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Scoop: THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA on NBC - Tonight, September 18, 2014Scoop: THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA on NBC - Tonight, September 18, 2014
by TV Scoop - Sep 18, 2014

Get all the scoop on THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA, airing on NBC tonight, September 18, 2014! (more...)

Scoop: THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA - *Special Preview* on NBC - Tonight, September 17, 2014Scoop: THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA - *Special Preview* on NBC - Tonight, September 17, 2014
by TV Scoop - Sep 17, 2014

Get all the scoop on THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA - *Special Preview*, airing on NBC tonight, September 17, 2014! (more...)

Scoop: THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA on NBC - Tonight, September 17, 2014Scoop: THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA on NBC - Tonight, September 17, 2014
by TV Scoop - Sep 17, 2014

Get all the scoop on THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA, airing on NBC tonight, September 17, 2014! (more...)

NBC Airs Special Preview of Debra Messing's MYSTERIES OF LAURA TonightNBC Airs Special Preview of Debra Messing's MYSTERIES OF LAURA Tonight
by TV News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

NBC will air a special preview of the new drama MYSTERIES OF LAURA, starring 'Smash's Debra Messing. The preview will air tonight, September 17 at 10/9c. The series premieres in its regular time slot on Wednesdays at 8pm, beginning September 24th. (more...)

NBC to Air Special Preview of Debra Messing's MYSTERIES OF LAURA, 9/17NBC to Air Special Preview of Debra Messing's MYSTERIES OF LAURA, 9/17
by TV News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

NBC will air a special preview of the new drama MYSTERIES OF LAURA, starring 'Smash's Debra Messing. (more...)

Liz O'Donnell to Speak at Marketing to Moms Conference, 10/22Liz O'Donnell to Speak at Marketing to Moms Conference, 10/22
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2014

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DishLATINO Partners with Eugenio Derbez to Enhance Ongoing "Me Conviene" CampaignDishLATINO Partners with Eugenio Derbez to Enhance Ongoing "Me Conviene" Campaign
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2014

“Eugenio is an ideal match for the DishLATINO brand,” said Alfredo Rodriguez, vice president of DishLATINO. “He has an authentic energy and a relatable nature unlike anyone else – and in many ways is the embodiment of our brand positioning. He has worked tirelessly to get where he is, finding success in both English and Spanish, and we think this is going to resonate across the Hispanic community.” (more...)

Patti LuPone, Jeremy Jordan, Annaleigh Ashford & More Set for 54 Below in Coming MonthsPatti LuPone, Jeremy Jordan, Annaleigh Ashford & More Set for 54 Below in Coming Months
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2014

This November and December 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54thStreet. For a detailed schedule of upcoming performances at 54 Below and to purchase tickets, visit www.54Below.com. (more...)

Live Webcast: Removing Barriers to Inventory OptimizationLive Webcast: Removing Barriers to Inventory Optimization
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2014

Managing inventories is a delicate Balancing Act of service goals and cost. Raising customer service levels can lead to holding excessive amounts of inventory. On the other hand, reducing working capital can result in slashing the wrong inventory and damaging important customer relationships with poor service. In this webcast attendees will learn how perceived barriers are quickly overcome through a three-step approach; utilizing multi-echelon inventory optimization (MEIO) to reduce working capital while improving service. (more...)

PIPPIN, Coming to Broward Center This Spring, Set for Lifetime's THE BALANCING ACT, TodayPIPPIN, Coming to Broward Center This Spring, Set for Lifetime's THE BALANCING ACT, Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2014

Pippin, The 2013 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival, presented by Broadway Across America at Broward Center for the Performing Arts as part of the Fort Lauderdale 2014 - 2015 Broadway Series from March 31 to April 12, 2015 will take center stage on the award-winning morning show The Balancing Act on the Lifetime Channel today, October 29 at 7:30 a.m. Viewers will have the chance to go behind-the-scenes of the production, as part of the 'Broadway Balances America' series. This show will re-air on November 5, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. (ET/PT) on Lifetime. (more...)

Sencha Space 1.2 Unifies Enterprise Application Deployment and ManagementSencha Space 1.2 Unifies Enterprise Application Deployment and Management
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2014

Organizations are struggling to balance the demands of modernizing the desktop with BYOD (bring your own device) and security needs in an increasingly multi-device and mobilized world. Development teams are faced with the task of creating and deploying apps that provide optimal user experience across a wide array of devices and operating systems, while IT departments are challenged with securing corporate data on an ever-increasing range of devices, some of which they do not own or fully control. While device-centric solutions offer device control, they risk the backlash of privacy infringement and foster ongoing do-it-yourself shadow IT activities. (more...)

PIPPIN, Coming to Broward Center This Spring, Set for Lifetime's THE BALANCING ACT, 10/29PIPPIN, Coming to Broward Center This Spring, Set for Lifetime's THE BALANCING ACT, 10/29
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2014

Pippin, The 2013 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival, presented by Broadway Across America at Broward Center for the Performing Arts as part of the Fort Lauderdale 2014 - 2015 Broadway Series from March 31 to April 12, 2015 will take center stage on the award-winning morning show The Balancing Act on the Lifetime Channel on Tuesday, October 29 at 7:30 a.m. Viewers will have the chance to go behind-the-scenes of the production, as part of the "Broadway Balances America" series. This show will re-air on November 5, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. (ET/PT) on Lifetime. (more...)

PIPPIN to be Featured on BROADWAY BALANCES AMERICA on LifetimePIPPIN to be Featured on BROADWAY BALANCES AMERICA on Lifetime
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2014

The award-winning morning show The Balancing Act on the Lifetime Channel will turn the spotlight on the all-new Tony Award-winning Pippin, presented by Broadway Across America, in a featured segment airing on Wednesday, October 29 at 7:30 a.m. (ET/PT). Viewers will have the chance to go behind-the-scenes of the production, as part of the "Broadway Balances America" series. This show will re-air on November 5, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. (ET/PT) on Lifetime. (more...)

Security Concerns Don't Stop Consumers From Sharing Data With Trusted BusinessesSecurity Concerns Don't Stop Consumers From Sharing Data With Trusted Businesses
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2014

LAS VEGAS, NV -  THE PREMIER BUSINESS LEADERSHIP SERIES (more...)

Photo Flash: The Big Apple Circus Comes to Town - at a Lincoln Center Near You!Photo Flash: The Big Apple Circus Comes to Town - at a Lincoln Center Near You!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2014

The Big Apple Circus is a gentle and innocent circus, not aimed at those addicted to keypads or raised on 'Grand Theft Auto', but mostly for those too young to know they might want to shoot and kill virtual villains for their entertainment, or those old enough to recall when they could be entertained by being given a gift of a smile. Notwithstanding that, as circus artists go, these are as good as one sees anywhere. The contortionists will astonish; the quick change artists delight and amaze. The trapeze act will have your heart in your mouth. Still this is unpretentious, one-ring circus presented with modest fuss and bother, and no smoke or mirrors. It will not deafen you with its volume or blind you with its lights - although there are both light and live music - but it will entertain you, as will the animated children around you. (more...)

Mobile Device and Wearable Vendors are Struggling with User Interface Complexity, Finds ABI ResearchMobile Device and Wearable Vendors are Struggling with User Interface Complexity, Finds ABI Research
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2014

“Touch got mobile device usability to where it is today, but touch will become one of many interfaces for future devices as well as for new and future markets,” says Senior Practice Director Jeff Orr. “The really exciting opportunity arrives when multiple user interfaces are blended together for entirely new experiences.” (more...)

BWW Interview: Anna Gunn on GRACEPOINT's Balancing ActBWW Interview: Anna Gunn on GRACEPOINT's Balancing Act
by Courtney Henley - Oct 21, 2014

You met her in DEADWOOD. You fought with her (or maybe against her) in BREAKING BAD. Now, you're solving mysteries alongside her in GRACEPOINT. Anna Gunn's got good taste, and she has the Emmys to prove it! Recently, I got the (ridiculously incredible) chance to participate in a question and answer session about GRACEPOINT. Her latest project pairs her up alongside fan favorite David Tennant and follows the pair of detectives as they investigate the murder of a young local boy that has shaken the very foundation of the small coastal village of Gracepoint. (more...)

Tickets to DIRTY DANCING at Moran Theater On Sale 10/10Tickets to DIRTY DANCING at Moran Theater On Sale 10/10
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2014

DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE will play at Jacksonville's Times-Union Center's Moran Theater from Tuesday, December 9th through Sunday, December 14th for eight performances only. Tickets for DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE go on sale Friday, October 10th at 10AM through the FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by Chase, the official presenter of the Jacksonville show. (more...)

New Memoir, DANCE OF FREEDOM AND DESIRE, is ReleasedNew Memoir, DANCE OF FREEDOM AND DESIRE, is Released
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2014

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Review Roundup: What Do the Critics Say About New Broadway-Themed Film BIRDMAN?Review Roundup: What Do the Critics Say About New Broadway-Themed Film BIRDMAN?
by Danielle DeSisto - Oct 17, 2014

Michael Keaton leads a star-studded cast in the new drama BIRDMAN, which hits theaters today, October 17th! (more...)

Sierra Boggess Brings FINDING THE BALANCE to 54 Below This EveningSierra Boggess Brings FINDING THE BALANCE to 54 Below This Evening
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2014

After the success of her solo show Awakening, which debuted at 54 Below last year, Sierra Boggess will return to 54 Below (tonight, October 15, through the 18th) with a show -- titled FINDING THE BALANCE (THE JOURNEY OF THE MIDDLE CHILD).-- exploring her life as the middle child, always trying to find balance in the 'in between'! (more...)

Sierra Boggess, Marc Shaiman, SIMPLY STREISAND & More Set for 54 Below this WeekSierra Boggess, Marc Shaiman, SIMPLY STREISAND & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2014

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for October 13-19Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for October 13-19
by Louisa Brady - Oct 12, 2014

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestra's begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven- o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Jim Caruso's Cast Party, Sierra Boggess at 54 Below, Margo Seibert: Busy Being Free, The 54 Below Show with Marc Shaiman, and Simply Streisand. (more...)

Patti LuPone, Sierra Boggess, Jeremy Jordan & More Set for 54 Below in October & NovemberPatti LuPone, Sierra Boggess, Jeremy Jordan & More Set for 54 Below in October & November
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2014

This October and November 54 BELOW presents a lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54thStreet. For a detailed schedule of upcoming performances at 54 Below and to purchase tickets, visit www.54Below.com. (more...)

BWW Interview: Pamela Bob Discusses HAT, HAT CHAPEAU at 54 BelowBWW Interview: Pamela Bob Discusses HAT, HAT CHAPEAU at 54 Below
by Anna Bencivengo - Oct 1, 2014

Pamela Bob, from the cast of the Tony Award-winning 'Best Musical' A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, will perform a solo show at 54 Below on Monday, October 6 featuring the songs of Ellen Mandel and Michael Lydon. Directed by DJ Salisbury, the theatrical evening, entitled Hat, Hat Chapeau will tell the story of three women through jazzy ballads, lyrical settings of modern poetry, and bluesy funk. Pamela will also go on in the role of Sibela in A Gentleman's Guide for the full week leading up to her performance at 54 Below. (more...)

BROADWAY BALANCES AMERICA to Continue with The Broadway Classroom, 11/12BROADWAY BALANCES AMERICA to Continue with The Broadway Classroom, 11/12
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2014

Arts Education will take center stage on the award-winning morning show 'The Balancing Act,' in collaboration with Broadway Across America, as the 'Broadway Balances America' miniseries continues. The penultimate episode of the series will premiere on Wednesday, November 12th at 7:30 a.m. (ET/PT) and will re-air on Wednesday, November 19th at 7:30 a.m. (ET/PT) on Lifetime. (more...)

Booz Allen Releases Annual Energy Sector Trends for 2015Booz Allen Releases Annual Energy Sector Trends for 2015
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2014

“Finding and producing energy will continue to get more complex with increased demand, competitive challenges and new risk. Companies must understand this new landscape in order to protect and optimize their full spectrum of assets, investments and operations. Change is coming fast, and the implications are complex,” said Steve Senterfit, a Vice President with Booz Allen who leads the firm's work in the commercial energy market. “To thrive in the long-term, energy companies must turn to an integrated effort that incorporates strategies to capitalize on new techniques, better insights and more innovative ways of approaching their business, suppliers, and employees.” (more...)

Patti LuPone, Jeremy Jordan, Sierra Boggess & More Set for 54 Below this WeekPatti LuPone, Jeremy Jordan, Sierra Boggess & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2014

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

BWW Blog: A BALANCING ACT By MFF's Bernie MulvaneyBWW Blog: A BALANCING ACT By MFF's Bernie Mulvaney
by Mark Fisher Fitness - Nov 24, 2014

One of the most common things I hear from clients is a feeling of wanting more balance in their lives. But how do we measure balance? (more...)

New Show, ACCESS HEALTH, Premieres Wednesday, November 26 on LifetimeNew Show, ACCESS HEALTH, Premieres Wednesday, November 26 on Lifetime
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2014

Access Health, a new magazine-style health and wellness series will debut on Wednesday, November 26 at 7:30 a.m. (ET/PT) on Lifetime with its first episode 'Mind Over Matter.' The series is produced by O2 Media, the leader in branded entertainment and a full-service broadcast media production company based in South Florida. This show will re-air on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 7:30 am (ET/PT) on Lifetime. Access Health will educate and entertain viewers as it tackles the latest cutting-edge developments and innovations in fitness, medicine and food such as women's and children's health, the best ways to get one's body moving, how to prepare good-tasting and healthy meals, the newest medical practices, and plenty of tips, stats and insights all to empower women and give them access to healthier living. Ereka Vetrini, TV personality and field host of two TV series on the Veria Living Network, and prior host of live daytime talk show 'In the Loop with iVillage' on NBC will host the new half-hour magazine style show, bringing her passions for cooking, family and exercise to her role. Access Health is unique in that at the top of each 30-minute episode, a topic is presented, and after a roundtable discussion, the three experts, Dave Sinclair, a fitness expert appearing on the cover of more than a dozen fitness magazines worldwide, athlete, and broadcaster; Dr. Dennis Holmes, an internationally renowned cancer researcher and breast surgeon; and Janet Zappala, an acclaimed journalist, six-time Emmy award winner, and nutrition expert will lead their own segment with guests to delve deeper into the subject at hand from the perspective of their own specialty, creating a well-rounded approach to each topic. In the premiere episode, 'Mind Over Matter,' the connection between brain and body will be explored with expert guests: Michelle Strange from TePe Oral Health Care, who will talk about the correlation between dental health and overall general health; David Hardy, Founder of Hardy Nutritionals and Dr. Charles Popper, a Harvard Medical School psychiatrist will delve into how specialized nutritional treatments can help reverse mood disorders naturally; and Jonathan Sarmiento from Sports Authority gives tips to viewers to help them get moving. 'We're proud and excited to launch Access Health and add another national platform for us to continue our mission of empowering women. Our show's unique format and tools provide positive solutions across the spectrum of health, fitness, wellness and nutrition. Ereka and our team of passionate experts will inspire our viewers to get fit and lead healthier lives,' said Dr. Thomas C. Deters, President and CEO, O2 Media. Access Health was created by O2 Media, producers of the long-running branded entertainment shows The Balancing Act, Designing Spaces, Mission Makeover, and All Mixed Up all currently airing on Lifetime. About Access Health Access Health is a powerful and engaging half-hour health and wellness series premiering on the Lifetime channel, anchored by a panel of three renowned experts who tackle the important fitness, medical and nutrition topics of the day. The show educates and entertains with ideas on the best ways to get your body moving, revolutionary cuisine and the newest medical practices, all to empower women and give them access to healthier living. To learn more about Access Health, please visit: www.accesshealth.tv About O2 Media O2 Media is the leader in Branded Entertainment, creating and producing more than 2,000 episodes airing across their four award-winning shows The Balancing Act, Designing Spaces, Mission Makeover, and All Mixed Up currently airing on Lifetime and seen in U.S. syndication markets. O2 Media has collaborated with over 3,000 global and national brands, including Forbes 500 companies that have come to shoot in the company's state-of-the-art production and development studios in South Florida. This has allowed O2 Media the unique opportunity to produce successful shows and test brand concepts for marketers. www.o2mediainc.com. (more...)

BWW Interview: Martha Plimpton's Balancing ActBWW Interview: Martha Plimpton's Balancing Act
by Naomi Serviss - Nov 20, 2014

Plimpton, though weaned on Edward Albee plays, "never had that kind of intimate thing with it," but now she's immersed as Julia in A DELICATE BALANCE. (more...)

BROADWAY BALANCES AMERICA Concludes with MOTOWN TodayBROADWAY BALANCES AMERICA Concludes with MOTOWN Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2014

In collaboration with Broadway Across America and the award-winning morning show 'The Balancing Act, the final episode of the 'Broadway Balances America' mini-series will shine the spotlight on MOTOWN THE MUSICAL. This new episode will premiere today, November 18h at 7:30 a.m. (ET/PT) and will re-air on Tuesday, November 25th at 7:30 a.m.(ET/PT) on Lifetime. (more...)

The Financial Solutions Lab at the Center for Financial Services Innovation Identifies Household Cash Flow as the Focus for its First Innovation ChallengeThe Financial Solutions Lab at the Center for Financial Services Innovation Identifies Household Cash Flow as the Focus for its First Innovation Challenge
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2014

Millions of Americans have difficulty managing their household cash flow. This indicates that uncertain or volatile income and urgent expenses challenge households across the income spectrum. Moreover, nearly one-third of Americans encounter significant variation in their income over the course of a given year. This hints at the fact that household liquidity is not a problem that affects just part-time, self-employed, and/or seasonal workers-the reach and impact is far wider. Acknowledging this evidence, the Lab recognizes household liquidity as a financial challenge ripe for innovative, technology-driven solutions. (more...)

SPCO's Liquid Music Series Welcomes Dawn of Midi and Nils Frahm TonightSPCO's Liquid Music Series Welcomes Dawn of Midi and Nils Frahm Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2014

Tonight, November 15 at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music series presents the Twin Cities debut of renowned performers Dawn of Midi and Nils Frahm in an evening that explores the interplay between extremes of sonic simplicity and complexity. (more...)

BROADWAY BALANCES AMERICA to Conclude with MOTOWN, 11/18BROADWAY BALANCES AMERICA to Conclude with MOTOWN, 11/18
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2014

In collaboration with Broadway Across America and the award-winning morning show "The Balancing Act, the final episode of the "Broadway Balances America" mini-series will shine the spotlight on MOTOWN THE MUSICAL. This new episode will premiere on Tuesday, November 18h at 7:30 a.m. (ET/PT) and will re-air on Tuesday, November 25th at 7:30 a.m.(ET/PT) on Lifetime. (more...)

BROADWAY BALANCES AMERICA Continues with The Broadway Classroom TodayBROADWAY BALANCES AMERICA Continues with The Broadway Classroom Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2014

Arts Education will take center stage on the award-winning morning show 'The Balancing Act,' in collaboration with Broadway Across America, as the 'Broadway Balances America' miniseries continues. The penultimate episode of the series will premiere today, November 12th at 7:30 a.m. (ET/PT) and will re-air on Wednesday, November 19th at 7:30 a.m. (ET/PT) on Lifetime. (more...)

ProfNet Experts Available on Workplace Retaliation, Customer Service, MoreProfNet Experts Available on Workplace Retaliation, Customer Service, More
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2014

NEW YORK, Nov. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Below are experts from the ProfNet network that are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area. If you are interested in interviewing any of the experts, please contact them via the contact information at the end of the listing. (more...)

The Gamm's Unique MORALITY PLAY Offers Big Ideas but Lacks DepthThe Gamm's Unique MORALITY PLAY Offers Big Ideas but Lacks Depth
by Robert Barossi - Jan 7, 2015

An audience member sitting by me at the Gamm's performance of Morality Play mentioned that one of the reasons she loves the company is their penchant for putting on plays that are daring, challenging and different. They do not just do the same old thing, she said, and she's absolutely correct. It is one of the characteristics of the Gamm that make it stand out among the theatrical crowd, that they take on plays that are more unique or risky than other companies might dare to produce. Morality Play is, arguably, a bit of a risk. While successful at being something unique, it is not as successful at being an entertaining, compelling or enjoyable piece of theater. Based on a novel of the same name, by Barry Unsworth, Morality Play is adapted for the stage by the Gamm's Tony Estrella. The story revolves around a roving troupe of actors, traveling the harsh English countryside in the winter of 1361. This gang of thespians are among the earliest practitioners of theater, actors who performed morality plays, one of the three major types of drama in the Middle Ages (the other two being miracle plays and mystery plays). In morality plays, a figure representing the common man, often called something like Everyman, is tempted by the personification of qualities such as Vice, Avarice or Lust, but is then saved by the appearance of, for example, Truth, Faith or Conscience. In the case of this play, our actors have just suffered the death of one of their company. Almost immediately, they meet a runaway priest who they allow to join them as a player, to take on the roles of the dead actor. Shortly thereafter, the troupe, very short on funds, arrives at a town where they will perform one of their morality plays. After that play fizzles, they decide to perform a new kind of play, one based on an actual real-life event, a true crime that has just occurred, the murder of a young boy. While doing so, they begin to solve the crime and put their own lives in jeopardy. If that sounds like an interesting idea, actors solving a crime using their powers of performance, it truly is. Unfortunately, this play is more of a collection of interesting ideas and concepts than an engaging piece of theater. Much of the play's early going feels like the Theater History 101 class that every theater major takes in college. It's as if the professor said, “Come up with a morality play and put it on for the class, just how the actors of the time would have.” And I'm willing to give Estrella and director Tyler Dobrowsky the benefit of the doubt that they have accurately recreated the feeling of the times and created an accurate and true recreation of the drama of the Middle Ages. Still, most of it is fascinating but boring and uninspired, not likely to excite many audience members, other than those who took that class in college. After getting through all of the “this is what theater was like in the 1300's” stuff (and it takes a long time), we finally reach the play's central story, the true-crime murder mystery. Unfortunately, this part of the play just demonstrates how many times we've seen all of this before. It quickly becomes an episode of C.S.I.: Broadway, with actors, instead of scientists, running around investigating and solving the crime. And in the third act, there are enough twists and turns to fill a season's worth of Law & Order episodes, with everything from corrupt heads of state to pedophiles and mysterious diseases. Yes, I realize that part of the point is that things that happened way back then are still relevant today, but in this case, they just make for a dull, predictable mystery, rather than an exciting and compelling story. One reason why it's not compelling is that we never really get to know any of these characters, not well enough to really connect with or care about them. The runaway priest, Nicholas Barber, is given a bit of backstory here and there, but not enough (he also may suffer from the fact that he is no longer the central character and narrator of the story, as he is in the novel). The “master player,” Martin Bell, also has some hints thrown his way about a possible checkered past, but not enough is provided to really make us feel for him. The other players are almost nameless and mostly interchangeable. Most of the rest of the characters, the King's Justice, for example, are just stereotypes, given no depth whatsoever, as they are only there to further the plot. Not helping is the actors milling about before the show, interacting with the audience as themselves, not in character, as far as I can tell. It adds to the feeling that we are watching Providence actors giving us a demonstration of early drama, not watching real, developed and believable people who lived at that time. Having said that, the Gamm has assembled an all-star team of some of the area's best acting talent. The dashing and charismatic Jesse Hinson makes his Gamm debut as the priest, Nicholas Barber. Hinson is masterful in the role and provides a number of the play's highlights, from his scene with the accused woman's father to another scene with the acting troupe's “whore,” who is about to get out before it's too late. Hinson makes every moment count and is impossible to not watch when he's in a scene. On the other end of the “who is the protagonist?” tug-of-war is Martin Bell, played by Tony Estrella. Bell is the leader of the troupe of actors, their motivator and moral compass, or at least he tries to be. Estrella, as usual, plays all of the nuances with skill and dexterity. At times, he is the seeker of truth and justice, and at other seems like a bit of a snake-oil salesman. It's a Balancing Act that he's able to pull off better than most. Our travelling troupe of performers are played by an excellent ensemble, all giving fine performances, even if they aren't ever given the chance or reason to dig very deep emotionally. Steve Kidd is a standout as Stephen, as is Elliot Peters as Springer. Jed Hancock Brainerd is also wonderful, though given a bit less to do. All three shine especially bright during the scenes when the troupe puts on their plays, from the biblical story of Adam to the true-crime tale of murder. All of the movement and physical action in those scenes is especially interesting and partly due, I assume, to Normand Beauregard, who plays one of the actors, Tobias, but is also one of the area's best fight choreographers. In what seems at times like a cast of thousands, a number of other actors appear and vanish. The wonderful Jeanine Kane, as the Innkeeper and wearing a hat she stole from Pharrell Williams, is mostly wasted. Jim O'Brien also gets little to do but does give a brilliant turn in one scene as the weaver, the father of the accused woman. And that woman herself, who is deaf and mute, is played by Clara Weishahn, providing one of the show's best performances. Her scene with Estrella, where they communicate without words, is beautiful and mesmerizing. It's unfortunate that the rest of play could not be as spellbinding or entertaining as that one scene. Instead, it relies of far too much speechifying and talking a lot about big ideas. Much of it is also heavy handed, as if they really want to make sure the audience gets the message, loud and clear. There are certainly some interesting themes and messages for the audience to ponder as they leave the theater, but the rest of the production may leave them cold and wanting more. (more...)

Entertainment Attorney Russell Frackman to Receive GRAMMY Service AwardEntertainment Attorney Russell Frackman to Receive GRAMMY Service Award
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2015

Russell Frackman, a partner in the law firm of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, will be the recipient of the 2015 Service Award, which will be presented by Cary Sherman, Chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). (more...)

BWW Reviews: Cirque's KURIOS Brings Magic and Wonder to MarymoorBWW Reviews: Cirque's KURIOS Brings Magic and Wonder to Marymoor
by Jay Irwin - Jan 30, 2015

Get ready to let your inner kid loose in the circus while the adult in you marvels at the death defying feats as you take in the wonder that is "Cirque du Soleil: Kurios". And while the cohesive story of it all wasn't the most solid, the acts involved more than make up for it as they fly, contort and swing in super human ways. (more...)

Denver's Next Improv Star - Season 6 Kicks Off on February 21Denver's Next Improv Star - Season 6 Kicks Off on February 21
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2015

The way to win Season 6 of Denver's Next Improv Star? Make your opponents look good. This seeming contradiction is at the heart of improv theater and a skill that every winner must demonstrate. (more...)

WILL & GRACE Duo to Reunite on NBC's MYSTERIES OF LAURAWILL & GRACE Duo to Reunite on NBC's MYSTERIES OF LAURA
by TV News Desk - Jan 12, 2015

Deadline writes that WILL & GRACE's Eric McCormack is set to reunite with MYSTERIES OF LAURA star Debra Messing in an upcoming episode on NBC. (more...)

DENVER'S NEXT IMPROV STAR Begins 2/21DENVER'S NEXT IMPROV STAR Begins 2/21
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2015

The way to win Season 6 of Denver's Next Improv Star? Make your opponents look good. This seeming contradiction is at the heart of improv theater and a skill that every winner must demonstrate. (more...)

BCAP/BPT's UNCLE JACK to Open Next WeekBCAP/BPT's UNCLE JACK to Open Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2015

The Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP) and Boston Playwrights' Theatre (BPT) co-production of Michael Hammond's comedy Uncle Jack opens next week. Running from February 12 to March 1 at the Boston University Theatre's Lane-Comley Studio 210, the newest play from Boston University's New Play Initiative is directed by the playwright. (more...)

Photo: First Look - 'Will & Grace' Together Again! Eric McCormack Guests on MYSTERIES OF LAURAPhoto: First Look - 'Will & Grace' Together Again! Eric McCormack Guests on MYSTERIES OF LAURA
by TV News Desk - Feb 24, 2015

NBC has released the first photos of MYSTERIES OF LAURA star Debra Messing, and her former co-star Eric McCormack, who will be making a guest appearance on the February 25th episode of the hit series. (more...)

Cincinnati Playhouse to Present BUZZER, 3/21-4/19Cincinnati Playhouse to Present BUZZER, 3/21-4/19
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2015

Tracey Scott Wilson's provocative new play BUZZER, set in a gentrifying neighborhood, takes up residence in the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre March 21 through April 19. By turns darkly funny and heartbreaking, BUZZER pushes many timely hot buttons of race, class, sex and real estate. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Cirque du Soleil's AMALUNA is EnchantingBWW Reviews: Cirque du Soleil's AMALUNA is Enchanting
by Nyderah Williams - Feb 18, 2015

Cirque du Soleil returns to Houston with a new offering, AMALUNA. Taking a change in direction from its Cirque predessessors, AMALUNA offers a fluid storyline in the midst of showcasing incredible acrobats and artistic talents. In addition to a more linear storyline, cirque Fans will see that AMALUNA lends itself to a 70% female cast and an entirely female band, which is a first in Cirque du Soleil history. (more...)

Skytap Poised For Rapid Expansion In 2015, Hires Vice President Of TalentSkytap Poised For Rapid Expansion In 2015, Hires Vice President Of Talent
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2015

SEATTLE, Feb. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ Skytap Inc., the leading provider of on-demand Environments as a Service (EaaS), today appointed Jill Domanico as vice president of talent. In her role, Jill is responsible for nurturing and growing Skytap's innovative and collaborative culture, and expanding the company's world-class team through recruitment, employee engagement, retention, connection, and communication. (more...)

Columbus Symphony Orchestra to Perform CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE, 1/24Columbus Symphony Orchestra to Perform CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE, 1/24
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

Cirque de la Symphonie is a unique and elegant fusion of cirque and orchestra, adapting the stunning artistry of cirque with the majesty of a full symphony orchestra. Conducted by Stuart Chafetz, the program will feature works from the world's greatest composers while showcasing some of the most accomplished veterans of exceptional cirque programs from across the globe, including aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen. (more...)

Museum of the Moving Image Sets Full Schedule and Participating Artists Announced for 2015 FIRST LOOK FESTIVALMuseum of the Moving Image Sets Full Schedule and Participating Artists Announced for 2015 FIRST LOOK FESTIVAL
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2014

Tickets for the fourth annual edition of First Look, Museum of the Moving Image's showcase for inventive new international cinema, are now on sale at movingimage.us/firstlook. (more...)

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