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Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Andrew Keenan-Bolger & More Set to Lead Transport Group's THE MUSIC MAN Concert
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

Initial casting for Transport Group's concert presentation of The Music Man has been announced. The evening will feature Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Alexandra Silber, Mary Testa, Jill Paice, Heather Mac Rae, Jeffry Denman, Stanley Bahorek, David Greenspan, and D.C. Anderson. Complete casting will be announced at a later date. The concert will be held at the Irene Diamond Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42 Street, on Monday, August 11, 2014, directed by five-time Drama Desk nominee, Jack Cummings III. (more...)

WAT-AAH! Taking Back the Streets Comes to Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

WAT-AAH!, one of the fastest-growing bottled water brands, announces the continuation of its groundbreaking art campaign, WAT-AAH! Taking Back the Streets. The initiative launched February 20th in support of the Partnership for a Healthier America's (PHA) “Drink Up” initiative, which encourages everyone to drink more water more often. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Caroline Bowman and Desi Oakley Discuss Playing 'Eva Perón' in EVITA Tour
by Stage Tube - Jul 9, 2014

Caroline Bowman and Desi Oakley, the women who share the role of Eva Peron on the first national tour of EVITA, stopped by CBS Studios in Pittsburgh to discuss the show, their character, and opening night. EVITA will be playing at The Benedum Center from July 8th to July 13th. Tickets start at $35.75 and are available online at pittsburghCLO.org, by calling 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square. Groups of 10 or more enjoy exclusive discounts and specialty packages. Visit http://www.evitaonbroadway.com/tour.html for further information. (more...)

The Houston Grand Opera Closes Its 2013-2014 Season with THE PASSENGER
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

Houston Grand Opera capped a financially and artistically successful 2013–14 season by presenting Mieczyslaw Weinberg's The Passenger —the Polish-Jewish composer's long-suppressed Holocaust opera—to wide acclaim at New York's Park Avenue Armory as part of the Lincoln Center Festival, July 10–13. Earlier this year, HGO gave the American premiere of the work in Houston with the same cast. There was special praise for the production and performances, conducted by HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers. New York magazine described David Pountney's staging as “a multi-story set so vivid you can practically smell the machine oil and coal smoke,” while the Financial Times said: “The production, imported from Houston, is imposing in every way.” The New York Times called the cast “flawless,” adding: “The conductor, Patrick Summers, drew a surging, textured, richly detailed performance of this challenging score (lasting three hours) from the inspired musicians of the Houston Grand Opera.” WQXR's Operavore summed up the import of the performances: “The Passenger shows how a Holocaust opera can hold the stage while examining important, complex issues—and could certainly point the way for future composers to deal with such important but delicate subject matter.” (more...)

First Lady Michelle Obama to Appear on The Hub's KID PRESIDENT: DECLARATION OF AWESOME, 8/9
by TV News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama discusses the importance of kids staying active and eating healthy every day as part of her Let's Move! Initiative in the season finale of 'Kid President: Declaration of Awesome,' (more...)

California's Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom Joins Leadership Team for 2015 Special Olympics in LA
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has been appointed Executive Chairman of the Leadership Committee of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. (more...)

President Obama Says 2013 National Medal of Arts Honorees 'Add Texture to Our Lives'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

President Barack Obama presented the National Medals of Arts in conjunction with the National Humanities Medals this afternoon, July 28, 2014, in an East Room ceremony at the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama was also in attendance. (more...)

HERE LIES LOVE Celebrates 100 Performances
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 28, 2014

The talented cast of the Public Theater's highly acclaimed Off-Broadway environmental biomusical HERE LIES LOVE celebrated 100 performances this weekend. (more...)

Mike Colter to Return to CBS's THE GOOD WIFE
by TV News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

Mike Colter, who portrayed the devilish Lemond Bishop on CBS's THE GOOD WIFE last season, will rerpise the character when the series returns this fall. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long-Running Hits - WICKED
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 28, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's WICKED below! (more...)

Single Tickets for The Center for the Performing Arts' 2014-15 Go on Sale 7/28
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

Single tickets for the 2014-15 season at the Center for the Performing Arts -- home of the Palladium, the Tarkington Theater, and Studio Theater -- are available for purchase on Monday, July 28. Starting at 6 a.m. Monday, single tickets are available for purchase online at www.TheCenterPresents.org. At 8 a.m. tickets are on sale at the Palladium box office (Third Avenue SW & City Center Drive). At 10 a.m. phone sales begin at 317-843-3800. (more...)

SPIDER-MAN's Natalie Mendoza to Star in HERE LIES LOVE in London!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

The Daily Mail reports that Natalie Mendoza, who played 'Arachne' in Broadway's SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK during its long preview period, will step into the role of 'Imelda Marcos' in HERE LIES LOVE when it comes to London this fall at the National's Dorfman Theatre. (more...)

President Obama on ABC's SCANDAL: 'Not Something We Want to Be Living Out'
by TV News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

At a Washington DC fundraiser hosted by Scandal scribe Shonda Rhimes and star Kerry Washington last night, President Barack Obama joked about the accuracy of the hit ABC drama series. (more...)

TV One to Premiere GIRLRIENDS GETAWAY, Starring Garcelle Beauvais, 8/31
by TV News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

Just in time for summer's end, TV One presents the network premiere of the two-hour original movie, Girlfriends' Getaway on Saturday, August 30 at 8PM/ET with an encore at 11PM/ET and at 11AM/ET on Sunday, August 31st. (more...)

Portia de Rossi to Join ABC's SCANDAL in Multi-Episode Story Arc
by TV News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

'Arrested Development' star Portia de Rossi will appear in a multi-episode story arc when the fourth season of ABC's Scandal returns this fall. (more...)

Off-Broadway's iLUMINATE Debuts New Promo on Hulu
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

By special arrangement with Hulu, Off-Broadway's long-running hit iLUMINATE has created a spectacular new commercial for the on-demand streaming giant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qT8ct-ABl-U&list=UUPP56EmLKcMhG4Cron9tYKg. Now in its second smash year, iLUMINATE recently put a new block of seats on sale through January 4, 2015 at New World Stages. iLuminate wowed the nation with their groundbreaking light suits and innovative dance moves on NBC's "America's Got Talent," where the dance-in-the-dark sensation was selected as one of the hit show's top finalists after judge Piers Morgan called them "The Best New Act in America!" (more...)

The Washington National Opera Announces the Roster for the 13th Season of Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Washington National Opera (WNO) today announced the roster of emerging artists and renowned vocal coaches engaged for the 13th season of its Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. Under the leadership of program director Michael Heaston, the Domingo- Cafritz Young Artist Program continues to increase its number of performances throughout the season and expand its training regimen to include mentorship by its returning Artist in Residence, the acclaimed American soprano Deborah Voigt. Additional faculty members include voice teachers Diana Soviero and William Stone; guest vocal coaches Be?ne?dicte Jourdois, Kathleen Kelly, and Danielle Orlando; career consultants Ken Benson and Matthew Epstein; and guest drama coaches Peter Kazaras and Alan Paul, among others. The new class of young artists will participate in several world premiere productions during the 2014-2015 season as part of (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Karl Kenzler, Duke Lafoon & More in NYMTF's CLINTON: THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Former president and First Lady Bill and Hillary Clinton will be the subject of a new musical which will make its U.S. debut as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. The show will be performed for one week beginning in mid-July. (more...)

John Kander, Bill T. Jones, BAM & More to Receive 2013 National Medals of Arts
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

President Barack Obama will present the National Medals of Arts in conjunction with the National Humanities Medals on Monday, July 28, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. ET, in an East Room ceremony at the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama will attend. The event will be live streamed at WH.gov/Live. (more...)

Off-Broadway's iLUMINATE Now On Sale into 2015 at New World Stages
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

Due to overwhelming demand, the Off-Broadway hit iLUMINATE, now in its second smash year, today put a new block of seats on sale through January 4, 2015 at New World Stages. iLuminate wowed the nation with their groundbreaking light suits and innovative dance moves on NBC's 'America's Got Talent,' where the dance-in-the-dark sensation was selected as one of the hit show's top finalists after judge Piers Morgan called them 'The Best New Act in America!' (more...)

VIDEO: Cast of Broadway's THE LION KING Perform 'He Lives In You' at The White House
by Stage Tube - Jul 21, 2014

Cast members from Broadway's THE LION KING were welcomed by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House's Kids State Dinner on July 18th. (more...)

Adelaide International Guitar Festival Hits the Right Note with Audiences
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

Winter may have kicked in but the action was smoking hot at the Adelaide International Guitar Festival over the weekend. The biennial Adelaide International Guitar Festival has again struck a chord with audiences who flocked to the Adelaide Festival Centre over the past four days to celebrate the world's most popular instrument. Audiences soaked up the eclectic mix of more than 300 artists who strummed, plucked and picked their way through a long weekend of pure guitar entertainment. (more...)

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Names Betsy Bender as New Director of Marketing
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is proud to welcome Betsy Bender as the new Director of Marketing. Ms. Bender comes with more than 15 years' experience in the entertainment industry, including most recently, as the Director of Marketing and Sales at BIG ARTS on Sanibel, FL. (more...)

iLUMINATE Celebrates First Anniversary at New World Stages Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

iLUMINATE, the Off-Broadway smash spectacle (formerly titled ARTIST OF LIGHT), celebrates its one-year anniversary tonight, July 18th at New World Stages. iLuminate wowed the nation with their groundbreaking light suits and innovative dance moves on NBC's 'America's Got Talent,' where the dance-in-the-dark sensation was selected as one of the hit show's top finalists after judge Piers Morgan called them 'The Best New Act in America!' (more...)

Scoop: TODAY on NBC - Week of July 21, 2014
by TV Scoop - Jul 18, 2014

Get all the scoop on TODAY, airing on NBC for the week of July 21, 2014! (more...)

Lifetime Announces National Sweepstakes to Promote New Thriller THE LOTTERY
by TV News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

To promote the July 20 launch of its provocative new conspiracy thriller The Lottery (#TheLottery), Lifetime has launched a national sweepstakes through which people with a July 20 birthdate are eligible to win $10,000. (more...)

Photo Flash: THE LION KING Ready to Pack Up & Bring Pride Rock to D.C. for the White House's Kids State Dinner
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

The cast of Broadway's The Lion King will pack up and bring Pride Rock to D.C. for the White House's annual Kids State Dinner this Friday. In excitement, the production has shared a new image on their official Twitter page, which First Lady Michelle Obama promptly retweeted in support. Check it out below! (more...)

Leaders Convene At National Youth And Thought Leader Summits To Take Action For Healthy, High-Achieving Schools
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ This week, more than 900 students and thought leaders will gather and recommit their support for healthy change in America's schools at the Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador Summit, and the GENYOUth Foundation Nutrition + Physical Activity Learning Connection Summit and Fuel Up-Play-Learn EXPO at the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Ranging from health and wellness experts and educators to government officials and student leaders, participants all share a mission to make a difference in the lives of America's youth via school wellness. Continuing the crucial dialogue that began at the 2012 Learning Connection Summit, the 2014 Summits will focus on public-private partnerships as solutions to help schools set and achieve wellness policies and practices. (more...)

First Lady Michelle Obama Makes GRAMMY Museum Speech - Give 'Every Child' Access to the Arts
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama delivered the keynote address at The GRAMMY Museum's Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon today, July 16, 2014 at Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE. The event honored Southern California-based educator Sunshine Cavalluzzi and six-time GRAMMY nominee Janelle Monáe. Read some of the First Lady's remarks below! (more...)

Disney Theatrical Productions Releases 'Get Up and Go' Tutorial Video Featuring Michelle Obama
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

Disney Theatrical Productions' new wellness and fitness program 'Get Up and Go' launches its first free tutorial video today, featuring a welcome message from Mrs. Obama in support of her 'Let's Move' initiative. (more...)

Dirty Bourbon River, Lea DeLaria and More Set for Bucks County Playhouse's JAZZ FEST 2014 in September
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

Bucks County Playhouse under the direction of Alexander Fraser and Robyn Goodman is delighted to announce the launch of the upcoming Bridge Street Concert Series: Jazz Fest 2014. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Kristin Chenoweth Wows London in a One-Night-Only Concert
by Iris Moebius - Jul 15, 2014

It had been three years in the making when Kristin Chenoweth took the stage at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday for her one night only concert. She was welcomed by thunderous applause, was visibly moved and happy to be there. Over the next 2 hours she took us on a journey through different musical genres, including musical theatre, country, gospel and pop. Miss Chenoweth wowed the audience with her versatility and the effortlessness with which she moved through this eclectic program, but also with the raw emotion palpable in each song. (more...)

Azudi Onyejekwe and Rodrick Covington to Star in THE SONGS OF CENTRAL AVENUE BREAKDOWN Concert at NYMF, 7/22
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

The New York Musical Theatre Festival and Moldy Fig Productions, LCC present THE SONGS OF CENTRAL AVENUE BREAKDOWN, a one night only concert event. With Book by Kevin Ray, Andrea Lepcio & Dominic Taylor; Music and Lyrics by Kevin Ray; and Additional Story by Suellen Vance, the concert will be directed by Lee Summers and is set for Tuesday, July 22nd at 8 p.m. at The Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe, 407 West 42nd Street. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Public's HERE LIES LOVE Kicks Off 'Summer Friday' Performances with Anika Larsen, Tommy Tune & More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

The Public's HERE LIES LOVE kicked off its 'Summer Friday' performances on Friday. On the Friday, July 11th kickoff, guests in attendance included Alan Rickman, Tommy Tune, Anika Larsen, After Midnight's Karine Plantadit, Andrew Andrew and Sirius XM's Julie James. After the show, they partied with the cast at The Library Restaurant at the Public Theater. Check out photos below! (more...)

Only a Few Seats Left for LOUIS & ELLA, 7/15
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2014

Onemoe Music & Palm Beach Performing Arts Center present a 75 minute V.I.P. Concert of a the new musical celebrating the lives and legacies of two beloved American Icons: Louis & Ella. The concert will take place on July 15. Doors open at 5pm. (more...)

Transport Group's THE MUSIC MAN Concert with Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana and More Sells Out!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

Transport Group's concert presentation of The Music Man has sold out The Pershing Square Signature Center's Irene Diamond Stage. Both general admission and premium reserved seating sold out within 24 hours of the initial casting announcement. Transport Group is taking names for a waiting list for cancellation tickets. (more...)

Queen Latifah to Portray Iconic Blues Singer in HBO's BESSIE
by TV News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

Oscar(R) nominee Queen Latifah ('Chicago') stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in HBO Films' BESSIE (more...)

Michelle Obama to Give Keynote at GRAMMY Museum's Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the keynote address at The GRAMMY Museum®'s Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon on July 16, 2014 at Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE. (more...)

National Ballet of Spain's 2015 Performances at Segerstrom Center Cancelled
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

As the National Ballet of Spain has suspended its international tour, performances scheduled April 24–26, 2015 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts have been cancelled. (more...)

Bessie Smith Biopic with Queen Latifah to Premiere in 2015 on HBO
by TV News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

Oscar® nominee Queen Latifah (“Chicago”) stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in HBO Films' BESSIE, written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dee Rees (“Pariah”). Currently in production in Atlanta and debuting in 2015, the film focuses on Smith's transformation from a struggling young singer into “The Empress of the Blues,” one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s and an enduring icon today. The cast also features Michael K. Williams, Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps, Tika Sumpter, Tory Kittles, Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg, Charles S. Dutton and Mo'Nique. BESSIE is executive produced by Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Lili Fini Zanuck, Shelby Stone and Randi Michel. (more...)

EVITA National Tour Coming to Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 8/12-17
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts announced today that it will kick off its 2014-2015 season with the Tony Award-winning musical EVITA, Aug. 12-17. Tickets start at $36 and can be purchased online at www.ordway.org, by phone at 651-224-4222 or in person at the Ordway ticket office. (more...)

Betsy Wolfe, Andrew Samonsky, John Ellison Conlee, Ann Harada & More Join Transport Group's THE MUSIC MAN Concert
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2014

Betsy Wolfe, Andrew Samonsky, John Ellison Conlee, Ann Harada and more complete casting for Transport Group's concert presentation of The Music Man. Hosted by Joe Iconis,the evening will include 58 actors, and the original orchestration featuring 20 instruments, conducted by Joey Chancey,original choreography by Jeffry Denman,.to The Irene Diamond Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center on Monday August 11th, 2014. The evening will be directed by five-time Drama Desk nominee, Jack Cummings III. (more...)

Oxygen to Present Advance PREACHERS OF L.A. Screenings in AMC Theatres
by TV News Desk - Aug 5, 2014

Oxygen Media and AMC Theatres are giving fans an advance screening of the season two premiere of the hit docu-series 'Preachers of L.A." on Tuesday, August 12 at 7 PM exclusively at select AMC locations. (more...)

Photo Flash: 'Real Housewife' Countess Luann de Lesseps Visits HERE LIES LOVE Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Real Housewives of New York star Countess Luann de Lesseps was on the town catching the David Byrne/Fatboy Slim hit musical Here Lies Love at the Public Theatre . She loved the show and was dancing along with the audience and leading the standing ovation at curtain call. Backstage after the show she met the cast, most of whom are her fans and fans of the Bravo reality series. Check out a look back at her visit below! (more...)

Kelly Renee Armstrong, Ricardo Frederick Evans, John Lescault & More Set for Arena Stage's OUR WAR
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

In a bold undertaking as part of the company's involvement with the multi-year, multi-city National Civil War Project, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater has commissioned Our War, a dynamic new theatrical event and collection of short stories that explores-through diverse perspectives-the historical memory and present-day reverberations of the U.S. Civil War. (more...)

Berkeley Rep to Open 47th Season with AN AUDIENCE WITH MEOW MEOW
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Berkeley Rep opens its 47th season this September with An Audience with Meow Meow, a musical play of gargantuan proportions starring international superstar Meow Meow. (more...)

Photo Flash: Pia Zadora Visits HERE LIES LOVE!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

Last Friday, as part of Summer Fridays at Here Lies Love, Pia Zadora stopped by to see the show and hang out with the cast on her day off from her show at the Metropolitan Room, Pia Reloaded. Check out photos of Pia with the cast below! (more...)

Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana and More Star in Transport Group's THE MUSIC MAN Concert Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

Betsy Wolfe, Andrew Samonsky, John Ellison Conlee, Ann Harada and more join Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana and more in Transport Group's concert presentation of THE MUSIC MAN. Hosted by Joe Iconis,the evening will include 58 actors, and the original orchestration featuring 20 instruments, conducted by Joey Chancey, original choreography by Jeffry Denman, to The Irene Diamond Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center tonight, August 11th, 2014. The evening will be directed by five-time Drama Desk nominee, Jack Cummings III. (more...)

Matthew Worth, Daniela Mack & More to Lead FWOpera & ALT's JFK World Premiere in 2016
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

Fort Worth Opera (FWOpera) in collaboration with American Lyric Theater (ALT) announced today the star-studded cast of the highly anticipated 2016 world premiere opera JFK. Based on the final twelve hours of the 35th president's life and time spent in Fort Worth, Texas, JFK is the next major statement from the celebrated creative team of composer David T. Little and librettist Royce Vavrek, who made waves with their critically acclaimed debut opera Dog Days (2012). (more...)

Opera Australia's THE KING AND to Offer Closed Captioned Performances
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2014

Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini and leading Australian theatre producer John Frost have announced audio described and closed captioned performances of The King and I in both Melbourne and Sydney. (more...)

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