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They revert to their childhood names—Maxie, Petie, Mitchie—these three buddies, who haven’t seen each other since their high school graduation party 20 years ago. It’s time to get wasted and relive the fun-the sunlit days of autumn leaves, moon pies and girls in lambswool sweaters. But it’s risky, trying to get in touch with—maybe even understand—their past selves. Memories aren’t always reliable, hurt runs deep and apologies come hard in this scathingly funny look at high school reunions and the complex nature of male friendship.


THE PRINCIPAL'S DAUGHTER Wins Dog Ear Publishing Award
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

When Russ Katz heard the story a hair stylist in his building was telling about her life in Vietnam and how she came to the United States, it stuck with him. Eventually he decided the world needed to hear her story, and the result is 'The Principal's Daughter,' based on Tran LĂŞ Kim Tuyen's life. Katz's book has earned the Dog Ear Publishing Award of Literary Excellence - and has led to at least one unexpected Reunion. Katz couldn't be more thrilled. 'I was excited to hear about the award of excellence,' he said. 'I immediately told everyone around me at the time. To think that something I wrote could even be considered - it made my day.' Dog Ear Publishing's editorial team determines award winners, with the managing editor, editorial services manager and the publisher reviewing its recommendations. Winning books include the award logo on their covers. Although Katz is happy about the award, it's a Reunion that took place as a result of his research that makes him most proud. 'While telling me the story, Kim had remembered the soldier's name her family was friendly with (in Vietnam). It wasn't a common name, so later that day I did a little research and found him living just two hours away.' Nearly a year later, Kim and her sister Joanna met for dinner with that soldier, Robert Toporek. 'I learned the soldier had spent considerable time looking for Kim's sister (who had moved to America before the war ended) and she for him as well,' Katz said. 'The looks on their faces when they saw each other after 40 years was priceless.' 'The Principal's Daughter: Based on the True Story of Tran LĂŞ Kim Tuyen' describes Kim's life starting as a happy 10-year-old playing among trees. When the Viet Cong marched just 100 meters from her home near Saigon and began attacking the nearby U.S. Army base, her life changed forever. She and her family spent that night in 1968 huddled in a makeshift cellar, fearing for their lives when their home was caught in the crossfire. 'While Kim was cutting my hair, she started telling me about where she was from and how she came to the United States. Her daring boat escape, being fired upon and thrown in jail. This story rang through my head in so many different scenarios I couldn't stop thinking about it,' Katz said. 'Although the Vietnam War has been a source of controversy for many decades, I don't think people really understand why the war began in the first place. Although I didn't go into this in much detail, I hope people could see the beautiful place Vietnam was before the war and the impact it had on them after it ended. Hollywood only tells the stories of the soldiers, but what about the people the soldiers went to try to protect, what happened to all of them?' Dog Ear editor Leslie Wilhelm Hatch writes that the book gives a view of Vietnam that probably few people have thought about. 'Russ Katz's story telling style is very approachable - it's very emotional, but not overly so - he lets the facts and the people tell their story without bias or political overtones. The fact that the story is true makes it even stronger. Katz is able to share a lot about Vietnamese culture, growing up in Vietnam, the war itself (how it affected the characters), the country's customs, and the workings of Communism. He shares all this in the context of the story - so not only was I entertained and enthralled, but I learned a lot as well.' 'This manuscript tells an extraordinary story, a story that deserves to be told to as many people as want to know about it,' writes Terry Hummer, editor and publishing consultant with Kevin Anderson & Associates. 'The material is rich, the characters are vivid, and the narrative itself is riveting and moving. I don't think I've ever read a piece of prose that so galvanized my attention. Whatever you do with this, keep Kim's spirit alive. She is a Personage. You are lucky to know her. I am lucky to know something about her now.' Kirkus Reviews describe the book as 'an absorbing taste of the everyday in a place that that was the victim of superpower geopolitics. ... An important contribution to primary-source oral histories of Vietnamese people.' The author finds it funny he would choose to write a book, much less a second book. (His first was 'Evolution,' a science fiction novel published in 2012.) 'I was never good at reading or writing in school; it was my weakest subject,' he said. 'I never found joy in reading until just recently, really just the past year or two. It is somewhat a love-hate relationship. I love the finished product and just how the accomplishment makes me feel.' Katz has set up monthly promotions for 'The Principal's Daughter' through BookDaily.com and plans to do more marketing. Katz, who grew up in East Brunswick, N.J., lives in Fairfax, Va. For additional information, please visit www.RussKatz.com The Principal's Daughter: Based on the True Story of Tran LĂŞ Kim Tuyen Russ Katz Dog Ear Publishing ISBN: 978-1-4575-4892-5 304 pages $15.95 US Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere. (more...)

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN and More Set for Exeter Northcott Theatre's 2017 Spring/Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

Exeter Northcott Theatre has announced its exciting spring/summer 2017 season. (more...)

Columbus State American Sign Language Students Take the Stage at Shadowbox Live
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

Students from the Interpreter Education Program at Columbus State Community College will once again be joining the metaperformers of Shadowbox Live for two shows of Holiday Hoopla! (more...)

Flecktones and Chick Corea Elektric Band Team Up for 2017 Tour
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

There isn't a more elite pairing in music than BELA FLECK and CHICK COREA, and the two will join forces for a North American tour with their respective groups - The Flecktones & Elektric Band - August 5 - 21, 2017. (more...)

Austrian Cultural Forum New York Presents Jazz Legend Karlheinz Miklin with Ron McClure and Billy Hart
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

Jazz aficionados, get ready: Tuesday December 6, 2016 at 7:30 pm the Austrian Cultural Forum New York (11 East 52nd Street, New York, NY) presents three jazz legends from Europe and the U.S. Admission is free, and reservations (online at ACFNY.org or 212-319-5300) are required. (more...)

Chip Deffaa Releases THE CHIP DEFFAA SONGBOOK
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2016

'The Chip Deffaa Songbook'—a double-album featuring nearly 40 theater songs by ASCAP Award-winning playwright/songwriter Chip Deffaa--is out now.  The two-CD set gathers songs that Deffaa wrote or co-wrote for such shows of his as 'George M. Cohan Tonight!,' 'The Seven Little Foys,'  'Mad About the Boy,' 'Presenting Fanny Brice,' 'The Family that Sings Together,' 'Yankee Doodle Dandy,' 'Song-and-Dance Kids,' and 'Theater Boys.' The set, with a suggested  list price of $17.00, is available from Amazon, CDBaby, iTunes, Footlight Records, etc.   It may be ordered here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/thechipdeffaasongbook. (more...)

Liliane Montevecchi in ZIEGFELD FOLLIES OF THE AIR
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2016

Liliane Montevecchi headlines an all-star cast in The Ziegfeld Society of New York City's gala benefit performance of Ziegfeld Follies Of The Air: The New 1934 Live from Broadway Broadcast Revue. (more...)

ZEBRA Performing Their Debut Album in its Entirety LIVE at Mulcahy's
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2016

This winter, Loaded Concerts and WBAB 102.3 will present legendary rock band ZEBRA (A Hammerheads Reunion) performing their 1983 debut self-titled album (which went GOLD and became the fastest selling debut album in the history of Atlantic Records) live at Mulcahy's Pub & Concert Hall on Saturday, January 14th! (more...)

VIDEO: 'DWTS' Winners and Finalists Dish on Season 23 Excitement
by TV News Desk - Nov 23, 2016

Laurie Hernandez and the final four DANCING WITH THE STARS finalists joined 'GMA' live in Times Square this morning to discuss the exciting 23rd season of the show. (more...)

Scoop: ONE MAGNIFICENT MORNING on THE CW - Saturday, December 3, 2016
by - Nov 23, 2016

Get all the scoop on ONE MAGNIFICENT MORNING, airing on THE CW on Saturday, December 3, 2016! (more...)

Laurie Hernandez & Val Chmerkovskiy Take Home DWTS' Mirrorball Trophy!
by TV News Desk - Nov 23, 2016

In the two-hour season finale of DANCING WITH THE STARS on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EST), the three finalists advanced to the final stage of the competition. There were live dancing and show-stopping performances at both The Grove and in the 'Dancing with the Stars' ballroom. (more...)

Matthew Koma Unveils Video for New Single 'Kisses Back'
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

Hit-making songwriter and electronic artist Matthew Koma today premieres the music video for his brand new single, “Kisses Back” out now on RCA Records. (more...)

Cloudwave Attends CITM, Asia's Leading Travel Trade Event
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

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Geva Presents THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2016

Geva Theatre Center presents The Marvelous Wonderettes, an award-winning, musical trip down memory lane. Written and created by Roger Bean with musical arrangements by Brian William Barker, orchestrations by Michael Borth and vocal arrangements by Roger Bean and Brian William Barker, The Marvelous Wonderettes is directed by Melissa Rain Anderson with musical direction by Don Kot. The Marvelous Wonderettes will be performed in the Fielding Stage from December 8 to December 24.  (more...)

PlayMakers Rep to Present Regional Premiere of THE MAY QUEEN This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

PlayMakers Repertory Company will present the regional premiere of "The May Queen" an acclaimed original comedy by Molly Smith Metzler. Directed by Vivienne Benesch, "The May Queen" is the story of Jen Nash, former high school 'May Queen' who returns to her hometown as an office temp. What happens when she meets up with her former classmates? It's a mixed-up mash-up of high school Reunion meets The Office. (more...)

Maxine Peake, Gemma Jones and Martha Goober to Perform in The Old Vic's Inaugural ONE VOICE Event
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

The Old Vic today announces the full programme for the inaugural One Voice performance on Saturday 26 November. (more...)

Washington Stage Guild Revives its Production of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

The Washington Stage Guild starts its 'Pearl Anniversary' season with a remount of one of America's favorite holiday stories in It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. It's Christmas Eve, 1946, and we are the studio audience for a local radio station as its cast of voice actors and one very busy sound effects man broadcast the beloved tale of George Bailey and his encounter with Clarence, his guardian angel. This 'radio play-within-a-play' re-imagines the familiar movie as it would have been heard in homes all over America in the late 40s, when just such a broadcast took place. Playwright (more...)

Scoop: DANCING WITH THE STARS on ABC - Tuesday, November 22, 2016
by - Nov 17, 2016

Get all the scoop on DANCING WITH THE STARS, airing on ABC on Tuesday, November 22, 2016! (more...)

Starz to Present PARTY DOWN and SPARTACUS Thanksgiving Weekend Marathons
by TV News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

STARZ serves up hearty Reunions of fan favorite original series with a #ThrowbackThanksgiving marathon event of the cult classics PARTY DOWN and SPARTACUS on Thanksgiving Weekend (more...)

E! Orders Seasons for Reality Series WAGS & Spin-Off WAGS MIAMI, Airing in 2017
by TV News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

E! announced today a third season pickup for the one-hour, drama-fueled reality series “WAGS' (Wives and Girlfriends of Sports Stars), and a second season pickup of “WAGS Miami” (more...)

Swedish Keyboard Legend Par Lindh Launches New Ensemble 'Triton'
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

Swedish keyboard legend Pär Lindh is launching his new band “TRITON”: The NICE Legacy of ELP & PLP. The new ensemble was created to honor the legacy of The Nice, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and the Pär Lindh Project. (more...)

BWW Review: Chaffin's Barn Does RED, WHITE & TUNA Up Right
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 16, 2016

Just in time to lift your spirits in the wake of a bruising presidential election season, Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre - the iconic theatrical venue, which for 50 years has delighted Nashville audiences on the chow-and-bow circuit - provides ample laughs and plenty of guffaws (along with a bountiful buffet) with their latest version of Red, White and Tuna, which transports audiences to the third smallest town in Texas for yet another down-home, Independence Day-flavored adventure. (more...)

5th Avenue Theatre Launches Friday Night Mobile Lottery
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

With tickets to The 5th Avenue Theatre's highly-anticipated holiday production of Disney's The Little Mermaid (November 23 - December 31, 2016) in high demand, the nation's leading developer of musical theater is working to increase accessibility to affordable tickets for arts buyers, now and throughout the 2016/17 season. (more...)

Jerry Granelli Set for One-Week Residency at The Stone This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

Jerry Granelli will hold a one-week residency at John Zorn's The Stone, January 3-8, 2017. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Jose Llana on His KING AND I Tour and Why He Believes Hope Trumps Hate
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

When Jose Llana was 19, 'Something Wonderful' happened: The Filipino-American actor made his Broadway bow as Lun Tha, the mellow young lover, in Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's 'The King and I.' Lou Diamond Phillips played the titanic and titular ruler of Siam in that 1996 Tony-winning revival. Now, two decades later, Llana has followed in Phillips' footsteps as the new King of Broadway, with his glorious voice and regal bearing. What's more, he is taking the 2015 Tony-winning revival across America. (more...)

West Michigan Celebrates Turkey Day with Activities Throughout the Region
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2016

Thanksgiving is November 24th this year, and West Michigan is ready to celebrate! We love this time surrounded by friends and family as we dine on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner together. Many local businesses are offering dinners of their own, meals to go, and Thanksgiving getaways to help you celebrate. No matter what you decide to do on Thanksgiving, make sure that you get together with loved ones and show thanks for the past year. (more...)

BWW Review: HONKY TONK ANGELS HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR Lands at Stages Repertory Theatre
by Alexander Garza - Nov 14, 2016

THE HONKY TONK ANGELS HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR, the sequel to Ted Swindley's hit musical, THE HONKY TONK ANGELS, takes the stage at Stages Repertory Theatre this holiday season. The Angels perform a holiday Reunion concert in Nashville, and a new member must step in to replace Angela until she returns. The show runs through December 31, 2016, closing with a special New Year's Eve performance. (more...)

First 5 Bands Announced for Brakrock Ecofest
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2016

First 5 Bands Announced for Brakrock Ecofest (more...)

BWW Review: DON PARTIES ON at Holden Street Theatres
by - Nov 13, 2016

Red Phoenix Theatre is producing works that have never been performed in Adelaide. (more...)

BWW Review: FLOOD Teaches a Valuable Lesson at Old 505 Theatre
by Brodie Paparella - Nov 12, 2016

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PHOTO: GLEE Cast Reunites to Show Love for HEDWIG's Darren Criss!
by TV News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

Last night, the cast of FOX's musical dramedy GLEE came out in full force to show their support for fellow Gleek Darren Criss, currently starring in the title role of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. (more...)

Science Channel to Present Every Episode of MYTHBUSTERS, Beginning 12/23
by TV News Desk - Dec 9, 2016

Celebrate this holiday season with the MythBusters - Adam, Jamie, Kari, Grant and Tory - as Science Channel airs every episode ever of MythBusters during MYTHBUSTERS MEGA MARATHON beginning Friday, Dec. 23 at midnight and concluding Sunday, Jan. 3 at 6 AM. (more...)

Scoop: SURVIVOR on CBS - Wednesday, December 14, 2016
by TV Scoop - Dec 8, 2016

Get all the scoop on SURVIVOR, airing on CBS on Wednesday, December 14, 2016! (more...)

BMW Dallas Marathon Announces Sell Out of Half Marathon Distance
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Organizers of the 2016 BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and Behringer Relay announced today the half marathon field is sold out. The sellout of the half marathon in Dallas is in addition to the sellout of the marathon distance announced in November. (more...)

Photo Flash: RANCHO VIEJO Celebrates Opening Night at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Playwrights Horizons presents Rancho Viejo, the world premiere of a new play by Dan LeFranc (The Big Meal at Playwrights, Sixty Miles to Silver Lake, In the Labyrinth) and directed by three-time Obie Award winner Daniel Aukin (Placebo, This at Playwrights; Fool For Love; Bad Jews; 4000 Miles; [sic]). The production opened on December 6 at the company's Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street) and will play through Friday, December 23. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

BMW Dallas Marathon Partners With Uber for Marathon Weekend Transportation
by Molly Tracy - Dec 8, 2016

Organizers for the BMW Dallas Marathon announced a new partnership with Uber, designed to make transportation to and from the two-day BMW Dallas Marathon Health and Fitness Expo and BMW Dallas Marathon race day simpler and seamless. (more...)

The Journey of HAIRSPRAY- From Screen to Stage and Back Again!
by Jeffrey Kare - Dec 7, 2016

Tonight, America shall be introduced to the fourth incarnation of Hairspray. The first was the 1988 original film, the second was the 2002 Broadway musical, the third was its 2007 film adaptation, and now the 2016 live television production on NBC. Hairspray takes place in Baltimore, Maryland in the year 1962, where we meet a plump teenage girl named Tracy Turnblad, whose lifelong dream is to dance on the local TV dance program known as The Crony Collins Show. When Tracy wins a role on the show and becomes an overnight sensation, she luanches a campaign to intergrate the show. As a Welcome to the 60's, let's go back to beginning to learn the history of the property itself. (more...)

BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Sarah Anne Sillers
by Elliot Lanes - Dec 7, 2016

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1812 Productions Adds ALLS I KNOW IS THIS to 20th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

1812 Productions has added to its 20th anniversary season the limited engagement special event, Alls I Know Is This. (more...)

PHOTO: Lea Michele, Jane Lynch & More Attend Wedding of GLEE Star Rebecca Tobin
by TV News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

On Saturday, December 3rd, GLEE star Jane Lynch officiated at the wedding of her cast mate Becca Tobin, who tied the knot with her boyfriend, Zach Martin in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. (more...)

BWW Review: Delightful MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY at Round House
by Roger Catlin - Dec 5, 2016

When every theater company feels compelled to do something Christmas-themed come December, it can lead to either overusing certain titles or creating fluffy trifles. (more...)

Jon Steinhagen's BLIZZARD '67 to Open 16th Street Theater's 10th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

16th Street Theater's 10th anniversary season begins with BLIZZARD '67 by JON STEINHAGEN directed by ANN FILMER January 12 - February 18, 2017 at North Berwyn Park District's 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th Street in Berwyn, with a press opening of Thursday, January 19 @ 7:30 PM.   (more...)

Preview, On-Sale Dates Set for Paula Vogel's INDECENT on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

The producers of Indecent - Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel's newest work, one of the most acclaimed plays of 2016 when it debuted in New York Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre following productions at Yale Repertory Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse - have announced that the production will begin performances on Broadway at the Cort Theatre (138 W 48th St New York, NY), on April 4, prior to its official opening night on April 18. (more...)

Scoop: THE YOUNG POPE on HBO on NBC - Sunday, January 15, 2017
by TV Scoop - Dec 5, 2016

Get all the scoop on THE YOUNG POPE on HBO, airing on NBC on Sunday, January 15, 2017! (more...)

New Historical Thriller, 'The Sphinx and the Secret Atlantis Hall of Records' is Released
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

'The Sphinx and the Secret Atlantis Hall of Records' begins when an American Egyptologist comes across an astonishing find in Giza. He is little prepared for the huge consequences that arise from his discovery. As political and religious forces gather against him, he asks a former student to assist him in his work. (more...)

PHOTO: Lea Michele Shares Photos from Mini GLEE Reunion at Becca Tobin's Wedding!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2016

Several of your favorite Glee actors had a mini-Reunion up in the mountains this weekend, and for the sweetest reason: former cast member Becca Tobin married Zach Martin in a ceremony officiated by Jane Lynch, and many of Tobin's fellow co-stars were on hand to celebrate. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 12/3-12/4/2016
by - Dec 4, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, December 4, 2016 - Sunday, December 4, 2016. (more...)

Photo Coverage: THE MAVERICKS Sleigh Bells Ring Out!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Dec 10, 2016

The Mavericks played the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post last night with their SLEIGH BELLS RING OUT! Show. (more...)

Michael Feinstein, Norm Lewis, Annaleigh Ashford, and More this December at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

This December, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Lynn University to Stage Readings of Three New Plays by Jan McArt in 2017
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

Lynn University and Producer Jan McArt, director of theatre arts program development, will present three of Jan McArt's New Play Readings in 2017. Under the leadership and guidance of McArt, this program develops new plays by highly acclaimed playwrights through staged readings. (more...)

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