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BWW CD Reviews: Billy Porter's BILLY'S BACK ON BROADWAY is Smooth and Relaxing
by David Clarke - Apr 15, 2014

Despite an extensive and impressive career, Billy Porter recently became a household name when he won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. The incandescent star released a solo album of Broadway standards, titled BILLY'S BACK ON BROADWAY. He applies a big band swing, jazz, and contemporary R&B soundscape to these hit songs, giving listeners a unique perspective on these songs. (more...)

World Premiere of PRIDE & PREJUDICE, BILLY ELLIOT and More Make Up La Mirada Theatre's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts and Mc Coy Rigby Entertainment are thrilled to announce their most "practically perfect" 2014- 2015 season of shows! Beginning with David Lindsay-Abaire's Tony Award-winning Good People; followed by our favorite Sister returning in Late Nite Catechism Las Vegas: Sister Rolls The Dice; then three extraordinary musical experiences beginning with the 10-time Tony Award-winning Billy Elliot; the World Premiere engagement of Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice: A Musical; and finally the high-flying, Tony Award-Winning, Mary Poppins! This extraordinary season also includes the bonus options of its third "Onstage Series" production of a "brand new" Los Angeles premiere production of Carrie The Musical; also six-time Grammy award-winning superstar Amy Grant and the powerhouse dancing of Ballroom With A Twist - add it all up, and it's La Mirada Theatre/McCoy Rigby's, without a doubt, must-see, most exciting season of shows ever! (more...)

Billy Porter's BACK ON BROADWAY Now Available
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 15, 2014

2013 Tony Award-winning Best Actor Billy Porter has a new solo album BACK ON BROADWAY, which is now available to download. (more...)

Julia Deakin, Christian McKay, Kelly Price & More to Star in Sheffield Theatres' BOEING BOEING
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

Sheffield Theatres' Artistic Director Daniel Evans today announces the full cast of their production of Marc Camoletti's Boeing Boeing, as the company begins rehearsals. (more...)

The Fulfillment Fund's THE SONGS OF OUR LIVES Benefit to Pay Tribute to David Crosby and Lamont Dozier, 6/7
by BWW News Desk - Apr 09, 2014

The Fulfillment Fund has announced the 7th Annual 'The Songs of Our Lives' concert, which will pay special tribute to the songs of internationally acclaimed Songwriter's Hall of Fame and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, songwriter Lamont Dozier and the legendary Songwriter's Hall of Famer, two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, singer-songwriter, David Crosby. (more...)

The Wilmette Theatre to Present THE FAMILY OF WOMAN FILM FESTIVAL, 4/11-13
by Movies News Desk - Apr 08, 2014

The Family of Woman Film Festival will make its inaugural debut at the Wilmette Theatre over the weekend of April 11 - 13th. Established in Sun Valley, Idaho in 2008, the Festival features films that raise awareness of important issues facing women here and abroad. This year's series of films were specifically chosen for screening at the Wilmette Theatre by the Festival's founder, Peggy Elliot Goldwyn. (more...)

Yorkshire Airport & Sheffield Theatres Partner for BOEING BOEING, Running 15 May - 7 June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 08, 2014

A Yorkshire airport has teamed up with Sheffield Theatres to promote a new aviation themed play which is set to take centre stage this May. (more...)

Rory O'Malley to Bring Autobiographical Show PUB CRAWL Back to Joe's Pub, 5/30
by BWW News Desk - Apr 07, 2014

After the sold-out premiere of his autobiographical show, PUB CRAWL, Tony Award nominee Rory O'Malley (THE BOOK OF MORMON) will play a return engagement at Joe's Pub on May 30, 2014 at 7 and 9:30pm. (more...)

Berkeley Rep Extends TRIBES Through May 18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 03, 2014

Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces that today, due to extraordinary ticket demand, it will extend Tribes by seven performances before its first performance. Originally scheduled to run through May 11, audiences now have the opportunity to experience the critically acclaimed family drama by Nina Raine through Sunday, May 18. Directed by Jonathan Moscone, the play follows Billy, a young man who was born deaf into a loquacious and highly opinionated academic family who raised him to lip-read and integrate into the hearing world. When he meets Sylvia - raised by deaf parents and going deaf herself - Billy decides it's time to speak on his own terms and be heard. Tribes start previews Friday, April 11, opens on April 16, and now closes on Sunday, May 18, 2014. Open-captioned performances for Tribes will take place Thursday, May 8 at 8 PM; Friday, May 9 at 8 PM; and Sunday, May 11 at 2 PM. Berkeley Rep is also proud to offer three American Sign Language-interpreted performances on Saturday, May 3 at 8 PM, Saturday, May 10 at 2 PM, and Tuesday, May 13 at 8 PM. For more information or to reserve seats, visit http://www.berkeleyrep.org or call 510 647-2949, Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 7 PM. (more...)

Nancy Dussault, Conchata Ferrell and JoBeth Williams Among Rotating Cast for Rubicon Theatre's LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE, 4/16-5/18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 02, 2014

Rubicon Theatre continues the company's 16th Not Your Typical Season with a special run of Love, Loss, and What I Wore -- a witty and wise celebration of womanhood adapted by Nora and Delia Ephron, creators of such hits as 'When Harry Met Sally,' 'Sleepless in Seattle,' 'You've Got Mail,' 'The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' and 'Silkwood.' (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Berkeley Rep's TRIBES
by BWW News Desk - Apr 02, 2014

Berkeley Repertory Theatre continues the second half of its season with Tribes, a sophisticated and moving family drama by celebrated British playwright Nina Raine. Her profound and powerful new play became an award-winning hit in London and New York. Now renowned director Jonathan Moscone brings it to Berkeley Rep this April for its Bay Area premiere. Tribes follows Billy, a young man who was born deaf into a loquacious and highly opinionated academic family who raised him to lip-read and integrate into the hearing world. When he meets Sylvia - raised by Deaf parents and going deaf herself - Billy decides it's time to speak on his own terms and to be heard. Playing out in words, sign language, and sometimes mesmerizing silence, this penetrating drama examines familial love, notions of belonging, and the intersections of communication. Tribes start previews Friday, April 11, opens on April 16, and closes on Sunday, May 11, 2014. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast below! (more...)

'BEAUTIFUL' Album Is No. 1 Cast Recording on iTunes Charts
by BWW News Desk - Apr 01, 2014

The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, now available for digital download via iTunes and Amazon, is the #1 Cast Recording on the iTunes Charts. The album, produced by Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell and Billy Jay Stein, with Kurt Deutsch serving as Executive Producer, is #4 on iTunes Top 10 Soundtrack and #41 album. The Original Broadway Cast Recording will be available in-stores on May 13, 2014. (more...)

John McDaniel and Bill Russell to Write Music and Lyrics for BRAVE NEW WORLD Musical
by BWW News Desk - Apr 01, 2014

Grammy and Emmy Winner JOHN McDANIEL and Tony Nominee BILL RUSSELL have joined the creative team of BRAVE NEW WORLD: THE MUSICAL, currently in development, as Co-Composer and Lyricist. They join a team that already includes Ben Andron as Book Writer, Jonnie Rockwell as Co-Composer, and Tony Nominated Director, Sheryl Kaller. John McDaniel is also attached as Music Director. (more...)

Audio Exclusive: First Listen to Billy Porter's Rendition of 'I'm Not My Father's Son' from Upcoming Album
by Stage Tube - Mar 26, 2014

It's been almost a decade since the Pittsburgh-born Billy Porter released a solo album, and since then much has changed for the award-winning artist, who grew up singing in the Pentecostal church. Perhaps best known for his Tony Award-winning role as 'Lola' in the hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots, Porter's musical background is based in gospel, soul and R&B. He released his first solo album, Untitled, on A&M Records, and a second album, At The Corner of Broadway + Soul, on Sh-K-Boom Records. On April 15, 2014, Porter releases his debut on Concord Records, Billy's Back on Broadway. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you an exclusive first listen to the album's featured track 'I'm Not My Father's Son' from KINKY BOOTS! (more...)

Tom Mannion, Brid Brennan and More Star in ALL MY SONS at Regent's Park Open Air, May 15
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

Casting for Regent's Park Open Air Theatre's 2014 production of All My Sons was announced today, with further casting confirmed for Hobson's Choice and the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess. The season opens on 15 May. (more...)

Stevenson To Return To Young Vic In HAPPY DAYS In 2015
by Carrie Dunn - Mar 25, 2014

Juliet Stevenson returns to the Young Vic in February 2015 to reprise her mesmerising performance as Winnie in Natalie Abrahami's acclaimed production of Happy Days which sold out its first run in the Main House. David Beames returns to play Willie in a limited five-week run of Samuel Beckett's existential masterpiece. (more...)

Nicholas To Star In BLOCKBUSTER! Opening In Dartford, Sep 2014
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2014

BLOCKBUSTER The Musical, featuring the chart-busting hits of the legendary song-writing team Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, who dominated the pop world in the 70's and 80's, is to get its world premiere at the Orchard Theatre,?Dartford from Thursday 11 - Saturday 20 September. (more...)

Season 4 of Adult Swim's THE BOONDOCKS to Premiere 4/2
by TV News Desk - Mar 21, 2014

The Boondocks, the award-winning animated series returns for its final season on Monday, April 21 at 10:30p.m (ET/PT) on Adult Swim. (more...)

First Listen To Billy Porter's "I Am Changing" From BACK ON BROADWAY
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 20, 2014

2013 Tony Award-winning Best Actor Billy Porter is preparing to release his new solo album BACK ON BROADWAY and a first listen to an iconic DREAMGIRLS tune is now available. (more...)

AUDIO: First Listen- Jessie Mueller Sings from BEAUTIFUL; Cast Album Now Available for Pre-Order
by Stage Tube - Mar 18, 2014

Ghostlight Records has announced that the Original Cast Recording of the new Broadway hit Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, can now be pre-ordered on iTunes, in advance of a Tuesday, April 1st digital release. Those who pre-order the album will immediately receive a special advance track of Jessie Mueller's 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow.' The album, produced by Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell and Billy Jay Stein, with Kurt Deutsch serving as Executive Producer, will be available in-stores on May 13, 2014 and will include a 28-page color booklet with full lyrics, rare and never-before-seen archival and show photos, and liner notes by Beautiful book writer Douglas McGrath. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you a first listen of 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow', as performed by Jessie Mueller. (more...)

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