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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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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

BWW Interviews: Writer Ed Taylor (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 Interview: A Women's History Month Speical with Director Anne Kauffman of SMOKEFALL
by Adrienne Onofri - Mar 9, 2016

Kauffman's deft hand with the quirky work of contemporary playwrights has earned her awards in NY and regionally. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THEY DON'T PAY? WE WON'T PAY! at Ambassador Theater
by Hannah Landsberger - Mar 8, 2016

There is little worse than a play that doesn't understand its purpose. They Don't Pay? We Won't Pay!, written by Dario Fo and produced by Ambassador Theater at the Mead Theatre Lab, cannot decide what it wants to be. Instead, the production vacillates between heavy-handed social commentary and overacted comedy. Despite a few strong performances, the production is weighed down by its cumbersome message and leaves the audience confused instead of inspired. (more...)

BWW Review: With Class and Clarity, Christine Andreas Brings the Music and Madness of CAFE SOCIETY to Feinstein's/54 Below
by Alix Cohen - Mar 5, 2016

In her new show, Café Society at Feinstein's/54 Below, Christine Andreas doesn't so much sing “Puttin' On the Ritz” (Irving Berlin) as personify it, channeling the attitude and era in which it was conceived. With just a tad of hip action, tipping shoulders, and an elongated ssss, the artist shares a really good time. “So, where are we going after the show . . . to Harlem's Savoy or The Copa? (The Copacabana) . . . ” This evening is about the late 1920s to the early '60s “an ongoing party of glamour and excess . . . when everybody was listening to the same music.” (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...)

BWW Cabaret Conversation: CAROL LIPNIK, BWW's 2015 Best Alt-Cabaret Show Award Winner, Reveals the Secrets to Her Creative Process--First of a Three-Part Series
by Remy Block - Mar 3, 2016

In the first of this three-part series, Carol Lipnik, the BWW 2015 New York Cabaret Winner for Best Alt-Cabaret Show, reveals to cabaret reviewer Remy Block the secrets to her creative process and what inspires her songwriting. (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...)

Real Housewives' Kandi Burruss Gets Real About Tackling New Baby on Today's DR. OZ
by TV News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

Real Housewives' Kandi Burruss sits down with Dr. Oz today, Tuesday March 15th to talk about her new baby, her marriage and her body. (more...)

Elizabeth Synnott to Bring WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE? to Nunnbetter Theatre, 4/2
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

On Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 8PM Dumont's Elizabeth Synnott will help usher in the Spring with Why Do Fools Fall In Love?, a night of songs about love, like, and annoyance. Synnott will be accompanied by the incomparable Barbara Ciannella on piano. The evening will take place at Bergenfield's Nunnbetter Theatre (161 Woodbine St., Bergenfield, NJ 07621). Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by visiting brownpapertickets.com or reserve tickets by emailing whydofoolsfall@yahoo.com. (more...)

BWW Review: THE TAFFETAS Bring the Fifties to YLT
by Marakay Rogers - Mar 11, 2016

The sister act girl group from Muncie Indiana makes its first TV appearance,,, on the York Little Theatre stage. Prepare to hear the greatest hits of the Fifties from some of the great singers of the YLT stage. (more...)

BWW Interview: Jenny Sullivan of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE at Rubicon Theatre Company
by Cary Ginell - Mar 1, 2016

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance was originally a short story penned in 1953 by Dorothy M. Johnson (1905 - 1984), who wrote numerous articles and stories with Western themes. In 1962, Valance was adapted for motion pictures in a blockbuster film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne, James Stewart, and Lee Marvin, in the title role of the sadistic gunslinger who is taken on by Stewart, who portrayed a tenderfoot attorney new to the dusty town of Shinbone. Jethro Compton's new stage play is based on the short story instead of the movie, getting its start in England in 2014. The Rubicon Theatre Company's new production marks the play's American debut, starring Gregory Harrison in the role of Bert Barricune, the equivalent of John Wayne's Tom Doniphon in the film. Reviews of the play have called it 'gripping drama' and 'consistently absorbing.' We spoke with Jenny Sullivan, who is directing Rubicon's production and she talked about the process of presenting a subject that has become much more famous through the film adaptation than for the original story. (more...)

GRAEME OF THRONES to Launch UK Tour
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2016

After a sold-out, critically acclaimed West End season, sold-out shows in Australia and prior to dates across America, Graeme of Thrones is setting out on a 35-date UK tour. (more...)

RE/MAX Realtors Barry and Liz Friedlander Review Renovation Blunders
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2016

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BWW REVIEW: What's Scarier than George Orwell's 1984? Politics in 2016.
by Jan Nargi - Feb 26, 2016

The horrific future depicted in George Orwell's cautionary tale '1984' feels that much more frightening in 2016 because so much of the oligarchical world predicted by the visionary author in his dystopian 1949 novel has come to fruition. The power gap between the haves and the have-nots is alarming. Politicians use doublethink to twist hypocrisies into mind-numbing (and brainwashing) campaign slogans. Three-second sound bites and 140-character tweets are the newspeak that distills thought into easily regurgitated propaganda. (more...)

BWW Interview: KINKY BOOTS Tour's Tiffany Engen is Goofy On Stage and Off
by Matt Tamanini - Feb 23, 2016

The word 'kinky' doesn't usually come to mind when thinking about family-friendly entertainment. However, with the Tony-winning musical KINKY BOOTS, playing at Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts through Sunday, February 28th, that's exactly what you've got. Based on a 2005 British comedy of the same name, KINKY BOOTS tells the story of a shoe factory teetering on the brink of bankruptcy that is brought back to life when they begin making a certain style of fabulous boots. (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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