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LOVE VINTAGE LAS VEGAS STYLE Concert Showcases Rat Pack-era Music with the Las Vegas Phil Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 05, 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, 4/4-6
by BWW News Desk - Apr 04, 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, 4/4-6
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 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, 4/5
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 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, 1/23
by BWW News Desk - Jan 07, 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 12/10
by BWW News Desk - Nov 07, 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, 12/9
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 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 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...)

Randy Johnson Directs ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN at Pasadena Playhouse Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2013

With the premiere of One Night With Janis Joplin at the Pasadena Playhouse tonight, March 15, writer-director Randy Johnson brings yet another electrifying musical experience to Southern California audiences. (more...)

Randy Johnson to Direct ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN at Pasadena Playhouse, 3/15
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2013

With the premiere of One Night With Janis Joplin at the Pasadena Playhouse on March 15, writer-director Randy Johnson brings yet another electrifying musical experience to Southern California audiences. (more...)

'DESTINATION: Las Vegas - The Musical Journey' Extends thru Dec 2012 at Stage Left Studio
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2012

Only the very best of the Great American Songbook will be featured as Closter, NJ residents, Francine Evans and husband, Joel Zelnik extend their run of "DESTINATION: Las Vegas - The Musical Journey" through December at Stage Left Studio, 314 W. 30 St/7 Ave/6th. floor, NYC. (more...)

Photo Flash: ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Opening at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2012

Fresh off its acclaimed run at the Cleveland Play House, One Night with Janis Joplin will take D.C. audiences on a musical journey into the life and inspirations of one of rock 'n' roll's greatest legends. The production is led by Cleveland native Mary Bridget Davies, who performs with Joplin's original band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and also features Sabrina Elayne Carten as the Blues Singer who pays homage to the artists that influenced Joplin's incomparable blues-rock blend. Created, written and directed by Randy Johnson, the production is produced in partnership with Cleveland Play House in association with Todd Gershwin and Daniel Chilewich of Premiere Media, with support from The Estate of Janis Joplin and Jeff Jampol of JAM, Inc. One Night with Janis Joplin runs September 28 - November 4, 2012 in the Kreeger Theater. Check out photos from the show's opening night party below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Mary Bridget Davies in ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2012

Fresh off its acclaimed run at the Cleveland Play House, One Night with Janis Joplin will take D.C. audiences on a musical journey into the life and inspirations of one of rock 'n' roll's greatest legends. The production is led by Cleveland native Mary Bridget Davies, who performs with Joplin's original band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and also features Sabrina Elayne Carten as the Blues Singer who pays homage to the artists that influenced Joplin's incomparable blues-rock blend. Created, written and directed by Randy Johnson, the production is produced in partnership with Cleveland Play House in association with Todd Gershwin and Daniel Chilewich of Premiere Media, with support from The Estate of Janis Joplin and Jeff Jampol of JAM, Inc. One Night with Janis Joplin runs September 28 - November 4, 2012 in the Kreeger Theater. Get a first look at the show in the photos below! (more...)

ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Opens 9/28 at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2012

Fresh off its acclaimed run at the Cleveland Play House, where The Plain Dealer called it "a feel-good, fist pumping, must-see concert," One Night with Janis Joplin will take D.C. audiences on a musical journey into the life and inspirations of one of rock 'n' roll's greatest legends. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside the 2012 Nightlife Awards at Town Hall!
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jan 31, 2012

The 10th Annual Nightlife Awards this year honored Terri White (Follies), who spent a great many years as one of New York's most exciting piano bar entertainers. White was honored with a Special Award for her Contributions to New York Nightlife. As is always the case with The All-Performance Nightlife Awards, Terri took the stage to sing. Also returning to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Nightlife Awards by performing were two former Nightlife Jazz Vocalist winners, Allan Harris and Karen Oberlin. (more...)

CHRIS DURANG & DAWNE Comes To Town Hall 1/30, Receive Nightlife Award
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2012

Chris Durang launched a comic nightclub act in 1989 called CHRIS DURANG & DAWNE (John Augustine and Sherry Anderson) that came back to play clubs all over the New York area for the next eight years until they made their last public performance in January of 1996. (more...)

Randy Weston And More Added To 10th Annual Nightlife Awards Lineup 1/30
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2012

Joining the already announced performance of the re-united Chris Durang & Dawn, the special 10th Anniversary celebration of the Nightlife Awards will also present 90 year old Jazz Legend Jon Hendricks. (more...)

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