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BWW Review: Kevin Smith Kirkwood Embodies Whitney Houston In Dazzling CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE! at Joe's Pub
by Troy Frisby - Sep 8, 2016

Arriving on stage in a tear-away USA tracksuit to wow the crowd with 'The Star-Spangled Banner,' Kevin Smith Kirkwood looked every bit the part of Whitney Houston in the return of CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE! at Joe's Pub on August 31. But as everyone knows, a diva is more than just clothes (although the jumpsuit underneath was admittedly stunning as well). In less adept hands, the show's concept--- that Houston came down on a cloud for a repeat performance--- might have felt awkward or, worse, exploitative. Fortunately, Kirkwood, who is no stranger to glam and larger-than-life performers following his run in KINKY BOOTS, truly embodied the late icon on every level. Opening the show, he addressed the audience with a coy, 'Ladies and gentlemen, it's so good to be back.' (more...)

NBC Sports to Present Indycar Grand Prix & Formula One Italian Grand Prix This Weekend
by TV News Desk - Sep 2, 2016

This weekend's motorsports coverage on NBCSN includes a live presentation of the IndyCar Grand Prix at the Glen, the penultimate race of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series, this Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET, as well as live coverage of the Formula One Italian Grand Prix on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET. (more...)

The Musical Theater Project Returns with CURTAIN UP AT THE COTTON CLUB
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

Back by popular demand after last season's sold out performances at Playhouse Square, The Musical Theater Project and Cleveland Jazz Orchestra will co-produce "Curtain Up at The Cotton Club - An Encore Presentation" for two performances: Saturday, October 15 (3pm) at Lakeland Community College (Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center) and Sunday, October 16 (2pm) at Lorain County Community College Stocker Arts Center, (Hoke Theater). (more...)

The Rat Pack to Kick Off SPA's 2015-16 Season, Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2015

Society for the Performing Arts will celebrate its 2015-2016 opening night with THE RAT PACK IS BACK! Today, Sept. 18, at 8 p.m., in Jones Hall. (more...)

Tony Nominee Jonelle Allen Plays Florence Mills in BLACKBIRD This Halloween at Saddleback College
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2015

Tony Award nominated actress Jonelle Allen will star in BLACKBIRD, The Story of Broadway Legend Florence Mills, this weekend, October 30th and October 31st at 7:30 p.m. at Saddleback College's Studio Theatre. (more...)

Tony Nominee Jonelle Allen to Portray Florence Mills in BLACKBIRD This Halloween at Saddleback College
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2015

Tony Award nominated actress Jonelle Allen will star in BLACKBIRD, The Story of Broadway Legend Florence Mills, October 30th and October 31st at 7:30 p.m. at Saddleback College's Studio Theatre. (more...)

THE RAT PACK Returns to Orpheum Theater Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2015

THE RAT PACK IS BACK!, a tribute to the talented stars of the 1960s known as 'The Rat Pack,' will play Omaha's Orpheum Theater one night only - tonight, November 14, 2015. (more...)

National Tap Dance Day to be Celebrated in Hudson River Park, 5/24
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2015

The American Tap Dance Foundation's TAP ATTACK, an outdoor celebration in honor of National Tap Dance Day, will take place on Sunday, May 24 at Hudson River Park, Pier 45, NYC. Over 100 tappers - young and old, student and professional - will be dancing together in riffs and open jams marking the 26th anniversary of this yearly celebration of tap dance as an American art form and national treasure. (more...)

Kem Joins Charlie Wilson on 'Forever Charlie' Tour
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2015

Three-time GRAMMY®-nominated artist, KEM, heads back out on the road with the legendary Charlie Wilson and Joe Thomas for the second run of the Forever Charlie Tour (more...)

Tony Winner Ben Vereen Coming to Feinstein's at the Nikko in June
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

Tony and Drama Desk Award winner, Ben Vereen, will bring his critically-acclaimed one-man show, Steppin' Out, to Feinstein's at the Nikko for two performances only - Friday, June 17 (8 p.m.) and Saturday, June 18 (7 p.m.).Highlighting Mr. Vereen's unique blend of artistry, Steppin' Out combines a tribute to Broadway, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. in an evening of unforgettable song and stories. Featuring songs from his immense repertoire - such as 'Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries' and 'Mr. Bojangles' - Mr. Vereen will also perform other hit songs including 'Defying Gravity,' 'Stand By Me,' and 'My Way.' Tickets range in price from $65 - $85 and are available now by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.feinsteinsatthenikko.com. (more...)

THE RAT PACK IS BACK! Plays Fabulous Fox Theatre This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2015

THE RAT PACK IS BACK!, a tribute to the talented stars of the 1960s known as 'The Rat Pack,' will play in St. Louis at the Fabulous Fox Theatre this weekend, May 15-17. (more...)

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Marks 50th Anniversary with New PBS Appearances
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band made their first public appearance 50 years ago May 13, 1966 and now they're marking that milestone with more airings of their star-studded televised PBS Pledge Special. Click here to find dates and times for when the PBS Pledge Special airs in your market. (more...)

Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits Provides Robust and Reliable Wi-Fi Across Expanding Franchise With Aerohive Networks
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

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THE RAT PACK IS BACK! to Play Fabulous Fox Theatre, 5/15-17
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2015

THE RAT PACK IS BACK!, a tribute to the talented stars of the 1960s known as "The Rat Pack," will play in St. Louis at the Fabulous Fox Theatre from May 15-17. (more...)

Photo Flash: Natalie Douglas Celebrates New CD HUMAN HEART at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2016

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was delighted to welcome Natalie Douglas back to her musical home for the thirty-ninth time on Monday, March 21 with a concert celebrating her new CD, 'Human Heart.' BroadwayWorld has photos from the concert below! (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for March 21-27, Featuring The Skivvies and More!
by Louisa Brady - Mar 20, 2016

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestras begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Natalie Douglas CD Release 'Human Heart'; Sondheimas; 54 Celebrates David Bowie; The Skivvies; and A Benefit for the Drama Book Shop. (more...)

BWW TV: Watch Broadway-Bound Lea Salonga Sing Her Heart Out at Town Hall!
by Randy Rainbow - Mar 17, 2015

In her brand new show offers new musical theater compositions, new harmonies of songs and music arrangements forged from Lea's expansive 35-year career, motherhood, and stories from her life 'on the road' performing in major cities across continents. Click here to read BroadwayWorld's recent interview with Salonga! Below, check out highlights from her concert, including clips of 'Feeling Good,' 'Mr. Bojangles,' and more! (more...)

BWW Interview: Noah Racey of ROAD SHOW at Signature Theatre
by Jamie McGonnigal - Mar 14, 2016

I first met Noah Racey when I was directing the 2004 Nightlife Awards at Town Hall in New York. He was performing with his co-star from Never Gonna Dance, Nancy Lemenager. If you've never seen him dance, you haven't lived. I got to chat a bit about his stay down here in DC.  (more...)

Audra McDonald, George C. Wolfe and Savion Glover Team for New Musical 'SHUFFLE ALONG'; Coming to Broadway Next Spring!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2015

Next spring, Tony Award winners Audra McDonald, George C. Wolfe, and Savion Glover will team up to collaborate on SHUFFLE ALONG, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, a musical about the events that led to the creation of the groundbreaking Eubie Blake-Noble Sissle musical Shuffle Along. Starring Audra McDonald as the 1920's star Lottie Gee, directed by George C. Wolfe -- with a book written by Wolfe -- and choreographed by Savion Glover, the musical marks the first time that the writer/director and choreographer will have worked together since their 1996 hit Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk. Previews will begin Monday, March 14, 2016. Opening night is Thursday, April 21, 2016 at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street). (more...)

Shriners Hospitals for Children Announces Relationship with International Speedway Corporation
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

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BWW Reviews: A Big Shout Out to GMCLA and VEGAS, BABY!
by Don Grigware - Jun 23, 2015

As part of season 36, GMCLA (Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles) outdid themselves in the presentation of their summer show Vegas, Baby! the weekend of June 20-21 at the Alex Theatre, Glendale. It was a fun, fun production like those of yesteryear, which featured much more than just the group's singing talent. Choreographers Billy Rugh and Michelle Benton had small groups from the chorus dancing their tushes off in several scenarios including a salute to showgirls (Cy Coleman's and Dorothy Fields' 'Pretty Legs'/'Big Spender'), gambling fever ('Luck Be a Lady'), a tribute to Rocky and Vegas boxing ('Rocky Medley'), and just a plain old mischievous look at female as well as scantily clad male dancers shimmying those strip club poles ('She Works Hard for the Money'). (more...)

The Grand 1894 Opera House Sets 2015-16 Performing Arts Season: THE PRODUCERS, RAGTIME & More
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2015

The Grand 1894 Opera House has just announced it new 2015-16 Performing Arts Season - A World of Entertainment and new subscriptions ( a minimum of four performances) may now be purchased on line. Single tickets for each performance - if available - will go on sale Monday, July 13th.  To view the entire new Performing Art Season and to order tickets online, visit www.thegrand.com.  For phone inquiries, please call the Box Office at 409.765.1894 or 800.821.1894. (more...)

Sugar Space Foundation and SLC Tap to Host Intensive Workshop
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

Sugar Space Foundation and SLC Tap have collaborated to produce their fourth tap dance-intensive workshop in Salt Lake City, stimulating the art of tap and pushing the form to greater heights.  Here's an opportunity for tap students and teachers to be exposed to professional guest artists, improve technical skills, and add flair to their artistry, while making connections and building Utah's tap community. (more...)

THE RAT PACK Returning to Orpheum Theater, 11/14
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2015

THE RAT PACK IS BACK!, a tribute to the talented stars of the 1960s known as "The Rat Pack," will play Omaha's Orpheum Theater one night only - Saturday, November 14, 2015. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in South Carolina - Week of 7/05/2015
by BWW - Jul 5, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 7/05/2015 for South Carolina (more...)

Country Music Legend Tanya Tucker to Perform National Anthem at Bojangles' Southern 500
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

Joining in Darlington Raceway's celebration of the early 1970's during its Labor Day weekend events, will be country music legend Tanya Tucker, who will perform the National Anthem for the Bojangles' Southern 500 on Sept. 6. (more...)

PHOTO FLASH: William Daniels Sneak-Peeks Cover For His Upcoming Memoir
by Michael Dale - Jul 20, 2016

Broadway's John Adams and TV's Mr Feeny's new book will be released in 2017. (more...)

Jonathan Poretz to Return to Feinstein's at the Nikko with 'WHEN VEGAS WAS VEGAS'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Following two previous sold-out engagements, Jonathan Poretz returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko with his newest show, Sinatra, Dino, Darin & Davis - When Vegas Was VEGAS! for two performances only - Thursday, November 3 (8 p.m.) and Friday, November 4 (8 p.m.) Backed by the six-piece Fil Lorenz Orchestra, Poretz will recreate the heyday of a young Las Vegas, bringing a 60s vibe to the Feinstein's at the Nikko stage. (more...)

Company of Fools Artist John Glenn Receives Excellence in the Arts Governor's Award
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Company of Fools and Sun Valley Center for the Arts are pleased to announce that Core Company Artist John Glenn is among the 2016 recipients of the Governor's Awards in the Arts. Governor C. L. Butch Otter and First Lady Lori Otter announced this year's honorees in August.  Glenn received the Excellence in the Arts distinction.  This is the third award from Idaho's Governors in Company of Fools' 21 year history - Denise Simone, Core Company Artist, received the 2014 Excellence in the Arts and in 2004 Company of Fools was awarded the same distinction. (more...)

BWW Review: TAP TREASURES SHOWCASE Pays Tribute to the History of Tap
by Melanie Votaw - Jul 15, 2016

According to Artistic Director/Producer Tony Waag, Tap Treasures Showcase "reinvestigates and revisits eight historic locations in Manhattan that contributed to the evolution of tap dance." The hour-long show was performed at The Duke on 42nd Street on Thursday, July 14, 2016. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in South Carolina - Week of 7/12/2015
by BWW - Jul 12, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 7/12/2015 for South Carolina (more...)

Roy Clark, The Bellamy Brothers, Mark Wills & The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Set for REFLECTIONS This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2016

Summer is here, and Reflections - the weekly interview program hosted by Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame member Keith Bilbrey promises to deliver a lineup as hot as the weather outside, with a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, as well as two acts that are celebrating unique milestones in 2016. (more...)

The Musical Theater Project & Cleveland Jazz Orchestra to Present CURTAIN UP AT THE COTTON CLUB, 1/30-31
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2016

The Musical Theater Project and Cleveland Jazz Orchestra will co-produce "Curtain Up at The Cotton Club" for two performances on Saturday, January 30 (8pm) and Sunday, January 31 (2pm) at the Hanna Theatre at Playhouse Square. (more...)

BWW Interview: The Legendary Ben Vereen, Back at 54 Below
by Adrienne Onofri - Jan 27, 2016

Vereen talks about his arts advocacy, the Oscars controversy, 'Hamilton' and more. (more...)

BWW Interview: Maurice Hines Is Tappin' Thru History
by Naomi Serviss - Jan 13, 2016

Hines has created a charismatic confection that incorporates vintage photos, bittersweet memories, enthusiastic tap dancing and a mega-talented all-female band. (more...)

A Tribute to the World's Greatest Entertainer Sinatra & Friends - Zum 100. Geburtstag von Frank Sinatra
by Marcel Konrath - Feb 9, 2016

Als Hommage an diesen einzigartigen Entertainer veranstaltet die Semmel Concerts GmbH eine Tournee, die die Stimme Sinatras und seine frechen Freunde Dean Martin und Sammy Davis Junior, genannt „The Rat Pack' zuruck auf die Theaterbuhnen bringt. Ein Abend voller unvergessener, immer aktueller und immer wieder neu interpretierter Musik: Mit Songs wie „My Way', „Mr. Bojangles', „New York', „That´s Amore' entfuhren Stephen Triffitt (Frank Sinatra), Mark Adams (Dean Martin) und George Daniel Long (Sammy Davis Jr.), begleitet von einer 9-kopfigen Band und drei wundervollen Sangerinnen ins Las Vegas der 60ger Jahre. (more...)

The American Tap Dance Foundation Sets Spring, Summer 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2016

The American Tap Dance Foundation (ATDF), Tony Waag, Artistic/Executive Director, announced today its 2016 spring and summer season of tap dance events and performances, offering audiences an opportunity to experience top tap dance talent in a variety of performance settings and explore tap dance history in Tap's hometown, New York City. (more...)

Photo Flash: Leslie Uggams, Sheldon Epps and More Celebrate Stewart Lane's 'BLACK BROADWAY' at Barnes & Noble
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2015

Yesterday, February 25, author and six-time Tony Award-winning producer Stewart Lane (La Cage aux Folles, A Gentleman's Guide…, War Horse), was joined by Tony Award winning actress Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah Baby!, On Golden Pond, Thoroughly Modern Millie, King Hedly II), and acclaimed director Sheldon Epps (Baby It's You!, Blues in the Night), for a conversation with Tom Santopietro (The Godfather Effect…, Considering Doris Day, Sinatra in Hollywood) at Barnes & Noble, 150 East 86th Street, to discuss the inspiring account of the tumultuous path that black actors have traveled to reach recognition on the Great White Way. Scroll down for photos from the event! (more...)

Playwright Richard Wesley to Sign New Anthology at The Drama Book Shop
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2016

The Drama Book Shop will host playwright Richard Wesley, who will be discussing and signing his new anthology on Thursday, February 18th at 6:00pm.  (more...)

BWW Review: BEN VEREEN Finds Magic to Do at Catalina Jazz Club
by Don Grigware - Dec 21, 2015

On Friday December 18 the legendary Ben Vereen came to Catalina Jazz Club for his latest one-man cabaret An Evening with Ben Vereen. Backed by three fabulous musicians, musical director David Loeb at the piano, Tom Kennedy on bass and Marc DiCianni on drums, Vereen took the stage for 70 minutes and let fly. There was enough energy and passion abounding for three performers, let alone one. Known as a primo dancer, that was at a minimum, as he is approaching 70, but he moved in constant rhythm across the stage and back as he lovingly sang 20 songs, mostly from Broadway. There was very little patter; Vereen poured his soul into the work and kept his packed house begging for more. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 17, 2015
by - Dec 17, 2015

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 17 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

NBC Sports Presents Original Special SOUTHERN SPEED: THE LEGEND OF DARLINGTON Tonight
by TV News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Produced in partnership with NASCAR Productions, SOUTHERN SPEED: THE LEGEND OF DARLINGTON premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN. (more...)

SiriusXM Announces Exclusive Music, Sports, Comedy and Entertainment Programming In Celebration of Labor Day Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2015

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NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND AND FRIENDS Concert Album to Celebrate 50 Years
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2016

Nearly a dozen of those artists join the group on this year's Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Friends - Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 Years concert album, available as a CD or as a CD/DVD combo, due out September 30th on the band's own NGDB Records, LLC, distributed by Warner Music Nashville. (more...)

CHARLIE PARKER'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION and More Set for September at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its September 2016 schedule, featuring CHARLIE PARKER'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!, John Pizzarelli, Ron Carter Big Band, Steve Kuhn Trio, Renee Rosnes, ShowBiz After Hours with Frank DiLella, The Cookers, Coltrane Revisited, Natalie Douglas, Barbara Carroll, Julie Halston, Jim Caruso's Cast Party and more. (more...)

The Rat Pack to Kick Off SPA's 2015-16 Season, 9/18
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2015

Society for the Performing Arts will celebrate its 2015-2016 opening night with THE RAT PACK IS BACK! Friday, Sept. 18, at 8 p.m., in Jones Hall. (more...)

ATDF to Celebrate National Tap Dance Day with TAP ATTACK, 5/22
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

In celebration of this year's National Tap Dance Day (May 25) the American Tap Dance Foundation (ATDF) will present Tap Attack, a free, public, outdoor event held at the grave site of dance legend Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson (1878-1949), for whom the national holiday is named. (more...)

Legendary Actress Shirley Temple's Personal Childhood Collection Of Movie Costumes, Dolls And Memorabilia Embarks On Nationwide Museum Tour, 'Love, Shirley Temple'
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

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Morris Museum to Host Shirley Temple Exhibition in May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

This Memorial Day weekend, join us in Morristown as we celebrate the little girl whose smile, charm, and curly hair carried the nation through the Great Depression. The Morris Museum has announced that from May 21 through May 24, 2015 it will host "Love, Shirley Temple," an exhibition featuring Hollywood costumes and rare memorabilia from the personal collection of the world's most famous child actress. Sponsored by Theriault's, the auction leader for important childhood objects, the Morris Museum is the exclusive metropolitan venue for this traveling exhibition. (more...)

Charlie Wilson's 'Forever Charlie Tour' Announces Special Guests Kem & Joe; More Dates Announced
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2015

Grammy nominated artist Charlie Wilson exclusively announced on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today the second leg of his Forever Charlie Tour. The tour will continue with special guests Kem and Joe beginning on May 28 in Dallas, Texas. (more...)

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