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Photo Coverage:  Ann Hampton Callaway & Kari Strand Celebrate Their Marriage at BirdlandPhoto Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway & Kari Strand Celebrate Their Marriage at Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 30, 2015

Birdland was the scene of a very special show last night as friends and family gathered for the Wedding Celebration of Ann Hampton Callaway and Kari Strand. Broadway at Birdland and Jim Caruso's Cast Party have seen many famous and talented people on that legendary stage but it will be hard to top last night's list of guests. Broadwayworld was there and here are some of the friends and relatives of Ann and Kari. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Karen Mason in Return Engagement at Don't Tell MamaPhoto Coverage: Karen Mason in Return Engagement at Don't Tell Mama
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 29, 2015

Karen Mason returned to the legendary theatre district cabaret nightspot Don't Tell Mama--which has been a launch pad for countless future stars in cabaret and theater since it inaugurated its cabaret rooms in November 1982- Karen returned again after a highly acclaimed run in March at Don't Tell Mama (343 West 46th Street) and BroadwayWorld was there. This is the very room that she and Nancy LaMott opened in l982. Mason at Mama's is her brand new show with great new arrangements of classics, new songs and some of the music she and her longtime composer/arranger Brian Lasser performed in those early days at Mama's. The show was directed by award winning  Barry Kleinbort, with Musical Direction and Accompaniment by Christopher Denny. (more...)

Sally Kellerman Coming to Feinstein's at the Nikko, 8/1Sally Kellerman Coming to Feinstein's at the Nikko, 8/1
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

Sally Kellerman, the legendary Oscar-nominated “Hot Lips” of the original “M*A*S*H,” will bring her new show, A Little Jazz, A Little Blues, A Little Rock and Roll to Feinstein's at the Nikko for one performance only – Saturday, August 1 at 7 p.m. The show is a celebration of her 40-year cabaret career, from early years at Reno Sweeney in Greenwich Village up to recent performances in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Tickets for Sally Kellerman range in price from $25 – $40 and are on-sale now and available by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.ticketweb.com. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Tony Yazbeck Brings THE FLOOR ABOVE ME to BirdlandPhoto Coverage: Tony Yazbeck Brings THE FLOOR ABOVE ME to Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 29, 2015

The Broadway at Birdland concert series presented Tony Yazbeck, the star of this season's On The Town revival in his Birdland solo debut on last night and BroadwayWorld was there. Yazbeck  heated up the Birdland stage in The Floor Above Me, a thrilling evening of tenor melodies and tenacious tap dancing, and will be joined by On The Town co-star Clyde Alves and tap dance sensation Melinda Sullivan ('So You Think You Can Dance,' 'Glee'). Musical direction and arrangements will be by Jerome Korman, and the evening is co-written and co-directed by Howard Emanuel & Tony Yazbeck. Jerome Korman/piano, Thomas Hubbard/bass, Tony Lewis/drums, Mark McGowan/trumpet. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway Brings ON MY WAY TO YOU TO 54 BelowPhoto Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway Brings ON MY WAY TO YOU TO 54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 26, 2015

Marilyn Maye was an audience member at Ann Hampton Callaway's final performance of her show 'On My Way To You' at 54 Below last night and Broadwayworld was there. Marilyn joined Ann for some spontaneous improvising and signing as did sister Liz Callaway who was also in the house. 'On My Way To You' just completed a sold out run. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Joanne Tatham Plays Cafe Noctambulo at PangeaPhoto Coverage: Joanne Tatham Plays Cafe Noctambulo at Pangea
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 25, 2015

Joanne Tatham reunited with long-time collaborator Eli Brueggemann, composer/musical director of Saturday Night Live (making a rare club appearance.) at Cafe Noctambulo last night and BroadwayWorld was there. (more...)

Photo Coverage: In Rehearsal for Barrington Stage Company's A LITTLE MORE ALIVEPhoto Coverage: In Rehearsal for Barrington Stage Company's A LITTLE MORE ALIVE
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 24, 2015

A rehearsal for the East Coast Premiere of Nick Blaemire's 'A Little More Alive' recently took place in New York City and BroadwayWorld was there. Barrington Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, announced BSC's acclaimed Musical Theatre Lab will present Nick Blaemire's new musical A Little More Alive, from July 17 through August 8 on the St. Germain Stage.  The press opening is Wednesday, July 22 at 7:30pm. (more...)

Photo Coverage: SHINING CITY Opens at Barrington Stage CompanyPhoto Coverage: SHINING CITY Opens at Barrington Stage Company
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 22, 2015

Barrington Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson,  presented Conor McPherson's Shining City which runs from June 18 to July 11. BroadwayWorld was at opening night. (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: June 13-19THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: June 13-19
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 19, 2015

Been watching Bombshell in Concert videos all week? Still listening to Sydney Lucas singing 'Ring of Keys'? Didn't have time check in on all of the latest Broadway news? Well don't worry BroadwayWorld has rounded up some of the biggest stories from this week from Broadway and beyond with BroadwayWorld's 'This Week in Pictures.' (more...)

Photo Coverage: An Evening with Gianni Russo at Le CirquePhoto Coverage: An Evening with Gianni Russo at Le Cirque
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 18, 2015

 Last night at the legendary Le Cirque, Gianni Russo dropped his tough guy image and created a musical fun filled evening.  The Cafe was packed and Gianni with his 4 piece band created a fantastic party as he went through the Sinatra American Songbook. Some of his celebrity friends were "coaxed" by Gianni to join in. Although remembered most for his portrayal of Carlo Rizzi in "The Godfather", his first acting job, his career has spanned over 40 films including such hits as The Freshman, Rush Hour, Any Given Sunday and Sea Biscuit as well as television roles in Kojak, The Rockford Files and Prison Break. And most recent.. due out this fall "Send No Flowers". Russo believes it's his crooning that separates him from the mob of other on-screen wise guys.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Tony Danza Makes Cafe Carlyle Debut with STANDARDS & STORIESPhoto Coverage: Tony Danza Makes Cafe Carlyle Debut with STANDARDS & STORIES
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 17, 2015

Beloved star of stage and screen, Tony Danza made his Cafe' Carlyle debut last night and BroadwayWorld was there. The two-week engagement, entitled Tony Danza: Standards and Stories, will feature a selection of highlights from the Great American Songbook and more. Perhaps best known for starring on some of television's most cherished and long -running series, including Taxi and Who's the Boss?, Danza has also established himself as a Broadway star, a New York Times best-selling author and is indisputably one of America's most esteemed performers. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Renee Fleming & Tony Danza Honored by Inside BroadwayPhoto Coverage: Renee Fleming & Tony Danza Honored by Inside Broadway
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 16, 2015

Last night Inside Broadway honored the renowned opera singer Renee Fleming (who starred on Broadway this season in Living on Love) and Broadway & TV star Tony Danza(who starred on Broadway this season in Honeymoon In Vegas) at their annual Beacon Awards. Taking place at The JW Marriott Essex House (160 Central Park South), the Broadway Beacon Awards are presented to individuals in the theatre and Times Square community who have been advocates for increasing the audience for live theatre and for understanding the importance of Arts and Education in the lives of New York City's young people. The first Broadway Beacon Award was given to Carol Channing in 1995. (more...)

Photo Coverage: MAN OF LA MANCHA Opens at Barrington Stage CompanyPhoto Coverage: MAN OF LA MANCHA Opens at Barrington Stage Company
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 15, 2015

Celebrating its 10th year in Downtown Pittsfiled, the award-winning Barrington Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, presents the Tony Award-winning musical Man of La Mancha from June 10 through July 11 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage. The production opened last night, and BroadwayWorld was there to capture the opening! (more...)

InDepth InterView: William Finn Talks Encores! A NEW BRAIN, SPELLING BEE Reunion, ROYAL FAMILY Update & MoreInDepth InterView: William Finn Talks Encores! A NEW BRAIN, SPELLING BEE Reunion, ROYAL FAMILY Update & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 15, 2015

Today we are talking to a Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist celebrated for his uniquely designed mainstages musicals showcasing a fiercely idiosyncratic style and flair all his own, the one and only William Finn. Outlining the new version of A NEW BRAIN set to be presented later this month at City Center as part of the Encores! Off-Center series, Finn discusses his original intentions behind many moments in the show as well as shares his inspiration for many musical moments in the melodic and moving score, as well. Additionally, Finn shares fresh news of his long in developtment musical adaptation of George S. Kaufman & Edna Ferber's THE ROYAL FAMILY OF BROADWAY and provides preliminary details on the forthcoming revival of his groundbreaking Tony Award-winning musical FALSETTOS set to premiere later this season, as well. Plus, Finn imparts his enthusiasm for the upcoming 10th anniversary cast reunion of his popular musical THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, touches upon his favorite songs to date and expresses his desire to revisit Depression-era musical ROMANCE IN HARD TIMES in the future, as well as reveals his personal favorite songs to date and much, much more. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Michele Lee Brings the Music of Cy Coleman to 54 BelowPhoto Coverage: Michele Lee Brings the Music of Cy Coleman to 54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 12, 2015

Cy Coleman once said, 'Michele Lee is a surefire powerhouse performer. She embraces a lyric like nobody can.' Following her acclaimed 54 Below debut in 2014, this all-new at 54 Below show finds the stunning Michele Lee making a rare appearance in New York for three nights only, continuing tonight and tomorrow. Ms. Lee's new concert spotlights the music of the legendary Cy Coleman, including songs like 'Nobody Does it Like Me' and 'It's Not Where You Start' from her Tony-nominated performance in the musical Seesaw, along with other magnificent work and some surprises from Coleman's songbook. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Cabaret Stars and Mabel Mercer Foundation Salute a Bountiful Group of Centenary Celebrating Legends at Weill Recital HallBWW Reviews: Cabaret Stars and Mabel Mercer Foundation Salute a Bountiful Group of Centenary Celebrating Legends at Weill Recital Hall
by Alix Cohen - Jun 11, 2015

This year is the centennial of entertainment legends such as vocalists Billie Holliday and Edith Piaf, singer-actors Frank Sinatra and Alice Faye, composers Billy Strayhorn and Bart Howard, and pianist Cy Walter. In its annual tribute concert, The Mabel Mercer Foundation celebrated all these artists in 1915: It Was a Very Good Year at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, presenting a great variety of musical talent, each with a personal take. (more...)

Photo Coverage: KT Sullivan & Rex Reed Host IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEARPhoto Coverage: KT Sullivan & Rex Reed Host IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 10, 2015

Seven outstanding vocalists, songwriters, and musicians born in 1915 were honored at Weill Recital Hall on Tuesday, June 9th, at 7:30 p.m., when The Mabel Mercer Foundation presented their  annual concert, "It Was A Very Good Year." Cohosted by the Foundation's artistic director KT Sullivan and the distinguished critic Rex Reed, the one-night-only event celebrated the centennial birthdays of (alphabetically) Alice Faye, Billie Holiday, Bart Howard, Edith Piaf, Frank Sinatra, Billy Strayhorn, and Cy Walter. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Tommy Tune Brings Home Lifetime Achievement Tony AwardPhoto Coverage: Tommy Tune Brings Home Lifetime Achievement Tony Award
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 9, 2015

An emotional and grateful Tommy Tune went to the top of his ladder and placed the Lifetime Achievement Award Tony above the other 9 he has been awarded. Here are photos of the momentous event.  You can see it on video at http://t2conline.com/stephen-sorokoff-my-view-tommy-tune-brings-home-his-tony-award-a-video/. (more...)

BWW Reviews: LINDA LAVIN's 'New' Show at 54 Below Is Formulaic Yet Still EntertainingBWW Reviews: LINDA LAVIN's 'New' Show at 54 Below Is Formulaic Yet Still Entertaining
by Alix Cohen - Jun 9, 2015

Linda Lavin's most recent show at 54 Below (which had a three-night run between June 4-6), Starting Over--"Because that's what I've done all my life"--illuminates a succession of chapters in her career. The show bears more than a little resemblance to a 2012 appearance at the same venue. There are repeated numbers, excessive, though entertaining anecdotes, and a feel I now find formulaic. (more...)

Photo Coverage: ALAN CUMMING SINGS SAPPY SONGS at Cafe CarlylePhoto Coverage: ALAN CUMMING SINGS SAPPY SONGS at Cafe Carlyle
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 6, 2015

Having garnered acclaim for his performances on stage and screen, Alan Cumming made his Cafe Carlyle debut this week for a two-week engagement, June 2-13 and Broadwayworld was of course on the scene to snap some pics. Check them out below! (more...)

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