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Blues diva Ma Rainey and her band have come to a Chicago studio to cut a record, but their artistic differences nearly stop the session before it starts. Full of unforgettable characters and the raw power of the blues, this 1920s installment of Wilson's groundbreaking cycle of plays confronts the issues of race, fame, and generational divides through the rhythms of the African-American South.



August Wilson (1945-2005) The most-produced African-American playwright of all time, August Wilson was a self-taught writer whose distinctive style combined poeticism and everyday slang. The plays of his remarkable Pittsburgh Cycle chronicled the black experience in America in every decade of the 20thcentury, winning two Pulitzer Prizes and redefining African-American storytelling for a generation of theatergoers.



Review Roundup: FOLLIES, Starring Imelda Staunton, Updated!
by Review Roundups - Sep 8, 2017

Follies just opened at the National Theatre, let's see what the critics had to say! (more...)

Alec Baldwin to Tell Untold Stories from New Memoir NEVERTHELESS at EST
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST) has announced a special one-night-only benefit event featuring two-time Emmy Award-winner Alec Baldwin on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 8pm at EST's Curt Dempster Theatre (545 W. 52nd Street). (more...)

Marion McClinton Steps in for Lou Bellamy at Capri Theater's FENCES Talk
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

Due to a conflict, Lou Bellamy will no longer be able to lead a discussion of Fences at the Capri Theater today, September 7. Denzel Washington's Oscar-winning adaptation of August Wilson's Fences will now be followed by a discussion led by actor and director Marion McClinton. (more...)

FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE Extends At The Marble Arch Theatre Due To Popular Demand
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

Underbelly Productions has today confirmed the new production of Clarke Peters' Olivier Award-winning and Tony-Award nominated musical, Five Guys Named Moe, will extend its run at The Marble Arch Theatre until Saturday 17th February 2018, due to overwhelming popular demand.  (more...)

BWW Review: August's Wilson's, 'Jitney' At Duke Energy Theater
by Vickie Evans - Sep 5, 2017

August Wilson's Tony award-winning stage play, Jitney, takes center stage at The Blumenthal's Duke Energy Theatre, produced by Brand New Sheriff Productions. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look At FOLLIES At The National Theatre!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2017

1971, New York. There's a party on the stage of the Weissman Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. See production pictures! (more...)

Local Celebrities Join Forces for August Wilson's THE AMERICAN CENTURY CYCLE Readings at Shore Cultural Centre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2017

Shore Cultural Centre's Theatre Program, with permission from the August Wilson Estate, will present readings of acclaimed playwright August Wilson's The American Century Cycle beginning with former WEWS news anchor Leon Bibb as Caesar Wilks in Gem of the Ocean September 25 at 7:00pm in the Shore Auditorium. (more...)

Spinning Tree Theatre produces Kansas City Premiere of Harvey Fierstein's CASA VALENTINA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2017

Spinning Tree Theatre proudly produces the Kansas City premiere of Harvey Fierstein's CASA VALENTINA October 27 November 12. Four-time Tony Award winner Fierstein (Kinky Boots, Newsies, La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy) based his 2014 play on actual events. (more...)

FENCES Hits the Copaken Stage This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2017

Kansas City Repertory Theatre continues its 2017/18 season with August Wilson's beloved play, FENCES, the winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play that same year. (more...)

VIDEO: Behind the Scenes with FOLLIES - What Is Sondheim's Classic Musical About?
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2017

Including such classic songs as Broadway Baby, I'm Still Here and Losing My Mind, Stephen Sondheim's legendary musical FOLLIES is being staged for the first time at the National Theatre. Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, the production is directed by Dominic Cooke (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom). In the video below, get a look behind the scenes with the company talking about what this classic musical is about! (more...)

Company of Angels Debuts THIS LAND by Evangeline Ordaz
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2017

A deep, painful, joyful story about one extended California family with roots in different parts of the world, who make their home on the same plot of Southern California land over 150 years. Los Angeles native and Mexican-American playwright, Evangeline Ordaz, crafts a rich and complex web of diverse characters from Los Angeles' Latino, African-American, Anglo, and Native American communities who co-exist as if time were a wheel that constantly doubles back on itself. Through triumph and despair these families discover how deeply they are rooted in the dreams of their ancestors and the land on which they stand. Directed by Company of Angels artistic director, Armando Molina, This Land debuts on October 20, at Company of Angels, Los Angeles' oldest professional theater. (more...)

Herb Newsome Returns to United Solo with BREAK IT DOWN
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

Break It Down, written and performed by Herb Newsome is a multimedia show that tells the story of the early days of Hip Hop through a live performance of the four elements: DJing, Emceeing, B-Boying and Graffiti Art. Explore the history behind the music set in the Bronx, NY, during a time where urban decay and gang culture inspired a people to create their own form of expression. Playing 10 Characters using music, dance, video, graffiti, and rhyming, the audience will be taken on a journey through the world of Hip Hop. (more...)

Sharon D Clarke to Host UK Theatre Awards 2017
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2017

UK Theatre has today announced that Olivier Award-winning actress Sharon D Clarke will host the UK Theatre Awards 2017. (more...)

Abingdon Theatre's Ghostlight Reading Series to Continue with THE SUBJECT and CARLO AT THE WEDDING
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2017

Abingdon Theatre Company continues its Ghostlight Reading Series with readings of THE SUBJECT by Chisa Hutchinson and directed by Jade King Carroll on Monday, June 5th at 7pm and CARLO AT THE WEDDING by Bryna Turner and directed by Jenna Worsham on Monday, June 12th at 7pm. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 5/28/2017
by BWW - May 28, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/28/2017 for Washington, DC (more...)

BWW Review: MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM at Soulpepper
by Isabella Perrone - May 20, 2018

A layered stage and stellar cast bring dimension to Soulpepper's production of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Directed by Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu, this adaptation of August Wilson's 1982 play follows an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago where the music takes a back seat to discussions of race and human rights. (more...)

BWW Review: MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM is pitch perfect at Ensemble Theatre
by Brett Cullum - May 18, 2018

There is no other company in Houston that is better equipped to handle his material, and this production cements that with ease. It is presented with a casual decadence that perfectly captures the world of the black American musician during this time. (more...)

THE RAPE OF THE SABINE WOMEN Premiere and More Set for Playwrights Realm's 2017-18 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

The Playwrights Realm has announced its 2017-18 season productions: the world premieres of Michael Yates Crowley's The Rape of the Sabine Women, By Grace B. Matthias, directed by Tyne Rafaeli (August - September 2017), and Don Nguyen's Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth, directed by Jade King Carroll (February - March 2018).Both will be presented at The Duke on 42nd Street, a New 42nd Street project. (more...)

KING THE MUSICAL in Concert Comes to London
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2018

This year marks 50 years since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr and 30 years since the first performance of the late Martin Smith's acclaimed musical KING. Hackney Empire, in co-production with London Musical Theatre Orchestra, presents a special concert version for two performances only. (more...)

Photo Flash: Artists Rep Presents the 2015 Pulitzer Prize Winning Play BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2018

Artists Rep presents the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner Between Riverside and Crazy, by Stephen Adly Guirgis. The play is directed by Adriana Baer and runs from March 4 through April 1 on the theatre's Alder Stage. (more...)

CAROLINE OR CHANGE to Transfer to the West End
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2018

As reported last night, it's now official that Caroline, Or Change, the celebrated musical written by Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America, with a soaring score from Tony Award-winning Jeanine Tesori, will transfer into the West End's Playhouse Theatre from 20 November 2018 to 9 February 2019. (more...)

Full Casting Announced for FOLLIES at National Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2017

1971, New York. There's a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 6/04/2017
by BWW - Jun 4, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 6/04/2017 for Washington, DC (more...)

Photo Flash: Blues Inspired MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM to Croon at 1st Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2017

From the extraordinary mind of Pultizer, Tony, and Academy Award recognized playwright August Wilson comes one of America's most renowned stories of race and music. Inspired by the real life of legendary blues singer, Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is a powerful installment in August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize winning Century Cycle- 10 illustrious plays that explore the African-American experience in each decade of the 20th century. (more...)

National Theatre Announces Talks, Events and Exhibitions Highlights for 2017
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2017

Talks and events relating to Angels in America will begin with writer Tony Kushner, who will discuss the plays and his work in conversation with Ola Animashawun on 30 June. Andrew Garfield, who plays Prior Walter, and Denise Gough, who plays Harper Pitt, will then discuss their experiences of performing in the show in a talk chaired by Kate Bassett as well as award-winning director Marianne Elliot who will reflect on directing the show in conversation with Susannah Clapp, both on 3 July. (more...)

Multi-Award Winning Actor A. Russell Andrews to Star in Dark Comedy BECOMING HUMAN at McCadden Place Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2017

A. Russell Andrews will star in BECOMING HUMAN, a new dark comedy written by Dr. Nicki Joy Monti and directed by Diana Wyenn. (more...)

Photo Flash: Full Casting Announced for New Production of FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

Underbelly Productions have today announced full casting for a brand new production of Clarke Peters' Olivier Award-winning and Tony-Award nominated musical, Five Guys Named Moe. The production will open on 14 September 2017 in a new temporary theatre in Marble Arch, London. Check out photos of the cast below! (more...)

BWW Review: HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED at Round House Theatre - Truly a Triumph!
by Charles Shubow - Jun 19, 2017

If you are a fan of the late August Wilson, you must not miss HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED now playing at the Round House Theatre in Bethesda, MD. Even if you have never heard of August Wilson, you should not miss it for it is an exciting and remarkable piece of theater. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 6/18/2017
by BWW - Jun 18, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 6/18/2017 for Washington, DC (more...)

National Theatre Announces June 2017-January 2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

National Theatre has announced today the new season for June 2017 - January 2018. Take a look at the shows coming to the theatre! (more...)

The Ensemble Theatre Announces Its 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2017

The Ensemble Theatre Artistic Director, Eileen J. Morris, announces the theatre's 2017-2018 Season that will include three regional premieres, and a variety of comedies, drama, and musical productions. (more...)

BWW Review: MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM at 1st Stage
by Jenny Minich - Jun 12, 2017

Important content and several exceptional performances outweigh 1st Stage's flawed production of August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.  (more...)

The Ensemble Theatre Announces Its 2017-2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2017

The Ensemble Theatre Artistic Director, Eileen J. Morris, announces the theatre's 2017-2018 Season that will include three regional premieres, and a variety of comedies, drama, and musical productions. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 6/11/2017
by BWW - Jun 11, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 6/11/2017 for Washington, DC (more...)

National Theatre Live to Broadcast FOLLIES this November
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2017

Classic Stephen Sondheim musical Follies will be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK and internationally on Thursday November 16th as part of National Theatre Live. (more...)

Imelda Staunton FOLLIES to Come to Cinemas Everywhere This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017

London's National Theatre has announced plans for a live broadcast of its upcoming revival of Stephen Sondheim's Follies in cinemas this fall. The broadcast will go live internationally at cinemas on November 16. (more...)

Single Tickets on Sale Tomorrow at Huntington Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2017

Single tickets to the Huntington Theatre Company's 2017-2018 season will go on sale to the general public at midnight on Tuesday, August 1. (more...)

Full Cast Announced For Ellen McDougall's Inaugural Production As Artistic Director THE UNKNOWN ISLAND at Gate Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2017

Ellen McDougall today announced the full cast for The Unknown Island, her inaugural production of Artistic Director of Gate Theatre.  She directs Jon Foster, Hannah Ringham, Thalissa Teixera and Zubin Varla in the adaptation of Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago's short story which opens on 18 September, with previews from 11 September, running until 7 October.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Cast of the National Theatre's FOLLIES Glimmers in New Portrait
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017

James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim's classic musical FOLLIES, which begins at the National Theatre in August, will be broadcast live to cinemas across the US and internationally on Thursday, November 16th as part of National Theatre Live. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in character below! (more...)

Multi-Award Winning Actor A. Russell Andrews to Star in Dark Comedy BECOMING HUMAN at McCadden Place Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2017

A. Russell Andrews will star in BECOMING HUMAN, a new dark comedy written by Dr. Nicki Joy Monti and directed by Diana Wyenn. (more...)

VIDEO: Imelda Staunton & More Get Ready for National Theatre's FOLLIES
by Stage Tube - Jul 14, 2017

Classic Stephen Sondheim musical Follies, which opens at the Olivier Theatre this August, will be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK and internationally on Thursday November 16th as part of National Theatre Live. (more...)

Multi-Award Winning Actor A. Russell Andrews to Star in Dark Comedy BECOMING HUMAN at McCadden Place Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

A. Russell Andrews will star in BECOMING HUMAN, a new dark comedy written by Dr. Nicki Joy Monti and directed by Diana Wyenn. (more...)

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK Comes to People's Light
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2018

Building on the Blaine County School District's mission of inspiring, engaging, educating and empowering every student, Company of Fools announces the 21st year of Stages of Wonder-an in-school dramatic arts program that has served as the theatre curriculum in local elementary schools since 1997. (more...)

Photo Flash: It's Hitchcock for the Holidays at Mile Square Theatre with THE 39 STEPS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2017

Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County's leading professional theatre, closes its 2017 season with a rollicking send up of Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller, The 39 Steps. Just in time for the holidays, Patrick Barlow's adaptation is a fast-paced comic romp that turns the classic Hitchcock's masterpiece into an evening of pure comic joy that will be a welcome treat for audiences of all ages. (more...)

Marion McClinton Steps in for Lou Bellamy at Capri Theater's FENCES Talk
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2017

Due to a conflict, Lou Bellamy will no longer be able to lead a discussion of Fences at the Capri Theater on Thursday, September 7. Denzel Washington's Oscar-winning adaptation of August Wilson's Fences will now be followed by a discussion led by actor and director Marion McClinton. (more...)

Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ellie Bamber, and More Join Donmar Warehouse's THE LADY FROM THE SEA, Full Casting Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

The Donmar Warehouse today announced full casting for Elinor Cook's new version of Ibsen's masterpiece The Lady from the Sea. As previously announced Nikki Amuka-Bird will play Ellida, and she is joined by Ellie Bamber, Jake Fairbrother, Jim Findley, Jonny Holden, Finbar Lynch, Tom McKay and Helena Wilson. (more...)

Talawa Theatre Company Presents BITE YOUR TONGUE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Talawa Theatre Company has announced details for Bite Your Tongue: a new devised theatre production from London's emerging Black talent. Coming to Hackney Showroom from 31 August - 2 September, Bite Your Tongue is a response from the city's young theatre makers to issues with language and communication in a multi-cultural city. (more...)

Stephen Sondheim to Visit National Theatre Ahead of FOLLIES Production Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Ahead of the NT's dazzling new production of Follies, multi-award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim talks to Jeremy Sams about his legendary musical on Tuesday 22 August, 6pm at Dorfman Theatre. (more...)

Court Theatre presents FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017

Court Theatre, under the continuing leadership of Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, and Stephen J. Albert, Executive Director, opens its 2017-2018 season with Five Guys Named Moe by Clarke Peters, directed by Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson, Music Director Abdul Hamid Royal and Associate Director Felicia P. Fields. Five Guys Named Moe, which features Louis Jordan's greatest hits, runs September 7 - October 8, 2017 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. The press opening is September 16, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsals for FOLLIES at National Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2017

1971, New York. There's a party on the stage of the Weissman Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. (more...)

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