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Ethel Barrymore Theatre (New York, NY)
243 West 47th St.

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Based on the book The Inner City Mother Goose by Eve Merriam

InDepth InterView UpDate: Ben Vereen On STEPPIN' OUT At 54 Below, Broadway Return & New Films, Plus A Look Back At Classic Musical RolesInDepth InterView UpDate: Ben Vereen On STEPPIN' OUT At 54 Below, Broadway Return & New Films, Plus A Look Back At Classic Musical Roles
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 9, 2015

Today we are once again speaking with a world renowned living legend all about his phenomenal career on Broadway and in Hollywood in honor of his new 54 Below engagement later this month, titled STEPPIN OUT', the one and only Ben Vereen. Besides sharing what lucky attendees can expect from his 54 Below shows, Vereen also shares preliminary plans to bring a new biomusical to Broadway some season soon as well as the forthcoming release of a star-studded documentary all about his iconic show business legacy planned to be released later this year. Additionally, Vereen reflects on a number of recent milestones and looks back at some of his most memorable movie musical work in honor of the 45th anniversary of the release of SWEET CHARITY last month, plus the brand new Blu-ray editions of FUNNY LADY and ALL THAT JAZZ now available. Plus, Vereen shines a light on his ongoing patronship of the arts and spotlights the importance of arts education in schools via the nationwide high school competition series leading up to the yearly Ben Vereen Awards while also clueing us in on some of his upcoming theatre projects, including directing a regional production of HAIR and more. As if all of that were not enough, Vereen also comments on some recent small screen and big screen appearances including his turn on the final season of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER opposite Neil Patrick Harris and sharing the screen with Betty White on HOT IN CLEVELAND, not to mention the smash hit success of the ensemble Chris Rock comedy TOP FIVE. All of that, first news on his upcoming feature film TIME OUT OF MIND and much, much more with one of Broadway's best triple-threats. (more...)

Curious Theatre Company to Present THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAYSCurious Theatre Company to Present THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAYS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2015

Curious Theatre Company presents Tarell Alvin McCraney's The Brother/Sister Plays, a trilogy set deep in the Louisiana Bayou that follows one close-knit community across generations as they come of age through trials of heartache, love and kinship. The groundbreaking saga commences with T h e Red and Brown Water March 7 - April 18, 2015 at 1080 Acoma Street, Denver. The opening night is March 7, 2015, at 8 p.m. (more...)

Charlie Brooks to Lead BEAUTIFUL THING, Coming to Marlowe Theatre This MonthCharlie Brooks to Lead BEAUTIFUL THING, Coming to Marlowe Theatre This Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2015

Charlie Brooks, best known as Janine Butcher from EastEnders, stars in Beautiful Thing, at The Marlowe Theatre, later this month (March). (more...)

BWW Reviews: MCT's THE TRAIN DRIVER Presents Fugard's Masterful Prayer for HumanityBWW Reviews: MCT's THE TRAIN DRIVER Presents Fugard's Masterful Prayer for Humanity
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Mar 3, 2015

A master playwright, Athol Fugard, presents one of his mastepieces at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's Midwest Premiere of The Train Driver. When the 2010 play opened this weekend in the city's Studio Theatre, the intimate stage created an intense conversation between the audience and two astounding actors, American Players Theatre's David Daniel and Chicago's accomplished Michael Torrey. These veteran professional masters bring Fugard's darkest revelations buried in his script to the surface of the human conscience. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Charlie Brooks In BEAUTIFUL THING!Photo Coverage: Charlie Brooks In BEAUTIFUL THING!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2015

Check out these new pics of Charlie Brooks and Gerard McCarthy in the UK tour of Beautiful Thing - returning to the West End later this year! (more...)

Young Audiences of Houston Will Honor The Boeing Company, Dr. William Cohn in MayYoung Audiences of Houston Will Honor The Boeing Company, Dr. William Cohn in May
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2015

Young Audiences of Houston will honor the innovative spirit of The Boeing Company and Dr. William Cohn its gala, Disco Galaxy Soiree, on May 7th, 2015. (more...)

Roberta Flack to Play Van Wezel, 4/22Roberta Flack to Play Van Wezel, 4/22
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2015

Internationally hailed as one of the greatest songstresses of our time, Grammy Award winning Roberta Flack comes to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 8pm. Flack remains unparalleled in her ability to tell a story through her music. Some of her greatest hits include, 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,' 'Where Is the Love, Killing Me Softly With His Song,' 'Feel Like Makin' Love,' 'The Closer I Get to You' and 'Tonight I Celebrate My Love' just to name a few. Her songs bring insight into our lives, loves, culture and politics, while effortlessly traversing a broad musical landscape from pop and soul, to folk and jazz. (more...)

Germany Nominates Hamburg for the 2024 Olympic GamesGermany Nominates Hamburg for the 2024 Olympic Games
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2015

HAMBURG, Germany, March 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ (more...)

BWW Reviews: Hattiloo's KING HEDLEY II Gets the Royal TreatmentBWW Reviews: Hattiloo's KING HEDLEY II Gets the Royal Treatment
by Joseph Baker - Mar 20, 2015

KING HEDLEY II Provides Powerful Theatre at Hattiloo (more...)

Venus Evans Shares CAUGHT UP IN THE MIDST OF PAINVenus Evans Shares CAUGHT UP IN THE MIDST OF PAIN
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2015

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New York Law Firm Phillips Nizer Adds Commercial Litigator Mark M. Elliott To Its Litigation DepartmentNew York Law Firm Phillips Nizer Adds Commercial Litigator Mark M. Elliott To Its Litigation Department
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Jabreel Morgan Releases New Poetry BookJabreel Morgan Releases New Poetry Book
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Cardno Organizes Pioneering Arizona Healthfields InitiativeCardno Organizes Pioneering Arizona Healthfields Initiative
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LA Drama Critics Circle Announces Winners - Annette Bening, Cicely Tyson and More!LA Drama Critics Circle Announces Winners - Annette Bening, Cicely Tyson and More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

On March 16, 2015, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle announced its winners and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura County theater in the year 2014. Announcements were made at a ceremony held at the Beyond the Stars Palace in Glendale, hosted by Dixie Longate (Dixie's Tupperware Party) with musical direction by Corey B. Hirsch (LADCC award winner for A Man of No Importance in 2014). (more...)

Birmingham Opera Company to Hold BREAKING THE ICE Symposium After Show, 4/9Birmingham Opera Company to Hold BREAKING THE ICE Symposium After Show, 4/9
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

To accompany Birmingham Opera Company's new production of Michael Tippett's opera The Ice Break(from 3 April), the company is also organizing 'BREAKING THE ICE', a series of events designed to encourage discussion around the relationship of art to society. What responsibility does the artist have to society and vice versa? (more...)

WHEN BLACK BOYS DIE to Play TNC, 3/5-22WHEN BLACK BOYS DIE to Play TNC, 3/5-22
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2015

'When Black Boys Die,' written and directed by William Electric Black, is a new drama about a teenage girl's journey as she tries to understand the madness of gun violence that has killed her brother and consumed her mother (and so many other mothers who have also lost their sons to Inner City violence). It is the second in a series of five plays by William Electric Black, to be collectively called 'GUNPLAYS,' that address Inner City violence and guns. Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave (East Village), will present the work March 5 to 22, directed by the author. (more...)

D1 Sports Training Announces NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony as Newest PartnerD1 Sports Training Announces NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony as Newest Partner
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2015

Nashville, TN. (January, 2015) – D1 Sports is excited to announce NBA All-Star, Carmelo Anthony as a new partner and co-owner in the newest D1 facility, D1 Baltimore. D1 Baltimore will provide the city with an elite place to train for athletes' ages 7-22, as well as collegiate & professional athletes. D1 Sports also offers everyday classes for adults of any fitness level. The facility will open in 2016. D1, The Home of Athletic-Based Training, specializes in making athletes faster, stronger, more agile, and explosive, while also building character. (more...)

La Jolla Playhouse's 2015 'DNA New Work Series' Kicks Off Next MonthLa Jolla Playhouse's 2015 'DNA New Work Series' Kicks Off Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2015

La Jolla Playhouse is pleased to bring back its acclaimed new play development initiative, the DNA New Work Series, a two-week run of workshops and readings of new works, taking place February 16 - March 1, 2015. (more...)

A Noise Within Presents Spring 2015 GalaA Noise Within Presents Spring 2015 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2015

A Noise Within, L.A.'s critically acclaimed classical repertory theatre company, is announcing news including a Spring 2015 Gala on Wednesday, March 11; this event will take place on the stunning set of The Threepenny Opera, the first of three spring offerings. (more...)

'THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN' to Play FRIGID New York, 2/18-3/8'THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN' to Play FRIGID New York, 2/18-3/8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2015

FRIGID New York presents A Noisy Tenants production 'Thoughts of a COLORED MAN on a day when the sun set too early', written and directed by Keenan M. Scott II and running February 18th - March 8th, 2015. (more...)

Jonathan Harvey's BEAUTIFUL THING to Return to West End, JuneJonathan Harvey's BEAUTIFUL THING to Return to West End, June
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2015

Nikolai Foster's celebrated anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing will return to the West End in 2015, playing a limited season at the Arts Theatre where it originally enjoyed sell-out success, from 3 June - 11 July. This London season will be part of an 18 week UK tour, opening in Canterbury in March, then visiting Birmingham, Manchester, Guildford, Nottingham, Northampton, Leicester, Cardiff and Brighton. (more...)

F.F. Fiore Celebrates Black History Month With MURRANF.F. Fiore Celebrates Black History Month With MURRAN
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2015

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BWW Previews: Fusion Network II Brings Variety to the Evergreen TheatreBWW Previews: Fusion Network II Brings Variety to the Evergreen Theatre
by Caroline Sposto - Feb 3, 2015

As educators, entertainers, writers and activists, Tim and Dee Dotson are known for having their fingers on the have their fingers on the pulse of the Memphis' urban scene. (more...)

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by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2015

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Idina Menzel Invites FROZEN Fans to Take 'Snowman Challenge' to Support A BroaderWay FoundationIdina Menzel Invites FROZEN Fans to Take 'Snowman Challenge' to Support A BroaderWay Foundation
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2015

Not only does Idina Menzel have a powerhouse voice, but also a powerhouse heart! Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs started A BroaderWay Foundation dedicated to empowering Inner City girls through arts-based activities and education. For many - when they think of snowmen - they think of Idina. For that reason, Idina invites everyone to build a snowman to enable a dream! (more...)

Larry Marshall, Michael James Leslie & More Set for KC Rep's HAIR: Retrospective, 3/20-4/12Larry Marshall, Michael James Leslie & More Set for KC Rep's HAIR: Retrospective, 3/20-4/12
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

Kansas City Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Eric Rosen announced today the casting for HAIR: Retrospection, under his direction. (more...)

Cincinnati Playhouse to Present BUZZER, 3/21-4/19Cincinnati Playhouse to Present BUZZER, 3/21-4/19
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2015

Tracey Scott Wilson's provocative new play BUZZER, set in a gentrifying neighborhood, takes up residence in the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre March 21 through April 19. By turns darkly funny and heartbreaking, BUZZER pushes many timely hot buttons of race, class, sex and real estate. (more...)

Children's Fine Arts Series Launches International Puppet FestivalChildren's Fine Arts Series Launches International Puppet Festival
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2015

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Theatrical Outfit Sets 2015-16 Season: THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, MEMPHIS & MoreTheatrical Outfit Sets 2015-16 Season: THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, MEMPHIS & More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2015

Theatrical Outfit continues its vision of creating compassion - one story at a time - by starting the conversations that matter. (more...)

THE NEW BLACK FEST Comes to The Lark Next MonthTHE NEW BLACK FEST Comes to The Lark Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2015

The New Black Fest, a theater organization celebrating provocative storytelling, music and discussion from the African Diaspora, is proud to announce The New Black Fest at The Lark. (more...)

Award-Winning 60 MINUTES Journalist Bob Simon Dies In Car Accident in NYCAward-Winning 60 MINUTES Journalist Bob Simon Dies In Car Accident in NYC
by TV News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

Bob Simon, the longtime '60 Minutes' correspondent and legendary CBS News foreign reporter died suddenly Wednesday night in a car accident in New York City. (more...)

Arena Stage Announces 2015/16 Season Including Pasek & Paul's DEAR EVAN HANSEN, OLIVER!, World Premiere Plays & MoreArena Stage Announces 2015/16 Season Including Pasek & Paul's DEAR EVAN HANSEN, OLIVER!, World Premiere Plays & More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

Artistic Director Molly Smith has announced the 2015/16 season lineup for the 66th season at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. (more...)

THE MYSTERY & MAGIC Opens 4/24 at CMATHE MYSTERY & MAGIC Opens 4/24 at CMA
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2015

Take a stroll down memory lane at the Canton Museum of Art (CMA) by exploring nostalgic and enchanted works in the new exhibition entitled 'The Mystery & Magic: The Trompe L'Oeil Vision of Gary Erbe,' opening April 24, 2015 and on view through July 19. A special Opening Night Party for Museum members will be hosted on Thursday, April 23, from 6:00 - 8:00pm at CMA. Members can make reservations for the opening by calling 330.453.7666, ext. 104. A limited number of tickets are available for non-members at $10/person and can be reserved by calling the Museum. (more...)

CTG to Offer Reading of USED TO WAS (MAYBE DID) with Inner-City Arts, 4/18CTG to Offer Reading of USED TO WAS (MAYBE DID) with Inner-City Arts, 4/18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2015

A reading of the free-flowing, hip hop-style 'Used To Was (Maybe Did)' by Brian Dykstra will be presented by CTG and Inner-City Arts on Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. as part of CTG's DouglasPlus programming. Directed by Margarett Perry, the free reading will take place in Inner-City Art's Rosenthal Theater. A reception with the artists will follow the performance. (more...)

Mama Foundation for the Arts to Stage Vy Higginsen & Ken Wydro's ALIVE! in Harlem, Starting This WeekendMama Foundation for the Arts to Stage Vy Higginsen & Ken Wydro's ALIVE! in Harlem, Starting This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

The Mama Foundation for the Arts proudly announces the return of their acclaimed musical production, ALIVE! From the creators of Mama, I Want To Sing! -- the worldwide musical sensation -- ALIVE! is a musical celebration of a generation, featuring a full company of performers who are age 55 and over; at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 West 127th Street, between Lenox and Seventh Avenues). (more...)

David Lynch Music Tribute Continues With Online Music Video PremiereDavid Lynch Music Tribute Continues With Online Music Video Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

Since premiering live at "The Music of David Lynch' tribute concert in Los Angeles on April 1st, KID MOXIE's music video, featuring Angelo Badalamenti's remake of Mysteries of Love has become a much-anticipated addendum to the celebration. (more...)

Brent Morin Heading to Foxwoods, 5/7Brent Morin Heading to Foxwoods, 5/7
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2015

Comix at Foxwoods will play host to NBC's “Undateable” star Bret Morin for a three-night four-performance stand-up event beginning on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. and ending with his “Nasty Show” on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 10:30 p.m. (more...)

Steven L. Berk, M.D. Launches New MemoirSteven L. Berk, M.D. Launches New Memoir
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2015

LUBBOCK, Texas, April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ Texas Tech University Press announces the paperback release of Anatomy of a Kidnapping: A Doctor's Story by Steven L. Berk, M.D. Hailed as a 'phenomenal memoir' by Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone, Anatomy of a Kidnapping (ISBN: 978-0-89672-934-6, trade paper) is now available wherever fine books are sold. (more...)

Global Colocation Solutions Provider CyrusOne to Sponsor Second Annual SIM Houston CIO Charity Golf TournamentGlobal Colocation Solutions Provider CyrusOne to Sponsor Second Annual SIM Houston CIO Charity Golf Tournament
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2015

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New Works by Paula Vogel & Colman Domingo Set for Vineyard Theatre's 2015-16 SeasonNew Works by Paula Vogel & Colman Domingo Set for Vineyard Theatre's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

New plays by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel and the actor and playwright Colman Domingo will be produced by the Vineyard Theatre during 2015-16 season, it has been announced by Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern. A third mainstage production for next season is still to be announced. Vineyard Theatre is located at 108 E. 15 St. in New York City. (more...)

David Adkins, Kate Baldwin, Greg Edelman, Alison Fraser and More Set for Berkshire Theatre Group's 2015 Summer Season; Casting Announced!David Adkins, Kate Baldwin, Greg Edelman, Alison Fraser and More Set for Berkshire Theatre Group's 2015 Summer Season; Casting Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2015

Berkshire Theatre Group and Artistic Director/CEO, Kate Maguire, are thrilled to announce the casting for Berkshire Theatre Group's 87th summer season. (more...)

Queensland University of Technology Transforms its Service Desk with HEAT Service ManagementQueensland University of Technology Transforms its Service Desk with HEAT Service Management
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2015

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STAGE TUBE: Young Love Grows in New Trailer for BEAUTIFUL THING UK TourSTAGE TUBE: Young Love Grows in New Trailer for BEAUTIFUL THING UK Tour
by Stage Tube - Apr 2, 2015

Nikolai Foster's celebrated anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing will return to the West End in 2015, playing a limited season at the Arts Theatre where it originally enjoyed sell-out success, from 3 June - 11 July. This London season will be part of an 18 week UK tour, opening in Canterbury last month, then visiting Birmingham, Manchester, Guildford, Nottingham, Northampton, Leicester, Cardiff and Brighton. Click below to watch a trailer for the show! (more...)

NBA Star Russell Westbrook to Visit CBS SUNDAY MORNING, 4/19NBA Star Russell Westbrook to Visit CBS SUNDAY MORNING, 4/19
by TV News Desk - Apr 17, 2015

Russell Westbrook has been called one of the best basketball players in the NBA right now, but he's also generating raves off the court as a style maven, something he gets from his mother, he tells Vladimir Duthiers in an interview for CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD. (more...)

Getting To Know You! Meet the Full Cast of THE KING AND I, Opening Tonight on BroadwayGetting To Know You! Meet the Full Cast of THE KING AND I, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Apr 16, 2015

Lincoln Center Theater presents Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I, led by Kelli O'Hara (as Anna Leonowens) and Ken Watanabe (as the King of Siam), directed by Bartlett Sher. The production opens tonight, April 16, 2015 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street). Scroll down to learn more about the company, plus watch highlights from the show! (more...)

GOOD DAY NEW YORK's Mike Woods to Host Fencing in the Schools Gala, 5/14GOOD DAY NEW YORK's Mike Woods to Host Fencing in the Schools Gala, 5/14
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

On Thursday evening, May 14, 2015 Fencing in the Schools will hold it's second annual benefit celebration at the Salmagundi Art Club in Manhattan to support the growth of youth fencing across the country. Mike Woods, Meteorologist for Fox 5's 'Good Day New York', will host the event, which will feature an exciting demonstration from the US Olympic Fencing team. (more...)

J Swade Releases New Music Video EverydayJ Swade Releases New Music Video Everyday
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2015

Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes presents the release of the 'Everyday' Music Video by J Swade. This video is now available to view on the Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes website. In 'Everyday', J Swade takes the viewer on an interesting journey within an urban, Inner City area. (more...)

THE TALE OF MKEKE is ReleasedTHE TALE OF MKEKE is Released
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2015

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Flutronix's Nathalie Joachim Composes for 'Ulysses'Flutronix's Nathalie Joachim Composes for 'Ulysses'
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2015

Flutronix's Nathalie Joachim is one of the composers for the April 8 performance by Ulysses Owens Jr as well as flutist in the ensemble accompanying him. (more...)

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