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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...)

The Colony Hotel Extends Royal Room Cabaret LineupThe Colony Hotel Extends Royal Room Cabaret Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

The Colony Hotel - which The Palm Beach Post has hailed as "probably the best place for cabaret on the planet" - is doing something completely different this year. For the first time in the 15-year history of the Royal Room, the world famous cabaret will not close at the end of "season" but will continue offering extraordinary entertainers straight-through the summer months with dinner shows every Friday and Saturday night. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Stellar Performances but No Story in 5th Ave's A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLINBWW Reviews: Stellar Performances but No Story in 5th Ave's A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN
by Jay Irwin - Apr 1, 2016

I'll admit to only a passing familiarity with Janis Joplin before I saw the current show at the 5th Avenue Theatre, “A Night with Janis Joplin”, in that I knew who she was but was hard pressed to come up with any of her songs. Of course, after seeing the show I found I knew more of her stuff than I thought, I just didn't know it was her. And while Kacee Clanton as Janis is quite a sight to see not to mention the other incredible women she has up there with her, the show as a whole doesn't know what it wants to be. Is it a biography, a rock concert, a history of blues? Who can say? But what I can say is that the connecting dialog attempting some kind of through line for the show was at best boring and at worst forced and embarrassing. (more...)

BWW Interview: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN's Danny YoungBWW Interview: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN's Danny Young
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 1, 2016

As adept as he is on the drums - and make no mistake about it, Danny Young is headbangingly assertive and confident on the aforementioned drum kit - it might surprise you to know that at the ripe old age of eight, he actually started out as a singer in his family's quartet. And, to top it all off, he got his start in the business of show as a boy soprano. (more...)

'Sarah Vaughan Live At Rosy's' Out Today on Resonance Records'Sarah Vaughan Live At Rosy's' Out Today on Resonance Records
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2016

Resonance Records with the cooperation of National Public Radio (NPR) is proud to announce the release of Sarah Vaughan - Live At Rosy's, New Orleans on March 25th, 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN at TheaterleagueBWW Review: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN at Theaterleague
by Sara Brown - Mar 23, 2016

I was pretty excited to see this show, I do not usually look anything up about a show if I do not know a whole lot about it; I like to go in completely blind. But a minute into this show I started to panic, I knew nothing about Janis Joplin. I guess I should have known from the title what I was in for, but I expected it to be a play where I would learn about her (a la Jersey Boys style), but this was a rock concert, so I started to feel like I would not be able to do a good job reviewing this show. I mean I'm a 90's baby. The first album I ever bought was a two-disc compilation of Britney Spears and 'N SYNC songs, followed by Spiceworld. So what would I know about a 60's rock and roll singer with a love for the blues? (more...)

Claudia Rankine's CITIZEN and More Slated for Primary Stages' 2016-17 SeasonClaudia Rankine's CITIZEN and More Slated for Primary Stages' 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2016

Primary Stages announced their upcoming 32nd Season on March 14 at a champagne reception celebrating the Centennial of the birth of late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Primary Stages collaborator, Horton Foote. (more...)

BWW Review: Audra McDonald Reaffirms Her Singular Brilliance in HBO's LADY DAYBWW Review: Audra McDonald Reaffirms Her Singular Brilliance in HBO's LADY DAY
by Matt Tamanini - Mar 12, 2016

There is an undeniable electricity that the world's greatest bring to everything that they do. There is something nearly tangible, yet dizzyingly elusive about watching legends at their best; that is how I felt when six-time Tony-winner Audra McDonald became the troubled Jazz icon Billie Holiday in tonight's broadcast of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL on HBO. Though the material itself doesn't always rise to the level of its star's genius, the transformative power of McDonald's talent transports you into a completely different time and place; namely the small Emerson's Bar and Grill in Philadelphia in March 1959. (more...)

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, Starring Kacee Clanton, Begins Rehearsals at 5th Avenue TheatreA NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, Starring Kacee Clanton, Begins Rehearsals at 5th Avenue Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

Starting rehearsals at The 5th Avenue Theatre this week is the critically-acclaimed Broadway musical, A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN. (more...)

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