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2016 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Regional Awards Update - Becky Gulsvig, Pia Toscano, J. Harrison Ghee in Lead!2016 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Regional Awards Update - Becky Gulsvig, Pia Toscano, J. Harrison Ghee in Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 2, 2016

Voting has opened for the 2016 BroadwayWorld Jacksonville Regional Awards, honoring productions which opened between October 2016 and September 2016. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

Daniel Reichard to Return to Birdland with GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS This DecemberDaniel Reichard to Return to Birdland with GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS This December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

The Broadway at Birdland concert series has announced that Broadway and concert stage star Daniel Reichard is bringing his popular annual New York City holiday show 'Guide to Christmas' back to the historic music room. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Final Performance Of FOR THE RECORD: SCORSESE AMERICAN REQUIEM At The Wallis AnnenbergPhoto Coverage: Final Performance Of FOR THE RECORD: SCORSESE AMERICAN REQUIEM At The Wallis Annenberg
by Lily Lim - Oct 23, 2016

This fall, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts transformed much of its campus into a lively Little Italy themed street party in celebration of For The Record: Scorsese - American Crime Requiem. The Wallis and For The Record-the acclaimed company that began in a small bar in East Hollywood in 2010 and whose performances have quickly become must see shows-combined forces to pay homage to the visceral world of Martin Scorsese in a new co production that revolutionized the musical theater experience and brought the legendary filmmaker's epic soundtracks to life in a new generation cabaret, from September 21 through October 16. From the moment audiences arrived at The Wallis, the immersive experience began with special pre-show festivities, continued through an exhilarating performance, and finished with post-show gatherings that featured specially curated entertainment. BroadwayWorld was at the final performance of the production, and caught some of the most exciting moments on camera. (more...)

BWW Review: SCORSESE AMERICAN CRIME REQUIEM Is a Killer at the Wallis AnnenbergBWW Review: SCORSESE AMERICAN CRIME REQUIEM Is a Killer at the Wallis Annenberg
by Don Grigware - Oct 3, 2016

For the Record is first and foremost an absolutely awesome show visually... and emotionally. The creative team of For the Record, namely Anderson Davis, Shane Scheel and music supervisor Jesse Vargas, began these amazing shows back in 2010 at Show at Barre on Vermont which turned into Rockwell Table and Stage. It's perfectly suited to a cabaret setting focusing on movie scenes and songs from a particular filmmaker. I first saw Baz Luhrman before it crossed country to great success; another big hit is the show about Quentin Tarantino. Now, in its debut, For The Record: Scorsese American Crime Requiem world premieres at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts through October 16. Scenes form Martin Scorsese films are mixed together with pop songs from the soundtracks of his films featuring a spectacular cast. It's a bigger venue but suits Scorsese's over.the.top portrayal of violent crime in America to a tee. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Opening Night Celebration Of FOR THE RECORD: SCORSESE AN AMERICAN CRIME REQUIEM At The Wallis AnnenbergPhoto Coverage: Opening Night Celebration Of FOR THE RECORD: SCORSESE AN AMERICAN CRIME REQUIEM At The Wallis Annenberg
by Lily Lim - Oct 2, 2016

This fall, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts transforms much of its campus into a lively Little Italy themed street party as it celebrates For The Record: Scorsese - American Crime Requiem. The Wallis and For The Record-the acclaimed company that began in a small bar in East Hollywood in 2010 and whose performances have quickly become must see shows-combine forces to pay homage to the visceral world of Martin Scorsese in a new co production that revolutionizes the musical theater experience and brings the legendary filmmaker's epic soundtracks to life in a new generation cabaret, from September 21 through October 16. From the moment audiences arrive at The Wallis, the immersive experience begins with special pre show festivities, continuing through an exhilarating performance, and finishing with post show gatherings that feature specially curated entertainment. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of FOR THE RECORD : SCORSESE AMERICAN CRIME REQUIEM At The Wallis AnnenbergPhoto Coverage: Opening Night of FOR THE RECORD : SCORSESE AMERICAN CRIME REQUIEM At The Wallis Annenberg
by Lily Lim - Oct 2, 2016

This fall, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts transforms much of its campus into a lively Little Italy themed street party as it celebrates For The Record: Scorsese - American Crime Requiem. The Wallis and For The Record-the acclaimed company that began in a small bar in East Hollywood in 2010 and whose performances have quickly become must see shows-combine forces to pay homage to the visceral world of Martin Scorsese in a new co production that revolutionizes the musical theater experience and brings the legendary filmmaker's epic soundtracks to life in a new generation cabaret, from September 21 through October 16. From the moment audiences arrive at The Wallis, the immersive experience begins with special pre show festivities, continuing through an exhilarating performance, and finishing with post show gatherings that feature specially curated entertainment. (more...)

JERSEY BOYS Star Michael Longoria to Encore BROADWAY BRICK BY BRICK at Joe's PubJERSEY BOYS Star Michael Longoria to Encore BROADWAY BRICK BY BRICK at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

Original "Jersey Boy" Michael Longoria will return to Joe's Pub at The Public to perform BROADWAY BRICK BY BRICK on Sunday, September 18 at 7:00pm. (more...)

Carmen Cusack and John Lloyd Young Join The Cast of FOR THE RECORD: SCORSESE at The WallisCarmen Cusack and John Lloyd Young Join The Cast of FOR THE RECORD: SCORSESE at The Wallis
by Nora Dominick - Aug 26, 2016

Revolutionizing the live musical theater experience, the acclaimed company For The Record makes its triumphant return to Los Angeles in a new production, For The Record: Scorsese - American Crime Requiem. This new show will bring the legendary filmmaker's soundtracks to life in a new generation cabaret from September 21 through October 16 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. For The Record: Scorsese - American Crime Requiem is co-produced by The Wallis and Ad Astra Live, and is made possible by the generous support of David C. Bohnett. (more...)


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Photo Flash: Seth Sikes Brings Liza Minnelli Tribute Back to Feinstein's/54 BelowPhoto Flash: Seth Sikes Brings Liza Minnelli Tribute Back to Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

Seth Sikes, of whom NY Arts Review said, 'may well be one of the saviors of the Great American Songbook' returned to FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW on Wednesday, June 8th in Seth Sikes Sings Liza Minnelli, an evening of Minnelli's most popular songs. The show was performed to a capacity crowd that included legendary composer John Kander who wrote all of Minnelli's signature tunes along with Broadway director Susan Stroman and lyricist David Zippel. (more...)

BWW Review: The Talented MICHAEL LONGORIA Truly Connects With His Biographical CabaretBWW Review: The Talented MICHAEL LONGORIA Truly Connects With His Biographical Cabaret
by Gil Kaan - Jun 9, 2016

On June 7, the Rockwell Table & Stage featured the stunning vocals of Michael Longoria. Smartly written by Longoria and his director Taylor James, Broadway standards received re-imagined, re-purposed raison-d'etre in advancing Longoria's fascinating narrative. His verbal accounts (serving as song intros) gave fresh, innovative meanings to his show tune classics selections. (more...)

Seth Sikes Returning to Feinstein's/54 Below, 6/8Seth Sikes Returning to Feinstein's/54 Below, 6/8
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Seth Sikes, of whom NY Arts Review said, "may well be one of the saviors of the Great American Songbook" will return to FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW on Wednesday, June 8th at 7:00PM in his critically acclaimed show Seth Sikes Sings Liza Minnelli, an evening of Minnelli's most popular songs. (more...)

Photo Flash: Daniel Reichard Celebrates FRIENDS, ACQUAINTANCES, AND STRANGERS at BirdlandPhoto Flash: Daniel Reichard Celebrates FRIENDS, ACQUAINTANCES, AND STRANGERS at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

On Sunday, May 8, the Broadway at Birdland concert series was, once again, proud to present Daniel Reichard in a brand new spirited variety show entitled 'Friends, Acquaintances, and Strangers.' Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

Keala Settle & More to Join Daniel Reichard in FRIENDS, ACQUAINTANCES, AND STRANGERS at BirdlandKeala Settle & More to Join Daniel Reichard in FRIENDS, ACQUAINTANCES, AND STRANGERS at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

The Broadway at Birdland concert series has announced that on Sunday, May 8 at 6 PM, Daniel Reichard will return to the historic room with a spirited variety show entitled 'Friends, Acquaintances, and Strangers.' This concert, which takes place on Mother's Day, will feature Reichard and an eclectic gathering of some of New York City's most talented performing artists. (more...)

Daniel Reichard Set for Broadway at Birdland Concert Series, 5/8Daniel Reichard Set for Broadway at Birdland Concert Series, 5/8
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce that on Sunday, May 8 at 6 PM, Daniel Reichard will return to the historic room with a spirited variety show entitled "Friends, Acquaintances, and Strangers." This concert, which takes place on Mother's Day, will feature Reichard and an eclectic gathering of some of New York City's most talented performing artists. (more...)

'BAZ - Star Crossed Love' Premieres at The Palazzo Las Vegas'BAZ - Star Crossed Love' Premieres at The Palazzo Las Vegas
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

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Seth Sikes to Bring Liza Minnelli Tribute to Feinstein's at the Nikko, 6/16Seth Sikes to Bring Liza Minnelli Tribute to Feinstein's at the Nikko, 6/16
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

Seth Sikes, of whom New York Arts Review said 'may well be one of the saviors of the Great American Songbook,' will make his Feinstein's at the Nikko debut on Thursday, June 16 (8 p.m.) for one performance only of his critically acclaimed show Seth Sikes Sings Liza Minnelli, an evening of Minnelli's most popular songs. (more...)

SETH SIKES SINGS LIZA MINNELLI to Return to Feinstein's/54 BelowSETH SIKES SINGS LIZA MINNELLI to Return to Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2016

Seth Sikes, of whom NY Arts Review said, "may well be one of the saviors of the Great American Songbook" will return to FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW on Monday, May 2nd at 9:30PM and Wednesday, June 8th at 7:00PM in his critically acclaimed show Seth Sikes Sings Liza Minnelli, an evening of Minnelli's most popular songs. (more...)

Michael Longoria of JERSEY BOYS Fame to Release New Album in MayMichael Longoria of JERSEY BOYS Fame to Release New Album in May
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2016

Original "Jersey Boy" Michael Longoria is gearing up to release BROADWAY BRICK BY BRICK May 6th on Broadway Records. He will celebrate the release with an intimate performance at Joe's Pub at The Public on May 2nd at 9:30pm. To purchase tickets, go to Joe's Pub Ticket Link. To pre-order the album, head to Broadway Records.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Seth Sikes 'SINGS LIZA MINNELLI' at Feinstein's/54 BelowPhoto Flash: Seth Sikes 'SINGS LIZA MINNELLI' at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

Seth Sikes returned to FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW on Saturday, March 12th in a brand new show. Seth Sikes Sings Liza Minnelli, an evening of Minnelli's most popular songs was performed on the legendary entertainer's 70th birthday. (more...)

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