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BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Serves as a Joyful, Optimistic Reminder of a Powerful Message
by Matt Tamanini - Dec 8, 2016

There is one undeniable quality that HAIRSPRAY has retained as it has journeyed from the big screen to the stage, back to the big screen, and now to the small. The infectious excitement and optimism that Tracy Turnblad sings with in the opening number, 'Good Morning Baltimore,' is one of the most magical and important gifts that the musical theatre has given in recent decades. From the moment that the original musical burst onto Broadway in 2002, it has been a literal and figurative rainbow of Joy and happiness, and fortunately for the show's legions of fans, directed by Tony-winner Kenny Leon, NBC's live adaptation has maintained every delightful ounce of the musical's giddy goodness. (more...)

Book-It Repertory Theatre to Offer Passion, Music and Delectable Food in A MOVEABLE FEAST
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

In an artistic collaboration with Cafe Nordo in Pioneer Square, a four-course meal will deliciously underscore a signature Book-It theatrical experience. (more...)

Best of Raffi Album and U.S. Tour Announced for Early 2017
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Rounder Records is thrilled to announce the forthcoming release of Best Of Raffi, a career-spanning collection, celebrating 40 years of hits from the legendary children's entertainer. (more...)

Travel to 1943 China in INCIDENT AT HIDDEN TEMPLE World Premiere at Pan Asian Rep
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Tisa Chang, Founding Artistic Producing Director of Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, announces its 40th Milestone Season in 2017 with the commissioned World Premiere of INCIDENT AT HIDDEN TEMPLE, which will run from January 21 - February 12, 2017 at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row in New York City (410 W. 42nd Street). The official opening will be on Thursday January 26 at 7:30PM. (more...)

BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Sarah Anne Sillers
by Elliot Lanes - Dec 7, 2016

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Theatre Royal Presents the Scottish Premiere of THE COMMITMENTS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

The Scottish premiere of The Commitments will hit all the right notes as it opens on Monday ahead of its three-week run at Theatre Royal, Glasgow. (more...)

Cynthia Erivo Will Not Reprise Her Role in THE COLOR PURPLE On Tour or in the West End
by Alan Henry - Dec 7, 2016

Cynthia Erivo took to Twitter today to confirm that after THE COLOR PURPLE closes on Broadway on January 8th she will not be reprising her role of Celie either on Tour or in the West End. (more...)

Louis Vega Receives Grammy Nomination for Best Dance/Electronic Album
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Louie Vega's emblematic 2016 album Starring… XXVIII has been nominated for a Grammy in under the award for Best Dance / Electronic Album. (more...)

One Day Only! NO MAN'S LAND to be Broadcast in Cinemas Internationally via National Theatre Live
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Ian McKellen plays 'Spooner', Patrick Stewart plays 'Hirst', Owen Teale plays 'Briggs' and Damien Molony plays 'Foster' in Sean Mathias' production of Harold Pinter's No Man's Land, which will be broadcast internationally on 15 December to cinemas in over 55 countries including the UK, Europe, the USA, Canada, Japan, South America and Russia. (more...)

Haochen Zhang Joins Pacific Symphony For First Piano Concerto
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Pacific Symphony rings in the New Year with two monumental Russian works on one exceptional program. First, one of the repertoire's most-loved and instantly recognizable concertos-Tchaikovsky's gorgeous and grand Piano Concerto No. 1-becomes the center of attention for this orchestral showcase led by Music Director Carl St.Clair. (more...)

Hawai'i Symphony Presents HOLIDAY POPS, 12/11
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

EnJoy a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays with the Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra (HSO) at its annual Holiday Pops concert, featuring Maestro Rob Fisher and Grammy-nominated vocalist Natalie Ai Kamauu, at 4 pm on Sunday, December 11. (more...)

Breathe Through the Inauguration with Zachary Quinto and More at Rubin Museum
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

2017 is upon us! At the Rubin Museum of Art, breathe through inauguration season with several January mind/body programs and talks, including a reading featuring Zachary Quinto. Scroll down for details! (more...)

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Offers 75 Years of Popular Christmas Music
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

"Home for the Holidays" will fill the Catherine A. Daly Theatre on the Avenue with favorite holiday songs from the 1940s to the present day at the theater, 2656 Biddle in Wyandotte. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, 10, 16 and 17, and 3 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18 at the playhouse.  (more...)

BWW Review: Washington Ballet's THE NUTCRACKER is a Christmas Treat
by Benjamin Tomchik - Dec 6, 2016

Washington Ballet's production of The Nutcracker, a beloved DC holiday tradition, has returned to the Warner Theatre in all its splendid glory. (more...)

BWW Interview- Charlie Frye (aka 'The Eccentric') Talks Broadway's THE ILLUSIONISTS
by Caryn Robbins - Dec 6, 2016

Today, THE ILLUSIONISTS' Charlie Frye speaks exclusively with BWW and explains why he takes his art seriously, but never takes himself seriously! (more...)

Jason Tramm to Conduct Morris Choral Society In 'Candles And Carrols'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Jason C. Tramm will conduct the Morris Choral Society as it opens its 2016-17 season with a holiday themed concert at the Bickford Theater, Morristown, New Jersey on December 10 and 11.th Candles and Carrols will feature works by Caldwell and Ivory, Leavitt, Praetorius, Respighi and Whitacre celebrating over three centuries of inspiring and beloved holiday choral music, essentially chronicling the existence of the Morristown settlement dating back to 1715. (more...)

NBC Welcomes Viewers to the Sixties with Retro Advertising for HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

For the fourth installment of NBC's fan-favorite live holiday musical, the network announced today that it will introduce unique ad models to bring viewers an enhanced viewing experience. OREO Cookies®, Reddi-wip and Toyota will join "Hairspray Live!," airing December 7, 2016, with  original content inspired by the style of sixties-era ads - including a special spot featuring Hairspray Live! star Derek Hough in character as Corny Collins. The network will also implement NBCU PiP technology during two commercial breaks to allow viewers the ability to simultaneously view commercial breaks alongside behind-the-scenes content. (more...)

BWW Interview: THE LION IN WINTER's Michael Hanna
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Dec 6, 2016

Michael Hanna plays middle son Geoffrey in James Goldman's tale of a king and his family on the eve of Christmas that's a complete change from the happy holiday show across the building. THE LION IN WINTER plays through Dec. 31. (more...)

THRONES! THE MUSICAL PARODY Extends Through 1/1
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Six Actors! 51 Roles! Six Seasons! Royal Mile Entertainment is thrilled to announce that the smash-hit, critically-acclaimed, Los Angeles Premiere of THRONES! THE MUSICAL PARODY, written by Chris Grace, Zach Reino, Al Samuels, Nick Semar and Dan Wessels, choreography by Kimberly McVicar and directed by John Flynn is EXTENDING through SUNDAY, JANUARY 1 at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood.   (more...)

Valley Youth Theatre Announces 2017 Spring/Summer Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Valley Youth Theatre has announced its lineup for Spring/Summer 2017. See the full schedule below: (more...)

BWW Album Review: Happiness Is...YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
by Remy Holzer - Dec 6, 2016

Whether or not you are familiar with Clark Gesner's musical YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN, you are bound to recognize Track 21 of the York Theatre Company 2016 Off-Broadway Cast Recording. The theme 'Linus and Lucy,' written by Vince Guaraldi, is a familiar tune to all who have seen the well-known animated specials featuring the Peanuts kids. There is something oddly soothing about this gentle, understated theme, with its rolling feeling of continuity paired with plinking notes of whimsy, that has become so closely associated with Charles M. Schulz's legacy of 17,897 comic strips. The YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN band played 'Linus and Lucy' as walking-out music after the show, prompting much of the audience to stay and hear it through to the end. (more...)

BWW Review: SUMMER RAIN is Simply Charming Home-Grown Musical at New Theatre
by Brodie Paparella - Dec 5, 2016

It is a wonderful time of year to be reminded of the romanticism inherent in the Australian outback; a topic more frequently explored of late for links to our history, our current social climate and our connection as a nation. Summer Rain is the work of two Australian theatrical legends, Nick Enright and Terence Clark. Summer Rain is no Boy from Oz, but this production is undeniably charming, a quintessential musical, and a wonderful ode to Australia's natural treasures. Debuting as director, Trent Kidd has shown great skill with stagecraft and character development, alongside his clear choreography talents which truly thrive in Summer Rain. (more...)

BWW Review: BUMBLESCRATCH London Concert Cast Recording
by Jenny Ell - Dec 5, 2016

What better stocking filler could there be than the newest release from SimG Records? In September this year, Robert J Sherman's new musical comedy Bumblescratch received a charity concert at the Adelphi Theatre in London, starring West End performers Darren Day, Jessica Martin, Michael Xavier and Ilan Galkoff. The debut was greatly received by audience members and critics alike with an array of four and five star reviews. The original band and cast have since featured in the London Concert Cast Recording which is due to be released on Monday 19 December. (more...)

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Hollywood Stage Company to Launch with BENT This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

The "Hollywood Stage Company" has been launched in Los Angeles as a brand new troupe of regionally-based, seasoned and up-and-coming actors, singers, dancers and stage crew whose goal is to present a series of classic and iconic live theatrical presentations. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Peter Van Norden in A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Rubicon Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

Last season's critically acclaimed, World Premiere hit Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL returns to Rubicon Theatre Company this holiday season with Broadway, TV and film veterans Peter Van Norden (RTC's Copenhagen) and Joe Spano ('NCIS,' RTC's Bucky) reprising their roles in this innovative retelling of the classic. Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL opens in Ventura on Saturday, December 10, followed by an after-party at Rhumb Line Restaurant. The show is currently in previews for a run through December 24, and BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek below! (more...)

STRANGER THINGS, WESTWORLD Among 2017 WGA TV Nominations; Full List
by TV News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio, and promotional writing during 2016. (more...)

BWW Recap:WESTWORLD Proves that Violent Delights Truly Have Violent Ends in its Mindblowing Finale
by Jessica Naftaly - Dec 5, 2016

The final episode of the premiere season of Westworld, “The Bicameral Mind,” was bittersweet, sentimental, violent, satisfying, and only benefits from a repeat viewing or two. With everything riding on the finale and the show's massively built up audience praying for a finale that would live up tot he rest of the season's carefully and deftly crafted episodes, WESTWORLD didn't disappoint. Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan proved that they had hit on something truly special and are focused on a narrative deeper and more thoughtful than the majority of shows currently and previously reaching the top of the ratings. WESTWORLD's finale only cemented the show's narrative theme of autonomy, storytelling and subverting the traditional tropes of stories, as well as it's ultimate deconstruction of archetypes through our ultimate lenses; Maeve and Dolores.  (more...)

Scoop: SHREK THE HALLS on ABC - Tuesday, December 20, 2016
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Get all the scoop on SHREK THE HALLS, airing on ABC on Tuesday, December 20, 2016! (more...)


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BWW Interview: Aaron DeJesus as Frankie Valli in THE JERSEY BOYS
by Kathy Strain - Dec 5, 2016

The JERSEY BOYS is the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons as they made their way to the top. Their music played on as their personal lives fell apart. While JERSEY BOYS continues to entertain audiences, Aaron DeJesus gave BWW a glimpse into his experiences in the business and taking on the role of Frankie Valli in the Second National Tour of the JERSEY BOYS. (more...)

Photo Flash: Last Chance to See THE BODYGUARD in the West End at the Dominion Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

The international hit musical The Bodyguard starring Beverley Knight reprising the role of Oscar-nominated superstar Rachel Marronopposite Ben Richards as Frank Farmer, Marron's bodyguard, will complete its run at the Dominion Theatre on 7 January 2017 as previously announced. (more...)

C Spire wants to know: what's your grown-up Christmas wish?
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

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Want Someone to Live Forever? Execute Her; THE JOY Comes to Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

Renowned actor-playwright, Jeanmarie (Simpson) Bishop returns to Reno inThe Joy, a play about pre-First Amendment martyr, Mary Dyer. (more...)

Musicians On Call To Launch 'Deck The Halls Campaign' with Limited Edition Holiday Sweaters Designed by Florida Georgia Line, DNCE, Sam Hunt, Trey Songz, and More
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

To kick-off the the holiday season, Musicians On Call (MOC), a groundbreaking nonprofit organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in hospitals across the country, will launch their first-ever Deck The Halls Campaign. (more...)

Photo Flash: Luciole International Theatre Company Presents THE LITTLE PRINCE
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

Luciole International Theatre Company, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit performing arts company dedicated to promoting international and multicultural exchanges through the arts, brings to life The Little Prince, q play by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar, based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. (more...)

Bay Area Children's Theatre Welcomes Five More Schools to Disney Musicals in Schools Program
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

The Bay Area Children's Theatre (BACT) has launched its second year of outreach to local schools under a two-year, $100,000 grant from Disney by selecting five elementary schools in Oakland and Richmond to participate in after-school musical theatre education. (more...)

BWW Preview: CATCO Spreads the Spirit of Giving with Holiday Drives at A SEUSSIFIED CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Amanda Etchison - Dec 5, 2016

'Tis the season to share holiday Joy, which is exactly what the cast and crew of CATCO's latest production aim to do at their upcoming shows. (more...)

Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra Presents 2016-2017 Season Opening Concert
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

The musically gifted students (age 12 to 18) of the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO) will perform their first concert of the 2016-2017 season on Sunday, December 18, 2016, at 3 p.m. (more...)

Chorale Presents DECK THE HALL- the Best Way to Celebrate Christmas!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

The Colorado Springs Chorale and special guests Chamber Orchestra of the Springs celebrate the Christmas season with the 30th annual Deck the Hall concert at the Pikes Peak Center on Friday, December 9 at 7:30 P.M. Vibrant voices, warm strings and brilliant brass will fill the hall with merry melodies and holiday harmonies, blending the warmth of the past with hope for the future.  (more...)

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Hartford Stage
by Joseph Harrison - Dec 5, 2016

It's a story most of us have heard or witnessed before. Crotchety and greedy old Ebenezer Scrooge, complaining about the poor, turning down the invitation of his nephew to Christmas dinner, and begrudgingly giving Bob Cratchit the day off for Christmas. We fondly remember past portrayals of Scrooge face to face with the ghost of his ex-partner Jacob Marley, flying through the past and present with amiable spirits and having a change of heart after coming face to face with his own death. At Hartford Stage this season, the story comes to life with renewed excitement and Joy in the form of A CHRISTMAS CAROL - A GHOST STORY OF CHRISTMAS. The classic story by Charles Dickens and as adapted and originally directed by Michael Wilson is an annual tradition for Hartford Stage, but one that will be not be the same after this year's production. (more...)

Dunkin' Donuts is Brewing Joy for the Holidays
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

With the holidays fast approaching, Dunkin' Donuts is brewing a little extra Joy for its guests and communities throughout the busy weeks ahead, serving up its signature hot coffee for free at select Dunkin' Donuts restaurants across the country. To celebrate the Joy and warmth of the season, for one weekday between Monday, December 12 and Friday, December 23, nearly 30 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants somewhere in the U.S. will offer 500 guests a free medium hot coffee, served in the brand's festive holiday cups featuring the word "Joy" (timing varies by location). (more...)

Freeform to Present Holiday Shorts FUNNY OR DIE PRESENTS SANTA'S SHORTS
by TV News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

It's the most wonderful time of the year and in honor of their 20 years of Christmas cheer, Freeform is making this year's '25 Days of Christmas' the merriest one yet. (more...)

BWW Review: A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES at STNJ is a Theatrical Gem
by Marina Kennedy - Dec 5, 2016

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (STNJ) welcomes the holiday season with a true theatrical gem, A Child's Christmas in Wales now through January 1st.The show features outstanding direction by Joseph Discher, musical direction by Robert Long and a stellar cast. (more...)

NJSO And Pinchas Zukerman Present 2017 Winter Festival, 1/13
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra welcomes legendary violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman for its three-concert 2017 Winter Festival in January at all six NJSO venues across the state. Serving as the festival's Artistic Director, Zukerman solos in some of the violin repertoire's most prized works by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Bach. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: Questioning The Control Of Our Lives, RESPLENDENCE Takes A Glimpse Into The Chaotic Mind Of One Man
by Jade Kops - Dec 4, 2016

Angus Cerini's one man play RESPLENDENCE challenges late night theater goers at The Old Fitz to examine their control on their lives. (more...)

Omaha Community Playhouse Announces New Executive Director
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2016

The Omaha Community Playhouse (OCP) and its Board of Trustees are pleased to announce that Omahan Katie Broman has accepted the position of executive director of the Playhouse. After a national search, Broman has been chosen to fill the position in early January 2017. She will work with current OCP President Tim Schmad before his retirement on January 31, 2017. Omaha Community Playhouse is the nation's largest community theatre and is currently in its 92nd season, producing nine regular season productions each year. (more...)

Live Nation Expands to Australia with Acquisition of SECRET SOUNDS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2016

Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.(NYSE: LYV) today announced that it has acquired 51% in Secret Sounds Group, the Australian company led by Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco, which owns and produces two of Australia's leading festivals: Splendour in the Grass (located in Byron Bay New South Wales) and Falls Music & Arts Festival (located in Byron Bay, Lorne Victoria, Marion Bay Tasmania and Fremantle Western Australia).  (more...)

COME FROM AWAY Adds Performance to Toronto Run
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2016

Since its very first performance in Toronto, COME FROM AWAY has generated enormous demand for tickets. The musical's entire engagement at the newly restored Royal Alexandra Theatre sold out only in the second week of its eight-week engagement. (more...)

Jason C. Tramm to Conduct Morris Choral Society CHORUS AND CARROLS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2016

Jason C. Tramm To Conduct Morris Choral Society "Candles And Carrols" with special guests soprano Andrea DelGiudice, Japanese soprano, Mizuho Takeshita and tenor Theodore Chletsos in Ottorino Respighi's "Lauda Per La Nativita Del Signore' December 10 -11th At The Bickford Theatre (more...)

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