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BWW REVIEW: GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER? Still Has an EdgeBWW REVIEW: GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER? Still Has an Edge
by Jan Nargi - Sep 29, 2014

Boston's Huntington Theatre Company stages Todd Kreidler's funny yet poignant adaptation of the ground-breaking 1967 film about the hidden prejudices that surface when two liberal families are confronted with their children's desire to commit to an interracial marriage. (more...)

UM Theatre & Dance to Present CYRANO DE BERGERAC, 10/7-18UM Theatre & Dance to Present CYRANO DE BERGERAC, 10/7-18
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2014

The University of Montana is pleased to present Cyrano de Bergerac, the thrilling and poetic fictionalized adventures of a French dramatist and duelist, by Edmond Rostand; adapted by Ranjit Bolt. Cyrano de Bergerac runs in the Montana Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center on campus October 7-11 and 14-18 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

BWW Reviews: BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL 2 Showed Many Facets of Beethoven's OeuvreBWW Reviews: BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL 2 Showed Many Facets of Beethoven's Oeuvre
by Barry Lenny - Sep 29, 2014

Bravo maestro, bravo soloist, bravo orchestra. Such excitement, such a memorable night. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 9/28/2014Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 9/28/2014
by BWW - Sep 28, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/28/2014 for Santa Barbara (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Two Muses Theatre's AT THE BISTRO GARDEN, Opening TonightPhoto Flash: First Look at Two Muses Theatre's AT THE BISTRO GARDEN, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2014

Two Muses Theatre opens its fourth season with the new musical, At the Bistro Garden. Book by Deborah Pearl. Music and lyrics by David Kole. Directed by Jules Aaron, with musical direction by Daniel Bachelis and choreography by Allyson Smith. The writer, composer and stage director have all come to Michigan from L.A. to polish up the show and work with the Michigan cast on its Midwest premiere with performances tonight, September 26 through October 19. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Two Muses Theatre Opens Season With AT THE BISTRO GARDEN, Now thru 10/19Two Muses Theatre Opens Season With AT THE BISTRO GARDEN, Now thru 10/19
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2014

Two Muses Theatre opens its fourth season with the new musical, 'At the Bistro Garden.' Book by Deborah Pearl. Music and lyrics by David Kole. Directed by Jules Aaron, with musical direction by Daniel Bachelis and choreography by Allyson Smith. The writer, composer and stage director have all come to Michigan from L.A. to polish up the show and work with the Michigan cast on its Midwest premiere with performances today, September 26 through October 19. (more...)

UM Theatre & Dance Presents CYRANO DE BERGERAC, Now thru 10/18UM Theatre & Dance Presents CYRANO DE BERGERAC, Now thru 10/18
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2014

The University of Montana is pleased to present Cyrano de Bergerac, the thrilling and poetic fictionalized adventures of a French dramatist and duelist, by Edmond Rostand; adapted by Ranjit Bolt. Cyrano de Bergerac runs in the Montana Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center on campus today, October 7-11 and 14-18 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

Vajra Celebrates Halloween with Special 666 Surprise For FansVajra Celebrates Halloween with Special 666 Surprise For Fans
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2014

Art-Progressive Rock band Vajra is celebrating their favorite holiday with a special 666 surprise for fans. From 6am until 6pm this Halloween Day, fans can take $6 off any T-Shirt, Tote or Jewelry Item in the Vajra Store. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Handsome AMADEUS at ETCBWW Reviews: Handsome AMADEUS at ETC
by Don Grigware - Oct 20, 2014

Peter Shaffer's incredibly intriguing examination of the demise and death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at the hands of Court Composer Antonio Salieri in 1791 Vienna is at the core of Amadeus, which premiered in London in 1979, went on to win a Tony Award as Best Play of 1981 and also an Oscar for the reinvented film version in 1984. It is well reputed that Shaffer used artistic license in creating the play and movie as Mozart and Salieri were never official rivals/foes, but, yes or no, it certainly makes for divinely pleasant theatricality, now in a handsome revival at ETC in Santa Barbara through October 26. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Sequined Ponies Save the Day in BRONIES! THE MUSICALBWW Reviews: Sequined Ponies Save the Day in BRONIES! THE MUSICAL
by Ellen Dostal - Oct 2, 2014

BRONIES! THE MUSICAL made a big splash at this year's Hollywood Fringe Festival. It won multiple awards including Best Musical, the Thirty9One Golden Elephant for best director/producers, and a Producers' Encore Award, and more importantly, it won the hearts of everyone who saw it. (more...)

Review Roundup: THE COUNTRY HOUSE Opens on Broadway - All the Reviews!Review Roundup: THE COUNTRY HOUSE Opens on Broadway - All the Reviews!
by Review Roundups - Oct 2, 2014

Manhattan Theatre Club's New York premiere co-production of The Country House, the new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan, opens tonight, October 2 at MTC's Samuel J. FriedmanTheatre (261 West 47th Street). Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

BWW Reviews: Contemporary Theatre of Dallas LITTLE WOMEN Jumps Off the PagesBWW Reviews: Contemporary Theatre of Dallas LITTLE WOMEN Jumps Off the Pages
by Buster Spiller - Oct 19, 2014

Contemporary Theatre of Dallas "Little Women" JUMPS off the pages (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: All Hail Dame Angela Lansbury! A Happy Birthday BonanzaFLASH FRIDAY: All Hail Dame Angela Lansbury! A Happy Birthday Bonanza
by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 17, 2014

Today we are saluting one of the most adored and respected stars of the stage and screen in acknowledging her 89th birthday this week, Dame Angela Lansbury! (more...)

Music Director Leon Botstein to Honor Richard Strauss' 150th Anniversary at ASO Opening Celebration, TodayMusic Director Leon Botstein to Honor Richard Strauss' 150th Anniversary at ASO Opening Celebration, Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2014

Few marriages in classical music have been more mused upon than that of Richard and Pauline Strauss. Despite her disappointment with her own musical career, and her famously sharp-tongued barbs that were frequently directed at Strauss himself and remarked upon by the likes of Thomas Beecham and Alma Mahler, the marriage not only endured but was a rock for them both. At Strauss's funeral, Pauline fell to her knees in racking cries. With all the many celebrations of Strauss's 150th anniversary in 2014, ASO music director Leon Botstein shines a light upon this central theme in the composer's life, and in his music. (more...)

BWW Reviews: First Stage Sings 'Get Your Shrek On!'BWW Reviews: First Stage Sings 'Get Your Shrek On!'
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2014

Get your Shrek on with a set of those tiny, tree like buds the lovable ogre Shrek sprouts on his glamorous green head. Milwaukee's First Stage makes the ears available in their Todd Wehr Theater lobby when the company presents, Shrek,The Musical to open their 2013-2014 season. The fairy tale character Shrek comes to life courtesy of the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture, a 2001 film still beloved by fans with the book written by William Steig, and the musical brings all the fairy tale creatures to children's theater in professional First Stage style. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: SpeakEasy Stages a Visually Rich FAR FROM HEAVENBWW REVIEW: SpeakEasy Stages a Visually Rich FAR FROM HEAVEN
by Jan Nargi - Oct 11, 2014

The score to Scott Frankel and Michael Korie's Off-Broadway musical FAR FROM HEAVEN may be less than memorable, but gorgeous visuals and a superb performance by Jennifer Ellis as Cathy make SpeakEasy Stage's 2014-15 season opener unforgettable. (more...)

CM Performing Arts Center Stages YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, Now thru 11/2CM Performing Arts Center Stages YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, Now thru 11/2
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2014

It's alive! The electrifying adaptation of Mel Brooks' monstrously funny film will leave you in stitches. (more...)

Review Roundup: TAIL! SPIN! Opens Off-BroadwayReview Roundup: TAIL! SPIN! Opens Off-Broadway
by Review Roundups - Oct 1, 2014

Tail! Spin!, the outrageously entertaining verbatim reenactment of four recent preposterous sex scandals, opens tonight, October 1 at 7 pm at the Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project (45 Bleecker Street at Lafayette Street). The cast of Tail! Spin! features Arnie Burton (39 Steps, Peter and the Starcatcher), Rachel Dratch ('Saturday Night Live'), Sean Dugan (Next Fall, 'Smash'), Tom Galantich ('House of Cards') and Nate Smith (UCB, FunnyOrDie.com). Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

Public Theater Sets Line-Up for 11th Annual UNDER THE RADAR FESTIVAL; Runs Jan 7-18Public Theater Sets Line-Up for 11th Annual UNDER THE RADAR FESTIVAL; Runs Jan 7-18
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2014

The Public Theater announced the exciting international line-up today for the 11th annual UNDER THE RADAR FESTIVAL, running January 7-18, 2015. This popular and highly-anticipated program of The Public Theater's winter season will include artists from across the U.S. and around the world, including Argentina, Iran, Switzerland, Spain, Brazil, and the United Kingdom. Curated by Co-Directors Mark Russell and Meiyin Wang, this year's UNDER THE RADAR will also mark the launch of the new Devised Theater Working Group which will present eight works-in-process as part of the festival's INCOMING! Series. (more...)

Meet Mr. Cellophane: Broadway's Jacob Keith WatsonMeet Mr. Cellophane: Broadway's Jacob Keith Watson
by Oliver Oliveros - Nov 30, 2014

On the day BroadwayWorld.com was scheduled to sit down with Broadway actor Jacob Keith Watson ('Violet'), who is on tour with 'Chicago'--bound for Manila next--New Orleans' The Times-Picayune has just showered him with praises for his latest stage role: Amos Hart, Roxie Hart's gullible, negligible husband. (more...)

Park Square to Stage 2 PIANOS 4 HANDS, 11/28-12/28Park Square to Stage 2 PIANOS 4 HANDS, 11/28-12/28
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2014

A sell-out in 2010 and a big hit in 2012, Park Square brings 2 Pianos 4 Hands, the delightful play about two piano whiz kids with stars in their eyes, back to the stage for the holidays. A side-splitting celebration of dreaming of greatness, 2 Pianos 4 Hands is a perfect show for the entire family, children ages 10 and older. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: New York Cabaret Legend Cynthia Crane Opens Pandora's Box With New Channel on Internet RadioCABARET LIFE NYC: New York Cabaret Legend Cynthia Crane Opens Pandora's Box With New Channel on Internet Radio
by Stephen Hanks - Nov 25, 2014

Jazz singer, nightclub entertainer, and actress Cynthia Crane, has been known for decades by New York cabaret and jazz audiences as the 'saloon chanteuse' for her husky-voiced jazz vocals and impertinent stories at clubs such as the Metropolitan Room, Don't Tell Mama, Tavern on the Green, Eighty-Eights, and Panache. Now Crane's enchanting vocal performances are being featured on a Pandora Radio station called 'Cynthia Crane Radio: The Chanteuse Has Arrived!' (more...)

The Shakespeare Theatre Company Presents William Shakespeare's THE TEMPESTThe Shakespeare Theatre Company Presents William Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2014

The Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) continues its 2014-2015 mainstage season with one of William Shakespeare's late masterpieces,The Tempest. STC Affiliated Artist Ethan McSweeny, following his imaginative production of A Midsummer Night's Dream two seasons ago, applies his flair for visual Panache to The Tempest, in which sprites, goddesses and fools hold court. The Tempest will play at the Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street NW) from December 2, 2014-January 11, 2015. (more...)

BWW Reviews: SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE JERSEY LILY by Katie Forgette Ultimately DisappointsBWW Reviews: SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE JERSEY LILY by Katie Forgette Ultimately Disappoints
by Frank Benge - Nov 24, 2014

If an example existed to explain the value of copyright laws, Katie Forgette's SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE JERSEY LILY might well be it. Since the copyright has expired on the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson they are now in the public domain and authors other than the originator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, can use these characters in their own works. In the case of Katie Forgette, she has used them to craft a stake-less, mediocre play with more marketability than merit, while stealing freely from Doyle's stories (notably, "A Scandal in Bohemia"), Wilde and Shakespeare without capturing any of the Panache or humor of any of them. Sadly, the best moments in the script are actually from "The Importance of Being Earnest" and "Romeo and Juliet". (more...)

BWW Reviews: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at the Fabulous Fox TheatreBWW Reviews: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at the Fabulous Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - Nov 21, 2014

I have no doubt that MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will be popular with audiences. It does, after all, contain the music that generations have grown up on, and it's still being played today. And, it's interesting that I was flipping channels on TV and saw an infomercial dedicated to the Motown 25th Anniversary special made in 1983 recently. That's the scene that opens the show, and where we first encounter the man who made it all happen, Berry Gordy. He's angry and doesn't want to attend because all his stars have left him for the greener pastures of other labels. This despite it being his own competitive spirit, and the fact that he instilled that in his roster of talent (songwriters, singers, and musicians), that created their desire to further pursue their careers in the first place. That makes for an interesting dichotomy that would seem ripe for the stage. So, why am I so disappointed? Because I wanted a real narrative (Gordy wrote the book himself) that doesn't gloss over important historical events while, at the same time, giving 60 fabulous tunes short shrift. (more...)

Park Square to Stage 2 PIANOS 4 HANDS, 11/28-12/28Park Square to Stage 2 PIANOS 4 HANDS, 11/28-12/28
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2014

A sell-out in 2010 and a big hit in 2012, Park Square brings 2 Pianos 4 Hands, the delightful play about two piano whiz kids with stars in their eyes, back to the stage for the holidays. A side-splitting celebration of dreaming of greatness, 2 Pianos 4 Hands is a perfect show for the entire family, children ages 10 and older. (more...)

BWW Reviews: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Arena Stage - The Tradition Lives OnBWW Reviews: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Arena Stage - The Tradition Lives On
by Charles Shubow - Nov 18, 2014

Arena Stage honors librettist Sheldon Harnick celebrating FIDDLER'S 50TH Anniversary. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Kitchen Dog Theater's Must See Production of THE ARSONISTS is Riotous Fun Yet PropheticBWW Reviews: Kitchen Dog Theater's Must See Production of THE ARSONISTS is Riotous Fun Yet Prophetic
by Buster Spiller - Nov 16, 2014

Based on the number of U.S. residents who participated in the recent midterm elections, the lowest turnout since 1942, Kitchen Dog Theater's recent production of "The Arsonists", written by Max Frisch in 1953 is a stark reminder the old adage "art imitating life" can easily be rephrased to say "art IS life." And the parallels between this play and the inertia of the American voting public, which seems to get worst, is a somber cue that if citizens don't take serious the business of their daily lives, individuals with misplaced and misguided intentions are more than willing to cajole them and turn their lives upside down. Now to be certain, this story pulls you in IMMEDIATELY and you will laugh at what you see because it seems very 'familiar', and actually, it IS familiar. It is us. It is our story. We live it every day. As Americans, we love baseball, apple pie, cooing babies, and happy endings. You know, the perfect Norman Rockwell picture ending. We are nostalgic to a fault and want everything to blissfully continue without too much changing. In fact, we detest change despite our words to the contrary. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  Entertaining THE BAND WAGON Nixes NostalgiaBWW Reviews: Entertaining THE BAND WAGON Nixes Nostalgia
by Michael Dale - Nov 11, 2014

Douglas Carter Beane and Kathleen Marshall whip a movie classic into a fun new musical. (more...)

Gianna Jun is the New Face of GucciGianna Jun is the New Face of Gucci
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2014

Gucci has tapped vibrant South Korean actress Gianna Jun to front their new accessories ads campaigns. Sølve Sundsbø shot the images last week, which show Jun wearing the brand's new collections of watches, jewelry and sunglasses. Look for the campaign's debut in January. (more...)

BWW Reviews: AND THE TONY GOES TO at Emelin TheaterBWW Reviews: AND THE TONY GOES TO at Emelin Theater
by adam cohen - Nov 10, 2014

A Fabulous Night for Singing (more...)

Christine Lamprea Set for Pepperdine Recital Series at Raitt Recital Hall, 2/22Christine Lamprea Set for Pepperdine Recital Series at Raitt Recital Hall, 2/22
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

The Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts ends its 2014-2015 Recital Series with a special performance by the international-prize-winning cellist Christine Lamprea in Raitt Recital Hall at Pepperdine University at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 22. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: Listmania Redux! My Best/Favorite 20 Shows & Performances of 2014, With 30 'Bests & Mosts' of An Exciting Year in CabaretCABARET LIFE NYC: Listmania Redux! My Best/Favorite 20 Shows & Performances of 2014, With 30 'Bests & Mosts' of An Exciting Year in Cabaret
by Stephen Hanks - Jan 21, 2015

As the days dwindled down to a precious few in 2014, a few cabaret goers and performers in what is affectionately but also self-mockingly called the “cabaret community” would sidle up and ask if I was planning my annual end-of-the year “Best Of” column, similar to the “Top 20 Bests and Favorites” piece over the first half of the year I posted back in early July. I would respond in the negative with very reasonable and believable excuses, but the truth is I didn't want to reveal my “Bests” of the year until the voting for the 2014 BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Awards had ended. There's enough baggage and backstage whispering that comes with administering the BWW Awards, so I wasn't about to publish any opinions that might influence the vote while it was in process. I may be crazy but I'm not masochistic. But now all bets are off. You want lists? I'll give you lists. (more...)

Vajra Releases 'Lost and Found' on Soundcloud PageVajra Releases 'Lost and Found' on Soundcloud Page
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2015

NYC based progressive art rock group Vajra released a new experimental piece of music called 'Lost and Found' on their Soundcloud page. (more...)

OLIVER!, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and More Set for CPCC Summer Theatre's 2015 SeasonOLIVER!, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and More Set for CPCC Summer Theatre's 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2015

?CPCC Summer Theatre happily announces its 42nd season of summer stock for the Charlotte Metrolina region in Summer 2015. (more...)

2015 FRIGID New York Festival Lineup Announced; Runs 2/18-3/82015 FRIGID New York Festival Lineup Announced; Runs 2/18-3/8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2015

FRIGID New York at Horse Trade will present the 9th Annual FRIGID Festival at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery) and UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Avenue and Avenue A) February 18 - March 8. (more...)

The Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel Helps Build a Better World The Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel Helps Build a Better World
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2015

The Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel may only be one-and-a-half years old, but it already has big plans for its community. With its sights set on developing a more sustainable and compassionate society, the property has begun initiatives that involve everything from team-building, to financially supporting charities, to minimizing its own carbon footprint. And as the hotel puts its plans into action, everyone stands to benefit. (more...)

Amanda Thorpe Releases Album BEWITCHING ME: THE LYRICS OF YIP HARBURGAmanda Thorpe Releases Album BEWITCHING ME: THE LYRICS OF YIP HARBURG
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

Acclaimed downtown New York City chanteuse Amanda Thorpe, who recently relocated to Paris, has announced the release of Bewitching Me: The Lyrics of Yip Harburg, a new recording showcasing her reinterpretations of beloved and obscure gems from the legendary American popular song lyricist E.Y. Harburg, including “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?, 'April in Paris,' and 'It's Only a Paper Moon,' among others. (more...)

Christina Masciotti's SOCIAL SECURITY to Run 2/25-3/14 at Bushwick StarrChristina Masciotti's SOCIAL SECURITY to Run 2/25-3/14 at Bushwick Starr
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

The Bushwick Starr and terraNOVA Collective are proud to present the world premiere of acclaimed playwright Christina Masciotti's newest work, Social Security. The play centers on June, a retired pretzel factory worker, who finds herself deaf after forty years with machines, widowed, and stranded in the urban muck of Reading, PA. She forges ahead gamely, aided by her robust will to find the good in life, and attended, for better or worse, by a few neighbors. Her landlord, once a community pillar, insinuates himself into what remains of her affairs with Machiavellian Panache, while a younger neighbor from down the block selflessly chaperones her trips to the grocery store. But June, generous in her affections and unworldly-wise, seesaws between these two unlikely alliances, and her yearning for ordinary human companionship only drives her further into danger. (more...)

BWW Reviews: CHICAGO Rox Manila; Show Runs Until 12/21BWW Reviews: CHICAGO Rox Manila; Show Runs Until 12/21
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2014

The much-anticipated Manila premiere of Broadway's longest-running American musical, CHICAGO, razzle-dazzled audiences with its hard-hitting numbers (All That Jazz, Cell Block Tango, Razzle Dazzle), which speak of passion, treachery, murder, and glossed-over celebrity, on opening night. Leading the pack of an all-American cast of Broadway veterans is Bianca Marroquin who rocked Solaire Resort and Casino's The Theatre with her multi-faceted portrayal of accused murderess Roxie Hart. The strong ensemble, while writhing, gyrating, and exploding to John Kander's music, provided the backdrop to Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse's dark satirical commentary of the 1920s Prohibition-era Chicago. When the audience rose to a standing ovation at the end of the show, it was palpable that even in these modern days, it is impossible to convict good looking murderesses. (more...)

BWW Reviews: PETER PAN flies into OakdaleBWW Reviews: PETER PAN flies into Oakdale
by Melissa Giordano - Dec 3, 2014

In anticipation of NBC's exciting live broadcast of the musical Peter Pan this Thursday, I knew it was essential to attend the Patrick Grossman directed incarnation running through January 4th at The Noel Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center (CMPAC). They have been overly buzzing, too, as they even received a shout out from Allison Williams (who portrays the title character for NBC) on the Seth Meyer's show. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: My Second Half of 2014 Cabaret Journey or One Reviewer's Long Procrastination Special as We Bid Farewell to Another Year of Show HoppingCABARET LIFE NYC: My Second Half of 2014 Cabaret Journey or One Reviewer's Long Procrastination Special as We Bid Farewell to Another Year of Show Hopping
by Stephen Hanks - Dec 26, 2014

If you've been a regular reader of this particular reviewer's musings, you know that every year there are long stretches of time where I just haven't been able to critique all the shows I've seen that deserve commentary. So I end up playing what they call in sports, 'Catch-up ball,' and post a mash up of belated reviews from past shows. It's kind of like a critic's version of the song 'Six Months Out of Every Year,' from Damn Yankees. Give or take a month or two, that's usually the time period during which I store unpublished reviews in my fevered brain and then unload them all in one seemingly endless column-like this one is going to be. If my cabaret-show reviewing days will be over (as chronicled here), I might as well go out with a bang-and relieve my procrastination guilt during holiday season. Now I can scratch one New Year's resolution off the list. (more...)

Polish Conductor, Jerzy Semkow, Dies at Age 86Polish Conductor, Jerzy Semkow, Dies at Age 86
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2014

Polish conductor, Jerzy Semkow has died today, December 23, 2014, near Lausanne, Switzerland. He has served as music director of the Saint Louis Symphony, principal conductor of the Royal Danish Opera and the Royal Danish Orchestra in Copenhagen, Music Advisor and Principal Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic, Music Director of the Orchestra of Radio-Televisione Italiana (RAI) in Rome, and Artistic Director of the National Opera in Warsaw. (more...)

Horse Trade Announces 9th Annual FRIGID Festival Lineup; Runs 2/18-3/8Horse Trade Announces 9th Annual FRIGID Festival Lineup; Runs 2/18-3/8
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

Horse Trade Theater Group will present the 9th Annual FRIGID Festival at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery) andUNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Avenue and Avenue A) February 18-March 8. (more...)

BWW TV: VIDEO: BWW's 12 Days of Christmas with Guest Editor Richard Jay-Alexander; Day 6 - Christine Pedi - Never Before Seen 'Roxie Rocks Santa'!BWW TV: VIDEO: BWW's 12 Days of Christmas with Guest Editor Richard Jay-Alexander; Day 6 - Christine Pedi - Never Before Seen 'Roxie Rocks Santa'!
by Richard Jay-Alexander - Dec 18, 2014

I'm thrilled to hear from so many of you, that you are really 'into' and enjoying BroadwayWorld's 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS Feature 'videos.' Today is DAY 6 and I'm REALLY EXCITED to share this one with you. I think Christine Pedi is one of New York's best kept secrets. The girl is INSANELY talented and I would cast in her in just about anything. (more...)

Review Roundup - Will INTO THE WOODS Film Version Satisfy Broadway Aficionados? Updating Live!Review Roundup - Will INTO THE WOODS Film Version Satisfy Broadway Aficionados? Updating Live!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 17, 2014

INTO THE WOODS, hitting theaters on December 25th, is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. Let's see what the critics say! (more...)

Review Roundup: ANNIE Reboot, Starring Quvenzhane Wallis - UPDATED!Review Roundup: ANNIE Reboot, Starring Quvenzhane Wallis - UPDATED!
by Review Roundups - Dec 16, 2014

A Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations comes to the big screen with a new, contemporary vision in Columbia Pictures' comedy Annie. The film officially hits theaters on December 19, but the reviews are starting to come in - stick with us as we update live! (more...)

Original MOTOWN Broadway Cast Member Julius Thomas III to Join National TourOriginal MOTOWN Broadway Cast Member Julius Thomas III to Join National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2014

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy have announced that MOTOWN THE MUSICAL original Broadway cast member Julius Thomas III will join the First National Tour for a limited engagement in the leading role of Berry Gordy on Friday, December 12. (more...)

BWW Reviews: NOEL COWARD'S CHRISTMAS SPIRITS, St James Theatre Studio, December 10 2014BWW Reviews: NOEL COWARD'S CHRISTMAS SPIRITS, St James Theatre Studio, December 10 2014
by Gary Naylor - Dec 11, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a beautifully judged show that revisits some of the most famous Christmas songs and poems and delivers them with Panache and charm. (more...)

BWW Reviews: PETER & THE STARCATCHER Flies at TheatreworksBWW Reviews: PETER & THE STARCATCHER Flies at Theatreworks
by Harmony Wheeler - Dec 10, 2014

Peter and the Starcatcher may not match your idea of the perfect Christmas show, but it's certainly best friends with the holidays. An emotional and inspirational experience awaits at Theatreworks' production of the Pan prequel. And there's always the company's faux snow after each performance. (more...)

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