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Date of Birth: December 05, 1901
Date of Death: December 15, 1966 (65)
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STAR WARS-Inspired Merchandise Lanches at Retailers Around the GlobeSTAR WARS-Inspired Merchandise Lanches at Retailers Around the Globe
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2015

Today, merchandise inspired by the highly anticipated new movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens launched at retailers around the globe as 'Force Friday' officially got underway. (more...)

John Williams Records STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Soundtrack, Now Available for Pre-OrderJohn Williams Records STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Soundtrack, Now Available for Pre-Order
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2015

Five-time Academy Award-winning composer John Williams has recorded the score for the original motion picture soundtrack Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (more...)

Cate Blanchett to Portray Lucille Ball in Biopic from Aaron SorkinCate Blanchett to Portray Lucille Ball in Biopic from Aaron Sorkin
by Jessica Khan - Sep 2, 2015

Honey, she's home! TheWrap writes Cate Blanchett will star as Lucille Ball in playwright and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's upcoming biopic on the I LOVE LUCY star. (more...)

FIRST DATE, Starring Marc Ginsburg and Erica Lustig, Comes to La Mirada This FallFIRST DATE, Starring Marc Ginsburg and Erica Lustig, Comes to La Mirada This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2015

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment announce the first show of their 2015-2016 season, FIRST DATE, music & lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, book by Austin Winsberg, musical direction by Brent Crayon, choreography by Lee Martino and directed by Nick DeGruccio. (more...)

Dean Jones, Original Star of Broadway's COMPANY and More, Passes Away at 84Dean Jones, Original Star of Broadway's COMPANY and More, Passes Away at 84
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2015

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that actor Dean Jones passed away of Parkinson's disease yesterday, September 1, 2015 in Los Angeles. He was 84. Jones, who was inducted into the Disney Legends Hall of Fame in 1995, appeared in 46 films, 5 Broadway shows, and numerous television series and specials. (more...)

Nissan's Popular HEISMAN HOUSE Returns for 2015 College Football Season on ESPNNissan's Popular HEISMAN HOUSE Returns for 2015 College Football Season on ESPN
by TV News Desk - Sep 2, 2015

11 NFL players will join seven-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist Carrie Underwood for her performance of “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” the opening theme for primetime television's No. 1 program (more...)

Linda Lavin, Will Swenson and More Set for 54 Below This MonthLinda Lavin, Will Swenson and More Set for 54 Below This Month
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2015

This September, 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. (more...)

Berkeley Symphony Announces New Season - Two West Coast Premieres, Beethoven, Berlioz and More!Berkeley Symphony Announces New Season - Two West Coast Premieres, Beethoven, Berlioz and More!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2015

BERKELEY, CA (UPDATED September 1, 2015) – Music Director Joana Carneiro and Berkeley Symphony have announced programming for the 2015-2016 season, including the West Coast premiere of Laterna Magica by Kaija Saariaho, who will be a visiting music professor at UC Berkeley this fall; the West Coast premiere of Mark Grey's new Frankenstein Symphony, co-commissioned with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; and the U.S. premiere of Fachwerk by Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina, featuring the Bay Area debut of Geir Draugsvoll, a pioneer of the bayan, or classical accordion, for whom the work was written. The Orchestra also welcomes soprano Simone Osborne, and violinist Simone Porter, both making their Bay Area debuts, in addition to a first-time Berkeley Symphony appearance by pianist Conrad Tao. (more...)

Kristin Chenoweth & Cheyenne Jackson to Celebrate New Year's Eve at Dr. Phillips CenterKristin Chenoweth & Cheyenne Jackson to Celebrate New Year's Eve at Dr. Phillips Center
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2015

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announced today a New Year's Eve Celebration presented by Dr. Phillips Charities starring Kristin Chenoweth with special guest Cheyenne Jackson.  (more...)

AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' to Return to Porchlight This Holiday SeasonAIN'T MISBEHAVIN' to Return to Porchlight This Holiday Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre announces the return of its multi award-winning hit AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', November 14 - December 20, music by Thomas "Fats" Waller, book by Murray Horowitz and Richard Maltby Jr., direction and choreography by multi Jeff-Award winner and Artistic Associate Brenda Didier with music direction by Jeff-Award winning Porchlight Artistic Associate Austin Cook at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave.  (more...)

Garfunkel & Oates to Film Comedy Special at The Neptune, 10/23Garfunkel & Oates to Film Comedy Special at The Neptune, 10/23
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2015

Garfunkel & Oates will film their first hour-long special on Friday, October 23, 2015 at 7:30 PM and 10 PM at The Neptune.  (more...)

Disney XD & Maker Studios Launch Search for Next Generation of CreatorsDisney XD & Maker Studios Launch Search for Next Generation of Creators
by TV News Desk - Aug 31, 2015

Disney XD and Maker Studios will collaborate on Disney XD by Maker, a new initiative to search for and develop the next generation of creators for DisneyXD.com (more...)

Cameron Mackintosh to Bring First-Ever Arab-Language Production of OLIVER! to AmmanCameron Mackintosh to Bring First-Ever Arab-Language Production of OLIVER! to Amman
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2015

Cameron Mackintosh is delighted to support the first ever Arabic language adaptation of Lionel Bart's hit musical OLIVER! (more...)

THE CHRISTIANS Starts New York Premiere Tonight at Playwrights HorizonsTHE CHRISTIANS Starts New York Premiere Tonight at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2015

Playwrights Horizons and Center Theatre Group present The Christians, the New York premiere of a new play by Lucas Hnath (A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney, Isaac's Eye, Death Tax). Directed by Obie Award winner Les Waters (Doris to Darlene at PH; the recent 10 Out of 12; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play; Big Love; eurydice), the play is the opening production of the theater company's 2015/2016 Season. (more...)

Kenny Ortega to be Honored at Pasadena Playhouse's Diversity Project BenefitKenny Ortega to be Honored at Pasadena Playhouse's Diversity Project Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director) announced today that legendary director, choreographer and producer Kenny Ortega will be the 2015 Diversity Award Artistic Honoree, and Abel Ramirez, founder of Pasadena's El Portal Restaurant and business and cultural leader of the Pasadena community, will be the Community Honoree at the 9th Annual Pasadena Playhouse's Wells Fargo Theatrical Diversity Project fundraising benefit on Sunday, September 13, 2015, in honor of the opening of Josefina Lopez's Real Women Have Curves. (more...)

Khan Academy Launches Behind-the-Scenes Look - 'Pixar in a Box'Khan Academy Launches Behind-the-Scenes Look - 'Pixar in a Box'
by TV News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

Today, Pixar in a Box - a new online resource that explores the academic concepts behind Pixar Animation Studios' creative process - goes live on KhanAcademy.org. (more...)

Disney TV Animation Announces Key Executive AppointmentsDisney TV Animation Announces Key Executive Appointments
by TV News Desk - Aug 26, 2015

On the heels of Disney Television Animation's most successful year ever, several key executive appointments have been made to further bolster the content development pipeline for the Disney Junior, Disney Channel and Disney XD branded platforms.  (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Ken Fallin Illustrates- Leonard BernsteinBWW Exclusive: Ken Fallin Illustrates- Leonard Bernstein
by Ken Fallin - Aug 25, 2015

BroadwayWorld recently announced a new partnership with renowned caricature artist Ken Fallin, a life-long theater enthusiast, who has drawn many Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. Fallin previously drew for BroadwayWorld and our readers have long wanted his return, so it is with great pleasure that we welcome him back! Be sure to check back for more of Ken's exclusive art. Below, check out his illustration of composer Leonard Bernstein, who would have turned 97 years old today, August 25. (more...)

VIDEO: Ariana Grande & More Go Behind-the-Scenes of WE LOVE DISNEY Compilation AlbumVIDEO: Ariana Grande & More Go Behind-the-Scenes of WE LOVE DISNEY Compilation Album
by TV News Desk - Aug 25, 2015

Verve Records and Walt Disney Records will present the compilation album WE LOVE DISNEY, which will be released on October 30th. (more...)

Hodges & Hodges Set the Stage for THE LION KING at Broadway San Jose, 9/4-10/4Hodges & Hodges Set the Stage for THE LION KING at Broadway San Jose, 9/4-10/4
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - Aug 25, 2015

Hodges & Hodges Set the Stage provides a wide-ranging look into select productions that are premiering or touring in the Bay area. Dedicated to enhancing the theater-going experience, Hodges and Hodges act as your very own dramaturges, theater critics and local restaurant, local tour guides so that you can fully immerse yourself in the show - even before you enter the actual theater. It's nothing you couldn't look up yourself - but why bother when they've already done the research for you? (more...)

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