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FELA! Producer Jay-Z to Attend Opening Night Tonight; Smiths Back Out
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2009

Fela!, the new Broadway musical based on the life and music of African composer and performer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, officially opens tonight, November 23, minus a few high profile celebrity producers. It was planned for Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jay-Z to all be in attendance for Fela!'s opening night, but due Smith's oldest son acquiring a sports related injury, the Smiths are no longer able to attend. Jay-Z will still be attending the opening night festivities including a red carpet appearance and the after party. (more...)

FELA! Set For Broadway's O'Neill, Previews Begin 10/19, Opens 11/23
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2009

Fela!, the critically acclaimed musical that had audiences on their feet during its world premiere last summer at Off-Broadway's 37 Arts, will arrive on Broadway this fall where it begins performances at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street) on Monday, October 19. The official opening is set for Monday, November 23. This new musical, based on the life of groundbreaking African composer, performer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti, is directed and choreographed by TonyŽ Award-winner Bill T. Jones (Spring Awakening), with a book by Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones. Sahr Ngaujah will return in the title role for which he received universal acclaim, while the world renowned Antibalas and other members of the NYC Afrobeat community, under the direction of Aaron Johnson, will again perform Kuti?s rousing music live onstage. Winner of this year?s Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, Fela! was conceived by Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis and Steve Hendel. (more...)

Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter and Will & Jada Pinkett Smith Join FELA! Producing Team
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2009

Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter and Will & Jada Pinkett Smith have enthusiastically joined the producing team of Fela!, the new Broadway musical based on the life and music of African composer and performer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, marking the first Broadway production that these entertainment icons have presented. (more...)

Jay-Z and Will & Jada Pinkett Smith Join FELA! Producing Team
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2009

Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter and Will & Jada Pinkett Smith have enthusiastically joined the producing team of Fela!, the new Broadway musical based on the life and music of African composer and performer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, marking the first Broadway production that these entertainment icons have presented. (more...)

ABC Cancels Grammer's HANK
by Movies News Desk - Nov 11, 2009

The Futon Critic has reported the news that ABC has 'canned' its Kelsey Grammer comedy 'Hank.' (more...)

Faith & Whiskey To Host Cinco De Mayo Party 5/5
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2010

Faith & Whiskey (1365 W Fullerton Ave), the premier whiskey bar and party spot in Lincoln Park, will a Cinco De Mayo Party on Wednesday, May 5. (more...)

Arizona Theatre Company Extends THE SECOND CITY DOES ARIZONA Thru 5/16
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2010

Due to audience demand, Arizona Theatre Company has added a performance of The Second City Does Arizona, or Close But No Saguaro on Sunday, May 16 at 7 PM. (more...)

Faith & Whiskey To Host Parking Ticket Party 6/4
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2010

Faith & Whiskey (1365 W Fullerton Ave), the premier whiskey bar and party spot in Lincoln Park, will host its 'Parking Ticket Party' on Friday, June 4. (more...)

Faith & Whiskey To Host Parking Ticket Party 6/4
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2010

Faith & Whiskey (1365 W Fullerton Ave), the premier whiskey bar and party spot in Lincoln Park, will host its 'Parking Ticket Party' on Friday, June 4. (more...)

SOUND OFF: FELA! Original Broadway Cast Recording
by Pat Cerasaro - May 20, 2010

Today, with a BWW Exclusive First Listen is a critique of Broadway's most highly-praised and most Tony-nominated new show of the year, the smash-hit Afrobeat musical by Bill T. Jones and Jim Lewis, FELA! So, is it as electrifying and exciting as the critics found the show to be onstage? Let's find out... (more...)

Arizona Theatre Company Extends THE SECOND CITY DOES ARIZONA Thru 5/16
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2010

Due to audience demand, Arizona Theatre Company has added a performance of The Second City Does Arizona, or Close But No Saguaro on Sunday, May 16 at 7 PM. (more...)

'THE SECOND CITY DOES ARIZONA' Plays The Herberger Theater Center From 4/29-5/16
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2010

From sagebrush to Sheriff Joe, from Green Valley to kokopelli - it's time to batten down the barrel cactus because The Second City is on their way to the Grand Canyon State to do a no-holds-barred world premiere comedy revue all about Arizona. THE SECOND CITY DOES ARIZONA is an original revue of comic sketches and songs aimed at skewering everything and everyone that is unique, ridiculous and wonderful about the land of rising temperatures and falling real estate. The Second City Does Arizona plays in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center from April 29 through May 16. Arizona Theatre Company's season sponsors are I. Michael and Beth Kasser and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. The production sponsor of The Second City Does Arizona is US Airways. (more...)

Faith & Whiskey To Host 'Talk Derby To Me Party' 5/1
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2010

Faith & Whiskey (1365 W Fullerton Ave), the premier whiskey bar and party spot in Lincoln Park, will host its first annual "Talk Derby To Me Party" coinciding with the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 1. (more...)

Playwrights Horizons Adds Four Productions To 2010-2011 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2010

Playwrights Horizons, under the leadership of Artistic Director Tim Sanford and Managing Director Leslie Marcus, is proud to announce four additional productions for its 2010/2011 40th Anniversary Season. The three World Premieres and one New York premiere join the previously-announced New York premiere of Edward Albee's ME, MYSELF & I. (more...)

Arizona Theatre Company Presents THE SECOND CITY DOES ARIZONA, 4/23-5/16
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2010

From sagebrush to Sheriff Joe, from Green Valley to kokopelli - it's time to batten down the barrel cactus because The Second City is on their way to the Grand Canyon State to do a no-holds-barred world premiere comedy revue all about Arizona. THE SECOND CITY DOES ARIZONA is an original revue of comic sketches and songs aimed at skewering everything and everyone that is unique, ridiculous and wonderful about the land of rising temperatures and falling real estate. The Second City Does Arizona plays in Tucson at the Temple of Music and Art from April 3 through April 24. It continues its run in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center from April 29 through May 16. (more...)

VH1 Announces Four New Series Set to Premiere in April
by TV News Desk - Mar 17, 2010

The month of April brings four brand new series to VH1. Beginning on April 11, Sunday nights are better than ever with 'Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business,' 'Basketball Wives' and 'What Chilli Wants.' Rounding out this superstar night of shows includes Brandy and Ray J Norwood, NBA wife Shaunie O'Neal and her fellow basketball wives as well as pop superstar Chilli from 'TLC.' Moving into Monday nights starting on April 12, Master Matchmakers Steve and his mom JoAnn Ward are back with the new series 'VH1 Tough Love Couples.' This time, Steve and JoAnn take on couples who are all at a major crossroad in their relationshi (more...)

SHOW BIZ: Weekend Movie Box Office Update: May 28-June 3
by Movies News Desk - Jun 6, 2010

Weekend movie box office Update: May 28 - June 3, 2010 (more...)

Faith & Whiskey To Host Parking Ticket Party 6/4
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2010

Faith & Whiskey (1365 W Fullerton Ave), the premier whiskey bar and party spot in Lincoln Park, will host its 'Parking Ticket Party' on Friday, June 4. (more...)

FELA! Dedicates Special Performance to The Actors Fund, Jan. 25
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2010

FELA!, currently playing at the Eugene O'Neill on Broadway starring Lillias White and Sahr Ngaujah, will dedicate the January 25th performance to The Actors Fund, granting proceeds to the fund in support of their programs and services. The curtain rises on Monday the 25th at 8:00pm. For information on The Actor's fund, visit www.actorsfund.org. (more...)

Faith & Whisky to Host 'Belushi Birthday Blowout Weekend', 1/22-1/23
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2010

Faith & Whiskey (1365 W Fullerton Ave), the premier whiskey bar and party spot in Lincoln Park, will host the "Belushi Birthday Blowout Weekend" honoring and celebrating Chicago icon John Belushi's birthday with two themed nights centered around his two most popular movies on Friday, January 22 and Saturday, January 23. (more...)

Faith & Whisky to Host 'Belushi Birthday Blowout Weekend', 1/22-1/23
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2010

Faith & Whiskey (1365 W Fullerton Ave), the premier whiskey bar and party spot in Lincoln Park, will host the "Belushi Birthday Blowout Weekend" honoring and celebrating Chicago icon John Belushi's birthday with two themed nights centered around his two most popular movies on Friday, January 22 and Saturday, January 23. (more...)

FELA! Cast to Appear on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2010

Fela!, the new musical based on the life and music of groundbreaking African composer, performer and activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, will perform on NBC's 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' on Tonight at 12:35am EST. (more...)

Sean Owens Returns In 'Cora's Recipe for Love' At Exit On Valentines Day
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2010

Cora Values is back - Sean Owens' wacky alter ego channeling Dame Edna and Martha Stewart. Owens, EXIT Theatre's writer/performer-in residence, holds forth as Cora Values, that beloved hash- and bull-slinger from the Gas & Gulp out on I-19. (more...)

FELA! Dedicates Special Performance to The Actors Fund, Jan. 25
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2010

FELA!, currently playing at the Eugene O'Neill on Broadway starring Lillias White and Sahr Ngaujah, will dedicate the January 25th performance to The Actors Fund, granting proceeds to the fund in support of their programs and services. The curtain rises on Monday the 25th at 8:00pm. For information on The Actor's fund, visit www.actorsfund.org. (more...)

Faith & Whisky to Host 'Belushi Birthday Blowout Weekend', 1/22-1/23
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2010

Faith & Whiskey (1365 W Fullerton Ave), the premier whiskey bar and party spot in Lincoln Park, will host the "Belushi Birthday Blowout Weekend" honoring and celebrating Chicago icon John Belushi's birthday with two themed nights centered around his two most popular movies on Friday, January 22 and Saturday, January 23. (more...)

Faith & Whiskey To Host Fat Tuesday Party 2/16
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2010

Faith & Whiskey (1365 W Fullerton Ave), the premier whiskey bar and party spot in Lincoln Park, will host a Fat Tuesday party featuring drink specials on Tuesday, February 16. (more...)

CORA'S RECIPE FOR LOVE Plays Final Performance Feb. 20
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2010

Cora Values is back - Sean Owens' wacky alter ego channeling Dame Edna and Martha Stewart. Owens, EXIT Theatre's writer/performer-in residence, holds forth as Cora Values, that beloved hash- and bull-slinger from the Gas & Gulp out on I-19. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: FELA!'s Director and Choreographer Bill T. Jones Profiled on NBC Nightly News
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 2, 2010

As a nod to Black History Month, during the course of the week NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams pays tribute to a series of history makers, including FELA!'s Bill T. Jones. In the video piece below, Anne Curry profiles Jones and speaks to the Tony Award-winning director and choreographer him about his career, achievements and the tremendous success of FELA! (more...)

The Knitting Factory Announces Their Upcoming Shows
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2010

The Knitting Factory was founded in 1987 and over the years has grown into Knitting Factory Entertainment, which encompasses four clubs - in Brooklyn, Hollywood, Boise, and Spokane - several record labels and other ventures. (more...)

Faith & Whiskey To Host Fat Tuesday Party 2/16
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2010

Faith & Whiskey (1365 W Fullerton Ave), the premier whiskey bar and party spot in Lincoln Park, will host a Fat Tuesday party featuring drink specials on Tuesday, February 16. (more...)

Sean Owens Returns In 'Cora's Recipe for Love' At Exit On Valentines Day
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2010

Cora Values is back - Sean Owens' wacky alter ego channeling Dame Edna and Martha Stewart. Owens, EXIT Theatre's writer/performer-in residence, holds forth as Cora Values, that beloved hash- and bull-slinger from the Gas & Gulp out on I-19. (more...)

Sean Owens Returns In 'Cora's Recipe for Love' At Exit On Valentines Day
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2010

Cora Values is back - Sean Owens' wacky alter ego channeling Dame Edna and Martha Stewart. Owens, EXIT Theatre's writer/performer-in residence, holds forth as Cora Values, that beloved hash- and bull-slinger from the Gas & Gulp out on I-19. (more...)

Sean Owens Returns In 'Cora's Recipe for Love' At Exit On Valentines Day
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2010

Cora Values is back - Sean Owens' wacky alter ego channeling Dame Edna and Martha Stewart. Owens, EXIT Theatre's writer/performer-in residence, holds forth as Cora Values, that beloved hash- and bull-slinger from the Gas & Gulp out on I-19. (more...)

FELA! to Get Big Screen Treatment
by Movies News Desk - Dec 8, 2009

Variety reports that Fela!,will get big screen treatment by Hunger director Steve McQueen. Like the musical, the film is based on the life and music of groundbreaking African composer, performer and activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti as written in the book, Fela: The Life and Times of an African Musical Icon, by Michael Veal. (more...)

FELA! to Appear on 'The Colbert Report' 12/7
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2009

Fela!, the new musical based on the life and music of groundbreaking African composer, performer and activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, will perform on Comedy Central's 'The Colbert Report' on Monday, December 7 at 11:30pm EST. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sting and Alicia Keys Rave About FELA!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 19, 2009

Sting and Alicia Keys were amongst other well-known music and entertainment personalities to visit the Broadway sensation Fela! during its first week run, and the praise for this dazzling production was unanimous. (more...)

FELA! Adds Wednesday Mats.; Pushes Sunday Performances to 3pm for New Year
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2009

Producers Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter and Will & Jada Pinkett Smith announced today that beginning January 6, the new critically acclaimed Broadway musical Fela! will add Wednesday matinee performances to its weekly schedule and push back Sunday matinee times to 3pm. The new schedule, beginning Tuesday, January 5 will be as follows: Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday at 2pm & 8pm, Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 3pm (except Sunday, January 10 when curtain is 2pm). (more...)

The New York Times Profiles the FELA! Women
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2009

The New York Times this week profiles the women of FELA! - the nine unnamed, almost speechless figures that decorate the stage of the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, representing the 27 wives of the Nigerian Afrobeat musician and political activist. (more...)

Overdue Theatre Company to Present GRAND HOTEL 4/16 - 4/25
by Chris Gibson - Apr 5, 2010

The time is 1928. The world is between wars, the stock market is booming, Berlin is the center of High Life, and optimism rules the day. Inspired by Viki Baum's period novel, book writer/playwright Luther Davis collaborated once again with the prolific, distinguished composer-lyricist team Robert Wright and George Forrest for GRAND HOTEL. Together, they created a seamless musical that boasts an engaging, non-stop book and a powerful score that is sure to sweep you away with all of the lavishness of the 1920s. (more...)

Arizona Theatre Company Presents THE SECOND CITY DOES ARIZONA, 4/3-5/16
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2010

From sagebrush to Sheriff Joe, from Green Valley to kokopelli - it's time to batten down the barrel cactus because The Second City is on their way to the Grand Canyon State to do a no-holds-barred world premiere comedy revue all about Arizona. THE SECOND CITY DOES ARIZONA is an original revue of comic sketches and songs aimed at skewering everything and everyone that is unique, ridiculous and wonderful about the land of rising temperatures and falling real estate. The Second City Does Arizona plays in Tucson at the Temple of Music and Art from April 3 through April 24. It continues its run in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center from April 29 through May 16. (more...)

Faith & Whiskey To Host Cinco De Mayo Party 5/5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2010

Faith & Whiskey (1365 W Fullerton Ave), the premier whiskey bar and party spot in Lincoln Park, will a Cinco De Mayo Party on Wednesday, May 5. (more...)

'THE SECOND CITY DOES ARIZONA' Plays The Herberger Theater Center From 4/29-5/16
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2010

From sagebrush to Sheriff Joe, from Green Valley to kokopelli - it's time to batten down the barrel cactus because The Second City is on their way to the Grand Canyon State to do a no-holds-barred world premiere comedy revue all about Arizona. THE SECOND CITY DOES ARIZONA is an original revue of comic sketches and songs aimed at skewering everything and everyone that is unique, ridiculous and wonderful about the land of rising temperatures and falling real estate. The Second City Does Arizona plays in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center from April 29 through May 16. Arizona Theatre Company's season sponsors are I. Michael and Beth Kasser and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. The production sponsor of The Second City Does Arizona is US Airways. (more...)

Overdue Theatre Company to Present GRAND HOTEL 4/16 - 4/25
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2010

The time is 1928. The world is between wars, the stock market is booming, Berlin is the center of High Life, and optimism rules the day. Inspired by Viki Baum's period novel, book writer/playwright Luther Davis collaborated once again with the prolific, distinguished composer-lyricist team Robert Wright and George Forrest for GRAND HOTEL. Together, they created a seamless musical that boasts an engaging, non-stop book and a powerful score that is sure to sweep you away with all of the lavishness of the 1920s. (more...)

Arizona Theatre Company Extends SECOND CITY DOES ARIZONA Thru 4/25
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2010

Due to audience demand, Arizona Theatre Company has added two performances of The Second City Does Arizona, or Close But No Saguaro on Sunday, April 25 at 2 PM and 7 PM. (more...)

Arizona Theatre Company Presents THE SECOND CITY DOES ARIZONA, 4/23-5/16
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2010

From sagebrush to Sheriff Joe, from Green Valley to kokopelli - it's time to batten down the barrel cactus because The Second City is on their way to the Grand Canyon State to do a no-holds-barred world premiere comedy revue all about Arizona. THE SECOND CITY DOES ARIZONA is an original revue of comic sketches and songs aimed at skewering everything and everyone that is unique, ridiculous and wonderful about the land of rising temperatures and falling real estate. The Second City Does Arizona plays in Tucson at the Temple of Music and Art from April 3 through April 24. It continues its run in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center from April 29 through May 16. (more...)

Faith & Whiskey To Host 'Talk Derby To Me Party' 5/1
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2010

Faith & Whiskey (1365 W Fullerton Ave), the premier whiskey bar and party spot in Lincoln Park, will host its first annual "Talk Derby To Me Party" coinciding with the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 1. (more...)

Overdue Theatre Company to Present GRAND HOTEL 4/16 - 4/25
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2010

The time is 1928. The world is between wars, the stock market is booming, Berlin is the center of High Life, and optimism rules the day. Inspired by Viki Baum's period novel, book writer/playwright Luther Davis collaborated once again with the prolific, distinguished composer-lyricist team Robert Wright and George Forrest for GRAND HOTEL. Together, they created a seamless musical that boasts an engaging, non-stop book and a powerful score that is sure to sweep you away with all of the lavishness of the 1920s. (more...)

VH1 Announces New Series 'Football Wives'
by TV News Desk - Apr 14, 2010

VH1 and Shed Media are teaming up again with the new series Football Wives, giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the glamorous life of the better halves of professional football's most elite players. Production will begin immediately. The eight-episode 30-minute series is set to premiere later this year. (more...)

'THE SECOND CITY DOES ARIZONA' Plays The Herberger Theater Center From 4/29-5/16
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2010

From sagebrush to Sheriff Joe, from Green Valley to kokopelli - it's time to batten down the barrel cactus because The Second City is on their way to the Grand Canyon State to do a no-holds-barred world premiere comedy revue all about Arizona. THE SECOND CITY DOES ARIZONA is an original revue of comic sketches and songs aimed at skewering everything and everyone that is unique, ridiculous and wonderful about the land of rising temperatures and falling real estate. The Second City Does Arizona plays in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center from April 29 through May 16. Arizona Theatre Company's season sponsors are I. Michael and Beth Kasser and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. The production sponsor of The Second City Does Arizona is US Airways. (more...)

Arizona Theatre Company Extends SECOND CITY DOES ARIZONA Thru 4/25
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2010

Due to audience demand, Arizona Theatre Company has added two performances of The Second City Does Arizona, or Close But No Saguaro on Sunday, April 25 at 2 PM and 7 PM. (more...)

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