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SAMPLE ISSUE: Friday, January 26, 2018
This Weekend’s Highlights:
Friday, January 26
* Hear Word! Naija Women Talk True, written & directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa, featuring Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Joke Silva, Bimbo Akintola, Ufuoma McDermott, Elvina Ibru, Omonor, Zara Udofia-Ejoh, Rita Edward, Debbie Ohiri, and Odenike, opens at Boston’s A.R.T.
* Zoey’s Perfect Wedding, world premiere by Matthew Lopez, directed by Mike Donahue, featuring Jeff Biehl (Charlie), Grayson DeJesus (Sammy), Nick Ducassi (DJ), Nija Okoro (Zoey), Mallory Portnoy (Rachel), and Kristin Villanueva (Missy), opens at Denver Center Theatre Company.
* Flint, world premiere by Jeff Daniels, directed by Guy Sanville, featuring Rhiannon Ragland (Gregory), David Bendena (Chelsea), Casaundra Freeman (Detroit), and Lynch Travis (Dearborn), opens at MI’s Purple Rose Theatre.
* Full Gallop, directed by Doug Weaver, starring Cheryl Weaver (Diana Vreeland), opens at Kansas City’s Spinning Tree Theatre.
* Dry Powder, by Sarah Burgess, directed by Anna Ledwich, featuring Hayley Atwell (Jenny), Joseph Balderrama (Jeff), Aidan McArdle (Rick) and Tom Riley (Seth), begins previews at London’s Hampstead Theatre.
* The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Maria Aitken, featuring Kate Abbruzzese (Gwendolen), Helen Cespedes (Cecily), Christian Conn (Algernon), Matt Schwader (Jack), Helen Carey (Lady Bracknell), Jane Ridley (Miss Prism), Rodney Gardiner (Rev. Chasuble), Daniel Harray (Lane), and Sam Avishay (Merriman), begins previews at San Diego’s Old Globe.
* Field Guide, world premiere by Rude Mechs, directed by Shawn Sides, featuring Mari Akita (Alyosha), Lowell Bartholomee (Fyodor), Robert S. Fisher (Smerdyakov), Thomas Graves (Ivan), Hannah Kenah (Grushenka, Katya, Grigory), and Lana Lesley (Dmitri), begins previews at Yale Rep.
* Huntington Theatre Company‘s Bad Dates, by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Jessica Stone, featuring Haneefah Wood, begins previews at Boston’s Huntington Avenue Theatre.
* American Mariachi, world premiere by José Cruz González, directed by James Vásquez, featuring Natalie Camunas, Crissy Guerrero, Rodney Lizcano, Doreen Montalvo, Jennifer Paredes, Bobby Plasencia, Luis Quintero, Amanda Robles, and Heather Velazquez, begins previews at the Denver Center Theatre Company.
* The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, directed by Marissa Wolf, featuring Jamie Sanders (Christopher Boone), Chioma Anyanwu, Rufus Burns, Jason Chanos, Walter Coppage, Bree Elrod, Peggy Friesen, Nicole Marie Green, Andy Perkins, and Stephanie Rae Roberts, begins previews at Kansas City Rep.
* Paris Time, world premiere by Steven Peterson, directed by Gordon Greenberg, featuring Marcel Jeannin (Charlie), Kelly Wolf (Deborah), Jenny Ashman (Reina), Wally Dunn (Martin), and Tom Templeton (Phillipe), begins previews at Albany’s Capital Rep.
* The Full Monty, directed by Neil Dale, featuring Steven Freitas (Jerry Lukowski), Danny Stiles (Dave Bukatinsky), Richard Van Slyke (Harold Nichols), Jonathan Sangster (Malcolm Macgregor), Ron Christopher Jones (Noah ‘horse’ T. Simmons), Jack Eld (Ethan Girard), Amy Perkins (Pam Lukowski), Joy Yandell (Georgie Bukatinsky), Karyn Overstreet (Vicki Nichols), Devlin (Jeanette Burmeister), Scott Arnold (Buddy ‘Keno’ Walsh), Owen Schmutz (Nathan Lukowski), and Beth Alison (Estelle), with Luke Harvey Jacobs, Sydney Joyner, Stella Kim, Shayne Mims, Paul Morgavo, and Alex Nemiroski, previews at San Diego Musical Theatre.
* Porchlight Music Theatre‘s Merrily We Roll Along, directed by Michael Weber, featuring Matt Crowle (Charley Kringas), Jim DeSelm (Franklin Shephard), Neala Barron (Mary Flynn), Keely Vasquez (Gussie Carnegie), David Fiorello (Joe Josephson), Aja Wiltshire (Beth), Kyrie Anderson (Make-up Artist), Larry Baldacci (Mr. Spencer), Sandra Bogan (Mrs. Spencer), Katherine Condit (Scotty), Christopher Davis (Terry), Andres Enriquez (Tyler), Fredrick Harris (Jerome), Michelle Jasso (K.T.), Bernell Lassai (Bunker/TV Newsman), Cisco Lopez (Floor Monitor/Minister), Alana Lovely (Meg/TV Newswoman), Khaki Pixley (Dory/Girl Auditioning), Jonathan Strombres (Ru/Nightclub Pianist), and Zachary Fewkes & Asher Schenk (alternating as Franklin Shepard, Jr.), begins previews at Chicago’s Ruth Page Center for the Arts.
* Aaron Tveit in concert, at 8 PM at VA’s Wolf Trap (also Jan. 27).
* Simply Barbra starring Steven Brinberg concert, with special guest Ronen Bay, at 6 PM at Palm Springs’ Purple Room.
* “Hamlisch Uncovered,” featuring Kelli O’Hara, Randy Graff, Tony Sheldon, Hayden Tee, Nancy Opel, Leah Horowitz, Marissa McGowan, Lisa Brescia, Klea Blackhurst and Steven Brinberg, released on CD. Order here.
* Muriel’s Wedding The Musical Australian cast recording released.
* Scott Alan’s “Lifeline” recording, featuring Diana DeGarmo, Ace Young, Luke Edgemon, Melinda Doolittle, and Wendy Moten, released. Order here.
Saturday, January 27
* Candide, directed by Francesca Zambello, featuring Kelsey Grammer (Voltaire/Pangloss), Christine Ebersole (Old Lady), Jack Swanson (Candide), Erin Morley (Cunegonde), Theo Hoffman (Maximilian/Reverend Father), Peabody Southwell (Paquette), Matthew Scollin (James/Martin), Joshua Wheeker (Cacambo), Brian Michael Moore (Grand Inquisitor/Governor), and Taylor Raven (Baroness/Vanderdendur), opens at LA Opera.
* The Full Monty, directed by Neil Dale, featuring Steven Freitas (Jerry Lukowski), Danny Stiles (Dave Bukatinsky), Richard Van Slyke (Harold Nichols), Jonathan Sangster (Malcolm Macgregor), Ron Christopher Jones (Noah ‘horse’ T. Simmons), Jack Eld (Ethan Girard), Amy Perkins (Pam Lukowski), Joy Yandell (Georgie Bukatinsky), Karyn Overstreet (Vicki Nichols), Devlin (Jeanette Burmeister), Scott Arnold (Buddy ‘Keno’ Walsh), Owen Schmutz (Nathan Lukowski), and Beth Alison (Estelle), with Luke Harvey Jacobs, Sydney Joyner, Stella Kim, Shayne Mims, Paul Morgavo, and Alex Nemiroski, opens at San Diego Musical Theatre.
* Aright Then, by Orson Bean, directed by Guillermo Cienfuegos, featuring Orson Bean and Alley Mills, opens at Venice’s Pacific Resident Theatre.
* Buyer & Cellar, by Jonathan Tolins, directed by Stephanie A. Coltrin, starring Brian McDonald, opens at Ventura’s Rubicon Theatre.
* Long Day’s Journey Into Night, directed by Richard Eyre, featuring Jeremy Irons (James Tyrone), Lesley Manville (Mary Tyrone), Matthew Beard (Edmund), and Rory Keenan (James), begins previews at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre.
* Hallelujah, Baby!, by Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green & Arthur Laurents, directed by Gerry McIntrye, featuring Stephanie Umoh (Georgina), Vivian Reed (Momma), Jennifer Cody (Mary, and others), Randy Donaldson (Tap), Bernard Dotson (Tip), Latoya Edwards (Chloe, and others), Michael Thomas Holmes (Hutchinson, and others), and Tally Sessions (Harvey), previews at Off-Broadway’s York Theatre.
* Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, by Quiara Alegría Hudes, directed by Shishir Kurup, featuring Rubén Garfias, Peter Mendoza, Jason Manuel Olazábal and Caro Zeller, begins previews at LA’s Kirk Douglas Theatre.
* Fountain Theatre‘s All The President’s Men FREE reading, adapted & directed by Stephen Sachs, featuring Bradley Whitford (Bob Woodward), Joshua Malina (Carl Bernstein), Richard Schiff (Harry Rosenfeld), Ed Begley, Jr. (Howard Simmons), Jeff Perry (Ben Bradlee), and Joe Morton (Deep Throat), with Sam Anderson, Leith Burke, Seamus Dever, James Dumont, Spencer Garrett, Deidrie Henry, Morlan Higgins, Anna Khaja, Karen Kondazian, Rob Nagle, Virginia Newcomb, Arianna Ortiz, Larry Poindexter, and Andrew Robinson, at 7:30 PM at LA City Hall.
Entry by lottery only, which has closed.
* Aaron Tveit in concert, at 8 PM at VA’s Wolf Trap.
* Donna McKechnie in concert, at 7:30 PM at Schenectady’s Proctors.
* Muriel’s Wedding The Musical, by PJ Hogan, Kate Miller-Heidke & Keir Nuttall, directed by Simon Phillips, featuring Maggie McKenna (Muriel), Justine Clarke (Betty), Briallen Clarke (Joanie), Michael Whalley (Perry), Connor Sweeney (Malcolm), Helen Dallimore (Deidre Chambers), Aaron Tsindos (Chook), Christie Whelan Browne (Tania Degano), Manon Gunderson Briggs (Bridesmaid), Laura Murphy (Bridesmaid), Ben Bennett (Brice Nobes), Stephen Madsen (Alexander Shkuratov) and Josh Quong Tart (coach Ken), with Sheridan Harbridge, Mark Hill, Annie Aitken, Kaeng Chan, Tony Cogin, Adrian Li Donni, Kenneth Moraleda, closes at Australia’s Sydney Theatre Company.
* The Twilight Zone, adapted by Ann Washburn, directed by Richard Jones, featuring Oliver Alvin-Wilson, Franc Ashman, Adrianna Bertola, Lizzy Connolly, Amy Griffiths, Neil Haigh, Cosmo Jarvis, John Marquez, Matthew Needham, and Sam Swainsbury, closes at London’s Almeida Theatre.
* Beautiful Soup Collective‘s Memorare, world premiere by Steven Carl McCasland, directed by Peter Darney, featuring Patti Mariano (Sister Mary Cecelia), Ashleigh Awusie (Sister Mary Azu), PennyLynn White (Mother Superior), Janet Fanale (Sister Mary Eugenia), Kristen Gehling (Sister Mary Agnes), Joyce Nolen (Sister Mary Bridget), JoAnn Mariano, and Sabina Petra (Sister Maria Celeste), closes at NYC’s St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Sunday, January 28
* Hallelujah, Baby!, by Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green & Arthur Laurents, directed by Gerry McIntrye, featuring Stephanie Umoh (Georgina), Vivian Reed (Momma), Jennifer Cody (Mary, and others), Randy Donaldson (Tap), Bernard Dotson (Tip), Latoya Edwards (Chloe, and others), Michael Thomas Holmes (Hutchinson, and others), and Tally Sessions (Harvey), opens at Off-Broadway’s York Theatre.
* The Outsider, by Paul Slade Smith, directed by David Esbjornson, featuring Kelley Curran (Rachel Parsons), Julia Duffy (Paige Caldwell), Manoel Felciano (Dave Riley), Erin Noel Grennan (Louise Peakes), Mike Houston (A.C. Petersen), Burke Moses (Arthur Vance) and Lenny Wolpe (Ned Newley), opens at Paper Mill Playhouse.
* WP Theater‘s [Porto], by Kate Benson, directed by Lee Sunday Evans, featuring Julia Sirna-Frest, Noel Joseph Allain, Kate Benson, Ugo Chukwu, Jorge Cordova and Leah Karpel, begins previews at Off-Broadway’s McGinn/Cazale Theatre.
* Between the Lines concert presentation, by Elyssa Samsel, Kate Anderson & Timothy Allen McDonald, directed by Jeff Calhoun, featuring Victoria Clark, Harriet Harris, Curt Hansen, Arielle Jacobs, JD Daw, Christina DeCicco, Kathryn Emerson, Danny Gardner, Morgan Green, Janice Landry, and Martin Landry, at 7 PM at NYC’s 92Y.
* Celebration Theatre‘s Celebrating Brunch event, hosted by Wilson Cruz, featuring Leslie Jordan, as well as a preview of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, at Noon at West Hollywood’s Micky’s.
* Rondi Reed (Madame Morrible) and Chad Jennings (Doctor Dillamond) conclude their runs in Wicked at Broadway’s Gershwin Theatre.
* Mankind, world premiere written & directed by Robert O’Hara, featuring André De Shields, Bobby Moreno, Anson Mount, Stephen Schnetzer, Ariel Shafir, and David Ryan Smith, closes at Off-Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons.
* 20th Century Blues, by Susan Miller, directed by Emily Mann, featuring Beth Dixon, Franchelle Stewart Dorn, Polly Draper, Kathryn Grody, Ellen Parker, and Charles Scoarides, closes at Off-Broadway’s Signature Center.
* Labrynth Theatre‘s FREE Barn Reading Series of new plays, concludes at Off-Broadway’s Cherry Lane Theatre.
* I Am My Own Wife, by Doug Wright, directed by Jenny Sullivan, featuring John Rufts, closes at Laguna Playhouse.
* LA Theatre Works‘ The Goodbye Girl live radio recordings, directed by Rosalind Ayres, featuring Amy Pietz (Paula McFadden) and Matthew Floyd Miller (Elliot Garfield), with Ellis Greer, Anna Mathias, Raini Rodriguez, Andre Sogliuzzo, Inger Tudor, Matthew Wolf and Adam Wylie, closes at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater.
* Small Mouth Sounds, by Beth Wohl, directed by Rachel Chavkin, featuring Connor Barret (Jan), Ben Beckley (Ned), Edward Chin-Lyn (Rodney), Orville Mendoza (Teacher), Brenna Palughi (Alicia), Socorro Santiago (Joan), and Cherene Snow (Judy), closes at Santa Monica’s Broad Stage.
* Rotterdam, by John Brittain, directed by Michael A. Shepperd, featuring Ryan Brophy, Audrey Cain, Ashley Romans, and Miranda Wynne, closes at LA’s Skylight Theatre.
A memorial celebration for Liz Smith will take place Fri. Feb. 2 at Noon at Broadway’s Majestic Theatre. All are welcome.
: Barry Diller, Joni Evans, Cynthia McFadden, Billy Norwich, Lesley Stahl, Holland Taylor, Bruce Willis, and Renee Zellweger.
: Tommy Tune and Betty Buckley.
Complete casting has been announced for The Iceman Cometh, to run Mar. 22 – July 1 (opening Apr. 26) at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, directed by George C. Wolfe.
: Denzel Washington (Hickey), Colm Meaney (Harry Hope), David Morse (Larry Slade), Bill Irwin (Ed Mosher), Tammy Blanchard (Cora), Carolyn Braver (Pearl), Austin Butler (Don Parrit), Joe Forbrich (Lieb), Nina Grollman (Margie), Thomas Michael Hammond (Moran), Neal Huff (Willie Oban), Danny Mastrogiorgio (Chuck Morello), Dakin Matthews (Piet Wetjoen), Jack McGee (Pat McGloin), Clark Middleton (Hugo Kalmar), Michael Potts (Joe Mott), Reg Rogers (James Cameron), and Frank Wood (Cecil Lewis).
Duncan Macmillan’s Every Brilliant Thing will run Feb. 28 – Mar. 25 (opening Mar. 3) at MD’s Olney Theatre Center, directed by Jason Loewith.
: Alexander Strain.
The play combines elements of stand-up comedy, audience participation, and
confessional solo performance to tell the story of one man’s life-long quest to make a list of 1 million things worth living for.
Due to a huge response, additional sessions have been added to the Steve Ross’ The Song in You and You in the Song:
* Sat. Jan. 27 (1-4 PM)
* Sat. Feb. 3 (1-4 PM)
* Sat. Feb. 10 (1-4 PM)
* Sat. Feb. 17 (1:30-4:30 PM)
* Sun. Feb. 18 (1:30-4:30 PM)
* Sat. Feb. 24 (1:30-4:30 PM)
* Sun. Feb. 25 (1:30-4:30 PM)
* Steve will be at the keyboard
* Sign up for one class, and more if there’s availability.
* Required in advance: the names of your 2 songs and their keys.
* An extra copy of your sheet music for Steve.
* A copy of the song lyrics typed in an easy-to-read font.
* Location – Steve’s NYC Upper West Side apartment (address provided upon registration).
* $75 in cash, or check made out to Steve Ross, to be paid the day of.
* More information & registration: email@example.com or 917-848-4797.
A new poll has revealed that almost a third of theatre professionals in the UK have experienced sexual harassment at work. The survey included performers, backstage workers, front of house staff and management.
Upon surveying 1,050 people working in the theatre industry, the new study conducted by The Stage revealed that 31% of respondents said they had encountered sexual harassment, 43% said they had experienced bulling, and 8% claimed to have experienced sexually assault at work.
The study also revealed that 67% of people who had experienced harassment or bullying in the workplace did not report it. The results concerning incidents of sexual were just as shocking, with no action being taken in four out of five cases.
Click here for the entire article.
The Drowsy Chaperone will replace the previously announced Bullets over Broadway, running Sept. 21 – Nov. 25 at Goodspeed Musicals.
Goodspeed executive director Michael Gennaro’s statement: “We have decided to cancel our production of Bullets Over Broadway. In light of the current dialogue on sexual harassment and misconduct, the author of Bullets Over Broadway, Woody Allen, has come under increasing scrutiny. Ongoing reports in the media have made this situation even more difficult and complicated and this led us to reconsider the appropriateness of producing the show. I believe this is the right decision for Goodspeed to make as an organization.”
The world premiere of Thomas Meehan, Nell Benjamin & Tom Kitt’s Dave will run July 13 – Aug. 19 at Arena Stage (link TBA), directed by Tina Landau.
A musical version of the 1993 film comedy that starred Kevin Kline as both a callous, womanizing U.S. president and as the sweet-natured look-alike who’s installed in the Oval Office as his substitute.
Complete casting has been announced for a UK tour of Agatha Christie’s Love From a Stranger, to launch Feb. 23 at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate, directed by Lucy Bailey.
: Justin Avoth (Nigel Lawrence), Helen Bradbury (Cecily Harrington), Sam Frenchum (Bruce Lovell), Alice Haig (Mavis Wilson), Molly Logan (Ethel), Crispin Redman (Dr Gribble), Nicola Sanderson (Louise Garrard), and Gareth Williams (Hodgson).
Click here for the tour schedule.
Be careful who you wish for. A whirlwind romance with a handsome and charming stranger sweeps Cecily Harrington off her feet and she recklessly abandons her old life to settle in the remote and blissful surroundings of a country cottage. However, her newfound love is not all that he seems…
Cherry Jones will guest star as Elisabeth Moss’ mother in Episode 3 of Season 3 of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” to premiere Apr. 25 on Hulu.
Jerome Robbins’ Broadway will run June 11-17 at The Muny, directed by Cynthia Onrubia, with music direction by Michael Horsley. Choreographer TBA.
: Rob McClure, and more TBA.
FNAM’s next Musi-CAL concert will take place Mon. Feb. 5 at 8 PM at LA’s Rockwell Table & Stage, offering selections from new musicals, hosted by Kelly Lynne D’Angelo.
* Glass Ceilings, by Laura Watkins & Nicholas David Brandt, featuring Christine Lea, Maria Rose Faith, and Holly King Bennett. Looking down from Her-gatory, women who’ve battled the glass ceiling watch on as it seems like the biggesst one is about to break.
* Making Love, by Anthony Luca & Robert Klein, featuring Bella Hicks, Kalev Patrick Rudolph, and Javen Smith. A young LA Times reporter gets sent out to the west Valley to find out “what the hell is going on” in the porn industry. Is it going or coming?
* Lavender Nicholas is not Okay, written & performed by Lillian Mottern. What it means to be a woman in our current society and the stories we leave behind us.
* Starry, by Matthew Dahan & Kelly Lynn D’Angelo, featuring Max Lichtig, Mariah Rose Faith, Jaime Lyn Beatty, and Dylan Saunders. The story of two brothers, Vincent and Theo Van Gogh, and their inspiring, heartbreaking, and transcendental testimony of perseverance, belief, and most of all, love.
* Bettie Page: Queen of Pin Ups – The Authorized Musical, by Gregory Nabours & Tegan Summer, featuring Brittney Bertier, Travis Cloer, Una Eggerts, and Lindsay Roginski. Black bangs… Red lips… Blue eyes… No inhibitions. The story of the Nashville native whose iconic style and free spirit ushered in American’s sexual revolution.
The Tony Awards Administration Committee met for the second time during the 2017-18 season to determine eligibility status for ten Broadway productions:
* Steven Pasquale will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play category for his performance in Junk.
* Katrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress/Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical categories for their respective performances in The Band’s Visit.
* John Leguizamo will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Play category for his performance in Latin History for Morons.
* Keegan-Michael Key and Laura Benanti will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Featured Role in a Play categories for their respective performances in Meteor Shower.
* Hailey Kilgore will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical category for her performance in Once on This Island.
* AnnMarie Milazzo and Michael Starobin will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Orchestrations category for their work on Once on This Island.
* Ethan Slater will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical category for his performance in SpongeBob SquarePants.
* Walter Trarbach and Mike Dobson will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Sound Design of a Musical category for their work on SpongeBob SquarePants.
* Mark Rylance will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play category for his performance in Farinelli and the King.
* Claire van Kampen will be considered eligible in the Best Orchestrations category for her work on Farinelli and the King.
All other eligibility rulings were consistent with the productions’ opening night billing.
Highlights from the recent If It Only Even Runs a Minute concert. The discussions about the background of each musical are fascinating:
Video: Andy Mientus, “Stranger in this World” (Taboo)
Video: Jay Rogers (original cast), “Boy Will Be Girls” (Cleavage)
Video: Kevin Michael Murphy, “Dark Rosaleen” (Dark Rosaleen)
Video: Taylor Iman Jones, “My Own Morning” (Hallelujah, Baby!)
Video: Bonnie Milligan, “I’m Glad I’m Leaving” (Hazel Flagg)
RIP: Olivia Cole, who won an Emmy for her role as Mathilda in “Roots,” died Jan. 19 of a heart attack at the age of 75.
Cole made her Broadway debut in 1966 in a revival of The School for Scandal, also appearing in Right You Are If You Think You Are, We, Comrades Three, You Can’t Take It with You, War and Peace, The Merchant of Venice, and in the 1974 The National Health. (marking her final Broadway appearance).
She also received a 2nd Emmy second nomination in 1979 for her performance as Maggie Rogers in “Backstairs at the White House.”
Megan Hilty will return to NYC’s Café Carlyle Apr. 17–28 (all at 8:45 PM) with an all-new show.
Complete casting has been announced for the West End transfer of James Graham’s Quiz, to Mar. 31 – June 16 (opening Apr. 10) at the Noël Coward Theatre, directed by Daniel Evans.
: Keir Charles, Greg Haiste, Mark Meadows, Henry Pettigrew, Gavin Spokes, Stephanie Street, Jay Villiers, Lizzie Winkler, Sarah Woodward, and Sharon Ballard.
A provocative re-examination of the case against Charles Ingram, the “coughing Major,” for cheating on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”
Martyna Majok’s Ironbound will now begin previews Feb. 14 (originally Feb. 10), open Mar. 5 (originally Feb. 26), and close as scheduled on Mar. 25 at Lincoln Center‘s Claire Tow Theater, directed by Danya Taymor. The delay was due to “logistical reasons.”
: Jessica Love, Nadine Malouf, Ana Reeder, Andrea Syglowski, Zuzanna Szadkowski, Sarah Tolan-Mee, and Nicole Villamil.
Matthew-Lee Erlbach’s The Doppelgänger (An International Farce) will run Apr. 5 – May 27 (opening Apr. 15) at the Steppenwolf Theatre, directed by Tina Landau.
: Rainn Wilson (replacing the previously announce Gary Cole), Alana Arenas, Audrey Francis, Ora Jones, Sandra Marquez, James Vincent Meredith, Michael Accardo, Whit K. Lee, Andy Nagraj, and Karen Rodriguez.
A wealthy British businessman suffers an untimely accident just before a critical African copper deal is signed. So when his unwitting (and witless) American doppelgänger is thrust into negotiations to avert intercontinental disaster, chaos erupts.
Westport Country Playhouse‘s 2018 New Works Circle Initiative includes 4 new plays to be developed with playwrights, directors, and other artists, during the next 6 months.
* Click, by Jacqueline Goldfinger, directed by Katherine M. Carter, was previously presented on Jan. 18, featuring Barron B. Bass, Chris Ghaffari, Christina Pumariega, Kim Taff, and Kita Updike. The new play explores the impact of technology on altering identities as it follows a group of college students involved in a campus rape that goes viral.
* Native Authors (reading, on a date TBA), by Erik Brogger, directed by Mary B. Robinson. The play focuses on the intertwined lives of the residents of a small Nebraska town.
* Torera (reading, on a date TBA), by Monet Hurst-Mendoza. Two young Mexicans, separated by class and gender, share the dream of becoming world famous matadors.
* Thousand Pines (world premiere in Nov., date TBA), by Matthew Greene, directed by Austin Pendleton. The tale of a small town tragedy that weaves together unsuspecting families.
CT’s Sharon Playhouse has announced its 2018 season:
* Anything Goes (June 15 – July 1), directed by Alan M-L Wager, with choreography by Justin Boccitto.
* All Shook Up (July 13-22), directed by Sarah Combs, with choreography by Grace Mihalchik.
* Barefoot in the Park (July 27 – Aug. 12), directed by Clayton Phillips.
* Always…Patsy Cline (Aug. 17 – Sept. 2), directed by Alan M-L Wager.