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BWW Review: Kurt Weill's Final Musical Masterpiece LOST IN THE STARS Makes its Triumphant Return to Los Angeles
by Shari Barrett - Jan 31, 2017

I first heard about Kurt Weill's final musical masterpiece, LOST IN THE STARS, when I was studying his body of work during my senior year at CSUN. It was at a time, such as now, when society was being torn apart by opposing political forces, protests filled the streets, and racial inequality was being challenged in the wake of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination. And I have been waiting since then to see a production of the "musical tragedy" which opened on Broadway in 1949, just one year prior to Weill's death at age 50, at a time when segregation was still rampant in America. I am thrilled to report my wish came true last weekend at UCLA's Royce Hall when the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, in partnership with CAP UCLA, presented the first Los Angeles performance since the 1950s of LOST IN THE STARS. (more...)

Inspiring Stories of African-American Heroes to be Presented During Black History Month on ABC
by TV News Desk - Jan 31, 2017

To cultivate kids' deeper interest in history and inspire them to feel their own significance in the present and future, stories about distinguished men and women including the Tuskegee Airmen Chief Civilian flight instructor Charles Alfred 'Chief' Anderson, the history-making commercial airline pilot Stephanie R. Grant, animator and Disney legend Floyd Norman, and physician, role model and activist Dr. Myiesha Taylor, will be presented as part of Disney|ABC Television Group's 'Be Inspired' interstitial series during Black History Month on Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior. (more...)

PlayCo Presents Human Rights Roundtable with VILLA Playwright/Director Guillermo Calderon
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2017

The Play Company (PlayCo) will present a conversation on human rights and how lessons from the past inform contemporary movements for social justice. (more...)

BWW Special Feature: The Fugard Launches 2017 Bioscope Season with NT Live's Thrilling THE THREEPENNY OPERA
by David Fick - Jan 30, 2017

Cape Town was at its finest this past Sunday when the Fugard Theatre hosted a reception in their breathtaking rooftop bar to announce the programme of The 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season before a screening of The National Theatre's thrilling production of THE THREEPENNY OPERA. (more...)

BWW Review: THE GREAT SOCIETY A Stirring Tonic For Our Time
by Frank Benge - Jan 30, 2017

THE GREAT SOCIETY, Robert Schenkkan's conclusion to the epic tale he began with All The Way, examines the remainder of LBJ's term as president and the turbulent years of the Johnson White House. It made its debut in 2014 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is now receiving its Texas debut at Zach Theatre. This tempestuous time in American history is presented in a highly theatrical and stirring way that resonates deeply with our current times. While there are some subtle and clever riches that only those who saw All The Way will appreciate, THE GREAT SOCIETY stands on its own as a richly rewarding evening of theatre and history. The play opens where All The Way ended, with Johnson having just been elected to a full presidential term, and facing a multitude of problems. What resonates so strongly today is that, despite the ills Johnson fought with legislation designed to make this country a better place for all, these ills remain dishearteningly persistent in the here and now, despite his cagily and cannily achieved successes. (more...)

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts Announces Five News Shows Added to 2017 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2017

Today, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (the LBC) announced the addition of five new shows and events to its 2017 lineup. On Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 2 p.m., In the Mood, a fully staged tribute to Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Sinatra and the big band greats of the '40s, returns to the LBC with 19 performers on stage, including six singer-dancers. The Grammy-winning duo Indigo Girls bring their signature sonic blend of folk and rock to Santa Rosa on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 8 p.m. for an outstanding program of fan favorites from across their groundbreaking career. (more...)

Carnegie Hall Announces 2017-2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2017

Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director, today announced Carnegie Hall's 2017-2018 season consisting of more than 170 concerts as well as a wide range of education and social impact programs created by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. (more...)

BARRON TRUMP: UP PAST BEDTIME and More Set for The Revival This February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2017

The Revival, Hyde Park's new comedy theater, announces its lineup of shows and events playing in February 2017. Inspired by the legacy of the Compass Players, The Revival brings improvisational comedy back to the same corner where it was invented in 1955! (more...)

Lanise Shelley to Play Title Role in KING LIZ at Windy City Playhouse; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2017

Windy City Playhouse (3014 W. Irving Park Road) announces the complete casting for Fernanda Coppel's "King Liz," a production that "keeps you gasping with excitement" (Observer) over one woman's journey to take on the male-dominated world of sports agents. (more...)

American Contemporary Music Ensemble Performs at Roulette in NYC Concert Series Curated by Meredith Monk
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

ACME, American Contemporary Music Ensemble, will perform music from its new 'portrait' album Thrive on Routine on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 8pm at Roulette (509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY), on a concert series curated by Meredith Monk. The concert will feature Monk's first string quartet, Stringsongs, from 2005, which ACME has performed frequently and recorded for Q2 Music's Meet the Composer podcast. In addition, ACME will perform Caroline Shaw's in manus tuas for solo cello, Caleb Burhans' Jahrzeit for string quartet, and Timo Andres' Thrive on Routine for string quartet, from the new album. ACME players for this concert are Ben Russell and Laura Lutzke, violins; Caleb Burhans, viola; and Clarice Jensen, cello and ACME artistic director. (more...)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Riccardo Muti Returns For February Concerts
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

After leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) on a critically acclaimed seven-city, 11-concert European tour in January 2017, Music Director Riccardo Muti returns to Chicago in February for two weeks of concerts and activities, February 13-25. (more...)

National Theatre of London in HD Comes to the Ridgefield Playhouse with HEDDA GABLER
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

Joan of Arc: daughter, farm girl, visionary, patriot, king-whisperer, soldier, leader, victor, icon, radical, witch, heretic, saint, martyr, woman. Gemma Arterton stars in Josie Rourke's electrifying new production of Bernard Shaw's classic play.  The Ridgefield Playhouse and Craig's Fine Jewelry Live in HD Series brings a LIVE in HD transmission of National Theatre of London's Saint Joan on Thursday, February 16 at 2 p.m. (more...)

The King Center and Brevard Music Group presents Samantha Fish
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

Recording artist, singer-guitarist, Samantha Fish has played all over the world and shared the stage with legendary artists from Tab Benoit and Johnny Lang to Buddy Guy. Label mate and sometimes touring buddy, Mike Zito has long championed Samantha, producing her critically acclaimed albums, Runaway and Black Wind Howlin.' Samantha's is a master in a wide variety of the blues. (more...)

NY Philharmonic Announces 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

The New York Philharmonic welcomes Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden in 2017-18, a season that celebrates the Philharmonic's greatest strengths and essential commitments while looking to the future as an innovative, global ensemble, spotlighting its musicians and partners, dedication to new music, wide-ranging repertoire, education programs, and accessibility. (more...)

Porter Carroll, Jr. to Bring THE EVOLUTION OF CABARET to The Metropolitan Room
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

Singer, songwriter, drummer, percussionist and founder of Newban (later changing its name to Atlantic Starr), the Rhythm and Blues hit machine from the '70s and '80s, Porter Carroll, Jr. with Wali Ali & The Tambourine Band are bringing 'The Evolution of Cabaret' to The Metropolitan Room on February 25, 2017 at 9:30 PM. (more...)

New York Philharmonic Announces 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

The New York Philharmonic welcomes Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden in 2017-18, a season that celebrates the Philharmonic's greatest strengths and essential commitments while looking to the future as an innovative, global ensemble, spotlighting its musicians and partners, dedication to new music, wide-ranging repertoire, education programs, and accessibility. (more...)

Porter Carroll, Jr. Explores the Evolution of Cabaret at The Metropolitan Room.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

Porter Carroll, Jr. Singer, songwriter, drummer, percussionist and founder of Newban (later changing it's name is Atlantic Starr), the Rhythm and Blues hit machine from the 70's and 80's. As a drummer and one of four singers/creator of Atlantic Starr, Porter helped make hits that made the group and it's amazing vocals and energetic performances famous world wide. He has worked with chart topping recording artists through the years including Shania Twain, Spyro Gyra, Melba Moore, Donny Osmond, Michael Bolton, Howard Hewett, Marion Meadows and Bob Baldwin. Porter has also worked as a composer for Sony Publishing, where he evoked the heart of R & B and pop with thought provoking song arrangements, of which top artists like Luther Vandross and The Temptations have covered his much sought after compositions.  (more...)

Frank Cavallo Announces 'Rites of Azathoth'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

CLEVELAND, Feb. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ Frank Cavallo announced today the release of his latest novel Rites of Azathoth published by Bedlam Press (An Imprint of Necro Publications). (more...)

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts Names New Director of Education and Community Engagement Ray Gargano
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

Following an extensive nationwide search, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (LBC) announced that Ray Gargano will join the organization as its new director of education and community engagement, effective February 21, 2017. Gargano will bring dynamic new leadership to the arts center's acclaimed education, community engagement and family programs that serve more than 40,000 children, teachers, and adults each year in the five-county area.  His appointment to this new senior-level position is the latest step in the LBC's strategic effort to broaden, deepen and expand its offerings in this area. (more...)

Seattle Symphony Presents MUSIC BEYOND BORDERS: VOICES FROM THE 7 in Protest of Trump's Travel Ban, Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

Tonight, February 8, 2017, the Seattle Symphony will perform music from the seven countries singled out in the executive order by Donald Trup. The concert is sold out, but will be live-streamed at 7:30 pm Pacific Time on the SSO's Facebook page. (more...)

All Saints to Headline SpringFest, Scotland's Newest Music Festival
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

Edinburgh is set to welcome what will be one of the most exciting music festivals in Scotland for 2017. (more...)

ACO Announces 40th Anniversary Season Featuring Reich's 80th Birthday Celebration, World Premieres by Paola Prestini, Trevor Weston, and David Hertzberg and More!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

American Composers Orchestra (ACO), under the leadership of Artistic Director Derek Bermel and Music Director George Manahan, continues its 40th Anniversary Season on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 7:30pm with Orchestra Underground: Past Forward at Carnegie Hall's subterranean Zankel Hall. Now in its 13th year, Orchestra Underground continues as ACO's subversive and entrepreneurial redefinition of the orchestra as an elastic ensemble. Led by Manahan, Past Forward illustrates the role the past plays in the present, from composers' own personal explorations of their roots, to broader investigations of the universal role of memory and recollection. (more...)

Richard Niles' Bandzilla to Release Two New Videos In Support of Critically Acclaimed New Album
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

Composer Richard Niles has released the highly acclaimed album “BANDZILLA RISES!!!” Jazz Weekly says “BANDZILLA is hip to the bone!” while Music Street Journal says BANDZILLA “is killer jazz fusion that just plain rocks! (more...)

VIDEO: David Oyelowo Teaches Kelly How to Bow Shakespearean-Style!
by TV News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

On today's “LIVE with Kelly,” guest David Oyelowo talked about his kids coming to see him in OTHELLO over the summer, explaining that they had more of an issue with the kissing than the violence of the play! (more...)

Original Star Matt McGrath to Return for THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE at Geffen Playhouse; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

The Geffen Playhouse today announced that the cast for its West Coast Premiere production of Matthew Lopez's The Legend of Georgia McBride will feature Andrew Burnap as Casey, Matt McGrath as Miss Tracy Mills, Nija Okoro as Jo, Larry Powell as Rexy / Jason and Nick Searcy as Eddie. (more...)

BWW Review: DIRTY DANCING: THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE at Theater League
by Cary Ginell - Feb 6, 2017

The success of the awkwardly titled Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage depends primarily on whether or not you were a fan of the motion picture it was closely modeled after. It's easy to say this since the stage version is nearly identical to the film, and in many ways works better as a live production. For the uninitiated or those who steered clear of the film, Dirty Dancing was one of the most successful motion pictures of the 1980s. The low-budget film became a surprise hit, earning $214 million at the box office and becoming the first film to sell more than a million copies on home video. The soundtrack LP, featuring a combination of original songs and vintage hits from the early 1960s, sold 32 million copies and spent four months on top of the best-selling album charts. Looking at the film from today's perspective, 30 years later, one wonders why it was so big. Though many remember the film as a charming coming-of-age story, critics called it 'schmaltzy,' citing the formulaic portrayal of its stock characters spouting trite dialog. (more...)

Ethan Lipton's New Musical THE OUTER SPACE to Blast Off This Month at The Public Theater
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

The Public Theater will begin previews for the world premiere musical THE OUTER SPACE on Thursday, February 23 in Joe's Pub at The Public. With book and lyrics by Ethan Lipton and directed by Leigh Silverman, the show has been extended one week through Sunday, April 9, with an official press opening on Wednesday, March 8. THE OUTER SPACE features music composed and performed by Ethan Lipton, Vito Dieterle, Eben Levy, and Ian Riggs. (more...)

Laurie Anderson & Christian McBride Launch Improvisations Series 2/23 at the Town Hall
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

Maverick artist, composer, vocalist and instrumentalist Laurie Anderson and bass virtuosoChristian McBride collaborate for the first time in the opening concert of Town Hall's new series, Improvisations. The show will also feature special guest Rubin Khodeli on cello. (more...)

BWW Review: 18th and Union's Feminist Sketch Comedy HAPPY HOUR Has Potential
by Amelia Reynolds - Feb 3, 2017

Who am I to judge how anyone processes the political climate? Well, when it's theatre, technically, it's my job. Nonetheless, I understand why Keira McDonald and Erin Stewart put on their two-woman sketch comedy, 'Happy Hour', now performing at 18th and Union as a part of their 'Oddballs and Misfits' series (along with 'Oroboro', among others). These two performers set out to process their feelings on the day of the inauguration through impersonations (Kate Mullgrew, Shelley Winters); multiple scenes in doctors' offices with circumstances so ridiculous, you'd hope they'd be satirical; and a rap about Susan B. Anthony. From the clear-as-day reading from a script in the wings, to the faulty mics, to the rudimentary PowerPoint as background graphics, the collective felt (though full of heart) a little thrown-together. Some sketches outshined others, and although the production felt effortful and honest, 'Happy Hour' felt a touch unpolished. (more...)

Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Indigo Girls Join Forces in Four Voices at Massey Hall
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

Legendary artists and long-time friends Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers announced that they will share the stage in a special group performance as Four Voices in June. (more...)

Los Lonely Boys, Kris Kristofferson and More Coming Up This March at City Winery Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2017

The following acts are performing at City Winery Chicago (1200 W. Randolph St) throughout the month of March. (more...)

BWW Review: A Shakespearean Travesty You Must See at Dreamhouse Theatre
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Feb 20, 2017

FAITH COUNTY II is 90 minutes of lighthearted, family-friendly silliness as Mineola, Arkansas' Council for Cultural Recognition amateur production of Romeo and Juliet (more...)

Ailey Celebrates Black History Month Across The United States
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

As Black History Month launches, Ailey continues to inspire, enlighten and educate all people with national tours by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ailey II, classes for aspiring dancers and the general public, and the launch of a new Arts In Education residency program for elementary school students.  (more...)

Magic, Equal Rights and More Highlight Steppenwolf's LookOut Series Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announces new programming through early April for LookOut, the company's multi-genre performance series featuring a diverse array of work from both emerging and established artists. (more...)

National Theatre Live's SAINT JOAN, AMADEUS, HEDDA GABLER to Screen at Ridgefield Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

The best of British theatre comes to the big screen at The Ridgefield Playhouse -National Theatre of London in HD Performances Saint Joan on February 16, Amadeus on February 19 and Hedda Gabler on March 9. (more...)

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Return To The Music Center To Perform West Coast Premieres, 3/8-3/12
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

The Music Center, L.A.'s performing arts destination, welcomes Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on March 8 - 12, 2017 as part of the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center 2016-2017 season at The Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The company will perform three different programs during the five-day engagement. (more...)

Jeb Loy Nichols Returns With New Album 'Country Hustle' Out 3/31
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

On March 31 2017, the steadily rising troubadour Jeb Loy Nichols presents his classic-in-the-making new album “Country Hustle,” via on his own label City Country City and Jullian Records. (more...)

NBSC Spring Dance Festival Comes to the Luther Burbank Center, 3/3-5
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

Ballet, contemporary, jazz, burlesque, tap, belly dancers, swing, and hip-hop are just a handful of dance forms that will delight audiences at the event. “There will be so many dance pieces of interest for everyone,” says Melinda Murray, director of the production. (more...)

Panic! Productions present Two Works by John Patrick Shanley
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

Panic! Productions, in association with Theatre 68, present John Patrick Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue Sea and the world premiere of Shanley's new one-act play, POISON, opening March 9th – April 2nd at Theatre 68, located at 5112 Lankershim Blvd. No. Hollywood, CA., 91601. Tickets for both shows on sale at:  www.plays411.com/danny  (more...)

Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Amy Ray & Emily Saliers Announce Tour
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

Legendary artists and longtime friends Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers will share the stage in a special group performance as Four Voices in June. (more...)

A Live Screening from National Theatre of HEDDA GABLER Comes to the Big Screen at The Ridgefield Playhouse on 3/9
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove returns to National Theatre with a modern production of Ibsen's masterpiece.   A LIVE screening of National Theatre of London's Hedda Gabler will take place on Thursday, March 9 at 2pm.  Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free...Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. (more...)

Royalty Comes to UCPAC with Tribute to the King of Pop and Prince
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

On February 25, audiences at the Union County Performing Arts Center might wonder if stepping into the theater has brought them back in time. Michael Jackson and Prince will be on stage. (more...)

Rehearsals Underway for North Bay Stage Company's Production of A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

Rehearsals Underway for North Bay Stage Company's Production of Arthur Miller's 'A View from the Bridge' at Luther Burbank Center. Directed by Carl Hamilton, 'A View From the Bridge' opening is set for March 17, 2017. Performances continue through April 2. (more...)

BWW Review: iTheatre Collaborative Presents PERMANENT COLLECTION
by Herbert Paine - Feb 13, 2017

Artistic discrimination is the metaphor for racial discrimination in Thomas Gibbons' hard-hitting PERMANENT COLLECTION, the second work of his race trilogy, now on stage at iTheatre Collaborative. Charles St. Clair wields his directorial brush with an acute sense of the layers of meaning in Gibbons' script and the tempo required to draw out the colors and textures of each character's emotions. His actors follow suit with the requisite shades of mood and intensity. (more...)

BWW Interview: Bill Bellamy, Chante Moore, LisaRaye McCoy, Carl Anthony Payne of MARRIED BUT SINGLE TOO at Music Hall Center
by Katie Laban - Feb 13, 2017

I had the chance to sit down with Bill Bellamy, Chante Moore, LisaRaye McCoy and most of the cast of Married But Single Too including writer, director, and producer, Je'Caryous Johnson, of the original stage play, Married But Single, for a round table discussion. What ensued was lengthy, but hilarious discussion about love, life, and, of course, Detroit. (more...)

Xcerra To Establish Direct Sales and Support Operations in Taiwan and China
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

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Adele, Beyonce Among Winners of 59th Annual GRAMMY AWARDS; Full List!
by TV News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

A diverse all-star lineup of GRAMMY Award nominees, GRAMMY winners, entertainers and film and TV stars took stage last ight for THE 59TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS (more...)

Lauren Molina, Julia Murney, P.J. Griffith & More Sign on for Yale Rep's ASSASSINS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2017

YALE REPERTORY THEATRE (James Bundy, Artistic Director; Victoria Nolan, Managing Director) continues its 50th Anniversary Season with a new production of ASSASSINS, book by John Weidman, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, directed by James Bundy, March 17-April 8, at the University Theatre (222 York Street). Opening Night is March 23. (more...)

BWW Review: I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO Is A Bold And Searing Decoding of America's Racial Divide
by Herbert Paine - Feb 10, 2017

James Baldwin spoke truths about the racial divide in America with an economy of language, a piercing intensity, an indisputable authority, and an authenticity that is sorely absent in today's discussions. Thanks to Raoul Peck, that gap has been filled by one of the most important documentaries of our time, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, which has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature for the 89th Academy Awards and will be screened at this year's Sedona International Film Festival, which runs from February 18th through the 26th. (more...)

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