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The Actors Center Appoints New Executive and Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2017

For more than 20 years, The Actors Center has provided opportunities for NYC's professional stage, film, and television artists to deepen and develop their craft alongside likeminded peers. Now under the direction of longtime Center associate Charles Tuthill, the Center now boasts more than 200 peer-nominated members and is positioned to continue to impact the profession for generations to come. (more...)

WISTA to Celebrate 10th Anniversary with a Special Gala on 2/4/17
by Noelle Hannibal - Jan 31, 2017

On February 4th, 2017 at 5:30PM, The West Island Theatre Association (WISTA) will gather notable members, alumni, artists, dignitaries, fans, and supporters of musical theatre at the grand Olympia Reception Hall to celebrate a historical milestone of shared achievements and successes with its highly anticipated ten-year gala. (more...)

The Chainsmokers' MEMORIES: DO NOT OPEN Tour to Stop at Joe Louis Arena
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2017

GRAMMY-nominated artist/producer duo The Chainsmokers left it up to their fans to decide whether or not they'd release an album, and the clamor has been heard across the world. In response to popular demand, the duo has announced that they will release their debut album this year via Columbia / Disruptor Records. (more...)

Latest Release from Harmonee, 'Slip Away' Now Available via D/A Music Group
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2017

Harmonee, a unique 3-piece girl group combine their passion of Rock and Pop music to create something entirely original. The group have already gained recognition in their hometown of Liverpool, being played on BBC Radio Merseyside. (more...)

THE COMEDY GET DOWN to Bring Comedy Royalty to Joe Louis Arena
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2017

Numerous motion picture appearances, countless television shows, sitcoms and standup specials, a talk show, three radio shows, and three books; Cedric 'The Entertainer,' Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy have been breaking ground in the comedy business and bringing the laughs for decades. This is a once in a lifetime chance to see five members of comedy royalty come together for the comedy event of the year, "The Comedy Get Down," on Saturday, May 13 at Joe Louis Arena at 8 p.m.; part of the Farewell Season at The Joe. (more...)

New Mystery Series Announces Record Sales
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2017

'I Tweet, Therefore I Am' by Robert K. Blechman Though reality is not copy protected, fair-use stipulations do apply. Dead Man Tweeting? What would you do if the spectral victim of a murder appeared at your door demanding you resurrect his case? Discovery of Willum Granger's severed body was the animating force behind Police Detective Arkaby's most troublesome case. Why is Granger back from the detached departed? The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak as Arkaby reluctantly accepts his ghostly challenge. Completing its first week of sales, 'I Tweet, Therefore I Am,' a laugh-out-loud comic, mystery novel originally posted in real time tweets on Twitter continued its climb toward national best-selling Twitter mystery novel status. A creative innovator of the Twitter Fiction movement, Robert K. Blechman's novels are live-tweeted mystery narratives, now gathered into book form. 'I Tweet, Therefore I Am' is compelling, entertaining, and shows off what can be done in the 140-character form with style and mastery. With send-ups of the mystery genre, social media conventions and cell phone behavior, 'I Tweet, Therefore I Am' is a cornucopia of word play and comic misdirection stuffed with punny dialogue, clever character conditions, and a total lack of adherence to the old 'rules' of storytelling. Robert K. Blechman's delight in the language shows in every tweet - that is to say, every thread of the story. His plot is tight, tingling, and diverting. The three books of The Twitstery Twilogy (ie. Twitter Mystery) depict the exploits of the world's only tweeting detective, unreliable narrator that he is. He tweets his experiences in real time, and the fact that he tells his story in tweets, that is 140 characters at a time, shapes his interpretation of the crimes he investigates. About the Author Robert K. Blechman graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in English Literature and earned an MBA in finance and a Ph.D. in Media Ecology from New York University. He has held senior technology management positions at such iconic institutions as Columbia University Medical Center, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, HarperCollins Publishers, Olympia & York Real Estate Management, and CBS News and teaches courses in communication and media studies at Fordham University. 'I Tweet, Therefore I Am' was preceded by national best selling Twitter novel Executive Severance, Book 1 of the Twitstery Twilogy (NeoPoiesis Press, 2011) which won The Mary Shelley Award for Outstanding Fiction and by The Golden Parachute, (Kindle eBook, 2016). Dr. Blechman continues to tweet at RKBs_Twitstery and discusses his Media Ecology musings and speculations at his blog, 'A Model Media Ecologist' at www.robertkblechman.blogspot.com. Reviews 'I Tweet, Therefore I Am' is not only a paean (not pain) to Twitter, but to mystery and time-travel stories as well, bringing us: twisted palindromes; just desserts spelt or spelled backwards; meditations on dreeting or tweaming which happens when sleep tweeting; and not just Farley but also Stuart Granger (stranger than true but true). And there are lots of memorable music references, too, including 'Torn Between Two Lovers,' one of my all-time favorite lame songs. But there's nothing lame about 'I Tweet, Therefore I Am.' Read and enjoy, and do keep in mind its injunction that 'though reality is not copy protected, fair-use stipulations do apply.' - Paul Levinson, author of The Plot to Save Socrates, Loose Ends, and Ian's Ions and Eons. 'The genre of Twitstery, established by Robert K. Blechman in his Executive Severance, turns to Phantwitsmagoria in the final book of his trilogy, 'I Tweet, Therefore I Am.' A detective story written in tweets takes readers into a crazy voyage to a mystic Caribbean island, somewhat reminiscent of H.G. Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau with an odd campus on it. This is most likely the only detective novel in the world, literally (oh, yes, twitterally) stuffed with Marshall McLuhan quotes. Adepts will appreciate the play of allusions, while detective novel fans will just enjoy the story full of irony and witty puns.' - Andrey Miroshnichenko, author of Human as Media: The Emancipation of Authorship. Also by Robert K. Blechman Executive Severance (2011) Executive Severance, the Twitstery Twilogy, Book 1, won the 2012 Mary Shelley Award for Outstanding Fictional Work from the Media Ecology Association. Police Detective Arkaby, a by-the-book procedural investigator so full of himself he tweets every particular of his investigation, confronts his most baffling case with the discovery of the completely severed body of a renown scientist and industrialist. His Twitter habit nearly costs him his own life at the hands an adversary who secretly follows his Twitter account. The Golden Parachute (2016) In The Golden Parachute, The Twitstery Twilogy, Book 2, Police Detective Arkaby receives an unlikely visitor from his past who sets him off on an international mystery quest. Does the secret of an eternal afterlife reside in a Caribbean medical school autopsy lab? Arkaby needs to find out before all of reality changes forever! For more information about 'I Tweet, Therefore I Am,' please visit http://executiveseverance.blogspot.com/ or contact Robert K. Blechman at rkblechman@aol.com. (more...)

Kid Rock Adds Two Final Concerts at Little Caesars Arena This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2017

Due to overwhelming demand, two final Kid Rock concerts at Little Caesars Arena have been added on Tuesday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 20. (more...)

Richard Gere, NORMAN Screening to Open 34th Annual Miami Film Festival; Lineup Announced!
by Movies News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

Acclaimed box office star, producer and humanitarian Richard Gere will open the 34th edition of Miami Dade College's Miami Film Festival on March 3, 2017, followed by an Opening Night Gala screening of his new film, Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, directed by 2-time Oscar-nominated Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar, with the KORBEL Opening Night Party to follow at Miami's Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building. (more...)

Rachel Tucker Announces Live at Zedel Dates
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2017

After two sell-out one-woman shows, Rachel Tucker is back with her first intimate solo show for three shows only in March. (more...)

Porter Robinson & Madeon To Play Coachella, 'Shelter'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

Since Porter Robinson & Madeon's surprise drop of “Shelter” this summer, the frenzy surrounding the duo continues to build. (more...)

Listen to Elliott Smith's Unreleased Track 'Angeles (Live)'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

A never-before-heard live recording of Elliott Smith's classic track 'Angeles' has been released today. Recorded live at the YoYo A GoGo festival in Olympia, WA in 1997, “Angeles (Live)” (more...)

HBO to Premiere Documentary EAGLES OF DEATH METAL: NOS AMIS (OUR FRIENDS), 2/13
by TV News Desk - Jan 23, 2017

The Nov. 13, 2015 terrorist attack in Paris claimed 130 lives around the city – 89 of them at the Eagles of Death Metal's Bataclan Theatre concert. (more...)

Ian Maksin and Yelena Neva Team for MUSIC EVE at University Club of San Francisco
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2017

IAN MAKSIN and YELENA NEVA invite you to a very special one night only concert of two extraordinary musicians and singers, who will be visiting San Francisco on January 28th, 2017. (more...)

Photo Flash: Remembering Roberta Peters
by Walter McBride - Jan 23, 2017

As BroadwayWorld sadly reported last week, Roberta Peters, one of the most prominent American singers to achieve lasting fame and success in opera, has passed away at the age of 86. Peters is noted for her 35-year association with the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York, among the longest such associations between a singer and a company in opera. She was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1998. (more...)

Prominent Soprano Roberta Peters Dies at Age 86
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

Roberta Peters, one of the most prominent American singers to achieve lasting fame and success in opera, has passed away at the age of 86.  Peters is noted for her 35-year association with the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York, among the longest such associations between a singer and a company in opera. She was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1998. (more...)

Kid Rock to Open Little Caesars Arena with Fall Concerts
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

Olympia Entertainment, in partnership with Live Nation, named Kid Rock as the kickoff artist for the grand opening of Detroit's world-class, innovative Little Caesars Arena. Speaking live from the new 20,000+ seat arena floor, Kid Rock today announced he will open the building with four concerts September 12, 13, 15 and 16. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Announces 2017-2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2017

San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock and Music Director Nicola Luisotti today announced plans for the 2017-18 repertory season. The Company's 95th season will open Friday, September 8 with a gala performance of Giacomo Puccini'sTurandot led by Maestro Luisotti and an international cast starring Martina Serafin, Maria Agresta and Brian Jagde. (more...)

John Thompson Releases NO BACKING DOWN
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

John Thompson was only a boy when a car stuck him, leaving him a quadriplegic. Despite the paralysis of both arms and legs, Thompson used his personal setbacks as motivation to drive forward and create a fulfilling life for himself. He now looks to inspire others to do the same with his book 'No Backing Down.' (more...)

JUST KEEPIN' TIME at Dorothy's Piano Bar
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2017

Dorothy's Piano Bar and Cabaret presents Jenny Shotwell in Just Keepin' Time, an Evening at the Cabaret. Saturday, January 21 at 7 p.m. (more...)

Tacoma Little Theatre and Open Road Productions presents THE INCREDIBLE UNDERSEA TRIAL OF JOSEPH P. LAWNBOY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

Tacoma Little Theatre and Open Road Productions brings "theatre for the family" back to the TLT stage with, THE INCREDIBLE UNDERSEA TRIAL OF JOSEPH P. LAWNBOY, a musical, underwater adventure for the whole family. (more...)

Peter Cincotti Performs at Staller Center at Stony Brook University
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

Peter Cincotti, singer, songwriter and pianist, comes to Staller Center's intimate Recital Hall on Thursday, March 9 at 8:00 pm as a special addition to the season lineup. (more...)

The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia Returns To London For 45th Year, June 26 - July 2
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia is set to return to London this summer in what will be its historic 45th year.  The prestigious Fair, which offers more choice than any other top European fair, has prices ranging from £100 to hundreds of thousands of pounds. (more...)

Diana Krall Announces World Tour And New Album 'Turn Up The Quiet'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz pianist and world-renowned singer, Diana Krall, announced the first round of dates for her upcoming 2017-2018 World Tour today in support of the highly anticipated new album 'Turn Up The Quiet,' coming out on Verve Records May 5th with pre-order available now at Amazon. (more...)

Diana Krall Announces 2017-18 World Tour In Support Of Highly Anticipated New Album 'Turn Up The Quiet'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

Multiple GRAMMY Award-winning jazz pianist and world-renowned singer, Diana Krall, announced the first round of dates for her upcoming 2017-2018 World Tour today in support of the highly anticipated new album 'Turn Up The Quiet,' (more...)

ERNIE and HOCKEY - THE MUSICAL! Return to the City Theatre as Part of the Mitch Albom Summer Series
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Back by popular demand, productions by noted author and playwright Mitch Albom, Ernie and Hockey - The Musical!, will return to the City Theatre inside Hockeytown Cafe for the Mitch Albom Summer Series. Ernie will play Thursday, June 8 through Sunday, June 25 and Hockey - The Musical! will play Thursday, July 13 through Sunday, August 6.  (more...)

Midtown Direct Rep Announces Staged Reading of SPRING AT THE WILLOWBROK INN
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Midtown Direct Rep (MDR) concludes its 2016-17 staged reading series, Theater at The Woodland, with a presentation of SPRING AT THE WILLOWBROOK INN, written by Jonathan Van Dyke and directed by Scott Wojcik. (more...)

NMA's PARADISE LOST: RECLAIMING DESTINY Adaptation to Play Greenway Court
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble in association with Greenway Arts Alliance, present a movement adaptation of John Milton's eloquent epic poem, Paradise Lost. (more...)

Lady Gaga Announces Little Caesars Arena Show in November
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Lady Gaga will be traveling the globe with the "Joanne World Tour" starting on August 1 in Vancouver, BC and September 22 in Barcelona with a series of concert dates throughout Europe and the UK before returning to North America in November and December this year; including a performance at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday, November 7. (more...)

The Guestlist & Kill Rock Stars Present 'Say Yes: An Elliott Smith Podcast'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Elliott Smith's seminal album Either/Or, and the upcoming release of Either/Or: Expanded Edition, The Guestlist and Kill Rock Stars have partnered to create Say Yes: An Elliott Smith Podcast (more...)

SWMRS To Support All Time Low on US Tour
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

Bay Area quartet SWMRS today announced that they will support Fueled By Ramen label mates All Time Low on their US tour, which kicks off July 3 in Phoenix, AZ and wraps August 6 in Orlando, FL. Tickets for the tour go on sale on March 3 at 10:00am local time. (more...)

Jon Wayne & The Pain Drop YOUR VIBE ATTRACTS YOUR TRIBE Album, Music Video
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

The Twin-Cities, Minnesota based national touring 'DubTronic' band Jon Wayne and The Pain (JWP) announce their February 24th release, distributed through Zojak Worldwide, of their fourth highly evolved album, Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe. To commemorate the release, they also dropped their newest music video. (more...)

Theater For The New City Presents The Squeaky Bicycle Production Of DEAD MAN'S DINNER
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

When the chips are down, are we men or beasts? That's the question of a new tragicomedy by W.M. Akers, 'Dead Man's Dinner,' which Theater for the New City will present March 23 to April 9 in a production by resident company Squeaky Bicycle Productions, directed by Kathryn McConnell. The piece is an absurdist adventure story set in a dystopian future. (more...)

The 13th Street Repertory Theater Presents World Premiere of PERVERSION
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

The 13th Street Repertory Theater presents Perversion, a world premiere allegory of modern America written and directed by Judson Blake.  The cast of eight includes Harry Bainbridge, Daniel Cuff, Tony Del Bono, Dana Jesberger, Irina Kaplan, Robert Lewis, Andrew Nordin and Jenn Susi.  Thirty performances will be staged at the 13th Street Repertory Theater, 50 West 13th Street in NYC 10011 from March 30-April 30, 2017. (more...)

Gucci Mane Announces Performance at the Fox Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

Atlanta-based rapper Gucci Mane will perform at the Fox Theatre during his 'Trap God Tour' on Friday, April 14 at 8 p.m.; locally presented by FM98 WJLB. (more...)

New York Theaters and New York University to Present FESTIVAL IRENE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

Hero Theatre announced today that the company's program Festival Irene: Celebrating the Legacy of Maria Irene Fornes, will transfer to NYC this fall after a successful run in Los Angeles. The festival of plays, presented as staged readings, includes some of Fornes' most celebrated works, in addition to featuring plays written by her award-winning students. (more...)

Cast Set for Theresa Rebeck's THE WAY OF THE WORLD at Red Bull Theater
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

Red Bull Theater today announced the cast for their next Revelation Reading on Monday February 27th (7:30pm) at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street): Theresa Rebeck's THE WAY OF THE WORLD. (more...)

A Valentine for the Desert! Lorna Luft SIngs THE JUDY GARLAND SONGBOOK at The McCallum Theatre
by David Green - Feb 2, 2017

The McCallum Theatre presents 'Lorna Luft Sings the Judy Garland Songbook' on Tuesday, February 14, at 8:00pm. Lorna Luft's career has encompassed virtually every area of entertainment.  A celebrated live performer; stage, film and television actress; best-selling author; recording artist and Emmy-nominated producer, she triumphs in every medium.Born to Judy Garland and producer Sid Luft, music and entertainment were part of her childhood.  At age 11, she made her television debut singing on her mother's series, 'The Judy Garland Show.'  At 16, already a seasoned performer, she shared the bill with her mother on Broadway in a month long concert engagement at New York's Palace Theater. (more...)

Writers Theatre to Continue 2016-17 Season with THE SCENE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, continues its 2016/17 season with The Scene, written by Theresa Rebeck and directed by Kimberly Senior. (more...)

Red Bull Theater Seeking Six Works for 2017 Short New Play Festival
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

Red Bull Theater today announced that their seventh annual festival of 10-minute plays of heightened language and classic themes will feature two brand new commissions from Dael Orlandersmith and Arthur Kopit, alongside six brand new plays chosen from hundreds of submissions from playwrights across the country.  (more...)

The Public to Host Valentine's Day Memorial for Alumna Margaret Whitton
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

A memorial service for Margaret Whitton, longtime Public Theater actress and director, who was also a loyal and generous donor to the theater, will be held on Tuesday, February 14 at 3:00 p.m. at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place). (more...)

Robert Schenkkan's BUILDING THE WALL Will Premiere at Fountain Theatre, Roll Across U.S.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

A new play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle, All the Way, Hacksaw Ridge), written in direct response to the immigration policies of the Trump administration, reveals how those policies might lead to a terrifying, seemingly inconceivable, yet inevitable conclusion. Building the Wall opens at the Fountain Theatre on March 18, the first in a series of productions set to take place at theaters across the U.S. as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. (more...)

Listen to Elliott Smith's Unreleased Track Pictures of Me (Live)
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

An unreleased live recording of Elliott Smith's “Pictures of Me” has been released today. Recorded at the YoYo A GoGo festival in Olympia, WA in 1997, “Pictures of Me (Live)” appears on Either/Or: Expanded Edition (more...)

Photo Flash: The Theatre Group at SBCC presents A FLEA IN HER EAR
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

The Theatre Group at SBCC will continue the 16/17 season with the hilarious farce, A FLEA IN HER EAR, a new version of Georges Feydeau's farce by David Ives, Directed by R. Michael Gros, March 1-18, 2017 in the Garvin Theatre. (more...)

Kelli O'Hara, Jonas Kaufmann, Joyce DiDonato Will Highlight Met Opera's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

The Metropolitan Opera's 2017-18 season will feature 220 performances of 26 works, including two Met premieres, one co-commissioned by the company and one an older masterpiece having its first Met performances; a variety of repertory favorites, three in new productions; and performances of Verdi's towering concert work for soloists, orchestra, and chorus, the Requiem. Of note, Broadway star Kelli O'Hara is set to return to the Met in Così fan tutte this season. (more...)

Michael Urie, Patrick Page to Perform at 2017 RUNNING OF THE RED BULLS Benefit Honoring Oscar Isaac
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

Jesse Berger (Founding Artistic Director) and the Board of Trustees of Red Bull Theater have announced the Ninth Annual RUNNING OF THE RED BULLS BENEFIT on Monday March 27th, at 6pm, celebrating their 14th Season and honoring Oscar Isaac, Olivia Reis, and George Forbes with the 2017 Matador Awards For Excellence in Classical Theater. (more...)

Aurora Theatre Company Extends Bay Area Premiere of LENI
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

Due to popular pre-sale demand, Aurora Theatre Company announces that it will add an additional two weeks of performances for the Bay Area Premiere of Sarah Greenman's wildly creative biographical play, LENI. Jon Tracy (The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Breakfast With Mugabe) directs this multi-media play, called "a thought-provoking tour through the world of Nazi propagandist Leni Riefenstahl" by Seattle Weekly. Featuring Stacy Ross (Gidion's Knot, Wilder Times) and Martha Brigham (The How and The Why).  (more...)

Cast Announced for Midtown Direct Rep Staged Reading of SPRING AT THE WILLOWBROOK INN
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2017

???????Midtown Direct Rep (MDR) concludes its 2016-17 staged reading series, Theater at The Woodland, with a presentation of SPRING AT THE WILLOWBROOK INN, written by Jonathan Van Dyke and directed by Scott Wojcik. (more...)

Sturgill Simpson to Stop at the Fox Theatre This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2017

Sturgill Simpson will embark on a series of tour dates later this year, including a stop at the Fox Theatre on Tuesday, September 19 at 8 p.m. presented by AEG Live. The performance will feature material from throughout Simpson's catalog and is his way of thanking fans—both old and new—for a series of unprecedented years. (more...)

Point Park University's Conservatory Theatre Company to Present BIG LOVE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2017

Point Park University's Conservatory Theatre Company presents Charles L. Mee's Big Love. Big Love gives a fresh twist on Aeschylus' The Suppliant Women, one of the oldest plays in the western world. (more...)

Art Garfunkel Releases New Memoir; Announces In Close-Up 2017 Tour Dates
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

Iconic singer ART GARFUNKEL kicked off 2017 in style with three sold-out shows in Minneapolis and Iowa recently. (more...)

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