty pill and alcohol addiction, Beverly Weston, the family patriarch, goes missing for five days. The family's desperate search brings the Westons and their skeletons together again. Violet Weston, Beverly's wife, displays her intense pill dependency and cruel disposition while her daughters try to piece together where their father may be. As the story develops, the mystery of Beverly's whereabouts are brought to light, while simultaneously highlighting the disturbing reality of the Weston's existence. AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY examines the portrait people present of a modern family and tests the boundaries of sympathy. (more...)

Sarasota Opera Announces New Opera House Film Series
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2017

Sarasota Opera announces an expansion of their "HD at the Movie House" series entitled "Classic Moves at the Opera House." Originally designed as a movie house and vaudeville theater, Sarasota Opera is embracing the history of the building by bringing many of the classic films that once played at the theater when they originally premiered. (more...)

Belle Game Announce LP On Arts & Crafts + Share 1st Single
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

Known for their unique ability to weave ethereal soundscapes into blown-out, crush-pop confections, Vancouver's Belle Game announce their sophomore album Fear/Nothing slated for release September 8th on Arts & Crafts. (more...)

16th Street Theatre's 10th Anniversary Season Continues with Minita Gandhi's MUTHALAND
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2017

16th Street Theater's 10th Anniversary Season continues with the premiere of Minita Gandhi's MUTHALAND directed by HEIDI STILLMAN, August 31 - October 7, 2017 at North Berwyn Park District's 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th Street in Berwyn, with Press Opening on Thursday, September 7 @ 7:30 PM.  Link to press photos here (more...)

The Ziegfeld Club to Award $10K Grant to Emerging Female Composer; Applications Open Soon!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2017

The Ziegfeld Club, Inc., one of New York City's first performing arts charities to benefit women, is thrilled to announce the third Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award will open to applicants beginning Monday, July 31, 2017. (more...)

Creative Soul Records Artist Leslie McKee Returns With First Full-Length Studio Album
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2017

Creative Soul Records artist Leslie McKee is back with her new album, “Another Mile” – the long-awaited follow-up to her 2009 debut EP, “Trust In You.” (more...)

Justin Bieber Among Final Wave of TEEN CHOICE 2017 Nominees; Full List
by TV News Desk - Jul 12, 2017

TEEN CHOICE 2017TM, the summer's hottest LIVE show, has announced the second and final wave of nominees. Selena Gomez leads Wave Two nominations with eight nominations across music and social media categories, while Justin Bieber follows with seven. (more...)

Ovalhouse Receives ÂŁ3 Million Grant for their Move to Brixton
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2017

As Ovalhouse prepare to move from their current small-scale theatre in Oval to a new building in Brixton, this latest good news takes them several steps closer to their opening in late 2019. (more...)

American Idol Finalist, Casey James Comes to Daryl's House Club on 8/24
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2017

"All I want to do is play music," says singer/guitarist, Casey James. "Stripping it back to just me making a record of music that I love was a huge stepping stone in my life." Released June 9, Strip It Down, his new album produced by Grammy-winner Tom Hambridge and featuring a guest duet with the legendary Delbert McClinton, does just that. (more...)

Billy Porter Returns to The Crown & Anchor in Provincetown Two Nights Only
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2017

Producer Rick Murray welcomes Tony Award winner Billy Porter back to Provincetown for two performances only, Saturday, August 19 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 20 at 8:00 p.m. in the Paramount Theatre at The Crown & Anchor. Mr. Porter will be performing his acclaimed cabaret show, Broadway & Soul. (more...)

Tony Winner Michael Aronov to Guest Star on NBC's THE BLACKLIST
by TV News Desk - Aug 3, 2017

BWW has learned that the first episode of season 5 of NBC's THE BLACKLIST will feature Michael Aronov, who won this year's Tony Award for OSLO as Featured Actor in a Play (more...)

Berkeley Rep presents World Premiere of IMAGINARY COMFORTS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2017

???????Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced the world premiere of Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit, written by Daniel Handler and directed by Tony Taccone. The new play begins previews on Thursday, October 5 and the show runs through Sunday, November 19. Individual tickets begin at $30 and can be purchased online at or by phone, 510 647-2949. Press night will be on Thursday, October 12. (more...)

Wild Swan Theater Announces 2017-2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2017

Wild Swan Theater Co-Artistic Directors Hilary Cohen and Sandy Ryder announce the company's 38th season of performances. Nationally regarded as one of the finest theaters for young people in the country, Wild Swan produces artistic, accessible and affordable theater for families.  The upcoming season will feature classics including the Little Women, The Wizard of Oz, as well as a beautiful production of A Thousand Cranes, which is based on historical events. (more...)

Festival Music House Announces 2017 Lineup at TIFF
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2017

Returning to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) for its eighth year, Festival Music House (FMH) today announced its all-star lineup of Canadian talent taking the stage at this year's concert. Happening Sunday, September 10 at Velvet Underground (508 Queen St. W.), the exclusive TIFF-time favourite event connects film and television tastemakers with up-and-coming and established Canadian artists. (more...)

The Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts Presents Wixen Music Authentic Voices Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2017

The Wixen Music Authentic Voices Festival presents some of the best of both established and emerging American songwriting talent, including Andrew Bird and Lucinda Williams, over two days at Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24 from 4 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Food trucks will be on-site to offer snacks and meals. (more...)

Wixen Music AUTHENTIC VOICES FESTIVAL Comes to Pepperdine Center for the Arts
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2017

The Wixen Music Authentic Voices Festival presents some of the best of both established and emerging American songwriting talent, including Andrew Bird and Lucinda Williams, over two days at Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24 from 4 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Food trucks will be on-site to offer snacks and meals. (more...)

Creative Soul Records Artist Leslie McKee Returns With First Full-Length Studio Album
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017

Creative Soul Records artist Leslie McKee is back with her new album, “Another Mile” – the long-awaited follow-up to her 2009 debut EP, “True to You.” (more...)

BWW Review: Towne Centre's Sumptuously Sung THE SECRET GARDEN Captivates
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 13, 2017

Katharine Boettcher's glorious soprano is finally given the showcase it so richly deserves in the beautifully sung production of Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon's The Secret Garden, the oftentimes stirring and altogether bewitching story of a young orphaned girl forced to live with her mysterious uncle in his 'house upon the hill' overlooking the moors in Yorkshire in the early years of the 20th Century. (more...)

Innovative Securities: Trump Remained a Promise
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017


Veteran New Jersey Rocker, Wayne Olivieri Returns with Debut Solo Album
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

When asked about New Jersey rock veteran Wayne Olivieri, The Rascals' Eddie Brigati said, 'He's one of the most charismatic singer/frontman I've seen in a LONG time.....when he's on stage he doesn't let you NOT pay attention'. (more...)

Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Picks Standout Theatrical Moments of the Year!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017

On Monday night, April 24th, at its semi-annual Membership meeting, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the national theatrical union representing stage directors and choreographers across the United States, announced the 2016-2017 Top Ten "Standout Moments." (more...)

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