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Photo Coverage: Linda Lavin Plays Helsinki Hudson with Billy Stritch
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 20, 2014

Linda Lavin had a triumphant return engagement at Helsinki on Broadway last night. With her music director Billy Stritch, Linda played to a sold out Helsinki Hudson crowd. Joining Linda was husband Steve Bakunas on drums, Tom Hubbard on bass, Ron Afif on guitar and special guest, Jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein. Jim Caruso was Linda's special surprise for the Hudson audience. BroadwayWorld was there for this special one night only concert. (more...)

Christopher Durang Stars in His Own Play VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, Opening Tonight at Bucks County Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

Playwright Christopher Durang - who won his first Tony Award in 2013 for his comedy VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE on Broadway - will make his debut in the role of Vanya when the play is presented at Bucks County Playhouse (70 S. Main St) in New Hope, PA, from tonight, July 17, to August 10. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Richard Maltby, Jr. Visits Backstage with Peter LeDonne
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 16, 2014

Richard Maltby, Jr. will be this Sundays guest on Backstage with Peter LaDonne. Backstage can be heard every Sunday on 970 AM from 12 to 1 PM. Jamie deRoy, Peter's night life correspondent will as usual give her report on what's happening in New York City Cabarets and Theaters. Check out photos from their appearance below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Sondra Lee Visits Gas Lamp Academy of Performing Arts' PETER PAN
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 16, 2014

Broadway and television actress, Sondra Lee, made a special trip to Glen Ridge to have a talkback with the cast of Gas Lamp Academy of Performing Arts's Peter Pan on Tuesday, July 15. Sondra Lee originated the role of Tiger Lilly in the 1954 Broadway production of Peter Pan as well as the 1955, 1956 and 1960 television broadcasts of Peter Pan working along side the incomparable Mary Martin. (more...)

Photo Coverage: KT Sullivan Plays MR. FINN'S CABARET at Barrington Stage Company
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 14, 2014

Continuing it's highly successful cabaret season, Barrington Stages, Mr. Finn's Cabaret presented KT Sullivan this weekend. The cabaret which bears Tony Award winning Mr. Finn's name has been experiencing sold out performances for this summers Cabaret Series. William Finn is the Artistic Producer of BSC's Musical Theatre Lab. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Anita Gillette Visits Penny Fuller at A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 13, 2014

Anita Gillette visited her friend Penny Fuller, who is appearing in Berkshire Theatre Group's production of A Little Night Music at The Colonial Theater in Pittsfield, MA. BroadwayWorld was there as well- check below for some photos from backstage! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Forbidden Broadway's Marcus Stevens Guests on Backstage with Peter LeDonne
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 11, 2014

Forbidden Broadway cast member Marcus Steven is Peter LeDonne's guest this Sunday on 970 AM The Answer. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Loston Harris Quartet Plays Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 09, 2014

Loston Harris and his quartet took the stage at Birdland last night for an engagement running through July 12th. Loston's special guest was Monica Behan. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Erudite Jon Weber Dazzles on the Keyboard While Exploring the Evolution of Piano Jazz at the Metropolitan Room
by Stephen Hanks - Jul 08, 2014

Musical Director and pianist extraordinaire Jon Weber can play every imaginable musical style and for a wide variety of cabaret and concert singers, but this superlative keyboardist is really a jazz man at heart. Weber knows that the intricacies of certain music languages-whether classical or jazz-can be frustratingly elusive, so he's made it his mission to educate the masses, or in this case a few hundred people who after this Tuesday night at 7 pm will have attended one of his four entertaining classroom sessions at the Metropolitan Room, called 'From Joplin to Jarrett: 115 Years of Piano Jazz.' And when some of the students in the audience are among the most accomplished instrumentalists in New York, you realize that your teacher is a virtuoso. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Susan Schulman Guests on 'Backstage With Peter LeDonne'
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 03, 2014

Longtime theatrical Ad Man, Peter LeDonne, is now a New York radio host on 970 AM The Answer with Backstage with Peter LeDonne. Peter's show airs every Sunday from 12 Noon to 1 PM. He will have special guests, including Jamie deRoy who is Peter's Night Life Correspondent and will provide listeners with information about what's going on in the New York City live entertainment scene. (more...)

2014 MetroStar Talent Challenge Extends Deadline thru 7/4; Guest Judges Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

New York's Metropolitan Room is extending its deadline for applications for this year's 2014 "MetroStar Talent Challenge" to July 4. (more...)

Megan Hilty, Stephanie J. Block, Marc Shaiman and More Sign On For IT COULD BE WORSE Season 2 Launch Concert at 54 Below, 7/15
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents the 'It Could Be Worse' Season Two Launch Concert on July 15, 2014. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Fyvush Finkel Plays MR. FINN'S CABARET at Barrington Stage Company
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 30, 2014

Barrington Stage Company presented the phenomenally entertaining Fyvush Finkel in a show that is a musical celebration of the 91 year old's long career last night. It is fitting that after a sold out run of his 54 Below nightclub debut Mr. Finkel chose William Finn's Cabaret as his next cabaret appearance. Berkshire audiences were treated to this masterful entertainer who 80 years ago was a star in the pre broadway Yiddish Theater. Check out a look at last nights concert In Barrington's Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center's Mr. Finn's Cabaret. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Marilyn Maye Tributes Johnny Carson at 54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 27, 2014

Johnny Carson knew and featured great singers, including one he called 'Super Singer' - - The multi-talented Marvelous Marilyn Maye. Ms. Maye appeared on The Tonight Show a record 76 times, more than any singer. Cabaret legend Marilyn Maye Tribute to Johnny Carson, show returns to 54 Below June 26th -28th after it's sell-out run in May. BroadwayWorld visited Maye last night and you can check out photos below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: BACKSTAGE WITH PETER LeDONNE Premieres on AM 970 The Answer
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 26, 2014

Longtime theatrical Ad Man, Peter LeDonne, is now a New York radio host on 970 AM The Answer with Backstage with Peter LeDonne. Peter's show airs every Sunday from 12 Noon to 1 PM. He will have special guests from the world of entertainment and will provide listeners with all the information they need to know about what's going on in New York City's live entertainment scene. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Will & Anthony Nunziata Bring THE BOYS ARE BACK to 54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 25, 2014

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presented Will & Anthony Nunziata in 'THE BOYS ARE BACK!' last night. After three consecutive sold out concerts this winter, Will & Anthony were asked back to the famed concert venue with an updated show just in time for summer! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Anika Noni Rose & Andy Karl Honored at Inside Broadway Beacon Awards
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 24, 2014

Last night at the JW Marriot Essex House, Inside Broadway held it's annual Broadway Beacon Awards benefit. This year the honorees included Neil Mazzella, the Chairman of Hudson Scenic Studio, Stephen Batta, General Manager of the JW Marriott Essex House, Tony Award nominated actress of A Raisin In The Sun, Anika Noni Rose, Tony Award nominated actor Andy Karl from ROCKY and the Tony Award show All The Way. (more...)

This WEEK IN PICTURES: June 14-20
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 20, 2014

Whether you've been living under a rock for the past week or you're just in the mood for a recap, BroadwayWorld's 'this week in pictures' is here to satisfy your end-of-the-week fix! Take a look below to catch up on the latest happenings from the Great White Way to The West End (and everywhere in between) with coverage of press events, rehearsals, opening nights and more. Highlights this week include the opening night of HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, rehearsal for Jane Lynch's debut solo concert at 54 Below, the CD release of HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL, and more! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Carole J. Bufford Brings SHADES OF BLUE to the Metropolitan Room
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 20, 2014

"Shades of Blue" is another first-class invitation for the versatile Bufford to show her many sides. The material -- an odyssey of blues made famous by the likes of Bessie Smith, Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin, Dinah Washington, John Legend, and The Animals -- reels from deep in its southern roots to its far-flung northern heights. Shadowing Bufford on this kaleidoscopic journey is her music director Ian Herman on piano. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Sylvia Steiner Honored by Sardi's and Actors Fund
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 18, 2014

Slyvia Steiner had her caricature added to the the celebrities on the walls of the legendary Sardi's restaurant yesterday. Joseph Benincasa presidet/CEO of the Actors Fund and Max Klimavicius managing partner of Sardi's honored Sylvia as family and friends toasted her. Slyvia and her husband David are well known in the theater community and as Joe Benincasa pointed out, 'To know Slyvia is to love her'. (more...)

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