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Lavell Crawford Brings Stand-Up Act to the Suncoast Showroom, 6/14-15
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2014

Award-winning comic, actor, writer and producer, Lavell Crawford will perform at the Suncoast Showroom June 14 and 15. Crawford's career took off after his national exposure on NBC's hit reality series 'Last Comic Standing," and he has been quickly climbing the comedic ranks ever since. The rising comedy star has repeatedly guest-hosted the "Steve Harvey Radio Show" and has regular appearances on "Chelsea Lately," "Tosh.0" and "Workaholics." (more...)

Gina McKee & More Join Cast of Trafalgar Transformed's RICHARD III
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2014

Gina McKee (Di & Viv & Rose, King Lear, Ivanov, Our Friends In The North, Notting Hill) will play Queen Elizabeth, alongside the previously announced Martin Freeman (more...)

Katie Rose Clarke and Adam Halpin Star in Long Wharf Theatre's THE LAST FIVE YEARS, Running Now thru 6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2014

Long Wharf Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein and Managing Director Joshua Borenstein, will present The Last Five Years, written and composed by Jason Robert Brown, from tonight, May 7 through June 1, 2014 on the Claire Tow Stage in the C. Newton Schenck III Theatre. (more...)

Arizona Theatre Company to Host WordUp Showcase, 5/10
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2014

Arizona Theatre Company will present a range of new works from local playwrights, poets, writers and storytellers at the Cafe Bohemia WordUp Showcase, Saturday, May 10 at 9 p.m. at The Temple Lounge, 330 S. Scott Ave. (more...)

Joseph Toltz, Opera Prometheus & Sydney Jewish Museum Present BRUNDIBÁR, 8/14
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2014

The children's opera Brundibar was the most popular cultural activity and a powerful symbol of hope when performed by the Jewish people imprisoned in the Terezin Ghetto (Theresienstadt), in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. On August 14, the opera will be performed for the first time ever in Sydney, with a production at City Recital Hall which aims to introduce Sydney children to the joys of performing and experiencing opera, as well as introducing them to the lessons of the Holocaust. (more...)

Joseph Toltz and Opera Prometheus with Sydney Jewish Museum Present BRUNDIBÁR, 8/14
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2014

The children's opera Brundiba?r was the most popular cultural activity and a powerful symbol of hope when performed by the Jewish people imprisoned in the Terezi?n Ghetto (Theresienstadt), in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Miami - Week of 5/04/2014
by BWW - May 4, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/04/2014 for Miami (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Orlando - Week of 5/04/2014
by BWW - May 4, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/04/2014 for Orlando (more...)

30 Days Of The 2014 Tony Awards: Day #12 - ANNIE
by Pat Cerasaro - May 28, 2014

Today we continue the 2014 edition of our annual BroadwayWorld feature series spotlighting the very best Tony Awards-related moments of all time with a special focus on one of the most loved family-friendly musicals of all time, ANNIE. (more...)

Spanish Gold Releases Debut Album SOUTH OF NOWHERE Today
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2014

Spanish Gold will embark on an extensive North American tour this spring and summer. See below for complete tour details. The shows are in support of the trio's debut album, South of Nowhere, which will be released today, May 27 on BMG/Del Mar Records. Already receiving critical acclaim, Rolling Stone recently premiered the first single, 'Out On The Street.' The single is now available on iTunes. (more...)

Ad affiancare Giampiero Ingrassia sarà... MARIA LAURA BACCARINI!
by Nino Prattico - May 26, 2014

Finalmente vi sveliamo il nome della co-presentatrice della prima edizione dei Premi BroadwayWorld.com Italia 2013-14. Il tocco sapiente di una donna aggiunge a qualsiasi cosa un inspiegabile non so che e pertanto, al pari di tutti i migliori festival, anche il nostro Gala prevedra l'intervento di una figura femminile che assistera Ingrassia nel tessere le fila della serata. E chi meglio della prima indimenticabile primadonna del musical italiano, Maria Laura Baccarini? Due persone magnifiche per una coppia 'scoppiettante'. Due teste di serie del panorama del musical italiano che cerimonieranno una vera e propria festa del nostro teatro musicale: un grande onore per la redazione tutta di BroadwayWorld.com! Settimana prossima seguiranno altre informazioni sulla giuria e l'organizzazione della serata. Nel frattempo, un piccolo promemoria di tutto quello che e stato rilasciato finora: (more...)

Quvenzhane Wallis & Rose Byrne In New ANNIE Sneak Peek
by Pat Cerasaro - May 24, 2014

A new look at the forthcoming big screen edition of beloved family-friendly musical ANNIE is now available to view. (more...)

Scoop: DISTRICT 9 on THE CW - Tonight, May 19, 2014
by TV Scoop - May 19, 2014

Get all the scoop on DISTRICT 9, airing on THE CW tonight, May 19, 2014! (more...)

WAR Releases New Studio Album 'EVOLUTIONARY', 5/19
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2014

On May 19th, the legendary and groundbreaking group, WAR, will release their first new studio album in 20 years, titled EVOLUTIONARY, on Far Out Records/UMe. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Miami - Week of 5/11/2014
by BWW - May 11, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/11/2014 for Miami (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Orlando - Week of 5/11/2014
by BWW - May 11, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/11/2014 for Orlando (more...)

New Interactive ANNIE Sing-A-Long Poster Display Unveiled
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 9, 2014

A new look at the forthcoming big screen edition of beloved family-friendly musical ANNIE is now available to view. (more...)

Tony Winner Billy Porter to Co-Host Pre-TONY AWARDS Telecast!
by TV News Desk - Jun 6, 2014

Broadway's KINKY BOOTS turned to their official Twitter page to announce the exciting news that Tony Award winning actor (and former 'Boots' cast member) Billy Porter will be co-hosting this year's pre-telecast for the 68th ANNUAL TONY AWARDS. (more...)

Warne Stage Company to Present SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, 6/14-22
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2014

The Warner Stage Company will present Songs for a New World, June 14-22, in the Warner's Nancy Marine Studio Theatre. (more...)

Elvis: That's The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition), the King's 1970 Album & Concert Document to Be Released
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2014

In 1970, Elvis Presley fans were thrilled by the arrival of two cultural milestones: one an album, the other a full-length concert/documentary and each of them called Elvis: That's The Way It Is. (more...)

City Parks Foundation Presents SummerStage, 7/21-30
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

Hip hop, Indie-rock, punk and folk artists committed to social change will come together to honor musician and activist Pete Seeger. The program's hosts are Gina Belafonte, Harry Belafonte's daughter and Kitama Jackson, Pete Seeger's grandson. Mr. Seeger and Mr. Belafonte became international household names as singers who stood for change. For Belafonte that meant being involved in both the Civil Rights Movement in US and the Anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa. For Seeger that meant getting people singing, and then using song to lead marches and rallies around the world. From the labor movement to the Civil Rights movement to the environmental movement, Pete Seeger was always on the front lines. Today's artists aren't that different from Seeger and Belafonte, they also use music as a means to give voice to the voiceless and inspire people to change the world for themselves, their communities and future generations. (more...)

More New ANNIE Movie Promotional Social Media Images Released
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 27, 2014

More colorful new social media images have been released to promote the forthcoming big screen edition of beloved family-friendly musical ANNIE and are now available to view in anticipation of the film's December release. (more...)

Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Marc Shaiman & More Set for Second Season of AMERICAN SONGBOOK AT NJPAC
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

NJTV, New Jersey's public television network, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) announced the artists who will perform in the second season of American Songbook at NJPAC, to be taped before a live audience at the Arts Center for a series to air on NJTV, WLIW and THIRTEEN this fall. (more...)

Breaking News: Sasha Allen to Star as 'Leading Player' in PIPPIN Tour!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

This just in! Sasha Allen, who won the hearts of millions for being one of the Top 5 on Season 4 of NBC's 'The Voice,' will play the role of 'Leading Player' for the U.S. national tour of PIPPIN. The tour launches on September 10, 2014 at the Buell Theatre in Denver, CO. This all-new production of Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz's PIPPIN is directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus and features choreography by Tony Award nominee Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse and circus creation by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (also known as 7 Fingers). (more...)

Appealing New ANNIE Movie Promotional Social Media Images Released
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 19, 2014

Appealing and colorful new social media images have been released to promote the forthcoming big screen edition of beloved family-friendly musical ANNIE and are now available to view in anticipation of the film's December release. (more...)

VIDEO: AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Contestant Video Goes Viral on YouTube!
by TV News Desk - Jun 19, 2014

Smoothini will make his next appearance on the show's “Judgment Week” round (July 22 and 23 on NBC). Watch below as Smoothini wows the crowd and makes Howie Mandel's pen disappear up his nose! (more...)

2014 Imagen Award Nominees Announced
by TV News Desk - Jun 19, 2014

The Imagen Foundation has announced the nominees for the 29th Annual Imagen (Spanish for “image”) Awards, honoring portrayals of Latinos and Latino cultures in television and film. The awards will be presented at a gala black-tie dinner on Friday evening, August 1st, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel International Ballroom. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Steven Rattazzi and More in Rehearsal for KING KIRBY at the Brick
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

Steven Rattazzi steps into the role of legendary comic book artist Jack Kirby in King Kirby, a play by the husband-and-wife team of NYIT-award winning playwright Crystal Skillman and New York Times bestselling comics writer Fred Van Lente at the Comic Book Theater Festival at The Brick this June. Below, BoadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in rehearsal at the Brick Theater! (more...)

New York Philharmonic to Tribute Charlie Chaplin as Part of 'THE ART OF THE SCORE', 9/16-20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

The New York Philharmonic will pay tribute to the 125th anniversary of the birth of film legend and auteur Charlie Chaplin, as well as to the 100th birthday of his most famous character, The Little Tramp, in 'Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times: The Tramp at 100,' September 19-20, 2014, conducted by Timothy Brock in his Philharmonic debut. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 6/18/14 - GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE Tony Comes Home, A 'Very' HEATHERS Prom & More!
by Jessica Showers - Jun 18, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: Pose with a Tony Award at 'GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE', have a 'very' experience at the HEATHERS prom, and prep your piece for AMERICAN IDOL auditions, all starting today! (more...)

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Presents PLAY IT AGAIN, MARVIN!, 6/28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

The music, humor, warmth and life of Marvin Hamlisch will once again grace the Heinz Hall stage when "Play It Again, Marvin! A Marvin Hamlisch Celebration" makes its world premiere with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on June 28 at 8 p.m. (more...)

Maria Friedman, Brian d'Arcy James and More to Join Pittsburgh Symphony for PLAY IT AGAIN, MARVIN!, 6/28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

The music, humor, warmth and life of Marvin Hamlisch will once again grace the Heinz Hall stage when "Play It Again, Marvin! A Marvin Hamlisch Celebration" makes its world premiere with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on June 28 at 8 p.m. (more...)

HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Star Saul Williams Releases Playlist in Honor of Tupac's Birthday
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

Singer and poet Saul Williams stars in “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” a new musical based on the music and lyrics of Tupac Shakur, and has shared a playlist of his favorite Tupac songs in honor of the legendary rapper's birthday. (more...)

Crookers' Remix of Young Thug's 'Stoner' Out Now on Atlantic/Warner Music
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

Crookers turns up the voltage with a bass-heavy club twist on his Young Thug 'Stoner' remix, out now on Atlantic/Warner Music. Just in time for summer, Young Thug 'Stoner' (Crookers Remix) is poised to get any party poppin,' from backyard BBQs to festival stages. Listen to the track here. (more...)

Billy Porter to Guest Judge on FOX's SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE
by TV News Desk - Jun 10, 2014

Resident judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy will be joined by guest judges Billy Porter (Broadway's Kinky Boots) and Misty Copeland (Philadelphia) and Christina Applegate (Los Angeles). (more...)

The Brick Theater Presents Steven Rattazzi in KING KIRBY, 6/20-29
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2014

Steven Rattazzi steps into the role of legendary comic book artist Jack Kirby in King Kirby, a play by the husband-and-wife team of NYIT-award winning playwright Crystal Skillman and New York Times bestselling comics writer Fred Van Lente at the Comic Book Theater Festival at The Brick this June. (more...)

Aasif Mandvi, MODERN FAMILY's Steven Levitan, THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR and More Set for 2014-15 Arts & Ideas at JCCSF
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2014

The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF) takes pride in announcing the 2014-15 Arts and Ideas Season; an exciting line-up of today's acclaimed writers, food experts, renowned scientists and thinkers, as well as fascinating entertainers. Theatrical and musical highlights in the first half of the season include The Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt, rock icon Amanda Palmer and actor Richard Chamberlain. (more...)

Kristiana Colon Wins Arizona Theatre Company Latino Playwriting Award for OCTAGON
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2014

Kristiana Colon's Octagon, the unlikely story of eight young poets' win-at-all-costs and damn-the-consequences approach to the three-minute competition of a poetry slam, has been named the 2014 winner of Arizona Theatre Company's National Latino Playwriting Award. (more...)

Hippodrome Plus Presents SUMMER IN SOUTHSIDE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2014

Following last year's acclaimed festival, Hippodrome Plus presents the return of SUMMER IN SOUTHSIDE, three exciting weekends packed full of spectacular FREE outdoor performances around Birmingham Hippodrome. (more...)

SNOW WHITE & THE BEAST Comes to the Lee Strasberg Theatre, 7/23-25
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2014

The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute (115 East 15th Street) presentsSnow White & The Beast, a new play by Mathilde Dehaye playing in the Lee Strasberg Theatre July 23rd thru 25th. Renoly Santiago direc (more...)

New ANNIE Movie Social Media Image Released
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 24, 2014

More colorful new social media images have been released to promote the forthcoming big screen edition of beloved family-friendly musical ANNIE and are now available to view in anticipation of the film's December release. (more...)

Amazon Expands Prime Music Selection: Hundreds of Thousands of Songs and Hundreds of Prime Playlists Added
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

"The response we've had to Prime Music has far exceeded our expectations and we're excited to make Prime Music even more valuable for Prime members," said Steve Boom, VP of Digital Music for Amazon. "Prime Music was introduced just over a month ago and we've already significantly expanded the Prime Music catalog. Prime members have been telling us how much they love Prime Playlists, so we're also pleased to offer hundreds of great new playlists to make it easier to enjoy the best of Prime Music." (more...)

NYC-Themed ANNIE Movie Social Media Image Released
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 21, 2014

More colorful new social media images have been released to promote the forthcoming big screen edition of beloved family-friendly musical ANNIE and are now available to view in anticipation of the film's December release. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Martin Charnin Talks New ANNIE Movie & National Tour, Plus ANNIE WARBUCKS Broadway Plans, Vivid Mary Rodgers Memories & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 2, 2014

Today we are talking to a remarkably accomplished writer and director who has amassed numerous top entertainment trophies over the course of his long and distinguished career, including multiple Emmy Awards, Tony Awards and even a Grammy - the uniquely talented Martin Charnin. Sharing his thoughts on the forthcoming big screen adaptation of his hit musical property ANNIE as well as previewing what we can expect from the forthcoming 2014-2015 national tour, Charnin also reflects on the original production of the classic Depression-era musical and analyzes why it remains a continual cultural touchstone for generations new and old while also looking ahead to a potential Broadway production of the sequel, written with original composer Charles Strouse, ANNIE WARBUCKS. Also, Charnin touches upon his time as a member of the original cast of iconic musical WEST SIDE STORY and recounts working alongside legends such as Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Laurents and more. Additionally, Charnin sheds some light on his illustrious string of collaborations with recently deceased composer Mary Rodgers Guettel, ranging from more than 50 songs written as a team to a string of special TV musicals as well as working together on the stage musicals HOT SPOT and THE MADWOMAN OF CENTRAL PARK WEST. Besides of all of that, Charnin also looks back to his heyday as a TV variety special helmer, having created award-winning tributes to a slew of Broadway's best composers and lyricists including George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter and many more. Plus, Charnin shares his thoughts on GLEE, how show business has changed, the possible future life for TWO BY TWO and much, much more in this wide-ranging chat with a major Broadway notable. (more...)

Crookers 'Able To Maximize' Official Video Out Now
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2014

Crookers is back with the official video for his newest single 'Able to Maximize.' The animated adventure, which premiered on MTV Clubland, takes Francesco 'Phra' Barbaglia on a mind-bending trip through a mysterious island and onto a surprising fate. Watch the video below! (more...)

Warner/Chappell Music to Administer Entire Works of Broadway Composer Charles Strouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

Warner/Chappell Music today announced that it has signed a worldwide Publishing agreement to administer Strouse's entire body of work. (more...)

New ANNIE Movie Promotional Social Media Image
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 18, 2014

More colorful new social media images have been released to promote the forthcoming big screen edition of beloved family-friendly musical ANNIE and are now available to view in anticipation of the film's December release. (more...)

Oregon Shakespeare Festival to Host 27th Annual HIV/AIDS Fundraiser, 8/18
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival invites the public to its 27th annual Daedalus Project, a benefit for HIV/AIDS organizations, on Monday, August 18. This year's project will include a variety of events and fund-raising sales, beginning now and throughout the week of August 12-18. (more...)

Holocaust Survivor Recounts Hiding as a Christian to Escape Nazi Persecution
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2014

Christian by Disguise - A Tale of Survival by Erna Kamerman Perry Book-Signing To Be Held at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Aug. 3-4, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Erna Kamerman was just three years old in 1939 when war broke out and came crashing through the door of her native Poland, disrupting and forever changing her life and that of her family. Despite the trauma suffered at such a tender age, she vividly recalls her experiences of moving to a Jewish Ghetto, hiding from the Nazis and escaping with her mother through the night to live another day. She shares her early memories of being a Jewish child in war-torn Europe in an engrossing new book, Christian by Disguise - A Tale of Survival. 'Life kept me busy and I buried the memory of that time fairly deep,' said Erna Kamerman Perry, 78, from her home in Delray Beach, Fla. 'But years have passed and those who have experienced the Holocaust are disappearing. Death is no longer something far on the horizon but a frequent visitor to many around me. And so, it seems that I must take the chance of telling my story, a story that was a part of the horror my people experienced,' she added. Because of the foresight of her parents who had young Erna learn Christian prayers while in hiding, she managed to lie and convince soldiers in a train station that she was a Polish Christian girl by reciting her prayers. She escaped with her mother to live in a rectory and convent, where her mother worked as a slave laborer. They remained there, disguised as Christians, through the rest of the war. Christian by Disguise relates her harrowing ordeals of suffering hunger, living with fear and losing most of her family. It's a true tale of survival, overcoming adversity and ultimate resilience. While numerous books exist about the Holocaust, there is nothing quite like Christian by Disguise. More than 70 years have passed since that formative event in the train station, yet Erna's memories about her early experiences are just as sharp and vivid as if they happened recently. Erna writes in everyday language, making the book accessible for all ages - including younger readers. Librarians and educators can add a whole new dimension to their history lessons by adding Christian by Disguise as a teaching tool. The book is available in paperback and Kindle online at Amazon.com and for Nook e-reader at BarnesandNoble.com. According to Erna, who will sign copies of her book at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum this August, 'I have no illusions that another thread in the weave of the narratives about the Holocaust will make any difference: The deniers of it will keep denying, the haters will keep hating, genocides will keep occurring. I only want my children, my (few) relatives, my friends, and those readers interested in the historical horrors of the 20th century to know that once there was a little girl who, through no fault of her own, had to lie and pretend so she could live to see another day.' About Author Erna Kamerman Perry: A retired professor of Romance languages, Erna Kamerman Perry, 78, started writing her memoirs in 2013. Born in Poland, she came to the United States via Italy in 1951, and settled in Detroit, Mich., where she attended and graduated high school. She received a scholarship to Wayne State University, where she majored in Romance languages, ultimately receiving both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Gifted with languages, Mrs. Perry speaks Polish, English, Italian, Spanish, German and a little Russian. She taught Spanish and Italian part-time while her two children were growing up and began writing textbooks with her husband, John, in 1972, which she continues to do. Their Contemporary Society text book is in its 14th edition. She and her husband currently reside in Delray Beach, Fla. Christian By Disguise - A Tale of Survival by Erna Kamerman Perry, © 2014, ComteQ Publishing, Paperback, ISBN:978-1-935232-78-0, 122 pages. (more...)

Jamie Foxx In New ANNIE Movie Promotional Social Media Image
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 10, 2014

More colorful new social media images have been released to promote the forthcoming big screen edition of beloved family-friendly musical ANNIE and are now available to view in anticipation of the film's December release. (more...)

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