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BWW Review: SWEENEY TODD at Olney Theatre Center - It's Just Plain Delicious!BWW Review: SWEENEY TODD at Olney Theatre Center - It's Just Plain Delicious!
by Charles Shubow - Feb 10, 2017

Stephen Sondheim musical is given an exceptional production with a superb cast. (more...)

BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at the Detroit Opera HouseBWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at the Detroit Opera House
by Anton Anderssen - Jan 19, 2017

Are you ready for a new and improved version of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA? I love the original, which I first saw in California, when Robert Guillaume (star of Benson) played the role. Of course, I saw it in London's West End and on Broadway, but it's really fun to see the new version right here in Detroit. I know it's hard to believe that PHANTOM could ever be improved upon, but they've worked some magic. The chandelier is more spooky, the catacombs look more like a person actually lives there, the costumes are different, especially the stairway costume in part two - but in this version there is no grand staircase. This phantom uses a lot of pyrotechnics to accompany his magic. You will like the way they descend into the Phantom's lair; that bridge scene what shifted like a teeter totter has been replaced by really cool steps that protrude from dungeon walls. And the best part is at the very end, when the phantom vanishes; it's in a very different way, and I have no idea how he pulled it off. (more...)

Scoop: I WANT A DOG FOR CHRISTMAS, CHARLIE BROWN! on ABC - Saturday, December 17, 2016Scoop: I WANT A DOG FOR CHRISTMAS, CHARLIE BROWN! on ABC - Saturday, December 17, 2016
by - Nov 23, 2016

Get all the scoop on I WANT A DOG FOR CHRISTMAS, CHARLIE BROWN!, airing on ABC on Saturday, December 17, 2016! (more...)

MARY POPPINS at Olney Theatre Center is Practically Perfect in Every WayMARY POPPINS at Olney Theatre Center is Practically Perfect in Every Way
by Charles Shubow - Nov 17, 2016

A superb cast, great voices, clever choreography, and magic combine to make a great night at the theater for the whole family. (more...)

Cast Revealed for Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Return Atlanta EngagementCast Revealed for Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Return Atlanta Engagement
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

Casting has been announced for Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA for the triumphant return Atlanta engagement at the Fox Theatre February 22 - March 5 as a Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta 2016/2017 season special. (more...)

Kiki Ebsen's Joni Mitchell Project Presents THE ULTIMATE JONI BIRTHDAY BASH at Vitello's Upstairs, TodayKiki Ebsen's Joni Mitchell Project Presents THE ULTIMATE JONI BIRTHDAY BASH at Vitello's Upstairs, Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

On Today, November 4, classic song stylist and songwriter Kiki Ebsen presents her Joni Mitchell Project (TM) as they return to Vitello's Upstairs in Studio City. (more...)

New Stars Join PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Tour Tonight in Fort WorthNew Stars Join PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Tour Tonight in Fort Worth
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group welcome Derrick Davis, Jordan Craig, Trista Moldovan and Emily Ramirez to the principal cast of the spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera currently on national tour. (more...)

BWW Review: PHANTOM Continues to Mesmerize in Reimagined TourBWW Review: PHANTOM Continues to Mesmerize in Reimagined Tour
by Harmony Wheeler - Oct 11, 2016

It's unlikely any current touring show can match this "Phantom" in ornate detail, with its cast's flawless enunciation and its glistening chandelier and proscenium, covered in haunting, golden faces. Anyone familiar with Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera" will know what to expect from the familiar characters and promising production values, but this tour delivers that and much more. (more...)

Kiki Ebsen's Joni Mitchell Project Presents THE ULTIMATE JONI BIRTHDAY BASH at Vitello's Upstairs, 11/4Kiki Ebsen's Joni Mitchell Project Presents THE ULTIMATE JONI BIRTHDAY BASH at Vitello's Upstairs, 11/4
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016

On Friday, November 4, classic song stylist and songwriter Kiki Ebsen presents her Joni Mitchell Project (TM) as they return to Vitello's Upstairs in Studio City. (more...)

October to Usher in New Stars for PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on TourOctober to Usher in New Stars for PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Tour
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group announced today that Derrick Davis, Jordan Craig, Trista Moldovan and Emily Ramirez will join the principal cast of the spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera currently on national tour. (more...)

Broadway San Jose's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is Spectacular Now Thru Oct. 2Broadway San Jose's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is Spectacular Now Thru Oct. 2
by Linda Hodges - Sep 17, 2016

San Jose opened their season with the reimagined production of Phantom of the Opera. For going on three decades this show has enthralled audience members young and old and has once again captured the minds of Bay Area audience members at the beautiful San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. Playing now through October 2 this dramatically lush musical, featuring our favorite phantom specter, is spectacular. (more...)

The McCoy to Open 2016-17 Season with Brian CulbertsonThe McCoy to Open 2016-17 Season with Brian Culbertson
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Jazz/R&B/funk musician, instrumentalist, producer, and performer Brian Culbertson has released 16 albums, toured the world, topped Billboard and radio charts, worked and performed with industry all-stars, and received numerous awards including a 2012 Soul Train Award and a nomination for a 2012 NAACP Image Award. (more...)

BWW Review: National Tour Of Webber's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Is A Dream Come TrueBWW Review: National Tour Of Webber's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Is A Dream Come True
by Jeffrey Walker - Jul 25, 2016

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA I just experienced at the Kennedy Center renewed my faith in the show: it is a delight for all the senses, possesses dazzling stagecraft, and is performed by a cast that mines the romance, danger, and intrigue from the story and score. I declare this production a dream come true. Chris Mann, formerly a contestant on THE VOICE headlines the show in the title role, performing with mystery and power. His Christine on the night I attended, Kaitlyn Davis, was stunning, as well. (more...)

Los Angeles Jewish Symphony to Present LET'S PLAY LA! This AugustLos Angeles Jewish Symphony to Present LET'S PLAY LA! This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony invites you to Let's Play LA! on Sunday, August 21st at 7:30pm, at the newly renovated Ford Theatres in Hollywood. (more...)

SQL Sentry Introduces Performance Advisor for Microsoft Azure SQL Data WarehouseSQL Sentry Introduces Performance Advisor for Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

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Julia Udine to Rejoin THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA National TourJulia Udine to Rejoin THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2016

Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA announces the return of Julia Udine to the national tour.  Ms. Udine will resume performances as 'Christine Daae,' the role which she created for the national tour and most recently starred as on Broadway, for the Washington DC engagement at the Kennedy Center July 13-August 20 and the Denver engagement at Buell Hall August 25-September 11.  Katie Travis will return to the role in the fall. (more...)

Line-up Announced for Concert Series HOT JAZZ / COOL GARDEN at Louis Armstrong House MuseumLine-up Announced for Concert Series HOT JAZZ / COOL GARDEN at Louis Armstrong House Museum
by Marianka Swain - Jun 8, 2016

Summer in the city begins on July 4th, Louis Armstrong's traditional birthday, when the Louis Armstrong House Museum kicks off its signature summer concert series Hot Jazz / Cool Garden - now in its 10th year. For three days this summer, hot jazz is served up with red beans 'n' rice in the Armstrongs' Japanese-inspired garden. Birthday cake will be served on July 4th and Hot Jazz / Cool Garden series subscribers will enjoy a soul food luncheon too. It's a wonderful world at the Louis Armstrong House Museum. (more...)

New Musical Revue L.A. NOW AND THEN Set for Caminito Theatre, 5/13-22New Musical Revue L.A. NOW AND THEN Set for Caminito Theatre, 5/13-22
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

Conceived and Directed by Grammy nominated Producer, Director, Writer, and Composer Bruce Kimmel, L.A. NOW AND THEN, is a new musical revue about the city that was and the city that is. (more...)

Solomon Jaye Releases Music Video New Single 'Love You Now'Solomon Jaye Releases Music Video New Single 'Love You Now'
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Following the successful release of his inaugural solo album Ordinary Man and first-time showcase as a solo artist at Florida Music Festival, multi-talented founding member of the groundbreaking vocal band The Edge Effect, Solomon Jaye is excited to announce the official debut of his “Love You Now” music video. T (more...)

Patti LuPone, Max Raabe & Palast Orchester and More Set for Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts' 2016-17 SeasonPatti LuPone, Max Raabe & Palast Orchester and More Set for Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts' 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts has unveiled its 2016-17 season of music, dance, theater, comedy and more. The Center's star-studded lineup spans virtually every genre of the performing arts and highlights talent from around the globe, including Australia, Canada, Cuba, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Russia, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. Additional events will be announced later in the summer. (more...)

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