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VS. Theatre and Firefly Theater & Films to Present Revised Version of COMPLETENESS, 11/6-12/7
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2014

The award-winning companies VS. Theatre and Firefly Theater & Films are co-producing the West Coast Premiere of a newly revised version of Itamar Moses' COMPLETENESS. (more...)

MTC's THE COUNTRY HOUSE with Blythe Danner Begins Previews Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2014

Manhattan Theatre Club's New York premiere co-production of The Country House, the new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan, begins previews tonight, September 9, and opens Thursday, October 2 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The Country House is produced in association with the Geffen Playhouse. (more...)

Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival Announces Opening and Closing Night Screenings
by Movies News Desk - Sep 5, 2014

The Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival is pleased to announce the two films that will bookend this year's Festival. (more...)

Martin DuPont Releases War Novel, BEYOND FEAR
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2014

Makawo, Hawaii (more...)

Ramona Cugnini Pens Collection of Poems in LOVEKNOTS TO LARIATS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2014

DURANGO, Colo. (more...)

CSULB Theatre Arts Department University Players to Present THE COLORED MUSEUM, 10/17-11/1
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

The CSULB Theatre Arts Department University Players will present The Colored Museum, written by George C. Wolfe, music by Kysia Bostic, and directed by Trevor Biship. Playing October 17th through November 1st, The Colored Museum, in a series of vignettes, explores stereotypes through African American stories and history. (more...)

Hayes Theatre Co. to Present MIRACLE CITY, 10/17-11/16
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2014

The next production to open at Hayes Theatre Co will be a brand new production of Nick Enright and Max Lambert's musical Miracle City presented by Luckiest Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co from October 17 - November 16 2014. (more...)

Rogue Machine to Present NICE THINGS, 10/4-11/23
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

Rogue Machine presents the World Premiere of NICE THINGS by Vince Melocchi Opening October 4, 2014 with reception to follow 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, 3pm on Sundays through November 23, 2014 5041 W. Pico Blvd., LA, CA 90019 (more...)

Indie Film Adaptation of Brian Hampton's Play CHECKING IN Out Now on Amazon
by Movies News Desk - Sep 12, 2014

The independent film adaptation of Brian Hampton's award-winning play, 'Checking In,' is now available through Amazon.com. (more...)

University of Texas at Austin Receives $400,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for Classical Music Programming
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2014

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $400,000 to Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. This funding will allow Texas Performing Arts to further develop classical music programming and participation activities that have been underwritten by The Mellon Foundation since their initial $450,000 award in 2011. (more...)

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Releases New Recording
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2014

The Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) today released its fifth recording on its record label, ASO Media. (more...)

NewFest, The New York LGBT Film Festival, Announces 2014 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

NewFest, New York's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Film Festival announced the complete feature film lineup for its 26th edition (July 24-29). NewFest is an annual showcase of the best of LGBT cinema, featuring works from renowned filmmakers as well as exciting discoveries. With a lineup of 16 narrative and five documentary features, this year's group of films continues to carry out the festival's mission of supporting diverse film communities and voices from around the world. (more...)

MTC's American Premiere of Benjamin Scheuer's THE LION Opens Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

Manhattan Theatre Club's American premiere of The Lion, the new musical written and performed by 2013 ASCAP Cole Porter Songwriting Award winner Benjamin Scheuer, and directed by Sean Daniels, runs at The Studio at Stage II - Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series at New York City Center - Stage II (131 West 55th Street). The five-week limited engagement for The Lion will open tonight, June 26. (more...)

Dance Lineup Announced for Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2014, Beg. 7/20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

From July 20 through August 10, Lincoln Center Out of Doors will offer more than 100 free performances across the Lincoln Center campus. The 44th season of the popular summer festival features premieres and debuts, family programs and a wide range of music and dance events. (more...)

Violinist Daniel Hope to Perform at Hahn Hall, 7/5
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

Virtuoso violinist Daniel Hope - described as 'adventurous and brilliant' by The New York Times and 'a force to be reckoned with' by Gramophone - will lead a chamber orchestra of Academy faculty and Fellows in a program of works by Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Alfred Schnittke, Erwin Schulhoff, and Max Richter beginning at 8 pm on Saturday, July 5, in Hahn Hall. Mr. Hope will lead from the violin in performances of Biber's Passacaglia, Schnittke's A Paganini, Schulhoff's Solo Sonata, and Mr. Richter's enthralling Recomposed: Vivaldi's Four Seasons - a reimagining of the well-known Baroque masterpiece. Tickets cost $50. (more...)

Lincoln Center's MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL 2014 Opening Week Highlights
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

The 2014 Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, New York's acclaimed annual summer celebration of classical music, gets underway with an opening week of performances featuring the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, late night recitals and contemporary music, including two free events. (more...)

CASA VALENTINA Begins Final Week on Broadway; Extended Run Ends 6/29
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

CASA VALENTINA, the critically acclaimed world premiere play by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, begins the final week of its extended run Tuesday, June 24 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The production is presented by Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer), by special arrangement with Colin Callender, Robert Cole, Frederick Zollo and The Shubert Organization. (more...)

MTC to Team with Ars Nova for World Premiere of Sharyn Rothstein's BY THE WATER; Opens 11/18
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) in association with Ars Nova (Jason Eagan, Artistic Director; Renee Blinkwolt, Managing Director) just announced the upcoming world premiere of BY THE WATER, the new play by Sharyn Rothstein, directed by Hal Brooks. (more...)

Run & Shoot Filmworks Screens 47 Films at Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival
by Movies News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

August on the Vineyard kicks off with a boom with the 12th Annual Martha's Run &Shoot Filmworks Vineyard African American Film Festival, August 5 - 9th presented by Lincoln Motor Company. (more...)

ACF Names 2014 National Composition Contest Winner
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

American Composers Forum (ACF) has named Todd Lerew (CalArts) the winner of the 2014 National Composition Contest for his work, flagging entrainment of ultradian rhythms and the consequences thereof. As a reward, Lerew has been given a cash prize of $2,000 and his piece will be toured by So Percussion in future seasons. The piece was commissioned by ACF along with the works of two other competition finalists -- Michael Laurello (Yale School of Music) and Kristina Warren (University of Virginia) -- which were workshopped by So Percussion as part of the the group's Summer Institute at Princeton University and premiered on July 20. (more...)

BWW Reviews: BLACKBIRD Doesn't Quite Soar
by John Walker Ross - Jul 25, 2014

The best thing about Blackbird, Tom Wright's second novel featuring a character named Jim Bonham (who almost nobody calls Jim), is the cover design, which is spare, evocative, compelling. Nothing's wasted there. (more...)

The Young Vic's A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, Starring Gillian Anderson and Ben Foster, Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE opens at the Young Vic on Monday, July 28, with previews from tonight, July 23 and is booking to Friday, September 19, 2014. Gillian Anderson is Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster is Stanley and Vanessa Kirby is Stella in Tennessee Williams' timeless masterpiece. (more...)

Daniel Sunjata, Eric Lange & More Join Blythe Danner in Broadway-Bound THE COUNTRY HOUSE; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) just announced complete Broadway casting for the world premiere co-production of THE COUNTRY HOUSE, the new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan. (more...)

Canva raises an additional $3.6 million in funding, hits 600,000 users, announces 'Design' button
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

SYDNEY, July 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ Australian company Canva has raised an additional $3.6 million in funding, grown to 600,000 users who have created more than 3.5 million designs, and enabled other websites to integrate Canva's design capabilities. (more...)

Photo Flash: Casting Announced for Playhouse Nashville's Production of SCARECROWS WILL NEVER SEE THE SUNSET
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2014

Playhouse Nashville has quickly established itself in the local theatre landscape on the strength of productions described by reviewers as "wickedly funny" (SEXTAPE & OTHER STORIES), "stunning" (DEVIL SEDAN), and "devastatingly honest" (ULTRASOUND). That well-earned reputation for eliciting memorable performances from talented actors working on original material continues with the newly announced ensemble for SCARECROWS WILL NEVER SEE THE SUNSET. (more...)

National Theatre Live Will Broadcast Young Vic's A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE with Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster & More this Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

Celebrating its 5th year bringing live theatre to cinema audiences around the world, NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE has announced an international broadcast of the Young Vic / Joshua Andrews co-production of Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby in Tennessee Williams' A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, directed by Benedict Andrews. It will be broadcast live from London's Young Vic Theatre on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Dates will vary at venues internationally and encore screenings will follow. (more...)

Michelle Branch, Billy Ray Cyrus, Martina McBride & More Set for The Beatles 50th at the Bowl, 8/22-24
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2014

It's been 50 years since the Beatles took Los Angeles by storm with their first concert at the Hollywood Bowl on August 23, 1964. This year, Beatlemania returns to the Bowl stage with a re-creation of that iconic performance Friday and Saturday, August 22 and 23, at 8 pm, as well as Sunday, August 24, at 7:30 pm. 'Ringmaster' Dave Stewart (co-founder of the Eurythmics) is joined by a fantastic lineup of talented special guests - all huge fans of the legendary foursome: Australian superstar Vanessa Amorosi, performing all three nights; Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Michelle Branch, performing Saturday and Sunday; multi-platinum recording artist Billy Ray Cyrus, performing all three nights; singer-songwriter and activist Mary Lambert, performing Friday and Sunday; multi-platinum superstar Martina McBride, performing Saturday and Sunday; soul singer Allen Stone, performing all three nights; and alternative R&B/soul singer Liv Warfield, performing all three nights. Producer/promoter/television personality Bob Eubanks, who brought the Fab Four to the Bowl 50 years ago, will be on hand all three evenings to participate in the concert. (more...)

Beatles Week at Seattle Center Celebrates Milestone with Music and More, 8/18-23
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2014

The Beatles made their Washington State premiere on Aug. 21, 1964, playing to 14,300 frenzied fans in Seattle Center Coliseum (now KeyArena), the first concert ever in the building. Now 50 years later, this historic appearance will be celebrated with with Beatles Week at Seattle Center, Aug. 18-23. (more...)

San Francisco Opera to Open 2014 Season with Bellini's NORMA, 9/5-30
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2014

San Francisco Opera's 2014-15 Season opens September 5, 2014 with a dramatic new production of Vincenzo Bellini's bel canto masterpiece Norma, starring American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in one of opera's most dazzling and demanding roles. American mezzo-soprano Daveda Karanas is the young priestess Adalgisa; Italian tenor Marco Berti is Pollione; and American bass-baritone Christian Van Horn is Oroveso. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus and Director Kevin Newbury and set designer David Korins return to San Francisco Opera to premiere this vivid, large-scale new co-production with Toronto's Canadian Opera Company, Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Norma runs for seven performances through September 30. (more...)

WaterTower Theatre Presents Diana Sheehan in FULL GALLOP, 8/11-31
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2014

WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced its production of Full Gallop, produced by WaterTower Theatre, August 9-31, 2014. The WaterTower Theatre production of Full Gallop will be directed by Terry Martin and stars Diana Sheehan as Diana Vreeland. The production opens Monday, August 11. (more...)

MTC's WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID, Starring Cherry Jones, Enters Final Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2014

Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere of WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID, the new play by Sarah Treem ("House of Cards," "In Treatment"), directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Clybourne Park), begins the final week of its run today, Tuesday, August 5 at MTC at New York City Center - Stage I (131 West 55th Street). (more...)

Comverse Acquires Solaiemes to Broaden Its Digital Services Portfolio
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2014

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THE ANSWER-KILLING QUESTION BUYS A CRISIS to Play Crown Theater, 10/3-26
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

Tim Sika presents The Answer-Killing Question Buys a Crisis, a world premiere satire on educational institutions at all levels by Barry Germansky. Cihangir Duman directs a cast of four, including Rafa Perez, Andy Phillips, Heather Shisler, and Dan Kellmer. Performances will be staged at The Crown Theater at The Producers' Club (358 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036) from October 3-26, 2014. (more...)

2014 SOLO COLLECTIVE to Feature THE STORYTELLER and More; Runs 9/7-28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

After a wildly successful first year, Paul Stein and THE SOLO COLLECTIVE (L.A.'s only Solo Collective company) in residence at VS. THEATRE COMPANY is thrilled to announce its second annual SOLO COLLECTIVE, with three solo shows performing this Fall: Opening with the World Premiere of Antonio Sacre's THE STORYTELLER; a special return engagement of Drew Droege's BRIGHT PATTERNS AND BOLD COLORS and closing with the world premiere of Carla Cackowski's GAL INVINCIBLE. Antonio Sacre in THE STORYTELLER, directed by Paul Stein, will preview on Sunday, September 7 and will open on Friday, September 12 at 8pm and run through Sunday, September 28 at the new home of VS. Theatre Company, 5453 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles. (more...)

DataStax's Fifth Annual Cassandra Summit Announces Keynote Speakers and Leading-Edge Sponsors
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

SANTA CLARA, CA - DataStax, the company that delivers Apache Cassandra™ to the enterprise, today announced featured keynote speakers Jeff Ludwig, VP Network Platform Data and Engineering from Sony Network Entertainment and Yi Li, CEO of image recognition software start-up Orbeus. These industry experts will share with more than 3,000 global attendees how Life on Cassandra has transformed their business. The event is set to take place September 10-11 at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco and will also showcase keynotes from Apache Cassandra Project chair and DataStax Co-Founder Jonathan Ellis as well as DataStax's CEO Billy Bosworth. (more...)

L. Scott Caldwell to Star in Colony Theatre's WHAT I LEARNED IN PARIS This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

The Colony Theatre will present the second production of its historic 40th Anniversary season, the West Coast Premiere of WHAT I LEARNED IN PARIS by Pearl Cleage. The production stars Tony winner L. Scott Caldwell, and is directed by Saundra McClain. WHAT I LEARNED IN PARIS will preview on Wednesday, September 3; Thursday, September 4; andFriday, September 5 at 8:00pm. It will open on Saturday, September 6 at 8:00pm and continue through Sunday, October 5 at The Colony Theatre, 555 North Third Street in Burbank. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE BEATLES' 50th Brings Their Rock and Roll Celebration Back to the Hollywood Bowl
by Shari Barrett - Aug 23, 2014

The anticipation of celebrating the 50th anniversary of that memorable night, August 23, 1964 when I saw The Beatles live at the Hollywood Bowl for the first time, had me excited for days, knowing this time I would be able to hear the music and celebrate it along with a sold out Hollywood Bowl audience eager to experience some of the best music ever written. And I was not disappointed. The show ROCKED! (more...)

Billy Ray Cyrus to Appear at 'The Beatles' 50th at the Bowl'
by Danielle DeSisto - Aug 22, 2014

Last night (Wednesday, Aug. 20), the award-winning, multi-platinum American singer, songwriter and actor BILLY RAY CYRUS dropped by the House of Blues to perform at “Rock For Ruben,” a benefit concert for the renowned industry guitar tech Ruben Velasco. CYRUS joined friends Rick Springfield and John 5 (Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson) to lend his support for Ruben as he undergoes treatment for with Stage IV cancer. (more...)

Autopilot Chooses GoodData to Help Sales Teams Master the Art of Email Prospecting
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Autopilot, the new standard in marketing and sales automation, together with GoodData, today announced that they are providing embedded analytics for sales prospecting with the launch of CoPilot. CoPilot, which removes the manual work from sales prospecting, now helps sales teams better understand performance of drip email campaigns so they can make quick, informed decisions to drive better results. (more...)

Comedy Pigs to Host 2nd ANNUAL 20TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND, 8/29-30
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

The Comedy Pigs, Maryland Ensemble Theatre's (MET) hilarious sketch and improv group, will celebrate 21 years of laughter with their '2nd Annual 20th Anniversary Weekend' on August 29 and 30 at 8pm (more...)

Geva's Play Reading Season to Open with THE SCAVENGER'S DAUGHTER, 9/8
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

Geva's vibrant new play reading series for 2014-2015 begins on September 8 at 7pm with The Scavenger's Daughter by Gary Earl Ross. (more...)

BLACKBIRD, Starring Connor Jessup, Heading to DVD/VOD This October
by Movies News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

Breaking Glass Pictures will release the drama/thriller Blackbird on DVD/VOD on October 7, 2014. Written and directed by Jason Buxton, Blackbird explores the power and danger of cyber-bullying (more...)

Oliver Platt Joins Dan Stevens in Upcoming Drama THE TICKET
by Movies News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

Oliver Platt (Broadway's Guys and Dolls), has signed on to the cast of the upcoming drama THE TICKET. (more...)

STAGE FRIGHT Soundtrack with Meatloaf & Minnie Driver to be Released Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

STAGE FRIGHT, the horror/musical starring Meat Loaf and Minnie Driver is now available on iTunes / On Demand. Following its premiere earlier this summer, the original soundtrack will be available digitall beginning August 19. (more...)

MTC's Stargate Theatre Company to Present WEATHERING THE STORM, 8/16
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

The Stargate Theatre Company, a project of Manhattan Theatre Club's Education Department will perform an original piece, Weathering the Storm, this Saturday, August 16th at 4:00PM and 7:00PM at MTC- Stage II at New York City Center (131 W. 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues). Each performance will last 30 minutes and will be followed by a talkback onstage with the performer-writers. After the 7:00PM talkback, there will be a brief reception in the theatre lobby. (more...)

The Miller Theatre Opens Its 2014 - 2015 Season with HEART & BREATH, 9/18
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Miller opens its fall season with a captivating new production. Sparking a music dialogue across centuries, Heart & Breath deftly combines modern arrangements of music by Gesualdo and Monteverdi with contemporary works that blend music, dance, and theater, including composer Amy Beth Kirsten's "wildly imaginative" (Washington Post)Colombine's Paradise Theatre. The six musicians of eighth Blackbird play, speak, sing, whisper, growl, and mime, breathing theatrical life into the timeless characters of thecommedia dell'arte in this uniquely immersive concert experience. (more...)

MTC's THE COUNTRY HOUSE with Blythe Danner Begins Rehearsals Today
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Manhattan Theatre Club's New York premiere co-production of THE COUNTRY HOUSE, the new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan, begins rehearsals today. The limited engagement will begin previews Tuesday, September 9 and open Thursday, October 2 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). THE COUNTRY HOUSE is produced in association with the Geffen Playhouse. (more...)

Concert Artists Guild Announces 2014-2015 New York Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Concert Artists Guild, whose stellar roster of artists demonstrates a high level of musicianship, virtuosity, and adventurousness, will present its ongoing Winners Series at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall as well as series at SubCulture and Barbes as part of its New Music/New Places program. (more...)

MTC's WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID with Cherry Jones & Zoe Kazan Ends Run Today
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2014

Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere of When We Were Young and Unafraid, the new play by Sarah Treem ('House of Cards,' 'In Treatment'), directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Clybourne Park), ends its run today, Sunday, August 10. The show has played 29 preview performances and 64 regular performances. (more...)

First Stage Adaptation of Thriller Novelist Peter James Premieres in Canterbury at the Marlowe Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2014

The first stage adaptation of the work of international best-selling crime thriller novelist Peter James comes to Canterbury next month. With its darkly comic and thrilling storyline, The Perfect Murder was a success on the first leg of its tour earlier this year. Now set for an extended run, which opens at The Marlowe Theatre on Tuesday 2 September, it has been recast and stars Robert Daws and Dawn Steele. (more...)

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