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BWW Review: Johnny Lee Davenport Measures Up in THURGOODBWW Review: Johnny Lee Davenport Measures Up in THURGOOD
by Nancy Grossman - Jan 12, 2017

Johnny Lee Davenport and Director Benny Sato Ambush collaborate for a powerful production of George Stevens, Jr.'s THURGOOD in its area premiere at New Repertory Theatre in Watertown. Together, they create a humanized portrait of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, that is at once relatable and larger-than-life. It is also a reminder that one man can make a difference if he is determined and perseveres. (more...)

Carson Elrod and More Tapped for THE MERRY DEVIL OF EDMONTON at Red Bull TheaterCarson Elrod and More Tapped for THE MERRY DEVIL OF EDMONTON at Red Bull Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Red Bull Theater today announced the cast for their next Revelation Reading on Monday January 23rd (7:30pm) at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street): William Shakespeare's (we think) THE MERRY DEVIL OF EDMONTON, directed by Ben Prusiner and featuring Opal Alladin, Sheila Bandyopadhyay, Johnny Lee Davenport, Dan de Jesus, Carson Elrod, Rebecca S'manga Frank, Adam Green, Andrus Nichols, Sarah Rice, David Ryan Smith, Derek Smith, Raphael Nash Thompson, Ryan Brooke Taylor, Sam Tsoutsouvas, Andrew Weems, and more. (more...)

Ring in the New Year with the Dallas Debut of JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOKRing in the New Year with the Dallas Debut of JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2017

Dallas Children's Theater (DCT) opens the second half of its 2016-2017 season with JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK, running from January 20-February 26, 2017 at the Rosewood Center for Family Arts. (more...)

THURGOOD to Bring History to New Repertory Theatre This JanuaryTHURGOOD to Bring History to New Repertory Theatre This January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

New Repertory Theatre presents Thurgood, January 7-February 5, 2017 in the Black Box Theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA. (more...)

Sir Jr. A.K.A. Johnny Lee Releases CLASSIC SHORT STORIESSir Jr. A.K.A. Johnny Lee Releases CLASSIC SHORT STORIES
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2016

Sir Jr. A.K.A. Johnny Lee, a retired State Parole Officer and serviceman in the United States Army, has completed his new book 'Classic Short Stories': a gripping and potent collection of short works by the author. (more...)

Johnny Lee, Charley Pride & More Set for December Episodes of REFLECTIONSJohnny Lee, Charley Pride & More Set for December Episodes of REFLECTIONS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2016

Country legends will light up “Reflections” in December during the weekly half-hour interview show featuring Johnny Lee, Collin Raye, Charley Pride, Janie Fricke and Mark Chesnutt. (more...)

BWW Review: AKEELAH AND THE BEE at Wheelock Family TheatreBWW Review: AKEELAH AND THE BEE at Wheelock Family Theatre
by Rishka Mehra - Nov 8, 2016

In the opening of its 36th season, The Wheelock Family Theatre showcases a production that pushes viewers to test the bounds of their own potentials and work hard to pursue their passions. WFT's Akeelah and the Bee not only presents messages of resilience, tenacity, and perseverance in the face of adversity, but it also highlights the importance of garnering support through communal relationships and fostering a sense of self by understanding the obstacles of the surrounding world. A powerful story punctuated by humor, WFT's production of Akeelah and the Bee triumphs in its ability to include the audience in a narrative where the courage of a child instills hope in others. (more...)

SiriusXM to Launch Eight Holiday Music ChannelsSiriusXM to Launch Eight Holiday Music Channels
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2016

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Underground Railway Theater Presents WHEN JANUARY FEELS LIKE SUMMERUnderground Railway Theater Presents WHEN JANUARY FEELS LIKE SUMMER
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

Underground Railway Theater is proud to present Cori Thomas' When January Feels Like Summer from October 20 - November 13, 2016. When January Feels Like Summer is directed by Benny Sato Ambush. The press performance isMonday, October 24 at 7:30PM. (more...)

BWW Review: The African Company Presents RICHARD III Timidly Important work.BWW Review: The African Company Presents RICHARD III Timidly Important work.
by Scott Rawson - Sep 20, 2016

Did you know that there was an African Theater Company in 1821? We learn during American Players Theater production of 'THE AFRICAN THEATER COMPANY PRESENTS RICHARD III, that 6 years before New York abolished slavery and 20 years before the beginning of the Civil War, this company existed. (more...)

BWW Review: GENERATION ME Tackles Important Teen IssuesBWW Review: GENERATION ME Tackles Important Teen Issues
by Ellen Dostal - Sep 19, 2016

Two years ago this teen musical was one of the best new works to come through Hollywood. Its young writers Julie Soto, Ryan Warren, and composer Will Finan had found a way to tell a story about teen suicide that was relatable to both youth and adults alike. It's a parent's worst nightmare; the thought of your own child suffering in silence and one that also speaks to the isolation that persists among many adults as well. (more...)

BWW Profile: Benedict Cumberbatch Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and ScreenBWW Profile: Benedict Cumberbatch Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and Screen
by Matt Tamanini - Sep 15, 2016

Though only 38 years old, British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has already amassed an impressive list of credits on stage, on television, and on the big screen. Though he has yet to grace a Broadway stage, I have a feeling that that is just an eventuality as his popularity continues to skyrocket on this side of the Atlantic. Today we are taking a look at his career from the British stage in 'Hedda Gabler,' 'After the Dance,' and 'Frankenstein' to his work on film in '12 Years a Slave,' 'August: Osage County,' and 'Star Trek: Into Darkness,' to his iconic work on TV as the 'high-functioning sociopath' titular character on the BBC's 'Sherlock,' for which he is nominated a second time, in addition to his 2013 nomination for HBO's 'Parade's End.' (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Kerrigan & Lowdermilk's Immersive THE BAD YEARS in Brooklyn!Photo Flash: First Look at Kerrigan & Lowdermilk's Immersive THE BAD YEARS in Brooklyn!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

Broadway storytelling meets immersive spectacle in the workshop of the innovative house party musical THE BAD YEARS by Kerrigan & Lowdermilk. THE BAD YEARS returns to Brooklyn after a sold-out 2015 run at Loft 172. The new workshop, directed by Stephen Brackett (Buyer and Cellar) and choreographed by Jennifer Jancuska (BC Beat), follows sixteen twenty-somethings as they flirt, fight, and flip cup their way into adulthood. (more...)

Johnny Lee, Collin Raye, Charley Pride, Janie Fricke, Mark Chesnutt Set for September Episodes of REFLECTIONSJohnny Lee, Collin Raye, Charley Pride, Janie Fricke, Mark Chesnutt Set for September Episodes of REFLECTIONS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2016

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Broadway 'Motel' Austin Pendleton to Helm FIDDLER for New Rep's 2016-17 SeasonBroadway 'Motel' Austin Pendleton to Helm FIDDLER for New Rep's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2016

Featuring seven productions, New Rep's 2016-2017 season includes Regular Singing, the fourth and final play in Richard Nelson's Apple Family series, presented in collaboration with Stoneham Theatre; Good, CP Taylor's historical, political drama; Fiddler on the Roof, a revival of the Tony award- winning musical, featuring Jeremiah Kissel as Tevye and directed by original Broadway cast member Austin Pendleton; Thurgood, a one-man play featuring Johnny Lee Davenport as Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall; Brecht on Brecht, a play with music based on the collective works of Bertolt Brecht; Golda's Balcony, a one-woman play featuring Bobbie Steinbach as Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir; and The Gift Horse, a sharp comedy by nationally-acclaimed local playwright Lydia R. Diamond in a Boston-area premiere. (more...)

Kerrigan-Lowdermilk's THE BAD YEARS Begins Immersive Workshop in Brooklyn TonightKerrigan-Lowdermilk's THE BAD YEARS Begins Immersive Workshop in Brooklyn Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2016

Broadway storytelling meets immersive spectacle in the workshop of the innovative house party musical THE BAD YEARS by Kerrigan & Lowdermilk. THE BAD YEARS returns to Brooklyn after a sold-out 2015 run at Loft 172. (more...)

Kerrigan-Lowdermilk's THE BAD YEARS Gets Immersive Workshop in BrooklynKerrigan-Lowdermilk's THE BAD YEARS Gets Immersive Workshop in Brooklyn
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

Broadway storytelling meets immersive spectacle in the workshop of the innovative house party musical THE BAD YEARS by Kerrigan & Lowdermilk. THE BAD YEARS returns to Brooklyn after a sold-out 2015 run at Loft 172. (more...)

BWW Interview: Julie Charnet in DECADES: THE LADIES OF JAZZ at the Ethical Society of PhiladelphiaBWW Interview: Julie Charnet in DECADES: THE LADIES OF JAZZ at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia
by Donna Marie Nowak - Aug 18, 2016

Philadelphia chanteuse Julie Charnet brings her blend of jazz and swing to the Ethical Society of Philadelphia and other venues. (more...)

Spotify's New Traditions/Country Heroes Playlist To Launch With Five Tracks From Dolly Parton's PURE AND SIMPLESpotify's New Traditions/Country Heroes Playlist To Launch With Five Tracks From Dolly Parton's PURE AND SIMPLE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Country music fans rejoice! Spotify is unveiling its newest playlist, New Traditions/Country Heroes, dedicated to spotlighting the latest music from some of country's most iconic artists including Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, George Strait and more. (more...)

LARRY'S COUNTRY DINER to Feature Darrell McCall, The Dillards and More This MonthLARRY'S COUNTRY DINER to Feature Darrell McCall, The Dillards and More This Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2016

The national hit television series, "Larry's Country Diner," will continue to entertain audiences in August with re-airing of popular episodes featuring guest stars Darrell McCall, Doyle Dykes, Johnny Lee, and The Dillards. (more...)

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