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Review 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 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, 8/1
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?
by Jay Irwin - Jul 09, 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, 7/4
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 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'
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, 6/19
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...)

VIDEO: Adam Lambert & Queen Perform 'Love Kills' at iHeartRadio Live Show
by TV News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor and American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert performed the Queen song 'Love Kills' at the iHeartRadio Live show streamed on Yahoo Screen. (more...)

QUEEN to Release Rare Recording of Landmark Concert
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2014

Sunday March 31 st1974 is a landmark date in the history of rock music. It is now celebrated in the release of a rare recording made at legendary London venue The Rainbow, of a concert by the then up-and-coming band called Queen. (more...)

WDVE with The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Presents THE MUSIC OF QUEEN, 6/24
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will rock you with "The Music of Queen" on June 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Heinz Hall. (more...)

Micky Dolenz Coming to Ridgefield Playhouse, 8/1
by BWW News Desk - Jun 07, 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...)

Brian May Reveals New Details On WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen Stage Musical Follow-Up
by Pat Cerasaro - May 27, 2014

Legendary member of iconic rock band Queen, Brian May has revealed new details on the forthcoming stage musical follow-up to long-running international hit jukebox musical WE WILL ROCK YOU in a new interview. (more...)

Queen Set to Release Album Featuring New Freddie Mercury Songs
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2014

According to USA Today, Queen guitarist Brian May has confirmed the band will release an album before the end of 2014 which will feature unreleased vocals by Freddie Mercury. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Actor Eric McCormack Talks About New Cabaret Show with Joan Ryan at Catalina
by Don Grigware - May 22, 2014

Eric McCormack is best known for his Emmy-winning portrayal of Will Truman in NBC's hit sitcom Will and Grace and for his latest TNT crime drama Perception. He has also appeared on Broadway and is an avid musician. On June 1 he will join Joan Ryan in her new show On the Edge at Catalina Jazz Club. In our chat he talks about Joan Ryan, the show and his musical career. (more...)

Scoop: SING YOUR FACE OFF on ABC - Saturday, June 7, 2014
by - May 19, 2014

Get all the scoop on SING YOUR FACE OFF, airing on ABC on Saturday, June 7, 2014! (more...)

Kate Baldwin, Marilyn Maye, Mark Nadler & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2014

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Jarrod Spector, Miss Vodka Stinger & More Set for Late Night at 54 Below Next Week
by BWW News Desk - May 09, 2014

Craving a show after the show? 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, is expanding its popular late-night series with fresh faces and hot new performances to keep the party buzzing into the wee hours. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. 54 BELOW welcomes you to loosen your tie and embrace the night at its upcoming events: (more...)

Carly Ozard to Debut MIDLER ON THE ROOF at The Duplex, 5/25
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

After sold-out performances in New York City and her hometown of San Francisco, cabaret singer Carly Ozard will debut her latest show Midler on the Roof at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 25, 2014 at cabaret institution The Duplex, 61 Christopher Street at 7th Avenue in New York City. Tickets are $10 (plus a 2-drink minimum) and advance reservations are highly recommended by contacting (212) 255-5438 or www.theduplex.com. (more...)

The Free Sound Ahn-somble Features Guest Artist Samia in Jazz Concert Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

With all the traditional elements of a big band, along with the modern and diverse compositional style of Dorian Wallace, The Free Sound Ahn-somble delivers an experience that is improvisational, honest, and from the heart. (more...)

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