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BWW CD Reviews: Jay Records' Complete ONE TOUCH OF VENUS is a Sterling Recording of a Forgotten FavoriteBWW CD Reviews: Jay Records' Complete ONE TOUCH OF VENUS is a Sterling Recording of a Forgotten Favorite
by David Clarke - Jun 9, 2014

Jay Records, with the support of The Kurt Weill Foundation, digitally released the first complete recording of composer Kurt Weill and lyricist Ogden Nash's score to the 1943 musical ONE TOUCH OF VENUS on October 7, 2013, and the sterling recording had its physical CD release on May 13, 2014. Originally announced over ten years ago, fans eagerly anticipated the album for years. Luckily for us listeners, the recording was well worth the wait. (more...)

PAT KIRKWOOD IS ANGRY Set for Brits Off Broadway at 59E59 Theaters, Begin. 6/10PAT KIRKWOOD IS ANGRY Set for Brits Off Broadway at 59E59 Theaters, Begin. 6/10
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2014

59E59 Theaters will welcome the US premiere of PAT KIRKWOOD IS ANGRY, written by Jessica Walker, with Joseph Atkins at the piano, and directed by Lee Blakeley, with musical arrangements by James Holmes. PAT KIRKWOOD IS ANGRY begins performances on Tuesday, June 10 for a limited engagement through Sunday, June 29. Press opening is Sunday, June 15 at 7:30 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Thursday at 7:30 PM; Friday at 8:30 PM; Saturday at 2:30 PM & 8:30 PM; and Sunday at 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Tickets are $25 ($17.50 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or go to www.59e59.org. (more...)

Black Mondays: Worst Decisions of the Supreme Court (4th Edition) is ReleasedBlack Mondays: Worst Decisions of the Supreme Court (4th Edition) is Released
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2014

Updated 'Black Mondays: Worst Decisions of the Supreme Court' Published Hard Cover: ISBN 978-0-9814510-6-0, $45.00 Paperback: ISBN 978-0-9814510-8-4, $20.00 Ebook/iBook: $9.95 Inprint Books announced the publication of the revised and significantly updated 'Black Mondays: Worst Decisions of the Supreme Court (Fourth Edition)' by Joel D. Joseph. Justice Thurgood Marshall wrote the foreword for the first edition and it is included in this edition as well. The author found, 'The worst decision in recent history was Bush v. Gore in which the Supreme Court enacted a judicial coup d'état, installing George Bush as President of the United States, overruling Florida and Congress.' Florida was not allowed to finish the counting of the ballots even though the Supreme Court ruled that prior counting violated the Constitution of the United States. Joseph added, 'And by the way the Twelfth Amendment to the Constitution specifically provides that Congress shall count the votes of the presidential electors. If two competing slates of presidential electors from one state are presented to Congress, Congress, not the United States Supreme Court, decides which slate of electors are counted.' In 2008, President George W. Bush signed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments into law that gave Chief Justice Roberts the power to appoint all members of the FISA Court without Senate confirmation. Concerning government spying, the Supreme Court has ruled that the ACLU does not have standing to challenge the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, thus allowing virtually unlimited surveillance by the government. In recent years, the Supreme Court has taken charge of gun control, video-game violence, campaign finance and class actions. It has taken power from States and cities and given them to corporations. 'Corporations are people,' the Court has announced, allowing unlimited corporate involvement in political campaigns. Corporations can now dictate that disputes with customers are settled in arbitration, not in court. The Supreme Court has ruled that these arbitrations cannot be class arbitrations overriding State law and individual rights. Mr. Joseph blames the Supreme Court for overturning laws that regulated violent video games and limited gun control laws. 'The Supreme Court ruled that California could not limit sales of violent video games to minors. Two of the mass shooters of this past year, Adam Lanza in Newtown, Connecticut and James Holmes in Aurora, Colorado, were violent video game addicts who acted out their fantasies in real life. The Court has blood on its hands, particularly Justice Scalia, who found that there is not connection between violent video games and actual violence.' The Supreme Court is now the center of controversy for gun control, voters' rights, civil rights, consumer rights, privacy and access to justice. This book will be the subject of many talk shows from coast to coast. The author will tour major U.S. cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston and Cleveland. For More Information Contact: Joel D. Joseph, 310-820-2211 (more...)

2014 Brits Off Broadway Festival to Run 4/1-6/292014 Brits Off Broadway Festival to Run 4/1-6/29
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2014

The critically acclaimed Brits Off Broadway festival, host to the UK's most innovative and provocative theater in New York City, returns for its 9th season of New York premieres of new British theater. Presented by 59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer), Brits Off Broadway launches on Tuesday, April 1 and runs through Sunday, June 29. The single ticket prices range from $25 - $70 ($17.50 - $49 for 59E59 Members). Tickets to Brits Off Broadway go on sale on February 28, with a special pre-sale for 59E59 Members beginning February 21. Tickets are available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or online at www.59e59.org. For more information on Brits Off Broadway, visit www.59E59.org or www.britsoffbroadway.com. (more...)

Watch: New Documentary SINGING THE STORY Explores Lotte Lenya CompetitionWatch: New Documentary SINGING THE STORY Explores Lotte Lenya Competition
by Movies News Desk - Jan 8, 2014

The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music has announced the online release of Singing the Story: The Lotte Lenya Competition, a new documentary film about the prestigious international contest for singer-actors. (more...)

NYMF Reveals Starry 2014 Next Link Project Grand Jury - Hunter Foster, Amanda Green, Tony Sheldon, Michael Cerveris & More!NYMF Reveals Starry 2014 Next Link Project Grand Jury - Hunter Foster, Amanda Green, Tony Sheldon, Michael Cerveris & More!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2013

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) has chosen Abrams Artists Agent Beth Blickers, OBIE and Drama Desk Award-winning actress Donna Lynne Champlin, Tony Award and Drama Desk Award-nominated actor Hunter Foster, Tony Award and Drama Desk Award-nominated composer and lyricist Amanda Green, Tony Award-nominated director Thomas Kail, Associate Producer of the Old Globe Eric Louie, Outer Critics Circle-nominated director and choreographer Josh Prince, Tony Award and Drama Desk nominated actor and writer Tony Sheldon, Tony Award-nominated and Grammy-winning composer Lucy Simon, and two-time Tony Award-winning actor Michael Cerveris to serve as the Grand Jury of this year's Next Link project. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Melissa Errico, Brent Barrett, Ron Raines & More Sing Kurt Weill at Symphony Space!BWW TV Exclusive: Melissa Errico, Brent Barrett, Ron Raines & More Sing Kurt Weill at Symphony Space!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 14, 2013

It would be impossible to pick a favorite performance from this memorable evening, so BroadwayWorld.com brings you highlights from the concert below! But, evenings such as this one are ALWAYS welcome. (more...)

Melissa Errico & More Set for Symphony Space's KURT WEILL ON BROADWAY TodayMelissa Errico & More Set for Symphony Space's KURT WEILL ON BROADWAY Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2013

Symphony Space opens its 2013-14 Music season with 'Kurt Weill on Broadway,' tonight, October 7 (8 pm) at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre. Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Broadway opening of Weill's One Touch of Venus. Ted Chapin hosts a stellar cast featuring Melissa Errico, Brent Barrett, Judy Blazer, and Ron Raines, plus winners of the international Lotte Lenya Competition. (more...)

Exclusive: Symphony Space Presents KURT WEILL ON BROADWAY and First Look at VENUS CoverExclusive: Symphony Space Presents KURT WEILL ON BROADWAY and First Look at VENUS Cover
by BWW Special Coverage - Oct 4, 2013

Some of Broadway's best will take the stage at New York's Symphony Space on 7 October 2013 to celebrate the American music of Kurt Weill. Hosted by Ted Chapin, the evening will highlight songs from Venus as well as favorites from other Weill shows, including Street Scene, Lady in the Dark, Love Life, Lost in the Stars, Knickerbocker Holiday, The Threepenny Opera, and Happy End. The starry cast features Melissa Errico, Brent Barrett, Judy Blazer, and Ron Raines alongside Lotte Lenya Competition winners Richard Todd Adams, Douglas Carpenter, Cooper Grodin, Justin Hopkins, Zachary James, Analisa Leaming, Jacob Keith Watson, and Maren Weinberger. Weill specialist James Holmes, who conducted a fully staged production of Venus at England's Opera North in 2004, music directs, and Richard Jay-Alexander directs. (more...)

Symphony Space Shines a Light on Musical Legends and Salon PerformersSymphony Space Shines a Light on Musical Legends and Salon Performers
by Naomi Serviss - Oct 3, 2013

Krzysztof Penderecki, acclaimed as Poland's greatest living composers, headlines what promises to be an exciting season at Symphony Space. (more...)

Ron Raines, Melissa Errico & More Set for Kurt Weill Tribute at Symphony Space, 10/7Ron Raines, Melissa Errico & More Set for Kurt Weill Tribute at Symphony Space, 10/7
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2013

Some of Broadway's best will take the stage at New York's Symphony Space on 7 October 2013 to celebrate the American music of Kurt Weill. Hosted by Ted Chapin, the evening will highlight songs from Venus as well as favorites from other Weill shows, including Street Scene, Lady in the Dark, Love Life, Lost in the Stars,Knickerbocker Holiday, The Threepenny Opera, and Happy End. The starry cast features Melissa Errico, Brent Barrett, Judy Blazer, and Ron Raines alongside Lotte Lenya Competition winners Richard Todd Adams, Douglas Carpenter, Cooper Grodin, Justin Hopkins, Zachary James, Analisa Leaming, Jacob Keith Watson, and Maren Weinberger. Weill specialist James Holmes, who conducted a fully staged production of Venus at England's Opera North in 2004, music directs, and Richard Jay-Alexander directs. (more...)

Melissa Errico and More Set for Symphony Space's KURT WEILL ON BROADWAY, 10/7Melissa Errico and More Set for Symphony Space's KURT WEILL ON BROADWAY, 10/7
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2013

Symphony Space will open its 2013-14 Music season with 'Kurt Weill on Broadway,' Monday, October 7 (8 pm) at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre. The show takes place on the 70th anniversary of the Broadway opening of Weill's One Touch of Venus. Ted Chapin hosts a stellar cast featuring Melissa Errico, Brent Barrett, Judy Blazer, and Ron Raines, plus winners of the international Lotte Lenya Competition. (more...)

Symphony Space Announces Krzystof Penderecki and More for 2013 - 2014 Music SeasonSymphony Space Announces Krzystof Penderecki and More for 2013 - 2014 Music Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2013

Symphony Space, New York's home for innovative and diverse cultural programming on the Upper West Side, celebrates its 35th season of Music programs in 2013-14 with a stellar array of artists in imaginative, thought-provoking presentations. Curated by Artistic Director Laura Kaminsky, the offerings range from marathon celebrations to intimate recitals, encompassing a rich variety of musical styles. Highlights include a visit from Krzysztof Penderecki, October 25; the fifth THE MUSIC OF NOW MARATHON, with the dream-inspired theme of 'REM: Rapid Ear Movement,' February 1; and appearances by Dar Williams, Tom Paxton, Christine Lavin, and other icons of folk/acoustic music. Capping the season is SLEEPING AROUND, a multidisciplinary festival celebrating the culture, history, art, scene, and scandal of New York's most famous hotels, highlighted by WALL TO WALL SLEEPING AROUND on May 3. (more...)

Douglas Carpenter Wins Eastman School's 2013 Lotte Lenya Competition for Singer-ActorsDouglas Carpenter Wins Eastman School's 2013 Lotte Lenya Competition for Singer-Actors
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2013

Douglas Carpenter, baritone, of New York, won the $15,000 First Prize in the finals of the 15th annual Lotte Lenya Competition, held on April 13, 2013, at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. Maren Weinberger, soprano, of New York, received the Second Prize of $10,000, and two Third Prizes of $7,500 each were awarded to Alison Arnopp, soprano, of County Cork, Ireland, and Lauren Roesner, soprano, of Cincinnati. Founded in 1998 to celebrate the centenary of Lenya's birth, the Lotte Lenya Competition is an international theater singing contest that recognizes talented young singer/actors, ages 19-32, who are dramatically and musically convincing in a wide range of repertoire. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 3rd, 2013'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 3rd, 2013
by Paul W. Thompson - Apr 3, 2013

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Big doings at Broadway In Chicago, 'Othello: The Remix,' world premieres from Pride Plays, The Second City and two from composer Kevin O'Donnell, 'Spamalot,' 'I Can Get It For You Wholesale' and so much more! (more...)

2013 Lotte Lenya Competition Finalists and Judges Announced: Erin Mackey, Douglas Carpenter and More2013 Lotte Lenya Competition Finalists and Judges Announced: Erin Mackey, Douglas Carpenter and More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2013

Twelve exceptionally talented young singer-actors, with previous stage experience ranging from roles on Broadway to the Metropolitan Opera House, have been named finalists in the 2013 Lotte Lenya Competition. They will compete for top prizes of $15,000, $10,000 and $7,500 on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Acclaimed soprano and 2010 Opera News Award winner Patricia Racette, British opera and musical theater conductor James Holmes, and Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization President and American Theater Wing Vice-Chairman Theodore S. Chapin will serve as judges. (more...)

PBS to Air Week of Special Programming Dedicated to Newtown ShootingPBS to Air Week of Special Programming Dedicated to Newtown Shooting
by TV News Desk - Jan 14, 2013

Today at the Television Critics Association meeting, PBS announced that, in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, it will broadcast a series of specials that continue the public conversation on gun laws, mental illness and school security. The 'After Newtown' programming airs on PBS stations February 18-22 (check local listings). (more...)

Review Roundup: CAROUSEL at the Barbican TheatreReview Roundup: CAROUSEL at the Barbican Theatre
by Review Roundups - Aug 21, 2012

Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical Carousel comes to London in August 2012, for just 35 performances, prior to appearing at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in 2013. Voted best musical of the 20th century by Time Magazine, Carousel features breathtaking dancing, and some of the most moving music ever written for the stage, including If I Loved You, June is bustin' out all over and You'll Never Walk Alone. (more...)

BP Markowitz Releases Statement on Aurora Shootings and Brooklyn VictimBP Markowitz Releases Statement on Aurora Shootings and Brooklyn Victim
by Movies News Desk - Jul 20, 2012

BP Marty Markowitz has just released a statement on the Aurora shooting during the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises and one of its victims, who was from Brooklyn. (more...)

Theater Chains React to Tragic Shootings in COTheater Chains React to Tragic Shootings in CO
by Movies News Desk - Jul 20, 2012

Some of the nation's biggest theater chains have issued statements on the tragic events which occurred on Friday in Aurora, CO. (more...)

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