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Blast! is a Broadway production created by James Mason for Cook Group Incorporated, the director and organization formerly operating the Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps. It was the 2001 Winner of the Tony Award for "Best Special Theatrical Event" and also won the 2001 Emmy Award for "Best Choreography".

Lookingglass Cyber Solutions Partners with MMA Hall of Famer and Action Film Star Randy Couture at Black Hat USA Conference to Benefit Wounded Veterans
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

“Black Hat is an important conference for the security industry, and Lookingglass will be taking the opportunity to showcase our innovation. But most importantly, we also see this as an opportunity for Lookingglass and our peers to give back to the men and women who sacrifice so that we can remain free to pursue our dreams,” said Don Gilberg, Senior Vice President of Strategic Development at Lookingglass. “Now in our third year partnering with Randy and his Xtreme Couture GI Foundation, we are proud of the difference we are making.” (more...)

BWW Blog: Libby Servais of Transcendence Theatre Company's 'Broadway Under the Stars' - More Fantastical Family Night
by Guest Blogger: Libby Servais - Jul 31, 2014

'I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.' - Jack London (more...)

Diversified Technical Systems (DTS) Selected For 'Top 101 Components Of 2014'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

SEAL BEACH, Calif., July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ Announcing a special recognition appearing in the July, 2014 issue of Electronic Design published by Penton Media, Diversified Technical Systems (DTS) was selected for the following honor: 'Top 101 Components Of 2014' (more...)

Sarah Hyland Teases Musical Performance at Sunday's TEEN CHOICE AWARDS
by TV News Desk - Aug 8, 2014

Hyland hinted that she may be featured in a singing performance involving an ensemble group during the telecast. (more...)

BWW Interviews: As Patti Murin Preps for 54 Below Show, She Talks Skivvies, Sierra Boggess, & Potato Chips
by Matt Tamanini - Aug 8, 2014

Over the past few weeks, we here at BroadwayWorld have been very lucky to welcome Broadway leading lady Patti Murin into our extended family. From recapping the Season Finale of 'The Bachelorette' to interviewing it's happy couple and not so happy runner-up. But now it's time for Patti to get back to what she does best, sing her face off! This Monday, August 11th at 7:00pm at 54 Below, Patti will be performing her first-ever solo show, 'Literally Patti Murin.' She's a little anxious about people actually being in the audience, so help her self-esteem and get your tickets now. The interview will still be here when you get back. (more...)

Sonia Sabri Company to Perform Ensemble Piece JUGNI and Solo Piece EKALYA this August
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2014

SONIA SABRI COMPANY will perform their highly acclaimed ensemble piece JUGNI at this year's Belfast Mela on August 24th and Sonia's sizzling solo EKALYA at Edinburgh Mela on August 30th and 31st. (more...)

IAB Mixx Awards 2014 Shortlist Showcases the Best in Digital Marketing Creativity That Works
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2014

Jeff Benjamin, currently Chief Creative Officer of JWT North America, is chairing the IAB MIXX Awards 2014 judging panel, guiding 32 cross-industry leaders, including the best-of-the-best agency creatives, blue-chip brand marketers, and top media publishing executives. (more...)

London Drugs Joins the Party for Vinyl Record Day
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2014

They are considered precious treasure to many collectors when they are awarded gold or platinum status, but they aren't your typical treasure. However, vinyl records are as close to gold for many audiophiles who love to hunt down their favourite new or used title. (more...)

Oomba Unveiling New Game Tournament Management System at Gen Con with Mayfair and Cryptozoic
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2014

Founded by Michael Williams (Tremor, Planetwide) and Advisor Nolan Bushnell (Atari, Chuck E Cheese), the company's Oomba.com follows Oomba.tv, which launched in October 25, 2013. For the first time, Oomba.tv will be broadcasting Gen Con live all four days in continuous coverage of sneak peeks, interviews with industry insiders and behind-the-scenes craziness. (more...)

ESG Solutions Announces Expansion of Microseismic Operations in Perth, Australia
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2014

PERTH, Australia, Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ ESG Solutions, an industry leader in microseismic technology and services, is pleased to announce the expansion of its Australian operations through its partnership with Australian consulting agency, MiningOne. With this partnership, ESG has relocated staff experienced in array design, installation, advanced analysis and technical support from its Canadian headquarters to operate out of the MiningOne office in Perth, Australia. Establishing a local sales and service support capability will better serve ESG and MiningOne's clients. (more...)

UNU Electronics Announces Back-to-School Bargain Blast on Back-up Power Gadgets for Smart Phones and Tablets
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2014

UNU Electronics offers a wide variety of portable battery cases and other accessories for iPhone and Samsung models. Those who chose to carry more portable power can select from a wide array of portable battery packs that can charge any smartphone or tablet on demand. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for August 6th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Aug 6, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Special nights at the Marriott and Stage 773 this weekend, plus three shows opening ('Coraline,' 'Reefer Madness' and 'Fiddler') and four shows closing ('Motown,' 'Big Fish,' 'Godspell' and 'Hillbillies'). We'll tell you the three shows that have one additional week, plus a Christmas movie has us all a-buzz!! (more...)

BWW Finding Fitness Blog: My New Fitness Friend
by Kristina Nungaray - Aug 4, 2014

It's another week in the city, and I am back on the healthy track, navigating my way through the myriad of health and fitness options that this concrete jungle has to offer. Believe me, there is no shortage. Last week I wrote about the role that community plays in our wellness goals, and now I am eagerly scoping out different workout venues and fitness classes. In the coming weeks I look forward to sharing my finds, and it seems that there is quite literally something out there for everyone. But first, I want to share something that has really helped me out this past week and has made my quest to fit in fitness a bit easier. (more...)

Kenya to Commemorate 16th Anniversary of Al-Qaeda's US Embassy Bomb Attack in Nairobi
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2014

NAIROBI, Kenya, August 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ (more...)

Red Hot Chilli Pipers Coming to Hershey Theatre, 2/28/2015
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2014

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers have been called "Bagpipes with an attitude" and "Drums with a Scottish Accent." Hershey will get to experience their show when they visit the Theatre on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

BWW Interviews: ERICH BERGEN Talks About BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS
by Don Grigware - Aug 4, 2014

Chris Isaacson Presents has announced a one-night-only concert event at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday, August 16 at 8pm. Broadway Under the Stars will star Tony Award-winner Jennifer Holliday (Dreamgirls) and will also feature (in alphabetical order) Obba Babatunde (Dreamgirls), Erich Bergen (Jersey Boys, stage and film), Rogelio Douglas, Jr. (In the Heights), Danny Gurwin (Little Women) and Tony Award-nominee Chad Kimball (Memphis). David Galligan will direct, and the music director is Gerald Sternbach. (more...)

New Novel DEACON'S WINTER, is Released
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2014

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U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) signs a 5 year framework contract for the Carl-Gustaf weapon system
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Defence and security company Saab has signed a new framework contract with the USSOCOM for the company's Carl-Gustaf man-portable weapon system (in the US named MAAWS; Multi-role, Anti-armor Anti-Personnel Weapon System). The contract is a follow on agreement to a previous 5 year contract for the 84mm recoilless rifle system. In connection with award of the contract, USSOCOM issued an initial order with a value of $14.3 million dollars (Approx. MSEK 99.1). (more...)

Ambassador Theatre Announces 2014-2015 Season, Including BARNUM, SHREK THE MUSICAL, and More!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

The Ambassador Theatre has announced its diverse 2014/15 season which will include 'Stones in His Pocket,' directed by 'Game of Thrones' Ian McElhinney, 'Barnum,' 'Shrek The Musical,' 'Forbidden Planet,' and others. (more...)

VMware, NVIDIA and Google Unveil Future of Graphics-Rich Applications Delivered on Enterprise Cloud Desktops
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Today at VMworld® 2014, VMware, NVIDIA and Google announced a collaborative effort to deliver high-performance virtual desktops and workstation-class graphics to Google Chromebooks. Showcased as a technology preview, the solution demonstrates the next generation of VMware Blast Performance and NVIDIA GRID™ vGPU™ technology to satisfy customers' most demanding visual computing needs. The joint effort is expected to expand the hardware options for high-performance virtual desktops, enabling customers to select their system of choice without compromise. (more...)

VMware Unifies Mobile, Desktop and Content Management With VMware Workspace Suite
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Today at VMworld® 2014, VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) announced VMware Workspace™ Suite, a new integrated platform for managing applications, data and devices. Available now, VMware Workspace Suite offers a single, integrated portal to access AirWatch® by VMware mobile and content management solutions, and VMware Horizon®. For end-users, the result is a unified experience across mobile and desktop devices, while IT gains a comprehensive management solution. In addition, VMware introduced new products and innovations designed to help customers begin their journey to the next phase of mobile work with desktops and applications delivered as a service. (more...)

Gorilla Tango Burlesque's STAR WARS Parody Trilogy Comes to a Close with 'BOOBS OF ENDOR', 9/20
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

In the epic conclusion of Gorilla Tango Burlesque's (GTB) sexy Star Wars parody saga, the risque Rebel Alliance confronts the evil Galactic Empire for once and all. Keep calm and yub nub on as we gather to celebrate those brave souls who led the Rebellion to victory: The Mighty Ewoks! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Lovely Two CharacterTRYING Brings Back 40s and 60s History and Nostalgia to ICT in Long Beach
by Don Grigware - Aug 25, 2014

Playwright Joanna McClelland Glass's autobiographical Trying is a two character play based on her working relationship as secretary to Judge Francis Biddle from 1967-68 in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. Now in a fine West Coast premiere at ICT in Long Beach, Trying recounts the difficult professional and personal growth of Sarah Schorr (Paige Lindsey White) at the beginning of her career and Biddle (Tony Abatemarco) in the final days of his, against the backdrop of 60s political turmoil. With excellent direction from John Henry Davis and two astounding performances, Trying runs to September 14 only. (more...)

Review Roundup: Best-Selling YA Novel IF I STAY Hits Theaters Today
by Review Roundups - Aug 22, 2014

IF I STAY, based on the best-selling novel of the same name, hits theaters today, August 22nd. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

RADiUS Acquires Critically Acclaimed Film THE GREAT INVISIBLE
by Movies News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

RADiUS announced today that it has acquired U.S. rights to Participant Media's critically-acclaimed, SXSW Grand Jury Award-winning film, THE GREAT INVISIBLE (more...)

Nexenta Delivers Most Advanced Software-Defined Storage Solutions for All-Flash Arrays, VMware Horizon 6.0, and VMware Virtual SAN at VMworld 2014
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

'Nexenta's integration with VMware is a good move in today's fast-evolving SDS market. VMware is rapidly advancing its capabilities to enable the Software-Defined Data Center,' said Simon Robinson, Research Vice President at 451 Research. “Nexenta's offerings augment and enhance the virtualization journey for customers as they seek to realize improvements in manageability, flexibility and efficiency.” (more...)

SKYDEX Names James Taylor as CEO
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

DENVER, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ SKYDEX Technologies, Inc. (SKYDEX), a leading provider of cushioning and shock mitigating technology for military and commercial uses, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed James Taylor as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Taylor is highly experienced in the electronics, industrial, medical device, oil & gas, defense, aerospace and infrastructure industries. As CEO, Mr. Taylor's first priority will be to accelerate the development of new products and markets for SKYDEX technology. (more...)

Instant.ly Shelf Score'' Reveals Consumer Intent To Purchase Newest Beverage Products
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Instant.ly, the world's first on-demand consumer insights platform today unveiled the August results of Instant.ly Shelf Score, which focused on recently introduced non-alcoholic beverages. Instant.ly Shelf Score is an index measuring consumer intent to purchase new consumer packaged goods (CPG) products. Shelf Score evaluates and ranks ten of the most appealing products based on overall consumer interest from a nationally representative sample. (more...)

FLYING TORTILLAS, JOHNMAN, JACK WISE and More Set for Scotiabank BuskerFest 2014, Kicking Off Today
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

Toronto's Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood will welcome even more amazing entertainment - and a healthy dose of silliness - as Epilepsy Toronto, in partnership with the Downtown Yonge BIA, announces more new and returning acts at its signature fundraising event, Scotiabank BuskerFest. The 15th edition of Toronto's international street performers festival runs today, August 21 to Sunday, August 24 throughout the Yonge Street corridor, from Queen to College Streets (which will be closed to traffic) and surrounding areas (including Trinity Square Park, Yonge-Dundas Square and Gould Street). (more...)

Ice-T to Narrate Season 3 of TV One's CELEBRITY CRIME FILES, Premiering 9/8
by TV News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

TV One, which entertains, informs and inspires Black adult viewers, today announced that its popular investigative docu-series Celebrity Crime Files returns for a riveting third season Monday, September 8 at 10 PM/ET. (more...)

New Video by Epipheo celebrates VisiQuate declaration that Dashboards Are Dead
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

“What are we trying to communicate here?” asked Brian Robertson, VisiQuate Founder and CEO. “Two things define typical dashboards. First, they're often informed by too many lagging indicators. Actually, I call them lacking indicators, because they only provide minimal insight into the realities of business. Great analytics should have a sense of immediacy, urgency, and surround the user with meaningful context that leads to positive action.” (more...)

BWW Interviews: BUYER & CELLAR'S Michael Urie
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - Aug 19, 2014

This month, San Francisco is in for a scrumptious theatrical treat called Buyer & Cellar, which is touring the country after rave reviews Off-Broadway in New York. (more...)

BWW Blog: Rommy Sandhu of THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN - Storytelling is the Key
by Guest Blogger: Rommy Sandhu - Aug 18, 2014

What a week this has been. The cast was excited to be on their feet, turning the cerebral into the physical. It's been a week of staging, cutting, adding, discussing and finessing. It's important to remember that everyone is valuable, and finding the best way to utilize their individual talents goes "part and parcel" with team leadership. (more...)

BROBST Electro-Rock Tops MusicDish China 5 Indie Song Chart
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

Cracking MusicDish*China's Charts for the first time, electronic rock artist BROBST comes in at #1 with their song 'Rain'. (more...)

MediaMath's Chris Victory to Discuss Facebook Advertising at Social Media Insider Summit
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

NEW YORK, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ In June, Facebook introduced the ability to leverage its users' behavior outside the social network to inform more targeted, personalized advertising within its platform. While this innovative data stream presents marketers with novel opportunities, it also presents new challenges such as integration with existing programmatic strategies and the need for dynamic creative. (more...)

Ani DiFranco Announces New Album 'Allergic To Water', Out 10/14
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

Ani DiFranco has never been afraid to take chances. DiFranco's new disc, Allergic To Water, is another bold accomplishment and its music is her most subtle. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Shunya Series - Choreographers and Dancers Talk JUNGLE BOOK
by Katricia Lang - Aug 16, 2014

In this installment, I talk to choreographers Tina Bose Kumar and Kiron Kumar of Infused Performing Arts. I also talk to three of their young dancers Avi Vir, Avilash Bhongir, and Bani Sandhu aka the monkey pack. (more...)

Chrome's 'Feel It Like A Scientist' Now Streaming at Consequence of Sound
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

The name catches it: Chrome, fast as quicksilver, curved in anticipation of the future, a redux reading of chromosome that feels more machine than man. (more...)

Festival Chicano, THE ADDAMS FAMILY and More Among Free Oct 2014 Events at Miller Outdoor Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

There's something for everyone on stage at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park. From daytime programs especially for young children to family friendly evening performances of music, dance, theatre and more, this is Houston's best entertainment value. (more...)

Cartoon Network to Celebrate UNCLE GRANDPA DAY, 8/21
by TV News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Mother's Day, Father's Day, Grandparents Day – and now Cartoon Network is launching a brand-new tradition with UNCLE GRANDPA DAY! (more...)

FitBody Personal Training Launches New Cardio Blast Class
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

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'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for August 13th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Aug 13, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. It's the Mosh Pit's 5th Birthday! We start off with the Broadway In Chicago Millennium Park concert, and bring you casting news for 'Evil Dead' and Dee Snider's 'Christmas Tale,' plus the latest from the Marriott Theatre, two northside shows about popular music, The Improvised Sondheim Project and Aurora's cast of 'Cats!' I think I need some cake.... (more...)

BRIAN SETZER Releases New Album 'ROCKABILLY RIOT!'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Today (8/12), the iconic guitarist, songwriter and vocalist BRIAN SETZER releases his much-anticipated new album ROCKABILLY RIOT!: ALL ORIGINAL (more...)

BWW Reviews: MARTIAL FUSION Kickboxing DVDs with Guillermo Gomez
by Marina Kennedy - Aug 12, 2014

Prepare for non-stop action with Guillermo Gomez as he presents 'Cardioblast' and 'Cardioburn.' The two DVDs not only give you an excellent kickboxing workout but can burn as many as 1,000 calories in an hour. (more...)

Austin Playhouse to Stage TIME STANDS STILL
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

A Tony nominee for Best Play, Time Stands Still is a witty, intelligent examination of the power of war against the backdrop of the homefront. Sarah and James, a photographer and a journalist, share a passion for the adrenaline rush that comes from reporting stories in the world's deadliest war zones. When the realities of combat become too much for James, a rift begins to form between them. After Sarah is wounded in a bomb blast in Iraq, she is forced to return home to James and the safety, and comparative boredom, of New York. Her struggle to adapt to life in the States is contrasted with the life of her mentor, Richard, who is happily embarking on a more conventional path with a much younger woman. (more...)

Aurora Theatre Academy Announces Fall 2014 Programs for Adults and Kids Alike
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

With school back in session and families settling into the school year, Aurora Theatre announces an amazing array of classes for students this fall. The acclaimed Aurora Theatre Academy offers sessions for any student. From beginners to advanced and covering students in 1st-12th grade programs as well as, an Adult Acting Class. Aurora Theatre Director of Education, Jaclyn Hofmann, has put together an incredible team of teaching professionals, who you may have spotted on stage around Atlanta or on screen anywhere from Georgia Lottery commercials to HBO. (more...)

Review Roundup - Marvel's Epic Space Adventure GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
by Movies News Desk - Aug 1, 2014

Marvel Studios Guardians of the Galaxy from director James Gunn hits theaters today, August 1st. Let's see what the critics have to say! (more...)

Exclusive: Part Two - In Conversation with MISS SAIGON's Rachelle Ann Go
by Rocky Christopher Fajardo - Aug 1, 2014

In the conclusion of BroadwayWorld.com's one-one-one chat with Rachelle Ann Go, Gigi in MISS SAIGON's 25th anniversary production, Rachelle Ann reflects on how she has blossomed into her defiant bargirl role and what playing the character means to her; paints a vivid image of the fantastic frontiers that MISS SAIGON has opened up for her; and reveals the current status of her love life - and as a bonus, gives "expert"advice to the lovelorn. (more...)

BWW Blog: Jesse Swimm of Goodspeed's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - Final Blog
by Guest Blogger: Jesse Swimm - Aug 1, 2014

The Final Blog…. (more...)

Comcast Increases Internet Speeds in California, Kansas, Missouri and Texas
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2014

Comcast has increased the speeds of three Xfinity Internet tiers: “Performance” now offers speeds up to 50 Mbps, up from 25 Mbps; “Blast” is now 105 Mbps, up from 50 Mbps; and “Extreme 105” has been bumped to 150 Mbps. The changes impact all California customers (except those in Santa Cruz, Los Gatos, Scotts Valley, Isleton, Lodi and Rio Vista), as well as those in the Olathe, KS, Independence, MO, and Houston, TX markets. (more...)

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