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Riant Theatre's Strawberry One-Act Festival Opens 8/9Riant Theatre's Strawberry One-Act Festival Opens 8/9
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2015

The Riant Theatre's 28th Season of the Strawberry One-Act Festival will kick-off with nine eclectic plays covering a gamut of themes ranging from American slavery, Nazi Germany and Muslim women to friendly ghosts, dead artists and an interracial lesbian couple on Wednesday, August 5 at the Tato Laviera Theatre, 240 East 123rd Street, between Second and Third Avenues. These plays will also be performed on August 9. The tickets for the Strawberry One-Act Festival, from August 5 - 23 at the Tato Laviera, are $25.00 - $35.00   (more...)

Photo Flash: Riant Theatre Kicks Off Strawberry One-Act Festival with Award for Director Liesl TommyPhoto Flash: Riant Theatre Kicks Off Strawberry One-Act Festival with Award for Director Liesl Tommy
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2015

The Riant Theatre's launch party for the 28th Season of the Strawberry One-Act Festival featured a special Pioneer of the Arts Award presentation to South African born, Obie Award winning director Liesl Tommy (Appropriate), who was recently tapped to direct Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o in her first New York play Eclipsed by playwright-actress Danai Guira (The Walking Dead.) Scroll down for photos from the party! (more...)

Photo Flash: City College Center for the Arts Celebrates Stewart F. Lane's BLACK BROADWAYPhoto Flash: City College Center for the Arts Celebrates Stewart F. Lane's BLACK BROADWAY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2015

A book event for Stewart F. Lane's Black Broadway was held as a fundraiser for the new City College Center For the Arts on Tuesday, March 10th. Scroll down for photos from the event! (more...)

2016 Summer Olympics Mascots Named After BLACK ORPHEUS Songwriters2016 Summer Olympics Mascots Named After BLACK ORPHEUS Songwriters
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

The Organizing Committee for the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro just announced its official mascots will be 'Vinicius' and 'Tom' -- named after legendary Bossa Nova artists Vinicius de Moraes and Antonio Carlos 'Tom' Jobim. These two vital voices in Brazilian culture were responsible, along with collaborator Luiz Bonfa, for the now iconic music at the heart of the Academy Award and Cannes Palme d'Or winning film Black Orpheus. (more...)

Family of Vinicius De Moraes Releases Statement on Broadway Bound Musical Adaptation of BLACK ORPHEUSFamily of Vinicius De Moraes Releases Statement on Broadway Bound Musical Adaptation of BLACK ORPHEUS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

Today, the family of Vinicius de Moraes issued the following statement regarding the Broadway bound musical adaptation (more...)

Musical Stage Adaptation of BLACK ORPHEUS Headed to Broadway; Lynn Nottage to Write Book & George C. Wolfe to DirectMusical Stage Adaptation of BLACK ORPHEUS Headed to Broadway; Lynn Nottage to Write Book & George C. Wolfe to Direct
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2014

Producers Stephen Byrd, Alia Jones-Harvey, and Paula Marie Black announced today that the new musical stage adaptation of Black Orpheus will feature a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and will be directed by multi Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe. (more...)


by Paulo Afonso De Lima - Jan 10, 2014

Charles Moeller and Claudio Botelho, who are in charge of the book and concept of BLACK ORPHEUS to be seen this year on Broadway, produced by Stephen Byrd, open in Rio 'All Chico Buarque's Musicals in 90 minutes', a theatrical love letter to one of Brazilian most gifted stage, movie and popular composers ('Dona Flor and her two Husbands' movie theme for instance). (more...)

Kunal Malik, 49ers CTO, to Keynote at SVForum's December 5th Sports and Technology ConferenceKunal Malik, 49ers CTO, to Keynote at SVForum's December 5th Sports and Technology Conference
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2013

Keynote speakers include Kunal Malik, Chief Technology Officer of the San Francisco 49ers; Ayasdi's premiere analytics expert Muthu Alagappan; STATS COO Stephen Byrd; Tim Chang, Managing Partner of the Mayfield Fund, and Fullpower CEO and camera phone inventor Philippe Kahn. (more...)

Game On! SVForum Hosts Sports and Technology ConferenceGame On! SVForum Hosts Sports and Technology Conference
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2013

SVForum is the foremost not-for-profit in Silicon Valley, building connections and providing education to a global network of technology-driven innovators, entrepreneurs, and business professionals. 'I am proud that SVForum is organizing the first sports tech conference ever held in the Valley and can't wait for game time,' stated SVForum CEO Susan Lucas-Conwell. 'The conference will showcase how technology is disrupting sports as we know it: the business, performance, and our appreciation of both—on the sofa or in the stadium.' (more...)

2013 Drama League Nominations Announced -- KINKY BOOTS, PIPPIN & More Lead with 3!2013 Drama League Nominations Announced -- KINKY BOOTS, PIPPIN & More Lead with 3!
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 23, 2013

The Drama League (Executive Director, Gabriel Shanks) has announced the 2013 Drama League Awards Nominees for Distinguished Play, Distinguished Revival of a Play, Distinguished Musical, Distinguished Revival of a Musical, and Distinguished Performance Award. The nominations were announced at a ceremony hosted by Patina Miller and Michael Urie this morning at Sardi's Restaurant which were streamed live online at www.BroadwayWorld.com. (more...)

Def Jam's Kevin Liles Joins Producing Team for THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFULDef Jam's Kevin Liles Joins Producing Team for THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2013

Entertainment Executive Kevin Liles will join the Broadway production of THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL, Horton Foote's classic play hitting Broadway in April. (more...)

Stephen Byrd & Alia Jones Join THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL Producing TeamStephen Byrd & Alia Jones Join THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL Producing Team
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2013

Producers NELLE NUGENT and KENNETH TEATON welcome STEPHEN BYRD and ALIA JONES as producing partners on the Broadway production of THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL, starring Academy Award nominee and three-time Emmy Award winner CICELY TYSON, Academy Award winner CUBA GOODING, JR, (Jerry Maguire, Red Tails), Emmy Award nominee and recording star VANESSA WILLIAMS (Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives), and Tony Award nominee CONDOLA RASHAD (Lifetime's Steel Magnolias, Broadway's Stick Fly). Directed by MICHAEL WILSON, this 14-week limited engagement will begin previews on Easter Sunday, March 31st at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre (124 W 43rd St). Opening night is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23rd. (more...)

James Pickens Jr., Nicole Ari Parker and More to Receive NAACP Theatre AwardsJames Pickens Jr., Nicole Ari Parker and More to Receive NAACP Theatre Awards
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2012

The NAACP Beverly Hills/Hollywood Branch announced the complete list of honorees for the 22(nd) Annual NAACP Theatre Awards. The show will be held on Monday, November 5, 2012 at the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood and will feature performances by Tichina Arnold (Everyone Hates Chris) and Shoshana Bean (Wicked). (more...)

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Takes Broadway Bows Today, 7/22A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Takes Broadway Bows Today, 7/22
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2012

The acclaimed Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Emily Man, takes its final Broadway bows on its original closing date, today, July 22, 2012. The show is aiming to open on London's West End this fall. (more...)

Photo Flash: STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Gets AEA's Diversity AwardPhoto Flash: STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Gets AEA's Diversity Award
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2012

The Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire was awarded the Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award for the 2011-2012 Season from Actors' Equity Association (AEA) on Tuesday. The show, produced by Front Row Productions (Stephen Byrd, Alia Jones-Harvey), received the honor at a presentation at Equity headquarters. Christine Toy Johnson and Julia Breanetta Simpson (AEA Co-chairs Eastern Regional Equal Employment Opportunity Committee) presented the award, which turns the spotlight onto those doing exemplary work to promote the goals of diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity in theatre. Check out photos from the big event below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Members of Congressional Black Caucus Visit A STREETCAR NAMED DESIREPhoto Flash: Members of Congressional Black Caucus Visit A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2012

On Saturday, July 14, several members of the Congressional Black Caucus came out to see A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway and caught the stars and producers backstage at the Broadhurst Theater. The show is headed into its final performances; it is set to close on Sunday, July 22. Check out the photos below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Danny Glover, Robert Greenblatt and More Visit A STREETCAR NAMED DESIREPhoto Coverage: Danny Glover, Robert Greenblatt and More Visit A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2012

Celebrities Danny Glover, Delroy Lindo, Eriq La Salle, Sinbad and Boris Kodjoe together with Robert Greenblatt, President of NBC, caught Streetcar Named Desire stars and producer Stephen Byrd backstage last night at the Broadhurst Theater. The show is headed into its final performances; it is set to close on Sunday, July 22. (more...)

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Receives Actors' Equity Diversity AwardA STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Receives Actors' Equity Diversity Award
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2012

Actors' Equity Association (Equity) announced today that the Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE has been selected as the recipient of its Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award for the 2011-2012 Season. The Diversity Award will be presented at a reception prior to Equity's National Council Meeting at the Equity headquarters in New York City on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 12:30PM EST. (more...)

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Cancels Summer Extension; London Run in the WorksA STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Cancels Summer Extension; London Run in the Works
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2012

The acclaimed Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Emily Man has cancelled its previously announced summer extension, and will now take its final Broadway bow on its original closing date- July 22. BroadwayWorld has learned that the show might be moving to London, aiming for a Fall 2012 opening. (more...)

Photo Flash: ARTrageous Kicks Off at Harmony ClubPhoto Flash: ARTrageous Kicks Off at Harmony Club
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2012

A kick-off party for ARTrageous was held at the Harmonie Club on Monday hosted by Stewart F. Lane & Bonnie Comley, and Linda Argila with special guest speaker, Robert Wilson. ARTraegous is a unique fundraising event benefiting foster children through art. Kids residing in foster care and a kids committee collaborate with a dynamic group of artists to help create artwork for auction. The artwork created, along with donated works of art and luxury items will be sold in a silent and live auction at the ARTrageous Gala Dinner and Art Auction. (more...)

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