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Romance in Hard Times - 1989 - Off-Broadway

Set in a depression soup kitchen in New York City, Romance in Hard Times tells the story of Hennie, who has recently learned she is pregnant; Harvey, her husband who refuses to speak because he cannot provide for his wife; and Boris, a determined loser who loves Hennie. Through a series of disappointments and tragedies (though told with lots of humor included), Hennie decides that the world is not an acceptable place to bring her baby into, and therefore, holds her baby back, for many months past the normal term. With other characters such as Zoe, Polly, the Handcuffed Sisters, Gus, The Kid, and even Eleanor Roosevelt helping out, Hennie tries to find something that will make everything right again, so she can bring her baby into the world.

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Public Theater [Newman Theater]

(New York, NY)
425 Lafayette Street
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by Stage Tube - Sep 19, 2019
After James Corden asked Billy Porter about acting in his first sex scene, Kirsten Dunst recalled her first kiss, which many think was with Brad Pitt in 'Interview with a Vampire.' Turns out, Kirsten's experience was on a school field trip in a dark elevator. Watch the video below!
by Alan Henry - Sep 10, 2020
Producer Mark Cortale announced today that award-winning icons of the stage and screen Judy Kuhn, Lillias White, and Beth Leavel will join the line-up of talent slated to participate in The Seth Concert Series.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Oct 5, 2020
Billy Porter hosted this Sunday's ALCU Bill of Rights Gala, which consisted of an hour-long program celebrating the work of the ACLU. The event also served as a call to vote.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Oct 30, 2019
Theatre NOVA, Ann Arbor's professional theatre with an exclusive focus on new plays and playwrights, presents the world premiere of  a?oeDJ Whittigton's Kool Kat: A Hip-Hop Pantoa?? by Carla Milarch and R. MacKenzie Lewis.
by Stage Tube - Oct 28, 2020
James Corden asks Billy Porter to take part in Late Late Show and Tell, and Billy shares an ashtray his mother made before she lost use of her hands. After, Reggie Watts asks Billy for his definition of beauty.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Oct 23, 2020
Billy Porter and Aaron Sorkin will appear on 'The Late Late Show With James Corden' next week! See the full list of guests below.
by Stage Tube - Oct 21, 2020
Billy Porter talks about the protocols the cast and crew of Pose are taking in order to resume filming during the coronavirus pandemic, shares what it's like to work with Beyonce's stylist and reveals how losing the lead role in a middle school production of Oliver Twist helped him discover the power of a star entrance.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 18, 2019
The City of Quincy has been recognized as the first official U.S. City to partner and to participate in the international arts and cultural movement Fair Saturday, on Saturday November 30, 2019. Originating in Bilbao, Spain in 2014. Fair Saturday aims to create a positive social impact each year on the last Saturday of November, the day following Black Friday.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Nov 18, 2019
The City of Quincy has been recognized as the first official U.S. City to partner and to participate in the international arts and cultural movement Fair Saturday, on Saturday November 30, 2019. Originating in Bilbao, Spain in 2014. Fair Saturday aims to create a positive social impact each year on the last Saturday of November, the day following Black Friday.
by Nicole Rosky - Nov 16, 2020
Today (November 16) in live streaming: Lillias White sings with Seth Rudetsky, Alice Ripley in concert, and so much more!
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Nov 16, 2020
Her concert re-airs today at 3pm and is now available On Demand, get your tickets here!
by Nicole Rosky - Nov 14, 2020
Broadway might be dark, but that doesn't mean that theatre isn't happening everywhere! Below, check out where you can get your daily fix of Broadway this weekend, November 7-8, 2020.
by Stephi Wild - Nov 14, 2020
BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge is keeping up with all of your favorite stars' latest projects on Backstage Live, bringing you in-depth interviews twice weekly. On November 12, he chatted with Tony winner Lillias White. Lillias will soon join Seth Rudetsky for two very special concerts on Sunday, November 15 (8pm) and Monday, November 16 (3pm).
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Nov 12, 2020
Tune in right here as he chats with Tony winner Lillias White. Lillias will soon join Seth Rudetsky for two very special concerts on Sunday, November 15 (8pm) and Monday, November 16 (3pm).
by Stephi Wild - Nov 11, 2020
BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that stage and screen actor Lawrence Clayton has died at age 64. The news was shared with BroadwayWorld by multiple friends and former castmates of Clayton's.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 10, 2020
Inspired by the cultural phenomenon Verzuz, the Broadway Advocacy Coalition has announced BROADWAY VS, the musical event you've been waiting for. Celebrating the legendary careers of Tony Award winners André De Shields and Lillias White, BAC will honor the legacies of these Broadway icons.
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 15, 2019
The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF), the not-for-profit foundation of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), will host a conversation entitled 'Producing Theatre for an Ageless Audience', moderated by Linda Hartzell, SDC Foundation Trustee and Artistic Director Emerita of Seattle Children's Theatre, with luminary directors Mark Brokaw and Marcia Milgrom Dodge and playwright Timothy Allen McDonald on Monday May, 20, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 PM at SDC, 321 W. 44th St., Suite 804.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 30, 2021
Tony Award-winner Lillias White is a powerhouse stage presence, known for her performances in Broadway productions such as The Life and Fela!, Off-Broadway productions including Texas in Paris, and Romance in Hard Times, which won her an Obie Award, and for lending her voice to the role of Calliope in Disney's 1997 Hercules film, plus much more!  
by Stephi Wild - Mar 29, 2021
Billy Porter once again delivers the LGBTQ State of the Union tomorrow, Tuesday, March 30 at 12pm EST. After a year of tragedy and triumph, he​ reminds us, “We will feel joy again soon,” as he reflects on the past year while looking forward to the one ahead. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 26, 2020
Billy Porter took to Instagram to issue a fashion challenge to his followers with the instructions: Be creative!
by Julie Musbach - Mar 23, 2018
Cleveland Play House (CPH) is proud to announce the cast of the high-spirited, interactive musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Broadway and TV actress Ali Stroker (Glee, Deaf West's Production of Spring Awakening) joins Broadway veterans Kirsten Wyatt (Annie, Elf, Shrek), John Scherer (Sunset Boulevard, By Jeeves, Funny Girl), Lee Slobotkin, Chad Burris (both of Book of Mormon), Kay Trinidad Karns (Little Mermaid), and more in this laugh-out-loud musical directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge on the Allen Stage through May 6th. This production is sponsored by Huntington National Bank and Zinner & Co.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 22, 2020
Billy Porter will voice the character of Desmond on tonight's episode of The Simpson's!
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 15, 2018
Looks like the West End will be getting to know Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe. According to a report by the Daily Mail, Lincoln Center Theater's production of THE KING AND I 'has its eye on the London Palladium for a limited season next year.'
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 11, 2019
Producer Rick Murray will present the 2019 Cabaret at the Crown Series in Provincetown, MA this summer at The Crown & Anchor's Paramount Theatre and Town Hall Auditorium.  Tickets are now on sale for the Series, in which an impressive list of award-winning stars will be performing live in full concerts.  Following up on last summer's smash hit season, the 2019 Cabaret Series will include the talents of comedians Lisa Lampanelli, Margaret Cho, and Sandra Bernhard, as well as Broadway stars Lucie Arnaz (They're Playing Our Song, Pippin), Lillias White (The Life), Linda Lavin (Broadway Bound, Gypsy), Lorna Luft (Promises, Promises), John Lloyd Young (Jersey Boys), Linda Eder (Jekyll and Hyde), and television favorites Leslie Jordan (The Cool Kids, Will and Grace) and Fran Drescher (The Nanny).
by Julie Musbach - Jun 6, 2018
THE GREEN ROOM 42 - Broadway's newest intimate concert venue - has announced the return of Tony Award winner LILLIAS WHITE on Monday, June 18 at 7:00 PM. Currently back on stage in the new musical Half Time, White will offer a reprise of her February evening sharing music of love, lust, and loss in an intimate performance. Featuring music from Tim McGraw, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Cole Porter, and Nat King Cole, Lillias runs the gamut of the American Songbook
by Stage Tube - Jun 29, 2019
Billy Porter, the Tony and Grammy Award-winning star of FX Network's 'Pose,' closed the World Pride opening ceremony at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
by Alan Henry - Jun 18, 2019
Huntington Theatre Company announced today that tickets to The Purists are now on sale to the general public. The world premiere play, directed by Tony and Grammy Award winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots, 'Pose' on FX), will begin performances at the South EndCalderwood Pavilion at the BCA (527 Tremont St., Boston) on Friday, August 30, 2019 and will run through Sunday, September 29, 2019.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 26, 2020
BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that Stage and Screen Actor Michael Mandell Has Died. His cause of death has not been confirmed.
by Alan Henry - Jul 20, 2018
Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in the Berkshires, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, presents Lucas Hnath's A Doll's House, Part 2. Previews for A Doll's House, Part 2 begin July 12, with an official opening night on July 15, and performances through July 28 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage (30 Union Street).
by Stage Tube - Jul 17, 2020
Billy Porter performed a live virtual rendition of a?oeFinally Readya?? for the NYC Pride 2020 TV special. 
by Stage Tube - Jan 9, 2020
The Emmy, Tony and Grammy winner stars in the new movie a?oeLike a Bossa?? with Tiffany Haddish and Salma Hayek.
by Alan Henry - Jan 8, 2020
The Muny announced today the directors, choreographers and music directors for its 2020 season, which opens June 15 with Kander and Ebb's internationally-acclaimed Chicago. Among the talented list are a mix of Muny favorites and newcomers. In addition to casting, a comprehensive list of design teams for each production will be released later this spring. Telsey + Company is the official casting partner for Muny.
by Julie Musbach - Jan 31, 2018
Tony award winning Musical Director Ted Sperling visited the Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA) recently where he conducted a Master Class for the school's music and theatre students.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 29, 2021
A new remix of Billy Porter's 'Finally Ready' has been released today! UK house label, Defected Records released 'Finally Ready' from The Shapeshifters featuring Porter earlier this June. On November 13, they released two new remixes of the track from house music producer, David Penn and Polish production team, Catz and Dogz.
by Julie Musbach - Jan 22, 2019
Rainy Day Productions will present industry readings of the new play Chasing the River by Jean Dobie Giebel. Directed by Illana Stein, the six-member cast will feature Tony Carlin, Aaron Costa Ganis, Annie Golden, Deborah Rayne, Chet Siegel, and Wendy Rich Stetson. The readings will be held on Monday, January 28 at 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m., and Tuesday, January 29 at 4:00 p.m. For more information, please email victoria@PSTheatricals.com.
by Stephi Wild - Feb 8, 2018
Barrington Stage Company (BSC), under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, announces the 2018 Associate Artists - director Joe Calarco, costume designer Jennifer Caprio, music director Vadim Feichtner, and actress Elizabeth Stanley.
by Nicole Rosky - Feb 6, 2018
A North American Tour is announced today for the Lincoln Center Theater Broadway Production of FALSETTOS, William Finn and James Lapine's groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical. This production was nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival when it returned to Broadway in Fall 2016, and this production will tour North America in the coming season.
by Nicole Rosky - Feb 24, 2021
Stars in the House continues tonight (8pm ET) celebrating William Finn's Birthday with Alison Fraser, Norm Lewis, Micheal Rupert, Mary Testa, Lillias White and Chip Zien.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 14, 2019
Complementing performances of Tony Award-winning actress and director Victoria Clark's production of Conor McPherson's new version of Strindberg's The Dance of Death, Classic Stage Company (CSC; Artistic Director, John Doyle) presents the second installment of its new Classic Conversations series. The series began with acclaimed actor Raul Esparza on the occasion of his "blisteringly good" (New York magazine) turn in Bertolt Brecht's Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui; another conversation will be announced this spring. The March 5 at 7pm event will serve as a rare, intimate, and engaging distillation of Clark's life in theater through conversation-with CSC Artistic Director John Doyle and celebrated music director Ted Sperling-and song. Sperling, who memorably worked with Clark on The Light in the Piazza, for which they both received Tony Awards, will also accompany Clark on piano for the musical portion of the evening. This one-night-only engagement takes place Tues, March 5 at 7pm at Classic Stage Company (136 E 13th Street, New York); tickets are $100-$150 and can be purchased at classicstage.org or 212-352-3101 (or toll free 866-811-411). The Dance of Death runs in repertory with director Shariffa Ali's staging of Yael Farber's Mies Julie through March 10.
by Julie Musbach - Feb 1, 2018
THE GREEN ROOM 42 - Broadway's newest intimate concert venue - has announced the return of Tony Award winner Lillias White one year after she performed for the grand opening of The Green Room 42 with her new show "Baby-Makin' Music" on Wednesday, February 14 at7:00 PM. Her brand new evening of music will feature songs from Broadway, blues, R&B and pop. Selections include classics from Harold Arlen, Ashford & Simpson and Irving Berlin, in addition to original songs by Timothy Graphenreed, the show's musical director, who leads an all-star quartet.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 5, 2019
Tony® and Emmy Award winner Lillias White returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Cabaret Series with an autobiographical show filled with musical highlights from her life and career January 23 - 25, 2020 in Samueli Theater. With her powerhouse voice and exuberant stage presence, White has won accolades for her show-stopping performances on the Broadway stage, on television and in films. The New York Times declared, 'Lillias White is a singer who makes the most challenging vocal feats look almost easy.'
by Stephi Wild - Dec 18, 2018
The Muny announced today the directors, choreographers and music directors for its 2019 season, which opens on June 10 with Guys and Dolls.
by Julie Musbach - Dec 18, 2018
The Muny announced today the directors, choreographers and music directors for its 2019 season, which opens on June 10 with Guys and Dolls.
by Elliot Lanes - Dec 10, 2019
Today's subject Ted Sperling is very well represented this holiday season here in DC. He is the Musical Director/New Orchestrator for Fiddler on the Roof which plays through December 15th at the National Theatre. Beginning December 17th his work as Musical Supervisor can be heard on My Fair Lady at Kennedy Center. That show runs through Jan 19th.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Dec 10, 2019
Barrington Stage Company (BSC), under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, announces the 2019 Associate Artists a?" actor Alan H. Green, composer Joe Iconis, costume designer Sara Jean Tosetti and actress Peggy Pharr Wilson.
by Stage Tube - Aug 18, 2020
Billy Porter  performed 'For What It's Worth' to conclude Day 1 of the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
by Ricky Pope - Aug 13, 2021
Lillias White (Dreamgirls, Cats, Once On This Island, How to Succeed, The Life, Fela!) is the kind of performer who engenders adoration. She serves up joy and talent in giant portions in everything she does. She won the Tony for The Life, the Obie for Romance in Hard Times, and a Daytime Emmy for her role on Sesame Street. She was also Tony-nominated for her stunning turn in Fela! Her voice is instantly recognizable. No one sings like her. The force of her voice and her presence is as elemental as air, water, earth, and fire.
by Julie Musbach - Apr 22, 2019
In the third concert of her More About The Melody series, cellist Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf invites Tony Award-winning music director, Ted Sperling to host an evening celebrating the music of the three generations of the iconic Rodgers family: Richard Rodgers, Mary Rodgers, and Adam Guettel.
by Stage Tube - Apr 2, 2020
Feinstein's/54 Below has released their latest #54BelowatHome flashback video! In today's video, watch Lillias White perform 'When You Wish Upon a Star.' The performance was part of Lillias White: Make Someone Happy on July 30, 2019 at Feinstein's/54 Below.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 15, 2019
Selladoor Worldwide present the long awaited European premiere of the multi award-winning musical, Falsettos, which arrives in the UK from 30 August 2019.