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Opera Philadelphia to Premiere Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, 6/5Opera Philadelphia to Premiere Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, 6/5
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2015

Legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker (1920-1955) was “a genius who lived fast and died young, revolutionizing an art form in a few short years” (NPR). The Grammy Award-winning bebop legend is the subject of Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, the first world premiere in almost four decades for Opera Philadelphia, recognized by Opera News as “one of the leading instigators of new work in the country.” The new chamber opera was created for American tenor Lawrence Brownlee, a nominee for the 2015 International Opera Male Singer of the Year Award, by composer Daniel Schnyder, whose “thrilling classical-tinged jazz blend…constantly pushes the envelope” (Jazz Times), to a libretto by award-winning poet and playwright Bridgette Wimberly. Directed by Ron Daniels under the leadership of Music Director Corrado Rovaris, Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD premieres in Opera Philadelphia's Aurora Series for Chamber Opera, crowning the company's 40th Anniversary Season with a five-performance run in the Kimmel Center's intimate Perelman Theater (June 5–14). Tickets are available from Ticket Philadelphia at 215.893.1018 or operaphila.org. (more...)

Billy Porter Will Lead All-Male TAMING OF THE SHREW at Shakespeare Theatre Company; Full Season Announced!Billy Porter Will Lead All-Male TAMING OF THE SHREW at Shakespeare Theatre Company; Full Season Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2015

With the third and fourth shows of the Shakespeare Theatre Company's current season underway, Artistic Director Michael Kahn announced today the Company's 2015-2016 Season. Kahn has put together a season of contrasts and striking new voices, with international directors and adaptors bringing provocative approaches to the classics to Washington, D.C. (more...)

TAMBURLAINE, PARTS I and II Opens this Sunday at Theatre for a New AudienceTAMBURLAINE, PARTS I and II Opens this Sunday at Theatre for a New Audience
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2014

Christopher Marlowe's 1587 epic Tamburlaine, Parts I and II, edited and directed by Olivier Award-winner Michael Boyd and starring John Douglas Thompson, opens Sunday, November 16, at 1:00pm at Theatre for a New Audience, Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place. (more...)

BWW Reviews: An Uneven SWEENEY TODD Opens Virginia Opera Company's 40th SeasonBWW Reviews: An Uneven SWEENEY TODD Opens Virginia Opera Company's 40th Season
by Benjamin Tomchik - Oct 15, 2014

When Stephen Powell's Sweeney Todd lunges at the audience in vengeful anger declaring, "No ones in the chair, come on! Come on! Sweeney's waiting, I want you bleeders," It's hard to think of anything more thrilling. And yet, Powell's performance along with a glorious 28 piece orchestra only partially makes-up for the Virginia Opera Company's rather uneven production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. (more...)

59E59 Theaters Hosts US Premiere of THE LOVESONG OF ALFRED J HITCHCOCK, Now thru 5/2559E59 Theaters Hosts US Premiere of THE LOVESONG OF ALFRED J HITCHCOCK, Now thru 5/25
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2014

59E59 Theaters will welcome New Perspectives back to Brits Off Broadway with the US premiere of David Rudkin's THE LOVESONG OF ALFRED J HITCHCOCK, directed by Jack McNamara. THE LOVESONG OF ALFRED J HITCHCOCK begins performances tonight, May 1 for a limited engagement through Sunday, May 25. Press opening is Wednesday, May 7 at 7 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Thursday at 7 PM; Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM & 7 PM. (more...)

The Cincinnati Opera Presents World Premiere of MORNING STAR, 6/30-7/19The Cincinnati Opera Presents World Premiere of MORNING STAR, 6/30-7/19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

Cincinnati Opera will present the world premiere of the opera Morning Star, with music by Ricky Ian Gordon and a libretto by William M. Hoffman, during the company's 2015 Summer Festival. The opera will be performed at the Corbett Theater at the School for Creative and Performing Arts, which was inaugurated as Cincinnati Opera's second-stage venue during the 2013 season. Morning Star marks the company's first world premiere in more than 50 years, and will be presented on June 30, July 2, 8, 10, 12, 17, and 19, 2015. (more...)

59E59 Theaters to Host US Premiere of THE LOVESONG OF ALFRED J HITCHCOCK, 5/1-2559E59 Theaters to Host US Premiere of THE LOVESONG OF ALFRED J HITCHCOCK, 5/1-25
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2014

59E59 Theaters will welcome New Perspectives back to Brits Off Broadway with the US premiere of David Rudkin's THE LOVESONG OF ALFRED J HITCHCOCK, directed by Jack McNamara. THE LOVESONG OF ALFRED J HITCHCOCK begins performances on Thursday, May 1 for a limited engagement through Sunday, May 25. Press opening is Wednesday, May 7 at 7 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Thursday at 7 PM; Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM & 7 PM. Single tickets are $70 ($49 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or go to www.59e59.org. For more information, visit www.britsoffbroadway.com. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Norfolk - Week of 3/23/2014Now Playing Onstage in Norfolk - Week of 3/23/2014
by BWW - Mar 23, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/23/2014 for Norfolk (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Norfolk - Week of 3/16/2014Now Playing Onstage in Norfolk - Week of 3/16/2014
by BWW - Mar 16, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/16/2014 for Norfolk (more...)

Opera Philadelphia Announces 2015 World Premiere of Charlie Parker's YARDBIRDOpera Philadelphia Announces 2015 World Premiere of Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2014

David B. Devan, General Director and President of Opera Philadelphia, today announced the commissioning of a new opera based on the life of legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker (1920-1955), one of the most influential soloists in the history of jazz and a central figure in the development of bebop. American tenor Lawrence Brownlee will star as Parker in a work written for him by composer Daniel Schnyder, with a libretto by poet and playwright Bridgette A. Wimberly. Soprano Angela Brownwill costar as Charlie's mother, Addie Parker. The opera is being developed in partnership with Gotham Chamber Opera. (more...)

Applications For Shakespeare Works Artist Residencies at The Public Now AvailableApplications For Shakespeare Works Artist Residencies at The Public Now Available
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2013

The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) and the Shakespeare Society (Artistic Director, Michael Sexton; Executive Director, Betsy Davidson Pickering) are now accepting applications for the 2013-2014Shakespeare Works Artist Residencies, part of the Shakespeare Society's Shakespeare Works program. The residencies will culminate in panel discussions about Shakespeare's plays, hosted by The Public Theater. The first two panel discussions will take place on Monday, September 30 and Monday, December 2 at 425 Lafayette Street. (more...)

Simone Federman to Direct STRANGE RAIN at FringeNYC, Begin. 8/9Simone Federman to Direct STRANGE RAIN at FringeNYC, Begin. 8/9
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2013

STRANGE RAIN follows two reporters as they try to unravel the mystery of a prolonged rain with the aid of lesbian psychics, comic meteorologists, a street-kid poet, and a mysterious man who talks of UFOs and secret experiments in the desert, all leading back decades to the real-life experiments of Wilhelm Reich in the 1950s. The story, though, is not so much about Reich as about deciding what is real and making peace with a difficult past. There are several love stories-central, a boy's love for his father. (more...)

AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE Allows Fans to Choose Favorite Teams for CharityAMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE Allows Fans to Choose Favorite Teams for Charity
by TV News Desk - Apr 17, 2013

It's time to play favorites on THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE! GSN announced today the launch of THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE FAN FAVORITE. From Thursday, April 18th through Sunday, May 19th, fans of THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE can go to gsntv.com to vote for their favorite team who can potentially win $10,000 for the team's charity. THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE airs Thursdays at 9:00pm ET/PT on GSN. (more...)

GSN Reveals Competitors for GREAT AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE Season 2GSN Reveals Competitors for GREAT AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE Season 2
by TV News Desk - Feb 11, 2013

GSN today announced the lineup of competitors for the second season of its hugely successful original series THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE. Jeff Foxworthy hosts this one-hour game show in which contestants compete based on their knowledge of the Bible. Season 2 of THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE, produced by RelativityREAL, will premiere Thursday, March 21 at 9 pm ET/PT on GSN. (more...)

Virginia Opera Announces 2013-2014 Season - FALSTAFF, THE MAGIC FLUTE and More!Virginia Opera Announces 2013-2014 Season - FALSTAFF, THE MAGIC FLUTE and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2013

Virginia Opera, The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, announces its 2013-14 Season that features four, brand-new mainstage productions and two Special Engagement productions that span comedy, drama, farce and grand opera. The Company's 39th Subscription Season will open with Falstaff in September, followed by The Magic Flutein November, Ariadne auf Naxos in February, and Carmen in March. Special Engagements next season will include performances of The Girl of the Golden West in January and Sweeney Todd in May. (more...)

Herb Boyd Speaks at Book Signing for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday Celebration TodayHerb Boyd Speaks at Book Signing for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday Celebration Today
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2013

Please, join the National Park Service as we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the African Burial Ground National Monument in Lower Manhattan today, January 15, 2013. Music from the Civil Rights Movement and clips of scenes from King's life will be played throughout the day. (more...)

National Park Service to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday at African Burial Ground Monument, TodayNational Park Service to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday at African Burial Ground Monument, Today
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2013

Join the National Park Service as it celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at the African Burial Ground National Monument in Lower Manhattan on January 15, 2013. Music from the Civil Rights Movement and clips of scenes from King's life will be played throughout the day. (more...)

National Park Service to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday at African Burial Ground Monument, 1/15National Park Service to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday at African Burial Ground Monument, 1/15
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2013

Join the National Park Service as it celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at the African Burial Ground National Monument in Lower Manhattan on January 15, 2013. Music from the Civil Rights Movement and clips of scenes from King's life will be played throughout the day. (more...)

Herb Boyd Speaks at Book Signing for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday Celebration, 1/15Herb Boyd Speaks at Book Signing for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday Celebration, 1/15
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2013

The National Park Service celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the African Burial Ground National Monument in Lower Manhattan on January 15, 2013. Music from the Civil Rights Movement and clips of scenes from King's life will be played throughout the day. (more...)

Herb Boyd Speaks at Book Signing for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday Celebration, 1/15Herb Boyd Speaks at Book Signing for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday Celebration, 1/15
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2013

Please, join the National Park Service as we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the African Burial Ground National Monument in Lower Manhattan on January 15, 2013. Music from the Civil Rights Movement and clips of scenes from King's life will be played throughout the day. (more...)

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