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Itallie Adds Chapter to AMERICA HURRAHItallie Adds Chapter to AMERICA HURRAH
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2010

Jean-Claude van Itallie ('The Tibetan Book of the Dead,' 'The Cherry Orchard,' 'The Serpent,' 'Master and Margarita') is writing 'The Mother's Return' as an addition to his seminal work of modern drama, the trilogy known as 'America Hurrah.' From October 15 to 24, 2010, Theatre Research Ensemble (TReE) will perform 'America Hurrah Revisited & The Mother's Return, a work in progress.' The evening is a re-envisioning of a portion of the famed trilogy together with a first staging of the new addition. (more...)

Cast and Creative Team Announced for Starlight's HELLO, DOLLY!, Runs 8/19-9/5Cast and Creative Team Announced for Starlight's HELLO, DOLLY!, Runs 8/19-9/5
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2010

Opening in less than two weeks at Starlight Musical Theatre's stage is Hello, Dolly!, the classic Broadway musical tale of Dolly Levi and her mischievous matchmaking ways. For Starlight's 3rd and final summertime show, Starlight has brought aboard a fantastic cast and creative team to ensure the season ends with a resounding 'bang'. (more...)

Alley Theater Company Artist Bettye Fitzpatrick Dies at Age 79Alley Theater Company Artist Bettye Fitzpatrick Dies at Age 79
by Caryn Robbins - Sep 30, 2011

Longtime Alley Theater Company Artist Bettye Fitzpatrick died today at the age of 79 (more...)

InDepth InterView: Linda Purl On HOMELAND, TRUE BLOOD, THE OFFICE, Feinstein's Show, Upcoming Album & MoreInDepth InterView: Linda Purl On HOMELAND, TRUE BLOOD, THE OFFICE, Feinstein's Show, Upcoming Album & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 29, 2012

Today we are talking to a busy and very recognizable actress who has appeared in over 100 TV and film properties since her debut in the 1970s and just this year played arcs on both the freshly-minted 2012 Emmy-winning Best Drama HOMELAND, as well as HBO's hit nighttime vampire series TRUE BLOOD - the accomplished and arresting Linda Purl. Discussing her roles on the hit HBO and Showtime series she has appeared on this year as well as her recent multi-episode stint on NBC's THE OFFICE, Purl sheds some light on her long and rich career and also shares stories from the sets of some of her most famous forays - HAPPY DAYS, VISITING HOURS and more included. Additionally, we shed some light on her upcoming two-night-stand at Feinstein's At Loews Regency, MIDNIGHT CARAVAN… TRAVELS THROUGH THE GREAT NEW YORK NIGHTCLUBS, with special guest Desi Arnaz, Jr., and she sets the stage for what we can expect from the noir-inspired cabaret piece featuring songs of the 1940s and 50s. Furthermore, Purl opens up about her theatrical roots - starring in plays and musicals like OLIVER, THE KING & I and THE MIRACLE WORKER growing up overseas, as well as observing no less than Tennessee Williams, a friend of her parents, as he oversaw a Tokyo production of IN THE BAR OF A TOKYO HOTEL and resided with the clan; and, later starring on Broadway in THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER,GETTING AND SPENDING and in regional revivals, such as six seasons at Williamstown and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at LA's Rubicon. Additionally, she gives insight into many notable friends and collaborators - Edith Head, Angela Lansbury, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Laurence Olivier, Kim Hunter, Robby Benson and others. Plus, first news on the forthcoming studio album of MIDNIGHT CARAVAN - and much, much more! (more...)

InDepth InterView: Linda Purl On HOMELAND, TRUE BLOOD, THE OFFICE, Live Shows & More!InDepth InterView: Linda Purl On HOMELAND, TRUE BLOOD, THE OFFICE, Live Shows & More!
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 29, 2012

Today we are talking to a busy and very recognizable actress who has appeared in over 100 TV and film properties since her debut in the 1970s and just this year played arcs on both the freshly-minted 2012 Emmy-winning Best Drama HOMELAND, as well as HBO's hit nighttime vampire series TRUE BLOOD - the accomplished and arresting Linda Purl. Discussing her roles on the hit HBO and Showtime series she has appeared on this year as well as her recent multi-episode stint on NBC's THE OFFICE, Purl sheds some light on her long and rich career and also shares stories from the sets of some of her most famous forays - HAPPY DAYS, VISITING HOURS and more included. Additionally, we shed some light on her upcoming two-night-stand at Feinstein's At Loews Regency, MIDNIGHT CARAVAN… TRAVELS THROUGH THE GREAT NEW YORK NIGHTCLUBS, with special guest Desi Arnaz, Jr., and she sets the stage for what we can expect from the noir-inspired cabaret piece featuring songs of the 1940s and 50s. Furthermore, Purl opens up about her theatrical roots - starring in plays and musicals like OLIVER, THE KING & I and THE MIRACLE WORKER growing up overseas, as well as observing no less than Tennessee Williams, a friend of her parents, as he oversaw a Tokyo production of IN THE BAR OF A TOKYO HOTEL and resided with the clan; and, later starring on Broadway in THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER,GETTING AND SPENDING and in regional revivals, such as six seasons at Williamstown and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at LA's Rubicon. Additionally, she gives insight into many notable friends and collaborators - Edith Head, Angela Lansbury, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Laurence Olivier, Kim Hunter, Robby Benson and others. Plus, first news on the forthcoming studio album of MIDNIGHT CARAVAN - and much, much more! (more...)

BWW EXCLUSIVE: Elizabeth Ashley Talks ME, MYSELF & I and More!BWW EXCLUSIVE: Elizabeth Ashley Talks ME, MYSELF & I and More!
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 29, 2010

Today we have Part I of the BWW Exclusive two-part InDepth InterView with legendary stage and screen actress - and, bar none, the greatest Tennessee Williams actress alive - Tony-winning star, and a legend in her own time: Elizabeth Ashley! In this first part, we talk her early stage career from TAKE HER, SHE'S MINE directed by George Abbott and produced by Hal Prince in the 60s up to AGNES OF GOD opposite Amanda Plummer and Geraldine Page in the early 80s continuing to Tracy Letts' Pulitzer-prize winning opus AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY in 2007 - to say nothing of the central focus of our extended conversation: her most recent role playing the mother of twin sons named Otto (and/or 'otto') in Edward Albee's newest absurdist masterpiece, ME, MYSELF & I, which can currently be seen at Playrights' Horizons! From the grande dame of Williams, to life with Orson Welles, to living on the road (by choice), and a life in the theatre (no choice), Ms. Ashley is a fabulous, veritable walking, talking history of the American theatre in the last forty years and no one - I repeat, no one - can tell a story better than she can! From Mohammad Ali to Edward Albee, this interview has it all! She is one of the greats, onstage and off. There will never be another Liz Ashley and this first part is just half the reason why! (more...)

VIDEO: Valerie Harper Dances Lively Paso Doble on DWTSVIDEO: Valerie Harper Dances Lively Paso Doble on DWTS
by TV News Desk - Sep 24, 2013

Despite having trouble with a strained knee this week, fan favorite contestant Valerie Harper came out fighting on last night's DANCING WITH THE STARS on ABC. (more...)

Jack Jones, Marilyn Maye and More to Perform at 24th New York Cabaret Convention, 10/7-10Jack Jones, Marilyn Maye and More to Perform at 24th New York Cabaret Convention, 10/7-10
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2013

For four magical nights in October, the Mabel Mercer Foundation will present a sparkling array of America's leading cabaret stars. Among the 60 outstanding artists who will take the stage at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center from October 7th through 10th are multiple Grammy Award winner Jack Jones, Marilyn Maye, Steve Ross, Karen Akers, Nellie McKay, and Barbara Carroll. (more...)

Jack Jones, Marilyn Maye & More to Perform at 24th New York Cabaret Convention, Begin. TodayJack Jones, Marilyn Maye & More to Perform at 24th New York Cabaret Convention, Begin. Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2013

For four magical nights this week, the Mabel Mercer Foundation will present a sparkling array of America's leading cabaret stars. Among the 60 outstanding artists who will take the stage at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center from today, October 7th through 10th are multiple Grammy Award winner Jack Jones, Marilyn Maye, Steve Ross, Karen Akers, Nellie McKay, and Barbara Carroll. (more...)

Rashad to Direct A RAISIN IN THE SUN in LA, Mar. 2011Rashad to Direct A RAISIN IN THE SUN in LA, Mar. 2011
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2010

Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT), Founder/Producer Wren T. Brown, announced today, that Phylicia Rashad is set to make her Los Angeles directorial debut with its production of Lorraine Hansberry's classic play A RAISIN IN THE SUN. ERT is proud to return this groundbreaking play to Los Angeles for its first fully-staged production in over twenty years. Preview performances begin on March 23, 2011, with the official press opening on March 25, 2011 at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center (4718 W. Washington Blvd.) in Los Angeles. Single tickets go on sale November 1, 2010. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Christine EbersoleInDepth InterView: Christine Ebersole
by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 22, 2010

I recently had the honor of conducting an extensive interview with legendary stage and screen star - of films such as AMADEUS, TOOTSIE and more - best known in the twenty-first century for her work on the Broadway stage having created not one, but two Tony-winning lead roles in the 00s, in both 42nd STREET and GREY GARDENS - the riveting Christine Ebersole. In this exhaustive discussion we talk everything from starring alongside Angela Lansbury in Michael Blakemore's production of Noel Coward's timeless comedy BLITHE SPIRIT and how instrumental that experience was in her selection of material - as well as mindset, mood and more - for this sparkling new studio album, CHRISTINE EBERSOLE SINGS NOEL COWARD. We also discuss her extensive film and television work and what exciting events lie ahead - including concert appearances with Michael Feinstein and a special event at Carnegie Hall! (more...)

BWW Reviews: See McNight Tonight as 'Tucker' @ Magic CastleBWW Reviews: See McNight Tonight as 'Tucker' @ Magic Castle
by Don Grigware - Oct 11, 2010

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BWW Book Reviews: I HAD A BALL: MY FRIENDSHIP WITH LUCILLE BALLBWW Book Reviews: I HAD A BALL: MY FRIENDSHIP WITH LUCILLE BALL
by Michael T. Mooney - Nov 28, 2012

When I was a couch potato kid in the 70's I couldn't imagine anything more fun than being part of Lucy Ricardo's crazy schemes. During 'I Love Lucy's twice a day airings, I dreamed of stomping grapes in Italy, stuffing chocolates down my shirt, selling Vitameatavegamin, or disguising myself in crazy costumes to break into show business. I wanted to be friends with Lucy. Little did I know that on the other side of the country, Michael Stern was doing just that. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Rod Roberts Talks About PETER PAN & Houston's Local TalentBWW Interviews: Rod Roberts Talks About PETER PAN & Houston's Local Talent
by David Clarke - Nov 28, 2012

As consumerism ruled the streets of Houston on Friday, November 23, 2012, the cast of PETER PAN was preparing for a six show weekend in San Jose, California. PETER PAN, with Cathy Rigby back in the titular role by popular demand, is known for being a fun-filled, family friendly extravaganza. The current tour is headed to Houston and will open at Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) on December 11, 2012. To get more information about the show, like the casting of local Houston youth in the production, I chatted with the Dance Captain, Rod Roberts. (more...)

Ebony Repertory Theatre Announces Phylicia Rashad to Direct A RAISIN IN THE SUNEbony Repertory Theatre Announces Phylicia Rashad to Direct A RAISIN IN THE SUN
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2010

Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT), Founder/Producer Wren T. Brown, announced today, that Phylicia Rashad is set to make her Los Angeles directorial debut with its production of Lorraine Hansberry's classic play A RAISIN IN THE SUN. (more...)

Ordway Presents 2012 Flint Hills International Children's Festival, 5/29-6/3Ordway Presents 2012 Flint Hills International Children's Festival, 5/29-6/3
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2012

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts presents its 12th annual Flint Hills International Children's Festival from May 29-June 3. Minnesota's signature arts festival for children and families-and one of the only of its kind in the nation-features artists hailing from all around the globe, telling stories about different cultures through the uniting power of the performing arts. The Flint Hills International Children's Festival will highlight five headlining artist groups making their mark internationally through extraordinary puppetry, dance, music and theater performances. (more...)

Ordway Presents 2012 Flint Hills International Children's Festival, 5/29-6/3Ordway Presents 2012 Flint Hills International Children's Festival, 5/29-6/3
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2012

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts presents its 12th annual Flint Hills International Children's Festival from May 29-June 3. Minnesota's signature arts festival for children and families-and one of the only of its kind in the nation-features artists hailing from all around the globe, telling stories about different cultures through the uniting power of the performing arts. The Flint Hills International Children's Festival will highlight five headlining artist groups making their mark internationally through extraordinary puppetry, dance, music and theater performances. (more...)

Sierra Boggess, Jackie Hoffman, Alison Fraser & More Join NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS Lineup, 6/16Sierra Boggess, Jackie Hoffman, Alison Fraser & More Join NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS Lineup, 6/16
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2014

The fourth annual 'Night Of A Thousand Judys' - presented by The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre - has announced a new round of stars, including Sierra Boggess (The Phantom of the Opera), Austin Scarlett ('Project Runway'), Karen Wyman (celebrated 60s pop singer), Alison Fraser (two-time Tony Award nominee), Jackie Hoffman (Hairspray) and Aaron Weinstein (acclaimed jazz violinist). (more...)

BWW Interview: Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Nominee Jim BrochuBWW Interview: Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Nominee Jim Brochu
by Adrienne Onofri - May 15, 2014

Brochu won multiple awards for 'Zero Hour' and returned this year with an autobiographical tribute to character actors, 'Character Man'. (more...)

DANCING WITH THE STARS Cast Reacts to Dorothy Hamill's ExitDANCING WITH THE STARS Cast Reacts to Dorothy Hamill's Exit
by TV News Desk - Mar 27, 2013

With the same grace she showed on the ice as an Olympic champion, Dorothy Hamill gave a heartfelt goodbye on last night's DANCING WITH THE STARS. A serious spinal injury could lead to irreparable damage if she continued her pursuit of the Mirror Ball Trophy. Today, cast members from the show responded to the sad news of her departure. (more...)

Phylicia Rashad Makes LA Directorial Debut with A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Ebony Rep., 3/23 - 4/14Phylicia Rashad Makes LA Directorial Debut with A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Ebony Rep., 3/23 - 4/14
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2011

Actress/Director Phylicia Rashad is set to make her Los Angeles directorial debut with the Ebony Repertory Theatre's production of Lorraine Hansberry's classic play A RAISIN IN THE SUN. Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT) is proud to return this groundbreaking play to Los Angeles for its first fully-staged production in over twenty years. Preview performances begin on March 23, 2011, Nate Holden Performing Arts Center with Opening Night on Friday, March 25th. The play runs through April 17, 2011 (4718 W. Washington Blvd.) in Los Angeles. (more...)

Phylicia Rashad's A RAISIN IN THE SUN Previews at Ebony RepPhylicia Rashad's A RAISIN IN THE SUN Previews at Ebony Rep
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2011

Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT), Founder/Producer Wren T. Brown, announced today, that Phylicia Rashad is set to make her Los Angeles directorial debut with its production of Lorraine Hansberry's classic play A RAISIN IN THE SUN. (more...)

Phylicia Rashad Will Direct Ebony Rep's A RAISIN IN THE SUN, 3/23-4/17Phylicia Rashad Will Direct Ebony Rep's A RAISIN IN THE SUN, 3/23-4/17
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2011

Actress/Director Phylicia Rashad is set to make her Los Angeles directorial debut with the Ebony Repertory Theatre's production of Lorraine Hansberry's classic play A RAISIN IN THE SUN. (more...)

Phylicia Rashad Makes LA Directorial Debut with A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Ebony Rep., 3/23 - 4/14Phylicia Rashad Makes LA Directorial Debut with A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Ebony Rep., 3/23 - 4/14
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2011

Actress/Director Phylicia Rashad is set to make her Los Angeles directorial debut with the Ebony Repertory Theatre's production of Lorraine Hansberry's classic play A RAISIN IN THE SUN. Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT) is proud to return this groundbreaking play to Los Angeles for its first fully-staged production in over twenty years. Preview performances begin on March 23, 2011, Nate Holden Performing Arts Center with Opening Night on Friday, March 25th. The play runs through April 17, 2011 (4718 W. Washington Blvd.) in Los Angeles. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Michael John LaChiusa Talks GIANT, Upcoming Projects & A Career RetrospectiveInDepth InterView: Michael John LaChiusa Talks GIANT, Upcoming Projects & A Career Retrospective
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 23, 2013

Today we are talking to a spectacularly talented composer/lyricist noted for his incredibly impressive and accomplished oeuvre thus far, having collectively composed more than twenty full-length musicals, operas and specialty performance pieces - Michael John LaChiusa. Discussing his vast array of projects from BUZZSAW BERKELEY to FIRST LADY SUITE, HELLO AGAIN and THE PETRIFIED PRINCE Off-Broadway through to his double-header in the 1999-2000 millennial season with MARIE CHRISTINE and THE WILD PARTY both on Broadway to his Off-Broadway, regional and international successes since, ranging from LITTLE FISH to another two-show-season in 2006 with BERNARDA ALBA and SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE as well as THE HIGHEST YELLOW and the recent Americana-themed epic musical pseudo-trilogy of LOS otros, QUEEN OF THE MIST and GIANT. Additionally, LaChiusa touches upon some of his lesser-known work, such as his musical revue HOTEL C'EST L'AMOUR, various operatic pieces, additional material he provided for pieces such as THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS and his previous and upcoming solo musicals for continuing collaborator Audra McDonald, such as SEND (who are you? i love you) and MARLENE DIETRICH'S ABCs OF LOVE. Most importantly, LaChiusa takes us behind the scenes of the sparkling new deluxe cast album for GIANT, starring Brian D'Arcy James, and discusses the themes, ideas and adaptation of the Edna Ferber novel itself in a fascinating and revealing analysis of the vast, enveloping and vivid score he has composed for GIANT. Also, LaChiusa offers the 411 on this year's Tony Awards specialty song composed for host Neil Patrick Harris and some starry cohorts (Megan Hilty, Laura Benanti and Andrew Rannells), as well as previous Tony show one-offs penned for Hugh Jackman and others. Plus, LaChiusa clues us in on his upcoming projects - including FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE - and much, much more in this career-spanning conversations with one of modern musical theatre's most daring and prolific artists. (more...)

Photo Flash: Justin Sayre, Austin Scarlett, Alison Fraser, Jackie Hoffman and More at 4th Annual NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYSPhoto Flash: Justin Sayre, Austin Scarlett, Alison Fraser, Jackie Hoffman and More at 4th Annual NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

The fourth annual 'Night Of A Thousand Judys' -- presented by The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre -- welcomed stars including Sierra Boggess (The Phantom of the Opera), Austin Scarlett ('Project Runway'), Karen Wyman (celebrated 60s pop singer), Alison Fraser (two-time Tony Award nominee), Jackie Hoffman (Hairspray) and Aaron Weinstein (acclaimed jazz violinist), as well as Jane Monheit (Grammy Award nominated jazz star), Sarah Dash (R&B/Disco legend of LaBelle), Rory O'Malley (Tony Award nominee, The Book of Mormon,) Julia Murney (Wicked, The Wild Party), Erin McKeown (folk-rock singer/songwriter) and Gabrielle Stravelli (Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra). Scroll down for photos from the event! (more...)

Randy Jernigan Releases 'Family Secrets'Randy Jernigan Releases 'Family Secrets'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

Celebrity biographer Randy Jernigan has signed an agreement with his American publisher to write a biography on the British Royal family which he's tentatively titled, 'Family Secrets.' Jernigan, who recently completed principle writing on The Life and Career of Daniel Radcliffe, says he's always been an admirer of Queen Elizabeth and the rest of her family, and has always wanted to take a serious look at the British Monarch in a book. 'I think Queen Elizabeth is a Great Lady with a huge heart, especially when it comes to her family and her people,' says Jernigan. 'I've been collecting information on 'the family' for years in hopes that one day I'd have the opportunity to write an in depth, honest piece about them so I'm happy the chance has finally presented itself.' Jernigan, best known for his aggressive interview style, says the book will be an honest look at the business of being royal, and even share 'some new secrets' from some very solid royal sources that, at one point, worked for the Queen.' 'Family Secrets' is scheduled for release in the Fall of 2015 through Creative Partners Publishing House. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Annette Miller Gets an A+ in MASTER CLASS at Shakespeare & CompanyBWW Reviews: Annette Miller Gets an A+ in MASTER CLASS at Shakespeare & Company
by Larry Murray - Jun 10, 2013

Maria Callas was one of the great prima donnas of Opera, and in Terrence McNally's Master Class she is played by the formidable actor, Annette Miller at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. (more...)

Florida Studio Theatre to Celebrate Garland & Midler with SOMEWHERE OVER THE ROSE, 8/5-31Florida Studio Theatre to Celebrate Garland & Midler with SOMEWHERE OVER THE ROSE, 8/5-31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

Two iconic female performers are remembered and honored in song and story at Florida Studio Theatre's Court Cabaret. The final show in FST's Summer Sidekicks Series, Somewhere Over the Rose: The Songs and Stories of Judy Garland and Bette Midler, opens August 5 and runs through August 31. Single tickets are on sale for $32. Tickets may be purchased online at FloridaStudioTheatre.org, by phone at (941) 366-9000, or by visiting the Box Office. (more...)

URINETOWN, AS YOU LIKE IT, 21 & More Set for Point Park's Conservatory Theatre Company's 2014-15 SeasonURINETOWN, AS YOU LIKE IT, 21 & More Set for Point Park's Conservatory Theatre Company's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

Point Park University's Conservatory Theatre Company will produce five works, including the world premiere of a new musical about the life of the legendary Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, in the 2014-2015 season. (more...)

Darlene Love Coming to Harris Center, 8/9Darlene Love Coming to Harris Center, 8/9
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

It's no wonder the New York Times raves: "Darlene Love's thunderbolt voice is as embedded in the history of rock and roll as Eric Clapton's guitar or Bob Dylan's lyrics." Through the years, Darlene Love continues to captivate audiences worldwide with her warm, gracious stage presence and sensational performances (more...)

SOUND OFF Special Interview: Sylvie VartanSOUND OFF Special Interview: Sylvie Vartan
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 21, 2011

Today we are talking to an international recording superstar who ushered in the new era of rock and roll with her songs and performance style in France in the early 1960s and created an unparalleled entertainment legacy reaching its apotheosis in 2010 with the release of her finest album to date, SOLEIL BLEU - the one and only celebrated chanteuse herself, Sylvie Vartan. Predominantly performing material from this stupendous recent album as well as from her vaunted back catalogue, Vartan will take the stage of Feinstein's At The Regency for two nights next week - Tuesday, July 26 and Wednesday, July 27, both at 8:30 PM. Be sure to take a listen to SOLEIL BLEU if you have not heard it and if you cannot manage to score a ticket to either of Sylvie's sold-out shows at Feinstein‘s, well... c'est la vie! In this career-spanning conversation we touch on working extensively with everyone from The Beatles to Carla Bruni to Charles Aznavour to what's next for her and much, much more! Playing to a gigantic arena for a three-week engagement sharing the stage with The Beatles themselves was Sylvie Vartan's entrée into the entertainment industry - and what an introduction! Bringing a sexy, swingin' style and hip dance moves to go along with her funky, rock n roll swagger and smoky vocals, Vartan virtually created the modern day pop/rock diva in the later mold of Stevie Nicks, Pat Benatar and many of the Great Lady rock icons we have known since. Through countless stage shows, concert spectaculars, albums, films, television appearances and magazine cover stories, Vartan has firmly established herself as one of the foremost women in the French entertainment realm. Case in point: the First Lady of France herself, Carla Bruni, even contributed songs to Sylvie's newest album, the career-defining SOLEIL BLEU. Tacking on all of these topics as well as many more - most importantly: what we can expect to hear from her at Feinstein's next week and the charity closest to her heart - Vartan and I shed some light on her impossibly accomplished and fascinating career - such as selling 40 million records, committing 1200+ songs to record and giving more than 2500 onstage performances in her five-decade-spanning career - and, we also take a look ahead to her very bright future. (more...)

Fringe World Presents Festival 2013, 1/25-2/24Fringe World Presents Festival 2013, 1/25-2/24
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2013

Start spreading the news! After sell-out and return seasons across Australia, Trevor Ashley (Hairspray, Little Orphan traAshley Fat Swan) channels the superb talents of the iconic Liza Minnelli. From pill popping to her showbiz family, Liza dishes the dirt like you've never seen before, accompanied by a big band & featuring all her greatest hits! (more...)

BWW Interview: Triple Threat Icon Chita Rivera Talks Her Show at Valley Performing Arts Center and the Joys of Her CareerBWW Interview: Triple Threat Icon Chita Rivera Talks Her Show at Valley Performing Arts Center and the Joys of Her Career
by Don Grigware - Jan 15, 2014

Triple threat Broadway legend Chita Rivera will bring her iconic class and showmanship to the Valley Performing Arts Center January 25 for one performance only at 8 pm. In our chat she tells us a little bit about the new show and talks in great detail about the joys of her career. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Jacksonville - Week of 2/09/2014Now Playing Onstage in Jacksonville - Week of 2/09/2014
by BWW - Feb 9, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/09/2014 for Jacksonville (more...)

Ten Star Award Winners To Be Honored at 7th Annual Evening of Stars Gala at SCERA Center for the ArtsTen Star Award Winners To Be Honored at 7th Annual Evening of Stars Gala at SCERA Center for the Arts
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2012

Those who have made significant contributions to the arts in a variety of categories will be recognized for their achievements in enriching the communities and citizens of Utah at the 7th Annual Star Awards held Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the SCERA Center for the Arts in Orem. (more...)

4th Annual NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS Set for Kaufman Center, 6/164th Annual NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS Set for Kaufman Center, 6/16
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2014

The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre will present the fourth annual 'Night Of A Thousand Judys' on Monday, June 16. The Pride concert to benefit The Ali Forney Center will take place at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center (129 West 67th Street in Manhattan). Called 'a rambunctious, uproarious, unpredictable all-star concert' by The Wall Street Journal, 'Night Of A Thousand Judys' will honor the iconic Judy Garland with special skits, tributes and songs from her legendary career as movie star, recording artist and stage performer. This show will also help celebrate the landmark 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz. There will be a pre-show VIP reception at 6:30 PM and the performance at 8:00 PM. The evening is written and hosted by Justin Sayre, and directed and choreographed by Jason Wise, with special guests to be announced. For more information, visit www.aliforneycenter.org/judys. (more...)

Ten Star Award Winners To Be Honored at 7th Annual Evening of Stars Gala at SCERA Center for the ArtsTen Star Award Winners To Be Honored at 7th Annual Evening of Stars Gala at SCERA Center for the Arts
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2012

Those who have made significant contributions to the arts in a variety of categories will be recognized for their achievements in enriching the communities and citizens of Utah at the 7th Annual Star Awards held Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the SCERA Center for the Arts in Orem. (more...)

President Obama's Remarks on Herman, Jones & MorePresident Obama's Remarks on Herman, Jones & More
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2010

Photos as U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the 2010 Kennedy Center Honorees at a reception in the East Room of the White House before going to the Kennedy Center on December 5, 2010. The recipients for the 33rd annual awards are singer and songwriter Merle Haggard; composer and lyricist Jerry Herman; dancer, choreographer and director Bill T. Jones; songwriter and musician Paul McCartney; and producer, television host and actress Oprah Winfrey. Here's what the President had to say... (more...)

BWW Reviews: ValLimar is Outstanding as Ethel WatersBWW Reviews: ValLimar is Outstanding as Ethel Waters
by Don Grigware - Dec 20, 2010

Actress/singer ValLimar Jansen beautifully becomes Ethel Waters, body and soul, in Sweet Mama String Bean. The story concerns the first half of Waters' life, which may be little known to many: how she rose from illegitimacy to radio, club and Broadway super-stardom by the 1940s, before becoming the well-known Emmy and Oscar nominated actress. (more...)

Message from the Artistic Director: The Importance of Being Earnest Message from the Artistic Director: The Importance of Being Earnest
by Roundabout Theatre Company - Dec 16, 2010

It's hard to believe that this production will mark Roundabout's first time bringing you the work of the great Oscar Wilde. Wilde is one of the best-known literary figures of the late Victorian period, yet many people don't realize how few theatrical works he left behind. In fact, the very social hypocrisies that he satirizes in Earnest contributed to the shortening of this famous wit's career. (more...)

Twelve New Music, Dance and Holiday Shows Coming to the King Center This WinterTwelve New Music, Dance and Holiday Shows Coming to the King Center This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2014

The King Center for the Performing Arts has announced a variety of music, dance and holiday entertainment coming up this season. Scroll down for details! (more...)

BWW Blog: The Night Elton John Told Elaine Stritch, 'This is Your Song' - and She Kept ItBWW Blog: The Night Elton John Told Elaine Stritch, 'This is Your Song' - and She Kept It
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2014

As Adam Feldman pointed out in his wonderful Time Out New York piece on Elaine Stritch, 'Everyone who ever met Elaine Stritch-hell, anyone who ever saw her perform-has a Stritch story.' I would like to add another category: everyone who ever saw her when someone else performed. I'll explain. In July 2004, Elton John was performing a symphonic concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall and I took my brother Rob. We had great seats, like tenth row center. Halfway through the beautiful set, Elton paused before 'Your Song' and dedicated it to 'One of the greatest theatrical personalities ever to grace the Broadway stage..' Suddenly, we look up about ten feet to our right, and Elaine Stritch is on her feet basking in the glow of a spotlight and Elton's uncharacteristically sincere (and long) introduction. 'Oh Rob, look at her. She's so cute, with those huge black glasses and that big hat. How sweet for her to have this little moment,' I said to my brother. Indeed, in those initial seconds of acknowledgment, Elaine seemed to light up from within and grow a full six inches, like a plant under a grow light on steroids. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Janis Joplin and the Black Blues Divas are Alive and Well at CPHBWW Reviews: Janis Joplin and the Black Blues Divas are Alive and Well at CPH
by Roy Berko - Aug 3, 2012

There is a love-in going on at the Cleveland Play House's Allen Theatre between Janis Joplin and the audience. Janis Joplin? She's dead. She died in 1970 at the age of 27. You'd never know it from the happenings on the CPH stage. Mary Bridget Davies, who took over the role opening night, doesn't imitate Janis, she is Janis! (more...)

Andrea Marcovicci and More Highlight Vicky's of Santa Fe's 2014-15 Jazz/Cabaret Supper Club SeriesAndrea Marcovicci and More Highlight Vicky's of Santa Fe's 2014-15 Jazz/Cabaret Supper Club Series
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

Vicky's of Santa Fe, is the locale for a series of 6 Jazz/Cabaret Supper Clubs. These unique Dinner Concerts headline International Jazz and Cabaret stars from a broad range of the Jazz and Cabaret music worlds, all in an intimate and elegant setting. Starting at 6:30pm with no-host cocktails followed by a 3-course dinner and show. (more...)

Cast and Creative Team Announced for Starlight's HELLO, DOLLY!, Runs 8/19-9/5Cast and Creative Team Announced for Starlight's HELLO, DOLLY!, Runs 8/19-9/5
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2010

Opening in less than two weeks at Starlight Musical Theatre's stage is Hello, Dolly!, the classic Broadway musical tale of Dolly Levi and her mischievous matchmaking ways. For Starlight's 3rd and final summertime show, Starlight has brought aboard a fantastic cast and creative team to ensure the season ends with a resounding 'bang'. (more...)

UPDATE: Mia Farrow, Marlee Matlin & More Stars Take to Twitter to Remember Lauren BacallUPDATE: Mia Farrow, Marlee Matlin & More Stars Take to Twitter to Remember Lauren Bacall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

Film and stage legend and two-time Tony Award winner Lauren Bacall passed away on Tuesday morning at the age of 89. And as the news of her death travels across the web, celebrities have begun to express their loss and thanks to the great actress. Scroll down for their memories of and tributes to Bacall, and be sure to check back as more heartfelt words pour in... (more...)

Rory O'Malley, Jane Monheit, Julia Murney & More to Headline 4th Annual NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS, 6/16Rory O'Malley, Jane Monheit, Julia Murney & More to Headline 4th Annual NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS, 6/16
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

The fourth annual 'Night Of A Thousand Judys' - presented by The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre - has announced that the initial talent lineup, which will include Jane Monheit (Grammy Award nominated jazz star), Sarah Dash (R&B/Disco legend of LaBelle), Rory O'Malley (Tony Award nominee, The Book of Mormon,) Julia Murney (Wicked, The Wild Party), Erin McKeown (folk-rock singer/songwriter) and Gabrielle Stravelli (Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra). Additional special guests will be announced soon. The Monday, June 16 Pride concert to benefit The Ali Forney Center will take place at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center (129 West 67th Street in Manhattan). Called 'a rambunctious, uproarious, unpredictable all-star concert' by The Wall Street Journal, 'Night Of A Thousand Judys' will honor the iconic Judy Garland with special skits, tributes and songs from her legendary career as movie star, recording artist and stage performer. This show will also help celebrate the landmark 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz. There will be a pre-show VIP reception at 6:30 PM and the performance at 8:00 PM. The evening is written and hosted by Justin Sayre, and directed and choreographed by Jason Wise. For more information, visit www.aliforneycenter.org/judys. (more...)

Phylicia Rashad Directs Ebony Rep's A RAISIN IN THE SUN, Closes 4/17Phylicia Rashad Directs Ebony Rep's A RAISIN IN THE SUN, Closes 4/17
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2011

Actress/Director Phylicia Rashad is set to make her Los Angeles directorial debut with the Ebony Repertory Theatre's production of Lorraine Hansberry's classic play A RAISIN IN THE SUN. (more...)

BWW EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Westfeldt Talks Chekhov's THREE SISTERS, FRIENDS WITH KIDS, New Series & MoreBWW EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Westfeldt Talks Chekhov's THREE SISTERS, FRIENDS WITH KIDS, New Series & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 12, 2011

Today we are talking to the multi-talented actress/writer/producer of the hit indie romantic comedies KISSING JESSICA STEIN and IRA & ABBY, who is now adding director to her list of abilities with her new feature film FRIENDS WITH KIDS, co-starring her real-life husband Jon Hamm - the delightfully sweet and talented Jennifer Westfeldt. Both Jennifer and Jon can be seen - and heard - later this week in an exciting radio adaptation of the Anton Chekhov classic THE THREE SISTERS, in a new translation by Christopher Hampton, also co-starring Tessa Thompson, Sarah Zimmerman and Reid Scott, which will also be recorded and broadcast online. Tickets to the performances live on stage are also available at the link below. In this candid conversation Jennifer and I cover everything from 24 to GREY'S ANATOMY; to Bernstein on Broadway in her Tony-nominated turn in WONDERFUL TOWN co-starring Donna Murphy; to her onscreen and off-screen partnership with Hamm and the formation of their new production company; as well as their new feature film together - FRIENDS WITH KIDS - and much more. Plus, what is her and Jon's favorite LA pizza joint? Further information on the live performances and the online and radio broadcasts of THE THREE SISTERS can be found here (http://www.latw.org/live/boxoffice/boxofficehomeindex.html). (more...)

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