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The Group Rep to Stage World Premiere Musical THE GHOST OF GERSHWIN, 5/9-6/22
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

The Group Rep presents the world premiere musical 'The Ghost of Gershwin,' with music by Wayland Pickard, book by Doug Haverty, lyrics by Laura Manning, directed by Jules Aaron, choreographed by Michele Bernath, and produced by Richard Alan Woody. The play runs May 9 through June 22, 2014, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm at the Lonny Chapman Theatre at the edge of the NoHo Arts District. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Release Party for Billy Porter's New Album, BILLY'S BACK ON BROADWAY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

On April 15, 2014, Porter releases his debut on Concord Records, Billy's Back on Broadway. Take a look below to see pictures from Porter's release party last night at Bar Nana. (more...)

Tony Winner and KINKY BOOTS Star Billy Porter Releases BILLY'S BACK ON BROADWAY Solo Album Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

It's been almost a decade since the Pittsburgh-born Billy Porter released a solo album, and since then much has changed for the award-winning artist, who grew up singing in the Pentecostal church. Perhaps best known for his Tony Award-winning role as 'Lola' in the hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots, Porter's musical background is based in gospel, soul and R&B. He released his first solo album, Untitled, on A&M Records, and a second album, At The Corner of Broadway + Soul, on Sh-K-Boom Records. Today, April 15, 2014, Porter releases his debut on Concord Records, Billy's Back on Broadway. (more...)

MAURICE HINES IS TAPPIN' THRU LIFE Comes to The Wallis, 5/9-24
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

The Wallis Center for the Performing Arts presents Maurice Hines is Tappin' Thru Life for 19 performances only from May 9 - 24, 2014 in the Bram Goldsmith Theater. Maurice Hines, a Tony Award nominee, is a celebrated dancer, choreographer, director, and singer, whose impressive career spans over 40 years. Directed by Tony Award nominee Jeff Calhoun (Broadway's Newsies and Grey Gardens), Maurice Hines is Tappin' Thru Life features D.C.'s dynamic tap-dancing duo, the Manzari Brothers, as well as the all-female, nine-piece big band, The Diva Jazz Orchestra. (more...)

Nick Ziobro to Debut New CD at Birdland, 5/22
by BWW News Desk - Apr 07, 2014

Nick Ziobro, the 17 year-old pop/jazz vocal sensation, will release his debut album A Lot of Livin' to Do on Tuesday, May 20. The new disc, produced by Michael Feinstein - the two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated vocalist, pianist and musicologist - and available through Titanium Entertainment, will be available in stores and digital outlets such as iTunes and Amazon.com. The album's debut single 'This Guy's In Love with You' is now available on iTunes. (more...)

Julian Fleisher to Release FINALLY, 5/13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 03, 2014

New York City's favorite multi-hypenate, Julian Fleisher, is Finally done with his new album and he's ready for the world to hear it. On May 13, 2014 Julian will release Finally on Modern Records and he's partnered up with Out Magazine to premiere his first single, the album's title track and also the song that means the most to Julian. Of the song, he says, 'I think I wrote 'Finally' when a friend was over for lunch when I was sick. While we chatted, I had the guitar under my arm and I was absentmindedly picking away as we talked.' He goes on, 'I couldn't begin to tell you what we discussed, but by the time lunch was over, the song was halfway done. Written while flying on Robitussin, espresso, chicken soup and Advil.' Julian will be celebrating the release of Finally with an album release show at Joe's Pub on May 14, 2014. (more...)

Apollo Theater and World Music Institute Present 2014 AFRICA NOW Festival, Now thru 4/6
by BWW News Desk - Apr 02, 2014

The Apollo Theater and World Music Institute present AFRICA NOW, a four-day music festival spotlighting today's African music scene. The second annual festival will feature a powerful lineup of artists who have drawn upon their roots for inspiration - and transplanted them onto the global music landscape. Africa Now will be anchored by a blow-out concert, April 5th, on the legendary Apollo stage featuring: Malian songstress Fatoumata Diawara; Senegalese trio Les Freres Guisse; and reggae/Afrobeat collective Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars. (more...)

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOSH Comes to The Players Theatre, 5/16-18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 01, 2014

After a 60-city tour, Huffington Post columnist, playwright, performer, and international public speaker Josh Rivedal returns to New York City with The Gospel According to Josh-his autobiographical 30-character, 1-man show described as a parable, a mitzvah, and a comedy all rolled into one. Brent Buell directs. Four performances will be staged at The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street in NYC from May 16-18, 2014. (more...)

Marymount Manhattan College to Honor Tony Nominee Frank Wildhorn at President's Gala, 4/28
by BWW News Desk - Apr 01, 2014

On Monday, April 28, 2014, Marymount Manhattan College (MMC) will host the annual President's Gala, a special evening honoring Grammy and Tony Award nominated composer, lyricist and producer Frank Wildhorn. (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Announces Their 2014-15 Pops Series, Which Includes FLY ME TO THE MOON, VERTIGO and More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2014

Mega-watt stars light up the stage for Pacific Symphony's highly anticipated 2014-15 Pops series featuring seven not-to-be-missed concerts that include a bit of nostalgia, romance, celebration and a plethora of memorable music—all enhanced by the “Hollywood” sound of the orchestra. Led by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman, the season blasts off with a tribute to the iconic Frank Sinatra, with such jazz standards as “Fly Me to the Moon.” Add to that legendary stars Paul Anka, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall and, just in time for Christmas— (more...)

'Star Trek' Actress Nichelle Nichols Joins Cast of Independent Film BEHIND GLASS WALLS
by Movies News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

Cre8tive Works, Inc. ('Cre8tive') (OTCPINK:FILM) announces that legendary actress Nichelle Nichols has joined the cast of the independent film 'Behind Glass Walls'. (more...)

Audio Exclusive: First Listen to Billy Porter's Rendition of 'I'm Not My Father's Son' from Upcoming Album
by Stage Tube - Mar 26, 2014

It's been almost a decade since the Pittsburgh-born Billy Porter released a solo album, and since then much has changed for the award-winning artist, who grew up singing in the Pentecostal church. Perhaps best known for his Tony Award-winning role as 'Lola' in the hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots, Porter's musical background is based in gospel, soul and R&B. He released his first solo album, Untitled, on A&M Records, and a second album, At The Corner of Broadway + Soul, on Sh-K-Boom Records. On April 15, 2014, Porter releases his debut on Concord Records, Billy's Back on Broadway. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you an exclusive first listen to the album's featured track 'I'm Not My Father's Son' from KINKY BOOTS! (more...)

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

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

Hackett Miller's 'SANDY HACKETT'S RAT PACK SHOW' Set for Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 4/4
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

Following the its stellar performance last year at the Hanover Theatre in nearby Worcester, Peter Landsdowne of the Telegram & Gazette praised, 'There are several Rat Pack shows out there but if you're looking for authenticity instead of imitation, 'Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show' is the one to see!' (more...)

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

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

Savion Glover to Bring STEPZ to Gallo Center, Today
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2014

Tony Award-winning dancer, choreographer and producer Savion Glover, 'possibly the best tap dancer that ever lived' according to tap legend Gregory Hines, will appear at the Gallo Center for the Arts for the first time today, March 15 with his show 'STePz.' (more...)

BWW Interviews: Chester Gregory of SISTER ACT: THE MUSICAL
by Cara Richardson - Mar 13, 2014

Chester Gregory is currently in Nashville with the national tour of Sister Act: The Musical. He plays Sweaty Eddie, one of the lead characters in the show. Chester originated the role of Sweaty Eddie on Broadway, and has joined the touring cast to revisit the role. Despite his busy schedule, Chester took some time from his day to answer a few questions for us here at Broadway World, and to share a little about himself and about Sister Act: The Musical. (more...)

Savion Glover Brings STEPZ to Harris Center, Now thru 3/13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

Under the direction of Savion Glover, STePz is yet another exuberant celebration of tap dance to sound and sound to dance. Mr. Glover returns to Harris Center for the Arts in this, his latest dance production. Mr. Glover and his ensemble of dancers (TLHS) take tap dance to new heights and levels while fusing traditional music selections of the past with his self-proclaimed tap style and energy of the future. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look - Billy Porter's BILLY'S BACK ON BROADWAY Album Artwork
by BWW News Desk - Mar 07, 2014

It's been almost a decade since the Pittsburgh-born Billy Porter released a solo album, and since then much has changed for the award-winning artist, who grew up singing in the Pentecostal church. Perhaps best known for his Tony Award-winning role as 'Lola' in the hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots, Porter's musical background is based in gospel, soul and R&B. He released his first solo album, Untitled, on A&M Records, and a second album, At The Corner of Broadway + Soul, on Sh-K-Boom Records. On April 15, 2014, Porter releases his debut on Concord Records, Billy's Back on Broadway. The CD is now available for pre-order on Amazon, and you can get a first look at the artwork below! (more...)

Apollo Theater and World Music Institute to Present 2014 AFRICA NOW Festival, 4/2-6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 06, 2014

The Apollo Theater and World Music Institute present AFRICA NOW, a four-day music festival spotlighting today's African music scene. The second annual festival will feature a powerful lineup of artists who have drawn upon their roots for inspiration - and transplanted them onto the global music landscape. Africa Now will be anchored by a blow-out concert, April 5th, on the legendary Apollo stage featuring: Malian songstress Fatoumata Diawara; Senegalese trio Les Freres Guisse; and reggae/Afrobeat collective Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars. (more...)

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