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by Valerie-Jean Miller - Nov 10, 2019
This story takes place within a few weeks' time, about an affable guy who happens to be grieving a devastating loss. a?oeChamp,a?? a nickname Richard's beloved wife dubbed him, is all stressed out.  It has been a year since his wife has passed away, and he has settled into his lonely but nonetheless new pattern of going to the gym every day, then the Sandwich shop where he always gets the exact same order, brings it home and eats it as he talks to his dead wife.  Susie, or as he dubbed her, a?oePrincess,a?? who is not among the living anymore, although all her photos and belongings are laid out prominently in the living room, wanders about (we, the audience can actually see her) reacting silently to his dialogue. Billed as a Dramedy, the play is cleverly written and produced by Art Shulman (a?oeI Got Troubles;a?? a?oe The Rabbi's Mission;a?oe  a?oeOld Broads Can't Dunk;a?? God, Bring Me A Miracle;a?? a?oeBoxcar & Eugenia,a??) and many more, and Directed quite proficiently by Stan Mazin (As Director:  a?oeDoubting Thomas;a?? a?oeGod, Bring Me A Miracle;a??a?? The Prisoner of Second Ave.;a?? a?oeGive 'Em Hell Harry;a?? a?oeStepping Out;a?? As  choreographer:  a?oeBells Are Ringing;a?? a?oeAnything Goes;a?? a?oeFestival;a?? a?oeChicago;a?? a?oeJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat;a?? a?oePippin;a?? a?oeDames at Sea;a?? a?oeSuperstar,a?? et al.  Stan also appeared as a dancer/actor on the Carol Burnett show for a decade and his autobiography, a?oeA Dancer in Depth,a?? is available on Amazon.com and BN.com).     
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2019
Contra Costa Civic Theatre (CCCT) presents It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, adapted from Frank Capra's beloved film by Joe Landry. This family-friendly holiday production, directed by David Bogdonoff with original music and live foley effects by Don Tieck, plays for nine performances only November 29 through December 15; for tickets and information visit www.ccct.org or call 510-524-9012.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2019
Director Olivier Tambosi's production of Manon Lescaut, composer Giacomo Puccini's first triumph, returns to San Francisco Opera for six performances on the War Memorial Opera House stage, from November 8 through the 26th.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2019
Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham and Executive Director Ellen Richard are thrilled to announce the final cast and creative team to join acclaimed film, TV and theatre veterans Frances Fisher (“Titanic,” Native Gardens, Barbeque), as “Queen Eleanor” and Gregory Harrison (“Trapper John, M.D.,” Broadway's Chicago, Steel Pier), as “King Henry II” in THE LION IN WINTER, written by James Goldman and directed by Sheldon Epps.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2019
Multi award-winning Foothill Theatre Arts presents Bertolt Brecht's satirical masterpiece about the rise of a demagogue, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, in a stunning new adaption by Pulitzer, Olivier and Tony Award-winning American playwright, Bruce Norris (Clybourne Park) making its Bay Area premiere. Director Bruce McLeod invites audiences into a seedy 1930s Chicago cabaret for this production, presented three weeks only November 8 – 24, 2019 (press opening: Saturday, November 9) at the Lohman Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2019
Acclaimed costume designer Bob Mackie and theater luminary Jack Viertel laughed and cheered along with the audience when they visited The Tony Award ® winning FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, Gerard Alessandrini's hilarious musical spoof of all things theater,  which continues at the Triad Theatre (158 West 72nd Street).
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2019
Geva Theatre Center's 2019-2020 Fielding Studio Series begins with Queen, written by Madhuri Shekar and directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh. The production begins performances on November 6 and runs in the Fielding Stage through November 24.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2019
BroadwayWorld has a first look at The Mean Girls National Tour which launched on September 21 in Buffalo, NY. Mean Girls features a book by nine-time Emmy Award winner Tina Fey, based on her screenplay for the film, music by three-time Emmy Award winner Jeff Richmond; and lyrics by two-time Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin. Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw directs and choreographs.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2019
A city, two households, and a hatred so old that no one remembers its cause. Defying the barriers forged from their families' enmity, Romeo and Juliet risk everything for love. Shakespeare sets his immortal tale against a community uprooted by conflict—as resonant today as it was 400 years ago. Armed only with their extraordinary capacity for love and imagination, Romeo and Juliet dare to inhabit a world where hearts are not ruled by hatred. In the uniquely personal setting of CST's Courtyard Theater, Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and her 25-person cast will make you feel every spark of emotion as tempers flare, families brawl, and love blazes. The production features Edgar Miguel Sanchez and Brittany Bellizeare as the star-crossed young lovers, joined by a talented ensemble cast, which includes Nate Burger, Cage Sebastian Pierre, Sam Pearson, Betsy Aidem, Darlene Hope, James Newcomb, Lia D. Mortensen, Dale Rivera, and Brianna Buckley.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2019
New American Folk Theatre will present the world premiere musical MY LIFE IS A COUNTRY SONG by Co-Artistic Director Anthony Whitaker*, the story of a woman starting her life over after a failed and abusive marriage in early 1980s South Carolina. Directed by Company Member Sarah Gise* with music direction by Joey Harbert, this new musical features a score inspired by country music of the late '70s and early '80s and explores how family and chosen family can save us from ourselves.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2019
Raven Theatre will continue its 2019-20 season with Katori Hall's drama HOODOO LOVE, directed by Wardell Julius Clark with music direction by The Ricky Harris. This spellbinding, blues-filled tale about the danger of our desires will play October 31 – December 15, 2019 on Raven's intimate 56-seat Schwartz Stage, 6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville) in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at raventheatre.com or by calling (773) 338-2177. The press openings are Monday, November 4 at 7:30 pm and Tuesday, November 5 at 7:30 pm.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2019
Joan Collins stopped by The Tony Award ® winning FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, Gerard Alessandrini's hilarious musical spoof of all things theatre, which continues at the Triad Theatre (158 West 72nd Street).   After a five-year absence, this all-new edition, whic FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: THE NEXT GENERATION, which received rave reviews, is now playing a limited engagement in  through November 30th. Feeling “completely inspired” by the latest crop of Broadway musicals, Alessandrini lampoons The Great White Way's biggest shows and stars in this edition, which he is directing.  Gerry McIntyre (Spamilton) is the choreographer.  The musical is produced by John Freedson, Harriet Yellin, Peter Brash and David Zippel and Gerard Alessandrini, in association with Tzili Charney.  www.forbiddenbroadway.com  
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2019
McKinney Youth onSTAGE is proud to premiere the Youtube musical sensation, 'FIREBRINGER.' This is the authorized Student Version and not the R rated Youtube version. It is still recommended for 12 years+ Created by a group out of Chicago called STARKID,  FIREBRINGER has over 3 and a half million views on Youtube. It has become a cult classic among teens and features the full song of the Meme 'I don't really want to do the work today.' The MYO production features outstanding youth performers from all over Collin County and beyond! 
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2019
A German Jewish refugee is haunted by her past, but resiliently moves toward the future. Antaeus Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Eight Nights, a story developed in the Antaeus Playwrights Lab that honors the global refugee experience. Written by Jennifer Maisel and directed by Emily Chase, Eight Nights opens at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale on Nov. 8, where performances continue through Dec. 16. Low-priced previews begin Oct. 31.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2019
With the first phase of its much-anticipated expansion complete, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, the country's youngest LORT B+ theatre, is opening its 2019/20 season with its first commission, a vibrant world premiere by Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2019
The new musical LAST DAYS OF SUMMER opened this past Friday, October 25th to unanimous rave reviews at George Street Playhouse. Under the direction of Jeff Calhoun (NEWSIES, GREASE, BIG RIVER), LAST DAYS OF SUMMER features book & lyrics by Steve Kluger (based on his best-selling novel) and music by Grammy Award winner Jason Howland (LITTLE WOMEN).
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2019
Prop Thtr continues its 2019-20 season with the world premiere of I AM GOING TO DIE ALONE AND I AM NOT AFRAID, a new play exploring modern oppression through the legacy of the Holocaust, devised by The Ensemble, directed by Anna Gelman, with music and music direction by Alec Phan, playing October 25 – December 6, 2019 at 3502 N. Elston Ave. (near Kedzie and Addison) in Chicago's Avondale neighborhood.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2019
Greenhouse Theater Center and GLP Productions are pleased to present the world premiere of David Alex's political drama N, directed by TaRon Patton, playing October 24 – November 17, 2019 in The Greenhouse Theater Center's Upstairs Studio, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at greenhousetheater.org, in person at the box office or by calling (773) 404-7336. 
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2019
Dana Lee Block opens-up about her brother, Marc, in MONKEY MAN, a one-person show Saturday, November 2 @ 7:30 p.m., as part of the 10th annual UNITED SOLO THEATRE FESTIVAL on Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, New York City.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2019
Can you assume these days that what you see in the media is factually correct?  Is accuracy all that important in an opinion piece? Those questions are central to the timely and very funny The Lifespan of a Fact, by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell, which begins a 5-week regional premiere run at Stage West on Thursday, November 7.