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BWW Interview: Chicago's Dynamic Duo AMY AND FREDDY Headline The Copa Palm Springs, Beginning Tonight
by David Green - Jul 18, 2014

The COPA PALM SPRINGS presents Chicago, music and comedy legends Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen for two performances, July 18 and 19 at 8:00 pm. Amy and Freddy have graced the stages coast-to-coast, both large and small, and in over 20 countries with their one-of-a-kind wit and musical prowess. They have had the pleasure of opening and sharing the spotlight with some familiar (and some not so familiar) names including Kathy Griffin, Mary Wilson and the Supremes, Phyllis Diller, Bea Arthur, Jennifer Holiday and Judy Gold to name a few. In 2009, Amy & Freddy were featured on national television on Entertainment Tonight as part of their work with the NBC reality show "America's Got Talent. They are also the proud multi-recipients of both the Gay Chicago Magazine "After Dark" and Chicago Free Press "Pressie" awards. I had the chance to chat with Amy and Freddy about their upcoming engagement at THE COPA and more - here are a few excerpts from that conversation: (more...)

The Ensemblist Releases Audio from 1st Anniversary Birdland Show with Ariana Debose, Alysha Umphress & Daniel Watts
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

On June 16, The Ensemblist, the only podcast that shows you Broadway from the inside out, celebrated its first anniversary with a live show at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club. The audio from the first half of the live show is now available free to download at theensemblist.com, as well as on iTunes, Stitcher and TuneIn. (more...)

Scoop: THE TALK on CBS - Week of June 9, 2014
by TV Scoop - Jun 05, 2014

Get all the scoop on THE TALK, airing on CBS for the week of June 9, 2014! (more...)

BWW TV: First Look at Highlights of 30th Anniversary of S.T.A.G.E. - Betty Buckley, Helen Reddy, Jason Gould, Shirley Jones & More!
by Michael Sterling & Jordan Santacana - May 27, 2014

Over two dozen stars of film, stage and television were given a standing ovation by a sold out crowd for the 30th Anniversary of S.T.A.G.E. at the historic Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA Saturday, May 10, 2014. And, on hand to get up close and personal with the stars, were BWW TV's longtime Los Angeles Correspondent and Co-Producer Michael Sterling with Videographer/Co-Producer, Jordan Santacana. Check out the video below! (more...)

BWW Feature: Nearly $275 Thousand Dollars Raised by APLA at last S.T.A.G.E. Benefit
by Don Grigware - May 21, 2014

The 30th Anniversary production, which featured an Emmy®, Grammy® and Tony® Award-winning cast, remains the world's longest-running annual benefit for HIV/AIDS funding (more...)

The Ensemblist to Welcome Rachel Bay Jones, The Skivvies & More for Live Show at Birdland, 6/16
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2014

The Ensemblist, the only podcast that shows you Broadway from the inside out, comes to the legendary Birdland Jazz Club in June to celebrate its first anniversary with a live show! Hosts Mo Brady and Nikka Graff Lanzarone have invited some of their favorite Broadway performers to the stage to celebrate their ensemblist experiences. (more...)

Photo Flash: Cast of MAMMA MIA! Celebrates Opening Night at New Tropicana Las Vegas
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2014

On Friday, May 16, 2014, the Las Vegas production of Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus' global smash-hit musical MAMMA MIA! celebrated its grand opening at The New Tropicana Las Vegas in the newly transformed Tropicana Theater. (more...)

Photo Coverage: First Look At 31 YEARS OF CELEBRATION: VIBRANT VOICE AWARDS
by Lily Lim - May 03, 2014

On Saturday, April 26 on Sound Stage 19 at CBS Studio Center in Studio City, CA, Celebration Theatre's Vibrant Voice Awards benefit event raised $40,000 for the non-profit theatre, now in its 31st year. The evening featured original 'Golden Girl' Betty White along with her Hot in Cleveland co-stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, and Wendie Malick reading an episode of The Golden Girls (“Blanche and the Younger Man”). The 2014 Vibrant Voice Awards were presented to Wendie Malick and Robert Forster, and there were special appearances by Sean Hayes, Tracie Thoms, Dan Lauria, Tim Daly, Max Greenfield, Millicent Martin, and Mary Wilson (of the original Supremes). The evening was hosted by Michael Burger. (more...)

Vibrant Voice Awards Benefit Raises $40K for Celebration Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2014

On Saturday, April 26 on Sound Stage 19 at CBS Studio Center in Studio City, CA, Celebration Theatre's Vibrant Voice Awards benefit event raised $40,000 for the non-profit theatre, now in its 31st year. (more...)

bergenPAC Adds Michael McDonald & TOTO, Mary Wilson & More Shows to Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2014

Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood New Jersey announces exciting new shows! See Grammy Award Winning Michael Mcdonald formerly of the Doobie Brothers live at bergenPAC with Toto on Wednesday, September 3 and then its Peking Acrobats of China Friday November 7th at 8PM and the legendary Mary Wilson of The Supremes on Sunday, November 9th at 7PM. These new shows go on sale Friday ,May 2nd 2014 at 11am be sure to reserve your tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling bergenPAC's Box Office at 201.227.1030. (more...)

Petite Opera Presents SNOOPY!!! The Musical, Now thru 5/4
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2014

Submitted by Petite Opera, Chicago suburban Park Ridge's professional 501c3 non-profit opera company, presents its first musical theatre work, 'SNOOPY!!! The Musical' today, April 25-May 4, 2014. (more...)

AARP Set to Take Over Boston
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2014

BOSTON, April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ AARP is set to host its bi-annual Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Boston, Massachusetts, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, from May 8-10, 2014. As the leading organization for people 50+ with nearly 38 million members, AARP's national event will give attendees access to some of today's most renowned celebrities including lifestyle, health, sports, travel and financial experts. Attendees will discover real possibilities for their lives through community service activities, innovative exhibits, seminars and an exciting line-up of entertainment.  For the first time, attendees will also be able to volunteer on each of the three days. On the event's final day, Saturday, May 10th, in conjunction with the National Association of Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, anyone who brings a bag of non-perishable food will be given a one-day pass to Life@50+, which includes all activities besides the concerts. (more...)

Petite Opera Presents SNOOPY!!! The Musical, 4/25-5/4
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2014

Submitted by Petite Opera, Chicago suburban Park Ridge's professional 501c3 non-profit opera company, presents its first musical theatre work, 'SNOOPY!!! The Musical' April 25-May 4, 2014. Based on the Charles M Schulz Peanuts cartoon strip, this fun musical focuses on the life of Snoopy, from the puppy farm to his attempts at writing the great American novel. It also follows the Peanuts child characters in their discovery and interpretation of their world as they grow up. Fans of Charles Schulz's strip will recognize Snoopy and his friend Woodstock, Lucy's psychiatrist booth, Linus' blanket and more. The delightful musical includes the upbeat songs 'Poor Sweet Baby,' 'I Know Now,' 'Where Did That Little Dog Go?,' 'The Big Bow Wow' and 'It Was a Dark and Stormy Night.' (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 3/09/2014
by BWW - Mar 09, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/09/2014 for Dallas (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 3/02/2014
by BWW - Mar 02, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/02/2014 for Dallas (more...)

Brass Transit to Play Suncoast Showroom, 3/8-9
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2014

Las Vegas-Brass Transit, a tribute act to classic rock-jazz band Chicago, returns to the Suncoast Showroom on March 8 and 9. (more...)

TSGO Opens New Venue for Music and Theatre Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 01, 2014

The Show Goes On Productions (TSGO) will present an Off-Broadway sized club venue dedicated to both live music and theatre: THE HYBRID. The LAUNCH PARTY will be tonight, February 1st, from 6 - 10pm, followed by a dance party upstairs in the Culture Club. Musical guests include Maximus England Shaban, the dudes from Bromance, the Dudesical, and Mimi Cohen from A Celebration of Laura Nyro - To Carry On. (more...)

Tony DeSare Makes Debut with Houston Symphony This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2014

This weekend, January 24, 25 and 26, the young and talented guest artist Tony DeSare will make his debut with the Houston Symphony, led by Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski, for an evening of contemporary music made popular in the last half of the 20th century. DeSare, a dynamic and entertaining pianist and vocalist, will present a fresh take on radio favorites, as well as his own musical works, in an evening sure to fill audiences at Jones Hall with laughter and memories. Featuring arrangements of chart toppers like Prince's 'Kiss,' Journey's 'Faithfully,' The Bee Gees' 'How Deep is Your Love,' Bruce Springsteen's 'Fire' and original compositions like 'New Orleans Tango,' audience members are sure to get lost in the sultry and rhythmic backgrounds of these new classics. (more...)

Tickets to Smith Center's Spring 2014 Season to Go on Sale Today; Lineup Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2014

Tickets for the 2014 Spring Season at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts go on sale today, Jan. 24. The all-star lineup boasts award-winning musicians, speakers, famed dance troupes and returning favorites. (more...)

Tickets to Smith Center's Spring 2014 Season to Go on Sale 1/24; Lineup Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2014

Tickets for the 2014 Spring Season at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts go on sale Jan. 24. The all-star lineup boasts award-winning musicians, speakers, famed dance troupes and returning favorites. (more...)

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