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The Temptations & The Four Tops Bring Motown Back to Broadway TonightThe Temptations & The Four Tops Bring Motown Back to Broadway Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2014

Motown legends, THE TEMPTATIONS and THE FOUR TOPS, begin their special one-week engagement on Broadway from tonight, December 29, 2014. The sho runs through January 4, 2015. (more...)

Ignite Theatre Presents DREAMGIRLS at the Aurora Fox Arts Center Now Thru 1/18Ignite Theatre Presents DREAMGIRLS at the Aurora Fox Arts Center Now Thru 1/18
by BWW News Desk - Dec 27, 2014

Ignite Theatre presents 'Dreamgirls' December 27 - January 18 at the Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 East Colfax Avenue. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays and Monday, January 5 at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. (more...)

BWW Interview: Chicago's Dynamic Duo Amy & Freddie Deck the Halls of The Copa Palm SpringsBWW Interview: Chicago's Dynamic Duo Amy & Freddie Deck the Halls of The Copa Palm Springs
by David Green - Dec 23, 2014

In a much heralded return engagement, The COPA Palm Spings presents Chicago music and comedy legends Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen for two performances, December 27 at 8:00 pm and December 28 at 7:30 pm in very special holiday show. Amy and Freddy have graced the stages coast-to-coast, in venues both large and small, and in over 20 countries with their one-of-a-kind wit and musical prowess. They have had the pleasure of opening and sharing the spotlight with Kathy Griffin, Mary Wilson and the Supremes, Phyllis Diller, Bea Arthur, Jennifer Holiday andJudy Gold, to name a few. In 2009, Amy & Freddy were featured on national television on Entertainment Tonight as part of their work with the NBC reality show 'America's Got Talent. They are also the proud multi-recipients of both the Gay Chicago Magazine 'After Dark' and Chicago Free Press 'Pressie' awards. I had the chance to chat with Amy and Freddy prior to their sell-out July performances at The Copa and I thought is was worth sharing again - here are a few excerpts from that conversation: (more...)

Austrian Composer, Singer, Udo Jürgens Dies at Age 80Austrian Composer, Singer, Udo Jürgens Dies at Age 80
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2014

Udo Jürgens, Austrian composer and singer of popular music whose career spans over fifty years, has died at the age of 80. He is perhaps best known for winning the Eurovision Song Contest 1966. But he also wrote more than 800 songs and sold over 100 million records. In 2007 he additionally obtained Swiss citizenship. (more...)

Palace Theatre Box Office for The Temptations & The Four Tops on Broadway Opens TodayPalace Theatre Box Office for The Temptations & The Four Tops on Broadway Opens Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2014

The Palace Theatre Box Office (1564 Broadway @ 47th street) opens today at 12 noon for the original Motown legends, THE TEMPTATIONS and THE FOUR TOPS, special one-week engagement on Broadway from December 29, 2014 - January 4, 2015. Tickets, priced from $52 - $142, are also available at ticketmaster.com/tnt. This special limited engagement is presented by Robert Ahrens, Eva Price, Manny Kladitis, A Broadway Concert Event and Live Nation Entertainment. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 12/20- DREAMGIRLSSTAGE TUBE: On This Day 12/20- DREAMGIRLS
by Stage Tube - Dec 20, 2014

Today in 1981, Dreamgirls opened at the Imperial Theatre, where it ran for 1521 performances. Based upon the show business aspirations and successes of R&B acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, and others, the musical follows the story of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called 'The Dreams', who become music superstars. It was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical, and won six. It was later adapted into a motion picture from DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures in 2006. (more...)

Amy Armstrong & Freddy Allen to Headline COUNTDOWN TO 2015 at Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage, 12/31Amy Armstrong & Freddy Allen to Headline COUNTDOWN TO 2015 at Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage, 12/31
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2014

Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage is proud to announce the return of Amy Armstrong & Freddy Allen for an evening of fun and holiday merriment as we ring in 2015. (more...)

The Supremes' Mary Wilson to Play Suncoast Showroom Next MonthThe Supremes' Mary Wilson to Play Suncoast Showroom Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

Singer, writer, entertainer and founder of The Supremes Mary Wilson comes to the Suncoast Showroom January 17 and 18. (more...)

Aretha Franklin Wants Audra McDonald to 'Bring It Home' as Star of Her BiopicAretha Franklin Wants Audra McDonald to 'Bring It Home' as Star of Her Biopic
by Movies News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

In an all-new interview with Rolling Stone, music legend Aretha Franklin revealed that she has been in talks with producers to bring her life story to the big screen, with six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald taking the lead role. (more...)

SONY/ATV Extends Worldwide Agreement with Greg KurstinSONY/ATV Extends Worldwide Agreement with Greg Kurstin
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has today announced it has extended its long-term worldwide deal with writer, musician and producer Greg Kurstin. (more...)

The Smith Center Presents Las Vegas Philharmonic, Ira Glass, and More Jan-FebThe Smith Center Presents Las Vegas Philharmonic, Ira Glass, and More Jan-Feb
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2014

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts presents a variety of performances for January-February. Check out the listings below! For more information, call 702-749-2000 or visit www.TheSmithCenter.com. (more...)

BWW Review: MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL Rocks the Music Hall in Kansas CityBWW Review: MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL Rocks the Music Hall in Kansas City
by Steve Wilson - Dec 11, 2014

The joyous trip back through musical history comes to life from Detroit to Los Angeles in Motown: The Musical now playing at the Music Hall in Kansas City, Mo. Motown: The Musical with a book by Berry Gordy based on his 1994 autobiography To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown. Gordy founded the Motown record label, launching the careers of superstars Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Smokey Robinson. (more...)

Diana Ross to Perform Inaugural Concert at Restored Kings TheatreDiana Ross to Perform Inaugural Concert at Restored Kings Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2014

The Kings Theatre announced today that its inaugural year of programming will kick off with an opening concert by internationally acclaimed artist Diana Ross, as the newly revitalized entertainment palace opens to the public for the first time in nearly 40 years. The inaugural performance by Ms. Ross on February 3, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. follows an extensive $93.9 million restoration and renovation of the architectural gem. The largest theatre in Brooklyn with more than 3,000 seats, the Kings Theatre will serve as a cultural and economic cornerstone of the community and an extension of the borough's cultural renaissance. Tickets for An Evening with Diana Ross will go on sale Friday, December 12 at 12:00 p.m. at KingsTheatre.com, Ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets. (more...)

Diana Ross Coming to Van Wezel in FebruaryDiana Ross Coming to Van Wezel in February
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2014

Diana Ross has had a profound influence on American popular culture and has become an icon in the entertainment industry. She will return to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on February 13, 2015. (more...)

Official: Roger Ebert Musical, 'MOSES FLEETWOOD WALKER' Premiere and More Set for Black Ensemble Theater's 2015 SeasonOfficial: Roger Ebert Musical, 'MOSES FLEETWOOD WALKER' Premiere and More Set for Black Ensemble Theater's 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2014

Black Ensemble Theater's Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor announces the 2015 "Stir Up The Pot" Season. The season opens with a World Premiere non-singing drama with music, The Trial of Moses Fleetwood Walker, by Ervin Gardner. The season continues with a new musical that highlights girl groups, past and present, Sounds So Sweet, followed by A Tribute to the Incomparable Bill Withers. The Black White Play is a tribute to Roger Ebert and the music will speak to his philosophy of life. The 2015 season will close with a Black Ensemble Theater classic in true Black Ensemble Theater-style, Dynamite Divas: Gladys, Aretha, Roberta, Nina and Nancy. (more...)

1812 Productions' Annual Political Comedy THIS IS THE WEEK THAT IS, 11/28-12/311812 Productions' Annual Political Comedy THIS IS THE WEEK THAT IS, 11/28-12/31
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2014

1812 Productions is thrilled to present the ninth annual production of its smash political comedy This Is The Week That Is. This Is The Week That Is is a trademark 1812 production, presenting all the news that's fit to skewer. A stylistic marriage between The Carol Burnett Show and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, This Is The Week That Is continues to keep Philadelphians up to speed on all things political by revealing the truth behind the headlines. (more...)

Three Dog Night, Muppet Movie Sing-a-Long, Dick Fox Doo Wop Extravaganza and More Set for Arcadia's 2015 SeasonThree Dog Night, Muppet Movie Sing-a-Long, Dick Fox Doo Wop Extravaganza and More Set for Arcadia's 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2014

Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation presents its second season at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center -- Three Dog Night on Saturday, January 10 at 8 pm; The Four Tops on Saturday, February 21 at 8 pm; Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on Friday, March 27 at 8 pm; The Muppet Movie Sing-a-Long on Saturday, May 16 at 2 pm and Dick Fox Doo Wop Extravaganza on Saturday, June 6 at 7 pm. This four concert season, and the additional attraction The Muppet Movie Sing-A-Long, is presented by the Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation and is a means of raising funds to support arts in the schools and maintain this new, state-of-the-art facility. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Shannon Holt - The Ideal Center of THE VORTEXBWW Reviews: Shannon Holt - The Ideal Center of THE VORTEX
by Gil Kaan - Nov 16, 2014

As the axis of this spinning vortex, Noel Coward's The Vortex, the talented Shannon Holt dominates as Florence. (more...)

Ignite Theatre to Stage DREAMGIRLS, 12/27-1/18 at the Aurora Fox Arts CenterIgnite Theatre to Stage DREAMGIRLS, 12/27-1/18 at the Aurora Fox Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2014

Ignite Theatre presents DREAMGIRLS, with music by Henry Krieger and book and lyrics by Tom Eyen. Directed by Keith Rabin, Jr. with musical direction by Trent Hines, the production runs December 27, 2014 - January 18, 2015. (more...)

Tickets to The Temptations & The Four Tops' Broadway Engagement Now On SaleTickets to The Temptations & The Four Tops' Broadway Engagement Now On Sale
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2014

Tickets are now on sale for the original Motown legends, THE TEMPTATIONS and THE FOUR TOPS, special one-week engagement on Broadway at the legendary Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway @ 47th street) from December 29, 2014 - January 4, 2015. Tickets, priced from $52 - $142 and are available for purchase at ticketmaster.com/tnt. This special limited engagement is presented by Robert Ahrens, Eva Price, Manny Kladitis, A Broadway Concert Event and Live Nation Entertainment. (more...)

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