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BWW Profile: THE NORMAL HEART from Tony-Winning Play to Emmy-Nominated Film
by Matt Tamanini - Aug 25, 2014

In 1985, Larry Kramer's play 'The Normal Heart' debuted at The Public Theatre, and sent shockwaves through the theatrical community. The play was a current, powerful look at the quick-spread of the AIDS epidemic that was raviging the gay community in New York. In The New York Times, theatre critic Frank Rich said of the initial production, 'There can be little doubt that 'The Normal Heart' is the most outspoken play around - or that it speaks up about a subject that justifies its author's unflagging, at times even hysterical, sense of urgency.' (more...)

SCSI Trade Association Highlights the Important Role SAS Plays in Scale-out Storage Solutions at the 2014 Flash Memory Summit
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ As more enterprises begin to adopt hyperscale computing systems to meet big data analytical needs, scale-out storage and scalability is increasingly in the spotlight. During a panel presentation scheduled at the 2014 Flash Memory Summit, leading storage industry experts from the SCSI Trade Association (STA) will discuss the challenges of distributed storage systems and how the Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) storage protocol is uniquely positioned to handle the mixture of workloads and I/O demands required. (more...)

Newport Corporation Enters Into Agreement To Acquire Fiber Laser Company V-Gen Ltd.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

IRVINE, Calif., July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Newport Corporation (NEWP) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire V-Gen Ltd., a leading developer and manufacturer of fiber lasers headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel. V-Gen is expected to have sales in the range of $15 million to $20 million in the first twelve months after the transaction closes. Terms of the transaction, which is anticipated to close during the third quarter, were not disclosed. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Aurora Theatre Company's RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN, Begin. 8/29
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

Aurora Theatre Company opens its 23rd season with the Bay Area Premiere of Obie-winning playwright Gina Gionfriddo's (After Ashley,Becky Shaw) RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN. Can any woman have it all? After graduate school, Catherine and Gwen chose different paths. Catherine built a career as a rock star academic and media darling, writing books linking Internet pornography with 9/11, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in polar opposite ways, each woman covets the other's life. When Catherine returns home to look after her ailing mother, a risky game of musical chairs begins as three generations of women struggle with feminism's foibles. (more...)

42nd Street Moon Presents DO I HEAR A WALTZ, 10/1-19
by BWW News Desk - Jul 02, 2014

42nd Street Moon kicks off its 22nd season with the rare Richard Rodgers-Stephen Sondheim-Arthur Laurents collaboration Do I Hear A Waltz?, starring Broadway's Tony nominee Emily Skinner (Side Show, The Full Monty, Billy Elliot). Based on Arthur Laurents' 1952 play The Time of the Cuckoo, which inspired the Katharine Hepburn movie Summertime, the wistful story follows a lonely American tourist as she finds romance under the enchantment of mid-1960s Venice. (more...)

Photo Flash: Andrew Lippa, Ray Rothrock and More at 2014 TheatreWorks Honors Gala
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

A glittering group representing theatre and technology worlds celebrated a beautiful friendship Saturday night when TheatreWorks, the nationally acclaimed theatre of Silicon Valley, staged its annual TheatreWorks Honors gala June 21 at the Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club, this year paying tribute to Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning Broadway composer Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, The Addams Family, Big Fish) and Ray Rothrock, Partner Emeritus of pioneering venture capital firm Venrock. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Aurora Theatre Company Extends AMERICAN BUFFALO Through 7/20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

Critics and audiences agree that it would be a crime to miss AMERICAN BUFFALO. Aurora Theatre Company announces that it will add an additional 7 performances of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet's powerful, fast-paced modern masterpiece. (more...)

Foothill Music Theatre Takes a Trip to the SOUTH PACIFIC, 7/24-8/10
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

Multi-award winning Foothill Music Theatre presents the epic Broadway Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II musical, SOUTH PACIFIC. Winner of 10 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this ground-breaking musical based on James A. Michener's 1927 Pulitzer Prize-winning book Tales of the South Pacific, features such iconic hits as Some Enchanted Evening, Younger Than Springtime, There Is Nothing Like a Dame, Bali Ha'i, and I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair. SOUTH PACIFIC will be directed by Milissa Carey, with musical direction by Mark Hanson and choreography by Michael Ryken and plays July 24 through August 10 in the Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Rd., Los Altos Hills. The public may purchase tickets ($10 - $28) online at www.FoothillMusicals.com or by calling (650) 949-7360. (more...)

Lamplighters to Tour THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE this August
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2014

San Francisco's highly acclaimed Lamplighters embark upon their 62nd Season this August with an uproarious production of that swashbuckling perennial favorite - THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE. (more...)

Watch Jon Lovitz Transform into Billy Idol on ABC's SING YOUR FACE OFF
by TV News Desk - Jun 05, 2014

'Sing Your Face Off' is a talent variety competition featuring celebrities who are transformed and trained to perform as a legendary musical icon. (more...)

BWW Interviews: JOHN BARROWMAN Talks New ABC Talent Competition SING YOUR FACE OFF
by Danielle DeSisto - Jun 02, 2014

From battling monsters on BBC's 'Doctor Who' to appearing in numerous musicals on Broadway and the West End, John Barrowman has enjoyed success in many realms of the entertainment world. (more...)

New York State Athletic Trainers Lobby for Updated Practice Act
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

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Grove Theater Center Stages Reading of RACHEL RAY Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2014

Grove Theater Center (GTC) presents a staged reading of Rachel Ray, playwright Henry Ong's stage adaptation of Anthony Trollope's 19th century novel, tonight, May 22 at 7:30pm, as part of its New Play Initiative. GTC Artistic Director, Kevin Cochran, will direct the reading at the theater, located at 1111-b West Olive Avenue, Burbank, CA91506. There will be a post discussion with the playwright following the reading. Admission is free, but reservations are encouraged and can be made at (818) 528-6622. (more...)

Raymond James Financial Reduces Deployment Time of New Software Applications with the Help of Grid Dynamics
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2014

MENLO PARK, Calif., May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Grid Dynamics, a provider of custom scalable omnichannel technology solutions, today announced the successful implementation of an agile continuous delivery process for Raymond James Financial (NYSE-RJF), a financial services company. Over a two-year period, Grid Dynamics worked with an RJF IT development process engineering group to help automate the deployment of more than 60 applications. Automated deployments significantly reduce turnaround times for application deployment and provide a faster feedback loop on changes implemented. At present, there are approximately 100 automated deployments per week to all environments, including development, test and production environments. (more...)

Scoop: SING YOUR FACE OFF - *SERIES PREMIERE on ABC - Saturday, May 31, 2014
by - May 12, 2014

Get all the scoop on SING YOUR FACE OFF - *SERIES PREMIERE, airing on ABC on Saturday, May 31, 2014! (more...)

Grove Theater Center to Stage Reading of RACHEL RAY, 5/22
by BWW News Desk - May 09, 2014

Grove Theater Center (GTC) presents a staged reading of Rachel Ray, playwright Henry Ong's stage adaptation of Anthony Trollope's 19th century novel, on Thursday, May 22 at 7:30pm, as part of its New Play Initiative. GTC Artistic Director, Kevin Cochran, will direct the reading at the theater, located at 1111-b West Olive Avenue, Burbank, CA91506. There will be a post discussion with the playwright following the reading. Admission is free, but reservations are encouraged and can be made at (818) 528-6622. (more...)

Photo Flash: Foothill Music Theatre's SOUTH PACIFIC, Running 7/24-8/10
by BWW News Desk - May 09, 2014

Foothill Music Theatre will present the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical SOUTH PACIFIC, running July 24 - August 10, 2014 at the Smithwick Theatre, Los Altos, Calif. Check out a first look below! (more...)

Debbie Gibson, Darrell Hammond to Judge New ABC Series SING YOUR FACE OFF, 5/31
by TV News Desk - May 06, 2014

ABC's "SING YOUR FACE OFF" will premiere on May 31, featuring host John Barrowman and primary judges Debbie Gibson and Darrell Hammond. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Wishes Come True in 3-D Theatricals' INTO THE WOODS
by Michael L. Quintos - May 06, 2014

Bursting with magic, wit and whimsy, INTO THE WOODS---the sprightly Tony Award-winning musical that features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine---is currently on stage at the Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton through May 18. Produced by OC's Ovation Award-winning 3-D Theatricals, this sardonic, often funny, metaphor-heavy dark musical comedy disguised as a family-friendly play is indeed an enjoyable, funny romp, marred only slightly by the theater's ever pesky sound system that renders many of the show's rapid-fire lyrics all but decipherable as the too-loud (albeit hard-working) orchestra drowns out the characters' voices. Still, this trip is worth the journey. (more...)

Roger Rees to Return to The Old Globe for WHAT YOU WILL, 4/28; Artistic Director Barry Edelstein to Lead THINKING SHAKESPEARE LIVE!, Today
by BWW News Desk - May 02, 2014

The Old Globe today announced it will present two Shakespeare-themed events. On Monday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m., Tony Award winner Roger Rees will return to the Globe for a one-night-only engagement of What You Will, his hysterical (and somewhat historical) 90-minute gallop through the world of Shakespeare. On Today, May 3 at 11:00 a.m., Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein will offer an encore of Thinking Shakespeare Live!, his 90-minute exploration of the language of Shakespeare. This fast-paced, funny, and altogether fascinating program based on Edelstein's book, Thinking Shakespeare: A How-To Guide for Student Actors, Directors, and Anyone Else Who Wants to Feel More Comfortable with the Bard, reveals a performer's approach to Shakespearean language so audiences may easily understand the poetry of the Bard. (more...)

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