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BWW Interview: Ray Mercer's Circle of Dance
by Naomi Serviss - Apr 17, 2014

When he's not performing eight shows a week in The LION KING, Mercer is choreographing commissions nationwide. (more...)

Under The Streetlamp and Gentleman's Rule Launche Joint Tour Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

With their unique style and modern 'Rat Pack' persona, UNDER THE STREETLAMP brings the American Radio Songbook to a whole new level in their second television special for PBS. With the mantra 'Retro never sounded so now,' these four extremely talented and charismatic former cast members of the Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical 'Jersey Boys' provide an electrifying concert produced at the renowned Chicagoland's Star Plaza Theater. 'UNDER THE STREETLAMP: Let The Good Times Roll' is part of special programming premiering on PBS stations throughout the month. The first batch of airings started to air Saturday, March 1 (check local listings). (more...)

Aurora Theatre Company Stages THE LETTERS, Now thru 5/25
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

Aurora Theatre Company presents its first fully staged production in the company's second stage performance space, Harry's UpStage. Award-winning Bay Area auteur Mark Jackson returns to the company to direct this sixth addition to the season, the Professional Bay Area Premiere of John W. Lowell's suspenseful psychological thriller THE LETTERS, featuring Beth Wilmurt (The Eccentricities of a Nightingale) and Michael Ray Wisely (The Arsonists). THE LETTERS plays today, April 17 through May 25 at Harry's UpStage, located in the Nell and Jules Dashow Wing at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. (more...)

ESPN's 30 for 30 Airs BAD BOYS Tonight
by TV News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

ESPN Films' 30 for 30 series will continue with 'Bad Boys' tonight, April 17, at 8 p.m. ET. (more...)

ARCHIMEDES' PRINCIPLE Makes UK Premiere at Park Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

Winner of the 36th Premi Born de Teatre and the Barcelona Theatre Institute's Staging Projects Award (2011), El Principi d'Arquimedes by Catalan playwright Josep Maria Miro i Coromina comes to the Park Theatre for the UK premiere of the English translation by Dustin Langan, Archimedes' Principle. The production opens tonight, 17 April, and runs until 11 May in Park90. (more...)

Critical Alerts For Voxeljet, Medtronic, Expedia, Express, and Randgold Resources 'Released By InvestorsObserver
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

Chicago, April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ InvestorsObserver issues critical PriceWatch Alerts for VJET, MDT, EXPE, EXPR, and GOLD. (more...)

BOUNCERS Opens Tonight at The Public House Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

At the gates of our favorite bars and nightclubs are the Sentinels who stand between ourselves and utter chaos. But what goes on in the minds and nights of those imposing guards that give their lives to save us from ourselves? John Godber's high-octane hit 'Bouncers' comes to The Public House Theatre, with four frenetic actors playing the quartet of doormen, as well as the dozens of denizens of the debauched Midnight Circus. (more...)

Domino's Uses Procore to Manage New Restaurant Construction and Remodel Campaign
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

The company currently has active plans for 60 of the chain's nearly 5,000 stores in Procore, and they also plan to build 150 new restaurants a year and begin international development in Mexico, England, and India, totaling 10,000 international restaurants. (more...)

Greater Austin High School Musical Theater Awards Set for the Long Center Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

It will be a night of firsts for performing arts in Austin, Texas! The First Annual Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards (GAHSMTA) will be held at the Long Center, tonight, April 17 at 7:30pm. Not only will it be the first large scale project fully produced in-house by Austin's iconic performing arts venue on Lady Bird Lake, but also it will be the first time the Long Center has partnered with ZACH Theatre and The University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts. (more...)

Angela Eve and Eve's Parlor Cabaret & Untitled Supper Club Present UNBRIDLED: THE REVITALIZED WEEKLY VARIETE SHOW Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

This spring, Angela Eve and Eve's Parlor Cabaret will team up with Untitled Supper Club to bring more burlesque, fetish, and sexy circus to Unbridled, Untitled's freaky Today night dance party. (more...)

Tadeusz Slobodzianek Attends Remy Bumppo Performance of His Play OUR CLASS Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

Award-winning Polish playwright Tadeusz Slobozianek will be at the Remy Bumppo Theatre Company's presentation of his noted and controversial play, Our Class, tonight, April 17, and will participate in a talkback after the show. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway Return to 54 Below with SIBLING REVELRY
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 17, 2014

Ann Hampton Callawayand Liz Callaway return to 54 Below with SIBLING RIVERLRY, continuing through April 19. The show is a loosely-based musical autobiography outlining their lives from their childhood in Chicago, to their move to New York City, to the ever-continuing adventures of their luminous careers. (more...)

PunchTab Grows North American Footprint With Key Executive Hires and New York Office Expansion
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

PALO ALTO, CA - PunchTab, the leading omni-channel engagement and insights platform, announced today the expansion of its sales team in key markets, including New York and San Francisco, in order to fulfill growing customer demand. (more...)

XVIVO's 'Protein Packing' animation featured in New York Times science article
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

WETHERSFIELD, Conn., April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ XVIVO Scientific Animation, the premier creator of medical animation, is featured in the New York Times once again, this time for Protein Packing, the third installment in the Inner Life of a Cell animation series, developed in conjunction with Harvard University. (more...)

OWNERS & REALLY REALLY Set for Interrobang Theatre Project's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

Interrobang Theatre Project has announced its 2014/15 Sseason! Bridging continents and 43 years of theatre history, ITP's 5th Season brings together the first professionally produced plays that launched the careers of two distinctive contemporary playwrights: OWNERS (1972) by the now legendary, groundbreaking British playwright Caryl Churchill and REALLY REALLY (2013) by the tenacious 27-year-old American playwright Paul Downs Calaizzo. These two productions share a common concern with issues of power, entitlement, politics, economics and gender and their critically acclaimed premieres heralded Churchill and Calaizzo, respectively, as writers to watch, bold new voices with their fingers of the pulse of their generation. (more...)

Sound World Solutions Introduces New CS50 iPhone-Compatible Personal Sound Amplifier
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

PARK RIDGE, Ill., April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Sound World Solutions announces the availability of the CS50, the company's second model in the technologically advanced Bluetooth Series of personal sound amplifiers. The CS50 features an Apple iOS 7-compatible customizer app, enabling users to adjust sound performance from an iPhone. (more...)

ATC Announces AracaWorks: Chicago; Replaces 'LITTLE SHOP' with New Musical
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

American Theater Company announces a new partnership with The Araca Group (Broadway producers of Urinetown, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, The Wedding Singer, Lend Me a Tenor, and A View From the Bridge, among others) in the development of new American plays in Chicago. The two organizations will partner to produce AracaWorks: Chicago, a weekend of readings of world premiere American plays from August 7-9, 2014 in Chicago. One of the three plays will receive a year of development, including a workshop production the following summer at ATC. (more...)

WOW! Business Debuts 10 Gbps Ethernet and SIP Trunking Services in Cleveland and Columbus
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

CLEVELAND, OH and COLUMBUS, OH - WOW! Business, a communications and cloud service provider, today announced the availability of 10 Gbps Ethernet and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking services for businesses in Cleveland and Columbus. The Ohio cities join Chicago and Detroit as major Midwest metro areas that can now tap into WOW! Business as a new alternative for fast and reliable broadband data and voice services. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Brandon Victor Dixon Talks Legacy of MOTOWN on LIVE FROM THE COUCH
by Stage Tube - Apr 16, 2014

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL star Brandon Victor Dixon appeared this week on WLNY-TV's 'Live From The Couch' to speak with host John Elliott about working with Berry Gordy on the smash hit musical from the very beginning, the historical significance of Motown's legacy, and bringing that story to Broadway. Check out the interview below! (more...)

WISE To Celebrate 20th Anniversary Of Annual Awards Luncheon By Honoring 'Women of Distinction'
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

NEW YORK, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Women In Sports and Events (WISE), the leading voice and resource for women in the business of sports, today announced the four recipients of its 2014 'Women of Distinction' Awards, which will be presented when WISE celebrates the 20th anniversary of the organization's annual awards luncheon on June 17 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. (more...)

Music of Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter & More Included in Town Hall's 2014 Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

The Town Hall has announced its 2014 Summer Season, a trio of unforgettable one-night-only events featuring music from some of Broadway's most beloved songwriters, critically acclaimed musical performers, and fresh-faced talent on the brink of discovery. (more...)

Chicago Fire v. New England Revolution Match Set for NBCSN this Weekend
by TV News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

NBCSN's Major League Soccer coverage this weekend features the Chicago Fire hosting the New England Revolution on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, immediately following NBCSN's Premier League coverage. (more...)

Maureen Lipman Joins RAGS IN CONCERT as Narrator; Show Set for London, April 28
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Maureen Lipman has been confirmed as the narrator for Rags The Musical in Concert on Monday, 28th April 2014 at The Lyric Theatre. (more...)

Qualys to Present at Upcoming Investor Conferences
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, CA - Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ: QLYS), a pioneer and leading provider of cloud security and compliance solutions, today announced that management will participate at the following upcoming investor conferences: (more...)

Greater Grace Temple's 'The Whip, Hammer, & Cross' Is the Longest Running Easter Production in the Motor City
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

DETROIT, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ It's more than a stage production. The color, the pageantry, and the presentation make it an experience. Greater Grace Temple presents 'The Whip, Hammer, & Cross,' the powerful story of Jesus Christ and Calvary. It happens, Good Friday, April 18 at 'The City of David,' 23500 W. Seven Mile Rd. Start time is 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6pm. This year's production will be presented 'one-night only.' (more...)

ThoughtWorks Announces Free Tier for Snap Continuous Delivery Service
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Chicago, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ ThoughtWorks, a global technology company, announced today the availability of a free usage tier of Snap, a Continuous Delivery service. Snap allows individuals and organizations to start their Continuous Delivery journey for free. Additionally, Public and Open Source projects enjoy unlimited access and support for all usage tiers. (more...)

BWW Reviews: CLYBOURNE PARK Takes on Political Correctness at Open Stage
by Marakay Rogers - Apr 16, 2014

Donald Alsedek directs the follow-up to A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Open Stage of Harrisburg. (more...)

Casts Revealed for Pride Films and Plays' Gay Play Weekend, Running 5/9-11
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Pride Films and Plays' Gay Play Weekend is one of the most exciting events for LGBT theater lovers, as five great new scripts are brought to life in enhanced staged readings directed by Chicago's top directors. The first three years of the contest had produced finalists and award winners like At The Flash by Sean Chandler and David Leeper, Under A Rainbow Flag by Leo Schwartz, Learn to Be Latina by Enrique Urueta, and Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead by Martin Casella. (more...)

NBC's THE VOICE is #1 Show by 38% Margin
by TV News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

NBC is currently #1 Tuesday night in adults 18-49, led by the #1 show of the night, “The Voice,” along with week-to-week growth for “About a Boy” and “Growing Up Fisher” (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Steep Theatre's IF THERE IS I HAVEN'T FOUND IT YET, Begin. 4/18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Steep Theatre's upcoming Midwest Premiere of Nick Payne's If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet features an exceptionally talented group of Chicago artists, including two Steep Company Members (Peter Moore and Cynthia Marker), a Columbia College student (Caitlin Looney), and an actor most recently seen on stage at the Goodman (Shane Kenyon). If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet opens at Steep Theatre on Friday, April 18, and will be directed by Steep Artistic Associate Jonathan Berry. Check out a first look below! (more...)

ABC's Repeat "S.H.I.E.L.D." Outdraws Fox's Original 'Glee' by 32%
by TV News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

During the 8 o'clock hour, a repeat of ABC's “Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” drew 32% more viewers than Fox's original “Glee” (3.3 million vs. 2.5 million) and tied in Adults 18-49 (1.0/3). (more...)

Audra McDonald, Video Games Live & More Included in RPO's Full 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) announced its 2014-15 Philharmonics and Pops concerts in February, but today reveals the remainder of its 92nd season, presented by Dawn & Jacques Lipson. Subscriptions to OrKIDStra and Sunday Matinees are available today to new and renewing subscribers, and tickets for Specials are now available as add-ons to all 14/15 subscribers. Single tickets for all 14/15 concerts go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 1, 2014. (more...)

SNL Writer Katie Rich, Beth Stelling & More Set for 3rd Annual Chicago Women's Funny Festival, 6/5-8
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Stage 773 Director of Operations Jill Valentine and co-producer Liz McArthur have announced the highly anticipated lineup for the 3rd Annual Chicago Women's Funny Festival, taking place June 5 through June 8 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. The Chicago Women's Funny Festival will feature all forms of comedy including stand up, sketch, solo, vaudeville, improvisational, and musical with comediennes from across the globe. The event packs over 70 shows, 400 performers into four funny-filled days. The full schedule for the 3rd Annual Chicago Women's Funny Festival may be viewed at (more...)

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's MAP Education Program to Receive $100K Grant From the NEA
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa today announced Hubbard Street Dance Chicago among 886 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive NEA Art Works grants. Hubbard Street is recommended for a $100,000 grant - the maximum single amount provided to Art Works grantees - in support of its Movement as Partnership (MAP) Program. (more...)

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago to Launch Two Adaptive Dance Programs
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, under the artistic direction of Glenn Edgerton, and Kathryn Humphreys, Director of Youth, Education and Community Programs, announce two Adaptive Dance Programs: The Autism Project, for youth with autism spectrum disorder in grades 1–6; and Physically Integrated Dance, for neurotypical youth ages 8–16 with physical disabilities. (more...)

Theater at Monmouth to Offer PAGE TO STAGE & WRITE ON! this Summer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Theater at Monmouth will celebrate 45 years of arts education for young people throughout Maine with two arts learning programs: Page to Stage and the Write On! Student Playwriting Project. Each program provides students hands-on opportunities to explore their creative voices with professional artists. For grades pre-k to 8, TAM's Page to Stage Tour brings a world premiere adaptation of Ruth Stiles Gannett's My Father's Dragon to schools across the state. The second annual Write On! Student Playwriting Project invites students in grades 5 through 12 to make their voices heard by submitting their own original plays for a opportunity to be presented in TAM's 2014 Summer Season. (more...)

Mixed Blood's THE DEAF DUCKLING Adds to Performance at Parkway Theatre, 4/25-4/26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Mixed Blood Theatre's THE DEAF DUCKLING wraps up its regional tour with performances on April 25 and 26 at the Parkway Theater in south Minneapolis. The family-friendly show, performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and English, begins at 7:00 p.m. each evening. (more...)

Wayward Productions to Present BURN THE BLACK DOG, Begin. 6/12
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

From the minds behind 2013's underdog favorite Richard III comes an uncharted exercise in drama. St. Cyprian's School for Girls is an upscale private high school with a lot of secrets. Audiences will choose to experience intertwining storylines as either a student or a faculty member. This immersive and modern reinterpretation of the Salem Witch Trials also incorporates inspirations from the '90s cult classic The Craft and Punchdrunk's Sleep No More. Journey alongside the actors as they navigate the halls searching for answers in the case of missing teen Beth Parris. Let the witch hunt begin. (more...)

PAUL ROBESON Playwright Phillip Hayes Dean Passes Away at 83
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Phillip Hayes Dean, who was a playwright, director and actor in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and various regional theaters died on Monday, April 14, 2014 from a heart condition, a family spokesperson announced. He was 83. (more...)

Tastytrade Combines with Dough to Create Unique Partnership
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Chicago, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/, the country's fastest-growing online financial network,, the investing and financial engagement platform,announced today the two companies will combine under the namedough, Inc. (more...)

The China Futures Association and The Options Industry Council Sign MOU Regarding Options Education in China
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

The China Futures Association (CFA) and The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish cooperation on options education, information sharing and training. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 16th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Apr 16, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Cats,' 'Les Miserables' and 'Songs From An Unmade Bed,' rake in the reviews, 'Road Show' and 'Passion' will be followed by 'Assassins,' Theo readies 'The Andrews Sisters,' Kokandy brings back 'The Full Monty' and 'Loving Repeating,' plus two kids shows and more! (more...)

Are You Following BWW Yet on Twitter & Facebook?
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Are you one of the thousands already following, the biggest theatre site on the net on Twitter and Facebook? (more...)

Saint Sebastian Players' DEATH DEFYING ACTS to Begin 4/25
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

The Saint Sebastian Players (SSP) concludes the company's 33rd season with Death Defying Acts, an evening of three one-acts by Woody Allen, David Mamet and Elaine May. Performances are April 25-May 18 at St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey, Chicago. (more...)

Columbia Stages to Present New Folk Opera VESTIGE, 5/7-17
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Columbia Stages and Brooklyn art space Cloud City present the new folk opera VESTIGE, created by the physical-musical company 3 Sticks. With music and lyrics by Andrew Lynch, direction by Eric Powell Holm and movement and design by Katie Melby, VESTIGE is a story about choices - once we make them, what is left behind? (more...)

SiriusXM Announces 2014 NBA Playoffs Coverage
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

NEW YORK, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ SiriusXM will offer the most comprehensive radio coverage available for the 2014 NBA Playoffs, featuring live play-by-play of every game, plus special programming on SiriusXM NBA Radio, channel 217. (more...)

CHF to Host 2014 Stages, Sights & Sounds with International Children's Theater & Authors, 5/6-24
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

The Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) celebrates 15 years of presenting international children's theater with the 2014 Stages, Sights & Sounds festival, May 6-24 in Chicago. This year's Stages, Sights & Sounds will feature inaugural productions from Australia and Spain, including the quirky toy-centric Fluff from Sydney's Cre8ion, the climate change tale of The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer from Perth's The Last Great Hunt, and the object driven Animales from Madrid's El Retablo, featuring master puppeteer Pablo Vergne. The festival will also include the U.S. premiere of Kaguya: The Bamboo Princess and other Stories by returning puppet artist Nori Sawa (Japan/Czech Republic). Additionally, Stages, Sights & Sounds will introduce several new programs, including readings with children's book authors Timothy Basil Ering and Jon Scieszka, and the Chicago Puppetolio. Tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for children (17 and under), and are on sale now at and via phone at 312-494-9509. (more...)

Production Company to Present THE BLUE MOON DANCING Reading, 4/27-28
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

The Production Company's Managing Director of the 2014 Reading Series, Dean Farell Bruggeman, and Artistic Directors August Viverito and T L Kolman proudly announce the third selection for the company's new-play-reading series with Ed Graczyk's beautiful The Blue Moon Dancing, directed by David Youse. The reading takes place at our new studio space, dubbed The Production Company Workspace, at 14731 Oxnard St., Van Nuys, CA 91411, on Sunday, April 27 @ 7 pm, and Monday, April 28 @ 8 PM. Admission is complimentary. (more...)

ComEd Files Rate Request to Support Smart Grid in Illinois
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

“ComEd continues to make strong progress on our 10-year initiative to transform the electric grid for the benefit of all our customers,” said Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO, ComEd. “Grid modernization is already bearing fruit with the best reliability in ComEd history for our customers in 2013, several thousand new jobs created and advanced tools to help customers reduce their energy consumption and costs. These investments are helping to connect our 4 million customers across northern Illinois to the 21st century digital economy, contributing to the strength of the entire region.” (more...)

FOUR CLOWNS to Run 5/23-6/1 at The Club at La MaMa
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Having dazzled critics and audiences in the West Coast and Midwest, 'Four Clowns' (, conceived and directed by Jeremy Aluma, makes its too-brief East Coast debut May 23 to June 1 in The Club at La MaMa. In a madcap evening, four foul-mouthed, wonderfully dressed and finely face-painted clowns--a sad one, an angry one, a nervous one and a mischevous one--re-enact iconic life experiences to show how human pain is both unique and universal. The Huffington Post called it 'a drama that focuses on the epic though squalid journey of our four heroes through childhood, adolescence and adulthood. The result is as sobering as the voyage is outlandish….daring and energetic, weird and wonderful.' (more...)

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