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by Guest Blogger: Bob Marks - Oct 31, 2016

When you first start digging into the vast array of musical theatre styles and genres out there, it can be pretty overwhelming. However, don't let this trepidation stop you from jumping in with both feet. You will be amazed with the help of all the great Broadway documentaries and archived recordings available on the Internet how easy it can be to immerse yourself in these classic scores, and immerse you must. Broadway music is traditionally very self-referential, and directors expect working actors to understand basic tropes like the Act I "what do I want" ballad or the eleven o'clock gospel number. Trust me, you don't want to be the only chorus member in Urinetown to miss that  "Snuff that Girl" is an affectionate tribute to "Cool" in West Side Story. (more...)

The Lyric to Dim Lights Tonight in Honour of Thriller Songwriter Rod TempertonThe Lyric to Dim Lights Tonight in Honour of Thriller Songwriter Rod Temperton
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

The lights at the Lyric Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue will be dimmed for five minutes tonight at 7.25pm before THRILLER LIVE starts to pay tribute to Rod Temperton the British writer of Michael Jackson's iconic Thriller, one of the UK's most successful songwriters, who sadly passed away last week. (more...)

Bryce Pinkham, Andy Karl & Orfeh in SONGS FROM THE CRYPT and More Set for October at BirdlandBryce Pinkham, Andy Karl & Orfeh in SONGS FROM THE CRYPT and More Set for October at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2016

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its October 2016 schedule, featuring Pharoah Sanders Quartet, Ron Carter Big Band, Eliane Elias, ShowBiz After Hours with Frank DiLella, Jane Monheit, Kurt Elling, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, Natalie Douglas, Bryce Pinkham, Jim Caruso's Cast Party and more. Scroll down for details! (more...)

Pharoah Sanders Quartet, Natalie Douglas and More Coming Up This Fall at BirdlandPharoah Sanders Quartet, Natalie Douglas and More Coming Up This Fall at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its schedule for October 3-9, featuring the Pharoah Sanders Quartet, Natalie Douglas, Barbara Carroll, and more. Scroll down for details! (more...)

Bryce Pinkham, Andy Karl & Orfeh in SONGS FROM THE CRYPT and More Set for October at BirdlandBryce Pinkham, Andy Karl & Orfeh in SONGS FROM THE CRYPT and More Set for October at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its October 2016 schedule, featuring Pharoah Sanders Quartet, Ron Carter Big Band, Eliane Elias, ShowBiz After Hours with Frank DiLella, Jane Monheit, Kurt Elling, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, Natalie Douglas, Bryce Pinkham, Jim Caruso's Cast Party and more. Scroll down for details! (more...)

DPAC Adds Second Show for LOVE JONESDPAC Adds Second Show for LOVE JONES
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2016

By popular demand DPAC adds a second date on October 19th for the cultural phenomenon, Love Jones - the Musical.  Now fans can see the this must see musical event of 2016 on October 18th and 19th.     (more...)

BWW Interview: John Copeland on What Anita Bryant Did & Has Done for Him LatelyBWW Interview: John Copeland on What Anita Bryant Did & Has Done for Him Lately
by Gil Kaan - Aug 25, 2016

Playwright/actor John Copeland's latest theatrical project ANITA BRYANT'S PLAYBOY INTERVIEW recounts a specific incident in the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction saga of the former Miss Oklahoma and runner-up to Miss America whose 'Save Our Children' campaign fought to repeal gay rights in Dale County, Florida in 1977.  (more...)

The African Festival of the Arts announces Rose Royce and Howard Hewett to headline 'togetherness' celebrationThe African Festival of the Arts announces Rose Royce and Howard Hewett to headline 'togetherness' celebration
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

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Here They Come! Meet the Cast of MOTOWN, Returning to Broadway TonightHere They Come! Meet the Cast of MOTOWN, Returning to Broadway Tonight
by Meet the Cast - Jul 12, 2016

Motown the Musical returns to Broadway tonight, Tuesday, July 12 at The Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41Street) for a strictly limited 18-week-only engagement through Sunday, November 13, 2016. Scroll down to learn more about the company and watch highlights from the original production below! (more...)

Full Cast Announced for Bebe Winans Musical BORN FOR THIS at Arena StageFull Cast Announced for Bebe Winans Musical BORN FOR THIS at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2016

Arena Stage announces the full cast and creative team for BORN FOR THIS: THE BEBE WINANS STORY, the heartwarming true story of six-time Grammy Award-winning icon BeBe Winans' journey to fame. (more...)

Jane Lee Hooker, Ellen Kaye, Vernon Reid and More Set for The Iridium This SummerJane Lee Hooker, Ellen Kaye, Vernon Reid and More Set for The Iridium This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2016

Coming up at The Iridium are: NYC's all-women blues band JANE LEE HOOKER on July 23; ELLEN KAYE with UK guitarist PAUL ROSE and Ethan Fein and the LiveIt!LIVE Band on July 26; VERNON REID POWER TRIO on July 29; and soul singer/songwriter/guitarist RAUL MIDON on September 24 & 25. Scroll down for details! (more...)

GRAMMY Winner Lalah Hathaway Launches Summer 2016 TourGRAMMY Winner Lalah Hathaway Launches Summer 2016 Tour
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

Following her third GRAMMY Award win, singer/ songwriter/ producer Lalah Hathaway continues to deliver her celebrated live performances to fans everywhere, hitting the road this summer.  (more...)

Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir to Conclude Season with SOUL GOSPEL in MayGood Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir to Conclude Season with SOUL GOSPEL in May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir (GNVGC) wraps up its season with SOUL GOSPEL, a concert tying two influential & inspiring genres, May 28, 3pm & 7:30pm at Christ Church Cathedral. Vancouver's own dynamo soul songstress, Dawn Pemberton, shares her rich and robust voice alongside the combined 140 singers of Good Noise and world touring White Rock Children's Choir.  (more...)

Albuquerque Film & Music Experience Sets 2016 Showcase Music LineupAlbuquerque Film & Music Experience Sets 2016 Showcase Music Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2016

The fourth annual Albuquerque Film & Music Experience (AFME) kicks off in April, with this year's events featuring one-of-a-kind musical experiences, including the 2016 Showcase Music Event. The showcase event evening begins with the New Mexico Premiere of the documentary Nathan East: For the Record, followed by a Concert Tribute to Nathan East. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for Bebe Winans Musical BORN FOR THIS at Arena StageFull Cast Announced for Bebe Winans Musical BORN FOR THIS at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

Arena Stage announces the full cast and creative team for BORN FOR THIS: THE BEBE WINANS STORY, the heartwarming true story of six-time Grammy Award-winning icon BeBe Winans' journey to fame. (more...)

Xavier's LADIES OF SOUL TRIBUTE Set for Valentine's Day Eve at Joe's PubXavier's LADIES OF SOUL TRIBUTE Set for Valentine's Day Eve at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2016

As we move past the holidays and back to the grind, the next major holiday looms on the horizon: Valentine's Day... and what better way to celebrate it with the fifth annual VALENTINE'S DAY EVE LADIES OF SOUL TRIBUTE feat. XAVIER AND FRIENDS? (more...)

Lena Hall, Justin Vivian Bond, DanceNOW and More Set for Joe's Pub This MonthLena Hall, Justin Vivian Bond, DanceNOW and More Set for Joe's Pub This Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2016

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its nightly performances for February 10-21, 2016. Scroll down fo rmore details or visit www.joespub.com! (more...)

Lena Hall, Justin Vivian Bond, DanceNOW and More Set for Joe's Pub This MonthLena Hall, Justin Vivian Bond, DanceNOW and More Set for Joe's Pub This Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2016

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its nightly performances for February 10-21, 2016. Scroll down fo rmore details or visit www.joespub.com! (more...)

Xavier's LADIES OF SOUL TRIBUTE Set for Valentine's Day Eve at Joe's PubXavier's LADIES OF SOUL TRIBUTE Set for Valentine's Day Eve at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

As we move past the holidays and back to the grind, the next major holiday looms on the horizon: Valentine's Day... and what better way to celebrate it with the fifth annual VALENTINE'S DAY EVE LADIES OF SOUL TRIBUTE feat. XAVIER AND FRIENDS? (more...)

Grammy Winner Lalah Hathaway Makes Hit Debut with New Live AlbumGrammy Winner Lalah Hathaway Makes Hit Debut with New Live Album
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2015

Two-time GRAMMY-winning artist Lalah Hathaway has just released her new live album Lalah Hathaway Live, which made a #1 debut on Amazon's R&B digital albums, and remains in the Top 5 of Amazon's Hot New Releases in R&B digital albums. The album is also in the Top 5 on iTunes R&B/Soul albums. (more...)

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