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by Erica Cataldi-Roberts - Oct 30, 2019
When it comes to United States history, it can be easy to gloss over the period between the early 1800s to the cusp of the Civil War. The generation who lived during this forgotten era, however, faced no less tumultuous times than we do in modern times. Aaron Posner's play, JQA, specifically looks at this time period through the eyes of John Quincy Adams, who, as the son of founding father John Adams, and later a statesman in his own right, was uniquely poised to survey the era's ups and downs. Through the use of fictionalized encounters with some of America's most dynamic figures, the political and personal issues raised in JQA are as relevant now as they've ever been.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2019
Ford's Theatre announces that acclaimed Washington actor Craig Wallace will return to Ford's to reprise the role of Ebenezer Scrooge for the company's holiday production of A Christmas Carol.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2019
The Actors' Gang and Tim Robbins announced the upcoming North American Tour of THE NEW COLOSSUS for the 2019-2020 season. Directed and co-written by Academy Award-winning Tim Robbins (Mystic River, Dead Man Walking, The Shawshank Redemption), THE NEW COLOSSUS will play a limited tour and visit cities such as Charlotte, NC (Jan. 28-Feb. 2, 2020 - Knight Theater), Detroit, MI (Feb. 14-16, 2020 - Music Hall), Seattle, WA (Feb. 20-22, 2020 - Moore Theatre), Nashville, TN (April 9-11, 2020 - James K. Polk Theater) and others. A list of announced tour dates for the 2019-2020 season is below. Casting will be announced later.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2019
The new American Inspiration author series, presented by American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) headquartered in Boston's Back Bay, moves into the second half of its fall season on Tuesday, November 12, with a presentation by the historian and producer Donald L. Miller about his acclaimed new work Vicksburg: Grant's Campaign That Broke the Confederacy. 
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2019
59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is proud to announce the line-up of shows for the 2020 Winter Season.  All performances take place at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues).  Ticket prices and performance schedules vary. For tickets, call the 59E59 Box Office at 646-892-7999 or by visiting www.59e59.org.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2019
Holmdel Theatre Company (HTC) will present Little Women the Musical, a magical story of family, sisterhood, and self-discovery November 8 through November 24, 2019. Nestled amongst the flourishing fall foliage of central New Jersey, Holmdel Theatre Company at the Duncan Smith Theater opens up their intimate 99-seat black box theater to bring this heartwarming Broadway favorite, and the perfect family show for all ages, to life.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2019
You oughtta know that Jagged Little Pill is officially in preview son Broadway!  The new musical is inspired by the themes and raw emotions laid bare in Alanis Morissette's seminal album of the same name. The Healys appear to be a picture-perfect suburban family - but looks can be deceiving. When the cracks beneath the surface begin to show, they must choose between maintaining the status quo or facing harsh truths about themselves, their community, and the world around them.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2019
Chicagoland jazz singer and composer Denise La Grassa will present American Women, an evening of original jazz/rock songs by her and guitarist John Kregor to honor American women leading change during the dismantling of democracy. The show runs two hours with one intermission.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2019
59E59 Theaters welcomes the world premiere of HOW TO LOAD A MUSKET, written by Talene Monahon and directed by Jaki Bradley. Produced by Less Than Rent Theatre, HOW TO LOAD A MUSKET begins performances on Saturday, January 11 for a limited engagement through Sunday, January 26. Press Opening is Thursday, January 16 at 7:30 pm. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Friday at 7:30 pm; Saturday at 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm; Sunday at 2:30 pm. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison). Single tickets are $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members). Tickets are available by calling the 59E59 Box Office at 646-892-7999 or by visiting www.59e59.org.
by Lynn Beaver - Nov 22, 2019
Rita Anderson's new play premiered with Mèlange Theatre Company last week at Trinity Street Theatre. The fascinating story is worthy of notice by any audience interested in American history or the human struggles that face us all.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2019
General Director and CEO Deborah Sandler today announced that an innovative new work celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and a cabaret-style favorite that returns by popular demand comprise the 2020 Explorations series. The series leads audiences on a delightful journey of musical discovery through eclectic works performed in Lyric Opera's Michael and Ginger Frost Production Arts Building in the Crossroads District.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2019
The Music Hall and Ogunquit Playhouse have announced the cast and creative team of the beloved musical Annie, on stage November 27 through December 22 at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2019
Wilde Company Theatre presents My Jo, a new, heartfelt musical based on Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, which chronicles the lives of the March family during the Civil War era. Free tickets available at MyJo.eventbrite.com. Book and lyrics by Rob Lauer, music by Rick Rea, directed by Megan Rees. Ages 5 + welcome.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2019
The Strand Theater Company presents the Third installment of its 12th consecutive season as the only brick-and-mortar company in Baltimore exclusively celebrating women's diverse voices and perspectives - a production of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, adapted and directed by the Strand Associate Artistic Director, Erin Riley.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2019
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which is entering its 85th year, today announced the casts for the 2020 season, featuring some of the most beloved performers from OSF's history alongside newcomers from around the country. OSF is one of the most prominent theatre companies across the nation that have joined the Jubilee, a yearlong nationwide commitment by theatres to feature work generated by those who have traditionally been excluded from or marginalized by the theatre industry. Five Shakespeare plays staged as four productions, alongside two new plays inspired by him, take the Festival's stages in 2020. Two more commissions from OSF's multi-decade commissioning program American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle will also premiere.
by Michael Rabice - Nov 11, 2019
ust as an American classic will always persevere, Buffalo's Kavinoky Theatre has triumphed in finally being able to present Harper Lee's TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. After a major kerfuffle last spring that resulted in a cease and desist order from Broadway producers, The Kav was forced to entirely scrap their entire production of MOCKINGBIRD less than 2 weeks before opening night. A highly lauded production by Aaron Sorkin was and still is playing on the Great White way, and for questionable reasons, Buffalo was forced to shut down the Lee play. Happily, this season the Kav received the go ahead to produce Sorkin's version, and like a phoenix, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD has risen in a gripping and superbly acted production.
by TV News Desk - Nov 1, 2019
David Gyasi, Frank Grillo and Ron Perlman star in the epic Western Hell on the Border, coming to select theaters and On Demand Friday, December 13 from Lionsgate.
by Brady Schwind - Nov 1, 2019
FRANK WILDHORN & FRIENDS Illuminates at The Green Room 42
by TV News Desk - Jan 8, 2020
BroadwayWorld has exclusively learned that actress Natasha Marc (Timeless, The Rookie) is set to be cast opposite actor Ethan Hawke in Showtime's The Good Lord Bird based on James McBride's novel, from Blumhouse Television.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2020
Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre (FMCT) is proud to present the local premiere of LITTLE WOMEN, THE MUSICAL.  Performances are scheduled February 8, 13, 14, 15 @ 7:30pm and February 9 & 16 @ 2:00pm at Moorhead Senior High School.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2020
Tennessee Shakespeare Company presents its annual Southern Literary Salon featuring two celebrated female authors reflecting America at the same time in stark contrasts: Margaret Mitchell (Georgia) and Zora Neale Hurston (Alabama). The event is Sunday, Feb. 23 on TSC's Owen and Margaret Wellford Tabor Stage, located at 7950 Trinity Road in Memphis.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2020
Two years ago, Roger Q. Mason paid tribute to Billy Porter, the 2018 recipient of the Chuck Rowland Pioneer Award, by performing in a reading of Porter's semi-autobiographical play, As I Yet Live. Now, 2020 is Mason's year - and he is kicking it off, following in Porter's fabulous footsteps, as this year's Chuck Rowland Pioneer Award recipient.  The award ceremony will take place on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 7:30 pm at the West Hollywood Council Chambers (625 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069).  Details of the program will be announced in the coming months.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2020
Lyric Theatre presents the joyful celebration of the lives of two centenarians in its 2020 season opener next month at the Plaza Theatre.
by TV News Desk - Jan 22, 2020
On Thursday, February 27, 2020, the Women's Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) Honorary Chairs Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, along with Gala Chairs Quinn Ezralow and Jamie Tisch, and Co-Chairs Wallis Annenberg & Kris Levine, NJ Falk, Tom Ford & Richard Buckley, Judy & Leonard Lauder, Marion Laurie, and Lori Kanter Tritsch & William P. Lauder, will welcome guests to An Unforgettable Evening. This year, actress Renée Zellweger will receive the 2020 Courage Award for her charitable contributions and philanthropic efforts throughout her career, including her support of breast cancer research and awareness. The event, which will be hosted by actor, comedian, and producer Ken Jeong, will take place at the Beverly Wilshire, and benefit the WCRF, a program of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2020
Northern Sky Theater has announced its 2020 Season in Door County, Wisconsin.
by David Edward Perry - Jan 2, 2020
Actress Jillian Bell successes have been growing like comedy kudzu as a result of her bright spirit and comedic brilliance. Bell consistently shines in memorable performances including 'Brittany Runs a Marathon', '22 Jump Street', 'Workaholics', ''Idiotsitter', 'Bless The Harts', and the comedy 'Sword of Trust' filmed in Birmingham. We chatted recently about running on the road of her career.
by Shari Barrett - Jan 16, 2020
With the topic of illegal immigration so prevalent in today's news, now is the perfect time to take a very personal look at the trials and tribulations of those who immigrated, both legally and illegally, to our country in THE NEW COLOSSUS, a new play co-written by The Actors' Gang ensemble and its Artistic Director Tim Robbins, who also directs the production. In it, twelve of the acting troupe's members tell their ancestors' stories, reflecting their great diversity, struggles and journeys from oppression to freedom, a real personal testament celebrating the courage and great character of the refugees who came to this country throughout the last 200 years.
by TV News Desk - Jan 15, 2020
HBO has confirmed their slate of captivating documentaries for the first half of 2020, including ATLANTA CHILD MURDERS (working title), a documentary series reexamining the missing and murdered children of Atlanta in the late-'70s and early-'80s in collaboration with Show of Force, Roc Nation and Get Lifted Film Co.; WELCOME TO CHECHNYA, directed by David France, chronicling a group of brave activists risking their lives to confront the ongoing anti-LGBTQ persecution in the repressive and closed Russian republic of Chechnya; NATALIE WOOD: WHAT REMAINS BEHIND, intimately exploring Natalie Wood's life, career and tragic death through the unique perspective of her daughter Natasha Gregson Wagner and others who knew her best; and McMILLION$, from executive producer Mark Wahlberg and directors James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte, a six-part documentary series chronicling the stranger-than-fiction story of the mysterious McDonald's Monopoly game promotion scam and the mastermind who developed the complex scheme, stealing millions of dollars and building a vast network of co-conspirators across the U.S. 
by Student Blogger: Katelen Hankins - Jan 15, 2020
I started classes with only two weeks before my first rehearsal and already it can feel overwhelming - even if things fall into place perfectly and things aren't being forgotten or rescheduled. When rehearsals start, I'm going to have days where I'm in class from 9:00 to ending rehearsals at 11 pm, with few breaks for naps or food. All that on top of school work? There are a few things that can help you go from being overwhelmed to busy but handling it.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2020
can I have it without begging, an inter-generational live music and dance collaboration between choreographer Megan Williams and award-winning composer Eve Beglarian, will have its world premiere at Danspace Project, March 26 a?" 28, 2020. can I have it without begging is comprised of four connected repertory dance works in conversation with existing compositions from Beglarian's catalogue as well as two newly commissioned world premiere pieces. It features performers from Megan Williams Dance Projects, live music, vocals from the Young People's Chorus of New York City, and an all-star cast of new-music luminaries.
by TV News Desk - Jan 15, 2020
Briarcliff Entertainment has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to the slave rebellion action-thriller EMPEROR as announced today by Briarcliff CEO Tom Ortenberg. Scheduled for a March 27, 2020 theatrical release, EMPEROR is written and directed by Mark Amin and stars Dayo Okeniyi, Kat Graham, Bruce Dern, James Cromwell and Mykelti Williamson.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2020
Held2gether, Improv for Life brings their 7th annual original sketch comedy show to the Long Beach Playhouse this season as part of their Collaborative Series showcasing local artists. This year's compilation, Sketch on the Rocks, and boasts over a dozen robust sketches touching upon universal relationships, outrageous characters, music, pop culture, and parodies of the time.
by Steve Callahan - Jan 13, 2020
1870: Eliza Haycraft, the reigning Madam of St. Louis brothels fights the powers that be in a bright new musical.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2020
The Actors' Gang and Tim Robbins are pleased to announce 2 special performances of  THE NEW COLOSSUS at The Actors' Gang Theater, in Culver City, on January 14 and 15, at 8 pm, prior to the upcoming North American Tour. Directed and co-written by Academy Awarda?"winning Tim Robbins (Mystic River, Dead Man Walking, The Shawshank Redemption),
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2020
Tintown premiered at The Factory Space in April 2019. Written and performed by actor Bob Kelly, directed by Niall Henry, sound design by Joe Hunt and set and lighting design by Diarmuid ?" Flaherty, Tintown is the story of a Dubliner who joined the IRA as a young man in the 30's, was interned during WW2 and bore witness to the IRA's decline and eventual collapse within the Curragh Camp.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2020
Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club presents HEART OF THE CITY, the songs of mother/daughter writing team Kristen and Luanne Rosenfeld on March 30.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2020
a?oeThe ultimate goal of #TrendingTuesday is to introduce audiences to artists who are working at the intersection of art and social impact,a?? said ArtServe Executive Director Craig W. Johnson. a?oeWe're enabling audiences to experience powerful and thought-provoking art and providing a platform for guests to dialogue directly with artists about the creative process and their sources of inspiration. We're very excited to launch this initiative.a??
by Andrew Beck - Feb 15, 2020
Manahatta,' the impressive world premiere from Mary Kathryn Nagle at the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, CT, history repeats itself with devastating consequences in lower Manhattan as the violent removal of the indigenous Delaware Lenape people in colonial times is echoed by the heartless destruction of the nation's economy by Wall Street four centuries later.
by Adrienne Proctor - Feb 12, 2020
HAVING OUR SAY tells the story of the Delany sisters, two sisters who were born to a former slave and grew up in the Jim Crow South. The Delany sisters both lived to be over 100 years old, and wrote their version of events in the 1993 biography that inspired the play. Lyric's production features two Broadway stars in the roles of Bessie and Sadie.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2020
Shakespeare & Company is excited to announce its 2020 summer season, May 21 - October 18, 2020. Under the theme 'The Labyrinth of Love' the season includes Shakespeare titles: King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy of Errors, and, in a special workshop production, Measure for Measure. The contemporary plays this season are The Lifespan of a Fact by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell, and Gordon Farrell; What Rhymes With America, by the Obie Award-winning playwright Melissa James Gibson; Row After Row by Jessica Dickey; Susan Smith Blackburn Award and Obie Award winner My Left Breast by Susan Miller; and Laurence Olivier Award winner Betrayal by Harold Pinter.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2019
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) welcomes Broadway sensation, composer Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlett Pimpernel, The Civil War), who joins Jekyll and Hyde revival star and American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis and the star-studded cast of the 2019 TRU Love Benefit: Follow Your Art, Fulfill Your Dreams, honoring York Theatre Producing Artistic Director James Morgan and multi-talented stage, screen and concert performer and producer Haley Swindal.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2019
Theater for the New City Executive Director Crystal Field is presenting Brother Soy, Victor Vauban Jr.'s new play, a dramatic meditation about family, immigration and transgenderism in America, through Dec. 15.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2019
The year may be winding down, but Queens Theatre is just getting started with a trio of Queens debuts, two Family Series shows based on beloved children's books and the launch production of a family comedy that was a hit with our Reading Series audiences.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2019
Renowned Chef BJ Dennis is coming to the Staten Island Museum on Thursday, January, 7pm a?" 9pm for an interactive exploration of the culinary traditions of the Gullah, a distinctive group of Black Americans from coastal South Carolina and Georgia.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2019
Five-time Broadway veteran Bart Shatto (War Paint, Hands on a Hard Body, The Civil War, Les Miserables) stars in an invitation-only workshop production of The Confessions of Davy Crockett.
by Nancy Grossman - Dec 14, 2019
The much-anticipated MOBY DICK (A Musical Reckoning), from the team that brought you NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 in 2015, has finally surfaced at the Loeb Drama Center of the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge. Based on the iconic American novel by Herman Melville, the three-and-a-half-hour-long musical endeavors to theatricalize about 40 of the book's 135 chapters, taking a much larger bite from the source material than the mere 70- page section of Leo Tolstoy's WAR AND PEACE adapted for THE GREAT COMET. Oh, would that Dave Malloy (music, book, lyrics, and orchestrations) and Rachel Chavkin (director, co-developer) had approached this project with such surgical skill, rather than casting the broadest of nets upon the waters.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2019
On Thursday, January 16, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, professor, and historian David Blight comes to The Music Hall as part of the Writers on a New England Stage series. He will discuss his latest book, FREDERICK DOUGLASS, about the escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era. A frequent lecturer, Douglass spoke in Portsmouth, NH in 1862 at the Temple, which would later become the site of The Music Hall.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2019
OPERA America has awarded $220,000 in Repertoire Development Grants to The American Opera Project (New York, NY) in consortium with Seagle Music Colony (Schroon Lake, NY), Beth Morrison Projects (New York, NY), Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Diego Opera and The Dallas Opera. The grants provide technical and financial support to OPERA America Professional Company Members and their producing partners to enhance the quality, quantity and creativity of new American opera and music theater.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2019
The year may be winding down, but Queens Theatre is just getting started with a trio of Queens debuts, two Family Series shows based on beloved children's books and the launch production of a family comedy that was a hit with our Reading Series audiences.
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