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American Rhythm Center Offers Free Dance Classes This January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

The American Rhythm Center (ARC), Chicago's shared education, rehearsal and special-event facility for dance, kicks off the new year with its New Year's DANCE Free-4-All, a week of FREE classes January 2-8 at in the historic Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 300, Chicago. (more...)

Rice Shepherd School Musicians Selected For 2017 Global Academy Fellowship
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Six Rice University students have been selected to participate in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program. (more...)

Chicago Theatre Workshop to Debut CREATIVES World Premiere Pop Opera
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Creatives - a darkly comic pop opera with an original book by Irvine Welsh and Don De Grazia and a score including songs from some of the most popular rock bands of recent decades - reveals the desperation that fuels the passion to create. The score will include songs by Simple Minds, New Order, Iggy Pop, Oasis, Happy Mondays and others, along with original songs by Laurence Mark Wythe. (more...)

Chicago Director/Playwright Ernie Nolan Picked To Lead Nashville Children's Theatre
by Jeffrey Ellis - Dec 7, 2016

Ernie Nolan, an award-winning director and playwright based in Chicago, has been named as the new artistic director of Nashville Children's Theatre, beginning February 1, 2017. Nolan succeeds Scot Copeland, NCT Producing Artistic Director for 31 years, who died unexpectedly in February of this year. (more...)

Joffrey Academy of Dance Announces 2017 Winners Of Choreographic Competition
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, announces the recipients of the seventh annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition: Shannon Alvis, Sean Carmon, Karen Gabay and Jimmy Orrante. (more...)

Klick Hired to Rebrand Santa in Satirical New Holiday Video
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

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The Journey of HAIRSPRAY- From Screen to Stage and Back Again!
by Jeffrey Kare - Dec 7, 2016

Tonight, America shall be introduced to the fourth incarnation of Hairspray. The first was the 1988 original film, the second was the 2002 Broadway musical, the third was its 2007 film adaptation, and now the 2016 live television production on NBC. Hairspray takes place in Baltimore, Maryland in the year 1962, where we meet a plump teenage girl named Tracy Turnblad, whose lifelong dream is to dance on the local TV dance program known as The Crony Collins Show. When Tracy wins a role on the show and becomes an overnight sensation, she luanches a campaign to intergrate the show. As a Welcome to the 60's, let's go back to beginning to learn the history of the property itself. (more...)

Paramount Theatre to Bring Beauty to Sondheim's Dark Musical SWEENEY TODD
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Some, others, many and bloody well everyone need to strap themselves in for Paramount Theatre's bold new production of Sweeney Todd-The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. (more...)

NBC's THIS IS US Sets New Series High in Total Viewers
by TV News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

NBC wins the night in every key demographic ¬Ė adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 ¬Ė led by the #1 and #2 shows of the night on those nets in adults 18-49, ¬ďThis Is Us¬Ē and ¬ďThe Voice,¬Ē while ¬ďChicago Fire¬Ē ties as the #3 show of the night. (more...)

ESPN2 to Present Women's College Basketball: UConn vs Notre Dame Today
by TV News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

The top two teams in women's basketball will go head to head Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. UConn and Notre Dame, No. 1 and No. 2 respectively, are both undefeated going into this matchup. UConn currently holds an 82-game winning streak. (more...)

Eveo Wins Six Heathcare Industry Awards
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

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British Post-Punk Innovators Modern English Announce March/April US Tour
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Following their successful 'Mesh and Lace' US tour this past May/June, and the recent announcement of the upcoming February 24, 2017 release of 'Take Me To The Trees', (more...)

CBS All Access to Debut THE GOOD FIGHT, Starring Bernadette Peters & Christine Baranski, 2/19
by TV News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

CBS All Access, the CBS Television Network's digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service, today announced its first original drama series, THE GOOD FIGHT, will premiere on Sunday, Feb.19. (more...)

Refuge Theatre Project's HIGH FIDELITY to Return in Wicker Park
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

A venue has been announced for the remount of Refuge Theatre Project's enormously successful 2016 production of High Fidelity: The Musical. (more...)

Noam Pikelny to Play The Triple Door in March; Tickets on Sale This Week
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Seattle Theatre Group (STG) announces the following show going on sale this week: Noam Pikelny, performing Friday, March 3, 2017 at 8:00PM at The Triple Door. (more...)

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago to Launch New Artist Training Programs
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, under the leadership of Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton and Executive Director Jason D. Palmquist, has initiated a new program to address the organization's approach to training for dance artists. A new Professional Training Program (PTP) will be launched throughout 2017 in two phases. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Todd Anderson
by Broadway's Backbone - Dec 7, 2016

In this episode: Todd Anderson began is career with Twyla Tharp, made his Broadway debut with Hugh Jackman, and then went on to cover 36 tracks in 4 different companies as Wicked's universal swing. He grew up in Texas in the 80s when being 'different' wasn't always easy. With the mantra of 'I just never thought I couldn't,' he pounded the pavement, dancing with the skill of finding his quiet place to survive the concrete jungle. (more...)

Chicago tech staffing firm, DecisionFocus, Inc., gets ranked #2,378 on Inc. 5000.
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You'll 'Dye' Laughing! SHEAR MADNESS to Open Beef & Boards' 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre opens its 44th Season on Dec. 29 with the Indiana debut of Shear Madness, the first of four new shows on its stage in 2017. (more...)

Ten Talented Directors Imagining the 56th Season of Utah Shakespeare Festival
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Utah Shakespeare Festival Artistic Directors David Ivers and Brian Vaughn recently announced a slate of ten highly-creative, talented and experienced directors for the Festival's 2017 season. (more...)

Blake Shelton, Pentatonix & More Set for NBC'S NEW YEAR'S EVE WITH CARSON DALY
by TV News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

NBC will celebrate the new year with NBC'S NEW YEAR'S EVE WITH CARSON DALY, set for Saturday, Dec. 31 and live from Times Square in New York (more...)

Jacob's Pillow Announces 2017 Professional Advancement Programs
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

In the summer of 2017, The School at Jacob's Pillow, a world renowned center for professional dance training will present Professional Advancement Programs in Ballet, Contemporary, Musical Theatre Dance, and a Tap Program led by Michelle Dorrance. (more...)

Duetto and TravelClick Launch Automated Demand360-Driven Revenue Strategy with KSL Resorts
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

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Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Presents HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, 12/17
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will be presenting the annual family holiday tradition, Home for the Holidays, on Saturday, December 17 at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 18 at 3:00pm at the Tivoli Theatre. (more...)

Theatre Royal Presents the Scottish Premiere of THE COMMITMENTS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

The Scottish premiere of The Commitments will hit all the right notes as it opens on Monday ahead of its three-week run at Theatre Royal, Glasgow. (more...)

Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants ON NBC's SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
by TV News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

NBC's Sunday Night Football -- primetime television's No. 1 show -- continues this week with a classic NFC East clash, when Dak Prescott and the NFL-best 11-1 Dallas Cowboys travel to MetLife Stadium to face Eli Manning and the 8-4 New York Giants. Coverage begins with Football Night in America this Sunday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. ET on NBC. (more...)

Dumpstaphunk, Henhouse NYE, Bawdy Stories, Dirtwire and More at Martyrs'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

See what's going on this week at Martys'! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Emily Skinner, Nick Bailey, Jeremy Hays and More in INTO THE WOODS at TUTS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Tony Award-nominated actress Emily Skinner heads up an all-star cast for a newly conceptualized production of INTO THE WOODS at Theatre Under The Stars, which opened last night, December 6th, and runs through the 18th. Check out a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Greenhouse Theater Center Presents SQUEEZE MY CANS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Due to popular demand, Greenhouse Theater Center is pleased to announce the return of Cathy Schenkelberg's hit one-woman show SQUEEZE MY CANS, directed by Shirley Anderson, playing February 16 - March 12, 2017 at 2016 at The Greenhouse Theater Center (Upstairs Mainstage), 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Schenkelberg's evocative and humorous account of life as a Scientologist returns for a full run following a limited engagement last summer during the Greenhouse's popular Solo Celebration! Series, now being produced by the Greenhouse Theater Center.  (more...)

Brett Neveu's HER AMERICA to Make World Premiere at Greenhouse Theater Center
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Greenhouse Theater Center will continue its Solo Celebration! Series with the world premiere of Brett Neveu's haunting drama HER AMERICA (formerly titled MISS AMERICA), starring veteran Chicago and Broadway actress Kate Buddeke and directed by Linda Gillum. (more...)

Anthony Caliendo Signs Publishing Deal With CelebrityPress To Co-Author New Book
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Anthony Caliendo has joined best-selling author Brian Tracy along with a select group of experts and professionals, to co-write the forthcoming book titled, Cracking the Code to Success. Nick Nanton, Esq., as well as business partner, JW Dicks, Esq., the leading agents to Celebrity Experts worldwide, recently signed a publishing deal with Caliendo to contribute his expertise to the book, which will be released under their CelebrityPress imprint. (more...)

Vintage Theatre Presents JACOB MARLEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Vintage Theatre presents 'Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol' December 2 through 23 at Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. with additional performances on Monday, December 12, Wednesday, Dec. 21 and Thursday, Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-$30, and available online at www.vintagetheatre.org or by calling 303-856-7830.  (more...)

BWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - Songs That Sum Up the Holiday Season
by Guest Blogger: Alyssa Sileo - Dec 7, 2016

Merry December, Drama Kids! This is the month in which we replace our mugs of throat coat with mugs of hot chocolate and sit in Holiday Cabaret techs for hours. Our celebrations are particularly shiny this time of year-so here comes a Songs That Sum Up With Lots of Tinsel. (more...)

Under Armour To Ring The Opening Bell At The New York Stock Exchange
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

NEW YORK, Dec. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ Today, Under Armour (NYSE: UA, UAA), a global premium performance apparel, footwear, and equipment brand, will ring The Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). (more...)

Chicago Children's Theatre Spreads Hope, Builds Dreams with West Loop School Partnerships
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Chicago Children's Theatre has launched a unique series of community engagement projects with schools and children's service organizations in or near Chicago's West Loop - exciting examples of what's to come in January when Chicago's largest professional theater devoted to children and families opens its first-ever permanent home, Chicago Children's Theatre, The Station, in the neighborhood's former 12th District Police Station, 100 S. Racine Avenue. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from 28th Annual Gypsy of the Year!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

After six dedicated weeks of fundraising, the brightest stars from Broadway and Off-Broadway's biggest hits shared one-of-a-kind performances at the 28th annual Gypsy of the Year and the grand total is in! (more...)

STARSET Announces Headlining Tour Dates; New Album 'Vessels' Out 1/20
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Coinciding with the release of their sophomore album VESSELS, cinematic rock band STARSET will launch a U.S. headlining tour on January 14 in Flint, Michigan, with a hometown record release show in Columbus, Ohio set for January 20. Direct support on the tour is Gemini Syndrome. Tickets go on sale starting Friday, December 9. (more...)

Andrea McArdle, Maureen McGovern, Christine Andreas & Faith Prince to Bring 4 GIRLS 4 to Mayo Center
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Four dynamic, award-winning Broadway musical stars -- Andrea McArdle (Broadway's original 'Annie'), Maureen McGovern (#1 Gold record 'The Morning After'), Christine Andreas (Oklahoma!, On Your Toes) and Faith Prince (Tony winner Guys & Dolls) -- come together in concert for an evening of song, laughter and memories in 4 Girls 4, coming to Mayo Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 8 pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: Go Inside Gypsy of the Year with the Best of Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Broadway's best spread messages of unity, hope and resilience through satire, song and dance December 5 and 6, 2016, at the 28th annual Gypsy of the Year competition, produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. (more...)

eTERA Consulting to Host Webinar on Social Media and eDiscovery
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Presents LOST IN THE STARS, 1/28
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, in partnership with CAP UCLA, presents the first Los Angeles performance since the 1950s of LOST IN THE STARS Kurt Weill's powerful, uncompromising social indictment of apartheid-era South Africa, on Saturday, January 28, 8 pm, and Sunday, January 29, 2017, 7 pm, at UCLA's Royce Hall.  (more...)

Hawai'i Symphony Presents HOLIDAY POPS, 12/11
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Enjoy a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays with the Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra (HSO) at its annual Holiday Pops concert, featuring Maestro Rob Fisher and Grammy-nominated vocalist Natalie Ai Kamauu, at 4 pm on Sunday, December 11. (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre Hires Jillian Abbinanti as First Education Director
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre's Executive Director Jeannie Lukow is proud to announce the hiring of the organization's first education director, Jillian Abbinanti. Abbinanti begins Monday, Dec. 12 in this new position that is charged with creating and building integrated education offerings for children, teens, professionals and hobbyists. In addition to creating and directing the new Education Outreach program and Summer Camp program, she will oversee the established School at Porchlight's professional and hobbyist class offerings, ensuring all education activities align with Porchlight's strategic goals. (more...)

The Granada Theatre Announces LINER NOTES with Rita Wilson and Friends
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Rita Wilson, the talented actress, film producer, and Broadway star, brings her vocal and songwriting talents to the stage at The Granada Theatre with Liner Notes: Songwriters, Stories and Music, on Saturday March 11, 2017. Special guests Billy Steinberg, Richard Marx and MoZellawill join Wilson for an intimate evening with talented songwriters performing and sharing the stories behind their music. (more...)

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble Announces 'The Mind/Body Connection' 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble announces its 2017 Season, 'The Mind/Body Connection.' The season includes three new plays linked under this mind/body connection and told from distinctly female perspectives. These bold works explore how we separate our primal, instinctive physical beings from our intellectual and emotional selves. The season will be performed at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Avenue in Chicago. (more...)

WHETHAN: SAVAGE TOUR Headed to the Fox Theatre This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

This Song Is Sick presents WHETHAN: SAVAGE TOUR at the Fox Theatre on February 23rd, 2017.  (more...)

Cavalia Premieres ODYSSEO in Mississauga!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Following two very successful engagements in Toronto in 2012 and 2015, Odysseo by Cavalia returns to Ontario next summer with its debut run in Mississauga. The $30 million theatrical extravaganza that expands the definition of performance into an epic and soulful experience, will be presented under the White Big Top next to the Hershey Centre in Mississauga starting Wednesday, June 28, 2017, with matinee and evening shows scheduled through Sunday, July 16 2017. Tickets for Odysseo by Cavalia in Mississauga are now on sale at www.cavalia.net or by calling 1-866-999-8111. (more...)


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THRONES! THE MUSICAL PARODY Extends Through 1/1
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Six Actors! 51 Roles! Six Seasons! Royal Mile Entertainment is thrilled to announce that the smash-hit, critically-acclaimed, Los Angeles Premiere of THRONES! THE MUSICAL PARODY, written by Chris Grace, Zach Reino, Al Samuels, Nick Semar and Dan Wessels, choreography by Kimberly McVicar and directed by John Flynn is EXTENDING through SUNDAY, JANUARY 1 at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood.   (more...)

The CITYPAK Project Distributes over 36,000 Custom Backpacks to Homeless
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

The CITYPAK Project, a not-for-profit organization that works to distribute custom-designed backpack to homeless throughout the United States and Canada, distributed over 11,000 PAKs in 2016, including return visits to CITYPAK's home town of Chicago, IL, the San Francisco Bay Area, Maui, HI, Detroit, MI, St. Louis, MO, Toronto, Canada, and many others. Working with local partners in each city, The CITYPAK Project has distributed over 36,000 Paks in 86 cities since the organization's inception in 2012.  (more...)

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