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Bill Russell News

Date of Birth: July 15
Birth Place: South Dakota, USA
Gender: Male
Getting to Know...Nashville Children's Theatre's ERNIE NOLANGetting to Know...Nashville Children's Theatre's ERNIE NOLAN
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 16, 2017

We were finally able to track him down and ask him to help our readers learn more about him via our Getting to Know… feature while he was on a trip to Ireland where he represented NCT at an international conference on theater for younger audiences. In fact, Nolan's been so peripatetic since settling down in Nashville and starting his job on February 1, that he answered our queries from the airport in Belfast… (more...)

BWW Exclusive: COME FROM AWAY Joins Band of Historical MusicalsBWW Exclusive: COME FROM AWAY Joins Band of Historical Musicals
by Daniella Parcell - Mar 12, 2017

Opening tonight on Broadway, Come From Away spotlights the town of Gander, Newfoundland, which became the temporary home of over 6,000 passengers whose planes were rerouted during the 9/11 attacks. In its dramatization of real-life figures such as Beverley Bass, a stranded pilot portrayed by Jenn Colella, and Claude Elliott, the Gander mayor brought to life by Joel Hatch, the musical provides a historical recount of the week following 9/11, heavily inspired by true stories of the compassion and camaraderie that came about in Gander. (more...)

Photo Flash: Media Theatre presents SIDE SHOWPhoto Flash: Media Theatre presents SIDE SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2017

'Side Show', with a book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger, is based on the story of Daisy and Violet Hilton. It's on stage at The Media Theatre through March 26. (more...)

Photo Flash: Foothill Music Theatre Brings Revitalized SIDE SHOW to the Bay AreaPhoto Flash: Foothill Music Theatre Brings Revitalized SIDE SHOW to the Bay Area
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2017

Multi-award winning Foothill Music Theatre will give Bay Area audiences their first look at the 2014 revised version of the acclaimed Broadway musical Side Show. This dazzling work, featuring music by Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls), and book/lyrics by Bill Russell (Pageant, Lucky Duck), was nominated for four 1998 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress. The 2014 revival, which incorporates a revised script and several new songs, received additional critical acclaim, was nominated for five Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Revival, and was awarded the 2015 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Musical. Side Show is based on the true story of Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins who rose from a sideshow attraction to become sensational vaudeville stars in the 1930s. Side Show will be directed by Milissa Carey, with musical direction by Dolores Duran-Cefalu, and choreography by Brett and CJ Blankenship and will playMarch 2 - 19, 2017 (press opening: March 3, 2017) with performances 7:30pm Thursdays, 8:00pm Fridays & Saturdays, and 2pm Sundays at the Lohman Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Tickets ($12 - $32) and information can be found at www.foothill.edu/theatre or by phone at(650) 949-7360. (more...)

SIDE SHOW to Mirror Exotic True Life of Conjoined Twins at Theatre MemphisSIDE SHOW to Mirror Exotic True Life of Conjoined Twins at Theatre Memphis
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2017

Side Show parades onto the Theatre Memphis Lohrey Stage March 10, 2017, and struts its human cavalcade through April 2, 2017. (more...)

The Media Theatre to Present SIDE SHOWThe Media Theatre to Present SIDE SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2017

The Media Theatre has one musical per season which is not quite as mainstream as the other titles on its marquee, filling a particular void for those interested in passionate works by top notch writers and composers who have pieces in their oeuvre which deserve to be seen but are rarely produced. (more...)

Multiple Programming Offerings Commemorate Black History Month Across ESPN PlatformsMultiple Programming Offerings Commemorate Black History Month Across ESPN Platforms
by TV News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

ESPN will celebrate the achievements of African-Americans within sports and in society with Black History Month offerings on ESPN platforms during the month of February. (more...)

Foothill Music Theatre Gives Bay Area's First Look at Revised Musical SIDE SHOWFoothill Music Theatre Gives Bay Area's First Look at Revised Musical SIDE SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2017

Multi-award winning Foothill Music Theatre will give Bay Area audiences their first look at the 2014 revised version of the acclaimed Broadway musical Side Show. This dazzling work, featuring music by Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls), and book/lyrics by Bill Russell (Pageant, Lucky Duck), was nominated for four 1998 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Stars of Foothill Music Theatre's Revised SIDE SHOWPhoto Flash: Meet the Stars of Foothill Music Theatre's Revised SIDE SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

Multi-award winning Foothill Music Theatre will give Bay Area audiences their first look at the 2014 revised version of the acclaimed Broadway musical Side Show, this spring, running March 2-19, 2017. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the leading ladies! (more...)

Lebron James, Michael Phelps, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown, Bill Russell Honored At 2016 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson Of The Year CelebrationLebron James, Michael Phelps, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown, Bill Russell Honored At 2016 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson Of The Year Celebration
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

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Lacretta to Join Daniel Reichard at Birdland; GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS Will Play Three NightLacretta to Join Daniel Reichard at Birdland; GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS Will Play Three Night
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2016

Actress and singer Lacretta, who recently played Levora Verona in the Broadway musical, Disaster!, will join Daniel Reichard as the special guest star for his three-night engagement at Birdland Jazz Club in New York City on December 17th, 18th, and 19th. (more...)

Lesli Margherita and Max Crumm to Star in SNOW WAY OUT Reading at York Theatre CompanyLesli Margherita and Max Crumm to Star in SNOW WAY OUT Reading at York Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

The hilarious new holiday musical Snow Way Out has been selected to close out the York Theatre Company's reading series for 2016 with a one-time only star-studded reading on December 19th at 2:00 PM at The York Theatre, 619 Lexington Ave (E. 54th Street) on the lower level of Saint Peter's Church. (more...)

Chicago Director/Playwright Ernie Nolan Picked To Lead Nashville Children's TheatreChicago Director/Playwright Ernie Nolan Picked To Lead Nashville Children's Theatre
by Jeffrey Ellis - Dec 7, 2016

Ernie Nolan, an award-winning director and playwright based in Chicago, has been named as the new artistic director of Nashville Children's Theatre, beginning February 1, 2017. Nolan succeeds Scot Copeland, NCT Producing Artistic Director for 31 years, who died unexpectedly in February of this year. (more...)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown and Bill Russell to Receive the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy AwardKareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown and Bill Russell to Receive the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown and Bill Russell will receive the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, it was announced today by Time Inc.'s (NYSE: Time) SI. The three icons have been chosen by the SI editors to receive the honor for their incomparable athletic careers and decades of leadership as social activists. They will be honored during SI's Sportsperson of the Year event on December 12, 2016, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. (more...)

Will Swenson and Beth Leavel to Lead Reading of BRAVE NEW WORLD: THE MUISCALWill Swenson and Beth Leavel to Lead Reading of BRAVE NEW WORLD: THE MUISCAL
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

Following its recent critically acclaimed premier at the North Carolina Stage Company this past May, BNW DEVELOPMENTAL, LLC will present a private developmental reading of BRAVE NEW WORLD: THE MUSICAL in Midtown Manhattan early December 2016.    (more...)

BWW Review: SIDE SHOW, Southwark Playhouse, 26 October 2016BWW Review: SIDE SHOW, Southwark Playhouse, 26 October 2016
by Gary Naylor - Oct 27, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a revival of a show that deserves, and gets, the full 'Big Musical' production treatment. (more...)

BWW Interview: Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford Talk SIDE SHOWBWW Interview: Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford Talk SIDE SHOW
by Marianka Swain - Oct 14, 2016

Actresses Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford have an impressive musical haul between them, with Louise the first actress to star as both Glinda and Elphaba in Wicked, as well as starring in Guys and Dolls and Kiss Me, Kate, while Laura's recent credits include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Flowers for Mrs Harris and Oliver! They're now playing conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton in the UK premiere of Side Show, by Dreamgirls composer Henry Krieger and Bill Russell, which opens at Southwark Playhouse next week. (more...)

J. Robert Spencer and Erikka Walsh to Star in Staged Reading of BREAKING THE SHAKESPEARE CODEJ. Robert Spencer and Erikka Walsh to Star in Staged Reading of BREAKING THE SHAKESPEARE CODE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2016

Sometimes the words we speak become a secret code for what we really feel. Shortly before an audition for her first professional Shakespeare play, gifted and entitled young actor Anna arrives in a college rehearsal hall expecting help from brilliant, bitter acting instructor Curt. When their work together leads to professional success but personal misery, they must decide whether or not to break their Shakespeare code and uncover how they really feel about each other. (more...)

The Off Broadway Alliance will Present A Free Casting Panel DiscussionThe Off Broadway Alliance will Present A Free Casting Panel Discussion
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016

The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing firms, will hold the next event in its Free Seminars series, focused on the Off Broadway Casting Process on Sunday October 23rd, 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: The Exploitation Of The Famous Conjoined Twins Plays Out In The Heartbreaking SIDE SHOWBWW Review: The Exploitation Of The Famous Conjoined Twins Plays Out In The Heartbreaking SIDE SHOW
by Jade Kops - Oct 1, 2016

SIDE SHOW, the musical about the sisters that were quite literally joined at the hip makes it's Australian Premiere at Hayes Theatre (more...)

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