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Bonnie Brooks Announces Departure from Dance Center
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2017

Bonnie Brooks, Presenting Series Director and Lead Curator for the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago and Columbia College Chicago Dance Department Associate Professor, has announced her departure, effective May 31, 2017. (more...)

Stones to Be Added to Barter Theatre Walk of Fame
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2017

???????Barter Theatre will be honoring community leaders Howard McElroy and Ben Jennings with two stones placed in the Barter Theatre Walk of Fame for their achievements and impact with both Barter Theatre and the community on Friday, May 26. (more...)

Visit 7 of NYC's Top Cultural Institutions Free at 39th Annual Museum Mile Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2017

Now celebrating its 39th year, the annual Museum Mile Festival takes place rain or shine on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. (more...)

Matrix Theatre to Host MANY VOICES, ONE DETROIT Fundraiser at Detroit Historical Museum
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2017

Matrix Theatre Company, celebrating 26 years as a socially-engaged professional and educational theatre in Southwest Detroit is hosting "Many Voices, One Detroit," an exciting Detroit-themed event fundraiser on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 6 PM at the Detroit Historical Museum. (more...)

Grammy Museum Selects Students for Grammy Camp in Nashville & LA
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2017

The GRAMMY Museum® announced today that 119 talented high school students from 104 U.S. cities and 29 U.S. states have been selected as participants in the 13th annual GRAMMY Camp® program. (more...)

Cast Complete for Star-Studded HOOD: THE ROBIN HOOD MUSICAL ADVENTURE at Dallas Theater Center
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2017

2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award Recipient Dallas Theater Center will present the world premiere of Hood: The Robin Hood Musical Adventure, a new musical comedy written and directed by five-time Tony-nominated playwright Douglas Carter Beane with music and lyrics by Lewis Flinn. (more...)

Tony Winner Bill Irwin to Take the Stage in Reading of Jodi Rothe's AGORA
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2017

The Directors Company has announced the reading of Agora a new play by Jodi Rothe, featuring Tony Award Winner Bill Irwin. The reading is being directed by Michael Pressman. (more...)

British Piano Great Neville Dickie and New Jersey's Own Midiri Brothers Reunite at Bickford Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2017

Neville Dickie, one of the greatest boogie-woogie and stride pianists to ever come out of Britain, will be reunited with New Jersey's own Midiri Brothers at the Bickford Theatre on Monday, June 5. (more...)

Renowned Arts Writer to Speak at Broward Arts Exhibition
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2017

The Cultural Division and ArtServe, Inc. invite artists, arts-based business owners and creative entrepreneurs to A Conversation with Sarah Thornton, writer and sociologist of culture who has been called 'the Jane Goodall of the art world' by The Washington Post. (more...)

St. Louis Symphony Announces Senior Management Appointments & Promotions
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2017

Today, St. Louis Symphony President & CEO Marie-Helene Bernard announced key senior management team appointments and promotions. (more...)

Mara Davi, Erica Dorfler, Luke Smith and More Sign on for Barrington Stage's 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2017

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, has announced additional casting for the 2017 season. (more...)

Melissa Errico to Put on BROADWAY FIRECRACKER Summer Holiday Concert at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2017

Broadway leading lady and Tony Award nominee Melissa Errico will return to the Broadway at Birdland Concert Series with 'Broadway Firecracker' on Monday, July 3 at 7pm at Birdland Jazz (315 West 44th Street), bringing this special summer holiday concert to her favorite jazz venue. (more...)

National Sawdust Curator Anthony Roth Costanzo presents Re-Imagined Handel Cantata This July
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2017

This summer, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, a "bona-fide star" (New Yorker) of the Metropolitan Opera, Berlin Philharmonic, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, English National Opera, Canadian Opera Company, LA Opera, and Glyndebourne, returns as one of twelve curators to Brooklyn's artist-led National Sawdust (NS), where he will present and perform in a radical reimagining of Handel's dramatic cantata Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, a co-production of National Sawdust and San Francisco's Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale (led by conductor Nicholas McGegan). (more...)

Carnegie Hall's Lullaby Project Reaches Mothers Through Songwriting Workshops Across the Country
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2017

On Friday, June 2 at 2:00 p.m., mothers, family members, musicians, and partners from New York City and across the country will gather to celebrate original songs created as part of Carnegie Hall's Lullaby Project, a program which pairs pregnant women and new mothers with professional artists to write personal lullabies for their babies. In New York City, the project reaches mothers in hospitals, homeless shelters, foster care centers, and at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. Extending across the country, Lullaby Project partner organizations work with families in over fifteen communities. The Lullaby Project supports maternal health, aids child development, and strengthens the bond between parent and child. The year-end concert on June 2, which will feature performances by mothers and artists locally as well as from partner sites across the nation, will be made available to a wider audience through a livestream on facebook.com/CarnegieHall. (more...)

Video: The Cast of Singapore SISTER ACT Chats with BroadwayWorld!
by Rocky Christopher Fajardo - May 24, 2017

May 22, 2017, Singapore - SISTER ACT's Curtis Jackson (Brandon Godfrey), Will T. Travis (Eddie), and South Korea's Sophie Kim (Sister Mary Roberts) sat down with BroadwayWorld.com Singapore's Landy Eng for an exclusive video interview last week to talk about landing once-in-a-lifetime roles on the smash musical, learning West African Dances during college, and how SISTER ACT's on-going giddy romance with Asian audiences helps fire up their performances at the MasterCard Theatres. (more...)

Confederation Centre Young Company Ensembles Announced for THE DREAM CATCHERS
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

Take hip hop, spoken word, and folk. Blend it with contemporary and Indigenous dance, and experience a new musical, full of original Canadian music, dance, and story. The Dream Catchers is a Canada150 Signature project, featuring the TD Confederation Centre Young Company, that will take you on a one hour quest to find hope for the future and dare you to believe that no dream is too small. (more...)

American Theater Co.'s Youth Ensemble presents THE PROJECT(S) Adaptation, 7/14-23
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

American Theater Company's (ATC) Youth Ensemble presents a 50-minute abridgement by Jess McLeod and Sarah Slight of the critically acclaimed The Project(s)-a documentary play on Chicago's public housing conceived, co-written and originally directed by ATC's late Artistic Director PJ Paparelli and co-written by Joshua Jaeger-July 14 - 23, 2017. Directed by Monty Cole, the production features Youth Ensemble members Latrel Crawford, Danielle Jean-Baptiste, Alex King, Li Luzietti, Jenna Makkawy, Liliana Mastroianni, Azalia Resendiz, Keenya Riley, Ireon Roach, Leah Schiffman, Leojae Steward, and Ervin Tobar. The Youth Ensemble is meeting with Chicago public housing residents originally interviewed for the play, in order to learn more about the documentary theater-making process and help with character development prior to performing the piece. (more...)

Skirball Cultural Center Announces Lineup for 21st Annual SUNSET CONCERTS Series
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

The Skirball Cultural Center proudly presents the twenty-first season of its annual free summertime concert series, Sunset Concerts. Coinciding with the Skirball's latest exhibition, Paul Simon: Words & Music (on view through September 3), the new season draws inspiration from Paul Simon's pioneering efforts to bring world music to pop audiences while building bridges across cultures. (more...)

TheatreSquared Announces the 2017 Arkansas New Play Festival Line-Up
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

TheatreSquared (T2) Artistic Director Robert Ford and Executive Director Martin Miller today unveiled the lineup of brand new plays to be featured at the ninth annual Arkansas New Play Festival, the state's flagship showcase for new American stage plays with performances at TheatreSquared in Fayetteville and at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. (more...)

New Slate of Officers Announced for Sarasota Opera's Board of Directors
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

Sarasota Opera announced a new slate of officers and the appointment of a new board member at their annual meeting on May 1, 2017. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera Announces SEEKING THE HUMAN SPIRIT
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) today announced plans for Seeking the Human Spirit (STHS), a six-year multidisciplinary initiative designed to highlight the universal spiritual themes raised in opera and to expand and deepen Houstonians' connections to opera and to art. Launching in the fall of 2017, STHS comprises three mainstage operas each season-one of which will be a new work-united by a single theme, and complementary projects by HGO and partner organizations created to enhance and enrich the community's experience of the themes. Some of these activities will be available to the public; others will offer personal access to opera and HGO artists and staff for groups such as hospital patients, women who are rebuilding their lives after homelessness, and young people pursuing interfaith projects.  (more...)

San Diego Repertory Theatre and the Lyceum Galleries to Host: WORLD SOLACE: The Jewish Works of Boris Malkin
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego REP) and the Lyceum Galleries will host the art exhibit, "World in Solace: The Jewish Works of Boris Malkin," from May 21 to June 19, 2017 as part of the 24th Annual Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival. The theatre will host an opening reception on June 12 at 6:30 PM before the 16th Annual Klezmer Summit featuring Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi, as well as San Diego's popular brass band, EUPHORIA. (more...)

Photo Flash: That Uppity Theatre Company and R-S Theatrics to Commemorate Pulse Shooting with AFTER ORLANDO
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

As we head towards the one-year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, the largest episode of civilian gun violence in the history of the US, we turn to art to help us commemorate the occasion through After Orlando. (more...)

New Slate of Officers Announced for Sarasota Opera's Board of Directors
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

Sarasota Opera announced a new slate of officers and the appointment of a new board member at their annual meeting on May 1, 2017. (more...)

Whitney Biennial 2017: Best Performance Artist 'Seb-The Younger' By Barry Kostrinsky
by Barry Kostrinsky - May 24, 2017

There is so much wrong with the Whitney Biennial I hardly know where to start. The every two year show of American artists is anything but that. I asked someone if the last biennial was two or three years ago and they quipped back it is a biennial, it was two years ago. Actually it was three years ago. The Museum truthfully tells they were not ready for the show in the new building and gave themselves an extra year. lyingly they say it took the curators a long time to visit all the studios across the country. The exhibit is suppose to be of American artists. What is an American artist these days? Indeed a good 30% don't live nor work in the US. I don't find much use for national cheering in exhibitions but if you claim to be American have only American cheese, no matter how inferior it is to Gruyere. And what is the title of the exhibit? There is none. Indeed such a disperse group of artists makes a title hard to stick to many of the members, maybe a good title would  be,' Politically, Financially and Socially correct enough to make it here'. (more...)

BRIC Announces Artists Selected for Summer Residency Program
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

BRIC, the leading provider of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, announces the eight recipients of the annual BRICworkspace visual artistresidency program for the summer of 2017. BRIC was able to double the number of artists in residence this summer, from four to eight, due to a new donation of space at 505 State Street in Downtown Brooklyn, courtesy of Alloy Development. The summer 2017 awardees will be an all-female roster, including Nicole Awai Esperanza Cortes, Lucia Cuba, Phoebe Grip, Katya Grokhovsky, Katherine Toukhy, Jamie Warren and Monika Weiss. The residency program is now in its fourth year and is open to artists who live, work, or were born in Brooklyn. (more...)

Shed Arts Center Receives $75 Million Donation from Michael Bloomberg
by Stephanie Wild - May 24, 2017

According to the New York Times, the new arts center known as the Shed that is being built in Hudson Yards has received $75 million from Michael Bloomberg. He had previously made a $15 million contribution in 2012, which until now was undisclosed, and he added $60 million to that on Wednesday. (more...)

Ballet Hispanico School of Dance Announces 2017 Summer Programs
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

Ballet Hispánico, the nation's premier Latino dance organization, announces this year's Ballet Hispánico School of Dance 2017 Summer Programs. (more...)

NYT Folksbiene's YIDDISH SOUL to Return to SUMMERSTAGE This June
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

Blending the klezmer, roots-rock and Hasidic cantorial worlds to breathtaking effect, the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) presents 'Yiddish Soul 2017' at SummerStage in Central Park on Wednesday June 14 at 7pm. (more...)

Steppenwolf Theatre Company Welcomes Three New Board Trustees
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

Steppenwolf Theatre Company has announced the addition of three members to its Board of Trustees, Caryn Harris, Cari B. Sacks and Bryan Traubert, under the leadership of Board Chair Eric Lefkofsky. (more...)

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to Perform Bach & More in Free Central Park Concert
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is featured in a free outdoor concert at Central Park's historic Naumburg Bandshell on Tuesday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m., presented by Naumburg Orchestral Concerts and hosted by WQXR's Annie Bergen. (more...)

BAX Announces 2017-18 Artist in Residence & Space Grant Recipients
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

BAX is proud to welcome 2017-18 Artists in Residence (AIR) and Space Grant recipients. This group of artists embodies a vision, promise, and deep commitment to investigative practices in line with their and BAX's core values. Together, we are making space for bold and challenging work that asks deep questions about our ever-changing world and our place in this world. (more...)

The Wallis Names Michael Nemeroff New Board Chairman
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

Businessman and philanthropist Michael A. Nemeroff will take the helm as Chairman of the Board of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts effective September 27, 2017. (more...)

Memorial Day Weekend Events to Honor Nation's Heroes at National WWI Museum and Memorial
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

As the commemoration of the Centennial of World War I (2014-19) continues, the National World War I Museum and Memorial serves as a fitting place to honor and recognize the men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving their country during Memorial Day weekend. (more...)

Tony Winner David Rockwell Will Design West Side Arts Center- The Shed
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

Daniel L. Doctoroff, Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Alex Poots, Founding Artistic Director and CEO of New York's new center for artistic invention, The Shed, today announced an extraordinary lead gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies of $75 million toward the capital campaign for the new institution. Currently under construction on Manhattan's west side, where the High Line meets Hudson Yards, The Shed is scheduled to open to the public in spring 2019. (more...)

Bang on a Can to Celebrate Summer at Lincoln Center Festival, MASS MoCA and More
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

Bang on a Can celebrates summer 2017, and continues its 30th anniversary landmark season, by showcasing the breadth of its adventurous curatorial vision with concerts June-September at three visual art institutions -The Noguchi Museum and the Jewish Museum in New York City, and the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA - plus a performance by the Bang on a Can All-Stars at the Lincoln Center Festival. (more...)

BWW Review: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Provides a Good Dose of Welcome Frivolity, at Artists Rep
by Krista Garver - May 24, 2017

With its all-female cast and spectacular hats, Artists Reps production of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is just a heck of a lot of fun. (more...)

Yara Arts Group to Bring 1917-2017: TYCHNYA, ZHADAN & THE DOGS to La MaMa
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

From June 9 to 25, La MaMa and Yara Arts Group will present '1917-2017 Tychyna, Zhadan & the Dogs,' a new theatre piece with poetry which examines what individuals do when a society crumbles. (more...)

The Heart-Healthy Summer Avocado Launches the 2017 Season with New and Innovative Marketing Tactics
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

The Peruvian Avocado Commission(PAC) is gearing up for the most successful season to-date! Following the FDA's confirmation that avocados are a heart-healthy superfood, in May, Avocados from Peru received the healthy Heart-Check mark from the American Heart Association. With heart disease being a leading cause of death in both women and men in the U.S., the valuable Heart-Check mark has served as a trusted resource for consumers. By including the heart-check mark in AFP's marketing efforts it will help to promote the nutritional benefits of avocados, and to educate consumers about healthy dietary fats. (more...)

Actress and Philanthropist Dina Merrill Passes Away at Age 93
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

Dina Merrill Hartley (born Nedenia Marjorie Hutton; December 29, 1923-May 22, 2017) was an American actress, businesswoman and philanthropist.  She died peacefully at home surrounded by her family. (more...)

Erik Ehn's QUIET HOUSE to Play Planet Connections This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

Erik Ehn's Quiet House directed by Glory Kadigan premieres June 23 at the 2017 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity (The Festivity runs June 12 - July 9 at The Clemente, 107 Suffolk Street, NYC). (more...)

The Crossing presents World Premiere of Michael Gordon's Major New Choral Memoir ANONYMOUS MAN
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

Anonymous Man is Michael Gordon's first concert-length solo choral work. It was commissioned by The Crossing and written for the choir's 24 voices. Gordon merges subtle rhythmic invention with incredible power in his music, embodying, in the words of The New Yorker's Alex Ross, 'the fury of punk rock, the nervous brilliance of free jazz and the intransigence of classical modernism.' (more...)

National Baseball Hall of Fame to Salute THE SIMPSONS; Watch Iconic 'Homer At the Bat' Clip
by TV News Desk - May 23, 2017

In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the episode originally airing on FOX on February 20, 1992, fans can celebrate America's favorite animated family – and Americana at its best – prior to the annual legends game at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown this weekend. (more...)

Stoneham Theatre presents I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

Stoneham Theatre concludes its 17th Season with the mouth-watering new comedy I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, starring Kerri Jill Garbis and directed by Elliot Norton and IRNE Award-winner Ilyse Robbins. Adapted by Jacques Lamarre from the memoir by Giulia Melucci, performances of this one-woman show run from June 8 - 25, 2017. The Press Opening is Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 3:00pm. (more...)

Eliot Feld's KIDS DANCE to Feature Dances by Feld, Careless and More
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

Eliot Feld's KIDS DANCE, called 'a New York City treasure' by The New York Times, makes its annual visit to The Joyce for six performances, June 8-11.   The remarkably poised, scrupulously schooled, and impeccably rehearsed whiz-kids, numbering 60, ages 11-17, will delight audiences young and old with Feld classics Meshugana Dance and The Jig is Up, along with two Feld works created especially for Kids Dance: Upside Dance and the new Pointing, a premiere for four young ladies en pointe.  (more...)

Leading Asian TV Drama to Receive Staged Reading
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

A staged reading of the groundbreaking new drama TV pilot, NISEI, is set to take place at the Japanese American National Museum on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at 2:00PM.  The reading is open to the public. Museum members and valid ticket holders can make a reservation at rsvp@janm.org.  (more...)

National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Updates Immigration Musical AMERIKE - THE GOLDEN LAND
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF), currently producers of the Tony-nominated 'Indecent,' and the company responsible for last season's hit musical 'The Golden Bride,' kicks off its record-making 103rd consecutive season with 'Amerike - The Golden Land,' a high-energy musical journey of the American immigrant experience. (more...)

Utah Shakespeare Festival Welcomes Frank Mack as New Executive Producer
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

???????The Utah Shakespeare Festival announced today the hiring of Frank Mack, a veteran of theatre companies across the United States, as its new executive producer, replacing the recently retired R. Scott Phillips. Mack will join the Utah Shakespeare Festival on September 1. (more...)

THE CARNIVAL & SCIENCE SPECTACULAR to Bring Old Fashioned Family Fun to Staten Island Children's Museum
by BroadwayWorld JR - May 23, 2017

The Staten Island Children's Museum is hosting its annual fundraiser: The Carnival & Science Spectacular, an old fashioned day of family fun on the Meadow. (more...)

CANDIDE, AMADEUS and More Set for Talk Is Free Theatre's 16th Season
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

Artistic Producer Arkady Spivak announced today the 2017-2018 season. It will feature a forgotten musical theatre masterpiece, a world premiere of a new Canadian play, a re-imagining of a 20th century theatre classic and a site-specific production of a play written, directed and starring Indigenous Canadians. (more...)

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