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BWW Reviews: Edge Theatre's NIJINSKY'S LAST DANCE is a Show Biz Tell All
by David Clarke - Sep 7, 2013

Vaslav Nijinsky was heralded as the greatest male ballet dancer of the early 20th century. He deftly performed gravity defying leaps, leading many to assume he used wires, and could even dance en pointe, which was a rare skill for male ballet dancers at the time. He famously choreographed L'APRÈS-MIDI D'UN FAUNE, which had a salaciously explicit ending for the contemporary audiences of 1912, JEUX, a flirtatious dance which he intended to be danced by three men but was changed to be danced by one man and two women, and the legendarily infamous 1913 LE SACRE DU PRINTEMPS (THE RITE OF SPRING), which ended with the graphic sacrifice of a female virgin and caused fights to break out between the audience as some loathed and others championed his totally new style of ballet. Vaslav Nijinsky's life was rich with juicy backstage romantic affairs, and he also suffered from mental illness, which became so extreme that he was forced to retire from the dance world and spent the remainder of his life in and out of psychiatric hospitals. All of this is addressed in the 1998 one-man show NIJINSKY'S Last Dance, written by Norman Allen, which is enjoying a Houston premiere production by Edge Theatre Company. (more...)

Mykola Allen, Harriet Ballard and More Join Matthew Kelly in TO SIR WITH LOVE, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2013

In To Sir With Love, joining the previously announced Olivier Award winning actor Matthew Kelly (Florian), are Mykola Allen (Denham), Harriet Ballard (Monica), Peta Cornish (Gillian), Kerron Darby (Seales), Ansu Kabia (Ricky),Paul Kemp (Weston), Heather Nicol (Pamela) and Nicola Reynolds (Clinty). (more...)

Matthew Kelly Plays 'Florian' in Touring Consortium Theatre's TO SIR WITH LOVE, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2013

Matthew Kelly is to play Florian in the World Premiere of the Touring Consortium Theatre Company/ Royal & Derngate Northampton co-production of To Sir With Love, written by E R Braithwaite and adapted by Ayub Khan Din (East is East). Mark Babych will direct To Sir With Love, with design by Mike Britten, lighting by Johanna Towns and choreography by Nick Winston. (more...)

Adam Kantor and Betsy Wolfe to Reprise Roles in THE LAST FIVE YEARS at Huntington, 11/23-24
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2013

The Huntington Theatre Company presents a concert version of Jason Robert Brown's powerful contemporary musical The Last Five Years for three performances only November 23 and 24. Adam Kantor (Rent, Avenue Q) and Betsy Wolfe (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Everyday Rapture) play the two twenty-something New Yorkers who dive head-first into marriage, fueled by the optimism of finding 'the one.' Winner of Drama Desk Drama Awards for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics, The Last Five Years takes a bold look at one young couple's hope that love endures the test of time. (more...)

Randy Jones to Guest Star in Raging Squid Ink's THE DEAD DREAM MACHINE, 9/21
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2013

RAGING SQUID INK and ERIC SCHMALENBERGER will welcome Randy Jones, actor, author, American Music Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist, the original Cowboy and founding member of Village People, as the special guest star (aka SHAMAN) in Jake Thomas' horror experience THE DEAD DREAM MACHINE, directed and choreographed by Rachel Klein, on Opening NIght, Saturday, September 21st. Jones joins a line-up which includes Michael Musto and Mx Justin Vivian Bond among others. In the final scene each night, the SHAMAN with sing a gothed out orchestral version of Nick Cave's 'There is a Kingdom.' (more...)

Ed Asner to Star in Road Theatre's THE LAST DANCE Reading, 10/6
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2013

]THE ROAD THEATRE COMPANY and Taylor Gilbert, Founder/Artistic Director together with Sam Anderson, Artistic Director announce a very special Benefit Evening for the award-winning theatre institution, a staged reading of a new play starring Emmy Award-winning actor Ed Asner, THE Last Dance, written Jack Neworth and Cary Shulman and directed by Jack Bannon. THE Last Dance will perform One Night Only on Sunday, October 6 at 8pm at THE ROAD on MAGNOLIA,10747 Magnolia Blvd. North Hollywood. (more...)

Photo Flash: Full Cast Unveiled for TO SIR WITH LOVE Tour
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2013

The full cast for To Sir With Love, joining the previously announced Olivier Award winning actor Matthew Kelly (Florian), is Mykola Allen (Denham), Harriet Ballard (Monica), Peta Cornish (Gillian), Kerron Darby (Seales), Ansu Kabia(Ricky), Paul Kemp (Weston), Heather Nicol (Pamela) and Nicola Reynolds(Clinty). (more...)

OUR HOUSE: Baggy Trousers!
by Guest Blogger: Natasha Lewis - Sep 10, 2013

Cast member Natasha Lewis takes us behind the scenes of rehearsals for the brand new actor-musician production of Our House, which opens at the New Wolsey, Ipswich this month. (more...)

'LOVE TO LOVE YOU DONNA' Remix Album Set for Release 10/22 on Verve Records
by Richard Best - Sep 10, 2013

Singer/songwriter/pop culture icon and 2013 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee DONNA SUMMER rocketed to international superstardom in the mid-1970s, when her groundbreaking merger of R&B, soul, pop, funk, rock, disco and avant-garde electronica catapulted underground dance music out of the clubs of Europe to the pinnacle of sales and radio charts around the world. (more...)

HBO to Air 2013 ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY, 5/18
by TV News Desk - May 9, 2013

The HBO special features long-awaited performances, commemorative tributes and moving speeches from both presenters and inductees. (more...)

Katrina Lenk Joins the Cast of ONCE as 'Reza,' 5/7
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2013

Katrina Lenk will join the cast of the 8-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical ONCE at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre beginning Tuesday, May 7. Ms. Lenk will take over the role of 'Reza' from Claire Wellen, who, as planned, was playing the role temporarily. (more...)

HBO Airs 2013 ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY Tonight
by TV News Desk - May 18, 2013

The HBO special features long-awaited performances, commemorative tributes and moving speeches from both presenters and inductees. (more...)

BWW Reviews: SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME, New Wimbledon Theatre, March 4 2013
by Gary Naylor - Mar 5, 2013

Gary Naylor enjoys a damn good night out. (more...)

ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2013 Concludes with Most Successful Year Yet
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2013

ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL wrapped this past weekend (March 22-24) as its most successful year yet. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Paul Taylor Dance Company
by Barnett Serchuk - Mar 20, 2013

Paul Taylor has always been one of my favorite choreographers. For over half a century he has choreographed works that have entered the repertoires of ballet and modern dance companies around the world. With a mind, spirit and quest to choreograph works not only in the purest Balanchine sense, as it were, but to address issues that confront and confound modern society, he has blazed a path that no other modern choreographer can match. We go with high expectations and are ready to be amazed. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Willie Nile Toured with THE WHO
by Kathy Strain - Mar 20, 2013

Willie Nile has been in the rock and roll business for over 45 years and shows no signs of slowing down. With numerous record releases and tours all over the world, Willie is a legend in the music business and is proud to claim members of The Who as some of his best friends in the world. (more...)

Miller Theatre to Continue Composer Portraits Series with Oliver Knussen, 4/18
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2013

Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts continues the 2012-13 season of its Composer Portraits series with Oliver Knussen, April 18, 2013. (more...)

BWW Interviews - Julia Stiles Chats 2nd Season of WIGS' BLUE & New Series PALOMA
by Caryn Robbins - Mar 20, 2013

Stiles spoke by phone about Season 2 of her WIGS series Blue and about Paloma, a new four episode series that she wrote and directed, premiering on WIGS later this spring. (more...)

Lefra Productions to be Showcased at KKNK in Oudshoorn
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2013

Lefra Productions will present three productions at this year's ABSA KKNK in Oudtshoorn. Lefra's new farce for 2013, MY VROU SE MAN SE LYK SE TAS premieres at the Festival; the internationally acclaimed group, The Drifters are also appearing in Oudsthoorn and then Lefra's new one-man show, BARRY VAN DER LINDE BIED AAN... launched at the festival. (more...)

Elliot Shoenman's A HEAP OF LIVIN' to Premiere at Odyssey Theatre, 2/8
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2013

Playwright, and Emmy Award winner, Elliot Shoenman will return to the Odyssey Theatre with his newest play A Heap Of Livin', which includes original music by David Shire (Oscar/Grammy Award, multiple Tony/Emmy noms). Elliot's work, the Ovation Award nominated AfterMath, starring Annie Potts, played to sold-out houses at the Odyssey last season, launched by the Inkwell Theater. (more...)

THE SECRET GARDEN Concert Transfers to Greenwich Theatre as Part of Children's Theatre Festival
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2013

The producing team behind The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Arts Theatre) and The Children of Eden Gala Concert (Prince of Wales Theatre), Aria Entertainment and Knockhardy Productions are delighted to announce that their concert revival of Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's three times Tony Award winning musical The Secret Garden will transfer to the Greenwich Theatre for one night only as part of the Greenwich children's theatre festival following a successful run at The King's Head Theatre. (more...)

Terry Kinney to Direct Broadway-Bound REAR WINDOW; Full Creative Team Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2013

The forthcoming Broadway production REAR WINDOW has found its creative team in playwright Keith Reddin(Too Much Memory, Life and Limb) and director Terry Kinney (reasons to be pretty, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest). The play will be adapted from Cornell Woolrich's original short story, the iconic and haunting tale of the wheelchair-bound witness to a possible murder in his neighboring New York City apartment. (more...)

Matthew Kelly to Play 'Florian' in Touring Consortium Theatre's TO SIR WITH LOVE, Beg. Sept 6
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2013

Matthew Kelly is to play Florian in the World Premiere of the Touring Consortium Theatre Company/ Royal & Derngate Northampton co-production of To Sir With Love, written by E R Braithwaite and adapted by Ayub Khan Din (East is East). Mark Babych will direct To Sir With Love, with design by Mike Britten, lighting by Johanna Towns and choreography by Nick Winston. (more...)

BWW Reviews: SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME, Bristol Hippodrome, July 8 2013
by Kathryn Pintus - Jul 9, 2013

Kathryn Pintus reviews the boy-meets-girl love story set in the 1960s. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Christina Bianco Brings MORE DIVA MOMENTS to Birdland
by Walter McBride - Jan 29, 2013

The Broadway at Birdland concert series just featured Christina Bianco's in More Diva Moments: Songs That Made Divas Out Of The Women Who Sang Them!' Check out photos from the concert below! (more...)

Zac Donavon and More to Star in THE SECRET GARDEN: IN CONCERT at King's Head Theatre; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2013

The producing team behind The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Arts Theatre) and The Children of Eden Gala Concert (Prince of Wales Theatre), Aria Entertainment and Knockhardy Productions are delighted to announce the cast for their forthcoming concert revival of Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's three times Tony Award winning musical The Secret Garden. (more...)

Freddie Davies Joins King's Head Theatre's THE SECRET GARDEN IN CONCERT,Today-March 17
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2013

Joining the cast of The Secret Garden at The King's Head is veteran comedian and actor Freddie Davies who is recreating the role of Ben Weatherstaff for this concert staging having appeared in the original R.S.C and West-End production. The concert version will play 10 February - 17 March, 2013. Press night is 11 February at 7:15pm. (more...)

Elliot Shoenman's A HEAP OF LIVIN' Premieres at Odyssey Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2013

Playwright, and Emmy Award winner, Elliot Shoenman will return to the Odyssey Theatre with his newest play A Heap Of Livin', which includes original music by David Shire (Oscar/Grammy Award, multiple Tony/Emmy noms). Elliot's work, the Ovation Award nominated AfterMath, starring Annie Potts, played to sold-out houses at the Odyssey last season, launched by the Inkwell Theater. (more...)

Shelly Goldstein Brings ONE FINE DAY: THE GROOVY GIRLS OF THE 60S to The Catalina Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2013

Shelly Goldstein will bring 'One Fine Day: The Groovy Girls of the 60s' to Catalina's Jazz Club in Los Angeles, tonight, February 19, 2013. (more...)

Shelly Goldstein to Bring ONE FINE DAY: THE GROOVY GIRLS OF THE 60S to The Catalina, 2/19
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2013

Shelly Goldstein will bring 'One Fine Day: The Groovy Girls of the 60s' to Catalina's Jazz Club in Los Angeles, February 19, 2013. (more...)

THE SECRET GARDEN: IN CONCERT Plays King's Head Theatre in London, Now thru March 17
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2013

The producing team behind The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Arts Theatre) and The Children of Eden Gala Concert (Prince of Wales Theatre), Aria Entertainment and Knockhardy Productions present a concert revival of Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's three times Tony Award winning musical The Secret Garden. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ROCK THE BALLET Admiralspalast, Berlin
by Marcel Konrath - Feb 10, 2013

Es war der legendare Fred Astaire, der folgenden Satz pragte: 'Tanz ist ein Telegramm an die Erde mit der Bitte um Aufhebung der Schwerkraft.' Die Bad Boys des Tanzes unter der Leitung und Choreografie von Rasta Thomas gastierten im Admiralspalast Berlin mit ihrer mitreißenden Show 'Rock the Ballet'. DIe Schwerkraft wird an diesem Abend gleich mehrere Male aufgehoben, denn dass was das hochkaratigem siebenkopfige Ensemble bietet ist schlichtweg atemberaubend. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Torrid and Tumultuous Relationship Between Two Showbiz Icons is Brought to Fiery Life in FRANK AND AVA
by Shari Barrett - Aug 5, 2013

Ava Gardner was the sex symbol who dazzled all the other sex symbols-a fabulous, jaw-dropping beauty who became a Hollywood star. Frank Sinatra was a pop singer who became one of the most popular and successful performers of his time. The torrid and tumultuous relationship between these two showbiz icons is brought to fiery life in FRANK AND AVA, the new play by Willard Manus. (more...)

Mykola Allen, Harriet Ballard and More Join Matthew Kelly in TO SIR WITH LOVE - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2013

The full cast for To Sir With Love, joining the previously announced Olivier Award winning actor Matthew Kelly (Florian), isMykola Allen (Denham), Harriet Ballard (Monica), Peta Cornish (Gillian), Kerron Darby (Seales), Ansu Kabia (Ricky),Paul Kemp (Weston), Heather Nicol (Pamela) and Nicola Reynolds (Clinty). (more...)

Tracy Olivera, Jenna Sokolowski & More Set for SEPARATE ROOMS Reading at Kennedy Center's Page-To-Stage Festival, 9/2
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2013

On Labor Day, September 2 at 7:30pm, the 12th Annual Kennedy Center Page-To-Stage Festival will host force/collision for a reading of Joe Calarco's new play Separate Rooms. The cast includes Tracy Olivera (Broadway's Ragtime, Ford's Theatre's Hello, Dolly!),Jenna Sokolowski (Woolly Mammoth's Mr. Burns, a post-electric play and Signature's Title of show), Thomas Keegan (Signature's Dying City),Vanessa Lock (Signature's God of Carnage), Tonya Beckman Ross (Shakespeare Theatre Company's Lady Windermere's Fan), Chris Stezin(Theatre J's The Religion Thing), Matthew Wilson (Faction of Fools), Joseph Carlson (Synetic's Home of the Solider) and Harlan Work(Theatre J's Our Class). The reading will be directed by force/collision Founding Director John Moletress and be followed by a talkback with playwright Joe Calarco, cast and director. (more...)

Iration Releases New Video for 'Back Around'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2013

Reggae, pop, rock heavyweights Iration have just released a new music video for “Back Around,” the band's latest single from their newly released album Automatic. (more...)

Cirque Zuma Zuma, Brian Stokes Mitchell and More Set for Maltz Jupiter's 2013-14 Limited Engagements
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2013

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre has your ticket to great entertainment. In addition to the musicals and dramas featured in the Theatre's 2013/14 season (Dial M for Murder, Annie, A Chorus Line, Other Desert Cities and The King and I), the Theatre will present a spectacular lineup of all-new concerts and special productions, along with select beloved favorites. (more...)

Billie Holiday Theatre Appoints Jackie Alexander New Artistic Director; Announces 2013-14 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2013

The Billie Holiday Theatre's Executive Director Marjorie Moon announces the appointment of director, actor, playwright, and novelist Jackie Alexander as the Theatre's Artistic Director. (more...)

Mark Wynter Joins DREAMBOATS AND PETTICOATS UK Tour
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2013

This whirl round the jukebox of one of the most dynamic musical decades stars musical legend Mark Wynter - fresh from his celebrated run in the show at London's Wyndham's Theatre last winter - who is set to perform classic hits Venus In Blue Jeans, Go Away Little Girl and It's Almost Tomorrow for the first time on tour in 50 years. (more...)

Photo Coverage: TO SIR WITH LOVE UK Tour in Rehearsal
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2013

The full cast for To Sir With Love, joining the previously announced Olivier Award winning actor Matthew Kelly (Florian), is Mykola Allen (Denham), Harriet Ballard (Monica), Peta Cornish (Gillian), Kerron Darby (Seales), Ansu Kabia (Ricky), Paul Kemp (Weston), Heather Nicol (Pamela) and Nicola Reynolds (Clinty) and we've got the first photos of the cast in rehearsal! (more...)

Ne-Yo to Honor Academy Award-Winning Actor Louis Gossett, Jr.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2013

Multi-platinum singer/songwriter Ne-Yo and his charity, the Compound Foundation are pleased to honor Academy award-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. and celebrity photographer Johnny Nunez (more...)

Legendary Singer Donna Summer's ICON, in Stores Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2013

Today, one week before Donna Summer's posthumous induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) releases Donna Summer ICON, a new single-disc collection featuring 11 of the legendary singer's biggest hits and fan favorites. (more...)

Tony Nominee Jennifer Westfeldt Joins MTC's THE EXPLORERS CLUB; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2013

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director), Barry Grove (Executive Producer), and Mandy Greenfield (Artistic Producer) have announced full casting for the world premiere of THE EXPLORERS CLUB, the new play by Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin, directed by Marc Bruni. (more...)

Robin Hirsch Set for Cornelia Street Cafe's SHAKESPEARE: A TWO-PART INVENTION Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2013

Cornelia Street Cafe presents Shakespeare: A Two-Part Invention featuring Robin Hirsch and John Hudson today, April 28th at 6pm. (more...)

Cirque Zuma Zuma, Brian Stokes Mitchell and More Set for Maltz Jupiter's 2013-14 Limited Engagements
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2013

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre has your ticket to great entertainment. In addition to the musicals and dramas featured in the Theatre's 2013/14 season (Dial M for Murder, Annie, A Chorus Line, Other Desert Cities and The King and I), the Theatre will present a spectacular lineup of all-new concerts and special productions, along with select beloved favorites. (more...)

Ayub Khan Din Leads The New Group's BUNTY BERMAN PRESENTS…, Opening 5/9
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2013

The New Group announced today that Ayub Khan Din has stepped into the title role in the new musical Bunty Berman Presents..., replacing actor Erick Avari who withdrew from the production last week on doctor's orders following an injury. The world premiere of this musical comedy, with book & lyrics by Ayub Khan Din and music by Ayub Khan Din and Paul Bogaev, is directed by Scott Elliott. Previews began April 12. Performances resume Wednesday, April 24 in advance of Official Opening Night on Thursday, May 9 at 7:00pm. A limited Off-Broadway engagement is slated through June 1 at The New Group at Theatre Row (The Acorn Theatre / 410 West 42nd Street). (more...)

Miller Theatre Continues Composer Portraits Series with Oliver Knussen Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2013

Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts continues the 2012-13 season of its Composer Portraits series with Oliver Knussen, tonight, April 18, 2013. (more...)

UNDER THE STREETLAMP Comes to the State, 5/4
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2013

Retro never sounded so now! UNDER THE STREETLAMP, America's hottest new vocal group, performs an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American radio songbook. Exuding the irresistible rapport of a modern day Rat Pack, the quartet - recent leading cast members of the Tony Award winning musical Jersey Boys - deliver an evening of unforgettable entertainment. You'll hear Doo-Wop, Motown, old time Rock 'n' Roll and all of your favorite songs from The Drifters, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Four Seasons, and many others. (more...)

Robin Hirsch Set for Cornelia Street Cafe's SHAKESPEARE: A TWO-PART INVENTION, 4/28
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2013

Cornelia Street Cafe presents Shakespeare: A Two-Part Invention featuring Robin Hirsch and John Hudson on Sunday, April 28th at 6pm. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Ballet in Cinema from Emerging Pictures Presents 'La fille mal gardee'
by Barnett Serchuk - Apr 10, 2013

It wasn't until Frederick Ashton undertook a new creation of the ballet that it finally became an international hit. He referred to it as his 'poor man's Pastorale,' a lovely reference to Beethoven's symphony where things go from simplicity to thunderstorms and back to normalcy and contentment with the world. He commissioned The Royal Opera House conductor, John Lanchberry, to orchestrate a new score that, while recalling French culture and manners (it did begin as a French ballet after all), is firmly rooted in an English sensibility (more...)

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