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BWW Interviews: Meet Ricky Ubeda, Winner of TV's SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, Who Will Be Appearing in Cleveland
by Roy Berko - Sep 18, 2014

When the tour of 'So You Think You Can Dance' comes to the Connor Palace Theatre in Cleveland on October 20, it will expose the local community to the top ten contestants and some of the other dancers who got the attention of the judges. (more...)

GREAT GATSBY PARTY to Return to Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University, 9/20
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2014

Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University has announced its September programming, highlighted by the museum's second annual Great Gatsby Party on Saturday, September 20 (7 p.m. - 11 p.m.). This year's lavish reception will feature handcrafted hors d'oeuvres, 1920s-inspired cocktails, period music, dancing and gambling. Guests are encouraged to don vintage or reproduction Prohibition-era attire, as many did when the museum threw its first such themed event last summer. (more...)

Pride Films & Plays Presents 2014 Gay Play Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2014

PFP's Gay Play Weekend includes a dynamic musical about a tragedy in gay history, and a historical drama about Michelangelo. You will also see a murder mystery which takes place at a party where everyone is dressed as Joan Crawford, a fun piece about gay dating today, and a drama about abuse and healing. These are the themes of the five finalists in Pride Films and Plays' 2014 Gay Play and Musical Contest. (more...)

Pride Films and Plays Launches Proud of PFP Campaign
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2014

Pride Films and Plays (PFP) announces the launch of 'Proud of PFP,' a social media driven fundraising and marketing campaign. Running during Gay Pride Month, June 1-30, with a goal of 300 gifts in 30 days, PFP will encourage donations via the web on Facebook and Twitter. Using the interactive #ProudofPFP, supporters will be urged to post what they are proud of or why they have pride in the work done by PFP. (more...)

Jason Mraz Announces Details of New Album 'YES!', Out 7/15
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2014

Atlantic recording artist Jason Mraz has announced details of his much-anticipated new album. 'YES!' arrives everywhere on July 15th. (more...)

BWW Reviews: A STEADY RAIN Examines the Special Bonds of Male Friendship
by Shari Barrett - Mar 8, 2014

A STEADY RAIN is first and foremost a story about Denny and Joey, two Chicago cops caught up in a series of violent events that alter the course of their lives and their understanding of the world they inhabit. The play is also an exploration of the special bonds of male friendship, and the forces that test those bonds. (more...)

Roulette Welcomes Darius Jones Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2014

Roulette presents composer-alto saxophonist Darius Jones and the world premiere of The Oversoul Manual tonight, March 6,. An a cappella work crafted in and utilizing a heretofore unheard alien language, it will be performed by his all-female vocal quartet, The Elizabeth-Caroline Unit, featuring Amirtha Kidambi, Sarah Martin, Jean-Carla Rodea, Kristin Slipp. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Sitting Down with Susan Blackwell
by Caroline Sposto - Mar 3, 2014

The University of Memphis recently welcomed the spirited Broadway and television actress Susan Blackwell as a guest artist. Her workshops, which centered on creative self-expression, were free and open to the public. I attended and found them exciting and worthwhile. (more...)

THERESE RAQUIN Opens at Finborough Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2014

Following the sell-out success of its workshop as part of Vibrant 2012 - A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, and as part of the Finborough Theatre's acclaimed Celebrating British Music Theatre series, the world premiere of a new musical adaptation of the classic French novel Therese Raquin opens at the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre for a four week run, opening tonight, 25 March 2014 (Press Night: Thursday, 27 March 2014 at 7.30pm), starring Julie Atherton and Olivier Award nominee Tara Hugo. (more...)

THE KENTUCKY CYCLE Opens at BPA to Rave Reviews, 3/14-30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2014

BPA's preview performances of The Kentucky Cycle were met with rave reviews. Arthur Mortell entreats his Bainbridge Island and Seattle friends to "please see this wonderful, exciting, beautifully directed and staged play. Dinah and I saw PART I last night and we are SO excited about seeing PART II. The Acting! We get to have this level of talent here on our little island! Buy your tickets now and be ready for a real 'happening'." (more...)

BWW Countdown: You Get to Rank Your Favorite Harvey Fierstein Shows
by Matt Tamanini - Jun 6, 2014

Very few stars have had a career that rivals that of the remarkable Harvey Fierstein. A seven-time Tony-nominee, he has two acting wins (TORCH SONG TRILOGY and HAIRSPRAY), one for Best Play (TORCH SONG), and one for Best Book of a Musical (LA CAGE AUX FOLLES). He also has three other Best Book nominations (A CATERED AFFAIR, NEWSIES, and KINKY BOOTS). In addition to being a phenomenal writer and actor, Harvey is also one of Broadway's most outspoken activists for the arts and equality, making him Broadway's Unofficial Mayor! (more...)

Grammy Award Winning Artist Jason Mraz to Perform During HSN Live Concert Special
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

Leading entertainment and lifestyle retailer HSN welcomes Grammy Award winning artist, Jason Mraz to the HSN Live stage for a special concert event on Tuesday, July 1 at 9 p.m. (EDT). Currently gearing up for the release of his fifth studio album, Jason, and his band, Raining Jane, will perform tracks from YES! during a one-hour special performance across all of HSN's platforms, including TV, online and mobile. (more...)

Nikolai Foster Appointed Artistic Director At The Curve!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

Curve today announces the appointment of Nikolai Foster as the company's new Artistic Director. Foster takes up the position in January 2015, succeeding Paul Kerryson who steps down as Artistic Director at the end of this year, after 22 years in post. (more...)

Jason Mraz Announces New Dates for 'YES!' Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

As promised, Atlantic recording artist Jason Mraz has announced new U.S. dates on his upcoming international tour a unique itinerary that will see the multi-GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter performing in an array of intimate venues around the world. (more...)

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts to Welcome Jason Mraz and Raining Jane, 9/6; Tickets on Sale 6/27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

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Tom Lister to Join Jodie Prenger in CALAMITY JANE National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2014

The Watermill Theatre Newbury, Jamie Wilson, Paul Elliott and Duncan C Weldon are delighted to announce full casting and further touring dates for the forthcoming new production of the musical 'CALAMITY JANE', opening at The Watermill Theatre, Newbury on Thursday 17 July 2014 where it will play until Saturday 6 September 2014 prior to embarking on a national tour that opens at the Plymouth Theatre Royal on Thursday 16 September. Tour schedule attached. More dates to be announced. (more...)

SEE ROCK CITY AND OTHER DESTINATIONS to Make UK Debut at the Union Theatre, Aug 15-30
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

For the first time, the critically acclaimed off-Broadway musical See Rock City and Other Destinations, will be introduced to the UK for a two-week strictly limited run at the Union Theatre. Previews start on Friday 15 August and press night on Tuesday 19 August at 7.30pm, it was announced today. On sale now. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Mu Performing Arts' Production of Sondheim's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is Another Must-See Summer Musical
by Jill Schafer - Jul 28, 2014

A few weeks ago I wrote that the Guthrie's My Fair Lady is the must-see summer musical. Correction: it's one of two. Mu Performing Arts' production of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music should also be on your must-see list; it's every bit as good as My Fair Lady. The songs might not be as 'hummable and quotable,' but they're clever and beautifully complex in a way that only a Sondheim score can be. The music sounds gorgeous, the costumes are luscious, the show is funny but a little sad too, and the cast is fantastic (and by the way, they also happen to be Asian-American). It's another gorgeous production of a classic. (more...)

BWW Interview: Actor, Director, and Teacher Thomas G. Waites Gives Insight on Baruch College's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
by Louisa Brady - Jul 25, 2014

Acclaimed director, actor, and teacher Thomas G. Waites is currently directing THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, being produced by the Baruch College of Performing Arts and the Thomas G. Waites Acting Studio. The production opened on July 10th and is schedule to run through August 3rd. Waites took the time to chat with BroadwayWorld this week about the production. He also shared wisdom on his many years of experience in the business, as well as his career as a teacher. (more...)

Bookworks Presents Today's Shelf Awareness for Readers
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner and World War II airman whose 'remarkable story of survival during the war gained new attention in 2010 with the publication of a vivid biography by Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival,' died July 2, the New York Timesreported, of pneumonia at age 97. Unbroken has spent more than three years on the Timesbestseller list--a notable achievement for a hardcover book. On July 29, Random House will publish Unbroken in paperback, occasioning a further long run on bestseller lists. In addition, amovie adaptation of Unbroken from Universal Pictures, directed by Angelina Jolie, is scheduled for a Christmas 2014 release. (more...)

Michael Morpurgo Comes the Colchester Mercury Stage with FRIEND OR FOE, Aug 29-Sept 13
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

Following on from last year's smash hit The Butterfly Lion, the Mercury Theatre Colchester will be producing another Michael Morpurgo classic this August with their Made in Colchester production of Friend or Foe. Opening at the Mercury on Friday, August 29 and running until Saturday, September 13, Friend or Foe is a thrilling tale of extraordinary friendship which will appeal to adults and children alike. (more...)

Multi-Grammy Winning JASON MRAZ Brings YES! Tour to Philadelphia 10/12
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

The multi-GRAMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter Jason Mraz has announced the North American leg of his upcoming "YES!" world tour (more...)

Jason Mraz to Bring YES! World Tour to Fox Theatre, 11/6
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

Multi-GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter, Jason Mraz announced the North American leg of his upcoming “YES!” world tour, slated to visit an array of legendary venues around the planet including Detroit's Fox Theatre on Thursday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. The tour is in support of Mraz's hugely anticipated new album YES! arriving tomorrow in stores and at all online retailers. Shows will also feature backing from album collaborators, Raining Jane. (more...)

Jason Mraz to Visit NBC's TONIGHT SHOW and TODAY; 'Yes' Arrives in Stores Tomorrow
by TV News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

Atlantic recording artist Jason Mraz is set for a whirlwind of activity celebrating the release of his hugely anticipated new album. 'YES!' arrives tomorrow in stores and at all online retailers. (more...)

Pride Films & Plays Announces Directors, Schedule for 2014 Gay Play Weekend, 5/9-11
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2014

PFP's Gay Play Weekend includes a dynamic musical about a tragedy in gay history, and a historical drama about Michelangelo. You will also see a murder mystery which takes place at a party where everyone is dressed as Joan Crawford, a fun piece about gay dating today, and a drama about abuse and healing. These are the themes of the five finalists in Pride Films and Plays' 2014 Gay Play and Musical Contest. (more...)

The Production Company to Open SHOWBOAT Aug 16 at Arts Centre Melbourne
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2014

SHOW BOAT, the first great contemporary musical opens on August 16 in Arts Centre Melbourne's State Theatre for 10 performances. (more...)

Louis Viljoen to Bring New Play THE KINGMAKERS to Alexander Upstairs Theatre, Aug 25-Sept 13
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2014

Louis Viljoen's ruthless new play THE KINGMAKERS is to be staged at the Alexander Upstairs theatre. The dark political comedy will make its debut in one of Cape Town's best independent theatre spaces, The Alexander Upstairs, and will run 25th August to 13th September, 2014. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: SONG OF SOLOMON Nominated at Thespis NY Theater Festival
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Aug 29, 2014

Song of Solomon: A New Musical by Andrew Beall & Neil Van Leeuwen has been nominated for BEST PLAY/MUSICAL and BEST DIRECTOR, Luis Salgado, out of 41 shows from the Thespis NY Theater Festival. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Strawshop's BLACK COMEDY Brings Comedy Into the Light
by Jay Irwin - Aug 23, 2014

When physical comedy is done well it can be a Beautiful Thing. I still marvel at a seven-minute bit David Hyde Pierce did with an ironing board on the show Frasier (seriously, go look it up). But good physical comedy is not easy. Fortunately for us the cast of Strawberry Theatre Workshop's production of "Black Comedy" are more than up to the task as they presented one of the funniest displays of physical comedy I've seen in town since "Boeing Boeing" a few years back. (more...)

BWW Profile: Christine Baranski Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and Screen
by Matt Tamanini - Aug 19, 2014

Today we take a look back at the incredible career of stage and screen star Christine Baranski; from Broadway shows like THE REAL THING, RUMORS, BOEING-BOEING, to films THE BIRDCAGE, CHICAGO, MAMMA MIA, and the upcoming INTO THE WOODS, to TV shows CYBILL, THE BIG BANG THEORY, and THE GOOD WIFE, for which she was nominated this year. (more...)

Richard Eyre's GHOSTS, Starring Lesley Manville and Jack Lowden, Out Online Sept 18
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

Digital Theatre is delighted to announce its next title; Richard Eyre's five-star, multi award-winning revival production of Ibsen's Ghosts starring Olivier Award-winners Lesley Manville and Jack Lowden will be available to buy and watch online around the world from Thursday 18 September 2014. (more...)

Gary Griffin Set to Direct Manhattan Concert Productions' PARADE Concert
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

The TONY Award-winning score from Parade will be brought to life for one night only at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on February 16, 2015. Recent TONY-winner, and original composer, Jason Robert Brown will be at the helm to direct a star-studded cast and full chorus as Music Director, joined by Olivier Award-nominee Gary Griffin as Director. (more...)

Snoop Dogg 'Live at Your Fingertips' Set for Musiek Media's Digital Concert Series
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Musiek Media Group (MMG) is pleased to announce the launch of its IP connected device concert series, leading off with music icon, Snoop Dogg. 'Snoop Dogg & Friends' take the stage with the live band 1500, DJ Quik, including a tribute to 2PAC and Nate Dogg. (more...)

BWW Reviews: POL POT Is a Precocious Puzzlebox
by Alan Katz - Aug 12, 2014

As the strange and sharp-turning story unfolds, it becomes clear that there are eerie similarities between the regime of the genocidal dictator and the living arrangements of these six men. They are a group of urban creatures who have moved out into the country to live a self-sufficient life. They live in a supposedly egalitarian commune that actually has strong class-based divides. And all isn't as it seems to be. (more...)

The Arc to Host LA Theatrical Release of Award- Winning Short Film MENSHEN
by Movies News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

The Arc will be sponsoring a limited engagement theatrical release of the award-winning short film Menschen in Los Angeles. (more...)

PBS Announces Season 3 of THE MIND OF A CHEF
by TV News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

Narrated by Executive Producer Anthony Bourdain, THE MIND OF A CHEF is that rare and Beautiful Thing: an intelligent television show about cooking. (more...)

CARDBOARD PIANO BIRD FIRE FLY & THUNDERBODIES Set for Yale's 9th Annual Carlotta Festival of New Plays, Running 5/9-16
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2014

YALE SCHOOL OF DRAMA presents the ninth annual Carlotta Festival of New Plays, May 9 to 16 at the Iseman Theater (1156 Chapel Street, New Haven). The Festival is comprised of three fully-produced plays by graduating playwrights performed in repertory with twelve performances over eight days. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Ailey II Shines in Three World Premieres
by Eryn Goldstein - Apr 8, 2014

Running through April 13th, Ailey II's All New program presents the company's outstanding young dancers in three new works by rising choreographers. The program is an awe-inspiring combination of technical precision, subtle emotion, and joyful energy. The clarity of the choreographers' visions and the versatility of the 12 Ailey II dancers allow each piece to be seen as a unique statement with an atmosphere all it's own. (more...)

Original Play PRESSURE by David Haig Set to Premiere on 5/31
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2014

Pressure is a new play by David Haig, who also features in the cast as Dr James Stagg. Pressure tells the little-known but true story of Dr James Stagg, a Scottish meteorologist summoned to the Allied Headquarters in Portsmouth to advise General Eisenhower. It will be staged less than 20 miles away at Chichester during the 70th anniversary month of the D-Day landings. (more...)

Photo Flash: Idina Menzel Performs from IF/THEN on 'Today'
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 3, 2014

Idina Menzel heated up The Today Show this morning as part of the Toyota Spring Concert Series. The Broadway star spoke about being part of the creative process of her new musical 'If/Then' from the project's inception. (more...)

VIDEO: Idina Menzel Performs from IF/THEN on 'Today'
by TV News Desk - Apr 3, 2014

Idina Menzel heated up the TODAY show this morning as part of the Toyota Spring Concert Series. Below, watch Menzel perform 'Learn To Live Without' from Broadway's 'If/Then'! (more...)

VIDEO: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry Chat Career Highlights on THE TALK
by TV News Desk - Apr 25, 2014

Aerosmith members Steven Tyler and Joe Perry stopped by CBS's THE TALK to discuss career highlights with the ladies. (more...)

BWW Interview: Broadway Producer Van Dean Shares How to Help Newtown's 12.14 Foundation Through THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN
by Nicole Rosky - Apr 21, 2014

Following the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, the 12.14 Foundation was created with the mission of building a landmark Performing Arts Centre in Newtown, Connecticut, in memory of those lost on December 14, 2012. The foundation aims to develop a premier Academy of the Arts with help from local, national, and international collaborations. Through the collective efforts and contributions of local craftsmen and artisans, respected business professionals and corporations, and renowned designers, 12.14 will create a remembrance that expresses respect, passion, resilience and focus on a hope for the future. Now the foundation has teamed with the Broadway production of the Velocity of Autumn to give ticket-buyers an opportunity to contribute to the special cause. By simply entering discount code 'VA1214' when purchasing tickets to the play, $10 from every ticket purchased will be donated to the 12.14 Foundation. CLICK HERE to help the cause today! Producer of The Velocity of Autumn, Van Dean, has also worked extensively with the charity, having organized 'From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Sandy Hook' and the organization's 2013 production- Seussical. Dean took the time to chat with BroadwayWorld about the foundation's great work, future projects in Newtown, and how Broadway audiences can help. Check out the full interview below! (more...)

Review Roundup: VIOLET Opens on Broadway - All the Reviews!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2014

Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Violet, starring Sutton Foster, Colin Donnell,Alexander Gemignani and Joshua Henry, officially opens tonight at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). (more...)

Jared Martin, Tiffany Viray To Add Young Voices to OPM Concert in Manhattan April 27
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2014

Filipino-American singers Jared Martin, 21, and Tiffany Viray, 17, are poised to lend their singing flair to the upcoming tribute concert to Original Philippine Music (OPM) composer-lyricist Cecile Azarcon billed as 'An Evening of Original Philippine Music with Cecile Azarcon and Sounds of Manila' at Peter Norton Symphony Space (2537 Broadway and 95th Street) on Sunday, April 27, at 7 p.m. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Behind the Curtain - Eagle Theatre's Artistic Directors Ed Corsi and Ted Wioncek III
by Pati Buehler - Apr 17, 2014

Thanks to the collaboration of two young, ambitious creators, a dedicated staff and a community that has totally embraced them, Hammonton New Jersey's Eagle Theatre is truly becoming 'the little theater that could' steadily and in a big way! (more...)

Casts Revealed for Pride Films and Plays' Gay Play Weekend, Running 5/9-11
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Pride Films and Plays' Gay Play Weekend is one of the most exciting events for LGBT theater lovers, as five great new scripts are brought to life in enhanced staged readings directed by Chicago's top directors. The first three years of the contest had produced finalists and award winners like At The Flash by Sean Chandler and David Leeper, Under A Rainbow Flag by Leo Schwartz, Learn to Be Latina by Enrique Urueta, and Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead by Martin Casella. (more...)

BWW Reviews: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Gettysburg Community Theatre
by Marakay Rogers - Apr 16, 2014

Gettysburg Community Theatre delivered a deservedly sold-out JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR to the area in time for Easter (more...)

Richard Eyre's GHOSTS to Continue West End Theatre Series at Cinemas Across the UK and Ireland, June 26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

The WEST END THEATRE SERIES is delighted to announce its third title; Richard Eyre's five-star, multi award-winning revival production of Ibsen's Ghosts. The Almeida Theatre production will be screened in over 200 cinemas across the UK and Ireland for one night only, Thursday 26 June '14 (www.westendtheatreseries.com). (more...)

Allan Hawco Returns To Theatre: The 'Republic of Doyle' Star Says He's 'Having a Blast' Being Back On Stage
by Catherine Kustanczy - Apr 11, 2014

Allan Hawco has been putting in long days in the lead-up to his onstage appearance in Belleville, a play about a dysfunctional couple, on now through May 4 at Toronto's Berkeley Street Theatre. (more...)

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