BWW Review: HEATHER LUNDSTEDT O'NEILL Nails LOESSER KNOWN Hitsby Don Grigware - May 24, 2016
Loesser Known: The Stories and Songs of Frank Loesser premiered at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal Sunday May 22 with lovely singer Heather Lundstedt O'Neill doing the honors. Lundstedt O'Neill has a beautiful, classically trained soprano voice that she utilizes supremely, lending her an awesome range. She also possesses a wonderfully delicious sense of humor that added so very much to this, her first LA cabaret appearance. She sang lesser known as well as hit songs from the Frank Loesser Songbook and told brief stories about his family and career....but concentrated more on the singing. Joining her were The Beverly Belles, friends Tiffany and Leah for one song and also guest star Jonathan Hawkins who performed one duet with Lundstedt. Sensational musical director John Boswell was at the piano and Randy Landas on bass throughout the 75 minute set. (more...)
BWW Review: AN EVENING WITH MATTHEW MORRISON at Mayo Performing Arts Centerby Leigh Scheps - May 23, 2016
I've met Matthew several times over the last decade and a half. The first time was in 2002, right after Hairspray opened. The second instance was at 54 Below, when he was seeing his on-screen arch nemesis, Jane Lynch, perform. Most recently, I got the chance to briefly chat with him backstage after a performance of Finding Neverland. When I left the theater, I remember saying he was the most gracious star on Broadway. Friday, was no different. (more...)
New York City Gay Men's Chorus to Present IT'S COMPLICATED, 6/17by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016
The New York City Gay Men's Chorus today announced their latest concert, It's Complicated, stories and songs celebrating love in the 21st century. A year on from achieving marriage equality, It's Complicated celebrates love in its entire magical, messy, mad, and magnificent splendor. By weaving stories and song, It's Complicated opens a window into the lives of some fascinating people whose stories will forever change the perspective of your own relationships. It's Complicated explores the ins and outs of 'coupledom' which NYCGMC defines as two people who have acknowledged to live their lives connected with each other, no matter what title they give the relationship. (more...)
Ardea Arts Receives $14,000 NEA Grantby BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects and partnerships in the NEA's second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2016. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $14,000 to Ardea Arts for the creation ofBOUNCE The Basketball Opera. The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields. (more...)
Theatre Arlington Stages MY WAY: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA thru May 29by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016
Theatre Arlington's Bigger, Better and Brighter season takes a moment to slow down and enjoy the beautiful, timeless music of a dearly loved and often-imitated American icon with the opening of MY WAY: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA. (more...)
HAPPY DAYS Star Donny Most to Sing and Swing at Feinstein's/54 Belowby BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016
Donny Most, veteran of the hit series 'Happy Days,' is taking his (musical) act on the road, Singing and Swinging at Feinstein's/54 Below with a nine-piece band. (more...)
Claybourne Elder, Gay Men's Chorus of Washington DC & More Set for Signature's Sizzlin' Summer Nights Cabaret Seriesby BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016
Virginia's Signature Theatre opens its' air-conditioned doors once again for the annual Sizzlin' Summer Nights Series. Two and a half weeks of live music and performances by Signature favorites, DC area stars, and some of New York's most exciting Broadway performers. The cabaret series runs July 5 through July 22, with a different performance every night. (more...)
NJPAC to Host Richard Nader's 27th Annual Summer Doo Wop Concert, 6/5by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) is proud to present for the first time Richard Nader's 27th Annual Summer Doo Wop Concert. The Doo Wop stellar line up includes Charlie Thomas' DRIFTERS 'Save the Last Dance for Me' 'Under the Boardwalk', THE DUPREES 'You Belong To Me' 'Have You Heard', LOU CHRISTIE 'Lightnin' Strikes' 'Two Faces Have', SHIRLEY ALSTON REEVES, The original lead of THE SHIRELLES 'Soldier Boy' 'Mama Said', Jay Siegel's TOKENS'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' 'Portrait of My Love', Tommy Mara and THE CRESTS '16 Candles' 'The Angels Listened In' and special Guest LADD VANCE son of KENNY VANCE. This will be an afternoon of classic Doo Wop and 1950s rock 'n' roll at it's very best on Sunday, June 5th, 2016 at 3PM. Be sure to reserve your tickets at NJPAC.org or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722). (more...)
IN THE MOOD National Tour Kicks Off in Melbourne, Sept. 8by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016
Following their 2011 and 2013 sold out Australian tours, the brassy, all-singing-all-dancing-all-American celebration of Swing Jazz returns to our shores on a massive coast to coast run throughout September and into October. (more...)
Judy Kuhn, James Monroe Iglehart & More Set for NJPAC's 2016-17 Seasonby BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016
Recognized the world over not only by their bold-face names, but especially by their superb talents, the artists headlining New Jersey Performing Arts Center's 2016-17 season validate the Arts Center as the state's most diverse and artistically excellent presenter. (more...)
The Ordway to Present 'KANDER & EBB & ALL THAT JAZZ' This Juneby BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016
The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts will continue its popular Broadway Songbook series June 10-12 with Kander & Ebb & All That Jazz. (more...)
Legendary Jazz Portrait Artist Eugene Mosley in Atlanta May 19-21 to Support the Make a Wish Foundation and Launch New Liquor Line Legend Cognacby BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016
Legendary celebrity Louisiana portrait artist, Eugene Mosley, will be in Atlanta May 19-21, to support Make A Wish-Georgia. Launching his latest venture, Peach Falsetto Cognac & Legend Gourmet Products, CEO Mosley said, "A Georgia Peach specialty cognac is the perfect way to express my love for Atlanta and I'm happy to be supporting the Make-A-Wish Georgia organization. Sponsoring this great group is an honor." (more...)
Matthew Morrison, Laura Benanti Celebration and More Set for Next Week at Feinstein's/54 Belowby BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016
Next week, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. (more...)
Ilene Graff & Ben Lanzarone Set for Broadway at Birdland Concert Series, 6/13by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016
The Broadway at Birdland concert series has announced that Grammy-nominated recording artist, television and Broadway star Ilene Graff, along with her husband, ASCAP-Award winning musical director Ben Lanzarone, will present their big band show "It's Better With A Band!" on the Birdland stage Monday, June 13, 2016 at 7 PM. For tickets, call 212-581-3080 or go to birdlandjazz.com. (more...)
BWW Review: Desert Rose's World Premiere Musical JUNK is Sweet, Funny, and Highly Enjoyableby Audrey Liebross - May 13, 2016
Desert Rose Playhouse, the Coachella Valley's main LGBT-friendly theatre, is currently presenting the world premiere of JUNK, a sweet, funny musical, written and composed by Michael Penny. The talented actors perform their roles with panache, and the company's behind-the-scenes designers help give Mr. Penny's clever material a top-notch introduction to audiences. (more...)
Holly Penfield to Return to Feinstein's at the Nikko with THE RHYTHM OF LIFEby BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016
Feinstein's at the Nikko is thrilled to welcome the return of San Francisco native Holly Penfield with her newest show, The Rhythm of Life, for two performances only - Friday, July 15 (8 p.m.) and Saturday, July 16 (7 p.m.). (more...)
Julie Halston to Host T. Schreiber Studio & Theatre Benefit This Monthby BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016
Julie Halston will be Mistress of Ceremonies at T. Schreiber Studio and Theatre's 2016 Spring Benefit and Performance Monday, May 23, 2016, which will span the Studio/Theatre at 151 West 26th Street and the nearby rooftop bar of Rare View Chelsea, 152 W 26th Street. (more...)
Michael Arden-Helmed 'MERRILY', BACHARACH REIMAGINED, Stephen Schwartz and More Slated for The Wallis in 2016-17by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016
Over 300 performances of more than 50 different programs of theater, dance and music featuring local and world-renowned talent are on tap for the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts' 2016/17 season, among them a production of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, helmed by SPRING AWAKENING director Michael Arden. (more...)
CELEBRITY SPIES E-book Series is Releasedby BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016
Eye Spy Publishing Ltd, has released the first e-book in a new series featuring true stories about 'real-life' spies. 'Celebrity Spies' covers forty-three professions and industries whose famous members 'spied for the side' and include fascinating trivia and hundreds of images. Book 1, Hollywood Actors, features over 50 celebrities.
Did you know?
Cary Grant was a spy hunter.
Frank Sinatra lent the CIA his jet for rendition flights.
Marilyn Monroe assembled drones during WWII.
Dr. Seuss produced instructional cartoons for the US Army Signal Corps.
Lucky Luciano, head of the mafia crime family, worked with the CIA.
The US Secret Service and hired Harry Houdini to train agents in escapology.
Alfred Hitchcock was an MI6 contact man.
Walt Disney became an undercover spy for the FBI.
Miles Copeland Jr's father worked for the CIA.
The brother of the Dalai Lama worked for the CIA?
'We are excited about the new series and although a departure from the sobering material in Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine, we hope our readers will enjoy it.'
- Mark Birdsall / Managing Editor
In the series:
Actors, Actresses, Adventurers, Archaeologists, Artists, Astronauts, Astronomers, Authors, Businessman, Cartoons, Chefs, Clergy, Cowboys and Indians, Criminals, Dancers, Directors, Engineers, Entertainers, Explorers, Fashion, Groups, Historians, Inventors, Journalists, Movie Producers, Musicians, Mystics, Naturalists, Patriots, Photographers, Physicians, Playwrights, Poets, Politicians, Producers, Royalty, Scholars, Scientists, Sculptors, Singers, Sons and Daughters, Sportsman and 'The Watched'.
Book I - Actors. Features over fifty actors who actively participated in or with the intelligence services. (more...)
Kathleen Marshall, Alfred Uhry, Jason Robert Brown Join Charles Aznavour To Create MY PARISby Michael Dale - May 10, 2016
At nearly 92 years of age, the internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter is working on his first Broadway-bound musical. (more...)
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