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BWW Reviews: Beaux Arts Society 'Winter Carnival' Revelry at SolasBWW Reviews: Beaux Arts Society 'Winter Carnival' Revelry at Solas
by Marakay Rogers - Mar 30, 2015

Lillian Walker-Moss, Ronnie Giles, and others entertained the BAS member crowd at Solas (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 25th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 25th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Mar 25, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Musicals in unlikely places! 'Carousel' and mariachi opera at Lyric, 'Louis And Keely' at the Royal George, plus one-off shows at the Northlight, Chopin and Court Theatres and Mary's Attic. Coming in 2016: Lifeline, Writers and the Goodman produce 'Northangar Abbey,' 'Company' and 'Wonderful Town!' (more...)

Janine Molinari to Choreograph THE WILDEST at Seven Angels Theatre, 2/12-3/08Janine Molinari to Choreograph THE WILDEST at Seven Angels Theatre, 2/12-3/08
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2015

Janine Molinari, will be choreographing Seven Angels Theatre's upcoming musical 'The Wildest' which runs February 12-March 8. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for January 21st, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for January 21st, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Jan 22, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. The Paramount's 'Tommy,' Drury Lane's 'West Side' and the Marriott's 'La Cage.' Plus 'Stomp' puts its foot down, 'Gent's Guide' books the fall, new shows in development and rewrite, plus 'Louis And Keely' at the Royal George, 'Titanic' at Northwestern and 'Grease' on FOX! (more...)

Anthony Crivello and Vanessa Stewart to Lead 'LOUIS AND KEELY' at Chicago's Royal George Theatre This SpringAnthony Crivello and Vanessa Stewart to Lead 'LOUIS AND KEELY' at Chicago's Royal George Theatre This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2015

Continuing in a tradition of storytelling and music, Hershey Felder announces the star cast for the Chicago stage premiere of Academy Award winning director Taylor Hackford's LOUIS AND KEELY, 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARA. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Ronnie Giles Gets REVENGE At Don't Tell MamaBWW Reviews: Ronnie Giles Gets REVENGE At Don't Tell Mama
by Marakay Rogers - Dec 3, 2014

Actor-singer Ronnie Giles and jazz pianist Daryl Kojak took stage at Don't Tell Mama once again to take the REVENGE OF THE THIRD RATE LOUNGE SINGER (more...)

MusicalFare Theatre Presents Return of A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF LOUIS PRIMA TonightMusicalFare Theatre Presents Return of A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF LOUIS PRIMA Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2014

MusicalFare Theatre presents the return engagement of the smash hit A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF LOUIS PRIMA to the Premier Center Cabaret at MusicalFare. (more...)

MusicalFare Theatre to Present Return of A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF LOUIS PRIMA, 6/5-7MusicalFare Theatre to Present Return of A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF LOUIS PRIMA, 6/5-7
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

MusicalFare Theatre presents the return engagement of the smash hit A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF LOUIS PRIMA to the Premier Center Cabaret at MusicalFare. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Actor French Stewart Discusses His Role as Buster Keaton in STONEFACEBWW Interviews: Actor French Stewart Discusses His Role as Buster Keaton in STONEFACE
by Don Grigware - May 28, 2014

Actor French Stewart will repeat his role as Buster Keaton in Stoneface, written by his wife Vanessa Claire Stewart, at the Pasadena Playhouse beginning June 3. The play will costar Daisy Eagan. Stewart, best known to TV audiences for 3rd Rock from the Sun, the middle and other sitcoms is a wonderful dramatic actor, and as Buster Keaton in Stoneface, which sold out houses for months at Sacred Fools Theatre in 2012, he just shines. (more...)

LOVE VINTAGE LAS VEGAS STYLE Concert Showcases Rat Pack-era Music with the Las Vegas Phil TodayLOVE VINTAGE LAS VEGAS STYLE Concert Showcases Rat Pack-era Music with the Las Vegas Phil Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2014

The Las Vegas Philharmonic will have the world on a string tonight, April 5th at 7:30 p.m. when it performs 'Love Vintage Las Vegas Style,' an evening of Rat Pack-era favorites conducted by Matt Catingub. In addition to leading the 65-piece orchestra, Mr. Catingub will also sing and play piano and saxophone and will be joined on stage by his regular collaborators, vocalist Anita Hall and drummer Steven Moretti, to create a swinging big band performing songs made famous by much-loved Las Vegas headliners. (more...)

Musicalfare to Present A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF LOUIS PRIMA, 4/4-6Musicalfare to Present A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF LOUIS PRIMA, 4/4-6
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2014

MusicalFare Theatre presents the inaugural production of its brand new Premier Center Cabaret: A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF LOUIS PRIMA. (more...)

Musicalfare to Present A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF LOUIS PRIMA, 4/4-6Musicalfare to Present A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF LOUIS PRIMA, 4/4-6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

MusicalFare Theatre presents the inaugural production of its brand new Premier Center Cabaret: A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF LOUIS PRIMA. (more...)

Jay Adriel, Austin Colby & More Join Cast of Arena Stage's SMOKEY JOE'S CAFEJay Adriel, Austin Colby & More Join Cast of Arena Stage's SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

Smokey Joe's Cafe-The Songs of Leiber and Stoller transports audiences to the golden age of rock, rhythm and blues this spring at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Director Randy Johnson returns to Arena Stage following the success of A Night with Janis Joplin (which enjoyed two runs at Arena Stage followed by a subsequent run on Broadway) to helm this Grammy Award-winning tribute to legendary songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, which originally opened on Broadway in 1995 and became the longest running musical revue, topping 2,000 performances. Bursting with hit tunes including 'Hound Dog,' 'Jailhouse Rock,' 'Stand by Me,' 'Love Potion #9' and 'On Broadway,' Smokey Joe's Cafe showcases choreography by Parker Esse (Arena Stage's The Music Man, Oklahoma!) and music direction by Victor Simonson (Center Stage's A Civil War Christmas, Arena Stage's 3 Mo' Divas) and runs April 25-June 8, 2014 in the Fichandler Stage. (more...)

LOVE VINTAGE LAS VEGAS STYLE Concert to Showcase Rat Pack-era Music with the Las Vegas Phil, 4/5LOVE VINTAGE LAS VEGAS STYLE Concert to Showcase Rat Pack-era Music with the Las Vegas Phil, 4/5
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

The Las Vegas Philharmonic will have the world on a string on Saturday, April 5th at 7:30 p.m. when it performs 'Love Vintage Las Vegas Style,' an evening of Rat Pack-era favorites conducted by Matt Catingub. In addition to leading the 65-piece orchestra, Mr. Catingub will also sing and play piano and saxophone and will be joined on stage by his regular collaborators, vocalist Anita Hall and drummer Steven Moretti, to create a swinging big band performing songs made famous by much-loved Las Vegas headliners. (more...)

Donna Vivino Celebrates BEAUTIFUL DREAMER Release with Show at 54 Below TonightDonna Vivino Celebrates BEAUTIFUL DREAMER Release with Show at 54 Below Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2014

Donna Vivino, the rising Broadway and vocal star, will celebrate the release of Beautiful Dreamer - her debut solo album from Ghostlight Records - with a special performance at 54 Below tonight, January 23 at 9:30 PM. The veteran of Broadway's 'Wicked' and 'Les Miserables,' Vivino will reprise her solo concert 'It's Not Easy Being Green' with special numbers from the new recording. (more...)

Donna Vivino to Celebrate BEAUTIFUL DREAMER Release with Show at 54 Below, 1/23Donna Vivino to Celebrate BEAUTIFUL DREAMER Release with Show at 54 Below, 1/23
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2014

DONNA VIVINO, the rising Broadway and vocal star, will celebrate the release of Beautiful Dreamer - her debut solo album from Ghostlight Records - with a special performance at 54 Below on Thursday, January 23 at 9:30 PM. The veteran of Broadway's "Wicked" and "Les Miserables," Vivino will reprise her solo concert "It's Not Easy Being Green" with special numbers from the new recording. She will be joined by Musical Director Ken Levinsky on piano and Jeff Ganz on bass. The album was released in stores and via online outlets December 10, 2013. (more...)

Donna Vivino Releases BEAUTIFUL DREAMER Album on 12/10Donna Vivino Releases BEAUTIFUL DREAMER Album on 12/10
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2013

Ghostlight Records will release Beautiful Dreamer, the debut solo album from rising Broadway and vocal star DONNA VIVINO, in stores and via online outlets December 10, 2013. Beautiful Dreamer weaves 13 diverse songs into a thematically-cohesive collection from Broadway, Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley. Jerry Vivino - the veteran New York musician and longtime member of the Conan O'Brien house band - leads the disc's all-star jazz quartet and serves as producer. Taking a break from performing on Broadway in the smash hit Wicked, Donna will star Off Broadway inStars of David - a new song cycle celebrating Jewish identity, based on the bestselling book, with original music by the theater's top songwriters - fromNovember 13 to December 15. To pre-order Beautiful Dreamer, please visit www.sh-k-boom.com/donnavivino-beautifuldreamer.html. (more...)

92Y to Celebrate Mike Stoller with Bettye LaVette, The Coasters & More, 12/992Y to Celebrate Mike Stoller with Bettye LaVette, The Coasters & More, 12/9
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2013

On December 9, 2013 92Y celebrates songwriting legend Mike Stoller on the occasion of his 80th year with An 80th Birthday Celebration, a one-night-only Lyrics & Lyricists Special Event hosted by Paul Shaffer and directed and written by Randy Johnson (director/writer of A Night with Janis Joplin). Confirmed artists performing expected and unexpected interpretations from Stoller's genre-spanning career in blues, R&B, rock 'n' roll and jazz include legendary vocal group The Coasters, along with artists Karen Akers, Mary Bridget Davies, Corky Hale, Maria Elena Infantino, Sally Kellerman, Bettye LaVette, Melissa Manchester, Billy Stritch, Tommy Tune and Steve Tyrell. Backed by Tyrell's band, the artists perform some of the greatest songs written by Stoller with his longtime lyricist partner Jerry Leiber and others. Leiber will be the subject of a special tribute during the evening. Stoller is planning to be in attendance for the celebration. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Tony Bennett Wows Audience At Hershey Theatre in Current TourBWW Reviews: Tony Bennett Wows Audience At Hershey Theatre in Current Tour
by Marakay Rogers - Jul 29, 2013

Backed by a super-performer quartet (Count Basie's drummer and an Emmy-winning pianist among them) and his daughter, Tony Bennett shows no sign of slowing down yet, and audiences won't let him (more...)

BWW Reviews: Comedienne Jo Anne Worley Keeps on Makin' Us LaughBWW Reviews: Comedienne Jo Anne Worley Keeps on Makin' Us Laugh
by Don Grigware - Jun 28, 2013

Funny lady Jo Anne Worley brings her inimitable wacky, zany style of humor, that made her an overnight success in Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In (1967-73), to Welk Resorts in Escondido this week June 26-30. Jo Anne has a warm winning way with her audience; they are the reason she's performing, as she tells us early on in the 90 minute autobiographical set entitled Keep Laughin', replete with clips from Laugh-In and accompanied by wonderful Ron Snyder at the piano. Worley makes a rare appearance at events like Bruce Kimmel's Kritzerland, but seldom does what she calls her 'one-man show'. So, this is a great big treat for all Worley fans. (more...)

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