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The Ellis County Arts Council is giving away the largest individual artist grant in its history. Now if only they could agree on who is the most deserving. THE MOST DESERVING is a tart, satirical comedy about what happens when the arts collide with sex, class, and politics.


Run Type:Limited Run
Previews: March 30, 2014
Closing:May 04, 2014

Running Time:

One hour and 40 minutes, with no intermission

New York City Center

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About the Theatre  

131 West 55th St. (between 6th and 7th Avenues)
New York,NY10019

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by Colin Fleming-Stumpf - Sep 9, 2018
An exotic, transporting production.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Sep 23, 2020
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) will present, “HFPA Philanthropy: Empowering the Next Generation,” on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. PT on the Golden Globes YouTube page and 
by Kaitlin Milligan - Sep 21, 2018
Lifetime continues to reinvent classic genres with the greenlight of ground-breaking eight-part event series, My Great Big Live Wedding with David Tutera. Eight inspirational couples will work with world-renowned wedding and event planner, David Tutera, to receive the wedding of their dreams. Slated to join Lifetime's Real Love Tuesdays, each week, one new couple will share their emotional and heart-warming story LIVE from a different city or town across the country. Dramatic reveals will culminate in the live broadcast of the wedding, brought to life by Tutera. Produced by Thinkfactory Media, My Great Big Live Wedding with David Tutera heads down the aisle in early 2019.
by Karen Bovard - Sep 15, 2019
I'm all for efforts to create new ensemble musicals in tune with our times. RIDE THE CYCLONE was composed in 2008 by Canadian artists Brooke Maxwell and Jacob Richmond, played at the Toronto Fringe Festival, and has bumped across Canada and the US (including New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and Seattle) since then, collecting a fan club as it goes. Funny and tuneful, it has a dark but intriguing premise, a theatrically spooky setting, and some strong musical moments. I just wish it traded less on tired stereotypes. Warning: spoilers ahead.
by TV News Desk - Sep 10, 2017
In partnership with New York Road Runners and USA Track & Field, NBC Sports Group will broadcast the 2017 New Balance 5th Avenue Mile live on NBC at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 10.
by Jeffrey Vizcaino - Oct 9, 2018
BroadwayWorld has an inside look at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts's The Constant Wife as Marissa McGowan took over the BWW Instagram this past Saturday, and gave followers a behind the scenes look at a two show day! Enjoy a recap of her takeover below.
by Jeffrey Vizcaino - Oct 5, 2018
Go behind the scenes with Marissa McGowan of The Denver Center for the Performing Arts's The Constant Wife tomorrow, October 6th as she takes over the BroadwayWorld Instagram! McGowan will show followers what a two show day is like.' McGowan stars as 'Maria-Louise Durham' in the production.
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 28, 2020
CLAIM OUR SPACE NOW has released a new voter campaign with Mean Girls stars Renee Rapp, Ashley De La Rosa and more!
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 2, 2017
Geva Theatre Center unveils its line-up for the Festival of New Theatre 2017 to be held in the Fielding Stage from October 25 November 5. FONT 2017 is a vibrant and innovative mix of new works by some of the most exciting playwrights from across the country and around the corner and is part of Geva's ongoing commitment to developing and producing new work for the American theatre.
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 19, 2021
Playhouse on the Square, in partnership with super sponsor Dr. Thomas Ratliff, will be presenting two productions on The Circuit Playhouse stage this holiday season.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2017
National Alliance for Musical Theatre presents its 29th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, set for today, October 19, and tomorrow, October 20, 2017 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). The Festival kicked off yesterday, October 18, with its celebrated concert, The 46th Minute.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2017
National Alliance for Musical Theatre announces additional casting for the 29th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, which takes place on Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20, 2017 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). The Festival kicks off on Wednesday, October 18 with its celebrated concert, The 46th Minute.
by A.A. Cristi - May 6, 2019
The annual Momentum Festival of New Plays at Different Stages will close the 2018-19 City Theatre season with four days of an intergenerational epic, an unconventional comedy, a chilling thriller, and a touching story of hope. Supported by The Fine Foundation, the festival runs May 30 - June 2, 2019, and is free and open to the public, though reservations are required as seating is limited. Reservations may be made at or by calling the box office at 412-431-CITY (2489). Event schedule and project descriptions below.
by Matt Wolf - May 5, 2021
The fabled date is getting nearer!  For months, May 17 has loomed large in the calendar of London theatreland as the signal for playhouses to reopen their doors after a five-month lockdown - a period of closure that has, of course, been much longer in New York for the simple reason that London theaters did at least flicker partially to life last autumn.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 4, 2021
After more than a year without in-person performances.  Circuit Playhouse, Inc., the organization that includes The Circuit Playhouse, TheatreWorks @ the Square, and Playhouse on the Square has announced the return to in-person live professional theatre for its 53rd season.
by Aliya Al-Hassan - May 27, 2022
Exclusive: get tickets from just £25 for Bad Jews. Following two record-breaking, sold-out engagements, the original West End production of Bad Jews returns to the Arts Theatre in London for 11 weeks only! 
by Tori Hartshorn - May 23, 2018
SHARK WEEK dives deeper than ever before when television's longest-running and most anticipated summer event returns for its 30th anniversary on Sunday, July 22 and continues through Sunday, July 29. After three decades and hundreds of shows, SHARK WEEK 2018 celebrates this milestone with all-new jaw-dropping shark stories that take viewers to unexplored locations and give them extensive insight into the mysterious world of sharks.
by Julie Musbach - May 21, 2018
Bad Jews -  Extended through June 24: a savagely hilarious comedy about family, faith and legacy. A beloved grandfather has died and a treasured family heirloom with religious significance is up for grabs - but who's the most deserving? Bossy, overbearing, self-declared "super-Jew" Daphna? Her wealthy cousin Liam, just returned from skiing with his shiksa girlfriend, Melody? Or Jonah, Liam's younger brother, who finds himself in the impossible position of peacemaker as the two rivals argue, insult and try to outwit each other to the bitter, hilarious end?
by Stephi Wild - May 13, 2018
Vagabond Players finish their 102nd season with Joshua Harmon's delectably savage comedy BAD JEWS directed by Miriam Bazensky. There's nothing like a death in the family to bring out the worst in people. When a beloved grandfather dies and a treasured family heirloom with sacred significance is up for grabs, just who is the most deserving heir? This blistering comedy raises provocative questions about religious identity and observance.
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 8, 2018
Long Wharf Theatre, under the direction of Managing Director Joshua Borenstein, presents Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, directed by Brendon Fox.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 26, 2018
Geva Theatre Center's 2017-2018 Season continues with the world premiere of One House Over, by Catherine Trieschmann and directed by Mark Clements, in the Elaine P. Wilson Stage from April 3 through April 29.
by Julie Musbach - Mar 21, 2018
Savage, vicious and ferociously funny.Dana Resnick directs Bad Jews, a fierce yet hilarious take on family, faith and legacy by Joshua Harmon, running April 21 through June 17 at the Odyssey Theatre.
by Elliot Lanes - Jun 7, 2017
Today's subject Veanne Cox is currently living her theatre life onstage at Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) playing the role of Arsinoé in The School for Lies. The show runs through July 9th at the Lansburgh Theatre.
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Jul 8, 2022
Following sold-out runs, the original West End production of Joshua Harmon’s comedy Bad Jews returns to the Arts Theatre in London for 11 weeks only!
by Tori Hartshorn - Jul 30, 2018
Turner's truTV has announced a pilot order for an unscripted project from Vulture, the go-to entertainment news site for the culturally obsessed, which would mark the first-ever televised project for the digital publisher. The untitled project is a new, weekly comedic awards show honoring the most deserving stories from the week in pop culture.
by Caryn Robbins - Jul 25, 2017
In partnership with New York Road Runners and USA Track & Field, NBC Sports Group will broadcast the 2017 New Balance 5th Avenue Mile live on NBC at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 10.
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Jul 20, 2022
Following sold-out runs, the original West End production of Joshua Harmon’s comedy Bad Jews returns to the Arts Theatre in London for 11 weeks only! Save up to 40% on tickets for Bad Jews.
by Elliot Lanes - Jul 20, 2021
Today’s subject Matthew Gardiner is a prime example of someone living their theatre life to the fullest. While he has directed and choreographed all over town and in Korea as well, by far the bulk of his career has been working at Signature Theatre. Since coming there in 2004, Matthew has either choreographed and or directed some of Signature’s most memorable productions while also serving as the company’s Associate Artistic Director since 2011.
by Julie Musbach - Jul 2, 2017
NYC's best underground comics come together for a great cause.
by Julie Musbach - Jul 12, 2019
The ongoing alternate-history podcast BRASS premieres its third season this month. Recorded in Seattle, Washington and featuring a veteran cast of Pacific Northwest talent, the series follows the adventures of a quartet of Victorian science geniuses and their ongoing battle against a criminal mastermind known only as the Crime Minister.
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 31, 2019
Ma-Yi Theater Company - which had considerable success last fall with the world-premieres of SESAR and THE CHINESE LADY will debut a world-premiere play by the Asian-American playwright Sam Chanse entitled FRUITING BODIES, with performances taking place April 23 - May 19 at Theatre Row (410 W. 42nd Street); Shelley Butler will direct. Tickets go on sale today, Thursday, January 31, 2019.
by Julie Musbach - Jan 31, 2018
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents the World Premiere of One House Over, a stunning new play by Catherine Trieschmann, in the Quadracci Powerhouse running February 27 through March 25, 2018. This brilliantly funny and provocative new piece has been in development at Milwaukee Rep for nearly two years and is part of our John (Jack) D. Lewis New Play Development Program, which revitalizes The Rep's commitment to commission and produce new works.
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 29, 2018
Long Wharf Theatre, under the direction of Managing Director Joshua Borenstein, presents Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Comic Mystery, directed by Brendon Fox.
by Macon Prickett - Feb 27, 2018
'No other record captures that period so perfectly,' says Elbow's Guy Garvey. 'The concerns of the songs, the stories, the experimental sounds. It was so brave for a band to record themselves at that time: it allowed a direct and undiluted account of the band as aspirational, big-hearted friends in love with making music and each other. It dared us to record ourselves. But they did it first. It's the most deserving recipient of the Mercury Prize in its history: a breathlessly ambitious and lovingly crafted masterpiece. It should be called Bring It 'The F***' On.'
by Julie Musbach - Feb 15, 2018
WP Theater (formerly known as Women's Project Theater), under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Lisa McNulty and Managing Director Michael Sag, is thrilled to announce the lineup for the second biennial Pipeline Festival, showcasing the work of the celebrated WP Lab residency for playwrights, directors and producers from March 29 - April 28 at WP Theater (2162 Broadway & 76th Street.)
by Caryn Robbins - Dec 14, 2017
To celebrate last night's world premiere of PITCH PERFECT 3, the USO partnered with Universal Pictures to host more than 200 service members at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2017
WP Theater has announced that it is now taking applications for its 2018-2020 Lab. WP Theater is looking for female-identified or trans playwrights, directors, and producers who crave an artistic home, professional support, and the resources to launch them into the next phase of their careers to join the 2018-2020 WP Lab. The two-year residency, which culminates with the biennial WP Pipeline Festival, is currently taking applications through March 1, 2018.
by Julie Musbach - Aug 7, 2018
In honor of Artistic Director Michael Kahn's final season with the Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC), the opening show of the 2018-2019 Season, William Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, will feature beloved performers, many of whom have been with the Company since the very beginning.
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 30, 2022
Savage, vicious and ferociously funny, Michael Jay directs Bad Jews, a fierce yet hilarious take on family, faith and legacy, by Joshua Harmon, running September 1 - 10, 2022 at the Rockwell Theater.
by Stephi Wild - Aug 27, 2020
Guildhall School has made a significant investment in its streaming and broadcast capabilities over recent years. As a result of the challenges posed on performers by COVID-19, the School has now invested in new NDI video and Dante Audio Networks which enable low-latency collaboration between spaces in the School.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Aug 24, 2020
Variety reports that James McAvoy will lend his voiceover talents to 'The Bridge,' a new British reality competition series.
by Julie Musbach - Aug 23, 2018
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is proud to announce full casting and creative team for the Theater Company's production of The Constant Wife by W. Somerset Maugham. Constance Middleton cheerfully plays her traditional role as the intelligent, charming housewife of a successful doctor. As her friends and family keep secrets close to their chest, she has nothing to hide - and everything to gain.
by Julie Musbach - Aug 14, 2018
The Public Theater announces complete for the New York premiere of MOTHER OF THE MAID, written by Emmy Award winner Jane Anderson.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017
Following the announcement earlier this year of the inaugural season of the IJ Summer Ballet Intensive, founders Irina Paradnaya and Jared G. Lillyhave announced additional instructors - repetiteurs - rounding out what is sure to be an extraordinary opportunity for advanced students and aspiring professionals to learn and perform roles from the classical ballet repertory of the Bolshoi Ballet, the world's most acclaimed ballet company. 
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2017
Four cast members from August Wilson's Jitney (the 2017 Tony Winner for Best Revival of a Play) will perform select readings from the show, followed by a Q&A with the audience, at Queens Library on Monday, August 7, at 6:30 p.m.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Apr 5, 2021
“Guy Fieri infuses his unmatched energy and passion into every show he makes,” said White. “He is truly one-of-a-kind, adored globally for his own love of food and his deep appreciation for the people behind the restaurant scenes. I am beyond thrilled to be able to continue this extraordinary, creative partnership.”
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 19, 2018
Savage, vicious and ferociously funny. Dana Resnick directs Bad Jews,a fierce yet hilarious take on family, faith and legacy by Joshua Harmon, runningApril 21 through June 17 at theOdyssey Theatre.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 1, 2018
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is proud to announce the 40th season of their Tony-Award winning Theatre Company, the first to be led by incoming Artistic Director Chris Coleman and the 8th season for their unconventional line of programming, Off-Center. The new season kicks off performances on July 11 and will feature 13 productions across seven different venues at the Denver Performing Arts Complex and beyond.

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The Most Deserving has had 1 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 2014.