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Broadway-Bound BEACHES, Starring Shoshana Bean & Whitney Bashor, Opens Tonight in ChicagoBroadway-Bound BEACHES, Starring Shoshana Bean & Whitney Bashor, Opens Tonight in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2015

Drury Lane Productions and Jennifer Maloney-Prezioso (Broadway's Spring Awakening, Rock of Ages) present the pre-Broadway production of Beaches, A New Musical, based on the beloved novel by Iris Rainer Dart. The show began previews June 24 and opens tonight, July 2nd, running through August 16, 2015. The original musical is written by Iris Rainer Dart and Thom Thomas, with music by David Austin and lyrics by Iris Rainer Dart. The production is directed by Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Follies, Million Dollar Quartet). (more...)

Producer Timbaland Named 'Songwriter of the Year' at 28th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music AwardsProducer Timbaland Named 'Songwriter of the Year' at 28th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2015

ole writer Timbaland earned the prestigious 'Songwriter of the Year' award at last week's 28th annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards in Los Angeles (more...)

Jacob's Pillow to Welcome Dorrance Dance, Featuring Music by BIGLovely & BODYTRAFFICJacob's Pillow to Welcome Dorrance Dance, Featuring Music by BIGLovely & BODYTRAFFIC
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2015

Following two sold-out engagements in both 2013 and 2014, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival presents tap sensation Dorrance Dance with famed singer/songwriter Toshi Reagon and her band BIGLovely in the return of The Blues Project, July 1-5 in the Ted Shawn Theatre. Founded in 2011 by Jacob's Pillow Dance Award recipient Michelle Dorrance, Dorrance Dance features some of today's best tap artists, performing alongside co-choreographers of The Blues Project Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Derick K. Grant. Award-winning musician and composer Toshi Reagon created the music for The Blues Project, which is performed live by Reagon and members of her band, BIGLovely, on acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, drums and percussion, and violin. (more...)

A NIGHT OF ONENESS Benefit Concert Set for 7/12 at House of BluesA NIGHT OF ONENESS Benefit Concert Set for 7/12 at House of Blues
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2015

Hosted by “The Office” cast member, Oscar Nunez and comedienne/actress Nikea Gamby-Turner, A Night of ONENESS, Sunday July 12, is slated as one of the final shows at the iconic House of Blues in Hollywood, which will be closing its doors at the end of this summer after 20 years as a vital part of the Los Angeles music scene. The benefit concert will support an emergency fund for Full-Circle Learning Preschool, which creates educational access for migrant families in Ventura County, CA, and Oneness' upcoming series of musical empowerment projects for youth in several locations nationwide including Los Angeles, CA, Baltimore, MD and Pine Ridge, S.D.  (more...)

Jake Gyllenhaal, Ellen Greene and More Lead Encores! Off-Center's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Opening TonightJake Gyllenhaal, Ellen Greene and More Lead Encores! Off-Center's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2015

Eddie Cooper and Joe Grifasi join Ellen Greene, Jake Gyllenhaal and Taran Killam in the Encores! Off-Center concert production of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, running for three performances, tonight, July 1, and tomorrow, July 2, 2015 at New York City Center. (more...)

house seats Las Vegas to Host THE SET LIST Benefit, 7/9house seats Las Vegas to Host THE SET LIST Benefit, 7/9
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2015

house seats Las Vegas, in conjunction with Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, presents The Set List, an exciting celebration of great albums in music history. The Set List continues its season by honoring the top selling album of 1987, Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi. The special event, benefiting Rudy Foundation, will take place Thursday, July 9 at 11 p.m at Vinyl inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Tickets are now on sale at www.houseseatspresents.com.  (more...)

Singer/Songwriter Ian Thornley Signs With oleSinger/Songwriter Ian Thornley Signs With ole
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

Ian Thornley, the accomplished solo artist and lead singer/songwriter for hit Canadian rock band Big Wreck, has signed a worldwide, co-publishing deal with ole, the world's fastest growing independent rights management company. (more...)

Centenary Stage Company's Summer Jamfest to Continue with THE ULTIMATE MICHAEL JACKSON EXPERIENCECentenary Stage Company's Summer Jamfest to Continue with THE ULTIMATE MICHAEL JACKSON EXPERIENCE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

Centenary Stage Company's Summer Jamfest continues in the Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center on Saturday, July 25 at 8pm with The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience starring Joby Rogers.  This Multi Media "Concert Tribute" Production is a celebration of the music and dancing of the World Famous "King of Pop". (more...)

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL To Hold Open AuditionsMOTOWN THE MUSICAL To Hold Open Auditions
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2015

The West End production of Motown the Musical, opening at the Shaftesbury Theatre in February 2016, will hold open casting auditions next month for the opportunity to portray the iconic artists of Motown in the musical. (more...)

THRILLER - LIVE! Announces Major New ChangesTHRILLER - LIVE! Announces Major New Changes
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2015

Major changes are about to happen to the long-running record-breaking West End concert spectacular, Thriller Live. A thrilling new opening to the show is being created and four new Michael Jackson songs - Who's Loving You, Rockin' Robin, Remember The Time and Human Nature - are being added. (more...)

VIDEO: Pentatonix Pays Tribute to the King of Pop with 'The Evolution of Michael Jackson'VIDEO: Pentatonix Pays Tribute to the King of Pop with 'The Evolution of Michael Jackson'
by TV News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

A capella group Pentatonix paid homage to the King of Pop in a new video titled 'The Evolution of Michael Jackson.' (more...)

Jay Armstrong Johnson, Ciara Renee & More Join BROADWAY SINGS BRUNO MARSJay Armstrong Johnson, Ciara Renee & More Join BROADWAY SINGS BRUNO MARS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

After a sold-out stint at The Cutting Room, the BROADWAY SINGS concert series will reprise their latest installment, Broadway Sings Bruno Mars, at the Highline Ballroom on July 20th at 7pm. Some of Broadway's current, brightest talents will again sing completely brand new arrangements of the hits of funk superstar, accompanied by a full band playing original orchestrations. Previous artists honored in the series include Adele, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse, Justin Timberlake, and P!NK. This October, the series will continue with Broadway Sings Sara Bareilles.?      (more...)

Electric Youth to Play Free Summer Concerts in Norfolk and Franklin, 7/23 & 29Electric Youth to Play Free Summer Concerts in Norfolk and Franklin, 7/23 & 29
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

Following a two-and-a-half week summer concert tour of England and France, Electric Youth (EY) will perform two free outdoor concerts on Thursday, July 23, from 6:30-8 p.m. at Norfolk Town Hill and on Wednesday, July 29, from 6-8 p.m. on Franklin Town Common. (more...)

Darko Tresnjak Helms Anastasia Barzee in KISS ME, KATE at The Old Globe; Full Cast, Creative Team Announced!Darko Tresnjak Helms Anastasia Barzee in KISS ME, KATE at The Old Globe; Full Cast, Creative Team Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

The complete cast and creative team have been announced for The Old Globe's presentation of Kiss Me, Kate, the classic musical comedy featuring a book by Sam and Bella Spewack and an iconic score by Cole Porter. (more...)

Ne-Yo to Perform at MTV's AFRICA MUSIC AWARDS KWA ZULU-NATAL 2015Ne-Yo to Perform at MTV's AFRICA MUSIC AWARDS KWA ZULU-NATAL 2015
by TV News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

Grammy Award winning R&B icon NE-YO, will be performing at the MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal 2015. (more...)

Marlon Brando's 'WILD ONE' Harley Davidson Up for Auction This WeekendMarlon Brando's 'WILD ONE' Harley Davidson Up for Auction This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

Nothing personifies the meaning of a pure leading male legendary screen icon as that of Marlon Brando. The movie star best known for his enigmatic roles in 'The Wild One,' 'The Godfather' and 'A Streetcar Named Desire,' to name only a few, was the epitome of sought after movie star, Hollywood bad boy and misunderstood but admired screen god. On Saturday, June 27, 2015, fans and collectors will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to bid on Marlon Brando's personally owned Harley Davidson at Julien's Auctions Beverly Hills (Lot #791, Estimate: $200,000-$400,000). (more...)

BWW Reviews: High-Energy MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Entertains O.C. with Non-Stop HitsBWW Reviews: High-Energy MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Entertains O.C. with Non-Stop Hits
by Michael L. Quintos - Jun 22, 2015

For nearly three vigorous hours, MOTOWN - THE MUSICAL provides one helluva show. More like a CONCERT rather than your typical book musical, this dazzling, high-octane extravaganza of music and dance is a visual and aural feast that gamely crams in more than 60 hits from the groundbreaking record company's discography. The story---penned by Motown founder Berry Gordy himself---may be its lone weak spot, but there's no denying how fun it is to see and hear this impressive cast of quintuple-threats recreate these greatest hits live on stage. The rousingly entertaining, exuberantly-performed stage spectacular continues at Costa Mesa's Segerstrom Center for the Arts through June 28. (more...)

ole Extends Deal with Chart-Topping Country Songwriter Marty Dodsonole Extends Deal with Chart-Topping Country Songwriter Marty Dodson
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2015

ole, the world's fastest growing independent rights management company, has extended its deal with long-time songwriter Marty Dodson (more...)

Broadway's N'Kenge Performs with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra This WeekendBroadway's N'Kenge Performs with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2015

This weekend, Indianapolis is in for a treat as Broadway's darling N'Kenge returns for two-nights only with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for Disco Days and Boogie Nights: Music of the 70s.  N'Nenge, under the direction of Jack Everly, will sing disco anthems, such as "I Will Survive" and other monster rock hits!  (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 6/19; MY FAIR LADY at the Muny, ON YOUR FEET! and More!Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 6/19; MY FAIR LADY at the Muny, ON YOUR FEET! and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 19, 2015

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Maine, Chicago, Italy, and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include FAME at Maine State Music Theatre, a 'risky' FUNNY GIRL in Italy, and full coverage of Gloria Estafan's Broadway-bound ON YOUR FEET!, just to name a few. (more...)

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