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Second Stage Theatre

(New York, NY)
307 West 43rd Street (at 8th Avenue)
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2019
The Adelaide Fringe has announced its diamond anniversary ambassadors with Queen of Pop Marcia Hines, international superstar Amanda Palmer and glamazon-drag superhero Fez Faanana set to shine in 2020. 
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2019
Australian concert drama Rolling Thunder Vietnam a?" Songs That Defined A Generation returns for a strictly-limited tour in March-April 2020, including the Queensland Performing Arts Centre [QPAC] in Brisbane, Hamer Hall in Melbourne and the new Coliseum Theatre in Western Sydney.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2019
The sensational Australian concert drama Rolling Thunder Vietnam a?" Songs That Defined A Generation returns for a strictly-limited tour in March-April 2020, including the Queensland Performing Arts Centre [QPAC] in Brisbane, Hamer Hall in Melbourne, Geelong Arts Centre and the new Coliseum Theatre in Western Sydney.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2019
Drag stars BAGA CHIPZ a?" currently on screen as one of the contestants in BBC Three's RuPaul's Drag Race UK a?" and SHEILA SIMMONDS a?" best known from her outrageous performance that wowed the judges in Britain's Got Talent 2019 a?" will star in a fierce and funny drag makeover of classic pantomime CINDERELLA this Christmas, playing at the Trafalgar Studios in the West End for six performances only.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2019
Due to overwhelming demand, 5 extra shows have been added for The Phantom of the Opera in Dubai. The show now plays through November 9th!
by TV News Desk - Oct 8, 2019
Reservoir announces the signing of multi-Platinum rapper Young M.A to a worldwide publishing deal. The deal includes global rights to her entire catalog of works including her triple-Platinum single “OOOUUU” and recently released Top 20 Billboard 200 debut LP, Herstory In The Making. 'As an independent artist it's important for me to continue adding the right partners to my team,” said Young M.A. “I'm excited about being in business with Reservoir and joining forces with such a reputable company....ready to make BIG moves!” Born Katorah Marrero, Young M.A stormed onto the scene with her 2016 viral single “OOOUUU,” which would go on to become a triple-Platinum, Top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, racking up over half a billion streams. 50 Cent jumped on an official remix of the cut, while unofficial remixes were released by the likes of Nicki Minaj, French Montana, ASAP Ferg, Jadakiss, Remy Ma, Meek Mill, Beanie Sigel, The Game, and others. “OOOUUU” also caught the attention of rapper Eminem, who included a sample of the song on “The Ringer,” the lead track off his #1 Billboard album Kamikaze. Now, Young M.A. presents Herstory In The Making, a 21 track collection of works that details the rapper's bouts with fame, mental health, sexuality, grief, and more. Young M.A stands front and center, delivering her most personal work to date. She has spent the last few years since “OOOUUU” releasing a steady stream of singles including “PettyWap,” “BIG,” “Car Confessions,” and “Stubborn Ass,” each amassing double-digit millions of streams prior to appearing on Herstory In The Making. Meanwhile, her unofficial remix of Blueface's “Thotiana” once again propelled her into virality, garnering well over 30 million YouTube views in a matter of weeks. With over a billion streams to date, M.A has become a global brand. She appeared in several ad campaigns for major product rollouts by Google Pixel 2, Adidas, MetroPCS, FashionNova, and Beats By Dre; toured with 21 Savage, opened for Beyoncé, and sold out shows on her own worldwide tour; made Forbes' 30 Under 30 list for 2018 and even received a proclamation from New York City – all before releasing a full-length album. “Young M.A is a game-changer,” said Faith Newman, SVP of A&R and Catalog Development. “She initially grabbed my attention with her unapologetic authenticity and held it with her unparalleled rhyme skills. And this is only the beginning for her; she adds a unique voice to the Reservoir roster and we are thrilled to be her publisher.”
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2019
Ghostlight Ensemble announced the cast of its first endeavor of the 2019-2020 Season, a staged reading of The Thirteenth Chair, by Bayard Veiller.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2019
This October Ailey Extension offers a wealth of opportunities for dancers of all ages to learn moves from internationally-acclaimed dance icons and veterans of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
by Kelsey Lawler - Oct 7, 2019
This Skylight production is certainly more stripped down, relying on simple orchestrations, bare-bones sets, and a small ensemble to achieve something great. A production like this allows the strongest bit of 'Oklahoma!' -- the music -- to shine.
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Oct 7, 2019
In a limited run on October 8-13, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the beloved childhood tale of five lucky children with magic tickets, hits The Straz Center to delight kids of all ages. The story is a lesson in have and have-nots, centering around Charlie Bucket, a poor, kind-hearted boy whose family is on the brink of starvation. Charlie, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teavee, Veruca Salt, and Augustus Gloop, have found a golden ticket inside a Wonka bar and have gained the privilege of visiting the chocolate factory. Unlike Charlie, the four are sorely lacking in traits of kindness and appreciation.
by Kelle Long - Oct 7, 2019
Grand sets and spectacle draw crowds, but the basis of all great theater is human connection and that can be born from sparsity. The Wheel Theatre Company's highly affordable presentation of William Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale is a perfect reminder that authentic theatrical experiences occur wherever passionate players gather.
by George Weinhouse - Oct 7, 2019
Birgit Nilsson, one of the greatest Turandots of our time, was fond of saying that Wagner made her famous but TURANDOT made her rich. Why was this so? Simply because very few sopranos can toss out the high notes, cut through the thick orchestration and sing over the huge chorus, which are the minimum requirements to approach this role. Those who can are amply rewarded.
by Gil Kaan - Oct 19, 2019
Mike Bartlett's COCK presents an unsympathetic take on a man questioning his sexuality as he cheats on his male lover with a woman he keeps running into on his morning route to work. John vacillates between being turned on by M, his hunky, but very mean lover, and being brought to sexual ecstasy by W, a needy woman, possibly his first.
by Debbie Gilpin - Oct 18, 2019
Alice Birch's [BLANK] comprises 100 scenes, any number of which can be selected and performed in any order a?" it's all in the hands of the creative team. For Maria Aberg's production at the Donmar Warehouse, an all-female company has been cast and 22 of the scenes have been pulled together. The common thread between all of the scenes is the experience of women in the criminal justice system, whether they work for it, are in prison themselves, or are victims of crime.
by Cindy Marcolina - Oct 18, 2019
Zawe Ashton's incredible 2019 brings to the plate the second piece she's written in her career. It took a long, winding road that spanned 11 years and more than a few attempts, but for all the women who thought they were Mad finally made it. Now, it's receiving his world premiere in London before opening almost simultaneously Off-Broadway too. Jo McInnes directs the play, which oozes with metaphors and allegoric meaning; the small, daily aggressions that black women have to endure are put together to form a universal experience infused with just the right amount of magic.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2019
Audiences can expect to be whisked away to a beautiful world of adventurous animals and woodland magic in The Court Theatre's upcoming summer season of The Wind in the Willows.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2019
Haven is pleased to present its fifth DIRECTORS HAVEN, the company's ever-growing initiative annually showcasing the talents of three rising directors. This season, Lauren Katz directs Caryl Churchill's ambitious surrealist work THIS IS A CHAIR; Aaron Mays helms Sonia Sanchez's lyrical drama 2 x 2; and AJ Schwartz directs Dan Giles' tender yet challenging one-act HOW YOU KISS ME IS NOT HOW I LIKE TO BE KISSED. 
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2019
La Clique, the Olivier Award-winning spectacular which blazed a trail for contemporary cabaret-variety and breathed new life into Spiegeltent performance, today confirms the full cast for its first West End run in over a decade including a host of showstopping new acts.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2019
After dropping their debut single, 'Bad Decisions' racked up more than 500,000 streams. Genre-bending, electronic-bass-rock project AHZ has now returned with a second single titled 'It's Alive'. The bass heavy track features vocalist Adam O'Rourke delivering some sultry melodies before the track descends into a massive, endorphin filled, dubstep banger. The video was directed by Colin Lepper in a stop-motion animation style that combines with AHZ frantic beats to create a unique visual experience for fans. The video can be seen online at
by TV News Desk - Oct 18, 2019
Out of the gate underground Artist Lio O'liva has hit the music scene hard with his freshman album Prosthetic Soul ( With the first 5 songs released as a visual R&B/Hip Hop album the 24-year-old music artist tells a tale that no other on the scene has yet to set the stage for. With the first 5 original songs titled 'If', 'In The Moment', 'Bronx Blues', 'King At The Core' and 'Robert Horry', O'liva tells an in-depth and true to life tale.'Born in Honduras then moved out to Cali. Prosthetic legs but my mind embraced the challenge. Raised in the Bronx we was peasants grew up poor but I knew I was a king at the core' are just a tiny piece of the puzzle to unique lyrics that resonate not only within your ears but also within your mind, body, and soul. The next 5 songs have an anticipated release date of XXEnter DateX with the entirety of the album was written solely by O'liva and produced by Jeffrey Resto Jr. with visuals shot by multiple directors including Kamari Thomas, Japhyn Cavellos & Daniel Maloney. View the visual album via Youtube, Soundcloud, and will soon be available for download via iTunes and Google Play.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2019
Tituss Burgess will make his Carnegie Hall debut on February 1, 2020 with a concert titled Take Me to the World, paying homage to the legendary music of Stephen Sondheim.
by TV News Desk - Oct 17, 2019
Since premiering in 1997, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW has been an American sensation, breaking new ground in reality television and leaving an inimitable mark on pop culture. Now, PBS's most-watched ongoing series is hitting another milestone with Extraordinary Finds, a one-of-a-kind celebration of 500 episodes!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2019
KITTY, whose 'Rose Gold' album debuted at #9 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart earlier this year, has announced the formation of PRETTY WAVVY. Formed in partnership with Regime Music Group, Pretty Wavvy will not only be the new worldwide home for Kitty and her various projects but will also actively sign and develop artists worldwide.
by Cindy Marcolina - Oct 17, 2019
It's the beginning of the 20th Century in the Pacific Northwest and Linda Hazzard's sanitarium is under fire for her unusual practices. She founded Wilderness Heights with the aim of a?oecuringa?? her patients through fasting, which, in her opinion, would rid the body of toxins.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2019
It's the most wonderful time of year! The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and music director Marcus Printup continue a beloved annual tradition with Big Band Holidays. Featuring soulful, big band versions of classics like a?oeJingle Bells,a?? a?oeJoy to the World,a?? and a?oeBrazilian Sleigh Ride,a?? Big Band Holidays is an uplifting holiday program that plays to sold-out audiences around the country every December.
by Shari Barrett - Oct 16, 2019
As the tension mounts to its bloody end, audience members, especially the few who get invited into the scene within Macbeth's castle, are drawn into the characters' lives and motives, all the while experiencing the evocative moody atmosphere of haunted, stone-walled castles. Kudos go out to the entire design team from Runco's sets, Avery Reagan and Wesley Chew's lighting design, Joseph a?oeSloea?? Slawinski's sound design, to A. Jeffrey Schoenberg's costume design which work brilliantly together with the talented acting ensemble to transport audiences into a sensory experience none will ever forget.
by Michael Quintos - Oct 16, 2019
For playwright Adam Bock's endearing new gay romantic comedy THE CANADIANS---now having its infectiously giddy World Premiere production at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa through October 20, 2019---the typical blueprint for the usual girl-meets-boy trope gets a fresh, heady spin and an inspired recast that elevates it higher that your average rom com. Sweet and endearing without having to be too sanitized for a mainstream audience, the play, overall, is simply a winning play that both straight and queer audiences can equally cheer for. Don't be surprised if even you shed a tear or two for its touching, absolutely satisfying climax.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2019
BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, the longest operating performance venue in lower Manhattan, proudly presents the first event in the 2019-2020 Family Series Season: Jamie Adkins' Circus Incognitus on Saturday, November 2 at 11:00AM. Circus Incognitus is the first show of BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center's 2019-2020 Family Theater Season, featuring plays, musicals, puppetry, concerts and dance for all ages.  
by Review Roundups - Oct 16, 2019
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical opens officially tonight, October 16, at the Longacre Theatre (220 W. 48th Street).
by Emma Kershaw - Oct 16, 2019
Hope Mill Theatre is known for its excellent musical theatre revivals, and the current production of MAME is no exception. In 1969, Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's production graced the West End, starring Ginger Rogers; 50 years on, MAME has become one of the lesser-known musicals.
by Albert Gutierrez - Oct 15, 2019
Picture it, April 2018.  Encore Performing Arts has commandeered the stage at The Abbey, a swanky downtown Orlando lounge theatre, to convert it into their spring production of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE.  My friends and I meet up for the Bee, a nice way to finish off a birthday weekend that - for myself at least - began ten hours earlier, 14,000 feet in the air.
by Cindy Marcolina - Oct 15, 2019
Shake It Up Theatre's concept for their Improvised Shakespeare Show is very simple and follows the basic rules of improv - with an Elizabethan twist added to the mix. The audience are in charge of setting the scene, choosing the genre first and then moving to setting and protagonist, the weirder, the better.
by Alric Davis - Oct 15, 2019
Theatre Under The Stars' Spring Awakening does more than entertain its audiences. It enlivens the fifty first season of the massive theatre known for their proclivity for golden age musicals and traditional fare and re-introduces to Houston audiences a production that highlights still-relevant subjects such as child abuse, teen suicide, sex education, gender politics, abortion and more.
by TV News Desk - Oct 15, 2019
There's nobody quite like Roger Kellaway. In a career that has stretched over the last 60 years, while performing with many of the legendary jazz musicians of his time he has also written memorable film and television scores, composed classical works for major symphony orchestras, inspired what came to be known as “new age” music, and provided essential accompaniment and musical direction for iconic figures of American popular music like Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, Van Morrison and Joni Mitchell. Although Kellaway's soundtrack for the Streisand film “A Star is Born” received an Oscar nomination, and his compositions have been performed at Carnegie Hall and elsewhere by the likes of the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and National Symphony orchestras, he still may be most widely recognized for the closing theme (“Remembering You”) of the 1970s mega-hit TV series, All in The Family.
by Theresa Bertram - Oct 15, 2019
The talent at the Weekend Theater will blow you away at their production of SIDE SHOW (2014 Broadway Revival). Running through October 27, you do not want to miss this.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2019
A host of special guests have been announced for Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas, as the bandleader's festive showcase returns to the Royal Albert Hall for the fourth time.
by Isabella Perrone - Oct 14, 2019
Set in one of the last American cinemas with a 35mm projection system, THE FLICK examines the lives of three employees who are struggling with romantic relationships, finances, family, and themselves. It's a bleak look at life that suggests some interesting perspectives, although a lengthy runtime makes for a long, sometimes uncomfortable watch.
by Ingrid Settem - Oct 14, 2019
This new ambitious children's musical based on the Lewis Carroll novel a?oeAlice in Wonderlanda?? was an experience different from what I had not expected. It may be that my prior knowledge of the source material from early childhood had something to do it. The story itself has so many aspects and depths to it depending on the age of the viewer. However this production managed to stir emotions in both adults and children of different ages (I brought my kids!). The elegant nonlinear absurdity of the original story is well intact, but in a more modern setting. The fierce wordplay-ish humor managed to never let the show be boring. The production feels in many ways like Alice in Wonderland version 2.0
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2019
Emergence Dance Theatre presents the 25th anniversary of Dance Chicago, an annual celebration of dance curated by Artistic Director John Schmitz, November 2 -17 and the return of Dances from the Heart, Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave.
by Natasha Ashley - Oct 14, 2019
The classic American courtroom drama by Reginald Rose Twelve Angry Men, under the impressive direction of James Still, is now captivating audiences at Syracuse Stage. The production is co-produced with Indiana Repertory Theatre and showcases brilliant acting, a flawless and detailed set design by Junghyun Georgia Lee, and thought-provoking topics.
by Tanya Seale - Oct 13, 2019
New Line Theatre, whose tagline is fittingly #MusicalTheatreAF, opens their 29th season with Cry-Baby, the 2007 musical with book by Mark O'Donnell & Thomas Meehan and songs by David Javerbaum & Adam Schlesinger. It is based on Cry-Baby the film, written and directed by Hairspray creator, John Waters. Let me just pause here and say if you have only ever seen the film, you're missing out, as the musical has a much more cohesive, developed...
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2019
Further details have been revealed for the upcoming Merrily We Roll Along film, starring Ben Platt and Beanie Feldstein.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2019
YOU CAN KISS ME, a short film by Jan Janelak, will be an official entry in the 15th Annual LA Femme International Film Festival at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles, October 17-20, 2019. The film, written and directed by Janelak, is a sexy and saucy look at two women looking for love who find more - or less - than either of them expected.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2019
On November 10th at 7:30pm at Symphony Space - Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre, Composers Concordance presents 'Estonian Connections,' featuring flutists Maarika Järvi and Monika Matthiesen, bassoonist Martin Kuuskman, and the CompCord Ensemble, conducted by David Rozenblatt. Cultures collide as works by contemporary Estonian composers are heard alongside those from American composers, inspired by the event's theme. Premieres include 'The Man Who Loved Locks,' based on Estonian legend, with music by Gene Pritsker and poetry by Erik T. Johnson. This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of The Estonian Ministry of Culture.
by TV Scoop - Oct 11, 2019
Get all the scoop on Coming Up on a New Episode of NANCY DREW, airing on THE CW on Wednesday, October 30, 2019!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2019
On Saturday evening, October 26th at 7:00 pm, the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre will host a special Halloween fun and fright night of improvisation presented by the hilarious Burt Reynolds Institute Improv Players a?" The Trolls. The evening's offering will be unique in that it brings the audience and the performers together in an unscripted and always enjoyable 90 minutes of laughs and guffaws.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2019
To accommodate ticket demand Lifeline Theatre announces ten added performances of its Jeff Recommended and critically-acclaimed production of Dorothy L Sayers' Whose Body?. The Lifeline theatre production is adapted by ensemble member Frances Limoncelli and directed by Jess Hutchinson. When a dead body turns up in a bathtub wearing nothing but a pair of pince-nez, amateur detective Lord Peter Wimsey assigns himself to the case. However, when the mystery becomes labyrinthine he enlists the help of close friend Inspector Parker to follow his only lead, a teaching hospital near the scene of the crime. Could it be a harmless prank by a medical student or something more sinister? Follow the clues and uncover the truth in this beloved 1923 whodunit by Dorothy L. Sayers. The production runs approximately two hours with one intermission. The novel is on sale in the lobby.
by TV Scoop - Oct 10, 2019
Get all the scoop on Coming Up on a New Episode of 20/20, airing on ABC on today, October 11, 2019!