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Riant Theatre Announces 2016 Pioneer of the Arts Award Winners
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

The Riant Theatre (Van Dirk Fisher, Artistic Director), a nonprofit theatre supporting playwrights and theatremakers of diverse cultural backgrounds, is holding the Launch Party for its annual Strawberry One-Act and Theatre Festival on Saturday, June 25, 2016, 3pm at the Poet's Den Theatre (309 East 108th Street, NYC). The evening will include the presentation of 2016 Pioneer of the Arts Award For Outstanding Achievement In Television and Theatre to the Emmy-winning stage, film and TV actor Joe Morton, Tony Nominee and eight time AUDELCO Award winner, Andre De Shields, the acclaimed Broadway and television actress Barbara Montgomery, and multiple Grammy Award winner, Broadway musical director and arranger Chapman Roberts. A reception with food, drinks and dancing will follow. Tickets ($50 before June 15th; $60 after that date) are available through The Riant Theatre's website (www.therianttheatre.com) and by calling the box office at 646-623-3488. They can also be purchased (cash only) at the door. (more...)

BWW Dance Review: NIMBUS DANCE WORKS Sets Hearts Ablaze in Geolocate
by Juan Michael Porter II - Jun 7, 2016

The guerdon in attending a repertory company's concert is being able to savor the variety of work on display. Such was the case for Nimbus Dance Works' recent concert at Gibney Dance Center's Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center. Founded by Artistic Director Samuel Pott - a former soloist with The Martha Graham Dance Company and leading dancer with American Repertory Ballet - Nimbus places special emphasis on presenting work that engages communities across all spectrums. In celebration of its eleventh season, the company presented 'Geolocate' - a collection of work created by four choreographers from across the globe - in response to hateful rhetoric currently heard with alarming frequency in the news. This concept clearly spoke to a wide of array of people; the concert that I attended - closing night, June 4th, 2016 - contained the most diverse audience I have ever encountered. (more...)

TRISOMY XXI by G.A. Minton is Set for Release
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2016

PENSACOLA, Fla., June 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ World Castle Publishing announces the upcoming release of Trisomy XXI by G.A. Minton. Trisomy XXI will be published in trade paper (ISBN: 9781629894447, 284 pages, $13.99) and eBook (ISBN: 9781629894454,$3.99) editions. (more...)

The Public Theater Extends Stew & Heidi Rodewald's New Musical THE TOTAL BENT
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2016

The Public Theater announced today that THE TOTAL BENT will extend an additional week through Sunday, June 26. With text by Stew and music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, the team behind the Tony Award-wining musical Passing Strange, which premiered at The Public in 2003, this world premiere musical is directed by Joanna Settle. THE TOTAL BENT officially opened on Wednesday, May 25 and was originally extended to Sunday, June 19. It has now been extended an additional week to Sunday, June 26. (more...)

FoodNetwork.com Serves Up the Perfect Fourth of July Menu, Party Planning Tips and Fun Ideas for the Family
by TV News Desk - Jun 3, 2016

It's time to heat up the barbeque because Food Network is grilling up a new batch of competition this July, starting off with the premiere of Chopped Grill Masters Napa when sixteen top-notch grillers head out of the studio and in to wine country with host Ted Allen for a special five-part tournament beginning Tuesday, July 5th at 10pm. (more...)

Cowtown Debut New Video & Announce New Album 'Paranormal Romance'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

Cowtown are to release their 4th studio LP Paranormal Romance this August 19th with Athens, Georgia label HHBTM Records in the USA on ghostly white vinyl. (more...)

Phil Hearne and Tom Cawte Join TWOPENCE TO CROSS THE MERSEY Autumn 2016 Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

The cast for the highly anticipated Autumn 2016 tour of Helen Forrester's TWOPENCE TO CROSS THE MERSEY has been announced. (more...)

Nitto Tire to Present Florida Georgia Line's 2016 Dig Your Roots Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2016

Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc., a leading manufacturer of off-road and street performance tires, has announced that it has become the presenting sponsor of Florida Georgia Line's 2016 Dig Your Roots tour. (more...)

Weston Playhouse Theatre Company to Present Dael Orlandersmith's FOREVER
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2016

One of America's most highly acclaimed playwrights and actors, Dael Orlandersmith is a Pulitzer finalist, an Obie winner, and a Drama Desk nominee. In 2014, she brought her groundbreaking monologue Stoop Stories to Weston's OtherStages. This summer she's back with her latest tour de force, a gripping and beautiful, must-see memoir entitled Forever. (more...)

BrightSide Theatre Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2016

Artistic Director Jeffrey Cass and Executive Director Julie Ann Kornak are proud to announce BrightSide Theatre's 2016-2017 Season - 'Season Six- Classic Broadway' - Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Moon Over Buffalo and Guys & Dolls. 'These three classic shows are recognized to be of the highest quality of their kind and will keep you entertained all season,' explains Executive Director Julie Ann Kornak. (more...)

SCREENS, AND THEN COME THE NIGHTJARS and More Set for Theatre503's Autumn 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2016

Building on the success of 2016's spring season, which garnered a total of eight Off West End Award nominations and included Stuart Slade's highly-acclaimed BU21, Theatre503's autumn season comprises of four works of outstanding new writing. (more...)

Beisspony Tear Up Austin in 'Hell Must Be a Radio Station' Video
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2016

After some exciting, experimental sets at this year's SXSW, German duo Beisspony releases their video for “Hell Must Be a Radio Station” today via PureVolume. (more...)

IN THE SHADOW OF A DREAM Set for MITF
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

John A. Adam's drama, IN THE SHADOW OF A DREAM, is a cathartic dark night of the soul as two unlikely individuals go on a road trip. (more...)

BWW Review: THE DIVINE SISTER Offers Nun Control at Celebration Theatre
by Brett Cullum - Jun 21, 2016

Right now the world needs a good chuckle at the pious and prissy, and this production answers that divine calling with ease. If you're a devout Catholic or easily offended, maybe this one isn't for you. But if you can appreciate gender bending joined with slapstick camp you've found your Salvation. (more...)

BWW Review: George Bernard Shaw's MAJOR BARBARA Aims to Prove Money and Munitions Rule the World
by Shari Barrett - Jun 17, 2016

At a time when many considered women to be mentally and emotionally incapable of even voting in elections, Shaw portrayed strong, smart women with the ability to contribute to society at sophisticated levels. Shaw also explored class interactions and inspired audiences to laugh at the absurdities inherent within them. These two themes are certainly apparent in MAJOR BARBARA, now onstage at the Meta Theater in Hollywood, presented by Infinite Jest Theatre Company, directed with passion for Shaw's words by Branda Lock with Assistant Director Bruce Starrett. (more...)

BWW Interview: From the Carlyle to California- Lena Hall Prepares for Her HEDWIG Return!
by Richard Ridge - Jun 15, 2016

Tony-winner and Grammy nominee Lena Hall returns to Cafe Carlyle with Oh! You Pretty Things, running through June 25. The all-new show acts as a love letter to Lena's rock & roll spirit guides, the pantheon of misfits and rebels who inspired us to transcend by transforming themselves. This intimate journey through Lena's personal love life will reveal how pivotal these artists have been in helping her navigate her relationships, shining like beacons and helping her shape her voice and her identity, again and again. At Cafe Carlyle, Lena Hall will be joined by a band including Justin Craig, Watt White and Brian Fishler. Oh! You Pretty Things is directed by Stephen Amato. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Tony Winner Lena Hall Returns To Cafe Carlyle
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 15, 2016

Tony-winner and Grammy nominee Lena Hall returned to Cafe Carlyle with Oh! You Pretty Things, last night and BroadwayWorld was there. The all-new show acts as a love letter to Lena's rock & roll spirit guides, the pantheon of misfits and rebels who inspired us to transcend by transforming themselves. This intimate journey through Lena's personal love life will reveal how pivotal these artists have been in helping her navigate her relationships, shining like beacons and helping her shape her voice and her identity, again and again. At Cafe Carlyle, Lena Hall is joined by a band including Justin Craig, Watt White and Brian Fishler. Oh! You Pretty Things is directed by Stephen Amato. The engagement runs through June 25th. (more...)

New Musical CHANCE to Play Fresh Fruit Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2016

Take a 'Chance' and travel back to the 80s with CHANCE - A New Musical Play about Love, Risk, and Getting It Right! (more...)

BWW Review: Devilishly Wicked Satire on the Drill Hall Stage in FATHER, FATHER, FATHER at #NAF16
by David Fick - Jul 8, 2016

The winner of a Silver Standard Bank Ovation Award last year, Robaby's FATHER, FATHER, FATHER is back on the National Lottery Fringe at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. A devilishly wicked satire, this physical theatre piece was created by cast members Roberto Pombo, Joni Barnard and Rachael Neary under the direction of Toni Morkel. (more...)

STAR TREK to Celebrate 50th Anniversary at San Diego Comic-Con
by TV News Desk - Jul 5, 2016

Star Trek invites fans to celebrate the iconic franchise's 50th anniversary at Comic-Con International 2016 in San Diego with a lineup of panels, events, activations and merchandise exclusives from July 21-24. (more...)

Freeform Orders New Comedy Pilot ALONE TOGETHER from Andy Samberg
by TV News Desk - Jul 5, 2016

As Freeform's summer slate rolls out, Karey Burke, executive vice president, Programming and Development, announced a new comedy pilot ALONE TOGETHER by The Lonely Island team of Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer. (more...)

BWW Review: LES MISERABLES at The Esplanade
by Rocky Christopher Fajardo - Jul 26, 2016

THE ESPLANADE THEATER, Singapore - There is no doubt that LES MISERABLES has taken the form of the mammoth blockbuster musical it is now thirty years after its first production and it is clear that this 2016 re-imagined production - currently taking over Southeast Asian theaters and filling them up to the rafters - is a decisive indication that this Cameron Mackintosh ticket is all set to march on for another 30 years, or perhaps even longer. (more...)

Festival Latino to Celebrate 20th Anniversary This August in Bicentennial Park
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

?Festival Latino, the largest Latin event in Ohio, marks its 20th anniversary in 2016. (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 7/23/2016
by - Jul 23, 2016

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 7/23/2016. (more...)

Cutting-Edge Comedy Trio Unitard to Descend on Provincetown's Art House
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

Producer Mark Cortale, nationally known for bringing cutting edge comedy to Provincetown, has announced that he will present New York comedy trio Unitard in Provincetown with their acclaimed show 'House of Tards' for one show only - in what the troupe calls 'an evening of 'Dangerous Adult Comedy' - on August 9 at 9:30 PM. (more...)

5th Annual KidsFit Jamathon (Fitness and Wellness Expo) Brings Over 3,000 Participants
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

Come join or be a part of one of the largest summer events for camps with over 3,000 participants. This year, being the 5th anniversary, it will be bigger than ever! In addition to dancing, demos, health vendors, goody bags and raffles, there will be a Crazy Games Kidz Zone, Obstacle Course, Bounce Houses and other fun games and activities. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 17, 2016
by - Jul 17, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 17 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 16, 2016
by - Jul 16, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 16 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 7/16/2016
by - Jul 16, 2016

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 7/16/2016. (more...)

On Heels of Tech Money Video, Zion I Releases STAY WOKE Mixtape
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Following the much hailed video about Oakland's massive gentrification 'Tech Money,' hip-hop MC Zion I drops his latestmixtape,'Stay Woke,' continues with his message of social consciousness, urging folks to wake up. Production is shared by Mikos DaGawd, HawkBeatz, Kristo, and Headnodic. (more...)

Reagle Music Theatre to Present CRAZY FOR YOU, 8/4-14
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

Broadway veteran Kirby Ward will direct and star in Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston's Crazy for You, George and Ira Gershwin's musical comedy about a 1930's playboy who just wants to dance.  Crazy for You is the final production in the company's 48th consecutive summer season and will run for 8 performances from August 4-14, 2016 at the Robinson Theatre (617 Lexington St. Waltham, MA, 02452).  In addition to directing, Ward will reprise his spectacular Olivier Award-nominated role as "Bobby Child", the part he originated for the 1993 London premiere.  This high energy production will also star Broadway veteran Beverly Ward (Epic Proportions, Billy Elliot ) as "Polly Baker."  The family-friendly show features flashy tap dance numbers and such memorable songs as 'Someone to Watch Over Me,' 'Embraceable You' and 'I Got Rhythm." Original choreography by Susan Stroman reproduced by Eileen Grace (Radio City Christmas Spectacular, 42nd Street). (more...)

BWW Review: 2016 Re-imagined LES MISERABLES Production at The Esplanade
by Rocky Christopher Fajardo - Jul 12, 2016

THE ESPLANADE THEATER, Singapore - There is no doubt that LES MISERABLES has taken the form of the mammoth blockbuster musical it is now thirty years after its first production and it is clear that this 2016 re-imagined production - currently taking over Southeast Asian theaters and filling them up to the rafters - is a decisive indication that this Cameron Mackintosh ticket is all set to march on for another 30 years, or perhaps even longer. (more...)

WHAT GOD CAN DO WITH AN IDIOT is Released
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

At age 16, Mark Dutton, D.Min., found himself entrenched in a life of drug abuse, drinking and a rebellious lifestyle. It wasn't until one night when God used a Christian friend to lovingly question Dutton's Salvation. Dutton then trusted Christ as his Lord and Savior and his life was radically changed. (more...)

BWW Review: LES MISERABLES at The Esplanade
by Rocky Christopher Fajardo - Jul 11, 2016

THE ESPLANADE THEATER, Singapore - There is no doubt that LES MISERABLES has taken the form of the mammoth blockbuster musical it is now thirty years after its first production and it is clear that this 2016 re-imagined production - currently taking over Southeast Asian theaters and filling them up to the rafters - is a decisive indication that this Cameron Mackintosh ticket is all set to march on for another 30 years, or perhaps even longer. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 11, 2016
by - Jul 11, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 11 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Actors' Theatre of Columbus to Present Shakespeare's THE WINTER'S TALE with an Appalachian Twist
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2016

Appalachia and the Bard will collide with ATC's adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale (July 21 - August 7) directed by Micah Logsdon. Sometimes dark tragedy, sometimes uproarious comedy, The Winter's Tale sets the story of one of Shakespeare's more disparate and modern works, at the turn of the 19th & 20th century, between the coal mining country of Eastern Kentucky and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Inspired in part by the album Jean Ritchie & Doc Watson at Folk City and heavily flavored with traditional mountain and American folk music performed by the cast, the play will celebrate the culture and the music of Appalachia, a region with strong cultural, musical and linguistic ties to Shakespeare's England, with a tragedy and joy that is uniquely and entertainingly American. (more...)

BWW Review: Say Hello to a Hilarious THE BOOK OF MORMON
by Misha Davenport - Jul 1, 2016

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Photo Flash: NACL Theatre's COURAGE Plays Sold-Out Run at Apple Pond Farm
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2016

In preparation for a premiere on Governors Island in New York City in 2017, NACL Theatre, based in Highland Park, NY, presented a site-specific 'Walk-In-Progress,' COURAGE, at Apple Pond Farm (Callicoon Center, NY) on July 22-24 to capacity audiences. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

NBC Picks Up New Drama Series from Tony Award-Winning Playwright
by TV News Desk - Aug 3, 2016

NBC has given a pilot production commitment to the new drama Salvation, from Tony Award winning playwright Warren Leight, CRASH's Paul Haggis and Sony TV. (more...)

Jeannette Bayardelle to Lead Theatre By The Sea's SISTER ACT
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2016

Get ready to rejoice! SISTER ACT, the gloriously funny five-time Tony-nominated musical, is taking the stage at Bill Hanney's award winning Theatre By The Sea (TBTS). SISTER ACT will begin Wednesday, August 17, and plays thru Sunday, September 4, 2016. Press night is scheduled for Friday, August 19 at 8p.m. (more...)

Production Begins; New Casting Announced for Freeform's ALONE TOGETHER
by TV News Desk - Aug 26, 2016

Production started this week in Los Angeles on the new Freeform comedy pilot ALONE TOGETHER by The Lonely Island team of Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer. (more...)

Savion Glover's CHRONOLOGY OF A HOOFER Set For World Premiere at NJPAC
by Nora Dominick - Aug 23, 2016

Tony Award winner Savion Glover, the tap master of Broadway's Shuffle Along, chronicles his lifework and pays tribute to his mentors in the world premiere of Savion Glover's Chronology of a HooFer. (more...)

Storm Theatre and Blackfriars Repertory Theatre Present TWO HEAVENLY ONE-ACT COMEDIES
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

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Stage Traffic Productions Announces Premiere of New Musical THIS LITTLE LIFE OF MINE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

The World Premiere of This Little Life of Mine will run at Park Theatre for a limited season from 4 October - 29 October, with press night on 5 October. This brilliant, brand new production will run in Park90, and will be the first musical drama to examine the real lives of modern Londoners, with the pressure of high expectation and the worry of underachieving.  (more...)

Stephen Baldwin Stars in Faith-Based Film SCARLETT, Coming to Theaters in September
by Movies News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

Strong Foundation Films is proud to announce that the new feature film, SCARLETT, will hit select cities nationwide on September 2, 2016. (more...)

BWW Preview: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Worships at the Altar of a Rock-And-Roll Goddess
by Katricia Lang - Aug 19, 2016

The Alley Theatre brings Tony Award-nominated musical A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN to its Hubbard stage. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Theatre By The Sea's SISTER ACT
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

Theatre By The Sea's production of SISTER ACT plays now through September 4, and BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Brown Paper Box Co. to Stage THE BALTIMORE WALTZ This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Brown Paper Box Co. is excited to announce their second main stage production of their 2016/2017 season - The Baltimore Waltz by Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel. (more...)

AMERICAN PLEASURE Set for Release, 11/11
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2016

'A brutal, painfully honest account of sexuality, vice, derangement of the senses... 'American Pleasure' is a love letter that punches you in the gut.' - Tyler Wintermute, MOA American Artist Judson Vereen is pleased to announce the release of his debut novel, 'American Pleasure.' 'American Pleasure' is a psycho-sexual first person narrative by American artist Judson Vereen. Set in San Francisco, the work explores exactly one year of the writers various personal struggles within a rapidly changing city. Judson, the books author and narrator, is a high school drop out resigned to inner city bohemia. He gives a tell-all account of his various bouts with addiction, financial insecurity and uncontrollable sexual impulses, all while pursuing his training as an EMT, his 'only Salvation.' His struggles are exacerbated when he becomes romantically entangled with the magnetic Lindsay Larson, a local budding Adult film star. The author falls in love with Lindsay, just as she gains notoriety in the world of hardcore pornography and extreme disgrace sex, throwing him into a whirlwind of turmoil, desperation and obsession. The author reveals thoughts on various themes ranging from urban vice, sexual humiliation, and recovery. The book is a reflection of the turbulent times in which it was written. Graphic content. Strong sexual themes. This is a pre-release announcement. The novel will become available for purchase November 11th, 2016. It will be available in paperback and e-book formats. If you would like more information, or to schedule an interview with the author, write to: Tarantulapress@gmail.com More information for 'American Pleasure': Judsonvereen.com Americanpleasurenovel.com #americanpleasure (more...)

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