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InDepth InterView: Ben Vereen Talks Solo Show, 54 Below, New Projects & A Career Retrospective
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 27, 2012

Today we are talking to a Tony Award-winning legend famous for his performances starring in the original Broadway productions of PIPPIN and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, as well as his celebrated turns in stage and screen projects as diverse as ALL THAT JAZZ, SWEET CHARITY, CHICAGO, FOSSE, WICKED, GRIND, ROOTS, I'M NOT RAPPAPORT, GOLDEN BOY, IDLEWILD, FUNNY LADY, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER and many more - the simply incredible Ben Vereen. Discussing many of his most fondly remembered roles and recounting his experiences working with many legendary directors and collaborators - Bob Fosse, Hal Prince, Tom O'Horgan, Herbert Ross, Ann Reinking, Dan Sullivan, Sammy Davis, Jr., Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli and many more among them - Vereen paints a vivid picture of a bygone Broadway and reminisces about many of the most significant theatrical creators of the past fifty years and his roles in their stage and film projects. Additionally, Vereen fills us in on what we can expect from his upcoming solo spotlight show - a career retrospective - that will be kicking off at 54 Below on July 10 for a two-week engagement before an even larger, Broadway-bound mounting later this year at Princeton. Also, Vereen elaborates on the causes closest to his heart, shares thoughts on GLEE and SMASH, future plans and much, much more! (more...)

Cyndi Lauper & KINKY BOOTS Cast to Perform at Millenium Park Concert Series
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2012

Broadway In Chicago's Concert moves to Millennium Park this summer. The FREE BROADWAY IN CHICAGO CONCERT will take place on Monday, August 6, 2012 at 6:15 p.m. at the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park. Hosted by ABC-7's Janet Davies, star of 190 NORTH, the concert will feature performances by the iconic rock legend CYNDI LAUPER with members of the cast from the pre-Broadway world premiere of her new musical KINKY BOOTS, Joey from WAR HORSE and Cathy Rigby as PETER PAN. (more...)

Viewer Voting For NEXT FOOD NETWORK STAR to Open 7/15
by TV News Desk - Jun 27, 2012

Food Network is giving viewers the opportunity to choose the NEXT FOOD NETWORK STAR as audience votes will determine which finalist and mentor - Alton Brown, Giada De Laurentiis or Bobby Flay - gets the ultimate prize: the winner's own show (more...)

Cellist Maya Beiser to Perform ELSEWHERE at BAM Festival, 10/17 - 20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2012

Cellist Maya Beiser, described by the Boston Globe as having "virtuoso chops, rock-star charisma, and an appetite for pushing her instrument to the edge of avant-garde adventurousness," will see the New York premiere of her new production, ELSEWHERE (more...)

Berkeley Repertory Theatre Opens Three New Studios
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2012

Today, the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre announced that it has opened another arts center in its community. Three new studios in the Arpeggio Building on Center Street are now buzzing with activity. With a 20-year lease on this 13,000-square-foot facility, Berkeley Rep is proudly forging partnerships with fellow nonprofits to continue transforming downtown into a destination for theatre lovers. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Tito Jackson Chats Unity Tour and Jackson 5 Musical
by Caryn Robbins - Jun 26, 2012

Tito Jackson took a moment from his busy schedule to chat with BWW about the group's current Unity Tour as well as why he thinks a Broadway show based on the music of the Jackson 5 is a 'great idea.' (more...)

RAIN Returns to Chicago, Now thru July 1
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2012

Broadway In Chicago announces RAIN - A Tribute to the Beatles, the internationally-acclaimed Beatles concert, returns at the Oriental Theatre (24 West Randolph) for a limited one-week engagement tonight, June 26 - July 1, 2012. (more...)

X FACTOR'S Rachel Crow Releases EP Today, 6/26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2012

Columbia Records and Syco Music are pleased to announce the release of Rachel Crow's self-titled EP today, June 26 via all digital service providers. (more...)

Grammy Winning Singer k.d. Lang Heats Up A Sizzling Summer Night At The McCallum Tonight, 6/26
by David Green - Jun 26, 2012

If the California desert wasn't hot enough this time of year, Grammy Award winning singer k.d. lang & the Siss Boom Bang promise to 'heat up the summer night' when they bring their eclectic, signature musical style to The McCallum Theatre tonight, June 26 at 8:00 pm as part of the Fitz's Jazz Cafe Series. Lang launched her career 25 years ago with a blend of country-rock and a playfully punk-like attitude. With her 1992 Platinum-selling Ingenue, she had fashioned a unique sound and an elegant and impassioned adult contemporary approach that yielded her a Grammy Award, her second, and her biggest career hit, 'Constant Craving.' (more...)

BEST BROTHERS Begins Previews at Stratford Shakespeare Festival Tonight, 6/26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2012

Acclaimed Canadian dramatist Daniel MacIvor's new play BEST BROTHERS is a hilariously touching and emotionally compelling piece about a pair of brothers grieving the loss of their mother. The world premiere, which is directed by Associate Artistic Director Dean Gabourie, begins previews at The Studio Theatre tonight, June 26. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Regis Philbin Chats Emmy Win on THE TALK
by TV News Desk - Jun 26, 2012

On yesterday's episode of THE TALK, Regis Philbin called in to discuss his absence from the Daytime Emmy Awards as well as his win for 'Live! With Regis and Kelly.' Joked Philbin, 'Without a job, I couldn't afford it! I would have said, what took so long?' Hear what Philbin had to say below! (more...)

VideoCabaret's THE WAR OF 1812 Starts Previews
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2012

The Festival welcomes avant-garde Toronto theatre company VideoCabaret's spectacular production The War of 1812 (The History of the Village of the Small Huts: 1812-1815) as part of its 60th season. The show, which has been programmed to commemorate the two hundredth anniversary of the War of 1812, begins previews at The Studio Theatre Annex performance space on June 26. (more...)

Beck Center Extends BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON Through 7/22
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2012

Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the extension of their regional premiere of the award-winning rock musical, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, through Sunday July 22, 2012 in The Studio Theater. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays. There are no Sunday matinee performances for this production. Tickets are now on sale. (more...)

Lifetime's ARMY WIVES Season 6 Premiere Draws 3.3 Million Viewers
by TV News Desk - Jun 25, 2012

After a five week break, fans of Lifetime's hit drama Army Wives flocked to the first of more all-new episodes of its sixth season last night, when it averaged 3.3 million Total Viewers, a 10% increase versus its current season average. (more...)

BWW Reviews: AGAINST TIME, New Wimbledon Theatre, June 23 2012
by Gary Naylor - Jun 25, 2012

Gary Naylor sees an unlikely marriage succeed. (more...)

NOT FOR POSTING: Beatles Tribute RAIN Returns To Windy City For Limited Engagement Beginning 6/26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2012

Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce RAIN - A Tribute to the Beatles, the internationally-acclaimed Beatles concert, returns by popular demand at the Oriental Theatre (24 West Randolph) for a limited one-week engagement June 26 - July 1, 2012. Individual tickets go on-sale Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10 a.m. (more...)

BOOK OF MORMON, KINKY BOOTS Pre-Broadway Premiere & More Set for Broadway in Chicago in 2012-2013
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2012

Broadway In Chicago recently announced the complete 2012-2013 season, bringing old favorites, as well as new ones to Chicagoan theater-goers. The upcoming season will include I LOVE LUCY LIVE ON STAGE, KINKY BOOTS, SISTER ACT, DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL, and WAR HORSE. In addition to the shows running during the official season, off-season specials include Stuffed And Unstrung, Rock Of Ages, Rain: A Tribute To The Beatles and Les Miserables. The complete season line-up, including performances dates and venues, is as follows: (more...)

Susan Lucci to Star in Lifetime's New Drama Series DEVIOUS MAIDS
by TV News Desk - Jun 25, 2012

Lifetime has picked up the new drama DEVIOUS MAIDS from executive producer Marc Cherry and ABC Studios with a 13 episode order for a 2013 launch, it was announced today by Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President, Programming, of Lifetime Networks. (more...)

TOPDOG UNDERDOG, CRASH, CAROLINE OR CHANGE and More Take Toronto's Top 2012 Dora Awards - All the Winners!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 25, 2012

The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA)honors extraordinary talent in the Toronto performing arts community as they host the 33rd annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards tonight, Monday, June 25, at the St. St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts in the Bluma Appel Theater. As with all awards, BroadwayWorld brings you full coverage of the ceremony. Keep checking back as the list of winners is updated below! And stay tuned in the next couple of days for special photo coverage! (more...)

Stratford Shakespeare Festival's HIRSCH Begins Previews
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2012

Hirsch, a powerful new one-man show about the life of Canadian theatre legend and former Festival Artistic Director John Hirsch, begins previews at The Studio Theatre on June 20. (more...)

LeBron James to Be Featured on OPRAH'S NEXT CHAPTER, 7/1
by TV News Desk - Jun 25, 2012

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that Oprah Winfrey will sit down with NBA superstars of the Miami HEAT including 2012 NBA Finals MVP LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh at Miami's AmericanAirlines Arena. (more...)

Schreiber Studio & Theatre Creates Scholarship in Memory of Student Slain in Union Square
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2012

T. Schreiber Studio and Theatre held a memorial service for former student Roxi Sorina on what would have been the young woman's 22nd birthday, June 21, 2012. While walking home in the early hours on May 24, 2012, Sorina was killed in a hit and run accident by a dump truck in Union Square. (more...)

OPRAH'S NEXT CHAPTER Expands Kardashian Family Interview, Airing Tonight, 6/24
by TV News Desk - Jun 24, 2012

Oprah Winfrey's exclusive interview with the Kardashian family on 'Oprah's Next Chapter' has expanded to two hours airing on back-to-back Sundays on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Part one aired last Sunday, June 17 (8-9 p.m. ET/PT) and the conversation continues tonight, June 24 (8-9 p.m. ET/PT). (more...)

Lifetime's ARMY WIVES Returns Tonight, 6/24
by TV News Desk - Jun 24, 2012

After this Sunday's intense cliffhanger episode of Lifetime's hit drama ARMY WIVES, the series will begin a five week break and return with even more drama and all-new episodes tonight, June 24, in a new time period at 10:00pm ET/PT. (more...)

Theatre Artists Studio Presents NEW SUMMER SHORTS Play Festival, 6/14-24
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2012

Theatre Artists Studio has announced its final event of the season, the New Summer Shorts 10-Minute Play Festival, set for June 14-24. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek - The Kardashians on OPRAH'S NEXT CHAPTER
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2012

Part two of Winfrey's exclusive interview with the Kardashian family continues this Sunday, June 24 (8-9 p.m. ET/PT) as Winfrey speaks with Kim Kardashian about her new relationship with music superstar Kanye West. (more...)

DreamWorks Announces NEED FOR SPEED Film Coming in 2014
by Movies News Desk - Jun 22, 2012

DreamWorks Studios has acquired the feature film rights to EA's (NASDAQ: EA) popular video game franchise, NEED FOR SPEED™, it was announced jointly today by DreamWorks CEO and Co-Chair Stacey Snider and EA President of Studios Frank Gibeau. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek - The Kardashians on OPRAH'S NEXT CHAPTER
by TV News Desk - Jun 22, 2012

Part two of Winfrey's exclusive interview with the Kardashian family continues this Sunday, June 24 (8-9 p.m. ET/PT) as Winfrey speaks with Kim Kardashian about her new relationship with music superstar Kanye West. (more...)

Lifetime Picks Up DEVIOUS MAIDS Drama from ABC; Set for 2013
by TV News Desk - Jun 22, 2012

Lifetime has picked up the new drama Devious Maids from executive producer Marc Cherry and ABC Studios with a 13 episode order for a 2013 launch, it was announced today by Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President, Programming, of Lifetime Networks. (more...)

Dead Can Dance to Launch Worldwide Tour, Release Album 8/9
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2012

Critically acclaimed duo Dead Can Dance are set to release their first studio album of new material on August 9 marking their first new recordings since 1996's Spiritchaser. In support of the album, this summer principle members Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry will embark on a worldwide tour bringing them to four continents during an eight month period. Kicking off on August 9 at The Orpheum in Vancouver, these dates are the bands first live shows since their sold out 2005 tour. Fans can expect live performances highlighting arrangements from decade's worth of musical archives plus songs from their upcoming release. Please see dates below. (more...)

BWW Reviews: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Rocks the Pantages
by Don Grigware - Jun 21, 2012

Some New York critics panned Million Dollar Quartet for what they called a dearth of dramatic tension onstage, but it went on to receive a Tony nomination for Book of a Musical in 2010 anyway, and based on the overly passionate delivery of the sizzling tour artists, there's enough fire and fever to bring audiences to their feet and shakin' at the Pantages through July 1. On opening night there was indeed an extra long standing, and swaying, ovation to 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On'. (more...)

RAIN's Resident Lennon Gives Run-Down of Show; Opens at Oriental Theater 6/26
by Tyler Peterson - Jun 21, 2012

Jim Irizarry, RAIN's resident John Lennon, is no amateur went it comes to The Beatles. Or their songs. Or mastering Lennon's accent, mannerisms, and musical style. For the first time since he joined the show, originally in the Broadway run over two years ago, he's back in Chicago, this time, performing for his hometown. (more...)

Chicago's I LOVE LUCY LIVE ON STAGE Opens in September
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2012

Broadway In Chicago is happy to announce that tickets for I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE, the brand new hit musical stage show adapted from the longest-running and most beloved television program in history, starring Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel: America's favorite foursome, will go on-sale to the public Friday, June 29 at 10 a.m. I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE will have its Midwest premiere in Chicago at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 East Chestnut St.) Sep. 12 - Nov. 11, 2012. (more...)

Stella Adler Studio Helps Inner City Youth; To Produce JULIUS CAESAR, 6/20-22
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2012

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BWW Reviews: Stiles & Drewe's THE THREE LITTLE PIGS Studio Cast Recording
by Jenny Antill - Jun 20, 2012

The Three Little Pigs is a new Studio Cast Recording with music by George Stiles and the book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe - a powerful combination and a force to be reckoned with! It also features musical arrangements and orchestrations by Ruth Ling and music preparation by James Humphreys. (more...)

Jim Parsons to Star in DreamWorks Animation's HAPPY SMEKDAY!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2012

DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. today announced that Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jim Parsons (Harvey, The Normal Heart on Broadway and The Big Bang Theory) and international superstar Rihanna (Battleship) will star in the leading roles in HAPPY SMEKDAY! a feature film based on the critically acclaimed book 'The True Meaning of Smekday' by Adam Rex. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Jack Osbourne Discusses MS Diagnosis on THE TALK
by TV News Desk - Jun 20, 2012

Jack Osbourne, son of THE TALK co-host Sharon Osbourne, appeared on the show today, Wednesday, June 20 to discuss his recent diagnosis with multiple sclerosis. Revealed Jack, 'Honestly, I am fine. That's the toughest thing with this disease, it's so unpredictable.' View the appearance below! (more...)

Imagination Stage Presents World Premiere of THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE, Now thru 8/12
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2012

Imagination Stage, in a collaboration with The Washington Ballet, presents THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE. In this fusion of theater, dance, and puppetry, based on the novel by C.S. Lewis, the roles of the four children are played jointly by an actor and a dancer, and the courageous lion Aslan is portrayed by a life-size puppet operated by three actor/puppeteers, similar to the puppets used in the Broadway production War Horse. (more...)

Stella Adler Studio Helps Inner City Youth Produce JULIUS CAESAR, 6/20-22
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2012

The Stella Adler Studio of Acting's Outreach Division will perform Shakespeare's JULIUS CAESAR today, June 20 and June 21 & 22. The cast are members of the Outreach Division's Adler Youth Group, a free after-school program for disadvantaged New York City youth. (more...)

Warner Bros. Creates Limited Edition Comic-Con Key Cards
by TV News Desk - Jun 19, 2012

Warner Bros. Entertainment is the key to excitement at Comic-Con! The Studio has once again created a set of limited-edition collectible hotel keycards, which will be in use at top hotels throughout the San Diego area during Comic-Con 2012. (more...)

SOPHIE SALVESON: How One Very Remarkable Young Woman Has Become 'Nashville's Daughter'
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 19, 2012

On Thursday, March 1, Sophia Salveson-at 19, a college student (at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago) and an aspiring actress-suffered a massive stroke that left her with little to no movement on the right side of her body and major damage to the speech and comprehension center of her brain. Taking her family and friends completely unawares, Salveson's sudden and unexpected medical dilemma sent feelings of shock, dismay and disbelief throughout the country, with its reverberations felt most resoundingly in her hometown of Nashville, where word quickly spread around town and among members of the city's music and theater communities that she had been stricken. (more...)

Jack Osbourne Discusses MS Diagnosis on THE TALK Today, 6/20
by TV News Desk - Jun 19, 2012

Jack Osbourne, son of THE TALK co-host Sharon Osbourne, will appear on the show today, June 20 to discuss his recent diagnosis with multiple sclerosis. THE TALK is broadcast from 2:00 PM, ET/1:00 PM, PT on the CBS Television Network. (more...)

Jeremy Kushnier, Eden Espinosa, Rachel York to Lead STEALING TIME at NYMF
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2012

Jeremy Kushnier (Jesus Christ Superstar, Footloose), Eden Espinosa (Wicked, Brooklyn), Rachel York (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Victor/Victoria) and Jack Noseworthy (A Chorus Line, Sweet Smell of Success) lead the cast of New York Musical Theater Festival's 'Stealing Time,' the latest work of writers/composers Tor Hyams and Lisa Neubauer. 'Stealing Time' will play as a special event in the 2012 New York Musical Theater Festival at the PTC Performance Space. 'Stealing Time' is the second NYMF project for Hyams coming off the success of 'Greenwood' starring Andrea McArdle in the 2011 New York Musical Theater Festival. (more...)

Andy Moor Releases 'In Your Arms,' Feat. Jessica Sweetman; Album Set for 6/6 Release
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2012

Purchase 'In Your Arms' on Beatport, by Andy Moor, featuring Jessica Sweetman, and watch the official music video featuring Jessica Sweetman on YouTube. Moor's album Zero Point One will be released on July 6, 2012, on Armada/AVA Recordings. (more...)

Lionsgate Denies Rumors of Future TWILIGHT Films
by Movies News Desk - Jun 18, 2012

According to UK's IBTIMES, Lionsgate, The Studio behind the highly succesful TWILIGHT franchise, is denying speculation that they will make any future movies based on the books by Stephanie Meyers. (more...)

MTV Presents BIEBER LIVE Special Tonight, 6/19
by TV News Desk - Jun 18, 2012

Two-time Grammy nominated and 'MTV Video Music Awards' winner, singer, songwriter and multi-platinum selling superstar Justin Bieber will celebrate the release of his new album BELIEVE during the live 30-minute special BIEBER LIVE tonight, June 19, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on MTV. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Jeremy Kushnier Talks JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Birdland Concert, Solo Album & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 18, 2012

Today we are talking to a supremely gifted performer who can be seen eight times a week on Broadway in the currently running Des McAnuff revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Jeremy Kushnier. Tracing his Broadway trajectory from his memorable debut in FOOTLOOSE back in the late 1990s to his impressive regional theatre and concert work - CHESS to The Dream Engine to BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY and beyond - to his success touring in AIDA, RENT and others, up to his most recent gig in JERSEY BOYS, Kushnier opens up about his diverse career thus far and what we can expect from him in the future, near and far. Plus, Kushnier analyzes the five roles he has essayed in the current production of SUPERSTAR so far, since he was first brought into the production as a standby and understudy, after all - Jesus, Judas, Pilate and two different priests - and shares his enthusiasm for the dazzling, Tony Award-nominated production - all of this as he prepares for his long-awaited upcoming solo spotlight concert at Birdland on June 18! Additionally, Kushnier shares plans and wishes for a forthcoming solo album, as well as offers his thoughts on GLEE, SMASH and much, much more! (more...)

First Lady Michelle Obama Appears on LIVE! WITH KELLY Today, 6/18
by TV News Desk - Jun 18, 2012

Today, June 18, 2012, LIVE! WITH KELLY will feature a very special appearance by the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. (more...)

George Clooney and Grant Heslov to Produce AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY Film
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2012

The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that George Clooney, Academy Award®-winning actor (SYRIANA) and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker (GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK., THE IDES OF MARCH), and Academy Award®-nominated producer/screenwriter Grant Heslov (GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK., THE IDES OF MARCH) have signed on as producers of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, the upcoming screen adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play by Tracy Letts. Academy Award winners Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts star as mother and daughter in the film, directed by John Wells from Letts' screen adaptation. Clooney and Heslov join producers Steve Traxler and Jean Doumanian. The announcement was made by TWC Co-Chairmen Harvey and Bob Weinstein. (more...)

Revolve Theatre Company Presents A NUMBER, Now thru 6/20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2012

Today, June 17th Revolve Theatre Company opens A Number, by Caryl Churchill, its fourth production, directed by YDP Artistic Director James Rayfield and starring YDP Director Chris Jackson and Tampa Bay favorite Steve Garland. (more...)

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