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Let there be laughter! The first five books of the Old Testament get a good-natured ribbing in this hysterical tribute to all of those ordinary, everyday people who didn't make it into the Bible.

Unremarkable though they may be, these hardy Biblical bystanders somehow survive calamity after calamity in outrageous fashion, inventing some useful and practical devices along the way (including the Life Saver--the candy, that is), escaping enslavement in ancient Egypt and helping a young man named Cain find his redemption.


BWW Review: MY 80-YEAR-OLD BOYFRIEND World Premiere at Merrimack Rep
by Nancy Grossman - May 6, 2017

World premiere of MY 80-YEAR-OLD BOYFRIEND at Merrimack Repertory Theatre is based on the true story of Broadway singer/actress Charissa Bertels and her unlikely friendship with a decidedly older gentleman. The narrative is uplifting, the score floats along with the story like a raft on a lazy river, and the performer is delightful company. (more...)

Lulu Comes to Pawling for First-Ever Headlining Concert
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

Lulu's name is synonymous with rock and a whole lot of soul. She first burst onto the scene in the sixties at the tender age of 15, with the enduring mega-hit Shout. Since then she has topped the charts in every decade (working with everyone from Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash and The Beatles to Elton John, Sting, David Bowie and Paul McCartney) and also become an accomplished actress, in such notable works as the cult classic 'To Sir With Love' and legendary guest appearances on the BBC comedy, 'Absolutely Fabulous'. (more...)

BWW Interview: Sherry Vine & Joey Arias Chat About the Evolution of Drag and Their Stripped-Down New Show at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Troy Frisby - May 5, 2017

Between the two of them, drag icons Sherry Vine and Joey Arias have more than 50 years of performing experience combined. Not only that, but their working relationship and enduring friendship began more than 20 years ago. Though they've toured with one another around the world over the years, it's been a few years since they've teamed up for a big show in New York, where they first met. Thankfully, the legendary divas will reunite onstage in the city for a new show at Feinstein's/54 Below, as part of Garth Schilling's (also known as Miss Vodka Stinger) drag-themed Thursday night series called LATE NIGHT DRAG. The run will also include Cacophony Daniels, Marti Gould Cummings, Varla Jean Merman, Ray DeForest, RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE star Alexis Michelle, and Miss Vodka Stinger herself with the Martha Rayes. Prior to Vine and Arias' show, the pair pressed pause on their first day of rehearsal to speak with us over the phone about their individual careers, more than two decades of collaboration, and reuniting onstage in the city that brought them together. (more...)

Opening: THE NATIVES ARE RESTLESS returns to Hawaii Theatre thru May 6
by Anton Anderssen - May 5, 2017

They're back! Kumu Hula Patrick Makuakane and his award-winning dance troupe, Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu, are returning to the Hawaii Theatre for two performances only (May 5 and 6) of THE NATIVES ARE RESTLESS, a thrilling new reiteration of the troupe's iconic show that originally premiered in 1998. (more...)

Richard Tognetti AO Announced as the Recipient of the 2017 JC Williamson Award
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2017

Andrew Kay AM, President of Live Performance Australia, today announced that Richard Tognetti AO, Artistic Director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, will be the recipient of the 2017 JC Williamson Award.  (more...)

First Look: Steve Martin Covers June/July Issue of AARP The Magazine
by TV News Desk - May 31, 2017

Coming out of a decades-long hiatus from stand-up comedy, Steve Martin covers the June/July issue of AARP The Magazine with an article that talks about his return to that stage, family and keeping happy. (more...)

BWW Interview: Janique Charles On Joining THE LION KING
by Marianka Swain - May 25, 2017

Actress Janique Charles was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. She moved to the UK to join the touring cast of The Lion King in 2013, and is now playing Nala in the West End production. (more...)

Lookingglass Theatre presents the Return of MOBY DICK
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

Lookingglass Theatre Company concludes its 29th Season with its award-winning production of Moby Dick, adapted and directed by Ensemble Member David Catlin, from the book by Herman Melville, in association with The Actors Gymnasium. Moby Dick runs June 7 - September 3, 2017 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson. The Press Opening is Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW to Open Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park's 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

Shakespeare's raucous comedy The Taming of the Shrew opens Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park 2017 season on June 1st. (more...)

BWW Review: CAMELOT: Feeling Nostalgic for JFK
by Nancy Grossman - May 23, 2017

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston closes out the season with David Lee's adaptation of Lerner and Loewe's CAMELOT, a revision that hones in on the relationships among the three principals and retains the glorious score, while jettisoning considerable weight from the historically burdensome book. Producing Artistic Director Spiro Veloudos shapes the production with his vision for the 21st century, assisted by the virtuosic Music Director Catherine Stornetta and Rachel Bertone, whose choreography blends medieval style with modern dance steps. (more...)

European Literature Night to Land at Bohemian National Hall Next Month
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

European Literature Night (ELN) comes to Bohemian National Hall in New York City on June 2 from 7-10pm, with actors performing a curated selection of passages from fifteen exceptional literary works of fiction and poetry from across the European continent. The selected books will be available in a book fair along with other international titles. (more...)

BWW Review: THE OUTLIERS by Kimberly McCreight
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - May 22, 2017

THE OUTLIERS does a good job throwing readers into the mystery alongside Wylie. There is some messed up stuff going on, and she's in WAY over her head. The book also starts to answer a few questions--while at the same time handing readers even MORE questions. Do we have true answers at the end of book one? Do we have more lies due to the multiple webs of deceit still clinging to the pages? Who can we trust? We don't know, and neither does Wylie! (more...)

Hammer Strength Celebrates 25 Years
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2017

Hammer Strength, the world's foremost strength training equipment line, will host a strength training clinic from May 19-20 in Cincinnati, where the brand and its storied clinics were forged to celebrate 25 years of bringing athletic training and education to the athletic community. (more...)

NAM TAI PROPERTY INC. Reports Q1 2017 Results
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

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Francois van Coke to Headline ROCK IN MY TAAL Concert at Carnival City's Big Top Arena
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2017

ROCK IN MY TAAL promises to be the Afrikaans rock event of the year when it plays Carnival City's Big Top Arena next Saturday. Francois van Coke and his band, Die Gevaar, will share the stage with Die Heuwels Fantasties, Saarkie, National Incident and The Sweet Resistance at the concert. (more...)

BWW Interview: Snoopy Speaks! Houston's Own Ryne Nardecchia Explains THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SNOOPY
by Natalie de la Garza - Jun 7, 2017

Ryne Nardecchia - a product of the Humphreys School of Musical Theatre and recent Texas State grad - returns to Houston to play one of comics' most iconic characters and possibly America's most famous canine, Snoopy, in the Theatre Under the Stars production of THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SNOOPY. (more...)

WebLink Releases Member Benefits Management, Helps Associations More Easily Manage Membership Structures
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

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New iGR study forecasts the Total Addressable Market and the Actual Deployments of Outdoor Small Cells in the U.S.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2017

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Re-Reading THE GOLDEN COMPASS as an adult: Does the love last???
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - Jun 28, 2017

Growing up, Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials was one of my all-time favorite series, surpassed only by The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I read both series again and again. The books shattered and broke me, but also filled my heart and took me away on dangerous, captivating adventures. (more...)

TheatreWorks Florida Announces Inaugural Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2017

TheatreWorks Florida is thrilled and proud to announce their inaugural 3-show season at their new theatre venue, Davenport Community Campus - TheatreWorks Florida Theatre! We are bringing our award-winning professional musical productions to the community of Davenport, FL and are so excited to share the magic of theatre with Polk County and all of Central FL. (more...)

BWW Review: National Tour of THE SOUND OF MUSIC Dazzles and Delights at Kennedy Center
by Jeffrey Walker - Jun 21, 2017

Is this a rave? You bet your favorite things it is! Refreshing, revived, and ridiculously entertaining, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, now playing at the Kennedy Center through July 16 is a dream come true. Director Jack O'Brien has breathed new life into this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic with vibrancy, an impeccable cast, and eye-popping designs set to delight audiences of any age. (more...)

BWW Interview: Barry Marder - The Comic Genius (Behind Many) Stands Up On Stage Himself (Sort of)
by Gil Kaan - Jun 21, 2017

The talented man wearing many hats (with a few noms de plume) - book author, late night talk show monologue scriber, stand-up comedian, and Jerry Seinfeld's maid (just kidding!); Barry Marder will mount the Audrey Stage of The Geffen Playhouse June 23 in LETTERS FROM A NUT BY TED L. NANCY, based on his book and produced by Jerry Seinfeld. (more...)

Carmen Cusack, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Matthew Morrison, Vanessa Williams, Solea Pfeiffer and More Set for SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM at The Hollywood Bowl
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2017

The Hollywood Bowl has announced the cast and creative team for a benefit performance of SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, conceived and directed on Broadway by James Lapine. (more...)

Full Casting & Creative Team Announced for LEGALLY BLONDE at The LEXington Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2017

The LEXington Theatre Company presents its third summer production, combining "Today's Broadway Stars and Tomorrow's Broadway Hopefuls." Lexington's own Laura Bell Bundy (Tony-Nominee for Legally Blonde), will be on hand to co-direct the show (schedule permitting), alongside The LEX Artistic Director, Lyndy Franklin Smith (A Chorus Line, The Little Mermaid). The production will feature the Tony-nominated original Broadway choreography, by Jerry Mitchell, recreated and adapted by Brooke Engen, (Gypsy, Hairspray) and Tiffany Engen (Legally Blonde). (more...)

BWW Interview: KINKY BOOTS' Blair Goldberg Talks Chipotle, Her Childhood on Broadway and Panic! at the Disco Heartthrob Brendon Urie
by Matthew Blank - Jun 15, 2017

A chat with KINKY BOOTS' Blair Goldberg, who made her Broadway debut as a child opposite Bernadette Peters in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. (more...)

Photo Flash: Lookingglass Theatre Company's Award-Winning Production of MOBY DICK
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

Lookingglass Theatre Company concludes its 29th Season with its award-winning production of Moby Dick, adapted and directed by Ensemble Member David Catlin, from the book by Herman Melville, in association with The Actors Gymnasium. Moby Dick runs June 7 - September 3, 2017 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson. The Press Opening is Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Mugadi Foundation Announces Michael O. Benefit Concert Event
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2017

The Mugadi Foundation, in association with Waynflete School, is proud to announce a Michael O. (Michael Odokara-Okigbo) benefit concert event 'ON MY OWN' to take place July 13, 2017 at the beautiful Westbrook Performing Arts Center in Westbrook, Maine. (more...)

BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Moves the Earth at Overture Center
by Scott Rawson - Jun 14, 2017

The opening Overture's combination of 'I Feel the Earth Move' flowing directly in to 'Jazz Man' set the audience's hook (more...)

Exclusive BWW Interview: David Winitsky & Creative Team of JEWISH PLAYS PROJECT at 14th Street Y
by Amy Oestreicher - Jun 14, 2017

'Why is this night different from all other nights?'  The Jewish Plays Project is known for putting bold, progressive Jewish conversations on world stages.  It made this Jewish playwright's dreams come true to do some 'kibbitzing' with the creative team of JPP's newest work. (more...)

BWW Review: RING OF FIRE Captivates at Syracuse Stage
by Natasha Ashley - Jun 12, 2017

Syracuse Stage ends its season with the jukebox musical Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash. The musical, created by Richard Maltby Jr. and conceived by William Meade with orchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff Lisenby, features the familiar and well-loved music of Johnny Cash. So, expect to hear hits such as “Ring of Fire,” “Get Rhythm,” “Going to Memphis,” “Jackson,” “I Walk the Line,” just to name a few. (more...)

Judith Butler, Julie Tolentino to Headline November BRIDGE PROJECT
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2017

Hope Mohr Dance has announced its seventh annual Bridge Project, the company's signature platform that approaches curating as a form of community organizing to convene interdisciplinary cultural conversations. (more...)

BWW Interview: Jennifer Gantwerker of THE PLEDGE at Brelby Theatre Company
by Jeanmarie Simpson - Jun 11, 2017

Jennifer Gantwerker is an Illinois native. She told me she made her theatrical debut at age eight in a summer camp production of Prejudice is an Ugly Color. 'There was definitely face paint and a candlelit performance of Imagine,' she said. She went on to graduate from the University of Southern California with degrees in Theater and International Relations. Having spent four years arguing cases for the nationally-competitive USC Mock Trial team, she said she 'ultimately decided to follow the career path that guaranteed her the smallest income.' (more...)

Director, Designer, & Performer Resign Over Failure to Diversify Casting
by Julie Musbach - Apr 8, 2017

Calgary Opera is In the Beginning steps of staging SOUTH PACIFIC, and the casting process has caused an uproar within the production. According to The Globe and Mail, special advisor to the company Bob McPhee says they are struggling to find an actress of Asian descent to play the role of Bloody Mary, one of the lead Tonkinese characters. (more...)

BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL is Stunning!
by Christine Swerczek - Apr 6, 2017

Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Cynthia Weil, and Barry Mann…what do these four people have in common? An insane amount of songwriting talent! A history filled with awards. And a story worth telling through their melodies and lyrics. (more...)

IGT Signs Seven-Year Contract with Lotterie-Treuhandgesellschaft mbH Th'ringen in Germany to Modernize Its Central System
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2017

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BWW Interview: Broadway's Patrice Covington Shares Her Favorite '80s Songs in Advance of Friday's American Pops Orchestra Concert
by Jennifer Perry - Apr 5, 2017

On Friday, April 7 at 8:00 PM, Maestro Luke Frazier and the American Pops Orchestra will celebrate popular music of the 1980's with a concert entitled 'You Spin Me 'Round: An 80's Dance Party' at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC. To get DC audiences ready for the party, vocalist Patrice Covington shared some of her favorite 80's songs with BWW. (more...)

American Portfolios Financial Services Officially Launches its 2017 Connections Tour
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2017

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Artist, DJ and Producer Dillon Francis Debuts 'Say Less' Featuring G-Eazy
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2017

Platinum-selling artist, DJ, and producer Dillon Francis today released his highly anticipated new single 'Say Less' featuring G-Eazy. The track is available everywhere today and is the first official release on Francis' own IDGAFOS record label (more...)

Comedy Central Greenlights New Late Night Series Hosted by Jordan Klepper
by TV News Desk - Apr 4, 2017

Jordan Klepper will be bringing his Daily Show persona to 11:30 p.m. with a new late night talk show premiering this fall, it was announced today by Kent Alterman, President, Comedy Central. The Daily Show companion will air Monday-Thursday at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT, beginning this fall. (more...)

BWW Interview: Lisa O'Hare and Bryce Pinkham Share Why It's 'Loverly' to Reunite for MY FAIR LADY
by Rachel Weinberg - Apr 28, 2017

Shortly before performances began for MY FAIR LADY at Lyric Opera, I had the opportunity to sit down with Lisa O'Hare (Eliza Doolittle) and Bryce Pinkham (Freddy Eynsford-Hill) for a conversation backstage at the opera house. O'Hare and Pinkham are no strangers to working together, as they both originated roles in the 2014 Tony Award-winning musical A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER. Pinkham in fact revealed that one of the reasons he signed on to MY FAIR LADY was to have a 'front-row seat' to see O'Hare's take on Eliza, a role she has performed previously in the West End and in a 2008 U.S. national tour. While dressed in street clothes but still wearing faces full of stage makeup, O'Hare and Pinkham chatted with me about what it's been like to reunite, why they're excited to be involved in this staging of Lerner and Loewe's classic musical, and how it feels to perform on the Lyric stage. Read on for excerpts from the conversation. (more...)

BWW Review: AN ACT OF GOD is a Hilarious Offering to Partake Of
by David Edward Perry - Apr 28, 2017

Laughs are bountiful in AN ACT OF GOD at Terrific New Theatre in Birmingham. (more...)

BWW Blog: Annalise Prentiss - ONCE UPON A MATTRESS JR. at Susquehanna Stage Company
by Guest Blogger: Annalise Prentiss - Apr 28, 2017

Most everyone knows the story of "The Princess and the Pea", but few know what actually happened. For instance, did you know that Princess Winnifred, from the Ragnarok Marsh Lilies, actually swam the moat to reach the castle? You'll learn about this and much more from Susquehanna Stage Company's next show, Once Upon a Mattress Jr.! (more...)

SKF First Quarter Report 2017
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

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Paul Rudnick's New Play BIG NIGHT and More Slated for 2017-18 at CTG's Kirk Douglas Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie has set the 2017-2018 season at Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. (more...)

Concerts At St. Thomas Presents St. Thomas Choir Of Men And Boys, 5/11
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017

On Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 7:30 pm Concerts at Saint Thomas presents the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys in their final concert of the season featuring a rare performance of George Shearing's Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare. (more...)

BWW Weighs In: What Every Pregnant Ninja Needs to Know About Their Fitness by Amanda Ting
by Mark Fisher Fitness - Apr 24, 2017

Historically, women have been advised to stop exercising when they became pregnant, with many physicians and healthcare professionals treating pregnancy as an illness or disability. Women were also told to increase their caloric intake, creating a system set up for elevated maternal weight and subsequent obesity. DA FUQ? (more...)

Cypress Files Definitive Proxy Materials and Sends Letter to Stockholders
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

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SMP Robotics Autonomous Security Robots Keep Getting Smarter
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

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Cleveland Play House Launches New CPH Theatre Academy
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2017

Cleveland Play House today announced the new CPH Theatre Academy, an ambitious lineup of educational classes being offered to the public, including an updated variation of the renowned youth theatre troupe, the Curtain Pullers. (more...)

SeatAdvisor Announces Delivery of Automated Pre and Post Event Emails
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2017

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