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Date of Birth: June 09, 1981 (34)
Birth Place: JERUSALEM
Gender: Female
Austin Pendleton to Direct Mint Theater's A DAY BY THE SEA at Theatre RowAustin Pendleton to Direct Mint Theater's A DAY BY THE SEA at Theatre Row
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

Coming up next for Mint Theater Company (Jonathan Bank, Producing Artistic Director; Jen Soloway, Managing Director) will be the first ever New York revival of A Day by the Sea by N.C. Hunter, directed by Austin Pendleton. This will be the Mint's first production as a resident theater company at Theatre Row. Performances will begin July 22nd and continue through September 24th at their new home at the Beckett Theater at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street between 9th and Dyer Avenues). Opening Night is set for August 25th. (more...)

BWW Blog: Bob Marks - The Importance of Posture in Your SingingBWW Blog: Bob Marks - The Importance of Posture in Your Singing
by Guest Blogger: Bob Marks - May 20, 2016

If you have ever attended a classical voice recital, you probably saw an elegantly dressed performer situated near the crook of a grand piano for the duration of the performance.  Traditionally, recitalists remain standing with "noble" posture throughout their program, and only gesture with their hands and body for extreme emphasis.  (more...)

BWW Blog: NYC Vocal Coach Bob Marks - Understand the Basics of Voice RegistrationBWW Blog: NYC Vocal Coach Bob Marks - Understand the Basics of Voice Registration
by Guest Blogger: Bob Marks - May 10, 2016

If you want to see a group of voice teachers and voice scientists turn from a generally gregarious and collegial group into an angry mob, ask them to strictly define vocal registers, or the "gears" of the voice that are responsible for different types of sounds.   (more...)

Old Mill Theatre to Present CLOSEROld Mill Theatre to Present CLOSER
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

SEX, dishonesty and betrayal come to the fore as strangers become lovers - and lovers become strangers - in a play at the Old Mill Theatre this June. (more...)

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Bernadette Peters Sings Mother's Day Anthem 'Angel Mom' from RUTHLESS!VIDEO FLASHBACK: Bernadette Peters Sings Mother's Day Anthem 'Angel Mom' from RUTHLESS!
by Stage Tube - May 8, 2016

Bernadette Peters performed the ultimate anthem to mothers everywhere, 'Angel Mom' from RUTHLESS!, at the 1996 record-breaking L.A. concert production of the hit musical. Watch the video in honor of Mother's Day now! (more...)

RUTHLESS! Extends Off-Broadway Through the SummerRUTHLESS! Extends Off-Broadway Through the Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Due to overwhelming demand, the producers of the Off-Broadway smash, RUTHLESS! The Musical, today put a new block of seats on sale through September 10th. (more...)

RUTHLESS! Star Abigail Harrison to Perform at TUNES IN TIMES SQUARE Benefit ConcertRUTHLESS! Star Abigail Harrison to Perform at TUNES IN TIMES SQUARE Benefit Concert
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

10-year-old Abigail Harrison, who currently understudies Tori Murray in the award-winning musical smash RUTHLESS!, is set to perform at the 5th annual 'Tunes in Times Square' charity event on Sunday, May 1. (more...)

BWW Blog: NYC Vocal Coach Bob Marks - Common Misconceptions about SingingBWW Blog: NYC Vocal Coach Bob Marks - Common Misconceptions about Singing
by Guest Blogger: Bob Marks - Apr 13, 2016

When you consider how many hundreds of small muscular contractions are involved, the fact that most people can instinctively use their breathing muscles, vocal folds, and filters for speaking is pretty remarkable. This is in large part thanks to our brain, which takes care of a lot of bodily functions so we don't need to be consciously aware of them. Unfortunately, our voices' ability to run on autopilot may leave us thinking that our voice is operated by some sort of magical element, leaving us unaware of harmful habits. Because most people never get a chance to see how their voice operates in an MRI or through a stroboscopy, it is very easy for us to accept misinformation about how the voice works. This is understandable - if you'd never seen under the hood of a car, you'd probably have difficulty picturing how that works, too! (more...)

Charlize Theron, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Seth Rogen, Big Sean, Natalie Portman, Orlando Bloom, Jennifer Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Ciara, Common, Tyrese Gibson, Kermit tCharlize Theron, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Seth Rogen, Big Sean, Natalie Portman, Orlando Bloom, Jennifer Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Ciara, Common, Tyrese Gibson, Kermit t
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

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Dallas Black Dance Theatre Presents Four New York Premieres, 4/22Dallas Black Dance Theatre Presents Four New York Premieres, 4/22
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

The Dallas Black Dance Theatre returns to New York for its fifth season of self-produced performances on April 22-23, 2016 at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, located at 405 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019. The Masterworks Redefined - New York series will showcase the energetic dance artistry of the repertory dance company that is turning 40 in its 2016-2017 season. The National Endowment for the Arts designated Dallas Black Dance Theatre as an 'American Masterpiece Touring Artist.' (more...)

BWW Blog: NYC Vocal Coach Bob Marks - Understand the Basics of How Your Voice WorksBWW Blog: NYC Vocal Coach Bob Marks - Understand the Basics of How Your Voice Works
by Guest Blogger: Bob Marks - Mar 28, 2016

There are some conflicting opinions among singing teachers about how much you really need to know about the biological mechanics of making sound.  Although it is true that you don't need to be an expert mechanic to drive a car, you are a more independent and a much safer driver if you know basics of car maintenance, like how to check oil and tire pressure, before you set off on a marathon road trip.  Also, knowing what a car should feel like when you are driving safely in gear will alert you to much bigger problems earlier on, and save a lot on new transmissions!  This is a case where I think a little vetted information goes a long way in preventing injury and expediting progress. (more...)

RUTHLESS! to Play Special Holiday Performance TomorrowRUTHLESS! to Play Special Holiday Performance Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2016

Off-Broadway's award-winning Ruthless! The Musical wants to make Good Friday even gooder! (We really should stay in school.) There will be a special added performance tomorrow, Good Friday, at 8 PM. By popular demand, the production recently put a new block of seats on sale through June 18th. RUTHLESS! opened on July 13, 2015 to unanimous rave reviews led by Entertainment Weekly which called the show, 'Uproarious! A mash-up of THE BAD SEED, GYPSY, ALL ABOUT EVE, plus the films of Douglas Sirk and John Waters!' RUTHLESS! recently received the coveted 2015 Odyssey Nightlife Award for Best Off Broadway Show, and actor Paul Pecorino was honored for Best Breakthrough Off Broadway Performance. (more...)

Jen Danby-Led SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN Sets 2016 Florida Tour DatesJen Danby-Led SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN Sets 2016 Florida Tour Dates
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

This American Blonde Actress and Mississippi Mud Productions announce the Florida 2016 tour of SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN, with additional tour dates to follow in New York City on April 22nd for Earth Day at 124 Bank St Theatre and in Long Island, NY, coinciding with the worldwide release of a film for new media version. (more...)

BWW Blog: NYC Vocal Coach Bob Marks - Create Realistic GoalsBWW Blog: NYC Vocal Coach Bob Marks - Create Realistic Goals
by Guest Blogger: Bob Marks - Mar 15, 2016

A lot of people seem to believe that the ability to sing well is somehow inborn, and that singers fall into two camps: those with talent, who practically come out of the womb singing beautifully, and those who are tone-deaf (suffering from the medical condition dysmelodia), and shouldn't bother trying to sing. The reality is that those are two dramatic extremes which affect only a small handful of people; the other 99 percent of us fall somewhere in the middle. (more...)

BWW Interview: Tony Winner Brian Dennehy on Why He Returns to Theatre, New Film KNIGHT OF CUPSBWW Interview: Tony Winner Brian Dennehy on Why He Returns to Theatre, New Film KNIGHT OF CUPS
by Matt Tamanini - Mar 13, 2016

Few actors have had a career to rival that of Brian Dennehy, either in terms of success or longevity. With over 150 on-screen credits, the 77-year-old actor has earned a Golden Globe Award and six Emmy nominations. However, it is his decades of experience on the stage that keep his artistic batteries running. 'I work in the theatre a lot, and in the theatre I can call upon the geniuses that may be with us, and may not be; Arthur Miller or Eugene O'Neill or Beckett or Shakespeare or Chekov,' he said. 'However dead they may be, their work is not dead. It is possible to breathe new life and new oxygen and new ideas into those wonderful pieces of work. So I don't depend upon Hollywood, or the studios, or movies, or television, although I work in them and certainly won't say no, but I don't depend on them for intellectual stimulus or satisfaction.' (more...)

15th Annual Tribeca Film Festival Announces Short Film Selections15th Annual Tribeca Film Festival Announces Short Film Selections
by TV News Desk - Mar 10, 2016

The 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, today announced its lineup of 72 selected short films, 45 are world premieres and 53 are in competition at the Festival. (more...)

2016 Tribeca Film Festival Announces Short Film Selections2016 Tribeca Film Festival Announces Short Film Selections
by TV News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

The 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, today announced its lineup of 72 selected short films, 45 are world premieres and 53 are in competition at the Festival. (more...)

Dallas Black Dance Theatre Presents Fifth New York Season with Four New York PremieresDallas Black Dance Theatre Presents Fifth New York Season with Four New York Premieres
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2016

The Dallas Black Dance Theatre returns to New York for its fifth season of self-produced performances on April 22-23, 2016 at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, located at 405 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019. The Masterworks Redefined - New York series will showcase the energetic dance artistry of the repertory dance company that is turning 40 in its 2016-2017 season. The National Endowment for the Arts designated Dallas Black Dance Theatre as an 'American Masterpiece Touring Artist.' (more...)

RUTHLESS! Adds Thursday Performances to ScheduleRUTHLESS! Adds Thursday Performances to Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2016

Off-Broadway's musical smash RUTHLESS! is adding Thursday performances beginning this week. Now extended into the summer, RUTHLESS! opened on July 13, 2015 to unanimous rave reviews led by Entertainment Weekly which called the show, 'Uproarious! A mash-up of THE BAD SEED, GYPSY, ALL ABOUT EVE, plus the films of Douglas Sirk and John Waters!' Just some of the celebrities who have been spotted in the audience so far include Ron Howard, Regis & Joy Philbin, Bernadette Peters, Lynn Cohen, Chelsie Hightower, Mario Cantone, Rex Reed, Dmitry Chaplin, Laura Bell Bundy, Barbara Eden, Jan Maxwell, Legacy, Larry Thomas (The Soup Nazi), Jackie Hoffman, Sierra Boggess, Dame Gillian Lynne, Jerry Dixon, Von Smith, Jacque LeWarne, Emily James, and Jonathan Platero. This newly imagined production of RUTHLESS! recently received the coveted 2015 Odyssey Nightlife Award for Best Off Broadway Show, and actor Paul Pecorino was honored for Best Breakthrough Off Broadway Performance. (more...)

BWW Blog: Bob Marks - What to Expect at Your First Singing LessonBWW Blog: Bob Marks - What to Expect at Your First Singing Lesson
by Guest Blogger: Bob Marks - Feb 29, 2016

Although every teacher is slightly different, any good teacher structures the first lesson around the needs of their clients. This is a time for me to get to know you better, and start getting a sense of what sort of short and long-term goals you might have. It's very helpful if in the days before an initial session, you come up with a short mental (or written) list of concrete things you want to accomplish; don't worry, these will change over time, but in the beginning they offer a good launching point. (more...)

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