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Singers and Composers Honor Stephen Schwartz at 25th Anniversary Gala for American Opera ProjectsSingers and Composers Honor Stephen Schwartz at 25th Anniversary Gala for American Opera Projects
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2014

Brooklyn's AOP (American Opera Projects) celebrated its 25th anniversary of developing and producing opera and music theater on Monday, May 12 with a gala that honored Stephen Schwartz, composer and lyricist of Wicked, Pippin, and Godspell as well as the AOP-developed opera Sťance on a Wet Afternoon. (more...)

Duke Ellington's 115th Birthday Celebration Event Schedule Is Finalized for 4/27 & 4/29Duke Ellington's 115th Birthday Celebration Event Schedule Is Finalized for 4/27 & 4/29
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2014

The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts will commemorate the Duke's 115th birthday with an outdoor ceremony and concert on Sunday, April 27th at 1 PM in front of Duke Ellington's statue at 5th Avenue and 110th street. Additionally Duke Ellington's 115th Birthday Bash, a musical birthday Party and show will be celebrated on Duke's actual birthday two days later (Tuesday, April 29, from 7 to 9 PM) at Ballroom off Fifth on 37th St between 5th and 6th Avenues. (more...)

Tony Plana, Bret Shuford, Kay Trinidad & More to Perform the Songs of Paul Cozby, 1/27Tony Plana, Bret Shuford, Kay Trinidad & More to Perform the Songs of Paul Cozby, 1/27
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2014

Lone Star Theatre Co. will present a night of music by Texas composer Paul Cozby Jan. 27 at the Laurie Beechman Theatre as part of their on-going series TX MUSIC / NY STAGES. (more...)

Actress Lauren Stanford Wins 2013 MetroStar Talent ChallengeActress Lauren Stanford Wins 2013 MetroStar Talent Challenge
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2013

The actress Lauren Stanford pulled off a dramatic win last night, as she became the 2013 MetroStar at the Metropolitan Room in New York. A Kansas City native with musical theatre credits, Stanford edged out her four co-finalists in tight scoring that belied how strong and evenly matched this year's MetroStar Talent Challenge Top 5 had become. (more...)

2013 MetroStar Talent Challenge Announces Top 5 Finalists; Set for 8/19 at the Met Room2013 MetroStar Talent Challenge Announces Top 5 Finalists; Set for 8/19 at the Met Room
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2013

After a highly competitive semi-final round of the 'MetroStar Talent Challenge' at The Metropolitan Room last night, five finalists were picked to move forward in the 7-week singers' competition. The five finalists, who will go head to head next Today, August 19, are Stephen Mitchell Brown, Venessa Diaz, Jason Morris, Tony Ponella and Lauren Stanford. (more...)

2013 MetroStar Talent Challenge Announces Top 5 Finalists; Set for 8/19 at the Met Room2013 MetroStar Talent Challenge Announces Top 5 Finalists; Set for 8/19 at the Met Room
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2013

After a highly competitive semi-final round of the 'MetroStar Talent Challenge' at The Metropolitan Room last night, five finalists were picked to move forward in the 7-week singers' competition. The five finalists, who will go head to head next Monday, August 19, are Stephen Mitchell Brown, Venessa Diaz, Jason Morris, Tony Ponella and Lauren Stanford. (more...)

Anita Gillette, Karen Wyman, Steve Ross and More Join Teens for IRVING BERLIN Tribute at Metropolitan Room This WeekendAnita Gillette, Karen Wyman, Steve Ross and More Join Teens for IRVING BERLIN Tribute at Metropolitan Room This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2013

Generations mix and The Great American Songbook's writers are in the cabaret mix--starting with Irving Berlin (photo)--when star of stage/TV/film (and, belatedly, cabaret) Anita Gillette and other established performers honor the composer-lyricist giant in the new series Cabaret Scenes with Cabaret Teens, at Manhattan's Metropolitan Room, as part of the 'weekend matinee shift.' (more...)

Anita Gillette, Karen Wyman, Steve Ross and More Join Teens for IRVING BERLIN Tribute at Metropolitan Room, 8/3-4Anita Gillette, Karen Wyman, Steve Ross and More Join Teens for IRVING BERLIN Tribute at Metropolitan Room, 8/3-4
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2013

Generations mix and The Great American Songbook's writers are in the cabaret mix--starting with Irving Berlin--when star of stage/TV/film (and, belatedly, cabaret) Anita Gillette and other established performers honor the composer-lyricist giant. Veteran stars like Gillette will join forces with young teen performers in the new series Cabaret Scenes with Cabaret Teens, at Manhattan's Metropolitan Room, as part of the "weekend matinee shift." Steve Ross, the veteran globe-trotting entertainer dubbed the "Crown Prince of Cabaret," and well-versed in the verses and choruses of Berlin, will guest on August 4, along with vocalist Frank Dain, who is also the editor of Cabaret Scenes Magazine, the only print magazine specializing in cabaret. The program is titled for its non-profit Foundation as a beneficiary for the concerts, along with charities serving needy teens. Nightclub and record star Karen Wyman will also sing and add her perspective, while also guesting is multi-award winning vocalist Karen Oberlin. (more...)

A CABARET FULL OF CAHN ARTISTS Celebrates Sammy Cahn's 100th Birthday at the Iridium TonightA CABARET FULL OF CAHN ARTISTS Celebrates Sammy Cahn's 100th Birthday at the Iridium Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2013

ScoBar Entertainment will present A Cabaret Full of Cahn Artists, a tribute to the great Sammy Cahn on his 100th birthday. Produced by writer Rob Lester, the evening, which consists of two different shows (8 & 10 pm) will benefit Cabaret Scenes Magazine, with all proceeds donated to Cabaret Scenes Magazine, the only print publication of its kind, its website, www.cabaretscenes.org and the non-profit Cabaret Foundation. Associate producer is Stevie Phillips. According to producer Rob Lester, this Centennial 'Cahn-cert' includes special 'Cahn-versations' about Sammy and a 'Cahn-Test' with prizes and a raffle. (more...)

A CABARET FULL OF CAHN ARTISTS to Celebrate Sammy Cahn's 100th Birthday at the Iridium, 6/18A CABARET FULL OF CAHN ARTISTS to Celebrate Sammy Cahn's 100th Birthday at the Iridium, 6/18
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2013

ScoBar Entertainment will present A Cabaret Full of Cahn Artists, a tribute to the great Sammy Cahn on his 100th birthday. Produced by writer Rob Lester, the evening, which consists of two different shows (8 & 10 pm) will benefit Cabaret Scenes Magazine, with all proceeds donated to Cabaret Scenes Magazine, the only print publication of its kind, its website, www.cabaretscenes.org and the non-profit Cabaret Foundation. Associate producer is Stevie Phillips. According to producer Rob Lester, this Centennial 'Cahn-cert' includes special 'Cahn-versations' about Sammy and a 'Cahn-Test' with prizes and a raffle. (more...)

Articulate Theatre Presents DRAGON as Part of Planet Connections, Now thru 6/17Articulate Theatre Presents DRAGON as Part of Planet Connections, Now thru 6/17
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2013

Articulate Theatre Company has announced the NYC premiere production of Jenny Connell Davis' DRAGON, directed by Cat Parker. DRAGON will play a limited engagement as part of the 4th Annual Planet Connection Theatre Festivity at the Robert Moss Theatre (440 Lafayette St., 3rd Floor). Performances begin tonight, May 29 and continue through Monday, June 17. (more...)

Mykal Kilgore & Zoe Sarnak Set for NEW VOICES Concert TonightMykal Kilgore & Zoe Sarnak Set for NEW VOICES Concert Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2013

The acclaimed series 'Monday Nights, New Voices' will return to the Duplex Cabaret Theatre tonight, May 20th, 2013 produced by composer Scott Alan. (more...)

Articulate Theatre to Present DRAGON as Part of Planet Connections, 5/29-6/17Articulate Theatre to Present DRAGON as Part of Planet Connections, 5/29-6/17
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2013

Articulate Theatre Company has announced the NYC premiere production of Jenny Connell Davis' DRAGON, directed by Cat Parker. DRAGON will play a limited engagement as part of the 4th Annual Planet Connection Theatre Festivity at the Robert Moss Theatre (440 Lafayette St., 3rd Floor). Performances begin Wednesday, May 29 and continue through Monday, June 17. (more...)

Mykal Kilgore & Zoe Sarnak Set for NEW VOICES Concert, 5/20Mykal Kilgore & Zoe Sarnak Set for NEW VOICES Concert, 5/20
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2013

The acclaimed series 'Monday Nights, New Voices' will return to the Duplex Cabaret Theatre on May 20th, 2013 produced by composer Scott Alan. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Tom Wopat, Penny Fuller and More at 27th Annual MAC AwardsPhoto Coverage: Tom Wopat, Penny Fuller and More at 27th Annual MAC Awards
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Mar 23, 2013

The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs just announced the winners of the 2013 MAC Awards yesterday, which were presented on March 21st at the 27th Annual MAC Awards Show. CLICK HERE for a full list of winners, and check out photos from the festivities below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Ann Hampton Callaway, Nick Adams and More Sing at BirdlandPhoto Flash: Ann Hampton Callaway, Nick Adams and More Sing at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2013

Singer Ann Hampton Callaway called it 'Musical Church,' and deemed host Jim Caruso the 'Irreverent Reverend!' Monday night's Cast Party was the be-all and end-all of extreme open-mic madness, with impromptu performances by some of the best and brightest on the Broadway, jazz, cabaret and concert scenes. Callaway led a blues vocal quintet, along with headliner Lorna Luft, Broadway leading lady Carrie Manolakos, Birdland's William Blake and Manilow-co-star Muffy Hendrix. Scroll below for photos from the concert! (more...)

Photo Flash: Saturday Intermission Pics, Dec 8, Part 2 - SCANDALOUS Says Farewell, EVITA's Secret Santa, Elves on Shelves, and More!Photo Flash: Saturday Intermission Pics, Dec 8, Part 2 - SCANDALOUS Says Farewell, EVITA's Secret Santa, Elves on Shelves, and More!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2012

BroadwayWorld collected as many of yesterday's evening Saturday Intermission Pics as we could to bring you Part 2 of our December 8th SIP round-up. Yesterday evening's photos featured farwells from SCANDALOUS, EVITA's littlest cast member and NICE WORK's Robert Hartwell, as well as pictures from SPIDER-MAN, NEWSIES, BRING IT ON, A CHRISTMAS STORY - THE MUSICAL! (bringing new meaning to 'elf on the shelf'), the RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, JERSEY BOYS, MARY POPPINS, Dr. Seuss' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, a few productions of WHITE CHRISTMAS and A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and many more! (more...)

Photo Flash: Saturday Intermission Pics, December 8 - Broadway Does Hanukkah!Photo Flash: Saturday Intermission Pics, December 8 - Broadway Does Hanukkah!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2012

It's Saturday, and that means it's time for BroadwayWorld's 'Saturday Intermission Pics' round-up! Today's photos feature quite a few Hanukkah-themed pics from the casts of CHAPLIN, NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, ANYTHING GOES, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER at The Growing Stage, plus the usual antics from EVITA, NEWSIES, THE BOOK OF MORMON, SCANDALOUS, BRING IT ON, MARY POPPINS, ELF, GOLDEN BOY (in some hot new shorts!) and PETER PAN, plus a pic from the UK tour of AMERICAN IDIOT and lots of regional shows! (more...)

Photo Flash: Broadway at Birdland Hosts Anita Gillette's AFTER ALL, Jim Caruso's Cast PartyPhoto Flash: Broadway at Birdland Hosts Anita Gillette's AFTER ALL, Jim Caruso's Cast Party
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2012

On Monday night, the Broadway at Birdland concert series presented the second week of Anita Gillette's new show, "After All." The jam-packed house stomped and cheered as Gillette sang and recalled many behind-the-scenes events during her dazzling Broadway and Hollywood career. Scroll down for photos of Gillette and more onstage! (more...)

Photo Flash: Janet Dacal, James Barbour and Karen Mason Join Frank Wildhorn for FRANK & FRIENDS at BirdlandPhoto Flash: Janet Dacal, James Barbour and Karen Mason Join Frank Wildhorn for FRANK & FRIENDS at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2012

On Monday night, multi-Grammy and Tony-nominated composer Frank Wildhorn brought his fourth monthly concert, "Frank & Friends," to the Broadway at Birdland stage. (more...)

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