In the First Place


Music Box Theatre

(New York, NY)
239 West 45th St.
by Student Blogger: Lauren Knight - Nov 29, 2019
As the quarter rounds out to a close in the next two weeks, the stress of final assignments slowly creeps up on everyone. Being in the arts school means that often times, there are not really any final exams; instead, most final grades consist of scenes, monologues, or any other type of performance-based evaluation. I have almost all of the above. I am three production papers, one scene and a 10-minute play away from winter break, and let me tell you, it's getting to me.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2020
The JCCSF welcomes the new year and the next decade with a collection of Arts & Ideas events for 2020, including the Bay area premier of a?oeLove Heals All Woundsa?? with Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, a special Mother's Day program with Alice Waters and Fanny Singer, and the return of Giants of Jazz on Film series with Mark Cantor.
by Carla Delgado - Jan 6, 2020
CATS is a bizarre musical, to begin with, and it's understandably complex to adapt it into a film.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2020
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The National Society of Film Critics named 'Parasite' Best Picture at its 2020 awards ceremony.
by Perry Tannenbaum - Jan 30, 2020
With Andrea King as a disfigured war vet going through an excruciating rehab in Three Bone Theatre's UGLY LIES THE BONE, it's a perverse pleasure to have Scott Tynes-Miller and Peter Finnegan making asses of of themselves as they make the road to recovery that much tougher.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2020
A FREE live show on February 5 at 7pm, A LOVE THING, will share moving performances and music, empowering conversation, and practical tips and tools for ways teens and young adults - and we all - can create healthier relationships and prevent harmful ones.
by Nicole Ackman - Jan 24, 2020
Joshua Tavares plays Angel in the 20th Anniversary RENT National Tour, coming to DPAC January 28 to February 2. RENT is a story of love, tolerance, and hope that follows seven artists in New York City at the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis. The musical, with book and music by Jonathan Larson, has been beloved since it first opened on Broadway in 1996. Tavares is originally from Hawaii and attended school at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and AMDA NY. This is his first national tour.
by Stephen Mosher - Jan 24, 2020
A cabaret debut from Bruno Giraldi is a labor of love that isn't ready to be born.
by Michael Dale - Jan 24, 2020
Back in that age we call golden, Broadway marquees were frequently set ablaze by long-running plays that producers looking to turn a profit lovingly referred to as boulevard comedies. These were typically middlebrow laugh machines expertly crafted by the likes of Mary Chase, Neil Simon or Abe Burrows (Think HARVEY, THE ODD COUPLE or CACTUS FLOWER), involving contemporary everyday characters in realistic situations containing just enough sentiment to make you care about what happens next, while maybe even wrapping up with an uncontroversial, heartwarming message.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2020
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and piece by piece productions, in association with Rising Phoenix Repertory, will present the world premiere of Ren Dara Santiago's The Siblings Play, which marks the professional debut of the Fila-Rican playwright. Directed by Jenna Worsham (Agnes), The Siblings Play gives voice to multicultural New Yorkers, rarely seen on the stage, with breathtaking theatricality, stinging poignancy, biting humor, and deep empathy. The Siblings Play runs March 4-April 5, 2020, at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (224 Waverly Place) with an opening night of March 18.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2020
Boston Playwrights' Theatre (BPT) concludes its 2019-20 season of new plays with Deal Me Out by MJ Halberstadt. The comic drama runs from February 13 to March 1 and is directed by Shana Gozansky.
by Sally Henry - Jan 19, 2020
When it comes to the Junior Theater Festival, Rob Rokicki is all in.
by Shari Barrett - Jan 18, 2020
Directed by Hollace Starr, an associate professor of theatre at Pepperdine University, a designated Linklater Voice teacher, and a lifetime member of the Actors Studio, with an innate understanding of feminine emotional turmoil, and John Perrin Flynn's keen eye for multimedia effects, EARTHQUAKES IN LONDON tackles our chronic inability to act in the interest of our future generations. At the center are three very different sisters who are left to raise and care for one another after their mother dies and their father abandons them. Now adults, the sisters find themselves navigating a 21st century London that is at the precipice of both an existential and an all-too-real environmental crisis.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2020
On January 25th, Elm Street Cultural Arts Village will start the new year off with a laugh with the 6th annual Last Laugh Comedy Competition, in which stand-up comedians will compete for the audience's laughter and vote. Returning again to host the event for its 6th time is Jessica 'It's All Good,' who has hosted the competition since its incarnation.
by TV News Desk - Jan 17, 2020
For over twenty years, Philadelphia's Seamus Egan blazed a new trail for Irish music in America. At the head of the supergroup Solas, he toured the world and pushed the music in new directions, incorporating complex arrangements, stunning virtuosity, and elements of global and Americana music. His work defined Irish music for multiple generations and set a benchmark that still hasn't been matched. As a composer, Egan put his stamp on film soundtracks, symphonic collaborations, and, most famously, co-wrote Sarah McLachlan's smash hit, “I Will Remember You.” But what happens when a trailblazer needs to take a step back? Egan found himself asking that question when confronted with two major life changes: his band Solas went on hiatus, opening up more time for his own music making, and he moved from his long-time home in Philadelphia to rural Vermont. “Both things coalesced not by design,” Egan says, “but they came together at the same time. I liked the symmetry of it.” Holed up in his Vermont cabin, Egan finally had time to go through tunes and melodies he'd composed over the years. Inspired by this time alone with his music, he enlisted close friends and collaborators to make a new album of entirely instrumental music, Early Bright, to be released January 17, 2020. Throughout, the goal of Egan's new work was to reweave the threads of the Irish roots music he knows so well with a more compositional perspective, drawing from classical influences like Bach, Segovia, Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, and modern composers like Meredith Monk and Philip Glass.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2020
Bluegrass powerhouse Sideline is keeping the momentum from a successful 2018 release and a major IBMA award going with its new album, Breaks To The Edge, now available from Mountain Home Music Company.
by TV News Desk - Jan 15, 2020
Fans fell for Nick Fradiani as he soared through American Idol, claiming the champion title and releasing his debut solo project, Hurricane. Now based in his home state of Connecticut, Fradiani returns to the soul of his work, crafting songs with melody and rhythm that remind him why he chose music in the first place. Fradiani dropped his Fall release of his latest EP, Where We Left Off, an independent album on, October 13th.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2020
Steve Solomon's three-time award-winning show has been met with rave reviews and great audience acclaim throughout the country, becoming one of the longest-running one-man shows in Broadway history. During his hit show My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy: Updated and Funnier than Ever, we meet the people that we're all too familiar with a?" the family members that make you remember why you left home in the first place. It's a laugh-filled fest of everybody you know, have known, and some you'd want to forget, but can't a?" all brought to life on the Van Wezel stage by the comic magic of Steve Solomon on Monday, February 3 at 8 p.m.
by TV News Desk - Jan 14, 2020
Drive-By Truckers have unveiled the latest single from their much-anticipated new album, THE UNRAVELING. “Thoughts and Prayers” is available for streaming and download now following today's exclusive world premiere via Billboard. The powerhouse track is joined by an official lyric video streaming now. THE UNRAVELING arrives via ATO Records on Friday, January 31; digital and physical pre-orders are now available.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2020
Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC), Utah's leading destination for brave, contemporary theatre, proudly presents a free, one night-only reading of Shawn Fisher's new play, THE (obsolete) UNKINDNESS OF RAVENS, as part of its New Play Sounding Series.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2020
The Old Testament story of a blustering genocidal despot and the canny woman who resists and brings him down finds voice in one of the most innovative works of the violent, volatile, and tragically short-lived genius Alessandro Stradella.
by Stephen Mosher - Feb 6, 2020
Much-lauded cabaret artist Susanne Mack continues to prove why she has developed the reputation she has earned as an artist, with her show WHERE I BELONG in a recent performance at Don't Tell Mama
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2020
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and piece by piece productions, in association with Rising Phoenix Repertory, have announced that tickets are on sale to the world premiere Ren Dara Santiago's The Siblings Play, which marks the professional debut of the Fila-Rican playwright. Directed by Jenna Worsham (Agnes), The Siblings Play gives voice to multicultural New Yorkers rarely seen on the stage with breathtaking theatricality, stinging poignancy, biting humor, and deep empathy. The Siblings Play runs March 4-April 5, 2020, at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (224 Waverly Place) with an opening night of March 18.
by TV News Desk - Feb 4, 2020
Heavy Pettin' first stirred into action when vocalist Hamie, guitarists Gordon Bonnar and Punky Mendoza, drummer Gary Moat and bassist Brian Waugh first burst out of Glasgow in 1981. They were vibrant, priapic, anthemic and focused. As they showed on a three-track demo, and on the subsequent debut single for independent label Neat ('Roll The Dice'__/'Love Xs Love'), they were more than mere Def Leppard slaves. In fact, the Pettin' had an international sound that owed something to AC/DC, UFO, Thin Lizzy and Foreigner, but also had its own raging momentum.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2020
Theatre Now has announced the top 8 musical finalists chosen for SOUND BITES 7.0, the Seventh Annual Festival of 10-Minute Musicals. The SOUND BITES 7.0 Adjudication Committee selected the top 8 finalists for this year's festival from a record-breaking number of submissions. This one-night only event, now in its seventh year, will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 7:00pm at Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY 10023, and showcases 8 new musicals by up-and-coming musical theatre writing teams.
by TV News Desk - Feb 24, 2020
Singer, songwriter, and pop artist Willie Shaw announces he will be hitting the road opening for Atlantic Records recording artist Josie Dunne. Full routing below.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2020
Following a successful run at HOME, Manchester, Switchflicker Productions today announce the London première and UK tour of Chanje Kunda's Plant Fetish. Darren Pritchard directs Chanje Kunda in this one woman show. The production opens as part of the 2020 Vault Festival from 21-22 March, with previews at Oldham Coliseum on 10 March, before touring to Hull Truck Theatre, Bury MET, Salisbury Playhouse, Bernie Grants Arts Centre, and Pound Arts, concluding its run at The Holbeck on 28 June.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2020
a?oeConjunction Junction, What's Your Function?a?? These five little words and all the catchy, jazzy tunes and tales from Schoolhouse Rock taught millions of kids, camped out in front of the television set every Saturday morning from 1973 to 1985 the fundamentals of math, grammar, science, and history. Schoolhouse Rock Live! features 21 of the best songs from the original series and is a must see for youth and families and every fan of a?oea certain agea?? who wants to relive this beloved, pop culture sensation.
by Audrey Morabito - Feb 20, 2020
“This—something, life and...breath?” my friend read as she tried to decode my jumbled mess of notes while I drove us home from the show. “Oh no,” I answered, 'that says, 'This musical lives and breathes.” That short phrase is the most indicative of my experience at ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, a show whose movement, melodies, and people formed together before us, seemingly as a new animate creature. A tale of “two worlds never meant to meet”, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND delivers a 90-minute sung-through litany of joyous song, dance, and storytelling.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 19, 2020
The much-beloved musical Newsies follows the tale of Jack Kelly, a newsboy and leader of a ragtag group 'newsies' in turn of the century New York City, who dreams a life better than the streets of New York can offer. When publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack and the newsies find a cause to fight for and strike for what's right.
by Cindy Sibilsky - Feb 19, 2020
The astounding, unnerving and transfixing new production of Medea, set in present times and starring the real-life couple with a pair of boys of their own -- Bobby Cannavale and Rose Byrne -- written and directed by Simon Stone, now playing at Harvey Theater at BAM Strong on an extended run through March 8th, leaves the audience pondering and works backward to attempt to shed light on the process that could lead to such inconceivable atrocities.
by Andrew White - Feb 17, 2020
With the mayhem, warfare and epic egos of Henry the Fourth, Part 1 well under their belts, Brave Spirits Theatre now turns its talents towards one of the more challenging history plays in Shakespeare's canon, Henry the Fourth, Part 2. Director Charlene V. Smith continues to find new gems here among the many performers, and there are some moments that truly shine here.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2020
Firehouse Theatre has announced the cast, creative team, and performance schedule for its world premiere production of K. Jenkins' new play A SINGLE PRAYER.
by Jim Munson - Feb 15, 2020
'In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since. Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, he told me, just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had.' Thus famously begins both F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel 'The Great Gatsby' and its stage incarnation 'Gatz' in the Elevator Repair Service (ERS) production currently running at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Wait, you mean Fitzgerald was addressing the notion of privilege way back in 1925? Yes, indeedy! In fact, so much of his novel resonates so deeply with our current state that it's a perfect time to revisit this classic. Which is exactly and literally what ERS is doing here. The text of 'Gatz' consists of every word in the novel and nothing more. So, yes, that means you're in for roughly six hours (plus 2 intermissions and a welcome dinner break) of Fitzgeraldian theatrical experience. If those last two sentences intrigue you at all, I highly recommend you take the ride.
by Student Blogger: Lauren Knight - Feb 13, 2020
At some point in college, pretty much everybody has a moment where they wonder, am I over this? Some switch their major, some stick it out and hope that feeling passes, and I'm here in the middle of all of it to admit: I'm burned out. My acting class is a struggle, I'm unable to focus, and there have been days when my alarm goes off for my 8am class and I truly contemplate dropping Drama and just sticking with Literary Journalism.
by TV News Desk - Feb 13, 2020
 Just ahead of 2020 Earth Day, Discovery Channel will air THE STORY OF PLASTIC, a look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people that inhabit it. Spanning three continents, the film illustrates the ongoing catastrophe: fields full of garbage, veritable mountains of trash; rivers and seas clogged with waste; and skies choked with the poisonous emissions from plastic production and processing.
by Herbert Paine - Feb 13, 2020
In STANDING UP, FALLING DOWN, a film that is deceptively insightful and unsparingly poignant, Billy Crystal and Ben Schwartz team up to deliver stellar and compelling portrayals of two men at their wit's ends who forge an unlikely but revelatory friendship. It is one of the featured films at this year's Sedona International Film Festival (Saturday, February 22nd through Sunday, March 1st.)
by Colin Fleming-Stumpf - Dec 9, 2019
Continuing its 2019-2020 season, JCC's CenterStage theatre brings us Raging Skillet, a memoir-turned-play making its regional debut that that tells the story of a rule-breaker and boundary-pusher, a rebellious lesbian Jewish chef whose story is told through food and the ghost of her long-dead mother.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2019
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota ramps up the holiday with Harmony for the Holidays, featuring the sweet-toned harmonies and sure-footed swing of acclaimed vocal jazz trio Duchess. The New York City-based threesome a?" Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou - are joined by noted jazz pianist Carmen Staaf, bassist Don Mopsick and percussionist Rick Costa for a sparkling holiday program that includes such traditional favorites as Silver Bells, What Are You Doing New Year's Eve, and the Andrews Sisters' Christmas Island, plus holiday novelties like Santa Baby, Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaii's way to say a?oemerry Christmasa??), Christmas Compromise and much more. Performances are December 21 at 7:30 p.m. and December 22 at 3:00 p.m., at the Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Reserved seat tickets are $25 to $45; $10 student tickets are available at the door with current student ID. Tickets are available online at or by calling 941-306-1202.
by Student Blogger: Emily Bonifacio - Dec 5, 2019
When I was younger, I always thought I needed to go to an event with a family member or a friend or I would feel awkward and alone, but as I've gotten older I've realized that seeing a show by yourself can be enjoyable and liberating. A few years ago, I went to my first show by myself; Avenue Q Off-Broadway. It was probably one of the best shows you can possibly see by yourself too because of the message behind it.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2019
Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit or call (646) 476-3551.
by Madelyn Geyer - Dec 4, 2019
This winter, Austin's Different Stages theatre company takes on one of the most famous novels of the 19th century: FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley. Different Stages performs Patrick Sanford's 2-act adaptation of the novel, showing at the Vortex Repertory Theatre.
by Jose Simbulan - Dec 4, 2019
When BWW asked me to come up with a guide on 'How To Prepare Your Audition Book,' I was more than happy to oblige. The following bits of advice and at-the-piano and behind-the-table wisdom have been distilled from my 30+ years of playing auditions. While I make no claim stating that 'my way' is 'the only way,' 'the right way,' I can safely say that much of what I share below has been discussed with many other audition pianists over the years, and we are all in agreement on many of the topics.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2019
Skylight Music Theatre today announced the cast and creative team for Ruddigore, or The Witch's Curse, presented January 3-19, 2020 in collaboration with Milwaukee Opera Theatre. Skylight celebrates its long history of producing the works of W.S. Gilbert (book and lyrics) and Arthur Sullivan (music) with an imaginatively reinvigorated production of this classic gothic operetta. Ruddigore will be performed in a special, limited run in the Studio Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway, in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward.
by Zac Thriffiley - Dec 3, 2019
Emilio RodrĂ­guez's recent play SWIMMING WHILE DROWNING, currently receiving its Dallas premiere with Cara MĂ­a Theatre, manages to share the trials and tribulations of two queer homeless youths in a manner inventive, tender, and authentic.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2019
Preheat to the year 1835. Mix the Baker and the Nobleman together until romance blossoms. For a little confusion, gently add the Sweet Young Lady into the mix. Sprinkle in a pinch of frustrated love, and then add a dash of Hero rushing in to save the day. Bake at 350 degrees for the length of one duel, or until ready to admit the truth. Serves them all right.
by Audrey Morabito - Dec 19, 2019
I first saw ELF when TUTS produced it back in 2013, and last year I had the absolute joy of working on a production of it at Queensbury Theatre. I'll be honest, it was a challenge for me to set aside my past experience with the show in order to see it with fresh eyes, giving myself a fair chance to experience a different cast, choreo, and designs from a reviewer's perspective. Setting aside my personal experiences with ELF, I found that this production reminded me of the things I loved most about it in the first place-the humorous quips written into the dialogue, the undeniably jolly holiday spirit, and the snappy songs that inevitably get stuck in my head.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2019
Talent Management agency Cyd LeVin & Associates (CLA) announced today, that it has rebranded as CLA Partners ahead of the companies 10th Anniversary since reopening in 2010. Originally founded in 1990 by Cyd LeVin with a single client, the company became an overnight success and its roster grew to over 150 actors working in Film, Television and Theater. In 2000, the company's roster and staff were acquired by another major management company, while Cyd retired from the business to focus on her family and raising her newly adopted son.
by TV News Desk - Dec 18, 2019
Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.