ABT's Misty Copeland to Appear on CUNY TV's BLACK AMERICA This Week
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

The newest edition of the weekly BLACK AMERICA television series with Emmy-winning host Carol Jenkins features an on- location interview with Misty Copeland, American Ballet Theatre's first female African-American Principal Dancer, who movingly shares her ambition and discipline to succeed as a role model for 'little brown girls,' particularly in classical dance roles that were considered off-limits to women African Americans. (more...)

The Mariinsky Orchestra Performs 'Pray for Palmyra. Music Revives Ancient Ruins' Concert
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

On May 5, at 17:00 Moscow time [14:00 GMT], the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, conducted by People's Artist of Russia Valery Gergiev, held the 'Pray for Palmyra. Music Revives Ancient Ruins' concert on the stage of Palmyra's world-famous amphitheater. (more...)

New South African THE FIREBIRD to play Artscape and National Arts Festival Before International Tour
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2016

An innovative new puppet and dance production of THE Firebird, featuring Igor Stravinsky's original score, will head to the Artscape Opera House, the National Arts Festival and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.  (more...)

World Premiere of DIDO THE QUEEN to Open in June at The Flamboyan Theater
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2016

Longtime artistic collaborators, Willa Bassen (Librettist and Dramaturg) and Nick Robertson (Director and Orchestrator) present the world premiere of Dido the Queen - A Folk Opera.  This bluegrass inspired, puppet infused adaptation of Purcell's Dido & Aeneas has been specifically created for high school audiences by Bassen and Robertson from June 17–19 with five performances at the Flamboyan Theater at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center (107 Suffolk St).  Performance schedule varies, please see calendar below.  Ticket prices are $15 and can be purchased in advance by visiting www.BrownPaperTickets.com.  (Service charges will apply.) Dido the Queen - A Folk Opera runs 75 minutes, no intermission. (more...)

Dark Comedy STORYWORKS: TERRA INCOGNITA Premieres at George Street Playhouse
by Marianka Swain - May 25, 2016

An absurd, dark comedy about a New Jersey family who finds themselves suddenly dealing with an environmental cleanup in their backyard - literally - makes its debut at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, N.J., with a pair of 8pm performances June 3 and 4, with post-play discussions to follow each night. (more...)

Zane Lowe Premieres Speedy Ortiz' 'Emma O,' EP Out 6/3
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

Speedy Ortiz premiered “Emma O”, the second track from their recently announced Foiled Again EP, with Zane Lowe's World First Exclusive on Apple Music today. (more...)

BWW Review: AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE's 2016 Spring Gala Offered a Delightful Sampling of the Season's Repertoire
by Sondra Forsyth - May 20, 2016

On the evening of May 16th 2016 at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center, the beloved troupe that was recognized as 'America's National Ballet Company' in 2006 by the United States Congress proved once again that the American Ballet Theatre is indeed a treasure. Dancegoers in dazzling formal attire were treated to a Spring Gala that eschewed traditional staples and showcased instead an appetite-whetting smorgasbord of excerpts from the spring season as well as a world premiere and the one-act Firebird. (more...)

New York Philharmonic to Accompany CITY LIGHTS and FANTASIA Screenings This Spring
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

The New York Philharmonic will present two programs of film music in May 2016: a complete screening of Charlie Chaplin's CITY LIGHTS, May 19, 2016 - with the Orchestra performing Chaplin's score live, conducted by Timothy Brock, who restored the score for live performance - and Disney's FANTASIA, May 20-21, 2016 - in which selections from Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 will be screened as the Orchestra performs the music live, led by Assistant Conductor Joshua Gersen, in honor of Fantasia's 75th anniversary. (more...)

FIREBIRD: REIMAGINED, Featuring Larger-Than-Life Puppets, Comes to the Mann
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

On July 20, in celebration of its 40th season, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts will present the North American premiere of Firebird: REIMAGINED, a multidisciplinary interpretation of Igor Stravinsky's orchestral score for the 1910 ballet The Firebird. (more...)

New Line Developing Misty Copeland Biopic LIFE IN MOTION; REMEMBER THE TITANS Writer on Script
by TV News Desk - May 12, 2016

Titled LIFE IN MOTION: AN UNLIKELY BALLERINA, the project is based on Copeland's biography of the same name. REMEMBER THE TITAN's Gregory Allen Howard will pen the film's script. (more...)

Gender, Environment, Politics & Culture to Take the Stage in 2016 LA MAMA MOVES Dance Festival
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

Nine world premieres and three American premieres highlight the 2016 La MaMa Moves Dance Festival, running April 29 - May 29, 2016.  Contemporary issues of gender, current ideas about the environment, questions about politics and culture are threaded through the works of the 17 artists representing many nations and generations. (more...)

SARAFINA! Set for Mann's 2016 Young People's Concert Series, 6/14
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2016

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts will present the musical Sarafina! to kick off the Mann's 2016 Young People's Concert Series on June 14. This special performance, presented by the Mann, Howard University's Department of Theater Arts and NEWorks Productions, is a musical inspired by the 1976 Soweto Student Uprising, when more than 10,000 South African youth boldly defended their right to an education that affirmed their cultural identity and heritage. Now, 40 years later, the inspiring story of these brave South African students comes to life on the Mann's main stage in this production by Howard University. Sarafina! is Directed by Eric Ruffin with choreography by Jakari Sherman, the book, music and lyrics are by Mbongeni Ngema and arranged by Mbongeni Ngema and Hugh Masekela. (more...)

Princeton Ballet School Announces Merit Scholarship Award Recipient
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2016

Princeton Ballet School, the official school of American Repertory Ballet, presents scholarship awards and honors its graduating seniors at its Annual Spring Productions. This year's Annual Spring Production was Swan Lake, presented at Patriots Theatre at the War Memorial. (more...)

This Year Penguin Young Readers and the Roald Dahl Literary Estate Celebrate 100 Years
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2016

2016 marks 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl, the author of beloved stories such as Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and The BFG. Two of Roald Dahl's most popular novels, James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, were written while Roald Dahl lived in the U.S. and were inspired by American culture-finding success here first before going on to become global bestsellers. (more...)

BWW Interview: Jacqueline Sydney Discusses Her Unique Role in A FUNNY THING..., The Phenomenal Cast and Much More
by Nora Dominick - Jun 30, 2016

Before closing night on Sunday, Jacqueline Sydney sat down with BroadwayWorld to chat about her unique role, the phenomenal cast assembled on stage and everything she will miss about performing A FUNNY THING... night after night.  (more...)

Speedy Ortiz' 'Foiled Again' EP Out Today, National Headlining Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2016

An addendum to 2015's critically acclaimed Foil Deer, Speedy Ortiz is thrilled to release the Foiled Again EP today! (more...)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Announces Full Schedule for Upcoming FUSE@PSO
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2016

PITTSBURGH – FUSE@PSO, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's genre-bending early evening concert series, returns for its second season with three concerts featuring the music of Tchaikovsky, Bartók, Björk and Drake, and a performance by guest artists Time for Three. The 2016-2017 season goes on sale June 1. (more...)

Houston Symphony Continues Free 2016 Summer Symphony Nights Series
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

?The Houston Symphony's 2016 ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights concert series at Miller Outdoor Theatre continues with The Firebird at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 24 and Prokofiev's Fifth at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25. (more...)

The Watermill Theatre Names New Associate Artists: Rosalie Craig, George Stiles, Anthony Drewe & More
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Paul Hart, The Watermill's Artistic and Executive Director, has today announced the appointment of five Associate Artists for the West Berkshire producing theatre; George Stiles, Anthony Drewe, Rosalie Craig, Johnny Flynn and Tom Attenborough. (more...)

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Kicks Off 30th Anniversary Celebration with Tour de Force III Dance Spectacular
by Louisa Brady - Jun 16, 2016

Segerstrom Center for the Arts begins its 30th Anniversary celebration with another one-night-only star-studded evening of dance: Tour de Force III. The performance will be the first event to represent the array and diversity of the Center's artistic programming, in this case, 30 years of presenting the greatest ballet companies and the world's most celebrated dancers. Tour de Force III will be on Saturday, August 27 in Segerstrom Hall. Produced in collaboration with Ardani Artists, the program will include four Center premieres: Clay by Vladimir Varnava, Zeitgeist by Alastair Marriott, Tristesse by Marcelo Gomes and Le Divertissement du Roi by Maxim Petrov. The international cast includes Diana Vishneva, Joaquin de Luz, Marcelo Gomes, Denis Matvienko, Marcelino Sambe?, Friedemann Vogel and Edward Watson, as well as members of the The Royal Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada. (more...)

Felix Barrett, Artistic Director of Punchdrunk, Awarded MBE for Work in Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2016

Felix Barrett has today been awarded an MBE for his work in the theatre industry. Artistic pioneer Barrett founded Punchdrunk with colleague Pete Higgin in 2000. Since then the company has become renowned around the world for its ground-breaking approach to making theatre, winning numerous awards and thousands of loyal fans in the process and becoming a byword for all that is different from traditional theatre. The company's practice has influenced a generation of theatre makers with its style of productions and practice (more...)

Stravinsky Ballets Highlight 2016 Season at Sydney Symphony Orchestra
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2016

In what is set to be a major artistic highlight of the 2016 season, Sydney Symphony Orchestra Chief Conductor and Artistic Director David Robertson will conduct three great ballet scores Stravinsky composed for the world-famous Ballets Russes at the beginning of the 20th century. This will be a rare opportunity to hear three ballets: The Firebird, The Rite of Spring and Petrushka - performed by the SSO at the Sydney Opera House across two weeks this August. (more...)

Directors Announced for WaterTower Theatre's 2016-17 Main Stage Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2016

?WaterTower Theatre Managing Director Gregory Patterson and Associate Artistic Director Kelsey Leigh Ervi today announced the directors for the upcoming 2016-2017 WaterTower Theatre Main Stage Season in The Canterbury Family Main Stage at the Addison Theatre Centre.   Directing the season opener, Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash (October 7- 30, 2016) is B.J. Cleveland with Musical Direction by Sonny Franks.  Next up, the regional premiere of Silent Sky (January 20-February 12, 2017) will be directed by Kelsey Leigh Ervi.  The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord (April 14-May 7, 2017) will be directed by Emily Scott Banks.  Rene Moreno will return to direct Native Gardens (June 2- 25, 2017). Sunday in the Park With George (July 28-August 20, 2017) will be directed by Terry Martin, with Musical Direction by Jeff Lankov. (more...)

Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra Announces 2016-2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

What's in store for the Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra's 2016-2017 Halekulani Masterworks season? Music lovers can anticipate a season filled with color, drama and brilliance featuring superstar performers such as Andre Watts and William Wolfram, and the return of fan favorites Gerard Schwarz, JoAnn Falletta, and Naoto Otomo all showcasing beloved repertoire and masterworks by Bernstein, Gershwin, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and much more. Masterworks subscriptions are on sale now at hawaiisymphonyorchestra.org or by calling 94-MUSIC (946-8742). Single ticket sales begin August 1. (more...)

Lynn University's Conservatory of Music Announces 2016-17 Classical Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

Jon Robertson, dean of Lynn University Conservatory of Music and Philharmonia Guest Conductor, today announced the 2016-2017 concert season. (more...)

Prospect Theatre Company to Premiere ARCHETYPE: July 27-31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

Prospect Theater Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Cara Reichel and Managing Director Melissa Huber, presentsARCHETYPE, a collection of six new mini-musicals, the culminating production of Prospect's 2016 Musical Theater Lab (the company's 10th lab production).  ARCHETYPE will play from July 27 - 31 at The Theater at the 14th Street Y (344 East 14th Street @ 1st Ave., NYC). (more...)

Shreveport Dance Academy Names Faculty for Summer Intensive
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

LISA CHALMERS-NAUMANN and PHILLIP BROOMHEAD will be members of the faculty for the Shreveport Dance Academy's Summer Intensive from August 1-5, 2016 in Shreveport, Louisiana. (more...)

ANGELS ON HORSEBACK: RELOADED Set to Play At Alexander Upstairs
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Cape Town 's favourite rude, raunchy and rocking country cabaret will be reborn when ANGELS ON HORSEBACK: RELOADED opens at the Alexander Bar's Upstairs Theatre later this month. (more...)

STAR TREK with the NSO, Tony Bennett and More Coming Up at Wolf Trap This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

Some highlights of what's coming up this summer at Wolf Trap include: The Firebird (July 23); Star Trek Into Darkness with the NSO - and a pre-show Trek talk with Adam Nimoy (Leonard's son), Dave Zappone (For the Love of Spock), and Terry Farrell (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) along with several NASA staff (July 30); and the National Park Service Centennial celebration weekend, which features performances by Ricky Martin (August 24+25), Aretha Franklin (August 26), and Bonnie Raitt (Augsut 27). Scroll down for details!  (more...)

BWW Review: Misty Copeland is a Principal Ballerina of Great Worth
by Rose Marija - Jul 11, 2016

In her first season as principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland has hit the stage glowing. Dancing both new roles, to her, and those she has performed before, while still a soloist with the company, she brought new life and light to the ballets. At every performance, the excitement throughout the audience was palpable, from the moment they entered the Metropolitan Opera House, N.Y.C., to the explosion of applause, calls of brava, and other vocalizations of appreciation at the end of each performance. (more...)

BWW Review: Newly Conceived THE FIREBIRD Belies the Clarity of it Creator's Vision
by David Fick - Jul 1, 2016

Piecing together a new mythology is an audacious undertaking, and yet it is an act that is at the very heart of theatre-making: the building of a new world, with its own origins and order, that only becomes fully realised when an audience believes in it. THE Firebird attempts just that, telling a post-apartheid South African story against the backdrop of a created mythology. (more...)

PAPER ROUTE Announces Headlining U.S. Tour In Support Of 'Real Emotion'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

As they look ahead to the September 23rd release of their new album Real Emotion, Nashville-based alt-rock trio PAPER ROUTE have announced that their headlining U.S. tour will kick off October 27th in Baton Rouge, LA. (more...)

The Barn Theatre School to Stage RED, WHITE AND TUNA
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

Get ready for a side-splitting, patriotic laugh riot starring two Barn favorites, Joe Aiello and Scott Burkell! The Barn Theatre School presents RED, WHITE AND TUNA, a comedy by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard playing ONE WEEK August 30 - September 4. (more...)

Lynn University's Conservatory of Music Hosts 14 musical Events in September and October
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Jon Robertson, dean of Lynn University's Conservatory of Music and Philharmonia Guest Conductor, today invited the public to attend 14 musical performances during September and October 2016. (more...)

VIDEO: Watch Lukas Graham Perform '7 Years' on ELLEN
by TV News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

Lukas Graham just performed their smash hit single '7 Years' on ELLEN - watch the incredible performance below. (more...)

Stereogum Announces National Tour w/ The Thermals
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

Portland rock band Summer Cannibals will release their 3rd full-length LP, Full Of It, out May 27 on the legendary independent label Kill Rock Stars. (more...)

ABC Announces May Sweeps Programming & Series Finale Dates
by TV News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

The ABC Television Network announces upcoming May sweeps programming, featuring season finale dates for "America's Funniest Home Videos," "black-ish," "Castle," "The Catch," "Dancing with the Stars," "The Family," and more. (more...)

Summer Cannibals Debut Track On NPR All Songs Considered
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

Portland rock band Summer Cannibals will release their 3rd full-length LP, Full Of It, out May 27 on the legendary independent label Kill Rock Stars. Led by guitarist/vocalist Jessica Boudreaux (more...)

Scoop: ONCE UPON A TIME on ABC - Sunday, May 1, 2016
by - Apr 25, 2016

Get all the scoop on ONCE UPON A TIME, airing on ABC on Sunday, May 1, 2016! (more...)

American Ballet Theatre Announces First Round of Casting for 2016 Spring Season at the Met
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Casting for the first two weeks of American Ballet Theatre's 2016 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - 'Firebird' Episode of ONCE UPON A TIME
by - Apr 25, 2016

Next Sunday, the clock is ticking - time is running out. And their one hope of getting home means entering the most dangerous place in hell - a land of no escape! (more...)

New Work by Alexei Ratmansky to Highlight American Ballet Theatre's 2016 Spring Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

The World Premiere of a new work by Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky will highlight American Ballet Theatre's 2016 Spring Gala benefit on Monday, May 16 at 6:30 P.M. at the Metropolitan Opera House. (more...)

Kansas City Ballet to Conclude Season with RITE OF SPRING, 5/6
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2016

KANSAS CITY, MO (April 15, 2016) — The 58th season of Kansas City Ballet closes with a mixed–repertory program of four bold and electrifying works in one performance: Viktor Plotnikov's WORLD PREMIERE, Vesna, featuring the music of Antonín Dvorák, Yuri Possokhov's Diving into the Lilacs including music by Boris Tchaikovsky, Helen Pickett's Petal with music of Thomas Newman and Philip Glass and closing the program with Adam Hougland's Rite of Spring with the brilliant masterpiece score by Igor Stravinsky. The production will be accompanied by Kansas City Symphony conducted by Kansas City Ballet Music Director Ramona Pansegrau and runs May 6 through 15 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Cirque de la Symphonie to Make Chicago Debut with Chicago Philharmonic
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

The Chicago Philharmonic partners with Cirque de la Symphonie on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 7:30 P.M. to present a performance pairing beloved orchestral masterpieces with awe-inspiring cirque choreography. The Memorial Day Weekend performance at Harris Theater marks the globetrotting Cirque de la Symphonie's Chicago debut as well as the Chicago Philharmonic's first self-presented performance within Chicago city limits. (more...)

NY Phil Announces Spring Film Programs
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

The New York Philharmonic will present three film music programs in May 2016: a complete screening of Charlie Chaplin's City Lights, May 19, 2016, with the Orchestra performing Chaplin's score live, conducted by Timothy Brock, who restored the score for live performance; Disney Fantasia Live in Concert, May 20-21, 2016, in honor of Fantasia's 75th anniversary, in which scenes from Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 will be screened as the Orchestra performs the music live, led by Assistant Conductor Joshua Gersen; and the Spring Gala, A John Williams Celebration, May 24, 2016, with the Orchestra performing music from the Oscar-winning film composer's iconic scores, led by David Newman, along with clips from select films. (more...)

SMU Meadows Dance Ensemble to Perform APPALACHIAN SPRING with New Version of Copland's Score
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

On May 11, 2016, dancers from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University will be the first to perform Martha Graham's iconic choreography for APPALACHIAN SPRING with a new version of Aaron Copland's score for full orchestra, completed in collaboration with the Martha Graham Dance Company and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music. (more...)

SMU Meadows Dance Ensemble to Premiere New Interpretation of Stravinsky's THE FIREBIRD
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

On May 11, 2016, the Meadows Dance Ensemble will perform the world premiere of a new interpretation of Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird by noted choreographers Claudia Lavista and Victor Manuel Ruiz, artistic directors of Delfos Danza Contemporanea in Mazatlan, Mexico. The newly choreographed version of Stravinsky's 1910 classic The Firebird replaces the magical and mercurial glowing bird of Russian folklore with a more contemporary version of Stravinsky's masterwork, inspired by the visual aesthetics of Hieronymus Bosch. (more...)

Daniel Reichard Set for Broadway at Birdland Concert Series, 5/8
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce that on Sunday, May 8 at 6 PM, Daniel Reichard will return to the historic room with a spirited variety show entitled "Friends, Acquaintances, and Strangers." This concert, which takes place on Mother's Day, will feature Reichard and an eclectic gathering of some of New York City's most talented performing artists. (more...)

BWW Review: Cleveland Orchestra and Joffrey Ballet Combine for a Thrilling Evening
by Roy Berko - Apr 11, 2016

What happens when you bring together the music of composer Bela Bartok, noted for developing new sounds for a new century, The Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of Franz Welser-Most, and The Joffrey Ballet, under the creative vision of Ashley Wheater, and the sounds of two well-trained opera singers? The result is a creative, spell-binding visual and musical concert of high audience pleasing quality. (more...)

Lukas Graham's Debut Album Out Now to Widespread Acclaim
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2016

Lukas Graham's self-titled debut album, featuring global smash '7 Years,' is out worldwide today via Warner Bros. Records. (more...)

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