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SAG-AFTRA National Board of Directors Approves TV/Theatrical Negotiations
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2014

The SAG-AFTRA National Board, meeting this weekend in a face-to-face plenary in Los Angeles, unanimously approved proposals for the upcoming TV/Theatrical - Exhibit A negotiations. As per custom and practice, the proposal package is confidential and will not be released. (more...)

From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: Better Living Through Chemistry
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ A small-town pharmacist's uneventful life is turned inside out when he falls for a lonely trophy wife in Better Living Through Chemistry, a murderously funny black comedy available on Blu-ray , DVD, & DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet on April 15, 2014 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. (more...)

BWW Interviews: For Mezzo SUSAN GRAHAM, No Warhorses Need Apply
by Richard Sasanow - Mar 17, 2014

'I'm not a warhorse kind of singer,' mezzo Susan Graham states matter-of-factly. 'A. I'm a mezzo. B. I'm not a character mezzo. C. I'm not a contralto. The iconic opera repertoire for mezzos, Amneris (AIDA), Azucena (IL TROVATORE), even Eboli (DON CARLO)--those kinds of roles aren't my stock and trade because my voice sits high and has a different timbre.' Well, what then is her milieu? It's the likes of Handel, who composed several of the arias she has been singing this winter at the Met, as one of the stars of THE ENCHANTED ISLAND, a kind of Baroque 'jukebox opera.' But it's also Rodgers & Hammerstein's THE KING & I, which she is doing this June at the Chatelet in Paris. (more...)

Diana Damrau Sings the Title Role in Bellini's LA SONNAMBULA at the Met, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2014

Diana Damrau will add a new role to her extensive repertory when she sings her first-ever performances of Amina, the title character in Bellini's bel canto showpiece La Sonnambula. Last season, Damrau made an acclaimed role debut as Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata in a sold-out series of performances at the Met. La Sonnambula, which opens tonight, March 14 in a revival of Mary Zimmerman's 2009 production, will be conducted by Marco Armiliato and also star rising Mexican tenor Javier Camarena as Elvino and Italian bass Michele Pertusi as Rodolfo. (more...)

Photo Flash: Placido Domingo, Susan Graham, David Daniels and More in THE ENCHANTED ISLAND - All the Pics!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2014

The Baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island, a hit when it premiered at the Met in 2011, returns for its first revival on February 26. New cast members Susan Graham (Sycorax) and Andriana Chuchman (Miranda) join many of the principal singers who appeared in the work's world premiere: David Daniels as Prospero, Plácido Domingo as Neptune, Danielle de Niese as Ariel, Anthony Roth Costanzo as Ferdinand, and Luca Pisaroni as Caliban. The four mismatched Athenian lovers will be sung by Elizabeth DeShong, who sang Hermia in the world premiere, joined by new cast members Janai Brugger (Helena), Andrew Stenson (Demetrius), and Nicholas Pallesen (Lysander) completing the quartet of Athenian lovers. BroadwayWorld has a complete look below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Placido Domingo, Danielle De Niese and More in THE ENCHANTED ISLAND at the Met
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2014

The Baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island, a hit when it premiered at the Met in 2011, returns for its first revival on February 26. New cast members Susan Graham (Sycorax) and Andriana Chuchman (Miranda) join many of the principal singers who appeared in the work's world premiere: David Daniels as Prospero, Plácido Domingo as Neptune, Danielle de Niese as Ariel, Anthony Roth Costanzo as Ferdinand, and Luca Pisaroni as Caliban. The four mismatched Athenian lovers will be sung by Elizabeth DeShong, who sang Hermia in the world premiere, joined by new cast members Janai Brugger (Helena), Andrew Stenson (Demetrius), and Nicholas Pallesen (Lysander) completing the quartet of Athenian lovers. BroadwayWorld has a first look below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Follow the Lieder, Part Two--JONAS KAUFMANN Conquers Carnegie
by Richard Sasanow - Feb 24, 2014

What does an opera singer do on his night off from singing the title role in Massenet's WERTHER in a new production at the Metropolitan? If he's the charismatic wunder-tenor Jonas Kaufmann, he heads over to Carnegie Hall to conquer another world, with his recital debut in an evening of German art songs, or lieder. And triumph he did. (more...)

Diana Damrau to Sing the Title Role in Bellini's LA SONNAMBULA at the Met, Beg. 3/14
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2014

Diana Damrau will add a new role to her extensive repertory when she sings her first-ever performances of Amina, the title character in Bellini's bel canto showpiece La Sonnambula. Last season, Damrau made an acclaimed role debut as Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata in a sold-out series of performances at the Met. La Sonnambula, which opens March 14 in a revival of Mary Zimmerman's 2009 production, will be conducted by Marco Armiliato and also star rising Mexican tenor Javier Camarena as Elvino and Italian bass Michele Pertusi as Rodolfo. (more...)

SAG-AFTRA Releases Statement on Passing of Shirley Temple Black
by TV News Desk - Feb 11, 2014

Shirley Temple Black, the 42nd Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement honoree, died Monday at the age of 85. Black captivated the world as no other child star has done before or since, and then went on to serve her country as an eminent diplomat over more than three decades. (more...)

BWW Interviews: In RUSALKA or RIGOLETTO, Piotr Beczala's a Tenor with Style
by Richard Sasanow - Feb 07, 2014

He was the dashing yet fickle prince in the Met's HD Live broadcast of Dvorak's RUSALKA and the womanizing Duke who concluded that “La donna e mobile” (“Woman is fickle”) in last year's “Ratpack” RIGOLETTO at the Met as well. Yet, Polish tenor Piotr Beczala is true-blue--to musical style. (more...)

Ridgefield Playhouse to Screen the Met's RUSALKA, Starring Renee Fleming, 2/9
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2014

Diva Renee Fleming will star in Dvorak's Rusalka Live in HD from the Met on Sunday, February 9, at 12:55 p.m. One of the most celebrated divas of our time, Renee Fleming returns to one of her signature roles, singing the enchanting 'Song to the Moon' in Dvorak's soulful fairy-tale opera Rusalka. Tenor Piotr Beczala co-stars as the Prince, Dolora Zajick is Ježibaba and dynamic young maestro Yannick Nezet-Seguin is on the podium. (more...)

Renee Fleming Stars in the Title Role of RUSALKA, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2014

Renée Fleming will return to one of her signature roles, the title character in Dvorák's Rusalka, for six performances beginning tonight, January 23. (more...)

20th Annual SAG AWARDS Set for Tonight; Judi Dench, James Gandolfini, Meryl Streep Among Nominees
by TV News Desk - Jan 18, 2014

The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, one of the awards season's premier events, will honor outstanding performances from 2013 in five film categories and eight television categories, including the distinctive ensemble awards. This year's Actor recipients will be announced at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center during a live simulcast on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. (more...)

Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper & More Join SAG AWARDS Presenters Line-Up
by TV News Desk - Jan 17, 2014

Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tina Fey, John Goodman, Josh Holloway, Pauley Perrette, and Jeremy Renner are confirmed to present at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (more...)

Marco Armiliato to Conduct Tonight's MADAMA BUTTERFLY at the Met
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2014

Marco Armiliato will conduct this evening's performance of Puccini's Madama Butterfly, replacing Philippe Auguin, who is ill. (more...)

Voting for 20th Annual SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS Closes Tomorrow
by Movies News Desk - Jan 16, 2014

Balloting for this year's Actor® recipients will close tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 17, at Noon (PT). Final voting information was mailed to eligible SAG-AFTRA members on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. (more...)

Three New Sopranos Take on Title Role of MADAMA BUTTERFLY at the Met, Beg. Today
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2014

Three sopranos will sing their first Met performances of the title role in Puccini's Madama Butterfly at the Met this season. (more...)

DeNiro, Streep , Lawrence & More Join SAG AWARDS Presenters Line-Up
by TV News Desk - Jan 15, 2014

Matt Damon, Robert DeNiro, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Marsden, Julia Roberts, Elisabeth Rohm, Meryl Streep, and Emma Thompson will be presenters at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Long and Short of It--DIE FLEDERMAUS and THE MAGIC FLUTE at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Jan 09, 2014

Before seeing the Met's new production of Johann Strauss Jr.'s DIE FLEDERMAUS, directed by Jeremy Sams, on Saturday night, I listened to the afternoon's live broadcast of Mozart's THE MAGIC FLUTE. Both were written in German and performed in English to make them more palatable to their target audiences (Broadway musical lovers and young opera-goers-in-training, respectively). But, while the Mozart had its guts cut away, to shave the running time to 90 minutes without an intermission, the FLEDERMAUS went on--and on and on--for four hours. Both had the same result--and it was not good. (more...)

Andriana Chuchman Sings Role of 'Adina' in Met Opera's L'ELISIR D'AMORE Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 09, 2014

Andriana Chuchman will sing the role of Adina in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore tonight, January 9 and Monday, January 13, replacing Anna Netrebko, who has withdrawn from the first two performances of the run because she is suffering from the flu. The January 9 performance will be Chuchman's Met debut. (more...)

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