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Kobe Bryant Announces Retirement From NBA
by TV News Desk - Nov 30, 2015

In a letter posted on The Players Tribune, Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant announced that this season will be his last playing for the NBA. (more...)

BWW Interview: Autumn Bodily of FOLLIES at Conejo Players Theatre
by Cary Ginell - Nov 30, 2015

Like many Ventura County performers, Autumn Bodily has a long career in local theater. She started as a teenager in 1986 with Young Artists Ensemble in one of their earliest productions. Autumn made her Conejo Players debut in 1989 in Annie before getting married at 22 and moving around the state. She attended college and grad school, had children, and worked as a company member for the Sierra Repertory Theatre in Sonora. Her next move took her and her family from Northern California to San Diego where she worked for the La Jolla Playhouse doing page-to-stage productions. While there, she worked on many shows that would later progress to Broadway. In 2006, she performed in the musical version of Doctor Zhivago, working with composer Lucy Simon and director Des McAnuff. The show had a brief run this past spring on Broadway but only lasted for 23 performances. Since she returned to the Conejo Valley, she has performed in a variety of community theater productions, including Cabaret (Camarillo Skyway Playhouse) as Fraulein Kost and Damn Yankees (Conejo Players) as Gloria Thorpe. Autumn plays the role of Sally Durant Plummer in the Conejo Players Theatre's current production of Follies. (more...)

Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton Among Nominees for 2016 CMT MUSIC AWARDS; Full List
by TV News Desk - May 9, 2016

On the heels of her historic and record-setting sixth "Video of the Year" win last year (her fourth consecutive win), reigning champ, Carrie Underwood, is set to protect her crown against powerhouse first-time nominees Chris Stapleton and Cam, who top nominations for the fan-selected "2016 CMT Music Awards." (more...)

BWW Interview: Michigan Native Teri Hansen Says THE SOUND OF MUSIC Will Fill Your Heart with Joy at Fisher Theatre!
by Katie Laban - May 9, 2016

Michigan native Teri Hansen loves performing in The Sound of Music because the audiences are just as emotionally involved in the show as she is. "When the curtain goes up, there is an audible gasp because of this gorgeous set and beautiful start," she said. "Then we really start to tell this tale; this dangerous and urgent story, yet a love story as well. You can feel the audience right at the beginning of the show and during it they are edging forward on their seats until the end when they are on their feet going right over the mountain with the Von Trapp family." (more...)

Rita Moreno, Isley Brothers, Lucian Grainge, Milton Nascimento Receive Honorary Degrees at Berklee Commencement
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2016

Nearly 900 graduates from 68 countries received degrees today at Berklee's 2016 commencement. Berklee President Roger H. Brown presented honorary doctor of music degrees to music legends Rita Moreno, the Isley Brothers, Lucian Grainge, and Milton Nascimento. Moreno delivered the commencement address to the graduating class and an estimated audience of nearly 7,000 guests at the Agganis Arena. The annual commencement concert, held the previous evening at the Agganis Arena, featured some of the college's most accomplished students paying tribute to the honorees with performances of music associated with their careers. (more...)

BWW Blog: Emma Mueller - Let the Chips Fall Where They May
by Guest Blogger: Emma Mueller - May 3, 2016

I sat on a bench by myself beside a winding staircase and several closed doors, where other 17-year-olds like me were pouring their hearts out in audition room. I smoothed my dark blue dress and twisted my perfectly curled hair in between my fingers anxiously. My right leg was crossed over my left, and my foot was tapping the air sporadically as if that would help ease the nerves. I looked at the clock and only 30 seconds had passed since I had last checked the time.  (more...)

THRILLER LIVE Coming to The Marlowe Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

Direct from London's West End, Thriller Live is the story of Michael Jackson's 45-year musical career. From pop to rock, soul to disco, the cast and live band pay homage to his legendary live performances and innovative dance moves. (more...)

UMe Marks 45th Anniversary of Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' With 7-Album Vinyl Release
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

It's been 45 years since the release of Marvin Gaye's momentous album, What's Going On, May 21, 1971, on the Motown subsidiary Tamla Records. (more...)

BWW Reviews: CABARET brilla al Teatro Nuovo di Verona
by Valeria Venturelli - Mar 9, 2016

Dal 2 al 4 marzo il tour italiano di 'CABARET' della Compagnia della Rancia ha fatto tappa al Teatro Nuovo di Verona. Il musical del 1966 di John Kander e Fred Ebb, ispirato al romanzo 'Addio a Berlino' di Christopher Isherwood, e stato tradotto in italiano e riadattato dalla compagnia di Saverio Marconi e da mesi gira l'Italia in un tour carico di successi. La trama, ambientata nella Berlino del 1931, ruota attorno alle vicende del Kit Kat Klub, del suo Emcee (Maestro delle Cerimonie), della ballerina e attrice inglese vorrei-ma-non-posso Sally Bowles e del giovane insegnante americano Cliff Bradshaw appena giunto in citta. La storia d'amore tra i due si alterna ai numerosi numeri di cabaret che animano il Kit Kat Klub, mentre il clima politico e l'avanzata del nazismo vanno lentamente ad invadere ogni aspetto della vita dei protagonisti. (more...)

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy Announces 9th Tour of North America.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

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THRILLER LIVE Coming to Lyceum Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2016

?Direct from London's West End, where it is now in its record breaking seventh year, Thriller Live a spectacular concert celebrating the career of the world's greatest entertainer, Michael Jackson, comes to the Lyceum Theatre from Tuesday 29 March - Saturday 2 April. (more...)

BWW Review: Collide Theatrical Dance Company Delivers a Deliciously Dark New Take on DRACULA through a Collision of Dance, Music, and Theater
by Jill Schafer - Mar 14, 2016

Collide Theatrical Dance Company is now in their fourth season of creating 'original Broadway-style jazz dance musicals.' As a theater geek who doesn't know much about dance but loves to watch it, Collide provides an accessible and theatrical way to get into dance. I've seen all of their productions over the last four seasons, and their newest creation DRACULA may just be my favorite of them all. Collide is at their best when they let the dancing do the talking, as they do here, telling this modernized story of the iconic Dracula strictly through movement and music. A live band accompanies this fantastic troupe of dancers as they perform innovative and evocative choreography to a wide variety of popular songs reinvented to fit the story. Created by Artistic Director and choreographer Regina Peluso and director Joshua Campbell, this DRACULA truly is a perfect collision of dance, music, and theater to create a new and exciting form of storytelling. (more...)

Official Soundtrack to Richard Linklater's EVERYBODY WANTS SOME Out 4/8
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2016

Warner Bros. Records will release the soundtrack to the upcoming feature film EVERYBODY WANTS SOME on April 8th (more...)

Grammy-Winning Soul R&B Singer-Songwriter Anthony Hamilton to Release Exclusive Deluxe Album
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2016

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Soul R&B singer-songwriter Anthony Hamilton announced their partnership to debut a deluxe version of the singer's upcoming album, What I'm Feelin' (more...)

Jazzercise Hosts a Weekend-long Dance Fitness Getaway
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2016

Over 1,000 Jazzercise customers and instructors from around the world came together last weekend for a weekend-long dance fitness and shopping convention called Jazzercise Live!. Hosted at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Desert, the fun consisted of various cardio dance fitness and strength classes led by Jazzercise elite professional choreographers including Founder & CEO Judi Sheppard Missett and President of Jazzercise, Shanna Missett Nelson. (more...)

Yvette Johnston-Henry Shares POETIC MASTERPIECE VOL 2
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2016

Yvette Johnston-Henry's quest of bringing light to the nations of the world has inspired her to write a sequel to her previous book 'Poetic Masterpiece Volume 1.' In her latest book 'Poetic Masterpiece Vol 2' (published by Xlibris), Johnston-Henry sets a victorious transition from a state of affliction to a state of purpose by God's love and grace. (more...)

BWW Review: MOTOWN Stops at the Capitol Theatre on Its Way to Broadway
by Tyler Hinton - Jun 30, 2016

The national tour stop of MOTOWN at the Capitol Theatre is another in a series of historic events for Broadway in Utah (recently dubbed Broadway at the Eccles, after its new home). Immediately following its final Salt Lake City performance, the entire production will pack up and move to the Nederlander Theatre in New York City for a limited 18-week Broadway engagement, starting July 12. This means that the performers you see here will also be starring in the show on Broadway, on the same set and wearing the same costumes. It is quite literally Broadway in Utah. (more...)

Tickets on Sale Friday for Bret Michaels, Air Supply and More at bergenPAC
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

New shows on sale this week at bergenPAC: Bret Michaels: The Party Starts Now!-Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 8PM; The Australian Bee Gees Show: A Tribute to the Bee Gees-Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 8PM; DL Hughley-Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 8PM; The Maccabeats-Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 7:30PM; and Air Supply-Friday, February 24, 2017 at 8PM. (more...)

The Beatles' Award-winning 'LOVE' Album Now Available For Streaming Worldwide
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

On June 17 at 12:01am local time, The Beatles' award-winning LOVE album is available for streaming worldwide. (more...)

Leah Culver Premieres New Single 'Ex Is A Loser'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2016

LEAH CULVER--EDM singer-songwriter, producer and DJ--released her infectious new dance single 'Ex Is A Loser' on Friday (6/10) via TuneCore, to preview her debut EP Radiance coming out later this summer. (more...)

ADI to Perform Jack Ferver's I WANT YOU TO WANT ME at The Kitchen, 6/30-7/2
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2016

American Dance Institute (ADI), continuing to find new ways to support contemporary dance artists, is presenting performances in New York City for the first time this summer, offering five premieres over the course of five weeks at The Kitchen. The fifth of ADI's New York premieres at The Kitchen will be celebrated choreographer Jack Ferver's I Want You To Want Me, June 30 - July 02. (more...)

Leah Culver Premieres New Single 'Ex Is A Loser'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2016

LEAH CULVER--EDM singer-songwriter, producer and DJ--released her infectious new dance single 'Ex Is A Loser' on Friday (6/10) via TuneCore, to preview herdebut EP Radiance coming out later this summer. Impacting Dance and Pop radio beginning June 21st, listen to 'Ex Is A Loser' here. (more...)

Hall of Famers Cheap Trick Set for Four Winds New Buffalo This August
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2016

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians' Four Winds Casinos are pleased to announce a concert by legendary power-pop collective Cheap Trick at Four Winds New Buffalo's Silver Creek Event Center on Friday, August 5 (more...)

Princess Cruises Honors LOVE BOAT Captain Gavin MacLeod for 30 Years Serving as Global Ambassador
by TV News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

Princess Cruises celebrated Gavin MacLeod today, the beloved award-winning actor who played Captain Merrill Stubing on the iconic 'Love Boat' TV show, for his 30 years serving as the cruise line's global ambassador. (more...)

BWW Review: JACK FERVER Mistakes The Kitchen for Camp
by Juan Michael Porter II - Jul 5, 2016

Jack Ferver never let up on his drag delivery. Switching arbitrarily from bad French to English or from danse to dance passed for plot in this cabaret act. The scantily clad men in the audience - I attended the June 30th, 2016 performance - lapped it up before they even had a chance to hear the next line. It was all good fun, though if there is an art to telegraphing intention it was not on display here. That was 'I Want You to Want Me': a surrealistic B movie romp ruled by a character with mystical abilities for no other reason than 'just because'. File it under lazy craftsmanship. The world that Mr. Ferver inhabited was self referential, sassy, and imbued with magic, not unlike a gay lounge. (more...)

Official Soundtrack to EVERYBODY WANTS SOME to Be Released on Limited Edition Vinyl, Today
by Movies News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

The soundtrack to the feature film EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! will be released on limited edition vinyl tomorrow, July 15t (more...)

BWW TV: Bryant Park Gets Its Groove On with the Cast of MOTOWN!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 14, 2016

In attendance today was the cast of Motown (Chester Gregory, Allison Semmes, J.J. Batteast, Elijah Ahmad Lewis, Rashad Naylor, Marq Moss, Rod Harrelson, Galen J. Williams, Jarvis B. Manning, Jr., Trisha Jeffrey,Krisha Marcano, Chante Carmel, Nik Alexander, Chadae, Julius Thomas III, Loren Lott,Ramone Owens, Olivia Puckett, Jamison Scott, Joey Stone, Martina Sykes, Anissa Felix, Talya Groves, Nicholas Ryan) who performed the songs 'I Want You Back,' 'Stop! In the Name of Love,' 'Do You Love Me,' 'Get Ready,' 'Dancing in the Street' and more. Check out highlights below! (more...)

BWW Exclusive: New Musicals at 54 Series - Jennifer Ashley Tepper Interviews Adam Gwon & Sarah Hammond About STRING
by Jennifer Ashley Tepper - Jan 5, 2016

New Musicals at 54 is a series presented by Feinstein's/ 54 Below Programming Director Jennifer Ashley Tepper. Some of the 10 new and diverse musicals by a selection of today's most talented writers have had out-of-town productions, some have had workshops... now's your chance to be first to see them in NYC! Join us at New Musicals at 54 for one-night-only concerts celebrating each new show with songs, behind-the-scenes stories, and all-star casts! (more...)

BWW Review: GLADYS KNIGHT's Rockin' New Year's Eve at WALT DISNEY HALL
by Don Grigware - Jan 4, 2016

What can one say about pop/rock living legend Gladys Knight? A 7-time Grammy winner for gospel as well as R&B/pop hits, this lady at 71 years young, still rocks. She looks and sounds amazing! On New Year's Eve, Knight made an appearance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall for two concerts, one at 7 pm and the second at 10: 30 pm. I attended the 7 pm show, which was a near to full house of genuine fans, those who have followed her career since the 60s when she appeared as Gladys Knight and the Pips. A great five-piece band backed her: musical director Leon Turner; Darryle Woolfork on drums; James Davis on guitar; Joseph Green on bass; and Yuko Tamura on keyboard...and four terrific backup singers: Alexus Hoover, Brandon Smith, Porcha Clay, and JaVonte Pollard, all of whom got into the act a little bit later in the 90-minute set. (more...)

Celebrate the Life of Singer JANI LANE With Collection of Superb Solo Performances
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2016

Jani Lane joined Warrant in 1985, and together the band lit up the L.A. club circuit, becoming an international sensation with multi-platinum albums and an adoring fanbase. (more...)

The Jacksons, Featuring Tito Jackie and Marlon to Perform at Four Winds New Buffalo This May
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2016

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians' Four Winds Casinos are pleased to announce a concert by The Jacksons at Four Winds New Buffalo's Silver Creek Event Center on Friday, May 27, at 9 p.m. (more...)

BWW Review: Entertaining SISSYBOY at NoHo Arts Center
by Don Grigware - Feb 15, 2016

Autobiographical one-man shows are out there in abundance; audience interest and overall success of each depends totally on the appeal of the individual performer. When you have a super talented man like James Mellon, who with his partner of 25 years Kevin Bailey has brilliantly run the NoHo Arts Center since 2004 and has also been a successful minister with the Global Truth Center, how can you come up any less than a winner? SissyBoy now playing at the NoHo Arts Center starts with Jim at age 7 and takes him all the way through his life to his current age, a youthful 61. It is simultaneously a coming.of.age story and at the end a celebration of surviving incredible odds and...embracing one' true identity. (more...)

Former Victim of Domestic Violence Releases SHARE THIS JOURNAL
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2016

BEACON, N.Y., Feb. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ Great story to coincide with National Random Acts of Kindness Week February 14-20, 2016. (more...)

BWW Interview: Nathan Lee Graham Lives the Glamorous Life On, Off Stage and Screen
by Matt Tamanini - Feb 15, 2016

To millions of fans around the world, Nathan Lee Graham is known for playing a man very comfortable in the fabulous clothes; whether that is as Wardrobe Supervisor Peter, opposite Lisa Kudrow in the first season of THE COMEBACK; as Reese Witherspoon's fashion mentor Frederick Montana in SWEET HOME ALABAMA; or as designer Jacobim Mugatu's latte-fetching assistant Todd in the ZOOLANDER films. While Graham's real life does not involve serving at the pleasure of a demented, homicidal fashion designer he does lead an existence filled with fashion and excitement. (more...)

Actor Bear Bellinger: 'Here's How Inequality Works When You're Not Famous'
by Michael Dale - Feb 12, 2016

The Chicago-based actor writes of inequities those in power would not be aware of if they've never experienced it. (more...)

BWW Review: CPH's Compelling THE MOUNTAINTOP Places Spotlight on Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Roy Berko - Feb 1, 2016

Katori Hall, who wrote the award winning play THE MOUNTAINTOP, which is in production at Cleveland Play House, in her script attempts to answer such questions as: What was Martin Luther King, Jr. like as a person? With all the death threats that King received, what was his last night alive like? What did he believe was going to be his ultimate role in the Black rights movement? (more...)

BWW Interview: Legendary Song and Dance Man BEN VEREEN Talks About STEPPIN' OUT at Catalina Jazz Club
by Don Grigware - Dec 7, 2015

The legendary song and dance man, Tony Award-winning triple-threat Ben Vereen will be performing his solo cabaret act Steppin' Out with Ben Vereen at Catalina Jazz Club on December 18 and 19. In our talk, he comments about the show and shares memories from many of the shows he's done during his illustrious career. (more...)

Photo Flash: Pop Sensations R5 Open New Year's Shows at The Venetian Las Vegas
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2015

Pop powerhouse quintet R5 kicked off their New Year's concerts at The Venetian Las Vegas on Tuesday, Dec. 29. 'Dancing with the Stars' fan favorite Mark Ballas opened the show with his newly formed band Alexander Jean, followed by an electrifying DJ set by R5 brother Ryland Lynch, which geared up the fans for a night of energizing hits from the pop rock sensations. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

HAMILTON Behind-the-Scenes Book Now Available for Pre-Order; Lin-Manuel Miranda Tweets New Look!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2015

As previously reported, Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton will receive a behind-the-scenes book from Grand Central Publishing next spring. In anticipation of its release, Miranda has once again taken to Twitter to confirm that the book, which he's aptly calling '#Hamiltome' on the social media network, is now available for pre-order. In addition, he's also offered up a new peek inside. Check it out below! (more...)

To the Printer! Lin-Manuel Miranda Tweets Proofs for HAMILTON Behind-the-Scenes Book
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2015

As previously reported, Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical Hamilton, now playing to packed houses at the Richard Rodgers Theater, is getting its own life in print via Grand Central Publishing. Miranda just took to Twitter to announce he is almost finished proofing the behind-the-scenes book, and then it's off to the printer! (more...)

Z100's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Celebrates 20th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2015

Last night, Z100's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Presented by Capital One, celebrated the 20th anniversary of its annual star-studded holiday concert alongside music's biggest names. (more...)

BWW Column: Three Simple Ways to Improve Upon Success of THE WIZ LIVE!
by Matt Tamanini - Dec 10, 2015

Now that we are a week removed from last Thursday's THE WIZ LIVE!, NBC's third live musical in as many years, we know that the production has predominantly been hailed as a critical and ratings success, vindicating the audacious experiment after two, less than artistically satisfying, outings. Led by a newcomer plucked from an open call, director Kenny Leon and executive producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan found a star in Shanice Williams and surrounded her with an all-star cast that ranged from serviceable to revelatory. However, as enjoyable as the event was, especially in relationship to past efforts, THE WIZ LIVE! was not a perfect production. There is, after all, a reason why no one did live TV musicals for nearly half a century; they are hard. (more...)

THE KING AND I's Marin Mazzie Will Host Facebook Live Chat on Monday!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, 3-time Tony Award nominee Marin Mazzie will assume the role of Anna Leonowens in its Tony Award-winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I beginning Tuesday, May 3 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street). The star just announced that she'll be answering questions from fans in a live chat on Monday morning: (more...)

Female Entrepreneur And CEO Releases WHY NOT
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

JACKSON, Wyo., April 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ Everyone has their own battles to fight. Whether it's mourning loss, work woes, personal experiences or a culmination of the aforementioned, everybody has their fair share of ordeals making it difficult to move forward in life. It's in those darkest moments an individual's true potential is uncovered, finding the motivation to overcome them. Creative entrepreneur, motivational speaker and highly successful business developer of numerous lucrative businesses across North America, Cathy Code has experienced a lifetime of struggles that have made her into the thriving woman she is today. From a rocky childhood selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door to building an empire in the tourism, sales and construction industries, ranking four times on the Inc. 500/5000 List of the fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S., Cathy has effectively taken the obstacles in her path and turned them into opportunities to thrive. In her new book 'Why Not? Survive and Thrive,' Cathy, who has held positions of director, president and CEO in diverse industries, offers an outlet of motivation and a glimpse into her life as she openly recounts her journey. Filled with highs and lows, the memoir is a story about transforming a life full of fear and instability to a fruitful, emotionally abundant one. (more...)

BWW Interview: Pat Hazell of THE WONDER BREAD YEARS at The McDavid Studio At Bass Performance Hall
by Kyle Christopher West - Apr 25, 2016

This week, BroadwayWorld guest writer Sarah Comley-Caldwell had the privilege of chatting with the playwright and star of THE WONDER BREAD YEARS, Pat Hazell. With his background as a Seinfeld and sitcom writer, commercial director and actor, Hazell brings wit, warmth and nostalgia to his one man show-a self described hybrid of theatre, stand up comedy and communal laughter. (more...)

HBO to Debut 2016 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY 4/30
by TV News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, N.W.A. and Steve Miller are the performer inductees in the exclusive HBO special 2016 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY, debuting SATURDAY, APRIL 30 (more...)

BWW Interview: A SHINING Hour for Mark Campbell and the Art of Libretto-Writing
by Richard Sasanow - Apr 22, 2016

Do you remember that cataclysmal moment in the Stanley Kubrick film of Stephen King's “The Shining,” when Jack Nicholson axes his way through the bathroom door and says, wild-eyed, “Here's Johnny!” Well, you won't find it in King's book--or in Mark Campbell's libretto for THE SHINING, the new opera written with composer Paul Moravec and directed by Eric Simonson, opening May 7 at the Minnesota Opera as part of its New Works Initiative. (more...)

Class Act Books Released Third Entry in New Family Saga
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

'You're a menace, Padraig, an' I see no hope o' you changin'. Is there?' Quinton McCoy paused, giving his son a gimlet stare out of eyes as green as the serpentine in Connemara marble. 'Is there?' Padraig pretended to think, then shook his head. 'No, Da, I don't believe there is. I'm enjoyin' it too much.' 'Ah!' Quinton threw up his hands, then recovered. He stalked back around his desk but didn't sit. 'I'm afraid you leave me no choice.' Briefly his anger fell away. His gaze wavered, then he appeared to force himself to speak. 'Padraig, lad...I'm turnin' you out.' 'You...you're disownin' me?' Padraig's voice trembled. 'Ah, I'd ne'er do that.' Quinton said. 'What I'm sayin' is...I Want You t' leave this house, indeed this country, an' ne'er come back.' Thus begins the story of Padraig Aloysius McCoy, third son and bad seed of Tipperary's branch of the McCoy clan. Unlike Books 1 and 2, set in Regency England and Ireland, The Man from Tipperary ranges from the gracious homes of landed gentry in Tipperary to an isolated cattle ranch in the American West in the years prior to and including the War Between the States. Settling in Nebraska, the misplaced young Irishman learns the hardship and heartache of being a cowboy in the mid-19th century, as well as the adventure of living in a time of social transition. He sees the Nebraska Territory gain statehood and discovers Love when it steps off a Wells Fargo stage. Full of history, humor, and romance, Padraig's story embodies the traits of many who went West and fought for their destinies instead of waiting for Life to hand it to them. The Man from Tipperary is author Toni V. Sweeney's fifty-third novel published by Class Act Books. Since the publication of her first novel in 1989, Ms. Sweeney divides her time between writing SF/Fantasy under her own name and romances under her pseudonym Icy Snow Blackstone. She has reviewed books for Two Lips Reviews and recently join the review staff of the New York Journal of Books and also the Paranormal Romance Guild. She is an amazon reviewer with over 570 reviews listed on the American amazon website, a professional reader for Netgalley, and is in the 1% of reviewers for Goodreads. Her Western novel NEBRASKA: Walk the Shadow Trail was award 1st Place in Historical Romance for 2015 by the Paranormal Romance Guild's Reviewers Choice, and also was voted #2 in General Genre by the Preditors & Editors Readers Poll for 2015. She has two new scifi/space opera series upcoming for 2016-2017. In 2013, Class Act Books came under new ownership. Based in Port Townsend, Washing, their goal is to supply quality fiction in all genres for the discerning reader. Their novels are available in paperback and electronic form on amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and on the publisher's website. (more...)

BWW Recap: SUPERGIRL Ends Season 1 with a Touching Finale
by Nicole Ackman - Apr 18, 2016

On SUPERGIRL's intense finale of the season, Kara has to save the world from Non and Indigo's evil plan. In an episode that managed to encapsulate all of the show's great qualities from throughout the season, the viewers were reminded of what makes Kara Danvers so special: her love for her family and friends, her willingness to make sacrifices, and her ability for hope. Let's all keep our fingers crossed that Supergirl will get renewed for a second season! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Folds Spreads the Spotlight Around in Concert with CSO
by Paul Batterson - Apr 11, 2016

As a principal percussionist for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Philip Shipley is used to watching concerts from behind the oboes and the woodwinds. At the CSO's concert with Ben Folds on April 9, Shipley got distinctly different point of view. (more...)

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