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THEATER BOYS to Offer Talkbacks
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2014

The 13th Street Repertory Theater will offer talkbacks--in which audience members can ask any questions they like of the actors, playwright, and choreographers-after select performances of ASCAP award-winner Chip Deffaa's new musical comedy, "Theater Boys." The show-about actors auditioning for a gay musical--opens Sunday, September 21st. Talkbacks will held after the following performances: Sunday, September 21st at 3 p.m; Thursday, September 25th at 7 pm; Sunday, September 28th at 3 p.m.; Thursday, October 2nd at 7 pm; Sunday, October 5th at 3 p.m.; Thursday, Oct 9th at 7 pm; Sunday, October 12th at 3 p.m; Thursday October 16th at 7 p.m.; Thursday, October 23rd at 7 pm; Sunday, October 26th at 3 pm. (more...)

James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, and Chuck Scarborough Set for Rolex's NEW YORK NEW YORK Honoring Angela Lansbury, 10/6
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

ROLEX presents NEW YORK NEW YORK a helluva town - Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Anniversary Jubilee on Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 7:00 pm at New York City Center, 131 West 55 Street (btwn. 6th & 7th Aves.) NYC followed by dinner at The Grand Ballroom at The Hilton New York. Angela Lansbury will receive the 2014 Rolex Dance Award. Broadway dancer & choreographer Alex Sanchez has created a special number with some of the best dancers from the great white way for the show. The music has been composed by Steven Jamall, who is the Music Director and Supervisor for Rosie O'Donnell and her Rosie's Theater Kids. (more...)

Photo Flash: Kickoff Cocktail Reception for Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Anniversary Jubilee
by BWW News Desk - Sep 05, 2014

Longtime arts patrons Ann and William Van Ness welcomed guests to their art filled townhouse for a very special kickoff cocktail reception for the committees and honorees of the upcoming ROLEX presents NEW YORK NEW YORK a helluva town - Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Anniversary Jubilee which takes place Monday, October 6, 2014 followed by dinner at The Grand Ballroom at The Hilton New York. Scroll down for photos from the soiree! (more...)

Karen Ziemba & Rockette Alumnae to Perform New Menken-Eyen Number at Rolex's 'NEW YORK NEW YORK'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 03, 2014

ROLEX presents NEW YORK NEW YORK a helluva town - Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Anniversary Jubilee on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm at New York City Center, 131 West 55 Street (btwn. 6th & 7th Aves) NYC followed by dinner at The Grand Ballroom at The Hilton New York. Angela Lansbury will receive the 2014 Rolex Dance Award. The Rockette Alumnae and Karen Ziemba will perform "I Want To Be A Rockette." This special number was written by Alan Menken and Tom Eyen. (more...)

James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Alvin Ailey, American Ballet Theatre, Silva Dance and More Set for Career Transition For Dancers' 2014 Jubilee This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 05, 2014

ROLEX presents NEW YORK NEW YORK a helluva town - Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Anniversary Jubilee on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm at New York City Center, 131 West 55 Street (btwn. 6th & 7th Aves) NYC followed by dinner at The Grand Ballroom at The Hilton New York. Angela Lansbury will receive the 2014 Rolex Dance Award. (more...)

Cast of BEAUTIFUL and More to Perform at WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Awards Reception This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 04, 2014

The recipients of the 2014 'What a Wonderful World' Award are Jon Batiste, Aimee Telsey, MD, FAAP, Ann Marie Dassler, RN, FNP, MSN, and Gweneviere Mann, announced Joanne V. Loewy, DA, MT-BC, LCAT, Director of Mount Sinai Beth Israel's Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine. (more...)

Jon Batiste, Jon Faddis & BEAUTIFUL Cast Members to Perform at 2014 What A Wonderful World Awards, 9/22
by BWW News Desk - Aug 04, 2014

The recipients of the 2014 "What a Wonderful World" Award are Jon Batiste, Aimee Telsey, MD, FAAP, Ann Marie Dassler, RN, FNP, MSN, and Gweneviere Mann, announced Joanne V. Loewy, DA, MT-BC, LCAT, Director of Mount Sinai Beth Israel's Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine (more...)

Duke Ellington Center for the Arts to Present Jazz Showcases, 7/31-8/17
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

The Duke Ellington Center of the Arts will present 'Ellington, New York and the Essence of Jazz,' a discussion led by composer and jazz scholar Edward Green on July 31 at 6pm, and 'Summer Serenade with Bobby Sanabria,' a concert by Sanabria on August 17 at 2:30pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: Terri Klausner, Valarie Pettiford and Ty Stephens in A SOPHISTICATED REUNION at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

On Monday, July 7, the Broadway at Birdland concert series was delighted to present 'A Sophisticated Reunion,' starring Terri Klausner, Valarie Pettiford and Ty Stephens. Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Cast of AFTER MIDNIGHT Celebrates Renaming of West 47th Street as 'Duke Ellington Way'
by Jennifer Broski - Jun 05, 2014

Following yesterday's matinee, the cast and band of Broadway's After Midnight paraded to 47th and Broadway where West 47th Street was renamed 'DUKE ELLINGTON WAY' in an official Street Sign Unveiling Ceremony at the corner of 47th and Broadway. Musicians from the Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars (including Arthur Baron, one of the last surviving members from Ellington's orchestra) played two Ellington favorites for all of Times Square, in celebration. Check out coverage from the event below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: On the Red Carpet at the Drama Desk Awards- Part 1
by Linda Lenzi - Jun 02, 2014

Just last night, Drama Desk and Tony Award winner Laura Benanti ('The Sound of Music Live!', Gypsy, Women On The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) hosted the 59th Annual Drama Desk Awards at The Town Hall (123 W. 43rd Street). Big winners for the night included Audra McDonald, Bryan Cranston, Jessie Mueller, and Neil Patrick Harris and Jefferson Mays- who tied for Outstanding Actor in a Musical. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 5/24-5/25/2014
by - May 25, 2014

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, May 25, 2014 - Sunday, May 25, 2014. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: AFTER MIDNIGHT Visits Duke Ellington's Grave in Honor of the 40th Anniversary of His Death
by Stage Tube - May 25, 2014

Musicians from the Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars band, currently in the 7-time Tony-nominated Broadway musical After Midnight, visited Duke Ellington's grave at Woodlawn cemetery, where a crowd gathered to honor his legacy on the 40th year anniversary of his death. They played MOOD INDIGO, and Mercedes Ellington (Duke's granddaughter) placed a wreath at the gravesite. They finished with a triumphant Ellington classic, TAKE THE A TRAIN. (more...)

Photo Flash: Tommy Tune Hosts Tony Nominations Celebratory Dinner for Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2014

On Tuesday evening, 9-time Tony award winner Tommy Tune hosted a dinner for the musical After Midnight to celebrate their 7 Tony Award nominations at his home on the Upper East Side. Guests for the evening included Andre Leon Talley, Ruben and Isabel Toledo, Mercedes Ellington, William Ivey Long, Rick Miramontez, Jean Doumanian, David Rockwell, Warren Carlyle and After Midnight producer Scott Sanders. Check out photos from the evening below! (more...)

Award-Winning Swedish Singer Viktoria Tocca Releases First Single from New Album 'We're Still Young'
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2014

Multi International award-winning Swedish singer/songwriter Viktoria Tocca, who won 14 Indie Music Channel Awards (IMCA) in 2012 and 2013, including "Artist of the Year," announced that the first single from her new all-English album currently being recorded in New York City - titled We're Still Young -- is available for purchase and streaming today on iTunes, Amazon, Google and Spotify: (more...)

MAURICE HINES IS TAPPIN' THRU LIFE! Comes to Cleveland Play House, 5/30-6/29
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2014

Cleveland Play House enthusiastically welcomes dance legend Maurice Hines to Cleveland in the toe-tapping extravaganza, Maurice Hines is Tappin' Thru Life. Co-produced with Alliance Theatre and Arena Stage, CPH audiences will be dazzled by this infectious production, which brings the history of American tap to life. Directed by Tony-nominee Jeff Calhoun (Newsies) and featuring contemporary tap icons The Manzari Brothers and music from the all-female big band The Diva Orchestra, Tappin' Thru Life will dance its way onto PlayhouseSquare's Allen Theatre stage for an extended run from May 30 - June 29. Special gratitude is given to CPH's generous sponsor, Zinner & Co. (more...)

Mercedes Ellington to be Honored Guest and Featured Speaker at Duke Ellington Study Group Conference in Amsterdam, 5/14-18
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2014

Mercedes Ellington, the renowned dancer/director-choreographer and founder and artistic director of The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts in New York City, will be an Honored Guest and one of the featured speakers at the 22nd International Duke Ellington Study Group Conference, which will be held May 14- May 18,2014 in Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Ms. Ellington, granddaughter of the legendary American composer and musician whose more than 3,000 musical compositions make him the 20th century's most prolific composer, will discuss her relationship with 'The Duke,' as well as his growing popularity today, 40 years after his passing on May 24, 1974. (more...)

MAURICE HINES IS TAPPIN' THRU LIFE Comes to The Wallis, 5/9-24
by BWW News Desk - May 08, 2014

The Wallis Center for the Performing Arts presents Maurice Hines is Tappin' Thru Life for 19 performances only from May 9 - 24, 2014 in the Bram Goldsmith Theater. Maurice Hines, a Tony Award nominee, is a celebrated dancer, choreographer, director, and singer, whose impressive career spans over 40 years. Directed by Tony Award nominee Jeff Calhoun (Broadway's Newsies and Grey Gardens), Maurice Hines is Tappin' Thru Life features D.C.'s dynamic tap-dancing duo, the Manzari Brothers, as well as the all-female, nine-piece big band, The Diva Jazz Orchestra. (more...)

Angela Lansbury to Receive 2014 Rolex Dance Award this Fall; Janice Galli Becker, Fe Saracino Fendi & Joe Tremaine to be Honored
by BWW News Desk - May 06, 2014

The 2014 Career Transition For Dancers Outstanding Contributions to the World of Dance Awards will be presented to Janice Galli Becker, Fe Saracino Fendi, and Joe Tremaine & Tremaine Dance Conventions & Competitions. (more...)

Juilliard Dance's 2014-15 Season to Feature Works by Austin McCormick, Loni Landon & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2014

Juilliard Dance, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes, opens its 2014-15 season in December 2014 with New Dances: Edition 2014 featuring four world premiere dances by innovative choreographers, Juilliard alumnus Austin McCormick (1st-Year Dancers); alumna Loni Landon (2nd-Year Dancers); Kate Weare (3rd-Year Dancers); and Larry Keigwin (4th-Year Dancers). Mr. Keigwin is returning to Juilliard where he already choreographed and premiered, in December 2008, Runaway, a large-scale piece that riffs on the high fashion runway scene, and in December 2009, Megalopolis. (more...)

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