John Adams News

Long Beach Opera to Present 'I WAS LOOKING AT THE CEILING,' 8/23
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

An earthquake romance. A genre-defying song play. With a score by leading contemporary composer John Adams and a libretto by the late poet June Jordan, I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky was written as an homage to the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Now, 20 years later, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission presents the Southern California premiere, performed by Long Beach Opera. LBO artistic director Andreas Mitisek conducts a concert staging at the Ford Amphitheatre on Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. as part of the Ford's Zev Yaroslavsky Signature Series. (more...)

Tim Quartier, Lianne Marie Dobbs & More Join Cast of Orlando Shakespeare Theater's LES MISERABLES
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF has announced partial casting for LES MISERABLES. (more...)

The San Fransisco Girls Chorus Announces 2014-2015 Season, Which Includes THE ROMANTIC IMAGINATION, NORTHERN LIGHTS and More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

In announcing the first season of concerts curated under her artistic directorship Lisa Bielawa has made public details of the 40-voice, Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Girls Chorus 2014-2015 season. The season of five programs will run October 4, 2014 through June 5, 2015 and be capped off by a tour to Nordic countries including Estonia, Finland and Sweden. The season concerts will be conducted by Music Director Valerie Sainte-Agathe and will highlight music by Amy Beach, Lili Boulanger, Carla Kihlstedt Schubert, Beethoven, Handel, Vaughan Williams, Ralf Yusuf Gawlick, Philip Glass, John Adams, John Cage, Lou Harrison, Meredith Monk and others and feature guest artists including pianistJon Nakamatsu and violinist/composer Carla Kihlstedt. Of particular note will be the West Coast premiere of Kinderkreuzzug (2010), an anti-war cantata by German-Turkish composer Ralf Yusuf Gawlick set on a 1941 poem by Bertoldt Brecht. In addition to the annual Davies Hall holiday concert, the Girls Chorus this year will collaborate with New Century Chamber Orchestra for seasonal performances. For more information, visit www.sfgirlschorus.org. (more...)

World Premiere of Richard Bean's PITCAIRN to Be Performed at Chichester Festival Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

Award-winning playwright Richard Bean unveils the second of his three world premieres to be staged this year, and renews his collaboration with acclaimed director Max Stafford-Clark for Pitcairn at Chichester, prior to London and a national tour. (more...)

Opera San Jose to Open 31st Season with RIGOLETTO, 9/6-21
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

Opera San José opens its 31st season with Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto. This tale of innocence lost and vengeance gone tragically awry will be conducted by Joseph Marcheso, with stage direction by Brad Dalton. Rigoletto will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. Six performances are scheduled from September 6 through 21 at the California Theatre, 345 South First Street in downtown San José. Tickets are on sale at the Opera San José Box Office, online at operasj.org or by phone at (408) 437-4450. The production of Rigoletto is made possible, in part, by a Cultural Affairs Grant from the City of San José. (more...)

Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins to Star in HBO Miniseries OLIVE KITTERIDGE
by TV News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

Academy Award(R) winner Frances McDormand ('Fargo,' 'North Country') and Academy Award(R) nominee Richard Jenkins star in the four-part HBO Miniseries drama OLIVE KITTERIDGE (more...)

HBO's OLIVE KITTERIDGE Miniseries with Frances McDormand to Debut this Winter
by TV News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

Academy Award® winner Frances McDormand (“Fargo,” “North Country”) and Academy Award® nominee Richard Jenkins (“The Visitor,” HBO's “Six Feet Under”) star in the four-part HBO Miniseries drama OLIVE KITTERIDGE, a film by Academy Award®-nominated director Lisa Cholodenko (“The Kids Are All Right,” “Laurel Canyon”). Based on Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name and written by Emmy®-winner Jane Anderson (HBO's “The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom” and “Normal”), the miniseries will debut on HBO this winter. (more...)

BWW Blog: James Beaman of Cape Playhouse's 1776 - Meet the Congress!
by Guest Blogger: James Beaman - Jul 03, 2014

One of the reasons I became enamored of acting as a child was the opportunity to put on period costumes and to imagine I was going back in time. It's one of the giddy pleasures of being an actor-dress up! And there are few periods that are quite as distinctive and fun as the 18th century. In this week's vlog post, I have my first fitting for my John Adams costume with designer Gail Baldoni. (more...)

Jacob Hoffman, Rob Maitner, Daniel Marcus and More Set for 54 BELOW SINGS 1776 Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 03, 2014

54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, celebrates the July 4th weekend with '54 Below Sings 1776,' a celebration of the music from Broadway's Tony Award-winning Independence Day musical by Sherman Edwards. '54 Below Sings 1776' will play four performances only: tonight, July 3 at 7PM and 9:30PM, and Sat. July 5 at 7PM and 9:30PM. (more...)

THEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: 1776 - 60s, 70s & 90s Style
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 03, 2014

In honor of this week's major national holiday of Independence Day, today we celebrate the most patriotic musical of them all, 1776. (more...)

SubCulture: Arts Underground Announces 2014-2015 Programming
by BWW News Desk - Jul 01, 2014

Marc and Steven Kaplan, co-founders of SubCulture, announce their 2014-2015 programming for the downtown performing arts venue. Touted by The New Yorker as having a 'strong curatorial hand,' SubCulture's founders enter their second year with a dynamic array of new series, multi-concert residencies, creative partnerships, and a program championing emerging composers. (more...)

Patti LuPone, Charles Busch, Lindsay Mendez, The Skivvies and More Set for 54 Below, July-Aug 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jul 01, 2014

This July and August 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. (more...)

Moonlight Stage Presents the Southern California Premiere of Disney's MARY POPPINS, 7/16-8/2
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

Moonlight Stage Productions' 34th summer season is well under way, and Artistic Director Steven Glaudini is proud to present the Southern California Regional Premiere of the smash hit Broadway musical MARY POPPINS, co-created by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh. Performances are July 16 to August 2. Single tickets are priced $15 to $52 and include price levels for student rush, military, senior, and family discounts. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (760) 724-2110 or visit moonlightstage.com. (more...)

The Skivvies, 54 SINGS 1776, ZANNA, DON'T! Class Reunion and More Set for 54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. (more...)

BWW Blog: James Beaman of Cape Playhouse's 1776 - Clothes Make the Man!
by Guest Blogger: James Beaman - Jun 30, 2014

One of the reasons I became enamored of acting as a child was the opportunity to put on period costumes and to imagine I was going back in time. It's one of the giddy pleasures of being an actor-dress up! And there are few periods that are quite as distinctive and fun as the 18th century. In this week's vlog post, I have my first fitting for my John Adams costume with designer Gail Baldoni. (more...)

The Florida Orchestra Names Michael Francis as Its New Music Director
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

The Florida Orchestra (TFO) has announced the appointment of Michael Francis as its new Music Director starting with the 2015/2016 season, serving as Music Director Designate for the upcoming 2014/2015 season. Appointed as part of an initial three-year contract, his duties include being the primary conductor and providing the artistic leadership for concert programming and related artistic decisions. Although his primary role is with the Tampa Bay Times Masterworks series, he will also be conducting one concert each season for the Raymond James Pops and the morning Coffee Concert series. This reflects Francis' personal desire to be fully-integrated artistically with the orchestra and the organization. (more...)

WSR Signature Theatre to Present 1776, 7/2-3
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

It's the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence...if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! 1776 follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, and Richard Henry Lee and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence. (more...)

BWW Blog: James Beaman of Cape Playhouse's 1776 - Wigging Out
by Guest Blogger: James Beaman - Jun 26, 2014

My visit to the Massachusetts Historical Society was so fascinating that I had to devote two vlog posts to it! Librarian Peter Drummey and his colleague Sara Georgini know as much about the show 1776 as they do about the true history and the real John Adams. And they have great affection for the musical, pointing out some of the departures from the true story the writers took in creating a dramatically pleasing piece of theatre. (more...)

All-American Program and More Set for NY Philharmonic's Worldwide Radio Broadcasts, July 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

The July broadcasts of The New York Philharmonic This Week -- the weekly radio series of concerts and recordings by the New York Philharmonic, hosted by Alec Baldwin -- begin with Bramwell Tovey leading the Orchestra in an all-American program. (more...)

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