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Jamaica is a musical with a book by Yip Harburg and Fred Saidy, lyrics by Harburg, and music by Harold Arlen. Harburg was blacklisted in Hollywood at the time of the writing of the musical. Set on a small island off the coast of Jamaica, the musical tells about a simple island community fighting to avoid being overrun by American commercialism.



Arlen's music parodies the popular form of Calypso, which was in vogue in the 1950s, largely as a result of the popularity of Harry Belafonte, for whom the musical was originally written. Belafonte withdrew from the production due to illness, and the musical was then tailored around the talents of Lena Horne.

Caribbean Offerings at New Perspectives Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

Banana Boat Productions in association with New Perspectives Theatre Company (NPTC) is pleased to announce Crossing Boundaries, two short plays from Trinidadian writers as part of OFF THE BOAT, a summer Caribbean Theatre Festival. Dueling Voices, by the prolific Zeno Obi Constance, is paired with Nice by Mustapha Matura (Playboy of the West Indies.) The production runs August 18 through 27th at New Perspectives Studio, 458 West 37th Street, with performances Wednesday - Saturday at 7:30pm and Sundays at 4:00pm. (more...)

Guan Gong Dance Performance at United Nations and Jamaica Performing Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

This is an original dance performance to be held at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center and United Nations(Guan Gong's 1856th Birthday Anniversary. World Guan Gong Community Global Grand Opening Celebration)and is hosted by UCT International Culture Development Inc.The show tells the story of a historical hero from the three kingdoms period in China: the great general Guan Gong. Popra Nakayama (Off Broadway musicals 'Beauty and the Beast,' 'Cinderella,' 'Sleepy Hollow' and the musical Omotenashi Journey at Carnegie Hall) has created this dance performance based on jazz and theatre dance and influenced by Kung fu and fan dance and will also appear onstage as a dancer/model. (more...)

International HOME AWAY Festival Coming to Glasgow This October
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

Ten years ago, the National Theatre of Scotland launched with Home, a project inviting ten communities from across Scotland to express what Home meant to them, to reflect on their place in the world. (more...)

Double Edge Theatre Adds Benefit Performance of ONCE A BLUE MOON
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

Double Edge Theatre announced that it will add a special benefit performance of the sold-out Once a Blue Moon (Cada Luna Azul) on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 at 8pm. Proceeds from this special performance will help support DE's free Latin American Spectacle performance this September in Springfield, MA, presented by Springfield City Mosaic. This weekend of free performances will feature over fifty Springfield youth performing alongside the artists of Double Edge. (more...)

Michael C. Hall & Todd Almond, Brasil Summerfest and More Coming Up at Joe's Pub This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its nightly performances from tomorrow, July 27, through August 7, 2016. Scroll down for details, and visit www.joespub.com for a complete list of shows! (more...)

Olympic Medalists Sanya Richards-Ross & Trey Hardee Join NBC OLYMPICS Coverage
by TV News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross and 2012 Olympic decathlon silver medalist Trey Hardee will join NBC Olympics' coverage of track and field at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro. The Opening Ceremony is next Friday, August 5 on NBC. (more...)

BWW Interview: Tony Danza, Now in 'Residence' at 54 Below
by Adrienne Onofri - Jul 25, 2016

The beloved sitcom star ups his musical theater cred with a summer-long engagement at the midtown cabaret. (more...)

Festival Latino to Celebrate 20th Anniversary This August in Bicentennial Park
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

?Festival Latino, the largest Latin event in Ohio, marks its 20th anniversary in 2016. (more...)

Sophia Taylor Releases BLACK GIRLS CAN GROW NATURALLY LONG HAIR
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

Sophia Taylor shares a step-by-step process for growing and caring for naturally long hair. Using her personal experiences, she tells how she battled her 'bad' hair and how she devised a way to increase her hair's length and keep it healthy, the way nature intended, in 'Black Girls Can Grow Naturally Long Hair' (published by iUniverse). (more...)

MoneyGram Foundation and First Book to Deliver Thousands of Books to Children in Jamaica
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

KINGSTON, Jamaica, July 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ MoneyGram (MGI), a global provider of innovative money transfer services, along with U.S.-based nonprofit First Book, recentlycelebrated a $15,000 grant donation from the MoneyGram Foundation that will provide funds to the Child Resiliency Program. The money will help buy 10,000 new, age appropriate and culturally relevant books from the First Book Global Marketplace and the First Book National Book Bank. (more...)

Harbourfront Centre to Welcome Return of ISLAND SOUL During Caribbean Carnival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

Harbourfront Centre is excited to announce the return of Island Soul, during the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, with a focus on a renaissance of Caribbean culture and traditions, July 29 - August 1. (more...)

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company to Perform at Inaugural Jamaica Dance Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

The critically acclaimed Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company will perform in the inaugural The Jamaica Dance Festival on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 6:45pm at Rufus King Park, 150-29 Jamaica Ave, New York, 11435. (more...)

BWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Makes True Love Merry at Door Shakespeare
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Jul 18, 2016

'The course of true love never did run smooth'...so quotes William Shakespeare in his popular comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream. Door Shakespeare heightens that famous line in this rousing, high energy romp at Bjorklunden Garden in Baileys Harbor this summer. Former Milwaukee Rep Artistic Director and Door County resident Joseph Hanreddy personally stamps Shakespeare's forest fairies and lover's magic with an inventive blend of mayhem that includes some countryfied music for the audience's pleasure. (more...)

Lady Rizo, Ghost Quartet, Alexis & the Samurai & More Coming Up at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its nightly performances, running July 20-31, 2016. Scroll down or visit www.joespub.com for details! (more...)

NBC Sports Coverage of 2016-17 PREMIER LEAGUE Kicks Off 8/13
by TV News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

NBC Sports Group's coverage of the 2016-17 Premier League season kicks off five days from today, on Saturday, August 13 (more...)

Guan Gong Dance Performance Choreographed and Performed by Popra Nakayama at the United Nations Headquarters
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

An original dance performance celebrating the Chinese General Guan Gong and hosted by UCT International Culture Development Inc. was held at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center on July 23rd and at the United Nations on July 27th. (more...)

Ellen Page to Host Special GAYCATION Episode from Orlando, FL 8/24
by TV News Desk - Aug 5, 2016

VICELAND's Emmy-nominated 'GAYCATION' featuring Ellen Page and Ian Daniel will present a special episode on Wednesday, August 24 at 10:00 PM (ET) focused on the aftermath of the shootings in Orlando, Florida. (more...)

ESPN to Present Over 2,800 Hours of Coverage of RIO 2016 OLYMPICS
by TV News Desk - Aug 5, 2016

ESPN will present extensive coverage of Rio 2016 across the world delivering over 2,800 hours of content in Latin America and the Caribbean, where ESPN holds rights, and extensive news and information in the U.S. and around the world, on television and digital platforms. (more...)

Maurice Hines to Bring His Story to Life in TAPPIN' THRU LIFE at Herberger Theater
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2016

?He's going to put a smile on your face and song in your heart. (more...)

TNC's 2016 Dream Up Festival to Present MOTHER IN LAW
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2016

Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival presents 'Mother-in-Law', A Comedy About the Classic Cult Figure with a Caribbean Twist. (more...)

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts Announces 2016-2017 WORLD OF DANCE Series
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2016

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College is pleased to announce its 2016-17 World of Dance series. Since its inception in 1966, this series has showcased new works by more than 175 regional, national, and international companies. This year's lineup features the latest production from Buenos Aires tango company Estampas Porteñas, a celebration of the Chinese Year of the Rooster by the prestigious Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, and the much-anticipated returns of the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica and Step Afrika!. (more...)

Mixed Culture's MOVEMENT IN ROOTS, MOVEMENT IN DUB Album Out Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2016

The debut, deluxe edition, double box set 'Movement in Roots, Movement in Dub' album from Miami based reggae group Mixed Culture is out tomorrow, August 5. (more...)

C&W Networks at CANTO: Future-Proofing Caribbean Region by Driving Industry Innovation With Network Certifications
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2016

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Digicel Appoints Usain Bolt as Chief Speed Officer (CSO)
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

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No Southwest Effect for Travel to the United States
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

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BWW Review: Jeff Harnar Dazzles A Sold-Out Metropolitan Room With An Engaging Revival of His '1959 Broadway Songbook'
by Victoria Ordin - Aug 23, 2016

When a show at the Metropolitan Room starts over thirty minutes late because the staff is frantically trying to find chairs and room for the better part of New York's cabaret community, you know you're in store for something truly special. And unless there's a chair thief on the loose in Flatiron who doesn't like Broadway, someone clearly oversold this show and/or lost track of comps; this was extremely vexing with a heat advisory in effect. Still, the mood was festive in anticipation of Jeff Harnar's 1959 Broadway Songbook, the 12th installment in Stephen Hanks' impressive (and increasingly well-known) New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits series. Harnar's show premiered 25 years ago at the Algonquin's Oak Room. Two years later, PBS filmed the collaboration with musical director Alex Rybeck, whose arrangements honor the original compositions but reimagine them in sometimes astonishing ways, making them genuinely creative acts. (more...)

Double Edge Theatre's SPRINGFIELD SPECTACLE Comes to Forest Park for Free
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

Springfield's City Mosaic will present free performances of Double Edge Theatre's Springfield Spectacle September 23 & 24 in Forest Park. (more...)

Ava DuVernay & David Oyelowo Named 20th Anniversary Festival Ambassadors
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

Urbanworld Film Festival announced today that critically-acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay and one of Hollywood's most sought after actors, David Oyelowo, will serve as the ambassadors for Urbanworld Film Festival's 20 th anniversary. (more...)

NBC's RIO OLYMPICS Is Most Successful Media Event in History
by TV News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

NBC Olympics' exclusive and unprecedented coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics was the most ambitious media event in history, providing more ways to consume more hours of content across more platforms than any Olympics ever…and Rio 2016 dominated the competition. (more...)

Tamar-kali, ASE Dance Theatre Collective and More Set for SummerStage This Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

Tamar-kali with ASE Dance Theatre Collective and nathantrice/RITUALS dance theater will perform as part of SummerStage @ Central Park, MN on Wednesday, August 10. Doors 7pm / Show 8pm. Free show! (more...)

Black Violin, Tony Danza, Nai-Ni Chen Dance & More Set for Brooklyn Center's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College announces its 2016-17 season of music, dance, theater, and family programming, reflecting the multicultural diversity of Brooklyn. (more...)

Usain Bolt's Final Olympic Race Highlights Tonight's OLYMPICS Coverage on NBC
by TV News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

NBC's primetime coverage of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad continues today, Friday, August 19, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and features what could be eight-time gold medalist Usain Bolt's last career Olympic race, as he anchors Jamaica's 4x100m relay team against Justin Gatlin and the U.S. T (more...)

Deadly Cost of Bullying on Tonight's MetroFocus on THIRTEEN
by TV News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

The award-winning series MetroFocus premieres new episodes in the New York and tri-state region weeknights at 5 p.m. on WLIW21, 5:30 p.m. on NJTV and 6 p.m. on THIRTEEN. All episodes are available at metrofocus.org following the broadcast. (more...)

Usain Bolt's Quest for Gold Highlights Tonight's OLYMPICS Coverage on NBC
by TV News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

NBC's primetime coverage of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad continues tomorrow, Thursday, August 18, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and features defending two-time champion Usain Bolt and American LaShawn Merritt (more...)

BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Mixes Shakespeare's Classic Romantic Comedy with a Rockin' Song Score
by Shari Barrett - Aug 17, 2016

Director Gloria Gifford takes her job of inspiring upcoming stars in proper stage presentation, and above all, I must commend her for making sure each actor in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at TU Studios understood exactly what they were saying so audience members could not only understand the words but also what was being said in terms of the dialogue's meaning. It is the first production of the play in which I could get the meaning of each line, even though the words as written were foreign to modern English. Some of the actors shared with me that Gloria demanded their line presentation and stage movements make perfect sense, and the actors responded with great care. (more...)

Boston Landmarks Orchestra and CSC Present Rodgers and Hart's THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Boston Landmarks Orchestra closes their 2016 Free Wednesday Concerts at the DCR Memorial Hatch Shell on August 31 (7 pm)* with another extraordinary collaboration with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC).  A concert performance  -  with music and dance - of The Boys from Syracuse, with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart, and a new adaptation of the George Abbott book by Larry ( and Jennifer Hart with consultation by 3-time Tony Award librettist (Annie, co-librettist of The Producers and Hairspray) Tom Meehan.  The concert is free and open to the public. *If it is raining on August 31, the concert will be postponed to September 1 at the Hatch Shell. If it is also raining September 1st, the concert will be moved to Symphony Hall on the 1st. For more information visit landmarksorchestra.org. (more...)

FACTORY Announces 2016-2017 SEASON
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Following the strong success of the critically-acclaimed and multi-award winning NAKED season, Factory continues its commitment to producing 100% Canadian content with the announcement of the 2016-2017 season. Six distinctive productions; three world premieres, one Toronto premiere, and two return engagements, explore universal themes of family and identity from a broad range of cultural perspectives. (more...)

Gary Nesta Pine to Release New Album REVELATIONS Out on August 26, 2016
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Gary Nesta Pine has been inspired by, and devoted to, music for as long as he can remember.  “I'm a messenger from Jah.  My dad was a postman; I feel like I am the postman of music.” The impact reggae has had on his life, and him on its sound, can't be understated. They're so intertwined that it's hard to imagine Jamaican roots reggae without the passion of Gary Nesta Pine. (more...)

Boston Landmarks Orchestra and CSC Present THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE Free Concert, 8/31
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Boston Landmarks Orchestra closes their 2016 Free Wednesday Concerts at the DCR Memorial Hatch Shell on August 31 (7 pm)* with another extraordinary collaboration with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC).  A concert performance  -  with music and dance - of The Boys from Syracuse, with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart, and a new adaptation of the George Abbott book by Larry ( and Jennifer Hart with consultation by 3-time Tony Award librettist (Annie, co-librettist of The Producers and Hairspray) Tom Meehan.  The concert is free and open to the public. *If it is raining on August 31, the concert will be postponed to September 1 at the Hatch Shell. If it is also raining September 1st, the concert will be moved to Symphony Hall on the 1st. For more information visit landmarksorchestra.org. (more...)

CNBC to Present Highlights from This Week's Premier League Coverage 8/20
by TV News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Leicester City host Arsenal in a match between last season's top two clubs this Saturday, August 20, at 12:30 p.m. ET, on CNBC, highlighting this week's Premier League coverage. (more...)

15-Year-Old Actress to Host COLBY'S CORNER on ALL ABOUT US
by TV News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

ALL ABOUT US - Teen Talk TV welcomes new show 'Colby's Corner,' described as 'Your premier destination for Teens who want a safe place to learn and talk about what's really happening in their lives Socially, Academically and Culturally.' (more...)

Marcus Center to Host Live @ Peck Pavilion Closing Celebration TASTE OF THE ISLANDS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce additional schedule information for the Live @ Peck Pavilion closing celebration, Taste of Islands. (more...)

BWW Review: In COCK TALES: Shame on Me! Debra Ehrhardt Honestly Shares Her Sexual Awakening
by Shari Barrett - Aug 15, 2016

Cock Tales: Shame on Me! the new and very personal play from Debra Ehrhardt, the award-winning solo artist and writer of the internationally acclaimed Jamaica Farewell, is a remarkably honest tale about how her repressed and very religious childhood was challenged by her discovery of boys' bodies before she was in her teens. Her 80-minute show is based on Ms. Ehrhardt's colorful history of a lifetime of encounters with a world full of testosterone-fueled gentlemen--and not-so-gentle-men- that has given her plenty of 'source material' from which to create a memorable evening of theater. From her early years as a young girl raised in a religious family, through her sexual awakening as a young adult, she takes us on a bumpy ride over a funny, sexy and emotionally rocky road. I guarantee you will laugh along with her and nod in recognition of our common sexual experiences while fighting with the shame and guilt her experimentation caused her psyche. (more...)

MATT & BEN to Return to Davis Square This Summer for One-Year Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

LL Production Company's production of Matt & Ben, written by Mindy Kaling (The Office) and Brenda Withers, is returning to Davis Square Theatre this summer for its one-year anniversary. (more...)

Five Boroughs Music Festival Announces 10th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Five Boroughs Music Festival (5BMF) today announces programming for its tenth anniversary season, continuing its mission of bringing affordable, high-caliber performances of traditional and contemporary chamber music to all five boroughs of New York City.  (more...)

Stolen Spirits Releases Limited Edition Overproof Rum
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Where there's smoke... there's fire. Stolen Spirits, creators of the world's first smoked rum, is releasing an overproof rum, now available in key markets across the USA. (more...)

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston Announces 2016-18 Exhibitions, 8/17
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston announces its upcoming exhibitions: (more...)

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts to Present Buenos Aires Tango
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College opens its 2016-17 season on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 8pm with Argentine Tango company Estampas Porteñas and their newest production, Deseos: Stories of Longing and Desire, a celebration of the greatest artistic elements of Argentina including the indomitable tango, the athletic malambo of the gauchos, and the country's wide range of musical styles. (more...)

Allen School of Health Sciences Goes Beyond the Classroom to Help...
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

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Mike Hawthorne to Release THE HUNGRY HORIZON PIRATES OF THE PACIFIC
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2016

The Hungry Horizon Pirates of the Pacific-Book I Debut novel by Mike Hawthorne follows the true exploits of the infamous pirate, Bartholomew Sharp and his band of Buccaneers Jamaica, Christmas 1679. In Morant Bay, a fleet of buccaneers secretly prepares to attack the Spanish Main, in defiance of the peace treaty between England and Spain. A veteran of the Dutch Wars and Henry Morgan's sack of Panama, Tom Sheppard flees from a brawl in Port Royal with his two young turtle-fishing mates to join the expedition and escape the threat of the gallows. Reluctantly, he is dragged deep into the criminal world of squabbling pirate captains on the edge of the known world. His dreams of escape are frustrated at every turn. He must keep his friends safe and come to terms with what he has become or go mad. 'The Hungry Horizon is a very well written novel, and I could not put the book down for a moment, as it is a thrilling tale from beginning to end.' -Bernard Keiser, Treasure Hunter and Millionaire Businessman About The Author Mike Hawthorne is based in London, UK. He was born in Manchester, UK, 1954. Hawthorne spent 30 years as a visual artist (see http://www.mikehawthorne.net). He then began to concentrate on writing, after graduating with first-class honours in Creative Writing at Roehampton University, London in 2012. This is his first book, one of a planned series of three volumes. See author's blog Smoke Signals at uniquearoma.blogspot.com. Fireship Press P.O. BOX 68412 • Tucson, AZ 85737 520-360-6228 • fireshipinfo@gmail.com http://www.fireshippress.com Fiction: Action & Adventure, Historical, Sea Stories Trade paperback: 978-1-61179-363-5 / $19.99 • ePub & Mobi: 978-1-61179-364-2 / $7.99 Available through: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks and Kobo Visit http://www.fireshippress.com/fireship_authors/mike-hawthorne.html for more details. (more...)

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