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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.

Chronixx Drops Brand New Video for 'Likes'; Chronology Out 7/7
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2017

Jamaica's highly-touted musician Chronixx drops his brand new video “Likes” from his forthcoming debut album Chronology (out next week 7.7). The self-produced single has been burning up dancehall's across the world, since its release in March. (more...)

The Dizzy Feet Foundation to Celebrate National Dance Day
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2017

The Dizzy Feet Foundation (DFF), co-founded by Nigel Lythgoe and Adam Shankman, is proud to announce that the 8th annual National Dance Day (NDD) will take place on Saturday, July 29 at Grand Park in Los Angeles, co-presented by The Music Center, and in Washington D.C., hosted by the Kennedy Center.   The event continues the ongoing alliance of some of the nation's leading cultural organizations, which once again join together to promote the benefits and joy of dance for everyone.  YouTube Red joins National Dance Day as the 2017 Title Sponsor. (more...)

Harlem Repertory Theatre To Revive Harburg & Saidy's JAMAICA
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2017

The Harlem Repertory Theatre, under the direction of its Founding Artistic Director Keith Lee Grant, has announced that it will present Jamaica, Yip Harburg and Fred Saidy,'s powerful story about a Jamaican woman's dream of moving to New York City, July 29th - March 24th at The Tato Laviera Theatre (240 East 123rd Street). (more...)

National Ice Cream Month News: Ben & Jerry's Top Ten Flavors Revealed
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2017

Ben & Jerry's fans look forward to this time of year with hopeful anticipation and visions of a sweet, too-fleeting season. No, it's not summerit's National Ice Cream Month, celebrated every year in July. This year, ice cream aficionados have new and flavorful ways to get the most of their favorite holiday month. Here's a look at 2017's ice cream highlights. (more...)

Travel Channel Premieres New Season of TOP SECRET SWIMMING HOLES 7/23
by TV News Desk - Jun 28, 2017

Travel Channel has crisscrossed the globe to uncover the earth's most amazing, refreshing and off-the-beaten-path places to dive into in the new season of TOP SECRET SWIMMING HOLES premiering Sunday, July 23 at 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. (more...)

DARK STAR ORCHESTRA Comes to Boulder Theatre This September
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2017

Performing to critical acclaim celebrating their 20th anniversary year in 2017 and over 2700 shows, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead concert experience. Their shows are built off the Dead's extensive catalog and the talent of these seven fine musicians. On any given night, the band will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead's 30 years of extensive touring or use their catalog to program a unique set list for the show. (more...)

All The World's Their Stage As Senior Citizens From Queens Unveil Drama Presentation
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2017

The dramatic and comedic skills of a talented group of Senior Citizens will be on full display this Thursday, June 29 when Braata Productions presents Happy Seniors- We Are Here at the Theodora G. Jackson Adult Center in Jamaica Queens. (more...)

ESPN The Magazine Announces 2017 BODY Issue Roster
by TV News Desk - Jun 26, 2017

ESPN The Magazine launched the BODY franchise almost a decade ago with one mission: to celebrate and showcase the athletic form through powerful images and interviews. Many of the world's elite athletes have participated in this issue over the years, and today The Magazine announced the 23 athletes featured in the ninth annual BODY Issue. (more...)

Double Edge Theatre's Summer Spectacle WE THE PEOPLE Opens 7/19
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2017

We The People has its roots in Double Edge's thirty-five-year question of what makes up identity. What are the paradoxes, stories, and dreams that make up a human being, a community, a society? The audience will experience the beauty of the hills, pastures, and gardens of the Farm surrounded by music and flight, weaving through different paths toward a culminating grand scene. (more...)

Mermaids and Oddities Take the Stage in CRAVE BLUE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2017

A mermaid exhibition. A strange lake in the middle of West Texas. Ice cream in multiple flavors. MouthRadio presents Crave Blue, a new play by Sarah Loucks, directed by Ann Marie Dorr. Part roadside attraction, part dark comedy, Crave Blue follows a group of West Texas women who dress up as mermaids to pay the bills. Conspiracy and desire collide when a man claims to see a real life mermaid in the lake. As tourists pollute the town, three minimum-wage mermaids must risk everything to uncover the secrets within the lake, and the secrets within each other. (more...)

311: New Album 'Mosaic' Out Today Via BMG
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2017

311 fans love nothing more than a lot of music from their favorite band. The multi-platinum group deliver 17 songs on their new album MOSAIC--out today, June 23 on BMG--and have just launched their extensive U.S. summer headlining tour. (more...)

Global Marketplace Leader Concierge Auctions Set To Auction 27 Luxury Properties In June/July, Most Selling Without Reserve; Firm Unveils 7 New Properties In Lineup As Bi
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2017


Harlem Rep's THE WIZARD OF OZ to Close 8/20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

'The Wizard of Oz,' presented by Harlem Repertory Theater and Yip Harburg Foundation, will now close August 20, 2017 after 26 performances.  A previously scheduled September 9 performance has been canceled. The production has played since October 8, 2016 at Tato Laviera Theatre, 240 East 123rd Street (near 2nd Ave.), Manhattan, and has been extended twice. (more...)

BRIC's Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival to Feature Garth Fagan Dance
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

BRIC will present Tony- and Olivier Award-winning Garth Fagan Dance on Friday, June 30. (more...)

Dance Base Announces Programme for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2017

This year, the Dance Base Festival programme is linked by a sense of connection and identity; welcoming 21 shows, from 12 countries, to perform under one roof as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017. (more...)

Village Playwrights Announce Upcoming Events
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2017

The Village Playwright meet from 8 pm to 10 pm at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., NYC. Everyone is welcome. (more...)

NYC Celebrates INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY With Free Yoga and Meditation Sessions, Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2017

In collaboration with New York City Public Advocate's Office and the Parks Department, Consulate General of India presents a celebration of the third annual International Yoga Day 2017 on June 19, 2017 from 5.00-8:30pm at Castle Clinton in Battery Park. (more...)

New Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA to Launch in Over 35 Million Homes This July
by TV News Desk - Jun 16, 2017

The International Olympic Committee, the United States Olympic Committee, and NBCUniversal announced today that the Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will launch in one month -- on Saturday, July 15 -- in more than 35 million homes, allowing Olympic fans to connect to Olympic Sports, athletes, and stories all year round. (more...)

Andrea Bocelli - Landmarks Live in Concert Set for GREAT PERFORMANCE Special, 6/30
by TV News Desk - Jun 16, 2017

Andrea Bocelli - Landmarks Live in Concert - A GREAT PERFORMANCES Special continues the new Landmarks arts strand on Friday, June 30 at 10 p.m. on PBS (more...)

Belgrade Theatre Celebrates the Music of the 60s Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

Audiences from across Coventry and Warwickshire are invited to experience a night of live music this July, as the Belgrade Theatre presents a line-up of fantastic tribute artists. Featuring the sounds of Simon and Garfunkel, Frankie Valli, Bob Marley, Elton John and ABBA, this July sees a celebration of music from the 60s to the present day. (more...)

Double Edge Awarded NEA Our Town Grant, Named ArtPlace Finalist
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

In recognition of its distinctly imaginative approach and long-term commitment to 'creative placemaking' in its rural town of Ashfield in western Massachusetts, as well as on tour, Double Edge Theatre is receiving national recognition by the two leading granting programs in the field of creative placemaking. (more...)

Full Programme for SPIRIT OF '47 Announced at Edinburgh International Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2017

Today the International Festival and British Council announce full details for Spirit of '47, a co-curated programme celebrating international cultural collaboration. The 10 day season of events features performances, screenings and talks from all over the world. (more...)

1,000+ Free, Outdoor Music-Making Events Come to New York City
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2017

Make Music New York, a one-of-a-kind annual festival featuring more than 1,000 free outdoor concerts, music lessons and jam sessions in public spaces throughout the five boroughs, returns on June 21 from 10 am to 10 pm. (more...)

Michael Washington Brown to Bring One-Man Show BLACK! to Athenaeum Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2017

Michael Washington Brown, in association with Athenaeum Theatre Productions, present 'BLACK!,' July 20 - 30, in Studio 2 at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. (more...)

Chronixx's Debut Already #12 on U.S. iTunes Overall Top Albums Chart
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2017

Chronixx's Chronology skyrockets to the top of iTunes today. In the U.S., the Jamaican artist's debut album, available today July 7, 2017, is currently holding the #12 spot on the overall Top Album chart and #1 on Reggae Album chart. In other iTunes territories, the album lands at #16 in Canada, #19 in UK, #2 in Kenya, #5 in Switzerland on their overall Top Album chart. (more...)

311 New Album 'Mosaic' Debuts At #6 On The Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017

311 have crossed yet another milestone in their 27-year career. The group's brand new album MOSAIC--just released via BMG--has debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart which marks the multi-platinum group's 10th consecutive Top 10 Album on the chart. Of 311's 10 charting albums, five have debuted at #6 on the chart or higher. (more...)

David Heron Joins Cast of Ibsen-Inspired LEONORA Readings
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

Actor and playwright David Heron has joined the cast of the staged reading of Leonora, a new drama written by David Stallings, from a concept by Antonio Minino- and inspired by Henrik Ibsen's women's liberation masterpiece, A Doll's House. (more...)

Shon Brooks Signs Contracts with Amazon and Cox Media
by BWW News Desk - Jul 4, 2017


Sheryl Lee Ralph Performs At The Metropolitan Room In Aid of The Diva Foundation
by BWW News Desk - Jul 4, 2017

On Sunday, July 30 at 7:00pm, the Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street - between Fifth and Sixth Avenues) will present what is building to be THE EVENT of the Summer - SHERYL LEE RALPH, A Diva Simply Singing! (more...)

Emily Mure Comes to Falcon Ridge Folk Festival 8/4
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2017

New York City native Emily Mure has journeyed from playing concert halls as a classically trained oboist to busking as a singer-songwriter on the streets of Ireland. Her third album, Worth (releasing September 22), brings together all of her rich experiences as a musical traveler, spotlighting both her technical ability and gift for vulnerable, heartfelt songwriting.  Recorded last winter at Dimension Sound Studios in Jamaica Plain, Mass., Worth blends Mure's clear vocals with a variety of instruments – including strings, piano, organ, and ukulele. It also takes listeners through a complex collection of themes that aren't always easy to mine, such as coping with anxiety, saying goodbye to one's hometown, and learning to cultivate self-acceptance.  (more...)

Damian Marley Produces Single 'Eyes Are Up On You'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2017

Celebrating over 40 years in music, one of the most pivotal reggae bands of all time Third World will drop their new single 'Eyes Are Up On You' (out July 28, 2017) off their upcoming full-length album. The song and album are both produced by Damian Marley and will be released on Ghetto Youths International.  (more...)

Mirror Visions Ensemble Announces 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2017

Mirror Visions Ensemble (MVE) announces its 2017-2018 season, which brings the group to Hudson, Quebec; Jamaica Plain and Salem, Massachusetts; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Fullerton, California; Morristown, New Jersey; and New York City. Now in its 26th season, MVE was founded from a desire to explore the relationship between music and text, initially through the creation of "mirror visions" - settings of the same text to music by different composers. (more...)

Shows from Adelaide, Hollywood Fringe and More Slated for SoHo Playhouse's 2017 FRINGE ENCORE SERIES
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2017

Darren Lee Cole, producing director of the not-for-profit, SoHo Playhouse has announced the first round of selections for this year's Fringe Encore Series. The first set of productions hail from Adelaide, Brighton, and Hollywood Fringe Festivals and will take place between September 5 - October 22, 2017. (more...)

Bridget Everett, Joe Gulla, The Skivvies and More Coming Up This Week at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2017

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its nightly performances, July 26 - August 6, including Bridget Everett, Unitard, Jean Rohe, Bakia Quartet, joe Gulla, Marie-Claire, Thomas John, Olivia Chaney, Shaina Taub, The Dan Band, That's Not Tango, The Skivvies, and more. Scroll down for details! (more...)

by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 25, 2017

BWW speaks to Selina Thompson about bringing Salt. to the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. (more...)

Ballet, Symphony, Marcus Roberts Trio and More Join Pompano Beach Cultural Center Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2017

The Pompano Beach Cultural Center is exploding with talent from the symphony and the ballet to Jamaican music to world renowned pianist, Marcus Roberts….and theatre too! (more...)

BWW Review: 1984 at Outré Theatre Company
by John Lariviere - Jul 19, 2017

The Outre Theatre Company presents the first production of its 2017/18 season, George Orwell's 1984, in its new home at the recently opened Pompano Beach Cultural Center. The play 1984 is based on George Orwell's dystopian novel published in 1949. In 2005 the novel was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels. Many of its terms and concepts, such as Big Brother, doublethink, thoughtcrime, cold war, and Newspeak have permanently entered into common use since its first publication. (more...)

Michael Washing Brown's BLACK Comes to the Athenaeum Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2017

???????Michael Washington Brown, in association with Athenaeum Theatre Productions, present "BLACK!," July 20 - 30, in Studio 2 at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Opening night is Thursday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. The performance schedule is Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. The running time is 100 minutes including a 10-minute intermission. Tickets are $25 and available at or 773.935.6875.  (more...)

Flow Sports Gives Viewers Anytime, Anywhere Access to 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2017


Paul Alexander's New Musical TRINKETS to Open at Gene Frankel Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2017

Trinkets, an original musical set in New York's historic meatpacking district will premiere at the Gene Frankel Theater for a limited run in August. (more...)

Univision Deportes, the Undisputed Home of Soccer, Reaches Nearly 20 Million Total Viewers During CONCACAF Gold Cup Group Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2017


Great American Songbook Foundation Named GRAMMY Museum Cultural Affiliate
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2017

Joining an elite group of institutions worldwide, the Great American Songbook Foundation at the Center for the Performing Arts has been named a Cultural Affiliate of the Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum. (more...)

Reggae Superstar Jimmy Cliff Breathes More 'Life' Into Global Hearts
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2017

Reggae's first international global superstar, Jimmy Cliff delivers dance-euphoria with his new video from his March 10 single release, 'Life,' which debut on Billboard. (more...)

House of Marley Brings Sustainable Design to Bluetooth Audio, Introducing the Smile Jamaica Wireless Headphones
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017


EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Q&A- Here Comes Trouble
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 14, 2017

BWW speaks to Keira Martin about 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show Here Comes Trouble. (more...)

Leigh Barrett to Lead GYPSY at Lyric Stage; Cast, Creatives Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

GYPSY has announced its cast and creative team at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. (more...)

The Kennedy Center to Celebrate National Dance Day with Shows, Lessons, Music & More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2017

The Kennedy Center, in partnership with the Dizzy Feet Foundation and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), invites everyone to celebrate the art of dance as it hosts the East Coast's chapter of the annual National Dance Day on Saturday, July 29, 2017, from 2:00 to 10:30 p.m. (more...)

12th Annual FRINGE ENCORE SERIES Coming to Soho Playhouse This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2017

Darren Lee Cole, producing director of the not-for-profit, SoHo Playhouse, will continue its tradition of bringing the 'Best of the Fests' for extended runs at the SoHo Playhouse (15 Vandam Street, NYC) with its celebrated Fringe Encore Series, taking place from September 5 - October 22, 2017. (more...)

Blue Curtain Kicks Off Its Free Concert Series with Mystic Bowie and Sasha Masakowski And The Sidewalk Strutters
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2017

Blue Curtain, in co-operation with the Princeton Recreation Department, kicks off its free concerts on Saturday, July 15 at 7 p.m. with the New Orleans sounds of Sasha Masakowski and The Sidewalk Strutters; and Mystic Bowie, the internationally revered reggae star and former lead singer of the Talking Heads offshoot band Tom Tom Club. (more...)

Scoop: Travel Channel Programming Highlights 7/24 - 8/6
by TV Scoop - Jul 10, 2017

Get all the scoop on Travel Channel Programming Highlights 7/24 - 8/6 (more...)

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