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George Takei to Narrate ASO's SCI-FI SPECTACULAR This WeekendGeorge Takei to Narrate ASO's SCI-FI SPECTACULAR This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2014

Actor and social media icon George Takei, known from his starring role as "Mr. Sulu" from the original "Star Trek" television show, will narrate the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's "Sci-Fi Spectacular." The show will feature some of film's most popular scores, including the theme from "Star Wars," "E.T.," "Superman," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and many more. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Telly Leung Sings 'What Makes A Man' from Broadway-Bound ALLEGIANCESTAGE TUBE: Telly Leung Sings 'What Makes A Man' from Broadway-Bound ALLEGIANCE
by Stage Tube - Nov 25, 2014

Telly Leung took to Facebook today to share a video of himself singing 'What Makes A Man' from the Broadway-bound musical ALLEGIANCE. Check it out below! (more...)

Atlanta Symphony Announces Christmas ConcertsAtlanta Symphony Announces Christmas Concerts
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2014

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) is proud to bring live music into the lives of its community, and the coming holiday season will be no different. From Classical to Pops! to the traditional, family-friendly Messiah and "Christmas with the ASO," the ASO will be bringing holiday cheer all season long. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Melinda Doolittle Performs 'Higher' from ALLEGIANCE at TALKS AT GOOGLESTAGE TUBE: Melinda Doolittle Performs 'Higher' from ALLEGIANCE at TALKS AT GOOGLE
by Stage Tube - Nov 20, 2014

Late last motnh, George Takei, Telly Leung, Melinda Doolittle and Lindsay Mendez gathered to preview tracks from ALLEGIANCE at Google in New York City, hosted by Sirius XM's Julie James. The show recently shared a performance by Doolittle, taking on the track 'Higher' from the production. Check it out below! (more...)

BWW Blog: Ed Dixon of Pittsburgh Public Theater's L'HOTEL - Final RehearsalsBWW Blog: Ed Dixon of Pittsburgh Public Theater's L'HOTEL - Final Rehearsals
by Guest Blogger: Ed Dixon - Nov 19, 2014

Tuesday, November 11 My lifelong friend, Jane Parham arrived in town for the invited dress rehearsaltomorrow and I had lunch with her at Sonoma Grill. Have I mentioned that Sonoma Grill is awesome? So is Jane. We had a marvelous time and then I took her to the theater to see the set. While we were standing there, Zach Moore ran a sound cue, Bizet's Symphony in C… loudly. Both Jane and I burst into tears. Got to introduce her to Ted Pappas who greeted her like an old friend. Good times. (more...)

Photo Flash: George Takei and More Attend Matt Zarley's 'hopefulROMANTIC' ScreeningPhoto Flash: George Takei and More Attend Matt Zarley's 'hopefulROMANTIC' Screening
by Movies News Desk - Nov 13, 2014

Matt Zarley hosted a screening on Sunday, November 9, for his original musical short film "hopefulROMANTIC." The event was held at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Georgia Stitt and Jason Robert Brown's 'Waiting for Wings' Featured on Cincinnati Pops' Album CARNIVAL OF ANIMALSGeorgia Stitt and Jason Robert Brown's 'Waiting for Wings' Featured on Cincinnati Pops' Album CARNIVAL OF ANIMALS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2014

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra announces the release of its latest album, Carnival of the Animals, under the direction of Pops Conductor John Morris Russell. The recording marks the 93rd Pops recording in its history (adding to an abundant legacy including a Grammy-winner) and the third under Mr. Russell. Carnival of the Animals will appear on the Orchestra's own label, Fanfare Cincinnati, and be distributed by Naxos. (more...)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Join Forces with PNC Pops for 'Sci-Fi Spectacular', 11/14Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Join Forces with PNC Pops for 'Sci-Fi Spectacular', 11/14
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2014

PITTSBURGH – Captain's Log, Stardate November 2014. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, conductor Jack Everly and host George Takei take audiences to galaxies far, far away to explore new worlds with lights, music and lots of action during PNC Pops “Sci-Fi Spectacular” at Heinz Hall on November 14-16. (more...)

George Takei, Telly Leung & More Will Sing From ALLEGIANCE at TALKS AT GOOGLE; Live Broadcast at 1PM!George Takei, Telly Leung & More Will Sing From ALLEGIANCE at TALKS AT GOOGLE; Live Broadcast at 1PM!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2014

Allegiance - A New American Musical has been eyeing a Broadway run since it premiered at San Diego's Old Globe last fall. Since then, a New York City reading was held, led by Lea Salonga, George Takei and Telly Leung, all of whom starred in the San Diego production, as well as in a recent backers screening in Austin. Takei just announced that the cast will be taking part in a 'Talks at Google' event which will be broadcast live tomorrow. He writes: (more...)

Singer Songwriter Matt Zarley Releases 'I Just Knew' Music VideoSinger Songwriter Matt Zarley Releases 'I Just Knew' Music Video
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2014

Out singer-songwriter Matt Zarley has just released the video for “I Just Knew,” the lead track from his forthcoming album and musical short film hopefulROMANTIC. (more...)

Evolution Productions to Present SNOW WHITE, JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, PETER PAN and More This ChristmasEvolution Productions to Present SNOW WHITE, JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, PETER PAN and More This Christmas
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2014

The UK's most successful family run pantomime production company, Evolution Productions has announced its line up of bespoke high quality Christmas shows for 2014. The company, which is run by husband and wife team, former TV presenter Paul Hendy and Oxford graduate and former cinema commercial production manager Emily Wood, will be presenting a lucky seven of the best pantomimes across the country from then end of November 2014 to mid-January 2015. (more...)

Disney, Jujamcyn, Nederlander and Shubert Organizations Support I AM HARVEY MILKDisney, Jujamcyn, Nederlander and Shubert Organizations Support I AM HARVEY MILK
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2014

Producers Bruce Cohen, Robb Nanus, Jessica Leventhal, Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman announced today that Disney Theatrical, Jujamcyn Theaters, The Nederlander Organization and The Shubert Organization four of Broadway's leading organizations, have come together by contributing matching donations in support of Tony and Grammy Award nominee Andrew Lippa's new oratorio, I Am Harvey Milk, which will have its New York premiere on Monday, October 6 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. (more...)

Over 2,100 Groups 'Hit the Streets' with Volunteers, Celebrities and Elected Officials for National Voter Registration Day 2014Over 2,100 Groups 'Hit the Streets' with Volunteers, Celebrities and Elected Officials for National Voter Registration Day 2014
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ Thousands of groups in all 50 states joined forces to celebrate National Voter Registration Day (NVRD), the largest single-day effort of the year to register voters and involve them in the American political process, on September 23, 2014. With the completion of its third year, close to half a million voters have registered on National Voter Registration Day through the efforts of thousands of partners. (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...)

Theater People Podcast Welcomes GODSPELL, GLEE Star Telly LeungTheater People Podcast Welcomes GODSPELL, GLEE Star Telly Leung
by Matt Tamanini - Sep 21, 2014

On Monday, September 22 the Theater People Podcast welcomes the multi-talented Telly Leung. Topics discussed include his work on the musical TV show GLEE, his work on Broadway including FLOWER DRUM SONG, the groundbreaking 2004 revival of Stephen Sondheim' PACIFIC OVERTURES, RENT, and GODSPELL, and his new role as a producer on the rock musical short film GRIND starring Anthony Rapp. (more...)

Julianne Moore, Dustin Lance Black & More Join I AM HARVEY MILK Honorary CommitteeJulianne Moore, Dustin Lance Black & More Join I AM HARVEY MILK Honorary Committee
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2014

Producers Bruce Cohen, Robb Nanus, Jessica Leventhal, Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman announced today that a group of political, cultural, and human rights leaders have come together to form an “Honorary Committee” in support of Tony and Grammy Award nominee Andrew Lippa's new oratorio, I Am Harvey Milk, which will have its New York premiere on Monday, October 6 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. (more...)

Tony DeSare to Return to Feinstein's at the Nikko, 10/16-17Tony DeSare to Return to Feinstein's at the Nikko, 10/16-17
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2014

Hailed as "two parts Sinatra, one part Billy Joel, meshed seamlessly" by the New York Times, singer, pianist and songwriter Tony DeSare returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko with his brand new show, Night Life, for two performances only - Thursday, October 16 (8 p.m.) and Friday, October 17 (8 p.m.). Tony DeSare's new show will explore some of the most hauntingly beautiful and memorable melodies ever written, both old and new, plus a few new DeSare originals. From Cole Porter and Duke Ellington to Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Willie Nelson, the only requirement is a sophisticated, romantic and swinging melody. Add in a martini or two and you have the quintessential night out on the town. Tickets for Tony DeSare range in price from $40-$55 and are available now by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.ticketweb.com. (more...)

The Future of Independent Trek: Star Trek: Axanar Raises More Than $650,000 Through KickstarterThe Future of Independent Trek: Star Trek: Axanar Raises More Than $650,000 Through Kickstarter
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2014

Star Trek fans worldwide made their voices heard by donating over $650,000 on Kickstarter and through PayPal to finance the independent film Star Trek: Axanar (follow-up to the highly-successful - and Kickstarter-funded - short, Prelude to Axanar). The viral marketing campaign stands as a prime example of the power of grassroots social media efforts, and was capped by actor George Takei, Star Trek's original Sulu, taking to Facebook and Twitter to promote the project, boosting its final tally by 50-percent on its last day. Spearheaded by producer/writer Alec Peters and writer/director Christian Gossett, creator of the critically acclaimed graphic novel The Red Star, Star Trek: Axanar is the story of Captain Kirk's hero, Garth of Izar, a character only seen in one episode of the original Star Trek. Axanar focuses on Garth and his crew during the Four Years War with the Klingon Empire, twenty-one years before the original Star Trek - a war that almost tore apart the Federation and set the stage for Star Trek mythology as we know it. Peters, who wrote the original fan fiction twenty years ago, partnered with Gossett to turn the story into a screenplay worthy of inclusion in the Trek universe. The duo worked hard to show that Axanar would distinguish itself from other fan-based Star Trek productions by bringing in acting (and science fiction) legends Tony Todd, Kate Vernon, Richard Hatch, Gary Graham, and J.G. Hertzler to play the key roles, and an award-winning crew including Oscar-winning sound designer Frank Serafine (The Hunt for Red October), and makeup artist Kevin Haney (Driving Miss Daisy). They are complemented by visual-effects magician Tobias Richter, whose work has been used in the remastered Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-rays. 'There is no difference between this and any other terrifically managed and organized independent production I've ever been a part of - this is much better than almost all of them,' says actor J.G. Hertzler, who portrays Starfleet Admiral Samuel Travis. An initial successful Kickstarter campaign in March 2014 raised over $100,000 to produce Prelude to Axanar; a 20-minute short film modeled after the PBS documentaries of Ken Burns and the Sir Laurence Olivier-narrated The World at War. The short gives the viewer a look at the events leading up to the Battle of Axanar and presents both a historical and personal account of the war. In addition, it allowed the cast and crew to prove their ability to deliver a professional-quality Star Trek production. 'In twenty minutes, Prelude gave us new Star Trek characters and situations and proved that it was worthy of the name Star Trek,' said Robert Meyer-Burnett, award-winning writer and director of the film Free Enterprise and many other Star Trek productions. So what made this crowdfunding campaign so successful? 'The most important part was Prelude itself,' said Peters, 'because it gave us enormous credibility. Combine that with an amazingly-loyal and passionate group of donors from our first Kickstarter, who tirelessly evangelized for us, and the aid of the geek media, which got behind the project after seeing our first trailer, and there was no stopping the momentum we'd built up.' About Star Trek: Axanar Star Trek: Axanar is a not-for-profit film project produced by Axanar Productions, Inc. Axanar uses the intellectual property of CBS, Star Trek rights holder, under the provision that Axanar is completely non-commercial. Axanar is being funded entirely through donations from fans. In March 2014, the short film Prelude to Axanar executed a successful fundraiser that totaled over $100,000. Prelude was filmed in May and premiered during the San Diego Comic-Con on July 26, 2014, launching the feature-length film's Kickstarter campaign that raised over $650,000 on Kickstarter and PayPal. Axanar begins pre-production in September with production scheduled to begin early 2015. Additional information can be found at www.startrekaxanar.com. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StarTrekAxanar Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/194429923/star-trek-axanar Twitter: https://twitter.com/startrekaxanar Please note: STAR TREK and all related marks, logos and characters are owned by CBS Studios, Inc. This film, the promotion thereof and/or any exhibition of? material created by the filmmakers are not endorsed or sponsored by or affiliated with CBS/Paramount Pictures or the STAR TREK franchise. (more...)

Watch a Clip From George Takei's TO BE TAKEI Documentary, Out Now!Watch a Clip From George Takei's TO BE TAKEI Documentary, Out Now!
by Movies News Desk - Aug 22, 2014

George and Brad Takei just released an exclusive clip from the documentary TO BE TAKEI, out now in theaters, on demand and iTunes, and you can check it out HERE! (more...)

George Takei Set for E!'S FASHION POLICE TonightGeorge Takei Set for E!'S FASHION POLICE Tonight
by TV News Desk - Aug 22, 2014

In an all-new episode of E!'s Fashion Police, host Joan Rivers, Kelly Osbourne and George Kotsiopoulos, along with guest co-host Orly Shani and guest George Takei break down the 5 must-see looks from the previous week including red carpet hits and misses from the biggest events in entertainment, and promise to bring big laughs with a special, very cold surprise for Joan. (more...)

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