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BWW Interview: Michael Feinstein Talks THE GERSHWINS AND ME at The McCallum Theatre and More
by David Green - Mar 7, 2014

Cabaret Icon Michael Feinstein returns to the McCallum Theatre with his highly anticipated "The Gerswhins And Me" for two performances - Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8 at 8:00 pm. Michael Feinstein, the multi-Platinum, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy nominated entertainer dubbed "The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook," is one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, the Hollywood Bowl, the White House and Buckingham Palace. I had the chance to catch up with Michael as he was preparing for his Palm Desert engagement, Here are a few excerpts from that conversation: (more...)

Clarabridge and Expion Combine Social-Analytic Power for Brands
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2014

“Marketing organizations are looking for technology solutions that enable customer intimacy through optimized content in real-time. We are excited to provide a solution with Expion that enables this across all enterprise sources and target influencers for immediate and meaningful conversations,” said Sid Banerjee, CEO at Clarabridge. “It creates efficiency in social marketing and engagement allowing companies to optimize marketing to the right people, with the right offers, across the right channels, to achieve maximum impact; the effect is more impact with more efficiency.” (more...)

Davenport's Piano Bar to Welcome LITTLE BLACK BOOK: BRING ON THE MEN, Starring Anslee Burns, Casi Maggio, and Eliza Morris, 3/23
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2014

Join three of Chicago's favorite, comedic ingenues: Anslee Burns, Casi Maggio and Eliza Morris during this night of cabaret hilarity as they tackle one of the world's biggest mysteries: MEN! On Sunday, March 23rd at 7:00pm, Little Black Book: Bring on the Men will combine Broadway standards, chart topping hits and a splash of contemporary favorites as the ladies give a modern Andrews Sisters' style glimpse into the good, the bad and the hilarious of their dating woes. Hear their stories through song as they celebrate their memories page by page of their Little Black Books. (more...)

MY FAIR LADY, INTO THE WOODS, THE LAST FIVE YEARS & More Set for OSTC's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2014

Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC) has announced that its second full season in their new state-of-the-art theatre located at 1245 Jefferson Boulevard in Warwick, will open with Lerner and Loewe's stunning Broadway classic, My Fair Lady. (more...)

Anita Gillette, Mary Lahti, Billie Roe & More Take Home 2014 Mac Awards
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2014

Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC), dedicated to advancing the art and business of live entertainment, held their 28th Annual MAC Awards celebration last evening at BB King's Blues club in Times Square. Winners in twenty-five categories were announced. The show was hosted by the vivacious singer, band leader, multiple MAC Award winner and 2014 Nominee, Terese Genecco. The gala was produced by Julie Miller and directed by Lennie Watts, the current MAC President. Don Rebic served as Musical Director. Presenters included Will Friedwald of the Wall Street Journal and designer Bob Mackie. (more...)

OSTC's Piano Bar Series Continues 4/4
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), currently celebrating its first full season in its new state-of-the-art theatre in Warwick, is proud to announce the continuation of their Piano Bar Series, which will be held following select evening performances of the company's current production, the international hit, The Diary of Anne Frank. (more...)

Ocean State Theatre's THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), currently celebrating its first full season in its new state-of-the-art theatre in Warwick will present the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play, The Diary of Anne Frank from tonight, March 26 - April 13. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Mesa - Week of 3/02/2014
by BWW - Mar 2, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/02/2014 for Mesa (more...)

ASPCA Benefit Concert with Rachel Lorin, Devin Compton & More Set for The West End, 3/5
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2014

Benefit Concert for The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has been set for Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 at 11:00PM at The West End on The Upper West Side of New York City. (more...)

From Capitol Hill to the Van Wezel, Mark Russell to Bring the Banter to Sarasota, 3/31
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

Long before Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert, there was Mark Russell, daring to joke and sing of the often absurd political process. With his impeccable timing, twinkling eyes, and insights into American politics, Mark Russell will grace the Van Wezel stage on March 31, 2014. (more...)

Ocean State Theatre's THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK Opens 3/26
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), currently celebrating its first full season in its new state-of-the-art theatre in Warwick will present the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play, The Diary of Anne Frank from March 26 - April 13. (more...)

YouthQuake! Showcase Set for Tonight at Don't Tell Mama
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

YouthQuake! helps LGBTQ youth realize their dreams in the performing arts by guiding their professional success. Our second public showcase of talent-- an evening of song, dance and performance by the first YouthQuake participants: Reki*, Edgar Banuelos, Kit Dezolt, Miko Greganda, Quelnick Hoff, Travis Lionel, Shane Ivan Nash, and Shahin Saboonpaz. Directed by Alexander Rodriguez with music director Bryan Blaskie. (more...)

YouthQuake! Showcase Set for 3/13 at Don't Tell Mama
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

YouthQuake! helps LGBTQ youth realize their dreams in the performing arts by guiding their professional success. Our second public showcase of talent-- an evening of song, dance and performance by the first YouthQuake participants: Reki*, Edgar Banuelos, Kit Dezolt, Miko Greganda, Quelnick Hoff, Travis Lionel, Shane Ivan Nash, and Shahin Saboonpaz. Directed by Alexander Rodriguez with music director Bryan Blaskie. (more...)

Fred Sullivan, Jr. to Star in OSTC's LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2014

Trinity Repertory Company's Fred Sullivan, Jr., who recently won rave reviews for his portrayal as Scrooge in Trinity Rep's holiday production of A Christmas Carol, will be starring as Max Prince in Ocean State Theatre Company's upcoming production of Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor. This semi-autobiographical comedy focuses on the hilarities that take place in the writer's room of a weekly comedy-variety show circa 1953, and the show's star, a Sid Caesar-like, Max Prince. (more...)

Hotel Rex Reveals 2014 Salon Series
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2014

Hotel Rex (562 Sutter Street between Mason & Powell), a boutique hotel right in the heart of Union Square in San Francisco takes its inspiration from European art and literary salons of the 1920s and 30s (think bohemian Paris—book & poetry readings, literary salons, conversation, art shows, cabaret music paired with good wine & food). Each week the hotel presents a Salon Series of intimate events designed to encourage dialogue and appreciation of art, literature and music: From a book launch or a reading by an author to cabaret music or an entertaining bit of a magic show paired with food and wine. (more...)

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey to Host Annual Gala, 3/22
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2014

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey 2014 Annual Gala- La Nuit des Reves or The Night of Dreams-invites guests 'behind-the-scenes,' into the Theatre's renovated 'theatre factory' on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014. Hundreds of patrons, artists, and community leaders will participate in the Theatre's largest fundraising event of the year. 'Our incredible support facility is an evolving work of art in itself. There is always something new to see-a gorgeous mural taking shape, another space to explore, a talented artisan at work. Last year's gala was about unveiling the space. This year is all about inviting audiences to see how the space constantly transforms; the gala will feature beautiful, theatrical dreamscapes,' said Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 973-845-6732 or visit ww.ShakespeareNJ.org. (more...)

YouthQuake! Hosts First-Ever Showcase, TREMORS, at Don't Tell Mama Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2014

YouthQuake! helps LGBTQ youth realize their dreams in the performing arts by guiding their professional success. Its first public showcase - TREMORS -- an evening of song, dance and performance by the first ever YouthQuake participants: Reki*, Edgar Banuelos, Kit Dezolt, Miko Greganda, Quelnick Hoff, Travis Lionel, Shane Ivan Nash, Rodrigo Orozco, and Shahin Saboonpaz. Director Alexander Rodriguez; Music Director Bryan Blaskie; Choreography by Lindsley Allen and Dimitri Bagramyan. (more...)

Nicholas Rodriguez and More to Join Kathleen Turner in Arena Stage's MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2014

Artistic Director Molly Smith tackles a unique, in-the-round staging of Bertolt Brecht's powerhouse anti-war play Mother Courage and Her Children at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Iconic stage and screen actress and Academy Award nominee Kathleen Turner returns to Arena Stage following her sold-out run of Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins to make her professional singing debut as the tough-as-nails matriarch Mother Courage-a single mother determined to keep her family alive and her business afloat during war. Using the David Hare translation, the show fuses politics and satire to paint an unforgettable and provocative portrait of war, incorporating more than 10 pieces of original music composed in a rollicking, gypsy-punk style and performed by cast members doubling as musicians. Mother Courage and Her Children runs January 31-March 9, 2014 in the Fichandler Stage. (more...)

Tony Winner Daisy Eagan Headlines New Show at Don't Tell Mama LA Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2014

Comedy duo Ben Viele & Alexander Rodriguez bring their hit radio show 'Happy Hour with Ben & Alexander' on Universal Broadcasting Network (www.ubnradio.com/HappyHour) to the stage at Don't Tell Mama in West Hollywood. Part Johnny Carson, part Chelsea Handler, part Judy Garland - this will be an evening of entertainment with music, dance, comedy and magic (and lots of drinks). Show begins at 8 pm with social hour prior. (more...)

OSTC's Piano Bar Series to Continue with MY FUNNY VALENTINE, 2/7
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2014

Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), which recently launched its first full season in its new state-of-the-art theatre in Warwick, has announced the continuation of their Piano Bar Series. 'My Funny Valentine' will be held following select evening performances of the company's current production, Neil Simon's hilarious comedy, Laughter on the 23rd Floor. (more...)

Sam Harris to Headline Grand Opening of ilume Park with the Launch of His New Book, HAM: SLICES OF A LIFE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2014

ilume Village is proud to announce the opening of ilume Park, a boutique, hotel-inspired community in the Oak Lawn/Cedar Springs neighborhood of Dallas, Texas. The grand opening celebration, starting at 7:00 pm on February 4, 2014, will feature stage, screen and television star Sam Harris launching his first book, 'Ham: Slices Of A Life,' a collection of short stories and essays about his journey through life. (more...)

Kim Criswell to Star as Ethel Merman in MERMAN'S APPRENTICE Reading at the Landor Theatre, Feb 11-13
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2014

Merman's Apprentice, a new musical fable with Book and Lyrics by Stephen Cole (Inventing Mary Martin, After the Fair, The Night of the Hunter, The Road to Qatar!) and Music by David Evans (Birds of Paradise, Children's Letters to God) has been chosen to be the opening show as part of London's Landor Theatre's 'From Page to Stage Festival' on February 11th and 12th at 7:30pm. There will be an additional presentation for industry professionals on Feb. 13th at 2:30pm at The Concert Artistes' Association at 20 Bedford Street, London WC2E 9HP. (more...)

Michael Pacas' BIG N' EASY Set for Davenport's, Begin. 2/16
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2014

Beat the winter blues and celebrate the Mardi Gras season with cabaret 'Bad Boy' Michael Pacas. A spicy gumbo of Jazz, Blues, Pop and unearth comic treasures on Sunday, February 16 & 23 and March 2 at 7 PM at Davenport's Piano Bar & Cabaret.Cover Charge $ 15 / 2 Drink Minimum. Reservations STRONGLY Recommended. (more...)

YouthQuake! to Host First-Ever Showcase, TREMORS, at Don't Tell Mama, 1/30
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2014

YouthQuake! helps LGBTQ youth realize their dreams in the performing arts by guiding their professional success. Its first public showcase - TREMORS -- an evening of song, dance and performance by the first ever YouthQuake participants: Reki*, Edgar Banuelos, Kit Dezolt, Miko Greganda, Quelnick Hoff, Travis Lionel, Shane Ivan Nash, Rodrigo Orozco, and Shahin Saboonpaz. Director Alexander Rodriguez; Music Director Bryan Blaskie; Choreography by Lindsley Allen and Dimitri Bagramyan. (more...)

Tony Winner Daisy Eagan to Headline New Show at Don't Tell Mama LA, 1/29
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2014

Comedy duo Ben Viele & Alexander Rodriguez bring their hit radio show 'Happy Hour with Ben & Alexander' on Universal Broadcasting Network (www.ubnradio.com/HappyHour) to the stage at Don't Tell Mama in West Hollywood. Part Johnny Carson, part Chelsea Handler, part Judy Garland - this will be an evening of entertainment with music, dance, comedy and magic (and lots of drinks). Show begins at 8 pm with social hour prior. (more...)

Neil Simon's LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR to Open 1/29 at Ocean State Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2014

Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), which recently launched its first full season in its new state-of-the-art theatre in Warwick will present Neil Simon's Broadway hit, Laughter on the 23rd Floor from January 29 - February 16. (more...)

BWW Interviews: A Chat with La-Ti-Do's Founders on Occasion of Weekly Cabaret Series' Second Anniversary
by Jennifer Perry - Jan 21, 2014

With the weekly cabaret series' second anniversary on the horizon, DC BroadwayWorld chatted with Don Michael Mendoza and Regie Cabico about the cabaret's roots, what makes it unique, and their expectations for the future. (more...)

Former Child Star, Blake McIver Set for LA's Don't Tell Mama on January 16
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2014

Don't Tell Mama will present former child star, Blake McIver (Ewing) in concert (http://www.donttellmamala.com/shows?task=view_event&event_id=91). Blake has worked extensively a vocalist for artists such as Michael Jackson, David Foster, Natalie Cole, and Barry Manilow to name a few. As a self-proclaimed 'recovering child actor', Blake now returns to singing and songwriting, his original passions. (more...)

Daniel Beaty Stars in THE TALLEST TREE IN THE FOREST at Arena Stage, Now thru 2/16
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2014

Following the world premiere co-production at Kansas City Repertory Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse, playwright and performer Daniel Beaty brings The Tallest Tree in the Forest to Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Beaty, whose work has been seen at Arena Stage as a playwright with his play Resurrection and as a performer in his award-winning solo play Emergency, channels close to 40 characters in The Tallest Tree in the Forest in a 'tour de force' (San Diego Reader) performance, giving audiences an intimate look at one of the most dynamic and controversial figures in history-artist and activist Paul Robeson. Tony Award nominee Moises Kaufman (playwright and director for Broadway's 33 Variations, which received its world premiere at Arena Stage in 2007) directs this music-infused new play that features 14 songs and an onstage band. Developed and produced by Tectonic Theater Project, The Tallest Tree in the Forest runs tonight, January 10-February 16, 2014 in the Kreeger Theater and will play the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles following the Arena Stage run. (more...)

OSTC's Piano Bar Series Continues with MY FUNNY VALENTINE Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2014

Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), which recently launched its first full season in its new state-of-the-art theatre in Warwick, has announced the continuation of their Piano Bar Series. 'My Funny Valentine' will be held following select evening performances of the company's current production, Neil Simon's hilarious comedy, Laughter on the 23rd Floor. (more...)

Anita Gillette, Ann Hampton Callaway, THE VAUDEVILLIANS & More Score 2014 Mac Award Nominations
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2014

Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC), dedicated to advancing the art and business of live entertainment, has announced the nominees for the 2014 MAC Awards. Winners in twenty-five categories will be voted by the MAC membership by anonymous ballot and announced at the MAC Awards Gala on March 27th at BB King's Blue Club in Times Square at: 237 W. 42 St between 7th and 8th Avenues. Tickets start at $50.00. For additional information on MAC, to become a member, or to order tickets to the event, visit: http://macnyc.com. (more...)

OSTC's Piano Bar Series Continues with ALL THAT JAZZ, 3/7
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2014

Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), currently celebrating its first full season in its new state-of-the-art theatre in Warwick, is proud to announce the continuation of their Piano Bar Series. 'All That Jazz,' a celebration of classics, standards and Broadway favorites, will be held following select evening performances of the company's current production, the international hit, The All Night Strut! (more...)

Charlie Greene's New Eponymous Album Out Today via Artist Tribe Recordings
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2014

Born the son of a touring singer/songwriter and recording artist, the grandson of a big band leader from the 40's and 50's, and the great-grandson of a front-porch, Georgia banjo player, music is in Charlie Greene's blood. (more...)

Charlie Greene Releases Self-Titled LP
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2014

On the heels of Charlie Greene's 2012 album debut Wildfire Music comes Charlie Greene, out today via Artist Tribe Recordings, new collection of songs that captures the attention of a discerning audience. (more...)

Charlie Greene's New Eponymous Album, Out 2/25 via Artist Tribe Recordings
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2014

Born the son of a touring singer/songwriter and recording artist, the grandson of a big band leader from the 40's and 50's, and the great-grandson of a front-porch, Georgia banjo player, music is in Charlie Greene's blood. (more...)

Erv Raible, Founder of Cabaret & Concert Artists International, Passes Away
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2014

Founder and Executive Director of Cabaret & Concert Artists International Erv Raible has passed away after a long illness. He was 68. (more...)

Happy Hour LIVE Continues at Don't Tell Mama With Robyn Spangler, Julie Goldman and Pepper Mashay Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2014

Comedy duo Ben Viele & Alexander Rodriguez bring their hit radio show 'Happy Hour with Ben & Alexander' on Universal Broadcasting Network (www.ubnradio.com/HappyHour) to the stage at Don't Tell Mama in West Hollywood. Part Johnny Carson, part Chelsea Handler, part Judy Garland - this is an evening of entertainment with music, dance and comedy (and lots of drinks). Show begins at 8 pm with social hour prior. (more...)

The Countess Katya Smirnoff-Skyy to Return to Feinstein's at the Nikko, 4/27
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2014

Hotel Nikko San Francisco and Michael Feinstein are thrilled to welcome back The Countess Katya Smirnoff-Skyy - San Francisco's favorite Russian redhead - to Feinstein's at the Nikko for one-night-only with her hit show, Back in the USSR, A Voyage into the Beatles' Songbook on Sunday, April 27 at 8 p.m. Hailed as the Best Drag Act by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Katya will take audiences on a musical adventure that examines her personal relationship with the Fab Four, as only Russia's (self proclaimed) greatest mezzo-soprano-understudy-turned-Countess, could envision. It's Abby Road meets The Met with a good dose of cabaret. Katya will be joined by her marvelous band, "The Spectial Players," and the sultry Mz. Sheelagh Murphy. Tickets for The Countess Katya Smirnoff-Skyy range in price from $30-$45 and are available now by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.ticketweb.com. (more...)

Ocean State Theatre Company to Present THE ALL NIGHT STRUT!, 2/26-3/16 February 26
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2014

Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), currently celebrating its first full season in its new state-of-the-art theatre in Warwick is proud to present the international hit, The All Night Strut! from February 26 - March 16. (more...)

Happy Hour LIVE Continues at Don't Tell Mama With Robyn Spangler, Julie Goldman and Pepper Mashay, 2/19
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2014

Comedy duo Ben Viele & Alexander Rodriguez bring their hit radio show 'Happy Hour with Ben & Alexander' on Universal Broadcasting Network (www.ubnradio.com/HappyHour) to the stage at Don't Tell Mama in West Hollywood. Part Johnny Carson, part Chelsea Handler, part Judy Garland - this is an evening of entertainment with music, dance and comedy (and lots of drinks). Show begins at 8 pm with social hour prior. (more...)

Kim Criswell Stars as Ethel Merman in MERMAN'S APPRENTICE Reading at the Landor Theatre, Now thru 2/13
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2014

Merman's Apprentice, a new musical fable with Book and Lyrics by Stephen Cole (Inventing Mary Martin, After the Fair, The Night of the Hunter, The Road to Qatar!) and Music by David Evans (Birds of Paradise, Children's Letters to God) has been chosen to be the opening show as part of London's Landor Theatre's 'From Page to Stage Festival' today, February 11th and 12th at 7:30pm. (more...)

Daniel Beaty to Star in THE TALLEST TREE IN THE FOREST at Arena Stage, 1/10-2/16
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2013

Following the world premiere co-production at Kansas City Repertory Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse, playwright and performer Daniel Beaty brings The Tallest Tree in the Forest to Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Beaty, whose work has been seen at Arena Stage as a playwright with his play Resurrection and as a performer in his award-winning solo play Emergency, channels close to 40 characters in The Tallest Tree in the Forest in a "tour de force" (San Diego Reader) performance, giving audiences an intimate look at one of the most dynamic and controversial figures in history-artist and activist Paul Robeson. Tony Award nominee Moises Kaufman (playwright and director for Broadway's 33 Variations, which received its world premiere at Arena Stage in 2007) directs this music-infused new play that features 14 songs and an onstage band. Developed and produced by Tectonic Theater Project, The Tallest Tree in the Forest runs January 10-February 16, 2014 in the Kreeger Theater and will play the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles following the Arena Stage run. (more...)

Ridgefield Theater Barn to Host 'Holiday Piano Bar...n' Event, 12/13-14
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2013

The holidays put almost everyone in the mood to sing. You find yourself singing along to carols on the radio, or just randomly humming a few bars of Jingle Bells. So the Ridgefield Theater Barn has decided to adapt their wildly popular Piano Bar…n event in a special holiday offering! If you've been to the annual April event, you know it's a wickedly entertaining evening filled with live music, talented performers and good company where you may even be shaken out of your comfort zone to hop on the stage yourself. (Don't worry, they won't force you). All that and more await you December 13th & 14th at 8pm, when the Theater Barn brings the Manhattan club scene to Ridgefield, this time with a holiday theme. (more...)

BWW Blog: Mark Price of Off-Broadway's A CHRISTMAS CAROL - Comfort Zones, Operas for Turtles, and Playlists
by Guest Blogger: Mark Price - Dec 31, 2013

When first asked if I had any musical skills for this show, I said I could rock a mean triangle and kick it with the maracas, but after meeting with the gifted and saintly Mary-Mitchell Campbell (check out her organization asteponline.org), I found myself agreeing to learn how to play a large Irish drum called the bodhran. Steve Pacek, who originated the same role in Delaware last year, was kind enough to give me my first official lesson. We played with a children's drumstick in my living room until he sent me a tipper stick a few days later. His first tip was to not watch videos on YouTube for fear I'd become intimidated. I nodded in agreement, but ran to my computer as soon as he left to search for examples. A few minutes of watching these incredible musicians resulted in a deep shame spiral with the gnawing fear being found out as a complete fraud. Luckily, I could carry a handful of rhythms weeks later, thanks to the endless hours of banging out tribal drumbeats at home (apologies to my neighbors and to my cats) and the support of people like Campbell. (more...)

Jeremiah Downes Returns to Philly with HIGHWAYS AND DAYDREAMS Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2013

Philadelphia based actor, musician and songwriter Jeremiah Downes will bring his show Highways and Daydreams: The Songs of Jeremiah Downes to Philadelphia tonight, December 23rd at Tavern On Camac. (more...)

Nicholas Rodriguez and More to Join Kathleen Turner in Arena Stage's MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2013

Artistic Director Molly Smith tackles a unique, in-the-round staging of Bertolt Brecht's powerhouse anti-war play Mother Courage and Her Children at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Iconic stage and screen actress and Academy Award nominee Kathleen Turner returns to Arena Stage following her sold-out run of Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins to make her professional singing debut as the tough-as-nails matriarch Mother Courage-a single mother determined to keep her family alive and her business afloat during war. Using the David Hare translation, the show fuses politics and satire to paint an unforgettable and provocative portrait of war, incorporating more than 10 pieces of original music composed in a rollicking, gypsy-punk style and performed by cast members doubling as musicians. Mother Courage and Her Children runs January 31-March 9, 2014 in the Fichandler Stage. (more...)

Ridgefield Theater Barn Hosts 'Holiday Piano Bar...n' Event This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2013

The holidays put almost everyone in the mood to sing. You find yourself singing along to carols on the radio, or just randomly humming a few bars of Jingle Bells. So the Ridgefield Theater Barn has decided to adapt their wildly popular Piano Bar…n event in a special holiday offering! If you've been to the annual April event, you know it's a wickedly entertaining evening filled with live music, talented performers and good company where you may even be shaken out of your comfort zone to hop on the stage yourself. (Don't worry, they won't force you). All that and more await you December 13th & 14th at 8pm, when the Theater Barn brings the Manhattan club scene to Ridgefield, this time with a holiday theme. (more...)

Ben Mingay, Spanky, Debora Krizak, THE BOLD AND THE MUSICAL and More Set for 2014 Slide Cabaret Festival, May 19-31
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2014

The THIRD ANNUAL SLIDE CABARET FESTIVAL is the biggest and best yet with the addition of a new venue, a late night Piano Bar, an exciting variety of supporting artists and of course, the stellar line up of award winning local, national and international artists that Slide has proven can deliver to Sydney time and time again. (more...)

Lake Country Playhouse to Stage BONNIE & CLYDE, 7/10-27
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2014

The Lake Country Playhouse is proud to present Bonnie & Clyde, with book by Ivan Menchell, music Frank Wildhorn and lyrics by Don Black, direction by Nate C. Groonwald, choreography by Taylore Ransom, music direction by Catherine Pfeiler and starring Shannon Straka and Bryan Noll, July 10 - 27, 2014 at The Lake Country Playhouse, 221 E Capitol Drive. Opening/Press Night is Friday July 11, at 7:30pm The regular schedule is Thursday and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18-20. Single tickets for Bonnie & Clyde are on sale now and may be purchased at lakecountryplayhouse.net, The Behrend Agency, or by Piggly-Wiggly Hartland. (more...)

42ND STREET to Open 4/23 at Ocean State Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), currently celebrating its first full season in its new state-of-the-art theatre in Warwick is proud to present the tap-dance extravaganza, 42nd Street from April 23 - May 18. (more...)

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