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FLASH FRIDAY: Patti LuPone Pandemonium! EVITA To 54 Below
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 25, 2014

Today we are saluting one of Broadway's best-loved leading ladies in honor of her new cabaret show kicking off this week at 54 Below, the one and only Patti LuPone. (more...)

Donna Vivino Celebrates BEAUTIFUL DREAMER Release with Show at 54 Below Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2014

Donna Vivino, the rising Broadway and vocal star, will celebrate the release of Beautiful Dreamer - her debut solo album from Ghostlight Records - with a special performance at 54 Below tonight, January 23 at 9:30 PM. The veteran of Broadway's 'Wicked' and 'Les Miserables,' Vivino will reprise her solo concert 'It's Not Easy Being Green' with special numbers from the new recording. (more...)

Donna Vivino to Celebrate BEAUTIFUL DREAMER Release with Show at 54 Below, 1/23
by BWW News Desk - Jan 07, 2014

DONNA VIVINO, the rising Broadway and vocal star, will celebrate the release of Beautiful Dreamer - her debut solo album from Ghostlight Records - with a special performance at 54 Below on Thursday, January 23 at 9:30 PM. The veteran of Broadway's "Wicked" and "Les Miserables," Vivino will reprise her solo concert "It's Not Easy Being Green" with special numbers from the new recording. She will be joined by Musical Director Ken Levinsky on piano and Jeff Ganz on bass. The album was released in stores and via online outlets December 10, 2013. (more...)

BWW Interview: Donna Vivino Talks New Album BEAUTIFUL DREAMER, Off-Broadway's STARS OF DAVID and More!
by Jessica Showers - Dec 11, 2013

Donna Vivino, who starred for two years as 'Elphaba' in the First National Tour of WICKED and also in the role on Broadway, just released a jazzy new album called 'Beautiful Dreamer' via Ghostlight Records. This is Donna's first album, which came about in a spur-of-the-moment collaboration with her father, Jerry Vivino, who is part of Conan's Basic Cable Band -- the house band for O'Brien's late night show on TBS. Donna recently spoke with BWW about working with her father, her current project off-Broadway, and the upcoming third season of 'Submissions Only'. (more...)

Donna Vivino Releases BEAUTIFUL DREAMER Album on 12/10
by BWW News Desk - Nov 07, 2013

Ghostlight Records will release Beautiful Dreamer, the debut solo album from rising Broadway and vocal star DONNA VIVINO, in stores and via online outlets December 10, 2013. Beautiful Dreamer weaves 13 diverse songs into a thematically-cohesive collection from Broadway, Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley. Jerry Vivino - the veteran New York musician and longtime member of the Conan O'Brien house band - leads the disc's all-star jazz quartet and serves as producer. Taking a break from performing on Broadway in the smash hit Wicked, Donna will star Off Broadway inStars of David - a new song cycle celebrating Jewish identity, based on the bestselling book, with original music by the theater's top songwriters - fromNovember 13 to December 15. To pre-order Beautiful Dreamer, please visit www.sh-k-boom.com/donnavivino-beautifuldreamer.html. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Goodspeed Scores Good Fun with GOOD NEWS to Field 50th
by Lauren Yarger - May 05, 2013

It's a simple tale, mostly predictable, but somehow perfect for the Goodspeed stage. It's light, fun and lends itself to big dance numbers and colorful costumes (Tracy Christensen, design), though nothing just smacks of the '20s, interestingly. (more...)

Photo Flash: Beth Glover, Mark Zimmerman and More in Goodspeed's GOOD NEWS! After Party
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2013

Goodspeed Musicals kicks off its 50th Anniversary Season with a new production of the classic musical Good News!. This high spirited musical comedy will run from April 12 - June 22 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. Good News! will be sponsored by Liberty Bank and Updike, Kelley & Spellacy. [Official Press Opening will be May 1, 2013] BroadwayWorld has a first look at the first performance show party. Check them out below! (more...)

Beth Glover, Mark Zimmerman and More Featured in Goodspeed's GOOD NEWS! - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2013

Goodspeed Musicals kicks off its 50th Anniversary Season with a new production of the classic musical Good News!. This high spirited musical comedy will run from April 12 - June 22 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. Good News! will be sponsored by Liberty Bank and Updike, Kelley & Spellacy. [Official Press Opening will be May 1, 2013] (more...)

Tickets Go on Sale for Goodspeed's 50th Anniversary Season Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2013

Join Goodspeed Musicals as it celebrates its 50th Anniversary! Don't miss your chance to get the best seats at the greatest values for each of the three fantastic musicals specially selected to commemorate our Golden Anniversary season at the Goodspeed Opera House. Due to this extraordinary milestone, demand is expected to be high when tickets go on sale for the 2013 season so audience members are encouraged to call right away. The Box Office will open at 10 a.m. this Today offering great deals on three terrific musicals that are sure to delight theatre-goers: sweet and spirited Good News!; the beloved Hello, Dolly!; and The Most Happy Fella, a charming and romantic musical from the creator of Guys and Dolls. Be among the first to purchase tickets for all three shows at Goodspeed Musicals, the first regional theatre in the nation to receive two Tony Awards. (more...)

Tickets Go on Sale for Goodspeed's 50th Anniversary Season, 2/17
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2013

Join Goodspeed Musicals as it celebrates its 50th Anniversary! Don't miss your chance to get the best seats at the greatest values for each of the three fantastic musicals specially selected to commemorate our Golden Anniversary season at the Goodspeed Opera House. Due to this extraordinary milestone, demand is expected to be high when tickets go on sale for the 2013 season so audience members are encouraged to call right away. The Box Office will open at 10 a.m. this Sunday offering great deals on three terrific musicals that are sure to delight theatre-goers: sweet and spirited Good News!; the beloved Hello, Dolly!; and The Most Happy Fella, a charming and romantic musical from the creator of Guys and Dolls. Be among the first to purchase tickets for all three shows at Goodspeed Musicals, the first regional theatre in the nation to receive two Tony Awards. (more...)

Official: GOOD NEWS, HELLO, DOLLY! & THE MOST HAPPY FELLA to Play Goodspeed in 2013 for 50th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2012

Two time Tony Award-winning Goodspeed Musicals, under the leadership of Executive Director Michael P. Price, is delighted to announce its Golden Anniversary season at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. The 50th season includes three very special musicals that are sure to please theatregoers: the charming collegiate comedy Good News will run from April 12 - June 22; Jerry Herman's beloved Hello, Dolly! will run from June 28 - September 8; and Frank Loesser's enchanting Broadway hit The Most Happy Fella will run from September 20 - December 1, 2013. "To the cheers of many, on June 18, 1963 the footlights were once again lit on the Goodspeed Opera House stage. And now, fifty years later, we are in awe that so much has happened in and because of this gem of a building. It truly was an impossible dream that, from this tiny stage, the world of American musical theatre would be changed forever. Our Golden Anniversary celebration will feature three extraordinary musicals which we believe uniquely highlight what Goodspeed does best," said Mr. Price. (more...)

Robert Creighton Releases Debut Album Ainít We Got Fun! 2/14/12
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2012

LML Music is announcing the February 14, 2012 release of "Ain't We Got Fun!", the debut CD of actor/singer/dancer/writer/composer, Robert Creighton. (more...)

Robert Creighton Releases Debut Album Ainít We Got Fun! 2/14/12
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2011

LML Music is announcing the February 14, 2012 release of "Ain't We Got Fun!", the debut CD of actor/singer/dancer/writer/composer, Robert Creighton. (more...)

Berkshire Theatre Festival Presents Musical Mondays
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2011

Berkshire Theatre Festival is proud to announce Musical Mondays, an exciting expansion of the popular Friday Series. (more...)

Berkshire Theatre Festival Presents Musical Mondays
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2011

Berkshire Theatre Festival is proud to announce Musical Mondays, an exciting expansion of the popular Friday Series. (more...)

BWW INTERVIEWS: Jane Monheit Talks 'Home' and the 2010 Tanglewood Jazz Festival
by Randy Rice - Aug 07, 2010

Jane Monheit will wrap up her summer with a gig at the 2010 Tanglewood Jazz festival and the release of her new album 'Home' a classic standards collection from the Great American Songbook. (more...)

Review - Suzanne Carrico in The Friendliest Thing at The Metropolitan Room
by Michael Dale - May 29, 2008

Though Ervin Drake's 'The Friendliest Thing (Two People Can Do),' from his 1964 hit What Makes Sammy Run?, has been called the first song from a Broadway musical to be directly about having sex, Suzanne Carrico employs no vampy winks or purring vocals as she observes with heightened intellectual interest the unnecessity of foreplaying drinks and dances when a couple in lust could simply get right to it.† (Yes, I just made up two words in that sentence.† Deal with it.)† Her new show at The Metropolitan Room, opening less than three weeks afters winning the MAC Award for Outstanding Debut, is named for this suggestive showtune but the self-described geek cleverly treats the song as a subtext to Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields' 'Welcome To Holiday Inn,' sandwiching the cerebral sexuality between slices of broader, comical pass-making.† This is either the smartest show about sex or the sexiest show about smarts in town.In outstanding company both offstage (Mary Cleere Haran is her director) and on (she's got music director/arranger Tedd Firth on piano and Steve Doyle on bass), Carrico has the kind of sunny, uncomplicated voice that can fill Harold Arlen and Leo Brown's 'Hooray For Love' with perky glee, matched with the kind of acting skill that can explore the dark dramatic longings of Arlen and Johnny Mercer's 'I Had Myself a True Love,' climaxing in an anguished belt that is far more about the woman she portrays than her ability to vocally shine.She calls this her hanky-panky show and most every number has something to do with sex.† There's the sweet simplicity with which she approaches Jimmy Roberts and Joe DiPietro's 'I Will Be Loved Tonight,' where a woman who has gone too long without a lover's touch anticipates how the evening's date will end, and the wry exasperation of 'Toothbrush Time,' William Bolcom and Arnold Weinstein's tense contemplation on why last night's lover is taking so long to get out of the apartment.† She savors the snazzy jazz jauntiness of Michael John La Chiusa's 'The Thief' and turns George Gershwin and B.G. DeSylva's 'Do It Again!' into a lopsided debate between the mind and the libido (guess who wins).The very funny sexpot character song, 'Femininity' (Jay Livingston/Ray Evans), is given an interesting personal twist as she introduces it with some of her own feelings as an adolescent girl surprised by the different way boys would look at her once she started developing.† Her admiration for the romantic passion expressed by Alan and Marilyn Bergman fuels her detailed story-telling in 'Like a Lover' and 'The Island.And for those who believe that hanky-panky is never complete without a bit of cuddling after, she finishes the evening with a very satisfied and satisfying 'Embraceable You' by the Gershwins. (more...)

NYMF 2007 Announces Complete Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2007

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), now in its fourth year, is a three-week event in NYC that has premiered over 90 musicals in its first three years, becoming the largest musical theatre event in America. Tickets for NYMF productions are available at www.nymf.org or by calling 212-352-3101. This year's Festival will run from September 17 through October 7 with the following schedule of events... (more...)

NY Musical Theatre Festival Announces 2007 Partner Events
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2007

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) announced today the 2007 NYMF Partner Events (more...)

Photo Coverage: Patti LuPone Celebrates Release of New CD
by Kerry Long - Apr 26, 2006

BroadwayWorld.com was there as Patti LuPone celebrated the release of her newest recording The Lady With the Torch, released by Ghostlight Records, a division of Sh-K-Boom Records. (more...)

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