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Kim Criswell to Star as Ethel Merman in MERMAN'S APPRENTICE Reading at the Landor Theatre, Feb 11-13Kim Criswell to Star as Ethel Merman in MERMAN'S APPRENTICE Reading at the Landor Theatre, Feb 11-13
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2014

Merman's Apprentice, a new musical fable with Book and Lyrics by Stephen Cole (Inventing Mary Martin, After the Fair, The Night of the Hunter, The Road to Qatar!) and Music by David Evans (Birds of Paradise, Children's Letters to God) has been chosen to be the opening show as part of London's Landor Theatre's 'From Page to Stage Festival' on February 11th and 12th at 7:30pm. There will be an additional presentation for industry professionals on Feb. 13th at 2:30pm at The Concert Artistes' Association at 20 Bedford Street, London WC2E 9HP. (more...)

Megan Hilty to Headline 42nd Street Moon's WHAT WE DID FOR LOVE Gala, 2/27Megan Hilty to Headline 42nd Street Moon's WHAT WE DID FOR LOVE Gala, 2/27
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2014

San Francisco's 42nd Street Moon announces WHAT WE DID FOR LOVE, a gala fundraising evening with special guest, star of NBC's Smash, and Sean Saves the World, Megan Hilty, 6pm, Thursday, February 27 at Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave, San Francisco. In addition to the 'smashing' talents of Broadway and television star Megan Hilty, the evening will include cocktails, dinner, a brief live auction, and a 'MoonGlow Cabaret' with clarion-voiced chanteuse Klea Blackhurst and other Moon performers. Guests are invited to dress in cocktail attire with a dash of red. For tickets ($375 - $7500) the public may contact 42nd Street Moon at (415) 255-8207 or for more information visit 42ndstmoon.org. (more...)

BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards LAST CHANCE TO VOTE - Rebecca Russo Leads!BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards LAST CHANCE TO VOTE - Rebecca Russo Leads!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 27, 2013

Voting is now underway for Connecticut! We have a record number of votes in already, but if you haven't voted yet, click here to vote! If you have voted already, tell your friends. (more...)

Photo Flash: A SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS with Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso, Billy Stritch & MorePhoto Flash: A SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS with Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso, Billy Stritch & More
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2013

'A Swinging Birdland Christmas' opened with a bang on December 21! For the fourth year in a row, Jim Caruso, Billy Stritch, Klea Blackhurst, and the band (Steve Doyle on bass and Carmen Intorre on drums) kick of Christmas week with their swinging holiday standards, and a few pieces of special material that are impossible to define! Opening night saw Broadway folk like Christine Ebersole, Colleen Zenk, Daniel Rowan and Andrea Prestonario leading the applause. Check out a look back below! (more...)

BroadwayWorld Connecticut Holiday Madness Awards Update 12/20 - Foster, Johansmeyer Tied!BroadwayWorld Connecticut Holiday Madness Awards Update 12/20 - Foster, Johansmeyer Tied!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2013

Voting is now underway for Connecticut! We have a record number of votes in already, but if you haven't voted yet, click here to vote! If you have voted already, tell your friends. (more...)

ADAM LIVES, A PROPER PLACE & More Included in Goodspeed's FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALSADAM LIVES, A PROPER PLACE & More Included in Goodspeed's FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2013

The Ninth Annual Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals, produced by Goodspeed Musicals' Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre, kicks off its much-anticipated three day festival of brand new works on Friday, January 17, at the Goodspeed Opera House with a staged reading of the timely musical Adam Lives. On Saturday, January 18, the musical fantasy A Proper Place debuts. On the final day of the festival, the unconventional Theory of Relativity by the team who wrote the Goodspeed and Broadway tuner The Story of My Life will be presented. Several special events will round out this exciting weekend. Tickets are available at the Goodspeed Box Office or by calling 860.873.8668 or online at www.goodspeed.org. Tickets are $15 each for one show, $10 each for students. This year's festival is sponsored in part by lead corporate sponsor RisCassi & Davis, P.C. with additional support by The Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation, Inc. and The Noel Coward Foundation. (more...)

Connecticut Winter Storm Watch Awards Update 12/13 - Mulcare, Foster Tied!Connecticut Winter Storm Watch Awards Update 12/13 - Mulcare, Foster Tied!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2013

Voting is now underway for Connecticut! We have a record number of votes in already, but if you haven't voted yet, click here to vote! If you have voted already, tell your friends. (more...)

Michael Feinstein, A Swinging Birdland Christmas & More Set for Birdland, 12/23-29Michael Feinstein, A Swinging Birdland Christmas & More Set for Birdland, 12/23-29
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2013

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its schedule for December 23-29. Check out the listings below! (more...)

George Gershwin Tribute to Open State Theatre's 2014 SeasonGeorge Gershwin Tribute to Open State Theatre's 2014 Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2013

The State Theatre opens up the 2014 schedule in a big way as Broadway Comes to the State with a Tribute to George Gershwin on Saturday, January 11th. (more...)

Chita Rivera, Brian D'Arcy James, Annaleigh Ashford and More Set for MARVIN HAMLISCH: WHAT HE DID FOR LOVE Screening, 12/9Chita Rivera, Brian D'Arcy James, Annaleigh Ashford and More Set for MARVIN HAMLISCH: WHAT HE DID FOR LOVE Screening, 12/9
by Movies News Desk - Dec 6, 2013

A VIP screening of the new American Masters documentary, Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love is set for The Paley Center for Media on Monday, December 9th at 6:15 PM. The new documentary is the American Masters series' Season 27 finale, premiering nationally Friday, December 27, 2013, 9-10:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) and available on DVD January 14, 2014 via PBS Distribution. (more...)

BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards Update 12/6 - Gustavo Povoas Leads for Best Actor!BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards Update 12/6 - Gustavo Povoas Leads for Best Actor!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2013

Voting is now underway for Connecticut! We have a record number of votes in already, but if you haven't voted yet, click here to vote! If you have voted already, tell your friends. (more...)

A SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS Album Now AvailableA SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS Album Now Available
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2013

BIRDLAND RECORDS has announced the release of "A Swinging Birdland Christmas" CD. The CD was recorded live in winter 2012 during a performance of this annual holiday show at historic Birdland Jazz Club in Midtown Manhattan. "A Swinging Birdland Christmas," stars Birdland regulars Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch with special guest jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein. In the tradition of beloved seasonal specials, Blackhurst, Caruso and Stritch perform swinging arrangements by Billy Stritch of Kay Thompson's classics "It's The Holiday Season," "Sleigh Ride," and "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm," among other favorites. The record also features Billy Stritch on piano, John Hart on guitar, Paul Gill on bass, Carmen Intorre on drums. The album is executive produced by Birdland's Gianni Valenti. (more...)

Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch Featured on A SWINGING CHRISTMAS Album; Birdland Performances Set for 12/21-25Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch Featured on A SWINGING CHRISTMAS Album; Birdland Performances Set for 12/21-25
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2013

BIRDLAND RECORDS has just announced the release of 'A Swinging Birdland Christmas' CD. The CD was recorded live in winter 2012 during a performance of this annual holiday show at historic Birdland Jazz Club in Midtown Manhattan. 'A Swinging Birdland Christmas,' stars Birdland regulars Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch with special guest jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein. In the tradition of beloved seasonal specials, Blackhurst, Caruso and Stritch perform swinging arrangements by Billy Stritch of Kay Thompson's classics 'It's The Holiday Season,' 'Sleigh Ride,' and 'I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm,' among other favorites. The record also features Billy Stritch on piano, John Hart on guitar, Paul Gill on bass, Carmen Intorre on drums. The album is executive produced by Birdland's Gianni Valenti. (more...)

Sierra Boggess, HIT LIST Concert & More Set for 54 Below this WeekSierra Boggess, HIT LIST Concert & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2013

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, the performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond: (more...)

Cheyenne Jackson, Donna McKechnie, Frank Wildhorn, Cyndi Lauper and More Set for Birdland, Dec 2013Cheyenne Jackson, Donna McKechnie, Frank Wildhorn, Cyndi Lauper and More Set for Birdland, Dec 2013
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2013

Birdland Jazz Club has announced their zesty line-up of impressive talent for the month of December 2013. Featuring: Michael Feinstein, Stacey Kent, Jazz Stories with Eddie Gomez, Kenny Barron, Al Foster, Wallace Roney, Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Cabaret, Cheyenne Jackson, Donna McKechnie, Frank Wildhorn & Friends with Jeremy Jordan, Laura Osnes, Jane Monheit and more, A Swinging Birdland Christmas, Native Soul, Victoria Shaw, Natalie Toro, Shoshana Bush, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, and more! (more...)

Post-Turkey BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards Update 11/29 - Gustavo Povoas in Lead for Best Actor in a Musical!Post-Turkey BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards Update 11/29 - Gustavo Povoas in Lead for Best Actor in a Musical!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2013

Voting is now underway for Connecticut! We have a record number of votes in already, but if you haven't voted yet, click here to vote! If you have voted already, tell your friends. (more...)

Sierra Boggess, Mandy Gonzalez, HIT LIST Concert & More Set for 54 Below in Coming WeeksSierra Boggess, Mandy Gonzalez, HIT LIST Concert & More Set for 54 Below in Coming Weeks
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2013

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, the performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond: (more...)

BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards Update 11/22 - Will Blackhurst Keep Her Lead?BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards Update 11/22 - Will Blackhurst Keep Her Lead?
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2013

Voting is now underway for Connecticut! We have a record number of votes in already, but if you haven't voted yet, click here to vote! If you have voted already, tell your friends. (more...)

Cheyenne Jackson, Donna McKechnie, Frank Wildhorn, Cyndi Lauper and More Set for Birdland, Dec 2013Cheyenne Jackson, Donna McKechnie, Frank Wildhorn, Cyndi Lauper and More Set for Birdland, Dec 2013
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2013

Birdland Jazz Club has announced their zesty line-up of impressive talent for the month of December 2013. Featuring: Michael Feinstein, Stacey Kent, Jazz Stories with Eddie Gomez, Kenny Barron, Al Foster, Wallace Roney, Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Cabaret, Cheyenne Jackson, Donna McKechnie, Frank Wildhorn & Friends with Jeremy Jordan, Laura Osnes, Jane Monheit and more, A Swinging Birdland Christmas, Native Soul, Victoria Shaw, Natalie Toro, Shoshana Bush, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, and more! (more...)

Leslie Uggams, Beth Leavel & More to Kick Off 54 SINGS Series with MAME, 12/8Leslie Uggams, Beth Leavel & More to Kick Off 54 SINGS Series with MAME, 12/8
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2013

54 Below celebrates some favorite musicals with the new series, 54 Sings. Re-live the hit songs from these groundbreaking shows, performed by some of the best in the biz and, occasionally, by the very voices for whom they were written. Kicking off the series will be 54 Sings Mame (December 8 at 9:30pm), starring: Leslie Uggams, Beth Leavel, Klea Blackhurst, Donna Lynne Champlin, Eric Michael Gillett, Annie Golden, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Dee Hoty, Pamela Myers, and Lee Roy Reams. (more...)

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