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Based on the play The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare


United Solo's Artistic Director Omar Sangare Invited as Special Guest to Commemorate American Thespian
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2017

Founder and artistic director of New York's United Solo Festival and professor at Williams College, Omar Sangare was invited as a special guest to honor the 150th anniversary of Ira Aldridge's death. (more...)

Omar Sangare Among Special Guests to Honor 19th-Century Theatrical Icon, Ira Aldridge
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

???????Founder and artistic director of New York's United Solo Festival and professor at Williams College, Omar Sangare was invited as a special guest to honor the 150th anniversary of Ira Aldridge's death. The anniversary event was organized by the Polish city of Lodz, where the 19th-century thespian died during a European tour, and where his grave is located. Aldridge, the first internationally celebrated African American actor, died unexpectedly during rehearsals before opening night. A century and a half later, following an invitation from the Lodz mayor's office, Sangare recited excerpts from "Othello" and Shakespeare's poems as part of the anniversary commemoration. Similar events took place internationally to honor Aldridge and his work. (more...)

EVENING AT THE TALK HOUSE to Open A Red Orchid Theatre's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

A Red Orchid Theatre opens its 2017-2018 Season with Wallace Shawn's Evening at the Talk House, directed by Ensemble Member Shade Murray. (more...)

Henry Christensen III Retires as Chairman of TFANA's Board
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2017

Theatre for a New Audience has announced the retirement of Henry Christensen III as Chairman of the Theatre's Board, a position he has held since 2012, due to health reasons. Theodore C. Rogers and Robert Buckholz will succeed Mr. Christensen as TFANA's Chairman and Vice Chairman, respectively. Mr. Christensen will continue as a member of the Board of Directors. (more...)

Hal Holbrook Retires Mark Twain Character After 63 Years
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2017

Fifty years ago, a young actor took the stage in a tiny Off-Broadway theater and introduced the world to a man they would never forget. The actor was Hal Holbrook and the man was Mark Twain. According to Star News, the stage and screen star has finally retired the character after sixty-three years. (more...)

Site Specific Medical Courtroom Drama CHASING JACK Plays at Fordham University
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2017

Chasing Jack is the new riveting drama from author John S. Anastasi, previously represented Off-Broadway with Would You Still Love Me If starring Kathleen Turner. Audience members can sit in the General Courtroom Gallery for $20 or be closer in the Jury Box for $25 and be part of the action! (more...)

Franklin Stage Company Announces Leadership Transition and 2017 Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

The Franklin Stage Company, Delaware County's renowned classical summer theater, announces the departure of longtime Executive Artistic Director, Carmela Marner.  Ms. Marner, whose parents, Gene and Carole Marner, were among the original founders of FSC in 1997, notified supporters of her decision in a recent letter: 'It has been my great honor to steer FSC and fulfill its dual mission to provide innovative professional theater and to restore and maintain our extraordinary home, Chapel Hall.' (more...)

Exclamation Point! SOMETHING ROTTEN! Goes on Sale This Friday in Chicago!
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

Broadway In Chicago has announced that individual tickets for the completely original new musical Something Rotten! will go on sale to the general public Friday, May 12. (more...)

Jim Brochu's ZERO HOUR to Return Off-Broadway This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

ZERO HOUR, Jim Brochu's acclaimed play about the life of theatre legend Zero Mostel, will return to its original home, the Theatre at Saint Clement's (423 West 46th Street, between Ninth & Tenth Avenues) for a limited engagement beginning June 2nd and continuing through July 9th only!  Opening Night is set for Wednesday June 14th (7pm).  The performance runs 90 minutes with no intermission. (more...)

Theatre for a New Audience Celebrates Capital Campaign Completion
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2017

Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA) has announced that it has successfully completed its capital campaign to stabilize the institution's finances and open a permanent home, surpassing the campaign's $69.1 million goal. (more...)

BWW Interview: Janique Charles On Joining THE LION KING
by Marianka Swain - May 25, 2017

Actress Janique Charles was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. She moved to the UK to join the touring cast of The Lion King in 2013, and is now playing Nala in the West End production. (more...)

BWW Review: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at STNJ is an Enthralling Season Opener
by Marina Kennedy - May 22, 2017

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (STNJ) opens its 2017 season with a stunning production of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, a show that has not been performed by the company in 17 years. Directed by Robert Cuccioli, the excellent staging and stellar cast makes this 16th century dark comedy enthralling. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look at Shakespeare Theatre of NJ's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2017

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey kicks off its 55th season with The Merchant of Venice, not seen at The Shakespeare Theatre since 2000. The company released a preview video via Facebook, check it out below (more...)

Drilling Company's THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR to Arrive at Bryant Park This Month
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

The Merry Wives of Windsor, Shakespeare's only comedy set in or around London, is now modernized in the setting of an Upper West Side cooperative by Drilling Company Shakespeare. Performances will run in Bryant Park, Fridays and Saturdays from May 19 to June 3. (more...)

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Kicks Off Theatricum Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice opens the summer season at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum on June 3. (more...)

Simon Godwin's MEASURE FOR MEASURE Finds Full Company at TFANA
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

Theatre for a New Audience has announced casting for British director Simon Godwin's new staging of Measure for Measure, William Shakespeare's dark comedy about justice, faith, power, sex, and family. (more...)

New England Premiere Opens Gloucester Stage 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

Gloucester Stage Company kicks off its 38th season of professional theater on Cape Ann with the New England Premiere of John Kolvenbach's Bank Job from May 19 through June 10 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. For two brothers, Russell and Tracey, new to the armed robbery industry, what seems like easy money turns out to be a lot more difficult than it looks in the movies in John Kolvenbach's hilarious Bank Job. When heist plans A and B (and C through F) fail, the brothers find themselves locked in the executive bathroom with no way out and no choice but to depend on a brave bank teller, a guileless cop, and the man in the shadows who put them up to the whole thing. A fun comedy, Bank Job is about the holes we dig ourselves into-and the unexpected comrades we trust to dig us out. Directed by GSC Artistic Director Robert Walsh and featuring GSC veterans Johnny Lee Davenport, Nael Nacer, Richard McElvain and Paul Melendy and GSC newcomer Shuyi Jia.. (more...)

CRY HAVOC!, THE PRICE and More Set for Franklin Stage Company's 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

Franklin Stage Company has announced its 21st Season in the historic Chapel Hall. Audiences are in for a summer of exciting, professional, admission-free theater! (more...)

Mosaic Announces Full 2017 VOICES FROM A CHANGING MIDDLE EAST Festival Lineup
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

Mosaic Theater Company of DC presents the culmination of its expansive and hugely successful second season with the 2017 Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival. This year's festival is of particular resonance in this 50th year since the Six Day War and the start of The Occupation, and focuses on two taut dramas about the lives, circumstances, and humanity of Palestinians in Israel and Gaza. (more...)

TFANA Presents Simon Godwin's New Staging of MEASURE FOR MEASURE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2017

Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA; Jeffrey Horowitz, Founding Artistic Director) is pleased to announce casting for British director Simon Godwin's new staging of Measure for Measure, William Shakespeare's dark comedy about justice, faith, power, sex, and family. The production, which marks Godwin's first time directing Shakespeare for an American company, runs June 17 - July 16 at Polonsky Shakespeare Center (262 Ashland Place) in the Brooklyn Cultural District. (more...)

Off-Broadway's ZERO HOUR Adds Sunday Talk Backs
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2017

ZERO HOUR, Jim Brochu's acclaimed play about the life of theatre legend Zero Mostel, has returned to its original home, the Theatre at Saint Clement's (423 West 46th Street, between Ninth & Tenth Avenues) for a limited engagement through July 9th only. (more...)

Photo Flash: Theatricum Opens Summer Season with MERCHANT OF VENICE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2017

William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice opens the summer season at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum on June 3. (more...)

BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! Wows Nashville Audiences During Show's TPAC Run
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 29, 2017

Nashville audiences have long been noted for their generosity in rewarding performances with a standing ovation - to the point that they have become rather commonplace - but never before have we witnessed a 'standing O' at the end of a particularly raucous, thoroughly inspiring and resolutely entertaining musical number. That is, we had never seen it happen until opening night at the conclusion of the rousing and rollicking 'A Musical' that comes midway through Act One of Something Rotten!, the uproarious Broadway hit that made its Music City debut at Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Andrew Jackson Hall on Tuesday evening. (more...)

Brass Tacks Ensemble presents Limited Engagement of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2017

The Brass Tacks Ensemble (Artistic Director James Ingagiola and Executive Director Isaac Ellis) is excited to present the second Shakespeare production of their 2017 season, a limited engagement of The Merchant of Venice, running August 3 - 5 at the Kerrytown Concert House. (more...)

The Globe's RICHARD II, Royal Opera's OTELLO and More Set for July and August at Fugard Bioscope
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2017

An exciting winter lineup is on the bill at the Fugard Bioscope this July and August. The programme includes screenings of the best of world theatre, opera and ballet productions from companies such as the National Theatre, Royal Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet and Royal Opera House, to be enjoyed from the comfort of a Fugard Theatre seat. (more...)

Wayne Kirkpatrick on Bringing SOMETHING ROTTEN! To His Hometown
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 22, 2017

Try as you might, chances are you won't be very lucky in convincing Wayne Kirkpatrick to give you the scoop about his next Broadway musical - that information is kept under the strictest of confidence, thanks to his pledge to producer Kevin McCollum and his musical collaborator who just happens to be his brother, Karey. (more...)

Playwright Steven Berkoff Adapts SHAKESPEARE'S VILLAINS to the Big Screen
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

British actor and playwright Steven Berkoff, (A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, BEVERLY HILLS COP) has launched a crowd-funding campaign on LiveTree.com for the theatrical release of his new film, SHAKESPEARE'S HEROES & VILLAINS. The move marks Berkoff's plan to focus his career on the big screen. (more...)

Photo Flash: Jim Brochu, Tony Sheldon, Donna McKechnie, Charles Busch and More Celebrate ZERO HOUR Opening Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

ZERO HOUR, Jim Brochu's acclaimed play about the life of theatre legend Zero Mostel, returns to its original home, opened last night, Wednesday June 14th, at the Theatre at Saint Clement's (423 West 46th Street, between Ninth & Tenth Avenues) for a limited engagement through July 9th only. The performance was followed by a gala celebration at Sardi's with guests including Sondra Lee, Tony Sheldon, Charles Busch, Howard McGillin, Donna McKechnie, Lee Roy Reams, Billy Stritch, Jim Caruso, David Staller, Lynn Sher (ABC News), Jeanne Lehman, Kurt Peterson, Blake Zolfo, and more. BroadwayWorld has photos from the festivities below! (more...)

Simon Godwin's MEASURE FOR MEASURE Begins This Weekend at TFANA
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

Theatre for a New Audience presents Simon Godwin's (Associate Director, London's National Theatre) Measure for Measure, William Shakespeare's dark comedy about justice, faith, power, sex and family. Measure for Measure is the first time Godwin is directing Shakespeare with an American company. The production runs this weekend, June 17, through July 16 at Polonsky Shakespeare Center (262 Ashland Place) in the Brooklyn Cultural District. (more...)

Bell Shakespeare Returns to the Arts Centre Melbourne with THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2017

In her first production with Bell Shakespeare, acclaimed theatre director Anne Louise Sarks will present a new, contemporary production of the Shakespeare classic, The Merchant Of Venice. Starring Australian award-winning actors Mitchell Butel and Jessica Tovey, The Merchant Of Venice opens at the Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio, from 19 July - 30 July 2017, followed by a national tour around Australia. (more...)

SOMETHING ROTTEN! to Arrive at The Smith Center This August
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2017

The completely original new musical SOMETHING ROTTEN!, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (THE BOOK OF MORMON, ALADDIN), with music and lyrics by GRAMMY Award winner and Tony Award nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award and Tony Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Tony Award nominees Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O'Farrell, opens at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts Aug. 8 - 13, 2017. (more...)

RUSSIAN CABARET NIGHT, Featuring David Serero, Coming to ONEGIN Restaurant
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

Located in the heart of the Village, the ONEGIN restaurant is a Russian venue. Highly praised by the New York Times, this iconic Russian restaurant is delighted to announce to host the RUSSIAN CABARET NIGHT featuring the baritone and entertainer David Serero. (more...)

Simon Godwin's MEASURE FOR MEASURE Enters Final Week at TFANA
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

Simon Godwin's (Associate Director, London's National Theatre) acclaimed staging of Measure for Measure, William Shakespeare's dark comedy about justice, faith, power, sex and family, will close as scheduled next week, on July 16. Just 15 New York performances remain of the production. (more...)

David Serero Performs At Onegin Restaurant This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 4, 2017

The RUSSIAN CABARET NIGHT featuring baritone and entertainer DAVID SERERO plays this summer at ONEGIN Restaurant (more...)

BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN at Starlight Theatre
by Alan Portner - Jul 26, 2017

Dust off your willing suspension of disbelief. Starlight Theatre transforms into Elizabethan London in the year 1595. The play is 'Something Rotten.' William Shakespeare has not authored his 38 famous plays and 150 sonnets. By masquerading as patron to the struggling Bottom Brothers from Cornwall, the Bard has purloined their ideas and most of their dialog lock, stock, and couplet. (more...)

American Sephardi Music Festival Comes to the Center for Jewish History
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2017

Dynamic and diverse performances by world-class artists will be heard at the first American Sephardi Music Festival. (more...)

Franklin Stage Company Presents ORSON WELLES/SHYLOCK
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2017

Franklin Stage Company is pleased to present the highly acclaimed Orson Welles/Shylock, written and directed by Matt Chiorini, July 27 - 30 and  August 3 - 6. (more...)

BWW Review: Bell Shakespeare's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
by Victoria Beal - Jul 20, 2017

BWW Review: Bell Shakespeare's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE (more...)

SOMETHING ROTTEN Rolls Into Starlight 7/25-30
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2017

The completely original new musical Something Rotten! brings its rib-tickling North American tour to Starlight Theatre for six performances July 25-30. (more...)

Karin Coonrod's MERCHANT OF VENICE to Launch Peak Performances' 2017-18 Season of Works by Women
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017

Peak Performances will kick off its 2017-18 season-which consists entirely of works by women-with a visionary production of The Merchant of Venice from director Karin Coonrod and her Compagnia de' Colombari. (more...)

BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! is a Musical Lover's Delight
by Misha Davenport - Jul 13, 2017

BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! is a Musical Lover's Delight (more...)

SOMETHING ROTTEN! Gets Northwest Premiere at The 5th Avenue Theatre this Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2017

The completely original new musical Something Rotten!, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award and Tony Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Tony Award nominees Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O'Farrell, begins performances at The 5th Avenue Theatre on September 12 (press opening Friday, September 15), and runs through October 1, 2017. Tickets start at $29 and will go on sale Wednesday, July 19. They can be purchased at www.5thavenue.org, by phone at 206-625-1900 or at the Box Office at 1308 5th Avenue in Downtown Seattle. (more...)

Proscenium Live Free Festival of New Work Arrives from Portland Shakes & Proscenium Journal
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2017

Portland Shakespeare Project and Proscenium Journal, in association with Artists Repertory Theatre, present the third annual Proscenium Live Festival of New Work. All performances are free and begin at 7:30pm on Artists Rep's Alder Stage. (more...)

HE BROUGHT HER HEART BACK IN A BOX Premiere and More Set for Theatre For A New Audience's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2017

On the heels of winning its second Ross Wetzsteon Award for Sustained Excellence at the 2017 OBIE Awards, Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA; Jeffrey Horowitz, Founding Artistic Director) have just announced its 2017-18 season. (more...)

Karin Coonrod's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE to Kick Off Peak Performances' 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2017

Peak Performances will kick off its 2017-18 season-which consists entirely of works by women-with a visionary production of The Merchant of Venice from director Karin Coonrod and her Compagnia de' Colombari. (more...)

Berkeley Rep presents World Premiere of IMAGINARY COMFORTS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2017

???????Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced the world premiere of Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit, written by Daniel Handler and directed by Tony Taccone. The new play begins previews on Thursday, October 5 and the show runs through Sunday, November 19. Individual tickets begin at $30 and can be purchased online at berkeleyrep.org or by phone, 510 647-2949. Press night will be on Thursday, October 12. (more...)

Olivier and Tony Winner Ian McDiarmid to Star in Birmingham Repertory Theatre's WHAT SHADOWS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2017

Olivier and Tony Award-winning actor, Ian McDiarmid will play MP Enoch Powell in Chris Hannan's searing play, What Shadows. Directed by Roxana Silbert (Artistic Director, Birmingham Repertory Theatre), What Shadows tells the story of Powell's explosive Rivers of Blood speech, bringing to life the community that inspired it and, 30 years later, its effects on a woman trying to make sense of her life. (more...)

Links in the Chain... Meet the Cast of SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, Opening Tonight!
by Meet the Cast - Apr 25, 2017

John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation, starring seven-time Emmy Award winner Allison Janney ('Mom,' The Girl on the Train), Tony Award winner John Benjamin Hickey (The Normal Heart, 'Manhattan') and Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton, '24: Legacy'), directed by Trip Cullman (Significant Other, Yen), officially opens tonight, April 25, at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street). Below, get to know the cast before they take their opening bows! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - April 23, 2017
by - Apr 23, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on April 23 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

HAPPY DAYS, Starring Dianne Wiest, Starts This Weekend at TFANA
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

A friendly reminder! Theatre for a New Audience presents the Yale Repertory Theatre production of Samuel Beckett's masterpiece Happy Days, beginning this Sunday, April 23. Two-time Academy Award-winner Dianne Wiest (Hannah and Her Sisters, Bullets over Broadway) plays Winnie, widely considered modern drama's pinnacle female role, alongside Jarlath Conroy, who plays Willie, directed by Yale Repertory Theatre Artistic Director James Bundy. (more...)

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