Ben Thompson News

BWW Previews: Globe on Screen's TWELFTH NIGHT Opens in Los Angeles Cinemas, 9/22
by Ellen Dostal - Sep 13, 2014

Lovers of Shakespeare are in for a real treat when Shakespeare's Globe Theatre brings its all-male Original Practices production of Twelfth Night to local cinemas beginning September 22. Starring award-winning actors Mark Rylance as Olivia and Stephen Fry as Malvolio, the film gives audiences an exclusive opportunity to see this unique performance from the Globe Theatre in London. It is also a chance to see the kind of production that would have been presented in Shakespeare's day, down to the style of the music, dance, costumes, and scenery. (more...)

BWW Blog: Abigail Shapiro - CD Release Concert and LES MISERABLES
by Guest Blogger: Abigail Shapiro - Sep 03, 2014

Hello Broadway World! Our fourth cabaret at 54 BELOW went really well! Milly and I had such a great time-we had the chance to perform with some of our favorite actors, Ben Thompson, who Milly shared the stage with in Matilda The Musical, and the incredibly talented Laura Osnes who originated the title role in Cinderella. We got to try out some new material, including a medley in which we sing duets together with bits of choreography included which was a bit nerve-wracking but I think it paid off-the audience seemed to really enjoy the show. (more...)

Photo Coverage: The Shapiro Sisters Celebrate CD Release at 54 Below
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Aug 29, 2014

The Shapiro Sisters' debut album LIVE OUT LOUD: LIVE AT 54 BELOW will be released on September 9th, 2014. The Shapiro Sisters, 11-year old Milly Shapiro (Matilda, Original Broadway Cast of Matilda The Musical) and older sister, 14-year-old Abigail Shapiro (Cindy Lou Who, How The Grinch Stole Christmas), recorded the album live at the famed 54 BELOW over a series of three performances this past May and June. The Shapiro Sisters are returned to 54 BELOW last night, August 28th at 7:00 PM, for an encore performance to celebrate the launch of their new CD. Check out photos from the special event below! (more...)

The Shapiro Sisters Celebrate 'LIVE OUT LOUD' at 54 Below Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2014

The Shapiro Sisters' debut album LIVE OUT LOUD: LIVE AT 54 BELOW will be released on September 9th, 2014. The Shapiro Sisters, 11-year old Milly Shapiro (Matilda, Original Broadway Cast of Matilda The Musical) and older sister, 14-year-old Abigail Shapiro (Cindy Lou Who, How The Grinch Stole Christmas), recorded the album live at the famed 54 BELOW over a series of three performances this past May and June. The Shapiro Sisters are returning to 54 BELOW tonight, August 28th at 7:00 PM, for an encore performance to celebrate the launch of their new CD. (more...)

BWW Blog: Abigail Shapiro - Creating Our 4th Performance at 54 BELOW
by Guest Blogger: Abigail Shapiro - Aug 26, 2014

Creating our 4th performance at 54 BELOW (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Promo - The Shapiro Sisters Prep for 'LIVE OUT LOUD' Launch at 54 Below!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 25, 2014

The Shapiro Sisters' debut album LIVE OUT LOUD: LIVE AT 54 BELOW will be released on September 9th, 2014. The Shapiro Sisters, 11-year old Milly Shapiro (Matilda, Original Broadway Cast of Matilda The Musical) and older sister, 14-year-old Abigail Shapiro (Cindy Lou Who, How The Grinch Stole Christmas), recorded the album live at the famed 54 BELOW over a series of three performances this past May and June. The Shapiro Sisters will be returning to 54 BELOW this Thursday, August 28th at 7:00 PM for an encore performance to celebrate the launch of their new CD. Click below to watch an exclusive promo for the event! (more...)

Patrick Page Ben Platt & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

American Heroes Channel to Premiere New Original Series HARDCORE HEROES, 8/6
by TV News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

Premiering Wednesday, August 6 at 10/9c only on American Heroes Channel, this action-packed series follows these courageous fighters as they battle the elements, save hundreds of lives, and ultimately, change the course of history forever. (more...)

American Heroes Channel's HARDCORE HEROES to Premiere 8/6
by TV News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

From Spiderman to Batman, Superman to Wonder Woman, we've all heard the stories of superheroes with superhuman abilities; they dodge bullets, take out bad guys, and fly through the sky with ease. But who are the real badasses outside of Hollywood? This summer, American Heroes Channel (AHC) goes into blockbuster territory in the all-new original series HARDCORE HEROES. Featuring epic, true stories of real life heroes who are diehard to the max, HARDCORE HEROES tells the tales of ordinary people with incredible loyalty, valor and bravery - those often forgotten about heroes who have risked their lives for others, and laughed in the face of danger. Premiering Wednesday, August 6 at 10/9c only on American Heroes Channel, this action-packed series follows these courageous fighters as they battle the elements, save hundreds of lives, and ultimately, change the course of history forever. (more...)

BWW Flashback: HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Closes on Broadway Today
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 20, 2014

Holler If Ya Hear Me, written by Todd Kreidler and directed by Kenny Leon, plays its final Broadway performance today after 30 performances. The Tupac inspired musical originally opened on June 19 at the Palace Theatre. (more...)

THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME's Ben Thompson
by BWW Staff - Jul 18, 2014

In this week's edition, we caught up with Ben Thompson, who is starring as 'Griffy' in Holler If Ya Hear Me- currently playing at the Palace Theatre. (more...)

Tupac Shakur Musical HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, Starring Saul Williams, Will Close on Broadway This Sunday
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

Broadway's HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, the new musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur, will close on Sunday, July 20 at the Palace Theatre. As of that date, the musical will have played 38 regular performances and 17 preview performances. HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME began previews June 2 and opened June 19. (more...)

HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Producer Raising $5M to Keep Show Open
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

Broadway's Holler If Ya Hear Me opened to mixed reviews last month, but lead producer Eric L. Gold won't let that affect the show's open-ended run at the Palace Theatre. He recently told Variety that he hopes to raise another $5 million to keep the new musical open until ticket sales improve. When asked how long the show will remain, Gold told Variety: 'It's week to week right now. It can't tell you if it'll be two weeks or two months. It's an expensive game, and I'm the guy carrying the load financially. I made a rookie mistake by underestimating how much capital was necessary, but I'm tenacious.' (more...)

VIDEO: Cast of HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Performs 'Unconditional Love' on Good Day NY
by TV News Desk - Jul 09, 2014

Saul Williams and Saycon Sengbloh from Broadway's Holler If Ya Hear Me, the new musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur, performed 'Unconditional Love' on this morning's 'Good Day New York.' (more...)

Photo Flash: Cast of Broadway's HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Performs on GMA!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 08, 2014

The cast of Broadway's Holler If Ya Hear Me, the new musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur, performed 'California Love' on this morning's 'Good Morning America' on ABC. Check out photos from the appearance below! (more...)

HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME to Perform on Today's GOOD DAY NEW YORK
by BWW News Desk - Jul 08, 2014

Saul Williams and Saycon Sengbloh from the cast of Broadway's HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, the new musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur, will perform on Fox 5's 'Good Day New York' tomorrow, today, July 9 in the 9am hour. (more...)

VIDEO: Cast of HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Performs 'California Love' on GMA
by TV News Desk - Jul 08, 2014

The cast of Broadway's HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, the new musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur, performed on this morning's 'Good Morning America'. Check out the appearance below! (more...)

Photo: Cast of HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Tweets from GMA!
by TV News Desk - Jul 08, 2014

The cast of Broadway's HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, the new musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur, performed on this morning's ABC's 'Good Morning America'. (more...)

In the Spotlight Series: Company of Broadway's HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME!
by Walter McBride - Jul 05, 2014

The show opened last night, June 19 at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway at 47th Street), and you can check out photos of the company in the BroadwayWorld.com series 'In The Spotlight' by acclaimed photographer Walter McBride below! (more...)

DVR ALERT: Cast of HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME to Perform on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 7/8
by BWW News Desk - Jul 02, 2014

The cast of Broadway's HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, the new musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur, will perform on ABC's 'Good Morning America' this Tuesday, July 8 in the 8am hour. (more...)

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