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Photo Coverage: Robert Davi Sings Sinatra Debuts at Feinstein's/54 BelowPhoto Coverage: Robert Davi Sings Sinatra Debuts at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 19, 2016

Queens native Robert Davi, is one of the most recognizable entertainers in the world. Davi made his Feinstein's54/Below debut last night and Broadwayworld was there. Mr. Davi completely dominated the stage and every corner of Feinstein's/54 Below with his electrifying music and acting skills. In his show Robert Davi Sings Sinatra, Davi is not Sinatra, he has his own unique well trained rugged voice. However he has the same tough but mellow persona that keeps you hanging on every move and sound he makes. Davi studied acting under the legendary Stella Adler at the world-renowned Actors Studio. As the indelible villain Franz Sanchez in the James Bond film Licence to Kill to more recent film and television appearances, he has thrilled audiences. He appeared opposite Marlon Brando in Christopher Columbus: The Discovery, Clint Eastwood in City Heat, Bruce Willis in Die Hard, and Roberto Benigni in Son of the Pink Panther. He also appeared in 88 episodes of the NBC series Profiler playing Agent Baily Malone, and as Commander Acastus Kolya on Showtime's Stargate Atlantis. Other credits include Steven Spielberg's classic The Goonies and Raw Deal, where he first met his close friend Arnold Schwarzenegger. (more...)

The RRazz Room at the Prince Theater Opens Second SeasonThe RRazz Room at the Prince Theater Opens Second Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

With such award-winning Broadway, film and television stars as Betty Buckley and Tovah Feldshuh leading the way, The RRazz Room at the Prince is planning a blockbuster second season. Joining them through the fall in this second floor Black Box Theater, just off Avenue of the Arts in Philadelphia, will be Michele Lee, Andrea Marcovicci, Tom Wopat and Linda Purl, the Amazing Kreskin and many others. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Barrington Stage Company Celebrates Opening Night of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCEPhoto Coverage: Barrington Stage Company Celebrates Opening Night of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 21, 2016

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Artistic Director JuliAnne Boyd and Managing Director TriStan Wilson, presents Gilbert & Sullivan's THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, starring Will Swenson as 'The Pirate King.' BroadwayWorld brings you photos from opening night below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Molly Pope's A STAR IS BORN Plays Feinstein's/54 BelowPhoto Coverage: Molly Pope's A STAR IS BORN Plays Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 13, 2016

Stars are born on Broadway and at Feinstein's/54 Below with startling regularity. With her astonishing rendition of the classic, A Star is Born, Molly Pope provided a never to be forgotten evening of songs from the classic film last night and BroadwayWorld was there.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Rita Coolidge Plays The Cutting RoomPhoto Coverage: Rita Coolidge Plays The Cutting Room
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 25, 2016

Rita Coolidge's credentials are the stuff of legend. After earning a degree in art at Florida State University, the Tennessee native decided to give music a shot before settling into a career as an art teacher. She moved to Memphis and was soon singing jingles, demos and background vocals for a number of area bands. Among them was a husband and wife duo, Delaney & Bonnie. When the pair signed their record deal, Rita suddenly found herself on big-time pop music's leading edge. Her reputation as an A-list backup singer spread quickly. Joe Cocker enlisted her in that role and as a featured soloist on his Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour. (Rita performed a song she'd co-written, ?Superstar,? which would later be a huge hit for The Carpenters.) Work with other rock royalty followed, including tours and recordings with Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell and Stephen Stills. In 1971, A&M Records moguls Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss signed her to the label, and one of the most enduring solo careers in all of music was underway.  (more...)

Stage and Screen Vet Lucie Arnaz to Make Feinstein's at the Nikko DebutStage and Screen Vet Lucie Arnaz to Make Feinstein's at the Nikko Debut
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

Award-winning star of stage and screen Lucie Arnaz will bring An Intimate Evening with Lucie Arnaz to Feinstein's at the Nikko for two performances only - Friday, September 16 (8 p.m.) and Saturday, September 17 (7 p.m.). (more...)

The Skivvies, Marilyn Maye & More Set for Fire Island Pines Arts Project's 2016 Broadway Concert SeriesThe Skivvies, Marilyn Maye & More Set for Fire Island Pines Arts Project's 2016 Broadway Concert Series
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2016

THE FIRE ISLAND PINES ARTS PROJECT in association with RJ PRODUCTIONS will present a summer Broadway concert series filled with award-winning entertainers at Fire Island Pines Whyte Hall. Tickets are available at the online and the harbor on dates specified below. Please visit fipap.org for more information. (more...)

Photo Flash: Terri Klausner, Valarie Pettiford & Ty Stephens Bring A SOPHISTICATED REUNION to BirdlandPhoto Flash: Terri Klausner, Valarie Pettiford & Ty Stephens Bring A SOPHISTICATED REUNION to Birdland
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was thrilled to present 'A Sophisticated Reunion' on Monday, May 23. The one-night-only event starred Terri Klausner, Valarie Pettiford and Ty Stephens, who met in Sophisticated Ladies, a Broadway musical review based on the music of Duke Ellington, which opened in March of 1981. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Howard McGillin Brings MY ROMANCE to Feinstein's/54 BelowPhoto Coverage: Howard McGillin Brings MY ROMANCE to Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 12, 2016

Last night, Feinstein's/54 Below welcomed back Broadway's beloved leading man Howard McGillin, and BroadwayWorld was there. (more...)

BWW Review: Jazz Legends DUKE ELLINGTON and ELLA FITZGERALD Are Celebrated By Performing TRIPLE THREATS In Classy Style at the Friars ClubBWW Review: Jazz Legends DUKE ELLINGTON and ELLA FITZGERALD Are Celebrated By Performing TRIPLE THREATS In Classy Style at the Friars Club
by Victoria Ordin - May 10, 2016

The spirit of jazz legends Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald (with a little Tito Puente) was palpable in the Milton Berle room at New York's Friars Club on April 25 for the second-annual production of Triple Threats. Broadway veterans (including Duke's granddaughter, Mercedes Ellington, who also co-produced the show) joined some of America's most accomplished jazz musicians to celebrate the April birthdays of the music greats and to honor those performers who sing, dance, and act at the highest levels. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway Concludes 'But Beautiful' Run at BirdlandPhoto Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway Concludes 'But Beautiful' Run at Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 8, 2016

Last night many beautiful people came to the concluding night of Ann Hampton Callaway's new show 'But Beautiful' at Birdland. BroadwayWorld was there for the final performance. Check out photos below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito PuentePhoto Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 26, 2016

Last night Mercedes Ellington granddaughter of Duke Ellington and president and founder of The Duke Ellington Center For The Arts along with co-producer Judi Marks hosted a Triple Threat musical celebration at the legendary Friars Club.  It was a special evening that featured performances of the music of the three giants of Jazz and BroadwayWorld was there. (more...)

Photo Flash: Howard McGillin, Brad Oscar, Savannah Brown and More Join Jamie deRoy at BirdlandPhoto Flash: Howard McGillin, Brad Oscar, Savannah Brown and More Join Jamie deRoy at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was proud to present hostess-producer Jamie deRoy and her multi-MAC Award-winning variety show, Jamie deRoy & friends on Sunday, April 17. Scroll down for photos!  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch Begin Residency at Carlyle Hotel's Bemelmans BarPhoto Coverage: Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch Begin Residency at Carlyle Hotel's Bemelmans Bar
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 18, 2016

The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel, will welcome Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch to Bemelmans Bar for a Sunday night residency throughout the spring 2016 season. Featuring top artists from the worlds of jazz, cabaret and Broadway alongside special unannounced guests, Sunday nights at Bemelmans Bar have become a favorite spot for a wide range of performing musicians across the city. Additionally, the classic watering hole has drawn crowds consisting of socialites, politicians, movie stars and moguls for more than five decades. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Broadway at Birdland Welcomes Jamie deRoy & FriendsPhoto Coverage: Broadway at Birdland Welcomes Jamie deRoy & Friends
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 18, 2016

The Broadway at Birdland Concert Series welcomed Jamie deRoy & friends for a star-studded cabaret show last night and BroadwayWorld was there. (more...)

BOSSABRASIL, Ann Hampton Callaway, Laura Osnes and More Set for Birdland This MayBOSSABRASIL, Ann Hampton Callaway, Laura Osnes and More Set for Birdland This May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its May 2016 schedule, featuring: BOSSABRASIL, Ann Hampton Callaway, Iris Williams, Laura Osnes, Eliane Elias, Bill Charlap Trio, Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Birdland Big Band, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, and more. Scroll down for details! (more...)

BWW TV: A Musical Maid Hits Chicago! Watch Highlights of Klea Blackhurst and More in HAZEL at Drury Lane TheatreBWW TV: A Musical Maid Hits Chicago! Watch Highlights of Klea Blackhurst and More in HAZEL at Drury Lane Theatre
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 8, 2016

HAZELDrury Lane Theatre opens its 2016-2017 season with the World Premiere musical comedy HAZEL, A MUSICAL MAID IN AMERICA, based on the character from the Saturday Evening Post cartoon by Ted Key and the 1960s TV comedy series starring Shirley Booth. HAZEL features a book by Lissa Levin, music by Ron Abel, and lyrics by Chuck Steffan. This new musical is directed and choreographed by Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse with musical direction by Roberta Duchak. HAZEL opened this week and runs through May 29, 2016 at Drury Lane Theatre. BroadwayWorld has highlights from the show in the video below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Behind the Scene of HAZEL's Opening Night at Drury Lane TheatrePhoto Coverage: Behind the Scene of HAZEL's Opening Night at Drury Lane Theatre
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 8, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre opens its 2016-2017 season with the World Premiere musical comedy Hazel, A Musical Maid in America, based on the character from the Saturday Evening Post cartoon by Ted Key and the 1960s TV comedy series starring Shirley Booth. Hazel features a book by Lissa Levin, music by Ron Abel, and lyrics by Chuck Steffan. This new musical is directed and choreographed by Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse with musical direction by Roberta Duchak. Hazel through May 29, 2016 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. BroadwayWorld was on hand for opening night - check out more photos below! (more...)

Review Roundup: World Premiere of HAZEL in ChicagoReview Roundup: World Premiere of HAZEL in Chicago
by Review Roundups - Apr 8, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre opened its 2016-2017 season with the World Premiere musical comedy Hazel, A Musical Maid in America, based on the character from the Saturday Evening Post cartoon by Ted Key and the 1960s TV comedy series starring Shirley Booth. Hazel features a book by Lissa Levin, music by Ron Abel, and lyrics by Chuck Steffan. This new musical is directed and choreographed by Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse with musical direction by Roberta Duchak. Hazel through May 29, 2016 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of HAZEL, Starring Klea Blackhurst, at Drury Lane TheatrePhoto Coverage: Inside Opening Night of HAZEL, Starring Klea Blackhurst, at Drury Lane Theatre
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 7, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre opens its 2016-2017 season with the World Premiere musical comedy Hazel, A Musical Maid in America, based on the character from the Saturday Evening Post cartoon by Ted Key and the 1960s TV comedy series starring Shirley Booth. Hazel features a book by Lissa Levin, music by Ron Abel, and lyrics by Chuck Steffan. This new musical is directed and choreographed by Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse with musical direction by Roberta Duchak. Hazel through May 29, 2016 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. BroadwayWorld was on hand for opening night - check out photos below! (more...)

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