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Play It Again: The Movie Music of Woody Allen at Town Hall Exclusive Pre-sale TodayPlay It Again: The Movie Music of Woody Allen at Town Hall Exclusive Pre-sale Today
by Contests - Broadway - Aug 20, 2015

PLAY IT AGAIN: THE MOVIE MUSIC OF WOODY ALLEN: Starring Ute Lemper, Catherine Russell, and Tom Wopat. Exclusive pre-sale for BroadwayWorld subscribers this Thursday from 10AM - 10PM! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for August 19th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for August 19th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Aug 19, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Monday's trifecta of showtune events, including Jackie Burns following Idina, and 'Boy From Oz.' 'Mormon' and 'Dancing' return, and 'Gentleman's Guide' prepares. That 'October Sky' and 'Starcatcher' are set to open, but a lot of shows are closing. Not 'Ring Of Fire!' Concerts are on tap, too, including Seth McFarlane! (more...)

PLAY IT AGAIN: THE MOVIE MUSIC OF WOODY ALLEN to Feature Ute Lemper & MorePLAY IT AGAIN: THE MOVIE MUSIC OF WOODY ALLEN to Feature Ute Lemper & More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2015

Woody Allen is passionately devoted to music - in particular the jazz, swing, and popular music of the 1920's, 30's, 40's and 50's. His movies are a love letter to a glorious period in American music, featuring some of cinema's most memorable musical moments. Celebrate the collaboration between a great filmmaker and his passion for music with an evening of live performances by three of music's finest song interpreters on Thursday, October 8 at Town Hall in New York City. (more...)

San Francisco Opera to Present SWEENEY TODD for the First Time This FallSan Francisco Opera to Present SWEENEY TODD for the First Time This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2015

Stephen Sondheim's macabre musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street receives its highly anticipated San Francisco Opera premiere in a production featuring a cast of notable operatic stars and performed with Sondheim's original score for the lyric stage. (more...)

Music Institute of Chicago Dominates 2015 Thomas & Evon Cooper International Competition for ViolinMusic Institute of Chicago Dominates 2015 Thomas & Evon Cooper International Competition for Violin
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2015

The Music Institute of Chicago, one of the nation's leading community schools, and its Academy Program, a top training center for advanced pre-conservatory students, dominated the prestigious 2015 Thomas & Evon Cooper International Competition for Violin. After a rigorous audition process, the competition chose nine of the 21 international competitors from the Music Institute-an unprecedented number from one institution-with two placing at the top of the competition, which was presented by the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Orchestra in late July in Oberlin, Ohio. (more...)

CDI/Concert Dance Inc. Returning to Ruth Page Festival of Dance at Ravinia, 9/1-2CDI/Concert Dance Inc. Returning to Ruth Page Festival of Dance at Ravinia, 9/1-2
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2015

CDI/Concert Dance, Inc. returns as part of the 2015 Ruth Page Festival of Dance at Ravinia Tuesday, Sept. 1 and Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m., in Bennett Gordon Hall, 200 Ravinia Park Rd., Highland Park. (more...)

Twyla Tharp Choreographs Two New Works for 50th Anniversary TourTwyla Tharp Choreographs Two New Works for 50th Anniversary Tour
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2015

Instead of creating the expected for her 50th Anniversary Tour -- a retrospective of her greatest hits -- Twyla Tharp's restless spirit demanded she choreograph two brand new works for her troupe of 13 dancers. The ten-week cross-country celebration, which showcases the two new dances, "Preludes and Fugues" and "Yowzie", opens at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, presented by TITAS, in Dallas on September 18-19 and concludes at Lincoln Center's Koch Theater, November 17-22. (more...)

Porchlight Sets Casts for First Post-Broadway Premiere of SIDE SHOW, FAR FROM HEAVEN & AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'Porchlight Sets Casts for First Post-Broadway Premiere of SIDE SHOW, FAR FROM HEAVEN & AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2015

Exciting news just in to BroadwayWorld!  Michael Weber, artistic director of Porchlight Music Theatre, has announced the casts of the Chicago premiere of the 2014 revision of Side Show, the return of Porchlight's hit Ain't Misbehavin', multi-Jeff Award-winner Summer Naomi Smart starring in the Chicago premiere of Far From Heaven, and Porchlight Music Theatre's 2015 - 2016 artistic leadership for its four Mainstage productions. (more...)

Linda Eder Added to 2015 Crown & Anchor Broadway Series in ProvincetownLinda Eder Added to 2015 Crown & Anchor Broadway Series in Provincetown
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2015

Producer Rick Murray will continue the 2015 Broadway Series in Provincetown, Massachusetts into the fall at The Crown & Anchor's Paramount Theatre with two Columbus Day Weekend performances by Broadway powerhouse Linda Eder.  Tickets are now on sale for the October 10 & 11 8:00 p.m. concerts, as well as for the remaining acts in the summer Series, including Charles Busch, Kathy Griffin, Shirley Jones, Linda Lavin, and Billy Porter. (more...)

Violinist Jennifer Koh & Pianist Shai Wosner Collaborate on 'Bridge to Beethoven'Violinist Jennifer Koh & Pianist Shai Wosner Collaborate on 'Bridge to Beethoven'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2015

Violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Shai Wosner have come together to combine their personal and musical experiences in a collaborative project titled Bridge to Beethoven that explores the impact and significance Beethoven has had on a culturally diverse group of composers and musicians. The recital series pairs Beethoven's Complete Violin Sonatas with works by composers of different ethnic lineage in four distinct programs featuring three works commissioned for the series by Vijay Iyer, Andrew Norman, and Anthony Cheung which serve as companion pieces to select sonatas, and Jörg Widmann's Sommersonate. (more...)

'BASKERVILLE' Playwright Ken Ludwig Coming to The Old Globe for One-Night-Only Event'BASKERVILLE' Playwright Ken Ludwig Coming to The Old Globe for One-Night-Only Event
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2015

The Old Globe has announced an extra-special appearance-an hour-long interview/conversation with one of America's great comic playwrights, Ken Ludwig, familiar to millions for Lend Me a Tenor and Crazy for You-on Sunday, July 26 at 5:30 p.m. prior to the 7:00 p.m. preview of his new and very popular play, Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. (more...)

Rite of Summer Music Festival to Present Free Concerts with Imani Winds, 8/1Rite of Summer Music Festival to Present Free Concerts with Imani Winds, 8/1
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2015

Rite of Summer Music Festival concludes its fifth, most musically and culturally diverse season yet with Imani Winds performing two free shows at 1 & 3pm on Saturday, August 1st. (more...)

Trekkies Unite for Cincinnati Pops' Live Accompaniment to STAR TREK, 7/18Trekkies Unite for Cincinnati Pops' Live Accompaniment to STAR TREK, 7/18
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2015

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra will perform Michael Giacchino's breathtaking orchestral score of Star Trek in synch with 2009 blockbuster film Star Trek (PG-13) at the Taft Theatre on Saturday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 8th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 8th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Jul 9, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Beaches,' 'Kinky Boots' and 'Gotta Dance' show how a pre-Broadway tryout is done, while 'Fancy Nancy,' 'The Little Mermaid' and 'Pinocchio' go for a younger demographic. Meanwhile, Ravinia, Grant Park and Three Oaks (MI) do summer concerts, and The Music Theatre Company announces its own surprise demise. (more...)

Full HQ Video Of Audra McDonald's EVITA 'Rainbow High' Carnegie Hall PerformanceFull HQ Video Of Audra McDonald's EVITA 'Rainbow High' Carnegie Hall Performance
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 30, 2015

Don't cry for Audra McDonald! (more...)

Rob Thomas to Release Highly Anticipated New Album 'THE GREAT UNKNOWN', 8/21Rob Thomas to Release Highly Anticipated New Album 'THE GREAT UNKNOWN', 8/21
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2015

Emblem/Atlantic recording artist Rob Thomas has announced the release of his hugely anticipated new album. 'THE GREAT UNKNOWN' the multiple-GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter's first new solo album in more than six years arrives everywhere on Friday, August 21st. (more...)

Honens International Piano Competition 2015 Semifinalists RevealedHonens International Piano Competition 2015 Semifinalists Revealed
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

Ten pianists have been chosen to advance to the Semifinals of Canada's Honens Piano Competition. The musicians (ages 22 to 30) come from six countries: Italy, Russia, South Korea, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States. One pianist will be named the Honens Prize Laureate and win the world's largest award of its kind-$100,000 (CAN) and an artist development program valued at a half million dollars. The Semifinals and Finals of the Honens Piano Competition take place during the 2015 Honens Festival & Piano Competition in Calgary, September 3 to 12. (more...)

New York Youth Symphony Sets 53rd SeasonNew York Youth Symphony Sets 53rd Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

The New York Youth Symphony (NYYS), composed of orchestra, chamber, jazz, conducting, and composition programs-heads into the 2015/16 season having provided over 5,000 music students between ages 12 and 22 unparalleled opportunities to perform at world-class venues including Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center and to study with world-renowned artists, all tuition-free. Beyond the instruction from accomplished musicians, students gain valuable life skills-commitment, discipline, focus, collaboration-and friendships that last a lifetime.  (more...)

Encores! Off-Center's A NEW BRAIN, Starring Jonathan Groff, Opens TonightEncores! Off-Center's A NEW BRAIN, Starring Jonathan Groff, Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

Jenni Barber, Quentin Earl Darrington, Bradley Dean, Dan Fogler, Ana Gasteyer, Josh Lamon, Aaron Lazar, Alyse Alan Louis and Rema Webb join Jonathan Groff in the Encores! Off-Center production of William Finn and James Lapine's A New Brain, running tonight, June 24, through June 27, 2015. The production is directed by James Lapine, with choreography by Josh Prince. (more...)

The Old Globe Sets Cast, Creative Team for BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERYThe Old Globe Sets Cast, Creative Team for BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2015

The complete cast and creative team have been announced for the West Coast Premiere of Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, a new work by one of America's great comic playwrights, familiar to millions for Lend Me a Tenor and Crazy for You. Baskerville is directed by Josh Rhodes, who previously choreographed the Globe's productions of Bright Star and Working, as well as Broadway's It Shoulda Been You, First Date, and Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella. The Old Globe engagement will begin performances on July 24, with opening night on Thursday, July 30 at 8:00 p.m., in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Although originally scheduled to run through August 23, Baskerville has been extended by popular demand through August 30, 2015! (more...)

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