Russell Watson News

A DANCE OF DEATH to Play Finborough Theatre, Begin. 5 August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

Commissioned by the Finborough Theatre from Cerberus Theatre, the UK premiere and the English world premiere of controversial German playwright Rolf Hochhuth's Sommer 14 - A Dance of Death in a brand new translation opens at the Finborough Theatre for a four week limited season on Tuesday, 5 August 2014 (Press Night: Thursday, 7 August at 7.30pm). (more...)

BWW Interviews: THE WAR OF THE WORLDS' Creator Jeff Wayne Talks Burton, Neeson And More!
by Carrie Dunn - May 02, 2014

BWW:UK editor-in-chief Carrie Dunn speaks to the doyen of the concept album about The War of the Worlds live arena tour, this year starring Jason Donovan, Brian McFadden, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Shayne Ward - as well as a holographic Liam Neeson. (more...)

YANNI Releases New Album, INSPIRATO, Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2014

The beautiful instrumental melodies of internationally renowned composer YANNI have gained him over 40 platinum and gold albums throughout the world. Now his popularity looks set to cross even more borders. Working in partnership with the legendary operatic superstar Placido Domingo and Ric Wake, YANNI has assembled a stellar line-up of the greatest singers to perform on his new album, INSPIRATO, available April 29(th) on Sony Music Masterworks. His timeless compositions have been transformed by the addition of lyrics and tell the story of the loves of YANNI's life. (more...)

Richard Jay-Alexander to Receive LGBT Unity Coalition Award Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Apr 08, 2014

Richard Jay-Alexander, known for helming concerts for Broadway superstars Barbra Streisand and Kristin Chenoweth among others, will be honored tomorrow, Wednesday, April 9 with a Legends Honor arts award from Unity Coalition, at the LGBT group's annual Leaders, Legends & Lovelies Ball, according to the Miami Herald. (more...)

YANNI Releases New Album, INSPIRATO, Available 4/29
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2014

The beautiful instrumental melodies of internationally renowned composer YANNI have gained him over 40 platinum and gold albums throughout the world. Now his popularity looks set to cross even more borders. Working in partnership with the legendary operatic superstar Placido Domingo and Ric Wake, YANNI has assembled a stellar line-up of the greatest singers to perform on his new album, INSPIRATO, available April 29(th) on Sony Music Masterworks. His timeless compositions have been transformed by the addition of lyrics and tell the story of the loves of YANNI's life. (more...)

BWW Reviews: French-Greek Tenor George Perris Makes Sensational New York Debut
by Peter Danish - Feb 18, 2014

French-Greek Tenor George Perris makes sensational debut at Lincoln Center's Allen Room. (more...)

BWW TV: Richard Jay-Alexander Talks Streisand, Chenoweth, Peters & More on Spotlight on the Arts
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 13, 2014

We reached out to Associate Producer and Director Mark Demeter to see if we could access the interview, who happily complied! BECON TV's mission is to use broadcast television and the most current technologies to develop and deliver quality multi-media instructional, educational and community programming to enhance student achievement and life-long learning. (more...)

2013 Year In Review: Carrie Dunn's Best And Worst Of Theatre
by Carrie Dunn - Dec 09, 2013

The UK editor-in-chief reflects on the ups and downs of West End theatre in 2013. So, another busy year in the West End - and a busy year for BWW:UK. I've been the editor-in-chief of BWW:UK for nearly five years now, working closely with our US newdesk (and dealing with that inconvenient time difference), and overseeing our ever-expanding reviewing squad (as well as our London writers, we also have a team at the Edinburgh Festival every year, and regional reviewers in cities around the UK including Glasgow, Birmingham, Sheffield and Bristol). (more...)

THE VOICE, Part 3: Russell Watson Talks About His Forthcoming Tour!
by Carrie Dunn - Nov 15, 2013

In the final part of our Russell Watson interview, he talks about his plans for an international tour in 2014, and the experience of working with Claude-Michael Schonberg. (more...)

THE VOICE, Part 2: Russell Watson Talks New Schonberg-Produced Album!
by Carrie Dunn - Nov 07, 2013

We talk to the British tenor about his forthcoming album, collaborating with the creators of Les Miserables. Watson's new album, Only One Man, is out now. (more...)

THE VOICE, Part 1: Russell Watson Talks LES MISERABLES!
by Carrie Dunn - Nov 01, 2013

The first part of UK editor-in-chief Carrie Dunn's chat with the tenor… (more...)

Russell Watson to Make West End Debut as Jean Valjean in LES MISERABLES
by Courtnie Mele - Oct 08, 2013

Salford tenor Russell Watson is said to be soon taking on the role of Jean Valjean. In discussing the part with the Evening Standard, Watson stated, 'I went to see Cameron Mackintosh about doing LES MISERABLES. We've had a good chat about that. It's something I'd like to do. It would give me a huge amount of satisfaction to play a role like Valjean. I would do it in the West End, towards the end of 2014.' (more...)

Melissa Errico & More Set for Symphony Space's KURT WEILL ON BROADWAY Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 07, 2013

Symphony Space opens its 2013-14 Music season with 'Kurt Weill on Broadway,' tonight, October 7 (8 pm) at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre. Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Broadway opening of Weill's One Touch of Venus. Ted Chapin hosts a stellar cast featuring Melissa Errico, Brent Barrett, Judy Blazer, and Ron Raines, plus winners of the international Lotte Lenya Competition. (more...)

Claude-Michel Schonberg & Alain Boublil to Compose, Produce Tracks for Russell Watson's Latest Album
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2013

Classical singer Russell Watson's latest album, 'Only One Man,' is set to debut on Nov. 11 - made possible by LES MISERABLES' Claude-Michel Schoenberg & Alain Boublil, who have composed songs and produced the compilation. The duo have also given Watson access to their entire portfolio of songs, from MISS SAIGON to LES MIZ. (more...)

THRILLER - LIVE UK Tour Launches Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2013

Thriller - Live, the spectacular concert show that celebrates the music of the world's greatest entertainer and undisputed King of Pop, Michael and the Jackson 5, has now sold more than 2,500,000 tickets worldwide. As it celebrates its fifth amazing year in the West End where it has become the longest-running production in the Lyric Theatre's 125-year history, the show is touring the UK beginning today, September 23. This new tour features the sensational Cleo Higgins as the lead female vocalist. (more...)

THE VOICE's Cleo Higgins Set for THRILLER - LIVE UK Tour; Launches 23 Sept.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 04, 2013

Thriller - Live, the spectacular concert show that celebrates the music of the world's greatest entertainer and undisputed King of Pop, Michael and the Jackson 5, has now sold more than 2,500,000 tickets worldwide. As it celebrates its fifth amazing year in the West End where it has become the longest-running production in the Lyric Theatre's 125-year history, the show is touring the UK from Monday September 23. This new tour features the sensational Cleo Higgins as the lead female vocalist. (more...)

Melissa Errico and More Set for Symphony Space's KURT WEILL ON BROADWAY, 10/7
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2013

Symphony Space will open its 2013-14 Music season with 'Kurt Weill on Broadway,' Monday, October 7 (8 pm) at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre. The show takes place on the 70th anniversary of the Broadway opening of Weill's One Touch of Venus. Ted Chapin hosts a stellar cast featuring Melissa Errico, Brent Barrett, Judy Blazer, and Ron Raines, plus winners of the international Lotte Lenya Competition. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: A SALUTE TO VIENNA Premieres on PBS Today
by Stage Tube - Aug 03, 2013

A SALUTE TO VIENNA is one of the most lavish song and dance gala concert specials ever produced for public television featuring the superstars of Viennese operetta. The visually spectacular special is hosted by world-famous mezzo soprano Frederica von Stade and Academy Award-winning actor andVienna native Maximilian Schell. Special guests include The Vienna Boys' Choir; Russell Watson, Great Britain's largest-selling, classical-crossover tenor; dancers from the Association of the Vienna State Opera Ballet; the Symphony Orchestra of the Volksoper Vienna under the direction ofinternationally-knownStrauss Conductor Peter Guth; an international cast of top singing stars including sopranos Daniela Fally, Iva Milhanovic and Alexandra Reinprecht; tenors Dmitry Korchak and Tilmann Unger; baritone, Daniel Serafin, as well as many leading stars from the acclaimed Budapest Operetta Theater. A SALUTE TO VIENNA is part of special programming premiering on PBS stations beginning today, August 3, 2013 (check local listings). (more...)

STAGE TUBE: A SALUTE TO VIENNA Premieres on PBS, 8/3
by Stage Tube - Jul 17, 2013

A SALUTE TO VIENNA is one of the most lavish song and dance gala concert specials ever produced for public television featuring the superstars of Viennese operetta. The visually spectacular special is hosted by world-famous mezzo soprano Frederica von Stade and Academy Award-winning actor andVienna native Maximilian Schell. Special guests include The Vienna Boys' Choir; Russell Watson, Great Britain's largest-selling, classical-crossover tenor; dancers from the Association of the Vienna State Opera Ballet; the Symphony Orchestra of the Volksoper Vienna under the direction ofinternationally-knownStrauss Conductor Peter Guth; an international cast of top singing stars including sopranos Daniela Fally, Iva Milhanovic and Alexandra Reinprecht; tenors Dmitry Korchak and Tilmann Unger; baritone, Daniel Serafin, as well as many leading stars from the acclaimed Budapest Operetta Theater. A SALUTE TO VIENNA is part of special programming premiering on PBS stations beginning August 3, 2013 (check local listings). (more...)

New Hilty/McPhee SMASH Duet Premieres
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 16, 2013

A new duet featuring the two tremendously talented leading ladies from NBC's musical drama series SMASH has now been released with Megan Hilty and Katharine McPhee joining up on a cover of the rousing slow-burner 'That's Life'. (more...)

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