Theatre Information

Vivian Beaumont Theatre (New York, NY)
150 West 65th St. at Broadway
Based on the Medea myth

This powerful re-telling of the tragic Medea myth was hailed by the San Francisco Examiner as 'A major work by one of the most highly regarded new serious songwriters for the stage.' Set in the twilight years of the 19th century, MARIE CHRISTINE chronicles its doomed heroine's journey from her genteel life of privilege in New Orleans Creole society through betrayal and incomprehensible vengeance in boisterous Chicago. This gripping tale of one headstrong and passionate young woman's all-consuming love for an ambitious sea captain provides a tour-de-force for its leading lady. When it premiered at the esteemed Lincoln Center Theatre, the New York Daily News found it to be 'A brilliant re-working of Medea [that] manages at once to make it fresh and to retain its gut-wrenching compulsion.' MARIE CHRISTINE was the final Broadway musical of the 20th century, an extraordinary creation that investigates unsettling mysteries of the psyche that are as old as the human condition itself.

Words and Music by Michael John LaChiusa



Westport Country Playhouse Stages The Musical MAN OF LA MANCHA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2018

Westport Country Playhouse will stage "Man of La Mancha," the Tony Award-winning musical about Don Quixote's quest for "The Impossible Dream," from September 25 through October 13.  Directed by Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse artistic director, the story of Quixote's battle for good and the love of his fair maiden is written by Dale Wasserman, with music by Mitch Leigh, and lyrics by Joe Darion. (more...)

VIDEO: Watch a Trailer for Westport County Playhouse's MAN OF LA MANCHA
by Stage Tube - Sep 29, 2018

Westport Country Playhouse stages "Man of La Mancha," the Tony Award-winning musical about Don Quixote's quest for "The Impossible Dream," now playing through October 14. Directed by Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse artistic director, the story of Quixote's battle for good and the love of his fair maiden is written by Dale Wasserman, with music by Mitch Leigh, and lyrics by Joe Darion. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: Go 'Behind the Curtain' with Michael McCormick
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 24, 2018

Sit down, John... because Michael McCormick, one of Broadway's busiest character actors, sits down with Rob and Kevin to look back on a career that has had him appear in such musicals as Oliver, La Bete, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, 1776, Kiss Me Kate, Marie Christine, Gypsy, Curtains, Hello, Dolly and many more! (more...)

Vivian Reed Sings Lena Horne At The Green Room 42 For Encore Performance 10/20
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2018

THE GREEN ROOM 42 will present VIVIAN REED in an encore performance of her centennial tribute to entertainment icon Lena Horne on Saturday, October 20 at 7:00 PM. The evening is back by popular demand after the first show at the venue on Horne's birthday this summer.  (more...)

David Cromer to Direct NEXT TO NORMAL in Chicago, Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2018

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, announces casting for its upcoming production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal, with music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, directed by Tony Award winner David Cromer (The Band's Visit) and music directed by Andra Velis Simon. Next to Normal runs May 8 - June 16, 2019 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The Press Opening is Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Audra McDonald To Kick Off Broadway @ Series At The Town Hall; Kelli O'Hara And Jeremy Jordan To Follow
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2018

The internationally acclaimed Broadway @ concert series hosted and music directed by SiriusXM Radio Star Seth Rudetsky is finally landing smack dab in the middle of Broadway itself this fall. kicking-off with legendary Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winner Audra McDonald on November 12.   (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre Announces its 2018-2019 Season of NEW FACES SING BROADWAY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2018

Porchlight Music Theatre announces the 2018 - 2019 New Faces Sing Broadway series: New Faces Sing Broadway 1964, with host WGN's Paul Lisnek, November 19 and 20; New Faces Sing Broadway 1941, February 26 - 28 and New Faces Sing Broadway NOW, April 29 and 30. (more...)

BWW Interview: Barrymore Awards Nominee GISELA ADISA
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - Oct 22, 2018

Gisela Adisa just might be the next big name in theatre. A 2018 nominee for the Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Supporting Performance for Lights Out: Nat King Cole, she's got talent to spare, she's gorgeous, she's articulate, she's funny, and she's bold. She's appeared on Broadway in Beautiful and in the national tour of Sister Act. BroadwayWorld.com just had to get to know her better. Her first name is pronounced JEEZ-ela. Remember that. Catch her as she winds up her role as the definitive Aldonza in Man of La Mancha at the Westport Country Playhouse (www.westportplayhouse). (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: Go 'Behind the Curtain' with Two-Time Tony nominee Vivian Reed
by Behind the Curtain - Oct 16, 2018

Two Tony Award nominations. Drama Desk Award Winner. Obie Award Winner. Recognition from the NAACP,  Dance Education of America, Outer Critics Circle Awards, and Mr. Blackwell's Best Dressed List. These are some of the many recognitions bestowed upon one of the world's most celebrated artists of cabaret: Vivian Reed. (more...)

Some 'Buddy' Comes to the Carpenter Center for the Holidays in ELF: THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2018

Musical Theatre West (MTW) brings everyone's favorite Elf to the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in the new holiday classic Elf: The Musical November 30 - December 9.  Tickets are now on sale at www.musical.org, by calling (562) 856-1999, or at the Musical Theatre West box office.  Tickets start at $20. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Co Welcomes Lesli Margherita, Sharon McKnight and More
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2018

Rubicon Theatre Producing Artistic Director KARYL LYNN BURNS today announced programming for the company's JANET AND MARK L. GOLDENSON 2018-2019 Broadway Concert Series. According to Burns, the series offers an opportunity for audiences to enjoy the talents and personal stories and insights of some of the best and brightest concert and cabaret stars of the West End, Broadway and the West Coast. (more...)

Lesli Margherita, Sharon McKnight, and More Join Broadway Concert Series at Rubicon Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2018

Rubicon Theatre Producing Artistic Director KARYL LYNN BURNS today announced programming for the company's JANET AND MARK L. GOLDENSON 2018-2019 Broadway Concert Series. According to Burns, the series offers an opportunity for audiences to enjoy the talents and personal stories and insights of some of the best and brightest concert and cabaret stars of the West End, Broadway and the West Coast. (more...)

Adventure Creates Assistant Directors Fellowship for People of Color
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2018

Adventure Theatre MTC (ATMTC), recent recipient of the Weissberg Foundation's 2016-2019 Fund for Diversity in Theater to engage and expand new voices and audiences in DC-area theatres, announces its commitment to a goal of 50% people of color representation (artists, designers and technicians) in its professional theatre season to better reflect the diversity of our audiences and community. This commitment is part of its EDI initiatives which includes a new Fellowship program for Assistant Directors who are people of color and working with a consensus organizer on its production of Huckleberry Finn's Big River. Recognizing a need in the industry for equity and diversity and to reflect the highly diverse DC and Montgomery County area, Adventure Theatre MTC has already upheld this commitment with its current production of Blueberries for Sal cast and creative team. (more...)

Jazzy WIZARD OF OZ At Harlem Rep Extends Thru June 8, 2019
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2018

'The Wizard of Oz: A Jazz Musical for All Ages,' presented by Harlem Repertory Theater (HRT) and Yip Harburg Foundation, has been extended through June 8, 2019 due to continuing and steady audience interest. The production has played since October 8, 2016 at Tato Laviera Theatre, 240 East 123rd Street (near 2nd Ave.), Manhattan, and has previously been extended six times. (more...)

Barbara E. Robertson To Headline Firebrand Theatre's QUEEN OF THE MIST
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2018

Firebrand Theatre is pleased to announce award-winning actress Barbara E. Robertson will star as Anna (Annie) Edson Taylor in its Chicago premiere of QUEEN OF THE MIST featuring book, music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party, Marie Christine) direction by Elizabeth Margolius and music direction by Charlotte Rivard-Hoster. Newly-arranged for an all-femme quintet, QUEEN OF THE MIST will play May 25 - July 6, 2019 at The Den Theatre's Janet Bookspan Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. (more...)

Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell Will Perform in LET FREEDOM RING! Concert at the Kennedy Center
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2018

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Georgetown University celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a free, ticketed musical tribute titled Let Freedom Ring! (more...)

Muny Announces Full Cast and Creative for THE WIZ; Darius de Haas, E. Faye Butler, and More
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2018

The Muny announced today its full cast, design and production team for the theatre's centennial season production of The Wiz, June 19 - 25.  (more...)

Sideshow Theatre Presents the World Premiere of TILIKUM
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2018

Sideshow Theatre Company is pleased to conclude its eleventh season with the world premiere of Kristiana Rae Colon's spectacular and fearless indictment TILIKUM, directed by Lili-Anne Brown, playing June 22 - July 29, 2018 at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Casting will be announced shortly. Tickets go on sale Monday, May 7, 2018 at www.victorygardens.org, by calling (773) 871-3000 or in person at the Victory Gardens Box Office.  (more...)

Patti Cohenour Stars in Goodspeed's YOU ARE HERE, Opening Tonight!
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2018

A Chicago housewife turns one small step into a giant, life-changing leap in Bartram & Hill's new musical You Are Here. Goodspeed Musicals continues its commitment to innovative, thought-provoking works with this intimate tour-de-force new musical featuring Tony Award nominee Patti Cohenour as Diana, Broadway performers Andrea Frierson as Voice 1 and Stacia Fernandez as Voice 2, and Spamilton: An American Parody starDan Rosales as Voice 3. (more...)

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND's Peggy Eisenhauer and Jules Fisher Win 2018 Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Musical
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2018

Peggy Eisenhauer and Jules Fisher have won the 2018 Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Musical for ONCE ON THIS ISLAND. (more...)

EUGENE O'NEILL'S THE ICEMAN COMETH's Jules Fisher Wins 2018 Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Play
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2018

Jules Fisher ad Peggy Eisenhauer have won the 2018 Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Play for EUGENE O'NEILL'S THE ICEMAN COMETH. (more...)

Photo Flash: Harlem Repertory Theater Presents THE WIZARD OF OZ: A JAZZ MUSICAL FOR ALL AGES
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2018

'The Wizard of Oz: A Jazz Musical for All Ages,' presented by Harlem Repertory Theater (HRT) and Yip Harburg Foundation, will not close June 16. It has been extended through November 24, 2018 due to continuing and steady audience interest. The production has played since October 8, 2016 at Tato Laviera Theatre, 240 East 123rd Street (near 2nd Ave.), Manhattan, and has previously been extended five times. (more...)

Oh What a Beautiful Morning! Meet the Cast of OKLAHOMA!- Now in Previews!
by Julie Musbach - Mar 19, 2019

The new Broadway production of Oklahoma! begins previews at Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre (1633 Broadway) on tonight, March 19, 2019. Get to know the cast below as they begin Broadway performances! (more...)

Eddie Clendening Returns to HEARTBREAK HOTEL, Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2018

Broadway In Chicago, the producers of HEARTBREAK HOTEL, and Authentic Brands Group (ABG), owner of Elvis Presley Enterprises today, are delighted to announce the full casting for HEARTBREAK HOTEL, a musical premiere that will ignite the stage of the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut) beginning June 30, 2018. (more...)

Brief 6/4: Theatre World Awards, THE GREAT LEAP Opens, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - Jun 4, 2018

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: The Theatre World Awards ceremony takes place tonight, The Great Leap opens off-Broadway, and more! (more...)

Eddie Clendening Returns to HEARTBREAK HOTEL, Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2018

Broadway In Chicago, the producers of HEARTBREAK HOTEL, and Authentic Brands Group (ABG), owner of Elvis Presley Enterprises today, are delighted to announce the full casting for HEARTBREAK HOTEL, a musical premiere that will ignite the stage of the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut) beginning June 30, 2018. (more...)

Firebrand & TimeLine Announce Casting For CAROLINE, OR CHANGE At The Den Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2018

Firebrand Theatre, in partnership with TimeLine Theatre Company, is pleased to announces casting for its revival of the Tony Award-nominated Best Musical CAROLINE, OR CHANGE, featuring music by Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home, Violet), book and lyrics by Tony Kushner (Angels in America), direction by Lili-Anne Brown and music direction by Andra Velis Simon.  (more...)

Casting Announced for Sideshow Theatre's TILIKUM
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2018

Sideshow Theatre Company is pleased to announce casting for its world premiere of Kristiana Rae Colon's spectacular and fearless indictment TILIKUM, directed by Lili-Anne Brown. (more...)

American Blues Theater's Smash-Hit BUDDY Returns Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2018

American Blues Theater announces encore performance run of BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story, written by Alan Janes, directed by Lili-Anne Brown, with musical direction by Ensemble Member Michael Mahler. BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story will reopen June 29 - September 15, 2018 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are on sale now. (more...)

Brief 7/3: Check Out Photos of McDonald, Menzel, Rivera, and More at Concert For America, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - Jul 3, 2018

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: check out photos of Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Chita Rivera, and many more performing at Concert For America, and more! (more...)

Michael John LaChiusa to Adapt Musical Version of Martyna Majok's COST OF LIVING
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2018

Williamstown Theatre Festival recently celebrated the playwright Martyna Majok. Majok's play Cost of Living won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2018 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play. Michael John LaChiusa will create a musical adaptation of Cost of Living under the auspices of Williamstown Theatre Festival's Andrew Martin-Weber New Play & Musical Commissioning Program, with special funding from The Ted & Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund. (more...)

Haven & About Face Theatre's THE TOTAL BENT Makes Midwest Premiere Beginning Feb 7
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2019

Haven Theatre, in association with About Face Theatre, presents the Midwest premiere of THE TOTAL BENT, a dynamic new rock show about fathers, sons, social upheaval and the choice between salvation and selling out. (more...)

Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre Provide Education Through Signature Dance Program Notes In Motion Outreach Dance Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2019

Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre has been offering its unique dance educations program through its arts education arm Notes in Motion Outreach Dance Theatre since 2000. We became a vendor of NYC Department of Education in 2005 and since that time, have been offering a wide array of residency, professional development, interactive performance, and after-school programs that teach ballet, modern, jazz, African, tap, hip hop, yoga, Latin dance, and more. (more...)

LPTW Announces 2019 Theatre Women Awards At The Sheen Center
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2019

The League of Professional Theatre Women (Kelli Lynn Harrison and Catherine Porter, Co-Presidents), an organization which has been leading the gender parity conversation and championing women in the professional theatre for over 35 years, will present the 2019 Theatre Women Awards at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture (18 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012) on Monday, March 25 at 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm). For more information on the 2019 Theatre Women Awards, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.theatrewomen.org.  (more...)

Photo Special: Broadway's Jennifer Leigh Warren in the Cast of FOX's RENT
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2019

January, 2019 is a big month for Jennifer as the Rent: Live performance is January 27th on Fox and the BroadwayHD streaming of 'A Night with Janis Joplin' began January 19th where Jennifer performs as the 'Blues Singer.' (more...)

Hell In A Handbag Productions Announce POSEIDON! An Upside Down Musical
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2019

Hell in a Handbag Productions launches its 2019 season with a revival of the musical that started it all: POSEIDON! An Upside Down Musical, a musical parody and a loving homage to the classic 1972 film, The Poseidon Adventure, the grandmother of all disaster films. (more...)

Casting Announced For Hell In A Handbag's POSEIDON! An Upside Down Musical
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2019

Hell in a Handbag Productions announces casting for its revival of the musical that started it all: POSEIDON! An Upside Down Musical, a musical parody and loving homage to the classic 1972 film, The Poseidon Adventure, the grandmother of all disaster films. (more...)

Full Casting Announced For Firebrand Theatre's QUEEN OF THE MIST
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2019

Firebrand Theatre is pleased to announce full casting for its Chicago premiere of QUEEN OF THE MIST featuring book, music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party, Marie Christine), direction by Elizabeth Margolius and music direction by Charlotte Rivard-Hoster. (more...)

BWW Review: TOTEM, Royal Albert Hall
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Jan 17, 2019

It is easy to be wowed by Cirque du Soleil; the acts themselves are often utterly thrilling and defy any expectations of human strength, dexterity and flexibility. With TOTEM, returning to the Royal Albert Hall for the next six weeks, a lack of some truly breathtaking acts, a coherent storyline and amusing comedy are issues that let a potentially brilliant show down. (more...)

Drury Lane Theatre Announces Casting For MAMMA MIA!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2019

Drury Lane Theatre announces casting for its production of the international megahit Mamma Mia!, with music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bj rn Ulvaeus, some songs with Stig Anderson, and book by Catherine Johnson. Originally conceived by Judy Craymer, Mamma Mia! is directed by Artistic Director William Osetek and choreographed by Jane Lanier with music direction by Roberta Duchak. Mamma Mia! runs February 7 April 14, 2019, at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The press opening is scheduled for Thursday, February 21 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Haven Theatre & About Face Theatre's THE TOTAL BENT Extends Through March 17
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2019

Due to popular demand, Haven Theatre, in association with About Face Theatre, announces one additional week of performances of is hit Midwest premiere musical THE TOTAL BENT (more...)

Firebrand Theatre's QUEEN OF THE MIST Begins May 25
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2019

Firebrand Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of QUEEN OF THE MIST, based on the sensational true story of Anna (Annie) Edson Taylor, the first woman to go over Niagara Falls. (more...)

The League Of Professional Theatre Women Announces The 2019 Theatre Women Awards
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2019

The League of Professional Theatre Women (Kelli Lynn Harrison and Catherine Porter, Co-Presidents), an organization which has been leading the gender parity conversation and championing women in the professional theatre for over 35 years, will present the 2019 Theatre Women Awards at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture (18 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012) on Monday, March 25 at 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm). For more information on the 2019 TheatreWomen Awards, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.theatrewomen.org. (more...)

Mercury Theater Chicago Announces Cast Of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2019

Walter Stearns, Executive Director of Mercury Theater Chicago, announced today the cast and creative team of the upcoming LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, running on the main stage from March 1 through April 28. The press opening is Sunday, March 10 at 7:30pm. This hit sci-fi musical has devoured the hearts of audiences around the world for more than 30 years, following the story of floral assistant who stumbles across a new breed of carnivorous plant that promises to grant him fame, fortune and all his desires - as long as the blood keeps flowing. LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS will feature the creative talents of Walter Stearns (Director), Eugene Dizon (Musical Director) and Christopher Carter (Choreographer) (more...)

Hell In A Handbag Launches Season with POSEIDON! An Upside Down Musical
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2019

Hell in a Handbag Productions launches its 2019 season with a revival of the musical that started it all: POSEIDON! An Upside Down Musical, a musical parody and a loving homage to the classic 1972 film, The Poseidon Adventure, the grandmother of all disaster films. Handbag's very first show will return March 15 - April 28, 2019 at a venue befitting of an ocean liner: The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway in Chicago. (more...)

Michael McCormick and Gizel Jiménez to Journey to Oz in WICKED This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2019

The Broadway blockbuster WICKED will welcome new cast members to the Gershwin Theatre this spring. Beginning Monday, February 18, Michael McCormick will assume the role of The Wizard. Gizel Jimenez will assume the role of Nessarose on Tuesday, March 12. (more...)

Casting Announced For Haven Theatre & About Face Theatre's THE TOTAL BENT
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2018

Haven Theatre, in association with About Face Theatre, is pleased to announce casting for its Midwest premiere of THE TOTAL BENT, featuring text by Stew and music and lyrics by Stew and Heidi Rodewald (Passing Strange) and directed by Jeff Award-winning director Lili-Anne Brown. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 2, 2018
by - Dec 2, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 2 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

More Classic Broadway Comes to LA's Rockwell This Week
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2018

By popular demand, Fraser Entertainment Group's ongoing concert series An Evening of Classic Broadway will have a second performance this month at Los Angeles nightclub Rockwell Table and Stage. Jennifer Leigh Warren joins the line-up and Cabaret icon Andrea Marcovicci returns with other recent cast members. An Evening of Classic Broadway is nominated for BWW.com's Los Angeles Regional Award for Best Special Theatre Event. The show tune songfest will take place on Wednesday, December 19th at 8PM. (more...)

Firebrand And TimeLine Theatre Present CAROLINE, OR CHANGE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2018

Firebrand Theatre, in partnership with TimeLine Theatre Company, is pleased to launch its 2018-19 season with a revival of the Tony Award-nominated Best Musical CAROLINE, OR CHANGE, playing September 22 - October 28, 2018, at The The Den Theatre's Heath Main Stage, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. (more...)

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