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BWW Review: Mon River Arts Gets 'Serious' with LEGALLY BLONDE
by Dylan Shaffer - May 9, 2016

It's not too often that Elizabeth, Pennsylvania is fortunate enough to see real talent grace its stage. Mon River Arts' production of Legally Blonde delivers a surprisingly high-energy performance, coupled with remarkable vocals and excellent use of the Grand Theatre's space. (more...)

Roots of Creation's New LP 'Livin Free' Debuts at #1 on Billboard Reggae Chart
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

The 3-disc deluxe version of Roots of Creation's latest studio album, 'Livin Free,” debuted this week at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart. Released April 22nd on their own label, Bombshelter Records, and distributed by ILS/Caroline/Universal Music Group, “Livin Free” marks the band's third studio release (more...)

Walkathon Celebrates Prader-Willi Syndrome Awareness Month
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2016

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., May 27, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ May is National Prader-Willi Syndrome Awareness Month and celebrated by hundreds of families across the state who have a loved one diagnosed with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS). (more...)

London Classic Theatre Brings Pinter's THE BIRTHDAY PARTY to Belgrade Theatre
by Marianka Swain - May 31, 2016

Following successful tours of Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot in 2015, London Classic Theatre return to the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, with their new production of Harold Pinter's THE BIRTHDAY PARTY from Tues 14 to Sat 18 June. It's directed by Michael Cabot, with design by Bek Palmer and lighting by Andy Grange. (more...)

Getting to Know...JEREMY BENTON Again After His Astaire Award Nomination
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 3, 2016

Hard to believe, but it's been four years since we sat down with Jeremy Benton, whom we've since referred to as Broadway's Best Tap Dancer every chance we've had, and now it seems as that title has become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Just yesterday, Benton - a native of Springfield, Tennessee - was honored with a nomination for a Fred and Adele Astaire Award in the category for best off-Broadway male dancer, heralding his critically acclaimed role in Cagney, the Musical. (more...)

BWW Review: AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE's 'La Fille mal gardée' Revives The Spirits With Bucolic Charm
by Juan Michael Porter II - May 26, 2016

'La Fille mal gardee', Frederick Ashton has given us folksy innocence, clever games, and sunny Smiles. That smile was perfectly embodied by soloist Jeffrey Cirio, making a splendid debut as Colas in the opening performance of this life affirming ballet. He is more than ably assisted by a cast of tremendous artists who give of themselves completely to making these simple country characters sparkle. And what characters! With an opening danced by five chickens -- four hens and one manic rooster -- how could it be otherwise? (more...)

Playhouse on the Square to Present SISTER ACT, 6/17-7/10
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

?The final musical in the Playhouse on the Square 2015 - 2016 season is Sister Act! When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put into protective custody in a convent! The New York Times cries "when the wimples start quivering, the pinched mouths break into sunbeam Smiles, and the nuns start rocking to raise the gothic rafters, all's right in the kingdom of musical comedy." Based on the hit 1992 film of the same name, Sister Act is filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing, and a truly moving story. (more...)

BWW Review: HEATHER LUNDSTEDT O'NEILL Nails LOESSER KNOWN Hits
by Don Grigware - May 24, 2016

Loesser Known: The Stories and Songs of Frank Loesser premiered at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal Sunday May 22 with lovely singer Heather Lundstedt O'Neill doing the honors. Lundstedt O'Neill has a beautiful, classically trained soprano voice that she utilizes supremely, lending her an awesome range. She also possesses a wonderfully delicious sense of humor that added so very much to this, her first LA cabaret appearance. She sang lesser known as well as hit songs from the Frank Loesser Songbook and told brief stories about his family and career....but concentrated more on the singing. Joining her were The Beverly Belles, friends Tiffany and Leah for one song and also guest star Jonathan Hawkins who performed one duet with Lundstedt. Sensational musical director John Boswell was at the piano and Randy Landas on bass throughout the 75 minute set.  (more...)

The Movement Adds New Summer GOLDEN Hearts Tour Dates
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

Responding to the success of their new album GOLDEN, The Movement added shows to their “GOLDEN Hearts Tour.” Added dates range from June 28 - July 17 with stops in Philadelphia, Nantucket, Washington, D.C. and other notable markets along the east coast. (more...)

Arts Center of Cannon County Presents Dr. Seuss' THE CAT IN THE HAT
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 2, 2016

Not a word has been touched or added to Dr. Seuss' classic, ensuring anyone who's read the story will find themselves transported into the world they've long remembered and always imagined as Woodbury's Arts Center of Cannon County presents The Cat in the Hat for two Saturdays in May. (more...)

BWW Recap: Jon Snow Heads 'Home' in GAME OF THRONES
by Jessica Naftaly - May 2, 2016

Episode two of Game of Thrones just aired tonight and with it, we got a lot of what we had last week, shocking deaths and violence, but we also got the answer to everyone's burning question. Is Jon Snow really dead? The episode, entitled “Home” not only was named so because of the word being dropped quite often in dialogue, but several of our primary characters dealt with their families, identities and “homes”. I would say this is one of the closes instances we've gotten on this show of having the title actually play a key role in the total events of the narrative, but alas, it still struggled to remain thematically relevant, despite it's frequent usage.  (more...)

BWW Interview: Karen Zacarías on Writing, Passion for Theatre, and the World Premiere of Her Play INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH, at Milagro Theatre
by Krista Garver - May 10, 2016

This spring, Portland's Milagro Theatre, whose mission since 1985 has been to provide 'extraordinary Latino theatre, culture, and arts education experiences for the enrichment of all communities' is presenting the world premiere of its first commissioned play, INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH: AN ADVENTUROUS QUEST, by Karen Zacarias, based on the novel by Luis Alberto Urrea. In advance of the opening, I sat down with Zacarias to learn about her life, the play, and what she thinks about the Portland theatre scene. (more...)

BWW Review: OUR TOWN is a Poetic Look at Life, Love and Death
by Jason Carlos - Jun 8, 2016

The Shaw Festival tackles Thornton Wilder's masterpiece OUR TOWN, directed by Molly Smith. The quiet tale is presented in three acts, following the story of a small town at the turn of the century. A number of years pass between each act, allowing for audiences to delve deeper in the lives - hopeful and tragic of its townspeople. Starring Charlie Gallant, Kate Besworth and Benedict Campbell, this moving production also features Patrick Galligan, Catherine McGregor, Patrick McManus and Jenny L. Wright. (more...)

Arby's Adds Buffalo Chicken To Popular Sliders Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2016

In September of last year, Arby's launched Sliders a lineup of five mini sandwiches piled high with the same high-quality meats featured on regular Arby's sandwiches. After selling more than 100 million Sliders in just ten months, Arby's has introduced Buffalo Chicken as the newest member of the protein-packed Slider family. (more...)

BWW Dance Review: GRAHAM 2 Opens NY Season Honoring Patricia Birch
by Caryn Cooper - Jun 7, 2016

Graham 2 opened its 2016 New York season on June 2, 2016 with a special benefit performance honoring the renowned choreographer and former Graham Company alumna, Patricia Birch. (more...)

Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Opens 6/15 at Alhambra Theatre & Dining
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2016

On June 15, 2016, The Alhambra Theatre & Dining will open Disney's Beauty and the Beast presented by Snyder Heating & Air Conditioning. The Alhambra   for menu please click logo traditionally stages a family-oriented show for its summer time period. The show will be theater's longest engagement of the year, running from June 15 through July 31. This summer the Alhambra is asking its guests to donate unused and unwrapped school supplies that will be collected by local not-for-profit group, Theatre on a Mission, and brought to schools in Kenya as part of its effort to help educate African youth through theatrical experience. (more...)

BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Moments of Happiness: What's Your Proudest Moment in Theater?
by Guest Blogger: Amanda Grillo - Jun 6, 2016

We all have our proudest moments. They may not always be the day you got the 'starring role', but maybe it is. Everyone has that one instant in their life that makes them smile. This week, we're going to talk about your proudest moment in theater. Whether you pursued theater your entire life, only did it in high school, or maybe still getting your feet wet; your experience in theater has an everlasting impact on your life whether you realize it or not. I love asking questions and I love getting to know people, so I went out and found out people's proudest moments in theater.  (more...)

BWW Review: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at the Stratford Festival is Art at Its Finest
by Lauren Gienow - Jun 29, 2016

The Stratford Festival's first ever staging of Stephen Sondheim's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is happening this season at the Avon Theatre. Directed by Gary Griffin, It is clever, it is delightful, it is funny, it is sad, and it is beautifully performed by everyone involved. Everyone I have spoken with who has seen this production has a different favourite scene or performer. There is so much to take in that it is just as fun to see it a second time! (more...)

Hazel Smith to Be Honored at First Annual Music Row Storytellers Event
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2016

Hazel Smith is a storyteller - she has thousands of them. That's because she witnessed so many, played a role in so many...and ultimately chronicled and shared so many. Hazel is one of Music Row's "Storytellers," a journalist who has been a constant force and source in country music as long as many can remember. That is why she's being honored as the initial subject of Music Row Storytellers. (more...)

BWW Review: Visit CAMELBEACH Water Park for Mummy's Cove and So Much More
by Marina Kennedy - Jun 24, 2016

Visit Camelbeach in Tannersville, Pennsylvania where you can enjoy over 35 wonderful aquatic attractions including their newest addition, 'Mummy's Cove.' Camelbeach is only 90 minutes from Manhattan and (more...)

Old School Square in Delray Beach Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2016

Old School Square has served for over 25 years as the gathering place for Delray Beach, and the 2016-17 Season will launch a new era of arts and entertainment for all ages. (more...)

BWW Review: A.D. Players' LITTLE WOMEN: THE MUSICAL Is the Theatrical Equivalent to Curling Up With a Good Book
by Natalie de la Garza - Jun 24, 2016

LITTLE WOMEN: THE MUSICAL is quite the curiosity -- a musical that isn't particularly enhanced or defined by its music. But though the music may be mostly forgettable, the voices in the A.D. Players' production are not. Neither are the performances. It is the cast that ultimately elevates this admittedly simplistic but feel-good show to one of the must-sees of the summer. (more...)

BWW Review: CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION at Mile Square Theatre
by Adam Cohen - Jun 23, 2016

. Wonderful production of an award-winning play @ Mile Square Theatre (more...)

Silent Pictures Debut New Single 'Twisted Smiles' via PopMatters
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

Bay Area psych-gazers Silent Pictures are serving up their big Brit-pop follow up to their first single with the new track “Twisted Smiles,” debuted via PopMatters. (more...)

Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati Sets Upcoming Exhibition Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

.The Contemporary Arts Center announces their fall 2016-17 exhibition schedule presenting an in-depth perspective of a diverse group of artists, including two receiving their first solo exhibitions in the U.S. (more...)

2016 Coltrane Day Music Festival to Celebrate Community & Music Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

Huntington, NY - On Saturday, July 23rd 12 noon - 10:30 PM (Sunday, July 24th rain date), The Coltrane Home in Dix Hills in conjunction with the Town of Huntington Summer Arts Festival and the Huntington Arts Council will be staging an all-day, affordable, family-friendly festival of live music and music workshops in beautiful Heckscher Park, Huntington Village. (more...)

Julie Johnston Pens GOD'S LOVE AND LESSONS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Julie Johnston, a loving grandmother and dedicated author, has completed her new book 'God's Love and Lessons': an inviting and encouraging collection of children's Bible stories. (more...)

BWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - Funny Thing: What It Means To Be a Thespian, or At Least To Me
by Guest Blogger: Alyssa Sileo - Jun 20, 2016

This is a craft of coexistent community and individuality, which conglomerates all previously-existent tints, genres, and attitudes into a tellable community of players. At any moment--subject to shifts and additions to the catalogue. These expansions may prove to be time-eaters or talent-greeters; projects can unveil one's purpose or frighten them into submission and subsequent retreating from the arts. (more...)

BWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - GCIT 2016 Academy Awards: A Recount in Two Parts
by Guest Blogger: Alyssa Sileo - Jun 2, 2016

A school year at Gloucester County Institute of Technology is more like a tumble. Somehow we muddle through the enormity of each event, emerging from it a little prouder, a little smarter, a little more appreciative. There's apexes tacked onto every month, among these being shows, Thespian Cabarets, and competitions. Anymore I envisage my mind as a scrapbook, with washi tape borders reading an event's name, the center of the page a sprawl of selfies, ticket stubs, and phrases the resound in the aesthetic of those hours. (more...)

BWW Review: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is Superb, Sublime Sondheim
by Frank Benge - Jun 19, 2016

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. Inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night, it involves the romantic lives of several couples. Since its original 1973 Broadway production, the musical has been produced in the West End, by opera companies, and in a 2009 Broadway revival. It was adapted for film in 1977. It received Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score. (more...)

Alexander Savior Debuts First Official Song 'Shades'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2016

Today, after much intrigue, fascination and speculation from music fans and press alike, the Portland, OR born, 21-year-old artist has quenched our thirst and revealed her first official song titled “Shades.” (more...)

CHAPATTI Opens Peninsula Players 81st Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

?Peninsula Players Theatre, America's Oldest Professional Resident Summer Theatre and Door County's theatrical icon, opened its 81st season June 14 with the Wisconsin premiere of "Chapatti" by Christian O'Reilly.   Unexpected sparks fly when Betty, the caregiver to 19 cats, meets Dan and his dog Chapatti in a Dublin vet office.   This funny, gentle and poignant story centers around two lonely animal lovers who rediscover, very unexpectedly, the need for caring and companionship.   "Chapatti" will perform through July 3. (more...)

LA Zoo's Family Jam Evening to Feature Disney's PETE'S DRAGON Photo Op & More
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2016

FAMILY JAM AT THE L.A. ZOO, an after-hours opportunity for families to let their sense of adventure run wild, is set for Saturday, July 9, 2016, 6 to 9 pm, at the Zoo, with the theme 'Dinos, Dragons & Dancing.' Spotlighting Disney's upcoming theatrical release Pete's Dragon, the event includes a one-of-a-kind opportunity to follow clues in search of gifts, a family photo-op, and the chance to see the Zoo's very own resident Komodo and bearded dragons. Live music, karaoke, a DJ Dance Party, crafts and games are part of the fun, along with a Paint Party providing the opportunity to commemorate the Family Jam experience with a canvas to take home. There are also up-close encounters with some of the Zoo's smaller residents, keeper talks and viewing of some popular animal exhibits. Headlining the entertainment is Close Encounters, a live karaoke band, and dinner or snacks are available for purchase from popular food trucks. Visitors start the evening with 'oohs and ahhs' as they come face-to-face with the life-size, lifelike prehistoric creatures of Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo. They'll leave the event, which is sponsored by 99 Cents Only Stores, Disney's Pete's Dragon, and Solar Optimum, with souvenirs (available while supplies last), Smiles and memories to last a lifetime. (more...)

GREY GOOSE' Vodka Brings A Taste Of The French Riviera To The U.S. With Boulangerie Bleue Experience
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2016

GREY GOOSE, the world's leading super-premium vodka, today announces the official launch of its global summer pop up experience, GREY GOOSE Boulangerie Bleue, in New York City. Private guests will be transported to the French Riviera via a secret entrance through a traditional French bakery and will enjoy an immersive, experience created by an influential list of culinary, cocktail and music partners. To experience the GREY GOOSE Boulangerie Bleue, guests are encouraged to look for the lone goose icon in Brookfield Place in Battery Park, beginning June 16 through Sunday, June 19, and see what surprises lie beyond the bakery door. (more...)

BWW Review: Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID Swims Beautifully Into La Mirada
by Michael L. Quintos - Jun 13, 2016

Besides the Hollywood Bowl's all-star concert event, THE LITTLE MERMAID also made a splash at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. This visually-gorgeous, fully-staged new production of the film's Broadway stage adaptation---produced locally by McCoy Rigby Entertainment with new staging and direction by Glenn Casale---continues in the city of La Mirada through June 26. (more...)

PHOTO: Two Tracys! Marissa Jaret Winokur Meets HAIRSPRAY LIVE's Maddie Baillio
by Louisa Brady - Jun 12, 2016

Marissa Jaret Winokur, Broadway's original Tracy Turnblad, and Maddie Baillio, NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE's Tracy Turnblad, have met, and both actresses took to Instagram to share it!  (more...)

BWW Preview: MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Mixes Lighthearted Music with Deeper Themes
by Hannah Herner - Jun 1, 2016

The Green Room of the Garden Theater will soon be filled with fun 1920's music along with conflict and heavy themes. (more...)

Photo Flash: PHANTOM, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY & More Pose for Saturday Intermission Pics!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2016

It's Saturday, and that means it's time for what has become one of the theatre community's most beloved traditions- BroadwayWorld's 'Saturday Intermission Pics' roundup!  (more...)

BWW Interview: MSMT Panel Takes a Look at History: Argentina's and Its Own
by Carla Maria Verdino-Sllwold - Jul 8, 2016

History- actual 20th century events and the theatre's own story and legacy - became the joint focus of Maine State Music Theatre's second Peek Behind the Curtain talkback, held on July 7 at the Curtis Memorial Library. The panel examined the characters and forces that formed the basis for MSMT"s thrilling production of Evita, now playing at the Pickard until July 16, and also took several excursions into MSMT's history, which forms the basis of a new retrospective exhibition, MSMT Past, Present, and Future, which serendipitously celebrated a gala opening that same date. Moderated by Broadway World's Carla Maria Verdino-Sullwold, the panel featured the three stars of the Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical, Kate Fahrner, Matt Farcher, and Nat Chandler, as well as the Artistic Directors of two of the areas leading theatres, MSMT's own Curt Dale Clark and the Good Theater's Brian P. Allen. (more...)

KEANSBURG AMUSEMENT PARK is a Great Summer Destination for Families and Many More
by Marina Kennedy - Jul 7, 2016

Visit Keansburg Amusement Park and Runaway Rapids Waterpark for fun on the New Jersey bayshore. (more...)

BWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - #JustStudentActorThings
by Guest Blogger: Alyssa Sileo - Jul 6, 2016

Rent taught us young theatre-aficionados our first BIG number. "525,600 minutes…how do you measure, measure a year…" (more...)

BWW Review: MAMMA MIA, Birmingham Hippodrome, 30 June 2016
by Emma Cann - Jul 3, 2016

Every year, the Birmingham Hippodrome bring a blockbuster West End musical to the UK's second city; a brilliant tradition eclipsed only in size and scale by their annual pantomime. Their 2016 offering is Mamma Mia, bringing the azure blue skies of Greece to the typically grey British summer in Birmingham. (more...)

BWW Blog: Paisley Haddad - Touring Theatre Saves The Arts In My Community!
by Guest Blogger: Paisley Haddad - Jul 19, 2016

This past fall my high school's theatre group travelled to local elementary schools to perform "Folktales For Fun", which connected folktales to different countries to teach kids all about different cultures. Some of the stories included Cinderella from Egypt (Rhodopis and Her Golden Scandals), The Three Hares (a take on the three little pigs) from Turkey, The Bremen Town Musicians from Germany, The Snake from Spain,  Why Bears Have Stumpy Tails from Norway,and How Tortoise Tricked Leopard . There were two casts, so that we could make it to more schools than we would have if we only had one cast and to not miss a lot of school ourselves. Our costumes were simple, but effective. The three headed snake was portrayed by three snake hats, the turtle was portrayed by a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles backpack on my back, and many other clever animal hats.  At first, I was a little curious on how the kids would respond to the play, because our teacher told the schools that it was geared toward 3rd to 5th graders. Which is always a tough audience. Once we got out to the schools, it was one of the most rewarding things that I have ever experienced. (more...)

Amish Acres Arts and Crafts Festival is CRAZY FOR ART
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

The 54TH annual Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival will be held Thursday through Sunday, August 4 - August 7, 2016 on the grounds of Amish Acres, an 80 acre historic Amish farm listed in the National Register of Historic Places. For the eighth time, Amish Acres Festival has been selected by the American Bus Association (ABA) as a TOP 100 event in North America. (more...)

The Greenhouse Theater Center Presents MOTHER (AND ME)
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

'Mother (and me)' comes to the Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N. Lincoln Ave.) for a limited engagement, running Aug 4 - 14 as part of the Greenhouse's 'Solo Celebration!' series. Written and performed by Broadway veteran and comedian Melinda Buckley and presented as originally directed by Kimberly Senior. 'Mother (and me)' tells the auto-biographical tale of a larger-than-life Hungarian 'Mama Rose' and her 'Broadway baby' as they experience a shifting dynamic in their relationship. This hilariously honest solo show won the 'Best of Fest' award at the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival, and was originally developed and produced by Barabara Whitman Productions. (more...)

BWW Interview: Jaston Williams Talks THE WOLVERINE WALKS INTO A BAR's Grand Debut at The Grand 1894 Opera
by Katricia Lang - Jul 15, 2016

Jaston Williams presents two performances of his brand new comedy A WOLVERINE WALKS INTO A BAR at The Grand 1894 Opera House this Saturday, July 16, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. (more...)

BWW Review: BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY II Delights Audiences Of All Ages by Synchronising Live Orchestral Music And Classic Cartoons
by Jade Kops - Jul 14, 2016

BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY II is a crowd pleasing collection of iconic cartoons and live performance of the classical music that lifts them to be so much more than children's entertainment. (more...)

BWW Blog: Meggie Cansler - The Summer is in Full Swing
by Guest Blogger: Meggie Cansler - Jul 1, 2016

The summer is in FULL SWING at Transcendence Theatre Company! Guest blogger and Transcendence Artist Meggie Cansler is back to give you the low down on the latest… (more...)

Smile for a Lifetime Foundation Announces Sixth Annual Online Auction...
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

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HAY FEVER Comes to Theatre Memphis This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

HAY FEVER opens April 29 and runs until May 15, 2016, on the Lohrey Stage at Theatre Memphis. (more...)

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