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Photo Flash: First Look at Stu James and More in RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD at the DouglasPhoto Flash: First Look at Stu James and More in RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD at the Douglas
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

Veteran Broadway actor Stu James (Benny in RENT, national tour of The Color Purple) will reprise the role of black entrepreneur and music mogul John Dolphin when last season's smash hit musical RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD gets an all-new production at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. Previews began July 8, with the press opening was held on July 16. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Review: Smoothly Revised RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD Returns to LA at Kirk Douglas TheatreBWW Review: Smoothly Revised RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD Returns to LA at Kirk Douglas Theatre
by Don Grigware - Jul 18, 2016

The name of the game in show biz is never to settle for greatness, but rather to go that extra mile and make it better. Such is the case with Recorded in Hollywood. In its transferal from a smaller Hollywood space to the Kirk Douglas Theatre,  the show provides a book by Matt Donnelly and Jamelle Dolphin that opens up even more than before to tell the true story of record producer John Dolphin. The story takes place from 1948 to 1958 in South Central, Los Angeles, when blacks were arrested for the slightest infractions of the law. Since I did not see the initial production, I am basing my opinions on this newer version. It is slick, a very slick show with a dynamic, triple threat ensemble headed by Stu James, directed superbly by Denise Dowse and choreographed to the max by Cassie Crump. The bad feature is that it only runs through August 7. (more...)

Carla Cooke to Sing Sam Cooke at The Metropolitan RoomCarla Cooke to Sing Sam Cooke at The Metropolitan Room
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Carla Cooke is a singer, songwriter and daughter of soul legend Sam Cooke. Her diverse style embraces Gospel, R&B, Soul and Pop and her live performance has been described as raw, emotional and charismatic. (more...)

Laguna Playhouse to Welcome Rockapella This AugustLaguna Playhouse to Welcome Rockapella This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham is thrilled to announce ROCKAPELLA with their latest show HITS LIKE YOU NEVER HEARD. Comments Wareham, 'I've been looking for an opportunity to bring these guys to Laguna Playhouse ever since I arrived.  Summer in Laguna Beach is the perfect time. They've been called 'Impressive' and 'Pure Entertainment'.  I call them 'Perfection!'. As fathers of the modern a cappella sound, ROCKAPELLA has long been known for groundbreaking original music, and inventive takes on familiar favorites. Now they've created an entire show of classic, massive hits from Elvis, Macklemore, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Pharrell Williams, The Temptations, Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash, Earth Wind & Fire, Prince, Sam Cooke, and many more.  ROCKAPELLA -HITS LIKE YOU NEVER HEARD will begin performances on Wednesday, August 10 and will run through Sunday, August 28, 2016 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.                                                                                    (more...)

Gemma Arterton and Kwame Kwei-Armah Announced for Donmar Warehouse 2016 SeasonGemma Arterton and Kwame Kwei-Armah Announced for Donmar Warehouse 2016 Season
by Edward Baker - Jul 1, 2016

New autumn season of plays in Covent Garden to run alongside the Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy at King's Cross. (more...)

Sope Dirisu to Star as 'Cassius Clay' in ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI at Donmar WarehouseSope Dirisu to Star as 'Cassius Clay' in ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI at Donmar Warehouse
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2016

Just weeks after Muhammad Ali's death on June 3, The Daily Mail writes that Sope Dirisu will portray the iconic boxer in Kemp Powers's play ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI at the Donmar Warehouse this autumn. (more...)

BWW Interview: Creative Team of RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD Talk New Changes at the Kirk DouglasBWW Interview: Creative Team of RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD Talk New Changes at the Kirk Douglas
by Don Grigware - Jun 29, 2016

We sat down with Jamelle Dolphin and Lou Spisto, producers of the returning RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD as they prepare for the upcoming run at the Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City. Both men talk about going deeper into John Dolphin's character and adding new material to create the perfect show, which begins previews July 8. (more...)

Feinstein's at the Nikko to Launch A Cappella SeriesFeinstein's at the Nikko to Launch A Cappella Series
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2016

Feinstein's at the Nikko is about to become aca-awesome as it celebrates the unaccompanied human voice with the Feinstein's at the Nikko A Cappella Series. With not an instrument in sight, the Feinstein's at the Nikko A Cappella Series will feature some of the San Francisco Bay Area's best and brightest a cappella groups. With the popularity of two-time Grammy Award winning a cappella group Pentatonix and the success of the blockbuster hit "Pitch Perfect 2," now is the time to get immersed in the world of a cappella. Tickets are available now by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.feinsteinsatthenikko.com. (more...)

RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD to Run This Summer at Kirk Douglas TheatreRECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD to Run This Summer at Kirk Douglas Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2016

Veteran Broadway actor Stu James (Benny in RENT, national tour of The Color Purple) will reprise the role of black entrepreneur and music mogul John Dolphin when last season's smash hit musical Recorded in Hollywood gets an all-new production at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. Previews begin July 8, with the press opening set for July 16. (more...)

San Francisco Political Singer/Songwriter Pete Kronowitt Releases New Full-Length AlbumSan Francisco Political Singer/Songwriter Pete Kronowitt Releases New Full-Length Album
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2016

The hunger Americans feel for change is palpable, and no artist voices this urgency better than San Francisco-based Pete Kronowitt, a seasoned singer/songwriter who is releasing his fourth full-length album, A Lone Voice. (more...)

SHARKS IN THE DEEP END Tour Kicks Off Tonight in Support Of New Album 'Killin' Machine'SHARKS IN THE DEEP END Tour Kicks Off Tonight in Support Of New Album 'Killin' Machine'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2016

Austin-based indie rockers SHARKS IN THE DEEP END are gearing up for a month long tour in support of their new full-length album Killin' Machine (more...)

'Live at the Cabaret Volume 7: Sounds of A&R' Set for bergenPAC, 5/25'Live at the Cabaret Volume 7: Sounds of A&R' Set for bergenPAC, 5/25
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey in collaboration with The BulLion Foundation present a bergenPAC Cultural Initiative Show: Live at the Cabaret - Volume 7: Sounds of A&R, Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 7PM. (more...)

FANCY NANCY, THE MUSICAL to Return to the Chance This SpringFANCY NANCY, THE MUSICAL to Return to the Chance This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

Due to overwhelming demand, Chance Theater is delighted to present an encore presentation of Fancy Nancy, The Musical as part of its second Theater for Young Audiences Series. (more...)

R&B Legends The Manhattans Set for Sam's Town Live! This AprilR&B Legends The Manhattans Set for Sam's Town Live! This April
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2016

Legendary R&B group The Manhattans will bring their soulful sound to Sam's Town Live! on Saturday, April 2. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Black Ensemble's THOSE SENSATION SOULFUL '60S and DOO WOP SHOO BOPPhoto Flash: First Look at Black Ensemble's THOSE SENSATION SOULFUL '60S and DOO WOP SHOO BOP
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2016

Black Ensemble Theater's 40th anniversary season opens with audience-favorites Doo Wop Shoo Bop and Those Sensational Soulful '60s, running in repertory. Both shows opened today, February 21st. Scroll down to see photos of the productions! (more...)

Dray'Soul Releases New Music Video 'Tell Me'Dray'Soul Releases New Music Video 'Tell Me'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2016

Today Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes announces the release of 'Tell Me', the latest music video by Chicago hip-hop artist Dray'Soul. The video can currently be viewed in its entirety at the Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes website. (more...)

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT's Branden James, LION KING's Jelani Remy and More Set for FIGHT SONG Charity ConcertAMERICA'S GOT TALENT's Branden James, LION KING's Jelani Remy and More Set for FIGHT SONG Charity Concert
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

FIGHT SONG, the first annual charity cabaret concert presented by BLOWN by bocaj, will be held on January 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Uptown Underground lounge in Chicago, Ill. (more...)

Black Ensemble Sets 40th Anniversary Season of Greatest HitsBlack Ensemble Sets 40th Anniversary Season of Greatest Hits
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2016

Black Ensemble Theater's Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor announces the 40th Anniversary Season: The Season of Greatest Hits. The season opens with audience-favorites Doo Wop Shoo Bop and Those Sensational Soulful '60s, running in repertory. The 40th Anniversary Season continues with popular tributes to musical legends including Dionne Warwick, Marvin Gaye, Jackie Wilson, and Teddy Pendergrass and will close with the Black Ensemble Theater holiday classic The Other Cinderella. (more...)

FOOTLOOSE Reunion, Rockapella & More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below This WeekFOOTLOOSE Reunion, Rockapella & More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2016

This week at FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visitwww.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Darlene Love's New Album Is Streaming in Full on Spotify; 2016 Tour Dates Announced!Darlene Love's New Album Is Streaming in Full on Spotify; 2016 Tour Dates Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2015

INTRODUCING DARLENE LOVE, Love's first solo LP in 27 years, was released this fall on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and other retailers. Now, you can stream the full album via Spotify. Check it out below, plus scroll down for a list of Love's 2016 tour dates! (more...)

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