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InDepth InterView: Lena Hall Talks HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH, Plus KINKY BOOTS, CATS, Upcoming The Deafening Gigs & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 14, 2014

Today we are talking to a Broadway leading lady making a major mark in the gender-bending role of Yitzhak in the new Broadway production of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's masterful rock musical HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH starring Neil Patrick Harris, the affable and idiosyncratically alluring Lena Hall. Discussing sharing the stage with NPH in the raucous and wild rock showpiece, Hall offers a vivid view of her participation in the Broadway iteration of the cult hit - ranging from polishing her vocals for a cover of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" to donning a prosthetic penis and much more. Additionally, Hall opens up about the larger themes of the prescient and timely musical, as well as shares her affection for the rock, pop and punk sound the score so evocatively emulates and recreates. On that note, Hall also sheds some light on her other ongoing endeavor, as lead singer of the band The Deafening, and shares some of her favorite songs to sing at gigs around town - including an upcoming show at Arlene's Grocery later this week. As if that were not enough, Hall also looks back on some of her most fondly remembered roles to date, reflecting on her time spent in the corps of CATS and the lace-ups of KINKY BOOTS through to a new jukebox musical project featuring the music of iconic rock songwriter Holly Knight. All of that, throwback tales involving NPH and much, much more in this wide-ranging conversation with one of the most uniquely compelling Broadway stars of the new season. (more...)

SFGMC's I AM HARVEY MILK Recording Scores Independent Music Awards Nomination
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus (SFGMC) joins nearly 400 exceptional self-released and independent label artists, as well as former major label acts named by Music Resource Group (MRG) as Nominees in The 13th Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential awards program for independent bands and fans. SFGMC's original cast recording of 'I Am Harvey Milk' is nominated for 'Best Soundtrack/Cast Recording.' 'I Am Harvey Milk' is an emotional celebration of an American icon. Part choral work, part theater piece, it weaves the story of Harvey Milk's life - from boyhood to his rise as the first openly gay man to hold public office in California and to his untimely assassination. (more...)

Cleve Carney Art Gallery Opens 'Selection of Artworks from the Cleve Carney Collection' Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 06, 2014

The new Cleve Carney Art Gallery presents the opening preview of its inaugural exhibition,'Selection of Artworks from the Cleve Carney Collection,' today, Feb. 6 from noon - 2 p.m. at the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) located at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of the College of DuPage (COD) in Glen Ellyn. This event is free and open to the public. The exhibition will be on display through March 29, 2014. (more...)

Cleve Carney Art Gallery Announces 'Selection of Artworks from the Cleve Carney Collection', 2/6
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2014

The new Cleve Carney Art Gallery presents the opening preview of its inaugural exhibition,“Selection of Artworks from the Cleve Carney Collection,” Thursday, Feb. 6 from noon – 2 p.m. at the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) located at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of the College of DuPage (COD) in Glen Ellyn. This event is free and open to the public. The exhibition will be on display through March 29, 2014. (more...)

Scoop: FAMILY GUY on FOX - Tonight, January 12, 2014
by TV Scoop - Jan 12, 2014

Get all the scoop on FAMILY GUY, airing on FOX tonight, January 12, 2014! (more...)

Scoop: FAMILY GUY on FOX - Sunday, January 12, 2014
by TV Scoop - Jan 06, 2014

Get all the scoop on FAMILY GUY, airing on FOX on Sunday, January 12, 2014! (more...)

Lizann Warner Rings in New Year at Vicky's of Santa Fe in Indian Wells Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 31, 2013

Lizann Warner rings, swings and sings in the New Year here at Vicky's of Santa Fe (Highway 111 & Club Drive, Indian Wells) on New Year's Eve, tonight, December 31, 2013. Reservations 760-345-9770. (more...)

HEART Release 'Fanatic Live' Deluxe Edition via Frontiers Records
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2013

Frontiers Records are set to release Heart's concert 'FANATIC LIVE FROM CAESARS COLOSSEUM' on CD+DVD Deluxe Edition, DVD and Blu-ray in the UK on Monday 24th February 2014. (more...)

Lizann Warner to Ring in New Year at Vicky's of Santa Fe in Indian Wells, 12/31
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2013

Lizann Warner rings, swings and sings in the New Year here at Vicky's of Santa Fe (Highway 111 & Club Drive, Indian Wells) on New Year's Eve, Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Reservations 760-345-9770. (more...)

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT'S Michael Grimm Set for Harris Center/Three Stages Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2013

With his soulful voice, trademark fedora and earthy, Southern manner, Michael Grimm charmed millions of viewers as a contestant on Season Five of NBC's popular America's Got Talent. Parlaying his substantial singer-songwriter appeal into a first-place finish, Michael took home the one-million-dollar prize and headlined the first-ever national America's Got Talent Tour. Now he's hitting the road with his Grimm's Fairytale Tour, which tells the rollercoaster story of his life in song. Opening for Grim is Austin's legendary Bill Carter. (more...)

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT'S Michael Grimm Set for Harris Center/Three Stages, 9/22
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2013

With his soulful voice, trademark fedora and earthy, Southern manner, Michael Grimm charmed millions of viewers as a contestant on Season Five of NBC's popular America's Got Talent. Parlaying his substantial singer-songwriter appeal into a first-place finish, Michael took home the one-million-dollar prize and headlined the first-ever national America's Got Talent Tour. Now he's hitting the road with his Grimm's Fairytale Tour, which tells the rollercoaster story of his life in song. Opening for Grim is Austin's legendary Bill Carter. (more...)

Peter White, David Benoit, & David Pack Set for Granada Theatre, Begin. 9/13
by BWW News Desk - Sep 06, 2013

This September, The Granada Theatre is striking the jazz and blues chords with two back-to-back performances within one week. The Granada Theatre is proud to welcome three well-known modern masters of the smooth jazz genre - Peter White, David Benoit, and David Pack. This triple bill will perform on Friday, September 13 at 8pm. The following Friday, September 20 at 8pm, Dr. John will take the stage and perform his New Orleans-style rhythm and blues. Lovers of contemporary jazz and psychedelic blues will not want to miss these incredible performances! (more...)

2013 Essential Theatre Play Festival to Kick Off Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Jul 05, 2013

This summer, the Essential Theatre Festival is continuing its tradition of connecting local artists with the communities in which they live with their 2013 lineup: (more...)

Kat Ramsburg Star in 5th Avenue Theatre's HAIRSPRAY, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2013

The 5th Avenue Theatre presents Hairspray in Concert, featuring some of Seattle's favorite musical theatre stars and the powerful voices of the 250-member Seattle Men's Chorus. (more...)

Kat Ramsburg to Star in 5th Avenue Theatre's HAIRSPRAY; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2013

The 5th Avenue Theatre has announced complete casting for Hairspray in Concert, featuring some of Seattle's favorite musical theatre stars and the powerful voices of the 250-member Seattle Men's Chorus. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Hairspray's 2002 Broadway debut, this unique concert event will play for six very special performances of glorious and irreverent John Waters-inspired wackiness (Friday-Sunday, June 20-23). In 2002, Hairspray was The 5th Avenue Theatre's first world premiere musical to head for Broadway where it won the 2003 Tony Award for Best Musical and launched The 5th's unprecedented track record for sending new works to New York. Now the smash hit musical comes home, as audiences have never seen it before. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Heartbreaking DANCING AT LUGHNASA Is Rewarding Experience at Stage Door Players
by Matthew Allen - May 21, 2013

The emotional memory play 'Dancing at Lughnasa,' running through June 9th at Dunwoody's Stage Door Players, is alternately touching and harrowing. This bittersweet duality is due in large part to deep, layered performances by a skilled cast and the insightful direction of three-time Suzi Bass Award winning actress Tess Malis Kincaid. Even though the play's setting is thousands of miles and the better part of a century removed from present day Atlanta, each character, and their individual and collective struggles, seems remarkably contemporary. While the play, by Tony-winner Brian Friel, is not the traditional comic summer fare, its lighthearted moments, mixed in amongst heartbreak, are genuinely emotional. (more...)

BWW Reviews: An Enchanting Evening With THE BOYS NEXT DOOR
by John James DeWitt - Apr 30, 2013

Tom Griffin's 'THE BOYS NEXT DOOR' is a tricky script…its subject matter is a group home in the Boston area housing four mentally-challenged adult men; Arnold, Norman, Lucien and Barry. They have a caretaker, Jack, who lives offsite, and the play progresses through a series of vignettes illustrating the challenges of their everyday lives. As depressing as that may sound, the script has many comic moments, and it's a tightrope to balance the humor with the pathos. It was made into a mildly effective television movie in 1996 featuring Nathan Lane, Courtney B. Vance and Mare Winningham. I say 'mildly effective' because the play has an extra layer of difficulty in that the humor is generated by the plight of its characters…the audience laughs at the behavior and reactions of these damaged men, and without careful direction and acting skill, there could be guilt and self-loathing in the laughter rather than charm and warmth. The TV version fell victim to this, but STAGEright Theatre Company presents a beautiful rendering of the show under the direction of Jay D. Irwin. (more...)

Condola Rashad, Amy Correia, Roge and More Set for Joe's Pub, Now thru 3/17
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2013

This week at Joe's Pub at the Public, March 11-17, will feature The New Yorker, Mike Daisey, Condola Rashad, Barb Jungr, Champagne Jerry, John Naberezny, Amy Correia, Tora Fisher, Erin Markey, Anne Steele, Justin Vivian Bond, Carol Lipnik/Poor Baby Bree and Roge. (more...)

Cabaret Stars Rock the Metropolitan Room to Help Hurricane Sandy-Ravaged Rockaways
by Stephen Hanks - Jan 05, 2013

Led by Lauren Fox, a lively group of New York cabaret all-stars, staged a rousing and highly entertaining late night benefit show called 'Cabaret Rocks the Rockaways' to raise funds for the people out in the far reaches of Queens who are still suffering from the ravages of last November's Hurricane Sandy. (more...)

VIDEO: Highlights from CBS's KENNEDY CENTER HONORS
by TV News Desk - Dec 27, 2012

Eminent artists, friends and peers of this year's seven honorees converged in Washington, D.C., on December 2, 2012 to present entertaining and heartfelt tributes at THE 35TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS. Below, check out highlights of the special evening! (more...)

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