Bill Russell News

Date of Birth: July 15
Birth Place: South Dakota, USA
Gender: Male
Photo Flash: Meet the Stars of Porchlight Music Theatre's Newly Revised SIDE SHOWPhoto Flash: Meet the Stars of Porchlight Music Theatre's Newly Revised SIDE SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre launches its 2015-16 season with SIDE SHOW, running September 11 - October 18, directed by Porchlight Music Theatre artistic director Michael Weber with music direction by Aaron Benham, choreography by Andrew Waters, music by Henry Krieger, and book & lyrics by Bill Russell, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Previews will run Friday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m., and Monday, Sept. 14 7:30 p.m. The opening night is Friday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in costume below! (more...)

Ryder Cup Captain Dave Stockton Set for FEHERTY on Golf Channel TonightRyder Cup Captain Dave Stockton Set for FEHERTY on Golf Channel Tonight
by TV News Desk - Aug 17, 2015

1991 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, two-time Major Champion and renowned putting guru Dave Stockton invites David Feherty to his home in Redlands, Calif., for a wide-ranging interview on tonight's new episode of Fehertyairing at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek - Porchlight to Present Chicago Premiere of Revised SIDE SHOWPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek - Porchlight to Present Chicago Premiere of Revised SIDE SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre's first production of its 2015 - 2016 season will be Side Show, running September 11 - October 18, directed by Porchlight Music Theatre artistic director Michael Weber, music direction by Aaron Benham, choreography by Andrew Waters, music by Henry Krieger, book and lyrics by Bill Russell, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the stars in costume! (more...)

BWW Review: In Her Charming Cabaret Debut at Don't Tell Mama, Helen Glassman Offers 'Confessions' About a New York Life Well LivedBWW Review: In Her Charming Cabaret Debut at Don't Tell Mama, Helen Glassman Offers 'Confessions' About a New York Life Well Lived
by Billie Roe - Aug 12, 2015

It seemed appropriate that a cabaret show titled Confessions of a Native New Yorker would begin with the quintessential “call to all dreamers” song “Let The River Run” by native New Yorker Carly Simon. Wearing an elegant black and gold brocade dress--the very personification of class--Helen Glassman took the Don't Tell Mama stage by storm in performing her debut show on June 28. Glassman, a native New Yorker, chronicles her life in music to the beat of “the city that never sleeps.” Beginning by pointing out the ironic love/hate challenges of existing in the Big Apple, Glassman croons the wonderfully hip Portia Nelson classic “Confessions of a Native New Yorker,” showing us a delightfully flippant comic side that serves her well throughout the evening. (more...)

Porchlight Sets Casts for First Post-Broadway Premiere of SIDE SHOW, FAR FROM HEAVEN & AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'Porchlight Sets Casts for First Post-Broadway Premiere of SIDE SHOW, FAR FROM HEAVEN & AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2015

Exciting news just in to BroadwayWorld!  Michael Weber, artistic director of Porchlight Music Theatre, has announced the casts of the Chicago premiere of the 2014 revision of Side Show, the return of Porchlight's hit Ain't Misbehavin', multi-Jeff Award-winner Summer Naomi Smart starring in the Chicago premiere of Far From Heaven, and Porchlight Music Theatre's 2015 - 2016 artistic leadership for its four Mainstage productions. (more...)

Class Act Books Announces July ReleasesClass Act Books Announces July Releases
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2015

July's releases from Class Act Books feature another entry in the Dark Urban Fantasy series The Second Species as well as Science Fiction and Horror. They are: Dragon: The Tower of Tamerlane by James Austin McCormick, Shadow Law by Tony-Paul de Vissage, and Fear the Sky by Rick McQuiston Shadow Law, Book 5 in the Second Species series, continues the story of the Strigoi clan's pursuit of Mircea Ravagiu, murderer of their family and the reason they were exiled from their Carpathian home. In this novel, the pursuers and the pursued finally come face-to-face. Tony-Paul de Vissage currently has seventeen novels published with Class Act Books. Book 1 in the Second Species series was voted one of the Top Ten horror novels of 2013 by Preditors & Editors Readers Choice. Dragon: The Tower of Tamerlane by James Austin McCormick is another Sillow the Sylvan novel. In this one, the diminutive alien con man gets a new partner, a no-nonsense amazon with a cybernetic arm and a ruby-laser eye. Mr. McCormick has written two other Dragon novels for Class Act Books, Dragon and Dragon: Smuggler's Tales, plus the Sword and Sorcery tale, The Last Synn. Fear the Sky by Rick McQuiston is a horror novel with science fiction overtones in which a small mountain tourist attraction is taken over by an entity from Hell. This is his second novel for Class Act Books. His first When Only the Nightmare Remains, was acclaimed by critics who gave it a 5-star rating. Class Act Books went under new ownership in 2013, specializing in all writing genres from Romance to Horror. It features award-winners such as Toni V. Sweeney, Bill Russell, Icy Snow Blackstone, and Tony-Paul de Vissage among its authors. (more...)

Carly Sakolove to Bring I'M EVERY WOMAN to 54 Below, 8/19Carly Sakolove to Bring I'M EVERY WOMAN to 54 Below, 8/19
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2015

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Carly Sakolove in 'I'M EVERY WOMAN' on August 19th at 7pm. 'Diva' impersonator and actress Carly Sakolove is slated to bring her new zany one woman show to 54 Below for one night only! The show is 60 minutes of all your favorite Pop and Broadway Diva impersonations. Take the journey through the soulful stylings of Adele, the Latin beats of Shakira, dating back to the Golden Age with Liza, Judy and so many more. (more...)

LYPINSKA! THE BOXED SET Returning to NYC This MonthLYPINSKA! THE BOXED SET Returning to NYC This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2015

A glamorous dose of the legendary Lypsinka, John Epperson's iconic creation, will once again be doled out this summer when the acclaimed LYPSINKA! THE BOXED SET returns for a limited Off-Broadway engagement.  LYPSINKA! THE BOXED SET will be performed Wednesday, July 22nd through Saturday, September 12th at the ravishing jewel-box Connelly Theater, located at 220 East 4th Street (between Avenues A and B) in Manhattan's East Village. The Opening is Saturday, July 25th at 8 PM.  Tickets ($35 - $65) will go on sale on Monday, April 27th at 10 am online at www.lypsinka.com and www.tweedtheater.org/lypsinka, or by calling 866-811-4111. (more...)

Photo Coverage: PAGEANT Cast Reunites at 54 Below to Launch Cast Recording!Photo Coverage: PAGEANT Cast Reunites at 54 Below to Launch Cast Recording!
by Linda Lenzi - Jun 23, 2015

The first ever cast recording of the critically-acclaimed musical PAGEANT is now available digitally and on compact disc via select outlets. The cast of the recent revival - nominated for a 2015 Drama Desk Award for Best Revival of a Musical and a 2015 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical Revival - just reunited to launch the Original Cast Recording at 54 Below (254 West 54th Street) last night, and BroadwayWorld was there for the special night. (more...)

Jeremy Jordan, Ann Hampton Callaway & More Set for 54 Below This WeekJeremy Jordan, Ann Hampton Callaway & More Set for 54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2015

This week at 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

PAGEANT Cast Album Gets Released Today; Launch Concert Tonight at 54 BelowPAGEANT Cast Album Gets Released Today; Launch Concert Tonight at 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2015

The first ever cast recording of the critically-acclaimed musical PAGEANT will be released today, June 22, 2015, digitally and on compact disc via select outlets. The cast of the recent revival - nominated for a 2015 Drama Desk Award for Best Revival of a Musical and a 2015 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical Revival - will reunite to launch the Original Cast Recording at 54 Below (254 West 54th Street) tonight, June 22, 2015, at 9:30pm. (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for June 22-28, Featuring Jeremy Jordan, Tony Yazbeck, and More!Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for June 22-28, Featuring Jeremy Jordan, Tony Yazbeck, and More!
by Louisa Brady - Jun 21, 2015

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestras begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Jeremy Jordan at 54 Below; Pageant: The Original Cast Recording Launch Concert; The Music of Paul Gordon: Featuring Sarah Stiles, Jeremy Kushnier, and More; Lauren Worsham: Corsets and Combat Boots; and Tony Yazbeck in 'The Floor Above Me.' (more...)

PAGEANT 2014 Off-Broadway Cast Recording Now AvailablePAGEANT 2014 Off-Broadway Cast Recording Now Available
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 16, 2015

Glam up your cast recording collection! (more...)

Grey Flannel's Summer Games  Features Jordan's Signed, Game-Used 1984 Olympics Sneakers, 6/24Grey Flannel's Summer Games Features Jordan's Signed, Game-Used 1984 Olympics Sneakers, 6/24
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2015

WESTHAMPTON, N.Y., June 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ Grey Flannel's Summer Games auction featuring top-tier game-used professional sports memorabilia is open for bidding, now through June 24. More than 900 lots representing all major sports are currently available to view at www.greyflannelauctions.com. (more...)

Gold Channel Premieres New Season of FEHERTY TonightGold Channel Premieres New Season of FEHERTY Tonight
by TV News Desk - Jun 9, 2015

Golf's resident funnyman David Feherty, host of Golf Channel's Feherty, returns for a fifth season on a new night, today, June 9 at 9 p.m. ET. (more...)

Photo Coverage: ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENSPhoto Coverage: ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2015

Elegies For Angels, Punks and Raging Queens is a song cycle with music by Janet Hood and lyrics and additional text by Bill Russell. The work features songs and monologues inspired by the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology. Each of the monologues is written from the perspective of characters who have died from AIDS and the songs represent the feelings of friends and family members dealing with the loss. (more...)

Jeremy Jordan, Linda Lavin and More Set for 54 Below This JuneJeremy Jordan, Linda Lavin and More Set for 54 Below This June
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2015

This June, 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. (more...)

Married Stars Kier Dullea and Mia Dillon to Lead ON GOLDEN POND at Bucks County PlayhouseMarried Stars Kier Dullea and Mia Dillon to Lead ON GOLDEN POND at Bucks County Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2015

Bucks County Playhouse (BCP) announces Bucks County's own John Augustine to return (The Hummingbird's Tour, 2014, Director) to the Bucks County Playhouse stage as 'Larry' in Stephen Sondheim's COMPANY, running May 29-June 21. Augustine will play alongside Broadway's Candy Buckley (Scandalous, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cabaret) as 'Joanne'. (more...)

SIDE SHOW: ADDED ATTRACTIONS Live 54 Below Album Now AvailableSIDE SHOW: ADDED ATTRACTIONS Live 54 Below Album Now Available
by Pat Cerasaro - May 19, 2015

Supplant your new SIDE SHOW cast recording with even more goodies! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Cast Bids SIDE SHOW a Fond Farewell with 'Added Attractions' Encore at 54 BelowBWW Reviews: Cast Bids SIDE SHOW a Fond Farewell with 'Added Attractions' Encore at 54 Below
by David Clarke - May 17, 2015

Back by popular demand, March's SIDE SHOW: ADDED ATTRACTIONS concert returned to 54 Below this week. Packing in two more performances, the Monday evening show celebrated the short lived Broadway run of the revival of Side Show, the March concert, and the upcoming release of Broadway Records' SIDE SHOW: ADDED ATTRACTIONS - Live at 54 Below. (more...)

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