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Bill Clinton on Cheny: 'If They Hadn't Gone to War in Iraq, None of This Would Be Happening'
by TV News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

In an exclusive interview with NBC's David Gregory, former President Bill Clinton dismissed former Vice President Dick Cheney's criticism of President Obama's foreign policy as “unseemly,” (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Antaeus Company Successfully Mounts the World Premiere of THE CURSE OF OEDIPUS
by Gil Kaan - Jun 24, 2014

Playwright Kenneth Cavander's found the ideal collaborator in The Antaeus Company for finessing his original two night's worth of performances into its current smartly-written, easily comprehensible, two-and-a-half hour narrative. (more...)

Juilliard Drama Sets 2014-15 Season: 'VERA STARK,' RABBIT HOLE, ANGELS IN AMERICA & More
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

Juilliard's Drama Division announces its 2014-15 season of fully-staged productions featuring Juilliard's 44th group of acting students in their fourth and final year in the drama program at Juilliard. This season's productions feature plays by three Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights: Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; (more...)

'The Village and Beyond: Memoirs of a Cotton Mill Boy' is Released
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

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BWW Reviews: 7th House Theater Collective's Inventive Take on LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is Deliciously Fun and Entertaining
by Jill Schafer - Jun 23, 2014

The great thing about the Twin Cities theater community is that not only can you see big lavish productions at the Orpheum, Ordway, or Guthrie, but you can also see small low-tech productions in odd or tiny spaces that will surprise and delight you every bit as much as those big productions, or even moreso. 7th House Theater Collective's 7-person stripped-down version of the cult horror movie turned off-Broadway musical Little Shop of Horrors is just such a show. (more...)

Playwrights David Henry Hwang and Lynn Nottage to Teach at Columbia
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

Carol Becker, Dean of Faculty of Columbia University School of the Arts, announced today the appointment of two acclaimed playwrights to the faculty of the Arts: David Henry Hwang, Associate Professor of Theatre in Playwriting and director of the Playwriting Concentration, and Lynn Nottage, Associate Professor of Theatre in Playwriting. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Spot-On Impersonations in SANDY HACKETT'S RAT PACK SHOW at Theatre-By-The-Sea
by David De Almo - Jun 16, 2014

The premise is that God, as played by the disembodied voice of the legendary Buddy Hackett, has decided to send the Rat Pack back to earth for one final show. From there, it's an impersonation game, with standards and jokes straight through. (more...)

BWW Reviews: TUTS Underground's Sterling HANDS ON A HARDBODY is a Winning Texas Treat
by David Clarke - Jun 14, 2014

An often over-looked subject in the musical genre is the hardworking, semi-rural blue-collar working class American, but that is exactly the focus of HANDS ON A HARDBODY. The Texas-centric musical, based on the 1997 documentary of the same title, is enjoying a phenomenal Texas Premiere. (more...)

Point Park University's The REP Announces 2014-2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

The 2014-2015 season of The REP, Point Park University's professional theatre company, will include two world premieres by Pittsburgh playwrights, a classic by Nobel laureate John Steinbeck and a hilarious comedy about an American singer renowned for her lack of rhythm, tone and especially an ability to sing. (more...)

Off-Broadway's ETHEL SINGS to Host Talk Back with Robert Meeropol, 6/29
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

Undercover Productions LLC, now presenting the Off-Broadway Premiere of Ethel Sings by Joan Beber at Theatre Row's Beckett Theatre (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues), will offer a special talk-back following the June 29th matinee performance with Robert Meeropol, the younger son of Ethel & Julius Rosenberg. (more...)

Sock It Tie Me Launches a New Website Offering a Sock and Tie Monthly Membership Club
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

Let's face it. There are few things that men dread more than shopping, especially for clothes. It's bad enough that men have to spend time going to some store, or worse, a mall, but then they have to worry about trying to decide what matches what or whether or not what they are buying looks good on them. Suits and leisure wear are bad enough, but there are two items that most men have a hard time shopping for, for two different reasons. (more...)

Pittsburgh CLO's LEGALLY BLONDE Opens 6/13
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

Do blondes really have more fun? Audiences will soon find out at Pittsburgh CLO's production of Legally Blonde The Musical, June 13-22 at the Benedum Center. This mega movie hit will be brought to life by a cast of Broadway's best and Pittsburgh CLO veterans. Watch as Elle Woods takes over the stage with her vivacious personality and a score sure to please. (more...)

Second Stage Theatre to Offer Limited Number of $19.79 Tickets to SEX WITH STRANGERS with Anna Gunn and Billy Magnussen
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2014

Second Stage Theatre will continue its 35th Anniversary Season by offering its popular $19.79 retro prices (the year in which the Company was founded) for the first week of previews of its upcoming production, Laura Eason's SEX WITH STRANGERS, directed by David Schwimmer and starring Anna Gunn and Billy Magnussen. 35 tickets will be available for all performances July 8th - 13th at this special price and will go on sale June 11 at 12:00pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Second Stage Theatre box office (305 West 43rd Street) or by phone at 212-246-4422. (more...)

BWW Reviews: 5th Ave's WE WILL ROCK YOU Rocks - But is that Enough?
by Jay Irwin - Jul 9, 2014

Sometimes jukebox musicals need to stay in the jukebox. There are some exceptions where it works. When it's a good review like “Smokey Joe's Café” or when there's a fun book like “Mamma Mia”. But when you take the songs of a classic rock band (such as Queen) and jam them into a completely contrived and nonsensical, thread thin plot the result (as with “We Will Rock You” currently at the 5th Avenue Theatre) is a barely entertaining mish mash of songs that left me less entertained and more embarrassed for those involved. Now I love me some Queen. I'm a little too young to have been aware of them in their hay day but like many others discovered them after their run as their enduring songs continue to live on. Which is why I feel they deserve better than the show they got. A show where we're in a not so distant future and people live their lives online (not so different from now) and because of this, rock and roll has been outlawed. (And there's the main plot hole because what's on the Internet but lots and lots of music.) So when a hunky idealistic dreamer, Galileo (Brian Justin Crum) who keeps hearing the lyrics from long dead rockers meets another outcast Scaramouche (Ruby Lewis), the two set out to escape the clutches of the all powerful Killer Queen (Jacqueline B. Arnold) and find other rebels who want to bring back rock. And how will they do this? Um, play music. Yeah, that's ultimately what drives the bad guys away, music. But then we've had music through out the whole show including from the bad guys. See, plot hole. And if this ridiculous story filled with so much bad, one repeated joke (how many times can we mention that the male leader of the rebels goes by the name Britney Spears?), sitcom humor and clunky exposition laden dialog from book writer Ben Elton weren't bad enough, but then they take these wonderful Queen songs and force them into the narrative often times changing the lyrics to try and make them fit. For example, they take the title song from the movie “Flash Gordon” and bastardize it so it's now all about giving the captured rebels electro shock therapy. Or how about Killer Queen singing “Fat Bottomed Girls” because, well I'm still not certain why she was singing it other than to check that iconic tune off the list. Did no one listen to the lyrics of the songs while trying to write the show? They're all quite narrative to begin with. And Elton couldn't come up with a story that fit in with those narratives? I mean he's even got characters names Galileo and Scaramouche but “Bohemian Rhapsody” (the thing all the bohemian rockers are striving for in the story By the Way) isn't even performed until the end of the show as an after thought encore. The cast does what they can. In fact they amp their energy and intent up to about a 17 in order to try and give this story some punch. Crum and Lewis certainly have incredible voices worthy of Freddie Mercury and they completely shred any numbers given to them. Arnold too has a gorgeous voice but doesn't seem as invested in playing the villain in this over the top melodrama. But I have to mention Ryan Knowles who not only lent some incredible pipes to his numbers but some delicious comedic timing and heart to his character making him completely “ROCK”. But even the infectious energy of this amazing cast can't polish away the stench of this turd try as they may. The show is a somewhat fun ride but ultimately weighed down with such a horrible book and bastardized songs that it just feels insulting. Queen deserves better and smarter as do audiences, which is why I give “We Will Rock You” a NAH with my three letter rating system. Others may have enjoyed it but I just found it not worth the effort. “We Will Rock You” performs at the 5th Avenue Theatre through July 13th. For tickets or information contact the 5th Avenue box office at 206-625-1900 or visit them online at www.5thavenue.org. (more...)

Second Stage Theatre's SEX WITH STRANGERS, Starring Anna Gunn and Billy Magnussen, Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

Second Stage Theatre continues its 35th Anniversary Season with Laura Eason's SEX WITH STRANGERS, directed by David Schwimmer and starring Anna Gunn and Billy Magnussen. (more...)

Family of Vinicius De Moraes Releases Statement on Broadway Bound Musical Adaptation of BLACK ORPHEUS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

Today, the family of Vinicius de Moraes issued the following statement regarding the Broadway bound musical adaptation (more...)

VIDEO: All You Need is Love - Paul McCartney Helps Couple Get Engaged at Concert!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

During the Albany, NY's concert's final encore, McCartney invited a middle-aged couple onstage, who had been standing toward the front of the house all night, waving matching signs (more...)

Zack Dobbins & By The Way to Play Detroit's City Theatre, 8/28
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

Multi-talented, singer-songwriter Zack Dobbins is set to perform at the City Theatre with the local four-piece girl group By the Way for a show all ages can enjoy on Thursday, August 28 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

BWW Blog: Jesse Swimm of Goodspeed's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - Ah, 5, 6, 7, 8...
by Guest Blogger: Jesse Swimm - Jul 7, 2014

Ah 5, 6, 7, 8… (more...)

ETHEL SINGS Ends Off-Broadway Engagement this Week
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2014

This is the final week to see the acclaimed Off-Broadway engagement of Ethel Sings by Joan Beber at Theatre Row's Beckett Theatre (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues). This limited engagement concludes July 13th. (more...)

First-Ever Yorkshire Festival Celebrates 100 Amazing Days
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2014

The first ever Yorkshire Festival 2014 captured the imaginations of artists and public alike, attracting over 750,000 people to 1,400 performances of the headline events, which involved 7,000 participants and took place in the 100 days running up to Yorkshire's Tour de France Grand Depart. (more...)

Musical Stage Adaptation of BLACK ORPHEUS Headed to Broadway; Lynn Nottage to Write Book & George C. Wolfe to Direct
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2014

Producers Stephen Byrd, Alia Jones-Harvey, and Paula Marie Black announced today that the new musical stage adaptation of Black Orpheus will feature a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and will be directed by multi Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe. (more...)

Second Stage Theatre's SEX WITH STRANGERS, Starring Anna Gunn and Billy Magnussen, Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

Second Stage Theatre continues its 35th Anniversary Season with Laura Eason's SEX WITH STRANGERS, directed by David Schwimmer and starring Anna Gunn and Billy Magnussen. (more...)

VIDEO: Be Prepared! Syfy's SHARKNADO 2 Premieres Tonight!
by TV News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

Below, check out Sharknado 2, survival tip #42, anything can be a weapon, even a bar stool - and be prepared when Sharknado 2 touches down in New York City. (more...)

Everyman Theatre Begins Rehearsals for Theresa Rebeck's THE UNDERSTUDY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

Everyman Theatre began rehearsals today for the 2014/15 season opener, The Understudy. Theresa Rebeck's comedic look into the backstage world of show biz runs from August 27th through September 28th. The three-person cast features Everyman Resident Company Members Clinton Brandhagen, Danny Gavigan and Beth Hylton. Joseph W. Ritsch makes his Everyman directorial debut with the production. (more...)

BWW TV: Watch Highlights of Anna Gunn and Billy Magnussen in Second Stage's SEX WITH STRANGERS
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 28, 2014

Second Stage Theatre continues its 35th Anniversary Season with Laura Eason's SEX WITH STRANGERS, directed by David Schwimmer and starring Anna Gunn and Billy Magnussen. BroadwayWorld brings you highlights of the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Mu Performing Arts' Production of Sondheim's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is Another Must-See Summer Musical
by Jill Schafer - Jul 28, 2014

A few weeks ago I wrote that the Guthrie's My Fair Lady is the must-see summer musical. Correction: it's one of two. Mu Performing Arts' production of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music should also be on your must-see list; it's every bit as good as My Fair Lady. The songs might not be as 'hummable and quotable,' but they're clever and beautifully complex in a way that only a Sondheim score can be. The music sounds gorgeous, the costumes are luscious, the show is funny but a little sad too, and the cast is fantastic (and By the Way, they also happen to be Asian-American). It's another gorgeous production of a classic. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Hattiloo Goes to Haiti for ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
by Joseph Baker - Jul 28, 2014

Hattiloo Theatre, the shiny 'new kid on the block' in the midtown theatre district of Memphis, has shed its 'ugly duckling' feathers and suddenly become a sleek swan; no longer limited in facilities and seating, it has taken exotic flight with a fanciful musical staging of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's calypso-driven ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, based on Rosa Guy's MY LOVE, MY LOVE; or, THE PEASANT GIRL. (more...)

Emmy Winner Wayne Brady to Star Opposite Merle Dandridge in KISS ME, KATE at Pasadena Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse announced today that Wayne Brady will star as Fred/Petruchio in the Cole Porter Broadway musical KISS ME, KATE. The multi-Emmy Award winning Brady will head a cast of 17. Epps will direct the 2014-2015 Season opener, which will run from September 16- October 12, 2014 with the official press opening on September 21. The production also stars Merle Dandridge (Broadway's Spamalot and Tarzan) as Lily/Kate. (more...)

Photo Flash: A Sultry First Look at Anna Gunn and Billy Magnussen in Second Stage's SEX WITH STRANGERS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

Second Stage Theatre continues its 35th Anniversary Season with Laura Eason's SEX WITH STRANGERS, directed by David Schwimmer and featuring Anna Gunn and Billy Magnussen. Scroll down for a first look at the stars in action! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Kooman and Dimond's DANI GIRL
by Jude Cartalaba - Jul 22, 2014

DANI GIRL, a musical about a nine-year-old cancer-stricken girl Dani Lyons, created by the writing team of Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond, is not to be missed. (more...)

Jackie Evancho Releases New Album Awakening On September 23
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

NEW YORK, July 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Platinum-selling, 14-year-old vocal sensation Jackie Evancho will release her third studio album, Awakening, on September 23 coinciding with an international tour. Produced by Nick Patrick, Awakening is Evancho's first album under her recent worldwide recording agreement with Sony Music Masterworks imprint Portrait. In August, she will film a new PBS Special which is set to air in December. (more...)

Kristin Chenoweth Confirms Plans For New Christmas Album; Idina Menzel Duet?
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 21, 2014

Internationally adored stage and screen star Kristin Chenoweth has revealed preliminary plans are currently underway for a new Christmas album, which could potentially contain a duet with Idina Menzel. (more...)

Long Beach Playhouse's 85th Mainstage Season to Include 'SALESMAN,' 'SUPERSTAR,' 'STARK' & More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

The Long Beach Playhouse iwill present its 2014 - 2015 Mainstage season opening September 27. This year's offerings are an exhilarating mix of suspense, comedy and, of course, drama. As always, the works are selected with the audience in mind and with a goal to create a mosaic of plays that entertain and engage the hearts and minds of those who attend. Well-known playwrights including Agatha Christie and Arthur Miller intermingle with contemporary writers like Tom Stoppard and Lynn Nottage to bring an outstanding mix of classic favorites and new works to the Mainstage. This is a season you won't want to miss. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Preview of INSIDE ACT: HOW TEN ACTORS MADE IT AND HOW YOU CAN TOO- with Debra Monk!
by Ken Womble - Jul 18, 2014

Why do some actors make it and others don't? Ken Womble sets out to find the answer to this question, one that has fascinated and tormented him for years, in his new book, INSIDE ACT: How Ten Actors Made it and How You Can Too (Hansen Publishing Group, 373 pages, $24.99). In anticipation of the release, BroadwayWorld will be featuring chapter previews from the new book. Today, hear from Debra Monk! (more...)

InDepth InterView Special Flashback: Elaine Stritch
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 17, 2014

AUTHOR'S NOTE: One of the most iconic Broadway leading ladies in theatrical history, in honor of her passing earlier today at the age of 89, let us revisit this career-spanning InDepth InterView with the one and only Elaine Stritch. As a personal aside, following the conclusion of the interview proper the conversation between Ms. Stritch and I continued for several more minutes and she emphatically relayed to me that this had been her favorite interview to date and that she was incredibly appreciative and pleased with being questioned about the topics chosen herein. The following is reprinted exactly as it originally appeared here on BroadwayWorld on February 17. Hats off to a dynamite dame. (more...)

Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote, Annalee Jefferies and Veanne Cox to Lead the Cast of THE OLD FRIENDS at Houston's Alley Theatre, 8/15-9/7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

The "Alley Theatre @ UH" season begins with Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote, Annalee Jefferies and Veanne Cox in award-winning Texas playwright Horton Foote's The Old Friends, a Southwestern premiere. (more...)

Tony Prophet: WPC 2014 Keynote
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

ANNOUNCER: Please welcome Corporate Vice President for Microsoft Windows Marketing Tony Prophet. (more...)

BWW Blog: Jesse Swimm of Goodspeed's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - Countdown to Opening Night
by Guest Blogger: Jesse Swimm - Jul 15, 2014

So this Wednesday, the 16th of July, is going to be our official press opening for Fiddler on the Roof. Goodspeed has a wonderful opportunity for actors to run the show for a few weeks as if it were previews and then officially open it at a later date. It really gives the company, at least I feel, the opportunity to really sit into the piece, experience, play, and work on all the little nuances so that it is ready for the critics and audiences alike. For the most part regional theatres don't have this luxury and this is where I really think that Goodspeed excels when it comes to putting on a show. They take the time to truly craft the most exceptional piece of theatre that they can by giving the appropriate amount of time to live with a show before it is ready for the press. With this coming it gave us the opportunity to work some new moments as well as really tighten choreography. Now with Parker gone that duty falls to our dance captain, Curtis Schroeger, to maintain and assess what needs to be looked at before the show has it's press opening. So for the past few days along with our director, Rob, we took the time to really invest in what was happening on our stage, to make it the best possible show we could give. Again it was truly great to be able to take the time to really examine each breath and each beat. The beauty of Fiddler is how truthful it is in its story. It isn't just a piece of fluff. It really has stood the test of time where a lot of musicals have been forgotten By the Way side. (more...)

BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE to Open 8/1 at the Broward Stage Door Theatre
by Carol Kassie - Jul 15, 2014

The reviews for Leonard Gershe's Butterflies Are Free were unanimously raves when it opened on Broadway in 1969, and the play ended up winning a number of awards that season. The play focuses on Don Baker, blind since birth, whose over-protective mother is forced to come to terms with her son's bid for independence when he sets up in a Manhattan apartment on his own. He soon makes the acquaintance of his off-the-wall, liberated, actress neighbor Jill. Don learns the kind of things from Jill that his mother would never have taught him! And Jill learns from Don what growing up and being free is really all about. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Michael Tapley and Shay Rodgers Talk TUTS' WHOREHOUSE
by Kristina Nungaray - Jul 15, 2014

Every summer Houston audiences gear up for Theatre Under the Stars' (TUTS) free summer musical at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. Top-notch talent and a free price tag make these summer productions an event that is too good to miss. This year, TUTS will be filling the Miller Outdoor Theatre with one whopping Texas treat, THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS. Taking time out of their busy rehearsal schedule cast member Michael Tapley and choreographer Shay Rodgers talked to BWW-Houston to fill us in on why Houston audiences don't want to miss this summer show! (more...)

Duncan Sheik & Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's AMERICAN PSYCHO Musical to Get US Premiere at Second Stage Theatre in February; Rupert Goold to Direct
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director) just announced the U.S. premiere of the new musical, AMERICAN PSYCHO, featuring a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (2ST's Good Boys and True, 'Glee,' Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark), music and lyrics by Grammy and Tony-Award Winner Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening), directed by Rupert Goold (Broadway's Macbeth with Patrick Stewart, ENRON). AMERICAN PSYCHO is based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis. (more...)

BWW Interviews: 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY Showrunners Preview Tonight's Explosive Season Finale
by Matt Tamanini - Jul 14, 2014

The explosive return season of 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY airs its season finale on Monday, July, 14th at 9:00pm ET on Fox. In the highly anticipated season finale, the clock ticks toward the final seconds of Jack Bauer's most heroic day. As the world teeters on a terror plot of mass proportions, Jack and the team reunite one last time to avert an imminent international crisis. With little time left and the fate of the free world on the line, Jack is faced with an unthinkable and grave decision. Lives will be lost and the American administration will grapple with the day's most devastating news as the clock stops in this exhilirating finale. (more...)

SOUND OFF: 13 Things To Love About Michael Mott's WHERE THE SKY ENDS
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 14, 2014

Today we are turning our attention to a praise-worthy new compilation celebrating up-and-coming composer Michael Mott, WHERE THE SKY ENDS. (more...)

BWW Reviews: An Overstuffed ONE NIGHT at CATF
by Jack L. B. Gohn - Jul 14, 2014

There are the bones here of a perfectly respectable play about rape and what comes after in the U.S. military and veterans' system. They are often overwhelmed by formulaic exposition and too much going on. The play needs to be broken down and retooled. (more...)

BWW Reviews: POTS at The Works Series Takes a Giant Step with 4000 MILES
by Joseph Baker - Jul 13, 2014

Amy Herzog's family drama (albeit a drama with a number of very funny moments) 4000 MILES is unobtrusively generating a thoughtful, low-key alternative to the outsized HAIRSPRAY (already a sellout at 'Big Sister' Playhouse on the Square just a block or so away); and it's a safe bet that a number of theatre-going Memphians are already trekking south to DeSoto Family Theatre's epic presentation of LES MISERABLES. However, this intelligent, intimate little piece is currently providing a rewarding alternative at Theatre Works, quietly nestled across from the parking garage at Overton Square. (more...)

BWW REVIEWS: Riverside's WEST SIDE STORY Enthralls
by Jeffrey Walker - Jul 12, 2014

WEST SIDE STORY, now playing through August 3 at Riverside Center, still has the power to enthrall audiences with Leonard Bernstein's symphonic jazz score and Stephen Sondheim's young lyrics. The lyrical voices of Quinn Vogt-Welch and Matthew Hirsh as Maria and Tony captivate the audience. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: On the Eve of the 18th Annual Long Island Al Jolson Festival - The Confessions of a Jolson Fanatic
by Stephen Hanks - Jul 12, 2014

The 18th Long Island Al Jolson Festival coming up on August 16 is a whole-day affair featuring film presentations, lectures, memorabilia displays and sales, and a performance--'The Heart of Al Jolson'--by singer and Staten Island native Tony Babino (photo below), who can sing Jolson songs like, well, you ain't heard nothin' yet. The other day, like clockwork, I received my yearly invitation to attend from Oceanside, LI resident Jan Hernstat, who for the past 10 years has been the President of the 62-year-old International Al Jolson Society (which was formed in early 1950, a few months before Jolson died), an organization with a worldwide membership hovering around 1,000. I am proud to say that for 30 years, I've been one of them. I'm even prouder to say that I've been an Al Jolson fanatic for much longer. Here's my story about how it happened. (more...)

Harry Shearer Talks West End Debut In DAYTONA, Plus THE SIMPSONS & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 1, 2014

Popular THE SIMPSONS star and recognizable screen performer Harry Shearer makes his West End debut in the play DAYTONA and the versatile actor discusses his role as part of a new interview. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: BroadwayWorld Announces Categories for 2014 New York Cabaret Awards and New Nomination Process; Preliminary Voting Period Just Four Months Away
by Stephen Hanks - Jul 1, 2014

It's hard to believe that 2014 is already half over and that the 2013 BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Awards Show at Joe's Pub happened just about four months ago. This also means that the nomination period for the 2014 Awards is only four months away (end of October, with the final voting period beginning after Thanksgiving). It is with all that in mind that it seemed time for this column, which announces the 2014 BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Awards categories and changes in the nomination process so that all you cabaret fans can start making mental notes of the year's potential nominees. (To help you in that process, in a few days I'll be posting my 'Mid-Year Report Card on the 20 Best Performances and Shows' so far in 2014 (going back to November 2013). (more...)

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