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Playwrights Horizons (New York, NY)
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Based on The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts

Set in 1964 in the Deep South during the early days of the Civil Rights Movement, strongVIOLET/strong

follows the growth and enlightenment of a bitter young woman

accidentally scarred by her father. In hopes that a TV evangelist can

cure her, she embarks on a journey by bus from her sleepy North

Carolina town to Oklahoma. Along the way, she meets a young black

soldier who teaches her about beauty, love, courage and what it means

to be an outsider. brbrOne of the most acclaimed off-Broadway shows of the ?90s, strongVIOLET/strong

astounded critics and audiences with its powerful story, its energetic,

toe-tapping Gospel, Rock, Country, and Rhythm and Blues score by a href="http://mtishows.com/biography.asp?writerid=3343"Jeanine Tesori/a, and its well-crafted book and lyrics by a href="http://mtishows.com/biography.asp?writerid=3237"Brian Crawley/a

that are not afraid to deal with important, sensitive issues. Its

simple set and modest cast and orchestra requirements adjust to any

scale production. strongVIOLET /strongfeatures a strong ensemble cast with bravura roles for the two leads.



'MIGHTY REAL' to Perform at RuPaul's Drag Con This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL, the Broadway-bound musical (headed to The Great White Way in 2018) celebrating the life and music of the original 1970s 'Queen of Disco,' Sylvester, will give a special performance at the inaugural RuPaul's Drag Con NYC this weekend. (more...)

BECKY SHAW Comes to Windy City Playhouse 9/28
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

Rehearsals are underway for Gina Gionfriddo's "Becky Shaw," playing September 21 through November 12. Under the direction of Jeff Award winner Scott Weinstein, the dark "ferociously funny" (The New York Times) comedy stars Carley Cornelius as the titular character, an emotionally-fragile single woman swept up in the chaos of a blind-date gone array. The cast of "Becky Shaw" also features Michael Doonan as Max Garrett, Suzanne Petri as Susan Slater, Michael Aaron Pogue as Andrew Porter and Amy Rubenstein as Suzanna Slater. (more...)

CSUSM Arts & Lectures to Present THE WOMAN IN BLACK This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

California State University San Marcos Arts & Lectures program will present a special one-weekend engagement of Susan Hill's THE WOMAN IN BLACK, adapted for the stage by Stephen Mallatratt. (more...)

Mrs. Smith and the Rage to Perform at The Cutting Room, 10/9
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

Noted philanthropist, tone poet, and world's most unlikely guitar hero, Mrs. Smith comes to The Cutting Room on Monday, October 9th, for an encounter with unbridled musical exploration, fully bonkers comedic storytelling, and Lady-of-a-Certain-Age pathos. (more...)

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...)

Goodman Theatre Announces 2017-18 Playwrights Unit
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

Goodman Theatre's commitment to new works and living writers continues in its 2017/2018 Season. (more...)

Adrianna Hicks, Carla R. Stewart and Carrie Compere to Lead THE COLOR PURPLE on Tour; Cast, Dates Set!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

Producers announced today the first North American tour and full casting of the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of THE COLOR PURPLE. Performances will begin October 7, 2017 in Schenectady, New York at Proctors and the tour will have its official opening October 17, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland at The Hippodrome Theatre. The tour will visit more than 30 cities in its first year on tour. Check out a complete tour route for the 2017-18 season below! (more...)

BWW Review: GYPSY Takes Off at Lyric Stage
by Nancy Grossman - Sep 7, 2017

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston has hit the trifecta with their season opener GYPSY, directed and choreographed by Rachel Bertone, music directed by Dan Rodriguez, and raised to the rafters by Leigh Barrett's forceful Mama Rose. This is one for the ages. (more...)

ANNIE Opens at Gallery Players Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

Gallery Players charges into its 51st season with their first show, the beloved and uplifting Annie.  It tells the story of a plucky and lovable orphan girl, a millionaire, and how they find their forever family with each other.  This year marks the 40th year anniversary of the original Broadway production. The show has been a family favorite ever since.  (more...)

Billy Crudup to Star in World Premiere of HARRY CLARKE at Vineyard Theatre; Audible to Record as Audio Play
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

Vineyard Theatre Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern have announced that Tony Award-winner Billy Crudup (THE COAST OF UTOPIA, Spotlight, THE METAL CHILDREN) will star in the world premiere production of HARRY CLARKE by Obie Award-winner David Cale (LILLIAN) and directed by Leigh Silverman (Violet). (more...)

Curtain to Rise This Fall on Campy Musical RUTHLESS! at OCTA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2017

OCTA is ready to sail into its new season on the wings of the musical spoof, Ruthless! Audiences can catch all the absurd fun of 'the stage mother of all musicals' September 15-October 1. (more...)

Abrons Arts Center to Present Tele-Violet's THE POWER OF EMOTION: THE APARTMENT
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2017

Abrons Arts Center will present the world premiere of The Power of Emotion: The Apartment (October 11-21), directed by Katherine Brook for her female-centered company, Tele-Violet. (more...)

National Theatre of MatMadia to Present SHE MOON: A SHOW ABOUT BUTTS at The Muse Brooklyn
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2017

The National Theatre of MatMadia is proud to present SHE MOON: A Show About Butts at The Muse Brooklyn. SHE MOON, an ensemble creation, is directed by Maddy Campbell. (more...)

DRY POWDER and CAROLINE, OR CHANGE Headed to Hampstead Theatre in 2018
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2017

Hampstead Theatre announces the first two productions for 2018. (more...)

Coronado Playhouse to Present LES CHEMINS DE L'AMOUR for One Night Only
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2017

Coronado Playhouse presents Les Chemins de l'Amour (The Pathways of Love), for a one-night-only performance on Sunday September 17th, 2017 at 7pm at Coronado Playhouse. (more...)

Bernadette Harvey to Showcase New Works at Sydney Conservatorium this November
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2017

Renowned Australian pianist Bernadette Harvey has (with the assistance of the Australia Council, Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Fazioli pianos) commissioned gifted Australian composers three of them women - to write new works. (more...)

New PRIMUS Songs Revealed For The Next Seven Days
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2017

With only one week remaining until the release of the new Primus album The Desaturating Seven, Les Claypool's alter ego Christopher P. Bacon will be reading excerpts from the rainbow goblin-filled children's book that inspired the record and revealing one song each day at Noon EST until the album's release on Friday, September 29. (more...)

First-Time Novelist David Demchuk Makes Giller Nomination History
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2017

David Demchuk's debut novel The Bone Mother has made Giller nomination history as the first in the horror genre to be longlisted for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize. (more...)

Grammy Winner Lady Rizo to Return to Feinstein's at the Nikko This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2017

Following a sold-out engagement in 2014, Grammy Award-winning artist Lady Rizo returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko on Thursday, November 9 (7 p.m.) for one performance only. (more...)

San Diego REP to Stage Dark Comedy HAND TO GOD This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2017

San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego REP) has announced details for the third production of its 42nd season, 'Hand to God.' (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Fulton Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2017

The nationally regarded Fulton Theatre presents the psychedelic musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors, now through October 15. Expect the unexpected as Little Shop of Horrors is presented to our audience in a brand new and exciting way. Remember whatever you do, DO NOT FEED THE PLANT! BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

YOUNGER'S 4th Season Marks Highest-Rated, Most-Watched Series in Network's History
by TV News Desk - Sep 20, 2017

More successful and buzzy than ever in its fourth season, TV Land's YOUNGER, starring two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster, achieved its highest-rated and most-watched season ever in series history (more...)

Get Your Golden Ticket! CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Announces New Block of Tickets On Sale Through September 2018
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2017

Producers Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures (Mark Kaufman), Langley Park Productions (Kevin McCormick) and Neal Street Productions (Sam Mendes, Caro Newling) announced today a new block of tickets on sale for Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory through Sunday, September 2, 2018. (more...)

Ensemble Theatre Opens Renovated Facilities with THIS RANDOM WORLD
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2017

Roll out the red carpet! Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati begins the 2017-2018 Season in its newly renovated theatre with the charming regional premiere of This Random World, a wistful drama by award-winning playwright Steven Dietz. This funny, intimate, and heartbreaking story about the power of chance takes audiences on a journey of self-discovery. Playing October 10-November 4, 2017. Directed by D. Lynn Meyers. Production sponsor is the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. (more...)

Only Two Weeks Left to Catch 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL at Upstairs at the Gatehouse
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2017

The critically acclaimed five star London Fringe Premiere production of 9 to 5 The Musical which is being produced at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate Village is entering it's final two weeks running until Sunday 1st October 2017. (more...)

KASHMIR – The Live Led Zeppelin Show On Sale 9/22 at NJPAC
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2017

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents an evening with Kashmir The Live Led Zeppelin Show. If you've ever dreamed of experiencing a live Led Zeppelin concert, dream no more: Kashmir The Live Led Zeppelin Show will transport you back to the glory days of one of the most iconic rock units of all time, hitting every stop and every classic Zeppelin hit along the way. (more...)

Preview: The Real Frozen Sisters Music Video 'For The First Time In Forever'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2017

Hey Disney, Meet NYC's Real Life Frozen Sisters, Clara and Violet Young, NYC Clara, age 14 and Violet Young, age 12 will launch their music video debut on September 29, 2017! (more...)

Fulton Theatre Opens LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2017

The nationally regarded Fulton Theatre is proud to present the psychedelic musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors, September 19 through October 15. Expect the unexpected as Little Shop of Horrors is presented to our audience in a brand new and exciting way. Remember whatever you do, DO NOT FEED THE PLANT! (more...)

Annie Golden and More Among Guests for New Talk Show BARING IT ALL WITH CALL ME ADAM at The Green Room 42
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2017

From the internet to the stage, Call Me Adam's Adam Rothenberg will be bringing his fun, in-depth interviews to The Green Room 42 at The Yotel in NYC for a live monthly talk show called Baring It All with Call Me Adam! (more...)

DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE North American Tour Finds Its 'Johnny' and 'Baby'; Cast, Dates Set!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage will officially open a new production and North American tour at the Harris Center in Folsom, CA, October 5 - 7. (more...)

32nd Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Announced
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival returns to the historic French Quarter for its 32nd annual celebration of contemporary literature, culture, theater, and the works of Tennessee Williams. From March 21-25, 2018, attendees will enjoy celebrated award-winning speakers alongside fresh new voices on the literary scene. (more...)

VIDEO: Broadway's Sutton Foster Talks Steamy YOUNGER Sex Scenes & Broadway Etiquette
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

Broadway's Sutton Foster stopped by this week's HARRY and revealed why she doesn't hide her feelings about filming those hot, sex scenes on TV Land's YOUNGER. (more...)

FRIDAY 5 (+1): Cumberland County Playhouse's THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 14, 2017

Who better than Cumberland County Playhouse's artistic director Britt Hancock to take the helm of The Drowsy Chaperone, the latest show slated to open on the mainstage of Crossville's iconic theater? After all, he starred as Broadway producer Feldzieg in the national touring company of the Tony Award-winning show, tap dancing his way across the country and winning hearts and rave reviews all along the way. (more...)

Cast Set for DIRTY DANCING North American Tour, Coming to State Theatre Next June
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

After three successful years on tour boasting numerous sold out engagements, this new adaptation of the worldwide smash-hit film, currently celebrating its 30th Anniversary, will continue to dazzle in more than 50 markets in North America, including the Lehigh Valley at The State Theatre on June 21 and June 22, 2018. (more...)

WildClaw Theatre Stages World Premiere Horror Play NIGHT IN ALACHUA COUNTY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2017

WildClaw Theatre Company proudly presents the world premiere production of NIGHT IN ALACHUA COUNTY running through October 7th at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. WildClaw, Chicago's only horror theater, continues their 2017 season with a disturbing new work by Chicago playwright Jennifer Rumberger. After staying away for 17 years, Violet returns home to a back-woods part of Florida to face the mother and sister she left behind, and the disturbing secrets they share and also some necromancy and an eyeless demon creature. Tickets are on sale now at www.wildclawtheatre.com. Tickets are $30 General Admission & $20 for students & industry professionals. (more...)

BWW Review: Cadence Theatre Takes on Tony-Winning FUN HOME
by Jeremy Bustin - Sep 13, 2017

FUN HOME looks and sounds great, and has many, many moments of brilliance. (more...)

Broadway Inspirational Voices Brings Outreach Program to Ronald McDonald House NY Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

Broadway Inspirational Voices (BIV) is bringing its Outreach Program to Ronald McDonald House NY today, September 12th, with Brian Crawley, Ben Chavez, Steven Lutvak, and more. (more...)

Jay Armstrong Johnson, Davis Gaines, and More Join Fall MUNY MAGIC at The Sheldon
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

The fifth installment of Muny Magic at The Sheldon, The Muny's bi-annual showcase of favorite Muny artists, will be October 18 & 19 at 7:30 p.m. at The Sheldon Concert Hall. (more...)

VIDEO: Lyrics for Life Releases 'You Will Be Found' Music Video Featuring Broadway Kids for Suicide Prevention
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

Lyrics for Life has released a recording and music video to Pasek & Paul's You Will Be Found in honor of National Suicide Prevention Week. The video features 140 performers from Broadway, National Tours, TV, Film, singer/songwriters and award-winning dancers, all under the age of 25. (more...)

American Blues Theater presents 16th Annual IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: Live in Chicago!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

American Blues Theater continues its 2017-2018 Season with its 16th Annual Production of It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! from Frank Capra's film and directed by Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside with musical direction by Ensemble Member Michael Mahler. It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! runs November 16, 2017 January 6, 2018 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. The official press opening is November 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

MAXIMALISTA Opens at the Manhattan Rep
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

Ash Sanborn's new play Maximalista opens in the third series of the Manhattan Repertory Theater's New Works Festival directed by Cammerron Baits. The plays deals with the theme of mental health. (more...)

BWW Feature: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at Overture Center
by Angie Stanton - Sep 12, 2017

There's nothing better than a zany, laugh-out-loud theatre experience like THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE. Thanks to Capital City Theatre (CCT), now in their third season, the show will be playing at the Overture Center the last two weekends of September. (more...)

BWW Interview: Francis Jue chases WILD GOOSE DREAMS at La Jolla Playhouse
by E.H. Reiter - Sep 11, 2017

A quick chat with television, Broadway, Off-Broadway, Obie and Lucille Lortel award winning actor Francis Jue about his new role in WILD GOOSE DREAMS at La Jolla Playhouse, playing through October 1st. (more...)

Jody Christopherson's AMP and GREENCARD WEDDING to Premiere at HERE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2017

Goode Productions will present the World Premiere of Greencard Wedding, an indie rock musical written by Jody Christopherson co-directed by Morgan Zipf-Meister, along with the World Premiere of AMP, a solo horror piece written and performed by Jody Christopherson and directed by Emma Rosa Went, running in rep at HERE (145 Avenue of the Americas, entrance on Dominick Street, one block south of Spring Street), November 29 -December 20. (more...)

RuPaul's DragCon Hits New York City for First Time
by TV News Desk - Sep 11, 2017

RuPaul and World of Wonder Productions (“RuPaul's Drag Race,” “Million Dollar Listing”, “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce,”) welcomed a sold out crowd of more than 35,000 attendees to the first ever RuPaul's DragCon NYC on Sept. 9-10 at Manhattan's Jacob K. Javits Center. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes Broadway Star and Recording Artist Morgan James
by Theater People Podcast - Sep 11, 2017

On Monday, September 11, Theater People podcast welcomes Broadway favorite Morgan James. For the episode, James shares her story of first moving to New York City to attend the Julliard School as a voice major. Attending Julliard had been a life-long dream and when she was wait listed, she had to get creative in order to make her admission a reality. After graduating and deciding to pursue a career in musical theater, James struggled to find work and had to figure out how she best fit into 'the business.' (more...)

Carnival-Set A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Opens This Week at African-American Shakespeare Company
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2017

Following the most well attended season in the company's history, African-American Shakespeare Company (AASC) will expand back to four productions this season, beginning with A Midsummer Night's Dream (fittingly for San Francisco, coming in mid-September when the city's weather is at its warmest and most benevolent), set in the twin-island country of Tobago and Trinidad during Carnival. (more...)

BWW Review: DTW's Production of ANNIE is a Winner for Adults and Kids Alike.
by Audrey Liebross - Sep 11, 2017

Desert Theatreworks' (DTW's) rip-roaring production of the Broadway musical, ANNIE, is a winner. The cast (both grown-ups and children), perform their roles with heart and expertise, resulting in a fabulous, feel-good presentation that all ages can enjoy. (more...)

Photo Flash: Take a Step Inside Virginia Rep's FUN HOME
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2017

Cadence Theatre Company and Virginia Repertory Theatre are pleased to present their first co-production of the 2017-2018 Cadence Season, Fun Home, book and lyrics by Lisa Kronand music by Jeanine Tesori. Adapted from the graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home is in celebration of Richmond Triangle Players'25th Anniversary Season. (more...)

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