Raisin on Tour


BWW Interview: Bert Emmett Assumes First LA Directorial Assignment for Group Rep's BREADCRUMBS
by Don Grigware - Sep 8, 2018

A graduate of Northern Arizona University, Bert Emmett has taught, acted in, produced, written, and directed plays for over 35 years. Bert's favorite acting roles in L.A. include Col. Armadillo in The Armadillo Necktie (Last Straw Award), Karl Lindner is A Raisin in the Sun (A Noise Within), Kanute in Don't Hug Me I'm Pregnant (Eddon Award).  Other LA shows include Sherlock Through the Looking Glass, Lombardi,  Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, Sherlock's Last Case (Scenies Award), and Cobb.  Film: 'The Forsaken," 'Alien Hunter," 'Outside Ozona," and "Our Next Caller" (with Eric Roberts). Member of SAG/AFTRA and AEA.  This is Bert's directorial debut at The Group Rep.  When did you get interested in directing? (more...)

Theater To Go Presents A RAISIN IN THE SUN At Kelsey Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2018

THEATER TO GO presetns its October production of Lorraine Hansberry's classic American drama A Raisin IN THE SUN. This drama about the African American experience explores the hopes and dreams of one extended family, the Youngers, a black working class family struggling to achieve the American Dream in the face of racial tensions and economic disenfranchisement in 1950's Chicago. (more...)

Music City Confidential: Why BOYS IN THE BAND Still Resonates
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 6, 2018

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VIDEO: On This Day, September 6- Happy Birthday, Anika Noni Rose!
by Stage Tube - Sep 6, 2018

On this day we're celebrating the birthday of Tony Award-winner Anika Noni Rose! (more...)

Tony Award Nominee Pascale Armand Joins Reading Of David Heron's AGAINST HIS WILL
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2018

Tony Award nominee Pascale Armand has joined the cast of the staged reading of David Heron's controversial legal drama Against His Will, to be held at The Billie Holiday Theatre on Monday September 17 at 7pm. (more...)

Brief 9/6: BE MORE CHILL Gets a Broadway Upgrade, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - Sep 6, 2018

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: Be More Chill gets a Broadway upgrade, the cast has been announced for the national tour of A Bronx Tale, and more! (more...)

Photo Flash: Gina Belafonte Stops By Off-Broadway's LITTLE ROCK
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2018

For the second night in a row, the cast of LITTLE ROCK were paid a visit by a special guest. Last night (September 5) GINA BELAFONTE, actress/producer (BLACKKKLANSMEN) and daughter of actor and civil rights activist HARRY BELAFONTE took in the show and met with the cast after the performance. Check out a photo of her visit below! (more...)

Stephen DeRosa, Lisa Tejero, and More Join Arena Stage's ANYTHING GOES
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2018

Arena Stage announces casting for Cole Porter's madcap seafaring musical, Anything Goes (more...)

Photo Flash: Definition Theatre Company Opens its 2018-2019 Season with NO CHILD...
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2018

Definition Theatre Company opens its 2018-2019 season with No Child… by Nilaja Sun and directed by Chika Ike. No Child... will run from August 31 - September 23, 2018, with a press opening on Wednesday, September 5 at 7:30pm. Definition Theatre Company presents its 2018-2019 season in the Richard Christiansen Theater at Victory Gardens as part of its Resident Theater Company program. Tickets for No Child… are on sale and can be purchased online at victorygardens.org or by calling 773.871.3000. Victory Gardens Theater is located at 2433 N Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

Williamstown Theatre Festival Gala Will Feature an Evening of Performance by Audra McDonald
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2018

Williamstown Theatre Festival announces that the 2019 WTF Gala in New York City honoring Board ChairmanMatt Harris for his visionary leadership will be held on Monday, February 11, 2019, and will feature an evening of performance by Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winner and two-time Festival star, Audra McDonald. (more...)

Raven Theatre Presents CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2018

Raven Theatre is pleased to launch its 2018-19 season with CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage, directed by Tyrone Phillips. This sharp and boisterous drama about family, faith and revolution will play October 4 - November 18, 2018 on Raven's 99-seat East Stage, 6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville) in Chicago. (more...)

Parity Productions Announces Qualifying Shows For October
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2018

Theatre production company Parity Productions has released its monthly list of Qualifying Productions for October -their popular directory of New York City shows in which the individual creative teams have 50% of the positions filled with women and transgender artists (directors, designers, and playwrights). (more...)

Thursday 5(+1): Six Gentlemen From the Nashville Premiere of THE BOYS IN THE BAND
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 27, 2018

It's the day of the show, y'all: The Nashville premiere of Mart Crowley's The Boys in the Band is tonight - at The Barbershop Theatre, 4003 Indiana Avenue in The Nations - and six of the actors portraying Crowley's now-iconic characters took time from tech week to answer questions about their processes and to offer their reasons for why you should come see the show. (more...)

Shonda Rhimes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Gabrielle Union-Wade And More Join Producing Team of AMERICAN SON
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2018

The Broadway premiere of AMERICAN SON has just announced additions to its producing team. The play will be co-produced by a team that includes Shonda Rhimes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Gabrielle Union-Wade, Dwyane Wade, Steve Stoute and Nnamdi Asomugha. They join a team that includes Kerry Washington's Simpson Street, Jeffry Richards, Rebecca Gold and Will Trice. (more...)

Meet the Cast of THE WAVERLY GALLERY- Now in Previews!
by Julie Musbach - Sep 25, 2018

Preview performances begin tonight, Tuesday, September 25, for The Waverly Gallery on Broadway! Get to know the cast below! (more...)

Audra McDonald and Ramin Karimloo to Join Seth Rudetsky in Concert in San Francisco
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2018

Broadway concert series, hosted by Seth Rudetsky, will return to San Francisco. Kicking off the series will be Ramin Karimloo followed by Audra McDonald. (more...)

MCCC's Kelsey Theatre Presents A RAISIN IN THE SUN
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2018

An heroic struggle for dignity, the importance of family, and the attainment of the American Dream take center stage in Lorraine Hansberry's acclaimed drama "A Raisin in the Sun," to be presented by Theater To Go at Mercer County Community College's (MCCC's) Kelsey Theatre. (more...)

BWW Review: FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE / WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF at Penumbra Theatre
by Karen Bovard - Sep 24, 2018

In keeping with their tradition of honoring the ancestors and artistic leaders of past generations, Penumbra Theatre is opening this season by revisiting Ntozake Shange's groundbreaking iconoclastic work, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, which won an Obie in 1976 for its Broadway run, which I saw. Let's pause to note that it was the first Broadway show written by a Black woman since Lorraine Hansberry's Raisin IN THE SUN in 1959. (more...)

TimeLine Names Five New Company Members, Plus Additions To Board And Associate Artists
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2018

TimeLine Theatre Company is pleased to announce the addition of several new artists and community leaders to its ranks. Chicago artists Tyla Abercrumbie, Will Allan, Wardell Julius Clark, Charles Andrew Gardner, and Anish Jethmalani have been named Company Members at the theater, effective immediately. Additionally, the theater is welcoming JoAnne Dobrick, Anne Voshel, Richard G. Weinberg, and Nicholas Yassan to its Board of Directors, and Jared Bellot as a new Associate Artist. (more...)

McCarter Presents Dominique Morisseau's DETROIT '67
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2018

It's the summer of 1967, and the songs of Motown are breaking records and breaking barriers. Chelle and her brother, Lank, are running an unlicensed after-hours juke joint out of their basement-risky business-especially during a brutal police crackdown that sets off riots throughout the city. When Lank offers refuge to a mysterious stranger, he and Chelle clash. Pent-up emotions erupt, and they must navigate the chaos both outside and within. (more...)

DCPA's Off-Center Announces Full Casting For BITE-SIZE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2018

Off-Center, the most unconventional line of programming at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is proud to announce full casting for Bite-Size, an evening of original, short plays and performance pieces by Colorado artists, performed off-site at BookBar and directed by Meridith C. Grundei. (more...)

Full Moon's Classic PREHYSTERIA Comes to Blu-Ray for the First Time Ever
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2018

Moon Features (founded by producer / director Charles Band in 1989) is world-renowned for wild films like PUPPET MASTER, CASTLE FREAK, SUBSPECIES, EVIL BONG and many, many more. But nestled among Full Moon's vast entertainment universe sits Moonbeam Entertainment, the beloved '90s imprint that housed Band's series of imaginative (and successful) fantasy films. (more...)

Audra McDonald, Kelli O'Hara and Jeremy Jordan Slated for Concerts at Town Hall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2018

The internationally acclaimed Broadway @ concert series hosted and music directed by Sirius XM Radio Star Seth Rudetsky is finally landing smack dab in the middle of Broadway itself this fall. (more...)

ECLIPSED Debuts In Las Vegas At The Smith Center For The Performing Arts
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2018

'ECLIPSED,' the colorful and fiery drama written by Danai Gurira (of The Walking Dead) & presented by Broadway in the H.O.O.D, settles in at the Troesh Theatre at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts for four intimate, powerful and captivating performances taking place November 2-4, 2018. (more...)

BWW Review: Three Decades Later, M. BUTTERFLY Still Beguiles, Shocks
by Vince Vicentuan - Sep 15, 2018

The press preview of David Henry Hwang's award-winning play 'M. Butterfly,' produced by Broadway producer Jhett Tolentino and Frontrow Entertainment, at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater proved to be far stronger than the force of nature, fluttering nonchalantly despite looming news of a super typhoon. As if on cue, Typhoon Mangkhut was a no-show when the local press trooped to the Bonifacio Global City Arts Center to witness with excitement the return of this classic, 28 years after an 18-year-old RS Francisco won the hearts of critics and audiences alike in Dulaang UP's 1990 local premiere. (more...)

JACK Presents Stacey Rose's THE DANGER: A HOMAGE TO STRANGE FRUIT
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2018

The Danger: A Homage to Strange Fruit is a theatrical symphony in four movements that contemplates the legacy of violence against Black bodies in America. Inspired by the mysterious hanging death of 17-year-old Lennon Lacy in 2014 in Bladenboro, NC, this dystopic ghost play follows the interracial couple He and She into the world of The Station, a long ago abandoned rail station waiting room, an in-between place that houses Black souls who left the earth in violent ways and who constantly seek their way home. In 2015, Rose received NYU's Rita Goldberg Prize for The Danger -- an award recognizing the best play by a graduate or undergraduate student. (more...)

Weston Announces Fall Foliage Production
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2018

The Weston Playhouse's 2018 season expands into the fall with Two Trains Running by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson at the company's new second stage, Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm, beginning September 27.  (more...)

Cal Shakes Completes Season with Return of BLACK ODYSSEY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2018

California Shakespeare Theater announced today the cast of the return engagement of its record-breaking hit play black odyssey, playing September 25 through October 7, 2018 at the Bruns Amphitheater. (more...)

BWW Review: RAISIN at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe
by Carolan Trbovich - Oct 8, 2018

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Stages an Impassioned Raisin (more...)

Meet the Cast of AMERICAN SON- Now in Previews!
by Julie Musbach - Oct 6, 2018

Steven Pasquale and Kerry Washington alongside Eugene Lee and Jeremy Jordan are gearing up to star in the new Broadway play American Son, beginning performances today, Saturday, October 6. Get to know the cast below as they begin Broadway performances! (more...)

BWW Review: IF I FORGET at Studio Theatre - Truly an Unforgettable Theatrical Event
by Charles Shubow - Oct 4, 2018

When I read that Studio Theatre would be presenting playwright Steven Levenson's IF I FORGET I was very excited. Why? Levenson won a Tony Award for his great book for hit musical DEAR EVAN HANSEN. Then I read the play won the Drama Desk Award for Best Off-Broadway play at the Roundabout Theatre in New York (see their informative study guide). Then when I saw what the play was about I really got excited. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Arena Stage's ANYTHING GOES
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2018

Arena Stage is now hard at work in rehearsal for Cole Porter's madcap seafaring musical, Anything Goes, with music and lyrics by Porter; original book by P.G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton, with co-authors Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse; and new book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman. (more...)

Victory Gardens Presents The World Premiere Of RIGHTLYND By Ike Holter
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2018

Victory Gardens Theater continues its 44th season with the World Premiere of Rightlynd, written by Ike Holter and directed by Lisa Portes with original music by Charlie Coffeen. Rightlynd runs November 9 - December 23, 2018, with press performances on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 7:30pm and Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 3:00pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

Lynn Cohen, Lewis Black, Florencia Lozano, Vanessa Aspillaga & More Set To Present This Week At The Flea
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2018

The Muse Project, in association with The Tank, presents Musings: a collection of Mini Muse presentations at The Flea Theater as a part of their Anchor Partnership. Musings runs from Monday, October 15th - Sunday October, 21st at The Flea's new home at 20 Thomas Street in Tribeca. (more...)

Thomas'' Expands Swirl Bread Line Nationwide
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2018

The Thomas' brand today announced the national expansion of its iconic Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread and Cinnamon Swirl Bread. The fan-favorite Swirl Bread line has 'swirled' from coast to coast and is now available for purchase at grocery stores and other major food retailers nationwide, with an average retail price of $3.99. (more...)

BWW Review: L. Peter Callender is Stunning in Stephen Adly Guirgis' Pulitzer Prize Winning BETWEEN RIVERSIDE & CRAZY at American Stage
by Peter Nason - Oct 14, 2018

The Tampa Bay Area Premiere of a show that is heartbreaking and funny, and that features one of the finest performances local audiences have seen in quite a long time. (more...)

Two River Theater Presents August Wilson's KING HEDLEY II
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2018

Marking the halfway point in its commitment to present all 10 plays of August Wilson's American Century Cycle, Two River Theater announces the complete cast and creative team for its production of Wilson's "exhilarating" (The New York Times) and incendiary drama King Hedley II, directed by Brandon J. Dirden. For the first time, the theater will be presenting one of Wilson's plays in its intimate 110-seat Marion Huber Theater, with performances beginning on November 10 and continuing for an extended five-week run through Sunday, December 16. The opening night performance is Friday, November 16 at 7pm. Tickets are available from 732.345.1400 or tworivertheater.org. The production sponsors are Monmouth University and Collex Collision Experts. (more...)

Lynn Cohen, Jessica Frances Dukes, Déa Julien, Kyra Miller, And Vanessa Aspillaga Bring Paradigm Shifting Projects To The Flea Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2018

The Muse Project, in association with The Tank, will present Musings: a collection of Mini Muse presentations at The Flea Theater as a part of their Anchor Partnership. The Muse Project gives women performers the time, space, and opportunity to experiment with and explore their fantasy projects. Musings will showcase the exciting, fresh, paradigm-shifting storytelling that 5 of New York's leading stage actresses have developed through intensive workshops, called Mini Muses. The week will culminate in a party on October 19th, the 'Mini Gala' - a wine and cheese event to celebrate the week's presentations; and 'Tea Time,' a one-of-a-kind Muse pilot program, where a veteran stage actress discusses her experiences building her career. Actress Florencia Lozano is set to partake as the Tea Time guest. (more...)

Amber Sauer To Headline At The Smith Center Thanksgiving Weekend In 3 DIVAAS, 16 GRAMMYS, 1 VOICE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2018

With A Star-Studded Tribute to Celine Dion, Whitney Houston & Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, and Shania Twain's voices shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all believed in LOVE. Now, is your opportunity to experience it LIVE with your loved one as Broadway in the H.O.O.D brings '3 Divas, 16 Grammy's, 1 Voice;' staring Amber Sauer, contestant on Season 14 of The Voice as a part of Kelly Clarkson's, November 23 - 24, 2018, in Myron's Cabaret Jazz Theatre at The Smith Center for The Performing Arts! (more...)

Veteran Entertainment Publicist Emily McGill Announces Boutique PR Firm Press Play
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2018

After a decade working in the New York City entertainment industry, veteran publicist Emily McGill founded Press Play, a boutique public relations firm serving the entertainment community. Prior to her most recent position with Disney Theatrical Productions where she handled the Broadway productions of The Lion King and Aladdin, Emily worked with boutique theatrical PR agencies The Hartman Group and Philip Rinaldi Publicity, as well as the 2015 New York Observer's number one public relations agency, DKC Public Relations. (more...)

Soulpepper Names Weyni Mengesha New Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2018

Soulpepper Theatre Company is pleased to announce the appointment of award-winning director and dramaturge Weyni Mengesha as the company's new Artistic Director. Mengesha began her association with Soulpepper twelve years ago; she was a member of the Soulpepper Academy, and since then has won several awards as a director, dramaturge and teacher. (more...)

Kristin Chenoweth, Bernadette Peters, Jennifer Hudson & More Will Celebrate the Legacy of Craig Zadan at ETF Gala
by TV News Desk - Oct 11, 2018

The life of late legendary producer Craig Zadan will be celebrated by the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) - the organization dedicated to supporting theatre arts in schools and nurturing students all over the country - at the organization's annual West Coast gala Thespians Go Hollywood - Honoring the Life and Work of Craig Zadan. The celebration will take place on November 11, 2018 at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' headquarters in North Hollywood.  The announcement was made by Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment, and Julie Cohen Theobald, President of the Educational Theatre Foundation. (more...)

Sanaa Lathan Enters THE TWILIGHT ZONE
by TV News Desk - Oct 11, 2018

Sanaa Lathan joins the first season of the new CBS All Access original series THE TWILIGHT ZONE and will star in the episode 'Rewind.' Lathan is the latest addition to THE TWILIGHT ZONE cast alongside previously announced host and narrator Jordan Peele. (more...)

VIDEO: The Cast Of ANYTHING GOES At Arena Stage Honors indigenous People
by Stage Tube - Oct 10, 2018

This week, Molly Smith and the cast of Anything Goes at Arena Stage chose to honor and support Indigenous Peoples' Day (Oct 8). Just as those at sea use Morse code to send SOS alerts, the cast of Anything Goes -- joined by Molly's partner, Suzanne Blue Star Boy -- taps out a call to action in the video below to bring awareness to the epidemic of murdered, kidnapped, and missing Native women in the United States and Canada: (more...)

PHOTO FLASH: Tamara Tunie Visits LITTLE ROCK
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2018

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Berkeley Rep Announces Final Casting for FAIRVIEW
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2018

Final casting for Berkeley Repertory Theatre's upcoming production of Fairview was announced today. Written by Jackie Sibblies Drury, directed bySarah Benson, with choreography by Raja Feather Kelly, the world premiere production comes straight to Berkeley Rep from a critically acclaimed New York run. Previews begin on Thursday, October 4 with regular run of the show opening on Thursday, October 11 and continuing through Sunday, November 4. Individual tickets begin at $30 ($15 if you're under 35) and can be purchased online at berkeleyrep.org or by phone at 510 647-2949. (more...)

Box Office For Kerry Washington-starring AMERICAN SON Opens Tomorrow (09/01)
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2018

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Martin's Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Potato Bread Gets a New Look
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2018

Martin's Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc., the manufacturer of Martin's Famous Potato Rolls and home of the "number-one branded hamburger bun in America," has unveiled a fresh new look for their breakfast bread: Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Potato Bread. (more...)

The Educational Theatre Foundation's Annual 'Thespians Go Hollywood' Gala to Celebrate the Legacy of Musical Producer Craig Zadan
by TV News Desk - Aug 28, 2018

The life of late legendary producer Craig Zadan will be celebrated by the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) - the organization dedicated to supporting theatre arts in schools and nurturing students all over the country - at the organization's annual West Coast gala Thespians Go Hollywood - Honoring the Life and Work of Craig Zadan. The celebration will take place on November 11, 2018 at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' headquarters in North Hollywood.  The announcement was made by Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment, and Julie Cohen Theobald, President of the Educational Theatre Foundation. (more...)

Parity Productions Announces Monthly List of Qualifying Productions
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2018

Theatre production company Parity Productions has released its monthly list of Qualifying Productions for September -their popular directory of New York City shows in which the individual creative teams have 50% of the positions filled with women and transgender artists (directors, designers, and playwrights).  (more...)

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