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'Your Heart, God's Firebox' is Released
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2017

Art Conrad's new book, Your Heart, God's Firebox ($12.99, paperback, 9781498498302; $6.99; eBook, 9781498498319) gives seven qualities-seven logs, so to speak-to put on the fire that God put in readers hearts at Salvation to keep the fire burning. The goal of the book is to take the fire that God put in our hearts at Salvation, and have it grow from a smolder to a flame, and then to an inferno. God wants our hearts to blaze on fire for Him, as we grow in His love, for all of eternity. Conrad uses God's plan, from 2 Peter 1:3-8 and gives readers' seven practical steps for how they can keep the fire burning. (more...)

BWW Review: ADELAIDE FRINGE 2017: THE CHEMSEX MONOLOGUES at Clubroom At The GC, The German Club
by Barry Lenny - Mar 9, 2017

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'The Manual: Once Saved, Always Saved Vs. Eternal Security' is Released
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

In Bishop Otis Kenner, II, Th.D's new book, The Manual: Once Saved, Always Saved Vs. Eternal Security ($12.99, paperback, 9781498483094; $6.99; eBook, 9781498483100) he explains that 'once saved, always saved' has been observed as a license to live in sin, a door mate for all types of filthy living. However, that is not what this doctrine was intending to do, but instead to demonstrate the longevity of believers Salvation in Christ, who is the Guarantor of Salvation. This book will help readers study more of the security of Christ rather than the imperfections of men. Readers will come to an understanding that believers are not saved by good works. It is impossible for anyone to keep Salvation on their own. (more...)

FUN HOME Kicks off Portland Center Stage at The Armory's 30th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

Portland Center Stage at The Armory kicks off its 30th anniversary season with the "heart-gripping and cathartic" musical Fun Home, which swept the 2015 Tony Awards with five wins. (more...)

16th Annual Tribeca Film Festival Announces Lineup - 57 World Premieres, 40% Women Directed, Sports Themes and More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

The 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, today announced its lineup of 57 thought-provoking and diverse short films in competition, including 36 world premieres. The selected shorts, 40% of which were directed by women, and include filmmakers from every corner of the globe, were curated from a record 4,385 submissions. They will be presented in 10 distinct competition programs, consisting of five narrative, four documentary, and, for the second year, one animated program. In addition, there is the Sports Shorts program as part of the 11th annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, sponsored by Mohegan Sun. The Shorts program, sponsored by Nutella Originals, is a part of the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, which runs April 19-30. (more...)

Playwrights Horizons Kicks Off LIVEforFIVE Lottery for THE PROFANE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

Playwrights Horizons is now accepting entries today, Monday, March 6, for the LIVEforFIVE online lottery for $5 tickets to their world premiere production of The Profane, a new play by Zayd Dohrn (Outside People, Reborning). (more...)

Irish Repertory Theatre Presents the World Premiere of REBEL IN THE SOUL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

Irish Repertory Theatre will present the world premiere of Larry Kirwan's REBEL IN THE SOUL. (more...)

Joe McElderry Releases New Single 'Gloria', Will Head Out on UK Tour This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

Singing sensation Joe McElderry has been back in the studio recording his anticipated new album SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES. The album will be released this July but fans will be able to pre-order on iTunes from Mother's Day. Joe will also release his new single Gloria in time for Mother's Day on 6th March with a special limited edition CD available to buy on Amazon as the perfect Mothers' Day gift. (more...)

Leonard Escudero Pens I, JOHN
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

'I, John': a gripping and dynamic tale of the covert effort of one man, granted ongoing life by the hand of Jesus, to teach the Gospel of Love for the Salvation of all souls. 'I, John' is the work of novice author Leonard Escudero, seeking to share his gift of the written word. (more...)

Michael C. Southard Releases THE DOCTRINE OF SALVATION
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

'The Doctrine of Salvation; A Beginner's Guide to Understanding Biblical Theology: What Does Biblical Salvation Really Mean': a wonderfully simple and easily understandable text that will bring the reader a new level of appreciation of biblical doctrine. 'The Doctrine of Salvation; A Beginner's Guide to Understanding Biblical Theology: What Does Biblical Salvation Really Mean' is the creation of published author, Michael C. Southard, a United States Navy Veteran with a strong and vast wealth of Biblical knowledge. (more...)

Geraldine Thomas Pens 'Street Life and Prayer'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

Geraldine Thomas, a recovered addict, has completed her new book 'Street Life and Prayer': a gripping and cautionary tale about the slippery slope of drug addiction. For anyone who has ever considered experimenting with drugs or alcohol, 'Street Life and Prayer' is a sobering look at the pitfalls of addiction and the road back to recovery. Through prayer, meditation and faith in God, the author found a way to heal her body, soul and mind. When facing the darkness and despair of crack cocaine addiction, she sought the help and forgiveness of God to successfully see her way out. Once the decision to heal was made, the journey of suffering finally concluded. (more...)

MobileCause Hires Chief Marketing Officer, Kristal Bogle
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2017

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'DISCORD', PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, FEEDING THE DRAGON Among Primary Stages' 2017-18 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2017

Primary Stages has announced its complete 2017/18 Season, which will kick off in Fall 2017 with THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THOMAS JEFFERSON, CHARLES DICKENS AND COUNT LEO TOLSTOY: DISCORD, written by Scott Carter ('Real Time with Bill Maher') and directed by Kimberly Senior (Disgraced). (more...)

MobileCause Expands its Executive Management Team
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2017

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Comedy trio Unitard Announces Residency at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2017

Comedy trio Unitard (Mike Albo, Nora Burns and David Ilku) have announced their residency at Joe's Pub at The Public, kicking off with the premiere date May 3. The acclaimed comedy trio Unitard is made up of the combined talents of Mike Albo (former New York Times columnist and author of The Underminer as well as established solo performer), Nora Burns (of the comedy group The Nellie Olesons), and David Ilku (member of the Dueling Bankheads) (more...)

People's Light Launches Crowdfunding Campaign around New Play About Commercial Sexual Exploitation
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2017

In March 2017, People's Light launches a month-long crowdfunding campaign around the world premiere production of Project Dawn, a vital new play inspired by Project Dawn Court in Philadelphia, a real-life innovative court program designed to transform the lives of women trapped within the commercial sex industry. The $7,500 campaign goal will underwrite theatre tickets for targeted communities who could benefit from seeing the play, but who would not otherwise attend, including: social workers, teachers, first responders, parole officers, law enforcement, and students training in these fields. Partial and complete ticket subsidies for these key groups will expand the production's reach, as well as foster empathy and understanding among those who serve our most vulnerable populations. (more...)

Bishop Jeffery E. Battle, Sr. Shares 'Church N' Compromise'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2017

'Church N' Compromise': a wakeup call to all complacent Christians who have failed to listen to the word of God. 'Church N' Compromise' is the creation of published author, Bishop Jeffery E. Battle, Sr. (more...)

Jimmy Wayne Comes to Catawba Valley Community College
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

Catawba Valley Community College's Interdisciplinary Read Committee will host two performances March 28 by Jimmy Wayne, author of Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way. He will appear in the Tarlton Complex at 11 a.m. and again at 6 p.m.  The Public is Invited to Attend This Free Community Event. (more...)

Why Not Theatre to Celebrate Emerging and Indie Artists with RISER Project 2017
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

Why Not Theatre presents RISER Project 2017, a collaborative producing model for local emerging and indie artists, April 17-May 13 at The Theatre Centre. RISER Project 2017, featuring the world premieres of four new Canadian plays; The Draupadi Project, Pearle Harbour's Chautauqua, El Retorno/I Return and Two Birds One Stone, is being presented as part of Why Not Theatre's 10th  anniversary season. (more...)

Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre presents Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical EVITA at the Firehouse Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2017

Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre is proud to present the Tony Award winning musical EVITA with Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lyrics by Tim Rice. (more...)

Citizen Cope to Bring Intimate, Acoustic Show to Mayo Center This April
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

Citizen Cope comes to Mayo Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 8 pm for a unique acoustic performance - an even more intimate side of one of today's most genuine songwriters. (more...)

BWW Review: Scena Theatre's THE NIGHT ALIVE is Supernaturally Good
by Barbara Johnson - Mar 22, 2017

"May lost souls find Salvation" is the tagline of Scena Theatre's production of Conor McPherson's modern Irish play THE NIGHT ALIVE. Any lost souls wandering into this production will find it worth seeing for its superb Irish actors, Barry McEvoy and Brian Mallon, alone. They're also likely to find Salvation in a story that elevates the everyday to heavenly heights. (more...)

Neil Diamond World Tour Kicks Off This April; 3 CD Anniversary Collection Out 3/31
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

On March 31. 2017 UME and CMG will release Neil Diamond 50-50th Anniversary Collection, a 3 CD set that marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic, Grammy Award-winning and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member's first hit “Solitary Man.” (more...)

BWW Interview: Holding a Mirror Up to the Audience: Director Stacey Koloski Discusses THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT
by Carla Maria Verdino-Sllwold - Mar 22, 2017

"Superficially the play is a courtroom drama with judge, jury, and attorneys, but really it is a universal exploration of the themes of forgiveness, self-forgiveness, and the willingness to accept others." Portland-based theatre artist Stacey Koloski is talking about her latest project, directing Stephen Adly Guirgis's play, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at Mad Horse Theatre in South Portland. The drama with a cast of sixteen comprised of company regulars and guest artists opens Friday, March 24. (more...)

Syracuse University Department of Drama presents MAJOR BARBARA
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2017

"The greatest of evils and the worst crime is poverty," declared George Bernard Shaw in the introduction to his famous play "Major Barbara". Written in 1906, this deliciously provocative comedy is the next offering in the Syracuse University Department of Drama season. Performances in the Storch Theatre at the Syracuse Stage/Drama complex begin March 31, with the official opening night on April 1. (more...)

The Heather Brothers' HOLY CRAP to Play King's Head Theatre This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

The Heather Brothers, writers of the hugely popular A Slice of Saturday Night, return with a brand new musical comedy brimming with sin, Salvation and sacrilege. Bringing together the creative team from cult hits Shock Treatment and The Toxic Avenger, the premiere marks Benji Sperring's first production at the King's Head following his appointment as Associate Director and the triumph of Shock Treatment. (more...)

BWW Review: Brave, Bold, and Beautiful SPRING AWAKENING at Lyric Music Theater
by Carla Maria Verdino-Sllwold - Mar 20, 2017

South Portland's Lyric Music Theater is taking a bold and daring step in presenting the 2006 musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind's 1891 provocative play, Spring Awakening. The wrenching musical drama explores with a piercing honesty the lives of teenagers and their adult authority figures locked in a lethal struggle as the young men and women search for freedom of expression, sexual liberation and fulfillment, and the embrace of their true identities in a dark, corseted world of repression and convention. The issues raised by Frank Wedekind's play remain as potent and relevant today as they did in the late 19th century, and the Steven Sater book and lyrics and Duncan Sheik music remain true to the essence of the piece. Wedekind's world - the world of Freud and nascent psychology - is a bleak place where adults abuse their children psychologically and physically, where creativity is stifled, and love - as a total expression of body and soul - is forbidden. In this dark universe, the young villagers long in secret and search for a path through the pain. (more...)

Music in the House to Honour Jenny Morris!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

Support Act is very proud to announce that this year it will honour beloved musician and humanitarianJenny Morris OAM at its annual fundraising event, Music in the House. Jenny will be presented with Support Act's Excellence in the Communityaward in recognition of her invaluable services, not only to the music industry but also to the wider Australian community.  This year's Music in the Houselunch will be held on Wednesday, 17 May at the Ivy Ballroom, Sydney. (more...)

SON OF A PREACHER MAN comes to Edinburgh's Festival Theatre
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Mar 17, 2017

Son of a Preacher Man, a heart-warming new musical featuring the soulful music of Dusty Springfield, with a book by Warner Brown and directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, embarks on a national tour starting at Bromley's Churchill Theatre from Monday 4 September 2017, with dates at King's Theatre Edinburgh, 17-21 October. (more...)

Working Theater's BAMBOO IN BUSHWICK to Explore Gentrification in Brooklyn, Off-Broadway This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2017

Working Theater, under the direction of Artistic Producing Director MarkPlesent, has announced that it will present BAMBOO IN BUSHWICK - a new play that explores the varying and complex reactions to gentrification in the suddenly trendy Bushwick section of Brooklyn, as the second fully staged production in the company's FIVE BOROUGHS / ONE CITY project, which is deepening its relationships with communities of working people in their very own neighborhoods. (more...)

CBS Announces Summer Premiere Dates Including Live-Action Game Show CANDY CRUSH
by TV News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

CBS today announced its summer schedule, including the new event series Salvation, the new live-action game show CANDY CRUSH, the third season of ZOO, based on James Patterson's #1 bestselling novel, and the return of the summer sensation BIG BROTHER. (more...)

Pete Townshend Writes New Songs for The Who's TOMMY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2017

Lead songwriter of The Who Pete Townshend has written two new songs exclusively for the touring production of Tommy, produced by the New Wolsey Theatre in co-production with Ramps on the Moon and directed by Kerry Michael. A new version of 'Amazing Journey' will open the show, and after her iconic Act One song Acid Queen, played by original cast member Peter Straker, will make a return in Act Two with a new torch song. (more...)

Luke Sheffield Releases 'Isaiah's Labyrinth'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2017

'Isaiah's Labyrinth': a spellbinding epic about the real, brutal and often deadly struggle for freedom and Salvation. 'Isaiah's Labyrinth' is the creation of published author Luke Sheffield, a public affairs consultant devoted to faith and freedom. (more...)

New Musical SON OF A PREACHER MAN to Tour the UK
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

Son of a Preacher Man, a heart-warming new musical featuring the soulful music of Dusty Springfield, with a book by Warner Brown and directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, embarks on a national tour starting at Bromley's Churchill Theatre from Monday 4 September 2017. (more...)

BWW Review: GOD'S WAITING ROOM Reveals How Telling the Truth Can Set You Free
by Shari Barrett - Mar 13, 2017

Have you ever felt the presence of someone in a room where you are sitting? How about when you are in an ICU waiting room with a loved one just beyond the door, hanging onto life by a thread? Have you ever experienced that person in the waiting room with you, clearing their mind of regrets as they wait in limbo before passing to the other side? Such is the premise of GOD'S WAITING ROOM, a World Premiere play written by Robert Austin Rossi and directed by David Fofi, produced by The Elephant Theatre Company at the Matrix Theatre through April 4. (more...)

Photo Coverage: THE EMPEROR JONES Opens at The Irish Rep
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Mar 13, 2017

Eugene O'Neill's groundbreaking play The Emperor Jones is the story of Brutus Jones, a despot who ascends the throne using lies, intimidation and the politics of fear. Check out photos from opening night below! (more...)

Billye Graham Bowman Pens 'Healing the Pain of Child Abuse'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2017

'Healing the Pain of Child Abuse': a gripping and potent story about hope and redemption. 'Healing the Pain of Child Abuse' is the creation of published author Billye Graham Bowman, a concert artist and graduate of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Austria who carries the message of God's love in song to church services, conventions, revivals and other praise gatherings. This is a book about love, forgiveness and the healing power of God. (more...)

Aurora Theatre Announces Dazzling 2017-18 Performance Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2017

Aurora Theatre is opening the curtain to unveil its 2017-2018 Peach State Federal Credit Union Signature Series! Georgia's second largest professional theater will once again bring Broadway-caliber productions of unsurpassed talent and theatrics to the Lawrenceville's charming downtown square. This season's diverse line-up features THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, ABIGAIL/1702, MAYTAG VIRGIN,RIPCORD and the highly anticipated return of the celebrated holiday classic CHRISTMAS CANTEEN 2017. One additional show, a blockbuster musical slated for a Spring 2018 production, is an audience favorite and will be announced over the summer. Led by co-founders Anthony Rodriguez and Ann-Carol Pence, the upcoming season offers something for theatergoers of all ages with a main stage mix of musicals, comedies and dramas!  (more...)

Brent Chrishon Releases OUR PURE NEED OF OBEDIENCE TO THE LAW OF GOD
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2017

'Our Pure Need of Obedience to the Law of God': a message about the revelation of God to our dark world in preparation for His return. 'Our Pure Need of Obedience to the Law of God' is the creation of published author Brent Chrishon, a former sales professional who left his career to attend missionary school. He and his wife, Anika, and children have since dedicated their lives to spreading God's word both in the United States and abroad. (more...)

LA Opera Presents THE TALES OF HOFFMAN, Starring Diana Damrau, 3/25-4/15
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2017

General Director Placido Domingo has announced complete casting details for LA Opera's upcoming presentation of The Tales of Hoffmann. (more...)

Craig Canfield Shares THE GREATEST GIFT EVER
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2017

In Craig Canfield's new book, The Greatest Gift Ever ($16.99, paperback, 9781498483032, $8.99, eBook, 9781498483049) he shares with readers his desire to help motivate, inspire, and teach others by divulging what his Christian walk resembled before, during, and after discovering what he believe to be 'the greatest gift ever.' After applying The Greatest Gift Ever to your life, readers will become someone they never imaged possible. The more readers apply The Greatest Gift Ever to their life, the greater their transformation will ultimately become and it will positively impact the world around them. (more...)

'Who is a Perfect Man? Who is a Perfect Woman?' is Released
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2017

In Bamidele Kings' new book, Who is a Perfect Man? Who is a Perfect Woman? ($21.49, paperback, 9781498443272, $9.99, eBook, 9781498443289) readers will learn that the Bible says in 2 Chronicles 7:14 'If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.' When we carefully look at what is happening worldwide we will realize that we are completely adrift. God is a God of second chance, He is ready to receive us but we as Christians have to humble ourselves, pray and seek His face, return unto Him for healing worldwide and for our children's sake. (more...)

Windermere Realtor Kathryn Lerner Elevating the Mercer Island...
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2017

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WP Theater's 2017 Gala, Hosted by Lena Hall, Will Honor Debra Messing and More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2017

WP Theater (formerly Women's Project Theater), under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Lisa McNulty and Managing Director Michael Sag, has announced WP Theater's 32nd Annual Gala, honoring game-changing women with the Women of Achievement Awards. The gala will honor Emmy Award-winning actress and activist Debra Messing ('Will & Grace,' Outside Mullingar) and trailblazing media executive, President of BBC Worldwide North America, Ann M. Sarnoff. (more...)

A LOOK BEYOND THE VEIL is Released
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2017

In Norman William Girard's new book, A Look Beyond the Veil ($14.99, paperback, 9781498497664; $7.99, eBook, 9781498497671) readers will see that in Hosea 4:6 it says that God's people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. The purpose of this book is to reveal truth, and to impart spiritual knowledge to believers, that they might receive an understanding of the things of God, and in so doing enter into His Life. Girard's hope is that readers will receive a deep understanding of the person of God, along with His plan and purpose toward His created, and also come into a knowledge of the Salvation that can only be found through Jesus Christ. (more...)

Cleveland Orchestra Announces Fourth Annual Summers@Severance Concerts, 7/14-8/18
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2017

Following three successful seasons of Summers@Severance concerts (inaugurated in 2014), The Cleveland Orchestra has announced a fourth year of Summers@Severance concerts on Friday nights at Severance Hall.  The series of orchestra concerts, sponsored by Thompson Hine LLP, will take place July 14, July 28, and August 18, 2017.  (more...)

Julie Stautland Announces TRAUMA QUEEN
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2017

In Julie Stautland's new book, Trauma Queen ($15.49, paperback, 9781498468732, $7.99, eBook, 9781498468749) readers will learn that God's saving grace is for everyone. No matter what someone has done, or no matter how damaged someone may feel, God's love can completely heal and restore. This gift of Salvation and restoration is for everyone who accepts it. Giving Jesus your life is actually getting your life back. Only total surrender of our lives to Jesus will give us the self-esteem, security and significance that we all seek. (more...)

Chi Davis Shares BY HIS GRACE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2017

Chi Davis' new book, By His Grace ($14.99, paperback, 9781498493239, $7.99, eBook, 9781498493246) tells the story of a daughter of an American Soldier, who fled to America as a Vietnamese refugee. Chi Davis shares her story of how her relationship with the Lord was made stronger by each of the trials she endured throughout her life. She recounts how the terrors and hardships of war, abandonment, physical and psychological abuse, fear, depression and other personal struggles were part of God's plan to bring her to a personal relationship with Him. Each seemingly devastating life event is shown to glorify the Lord and demonstrates that He is the one in control. Beginnings, separations, brokenness, grace: each tell a story of struggles and redemption where the author recounts how the Spirit was using each tribulation to draw her to Salvation. (more...)

Heath Green and The Makeshifters Premiere New Track; Debut LP Out Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

You would think that with all of the attention being paid to the resurgence of Alabama soul music that someone like Heath Green would surely be on the radar of every A&R guy out of Nashville by now (more...)

Sweet Spirit Debuts Blazing New Single 'The Power'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

Austin's eight-piece self-described "freak parade" Sweet Spirit just premiered "The Power", the debut single from their upcoming album St. Mojo, on Tom Scharpling's The Best Show. (more...)

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