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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".

Photo Blast from the Past: Brent Barrett
by Walter McBride - Jul 9, 2014

Today, we're featuring Brent Barrett, circa 1998. Barrett is mostly known for his work within American theatre. He has performed in musicals and in concerts with theatres, symphony orchestras, opera houses, and concert halls internationally. He starred in the original production of Maltby and Shire's hit Off-Broadway musical Closer Than Ever in 1989 and the 2001 West End revival of Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate. He has also appeared sporadically on television and in films. (more...)

MPAC to Host ROCK OF THE 80s, 8/7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

MPAC goes retro with a blast of 80s rock Thursday, August 7 at 8 pm. Rock of the 80s features The Romantics ('What I Like About You'), The Smithereens ('A Girl Like You'), Marshall Crenshaw ('Someday, Someway') and Tommy Tutone ('867-5309/Jenny'). Tickets are $39-69. (more...)

Rachel Ray & Guy Fieri to Return for Food Network's KIDS COOK-OFF, 8/17
by TV News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

Food Network icons and best-selling cookbook authors Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri return for season two of Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off, premiering Sunday, August 17th at 8pm ET/PT. (more...)

Britney Stoney to Open for Ziggy Marley at Sound Board, 8/7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

MotorCity Casino Hotel will welcome Detroit's own Britney Stoney to Sound Board on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. as she opens for Ziggy Marley. (more...)

Jake Simpson to Bring ISN'T HE LOVELY to Martinis Above Fourth, 8/7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

On Thursday, August 7 at 8:00 PM, Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage in San Diego is presenting R & B Soul Singer, Star Search Winner and "Oprah Discovered" Jake Simpson in "Isn't He Lovely - A Look back at the Wondrous Life of Stevie Wonder." (more...)

Gulfshore Playhouse & Naples Performing Arts Center to Present STAR Academy Classes
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

Gulfshore Playhouse and Naples Performing Arts Center have announced a partnership to present STAR Academy classes. For the fall session, Gulfshore Playhouse teaching artists will teach four classes at Naples Performing Arts Center. (more...)

BPA to Present DOKTOR KABOOM! LIVE WIRE! THE ELECTRICITY TOUR, 8/28
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents Doktor Kaboom! LIVE WIRE! The Electricity Tour for one night only on Thursday, August 28 at 7:00 p.m. Seattle's own, Doktor Kaboom, is creating a brand new show to premier at the Kennedy Center this fall. Join us for this exclusive preview performance! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: 305 FITNESS Launches Kickstarter for NYC Studio
by Stage Tube - Jul 29, 2014

305 FITNESS launches Kickstarter campaign to make sweat sexy. (more...)

FLYING TORTILLAS, JOHNMAN, JACK WISE and More Added to Scotiabank BuskerFest 2014 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 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 Thursday, 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...)

'Intelligence For Your Life' TV to Launch This September
by TV News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

Accomplished media entrepreneurs John Tesh, Connie Sellecca and Gib Gerard announced today they've signed 130 stations to officially launch 'Intelligence for Your Life' TVon September 15, 2014 (more...)

Blast Applications IFBC Merger Update
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

PLAINVIEW, NY -  Blast Applications (PINKSHEETS: BLAP). The merger with IFBC includes, but is not limited to, the 6,000,000 dollars in revenues which Justwine generated last year, as Justwine is only one part of IFBC. (more...)

HERE LIES LOVE Celebrates 100 Performances
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 28, 2014

The talented cast of the Public Theater's highly acclaimed Off-Broadway environmental biomusical HERE LIES LOVE celebrated 100 performances this weekend. (more...)

FM Pilots Tops MusicDish*China Indie Song Chart
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

MusicDish*China announced its Top 5 Indie Song Chart, based on aggregate plays on Chinese streaming portals, including Ximalaya, Diandian, Lizhi.fm and YuYin.fm for the period 07/19 - 07/25/2014. The songs were promoted through MusicDish*China Song Blast, a low-cost song promotional service to help introduce Western independent music to the biggest music market through Chinese streaming and social media platforms (http://www.musicdish.com/china/music/singlepromo.php3). (more...)

Adult Swim Introduces New Live-Action Comedy Series BLACK JESUS at Comic-Con
by TV News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

Saturday was a blast with signings at the Comic-Con Adult Swim booth featuring show creators and voice talent from The Venture Bros., Robot Chicken and Rick and Morty. (more...)

EDINBURGH 2014 - BWW Interviews: Rachel Mariner, Writer Of BILL CLINTON: HERCULES
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 28, 2014

Writer Rachel Mariner speaks to BWW:UK about her upcoming Edinburgh Fringe 2014 play Bill Clinton: Hercules. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: Patti LuPone Pandemonium! EVITA To 54 Below
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 25, 2014

Today we are saluting one of Broadway's best-loved leading ladies in honor of her new cabaret show kicking off this week at 54 Below, the one and only Patti LuPone. (more...)

INCREDIBLE INDIA, CINDERELLA IN SPAIN, THE INTERGALACTIC NEMESIS and More Set for Miller Outdoor Theatre's Sept 2014 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 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...)

WINNERS Web Series Screens at LA Short Film Festival
by Movies News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

An episode of the quirky ensemble comedy Web series “Winners,” outlining the lives of a group of hapless actors and performers in Los Angeles, will be screened at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30 as part of the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival. (more...)

BWW Blog: Jesse Swimm of Goodspeed's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - Kayaks, TV Spots, Swing Ons, and Talk Backs
by Guest Blogger: Jesse Swimm - Jul 25, 2014

Kayaks, TV Spots, Swing Ons, and Talk Backs (more...)

Summer Rep to Present 'CAMP ROCK' and THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE at the Civic Theatre, 7/25-8/3
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and School of Theatre Arts have announced the Summer Repertory Theatre (SRT) presentation of Camp Rock: The Musical and The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. (more...)

Nathan's Famous and KaBOOM! Launch Ready. Set. PLAY. Program
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

LISLE, Ill., July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Nathan's Famous and KaBOOM! brought some summer fun and a little slice of Coney Island to the students of Paramount School of Excellence and its surrounding community this week. The world famous hot dog company and the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the play they need to thrive celebrated the school and their commitment to their students by hosting an afternoon of fun as a part of their Ready. Set. PLAY. Program, which celebrates play and the 'playmakers' who are making play possible in communities around the country. Kroger Supermarkets also stepped in to support the event with a donation of food items to complement the Nathan's hot dogs students and guests enjoyed during the afternoon of fun. (more...)

Stern Pinball Inc. Brings Pinball Back to Comic-Con International
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

MELROSE PARK, Ill., July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Stern Pinball, Inc., the world's oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball games, announced today it will be exhibiting at San Diego Comic-Con International 2014. Show attendees will have the opportunity to play Stern's newly re-released Iron Man Vault Edition machine, as well as the critically acclaimed Metallica pinball game. Fans will have a chance to meet Metallica's lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, enter to win exciting prizes and participate in Stern's fourth-annual pinball tournament at the Stern Pinball booth. (more...)

GRAND GUIGNOL to Play The Drum and Southwark Playhouse, Beg. Oct 9
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

Directed by Theatre Royal Plymouth's Artistic Director, Simon Stokes, the revival of Grand Guignol will return to The Drum from 9 - 18 October before heading to Southwark Playhouse where the acclaimed production will run for five weeks from 23 October - 22 November 2014. (more...)

New Health Tech Insider website addresses wearable technology in health and wellness
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

"Health Tech Insider covers what happens when hyper-mobile and wearable technology hit the world of health and wellness," said Dan Rosenbaum, president and editor-in-chief of Center Ring Media. "Health Tech Insider focuses beyond fitness trackers to what can be done with the data they provide-from processing your personal analytics to sending your doctor the data so he or she can act on it with you. It's about how wearable tech is changing the health and wellness ecosystem and turning people into active participants in improving their own health." (more...)

Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band's New Album 'Unity' to Be Released 8/19
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

From Bhakti Fest to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band have struck peoples' hearts with their soulful, imaginative music that merges mantras, rock, gospel and world grooves into a fresh new idiom. (more...)

Brother Ali to Bring HOME AWAY FROM HOME Tour to Fox Theatre, 9/18
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Z2 Entertainment will present Brother Ali's Home Away From Home Tour with Bambu & DJ Last Word and hosted by MaLLY at the Fox Theatre on Thursday, September 18th, 2014. Tickets are on sale Friday, July 25th at noon for $17.00 in advance or $20.00 day of show. (more...)

Best George Strait Songs And Videos Now Available At CountryRebel.com
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

SAN DIEGO, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ Country Rebel Clothing Co. is a new apparel and entertainment brand that offers something for every country music fan. Whether someone is looking for country style clothing for festivals and concerts, wants to catch up on some of the greatest country tunes around, or wants the chance to win some free goodies, CountryRebel.com is the place to go. Country fans can finally get a blast from the past with some of the the best George Strait songs on their new 'Videos' channel on Country Rebel Clothing Co.'s main website. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The World Premiere of COUPLED at the Jimmy Ferraro Studio Theatre
by Peter Nason - Jul 22, 2014

It's a lively, fun, yet moving musical that fits that needed niche between the young marrieds in "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" and the older "Menopause: The Musical" ladies. (more...)

Amazon Game Studios Introduces New Games Exclusively for Fire Phone Highlighting Amazon's Groundbreaking Dynamic Perspective Technology
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

"Amazon Game Studios is working with some of the best studios to co-develop games that leverage the amazing capabilities of our new devices," said Mike Frazzini, Vice President of Amazon Games. "The new games we are releasing today deeply integrate Dynamic Perspective and offer players new ways to engage with games-using head movements to navigate gameplay and tilt gestures to strategize upcoming moves. Saber's Edge and To-Fu Fury are just the beginning of what Amazon Game Studios and the entire game development community can do using the immersive new Dynamic Perspective technology built into Fire phone." (more...)

Blast Fitness Announces Opening of New Health Club in West Hartford, CT
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2014

BOSTON, July 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Blast Fitness is excited to announce the construction of a brand-new health club at 983 New Britain Avein West Hartford, CT! This new remarkable facility will replace the old Blast Fitness (former Bally Total Fitness) on New Britain Ave (located less than half a mile away). For the convenience of our members, we will provide a seamless transfer to the new facility at no cost. (more...)

Winners Announced for Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 'Guardians of Good' Contest
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2014

Disney announced today the five winners of the MARVEL'S “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY”—GUARDIANS OF GOOD nationwide contest (more...)

Scoop: WIPEOUT on ABC - Sunday, July 20, 2014
by - Jul 18, 2014

Get all the scoop on WIPEOUT, airing on ABC on Sunday, July 20, 2014! (more...)

Former Members of Congress Holds Charity Golf Classic for Wounded Warriors, 7/28
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ Golf helped Bronze Star recipient and Army Staff Sergeant Charles Eggleston (Ret.) literally get back on his feet. Initially reported as killed in action after suffering devastating injuries following multiple IED blasts in Iraq in 2005, he spent more than three years recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. As an avid golfer before the blast, Eggleston resumed playing golf and credits the sport as a key element of his recovery. (more...)

LevelUp Announces 'LevelUp StartUp Program,' With Free Processing and Hardware for New Restaurants
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

BOSTON, MA - LevelUp, the mobile payments company with over 1.5 million users and 14,000 accepting business locations, today announces the launch of 'The LevelUp StartUp Program.' (more...)

Big Fish Launches 'Cascade'' on Mobile Smartphones and Tablets
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

SEATTLE, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Are you ready to try the game that's making everyone finally quit crushing candies? Cascade from Big Fish is available today for free on mobile devices. With 140 handcrafted puzzles to solve, Cascade combines a Match-3 game with a Slot Machine in an entirely new, patent-pending game mechanic. This combination results in a game that is both familiar and entirely unique, requiring both strategy and luck. (more...)

GRCT Present CAMP ROCK: THE MUSICAL & THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE this Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and School of Theatre Arts has announced the Summer Repertory Theatre (SRT) presentation of Camp Rock: The Musical and The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. Summer Repertory Theatre is a program of the School of Theatre Arts. This well rounded program offers students, ages 14-19, a hands-on theatre experience supported under the direction of Civic Theatre professionals and volunteers. Students hone their performances skills: singing, acting, and dancing while they also learn the more technical aspects of theatre including set design, costume design, marketing, backstage work, sound and lights, and tickets selling. (more...)

Manatee Performing Arts Center Adds New Shows Including ALMOST MANILOW, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: GREATEST HITS & more
by Jillian Gaier - Jul 16, 2014

In an effort to bring a wider variety of entertainment to our patrons, several shows have been added to the Manatee Performing Arts schedule! Tickets to these added shows are $24 for adults and $12 for students under 18. Tickets to these and all the shows currently scheduled at the Manatee Performing Arts Center are available by calling the ticket office at 941-748-5875 or online at www.manateeplayers.com. Watch for more exciting shows to be announced soon! The Manatee Performing Arts Center is located at 502 3rd Avenue West in Bradenton, FL. (more...)

La Roux to Play Boulder Theater, 9/27
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

Boulder Theater will present La Roux to the Boulder Theater on Saturday, September 27th, 2014. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, July 18th for $27.50 in advance and $30.00 the day of the show. (more...)

Dirty Bourbon River, Lea DeLaria and More Set for Bucks County Playhouse's JAZZ FEST 2014 in September
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

Bucks County Playhouse under the direction of Alexander Fraser and Robyn Goodman is delighted to announce the launch of the upcoming Bridge Street Concert Series: Jazz Fest 2014. (more...)

Review Roundup: Off-Broadway's ATOMIC
by Review Roundups - Jul 14, 2014

Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

Pittsburgh's 'Most Amazing Race' Launches
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

CARNEGIE, Pa., July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ Color Runs Mud Runs Running for Donuts. The Bacon Run and on and on and on.The latest craze in racing and fitness activities includes some pretty wild themes that large amounts of people find to be a lot of fun.The Salvation Army of Western PA has a race with a fun factor equal to or greater than those types of 'Fun Runs' plus, the added benefit of knowing that your participation is helping thousands of kids in Allegheny County to have safe place to go..to be fed..to be taught. and to be inspired.You don't even have to get dirty and you can win CASH and other great PRIZES. (more...)

BWW Blog: Libby Servais of Transcendence Theatre Company's 'Broadway Under the Stars' - Rehearsals
by Guest Blogger: Libby Servais - Jul 14, 2014

Today, we start rehearsals for our next concert of Transcendence Theatre Company's, Broadway Under the Stars season. I'm so excited to see all of the performers that arrived last night from NYC and LA!!! I have some close friends coming out to perform in this concert and and am of course excited for the new friends I'll be meeting! This concert will be our "Fantastical Family Night." It will also include the kids from our Broadway Kids camp….which I am SO EXCITED ABOUT! Needless to say, a lot has been going on here since our closing night of our first concert, "One Singular Sensation." (more...)

BWW Reviews: Competition Reigns in 'THE TOURNAMENT' and 'R+J: STAR-CROSS'D DEATH MATCH'
by Alan Katz - Jul 14, 2014

The Capital Fringe Festival brings DC some hilarious and exciting new offerings: a spoof of fighting movies and 'Romeo and Juliet' set in a bar. See 'The Tournament' to take in some great stage combat. Check out 'R+J: Star-Cross'd Death Match' to get involved in some excellent debauchery, (more...)

Brooks Wheelan Let Go from SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
by TV News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

After just one season with NBC's SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, newcomer Brooks Wheelan has been laid off from the long-running sketch show. Wheelan announced the news via Twitter today, saying: 'Had a blast and loved every second of it. I'm totally honored to be able to make this next joke... FIRED FROM NEW YORK IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT!' (more...)

Kawartha Lakes Fit Body Boot Camp Raises $2,000 for Boys and Girls Club
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2014

Sean Francis, owner of the Kawartha Lakes Fit Body Boot Camp, is known for throwing out special challenges to his clients. He's also known for his support of local non-profits like the Boys and Girls Club. He recently found a way to combine the two and is excited to announce that his fitness boot camp has raised $2,000 for the Boys and Girls Club. (more...)

Scoop: CHICAGO FIRE on NBC - Sunday, July 27, 2014
by TV Scoop - Jul 11, 2014

Get all the scoop on CHICAGO FIRE, airing on NBC on Sunday, July 27, 2014! (more...)

Tickets for MASTODON'S Fall North American Tour Now Available!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

As previously announced Mastodon will headline their first North American tour in support of their new studio album, ONCE MORE 'ROUND THE SUN kicking off October 15 in Boise, ID. (more...)

Liberty Hall Museum to Welcome Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society for CelebrateHAMILTON 2014, 7/11-14
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University will welcome the Alexander Hamilton Awareness (AHA) Society this weekend as part of the Society's third annual CelebrateHAMILTON festival. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Go Go Go to Music Theatre Wichita's JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
by Alison Bridget Chambers - Jul 10, 2014

Tonight the third musical in the Music Theatre Wichita season, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, was met with excitement and energy at Century II. The only people having more fun than the audience were the people on stage. (more...)

Sonic Jump Fever Ignites the Competition
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

Based on the 2012 critically acclaimed Sonic Jump, this adaptation takes Sonic to new heights by shifting the focus to score-attack gameplay and competition among friends. Developed by SEGA's mobile studio Hardlight, Sonic Jump Fever brings players together in the fastest and most accessible Sonic competition ever. (more...)

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