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Broadway's an Open Book: Bookwriters From ON YOUR FEET!, TUCK EVERLASTING, ALADDIN, SOMETHING ROTTEN!, JERSEY BOYS and DISASTER! Talk About Creating MusicalsBroadway's an Open Book: Bookwriters From ON YOUR FEET!, TUCK EVERLASTING, ALADDIN, SOMETHING ROTTEN!, JERSEY BOYS and DISASTER! Talk About Creating Musicals
by Michael Dale - Apr 21, 2016

Writers seeking fame and recognition are generally advised to steer clear of the task of writing books for Broadway musicals. Regarded by theatre insiders to be perhaps the most vital, yet most underappreciated element of a successful musical, the book oftentimes receives the least credit when a musical's a hit, but is the first thing blamed if it's a flop. (more...)

'Great Balls of Fire' Songwriter & Broadway Performer Jack Hammer Dies at 90'Great Balls of Fire' Songwriter & Broadway Performer Jack Hammer Dies at 90
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

Hammer performed on Broadway in the 1970s in BUBBLING BROWN SUGAR and at one point was scheduled to portray Jimi Hendrix in a film. Mr. Hammer was a veteran who served in World War II. (more...)

Alice Cooper Coming to Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 8/14Alice Cooper Coming to Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 8/14
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, in association with Live Nation, announces the Orlando engagement of Spend the Night with Alice Cooper. (more...)

Adelaide Cabaret Festival Announces 2016 Program with Megan Hilty & MoreAdelaide Cabaret Festival Announces 2016 Program with Megan Hilty & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2016

Full program and tickets are on sale to subscribers from Sunday 3 April and the general public from Wednesday 6 April through BASS 131 246 or online www.adelaidecabaretfestival.com.au Program details are available in the Adelaide Cabaret Festival brochure, get one free by calling BASS 131 246 or log onto the Cabaret Festival website. (more...)

BWW Review: 2016 Bistro Award Winner Sharon McNight Sets Out to Offend Almost Everyone and Mostly Succeeds at The DuplexBWW Review: 2016 Bistro Award Winner Sharon McNight Sets Out to Offend Almost Everyone and Mostly Succeeds at The Duplex
by Victoria Ordin - Mar 22, 2016

Having recently added a 2016 Bistro Award for “Commanding Cabaret Artistry” to her list of accolades (including a Tony nomination and Theater World Award for her 1989 Broadway debut in Starmites), Sharon McNight belted and growled her way through Songs to Offend Almost Everyone at the second of her two shows at the Duplex (March 10). If Mae West and George Carlin had by some miracle produced a daughter and Elaine Stritch was the child's nanny, she would have grown up sounding like McNight. (more...)

BWW Review: KIRK FREDERICK Launches his WRITE THAT DOWN! at ONE ArchivesBWW Review: KIRK FREDERICK Launches his WRITE THAT DOWN! at ONE Archives
by Don Grigware - Mar 14, 2016

On Friday March 11 Kirk Frederick's new book Write That Down! The Comedy of Male Actress Charles Pierce was launched at ONE the Gay and Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries on North Adams in downtown Los Angeles. The sellout event was a benefit for ONE Archives. There were scrumptious hors d'oeuvres, followed by a presentation, which included a video slide montage, a 5 minute film clip from Pierce's appearance, in the early 80s, on The Dick Cavett Show, and then an interview with Kirk Frederick by moderator/ USC professor of English Chris Freeman. Then came a Q and A with the audience and a book signing. (more...)

East Lynne's Announces Radio Shows, One-Acts for MarchEast Lynne's Announces Radio Shows, One-Acts for March
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

?Why did a man in Pennsylvania create The Red-Headed League in London?  Who is the person behind "The Voice" stealing millions in Manhattan?  What organization is considered the first modern American theater company?       (more...)

BWW Review: END OF THE RAINBOW at Stages Repertory TheatreBWW Review: END OF THE RAINBOW at Stages Repertory Theatre
by Brett Cullum - Mar 6, 2016

Like Garland herself, the show is obsessed with high energy musical uppers contrasted with dark dramatic downers in between. It's a roller coaster ride of songs mixed with self destruction as we watch a star orchestrate her own death. (more...)

Virginia Repertory Theatre to Premiere 'CROAKER,' 3/11Virginia Repertory Theatre to Premiere 'CROAKER,' 3/11
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2016

Virginia Repertory Theatre opens the professional premiere of Croaker: The Frog Prince Musical M arch 11, 2016 at Virginia Rep's Children's Theatre at Willow Lawn, 1601 Willow Lawn Drive. With book/lyrics by Debra Clinton and a score by Jason Marks, C roaker i s a colorful new take on the classic story of the F rog Prince by the Brothers Grimm. The show runs through April 17, with public performances every Friday through Sunday, and student matinees throughout the week. The show runs one hour and 20 minutes, and is best suited for children ages 5 and up. (more...)

Review Roundup: FUNNY GIRL, Starring Sheridan Smith, Opens in London- UPDATED!Review Roundup: FUNNY GIRL, Starring Sheridan Smith, Opens in London- UPDATED!
by Review Roundups - Feb 15, 2016

FUNNY GIRL returns to the London stage for the first time since its 1966 premiere in a sold-out run, led by Olivier and BAFTA award-winning actress Sheridan Smith as 'Fanny Brice'. The multi award-winning Michael Mayer directs the production, opening tonight, 2 December, at Menier Chocolate Factory before a West End transfer. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

Whoopi Goldberg, Lady Gaga, Donald Trump Celebrity Impersonators Set for THE REEL AWARDS, Feb 22Whoopi Goldberg, Lady Gaga, Donald Trump Celebrity Impersonators Set for THE REEL AWARDS, Feb 22
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2016

Lights! Cameras! Action! International Celebrity Images will present The 22nd Production of THE REEL AWARDS, an entertaining two and a half-hour tongue in cheek parody, homage, spoof and tribute to the real Academy Awards, on Monday, February 22, 2016 at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino; 129 East Fremont Street; Las Vegas, NV 89101. Then, from Tuesday through Thursday, February 23 - 25, 2016, the Tribute Artists Convention will be presented at the hotel as well. (more...)

Lena Hall, Justin Vivian Bond, DanceNOW and More Set for Joe's Pub This MonthLena Hall, Justin Vivian Bond, DanceNOW and More Set for Joe's Pub This Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2016

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its nightly performances for February 10-21, 2016. Scroll down fo rmore details or visit www.joespub.com! (more...)

Gulfshore Playhouse Sets Cast of MOON OVER BUFFALOGulfshore Playhouse Sets Cast of MOON OVER BUFFALO
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

Gulfshore Playhouse (www.GulfshorePlayhouse.org) - Southwest Florida's premier professional theatre - is pleased to announce the cast of its upcoming production of Ken Ludwig's Moon Over Buffalo, a madcap comedy from the author of The Fox on the Fairway and The Game's Afoot, scheduled for February 13 through March 13 at The Norris Center in Naples. (more...)

Toshi Reagon, Sarah Silverman, Molly Pope and More Coming Up This Month at Joe's PubToshi Reagon, Sarah Silverman, Molly Pope and More Coming Up This Month at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its nightly performances, January 20-31, 2016. Scroll down for details or visit www.joespub.com for a complete list of shows! (more...)

BWW Review: Molly Ryan's 'Cheeky' Tribute to Mae West Is a Frisky Revelation at the Metropolitan RoomBWW Review: Molly Ryan's 'Cheeky' Tribute to Mae West Is a Frisky Revelation at the Metropolitan Room
by Alix Cohen - Jan 16, 2016

How much do most of us know about Brooklyn's own Mary Jane 'Mae' West (1893-1980) other than that she was an iconic sex symbol who had a wicked sense of humor? It's common knowledge she acted and sang, but are you aware she was a playwright and screenwriter? Did you know she didn't make her first film until the age of 39 and never drank alcohol? Jazz vocalist Molly Ryan has done her homework, presenting a smart, multifaceted woman who was, outside her carefully constructed persona, "the epitome of modesty." Though narrative needs to be edited, her show Come Up and See Me Sometime at the Metropolitan Room (which completed a three-show run this past Wednesday night) is an excellent mix of history and anecdote making a case for increased appreciation of the subject. (more...)

Broadway Loses a Bit of Sizzle as Frankie and Johnnie's on 45th Street Serves Its Last SteakBroadway Loses a Bit of Sizzle as Frankie and Johnnie's on 45th Street Serves Its Last Steak
by Michael Dale - Dec 29, 2015

The former speakeasy and old school Broadway hangout will move to W. 46th Street. (more...)

C.L. Hause Launches Gay Art BookC.L. Hause Launches Gay Art Book
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2015

'Art And Sex' is a sexually charged collection of charcoal and litho pencil figure drawings of the male nude by award winning artist and illustrator C.L. Hause (Winner Of The Johnny Hart Memorial Award 'BC' Comics). While the female nude has long played a conspicuous role in western iconography, the male nude has not always enjoyed such adoration. Until now! This collection provides an exploration of the male nude in settings such as gay bondage, leather and erotica. This large scale (10 x 8) coffee table book features works inspired by some of the great names in art such as Tom Of Finland artist Touko Laaksonen, Robert Maplethorpe, Herbert List, George Platt Lynes and Nancy Grossman. While the images in 'Art And Sex' are sure to get your heart racing; there is also a collection of sexual and sometimes funny quotations by a number of notable celebrities, artists and historical figures, such as: Lily Tomlin, Woody Allen, Marilyn Monroe, Mae West, Leonardo Di Vinci, Ayn Rand and many more. 'Expressive, smart, and sexy, C.L. Hause' 'Art And Sex' brings erotic art images out of the closet and into the light of day.' Matthew Trent from OutLoud Magazine. For information on the art of C.L. Hause visit his web sites at (For adult gay themed art visit) http://clhauseart.wix.com/home (For nature and Native American inspired works visit) http://clarencehause.wix.com/homepage Books from the Walking With Spirits series are available on Amazon.com, Kobo, Google Book Store, Books-A-Million, and Barnes and Noble. C.L. Hause is an abstract artist who possesses a Bachelor Of Arts Degree specializing in Studio Art. He was the winner of the 2013 Johnny Hart Memorial Award as well of several others. He has always been inspired by nature, primitive and Native American design. His book 'The Native American Art Book - Art Inspired By Native American Myths And Legends' is releasing into stores In December 2015. (more...)


by Sally Henry - Dec 13, 2015

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BOTH SIDES OF A FAMOUS LOVE AFFAIR - THE JACKIE MASON MUSICAL to Play Empire StageBOTH SIDES OF A FAMOUS LOVE AFFAIR - THE JACKIE MASON MUSICAL to Play Empire Stage
by Carol Kassie - Dec 9, 2015

In 1988 in Florida's Dade County, Ginger Reiter sued comedian Jackie Mason for paternity, claiming he was the father of her daughter Sheba.  She won.  Reiter went on to become a high school English teacher in South Florida, and raised her daughter on her own (Mason did pay child support until Sheba turned 18).  But she also had a story to tell, and a unique one at that.   Both Sides of a Famous Love Affair - The Jackie Mason Musical is Reiter's light-hearted, laughter-filled musical recounting of her relationship with Mason, starring the result of that much contested union - her daughter Sheba Mason.  (more...)

TWITTER BREAK: Ten Terrific Tweets From DAMES AT SEA's Lesli MargheritaTWITTER BREAK: Ten Terrific Tweets From DAMES AT SEA's Lesli Margherita
by Michael Dale - Nov 30, 2015

The DAMES AT SEA star is a star of social media with her hilarious comments. (more...)

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