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BWW Review: MARIE AND ROSETTA Pays Tribute To A Forgotten Music Pioneer
by Michael Dale - Sep 20, 2016

Long before the British invaded, Elvis swiveled his hips and Bill Haley rocked around the clock, the iconic vision of a rhythm and blues vocalist playing electric guitar was popularized in the 1940s by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a gospel singer who crossed over into nightclubs with a hard-belting style that fused the secular with the sacred. (more...)

Christa Scott Reed and Lori Wilner Join Richard Dreyfuss in RELATIVITY at TheaterWorks; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

TheaterWorks announced today the full cast and creative team for RELATIVITY, a new play by Mark St. Germain directed by Rob Ruggiero. (more...)

Richard Dreyfuss Stars in RELATIVITY, Starting Tonight at TheaterWorks
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016

TheaterWorks presents RELATIVITY, a new play by Mark St. Germain directed by Rob Ruggiero. RELATIVITY is the first show of TheaterWorks 31st Season and will run tonight, October 7, through November 13, 2016. (more...)

Hilariously Hateful Comic Bianca Del Rio to Stop at Boulder Theater This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

She's back! The hilariously hateful comic known as Bianca Del Rio (aka Roy Haylock) is launching the North American leg of her latest global standup tour. (more...)

Joe Bonamassa's 'Live At The Greek Theatre' Debuts at #1 Again!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2016

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South African Guitarist Derek Gripper Joins Trio Da Kali at Zankel Hall
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

On Saturday, November 12 at 8:30 p.m., Carnegie Hall presents an exciting two-part program in Zankel Hall, featuring acclaimed South African guitarist Derek Gripper and Trio Da Kali, an outstanding group of musicians from the Mande culture of southern Mali. (more...)

ATG Expands North American Operations
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) is very pleased to announce the appointment of a new North American leadership team: Stephen Lewin who will be Chief Executive and Kristin Caskey who will be Executive Vice-President, Content and Creative, as they expand their North American operations.   (more...)

ZEBRA Performing Their Debut Album in its Entirety LIVE at Mulcahy's
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2016

This winter, Loaded Concerts and WBAB 102.3 will present legendary rock band ZEBRA (A Hammerheads Reunion) performing their 1983 debut self-titled album (which went GOLD and became the fastest selling debut album in the history of Atlantic Records) live at Mulcahy's Pub & Concert Hall on Saturday, January 14th! (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 11/18; SPAMALOT in Raleigh, Darren Criss in Costa Mesa and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 18, 2016

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Connecticut, Raleigh, Costa Mesa and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include an interview with Chita Rivera, SPAMALOT in North Carolina, and Darren Criss in Costa Mesa, just to name a few. (more...)

Lyric Unlimited Presents CHICAGO VOICES VIEW, Featuring Three Chicago Musicians
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

Through the dynamic Chicago Voices initiative, Lyric Unlimited is partnering with graduate students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to present Chicago Voices VIEW, an iconic photographic exhibition that opens December 2in three Chicago neighborhoods across the city.  (more...)

BWW Review: MACBETH Conquers at Mahalia Jackson Theatre
by Tara Bennett - Nov 16, 2016

There are fewer well-known tales of murderous ambition outside of William Shakespeare's "MACBETH." The first of Giuseppe Verdi's three Shakespearean operas, "MACBETH" is in many respects an ideal fusion that combines the genius of Shakespeare with the extravagance and artistic might of the opera. (more...)

Forbes Hails Blues Man as 'One of Music's Savviest Entrepreneurs'
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

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Joe Walsh Announces Solo 'Walsh Tour' Dates in July & August
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

Joe Walsh confirmed additional tour dates that will directly follow up his co-headline tour with Bad Company. (more...)

Hilariously Hateful Comic Bianca Del Rio to Stop at Boulder Theater This Fall
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

She's back! The hilariously hateful comic known as Bianca Del Rio (aka Roy Haylock) is launching the North American leg of her latest global standup tour. (more...)

BWW Review: WHAT IF Ticks All the Boxes at Tandanya Theatre
by Brodie Paparella - Mar 6, 2017

BWW Review: WHAT IF Ticks All the Boxes at Tandanya Theatre (more...)

Broadway in Leimert Park Opens with 'Express Yourself' Singer Charles Wright
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2017

The Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center will celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month in April with Broadway in Leimert Park, 27 performances beginningSaturday with Charles Wright, the writer and vocalist of the iconic 'Express Yourself' with the Watts 103rd Street Band, joining Emmy-nominated jazz and blues singer Morrison for a concert that begins at 7 p.m. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - March 26, 2017
by - Mar 26, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on March 26 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Jimmy Barnes Announces Final STORIES AND SONGS Show
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2017

Rock icon and bestselling author, Jimmy Barnes, is about to head out on the road for the final leg of the Working Class Boy: An Evening of Stories & Songs tour and today he announced the very last 'Stories & Songs' show will be at Sydney's State Theatre on 12 April 2017. (more...)

BWW Feature: The Ensemble Theatre Announces 40th Anniversary Season, Dawn of a New Decade
by Natalie de la Garza - Jun 12, 2016

Looking over The Ensemble Theatre's upcoming 40th anniversary season, entitled Dawn of a New Decade, Ensemble Artistic Director Eileen J. Morris could only think one thing. 'Wow, this entire season really has the woman's voice at the helm!' (more...)

Joan Belgrave to Bring Soulful Detroit Jazz to The Metropolitan Room on Today
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2016

Joan Belgrave will bring a soulful Detroit jazz style to the Metropolitan Room on Today, July 23, 2016 at 9:30pm. (more...)

The Ensemble Theatre to Kickoff Black History and Women's History Month With Play on Gospel Music Great
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2017

The Ensemble Theatre celebrates gospel music icon Mahalia Jackson in the musical Mahalia, by Tom Stolz and directed by Shirley Marks Whitmore, with musical direction by Melanie Bivens; Opening Night and Media reception, Thursday, January 26, 2017, 6:30 p.m. (more...)

Stars of THE OFFICE, EMPIRE Sign on for the Lyric's CHICAGO VOICES Concert
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

Lyric Opera announced today that Kate Flannery (NBC's The Office), Terrence Howard and Jussie Smollett (both from FOX's Empire), and The Voices of Trinity Mass Choir are joining the Chicago Voices Concert line-up. (more...)

Kate Flannery, Terrence Howard and Jussie Smollett Join Chicago Voices Concert at Lyric Opera, 2/4
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

Lyric Opera announced today that Kate Flannery (NBC's The Office), Terrence Howard and Jussie Smollett (both from FOX's Empire), and The Voices of Trinity Mass Choir are joining the Chicago Voices Concert line-up. Flannery, Howard, and Smollett will serve as special guest presenters, while The Voices of Trinity Mass Choir will perform in the celebratory event that pays tribute to the city's diverse vocal heritage. The one-night only concert takes place February 4, at 7:30pm at Lyric's Civic Opera House. (more...)

Jimmy Barnes Gears Up for Tour of WORKING CLASS BOY: AN EVENING OF STORIES AND SONGS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2017

Following a 2016 filled with firsts and new records, rock icon and bestselling author, Jimmy Barnes, is already gearing up for an even bigger 2017 with new regional shows added to the Working Class Boy: An Evening of Stories & Songs tour in Mackay, Cairns, Darwin, Newcastle, Penrith and Geelong in response to fan requests. (more...)

Marcus Gardley's A WONDER IN MY SOUL to Premiere at Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

Victory Gardens Theater continues its season with the World Premiere of A Wonder In My Soul, written by ensemble playwright Marcus Gardley and directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew, with original music by Jaret Landon. A Wonder In My Soul runs February 10 - March 12, 2017, with the press performance on Friday, February 17, 2017, at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

Award Winning COMPLEXIONS CONTEMPORARY BALLET To Perform At Miller Auditorium, 1/17
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

World-renowned dance group, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, opens the second half of the 2016-17 season with their performance at Kalamazoo's Miller Auditorium on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.  (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Company Presents THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

Rubicon Theatre Company celebrates Black History Month with THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH, starring singer and actress Miche Braden of the original Off-Broadway production (named one of the 10 Best Off-Broadway productions of the year by the N.Y. Daily Times). Described by CBC as a, "bawdy, bluesy, boozy rollicking night out at the theatre," the show follows the life, loves and career of blues and jazz singer Bessie Smith, called the "Empress of the Blues." (more...)

NYCDAF Awards High School Seniors $1,000 in Scholarships
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

 The New York City Dance Alliance Foundation (NYCDAF), a forward-thinking charity committed to shaping the future lives and training of young dancers, returned to The Joyce Theater on January 30, 2017 with Destiny Rising. A yearly fundraising performance benefiting NYCDAF's college scholarship program, the evening opened with a commissioned premiere by NYCDA's Rachel Kreiling, spotlighting 2016 scholarship recipients. The program also included guest performances from prominent professional dance companies, including Desmond Richardson, Parsons Dance, and American Ballet Theatre soloists Catherine Hurlin and Aran Bell. Ten 2017 scholarships recipients were named during the program, from eight different states. (more...)

Kravis Center Promises An Entertainment-Packed March With Numerous Concerts, Shows & Superstar Performers
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts continues its star-packed 25th anniversary season in March 2017 with amazing performances from Hollywood to Bollywood, several fascinating lectures, two of Broadway's biggest hits, and the much-anticipated return of Michael Feinstein & the Kravis Center Pops Orchestra. (more...)

Trent Armand Kendall's LOUIS-AND-ELLA to Land in NYC This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Broadway's Trent Armand Kendall has been touring the country with his new musical LOUIS-AND-ELLA!, and the party continues in 2017 with stops in Dallas, TX, Manasquan, NJ, Sanibel Island, FL, and then back to NYC's The Cutting Room this March (more stops to be announced). (more...)

Stage and Screen Actor John Lithgow to Receive 2017 Harvard Arts Medal
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Award-winning actor John Lithgow ('67 ArD '05) is the recipient of the 2017 Harvard Arts Medal, which will be awarded by Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust at a ceremony on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 4 pm at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. (more...)

BWW Review: FOR THE LOVE OF MAHALIA - Jacqui Cross Thrills As The Queen Of Gospel
by Lynn Beaver - Feb 27, 2017

Fledgling theatre company, RKJB Entertainment's production of an original work by Robert King, Jr, FOR THE LOVE OF Mahalia, currently playing at the Boyd Vance Theatre, has problems, but ultimately its message is poignant and important. (more...)

Photo Flash: Rubicon Theatre Company Celebrates Black History Month with THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2017

Rubicon Theatre Company celebrates Black History Month with THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH, starring singer and actress Miche Braden of the original Off-Broadway production (named one of the 10 Best Off-Broadway productions of the year by the N.Y. Daily Times). Described by CBC as a, "bawdy, bluesy, boozy rollicking night out at the theatre," the show follows the life, loves and career of blues and jazz singer Bessie Smith, called the "Empress of the Blues."  (more...)

Photo Flash: Take A Look at MAHALIA at The Ensemble Theatre; Command Performance Added!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

The Ensemble Theatre celebrates gospel music icon Mahalia Jackson in the musical Mahalia by Tom Stolz, directed by Shirley Marks Whitmore, with musical direction by Melanie Bivens. The production has added a command performance on Sunday, February 26 at 7:30PM. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

THE LION KING Tour Breaks New Orleans Box Office Record with $7.5 Million
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

Disney's The Lion King once again set the record for the highest-grossing engagement in New Orleans theatrical history with a gross of $7.5 million. (more...)

BWW Review: Chicago Voices Concert Brings Out the All-Stars
by Kevin Pollack - Feb 13, 2017

The stars aligned on Saturday, February 4th for the Chicago Voices Concert at the Lyric Opera's Civic Opera House in Chicago. The concert is a one-night-only, mixed genre event that celebrates the city's diverse vocal music heritage in a spirit of unity and collaboration. (more...)

Chicago Voices Concert Announces Kurt Elling and Lupe Fiasco
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

Lyric Opera announced today that world-renowned jazz vocalist and composer Kurt Elling, along with Grammy Award-winning rapper and record producer Lupe Fiasco, have joined the star-studded lineup of performers who will come together for the biggest night in Chicago music. (more...)

The Ensemble Theatre Makes a Joyful Noise with MAHALIA
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2016

The Ensemble Theatre makes a joyful noise with the third show of its 40th anniversary season celebration with the musical Mahalia, by Tom Stolz and directed by Shirley Marks Whitmore, with musical direction by Melanie Bivens. (more...)

Broadway Vets Jessie Mueller and Michelle Williams Sign on for Lyric Opera's CHICAGO VOICES Gala
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

Lyric Opera announced today that Tony Award-winning Broadway star Jessie Mueller and gospel and R&B sensation Michelle Williams will join the line-up of performers slated for the Chicago Voices Gala Concert, a special, one-night-only concert on Saturday, February 4, at 7:30pm at Lyric's Civic Opera House. (more...)

Jacqui Cross Is Mahalia Jackson in FOR THE LOVE OF MAHALIA from RKJB Entertainment in February 2017
by Frank Benge - Dec 15, 2016

FOR THE LOVE OF Mahalia tells the story of white writer Julie Ann Mathews who traveled in 1965 from Alabama to Illinois to get a rare interview with gospel legend Mahalia Jackson. This gospel spirited musical is filled with some of Mahalia Jackson's greatest hits like 'How I Got Over', 'Precious Lord Take My Hand', 'Didn't It Rain' and many more! FOR THE LOVE OF Mahalia received a Broadway World nomination last season for best writing of an original work in its workshop production. (more...)

Lyric Unlimited and Chicago History Museum to Present CHICAGO VOICES TALK
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

Lyric Unlimited and the Chicago History Museum present Chicago Voices TALK, a series of three panel discussions and live performances commemorating Chicago's colorful vocal history and the pioneers who have contributed to the city's gospel, classical and hip-hop music scene. (more...)

THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- THE HUMANS' Arian Moayed
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2016

In this week's edition, we caught up with Arian Moayed, who stars as 'Richard Saad' in THE HUMANS, playing at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. (more...)

The Classical Theatre of Harlem Sets 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

The Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH) (Ty Jones, Producing Artistic Director; David Roberts, Managing Director), will open its spring season with their 2nd Annual Spring Fundraiser, April 11, 2016. An intimate evening of music featuring the breathtaking vocals of Mykal Kilgore, most recently seen at CTH as Benny Raindrop in The Classical Theatre of Harlem's original musical, The First Noel at The Apollo Theater, and NBC's The Wiz Live. The Classical Theatre of Harlem's 2016 season is rounded out with its yearly free Uptown Shakespeare in the Park production of Macbeth in the summer, a new production of Fit For the Queen by renowned playwright Betty Shamieh, its ongoing monthly Reading Series, and the Apollo Theater mainstage production of The First Noel.  (more...)

Jesse Eisenberg to Star in His Off-Broadway Show, THE SPOILS, in London, May 27
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

The European premiere of The New Group's critically acclaimed Off-Broadway production, The Spoils, a razor-sharp new comedy written by and starring internationally acclaimed actor Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice), will transfer for a strictly limited season at London's Trafalgar Studios, from 27 May to 13 August, with press night on 2 June.  (more...)

Original DREAMGIRLS Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine and Jennifer Holliday Reunite for BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS Concert in L.A., 7/10
by Adam Jay - Apr 27, 2016

Chris Isaacson Presents in association with Ronn Goswick has announced a Broadway Under the Stars special event, a one-night-only concert starring the original Dreamgirls - Independent Spirit Award-winner Sheryl Lee Ralph, Emmy Award-winner Loretta Devine, and Tony Award and two-time Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Holliday in conversation and song. The curtain will rise at 8pm on Sunday, July 10 at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. Additional performers will be announced soon.  (more...)

Disney Channel's THE OCTONAUTS Dive into First U.S. Theatre Tour
by TV - On the Road - Apr 26, 2016

Explore. Rescue. Protect! 'Octonauts' announced a brand new, action-packed and interactive theatre show for the very first time in the U.S. The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure (www.octonautsliveus.com) features brand new and fan favorite songs (more...)

MetroStage to Present BLACK PEARL SINGS! This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

Producing Artistic Director Carolyn Griffin is pleased to announce that MetroStage will present the award-winning play BLACK PEARL SINGS! by Frank Higgins April 21-May 29, 2016. Sandra L. Holloway will direct and William Hubbard will music direct this production. (more...)

Joan Belgrave to Bring Soulful Detroit Jazz to The Metropolitan Room on 7/23
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2016

Joan Belgrave will bring a soulful Detroit jazz style to the Metropolitan Room on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 9:30pm. (more...)

MetroStage to Present BLACK PEARL SINGS! This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

Producing Artistic Director Carolyn Griffin is pleased to announce that MetroStage will present the award-winning play BLACK PEARL SINGS! by Frank Higgins April 21-May 29, 2016. Sandra L. Holloway will direct and William Hubbard will music direct this production. (more...)

Broadway & TV Star Frenchie Davis Coming to Martinis Above Fourth | Table + Stage, 5/5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

On Thursday, May 5, the inimitable Frenchie Davis makes her MA4 debut to share her powerful and dynamic vocal stylings. With musical direction by Nick Petrillo, The Frenchie Davis Experience will be an evening of pop and soul cabaret featuring innovative and soulful arrangements of songs spanning every decade. Tickets are $20-$40 and are available at www.ma4sd.com/shows. (more...)

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