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BWW Reviews: WIDOW is Not Very Merry with Fleming in Charge at the MetBWW Reviews: WIDOW is Not Very Merry with Fleming in Charge at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Jan 28, 2015

Once upon a time, the Met used to be able to pull off an operetta, like the Rudolf Bing-era FLEDERMAUS, with its Garson Kanin libretto and lyrics by Broadway's Howard Dietz. But for the second year in a row--after last season's dire FLEDERMAUS from writer Douglas Carter Beane and director Jeremy Sams--the company rolled the dice and came up craps. How bad is the new production of Franz Lehar's THE MERRY WIDOW (DIE LUSTIGE WITWE)? Let me count the ways. (more...)

Lupita Nyong'o, Reese Witherspoon & More Join SAG AWARDS Presenters LineupLupita Nyong'o, Reese Witherspoon & More Join SAG AWARDS Presenters Lineup
by TV News Desk - Jan 23, 2015

Matthew Beard, Colin Farrell, Jeff Goldblum, Allen Leech, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong'o, Emmy Rossum, Andy Samberg, Liev Schreiber and Reese Witherspoon will be presenters at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today. (more...)

Voting for SAG Awards Closes TomorrowVoting for SAG Awards Closes Tomorrow
by TV News Desk - Jan 22, 2015

Balloting for this year's Actor® recipients will close tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 23, at Noon (PT). Final voting information was mailed to 111,228 eligible SAG-AFTRA members on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Votes must be cast online or previously requested paper ballots returned by Jan. 23 to Integrity Voting Systems, the SAG Awards' official teller. The results will be tallied and sealed until the envelopes are opened onstage by the presenters at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® ceremony on Sunday, Jan 25. (more...)

Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne & More Join SAG AWARD's Presenters LineupBenedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne & More Join SAG AWARD's Presenters Lineup
by TV News Desk - Jan 21, 2015

Adrien Brody, Laverne Cox, Bryan Cranston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eric Dane, Viola Davis, Felicity Jones, Lenny Kravitz, Eddie Redmayne, Tony Revolori and J.K. Simmons will be presenters at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Thrilling Violetta from Sonya Yoncheva Finds the Truth in Met LA TRAVIATABWW Reviews: Thrilling Violetta from Sonya Yoncheva Finds the Truth in Met LA TRAVIATA
by Richard Sasanow - Jan 19, 2015

For the second time in two seasons, casting has made me reconsider a Met production that I'd written off as past its expiration date. The first was Diana Damrau and Javier Camarena in Bellini's LA SONNAMBULA. This time around it's the wonderful Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva, who breathed new life into the Willy Decker LA TRAVIATA. She's a marvel, both as an actress and a singer. (more...)

Emma Stone, Matthew McConaughey Among 25th ANNUAL SAG AWARD PresentersEmma Stone, Matthew McConaughey Among 25th ANNUAL SAG AWARD Presenters
by TV News Desk - Jan 14, 2015

The Screen Actors Guild has announced the first round of presenters for the 21st Annual SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS. (more...)

SAG-AFTRA Votes to Ratify Network Television CodeSAG-AFTRA Votes to Ratify Network Television Code
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

Members of SAG-AFTRA today voted to ratify the 2014 SAG-AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting (Network Television Code). The vote was 96.5 percent in favor of the new contract. (more...)

VIDEO: Kevin Hart Wants Josh Gad to 'Show Him the Money' in All-New JERRY MAGUIRE ParodyVIDEO: Kevin Hart Wants Josh Gad to 'Show Him the Money' in All-New JERRY MAGUIRE Parody
by Movies News Desk - Jan 6, 2015

In the clip below, watch the two funnymen re-enact the classic 'Show Me the Money' scene from the 1996 film. (more...)

Vittorio Grigolo to Sing Title Role in LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN at the Met, Beginning 1/12Vittorio Grigolo to Sing Title Role in LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN at the Met, Beginning 1/12
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2015

Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann will return to the Met stage January 12, with Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo in his first company performances of the title role, a poet whose attempts at romance are repeatedly thwarted. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - Josh Gad in All-New WEDDING RINGER TrailerVIDEO: First Look - Josh Gad in All-New WEDDING RINGER Trailer
by Movies News Desk - Dec 29, 2014

Screen Gems has released an all- ew trailer for THE WEDDING RINGER, hitting theaters on January 16, 2015. The comedy stars Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (more...)

PBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES to Present Mozart's 'Le Nozze di Figaroon', 1/16PBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES to Present Mozart's 'Le Nozze di Figaroon', 1/16
by TV News Desk - Dec 24, 2014

?Mozart's elegant masterpiece of marital discord, Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine and staged by Richard Eyre, is the season premiere of Great Performances at the Met Friday, January 16 at 9 p.m. on PBS. (more...)

The Met Screens Wagner's 'MEISTERSINGER' in First-Ever Live in HD Performance TodayThe Met Screens Wagner's 'MEISTERSINGER' in First-Ever Live in HD Performance Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2014

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

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...)

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