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SOUND OFF: Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett's CHEEK TO CHEEK: LIVE! Is A Big Wet KissSOUND OFF: Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett's CHEEK TO CHEEK: LIVE! Is A Big Wet Kiss
by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 25, 2014

Today we are shining a spotlight on the hotly anticipated PBS presentation of Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett's CHEEK TO CHEEK: LIVE! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch SNL Cast Roast Joan Rivers and Other Deceased IconsSTAGE TUBE: Watch SNL Cast Roast Joan Rivers and Other Deceased Icons
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2014

With the recent passing of comedienne Joan Rivers, the Saturday Night Live cast performed a skit envisioning what Heaven might be like with Joan Rivers and other deceased celebrities, like Richard Pryor, Steve Jobs, Ava Gardner, Freddie Mercury, Benjamin Franklin, and Lucille Ball. (more...)

Laura Benanti, Betty Buckley, Telly Leung and More Set for Feinstein's at the Nikko, Nov 2014Laura Benanti, Betty Buckley, Telly Leung and More Set for Feinstein's at the Nikko, Nov 2014
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2014

Feinstein's at the Nikko is proud to announce the upcoming lineup for November 2014. Performers include Tony Award winning actress and singer Betty Buckley; Tony Award winner Laura Benanti; jazz legend Freddy Cole; acclaimed performance artist Jeffrey Johnson; star of stage and screen Telly Leung; Award-winning cabaret singer -- and Bay Area native -- Carly Ozard. Additional performers for November 2014 will be announced at a later date. (more...)

WE WILL ROCK YOU, eines der erfolgreichsten Musicals weltweit, erstmals in München!WE WILL ROCK YOU, eines der erfolgreichsten Musicals weltweit, erstmals in München!
by Marcel Konrath - Sep 24, 2014

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BWW Reviews: EVITA, Dominion Theatre, September 22 2014BWW Reviews: EVITA, Dominion Theatre, September 22 2014
by Carrie Dunn - Sep 23, 2014

It seems odd to go to the Dominion Theatre and not see that giant golden statue of Freddie Mercury looking down on you. After this limited run of Evita, one wonders if they'll use the space to honour Madalena Alberto, who gives a simply astonishing performance as Eva Peron. (more...)

New Album from the Buckeye Politicians Was 39 Years in the MakingNew Album from the Buckeye Politicians Was 39 Years in the Making
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

Of the terrifying statements a musician can hear, 'Your master recordings have been lost' has to rank among the most gut-wrenching. But that's exactly what occurred to the Buckeye Politicians after recording their album in 1975. It only took four decades to make good on the promise of their musical vision, but 'now they're back with the crunch of rock, the rhythms of soul music, and the punch of a horn section,' states their long-time manager, Herb Gart. (more...)

New Album From Buckeye Politicians Out Now on Utopia RecordsNew Album From Buckeye Politicians Out Now on Utopia Records
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

Of the terrifying statements a musician can hear, 'Your master recordings have been lost' has to rank among the most gut-wrenching. (more...)

Freddie Mercury Featured on New Queen Album QUEEN FOREVER, Out 11/11Freddie Mercury Featured on New Queen Album QUEEN FOREVER, Out 11/11
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

Three previously unreleased Queen tracks featuring late singer Freddie Mercury spearhead an exciting new Queen album, Queen Forever, due November 11 th 2014 on Hollywood Records. (more...)

QUEEN - IT'S KIND OF MAGIC Coming to Adelaide Festival Centre, 1 OctoberQUEEN - IT'S KIND OF MAGIC Coming to Adelaide Festival Centre, 1 October
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

After a hugely successful tour in the USA, Queen - It's A Kinda Magic will arrive in Australia to begin its nationwide tour next week on September 9 2014. (more...)

QUEEN - IT'S A KINDA MAGIC Victorian Tour Starts in Four Weeks 10/3QUEEN - IT'S A KINDA MAGIC Victorian Tour Starts in Four Weeks 10/3
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2014

After a hugely successful tour in the USA, Queen - It's A Kinda Magic will begin its nationwide tour next week on September 9 2014. The tour includes three Victorian performances; Palais Theatre in Melbourne on October 3 2014; Frankston Arts Centre on October 11 2014; and The Playhouse Theatre at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC) on October 12 2014. (more...)

THE SUNSET STRIP & GIBSON FOUNDATION to Unveil GuitarTown Art PiecesTHE SUNSET STRIP & GIBSON FOUNDATION to Unveil GuitarTown Art Pieces
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

THE SUNSET STRIP and GIBSON FOUNDATION are excited to unveil their next installment of 10-foot, one-of-a-kind guitars Tuesday, August 19 (more...)

QUEEN - IT'S A KINDA MAGIC to Launch National Tour in SeptemberQUEEN - IT'S A KINDA MAGIC to Launch National Tour in September
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2014

After a hugely successful tour in the USA, Queen - It's A Kinda Magic will arrive in Australia in just four weeks to begin its nationwide tour on September 9 2014. (more...)

Review Roundup: Queen and Adam Lambert at Madison Square GardenReview Roundup: Queen and Adam Lambert at Madison Square Garden
by Review Roundups - Jul 18, 2014

Queen + Adam Lambert performed last night, July 17, at New York's famed Madison Square Garden. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

Photo Flash: Adam Lambert & Queen Rock Madison Square GardenPhoto Flash: Adam Lambert & Queen Rock Madison Square Garden
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 18, 2014

Below, check out photos from last night's concert at New York's famed Madison Square Garden! (more...)

Ridgefield Playhouse to Welcome Micky Dolenz, 8/1Ridgefield Playhouse to Welcome Micky Dolenz, 8/1
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

For tickets ($60), all or visit the box office at 203-438-5795, or order tickets online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT. (more...)

BWW Reviews: 5th Ave's WE WILL ROCK YOU Rocks - But is that Enough?BWW Reviews: 5th Ave's WE WILL ROCK YOU Rocks - But is that Enough?
by Jay Irwin - Jul 9, 2014

Sometimes jukebox musicals need to stay in the jukebox. There are some exceptions where it works. When it's a good review like “Smokey Joe's Café” or when there's a fun book like “Mamma Mia”. But when you take the songs of a classic rock band (such as Queen) and jam them into a completely contrived and nonsensical, thread thin plot the result (as with “We Will Rock You” currently at the 5th Avenue Theatre) is a barely entertaining mish mash of songs that left me less entertained and more embarrassed for those involved. Now I love me some Queen. I'm a little too young to have been aware of them in their hay day but like many others discovered them after their run as their enduring songs continue to live on. Which is why I feel they deserve better than the show they got. A show where we're in a not so distant future and people live their lives online (not so different from now) and because of this, rock and roll has been outlawed. (And there's the main plot hole because what's on the Internet but lots and lots of music.) So when a hunky idealistic dreamer, Galileo (Brian Justin Crum) who keeps hearing the lyrics from long dead rockers meets another outcast Scaramouche (Ruby Lewis), the two set out to escape the clutches of the all powerful Killer Queen (Jacqueline B. Arnold) and find other rebels who want to bring back rock. And how will they do this? Um, play music. Yeah, that's ultimately what drives the bad guys away, music. But then we've had music through out the whole show including from the bad guys. See, plot hole. And if this ridiculous story filled with so much bad, one repeated joke (how many times can we mention that the male leader of the rebels goes by the name Britney Spears?), sitcom humor and clunky exposition laden dialog from book writer Ben Elton weren't bad enough, but then they take these wonderful Queen songs and force them into the narrative often times changing the lyrics to try and make them fit. For example, they take the title song from the movie “Flash Gordon” and bastardize it so it's now all about giving the captured rebels electro shock therapy. Or how about Killer Queen singing “Fat Bottomed Girls” because, well I'm still not certain why she was singing it other than to check that iconic tune off the list. Did no one listen to the lyrics of the songs while trying to write the show? They're all quite narrative to begin with. And Elton couldn't come up with a story that fit in with those narratives? I mean he's even got characters names Galileo and Scaramouche but “Bohemian Rhapsody” (the thing all the bohemian rockers are striving for in the story by the way) isn't even performed until the end of the show as an after thought encore. The cast does what they can. In fact they amp their energy and intent up to about a 17 in order to try and give this story some punch. Crum and Lewis certainly have incredible voices worthy of Freddie Mercury and they completely shred any numbers given to them. Arnold too has a gorgeous voice but doesn't seem as invested in playing the villain in this over the top melodrama. But I have to mention Ryan Knowles who not only lent some incredible pipes to his numbers but some delicious comedic timing and heart to his character making him completely “ROCK”. But even the infectious energy of this amazing cast can't polish away the stench of this turd try as they may. The show is a somewhat fun ride but ultimately weighed down with such a horrible book and bastardized songs that it just feels insulting. Queen deserves better and smarter as do audiences, which is why I give “We Will Rock You” a NAH with my three letter rating system. Others may have enjoyed it but I just found it not worth the effort. “We Will Rock You” performs at the 5th Avenue Theatre through July 13th. For tickets or information contact the 5th Avenue box office at 206-625-1900 or visit them online at www.5thavenue.org. (more...)

2014 Deer Valley Music Festival to Open with Patriotic Lineup, Featuring Texas Tenors and Kenny Rogers, 7/42014 Deer Valley Music Festival to Open with Patriotic Lineup, Featuring Texas Tenors and Kenny Rogers, 7/4
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

The Deer Valley Music Festival, summer home of Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, opens their eleventh season with a holiday bang this year and two special Fourth of July concerts at the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: Two Charming Young Women Performers--Carly Ozard and Nikki MacCallum--Conquer the Challenge of the Personalized Tribute Show at The DuplexCABARET LIFE NYC: Two Charming Young Women Performers--Carly Ozard and Nikki MacCallum--Conquer the Challenge of the Personalized Tribute Show at The Duplex
by Stephen Hanks - Jun 23, 2014

The biggest challenge in personalizing a tribute show is when the set list is structured to tell a story about the performer's life. Those songs better be good, that life better be interesting, and that storytelling patter better be clever, humorous, and self-deprecating or an audience (let alone a reviewer) will tune you out quicker than a liberal accidentally hitting FOX News on the remote. I recently saw two different shows at The Duplex from enchanting young women performers—Carly Ozard and Nikki MacCallum--who deftly managed to weave their love of a singer (Bette Midler for Ozard) or a songbook (Kander & Ebb for MacCallum) into a tale of life journey and personal growth to produce charming and entertaining shows. (more...)

Alexander Kariotis is 'Breathing New Life into the Rock Opera Genre'Alexander Kariotis is 'Breathing New Life into the Rock Opera Genre'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

When people think of great rock voices, Steve Perry (Journey) and Freddie Mercury (Queen) are some of the names that come to mind. Take their vocal styles; add to them the sublime sounds of great operatic composers such as Puccini and Verdi, and "Voila" you have Alexander Kariotis, breathing new life into the rock opera-genre. (more...)

Celebrities and Students Intermix for New Display of Film and Portraits at Ealing, 6/19Celebrities and Students Intermix for New Display of Film and Portraits at Ealing, 6/19
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2014

Portraits of celebrities and inspirational figures who have lived, worked or studied in the London Borough of Ealing will be brought together in a new display, alongside a film installation created by artist Eelyn Lee and students from Brentside High School in Ealing, it was announced today (Thursday 19 June 2014). (more...)

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