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Donna Vivino Releases BEAUTIFUL DREAMER Album on 12/10Donna Vivino Releases BEAUTIFUL DREAMER Album on 12/10
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2013

Ghostlight Records will release Beautiful Dreamer, the debut solo album from rising Broadway and vocal star DONNA VIVINO, in stores and via online outlets December 10, 2013. Beautiful Dreamer weaves 13 diverse songs into a thematically-cohesive collection from Broadway, Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley. Jerry Vivino - the veteran New York musician and longtime member of the Conan O'Brien house band - leads the disc's all-star jazz quartet and serves as producer. Taking a break from performing on Broadway in the smash hit Wicked, Donna will star Off Broadway inStars of David - a new song cycle celebrating Jewish identity, based on the bestselling book, with original music by the theater's top songwriters - fromNovember 13 to December 15. To pre-order Beautiful Dreamer, please visit www.sh-k-boom.com/donnavivino-beautifuldreamer.html. (more...)

92Y to Celebrate Mike Stoller with Bettye LaVette, The Coasters & More, 12/992Y to Celebrate Mike Stoller with Bettye LaVette, The Coasters & More, 12/9
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2013

On December 9, 2013 92Y celebrates songwriting legend Mike Stoller on the occasion of his 80th year with An 80th Birthday Celebration, a one-night-only Lyrics & Lyricists Special Event hosted by Paul Shaffer and directed and written by Randy Johnson (director/writer of A Night with Janis Joplin). Confirmed artists performing expected and unexpected interpretations from Stoller's genre-spanning career in blues, R&B, rock 'n' roll and jazz include legendary vocal group The Coasters, along with artists Karen Akers, Mary Bridget Davies, Corky Hale, Maria Elena Infantino, Sally Kellerman, Bettye LaVette, Melissa Manchester, Billy Stritch, Tommy Tune and Steve Tyrell. Backed by Tyrell's band, the artists perform some of the greatest songs written by Stoller with his longtime lyricist partner Jerry Leiber and others. Leiber will be the subject of a special tribute during the evening. Stoller is planning to be in attendance for the celebration. (more...)

Official Blues Brothers Revue to Play Harris Center, 10/30Official Blues Brothers Revue to Play Harris Center, 10/30
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2013

In an energetic salute to the gifted comedy of the late John Belushi and his partner in mischief, Dan Aykroyd, Harris Center/Three Stages proudly presents The Official Blues Brothers Revue for one performance only. The Chicago Sun-Times praises the Revue enthusiastically, "Infectious and unbridled energy.... it blows the roof off!' (more...)

CBS Late Night Posts Year-to-Year Increases in ViewersCBS Late Night Posts Year-to-Year Increases in Viewers
by TV News Desk - Oct 10, 2013

CBS's LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN and THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON posted year-to-year gains in viewers for the second consecutive week, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Oct. 4. (more...)

VIDEO: Seth Meyers Receives Late Night Hosting Advice on LETTERMANVIDEO: Seth Meyers Receives Late Night Hosting Advice on LETTERMAN
by TV News Desk - Oct 9, 2013

Seth Meyers stopped by last night's LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN on CBS and received some advice about what to name his new late night talk show on NBC. 'I'm giving this [advice] to you free,' said Letterman. 'I'm putting the nail in my own coffin.' Find out what the suggestion was below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: GODSPELL - St. Matthew's Gospel with Great EnergyBWW Reviews: GODSPELL - St. Matthew's Gospel with Great Energy
by Mary Alderson - Oct 7, 2013

Energetic cast brings Godspell to life at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, Waterloo. (more...)

THE OFFICIAL BLUES BROTHERS REVUE to Hit Over 30 Cities This FallTHE OFFICIAL BLUES BROTHERS REVUE to Hit Over 30 Cities This Fall
by TV News Desk - Sep 20, 2013

The Blues Brothers are what can only be described as the stuff of musical, comedic and cinematic legend. (more...)

Wells Fargo Center for the Arts Continues Its 2013-2014 Season in the Newly Renovated Ruth Finley Person TheateWells Fargo Center for the Arts Continues Its 2013-2014 Season in the Newly Renovated Ruth Finley Person Theate
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2013

Wells Fargo Center for the Arts welcomes the holiday season in the newly renovated Ruth Finley Person Theater (50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa) with a lineup of celebrated music, comedy, dance and family performances. The 2013-2014 season is well underway and continues with a performance featuring the talents of singer-songwriters Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell with Richard Thompson (November 2), the classic vocals of nine-time Grammy award winner Natalie Cole (November 24) and rounds out 2013 with a celebration of the holiday season, including Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker (December 18 and 19) and The Brian Setzer Orchestra: Christmas Rocks 10th Anniversary Tour! (December 26). Since its reopening in August, after a $2.8 million renovation, the Ruth Finley Person Theater has showcased a variety of talent from Patti LaBelle to Lewis Black to The Beach Boys. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Meat Loaf Talks New Las Vegas Residency, Plus Broadway, Hollywood, Upcoming Album & MoreInDepth InterView: Meat Loaf Talks New Las Vegas Residency, Plus Broadway, Hollywood, Upcoming Album & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 31, 2013

Today we are talking to one of the most notably theatrical and animated performers in music history known for his operatic onstage antics as well as his acting in a number of notable stage and screen properties over his forty-year career besides his legendary recording work - the one and only Meat Loaf. Analyzing the magical musical ingredients that have made BAT OUT OF HELL one of the bestselling albums of all time, as well as the worldwide success of its sequel and its lead single 'I'd Do Anything For Love' and his ongoing relationship with the peerless rock visionary of a creator behind them both, Jim Steinman, Loaf nee Aday sheds some new light on his rich recording legacy, then and now. Additionally, Loaf shares first news of his upcoming re-teaming with Steinman on tracks for his new BRAVE & CRAZY album as well as shares some candid and vivid touring stories old and new involving the idiosyncratic and iconic rock pair. Most importantly, Loaf gives us the 411 on his new Las Vegas residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, ROCKTELLZ & COCKTAILS PRESENTS MEAT LOAF for six weeks beginning September 26 and also outlines what fans can expect catching him on tour, too. Plus, Loaf recounts his various experiences on the Broadway and Hollywood adaptations of the ever-enduring ultimate cult classic as it marks its fortieth anniversary, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, and also imparts memories from his early days in New York, recounting stage roles in musicals like HAIR and Steinman's own MORE THAN YOU DESERVE, as well as roles in Shakespearean drama and comedy byway of OTHELLO and AS YOU LIKE - not to mention the infamous ROCKABYE HAMLET '70s rock musical - among others. All of that, thoughts on the upcoming FIGHT CLUB sequel, choosing newcomer Michael Bay and casting Angelina Jolie for BAT 2 music videos, memories of appearing on GLEE as well as information on multiple upcoming film appearances and insights into show business in general - and much, much more! (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Backstage with Richard Ridge - SAG Foundation Conversations Series with Tony Winner Andrea Martin- Part 2!BWW TV Exclusive: Backstage with Richard Ridge - SAG Foundation Conversations Series with Tony Winner Andrea Martin- Part 2!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Aug 4, 2013

Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Broadway World have partnered for an inaugural filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the union actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. The most recent conversation featured 2013 Tony Award Recipient Andrea Martin moderated by Broadway World's Richard Ridge, and you can check out Part 2 of the discussion below! (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Backstage with Richard Ridge - SAG Foundation Conversations Series with Tony Winner Andrea Martin- Part 1!BWW TV Exclusive: Backstage with Richard Ridge - SAG Foundation Conversations Series with Tony Winner Andrea Martin- Part 1!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Jul 27, 2013

Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Broadway World have partnered for an inaugural filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the union actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. The most recent conversation featured 2013 Tony Award Recipient Andrea Martin moderated by Broadway World's Richard Ridge, and you can check out Part 1 of the discussion below! Check back later for Part 2! (more...)

BWW TV: Mimi Hines Celebrates 80th Birthday at 54 Below!BWW TV: Mimi Hines Celebrates 80th Birthday at 54 Below!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 19, 2013

The stars came out on Wednesday, July 17 to see Mimi Hines as she celebrated her 80th birthday with a special, one-night-only concert at Broadway's nightclub, 54 Below. Among those in attendance were 'Late Show with David Letterman' bandleader Paul Shaffer, from TV's 'The Nanny' and 'Happily Divorced' start Fran Drescher, and Broadway favorite Lee Roy Reams (The Producers, 42nd Street, Beauty and the Beast) and Tony Award winners Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line, Company) , Faith Prince (Annie, Guys and Dolls) and Liliane Montevecchi (Nine). BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was there for the special concert celebration, and you can check out concert highlights and interviews with the many guests below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Mimi Hines Celebrates 80th Birthday at 54 Below with Donna McKechnie, Fran Drescher & MorePhoto Flash: Mimi Hines Celebrates 80th Birthday at 54 Below with Donna McKechnie, Fran Drescher & More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2013

The stars came out on Wednesday, July 17 to see MIMI HINES as she celebrated her 80th birthday with a special, one-night-only concert at Broadway's nightclub, 54 Below. Among those in attendance were 'Late Show with David Letterman' bandleader PAUL SHAFFER, from TV's 'The Nanny' and 'Happily Divorced' start FRAN DRESCHER, and Broadway favorite LEE ROY REAMS (The Producers, 42nd Street, Beauty and the Beast) and Tony Award winners DONNA McKECHNIE (A Chorus Line, Company) , FAITH PRINCE (Annie, Guys and Dolls) and LILIANE MONTEVECCHI (Nine). Check out a behind the scenes look at the celebration below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Preview of SAG Foundation Conversation with Andrea Martin!Photo Coverage: Preview of SAG Foundation Conversation with Andrea Martin!
by Jennifer Broski - Jul 15, 2013

Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Broadway World have partnered for an inaugural filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the union actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. Below, check out a photo preview of the conversation with 2013 Tony Award Recipient Andrea Martin moderated by Broadway World's Richard Ridge. Be sure to check back later to watch highlights from the special interview! (more...)

Will Lee's First New Album Since 1993 Gets 8/20 ReleaseWill Lee's First New Album Since 1993 Gets 8/20 Release
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2013

Being the hardest working man in show business has been a boon to Will Lee's career but prevented the ubiquitous bassist from diligently pursuing his own personal recording projects over the years. Between his daily commitment to 'Late Show with David Letterman,' where he has played in the CBS Orchestra since the show's inception in 1993 (and for 11 years before that during Letterman's tenure on NBC), his frequent session work and his ongoing involvement with Fab Faux, the premier Beatles tribute band that has been his passion since the group formed in 1998, there has been precious little time for solo projects. (more...)

Jason Alexander, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, Complexions Ballet and More Set for Harris Center's 2013-14 SeasonJason Alexander, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, Complexions Ballet and More Set for Harris Center's 2013-14 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2013

Bringing artists from all over the world, and from most every genre, the Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College - formerly known as Three Stages at Folsom Lake College - will offer literally hundreds of performances in 2013-14. Beginning in late July, 2013 and extending into spring 2014, the new season includes world-class performers like Kenny Loggins, Seinfeld's Jason Alexander, and Savion Glover; Broadway productions such as Peter and the Starcatcher, The Addams Family and Bring It On: The Musical (all of which are appearing in the capital region for the first time ever); and an unprecedented season of dance in Folsom which kicks off with Alonzo King LINES Ballet and also features Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Bellydance Superstars, Ballroom with a Twist, and return visits of the popular Moscow Festival Ballet's Swan Lake and Diavolo Dance Theatre; and many more, all on the stages at the Harris Center. (more...)

HBO Airs 2013 ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY TonightHBO Airs 2013 ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY Tonight
by TV News Desk - May 18, 2013

The HBO special features long-awaited performances, commemorative tributes and moving speeches from both presenters and inductees. (more...)

Quincy Jones, Elvis Costello and More Set for A GREAT NIGHT IN HARLEM at the Apollo Theater TonightQuincy Jones, Elvis Costello and More Set for A GREAT NIGHT IN HARLEM at the Apollo Theater Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2013

Join Quincy Jones, Elvis Costello nad more this Friday for the Jazz Foundation of America's A GREAT NIGHT IN HARLEM, tonight, May 17th, 7:30 PM at the Apollo Theater. (more...)

Quincy Jones, Elvis Costello and More Set for A GREAT NIGHT IN HARLEM at the Apollo Theater, 5/17Quincy Jones, Elvis Costello and More Set for A GREAT NIGHT IN HARLEM at the Apollo Theater, 5/17
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2013

Join Quincy Jones, Elvis Costello nad more this Friday for the Jazz Foundation of America's A GREAT NIGHT IN HARLEM, on Friday, May 17th, 7:30 PM at the Apollo Theater. (more...)

HBO to Air 2013 ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY, 5/18HBO to Air 2013 ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY, 5/18
by TV News Desk - May 9, 2013

The HBO special features long-awaited performances, commemorative tributes and moving speeches from both presenters and inductees. (more...)

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