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All-Star 'AIDS QUILT SONGBOOK' CD Features Sharon Stone, Ansel Elgort, Yo-Yo Ma and MoreAll-Star 'AIDS QUILT SONGBOOK' CD Features Sharon Stone, Ansel Elgort, Yo-Yo Ma and More
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2014

An all-star cast of renowned singers and instrumentalists comes together on one CD to sing for hope and in the cause of supporting AIDS research. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  Mills and Reichel's THE UNDERCLASSMAN Dazzles With Wit, Melody and IntelligenceBWW Reviews: Mills and Reichel's THE UNDERCLASSMAN Dazzles With Wit, Melody and Intelligence
by Michael Dale - Nov 30, 2014

Peter Mills and Cara Reichel revamp their wonderful F. Scott Fitzgerald musical of nearly ten years ago. (more...)

German Gypsy-Jazz Virtuoso Joscho Stephan Featured in Gypsy Jazz Guitar Secrets MagazineGerman Gypsy-Jazz Virtuoso Joscho Stephan Featured in Gypsy Jazz Guitar Secrets Magazine
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2014

Joscho Stephan features in the 8th edition of Gypsy Jazz Guitar Secrets digital magazine available exclusively on mobile iOS and Android devices. This edition includes captivating video performances by Joscho in addition to an exclusive interview and video lesson detailing how to play Stochelo Rosenberg's most famous minor lick. Each monthly issue of the magazine includes video lessons and performances from the best and brightest Gypsy Jazz guitarists from around the world. (more...)

BWW Reviews: In His First Solo Show, ANTHONY NUNZIATA Is More Slick Than Intimate at 54 BelowBWW Reviews: In His First Solo Show, ANTHONY NUNZIATA Is More Slick Than Intimate at 54 Below
by Alix Cohen - Nov 29, 2014

Anthony Nunziata is an attractive young man with a good vocal instrument. But what once seemed warm and natural has evolved into affectation. When I first started writing about him (and his twin brother, Will) almost five years ago, the Nunziata's featured family stories and several very personal songs. Anthony used some of that same material last night in his solo show at 54 Below. (more...)

Exclusive: Asia's Nightingale Lani Misalucha Preps for Dec. 6 Concert; Picks Her Top Filipino SingersExclusive: Asia's Nightingale Lani Misalucha Preps for Dec. 6 Concert; Picks Her Top Filipino Singers
by Rocky Christopher Fajardo - Nov 28, 2014

Pandemonium practically coursed through the private circles of Lani Misalucha loyalists the day a press statement officially announced the postponement of “La Nightingale Returns,” the renowned singer's fourth major concert in Smart Araneta Coliseum since “Missing You” in 2007. Originally scheduled for October 17 and reset to almost two months later to December 6, the sudden date change sparked speculations of Lani backing out of the concert, which she recently dispelled on a primetime talk show as mere rumors. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: BAD JEWS Set Off Sparks at SpeakEasy StageBWW REVIEW: BAD JEWS Set Off Sparks at SpeakEasy Stage
by Jan Nargi - Nov 28, 2014

If watching family members spew venom at each other for 100 uninterrupted minutes is your idea of holiday cheer, then by all means head on over to SpeakEasy Stage Company this Thanksgiving weekend for a visit with BAD JEWS. (more...)

TOPA y su tripulación despiden el año en el TEATRO ÓPERA ALLIANZ!TOPA y su tripulación despiden el año en el TEATRO ÓPERA ALLIANZ!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2014

Niños hasta 1 año de edad pagan seguro de $ 25.- Niños mayores de un año pagan entrada. (more...)

The Houston Ballet Presents JUBILEE OF DANCE, 12/5The Houston Ballet Presents JUBILEE OF DANCE, 12/5
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2014

Houston Ballet presents its eleventh annual Jubilee of Dance, a special one-night only performance on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm. This year's program will feature the great American ballerina Julie Kent, a principal dancer with New York's American Ballet Theatre, who will make a special guest appearance. Ms. Kent will perform the leading female role in Stanton Welch's Clear (2001), a role she created at the work's premiere in 2001 in New York. Houston Ballet will also pay tribute to beloved first soloist Kelly Myernick, who is retiring after 14 years with the company. The Jubilee of Dance will close the evening with an excerpt of Stanton Welch's high-speed Velocity (2003), a ballet that pays homage to classical conventions in a contemporary manner. The Jubilee of Dance will be held at Wortham Theater Center in downtown Houston. Tickets may be purchased by calling 713 227 2787 or by visiting www.houstonballet.org. (more...)

BWW Reviews: BAD JEWS at Actors' PlayhouseBWW Reviews: BAD JEWS at Actors' Playhouse
by Roger Martin - Nov 26, 2014

The Jews May Be Bad, But the Laughs are Terrific (more...)

On Her Shoulders to Stage Free Reading of CHICAGO (1926), 12/17On Her Shoulders to Stage Free Reading of CHICAGO (1926), 12/17
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2014

On Her Shoulders is pleased to present a FREE staged reading of Chicago (1926) by Maurine Dallas Watkins, directed by Melody Brooks on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. (more...)

Disney Junior Announces December Programming HighlightsDisney Junior Announces December Programming Highlights
by TV News Desk - Nov 25, 2014

Disney Junior announces December 2014 Programming Highlights. *All programming subject to change* Episodes premiere on the Disney Junior block on Disney Channel Unless Otherwise Stated (more...)

2015 San Francisco International Arts Festival Moving to Fort Mason Center2015 San Francisco International Arts Festival Moving to Fort Mason Center
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2014

The San Francisco International Arts Festival (SFIAF) has announced that in 2015 the Festival will be moving back to the Fort Mason Center. The Festival will be co-presented by Fort Mason as part of its FMC Presents Series. The relationship gives SFIAF access to six different venues on the Fort Mason campus and the ability to present over 150 ticketed performances by artists from the Bay Area and ten countries in the space of three action packed weeks. The Festival will also feature a major arts exhibition titled Bearing Witness: Surveillance in the Drone Age compiled by curators Matt McKinley and Hanna Regev as well as multiple educational, residency and outreach activities. (more...)

Houston Ballet to Present JUBLIEE OF DANCE, 12/5Houston Ballet to Present JUBLIEE OF DANCE, 12/5
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2014

Houston Ballet presents its eleventh annual Jubilee of Dance, a special one-night only performance on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm. (more...)

Cocek! Brass Band with the NY Gypsy All-Stars at Drom, 11/28Cocek! Brass Band with the NY Gypsy All-Stars at Drom, 11/28
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2014

Sam Dechenne was an aspiring trumpet player, still in junior high school, when he looked through CDs in his local public library. (more...)

FIRST LISTEN: Jennifer Lawrence Sings 'The Hanging Tree' from MOCKINGJAY PART IFIRST LISTEN: Jennifer Lawrence Sings 'The Hanging Tree' from MOCKINGJAY PART I
by Movies News Desk - Nov 24, 2014

In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, now in theaters, star Jennifer Lawrence sings a new song titled 'The Hanging Tree,' arranged by James Newton and The Lumineers. Get a first listen below! (more...)

Fergus McCaffrey to Present Jack Early Installation at Art Basel in Miami BeachFergus McCaffrey to Present Jack Early Installation at Art Basel in Miami Beach
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2014

Fergus McCaffrey is pleased to present a new immersive installation of works by Jack Early at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2014. (more...)

Harpsichordist Andrew Appel joins the Cast of Salon/Sanctuary Concerts's Production of Rameau's Nephew, 12/13Harpsichordist Andrew Appel joins the Cast of Salon/Sanctuary Concerts's Production of Rameau's Nephew, 12/13
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2014

Step into the dusk of the Ancien Regime, as icons tumble, gossips rumble, and musicians hurl their slings. Arrows fly between the fans of French harmony and Italian Melody in this site-specific music-theater piece based on the Philosophe's play of opposites. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Houston Talent Wows 54 BELOW with CUZ WE'RE F#CKING TALENTEDBWW Reviews: Houston Talent Wows 54 BELOW with CUZ WE'RE F#CKING TALENTED
by David Clarke - Dec 9, 2014

On December 8, 2014, Houston, Texas took 54 BELOW by storm during the inaugural Cuz We're F#cking Talented cabaret concert at the esteemed venue. Nestled in the basement of the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street in New York City, this packed to capacity 11:30 p.m. on a Monday night performance of the new series featured a mix of Broadway's and Houston's best talents belting and riffing for the sheer joy of killing it in live performance. Why? Well, why not? (more...)

BWW Reviews: David Lanz & Kristin Amarie's Gorgeous FOREVER CHRISTMASBWW Reviews: David Lanz & Kristin Amarie's Gorgeous FOREVER CHRISTMAS
by Chris Gibson - Dec 8, 2014

As I sit here writing this review I have David Lanz and Kristin Amarie's latest release, FOREVER CHRISTMAS, playing in the background. Any regular reader of my music reviews knows that I have a genuine soft spot in my heart for David's elegant and brilliantly inventive work on piano. He's simply one of the finest musicians in the world, and this collaboration with the love of his life, Kristin, continues his string of unbelievably wonderful and joyous works. This time, the focus is on Christmas, and with a blend of original compositions and some classic holiday fare that have special meaning to each of them, they've managed to capture the spirit of the season with a sense of warmth and sensitivity that's often missing in most holiday collections. (more...)

New Pop-Rock Duo THE MANGOES Release Debut Concept AlbumNew Pop-Rock Duo THE MANGOES Release Debut Concept Album
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2014

What happens when you mix the pop sensibilities of the Beatles with the spirit of progressive rock? You get a daring concept album by pop-rock duo The Mangoes that tells the story of Billy and Candy as they venture into a tumultuous relationship with the music business and each other. (more...)

Ireesh Lal's ETHNOTRONICA Out NowIreesh Lal's ETHNOTRONICA Out Now
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2014

Check out Ireesh Lal's debut release - Ethnotronica. All the tracks are streaming here and here! (more...)

7th Annual Energy Conference to Address Opportunities in Australia's Oil and Gas Market7th Annual Energy Conference to Address Opportunities in Australia's Oil and Gas Market
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2014

The 7th Annual Australian American Chamber Energy Conference will be February 5-6, 2015 at the Westin Hotel - Memorial City in Houston, Texas. This annual event, produced by the Australian American Chamber of Commerce Houston, has become the premier event in the United States for industry executives at oil & gas and services companies, government officials, and institutional investors to understand more about Australia's burgeoning oil and gas markets. The event includes unique networking opportunities, as well as keynote presentations and panel discussions by leaders of some of the most active companies in Australia. (more...)

AUDIO: First Listen- Meryl Streep Sings 'Stay With Me' from INTO THE WOODSAUDIO: First Listen- Meryl Streep Sings 'Stay With Me' from INTO THE WOODS
by Stage Tube - Dec 6, 2014

Disney has just released a first listen for the upcoming INTO THE WOODS movie! Below, listen to Meryl Streep sing the Witch's iconic Melody, 'Stay With Me.' (more...)

THEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: I Won't Grow Up! PETER PAN Live On NBC, 1955 To 2014THEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: I Won't Grow Up! PETER PAN Live On NBC, 1955 To 2014
by Pat Cerasaro - Dec 4, 2014

Today, in honor of tonight's eagerly awaited TV presentation of Peter Pan Live! starring Allison Williams and Christopher Walken, we take a look back at the high flying history of the classic musical. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Jonathan Smoots, Hollis Resnik  and More in Milwaukee Repertory Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROLPhoto Flash: First Look at Jonathan Smoots, Hollis Resnik and More in Milwaukee Repertory Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2014

Milwaukee Repertory Theater brings its uplifting production of Charles Dickens' beloved holiday classic A Christmas Carol to The Pabst Theater this December. Filled with beautiful music, stunning costumes, and joyous dancing, Dickens' masterpiece celebrates its 39th year as Wisconsin's favorite family holiday tradition. Audiences will be enthralled as miserly Ebenezer Scrooge takes a fantastical journey through Christmas Past, Present, and Future and is then transformed into a man of generosity and good will. Adapted by Joseph Hanreddyand Edward Morgan, Dickens' A Christmas Carol brightens the holiday season with its timeless message of hope, peace, and love, capturing the true spirit of the season. Proudly sponsored again by Wells Fargo, A Christmas Carol runs at The Pabst Theater through December 24. Check out a first look at the production below! (more...)

SCARLET FAN is ReleasedSCARLET FAN is Released
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2014

BYRON BAY, Australia (more...)

 LILLIE MAE RISCHE Set to Release Blue Series 7' 12/9 LILLIE MAE RISCHE Set to Release Blue Series 7' 12/9
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2014

Closing out an exceptional year at Third Man Records is a release that's pretty near and dear to us. It should come as no surprise to the TMR faithful that Lillie Mae Rische is a complete bad-ass and an all-around powerhouse of Melody. (more...)

Collin Raye Releases Romantic New CD 'Everlasting'Collin Raye Releases Romantic New CD 'Everlasting'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2014

From Number One hits like “Love Me,” in 1991 to “I Can Still Feel You,” a decade later, Raye still holds the record for the EPIC Label, with five consecutive Platinum selling albums between 1991 and 1997 – 10 million records sold! (more...)

IF COLORADO HAD AN OCEAN Begins 12/4 at La MaMaIF COLORADO HAD AN OCEAN Begins 12/4 at La MaMa
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2014

La MaMa E.T.C. will present the World Premiere of IF COLORADO HAD AN OCEAN… by Mike Gorman. Directed by David Bennett, previews begin December 4 with opening night slated for Thursday, December 11. (more...)

Screaming Females Drop 'Empty Head'; New LP Out 2/24 via Don GiovanniScreaming Females Drop 'Empty Head'; New LP Out 2/24 via Don Giovanni
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2014

On the cusp of celebrating 10 years as a band, Screaming Females' sixth LP Rose Mountain is slated for release February 24 on Don Giovanni Records. Setting out with a vision so clear that it almost became a studio mantra, the resulting songs are concise, crisp and melodic, in essence creating at once their most complex and accessible record to date. (more...)

12th Annual Your Theatrics International Cabaret Contest Sets Judges; Submissions Accepted Through 12/2412th Annual Your Theatrics International Cabaret Contest Sets Judges; Submissions Accepted Through 12/24
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

The 12th annual Your Theatrics International Cabaret Contest (YTICC) promises a spectacular line-up of talent from all walks of the Australian and New Zealand entertainment industry. (more...)

JEKYLL & HYDE National Tour to Play Harris Center in JanuaryJEKYLL & HYDE National Tour to Play Harris Center in January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

The epic struggle between good and evil comes to life on the Harris Center for the Arts stage in this all new production of the musical phenomenon, Jekyll & Hyde. The Daily News proclaims the performance is 'Lush, appealing and genuinely moving.' (more...)

InDepth InterView: Kelli O'Hara Talks NY Pops Holiday Concert, THE KING & I Revival, PETER PAN LIVE!, THE MERRY WIDOW At The Met, THE MUSIC MAN On NBC? & MoreInDepth InterView: Kelli O'Hara Talks NY Pops Holiday Concert, THE KING & I Revival, PETER PAN LIVE!, THE MERRY WIDOW At The Met, THE MUSIC MAN On NBC? & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Dec 17, 2014

Today we are talking to one of Broadway's biggest and brightest stars all about her incredibly busy year and impossibly packed schedule coming up for the rest of 2014 and the start of 2015 - the winsome and angelic Kelli O'Hara. Offering a generous tease of her upcoming Carnegie Hall holiday concert spectacular alongside fellow InDepth InterView participant Matthew Morrison and the NY Pops in KELLI & MATTHEW: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, O'Hara reflects on some of her favorite Christmas memories and shares some of her favorite holiday selections while commenting on the notable rapport shared between herself and Morrison, previously having co-starred in the Lincoln Center Theater productions of THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA and SOUTH PACIFIC. Furthermore, O'Hara offers us a behind the scenes perspective on starring in NBC's recent entertainment extravaganza PETER PAN LIVE! and her thoughts on the unique production process as well as performing in the live telecast itself and introducing new material into the hallowed score for the show specifically for the broadcast. Additionally, O'Hara opens up about her leading role in the hotly anticipated forthcoming revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's vaunted THE KING & I, to be directed by her frequent collaborator Bartlett Sher, and sheds some light on what preparations are currently underway in taking on the iconic role of Anna as well as posits her own insights into the complex character in the historically-informed story. All of that, first news on appearing in the Tom Hanks tribute as part of this year's Kennedy Center Honors, reflections on THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY on Broadway and on disc, whether she would consider playing Marian in NBC's recently announced live TV production of THE MUSIC MAN and much, much more! (more...)

Joyce DiDonato Will Continue Carnegie Hall Perspectives Series in February & MarchJoyce DiDonato Will Continue Carnegie Hall Perspectives Series in February & March
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

In early 2015, the celebrated mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato continues her multi-part Carnegie Hall Perspectives series showcasing her vocal creativity and multifaceted talents that range from programs of familiar and forgotten repertoire from the Baroque and bel canto eras to new works by Jake Heggie written expressly for her. (more...)

Tonia Gromeko & More Join Broadway-Bound DOCTOR ZHIVAGO; Complete Cast Announced!Tonia Gromeko & More Join Broadway-Bound DOCTOR ZHIVAGO; Complete Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

Tam Mutu, who is making his Broadway debut as the passionate Doctor and poet Yurii Zhivago, Kelli Barrett (Wicked), Tony Award nomineeTom Hewitt (Rocky Horror Show), and Paul Nolan (Jesus Chris Superstar) will be joined by Lora Lee Gayer as Tonia Gromeko, Zhivago's devoted wife, in the new Broadway musical DOCTOR ZHIVAGO. Based on Boris Pasternak's Nobel Prize-winning 20th-century epic Russian masterpiece, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO will feature Jacqueline Antaramian and Jamie Jackson, with Heather Botts, Wendi Bergamini, Melody Butiu, Josh Canfield, Julian Cihi, Briana Carlson-Goodman, Bradley Dean, Michael Brian Dunn, Drew Foster, Kira Guloien, Robert Hager, Ericka Hunter, Denis Lambert, David McDonald, Joseph Medeiros, Pilar Millhollen, Gary Milner, Spencer Moses, Julius Sermonia, Jacob L. Smith and Jesse Wildman in a cast of 32. (more...)

New Musical ONE DAY to Premiere at 3LD Art & Technology CenterNew Musical ONE DAY to Premiere at 3LD Art & Technology Center
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

Producers Big Block Entertainment/Scott Prisand & Jamie Bendell (Heathers: The Musical) and Carl Levin (Rock of Ages) announced today that the new pop-rock musical ONE DAY will have its New York premiere this spring, for a limited engagement at the innovative downtown performance space 3LD Art & Technology Center. The musical will begin previews Saturday, February 7, 2015, with an opening night of Thursday, February 19, 2015 and is scheduled to run through Sunday, March 1, 2015. (more...)

Lindsay Mendez, Barbara Carroll & More Set for Birdland in JanuaryLindsay Mendez, Barbara Carroll & More Set for Birdland in January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its January 2015 schedule, featuring The Birdland Big Band, Jane Monheit, Beegie Adair Trio, Barbara Carroll, Jay Leonhart Trio, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, Dena DeRose, Lindsay Mendez and Marco Paguia, and MORE! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Incomparable LINDA EDER Brings Showstopping Talent to The VetsBWW Reviews: Incomparable LINDA EDER Brings Showstopping Talent to The Vets
by Robert Barossi - Dec 15, 2014

Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence may not always get the same level of appreciation or respect that is bestowed upon its big brother, Providence Performing Arts Center. Underappreciated or not, The Vets, as it's called, brings in its fair share of wonderful performances and fabulous productions. This past weekend's holiday concert with Linda Eder was easily a highlight of the season for everyone in attendance. From the first moment to the last, Eder proved why she is one of the most talented and beloved professional songstresses of our time. (more...)

Las Vegas Philharmonic Youth Concert Series to Kick Off Jan 12Las Vegas Philharmonic Youth Concert Series to Kick Off Jan 12
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

The Las Vegas Philharmonic will perform 10 free concerts to schoolchildren in its annual Youth Concert Series. From Monday, January 12 through Friday, January 16, the orchestra will perform two 45-minute concerts each morning in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, reaching 15,000 fourth and fifth grade students from 132 schools throughout the Las Vegas Valley. These concerts are not open to the general public. (more...)

Interview with Music Director: Matt CastleInterview with Music Director: Matt Castle
by Roundabout Theatre Company - Dec 15, 2014

Education Dramaturg Ted Sod interviews the Directors of Into the Woods. Ted Sod: Will you tell us where you were born and educated, and how you got involved in the theater as a music director? (more...)

Shen Yun Performing Arts Comes to Lincoln Center, 1/10-19Shen Yun Performing Arts Comes to Lincoln Center, 1/10-19
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2014

A daughter disguises herself as a son and takes her father's place at war. A magical monkey, an ogre, and a humanoid pig protect a Buddhist monk as he journeys to the western heavens on a quest for true teachings. A folk hero gets drunk, but then saves a village from a vicious tiger. And Buddha asks the deities in heaven to come down to China and walk among the people, creating a divinely inspired civilization. (more...)

The Smith Center Presents Las Vegas Philharmonic, Ira Glass, and More Jan-FebThe Smith Center Presents Las Vegas Philharmonic, Ira Glass, and More Jan-Feb
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2014

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts presents a variety of performances for January-February. Check out the listings below! For more information, call 702-749-2000 or visit www.TheSmithCenter.com. (more...)

Highways Performance Space Presents MELODY OF CHAOS, 1/17Highways Performance Space Presents MELODY OF CHAOS, 1/17
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2014

Bezerk Productions and Highways Performance Space present Melody of Chaos, an evening of free-spirited and psychologically intense visual and performing art, on Saturday, January 17, 2015. The event features the work of Linda Carmella Sibio, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1977 and is known for her cathartic performance and visual art that explores madness and creativity. (more...)

Review Roundup: Menier Chocolate Factory's ASSASSINSReview Roundup: Menier Chocolate Factory's ASSASSINS
by Review Roundups - Dec 12, 2014

Menier Chocolate Factory Artistic Director David Babani welcomes Jamie Lloyd's major revival of Stephen Sondheimand John Weidman's ASSASSINS as part of the theatre's 10-year anniversary season. Joining are Carly Bawden,Simon Lipkin, Mike McShane, Andy Nyman, David Roberts and Catherine Tate are Stewart Clarke, Harry Morrison ,Aaron Tveit and Jamie Parker. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  Theatre Memphis Spikes the Eggnog with A CHRISTMAS CAROLBWW Reviews: Theatre Memphis Spikes the Eggnog with A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Joseph Baker - Dec 12, 2014

As my hand was turning to mincemeat while writing personal notes in Christmas card after Christmas card, I persevered, knowing that at the end of my travails there would be a reward: A much anticipated performance of Theatre Memphis' annual 'gift' to Memphis, Charles Dickens' venerable A CHRISTMAS CAROL. I must admit: I have not attended every performance of that classic since its inception. I have, however, infrequently stopped to hang my wreath at its door; and I've seen some fine 'Ebeneezers' over the years (I recall a former teaching colleague, Tom Ford, offering a tight, clipped interpretation and, of course, one of the best and most frequent of the actors donning those tattered gloves, Memphis acting favorite Barry Fuller). As I wrote card after card, I began to think about all the other interpretations of A CHRISTMAS CAROL that I have encountered through the years - Seymour Hicks; Reginald Owen (in the role MGM intended for an ailing Lionel Barrymore, who had become famous for his radio performance and who would have, no doubt, been superior; a not-all-that-bad consolation prize was his equally tight-fisted 'Mr. Potter' in Frank Capra's IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE); Orson Welles (in a Mercury Theatre radio performance); Sir Ralph Richardson (a beautiful audio recording); Alastair Sim (in the early 1950's British film and offering my favorite interpretation of the role; Danny Peary, in his fascinating ALTERNATE OSCARS, selects him as Best Actor for that performance); and, certainly, George C. Scott, in what was considered to be the version to end all versions. (And does anyone recall Jim Backus' 'Mr. Magoo' in a delightful animated musical television special back in the 1960's?) (more...)

THEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: Going Gaga For Ira GershwinTHEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: Going Gaga For Ira Gershwin
by Pat Cerasaro - Dec 11, 2014

Today we salute one of Broadway's most influential artists in honor of his birthday this week, the one and only Ira Gershwin! (more...)

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project to Showcase Music by Great Hungarian Composers, 1/24/15The Boston Modern Orchestra Project to Showcase Music by Great Hungarian Composers, 1/24/15
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2014

Boston, MA (For Release 12.11.14) --- The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the nation's premier orchestra dedicated exclusively to commissioning, performing, and recording new orchestral music, presents an evening dedicated to four composers of Hungarian descent – Bálint Karosi (b.1979), Kati Agócs (b.1975), György Ligeti (1923-2006) and Béla Bartók (1881-1945). Complemented by the innovative all-female vocal group Lorelei Ensemble, BMOP performs the world premieres of Karosi's Existentia—in memory of Sándor Weöres (commissioned by BMOP) and Agócs's The Debrecen Passion, as well as Ligeti's Violin Concerto (1990) featuring violinist Gabriela Diaz, and Bartók's Three Village Scenes (1926). (more...)

Scoop: SWITCHED AT BIRTH on ABC FAMILY - Tuesday, January 6, 2015Scoop: SWITCHED AT BIRTH on ABC FAMILY - Tuesday, January 6, 2015
by - Dec 10, 2014

Get all the scoop on SWITCHED AT BIRTH, airing on ABC FAMILY on Tuesday, January 6, 2015! (more...)

Official Track Listing Revealed for NBC's PETER PAN LIVE Soundtrack!Official Track Listing Revealed for NBC's PETER PAN LIVE Soundtrack!
by TV News Desk - Dec 1, 2014

The soundtrack for NBC's highly anticipated PETER PAN LIVE! starring Allison Williams and Christopher Walken will be released on Tuesday, December 16th Today, Amazon.com released the album's official track listing (more...)

BUTCH WALKER's Seventh LP 'Afraid of Ghosts' Out 2/3BUTCH WALKER's Seventh LP 'Afraid of Ghosts' Out 2/3
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2014

Butch Walker's highly anticipated seventh full-length album Afraid Of Ghosts, will be released February 3 via Dangerbird Records. (more...)

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