Play It Cool
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Celebration Theatre (Hollywood, CA)
7051-B Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, CA
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Play It Cool is centered around Mary's Hideaway, a fictional Hollywood jazz club, circa 1953," according to production notes. "Inspired by 1950s film noir, the musical looks at the laws governing gay and lesbian clubs of the time; when women weren't allowed to bartend and men couldn't dance with other men; when every glance had a double meaning and every word was an innuendo and everything had to be done to strict code. Play It Cool is set against a sexy 1950s Hollywood backdrop and celebrates the gay men and lesbian women of that time who had the guts to break the rule.

Scoop: MODERN FAMILY on ABC - Today, September 4, 2013
by TV Scoop - Sep 4, 2013

Get all the scoop on MODERN FAMILY, airing on ABC tonight, September 4, 2013! (more...)

Links of London Reveals New Campaign
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2013

Links of London unveiled their new campaign. For a second year they collaborated with the renowned creative agency Air Paris, and acclaimed photographer Jean-Francois Campos, and to create a series of beautiful campaign shots. Focussed around portraiture; the campaign showcases five different visual appearances each with their own unique message and story. Each portrait depicts the individual essence and character Links of London brings to the wearer. The collections dress the model's persona, mood and style to reflect the environment that surrounds them. In doing so, each portrait is a symbolic depiction of individuality. (more...)

Lea DeLaria Brings THE LAST BUTCH STANDING to OBERON, 11/5
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2012

OBERON, the American Repertory Theater's second stage and club theater venue, presents THE LAST BUTCH STANDING, created and featuring singer and comedian Lea DeLaria on Monday, November 5 at 8pm. Doors open at 7:30pm. (more...)

American Rep's OBERON Presents BOOM BOOM'S BOW, 11/4
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2012

OBERON, the American Repertory Theater's second stage and club theater venue, presents a special show for children and their parents: BOOM BOOM'S BOW, created and featuring singer and comedian Lea DeLaria, co-written with Janette Mason, on Sunday, November 4 at 1pm and 4pm. (more...)

New Artist Shelea Releases Debut Album, LOVE FELL ON ME Featuring Stevie Wonder
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2012

Newcomer Shelea may not yet be a household name, but that's about to change with the release of her debut album Love Fell On Me, available October 16 on Breath of Life Records via RED Distribution, a Sony Music Company. The album features a special guest: the legendary Stevie Wonder, one of Shelea's biggest supporters. (more...)

Scoop: HOSTAGES on CBS - Today, October 28, 2013
by TV Scoop - Oct 28, 2013

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VIDEO: Sneak Peek - 'Sister's Keeper' Episode of CBS's HOSTAGES
by - Oct 25, 2013

On the next episode of CBS's HOSTAGES titled 'Sister's Keeper,' when Ellen's sister, Lauren, shows up unexpectedly at their house intending to stay, Duncan forces Ellen to get rid of her without making it look suspicious. (more...)

Scoop: HOSTAGES on CBS - Monday, October 28, 2013
by TV Scoop - Oct 10, 2013

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Gary Clark Jr. Selected VH1's 'You Oughta Know' Artist for November
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2012

VH1 has announced that it has selected rock and soul phenomenon Gary Clark Jr. as its official 'You Oughta Know' Artist for the month of November. (more...)

Lea DeLaria LIVE! Set for 2012 Rhino New Year's Eve Spectacular, 12/31
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2012

The Rhino New Year's Eve Spectacular returns with LEA DeLARIA LIVE! for two performances only Thursday, December 31, at 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM. A genre defying theatrical performer, Broadway star and vocalist Lea DeLaria brings her one of a kind blend of song and hilarious satire to the Victoria. Ring in the New Year with the most outrageous, tuneful show in town. Tickets can be purchased at www.TheRhino.org or by calling (800) 838-3006. (more...)

Lea DeLaria Brings THE LAST BUTCH STANDING to OBERON Tonight, 11/5
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2012

OBERON, the American Repertory Theater's second stage and club theater venue, presents THE LAST BUTCH STANDING, created and featuring singer and comedian Lea DeLaria tonight, November 5 at 8pm. Doors open at 7:30pm. (more...)

American Rep's OBERON Presents BOOM BOOM'S BOW Today, 11/4
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2012

OBERON, the American Repertory Theater's second stage and club theater venue, presents a special show for children and their parents: BOOM BOOM'S BOW, created and featuring singer and comedian Lea DeLaria, co-written with Janette Mason, today, November 4 at 1pm and 4pm. (more...)

Becky Mode's FULLY COMMITTED Plays New Rep, 12/19-30
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2012

New Repertory Theatre proudly announces Becky Mode's wry comedy, FULLY COMMITTED, December 19 through 30, 2012, performing in the Black Box Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA. (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - Tonight's MODERN FAMILY on ABC
by - May 8, 2013

On tonight's episode of ABC's MODERN FAMILY titled "My Hero", Mitch's ex-boyfriend, Teddy, a very personable and successful doctor, invites the whole family to a fundraising event at the local roller rink, and they all run circles around each other as Cam tries to Play It Cool around Teddy. Get a sneak peek below! (more...)

Scoop: MODERN FAMILY on ABC - Today, May 8, 2013
by TV Scoop - May 8, 2013

Get all the scoop on MODERN FAMILY, airing on ABC today, May 8, 2013! (more...)

Exclusive: Full Cast Revealed for SPAMALOT at the Muny; Ragusa, Cahoon, Scherer, Hibbard & More Join - Plus the Voice of Bob Costas!
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2013

As previously announced, John O'Hurley will star as King Arthur. Also starring will be Michelle Ragusa as The Lady of the Lake, Kevin Cahoon as Historian, John Scherer as Sir Robin, David Hibbard as Patsy, Chris Hoch as Sir Lancelot, Ben Davis as Sir Dennis Galahad, and Tally Sessions as Dennis' Mother/Sir Bedevere. Joining them will be broadcast legend Bob Costas as The Voice of God. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Digital Character Card - Robyn Hurder
by BWW - May 3, 2012

Broadway: Grease (Marty), Chicago (Mona), Wedding Singer (Donatella), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang(Violet). Off-Broadway/NYMF: Play It Cool (Lena), Tour De Fierce (starring as Broadway Doll). National Tours: A Chorus Line (Cassie, 1st Nat'l), Spamalot (Lady of the Lake u/s), Starlight Express (Pearl). Regional: Chicago (Roxie). Gratitude must go out to Kathleen, Jay Binder, Professional Artists, BBS, and my beloved friends. So much love to the amazing Hurder and Alves family, and to the love of my life, Clyde. (more...)

Martin Casella's DIRECTIONS FOR RESTORING THE APPARENTLY DEAD Wins 2013 Great Gay Play Contest
by Ben Peltz - May 21, 2013

Pride Films and Plays announces that Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead by Martin Casella was named the winner of the 2013 Great Gay Play Contest. In this lovely new drama, past and present collide when a straight man and gay man reconnect after life-shattering experiences. (more...)

BC Beat at Cielo Features Works by Choreographers Richard J. Hinds, Camille A. Brown and More, 5/21
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2012

Tonight, May 21, 2012 marks the third production of BC Beat at Cielo (18 Little West 12thStreet). Produced by Jennifer Jancuska and The BringAbout Productions, BC Beat offers the Broadway and dance communities another unique and exciting way to experience dance. Focused on storytelling and set in a club with the best sound system in NYC, BC Beat will feature new work by eight highly anticipated choreographers from genres including musical theatre, contemporary, jazz and tap. Smack in the middle of the club, with the audience surrounding the sunken stage and close enough to touch the dancers, choreographers will present their unique way of storytelling and vision for Broadway's future. (more...)

Pride Films and Plays to Present GAY PLAY WEEKEND, 5/17-19
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2013

Five thrilling new works will be showcased in Pride Films and Plays Gay Play Weekend May 17 to 19 at Center on Halsted's Hoover-Leppen Theater. They include: (more...)

Pride Films and Plays Presents GAY PLAY WEEKEND, Now thru 5/19
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2013

Five thrilling new works will be showcased in Pride Films and Plays Gay Play Weekend May 17 to 19 at Center on Halsted's Hoover-Leppen Theater. They include: (more...)

ONCE & ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS Top Outer Critics Circle Awards; Winners Announced!
by BWW Special Coverage - May 14, 2012

Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators for media covering New York theatre announced today its award winners for the 2011-12 season in 24 categories. (more...)

BC Beat at Cielo to Feature Works by Choreographers Richard J. Hinds, Camille A. Brown and More, 5/21
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2012

Monday May 21, 2012 marks the third production of BC Beat at Cielo (18 Little West 12thStreet). Produced by Jennifer Jancuska and The BringAbout Productions, BC Beat offers the Broadway and dance communities another unique and exciting way to experience dance. Focused on storytelling and set in a club with the best sound system in NYC, BC Beat will feature new work by eight highly anticipated choreographers from genres including musical theatre, contemporary, jazz and tap. Smack in the middle of the club, with the audience surrounding the sunken stage and close enough to touch the dancers, choreographers will present their unique way of storytelling and vision for Broadway's future. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul Talk Tony Noms, DOGFIGHT Album, A CHRISTMAS STORY Coming Back, SMASH & More
by Pat Cerasaro - May 12, 2013

Today we are talking to a terrifically talented twosome who are being touted as the next songwriting duo to take New York by storm - and, with DOGFIGHT appearing Off-Broadway at Second Stage last year and A CHRISTMAS STORY setting Broadway alight for a limited run this past holiday season, they are certainly on the fast-track to success - Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Revealing their reaction to last week's 2013 Tony Award nominations for their stupendous score for the screen-to-stage adaptation of A CHRISTMAS STORY as well as all about the creation and ultimate execution of the show itself, Pasek & Paul open up about their creative process and illustrate what makes their music work so well in a theatrical milieu. Most importantly, the songwriters discuss DOGFIGHT - the inspiration for it, writing of it, the recent Off-Broadway production directed by Joe Mantello, and, now, the absolutely spectacular cast album now available on Ghost light - to say nothing of next week's concert celebrating the album release. Additionally, Pasek & Paul share stories of the songs that make up their popular and frequently-produced EDGES, new and old, as well as their plans for future shows. Plus, all about the new material recently written by the duo for NBC's musical drama series SMASH, details about their stage adaptation of Roald Dahl's seminal children's book JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH as well as opinions on fellow songwriting teams and other influential musical theatre icons, as well as much, much more! (more...)

Nominee Reactions: Norm Lewis for PORGY AND BESS - 'Work has spoken for itself, even through the adversity'
by BWW - May 1, 2012

'We are over the moon. The work has spoken for itself, even through the adversity, and I just couldn't be prouder of the cast and the show. I was going to try to Play It Cool this morning, but I was too excited so I was up early watching the broadcast. It is my first nomination! I couldn't believe my name was called - I rewound the broadcast on my DVR just to be sure. I think we'll have a little celebration at work tonight!' (more...)

Scoop: GROWING UP FISHER on NBC - Tuesday, March 25, 2014
by TV Scoop - Mar 9, 2014

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THE BOOK OF MORMON National Tour Cast Unveiled - Creel, Gertner, Ware, Henson, Mambo & More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 25, 2012

Original Broadway cast member Jared Gertner will star as Elder Cunningham in the First National Tour of THE BOOK OF MORMON, launching in Denver from August 14-September 2 at The Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Gertner will join previously announced Gavin Creel as Elder Price. Samantha Marie Ware joins as Nabulungi, as well as Grey Henson as Elder McKinley and Kevin Mambo as Mafala Hatimbi. (more...)

Andrea McArdle, Jenifer Lewis with Marc Shaiman Highlight This Weekend at 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2012

54 Below, Broadway's nightclub just below the legendary Studio 54, presents some of New York's brightest talents… (more...)

St. Michael's Playhouse to Present FOREVER PLAID, 8/1 - 11
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2012

Saint Michael's Playhouse stages FOREVER PLAID, August 1-11. A "sensational Off-Broadway musical," FOREVER PLAID, created by Stuart Ross, staged by Saint Michael's Playhouse, August 1-11 in the McCarthy Arts Center, is one of the most popular musicals in recent history. (more...)

Ben Vereen, Jackie Hoffman, Andrea McArdle, Jenifer Lewis & More Set for 54 Below's July Lineup, Beg. 7/17
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2012

54 BELOW, the new performance venue located just below legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, presents some of Broadway's brightest stars this July. (more...)

Linda Lavin, Morgan James, A NIGHT OF STARS! and More Set for 54 Below, Now thru 1/13
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2013

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, the performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond, featuring Tony Award and Golden Globe winner Linda Lavin, BACKSTAGE, Tony nominee Sally Mayes and award-winning jazz singer/songwriter Mark Winkler, award-winning singer Amber Martin, Sondheim Unplugged, musical legend Darlene Love, The Broadway Boys, Broadway star Morgan James and Night of Stars! (more...)

THE CHOCOLATE SHOW! Begins Performances Off-Broadway Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2014

Performances of Off-Broadway's tastiest new musical The Chocolate Show! begin Saturday, February 1 at 8pm with an official opening set for Valentine's Day, February 14 at 7pm at the 47th Street Theatre, 304 West 47th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. The Chocolate Show! is written by Alan Golub (book, music and lyrics) & Laura Goldfader (book and music), with direction by Dan Foster, choreography by Grady McLeod Bowman and under the music direction of Jeffrey Klitz. Tickets for The Chocolate Show! are $39.50 - $59.50 and can be arranged online at www.ticketcentral.com or by calling 212.279.4200 or at the TicketCentral Box Office located at 416 West 42nd Street. The 47th Street Theatre box office (304 West 47th Street) will open 30 minutes before each performance. (more...)

Tony Nominee Sally Mayes Comes to the Lyric Stage, 2/11
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2014

Join Lyric Stage for a special evening of song from Tony Award nominee Sally Mayes on Tuesday, February 11 at 8 PM at the Irving Arts Center's Dupree Theater, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. (more...)

THE CHOCOLATE SHOW! to Open Off-Broadway on Valentine's Day
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2014

Off-Broadway's tastiest new musical The Chocolate Show! opens tonight, Valentine's Day, February 14 at 7pm at the 47th Street Theatre, 304 West 47th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. Audiences at the opening night performance will each receive the world's most expensive chocolate truffle by chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt. The Chocolate Show! is written by Alan Golub (book, music and lyrics) & Laura Goldfader (book and music), with direction by Dan Foster, choreography by Grady McLeod Bowman and under the music direction of Jeffrey Klitz. (more...)

Tony Nominee Sally Mayes Comes to the Lyric Stage Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2014

Join Lyric Stage for a special evening of song from Tony Award nominee Sally Mayes tonight, February 11 at 8 PM at the Irving Arts Center's Dupree Theater, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. (more...)

Five Finalists Named in PFP's Great Gay Play Contest
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2012

Five finalists have been named in Pride Films and Plays' Great Gay Play Contest for 2013. These five plays will be performed as enhanced staged readings (with movement and design elements) by members of the Artistic Ensemble of Pride Films and Plays during Gay Play Weekend, May 16 to 19, 2013 at Center on Halsted's Hoover-Leppen Theatre, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago. A full performance schedule for the weekend will be announced in January. (more...)

Lea DeLaria LIVE! Set for 2012 Rhino New Year's Eve Spectacular Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 31, 2012

The Rhino New Year's Eve Spectacular returns with Lea DeLaria LIVE! for two performances only tonight, December 31, at 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM. A genre defying theatrical performer, Broadway star and vocalist Lea DeLaria brings her one of a kind blend of song and hilarious satire to the Victoria. Ring in the New Year with the most outrageous, tuneful show in town. (more...)

LEA DeLARIA LIVE! Comes to the Victoria Theatre, Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2012

The Rhino New Year's Eve Spectacular returns with LEA DeLARIA LIVE! for two performances only today, December 31, at 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM. A genre defying theatrical performer, Broadway star and vocalist Lea DeLaria brings her one of a kind blend of song and hilarious satire to the Victoria. Ring in the New Year with the most outrageous, tuneful show in town. Tickets can be purchased at www.TheRhino.org or by calling 800-838-3006. Tickets range from $30-$35. (more...)

Becky Mode's FULLY COMMITTED Plays New Rep, 12/19-30
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2012

New Repertory Theatre proudly announces Becky Mode's wry comedy, FULLY COMMITTED, December 19 through 30, 2012, performing in the Black Box Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA. (more...)

Becky Mode's FULLY COMMITTED Plays New Rep, Now thru 12/30
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2012

New Repertory Theatre announces Becky Mode's wry comedy, FULLY COMMITTED, tonight, December 19 through 30, 2012, performing in the Black Box Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA. (more...)

Tennessee Quartet Royal Bangs to Embark on a Nationwide Tour Accompanied by Fellow Indie Band Bad Suns
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2013

The Knoxville, Tennessee quartet Royal Bangs is set to embark on a nationwide headline tour accompanied by fellow indie band Bad Suns. The tour kicks off January 9 at Three Links in Dallas, TX and includes stops in Austin, TX, Brooklyn, NY, and Nashville, TN. The upcoming tour is in support of their celebrated new LP Brass and follows a successful fall run in support of Crocodiles and Geographer. (more...)

LEA DeLARIA LIVE! Comes to the Victoria Theatre, 12/31
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2012

The Rhino New Year's Eve Spectacular returns with LEA DeLARIA LIVE! for two performances only on Monday, December 31, at 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM. A genre defying theatrical performer, Broadway star and vocalist Lea DeLaria brings her one of a kind blend of song and hilarious satire to the Victoria. Ring in the New Year with the most outrageous, tuneful show in town. Tickets can be purchased at www.TheRhino.org or by calling 800-838-3006. Tickets range from $30-$35. (more...)

Scoop: MODERN FAMILY on ABC - Wednesday, September 4, 2013
by TV Scoop - Aug 19, 2013

Get all the scoop on MODERN FAMILY, airing on ABC on Wednesday, September 4, 2013! (more...)

St. Michael's Playhouse Presents FOREVER PLAID, Now thru 8/11
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2012

Saint Michael's Playhouse stages FOREVER PLAID, tonight, August 1 through August 11. A "sensational Off-Broadway musical," FOREVER PLAID, created by Stuart Ross, staged by Saint Michael's Playhouse, McCarthy Arts Center, is one of the most popular musicals in recent history. (more...)

THE BOOK OF MORMON National Tour Cast Unveiled - Creel, Gertner, Ware, Henson, Mambo & More!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2013

Original Broadway cast member Jared Gertner will star as Elder Cunningham in the First National Tour of THE BOOK OF MORMON, launching in Denver from August 14-September 2 at The Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Gertner will join previously announced Gavin Creel as Elder Price. Samantha Marie Ware joins as Nabulungi, as well as Grey Henson as Elder McKinley and Kevin Mambo as Mafala Hatimbi. (more...)

2013 Tony Nominations - The Nominees React!
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 30, 2013

The Tony Award Nominations were just announced and we'll be doing analysis, nominee reactions, behind the scenes coverage and all sorts of other excitement ALL day. (more...)

2013 Tony Reactions: Pasek & Paul 'running around our apt screaming!'
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2013

Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, nominated for BEST ORIGINAL SCORE for A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL (more...)

THE BOOK OF MORMON National Tour Cast Unveiled - Creel, Gertner, Ware, Henson, Mambo & More!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2013

Original Broadway cast member Jared Gertner will star as Elder Cunningham in the First National Tour of THE BOOK OF MORMON, launching in Denver from August 14-September 2 at The Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Gertner will join previously announced Gavin Creel as Elder Price. Samantha Marie Ware joins as Nabulungi, as well as Grey Henson as Elder McKinley and Kevin Mambo as Mafala Hatimbi. (more...)

Scoop: MODERN FAMILY on ABC - Wednesday, May 8, 2013
by - Apr 22, 2013

Get all the scoop on MODERN FAMILY, airing on ABC on Wednesday, May 8, 2013! (more...)

Photo Flash: MODERN FAMILY's 'My Hero,' Airing 5/8
by TV News Desk - Apr 17, 2013

On MODERN FAMILY's upcoming episode, titled 'My Hero,' Mitch's ex-boyfriend, Teddy, a very personable and successful doctor, invites the whole family to a fundraising event at the local roller rink, and they all run circles around each other as Cam tries to Play It Cool around Teddy, Claire avoids talking to Jay about inheriting his closet business, Phil teaches Gloria how to skate in spectacular fashion, Haley helps Alex talk to some cute boys, and amidst all the chaos Manny and Luke try to figure out whom they'll pick in their family for their 'My Hero' essay assignment, on WEDNESDAY, MAY 8 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on ABC. (more...)

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