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BWW Reviews: FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE, STORY LIGHT, Musically Big at Cleveland Play HouseBWW Reviews: FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE, STORY LIGHT, Musically Big at Cleveland Play House
by Roy Berko - Jan 29, 2015

Cleveland Play House has in its recent history included small cast musicals in its offerings. Those shows included TAPPIN' THROUGH LIFE (Maurice Hines), BREATH AND IMAGINATION (Roland Hayes), WOODY SEZ; LIFE AND MUSIC OF WOODY GUTHRIE (Woody Guthrie), THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BESSIE SMITH (Bessie Smith), and ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN (Janis Joplin). Each told a story about the person through their own words, their music, or from the mouths of those who knew them. Often they have been tied to Black History Month. (more...)

Tammy Grimes & David Amram to be Honored at Theater for the New City's LOVE N' COURAGE BenefitTammy Grimes & David Amram to be Honored at Theater for the New City's LOVE N' COURAGE Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2015

The two-time Tony Award-winning actress Tammy Grimes (PRIVATE LIVES, THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN) and composer David Amram (scores for the films SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS and THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE) will be honored at Theater for the New City's 12th annual LOVE 'N COURAGE evening on Monday, March 2 at 6 p.m. The National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South), it has been announced by Crystal Field, TNC's Executive Director (and an actress who appeared in SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS). Ms. Grimes will be awarded Theater for the New City's LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. (more...)

JUDY COLLINS SINGS SONDHEIM Comes to the Venetian Room, 2/28 & 3/1JUDY COLLINS SINGS SONDHEIM Comes to the Venetian Room, 2/28 & 3/1
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2015

Bay Area Cabaret welcomes back Grammy winner, Oscar nominee, and American music legend Judy Collins in the debut of a brand new show Judy Collins Sings Sondheim. (more...)

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts to Present The Klezmatics, 3/8Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts to Present The Klezmatics, 3/8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2015

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 60th Anniversary Season with an afternoon of joyous and uplifting music by the Grammy Award-winning Klezmatics on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 3pm. Titled 'Woody Guthrie's Wonder Wheel Tour,' the program pays tribute to the great Woody Guthrie, one of the finest American lyricists of the 20th Century, featuring songs with lyrics penned by Guthrie during the time he lived in Brooklyn, set to music by members of the Klezmatics. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm). (more...)

Smithsonian Channel to Air LEGEND OF LEAD BELLY in Honor of Black History Month, 2/23Smithsonian Channel to Air LEGEND OF LEAD BELLY in Honor of Black History Month, 2/23
by TV News Desk - Jan 20, 2015

His story is told in the new one-hour Smithsonian Channel special, LEGEND OF LEAD BELLY, premiering Monday, February 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. (more...)

Nisi Sturgis and Matt Mueller Lead HOW WATER BEHAVES, Opening Tonight at Capital RepNisi Sturgis and Matt Mueller Lead HOW WATER BEHAVES, Opening Tonight at Capital Rep
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2015

Capital Repertory Theatre welcomes Nisi Sturgis and Matt Mueller to lead the Equity cast for the world premiere of Sherry Kramer's new comedy, How Water Behaves, directed by Gordon Greenberg-at theREP today, Jan. 16, through Feb. 8, 2015. (more...)

Nisi Sturgis & Matt Mueller to Lead HOW WATER BEHAVES at Capital Repertory TheatreNisi Sturgis & Matt Mueller to Lead HOW WATER BEHAVES at Capital Repertory Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2015

Capital Repertory Theatre announces Nisi Sturgis and Matt Mueller will lead the Equity cast for the world premiere of Sherry Kramer's new comedy, How Water Behaves, directed by Gordon Greenberg-at theREP Jan. 16-Feb. 8, 2015. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: Steve Schalchlin's 'New World Waking' Is a Spiritual & Political Wake-Up Call for Non-Violent Social Action and a Case for the Healing Power of MusicCABARET LIFE NYC: Steve Schalchlin's 'New World Waking' Is a Spiritual & Political Wake-Up Call for Non-Violent Social Action and a Case for the Healing Power of Music
by Stephen Hanks - Dec 29, 2014

In my recent very extended assessment of cabaret shows I never reviewed during the second half of 2014, there were two significant omissions. I didn't leave these out of my critical mix because they weren't strikingly significant. In fact, it was just the opposite. The new variety game show, Tune In Time, which dubs itself the “Musical Theater Olympics,” and the musical theater piece/song cycle, New World Waking, were among the most original and entertaining productions I witnessed this year and deserved more of a feature treatment than a quickie review. My take on Tune In Time (which will begin a new monthly run at the York Theatre on January 5) should beat the clock before the next show. So by simple process of elimination, this commentary will be on New World Waking, which when performed on December 6 was one of the highlights of the recent annual 12-day, 20-show Winter Rhythms Festival at Urban Stages. (more...)

2014 Deck the Hall Holiday Concerts Begin Tonight at Walt Disney Concert Hall2014 Deck the Hall Holiday Concerts Begin Tonight at Walt Disney Concert Hall
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

Each holiday season the Los Angeles Philharmonic celebrates at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the annual Deck the Hall holiday concerts. Beginning tonight, December 16, performances featuring an eclectic array of artists bring the joy of the season to concert goers of all ages. (more...)

Nai-Ni Chen Dance, The Klezmatics, 'FLAT STANLEY' and More Set for Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts' 60th Anniversary SeasonNai-Ni Chen Dance, The Klezmatics, 'FLAT STANLEY' and More Set for Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts' 60th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 60th Anniversary Season of music, dance, theater, and family programming for 2014-15, reflecting the multicultural diversity of Brooklyn. The line-up features award-winning performances from Jamaica, Russia, Canada, South Africa, and China as well as the United States, including both Brooklyn premieres and returning favorites. (more...)

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts Welcomes SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK TonightBrooklyn Center for the Performing Arts Welcomes SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2014

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 60th Anniversary Season with internationally renowned a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock, performing a seasonal concert entitled Celebrating the Holydays tonight, December 13, 2014 at 8pm. (more...)

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Offers Winter Weather Guarantee, Jan-March 2015MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Offers Winter Weather Guarantee, Jan-March 2015
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2014

Million Dollar Quartet, the longest-running Broadway musical production in Chicago's history, which has been extended through Spring 2015, announces an unprecedented Winter Weather Guarantee. From January-March 2015, Million Dollar Quartet will exchange previously purchased tickets if inclement weather makes it difficult, or impossible, to travel to the theater. (more...)

Scoop: FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS - Series Finale on HBO - Tonight, December 5, 2014Scoop: FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS - Series Finale on HBO - Tonight, December 5, 2014
by TV Scoop - Dec 5, 2014

Get all the scoop on FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS - Series Finale, airing on HBO tonight, December 5, 2014! (more...)

Scoop: FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS - Series Finale on HBO - Friday, December 5, 2014Scoop: FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS - Series Finale on HBO - Friday, December 5, 2014
by TV Scoop - Dec 3, 2014

Get all the scoop on FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS - Series Finale, airing on HBO on Friday, December 5, 2014! (more...)

Colorado Music Veteran Barry Ollman Releases Debut Album featuring Graham Nash, Garry Tallent, David Amram and othersColorado Music Veteran Barry Ollman Releases Debut Album featuring Graham Nash, Garry Tallent, David Amram and others
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2014

DENVER, Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Colorado music industry veteran Barry Ollman has released his debut album What'll It Be?, a collection of ten original songs released on his own Blue Colorado Music imprint. While this may be his first record, Ollman has been making music all his life and collaborates here with a number of talented friends. What'll It Be? features fine performances from two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Graham Nash, recent inductee Garry Tallent of Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band, Composer and Jazz Master David Amram, Nick and Helen Forster (Hot Rize and Etown), Rad Lorkovic, Dave Beegle, Christian Teele, and others. (more...)

2014 Deck the Hall Holiday Concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall Begin 12/162014 Deck the Hall Holiday Concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall Begin 12/16
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2014

Each holiday season the Los Angeles Philharmonic celebrates at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the annual Deck the Hall holiday concerts. Beginning December 16, performances featuring an eclectic array of artists bring the joy of the season to concert goers of all ages. From the famous harmonies of The Manhattan Transfer, to the Latin flair of The Arturo Sandoval Big Band, to the celebration of Hannukah with The Klezmatics, the LA Phil's wide-ranging programming provides something for everyone during this special time of year. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Stephen Trask Talks HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH, Neil Patrick Harris, Sequel Details, New Musicals & MoreInDepth InterView: Stephen Trask Talks HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH, Neil Patrick Harris, Sequel Details, New Musicals & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 20, 2014

Today we are talking to the gifted composer and lyricist behind the earth-shattering score for Broadway's biggest recent hit, HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH, the versatile and passionate Stephen Trask. Shedding considerable light on the development of the idiosyncratic rock musical, Trask discusses his influences and the organic way in which the outre show developed from humble beginnings at downtown bar Squeezebox in the mid-1990s, to Off-Broadway hit at the turn of the new century all the way to the rapturously received feature film adaptation, and, now, the 2014 Broadway production. Trask also details his affection for Tony Award-winning lead actor Neil Patrick Harris and looks ahead to the new leading man donning the titular wig, Andrew Rannells. Additionally, Trask also shares news on the forthcoming sequel to HEDWIG currently being developed with John Cameron Mitchell and teases some of what we can expect from the hotly anticipated theatrical experience. Furthermore, Trask reflects on his own upbringing and musical influences and how that informed the composition of the score for HEDWIG, as well as his own favorite performers. Plus, Trask reflects on his fruitful career as a movie scorer in Hollywood and comments on his upcoming musical endeavors, including two original stage musicals - JUST THE BLACK KEYS, a real-life inspired original musical potentially involving Peter Askin and Michael Mayer, as well 15 MINUTES, a Studio 54-centric period piece written with Rick Elice - as well as much, much more. (more...)

Arlo Guthrie to Perform at Ridgefield Playhouse, 11/15Arlo Guthrie to Perform at Ridgefield Playhouse, 11/15
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2014

A member of folk royalty who made 'Alice's Restaurant', 'City of New Orleans' and 'The Motorcycle' household tunes, Arlo Guthrie is coming back to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, November 15, 8 p.m. (more...)

Ani Difranco to Return to Capitol Center for the Arts, 11/23Ani Difranco to Return to Capitol Center for the Arts, 11/23
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2014

Ani DiFranco brings her unique sound to the Capitol Center for the Arts Sunday, November 23, at 7:30pm. Joining Ani will be Todd Sickafoose on bass and Terence Higgins on drums. (more...)

HARD TRAVELIN' WITH WOODY Set for WHAT This WeekendHARD TRAVELIN' WITH WOODY Set for WHAT This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2014

Hop a box car through the Dustbowl with Woody Guthrie and commune with the spirit, stories and songs of America's iconic folksinger, saint-of-the-workingman and poet-of-the-people as he plays for a union meeting of striking mineworkers in Oklahoma on the verge of vigilante violence. (more...)

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