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Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt bring the bold, adventurous theatrical techniques they pioneered in THE FANTASTICKS a step further with CELEBRATION, an allegorical winter's tale.

On a magical New Year's Eve, a young Orphan stumbles into the home of the richest man in the world, whose bizarre entourage includes a beautiful fallen Angel. With the Orphan's help, the jaded Mr. Rich regains his humanity, only to find himself locked in ritualistic battle with the youth for the Angel's love.

The show's small cast is perfect for an intimate community theatre space. Audiences are encouraged to participate in this very original piece of theatre. 

Playwright Chip Deffaa to Have Four NYC Runs This Year
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2014

Most playwrights would be happy to have one script of theirs produced in New York in a year. "Theater Boys"--which opens tomorrow, September 21st at the 13th Street Repertory Theater--is the third show by ASCAP award-winning writer/director Chip Deffaa to open this year. (more...)

BWW TV: Belle is Back! Inside Rehearsal for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST International Tour
by Randy Rainbow - Sep 20, 2014

In Celebration of Disney's Beauty and the Beast's 20th anniversary on the stage, Disney Theatrical Productions, NETworks and Broadway Entertainment Group will present the first-ever international tour for the title. The English-language tour will open at Istanbul's Zorlu Center in October 2014 and will tour to diverse international markets including Kazakhstan, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia marking the first time Disney's timeless musical will have been seen in these territories. The company just met the press and BroadwayWorld's Raindy Rainbow was there for the big event. Go inside rehearsal below! (more...)

New Business Book by Sheri Chaney Jones is Launched
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Faced with a national debt of $17 trillion, federal, state and local publicly-funded programs will likely continue to face severe cuts over the next four years and only the highest-performing organizations will continue to receive the funding needed. Additionally, new research reveals that only 18% of government agencies and 27% of non-profit organizations use data to make critical decision causing so many to fail. Fortunately help is available through the recently released business book Impact & Excellence http://tinyurl.com/qf4k4j2by funding consultant, Sheri Chaney Jones. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - Melissa Rivers Makes First Public Appearance on E!'s Joan Rivers Tribute
by TV News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

E! has shared a clip of Melissa Rivers in her first public appearance since the tragic death of her beloved mother, Joan Rivers. The clip is part of the network's special programming 'Fashion Police: Celebrating Joan' (more...)

Tickets to MAMMA MIA! at Saenger Theatre On Sale 9/26
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus' MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to New Orleans in January 2015. Presented by the New Orleans Theatre Association and East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans, Mamma Mia! will play at the Saenger Theatre beginning Tuesday, January 13, through Sunday, January 18. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: MISS SAIGON Turns 25
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 19, 2014

Today, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of West End and Broadway mega-musical MISS SAIGON. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 9/19- Stephanie J. Block
by Stage Tube - Sep 19, 2014

Happy Birthday, Stephanie J. Block! On Broadway, Block has starred in The Boy From Oz, Wicked, The Pirate Queen, 9 To 5, Anything Goes, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. In addition, she originated the role of Elphaba in the first national tour of Wicked and in 2010 starred as Grizabella in the Municipal Opera Production production of Cats. Also that year, she starred as Sonia Walsk alongside Jason Alexander in the Reprise Theatre Company's production of They're Playing Our Song. (more...)

The Atlantic City Ballet Presents VISIONS, 9/27-28
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

Three different parts of the world, three different ballets, one exciting evening of dance! The Atlantic City Ballet presents Visions, a diverse choreographic experience for the ballet lover and first timer. Ms. Papa's interpretation of music from different ethnic origins creates an evening where the audience is transported across the globe to experience other cultures through the magic of dance. Included in the program is Eclipse, a contemporary ballet that explores and celebrates the wonders of the summer solstice. From beginning to end Eclipse explores the human condition as people look towards the Celebration of light and the effect it has on their relationships. Tango, a ballet in three movements captures the essence of this sultry, sexy, elegant dance and Drums, a vibrant interpretation of an African festival that is powered by the rhythm of traditional music from this region of the world. (more...)

BWW Interviews: SULLIVANT'S TRAVELS Takes Guests on Artistic Journey
by Amanda Etchison - Sep 19, 2014

After two and a half years of construction, The Ohio State University's Sullivant Hall is ready to open its doors to the public once again this weekend. (more...)

3 Weeks Only - Save on HEDWIG Tickets
by Contests - Broadway - Sep 19, 2014

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THE PHANTOMS.UNMASKED! Set for Union County Performing Arts Center, 10/18
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

The Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ, presents the World Premiere of the National Touring Concert Attraction, THE PHANTOMS.UNMASKED!, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, 8 PM, a Gala Benefit evening celebrating the performing arts center's 86th Anniversary. (more...)

The Canton Symphony Orchestra's MasterWorks Series Opens With AMERICAN MOSAIC, 10/5
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

October 5, 2014 is opening night for the Canton Symphony Orchestra's (CSO) 2014-2015 MasterWorks Series. The concert, titled “American Mosaic”, features music by American composers John Corigliano, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Howard Hanson and Dudley Buck. The night also marks the first time audience members will be able to access Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, where the performance will be held, through the Zimmermann Symphony Center entrance. The pre-concert lecture, free to all ticket concert ticket holders, begins at 6:30pm and the concert begins at 7:30pm. (more...)

Raue Center For The Arts to Host Oktoberfest Celebration, 9/26-27
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

Raue Center For The Arts announces their first annual Oktoberfest Celebration for the final weekend of September! The fest will take place 4p-midnight on both Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27 and will feature live music, free children's activities and other authentic Oktoberfest entertainment and games. Fest will be held on the corner of Main and Crystal Lake Ave at 100 S Main Street. (more...)

NBC Celebrates Return of Annual DAYS OF OUR LIVES Fan Event, 11/8
by TV News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

In Celebration of the show's 49th anniversary, the stars of NBC's longest-running daytime drama “Days of our Lives” will meet fans at the “Day of Days” fan event on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Universal CityWalk in Hollywood. (more...)

Chippendales Celebrates 35th Anniversary Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

1979 was the year that introduced the world to the Sony Walkman, Donna Summer's "Last Dance" won the Oscar for Best Song, "The Dukes of Hazard" and "Dallas" dominated the small screen and Bo Derek made her famous jog on the beach in the film "10". It was also the year that the Chippendales began gyrating their way into the hearts and laps of women everywhere. By putting a new twist on an old profession, the striptease, the Men of Chippendales, one of the most exclusive fraternities in the world, became the first all-male dance troupe for women. (more...)

LAURIE BERKNER'S GARDEN: EAT, PLAY, GROW Set for SiriusXM's Kids Place Live
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

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Theatre Bay Area Announces TBA Awards Finalists
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

Theatre Bay Area (TBA), the nonprofit service organization for theatre and dance in the Bay Area, has announced the finalists (http://www.bit.ly/1wJKIkY) for the inaugural year of the TBA Awards. This new, peer-adjudicated awards program has been created to celebrate artistic achievement in professionally oriented theatre across the entire Bay Area. Awards will be announced in almost two dozen categories in each of three tiers designed to reflect a theatre company's resources and professional affiliations. (more...)

REDCAT to Premiere MADAME FREEDOM in United States, 10/2
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

The Seoul-based video and performance collaborators Hyung Su Kim and Hyo Jin Kim, who awed audiences at the 2013 Edinburgh International Festival, will present the U.S. premiere of their immersive piece Madame Freedom at REDCAT, CalArt's Downtown Center for Contemporary Arts on October 2-5, 2014. (more...)

Scribendi.com President Named in 2014 Profit W100 Rankings
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

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CERTUS Professional Network Celebrates 11th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

Certus Professional Network is hosting its 11th Anniversary Celebration on Tuesday, September 23, at the Denver Athletic Club, and encouraging attendees to bring an unwrapped toy for a boy or girl, or to make a monetary donation benefiting the Dolls for Daughters charitable organization. Sponsored by many Denver businesses, including its headline sponsor, John Dovenbarger of Your Castle Real Estate, this unique networking event celebrates Colorado's thriving business community on the rooftop of The Denver Athletic Club, in a social yet professional format, with some of the most well-connected leaders and agents of change in Denver and the Front Range. (more...)

Tickets to THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at the Dr. Phillips Center On Sale 9/25
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with Florida Theatrical Association and Broadway Across America, announces that tickets for Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will go on sale Friday, September 26 at 10 a.m. for the premiere Orlando engagement at the Dr. Phillips Center. With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of PHANTOM, the most successful musical of all-time, will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America. To purchase tickets, visit www.DrPhillipsCenter.org, call 844-513-2014 or visit the Dr. Phillips Center box office located at 155 East Anderson Street in downtown Orlando. Ticket prices start at $38. (more...)

Calvin Harris to Ring in 2015 at Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub, 12/31
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino today announced resident DJ Calvin Harris as its highly anticipated headlining artist for New Year's Eve Wednesday, Dec. 31. The Vegas hot spot will host the ultimate adults-only nightlife Celebration as revelers and the world-renowned DJ are set to come together to say goodbye to 2014 and toast in a new year. (more...)

SCARY MUSICAL THE MUSICAL Asks Audiences to Tweet to Pick the Killer; Show Opens Tonight at NoHo Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

Lexikat Artists and MB Artists in association with the multi-award-winning NoHo Arts Center Ensemble (NoHo ACE) are thrilled to announce that the world premiere musical, SCARY MUSICAL The Musical, book by Richard Hochberg, music and lyrics by Richard Hochberg and Michael Paternostro, musical direction by Brent Crayon, orchestrations by Kenny Seymour and directed and choreographed by James J. Mellon will let YOU choose the killer! With three different alternate endings, this is the first theatre production that asks you to TURN ON YOUR PHONES during the show to vote! (more...)

Members of Philadelphia Orchestra to Play for Cultural Ambassadors, 9/22
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

(Philadelphia, September 18, 2014)—The Philadelphia Orchestra continues to break new ground as one of the United States' foremost cultural ambassadors with a Monday, September 22, performance at 7:15 PM at the United Nations on the occasion of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly at the invitation of the Global Sustainable Development Foundation, a new foundation focused on supporting the mission of the United Nations. (more...)

Recyclebank Names Katherine Butkevich Chief Financial Officer
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Recyclebank, the company that inspires and rewards smarter, everyday choices for a more sustainable future, today announced that Katherine Butkevich has been appointed Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Butkevich is responsible for leading operational and financial management including strategic planning, forecasting, partner analysis and negotiations. In this role, Butkevich reports directly to Recyclebank Chief Executive Officer Javier Flaim. (more...)

FOR THE PAST 30 YEARS to Play Birmingham Repertory Theatre, 9-11 October
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

Women & Theatre's 30th anniversary Celebrations culminate in an exciting new production, fittingly titled, For the Past 30 Years, at Birmingham Repertory Theatre from October 9 - 11 (press night Thursday 9 October, 8pm). The piece is not a history of the company, but a compelling collection of 6 monologues created from interviews with over 50 women who have also been doing their job for 30 years from 1984 to 2014. (more...)

Third Annual CBGB Music & Film Festival Announces Keynote Speaker Billy Idol
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

Today, the 2014 CBGB Music & Film Festival announces Billy Idol as the keynote speaker during the five-day Celebration taking place Wednesday, October 8 th through Sunday, October 12 th. (more...)

Encompass New Opera Theatre to Present A WAKE OR A WEDDING, Begin. 11/6
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

Approaching its 40th Anniversary, Encompass New Opera Theatre has announced the New York City premiere of the new opera A Wake or a Wedding (Deception! Madness! Butterflies!), written by the gifted American composer Richard Pearson Thomas. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 9/18- A TALE OF TWO CITIES
by Stage Tube - Sep 18, 2014

Today in 2008, A Tale of Two Cities opened at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, where it ran for 60 performances. A Tale of Two Cities is a musical with book, music and lyrics by Jill Santoriello based on the novel of the same name by Charles Dickens.The Broadway production featured James Barbour, Natalie Toro, Aaron Lazar, Gregg Edelman, and Brandi Burkhardt. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Noah Falck On 100,000 POETS & ARTISTS FOR CHANGE
by Mark C. Lloyd - Sep 18, 2014

Noah Falck is the author of Snowmen Losing Weight (BatCat Press, 2012) & several chapbooks including most recently Celebrity Dream Poems (Poor Claudia, 2013). His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, Kenyon Review, Poets.org, and elsewhere. He works as Education Director at Just Buffalo Literary Center, and curates the Silo City Reading Series in an abandoned grain silo along the Buffalo River. (more...)

KRITZERLAND AT 50 Celebration Set for Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal, 10/5
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

Kritzerland at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal presents KRITZERLAND AT FIFTY on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 7 p.m. (more...)

Birmingham Hippodrome to Present RINGSIDE Film Series to Accompany THE RING CYCLE This Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

This coming November, Birmingham Hippodrome will present Wagner's epic The Ring Cycle in its entirety. Conducted by Maestro Valery Gergiev with his world-famous Mariinsky Opera, it is the only UK date in 2014. (more...)

stbdance and More Set for Green Space in Oct 2014
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

Green Space is pleased to offer a diverse roster of new/ emerging artists in October. Fertile Ground will present new work by various artists and Take Root will present an evening of work by Shawn T. Bible/stbdance and Bianca Johnson & Dancers. (more...)

Media Alert: Tips & Tools for Arriving to World Maker Faire New York 2014, Including Public Transportation Options
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

NEW YORK, NY - World Maker Faire New York 2014, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, will be at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) in Queens on Saturday-Sunday, September 20-21. Attendees are encouraged to visit makerfaire.com to access the resources needed help make their plans to get to the Faire, including taking public transportation, and to maximize their time at the event, minimize traffic, and reduce possible delays. (more...)

Seattle Center's Italian Festival Set for 9/27-28
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

Seattle's Celebration of all things Italian returns to Seattle Center, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27 and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28, in Seattle Center Armory, Fisher Pavilion and Seattle Center Pavilion. (more...)

2014 Bessie Award for Lifetime Achievement Goes to Dance Theatre of Harlem Founder Arthur Mitchell
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

The New York Dance and Performance Awards (The Bessies), NYC's premier dance awards honoring outstanding creative work in the field, announces Arthur Mitchell, founder of Dance Theatre of Harlem, as the recipient of the 2014 NY Dance and Performance Award for Lifetime Achievement in Dance and Dr. Chuck Davis of DanceAfrica! for Outstanding Service to the Field of Dance. These awards will be presented at the 30th Annual Bessie Awards ceremony at the legendary Apollo Theater on Monday, October 20. (more...)

Apollo Theater and World Music Institute to Present AFRICA NOW! South Africa Festival, 10/9-12
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

Karen Sander, Artistic & Executive Director, World Music Institute and The Apollo Theater, in partnership with World Music Institute, presents AFRICA NOW!, South Africa, showcasing today's South African music scene, October 9-12, 2014. (more...)

HBO to Debut Documentary JOSHUA BELL: A YOUNGARTS MASTERCLASS, 10/14
by TV News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

The next edition of their three-time Emmy-nominated HBO Family Documentary Special will be Joshua Bell: A YoungArts MasterClass. Filmed in New York City and London, the program features internationally acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell as he mentors, travels, and performs alongside nine talented young string musicians. (more...)

Dominion Entertainment Group to Stage BLACK NATIVITY, 12/4-21
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

Dominion Entertainment Group has announced the holiday musical, Black Nativity, A Holiday Gospel Celebration, directed by Robert John Connor, with music directed by Keith Wilson, and choreography by Dawn Axam. The Christmas story gets a soulful re-telling in this gospel musical that's fun for the whole family. Black Nativity is presented at Fulton County's Southwest Arts Center, December 4 - 21, 2014. (more...)

The Apollo Theatre to Premiere AFRICA NOW! SOUTH AFRICA, 10/9
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

The Apollo Theater, in partnership with World Music Institute, presents Africa Now! South Africa, the third installment of the their annual Africa Now! Festival. In recognition of the country's dynamic and diverse culture and in Celebration of the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's inauguration, this season's festival will spotlight today's contemporary South African music scene and Harlem's enduring cultural and social relationship with the country. Featuring a suite of artistic programming and an array of unique artists, Africa Now! South Africa will provide a holistic experience for audiences with presentations on the Apollo's mainstage and soundstage. (more...)

VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Performs New Single 'It's Your World'; Dreamgirls Duet on AMERICA'S GOT TALENT
by TV News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

Grammy Award winning recording artist and Academy Award winning actress, Jennifer Hudson performed her new hit single, 'It's Your World' on last night's AMERICA'S GOT TALENT live results show. (more...)

VIDEO: Cyndi Lauper Performs 'True Colors' on AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Finale
by TV News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

On last night's finale of NBC's AMERICA's GOT TALENT, multi-talented Grammy, Emmy and Tony-winner Cyndi Lauper joined finalist Emily West in a duet of the rockers hit single 'True Colors.' (more...)

Melissa Rivers to Make First TV Appearance Since Passing of Joan Rivers on Special E! Tribute
by TV News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

Joan's daughter, Melissa will make her first TV appearance since the passing of her mother when she joins Fashion Police's Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne and George Kotsiopoulos for a 90-minute special honoring the legendary comedienne. (more...)

Apollo's Fire Launches Its 24th Season With BACH'S BIRTHDAY PARTY: ORCHESTRAL FIREWORKS, 10/9-12
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

Apollo's Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra kicks off the 2014-15 Season with a festive Celebration of J.S. Bach's "Orchestral Fireworks," launching a season that will celebrate Bach's 330th birthday throughout the year. In these opening concerts, the group will unveil three great Bach pieces never yet played by Apollo's Fire: Concerto in C minor for Two Harpsichords, BWV 1060 (featuring Jeannette Sorrell and Joe Gascho on harpsichord), Violin Concerto in E Major (featuring AF concertmaster Olivier Brault), and Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor for Flute & Strings (featuring Kathie Stewart on flute). Select biographies are found at the end of the press release. (more...)

KC Rep's 50th Anniversary Season Continues with THE WHO & THE WHAT, Opening 10/17
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

Kansas City Repertory Theatre continues its 50th anniversary Celebration with the Kansas City premiere of Ayad Akhtar's The Who & The What, directed by Kansas City Repertory Theatre's Artistic Director Eric Rosen. From the 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Disgraced, Ayad Akhtar's play, The Who & The What takes a passionate and searing look at a family divided by faith, bonded by love and searching for truth in contemporary America. A brilliant young Pakistani writer is focused on finishing a controversial novel that bridges the gulf between her modern life and her traditional heritage. But when her conservative father and sister discover her manuscript, they are all forced to confront the beliefs that define then. This production, at KC Rep's downtown Copaken Stage in the Power & Light District, will run October 17 through November 16. High resolution photos can be found here . (more...)

THRILLER LIVE Now Booking into September 2015
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

As it continues its sensational record-breaking 6th year in the West End, the producers of Thriller Live have announced that the show is further extending its booking period to 6 September 2015. It had been booking to 26 April. (more...)

John Tartaglia, Anita Gillette & More Set for Adolph Green Celebration at 54 Below, 9/25-27
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, hosts a three night Celebration of one of Broadway and Hollywood's most beloved and prolific wordsmiths with 'Celebrating Adolph Green: 100 Years of Wonderful' on September 25, 26 and 27 at 7PM. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Viewing ART At Vagabonds Theatre: Plenty of Whine, Delicious Cheese
by Cybele Pomeroy - Sep 18, 2014

Vagabond Players' production of ART in historic Fells Point is surprisingly funny despite dense dialogue and sparse set- or perhaps because of them. (more...)

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, BOUNCERS, BBC Big Band and More Set for CFT's Winter 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

Following the successful reopening of the newly refurbished Festival Theatre, Chichester announces its first Winter season since 2011 offering a diverse mix of drama, comedy and dance as well as music and arts events. (more...)

Cycle For Survival Kicks Off 2015 Registration With Times Square Takeover, Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Cycle for Survival, the nationwide movement to beat rare cancers, will bring hundreds of supporters to Times Square on September 19 for the second annual Times Square Takeover, an all-day Celebration featuring high-energy stationary cycling rides. (more...)

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