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Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 4am (Broadway Time)

It’s astounding! Rocky Horror Show with Kathleen Amarant

by Kathleen Amarant

The Rocky Horror Show is ‘40 and Fabulous’ and finally here in Melbourne. State:  VIC

Production News: David Hare’s The Vertical Hour set for London revival

by Ed Frankl

The Vertical Hour by David Hare is to receive its first London revival this autumn at the Park Theatre in Finsbury Park. It will be directed by Nigel Douglas, who returns to the theatre for…

Under Milk Wood, York Theatre Royal

by Steve Clarkson

A spiralling stage, horned with two raised prongs. A circular display, mounted on the back wall, which presents the buildings and coastline of a seaside town from a bird’s eye view. Subtle blues, yellows and …

PHOTO CALL: Harvey Fierstein's Casa Valentina, Starring Patrick Page, Opens on Broadway, Red Carpet Arrivals

by Matthew Blank and Joseph Marzullo

Casa Valentina, a new play by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein about an upstate colony where heterosexual men dress as women, officially opened on Broadway April 23 at Manhattan Theatre Cl…

Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 3am (Broadway Time)

Best Shakespeare productions: what's your favourite Troilus and Cressida?

by Michael Billington

In honour of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, we're recalling our favourite stagings of his plays. This tragedy has come into its own in today's war-weary times, yielding many fine revivals. Which …

News: BBC imposes ban on parent chaperones for child performers

by Nicola Merrifield

Child performers appearing in BBC dramas will no longer be allowed to be chaperoned by their parents when they are filming, following a policy change by the Corporation. The organisation has confirmed it is…

Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 2am (Broadway Time)

Playwright Aaron Spratte debuts "Music of Change" at Aurora Fox

by Megan Mitchellyourhub Reporter

After more than 15 years of rough drafts and a successful Kickstarter financing project, an Aurora playwright will debut his two-act play at the Aurora Fox Studio Theatre next month.

Shakespeare in Love: staging the Oscar-winning film - video

by Guardian Staff

In the year of Shakespeare's 450th birthday, the box-office hit Shakespeare in Love has been adapted for the stage by Lee Hall. Go behind the scenes with the play's director Declan Donnellan and designer Nick O…

Imelda Staunton: 'It's in my DNA to duck and dive'

by Stuart Jeffries

As Imelda Staunton storms the West End as another hard-scrabble working woman, she explains why it's class and not the classics that matters"Those women!" says Imelda Staunton. "They got up, di…

I Can't Sing! - review: Simon Cowell's X Factor musical has a bonkers surreal charm

A satire on The X Factor that's been endorsed and partly financed by Simon Cowell sounds an improbable proposition – equivalent to imagining a big West End revival of Pravda blessed and partly bankrolled by R…

Olivier Awards 2014: Red carpet in pictures

Theatre stars and luvvies had their glad rags on tonight ahead of Britain’s most prestigious theatre awards, the Oliviers.

Olivier Awards 2014: Lucy Kirkwood's Chimerica wins best new play

Lucy Kirkwood’s Chimerica has been named Best New Play at the Olivier Awards.

The Book of Mormon wins Best New Musical at the Oliviers

The Book of Mormon has won Best New Musical at the Olivier Awards 2014, beating competition from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Once and The Scottsboro Boys.

Olivier Awards 2014: Chimerica the big winner on UK theatre's big night

The hit play about a photographer’s search for the Tiananmen Square “tank man” was the big winner at the most prestigious awards ceremony of the UK’s theatre calendar.

Review: The Grid (Liverpool)

Young Everyman Playhouse present a gripping and timely play at the newly refurbished venue.

Theatre News: Royal Exchange stage Cat On A Hot Tin Roof & Little Shop Of Horrors in New Season alongside Peake's Hamlet

Sarah Frankcom announces first new season since taking over as Associate Director.

Drama students take West End by storm

by Tim Walker

The Play That Goes Wrong, which was first staged by a group of drama students at a pub two years ago, is to transfer to the Duchess Theatre on September 14.

David Davis and his two mistresses on stage

by Tim Walker

The play Privacy would have you believe that David Davis, the former Conservative Party chairman, retained two mistresses to entertain him during the party conferences. season.

Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 1am (Broadway Time)

BWW Reviews: Hyper-Gender Glam Rock Goes Family Friendly in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH

by Michael Dale

With the exception of Bertolt Brecht plays and Robert Mapplethorpe photographs, there not a subversive work of art that doesn't eventually get accepted as nostalgic family friendly fun.

Theater Review: A Fascinating, Somewhat Musty Look at Transvestism in Harvey Fierstein's Casa Valentina

Though many recent shows involve cross-dressing, it's the only play that really focuses on the phenomenon.-- Delivered by Feed43 service

Let's hear it for those poor, mumbling actors

by Michael Simkins

As 'Jamaica Inn' shows, the best efforts of the cast can be undone by production gremlins, says Michael Simkins

Thursday, April 24, 2014 at midnight (Broadway Time)

The Great Immensity, Featuring Damian Baldet and Chris Sullivan, Opens at Public Theater April 24

by Carey Purcell

The New York premiere of The Civilians' The Great Immensity officially opens April 24 at the Public Theater following previews that began April 11. 

"Welcome to Berlin!": Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall's Cabaret Opens April 24 on Broadway

by Michael Gioia

Alan Cumming, who won a Tony Award for his portrayal of the sexy and seductive Emcee in Cabaret, returns to the Kit Kat Klub in Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall's Tony-winning production of that musical, which o…

Shatner's World: We Just Live in It, Starring William Shatner, Screened in Cinemas April 24

by Andrew Gans

Shatner's World: We Just Live in It, which was seen on Broadway in February 2012 starring William Shatner, is screened in cinemas nationwide April 24 at 7:30 PM local time.

Broadway's Leading Ladies Go Commercial, Part 2: Betty Buckley, Bernadette Peters, Megan Mullally and More in Ads from 1980s

by David Gewirtzman

Sit in front of a television set long enough, and you'll probably see a familiar Broadway face or two — and not just on your regularly scheduled programs, but in the commercials, too. In fact, there h…

CBS' "Bad Teacher" Comedy, Featuring Ari Graynor, Kristin Davis, David Alan Grier, Debuts April 24

by Andrew Gans

"Bad Teacher," a single camera comedy based on the feature film of the same name, makes its TV debut April 24 at 9:31 PM ET on CBS; check local listings.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Cabaret, Christopher Sieber and More Added to Playbill Vault, Week Ending April 26

by Megan Dekic

When the Playbill Vault launched in December 2011, it included information on over 10,000 shows and 120,000 actors, creative teams and crew members who have worked or are currently working on Broadway. And, new…

Schools of the Stars: Where Cabaret Cast and Creators Went to College

by Robert Viagas

Where the principals of the musical Cabaret pursued their college studies.

Robin De Jesus, Teal Wicks, Natalie Weiss and More Are Putting the Pieces Together at 54 Below April 24

by Adam Hetrick

Two-time Tony Award nominee Robin De Jesus, Teal Wicks and Natalie Weiss are among the performers participating in Putting the Pieces Together: Volume 2, a benefit concert for autism awareness, April 24 at 54 B…

Lives of Barbara Hutton and Brenda Frazier Inspire Debutante, Beginning April 24 in NYC

by Adam Hetrick

Debutante, a new play by Ryann Weir that is inspired by the lives of real-life debutantes Barbara Hutton and and Brenda Frazier, begins performances April 24 in New York City.

CABARET, Starring Michelle Williams and Alan Cumming, Opens Tonight on Broadway!

by BroadwayWorld

Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Cabaret by Joe Masteroff, John Kander and Fred Ebb, featuring three-time Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams for the first time on Broadway as Sally Bowles, and Alan …

Trent Armand Kendall's New 'Jazzical' LOUIS-AND-ELLA! Set for Reading Today

by BroadwayWorld

LOUIS-AND-ELLA, a new jazzical by Trent Armand Kendall reunites The Architect of Jazz and The First Lady of Song for one magical night and will receive a developmental table reading today, April 24th in a donat…

William Shatner's SHATNER'S WORLD Broadcast Nationwide Tonight

by BroadwayWorld

Television and movie superstar William Shatner stars in his own one-man show, 'Shatner's World,' brought to you by Fathom Events and Priceline.com.

Sarah Jessica Parker, Jeffrey Wright and More Set for ArtsConnection's 35th Anniversary Benefit Tonight

by BroadwayWorld

Tonight, April 24, 2014, ArtsConnection will celebrate its 35th anniversary at a fundraising gala honoring Time Warner Inc. and internationally-renowned visual artist Vik Muniz. Lisa Garcia Quiroz, Time Warner'…

West Coast Premiere of Oren Safdie’s False Solution Opens at Santa Monica Playhouse

by Sandra Zeitzew

Golden Globe and two-time Emmy Award-winner Daniel J. Travanti (“Hill Street Blues”) and Amanda Saunders (“Firemen”) star in the West Coast Premiere of Oren Safdie’s new play FALSE…

Leave Your Troubles Outside! Cabaret Opens On Broadway with Alan Cumming & Michelle Williams

by Ryan McPhee

"Come hear the music play" once more at Studio 54! Roundabout's revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's Cabaret opens officially on April 24, the last Broadway show to do so in the 2013-14 seaso…

Video Flash: Catch a Glimpse of Casa Valentina's Broadway Beauties

The high-heeled cast of Harvey Fierstein's new play takes to the MTC stage.

Interviews: Aladdin's Adam Jacobs on the "Whole New World" of Fatherhood and the Magic Carpet Ride to Broadway

Jacobs also gives the inside scoop on the "costume gnomes" that keep the Swarovski crystals on his princely garb.

Opening Night: Willkommen Back! Cabaret Returns to Broadway Tonight With Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams

The John Kander-Fred Ebb-Joe Masteroff musical comes back to Studio 54.

Special Reports: Creating Cabaret's Kit Kat Klub

Scenic Designer Robert Brill explains what it took to rebuild Studio 54 — from the ground up.

Picture of the Week, April 24, 2014

by The Charlebois Post

You know summer is coming, despite all signs to the contrary, when Shaw and Stratford Festival go into previews. Shaw is revving already with Arms and the Man. It is a comedy, it is one of Shaw's most charming …

DVR Alert: HEDWIG's Neil Patrick Harris Appears on LETTERMAN Tonight!

by BroadwayWorld

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH star Neil Patrick Harris will appear on CBS' 'Late Show with David Letterman' tonight, April 24th.

Leighton Meester Chats OF MICE AND MEN & Compares Theatre Versus Film

by Pat Cerasaro

Recognizable small screen star and mainstage newcomer Leighton Meester discusses her role in the new Broadway production of John Steinbeck's OF MICE AND MEN as well as comments on the differences between theatr…

Leslie Caron On Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland & More

by Pat Cerasaro

Iconic movie musical leading lady and acclaimed international performer Leslie Caron touches upon many of her experiences working with an astounding array of legendary stars as part of a new interview in promot…

THEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: Happy 450th Birthday, William Shakespeare!

by Pat Cerasaro

Today we are turning our attention to the world's most famous playwright on the 450th anniversary of his birth this week - the incomparable Bard himself, William Shakespeare.

Video Flash: Catch a Glimpse of ''Casa Valentina'''s Broadway Beauties

by Hayley Levitt

Special Reports: Creating ''Cabaret'''s Kit Kat Klub

by David Gordon

Interviews: ''Aladdin'''s Adam Jacobs on the "Whole New World" of Fatherhood and the Magic Carpet Ride to Broadway

by Hayley Levitt

Opening Night: Willkommen Back! ''Cabaret'' Returns to Broadway Tonight With Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams

by Editorial Staff

Santa Monica Playhouse presents the World Premiere of Lisa Phillips Visca’s Turning Thirty

by Sandra Zeitzew

An irresistible romantic-comedy about love, family, and a trust fund. Love and Marriage (proposals) are the “flavor of the month” at an old-fashioned  ice cream parlour in a SoCal beach city in Lisa Philli…

You'll Have the Time of Your Life! Dirty Dancing National Tour Will Launch in Washington, D.C.

by Ticket News

Summary by Emily Jones, TicketNews A musical adaptation of the 1987 hit film Dirty Dancing will launch its national tour in Washington, D.C. this summer. The production will premiere at The National Theatre on …

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty: Photos of a Sleeping Beauty Like No Other

by Knightc

British choreographer Matthew Bourne has created a Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that drips with candle wax and vampire blood and opens its eyes to modern times. Learn more about his bold re-imagining of the Tchai…

‘Casa Valentina,’ theater review

by Joe Dziemianowicz

Dudes look like ladies in “Casa Valentina,” an intriguing but diffuse new drama about straight cross-dressers in 1962 New York.

Play 'An Act of God' eyes space on Broadway

by Associated Press

NEW YORK — Someone pretty critic-proof is coming to Broadway: The Almighty.Producer Jeffrey Finn on Wednesday said he hopes to mount a stage adaptation of the humor book "The Last Testament: A Memoir by God"…

Stephen Sorokoff My View: Revisiting The Scene Of The Crimes – A Gentleman’s Guide

by Suzanna Bowling

Stephen Sorokoff My View: Revisiting The Scene Of The Crimes - A Gentleman’s Guide: Actually a more accurate headline would be revisiting the fun, the wonderful music, and the spectacular performances by a so…

Broadway Green Alliance and Wearable Collections Cleans Up

by Suzanna Bowling

Broadway Green Alliance and Wearable Collections Cleans Up: The semi-annual Spring Textile Drive was today in Time Square! The Broadway Green Alliance partnered once again with Wearable Collections!

‘Frozen’ Soundtrack Sees Biggest Sales Week Yet

by Ben Sisario

The Disney soundtrack held at No. 1 for an 11th week, with 259,000 copies sold.

News Nuggets: It's bad news for 'Frozen' fans'

by Gold Derby

Disney chairman Alan Horn reveals bad news for "Frozen" fans: there are no concrete plans for a sequel. Speaking at the Tribeca Film Festival on Tuesday, he said, "We're not demanding speed. We're demanding exc…

Theater producer denies sex abuse claim

by Anthony McCartney

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lawyers for a theater producer on Wednesday denied sexual abuse claims made against their client in a lawsuit by a man who has leveled similar allegations against other entertainment ind…

Mel Brooks putting on a 1-man show in Los Angeles

by Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mel Brooks has seemingly done it all in his illustrious show biz career. But there's one thing he's tackled only recently - a one-man show....

'Thrill Me' in SD debut at Diversionary

Musical about infamous killers hits stage at time of transition for theater, director.

Broadway Review: Harvey Fierstein’s ‘Casa Valentina’

by Gordon Cox

The inspiration for Harvey Fierstein’s “Casa Valentina” was a discreet sanctuary in the Catskills where manly men (with wives and children and other baggage) could get their kicks in the bottl…

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 11pm (Broadway Time)

The Heir Apparent – Classic Stage Company

by Sandi Durell

  Reviewed by Joe Regan Jr.     David Ives, the playwright famous for “Venus in Fur,” which moved to Broadway after its initial run at the Classic Stage Company... The post The Heir Apparent …

Broadway Battles Bullying Concert – Joe’s Pub

by Sandi Durell

  Broadway Battles Bullying Concert Will Feature: Chondra Profit, Heather Parcells, Brian Craft & More.       Broadway Battles Bullying Concert is set for Friday, May 2nd at 11:30PM... T…

RUTH DRAPER’S MONOLOGUES (GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE): 90% – SWEET

by Lemonmeter

BITTERSWEET Perhaps the problem, aside from the material, is in Bening’s decision to direct herself. Aside from a vocal quality onstage that always seems a bit flat and somehow forced, Bening might have neede…

'Casa Valentina' review: Harvey Fierstein back on Broadway

Never underestimate Harvey Fierstein's gift for revealing new worlds within worlds we think we know well.

AMERICAN IDOL Recap: It's Time For America To Pull The (Updated w/ Pictures)

by Matt Tamanini

On this week's Top-6 edition of AMERICAN IDOL Season XIII, we were treated to not one, but two, songs by each competitor. The theme, A Little Bit Country, a Little Bit Rock 'n' Roll gave the contestants an oppo…

Hottest Articles on BWW from Wednesday, Apr. 23

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

Goodman Theatre Celebrates the Life of Robert Christen on May 13, 4-6pm

by Michael Roberts

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 10pm (Broadway Time)

‘The Foreigner’ at Vagabond Players

by Amanda Gunther

How does one acquire personality? Surely it’s not as easy as attending an uproarious comedy at America’s Oldest Continuously Operating Little Theatre? But of course it is! Vagabond Players has just the play…

‘Ruined’ receives potent revival by Eclipse Theatre

HEDY WEISS: Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winner likely to open more eyes with this hugely impressive production.

Rocky Horror – photo feature

by Erin James

The Rocky Horror Show began previews in Melbourne last night ahead of an official opening at the Comedy Theatre this Saturday. Belinda Strodder from Arts Photography captured the quirky and crazy atmosphere ov…

Theater Review: ‘Casa Valentina,’ a New Play by Harvey Fierstein

by Ben Brantley

“Casa Valentina,” written by Harvey Fierstein, tells of cross-dressing men who frequent a Catskills resort that caters to them in the early 1960s.

Review: Casa Valentina

Harvey Fierstein's new Broadway drama examines a weekend colony where men can dress as women.

‘Casa Valentina’ cross-dresses and impresses

by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In the early 1960s, a secluded bungalow camp in the Catskills was paradise to a few men. It was where they could be themselves — that is, women. That real-life...

Laura Benanti, Cynthia Nixon and More to Appear at Freedom to Marry's 10th Anniversary Celebration, 4/28

by BroadwayWorld

Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide, will celebrate its 10th anniversary on April 28 in New York City.

Reviews: ''Casa Valentina''

by David Gordon

Review: “Casa Valentina,” Harvey Fierstein’s Heartbreaking House of Cards

by Matthew Wexler

Broadway Blog editor Matthew Wexler reviews the latest work by Harvey Fierstein. “When you make the two one… and when you make the MALE AND THE FEMALE INTO A SINGLE ONE—then shall you enter the Ki…

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 9pm (Broadway Time)

Happy 450th Birthday, William Shakespeare!

by Colin Mitchell

Funny how it happens to land just a day before our anniversary. Hmmm. Bitter Billy would be pleased. If he wasn’t a soulless icon… This homage to the Bard from the talented Louis Butelli of Cyclops:…

Top 5 Shows of the Week

by April Forrer

1. The Foreigner at The Vagabond Players.  “This type of comedy, a farce, asks the audience to suspend common sense and realistic plot lines in exchange for fun physical humor and over-the-top characters…

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