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BWW Review: War Is Hell but the Puts-Campbell SILENT NIGHT Is a Wonder in Atlanta
by Richard Sasanow - Nov 9, 2016

If "satire is what closes on Saturday night" (according to the great playwright and wit George S. Kaufman), then contemporary opera is usually not far behind. That is, unless it's Kevin Puts' and Mark Campbell's prize-winning SILENT NIGHT, which actually opened on Saturday night (this past weekend) at Atlanta's Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, in a moving new production by the company's General and Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun that doesn't go for the heart strings but gets there anyway. (more...)

Super Sikh' Faces Off Against Terror and Hate in New Comic Book
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

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Super Sikh' Faces Off Against Terror and Hate in New Comic Book
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Andrew Lippa's New Musical THE MAN IN THE CEILING, John Doyle-Helmed AS YOU LIKE IT and More Slated for Bay Street Theater's 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

Bay Street Theater has announced the three productions planned for the 2017 Mainstage Summer Season. (more...)

'Audience Participation' or 'Assault and Battery'? Sometimes People Just Don't Want to be Kissed by Darren Criss
by George Brietigam - Nov 5, 2016

Here are some examples of when audience participation has gone horribly wrong. (more...)

Eye Zen to Celebrate the Life of Remy Charlip in RAINBOW LOGIC Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

On the cusp of its 10-year anniversary, Eye Zen Presents is proud to announce the world premiere of Rainbow Logic: Arm in Arm with Remy Charlip, celebrating the life and legacy of dancer, choreographer, children's book author and illustrator Remy Charlip (1929-2012). (more...)

BWW Recap: DNA Fireworks on NBC's THE BLACKLIST
by Marakay Rogers - Nov 4, 2016

Hematologists are dead or missing. Alexander Kirk is going to die without a stem cell donation from Liz Keen. And then there's the result of Liz's DNA test. It's not just another day on NBC's THE BLACKLIST. (more...)

Lynn Nottage's SWEAT Opens Tonight at The Public Theater
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

The extended New York Premiere of SWEAT by Lynn Nottage officially opens tonight, November 3, at The Public Theater. (more...)

BWW Review: NOT One Of My Favorite Things! THE SOUND OF MUSIC Misses The Emotional Mark At The McCallum
by David Green - Nov 23, 2016

Everyone deserves to see a great production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC in their lifetime. For those who attended the Jack O'Brien production last night at The McCallum, who have never seen one before, they are still waiting. It is a gorgeous, lavish production. The sets and costumes are beyond incredible. The voices are incredible as well. And, if you were just looking at photo stills form the production, or perhaps listening to the cast recording, you might think you had reached Rodgers and Hammerstein Nirvana. However, this production lacked the two things essential to this beautiful story - honesty and any real sense of emotion. It was as cold as the Alps!! (I though long and hard about writing a negative review over Thanksgiving break - because, in particular, I didn't want to do any damage to The McCallum box office! However, I was assured the musical is sold out for the balance of the run - so no damage done - just calling it like I see it!) (more...)

BWW Review: An Old-Fashioned Opera Hoedown at Carnegie Hall's Richard Tucker Gala
by Richard Sasanow - Nov 2, 2016

Returning to Carnegie Hall this year after more than 25 years, the Richard Tucker Gala—celebrating the current winner of the Richard Tucker Award, soprano Tamara Wilson, as well as the life and career of the famed tenor for whom it was named—was a grand night for singing. (more...)

BWW Cooks: Fast, DIFFERENT Vegetarian Hacks For Thanksgiving
by Marakay Rogers - Nov 2, 2016

Not another lasagna! Or, what to do when the last-minute vegetarians arrive without warning during the holidays. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Jose Llana on His KING AND I Tour and Why He Believes Hope Trumps Hate
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

When Jose Llana was 19, 'Something Wonderful' happened: The Filipino-American actor made his Broadway bow as Lun Tha, the mellow young lover, in Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's 'The King and I.' Lou Diamond Phillips played the titanic and titular ruler of Siam in that 1996 Tony-winning revival. Now, two decades later, Llana has followed in Phillips' footsteps as the new King of Broadway, with his glorious voice and regal bearing. What's more, he is taking the 2015 Tony-winning revival across America. (more...)

BWW Review: Darren Criss Slays in Pantages Stop of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Tour
by Michael L. Quintos - Nov 15, 2016

In a theatrical touchdown for the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, stage and screen star Darren Criss has agreed to reprise the notable title role he stepped into last year on Broadway: as Hedwig in the just-launched national tour of the rousing 2014 Tony Award-winning reboot of the glam rock musical HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, which began last month in San Francisco and continues its Los Angeles-area performances through November 27 (Euan Morton assumes the role for the rest of the tour starting November 29 in San Diego). Featuring solid direction from Michael Mayer and dynamic new musical staging from choreographer Spencer Liff, the searingly electric, engagingly hilarious show, at its core, celebrates the triumph of living life as authentic and as tenaciously as possible, no matter the constant obstacles. It's certainly a wonderful message to remind everyone in such uneasy times of late. (more...)

Anna Deavere Smith and Amanda Ripley Set for Live-Streamed, Post-Show Talk at NOTES FROM THE FIELD
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2016

Second Stage Theatre will host a special post-performance conversation between Anna Deavere Smith and The Atlantic journalist and New York Times bestselling author, Amanda Ripley, one of the interview subjects Ms. Smith portrays in her acclaimed new work, NOTES FROM THE FIELD. (more...)

BWW Interview, Part II: Composer Kevin Puts, Soprano Renee Fleming and Developing LETTERS FROM GEORGIA
by Richard Sasanow - Nov 11, 2016

Since writing his first opera, SILENT NIGHT--the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner for Music--with librettist Mark Campbell, composer Kevin Puts he has done two other operas, also with Campbell. This time around, he has a different collaborator: famed American artist Georgia O'Keeffe, whose correspondence provides the text of his song cycle, LETTERS FROM GEORGIA, commissioned for opera superstar Renee Fleming by the Eastman School of Music. It makes its New York debut on November 14. (more...)

Anna Deavere Smith's NOTES FROM THE FIELD Extends at Second Stage
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

Due to extremely high ticket demand, Anna Deavere Smith's critically acclaimed new work, NOTES FROM THE FIELD, will extend for one week and will now play through Sunday, December 18th at Second Stage Theatre (305 West 43rd Street). The production, directed by Leonard Foglia and featuring original music composed and performed by Marcus Shelby, opened to rave reviews on November 2nd and was originally scheduled to close on Sunday, December 11th. (more...)


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BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS at Overture Center Surprises
by Scott Rawson - Jan 5, 2017

I thought, 'Big Whoop'. I never had any desire to see this show. First, it's Frankie Valli, how tough could his life really be, big star, where's the conflict? Secondly, and more importantly, I know this music. I certainly did not want to see it performed in the classical musical theater operatic style. I could be in for a very long night. (more...)

BWW Review: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Presents a Myriad of Possibilities with CONSTELLATIONS
by Chris Gibson - Jan 30, 2017

Playwright Nick Payne takes an unusual approach to his work, CONSTELLATIONS, crafting a simple story that's made more complex By the Way in which he allows it to unfold. It's a interesting and engaging piece of theatre that the less open minded might find a bit frustrating due to the very nature of its construction. The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis had put together a fascinating production of this work, which is graced with two excellent performances and sharp direction that fully seeks to explore the world that is created. I found it thoroughly engaging, and I think it's a play that deserves your time and attention. (more...)

Kim David Smith, Salty Brine, Carol Lipnik and More to Bring 'Alt Cabaret' to Pangea in February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2017

At Pangea we celebrate the edge, the cutting edge. And right on the cusp of February are the extraordinary Rachelle Garniez finishing up a run, and Kim David Smith launching another.  Add to that Jeremy Lawrence, Salty Brine, Carol Lipnik and another season of Kevin Malony's "Happy Cry Pretty," and it all starts to make sense: Downtown's supper-club Pangea, which Stephen Holden recently called "a bohemian oasis not unlike the fabled Max's Kansas City from days gone by," plays home to some of the best in alt cabaret. (more...)

Lanise Shelley to Play Title Role in KING LIZ at Windy City Playhouse; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2017

Windy City Playhouse (3014 W. Irving Park Road) announces the complete casting for Fernanda Coppel's "King Liz," a production that "keeps you gasping with excitement" (Observer) over one woman's journey to take on the male-dominated world of sports agents. (more...)

Stephen Adly Guirgis, Lynn Nottage, Dave Malloy and Dominique Morisseau Are Signature Theatre's New Resident Playwrights
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

Four award-winning playwrights will join the residency programs at Signature Theatre, the company announced today. (more...)

Tracy Letts's MAN FROM NEBRASKA Begins Previews Tomorrow at Second Stage Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2017

A friendly reminder! Second Stage Theatre's New York premiere production of Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts' play, MAN FROM NEBRASKA, begins preview tomorrow, January 26 at the Tony Kiser Theatre (305 West 43rd Street). Directed by David Cromer, opening night is Wednesday, February 15.  (more...)

Go Inside Gabrielle Stravelli's New Album DREAM AGO, Out This Week; Plus More Tour Dates!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

Gabrielle Stravelli - the celebrated pop/jazz vocalist and songwriter - will release Dream Ago, her first major recording in a quickly rising career. The album, which will be available this week on January 27, 2017 from the Big Modern Music label, presents a joyous new voice of flexibility and range. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - January 22, 2017
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Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on January 22 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

KnowBe4 Warns Organizations of False Sense of Security
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

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BWW Review: The good, the bad, THE BODYGUARD
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Jan 14, 2017

Based on 1992 film by the same name, THE BODYGUARD brings back Whitney Houston's pop-disco tunes and a thinner, somewhat modernized version of the movie's script. (more...)

History Presents THE OBAMA YEARS - A NINE-PART ORAL HISTORY
by TV News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

HISTORY has today launched THE OBAMA YEARS - A NINE-PART ORAL HISTORY. This is an incredible compilation of commentary from President Barack Obama and 23 members of his administration. (more...)

The Guestlist & Kill Rock Stars Present 'Say Yes: An Elliott Smith Podcast'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Elliott Smith's seminal album Either/Or, and the upcoming release of Either/Or: Expanded Edition, The Guestlist and Kill Rock Stars have partnered to create Say Yes: An Elliott Smith Podcast (more...)

Alan Gilbert Leads NY Philharmonic In WORKS BY JOHN ADAMS, 3/9-11
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct the New York Philharmonic in a program celebrating John Adams's 70th birthday year, featuring John Adams's Harmonielehre and Absolute Jest - with the New York Philharmonic String Quartet as solo ensemble in its debut - on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, March 10 at 2:00 p.m.; and Saturday, March 11 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

BWW Interview: Joanna Gleason: FROM CAMPFIRE TO CABARET at The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College
by Kathryn Kitt - Feb 1, 2017

Watch barriers between disciples dissolve as Tony award winning actress Joanna Gleason leads students from Purchase College's dance, theatre, jazz, and opera programs on the journey from “campfire to cabaret,” drawing out personal narratives via a mix of intimate discussion, interactive demonstration, and hands-on workshops. (more...)

BWW Review: THE PORTAL Offers Brain-Cleansing Bombardment of Sounds and Images
by Michael Dale - Dec 9, 2016

As audience members enter the Minetta Lane Theatre's auditorium for producer/director Luke Comer's abstract multi-media theatre piece THE PORTAL, they're greeted by a projected slide summarizing the 90 minute long production's plot, followed by the advisory, 'The show is less literal and more allegorical and dreamy.' (more...)

BWW Review: Shoot Your Eye at A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL at The Hippodrome
by Cybele Pomeroy - Dec 8, 2016

This musical is everything a piece of musical theater ought to be. There is a little prologue with the character of Jean Shepherd. We know immediately who is whom and the exact nature of the piece's dramatic crux. Devotees of the movie will find much that is familiar, though there has been some rearrangement, extension, enhancement and addition. Dialogue flows as stage dialogue should: with snappy delivery, different voices and more wit than is common in Real Life. Musical numbers are lively and either reveal character or move the plot. Scene changes are rapid and full of children's holiday pagent-styled elements. Ralphie's home is an adorable cutaway dollhouse. The cast is energetic and charming. This production should satisfy fans of musical theater, fans of the movie, fans of holiday shows, fans of family-friendly entertainment and really anyone who isn't a Grinch or a Scrooge. (more...)

BWW Interview: Abby Koenig of THE JEW WHO LOVES CHRISTMAS at Rec Room
by Alexander Garza - Dec 6, 2016

THE JEW WHO LOVES CHRISTMAS is an autobiographical, one-woman, 30-minute, performance piece by Abby Koenig. Through self-deprecating humor and a multimedia experience, Koenig describes her ghosts of Christmases past, concluding with the hopes to keep Christmas awesome forever. Here Koenig discusses how the show came to be, how it's evolved, and what audiences can expect of the performance in the new space at the Rec Room. (more...)

Vanina Takvorian Releass Her First Country Music Album 'Anyway' in New York
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

Vanina Takvorian is a French American Entrepreneur and Founder of a business venture specialized in luxury real estate and fashion in Manhattan, NYC. She just released Her New Album 'Anyway' available in all the Digital Music Distribution Sites. (more...)

Anna Deavere Smith's NOTES FROM THE FIELD Adds Another Show at Second Stage
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

Due to extremely high ticket demand, Anna Deavere Smith's critically acclaimed new work, NOTES FROM THE FIELD, has added a performance at 1pm on Wednesday, December 14. The production plays through Sunday, December 18th at Second Stage Theatre (305 West 43rd Street). (more...)

Bay City Players Presents ACT ONE
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2016

Bay City Players will present ACT ONE, by James Lapine, from the autobiography by Moss Hart, January 27 - 29 & February 3 - 5, 2017 at Bay City Players, 1214 Columbus Avenue, in Bay City.   Performance times are 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.  ACT ONE is directed by Michael Wisniewski. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Rick McKay Pays Tribute to Debbie Reynolds with New Documentary Footage
by Stage Tube - Dec 29, 2016

Broadway historian and documentarian, Rick McKay has released some brand-new footage from his upcoming documentary Broadway: BEYOND the Golden Age. The footage features late actress, Debbie Reynolds, who passed away following a stroke this week, discussing her early career. (more...)

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Succeeds in Finding The Heart of The Show
by Jude Buot - Dec 22, 2016

Almost everyone loves Christmas. Almost, since there is The Grinch and an old fellow named Ebenezer Scrooge. The latter is the main character in Charles Dickens' novel titled 'A Christmas Carol.' His story is quite popular, not just among literature fans, because it served as inspiration to some TV shows, movies, and, of course, musicals. Scrooge is the grumpy, greedy old man who had a change of heart during Christmas day, after being visited by three Ghosts of Christmas. (more...)

Loudon Wainwright III to Perform at People's Light This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2016

People's Light presents the regional premiere of Loudon Wainwright III's Surviving Twin. Created and performed by the Grammy Award-winner as a 'posthumous collaboration' with his late father, an esteemed writer and Life Magazine columnist, the production serves as both a moving homage, and 'a pointed musical meditation on the complexities of familial relationships' (Hollywood Reporter). (more...)

Check Out Quotables from TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON - Week of 12/12
by TV News Desk - Dec 20, 2016

Below, check out quotables from NBC's THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON for the week of December 12 – December 16. (more...)

Annette O'Toole Joins MAN FROM NEBRASKA at Second Stage Theatre This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

Just announced, Annette O'Toole will assume the role of Nancy Carpenter in the upcoming New York premiere production of Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts' play, MAN FROM NEBRASKA, directed by David Cromer. (more...)

BWW Interview: Theatre Life with the Men Behind The Kinsey Sicks
by Elliot Lanes - Dec 19, 2016

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BWW Cooks: Feeding Foodie Friends and Relations This Christmas
by Marakay Rogers - Dec 19, 2016

Your persnickety hipster cousin is visiting. You don't have to worry. You can cook exactly what he really wants to eat, without sweating it. (more...)

BWW Review: Ahmanson Welcomes Charming AMELIE
by Don Grigware - Dec 19, 2016

Amelie A New Musical, based on the 2001 French film Amelie, has a magical charm that reminds one of Matilda, at least in the beginning scenes. We meet the young Amelie (Savvy Crawford) who enters through a picture frame (see photo at left) and proceeds to tell her story, quite sad in fact, for she is saddled with a heart condition and difficult parents who keep her isolated and unhappy. Her mother meets a tragic, almost freakish demise and Amelie is brought up by her father who lives in a world of his own. As she matures, she realizes her lot in life will be to make other people happy. Now onstage at the Ahmanson Theatre through January 15, Amelie A New Musical has some wonderfully imaginative moments and a sparkling cast under the fast-paced direction of Pam MacKinnon. (more...)

Aditi Brennan Kapil's IMOGEN SAYS NOTHING to Premiere at Yale Rep This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

Yale Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere of IMOGEN SAYS NOTHING by Aditi Brennan Kapil, directed by Laurie Woolery, at Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street), January 20-February 11. Opening Night is Thursday, January 26. (more...)

BWW Interview: Siena Avila of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Thousand Oaks Repertory Company
by Cary Ginell - Dec 14, 2016

Siena Avila is like many other 16-year-old high schoolers you know. Cheerful, friendly, enthusiastic, and just a little bit shy. But Siena has one thing that most kids her age don't have, an amazing singing ability and a natural instinct for performing everything from light opera to musical theater. We first saw her perform in the Ventura County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire Company's recent production of The Sorcerer this past summer. Shepherded to VCGSRC producers Rebecca and John Pillsbury, Avila has made an immediate impact on the Ventura County theater scene, most recently being double-cast with Mary Zastrow in the Thousand Oaks Repertory Company production of A Christmas Carol. We sat down with Siena last week to get to know her and find out where she's been and where she's going. (more...)

Brad Paisley to Bring Life Amplified World Tour to Giant Center
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

Country music superstar Brad Paisley will bring his highly successful Life Amplified World Tour to Giant Center on Friday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m. Special guests for the evening will be hit-maker Chase Bryant and rising-star Lindsay Ell.  (more...)

BWW Interview: Broadway at NOCCA Welcomes Gavin Creel
by Heidi Scheuermann - Dec 12, 2016

I'm so thrilled to say that on Thursday evening one of my biggest inspirations, Gavin Creel, along with Seth Rudetsky will be presenting a concert at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. I'm even more thrilled to say that I had the unique opportunity to hold him hostage on the phone for nearly half an hour to talk about his life, career, and some burning questions that I just had to have answered. (more...)

BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Dec 1, 2016

Fast paced, talkative and energy draining, this multi-Tony-winning play is worth studying before you go. THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME plays the Orpheum through Dec. 4. (more...)

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