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Seattle Rep Sets June 2nd Memorial for Artistic Director Jerry Manning
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2014

A memorial service has been set to celebrate the life of Seattle Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Jerry Manning, who died at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle on Apr. 30 due to complications from surgery for a congenital heart defect. An all-around theatre practitioner, Jerry was a beloved leader, director, producer, mentor and friend. Well-regarded by his peers, he was known for his biting sense of humor, irascible spirit, and sharp mind. He was 58. (more...)

Natalia Osipova & Ivan Vasiliev to Bring SOLO FOR TWO to London Coliseum, 6-9 August
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2014

The world's most celebrated dancing partners, Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev are re-united for this summer's hottest ticket, at the London Coliseum, Wednesday 6th - Saturday 9th August in producer Sergei Danilian's presentation of SOLO FOR TWO. (more...)

BWW Reviews: MEMPHIS at the Capitol Theatre is Smoldering and Soul-Stirring
by Tyler Hinton - May 28, 2014

The 2010 Tony Award-winning Best Musical MEMPHIS is currently playing a smoldering, soul-stirring run at the Capitol Theatre. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Colleen Zandbergen - The Divine...
by Jeanmarie Simpson - May 28, 2014

My mom said I stuck out like a sore thumb from the time I first started singing and acting. I have always been loud and obnoxious. (more...)

Neil M. Pine Releases THE CONSCIOUS PLANET
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

San Clemente, Calif. (more...)

Broadway By The Bay to Stage IN THE HEIGHTS, 6/20-7/6
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2014

In The Heights, winner of four 2008 Tony Awards and the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, runs from June 20th to July 6th, 2014 at the historic Fox Theater in Redwood City (2215 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA). (more...)

Berkeley Rep Extends TRIBES Through May 18
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2014

Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces that today, due to extraordinary ticket demand, it will extend Tribes by seven performances before its first performance. Originally scheduled to run through May 11, audiences now have the opportunity to experience the critically acclaimed family drama by Nina Raine through Sunday, May 18. Directed by Jonathan Moscone, the play follows Billy, a young man who was born deaf into a loquacious and highly opinionated academic family who raised him to lip-read and integrate into the hearing world. When he meets Sylvia - raised by deaf parents and going deaf herself - Billy decides it's time to speak on his own terms and be heard. Tribes start previews Friday, April 11, opens on April 16, and now closes on Sunday, May 18, 2014. Open-captioned performances for Tribes will take place Thursday, May 8 at 8 PM; Friday, May 9 at 8 PM; and Sunday, May 11 at 2 PM. Berkeley Rep is also proud to offer three American Sign Language-interpreted performances today, May 3 at 8 PM, Today, May 10 at 2 PM, and Tuesday, May 13 at 8 PM. For more information or to reserve seats, visit http://www.berkeleyrep.org or call 510 647-2949, Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 7 PM. (more...)

Zak Resnick, Leslie Kritzer, de'Adre Aziza, Teal Wicks and More to Star in PIECE OF MY HEART; Full Cast Announced, Rehearsals Begin Today!
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2014

The full cast has been announced for Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story, an upcoming new musical based on the life and songs of legendary songwriter Bert Berns. Produced by Merged Work Productions (lead producers) and Jack Thomas (Executive Producer), the show began rehearsals today, and begins previews at The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center on June 25, 2014, with an official opening night set for July 21, 2014. (more...)

Disabled Group Rep Actor Runs LA Marathon This Sunday
by Don Grigware - Mar 7, 2014

Just short of his 66th birthday, Henry Holden, an actor with a disability, will run the LA MARATHON this Sunday, March 9. In doing so, he will help raise funds to support his theatre company, the Group Rep at the Lonny Chapman Theatre, which is facing a frivolous lawsuit that could drain their operating funds. Henry's also racing to see if he can improve his time of twenty years ago - when he was in his mid-40s and first participated. (more...)

Joe Ortiz's SMOKE to Open 4/18 at Shelton Theater
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2014

Shelton Theater presents Joe Ortiz's Smoke (Cabaret), running April 18th -April 26, 2014. Love-it's not for the faint of heart. (more...)

New Musical PIECE OF MY HEART, Featuring Music of Bert Berns, to Open at Signature Center this Summer
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

A new musical based on the life and songs of legendary songwriter Bert Berns will open Off Broadway this summer, Merged Work Productions (lead producers) and Jack Thomas (Executive Producer) announced today. The show, titled Piece of My Heart (one of Berns' most well known songs), begins previews at The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center on June 25, 2014, with an official opening night set for July 21, 2014. (more...)

Interview with Actor, Alan Cumming
by Roundabout Theatre Company - Mar 12, 2014

Education Dramaturg Ted Sod spoke with Alan Cumming to discuss his role as the Emcee in Cabaret. (more...)

Berkeley Rep to Stage Nina Raine's TRIBES, Begin. 4/11
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2014

Berkeley Repertory Theatre continues the second half of its season with Tribes, a sophisticated and moving family drama by celebrated British playwright Nina Raine. Her profound and powerful new play became an award-winning hit in London and New York. Now renowned director Jonathan Moscone brings it to Berkeley Rep this April for its Bay Area premiere. Tribes follows Billy, a young man who was born deaf into a loquacious and highly opinionated academic family who raised him to lip-read and integrate into the hearing world. When he meets Sylvia - raised by Deaf parents and going deaf herself - Billy decides it's time to speak on his own terms and to be heard. Playing out in words, sign language, and sometimes mesmerizing silence, this penetrating drama examines familial love, notions of belonging, and the intersections of communication. Tribes start previews Friday, April 11, opens on April 16, and closes on Sunday, May 11, 2014. (more...)

West Coast Emcee BOBO NORCO Drops New Album
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2014

The Bay Area's own BoBo Norco is poised to make a splash on the music scene in 2014. His “music without borders” approach to creating original content is starting to pay off. (more...)

Rooftop Films Presents Summer Series Featuring THE SEARCH FOR EMAK BAKIA and LOVE HURTS: ROMANTIC SHORT FILMS, 6/13-6/14
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2014

This coming week at the Rooftop Films Summer Series features nights of artistic and emotional intrigue. On Friday the 13th, we will show Oskar Alegria's poetic documentary THE SEARCH FOR EMAK BAKIA, in which he re-traces the steps of renowned surrealist artist and filmmaker Man Ray. Music for the night is from Upstate guitarist Alexander Turnquist, whose mellow yet intricate melodies will have you swayin' in the summer breeze. We'll be down in Gowanus at The Old American Can Factory, so come through and catch a glimpse of the Kentile Floors sign before its rumored demise. Filmmaker Osark Alegria will be with us all the way from Spain for a chat after the film and the general cavorting and merriment that famously follow our shows. The next night, Saturday the 14th, we'll be back at Industry City in Sunset Park for a program of romantic shorts called LOVE HURTS. These shorts are all about the power of love, in all its beautiful, messy, destructive glory. Both live-action and animated shorts from across the world will blow your mind while tugging your heartstrings. We're also excited to bring Brent Hoff's Emotional Arcade to the Rooftop experience. The Emotional Arcade is an interactive installation where participants engage in competitive games using their emotions. (more...)

The Academy Invites Lupita Nyong'o, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, June Squibb & More to Membership
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2014. (more...)

The Academy Invites Robert & Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Charles Strouse & 268 Other New Members
by Movies News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2014. (more...)

Snake Robot Market
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

LONDON, June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Reportbuyer.com has added a new market research report: (more...)

Bookworks Presents Katy Butler and Her Book KNOCKING ON HEAVEN'S DOOR, Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

Bookworks presents author Katy Butler on June 24 at 7pm with her book Knocking on Heaven's Door at the Center for Spiritual Living, 2801 Louisiana Blvd NE Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106. (more...)

THE VERY CRANKY BEAR Goes From Page to Stage at Patch Theatre from Aug 9
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

Leading South Australian children's theatre company, Patch Theatre, continue their leadership position in producing inspirational new work for 4-8 year olds with the creation of their latest work Cranky Bear based on the best-selling children's picture book The Very Cranky Bear by Australian author and illustrator Nick Bland. The Australian premiere will be at Odeon Theatre from 9 August, for a strictly limited season. (more...)

Underwater Photography Book, "Luminous Sea", Launches Campaign on Indiegogo
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

SANTA BARBARA, CA (more...)

New Book from Jeanmarie Wilson Encourages Soulful Parenting
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2014

Jeanmarie Wilson offers readers a new perspective on raising children and shares insights she wishes she had when her children were young in her new book 'Parenting From Your Soul: A Spiritual Approach to Raising Children with Compassion and Wisdom' (published by Balboa Press). (more...)

BWW Reviews: 'Stones in Her Mouth' Is Powerful, Provocative Theater
by Catherine Kustanczy - Jun 14, 2014

Stones in Her Mouth is a powerful theatrical experience that examines and explores women's lives. Brought to life by an ensemble of ten Maori women, the production, recently part of Toronto's annual Luminato Festival, has been feted worldwide since its premiere in 2013. As its choreographer Lemi Ponifasio explains, it's part of a larger attempt to create a 'cosmological' space within live performance. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Maura Hanlon Smith in LIFE, LOVE AND ALL THAT COMES WITH IT
by Ellen Dostal - Jun 10, 2014

Michael Sterling celebrated the 8th anniversary of his popular Supper Club, Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal, on Monday, June 9th, continuing a tradition he began in 2006 to honor his dear friend and mentor, Rosemary Clooney. Sterling promised her that he would make sure future generations would be able to hear the music of Broadway and the Great American Songbook in LA. A man of his word, he has presented over 600 shows since closing his doors at his original venue at Vitello's and opening at The Federal in 2012. (more...)

Zak Resnick, Teal Wicks and More Star in PIECE OF MY HEART, Opening Tonight Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story, a new musical based on the life and songs of legendary songwriter Bert Berns, produced by Merged Work Productions (lead producers) and Jack Thomas (Executive Producer), opens tonight, July 21, 2014, at the The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center. (more...)

Gary Walker's GREEN EYES JUST LIKE YOU AND ME Set for United Solo Festival, 11/14-16
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

A story of one unusual family's collective Open Heart, Green Eyes, Just Like You and Me explores why "doing the right thing" isn't always necessarily the right thing to do. (more...)

Barbara Werner Shares Food with a Musical Pairing at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Manhattan, 7/17
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

New York, NY (more...)

Susan H. McIntyre Releases New Poetry Book PLAIN TALK POETRY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2014

Susan H. McIntyre, author of 'Orphan Dreams' and 'Living in the Theater of the Absurd,' offers readers Plain Talk Poetry, a poetry collection written in precise language to convey real sensations and emotions. With every poem, even those which appear to be whimsical stories, based on specific and actual experiences and interactions, this book further establishes McIntyre's exceptional gift in flawlessly weaving words, rhymes and lines with meaning. Centered on modern themes, McIntyre desires to bring back the love and appreciation of poetry in a world typified by 140-character tweets and abbreviated text messages. (more...)

Will Smith Pays Tribute to 'Fresh Prince' Co-Star James Avery
by TV News Desk - Jan 6, 2014

Actor Will Smith used his official Facebook page to pay tribute to his fictional TV Uncle, James Avery, who passed away last week at the age of 68. (more...)

VIDEO: 'Fresh Prince' Star Alfonso Ribeiro Remembers James Avery
by TV News Desk - Jan 3, 2014

In an exclusive interview with TMZ, actor Alfonso Ribeiro, who portrayed the TV son of late actor James Avery 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air', spoke about fond memories he had of his time spent with the actor. (more...)

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND - Good for the Heart
by Jeff Madden - Jan 26, 2014

I left the theatre relaxed, with a smile on my face, and a heart full of joy. More importantly, I left with a renewed sense of the inter-connectedness that we all share, and love's immense value in the world today. And if that doesn't warm your heart than maybe you don't have one. Don't miss this show. It's good for the heart. Once On This Island runs at Toronto's Daniels Spectrum Theatre, 585 Dundas St. East only until February 9, 2014. (more...)

Roy Sexton's REEL ROY REVIEWS to be Released 2/28
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2014

Roy Sexton's first book Reel Roy Reviews, Vol. 1: Keepin' It Real is set for release on the Open Books imprint February 28, 2014. Sexton, a resident of Saline/Ann Arbor, launched his entertainment blog of the same name (www.reelroyreviews.com) on Independence Day in 2012 and, nearly two years later, is a published author. (more...)

Open Books to Release REEL ROY REVIEWS, VOL. 1: KEEPIN' IT REAL
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2014

Reel Roy Reviews, Vol. 1: Keepin' It Real, a book of Roy Sextons movie reviews is going to be released on February 28. You can find out more at this link: http://www.open-bks.com/library/moderns/reel-roy-reviews/about-book.html (more...)

Luna Announces Sale of Shape-Sensing Technology for Medical Applications
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2014

The terms of the deal include Luna receiving $12 million upfront in two tranches and up to an additional $18 million upon certain technical milestones and commercial measures. Intuitive will acquire Luna's fiber optic shape-sensing and localization technology, including related patents, and hire a number of engineering employees formerly utilized in Luna's medical shape-sensing business. (more...)

Luna Announces Sale of Shape-Sensing Technology for Medical Applications
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2014

The terms of the deal include Luna receiving $12 million upfront in two tranches and up to an additional $18 million upon certain technical milestones and commercial measures. Intuitive will acquire Luna's fiber optic shape-sensing and localization technology, including related patents, and hire a number of engineering employees formerly utilized in Luna's medical shape-sensing business. (more...)

Melissa Joan Hart & More Pay Tribute to James Avery
by TV News Desk - Jan 2, 2014

Yesterday celebrities took to Twitter to pay homage to the late actor. (more...)

Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Celebrate Patient and World Champion Gymnast, Simone Biles
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2014

Scott Rand, MD, and Travis Hanson, MD, Honored Biles Recently with a Reception Located at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital (more...)

Eva Zidek Launches New Marketing Campaign for 'Our Dream Was Canada'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2014

Between World War I and II, Czechoslovakia became one of the most prosperous and politically stable states in Eastern Europe. However, things grew from bad to worse when the region was first occupied by Nazi Germany from 1938 to 1945 and then under Soviet domination from 1948 to 1989. In 1982, author Eva Zidek and her family escaped the communist country. She shares their story in new book, 'Our Dream Was Canada: Two Suitcases, Children and a Dog' (published by Trafford Publishing). (more...)

FirstHealth of the Carolinas Selects Truven Health Unify Population Health Management Solution
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2014

“We are very pleased to partner with FirstHealth as an early adopter and development partner for our Unify solution. Truven Health has over 30 years of experience in harmonizing data from many sources, and we look forward to applying this expertise to integrate diverse data from across FirstHealth's network of hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare providers,” said Mike Boswood, president and CEO of Truven Health Analytics. (more...)

OWN Announces March Premiere Dates for LINDSAY & More
by TV News Desk - Feb 27, 2014

OWN Network announces March premiere dates for 'Lindsay', 'Deion's Family Playbook', 'Welcome to Sweetie Pie's' and more. (more...)

Bay Street Theatre Announces New Community Series WITH MY OWN EYES, Beginning 4/10
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2014

Bay Street Theatre is pleased to announce a new Community Series titled "With My Own Eyes", being sponsored in conjunction with the John Jermain Memorial Library. The purpose of the series is to bring members of the local community together to learn from one another from experts who live amongst us. (more...)

VHI's Cardiac Report Celebrates American Heart Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2014

RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ In celebration of American Heart Month, Virginia Health Information (VHI) has published its Cardiac Care Report.  The report lets consumers compare rates of mortality for cardiac patients in Virginia hospitals, 30-day hospital readmissions and how often hospitals provide a variety of cardiac care services.  (more...)

San Francisco Hospital Announces New Heart Designs for 'Hearts in San Francisco' 10th Anniversary Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2014

San Francisco General Hospital Foundation (SFGHF) announced that it will celebrate the 10thanniversary of the Hearts in San Francisco project at the Heroes & Hearts Luncheon and Hearts After Dark, today, February 13, 2014, with twelve new heart designs for the 2014 series. (more...)

Berkeley Rep Extends TRIBES Through May 18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2014

Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces that today, due to extraordinary ticket demand, it will extend Tribes by seven performances before its first performance. Originally scheduled to run through May 11, audiences now have the opportunity to experience the critically acclaimed family drama by Nina Raine through Sunday, May 18. Directed by Jonathan Moscone, the play follows Billy, a young man who was born deaf into a loquacious and highly opinionated academic family who raised him to lip-read and integrate into the hearing world. When he meets Sylvia - raised by deaf parents and going deaf herself - Billy decides it's time to speak on his own terms and be heard. Tribes start previews Friday, April 11, opens on April 16, and now closes on Sunday, May 18, 2014. Open-captioned performances for Tribes will take place Thursday, May 8 at 8 PM; Friday, May 9 at 8 PM; and Sunday, May 11 at 2 PM. Berkeley Rep is also proud to offer three American Sign Language-interpreted performances on Saturday, May 3 at 8 PM, Saturday, May 10 at 2 PM, and Tuesday, May 13 at 8 PM. For more information or to reserve seats, visit http://www.berkeleyrep.org or call 510 647-2949, Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 7 PM. (more...)

Zak Resnick, Linda Hart, Leslie Kritzer & More to Star in Signature's Bert Berns Musical PIECE OF MY HEART
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2014

Producers Merged Work Productions and Jack Thomas announced today the cast of the upcoming new musical, Piece of My Heart, based on the life and songs of legendary songwriter Bert Berns. The show begins previews at The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center on June 25, 2014, with an official opening night set for July 21, 2014. Tickets are on sale beginning today via TicketCentral.com. (more...)

The Fourth Annual NAPW Networking Summit
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2014

NEW YORK, April 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/  A jam packed room filled the Marriott Marquis Times Square as 1200 women gathered to hear motivational life stories from some of the leading female role models in America. (more...)

Joe Ortiz's SMOKE Opens Tonight at Shelton Theater
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2014

Shelton Theater presents Joe Ortiz's Smoke (Cabaret), running tonight, April 18th -April 26, 2014. Love-it's not for the faint of heart. (more...)

Berkeley Rep Opens Nina Raine's TRIBES Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Berkeley Repertory Theatre continues the second half of its season with Tribes, a sophisticated and moving family drama by celebrated British playwright Nina Raine. Her profound and powerful new play became an award-winning hit in London and New York. Now renowned director Jonathan Moscone brings it to Berkeley Rep this April for its Bay Area premiere. Tribes follows Billy, a young man who was born deaf into a loquacious and highly opinionated academic family who raised him to lip-read and integrate into the hearing world. When he meets Sylvia - raised by Deaf parents and going deaf herself - Billy decides it's time to speak on his own terms and to be heard. Playing out in words, sign language, and sometimes mesmerizing silence, this penetrating drama examines familial love, notions of belonging, and the intersections of communication. Tribes began previews Friday, April 11, opens tonight, April 16, and closes on Sunday, May 11, 2014. (more...)

World Premiere of PRIDE & PREJUDICE, BILLY ELLIOT and More Make Up La Mirada Theatre's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts and Mc Coy Rigby Entertainment are thrilled to announce their most "practically perfect" 2014- 2015 season of shows! Beginning with David Lindsay-Abaire's Tony Award-winning Good People; followed by our favorite Sister returning in Late Nite Catechism Las Vegas: Sister Rolls The Dice; then three extraordinary musical experiences beginning with the 10-time Tony Award-winning Billy Elliot; the World Premiere engagement of Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice: A Musical; and finally the high-flying, Tony Award-Winning, Mary Poppins! This extraordinary season also includes the bonus options of its third "Onstage Series" production of a "brand new" Los Angeles premiere production of Carrie The Musical; also six-time Grammy award-winning superstar Amy Grant and the powerhouse dancing of Ballroom With A Twist - add it all up, and it's La Mirada Theatre/McCoy Rigby's, without a doubt, must-see, most exciting season of shows ever! (more...)

Berkeley Rep Stages Nina Raine's TRIBES, Begin. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

Berkeley Repertory Theatre continues the second half of its season with Tribes, a sophisticated and moving family drama by celebrated British playwright Nina Raine. Her profound and powerful new play became an award-winning hit in London and New York. Now renowned director Jonathan Moscone brings it to Berkeley Rep this April for its Bay Area premiere. Tribes follows Billy, a young man who was born deaf into a loquacious and highly opinionated academic family who raised him to lip-read and integrate into the hearing world. When he meets Sylvia - raised by Deaf parents and going deaf herself - Billy decides it's time to speak on his own terms and to be heard. Playing out in words, sign language, and sometimes mesmerizing silence, this penetrating drama examines familial love, notions of belonging, and the intersections of communication. Tribes start previews tonight, April 11, opens on April 16, and closes on Sunday, May 11, 2014. (more...)

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