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based on the play The Immigrant: A Hamilton Family Album by Mark Harelik

The true story of Haskell Harelik, a young Russian Jew who instead of passing through Ellis Island, enters through Galveston and struggles to assimilate into a rural community in Texas. Commonly referred to as the 'Galveston Movement,' Harelik's story begins like so many others in 1909, peddling a pushcart full of bananas and wares - but his fate is changed forever when he asks Milton, a small-town banker, and his Southern Baptist wife for a drink of water from their well. Harelik's compelling story of opportunity, success and the challenges of educating a new community is the essence of the American experience.



Thank You, Places...Nashville Children's Theatre's Company Stage Manager DAN BREWER
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 7, 2017

Today, we very proudly shine the spotlight on PSM Daniel Brewer, the dean of production stage managers in this region, and the resident stage manager at Nashville Children's Theatre. In 2011, he was among that year's First Night Honorees in recognition of his truly exceptional career and for the grace and skill with which he does his job. In fact, we wouldn't be at all surprise to find his headshot next to the very definition of "stage manager" in reference books. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: In A World Disgruntled With Its Leaders, Sondheim's ASSASSINS Is The Perfectly Timed Peak Into The Past
by Jade Kops - Sep 21, 2017

The mystery of what motivates a person to murder for political reasons plays out in Hayes Theatre Co's latest perfectly crafted production ASSASSINS. (more...)

Long Beach Opera Presents THE CONSUL at the Centinela Center for the Performing Arts
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2017

On October 14, 20 and 22, Long Beach Opera (LBO) will present three performances of The Consul with music and libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti, and starring Patricia Racette, making her Long Beach Opera debut at the Centinela Valley Center for the Arts, Lawndale. (more...)

WEST SIDE STORY Dances Into Marina Bay Sands
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2017

A boy. A girl. Two rival gangs. One fatal love affair. Described as 'Broadway's Greatest Dance Musical' by The Times, UK, the international award-winning production of WEST SIDE STORY is now electrifying Singapore audiences at the MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands for a strictly limited season beginning 13 September until the 30th. (more...)

VIDEO: Mandy Gonzalez is 'Fearless' as She Belts Out New Lin-Manuel Miranda Tune at VIVA BROADWAY!
by Stage Tube - Sep 15, 2017

Tonight at the Viva Broadway! celebration hosted by Tony Award-winner, Lin-Manuel Miranda and star of stage and screen, John Leguizamo, Hamilton's current Angelica Schuyler, Mandy Gonzalez, debuted a new song from her solo record. (more...)

2018 Next Stage Theatre Festival to Return to Factory Theatre This January
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

The Next Stage Theatre Festival returns this January with a lineup of ten companies showcasing a cross-section of our exciting indie performance community. With many familiar faces from past Fringe Festivals, the 2018 programming is a true representation of the 'best of the fest'. The festival will take over Factory Theatre from January 3 to 14, 2018. (more...)

JIMMY AND CAROLYN Starts This Week at Queens Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2017

A friendly reminder! JIMMY AND CAROLYN begins performances on Friday, September 15, 2017 and runs through Sunday, October 1, 2017 in the theatre's studio space located at the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. (more...)

State Theatre Announces its Largest State-Wide Touring Program in 2018
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2017

State Theatre Company might be starting 2018 in London but will end the year in Port Pirie with its largest ever state-wide touring program taking productions to 14 venues across South Australia. (more...)

BWW Review: Disappointed Expectations Drive Marital Disaster in THE TALENTED ONES at Artists Rep
by Krista Garver - May 8, 2017

THE TALENTED ONES explores the struggles immigrants face in their quest for some version of the American Dream. (more...)

Penguin Rep Theatre Opens 40th Season with TRAYF
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2017

Penguin Rep Theatre, the award-winning professional Equity theatre under the leadership of founding artistic director Joe Brancato and executive director Andrew M. Horn, opens its 40th season with Trayf, a new play by Lindsay Joelle. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: Despite Talented Cast, Lost and Found's OLD NEW YEAR Fails To Find Its Way
by Victoria Ordin - May 5, 2017

OLD NEW YEAR, the latest production of the experimental theater collective Lost and Found (which operates under the National Yiddish Theater Folksbeine umbrella) has both lofty and worthwhile intentions. In fact, reading an interview with producer and curator Anya Zicer after seeing the play on its opening night at Art 345, I was impressed by the innovativeness of the company's 'verbatim' technique, as well as by the attempt to deploy that technique in this particular work. (more...)

Loisaida Festival Celebrates 30 Years of New York's Puerto Rican and Latino Roots
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2017

Loisaida, Inc. is proud to announce the 30th Annual Loisaida Festival, Sunday, May 28th, from 11am to 5pm along Loisaida Avenue (Avenue C) from 6th to 12th Street. This year the Festival celebrates three decades as the largest public open-air event in Lower Manhattan dedicated to preserving Puerto Rican and Latinx culture, deeply rooted in Loisaida - Spanglish for the Lower East Side. (more...)

Off-Broadway's BUILDING THE WALL to Donate to, Host Talk-Backs with Immigrant Rights Organizations
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

The producers of BUILDING THE WALL have announced a financial and programmatic partnership with a small group of immigrant rights organizations including the AFSC'S Immigrant Rights Program, Define American, The Immigrant Defense Project, and the New York Immigration Coalition. (more...)

Motus Theater: Colorado Law Enforcement Perform DREAMer Stories on Stage, Challenging Trump Administration Immigration Policies
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

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Portland Story Theater's Urban Tellers Brings the Stories of Immigrants and Refugees to Life
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2017

???????Portland Story Theater is thrilled to be creating a very special edition of Urban Tellers, featuring the real, true stories of immigrants and refugees now living in Portland, Oregon. (more...)

Merrimack Repertory Theatre Announces 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2017

Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) has announced its 2017-18 Season, the third under Artistic Director Sean Daniels. (more...)

BWW TV: Josh Grisetti of SOMETHING ROTTEN! National Tour
by Jeffrey Kare - Mar 29, 2017

Josh Grisetti of SOMETHING ROTTEN! National Tour (more...)

Spectrum Dance Hostsa Public Discussion About LGBTQ Hate Crimes
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2017

In conjunction with its upcoming world premiere production (IM)PULSE, a response to the Orlando Pulse Nightclub tragedy and the ongoing aggression towards LBGTQ people, Spectrum Dance Theater, Crosscut, and the Seattle Public Library announce a free public panel discussion titled 'LGBTQ Hate Crimes,' hosted at Seattle Public Library on June 12.   (IM)PULSE is a two-part dance theater work that explores acts of violence perpetrated against the LGBTQ community in American society and how the minds of those attacked often respond in unexpected ways.This panel discussion aims to evoke conversation on the subject matter highlighting the voices of its panelists: (more...)

BWW Review: RAGTIME at Griffin Theatre Company
by Rachel Weinberg - Jun 6, 2017

Just as Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens's 1999 musical RAGTIME traverses numerous locales on the East Coast and spans the years from 1906-1914, so too does director Scott Weinstein's dynamic staging make full use of The Den Theatre's Heath Mainstage. In Griffin Theatre Company's production, Weinstein's in-the-round staging often has actors dispersed among the audience (indeed, a handful of performers appeared right in front and me and even made eye contact during the performance). While this is an intimate production of a sweeping musical, this genius device lends RAGTIME the grand air it commands. The closeness of the action also lends pathos to this story of three American families-one white and privileged, one black, and one immigrant-as they navigate a changing country at the beginning of the twentieth century. (more...)

MITF 2017: The Oldest Continuing Theatre Festival in NYC Returns This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2017

This is an auspicious year for John Chatterton and the Midtown International Theatre Festival. MITF is now the OLDEST CONTINUING THEATRE FESTIVAL IN NEW YORK! John Chatterton has set the gold standard for presenting new and exciting independent theatrical works in NYC. This year's special festival brings more than 100 productions to Manhattan - as well as an astounding number of international works. The 18th Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival once again proves itself to be one of the best reasons to stay in New York in July! (more...)

Harlem Rep's THE WIZARD OF OZ to Close 8/20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

'The Wizard of Oz,' presented by Harlem Repertory Theater and Yip Harburg Foundation, will now close August 20, 2017 after 26 performances.  A previously scheduled September 9 performance has been canceled. The production has played since October 8, 2016 at Tato Laviera Theatre, 240 East 123rd Street (near 2nd Ave.), Manhattan, and has been extended twice. (more...)

Immigrants Documentary TO CLIMB A GOLD MOUNTAIN Wins LA Area Emmy Award
by Movies News Desk - Jul 25, 2017

TO CLIMB A GOLD MOUNTAIN an inspiring documentary about The Immigrant experience in America, won for Best Independent Program at the LA area Emmy Awards, on Saturday, June 22nd. (more...)

Photos and Video: Immigrant Arts Coalition Formed at National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's Arts Summit; Watch John Leguizamo's Keynote Speech!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2017

At a plenary session today, participants in the first Immigration Arts Summit, conceived and hosted by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at the Museum of Jewish Heritage on Monday and Tuesday, agreed to formally organize as an Immigrant Arts Coalition, a network of arts organizations and individual artists that produce ethnic-based art from other cultures for New York audiences. Scroll down for photos and footage of the announcement and the summit, featuring keynote speaker John Leguizamo! (more...)

Kent Tritle's 2017-18 Season Features World Premieres of Moravec, Ranjbaran, Sirota and More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017

???????As the summer ends and the fall 2017 concert season comes into view, Kent Tritle will be found playing an organ recital at Himmerod Abbey, a Cistercian monastery in Grosslittgen, Germany. From there, it is off and running - the 2017-18 season for "New York's foremost choral conductor" (The New Yorker) is highlighted by the world premieres of two works with the Oratorio Society of New York, Sanctuary Road, an oratorio about the Underground Railroad by Paul Moravec, libretto by Mark Campbell, commissioned by the OSNY, and Behzad Ranjbaran's We Are One; concerts with the Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine including a program celebrating The Immigrant history of New York in collaboration with early/world music group Rose of the Compass that includes the world premiere of a commissioned work by Robert Sirota, and a program of Kodaly, Stravinsky, and Part's Miserere; programs of repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to Morton Lauridsen with Musica Sacra; and Bach's St. John Passion with ensembles and soloists from the Manhattan School of Music. (more...)

Midtown International Theatre Festival to Present 100 Plays in 23 Days Starting This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2017

The Midtown International Theatre Festival returns for another summer of quality stage works, July 15 - August 6, 2017 at the WorkShop (312 W. 36th Street, NYC). New York's oldest continuing theater festival will present 100 plays in 23 days! (more...)

BWW Review: AMERIKE - THE GOLDEN LAND at Folksbiene
by Amy Oestreicher - Jul 10, 2017

103 seasons and going strong - and not just because of nostalgia. The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene has reimagined 'Amerike - The Golden Land', the 1984 musical by Zalmen Mlotek and Moishe Rosenfeld, appropriately running near Ellis Island. Weaving incredible stories with fantastic songs, multimedia and choreography, the show creates a dynamic portrayal of the Jewish people who immigrated to the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, much like my own grandparents. (more...)

National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's AMERIKE - THE GOLDEN LAND to Close This Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2017

The Off-Broadway musical 'Amerike - The Golden Land' wraps up its seven-week run on Sunday, August 20. (more...)

Self-Acceptance and Stereotypes at Center of Kristina Haddad's New Comedic Play MISS ETHNIC NON-SPECIFIC
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2017

Actress/Writer Kristina Haddad searches for self-acceptance and fights stereotypes in her new comedic play, MISS ETHNIC NON-SPECIFIC. The multi-media production will premiere with six performances only, running August 25th through September 3rd at Shaking-the-Tree Theatre in Portland. (more...)

Brick by Brick Dance and Georgina Bates Present SOMEHOW WE END UP HERE, AGAIN
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2017

Choreographer/Director Georgina Bates collaborates with journalist Jihii Jolly, documentarian Diana Diroy, and others to create a timely mixed-media dance theater work exploring life under the radar, colored by The Immigrant, refugee, and outcast perspectives. (more...)

ELVIRA-THE IMMIGRATION PLAY to Receive Chicago Premiere!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2017

On Friday August 25th, 2017, a new play about the lives of undocumented immigrants will be presented at Collaboraction Theatre on N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago. (more...)

Casting Announced for Queens Theatre's JIMMY AND CAROLYN
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2017

Queens Theatre has announced casting for the world premiere production of JIMMY AND CAROLYN, written by James Andrew Walsh and directed by Brooke Ciardelli. The cast features Brad Bradley (James), Lisa Harrow (Carolyn), Luis Carlos de La Lombana (William), and Sam Tsoutsouvas (Jimmy). (more...)

Cheryl Stern's SHOES AND BAGGAGE to Return to the cell
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2017

After a critically acclaimed run at nancy manocherian's the cell last season, Cheryl Stern's one-woman musical Shoes and Baggage returns to the cell for two performances, September 12 at 7PM and September 13 at 7PM. (more...)

BWW Interview: Megan Lione is Enlightened by RAGTIME at Ogunquit Playhouse
by Christopher Castanho - Aug 21, 2017

Stephen Flaherty's catchy and powerful melodies and Lynn Ahren's poignant lyrics 'It was the music of something beginning, an era exploding, a century spinning. In riches and rags, and in rhythm and rhyme. The people called it Ragtime.' can be heard at Maine's very own Ogunquit Playhouse running now until August 26th. I was lucky enough to sit down and chat with ensemble member Megan Lione to talk about how the story of Ragtime is more important than ever, as it is a piece of theatre that discusses diversity, inclusion, and love. Lione says 'The cast is incredible, all ages and backgrounds. It's really amazing.' (more...)

Americana Music Artist Tokyo Rosenthal Releases New Album 'This Minstrel Life'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2017

Rock & Sock Records announced today that they will be releasing 'This Minstrel Life' from their recording artist, Tokyo Rosenthal. This will be Rosenthal's seventh album on the Rock & Sock Records label. (more...)

Harlem Rep Extends THE WIZARD OF OZ Through December 16th
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

'The Wizard of Oz,' presented by Harlem Repertory Theater (HRT) and Yip Harburg Foundation, will not close August 20. It has been extended through December 16, 2017 due to continuing and steady audience interest. (more...)

Photo Flash: Amas Musical Theatre Celebrates Aherns and Flaherty at 2017 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2017

Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer), New York City's award-winning pioneer in diversity and multi-ethnic casting in the performing arts since 1968, recently held the company's 48th Anniversary Gala Benefit honoring the Tony Award-winning composing team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty on Monday, April 3, 2017 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center (more...)

American Dream Teeters on the Edge in Dark Comedy THE TALENTED ONES
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2017

Artists Repertory Theatre presents the World Premiere of The Talented Ones by Yussef El Guindi, directed by Jane Unger. Preview performances run April 25 through April 28, the play opens April 29 and runs through May 21 on the Morrison Stage. The Talented Ones is Artists Rep's first new play development commission for Table|Room|Stage (T|R|S) as part of the Oregon Community Foundation's "Creative Heights Initiative." (more...)

Yuzima Stares Down Tyranny in New Music Video 'Resist'
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2017

NYC noise-pop propagator, YUZIMA has released his powerful new anti-Trump music video 'RESIST.' Blogs described 'Resist' as 'a melodic sort of clamor' (Impose), “a kick in the ballot box” (Swit) and “resistance is feudal” (Boy Culture). (more...)

Karen Oberlin, Anita Gilette and More to Join Richard Skipper for 'Yip' Harburg Celebration at the Beechman
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2017

To celebrate the 121st birthday of lyricist E.Y. 'Yip' Harburg, Richard Skipper has assembled a brunch time cabaret tribute to the legendary lyricist, to be staged at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on April 8, with cabaret stars Karen Oberlin, Leslie Orofino, Maureen Kelley Stewart and a special appearance by Anita Gilette. (more...)

Metropolitan Museum of Art Announces New Season Of MetLife Performances
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

The Met announces the new season of MetLiveArts, the Museum's performance series that, over the past five seasons, has emerged as a vital part of the contemporary live-arts scene in New York City and a leader in genre-defying performance work. (more...)

Columbia Blue Glaze Theatre Presents A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2017

For its spring production, Columbia Blue Glaze Theatre is proud to present A Beautiful Country, a play written by the Singaporean American playwright Chay Yew, and adapted by Davis Chen. (more...)

BWW Review: Energetic and Passionate Spanish Adaptation of IN THE HEIGHTS Makes Its U.S. Premiere At GALA Hispanic Theatre
by Vanessa Michaud - Apr 23, 2017

Directed and choreographed by Luis Salgado, the U.S. premiere of the Spanish-adaptation of IN THE HEIGHTS reminds audiences of the importance of family and to celebrate who they are. Universal themes of hope and pride are exemplified in the music and lyrics expertly crafted by Lin-Manuel Miranda and brought to life by the diverse cast at GALA Hispanic Theatre. (more...)

WORLD Channel Honors Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with Eight New Documentary Films
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

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Review Roundup: Paula Vogel's INDECENT Opens on Broadway - All the Reviews!
by Review Roundups - Apr 18, 2017

Indecent, the newest work by Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel (HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE), opens tonight, April 18, at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues). Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Presents Second ELLIS ISLAND ARTS FESTIVAL, 5/7
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2017

The National Park Service in partnership with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company presents the Ellis Island Asian American Heritage Festival onSunday, May 7, 2017, with ceremony and performances starting at 12 noon at The Great Hall of Immigration at Ellis Island, located on the second floor of the main Ellis Island building. (more...)

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company to Present Ellis Island Asian American Heritage Festival
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

The National Park Service in partnership with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company presents the Ellis Island Asian American Heritage Festival on Sunday, May 7, 2017, with ceremony and performances starting at 12 noon at The Great Hall of Immigration at Ellis Island, located on the second floor of the main Ellis Island building. (more...)

Harlem Repertory Theatre 's WIZARDS OF OZ Extends Through 9/9
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2017

To share a very popular show with wider audiences, Harlem Repertory Theatre and the Yip Harburg Foundation will extend their co-production of 'The Wizard of Oz' through September 9, 2017 at Tato Laviera Theatre, 240 East 123rd Street (near 2nd Ave.), Manhattan. (more...)

'Echoes of Tattered Tongues' Wins Gold in Prestigious Benjamin Franklin Awards
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2017

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NYC-Wide School Tour of 'LAND THAT I LOVE' Extends Again
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2017

The city-wide school tour of Irving Berlin's Land That I Love, featuring music & lyrics by Irving Berlin and book by four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (Aladdin, The Wedding Singer, Elf the Musical), has extended its performance schedule for the second time due to popular demand and strong audience response, with support from NYC Council Member Vincent Gentile. (more...)

SIGNIFICANT OTHER on the Rebound as Part of Geffen Playhouse's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2017

The Geffen Playhouse today announced the addition of the West Coast Premieres of Joshua Harmon's Significant Other and Martyna Majok's Ironbound to its 2017/2018 season. Both productions will run in the Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse. (more...)

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