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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...)

BWW Interview: RKJB Entertainment - Making A Big Splash In The Austin Theatre Scene
by Lynn Beaver - May 15, 2017

In February of this year, fledgling production company RKJB Entertainment burst onto the Austin stage with an original play with music, FOR THE LOVE OF Mahalia. Hailed by critics and audiences alike, the new work starred the amazing Jacqui Cross, who virtually transformed into the Gospel great. This month marks their second production MOAN THEM BLUES, a one woman show featuring legendary Blues pioneer, Bessie Smith (Sonia Moore). Moore's rendition of Gimme A Pigfoot And A Bottle Of Beer stopped the show, I can scarcely wait to see a show that features such powerful talent. It's time our readers are introduced to Robert King, Jr and Jeremy Brown, the men behind these shows about such important icons of American culture. (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...)

VIDEO: Tracy Nicole Chapman to Star in SHOUT SISTER SHOUT! World Premiere at Pasadena Playhouse; Watch a Preview!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2017

Pasadena Playhouse announces the cast and creative team for the world premiere musical SHOUT SISTER SHOUT! Created and directed by RAndy Johnson, who wrote and directed the hit Broadway musical A Night With Janis Joplin, with book by Cheryl West (Play On!). Click below for a sneak preview at the talented ensemble! (more...)

Jennifer Holliday to Bring 'MELLOW TONE' to Marines' Memorial Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

Tony and two-time Grammy Award winner Jennifer Holliday will bring Jennifer Holliday: In a Mellow Tone to San Francisco's Marines' Memorial Theatre (609 Sutter St.) for one performance only - Friday, July 21 at 8 p.m. (more...)

Tony & Two-Time Grammy Award winner Jennifer Holliday Comes to San Francisco 7/21
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

Tony and two-time Grammy Award winner Jennifer Holliday will bring Jennifer Holliday: In a Mellow Tone to San Francisco's Marines' Memorial Theatre (609 Sutter St.) for one performance only - Friday, July 21 at 8 p.m. (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...)

Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 1/29/2017
by BWW - Jan 29, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 1/29/2017 for Houston (more...)

The Ensemble Theatre to Kickoff Black History and Women's History Month With Play on Gospel Music Great
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 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, Today, 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, Today
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 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 today, Jan. 17, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.  (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...)

Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 2/05/2017
by BWW - Feb 5, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/05/2017 for Houston (more...)

Stars of THE OFFICE, EMPIRE Sign on for the Lyric's CHICAGO VOICES Concert
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 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, Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 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...)

Broadway Vets Jessie Mueller and Michelle Williams Sign on for Lyric Opera's CHICAGO VOICES Gala
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2017

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 today, February 4, at 7:30pm at Lyric's Civic Opera House. (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...)

Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 2/19/2017
by BWW - Feb 19, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/19/2017 for Houston (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...)

Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 2/12/2017
by BWW - Feb 12, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/12/2017 for Houston (more...)

Marcus Gardley's A WONDER IN MY SOUL to Premiere at Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 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 today, February 17, 2017, at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (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...)

Ashley D. Kelley & Britton Smith to Lead New Musical BELLA: AN AMERICAN TALL TALE at Playwrights Horizons; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2017

Playwrights Horizons has announced complete casting for BELLA: AN AMERICAN TALL TALE, the co-world premiere of a new musical with book, music and lyrics by Obie Award winner Kirsten Childs (The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin at Playwrights, Miracle Brothers).  (more...)

Joe Bonamassa to Bring the Blues to Morrison Center This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2017

Joe Bonamassa, the two-time GRAMMY-nominated blues-rock guitar icon announces a new North American Fall tour in support of his latest studio album, Blues of Desperation (J&R Adventures). (more...)

Sonia Aimy's North American Debut Album 'Nigerian Spirit' Out 6/16
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

This conviction and vision animate Nigerian Spirit (release date: June 16, 2017), the resulting blend of a childhood in Nigeria, a busy career in jazz and theater in Italy, and a new life in Ontario, where in addition to her performing career, she is launching a new line of jewelry and apparel inspired by her travels. (more...)

BWW Review: Stars Shine for Lyrical Tribute to Music and Legacy of Pete Seeger at Kennedy Center
by Jeffrey Walker - Apr 18, 2017

For one night, folk music legend Pete Seeger's legacy in song was celebrated by a diverse array of musical talent. The Kennedy Center Concert Hall stage held a who's who including multiple Grammy winners, living legends and up-and-coming artists performing in tribute to the singer and activist Pete Seeger. Hosted by Larry Groce of National Public Radio's MOUNTAIN STAGE, the long and satisfying evening was officially entitled PETE SEEGER AND THE POWER OF SONG: TRIBUTE TO A FOLK LEGEND. No frills, no fuss, just great music performed with the same simplicity and power Seeger was known for during his own long career. (more...)

Agape Theatre Announces Cast for BONHOEFFER'S COST
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

BONHOEFFER'S COST stars Agape newcomers Cory Grabenstein as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Keoni Ramo as prison guard Klaus Klopstock, Frank Benge as the evil Judge Advocate Rott, Rachel Bremer as Bonhoeffer's fiancee Maria, and TJ Condit as Bonhoeffer's brother-in-law Hans Dohnanyi.  Agape Theatre alum Zach Bond rounds out the cast as Bonhoeffer's brother Klaus. (more...)

Joe Bonamassa to Take the Stage at Playhouse Square This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2017

Joe Bonamassa, the two-time GRAMMY-nominated blues-rock guitar icon comes to Playhouse Square in support of his latest studio album, Blues of Desperation (J&R Adventures). Tickets for the Playhouse Square presentation on November 25 are $179, $149, $125, $99 and $89. (more...)

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