Rufus Wainwright News

Rubicon's Summer Youth Program to Open BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, JR., 7/18
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

Rubicon's Summer Youth Program opens BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, JR. featuring songs from the Academy Award-winning animated feature. This stage version of the beloved Disney classic includes music by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. Directed by Carolanne Marano with musical direction by Miriam Arichea, the one hour long production features many local youth performers in a production perfect for all ages. (more...)

Staged Version of Gabriel Kahane's THE AMBASSADOR Travels the U.S.; Album Out Now
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

Gabriel Kahane's critically acclaimed new album The Ambassador draws its inspiration from a multitude of sources to tell intimate, human stories against the backdrop of Los Angeles architecture and popular culture. Released on June 3 via Sony Music Masterworks, The Ambassador is a collection of ten songs for ten buildings in Los Angeles. A fully staged version of The Ambassador starring Kahane, directed by Tony-winner John Tiffany (Once, Black Watch) will be presented this season at BAM, UCLA, and Carolina Performing Arts. (more...)

Deborah Voigt to Perform with Rufus Wainwright, Chicago Symphony and More This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 08, 2014

Deborah Voigt showcases her enviable range in a trio of major summer festival engagements this month. (more...)

Loudon Wainwright III to Perform at Ridgefield Playhouse, 9/12
by BWW News Desk - Jul 08, 2014

Captain Calvin Spalding from M*A*S*H (the singing surgeon) and the singer of "Dead Skunk (in the Middle of the Road)" is going to light up the stage of The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, September 12, at 8 p.m. Loudon Wainwright III is a critically acclaimed songwriter who won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album High, Wide and Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project. Legendary artists including Johnny Cash and Bonnie Raitt have covered his songs --from folk, rock and blues to comedy. This event is part of the Doyle Coffin Singer/Songwriter Series. (more...)

Clyde Wagner Named New Executive Producer of Luminato Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 07, 2014

The Luminato Festival announced today that Clyde Wagner has been named Executive Producer for the Festival. Mr. Wagner will commence in the role at the beginning of August. (more...)

WHBPAC Presents the Fab Faux, 7/26
by BWW News Desk - Jul 03, 2014

"Come Together" for an unforgettable evening with the acclaimed Beatles' tribute band, the Fab Faux featuring the Hogshead Horns and Creme Tangerine Strings, at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Saturday, July 26 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $50, $75, $95 and are available online at (more...)

Overtone Industries to Present ICELAND at REDCAT's NOW Festival 2014, 7/24-26
by BWW News Desk - Jul 03, 2014

Overtone Industries, a celebrated force in the evolution of contemporary music theatre and experimental opera, will share the stage at REDCAT, CalArt's downtown center for contemporary arts, with two other Los Angeles-based arts organizations during the kick-off weekend of the New Original Works Festival 2014 (NOW Festival), Thursday, July 24, through Saturday, July 26, 2014. (more...)

The Florida Orchestra Names Michael Francis as Its New Music Director
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

The Florida Orchestra (TFO) has announced the appointment of Michael Francis as its new Music Director starting with the 2015/2016 season, serving as Music Director Designate for the upcoming 2014/2015 season. Appointed as part of an initial three-year contract, his duties include being the primary conductor and providing the artistic leadership for concert programming and related artistic decisions. Although his primary role is with the Tampa Bay Times Masterworks series, he will also be conducting one concert each season for the Raymond James Pops and the morning Coffee Concert series. This reflects Francis' personal desire to be fully-integrated artistically with the orchestra and the organization. (more...)

David Aaron Carpenter to Launch New London Series, July 8th
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2014

David Aaron Carpenter To Launch Central Synagogue's International Concerts Series, July 8th- London debut for 'the hottest violist of the 21st century' and his Salome Chamber Orchestra soloists, with Music Of The Jewish Diaspora. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: David Byrne, Boy George & More Sing 'Summer Nights' from GREASE
by Stage Tube - Jun 18, 2014

On Saturday June 14th, pop, jazz, and musical theatre stars from all over the world joined forces at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto to perform in 'If I Loved You: Gentlemen Prefer Broadway,' a concert showcasing and redefining love songs from classic Broadway musicals. For the finale, the cast, which included David Byrne, Boy George, Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), Josh Groban, Brent Carver, Steven Page, Brennan Hall and concert organizer Rufus Wainwright, sang their own rendition of 'Summer Nights' from Grease. (more...)

WFUV to Broadcast Clearwater Festival, 6/21-22
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

WFUV (90.7 FM/ will be broadcasting live for the first time from Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, NY, on both Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22. This year's festival, which is dedicated to founders Pete and Toshi Seeger, both of whom died in the past year, has a star-studded lineup. WFUV will be on-site broadcasting live from 2-9 p.m. on Saturday and 12-8:30 p.m. on Sunday. Virtually the entire WFUV air staff will be on hand to introduce the artists onstage, share backstage interviews and observations, and meet fans at the FUV booth. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Inside Luminato's 'If I Loved You: Gentlemen Prefer Broadway' with Josh Groban, Boy George, Rufus Wainwright and More!
by Alan Henry - Jun 15, 2014

Rufus Wainwright teamed up with Grammy and Tony-winning music director Stephen Oremus to redefine dozens of the most beloved gems in the Great American Songbook, all love songs from Broadway musicals. Wainwright's recontextualizations, performed exclusively by men and to men, fortify the songs' universality as expressions of love. The groundbreaking evening showcased Wainwright and an international spectrum of pop, jazz and musical theatre stars in unexpected, entirely enchanting pairs. (more...)

Rufus Wainwright To Perform 'Argentina' At TIM RICE - A LIFE IN SONG, July 8
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

Rufus Wainwright will perform Don't Cry for Me, Argentina at Tim Rice - A Life In Song, at a special show celebrating the life and work of one of our most admired lyricists at the Royal Festival Hall in London on July 8th. (more...)

JACK JOHNSON to Headline First Tour Date for WFUV in Prospect Park
by BWW News Desk - Jun 09, 2014

WFUV (90.7 FM/ will bring performances and highlights from three major festivals to the airwaves and Internet this summer. (more...)

Clearwater Festival to Pay Tribute to Pete & Toshi Seeger, 6/21-22
by BWW News Desk - Jun 03, 2014

Great Hudson River Revival (Clearwater Festival) on June 21 and 22 in beautiful Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, NY marks the first event since the passing of its founders, musician and activist Pete Seeger and his wife Toshi Seeger. Clearwater 2014 promises to be a special celebration of the Seeger's and their legacy - hosting many Clearwater friends old and new, many of who will perform special musical tributes during the event. (more...)

Singer-Songwriter Rufus Wainwright Comes to WHBPAC, 6/20
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2014

The East End of Long Island's own singer-songwriter, Rufus Wainwright, who released a "Best Of" compilation earlier this year titled Vibrate, will perform his most popular hits in a solo show at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Friday, June 20 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $60, $100, $140 and are available online at (more...)

Sweet Judy Blues (Judy Collins) Returns to Cain Park on June 14
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2014

Judy Collins returns to Cain Park's Evan Amphitheater on Saturday, June 14 at 8 PM, bringing with her the tricks of the trade for which she is so well-known and loved: sublime vocals, skillful musicianship, boldly vulnerable songwriting, sharing personal life triumphs, and her firm commitment to social activism. (more...)

Kahane & Tiffany's THE AMBASSADOR, Philip Glass, Nonesuch Records and More Set for BAM's 2014 Next Wave Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

Joseph V. Melillo, executive producer of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, today announced programming for the 2014 Next Wave Festival. The festival runs from September 9 through December 20 and comprises theater, music, dance, film, humanities, and visual art events in the institution's three venues: the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, the BAM Harvey Theater, and the BAM Fisher. (more...)

by Jessica Showers - May 20, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: THE ANTHEM begins performances off-Broadway, NPH visits Times Talks, and Cheyenne Jackson and Alexandra Silber belt out the tunes of WEST SIDE STORY in a new live recording! (more...)

Ana Gasteyer and More Join Julian Fleisher at Joe's Pub to Celebrate Release of FINALLY Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2014

New York City's favorite multi-hypenate, Julian Fleisher, will be performing at Joe's Pub in New York tonight, May 14 at 7:00pm, to celebrate the release of his sophomore album, Finally. (more...)

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