Inner City Broadway

Based on the book The Inner City Mother Goose by Eve Merriam


Ethel Barrymore Theatre

(New York, NY)
243 West 47th St.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2019
Hero Theatre announced today that Broadway actress April Nixon has joined the cast of Troy by Amina Henry. The world premiere is directed by Hero Theatre's Artistic Director Elisa Bocanegra and features original songs by T.J. Keanu Tario.
by TV News Desk - Oct 29, 2019
Craft Recordings is thrilled to announce the release of a vinyl box set celebrating one of music's greatest gospel and soul groups, The Staple Singers. Set for a December 6th release date, Come Go With Me: The Stax Collection presents all of the group's studio albums released on the iconic Memphis label, spanning 1968–1974, and features the Staples' biggest hits, including “I'll Take You There,” “Respect Yourself” and “If You're Ready (Come Go with Me).” The six studio albums were cut from the original analog masters by Jeff Powell at Take Out Vinyl. The final, seventh disc offers rarities, non-album singles and several live recordings from the legendary 1972 Wattstax music festival. The seven discs come in heavyweight 180-gram vinyl pressed at Memphis Record Pressing. Housed in a slipcase, the collection also includes a deluxe booklet with archival photos and new liner notes from American music specialist and curator Levon Williams (formerly of the Stax Museum and the National Museum of African American Music), and folklorist, ethnomusicologist and writer Dr. Langston Wilkins. The complete collection will also be released digitally, and the six studio albums will be available in hi-res 24-bit/192 kHz and 24-bit/96 kHz formats for the first time.
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Oct 23, 2019
When does a teenager become an adult? Is there an exact moment or event that shapes us into what we become and how much is our quest to fit in, a help or hindrance? Set in inner-city London, Arinze Kene's play Little Baby Jesus follows the pleasures and pain of three teenagers as they pinpoint moments when they enter into their adult lives.
by Roy Berko - Oct 23, 2019
Multi-award-winning Dominique Morisseau is one of America's new and, in the view of many, the best of emerging playwrights.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2019
New Ghosts Theatre Company and the IGNITE Collective are excited to present their debut work BLUE CHRISTMAS at Kings Cross Theatre from the 11th - 22nd December 2019. A double bill featuring two new Australian plays by award winning playwrights Katy Warner and Gretel Vella, BLUE CHRISTMAS is the outcome of a year long development through New Ghosts' ground breaking initiative IGNITE Collective.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2019
Charles Dickerson III, Jerrold Eberhardt, Mary Louise Gorno,Jennifer Koh, Isaac Thompson, and Sheila Williams have joined the League of American Orchestras' Board of Directors, the League announced today. Each will serve three-year terms.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2019
The six-strong cast includes theatrical stalwart Michael Bertenshaw (SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE, HAYMARKET WEST END, HAMPSTEAD THEATRE, CURVE, THE MINITURIST, THE CROWN, THE DA VINCI CODE), Yinka Williams (ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, APOLLO VICTORIA THEATRE, CHUTNEY! UK AND WORLD TOUR, LONDON ROAD), Tamara McKoy-Patterson (NATIONAL THEATRE, ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE), Michael Gonsalves, new graduate Kitty Hollingsworth and Theatre Peckham alumni Luis Gustavo Silva Navarro (ROBIN HOOD AND THE ARROW OF DESTINY).
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2019
Shakespeare Schools Foundation (SSF) is taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge, from 3rd - 10th December, with a campaign fronted by comedian and actor Hugh Dennis, a Patron of the charity. All donations made during this week will help SSF empower more children from disadvantaged backgrounds with the confidence they need to succeed.
by TV News Desk - Nov 26, 2019
Sundance Institute today named the global cohort of independent nonfiction film projects that comprise its latest Documentary Fund Grantees, including specialized grants administered by The Kendeda Fund and the Stories of Change Fund.
by Gary Naylor - Nov 21, 2019
Kwami Odoom talks about his life as an actor and about his role in Hunger, at the Arcola Theatre until 21 November.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2019
Rapeteta Theatre Company has announced its inaugural production Hurlyburly by David Rabe, coming in April 2020. The revival is directed by Pitr Strait of Torn Out Theatre (Hamlet, The Tempest) and performed at HB Studio's iconic Bank St Theatre in New York City. The cast will be announced in February 2020, starring women of color in the female roles embracing Rapeteta's mission to focus on the original intent of the play through the lens of today's moral values.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2019
Excluded is a powerful and urgent piece of new writing that delves into the lives of our young people in education and holds a mirror up, unearthing their issues and exposing a system that ignores some of the most vulnerable in our society.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2020
In celebration of its 20th Chicago location opening Monday, January 20, 2020 in the city's South Loop neighborhood at 1144 S. Wabash Ave., Jet's Pizza® will be offering pizza fanatics $2 small pizzas and $0.20 slices of pizza for one day only. Available from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. exclusively at the new South Loop location, the offer is valid for pick-up orders and is limited to one slice and one small pizza per person with extra toppings available for an additional fee.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2020
The venerated Los Angeles-based Lula Washington Dance Theatre returns to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts to celebrate its milestone 40th anniversary with a dynamic and powerful program exploring social and humanitarian issues.
by TV News Desk - Jan 6, 2020
The Offenders (working title) is a 6 x 1 hour series from multi-award-winning writer and director Stephen Merchant, originally created by Merchant and Elgin James (co-creator of US series Mayans M.C.)
by TV News Desk - Jan 28, 2020
Though his tragic loss is still felt each day, the remarkable legacy of the late Nipsey Hussle continues with Our Opportunity, a grass roots movement focused on creating economic opportunity in low-income neighborhoods throughout the United States through direct investment, community engagement and education. Co-founded by Hussle and his longtime real estate investment and business partner, Dave Gross, Our Opportunity identifies and implements grassroots initiatives in America's inner cities, working with hometown heroes to develop successful local projects and then scale them on a national level.
by TV News Desk - Jan 23, 2020
Barcelona's OFFSónar has revealed the first artist lineups for their 2020 series, with a huge selection of cutting-edge acts confirmed for showcases from Detroit Love, Exhale and Innervisions.  Taking place from 18 - 21 of June, the four days of OFFSónar parties are located within the unique open-air Poble Espanyol complex and run concurrently to Sónar festival. 
by Jenny Minich - Jan 21, 2020
In PIPELINE, playwright and educator Dominique Morisseau's refuses to relegate the Black experience to the realm of impersonal statistics.
by TV News Desk - Jan 15, 2020
THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA, a limited series based on the acclaimed Philip Roth novel of the same name, imagines an alternate American history during World War II, told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey as they endure the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, an aviator-hero and xenophobic populist, who captures the presidency and turns the nation toward fascism. Created by frequent collaborators David Simon and Ed Burns (HBO's “The Wire” and “Generation Kill”), the six-part limited series THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA debuts MONDAY, MARCH 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2020
Following the huge success of COMEDY KIKI in 2019, Darlinghurst Theatre Company is bringing back its festival of funnies. Last year's queer comedy festival was so successful it had to be extended due to popular demand. This year promises to be no different with a line-up of the country's most hilarious and rambunctious comedians including Zoë Coombs Marr, Geraldine Hickey and Nath Valvo.
by Vickie Evans - Feb 7, 2020
Akeelah and the Bee is a family-fun production that highlights an 11-year old African-American girl's journey of surviving the inner-city challenges of the Chicago projects to her acrimonious success as a finalist/winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.  The stage adaptation remained true to the movie's original theme about overcoming obstacles (poverty, bullying, inner-city woes such as shooting and drugs, racial and societal stereotypes, etc.), while stressing the importance of the strong community ties and love that undergird Akeelah's rise to success. 
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2020
Victory Gardens Theater has announced a Chicago tour of its production of Pipeline, written by 2018 MacArthur Fellow Dominique Morisseau and directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce. As a leader in developing and producing new theater work and cultivating an inclusive Chicago theater community, Victory Gardens will tour the production this spring with free performances at six locations on the South and West sides of Chicago, bringing this highly praised work into local communities, March 16 - 21, 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2020
Orpheus, Eurydice, a trouble-making horse and Death herself converge in a very funny and irreverent reimagining of the Greek myth by surrealist poet, playwright and filmmaker Jean Cocteau. Deaf West Theatre views Cocteau's whimsical, magical and highly visual play, first performed in 1926, through a unique lens: translated from the French into Spoken English by John Savacool, into American Sign Language by Andrew Moore, and slated for a run at the True Colors Festival in Tokyo, Japan at the end of April. Deena Selenow directs Orphée in a visiting production at the Odyssey Theatre, opening March 13 for a four-week run through April 5. Three low-priced previews are set for March 8, March 11 and March 12.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2020
Deborah Culver and Stephen Sachs founded the Fountain Theatre in an intimate, Spanish-style, East Hollywood building that belies the sizable local impact and international reach of the company's acclaimed and award-winning productions. Now entering its 30th year as one of the most highly regarded theaters in Los Angeles, the Fountain is announcing a celebratory 2020 season of dynamic premieres and events.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2020
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) added a new milestone to its legacy last year with the launch of Music Director Jaime Martín's inaugural season.
by Shari Barrett - Feb 3, 2020
The venerated Los Angeles-based Lula Washington Dance Theatre returned to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts to celebrate its milestone 40th anniversary with a dynamic and powerful program exploring social and humanitarian issues from January 30 through February 1 in the Bram Goldsmith Theater. The program, which launched The Lula Washington Dance Theatre's year-long anniversary celebration, included three world premieres and a West Coast premiere, with new works from new voices, some of whom are a generation younger than co-founders Lula and Erwin Washington, which mixed jazz, hip-hop, African movement, ballet, modern, tap and other dance styles to perfection.
by Juan Michael Porter II - Feb 3, 2020
I am pleased to kick off BroadwayWorld Dance's 2020 Black History Month Celebration by honouring the incredible Emmy, Grammy, Tony, & Drama Desk award-winning, multi-hyphenate creative André De Shields!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2020
David Pugh will present Emma Rice's critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Enid Blyton's Malory Towers, originally created with Wise Children. This new production will be co-produced with Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, where the production will open on 27 March 2020, before going on a national tour, concluding at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall, where it will play from 27 July to 31 August, with national press performances on 31 July, 1 and 2 August.
by Andrew Child - Feb 21, 2020
Michelle Aguillon has been working as an actor and director in Boston for over 25 years. Her work has spanned from Company One to the Nora Theatre to the Umbrella Theatre Company in Concord. How does she think the past decade treated Boston theatre? She says, a?oeI am excited to see more diversity in Boston theatre a?" not only in casting but behind the scenes as well, with writers, directors, and designers. We are going to see more stories about 'the other' a?" those who have endured being mostly shut out or ignored, stories rarely told from their point of view.a??
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2020
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is going back to school with the regional premiere drama, Pipeline by Dominique Morisseau, the acclaimed MacArthu 'Genius' Grant playwright. This 2018 Obie Award-winning play powerfully brings an urgent conversation to the forefront, compassionately probing the limits of our education system and a mother's fight to give her son a future-without turning her back on the community that made him who he is. Directed by Ron OJ Parson. Production Sponsor is The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2020
The Los Angeles International Dance Festival (LAIDF) presents Debbie Allen's FREEZE FRAME, Lula Washington Dance Theatre and Chloe Arnold's Syncopated Ladies together onstage for one night only in 'Dancing For Life!' at The Orpheum Theater on Friday, April 24, 2020 at 7:30pm.
by TV News Desk - Feb 18, 2020
OFFSónar has revealed the latest phase of acts confirmed for the 2020 edition, with lineups coming from Drumcode and the much anticipated European debut of Get Lost. The new additions join already announced lineups for showcases by Detroit Love, Exhale and Innervisions, as the cutting-edge party series prepares to return to Barcelona's historic Poble Espanyol complex on June 18 to 21. 
by Stage Tube - Feb 18, 2020
They thought life was about to return to what passes for normal in Freeridge, but the stakes just got even higher.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2020
Three Rivers Music Theatre's production of Andrew Lippa's THE WILD PARTY opens on Friday at The Philmore on Broadway. This is TRMT's first production back at The Philmore after their acclaimed sold-out run of CABARET in 2018. This production marks the Fort Wayne debut of renowned theatre director and artist, Beth Turcotte.
by TV News Desk - Feb 13, 2020
Vevo announces the premiere of a new original series titled Watch This, with the first episode featuring Justin Bieber's music video for his latest track, “Intentions.” Watch This brings a camera to the “comments” section of a music video. The show will feature a cast of music fans dropping some entertaining opinions on the latest buzzed-about video titles, the first being “Intentions.” On future episodes, the show will also act as a forum for inside-scoop commentary from the artists themselves as they look back at their music videos, giving a first-hand interpretation on everything from inspiration to impact.
by Marina Kennedy - Feb 12, 2020
'Pass Over,' a new play by Antoinette Nwandu is now at Luna Stage through March 1. This compelling show is directed by Devin E. Haqq and features the finest acting and staging.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2020
This year's edition of 5x5, the Abbey Theatre's community theatre development programme supporting diversity and greater access at Ireland's National Theatre, starts today. This year's group of five projects include a Direct Provision theatre group, a Men's Shed, a group of women from the north inner city, a group of blind and visually impaired people, and a group of LGBT+ Irish speakers.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2019
Today, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre announced nine new shows. GREASE, THE COMMITMENTS, GOOD VIBRATIONS, ROB BECKETT - WALLOP, ROMESH RANGANATHAN a?" THE CYNIC'S MIXTAPE, TONY CHRISTIE AND THE NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA - CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF FRANK SINATRA & FRIENDS, STRICTLY BALLROOM, and THE DREAMBOYS and OUR DAY OUT will all on sale to Friends of the Grand and members now and on Wednesday 11 December for General Public.
by Gil Kaan - Dec 7, 2019
A workshop production of Pure Imagination Projects' MARVELS OF MAGIC will have its world premiere the weekend of December 13, 2019 at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre. Written by Andrew Simmons and directed by Enrico De La Vega, this coming-of-age story of Pure Imagination Projects' creator Derek McKee will follow his path in his teens to becoming the magician/producer/humanitarian Derek is today. I had the chance to discover some of the behind the scenes magic that Derek conjures up in MARVELS OF MAGIC and POLYGRAPH.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2019
Gamut Theatre Group's Popcorn Hat Players Children's Theatre will hold their 27th Annual New Years Eve Party For Children, where they countdown to NOON instead of midnight, on December 31, 2019. The party is so big that it is held at the Sunoco Performance Theater at the Whitaker Center in downtown Harrisburg. This year The Popcorn Hat Players are presenting the wildly popular Beauty and the Beast.
by Roger Catlin - Dec 5, 2019
Because Christmas is mandatory on entertainment stages all month, it's no surprise that a cabaret at Signature Theatre is again devoted to the Yuletide songbook. But in a clever and very welcome variation, they've approached the holiday through the classic interpretations of one of America's favorite labels.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2019
The venerated Los Angeles-based Lula Washington Dance Theatre Returns to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts to celebrate its milestone 40th anniversary with a dynamic and powerful program exploring social and humanitarian issues. The company performs for three nights only, from Thursday, January 30 through Saturday February 1, 2020, 7:30 pm, in The Wallis' Bram Goldsmith Theater. The program, which includes three world premieres and a West Coast premiere, celebrates the dance company's past with some repertory gems and is also decidedly forward-looking, with new works from new voices, some of whom are a generation younger than co-founders Lula and Erwin Washington.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2019
Each year, the Phoenix Rock Lottery features a lineup of musicians from diverse backgrounds and musical styles. These musicians deliver a totally unique experience for fans due to the unpredictable nature of the event. The participating musicians show up on the morning of the Rock Lottery each year with no idea who they will be in a band with, what style of music they will play, or what songs they will perform, since the songs will be written that day. 
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2019
City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph Street, announces Grammy Award-winning artist Mac Powell and his band The Family Reunion, iconic rock group The Ides of March and more. The following shows go on sale to the public on Friday, December 20 at noon. Tickets will be available at
by Michael Dale - Dec 17, 2019
If you're like this reviewer, you're a sucker for stories about young people loudly and aggressively voicing their rebellions through art. Three years ago, screenwriter/director John Carney's indie hit 'Sing Street' told of a beaten-down 1980s Dublin teenage lad who forms a rock band initially to impress a girl, but then finds it as an outlet to write and perform songs expressing his range towards the adults who are supposed to be his role models. (Oh yeah, and he writes a song to try and make the girl like him, too.)
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2019
The Kimmel Center Cultural Campus has announced three new Jazz Residency teams for the 2019-20 season: Ruth Naomi Floyd (Composer/Vocals) and Charles a?oeChaza?? Lattimore Howard (Lyricist/Poet); Immanuel Wilkins (Composer/Saxophone) with Rog Walker (Photographer) and David Dempewolf (Video Installation); and Richard Hill Jr. (Composer/Voice/Bass). Each team will create a new, relevant, and engaging a?oePhilly Madea?? work for the community. In the Kimmel Center Jazz Residency's seventh consecutive year, all three of these original pieces will focus on the relationship of Philadelphia against a social issue, including the homelessness issue, the introspective examination of one's cultural identity as a citizen, and a futuristic look at neighborhoods.
by Peter Nason - Dec 14, 2019
BWW Reviewer Peter Nason chooses the best of the best that he saw onstage in the Tampa Bay area in 2019.
by Ruth Deller - Dec 14, 2019
The Crucible takes us to New York's bustling backstreets in this joyous revival.
by Shari Barrett - Dec 10, 2019
We all know how unintentionally funny nuns can be as they go about their daily lessons, ruler in hand, trying to get children to behave or do their lessons. Or perhaps not. But just imagine if you could be a fly on the wall in the early morning hours, listening in as they get together over coffee or while baking bread in their small kitchen and blissfully make fun of not only their students but each other, as well as their local Bishop who holds all the money needed to keep their beloved St. Cyril's convent and school from closing down. They smoke and swear while complaining about being old, jaded and stupid, but realize that just like their building and the entire neighborhood around them, we're just a?oeall dirt poor.a?? And incredibly funny!