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by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2019
a??As Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) begins to celebrate its 50th anniversary, a??Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Schoola?? a??(PBT School) has entered into a partnership with the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) and the R.E.A.A.D.Y. Foundation (Redefining Education Achieving Associate Degrees for Youth) to offer PBT School Pre-professional students the opportunity to earn their Associate of Arts Degree in tandem with their high school diploma. 
by Nicole Rosky - Sep 30, 2019
The earth is still moving at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, but only until October 27, 2019. As BroadwayWorld previously reported, the musical, based on life of recording superstar Carole King, will conclude its record-breaking Broadway run in just over a month.
by Anthony Walker-Cook - Sep 30, 2019
After winning a Stage Debut Award in 2017 for The Country Girls and starring alongside Jennifer Saunders in Lady Windermere's Fan, Grace Molony can now be seen in the London transfer of Laura Wade's The Watsons, which opens tonight at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Directed by Samuel West, The Watsons tackls Jane Austen's unfinished final novel. BroadwayWorld spoke with Grace about Austen's legacy, returning to the show, and the play's unexpected relevance today.
by TV Scoop - Sep 30, 2019
Get all the scoop on Coming Up on a New Episode of SURVIVOR, airing on CBS on Wednesday, October 2, 2019!
by Kelly Rogers Flynt - Sep 29, 2019
SUNSET BABY at Arts West presents a slice of life with all its complexities, troubles, and truths. Troubled pasts, hard choices, and conflicting emotions rule the day in this show. No one has it easy, and no one escapes unscarred. Everyone has baggage, but must own their choices. They must all decide if they can find the courage to do better, to be better, or let their past rule their future.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2019
Luna Stage has announced the cast for the upcoming world premiere of Jenny Lyn Bader's Mrs. Stern Wanders the Prussian State Library. The suspenseful drama set in 1933 Berlin will feature Guiliana Carr, Brett Temple, and Karl Kenzler. 
by Victoria Beal - Sep 27, 2019
The Beautiful Game presented by Manilla Street Productions showcases a brilliant cast whose stellar performances are a true highlight of the evening.
by Roy Berko - Sep 27, 2019
On October 12 at 8PM in the Ohio Theatre and October 13 at 3 PM at Fairmount Temple, The Musical Theater Project (TMTP) will present 'BLUE SKIES-IRVING BERLIN AND THE AMERICAN DREAM' with Bill Rudman, Paul Ferguson, Trev Offult and Michael Shirtz, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and Joe Hunter Trio. It is a tribute to Irving Berlin.
by Don Grigware - Sep 26, 2019
Director Carla Cackowski is delighted to be making her Actors Co-op debut with this wonderfully ridiculous play. Recent credits include directing shows at The Second City (LA), Curious Comedy Theater (Portland, OR), and Stephnie Weir's one woman show, Vanona Ray at the Comedy Central Stage. She regularly tours around the world performing comedic improv with her two person show Orange Tuxedo. Recent tours include the Copenhagen International Improv Festival, the Vancouver International Improv Fest, and the Warsaw Improv Festival. Carla proudly serves on the Board of Directors at Kickstand Comedy, a non-profit theater that seeks to serve the needs of the community, providing programming and educational outreach that helps people laugh, connect, and thrive together. www.carlacackowski.com. She is about to open The Mystery of Irma Vep - A Penny Dreadful at Actors Co-op on October 4.
by Steve Murray - Sep 25, 2019
BWW Review: FREE FOR ALL - A NEW 'MISS JULIE' FOR A NEW WORLD at Cutting Ball Theater is a sensational modern spin on Strinberg's 'Miss Julie' .
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2019
Found Stages is changing the theatrical landscape of Atlanta. Inspired by such groundbreaking productions as NYC's Sleep No More, Found Stages' Frankenstein's Funeral offers Atlanta audiences a one-of-a-kind immersive, site-specific experience without the cost of a flight or hotel.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2019
A bold new drama about pioneering 20th-century artist and illustrator J.C. Leyendecker and his lover-muse, America's first male sex symbol, will have its Southern premiere at the famed Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2019
Francesca Campagna has been named General Director of the Center for Contemporary Opera, effective immediately.  As a globally renowned artistic manager and consultant to cultural institutions, she has built a formidable reputation for her deep knowledge of opera, and her ability to extend the reach of preeminent artists and institutions to new audiences.  It is this rare combination that made her the CCO Board's choice.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2019
First Stage begins its 2019/20 main stage season with ON THE WINGS OF A MARIPOSA, a lyrical, bilingual play written by Playwright-in-Residence Alvaro Saar Rios and directed by Karen Estrada.
by Gil Kaan - Sep 24, 2019
Next up at Pasadena Playhouse, the sci-fi musical comedy LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, already in previews, will open September 25, 2019. Promising new twists and surprises, this cult hit written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken over thirty-five years ago, will be directed by Mike Donahue. I had a chance to throw out a few questions to Olivier Award-winner Amber Riley who's playing Audrey II.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2019
Park International Center for Music (Park ICM) announced today that their 2019-2020 performance season at midtown's intimate 1900 Building (1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Mission Woods, KS 66025) would kick off with a very unusual opportunity Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
by Rakaputra Paputungan - Sep 23, 2019
Stephen Sondheim's musical INTO THE WOODS JR. came to USMAR ISMAIL HALL, Jakarta, on August 25th, 2019. This production by RELASI NADA DUNIA (RND) featured child and teen musical actors from the greater Jakarta area in a fun fairy tale mishmash that rivals productions with adult performers.
by Jude Buot - Sep 21, 2019
Passion keeps us thoroughly invested as the show's characters profess their passion and obsession towards love and being loved in return.
by TV Scoop - Sep 20, 2019
Get all the scoop on Coming Up on the Season Premiere of THE CBS DREAM TEAM… IT'S EPIC!, airing on CBS on Saturday, September 28, 2019!
by Dara Homer - Sep 20, 2019
There is a real bar in France called the Lapin Agile. There was a real physicist named Albert Einstein, and a real artist named Pablo Picasso. But their serendipitous meeting over drinks at said bar is entirely imaginary - straight from the mind of comedic visionary Steve Martin, to be exact. His play depicting this encounter, entitled Picasso at the Lapin Agile, is currently playing at the Tulsa PAC. Theatre Tulsa's production brings a gutsy and committed cast to a script that is as eccentric as its titular character.
by Sarah Hookey - Sep 20, 2019
20 years later, returns to the spotlight with LULU XX, a new cross-media performance that celebrates WaxFactory's 20th anniversary with Latta in the starring role at the Connelly Theater. Ivan Talijancic took the time to chat with BroadwayWorld about the upcoming production.
by Louis Train - Sep 20, 2019
Odile Gakire (Kiki) Katese, the Rwandan humanitarian and artist, has brought her voice and wisdom to the Canadian Stage Company this autumn in THE BOOK OF LIFE. Brimming with insight and charm, THE BOOK OF LIFE is also a difficult and provocative piece of political theatre that test the limits of idealism in the face a crushing need for pragmatic thinking.
by Jay Irwin - Sep 20, 2019
Really bad puns, noir-ish intrigue and juggling; what more do you need for an evening's entertainment? Well you're in luck, as the Northwest's celebrated comedy juggling troupe, The Flying Karamazov Brothers is back reviving their noir thriller a?oeClub Sandwicha?? at the Broadway Performance Hall. And while at times it may seem like they don't have a clue what's going on, trust me, these gifted performers and improvisors know exactly what to do, even when it all goes wrong.
by Paul Batterson - Sep 19, 2019
As it did at the Tony Awards, DEAR EVAN HANSEN, the 2017 award winner for Best Musical, rolls into Columbus on the tails of HAMILTON, the 2016 Tony Award winner which played in the Ohio Theatre in the Spring. Although the style of music and subject manner are hard to compare, there are many similarities between the two. The most striking of these unlikely storylines for a musical with HAMILTON taking the life of America's founding father Alexander Hamilton while DEAR EVAN HANSEN confronts many of the problems facing teens and parents currently. Like HAMILTON, DEAR EVAN HANSEN gets style points for originality with a powerful message and memorable score that stays with you for days.
by Kathy Strain - Sep 18, 2019
It was 1985 when LES MISERABLES debuted with English lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer as Cameron Mackintosh produced the English version at the West End that ran from October 1985 until July 2019. It was an instant hit and has since had runs on Broadway as well as many other countries. Today, LES MISERABLES is selling-out to crowds all over North America and makes a stop in San Antonio, Texas and the famous Majestic Theatre.
by Matthew Blank - Oct 8, 2019
With a successful Berkeley world premiere under its belt, the new musical Kiss My Aztec! headed to the southern end of California for a late summer run at the famed La Jolla Playhouse.
by TV News Desk - Oct 8, 2019
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today announced a new official branding and identity package across the entire organization including its 19 regional chapters across the country. Featuring at its focal point the silhouette of the coveted Emmy® Award statue, the new design adopts a simpler, more contemporary approach to reflecting the 64-year-old professional organization's core mission of recognizing excellence in the television industry.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2019
On behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council, and in partnership with the Scottish Government, Underbelly works with internationally renowned creative team and wide-ranging partners to realise its ambitions for Edinburgh's Hogmanay festival as the 2019 programme is announced.
by Anthony Walker-Cook - Oct 8, 2019
Janie Dee and Moronke Akinola can currently be seen in The Niceties at the Finborough Theatre, which centres on the conflict between a university history professor and her student - a conflict that spreads from the academic to the personal. BroadwayWorld spoke with both actors about Eleanor Burgess's play, and what they want audiences to take away from seeing the show.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2019
For 2020, the 44th year of London's annual festival of contemporary visual theatre, 10 overseas companies join 8 British groups, including 4 LIMF co-commissioned productions: This Time, a tender take on relationships and ageing from aerial theatre company Ockham's Razor; Romancing the Apocalypse from multi award winning dance duo Thick & Tight; Dead Good, a funny and poignant story of dying from full mask theatre company Vamos Theatre; and the story of one of showbiz's long overlooked partnerships, The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel performed by Told by an Idiot at new festival venue, the iconic Wilton's Music Hall.
by Oliver Oliveros - Oct 6, 2019
Making her professional theater debut, Alyssa Evangelista plays Young Mary in Magnificat The Musical; Vince Conrad, previously seen in the stage adaptation of Maynila Sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag, plays the first leader of the early Church, Saint Peter.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Oct 5, 2019
Jeremy O. Harris, a Yale alumni, makes his Broadway debut this season with the challenging and haunting new work, Slave Play.
by TV Scoop - Oct 4, 2019
Get all the scoop on Coming Up on a New Episode of SURVIVOR, airing on CBS on Wednesday, October 9, 2019!
by TV Scoop - Oct 4, 2019
Get all the scoop on Upcoming Storylines for THE CBS DREAM TEAM… IT'S EPIC!, airing on CBS on Saturday, October 26, 2019!
by Joni Lorraine - Oct 3, 2019
A delightful start to the Georgetown Palace's 2019-2020 season.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2019
The Silk Road Institute, Canada's premier Muslim theatre company, presents the inaugural Toronto production of Rabiah Hussain's fresh and fierce British drama SPUN, a play about friendship, belonging and South-Asian identity taking place in the wake of the 2005 London terror attacks. On the heels of its Canadian premiere at Montreal's Centaur Theatre, SPUN, will tour to the Meridian Arts Centre (formerly the Toronto Centre for the Arts) for one night only, Saturday, October 12 at 7:30 PM.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2019
The holidays are upon us filled with good cheer and family traditions. What better family to spend some time with than the Bennets from Pride and Prejudice? Lamenting a shortage of new plays for the holiday season, playwrights Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon decided to take on the challenge.
by Christian Ranke - Oct 15, 2019
Two new female creative producers / directors, with huge aspirations, are about to present the Norwegian premiere production of NINE - THE MUSICAL on October 18.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2019
The Capitol Steps, America's political musical satire troupe that has been putting the a?oemocka?? in democracy for over nine Presidential elections, returns to Sanders Theatre on the Harvard campus in Cambridge for their 20th anniversary Thanksgiving Weekend performances, Saturday, November 30, at 5PM and 8PM. This year's show isThe Lyin' Kings.
by Peter Danish - Oct 13, 2019
THE ATHENS PHILHARMONIC 'MAHLER 2ND' at Carnegie Hall
by Matt Windman - Oct 13, 2019
Two years ago, I revisited French Woods Festival of the Arts (which I attended from 1999 to 2002 as a camper/teen actor and then as an assistant director/stage manager) and BroadwayWorld kindly published an article I wrote about the experience. In light of my responsibilities at work (attorney by day, theater critic by night) and at home (including a hyperactive toddler and commuting daily between NY and NJ), I was not planning on visiting again this past summer, but that instantly changed when I learned that the camp was planning on presenting 1776 for the first time in nearly two decades - and with an all-female cast.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2019
Electronic music-based nonprofit Give a Beat, DJ Times magazine and DanceGruv Radio have partnered for a new radio series called Prose of a Con featuring the poetry and prose of Russell Wardlow, a resident at Omaha Correctional Center. The six-part series will run bi-weekly from Sunday, October 13 through Sunday, December 22, 2019, at 5:00 pm EST on DanceGruv Radio with each episode showcasing Wardlow's prose and poetry read aloud by DJs across the electronic music community. Wardlow composes his work entirely behind bars. His poignant and insightful readings speak to the healing power of artistic expression to help transcend the harsh reality of the prison system. Tune in starting October 13th at https://www.dancegruv.net/event/proseofacon.
by TV Scoop - Oct 10, 2019
Get all the scoop on Coming Up on a New Episode of SURVIVOR, airing on CBS on Wednesday, October 16, 2019!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2019
The Lincoln Theatre's Community Conversations series is designed to generate community discussion on a variety of interesting cultural questions. On October 31, Community Conversations convenes to talk about the challenge gentrification presents to the King-Lincoln District's cultural history, and asks these questions:
by Jackie Camborde - Oct 10, 2019
Even though the subject matter is heavy, Elliot, a Soldier's Fugue, part one of the Elliot Trilogy by Quiara Alegria Hughes, left me with a light feeling at the end. I was looking forward to part two, Water By the Spoonful, this week, hopeful for a similar experience. Part two was a whole other experience and this time, the heaviness did not subside at the conclusion.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2019
From South African villages to the suburbs of Lagos, world-class contemporary dancers and singers are bringing African inspired performances to Brighton this October and November.
by TV News Desk - Oct 1, 2019
Since the dawn of humanity, we've wondered – how did our world come to be? Today, thanks to hundreds of satellites orbiting the planet, science is uncovering the full, epic story – including clues to our own role in its future. Travel through eons of fire and meteor storms – from the arrival of oceans and freezing global ice sheets to volcanic eruptions and mass extinctions – to discover THE LIFE OF EARTH. Combining spectacular visuals, pioneering research and exciting expeditions, a new two-hour series from Smithsonian Channel reveals fresh evidence to age-old questions. THE LIFE OF EARTH premieres Sunday, November 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.
by Jo Fisher - Oct 1, 2019
Almost twenty years after she charmed hearts on the big screen, Amélie is taking to the stage in a bid to change lives and spread joy in the smallest of ways, with the biggest of hearts.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2019
With the Fall season, change is in the air and A Classic Theatre announces the retirement of its founder, Jean Rahner, and Technical Director, Tom Mangan from the Board of Directors.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2019
New Chef at Hotel Washington 'When I boarded the ferry in the middle of January, the prow grinding through broken Lake Michigan ice, and fell in love with the island in the dead of winter, I knew it was for real,' says Matt Poole, the new chef for Hotel Washington. A Midwest native, Poole has lived in the Bay Area for the last five years working first at Desco, a regional Italian restaurant in Oakland and then the premier farm-to-table institution Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Working under chef Simone Ferrara at Desco, Poole learned the values of Italian cooking, nuanced yet simple flavors in perfect balance and in time with the seasons. He moved to Chez Panisse in 2016 where he gladly took to the challenge of cooking a daily-changing menu utilizing a never-ending parade of the best meats and vegetables. Chez Panisse, founded by the visionary restaurateur Alice Waters in 1971, has built deep relationships with farmers, ranchers and orchardists to bring the best of the generous California seasons to its guests. His time on the west coast refined his culinary skills and also showed him how restaurants can build and sustain a community. 'I've seen how they have the power to nourish people and surprise them, to build economies around passionate producers and nurture the people whom they employ,' says Poole. But Poole didn't always want to be a chef. After graduating from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI with a Fine Arts degree, he started an art gallery, traveled, collected records and started a record label for his 30th birthday. At 31, he weaseled his way into the kitchen at Marie Catrib's, the beloved Grand Rapids restaurant where he had been working in the deli. Sharing a tiny prep table with Catrib and his first mentor Jill Henemeyer, Poole fell in love with food as the perfect blend of creativity, craft and community. He says, 'All the loose ends of my life came together in cooking.' Getting a late start to cooking, Poole decided he needed to make a big move to catch up. 'I remember reading Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain where he basically said if one didn't start cooking at 20, he missed his chance. But Bourdain also impressed upon me how if one is willing to put up with long hours in hot kitchens, tired and sore, and one can't imagine being anywhere else he are crazy enough to be a cook,' says Poole. So he packed up and moved west. The abundance he found there was a revelation. He marveled at tender dates, ten varieties of broccoli at the farmers market, citrus growing in front yards and seafood glistening and smelling of fresh ocean air. He learned to prepare everything California had to offer, but began to wonder what farm-to-table cuisine would look like back along the shores of the Great Lakes. At the same time a college friend, Russell Rolffs of Hoot Blossom Farm on Washington Island, texted him out of the blue asking if he'd consider moving back to the Midwest. For the next year and a half, Poole and Rolffs stayed in touch, talking about the vegetables and herbs they were excited about, menu ideas, and Island life. 'Matt told me about a type of basil he was using at Chez Panisse called Piccolo Fino or Fino Verde, a fine leaf basil that is superbly aromatic. I tried growing it last summer and it grew well for us. I was so pleased,' says Rolffs. In February 2019, Matt Poole decided he too wanted to take the leap and leave his work in California to join forces with Hotel Washington. Poole recruited two friends to join him in his new adventure. He met Baker and Pastry Chef Amanda Ebenhoeh and Sous Chef Ian Milosek while working at Marie Catrib's. They are both Michigan natives and looking forward to reconnecting with Poole. The new Hotel Washington team will work with Hoot Blossom Farm, Folk Tree Farm and other growers on the Island and start partnering with foragers and other Wisconsin producers. "This is our chance to see what is happening on the Island already," says Poole. "What grows here, what the land wants to make, what the people are hungry for. We get to harness our skills to take all this and make something beautiful and delicious with it," says Poole. The Restaurant will serve a special Mother's Day Brunch on Sunday, May 12 at 11 am to 2 pm. The following Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, 4:30 - 8:30, the restaurant invites Islanders for a preview of the menu. The season officially opens Tuesday, May 21 for dinner seven nights a week through October from 4:30 - 8:30. For reservations, call 920-847-3010. About Hotel Washington and Studio Hotel Washington and Studio is a historic hotel with eight second-floor sleeping rooms, a yoga studio, and a restaurant open May through October featuring a seasonal, farm-fresh menu. First opened in 1904, the Hotel is now in its fifth season with owner Jean Kokes. Located on the scenic Detroit Harbor of Washington Island, WI, the Hotel offers the perfect venue for retreats, weddings, and getaways. www.hotelwashingtonandstudio.com / 920-847-3010 / 354 Range Line Road, WI, 54246.