Bill Russell News

Date of Birth: July 15
Birth Place: South Dakota, USA
Gender: Male
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...)

Today's the Day! Your Complete Guide to the Broadway Flea Market!Today's the Day! Your Complete Guide to the Broadway Flea Market!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2016

Broadway enthusiasts and stars alike will flock to New York City's famed theatre district today for the 30th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction (#broadwayflea), produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Want to plan your route in advance? Scroll down for this year's map, plus close-ups of each zone and a list of participants! (more...)

Don't Miss Out! Your Complete and Updated Guide to the Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction!Don't Miss Out! Your Complete and Updated Guide to the Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Broadway enthusiasts and stars alike will flock to New York City's famed theatre district this Sunday, September 25, 2016, for the 30th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction (#broadwayflea), produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Want to plan your route in advance? Scroll down for this year's map, plus close-ups of each zone and a list of participants! (more...)

Javier Munoz, Mandy Gonzalez, Will Chase, Ben Vereen and More Join Sunday's Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction LineupJavier Munoz, Mandy Gonzalez, Will Chase, Ben Vereen and More Join Sunday's Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Broadway enthusiasts and stars alike will flock to New York City's famed theatre district this Sunday, September 25, 2016, for the 30th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction (#broadwayflea), produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. (more...)

Melissa Errico, LAST SMOKER IN AMERICA Concert and More Coming Up at Feinstein's/54 BelowMelissa Errico, LAST SMOKER IN AMERICA Concert and More Coming Up at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. (more...)

Southwark Playhouse Announces Full Casting for SIDE SHOWSouthwark Playhouse Announces Full Casting for SIDE SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

Full casting is announced today for Broadway musical Side Show, which will receive its UK Premiere in a brand new production at Southwark Playhouse, opening on Wednesday 26 October with previews from Friday 21 October. (more...)

Original Stars of THE LAST SMOKER IN AMERICA to Reunite at Feinstein's/54 BelowOriginal Stars of THE LAST SMOKER IN AMERICA to Reunite at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

The Original Cast of the musical The Last Smoker in America will reunite on for a One-Night-Only Reunion Concert, Sunday, September 25th at 9:30 p.m. at Feinstein's/54 Below (254 West 54th Street). (more...)

Photo Coverage: Exclusive Images - ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS in ConcertPhoto Coverage: Exclusive Images - ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS in Concert
by Roy Tan - Sep 5, 2016

Last night the British Theatre Academy presented a concert of Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens at Charing Cross Theatre. (more...)

Photo Flash: ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS at Charing Cross TheatrePhoto Flash: ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS at Charing Cross Theatre
by Marianka Swain - Sep 5, 2016

The British Theatre Academy's concert of Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens at Charing Cross Theatre was a complete sell-out on Sunday 4 September. Funds raised will go towards giving young people opportunities to train and perform for free in professional theatres. (more...)

All-Star Lineup Tapped for ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS GalaAll-Star Lineup Tapped for ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS Gala
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

The British Theatre Academy is presenting a concert of Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens at Charing Cross Theatre on Sunday 4 September. (more...)

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by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

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Hayes Theatre Announces Cast for Australian Premiere of SIDE SHOWHayes Theatre Announces Cast for Australian Premiere of SIDE SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2016

One Eyed Man Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co is thrilled to announce the cast of SIDE SHOW, due to play a strictly limited four-week season at Hayes Theatre Co from September 23. This will be the Australian premiere of the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical that tells a stunning tale of sisterhood. With music from the composer of Dreamgirls, SIDE SHOW is based on the remarkable real-life story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton and their transition from 'circus freaks' to megastars. (more...)

BWW Review: Joyful Praise for UNEXPECTED JOY at WHATBWW Review: Joyful Praise for UNEXPECTED JOY at WHAT
by Kristen Morale - Jul 28, 2016

This, in addition to the almost absurd talent of the cast and crew that is Unexpected Joy, is why you should all take a visit to WHAT as soon as you possibly can to witness the world premiere of this beautiful show. In association with Jim Kierstead, with a book and lyrics by Bill Russell, music by Janet Hood and now under the direction of Lynne Taylor-Corbett, this one is truly a winner. (more...)

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