Georgia Brown News

BWW Guest Blog: The Toronto Symphony on being 'Eclectic in Amsterdam!'
by Toronto Newsdesk - Aug 26, 2014

Being on tour in the first violin section of the TSO , one might think I would be limited to the notes on a page, but I am also a jazz violinist and bluegrass fiddler and have no musical limits. Today's rare day off for the TSO tour means exploring the city and it's music. I hop in a taxi to meet up with a local friend and her gypsy jazz band with whom I'll play tonight. (more...)

BWW Reviews: OLIVER Doesn't Get Standing 'O' at Porthouse
by Roy Berko - Jul 31, 2014

I had one of my greatest experiences in the theatre when, on June 30, 1960, I attended the opening of 'Oliver!' at the New Theatre in London, England. I was seated 3rd row center! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Consummate Vocalist Jeanne Page Knocks Her CD Preview Show REBOOT Out of the Park
by Don Grigware - Jul 28, 2014

On Sunday July 27 powerhouse vocalist Jeanne Page made a stylish return to Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal for a marvelous evening of standards done her way, entitled Reboot. This lady has a unique brand of humor that is intoxicating and infuses every song she sings with the true colors they deserve. She is about to release a CD of her work, so Reboot was a preview of the album. Believe me, it's a knockout! (more...)

Guitarist Bobby Broom's New Origin CD, Set for 8/19 Release
by BWW News Desk - Jul 09, 2014

While Bobby Broom's 2012 CD 'Upper West Side Story' ("a spectacular album"-DownBeat) focused exclusively on original material, the guitarist takes a very different track with 'My Shining Hour,' due for August 19 (more...)

Starving Artist Studios Presents OLIVER!, Featuring Local Celebs, 7/11-20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2014

As part of the Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs' "What the Dickens" celebration, Starving Artist Studios is getting ready to present Lionel Bart's Oliver! Presented in association with Central Florida Community Arts, who will be providing a full 22-piece orchestra, this production also features a cast of fifty well-known local television personalities, professional actors, stage veterans and an ensemble of children ages 5-18! (more...)

Grammy Winning Pianist John McDaniel Talks S.T.A.G.E. Goes to the MOVIES
by Don Grigware - Mar 24, 2014

On Saturday May 10 S.T.A.G.E. (Southland Theatrical Artists Goodwill Event) will present its annual show at the Saban Theatre on Wilshire Blvd in Beverly Hills, this year entitled S.T.A.G.E. Goes to the MOVIES, directed by David Galligan with musical direction from the incomparable John McDaniel. Grammy, Tony and Emmy winning composer, musician McDaniel took time out of his busy rehearsal schedule to chat about the evening. (more...)

Carnegie Hall Welcomes Bettye LaVette to Zankel Hall Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2014

Award-winning rhythm and blues singer Bettye LaVette performs songs from her 50 year career, including selections from her latest album, Thankful N' Thoughtful, tonight, March 21 at 10:00 p.m. in Zankel Hall. (more...)

Carnegie Hall to Welcome Bettye LaVette to Zankel Hall, 3/21
by BWW News Desk - Feb 06, 2014

Award-winning rhythm and blues singer Bettye LaVette performs songs from her 50 year career, including selections from her latest album, Thankful N' Thoughtful, on Friday, March 21 at 10:00 p.m. in Zankel Hall. (more...)

FOLKSONGS, RITUALS AND RITES OF PASSAGE Kicks Off Santa Clara University's Fall 2013 Music Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 08, 2013

SCU•PRESENTS will feature the Faculty, Staff and Students at Santa Clara University in the Fall 2013 Music Season, which includes FOLKSONGS, RITUALS AND RITES OF PASSAGE, featuring SCU faculty member, Teresa McCollough on the piano with special guest artist, Michael Boyd. SCU•PRESENTS is also proud to announce three new Music Directors and Conductors joining the Department of Music; John Kennedy, Music Director & Conductor, of the Santa Clara University Orchestra, Dr. Douglas Harris, Director of Bands, Santa Clara University Wind Symphony and Jazz Band and Scot Hanna-Weir, Music Director and Conductor, Santa Clara University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. (more...)

FOLKSONGS, RITUALS AND RITES OF PASSAGE to Kick Off Santa Clara University's Fall 2013 Music Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2013

SCU•PRESENTS will feature the Faculty, Staff and Students at Santa Clara University in the Fall 2013 Music Season, which includes FOLKSONGS, RITUALS AND RITES OF PASSAGE, featuring SCU faculty member, Teresa McCollough on the piano with special guest artist, Michael Boyd. SCU•PRESENTS is also proud to announce three new Music Directors and Conductors joining the Department of Music; John Kennedy, Music Director & Conductor, of the Santa Clara University Orchestra, Dr. Douglas Harris, Director of Bands, Santa Clara University Wind Symphony and Jazz Band and Scot Hanna-Weir, Music Director and Conductor, Santa Clara University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. (more...)

2013 JAZZ LOFT PARTY Benefits Jazz Foundation of America Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2013

Parmigiani Fleurier presents the 22nd annual JAZZ LOFT PARTY to benefit The Jazz Foundation of America. A Tribute to Claude Nobs, the celebration will include music, food and drink tonight, October 19, 2013, from 7 p.m. to midnight in NYC. (more...)

2013 JAZZ LOFT PARTY to Benefit Jazz Foundation of America, 10/19
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2013

Parmigiani Fleurier presents the 22nd annual JAZZ LOFT PARTY to benefit The Jazz Foundation of America. A Tribute to Claude Nobs, the celebration will include music, food and drink on Saturday, October 19, 2013, from 7 p.m. to midnight in NYC. (more...)

Chromolume Theatre Presents LOVE SONGS, A MUSICAL by Steve Cagan June 22 - July 28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2013

Chromolume Theatre has announced its next production, Love Songs, with book, music and lyrics by Steven Cagan, and directed by Kay Cole. Featuring orchestrations and arrangements by Doug Walter and music direction byRichard Berent, there will be one preview performance on June 21, andopening is set for Saturday, June 22 at 8pm. Love Songs will play a limited engagement through July 28 only. (more...)

Chromolume Theatre Presents LOVE SONGS, A MUSICAL by Steve Cagan, Now thru 7/28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2013

Chromolume Theatre has announced its next production, the world premiere of Love Songs, A Musical with book, music and lyrics by Steven Cagan, and directed by Kay Cole. Featuring orchestrations and arrangements by Doug Walter and music direction by Richard Berent. Opening is set for tonight, June 22 at 8pm. Love Songs will play a limited engagement through July 28 only. (more...)

Cameron Mackintosh to Bring OLIVER! Back to Broadway
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 18, 2013

Today, Michael Riedel reports that in addition to upcoming productions of MISS SAIGON, BARNUM and a Broadway return of LES MIS that 'As if three shows weren't enough, Mackintosh is also planning a Broadway revival of 'Oliver!' Lionel Bart's chirpy old musical hasn't been seen in New York since a short-lived 1983 production starring Patti LuPone. It's said to be Mackintosh's favorite musical, and it's how he got his start in the theater. 'Oliver!' played the New Theatre in London in 1960, and a teenage Mackintosh got a job polishing the brass railing in the theater lobby.' (more...)

Harry Connick Jr., Doobie Brothers Among Wolf Trap's Upcoming Line-Up
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2013

The Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts has announced a new summer lineup of shows. (more...)

Chromolume Theatre Presents LOVE SONGS, A MUSICAL by Steve Cagan June 22 - July 28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 05, 2013

Chromolume Theatre has announced its next production, Love Songs, with book, music and lyrics by Steven Cagan, and directed by Kay Cole. Featuring orchestrations and arrangements by Doug Walter and music direction byRichard Berent, there will be one preview performance on June 21, andopening is set for Saturday, June 22 at 8pm. Love Songs will play a limited engagement through July 28 only. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Susan Stroman Talks PBS Mel Brooks Doc, BIG FISH, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, SCOTTSBORO BOYS In LA/UK, BLAZING SADDLES & More
by Pat Cerasaro - May 19, 2013

Today we are talking to a five-time Tony Award-winning director/choreographer celebrated for her stupendous work on CRAZY FOR YOU, THE PRODUCERS, CONTACT, THE FROGS, THOU SHALT NOT, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS and many more - the master musicals director Susan Stroman. In discussing a vast array of topics, Stroman and I touch upon many of her past projects as well as look ahead to her current and future endeavors - that is: the forthcoming Broadway bow of the new musical BIG FISH, starring Norbert Leo Butz, as well as the world premiere of Ahrens & Flaherty's LITTLE DANCER next year. Most importantly, Stroman shines a light on her enduring artistic partnership with Mel Brooks in bringing to life the screen-to-stage musical adaptations of both THE PRODUCERS and YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, with BLAZING SADDLES on the way - their rich collaboration also being highlighted in this week's AMERICAN MASTERS tribute to Mel Brooks on PBS. Additionally, Stroman reflects on some of her lesser-known entities and casts a light on some of her foremost influences as well as candidly discusses her specialty work for a bevy of major stars - such as at SONDHEIM: A CELEBRATION AT CARNEGIE HALL in 1992 - and the finer points of working with Stephen Sondheim and Nathan Lane on Sondheim's most recent original Broadway musical, THE FROGS. Plus, Stroman shares first details of her upcoming collaboration with comedy master Woody Allen on the musical stage adaptation of Allen's Academy Award-winning BULLETS OVER BROADWAY and also offers the 411 on the upcoming Los Angeles and West End productions of Kander & Ebb's THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS - including the real-life role the musical has played in the pardoning of the originally accused nine just last month. Stroman also comments on her work with Hal Prince on the career revue PRINCE OF BROADWAY, opening in Japan in 2015, and also touches upon her ongoing desire to pursue a film adaptation of her multi-Tony Award-winning and genre-redefining 2000 Best Musical, CONTACT. All of that and much, much awaits in this wide-ranging conversation! (more...)

DreamWrights Stages Original BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Now thru 5/19
by BWW News Desk - May 03, 2013

Beauty and the Beast is a tale almost as old as time. The first origins of the story can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. Countless subsequent versions have been created in every country ... to this day. How then can DreamWrights claim theirs as an original? Because it is an original adaptation which was written, for them, in 2001. This is the second time it is being performed anywhere in the world. (more...)

DreamWrights to Stage Original BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, 5/3-19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2013

Beauty and the Beast is a tale almost as old as time. The first origins of the story can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. Countless subsequent versions have been created in every country ... to this day. How then can DreamWrights claim theirs as an original? Because it is an original adaptation which was written, for them, in 2001. This is the second time it is being performed anywhere in the world. (more...)

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