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Date of Birth: February 15, 1905
Date of Death: April 23, 1986 (81)
Birth Place: Buffalo, NY, USA
Gender: Male
NC Symphony Celebrates Independence Day with Free Concerts and FireworksNC Symphony Celebrates Independence Day with Free Concerts and Fireworks
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2011

Join your North Carolina Symphony in celebrating our nation's 235th birthday with a concert of classical favorites and patriotic tunes capped by some of the area's biggest fireworks displays. (more...)

Ensemble Theatre Presents Blues in the Night by Sheldon Epps June 23Ensemble Theatre Presents Blues in the Night by Sheldon Epps June 23
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2011

The Ensemble Theatre kicks off its season finale musical, 'Blues in the Night,' with Opening Night and Media Reception Thursday, June 23, 2011, 6:30pm. (more...)

The Grand Theatre Hosts Auditions for THE WIZARD OF OZ, 6/11The Grand Theatre Hosts Auditions for THE WIZARD OF OZ, 6/11
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2011

The Grand Theatre will hold auditions for 'The Wizard of Oz' on Saturday, June 11 from 10: 00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. at the Grand Theatre Alumni Room located at 1575 South State Street in Salt Lake City. All roles are open. Children age 8 and older are welcome to audition. (more...)

Cast of WIZARD OF OZ Set for CD Signing at Dress Circle, June 2Cast of WIZARD OF OZ Set for CD Signing at Dress Circle, June 2
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2011

Audiences are following the yellow brick road over the rainbow to see Danielle Hope, winner of BBC TV's Over the Rainbow, play Dorothy at The London Palladium, the capital's home of the family musical. Dress Circle will welcome cast members from the production at the Covent Garden Store on Thursday 2nd June. Danielle Hope, Michael Crawford, Hannah Waddingham and David Ganly will be signing the London Cast Recording CD of the show from 1:30pm until 2:15pm. (more...)

Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE WIZARD OF OZ Cast Recording Gets US Release June 28thAndrew Lloyd Webber's THE WIZARD OF OZ Cast Recording Gets US Release June 28th
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2011

The 2011 London Palladium cast recording of Andrew Lloyd Webber's stunning new production of The Wizard Of Oz is currently available digitally and will be in stores June 28th through Decca Broadway in America. This 24 track set includes all the much-loved songs from the Oscar-winning movie score by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, plus new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. (more...)

Rrazz Room Announces Upcoming Shows and EventsRrazz Room Announces Upcoming Shows and Events
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2011

Seating is host escorted and assigned on a first come first serve basis. The Rrazz Room is a two-drink minimum venue All-ages venue (more...)

Opera Star Dennis McNeil To Do Cabaret Gig @ Sterling's May 22Opera Star Dennis McNeil To Do Cabaret Gig @ Sterling's May 22
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2011

Award winning tenor Dennis McNeil was the 1993 National Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. As a leading tenor at the New York City Opera he was awarded the Richard F. Gold Career Award for his portrayal as ‘Mark' in their New York Stage Premiere of Michael Tippet's A Midsummer Marriage. He also holds first place awards from the Southern California Opera Guild and the Victor Fuchs Memorial Competition and was a recipient of the Emily Baratelli Memorial Award from the New York Opera Index. He is a Sullivan Grant Recipient as well as a recipient of a Rex Foundation Grant from the Grateful Dead. On Sunday May 22 he will completely switch gears and perform a cabaret act @ Sterling's Upstairs @ Vitello's. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Keith Lockhart Talks Boston Pops 2011 SeasonBWW Interviews: Keith Lockhart Talks Boston Pops 2011 Season
by Joseph F. Panarello - May 19, 2011

The Boston Pops really know how to open a new season at Symphony Hall! There's a wonderful cocktail party before the concert with delicious hors d'oeuvre and drinks. Then the actual concert hall is awash with attractive pastel lighting and projections of butterflies all about the auditorium. It's definitely springtime in Boston and once Maestro Keith Lockhart steps up to the podium, the music begins as America's most beloved orchestra plays and delights the sell-out crowd. Starting with Boyer's delightful "Silver Fanfare" and continuing with works by Herold, Rimsky-Korsakov and Gershwin, the audience relished every moment of the concert and joined in during the SOUND OF MUSIC sing-along that closed the first part of the program. The second half was devoted mostly to Broadway's Linda Eder, who wowed the crowd with her Judy Garland tribute and impressed everyone with her powerful and supple vocalizing. It was a remarkable evening. In a phone conversation two days prior to the event, Lockhart sounded slightly fatigued. He'd just returned to Boston from Abu Dhabi from where he conducted the BBC Concert Orchestra, for which he's been appointed Chief Conductor. It was a concert that featured Broadway's Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley who performed songs from KISS ME KATE, FOLLIES, SOUTH PACIFIC and other Broadway classics, while the orchestra excited the place with what is frequently referred to as "The Symphonic Dances" from WEST SIDE STORY. It was a well-received performance but such travels keep Lockhart on-the-go. "It's hard to hit a moving target," he quipped. Looking ahead to the 2011 Pops season, Lockhart becomes extremely excited despite his jet lag: "I think it's a very strong season this year. It's a lot of the things that we normally do but there's a wonderful, wide variety of genres and they cross every American musical boundary that you can think of. We go from bluegrass to R&B to Broadway to Gospel. Everything seems to fall in there and we'll have many great artists performing with us. We'll also have a lot of the Boston Pops Orchestra featured in the concerts this year to show them off a bit." Speaking of Linda Eder, the maestro's admiration for her becomes very evident. "She's been with us a good deal over the years. She'll be doing a tribute to Judy Garland, who was one of the great voices of our time and age. Quite frankly, she was one of the great voices of all time." Eder is also an audience favorite because the Opening Night crowd cheered her first appearance on the stage and was enthusiastic in their applause after every one of her numbers. One person in the crowd was heard to say,"This woman must have six foot lungs!" Allowing for hyperbole, that was an apt description of Eder's vocal skills. "We're also emphasizing the fact that the Pops is and always has been an interactive experience where everybody gets to make music," continued the conductor. "We'll be having sing-alongs in many of our concerts throughout the season. We're kind of getting everyone actively involved in performing with the Pops." It seems to be effective because at the SOUND OF MUSIC segment on Opening Night, several people showed up dressed as their favorite characters. There were girls in dirndl skirts, boys in lederhosen, several nuns (of varying religious orders), a Captain Von Trapp in a smoking jacket, and a would-be Maria--who toted a guitar case with her. The sing-along prompted a great response from the crowd, many of whom were still singing snippets from the Rodgers and Hammerstein score during intermission. One of the most novel segments of the May 11th concert was the video montage of "Over The Rainbow" that was shown above the orchestra as Lockhart led a sweeping rendition of the Harold Arlen tune. Months prior to the event, a message went out over Facebook and other social networking sites for people of various talents--and equally varying musical skills-- to submit videos of themselves singing this beloved tune. "There are certain songs that have crossed all boundaries and everyone knows. We asked Pops fans to give us their best few bars of 'Over the Rainbow' and the video is a pastiche of these different renditions and takes on a classic tune." As edited by Supan Deb, the end result was remarkable; featuring people from various places across the nation singing their own versions of the song-there was even a girl dressed as Dorothy sitting in what appeared to be a wheat field warbling to good advantage. Broadway favorite Michael Feinstein will be performing with the Boston Pops this season. "The interesting thing about Michael is that I just saw him last month. We did a concert in London together. He and I are spending a lot of time together this year" chuckles Lockhart. "He's doing a Sinatra Tribute with us and as you know, Frank Sinatra is the master of the American Songbook." Michael Feinstein performs with the Pops on May 31st and June 1st. The Boston Pops will be welcoming the New York Pops' Steven Reineke as guest conductor. "Steve has been here before," Lockhart remarks. "It's no more crossing the line with the New York Pops than when Erich Kunzel from the Cincinnati Pops would join us. Each guest conductor brings his own repertoire and an interesting take on things." Reineke's concerts with the Boston Pops will take place on June 16th and 17th and will feature guest soloist Julia Murney who will sing "Back to Before" from RAGTIME, "Don't Rain on My Parade" from FUNNY GIRL and "Defying Gravity" from WICKED among other selections. This season also features what is billed as a "Family Concert" "It's a shorter, more compact sort of concert. We're trying to plan it as a concert that will appeal to adults but will also be an interesting first-experience to bring the kids to We'll be joined by the jazz trumpet player Brian Stripling who is, in himself, a walking educational concert because he has spent much of his career performing and talking about the music of some really big pioneering Black jazz musicians including Louie Armstrong , who he does an amazing tribute to," explains the conductor. "I think that's something great to expose the kids coming in to. We're also joined by the Varsity Girls who have a large fan base on Nickelodeon. Additionally, we're featuring a young artist who won the Boston Symphony's Concerto Competitions and it's always great for youngsters to see kids accomplishing a high level of artistry themselves. It'll be a very special sort of event." This Family Concert was scheduled for Saturday, May 14th. The month of August will be taken up on the Pops schedule with their first-ever Minor League Baseball Tour. The famed orchestra will visit ten Minor League Ballparks, a tour stretching from Birmingham, Alabama, to Buffalo, New York, August 16-30. Iconic singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins will join Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra for a program that features music inspired by three of this country's favorite pastimes--baseball, movies, and rock 'n' roll. "I think it's a great way to get families interested in the Boston Pops," said the maestro. "Hopefully we'll be getting whole families who wouldn't normally be coming to see us if we performed at their local concert hall. However, the combination of baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and the Boston Pops might appeal to them." The program will be a tribute to America's Favorite Past Times and includes music from Hollywood, the music of the Boston Pops, rock and roll and the music of baseball. Sounds like a winning combination regardless of the box scores. Of course, the Pops will be playing their famous Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular at Boston's Esplanade on July 3rd and 4th, portions of which will be telecast on the CBS Television Network. There will also be Boston Pops appearances at the Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, MA this summer. This outdoor venue will host "America's Favorite Orchestra" in their incredibly popular Movie Night, where John Williams is on the podium. Lockhart will lead the orchestra there when Broadway's Jason Danieley and Kelli O'Hara are in the spotlight singing some memorable music written by Cole Porter on July 17th. Whether the Boston Pops is enjoyed at a ball park, an outdoor venue like Tanglewood or in the elegance of Boston's Symphony Hall, audiences are guaranteed a memorable time. Under the skilled and sensitive baton of Keith Lockhart, the orchestra is in prime form. However, it seems that musicians aren't the only ones who respond so favorably to Maestro Lockhart. The Opening Night crowd at Symphony Hall was just as enthusiastic about the conductor as they were about the music he was so admirably conducting. Nothing could be more felicitous. To purchase tickets to Boston Pops concerts or to get further information about the orchestra, go to www.bso.org To visit Keith Lockhart's website, go to www.keithlockhart.com (more...)

Infinity Theatre Company Opens in Annapolis with 'My Way,' 6/16Infinity Theatre Company Opens in Annapolis with 'My Way,' 6/16
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2011

Infinity Theatre Company brings professional singers and musicians to perform an evening of the greatest songs of the twentieth century, in the Annapolis premiere of 'My Way, A Musical Tribute to FRANK SINATRA', which is a favorite of the biggest regional theatres across the country. (more...)

Opera Star Dennis McNeil To Do Cabaret Gig @ Sterling's May 22Opera Star Dennis McNeil To Do Cabaret Gig @ Sterling's May 22
by Don Grigware - May 17, 2011

Award winning tenor Dennis McNeil was the 1993 National Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. As a leading tenor at the New York City Opera he was awarded the Richard F. Gold Career Award for his portrayal as ‘Mark' in their New York Stage Premiere of Michael Tippet's A Midsummer Marriage. He also holds first place awards from the Southern California Opera Guild and the Victor Fuchs Memorial Competition and was a recipient of the Emily Baratelli Memorial Award from the New York Opera Index. He is a Sullivan Grant Recipient as well as a recipient of a Rex Foundation Grant from the Grateful Dead. On Sunday May 22 he will completely switch gears and perform a cabaret act @ Sterling's Upstairs @ Vitello's. (more...)

Bay Area Caberet Hosts Lillas White's Tribute to Cy Coleman, 5/14Bay Area Caberet Hosts Lillas White's Tribute to Cy Coleman, 5/14
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2011

Bay Area Cabaret's season finale will star one of Broadway's greatest vocal talents, Lillias White. Returning this spring from Nigeria, where she will reprise her Tony-nominated role in FELA!, White is the winner of Broadway's 'Triple Crown' (a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and an Outer Critics Circle Award) for her role in Cy Coleman's The Life. (more...)

The Grand Theatre Announces 2011-2012 SeasonThe Grand Theatre Announces 2011-2012 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2011

The Grand Theatre is pleased to announce the lineup for their 2011-2012 season. This four show season includes some familiar favorites and two debuts. (more...)

MARILYN: FOREVER BLONDE Comes To Asolo Rep MainstageMARILYN: FOREVER BLONDE Comes To Asolo Rep Mainstage
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2011

From June 18-July 10, 2011 Asolo Rep proudly presents the award-winning one-woman play with music, MARILYN: FOREVER BLONDE that has been hailed by Lee Hartgrave of the San Francisco Online Daily News as "one of the greatest performances of the modern stage!" (more...)

Mazzie, Danieley Bring HE SAID/SHE SAID To Cafe Carlyle Mazzie, Danieley Bring HE SAID/SHE SAID To Cafe Carlyle
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2011

The Carlyle Hotel (Erich Steinbock, Managing Director) is pleased to welcome Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley "Broadway's Golden couple" (San Francisco Chronicle) to the legendary Cafe Carlyle in their debut engagement. (more...)

WIZARD OF OZ Cast Album Gets May 9 ReleaseWIZARD OF OZ Cast Album Gets May 9 Release
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2011

Audiences are following the yellow brick road over the rainbow to see Danielle Hope, winner of BBC TV's Over the Rainbow, play Dorothy at The London Palladium, the capital's home of the family musical. As recently announced, the cast album for the production will be released on May 9. Additionally, the production is now booking through January 2012 (more...)

Sutton Foster Set for Barnes & Noble Appearance, 5/9Sutton Foster Set for Barnes & Noble Appearance, 5/9
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2011

Tony Winner Sutton Foster is set for a May 9th ‘Live at Barnes & Noble' in-store performance and CD signing to celebrate Ghostlight Records' release of her 20-song tour de force ‘An Evening With Sutton Foster - Live at the Café Carlyle'. (more...)

Berkshire Theatre Fest Hosts Auditions For THE WIZARD OF OZBerkshire Theatre Fest Hosts Auditions For THE WIZARD OF OZ
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2011

Berkshire Theatre Festival seeks child and adult actors, musicians, backstage crew, technical support, usher staff, and parent volunteers to participate in its upcoming community production of the musical The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum adapted by John Kane for The Royal Shakespeare with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, background music by Herbert Stothart, Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard, Orchestration by Larry Wilcox, based upon the Classical Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros. (more...)

Mazzie, Danieley Bring HE SAID/SHE SAID To Cafe Carlyle Mazzie, Danieley Bring HE SAID/SHE SAID To Cafe Carlyle
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2011

The Carlyle Hotel (Erich Steinbock, Managing Director) is pleased to welcome Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley "Broadway's Golden couple" (San Francisco Chronicle) to the legendary Cafe Carlyle in their debut engagement. (more...)

Photo Flash:  WIZARD OF OZ's Sophie Evans at Media NightPhoto Flash: WIZARD OF OZ's Sophie Evans at Media Night
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2011

Audiences are following the yellow brick road over the rainbow to see Danielle Hope, winner of BBC TV's Over the Rainbow, play Dorothy at The London Palladium, the capital's home of the family musical. Andrew Lloyd Webber's new The Wizard of Oz is one of the biggest theatre events of the year, combining all the much-loved songs from the Oscar-winning movie score with new songs written with Tim Rice. Sophie Evans was joined onstage last night by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who presented her with a bouquet of flowers to celebrate her Media Night performance. Check out a photo from the event below! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for May 4th, 2011'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for May 4th, 2011
by Paul W. Thompson - May 4, 2011

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Jeff Award nominations, Tony Award nominations, 'Nunset Boulevard,' 'The Drowsy Chaperone,' 'The Phantom Of The Opera,' 'A Little Night Music,' 'Alien Queen,' more.... (more...)

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