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BWW Reviews: IF/THEN at the National Theatre - Get Ready Broadway for a Hit
by Charles Shubow - Nov 29, 2013

World premiere musical by the Tony Award winning team of tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey features Idina Menzel. (more...)

Review Roundup: MAXIE by Bit by Bit Company
by Oliver Oliveros - Nov 27, 2013

Together with the Cultural Center of the Philippines and PETA Theater Center, Bit by Bit Company's screen-to-stage adaptation of "Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros" ("The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros") held its world premiere November 9, and is running at PETA Theater Center (5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City) until December 8. (more...)

Theo Ubique's Original (But Very Brief) A VERY MERRY MADRIGAL
by Paul W. Thompson - Nov 27, 2013

Most theater companies try to mount something during the holiday season. And so it is that the powers that be at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, that most storefront of all of the Chicago area non-Equity musical theater companies, has mounted a clever idea and unique holiday entertainment called "A Very Merry Madrigal," directed by David Heimann. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Bourne Amazes and Thrills with New SLEEPING BEAUTY
by Don Grigware - Nov 25, 2013

No matter how you feel about the vast number of liberties Matthew Bourne takes in creating his scenario for The Sleeping Beauty, you must admit the end result is vibrantly imaginative, magical and fascinating to watch. Now at the Ahmanson Theatre for two weeks only through December 1, Sleeping Beauty does indeed have beauty in more ways than one. (more...)

Daniel Breaker Brings SONGS OF A TRAVELER to Joe's Pub Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2013

Tony nominee, two time Drama Desk nominee, Theatre World Award and Obie winner Daniel Breaker, most recently seen in Shakespeare in the Park's Love's Labour's Lost, returns to Joe's Pub tonight, November 25th at 9:30pm. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Francia Raisa & WWE's Mike 'The Miz' Mizanin Chat ABC Family's CHRISTMAS BOUNTY
by Caryn Robbins - Nov 25, 2013

Francia Raisa and WWE Superstar Mike 'The Miz' Mizanin spoke about the exciting holiday special, CHRISTMAS BOUNTY, premiering this Tuesday on ABC Family! (more...)

BWW Blog: Eric Ulloa of Goodspeed's THE MOST HAPPY FELLA - Show People
by Guest Blogger: Eric Ulloa - Nov 23, 2013

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Daniel Breaker to Bring SONGS OF A TRAVELER to Joe's Pub, 11/25
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2013

Tony nominee, two time Drama Desk nominee, Theatre World Award and Obie winner Daniel Breaker, most recently seen in Shakespeare in the Park's Love's Labour's Lost, returns to Joe's Pub on November 25th at 9:30pm. (more...)

Trustus Theatre Presents New Adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Patrick Barlow, 12/6-21
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2013

Trustus Theatre is bringing a new adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol to the Thigpen Main Stage this December. This new script by Patrick Barlow, the Tony-award winning playwright of The 39 Steps, is a whirlwind telling of the classic holiday story where five actors take on all of the roles. Trustus will be one of only four theatres who have the rights to produce this new adaptation as the show also makes its Off-Broadway premiere this holiday season. Scrooge and all of his ghostly counterparts will come to the Thigpen Main Stage as A Christmas Carol opens Friday December 6th at 8:00pm. The show will run through December 21st, 2013 with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets may be purchased at www.trustus.org. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Actress/Singer Spider Saloff Talks About the Music Business and Her Appearance at Rockwell on December 3
by Don Grigware - Nov 20, 2013

Actress/singer Spider Saloff will appear at Rockwell in Hollywood December 3 with her award-winning Cool Yule Christmas show. A big hit artist on the jazz/cabaret scene in Chicago, Saloff is considered one of the greatest song interpreters of Ella Fitzgerald. In our talk, she discusses her roots and her love of music. (more...)

Superhero Fantasy Meets Cell Biology In BIOWARS The Battle Rages Within
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2013

NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ BIOWARS The Battle Rages Within is a new online comics series launching November 19. This richly-illustrated adventure story brings a scientific twist to the modern-day superhero battleground. Subscriptions to BIOWARS are free with registration at www.BIOWARS.com. (more...)

Harriet Harris, Judy Kaye, David Garrison, Rachel York & More Join Christian Borle in Encores! LITTLE ME; Runs 2/5-9
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2014

Robert Creighton, David Garrison, Harriet Harris, Judy Kaye, Lewis J. Stadlen, Lee Wilkof, Tony Yazbeck and Rachel York will join Christian Borle in Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh¹s Little Me, the opening production of New York City Center¹s 2014 Encores! season, running for seven performances, February 5 - 9. The show will be directed by John Rando with music direction by Rob Berman and choreography by Joshua Bergasse. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Dule Hill Talks AFTER MIDNIGHT & His Broadway Roots!
by Stage Tube - Jan 7, 2014

Actor Dule Hill visited HuffPost Live to discuss his role in the Broadway musical, After Midnight, opening up about how he landed his first Broadway gig. Plus, Hill revealed the secret handshake that Martin Sheen taught him on the set of The West Wing. Check out the full interview below! (more...)

Synetic Theater Co-Founders Chosen as Washingtonians of the Year
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2014

Synetic Theater co-founders Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili will be recognized on January 15th by Washingtonian Magazine as Washingtonians of the Year for being local heroes in their commitment to making the Washington DC community a better place through boundary-pushing theater. (more...)

Roulette to Welcome Jeanne Golan and David Garrison in VIKTOR ULLMANN: SONATAS & STORIES, 1/27
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2014

Roulette presents Pianist Jeanne Golan and actor David Garrison in Viktor Ullmann: Sonatas & Stories on Monday, January 27, 8pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Berkeley Rep's THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2014

Berkeley Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere of The House that will not Stand, a humorous and gripping historical drama commissioned from award- winning poet-playwright and Oakland native Marcus Gardley. Sensuous, witty, heartbreaking, and uplifting - The House that will not Stand unearths a story about free women of color in 1836 New Orleans, where black Creole women entered into common-law marriages with affluent white men. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast below! (more...)

BWW Interviews: Robert Encila - Theatrical Alchemist
by Jeanmarie Simpson - Jan 22, 2014

JS: Robert Encila's company, Studio Connections, has become a respected force in the theatre landscape in southern Arizona. I asked him how theatre came to be his career. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Fantastic Performers Can't Overcome AMERICAN IDIOT's Banal Direction and Concept
by Jeff Davis - Jan 15, 2014

Don't let the scattered empty seats in Bass Concert Hall fool you. American Idiot is quite possibly the biggest sell-out show in history. Billie Joe Armstrong and Co., I hope the millions you've earned by pimping out one of the greatest albums of a generation made it all worth it, and I hope it didn't hurt to see your greatest achievement robbed of all its emotion and power. Even Bono was able to contribute to musical theater while maintaining more integrity. (more...)

Big Changes Heading to AMERICAN IDOL; Read What's in Store This Season!
by TV News Desk - Jan 15, 2014

Viewers can expect new and exciting changes throughout the 13th installment of the long-running musical competition (more...)

Plus Size Prom Dresses Released By Considerate Supplier Fadhits.com
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2014

Recently, Fadhits.com, a leading supplier of wedding dresses and women's special occasion outfits, has excitedly released a new collection of plus size prom dresses. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: Brochu & Schalchlin Shows at the Met Room on 1/15 Should Hit a Grand Slam As Cabaret Doubleheader
by Stephen Hanks - Jan 14, 2014

As a cabaret reviewer, my role is to observe, muse, opine, critique, judge, and otherwise hobnob with all the thoughts in my fevered brain during and after a show. I don't believe it's appropriate for reviewers to promote specific shows—especially before they've reviewed them—so I don't write a “Pick of the Week or Month” column or advise readers on what or whom they should see. But here I'll break my own policy and urge you to go to the Metropolitan Room on Wednesday night, January 15 to see the shows of Steve Schalchlin (7pm) and Jim Brochu (9pm). Believe me, you'll thank me. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Five-Minutes with ELEPHANT'S GRAVEYARD director and Theatre Pro Rata's Amber Bjork
by Noah Lee Jordan - Jan 14, 2014

Amber Bjork has been a part of Theatre Pro Rata for quite a while now and proven that not only is she a talented actress but also quite the director. BroadwayWorld.com took a minute to catch up with the talented creative to talk life, love, and her upcoming project ELEPHANT'S GRAVEYARD. (more...)

Film Society of Lincoln Center - 2014 New Directors/New Films Selections
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2014

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art today announced seven official selections for the 2014 New Directors/New Films Festival (ND/NF) (March 19–30). (more...)

National Geographic Channel Premieres New Season of BRAIN GAMES Tonight
by TV News Desk - Jan 13, 2014

Brain Games is back for an all-new season of interactive illusions, challenges and experiments that showcase the extraordinary nature of the human brain, beginning tonight, January 13 at 9:00 PM ET/PT on the National Geographic Channel. (more...)

KING OF QUEENS' Gary Valentine Set for Side Splitters in Tampa, 12/12-14
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2013

Side Splitters Comedy Club in Tampa, Fla. will welcome Gary Valentine, December 12-14, 2013. (more...)

BWW Blog: Jeffrey Sanzel - And Time Continues
by Guest Blogger: Jeffrey Sanzel - Dec 9, 2013

It's Sunday night. We just ended the first of our three ten show weeks of A Christmas Carol. (more...)

BWW EXCLUSIVE: CABARET's Kit Kat Klub Ensemble Answers Our Burning Questions!
by Pat Cerasaro - Dec 9, 2013

Today, BroadwayWorld is thrilled to present the first in an ongoing series highlighting the talented cast of the forthcoming Broadway revival of John Kander & Fred Ebb's seminal musical masterpiece CABARET with a spotlight on the accomplished corps that make up the weird and wonderfully entertaining inhabitants of the show's classic Kit Kat Klub - including just-announced cast-members Gayle Rankin, Bill Heck, Benjamin Eakeley, Caleb Damschroder, Kristin Olness, Leeds Hill, Jane Pfitsch, Dylan Paul, Kelly Paredes, Kaleigh Cronin, Andrea Goss and Aaron Krohn, all answering our questions! (more...)

BWW Interviews: Constantine Maroulis Talks Solo Cabaret in January
by David Clarke - Dec 9, 2013

It's hard to believe that 2013 is already drawing to a close. Holiday decorations line the streets of Houston, Thanksgiving is already nothing but a distant memory, and everywhere people are looking forward to the beginnings of 2014. Luckily, for Houston audiences, our 2014 will start not with a whimper but a roar. Broadway's favorite rocker, Constantine Maroulis, will soon take the stage at Houston's The Music Box Theater for a series of solo cabaret performances that are sure to electrifying. In anticipation of his performances, I recently talked to the performer about his career and the upcoming shows. (more...)

PHOTO FLASH: Meet the Cast of MAXIE THE MUSICALE; Show Opens 11/9
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2013

Jayvhot Galang (Maximo Oliveros), Roeder Camañag and Nazer Salcedo (alternating as Paco Oliveros), Jojo Riguerra (Victor Perez), Al Gatmaitan and OJ Mariano (alternating as Boy Oliveros), and Jay Gonzaga (Bogs Oliveros) lead the cast of new original Filipino musical "Maxie: Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros," which is based on Michiko Yamamoto's screenplay for ufo Picture's critically acclaimed independent film "Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros" ("The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros"). (more...)

SOUND OFF: GLEE's Scandalous Spin On Santa & The Supremes
by Pat Cerasaro - Dec 6, 2013

Today, in honor of the holiday-centric winter finale of Season Five of FOX's hit musical dramedy series GLEE, we are checking off the top twelve reasons to celebrate GLEE beneath the Christmas tree this year - complete with shirtless Santas, erotic elves and drunken eggnog debauchery. (more...)

Trustus Theatre Presents New Adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Patrick Barlow, Now thru 12/21
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2013

Trustus Theatre is bringing a new adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol To the Thigpen Main Stage this December. This new script by Patrick Barlow, the Tony-award winning playwright of The 39 Steps, is a whirlwind telling of the classic holiday story where five actors take on all of the roles. Trustus will be one of only four theatres who have the rights to produce this new adaptation as the show also makes its Off-Broadway premiere this holiday season. Scrooge and all of his ghostly counterparts will come to the Thigpen Main Stage as A Christmas Carol opens tonight, December 6th at 8:00pm. (more...)

BWW Reviews: IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS Delivers Sweet Dreams
by Cybele Pomeroy - Dec 5, 2013

at Baltimore's Hippodrome Theater Through December 8, 2013 (more...)

BWW Blog: Michael Milligan of Off-Broadway's MERCY KILLERS - A Leap Into the Void!
by Guest Blogger: Michael Milligan - Dec 4, 2013

A Leap into the Void! musings on the upcoming run of Mercy Killers, by Michael Milligan (more...)

Berkeley Rep to Premiere THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND, 1/31-3/16
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2013

Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces the world premiere of The House that will not Stand, a historical comedic drama commissioned from award-winning poet-playwright and Oakland native Marcus Gardley. Sensuous, witty, heartbreaking, and uplifting - The House that will not Stand unearths a story about free women of color in 1836 New Orleans, where black Creole women entered into common-law marriages with affluent white men. When her wealthy lover mysteriously dies, Beartrice Albans' foundation of security hangs precariously by a thread. She is left to fend for her three unwed daughters in a world where freedom must be carefully negotiated. Told in a rich and lyrical river of words, this new play was developed through The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep's Center for the Creation and Development of New Work. It's helmed by Patricia McGregor, whose many credits include the celebrated production of Spunk at California Shakespeare Theater. The House that will not Stand begins previews on Berkeley Rep's intimate Thrust Stage on Friday, January 31, opens on Wednesday, February 5 and runs through Sunday, March 16, 2014. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE LYONS at Round House Theatre - Hear it Roar
by Charles Shubow - Dec 3, 2013

A talented cast makes for a memorable evening. (more...)

Voting Now Open in 18 Categories for 2013 BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Awards, Thru 1/5
by Stephen Hanks - Dec 3, 2013

If you're wondering whether or not 2013 was a fantastic year for the cabaret art form in New York, all you have to do is scan the amazing list of nominees for this year's BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Awards and you'll know it was one of the best ever. So now it's time for all you cabaret performers and fans to vote for the best singers, musicians, songs, and shows of the year. Voting will continue until Sunday night January 5 and the winners will be announced later that week. We hope that all the winners will be able to perform in the Award show on Sunday night February 23 at Joe's Pub. (more...)

Bill de Blasio Appoints Gladys Carrion to Head of Administration for Children's Services
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2013

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio selected Henry Street Settlement's youth building as the venue to announce his latest appointment on Sunday - Gladys Carrion will be the new head of the Administration for Children's Services. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Bebe Neuwirth Talks New STORIES… IN NYC: LIVE AT 54 BELOW Album, Broadway/Hollywood Memories & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Dec 21, 2013

Today we are talking to an instantly recognizable stage and screen performer known for a variety of powerful and memorable roles, including those which have earned her two Tony Awards as well as two Emmys - the elegant and cool Bebe Neuwirth. Talking all about the songs and stories that play a part in her fantastic new live solo album STORIES… IN NYC: LIVE AT 54 BELOW, the versatile triple-threat opens up about many of her masterful collaborations over the years - including working with Michael Bennett on A CHORUS LINE and Bob Fosse on SWEET CHARITY, not to mention her iconic portrayal of Velma Kelly in the original cast of the still-running revival of Kander & Ebb's CHICAGO. Plus, Neuwirth shines a light on some of her most celebrated screen roles, as well, including offering a candid behind the scenes story from her unforgettable scene in Woody Allen's CELEBRITY and more. Plus, Neuwirth comments on some of her current and upcoming projects, including her recurring role on CBS hit BLUE BLOODS and her recent appearances on THE GOOD WIFE as well as much, much more in this career-spanning conversation with one of Broadway's best. (more...)

Trustus Theatre Presents New Adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Patrick Barlow, 12/6-21
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2013

Trustus Theatre is bringing a new adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol to the Thigpen Main Stage this December. This new script by Patrick Barlow, the Tony-award winning playwright of The 39 Steps, is a whirlwind telling of the classic holiday story where five actors take on all of the roles. Trustus will be one of only four theatres who have the rights to produce this new adaptation as the show also makes its Off-Broadway premiere this holiday season. Scrooge and all of his ghostly counterparts will come to the Thigpen Main Stage as A Christmas Carol opens Friday December 6th at 8:00pm. The show will run through December 21st, 2013 with matinees todays and Sundays. Tickets may be purchased at www.trustus.org. (more...)

VIDEO: Jon Stewart Weighs In on DUCK DYNASTY Controversy
by TV News Desk - Dec 20, 2013

Last night, Jon Stewart weighed in with his thoughts of the growing controversy. (more...)

National Geographic Channel to Premiere New Season of BRAIN GAMES, 1/13
by TV News Desk - Dec 19, 2013

Brain Games is back for an all-new season of interactive illusions, challenges and experiments that showcase the extraordinary nature of the human brain, beginning Monday, January 13 at 9:00 PM ET/PT on the National Geographic Channel. (more...)

Grammy Nominee Nelson Gonzalez Joins Second Stage Theatre's THE HAPPIEST SONG PLAYS LAST Creative Team
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2013

Grammy Award-nominated musician Nelson Gonzalez has joined the creative team of the upcoming Second Stage Theatre production of THE HAPPIEST SONG PLAYS LAST, written by 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegria Hudes and directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Mr. Gonzalez, who is widely considered the master of the Cuban Tres guitar, will oversee the production's musical elements and will lead a live band during performances. (more...)

Adam McKay On 'Huge' Musical Number In ANCHORMAN 2 Re-Release
by Pat Cerasaro - Dec 17, 2013

While internationally recognized funnyman and former SNL star Will Ferrell has already proven his mettle on the Great White Way with his solo show YOU'RE WELCOME AMERICA, the ANCHORMAN 2 star figures into another theatrical trope as well - an elaborate musical number filmed but cut from the new feature film comedy but set to be a central component of the Alternate Cut, set for re-release in theaters for a limited time later this month. (more...)

Portland Ovations to Partner with Community for Maine's Food Insecurity Issues
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2013

The performing arts are the one of the most compelling ways to communicate stories of the human condition, whether through dance, music, acting, even puppetry. This April, Portland Ovations - the non-profit performing arts presenter - brings Who's Hungry, a powerful and provocative play utilizing tabletop puppet-theater to SPACE Gallery. Who's Hungry tells the story of those of us who, on a daily basis, must choose between life's basic necessities- food or rent, food or medicine, food or bus fare. (more...)

Exclusive: Tom Rodriguez Reacts to BroadwayWorld Awards Nomination
by Oliver Oliveros - Dec 14, 2013

On his way out of the Amazura Concert Hall in Jamaica, Queens, where the cast of GMA Pinoy TV's hit TV series 'My Husband's Lover' had a well-attended thanksgiving concert for fans, model-singer turned actor Tom Rodriguez had a quick interview with BroadwayWorld.com, whose readers from the Philippines have earlier nominated him for Best Actor (Musical) and Best Crossover Artist (Mainstream to Theater) at the 2013 BroadwayWorld Awards-Philippines. (more...)

Review Roundup: AMERICAN HUSTLE-A Movie Well Played
by Movies News Desk - Dec 13, 2013

David O. Russell has been hitting a career high, but can American Hustle take him to the Oscar again? (more...)

DO-GOODER World Premiere to Open 16th Street's New Season, 1/16-2/22
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2013

The world premiere of Laura Jacqmin's DO-GOODER opens 16th Street Theater's Season Seven performing January 16 - February 22, 2014 at 6420 16th Street in Berwyn, with a press opening of Thursday, January 23 at 7:30 PM. Directed by Artistic Director Ann Filmer, Do-Gooder is the first show in 16th Street's Season Seven 2014: How to Be Good. (more...)

KING OF QUEENS' Gary Valentine Set for Side Splitters in Tampa, Now thru 12/14
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2013

Side Splitters Comedy Club in Tampa, Fla. will welcome Gary Valentine, tonight, December 12-14, 2013. (more...)

BWW Blog: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished by Jeffrey Sanzel, Executive Artistic Director, Theatre Three
by Guest Blogger: Jeffrey Sanzel - Dec 11, 2013

In all things, we try to look for lessons and reasons. Things to take away from an experience. Each event hopefully guides us to new insights and introspections, gives us fodder for future choices and perspectives. I guess. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: Director/Lyricist Peter Napolitano On Producing His Third WINTER RHYTHMS Series at Urban Stages, Dec 3-15
by Stephen Hanks - Dec 1, 2013

It may not be like getting a gift on every one of the 12 Days of Christmas, but for cabaret and musical theater lovers, the 5th Annual Urban Stages Winter Rhythms series--presented over a dozen nights at the not-for-profit Off-Broadway theatre on 259 West 30th Street--could be the closest thing to opening a daily present by the tree. From December 3-15, dozens of singers and musicians will perform in an eclectic mix of a dozen shows plus late night and matinee 'extras,' with all the proceeds from ticket sales dedicated to the Urban Stages 'On Tour Outreach Program that brings more than 200 free multicultural theater and music programs to elementary and middle school age children and their families in libraries and schools throughout NYC five boroughs. Three years ago, Urban Stages Artistic Director Frances Hill brought in MAC and Bistro award-winning director, lyricist and producer Peter Napolitano to produce the Winter Rhythms program and broaden its scope.BroadwayWorld.com Cabaret Columnist Stephen Hanks recently caught up with the Sol Hurok of Urban Stages to learn how Napolitano has helped Winter Rhythms evolve and to get some insights into this year's program. (more...)

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