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Jane Lynch, Alice Ripley, Justin Guarini, Marilyn Maye and More Set for 54 Below, June-Aug 2014
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2014

This June, July and August, 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. (more...)

Alessandra Ambrosio Introduces New Sport Bra from Victoria's Secret
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

CHICAGO, May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio introduced the new Knockout by Victoria's Secret yesterday at the North Michigan Avenue store in Chicago, where she urged fans to break up with their old sport bra and find their perfect match. (more...)

DAS RHEINGOLD and CARMEN to Close Out Houston Grand Opera's Season
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

Houston Grand Opera drew the season to a close with hit new productions of Das Rheingold and Carmen that prompted CultureMap Houston to conclude: 'This is, without doubt, the epitome of early twenty-first century opera production. It's where we are going, and it's thrilling.' (more...)

Center Stage Opera Presents MADAMA BUTTERFLY, 6/7-8
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2014

Center Stage Opera concludes its 2013-14 season with one of the most beloved operas of all-time, Puccini's Madama Butterfly. The tragic, tender story of a Japanese girl and and an American naval officer is told through one of Puccini's most poignant, moving scores. (more...)

Photo Flash: Usher, Mike Tyson, Oscar de la Hoya and More at BIG FIGHTERS, BIG CAUSE Benefit
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2014

Last night, B. Riley & Co. and the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation co-hosted the 5th Annual 'Big Fighters, Big Cause' Charity Boxing Night at the Santa Monica Pier, which benefited the Foundation's mission to raise funds for research and awareness towards a cure for Juvenile Diabetes. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

AMERICAN IDOL Finale Recap: Two Heavyweights Slug it Out on Enjoyable Finale (updated w/ photos)
by Matt Tamanini - May 21, 2014

In Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene, we have the season's only two performers that consistently gave credible, entertaining performances, and also had a professional command of the stage. As you would expect these two heavyweights delivered a Knockout of a competition finale. While I always hate the recycled song choices, and don't get me started on the generally nauseating coronation songs, this was a very enjoyable way to close the competition part of the season. (more...)

Emily Bergl, Lesli Margherita & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2014

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Broadway In Chicago Announces Return of JERSEY BOYS to Cadillac Palace Theatre, May 2015
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2014

Broadway In Chicago has announced the return engagement of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical JERSEY BOYS, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The musical will make its much-anticipated return to Chicago to play the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W Randolph) for the first time May 12 through May 24, 2015. (more...)

ROCKY Brings the Fight to the Tonys
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2014

This year's Tony Awards will literally be a Knockout! According to the Associated Press, Broadway's Rocky will be preforming the iconic boxing match between Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed right on the Radio City Music Hall's stage. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: DANCING BUOYS 'ANYTHING GOES' AT NSMT
by Jan Nargi - Jun 6, 2014

Original choreography, clever comic bits, and a strong supporting cast add spark to North Shore Music Theatre's ANYTHING GOES, Cole Porter's fizzy screwball shipboard romance that finds itself somewhat at sea while trying to stay afloat in the round. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Go, Go, Go JOSEPH Rocks the Pantages
by Don Grigware - Jun 5, 2014

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat/lyrics by Tim Rice/ music by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber/directed & choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler/Pantages Theater/through June 22 (more...)

Curtis Stone to Host New Bravo Series TOP CHEF DUELS, 8/6
by TV News Desk - Jun 4, 2014

Bravo Media turns up the heat in a new culinary competition series “Top Chef Duels” premiering Wednesday, August 6 at 10 PM ET/PT (more...)

USA-Germany Is ESPN's Second Highest-Rated Men's World Cup Match Ever
by TV News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

ESPN's coverage of the United States' 1-0 loss to Germany in the final day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup group play - Thursday, June 26, at noon ET - generated an average minute audience of more than 12 million people across ESPN's television, digital and audio platforms. (more...)

El Rey Network Kicks Off New Multi-Platform Promotional Initiative 'Red Card Riot'
by TV News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

El Rey Network is kicking off a new multi-platform promotional initiative titled Red Card Riot (www.RedCardRiot.com), designed to drive fan engagement in advance of the network's soccer spy thriller 'Matador' (more...)

BWW Reviews: KILLER JOE at SeeNoSun OnStage is a Knockout
by Keith Tittermary - Jun 22, 2014

Pulitzer Prize winning author Tracy Letts loves the idea of a dysfunctional family. In his most famous work, August: Osage County, Letts gives us a glimpse into the well-to-do Weston family as they cope with pain and sorrow. In his first produced play, Killer Joe, Letts shows us the pain and sorrow caused by a down-on-their-luck family in Texas. The rarely produced play (and rarely seen 2011 movie) is dark and gritty both in context and character. The dysfunctional family at the 'heart' of the story centers around Ansel and Sharla, his hot young second wife; his two children: Chris, who is in constant trouble, and the slow Dottie; and the title character - a Dallas detective who moonlights as a hitman. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE FULL MONTY Lifts the Spirits at Mesa Encore Theatre
by Herbert Paine - Jun 2, 2014

Men of steel, stripped of their power, can regain their mettle when they dare to drop their fears and self-doubt. The Full Monty affirms this truth and reveals more than bare bottoms in Mesa Encore Theatre's final production of its 76th season. Director Chris Hamby, despite some technical glitches that should be easily fixed and some inconsistent casting that can't, captures both the heart and humor of a story that has as much relevance today as when it premiered in 2000. (more...)

PHOTO FLASH: First Look at Andrew Conners, Kailey Prior, and More in CRT's ALL SHOOK UP
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

Cortland Repertory Theatre invites audiences to grab their blue suede shoes and get ready to shake things up with their debut production of the rockin' and rollin' musical 'All Shook Up'. Performances of this high energy, family-friendly show are currently running through July 5 with evening performances at 7:30. Matinees are available on June 20, 22, 25, 27, 29 and July 2 at 2:00 PM. Tickets may be purchase by calling 800-427-6160 or by visiting the CRT Box Office at 24 Port Watson Street in downtown Cortland. Tickets are also available for sale 24 hours a day through the CRT website at www.cortlandrep.org. Tickets are going fast, so CRT suggests calling early. Check out a first look below. (more...)

Nationwide Search for Sweetest Voice, Most Chocolaty Smile Culminates In Crowning NBC The Voice Breakout Star Monique Abbadie 'Miss ChocoVine'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

NBC's The Voice breakout star Monique Abbadie was crowned last night "Miss ChocoVine," becoming the rising brand's first ambassador. (more...)

FOX Sports 1 & FOX Deportes to Present Big Week of Boxing This July
by TV News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

FOX Sports teams with former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson's Iron Mike Productions for the first time on Thursday, July 10 (more...)

PHANTOGRAM Announced at the Boulder Theater, 9/28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2014

Z2 Entertainment is proud to present Phantogram to the Boulder Theater on Sunday, September 28th, 2014. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, June 20th at 10:00 AM for $26.00 for general admission (more...)

BWW Interviews: A Little Education from James Rocco on BROADWAY SONGBOOK: COMDEN & GREEN
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Jun 13, 2014

James Rocco's BROADWAY SONGBOOK series at The Ordway Center for Performing Arts in Saint Paul, Minn., is a treasure for anyone who has an iPod full of showtunes (me: guilty!) and should earn continuing education credits for audience members who gain a wealth of knowledge in theatre history over the course of the show. (more...)

Cortland Repertory Theatre to Present ALL SHOOK UP, 6/18-7/5
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

Cortland Repertory Theatre invites audiences to grab their blue suede shoes and get ready to shake things up with their debut production of the rockin' and rollin' musical "All Shook Up". Performances of this high energy, family-friendly show will run from June 18 - July 5 with evening performances at 7:30. Matinees are available on June 20, 22, 25, 27, 29 and July 2 at 2:00 PM. Tickets may be purchase by calling 800-427-6160 or by visiting the CRT Box Office at 24 Port Watson Street in downtown Cortland. Tickets are also available for sale 24 hours a day through the CRT website at www.cortlandrep.org. Tickets are going fast, so CRT suggests calling early. (more...)

Tonight's NERDS Concert at 54 Below with Wesley Taylor, Lauren Molina & More Sells Out
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

The concert version of NERDS, a new Broadway-bound musical, tonight, Wednesday, June 11 at 54 Below, 254 W. 54th Street, is now sold out. The concert will feature a cast of Broadway favorites, including Theater World Award winner Wesley Taylor ("Smash," Rock of Ages), Helen Hayes Award winner Lauren Molina (Candide, Sweeney Todd), Charlie Pollock (Violet, Love's Labour's Lost), Laura Dreyfuss (Once, Hair). (more...)

BWW REVIEW: BILLY ELLIOT Shines at Ogunquit Playhouse
by Jan Nargi - Jul 9, 2014

Electricity courses through Ogunquit Playhouse's stunning production of BILLY ELLIOT, continuing through July 26 at 'America's foremost summer theatre.' (more...)

Patchogue Theatre to Welcome Jessie Haynes, Claudia Jacobs, and Rorie Kelly for Free Show at the Bandshell, 8/9
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

The Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts and The Incorporated Village of Patchogue Present an evening of original music by the bay. The critically acclaimed Live in the Lobby concert series moves down to Shorefront Park for a free concert featuring Long Island singer-songwriters Jessie Haynes, Claudia Jacobs, and Rorie Kelly on Saturday, August 9 at 7:00 PM. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: Mid-Year Cabaret Review--Best (and Favorite) 20 Shows and Performances (So Far) for 2014
by Stephen Hanks - Jul 5, 2014

Since I attended more than 50 shows over the past eight months (a few more than once)--the large majority of which were reviewed on these web pages—I felt I had more than enough cabaret show inventory to present my second-annual “Mid-Year Cabaret Review” citing the “20 Best Cabaret Shows and Performances” for the first half of 2014. Since the eligibility period for 2014 BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Award consideration begins with shows staged since last November (late October if it was the first of a run), I've included a few of those late 2013 shows in this group. And with the announcement of the BWW Award nominees just four months away, I've offered some projections on the Award categories for which these shows very well might receive consideration. (more...)

LPR to Present STRANGE & BEAUTIFUL: The Music & Art of John Lurie, 9/9-27
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

(Le) Poisson Rouge haso announce Strange & Beautiful: The Music & Art of John Lurie, a festival celebrating the work of genre-twisting iconoclast John Lurie. The festival will span three concerts at Le Poisson Rouge, one concert at Town Hall, a gallery exhibition in The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge, and an exhibition at the Cavin-Morris Gallery. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Consummate Vocalist Jeanne Page Knocks Her CD Preview Show REBOOT Out of the Park
by Don Grigware - Jul 28, 2014

On Sunday July 27 powerhouse vocalist Jeanne Page made a stylish return to Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal for a marvelous evening of standards done her way, entitled Reboot. This lady has a unique brand of humor that is intoxicating and infuses every song she sings with the true colors they deserve. She is about to release a CD of her work, so Reboot was a preview of the album. Believe me, it's a Knockout! (more...)

Cristiano Ronaldo Dines at Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant inside MGM Grand Hotel & Casino welcomed one of the most celebrated professional soccer players last night, as Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo stopped into the modern Cantonese restaurant to relish on signature bites and libations. Taking a much needed vacation after his outstanding performance in the 2015 World Cup matchups in Brazil, the talented Portuguese Knockout enjoyed a casual night out with friends, without the company of his stunning supermodel girlfriend Irina Shayk. (more...)

The Riant Theatre to Kick Off 2014 STRAWBERRY ONE-ACT FESTIVAL, 8/20
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

The Riant Theatre under the direction of Artistic Director Van Dirk Fisher, has announced its 26th Anniversary season lineup for the Strawberry One-Act Festival, which consists of 21 new one-acts and 3 full length plays that will run August 20th -- August 31st at the Theatre at St. Clement's, 423 West 46th St. (more...)

Iron Mike Presents 'The Pride of Pittsburgh', 8/8
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

PITTSBURGH, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Boxing legend MIKE TYSON and Iron Mike Productions Presents 'The Pride of Pittsburgh' on Friday, August 8th at CONSOL Energy Center and telecast LIVE on FOX Sports 1, headlined by the Steel City's favorite son, SAMMY 'The Who Can Mexican' VASQUEZ. (more...)

UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE to Close 2014 New York Film Festival
by Movies News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance as the Closing Night selection for the upcoming 52nd New York Film Festival (more...)

FETCH CLAY, MAKE MAN to Make West Coast Debut at Marin Theatre Company, 8/14-9/7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2014

Fetch Clay, Make Man by Will Power will make its West Coast premiere with Marin Theatre Company, directed by Derrick Sanders (Fences) and running August 14 - September 7, 2014, with an Opening Night slated for Tuesday, August 19. Previews: Thursday, August 14 - Sunday, August 17. Casting to be announced. (more...)

Watch Teaser Video for Red Bull BC One North America Final
by TV News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

Today, Red Bull releases an all-new teaser video to gear up for the world's most prestigious one-on-one B-Boy competition--the Red Bull BC One North America Final (more...)

Marin Theatre Company Produces West Coast Premiere of FETCH CLAY, MAKE MAN, 8/14-9/7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

Marin Theatre Company, in a bi-coastal co-production with Maryland's Round House Theatre, will open its 48th Season with the West Coast premiere of Fetch Clay, Make Man, an historical drama that draws its inspiration from a peculiar event from the Civil Rights Era: a press conference at which heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, ne Cassius Clay, introduced his "secret strategy man" - the former Hollywood comedic actor Stepin Fetchit, ne Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry. (more...)

World Cup China SMG Sales Soared by 400%
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

BEIJING, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ 'Did you buy a lottery ticket tonight?', 'Brazil's team was the biggest loser; let's go to the roof (to commit suicide)!' During the World Cup this year, similar talk in China became hot topics on Weibo, WeChat and other social networking platforms. (more...)

RYAN ADAMS Set to Release Self-Titled New Album 9/9
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2014

Ryan Adams has confirmed September 9 as the release date of Ryan Adams, his new album and first to be released on the combined Pax Am/Blue Note imprint. Produced by Adams himself at his own Pax Am Studios in Los Angeles, the eponymous new record is the NC-born singer/songwriter's first full length since 2011's acclaimed Ashes & Fire. (more...)

WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING to Debut on NBC 7/5
by TV News Desk - Jul 1, 2014

World Series of Fighting makes its NBC debut this Saturday, July 5, at 4 p.m. ET highlighted by the lightweight title fight between defending champion Justin Gaethje (more...)

BOXEO TELEMUNDO FORD Wraps Up Summer Season Today
by TV News Desk - Aug 7, 2014

“Boxeo Telemundo Ford” finishes its 2014 summer season today night with a classic rivalry match between Mexico and Puerto Rico at Mexico City's Salón José Cuervo. (more...)

WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING Returns to NBCSN this Weekend
by TV News Desk - Aug 7, 2014

fter making its NBC broadcast debut last month, World Series of Fighting returns to NBCSN this Saturday, August 9 at 10 p.m. ET highlighted by the lightweight fight between Knockout specialist Luis “Baboon” Palomino (22-9, 12 wins by Knockout) and undefeated rising star Lewis Gonzalez (9-0). (more...)

Stephen Costello and Ailyn Perez Launch 2014-15 with U.S. LOVE DUETS Recital Tour
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2014

On a U.S. duo recital tour this September, Stephen Costello and Ailyn Pérez -- the husband-and-wife team dubbed “Pérello” by the BBC and “the Jay-Z and Beyoncé” of opera by Vanity Fair -- sing romantic favorites from their hit album release, Love Duets. (more...)

HBO World Championship Boxing to present Hopkins v Kovalev
by TV News Desk - Aug 4, 2014

Speed, savvy and defense will come face-to-face with explosive power and force this November when Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins takes on Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev in a Light Heavyweight Unification title fight, Golden Boy Promotions and Main Events announced today. (more...)

The Houston Grand Opera Announces 60th Anniversary Season, Featuring World Premiere of A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Iain Bell and More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

Houston Grand Opera's 2014–15 season, the company's 60th anniversary season, includes the world premiere of A Christmas Carol by Iain Bell—the company's 55th new commission —from award-winning Dickens authority Simon Callow; the continuation of HGO's first Ring cycle, with the American premiere of La Fura dels Baus's groundbreaking take on Die Walküre; the American premieres of Sir Nicholas Hytner's The Magic Flute and Lee Blakeley's Sweeney Todd; a 60th Anniversary Gala Concert featuring mezzo-soprano (and HGO Studio alumna) Joyce DiDonato; and a host of career-shaping role debuts that speak to Patrick Summers's gift for casting. Together with the company's first presentation of John Cox'sOtello, and the returns of Göran Järvefelt's beloved Così fan tutte and Michael Grandage's hit staging of Madame Butterfly, these rich offerings serve once again to illustrate some of the ways that HGO—still the only opera company with two Grammys, two Emmys, and a Tony—epitomizes “one model of what a forward-looking opera company could be” (Greg Sandow, Arts Journal). (more...)

2014 Sinquefield Cup to Become Strongest Chess Tournament in History
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ The 2014 Sinquefield Cup will be the highest-rated tournament in the history of chess, bringing six of the world's top-nine Grandmasters together at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL). (more...)

2014 Visionary Speaker Darren Aronofsky to Appear at The New Museum, 9/30
by Movies News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

The New Museum is pleased to announce that Academy Award-nominated director Darren Aronofsky will be featured as this year's Visionary speaker. Aronofsky (b. 1969, Brooklyn) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Now in its sixth season, the annual Stuart Regen Visionaries Series honors leading international thinkers and creators in the fields of art, architecture, design, dance, film, literature, and technology, and marks a commitment by the New Museum to consider their effects on culture at large. Aronofsky will be in conversation with novelist and critic Lynne Tillman on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in the New Museum Theater. (more...)

Free Screening of Folger Theatre's MACBETH at Carter Barron Ampitheater on 8/23
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

A free screening of Folger Theatre's 2008 magical production of Macbeth will take place on Saturday, August 23 at 8:15pm at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre in Rock Creek Park. Directed by Teller (of Penn & Teller) and Aaron Posner and recorded before a rapt audience in the Folger's intimate Elizabethan Theatre, this "supernatural horror thriller" showcases the inventive magic of Teller and provides new insight into Shakespeare's classic tragedy. (more...)

Soprano Ailyn Perez to Crown 2014-15 with Debuts at The Met and Houston Grand Opera
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Described by Opera News as the “lyric soprano who truly seems to have it all,” Ailyn Pérez takes the stage at leading opera houses on both sides of the Atlantic in 2014-15 for an exciting new season that features house debuts at both the Metropolitan Opera and Houston Grand Opera, the latter also serving as a role debut for Pérez as Desdemona in Verdi's Otello. (more...)

BWW Reviews: TRICK BOXING Romances Summer Fun at Third Avenue Playhouse
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Aug 11, 2014

Cross, hook, jab and uppercut-know anything about boxing? Sturgeon Bay's Third Avenue Playhouse imports Sossy Merchanics in a Stage Door Theatre Company performance billed Tricky Boxing August. While no audience member needs to know anything about boxing to throughly enjoy the high energy production, the team of Brian Sostek and Megan McClellan pairs in the nostalgic 1940's fictional tale of boxer Dancing Danny David and how he acquired the 'Knockout of his life.' (more...)

ROCK OF AGES Will Shift to Nightly Performance Schedule at The Venetian
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2014

ROCK OF AGES turns up the heat on the Las Vegas Strip by rockin' audiences seven nights a week beginning Nov. 3. Hailed as "Insanely Fun!" by Time Out New York and "A Rock 'em, Sock 'em, Knockout, Over-The-Top Smash!" by Robin Leach, the smash-hit production will perform nightly at 8 p.m. (more...)

Review Roundup: Chadwick Boseman Stars as James Brown in New Biopic GET ON UP
by Movies News Desk - Aug 1, 2014

Universal Pictures James Brown biopic GET ON UP hits theaters today, August 1, 2014. Let's see what the critics have to say (more...)

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