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BWW Reviews: Midcoast Symphony Presents American Program|
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold (Maine)
(1/27/2015) - Maine's Midcoast Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Rohan Smith presented a program of American composers, which included the rarely heard Symphony in E Minor by Amy Beach and music from George Chadwick's Symphonic Sketches, together with Ferde Grof's well-known Grand Canyon Suite at Topsham's Orion Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, January 25, 2014. And while the audience most likely delighted in the last of these compositions, it was the Chadwick and Beach which gave the afternoon its primary merit.
BWW Reviews: PENNY Finds Voice at Washington National Opera Premiere
by Jeffrey Walker (Washington, DC)
(1/27/2015) - The idea of finding your voice is a two way street in the world premiere one-hour opera PENNY. Composer Douglas Pew and librettist Dara Weinberg have created a succinct, lyrical piece in which their title character discovers her talent for music and is able to communicate and take charge of her life in spite of incredible odds. At the same time, Pew and Weinberg's new work is part of Washington National Opera's American Opera Initiative, a commissioning program that works to expand the American operatic repertory. Young artists from WNO's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program are able to collaborate on new works with living composers and librettists through the American Opera Initiative.
BWW Reviews: Feiffer's I'M GONNA PRAY FOR YOU SO HARD, a Dynamic Father/Daughter Drama
by Michael Dale (Off-Broadway)
(1/27/2015) - Emotions emerge as a successful playwright and his actress daughter wait for her opening night NY Times review.
AFO Offers Discussion on 'Art, Self & Creative Process After Trauma' Tonight
by BWW News Desk (Off-Off-Broadway)
(1/27/2015) - ALL FOR ONE THEATER announces 'ART, SELF AND THE CREATION PROCESS AFTER TRAUMA' panel discussion tonight, January 27th following the performance of Sarah Jane Johnson's Devil in a Box at The Wild Project.
The Coterie & UMKC Theatre Begin a Miraculous Journey with EDWARD TULANE Tonight
by BWW News Desk (Kansas City)
(1/27/2015) - The Coterie and UMKC Theatre present The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, a drama adapted from the beloved young adult novel by Kate DiCamillo, author of the best-selling books 'Because of Winn-Dixie' and 'The Tale of Despereaux.' Directed by David P. Saar, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane will be performed live on stage tonight, January 27-March 1, 2015.
OPERA America's Spring 2015 Season Launches Tonight with Sherrill Milnes
by BWW News Desk (New York City)
(1/27/2015) - OPERA America will open its spring 2015 Onstage at the Opera Center season with a special conversation tonight, January 27 at 7:00 p.m. featuring celebrated baritone Sherrill Milnes, who will discuss his illustrious career at the organization's intimate National Opera Center in New York City.
MOFFIE Runs at Artscape Theatre Now thru 31 January
by BWW News Desk (South Africa)
(1/27/2015) - MOFFIE, a dance play about love, loss, survival, sexuality and violence, opens today 27 January at Artscape Theatre for a short run of 6 performances.
DVR Alert: Kristin Chenoweth Visits NBC's LATE NIGHT Tonight
by TV News Desk
(1/27/2015) - NBC previously announced that Broadway's Kristin Chenoweth will guest on LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS tonight, January 27th along with Casey Wilson and musical guest Brandy Clark.
Ensemble Theatre Presents THE OTHER PLACE, Now thru 2/15
by BWW News Desk (Cincinnati)
(1/27/2015) - The second half of Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati's (ETC) acclaimed 2014-2015 season kicks off with The Other Place, a riveting and incisive puzzle play by fast-rising playwright Sharr White. As the fragmented memories of her past collide with the fragile moments of her present, one woman's life seems to unravel around her in this regional premiere. Brace yourself for this award-winning psychological thriller, playing tonight, January 27-February 15, 2015. Directed by D. Lynn Meyers.
DVR Alert: IT'S ONLY A PLAY's Martin Short Visits NBC's TODAY This Morning
by TV News Desk
(1/27/2015) - NBC has announced that IT'S ONLY A PLAY's will visit 'Today' this morning, January 27th to talk about taking over the lead role in Tony Award winner Terrence McNally' hit play.
IF/THEN Closed Now thru Feb 1 on Broadway; Idina Menzel Preps for the Super Bowl!
by BWW News Desk
(1/27/2015) - IF/THEN will have no performances today, January 27 - February 1 to accommodate Idina Menzel's rehearsal and travel schedule for her performance of the National Anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 1 (click here for THAT exciting news!).
IN THE HEIGHTS and ANTIGONE Set for GTA's 2015 February Festival of Theatre, Beginning Today
by BWW News Desk (Atlanta)
(1/27/2015) - The Gainesville Theatre Alliance began the new year in a flurry of building, rehearsing, singing and movement workshops that leave muscles aching as they prepare for their annual February Festival of Theatre.
Country Star Jerrod Niemann and More Set for CHORDS FOR A CAUSE Benefit Tonight
by BWW News Desk (Music - Nashville)
(1/27/2015) - Country Superstar, Jerrod Niemann and Love & Theft are just two that head the list of musicians gathering tonight, January 27, 2015 at Chords For A Cause, benefitting Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital At Vanderbilt. Being hosted at Dan McGuinness on 1538 Demonbreun St. in Nashville, artists from the United States and Canada will join together to raise money for Children's Cancer Research and Music Therapy.
A HOLE IN THE HEAD Blu-ray, Featuring Frank Sinatra, Out Today
by Pat Cerasaro
(1/27/2015) - Frank Sinatra in a Frank Capra classic!
Josh Canfield and Reed Kelly Bring FROM BROADWAY TO SURVIVOR to 54 Below Tonight
by BWW News Desk
(1/27/2015) - 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents JOSH CANFIELD and REED KELLY in 'Josh Canfield & Reed Kelly: From Broadway to Survivor' tonight and tomorrow, January 27 & 28, 2015.
MISTER DAVIS A NIGHT WITH SAMMY Fundraising Gala Set for Tonight
by BWW News Desk (New York City)
(1/27/2015) - MISTER DAVIS A NIGHT WITH SAMMY featuring Solomon Kee as Sammy Davis Jr. continues its quest on bringing Sammy back to life with A NIGHT WITH SAMMY FUNDRAISER GALA. Featuring notable singers from Broadway and Off-Broadway and of course, Sammy Davis will be making an appearance. The gala will take place tonight, January 27, 2015 at 8:00pm.
Kate Eastwood Norris and Holly Twyford Star in MARY STUART at the Folger, Now thru 3/8
by BWW News Desk (Washington, DC)
(1/27/2015) - England's most storied rivalry takes center stage at Folger Theatre in Friedrich Schiller's classic drama Mary Stuart from tonight, January 27- March 8, 2015.
THE SWING REVUE Plays FRINGE WORLD Festival 2015, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk (Australia - Perth)
(1/27/2015) - Perth's own scintillating songstress Jessie Gordon presents FRINGE WORLD favourite, The Darling Buds of May, with special guests in this explosion of feel-good jazz and swing!
Mandy Gonzalez Makes LA Concert Debut with LOVE, ALL WAYS This Week
by BWW News Desk
(1/27/2015) - Chris Isaacson Presents and Upright Cabaret have announced that native Angeleno and Broadway star Mandy Gonzalez will welcome the new year by coming home to make her Los Angeles solo concert debut. Directed by Eric Michael Gillett with musical direction by Brian J. Nash, there will be two shows: Tonight, January 27, and Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 8:30pm at the Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood.
The Arvada Center Opens Mary Chase's HARVEY Tonight
by BWW News Desk (Denver)
(1/27/2015) - The Arvada Center will begin the New Year with Mary Chase's delightful play Harvey directed by Gavin Mayer. Harvey will run in the intimate Black Box Theater tonight, January 27 - February 22, 2015.
The Miller Theatre Presents POP-UP CONCERTS, Now thru 3/24
by BWW News Desk (Classical - New York City)
(1/27/2015) - Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts brightens this winter with POP-UP CONCERTS.
THE GRIFT Begins Tonight at La Jolla Playhouse
by BWW News Desk (San Diego)
(1/27/2015) - La Jolla Playhouse presents the latest presentation in its acclaimed Without Walls (WoW) series, THE GRIFT at the Lafayette Hotel, a world-premiere, immersive theatre piece, conceived, written and directed by Diabolical Muse's Tom Salamon, creator of the Playhouse's wildly-successful WoW production of Accomplice: San Diego. The show will run tonight, January 27 - February 22, 2015 at North Park's historic Lafayette Hotel.
Tom Conti Becomes One of TWELVE ANGRY MEN Tonight
by BWW News Desk (UK / West End)
(1/27/2015) - Olivier Award Winner, Tony Award Winner, Variety Award Winner, and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee TOM CONTI is to star in TWELVE ANGRY MEN across the UK, following its record-breaking run at the Garrick Theatre in the West End.
Cynthia Nixon-Helmed RASHEEDA SPEAKING Begins Previews Off-Broadway Tonight
by BWW News Desk (Off-Broadway)
(1/27/2015) - The New Group continues its 20th Anniversary Season with the New York Premiere of Rasheeda Speaking, by Joel Drake Johnson, helmed by Cynthia Nixon in her directorial debut. This production features Patricia Conolly, Darren Goldstein, and as previously announced, Tonya Pinkins and Dianne Wiest. A limited Off-Broadway engagement plays tonight, January 27 - March 22, 2015, with Official Opening Night set for Wednesday, February 11 at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street).
CHICAGO Comes to San Antonio Tonight
by BWW News Desk (San Antonio)
(1/27/2015) - CHICAGO which opened to rave reviews on November 14, 1996, now has the distinction of being the longest running American musical in Broadway history, and... shows no sign of ever slowing down, opens at the Majestic Theatre for eight performances, tonight, January 27 through February 1, 2015.
Billy Magnussen & Reserved For Rondee Set For Bowery Electric Show, 2/21
by Pat Cerasaro
(1/27/2015) - Reserved For Rondee will rock NYC this February!
NPR Wittily Muses On Potential FOLLIES Live TV Production; Who Would You Cast?
by Pat Cerasaro
(1/26/2015) - FOLLIES: LIVE?! NPR has some intriguing ideas already!
Jennifer Jasper's BULLYGIRL Premiere Comes to 2015 'Locally Grown' Festival, 1/31-2/13
by BWW News Desk (Seattle)
(1/26/2015) - 'Bullygirl", conceived and performed by Jennifer Jasper, is part of Locally Grown -- A festival of homemade performance, produced by Radial Theater.
Elio Villafranca to Premiere CINQUE - MUSIC OF THE CARIBBEAN at Jazz at Lincoln Center, 2/20-21
by BWW News Desk (Music - New York City)
(1/26/2015) - Elio Villafranca brings an all-star band with special guest Jon Faddis into The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center on February 20-21 for the world premiere of 'Cinque - Music of the Caribbean.'
TOSCA, AIDA, MERRY WIDOW and MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Set for Utah Opera's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk (Classical - Salt Lake City)
(1/26/2015) - Utah OperaArtistic Director Christopher McBeth today announced Utah Opera's 2015-16 season. The company's 38th season will feature four productions between October 2015 and May 2016 that encompass some of opera's greatest tales of love and sacrifice.
IS THIS SEAT TAKEN? and TOUCH & GO Take 1st Place at 2015 Northeast Indiana Playwright Festival
by BWW News Desk (Indianapolis)
(1/26/2015) - Fort Wayne Civic Theatre proudly announces two first place winners for the 6th Annual Northeast Indiana Playwright Festival... The 6th Annual Playwright Festival will be held May 29-31, 2015 at the Parkview Physicians Group ArtsLab Theatre at 300 E. Main Street, Fort Wayne, IN.
The Milburn Stone Theatre Presents AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY thru 2/1
by BWW News Desk (Baltimore)
(1/26/2015) - August: Osage County is a grand, gripping Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize- winning play that tells the story of the Westons, a large extended clan forced to confront unspoken truths and astonishing secrets. The family must also contend with Violet, a pill popping, deeply unsettled grandmother at the center of this storm. The production plays The Millburn Stone Theatre now through February 1, 2015.