The Cake

Faith, family and frosting collide in this touching and timely new comic drama written by Bekah Brunstetter, writer/producer for NBC's "This Is Us." "A Christian conservative baker, a gay wedding and a smart, funny play." (Los Angeles Times)

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by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2020
Pasadena Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Danny Feldman has announced the on -sale of tickets for the Los Angeles premiere of Ann - written by and starring Holland Taylor and directed by Benjamin Endsley Klein from May 27 to June 28, 2020, and a new production of Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun with book by Herbert and Dorothy Fields, directed by Sarna Lapine, from July 28-August 23, 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2020
From Mae West to Eugene O'Neill, the Provincetown Theater is proud to announce five very distinguished and distinctive American voices as the headlining playwrights of our 2020 season in Provincetown, MA -- the birthplace of American Theater. The five major productions on our calendar  -- including a World Premiere, a New England premiere, two Cape Cod premieres, and the return of an American classic -- will be staged at our playhouse at 238 Bradford Street in Provincetown, MA 02657. a?oeEarly Birda?? Season Subscriptions go on sale January 7 at www.provincetowntheater.org. 
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2020
Raven Theatre will continue its 2019-20 season with a revival of Henrik Ibsen's masterpiece A DOLL'S HOUSE, in a vibrant and progressive new adaptation making its Chicago premiere. Directed by Lauren Shouse, the new work features translation by Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey and adaptation by Hanes Harvey and Kirsten Brandt. A DOLL'S HOUSE will play February 6 - March 22, 2020 on Raven's 85-seat East Stage, 6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville) in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at raventheatre.com or by calling (773) 338-2177. The press opening is Monday, February 10, 2020 at 7:30 pm.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2020
Take a look at some of the BTS and promo pictures for THE CAKE at Farmers Alley Theatre!  Photographer Kat Mumma shot the pictures on location at Sarkozy Bakery!  Written by Bekah Brunstetter, Head Writer OF NBC's Hit TV show 'THIS IS US'.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2020
Windy City Playhouse (3014 W. Irving Park Rd.) is thrilled to present Mart Crowley's groundbreaking play, “The Boys in the Band,” directed by Playhouse Associate Artistic Director Carl Menninger.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2020
Jonathan Rockefeller's NY Times's Critic's  Pick Paddington Gets in a Jam, now playing at Union Square's DR2,  will host award-winning illustrator R.W. Alley on Sunday, February at 2 pm for a FREE * post-show event that will feature a talk-back, a Paddington illustration demonstration and book signing with Mr. Alley.  
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2020
Chicago Shakespeare Theater has announced today that it will stage the World Premiere musical The Notebook, based on the classic best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks that inspired the hugely popular film. The musical adaptation features music and lyrics by multi-Platinum singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson with book by playwright Bekah Brunstetter-best known as a writer and producer on NBC's hit series This Is Us.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2020
Palm Beach Dramaworks, the West Palm Beach theater which won the most Carbonell Awards of any theater in 2018, is now the most-nominated theater for 2019.
by Andrew Child - Jan 27, 2020
What do young artists (many with intersecting, marginalized identities) think about where Boston theatre will go in the 2020s? a?oeNo one's gonna want to work with me after reading this,a?? Geena Forristall laughed when asked. Although a light-hearted comment, it is backed up with an all too unfortunate truth. As a non-binary theatre artist who uses they/ them pronouns, Forristall admits to being limited in where they can work in Boston. a?oeMaybe it's just me being picky, but I just won't work for theatres whose leadership refuses to respect my identity.a??
by TV News Desk - Jan 27, 2020
Acclaimed guitar virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela won the GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards ceremony yesterday. The award was given for Rodrigo y Gabriela's latest album METTALVOLUTION, (ATO) their fifth studio album and first in five years. It was the duo's first-ever Grammy win.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2020
Acclaimed guitar virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela won the GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards ceremony yesterday. The award was given for Rodrigo y Gabriela's latest album METTALVOLUTION, (ATO) their fifth studio album and first in five years. It was the duo's first-ever Grammy win. Rodrigo y Gabriela have been traveling the world in support of METTAVOLUTION, and are announcing new tour dates with a performance at the Majestic Theatre (224 E. Houston St.) in San Antonio, TX on Wednesday, March 11 at 8:00 PM. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 31, at 11:00 AM.
by Andrew Child - Jan 27, 2020
Queer couples in the greater Boston area: if you are looking for a mushy, warm, romantic gay love story with a backbone and plenty of heartbreak that will make you want to cuddle up with your partner between now and Valentine's Day weekend, you couldn't do much better than Actors' Shakespeare Project's Bright Half Life, playing at the Plaza Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts. (If you don't already have plans for the 14th, I recommend purchasing tickets to the 8 o'clock performance that evening, which should leave you enough time to get dinner at Buttermilk & Bourbon beforehand. The 65 minute run time leaves ample time for an ice cream at Picco afterward, while still allowing time to catch the T before it shuts down for the night.) When I saw the show, I did not have a significant other with whom I could cuddle (so if the aforementioned evening sounds like your idea of a good time, I'd be delighted to splurge and Dutch treat), but the audience was filled with visibly queer, femme-presenting couples holding each others' hands, snapping their fingers in agreement, and letting out an occasional 'awww' in moments of tenderness.
by Fiona Scott - Jan 24, 2020
Sierra Boggess is known for originating the roles of Ariel in The Little Mermaid on Broadway and Christine in Love Never Dies in the West End, as well as multiple stints playing her in The Phantom of the Opera. Most recently she portrayed Cinderella in the Hollywood Bowl's production of Into the Woods, and also in new musical Ever After. She spoke to BroadwayWorld UK about her upcoming solo concerts at Cadogan Hall on Sunday 2
by Gil Kaan - Jan 23, 2020
The Los Angeles Premiere of prolific playwright Del Shore's latest THIS SIDE OF CRAZY begins January 30, 2020 at the Zephyr Theatre. Del's latest in his entertaining and relatable dysfunctional family tales centers on renown Gospel singer Ditty Blaylock as she's about to be honored by the Gospel Music Network. Unbeknownst to her adoring public, the promised reunion of her three singing daughters, estranged for twenty-five-plus years, may be the death of Ditty yet. I had the chance to ask a few questions of Del Shores regular Dale Dickey, who plays Abigail Blaylock, the crazy, angry daughter.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2020
MTC will soon present the world premiere of The Perplexed, written by Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out, The Assembled Parties) and directed by MTC's award-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow (The Cake, The Assembled Parties, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife). The play will begin previews Tuesday, February 11 prior to a Tuesday, March 3 opening night at MTC at New York City Center - Stage I (131 West 55th Street).
by Andrew Child - Jan 22, 2020
One of the inescapable pillars of the human condition is the universal narcissism with which we consume media. Entirely incapable of existing within a vacuum with the narratives presented to us, we search films, theatre, books, songs, and television for those personal implications we are certain the authors have buried for us in their work. The mention of the word 'father', for instance, can send every individual's mind spiraling through memories and individual associations. Same with 'home', 'memory', 'childhood', and 'love'. This narcissism reveals itself in unfortunately dangerous ways when we look at how our culture, race, economic status, sexuality, and gender intercede in our consumptions of media. White people (of which I am one, I choose to address the crowd rather than say 'we' because I know I do not write for an exclusively white audience) can bring whiteness into a space, both physically and metaphysically, in ways that it is not asked for. Too often, I interact with white people telling me how much I can learn from reading such and such a book or seeing such and such a play. This is all well and gooda?"- we all need to expand our horizons beyond the perspectives of those exactly like usa?"- until we start to unpack the fact that not all art made by non-white people is made to be educational for white audiences. Reducing Black art, or any art by non-white artists, to be judged through a measure of how well it educates white people is ignorant. White people need to start to be okay with Black theatre that does not seek to educate us or, for that matter, cater to us or even represent us in any way.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2020
This February, Farmers Alley Theatre will present the West Michigan premiere of a delicious slice of American life, The Cake. Written by Bekah Brunstetter (writer and supervising producer of NBC's hit drama a?oeThis is Usa??), this ripped from the headlines story has been called a?oerefreshing and hearteninga?? by the Los Angeles Times. Directed by D. Terry Williams and starring Zoe Vonder Haar, The Cake runs February 7-23 at Farmers Alley Theatre, right in the heart of downtown Kalamazoo.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2020
Its announced today that Lucie Jones Live at the Adelphi on Sunday 16th February 2020 will be recorded and released as a live album, available in Spring 2020, with specific release details to follow.
by Nancy Grossman - Jan 20, 2020
In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court handed a narrow victory to a Christian baker from Colorado who refused for religious reasons to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Hailing from a conservative North Carolina background, playwright Bekah Brunstetter is personally familiar with people like Della, the protagonist of THE CAKE, and ideally positioned to protect her and defend her humanity, while also setting her on a path to self-reflection and change. Although the story may be ripped from the headlines, Brunstetter tells it from the perspectives of a quartet of ordinary, yet multi-faceted characters, each of whom comes with a strong set of beliefs.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2020
Following a record number of nominations and votes, winners have been announced for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Raleigh Awards, brought to you by TodayTix!! The nominees were set, audiences voted, and now we get to recognize local theatres and performers for their outstanding achievement!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2020
Richmond Triangle Players begins its second decade in its Scott's Addition venue with Bekah Brunstetter's new comedy The Cake, opening Friday February 14, 2020, at 8 pm, following two low-priced previews on Wednesday and Thursday, February 12 & 13, at 8 pm. The production, sponsored by Carreras Jewelers, will run through March 7.
by Richard Sasanow - Jan 13, 2020
I admit this is an absolutely personal, totally one-sided view of what gave one man opera thrills last year and what I will look back on with delight. Some are old works, some are new, some are individual performers, some are ensembles, some are complete productions, some are merely the highlight of an evening, most are domestic, a few are foreign. In any case, as the new decade begins, I recall that these are the vocal highlights that made my heart beat a little faster and made me look forward to the year ahead.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2020
Bookworks and the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation are pleased to announce their next Word with Writers literary fundraiser, featuring novelist Louise Erdrich, on March 12th at the KiMo Theater.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2020
Theatrical Outfit continues its groundbreaking 2019 - 2020 Season with the ATLANTA PREMIERE of Slow Food by Wendy MacLeod - a new comedy with bite. Slow Food runs January 22 - February 16, 2020 only at The Balzer Theater at Herren's in the heart of Downtown Atlanta.
by Michael Dale - Jan 1, 2020
To this very frequent theatre-goer, the most exciting and gratifying development on New York stages since 2010 has been the growing number of productions that, before hitting it big on Broadway, graced the stages of the city's non-profit Off-Broadway companies.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2020
Dynamic and unique Australian arts production company Performing Lines are thrilled to announce their vibrant 2020 program, which sees them working with over 200 artists across 30 productions and 3 development programs. After almost four decades, Performing Lines continue their vital work supporting independent artists and arts companies to realise their potential, to make thought-provoking and inspirational live projects happen in Australia and around the world.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2020
Saturday mornings are for mimosas and brunch, and Creative Loafing and Tampa Bay area restaurants have an absolutely irresistible brunch invitation: a unique opportunity to sample unlimited brunch bites by local restaurants while sipping on bottomless mimosas, enjoying spectacular downtown Tampa riverfront views, voting on your favorite bloody marys, and much, much more on Saturday, February 22nd, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Tampa River Center at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park (402 W. Laurel St. in Tampa).
by Aaron Wallace - Feb 6, 2020
Why? Every time I answer that, I start to feel like the Genie in a?oePrince Alia?? when he's counting all those elephants, peacocks, and camels. There are a lot of problems here. Maybe not fifty-three or seventy-five or however many Persian monkeys he has, but I can definitely point to at least five things that keep this stage version one jump behind its cinematic counterpart.
by AniKatrina Fageol - Feb 6, 2020
In a world where nothing goes right, it's hard work to make sure everything goes wrong.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2020
The Lyric Stage Company of Boston announced today that Courtney O'Connor has been named as the third Artistic Director of the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. Matt Chapuran continues on as Executive Director, a position he attained in August, 2019.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2020
Jonathan Rockefeller's NY Times's Critic's Pick Paddington Gets in a Jam, now playing at Union Square's DR2, hosted award-winning illustrator R.W. Alley on Sunday, February at 2 pm for a FREE post-show event that featured a talk-back, a Paddington illustration demonstration and book signing with Mr. Alley.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2020
Raleigh Little Theatre's 2020-21 Season of Great Heights was announced on February 3, 2020, at Raleigh Brewing Company in front of an audience of RLT board members, staff, volunteers, and community members. The season celebrates marginalized voices and features an entire lineup of debuts for the theatre, including an area premiere. 
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2020
KCAT has announced its 16th Season of productions, showcasing the leading professional theater talent in Kansas City.
by Joe Lombardi - Feb 21, 2020
Raquel has a rough life.  In Birthday in the Bronx, her character name is Rocky.  She's a bruiser of a field hockey player having collected broken bones and bloody scars.  Two noxious sportscasters comment about the atrocious playing conditions.  'I understand funding is tight' but the field is all muddy.  Earlier in the day, girls from a 'better school' looked like goddesses.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2020
Jonathan Rockefeller's PADDINGTON GETS IN A JAM Will Celebrate its 100th Performance on Sunday, February 23, 2020 (2 PM) at Union Square's DR2 Theatre. Paddington Gets in a Jam began its limited Off-Broadway run on December 13, 2019.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2020
Jonathan Rockefeller's NY Times Critic's Pick Paddington Gets in a Jam will head to Toronto's Lower Ossington Theatre, ahead of its Canadian tour following its critically acclaimed run at New York's DR2 Theatre on March 8, 2020.  Paddington Gets in a Jam will also be launching its National Tour beginning this September (dates and venues TBA) for more information, visit, PaddingtonGetsInAJam.com.
by E.H. Reiter - Feb 18, 2020
MATILDA playing at Coronado Playhouse through February 23rd is bound to make everyone feel good about being a a 'little bit naughty'
by Tara Olivero - Feb 17, 2020
Matilda opened with a bang at the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre this weekend, with plenty of chances left to see this whimsical musical. Christopher J. Murphy directs the production in collaboration with the Fort Wayne Youtheatre (with music direction by Eunice Wadewitz and choreography by the Fort Wayne Dance Collective's Mandie Kolkman).
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Feb 15, 2020
a?oeRumorsa?? offers palpable, infectious energy of its ensemble cast. Never a dull moment, the fast-paced, witty dialogue paired with the constant movement of the cast is executed flawlessly. The speed and flow of the conversations didn't give us, the audience, even a moment to recover before another insane zinger flew. You don't have time to laugh at one before they spout out a dozen more.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2020
Following a record-breaking 2019-2020 pantomime season, Jordan Productions are delighted to announce a new partnership with the Palace Theatre Newark. This year, the award-winning production company will be bringing festive cheer to Newark with their enchanting production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs a?" celebrating the venue's 100th birthday.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2020
Michele Brourman, has been honored with the prestigious Bistro Awards for her work in the areas of Singer-Songwriter-Musical Director. 
by David Green - Feb 10, 2020
Michael Childers' presents One Night Only benefitting the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center. a?oeThe Way We Were: Songs of the '70'sa?? features the best of Broadway and pop music from that era, for one performance only on April 22 at 6:30 pm, at The McCallum Theatre. With Direction & Choreography by Scott Coulter and Music Direction by Todd Schroeder, the cast features the best of Broadway and Hollywood performers. I had the chance to catch up with director, Scott Coulter, as he was preparing the production for rehearsal. Here are a few excerpts from that conversation:
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2019
Buffalo Theatre Ensemble presents 'The Cake' by Bekah Brunstetter, directed by Steve Scott, Jan.30-March 1 in the Playhouse Theatre at the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd. The LA Times calls the play 'funny and smart' and observes, 'The Cake' explores human conflict from an insightful, slightly offbeat perch with understanding, respect and compassion for opposing points of view.' There will be a preview performance 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan 30; press opening is 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31. Performances run through March 1.
by BWW - Dec 23, 2019
There's just one final week to submit votes for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Raleigh Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! Vote today to make sure your favorite local theatre's achievements and performers are recognized!
by BWW - Dec 23, 2019
There's just one final week to submit votes for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Atlanta Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! Vote today to make sure your favorite local theatre's achievements and performers are recognized!
by BWW - Dec 23, 2019
There's just one final week to submit votes for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Boise Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! Vote today to make sure your favorite local theatre's achievements and performers are recognized!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2019
Jonathan Rockefeller's Paddington Gets in a Jam will open its limited run on Sunday, December 22, 2019, as the star of page and screen, Paddington, will take to the stage in this new fun-filled comedy. This production is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Rockefeller's critically acclaimed The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show and will begin a strictly limited 12-week run from through March 8, 2020 at Union Square's DR2 Theatre (103 E 15th Street). Tickets are on sale and available by visiting PaddingtonGetsInAJam.com.
by BWW Staff - Dec 19, 2019
We're heading into the final week of voting for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Atlanta Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! Vote today to make sure your favorite local theatre's achievements and performers are recognized!
by BWW Staff - Dec 19, 2019
We're heading into the final week of voting for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Boise Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! Vote today to make sure your favorite local theatre's achievements and performers are recognized!
by BWW Staff - Dec 19, 2019
We're heading into the final week of voting for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Raleigh Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! Vote today to make sure your favorite local theatre's achievements and performers are recognized!