EDINBURGH 2016: BWW Q&A - Ari Shaffir
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 30, 2016

BWW speaks to comedian Ari Shaffir about his 2016 Edinburgh Fringe show Ari S-P-E-C-T. (more...)

AUDIO: Anna Deavere Smith's NOTES FROM THE FIELD: DOING TIME IN EDUCATION Deals With The School-To-Prison Pipeline
by Michael Dale - Jul 29, 2016

The performer/playwright's new piece is about how educational practices feed the prison system. (more...)

BWW Review: An Evening with the Divine Mr. M(ozart) at Lincoln Center
by Richard Sasanow - Jul 29, 2016

The opening program for this year's Mostly Mozart Festival—the 50th--at David Geffen Hall may not have offered any new insights into the mind of the genius composer or uncovered any long-lost masterpiece not heard in 200 years. On the other hand, it was filled with wonderful music, inspired singing and total bliss for the audience, in a program that flew by, all in the name of Mozart. (more...)

THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- NYMF Edition with Brian Charles Rooney
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

Welcome to THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with your favorite Broadway stars. Want to know what hooked them to a career in the theater? Their dream roles? Their Broadway crushes? Read on! In this week's edition, we Caught up with Brian Charles Rooney, who stars in the new musical LUDO'S BROKEN BRIDE, playing at NYMF August 2-6. (more...)

PUMP UP THE VOLUME and More Slated for 5th Avenue Theatre's 2nd Annual NextFest
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

The 5th Avenue Theatre is proud to present the second annual NextFest: A Festival of New Musicals. The company's rehearsal halls will be brimming with activity this fall as new musicals take shape in readings and intensives, brought to life by local and Broadway talents. (more...)

DIVA Set to Appear at 20th Annual New York International Fringe Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

Meet June, a brilliant, bold, brassy, bad-ass opera singer, given to singing to her dead stuffed cat, reminiscing about her lurid love life, consuming vast amounts of vodka, and chastising her lousy ex-husband. Once famous and celebrated, June is down on her luck. She's lost her man, her looks, her career, her cat, and now she's on the verge of losing her marbles. Agoraphobic and unable to leave her apartment, she turns to her booze, her pills, her dead stuffed cat and her trusty vibrator Mr Buzzy for solace. (more...)

BWW Review: Bard SummerScape Tackles Mascagni's Little-Known IRIS
by Richard Sasanow - Jul 28, 2016

It probably would have been worth the trip to Bard SummerScape's production of Pietro Mascagni's IRIS—last heard at the Met in 1931--simply to make the acquaintance of soprano Talise Trevigne. Through much suffering and indignity, Trevigne sang the title role in a luxurious, plush-voiced, physical performance that made the most of the score by the composer who will always be known for CAVALLERIA RUSTIANA, that signpost of verismo opera. She's a find, and I hope to hear her again. (more...)

Brian Posehn to Release New Album CRIMINALLY POSEHN This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

Brian Posehn, best known for his roles in Mr. Show and The Sarah Silverman Show, is poised to release Criminally Posehn, an all-new comedy album out on Rooftop Comedy, available August 19, exclusively for streaming on Audible Channels. It will be made available for sale on all digital stores, wherever albums are sold September 23, 2016. (more...)

PHOTO: Broadway Theatre Remains Found Under Former Toys 'R' Us Site
by Michael Dale - Jul 28, 2016

Workers uncover what may be the orchestra pit of the Olympia Theatre. (more...)

Scoop: 48 HOURS on CBS - Saturday, July 30, 2016
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Get all the scoop on 48 HOURS, airing on CBS on Saturday, July 30, 2016! (more...)

Only For Now? You Wish! AVENUE Q to Mark 13th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

If ever a show has become part of the 'fabric' of New York and pop culture, it is the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q -- with its colorful cast of humans and puppets. The ground-breaking musical hits a new landmark this summer when it celebrates its 13th anniversary on Sunday, July 31, 2013 at New World Stages (340 W. 50 St.) in New York City. (more...)

Ducdame Ensemble Video Promo and Casting Announcement
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

Ducdame Ensemble has announced complete casting for their upcoming productions of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE and TWELFTH NIGHT, OR WHAT YOU WILL, which will be presented in rotating rep by the International Shakespeare Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ducdame Ensemble, known for productions that draw attention to currently relevant themes in classic texts, will use a tight ensemble of eight of the company's founding members to take on Shakespeare's timeless tales.  (more...)

The Play Company to Stage Christopher Chen's CAUGHT This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

The Play Company (PlayCo), led by Founding Producer Kate Loewald and Executive Producer Lauren Weigel, is pleased present the New York premiere of Christopher Chen's Caught (August 17-September 17), the final production in the company's 15th Anniversary Season. (more...)

Photo Flash: They've Got Rhythm! First Look at CRAZY FOR YOU at Finger Lakes
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival presents the classic Gershwin musical comedy CRAZY FOR YOU. Performances run from tonight, July 27, through August 17 at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse as part of the Festival's 2016 season. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Hakkasan Group to Open Two New Herringbone Restaurants in Hawaii, Mexico
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

Hakkasan Group, the global hospitality company, today announced that it will continue the rapid growth of its restaurant portfolio with the opening of acclaimed ocean-to-table concept, Herringbone, with two new locations in Waikiki, Hawaii and Los Cabos, Mexico, both set to open in 2017. (more...)

LA Podcast Festival 2016 Set for Sofitel Los Angeles This September
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

Los Angeles Podcast Festival 2016 (aka LA Podfest 2016), featuring live recording sessions of dozens of popular podcasts, panel discussions, parties, a podcast lab, and stand-up comedy, will take over Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills from Friday, September 23 to Sunday, September 25, 2016. (more...)

Sage Makes Business 'As Simple as Sending a Text' With First-of-Its-Kind Accounting Bot
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

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BWW Preview: THE LINDEMAN is a New Contemporary American Restaurant in Hell's Kitchen
by Marina Kennedy - Jul 26, 2016

The Lindeman is the newest contemporary restaurant in Hell's Kitchen under the direction of Executive Chef Carl Alioto. (more...)

Daniel Baldwin to Star in Historic Native American Film RED MAN'S VIEW
by Movies News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

Daniel Baldwin has joined the cast of the Native American film, RED MAN'S VIEW. Baldwin is well known for his film and television career, with roles such as Detective Beau Felton in the popular NBC TV series Homicide: Life on the Street (more...)

Laura Osnes, Mark Masri and the Utah Valley Symphony to Perform at SCERA Shell
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

The SCERA Shell Outdoor Theater will offer a triple treat Saturday Aug. 20 when the Utah Valley Symphony accompanies Tony Award-nominated Broadway star Laura Osnes and classical/crossover tenor Mark Masri in a night that promises Broadway, pop, classical, American standards and inspirational music. (more...)

Michael C. Hall & Todd Almond, Brasil Summerfest and More Coming Up at Joe's Pub This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its nightly performances from tomorrow, July 27, through August 7, 2016. Scroll down for details, and visit www.joespub.com for a complete list of shows! (more...)

Penguin Rep Presents DANCING LESSONS by Mark St. Germain
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

Penguin Rep Theatre, the award-winning theatre in Stony Point, New York, under the leadership of Artistic Director Joe Brancato and Executive Director Andrew M. Horn, presents the New York premiere of Dancing Lessons by Mark St. Germain from August 12 through September 4, 2016. (more...)

The Hills are Alive in Fort Worth with SOUND OF MUSIC Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

Presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth, a lavish new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O'Brien, will make its Fort Worth debut at Bass Performance Hall on August 17-21 as part of a North American tour. Tickets start at $44 and are on sale now! (more...)

Zita Harrison Pens INK - BENEATH THE STAIN
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

Zita Harrison's fictional novel, 'Ink - Beneath the Stain' is about the damaging effects of prejudice and discrimination, and the need, now more than ever, for acceptance and love. In the year 2016, the world remains firmly trapped in the clutches of bias, unable to accept differences, to live and let live. While the progress in technology, science, and society is mind boggling, the human brain has been unable to overcome the primitive instinct for survival at the cost of others. Today this instinct dictates that, in order to attain success in life, forms of our species that vary in appearance, ability, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender, political beliefs, and social status be put down, and kept down. From bullying and ostracism in schools to discrimination in society to hostility between countries, it's all about the need to establish oneself as stronger and more powerful. The effects of these are long lasting, if not permanent. The resulting population of twisted, angry people who are so Caught up with indignities, real or imagined, that they cannot get past them to try to find any good in life, is global. They want to blame, to hurt, and to kill. Just look at the increasing number and frequency of headlines. Terrorism towards those of different beliefs: 'Truck rams Bastille Day crowd in Nice, France, killing at least 84' (Washington Post, Jul 15, 2016). Physical and psychological abuse of women in third world countries: 'Women murdered for 'honour', torched, maimed' (The Express Tribune, Jul 12, 2016). Mass shootings of both adults and children: 'Baton Rouge Shooting Jolts a Nation on Edge' (nytimes.com, July 17, 2016); 'Sandy Hook Elementary shooting leaves 28 dead, law enforcement sources say' (washingtonpost.com, Dec 14, 2012). These headlines are frightening enough individually, let alone together. Is there any doubt that we are, now more than ever, in the grip of a madness caused by prejudice, discrimination, and the need to survive? 'Real progress, to really make a world better than the one in neanderthal days, has to be in the form of acceptance and love. Believing in it, being mindful of it, and practicing it.' - Zita Harrison About the Author: 'Ink - Beneath the Stain' is Zita Harrison's first novel, and a product of who she is. She has lived in many different countries, loves to travel and experience different cultures, and feels very fortunate to be living in California, home to so many different ethnicities. Zita holds an M.A. in English Literature. For more information about 'Ink - Beneath the Stain,' please visit www.zitaharrison.com or contact Zita Harrison at 510-794-8691. (more...)

ANDREA CHENIER to Open San Francisco Opera Season, 9/9
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (July 22, 2016)—San Francisco Opera's 2016–17 Season opens Friday, September 9 with a gala performance of Umberto Giordano's Andrea Chénier in a new production by Sir David McVicar. Company Music Director Nicola Luisotti leads a stellar cast, including three international stars making their San Francisco Opera debuts in the demanding lead roles: South Korean tenor Yonghoon Lee in the title role, Italian soprano Anna Pirozzi as Maddalena di Coigny and Georgian baritone George Gagnidze as Carlo Gérard. The opening night festivities are distinguished by San Francisco Opera Guild's glamorous Opera Ball 2016: La Révolution et L'Amour and BRAVO! Club's Annual Opening Night Gala. The opening of the Company's 94th season also marks the beginning of Matthew Shilvock's inaugural season as General Director. Shilvock is the seventh General Director in the Company's history. (more...)

Opera Philadelphia Announces Upcoming Season Schedule; Tickets on Sale, 8/1
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

Tickets go on sale on Monday, August 1, for Opera Philadelphia's 2016-2017 Season, including two September productions: the World Premiere of Breaking the Waves, composer Missy Mazzoli's opera inspired by Lars von Trier's searing Oscar-nominated 1996 film; and Puccini's grand Turandot starring soprano Christine Goerke in the title role. Tickets are also available for a series of special fall events surrounding these productions, including lectures, recitals, film screenings, brunches, backstage tours, and social events. Opera fans can also choose their seats for two spring productions at the Academy of Music: Rossini's Tancredi (February 2017), featuring star mezzo Stephanie Blythe's highly anticipated first appearance in the title role; and a new production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro (April–May 2017). (more...)

BWW Interview: Jackie Burns of IF/THEN at Bushnell Theatre
by Joseph Harrison - Jul 25, 2016

Do you ever wonder what your life would have been like if you had made different choices? Would you have a different job? A different love? Would your life have been better, or maybe worse? In the first show of Hartford's 2016-2017 Bushnell Broadway Series, IF/THEN, one woman finds herself at the intersection of choice and chance, and takes audiences on a journey guided by the whims of fate. Playing, Elizabeth, the woman whose life splits into parallel paths due to one fateful choice, is Jackie Burns, a Connecticut native who is returning to her home state to bring this contemporary musical to the Bushnell stage. I Caught up with Jackie to talk about the show and hear how it feels to return home with IF/THEN. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Meet the Company of NYMF's MIDNIGHT AT THE NEVER GET
by Richard Ridge - Jul 25, 2016

One of the most eagerly awaited new shows of this year's New York Musical Festival (NYMF) is the special event 'Midnight at the Never Get' which will be presented at 42WEST (514 West 42nd Street) for three (3) performances: Thursday, July 28 @ 9pm; Sunday, July 31 @ 9pm; Monday, August 1 @ 8pm. Produced by Michael Chase Gosselin, the musical is conceived by and starring Sam Bolen and Mark Sonnenblick, with musical direction and arrangements by Adam Podd, choreography by Andrew Palermo and directed by Max Friedman. Audiences will be transformed back to 1965 when they enter the venue to the back room of The Never Get.  Featuring a sultry score fashioned after the American Songbook, 'Midnight at The Never Get' imagines two men who never existed at a time that very much did. (more...)

Scoop: MODERN FAMILY on ABC - Wednesday, August 10, 2016
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Get all the scoop on MODERN FAMILY, airing on ABC on Wednesday, August 10, 2016! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Doug Varone and Dancers Further the Art
by Steve Feeney - Jul 25, 2016

Doug Varone and Company impress at Bates Dance Fest with new and classic work. (more...)

SANDMAN: Gritty New York Theatre at the ATA
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2016

The American Theatre of Actors concentrates on dark New York back stories at the start of its 41st Season and Ken Coughlin is at the forefront. (more...)

This Weeks New Movies - 7/25/2016 - 7/29/2016
by BWW - Jul 24, 2016

Information, posters, descriptions of all the upcoming movies being released from 7/25/2016 - 7/29/2016! (more...)

Anna Deavere Smith: Doing Time in Education, Now in Rehearsal at the A.R.T.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2016

Urgent and inspiring, Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education outlines the civil rights crisis currently erupting at the intersection between America's education system and its mass incarceration epidemic. In act one, Anna Deavere Smith introduces the students, parents, teachers, and administrators Caught in America's school-to-prison 'pipeline' through her trademark portrait performances. (more...)

POWER! STOKELY CARMICHAEL at New York Fringe this August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2016

Meshaun Labrone is a DC police officer who wrote this play as a direct response to the illegal and senseless killings of his brothers and sisters, the 2012 murder of Trayvon Martin as well as his time working as a corrections officer at a Florida maximum security prison. (more...)

San Francisco Opera to Open 94th Season With ANDREA CHENIER
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

San Francisco Opera's 2016-17 Season opens Friday, September 9 with a gala performance of Umberto Giordano's Andrea Chénier in a new production by Sir David McVicar. (more...)

BWW Blog: Tara Folio - Multiple Character Disorder
by Guest Blogger: Tara Folio - Jul 22, 2016

Currently seeking a therapist that specializes in multiple personality disorder, or maybe multiple character disorder. (more...)

THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- NYMF Edition with Josh Davis
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

In this week's edition, we Caught up with Josh Davis, who stars in the new musical THE GOLD, playing at NYMF August 1-6. (more...)

Multi Olivier Award-Winning Hit Musical SUNNY AFTERNOON Confirms Cast
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

It may be a dull morning here in Glasgow but we're holding out for a spell of brighter weather as the West End multi Olivier award-winning hit musical Sunny Afternoon confirms its cast. Produced by Sonia Friedman Productions and Ambassador Theatre Group, the show, which received four awards at the 2015 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical and Outstanding Achievement in Music for Ray Davies, will open at the Manchester Opera House on Friday 19 August 2016 before rocking the King's Theatre Glasgow from Tuesday 11 until Saturday 15 October 2016.                                                                                       (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at New Musical GROUNDHOG DAY
by Marianka Swain - Jul 22, 2016

Artistic Director of The Old Vic Matthew Warchus, composer and lyricist Tim Minchin, choreographer Peter Darling, and designer Rob Howell, four of the creators of the international musical sensation Matilda The Musical, have joined forces with writer Danny Rubin to collaborate on a new musical based on his 1993 hit film GROUNDHOG DAY. It's now in previews, with a press night on Tuesday 16 August. (more...)

SweetFrog Launches Pokémon GO In-Store Takeover and Social Media Contest
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

sweetFrog Enterprises, a leading national frozen yogurt franchise, has announced that it will host a Pokémon GO takeover from coast to coast this weekend (July 22-24) in all participating locations. From the time shops open on Friday, July 22nd to the time they close on Sunday, July 24th, Pokémon GO players nationwide are invited to come 'catch 'em all' at their local sweetFrog shop as they enjoy a discount on their favorite frozen yogurt treat that will be discounted according to the level they've reached in the game. These discounts are as follows: (more...)

GI Film Festival San Diego Announces 2016 Line-up
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

GI Film Festival San Diego announces their schedule for their 2016 line-up. Events include screenings, panels, Family Movie Night, a Local Film Showcase, and an awards ceremony. The festival features a variety of films for, about, and by service men and women, bringing the stories of America's military to life through film. (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - Ashley Tisdale Returns for Tonight's Episode of YOUNG & HUNGRY
by TV News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

Ashley Tisdale (HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL) returns to Freeform's YOUNG AND HUNGRY, reprising her role as bossy Logan Rawlins on tonight's all-new episode titled 'Young and Sofia.' (more...)

The Syndicate to Bring CIVILITY! to Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

This August, ensemble theater company The Syndicate will bring Civility! to the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater in the company's first performance in Chicago. (more...)

BWW Review: The Con is On with DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at Musical Theatre West
by Michael L. Quintos - Jul 20, 2016

The con is on! With plenty of wit, charm, and double entendres galore, Musical Theatre West's new regional production of the 2004 Broadway musical comedy 'DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS' is one enjoyably silly romp. The show which features a book by Jeffrey Lane and music and lyrics by David Yazbeck continues its final weekend at the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts in Long Beach through July 24. Based on the 1998 film comedy starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine, the stage adaptation eventually garnered 11 Tony nominations during its run. For MTW's fun new local revival, the title roles---a couple of con men who've taken to swindling the riches off of easily-seduced women in the French Riviera---are embodied by stage vets Davis Gaines (now a multiple fixture at MTW) and the incredibly funny Benjamin Schrader (The Book of Mormon). (more...)

Thirty-Eight Percent of Organizations Have Adopted Windows 10 One Year After Launch
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

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ESPNU Celebrates Top 25 College Football Games of 2015
by TV News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

Before the 2016 College Football Season begins, ESPNU will air the Top 25 College Football Games of 2015, beginning Monday, July 18, at 7 p.m. ET through Sunday, July 31. (more...)

Cartoon Network to Premiere New Episodes of WE BARE BEARS Beginning 8/1
by TV News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

Grizzly (Eric Edelstein), Panda (Bobby Moynihan) and Ice Bear (Demetri Martin) bearstack their way into a fun-filled week featuring five all-new episodes of WE BARE BEARS premiering daily at 5:00 p.m. (ET/PT) beginning Monday, August 1 through Friday, August 5. (more...)

Sage Bionetworks Advocates for Open Systems in Health Research
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

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Special Deals at Pride Films and Plays' BITE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

Pride Films and Plays will complete its fun summer in Mary's Attic with the world premiere of BITE: A Pucking Queer Cabaret, PFP Artistic Associate Derek Van Barham's immersive, pop-rock ode to A Midsummer Night's Dream. As Puck and the other fairies at Mary's prepare for a celebration, their world is rocked by news of a break-up between their King and Queen. When four mortals wander up the stairs, they get Caught in a web of drinking and deception, as they become pawns in a magical game of love, 400 years in the making. Mary's Attic will be filled with music, dance, and fairies of all kinds, as BITE retells one of the Bard's beloved love stories through a queer lens. (more...)

Photo Flash: Pride Films and Plays' BITE!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

Pride Films and Plays will complete its fun summer in Mary's Attic with the world premiere of BITE: A Pucking Queer Cabaret, PFP Artistic Associate Derek Van Barham's immersive, pop-rock ode to A Midsummer Night's Dream. As Puck and the other fairies at Mary's prepare for a celebration, their world is rocked by news of a break-up between their King and Queen. When four mortals wander up the stairs, they get Caught in a web of drinking and deception, as they become pawns in a magical game of love, 400 years in the making. Mary's Attic will be filled with music, dance, and fairies of all kinds, as BITE retells one of the Bard's beloved love stories through a queer lens. (more...)

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