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BWW Interview: Ben Vereen of STEPPIN' OUT at The Grand 1894 Opera HouseBWW Interview: Ben Vereen of STEPPIN' OUT at The Grand 1894 Opera House
by Bryan-Keyth Wilson - Sep 23, 2016

There's not much one can say when you look at the resume of Ben Vereen. I have to admit I thought the email to interview Mr. Vereen was a hoax or a vile trick someone was playing on me. Now the reason I say this is because he is one of my idols and reasons I studied musical theatre in college and left to go to NYC to work professionally. We are familiar with his work with Bob Fosse as the Leading Player in PIPPIN and as Judas in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR but Mr. Vereen still continues to give us the ole razzle dazzle on the stage and on the screen. He's starred in 9 Broadway shows, has received the coveted Antionette Perry Award (The Tony), a Drama Desk Award, and a Prism Award. Nominated for an NAACP Image Award, starred in 30 plus movies and television shows, and has a huge crossover career. Ben Vereen hit the scene in Martha Graham's PRODIGAL SON in 1965 and he's been working ever since. I had the esteemed pleasure to sit and talk about his illustrious career and the current projects he's working on currently. (more...)

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts Tickets for 25th Anniversary Season On Sale September 9thKravis Center for the Performing Arts Tickets for 25th Anniversary Season On Sale September 9th
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

While tickets to many of the major shows and concerts during the Kravis Center's 25th anniversary season go on public sale on October 1, eager entertainment fans can start buying tickets to 13 of the Center's earliest presentations starting onSeptember 9 at 10 am. (more...)

BWW Review: Lesli Margherita is All Brass and Belting in One-Woman Show 'Broad' at Birdland, Paying Tribute to the Women Who Never Backed DownBWW Review: Lesli Margherita is All Brass and Belting in One-Woman Show 'Broad' at Birdland, Paying Tribute to the Women Who Never Backed Down
by Casey Mink - Jul 28, 2016

'Broad: A term originated in the 1930s meaning woman. Less respectable than 'lady,' but much more respectable than 'bitch.' Broad: An independent, aggressive, assertive woman, usually in show business. Broads sing loud, are sarcastic, and are in your face. Broads are generally moderately attractive or better, never seen without their best dresses and perfect makeup, and they know how to compete and win in a man's world.' This is how Lesli Margherita began her one-woman show at Birdland Jazz on July 25, the second of a two-performance return engagement at the club. Reading from a music stand so as not to mince words, Margherita recited the dictionary definition of her show's eponymous moniker, because if nothing else, through Broad, Margherita wanted to make sure her audience understood one thing: Broads like her will never be deterred. (more...)

Jake Shimabukuro and More Coming Up This July at Blue Note HawaiiJake Shimabukuro and More Coming Up This July at Blue Note Hawaii
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

For Blue Note Hawaii, the state's premier venue for the world's most celebrated artists, July is heating up with music legend David Crosby, ground-breaking fusion artist, Robert Glasper, chart-topping funk and R&B singer Jeffrey Osborne and multi-platinum vocalist Joan Osborne. (more...)

SPARKLE & CIRCULATE's Latest Episode Features Robert W. RichardsSPARKLE & CIRCULATE's Latest Episode Features Robert W. Richards
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2016

SPARKLE & CIRCULATE with JUSTIN SAYRE - the official monthly podcast of the International Order of Sodomites - has posted its new episode, which features an interview with Robert W. Richards. (more...)

Artists Announced for Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2016Artists Announced for Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2016
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2016

Artists have been added to the schedule for Lincoln Center Out of Doors, one of the country's longest-running, free, summer outdoor festivals which opens its 46th season on July 20.  The popular festival will fill the plazas of Lincoln Center with a diverse range of music, dance, spoken word, and family events, featuring dozens of U.S., international, and local artists through August 7. (more...)

BWW Interview: Reji Woods, Portrait of an Actor/Cabaret ProducerBWW Interview: Reji Woods, Portrait of an Actor/Cabaret Producer
by Marakay Rogers - May 29, 2016

Reji Woods, a Lancaster area stage and song fixture, has a full plate this summer, with his PORTRAIT OF A LADY series and two summer shows in Philadelphia and Vermont. He talks about producing and performing at the same time. (more...)

The Hot Sardines' 'French Fries & Champagne' Premiered By Elmore TodayThe Hot Sardines' 'French Fries & Champagne' Premiered By Elmore Today
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

Formed by bandleader Evan “Bibs” Palazzo and lead singer “Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol, The Hot Sardines' sophomore studio album, French Fries & Champagne, will be released June 17 (more...)

BWW Review: DIVAS OF EASTWOOD Returns to CarverBWW Review: DIVAS OF EASTWOOD Returns to Carver
by Backstage Bunny - Mar 2, 2016

After its recent sold-out run at the Carver Community Center, Divas of Eastwood - 'a celebration of the Chitlin Circuit' - returns to the Carver on March 4th for three nights to offer up another selection of familiar songs by some of San Antonio's finest singers and performers, including Danielle King and Alisa Claridy. (more...)

E Faye Butler to Perform in Concert at NorthlightE Faye Butler to Perform in Concert at Northlight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

Northlight Theatre Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Tim Evans announce E. Faye Butler in Concert. This one-night-only concert event will be held at 7:30pm on February 8, 2016 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Paramount Theatre's HAIRSPRAY with E. Faye Butler & MorePhoto Flash: First Look at Paramount Theatre's HAIRSPRAY with E. Faye Butler & More
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2016

Get set for a high-octane ride with thrilling choreography, rockin' tunes and explosively colorful costumes - plus some really cool hairdos - when the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora, presents HAIRSPRAY - The Broadway Musical, now through February 21, 2016. BroadwayWorld has a stunning first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Paula West Returning to Feinstein's at the Nikko for Four-Week Engagement in 2016Paula West Returning to Feinstein's at the Nikko for Four-Week Engagement in 2016
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2015

After a sold-out engagement last February, renowned San Francisco Bay Area jazz vocalist, Paula West, returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko for a four-week engagement - February 11 - March 6, 2016.  Known for her rich, powerful contralto voice, West will present an all-new show featuring an eclectic range of songs by Bob Dylan, Glen Campbell, Pearl Bailey, Ethel Waters, and more!  Accompanied by her four-piece band, West will take San Francisco audiences on a musical journey through the ages.  Tickets for Paula West range in price from $40-$60 and are available now by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.ticketweb.com.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Paramount Theatre's HAIRSPRAYPhoto Flash: Paramount Theatre's HAIRSPRAY
by BWW News Desk - Dec 24, 2015

Get set for a high-octane ride with thrilling choreography, rockin' tunes and explosively colorful costumes - plus some really cool hairdos - when the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora, presents Hairspray - The Broadway Musical, January 20-February 21, 2016. Check out a first look at the characters below! (more...)

E. Faye Butler, Amelia Jo Parish and More to Star in HAIRSPRAY at the Paramount This WinterE. Faye Butler, Amelia Jo Parish and More to Star in HAIRSPRAY at the Paramount This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2015

Get set for a high-octane ride with thrilling choreography, rockin' tunes and explosively colorful costumes - plus some really cool hairdos - when the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora, presents HAIRSPRAY - The Broadway Musical, January 20 - February 21, 2016. (more...)

Photo Flash: DYNAMITE DIVAS, A Tribute to Women of Soul at Black EnsemblePhoto Flash: DYNAMITE DIVAS, A Tribute to Women of Soul at Black Ensemble
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2015

What happens when you put Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson and Gladys Knight together in the same room for a day? Well you certainly get some great nostalgic music that's for sure. Originally presented in 2001, Dynamite Divas will also feature Divas from the past such as Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington and Nina Simone, December 12, 2015 - January 24, 2016. (more...)

Winter Performance Schedule Announced for Bemelmans Bar at Carlyle HotelWinter Performance Schedule Announced for Bemelmans Bar at Carlyle Hotel
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2015

The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel, is pleased to welcome Champian Fulton, The Brandon McCune Trio, The Chris Gillespie Trio, and Tony DeSare to Bemelmans Bar for Sunday night residencies throughout the winter 2016 season. Featuring top artists from the worlds of jazz, cabaret and Broadway alongside special unannounced guests, Sunday nights at Bemelmans Bar have become a favorite spot for a wide range of performing musicians across the city. Additionally, the classic watering hole has drawn crowds consisting of socialites, politicians, movie stars and moguls for?more than five decades. More information on acts performing this winter can be found below. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside SOPHISTICATED LADIES After-Party with Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins, Sy Smith, and MorePhoto Coverage: Inside SOPHISTICATED LADIES After-Party with Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins, Sy Smith, and More
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 14, 2015

Last night, November 13, 2015 at 8:00PM, The New York Pops, led by Music Director Steven Reineke, will continue its 33rd season at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with SOPHISTICATED LADIES, featuring Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins, and Sy Smith. Go inside the after-party with us through the photos below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Go Backstage with Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins, and Sy Smith at Carnegie HallPhoto Coverage: Go Backstage with Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins, and Sy Smith at Carnegie Hall
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Nov 14, 2015

Last night, November 13, 2015 at 8:00PM, The New York Pops, led by Music Director Steven Reineke, will continue its 33rd season at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with SOPHISTICATED LADIES, featuring Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins, and Sy Smith. Check out some backstage shots from the performance below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins, and Sy Smith Lead NY Pops' SOPHISTICATED LADIES at Carnegie HallPhoto Coverage: Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins, and Sy Smith Lead NY Pops' SOPHISTICATED LADIES at Carnegie Hall
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Nov 14, 2015

Last night, November 13, 2015 at 8:00PM, The New York Pops, led by Music Director Steven Reineke, will continue its 33rd season at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with SOPHISTICATED LADIES, featuring Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins, and Sy Smith. Check out photos from the show below! (more...)

Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins & Sy Smith Join New York Pops for 'Sophisticated Ladies' Concert TonightMontego Glover, Capathia Jenkins & Sy Smith Join New York Pops for 'Sophisticated Ladies' Concert Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2015

Tonight, November 13, 2015 at 8:00PM, The New York Pops, led by Music Director Steven Reineke, will continue its 33rd season at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with SOPHISTICATED LADIES, featuring Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins, and Sy Smith. (more...)

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