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Skylight Theatre & Celebrities to SALUTE in BurbankSkylight Theatre & Celebrities to SALUTE in Burbank
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

Sharon Lawrence (Rizzoli & Isles) and Barrett Foa (NCIS: Los Angeles) lead the list of celebrities who join event hosts French Stewart (3rd Rock from the Sun, Mom) & Vanessa Claire Stewart (Louis & Keely Live at the Sahara) as Skylight Theatre's Board of Directors celebrates the artistic achievements of Gary Grossman and the Skylight Theatre Company for this year's annual Skylight Salute being held December 4th at the Colony Theatre in Burbank.   (more...)

BWW Interview: Composer Richard Hartley Discusses THE STRIPPERBWW Interview: Composer Richard Hartley Discusses THE STRIPPER
by Marianka Swain - Jul 11, 2016

Prolific composer Richard Hartley has written for stage and screen, including film scores for The Romantic Englishwoman, The Lady Vanishes, Nicolas Roeg's Bad Timing, Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty, and an Emmy-winning score for Channel 4's Alice in Wonderland. He's also worked extensively in theatre, but is perhaps best known for his partnership with Richard O'Brien, which began in 1973 with the iconic Rocky Horror Show - Richard Hartley arranged the score and performed in the original band, and went on to arrange music for the film adaptation. (more...)

MusicalFare Theatre Announces Upcoming Premier Cabaret ShowsMusicalFare Theatre Announces Upcoming Premier Cabaret Shows
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

MusicalFare Theatre has announced four upcoming events in their Premier Cabaret. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 3/20/2016Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 3/20/2016
by BWW - Mar 20, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/20/2016 for Costa Mesa (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 3/13/2016Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 3/13/2016
by BWW - Mar 13, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/13/2016 for Costa Mesa (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 3/06/2016Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 3/06/2016
by BWW - Mar 6, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/06/2016 for Costa Mesa (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 2/28/2016Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 2/28/2016
by BWW - Feb 28, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/28/2016 for Costa Mesa (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Laguna Playhouse's LOUIS & KEELY: 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARAPhoto Flash: First Look at Laguna Playhouse's LOUIS & KEELY: 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARA
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2016

The Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham and Hershey Felder Presents are thrilled to announce the fourth show in the Laguna Playhouse 2015-2016 season, Tony Award-winner Anthony Crivello and Vanessa Claire Stewart starring in LOUIS & KEELY: 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARA, written by Vanessa Stewart, Taylor Hackford & Jake Broder, choreography by Vernel Bagneris and directed by Taylor Hackford. Check out photos below! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 2/21/2016Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 2/21/2016
by BWW - Feb 21, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/21/2016 for Costa Mesa (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 2/14/2016Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 2/14/2016
by BWW - Feb 14, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/14/2016 for Costa Mesa (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 2/07/2016Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 2/07/2016
by BWW - Feb 7, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/07/2016 for Costa Mesa (more...)

Laguna Playhouse to Present LOUIS & KEELY: LOVE AT THE SAHARA Opens 2/27Laguna Playhouse to Present LOUIS & KEELY: LOVE AT THE SAHARA Opens 2/27
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

The Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham and Hershey Felder Presents are thrilled to announce the fourth show in the Laguna Playhouse 2015-2016 season, Tony Award-winner Anthony Crivello and Vanessa Claire Stewart starring in LOUIS & KEELY: 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARA, written by Vanessa Stewart, Taylor Hackford & Jake Broder, choreography by Vernel Bagneris and directed by Taylor Hackford.  "Our subscribers and audiences are about the have the time of their lives as we transport them to 1950's Las Vegas and beyond and the incomparable song-stylings of Louis Prima and Keely Smith," says Wareham. LOUIS & KEELY: 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARA will begin previews on Wednesday, February 24; will open on Saturday, February 27 and will run through Sunday, March 27, 2016 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 1/31/2016Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 1/31/2016
by BWW - Jan 31, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 1/31/2016 for Costa Mesa (more...)

Photo Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway Performs at  LEGENDS RADIO ConcertPhoto Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway Performs at LEGENDS RADIO Concert
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jan 26, 2016

Dick Robinson and his Legends Radio Station broadcasting out of Palm Beach to a world wide audience presented Ann Hampton Callaway in a concert which supported the Society For The Preservation Of The Great American Songbook at Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Florida last night and BroadwayWorld was there.  Check out the photos below. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 1/24/2016Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 1/24/2016
by BWW - Jan 24, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 1/24/2016 for Costa Mesa (more...)

BWW Review: Louis & Keely: 'Live' at the Sahara Celebrates the Glory Days of an Early Las Vegas DuoBWW Review: Louis & Keely: 'Live' at the Sahara Celebrates the Glory Days of an Early Las Vegas Duo
by Shari Barrett - Jan 17, 2016

Louis Prima and Keely Smith shared a larger-than-life marriage and a groundbreaking Las Vegas act featuring unforgettable songs like "That Ol' Black Magic," "Pennies from Heaven," and "Embraceable You." These songs and many others are featured in the production which has grown from a local Los Angeles-created hit at Sacred Fools Theater Company to a national musical phenomenon. After earlier award-winning and extended productions in Los Angeles and more recent acclaim in Chicago, these outsized personalities and talents have returned to the city in which the show was born. The current production is directed by Taylor Hackford, who also wrote the show with Vanessa Clair Stewart and Jake Broder, and is presented by Hershey Felder (a musical talent in his own right). (more...)

BWW Interview: LOUIS & KEELY Stars Discuss Bringing the Show Back to L.A.BWW Interview: LOUIS & KEELY Stars Discuss Bringing the Show Back to L.A.
by Ellen Dostal - Jan 4, 2016

LOUIS & KEELY 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARA returns to the Geffen Playhouse this month in a revamped production produced by the award-winning Hershey Felder. Written by Vanessa Claire Stewart, Taylor Hackford and Jake Broder and directed by Taylor Hackford, it is the story of Louis Prima and Keely Smith whose larger-than-life marriage and groundbreaking Las Vegas act featured an amazing cavalcade of hits that would forever secure their place in American musical history. (more...)

French & Vanessa Claire Stewart to Host 2015 Ovation AwardsFrench & Vanessa Claire Stewart to Host 2015 Ovation Awards
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2015

French and Vanessa Claire Stewart have been set to host the 2015 LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards Ceremony on Monday, November 9 at the Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center. Red carpet arrivals begin at 6pm and the curtain will rise at 7:30pm. (more...)

Director Taylor Hackford, Presenter Hershey Felder, Co-Authors Sued Over Geffen Playhouse Production of LOUIS & KEELY 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARADirector Taylor Hackford, Presenter Hershey Felder, Co-Authors Sued Over Geffen Playhouse Production of LOUIS & KEELY 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARA
by Michael Dale - Oct 6, 2015

A play about the off-stage troubles between Louis Prima and Keely Smith is having its own off-stage troubles. (more...)

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN's Randy Johnson to Bring Rosetta Tharpe to the Stage in SHOUT, SISTER, SHOUT!A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN's Randy Johnson to Bring Rosetta Tharpe to the Stage in SHOUT, SISTER, SHOUT!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2015

BroadwayWorld has learned that writer and director Randy Johnson (A Night With Janis Joplin -- Broadway and currently at Pasadena Playhouse) has obtained the stage rights to Gayle Wald's biography SHOUT, SISTER, SHOUT!: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ROCK-AND-ROLL TRAILBLAZER ROSETTA THARPE (Beacon Press, 2007). Johnson is currently in discussion with producers and regional theatres to present and produce SHOUT, SISTER, SHOUT! for the 2016/17 season. (more...)

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