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BWW Reviews: DIANA KRALL Brings Unmistakable Talent and Style to PPAC with WALLFLOWER WORLD TOUR BWW Reviews: DIANA KRALL Brings Unmistakable Talent and Style to PPAC with WALLFLOWER WORLD TOUR
by Robert Barossi - March 05, 2015

While Providence Performing Arts Center is known by many as the place in town where the big touring Broadway musicals make their local stop, PPAC isn't just about the Broadway shows. It's also a venue with a reputation for bringing in countless other kinds of performances, from stand-up comedy to in... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: Rachel Potter's NOT SO BLACK AND WHITE Vivacious and Heartfelt BWW CD Reviews: Rachel Potter's NOT SO BLACK AND WHITE Vivacious and Heartfelt
by David Clarke - March 03, 2015

Despite growing up in Texas, I more or less hated country music for most of my life. If only more of it had sounded like Rachel Potter's first full length album NOT SO BLACK AND WHITE. If it had, I may have been a fan of the genre earlier. Mixing in sensibilities of pop and rock, Rachel Potter's bra... (more...)
VIDEO: Darren Criss Previews This Week's GLEE Featuring His Original Song; First Listen! VIDEO: Darren Criss Previews This Week's GLEE Featuring His Original Song; First Listen!
by TV News Desk - March 03, 2015

In an ETonline exclusive video, GLEE's Darren Criss previews Friday night's all-new episode of the FOX musical dramedy which features his original song 'Rise.'... (more...)
BWW Reviews: MASEKELA and MAHLESELA are Magnificent BWW Reviews: MASEKELA and MAHLESELA are Magnificent
by Leigh Byron - February 26, 2015

Music legends Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlesela thrilled the audience in a one-night only performance at the McCarter Theater Center in Princeton, NJ, on February 25 with two hours of music, oral history, and inspiration. The musicians are touring in celebration of twenty years of democracy in South ... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: Stage Door Records' ANTHONY NEWLEY SINGS 'THE GOOD OLD BAD OLD DAYS!' is Interesting BWW CD Reviews: Stage Door Records' ANTHONY NEWLEY SINGS 'THE GOOD OLD BAD OLD DAYS!' is Interesting
by David Clarke - February 25, 2015

For me, Anthony Newley is Matthew Mugg. It wouldn't be until 2015 that I discovered that Anthony Newley is responsible for some of my favorite music, and that he wrote a ton of material with Leslie Bricusse. This piqued my curiosity in Stage Door Records' release of ANTHONY NEWLEY SINGS " THE GOOD O... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Broadway Records' SIDE SHOW (Original 2014 Broadway Cast Recording) Will Be Stuck With You BWW Reviews: Broadway Records' SIDE SHOW (Original 2014 Broadway Cast Recording) Will Be Stuck With You
by David Clarke - February 24, 2015

With the tagline "It Will Never Leave You," the much anticipated Broadway revival of SIDE SHOW closed at the St. James Theatre faster than most expected it to. Spanning 26 tracks and totaling 1 hour and 19 minutes worth of music, SIDE SHOW (Original 2014 Broadway Cast Recording) is an album that is ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: LACHANZE Brings Cool Rhythms, Stellar Vocals to Kennedy Center Cabaret Debut BWW Reviews: LACHANZE Brings Cool Rhythms, Stellar Vocals to Kennedy Center Cabaret Debut
by Jennifer Perry - February 16, 2015

She can do it it all.... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY (Original Score) is a Glorious Slice of Americana BWW CD Reviews: THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY (Original Score) is a Glorious Slice of Americana
by David Clarke - February 13, 2015

I adore well written scores and gorgeous orchestral pieces, so I was thrilled when THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY (Original Score) landed in my mailbox. This music was chosen and written to accompany the film by the same title by Ken Burns, and it also serves as a gorgeous slice of Americana.... (more...)
VIDEO: OSCAR Preview - Who Will Be the Next 'Let It Go'? Nominees for Best Original Song! VIDEO: OSCAR Preview - Who Will Be the Next 'Let It Go'? Nominees for Best Original Song!
by TV News Desk - February 13, 2015

This year's Academy Award's Best Original song category include musical numbers from Selma, Beyond the Lights, Begin Again, The Lego Movie and the documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Mine.... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: Sh-K-Boom's THE LAST FIVE YEARS (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is Delightfully Intimate BWW CD Reviews: Sh-K-Boom's THE LAST FIVE YEARS (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is Delightfully Intimate
by David Clarke - February 10, 2015

Since THE LAST FIVE YEARS' New York debut, this intimate musical about failed romance has been an evergreen favorite. Just in time for Valentine's Day audiences are being given the opportunity to fall in love with the material all over again. Today, Sh-K-Boom and Razor & Tie released the hotly antic... (more...)
VIDEO: Wayne Brady Previews Special GRAMMY 'Let's Make a Deal' Episode VIDEO: Wayne Brady Previews Special GRAMMY 'Let's Make a Deal' Episode
by TV News Desk - February 05, 2015

Game show host Wayne Brady stopped by CBS's THE TALK to discuss the special GRAMMY® Awards edition of 'Let's Make a Deal' airing this Friday, February 6th on CBS.... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: Original Cast Records' LOST BROADWAY, VOLUME 6: JEROME KERN is a Treasure Trove of Tunes BWW CD Reviews: Original Cast Records' LOST BROADWAY, VOLUME 6: JEROME KERN is a Treasure Trove of Tunes
by David Clarke - February 02, 2015

Original Cast Records is continuing to shed light on forgotten Broadway tunes with their Lost Broadway and More series. Most recently, they highlighted the overlooked tunes of the legendary Jerome Kern by releasing LOST BROADWAY AND MORE, VOLUME 6: JEROME KERN. The disc is a treasure trove of hit di... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: Kimberly Faye Greenberg's FABULOUS FANNY: THE SONGS & STORIES OF FANNY BRICE Channels the Icon BWW CD Reviews: Kimberly Faye Greenberg's FABULOUS FANNY: THE SONGS & STORIES OF FANNY BRICE Channels the Icon
by David Clarke - January 28, 2015

Kimberly Faye Greenberg, again playing the legendary Fanny Brice, released FABULOUS FANNY: THE SONGS & STORIES OF FANNY BRICE last summer. With deft skill, she brings Fanny Brice back to life on the recording, allowing modern audiences a chance to enjoy a taste of the woman who inspired the hit musi... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: THE NEW PICASSO (Original Concept Cast Recording) is Stirring but Familiar BWW CD Reviews: THE NEW PICASSO (Original Concept Cast Recording) is Stirring but Familiar
by David Clarke - January 19, 2015

With Max von Essen returning to Broadway in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at The Palace Theatre, it's the perfect time to dig up the concept cast albums for Jonathan David Sloate's THE NEW PICASSO. Spanning two discs, the music to this romantic fantasy piece is equal parts stirring and familiar.... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: HONEYMOON IN VEGAS (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is a Sure-Fire Ball of Fun BWW CD Reviews: HONEYMOON IN VEGAS (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is a Sure-Fire Ball of Fun
by David Clarke - January 17, 2015

It is really no surprise to me that the first musical to open on Broadway in 2015 garnered impressive raves from New York critics. This smartly crafted piece of theatre candy is just sweet and sassy enough. One of the reasons why it is such a gem is because of its fantastically constructed score. Ja... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: Anika Larsen's SING YOU TO SLEEP is Comforting BWW CD Reviews: Anika Larsen's SING YOU TO SLEEP is Comforting
by David Clarke - January 14, 2015

Currently wowing audiences eight times a week as the sassy and tenacious Cynthia Weil in BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, Anika Larsen recently released her debut solo album, SING YOU TO SLEEP. Sprinkling in subdued jazz, Anika Larsen invites us to loosen our ties,... (more...)
BWW Interviews: DONNY OSMOND Releases 60th Album BWW Interviews: DONNY OSMOND Releases 60th Album
by Kathy Strain - January 13, 2015

When people hear the name DONNY OSMOND, they usually think of things like “Puppy Love” and purple socks. But, that once young performer has matured into something more than a teenybopper. The proof of that is the release of his 60th album of his career. The title of the album is “The Soundtrack of M... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: I'VE BEEN PLAYED: ALYSHA UMPHRESS SWINGS JEFF BLUMENKRANTZ is Effervescing and Lovely BWW CD Reviews: I'VE BEEN PLAYED: ALYSHA UMPHRESS SWINGS JEFF BLUMENKRANTZ is Effervescing and Lovely
by David Clarke - January 06, 2015

Alysha Umphress is giving audiences the world over a reason to rejoice in her talent. Seeing ON THE TOWN, I instantly fell in love with her plucky bravado and infectiously charismatic performance. That same energy and passion for performance is pristinely captured on Yellow Sound Label's I'VE BEEN P... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: THE LAST SHIP (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Deeply Satiating BWW CD Reviews: THE LAST SHIP (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Deeply Satiating
by David Clarke - January 05, 2015

I was able to catch a performance of THE LAST SHIP during previews. By intermission I knew I was looking forward to a cast recording of the musical, but I was largely uninterested in seeing the second act. I stuck it out and left inspired by the music and the cast's performances but entirely unmoved... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: PETER PAN LIVE! (Original Soundtrack of the NBC Television Event) Is Full of Pizzazz and Adventure BWW CD Reviews: PETER PAN LIVE! (Original Soundtrack of the NBC Television Event) Is Full of Pizzazz and Adventure
by David Clarke - January 04, 2015

To be perfectly candid, I found NBC's presentation of PETER PAN LIVE! to be completely unwatchable this past holiday season. However, my review copy of the soundtrack CD landed in my mailbox yesterday. The recording is making me rethink my abandoning the film in the middle of 'Hook's Tango.' Ultimat... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: INTO THE WOODS (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is Lushly Opulent BWW CD Reviews: INTO THE WOODS (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is Lushly Opulent
by David Clarke - January 02, 2015

Disney's hit musical adaptation of INTO THE WOODS has been drawing in large chunks of change at the box office and has captured the attention of the world. Luckily for score enthusiasts, Walt Disney Records released 1 hour and 38 minutes worth of musical material across 2 discs, which has been broke... (more...)
BWW Reviews: ELLINGTON AT CHRISTMAS Brings Holiday Charm to Harlem's Apollo Theater BWW Reviews: ELLINGTON AT CHRISTMAS Brings Holiday Charm to Harlem's Apollo Theater
by Aaron Fallon - December 23, 2014

At the Apollo Theater in Harlem, the arrival of the holiday season is marked by 'Holidays at the Apollo,' which this year includes 'Ellington at Christmas,' a two-act offering of Ellington's 'Nutcracker Suite' and portions of his 'Sacred Music Concerts.' We're re-gifted these Ellington holiday class... (more...)
BWW Recap: THE SING OFF A Capella Holiday Special Recap 12/17; FULL RESULTS! BWW Recap: THE SING OFF A Capella Holiday Special Recap 12/17; FULL RESULTS!
by Gabrielle Gervais - December 17, 2014

THE SING OFF, NBC's smash a capella singing competition returns tonight! The show is a one night only holiday special with an instant winner at the end of the night. I couldn't be more excited! This has always been my favorite and, in my opinion, most unique of the singing competition shows. This ho... (more...)
SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: Major Superstars Shine as THE VOICE Crowns Season 7 Champion! SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: Major Superstars Shine as THE VOICE Crowns Season 7 Champion!
by Matt Tamanini - December 16, 2014

Today I had a lengthy Twitter discussion with a few passionate fans of THE VOICE about the increasingly complicated impact of iTunes purchases on the crowning of a champion. Unlike in previous weeks, there is no iTunes x10 bonus tonight, but the contestants will get cumulative credit for every song ... (more...)
BWW CD Reviews: VALLEY OF SONG (Original Cast Recording) is Lovely Despite Shortcomings BWW CD Reviews: VALLEY OF SONG (Original Cast Recording) is Lovely Despite Shortcomings
by David Clarke - December 15, 2014

The new musical VALLEY OF SONG opened to positive notices from critics. Left incomplete at Ivor Novello's death, Christopher Hassall finished the piece. The recording captures the spirit of classical musicals as the score abounds with the whimsy of Rodgers + Hammerstein and Lerner and Loewe. Despite... (more...)


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