Ruta Lee News

'GRINCH,' BUSYTOWN, HUCK FINN & More Set for Children's Theatre Company's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2014

2014-2015 at Children's Theatre Company is a season of dreams fulfilled. There are stories of transformational beauty, three fabulous musicals and an interactive, on-your-feet adventure through the undiscovered depths of the theatre. CTC will also present renowned artists and some of the most tender and poetic characters to ever tread our stages. Artistic Director Peter C. Brosius describes his excitement about each show, and the thrill of merging theatrical splendor with the body, blood and soul of some of the Twin Cities' best artists. Brosius says, "This is a season of surprising worlds and actors who will touch your heart and create characters you will never forget. It is a journey into lands you've never been to and lives you will never forget." (more...)

Photo Flash: Cancer, Coffins, Death and Doublewides Combine For Big Laughs in 'The Big Woop'
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2013

James Hardy, who served as a producer on more than forty Bob Hope television specials (including the iconic USO shows) offered patrons a unique staged reading experienced of a new production entitled, "The Big Woop." (more...)

Off-Broadway's Avi Hoffman Set for THEATER CHAT, 10/9
by BWW News Desk - Oct 08, 2013

Tune in this Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 at 12:35 PM (ET) to join in the celebration with 'Mr. Showbusiness' on Jimmy Ferraro's THEATRE CHAT AND THIS 'N THAT, broadcasting live on WWJB -- regionally and nationally on the world wide web: www.wwjb.com/pages/4395150.php. This week's Guest is award-winning stage, teleivision and film star Avi Hoffman. (more...)

Jimmy Ferraro's THEATRE CHAT Extends to One Hour, Beginning Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 02, 2013

Jimmy Ferraro has announced that because of listeners Theatre Chat and This 'n That! has been receiving rave reviews around the country, and, beginning this week, today, October 2nd, the broadcast will be extended to a 1-hour show! (more...)

Photo Coverage: The Betty White Inspirational Award Goes to The Search Dog Foundation
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2013

'Best in Show, for Actors and Others for Animals (A&O), was a big winner for the people attending,' remarks A&O President, JoAnne Worley. 'The talented celebrities sharing clips of their pets, to the many animals that our charity help every day. And a good time was had by all.' (more...)

Jimmy Ferraro's THEATRE CHAT Extends to One Hour, Beginning 10/2
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2013

Jimmy Ferraro is thrilled to announce, that because of listeners, Theatre Chat and This 'n That! has been receiving rave reviews around the country, and, beginning next week on Wednesday, October 2nd, the broadcast will be extended to a 1-hour show! (more...)

Broadway, TV and Film Star Sondra Lee Set for THEATER CHAT, 9/25
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2013

Tune in this Wednesday, Sept. 25th, 2013 at 12:35 PM (est) to join the celebration with...'Mr. Showbusiness' on JIMMY FERRARO'S Theatre Chat and This 'n That!, broadcasting live on WWJB - regionally and nationally on the world wide web at www.wwjb.com/pages/4395150.php. This week's guest is Broadway, television, and film star Sondra Lee, an award-winning actress, dancer, director and author. (more...)

Photo Flash: Loretta Swit and More at NEVER THE SAME Premiere at LA's Museum of Tolerance
by Movies News Desk - Aug 22, 2013

Stage, screen and television personality, Loretta Swit, and Producer, Jan Thompson, co-hosted the premiere Never The Same: The Prisoner of War Experience at The Museum of Tolerance, in Los Angeles. Scroll down for photos from the event! (more...)

Rose Marie Set for THEATRE CHAT this Week, 8/14
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2013

In just months since its early Spring debut, Jimmy Ferraro's 'Theatre Chat and This 'n That' has won a national following on the internet, interviewing both local and nationally-known guests, while simultaneously broadcasting from independent radio station WWJB, and on the world wide web. The show is produced from beautiful, downtown Brooksville , Florida : a small southern town with a big appetite for the arts! Nationally recognized guests have included Broadway, Film and Television stars: (more...)

BWW TV: Loni Anderson, Jo Anne Worley, Robert Townsend and More Red Carpet Arrivals of SISTER ACT at Pantages
by Michael Sterling and Jerry Evans - Jul 16, 2013

BWW TV Los Angeles Correspondents Michael Sterling and Jerry Evans were back on the red carpet speaking to the stars last week for the official L.A. opening of SISTER ACT at Hollywood's historic Pantages Theatre. Among the many celebrities in attendance, Sterling chatted with Robert Townsend, Shoshana Bean, Ruta Lee, Jo Anne Worley, Jaden Betts, Kate Linder, Dmitry Chaplin (So You Think You Can Dance), Jonathan Buckley (Host of the new NBC reality series Siberia), and SISTER ACT'S Ta'Rea Campbell (Book of Mormon, Lion King) who stars as Deloris Van Cartier. Check out the video below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Tommy Tune's Actors Fund Tony Awards Viewing Party
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2013

Broadway Icon and nine time TONY Award winner, Tommy Tune, hosted The Actors Fund's 17th Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party at the Taglyan Cultural Complex on Sunday, June 9th, 2013. Produced and written by David Rambo and directed by Luke Yankee, the event featured the only approved live TONY Award feed direct from New York to California, allowing guests of the Actors Fund to view the awards before the rest of West Coast viewed the delayed broadcast. (more...)

Tommy Tune Hosts LA's 17th Annual Tony Awards Party, Honoring Broadway's Leading Ladies, Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 09, 2013

The 17th Annual Tony Awards Party, an Actors Fund special event honoring Tony's legendary ladies, will feature host and nine-time Tony winner Tommy Tune tonight, June 9th at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Los Angeles. (more...)

Sarah Marie Dickerson, Joshua Sherman and More Join Artes de la Rosa's IN THE HEIGHTS; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 08, 2013

Artes de la Rosa can now confirm that casting is complete for the Fort Worth Premiere of the Tony award winning musical, In the Heights. Directed by artistic director Adam Adolfo, the Lin Manuel Miranda musical will run May 17 - June 9 at The Rose Marine Theatre. Previously announced star, Matthew Ransdell, who will play Usnavi, will be joined by costars Sarah Marie Dickerson as Vanessa, Joshua Sherman as Benny, and Lorens Portalatin as Nina. Also starring as Grafitti Pete is Michael Anthony Sylvester and Rashaun Sibley as Sonny, both of whom are making their Artes de la Rosa debut. (more...)

BWW TV: Red Carpet of PRISCILLA at Pantages - Dana Delany, Anne Jeffreys, Kate Linder & More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 06, 2013

Broadway World TV Los Angeles Correspondents Michael Sterling and Jerry Evans of the JLE Media Group, Inc were once again on hand to celebrate the star studded May 29, 2013 Los Angeles premiere of Priscilla Queen of the Desert currently on its U.S. National Tour and on stage through June 16 at Hollywood's historic Pantages Theatre. (more...)

Tommy Tune to Host LA's 17th Annual Tony Awards Party, Honoring Broadway's Leading Ladies, 6/9
by BWW News Desk - Jun 03, 2013

The 17th Annual Tony Awards Party, an Actors Fund special event honoring Tony's legendary ladies, will feature host and nine-time Tony winner Tommy Tune on June 9th at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Los Angeles. (more...)

Photo Flash: Ruta Lee, Jo Anne Worley and More in Opening Night of PRISCILLA at the Pantages
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2013

PRISCILLA, produced on tour by Troika Entertainment and Nullarbor Productions Ltd. presented opening night at the Pantages, May 29, 2013. Check out the photos below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Steven Weber, Tracie Thoms, Cathy Rigby and More at 2013 Jerry Herman Awards
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2013

The Nederlander Organization and Pantages Theatre, Hollywood announced the major winners in all categories from the 2nd Annual JERRY HERMAN AWARDS, which took place this weekend on Sunday, May 19th at Pantages Theatre. KABC 7 Eyewitness News Entertainment Reporter George Pennacchio served as the master of ceremonies for the evening. BroadwayWorld has photos of the judges, performers and more below! (more...)

Sarah Marie Dickerson, Joshua Sherman and More Set for Artes de la Rosa's IN THE HEIGHTS, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2013

Artes de la Rosa presents the Fort Worth Premiere of the Tony award winning musical, In the Heights. Directed by artistic director Adam Adolfo, the Lin Manuel Miranda musical will run tonight, May 17 - June 9 at The Rose Marine Theatre. Previously announced star, Matthew Ransdell, who will play Usnavi, will be joined by costars Sarah Marie Dickerson as Vanessa, Joshua Sherman as Benny, and Lorens Portalatin as Nina. Also starring as Grafitti Pete is Michael Anthony Sylvester and Rashaun Sibley as Sonny, both of whom are making their Artes de la Rosa debut. (more...)

Sarah Marie Dickerson, Joshua Sherman and More Join Artes de la Rosa's IN THE HEIGHTS; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2013

Artes de la Rosa can now confirm that casting is complete for the Fort Worth Premiere of the Tony award winning musical, In the Heights. Directed by artistic director Adam Adolfo, the Lin Manuel Miranda musical will run May 17 - June 9 at The Rose Marine Theatre. Previously announced star, Matthew Ransdell, who will play Usnavi, will be joined by costars Sarah Marie Dickerson as Vanessa, Joshua Sherman as Benny, and Lorens Portalatin as Nina. Also starring as Grafitti Pete is Michael Anthony Sylvester and Rashaun Sibley as Sonny, both of whom are making their Artes de la Rosa debut. (more...)

BWW TV: Max Ehrich, Jo Anne Worley, Bruce Vilanch and More On the Red Carpet of CATCH ME IF YOU CAN at Pantages
by Michael Sterling and Jerry Evans - Mar 20, 2013

Based on the hit DreamWorks film and the true story that inspired it, the high-flying Broadway musical CATCH ME IF YOU CAN officially opened its run March 12 - 24, 2013 at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre. Broadway World's own Michael Sterling and Jerry Evans of the JLE Media Group were on hand to chat with the stars at the glamorous red carpet event. Celebrity guests included Max Ehrich, Ruta Lee, Jo Anne Worley, Bruce Vilanch, Anna Trebunskaya, Davis Gaines, Linda Hart, Raphael Sabarge, Charlene Tilton and Ed Ames among others. Check out the video below! (more...)

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