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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".



BWW Review: THE GREAT BROADWAY BELT SHOW! at Feinstein's/54 Below is Sugary, Showstopping Goodness
by Troy Frisby - May 9, 2017

If showstoppers are the sugary-sweet dessert of any Broadway show, you might think eating nothing but cake would leave you sick to your stomach. But in the case of THE GREAT BROADWAY BELT SHOW! at Feinstein's/54 Below, you'd be wrong. At the April 25 show, dessert for dinner never looked so good. (more...)

Patti LuPone's 'DECONSTRUCTING PATTI' Changes Date, Will Close Out Broadway Flea Market
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

Deconstructing Patti, An Evening of Broadway Songs and Stories with Patti LuPone and Seth Rudetsky is being rescheduled to Sunday, September 24, 2017, and will become a celebratory concert to conclude the 31st Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction. (more...)

TOP GIRLS, CHICAGO, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Among Keegan Theatre's 2017-18 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

The Keegan Theatre has announced its 2017-2018 season, featuring 2 DC Premieres, 1 World Premiere, and its 15th Ireland Tour of an American classic. (more...)

Leanplum Reveals 120 Power Words That Boost Push Notification Engagement & Conversions
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2017

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Billy Ray Cyrus Releases Spanish Version of 'Achy Breaky Heart'
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2017

In anticipation of the Cinco De Mayo celebrations this Friday and the 25th Anniversary of 'Achy Breaky Heart,' Billy Ray Cyrus has recorded a rockin' new Spanish version of his quintessential hit titled 'No Rompas Mas Mi Corazon' (more...)

BWW Review: Mobile Unit Brings Free TWELFTH NIGHT To The Public Theater
by Michael Dale - May 3, 2017

Sixty years ago, Joseph Papp packed a truck with a small troupe of actors, some modest props and the firm belief that the plays of William Shakespeare belonged to everyone, and traveled throughout New York City giving free performances. (more...)

Verto Analytics Releases 2017 Mobile Gaming Index
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2017

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BWW Interview: SOMETHING ROTTEN!'s Coming to Nebraska with Nebraska Natives!
by Christine Swerczek - May 3, 2017

SOMETHING ROTTEN!'s heading to Omaha and someone local along with it. Actually, there are two "local" actors in this wonderfully silly, delightful Tony-nominated hit. One is Daniel Beeman from Bellevue, Nebraska. Daniel is a 2011 graduate of Bellevue West High School and is traveling in his national touring debut as chorus member and understudy for the character of Shakespeare, played by Broadway favorite Adam Pascal. I called Daniel and questioned him a bit about his new career and the show. (more...)

Kristin Chenoweth, Josh Groban & More React to Ariana Grande Concert Tragedy
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

Ariana Grande's concert at Manchester Arena in England ended in tragedy last night when an explosion killed 22 people and injured over 50 others. Today Kristin Chenoweth, James Corden and more react to the tragic news. (more...)

Vanessa Racci Releases Debut Album 'Italiana Fresca'
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2017

On her debut recording Italiana Fresca, scheduled for release on May 19, 2017, sultry songstress VANESSA RACCI takes a fresh approach to classic pop, reviving Italian-American standards associated with the likes of Dean Martin (more...)

Blast Friday Returns to Downtown Clearwater This Month
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2017

The 7th Annual Season of Blast Friday comes to a close with free, live Home Cookin' music from local favorites The Greg Billings Band and The Black Honkeys on Friday, May 26 from 5:30 to 10 pm on the Tampa Bay Times Stage, which will be located on Osceola in downtown Clearwater facing the Capitol Theatre. Food trucks and vendors will be serving a wide variety of freshly prepared specialty food and beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages that will be available for purchase. Concert goers are welcome to bring their lawn chairs to watch the concert. For more information, please visit: blastfridayclearwater.com. (more...)

Shoe Fits Productions presents the World Premiere of THE LADY IN SHOES FROM HELL
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2017

It's the early 1950s and Thelma, a penniless waitress works tables in a coffee shop on a lonesome highway in west Texas. Disappointed in her tip, she murders a handsome drifter, steals his pick-up truck, and sets off in search of 'the right pair of shoes'. Hot on her trail, the State highway patrol pursues but during a high-speed car chase, the waitress skids off the road and dies in a grizzly fire-ball. Or does she? (more...)

VIDEO: Darren Criss' Computer Games Releases Music Video for 'Every Single Night'
by Stage Tube - May 21, 2017

Indie alt-pop band Computer Games, comprised of frontman Darren Criss and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Chuck Criss, have released their first music video for "Every Single Night," lead track from their debut album Lost Boys Life EP. Directed by Y2K, the video encapsulates the songs eclectic instrumentation, explosive rhythms, and juicy harmonies through vibrant visuals and playful choreography. (more...)

BWW Review: CATHY AND THE TROLLEY DOLLIES a Blast for Both Frequent Flyers and First-Timers at Gate69
by David Fick - May 20, 2017

There is something indescribable about returning to Gate69, the glitzy dinner theatre venue that opened less than a year ago in central Cape Town. It is that ineffable feeling of coming home, of belonging. CATHY AND THE TROLLEY DOLLIES, one of the venue's current offerings, is a blast for everyone - frequent flyers or not. (more...)

Rovio Continues its Growth Path in First Quarter of 2017
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

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10 on Tuesday with Royen Kent
by Misha Davenport - May 2, 2017

10 on Tuesday with Royen Kent (more...)

Patriot saves lives by downing more than 100 ballistic missiles in combat
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

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BWW Review: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG Exudes Energy at Beit Lessin Theatre
by Ronit Suzan - May 16, 2017

The comedy The Play That Goes Wrong that keeps winning over every stage it's performed on, whether it's in London where it won the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy or on Broadway where it was recently nominated for Best Play in this year's Tony Awards, received a Hebrew adaptation by Udi Ben Moshe, Gur Koren and Moran Rozen, thanks to Beit Lessin Theatre's latest production directed by Udi Ben Moshe. (more...)

The 25th Anniversary Performance of TONY N' TINA'S WEDDING
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

This June, one of Chicago's longest-running smash-hit shows, Tony n' Tina's Wedding, will celebrate 25 years as one of the windy city's most beloved theatrical institutions.  To honor the occasion, Chicago's favorite soon-to-be-married couple, Tony Nunzio and Tina Vitale, are welcoming back members of the original 1992 Chicago cast to the performance on Friday, June 16 at 8 p.m. Tony n' Tina's Wedding played an incredible 16 years during its original run in Chicago, and during that time entertained more than one million audience members of all ages. The new, retro/flashback version of the show opened in September of 2016 and is now in an open-ended run. (more...)

NBC Reveals 2017-18 Winning Lineup Featuring New Shows & Bold Scheduling Moves
by TV News Desk - May 15, 2017

On the heels of a victorious 2016-17 season, NBC has announced a new season lineup that builds upon its remarkable stability while adding a rich variety of new series. (more...)

David Walliams' THE FIRST HIPPO ON THE MOON Lands at Edinburgh Festival Fringe
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

3…2…1… Blast Off! Edinburgh Festival Fringe audiences will have the chance to experience an explosively funny space adventure as David Walliams' stage adaptation of The First Hippo on the Moon touches down in Edinburgh this August. (more...)

BWW Interview: 6 Questions & a Plug with BROADWAY SONGBOOK's Erin Schwab
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - May 13, 2017

The Ordway's latest BROADWAY SONGBOOK features HOLLYWOOD TO BROADWAY and this edition of 6 Questions & a Plug features the delightful Erin Schwab, who shares some of her favorites and aspirations as the show begins a five performance run, May 14- 21. (more...)

BWW Review: Monumental Theatre Co.'s FIVE LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE is Anything but Monumental
by Elliot Lanes - May 12, 2017

At one point in Monumental Theatre Co's current production of Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche, one of the actors asks, “What would happen if a bomb were to go off?” If you are brave enough to attend this show, you will get your answer first hand. (more...)

Nominees For 18th Annual Golden Trailer Awards Revealed As The Entertainment Industry Celebrates The Best In Motion Picture Trailers And Television Marketing
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

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BWW Review: Shaina Taub Shows Off Her Perspective and Power in Joe's Pub Residency
by Troy Frisby - May 11, 2017

"This is the first time I've ever seen Shaina Taub in anything other than in a play." This comment, made shortly before Taub (primarily known for her work in the theatre, including TWELFTH NIGHT, AS YOU LIKE IT, and OLD HATS) took the stage to perform original songs, distilled exactly what was so thrilling about the singer/songwriter's show at Joe's Pub on April 28, the latest installment in her year-long residency at the venue. (more...)

Lyric Theatre Introduces 2017 Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma's 2017 summer season will take patrons on a whirlwind adventure, from a famed recording session with rock 'n' roll icons and a spectacular Disney musical to a classic New York City love story and a toe-tapping hip-hop dance spectacle. (more...)

Summer 2017 Kicks Off this Month at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

Pack your picnic, grab your friends, and get ready for stunning shows on star-filled summer nights! (more...)

The Broadwaysted Podcast Gets Silly at Sardi's with DEAR EVAN HANSEN's Mike Faist & Will Roland
by Broadwaysted - May 10, 2017

This week the Broadwaysted crew is thrilled to be chatting with DEAR EVAN HANSEN's Mike Faist and Will Roland! We're cozy in a corner booth in Sardi's and we're drinking...well, everything while we discuss Will and Mike's shared three-year journey with the show and Mike's reaction to finding out he was a Tony nominee! (more...)

Smith & Wesley Premiere 'The Little Things' Video on Heartland
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

Smith & Wesley had a number of milestones over the last year including the release of their first album, two singles hitting the Top 30 and incredible radio research. (more...)

Ryan Seacrest Named New LIVE Co-Host!
by TV News Desk - May 1, 2017

LIVE host Kelly Ripa turned to social media over the weekend to announce the news that her new co-host will be named this morning, May 1st. (more...)

McCracken County Cooperative Extension Hosts First StoryWalk for Kids
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

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The Capitol Theatre presents FIREFALL & Al Stewart on 7/1
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

The Capitol Theatre Presents FIREFALL & Al Stewart on Saturday, July 1 at 7:30 pm. Tickets go on sale Saturday, May 6 at 10 am. (more...)

June Events at UNDER St. Marks and The Kraine Theater Announced
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

June events at UNDER St. Marks and The Kraine Theater have been announced, See the full schedule below: (more...)

Ruth Eckerd Hall On The Road Presents Sammy Hagar and The Circle at Coachman Park on 9/17
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

Ruth Eckerd Hall On The Road Presents Sammy Hagar and The Circle Featuring Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham & Vic Johnson with special guest Collective Soul at Clearwater's Coachman Park on Sunday, September 17 at 7 pm. The event is rain or shine. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 12 at 10 am. For more information and a complete list of tour dates, please visit: RedRocker.com and CollectiveSoul.com. (more...)

Rock n' Roll Fantasy Camp Announces Ultimate Backstage Pass
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp has been a dream come true experience for seasoned musicians and novices alike for over 20 years.  Now, Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp opens the door for non-musicians to attend this incredible event in a whole new way-THE ULTIMATE BACKSTAGE PASS!  More than a meet-n-greet, this new package being offered gives an up close and personal and behind the scenes 4 day immersion into the world of rock and roll.  This specially designed program let's fans come and meet their favorite rock stars, attend the rock star jams, participate in the Q&A's, and attend the two live performances, including the finale at the legendary Whisky A Go Go on Hollywood's Sunset Strip. (more...)

Tradeweb Launches All-to-All Corporate Bond Trading
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 4/30/2017
by BWW - Apr 30, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/30/2017 for Los Angeles (more...)

The Broadwaysted Podcast Welcomes CHURCH & STATE and Broadway Bound Kids
by Broadwaysted - Apr 30, 2017

Did you pray for another Broadwaysted episode this week? Did I just 'state' the obvious? Well, your prayers are answered: we're pouring 'Another Round' with CHURCH & STATE's star Rob Nagle and Playwright Jason Odell Williams! We're drinking cider and chatting about the hilarious new play CHURCH & STATE playing now at New World Stages and their road from the West Coast to Off-Broadway. We reflect on the career of M. Night Shyamalan, talk about why we love real Southern women, and Game Master Kimberly introduces a new game, 'Lights of Broadway Show Cards Debate.' We also discover that Jason has a killer British accent and yes, we even get a little real when discussing the core issues of CHURCH & STATE. We had a blast having 'Another Round' with Jason and Rob, so y'all should grab tickets to see CHURCH & STATE at New World Stages! (more...)

BWW Review: The Fugard's FUNNY GIRL - with Ashleigh Harvey as a Powerhouse Fanny Brice - a Valentine to Gentler and Jollier Times
by David Fick - Apr 29, 2017

The Fugard's first new musical production of 2017 puts FUNNY GIRL on South African stages, and the results are delightful - with a powerhouse performance from Ashleigh Harvey as Fanny Brice, the stage, radio and film personality around whom everyone and everything in the show revolves. (more...)

Pixel Film Studios Announces the release of TransDark for FCPX
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2017

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Luke Bryan to Headline Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, Full Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2017

Fans who gathered for the Pepsi SpringJam not only heard six incredible music acts tonight, they were also the first to hear the lineup for the upcoming 5th Annual Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam. Executive Producer Rendy Lovelady shared the news with the packed house from stage that 15 additional stars will join headliners Jason Aldean, Little Big Town and Luke Bryan Labor Day Weekend, September 1-3, 2017 at Frank Brown Park in beautiful Panama City Beach, Florida. (more...)

Guest Blog: When Theatre Married Bollywood
by Guest Blogger: Sohaila Kapur - Apr 28, 2017

Theatre in India borrows heavily from folk stories and legends, which are given a contemporary twist. The messages contained in these classics are considered timeless and universal, just as Shakespear's works are regarded in the west. But there is another source from which our theatre borrows ...particularly theatre in North India, and that is Bollywood. It is common practice today to include original songs and dances from popular cinema or a slightly changed version to dodge the copyright act. Adding to this melee are the Indianised versions of Shakespear's plays, some of them commissioned by the Globe Theatre, Britain, that narrate the story through a Bollywood style song and dance routine. (more...)

BWW Review: In Exhilarating and Moving BANDSTAND, War Veterans Use Music To Express What They Can't Put Into Words
by Michael Dale - Apr 27, 2017

As they sit in darkness, the first thing the audience hears is the sound of distant explosions. They come with an erratic frequency, edging frighteningly closer with each blast. But gradually, the sound becomes more rhythmic, adapting a fierce pulse until what we're hearing is a drum set beating out a swing tempo. (more...)

Jeff Kinney Unveils Cover for New DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE GETAWAY!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

Author and creator Jeff Kinney today revealed the cover of the eagerly anticipated 12th book in the internationally bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The unveiling of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway took place at New York City's famous Carnegie Hall in front of schoolchildren from throughout the city, broadcast live for fans around the world watching the livestream on the Wimpy Kid YouTube channel. (more...)

Peppa The Pig Comes to NJPAC!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

 Peppa Pig's Big Splash, Peppa's first North American theatre tour resumes on September 14 and will visit NJPAC on Today, April 27, 2017. By popular demand, 40 additional cities have been added to the tour schedule for 2017, including coast-to-coast stops from Anaheim and Oakland to Newark and many more. In addition, the hit live show will make an exciting visit north of the border for the very first time with stops in major Canadian cities, including Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. The new tour dates will give fans throughout North America one last chance to see Peppa Pig live on stage during this final leg of the Peppa Pig's Big Splash tour. (more...)

FRIDAY 5 (+1) on Thursday: [title of show]'s Bowie, Rourke, Fitzgerald, Medoff & Kirby
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 27, 2017

With tech week taking up virtually every moment of their lives this week, the talented foursome - and their equally impressive co-director - found time to answer our Friday 5 (+1) questions to offer some insight into what makes them tick, what the creative process is like for each of them and to explain why you should come see their show. (more...)

Laurence Fishburne Joins Joe Mantegna to Co-Host PBS' NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT
by TV News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

Oscar nominee and Emmy and Tony-Award winner Laurence Fishburne (BLACK-ISH) will join Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna (CRIMINAL MINDS) to host the 28th annual edition of PBS' NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT. (more...)

Photo Flash: James McLure's LONE STAR Heads Off-Broadway in May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

Frank Calo's Spotlight On Festivals (www.spotlighton.org) have gathered some joyous accolades over the years, including a production staged in Paris. Now they have the great news that a production in their current festival, LONE STAR, produced by NINE Theatricals has sealed a deal to take the production OFF-BROADWAY for a special limited run celebrating NINE Theatricals' first decade in operation. (more...)

FAST & FURIOUS Hits the Track With Anki OVERDRIVE: Fast & Furious Edition
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

Anki, the robotics and artificial intelligence (A.I.) company, today announced Anki OVERDRIVE: Fast & Furious Edition launching in September 2017. (more...)

Darren Criss's Band Computer Games to Play First L.A. Show This June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

Indie alt-pop band Computer Games, comprised of frontman Darren Criss and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Chuck Criss, have announced their first ever Los Angeles show taking place on June 4th at the Teregram Ballroom. (more...)

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