Jesse Eisenberg to Make Directorial Debut in New TV Comedy BREAM GIVES ME HICCUPS
by TV News Desk - May 9, 2016

Jesse Eisenberg will make his directorial debut with the new television comedy BREAM GIVES ME HICCUPS. (more...)

The Crossing to Premiere Gavin Bryars' THE FIFTH CENTURY in NYC
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

In its tenth anniversary season, THE CROSSING -- the extraordinary chamber choir from Philadelphia, dedicated to new music and conducted by Donald Nally -- comes to New York on Thursday, June 16, 2016 to perform the NY premiere of THE FIFTH CENTURY, a large-scale work for the rare combination of choir and saxophone quartet by the iconic avant-garde English composer GAVIN BRYARS. (more...)

BWW Review: LOST BOY FOUND IN WHOLE FOODS Serves Up a Whole Lot of Food for Thought
by Christine Swerczek - May 9, 2016

From the moment we enter the Howard Drew theatre at the Omaha Community Playhouse, we are drawn into the human drama unfolding before us. (more...)

WOLF HALL's Mark Rylance Among Winners of BAFTA TV Awards; Full List
by TV News Desk - May 9, 2016

The historical drama WOLF HALL, Shane Meadows' “This Is England '90” and “Peter Kay's Car Share” were among the big winners at last night's BAFTA Television Awards (more...)

Gil Francisco Releases BUFORD'S MAILBOX
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

Gil Francisco, a decorated academic, and author of short stories such as: 'Behind Success: A Memoir from the School of Hard Knocks', and 'The Tales of the Kanterberry Kids', has completed his new book 'Buford's Mailbox Sketches of 1968', a gripping and potent firsthand look at the outcries for racial and gender equality, desegregation, and the end of the Vietnam War as told through the voice of a family's mailbox. (more...)

The Smith Center Shines Spotlight on Local Teachers at Inaugural Heart of Education Awards
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2016

On Saturday, May 7, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts honored educators from the Las Vegas valley as it hosted The Heart of Education Awards.  The special event powered by The Rogers Foundation recognized hundreds of Clark County School District (CCSD) teachers who have gone above and beyond for their students and have greatly contributed to their education, livelihood and betterment. (more...)

BWW Interview: Juan Carlos, Tatiana, & Sandra Cantu of IN THE HEIGHTS at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
by Cary Ginell - May 6, 2016

In the Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical about community and family in a Dominican-American neighborhood in New York City, has a multi-layered meaning for its talented cast. The production, which is currently being presented at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, features veteran television actor Juan Carlos Cantu, returning to the stage after more than 30 years, to act besides his two daughters, Tatiana and Sandra. All three play major roles in the show, bringing the three together on stage for the first time. (Our review is in this week's Moorpark Acorn. http://www.mpacorn.com/news/2016-05-06/On_The_Town/Cast_takes_musical_to_the_highest_level.html) We visited with the girls and their proud father before a Sunday matinee performance. (more...)

Dr. Gene Russell Pens THE SILENCE OF GOD
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

In 'The Silence of God: Sock It to Me!' (published by Xlibris), Dr. Gene Russell encourages readers to see the seeming absence of God as a test of faith requiring the cultivation of spiritual resilience and the ability to perceive and appreciate hidden signs of God's works and plans. By sharing his thoughts and actions, his recollections of how, through years, he learned the hard way the values and purposes of God's silence, he gives them a guide for the path they too must navigate in their Christian lives. (more...)

Cam Anthony Releases 1st Music Video of One Direction's 'If I Could Fly'
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

Aftermath Entertainment teen singing sensation, Cam Anthony, recently announced the release of his first full-length conceptual music video, an original rendition of the One Direction song, “If I Could Fly.” (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Original DREAMGIRLS Jennifer Holliday and Sheryl Lee Ralph Grab Breakfast, Talk 'UNDER THE STARS' Concert
by Stage Tube - May 5, 2016

Original DREAMGIRLS Jennifer Holliady and Sheryl Lee Ralph grabbed breakfast and chatted on Facebook Live about their upcoming concert in Los Angeles. Check out what they had to say in the video below! (more...)

UMC to Present SECOND COMING Streaming Premiere Friday
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

RLJ Entertainment's Urban Movie Channel (UMC) presents the gripping psychodrama, Second Coming, premiering on May 6, 2016. Written and directed by Olivier Award-winning playwright, Debbie Tucker Green, the film stars Idris Elba (Luther, Beasts of No Nation, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) and Nadine Marshall (The Smoking Room, Waterloo Road) as a married couple left with unanswered questions when the wife mysteriously becomes pregnant despite their lack of intimacy. (more...)

Dances For A Variable Population Presents to Offer Public Performances of THE PHOENIX PROJECT
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Celebrating dance and the beauty of age, Dances For a Variable Population (DVP), will present three performances of The Phoenix Project, a citywide public dance project that empowers older adults and reevaluates the aesthetics of aging. (more...)

BWW Review: A Stunning PORGY AND BESS With the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Morgan State University Choir
by Charles Shubow - May 3, 2016

What a thrill it was to hear George Gershwin's opera with the BSO under Maestra Marin Alsop. (more...)

Cast Announced for SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS at The Lyceum Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

Sheffield Theatres and Evolution Pantomimes are delighted to announce Coronation Street's Wendi Peters, children's favourite Phil Gallagher (CBeebies' Mister Maker) and Sheffield legend Damian Williams will star in Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs at the Lyceum Theatre this Christmas. (more...)

Production Underway for BBC America Original Series DIRK GENTLY'S HOLISITIC DETECTIVE AGENCY
by TV News Desk - May 25, 2016

BBC AMERICA announced today the start of production on its highly anticipated new series, DIRK GENTLY'S HOLISITIC DETECTIVE AGENCY. (more...)

Robert K. Tanenbaum to Share Crime and Justice Insights at Mystery Writers Key West Fest, 6/10
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

New York Times bestselling author Robert K. Tanenbaum is set to headline the upcoming Mystery Writers Key West Fest, June 10-12, in America's southernmost city. Three true-crime books and twenty-seven novels bear his byline - including the celebrated Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi crime/legal thriller series. His twenty-eighth novel, 'Infamy,' is due out in September and number twenty-nine is currently in the works. (more...)

The Dessoff Choirs Names New Music Director
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

The Dessoff Choirs today announces its appointment of Malcolm J. Merriweather as its ninth music director. (more...)

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts Announces 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (The Center) has announced 16 new events and performances for 2016-2017, featuring world-class performances in music, dance, comedy, speakers and family entertainment.  Tickets will be available to members of Luther Burbank Center for the Arts beginning Monday, May 23, 2016 and on sale to the general public on Friday, June 3, 2016 at noon. Tickets and memberships may be purchased online at Lutherburbankcenter.org, by phone at 707.546.3600 or in person at the box office at 50 Mark West Springs Road in Santa Rosa (open daily, 12 - 6 p.m.). (more...)

Cincinnati May Festival's THE ORDERING OF MOSES Recording Now Available
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

The Cincinnati May Festival is proud to announce the release of a new recording on Bridge Records. Under the leadership of Music Director James Conlon, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival Chorus (Robert Porco, director) recorded R. Nathaniel Dett's oratorio, The Ordering of Moses, live at Carnegie Hall in May 2014 during the beloved invitational Spring for Music Festival. (more...)

Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum & More Join Marvel's THOR: RAGNAROK
by TV News Desk - May 20, 2016

Two-time Oscar®-winner Cate Blanchett ('Blue Jasmine,' 'Carol, 'Cinderella') joins Marvel Studios' 'Thor: Ragnarok' as the mysterious and powerful new villain Hela, along with Jeff Goldblum (the upcoming 'Independence Day: Resurgence,' 'The Grand Budapest Hotel,' 'Jurassic Park') who joins the cast as the eccentric Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson ('Creed,' 'Selma') who will bring the classic hero Valkyrie to life on the big screen, and Karl Urban ('Star Trek' trilogy, 'The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King') who will add his might to the fray as Skurge. (more...)

Caroline Neff Joins Cast of Steep Theatre's WASTWATER
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

Steep Theatre's upcoming U.S. Premiere of Wastwater marks the return of two notable members of the Steep family to the Edgewater theatre: Tony Award winner and Steep Associate Playwright Simon Stephens and Jeff Award winner and Steep Ensemble Member Caroline Neff. (more...)

VIDEO: John Legend Talks New Off-Broadway Play TURN ME LOOSE
by TV News Desk - May 20, 2016

Music superstar John Legend stopped by NBC's TODAY to talk about his new off-Broadway show TURN ME LOOSE, based on the life of 1960s comic Dick Gregory. (more...)

POWER! STOKELY CARMICHAEL Set for Hollywood Fringe Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

Power! Stokely Carmichael has been selected to be a part of the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival. In this blistering one-man show, you will be transported back to the summer of 1966 and encounter multiple characters that Stokely Carmichael encountered during the days of the Civil Rights Movement. The production is tense,funny, heartbreaking, informative, engaging and non-stop entertaining. Witness the resurrection of the leading voice of the Black Power Movement, Stokely Carmichael, in this most timely production. (more...)

Madison Opera's LA BOHEME and THE TALES OF HOFFMANN to Air on WPR
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

Madison Opera partners with Wisconsin Public Radio to present recorded broadcasts of Puccini's La Bohème on Saturday, May 14 and Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann on Saturday, May 21. Both broadcasts begin at 1pm and listeners can tune into WPR on 88.7FM or stream online at www.wpr.org/listen-live. (more...)

FIREBIRD: REIMAGINED, Featuring Larger-Than-Life Puppets, Comes to the Mann
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

On July 20, in celebration of its 40th season, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts will present the North American premiere of FIREBIRD: REIMAGINED, a multidisciplinary interpretation of Igor Stravinsky's orchestral score for the 1910 ballet The Firebird. (more...)

Chazmere Announces Self-Titled Album With Single 'Hood Mornin' (Can You Hear the Woop 2)'
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

Announcing the June 10 release of his debut self-titled solo album, Hip Hop artist Chazmere sets the palette with the smooth new single “Hood Mornin' (Can You Hear the Woop 2)” with NIKO (more...)

THE HUNTING GROUND is Released
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

NEW YORK, May 18, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ The Hunting Ground Book: (more...)

GAME OF THRONES' Rose Leslie and Stage Vet Sara Stewart to Lead CONTRACTIONS at the Crucible
by Jessica Khan - May 19, 2016

GAME OF THRONES star Rose Leslie and stage and screen actress Sara Stewart will star in Mike Barlett's CONTRACTIONS at the Crucible this summer. (more...)

Students Across U.S. to Join Paula Abdul and More in Turnaround Arts Talent Show at the White House
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

As part of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the First Lady will welcome students and artists from across the country to perform at the White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show on Wednesday, May 25th. (more...)

RENT's Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp Extend 'ACOUSTICALLY SPEAKING' at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp celebrate 20 years of friendship and the iconic Tony Award winning musical RENT in a special engagement "Acoustically Speaking -- A 20 Year Friendship" at New York's Feinstein's/ 54 Below. (more...)

VIDEO: Bryan Cranston, Anthony Mackie Discuss HBO's Adaptation of ALL THE WAY
by TV News Desk - May 19, 2016

Bryan Cranston, Anthony Mackie were live in Times Square this morning to discuss their roles in the new HBO film, ALL THE WAY. (more...)

Annual Scholarships Awarded to Fifteen Area High School Seniors
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

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28-Year-Old Roy Alexander Weise Receives 2016 JMK Young Director Award
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

The Trustees of the JMK Trust are happy to announce today that the winner of the 19th annual James Menzies-Kitchin Young Director Award is Roy Alexander Weise. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Imagine Productions' HEATHERS
by Jerri Shafer - May 18, 2016

Based on the classic 1989 film, Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place - six feet under. (more...)

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts Adds Trio of Shows to 2016 Schedule
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

Today, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (The Center) announced the addition of three new performances to its 2016 lineup. On Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 8 p.m., the famed British pop group Culture Club will make its Sonoma County debut. On Friday, October 21, 2016 at 8 p.m., Paula Poundstone, one of the country's foremost humorists, will also make her debut at the The Center for a special evening of comedy. On Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 3 p.m., the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus returns to The Center with their special festive holiday show, Home for the Holidays! Tickets for Culture Club range in price from $79-$149. Tickets for Paula Poundstone range in price from $29-$39. Tickets for the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus range from $19-$50. All three shows go on sale Friday, May 20 at noon and are available online at Lutherburbankcenter.org, by calling 707-546-3600 or at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts ticket office (50 Mark West Springs Road in Santa Rosa). (more...)

VMob CEO to Spotlight Contextual Analytics Platform at National Restaurant Association Show 2016
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

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iTheatrics to Launch First Junior Theater Festival West in Sacramento, 2/10-12
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

iTheatrics, the Junior Theater Group and the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) will collaborate on the first-ever Junior Theater Festival West (JTF West), February 10-12, 2017 in Sacramento, CA (#JTFWest), it was announced today by Timothy Allen McDonald, founding chairman of iTheatrics and the Junior Theater Group and Julie Theobald, EdTA Executive Director.   (more...)

Judy Kuhn, James Monroe Iglehart & More Set for NJPAC's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Recognized the world over not only by their bold-face names, but especially by their superb talents, the artists headlining New Jersey Performing Arts Center's 2016-17 season validate the Arts Center as the state's most diverse and artistically excellent presenter. (more...)

KEY & PEELE: THE COMPLETE SERIES Headed to DVD This August
by TV News Desk - May 16, 2016

KEY & PEELE: THE COMPLETE SERIES will be out on DVD on August 2nd, 2016. (more...)

First Junior Theatre Festival West to be Held in Sacramento in 2017
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

iTheatrics, the Junior Theater Group and the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) will collaborate on the first-ever Junior Theater Festival West (JTF West), February 10-12, 2017 in Sacramento, CA (#JTFWest), it was announced today by Timothy Allen McDonald, founding chairman of iTheatrics and the Junior Theater Group and Julie Theobald, EdTA Executive Director.   (more...)

ASU Gammage Announces the 2016 High School Musical Theater Awards Nominees
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

ASU Gammage announces the 2016 High School Musical Theater Awards nominees! (more...)

BWW Interview: Amazing Musician CORKY HALE Tells Us About I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU Opening Tonight at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre
by Don Grigware - May 13, 2016

The great musician Corky Hale needs no introduction. She and her husband composer Mike Stoller have worked with everyone in the music business including Sinatra and Steisand. She is currently producing a revue entitled I Only Have Eyes For You about the music of Al Dubin. It will open at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre Friday May 13. In our chat Hale talks about the show, Dubin and about her incomparable show business life. (more...)

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts Sets 2016-17 Clover Stornetta Family Fun Series
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Today, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (The Center) announced the 2016-2017 Clover Stornetta Family Fun Series, featuring six shows for young audiences and families. The Center continues its commitment to including dynamic family entertainment as a key part of its programming with a new lineup of educational and interactive performances in Santa Rosa. Fall through spring, the series will delight audiences of all ages with shows sure to astound, entertain, enlighten and engage featuring critically-acclaimed educational live shows, astounding performers (and dogs!), and insightful stories that come to life on stage. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: SCANDAL's Joe Morton Talks Off-Broadway's TURN ME LOOSE on LIVE WITH KELLY & MICHAEL
by Stage Tube - May 13, 2016

John Legend and Mike Jackson present a new comedic drama about the extraordinary and explosive life of Dick Gregory - starring SCANDAL's Joe Morton - that shines a light on the first Black comedian to expose white audiences to racial comedy. Morton stopped by LIVE WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL earlier this week where he opened up about the production - check out a clip below! (more...)

Rite of Summer Music Festival Announces 2016 Lineup on Governors Island
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Blair McMillen and Pam Goldberg are thrilled to present the sixth season of the Rite of Summer Music Festival, taking place Summer 2016 on Governors Island, New York City. Rite of Summer will present free outdoor concerts Memorial Day weekend through late August. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Bryan Cranston Becomes LBJ in New Featurette for HBO's ALL THE WAY
by Stage Tube - May 12, 2016

HBO has just released a new featurette for its television adaptation of the Broadway play ALL THE WAY, starring Bryan Cranston, in which the makeup team turns the Tony-winning actor into famed President Lyndon B. Johnson - check it out below! (more...)

Michael Arden-Helmed 'MERRILY', BACHARACH REIMAGINED, Stephen Schwartz and More Slated for The Wallis in 2016-17
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

Over 300 performances of more than 50 different programs of theater, dance and music featuring local and world-renowned talent are on tap for the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts' 2016/17 season, among them a production of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, helmed by SPRING AWAKENING director Michael Arden. (more...)

Cast, Contributors Announced for History's Docu-Drama BARBARIANS RISING
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

HISTORY, announced today the cast and contributors for the global eight-part docu-drama, 'Barbarians Rising.' The cast portrays the legendary warriors as they're engaged in one of mankind's most timeless struggles - the fight for freedom. (more...)

LA Chamber Orchestra Announces 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), one of the nation's premier orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions, announces its 2016-17 season, its final under the leadership of esteemed Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, who steps down at the end of the season, concluding an unprecedented and extraordinary 20-year tenure at the Orchestra's artistic helm, the longest in LACO history. The sweeping and deeply personal season commemorates Kahane's remarkable legacy, spotlights his exceptional rapport with the Orchestra and features some of the world's leading musicians. (more...)

Jack Uldrich Announced as Finalist in 26th Annual Midwest Book Awards
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

The 26th Annual Midwest Book Awards has recognized 'A Father's Kiss' by Jack Uldrich as a finalist in the category of Inspiration. (more...)

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