Simon Phillips News

Jake Shimabukuro to Play Smothers Theatre, 10/30
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

Ukulele sensation Jake Shimabukuro returns to Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre for another astounding performance at 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 30. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2014

In a side-splitting, historic finale, Dame Edna Everage (Barry Humphries) is capping a spectacular career spanning 50 years of bravura showmanship in this farewell celebratory show at the Moore Theatre, January 15-18, 2015. Dame Edna's Glorious Goodbye - The Farewell Tour will give audiences the chance to bid farewell to the incomparable Dame Edna, arguably Australia's greatest entertainment export. Tickets are on sale now! (more...)

Four World Premieres, JUMPY, BETRAYAL and More Set for Melbourne Theatre Company's 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 04, 2014

MTC Artistic Director Brett Sheehy AO today announced another great season of theatrical storytelling -- a year of life in living colour -- at Melbourne Theatre Company in 2015. Featuring 11 mainstage plays, a family show, an education production, an independent theatre festival, a series of play readings, and productions touring regionally, interstate and internationally, 2015 is another energetic year at MTC . (more...)

Broadway In Chicago's 2015 Season to Feature Two Pre-Broadway Premieres, BEAUTIFUL, KINKY BOOTS & More
by BWW News Desk - Sep 03, 2014

Broadway In Chicago has announced their upcoming 2015 Spring Season will go on sale to new subscribers on Sunday, September 7, 2014. Broadway In Chicago's 2015 Spring Season will include two Pre-Broadway World Premieres FIRST WIVES CLUB and ON YOUR FEET!, two 2013 Tony Award-winning musicals KINKY BOOTS and PIPPIN and two shows direct from Broadway THE ILLUSIONISTS and BEAUTIFUL - The Carole King Musical. To purchase tickets, please visit or call 312-977-1717. (more...)

BWW Reviews: HELPMANN AWARDS 2014 Announced at Sydney's Capitol Theatre
by Jade Kops - Aug 17, 2014

The Helpmann Awards, which has recognised the achievements in live performance in Australia since 2001, is the Australian industry's equivalent of the Tony Awards and the Olivier Awards. (more...)

Casio Introduces Two New Musicians To Its Artist Program
by BWW News Desk - Aug 05, 2014

DOVER, N.J., Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Casio America, Inc. is pleased to announce singer-songwriter Jonah Smith, and well-known keyboardist Steve Weingart as the latest additions to its Artist Program. For decades Casio, a leading manufacturer of electronic musical instruments, has committed itself to providing aspiring musicians with the tools they need to inspire a passion to learn, love and create music. As such, the company's Artist Program fosters budding musicians by providing multiple levels of support. Smith and Weingart will join the current roster of artists including The Crystal Method, Joe Sample, Jonatha Brooke, Josh Charles, Tom Brislin, Karmina, and Kyle Morrison among others. (more...)

DBD Productions to Bring HALFWAY, NEBRASKA to FringeNYC, 8/8-22
by BWW News Desk - Aug 04, 2014

DBD PRODUCTIONS will present the world premiere of HALFWAY, NEBRASKA as part of the 18th Annual New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC, written by Briandaniel Oglesby (She Gets Naked in the End - Latinidad Award) and directed by Daniel R. Melnick. (more...)

Linda Bloodworth-Thomason Reveals Details of Broadway-Bound FIRST WIVES CLUB: 'It's a Talksicle'
by Movies News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

Linda Bloodworth-Thomason speaks about her new musical FIRST WIVES CLUB, bound for Broadway in the Fall of 2015. (more...)

by Barry Lenny - Jul 15, 2014

The 2014 Helpmann Awards Nominees were announced simultaneously at events in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth. (more...)

BWW Reviews: HELPMANN AWARDS 2014 NOMINATIONS Announced Across Australia
by Jade Kops - Jul 14, 2014

The Helpmann Awards are Australia's version of Broadway's Tony Awards and London's Olivier Awards. The annual awards recognise achievement in live performance including musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, cabaret, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Getting to know MY FAIR LADY'S Tony Sheldon
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Jul 01, 2014

Known best as Bernadette in PRISCILLA - QUEEN OF THE DESERT, actor Tony Sheldon is in Minneapolis for the summer and is having fun with his role, exploring the city and working at the Guthrie. (more...)

Carl Verheyen Releases New CD MUSTANG RED, feat. Simon Phillips, Chad Wackerman, Jerry Goodman, and Bill Evans
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

Much to the excitement of guitar players and Supertramp fans worldwide, guitarist Carl Verheyen has released his new CD 'Mustang Run'. In his 40-plus years of playing the instrument, Carl Verheyen has created a wildly successful, multi-faceted career. He is a critically-acclaimed musician, vocalist, songwriter, arranger, producer and educator with 11 CDs and two live DVDs released worldwide. (more...)

Broadway-Bound FIRST WIVES CLUB Musical to Premiere at Chicago's Oriental Theater, Spring 2015; Linda Bloodworth Thomason on Book, Simon Phillips to Direct!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

Producers Jonas Neilson, Paul Lambert and Executive Producer Elizabeth Williams announced today that an all-new production of The First Wives Club will be presented at Chicago's Oriental Theater in Spring 2015, aiming for Broadway in the 2015-2016 Season. (more...)

Melbourne Theatre Company Delivers Sound Financial Report
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

Melbourne Theatre Company today announced that a dazzling result at the box office in 2013 has helped the company deliver a sound financial result that, accompanied by a series of other achievements, has added a sparkle to the company's Diamond Jubilee celebration. (more...)

MTC Generates $23.2 Million in Revenue in 2013
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

Melbourne Theatre Company today announced that a dazzling result at the box office in 2013 has helped the company deliver a sound financial result that, accompanied by a series of other achievements, has added a sparkle to the company's Diamond Jubilee celebration. (more...)

FIRST WIVES CLUB Musical Heading to Broadway in Fall 2015?
by BWW News Desk - Jun 04, 2014

According to an Equity casting notice, the musical version of The First Wives Club might be heading to Broadway in Fall 2015. The musical, which premiered at San Diego's Old Globe in 2009, is set to get a pre-Broadway run at Chicago's Oriental Theatre, opening February 16, 2015. The production will be directed by Simon Phillips and choreographed by David Connolly. (more...)

Opera Australia Announces Sydney Winter Season -RIGOLETTO, OTELLO and More
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

With tales of deceit and seduction, comedic mishaps, dazzling costumes and some of Australia's favourite artists returning to the stage, the Sydney Winter Season of Opera has something for everyone. (more...)

Stage and Screen Actor Peter Curtin Passes Away
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2014

Melbourne Theatre Company is saddened by the news that Peter Curtin, an actor who had a lengthy history with the company, has passed away. (more...)

2014 BLUE NOTE JAZZ FESTIVAL and More Coming to the Blue Note in June 2014
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

Blue Note Jazz Club, one of the world's most iconic jazz and blues venues based in Greenwich Village, is proud to announce its June 2014 schedule. All June performances at Blue Note Jazz Club will be featured as part of the fourth annual, 2014 Blue Note Jazz Festival, scheduled to take place Sunday, June 1 through Monday, June 30 (with over 150 performances at more than 15 venues throughout New York City). (more...)

MTC Offering Mother's Day Gift Vouchers
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2014

Melbournians searching for the perfect Mother's Day surprise, look no further! Treat Mum to an evening of the best international and Australian theatre in the country with an MTC Gift Voucher. (more...)

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