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Mel Brooks' Sci-Fi Flop SOLARBABIES Made Him 'Ready to Jump Off a Roof'
by Louisa Brady - May 28, 2016

In an interview with SlashFilm writer Blake Harris for the podcast 'How Did This Get Made?', comedy legend actually answers the question that the title asks, explaining how his producing the sci-fi flop SOLARBABIES threatened to ruin his life. (more...)

Maureen Taylor Brings Back Critically Praised 2009 Tribute Show to Songwriter Bob Merrill in NEW YORK CABARET'S GREATEST HITS at Metropolitan Room, 7/13 at 7 pm
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2016

In 2009 and 2010, opera singer turned cabaret performer Maureen Taylor staged a cabaret show tribute to Bob Merrill's music at the Metropolitan Room in New York and critics raved. Six years later, on July 13 at 7 pm, Maureen Taylor will reprise her highly praised show, Taylor Made: Bob Merrill, at the Metropolitan Room in cabaret's hottest monthly series, New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits, produced by Stephen Hanks (with Fr. Jeffrey Hamblin, MD, Associate Producer). Taylor's Musical Director is Matt Castle on piano, with Joe Brent on guitar, mandolin, and violin. Her special guest performer is two-time MAC Award winner Rev. Yolanda (Roger Anthony Yolanda Mapes). (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Dame Judi Dench Discusses Shakespeare, Her Passion, CATS, Potential Broadway Return
by Matt Tamanini - May 27, 2016

Only some are able to ever identify their specific passion, far fewer are able to achieve, and only a select handful are able to make their passion their life's work; Judi Dench is one of those few. When I asked her why, despite a career spanning more than five and a half decades, and nearly every major acting award the world over, she continues to return to the plays of William Shakespeare, in a tone exceedingly gentle, yet slightly dismayed that the question need even be asked, she said, 'Cause that's my passion, Matt.' (more...)

Jazz Vocalist Laurie Krauz & Musical Director Daryl Kojak to Reprise 'Greatest Hits' Show at Metropolitan Room Celebrating Their 25-Year Collaboration, 7/12 at 7 PM
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

On May 13, 2006 in the highly praised monthly series at the Metropolitan Room, New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits (Produced by Stephen Hanks; Associate Producer Fr. Jeffrey Hamblin, MD), multiple Award-winning jazz vocalist Laurie Krauz and her long-time Musical Director Daryl Kojak staged a show that was 25 years in the making. To celebrate their quarter-century collaboration, Krauz & Kojak performed a set of their favorite and most-loved numbers, not only bringing a packed room to its feet but also generating across-the-board raves from reviewers (below). By popular demand, this dynamic duo's collaboration celebration (with Sean Conly on bass and Gene Lewin on drums) will return to the Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street) on Tuesday, July 12 at 7 pm.  (more...)

Lesli Margherita, Bebe Neuwirth, and More Celebrate with BROADWAY SINGS FOR PRIDE on 6/20
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

On Monday, June 20, 2016, non for profit BROADWAY SINGS FOR PRIDE will premiere their 6th anniversary benefit concert in New York City at the JCC Manhattan! This milestone event will be filled with singing (from pop to Broadway), stories, special celebrity guests and more! The show will honor the Tyler Clementi Foundation and AIDS pioneer and activist Ruth Coker Burks. Broadway Sings for Pride, is a multiple award-wining is a non-for-profit organization that brings together Broadway talent, activists and celebrities to educate the public, raise awareness of the needs of LGBTQ youth, and support these young people so that they may reach their full potential. (more...)

Chambers USA Features 23 Armstrong Teasdale Attorneys
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

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SilverSun Technologies Announces Management Change at SWK Technologies
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

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Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 5/26; TAMING OF THE SHREW in DC, HOSTAGES in Phoenix and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - May 27, 2016

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Washington, DC, Phoenix, Singapore and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include a 'bold, new' THE TAMING OF THE SHREW in DC, HOSTAGES in Phoenix, and an interview with Simon Gleeson on the Singapore return of LES MIS, just to name a few. (more...)

HBO Confirms Fall Debuts for WESTWORLD, DIVORCE, INSECURE and HIGH MAINTENANCE 
by TV News Desk - May 26, 2016

HBO has confirmed fall debuts for the new series WESTWORLD, DIVORCE, INSECURE and HIGH MAINTENANCE. (more...)

Dorel Industries Announces Results of Annual Meeting
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

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FIRE ON BABYLON Workshop Set for 2016 Fresh Fruit Festival.
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

Paul Barnes, co-founder and former producing and artistic director of Minnesota's Great River Shakespeare Festival, directs a workshop production of Michael Raver's play, Fire on Babylon at The Wild Project as part of the 2016 Fresh Fruit Festival. The play features Jeffrey Hayenga (Roundabout's The Importance of Being Earnest) and playwright Raver (How We Built the Bomb) Set and Prop Design by Marc Wheeler, Costumes by Edward Ray Kiely and Lighting Design by Mike Billings. (more...)

STAR VS. THE FORCES OF EVIL to Launch Second Season on Disney XD, 7/11
by TV News Desk - May 26, 2016

The Annie Award-nominated series STAR VS. THE FORCES OF EVIL, starring Eden Sher (ABC's 'The Middle') as the voice of Star Butterfly, the fiercely awesome teen princess from another dimension, begins its second season MONDAY, JULY 11 (more...)

Stone Soup Shakespeare Now Touring THE COMEDY OF ERRORS Through 6/12
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

Stone Soup Shakespeare, under the artistic direction of Julia Stemper, is touring The Comedy of Errors throughout the Midwest through June 12, bringing Shakespeare for free to community parks. Director Eric Mercado sets this year's production in the world of a late 19th century traveling circus, complete with clowns, funhouse mirrors, and a ringmaster. (more...)

BWW Review: AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE's 'La Fille mal gardée' Revives The Spirits With Bucolic Charm
by Juan Michael Porter II - May 26, 2016

'La Fille mal gardee', Frederick Ashton has given us folksy innocence, clever games, and sunny smiles. That smile was perfectly embodied by soloist Jeffrey Cirio, making a splendid debut as Colas in the opening performance of this life affirming ballet. He is more than ably assisted by a cast of tremendous artists who give of themselves completely to making these simple country characters sparkle. And what characters! With an opening danced by five chickens -- four hens and one manic rooster -- how could it be otherwise? (more...)

BWW Dance Interview: Tomé Cousin
by Barnett Serchuk - May 26, 2016

Tome Cousin is an interdisciplinary artist who has molded an award winning international career that includes collaboration and performance on Broadway, television, film, dance, theater, music, photography, and literature. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Dance History and Choreography and a Masters of Fine Art in New Media Art and Performance. He is an Associate Professor of Dance at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama. (more...)

Alley Theatre to Present Agatha Christie's SPIDER WEB, 7/12-8/14
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

This summer, the Alley Theatre will produce Agatha Christie's Spider's Web during its popular ExxonMobil Summer Chills Series July 12 - August 14. In addition, the Alley is launching a new Summer Thrills Series inviting audiences to the concert musical - A Night With Janis Joplin - the first rock & roll theatre piece on the new Hubbard stage, August 19 - September 18, 2016. Tickets will go on sale June 1 and will be available online (alleytheatre.org) or by phone (713.220.5700). (more...)

Breaking News: AMERICAN PSYCHO Sets June Closing Date
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

AMERICAN PSYCHO, the American premiere of the musical based on the iconic novel by Bret Easton Ellis announces that it will play its final performance on Sunday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. At the time of its closing, AMERICAN PSYCHO will have played a total of 81 performances. AMERICAN PSYCHO is currently playing on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street). (more...)

Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra to Participate in NY PHIL BIENNIAL, 6/5
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

Michigan's Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra - the only high school orchestra invited to participate in the NY PHIL BIENNIAL - makes its debut at the immersive new-music festival on June 5, with a program titled 'Young Americans.' This unique performance features music by composers only a generation older than the gifted young orchestral musicians themselves, with a program consisting entirely of world and New York premieres. The orchestra will be led by a perfect exemplar of the genre-defying trend in today's music: Los Angeles-based conductor Christopher Rountree, the founder, conductor and creative director of the path-breaking Los Angeles chamber orchestra 'wild Up,' which mixes elements of traditional classical music with new music, performance art, and pop. (more...)

The Puzzle Theatre Festival Announces 2016 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

The 6th Annual The Puzzle, a theatre festival at the historic Marble Collegiate Church in New York City, has announced its 2016 line-up which begins Monday, June 20th and runs until Saturday, June 25th.  (more...)

Davis Gaines, Benjamin Schrader and Rebecca Ann Johnson to Lead MTW's DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, 7/8
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

Broadway's scamming, scheming, double-crossing musical hit Dirty Rotten Scoundrels cons its way onto the Carpenter Center Stage via Musical Theatre West (MTW) for 13 performances July 8-24.  The production stars Broadway veterans Davis Gaines (Phantom of the Opera, Camelot) and Benjamin Schrader (Book of Mormon, Avenue Q) , and Ovation Award nominee (for MTW's Young Frankenstein) Rebecca Ann Johnson.  From the composer/lyricist David Yazbek (The Full Monty) and a book by Jeffrey Lane, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is based on the Steve Martin and Michael Caine film, written by Dale Launer and Stanley Shapiro & Paul Henning.  Brilliantly crafted with wit, double-entendres , and show-stopping numbers, the Broadway  show earned 11 Tony Award nominations, including "Best Musical," "Best Book," and "Best Score" and the Drama League Award for "Best Musical."  Tickets are available at www.musical.org or by calling (562) 856-1999, ext. 4.  Tickets are $20 and up. (more...)

EMCORE Announces Its Largest Purchase Order to Supply RFoG Optical Networking Units for Major Cable Network Deployments
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

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Max Von Essen Among Stars Performing at the BREATHLESS ON BROADWAY Benefit at Sardi's Restaurant
by Marianka Swain - May 25, 2016

On Monday, June 6th, 2016, many popular and talented Broadway performers will shine a light on Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) at the 2nd annual breathless on Broadway benefit at Sardi's Restaurant, 234 West 44th Street, NYC. For one night, some of Broadway's favorites, including Max Von Essen (An American in Paris, Evita, Dance of the Vampires, Jesus Christ Superstar), Giuseppe Bausillo (Cats, Aladdin, Newsies, Billy Elliot), Michael Lanning (Bonnie & Clyde, Civil War), Zachary Sayle (Newsies Nat'l Tour), and Liv Rand will help phaware global association raise awareness for Pulmonary Hypertension (PH), a disease that currently has no cure but can be managed with proper care and treatment. The benefit evening includes a Red Carpet, dinner and the show. (more...)

Lineup Announced for 17th Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

The 17th Annual MIDTOWN INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL, running July 16 - August 7, 2016 at The WORKSHOP'S MAIN STAGE & JEWEL BOX, 312 W 36TH STREET. (more...)

AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY Set for Rockwell Table and Stage, 6/13
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

An Evening of Classic Broadway, the popular ongoing line-up show now in its second year, will be back at Rockwell Table and Stage on Monday evening, June 13th. (more...)

FX to Present FARGO Second Installment Marathon This June
by TV News Desk - May 25, 2016

FX will air the acclaimed second installment of FX's limited series FARGO in its entirety on Saturday, June 4, it was announced today by Chuck Saftler, President of Program Strategy and COO, FX Networks. (more...)

BWW Review: SHREK, THE MUSICAL at Theatre Three
by Melissa Giordano - May 25, 2016

It is truly a pleasure seeing Shrek, The Musical. Based on the sure-to-be-classic DreamWorks Animation motion picture, the superb incarnation at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson boasts a truly remarkable cast. Running through June 25th, Jeffrey Sanzel wonderfully directs the large, talented company that is led by Danny Stalter - in his Theatre Three debut - as our favorite green ogre. (more...)

Photo Flash: Titus Burgess, Steve Kazee, Marissa Jaret Winokur & More Take Part in Michael Arden's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Development Session at The Wallis
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

Tony Award-nominee Michael Arden has just concluded a weeklong research and development session led by Broadway and television star Tituss Burgess, Tony Award-winners Steve Kazee and Marissa Jaret Winokur, and Tony Award-nominee Valarie Pettiford (Fosse), in advance of a new production of the Stephen Sondheim masterwork Merrily We Roll Along, set to hit the stage of the Bram Goldsmith Theater at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts November 22, 2016 through December 18, 2016. Casting for the fall production will be announced at a later date. Check out photos from the session below! (more...)

EY Announces Jeffrey Rogers, CEO of LiftForward, is Named an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 Finalist in New York
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

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Scoop: THE CHEW on ABC - Week of May 30, 2016
by TV Scoop - May 24, 2016

Get all the scoop on THE CHEW, airing on ABC for the week of May 30, 2016! (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 5/24/2016 - Lin-Manuel Miranda, INCOGNITO, and More!
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - May 24, 2016

Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Doyle are both getting portraits at Sardi's today! We are also celebrating the Creative Arts Tony Award nominees and the opening night of INCOGNITO at MTC. Keep an eye out for photos from all of today's festivities! (more...)

Broadway Dreams Foundation Celebrates its 10th Anniversary with New International Programs
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Broadway Dreams Foundation (BDF) will celebrate its 10th Anniversary with exciting new programming and expanded international destinations, including Russia and Brazil. The 2016 Summer Tour, GENERAT10N, will visit cities across the U.S. and Canada when it kicks off in Atlanta, GA on May 31, 2016. In each location, the premier non-profit performing arts training program will present an incredible roster of Broadway directors, performers, and industry insiders who will offer highly personalized musical theatre training and mentoring through unique, week-long performing arts intensive workshops for students of all ages, skill levels, and socio- economic backgrounds. (more...)

Cohu to Present at the Stifel 2016 Technology, Internet & Media Conference
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

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Breaking News: TUCK EVERLASTING to Close This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

TUCK EVERLASTING will play its final performance on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 7:30pm after playing 28 previews and 39 regular performances at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre (235 W. 44th St.). TUCK EVERLASTING began previews March 31 and officially opened on April 26, 2016. (more...)

Filming Has Begun on Christopher Nolan's Epic Action Thriller DUNKIRK
by Movies News Desk - May 23, 2016

Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that principal photography on the epic action thriller DUNKIRK is underway in Dunkirk, France. (more...)

HAMILTON Producer Jeffrey Seller & Flody Suarez Ink Production Deal with Universal Television
by TV News Desk - May 23, 2016

Universal Television has signed a deal with esteemed 'Hamilton' producer Jeffrey Seller and producing partner Flody Suarez to produce upcoming projects for the studio, it was announced today. (more...)

BWW Review: GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES - A Must-See, Ideal Convergence of Creative Talent
by Gil Kaan - May 23, 2016

Rajiv Joseph's very tricky to pull off GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES lands at the Hudson Backstage as a stunning success! Considering the main conceit of GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES requires two actors playing a 30-year age range from 8 to 38; in less capable hands, this seventy-minute one-act would have been so ripe for missteps.   (more...)

Richmond Triangle Players Announces 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

Five plays, encompassing a wide range of styles and subjects - most of them mid-Atlantic premieres - comprise Richmond Triangle Players' 2016-17 Mainstage Season, its twenty-fourth year as one of the area's most acclaimed theater companies. (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 5/23/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 23, 2016

'Spring is here! Why doesn't my heart go dancing?' - or at least to the theater to be transported to a different world, another time and place where life is transformed and magic happens before your very eyes... (more...)

FullScaleNANO Receives TechConnect Innovation Award at TechConnect...
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

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BWW Interview: Patrick Page is Ruling the Underworld Downtown in NYTW's HADESTOWN
by Nicole Rosky - May 22, 2016

He's taken on Scar, Claude Frollo, the Green Goblin, and the Grinch... but his past characters are not all that bad (at least he doesn't see it that way). Now Patrick Page is back on stage at New York Theatre Workshop and this time it's all about the underworld. (more...)

BrightSide Theatre Ends Season with SPAMALOT While Giving Back to Naperville Cares
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2016

BrightSide Theatre, Naperville's only professional theatre performing in the historic downtown district, presents the perfect finale to our 5th Anniversary Season with the outrageous musical comedy featuring the song that gave BrightSide Theatre its name and is lovingly ripped off from the motion picture "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"- Spamalot.   (more...)

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by BWW - May 22, 2016

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Next UG! COMEDY SHOW!! Set for 5/24
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2016

Todd Montesi and Pat Rigby present awesome comics in front of a cool supportive crowd in the epicenter of hip NYC the East Village. Featuring both established comic veterans you've seen on TV to the up and comers, UG! guarantees a swell time all for FREE! We've also got tons of drink specials! So what are you waiting for? Come down and UG! it with us!!! (more...)

BWW Review: AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE's 2016 Spring Gala Offered a Delightful Sampling of the Season's Repertoire
by Sondra Forsyth - May 20, 2016

On the evening of May 16th 2016 at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center, the beloved troupe that was recognized as 'America's National Ballet Company' in 2006 by the United States Congress proved once again that the American Ballet Theatre is indeed a treasure. Dancegoers in dazzling formal attire were treated to a Spring Gala that eschewed traditional staples and showcased instead an appetite-whetting smorgasbord of excerpts from the spring season as well as a world premiere and the one-act Firebird. (more...)

Lin-Manuel Miranda, HAMILTON, THE COLOR PURPLE & More Win Big at the 2016 Drama League Awards!
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

The Drama League (Executive Artistic Director, Gabriel Shelian-Shanks) gathers today for the 82nd Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony, hosted by 2016 Tony® Award-nominees, Zachary Levi (She Loves Me) and Megan Hilty (Noises Off), in the Broadway Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis Times Square (1535 Broadway).  (more...)

DrugDev Celebrates 2016 Clinical Trials Day with the Unveiling of its...
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

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BWW Review: WAR OF THE WORLDS at Scena Theatre Will Have You On the Edge of Your Seat
by Jeffrey Walker - May 20, 2016

Taking a trip to the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street will also transport you to a time when radio was king and one of the princes of the medium was the maverick actor-director Orson Welles. Welles and his Mercury Theatre Company on the Air produced a series of classic dramas on CBS Radio in the 1930s. Their most infamous broadcast was their adaptation of the H.G. Wells scifi classic "The War of the Worlds, sent over the airwaves on October 30, 1938 from New York City. That historic and iconic radio play has been translated to a new medium - the stage - by Scena Theatre in a riveting adaptation by Robert McNamara who also directed the production. Crackling with the excitement of live radio, Scena captures the ingenuity, talent and drama of that night. (more...)

CHICAGO Begins Next Week at SCU's Mayer Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

Santa Clara University's Department of Theatre and Dance announced today the full casting and creative creative team for the upcoming production of CHICAGO. (more...)

BWW Review: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at North Fork Community Theatre
by Melissa Giordano - May 19, 2016

Indeed the talented cast is the highlight at the North Fork Community Theatre's adorable incarnation of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the David Yazbek/Jeffrey Lane musical based on the Steve Martin/Michael Caine blockbuster movie. The comedic timing, witty quips, and a hilarious, unsuspecting story truly make this a laugh-out-loud event. Running through May 29th at the Mattituck, Long Island, venue, the terrific cast is excellently directed by Laura Pearsall. (more...)

Theatricum Botanicum to Stage World Premiere Adaptation of UNCLE TOM'S CABIN
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum presents TOM, a world premiere stage adaptation of Harriet Beecher Stowe's 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' that offers a new look at the power of Stowe's most famous novel and at the true grit of its title character. Written by artistic director Ellen Geer and featuring folk music of the period, TOM joins the repertory season at Theatricum's spectacular outdoor amphitheatre in Topanga on June 18. (more...)

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