Bruce Vilanch News

BWW Interview: Ben West Previews Unsung Musicals' Carolyn Leigh Tribute Concert
by Adrienne Onofri - Apr 03, 2014

Max von Essen, Erin Davie, Alli Mauzey and other Bway stars will sing lesser-known tunes by the lyricist of 'Peter Pan' and 'Little Me'. (more...)

Erin Davie Joins UNSUNG CAROLYN LEIGH for Lincoln Center's American Songbook, 4/5
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2014

UnsungMusicalsCo. (UMC) is proud to present Unsung Carolyn Leigh, a special concert produced for Lincoln Center's American Songbook at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse on Saturday, April 5 at 8 PM. The evening, showcasing songs by the Tony- and Grammy-nominated lyricist of Peter Pan, Little Me and How Now Dow Jones, is created and directed by Ben West (The Fig Leaves Are Falling, At Home Abroad, Make Mine Manhattan). (more...)

Bruce Vilanch and More Set for THE BIG GAY COMEDY SHOW to Benefit REAF, 4/13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2014

Philanthropy and stellar entertainment take center stage as the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation presents a special one-night-only benefit cabaret to raise funds to support local AIDS services. Don't miss this evening of outrageous stand-up and musical comedy. (more...)

Photo Flash: Megan Hilty and More at 42nd Street Moon's WHAT WE DID FOR LOVE Gala
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

San Francisco's 42nd Street Moon raised the roof - and significant funds - with the help of celebrity guest star, Megan Hilty, at WHAT WE DID FOR LOVE, the theatre company's gala fundraising evening held February 27 at Bimbo's 365 Club in San Francisco. A sold-out crowd of 270 guests, many of whom adopted the suggested theme attire of 'Anything Goes with a dash of red,' were thrilled by the sultry and Smash-ing talents of Broadway and television star Megan Hilty, who with help from her musical director Bryan Perry, performed a crowd-pleasing array of hits from her already impressive career. Scroll down for photos from the festivities! (more...)

Fire Island Dance Festival Announces 20th Anniversary Performances, 7/18-7/20
by BWW News Desk - Mar 07, 2014

Fire Island Dance Festival, the most anticipated event of the season on Fire Island, returns July 18-20, 2014, for its stunning 20th anniversary edition, featuring some of the most exciting and talked-about dance companies in the industry. The festival, produced by and benefiting Dancers Responding to AIDS, is performed outdoors against the dazzling backdrop of the Great South Bay. (more...)

Adam Kantor, Jeremy Kushnier, Alli Mauzey and Teal Wicks Complete UNSUNG CAROLYN LEIGH Cast; Concert Set for 4/5
by BWW News Desk - Mar 04, 2014

UnsungMusicalsCo. (UMC) has announced complete casting for Unsung Carolyn Leigh, a special concert produced for Lincoln Center's American Songbook at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse on Saturday, April 5 at 8 PM. The evening, showcasing songs by the Tony- and Grammy-nominated lyricist of Peter Pan, Little Me and How Now Dow Jones, is created and directed by Ben West (The Fig Leaves Are Falling, At Home Abroad, Make Mine Manhattan). (more...)

7th Annual Toscars to be Held at The Egyptian Theatre, 2/26
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2014

As award season gets into full swing, Brits in LA, with presenting partner Jaguar North America announced that the 7th Annual 'Toscars' at The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood, CA, will take place on the evening of Feb 26, 2014, benefiting the UKares Foundation charity. The Toscars is a live event that parodies the biggest award show of the year. Ten teams of ten people have 3 weeks in which to make spoofs upon the nominated films for Best Feature at the Academy Awards. The Whacademy made up of a team of experts in their field, hand selected from the Entertainment industry, decide the winners in ten categories including Best Whactor and Whactress. This year's comedy event will be hosted by Glee's Alex Newell, who plays Unique on the show. 'I'm excited to host this year's event. It's for a great cause and it's a chance for the celebs to let their hair down and have a lot of fun during an intense awards season.' -- (more...)

North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival Welcomes Bruce Vilanch Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2014

Legendary comedic writer Bruce Vilanch is a last minute addition to this year's North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival. He is set to share 60 minutes of comedic stories on the Arts Center Mainstage at 9:30 p.m. tonight, February 12. Tickets cost $16 in advance and $20 at the door. The Arts Center is located at 300-G East Main St. Tickets and more information can be found at www.nccomedyarts.com. (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: January 25-31
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 31, 2014

Whether you've been living under a rock for the past week or you're just in the mood for a recap, BroadwayWorld's 'This Week in Pictures' is here to satisfy your end of the week fix. Take a look below to catch up on the latest happenings from the Great White Way to The West End (and everywhere in between) with coverage of press events, rehearsals, opening nights and more. Highlights this week include a look at the cast of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY in previews, Broadway Bares coverage, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN - the opera , and more! (more...)

Vilanch, Mistretta, Stewart and More Star in MTU's HAIRSPRAY, Beg. Tonight
by David Green - Jan 31, 2014

Emmy winning actor/comedian Bruce Vilanch joins several Broadway Veterans and the students of Musical Theatre University in their very first fully-staged musical production, HAIRSPRAY, which will be presented for three performances, tonight, January 31 through February 2, at The Helene Galen Performing Arts Center at Rancho Mirage High School. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Karen Akers, Charles Busch & More Perform at Nightlife Benefit Concert
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jan 30, 2014

Winners of the 12th Annual Nightlife Awards and Special Guest Stars joined together to celebrate New York Nightlife earlier this week at The Town Hall. Special Guest Stars included Stephanie J. Block. Tony Award Winner Bill Irwin, Tony Nominee Jason Robert Brown, Recording and Concert Artist Nellie McKay, and the show's Three-Time Emmy Award-winning host, Bruce Vilanch. broadwayWorld brings you photos from the special event below! (more...)

Vilanch, Mistretta, Stewart And More Star In MTU's HAIRSPRAY 1/31
by David Green - Jan 29, 2014

Emmy winning actor/comedian Bruce Vilanch joins several Broadway Veterans and the students of Musical Theatre University in their very first fully-staged musical production, HAIRSPRAY, which will be presented for three performances, January 31 through February 2, at The Helene Galen Performing Arts Center at Rancho Mirage High School. Vilanch will reprise his critically acclaimed turn as Edna Turnblad in the Tony Award winning musical, based on the cult film by John Waters, alongside Broadway actors Sal Mistretta, Lisa Robinson and Gwen Stewart, and featuring the talented, young Musical Theatre University students. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2014 Nightlife Awards with Stephanie J. Block, Jason Robert Brown & More
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jan 28, 2014

Winners of the 12th Annual Nightlife Awards and Special Guest Stars joined together to celebrate New York Nightlife on Monday, January 27th at 7 PM at The Town Hall. Special guest stars included Stephanie J. Block. Tony Award Winner Bill Irwin, Tony Nominee Jason Robert Brown, Recording and Concert Artist Nellie McKay, and the show's Three-Time Emmy Award-winning host, Bruce Vilanch. Check out a look back at the evening below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Backstage at The Nightlife Awards with Bill Irwin, KT Sullivan & More
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jan 28, 2014

Winners of the 12th Annual Nightlife Awards and Special Guest Stars joined together to celebrate New York Nightlife on Monday, January 27th at 7 PM at The Town Hall. Special Guest Stars included Stephanie J. Block. Tony Award Winner Bill Irwin, Tony Nominee Jason Robert Brown, Recording and Concert Artist Nellie McKay, and the show's Three-Time Emmy Award-winning host, Bruce Vilanch. Check out a look behind the scenes below! (more...)

North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival to Welcome Bruce Vilanch, 2/12
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2014

Legendary comedic writer Bruce Vilanch is a last minute addition to this year's North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival. He is set to share 60 minutes of comedic stories on the Arts Center Mainstage at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12. Tickets cost $16 in advance and $20 at the door. The Arts Center is located at 300-G East Main St. Tickets and more information can be found at www.nccomedyarts.com. (more...)

Stephanie J. Block & Barbara Feldon to Appear at Nightlife Awards, 1/27
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2014

Winners of the 12th Annual Nightlife Awards and Special Guest Stars join together to celebrate New York Nightlife on Monday, January 27th at 7 PM at The Town Hall. Tony & Drama Desk Nominee STEPHANIE J. BLOCK, TV Icon BARBARA FELDON (Agent 99 on Get Smart), Nightlife Award Winner CAROLE J. BUFFORD, and Actress/Nightlife Star MAXINE LINEHAN join an already illustrious array of Special Guest Stars that includes Tony Award Winner BILL IRWIN, Tony Nominee JASON ROBERT BROWN, Recording and Concert Artist NELLIE McKAY, and the show's Three-Time Emmy Award-winning host, Bruce Vilanch! (more...)

Jenny Powers, Max von Essen and More Included in UnsungMusicalsCo.'s 2014 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2014

UnsungMusicalsCo. (UMC) just announced its 2014 season, which will launch on April 5 at 8pm with Unsung Carolyn Leigh, a special evening produced forLincoln Center's American Songbook at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. Starring Obie Award winner Donna Bullock (Ragtime, A Class Act), Rachel de Benedet(Catch Me if You Can), Drew Gehling (Jersey Boys, On a Clear Day), Autumn Hurlbert (Legally Blonde), Drama Desk nominee Jenny Powers (Donnybrook!,Happiness), Megan Sikora (Curtains) and Max von Essen (Evita), the concert, showcasing songs by the Tony- and Grammy-nominated lyricist of Peter Pan and Little Me, is created and directed by Ben West (The Fig Leaves Are Falling, At Home Abroad, Make Mine Manhattan). Tickets, priced $30-$50, are now on sale. (more...)

Photo Flash: Richard M. Sherman, Terri White, Bruce Vilanch and More at Pasadena Playhouse's ONE STARRY NIGHT Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2014

Co-Producers Juliana Hansen and Jonathan White will presented a one-night-only benefit performance, ONE STARRY NIGHT: Hollywood and Broadway Come Together to Fight ALS, on Monday, January 13, 2014, hosted by The Pasadena Playhouse. Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

Sixth Season of RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE Returns to Logo 2/24
by TV News Desk - Jan 13, 2014

RuPaul is back with a new crop of celebrity guest judges to help transform 'herstory' with the highly anticipated sixth season of the ground-breaking series, 'RuPaul's Drag Race.' (more...)

Jason Robert Brown, Nellie McKay & More to Perform at Nightlife Awards, 1/27
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2013

Tony Award winning composer/performer Jason Robert Brown (The Bridges of Madison County, Parade), MacArthur Genius Bill Irwin (Old Hats, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), and Recording and Concert Star Nellie McKay (Old Hats, The 3 Penny Opera) have been announced as the first wave of guest stars scheduled to perform at the 2014 Nightlife Awards at The Town Hall on Monday, January 27th at 7 PM. Almost every week hereafter, more guest stars will be announced, and soon after the holidays the winners, who will perform to show why they were chosen -- will finally be announced to the public. The winners will not make acceptance speeches because the Nightlife Awards is the only All-Performance Award Show. (more...)

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