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New Temptations Musical AIN'T TOO PROUD Extends at Berkeley Rep
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

Due to an overwhelming demand, Berkeley Rep has announced that the world premiere musical of Ain't Too Proud-The Life and Times of The Temptations will extend for two additional weeks. Originally scheduled to close on October 8, the popular musical will now run through Sunday, October 22. (more...)

THE OLD SETTLER to Launch 46th Season at The Billie Holiday Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2017

The Billie Holiday Theatre (The Billie) is launching its 46th Season in the newly-renovated theater with a production of The Old Settler, written by Brooklyn-born playwright John Henry Redwood and directed by Tony Award nominee Michele Shay. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of THE PRICE at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2017

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater presents Arthur Miller's The Price, which has been extended to receive an additional week of performances due to popular demand. The Price runs October 6-November 12, 2017 in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle. BroadwayWorld has photos from today's meet & greet below! (more...)

Broadway's Chester Gregory Joins the Cast of Kansas City Repertory's FENCES
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2017

Fresh off an 8-month run starring as Berry Gordy in Motown: The Musical, Gary, Indiana native Chester Gregory has been added to the cast of the Kansas City Repertory production of August Wilson's FENCES. (more...)

Cast Complete for Harriett D. Foy-Led East Coast Debut of NINA SIMONE: FOUR WOMEN at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2017

Celebrating the life and music of Nina Simone, one of America's most iconic singers and civil rights activists, Christina Ham's provocative musical journey Nina Simone: Four Women makes its East Coast debut at Arena Stage. Set in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, in which four little girls lost their lives in 1963, Ham uses Simone's song 'Four Women' as the framework to explore the songstress' shift from artist to artist-activist. (more...)

Edward Watts to Go Green in 'THE GRINCH' at The Old Globe; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2017

The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the Globe's 20th annual production of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!* The holiday musical will run November 4 - December 24 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. (more...)

Photo Flash: Hal Linden and More Celebrate THE PRICE Opening at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2017

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater presents Arthur Miller's The Price, which has been extended to receive an additional week of performances due to popular demand. Three-time Emmy Award winner Hal Linden, known for his portrayal of the title character in the hit television series Barney Miller and his Tony Award-winning performance in Broadway's The Rothschilds, stars as Gregory Solomon under the direction of Deputy Artistic Director Seema Sueko. The show just celebrated its opening night and BroadwayWorld has photos from the festivities below! (more...)

August Wilson's TWO TRAINS RUNNING to Return to JPAC This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2017

The Anderson & Bert Cade Fulton Foundation, Andrea J. Fulton, Founder & Producer, in association with the Jamaica Performing Arts Center/JPAC, presents the return of August Wilson's Two Trains Running. Ms. Fulton first presented Two Trains Running in the summer of 2016 as a free community offering to 40-seat audiences in Bed-Stuy's Fulton and Von King Parks as part of 'August in August,' an arts initiative created by the Fulton Foundation in partnership with Joseph Grant, Jr., the Arts and Cultural Ambassador of Councilman Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.'s Office in the 36th District in Brooklyn. Scroll down for a look at that production! (more...)

August Wilson Monologue Competition Student Wins 3rd Place at Nationals!
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

Back from a whirlwind weekend in New York City, the August Wilson Red Door Project is proud to announce that Roosevelt High School Senior Alexis Cannard brought home the 3rd place prize at the national August Wilson Monologue Competition National Finals at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway. (more...)

Ebony Repertory Theatre presents FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE Starring Obba Babatundé
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT - Producing Artistic Director, Wren T. Brown) presents FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE starring Emmy Award-winner Obba Babatunde (Dreamgirls - Tony Award nomination, Broadway's Chicago, CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful) as 'Nomax.' (more...)

Simon Godwin's MEASURE FOR MEASURE Finds Full Company at TFANA
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

Theatre for a New Audience has announced casting for British director Simon Godwin's new staging of Measure for Measure, William Shakespeare's dark comedy about justice, faith, power, sex, and family. (more...)

DORIAN'S CLOSET at Rep Stage - World Premiere Musical is Stunning!
by Charles Shubow - May 10, 2017

Directed by Co-Artistic Director Joseph Ritsch, with book and lyrics by Richard Mailman and music by Ryan Haase, DORIAN'S CLOSET is a fictionalized account of Buffalo native Dorian Corey who headed to New York City for a life as a 'female impersonator' and 'performer' and became a huge hit. One may think of such Broadway hits like LA CAGE AUX FOLLES or KINKY BOOTS which both deal with the life of male performers dressing as females. And as in those two monster hits, a musical to succeed needs one heck of a star and Director Ritsch has found such an individual in Stephen Scott Wormley who is absolutely astonishing in his role as 'Dorian' . I recall seeing his former performances in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (Olney Theatre Center), HAIRSPRAY at Signature Theatre, and in the HAIRSPRAY concert version with the Baltimore Symphony where he excelled as 'Seaweed'. (more...)

Goodman Theatre Sets Cast for World Premiere of OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR By Charles Smith
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

The cast and creative team is complete for Objects in the Mirror, a Goodman Theatre-commissioned world premiere by Charles Smith. Directed by Resident Director Chuck Smith, Objects in the Mirror is inspired by the playwright's real-life friendship with a Liberian refugee-turned-actor, Shedrick Yarkpai-portrayed by Daniel Kyri, in his Goodman debut. The production was developed through the 2015 New Stages festival and features a 5-member cast who brings to life the gripping account of one Liberian refugee's attempts to find peace by exposing a potentially dangerous lifelong secret. Objects in the Mirror appears April 29 through June 4 (opening night is May 8) in the Albert Theatre. Tickets ($20-$75; subject to change) are now on sale and available at GoodmanTheatre.org/Objects, the box office (170 N. Dearborn) or by phone at 312.443.3800. (more...)

Chicago High School Students to Compete in the August Wilson Monologue Competition
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2017

Twenty Chicago high school students will once again compete in the finals of the August Wilson Monologue Competition for a chance to represent Chicago in the National Competition at the August Wilson Theatre in New York City.  Hundreds of students competed across the city in preliminary rounds. The finals will be held at the Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St on Monday, March 6, 2017 at6:00 pm. The August Wilson Monologue Competition is free and open to the public. (more...)

August Wilson's TWO TRAINS RUNNING Set for Seattle Rep's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2017

Seattle Repertory Theatre is bringing back the work of Seattle legend August Wilson, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and playwright. Two Trains Running will be performed in Seattle Rep's Bagley Wright Theatre as part of its 2017/2018 season. The full 2017/2018 season announcement will be made later this spring. (more...)

SWEAT Sets Mobile Rush Before Tomorrow's First Preview on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2017

The searing new play Sweat begins previews on Broadway tomorrow Saturday, March 4 at Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street). Following a sold out, critically acclaimed engagement at New York's Public Theater, Sweat, the new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, directed by Kate Whoriskey will officially open on Broadway on March 26, 2017. (more...)

Pulitzer-Winning Drama DISGRACED to Tour Universities, High Schools in China This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2017

The most produced play in America in 2015-16, Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer-winning drama Disgraced will tour universities and high schools in China under the direction of Timothy Douglas from April 3 to 30, produced by Ping Pong Productions with grants from the Henry Luce Foundation and the U.S. Embassy in China as well as major support from Chinese hosts and other local partners. (more...)

Get to Know the Cast of SWEAT on Broadway- Opens Tonight!
by Stephanie Wild - Mar 26, 2017

Sweat, the new Broadway play opens today at Studio 54. The critically acclaimed new play from Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Lynn Nottage, comes to Broadway following its sold-out run at The Public Theater. Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, SWEAT tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat. Get to know the company before they take their opening bows! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 3/26/2017
by BWW - Mar 26, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/26/2017 for Dallas (more...)

Brian Anthony Wilson and Danielle Lee Greaves to Lead FENCES at JAG Productions; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2017

JAG Productions has announced the full casting for their upcoming production of August Wilson's Pulitzer-Prize winning play Fences at Woodstock Town Hall Theatre in Woodstock, VT. Fences, directed by Jarvis Antonio Green (JAG Productions: Choir Boy), will run from April 27 through May 7. (more...)

TOUCHTONES, A DOLL'S HOUSE and THE BLUEST EYE Set for Arden Theatre Company's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2017

Arden Theatre Company announces the first three shows of their 2017/18 30th Anniversary Season and continues their mission to present great stories by great storytellers. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 3/19/2017
by BWW - Mar 19, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/19/2017 for Dallas (more...)

Cast Set for SOJOURNERS and HER PORTMANTEAU in Rep at NYTW
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2017

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) has announced casting for NYTW Usual Suspect Mfoniso Udofia's SOJOURNERS and HER PORTMANTEAU, presented in repertory and directed by NYTW Usual Suspect and former NYTW 2050 Fellow Ed Sylvanus Iskandar. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 3/12/2017
by BWW - Mar 12, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/12/2017 for Dallas (more...)

THE ORIGINALIST, SOVEREIGNTY, THE GREAT SOCIETY and More on Tap for Arena Stage's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2017

Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith and Executive Director Edgar Dobie announce the 2017/18 season lineup for the company's 68th season. The season reflects Arena Stage's commitment to championing diverse voices and producing work that is politically and socially-relevant. (more...)

TFANA Presents Simon Godwin's New Staging of MEASURE FOR MEASURE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2017

Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA; Jeffrey Horowitz, Founding Artistic Director) is pleased to announce casting for British director Simon Godwin's new staging of Measure for Measure, William Shakespeare's dark comedy about justice, faith, power, sex, and family. The production, which marks Godwin's first time directing Shakespeare for an American company, runs June 17 - July 16 at Polonsky Shakespeare Center (262 Ashland Place) in the Brooklyn Cultural District. (more...)

Simon Godwin's MEASURE FOR MEASURE Begins This Weekend at TFANA
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

Theatre for a New Audience presents Simon Godwin's (Associate Director, London's National Theatre) Measure for Measure, William Shakespeare's dark comedy about justice, faith, power, sex and family. Measure for Measure is the first time Godwin is directing Shakespeare with an American company. The production runs this weekend, June 17, through July 16 at Polonsky Shakespeare Center (262 Ashland Place) in the Brooklyn Cultural District. (more...)

Katrina Lenk, Will Pullen, Barbara Barrie and Anthony Chisholm Honored by Actors' Equity Foundation
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2017

Today, the Actors' Equity Foundation honored Katrina Lenk for her work in The Band's Visit and Indecent as well as Will Pullen from Sweat with the 2017 Clarence Derwent Award. In addition, the annual Actors' Equity Foundation Award honored union members Barbara Barrie for her work in Broadway's Significant Other and Anthony Chisholm for his work in this past season's riveting Jitney. (more...)

Chester Theatre Company to present SKELETON CREW
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

Chester Theatre Company (CTC) is proud to present Dominique Morisseau's Skeleton Crew in the historic Chester Town Hall, 15 Middlefield Road in Chester, MA, from July 13 - 23, 2017. The production is directed by Awoye Timpo, making her CTC directorial debut. In this 'deeply moral and deeply American play' (The New York Times), Reggie has worked his way up to supervisor at a faltering auto factory. Now he has to decide whether he owes his loyalty to himself, to his bosses, or to long-time family friend Faye and the younger workers on the line, Dez and Shanita. In the spirit of August Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle, this third play from Morisseau's Detroit Trilogy explores the hard choices facing Americans barely squeezing by. It was named by the New York Times as 'one of six plays that reckon with an anxious America.' (more...)

Simon Godwin's MEASURE FOR MEASURE Enters Final Week at TFANA
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

Simon Godwin's (Associate Director, London's National Theatre) acclaimed staging of Measure for Measure, William Shakespeare's dark comedy about justice, faith, power, sex and family, will close as scheduled next week, on July 16. Just 15 New York performances remain of the production. (more...)

Arden Theatre Announces Residency with GoKash OnSTAGE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017

Arden Theatre Company announces a season-long residency with GoKash OnSTAGE. During the 2017/18 30th Anniversary Season, the Arden will house two GoKash OnSTAGE productions - a September production in the Arcadia Theatre, and a Spring production in the new Selma M. and Robert J. Horan Studio Theatre. (more...)

Cast Complete for New Temptations Musical AIN'T TOO PROUD at Berkeley Rep
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2017

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced the full casting and creative team for the world premiere of AIN'T TOO PROUD-THE TEMPTATIONS MUSICAL. The musical stage production will be directed by Tony Award winner Des McAnuff. Berkeley Rep presents the show by special arrangement with Ira Pittelman and Tom Hulce (American Idiot, Spring Awakening). (more...)

Reginald Andre Jackson Stars in a Dynamic Staging of HAMLET
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

Director Robin Lynn Smith and a seasoned company including Seattle theatre veterans Reginald Andre Jacskon (Hamlet), Mary Ewald (Gertrude), Sunam Ellis (Horatio), Shawn Belyea (Claudius) and Peter Dylan O'Connor (Laertes) brings HAMLET to stirring life with live music composted by Kultur Shock member Srdjan "Gino" Yevdjevich and movement by Butoh dancer Vanessa Skantze. (more...)

Ebony Repertory Theatre Presents FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT - Producing Artistic Director Wren T. Brown) announced today that ERT will present FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE starring Emmy Award-winner Obba Babatunde (Dreamgirls/Tony nomination). Written by Clarke Peters, this exuberant, international hit musical pays tribute to the music of rhythm and blues pioneer Louis Jordan.  ERT's production, directed and choreographed by Keith Young (On The Town), with musical direction by Abdul Hamid Royal (FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE/original Broadway production) will commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the musical's Broadway production. Performances will run May 18 - June 11, 2017 with an official press opening on Saturday, May 20 at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center (4718 West Washington Boulevard) in Los Angeles, 90016. (more...)

Alison Wright Completes Cast of Lynn Nottage's SWEAT on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

Producers Stuart Thompson and Louise Gund have announced the full cast for the Broadway production of the searing new play Sweat. Alison Wright ('The Americans') joins the previously announced cast from the critically acclaimed Public Theater engagement. (more...)

BWW Feature: Building FENCES - A Journey From Stage To Screen and the Legacy of August Wilson
by Jeffrey Walker - Feb 26, 2017

From the Broadway stage to the Pulitzer Prize, back to Broadway, and now as a film adaptation with four Oscar nominations, FENCES has riveted audiences for more than 30 years. The film, directed by and starring Denzel Washington, is nominated for Best Picture, with Washington and Viola Davis nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress. The fourth nomination is for the drama's original playwright August Wilson for Best Adapted Screenplay. Wilson died in 2005. Wilson left behind an indelible legacy of dramatic work, having penned the ambitious American Century Cycle of ten plays focusing on the African-American experience in the 20th century. (more...)

UPDATED BWW Flashback: Take a Look Back at Oscar-Winner Viola Davis' Tony-Winning Stage Career
by Matt Tamanini - Feb 20, 2017

Last night two-time Tony Award-winner Viola Davis made history as the first African-American to win an Emmy in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category. She was recognized for her role as the brilliant attorney and professor Annalise Keating on the Shonda Rhimes drama HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER. In addition to her Emmy and Tonys, Davis has won three Drama Desks and three SAG Awards. During her acceptance speech, Davis quoted Harriet Tubman and talked about breaking boundaries and redefining what Hollywood thinks of as beautiful. (more...)

Andrew Samonsky, Hannah Elless and Bryce Pinkham to Star in BENNY & JOON Musical at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2017

The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the first show of its 2017-2018 Season, the world premiere musical Benny & Joon, with book by Kirsten Guenther, music by Nolan Gasser, and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein. (more...)

Marion McClinton Steps in for Lou Bellamy at Capri Theater's FENCES Talk
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2017

Due to a conflict, Lou Bellamy will no longer be able to lead a discussion of Fences at the Capri Theater on Thursday, September 7. Denzel Washington's Oscar-winning adaptation of August Wilson's Fences will now be followed by a discussion led by actor and director Marion McClinton. (more...)

Photo Flash: Hal Linden, Matt Bogart, Britney Coleman and More Preview Arena Stage's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2017

Arena Stage's 2017/18 Season Preview event took place following the all-day, free Community Day and Costume Sale on August 26, 2916. The evening included performances from and conversations with artists involved in the 2017/18 season. BroadwayWorld has photos from the star-studded event below! (more...)

TWO TRAINS RUNNING Opens at Spotlighters Theatre Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2017

This is the 1960s chapter of the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright's decade by decade saga of ordinary African Americans in this turbulent century. (more...)

Cast Complete for Hal Linden-Led THE PRICE in Extended Run at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2017

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces full casting for Arthur Miller's The Price, which has been extended to receive an additional week of performances due to popular demand. (more...)

Gokash OnSTAGE presents New Play SEVENTY IV SECONDS... TO JUDGMENT
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

In 2016, playwright Kash Goins, a native of South Philadelphia and graduate of Lincoln University, produced his original drama 'V to X', under his 10 year-old Philadelphia based theatre company, GoKash OnSTAGE.  (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 4/09/2017
by BWW - Apr 9, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/09/2017 for Dallas (more...)

Karen Pittman to Lead Dominique Morisseau's PIPELINE at Lincoln Center Theater; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

Lincoln Center Theater has announced that Tasha Lawrence, Morocco Omari, Karen Pittman, Namir Smallwood, Jaime Lincoln Smith, and Heather Velazquez will be featured in its upcoming production of PIPELINE, a new play by Dominique Morisseau, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, which begins performances Thursday, June 15 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65 Street).  Opening night is Monday, July 10. (more...)

OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR, Inspired by True Story, Starts Next Week at Goodman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

The world premiere of Objects in the Mirror, which was developed through the Goodman's  New Stages Festival, appears April 29 through June 4 (opening night is May 8) in the 856-seat Albert Theatre. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 4/02/2017
by BWW - Apr 2, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/02/2017 for Dallas (more...)

Musical Adaptation of Homer's THE ODYSSEY, THE HUMANS and More Slated for Seattle Rep in 2017-18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2017

Artistic Director Braden Abraham today announced Seattle Repertory Theatre's new nine-play 2017/2018 Season, which kicks off with a massive, community-driven musical adaptation, and continues with a theatrical take on a Jane Austen favorite, the launch of a  Broadway National Tour of a Tony Award-winning play, an August Wilson masterpiece, and much more. (more...)

JAG Productions Presents August Wilson's FENCES
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2017

JAG Productions will present August Wilson's Fences later this month at the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre in Woodstock, Vermont.  Previews begin April 27, 2017 and performances run through May 7, 2017. (more...)

Spotlighters Announces 56th Season!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2017

Spotlighters is thrilled to announce a challenging and inspiring selection of exceptional theatre for our 56th Season.  This season, we take our audiences on a journey of discovery and introspection, of searching and longing, to find a place we belong! (more...)

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