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LA.-A-GO-GO Celebrates California's Rock, Soul and Surf Pioneers
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2017

When the history of Los Angeles rock 'n' roll is told, bands like the Beach Boys, the Byrds, and the Doors typically are mentioned as founding fathers. As great as those bands are, many other acts have played important roles too. The inaugural LA-A-GO-GO concert shines a spotlight on some of these beloved local music heroes in a remarkable gathering happening November 4, 2017 at the Regent Theater in downtown L.A. (more...)

BWW Review: RAISIN IN THE SUN at Two River Theater is a Masterpiece
by Marina Kennedy - Sep 19, 2017

The wait is over. Two River Theater (TRT) opens its 2017/2018 Season with an outstanding production of the time-honored classic, A Raisin in the Sun. The show will be on the Red Bank stage now through October 8. Written by Lorraine Hansberry and directed by Carl Cofield, it is staged and performed to perfection. (more...)

Works by Caridad Svich, David Jacobi, Winter Miller and More Set for NNPN's 2017 Showcase of New Plays
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2017

National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, is pleased to announce the 16th annual National Showcase of New Plays (NSNP). (more...)

KCRep Announces Next Three Readings in Popular Monday Night Playwright Series
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2017

Marissa Wolf, Director of New Works at Kansas City Repertory Theatre (KCRep), today announced the next three play readings in the organization's popular 2017/2018 Monday Night Playwright Series. (more...)

BWW Review: The Williams Project's BLUES FOR MISTER CHARLIE a Masterpiece
by Amelia Reynolds - Sep 10, 2017

Stop reading and find time in your schedule for this ridiculously good play at This show has a short run, and it's pay what you can, so there's no reason why one should not see this play. (more...)

Theatre Horizon Extends World Premiere of James Ijames' WHITE
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

Theatre Horizon opened the World Premiere of James Ijames' smart and hilarious WHITE. On the evening of its official opening, the theatre is excited to announce that WHITE will now have an extension week and close Sunday, May 28. Winner of the 2015 Terrence McNally New Play Award, WHITE already had sold out performances. (more...)

Out of Box Theatre presents David Mamet's RACE
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2017

The Issue of RACE at Out of Box Theatre Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet's trademark wit, scathing honesty and crackling dialogue are aimed squarely at the most incendiary topic in American life in RACE, the final production of Out of Box Theatre's 2016/17 season. (more...)

Cedric the Entertainer Joins TBS Tracy Morgan Comedy THE LAST O.G.
by TV News Desk - May 17, 2017

Turner's TBS has cast Cedric the Entertainer (Barbershop), Taylor Mosby (Criminal Minds) and Dante Hoagland (The New Edition Story) as regulars in the upcoming comedy series THE LAST O.G.., starring multiple Emmy® nominee Tracy Morgan (more...)

BWW Review: Poetry is in Motion in Soulpepper's FOR COLORED GIRLS
by Taylor Long - May 15, 2017

Ntozake Shange's poetry is in very capable hands with Soulpepper Theatre Company's captivating production of FOR COLORED GIRLS…(for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf). Described as a 'choreopoem', the work is a spirited unity of written word and dance. The text alone is provocative and beautifully rhythmic, but Djanet Sears' production elevates the work with choreography that accentuates the power of the words. A true ensemble piece, FOR COLORED GIRLS is an homage to the unique journey we are all on, and the healing power in sharing your voice. (more...)

The Omaha Community Playhouse Announces Alternative Programming Series 2017
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

The Omaha Community Playhouse is announcing its Alternative Programming series for the 2017-18 season. Alternative Programming includes a series of staged readings, special events and play development collaborations. All events are held at OCP. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: APAC Presents A Lively and Long Overdue Revival of the 1974 Tony-Winning Musical, Raisin
by Victoria Ordin - May 11, 2017

'There was a musical version of Lorraine Hansberry's Raisin in the Sun?': this has been universal response of friends who knew I reviewing RAISIN. Even Dev Bondarin, the artistic director of APAC (Astoria Performing Arts Center) who directed the current production, only became aware of the show in college, during an historical survey of musical theater. I will leave it to others to speculate why a musical nominated for nine Tony awards--including Best Original Score, Best Choreography, Best Book--and the winner of two statues (best musical and Best Leading Actress) has all but vanished from theatrical memory. But one hopes that Bondarin's production will restore Raisin to its rightful place in the musical theater canon, not because it takes up relevant social and political topics (which it does), but because it's a fine show with compelling music and lyrics by Judd Woldin and Robert Brittan and sharp, elegant by Hansberry's ex-husband and literary executor, Robert Nemiroff and Charlotte Zalztberg. (The cast album also won a Grammy in 1975.) (more...)

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BWW Morning Brief March 28th, 2017 - CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and More!
by Jessica Khan - Mar 28, 2017

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Today's big news: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY starts previews on Broadway tonight! (more...)

VIDEO: Andrew Rannells Belts Out an Original 'Smash' Tune on Last Night's GIRLS
by Caryn Robbins - Mar 27, 2017

On last night's episode of GIRLS on HBO titled 'The Bounce', Elijah (played by Andrew Rannells) participated in an open-call audition for a Broadway adaptation of 'White Man Can't Jump: The Musical.' (more...)

BWW Interview: Catching Up with HOLIDAY INN Star and Humanitarian Bryce Pinkham
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 25, 2017

Emilio Criscitiello is a musician, published author, and resident music teacher at The Hungerford School in Staten Island, New York. A veteran teacher of students with special needs for over twenty years, he instructs, inspires, and empowers his students to a path of acceptance and joy through the magic of the arts and the power of music. He also happens to be my father. So when he called to tell me that a 'Broadway guy' would be visiting his school to act as principal for the day, my interest was very easily piqued. (more...)

FRIDAY 5 (+1): A TIME TO KILL's James David West
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 24, 2017

Actor James David West, who takes on the role of the Southern lawyer at the center of the play, took time from his hectic tech week schedule to answer our Friday 5 (+1) questions to give us an idea why booking reservations to see the show should be something to do right this minute - or at least after reading this interview. Get to it! (more...)

Second Thought Theatre Opens Area Premiere of STRAIGHT WHITE MEN
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

Second Thought Theatre continues its 2017 season of change with the area premiere of Straight White Men by Young Jean Lee. Local director/actor Christie Vela returns to direct for the company after making her acting debut for Second Thought last summer in A Kid Like Jake. Straight White Men begins with previews on Wednesday, April 12 and runs through Saturday, May 6. All performances of Straight White Men will take place at Bryant Hall on the Kalita Humphreys Campus, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Tickets to Straight White Men can be purchased online at (more...)

BWW Special Feature: Top Ten Highlights from the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards
by David Fick - Mar 20, 2017

The Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards were presented at a ceremony themed 'Live with Flair' at the Artscape Theatre Center last night, with the undisputed highlight of the night being the disruption of the ceremony by Mamela Nyamza, Chuma Sopotela, Buhlebezwe Siwani, and Zikhona Jacobs. (more...)

2017 Best New Play THE SEAT NEXT TO THE KING Gets Premiere at the Toronto Fringe Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

In September of 1964, a chance meeting in a public washroom between two men - one white and one black - reveals the bond they share and the ties connecting them to America's most powerful leaders in Minmar Gaslight Productions' presentation of THE SEAT NEXT TO THE KING, written by Steven Elliott Jackson and playing at Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace, July 6th to 16th. (more...)

LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, NATIVE SON and More Set for Antaeus Theatre Company's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2017

Antaeus Theatre Company has announced an electric slate of plays for its 2017-18 season at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale. Best known for its meticulous productions of classical theater, Antaeus Theatre Company will push boundaries with four plays aimed squarely at modern sensibilities. (more...)

Smithsonian Channel to Present the Story of the U.S. in AMERICA IN COLOR; Liev Schreiber Narrates
by TV News Desk - Jun 5, 2017

From Prohibition and the Jazz Age to the moon landing and the birth of rock and roll, many of the greatest, most significant events of the 20th century have only been experienced in the black and white footage available at the time. (more...)

New Works by Jon Robin Baitz, Bill Cain, Sandra Tsing Loh and More Set for 20th Anniversary Ojai Playwrights Conference
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2017

The Ojai Playwrights Conference (OPC), one of the most acclaimed new play developmental programs in the country, announces its celebratory 20th Anniversary season with an extraordinary program of playwrights, new play workshop presentations and special performance events from August 6 through 13, 2017 in Ojai, California. (more...)

BWW Interview: Stephen Mark Lukas: Chemistry?...Yeah, Chemistry!
by Carla Maria Verdino-Sllwold - Jun 24, 2017

'There's this line in the show that I think is key to understanding Sky and Sarah's romance. 'Chemistry?' she asks, and he says, 'Yeah, chemistry.' The message is that when that connection between two people happens, it doesn't really matter what you've predicted for yourself. What's real is the chemistry, not the intellectual idea. Sky Masterson and Sarah Brown each have qualities the other is lacking, and together they fill in the gaps.' The speaker is the charismatic young actor, Stephen Mark Lukas, who will be making his Maine State Music Theatre debut in his first ever performances as the suave gambler Sky Masterson in Frank Loesser Guys and Dolls, which runs at the Pickard Theater from June 28-July 15. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: My Riotous Night at JULIUS CAESAR
by Leah Lane - Jun 21, 2017

I find controversy delicious. As an avid theatre goer, there are very few times when I enter a theater with no preconceptions about what I'm about to see. Whether it's just the gossip I've heard around or the ads that I skip after 5 seconds on YouTube, I usually have some prior knowledge about the subject matter. This was especially true when I went into the Delacorte Theater to see the Public's production of Julius Caesar. I learned of Oscar Eustis' choice to make the play explicitly politically relevant when I heard about Delta and Bank of America pulling their sponsorships. As someone who sees herself as a socially active artist, I got excited. (more...)

THE SEAT NEXT TO THE KING to Premiere at the Toronto Fringe Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2017

In September of 1964, a chance meeting in a public washroom between two men - one white and one black - reveals the bond they share and the ties connecting them to America's most powerful leaders in Minmar Gaslight Productions' presentation of THE SEAT NEXT TO THE KING, written by Steven Elliott Jackson and playing at Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace, July 6th to 16th. (more...)

Photo Flash: PLANET CONNECTIONS THEATRE FESTIVITY 2017: 40 Plays in 28 Days Honoring 31 Charities
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2017

Planet Connections changes the landscape of New York theatre this year. The award-winning Planet Connections Theatre Festivity runs June 12 - July 9, 2017 at The Clemente, 107 Suffolk Street, NYC. WWW.PLANETCONNECTIONS.ORG (more...)

BWW Review: Ambitious, Controversial REFUGIA at Guthrie Theater
by Karen Bovard - Jun 15, 2017

"Refugia" is a Latin term meaning "an area where special circumstances have enabled survival after extinction in surrounding areas." The adventurous theater explorers of The Moving Company (themselves displaced from the renowned Theatre de la Jeune Lune, which closed in 2006) have devised multiple riffs on this idea and related themes, pushing the boundaries of narrative and perhaps, too, of the mainstage Guthrie audiences. (more...)

BWW Review: PASS OVER at Steppenwolf
by Rachel Weinberg - Jun 14, 2017

Both beautiful and necessarily brutal, Antoinette Nwandu's PASS OVER is a play that's entirely essential to this moment. (more...)

BWW Review: Black Roman Lives Matter in Trump-Themed JULIUS CAESAR
by Michael Dale - Jun 13, 2017

For the past 400+ years, the title character in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar has been traditionally regarded as one of the good guys. Oh sure, there was that time back in '37 when Orson Welles staged a production that had the Roman ruler interpreted as a stand-in for Mussolini, but The Bard's text is generally taken as a case where a powerful, but ultimately benevolent leader is assassinated by a group of questionably motivated, dagger-wielding senators who paint him as an ambitious populist seeking absolute power. (more...)

Factory Announces 2017-2018 Season 'Shaping Stories'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

Artistic Director Nina Lee Aquino is proud to announce the Factory 2017-2018 Season. The highly successful and critically acclaimed Naked Season of 2015-2016 challenged Canadian classics by zeroing in on their core theatrical essence; 2016-2017's Beyond the Great White North Season featured intercultural perspectives on what it means to be Canadian and spawned an artist-led social media movement; the third season under Nina's visionary artistic leadership builds on the successes of the past two seasons with a selection of plays that contemplate the different ways stories are told. (more...)

Snoop Dog, Tracy Morgan Among TBS's Fall Programming Slate of New & Returning Series
by TV News Desk - Jul 27, 2017

Leading the pack on Tuesday, Oct. 24 will be TBS's new scripted comedy The Last O.G, starring and created by superstar and multiple Emmy-nominee Tracy Morgan alongside creators and executive producers Jordan Peele and John Carcieri. (more...)

BWW Review: Chance Theater presents Emotional, Intimate Staging of PARADE
by Michael Quintos - Jul 24, 2017

It is nearly impossible not to be emotionally affected by the events depicted in PARADE, the stirring, Tony Award-winning 1998 musical inspired by shocking actual events surrounding the trial of a man accused of raping and murdering a 13-year-old girl. It's certainly a heavy, morose subject to wrap an entire musical around, which is probably why PARADE is so rarely produced, despite its high-caliber book by Alfred Uhry and gorgeous music by Jason Robert Brown. But when the material is executed with emotional heft and interesting staging---as it mostly is in Chance Theater's latest production---the results can be powerful, gut-wrenching, and, most importantly, thought-provoking. (more...)

Is Casting a Role Correctly an Issue for Both Broadway and Hollywood?
by Marissa Sblendorio - Jul 14, 2017

While this has been an issue for a long time, the public seems to finally be paying attention when it comes to controversial casting choices for not only race, but sexuality and disability.  (more...)

BWW Interview: Weaving Many Musical Threads into a Theatrical Life: A Conversation with Peter Oyloe
by Carla Maria Verdino-Sllwold - Jul 11, 2017

'There have been so many musical threads throughout my life ever since I was a little guy. Music was something I did early on. I would listen to my dad, who had a beautiful voice, sing, and together we would listen to his vinyl record collection. I was always drawn to music written before I was born. There is something about the vulnerability, the universality, and the craft of earlier music that has always attracted me.' The speaker is Peter Oyloe who is touring with The Hank Band, his concert recreation of the music of the legendary folk/country western singer. Oyloe and the band's most recent gig was to open Maine State Music Theatre's 2017 Monday concert series with two virtually sold out performances of Hank Williams' music at Brunswick's Pickard Theater on July 10th. In conversation with Broadway World in the panoramic setting of a private reception in the band's honor on scenic Mere Point, Oyloe seems exceptionally soft spoken, but a few hours later when he takes the stage as Hank Williams, he transforms himself into the powerhouse singer Williams was. It is a role that has changed his life, Oyloe says, and a connection that now runs deeply as one of the primary threads in his own musical tapestry. (more...)

EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Q&A- Andy Field
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 11, 2017

BWW speaks to Andy Field about his 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show The Andy Field Experience. (more...)

American Theater Company to Workshop 12 New Projects This Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2017

American Theater Company's (ATC) Chicago Open Residency Experiment (CORE) program, a series of week-long residencies for artists of all disciplines, continues its second year with 25 artists workshopping 12 new projects throughout Season 33. (more...)

John Ball's IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT Staged Reading
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2017

A staged reading of John Ball's In The Heat of the Night will be held at the Omaha Community Playhouse Monday, September 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Alternative Programming series in OCP's Howard Drew Theatre. These readings are free and open to the public with the opportunity for donation. No tickets or reservations are necessary.  (more...)

by Michael Rabice - Aug 23, 2017

Pushing the limits of the Shaw Festival's mission, an edgy slave story from a different era is being presented in The Royal George Theatre. By the looks of it, Shaw's usual audiences are in for an eye opener. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (aka BJJ) has taken us on his own personal journey of frustrated playwright who takes the advice of his psychologist and writes a play as an homage to an obscure playwright Dion Boucicault. Boucicault's 1859 played entitled 'The Octoroon' has been transformed by BJJ into 'An Octoroon.' In doing so, BJJ creates a prologue of his own invention describing his personal journey in producing the original work, where no white actors would take on a the roles of evil white plantation and slave owners. 'The Octoroon' tells the story of a plantation that is on the brink of being sold, the original owner's sexual relations with a slave that produces an octoroon ( one who possesses 1/8 Negro blood), the threat of new found love, misogyny and the overall treatment of slaves. (more...)

Fringe Festival Smash THE SEAT NEXT TO THE KING Returns To The Theatre Centre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2017

In September of 1964, a chance meeting between two men - one white and one black - reveals the bond they share and the ties connecting them to America's most powerful leaders in playwright Steven Elliott Jackson's stirring THE SEAT NEXT TO THE KING. (more...)

Author of Civil Rights Baby Offers a Prescription for Racial Healing: R-R-R
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2017


Impact and Academy Bring McIntyre's Gutsy and Gritty SPLIT SECOND To The Stage
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2017

A black cop loses his cool. There are no witnesses. Does he turn himself in, or does he cover it all up? This isSplit Second, by Dennis McIntyre, opening this April at Hapeville Performing Arts Center. (more...)

FIELD GUIDE Premiere, 'FATHER COMES HOME' and More on Tap for Yale Rep's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2017

Yale Repertory Theatre, the multiple Tony Award-winning theatre dedicated to the production of new plays and bold interpretations of classic works, has announced its 2017-18 Season. (more...)

On Stage at Kingsborough presents 2017 Spring Performing Arts Season Bringing World Class Artists to Brooklyn
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2017

On Stage at Kingsborough, a leading performing arts presenter located at Brooklyn's Kingsborough Community College presents its 2017 spring season, featuring world class artists from around the globe. On Stage at Kingsborough brings internationally renowned performing artists to Southern Brooklyn with an eclectic roster spanning multiple genres including music, dance, theatre and family programming. The full 2016-2017 season began September 24, 2016 and runs through May 20, 2017. (more...)

Los Angeles Ballet Gala to Honor Producer Lawrence Bender, Governor Gray Davis, and Sharon Davis
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2017

Los Angeles Ballet (LAB) celebrates its Season 11 Gala on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. This year's honorees are Academy Award® nominated film producer Lawrence Bender and Governor Gray Davis & Sharon Davis. (more...)

by David Fick - Apr 28, 2017


BWW Interview: Five on Friday with THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG's Sive Gubangxa
by David Fick - Apr 28, 2017

Sive Gubangxa, is a South African actor on the way up. Currently performing in THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, which is finishing up its Johannesburg season before a Cape Town transfer, she found time to answer some questions about the production, its director, Alan Committie, and theatre in South Africa. (more...)

The Segal Celebrates 10 Remarkable Years in its 2017-2018 Theatre Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

The Segal Centre for Performing Arts announced today a stellar lineup of programming for its 2017-2018 Season. In this year of celebration across Canada, and here at home with Montreal's 375th anniversary, the Segal is also observing important milestones of its own. (more...)

Danya Taymor to Direct World Premiere of PASS OVER at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

Steppenwolf Theatre Company has announced accomplished director Danya Taymor will direct Steppenwolf's world premiere production of Pass Over by Antoinette Nwandu. (more...)

VIDEO: Playwright Antoinette Nwandu Talks PASS OVER at Steppenwolf
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the world premiere production of Pass Over by Antoinette Nwandu, directed by Danya Taymor. A bold, incendiary riff on Waiting for Godot, the complete cast features ensemble member Jon Michael Hill (Moses), Julian Parker (Kitch) and Ryan Hallahan (Mister). Steppenwolf recently sat down with the playwright to discuss her new work - see what she had to say below! (more...)

Drama Desk Award-Winning Godlight Theatre Company presents IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2017

On Stage at Kingsborough, a leading performing arts presenter located at Brooklyn's Kingsborough Community College presents its 2017 spring season, featuring world class artists from around the globe. On Stage at Kingsborough brings internationally renowned performing artists to Southern Brooklyn with an eclectic roster spanning multiple genres including music, dance, theatre and family programming. The full 2016-2017 season began September 24, 2016 and runs through May 20, 2017. (more...)

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