BWW Review: Playhouse's MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL Comes 'Home'
by Joseph Baker - May 9, 2016

When Director and Co-Choreographer Jordan Nichols first saw and enjoyed MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL, he knew that he just had to stage a production in the city itself; as polished and entertaining as it was, it needed just a little something . . . 'an infusion of Memphis grit.' In Playhouse on the Square's powerful, pulsating production of the musical, he has achieved just that. Memphians are very proud and protective of their musical heritage, and though originators Joe DiPietro and David Bryan have not attempted to portray real persons and events, their knowledge of the early 'rock and roll' era and its personalities has resulted in a satisfying approximation. Having few musical gifts outside a kazoo, I could nonetheless play 'Six Degrees of Elvis Presley' with some confidence: My third cousin was Bill Black, bassist for Elvis Presley in those early days; and my first cousin's brother-in-law was cult rockabilly musician Charlie Feathers ('Tongue-tied Jill'). I remember enjoying disc jockey Dewey Phillips (on whom MEMPHIS protagonist 'Huey Calhoun' is based) and his outsized personality, and anyone with any knowledge of Sun Studios and the early careers of Jerry Lee Lewis (who shocked an older generation with his marriage to a younger cousin), Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley know that these artists came from humble ('cracker,' in the play) beginnings. These icons always acknowledged their debt to black gospel and blues musicians. All of that, together with racism and interracial relationships, surfaces in MEMPHIS. (more...)

L/A Community Little Theatre Announces the Cast of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2016

L/A Community Little Theatre is excited to announce the cast for their upcoming production of "August: Osage County." Tracy Letts is the literary genius behind this multi-award winning play. This production is being directed by Adam P. Blais, with original music by Paul G. Caron. (more...)

Joseph Parson Shares RECOVERY WORKBOOK FOR A NEW GENERATION
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

Joseph Parson, a first time author, has completed his new book 'Recovery Workbook for a New Generation': an educational and informational work that clarifies what recovery really means. (more...)

Netflix Announces New Comedy Series DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, Based on Justin Simien Indie Film
by TV News Desk - May 5, 2016

Netflix, the world's leading internet TV network, will bring exclusively to global members DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, a comedy series based on writer/director/producer Justin Simien's critically-acclaimed, Sundance award-winning satirical indie film. (more...)

Matthew Broderick, Shirley MacLaine to Co-Star in Dramedy TV Series BETTYVILLE
by TV News Desk - May 5, 2016

Academy Award winner Shirley MacLaine and Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick will headline a new dramedy TV series for Paramount Television titled BETTYVILLE. (more...)

BWW Interview: Von Stade, Aldrich Sing Out on Heggie's 'Great Scott' - Part 1
by Erica Miner - May 4, 2016

I caught up with stars Kate Aldrich and Frederica von Stade at the SDO offices downtown (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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Scoop: MOM on CBS - Monday, June 6, 2016
by TV Scoop - May 26, 2016

Get all the scoop on MOM, airing on CBS on Monday, June 6, 2016! (more...)

Lineup Announced for 17th Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

The 17th Annual MIDTOWN INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL, running July 16 - August 7, 2016 at The WORKSHOP'S MAIN STAGE & JEWEL BOX, 312 W 36TH STREET. (more...)

Atlantic Theater Company's 2016-17 Season to Include New Mamet Play, Robert Lopez Musical, Rebecca Hall-Led ANIMAL & More!
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

Off-Broadway's Atlantic Theater Company announced its 2016-17 season today, comprised of six production by award-winning composers and playwrights. (more...)

BWW Feature: GERTY AND FRIENDS, The Real Misfits of Texas
by Stevie King - May 2, 2016

Check out this upcoming web series produced, co-written, and staring Atlanta talent! (more...)

Scoop: MOM on CBS - Thursday, June 9, 2016
by TV Scoop - May 19, 2016

Get all the scoop on MOM, airing on CBS on Thursday, June 9, 2016! (more...)

SHINING CITY, Starring Matthew Broderick, Starts Tonight at Irish Rep
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

A friendly reminder! Previews begin tonight for Irish Repertory Theatre's production of Conor McPherson's acclaimed play SHINING CITY, starring two-time Tony Award-winner Matthew Broderick. Directed by Ciaran O'Reilly, SHINING CITY also features Billy Carter (The Weir, Port Authority), Lisa Dwan (the acclaimed Beckett Trilogy), and James Russell (Port Authority, Juno and the Paycock). (more...)

Warehouse Theatre to Present Tony Kushner's ANGELS IN AMERICA
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Warehouse Theatre is pleased to announce the next production in its 2016 Season, Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner and directed by Kristofer Green. (more...)

Rex Knowland Pens TO HELL WITH SMACK!
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

Rex Knowland was a boxer, biker and footballer in Sydney in the early 1970s, but it wasn't as glamorous as it may have seemed. It was there that he began taking drugs recreationally. After graduating college, he travelled to Asia where he developed an addiction to heroin. 'To Hell with Smack! Life beyond Heroin Addiction' (published by Balboa Press AU) is Knowland's story about his addiction and eventual recovery. (more...)

Cesar Fabiani Releases ADDICTION THE ENIGMA OF STIGMA?
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

Author Cesar Fabiani believes that if one would want to help patients who suffer from addiction as a legitimate medical disorder, one must face misperceptions against it and resolves them by continually updating one's medical knowledge of the disease process and by treating Addicted patients with respect and humane consideration. This belief prompted him to write 'Addiction the Enigma of Stigma?' (published by Xlibris). (more...)

TeamSnap CEO Dave DuPont Named Finalist for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 Award in the Mountain Desert Region
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

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BWW Exclusive: What Do the Critics Think of Social Media? Matt Windman Finds Out in Excerpt from THE CRITICS SAY...
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

In The Critics Say...: 57 Theater Reviewers in New York and Beyond Discuss Their Craft and Its Future, Matt Windman, theater critic of the newspaper amNewYork, interviews dozens of other theater critics about their backgrounds, how they go about evaluating different kinds of shows, and the enormous challenges that threaten the future of professional theater criticism. (more...)

BWW Review: The Roxy Regional Theatre's AMERICAN IDIOT is Electrifyingly Immersive
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 10, 2016

As exhilaratingly in-your-face as only the very best of contemporary theater can deliver, Green Day's American Idiot - now onstage in a startlingly emphatic and exuberant production at Clarksville's Roxy Regional Theatre - exemplifies just how far the company itself has come since its beginnings as a community theater. Now, serving as a training ground for some of the very best of musical theater stars-to-come, The Roxy has more than come into its own, continuing to push the envelope, to challenge audiences to expand their artistic purview and to create theater that is as compelling as any you'll find on a stage anywhere in the good ol' US of A. (more...)

WWE Network to Premiere Newly Green-Lit HOLY FOLEY This August
by TV News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

WWE Network continues to add to its robust slate of original programming with the newly green-lit show, HOLY FOLEY, which will offer viewers a comedic, behind-the-scenes look into the life of WWE Hall of Famer, husband and father Mick Foley (more...)

Anthony Stewart Head Joins Cast of Freeform Original Series GUILT
by TV News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

Actor Anthony Stewart Head (“Dominion,” “Merlin,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) has been cast on Freeform's new original series GUILT in a recurring role as James Lahue (more...)

Comedy Central Expands Snapchat Discover Content Offerings with Original Series
by TV News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

Comedy Central is expanding its popular Discover channel on Snapchat with an extensive development slate of original series created exclusively for the platform, it was announced today by Kent Alterman, President, Original Programming, Comedy Central. (more...)

BWW Review: HEAD OF PASSES; When It Pours, Phylicia Rashad Reigns
by Michael Dale - Mar 29, 2016

Tarell Alvin McCraney's drama inspired by the Book of Job ends with a thrilling acting performance. (more...)

SAG-AFTRA Releases Statement on Passing of Former SAG President Patty Duke
by TV News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

SAG-AFTRA mourns the passing of former Screen Actors Guild President Anna Patty Duke Pearce, better known as Patty Duke. Duke was elected president in 1985, becoming the second female president of the union. Duke was an Oscar and Emmy-winning actor, labor activist, and pioneering advocate for mental health issues. She was 69. (more...)

THE ROYALS' Mark Schwahn Signs Overall Deal with Lionsgate & Universal Cable Productions
by TV News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, and Universal Cable Productions announced today that they have signed an agreement with The Royalscreator Mark Schwahn to continue as executive producer, writer and director for the hit E! drama series. In addition, Schwahn has signed a new multi-year, first-look television deal to develop scripted programming to be co-produced by Lionsgate and Universal Cable Productions. (more...)

THE JUICE LADY'S SUGAR KNOCKOUT Tackles Dietary Challenge
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2016

Nutritionist and juicing pioneer Cherie Calbom, MS, CN, tackles a widespread dietary challenge and helps people kick the sugar addiction with 'The Juice Lady's Sugar Knockout.' (more...)

Nextbook Ares Tablets Make Spring Break Travel a Breeze
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2016

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BWW Review: Hysterically Funny BACH AT LEIPZIG at Group rep
by Don Grigware - Mar 22, 2016

Musical geniuses of yesteryear like Vivaldi, Handel, Mozart or Bach ... ah, a chosen few who left an unparalleled legacy...but not without bitter resentment and treachery from rivals, some talented, some not... Remember Amadeus by Peter Schaeffer? Salieri stopped at nothing to thwart Mozart's success. Well, now Itamar Moses pits not one, but seven musicians against one another for the coveted position of choirmaster/organist after Johann Kunau dies literally at the organ at Thomaskirche, Leipzig in 1722. There's a flurry of fanciful farce amongst the competitiveness currently onstage in Moses's Bach at Leipzig at Group rep, directed by the brilliant Calvin Remsberg and boasting a devilishly versatile cast, through May 1. (more...)

BWW Review: Court Theatre's LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT Searingly Comes to Life
by Rachel Weinberg - Mar 21, 2016

Eugene O'Neill's blazing masterwork LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT introduces audiences to the enormously dysfunctional Tyrone family, who over the course of the play's three-and-a-half-hour run time, completely and utterly destroy one another. O'Neill felt that LONG DAY'S JOURNEY was such a personal and exposing play that he wished to have it published fifty years after his death. And in almost every moment of the play, we feel the immense agony and suffering of this deeply troubled, addiction-riddled family. (more...)

WE tv Orders Second Season of Docu-Series GROWING UP HIP HOP
by TV News Desk - Mar 18, 2016

WE tv announced today that it has renewed the standout docu-series GROWING UP HIP HOP for a second season, premiering in 2017. (more...)

George M. Cohan and Eugene O'Neill: Two Irish-Americans Who Helped Define Broadway
by Michael Dale - Mar 17, 2016

A St. Patrick's Day toast to the Father of the American Musical Comedy and The Father of the American Drama. (more...)

OWN Unveils First Look at New Original Drama Series GREENLEAF
by TV News Desk - Mar 16, 2016

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network unveiled today a first look at its new original drama series GREENLEAF from Lionsgate TV and Emmy-nominated writer/producer Craig Wright (more...)

Tina Harris Announces Her 'Free to Love' Tour in Germany
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

In fall of 2015, Archer Records presented the original web series 'From Sweetbox to Now', a seven-episode trip through Tina Harris' journey from worldwide fame to relative obscurity to the precipice of releasing FREE TO LOVE, her 2016 debut album. (more...)

Spike TV Teams with Christina Aguilera on New Music-Based Game Show TRACKS
by TV News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

Spike TV is partnering with entertainment superstar and singing icon Christina Aguilera ('The Voice') to develop a new, music-based game show, TRACKS. (more...)

BIG PANTS & BOTOX Opens 5/5 at Plymouth Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

Produced by Troupe America, Inc., the one-woman comedy. BIG PANTS & BOTOX makes its Twin Cities debut at the Plymouth Playhouse opening Thursday, May 5 and continues through August 14, 2016. (more...)

BWW Blog: Rebecca Donaldson - Confessions of a High School Theater Addict Part 2
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

One of the greatest parts of being undeniably dedicated and Addicted to musical theater is that you are constantly surrounded by a plethora of individuals who share the same passion; especially in high school. High school is abnormally the "best and/or worst time of your life" in just a mere four years. It is a one of the most formative times in an individual's life, when one truly begins to become the sort of individual that will carry them well into adulthood.  This is why the performing arts are vital in my personal high school career. If I am unhappy with my own life, through theatre, I am afforded the ability to step into another character's shoes and "become them" practically every day. Because I am so active in theater, my entire friend-base consists of other thespians that I have performed with in the past. These bonds and talents exist, not only in the local community theatre troupes, but in my own high school's theater program as well.  I believe the incredible ability to work together on stage in spite of personality conflicts, extreme exhaustion at times, vast differences in age, and the daily "drama" of a typical high school student's life is one of the factors that makes the Hilton Head Christian Academy's drama department so successful and why it has been a major component in shaping so many spectacular young adults. (more...)

Playwright William Mastrosimone Set for Q&A Following La Strada's OBLIVION
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

La Strada Ensemble Theater presents a staged reading of OBLIVION -- a full length play by William Mastrosimone -- Saturday, April 16th, 2:00pm, at the Jersey Shore Arts Center's 3rd Floor Theater. (more...)

BWW Review: AMERICAN IDIOT, Manchester Palace Theatre, April 5 2016
by Adrian Bradley - Apr 6, 2016

Green Day's American Idiot had the punk rock band's fans out in force for the band's rock opera - even if the staged version of the 2004 concept album was a little less than the sum of its parts. (more...)

BWW Review: First Stage World Premiere ELLA ENCHANTED Heroically Speaks to the Value of Words
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Apr 5, 2016

The battle between saying 'yes' and 'no,' wages a magical war when spoken by a princess.,First Stage's World Premiere Ella Enchanted arrived at the Todd Wehr Theater this past weekend based on Gail Carson Levine's popular award winning novel. Company Associate Artistic Director John Maclay fill this turned on end adaptation of 'Cinderella'  with joy through the book/lyrics written by Karen Zacarias and her musical collaborator Deborah Wicks LaPuma. This fabulous artistic team complements equally fantastic double young performer casts. On opening night, Alison Pogerelc, Grace Becker, Elizabeth Robbins and Max Pink completely enchant the audience. (more...)

BWW Review: Jessica Lange Magnificently Unsettling in an Excellent LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT
by Michael Dale - Apr 28, 2016

Eugene O'Neill's semi-autobiographical masterpiece is sumptuously played. (more...)

BWW Review: 2015 BWW Award Nominee RAQUEL CION'S Riveting, Intensely Personal Tribute to 'Visionary' David Bowie Rocks The Slipper Room
by Victoria Ordin - Apr 28, 2016

'In his world, I find myself,' Raquel Cion pronounces with almost oracular force in her one-woman show, Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie (performed on April 21 at The Slipper Room on the Lower East Side). The Connecticut-raised performer and director received a 2015 Broadway World nomination for 'Best Musical Comedy or Alt Cabaret Show' for her brave and intensely personal exploration of the musical legend through whose work she plots the arc of her life over a 35-year period. (more...)

Scoop: MONICA THE MEDIUM on FREEFORM - Monday, May 9, 2016
by - Apr 27, 2016

Get all the scoop on MONICA THE MEDIUM , airing on FREEFORM on Monday, May 9, 2016! (more...)

Scoop: MONICA THE MEDIUM on FREEFORM - Monday, May 16, 2016
by - Apr 27, 2016

Get all the scoop on MONICA THE MEDIUM , airing on FREEFORM on Monday, May 16, 2016! (more...)

Review Roundup: LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT Opens on Broadway - All the Reviews!
by Review Roundups - Apr 27, 2016

LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, starring Jessica Lange, began on April 3, 2016, and officially opens tonight, April 27, 2016, on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

L/A Community Little Theatre Announces Cast of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

L/A Community Little Theatre is excited to announce the cast for their upcoming production of "August: Osage County." Tracy Letts is the literary genius behind this multi-award winning play. This production is being directed by Adam P. Blais, with original music by Paul G. Caron. (more...)

Matt Farcher to Lead Wildhorn & Murphy's THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO at Pioneer Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

Pioneer Theatre Company presents the American professional premiere of the new musical THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, written by Frank Wildhorn and Jack Murphy. Performances take place May 6 through May 21, 2016. PTC has just announced the full cast and creative team for the production! (more...)

ANGELS IN AMERICA Begins Performances Next Month at Heath Ledger Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

Black Swan State Theatre Company are proud to present the WA Premiere of one of the most successful plays of the modern era,  Angels in America, Part I Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner in the Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA from Saturday 28 May to Sunday 19 June 2016. (more...)

Eric McCormack to Star in New Sci-Fi Drama TRAVELERS for Netflix
by TV News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

Netflix, the world's leading internet TV network, and Showcase announced today the start of production on the new original sci-fi series, TRAVELERS. Shooting on location in Vancouver, the time-traveling sci-fi drama is produced by Peacock Alley Entertainment Inc., in association with Showcase and Netflix. (more...)

New Memoir GARBAGE BAG SUITCASE is Released
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

Imagine a desolate childhood with drug and alcohol Addicted parents, numerous moves in the middle of the night with just minutes to pack, multiple changes in schools, hunger, cruelty and loneliness. This was author, Shenandoah Chefalo's life, and for the first time, she is sharing her personal story in 'Garbage Bag Suitcase' (Mission Point Press), a memoir that reflects on her turbulent journey through foster care and bravely presents grass-root solutions on how to revamp the broken system. (more...)

BWW Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Little Theatre of Hanover
by Marakay Rogers - Apr 16, 2016

The bloodthirstiest monster since Dracula is in a florist's shop on Skid Row, and it's in Hanover right now. Can the planet be saved? (more...)

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