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The Wallis Celebrates the Musical Legacy of Henry Mancini with Star-Studded Tribute on 4/1The Wallis Celebrates the Musical Legacy of Henry Mancini with Star-Studded Tribute on 4/1
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2017

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts celebrates the musical legacy of Henry Mancini, one of the world's greatest composers, conductors and arrangers, on Saturday, April 1, 2017. From 'Moon River' to 'The Days of Wine and Roses' to the 'Peter Gunn Theme,' the music of Henry Mancini has helped define American film and television soundtracks for nearly five decades, and earned the legendary composer four Academy Awards, twenty Grammy Awards and numerous other honors, including a U.S. Postage Stamp. The evening not only honors Henry Mancini, but also celebrates Ginny Mancini and the Mancini family with a special performance by the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami-their first Los Angeles appearance since their move to Florida-with all proceeds benefiting the artistic, educational and outreach programs of The Wallis. (more...)

MSG Broadcaster & TODAY Contributor Jill Martin to Be Honored with 2017 GARDEN OF DREAMS HERO AwardMSG Broadcaster & TODAY Contributor Jill Martin to Be Honored with 2017 GARDEN OF DREAMS HERO Award
by TV News Desk - Mar 21, 2017

The Garden of Dreams Foundation announced today that MSG Networks' Knicks Broadcaster, Today Show Contributor and Garden of Dreams Foundation advisory board member Jill Martin is the recipient of the 2017 Garden of Dreams Hero Award. (more...)

Tonye Patano to Star in Dominique Morisseau's SKELETON CREW at The Old Globe; Cast Announced!Tonye Patano to Star in Dominique Morisseau's SKELETON CREW at The Old Globe; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2017

The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team of Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau. The Globe is the first regional theatre in the country to mount the play, which was presented here as a reading in the 2014 Powers New Voices Festival before an acclaimed Off Broadway run. San Diego director Delicia Turner Sonnenberg makes her Globe debut to helm the award-winning drama, which is presented in association with San Diego's MOXIE Theatre, where Turner Sonnenberg is Founding Artistic Director. (more...)

CRYBABY to Play Encore Theatre This MayCRYBABY to Play Encore Theatre This May
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2017

We all like to be entertained. Art, TV, theatre, music . . . it's easy to strike up a conversation about these things. Some conversations are not as easy. (more...)

Photo Flash: Court Theatre presents THE HARD PROBLEMPhoto Flash: Court Theatre presents THE HARD PROBLEM
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2017

Court Theatre, under the leadership of Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert, announces casting for the Chicago premiere of The Hard Problem by Tom Stoppard, directed by Charles Newell. The Hard Problem runs March 9 - April 9, 2017 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue in Chicago. (more...)

Sydney Morton Signs on for DUETS WITH THE WRITE TEACHER(S) VOLUME 5 at Feinstein's/54 BelowSydney Morton Signs on for DUETS WITH THE WRITE TEACHER(S) VOLUME 5 at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2017

Just in, Sydney Morton has joined the cast of DUETS with thewriteteachers.com Volume 5 - April 22nd at Feinstein's/54 Below. (more...)

BWW Review: PASSING STRANGE at Theatre ThreeBWW Review: PASSING STRANGE at Theatre Three
by Kyle Christopher West - Mar 8, 2017

BWW Review: PASSING STRANGE at Theatre Three (more...)

Daniel Breaker Will Be Next 'Aaron Burr' in Chicago's HAMILTONDaniel Breaker Will Be Next 'Aaron Burr' in Chicago's HAMILTON
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2017

Producer Jeffrey Seller has announced Tony Award nominee Daniel Breaker will join the Chicago company of Hamilton as Aaron Burr. He will begin performances on Tuesday, April 11 at The PrivateBank Theatre in Chicago. (more...)

George Cameron Grant's FORTUNE Comes to Symposia This MonthGeorge Cameron Grant's FORTUNE Comes to Symposia This Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2017

???????In the summer of 2014, playwright George Cameron Grant visited the sleepy town of Annapolis Royal in Nova Scotia on a much needed vacation. Instead, during a candlelight graveyard tour, he found himself standing before an unmarked grave, learning about the most unforgettable woman he had ever encountered, Black Loyalist Rose Fortune. (more...)

Lineup Announced for The New Black Fest at The Lark 2017Lineup Announced for The New Black Fest at The Lark 2017
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2017

The New Black Fest and The Lark, two theater organizations dedicated to celebrating and advocating for extraordinary and diverse stories, have announced the third annual The New Black Fest at The Lark. (more...)

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, MOONLIGHT Among 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Winners; Full ListMANCHESTER BY THE SEA, MOONLIGHT Among 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Winners; Full List
by Movies News Desk - Feb 26, 2017

Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the LA Film Festival, handed out honors to Moonlight, The Witch, Other People, Manchester by the Sea, Elle and Hell or High Water at this afternoon's 32nd Film Independent Spirit Awards. (more...)

Photo Flash: Rubicon Theatre Company Celebrates Black History Month with THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITHPhoto Flash: Rubicon Theatre Company Celebrates Black History Month with THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2017

Rubicon Theatre Company celebrates Black History Month with THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH, starring singer and actress Miche Braden of the original Off-Broadway production (named one of the 10 Best Off-Broadway productions of the year by the N.Y. Daily Times). Described by CBC as a, "bawdy, bluesy, boozy rollicking night out at the theatre," the show follows the life, loves and career of blues and jazz singer Bessie Smith, called the "Empress of the Blues."  (more...)

BWW Review: PASSING STRANGE Rocks Out at Standing Room Only ProductionsBWW Review: PASSING STRANGE Rocks Out at Standing Room Only Productions
by Brett Cullum - Feb 23, 2017

This story is universal, but the intricate score and stellar cast are unique and astounding. (more...)

Robert Schenkkan's BUILDING THE WALL Will Premiere at Fountain Theatre, Roll Across U.S.Robert Schenkkan's BUILDING THE WALL Will Premiere at Fountain Theatre, Roll Across U.S.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

A new play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle, All the Way, Hacksaw Ridge), written in direct response to the immigration policies of the Trump administration, reveals how those policies might lead to a terrifying, seemingly inconceivable, yet inevitable conclusion. Building the Wall opens at the Fountain Theatre on March 18, the first in a series of productions set to take place at theaters across the U.S. as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. (more...)

Okieriete Onaodowan Will Host 'GREAT COMET' Night at W Times SquareOkieriete Onaodowan Will Host 'GREAT COMET' Night at W Times Square
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

Come catch an exciting glimpse this Sunday, February 19th, 2017, of upcoming star of NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 as he joins his future cast members for an incredible night of song, acoustic music, and laughs. (more...)

Court Theatre Presents Tom Stoppard's THE HARD PROBLEMCourt Theatre Presents Tom Stoppard's THE HARD PROBLEM
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

Court Theatre, under the leadership of Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert, announces casting for the Chicago premiere of The Hard Problem by Tom Stoppard, directed by Charles Newell. The Hard Problemruns March 9 - April 9, 2017 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue in Chicago.  (more...)

John Leguizamo's LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS to Bow at The Public This MonthJohn Leguizamo's LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS to Bow at The Public This Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

Previews for the New York premiere of Latin History for Morons will begin on Friday, February 24 at The Public Theater. (more...)

Cast Complete for A RAISIN IN THE SUN, Starring Will Cobbs and Dawn Ursula, at Arena StageCast Complete for A RAISIN IN THE SUN, Starring Will Cobbs and Dawn Ursula, at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

The 'play that changed American theater forever' (New York Times) comes to Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater for the first time ever this spring. (more...)

'GREAT COMET' to Welcome HAMILTON Star as Josh Groban's Summer Successor'GREAT COMET' to Welcome HAMILTON Star as Josh Groban's Summer Successor
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

Okieriete 'Oak' Onaodowan, best known for originating the roles of Hercules Mulligan and James Madison in Hamilton, will join the cast of the new Broadway musical NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 as 'Pierre' beginning July 3, 2017, starring alongside Denée Benton as 'Natasha.' Click below to watch a fun video introducing the new star! (more...)

Live Arts Bard Presents WE'RE WATCHING, An Exhibition Of New Performance Works About SurveillanceLive Arts Bard Presents WE'RE WATCHING, An Exhibition Of New Performance Works About Surveillance
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

Live Arts Bard (LAB), the residency and commissioning program of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, is pleased to present WE'RE WATCHING, the first major survey of performances by contemporary American artists exploring surveillance and its impact on our identities. (more...)

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