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BWW Review: 1776 Still Preaches Compromise to a Skeptical Electorate
by Perry Tannenbaum - Sep 30, 2016

Nearly 50 years after it first played Broadway, 1776 still confounds our drum-and-fife expectations. (more...)

Iggy Pop Life Class Opens November 4, 2016 at the Brooklyn Museum
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

In Iggy Pop Life Class, Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller uses the traditional life-model drawing class to stage a performative event with Iggy Pop as model and subject. The resulting drawings, created by twenty-two participating artists, will be shown at the Brooklyn Museum from November 4, 2016, to March 26, 2017. Along with works depicting the male body selected from the Museum's historical collections, the exhibition examines shifting cultural representations of masculinity across history.   (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Oklahoma - Week of 9/27/2015
by BWW - Sep 27, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/27/2015 for Oklahoma (more...)

THE MOST MISERABLE CHRISTMAS TREE Holiday Musical to Premiere This December in Brooklyn
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

The Most Miserable Christmas Tree, a new fun-filled family holiday musical, will receive its World Premiere this December at Bay Ridge's Narrows Community Theater, celebrating its 45th Anniversary Season. (more...)

Fringe Encore Series Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Starting Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2015

With over 200 shows presented at FringeNYC Festival and 900 at Edinburgh Fringe, it's hard to be in the know about what's worth seeing. Even worse is having missed the show everyone is talking about post festival. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the Fringe Encore Series will present some of the most critically-acclaimed and crowd-pleasing shows from both festivals. But more importantly, pinpoints and cultivates the theater talent of tomorrow. (more...)

Helios Collective Presents DIDO AND...at King's College London
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

To bring fresh new meaning to a play is a virtue, to do it to a musical score is Sacrilege.  But why? Why shouldn't musicians be as creative as actors?  As part of PLAY, the 2016 Arts & Humanities Festival at King's College London, Helios Collective present a reimagined reading of Purcell's Dido & Aeneas as Dido & …. (more...)

Review Roundup: WAR OF THE ROSES, Rose Theatre Kingston
by Review Roundups - Oct 5, 2015

Rose Theatre Kingston presents THE WARS OF THE ROSES, which opened on 16 September and runs through 31 October 2015. (more...)

JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL & LIVING IN PARIS Plays in English at The Gladstone This November
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

Sacrilege? Not according to the famous singer, actor, and songwriter Brel himself, who loved this musical revue. This Off-Broadway success was created in 1968 by Mort Shuman and Eric Blau to showcase Brel's French hits-in English. Brel saw the show many times, and said that Shuman and Blau had lifted his songs away from him, and given them to the world. The show ran for five years, with a total of 1,847 performances. Meanwhile, its director opened a second production in Toronto that same year, which became the longest-running Off-Broadway show in Canada. (more...)

PORTLANDIA's Fred Armisen & More Featured on 'The Lost Recordings of the KGB'
by TV News Desk - Oct 13, 2014

The KGB, a short lived New York punk band, recorded a powerful 5 song EP in 1984. However before those recordings could ever see the light of day, this 3-piece band of teenage juvenile delinquents like so many others would disband. (more...)

Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman Talk NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!, BOMBSHELL & More!
by Caryn Robbins - Nov 3, 2016

Today, BWW participated in a media conference call with HAIRSPRAY composer/co-lyricist Marc Shaiman and co-lyricist Scott Wittman who answered questions and shared the latest developments on NBC's highly anticipated broadcast of HAIRSPRAY LIVE! (more...)

BWW Review: The Legendary TWYLA THARP Capped Her 50th Anniversary Tour with a Six-Day Run in NYC
by Sondra Forsyth - Nov 23, 2015

Twyla Tharp, the award-winning choreographer who has rightfully become a dance legend in her own time, capped her multi-city 50th Anniversary Tour with performances from November 17th to 22nd 2015 at the Koch Theater in Lincoln Center, presented by The Joyce Theater. Yet perhaps precisely because the run has been so eagerly anticipated by those of us who have followed Tharp's evolution during a stellar career that spans half a century, the double bill of premieres she created for the tour was not entirely satisfying. (more...)

BWW Review: THE HISTORY OF KING LEAR - A Glorious Achievement
by Lynn Beaver - Nov 11, 2015

THE HISTORY OF KING LEAR, as revised by Nahum Tate, produced by The Hidden Room is an absolutely brilliant piece of theatre history. (more...)

John Addison and Arvid Larsen to Lead The Heather Brothers' HOLY CRAP at King's Head Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

King's Head Theatre has announced the cast of Holy Crap, headed up by West End performers John Addison and Arvid Larsen. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of the New Musical HOLY CRAP, Coming to King's Head Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2017

Nick Thompson Productions & The Heather Brothers present Holy Crap, a sacrilegious new musical comedy puts a sinful spin on evangelical television, featuring book, music & lyrics by The Heather Brothers. Directed by Benji Sperring, Holy Crap is headed up by West End performers John Addison and Arvid Larsen. The show runs 7th June - 8th July, King's Head Theatre, Islington, with press night set for Tuesday 13th June 2017. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in character below! (more...)

St. Ann's Warehouse Presents 16th Annual LABAPALOOZA! Festival of New Puppet Theater This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

The Puppet Lab, which celebrates its 16th anniversary this year, is St. Ann's Warehouse'sexperimental haven for artists developing interdisciplinary projects for puppet and object theater. Under the direction of Lab Co-Directors Matthew Acheson and Krissy Smith, participating artists and their collaborators have met weekly over several months to develop projects, share puppetry elements and other design and technical ideas, discuss plot structure and character development, and work on narrative. They will present their works-in-progress in the annual Labapalooza! festival, which will run today, May 29 - June 1 at St. Ann's Warehouse (29 Jay Street, Brooklyn). (more...)

BWW Review: Alexis Michelle Is Good, Girl, In IT TAKES A WOMAN at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Troy Frisby - May 25, 2017

From just about the moment Alexis Michelle walked into the workroom, the RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE contestant was clocked as a Broadway queen. While performing at Feinstein's/54 Below in IT TAKES A WOMAN with her rich, husky singing voice, that proved to be a well-earned title. But, as seen on TV, comedy seems to come a bit harder for Michelle. Well, don't blame it entirely on the edit, because that duality took center stage at the May 16 show, her solo debut at the venue. (more...)

St. Ann's Warehouse to Present 16th Annual LABAPALOOZA! Festival of New Puppet Theater, 5/29-6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2014

The Puppet Lab, which celebrates its 16th anniversary this year, is St. Ann's Warehouse'sexperimental haven for artists developing interdisciplinary projects for puppet and object theater. Under the direction of Lab Co-Directors Matthew Acheson and Krissy Smith, participating artists and their collaborators have met weekly over several months to develop projects, share puppetry elements and other design and technical ideas, discuss plot structure and character development, and work on narrative. They will present their works-in-progress in the annual Labapalooza! festival, which will run May 29 - June 1 at St. Ann's Warehouse (29 Jay Street, Brooklyn). (more...)

BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS at Winspear Opera House
by Samuel Weber - May 17, 2017

BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS at Winspear Opera House (more...)

BWW Recaps: IDOL Rocks Out with the Band w/ Full Recaps & Pictures
by Matt Tamanini - Mar 26, 2014

Last Thursday when I heard about this week's theme, 'I'm with the Band,' I have to admit that I just didn't get it. However, now that I've seen how the IDOL Powers-That-Be implemented it on stage, I still really don't get it. The contestants sing with Ricky Minor and his band every week, however, to switch it up, this week the finalists will be singing with Ricky Minor and his band ON STAGE. (more...)

The Heather Brothers' HOLY CRAP to Play King's Head Theatre This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

The Heather Brothers, writers of the hugely popular A Slice of Saturday Night, return with a brand new musical comedy brimming with sin, salvation and Sacrilege. Bringing together the creative team from cult hits Shock Treatment and The Toxic Avenger, the premiere marks Benji Sperring's first production at the King's Head following his appointment as Associate Director and the triumph of Shock Treatment. (more...)

BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Returns With Missionary Zeal
by Perry Tannenbaum - Mar 2, 2016

BOOK OF MORMON, the musical that exorcised Charlotte's Angels in America stigma, returns more energetically than ever (more...)

Broadway at the Oscars - BWW Rounds Up 2014's Theatrical Nominees
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 2, 2014

The Academy Awards will air live on ABC tonight, March 2, 2014, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and featuring a performance by the great Idina Menzel. BroadwayWorld has rounded up this year's Broadway alums, so scroll down to learn more about the stars, and be sure to let us know your picks! (more...)

BWW Reviews: WOMADELAIDE 2016: DAY 3 Had A Surprise Audience Performance
by Barry Lenny - Mar 17, 2016

"There are just too many great things to see here!" complained a punter. What a wonderful problem to have. (more...)

BWW Reviews: WOMADELAIDE 2016: DAY 1 Was A Sensational Start To The Four Day Festival
by Barry Lenny - Mar 15, 2016

As opening nights go this was a big one and if this level of artistry, diversity and energy is going to be maintained, we are in for quite a weekend. (more...)

New Yiddish Rep Presents Reading of Banned Lesbian Romance, GOD OF VENGEANCE
by Michael Dale - Jun 24, 2016

The play that was censored from Broadway in 1923 was the subject of Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman's drama, INDECENT. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at HOLY CRAP, Opening Tonight at King's Head Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2017

Nick Thompson Productions & The Heather Brothers present Holy Crap, a sacrilegious new musical comedy puts a sinful spin on evangelical television, featuring book, music & lyrics by The Heather Brothers. Directed by Benji Sperring, Holy Crap is headed up by West End performers John Addison and Arvid Larsen. The show runs now through 8th July, King's Head Theatre, Islington, with press night set for tonight 13th June 2017. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Ellen Burstyn, André De Shields & More Will Star in John Doyle-Helmed AS YOU LIKE IT
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2017

Bay Street Theater is pleased to announce the full cast for AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare, directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle. The production will run at Bay Street Theater from August 8 - September 3. The production will star Hannah Cabell (The Father, Men on Boats, Major Barbara) as Rosalind, Academy Award, Emmy Award and Tony Award winner Ellen Burstyn (Same Time, Next Year, The Last Picture Show, The Exorcist) as Jacques, and Andre De Shields (The Full Monty, Ain't Misbehavin', The Wiz) as Touchstone. (more...)

Guest Blog: Adrian Berry Talks Jacksons Lane's Postcards Festival
by Guest Blog: Adrian Berry - Jul 4, 2017

Postcards Festival started at Jacksons Lane in 2010 and has now become a much-anticipated annual festival of circus, cabaret and extraordinary performance in North London. It's 15 nights of thrilling work which constantly confounds expectations and offers so much choice - whether you love anarchic clowning, faux-gospel gigs or logic-defying magic, you'll literally find something for all tastes here. Some of it is subversive and naughty, some family-friendly and charming. But it's all totally original. (more...)

BWW Review: GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY, Old Vic
by Marianka Swain - Jul 27, 2017

Defiantly rejecting the standard jukebox model, Conor McPherson's much-anticipated new work mining the back catalogue of Bob Dylan is labelled 'a play with songs' - or perhaps that should be a play and songs, with two distinct forms of storytelling weaving around one another, reflecting, deepening, revealing, in exquisitely soulful harmony. (more...)

Bay Street Theater to Offer 'Pay What You Can' Performance of Starry AS YOU LIKE IT
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2017

Bay Street Theater has announced a 'Pay What You Can' performance for AS YOU LIKE IT, a comedy by William Shakespeare, directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, with original music by Stephen Schwartz, on Tuesday, August 8 at 7 pm. (more...)

Tilted Windmills Theatricals to Bring POPESICAL to FringeNYC Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2015

Broadway producing company Tilted Windmills Theatricals (Gent's Guide, Dr. Zhivago, Cagney, Silence! the Musical) to present Adam Overett's (My Life is a Musical) Popesical: A papal musical comedy directed by Drew Geraci (Forever Plaid, A Chorus Line, La Cage) at The New York International Fringe Festival, August 20-29 at Theatre 80 (Venue #9) in the East Village. (more...)

BWW Review: Unexpectedly Entertaining BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Spray Like Confetti
by Don Grigware - Jan 6, 2016

As Helen Sinclair (Emma Stratton) holds her hand over playwright David Shayne's (Michael Williams) mouth (picture above), fans of the 1994 film Bullets Over Broadway are bound to chuckle as they remember the famously unforgettable line spoken by the movie's Helen Sinclair Oscar winner Dianne Weist, 'Don't speak!' Weist, Jennifer Tilly as Olive and Chaz Palminteri as Cheech stole the brilliant film, so when I heard a couple of years ago that they were rehashing this for a Broadway musical, my reaction was 'Sacrilege! Why? Don't tamper with perfection!' Well, they didn't listen to me, obviously, as the musical went forward, and for some sketchy reasons, was a flop on Broadway. Let me tell you, as reluctant as I was to see the musical now onstage at the Pantages through January 24, I am glad I did, for it is actually quite good, with mostly sparkling performances, ingenious choreography recreated from Susan Stroman's original, fabulous costumes by William Ivey Long...and it's faithful to the film. No one dared to touch Woody Allen's uncannily sharp plot, dialogue and laugh lines. Yes, it could have an original score, but what is accomplished with the old standards aiding in moving the story forward, kind of like in Mamma Mia, works damn well. It's fun, ear and eye-filling entertainment! (more...)

2014 Perth Festival Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2014

This year is the 62nd annual Festival. In 2013 Festival shows sold more than $5 million worth of tickets, with attendances of over 500,000 from a city of under 2 million people: we sell more tickets per capita than any international arts festival in Australia. (more...)

BWW Recap: Nothing Says THE BACHELOR Like Love Gurus and Sombreros
by Patti Murin - Feb 3, 2015

Hola, mis amigos! Monday night is here again, and after a long week of rehearsal (come see us at City Center this week in the Encores! production of 'Lady, Be Good!' (get tickets here), I'm ready to put my feet up and watch some ladies be crazy. And lucky for me, this episode of THE BACHELOR is SO nuts, it's not allowed in lunch boxes at fancy elementary schools. (more...)

PICNIC's Ellen Burstyn to Join Rita Moreno in NBC's OLD SOUL
by TV News Desk - Feb 27, 2014

NBC's comedy pilot OLD SOUL from Amy Poehler has added another theatre alum to its roster. According to Deadline, Ellen Burstyn will joing Fred Willard, Natasha Lyonne and Rita Moreno in the cast. (more...)

THE MOST MISERABLE CHRISTMAS TREE Holiday Musical Premieres Tonight in Brooklyn!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2016

The Most Miserable Christmas Tree, a new fun-filled family holiday musical, will receive its World Premiere this December at Bay Ridge's Narrows Community Theater, celebrating its 45th Anniversary Season. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 12/7/2015 - LAZARUS, THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER and More!
by Jessica Khan - Dec 7, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: David Bowie's LAZARUS bows off-Broadway, Nathan Lane leads THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER and more! (more...)

Recession Launches Recording Career: 'Nu-Vintage' Vocalist Laura Ainsworth Takes Unusual Road to Acclaim
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2014

DALLAS, Dec. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ As a girl, Dallas-based singer Laura Ainsworth watched starry-eyed as her dad, big band sax/clarinet master Billy Ainsworth, accompanied such lounge/jazz idols as Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett and Mel Torme. She dreamed of following in their footsteps, not realizing she was witnessing the end of an era. She never imagined she would one day help bring it back to life, earning worldwide airplay, acclaim from critics and Grammy-nominated artists, and a concert tour of India and Dubai. Or that it would all start thanks to the 2008 recession. (more...)

THE MOST MISERABLE CHRISTMAS TREE Holiday Musical to Premiere This December in Brooklyn
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

The Most Miserable Christmas Tree, a new fun-filled family holiday musical, will receive its World Premiere this December at Bay Ridge's Narrows Community Theater, celebrating its 45th Anniversary Season. (more...)

Photo Flash: John Doyle Directs AS YOU LIKE IT at Bay Street Theater Starring Ellen Burstyn, Andre De Shields, and More!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2017

Bay Street Theater has announced their take on AS YOU LIKE IT, by William Shakespeare, directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, with original music by Stephen Schwartz, will run from August 8 - September 3. For tickets call the Box Office at 631-725-9500 11 am - show time daily or purchase online at www.baystreet.org. (more...)

Don Scardino Returns to the Stage in DON SCARDINO: NOTHING TO HIDE WITH JOHN MILLER At Feinstein's/54 Below This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2016

Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, will host the premiere of Don Scardino: Nothing to Hide with John Miller on November 12th, 2016. (more...)

BWW Exclusive Interview: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Discuss BOMBSHELL, THE WIZ, Returning to Broadway and More; Plus a Career in Pictures
by Richard Ridge - Aug 27, 2015

Earlier this month, BroadwayWorld.com sat down with the very busy dynamic duo of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to discuss... well, everything. (more...)

Tilted Windmills Theatricals Brings POPESICAL to FringeNYC Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2015

Broadway producing company Tilted Windmills Theatricals (Gent's Guide, Dr. Zhivago, Cagney, Silence! the Musical) to present Adam Overett's (My Life is a Musical) Popesical: A papal musical comedy directed by Drew Geraci (Forever Plaid, A Chorus Line, La Cage) at The New York International Fringe Festival, tonight, August 20, through August 29 at Theatre 80 (Venue #9) in the East Village. (more...)

BWW Review: 'A TENDER THING' Fizzles and Frustrates
by Catherine Kustanczy - Aug 20, 2014

Ben Power's 2009 play A Tender Thing is a creative re-imagining of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, with the two title characters as older figures in a lifelong relationship. Soulpepper Theatre Company's current production (on at the Young Centre through October 1st) features real-life couple Joseph Ziegler and Nancy Palk as the two star-crossed lovers. Though their performances are filled with warmth and knowing, they can't escape an essentially dreary production that pulls away the beauty of Shakespeare's language, even as it revels in some over-theatricalized decisions that mute the genuine emotion sitting at the heart of a less-than-perfect work. (more...)

Photo Flash: John Doyle Directs AS YOU LIKE IT at Bay Street Theater Starring Ellen Burstyn, Andre De Shields, and More!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2017

Bay Street Theater has announced their take on AS YOU LIKE IT, by William Shakespeare, directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, with original music by Stephen Schwartz, will run from August 8 - September 3. For tickets call the Box Office at 631-725-9500 11 am - show time daily or purchase online at www.baystreet.org. (more...)

BWW Reviews: A Different Interpretation of GODSPELL Plays at Totem Pole Playhouse
by Marakay Rogers - Aug 13, 2014

Artistic Director Rowan Joseph presents a new take on GODSPELL - with Jesus sharing bread, wine, and a funky chicken among his disciples. It's fresh, it's different, and it may be just slightly too much. But the cast -- ah, the cast. (more...)

South Camden Theatre Company Presents MY NAME IS ASHER LEV
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2017

South Camden Theatre Company presents My Name Is Asher Lev for 9 performances from May 5 through May 21, 2017. Shows are Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 pm and Sunday matinee's at 2:00 pm. (more...)

BWW Review: BalletMet's ROMEO AND JULIET Captures Emotion through Dance, Music
by Amanda Etchison - Apr 29, 2017

Set on a stage draped with rich burgundy fabrics and bathed in the burnt orange glow of an Italian sunset, BalletMet artistic director Edwaard Liang's 'Romeo and Juliet' closed out the Columbus-based company's 2016-17 season with an inspiring interpretation of William Shakespeare's tragic tale of two star-crossed lovers. (more...)

AMERICAN IDOL Recap: It's Time For America To Pull The Plug (Updated w/ Pictures)
by Matt Tamanini - Apr 24, 2014

On this week's Top-6 edition of AMERICAN IDOL Season XIII, we were “treated” to not one, but two, songs by each competitor. The theme, “A Little Bit Country, a Little Bit Rock 'n' Roll” gave the contestants an opportunity to channel their inner Donnys and Maries. Speaking of the beloved Osmond sibs, nothing about them screams either Country or Rock 'n Roll to me. But I digress; in most cases tonight, the double your pleasure set-up resulted in an extra helping of awesome, but (as is expected from this season) there was one singer whose combined performances resulted in confusion with a side of frustration. (more...)

SOUND OFF Special Edition: Little Shop Of Horrors! 10 Devilish & Demonic Plays & Musicals To Devour
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 22, 2015

While Broadway is heaven for theatergoers around the world, especially when the season reaches its fever pitch as it is right now, it can also be hell in the right hands. And, that's a good thing. As the exceedingly well-received new play HAND TO GOD which opened earlier this month proves, audiences adore a good scare - particularly when it is supported by a rich and dynamic dramatic basis upon which the horror-show can play out, which HAND TO GOD undoubtedly has in spades (and pitchforks). Needless to say, many of the most popular and successful musicals of all time have also dealt with demonic presences - even if in the case of Broadway's two biggest hits, they are misunderstood monsters. Indeed, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA remains the longest-running show in Broadway history, approaching its 20th year on the Great White Way, while Oz-themed witch-centric musical mega-hit WICKED remains one of the hottest tickets in town. With this week's news of Hollywood heartthrob Jake Gyllenhaal starring in an upcoming Encores! special limited-run production of cult hit and famous Off-Broadway mainstay LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - not to mention the big news of a brand new small screen version of the ultimate cult movie musical, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, being revived for a new generation - it seems more than merely appropriate to turn our attention to the scariest, bloodiest and best horror-themed musicals to date. (more...)

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