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Based on the film Big Deal on Madonna Street by Mario Monicelli

BWW Review: Impressive Smaller-Scale AMERICAN IDIOT Rocks La Mirada
by Michael L. Quintos - May 9, 2016

To be completely honest, my first exposure to the mostly sung-through, modern rock musical AMERICAN IDIOT (during its initial national tour stops in Southern California) was, at best, like seeing a really cool rock concert performed by some incredibly talented musical theater actors, surrounded by some top-notch high-tech visuals. To put it simply, my initial reaction hovered somewhere just slightly above the middle. Well, of course, that all changed for the better once I experienced the truly remarkable, brand-new, more intimately 'immersive' production now causing a stir at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts through May 15, 2016. Part of the theater's creatively innovative OnStage Series, this revitalized and, dare I say, more compelling AMERICAN IDIOT is a brilliantly-staged re-working of the musical that feels much more alive, more relatable, and, most importantly, more sensical. Yes, THIS new, more intimate production successfully converted me into an AMERICAN IDIOT fan. And, man, it is absolutely first-rate. (more...)

Check Out Quotables from THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON - Week of 5/2
by TV News Desk - May 9, 2016

Below, check out quotables from NBC's 'THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON' for the week of May 2-9. (more...)

Tony Kushner Calls Toronto UJA's Disassociation With His Appearance 'McCarthyism'
by Michael Dale - May 9, 2016

Though he opposes the policy, Kushner serves on the board of an organization that supports sanctions against Israel. (more...)

BWW Interview: Juan Carlos, Tatiana, & Sandra Cantu of IN THE HEIGHTS at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
by Cary Ginell - May 6, 2016

In the Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical about community and family in a Dominican-American neighborhood in New York City, has a multi-layered meaning for its talented cast. The production, which is currently being presented at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, features veteran television actor Juan Carlos Cantu, returning to the stage after more than 30 years, to act besides his two daughters, Tatiana and Sandra. All three play major roles in the show, bringing the three together on stage for the first time. (Our review is in this week's Moorpark Acorn. http://www.mpacorn.com/news/2016-05-06/On_The_Town/Cast_takes_musical_to_the_highest_level.html) We visited with the girls and their proud father before a Sunday matinee performance. (more...)

BWW Blog: Clarissa Moon - A Weekend at Fringe
by Guest Blogger: Clarissa Moon - May 25, 2016

In Orlando, the Fringe festival is kind of a Big Deal. It's a time when the theatre community comes together to perform, watch shows, network, eat from food trucks, and celebrate the arts. I saw three shows this weekend at the festival: On The Line, Burn Job, and Simpleton. (more...)

How Does Tony Nominee Jeff Daniels Do Broadway? By 'Sprinting Face First into the Wall 8 Times a Week'
by Marissa Sblendorio - May 24, 2016

It's undeniable that Jeff Daniels' career has been a varied one. From his Emmy-winning role on Aaron Sorkin's THE NEWSROOM to one half of the comedy duo behind DUMB AND DUMBER, the stage and screen star has proven his versatility time and time again. Now he's back on Broadway in a role that has proven to be his most grueling yet. (more...)

Securus Announces Third DOC Facility to Approve/Accept Its Managed Access Systems (MAS) Technology
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

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BWW Blog: Sam Weber - Just Another Day, Only a Day
by Guest Blogger: Sam Weber - May 23, 2016

If you're reading this, chances are I do not need to describe what many refer to as 'the magic' of theatre.  You're probably living it right now.  Whether this idea refers to the relationships within a cast, the effect of the show on an audience, or simply the energy that you can only feel onstage, there is certainly something special about being a part of theatre.  Now take all of those warm fuzzies, and put them into one tiny, little 24-Hour long box.  You shouldn't be able to, right?  But it's completely possible, and it's something students from all across my university have been doing for two years now. (more...)

South African Author Releases First Collection of Novellas on Third Culture Experiences
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

South African researcher, socio-political analyst and author Chiziwiso Pswarayi, will debut his collection of novellas, 'I bled on the pages' on 20 May 2016. After finding that there was not a great deal of books written about third culture kids by third culture kids from developing regions. 'Third Culture' is a term usually used to refer to children who are raised in a culture outside of their parents' culture for significant part of their development years. Chiziwiso over the last 18 months has cataloguing his experiences, whilst completing a Masters level thesis on the effects of international school education on children in Cardiff, Wales before relocating back to South Africa where he completed the novellas and works as a researcher and socio-political analyst. In addition, Chiziwiso is author of 'Dislocated African' an online blog dedicated to helping other third cultured kids cope with identity issues resulting from frequent travel. Set in South Africa, United Kingdom, Italy, France and China 'Fake African' is a contemporary memoire based on Chiziwiso's experiences living in these countries, coping with continuous lack of identity. When Chiziwiso meets his partner with whom he wishes to spend his life, Chiziwiso must find out who he believes himself to be, no matter if he is accepted by the place he lives. When he discovers who he thought he was is not what his homeland sees him to be, the results could be deadly. 'The Agent,' the second novella in the collection is a quirky story about M. an Ethiopian migrant living in Spain. A real estate agent, he is recently made redundant and needs one Big Deal before moving on. Routinely belittled for being a migrant, does he have what it takes to close one more deal? What is he willing to do to guarantee one more pay check in a country that doesn't want him and home that threatens his existence? 'I bled on the pages' is currently available on Amazon.co.uk Chiziwiso is available for interviews and appearances. For booking presentations, media appearances, interviews, and/or book-signings contact chiziwisopswarayi@gmail.com. (more...)

BWW Recap: GAME OF THRONES Reveals Shocking Truths in 'The Door'
by Jessica Naftaly - May 23, 2016

This weeks episode of GAME OF THRONES entitled 'The Door,' revealed a lot of information and answers to some of the biggest questions of the series, as well answered some questions that don't necessarily need answering. In a show riddled with plot holes, some of which were highlighted this episode, their ability to carry out reveals and give us answers isn't always up to task. If your biggest concern watching GAME OF THRONES was finding out the origin of Hodor's name, then this was the episode for you! If the importance of finding out the origin of the White Walkers, the biggest threat that endangers the lives of all of our characters, is highest on the scale for you, you'll get answer, but the attention and care given to revealing said answer may disappoint you. It's all apparent just looking at the recaps and reactions. The most used phrase from an episode in which we learn where the White Walkers came from, another direwolf dies, a mythic race goes extinct, and the Starks make a battle plan, is 'Hold the door!' That says quite a lot. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: BROADWAY SESSIONS Goes All Open Mic!
by Ben Cameron - May 2, 2016

Sure, we all know by now that Broadway Sessions is the place to be to get up close and personal with Broadway's brightest, but did you know that once a month we throw caution to the wind and open the mic up to the room in our ALL OPEN MIC PARTY? Well we do... (more...)

Broadway Sound Designer Abe Jacob to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Live Design Awards
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

Legendary theatrical sound designer Abe Jacob will be honored for his pioneering career achievements at the Live Design Awards on Monday, June 13 in New York. Another legendary icon, Chita Rivera, will present the award to Jacob, whom she has known since the original Broadway production of CHICAGO (1975). (more...)

Global Negotiation Leader to Share Tactics for Dealing With...
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

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BWW Review: Audience Directs HAPPY HOUR at Spooky Action
by Roger Catlin - May 16, 2016

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BWW Interview: Dixie Longate of DIXIE'S TUPPERWARE PARTY at Holland Performing Arts Center
by Christine Swerczek - May 14, 2016

Dixie Longate is coming back to Omaha. Get ready to cough your teeth into your hand and buy some plastic crap from this top-selling Tupperware dealer! (more...)

Moving In, a Comfortable Transition at Monarch Landing
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

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Carnegie Hall's Giant, Starry WEST SIDE STORY Revival Opens This Weekend in Queens
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2016

Carnegie Hall's WEST SIDE STORY will be presented in three performances this weekend, March 4, 5, and 6, 2016, at the Knockdown Center, a restored factory in Queens. (more...)

Fast Company Ranks D2L #6 on the Most Innovative Companies of 2016 List in the Data Science Category, Amongst Google, IBM, Spotify, Costco, and Blue Cross Blue Shield
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2016

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The Mountain Play Announces WEST SIDE STORY Cast
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

The Mountain Play -  Casting is complete for the Mountain Play's production of West Side Story, which will be ready to rumble in the San Francisco Bay Area this May. (more...)

Bimbo Bakeries USA Deploys Delivery Trucks Fueled by Propane Autogas
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2016

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KC Rep Announces Cast of THE FANTASTICKS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2016

Kansas City Repertory Theatre will continue its 2015-16 season with The Fantasticks, directed by Kansas City Repertory Theatre's Producing Director Jerry Genochio. (more...)

Highland Park Players to Host Broadway Dance Workshop
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2016

Fresh off her performance in Hairspray at The Paramount Theatre, Annie Jo Ermel returns to Highland Park Players to teach 8 dance workshops in May. (more...)

Check Out Quotables from TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON !/21 - 125
by TV News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

Below, check out quoatables from NBC's 'THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON' - March 21 – March 25 (more...)

BWW Interview: BRIGHT STAR's Hannah Elless Is Gonna Shine Again on Broadway
by Nicole Rosky - Mar 24, 2016

This spring couldn't be brighter for Hannah Elless. Later today, the Michigan native will officially make her return to Broadway in Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's BRIGHT STAR, which opens tonight at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street). (more...)

THE POWER OF PEERS by Leon Shapiro & Leo Bottary is Released
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

Bibliomotion is thrilled to announce the launch of THE POWER OF PEERS: How the Company You Keep Drives Leadership, Growth & Success by Leon Shapiro and Leo Bottary (March 22, 2016). (more...)

CRAVE FISHBAR in NYC #OYSTERMADNESS for March Madness
by Marina Kennedy - Mar 22, 2016

Crave Fishbar is hosting its first-ever #OysterMadness bracket in honor of March Madness. (more...)

BWW Review: THE CURIOUS SAVAGE Almost Kills It
by Katherine Waddell - Mar 2, 2016

This past weekend, the Clay High School Fine Arts Department opened and closed the show The Curious Savage with two different casts of students and two different interpretations by two different directors. I saw the first cast which was comprised of two seniors, five juniors, and four freshman and directed by Kathryn Hein. (more...)

BWW Interview: Brilliant Scientist/Artist ANA ISABEL O Publishes New Childrens Books
by Don Grigware - Mar 2, 2016

Internationally known biologist and writer Dr. Ana Isabel O is constantly embarking on new projects. Educated in Europe and a self-taught Victorian patchwork maker since the early 90s, Ordonez has presented her work in France and Luxembourg. As a scientist she holds Masters and PhDs in Genetics, Forestry and Animal Biology and has lectured extensively throughout Europe, Africa, Japan, China, New Zealand and South America on insect-plant pathology and biological control research. She has also written several articles on the value of nature. Ordonez, however, has not confined her interests to the world of science. A true Renaissance woman, she is also a reputed jazz editor, independent filmmaker, music/art promoter and producer. In 2012 she contributed tirelessly to the Dizzy Gillespie Memorial tribute with Christopher Kennedy Lawford, because she believes in her heart that true valuable art of any kind must never be forgotten.  (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Paramount Theatre's Sweeping WEST SIDE STORY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2016

Paramount Theatre's more than 30,000 subscribers plus musical theatre fans all over Chicagoland have one of the greatest musicals ever to look forward to this spring, when the downtown Aurora theater presents a grand, sweeping production of Leonard Bernstein's WEST SIDE STORY, now through April 24, 2016. Press opening is Saturday, March 19 at 8 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Dancers Over 40 to Celebrate Verdon/Fosse Legacy, 3/23
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2016

Wednesday, March 23rd, DO40 brings together gypsies from many generations (and many who are DO40 members) to celebrate all things Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon at St. Luke's Theater, 308 West 46th Street, 7pm.  Featured throughout the evening:  Nicole Fosse, Valarie Pettiford, Harvey Evans, Dana Moore, Lloyd Culbreath, Gene Foote, George Marcy, Diana Laurenson, Dick Korthaze, Pam Sousa and Mimi Quillin.  DO40 members Kevin Winkler and John Gilvey are both more than half way through writing their books on this dynamic duo and they will discuss how they came to write about them in a special panel with Nicole Fosse, and a Q & A during the segment.   Winker's book is titled Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical, and Gilvey's, Brains and Talent: The Life and Allure of Legendary Entertainer Gwen Verdon.  We are working with the Fosse/Verdon Legacy, LLC to bring you more information on their workshops, and present a moving history, through the eyes (and feet!) of those who knew them best: Broadway dancers.   (more...)

iPhone 6 and 6+ Displays Making Image Delivery Harder For CDNs
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

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Tony Winner Cady Huffman to Bring 'No Standards' to Feinstein's at the Nikko, 5/12-13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2016

Tony Award winner Cady Huffman (The Producers and The Nance on Broadway) wants San Francisco to know she has no standards! Join her on Thursday, May 12 (8 p.m.) and Friday, May 13 (8 p.m.) as she presents her brand-new one-woman show, No Standards, at Feinstein's at the Nikko. Featuring a mixed bag of Broadway, rock 'n roll and pop classics, Cady will present an evening that is guaranteed to tickle your funny bone…and titillate your imagination! Tickets for Cady Huffman range in price from $50 - $70 and are available now by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.ticketweb.com. (more...)

BWW's Film Critic Live Blogs the 2016 Academy Awards
by Matt Tamanini - Feb 28, 2016

While they're no Tonys, THE ACADEMY AWARDS are kind of a Big Deal for showbiz folks. So, throughout the week, BroadwayWorld has been covering the 2016 Oscars from a decidedly theatre perspective, and tonight will be no different. Beginning at 7:00pm ET, one of the stars of the upcoming Broadway show NERDS THE MUSICAL, Patti Murin, will be live-blogging the Oscars' Red Carpet. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 2/27-2/28/2016
by - Feb 28, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, February 28, 2016 - Sunday, February 28, 2016. (more...)

Music Choice's Silento 'Watch My Whip/Nae-Nae' is Top Free On Demand Title for 2015
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2016

According to comScore's (formerly Rentrak) On Demand Essentials reporting, Music Choice had the top Free On Demand performing title in 2015 with Silento “Watch Me Whip/Nae Nae” coming in at number 1! (more...)

BWW Review: Musical Theatre West Revisits Classic WEST SIDE STORY, Ends 2/28
by Michael L. Quintos - Feb 25, 2016

Unquestionably one of musical theater's most beloved, iconic classics, WEST SIDE STORY---the stirring Broadway musical that features a book by theater titan Arthur Laurents, music by the incomparable Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics by living legend Stephen Sondheim---remains a still-resonant masterpiece of song, dance and story that explores themes still quite relevant even in modern times. For Musical Theatre West in Long Beach's latest regional revival, the show is presented in a rather nostalgic iteration that closely harkens back to the mood and feel of the original 1957 stage production (plus hints of its Academy Award-winning 1961 film adaptation). Nothing beats going to back to the power and intentions of the Jerome Robbins-helmed original, which this production successfully honors and emulates. In essence, this WEST SIDE STORY is a satisfying trip down memory lane, reaching back far enough to allow the original material to shine and reverberate. (more...)

BWW Review: Music City Theatre Company's 4000 MILES
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 8, 2016

All of this is to explain why Leo Joseph-Connell, the protagonist of Amy Herzog's Pulitzer Prize-nominated play 4,000 Miles, shows up at 3 a.m. at his Grandmother Vera's apartment in the West Village of New York City, longing to renew a connection to someone who has known him since birth and who will help him find balance in his life once again, whether he admits that or not. After all, the older woman at 92 must be far wiser and more adept at dealing with the realities of life than a 21-year-old wanderer in search of solace. (more...)

Check Out Quotables from TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON 3/28 - 4/1
by TV News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

Below, check out quotables from NBC's THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON - March 28 – April 1 (more...)

Original DREAMGIRLS Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine and Jennifer Holliday Reunite for BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS Concert in L.A., 7/10
by Adam Jay - Apr 27, 2016

Chris Isaacson Presents in association with Ronn Goswick has announced a Broadway Under the Stars special event, a one-night-only concert starring the original Dreamgirls - Independent Spirit Award-winner Sheryl Lee Ralph, Emmy Award-winner Loretta Devine, and Tony Award and two-time Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Holliday in conversation and song. The curtain will rise at 8pm on Sunday, July 10 at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. Additional performers will be announced soon.  (more...)

What's the Big Deal about April 26? Pretzels, Baby!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Snyder's of Hanover the nation's No. 1 pretzel brand is bringing swagger back to the pretzel category on National Pretzel Day. With the new "Pretzels, Baby" campaign currently on-air, Snyder's of Hanover is now hitting the streets to ensure all pretzel fans get to join in the fun. On April 26, they're giving away thousands of bags of boldly-flavored Pretzel Pieces near baseball stadiums in eight cities around the country. Teaming up with professional baseball players in these cities, Snyder's of Hanover wants to make sure all fans know what's so great about April 26 Pretzels, Baby! (more...)

Joan Van Blarcom Releases NO BIG DEAL
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

As a middle school teacher the author Joan Van Blarcom has observed the many problems that children faced upon entering middle school. 'No Big Deal' (published by AuthorHouse) encompasses most of these problems and lends for a conversation with teachers, parents and their children to make their first few weeks in middle school easier. (more...)

BWW Recap: Baby, I Could Never Steal You From Another on SCANDAL
by Jennifer McHugh - Apr 22, 2016

How long have we been asking for the backstory on one Mr. Jake Ballard? Tonight we got our wish and were delivered his tragic past all wrapped up in a blood spattered dress uniform. And as much as I beg for shirtless Jake scenes, I will never complain about Jake in uniform scenes. (more...)

Check Out The Complete Video Playlist For The Hit Concert Series IF IT ONLY EVEN RUNS A MINUTE
by Michael Dale - Apr 21, 2016

How many of these great songs do you know from underappreciated musicals? (more...)

2016 Electric Forest Adds More Performers to Lineup; Curated Events Announced
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

Today, Electric Forest (EF) announced over 25 new additions to the festival lineup, as well as details on its 2016 Curated Event Series. The 6th annual music and camping festival returns to Rothbury, Michigan on June 23-26, 2016 and sold out again in record time - a mere two weeks after tickets went on sale. (more...)

Friendable's New App Submission Approved by Apple and Now Available for Download in App Store
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

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Broadway's Matt Doyle & Belinda Allyn Will Lead WEST SIDE STORY at Paper Mill Playhouse; Full Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

Paper Mill Playhouse has announced complete casting for Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's classic musical West Side Story, directed by Paper Mill Playhouse's Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee and Jerome Robbins' original choreography recreated by Alex Sanchez. West Side Story is based on a conception by Jerome Robbins and features a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. (more...)

Check Out Quotables from TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON 4/4 - 4/8
by TV News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

Check out quotables from NBC's 'THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON' April 4 – April 8 (more...)

Epson Wins Three rAVe Best of ISE Awards
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

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BWW's On This Day - April 10, 2016
by - Apr 10, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on April 10 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW Review: Liz Callaway Holds a Love Fest for Richard Maltby & David Shire at Lincoln Center's American Songbook
by Alix Cohen - Apr 1, 2016

There are audible sighs of pleasurable recognition from the audience at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center (on March 30) when Liz Callaway's band plays opening bars from "The Story Goes On" (Baby)." Songwriting partners Richard Maltby & David Shire have been "in" Liz Callaway's life since she was a teenager with exposure to her parents' extensive Barbra Streisand collection (the icon sang Maltby/Shire) and a recording of Starting Here, Starting Now. Her first New York cabaret presentation (at The Duplex) opened with "Just Across the River" from the revue. That show lead to an audition for a piece directed by Richard Maltby Jr. which eventually paved the way for Callaway's role in the collaborators' musical Baby. The young actress thought she was helping out writers she admired by letting them hear new material out loud, but, in fact, was auditioning. (This is actually not difficult to believe.) And the rest is history. (more...)

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