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Hasslein Books Launches New Doctor Who Essay AnthologyHasslein Books Launches New Doctor Who Essay Anthology
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2015

Hasslein Books has announced 'Who Beyond 50: Celebrating Five Decades of Doctor Who,' written by Brian J. Robb and Paul Simpson. 'Who Beyond 50' (hassleinbooks.com/pages/book_who50.php) is now available at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and CreateSpace.com, and will soon also be available to consumers at BarnesandNoble.com, and to resellers via Ingram, NACSCORP and CreateSpace Direct Resellers. BBC's immensely popular Doctor Who series, featuring an extraterrestrial Time Lord exploring the universe aboard a time machine resembling a police call box, is a significant part of British pop culture and a cult favorite worldwide. The series has changed radically over the years, with thirteen actors portraying the Doctor to date, and with more than 50 companions joining him on his adventures. Few television series have remained in production for decades. Fewer have come back from cancellation to spawn multiple spinoffs. And even fewer have thrived following the loss of their lead actor. Amazingly, Doctor Who can proudly boast all three claims. Brian J Robb and Paul Simpson have assembled 50 thematic, chronological essays covering a wide variety of Who icons over the past five decades. The long-time collaborators posted preliminary versions of some of these essays at Sci-Fi Bulletin, but have delved into far greater detail for this collected edition, examining not only the show itself, but the background of each actor to play the role of the Doctor and each showrunner who helped keep the series alive, as well as the novels, audios, monsters, companions, music, effects, fandom, and much more. But Who Beyond 50 is more than just another TV retrospectiveit's a celebration of Who's surprises and successes, and an honest account of its faults and failures. Brian J. Robb is a New York Times and Sunday Times best-selling author whose works include Timeless Adventures: How Doctor Who Conquered TV, A Brief History of Star Trek, A Brief History of Star Wars, Counterfeit Worlds: Philip K. Dick on Film and Screams and Nightmares: The Films of Wes Craven. Paul Simpson has written official guides for Farscape, Smallville, The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, as well as unofficial books about subjects as diverse as James Bond, Nicole Kidman, The O.C., the Oz mythos and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The two authors recently collaborated on Middle-earth Envisioned: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings: On Screen, On Stage, and Beyond. 'Who Beyond 50,' a softcover volume spanning 330 pages, is now available for purchase. Beautifully designed, the book features an introduction by Nicholas Briggs, a British actor, writer, director and composer closely associated with Doctor Who and its various spinoffs, particularly as the voices of the Doctor's nemesis, the Daleks and the Cybermen. For more information, visit hassleinbooks.com/pages/book_who50.php. For review copies or author interviews, please contact info@hassleinbooks.com. We would also welcome being included in year-end gift guides, and are open to contest giveaways. To learn about Hasslein's other titles, visit the company's website (hassleinbooks.com), Twitter feed (twitter.com/hassleinbooks), Facebook page (facebook.com/hassleinbooks) or blog (hassleinbooks.blogspot.com), or e-mail info@hassleinbooks.com. About Hasslein Publishing, LLC Hasslein Publishing (hassleinbooks.com), a New York-based publisher of reference guides by geeks, for geeks, is named after Doctor Otto Hasslein, a time-travel expert portrayed by actor Eric Braeden in the film Escape from the Planet of the Apes. In addition to Who Beyond 50, the company's lineup of genre-based reference books includes Timeline of the Planet of the Apes, Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes, The Back to the Future Lexicon, The Back to the Future Chronology, The Red Dwarf Encyclopedia and Lost in Time and Space: An Unofficial Guide to the Uncharted Journeys of Doctor Who, with future volumes to feature James Bond, G.I. Joe, Alien vs. Predator, Battlestar Galactica, Ghostbusters, Universal Monsters, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and more. Doctor Who and all related characters and stories are copyright BBC, with no infringement intended. (more...)

Juliana Hansen to Perform at Palm Desert's Arthur Newman Theater, 8/24Juliana Hansen to Perform at Palm Desert's Arthur Newman Theater, 8/24
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2014

Actress and singer Juliana Hansen will perform her acclaimed one-woman cabaret concert entitled, "Juliana - Live" at the Arthur Newman Theater at the Joslyn Center in Palm Desert on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 2 PM and presented by Les Michaels Life Is A Cabaret Sundays In Summer Series. Musical director A.J. Robb will accompany Ms. Hansen on piano with hit songs from the Broadway stage, The Great American Songbook, and Hollywood films with an emphasis on Disney animated musicals. (more...)

Hasslein Publishing Releases New Doctor Who BookHasslein Publishing Releases New Doctor Who Book
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2014

Hasslein Publishing, LLC, has announced the release of 'Lost in Time and Space: An Unofficial Guide to the Uncharted Journeys of Doctor Who,' written by Matthew J Elliott. Lost in Time and Spacethe first of Hasslein's two Doctor Who reference guides, to be followed by 'Who After 50: Celebrating Five Decades of Doctor Who,' by Brian J Robb and Paul Simpsonis now available for purchase at Amazon.com and CreateSpace.com, and will soon also be available to consumers at BarnesandNoble.com, and to resellers via Ingram, NACSCORP and CreateSpace Direct Resellers. BBC's immensely popular Doctor Who series, featuring an extraterrestrial Time Lord exploring the universe aboard a time machine resembling a police call box, is a significant part of British pop-culture and a cult favorite worldwide. The series has changed radically over the years, with thirteen actors portraying the Doctor to date, and with more than 50 companions joining him on his adventures. But the show's 800 televised episodes (so far) are just the tip of the iceberg, as the Doctor has referenced countless encounters never expanded upon onscreen. After five decades of time-traveling adventures, you might imagine you knew all there was to know about the greatest hero in all of time and space, but it turns out he was living another life entirely while we weren't looking. This is the story of that life. RiffTrax.com writer Matthew J Elliott, the author of 'Sherlock Holmes on the Air,' 'Sherlock Holmes in Pursuit,: 'The Immortals: An Unauthorized Guide to Sherlock and Elementary and The Throne Eternal, as well as numerous radio plays based on Sherlock Holmes,' 'The Twilight Zone,' 'Vincent Price Presents,' 'Logan's Run,' 'Perry Mason and The War of the Worlds,' has accepted the Herculean task of chronicling those 'stories between the stories.' This is not a typical Doctor Who projectbut, then, Matthew is not a typical Doctor Who fan. 'Lost in Time and Space,' a softcover volume spanning 350 pages, is now available for only $19.99. Beautifully designed, the book features an insightful foreword by Alan Barnes, the author of the animated 'Tenth Doctor adventure The Infinite Quest,' and a writer and editor for Big Finish Productions' audio dramas featuring five of the Doctor's earlier incarnations. Order from Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Time-Space-Unofficial-Uncharted/dp/057814364X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1402021526&sr=1-1 Order from Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lost-Time-Space-Unofficial-Uncharted/dp/057814364X/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1402021558&sr=1-3 Order from CreateSpace.com: https://www.createspace.com/4822324 For more information, go to tinyurl.com/drwhoguide. For review copies, or to interview the author, contact info@hassleinbooks.com. And to learn more about Lost in Time and Space, as well as Hasslein's other titles, visit the company's website (hassleinbooks.com), Twitter feed (twitter.com/hassleinbooks), Facebook page (facebook.com/hassleinbooks) or blog (hassleinbooks.blogspot.com), or e-mail info@hassleinbooks.com. Doctor Who and all related characters and stories are copyright (c) BBC, with no infringement intended. (more...)

Raul Sunico, Martin Nievera Become First Filipinos to Perform at The Smith CenterRaul Sunico, Martin Nievera Become First Filipinos to Perform at The Smith Center
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2012

The most spectacular city on earth showcased Filipino and American music and raised thousands in charitable funds for ABS CBN Foundation International, the US-based nonprofit organization whose flagship program in the Philippines, Bantay Bata, provides a safe, nurturing, and loving environment where Filipino children can develop and realize their full potential through the rescue and care of abused, abandoned, and sick children. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Disney's Dreamy Juliana Hansen Makes Dynamic Cabaret DebutBWW Reviews: Disney's Dreamy Juliana Hansen Makes Dynamic Cabaret Debut
by Don Grigware - Oct 2, 2012

On Sunday September 30 beautiful theatre star Juliana Hansen debuted her one-woman cabaret at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal. Directed by dynamic Bruce Kimmel and with sleek musical direction from A.J. Robb, Hansen literally had her audience eating out of her palm from the very top of the 70-minute gig. Ultra confident and never missing a beat, Hansen segued from song to story to song seemlessly. Her voice is as pure and fragile as porcelain - it is so beautiful, like that of Julie Andrews or Kristen Chenoweth, that she is a recording artist's dream, a true singer's singer. In her young career, she has been requested by Academy Award winning composer Richard B. Sherman to sing internationally for Disney in Concert and to premiere songs cut from Mary Poppins. (more...)

Theater for the New City Presents The Off-B'way Premiere of HEATHENSTheater for the New City Presents The Off-B'way Premiere of HEATHENS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2012

Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Executive Director) will present Heathens, a new play by Heather Hill, directed by Stefanie Sertich, having its Off-Broadway premiere beginning March 1st and continuing through March 17th only. (more...)

Theater for the New City Presents The Off-B'way Premiere of HEATHENSTheater for the New City Presents The Off-B'way Premiere of HEATHENS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2012

Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Executive Director) will present Heathens, a new play by Heather Hill, directed by Stefanie Sertich, having its Off-Broadway premiere beginning March 1st and continuing through March 17th only. (more...)

Theater for the New City Presents The Off-B'way Premiere of HEATHENSTheater for the New City Presents The Off-B'way Premiere of HEATHENS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2012

Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Executive Director) will present Heathens, a new play by Heather Hill, directed by Stefanie Sertich, having its Off-Broadway premiere beginning March 1st and continuing through March 17th only. (more...)

Kritzerland at Sterling's Presents Toonful!Kritzerland at Sterling's Presents Toonful!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2012

Kritzerland at Sterling's will present Toonful! Great Songs From Animated Films, and A Tribute to the Memory of Michelle Nicastro on Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm. (more...)

Kritzerland at Sterling's Presents Toonful! 1/8Kritzerland at Sterling's Presents Toonful! 1/8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2012

Kritzerland at Sterling's will present Toonful! Great Songs From Animated Films, and A Tribute to the Memory of Michelle Nicastro on Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm. (more...)

Bass Performance Hall Welcomes The Midtown Men 10/26Bass Performance Hall Welcomes The Midtown Men 10/26
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2011

Performing Arts Fort Worth welcomes The Midtown Men to Bass Performance Hall on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. Single tickets start at $38.50 and will go on sale THIS Saturday at 10:00 a.m.! (more...)

Bass Performance Hall Welcomes The Midtown Men 10/26Bass Performance Hall Welcomes The Midtown Men 10/26
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2011

Performing Arts Fort Worth welcomes The Midtown Men to Bass Performance Hall on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. Single tickets start at $38.50 and will go on sale THIS Saturday at 10:00 a.m.! (more...)

East West Players Launches 'EWP Gives Back' for Premiere of ROAD TO SAIGONEast West Players Launches 'EWP Gives Back' for Premiere of ROAD TO SAIGON
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2010

East West Players (EWP), the nation's premier Asian American theatre, has created a new program to help non-profit organizations raise extra funds: EWP GIVES BACK. (more...)