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Date of Birth: January 08, 1935
Date of Death: August 16, 1977 (42)
Birth Place: Tupelo, MS, USA
Gender: Male
Reflections: What SINGIN' IN THE RAIN Lacks in Star Power, It Makes Up for In Extended Scenes, Live SpectacleReflections: What SINGIN' IN THE RAIN Lacks in Star Power, It Makes Up for In Extended Scenes, Live Spectacle
by Oliver Oliveros - Jul 28, 2015

When compared to 'Sunset Boulevard,' (orig. film: 1950; West End premiere: 1993), which follows the same classic film-to-stage pedigree as 'Singin' In the Rain' (orig. film: 1952; West End premiere: 1983) and tackles the same dilemma of making the transition from silent films to talkies in the 1920s--albeit of psychological melodrama in genre compared to the latter's rollicking parody--'Sunset Boulevard' had big stars of stage and screen who headlined West End and Broadway, i.e. Patti LuPone, Glenn Close, and Elaine Paige who played the faded silent movie star Norma Desmond. Whereas 'Singin' In the Rain' did not delve into such stunt casting from the onset--unless you consider Tommy Steele, who originated the role of Don Lockwood in the West End, as big as Elvis Presley or Gene Kelly, the silver screen's original Lockwood. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM: Same Dance, Different DayBWW Reviews: THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM: Same Dance, Different Day
by Nancy Grossman - Jul 27, 2015

Superlative acting, intense staging, and timeless themes are the hallmarks of THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM, Enda Walsh's 2010 Obie Award-winning play now receiving its New England Premiere at Gloucester Stage Company under the direction of Interim Artistic Director Robert Walsh. Its setting in a small fishing village on the west coast of Ireland permeates the story with indigenous peculiarities, but resonates with the realities of life in any little coastal community where gossip and fish tales are the order of the day. (more...)

Tickets to Darlene Love & More at bergenPAC on Sale 7/31Tickets to Darlene Love & More at bergenPAC on Sale 7/31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

New shows on sale this week at bergenPAC: Darlene Love – Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 8PM; Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy The Musical – Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 1PM and 4PM; and Michael Londra's Celtic Fire – Wednesday, March 17, 2016 at 8PM.. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 31, 2015 at 11AM at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling bergenPAC's Box Office at 201.227.1030. (more...)

Graceland Announces Elvis Week 2015 LineupGraceland Announces Elvis Week 2015 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

Elvis Presley's Graceland has announced an exciting lineup of events for Elvis Week 2015 at Graceland in Memphis, Tenn. Held August 8-16, Elvis Week is an annual gathering of friends and fans from around the world celebrating the life and legacy of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. It has become a global pop-culture phenomenon and an annual pilgrimage for tens of thousands of music lovers from around the world. (more...)

Elvis Week 2015 Lineup Includes Largest Ever Auction at Graceland, Online Bidding Now OpenElvis Week 2015 Lineup Includes Largest Ever Auction at Graceland, Online Bidding Now Open
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

Elvis Presley's Graceland has announced an exciting lineup of events for Elvis Week 2015 at Graceland in Memphis, Tenn. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ALL SHOOK UP at Chaffin's BarnBWW Reviews: ALL SHOOK UP at Chaffin's Barn
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 24, 2015

Elvis Presley – aka “The King,” Tupelo's most famous favorite son and Memphis' most revered musical icon – sure had a lot of music in his catalogue of hits, and it seems that almost  all of it is included in the score of All Shook Up, the jukebox musical now onstage at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre through August 30. There are so many songs, in fact, that opening night may have run longer than anticipated, yet those songs are so entertainingly performed and the show is so full of heart that you can't help but stick around until the end. (more...)

VIDEO: Kelly Clarkson Covers Elvis Classic 'Can't Help Falling in Love'VIDEO: Kelly Clarkson Covers Elvis Classic 'Can't Help Falling in Love'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2015

During her tour stop at Connecticut's Mohegan Sun, the AMERICAN IDOL champ took on the classic Elvis Presley song 'Can't Help Falling In Love'. (more...)

CRITICS' CHOICE: Whole Lotta Theatre Goin' OnCRITICS' CHOICE: Whole Lotta Theatre Goin' On
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 23, 2015

Theater in Tennessee has never been busier nor has it been more diverse than what you'll find onstage this weekend throughout the Volunteer State. From frothy and fun summer musicals that are sure to make you think - like All Shook Up at Chaffin's Barn and A Chorus Line at Cumberland County Playhouse - to new plays from Shawn Whitsell (his latest, Songs For Our Sons, premieres at Darkhorse Theatre on Friday night) and emerging playwright Che Pieper (his new script based on the book The Man With the Light in His Window debuts at The Theater Bug this weekend)…the magic of live theater is all around you…even in this heat and humidity! So pull your seersucker suits and sundresses out of the closet, get all gussied up and make your way to the relative cool of a darkened theater for some midsummer magic! (more...)

Jimmy James to Play San Diego's Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage, 7/30Jimmy James to Play San Diego's Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage, 7/30
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2015

On Thursday, July 30 at 8:00 PM, Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage presents Singer/Songwriter, Recording Artist, and Visual/Vocal Impersonator Jimmy James in his award-winning show, Hearing is Believing. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 22nd, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 22nd, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Jul 22, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. It's all about musical legends! 'Men Of Soul,' 'All Shook Up,' 'Amazing Grace,' 'Million Dollar Quartet' and 'Bette' show showbiz as it was. Also on our boards: '[title of show],' 'Madame Pompadour' and 'Clue,' plus revisiting 'Eastland' and preparing to see the 'October Sky.' (more...)

Chris Isaak to Return to Fred Kavli Theatre, 8/13Chris Isaak to Return to Fred Kavli Theatre, 8/13
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2015

Platinum-selling and Grammy nominated singer/songwriter, Chris Isaak returns to the Fred Kavli Theatre, Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

The ALL SHOOK UP Diaries: Hurtling Toward Opening NightThe ALL SHOOK UP Diaries: Hurtling Toward Opening Night
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 21, 2015

Rehearsals  are drawing to a close as the bright lights of opening night begin to heat up at Nashville's Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre, where the cast and crew of the company's big summer musical, All Shook Up, get ready for their big debut on Thursday. With a cast of Nashville theater veterans – joined by some of the region's brightest up-and-comers – it promises to be a grand theatrical affair. We've been sharing some of the backstage gossip for the past couple of weeks and as our preview coverage concludes, we share a special “by the numbers” look at the show, courtesy of Christen Heilman Runyon… (more...)

Centenary Stage Company's Summer Jamfest Continues with Nashville, 8/1Centenary Stage Company's Summer Jamfest Continues with Nashville, 8/1
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2015

Nashville, Tennessee famously nick-named Music City, USA is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry and, of course, a plethora of major record labels including Sun Records where Rock and Roll was born.  With such a rich music legacy it's no surprise that many of Rock & Roll's best and brightest passed through Nashville at some point during their celebrated careers.  On Saturday, August 1 at 8pm Centenary Stage Company's Summer Jamfest brings the “rock and roll” sound of Music City to the Sitnik Theater of the David and Carol Lackland Center with Nashville Legends. (more...)

Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights Returns Next MonthAppalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights Returns Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2015

The Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights (AFPP) is returning to Abingdon to celebrate the richness of the Appalachian culture by showcasing stories of the region and the inspiration it provides writers. (more...)

Liliane Montevecchi to Guest Star in STEVE ROSS ON BROADWAY at BirdlandLiliane Montevecchi to Guest Star in STEVE ROSS ON BROADWAY at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2015

Cabaret star Steve Ross will debut STEVE ROSS ON BROADWAY: Songs He's Always Wanted To Sing and Songs You've Always Wanted to Hear at Birdland Jazz Club on Monday, July 7th at 7pm. Mr. Ross' very special guest star will be International icon Liliane Montevecchi, featuring Jesse Bielenberg on bass. The wide-ranging program includes songs by George and Ira Gershwin, Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim and others. (more...)

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Extends Chicago Run Into 2016MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Extends Chicago Run Into 2016
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2015

Million Dollar Quartet, the longest-running Broadway musical production in Chicago's history, has been extended through January 17, 2016.  With over 2,000 performances and nearly 7 smash years in Chicago, the Tony Award-winning rock 'n' roll musical holds the record for the longest-running Broadway musical in Chicago.  A new block of tickets, for performance from September 30, 2015-January 17, 2016 will go on sale on Friday, July 17, 2016. (more...)

Village Blend to Help Celebrate MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET's 1,000th PerformanceVillage Blend to Help Celebrate MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET's 1,000th Performance
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2015

In celebration of the smash-hit musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET's 1,000th performance on the Las Vegas Strip this August, local non-profit Opportunity Village's Village Blend vocal group will join the cast onstage for a special encore performance on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Harrah's Las Vegas Showroom. Members of Village Blend will take the stage for a one-night-only performance of Carl Perkins' legendary tune 'Blue Suede Shoes' alongside the talented cast during the finale. (more...)

New Musical SNEAKY OLE TIME Opens 8/1 at Ruskin Group TheatreNew Musical SNEAKY OLE TIME Opens 8/1 at Ruskin Group Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

Two-time Grammy Award winner and Songwriter of the Year (5 years in a row - BMI) Paul Overstreet (Hall of Fame - NSAI) has chosen the Ruskin Group Theatre in Los Angeles to launch his new musical SNEAKY OLE TIME, opening on Saturday, August 1, 2015. Overstreet has charted 16 singles on Billboard, including two #1 hits. Noted vocalists Tanya Tucker, Kenny Chesney, Alison Krauss, The Judds, and Randy Travis have all covered Overstreet's songs. (more...)

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: LIVE ON STAGE! to Play Belk Theater, 11/9ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: LIVE ON STAGE! to Play Belk Theater, 11/9
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2015

Blumenthal Performing Arts, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Iconic Entertainment Studios happily announce that ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: LIVE ON STAGE!, a brand new, music-filled interactive live show, will appear at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Monday, November 9, at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, July 17, at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at BlumenthalArts.org or by phone at 704-372-1000. (more...)

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: LIVE ON STAGE! Coming to Playhouse Square, 10/29ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: LIVE ON STAGE! Coming to Playhouse Square, 10/29
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2015

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: LIVE ON STAGE!, a brand new, music-filled interactive live show, kicks off an 50-city tour, stopping at Playhouse Square's State Theatre for one 6 pm show Thurs., Oct. 29.  Tickets go on sale Fri., July 17 at 11 am, priced at $68, $58, $48 & $38 and available at playhousesquare.org, at 216-241-6000 or the Ticket Office. (See below for VIP ticket instructions.**) (more...)

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