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BWW Reviews: No Gods but Plenty of Masters in DIE MEISTERSINGER at the MetBWW Reviews: No Gods but Plenty of Masters in DIE MEISTERSINGER at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Dec 12, 2014

I never ran a marathon, but I sure sat through one the other night at the Met. Richard Wagner's DIE MEISTERSINGER clocked in at six hours--a quarter of a day--without a god or flying horse in sight. And while the composer referred to this as a comedy, it's not exactly “I Love Lucy” (nor, for that matter, LE NOZZE DI FIGARO). (more...)

Meryl Streep, Jake Gyllenhaal, BIRDMAN Among SAG AWARD Nominations; Full List AnnouncedMeryl Streep, Jake Gyllenhaal, BIRDMAN Among SAG AWARD Nominations; Full List Announced
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 10, 2014

Nominees for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding performances in 2014 in five film and eight television categories, as well as the SAG Awards® honors for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning (more...)

BWW Reviews: Soprano Sonya Yoncheva Brings Voluptuous Sound to Debut in Stellar Ensemble of Met BOHEMEBWW Reviews: Soprano Sonya Yoncheva Brings Voluptuous Sound to Debut in Stellar Ensemble of Met BOHEME
by Richard Sasanow - Dec 5, 2014

Puccini's LA BOHEME has that magical ability to change its shape depending on the cast. When Pavarotti sang, it became his opera, with a Mimi hard pressed to take the spotlight, even in her death scene. When Stratas, Carreras and Scotto (as Musetta) led the cast, it became a glittery ensemble of shooting stars. At this week's performance with rising star Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva as Mimi, there was no doubt that she was the evening's “it” girl, even though the other principal singers added mightily to the performance's success. (more...)

The Met to Screen Wagner's 'MEISTERSINGER' in First-Ever Live in HD Performance, 12/13The Met to Screen Wagner's 'MEISTERSINGER' in First-Ever Live in HD Performance, 12/13
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2014

Met Music Director James Levine conducts Wagner's epic human comedy Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in its first-ever Live in HD performance on Saturday, December 13 at 12pm EST. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Jovial BARBIERE with Isabel Leonard Cuts the Mustard at the MetBWW Reviews: Jovial BARBIERE with Isabel Leonard Cuts the Mustard at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Dec 2, 2014

Bartlett Sher's production of Rossini's IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA is one of the best of the Gelb years at the Met, with its sliding-doors set by Michael Yeargan and luscious costumes by Catherine Zuber. It was great when it opened with an all-star cast--headed Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Florez and Peter Mattei--and remains sturdy even when some of the casting is a little wobbly. (more...)

Ansel Elgort, Eva Longoria to Announce Nominees for 21st Annual SAG AWARDSAnsel Elgort, Eva Longoria to Announce Nominees for 21st Annual SAG AWARDS
by TV News Desk - Dec 1, 2014

Ansel Elgort, star of the feature films "The Fault in Our Stars" and "Divergent," and actress/director/producer and SAG Award® recipient Eva Longoria will reveal the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® nominations on Wednesday, Dec. 10 (more...)

BWW Reviews: LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK is 'Opera Noir' and Utterly Wonderful at the MetBWW Reviews: LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK is 'Opera Noir' and Utterly Wonderful at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Nov 18, 2014

Compared to Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as Katerina Ismailova in LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK at the Met, Barbara Stanwyck and Lana Turner were couple of pikers in their film noir triumphs, “Double Indemnity” and “The Postman Always Rings Twice.” Westbroek kills her father-in-law with rat poison, strangles her husband with her lover's belt and, as the piece de resistence, drowns her lover's new girlfriend, while going under herself. And she has to do it all while effortlessly singing Shostakovich's demanding score. What a dame! (more...)

BWW Interviews: Brandon Jovanovich Finds the Humanity in LADY MACBETH's Bad BoyBWW Interviews: Brandon Jovanovich Finds the Humanity in LADY MACBETH's Bad Boy
by Richard Sasanow - Nov 13, 2014

“To be blunt, Sergei is not a nice guy,” says tenor Brandon Jovanovich, talking about his current role at the Metropolitan Opera in Dmitri Shostakovich's LADY MACBETH OF MTENSEK. “He's the kind of fellow who's jovial and friendly one minute…and then you hear he's robbed a store. He uses and abuses people--we all know someone like that, don't we?” he adds, laughing. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Counting Down to Jennifer Ashley Tepper's THE UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY, VOLUME 2 - The Gershwin TheatreBWW Exclusive: Counting Down to Jennifer Ashley Tepper's THE UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY, VOLUME 2 - The Gershwin Theatre
by Jennifer Ashley Tepper - Nov 12, 2014

To celebrate the publication of The Untold Stories of Broadway, Volume 2 on November 18 by Dress Circle Publishing, Jennifer Ashley Tepper will be sharing three short excerpts about each of the Broadway theaters featured in the book-countdown style! Today: The Gershwin Theatre! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Playing with Fire at the Met's Premiere of John Adams's THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFERBWW Reviews: Playing with Fire at the Met's Premiere of John Adams's THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER
by Richard Sasanow - Oct 25, 2014

Only someone who arrived convinced of the opera's bias could have found the Met's premiere of the John Adams-Alice Goodman THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER to be anti-Semitic. On the other hand, that doesn't mean that it's even-handed. (more...)

SAG-AFTRA Remembers Former Interim SAG President Sumi HaruSAG-AFTRA Remembers Former Interim SAG President Sumi Haru
by Movies News Desk - Oct 16, 2014

“It is with great sadness that our SAG-AFTRA family says goodbye to Sumi Haru,” said SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard. “Sumi notably represented SAG-AFTRA and its predecessor unions for decades on our local and national boards, and as Screen Actors Guild recording secretary and interim president. Sumi served our members through her lifelong dedication to actors, the labor movement, and civil rights and equal employment. She did that with conviction, passion and grace. Our deepest condolences go out to her loved ones. We will miss her.” (more...)

VIDEO: Josh Gad Appears in Surprise Hand Jive Performance on DANCING WITH THE STARS!VIDEO: Josh Gad Appears in Surprise Hand Jive Performance on DANCING WITH THE STARS!
by TV News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

On last night's DANCING WITH THE STARS, one of the commercial bumper dance number featured 'The Wedding Ringer' co-stars Josh Gad and Kevin Hart. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Met Takes New FIGARO in Marriage for Season OpenerBWW Reviews: Met Takes New FIGARO in Marriage for Season Opener
by Richard Sasanow - Sep 30, 2014

More than most stagings of Mozart's LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, the new Richard Eyre production that opened the season at the Met made it hard to remember that the miserable duo who head the household were the happy couple of Rossini's IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA. (more...)

BWW Interviews: FIGARO's Isabel Leonard -- The Girl, the Boy and the VoiceBWW Interviews: FIGARO's Isabel Leonard -- The Girl, the Boy and the Voice
by Richard Sasanow - Sep 29, 2014

'Cherubino is crazy in some ways, in good ways,' says Isabel Leonard, who is singing the role of the young male page in the Almaviva household in the Metropolitan Opera's new Richard Eyre production of LE NOZZE DI FIGARO. 'He sees everything in Technicolor, eyes wide open, taking everything in, not missing a second that he could possibly enjoy in his life.”' (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - Josh Gad, Kevin Hart Star in New Comedy THE WEDDING RINGERVIDEO: First Look - Josh Gad, Kevin Hart Star in New Comedy THE WEDDING RINGER
by Movies News Desk - Sep 25, 2014

Josh Gad (Broadway's Book of Mormong) and comedian Kevin Hart star in the new comedy THE WEDDING RINGER from Sony Pictures Entertainment. The film hits theaters on January 16, 2015. Get a first look below! (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - Robert Downey Jr. Stars in Courtroom Drama THE JUDGEVIDEO: First Look - Robert Downey Jr. Stars in Courtroom Drama THE JUDGE
by Movies News Desk - Sep 17, 2014

THE JUDGE will hit theaters on In theaters October 10th. Get a first look at the new trailer below! (more...)

Verdi's MACBETH to Screen Live in HD at The Ridgefield Playhouse, 10/12Verdi's MACBETH to Screen Live in HD at The Ridgefield Playhouse, 10/12
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2014

How exhilarating are the operas broadcast Live in HD to The Ridgefield Playhouse, complete with behind-the-scenes tours and commentary by some of the genres' most revered stars. From the Met in New York City comes Verdi's masterpiece Macbeth on Sunday, October 12, at 12 p.m., with star soprano Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth and Željko Lu?i?'s as Macbeth. (more...)

BWW Previews: KSU + The Musical Project = BABES IN ARMSBWW Previews: KSU + The Musical Project = BABES IN ARMS
by Roy Berko - Sep 10, 2014

There's a new couple in town. The musical Theatre Project and Kent State's Musical Theatre program are joining forces to do a staged reading/sing-through of the musical 'Babes in Arms.' (more...)

Photo Coverage: On the TIFF Red Carpet for THE JUDGEPhoto Coverage: On the TIFF Red Carpet for THE JUDGE
by Walter McBride - Sep 5, 2014

The Toronto International Film Festival is in full swing, continuing through September 14, 2014. A total of 393 films are scheduled to be shown, including 143 world premieres. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the red carpet arrivals for THE JUDGE. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Joyce DiDonato & Juan Diego Florez in Great Performances' LA CENERENTOLAPhoto Flash: First Look at Joyce DiDonato & Juan Diego Florez in Great Performances' LA CENERENTOLA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2014

Joyce DiDonato sings the title role in Rossini's Cinderella story, La Cenerentola, with bel canto master Juan Diego Flórez as her dashing prince. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads a cast that also includes Pietro Spagnoli in his Met debut as the servant Dandini, Alessandro Corbelli as Cenerentola's stepfather Don Magnifico, and Luca Pisaroni as Don Ramiro's tutor, Alidoro, onGreat Performances at the Met Sunday, September 7 at 12 p.m. on PBS. (In New York, THIRTEEN will air the opera at 12:30 p.m.) Check out a first look at the performance below! (more...)

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