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Arts Alliance Illinois Celebrates 35 Years and Honors Renée Fleming at Benefit Luncheon
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

Arts Alliance Illinois, under the leadership of Executive Director Claire Rice and Board Chair Brooke Flanagan, Director of Institutional Advancement at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, welcome artistic, business, creative, and philanthropic leaders from across Illinois to the organization's Fifth Annual Benefit Luncheon on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Palmer House Hilton, located at 17 East Monroe Street in Chicago. Guest check-in and a reception begin at 11:15am, with the seated luncheon following promptly at noon. (more...)

Velma Celli talks about her residency at The Basement in York
by Natalie O'Donoghue - May 9, 2017

BWW speaks to Ian Stroughair's alter ego Velma Celli about her residency at The Basement in York. (more...)

Goya Foods Launches 'Better for You' Product Line
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

Goya Foods, America's largest Hispanic-owned food company, launches the 'Better for You' product line, categorizing its current product portfolio in addition to new Goya products. The line features over 300 products with over 40 variations of low sodium and organic beans, organic olive oil, organic rice, brown rice, quinoa, chia, amaranth, frozen vegetables, fruits, coconut water, diet beverages, and low sodium condiments. (more...)

BWW Review: The Klunch's LAURA BUSH KILLED A GUY
by Roger Catlin - May 8, 2017

Lisa Hodsoll emerges as fully First Lady in The Klunch world premiere 'Laura Bush Killed a Guy.' She's got that soft West Texas accent, the omnipresent smile as shiny as her pearls, a cream colored ensemble, and poise to burn. (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - 'Head Games' Episode of SCANDAL on ABC
by TV News Desk - May 5, 2017

On the next episode of SCANDAL titled 'Head Games', while outgoing President Fitz considers his legacy, the Gladiators question what's next for OPA, and Jake finally discovers the motivation behind Peus's and the Mystery Woman's reign of terror. (more...)

NATIVE GARDENS Opens 5/20 at MST
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

Main Street Theater (MST) closes its 2016 - 2017 MainStage subscription season with the regional premiere of Native Gardens by Karen Zacarias.  "I'm interested in working on scripts that reflect both a world I know and understand, and a world that to me is entirely foreign," shares director Brandon Weinbrenner.  "Native Gardens centers on the comedic combat between two opposite parties with respective poignancies, prejudices, and basic needs.  I love this play and am thrilled to be working on a script by the heartfelt and hilarious Karen Zacarias." (more...)

BENNY & JOON Musical, Anna Ziegler's THE WANDERERS and More Slated for The Old Globe's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

The Old Globe today announced its 2017-2018 Season, which will kick off with the world premiere musical Benny & Joon, with book by Kirsten Guenther, music by Nolan Gasser, and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein. (more...)

Laura Benanti Would 'Give Left Pinky' to Star in MY FAIR LADY Revival
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2017

In an interview with ET this week, Broadway's Laura Benanti confessed that she would be thrilled to take on the iconic role of Eliza Doolittle in the highly-anticipated revival. (more...)

Tectonic Theater Project's Play About Autism UNCOMMON SENSE Set for Sheen Center
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2017

The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture will present the New York premiere of Tectonic Theater Project's production of Uncommon Sense, a new play about living on the autism spectrum. Written by Anushka Paris-Carter and Andy Paris and directed by Andy Paris under the artistic direction of Tectonic's founder, Moises Kaufman, Uncommon Sense runs for five weeks only, October 25 to November 26, at The Sheen Center's Loreto Theatre (18 Bleecker Street, NYC). (more...)

BWW Feature: JFK CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION at Kennedy Center Pays Fitting Tribute for JFK's 100th
by Elliot Lanes - May 31, 2017

Memorial Day is a time where we remember the fallen who gave their lives for this country. This past Memorial Day, May 29, 2017, we also remembered President John F. Kennedy on the day of his birth 100 years ago. The JFK Centennial Celebration was the culminating event in a yearlong tribute to the Kennedy Center's namesake. (more...)

BWW Interview: Gerard Alessandrini's SPAMILTON Duels It Out With HAMILTON
by Naomi Serviss - May 30, 2017

The satire, which hammers HAMILTON with love-by-parody in a zippy 70-minute show, is moving to midtown. (more...)

Original Hal Prince Staging of EVITA Announced for South Africa this Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2017

Pieter Toerien and David Ian will present a South African season of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical, EVITA, in directed by Broadway legend Harold Prince. The seven-time Tony Award-winning musical charts the rags-to-riches rise of the First Lady of Argentina, who won the love of her countrymen after marrying military leader-turned-president, Juan Peron. (more...)

Tony-Winners James Monroe Iglehart & Lillias White to Lead THE FUNKENTINE RAPTURE at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

On Monday, June 19th at 7 P.M. & 9:30 P.M. at Feinstein's/54 Below (254 West 54th Street), Tony Award-Winners James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin, Hamilton) & Lillias White (Fela!, Netflix's "The Get Down") with Eric LeJaun Summers (Kinky Boots, Motown), Lawrence Clayton (The Color Purple) and Charity Angel Dawson (Waitress) bring back the funk in the concert performances of The Funkentine Rapture, Music & Lyrics by Lee Summers, Book by Lee Summers and Ben Blake. (more...)

The Music Center Announces Program for 2017/2018 Dance Season
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

Los Angeles audiences will discover a new perspective on many timeless classics interpreted through a contemporary lens as they journey through The Music Center's dance season and uncover themes of conflict between female strength and societal expectations.  The 2017/2018 Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center (Dance at The Music Center) season is replete with powerful characters, riveting storylines, modern choreography and theatrics that take the traditional narrative ballet to a new level.  Audiences are invited to venture into the world of dance and experience realms of expression beyond expectation.  The coming season opens with the U.S. premiere of Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes (September 15-October 1, 2017), a beloved fairytale and Hollywood classic where life imitates art, presented by Dance at The Music Center and Center Theatre Group.  (more...)

CNN's Wolf Blitzer to Give HPU's 2017 Commencement Address
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

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Rachel Crow Releases Infectious New Track 'Dime'
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Singer-songwriter and actress Rachel Crow releases her new dance-floor ready single “Dime” TODAY via S-Curve Records. (more...)

BWW Review: THE MOST SPECTACULARLY LAMENTABLE TRIAL OF MIZ MARTHA WASHINGTON IS POWERFUL SOCIAL COMMENTARY at Ally Theatre Company At Joe's Movement Emporium
by Isabella Basco - May 18, 2017

Ty Hallmark directs a moving ensemble with the powerful play, 'The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington.' (more...)

TBS Closes Extensive Four-Year Deal with Conan O'Brien's Team Coco
by TV News Desk - May 17, 2017

Turner's TBS has closed a new four-year all-inclusive deal with Conan O'Brien's Team Coco that will capitalize on his linear and multiplatform success and extend the CONAN brand into additional content experiences across all screens, including digital and branded content, podcasting, mobile gaming, pay TV and live tours. (more...)

Stay After the Show at TUTS to Hear from the Cast of FUN HOME
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) presents a talk back with star of FUN HOME and President of Actors' Equity Association (AEA), Kate Shindle, following the performance on Thursday, May 18, 2017.   (more...)

Johnny Mac Joins the Cast of Glasgow King's SLEEPING BEAUTY
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

The King's Theatre in Glasgow have today confirmed  further casting for this year's spectacular family pantomime, Sleeping Beauty which runs from Saturday 2 December 2017 until Sunday 7 January 2018. (more...)

ABC Unveils 2017-18 Primetime Schedule ft. LITTLE MERMAID LIVE!, DWTS Jr. & More
by TV News Desk - May 16, 2017

ABC continues its commitment to distinctive storytelling with the announcement of its 2017-18 slate of programming. Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment, will unveil the network's new lineup to the advertising and media communities this afternoon at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall in New York City. (more...)

ABC Confirms SCANDAL Will Conclude Following Season 7
by TV News Desk - May 16, 2017

In a conference call with reporters today, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey confirmed that the long-running ABC drama SCANDAL will indeed come to an end after its seventh season. (more...)

2017 Helen Hayes Award Winners Announced!
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

BroadwayWorld has a full list of the Helen Hayes Awards winners updating LIVE below! Named for actor Helen Hayes - a Washington native and legendary First Lady of the American Theatre - the Helen Hayes Awards celebrates excellence in professional theatre throughout the Washington region and has become a hallmark recognized by theatre makers and theatre lovers far beyond Washington D.C. (more...)

EPIX Comedy GRAVES Elects new Cast Members Adam Goldberg and Spencer Grammer for Season Two
by TV News Desk - May 15, 2017

Premium network EPIX®, an MGM company, today announced the addition of Adam Goldberg (“Fargo,” “The Jim Gaffigan Show”) and Spencer Grammer (“Greek,” “Mr. Robinson,” “Ironside”) to the second season cast of acclaimed comedy GRAVES. (more...)

The Caribbean Nights Series Presents Prima Donna and the Irie Vybz Band
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

Primadonna "THE LITTLE LADY WITH THE BIG VOICE" has been singing since the tender age of 13 when she was invited to sing in a concert by a former teacher/musician's band. She was voted as best female vocalist for three consecutive years at the Annual Music Awards in SVG. She is truly the "ORIGINAL First Lady", being a very diverse and multitalented artist. (more...)

JAN MCART'S NEW PLAY READINGS Announces 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

These are the plays that comprise the 2017-18 'Jan McArt's New Play Readings' series, to be presented at Boca Raton's Lynn University beginning Monday, October 30th. (more...)

Audra McDonald, AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', Jazz, Dance and More Set for NJPAC's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center announces its 20th anniversary 2017-18 season with the initial launch of more than 150 performances and special events, all wrapped into a festive new reimagining of the NJPAC brand identity. (more...)

Postcards Festival Returns to Jacksons Lane
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

Postcards is back and bigger than ever! This three-week festival of circus, cabaret and extraordinary performance at Jacksons Lane, North London's creative space, offers twists, turns and just a touch of blasphemy. (more...)

BWW Review: HER OPPONENT Recreates Clinton/Trump Debates With Genders Switched
by Michael Dale - May 11, 2017

As it pertains to the 2016 presidential election, the title HER OPPONANT doesn't necessarily refer to Donald Trump. As the first woman to top the ticket of one of America's major political parties, the name of co-creators Joe Salvatore (who also directs) and Maria Guadalupe's fascinating theatre piece could also refer to a number of Hillary Clinton's opponents, such as the public's lingering prejudices against women, the perception of her as an elitist Washington insider or just being a politician cursed with accusations of not being likeable. (more...)

Ford Theatres Sets 2017 Summer Season with Inaugural IGNITE @ THE FORD! Series & More
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

The Ford Theatres today announced a spectacular season for Summer 2017 at the fully transformed John Anson Ford Amphitheatre. The 2017 season will open on Saturday, July 15 with a performance by famed tap dancer and choreographer Savion Glover and runs through Monday, October 16. (more...)

Damian Woetzel to Serve as Juilliard School's Seventh President
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

The Juilliard School announced today that it has selected Damian Woetzel, director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program, artistic director of Vail Dance Festival, and former principal dancer at New York City Ballet, to serve as its seventh president beginning July 2018. (more...)

ABC's SCANDAL to Conclude Following Upcoming Seventh Season?
by TV News Desk - May 10, 2017

Multiple sources have confirmed to TV Line reports that SCANDAL's upcoming seventh seventh will be its last. (more...)

Sneak Peek: Faith Evans Performs New Single 'Legacy' on Today's THE REAL
by TV News Desk - May 10, 2017

On today's THE REAL, guest co-host Kelly Osbourne joins The Real as they share hairstyling risks, and sound off on how reality television shows like The Real Housewives franchise might not be keeping it real! (more...)

Madison Opera's ROMEO & JULIET and THE MAGIC FLUTE to Broadcast on WPR
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

Madison Opera partners with Wisconsin Public Radio to present recorded broadcasts of Gounod's Romeo & Juliet on Saturday, May 20 and Mozart's The Magic Flute on Saturday, May 27.  (more...)

Coffee House Presents Joshua Radin and Rachael Yamagata at Boulder Theater
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

Coffee House presents Joshua Radin and Rachael Yamagata at Boulder Theater on July 25, 2017. (more...)

President Joko Widodo makes private visit to Madame Tussauds Hong Kong
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

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PINK COLLAR COMEDY SHOW Coming to King Center This July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2017

The worlds of stand-up comedy and drag collide when the Pink Collar Comedy Show comes to the King Center Studio Theatre! Orlando stand-up comic, Jeff Jones, brings his gang of 'gals' out for a no holds barred evening of comedy on July 1 at 7 p.m. Tickets, beginning at $30.75 (inclusive of fees), go on sale Friday, June 16 at noon. (more...)

Chita Rivera to Receive Victory Dance Project's Woman of Valour Award
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2017

Tony nominee Karine Plantadit will present Victory Dance Project's 'Woman of Valour Award' to Broadway legend Chita Rivera, on Thursday, June 15 at 7:30pm at the opening celebration of the company's third season, at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center (MMAC), 248 W. 60th Street. (more...)

Montague Basement Presents BEFORE LYSISTRATA
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2017

Montague Basement's fierce new take on Aristophane's Lysistrata explores the reasons why women from both sides of the political line might decide to work together in the face phenomenal political intransigence and dick measuring.  (more...)

Dee Roscioli and Paulo Szot to Open Record-Breaking EVITA at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2017

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's highly anticipated production of Evita will open with record-breaking ticket sales at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa. (more...)

Dee Roscioli and Paulo Szot Open EVITA at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2017

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's highly anticipated production of Evita will open with record-breaking ticket sales at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa. (more...)

Smithsonian Channel Goes Behind-the-Scenes Look in New Series FIRST LADIES REVEALED
by TV News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

Smithsonian Channel's new series, FIRST LADIES REVEALED, examines some of the most prominent and remarkable women – trailblazers, style icons, diplomats, war heroes, and global superstars. (more...)

MHA-NYC 25th Anniversary Gala to Honor Chirlane McCray and Brandon Marshall & Michi Marshall
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2017

MHA-NYC - Several hundred influential leaders in business, government, health, and mental health will attend the gala to honor outstanding mental health advocates. (more...)

Christian Siriano Styles Ecco Domani' Bottle for a Sophisticated Summer Look
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2017

NEW YORK, June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio has partnered with acclaimed fashion designer Christian Siriano to create a limited-edition label for the summer season. Available in stores nationwide beginning this June, the unparalleled label styled by Christian Siriano makes Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio the season's must-have for all sipping and entertaining occasions. (more...)

Bebe Neuwirth to Receive Helen Hayes Award from The Players
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2017

Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth, the legendary actress, singer, and dancer whose extraordinary success spans theatre, television, and film, will receive the The Players Helen Hayes Award on June 19th. (more...)

Charise Castro Smith's 'El Huracán' Takes Top Prize in Arizona Theatre Company 2017 National Latino Playwriting Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2017

El Huracan, Charise Castro Smith's heartfelt story of capturing love and loss, is the winner of Arizona Theatre Company's 2017 National Latino Playwriting Award. (more...)

BWW Picks for Best Cabaret Shows in NYC This Week, 6/5 to 6/11
by BWW Staff - Jun 5, 2017

Published every Monday morning, BroadwayWorld Cabaret writers will pick their top recommendations for shows throughout NYC during the upcoming week. (more...)

Ford's Theatre Society Honors President Abraham Lincoln at Annual Gala
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2017

Ford's Theatre Society honored the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln at its Annual Gala on Sunday evening, June 4, 2017, at Ford's Theatre (511 10th Street NW). For more than 40 years, the Society has hosted this bi-partisan event, which provides crucial support to the non-profit's theatrical and education programs. (more...)

THE RECORDING ACADEMY to Honor 2017 Special Merit Awards Recipients with 'GRAMMY SALUTE TO MUSIC LEGENDS' TV Special on PBS
by TV News Desk - Jun 2, 2017

The Recording Academy® will honor its 2017 Special Merit Awards recipients with an awards ceremony and live tribute concert on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at The Beacon Theatre in New York City. (more...)

FUN HOME to Arrive at 5th Avenue Theatre This July; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

Producers Fox Theatricals (Kristin Caskey, Mike Isaacson) and Barbara Whitman are thrilled to announce the casting for the Seattle engagement of the first National Tour of Fun Home, the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning Best Musical. The tour will premiere in Seattle at The 5th Avenue Theatre July 11-30, 2017. (more...)

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