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Photo Coverage: Barry Kleinbort Discusses Broadway at  Backstage with Peter LeDonnePhoto Coverage: Barry Kleinbort Discusses Broadway at Backstage with Peter LeDonne
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 28, 2015

Barry Kleinbort, director, composer, lyricist, and librettist shared his vast theatre knowledge with the 970am radio audience this past Sunday. Barry paid a visit to his longtime friend Jamie deRoy at Backstage with Peter LeDonne. This informative hour is available on Podcast at http://am970theanswer.com. Mr. Kleinbort is one of the select of creative people who are called upon to write special material for many cabaret and theatre performers. (more...)

Tony Nominees Daphne Rubin-Vega & Elizabeth A. Davis to Lead Industry Reading of New Musical AMANDINETony Nominees Daphne Rubin-Vega & Elizabeth A. Davis to Lead Industry Reading of New Musical AMANDINE
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2015

An invitation-only reading of the new musical Amandine, featuring a book and lyrics by Winter Miller and music and lyrics by Lance Horne, will be presented on May 28, directed by Outer Critics Circle Award nominee Markus Potter.  The evening will feature the talents of Tony Award nominees Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent) and Elizabeth A. Davis (Once), along with Nick Blaemire (Found), Erin Markey (Erin Markey at Joe's Pub with Kenny Mellman), John Kelly (James Joyce's The Dead), and Romain Fruge (Threepenny Opera). (more...)

'Padme' Marks Recording Debut of Jazz Pianist/Composer Caili O'Doherty'Padme' Marks Recording Debut of Jazz Pianist/Composer Caili O'Doherty
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2015

Pianist/composer Caili O'Doherty steps into the top tier of promising young jazz artists with the release on July 7 of her sparkling debut album, 'Padme,' on her ODO Records imprint. O'Doherty's prowess on acoustic and electric keys, her proclivity for writing airy, flowing melodies, and her clear vision as a leader are much in evidence on the new CD. (more...)

Rhinebeck Writers Retreat to Host 17 Writers, Featuring Obie, Larson & Kleban Award WinnersRhinebeck Writers Retreat to Host 17 Writers, Featuring Obie, Larson & Kleban Award Winners
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

Kathy Evans, Founding Executive Director of Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, announced the 17 writers and 8 new musicals selected for the fifth summer of weeklong retreats. For eight consecutive weeks beginning July 5th, each writing team will have a residency in Rhinebeck, New York. Writers are provided a private home, transportation, food, and a $400 stipend. This year's writers include Obie winner Kirsten Childs, Tony nominee Elizabeth Davis, and 2015 Jonathan Larson award-winners Charlie Sohne, Tim Rosser, and Sam Willmott, who also just won the Kleban Prize.  (more...)

American Music Theatre Project to Workshop New Musical THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF PERCIVAL VON SCHMOOTZAmerican Music Theatre Project to Workshop New Musical THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF PERCIVAL VON SCHMOOTZ
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

The American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University will workshop and present a staged reading of the new musical "The Enlightenment of Percival von Schmootz" written by the Fred Ebb Award, Jonathan Larson Grant and Lorenz Hart Award-winning team Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond.  (more...)

National Alliance for Musical Theatre Announces 2015-16 Grant RecipientsNational Alliance for Musical Theatre Announces 2015-16 Grant Recipients
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

The National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) announces nine awards granted from their National Fund for New Musicals, a major funding program to support NAMT member not-for-profit theatres in their collaborations with writers to create, develop and produce new musicals. Now in its seventh year, the Fund will provide grants totaling $46,000 to ten organizations across the country. (more...)

Milwaukee Rep Announces First Round of Casting, Creative Teams for 2015-16 SeasonMilwaukee Rep Announces First Round of Casting, Creative Teams for 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

Milwaukee Repertory Theater announces directors, creative teams, and initial casting for 2015/16, a season featuring a Tony Award-winning musical, a play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Milwaukee playwright Ayad Akthar, and three world premieres. (more...)

Just In: Stephen Schwartz to Receive 2015 Isabelle Stevenson Tony AwardJust In: Stephen Schwartz to Receive 2015 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

It's a big day for Tony Awards news, less than 24 hours from tomorrow morning's nominations! The Tony Awards® Administration Committee hasjust  announced Stephen Schwartz as this year's recipient for the Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award. (more...)

TN Shakespeare Company Sets Titles for Inaugural SHOWPLACE MEMPHISTN Shakespeare Company Sets Titles for Inaugural SHOWPLACE MEMPHIS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

As part of Tennessee Shakespeare Company's first year-round season, the development of three exciting new musicals launches on the University of Memphis Mainstage this summer with Showplace Memphis: Musical Works in Progress. (more...)

Yale Institute for Music Theatre Names 2015 SelectionsYale Institute for Music Theatre Names 2015 Selections
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

The YALE INSTITUTE FOR MUSIC THEATRE (Mark Brokaw, Artistic Director) has selected two original book musicals to be developed in an intensive lab setting in New Haven, June 13-28: gilgamesh & the mosquito, music by Bob Kelly and book and lyrics by Sam Chanse; and Horizons, music by Ben Wexler and book and lyrics by Mark Sonnenblick. The Institute culminates with open rehearsal readings of each project, presented as a part of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, on June 26 and 27. (more...)

Prospect Extends Summer Intensive 'Early Bird' Enrollment DeadlineProspect Extends Summer Intensive 'Early Bird' Enrollment Deadline
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2015

This July, Prospect Theater Company will once again host a three-week Summer Intensive for musical theater students ages 12-17. Beginning Monday, July 6 and running through Saturday, July 25, admitted students will participate in a daily musical theater training program from Mon. - Sat., 10am-6pm (Sundays off). (more...)

Fernanda Coppel, Halley Feiffer and Benjamin Scheuer to Launch Williamstown Theatre Festival's New Play, Musical Commissioning ProgramsFernanda Coppel, Halley Feiffer and Benjamin Scheuer to Launch Williamstown Theatre Festival's New Play, Musical Commissioning Programs
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2015

Williamstown Theatre Festival Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield has announced a New Play Commissioning Program and New Musical Commissioning Program, through which the Festival will commission and develop three to five projects annually from playwrights, composers and collaborative devisers from across the career spectrum. The program launches with inaugural artists Fernanda Coppel (whose new play King Liz premieres this summer at Second Stage), Halley Feiffer (I'm Gonna Pray for You So Hard, which just finished an acclaimed run at the Atlantic Theater Company), and Benjamin Scheuer (creator of the current Off Broadway hit The Lion). Each commission also includes a writing residency at Williamstown Theatre Festival. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Joey Contreras Releases New Music Video for "Ohio"STAGE TUBE: Joey Contreras Releases New Music Video for "Ohio"
by Stage Tube - Mar 26, 2015

Award winning songwriter Joey Contreras releases new music video for Ohio, his ode to midwestern boys. The single is taken from the iTunes Pop charting album, Young Kind of Love - which features collaborations with The Voice contestant Loren Allred, DCD2 Records recording artist LOLO, and a host of exciting Broadway talent. (more...)

New Musical ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME to Close George Street Playhouse's SeasonNew Musical ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME to Close George Street Playhouse's Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2015

George Street Playhouse and Artistic Director David Saint have announced that a new musical, Ernest Shackleton Loves Me, will close their current season, bowing April 22 and running through May 17, 2015. (more...)

2015 New York Hot Jazz Fest to Kick Off May 32015 New York Hot Jazz Fest to Kick Off May 3
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2015

Following the success of the previous two festivals, the 3rd Annual New York Hot Jazz Festival -- produced by the impresario Michael 'Misha' Katsobashvili, performer Bria Skonberg, and composer/producer Patrick Soluri (of Prohibition Productions and The Salon) -- returns to The Players this year and promises some of the biggest stars of the Hot Jazz and swing scenes in a summit of uptown and downtown talent spanning three generations. (more...)

Benjamin Scheuer Receives ASCAP Foundation Jamie Deroy & Friends Songwriting AwardBenjamin Scheuer Receives ASCAP Foundation Jamie Deroy & Friends Songwriting Award
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2015

Producer Eva Price has announced that Benjamin Scheuer, writer and performer of the gripping, highly acclaimed autobiographical solo show The Lion, has been awarded the 2015 ASCAP Foundation Jamie deRoy & friends Songwriting Award. He will receive a grant of $1,250, which will be presented on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. (more...)

American Theatre Wing's 2015 Jonathan Larson Grants Awarded This EveningAmerican Theatre Wing's 2015 Jonathan Larson Grants Awarded This Evening
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2015

The American Theatre Wing recognizes the recipients of the 2015 Jonathan Larson Grants: writing team Tim Rosser (composer) & Charlie Sohne (composer) receiving $10,000, Sam Willmott (composer/lyricist) receiving $10,000 and a week-long residency at the Running Deer Musical Theatre Lab, and Max Vernon (composer/lyricist) receiving $10,000. (more...)

Cynthia Nixon to Host A NIGHT OF A THOUSAND GENDERS at Joe's Pub, 3/23Cynthia Nixon to Host A NIGHT OF A THOUSAND GENDERS at Joe's Pub, 3/23
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2015

The Ackerman Institute's Gender & Family Project will present its second annual benefit, A Night of A Thousand Genders, an evening of cocktails followed by a very special one-night-only cabaret evening celebrating the beauty and resilience of gender expansive youth and their families on Monday, March 23, 2015 from 6:00-8:30pm at Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette Street). (more...)

Tim Rosser, Charlie Sohn & More Receive American Theatre Wing's 2015 Jonathan Larson GrantsTim Rosser, Charlie Sohn & More Receive American Theatre Wing's 2015 Jonathan Larson Grants
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2015

The American Theatre Wing announced today that the recipients of the 2015 Jonathan Larson Grants are writing team Tim Rosser (composer) & Charlie Sohne (composer) receiving $10,000, Sam Willmott (composer/lyricist) receiving $10,000 and a week-long residency at the Running Deer Musical Theatre Lab, and Max Vernon (composer/lyricist) receiving $10,000. (more...)

'HAMS AT HEART' Showcases Songs of Kinosian & Blair at 54 Below Tonight'HAMS AT HEART' Showcases Songs of Kinosian & Blair at 54 Below Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2015

54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Hams at Heart: The Best Musical Theater Writers of Our Time... Perform the Songs of Kinosian and Blair. Everyone knows there's no hammier ham than a writer, but writers don't usually get to perform work other than their own... UNTIL NOW! tonight, March 4, 2015, some of the best musical theatre composers and writers in the biz will perform the songs of Kinosian and Blair (Murder For Two). (more...)

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