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American Monarch Theatre Company to Open Inaugural Season with THE LAST FIVE YEARSAmerican Monarch Theatre Company to Open Inaugural Season with THE LAST FIVE YEARS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

Easton's American Monarch Theatre Company (AMTC) will open its 2016-2017 inaugural season with the musical, The Last Five Years. Performances are October 15th at 8 p.m. and October 16th at 3 p.m. in the Gold Room of the Grand Eastonian Hotel in Easton, PA. Tickets are $20. (more...)

2016 Bessies to Honor Choreographer Brenda Bufalino with Lifetime Achievement Award2016 Bessies to Honor Choreographer Brenda Bufalino with Lifetime Achievement Award
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

The NY Dance and Performance Awards, The Bessies, New York City's premier dance awards honoring outstanding creative work in the field, announce legendary tap innovator and choreographer Brenda Bufalino as the recipient of the 2016 NY Dance and Performance Award for Lifetime Achievement in Dance; and The Jerome Robbins Dance Division of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and Alex Smith, Executive Chairman of the Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center, as this year's recipients of Outstanding Service to the Field of Dance. (more...)

Ted Louis Levy to SWING THE VOTE in BrooklynTed Louis Levy to SWING THE VOTE in Brooklyn
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

This September 23rd, Tony nominated, Emmy, Helen Hays and Outer Critics Award-Winning tap dancer and choreographer Ted Louis Levy ('Black and Blue,' 'Jelly's Last Jam,' 'Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk') will present 'Swing the Vote,' a 90-minute tap dance production at the Roulette Theater in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn at 8:00pm. (more...)

Broadway Stars Set for Special Showcase THE JOINT at TNC's Dream Up FestivalBroadway Stars Set for Special Showcase THE JOINT at TNC's Dream Up Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

Evelyn must follow her dreams ... by leaving her family. Come down for some hot times with THE JOINT at Theatre for The New City's Dream Up Festival this September. (more...)

BWW: Enrique Cruz DeJesus Paints The Future and Honors The PastBWW: Enrique Cruz DeJesus Paints The Future and Honors The Past
by Juan Michael Porter II - Jul 28, 2016

There may be 'no second acts in American lives' - thank you, Fitzgerald - and yet Enrique Cruz DeJesus has lived so many exciting chapters that seven or eight books could be devoted to his journey. Mr. DeJesus has been the Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer of Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company since 1998, inheriting directorship of this nearly 45 years old company from Andy Torres during a time when the future was anything but certain. Having led a successful concert dance career - that saw him working with Eleo Pomare, Talley Beatty, Gary Deloatch, Martial Roumain and George Faison - Mr. DeJesus transitioned in to a highly successful theatre career with his stage debut at Shakespeare in the Park's production of 'Measure for Measure' under the direction of George C. Wolfe. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Riant Theatre Hosts Strawberry One-Act and Theatre Festival Launch PartyPhoto Flash: The Riant Theatre Hosts Strawberry One-Act and Theatre Festival Launch Party
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

The Riant Theatre (Van Dirk Fisher, Artistic Director), a nonprofit theatre supporting playwrights and theatremakers of diverse cultural backgrounds, held the Launch Party for its annual Strawberry One-Act and Theatre Festival, which takes place from July 14th-31st. The evening included the presentation of 2016 Pioneer of the Arts Award For Outstanding Achievement In Television and Theatre to the Emmy-winning stage, film and TV actor Joe Morton, Tony Nominee and eight time AUDELCO Award winner, Andre De Shields, the acclaimed Broadway and television actress Barbara Montgomery, and multiple Grammy Award winner, Broadway musical director and arranger Chapman Roberts. (more...)

Cres O'Neal Coming to the Metropolitan Room, 7/16Cres O'Neal Coming to the Metropolitan Room, 7/16
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2016

It is said that music never leaves the soul. No one knows this more than jazz vocalist and radio personality, Cres O'Neal. On Saturday, July 16, 2016, at 4 pm, Cres will make her long awaited return to the stage at the Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd Street, New York, New York. Joining Cres will be Grammy nominated percussionist, Wilson 'Chembo' Corniel; award winning pianist, Dawrin Noguera; acclaimed bassist, Paul Beaudry; and acclaimed drummer, Willie Martinez. (more...)

Riant Theatre Announces 2016 Pioneer of the Arts Award WinnersRiant Theatre Announces 2016 Pioneer of the Arts Award Winners
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

The Riant Theatre (Van Dirk Fisher, Artistic Director), a nonprofit theatre supporting playwrights and theatremakers of diverse cultural backgrounds, is holding the Launch Party for its annual Strawberry One-Act and Theatre Festival on Saturday, June 25, 2016, 3pm at the Poet's Den Theatre (309 East 108th Street, NYC). The evening will include the presentation of 2016 Pioneer of the Arts Award For Outstanding Achievement In Television and Theatre to the Emmy-winning stage, film and TV actor Joe Morton, Tony Nominee and eight time AUDELCO Award winner, Andre De Shields, the acclaimed Broadway and television actress Barbara Montgomery, and multiple Grammy Award winner, Broadway musical director and arranger Chapman Roberts. A reception with food, drinks and dancing will follow. Tickets ($50 before June 15th; $60 after that date) are available through The Riant Theatre's website (www.therianttheatre.com) and by calling the box office at 646-623-3488. They can also be purchased (cash only) at the door. (more...)

Dances For A Variable Population Presents to Offer Public Performances of THE PHOENIX PROJECTDances For A Variable Population Presents to Offer Public Performances of THE PHOENIX PROJECT
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Celebrating dance and the beauty of age, Dances For a Variable Population (DVP), will present three performances of The Phoenix Project, a citywide public dance project that empowers older adults and reevaluates the aesthetics of aging. (more...)

Dances for a Variable Population Presents THE PHOENIX PROJECT, 6/4Dances for a Variable Population Presents THE PHOENIX PROJECT, 6/4
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

 Celebrating dance and the beauty of age, Dances For a Variable Population (DVP), will present three performances of The Phoenix Project, a citywide public dance project that empowers older adults and reevaluates the aesthetics of aging. This world premiere collaboration will take place in three boroughs-Bronx, Queens and Harlem-over three Saturdays, June 4, 11 and 13. The Phoenix Project will make its Bronx debut at the New York Botanical Garden's award-winning and picturesque Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden on June 4. In the subsequent weekends, the piece will move with excerpts of the full work to Queens at the Queensbridge Riis Senior Center on June 11, and close their performances as part of the Summer on the Hudson Festival at the West Harlem Piers Park on June 18 as part of a Family Day event. (more...)

BAM to Host 39th Annual DanceAfrica Festival This MayBAM to Host 39th Annual DanceAfrica Festival This May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

DanceAfrica, BAM's longest continuing program, enters its 39th year with new Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam leading this traditional Memorial Day weekend extravaganza, running May 25-30. DanceAfrica 2016-Senegal: Doors of Ancient Futures inaugurates Salaam's artistic vision, building on founding Artistic Director Chuck Davis' mission to embrace the contemporary African world. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Ebony Jo-Ann Celebrates New CD 'Please Save Your Love for Me' at Sugar Bar in AprilSTAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Ebony Jo-Ann Celebrates New CD 'Please Save Your Love for Me' at Sugar Bar in April
by Stage Tube - Apr 10, 2016

Ebony Jo-Ann, a 'Blackgold' acclaimed Blues vocalist, multiple award winning Broadway, film and television actress, and social activist, is in residence during the month of April at Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar, 254 W. 72nd St. in New York, for the first time since 2011, to reprise Nuttin' But the Blues, the Sugar Bar's weekly Blues series, which she co-created with the late Nick Ashford. Check out a preview here! (more...)

Photo Flash: Ebony Jo-Ann Reprises Nuttin' But the Blues and Celebrates Debut CD at Sugar Bar This AprilPhoto Flash: Ebony Jo-Ann Reprises Nuttin' But the Blues and Celebrates Debut CD at Sugar Bar This April
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2016

Ebony Jo-Ann, a 'Blackgold' acclaimed Blues vocalist, multiple award winning Broadway, Film and television actress and social activist, is in residence during the month of April at Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar, 254 W. 72nd St. in New York, for the first time since 2011, to reprise Nuttin' But the Blues, the Sugar Bar's weekly Blues series, which she co-created with the late Nick Ashford. (more...)

Summer on the Hudson Sets 2016 ScheduleSummer on the Hudson Sets 2016 Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

NYC Parks and Summer on the Hudson (SOH) today announced the 2016 schedule of festival events. Free to the public, SOH events, held in Riverside Park and West Harlem Piers Park, bring alive the western stretch of Manhattan greenspace from 59th Street to 181st Street. With more than 200 events this summer, New Yorkers of all ages can enjoy outdoor activities spanning music, film, dance, health and wellness and so much more.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Maurice Hines and Original Broadway Cast Visit York's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPEPhoto Flash: Maurice Hines and Original Broadway Cast Visit York's DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2016

The cast of The York Theatre Company Musicals in Mufti presentation of DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE welcomed the great Maurice Hines, as well as original Broadway company members Ben Harney, Maria Thomas and George Faison, to performances over the weekend. The show played its performance on March 6 at The York Theatre at Saint Peter's. Scroll down for photos of Hines and company with the cast! (more...)

NY Public Library's Rosenberg Curator of Exhibitions Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Ph. D. on Finding THE WIZNY Public Library's Rosenberg Curator of Exhibitions Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Ph. D. on Finding THE WIZ
by NYPL for the Performing Arts - Nov 23, 2015

BroadwayWorld.com continues our exclusive content series, in collaboration with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, which delves into the library's unparalleled archives, and resources. Below, check out a piece by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Ph. D., Judy R. and Alfred A. Rosenberg Curator of Exhibitions for the Shelby Cullom Davis Museum, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on: Finding The Wiz at The Library for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration to Present 12 ANGRY MEN with Michael Potts, Dorian Missick & MoreBedford Stuyvesant Restoration to Present 12 ANGRY MEN with Michael Potts, Dorian Missick & More
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2015

Project Protest: The Art of Revolution, presented by The Center for Arts & Culture at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (Restoration), takes an unflinching look at how people and communities of African descent have responded to issues of inequality and social injustice through protests.  (more...)

Phylicia Rashad to Honor Dance Legend Louis Johnson in UP IN THE AIR Tribute This FallPhylicia Rashad to Honor Dance Legend Louis Johnson in UP IN THE AIR Tribute This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2015

UP IN THE AIR, a tribute to dance legend Louis Johnson, will take place Monday, October 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the Peter Norton Theater at Symphony Space located at 2537 Broadway in New York City. The event has two purposes: to honor the life and work of Johnson and to raise funds to complete a feature length documentary about the renowned dancer entitled UP IN THE AIR. (more...)

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Andre De Shields & More Original Cast Members from THE WIZ Reunite in Central Park!Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Andre De Shields & More Original Cast Members from THE WIZ Reunite in Central Park!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2015

Several original cast members from the iconic Broadway premiere production of THE WIZ convened last night in honor of the show's 40th anniversary in a series of special performances. Phylicia Rashad, Andre De Shields, Dee Dee Bridgewater and more will joined to celebrate the musical in Central Park and Marcus Garvey Park with a series of special outdoor celebrations featuring song, story and dance titled THE WIZ: A CELEBRATION IN DANCE & MUSIC. Check out photos below! (more...)

Phylicia Rashad, Andre De Shields & More Original Cast Reunite for THE WIZ in Central Park TodayPhylicia Rashad, Andre De Shields & More Original Cast Reunite for THE WIZ in Central Park Today
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 12, 2015

Ease on down to Central Park this week! (more...)

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