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Drake & The Chainsmokers Tie for All-Time Record for Most BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARD NominationsDrake & The Chainsmokers Tie for All-Time Record for Most BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARD Nominations
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2017

dick clark productions and ABC today released the nominees for the "2017 Billboard Music Awards," honoring the year's most successful artists in 52 categories of music. (more...)

Prominent Soprano Roberta Peters Dies at Age 86Prominent Soprano Roberta Peters Dies at Age 86
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

Roberta Peters, one of the most prominent American singers to achieve lasting fame and success in opera, has passed away at the age of 86.  Peters is noted for her 35-year association with the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York, among the longest such associations between a singer and a company in opera. She was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1998. (more...)

The Making of America's Musical- 1776: The Story Behind the StoryThe Making of America's Musical- 1776: The Story Behind the Story
by Jeffrey Kare - Jul 4, 2016

As America celebrates its 240th Birthday today, let's talk about what is probably one of the greatest musicals ever written, and it only came about 46 years before Hamilton. 1776 dramatizes the story of how John Adams was able to persuade his colleagues to vote for American independence as well as signing the Declaration of Independence. While the musical does dramatize the most important event in American history, the story behind the musical is probably just as interesting. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 12/30/15 - KISS ME KATESTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 12/30/15 - KISS ME KATE
by Stage Tube - Dec 30, 2015

Today in 1948, opened at the Shubert Theatre. Kiss Me, Kate is a musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. It is structured as a play within a play, where the interior play is a musical version of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. The original production starred Alfred Drake, Patricia Morison, Lisa Kirk and Harold Lang. Kiss Me, Kate was a response to Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! and other integrated musicals, and it proved to be his biggest hit and the only one of his shows to run for more than 1,000 performances on Broadway. It won the first Tony Award presented for Best Musical, in 1949. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 10/7/15- Alfred DrakeSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 10/7/15- Alfred Drake
by Stage Tube - Oct 7, 2015

Happy Birthday, Alfred Drake! He is best known for his leading roles in the original Broadway productions of Oklahoma!; Kiss Me, Kate; Kismet; and for playing Marshall Blackstone in the original production of Babes in Arms, (in which he sang the title song) and Hajj in Kismet, for which he received the Tony Award. His 1964 stage performance as Claudius in the Richard Burton Hamlet was filmed live on the stage of the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. His final stage appearance in a musical was in 1973 as Honore LaChaisse in Lerner and Loewe's Gigi. Two years later he starred in a revival of The Skin of Our Teeth. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 12/30 - KISS ME KATESTAGE TUBE: On This Day 12/30 - KISS ME KATE
by Stage Tube - Dec 30, 2014

Today in 1948, opened at the Shubert Theatre. Kiss Me, Kate is a musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. It is structured as a play within a play, where the interior play is a musical version of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. The original production starred Alfred Drake, Patricia Morison, Lisa Kirk and Harold Lang. Kiss Me, Kate was a response to Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! and other integrated musicals, and it proved to be his biggest hit and the only one of his shows to run for more than 1,000 performances on Broadway. It won the first Tony Award presented for Best Musical, in 1949. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 10/7- Alfred DrakeSTAGE TUBE: On This Day 10/7- Alfred Drake
by Stage Tube - Oct 7, 2014

Happy Birthday, Alfred Drake! He is best known for his leading roles in the original Broadway productions of Oklahoma!; Kiss Me, Kate; Kismet; and for playing Marshall Blackstone in the original production of Babes in Arms, (in which he sang the title song) and Hajj in Kismet, for which he received the Tony Award. His 1964 stage performance as Claudius in the Richard Burton Hamlet was filmed live on the stage of the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. His final stage appearance in a musical was in 1973 as Honore LaChaisse in Lerner and Loewe's Gigi. Two years later he starred in a revival of The Skin of Our Teeth. (more...)

KISS ME KATE, BREAKING THE CODE & More Set for Barrington Stage's 20th Anniversary SeasonKISS ME KATE, BREAKING THE CODE & More Set for Barrington Stage's 20th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2014

At a press conference held at Barrington Stage Company's Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, Artistic Director Julianne Boyd announced the theater's 20th Anniversary 2014 season of musicals and plays that will take place in downtown Pittsfield in the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, St. Germain Stage and Youth Theatre venues in 2014. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 12/30 - KISS ME KATESTAGE TUBE: On This Day 12/30 - KISS ME KATE
by Stage Tube - Dec 30, 2013

Today in 1948, opened at the Shubert Theatre. Kiss Me, Kate is a musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. It is structured as a play within a play, where the interior play is a musical version of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. The original production starred Alfred Drake, Patricia Morison, Lisa Kirk and Harold Lang. Kiss Me, Kate was a response to Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! and other integrated musicals, and it proved to be his biggest hit and the only one of his shows to run for more than 1,000 performances on Broadway. It won the first Tony Award presented for Best Musical, in 1949. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Playhouse's GUYS AND DOLLS a Fantastic Production of a Musical Theatre ClassicBWW Reviews: The Playhouse's GUYS AND DOLLS a Fantastic Production of a Musical Theatre Classic
by Jeff Davis - Dec 18, 2013

When it comes to the Golden Age of Broadway, there are few shows that are as accessible and wildly entertaining as Guys and Dolls. Since it's debut in 1950, the musical has graced Broadway six times, and there are now reports of a film remake. If the film is half as entertaining as the current production at The Playhouse, audiences will be pleased. The Playhouse's Guys in Dolls is vibrant, joyous, and entertaining from beginning to end. (more...)

Henri Bendel Unveils Holiday Window in Tribute to Al Hirschfeld TodayHenri Bendel Unveils Holiday Window in Tribute to Al Hirschfeld Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2013

Al Hirschfeld, whose legendary quill pen captured virtually every well-known performing artist of the 20th century, will be celebrated by Henri Bendel. Guests are invited to the opening of this 'Hirschfeld Spectacular,' where all will enjoy a first-of-its-kind installation. Henri Bendel has worked hand-in-hand with Hirschfeld's exclusive gallery, the Margo Feiden Galleries Ltd., New York, to create a truly unique presentation of the late illustrator's work. (more...)

Henri Bendel to Unveil Holiday Window in Tribute to Al Hirschfeld, 11/14Henri Bendel to Unveil Holiday Window in Tribute to Al Hirschfeld, 11/14
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2013

Al Hirschfeld, whose legendary quill pen captured virtually every well-known performing artist of the 20th century, will be celebrated by Henri Bendel. Guests are invited to the opening of this 'Hirschfeld Spectacular,' where all will enjoy a first-of-its-kind installation. Henri Bendel has worked hand-in-hand with Hirschfeld's exclusive gallery, the Margo Feiden Galleries Ltd., New York, to create a truly unique presentation of the late illustrator's work. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 10/7- Alfred DrakeSTAGE TUBE: On This Day 10/7- Alfred Drake
by Stage Tube - Oct 7, 2013

Happy Birthday, Alfred Drake! He is best known for his leading roles in the original Broadway productions of Oklahoma!; Kiss Me, Kate; Kismet; and for playing Marshall Blackstone in the original production of Babes in Arms, (in which he sang the title song) and Hajj in Kismet, for which he received the Tony Award. His 1964 stage performance as Claudius in the Richard Burton Hamlet was filmed live on the stage of the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. His final stage appearance in a musical was in 1973 as Honore LaChaisse in Lerner and Loewe's Gigi. Two years later he starred in a revival of The Skin of Our Teeth. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Christianne Tisdale, William Michals and More in Westchester Broadway Theatre's KISS ME, KATEPhoto Flash: First Look at Christianne Tisdale, William Michals and More in Westchester Broadway Theatre's KISS ME, KATE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2013

Westchester Broadway Theatre presents Kiss Me Kate with Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter and Book by Samuel and Bella Spewack. Directed and Choreographed by James Brennan with Musical Direction by Leo P Carusone, the show runs now through November 3, 2013. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

William Michals and Christianne Tisdale to Star in WBT's KISS ME, KATE, Now thru 11/3William Michals and Christianne Tisdale to Star in WBT's KISS ME, KATE, Now thru 11/3
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2013

Westchester Broadway Theatre presents Kiss Me Kate with Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter and Book by Samuel and Bella Spewack. Directed and Choreographed by James Brennan with Musical Direction by Leo P Carusone, the show will run tonight, September 12 - November 3, 2013. (more...)

KISS ME KATE & Mark St. Germain's DANCING LESSONS Set for Barrington Stage's 2014 SeasonKISS ME KATE & Mark St. Germain's DANCING LESSONS Set for Barrington Stage's 2014 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2013

Barrington Stage Company, under the leadership of Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, and Tristan Wilson, Managing Director, has announced two productions for the theater's 20th Anniversary Season - Kiss Me, Kate the musical comedy masterpiece by composer Cole Porter and authors Sam and Bella Spewack and the world premiere romantic comedy Dancing Lessons by Mark St. Germain. (more...)

William Michals and Christianne Tisdale to Star in WBT's KISS ME, KATE, 9/12-11/3William Michals and Christianne Tisdale to Star in WBT's KISS ME, KATE, 9/12-11/3
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2013

Westchester Broadway Theatre presents Kiss Me Kate with Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter and Book by Samuel and Bella Spewack. Directed and Choreographed by James Brennan with Musical Direction by Leo P Carusone, the show will run September 12 - November 3, 2013. (more...)

Drake Announces 41-City North American Arena TourDrake Announces 41-City North American Arena Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2013

Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling, recording artist Drake today announced his 41-city North American WOULD YOU LIKE A TOUR? arena tour in support of his highly anticipated upcoming album release NOTHING WAS THE SAME, due out later this year. (more...)

Photo Flash: 2013 Tony Awards Film Series, Moderated by Ted ChapinPhoto Flash: 2013 Tony Awards Film Series, Moderated by Ted Chapin
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2013

The Tony Awards held the 2013 Film Series on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at The Paley Center for Media. Featured were screenings of the historic 25th Annual Tony Awards broadcast as well as the 1967 Armstrong Circle Theatre version of 'Carousel.' (more...)

3rd Annual Tony Awards Film Series Features CAROUSEL, 1971 Tony Awards Today3rd Annual Tony Awards Film Series Features CAROUSEL, 1971 Tony Awards Today
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2013

The Tony Awards present the line-up for the 3rd Annual Tony Awards Film Series, which will take place today, May 18, 2013 at The Paley Center for Media. The Antoinette Perry 'Tony' Awards, which are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall, on the CBS television network on Sunday, June 9, 2013. (more...)

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