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Review Roundup: I DO BIDOO BIDOO, Starring Sam Concepcion, Tippy dos Santos
by Oliver Oliveros - Sep 5, 2012

Feature film production companies Unitel Productions ("Crying Ladies"), Studio 5 ("Rosario"), multi-award winning screenwriter, film director Chris Martinez ("The Woman in the Septic Tank," "100"), and prolific stage, television, and film music composer, arranger Vincent de Jesus ("Care Divas," "Crying Ladies") join forces to create the groundbreaking movie musical "I Do Bidoo Bidoo: Heto nAPO Sila," which explores four interwoven love stories inspired by 17 songs popularized by the APO Hiking Society, a trio made up of Original Pilipino Music (OPM)luminaries Jim Paredes, Boboy Garovillo, and Danny Javier. (more...)

This Is Your Brain On Musical Theatre – 7 Questions With Rob Mills
by Jacqueline Bublitz - Sep 12, 2012

From IDOL to WICKED to LEGALLY BLONDE, Rob "Millsy" Mills has come a long way since making the girls of Brentwood Secondary College cry! As we count down to the LEGALLY BLONDE opening night, here is a glimpse of Millsy's brain on musical theatre ... (more...)

2012 Tony Awards Clip Countdown - Day 20: LES MISERABLES
by Pat Cerasaro - May 31, 2012

Today we continue our expansive look at the most memorable moments from the sixty-plus years of the Tony Awards by saluting one of the biggest hit musicals of all time that is about to hit the silver screen in a big budget adaptation starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway - the emotionally devastating and faith-affirming LES MISERABLES. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Broadway Sacramento Goes WICKED
by Harmony Wheeler - May 27, 2012

Seven is the perfect number. Thursday night marked my seventh time seeing the hit musical "Wicked." Here's the countdown: Twice in San Francisco in high school, once in New York as a high school graduation present, three times in Chicago to see a family friend in the cast, and, now, once in Sacramento where the mind blowing show - as so many have called it - plays through June 17 at the Community Center Theater. (more...)

SOUND OFF: GLEE's Graduates Say Goodbye
by Pat Cerasaro - May 23, 2012

The Boss to the Beatles to Madonna to Rod Stewart, GLEE's emotional and invigorating season finale was pretty much everything a gleek could have asked for in a grand send-off to the original crew of McKinley High's New Directions - at least insofar as we have seen them thus far - as the musical dramedy series ends its third season and heads into uncertain new terrain with Season Four and the purportedly revolutionary new dual-show concept GLEE mastermind Ryan Murphy and company plan to incorporate while bringing in guest stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Hudson and THE GLEE PROJECT winners. As seen in "Goodbye", the future looks quite uncertain for many of the McKinley graduates - Rachel (Lea Michele) may have gotten into NYADA at the eleventh hour and arrived on Broadway to fulfill her theatre dreams, but Finn (Cory Monteith) and Kurt did not get into their performing arts academies of their choice. So, what now? So, too, will Quinn (Dianna Agron) assumedly head for the East Coast and Princeton, while Santana (Naya Rivera) will apparently be joining Rachel in New York - but, to do what? The future is evidently more promising for some than for others, but what we will see play out is infuriatingly indeterminable at this stage of the game. Anticipation is building, in any event - and GLEE continues to entice. What's next for the rest of the glee club we will have to wait until next season to witness, but we can rest assured that Blaine (Darren Criss), Sam (Chord Overstreet), Joe (Samuel Larsen), Sugar (Vanessa Lengies) and Artie (Kevin McHale) will be around, with the fates of some of the original glee clubbers who graduated a little less cut and dry as far as their character's trajectories are concerned - particularly Puck (Mark Salling), Mike (Harry Shum, Jr.), Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) and Mercedes (Amber Riley). And, as for Mr. Shu (Matt Morrison), Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), Coach Beiste (Dot-Marie Jones) and Emma (Jayma Mays)? We will definitely be seeing much more of them in September. While we can always rely on GLEE to provide us with outrageous jokes, outlandish characterizations, unexpected dramatic and thematic twists and turns, shockingly touching domestic drama and many incredibly heartwarming moments and socially progressive messages, the music - more importantly, the musical numbers - is what makes GLEE stand out from every other serial television series before or since and why the show will unquestionably be remembered as something revolutionary and indisputably idiosyncratic in the scheme of TV history. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek - Discovery Channel's DEADLY SEAS Airing Tonight
by TV News Desk - Jun 8, 2012

The Bering Sea, the Gulf of Alaska, and the North Atlantic are among the deadliest waterways across the world. DEADLY SEAS, a new three-part series that explores these lethal waters, begins on Discovery Channel on Friday, June 8 at 9 PM ET/PT. (more...)

Original Cast Reunites in HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY RADIO SHOW, Glasgow, June 8-9
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2012

Perfectly Normal Productions and The Entertainment Business for The Radio Theatre Company present the original cast - reunited live on stage - of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Radio Show- Live! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Preview Discovery's 3-Part Series DEADLY SEAS, Premiering 6/8
by TV News Desk - Jun 7, 2012

The Bering Sea, the Gulf of Alaska, and the North Atlantic are among the deadliest waterways across the world. DEADLY SEAS, a new three-part series that explores these lethal waters, begins on Discovery Channel on Friday, June 8 at 9 PM ET/PT. Watch a video preview of the show below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Company SJ from Ireland Performs Beckett in River to River Festival, 6/26-29
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2012

Company SJ from Ireland present ACT WITHOUT WORDS II by Samuel Beckett at Theatre Alley as part of River to River Festival, New York, Tuesday 26 - Friday 29 June 2012, nightly 9pm. Directed by Sarah Jane Scaife with designs by Aedin Cosgrove, the show features A - Raymond Keane and B - Bryan Burroughs. Check out photos of Keane and Burroughs performing below! (more...)

InDepth InterView Tony Awards Edition: Josh Young On JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, EVITA & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 5, 2012

Today we are talking to the Tony Award-nominated Best Featured Actor In A Musical who has set Broadway ablaze with his much-talked-about portrayal of Judas in Des McAnuff's spectacular revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's seminal rock opera, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - the electric and charismatic Josh Young. Tracing his journey with the Biblically-themed musical from the hallowed grounds of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada - where he first made his mark on the theatre world with his acting of another iconic Lloyd Webber/Rice anti-hero, Che in EVITA; as well as THE GRAPES OF WRATH - all the way to La Jolla in California, and, now, to eight performances a week on the Great White Way, Young shares his overflowing enthusiasm for the theatrical form and details his life as a performer; a veritable dream come true for the self-proclaimed Broadway baby. In addition to all about his perspective on Judas and his thoughts on the daring and innovative SUPERSTAR, Young also describes working with Tony-winning director Des McAnuff and how his training at the Royal Shakespeare Festival has prepared him for the rigors of a Broadway hit. Plus, Young looks back on past performances and his favorite roles to date as well as shines a light on some of the parts he would consider taking on in the future, both near and far. Plus, Young reacts to his Tony Award nomination, fills us in on genesis of the many new lyrics for the heavenly SUPERSTAR revival, shares thoughts on GLEE, SMASH and much, much more! (more...)

Irish Company SJ Set for Beckett's ACT WITHOUT WORDS 11 at River to River Festival 6/26-29
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2012

Company SJ from Ireland have announced their production of ACT WITHOUT WORDS 11 by Samuel Beckett will run at Theatre Alley as part of River to River Festival, New York from Tuesday 26 - Friday 29 June 2012 nightly 9pm. The show is directed by Sarah Jane Scaife, designed by Aedin Cosgrove and features Raymond Keane as A and Bryan Burroughs as B. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Douglas Sills Talks Gomez Addams and THE ADDAMS FAMILY Opening at the Pantages
by Don Grigware - Jun 4, 2012

Actor/singer Douglas Sills began his Broadway career in the 90s essaying the role of infamous Sir Percy in Frank Wildhorn's musical of The Scarlet Pimpernel for which he won critical acclaim and a Tony Award nomination. Since then, he has been in, among many others, the revival of Little Shop of Horrors, Into the Woods, The Secret Garden, all on Broadway, as well as the rarely seen concert of the 1930s Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein Music in the Air with Kristin Chenoweth and a slew of musical roles in LA including Mack Sennett in Reprise's Mack and Mabel and Ravenal in the Hollywood Bowl's production of Showboat. He has just started the tour of The Addams Family starring as Gomez and will open at the Pantages Theatre on June 5. In our chat, he talks at length about playing Gomez, the changes since New York in the road version of Addams Family and chooses some of his favorite all-time roles. (more...)

Photo Flash: Photos From Company SJ from Ireland's ACT WITHOUT WORDS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2012

Company SJ from Ireland 's production of ACT WITHOUT WORDS 11 by Samuel Beckett runs at Theatre Alley as part of River to River Festival. View photos from the production below! (more...)

Luminato Celebrates a 'Revolutionary Year'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2012

For Luminato's Jorn Weisbrodt, the thread that ran throughout his debut Festival as artistic director was Revolution and Transformation, both historic and artistic. (more...)

Irish Company SJ Set for Beckett's ACT WITHOUT WORDS 11 at River to River Festival 6/26-29
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2012

Company SJ from Ireland have announced their production of ACT WITHOUT WORDS 11 by Samuel Beckett will run at Theatre Alley as part of River to River Festival, New York from Tuesday 26 - Friday 29 June 2012 nightly 9pm. The show is directed by Sarah Jane Scaife, designed by Aedin Cosgrove and features Raymond Keane as A and Bryan Burroughs as B. (more...)

Nick News with Linda Ellerbee Follows American Kids Traveling to Africa to Stop Human Trafficking, 7/15
by TV News Desk - Jun 28, 2012

This show is about a rescue mission. Human trafficking is an international problem affecting millions of people and many countries around the world. Nick News with Linda Ellerbee shines a light on this huge issue in the new half-hour special, 'Kids for Sale: Slavery in Ghana,' premiering Sunday, July 15, at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. (more...)

Photo Flash: Company SJ from Ireland Performs Beckett in River to River Festival, Now thru 6/29
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2012

Company SJ from Ireland present ACT WITHOUT WORDS II by Samuel Beckett at Theatre Alley as part of River to River Festival, New York, today 26 - Friday 29 June 2012, nightly 9pm. Directed by Sarah Jane Scaife with designs by Aedin Cosgrove, the show features A - Raymond Keane and B - Bryan Burroughs. Check out photos of Keane and Burroughs performing below! (more...)

Irish Company SJ Set for Beckett's ACT WITHOUT WORDS 11 at River to River Festival 6/26-29
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2012

Company SJ from Ireland have announced their production of ACT WITHOUT WORDS 11 by Samuel Beckett will run at Theatre Alley as part of River to River Festival, New York from Tuesday 26 - Friday 29 June 2012 nightly 9pm. The show is directed by Sarah Jane Scaife, designed by Aedin Cosgrove and features Raymond Keane as A and Bryan Burroughs as B. (more...)

BWW Reviews: BORGES AND I, New Diorama Theatre, June 22 2012
by Gary Naylor - Jun 23, 2012

Gary Naylor sees one of his literary heroes sit in the centre of a gentle love story. (more...)

Utah Shakespeare Festival Presents LES MISÉRABLES, Now thru 10/20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2012

The Utah Shakespeare Festival presents Les Misérables, one of the world's most popular shows and Broadway's third longest running musical. The show will be playing in the Randall L. Jones Theatre from tonight, June 23 to October 20. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Baltimore's Star Spangled Symphony Commemorates War of 1812
by Charles Shubow - Jun 20, 2012

Maestra Marin Alsop leads BSO in tribute to the start of Maryland's War of 1812 celebration. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Jane Krakowski On 30 ROCK Final Season, Town Hall Concert & A Career Retrospective
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 2, 2012

Today we are talking to one of the entertainment industry's most celebrated Broadway/Hollywood crossover stars, who has gone from memorable cameo childhood roles on the big screen in hit properties such as NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION and FATAL ATTRACTION to big Broadway success with her stints in STARLIGHT EXPRESS and GRAND HOTEL later that decade, to small screen success with ALLY MCBEAL in the 90s all the way to Tony-winning and Olivier-winning glory with the sensational revival of NINE in 2003 on Broadway, directed by David Leveaux, and GUYS & DOLLS in the West End, directed by Michael Grandage - as well as three Emmy nominations for her seven-year stint on NBC's richly awarded and highly celebrated Tina Fey comedy 30 ROCK - the precocious, alluring and arousing Jane Krawkowski. Sharing the details about her upcoming concert performance at Town Hall on June 8, Krakowski opens up about the many lauded composers and creators she has collaborated with over the years - Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Maury Yeston, Tommy Tune, Steven Spielberg and many more - and what we can expect from her brassy and bawdy solo show, in addition to shedding some light on her Broadway days; whether on roller skates in STARLIGHT EXPRESS and the workshop of XANADU or treading the boards in workshops and productions for master director Tommy Tune. Also, Krakowski clues us in on where her classic 30 ROCK character Jenna Maroney will end up in the final, seventh season of the show that begins shooting in August and reveals her affection for her 30 ROCK and DAMN YANKEES co-star Cheyenne Jackson and their experiences filming the recent live episode (and singing the theme song). Plus, potential future stage roles she would like to essay someday - KISS OF THR SPIDER WOMAN, perhaps? Or, maybe, a reprise of her Adelaide in GUYS & DOLLS? Dot in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, even? - as well as Milliken Breakfast Show memories from the 1970s and much, much more! (more...)

2012 Tony Awards Clip Countdown - Day 22: WICKED
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 2, 2012

Today we are continuing our analysis of the best Tony Awards clips of all time with an entertainment behemoth that defied the odds - and defied critics and even gravity in the process - to become the biggest hit of the new millennium: the Oz-ian meta-musical by Winnie Holzman and Stephen Schwartz, WICKED. (more...)

SOPHIE SALVESON: How One Very Remarkable Young Woman Has Become 'Nashville's Daughter'
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 19, 2012

On Thursday, March 1, Sophia Salveson-at 19, a college student (at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago) and an aspiring actress-suffered a massive stroke that left her with little to no movement on the right side of her body and major damage to the speech and comprehension center of her brain. Taking her family and friends completely unawares, Salveson's sudden and unexpected medical dilemma sent feelings of shock, dismay and disbelief throughout the country, with its reverberations felt most resoundingly in her hometown of Nashville, where word quickly spread around town and among members of the city's music and theater communities that she had been stricken. (more...)

Adelaide Cabaret Festival: Stage Whispers Q&A- Sherie Rene Scott!
by BWW - Jun 19, 2012

On June 22 and 23, Broadway favorite Sherie Rene Scott will boldly step off the Broadway stage and into your heart for a rare, intimate appearance at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. This brand new show of eclectic music and musings will feature songs by David Byrne, Harold Arlen, Toots and the Maytals, Jason Robert Brown and Yusef (the guy formerly known as Cat Stevens). (more...)

Nylon Fusion Collective Presents MISS HOPE'S, Beg. 5/23
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2012

Somewhere amidst the cracked asphalt and overgrown weeds on the highway to nowhere is Miss Hope's, a small-town diner where wistful wannabes with half-forgotten dreams meet, mingle and tell their stories. Consisting of three timeless tales with more than a little laughter, tears, irony and a pinch of The Twilight Zone, and told against the backdrop of the presidential inaugurations of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Miss Hope's will be open for business starting May 23rd at the Sargent Theatre at the American Theatre of Actors, located at 314 West 54th Street. Miss Hope's is directed by David Triacca, and written by Jack Karp, Alisha Silver and Joseph Samuel Wright of the Nylon Fusion Writers Collective. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Jeremy Kushnier Talks JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Birdland Concert, Solo Album & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 18, 2012

Today we are talking to a supremely gifted performer who can be seen eight times a week on Broadway in the currently running Des McAnuff revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Jeremy Kushnier. Tracing his Broadway trajectory from his memorable debut in FOOTLOOSE back in the late 1990s to his impressive regional theatre and concert work - CHESS to The Dream Engine to BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY and beyond - to his success touring in AIDA, RENT and others, up to his most recent gig in JERSEY BOYS, Kushnier opens up about his diverse career thus far and what we can expect from him in the future, near and far. Plus, Kushnier analyzes the five roles he has essayed in the current production of SUPERSTAR so far, since he was first brought into the production as a standby and understudy, after all - Jesus, Judas, Pilate and two different priests - and shares his enthusiasm for the dazzling, Tony Award-nominated production - all of this as he prepares for his long-awaited upcoming solo spotlight concert at Birdland on June 18! Additionally, Kushnier shares plans and wishes for a forthcoming solo album, as well as offers his thoughts on GLEE, SMASH and much, much more! (more...)

InDepth InterView Tony Awards Edition: Joe DiPietro - Part 2: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, THE TOXIC AVENGER & What's Next
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 1, 2012

Today we are talking to a two-time Tony Award winning lyricist and book writer who was responsible for the 2010 Best Musical winner, MEMPHIS, and who has since written the libretto of the Gershwin revue NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET and received a well-earned Tony nomination for his efforts; one of the show's ten nods - Joe DiPietro. In this concluding portion of our conversation, DiPietro and I break down the process of creating NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT and he comments on the starry cast - including Matthew Broderick, Kelli O'Hara, Judy Kaye and Estelle Parsons - and the process of collaboration in bringing the 2012 Tony Awards top nominee to the Broadway stage. Additionally, DiPietro fills us in on the future for THE TOXIC AVENGER and its tentative Broadway plans, as well as the upcoming West End mountings of MEMPHIS and, hopefully, NICE WORK - and, a look ahead to his next David Bryan collaboration, CHASING THE SONG, as well. Plus, a glance back at his work on I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT NOW CHANGE, F*CKING MEN and ALLEGRO and his favorite current pop acts. (more...)

BWW Interviews: The Cast & Crew of Generations: A Theatre Company Dish on BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
by David Clarke - Jul 4, 2012

Andrew Jackson, that guy on the twenty dollar bill and the United States' infamous seventh president, is alive and well in Houston. Remembered for the Indian Removal Act and initiating what would later be called Jacksonian Populism, this iconic badass president is the central character in Michael Friedman's comedic Wild West rock musical BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, which is being produced this month by Houston's Generations: A Theatre Company. George Brock, founding Artistic Director for Generations and Director of BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, assembled a panel of his cast, crew, and creative team to discuss the rip-roaringly raucous show and why you MUST see it! (more...)

Wolfgang Gartner Comes to the Boulder Theatre, 10/16
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2012

"I have to make something that's never been made before; have to make the best thing that I've ever done in my life - otherwise it gets stagnant or worse," says producer/DJ Wolfgang Gartner. Whether or not his progressively more maximilist take on electro-house is your bag or not, you have to respect his exponentially steep rise through the electro-house ranks. And Lord knows, you've heard it -- or about it: flipping Beethoven's 5th for the 4 am crowd; eight #1 tracks on Beatport; remix/collabs with Britney Spears, Timbaland and Black Eyed Peas; festival-highlight performances at Coachella '10 and Electric Daisy Carnival's '10 and '11. (more...)

BWW Interviews: The Nutty Professor's AUTUMN GUZZARDI Takes On THE NUTTY FIVE
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 28, 2012

In an ensemble filled with triple threats, Atlanta native Autumn Guzzardi is sure to claim her moment in the spotlight, plus she's a brand-new Nashvillian, moving here recently to make our fair city her homebase. We're thrilled she's here (for now!) and we want you to get to know her so that when she's online, waiting for a table at a local restaurant or trying to figure out where the hell Old Hickory Boulevard really is taking her, you'll know who you're talking to… (more...)

GYPSY OF THE MONTH: Erica Mansfield of 'Evita'
by Adrienne Onofri - Jul 28, 2012

A longtime member of the 'Mamma Mia' cast on tour and Bway, Erica's now performing in her 2nd straight Rob Ashford-choreographed show. (more...)

THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- John E. Brady
by BWW - Jul 20, 2012

Welcome to THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As With Your Favorite Broadway Stars. Want to know what hooked them to a career in the theater? Their dream roles? Their Broadway crushes? Read on! In this next edition, we caught up with John E. Brady, who is starring as 'Wiesel' in NEWSIES- currently playing at the Nederlander Theatre! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Keegan Theater Presents Successful SPRING AWAKENING
by Rebecca Maynard - Jul 2, 2012

Don't let its title fool you - the Tony Award winning musical SPRING AWAKENING, playing now through July 8 at the Keegan Theatre in Dupont Circle, is no light-hearted walk in the park. It is an emotional and thought-provoking story, which, combined with a wonderful and haunting score, makes it an unforgettable experience. (more...)

Nick News with Linda Ellerbee Follows American Kids in Africa to Stop Human Trafficking Tonight, 7/15
by TV News Desk - Jul 15, 2012

This show is about a rescue mission. Human trafficking is an international problem affecting millions of people and many countries around the world. Nick News with Linda Ellerbee shines a light on this huge issue in the new half-hour special, 'Kids for Sale: Slavery in Ghana,' premiering tonight, July 15, at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. (more...)

30 DAYS OF NYMF: DAY 5 Show Me Real
by 30 Days of NYMF 2012 - Jul 13, 2012

I started working on Show Me Real over a year ago when I was at a bit of a creative crossroads. I had been performing as a modern dancer around the city and simultaneously getting work as a choreographer in the musical theater industry. As I was splitting time between both worlds, I noticed that while there were some aesthetic and training differences between modern dance and musical theater, the passion for performance remained the same. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Anita Gillette Talks BYE BYE BIRDIE, 30 ROCK, Birdland, Golden Age & A Career Retrospective
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 12, 2012

Today we are talking to a celebrated comedienne and actress known for her decades-spanning career on screens and stages large and small - from making her Broadway debut in the original Jerome Robbins production of GYPSY on Broadway in 1960 to her many musical roles throughout the 60s to her countless game show and variety show appearances following that all the way to creating an unforgettable character in MOONSTRUCK in the 1980s, as well as her subsequent oft-Neil Simon stage work; now, playing Tina Fey's sweet and daffy mom on NBC's 30 ROCK and, most recently, appearing in Nora & Celia Ephron's LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE and the Playwright's Horizons premiere production of THE BIG MEAL in the new millennium - the one of a kind Anita Gillette. Analyzing her nearly sixty-year career and sharing candid stories of her brushes with some of Broadway and Hollywood's brightest talents - Jule Styne to Ethel Merman to Irving Berlin to Burt Lancaster and beyond - Gillette paints a vivid portrait of the tail end of the Golden Age of Broadway and the heady game show days of TV in the 1960s and 70s to her lauded stage work with Neil Simon and many of the great comedy and musical writers in the years since. Additionally, Gillette and I discuss her current essaying of the role of Mae Peterson in the new Regal Music Theatre production of Charles Strouse and Lee Adams's BYE BYE BIRDIE in Massachusetts as she looks towards opening night tomorrow and relates her joy in participating in a production that has some behind-the-scenes help by her loving granddaughter (while another attends their summer camp). Plus, Gillette's observations on sharing a soundstage with Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Elaine Stritch and Buck Henry for a recent 30 ROCK shoot, reflections on her fondest and most celebrated comedy roles, hilarious memories of appearing in some short-running flops (JIMMY, SKYSKRAPER) as well as in some big hits (GYPSY), her upcoming series of master classes titled "Life In The Business", her return to Birdland with her concert show, AFTER ALL, her role in an upcoming Ed Burns film and maybe even a role in a new Alexander Payne film - all of that, all about attending the Diamond Jubilee celebration in the United Kingdom and much, much more! (more...)

THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS Kicks Off Signature Theatre's 2012-13 Season, 8/14
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2012

Yee-haw! It's time to start two-steppin' and boot-scootin' in the aisles, as Signature Theatre kicks off its 2012/13 season with the Tony Award-winning musical comedy The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, beginning performances on Tuesday, August 14. (more...)

SOUND OFF: DAMAGES Season Four On DVD
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 11, 2012

Today we are taking a look at one of the most electrifying television series of all time as Season Four hits DVD and we approach the final season premiere tonight at 9 PM on DirecTV - the dark and spotted cat-and-mouse legal thriller DAMAGES, starring Glenn Close and Rose Byrne. By taking a closer look back at Season Four and its unforgettable guest starring performances by John Goodman, Chris Messina and Dylan Baker as Hewes & Associates became entangled with some Blackwater-esque military-minded wheeler dealers and mercenaries - as does Ellen (Byrne), now working for the DA's office - with, expectedly, it all culminating in copious bloodshed, perhaps we can uncover some clues as to where we will be heading in Season Five and the final ten episodes that begin airing tonight and the series comes to its conclusion. If the promos that have been airing on DirecTV and around the internet are any indication as to the titillating and terrifying thrills in store for us with new featured guest stars Ryan Phillippe, Jenna Elfman and Janet McTeer and the returns of Season Four standouts Chris Messina, Judd Hirsch and Zachary Boopth; as well as, one can assume, a spare ghost or two, too. Indeed, it has been a breathless and breathtaking trip so far on DAMAGES and it has been a revealing, rewarding and ultimately resplendently rich journey over the last six years or so to see the epic highs and lows of master attorney Patty Hewes, the (mostly) noble efforts of her attentive and intelligent protege Ellen Parsons and the various figures who populate the cold and foreboding atmosphere of a hellish New York City that permeates nearly every frame of every episode of the series - and always has; and, we can safely assume, always will. (more...)

Maren Bush, Jaszy McCallister and Vivien Kalvaria Set for The Lynne Show, 8/7, 14 & 21
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2012

Maren Bush, Jaszy McCallister and Vivien Kalvaria will be guests on The Lynne Show beginning tomorrow, August 7 and continuing August 14 and 21, 2012. The Lynne Show airs on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. EST and Mondays at 3 a.m. EST at Radioearnetwork.com. You can listen to podcasts at any time at thelynneshow.com. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Fully Immersed with Co-Lab Kaka'ako, Part 2
by Gail Lloyd - Aug 29, 2012

I move ahead now to the final performance, the culmination of two weeks of heroic collaboration in the name of art. Having reviewed performances from the most mainstream to the most avant-garde,I am well aware of the broad spectrum of activity that can be called "performance art". The process I observed of actors entering into relationship scenarios Over and Over again in the preceding weeks is imbued with the technique known as "The Method". Seeing the final performances this past weekend, it struck me that what I was witnessing was not so much players acting, but striving to achieve authentic relationships for the purpose of giving life to the words of the script. (more...)

BWW Reviews: SOUL SISTER, Savoy Theatre, Aug 23
by Lucy Thackray - Aug 28, 2012

Soul Sister is a show based on the 'music, life and times of Ike and Tina Turner'. Put together by John Miller and Peter Brooks, it is a night of upbeat 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s tunes, linked by scenes about Tina Turner's rise to fame, from her discovery by Ike Turner to eventual relationship with him and up until her glitzy solo success. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Fully Immersed with Co-lab Kaka 'Ako
by Gail Lloyd - Aug 27, 2012

A project created by the Kumu Kahua Theater and organized by Managing Director Donna Blanchard. Quoting the program: "Co-lab Kaka 'ako is the result of a collaborative venture between inter-island Terminal and Kumu Kahua Theater. The goal of the program is to nurture the very best creative theater talent in our community to create an open platform for learning about and discussing Kaka 'ako - an important place for so many generations of Honolulu-ans, and a place to experience great change. At the center of the web of this creative process was instructor Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano a life member and former faculty member of the Actor Studio Drama School. She is currently the Director of Education at Chicago Street Theatre and an adjunct Professor at Columbia College in Chicago. Her courses have included ensemble development, collaboration techniques, film casting, directing and The Method. "It is the allowing of chaos in, and knowing how to work with it." ~ Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano (more...)

NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE Exposes Child Slave Trade in Ghana Tonight, 8/26
by TV News Desk - Aug 26, 2012

This show is about a rescue mission. Human trafficking is an international problem affecting millions of people and many countries around the world. NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE shines a light on this huge issue in the new half-hour special, 'Kids for Sale: Slavery in Ghana,' premiering tonight, Aug. 26, at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nick at Nite. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Carla Gugino On POLITICAL ANIMALS, Arthur Miller, Sondheim Musicals, Roundabout & More!
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 18, 2012

Today we are talking to a spectacularly talented stage and screen star who has appeared in countless film and TV properties over the years as well as in many remarkable theatrical productions all about her major role on the USA special miniseries event POLITICAL ANIMALS, which concludes this Sunday at 9 PM - Carla Gugino. In her many film roles - including SON IN LAW, MICHAEL, SNAKE EYES, the SPY KIDS trilogy, SIN CITY, NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, WATCHMEN, SUCKER PUNCH, MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS and NEW YEAR'S EVE, to name but a few - as well as in her string of stage successes - Arthur Miller's AFTER THE FALL, Tennessee Williams's SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER, Eugene O'Neill's DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS, and, most recently, treading the boards with Rosemary Harris and Jim Dale in THE ROAD TO MECCA - Gugino has displayed a considerable commitment to her craft and a striking sensitivity for the medium she is inhabiting. (more...)

NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE to Expose Child Slave Trade in Ghana
by TV News Desk - Aug 17, 2012

This show is about a rescue mission. Human trafficking is an international problem affecting millions of people and many countries around the world. NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE shines a light on this huge issue in the new half-hour special, 'Kids for Sale: Slavery in Ghana,' premiering Sunday, Aug. 26, at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nick at Nite. (more...)

Tennessee Shakespeare Company Announces Fifth Season in Memphis
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2012

Tennessee Shakespeare Company (TSC), led by Producing Artistic Director Dan McCleary, today announced its fifth performance season. (more...)

TN Shakespeare Company Announces Fifth Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2012

Tennessee Shakespeare Company (TSC), led by Producing Artistic Director Dan McCleary, today announced its fifth performance season. (more...)

THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS Kicks Off Signature Theatre's 2012-13 Season Tonight, 8/14
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2012

Yee-haw! It's time to start two-steppin' and boot-scootin' in the aisles, as Signature Theatre kicks off its 2012/13 season with the Tony Award-winning musical comedy The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, beginning performances tonight, August 14. (more...)

Assistant Conductor Deborah Abramson on Her GHOST Orchestra
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2012

Rarely do theatre fans get to hear from an insider on the inner-workings of a Broadway orchestra. In the piece below, GHOST's assistant conductor Deborah Abramson does just that- explaining what it's like to experience the show from her point of view. (more...)

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