Americana Singer Valerie June Coming to SOPAC, 6/12
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

Valerie June brings her bluesy voice from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to the South Orange Performing Arts Center June 12 at 7:30 p.m. Valerie's astonishing and singular sound is a blend of rural Roots and Country that bridges Alan Lomax's acoustic field recordings with biting, electric Indie-Blues. The singer-songwriter's voice percolates somewhere between Dolly Parton and Billie Holiday. It is a stop-you-dead-in-your-tracks kind of voice, the kind that grips your imagination and paints her Southern portraits in vivid detail. (more...)

Review: TRU Celebrates a Merry, Morbid Christmas at Pittsburgh Public
by Greg Kerestan - May 9, 2016

Bells are ringing, children singing, all is merry and the suicide rate is off the charts in Truman Capote's private holiday nightmare (more...)

New Report Finds Teens Feel Addicted to Their Phones, Causing Tension at Home
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

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Broadway AM Report, 5/26/2016 - Outer Critics Circle Awards and More!
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - May 26, 2016

TODAY'S BIG NEWS: The Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony will take place this afternoon.  Check out the list of nominees and winners! (more...)

Photo Flash: Titus Burgess, Steve Kazee, Marissa Jaret Winokur & More Take Part in Michael Arden's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Development Session at The Wallis
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

Tony Award-nominee Michael Arden has just concluded a weeklong research and development session led by Broadway and television star Tituss Burgess, Tony Award-winners Steve Kazee and Marissa Jaret Winokur, and Tony Award-nominee Valarie Pettiford (Fosse), in advance of a new production of the Stephen Sondheim masterwork Merrily We Roll Along, set to hit the stage of the Bram Goldsmith Theater at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts November 22, 2016 through December 18, 2016. Casting for the fall production will be announced at a later date. Check out photos from the session below! (more...)

How Does Tony Nominee Jeff Daniels Do Broadway? By 'Sprinting Face First into the Wall 8 Times a Week'
by Marissa Sblendorio - May 24, 2016

It's undeniable that Jeff Daniels' career has been a varied one. From his Emmy-winning role on Aaron Sorkin's THE NEWSROOM to one half of the comedy duo behind DUMB AND DUMBER, the stage and screen star has proven his versatility time and time again. Now he's back on Broadway in a role that has proven to be his most grueling yet. (more...)

BWW Review: Delightful and Charming YENTL at The New Jewish Theatre
by Chris Gibson - May 24, 2016

Apparently, due to legal issues with rights that had to be worked out, this version of YENTL, based on the short story "Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy" written by Isaac Bashevis Singer (book by Leah Napolin and Singer), cannot be referred to in its title as a musical. It all has to do with Barbra Streisand's dreary and dreadful (although some people adore it) 1983 musical film version. But, there's no confusing the two once you see this utterly charming adaptation. It adheres closely to Singer's work, while the film veers off into a direction which not only makes little sense, but also butchers the author's intent. That's a shame, but when you're writing, directing, starring, etc, you can tend to lose sight of the actual story, turning it instead into a nothing more than a self-serving star vehicle. Jill Sobule's music (she composed "I Kissed a Girl", oddly enough) provides a genre-hopping mix of styles that may, at times, seem anachronistic, but which serve the tale very well. The New Jewish Theatre's current production is a delight, and I heartily recommend it. (more...)

FRIENDLY FIRE by Marliss Melton is Released
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

ePublishing Works! announces FRIENDLY FIRE by Marliss Melton, available in paperback (978-1-61417-848-4, 302 pages, $17.99 USD) and eBook format (978-1-61417-847-7, $5.99 USD). (more...)

BWW Dance Interview: Jelko Yuresha Reflects On His Past and The Dancers of Today
by Juan Michael Porter II - May 23, 2016

At 78, Jelko Yuresha has come to resemble a lion in repose. I recognize him immediately as I enter the lobby -- I am early, he is even earlier -- and what strikes me more than his subtle smile is his eyes. They are the eyes of a man who retains a zest for life though it is evident that little amuses him. This comes as no surprise. After all, he has seen much and traveled far. As we begin the dance of exchanging pleasantries, it becomes apparent that behind the guise of a charming gentlemen I am speaking to the dance version of James Bond -- as played by Sean Connery. (more...)

BWW Review: AN EVENING WITH MATTHEW MORRISON at Mayo Performing Arts Center
by Leigh Scheps - May 23, 2016

I've met Matthew several times over the last decade and a half. The first time was in 2002, right after Hairspray opened. The second instance was at 54 Below, when he was seeing his on-screen arch nemesis, Jane Lynch, perform. Most recently, I got the chance to briefly chat with him backstage after a performance of Finding Neverland.  When I left the theater, I remember saying he was the most gracious star on Broadway.  Friday, was no different. (more...)

Rachel McAdams to Narrate Discovery's Groundbreaking Documentary SONIC SEA, 5/19
by TV News Desk - May 2, 2016

SONIC SEA highlights how noise from a range of man-made sources has affected whales in recent years, including the mass stranding of whales around the planet (more...)

San Francisco International Arts Festival & San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle to Host Panel Discussion
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

Co-Hosted by the San Francisco International Arts Festival and the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. One of a number of free educational and complementary gatherings held as part of this year's Festival. (more...)

BWW Interview: Writer Ed Taylor
by Mark C. Lloyd - May 2, 2016

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BWW Preview: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at Milburn Stone Theatre - Elkton Station
by Scott Serio - May 19, 2016

Putnam Spelling Bee Raises Roof At Milburn Stone Theater's Elkton Station (more...)

Joan Vázquez presentará el disco de SOMETHING'S COMING
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - May 18, 2016

El actor ha grabado el disco con las canciones de su concierto tributo a Stephen Sondheim (more...)

VIDEO: Nick Jonas & His SESAME STREET Pals Teach Kids About Shapes in All-New Song
by TV News Desk - May 18, 2016

Nick Jonas will stop by this Saturday's episode SESAME STREET to help teach Bert, Cookie Monster, and The Count about different shapes with an all-new song titled 'Check That Shape.' (more...)

Jan Fawcett Shares LIVING FOREVER
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Like neurosurgeons Paul Kalanithi and Eben Alexander, who have both written about becoming patients after years of treating patients, Jan Fawcett, M.D., had his eyes opened when diagnosed with malignant melanoma after 30 years in medicine. (more...)

BWW Review: AS YOU LIKE IT Is the Right Amount of a Good Thing
by Marietta Lunceford - May 13, 2016

One of the least talked about and yet most wonderful things about our area is the Alabama School of Fine Arts, situated in downtown Birmingham. It boasts the beautiful Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre. Although I have been to this theatre several times, today was the first time to be in the building during a school day and in the theatre to see the kids from ASFA perform. They are performing Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT this weekend and it is worth your time to support them. (more...)

Dillie Keane to Close Out Brits Off Broadway with HELLO DILLIE
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

59E59 Theaters will welcome Dillie Keane (from Fascinating Aida) back to Brits Off Broadway with the US premiere of HELLO DILLIE, written by Ms. Keane and Adele Anderson, and directed by Simon Green and featuring Michael Roulston on piano. Produced by Pleasance Theatre Trust Ltd, HELLO DILLIE begins performances on Tuesday June 7 for a limited engagement through Sunday, July 3.  Press opening is Tuesday, June 14 at 7:30 PM.  The performance schedule is Tuesday - Thursday at 7:30 PM; Friday at 8:30 PM; Saturday at 2:30 PM & 8:30 PM; and Sunday at 3:30 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Tickets are $25 ($17.50 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or visit www.59e59.org.  (more...)

Michael Arden Will Next Take on Stephen Sondheim's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG in Los Angeles
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles unveiled its 2016-17 season today, included in which is a production of the legendary composer's musical MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, to be helmed by Tony nominee Michael Arden. (more...)

Michael Arden-Helmed 'MERRILY', BACHARACH REIMAGINED, Stephen Schwartz and More Slated for The Wallis in 2016-17
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

Over 300 performances of more than 50 different programs of theater, dance and music featuring local and world-renowned talent are on tap for the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts' 2016/17 season, among them a production of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, helmed by SPRING AWAKENING director Michael Arden. (more...)

BWW Review: BUG, Found111, March 29 2016
by Gary Naylor - Mar 30, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a play that makes for uncomfortable viewing but raises questions about the way we lived in 1996 and the way we live now. (more...)

Joan Vázquez lleva SOMETHING'S COMING al Nuevo Teatro Alcalá
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Mar 29, 2016

El proximo lunes 25 de abril Joan Vazquez llevara su concierto tributo a Stephen Sondheim SOMETHING'S COMING a la sala 2 del Nuevo Teatro Alcala. (more...)

Check Out Quotables from TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON !/21 - 125
by TV News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

Below, check out quoatables from NBC's 'THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON' - March 21 – March 25 (more...)

BWW Review: Circuit Entrances With PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL
by Joseph Baker - Mar 28, 2016

I remember when, in the 1930's Shirley Temple vehicle POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL, poor Jack Haley and Alice Faye had to implore, 'You've Gotta Each Your Spinach, Baby'; and in Circuit's charming (and short) production of PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL, with Book and Lyrics by Elizabeth and Victoria Kern and Music by John Gregor, poor 'Mr. and Mrs. Pinkerton' (gleefully played by Marc Gill and Brooke Papritz) have a similar problem with their daughter 'Pinkalicious' (the engaging Carly Crawford, A.K.A. 'Peter Pan' during the Christmas holidays). It seems that the color-preoccupied pint-sizer has a condition known as 'Pinkititis,' wrought by an immoderate obsession with . . . dare I say it? . . . pink cupcakes -- MUDDY'S BAKERY, GIGI'S CUPCAKES, lock your doors! (more...)

BWW Review: FRANCES RUFFELLE Brings A Little Bit of Paris to Kennedy Center
by Jennifer Perry - Mar 27, 2016

There's something to be said about Ms. Ruffelle embracing her own originality and zest for life, and selecting songs that emphasize she's very much her own person and does things her own way. Her cabaret was unlike any other you'd experience from most of the women who have graced the Broadway or West End stages. Uniqueness can be a Good Thing. (more...)

New Novelist Pens First Book, THE BIRDS OF OPULENCE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2016

Lexington, KY—Crystal Wilkinson fittingly begins her first novel with these lines since she has been a gatherer of stories and a teller of tales her entire life. Her gift was first recognized as a child in Appalachia, where it was cultivated by her grandmother. That inspiration, coupled with Wilkinson's reverence for home and heritage, took root to yield provocative works of award-winning poetry and short stories. But she gathers stories in more ways than with just her pen. She also challenges her writing students to discover and embody their own inspiration as influential writers. In addition, as the owner of Wild Fig Books & Coffee in Lexington, Kentucky, Wilkinson has found yet another way to encourage creativity within the community and share her love for the written word. (more...)

VIDEO: Nick Jonas Shares Music Video for New Single 'Close' ft. Tove Lo
by TV News Desk - Mar 25, 2016

This morning, R&B star Nick Jonas released his latest single and music video, 'Close,' a collaboration with with artist Tove Lo. (more...)

Nick Jonas Unveils Upcoming New Album, 'Last Year Was Complicated'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2016

Digital Spy reports that Nick Jonas has revealed information about his upcoming new album, 'Last Year Was Complicated' (more...)

BWW Interview: A Women's History Month Special with FAMILIAR Director Rebecca Taichman
by Adrienne Onofri - Mar 23, 2016

Known for both her contemporary and Shakespearean work, Taichman will go straight from one off-Bway show to another this year. (more...)

Women in Theatre: CATHY STREET Bids Farewell to Music City
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 21, 2016

As she gathered other artists around her to collaborate, Cathy Street's impact on Nashville theater became something that will be long remembered as she pursues theatrical adventures in the coming years. Today, we take a look at Cathy's years in Nashville, by letting her theater family express themselves about the impact she has had on their lives and what she means to them... (more...)

BWW Review: THE SWEET POTATO QUEENS at TUTS Underground
by Brett Cullum - Mar 21, 2016

TUTS Underground has a crowd pleaser on its hands, and this one should have a deservedly successful run with plenty of fans at the end of it. THE SWEET POTATO QUEENS tells a great story, has a solid cast, and is a ton of fun. (more...)

BWW Review: CATS Are Prowling In Adelaide Again
by Barry Lenny - Mar 21, 2016

A standing ovation by the entire audience with applause going on and on, showed that the performance was a success. (more...)

Liberace's Legacy Is Alive and Well and Revving Up the Hollywood Cars Museum at Hot Rod City, Las Vegas
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2016

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Bay Area Children's Theatre's ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! to Open Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2016

A party invitation?! Piggie is thrilled!  But when she remembers she has never been to a party, she asks her best friend Gerald, the elephant, to accompany her. Good Thing Gerald knows how to party!  (more...)

FIRST LISTEN: Nick Jonas Shares New Single 'Champagne Problems'
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

Below, Nick Jonas has shared a first listen to his second new single '"Champagne Problems" from his forthcoming album, 'Last Year Was Complicated.' (more...)

BWW Review: St. Louis Actors' Studio's Amusing IVANOV
by Chris Gibson - Apr 29, 2016

IVANOV is a formative work in the canon of Anton Chekhov. He was presenting us with the situations and character types we'd come to know and understand, but with the lack of irony that often permeates his material. The St. Louis Actors' Studio has put together a splendid evening of entertainment with their superbly performed and directed production. However, it should be noted that this is a translation by Tom Stoppard, and thus, should be viewed with that in mind. Adaptations are tricky enough on their own, but when you're dealing with a play written in another language, you're often relying on a literal translation in order to produce your take. And, that's precisely what this is. It's Tom Stoppard's IVANOV, full of unexpected humor and nicely etched characterizations, but far afield from Chekhov's early foray, which he himself revised after its initial premier. Either way, this is worth checking out, and surprisingly amusing. (more...)

BWW Interview: Marilyn Cutts On FUNNY GIRL!
by Carrie Dunn - Apr 27, 2016

Marilyn Cutts talks to us about transferring with Funny Girl to the Savoy, working with Sheridan Smith, and why there should be a musical version of Coriolanus... (more...)

BWW Interview: Being That Sixth Person-Talking with Director Timothy Douglas about DISGRACED at Arena Stage
by Ellen Burns - Apr 26, 2016

Lest you might think careers are well-planned, organized endeavors, take a lesson from director Timothy Douglas, who is gracing Washington in a return visit to Arena Stage (last season's King Hedley II was his Arena Stage debut) with his work with Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced, a play about being Muslim or, perhaps more importantly, being perceived as Muslim, in America in current times. 'I tripped into directing,' says Timothy, 'I went to LA as an actor, but found I didn't have the skin for it, so I stepped back and thought I'd be a career teacher, but through some dumb luck, I directed a show, and some people liked what they saw, and I ended up with the Center Theatre Group in LA, as a director. When I finally stopped resisting the path, it started to work.' 'It seems every Good Thing,' he laughingly reflects, 'has happened as I was being dragged through the back door kicking and screaming.' So, it seems, tripping doesn't always mean falling. (more...)

BWW Interview: LES MISERABLES' Paul Wilkins, Kerrie Anne Greenland, Emily Langridge Reveal Why Their Show Tugs at Your Heartstrings
by Adam Jay - Apr 24, 2016

The first-ever international tour of Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil's LES MISERABLES (LES MIS) must close this Sunday, May 1, after three extensions. With nearly sold out tickets day in and day out, this production can easily be one of the most successful productions staged at the relatively brand new theatre The Theatre at Solaire. (more...)

VIDEO: Shotgun Players' HAMLET Roulette Has Actors Trading Roles Every Night
by Michael Dale - Apr 22, 2016

Each member of the seven member ensemble memorizes every role and finds out five minutes before showtime how the performance is cast. (more...)

Check Out The Complete Video Playlist For The Hit Concert Series IF IT ONLY EVEN RUNS A MINUTE
by Michael Dale - Apr 21, 2016

How many of these great songs do you know from underappreciated musicals? (more...)

Tech Spectacular: #CTATechWeek Wraps Events featuring Tech Superstars and Government Leaders
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

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Eight Year Old Writes Book, WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE LIKE DONALD TRUMP
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

NEW YORK, April 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ He's become one of the most polarizing figures in modern-day politics and pop culture, but Donald Trump indisputably has fans both bigand small. When 8-year old Chloe announced that she thought Trump would make a great President, stating, 'I love Donald Trump. I see him on TV all the time. I want to be like him because he's really rich and gets what he wants,' the reaction waswellmixed. Her classmates were mystified, her mother horrified and her dad was philosophical, 'I like the fact that an 8-year old can see the positives in a man who so many others can only see negatives in.' (more...)

VIDEO: Nick Jonas Performs 'Champagne Problems' on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
by TV News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

On this weekend's SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, music guest Nick Jonas performed his new single 'Champagne Problems.' (more...)

BWW Review: American Stage in the Park Presents MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
by Peter Nason - Apr 18, 2016

Michael Ray, Chris Crawford and Scott Daniel dazzle in this hilarious musical. (more...)

BWW Feature: FUSION FORUM: Cool Right Now
by Devon Hoffman - Apr 14, 2016

What is the FUSION forum? A 'cultural collider,' as Dennis Gromelski (Executive Director of FUSION, New Mexico's longest-running professional theater company) explains: Similar to the goals of the particle collider in CERN, the Fusion Forum will bring charged artists together to unfold the secrets of the universe. (more...)

A Tip From Maui Jim: 'Not All Polarized Sunglasses Are The Same
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

LAHAINA,Hawaii, April 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ Anyone who has tried a pair of polarized sunglasses can attest to the benefits they offer. Polarization reduces glare, improves clarity and contrast and reduces eye fatigue. Driving in bright sunlight becomes easier. Views becomes clearer and more vibrant. (more...)

San Diego Gay Men's Chorus Partners with SDSU & UCSD
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

Being a university student is tough. And it's even more difficult for LGBT students just embarking on their journeys of self-discovery and personal identity.  (more...)

BWW TV: Joan Vázquez trae 'SOMETHING'S COMING' a Madrid
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Apr 11, 2016

Joan Vazquez interpreta 'Being Alive' dentro de su concierto tributo a Stephen Sondheim SOMETHING'S COMING. El proximo dia 25 de abril en la Sala 2 del Nuevo Teatro Alcala. (more...)

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