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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.



The Green Room 42 Presents Joshua Turchin's Early Night Show LIVE!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2018

Joshua Turchin returns to The Green Room 42 with his cabaret series, The Early Night Show LIVE! with Joshua Turchin, after recently appearing as emcee, accompanist and performer at (YOUNG). (more...)

The Music Of Henry Mancini Comes to The Soraya This Month
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2018

An American icon comes home.  During the early years of his career, American composer, conductor and arranger Henry Mancini and his family lived not far from where California State University, Northridge campus now stands.  On Saturday, October 13 at 8pm, Mancini's music comes home to Northridge as The Soraya presents Moon River and the Music of Henry Mancini.  Starring Monica Mancini with special guest three-time Tony nominated Joshua Henry, Moon River and the Music of Henry Mancini features Gregg Field as Music Director and Chris Walden conducting the New West Symphony.   (more...)

5-Star Theatricals Presents Thousand Oaks Premiere of SHREK THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2018

5-STAR THEATRICALS opens its 2018-2019 season with the Thousand Oaks premiere of SHREK THE MUSICAL (more...)

THE COLOR PURPLE Begins Performances Tonight At Paper Mill Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2018

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director), recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award in 2016, launches its 80th milestone season with The Color Purple, directed by Tony Award-winner John Doyle. The Color Purple is the Tony Award-winning musical revival based upon the novel written by Alice Walker and the Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment motion picture with a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray. Cast members from the 2015 Broadway revival lead the Paper Mill Playhouse company, including Adrianna Hicks (Aladdin, Sister Act - Germany) as Celie, Carla R. Stewart (Ghost - National Tour, Rent - Regional) as Shug Avery and Carrie Compere (Holler If You Hear Me, Shrek the Musical - National Tour) as Sofia. (more...)

HER INSIDE LIFE And KILL THE POOR By George F. Walker Come to The Assembly Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2018

On October 27th, meet the neighbours! Low Rise Productions and Leroy Street Theatre, supported by The Storefront Theatre, are teaming up to bring you not one….but two world premieres by Canadian icon, George F. Walker! (more...)

BWW Review: 'Losing Your Mind' Three Ways in a Weekend at Opera Philadelphia's Festival O18
by Richard Sasanow - Sep 26, 2018

Whether from disease, 19th century #MeToo-style abuse, or unrequited love, Opera Philadelphia's (OP) Festival O18 opening weekend showed us three ways that central female characters lost their grip on reality. While I considered only one of them a total success, audience openness to sometimes-demanding material made it clear that the company has found a formula that strikes at the hearts of opera-goers, new and old. (more...)

LA TRAVIATA Comes To Teatru Astra Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2018

Teatru Astra presents Giuseppe Verdi's LA TRAVIATA, running on Oct. 25 and Oct. 27.  (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Firebrand and TimeLine Theatre's CAROLINE, OR CHANGE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2018

Firebrand Theatre, in partnership with TimeLine Theatre Company, is pleased to launch its 2018-19 season with a revival of the Tony Award-nominated Best Musical CAROLINE, OR CHANGE, playing September 22 - October 28, 2018, at The Den Theatre's Heath Main Stage (more...)


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ROALD DAHL'S WILLY WONKA Jr. Opening At Artisan Center Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2018

Artisan Children's Theater proudly presents ROALD DAHL'S WILLY WONKA JR. at its 148 seat Second Stage facility. The theater is located at 444 East Pipeline Road in Hurst. The show runs Friday, October 5, 2018 through Saturday, November 3, 2018. Performances are Fridays at 5:00pm and Saturdays at 10:00am and 12:00pm with additional 12:00pm performances on October 23 and 30. Reserved seating tickets are $7.00 for children 12 and under and $11.00 for adults. The box office number is 817-284-1200. More information can be found on the website at ArtisanCT.com. (more...)

An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas Comes to Winningstad Theatre, 11/23
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2018

Artists Lounge Live presents An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas starring Evan Tyrone Martin, November 23rd-25th at the Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205. (more...)

Sarah Brightman's Upcoming Album HYMN to Include New Recording of YOSHIKI's Composition 'MIRACLE' and Piano Performance by YOSHIKI
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2018

Superstar soprano Sarah Brightman has chosen YOSHIKI's composition 'Miracle' for her new album HYMN. (more...)

Photo Flash: Pegasus Theatre Chicago Presents ECLIPSED
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2018

Pear Theatre will debut its new Pear Flambe Cabaret series with J/K Cabaret's "Let's Hear It For The Boys!" on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3. This evening of gospel, jazz, R&B, and cabaret standards will feature Bay Area performers Juanita Harris and Karyn Rondeau, joined for this event by Anthone Jackson and Brian Palac. Tickets ($25 in advance or $28 at the door) can be purchased by visitingwww.thepear.org or calling (650) 254-1148. (more...)

J/K CABARET Opens Pear Flambé Cabaret Series
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2018

Pear Theatre will debut its new Pear Flambe Cabaret series with J/K Cabaret's "Let's Hear It For The Boys!" on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3. This evening of gospel, jazz, R&B, and cabaret standards will feature Bay Area performers Juanita Harris and Karyn Rondeau, joined for this event by Anthone Jackson and Brian Palac. Tickets ($25 in advance or $28 at the door) can be purchased by visiting www.thepear.org or calling (650) 254-1148. (more...)

BWW Interview: Jenna Pastuszek And Ashley Sweetman of DOUBLE TREBLE with Nightcap Cabaret
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2018

Last seen together as the famously conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton in Side Show at The Media Theatre, Jenna Pastuszek and Ashley Sweetman are long-time friends and fellow actors seeking to shatter the expectation of competition among women in show business who look and sound alike. Double Treble is the product of two women embracing their similarities and insisting that there IS room for two! Enjoy an evening of your favorite tunes ranging from Broadway's Golden Age to today's pop hits with Jenna and Ashley serving DOUBLE the sass, DOUBLE the fun, and DOUBLE the power! (more...)

Gavin Creel Will Reunite with Sutton Foster for Roundabout's MY ONE AND ONLY Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2018

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) just announced Tony Award winner Gavin Creel (Hello, Dolly!, She Loves Me) will join two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster (Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie) in a special one-night-only Benefit Musical Performance of My One and Only, the award-winning musical comedy by Peter Stone and Timothy S. Mayer with music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Elsie Fest 2018 with Darren Criss, Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry and More!
by Monroe George - Oct 8, 2018

Central Park was the place to be yesterday, as theatre fans from all over gathered to celebrate the fourth annual Elsie Fest! Elsie Fest is a one-day outdoor music festival that celebrates the stars and songs from the stage and screen, giving festival goers a unique experience to their favorite musicals. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: SIDE SHOW Opens Theatre Season at Oklahoma City University's Wanda L. Bass School of Music
by Jessica Vanek - Oct 8, 2018

BWW REVIEW: SIDE SHOW Opens Theatre Season at Oklahoma City University's Wanda L. Bass School of Music (more...)

ABC to Air IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN
by TV News Desk - Oct 8, 2018

This full-length version of the classic animated PEANUTS special “It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” includes the bonus cartoon, “You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown,” featuring the Great Pumpkin, airing FRIDAY, OCT. 26 (8:00–9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Rebroadcast. ABC OAD: 10/28/16) (more...)

SAVE THE DATE: Nashville Theater Calendar for October 8, 2018
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 8, 2018

Looking into the future, you'll find a number of new productions on tap for your entertainment pleasure, thanks to the efforts of theater companies all over Middle Tennessee. Here's our calendar for October 1, 2018, to help you plot your course through the end of the year... (more...)

American Blues Theater Presents IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE IN CHICAGO!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2018

American Blues Theater continues its 2018-2019 Season with its 17th Annual Production of It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! from Frank Capra'sfilm and directed by Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside with musical direction by Ensemble Member Michael Mahler.  (more...)

Bob The Drag Queen To Host RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE WERQ THE WORLD Tour
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2018

Voss Events has announced that Bob the Drag Queen will host the much-anticipated show at the Aronoff Center's Procter & Gamble Hall on Thursday, October 18 at 9:00 PM.  The previously-announced host, Michelle Visage, is no longer with the tour due to a schedule conflict. The event is part of Cincinnati Arts Association's 2018-19 Presenting Season. (more...)

Kelli O'Hara, Keegan-Michael Key Join the Cast of Elle Fanning's ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES
by TV News Desk - Oct 4, 2018

All The Bright Places, the adaptation of the YA bestselling novel of the same name, starring Elle Fanning and Justice Smith starts principal photography in Cleveland, Ohio today. (more...)

BWW Review: 12 Books About Comic Con, fanfic writers, & fan illustrators, no matter what fandom you're a part of
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - Oct 4, 2018

Happy Comic Con Week! Whether you're going to be home this weekend scrolling social media feeds and watching YouTube videos wishing you were at SDCC or sitting in an hours-long line waiting to get into a panel or meet a favorite actor and looking to kill time, here are some books (or ebooks for your phone!) that you can whip out and read. These will put you in the spirit for sure! Some of these books take place at various Comic Cons (including both NYCC and SDCC!), while others are about the fans and fanfiction writers and fan artists that make up the fabric of fandom! (more...)

TheatreWorks to Enchant During the Holidays with TUCK EVERLASTING
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2018

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley brings an enchanted bestseller to life for the holidays with the regional premiere of Tuck Everlasting. Set in the 1890s, free-spirited Winnie Foster searches for adventure, finding the Tucks, a close-knit family that has discovered the secret to everlasting life. (more...)

Review Roundup: Critics Weigh In On The National Tour of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2018

The chocolate factory is coming to a city near you! Full dates and cities have been announced for the upcoming North American tour of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The tour will launch at Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, NY, before bringing Wonka's world of pure imagination to previously announced engagements in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto and more. Casting will be announced at a later date. (more...)

October Is Spooktacular on ABC
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2018

It's a spooktacular Halloween countdown on ABC as the network's comedies, “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors,” “Dancing with the Stars” and “America's Funniest Home Videos” all celebrate with special programming leading up to the holiday. The week of Oct. 29, frightening events take place on “General Hospital.” On Halloween, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” airs the13th Annual Half & Half Halloween Costume Pageant as part of the evening's festivities.  Classic Halloween specials “It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “Toy Story OF TERROR!” also return for encore performances. (more...)

Complete Cast Announced For Williams' SMALL CRAFT WARNINGS Presented By Regeneration
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2018

Casting is completed for Small Craft Warnings by Tennessee Williams presented by Barnaby Edwards and Regeneration Theatre. (more...)

Marriott Theatre Will Host AN UNFORGETTABLE NAT KING COLE CHRISTMAS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2018

Artists Lounge Live presents AN UNFORGETTABLE NAT KING COLE CHRISTMAS starring Evan Tyrone Martin on December 18, at Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, IL, 60069. (more...)

Photo Flashback: The American Airlines Theatre Turns 100!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2018

Happy 100th birthday, American Airlines Theatre! Roundabout's flagship home on Broadway, the American Airlines Theatre first opened its doors as the Selwyn Theatre in 1918. In 2000, Roundabout restored the theatre to its original neo-renaissance style as part of the 42nd Street Development Project, thanks to generous support from the City of New York. Through an unprecedented partnership between Roundabout and American Airlines, this historic theatre remains one of Broadway's most exquisite and patron-friendly houses. (more...)

Theater Latté Da Announces Extended Performances Of Regional Premiere of ONCE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2018

Theater Latte Da announces extended performances through October 27th for the regional premiere of Once. Winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Once features a book by Enda Walsh with music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. (more...)

VIDEO: Director Mike Flanagan Discusses THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE
by Stage Tube - Oct 2, 2018

Take a behind-the-scenes look at how director Mike Flanagan describes the process of filming The Haunting of Hill House in this newly released featurette below. (more...)

Folk Alliance International Announces 2019 Official Showcase Artists
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2018

Folk Alliance International (FAI) is proud to announce the 2019 Official Showcase artists* representing 23 countries (*confirmed to date and subject to change) for the 31st annual conference taking place February 13-17, 2019, at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in Montréal, Québec, Canada. (more...)

Scoop: NBC Primetime Schedule Through 10/28 on NBC
by TV Scoop - Oct 2, 2018

Get all the scoop on NBC Primetime Schedule Through 10/28, airing on NBC on Tuesday, October 2, 2018! (more...)

Bay Area Musicals Announces Casting for CRAZY FOR YOU
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2018

Bay Area Musicals (Matthew McCoy, Founder & Artistic Director, and AeJay Mitchell, Managing Director) has announced the full cast and creative team for the first production of the Company' 2018-2019 season, CRAZY FOR YOU. Winner of the Tony and the Olivier Awards for Best Musical, CRAZY FOR YOU has wowed audiences on Broadway, the West End and around the world, reimagining classic Gershwin songs into a hilarious new book musical.  The show-stopping production will be an intimate version of the large-scale musical featuring the original Tony Award-winning choreography of Susan Stroman, recreated by Director/Choreographer Matthew McCoy.   (more...)

Tony-Winning Designer Clint Ramos to Lead Fordham's Design and Production Major
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2018

Decorated designer Clint Ramos, currently represented on Broadway by Once On This Island, has just joined the staff at Fordham University heading up their Design and Production track.  (more...)

SAVE THE DATE: Nashville Theater Calendar for October 15, 2018
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 14, 2018

Looking into the future, you'll find a number of new productions on tap for your entertainment pleasure, thanks to the efforts of theater companies all over Middle Tennessee. Here's our calendar for October 1, 2018, to help you plot your course through the end of the year... (more...)

BWW Review: Shattered by THE GLASS MENAGERIE at Brigit St Brigit Theatre Company
by Christine Swerczek - Oct 13, 2018

Sometimes a production is more than a play. It's a slice of humanity with all its warts and blemishes. Brigit St Brigit Theatre Company took Tennessee Williams' powerful WIngfield family drama to the stage at the Jewish Community Center tonight and left me desolate. THE GLASS MENAGERIE studies a mother, a son, and a daughter with their complex relationship of love and control. (more...)

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY's Sydney Engagement Finds its Charlies!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2018

Charlie Bucket has been found and he has a Golden Ticket! Producers John Frost, Craig Donnell, Warner Bros Theatre Ventures, Langley Park Productions and Neal Street Productions today announced the four boys who will play the role of Charlie in the spectacular new musical Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Roald Dahl's delicious tale will be playing only in Sydney at Sydney's Capitol Theatre from 5 January 2019. (more...)

FringeNYC Announces Sold Out Shows And Bestsellers
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2018

FringeNYC, the adjudicated portion of the new NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL, begins performances tomorrow, October 12, 2018. The festival will offer 80 fully staged theater and dance productions at 10 venues in Manhattan;s West Village all centered around a new FringeHUB. Patrons for all performances begin their FringeNYC experience at the FringeHUB at 685 Washington Street (corner of Charles Street) and are ushered to their venue. All tickets are $22, available for purchase up to 15 minutes prior to the performance at FringeNYC.org or via smartphone/device at fringeonthefly.com. (more...)

New Musical FAT KID RULES THE WORLD to Have Developmental Presentation
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2018

Fat Kid Rules The World, (www.FatKidRulesTheMusical.com) a new musical with book and lyrics by Jay Falzone (Cooking With the Calamari Sisters), music and additional lyrics by Matt Gumley (Elf) and additional music by Evan Jay Newman (American Idiot International tour Musical Director), will be performed at invitation-only developmental presentation on Monday, October 29 at 7pm, Tuesday, October 30 at 11am and 3pm and Wednesday, October 31 at 11am at the Royal Family Performing Arts Space (145 W. 46th Street, 3rd Floor). Based on the novel by K.L Going, Fat Kid Rules The World is directed by Marc Eardley (Really Bad Things)and executive produced by Dancing Play Productions. (more...)

Firebrand and TimeLine's CAROLINE, OR CHANGE Extends Through November 11
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2018

Firebrand Theatre, in partnership with TimeLine Theatre Company, is pleased to announce its hit revival of CAROLINE, OR CHANGE will add two additional weeks of performances, extending through Sunday, November 11, 2018 at The Den Theatre's Heath Main Stage, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. PHOTO CREDIT: CarolineorChange-1 (front) Rashada Dawan with back Emma Sipora Tyler and Tyler Symone in Firebrand Theatre and TimeLine Theatre Company's production of CAROLINE, OR CHANGE, directed by Lili-Anne Brown. Photo by Marisa KM. (more...)

BWW Previews: VIOLET makes musical debut through New Tampa Players at University Area CDC
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Oct 12, 2018

Coming to stage at University Area CDC is a lesser known musical production called Violet. Violet tells the story of a young disfigured woman who embarks on a journey by bus from her farm in Spruce Pine, North Carolina to Tulsa, Oklahoma in order to be healed. (more...)

The 'Broadwaysted' Podcast Welcomes Stage and Screen Star Colin Donnell
by Broadwaysted - Oct 10, 2018

This week the Broadwaysted crew is thrilled to be coming to you from the Windy City of Chicago with our new Friend of the Show, Broadway star and TV Doctor Colin Donnell! We're pouring out Casamigos Reposado Tequila and Hendrick's Gin while Colin spills about his love of Sondheim musicals, his experience operating on a panda, and his wife Patti Murin's rose expertise. (more...)

TCT Presents THE LEGEND OF POCAHONTAS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2018

This November, witness a special 45-minute performance of THE LEGEND OF POCAHONTAS presented by TCT On Tour, the touring division of The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati, on the Ralph & Patricia Corbett Showtime Stage on Red Bank Road. (more...)

A SOULFUL CHRISTMAS Returns To New York City This December
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2018

A SOULFUL CHRISTMAS, the holiday musical revue from the creative team behind the hit musicals Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical and An Evening With Phyllis Hyman will return to New York City this December for one weekend only, performing Saturday, December 15th at 8:00 pm and Sunday December 16th at 2:00 pm at The Actor's Temple Theatre (339 West 47th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). (more...)

BWW Review: DTW's ITW Merits an A++
by Audrey Liebross - Oct 10, 2018

Desert Theatreworks has mounted a must-see production of Stephen Sondheim's and James Lapine's INTO THE WOODS. The acting, singing, and choreography are superb. (more...)

Bay Area Musicals Announces Cast of CRAZY FOR YOU
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2018

Bay Area Musicals (Matthew McCoy, Founder & Artistic Director, and AeJay Mitchell, Managing Director) has announced the full cast and creative team for the first production of the Company' 2018-2019 season, CRAZY FOR YOU. (more...)

New Musical Comedy THE EVOLUTION OF MANN Opens Off-Broadway, 10/4
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2018

Nancy Manocherian's the cell (Artistic Director, Kira Simring), who produced last season's critically acclaimed World Premiere musical Bastard Jones, presents the New York Premiere of THE EVOLUTION OF MANN, a musical featuring music & lyrics by Drama Desk nominee Douglas J. Cohen (Children's Letters to God, The Opposite of Sex) and book & lyrics by Dan Elish (13: The Musical) based on his novel, Nine Wives.  Directed by Joe Barros (Bastard Jones), the production stars Max Crumm (Grease, Disaster!) in the title role, with Allie Trimm (13: The Musical and Bye Bye Birdie on Broadway) and Leslie Hiatt. Now in previews, opening is slated for Thursday, October 4. (more...)

SAVE THE DATE: Nashville Theater Calendar for October 1, 2018
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 1, 2018

Looking into the future, you'll find a number of new productions on tap for your entertainment pleasure, thanks to the efforts of theater companies all over Middle Tennessee. Here's our calendar for October 1, 2018, to help you plot your course through the end of the year... (more...)

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