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BWW Reviews: The Muny's Intoxicating Production of THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS
by Chris Gibson - Jul 9, 2014

Though the weather was stormy on the opening night of the MUNY's presentation of the American Repertory Theater's 2011 update of THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS, and believe me I drove through some heavy downpours as I made my way to Forest Park, somehow the rain held off and allowed this wonderful show to proceed. Purists have been in an uproar over the fact that the original show has been altered, and while I certainly understand what all the fuss was about, there's no denying the fact that this new interpretation is a moving and compelling production that's definitely a winning crowd-pleaser. (more...)

BWW CD Reviews: Nonesuch's HERE LIES LOVE (Original Cast Recording) is Bubbly, Pop-Laden Fun
by David Clarke - Jul 8, 2014

Imelda Marcos is a ripe public figure for having a biographic musical written about her. Personally, I always expected a musical about her life would have that grand and epic cinematic sound of Andrew Lloyd Webber's EVITA. However, I couldn't be more pleased with David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's rich pop score for HERE LIES LOVE. (more...)

Ridgefield Playhouse to Offer Comedy, Songwriting & TV Writing Classes in September
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

Want to learn how to polish your comedy routine? Or try your hand writing songs or TV shows? (more...)

NJPAC Offers Free Sounds of the City Concerts Featuring Living Colour & Burnt Sugar, 7/10
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

(Newark, New Jersey-June 30, 2014)- New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents the Horizon Foundation Sounds of the City free outdoor summer concert series, every Thursday from July 10th - August 28th at 5PM taking place at NJPAC's outdoor Theater Square. "The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey is proud to be the title sponsor of NJPAC's Sounds of the City free outdoor concert series for the second consecutive year," said Jonathan R. Pearson, Executive Director of The Foundation. "As a Newark-based company, we are proud to support NJPAC and the talented artists that will bring the community together to enjoy these wonderful events." (more...)

THE MAGIC FLUTE, MACBETH, CATO IN UTICA and CANDIDE Set for the 2015 Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2014

The Glimmerglass Festival has announced its 2015 Festival, which will celebrate the company's 40th anniversary. The 2015 Festival will feature Mozart's The Magic Flute, Verdi's Macbeth, Vivaldi's Cato in Utica and Bernstein's Candide. The productions will run in repertory in the Alice Busch Opera Theater on Otsego Lake in Cooperstown July 10 through August 23. These mainstage offerings will be complemented by lectures, concerts and other special events. (more...)

BWW TV: Behind the Scenes with Steven Grant Douglas and Katie Postotnik in Hollywood Premiere of GHOST: THE MUSICAL
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 7, 2014

Ghost The Musical directed by Tony Award-winner Matthew Warchus and choreographed by Ashley Wallen, is celebrating its Hollywood Pantages Theatre premiere now through July 13, 2014. And, BWW TV's own LA Producer/Correspondent Michael Sterling and Co-Producer/Videographer Jordan Santacana were on hand opening night June 28 for an exclusive, pre-curtain interview with Ghost's U.S. National Tour stars Steven Grant Douglas ("Sam Wheat") and Katie Postotnik ("Molly Jenson"). Check out the video below! (more...)

NICK FURY ft JACKY HERRERA Releases New Single 'Run For Cover' Today
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2014

New Single 'Run For Cover' from Nick Fury ft Jacky Herrera is out today on Pop Rox Muzik. (more...)

Mastodon #1 in U.S. & U.K. Rock Charts - Set to Appear on JIMMY KIMMEL 9/15
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2014

Once More 'Round The Sun, the sixth studio album from Mastodon, released June 24th on Reprise Records has debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and the #1 Top Rock Album in the U.S. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Michael Sterling Catches Up with GHOST Stars Steven Grant Douglas and Katie Postotnik
by Michael Sterling & Jordan Santacana - Jul 5, 2014

Ghost The Musical directed by Tony Award-winner Matthew Warchus and choreographed by Ashley Wallen, is celebrating its Hollywood Pantages Theatre premiere now through July 13, 2014. And, BWW TV's own LA Producer/Correspondent Michael Sterling and Co-Producer/Videographer Jordan Santacana were on hand opening night June 28 for an exclusive, pre-curtain interview with Ghost's U.S. National Tour stars Steven Grant Douglas ('Sam Wheat') and Katie Postotnik ('Molly Jenson'). (more...)

ABSINTHE Star Melody Sweets to Host a Wild Wild West Burlesque Show, 7/22
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2014

The dazzling Green Fairy, Melody Sweets, from the Strip's 'Best Adult Show' ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace hosts a Wild Wild West Burlesque show on Tuesday, July 22 at 10:30 p.m. at the ABSINTHE Spiegeltent. In celebration of the premiere of her latest music video 'Shoot 'em Up,' featured on Sweets' debut album Burlesque in the Black, fans get an exclusive look at the tantalizing video and a night of sultry and seductive Wild West burlesque. Revelers can also enjoy special guest appearances by the ABSINTHE cast as they've never seen them before, including The Gazillionaire and Penny Pibbets performing as Cowboy Summerlin Sam and his trusty steed Phallus. (more...)

COME HOME AMERICA CONCERT TOUR to Hit Nation's Largest Independence Day Celebration
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2014

Fresh from a sold-out tour kickoff and official Fleet Week New York event that was singled out by the New York Times, the 2014 'COME HOME AMERICA TOUR' will be rocking the Cradle of Liberty on the Fourth of July at the nation's largest Independence Day Celebration, Wawa WELCOME AMERICA in Philadelphia. With continued support from the USO, acclaimed NYC vocalist-songwriter MARCUS GOLDHABER will be singing to honor the troops with his 6-piece band as they celebrate "The New Greatest Generation" before expected crowds of up to 500,000. (more...)

Watch the New Video CLMD 'Wild Men ft. Sirena' Out Now
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

While previous singles have been certified as 6x platinum, and with support growing from all corners of the house music spectrum, CLMD is back as with a brand new killer track 'Wild Men' ft. Sirena, out now through UpNorth/ Sony Music Worldwide. (more...)

Bootstraps Release 'Fortyfive' Music Video
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

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BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL 2014: FESTIVAL GALA a Big Hit
by Barry Lenny - Jul 27, 2014

Three esteemed guitarists from different genres, Australia's favourite and sensational string quartet, and a superb young ensemble, all on the same bill. (more...)

BWW Blog: Libby Servais of Transcendence Theatre Company's 'Broadway Under the Stars' - Broadway Kids Camp
by Guest Blogger: Libby Servais - Jul 24, 2014

Broadway kids camp is well under way with Transcendence Theatre Company. The campers are an inspiring bunch of kids (ages 8-18) that are creating absolute magic together. Watching them discover and fly with their own artistic freedom is really special. They've been rehearsing choreography and music that they'll be performing with the adult TTC artist's this weekend in "Fantastical Family Night" of TTC's Broadway Under The Stars series. To start each day of camp we all gather and hold hands in a gigantic circle. One of our TTC artists leads us in a group activity to make sure everyone is aligned and ready for the day! (more...)

Natalie Cole to Perform at Ridgefield Playhouse, 8/21
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

For tickets ($135 orchestra, $125 mezzanine/balcony), call the box office at (203) 438-5795, or order online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT, ridgefieldplayhouse.org. (more...)

Propellerhead Take for iOS Aims to Redefine How Musicians Capture Song Ideas
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

Propellerhead Software-makers of Figure, Apple App of the Year 2012-today announced Take Creative Vocal Recorder for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Available now free on the iTunes App Store, Take easily captures musical ideas anytime, anywhere. Combining the drop-dead simplicity of a voice memo app with features custom-tailored for vocalists and musicians, Take has caught the eye of iPhone users-appearing near the top of several App Store categories. (more...)

Cape Welsh Choir to Perform at Montagu Youth Arts Festival, August 9
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

The Cape Welsh Choir will present one performance at the annual Montagu Music, Art, Dance and Drama Festival (MMADD), in the NG Church Hall on Saturday 9 August at 5:30pm. Their presence at the festival will be a great inspiration to the youth choirs competing at this year's festival that takes place from 6 to 16 August 2014. (more...)

Three Minute Tease to Release Sophomore Album BITE THE HAND, 9/23
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

Three Minute Tease, the band comprised of Sacramento born culty songwriter Anton Barbeau (vocals, guitars, keyboards) and Andy Metcalfe (bass) and Morris Windsor (drums), who are probably best known for their work in the Soft Boys/Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians, have developed a reputation for their 'pre-apocalyptic psychedelic pop'. In true supergroup fashion, the members of Three Minute Tease are spread out across the map; Andy's in London, Morris is on the 'west coast' of England, and Barbeau is based in Berlin. The group released their self-titled debut record in 2011 and are proud to announce that they will be releasing their sophomore album, 'Bite The Hand', on September 23rd on idiot Records. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Thomas Hampson: An American Hero at Tanglewood
by Erica Miner - Jul 22, 2014

Few vocal performers of our day are as closely identified with American classical music as this renowned artist. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Broadway in Indianapolis 2013/2014 Season
by Trevor Cox - Jul 22, 2014

And that concludes another stellar season of Broadway touring shows through Indianapolis. Five exciting, high-energy shows each spent one week in the capital of Indiana, as well as an extended run for a Broadway favorite. Here's a recap of the shows from the 2013/2014 season. (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Presents KENNY G, 8/23
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Sultry, sweet sounds of saxophone superstar Kenny G mellifluously meld with the full orchestra, when Pacific Symphony delivers a jazz-infused summer evening of music, led by guest conductor Albert-George Schram. In a recording career that spans three decades and 23 albums, the Grammy Award-winning Kenny G has sold more than 75 million records worldwide (45 million in the U.S. alone) and enjoyed more than a dozen climbs to the top of Billboard's contemporary jazz chart. By grafting elements of R&B, pop and Latin to his smooth jazz foundation, Kenny G has solidified his reputation as the premier artist in contemporary jazz. Having made his debut with Pacific Symphony in February 2013 for a romantic Valentine's Day weekend celebration, Kenny G returns to Orange County on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 8 p.m., to perform at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine as part of Mercedes-Benz presents Summer Festival 2014. (more...)

Jazz Legend Kenny G to Perform at Pacific Symphony's Summer Festival, 8/23
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

Sultry, sweet sounds of saxophone superstar Kenny G mellifluously meld with the full orchestra, when Pacific Symphony delivers a jazz-infused summer evening of music, led by guest conductor Albert-George Schram. In a recording career that spans three decades and 23 albums, the Grammy Award-winning Kenny G has sold more than 75 million records worldwide (45 million in the U.S. alone) and enjoyed more than a dozen climbs to the top of Billboard's contemporary jazz chart. (more...)

Longtime Fountain Theatre Subscriptions Director Diana Gibson Passes Away at 69
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

Producer, writer, director, actress and longtime subscriptions director at the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles, Diana Moore Gibson passed away on Thursday, July 17 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from multiple complications following pneumonia. She was 69. (more...)

MAARCOS Debuts New Single 'Pyro' From Fuze Records
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

Following up from last years smash single 'Blaze' Maarcos is unveiling his new vision with 'Pyro'. (more...)

Karsh Kale, Midlake, Allen Toussaint, The Deslondes and More Set for Joe's Pub, 7/23-8/3
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

Joe's Pub at the Public has announced its upcoming lineup for the next couple weeks, July 23-August 3, 2014. Scroll down for details! (more...)

BWW Reviews: STEVE ROSS and KAREN OBERLIN Ooze Charm, Class, and Chemistry In Tribute to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers at 54 Below
by Stephen Hanks - Jul 20, 2014

Steve Ross and Karen Oberlin's recent duo effort at 54 Below, Cheek to Cheek, was a show oozing charm, class, charisma, and chemistry, but most of all they conveyed their love for these legendary performers and the classic tunes associated with them. (more...)

The Dynamics of the School Yard are Played Out Through an Interactive Sound Installation at Arts Centre Melbourne, 8/13-16
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2014

Melbourne musician and sound artist Matt Ridgway aka Winterpark has joined forces with VCA's Interactive Composition students to create a free, participatory sound installation, QUADwrangle, on display from 13 -16 August at Arts Centre Melbourne's Fairfax Theatre foyer. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ARCADIA - A Well Constructed Play Which Makes for a Long Echoing Sit at MAMAI
by Roy Berko - Jul 20, 2014

Czech born Thomas Stoppard is a Jewish British playwright who escaped from his birth country in 1939, just before the Nazi occupation. Living, in England, he has gained a reputation as one of modern English language's greatest playwrights. The recipient of an Academy Award and four Tony Awards, it is generally agreed by theatre analysts that 'Arcadia,' a production of which is now on stage at Mamai Theatre, is one of the western world's greatest plays. (more...)

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces New BEYONCE Fashion Exhibit
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will open a new fashion exhibition centered around singer, producer and entertainment industry powerhouse Beyonce. (more...)

Warner Theatre Sets 2014-15 MetOpera Live in HD Season: MACBETH, CARMEN, LA DONNA DEL LAGO & More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

The Warner Theatre has announced its 2014-2015 MetOpera: Live in HD Season which will feature 10 operas, 9 of which will be streaming live from the Metropolitan Opera, and 1 encore performance. (more...)

Scoop: SWITCHED AT BIRTH on ABC FAMILY - Monday, August 4, 2014
by - Jul 18, 2014

Get all the scoop on SWITCHED AT BIRTH, airing on ABC FAMILY on Monday, August 4, 2014! (more...)

QUADwrangle On View 13-16 August at Arts Centre Melbourne's Fairfax Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

Melbourne musician and sound artist Matt Ridgway aka Winterpark has joined forces with VCA's Interactive Composition students to create a free, participatory sound installation, QUADwrangle, on display from 13 -16 August at Arts Centre Melbourne's Fairfax Theatre foyer. (more...)

HIGH END to Drops 'Intoxicated' Single Off New LP, 10/7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

Yukon Blonde frontman Jeffrey Innes recently launched his new solo project High Ends as an adventurous new songwriting outlet. (more...)

Obba Babatundé to Host BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS at Ford Amphitheatre, 8/16
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

Tony Award-nominee Obba Babatunde has been set to host Broadway Under The Stars on Saturday, August 16 at 8pm at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre. Produced by Chris Isaacson Presents, this one-night-only concert event will star Tony Award-winner Jennifer Holliday along with (in alphabetical order) Erich Bergen (Jersey Boys, stage and film), Rogelio Douglas, Jr. (In the Heights), Danny Gurwin (Little Women), and Chad Kimball (Memphis). David Galligan will direct, with musical direction by Gerald Sternbach. (more...)

BWW Reviews: No Day But Today To See RENT At SoLuna
by Melissa Giordano - Jul 17, 2014

I'm always cautious in seeing a regional production of Jonathan Larsen's Rent as I have become a Renthead over the years. The thing to remember is art has different interpretations. SoLuna Studio Artistic Director and Owner Karen Braun fantastically directs and choreographs this slightly reimagined take on Mr. Larson's Tony and Pulitzer winning musical. Running through July 27th, some adjustments were made for SoLuna's vision including an unexpected twist the last moment of the show. (more...)

Brew at the LA Zoo to Feature 30 Craft-Microbreweries, Live Music, Animal Visits, DJ and Food, 8/8
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

The 4th Annual Brew at the L.A. Zoo, one of summer's most popular events for guests 21 and over, returns on Friday, August 8, 2014, 7 to 11 pm, featuring an after-hours visit to the Zoo with beer samples from 30 local craft and microbreweries, music by three local bands -- Indian School, The Spazmatics and Jug or Nots Jug Band --, dancing with DJ Johnny Hawkes, pub-style grub for purchase and visits to Zoo exhibits including Elephants of Asia, Campo Gorilla Reserve, LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles), the new Rainforest of the Americas and more. With sell-out crowds at the three previous Brew at the L.A. Zoo evenings, advance ticket purchase is strongly suggested. (more...)

BWW Reviews: SING ME HOME Rocks at Rockwell
by Aimee Curameng - Jul 16, 2014

"Sing Me Home" is a new musical set to premiere at the prestigious New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) on July 20th but Los Angeles had the honor of hosting its debut at Rockwell on Sunday, July 13th. Featuring a variety of performers, each song was introduced by writing team, Amber Cassell or author/singer/songwriter Kristy Hanson who penned all 13 songs. (more...)

DataCore Software Lauds NY's Maimonides Medical Center for 12 Years of Setting Storage Virtualization and IT Best Practices
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

The Brooklyn, NY-based hospital received this award as a result of the organization's accomplishments in leveraging storage virtualization to help drive staff productivity, cost savings and better operational performance. The flexibility of DataCore's software architecture has enabled Maimonides to meet the dynamic range of performance, availability and capacity growth demands needed to stay ahead of compliance regulations and their ever-changing applications and system requirements over the last 12 years. (more...)

BWW Review: Nothing Permanent Shall Stay
by Kristen Morale - Jul 16, 2014

The Phantom of the Opera, from its literary origins to the numerous film renditions made, all leading up to its fantastic run as a staged musical, is one of the most beautiful, heart-wrenching stories of its day. The Majestic Theater has ushered people through its doors to see Andrew Lloyd Webber's phenomenon of a show, and due to its popularity gives locals and tourists alike little reason to anticipate it going anywhere anytime soon. Including its recent North American production and the show's general worldwide reputation, Phantom has proven itself to be essentially untouchable. (more...)

Leju Launches Mobile E-commerce Platform 2.0
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

BEIJING, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Leju Holdings Limited ('Leju' or the 'Company') (NYSE: LEJU), a leading online-to-offline ('O2O') real estate services provider in China, today announced the launch of Leju's mobile e-commerce platform 2.0, which is designed to provide developers with a comprehensive marketing plan from initial promotions to enhanced sales conversions, while offering potential qualified homebuyers added flexibility to fund their downpayment through loan options. (more...)

Greek composer Sakis Gouzonis Releases 7th album 'Golden Heart'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

The Greek composer just released his 7th studio album titled 'Golden Heart.' The new full-length album features 10 electronic and cinematic tracks that evoke a multitude of emotions. All tracks were produced by Sakis in his recording studio located at the foot of Mount Olympus. (more...)

New Perspectives Theatre to Host 7th Annual WOMEN'S WORK SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL, 8/4-9
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

New Perspectives Theatre Company (NPTC) has announced on the margin, the 7th Annual Women's Work Short Play Festival with six original scripts developed to that theme. The festival runs from Monday, August 4th to Saturday, August 9th with performances of two Programs alternating 4:00pm and 8:00pm curtain times.. on the margin performs at NPTC Studio, 458 West 37th Street (at 10th Avenue.) (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE PASSENGER Makes Welcome Stopover at the Park Avenue Armory and Lincoln Center Festival
by Richard Sasanow - Jul 14, 2014

The Houston Grand Opera's brilliant production of Mieczyslaw Weinberg's THE PASSENGER, directed by David Pountney, was a stunning visitor to the Park Avenue Armory last week as a coproduction with the Lincoln Center Festival. It's not an easy experience, but well worth the effort. (more...)

SOUND OFF: 13 Things To Love About Michael Mott's WHERE THE SKY ENDS
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 14, 2014

Today we are turning our attention to a praise-worthy new compilation celebrating up-and-coming composer Michael Mott, WHERE THE SKY ENDS. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Public's HERE LIES LOVE Kicks Off 'Summer Friday' Performances with Anika Larsen, Tommy Tune & More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

The Public's HERE LIES LOVE kicked off its 'Summer Friday' performances on Friday. On the Friday, July 11th kickoff, guests in attendance included Alan Rickman, Tommy Tune, Anika Larsen, After Midnight's Karine Plantadit, Andrew Andrew and Sirius XM's Julie James. After the show, they partied with the cast at The Library Restaurant at the Public Theater. Check out photos below! (more...)

Pianist Carlo Grante to Perform Three-Concert Series at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in 2014-15
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

Esteemed Italian pianist Carlo Grante will present a three-concert series entitled 'Masters of High Romanticism' at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York City during the 2014-2015 concert season. Each program will be devoted to a single Romantic-era composer: Frederic Chopin (Friday, October 31, 2014), Robert Schumann (Monday, December 15, 2014) and Johannes Brahms (Tuesday, February 10, 2015). (more...)

BWW Reviews: ALYSHA UMPHRESS Ignites Signature Theatre in Solo Cabaret
by Jennifer Perry - Jul 13, 2014

Alysha Umphress returned to Signature to wow local audiences again with her powerful voice, but this time in a solo cabaret as part of the ongoing Sizzlin' Summer Nights cabaret series. (more...)

BWW Interviews: William Squier
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - Jul 11, 2014

What it takes to write a children's musical (more...)

MAARCOS to Drop New Single 'Pyro' 7/21
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

Following up from last years smash single 'Blaze' - which continues to be supported by names such as Avicii, Steve Angello, Alesso and Axwell - as well as being one of the most played tracks at Tomorrowland 2013 - Maarcos is unveiling his new vision with 'Pyro'. (more...)

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