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KINKY BOOTS, NEWSIES & More Set for Omaha Performing Arts' 10th Anniversary SeasonKINKY BOOTS, NEWSIES & More Set for Omaha Performing Arts' 10th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2015

Omaha Performing Arts' 2015/2016 Season will include a celebration of the organization's 10th anniversary, Celebrate 10. Details on the festivities as well as the 15/16 Season were announced during a subscriber and patron event at the Holland Performing Arts Center on March 23. Special performances by cast members of Disney's NEWSIES and Celia Hottenstein and Eric Ruiz, who star as Christina and Raoul in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, were part of the announcement. The dance troupe BANDALOOP opened the event with an awe-inspiring aerial performance. (more...)

Dave Stahl Big Band to Return to EPAC Next MonthDave Stahl Big Band to Return to EPAC Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

EPAC is proud to once again present the Dave Stahl Big Band on April 9th, at 7:30 at EPAC's Sharadin Bigler Theater! Dave Stahl draws some of the finest musicians in the world for these concert events, and this concert will be sure to satisfy any big band enthusiast. (more...)

Corky Hale, Freda Payne Set for Billie Holiday 100th Birthday Celebration at Catalina Jazz Club, 4/6Corky Hale, Freda Payne Set for Billie Holiday 100th Birthday Celebration at Catalina Jazz Club, 4/6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2015

Acclaimed Jazz harpist-pianist-vocalist Corky Hale will present a 100th Birthday Show honoring Billie Holiday on Monday, April 6 at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood. Special guests will include singers Freda Payne, Eloise Laws and Tricia Tahara, with Hale on piano and harp, Lyman Medeiros on bass, John Chiodini on Guitar and Christopher Jones on drums. Holiday, who was born on April 7, 1915 and died in 1959, was one of the most important and influential jazz legends of all time. (more...)

Brandon Dahlquis, Brian Zane & More Star in Porchlight Revisits... Production of CITY OF ANGELS, Beginning TonightBrandon Dahlquis, Brian Zane & More Star in Porchlight Revisits... Production of CITY OF ANGELS, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber present the next production in the second season of Chicago's hit 'lost' musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits... City of Angels, featuring book by Larry Gelbart (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, M*A*S*H), music by Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity, Barnum) and lyrics by David Zippel (The Goodbye Girl, Disney's Mulan) with direction by Christopher Pazdernik and music direction by Aaron Benham. City of Angels is presented for two-nights-only tonight, March 3 and Wednesday, March 4 at 8:00 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight's Sondheim on Sondheim (February 6 - March 15) on nights when there are no performances at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. (more...)

Jon Stewart, Martha Redbone, Ryan Raftery and More Set for Joe's Pub, Now thru 2/22Jon Stewart, Martha Redbone, Ryan Raftery and More Set for Joe's Pub, Now thru 2/22
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2015

Joe's Pub has announced its nightly performances from February 11-21, 2015. Details below! (more...)

Jason Alexander, Pink Martini, Lea Salonga and More Set for Cincinnati Pops' 2015-16 SeasonJason Alexander, Pink Martini, Lea Salonga and More Set for Cincinnati Pops' 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2015

?The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and Conductor John Morris Russell are delighted to announce the Pops' 2015-2016 season at Cincinnati Music Hall, the fifth under the direction of Mr. Russell. The season, presented by PNC along with the Pops Artist Series Sponsor, The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation, features exciting guest artist debuts, alongside the return of the best genres and artists that have built the Pops into an American icon. (more...)

Grammy Nominee Barbara Morrison to Perform in Grosse Pointe, 2/13-14Grammy Nominee Barbara Morrison to Perform in Grosse Pointe, 2/13-14
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2015

Renowned singer Barbara Morrison, a Michigan native who has been nominated for a Grammy Award in 2015, will perform with the Sean Dobbins Trio at the Dirty Dog Jazz Club in Grosse Pointe on Feb. 13-14. (more...)

Marlene VerPlanck Announces 2015 UK Touring ScheduleMarlene VerPlanck Announces 2015 UK Touring Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

Marlene VerPlanck has announced her 2015 UK live touring schedule, showcasing tunes from her new CD I GIVE UP, I'M IN LOVE. Details below! (more...)

Brandon Dahlquis, Brian Zane & More to Star in Porchlight Revisits... Production of CITY OF ANGELSBrandon Dahlquis, Brian Zane & More to Star in Porchlight Revisits... Production of CITY OF ANGELS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber have announced the next production in the second season of Chicago's hit 'lost' musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits... City of Angels, featuring book by Larry Gelbart (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, M*A*S*H), music by Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity, Barnum) and lyrics by David Zippel (The Goodbye Girl, Disney's Mulan) with direction by Christopher Pazdernik and music direction by Aaron Benham. City of Angels is presented for two-nights-only Tuesday, March 3 and Wednesday, March 4 at 8:00 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight's Sondheim on Sondheim (February 6 - March 15) on nights when there are no performances at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. (more...)

FLASH SPECIAL: So... What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? 30+ Amazing Versions Of The Seasonal ClassicFLASH SPECIAL: So... What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? 30+ Amazing Versions Of The Seasonal Classic
by Pat Cerasaro - Dec 31, 2014

Today we are celebrating a wow-worthy selection of performances of Frank Loesser's classic seasonal offering 'What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?' in honor of tonight's hallowed year-end holiday. (more...)

Recession Launches Recording Career: 'Nu-Vintage' Vocalist Laura Ainsworth Takes Unusual Road to AcclaimRecession Launches Recording Career: 'Nu-Vintage' Vocalist Laura Ainsworth Takes Unusual Road to Acclaim
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2014

DALLAS, Dec. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ As a girl, Dallas-based singer Laura Ainsworth watched starry-eyed as her dad, big band sax/clarinet master Billy Ainsworth, accompanied such lounge/jazz idols as Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett and Mel Torme. She dreamed of following in their footsteps, not realizing she was witnessing the end of an era. She never imagined she would one day help bring it back to life, earning worldwide airplay, acclaim from critics and Grammy-nominated artists, and a concert tour of India and Dubai. Or that it would all start thanks to the 2008 recession. (more...)

THEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: A Gleeful Judy Garland ChristmasTHEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: A Gleeful Judy Garland Christmas
by Pat Cerasaro - Dec 25, 2014

Today we revisit one of the most memorable holiday specials ever created in honor of Christmas. (more...)

Birdland Big Band, Jane Monheit, Barbara Carroll and More Set for Birdland's End-of-Year LineupBirdland Big Band, Jane Monheit, Barbara Carroll and More Set for Birdland's End-of-Year Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2014

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its end-of-year schedule, running December 31 - January 18, including: The Birdland Big Band featuring Jane Monheit on New Year's Eve, Dave Stryker Group, Barbara Carroll, Joe Lovano, and more! (more...)

VIDEO: BWW's 12 Days of Christmas with Guest Editor Richard Jay-Alexander; Day 9 - Judy! Judy! Judy!VIDEO: BWW's 12 Days of Christmas with Guest Editor Richard Jay-Alexander; Day 9 - Judy! Judy! Judy!
by Richard Jay-Alexander - Dec 21, 2014

Welcome to Day 9 of BroadwayWorld's 12 Days of Christmas 'video' features. Today, we have something really, really special. SO special, that I will NEVER throw away my VHS copy. I watch it every single year! (more...)

Lindsay Mendez, Barbara Carroll & More Set for Birdland in JanuaryLindsay Mendez, Barbara Carroll & More Set for Birdland in January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its January 2015 schedule, featuring The Birdland Big Band, Jane Monheit, Beegie Adair Trio, Barbara Carroll, Jay Leonhart Trio, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, Dena DeRose, Lindsay Mendez and Marco Paguia, and MORE! (more...)

Steve Marvin to Join Capital Jazz Orchestra to Honor Billie Holiday in 2015Steve Marvin to Join Capital Jazz Orchestra to Honor Billie Holiday in 2015
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2014

Guest vocalist Steve Marvin joins the Capital Jazz Orchestra in A Centennial Salute to Frank Sinatra on Friday, January 16, at 7:30pm. The first and possibly the greatest American musical superstar, Frank Sinatra was inarguably one of the most successful, multi-talented entertainers of the 20th century, singing with the most popular big bands of the 40s, pursuing a successful solo recording career, and earning Academy Awards as an actor. Backing Mr. Marvin in this centennial salute to the musical legacy of the Chairman of the Board is the acclaimed Capital Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Clayton 'Skip' Poole. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Ellen Greene Sets CD Aglow: SONGS FOR A WINTER'S NIGHTBWW Reviews: Ellen Greene Sets CD Aglow: SONGS FOR A WINTER'S NIGHT
by Don Grigware - Dec 9, 2014

Few singers have the expertly unique phrasing or deeply felt emotional delivery of Ellen Greene. She is a one.of.a.kind first class gem and after 10 long years, has finally released a second CD entitled Songs for a Winter's Night with her terrific musical partner Christian Klikovits at the piano. Fans of Greene will remember that in 2004 they collaborated on her first solo album the evocative In His Eyes. (more...)

BWW Reviews: KRITZERLAND CHRISTMAS Puts the Jolly in Your HollyBWW Reviews: KRITZERLAND CHRISTMAS Puts the Jolly in Your Holly
by Don Grigware - Dec 9, 2014

The cast of fantastic singers included Kim Huber, Robert Yacko, Madison Claire Parks, Roger Befeler, special guest Jason Graae, and young singers Sami and Sarah Staitman, Brennley Brown, Paige Befeler and 10 year-old Hadley Belle Miller. Virtuoso pianist James Lent served as musical director for the event headed up by host Bruce Kimmel, who was in especially good form about to celebrate a birthday on December 8. (more...)

Buffalo Philharmonic Unveils Holiday Season ScheduleBuffalo Philharmonic Unveils Holiday Season Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2014

As the holidays approach, this is the time of year when everyone's thoughts turn towards creating lasting family memories and enjoying traditions. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is offering four chances to experience the joy of music and magic of the holidays with exciting, high-quality performances infused with the spirit of the season. (more...)

Georgia Stitt and Jason Robert Brown's 'Waiting for Wings' Featured on Cincinnati Pops' Album CARNIVAL OF ANIMALSGeorgia Stitt and Jason Robert Brown's 'Waiting for Wings' Featured on Cincinnati Pops' Album CARNIVAL OF ANIMALS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2014

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra announces the release of its latest album, Carnival of the Animals, under the direction of Pops Conductor John Morris Russell. The recording marks the 93rd Pops recording in its history (adding to an abundant legacy including a Grammy-winner) and the third under Mr. Russell. Carnival of the Animals will appear on the Orchestra's own label, Fanfare Cincinnati, and be distributed by Naxos. (more...)

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