Second Stage Theatre

(New York, NY)
307 West 43rd Street (at 8th Avenue)
by Steve Murray - Sep 30, 2019
BWW Review: BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON at Custom Made Theatre Company Takes An Anarchic Rock Approach To The Genocidal, Land-Grabbing President.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2019
The North Carolina Black Repertory Company (NC Black Rep) will hold auditions in Manhattan on Saturday October 26, 2019 for the title role in the world premiere of Phenomenal Maya by Nambi E. Kelley. The play is inspired by the life of Dr. Maya Angelou and was commissioned by NC Black Rep in August 2018.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2019
Join the journey of women told through Top-40 music from co dependence to independence Combining over 60 Top-40 hit songs from 'I Will Follow Him', 'I Will Survive', a?oeI Am Womana??, a?oeStand By Your Mana??, 'These Boots are Made for Walkinga??, and a?oePiece Of My Hearta??, Combining excerpts of women's own stories about finding dreams, lost love, relationship issues, entering the workforce, gaining independence, and more, this show is 'exhilarating!' It's more than just a story worth telling, it's a must-see and must-hear.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2019
After charming audiences last winter, Strawdog Theatre Company's holiday hit HERSHEL AND THE HANUKKAH GOBLINS returns December 7 a?" 29, 2019
by Student Blogger: Emily Bonifacio - Sep 30, 2019
What is stage dooring? How do you stage door at a show? How should you behave at the stage door? These were questions I was thinking about as I visited New York this past weekend to see a few shows. I had the absolute privilege to see the Off-Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors, Aladdin, and Betrayal. Almost every single show I've ever seen on Broadway or Off-Broadway I've tried to stage door at. Stage dooring is a privilege, not a guarantee.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2019
The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust today announced that Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury and Horton Foote Prize-winning playwright Lauren Yee are the recipients of 2019 Steinberg Playwright Awards.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2019
Cross-Stitch Theater Company will continue to make their mark on the Pittsburgh community with their upcoming production of a?oeThe White Carda?? by New York Times Bestselling poet, Claudia Rankine.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2019
English National Opera has appointed Annilese Miskimmon as Artistic Director. She joins from Den Norske Opera and Ballet/Norwegian National Opera & Ballet where she has been Director of Opera since August 2017.
by Karen Bovard - Oct 8, 2019
Playwright Dominique Morisseau is a gifted rising voice in the theater, recognized with a 2018 Macarthur 'Genius' Grant. Her straight play PIPELINE centers contemporary lives we see on stage too rarely: an anguished black mother trying to keep her teenage son safe, and her financially successful ex-husband, estranged from both of them. Because Morisseau drops us into both public and private school dilemmas for people of color, we gain insight into the deep inequities in our educational systems in this country, though this never feels like an 'issue play' for two reasons: there is no grasping for simple resolutions and the characters are so thoroughly imagined.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2019
From October 25 to November 30, 2019, SpeakEasy Stage Company will present the New England premiere of ADMISSIONS, the winner of the 2018 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2019
5th Wall Theatre begins its 2019-2020 season with Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods, written by American playwright Tammy Ryan. Lost Boy tells the story of the enmeshing of the lives of former a?oeLost Boya?? of Sudan, Gabriel, and middle-aged Pittsburgh mother Christine after a chance meeting in Whole Foods. The play is a reflection on awareness, privilege, and hopefulness, and shows us what can happen through the power of human connection.
by Keith Waits - Oct 7, 2019
Ghost, a faithful adaptation of the novel by Jason Reynolds, tells the story of Castle 'Ghost' Crenshaw (played by the always-excellent Crystian Wiltshire), an earnest seventh grader who finds himself unexpectedly recruited onto the track team thanks to the encouragement of Coach (Louis Robert Thompson). Ghost is haunted by the memories of an abusive father, and a large part of this play's journey is watching how the discipline of sports and the support of friends and mentors help Ghost keep his life moving in a positive direction.
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Oct 7, 2019
The Good Theater opens its season with Joshua Harmon's powerful and persuasive drama about class and race, aspiration in America, and the complexities of navigating a world where nothing is black and white, no matter how much one wishes it so. ADMISSIONS is a stunningly astute choice for 2019, though it was written long before recent headlines and made its Lincoln Center debut in 2018. As Executive/Artistic Director Brian P. Allen expands the Good's season to five main stage plays and four second stage shows, this Maine premiere of Harmon's play represents Allen's keen sense of the moment and what is excellent drama.
by TV News Desk - Oct 7, 2019
As the exclusive U.S. television home of the Planet Earth collection and other landmark series from BBC Studios' Natural History Unit, BBC AMERICA continues expansion of its iconic nature offering with the launch of Wonderstruck on Saturday, November 2nd.
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Oct 7, 2019
In a limited run on October 8-13, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the beloved childhood tale of five lucky children with magic tickets, hits The Straz Center to delight kids of all ages. The story is a lesson in have and have-nots, centering around Charlie Bucket, a poor, kind-hearted boy whose family is on the brink of starvation. Charlie, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teavee, Veruca Salt, and Augustus Gloop, have found a golden ticket inside a Wonka bar and have gained the privilege of visiting the chocolate factory. Unlike Charlie, the four are sorely lacking in traits of kindness and appreciation.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2019
Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra's 2020 BSO Young Artist Concerto Competition is open to all instruments (instrumental* and vocal) for young musicians, ages 11-16 for the Junior Division, and 17-23 for the Senior Division.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2019
Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), the theatrical Union that represents over 4,000 professional stage directors and choreographers kicks off their 4th season of Screen-to-Screen, an exclusive program for SDC Associate Members working in academia on October 7th.
by Michael Dale - Oct 6, 2019
Slave Play ventures into subject matter the likes of which this playgoer has never seen presented on Broadway, and does so in a bold, even outlandish manner that should be admired and welcomed. This older straight white critic won't claim to get everything the 30-year-old gay African-American playwright is saying, but if voices like his-those that have long been nurtured and developed by non-profit Off-Broadway-can be commercially successful on Broadway, the fabled boulevard can advance just a little closer to truly being the artistic center of American theatre.
by Nicole Rosky - Oct 5, 2019
Settle checked in with BroadwayWorld earlier this week to tell us all about life after the Bearded Lady, how one special song changed her life, and why she just can't get enough of Hugh. 
by Vicki Trask - Oct 4, 2019
Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer living on the Upper East side of Manhattan. He has also turned his back on his Muslim heritage. When he and his wife host a dinner party for Amir's rising African-American colleague and her Jewish husband, the evening gives way to a searing debate about race, privilege, politics and identity, taken on from a variety of cultural perspectives.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2019
NYC & Company Chairman of the Board of Directors Emily K. Rafferty has announced her decision to step down from her chairmanship in February 2020. When Rafferty leaves her post next year, she will have served as Board Chairman of the organization for nearly 12 years and presided over a tourism industry that has enjoyed 10 consecutive years of growth. In accordance with NYC & Company's bylaws, the organization's Executive Committee today voted to elect longstanding Vice Chairman Charles Flateman, Executive Vice President of the Shubert Organization, to fill the remaining portion of Emily Rafferty's term, through February 2021.
by Erica Miner - Oct 4, 2019
Rhyming a?oeGingera?? with a??Singera?? may be a stretch, but in Ginger Costa-Jackson's case, it might well be appropriate.
by Don Grigware - Oct 4, 2019
Renowned magician Siegfried Tieber, who was a sensation on television with Penn and Teller, is about to perform a new show Red Thread in downtown Los Angeles Oct. 3 a?' Nov. 10. The interesting part is that there are only 6 shows per week for 6 weeks and ... only 34 guests will make up the audience for each show. In our conversation he explains the show and why it must be performed in an intimate space. Tell our readers about your fascinating background. Your father came from Austria and your mother from Colombia. You grew up in Ecuador. How did magic become a part of your childhood? When did it become more important to you than anything else?
by TV News Desk - Oct 3, 2019
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles' Board of Directors has announced today the promotion and appointment of Matthew Wiseman as the organization's new Chief Executive Officer beginning November 1, 2019. 
by TV News Desk - Oct 3, 2019
Neil Patrick Harris, Keeley Hawes, Stephen Fry, Tracy Ann Oberman, Shaun Dooley, Omari Douglas, Callum Scott Howells and Lydia West also star in the 5-part series charting the joy and heartbreak of four friends during a decade in which everything changed
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2019
What Will the Neighbors Say? is thrilled to announce our second bi-annual symposium, 'Agency in Storytelling.' The symposium is being produced by WWTNS? in association with Becky Abramowitz and Kori Rushton of IRT Theatre, who will host the event. The symposium will consider who can, and should, tell which stories - on stage and screen, in literature and through visual art. The discussion will examine the intersection of privilege, visibility and influence, and how that directly affects the access and space given to certain stories and their stakeholders. The symposium will be held on Wednesday October 9th, 2019 at 7pm at IRT Theatre, located at 154 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014. Tickets are pay what you wish, and are available at Following the discussion, there will be a reception with the panellists at the venue with an open bar which all patrons are welcome to attend.
by TV News Desk - Oct 3, 2019
Entertainment One (eOne) announced today it has acquired the international distribution rights for the highly anticipated 10-part drama series “Between Two Worlds,” from Seven Studios.  The deal was brokered by Noel Hedges, eOne's EVP, Acquisitions, International Distribution.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2019
America's musical past and future meet in a provocative new concert series The Graduate Center of The City University of New York and Copland House will launch this fall. These performances will champion a century of America's vibrant musical legacy, within the context of broad cultural, historical, and societal currents. The six-concert series ranges widely, from performances of early 20th century masters and an evening of major chamber works by Aaron Copland to musical explorations inspired by identity and assimilation, spiritual journeys, and the intersection of visual art and music.
by Bryony Rae Taylor - Oct 2, 2019
Lloyd Owen about what it's like to act in something where art, quite literally, imitates life: Noises Off at the Garrick Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2019
Good Theater will kick off its 18th season with the Maine premiere of the award-winning new play ADMISSIONS by Joshua Harmon. The production opens October 2nd and plays through October 27th, 2019 at Good Theater's home, the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress Street, Portland. For tickets and information, please call the Box Office at (207) 835-0895 or visit
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2019
Darlinghurst Theatre Company presents the Australian premiere of the landmark production a?" I'M WITH HER.  Directed by Victoria Midwinter Pitt, I'M WITH HER is a compelling collection of real-life stories from remarkable Australian women.  From bartenders and Prime Ministers, to world champion athletes and nuns, these are stories of resilience and resistance in the age of #MeToo and #Time'sUp.
by Annette Stolt - Oct 2, 2019
The Opera in Gothenburg has chosen Lionel Bart's musical Oliver! based on Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist as the musical for the season 2019/2020. The opening night was the 14th of September and it will run till the 26th of April 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2019
Theater Resources Unlimited presents the Writer-Producer Speed Date, a unique opportunity to pitch a project to a roomful of New York producers and artistic directors on Sunday, October 13, 2019 from 4:30pm to 8:30pm at the newly opened 797 Studios, 797 Eighth Avenue (betw. 48th and 49th), 3rd floor, NYC.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2019
After four decades of world-wide success, including many award-winning recordings and newly commissioned works, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio continues to dazzle audiences and critics alike with its performances. Now, America's premier trio will celebrate Beethoven's 250th anniversary with two nights at The Soraya performing several of the composer's most beloved work as part of the intimate Onstage Sessions Chamber music series.  
by Cindy Marcolina - Oct 13, 2019
In the shadows of the Kennedy compound in Washington DC lives a peculiar family, the Pascals. Twenty years after JFK's assassination, Marty (Fergus Leathem) is coming home from New York to celebrate Thanksgiving with his mother (Gill King), little brother Anthony (Bart Lambert), and twin sister Jackie-O (Colette Eaton). What should have been a delightful festive reunion turns into a perverted evening of mind-games and manipulation when the young man shows up with his fiancée Lesly (Kaya Bucholic)
by Tanya Seale - Oct 13, 2019
New Line Theatre, whose tagline is fittingly #MusicalTheatreAF, opens their 29th season with Cry-Baby, the 2007 musical with book by Mark O'Donnell & Thomas Meehan and songs by David Javerbaum & Adam Schlesinger. It is based on Cry-Baby the film, written and directed by Hairspray creator, John Waters. Let me just pause here and say if you have only ever seen the film, you're missing out, as the musical has a much more cohesive, developed...
by Karen Bovard - Oct 13, 2019
The 9th floor black box space at the Guthrie showcases short runs of plays that foreground diverse voices from local and international companies. This season, they've chosen a string of works featuring Arab artists. Currently up is ZAFIRA AND THE RESISTANCE, by Kathryn Haddad, mounted by the Minnesota based New Arab American Theater Works, a non-profit educational group that's been mission driven for 20 years.
by Cindy Marcolina - Oct 12, 2019
Jacob Zuma, former President of South Africa, checks into a hospital only to find out that an old enemy, Ronnie Kasrils, who used to be in charge of the intelligence services, is staying in the opposite room. Gail Louw writes The Ice Cream Boys, detailing this chance meeting between the two. Directed by Vik Sivalingam and starring Jack Klaff as Kasrils, Andrew Francis as Zuma, and Bu Kunene as nurse Thandi (and a few other figures), it's a thrilling exploration of the crude reality of unpunished crimes.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2019
ArtsEmerson will welcome back the Isango Ensemble with their re-imagination of Mozart's classic opera, The Magic Flute, as the first of five reprise productions in its 10th Anniversary Season. The internationally celebrated group of Cape Town artists and musicians return to take on the beloved and timeless tale with marimbas, oil drums, inventive design, and bold energy, as a young prince tries to win the love of a princess whose mother is the Queen of the Night.
by Michael Quintos - Oct 12, 2019
30 years after its stage debut, experiencing MISS SAIGON nowadays exposes just how outdated and out-of-touch it is with our increasingly diverse world view. The musical's original production---which first debuted in the West End in 1989 before transferring to Broadway in 1991---became a global hit despite some loud, very understandable controversy. Most audiences, however, ignored the accusations of orientalism, misogyny, and white-washing and instead focused on the show's epic melodrama and theatrical splendor, much of it powered by the lush music of Claude-Michel Schönberg and the lyrics by Alain Boublil and Richard Maltby Jr. The show continues at Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa through October 13, 2019.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2019
The Adelaide Festival Board announced today that after a 45-year career in the arts and 3 years with Adelaide Festival as Executive Director, Rob Brookman AM, will retire on completion of his current contract following delivery of the 2020 Adelaide Festival.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2019
Coeurage Theatre Company, LA's only Pay What You Want theatre company that recently completed its 10th Anniversary Season, has announced that founding artistic director Jer Adrianne Lelliott will step down on December 31, 2019. A search has been launched seeking her successor.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2019
Comedian Maz Jobrani brings his stand-up tour to The Den Theatre for three performances only April 16 a?" 18, 2020 on The Den's Heath Main Stage, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. Tehran Von Ghasri opens.
by Jackie Camborde - Oct 10, 2019
Even though the subject matter is heavy, Elliot, a Soldier's Fugue, part one of the Elliot Trilogy by Quiara Alegria Hughes, left me with a light feeling at the end. I was looking forward to part two, Water By the Spoonful, this week, hopeful for a similar experience. Part two was a whole other experience and this time, the heaviness did not subside at the conclusion.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2019
For the last decade and a half, Centre Stage has counted it a privilege to celebrate works from far and wide as part of our New Play Festival.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2019
A provocative new festival piece, a premiere Australian work, reimagined international and Australian classics and a post-modern masterpiece that rocks the very foundations of theatre itself are just some of the highlights making up State Theatre Company South Australia's 2020 season, the first program from its new artistic director Mitchell Butel.
by Madelyn Geyer - Oct 1, 2019
There's a Hopi Indian proverb that goes: a?oeThose who tell the stories will rule the worlda??. If that's true, how is Maggie Gallant not queen of the universe by now? This masterful storyteller takes the Hyde Park Theatre by storm with HOT DOGS AT THE EIFFEL TOWER; written by Gallant and directed by Ken Webster.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2019
The Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) will honor Tony Award-winning songwriting duo Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island), the President of Concord Theatricals, Sean Patrick Flahaven, along with TodayTix Founders Brian Fenty and Merritt Baer at their annual DGF Gala on Monday, November 4 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in NYC. The evening's program will be directed by Kathleen Marshall.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2019
Children's Theatre Company announces the premiere production of Snow White, running September 29 through December 8, 2019. Commissioned and developed by CTC, this new, two-actor take on the classic Grimm's fairy tale is adapted and directed by Greg Banks who has over 19 years of experience working at CTC and is his 14th production with the theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2019
UBCP/ACTRA, the autonomous branch of ACTRA in British Columbia, has announced this year's nominees for the 8th Annual UBCP/ACTRA Awards. The awards ceremony honours five of its members for their exceptional contributions to the entertainment industry in the past year. As a peer-adjudicated awards show, the night will not only highlight talent across multiple categories but provides an evening of celebration for nominees, winners and fellow community members.