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San Francisco Opera to Open 93rd Season This Fall with Gala Performance of LUISA MILLERSan Francisco Opera to Open 93rd Season This Fall with Gala Performance of LUISA MILLER
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2015

San Francisco Opera celebrates the opening of its 93rd Season on Friday, September 11, 2015 with a gala performance of Verdi's Luisa Miller, conducted by Company Music Director Nicola Luisotti and featuring an international cast, led by soprano Leah Crocetto, tenor Michael Fabiano and baritone Vitaliy Bilyy. (more...)

Stage & Screen Star Carol Burnett to Receive 2015 SAG Life Achievement AwardStage & Screen Star Carol Burnett to Receive 2015 SAG Life Achievement Award
by TV News Desk - Jul 20, 2015

Carol Burnett – comedic trailblazer, actor, singer, dancer, producer and author – has been named the 52nd recipient of SAG-AFTRA's highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. (more...)

TONYA & NANCY: THE ROCK OPERA to Kick Off NYMF This JulyTONYA & NANCY: THE ROCK OPERA to Kick Off NYMF This July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2015

Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera gets its NY premiere as it kicks-off the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) this July. Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera has a concept, book and lyrics by Elizabeth Searle, music by Michael Teoli, and will be directed by David Alpert (If/ Then), with musical direction by Henry Aronson (Rock of Ages), and choreography by Marc Kimelman (A Bronx Tale). Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera will play at the PTC Performing Space (555 West 42nd St.) from July 9 - July 16, 2015. (more...)

BWW Reviews: EMMELINE Will Wring Your Heart at Opera Theatre of St. LouisBWW Reviews: EMMELINE Will Wring Your Heart at Opera Theatre of St. Louis
by Steve Callahan - Jun 17, 2015

This review was first published by KDHX 88-1 St. Louis. Opera Theatre of St. Louis has opened a very fine production of 'Emmeline,' by Tobias Picker, with libretto by J. D. McClatchy. This remarkable piece premiered at the Santa Fe Opera in 1996 to great praise. It was done at the New York City Opera in '98 (with much the same cast)—again to considerable praise. It was deemed one of the great modern operas. Except for two 'reduced version' productions the work lay fallow until this full-scale revival by Opera Theatre of St. Louis. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Opera Theatre of St. Louis' RICHARD THE LIONHEART Astonishes with its BeautyBWW Reviews: Opera Theatre of St. Louis' RICHARD THE LIONHEART Astonishes with its Beauty
by Steve Callahan - Jun 11, 2015

This review was first published by KDHX, St. Louis. Opera Theatre of St. Louis has opened Handel's 'Richard the Lionheart,' and it is truly astonishing! It is, in all aspects, the most perfect production of an opera that I've ever seen. And voices? Ah, the voices are quite stunning! This is not to be missed. This is a masterpiece. (more...)

Director Peter H. Hunt Talks Drama Behind Original Cuts to '1776' FilmDirector Peter H. Hunt Talks Drama Behind Original Cuts to '1776' Film
by Movies News Desk - Jun 9, 2015

The restored director's cut edition of the musical 1776 was just released on Blu-ray, and Tony-winning director Peter H. Hunt revealed to the Los Angeles Times the drama behind the original 1972 release of the film -- and just how much producer Jack L. Warner left out. (more...)

Renee Fleming Stars in THE MERRY WIDOW, Directed by Susan Stroman, Airing on ThirteenRenee Fleming Stars in THE MERRY WIDOW, Directed by Susan Stroman, Airing on Thirteen
by TV News Desk - Jun 9, 2015

Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman, whose many credits include the Tony Award-winning musicals Crazy for You, Contact, and The Producers, makes her Met debut with a lavish new staging of Lehar's effervescent operetta The Merry Widow (more...)

BWW Reviews: Puccini's LA RONDINE is a Winner at Opera Theatre of St. LouisBWW Reviews: Puccini's LA RONDINE is a Winner at Opera Theatre of St. Louis
by Steve Callahan - Jun 3, 2015

A rare Puccini receives a lovely production: 'La rondine' at Opera Theatre of St. Louis (more...)

BWW Reviews: Opera Theatre of St. Louis' Unique and Amusing Take on THE BARBER OF SEVILLEBWW Reviews: Opera Theatre of St. Louis' Unique and Amusing Take on THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
by Chris Gibson - May 28, 2015

I think I bring this up every time I write about an opera, but it's just so funny to me that most of my early exposure to the medium came through films that I saw on TV when I was kid. Whether it was an Our Gang short (the one where Alfalfa wants to give up crooning to become an opera singer), a Bugs Bunny cartoon (Carl Stallings frequently drew from famous classical works), or even something from Tom and Jerry, I was privy to melodies that would eventually work their way into my musical subconscious. That's just one of the reasons I found the Opera Theatre of St. Louis' production of THE BARBER OF SEVILLE so engaging. Add to that the fact that the brilliant, sexy, funny, and colorful films of Pedro Almodovar provided the inspiration for the look and feel of this particular presentation, and you have a match made in heaven. You should make it a point to catch all of the Opera Theatre's productions, because they're always innovative, and I especially recommend the wacky comic delights of composer Giochino Rossini's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE. (more...)

BWW Reviews: BALLO with Radvanovsky, Beczala and Markov Ends Met Season with a BangBWW Reviews: BALLO with Radvanovsky, Beczala and Markov Ends Met Season with a Bang
by Richard Sasanow - May 20, 2015

The Met was running on all cylinders for the last performance of the season, with Verdi's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA in an energized version of the production that premiered in 2012. The trio of principals--soprano Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia, tenor Piotr Beczala as Gustavo and baritone Alexey Markov as Anckarstrom--gave ringing, heart-felt performances in a concept from David Alden that previously seemed half-baked. Now, the singing and acting were so good that one could forget the conceit's shortcomings. (more...)

THE MET: LIVE IN HD Summer Encore Series Returns to Theaters This SummerTHE MET: LIVE IN HD Summer Encore Series Returns to Theaters This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

The Metropolitan Opera and Fathom Events partner to present "The Met: Live in HD' 2015 Summer Encores," a series of four encore performances from the 2014-2015 Live in HD series in more than 480 U.S. cinemas nationwide through Fathom's Digital Broadcast Network. (more...)

Pittsburgh Opera to Close Season with DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT, 5/2Pittsburgh Opera to Close Season with DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT, 5/2
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

What: Donizetti's comic opera DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT Where: Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, Downtown Pittsburgh When: Saturday, May 2, 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 8, 7:30 p.m.* Sunday, May 10, 2:00 p.m. (more...)

SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard Comments on Fair Play Fair Pay Act of 2015SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard Comments on Fair Play Fair Pay Act of 2015
by TV News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard today praised the Fair Play Fair Pay Act of 2015, introduced by representatives Jerrold Nadler, Marsha Blackburn, John Conyers Jr. and Ted Deutch. (more...)

Martin Sheen & More Attend Opening Night of 7th Annual Kat Kramer's Films That Change the WorldMartin Sheen & More Attend Opening Night of 7th Annual Kat Kramer's Films That Change the World
by Movies News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

Kat Kramer's Films That Change The World kicked off the Opening Night of the Seventh Annual Cinema Series on the evening of Friday, April 10, 2015 with a Screening and Panel Discussion about the film Bhopal: A Prayer of Rain (more...)

BWW Reviews: What A Day for an Auto-da-fe and DON CARLO at the MetBWW Reviews: What A Day for an Auto-da-fe and DON CARLO at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Apr 10, 2015

What a great idea it was for the Met to mount revivals of Verdi's ERNANI and DON CARLO at the same time! It offers an opportunity to compare two operas that have much in common--and a production well worth seeing. (more...)

Opera Singer Michael Fabiano Sang on Stage Despite Head WoundOpera Singer Michael Fabiano Sang on Stage Despite Head Wound
by Kaitlin Milligan - Apr 7, 2015

Opera singer Michael Fabiano was given only seven hours to prepare for the role of Edgardo in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor at New York's prestigious Metropolitan Opera House when a cast member fell sick. All he had left was the finale before a standing ovation, but thhen disaster struck as he exited the stage. (more...)

1776 Restored Director's Cut Set To Make Blu-ray Debut 6/21776 Restored Director's Cut Set To Make Blu-ray Debut 6/2
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 26, 2015

1776 arrives on Blu-ray at long last! (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at ROMEO & JULIET, CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA and More, Coming to Ridgefield PlayhousePhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at ROMEO & JULIET, CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA and More, Coming to Ridgefield Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2015

Going to London's National Theatre, New York's Metropolitan Opera or Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet to see world-class productions is as easy as going to The Ridgefield Playhouse! Incomparable performances captured live on stage are coming to the Playhouse on the big screen in HD! On Saturday, April 4, at 4 p.m., The Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow will present Romeo and Juliet. From London's National Theatre on Saturday, April 11, at 12 noon, comes family entertainment -- Treasure Island, which is suitable for 10+ years. Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana/Leoncavallo's Pagliacci is a double bill starring Marcelo Álvarez from the Met on Saturday, April 25, at 12:30 p.m. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the productions! (more...)

Antoinette Comer, Elizabeth Casper & More Set for A NIGHT WITH KENT STATE UNIVERSITY at 54 BelowAntoinette Comer, Elizabeth Casper & More Set for A NIGHT WITH KENT STATE UNIVERSITY at 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2015

54 BELOW?, Broadway's Supper Club, presents A Night with Kent State University on Friday March 27, 2015 at 11:30pm. A Night with Kent State University is a one­night only concert celebrating the alumni of The Kent State Musical Theatre Program?. The concert will feature performances from artists Antoinette Comer (current cast of Mama Mia!) Elizabeth Casper (Rock of Ages, Hair, Grease), Justin Gentry (Saturday Night Fever), Danny Caraballo (Buddy:The Buddy Holly Story), Colleen Longshaw (Kiss Me, Kate), Sarah Roussos (Hairspray) and others, and will include song selections from Broadway, pop, and Disney favorites. The performance will be directed by John Moauro (Hair) and assistant directed by Chris Richards?, with music direction by Vincent Ester?. Andrew Morton ?stage manages. (more...)

BWW Reviews: 'China' Comes to San Diego OperaBWW Reviews: 'China' Comes to San Diego Opera
by Erica Miner - Mar 16, 2015

In a bold move, SDO premiered a production of John Adams' most frequently performed opera (more...)

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