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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.

New Study Shows How Arts and Culture Improve Health, Safety and Well-being in New York City's Less Prosperous Neighborhoods
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2017

Low- and moderate-income residents in New York City neighborhoods with many cultural resources are healthier, better educated, and safer overall than those in similar communities with fewer creative resources, according to a groundbreaking study by the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. And the results hold true in all five of the City's boroughs. (more...)

World-Premiere of KIDNAP ROAD by Catherine Filloux Set for Spring at La MaMa
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

KIDNAP ROAD - a new play by Catherine Filloux, based on the real-life story of a female presidential candidate held in captivity for six years by terrorists in Colombia - will be given its world premiere production this spring, presented by La MaMa at its First Floor Theatre (74 E. 4 St.), with previews beginning April 27 prior to the official press opening on April 30.     (more...)

UC San Diego presents Family-Friendly Show, ANANSI: THE STORY KING
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017


The York Theatre Company Winter 2017 Developmental Reading Series presents Two New Works
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Interim Executive Director; David McCoy, Chairman of the Board), dedicated to the development of new musicals and the preservation of musical gems from the past, as part of its acclaimed Developmental Reading Series, will present the staged readings of two new musicals:  Dutch Master, with music and lyrics by Jeffrey Stock (Triumph of Love), and book by Marc Acito (Allegiance), and The White Witch of Rosehall, with music by Balint Varga (Houdini the Musical), and book and lyrics by Bryan D. Leys (Hell's Belles) at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).  (more...)

Bid for a Luxury Vacation, THE VOICE Taping and More with BACKSTAGE AT THE GEFFEN Auction
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

Backstage at the Geffen, the Geffen Playhouse's 15th annual fundraiser event, has launched its online auction featuring luxury vacations, one-of-a-kind artwork and VIP experiences. (more...)

Arsenal v Manchester Highlights Live PREMIER LEAGUE Coverage on NBC Sports
by TV News Desk - Mar 29, 2017

Live Premier League coverage returns this week with 20 matches in five days, highlighted by Arsenal v. Manchester City on Premier League Sunday, this Sunday, April 2, at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Telemundo. (more...)

HAMLET to Transfer to Harold Pinter Theatre Following Sold-Out Run at Almeida Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2017

Olivier Award-winning director, Robert Icke's (Mary Stuart, The Red Barn, Uncle Vanya, Oresteia, Mr Burns and 1984), ground-breaking and electrifying production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, starring BAFTA award-winner Andrew Scott (Moriarty in BBC's Sherlock, Denial, Spectre, Design For Living and Cock) in the title role, will transfer to the Harold Pinter Theatre, following a critically acclaimed and sell out run at the Almeida Theatre. (more...)

International Festival of Arts & Ideas Announces 2017 Season Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2017

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas today announced complete details for Festival 2017, which will begin on June 3 and continues for three weeks through June 24 in New Haven, Connecticut.  (more...)

Michael Reagan, Jean Smart and More to Give 'THE ALZHEIMER'S TALKS' for The Art of Alzheimer's
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2017

The Art of Alzheimer's, along with presenting partner UW Medicine, Memory and Brain Wellness Center, is proud to present The Alzheimer's Talks: Perspectives and Personal Stories from Noteworthy Sources. (more...)

Pitbull, Flo Rida, Stephen Marley & More to Perform at WrestleMania
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2017

WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced that Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum international icon, Pitbull, will take the stage at WrestleMania 33 joined by Flo Rida, Stephen Marley and LunchMoney Lewis (more...)

Freddie Jackson's New Album is Sending Out Love Signals
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2017

For urban contemporary listeners and music critics alike; there is no doubt which R&B artists deserve a place among the greatest of all time. (more...)

BWW Review: Taylor and Bologna's LOVE ALLWAYS Enjoys L.A. Premiere at Gray Studios
by Shari Barrett - Mar 27, 2017

Comprised of 10 short plays in 2 acts about the follies and foibles of love and lovers, LOVE ALLWAYS addresses the subjects of love and romance which have long provided great source material for comedy, created from the pens of two proven masters of American comedy. With busy careers in film, television and Broadway, Taylor and Bologna have defied the Hollywood odds with a marriage that's lasted 51 years (so far). And no doubt, many of the relationship stories shared must be of a very personal nature to them, or perhaps some of their closest friends! (more...)

VEVO Premieres One Of A Kind Global Video 'Ringer' Video From The Unlikely Candidates
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2017

Today, VEVO is world premiering the new music video from Fort Worth, TX alternative rock band, The Unlikely Candidates for their song “Ringer.” (more...)

Grammy Nominated Artist Barrington Levy Releases New Single & Video
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

Legendary Reggae artist Barrington Levy unveils a powerful single, 'G.S.O.A.T,' from his upcoming album Survivor. In addition to the track, the single is paired with a telling music video, speaking of perseverance, strength and the blessing of life. (more...)

BWW Review: ONE LOVE, Birmingham Repertory Theatre
by Emma Cann - Mar 24, 2017

Birmingham Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere production of One Love: The Bob Marley Musical. Written and directed by Kwame Kwei Armah, this brand new musical is so much more than a juke-box style tribute act. Set across a dramatic period in the music legend's life, we see Bob Marley caught in the cross-fire between opposing political parties, as his beloved homeland of Jamaica is on the brink of civil war. Torn between his family, religion and the duty he feels to unite his people with his music and his message, One Love is Bob Marley's coming of age story.  (more...)

UB40 Announces 13-Date 'Cities & Towns Tour'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

Birmingham's renowned pop and reggae band UB40, who have accrued 3 number 1's and a massive 17 top 10 hits in the UK top 40 including 'Red, Red wine', 'I got you babe' &' I can't help falling in love with you' announce 'Cities and Towns' a 13 date tour across the UK from 4 - 22 December 2017. (more...)

UniverSoul Circus to Return to New York City Area This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

Friends and family of all ages, it's time to get charged up for big time fun and the high-flying Big Top adventure of a lifetime as UniverSoul Circus returns to the New York metropolitan area. UniverSoul Circus, America's premier family entertainment attraction, delivers a brand new exciting production for all to enjoy in 2017.  (more...)

Morgan Heritage's New Album, 'Avrakedabra' Out 5/19, Pre-Order Available Now
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2017

In the wake of their historical GRAMMY win for Best Reggae Album as the Producer and Artist for “Strictly Roots”, which was released under their own independent label CTBC Music Group, the Iconic GRAMMY Award-Winning cultured driven band has managed yet again to deliver another classic album. (more...)

Founder of Eat-Clean Diet, Tosca Reno, Hosts Luxury Wellness Retreats Around the World, May - October
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

Tosca Reno founder of the revolutionary Eat-Clean Diet® series and a New York Times best-selling author of the Your Best Body Now has partnered with Retreats Unlimited, a global wellness firm that provides turnkey wellness retreats set in luxury resorts from around the world. Reno well known amongst celebrities has worked with Angelina Jolie, Bobbi Brown and Paula Abdul. These celebrities are huge fans, and Tosca's proven techniques have also captured the attention of Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, and The Doctors. “We are excited to welcome Tosca to our growing family of esteemed wellness and fitness experts,” states Tammy Petersen, President of Retreats Unlimited. Below are Tosca top five health hacks to help shed winter weight gain: (more...)

'Jamaican Entrepreneurship' is Released
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2017

ROSSLYN, Va., March 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ Jamaica has a great system for producing world-class athletes and has become known as the 'sprint factory.' Usain Bolt, the fastest human on earth, is one example of what the system has produced, but there are plenty of other champions in the pipeline. Track and field training is a part of the national culture and it begins in early childhood. Can this experience be replicated to turn the island into an 'entrepreneurship factory?' UMT professor Dr. Glen Laman says 'Yes.' (more...)

NBC Sports Announces This Week's PREMIER LEAGUE Coverage
by TV News Desk - Mar 14, 2017

Third-place Manchester City host fourth-place Liverpool this Sunday, Mar. 19, at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Telemundo, highlighting NBC Sports Group's Premier League coverage this week. (more...)

311 Return With New Album 'Mosaic' Out Summer 2017 On BMG
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

311 are set to return with their 12th studio album titled MOSAIC, due out worldwide summer 2017 on BMG. The multi-platinum band's first single 'Too Much To Think' premiered at Alternative radio on Friday, March 10. (more...)

NBC Sports to Present PREMIER LEAGUE's Liverpool v. Arsenal, 3/4
by TV News Desk - Mar 1, 2017

Fifth-place Liverpool host fourth-place Arsenal in a top-five Premier League clash this Saturday, March 4, at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and UNIVERSO, highlighting this weekend's Premier League coverage. (more...)

GHOST BROTHERS Return to TLC for All-New Season 3/12
by TV News Desk - Mar 1, 2017

With eight episodes, season 2 of GHOST BROTHERS premieres Friday, March 10 at 9/8c on TLC. (more...)

IONA Contemporary Dance Theatre To Perform At POW! WOW!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

IONA Contemporary Dance Theatre is excited to announce their appearance at the opening block party of the 2017 Pow! Wow! on February 11. Dancers from IONA's inventive production 'Paint By Number' will appear at the Kaka'ako event from 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. at Agora and on the street. Audience members will be a part of the interactive experience, getting to paint the dancers. (more...)

San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery Presents IMPRESSIONS, 2/9-3/1
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery presents Impressions: African American artists and their connection to African Art, an exhibition featuring the works of Andrea Chung, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle and Robert Pruitt as well as select pieces from the San Diego Mesa College African Art collection. (more...)

12 Olympic Gold Medalists Highlight the 110th Millrose Games This Saturday
by TV News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

Coverage of the 2017 USATF Indoor Championship Series continues with the 110th Millrose Games, the third event in the series, this Saturday, Feb. 11, at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC from Armory Track & Field Center in New York, N.Y. The field for the Millrose Games features 57 Olympians and 19 Olympic medalists, including 12 Olympic gold medalists. (more...)

NBC Sports Presents PREMIER LEAGUE Matchup - Liverpool vs. Tottenham, 2/11
by TV News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

Fifth-place Liverpool host second-place Tottenham this Saturday, Feb. 11, at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and NBC UNIVERSO, highlighting this week's Premier League coverage. (more...)

USA Masters Track Championships Return To Albuquerque, 2/17
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Feb. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ The USA Track & Field Masters Championship return to Albuquerque Friday through Sunday February 17-19 after last year's unprecedented forty-four world and American records set at the Albuquerque championship, with competitors 30-99 years old. Over 600 of the country's best older athletes include Olympians, world champions, NFL players, and entertainers including a jazz great (Nolan Shaheed, M65, Pasadena, CA, who has been the lead for Stevie Wonder and Count Basie and played in the Emmys and The Voice). (more...)

National Gallery of Jamaica Hosts the Jamaica Biennial 2017
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

Open to the public from Tuesday, February 28 to Sunday, May 28, 2017, the 2017 Jamaica Biennial is organized by the National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ), the largest and oldest public art museum in the Anglophone Caribbean. (more...)

Geva Theatre Center presents PRIVATE LIVES
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2017

Geva Theatre Center presents Private Lives, Noel Coward's hilarious comedy of manners.Private Lives is directed by Mark Cuddy and will be performed in the Wilson Stage from March 21 to April 16. (more...)

Digicel Partners With Qwilt to Optimise Over-the-Top Video Content to Improve Quality of Experience for Customers
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2017


Huntington to Host 12th Poetry Out Loud Semi-Final This March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2017

The Huntington Theatre Company's Department of Education celebrates the 12th anniversary of the national Poetry Out Loud contest, having facilitated the competition in Massachusetts since its inception in 2006. This year, 76 high school students from across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will participate in four regional semi-final contests March 4 and March 5. (more...)

Chef Spotlight: Wenford Patrick Simpson of BB KINGS BLUES CLUB in NYC
by Marina Kennedy - Feb 23, 2017

Chef Wenford Patrick Simpson of BB Kings Blues Club, the popular spot in the heart of Broadway, is in our 'Chef Spotlight.' (more...)

XLI Technologies, Inc. Gaining Momentum, Cancelling Caribbean Territory and Getting Back 4.7 Million Shares of Stock
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017


Brian Reid Shares 'Jesus Christ, The Supreme Sacrifice'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

'Jesus Christ, The Supreme Sacrifice': an in-depth study of sacrifice throughout religious history. 'Jesus Christ, The Supreme Sacrifice' is the creation of published author Brian Reid, Th.D., a minister of the Gospel who has served his faith in many capacities, including men's fellowship president, Sunday school teacher, youth committee and missionary. Born in Jamaica, Dr. Reid accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior in 1990. (more...)

NBC Sports to Present PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea v Swansea City, 2/25
by TV News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

Following the FA Cup break, NBC Sports Group's Premier League coverage returns, kicking off this Saturday, Feb. 25, at 9 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN (more...)

'Digicel 2030' Global Transformation Programme Begins
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017


Nattali Rize Announces New Album 'Rebel Frequency'; Pre-Order Available Now
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

Working across multiple continents, Nattali Rize continues her mission to empower and inspire collective freedom through her upcoming debut full-length release Rebel Frequency (more...)

Strawdog Theatre Company Announces New Staff, Board and Company Members
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

Co-Artistic Directors Michael Dailey, Heath Hays and Anderson Lawfer are proud to announce the addition of eight new company members to Strawdog Theatre's ensemble including Chelsea Wilson, board president; Leah Barish, managing director; Virginia Head, director of individual giving; Cara Beth Heath, literary manager and Kamille Dawkins, Ashley Ann Woods, Raquel Adorno and Elly Green, ensemble members. (more...)

Adura Onashile and Scottish Theatre Producers Present EXPENSIVE SHIT
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2017

This bold four-hander, featuring the music and dance of Fela Kuti's Afrobeat genre, revolves around the life and experiences of Tolu, a toilet attendant, and her relationship to the women around her. The story moves from Glasgow, where Tolu is working in a toilet for tips, flashing back to the legendary Shrine Club in 90s Lagos, where a younger Tolu dreams of becoming a dancer in the revolutionary band of Fela Kuti. (more...)

Scholastic To Publish Activism Book By 12 Year Old
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

NEW YORK, Feb. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ Scholastic (SCHL), the global children's publishing, education, and media company, has acquired world rights to an activism book written by Marley Dias, the 12 year-old social activist behind #1000BlackGirlBooksan international movement to collect and donate children's books that feature Black girls as the lead character.Marley is using her voice to advocate for social justice, a commitment reflected by her ambitious life goals: she dreams of becoming an editor of her very own magazine and plans to use media to spread positive messages and to perpetuate more socially conscious pop culture. The book will be published in Spring 2018 by Scholastic Press. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsals with CHIGGER FOOT BOYS at Tara Arts
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

Patricia Cumper, renowned playwright and former Artistic Director of Talawa Theatre, draws inspiration from personal and historical stories in her latest play, set in a rum bar by the docks in Kingston, Jamaica 1914. (more...)

Cable & Wireless Reports Preliminary Results for the Period Ended December 31, 2016
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017


Five Boroughs Music Festival Presents East of the River on 3/16
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

Five Boroughs Music Festival (5BMF) presents the adventurous world-music ensemble East of the River in their new program, SULTANA: Music of the Sephardic Diaspora, on Thursday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park, Brooklyn.  (more...)

Urbano Project Announces Bilingual Music, Art and Activism Series at Libreria Donceles
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

Urbano Project has announced a series of bilingual salon-like gatherings to be held at Libreria Donceles, a participatory art installation and meeting place for the community. (more...)

TLC to Premiere All-New Season of GHOST BROTHERS, 3/10
by TV News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

TLC is ready to be scared silly, announcing a new season of GHOST BROTHERS premiering next month during its Friday night supernatural strand. (more...)

Russell Simmons Invites New Yorkers Of All Backgrounds To Stand In Solidarity With American Muslims In Times Square On February 19 To Declare 'Today, I Am A Muslim Too'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2017


Russell Simmons Invites New Yorkers Of All Backgrounds To Stand In Solidarity With American Muslims In Times Square, 2/19
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2017

New Yorkers of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds are being asked to gather on Sunday, February 19th, from 12:00 to 4:00 pm in New York's Times Square, (at the corner of 48thStreet & Broadway, Manhattan) and join hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons and prominent religious leaders to declare their solidarity with American Muslims who have recently been impacted by discriminatory rhetoric and a travel ban by the Trump Administration. (more...)

PLAYSTUDIOS Adds Couples Resorts, Jamaica to In-Game Rewards Offering
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2017


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