BroadwayWorld.com has confirmed the sad news that actress, singer and stage veteran Polly Bergen died today at her home in Connecticut, at 84 of natural causes. The star was surrounded by friends and family at the time of her passing. (more...)
Los Angeles cabaret singer Jan Abrams will perform "I'll Be Seeing You" at the Arthur Newman Theater at the Joslyn Center in Palm on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 2 PM. If you can image a time when everyone gathered around the radio listening to music to take your mind off your worries for those loved ones 'over there'? Even if you can't -- you'll love this new show by Jan Abram's with acclaimed musical director Christopher Marlowe on the baby grand. (more...)
Birdland Jazz Club has announced its October 2014 schedule, featuring Chita Rivera, Dave Leibman Big Band, Miss Coco Peru, Benny Green Trio, Kenny Baron and Dave Holland, Barbara Carroll, Ron Carter Nonet, Jane Monheit's Jazz Party, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, and more. (more...)
Massachusetts Author and Private Investigator, Michael A. Coller, had a dream of recreating a 'dime novel' that was a popular form of genre in America during the 1800's. His vision was to create a witty, sarcastic and street wise private investigator named Bruno Johnson. His main character's mission is to identify fakes, frauds, villains and bring them to justice.
According to Robert McNamara, a 19th Century History Expert, "A 'dime novel' was a inexpensive and generally sensational tale of adventure sold as popular entertainment which often featured tales of explorers, soldiers, detectives, or Indian fighters. Critics of dime novels often denounced them as immoral, perhaps because of violent content. But the books themselves actually tended to reinforce conventional values of the time such as "patriotism, bravery, self-reliance, and American nationalism."
Coller's Bruno Johnson does just that. 'Bruno Johnson - Private Investigator is a light-hearted adventure peering into the daily life of this gruff and dedicated Boston Private Eye. Bruno is hard-nosed, no nonsense and without a doubt, outspoken. He speaks what's on his mind whether one wants to hear it or not.
Bruno Johnson may be the author's 'alter ego.' In fact, the color illustration on the front cover of the book has a eerie resemblance of Michael Coller. The author describes his main character as "No-nonsense but charming. One must prove to him you are worthy of his friendship, if you do, you will have a friend for life. However, dare to cross him and he will strike faster than a rattlesnake. Guys want to hang out with Bruno Johnson and women want to date him. He is a fusion Clark Gable, Brad Pitt, Columbo, Clint Eastwood and sprinkled with a bit of Dean Martin. Bruno is the toughest guy I know.'
On September 8th, 2014, Michael Coller hand-delivered The Adventures of Bruno Johnson to the Library of Congress in Washington DC, while celebrating his birthday. The enjoyment continued as Coller watched Bruno Johnson achieve bestseller status on Amazon.com the next day.
Author Michael A. Coller states, 'I invite you into the world of Bruno Johnson. Every story has a degree of truth and reality contained within the pages. This book exudes courage, self-reliance and fierce pompousness. Only a fool would say otherwise! "
'Bruno Johnson - Private Investigator' is available in paperback or on Kindle at Amazon.com or BrunoJohnson.com.
Michael A. Coller brings more than 20 years experience as a leader in corporate security, having worked for several major corporations, managing commercial firearm guidelines and background inquiries. His specialty and passion is Criminal Investigations. Michael A. Coller is the author of the CD, '7 Signs of Lying.' He offers personal and professional coaching in the areas of security, loss prevention, private investigation and lie detection. Michael is a Private Investigator and Constable within Essex County Massachusetts.
For more information please visit www.BrunoJohnson.com or www.MichaelColler.com (more...)
It used to be, in days gone by, that hit Broadway shows would be made into movies; now, it's the reverse. With a dearth of ideas for Broadway musicals, the trend lately has been to turn to the big screen and revamp a popular film for the stage, adding song and dance. Such was the case with 9 to 5 and later Legally Blonde engendering quite a bit of success. Those two had female stars at the core, so it's high time a male got some attention. Voila! Catch Me If You Can has a quirky real-life story about an anti-hero Frank Abagnale Jr. (Jacob Haren) who in the 60s was called the Johnny Appleseed of fraud. The outstanding creative team of book writer Terrence McNally and musical wizards Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman took an old idea and created an entertainingly fresh showcase around it. The resultant Catch Me If You Can which received several Tony Award nominations in 2012 - one win for Norbert Leo Butz as Best Featured Actor playing Agent Carl Hanratty - is now playing in its West Coast regional premiere in Vista at the Moonlight Amphitheatre with Josh Adamson essaying Hanratty. (more...)
Birdland Jazz Club has announced the Season lineup for Broadway at Birdland, featuring Chita Rivera, Jessie Mueller, Rosie O'Donnell, James Snyder, Andrew Lippa, Jim Caruso, Trevor McQueen and more! (more...)
A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. The craziness is almost upon us, but there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters .
BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's JERSEY BOYS below! (more...)
A master mimic of more than 200 voices, Rich Little continues to impress throughout the world, with a constant touring schedule of the United States, Canada and abroad, and now he's bringing his show to the DuPont Theatre for one night only! (more...)
2013 New York City Bistro Award winner, Michael Hughes and vocalist Brent Thiessen are teaming up for A COUPLE OF SWELLS to be presented as part of The Soulpepper Cabaret Series this Saturday, August 16th, 2014 at 8:30pm. Scroll down for footage of them in rehearsal! (more...)
For the first time, the Muscular Dystrophy Association's nationally broadcast telethon the MDA Show of Strength Telethon, one of America's longest-standing and beloved fundraising and entertainment events, will invite America to help shape the content of the show to air this Labor Day weekend. (more...)
Experience the timeless charm of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop once again, as Sandy Hackett's RAT PACK SHOW returns to Bill Hanney's Theatre By The Sea following their record-breaking run in June. Tickets are on sale now by phone (401-782-8587), online at theatrebythesea.com or in person at the Box Office window located at 364 Cards Pond Road in Wakefield, RI. Sandy Hackett's RAT PACK SHOW play 4 shows from Friday, September 12 to Sunday, September 14. (more...)
RiverCenter will hold its ninth annual Single Ticket Saturday event on August 16th from 10am to 3pm. Last year hundreds of patrons enjoyed Single Ticket Saturday and this year's season is bigger than ever. (more...)
2013 New York City Bistro Award winner, Michael Hughes and vocalist Brent Thiessen are teaming up for A COUPLE OF SWELLS to be presented as part of The Soulpepper Cabaret Series on Saturday, August 16th, 2014 at 8:30pm. (more...)
From blue-eyed soul to pop, from R&B to jazz standards, singer/songwriter Bobby Caldwell is truly one of the most respected members of the music industry. Bobby Caldwell's live performances are always electrifying and he's coming to The Lackland Center with his big band on Saturday, August 9 at 8 pm. Drawing from his vast repertoire including big band numbers by artists like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, Bobby is the ultimate entertainer. (more...)