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Barnes & Noble Founder and Chairman Leonard Riggio RetiresBarnes & Noble Founder and Chairman Leonard Riggio Retires
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

Barnes & Noble Founder & Chairman, Leonard Riggio, today announced that he will retire as Chairman of the Company following the annual shareholder meeting currently planned for September, and intends to remain on its Board of Directors. The Board has appointed Paul B. Guenther to serve as non-executive Chairman upon Mr. Riggio stepping down. Mr. Guenther, former President of Paine Webber Group, Inc., has been a member of the Barnes & Noble Board since 2015 and serves as Chair of the Audit Committee. The Company's Chief Executive Officer, Ron Boire, will report to the Board of Directors. (more...)

Renee and The Derelicts to Perform at Silvana, 4/16Renee and The Derelicts to Perform at Silvana, 4/16
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

New York-based music favorites Renee& The Derelicts bring their blend of classic and original blues, rock and soul   to Harlem-based restaurant-cafe/ boutique 'Silvana' in Manhattan(300 W. 116th Street) on Saturday, April 16, 2016. (more...)

Kathleen Battle Returns to the Met After 22 YearsKathleen Battle Returns to the Met After 22 Years
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

After being fired from the Met more than twenty years ago, Kathleen Battle will return for a recital of spirituals entitled, 'Kathleen Battle Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey.'  General Manager Peter Gelb said in an interview, 'I think great artists should be on the stage of the Me.  There aren't enough of them.” (more...)

DVORAK IN AMERICA with Czech Marionettes to Play La MaMa, 3/10-27DVORAK IN AMERICA with Czech Marionettes to Play La MaMa, 3/10-27
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2016

'The New World Symphony: Dvorak in America' is a puppet and object theater work examining the influence of African-American and Native American music upon the great 19th-century Czech composer Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904). The piece is written and directed by Vit Horejš and performed by Czechoslovak American Marionette Theatre. It traces how Dvorak helped America accept its beautiful multicultural musical traditions by his enthusiasm for African-American and Native American music during his short but influential time in the USA. La MaMa Theatre will present the play's world premiere run March 10 to 27, 2016 in its Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 East 4th Street (East Village). Composer and Musical Director is saxophonist James Brandon Lewis. (more...)

2016 Downtown Urban Arts Festival to Run 3/4-4/22016 Downtown Urban Arts Festival to Run 3/4-4/2
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

Now in its 14th year, the Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUTF) is becoming New York's premiere winter/spring theatre event showcasing independent theatre artists. The month-long festival, produced by Creative Ammo, Inc., provides writers and performance artists from America's burgeoning multicultural landscape the opportunity to share their stories that interpret our history and our times. (more...)

Sprout to Present Inspirational Vignettes to Celebrate Black History MonthSprout to Present Inspirational Vignettes to Celebrate Black History Month
by TV News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Sprout, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment's 24-hour preschool network, teamed up with NBC News' Peacock Productions to produce a series of vignettes that celebrate Black History Month. (more...)

Sprout Celebrates Black History Month with Series of Inspirational VignettesSprout Celebrates Black History Month with Series of Inspirational Vignettes
by TV News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

Sprout, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment's 24-hour preschool network, teamed up with NBC News' Peacock Productions to produce a series of vignettes that celebrate Black History Month. (more...)

Renee and The Derelicts to Bring Live Blues, Rock & Soul to Silvana, 1/15Renee and The Derelicts to Bring Live Blues, Rock & Soul to Silvana, 1/15
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2016

New York-based music favorites Renee and The Derelicts bring their blend of classic and original blues, rock and soul to Harlem-based restaurant-cafe/boutique 'Silvana' in Manhattan (300 W. 116th Street) on Friday, January 15, 2016. (more...)

L.A. Premiere of THE MOUNTAINTOP Begins in FebruaryL.A. Premiere of THE MOUNTAINTOP Begins in February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2016

The Matrix Theatre Company honors Black History Month with the Los Angeles premiere of The Mountaintop, directed by Obie Award-winner Roger Guenveur Smith and starring Larry Bates and Danielle Mone Truitt. Recipient of London's 2010 Olivier Award, Katori Hall's gripping and often humorous re-imagining of events the night before the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. takes on new meaning with the advent of the Black Lives Matter movement. The Mountaintop opens at the Matrix Theatre on February 6, with previews beginning January 28. (Scroll all the way down to view links to high resolution photos.) (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at WNO's World Premiere of APPOMATTOXPhoto Flash: First Look at WNO's World Premiere of APPOMATTOX
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2015

WNO's season continues with the world premiere of the newly revised version of Appomattox, the first opera WNO has presented by the iconic American composer Philip Glass, with a libretto by the Academy Award-winning writer Christopher Hampton, November 14-22 in the Opera House. In the first act, we eavesdrop on history as the Civil War comes to its final resolution at the courthouse in Appomattox. Then, in the newly composed second act, we fast- forward 100 years to the time of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as the struggle for civil rights continues.  BroadwayWorld has a first look below! (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWWDanceWorld.com for 11/1/2015 - 11/8/2015Hottest Articles on BWWDanceWorld.com for 11/1/2015 - 11/8/2015
by BWW - Nov 8, 2015

Hottest Articles on BWWDanceWorld.com from 11/1/2015 - 11/8/2015. (more...)

BWW Review: The Minstrel Show RevisitedBWW Review: The Minstrel Show Revisited
by Barnett Serchuk - Nov 5, 2015

Frederick Douglass once described blackface performers as '...the filthy scum of white society, who have stolen from us a complexion, denied them by nature, in which to make money, and pander to the corrupt taste of their white fellow citizens.' (more...)

Jackalope Theatre's Season Opener THE RAID Begins TonightJackalope Theatre's Season Opener THE RAID Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2015

Jackalope's 8th season kicks off with THE RAID, written by Idris Goodwin, directed by founding company member and associate artistic director Kaiser Ahmed*. The show runs tongiht, November 4 - December 12, 2015 at Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway. (more...)

WIESENTHAL to Run 10/23-11/8 at The WallisWIESENTHAL to Run 10/23-11/8 at The Wallis
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2015

Wiesenthal, the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway production based on the life of Simon Wiesenthal, kicks off The Wallis' 2015-16 theater season in the Lovelace Studio Theater.  This provocative solo performance is written and performed by Tom Dugan and directed by Jenny Sullivan. Beginning Fri, Oct 23, Wiesenthal will run for 17performances only.  Opening night is Sat, Oct 24 at 8pm.  (more...)

Martin Duberman's IN WHITE AMERICA Begins Updated Run at Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre TonightMartin Duberman's IN WHITE AMERICA Begins Updated Run at Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2015

Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre, in association with Castillo Theatre, will revive Martin Duberman's IN WHITE AMERICA, one of the signature plays of the Civil Rights Era, in a Off-Broadway production tonight, October 15, to November 15 at Castillo Theatre, 543 West 42nd Street. (more...)

50th Anniversary Production of IN WHITE AMERICA to Play New Federal Theatre, 10/15-11/1550th Anniversary Production of IN WHITE AMERICA to Play New Federal Theatre, 10/15-11/15
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2015

 Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre, in association with Castillo Theatre, will revive Martin Duberman's 'In White America,' one of the signature plays of the Civil Rights Era, in a Off-Broadway production October 15 to November 15 at Castillo Theatre, 543 West 42nd Street.  The famed documentary play traces the American quest for racial equality from the earliest days of the republic to the Little Rock crisis of 1957, with dialogue drawn from historical letters, speeches, journals, songs and other personal accounts including recordings of former slaves. Charles Maryan directs an ensemble of seven which includes actor-turned-newscaster-turned-actor Art McFarland. (more...)

Martin Duberman's IN WHITE AMERICA to Play Updated Run at Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal TheatreMartin Duberman's IN WHITE AMERICA to Play Updated Run at Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2015

Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre, in association with Castillo Theatre, will revive Martin Duberman's IN WHITE AMERICA, one of the signature plays of the Civil Rights Era, in a Off-Broadway production October 15 to November 15 at Castillo Theatre, 543 West 42nd Street. (more...)

Scholastic Releases New Spring Catalog for 2016; Highlights AnnouncedScholastic Releases New Spring Catalog for 2016; Highlights Announced
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2015

NOT JUST FOR TEENS • Talk show host and autism advocate Holly Robinson Peete pairs with her teenage twins Ryan E. Peete and Rodney Peete in Same But Different: Teen Life on the Autism Express, a narrative about the challenges and triumphs of being a teen who has autism and the effects on family, school, friends and life.  (more...)

Jackalope Theatre Announces Cast, Creatives for Season Opener THE RAIDJackalope Theatre Announces Cast, Creatives for Season Opener THE RAID
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2015

Jackalope's 8th season kicks off with THE RAID, written by Idris Goodwin, directed by founding company member and associate artistic director Kaiser Ahmed*, with the full cast and production team announced below. The show runs November 4 - December 12, 2015 at Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway. (more...)

WIESENTHAL to Run 10/23-11/8 at The WallisWIESENTHAL to Run 10/23-11/8 at The Wallis
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2015

Wiesenthal, the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway production based on the life of Simon Wiesenthal, kicks off The Wallis' 2015-16 theater season in the Lovelace Studio Theater.  This provocative solo performance is written and performed by Tom Dugan and directed by Jenny Sullivan. Beginning Fri, Oct 23, Wiesenthal will run for 17performances only.  Opening night is Sat, Oct 24 at 8pm.  (more...)

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