BWW Recap: 'Life's a Shipwreck' on BOARDWALK EMPIRE
by Jessica Naftaly - Oct 6, 2014

BOARDWALK EMPIRE came in strong this week with assassination attempts, affairs, pregnancies and cockroaches galore! The fifth episode of BOARDWALK's final season entitled 'King of Norway' was one of the best of this season as we had some real movement and development. One of the biggest issues I had with the last four episodes was that as we neared the halfway mark of the last season, there was still no clear direction or driving force for the season. We had through line connecting all the dots and pointing us to what to expect coming forward and now, we're finally laying the groundwork for the real major plot points of the season. More than halfway there, it seems like these last four episodes were one big premiere episode, laying the groundwork for the actual season. (more...)

Michael Cerveris & Loose Cattle's NORTH OF HOUSTON Available For Pre-Order, Out 11/15
by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 31, 2013

Popular Broadway star and frequent screen presence Michael Cerveris also fronts a band called Loose Cattle and the band's new album NORTH OF HOUSTON is now available for pre-order, with a digital release and CD release set for November. (more...)

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW Runs at The Roxy Through November 6
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2013

t's been 40 years - 40 years! - since THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW hit a London stage and had a 5-year run as a popular musical. Think about that kind of staying power, and you will understand why audiences continue to flock to midnight showings of the 1975 film inspired by the musical. You'll also see why it captures new audiences, as in 2010 when the popular TV show 'Glee' used it as the basis for a plot. (more...)

BWW Interview: Composer Jake Heggie Roots for the Home Team
by Erica Miner - Oct 23, 2015

Composer looks for stories that tell transformative, emotional journeys, feel relevant and true with a sense of real intimacy and larger forces at work (more...)

Donmar's JULIUS CAESAR, LA DIVINA CARICATURA World Premiere and More Set for St. Ann's Warehouse 2013-14 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2013

St. Ann's Warehouse has announced programming highlights of its 2013-14 season, which will kick off in October with the American Premiere of the Donmar Warehouse's tremendously acclaimed all-female production of Julius Caesar. (more...)

BWW Recap: Papa Don't Impeach on SCANDAL
by Jennifer McHugh - Oct 16, 2015

At long last the Gladiators are reassembling. Their mission? Save their bosses' reputation. Too bad her boyfriend is kind of difficult to get out of the headlines. (more...)

VIDEO: DAVID LETTERMAN Gets Emotional During Foo Fighters Special Performance
by TV News Desk - Oct 16, 2014

Last night's special LATE NIGHT web-only performance by the Foo Fighters had special meaning for Dave Letterman. The host shared the story of why he associates the group's song 'Miracle' to a significant moment in his life (more...)

Crystal Grenade Releases Debut Album this Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2013

Manchester is a strange city; the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, the world's most popular soccer team, and the Trades Union Congress, its musical legacy is unparalleled. Bands such as The Hollies, The Smiths, The Bee Gees and - of course - Joy Division have changed the world. To quote Morrissey out of context: 'Oh Manchester, so much to answer for'. (more...)

Photo Flash: Jefferson Mays Marks 6,000th Death in 'GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE' with Funeral Procession
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2015

To mark the occasion of Jefferson Mays' 6,000th death in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER, the production held a funeral procession down West 48th Street, as cast members and fans, all dressed in mourning attire, followed Mr. Mays, lying in state inside a glass-sided horse-drawn hearse, to the Walter Kerr Theatre stage door. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

BWW TV: See Footage, Remarks from Jefferson Mays' 6,000th 'GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE' Death Funeral Procession
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 14, 2015

To mark the occasion of Jefferson Mays' 6,000th death in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER, the production held a funeral procession down West 48th Street, as cast members and fans, all dressed in mourning attire, followed Mr. Mays, lying in state inside a glass-sided horse-drawn hearse, to the Walter Kerr Theatre stage door. Click below to watch footage from the event! (more...)

BWW REVIEW: 'THE POWER OF DUFF' CASTS ITS SPELL OVER BOSTON
by Jan Nargi - Nov 8, 2013

In Stephen Belber's new play 'The Power of Duff' a lonely newsman seeks redemption by inadvertently turning his anchor desk into a pulpit, working miracles for strangers while still failing to communicate at home. (more...)

Bob Dylan Bootleg Series iOS App Expanding to Include The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2014

In conjunction with the long-awaited release of Bob Dylan - The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11 on Tuesday, November 4 (more...)

Cynthia Dreeman Meyer Releases MERRY STIRRING MICE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2014

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Nov. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Not many people know about the secret part of Santa's team the mice. Author Cynthia Dreeman Meyer shows us what really goes on the night before Christmas in her book, Merry Stirring Mice, a delightful turnaround on the claim 'not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.' Watch Mama Mouse and Papa Mouse show their kids Max and his little sister Molly how to prepare for Santa. 'Help your sister stir the candy cane mix,' Mama Mouse begins. Soon come the sugarplums, the candy canes, and finally the note that says 'For Santa.' (more...)

Bob Dylan's 'The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11' Out Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2014

Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings will release Bob Dylan's The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 (http://smarturl.it/BD_basement_amzn) today, November 4. (more...)

BWW Interview: Extra! Extra! Read all about Zachary Sayle and NEWSIES in New Orleans!
by Heidi Scheuermann - Nov 25, 2015

Of all the shows that I have seen throughout my lifetime, absolutely none… and I do mean none… nada, zip, zilch… have excited me more than Disney's NEWSIES.  It's honestly surprising upon meeting someone new if I don't mention this show within the first twenty minutes of our conversation.  I love it that much, and I can't wait for this tour to get to New Orleans next week! (more...)

BWW Review: Phoenix Theatre's THE TOXIC AVENGER Is Wicked-Great!
by Herbert Paine - Nov 2, 2015

Big TENS all around for THE TOXIC AVENGER, now burning up the stage of Phoenix Theatre and oozing with spectacular staging and absolutely intoxicating performances by Caleb Reese, Johanna Carlisle, Trisha Ditsworth, Nathaniel Lewis Tenenbaum, and Lucas Coatney. (more...)

Michael Cerveris & Loose Cattle's NORTH OF HOUSTON Now Available
by Pat Cerasaro - Nov 19, 2013

Popular Broadway star and frequent screen presence Michael Cerveris also fronts a band called Loose Cattle and the band's new album NORTH OF HOUSTON is now available for pre-order, with a digital release and CD release set for November. (more...)

BWW Reviews: CHICKS N' GIGGLES A Cure For A Bad Week
by Teresa Rodrick - Nov 18, 2013

CHICKS N' GIGGLES is an improv comedy group made up of men and women, I guess the men are the 'giggles'? I was under the impression it was all women from the name, but nope, men were on the stage too. And they all worked well together. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: NSMT Presents Joyful SISTER ACT
by Jan Nargi - Nov 13, 2015

Even though Whoopi Goldberg was the lead producer of SISTER ACT on Broadway, the "Divine Musical" raising the roof at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Mass. is not the SISTER ACT of Whoopi Goldberg's 1992 hit movie. Yes, the sassy attitude and jubilant spirit of the nightclub singer taking involuntary refuge in a cloistered convent are still intact, but the revised book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner and original score by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater make this jaunty screen-to-stage adaptation an all new joy to behold. (more...)

BWW Reviews: KIN is a Special Experience at Dobama
by Roy Berko - May 5, 2014

Every once in a while a play comes along that, without histrionics, searching for laughs or mystery plot twists, resonates with the human connection. 'Kin,' now on stage at Dobama Theatre, is such a script. (more...)

One Headline Making Cyber Attack Sparks Discovery of Another
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2015

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BWW Cabaret Conversation: CAROL LIPNIK, BWW's 2015 Best Alt-Cabaret Show Award Winner, On Collaboration and 'Accessing The Thing'--Second of a Three-Part Series
by Remy Block - Mar 9, 2016

In Part Two of Remy Block's interview with Carol Lipnik, BWW's 2015 New York Cabaret Award-winner for Best Alt-Cabaret/Musical Comedy Performance, they continue talking in-depth about Lipnik's creative process and artistry, as she finds herself cresting a wave of success, surfing her moment as she emerges, fully formed, into the New York City cultural conversation. This installment explores her important and revelatory artistic relationships-- with club owners, musical collaborators, and with her audience. Lipnik is currently in the middle of a residency at Joe's Pub, where you can catch her the next two Thursday nights at 7 pm with musicians Matt Kanelos on piano, and Kyle Sanna on multiple instruments, including guitar and lap synthesizer. (more...)

BWW Review: Site-Specific INSIGNIFICANCE Played Out In A Luxury Hotel Room
by Michael Dale - Mar 8, 2016

Terry Johnson's drama depicts encounters between Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe, Joseph McCarthy and Joe DiMaggio. (more...)

BWW Review: BABY OH BABY Premieres at the Whitefire
by Don Grigware - Mar 28, 2016

Playwrights Phil Scarpaci and T.L. Shannon are from opposite sides of the pond. Scarpaci is American and Shannon, British. When they wrote Baby Oh Baby, they decided to leave the setting England, as the British are expert farceurs and know a thing or two about delivering comedy. Surprisingly, the play projects a very contemporary perspective on artificial insemination...and becomes quite serious midway through its 80 minute playing time. Not to say that a serious topic cannot be funny. Of course, we must laugh at everything, but sometimes the topic deserves a bit more exploration at the core, and frivolity is not always the best way to handle it. Now onstage on Saturdays only, at 8 pm through June 4, Baby Oh Baby has a terrific cast who make the material rise off the printed page with a nice entertainment high. (more...)

BWW Recap: Fear and Coping in Virginia on THE WALKING DEAD
by Jennifer McHugh - Mar 28, 2016

Never a good sign when 'It's All Over' by Johnny Cash is the opening sequence. Not gonna lie, I AM STRESSED OUT! Forgive me if I'm not comforted in Dwight's words after the screen went black. This season has not been good for my blood pressure! (more...)

Violinist Regina Carter to Perform at OU in April
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2016

?Renowned jazz violinist Regina Carter, Oakland University's artist-in-residence, will be in town for two performances in April. Considered the foremost jazz violinist of her generation, she travels the world to perform and is the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Award.  (more...)

InDepth InterView UpDate: Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman Discuss BOMBSHELL/SMASH Reunion Concert, Plus CHARLIE On Broadway & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 18, 2015

One of the most popular stories of the year so far, the unexpected announcement of a special one night only charity concert performance of a fan favorite musical-within-the-series from NBC's musical series SMASH, BOMBSHELL, to benefit the Actors Fund, is already a huge hit here on BroadwayWorld, and, now we bring you an exclusive chat with two elemental figures in the creation of the project, songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, all about the hotly anticipated evening. As part of our conversation, Shaiman and Wittman offer up a slew of new details on what plans are currently in place for the unprecedented SMASH reunion as well as shares first reactions to the wildly successful Kickstarter campaign that has already racked up more the $230,000 in donations in only a few short days, having begun with a goal of $50,000 when the event was first announced last week. Additionally, Shaiman and Wittman parse the finer points of the BOMBSHELL score and outline what fans can expect from the songstack on the evening as well as preliminary staging and presentational plans and also what the momentum engendered by BOMBSHELL could lead to in the future, near and far. Plus, Shaiman and Wittman comment on the recent rousing performance of SMASH standout 'I Can't Let Go' performed by Jennifer Hudson on the 2015 Academy Awards. All of that and much, much more! (more...)

BWW Interviews: Debut of the Month - LES MISERABLES' Kyle Scatliffe
by Caryn Robbins - Mar 18, 2014

The talented actor speaks exclusively with BroadwayWorld about his surreal casting experience and why his Broadway debut was easily his 'favorite day in theater - ever!' (more...)

BWW Reviews: Independent Shakespeare Co. Revels in Downton Abbey-Inspired TWELFTH NIGHT
by Ellen Dostal - Jul 8, 2014

Over the past ten years, Independent Shakespeare Co. has staked its claim on the city of Los Angeles with its 'of the people, by the people, for the people' brand of Shakespeare. Built from the ground up by two regular people (Melissa Chalsma and David Melville) who love what they do, they have created a fiercely loyal following that can't get enough of their kind of real-people theatre. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Shakespeare Goes to the Frat House in Post5 Theatre's LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST
by Patrick Brassell - Jul 21, 2014

The lines aren't ancient at all; the dialogue makes perfect sense, the jokes become hilarious, and the physical comedy is as well-played as a Three Stooges routine. (more...)

BWW Reviews: MOORARTS HAS TALENT!
by Donna Marie Nowak - Jul 13, 2015

MOORARTS HAS TALENT! provides a dazzling showcase of the inspirational talent of local youth in the areas of theater, vocal music, instrumental music and dance. (more...)

BWW Recap: You Don't Have to Live Like a Refugee on SHAMELESS
by Jennifer McHugh - Feb 7, 2016

It's official, the Gallagher house is no more. I mean, it still exists, they just don't live there. Let's all give it up for gentrification. (more...)

Review Roundup: Encores! LADY, BE GOOD Opens at the City Center
by Review Roundups - Feb 5, 2015

Tommy Tune, Colin Donnell, Danny Gardner, Jeff Hiller, Erin Mackey, Patti Murin, Douglas Sills,Jennifer Laura Thompson and Kirsten Wyatt star in George and Ira Gershwin's Lady, Be Good, the opening production of New York City Center's 2015 Encores! season, running for seven performances, last night, February 4, through February 8, 2015. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

USDA/HHS Dietary Guidelines Soft-Pedal Dangers of Artificial Trans Fats, Coast Packing Company Says
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

VERNON, Calif., Feb. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ In the wake of the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Coast Packing Company, a leading supplier of animal fat shortenings throughout the Western U.S., says the new federal recommendations don't provide guidance enough. (more...)

BWW Blog: Meet Ashley Arcement of FLASHDANCE! National Tour - What Happens in Vegas…
by Guest Blogger: Ashley Arcement - Feb 4, 2014

This was my first week performing in the National Tour of Flashdance - The Musical! Don't ask me why, but I was pretty ecstatic to make my debut in "Sin City." We may have spent more time dancing after the shows than during… I am an onstage swing, which means I am in five numbers in the show but also understudy the five girls in the ensemble. Oh, and I cover Tess, Gloria, Kiki, and Miss Wilde. If I go on for any of these tracks my regular track is simply cut. Done. (more...)

New Memoir By Ngan Ha is Released
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2015

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BWW Interview: Drew Seigla- Don't Mute This Tenor
by Joseph F. Panarello - Feb 17, 2016

Drew Seigla, who is THE FANTASTICKS' current Mute, branches out as an opera director and concert performer (more...)

BWW Recap: Death Doesn't Discriminate Between the Sinners and the Saints on THE WALKING DEAD
by Jennifer McHugh - Feb 15, 2016

I'm aware that this word is a tad overused these days, but THAT was truly EPIC! That may go down as my favorite episode to date of this series. You are about to witness some gushing, so be prepared. (more...)

Feature Film Lineup Complete for 2016 Sundance Film Festival
by TV News Desk - Dec 7, 2015

Sundance Institute today completed its feature film lineup for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival with the highly anticipated narratives, documentaries, episodic work and events in the Premieres, Documentary Premieres, Spotlight, Sundance Kids and Special Events sections. (more...)

BWW Review: KAT GANG and Her Jazz Trio Bring Classy Cool To The Plaza
by Alix Cohen - Dec 31, 2015

Lo and behold, The Plaza Hotel once again has music. Located up a flight of stairs where once the legendary Persian Room stood, The Rose Club is a comfortable two tiered bar and lounge with a varied menu and specialty cocktails. Service is excellent. This all but unknown refuge is a good place to meet for a drink or snack and decompress in pleasant, upscale surroundings. Wednesday nights, the excellent Kat Gang and her trio--Matthew Fries on keyboard, Phil Palombi on bass, Tim Bulkley on drums--hold forth during three sets from 8:30-11:30 pm. Though drinks are hotel priced, there is NO cover making this good value. (more...)

BWW Review: FANTASTIC FOUR is a Marvel Movie with none of Marvel's Tried-and-True Charms
by Matt Tamanini - Aug 7, 2015

Pop quiz hotshot: what do you get when you take a Marvel movie and remove the fun, action, compelling characters, emotional stakes, and everything else that makes it recognizable as a Marvel movie? Time's up. Did you say FANTASTIC FOUR? If so, congratulations, you can skip this impossibly useless film and wait until February's release of DEADPOOL. If you didn't come up with the correct answer, your punishment is to watch this movie and all pre-WINTER SOLDIER episodes of MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. on repeat until all character rights revert back to Disney and Marvel Studios. (more...)

Bob Dylan's The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 Set For 11/4
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings will release Bob Dylan's The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 (http://smarturl.it/BD_basement_amzn) on November4. Compiled from meticulously restored original tapes many found only recently this historic six-disc set is the definitive chronicle of the artist's legendary 1967 recording sessions with members of his touring ensemble who would later achieve their own fame as The Band. (more...)

BWW Reviews: South Coast Rep Stages World Premiere of Rajiv Joseph's MR. WOLF
by Michael L. Quintos - Apr 27, 2015

South Coast Repertory's latest offering, MR. WOLF---now on stage in Costa Mesa through May 3---is a high-quality presentation of an intriguingly audacious if not quite fully-gestated new world premiere play from Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph, the playwright behind the celebrated BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO. In Mr. Joseph's enticing new drama, the play employs a ripped-from-the-headlines plot that feels more like a stand-alone episode of any given TV procedural drama, which, unfortunately, by their very nature leaves very little room for real character development, yet provides enough juicy (and at times soapy) melodrama to pique an interested audience. (more...)

BWW Review: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S LONG LOST FIRST PLAY: A Cauldron Full of Belly Laughs at the Folger from the Reduced Shakespeare Company
by Ellen Burns - Apr 26, 2016

There is but poor substitute for a trio of fools on a romp to entertain; nay, but it is futility at its finest to resist the siren call of slapstick's song. Anyone else have the urge to, as I call it, "Shakespeak" after an evening of Shakespeare? No? Just me? Ok, well no matter. In any pentameter, the Reduced Shakespeare Company's (RSC) Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor and Teddy Spencer are very, very funny; fearless, quick witted, masters of quick change and, most importantly, having a blast on stage, which means the audience is likely to have fun too. The RSC has a long history of taking gargantuan themes (think American history, The Bible, Hollywood) and mining them for laughs, and, inspired by a 2010 visit to the Folger, creating a work that covered the Shakespearean universe in one "holy grail" of a play, seemed an obvious mission to them. (more...)

BWW Recap: No Sympathy for the 'Devil's Mark' on Tonight's OUTLANDER
by Kara McCoy - Apr 17, 2015

It may be a bit early to call it, having only reached the third of an eight-episode long homestretch, but I'm going to do it: the latter half of OUTLANDER's premiere season has exceeded all of my expectations. I'm not totally sure what they were to begin with, but they've all been tossed out the window by this point anyway. Already this show has topped itself, with each new episode since the September mid-season finale proving to be stronger than the last. Tonight's installment, intriguingly titled 'The Devil's Mark' was--yup, yup, I'm doing it--the best so far. I'm probably going to kick myself next week, if we keep up this momentum, but I'm just too darn excited about it. (more...)

BWW Recap: THE BLACKLIST Introduces Agnes, But Who Just Left?
by Marakay Rogers - Apr 15, 2016

Liz Keen's wedding blew up; can her delivery be any easier? Raymond Reddington and Tom Keen try to help, but things don't go as planned. Welcome Agnes, but who just died? (more...)

BWW Interview: 'Biggest Loser' and 'Extreme Weight Loss' Producer JD ROTH Talks Weight Loss Secrets, Motivation, Setbacks, and New Book Launch, THE BIG FAT TRUTH
by Christina Mancuso - Apr 12, 2016

Award-winning television producer and creator of weight-loss shows such as EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS, THE BIGGEST LOSER, THE REVOLUTION and more, JD Roth has just written a new book entitled THE BIG FAT TRUTH, which is set for release today, April 12th. In the book, he shares inspirational stories, advice, and the secrets to losing weight and gaining the inner strength to transform your life. (more...)

LaMonte of The 5th Dimension Celebrates 'Aquarius' Anniversary and Broadway Connections in New Memoir
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2015

LaMonte McLemore, founder of the multi-Grammy winning quintet, tells the secrets behind this Platinum medley--finding it, recording it, and its perfect place in history--in his new memoir, 'From Hobo Flats to The 5th Dimension: A Life Fulfilled in Baseball, Photography and Music.' Mac, as he's warmly known, chatted with his biographer, Robert-Allan Arno, for the occasion. (more...)

BWW Review: Let the Youth Be Told in APA's New Hit SOCIAL SECURITY
by Kristen Morale - Apr 11, 2016

There are quite a few advantages of getting old, despite what many people may believe: the well-worn worries of youth are whisked away in the leveled way more mature people live their lives, self-dictated rules and personal boundaries are set as people come into their own and emotions are at bay as people gradually accept and even embrace the monotone way in which their lives are lived. Youth can still be kept alive and may even be sought after, but that shouldn't be too strenuous a task, right? Ha, no. After seeing the workings of the Academy of Performing Art's newest production of Social Security, where insecurities run rampant, youth is a perpetual theme in hilarious unforeseen ways and basically nothing is secure, the irony of this show's title alone is bound to excite and surprise anyone one believes that youth cannot be rekindled in the old at heart. (more...)

BWW Interview: 'Biggest Loser' and 'Extreme Weight Loss' Producer JD ROTH Talks Weight Loss Secrets, Motivation, Setbacks, and New Book Launch, THE BIG FAT TRUTH
by Christina Mancuso - Apr 1, 2016

Award-winning television producer and creator of weight-loss shows such as EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS, THE BIGGEST LOSER, THE REVOLUTION and more, JD Roth has just written a new book entitled THE BIG FAT TRUTH, which is set for release on April 12th. In the book, he shares inspirational stories, advice, and the secrets to losing weight and gaining the inner strength to transform your life. (more...)

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