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Apollo Theater to Present JAZZ AND SPIRIT, 5/21Apollo Theater to Present JAZZ AND SPIRIT, 5/21
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

The Apollo Theater will present Jazz and Spirit, an evening featuring new jazz works that explore the connections between jazz, spirituality, national politics, and activism on Saturday, May 21 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Music Mountain to Launch New Collaboration with Catskill Jazz FactoryMusic Mountain to Launch New Collaboration with Catskill Jazz Factory
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2016

Music Mountain, America's Oldest Continuing Summer Chamber Music Festival, announces an exciting new collaboration with The Catskill Jazz Factory! Beginning on Saturday, July 16, a variety of jazz musicians will bring their talents to Music Mountain for a 5-weekend concert series. Artists scheduled to appear include Joanna Wallfisch, Dan Tepfer, Peter and Will Anderson Quintet, Chris Washburne's Ragtime Band and Chris Pattishall Octet. Concerts are scheduled Saturday evenings (6:30pm) beginning July 16 and running thru August 13. 'We are absolutely thrilled to have the Catskill Jazz Factory for five consecutive weeks. These not to be missed concerts will lift our Saturday Twilight series to new heights of excitement and popularity, 'announced Nicholas Gordon, President, Music Mountain. (more...)

BWW Interview: Playwright WILLARD MANUS Discusses His New Play About MMBWW Interview: Playwright WILLARD MANUS Discusses His New Play About MM
by Don Grigware - Apr 22, 2016

Local Playwright Willard Manus' Joe & Marilyn: A Love Story, a new play about the troubled relationship between baseball great Joe DiMaggio and Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe, debuts this Saturday, April 23rd at 8:00 pm, runs April 23 - May 22, produced by John Lant and Anne Mesa, directed by T.J. Castronovo and starring Rico Simonini and Emily Alicia Low, produced by Write Act Rep@TheBrickhouse Theatre in North Hollywood. The play was developed at the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit (West Coast), where Manus and Castronovo are fellow-members. He shared with us a bit about the play and quite a bit about his life. (more...)

Emerson String Quartet to Open Music Mountain's 87th Season; Lineup Announced!Emerson String Quartet to Open Music Mountain's 87th Season; Lineup Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

Concert aficionados from around the country will want to mark their calendars for Music Mountain, America's oldest continuing summer chamber music festival, when it kicks off its record-breaking 87th Anniversary Season beginning Sunday, June 5th! (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 4/11/16Nashville's Theater Calendar 4/11/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 11, 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...)

BWW Review: Lawrence Brownlee Dominates CHARLIE PARKER'S YARDBIRD at New York's ApolloBWW Review: Lawrence Brownlee Dominates CHARLIE PARKER'S YARDBIRD at New York's Apollo
by Richard Sasanow - Apr 7, 2016

As Charlie “Bird” Parker, the great jazz saxophonist, who is the central character in CHARLIE PARKER'S YARDBIRD--the opera that had its New York premiere last week at the famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem--Lawrence Brownlee wonderfully embraced the classical and bebop sides of the score. (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 4/4/16Nashville's Theater Calendar 4/4/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 4, 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...)

BWW Interview: With CHARLIE PARKER'S YARDBIRD, Tenor Lawrence Brownlee Goes from Bel Canto to BebopBWW Interview: With CHARLIE PARKER'S YARDBIRD, Tenor Lawrence Brownlee Goes from Bel Canto to Bebop
by Richard Sasanow - Apr 4, 2016

Tenor Lawrence Brownlee, who's justly acclaimed for his high notes--forget about a high C; how about an F above that!?--just finished the New York premiere of the Daniel Schnyder opera CHARLIE PARKER'S YARDBIRD (Bridgette A. Wmberly, librettist), at the famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Famed jazz saxophonist Charlie (“Bird”) Parker is a role that was written expressly for him--but that doesn't mean it was without its challenges. (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 4/2/2016
by - Apr 2, 2016

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 4/2/2016. (more...)

The Apollo Theater and Opera Philadelphia Partner for NY Premiere of WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED, Fall 2017The Apollo Theater and Opera Philadelphia Partner for NY Premiere of WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED, Fall 2017
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

With the historic New York premiere of Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD just days away, The Apollo Theater and Opera Philadelphia today announced a multi-year partnership that will continue the staging of contemporary operas at the Apollo in future seasons. The next co-production between the two institutions will be the New York premiere of We Shall Not Be Moved, set for the fall of 2017. (more...)

Apollo Theater and Opera Philadelphia to Collaborate for Years to ComeApollo Theater and Opera Philadelphia to Collaborate for Years to Come
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

With the historic New York premiere of Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD just days away, The Apollo Theater and Opera Philadelphia today announced a multi-year partnership that will continue the staging of contemporary operas at the Apollo in future seasons. The next co-production between the two institutions will be the New York premiere of WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED, set for the fall of 2017. (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 3/28/16Nashville's Theater Calendar 3/28/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 28, 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...)

Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com for 3/20/2016 - 3/27/2016Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com for 3/20/2016 - 3/27/2016
by BWW - Mar 27, 2016

Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com from 3/20/2016 - 3/27/2016. (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 3/26/2016
by - Mar 26, 2016

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 3/26/2016. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2016

Opera Philadelphia General Director & President David B. Devan today announced that soprano Emily Pogorelc will replace Rachel Sterrenberg as Chan Parker for the New York premiere of Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, April 1 and 3 at the Apollo Theater. Ms. Sterrenberg, who made her professional debut in the role in June's World Premiere in Philadelphia, has withdrawn from the New York production for personal reasons. (more...)

Soprano Emily Pogorelc Steps in as 'Chan Parker' in New York Debut of YARDBIRDSoprano Emily Pogorelc Steps in as 'Chan Parker' in New York Debut of YARDBIRD
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2016

Opera Philadelphia General Director & President David B. Devan today announced that soprano Emily Pogorelc will replace Rachel Sterrenberg as 'Chan Parker' for the New York premiere of Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, April 1 and 3 at the Apollo Theater. (more...)

'Sarah Vaughan Live At Rosy's' Out Today on Resonance Records'Sarah Vaughan Live At Rosy's' Out Today on Resonance Records
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2016

Resonance Records with the cooperation of National Public Radio (NPR) is proud to announce the release of Sarah Vaughan - Live At Rosy's, New Orleans on March 25th, 2016. (more...)

Opera Philadelphia and Apollo Theater to Present YARDBIRD, 4/1Opera Philadelphia and Apollo Theater to Present YARDBIRD, 4/1
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2016

The Apollo Theater and Opera Philadelphia announced today that Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, composed by Daniel Schnyder with a libretto by Bridgette A. Wimberly, will have its New York premiere in a co-production between the two institutions, April 1 and 3, 2016.  The engagement marks the first time opera will be performed on the Apollo Theater stage, and the first time Opera Philadelphia will produce in New York. The opera will also be recorded for broadcast in November 2016 on New York City's classical music station 105.9 WQXR, at wqxr.org, and distributed nationally by the WFMT Radio Network. (more...)

New CD 'The Music of Jackie McLean' to Be Released by Primary Records 4/22New CD 'The Music of Jackie McLean' to Be Released by Primary Records 4/22
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2016

For the last year and a half, San Francisco Bay Area woodwind expert Steven Lugerner has been digging into the music of jazz legend Jackie McLean with Jacknife, Lugerner's hard-hitting West Coast post-bop quintet. (more...)

Apollo Theater & World Music Institute to Present AFRICA NOW! This MarchApollo Theater & World Music Institute to Present AFRICA NOW! This March
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2016

The Apollo Theater in partnership with World Music Institute presents what has become an annual highlight, AFRICA NOW!. The celebrated event returns to the historic Apollo Theater (253 West 125th Street) on Saturday, March 26, at 8:00 p.m. for its fourth year spotlighting emerging and established artists of today's African music scene.  (more...)

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