Get ready for the unexpected when Norm and his wife Corky invite another couple to their Ojai backyard to watch a meteor shower in the night sky. As the stars come out and the conversation gets rolling, cocktails flow, tempers flare, and sparks fly-literally. Steve Martin's surprising new comedy takes an offbeat and absurdist look at the comic anxiety lurking just beneath the surface of modern marriage.
Old Globe Theatre (Shiley Stage)(San Diego, CA)
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BWW Review: RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET Gloriously Re-Visits the Rubicon Theatre Galaxy to Celebrate its 20th Anniversary Season
by Shari Barrett - Oct 30, 2018
The musical is a send-up of the cult classic movie and other sci-fi films and TV shows of the 1950s, melded with plot elements from "The Tempest" along with dialogue bits from multiple Shakespeare plays. That was part of the fun for me, catching so many Shakespearean quotes perfectly placed in the dialogue of Bob Carlton's musical set on a spaceship sometime in the future, featuring a galaxy of 1950's and 1960's rock and roll classics including "Wipeout," "Good Vibrations," "Great Balls of Fire," "All Shook Up," "Monster Mash" and "We Gotta Get Out of this Place." And what an outrageously fabulous band under the musical direction of Trevor Wheetman and Omar D. Brancato, both of whom rocked the house on guitars while believably playing Ensign crew members onstage.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2018
An industry reading of Far From Canterbury will be held today, October 18th at 3 PM and Friday, October 19th at 11 AM in New York City. Far From Canterbury is a new musical with Book, Music, and Lyrics by Danny K Bernstein.
by Stephanie Wild - Oct 23, 2018
Tony Award winner Laura Benanti assumes the role of Eliza Doolittle in its award-winning production of Lerner & Loewe's MY FAIR LADY, directed by Bartlett Sher, for a limited engagement beginning tonight, Tuesday, October 23. She is currently scheduled through Sunday, February 17.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2018
An industry concert reading of Dear Prospective Student will be held today, October 23rd at 7 PM at The Green Room 42 on the 4th floor of Yotel NYC. Dear Prospective Student is a new musical with book by Caryn Robbins, and Music & Lyrics by Michael Hicks.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2018
Comedy legendsÂ Steve MartinÂ and Martin ShortÂ will perform at the Washington Pavilion in "Now You See Them, Soon You Won't," on Saturday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m.Â Tickets go on sale starting October 24, 2018.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2018
The Old Globe today announced the 2019 Summer Shakespeare Festival lineup, which will include two of Shakespeare's best-loved plays: the romantic comedy As You Like It, directed by Jessica Stone, will run June 16 - July 21, and love-filled tragedy Romeo and Juliet, directed by the Globe's Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, August 11 - September 15. Both will play outdoors under the stars in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2018
Rehearsals begin today, Tuesday, September 4, in New York City for GLORIA: A Life, a new play about Gloria Steinem. TheÂ full company has been announced for the production, which features a female cast, writer, director, creative and producing team.
by Stage Tube - Oct 17, 2018
Laura Benanti's Melania Trump is back! In her most recent appearance on The Late Show last night, the 'First Lady' Melania Trump discusses her mission to end bullying... against her.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2018
An industry reading of Far From Canterbury will be held on Thursday, October 18th at 3 PM and Friday, October 19th at 11 AM in New York City. Far From Canterbury is a new musical with Book, Music, and Lyrics by Danny K Bernstein.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2018
Lincoln Center Theater will produce NANTUCKET SLEIGH RIDE, a new play by John Guare. NANTUCKET SLEIGH RIDE, which will be directed by Jerry Zaks
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2018
Samuel French has announced the publication and availability of performance rights for Steve Martin's new play, Meteor Shower.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2018
SHN and Producers Tommy Mottola, the Dodgers, Tribeca Productions and Evamere Entertainment are pleased to announce a San Francisco engagement at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre from November 27 to December 23, 2018 as part of the 2018-2019 SHN Season for the North American tour of A BRONX TALE, the new musical featuring a book by Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri, music by Oscar, Grammy, and Tony Award winner Alan Menken, and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Oscar and Tony Award nominee Glenn Slater, directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2018
The Old Globe in association with Yonge Street Theatricals will present a by-invitation-only industry reading of the new musical Life After on Thursday, December 6 at 2:00 p.m. and Friday, December 7 at Noon at Ripley Grier Studios in New York City. The reading will help the creative team prepare for the musical's upcoming American premiere this winter at The Old Globe in San Diego, where it will run from March 22 to April 28, 2019.Â
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2019
Beck Center for the ArtsÂ is pleased to announce itsÂ 2019-2020Â Professional Theater Season filled withÂ signature eclectic and diverse titles that includeÂ modern classics, regional premieres,Â andÂ the ninthÂ annualÂ collaborationÂ with Baldwin Wallace University Musical TheatreÂ program. Â
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2019
An industry reading of WINGS will be held on Thursday, May 9th at 3 PM and Friday, May 10th at 11 AM in New York City. WINGS is a new musical with Book, Music, and Lyrics by Danny K Bernstein.
by Paul Smith - May 31, 2019
Tony Award Winner and current star of My Fair Lady, Laura Benanti, is hopping across the pond to perform a concert at London's Cadogan Hall. Known for her performances on Broadway in Gypsy, She Loves Me, and Meteor Shower, this concert will be her first performance in London.
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2019
Emmy winner Carol Kane (Netflix's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," Wicked, The Princess Bride) and Tony nominee Jeremy Shamos (Clybourne Park, Meteor Shower) star in Lily Akerman's mischievous and heartbreaking short play, HEDGEHOG YEARS, the second place winner of Playing on Air's 2018 James Stevenson Prize. Directed by Tony winner Judith Ivey, the episode will debut on the Playing on Air podcast this Sunday, May 26th.
by Scott Rawson - May 18, 2019
I had the pleasure of seeing A Bronx Tale with my friend Cassy, who had NEVER seen a musical before! (I know, right?!) I invited Cassy because the 1993 movie, off which the musical is based, is her favorite. Seriously, her cat is named Calogero, after the lead character in both the movie and the play. I was excited to see this show, and especially excited to see it through the eyes of a neophyte theater goer. I was not disappointed!
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2019
Broadway's biggest names, legendary theatre insiders and devoted fans donned their best poker faces on May 13, 2019, to help those in need at this year's spirited and record-breaking edition of Broadway Bets. The lively evening of Texas Hold 'em raised an astounding $315,200 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
by Stan Jenson - May 13, 2019
Palm Canyon Theatre is taking an exuberant romp on the Mississippi in their current musical, Big River. The 1985 Broadway hit, with songs by Roger ("King of the Road") Miller, is a stage adaptation of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In the capable hands of director Se Layne, it shows energy, style, and a fair bit of heart.
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2019
Broadway stars and poker pros will sit next to theatre fans and industry insiders for a rousing game of Texas Hold 'em when Broadway Bets, Broadway's official poker tournament, returns this Monday, May 13. The event is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
by BWW Special - Mar 7, 2019
Twitter users, check out your next list of must-follow accounts for 2019!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2019
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)Â presents aÂ Writer-Director Communications Lab on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 10:00am - 6:00pm at Shetler Studios, 244 W. 54Â Street PH1, New York, NY 10019. This Lab focuses on facilitating communication between writers and directors to ensure that collaborations run as smoothly as possible. For writers and directors, there is a $75 fee for TRU members and an $85 fee for non-members. Observers are also welcome to come watch and learn. Please reserve using the bright red reservation box at https://truonline.org/events/communications-lab-19/ or e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com.
by Stage Tube - Mar 16, 2019
Laura Benanti's Melania Trump has returned! She appeared on last night's Late Show With Stephen Colbert to debunk one rumor once and for all.
by Linnae Medeiros - Mar 15, 2019
Benania returns! Fans of Laura Benanti's take on Melania Trump should tune into tonight's LATE SHOW with Stephen Colbert! Laura posted a photo from the taping of tonight's show and teased that this appearance will also include some special guests! Tune in to see what Melania has to say this time!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 9, 2019
Fitz Patton has won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Sound Design of a Play for CHOIR BOY.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2019
Fitz Patton has won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Sound Design of a Play for CHOIR BOY.
by Alan Henry - Jun 6, 2019
ProducerÂ Kevin McCollumÂ announced today that the new musical,Â Mrs. Doubtfire, will premiere at Seattle's 5thÂ Avenue Theatre this fall on route to Broadway.Â The musical features a bookÂ Karey KirkpatrickÂ andÂ John O'FarrellÂ and music and lyrics byÂ Wayne KirkpatrickÂ andÂ Karey Kirkpatrick, the Tony Award nominated team behindÂ Something Rotten!Â Four-time Tony Award winnerÂ JerryÂ ZaksÂ (Hello, Dolly!)Â will direct andÂ LorinÂ LatarroÂ (Waitress) will choreograph.Â Â Ethan PoppÂ (Tina) will serve as Music Supervisor.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2019
On July 1, 2019, at 7:00PM, Mightee Shero Productions will present a staged reading of Amy Berryman's The New Galileos (O'Neill Finalist 2019, Playwrights Realm Fellowship Finalist 2018, MACH 33 Science Driven Plays Semi-Finalist 2019) as part of the 2019 TRU Voices New Plays Series.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2019
Montalvo Arts Center presents Starry, Starry Night, a nighttime summer arts festival for the whole family. Activities include a telescope viewing of the Perseid Meteor showers, art making, glow-in-the-dark games, a galactic selfie station, night hiking, dancing, live performances, and a family-friendly movie on the Garden Terrace.
Managing Director Joshua Borenstein To Depart Long Wharf Theatre; Kit Ingui Named Acting Managing Director
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2019
Joshua Borenstein, who has served at Long Wharf Theatre for 13 years, including as its Managing Director since 2011, will leave the organization at the end of July.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2019
The Old GlobeÂ presentsÂ The Underpants, by the Globe's second-most-popular playwright-in-residence,Â Steve Martin.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2019
Jobsite begins their 21stÂ season, themedÂ a great reckoning in a little room, in Sep. with 'wild and crazy guy' Steve Martin's hilarious new comedy that takes an offbeat and absurdist look at the comic anxiety lurking just beneath the surface of modern marriage.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2019
The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team of a sparkling comedy in our summer season, The Underpants, by the Globe's second-most-popular playwright-in-residence, Steve Martin. Directed by multiple-award winner Walter Bobbie (Globe and Broadway's Bright Star, Broadway's Venus in Fur, Chicago) and adapted from Die Hose by Carl Sternheim, the play was originally commissioned by Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein when he ran New York's Classic Stage Company. This is the fourth Martin work in recent seasons at the Globe, from 2014's world premiere musical Bright Star, which went on to Broadway and five Tony Award nominations, to 2016's twice-extended, world-premiere comedy Meteor Shower, to 2017's smash-hit revival of Picasso at the Lapin Agile.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2019
For one night only, Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti will appear at Long Wharf Theatre in her cabaret show, TALES FROM SOPRANO ISLE featuring songs from her career along with humorous anecdotes and experiences that she has encountered on and off the stage and screen. The presenting sponsor for the gala event is KeyBank.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2019
Comedian Amy Schumer recently took to Instagram to announced that she has cancelled the remainder of her tour due to pregnancy complications.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2019
The Old Globe regardsÂ William ShakespeareÂ as our premiere resident playwright, whose universal themes continue to resonate more than 400 years after his plays were written. For many San Diegans, their ability to understand and appreciate the wonders of the Bard during our Summer Shakespeare Festival has increased exponentially since they joined us forÂ Thinking Shakespeare Live!Â Part of The Old Globe's ongoing commitment to serve the public good by hosting programs that make theatre matter to more people,Â Thinking Shakespeare Live!Â is consistently one of our most popular offerings, a 90-minute exploration of the language of Shakespeare led by the Globe's Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic DirectorÂ Barry EdelsteinÂ and assisted by three professional classical actors.Â
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2019
Shea's Performing Arts Center is proud to announce that Tony Award-Winning actress Laura Benanti will perform at Shea's Black-Tie Gala on Saturday, April 27, 2019.
by TV News Desk - Feb 15, 2019
Production is underway in Salt Lake City, Utah, on the highly anticipated, innovative and re-invented 'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' for Disney+, The Walt Disney Company's upcoming streaming service. The series is developed and executive produced by Tim Federle ('Ferdinand'), alongside showrunner and executive producer Oliver Goldstick ('Pretty Little Liars,' 'Ugly Betty'). Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush (the original 'High School Musical' trilogy) are also executive producers. Sundance Film Festival-nominated film, television and music video director Tamra Davis ('Empire,' 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend') is directing the first three episodes. The choreographer is Zach Woodlee ('Glee,' 'Dumplin'').
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2019
ARTISTS STRIVING TO END POVERTY (ASTEP) announced today that it will honor Tony Award Winner Laura Benanti (My Fair Lady) at its annual Gala and Dinner, The 2019 ASTEP Color Ball on Monday, April 29, at Feinstein's/54 Below. She will join Mary-Mitchell Campbell (The Prom, Mean Girls), Founder and Co-Executive Director of ASTEP, on stage to celebrate Benanti's leadership and advocacy in the creation of the benefit album SINGING YOU HOME: Children's Songs for Family Reunification.
by Stage Tube - Feb 11, 2019
Tonight, Laura Benanti's take on First Lady Melania Trump, aka Benania, officially made her cabaret debut on the Feinstein's/54 Below stage!
by Alexa Criscitiello - Dec 6, 2018
Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti will make her London concert debut this summer! Tony Award-winner and five-time Tony Award nominee Laura Benanti, the highly celebrated stage and screen actress, makes her London debut performance in 2019 at Cadogan Hall, Sloane Square. The show which is produced by Club 11 London and Tony Award-winning Brian Zeilinger & Jack Maple for Take Two Theatricals will take place on Sunday 30 June 2019 at 6.30 pm. Tickets for the show are available from www.club11.london
by Stage Tube - Dec 21, 2018
First Lady Melania Trump (Laura Benanti) turns the White House's routine annual holiday message into a full-fledged Christmas Special, even singing her own Christmas songs: "Make America Xmas Again" and "Merry Christmas to Me."
by TV News Desk - Dec 20, 2018
Laura Benanti'sÂ Melania TrumpÂ has returned in a sneak peakÂ of the White House Christmas Message!
by TV News Desk - Apr 8, 2019
Laura BenantiÂ has been cast in the true-life biographical dramaÂ What Is Life Worth, according to Deadline. The film, which starsÂ Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci, is directed by Sara Colangelo and will begin production this month.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2019
On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Mahira Kakkar) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Greg Wood), a successful and charismatic restaurateur. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship with food and wine, only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2019
Barrow Street Theatricals announced today the final rotating cast of guest actors for the American premiere of the Nassim Soleimanpour and Bush Theatre production of NASSIM.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2019
Steve Martin and Martin Short will bring their critically acclaimed comedy tour Now You See Them, Soon You Won't for the first time to Australian and New Zealand audiences in November. This celebrated comedy show redefines the form in unexpected and profound ways, from two of the funniest, most influential and acclaimed talents of the past century. The duo will be joined on stage by Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers. Tickets for Now You See Them, Soon You Won't go on sale Tuesday, 7 May. To purchase, please visit ticketek.com.au. The Sydney show will be part of the Just For Laughs Sydney Comedy Festival.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2019
For his ninth consecutive season as Producing Artistic Director at Provincetown's Art House, Mark Cortale is announcing a special music and comedy lineup.
by Stan Jenson - Apr 12, 2019
In producing 12 shows per season, sometimes Palm Canyon Theatre's productions become a blur, but their current offering, Grand Hotel, is one that will stay in viewers' memories for a long time. It is one of their most beautiful productions, combining top talent, design, direction, and choreography with a terrific show and score. It finishes its short run this weekend, and I suggest you run, not walk, to pick up tickets.