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BWW Review: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Brings Down the HouseBWW Review: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Brings Down the House
by Guest Blogger: Gary Laird - Aug 24, 2016

Janis Joplin was a force of nature. She was a candle in the wind. She was brash, vulgar, hard-drinking, hard-drugging, hard-living and fatally flawed. (more...)

BWW Preview: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Worships at the Altar of a Rock-And-Roll GoddessBWW Preview: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Worships at the Altar of a Rock-And-Roll Goddess
by Katricia Lang - Aug 19, 2016

The Alley Theatre brings Tony Award-nominated musical A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN to its Hubbard stage. (more...)

BWW Interview: Julie Charnet in DECADES: THE LADIES OF JAZZ at the Ethical Society of PhiladelphiaBWW Interview: Julie Charnet in DECADES: THE LADIES OF JAZZ at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia
by Donna Marie Nowak - Aug 18, 2016

Philadelphia chanteuse Julie Charnet brings her blend of jazz and swing to the Ethical Society of Philadelphia and other venues. (more...)

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts Tickets for 25th Anniversary Season On Sale September 9thKravis Center for the Performing Arts Tickets for 25th Anniversary Season On Sale September 9th
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

While tickets to many of the major shows and concerts during the Kravis Center's 25th anniversary season go on public sale on October 1, eager entertainment fans can start buying tickets to 13 of the Center's earliest presentations starting onSeptember 9 at 10 am. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre of Ventura Announces the Company's 2016 -2017 Mainstage Season STORIES THAT MATTERRubicon Theatre of Ventura Announces the Company's 2016 -2017 Mainstage Season STORIES THAT MATTER
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Rubicon Theatre Company's 2016-2017 Season was publicly announced today at a special event hosted by Joe Spano(Emmy Award and L.A. Drama Critics' Circle Award-winning veteran of stage and screen) and Peter Van Norden (whose numerous credits include five Broadway shows, regional theatre, film and television). The two actors star as Marley and Scrooge, respectively, in the company's adaptation of A Christmas Carol, which was a Critic's Choice in the L.A. Times and will be reprised this December under the direction of Brian McDonald. The season also features the third play in Arlene Hutton's celebrated Nibroc Trilogy, Gulf View Drive, helmed by London-based director Katharine Farmer; Miche Braden reprising her Off-Broadway performance in The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith written by Angelo Parra and directed by Joe Brancato of Penguin Rep; the return of the most popular comedy in Rubicon history, A.R. Gurney's Sylvia, directed by Stephanie A. Coltrin; direct from Off-Broadway, The Other Mozart written by and starring Silvia Milo and directed by Isaac Byrne, about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's equally remarkable sister Nannerl; Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, Frank McGuinness' riveting tale based on a true story about three hostages held in Beirut in1986, directed by Katharine Farmer; and King Lear by William Shakespeare, directed by James O'Neil. (more...)

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY to Open Folger Theatre's 2016-17 SeasonSENSE AND SENSIBILITY to Open Folger Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Folger Theatre's 2016/17 season kicks off with an inspired stage adaptation of one of literature's most cherished novels, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. (more...)

Alley Theatre Announces Cast and Creative Team for A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLINAlley Theatre Announces Cast and Creative Team for A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2016

Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd announces the cast and creative team for the theatre's Summer Thrills Series and Broadway musical event - A Night With Janis Joplin. The Tony-Award nominated musical runs August 19 - September 18 in the Hubbard Theatre. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at alleytheatre.org or by calling the Box Office at 713-220-5700. (more...)

BWW Interview: Director Roshunda Jones Talks the Joys and Pains of Bringing 'LADY DAY' to LifeBWW Interview: Director Roshunda Jones Talks the Joys and Pains of Bringing 'LADY DAY' to Life
by Katricia Lang - Jul 29, 2016

Billie Holiday knew what a little moonlight can do. Do you? Allow The Bayou Theatre Company to enlighten you with its production of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL. (more...)

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN to Shake Barter Theatre Next MonthA NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN to Shake Barter Theatre Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

Barter Theatre presents "A Night with Janis Joplin" beginning August 18 through September 10. (more...)

RUTHLESS!, KALEIDOSCOPE and More Slated for Creative Cauldron's 2016-17 SeasonRUTHLESS!, KALEIDOSCOPE and More Slated for Creative Cauldron's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

The 2016-17 Season will mark Creative Cauldron's eighth year producing and presenting live theater and music at ArtSpace Falls Church. (more...)

Fifth Wall Productions to Stage HYSTERICAL! at FringeNYCFifth Wall Productions to Stage HYSTERICAL! at FringeNYC
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

Fifth Wall Productions is proud to present Hysterical! by Elenna Stauffer, making its world premiere at the Players' Club Theatre as part of the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival- Fringe NYC, a production of the Present Theatre Company. (more...)

Marcus Nance, Hunter Foster and Nina Et Cetera Featured on this Week's STATE OF THE ARTSMarcus Nance, Hunter Foster and Nina Et Cetera Featured on this Week's STATE OF THE ARTS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

Actor MARCUS NANCE from Shaw Festival, Actor/Director HUNTER FOSTER and Singer/Songwriter NINA ET CETERA Are Special Guests on This Week (Friday, July 22) on the LIVE Broadcast of State of the ARTS on WPKN-FM (89.5) (more...)

Firebrand Theatre to Host JUKE JOINT Benefit Concert at The Den TheatreFirebrand Theatre to Host JUKE JOINT Benefit Concert at The Den Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

Firebrand Theatre is pleased to present JUKE JOINT, an evening of gritty blues songs performed by some of Chicago's best female talent on Monday, July 25 at 9 pm at The Den Theatre, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. (more...)

Kristin Piacentile Stars in A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN at Capital Rep This SummerKristin Piacentile Stars in A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN at Capital Rep This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

Kristin Piacentile is currently starring as Janis Joplin in A Night with Janis Joplin at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY, where she portrays the legendary singer for three performances per week. (more...)

Bill Eberle Named 'New Artist You Need to Know' By Rolling StoneBill Eberle Named 'New Artist You Need to Know' By Rolling Stone
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2016

Equal parts folk songwriter and roots rocker, Bill Eberle makes forward-thinking music that nods to the past while still pushing ahead. (more...)

Alley Theatre's Summer Chills Series to Continue with Agatha Christie's SPIDER'S WEBAlley Theatre's Summer Chills Series to Continue with Agatha Christie's SPIDER'S WEB
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2016

Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd announces the cast and creative team for Agatha Christie's Spider's Web, Agatha Christie's only comedy thriller, beginning performances July 12 in the Hubbard Theatre. The popular ExxonMobil Summer Chills series returns to the Alley after a two-year break and offers a cool escape from the summer heat. The series is the perfect introduction to live theatre for first-timers. (more...)

East Coast Premiere of PILLARS OF NEW YORK to Open This Fall at St. Luke's TheatreEast Coast Premiere of PILLARS OF NEW YORK to Open This Fall at St. Luke's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

Write Act Repertory's Producing Artistic Director John Lant will present the East Coast premiere of PILLARS OF NEW YORK, a new musical with book, lyrics and music by Michael Antin, and directed by Jim Blanchette. (more...)

Bill Eberle Reveals Heartfelt 'Same Old Town', 'Matter & Time' Out 7/8Bill Eberle Reveals Heartfelt 'Same Old Town', 'Matter & Time' Out 7/8
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Equal parts folk songwriter and roots rocker, Bill Eberle makes forward-thinking music that nods to the past while still pushing ahead. (more...)

Alley Theatre to Present Agatha Christie's SPIDER'S WEB, 7/12-8/14Alley Theatre to Present Agatha Christie's SPIDER'S WEB, 7/12-8/14
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

This summer, the Alley Theatre will produce Agatha Christie's Spider's Web during its popular ExxonMobil Summer Chills Series July 12 - August 14. In addition, the Alley is launching a new Summer Thrills Series inviting audiences to the concert musical - A Night With Janis Joplin - the first rock & roll theatre piece on the new Hubbard stage, August 19 - September 18, 2016. Tickets will go on sale June 1 and will be available online (alleytheatre.org) or by phone (713.220.5700). (more...)

Ruby Friedman Orchestra Premieres 'I'm Not Your Friend' SingleRuby Friedman Orchestra Premieres 'I'm Not Your Friend' Single
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Today, May 16, the RUBY FRIEDMAN ORCHESTRA teams with POPMATTERS.com to premiere the lead single 'I'm Not Your Friend' off their long-awaited debut roots-infused album GEM (out Friday, June 24). Click here to check it out. (more...)

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