Raisin on Tour


Lorraine Hansberry's A RAISIN IN THE SUN Plays The Roxy Regional Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2018

'What happens to a dream deferred?  Does it dry up like a Raisin in the sun?'  In 1959, with her landmark play inspired in part by the preceding lines from Langston Hughes' poem 'Harlem,' Lorraine Hansberry made history as the first black female playwright to have her work produced on Broadway.  (more...)

OTHELLO Opens March 2 at Cincinnati Shakespeare
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2018

???????Cincinnati Shakespeare Company continues the Debut Season at The Otto M. Budig Theater with William Shakespeare's Othello. The production will be directed by Christopher V. Williams, who also directed last season's highly-praised A Raisin in the Sun at CSC, and will feature founding company member Nicholas Rose at Iago, as well as newcomer to CSC William Oliver Watkins as Othello, and CSC Resident Ensemble Member Courtney Lucien as Desdemona.  Othello is generously sponsored by Matson Money and Pete Strange Family. (more...)

Follow The Clues To Walnut Street Theatre's BASKERVILLE - A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY At The McCallum
by David Green - Feb 8, 2018

The McCallum Theatre presents the Walnut Street Theatre's production of Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, an adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, on Tuesday, February 27, at 8:00pm. Baskerville features Ian Merrill Peakes as Sherlock Holmes and Bill Van Horn as Doctor Watson. Additional cast members are Sarah Glicko, Dan Hodge and Jered McLenigan. (more...)

CLYBOURNE PARK Approaches Opening at St. Dunstan's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2018

St. Dunstan's Theatre is honored to present the Tony-Award and Pulitzer Prize winning play, Clybourne Park February 23 - March 11, 2018. February also happens to be Black History Month, which makes Clybourne Park a timely selection in St. Dunstan's season. (more...)

Photo Flash: Casting Announced for Taylor Mac's HIR at Jobsite Theater
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2018

The title, HIR, (again, pronounced "here") refers to a genderqueer pronoun. "It's not simply a reference to the character of Max," says David M. Jenkins, "but a commentary on what it is all four of these characters (and Mac as a playwright) are trying to do with masculinity. Mac sets up a very traditional, very familiar-feeling kitchen-sink play - one that is positively hilarious -- and then spins it on its axis, or maybe better stated tries to burn it all down. The style is described as "absurd realism," but the emphasis here is on the real. Mac requires that any absurdity in the show be driven by the reality of the situation, only moving to an absurd level because of the extreme circumstances." In an interview with the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, where the show enjoyed a highly successful run after the New York engagement at Playwrights Horizons (and where Annie Baker's The Flick, produced earlier this year, also premiered), Taylor Mac says that he was highly inspired by Sam Shepard's groundbreaking Buried Child. "In addition to the Buried Child comparisons HIR has, in my estimation, taken its place alongside great American family dramas like Long Day's Journey into Night, The Little Foxes, A Raisin in the Sun, Death of a Salesman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Fences. It truly represents our day and age in ways audiences will continue to look back to for decades, if not centuries." (more...)

Free Community Event At Roxbury Community College In Conjunction With SKELETON CREW
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2018

??????? Huntington Theatre Company in partnership with Roxbury Community College presents a free community event on Thursday, February 15 at 7pm in conjunction with the Huntington's upcoming production of the highly acclaimed hit Off Broadway play Skeleton Crew. (more...)

Brooklyn Academy of Music Names David Binder Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2018

???????Brooklyn Academy of Music President Katy Clark today announced the appointment of David Binder as BAM artistic director. He succeeds long-time Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo, who will step down in December 2018. (more...)

Celebration Arts presents A RAISIN IN THE SUN
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2018

Celebration Arts presents A Raisin in the Sun, the classic drama by Lorraine Hansberry. (more...)

Photo Flash: American Stage Extends A RAISIN IN THE SUN by Popular Demand
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2018

American Stage adds extra performance week to A Raisin IN THE SUN due to popular demand. (more...)

Nominations Announced for the 2018 Helen Hayes Awards; MEAN GIRLS, FUN HOME, and More!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2018

The nominees for the 2018 Helen Hayes Awards were announced on February 5, 2018. One of the country's most prestigious cultural honors, The Helen Hayes Awards recognizes and celebrates excellence in professional theatre throughout the Washington metropolitan area. The National Theatre's Helen Hayes Gallery set the scene for the announcement of nominees in 47 categories for artistic excellence, and the theatre companies eligible for the 2017 John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company. The recipient of the 2018 Helen Hayes Tribute will be announced shortly. (more...)

Soho Rep. Extends Aleshea Harris's IS GOD IS Through March 25
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2018

In response to popular demand, Soho Rep. (Sarah Benson, Artistic Director; Cynthia Flowers, Executive Director) extends the world premiere of Aleshea Harris's Relentless Award-winning Is God Is, directed by Taibi Magar by two weeks, through March 25. In this play, which dauntlessly cracks jokes as it eviscerates, twin sisters Anaia (Alfie Fuller) and Racine (Dame-Jasmine Hughes) undertake a murderous journey from the Dirty South to the California desert, seeking payback for a horrendous act. Is God Is treats both morality and genre as notions to be exploded, drawing on the ancient, the modern, the tragic, the Spaghetti Western, hip-hop and Afropunk in its subversion of theatrical constructs. (more...)

A RAISIN IN THE SUN Extends at American Stage
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2018

WE THE PEOPLE...WILL NOT HAVE OUR DREAMS DEFERRED Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking family drama is the first play in our American Legacy series. Dedicated to modern classics that lend perspective to stories from our past, this series seeks to draw a connection between our culture's history and the events of today. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 2/23 - THE LION KING, FINDING NEVERLAND, and More!
by BWW Special - Feb 23, 2018

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature The Lion King, Finding Neverland, The Crucible, and more! (more...)

Casting Announcement For 33 TO NOTHING At A Red Orchid
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2018

A Red Orchid Theatre continues its 2017-2018 Season with 33 to Nothing by Grant James Varjas, directed by Tyrone Phillips with music direction by John Cicora. (more...)

Audra McDonald Will Perform at Broward Center on March 11
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2018

???????Record-breaking 6-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald has thrilled audiences in starring roles on Broadway in 'The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess,' Carousel' and 'Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill,' on television in 'The Good Wife' and NBC's live telecast of 'The Sound of Music,' and on concert stages around the world. On Sunday, March 11, 2018, this bonafide living legend will perform one night only for the acclaimed Broadway concert series at the Broward Center's Au-Rene Theater. (more...)

Review Roundup: A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Virginia Rep
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2018

Virginia Rep presents Lorraine Hansberry's classic, A Raisin IN THE SUN! Set in the south side of Chicago in 1950s, A Raisin IN THE SUN begins when the Younger family receives ten thousand dollars following the death of the family patriarch. Though everyone in the family wants to use the money in order to better themselves, tensions brew when it becomes unclear how best to make that happen. A Raisin IN THE SUN opened February 16th, and will run through March 11th. (more...)

Cincinnati Shakespeare Announces 25th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2018

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC) announced the titles for its 25th Anniversary at The Otto M. Budig Theater in an event on February 21. CSC's 2018-2019 Season is generously sponsored by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation and all productions will feature Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's Resident Company of Actors. (more...)

Photo Coverage: In Rehearsal with the Company of CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD
by Walter McBride - Feb 22, 2018

Children of a Lesser God, playing at Broadway's Studio 54 (254 W 54th Street) this spring, will be directed by Tony Award-winner Kenny Leon and feature the scintillating arrival of Joshua Jackson in his Broadway debut. Performances are scheduled to begin March 22, 2018 with an opening night set for Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (more...)

FREEZE FRAME: In Rehearsal with the Company of CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD
by Walter McBride - Feb 22, 2018

Children of a Lesser God, playing at Broadway's Studio 54 (254 W 54th Street) this spring, will be directed by Tony Award-winner Kenny Leon and feature the scintillating arrival of Joshua Jackson in his Broadway debut. Performances are scheduled to begin March 22, 2018 with an opening night set for Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (more...)

Soho Rep Adds Second Extension For IS GOD IS, Now Through 3/31
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2018

Soho Rep. (Sarah Benson, Artistic Director; Cynthia Flowers, Executive Director), has extended the world premiere of Aleshea Harris's Relentless Award-winning Is God Is, directed by Taibi Magar, a second time, through March 31. (more...)

Arena Stage Announces Full Cast for TWO TRAINS RUNNING
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2018

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the full company for August Wilson's quintessential epic drama Two Trains Running. Confronted with a rapidly changing world in the wake of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the looming demolition of Memphis Lee's diner, Memphis and his regular customers struggle to maintain their solidarity and sense of pride. (more...)

League of Professional Theatre Women to Honor Emily Joy Weiner with Josephine Abady Award
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2018

The League of Professional Theatre Women (Kelli Lynn Harrison & Lisa Rothe, Co-Presidents) will present the 2018 Theatre Women Awards at The TimesCenter (242 West 41st Street between 7th and 8th Avenues) on Friday, March 16 beginning at 6:30PM. Tickets ($65-$250) are available for advance purchase at www.theatrewomen.org.  (more...)

WCSU to Present Bruce Norris Drama CLYBOURNE PARK
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2018

Western Connecticut State University will present the award-winning drama, 'Clybourne Park,' in the MainStage Theatre of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. (more...)

Kate Shindle, Janet Dacal, and More Will Join Harry Connick, Jr in Paper Mill's THE STING
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2018

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director), recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, has announced today the cast and creative team of the world premiere production of the new musical The Sting, based on the 1973 film, and with book by Bob Martin, music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann & Greg Kotis with Harry Connick, Jr. (more...)

IHOP' Restaurants Announces Its First-Ever Kid Culinary Team
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2018

Today, IHOP unveiled its first 'Kid Culinary Team' as part of the brand's annual IHOP National Pancake Day celebration, which takes place next Tuesday, February 27 in IHOP restaurants everywhere*. Partnering with its lead charity, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, IHOP put out a call to current and former CMN Hospitals patients to dream up their best pancake creation for the chance to join the inaugural IHOP Kid Culinary Team and cook their recipe in the brand's Test Kitchen. After receiving submissions from around the country, three finalists were selected for their pancake originality and inspirational stories. (more...)

Photo Flash: Virginia Rep presents A RAISIN IN THE SUN
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2018

"The play that changed American theatre forever" (New York Times) comes to Virginia Rep's November Theatre (114 West Broad Street) this February. Lorraine Hansberry's seminal masterpiece opens Friday, February 16th, 2018 , and runs through March 11th , with two preview performances on Wednesday, February 14th and Thursday, February 15th. (more...)

BWW Review: Relevant and Remarkable, Virginia Rep's A RAISIN IN THE SUN Delivers
by Jeremy Bustin - Feb 20, 2018

Teeming with emotionally-charged and nuanced performances, and led by Tony-award winning actress Trezana Beverley, Virginia Rep's Raisin is a tour de force not to be missed. Audiences can see the Broadway-caliber masterwork through March 11 at Virginia Rep's November Theatre. (more...)

BWW Review: Faithful and Funny Updated PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Park Square Theatre
by Karen Bovard - Feb 20, 2018

"History is something we can and should improve upon" sings the modern Major General in an added lyric in this cleverly refreshed production of the Gilbert & Sullivan classic. The laugh-out-loud show remains faithful to the original while integrating historical asides and contemporary political memes, all with a knowing wink at the audience, which had a roaring good time on opening night. (more...)

A Noise Within's A RAISIN IN THE SUN Begins 2/25
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2018

??????? A Noise Within (ANW) presents A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by Gregg T. Daniel, the sixth production of its 26th season performing February 25 to April 8 (Press Opening March 3). (more...)

HBO España incluye LADY DAY en su contenido
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Feb 2, 2018

Por fin podemos ver en nuestro pais a traves de la plataforma HBO la obra de Lanie Robertson protagonizada por la espectacular Audra McDonald (more...)

Geva Hosts A Special Exhibit, Post Show Conversations And The Stage Door Project To Coincide With THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2018

To coincide with Geva Theatre Center's production of The Diary of Anne Frank, by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman, the theatre is hosting a special exhibit and a series of post-show conversations. These events allow Geva's audiences to further understand the characters and the social context of this play. In addition, Geva has partnered with an area high school for The Stage Door Project: The Diary of Anne Frank. (more...)

League of Professional Theatre Women to Present 2018 Theatre Women Awards 3/16
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2018

The League of Professional Theatre Women (Kelli Lynn Harrison & Lisa Rothe, Co-Presidents) will present the 2018 Theatre Women Awards at The TimesCenter (242 West 41st Streetbetween 7th and 8th Avenues) on Friday, March 16 beginning at 6:30PM. Tickets ($65-$250) are available for advance purchase at www.theatrewomen.org. (more...)

Tennessee Playwrights Studio Announces 2018 Inaugural Season Fellows and Associates
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 2, 2018

Four TPS fellows - chosen from a competitive application process - will work under the direction of Kenley Smith, director of the TPS program, to develop new full-length scripts to be presented in a public reading at the Darkhorse Theatre this fall. Two Associates will serve as alternates for the program and will contribute to monthly workshop sessions in the first year and will fill two TPS fellow positions in 2019. TPS will work with actors from the Nashville community for workshops and readings. (more...)

Yale Rep Presents Suzan-Lori Parks's FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS, Parts 1, 2 & 3
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2018

Yale Repertory Theatre (James Bundy, Artistic Director; Victoria Nolan, Managing Director) presents Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3 by Suzan-Lori Parks, directed by Liz Diamond, March 16-April 7, at the University Theatre (222 York Street). Opening Night is Thursday, March 22. Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3 is a co-production with San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, where it will play April 25-May 20. (more...)

Donmar Warehouse Announces Full Casting for THE WAY OF THE WORLD
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2018

The Donmar Warehouse today announces full casting for James Macdonald's new revival of William Congreve's Restoration comedy masterpiece The Way of The World. Haydn Gwynne will be playing the role of Lady Wishfort, replacing Linda Bassett who has sadly had to withdraw from the production before the start of rehearsals for personal reasons. (more...)

Connecticut Women Attend the Second Women's Voices Theater Festival Held in D.C.
by Lauren Yarger - Feb 18, 2018

Connecticut women attend Voices Festival in DC; Playwright Initiative at Ivoryton; International Women's Day Readings at Westport (more...)

Theater To Go Presents a Staged Reading Of A RAISIN IN THE SUN
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2018

THEATER TO GO continues its staged reading series at the 1867 Sanctuary in February 2018 with a classic play about the African American experience, Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin IN THE SUN, about one family's journey to home ownership We are pleased to have actor students from Trenton Central HS Visual and Performing Arts Academy as performers in this event. (more...)

Vineyard's THE BEAST IN THE JUNGLE to Feature Tony Yazbeck, Irina Dvorovenko, and More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2018

Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern announce that Irina Dvorovenko ('The Americans'), a former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer, Tony Award nominees Tony Yazbeck (ON THE TOWN, FINDING NEVERLAND) and Peter Friedman (RAGTIME, The Vineyard's THE SLUG BEARERS OF KAYROL ISLAND...), and Teagle F. Bourgere (THE CRUCIBLE, A Raisin IN THE SUN) will be featured in the world premiere of THE BEAST IN THE JUNGLE, an original work fusing dance, drama and music by legendary composer and four-time Tony Award winner John Kander (CABARET, CHICAGO), Tony Award nominee playwright David Thompson (STEEL PIER; FLORA, THE RED MENACE), and five-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman (THE PRODUCERS, CONTACT). Performances will begin May 4, 2018 with opening night set for May 23. Kander, Thompson, and Stroman previously collaborated at The Vineyard on THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS. (more...)

Celebrity-Filled Special MISTER ROGERS: IT'S YOU I LIKE To Premiere on PBS In March
by TV News Desk - Feb 15, 2018

MISTER ROGERS: IT'S YOU I LIKE, a celebrity-filled, hour-long special that premieres on PBS stations in March 2018(check local listings), celebrates Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, the pioneering PBS series that premiered nationally 50 years ago and became an iconic and enduring landmark in the world of children's television and beyond. Cast members from the groundbreaking series share their personal perspectives and insights in this new production, which pays tribute to television's longest-running children's series, still broadcast on many PBS stations today. The program also features interviews with numerous celebrities who have been influenced and inspired by Fred Rogers, a modest man who always said, “I am not a teacher, I simply help children learn.” (more...)

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati Announces Regional Premiere of RED VELVET
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2018

Take a journey to historical London with Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati's regional premiere of Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti. In this endlessly captivating story, drama arises beyond the stage when a famous actor's talents are masked by the color of his skin. Based on the true story of Ira Aldridge, Red Velvet showcases the enduring power of the arts to push boundaries. Playing March 6 - March 31, 2018. Directed by Brian Isaac Phillips. Production Sponsor is The Schueler Group. (more...)

Photo Flash: Victory Gardens Theater presents BREACH
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2018

Victory Gardens Theater continues its 43rd season with BREACH: a manifesto on race in america through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate, written by Antoinette Nwandu and directed by Lisa Portes. BREACH runs February 9 - March 11, 2018, with the press performance on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

Westport Country Playhouse Hosts International Women's Day Event Featuring Joanna Gleason and More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2018

Westport Country Playhouse will host the second annual 'Letters to Our Daughters,' a free-of-charge event to celebrate International Women's Day, on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m. A diverse group of 13 women, including Tony Award winners Joanna Gleason and Judith Ivey, and 'This Is Us' series regular Susan Kelechi Watson, will read essays and poems written by female authors on global women's issues. (more...)

Syracuse Stage Presents An American Classic
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2018

???????Syracuse Stage continues its critically acclaimed season with a sterling production of Lorraine Hansberry's classic American play "A Raisin in the Sun," Feb. 21 - March 11, at the Syracuse Stage/Syracuse University Drama Complex in the Archbold Theatre, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. (more...)

Broadway Symposium Panel Topics & Speakers Announced
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2018

The fourth annual Broadway Stage Management Symposium (BSMS) will feature an incredible line up of Broadway's top stage managers in panels that address some of today's most important issues in the theatre industry. (more...)

Celebrate Heart Health Month By 'Eating Your Wine' In Addition To Drinking It
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2018

In honor of Heart Health Awareness Month, The Wine RayZyn Co. encourages everyone totake advantage of this special time to make or renew their commitments to a heart-healthy lifestyle.Founded by world-renowned cardiologist Dr. Chris Cates and his son Andrew Cates, the company's Wine RayZyns are a crunchy superfood snack made from specially dried premium wine grapes which contain all the heart health benefits of wine without the alcohol. (more...)

BWW Review: Lorraine Hansberry's Powerful A RAISIN IN THE SUN at American Stage - An Ageless Classic Done Right
by Peter Nason - Feb 13, 2018

Director L. Peter Callender guides a stellar cast. You won't see a better Raisin IN THE SUN anywhere. (more...)

Toni Morrison's THE BLUEST EYE Comes to The Arden
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2018

Arden Theatre Company continues its 30th Anniversary Season with Toni Morrison's THE BLUEST EYE from March 1 - April 1, 2018, on the Arden's F. Otto Haas Stage at 40 N. 2nd Street in Philadelphia. Honorary Producers are Jeanne B. Fisher and Robert Lang and Hether and Donald Smith. (more...)

BWW Review: A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Downtown Cabaret Theatre
by Sean Fallon - Feb 10, 2018

Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin IN THE SUN is presented at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport CT, by a stellar cast who provide first rate performances in a manner universally appealing to audiences of different backgrounds. (more...)

African-American Shakespeare Company Tackles An American Classic With A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2018

??????? For the first time in its 23-year history, the African-American Shakespeare Company will present A Streetcar Named Desire. As is the company's custom, each season they choose one non-Shakespeare play from the canon of American classics. Tennessee Williams' Streetcar follows in the footsteps of the company's well-received 2017 production of August Wilson's Jitney, also staged at Marines Memorial. (more...)

MISTER ROGERS: IT'S YOU I LIKE Premieres March 2018 on PBS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2018

MISTER ROGERS: IT'S YOU I LIKE Premieres March 2018 on PBS (more...)

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