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Nashville Theater Calendar 2/8/16Nashville Theater Calendar 2/8/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 8, 2016

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 2/1/16Nashville Theater Calendar 2/1/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 1, 2016

Thus, we are happy to present one of our most popular features: The Nashville Theater Calendar, a comprehensive - maybe even exhaustive (lord knows we're exhausted from putting it together, gathering all the info from all over the interwebs!) - listing of theatrical openings for the 2015/16 season. We'll update the calendar every Monday, clearing out the shows that have closed and adding additional information on the shows still to come (more...)

Hollywood Celebrates the 22nd Annual SAG AWARDS; All the Winners!Hollywood Celebrates the 22nd Annual SAG AWARDS; All the Winners!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2016

Winners of the 22nd ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS were revealed tonight, Saturday, January 30th (beginning at 8PM) on a simulcast airing live on TNT and TBS. (more...)

BWW Review: Empress Of the Blues Hosts Sultry, Scintillating Stackner CabaretBWW Review: Empress Of the Blues Hosts Sultry, Scintillating Stackner Cabaret
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Jan 28, 2016

Milwaukee Rep's Stackner Cabaret hosts a sultry, sensational evening featuring a brief biographical musical revue of blues star Bessie Smith. Their masterful production, The Devil's Music: The Life and Times of Bessie Smith, a Drama Desk nominated musical by Angela Parro, embraces the essence of the Empress of the Blues through the magnificent voice of Zonya Love, and Bessie's piano man, Pickle, who flashes his fingers on those ivories as DeMone, an actor making his Milwaukee Rep debut. (more...)

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN to Play MPAC, 2/25A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN to Play MPAC, 2/25
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2016

Tony Award nominee Mary Bridget Davies stars in A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, a musical journey celebrating Joplin and her biggest musical influences at Mayo Performing Arts Center on February 25, 2016 at 8 pm. Tickets are $29 - $69. (more...)

Bill Eberle Announces 'Ashes' EP Out 2/12Bill Eberle Announces 'Ashes' EP Out 2/12
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

Bill Eberle has never been the kind of artist who is afraid to go anywhere. Armed with folk songwriting chops far surpassing his years, Eberle pulls inspiration from sources both classical and wildly contemporary, and doesn't back away from lyrics reflecting on our troubled times. (more...)

Musical Revue BLUES IN THE NIGHT to Run 2/5-20 at Roxy Regional TheatreMusical Revue BLUES IN THE NIGHT to Run 2/5-20 at Roxy Regional Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

This February, the universal language of the blues will wail out full and strong on the corner of Franklin and First in downtown Clarksville.  The scorching Tony-nominated musical revue BLUES IN THE NIGHT opens at the Roxy Regional Theatre on Friday, February 5, at 8pm.  In keeping with the theatre's traditional pay-what-you-can preview, all tickets not pre-sold at the regular ticket price will go on sale at 7:30pm that evening for a $5 minimum donation. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Zonya Love in THE DEVIL'S MUSIC, Opening Tonight at Milwaukee RepPhoto Flash: First Look at Zonya Love in THE DEVIL'S MUSIC, Opening Tonight at Milwaukee Rep
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2016

Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH. Sining a score of recognizable hits, the legendary Blues performer comes to life in the Stackner Cabaret from tonight, January 22, through March 20, 2016. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the stars in action below! (more...)

Blues Hall of Fame Singer Sari Schorr Recording New AlbumBlues Hall of Fame Singer Sari Schorr Recording New Album
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2016

In January 2015 legendary producer Mike Vernon (Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall, Blue Horizon) was invited to receive a 'Keeping The Blues Alive' award at the prestigious International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN. T (more...)

The Tiffany Austin Quintet to Make Feinstein's at the Nikko Debut, 1/30The Tiffany Austin Quintet to Make Feinstein's at the Nikko Debut, 1/30
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2015

Join the Tiffany Austin Quintet in celebrating Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone with Bessie, Billie and Nina: Celebrating the Queens of Swing on Saturday, January 30 at 7 p.m. at Feinstein's at the Nikko. (more...)

Nominations Announced for 22nd ANNUAL SAG AWARDS; Full List!Nominations Announced for 22nd ANNUAL SAG AWARDS; Full List!
by TV News Desk - Dec 9, 2015

Actor® Nominations for the 22nd ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS were announced live today at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles by Anna Faris and Anthony Mackie  (more...)


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THE WIZ LIVE's Queen Latifah to Lead Lee Daniels' Music Pilot for FOXTHE WIZ LIVE's Queen Latifah to Lead Lee Daniels' Music Pilot for FOX
by TV News Desk - Dec 7, 2015

BroadwayWorld has just learned that Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award, Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Queen Latifah, who recently appeared as 'The Wiz' in NBC's THE WIZ LIVE!, will take on the leading role in Lee Daniels' currently untitled music pilot for FOX. (more...)

A Night with Janis Joplin To Embark on Tour with Stop at Atlanta's Fox TheatreA Night with Janis Joplin To Embark on Tour with Stop at Atlanta's Fox Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2015

?Iconic Entertainment Studios and T&D Productions announced that Broadway's A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN will take the stage, touring 34 cities across the U.S. and Canada for a total of 70 shows, including a stop at Atlanta's Fox Theatre Sunday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. Conceived, written, and directed by Randy Johnson, the rock musical features choreography by Patricia Wilcox and musical direction by Tyler Evans. (more...)

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN to Rock Nashville This SpringA NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN to Rock Nashville This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2015

Broadway's critically-acclaimed musical A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, a music-filled live show celebrating Janis Joplin and her biggest musical influences, will bring its national tour to Nashville, performing at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's James K. Polk Theater on April 15-16, 2016. (more...)

Broadway's Critically-Acclaimed Musical A Night with Janis Joplin To Embark on 70-Show North American TourBroadway's Critically-Acclaimed Musical A Night with Janis Joplin To Embark on 70-Show North American Tour
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2015

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A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, Starring Mary Bridget Davies, to Launch 2016 North American Tour in TorontoA NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, Starring Mary Bridget Davies, to Launch 2016 North American Tour in Toronto
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2015

BroadwayWorld is excited to report that Broadway's A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN (produced by Iconic Entertainment Studios and T&D Productions) will tour to 34 cities across the U.S. and Canada for a total of 70 shows, kicking off February 9th in Toronto. Conceived, written, and directed by Randy Johnson, the rock musical features choreography by Patricia Wilcox and musical direction by Tyler Evans. (more...)

Barter Theatre Introduces 2016 Season with Preview PerformanceBarter Theatre Introduces 2016 Season with Preview Performance
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2015

Barter Theatre unveils the 2016 production schedule with a behind-the-scenes preview of what the next season has in store. Producing Artistic Director Richard Rose announces an exciting season filled with comedy, drama and many world-famous shows patrons will recognize from their silver-screen adaptations. (more...)

Mike Epps Comes to Schuster Center TonightMike Epps Comes to Schuster Center Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2015

Sold out shows, nationwide tours, big screen hits and the thrill of a hip hop audience eager to watch Mike Epps own the stage has him ready to bring his new tour, The Real Deal tour, coming to the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center tonight, October 24 at 8pm. (more...)

New Musical SLEEPING BEAUTY WAKES Delayed at 5th Avenue Theatre; A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Set for SpringNew Musical SLEEPING BEAUTY WAKES Delayed at 5th Avenue Theatre; A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Set for Spring
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2015

BroadwayWorld has received word that Broadway's recent rock 'n' roll hit A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN will replace the musical in development SLEEPING BEAUTY WAKES as part of The 5th Avenue Theatre's 2015/16 season. The show will share the same run dates (March 25-April 17) with minor changes to the performance schedule. (more...)

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