BWW Review: Must See STEEL MAGNOLIAS Filled With Pathos and Comedy at Allen
by Roy Berko - May 31, 2016

STEEL MAGNOLIAS is now in an extended run at the Hanna Theatre, as part of the Key Bank Broadway series. It is based on author Robert Harling's sister's 1985 death from diabetic complications following the birth of his name-sake nephew. (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 5/30/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 31, 2016

Summertime is here, what with Memorial Day and all that it encompasses, and we can think of no better seasonal activity than taking in some local theater. No matter where you are in the Volunteer State, Tennessee theater companies are ready and willing to help transport you to a different world, another time and place where your life can be is transformed magically on a stage very near you! (more...)

Tony Award Countdown: 30 Years In 30 Days, Eartha Kitt Sings The Hard Truth in THE WILD PARTY, 2000
by Michael Dale - May 28, 2016

Making her first Broadway appearance in twenty years, the outspoken star and social activist plays a character who sees through the frivolity of youth. (more...)

HAMILTON's Leslie Odom, Jr. & Babyface to Headline Kennedy Center's Spring Gala
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

?The Kennedy Center today announced R&B singer Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds and Broadway star Leslie Odom, Jr. will replace Michael Buble as the headline talent for its upcoming Spring Gala, How Sweet It Is: A Tribute to Marvin Gaye, on Sunday, June 5, 2016 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Due to required vocal cord surgery, Buble has withdrawn from this performance. (more...)

Brett Donahue to Portray JFK in THE KENNEDYS-AFTER CAMELOT on Reelz
by TV News Desk - May 26, 2016

REELZ today announced that after an international talent search Brett Donahue has been cast to play John F. Kennedy Jr. in Muse Entertainment's original four-hour miniseries THE KENNEDYS-AFTER CAMELOT. (more...)

Nathan's Famous Offers 5¢ Hot Dogs to Celebrate 100th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

Nathan's Famous, the original American hot dog that began on Coney Island in Brooklyn, and now sells hot dogs and other products throughout the nation and around the world, is celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2016. As part of a series of special events and promotions in Coney Island and across the country, Nathan's will offer hot dogs for just 5 cents, the original 1916 Coney Island price, at the original Nathan's Famous store at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues on Saturday, May 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (limit two hot dogs per person). (more...)

NS2 Serves graduates latest class of veterans trained on SAP software
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

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AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY Set for Rockwell Table and Stage, 6/13
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

An Evening of Classic Broadway, the popular ongoing line-up show now in its second year, will be back at Rockwell Table and Stage on Monday evening, June 13th. (more...)

DEAR EVAN HANSEN and SALOME Win Big at the 2016 Helen Hayes Awards, Complete List of Winners!
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

Tonight, before a gathering of theatre artists and patrons, theatreWashington announced the winners of the 2016 Helen Hayes Awards, drawn from 202 eligible productions presented in the 2015 calendar year. Scroll down for the full list of nominees and winners! (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 5/23/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 23, 2016

'Spring is here! Why doesn't my heart go dancing?' - or at least to the theater to be transported to a different world, another time and place where life is transformed and magic happens before your very eyes... (more...)

FDA modernizes Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2016

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took a major step in making sure consumers have updated nutritional information for most packaged foods sold in the United States, that will help people make informed decisions about the foods they eat and feed their families. (more...)

Jan McArt's New Play Readings' FINDING MONA LISA to Open Next Season at Actors' Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2016

'That's terrific!,' says producer/actress Jan McArt, from her office at Boca Raton's Lynn University, where she's in charge of theatre development.  'I love that play!' She's responding to the news that Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables has just announced it will present Michael McKeever's 'FINDING MONA LISA' as the fifth production of its 2016-17 Mainstage Season. (more...)

Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre Adds Michael McKeever's FINDING MONA LISA to 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre is proud to announce Carbonell Award-winning playwright Michael McKeever's Finding Mona Lisa as the fifth production of the 2016 - 2017 Mainstage Season. Finding Mona Lisa is one of the newest plays penned by the South Florida writer, and the final selection of the company's 29th anniversary season. The show will run from July 12 - August 13, 2017. (more...)

Tony Finstrom's WAVE YOUR FLAG! Set for 'Jan McArt New Play Reading Series' at Lynn University Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

'I was beginning to think it would never happen!,' says award-winning South Florida playwright Tony Finstrom.  'We first scheduled 'WAVE YOUR FLAG!' to debut at 'Jan McArt's New Play Reading Series' on Friday, June 10th. (more...)

Ella Fitzgerald's 'Mack the Knife: Ella In Berlin' & More to Be Reissued on Vinyl LPs
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

Verve/UMe is proud to announce, as part of Verve's 60 th anniversary celebration, new vinyl reissues on June 24 for two long unavailable live performance classics by a pair of jazz legends the peerless Ella Fitzgerald's Mack The Knife: Ella In Berlin and funk-master Jimmy Smith's Root Down: Jimmy Smith Live!. (more...)

SISTERHOOD OF HIP HOP Season 3 Premieres in July on Oxygen
by TV News Desk - Jun 7, 2016

 Oxygen Media's hit series “Sisterhood of Hip Hop” is back with a brand new beat for season three premiering Tuesday, July 12 at 9pm ET/PT. Executive produced by Grammy-Award winning artist T.I., the powerful docu-series returns with veterans Siya, Brianna Perry and Diamond, who welcome new femcees on the block, Audra the Rapper and Lee Mazin. In order to deal with the ups and downs that come with the rap game, the ladies receive guidance from hip hop legends MC Lyte, Irv Gotti, Tank, Trina, YoYo, Jazze Pha and more, providing support, advice, and when necessary, tough love.  (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 6/6/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 6, 2016

Summertime is here, what with Memorial Day and all that it encompasses, and we can think of no better seasonal activity than taking in some local theater. No matter where you are in the Volunteer State, Tennessee theater companies are ready and willing to help transport you to a different world, another time and place where your life can be is transformed magically on a stage very near you! (more...)

NJPAC and Rutgers Announce Details of Annual All-Female Jazz Residency
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2016

The annual All-Female Jazz Residency of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), a week long, summer intensive for aspiring women jazz professionals, will take place at Rutgers-Newark this July.   (more...)

11-Week-Old Eagle 'Freedom' Fledges National Arboretum Nest Live on D.C. Eagle Cam!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2016

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Madison Lyric Stage Presents Evita July 14-23; Venue Moved to Guilford CT
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2016

Madison Lyric Stage, now in its fifth year of bringing professional theatrical experiences to the Shoreline, will present the musical Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice on July 14, 15, 16 and 21, 22, 23 at the First Church of Christ Scientist, Guilford located at 49 Park Street on the historic Guilford Green.  All shows are at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $30 and can be reserved by visiting www.madisonlyricstage.com or calling 203-779-5258. Tickets are also available for purchase at R.J. Julia in Madison and The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center in Guilford. (more...)

Jenny Ashman and Brandon Rubendall to Star in EVITA at Opera North
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

Opera North is pleased to announce the principal cast and creative team for Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's EVITA, one of its three Summerfest 2016 mainstage productions, to be held July 29 - August 13 at the Lebanon Opera House.  (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Eden Does Eva- Watch Trailer of Espinosa in Studio Tenn's EVITA!
by Stage Tube - Jun 28, 2016

Running September 9-18 at TPAC's Andrew Jackson Hall, Broadway's Eden Espinosa will lead Studio Tenn's EVITA. Check out a trailer for the production below! (more...)

Opera Saratoga Sets 2017 Summer Festival Program
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2016

Opera Saratoga's Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson announced today the three exciting new productions that will comprise the company's 2017 Summer Festival, which will build on the company's commitment to producing masterpieces from the operatic cannon, important American works, and works in which dance plays an integral role. (more...)

First Lady Michelle Obama to Join James Corden for 'Carpool Karaoke'!
by TV News Desk - Jun 27, 2016

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'Jan McArt's New Play Reading Series' Announces 2016-17 Season at Lynn University
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2016

These are the plays that comprise the 2016-17 'Jan McArt New Play Readings' series, to be presented at Boca Raton's Lynn University beginning Halloween night, Monday, October 31st. (more...)

First Lady Karen Pence Awards Grant to Fort Wayne Civic Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

First Lady Karen Pence hosted the seventh award reception for grant recipients of the Indiana First Lady's Charitable Foundation at the Governor's Residence on Tuesday, where she awarded $52,500 to 57 organizations and charities that serve Hoosier families and children across the state.  (more...)

Tamworth Distilling & Mercantile Serves Punch to Support Barnstormers Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Can't get HAMILTON tickets? Take a road trip up to the quaint New England town of Tamworth, and catch some American theater history at the Barnstormers Theater - washed down with some Barnstormers Punch, of course. Just five hours from New York City and a bit over two hours from Boston, it's an easy weekend jaunt that feels worlds away from the city (more...)

Avocados From Mexico to Launch First Breakfast Campaign
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Avocados From Mexico (AFM), the No. 1 selling avocado in the U.S., is launching its first breakfast-focused campaign, the Avocado Breakfast Club, which leverages the back-to-school timeframe to provide busy moms with easy, nutritious and balanced breakfast solutions that include avocados. AFM's participation in the eat brighter! TM movement, which focuses on the nutritional value of fresh produce, is the perfect tie-in to help drive awareness and inspire nutritious eating habits. (more...)

Maine State Music Theatre to Stage Andrew Lloyd Webber's EVITA
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Maine State Music Theatre will be presenting one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's most beloved musicals, EVITA, June 29 through July 16. (more...)

Andrew Lloyd Webber Considering New Musical Following First President & Lady of Botswana
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2016

With SCHOOL OF ROCK on Broadway and a West End bow imminent, Andrew Lloyd Webber could soon start developing his next musical. (more...)

Tony Award Winner Laura Benanti Returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko with 'Tales from Soprano Isle' This July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

Fresh off her Tony Award-nominated role in Roundabout Theater Company's critically-acclaimed Broadway revival of She Loves Me, Tony Award winner Laura Benanti returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko with her new show, Tales from Soprano Isle, for three performances only - Friday, July 29 (8 p.m.), Saturday, July 30 (7 p.m.) and Sunday, July 31 (3 p.m.). In this humorous evening, Benanti will perform songs from throughout her celebrated career, as well as share stories and personal anecdotes from her life on and off the stage! Tickets for Laura Benanti range in price from $75 - $95 and are available now by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.feinsteinsatthenikko.com. (more...)

Virginia Lee McKemie-Belt Releases A FIRST LADY OF FINANCE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2016

Financial maven, Dr. Virginia Lee McKemie-Belt releases her book 'A First Lady of Finance' through Next Century Publishing, detailing her life's accomplishments in the world of finance. (more...)

Jazzercise CEO and Founder Judi Sheppard Missett to Attend First State of Women Summit
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2016

On Tuesday, June 14th, Jazzercise, Inc. CEO and Founder, Judi Sheppard Missett will be attending the first ever State of Women Summit in Washington, D.C. hosted by theunitedstateofwomen.org. Judi is one of 5,000 out of over 10,000 nominated leaders in today's community who have been selected to attend the gathering to accompany female icons including Oprah Winfrey, Tina Fey, Christy Turlington and Kerry Washington. The group will convene alongside thousands of influential women in discussing important issues and action plans to continue moving forward with bridging the gap on gender inequality. Judi, who is thrilled to be in attendance with such impactful and strong women from across the globe, was chosen to attend for her role in the community for empowering and inspiring women to become business owners. 'I am delighted to be chosen to attend such a meaningful assembly with powerful women around the world, to continue to work on making an impact on opportunities for women in fitness and beyond,' states Judi. The convention features an A-list collection of organizers and supporters including President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, The White House and The White House Council on Women and Girls, the Department of State, the Department of Labor, and others. The summit aims to mark the progress made by and for women and girls both domestically and internationally, and to discuss solutions for the existing challenges that are still faced today. This important day will consist of panels and breakout sessions on topics of economic empowerment, health and wellness, educational opportunity, violence against women, entrepreneurship and innovation, and leadership and civic engagement. Experts, advocates, thought leaders, activists, community leaders, and grassroots and business leaders who work in both domestic and international arenas will gather to highlight key issues affecting women and girls and best practices to carry on into the future. Scheduled for Tuesday evening, where you can view via LiveStream, FLOTUS will sit down with cultural icon Oprah Winfrey to address questions and have a conversation about the progress achieved for women throughout their lifetimes, and personal challenges they faced and overcame. About Judi Sheppard Missett Judi Sheppard Missett started the fitness revolution that became Jazzercise. Today-more than 45 years later-Jazzercise is one of the world's leading dance fitness companies. A seriously inspiring, award-winning, find-your-passion-and-live-it CEO, Judi runs Jazzercise, teaches classes, continually evolves the Jazzercise method, travels extensively as a guest presenter, writes as a featured blogger for Huffington Post, manages a 260-person corporate team and oversees more than 8,300+ franchisees teaching 32,000+ classes weekly worldwide. Together with her Jazzercise instructors, she has helped raise over $28 million for a wide range of charitable organizations. Judi's honors include Lifetime Achievement Awards from the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, induction into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame, the President's Award from the Women Presidents' Organization and the Committee of 200's Entrepreneurial Champion Luminary Award. (more...)

NBC's Stanley Cup Hockey Coverage Wins Thursday in Prelim Fast-Affil Ratings
by TV News Desk - Jun 10, 2016

NBC Sports coverage of Stanley Cup Finals hockey ranks #1 from 8-11 p.m. in adults 18-49 and as well as adults, men and women 18-34, men 18-49, women 18-49 (tie), adults 25-54 and men 25-54 (with upward adjustments likely in official nationals). (more...)

TONIGHT SHOW ft. President Obama Delivers Highest Thursday Metered-Market Rating in 2 Years
by TV News Desk - Jun 10, 2016

The June 9 telecast of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (3.6 rating, 9 share in metered-market households, 1.3/7 in adults 18-49 in the local people meters), with guests President Barack Obama and Madonna delivered the highest Thursday rating for a regularly scheduled “Tonight (more...)

BWW Interview: MSMT Panel Takes a Look at History: Argentina's and Its Own
by Carla Maria Verdino-Sllwold - Jul 8, 2016

History- actual 20th century events and the theatre's own story and legacy - became the joint focus of Maine State Music Theatre's second Peek Behind the Curtain talkback, held on July 7 at the Curtis Memorial Library. The panel examined the characters and forces that formed the basis for MSMT"s thrilling production of Evita, now playing at the Pickard until July 16, and also took several excursions into MSMT's history, which forms the basis of a new retrospective exhibition, MSMT Past, Present, and Future, which serendipitously celebrated a gala opening that same date. Moderated by Broadway World's Carla Maria Verdino-Sullwold, the panel featured the three stars of the Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical, Kate Fahrner, Matt Farcher, and Nat Chandler, as well as the Artistic Directors of two of the areas leading theatres, MSMT's own Curt Dale Clark and the Good Theater's Brian P. Allen. (more...)

BWW Blog: Playwright Alric Davis on Creating the Characters for His Original Play DIFFERENT, DAMAGED, DAMNED
by Guest Blogger: Alric Davis - Jul 6, 2016

DIFFERENT, DAMAGED, DAMNED appears at the 2016 Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C. starting Thursday, July 7 at 7:15 pm; Sunday, July 10 at 2 p.m.; Saturday, July 16 at 2:15 pm; Tuesday, July 19 at 5:15 p.m.; and Saturday, July 23 at 2:15 p.m. (more...)

BWW Review: EVITA at Olney Theatre Center - Stunning and Innovative
by Charles Shubow - Jul 5, 2016

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's flashy musical gets a different take. (more...)

VIDEO: Paul Simon Unifies the DNC Crowd with Performance of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'
by - Jul 26, 2016

The theme of last night's opening night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia was "United Together," so it was only natural that legendary singer Paul Simon performed the unifying song, "Bridge Over Troubled Water." (more...)

They're Still Together! HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL Cast at One Night Stand Cabaret
by BWW Staff - Jul 24, 2016

Reunions are moments of nostalgic reminiscence that let you review what you have accomplished together with your friends and make you wonder in awe on the journey you started together years ago. This was the general feeling when the original cast of the 2007 Philippine production of Disney's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (HSM) took center stage once again in "Still in This Together: A 10th Anniversary Concert" at the monthly One Night Stand (ONS) cabaret series at 12 Monkeys Music Hall and Pub earlier this month. (more...)

Lin-Manuel Miranda to Narrate Story of 'Hamilton' on Season 4 of Comedy Central's DRUNK HISTORY
by TV News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

This season, "Drunk History" transports viewers back in time to hang with the founding fathers as the multi-talented Lin-Manuel Miranda narrates the rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. (more...)

VIDEO: First Lady Michelle Obama Joins Corden for Carpool Karaoke
by TV News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

James Corden's White House tour took an unthinkable turn last night with First Lady Michelle Obama joining him for a drive around the grounds singing Stevie Wonder and Beyonce. (more...)

Scoop: LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN 7/20 - 7/29 on CBS
by TV Scoop - Jul 20, 2016

Get all the scoop on LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN 7/20 - 7/29, airing on CBS (more...)

Melania Trump Speechwriter Assumes Full Responsibility; Offers Resignation
by TV News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

Today, a writer who claims she worked with Melania Trump on her Republican National Convention speech is assuming full responsibility for using direct language from First Lady Michelle Obama's address at the 2008 Democratic convention. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - CORDEN's Carpool Karaoke with First Lady Michelle Obama!
by TV News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

Below, check out a preview clip of the upcoming Carpool Karaoke with First Lady Michelle Obama. The full video will air this Wednesday, July 20th! (more...)

VIDEO: Did Melania Trump's Speech Plagiarize from Michelle Obama's?
by TV News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

The Republican National Convention began in a sea of controversy Monday evening when Melania Trump's speech was said to have plagiarized from a strikingly similar speech made by First Lady Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention in 2008. (more...)

Faith Prince, Kerry Butler & More Join Line-Up for The Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

The Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival, a summer concert series dedicated to bringing world class artists up close and musical to its audiences in the Pocono Mountains, will hold its seventh annual season July 29th through August 7th at various locations in the Pocono region. (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...)

VH1'S HIP HOP HONORS Delivers Over Three Million Viewers
by TV News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

VH1 that more than three million total viewers tuned in to catch Superstars including host Eve, Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott, Lil' Kim, Salt-n-Pepa, First Lady Michelle Obama, Fantasia and more on VH1'S HIP HOP HONORS: ALL HAIL THE QUEENS. (more...)

Theatre Raleigh to Stage STEEL MAGNOLIAS, 7/27-8/7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

On the heels of their critically acclaimed musical, The Light in the Piazza, Theatre Raleigh steps up to the plate with their next selection- the southern classic, Steel Magnolias from July 27 - August 7 at the Kennedy Theatre. (more...)

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