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Flutist Carol Wincenc Celebrates 25th Anniversary at The Juilliard School Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2013

Carol Wincenc's 25th Anniversary Recital at The Juilliard School, taking place tonight, September 30, 2013, at 8:00 PM at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, features Debussy's Sonata for flute, viola, and harp, L. 137; the world premiere of Yuko Uebayashi's Misericordia for flute and string quartet, a work written for Wincenc; the U.S. premiere of Schnittke's Moz-Art a la Mozart for eight flutes and harp; the New York premiere of Henze's I Sentimenti di Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach for solo flute, solo harp, double string quartet, and bass; and an arrangement by Daniel Paget: One Hundred Roses: Seven Neapolitan Serenades and Dances for flute, strings, mandolin, guitar, and percussion. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Glorious RAGTIME Celebrates Rep's 60th Season
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Sep 26, 2013

The Milwaukee Rep embarked on a new journey when Mark Clements presented a resplendent Ragtime to open the company's 60th anniversary season in September 2013. As Clements begins his second term as Artistic Director, this Ragtime production carries the audience for a ride on the 'wheels of a dream' with a lingering presence few will encounter. Every theatrical and musical detail, from the casting, costumes, lighting and stage design rose above any expectations the audience previously envisioned. Opening night for the Rep's 60th season proved awe inspiring, almost angelic, assuring the supreme possibilities inherent in any art performance. (more...)

MASTER CLASS Opens at CU-Boulder Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2013

Maria Callas, the great American-Greek opera soprano, will come to life on stage Sept. 26-29 when the CU-Boulder Department of Theatre & Dance and College of Music present Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning 1995 play, 'Master Class.' (more...)

Macbeth Brings Chills and Thrills to Hedgerow This Fall from October 17 - November 17
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2013

Hedgerow Theatre will be the setting for a tale of intrigue, treachery and murder, complete with witches and ghosts, as it stages Macbeth from October 17 to November 17. (more...)

ALL-STAR ORCHESTRA Wins 2013 ASCAP Deems Taylor Television Broadcast Award
by TV News Desk - Oct 7, 2013

National public television series 'All-Star Orchestra' has been awarded the 2013 ASCAP Deems Taylor Television Broadcast Award for outstanding broadcast and new media coverage of music. The award will be presented on November 14, 2013, to Music Director Gerard Schwarz, Video Producer John Forsen and Executive Director Paul Schwendener. 'All-Star Orchestra' airsSundays at 12:30 p.m. in the New York metro area on THIRTEEN & in Philadelphia on WHYY and Sundays at 3:30 p.m. in the New York metro area on WLIW21. (more...)

BWW Reviews: OSTC Begins First Full Season on High Note with Excellent LES MISERABLES
by Veronica Bruscini - Oct 5, 2013

Warwick's Ocean State Theatre Company made an ambitious choice in selecting 'Les Miserables' as the opening production for the 2013-14 season. OSTC's acting company is the strength of this staging, boasting top-notch performers and an exceptional ensemble cast. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Standing Room Only Productions' YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is Frothy, Fun Entertainment
by David Clarke - Oct 4, 2013

After the success of THE PRODUCERS, Mel Brooks gave YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN the Broadway treatment. The ribald musical comedy had it's pre-Broadway try out at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington. It began previews on Broadway on October 11, 2007 and opened at the Foxwoods Theatre (then named the Hilton Theatre) on November 8. The show closed after 485 performances on January 4, 2009. The production launched two national tours, with the Second National Tour closing on May 31, 2012. Rights to the musical became available to regional theaters shortly thereafter, and many ballsy theatre companies are gladly taking on the ambitious project. (more...)

Review: Kron and Tesori's FUN HOME a Thrilling and Brave New Musical
by Michael Dale - Oct 23, 2013

Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori's adaptation of Alison Bechdel's graphic novel demands to be seen by anyone who takes musical theatre seriously. (more...)

COSI FAN TUTTE, Tours & More Set for COC's February 2014 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2013

The Canadian Opera Company has announed its 2014 productions - check out full details below! (more...)

Jake Heggie & Gene Scheer's HERE/AFTER: SONGS OF LOST VOICES Out Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2013

Today, October 21 marks the release of HERE/AFTER: Songs of Lost Voices, a two-CD set of recent songs and music by Jake Heggie, 'the finest American art song composer of his generation' (John von Rhein, Classical Review), to texts by the Grammy Award-nominated Gene Scheer. The generous PentaTone Classics collection features more than two hours of music from the composer and librettist of the operas Moby-Dick and Three Decembers, with performances by some of the foremost exponents of their work, including soprano Talise Trevigne, mezzo Joyce DiDonato, tenor Stephen Costello, baritone Nathan Gunn, flutistCarol Wincenc, and the Alexander String Quartet. Recorded at LucasFilm's Skywalker Ranch and produced by Grammy Award-winner Steve Barnett,HERE/AFTER seeks to give voice to silenced individuals whose stories deserve to be heard, including victims and survivors of 9/11 (Pieces of 9/11) and the great French sculptor Camille Claudel (Camille Claudel: Into the Fire). The composer explains that he and Scheer set out to capture 'the hope and newness that can come from grief,' and, as the Associated Press recently recognized, HERE/AFTER succeeds in transmuting 'memories of grief into survivor songs - some of them surprisingly joyous.' Video trailers featuring excerpts from five of the songs may be viewed here. (more...)

At 86, Broadway Veteran GEORGE MARCY Sings and Taps His Way Into Hearts At Don't Tell Mama
by Stephen Hanks - Oct 2, 2013

Now that the legendary Elaine Stritch and Julie Wilson have retired from performing, the only celebrity 80-plusers who have been performing regularly on the cabaret circuit are the equally legendary Barbara Cook and Marilyn Maye. But now there's another octogenarian on the scene and while he may not be a legend, George Marcy is an 86-year-old former Broadway musical theater actor/dancer who recently staged a totally charming and entertaining show at Don't Tell Mama. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Maria Friedman Talks MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG From Stage To Screen; Plus, Sondheim Comments!
by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 18, 2013

Today we are talking to a three-time Laurence Olivier Award-winning actress who has made a major mark on the West End with her peerless string of richly varied performances - ranging from premiere UK productions of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE and PASSION to LADY IN THE DARK, RAGTIME and THE WOMAN IN WHITE, as well as her various solo engagements, who now also excels as a director of theatre and opera, as well - the gifted Maria Friedman. Discussing all aspects of the recent West End production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's anomalous musical experiment MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG - cited by the master himself as the best production of the show to date - and now the fantastic Fathom film presentation of it arriving in movie theaters nationwide (and around the world) on October 23. Detailing the finer points of the reverse-chronological tale of show business ambition and its effects on friendships and relationships, Friedman paints a vivid portrait of her process in bringing the emotionally bracing and musically thrilling stage show to the big screen byway of this passionately played, dramatically captivating and incredibly detailed film preservation. Additionally, Friedman also sheds some light on participating in the Haymarket Theatre production of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG herself as an actress nearly twenty years ago and the effect, if any, that experience has had on her perception of the dense and fiercely idiosyncratic musical now, as a director of the piece. Plus, Friedman also touches upon some of her most celebrated roles to date in other Sondheim shows as well as abundantly imparts her deeply held appreciation and affection for his work and personal friendship in her own life, citing his elemental influence on MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG as well as her career in general. All of that and much, much more awaits! (more...)

BWW REVIEW: 'BARITONES' ARE BACK WITH A VENGEANCE AT ARTS/EMERSON IN BOSTON
by Jan Nargi - Oct 16, 2013

'Baritones UnBound' makes a delightful world premiere at the Paramount Center Mainstage at ArtsEmerson in Boston, giving splendid voice to a cavalcade of songs for the common man. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Ramin Karimloo Led LES MISERABLES a Triumph in Toronto
by Kelly Cameron - Oct 10, 2013

It feels as though we've all been waiting a long time to say this, but it was finally no longer 'One Day More' as Les Miserables made her grand return to Toronto last night at The Princess of Wales Theatre, and with it, brought Richmond Hill native and West End star Ramin Karimloo home to a Toronto stage. The new production is a must-see, with a top notch cast and brilliant new staging that will make you fall in love all over again. Join in their crusade, you won't be disappointed. (more...)

ALL-STAR ORCHESTRA Premieres on PBS SoCal in Los Angeles Today
by TV News Desk - Oct 1, 2013

Renowned conductor Gerard Schwarz and his hand-picked team of musicians come together to form a made-for-television classical music concert series (more...)

BWW Reviews: VIGIL Challenges Portland Stage Audience
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Nov 4, 2013

The Portland Stage production of Canadian playwright Morris Panych's black comedy, Vigil, is a provocative and challenging mounting of an often off-putting play. That the company once again has the courage to undertake a work that has had mixed success in the U.S. and clearly pushes the limits of dark, macabre humor is a testament to the Maine stage's commitment to innovation and integrity. That said, the afternoon in the theatre is not an easy one, even for an experienced reviewer like myself. But then, of course, Panych does not intend it to be. His play, which tells the story of Kemp, a young man who receives a summons to attend the bedside of his dying Aunt, only to find that she is not yet ready to make that journey. In the months that Kemp and Grace share her tiny, bleak apartment, they come to confront the terrifying and messy process of dying, the agony of loneliness, the scars of Kemp's childhood, and the ultimate meaning of caring and compassion. (more...)

Diablo Theatre Presents A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING, Now thru 12/7
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2013

As a holiday treat, Diablo Theatre Company offers up the delightful A Grand Night for Singing, a romantic, entertaining revue of music by Rodgers and Hammerstein, the duo who created songs that are standards of musical theater and American popular culture. The show will run tonight, November 29-December 7 at Walnut Creek's Lesher Center for the Arts. (more...)

Inventive Docs and Hybrid Films Featured in FIDMarseille at Moving Image This Weekend
by Movies News Desk - Nov 23, 2013

FIDMarseille, which takes place in early July in Southern France, is one of the world's most adventurous film festivals. Under the artistic direction of Jean-Pierre Rehm, it is a showcase for a myriad of groundbreaking documentaries and fiction films that showcase new approaches to reality. Museum of the Moving Image presents FIDMarseille Carte Blanche: A Weekend with Programmer Jean-Pierre Rehm, today and tomorrow, November 23 and 24, 2013. The program features more than a dozen films from established stars of world cinema such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Tsai Ming-liang, as well an emerging talents Mati Diop, Miguel Gomes, Marie Voignier, Salome Lamas, and others. (more...)

Inventive Docs and Hybrid Films Featured in FIDMarseille at Moving Image, 11/23-24
by Movies News Desk - Nov 15, 2013

FIDMarseille, which takes place in early July in Southern France, is one of the world's most adventurous film festivals. Under the artistic direction of Jean-Pierre Rehm, it is a showcase for a myriad of groundbreaking documentaries and fiction films that showcase new approaches to reality. Museum of the Moving Image presents FIDMarseille Carte Blanche: A Weekend with Programmer Jean-Pierre Rehm, on November 23 and 24, 2013. The program features more than a dozen films from established stars of world cinema such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Tsai Ming-liang, as well an emerging talents Mati Diop, Miguel Gomes, Marie Voignier, Salomé Lamas, and others. (more...)

Diablo Theatre Company Presents Revue of Rodgers and Hammerstein A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING, 11/29-12/7
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2013

As a holiday treat, Diablo Theatre Company offers up the delightful A Grand Night for Singing, a romantic, entertaining revue of music by Rodgers and Hammerstein, the duo who created songs that are standards of musical theater and American popular culture. The show will run November 29-December 7 at Walnut Creek's Lesher Center for the Arts. (more...)

Review Roundup: ALL THE WAY Opens on Broadway - All the Reviews!
by Review Roundups - Mar 6, 2014

ALL THE WAY, the new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, starring BREAKING BAD's Bryan Cranston, opens on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre tonight, March 6, 2014. The play is directed by Bill Rauch, Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where ALL THE WAY began its theatrical life. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

Violinist Yevgeny Kutik to Give Solo Recital at SubCulture, 3/20
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2014

Twenty-eight-year-old Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik, who has been recognized for his old-world sound and technical virtuosity, will perform a solo recital in celebration of his new album, Music from the Suitcase: A Collection of Russian Miniatures, at SubCulture in New York City on Thursday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Kutik's recital will include selections from his album, which features recordings of sheet music found in one of two suitcases the Kutik family brought to the United States when they emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1990. Music from the Suitcase, which will be released by Marquis Classics on April 15, will be available for early sale exclusively for SubCulture audience members following the recital. Tickets are $15 or $25 for a ticket and CD, and are available at the door and from www.subculturenewyork.com. (more...)

Emmy-Winner Michael Emerson Joins Cast of Three Day Hangover's BIG BOOZY BENEFIT, 3/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

Emmy Award-winner Michael Emerson (Person of Interest, Lost) will join the cast for Three Day Hangover's Big Boozy Benefit, an event supporting the company's awesome 2014 Season to be held this Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 7pm at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2, 196 Allen Street (bet. East Houston and Stanton) in NYC. (more...)

The Hartt School to Present The Hartt Symphony Orchestra at The Bushnell, 4/4
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2014

On Friday, April 4th at 8:00 p.m., The Hartt Symphony Orchestra returns to The Bushnell's magnificent Belding Theater with renowned Maestro Edward Cumming conducting an evening full of wonderful classical music, including works by Glinka, Rossini, and Copland plus a performance of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony. Acclaimed opera star and West Hartford native, Matthew Worth, joins the ensemble in arias by Rossini ('Largo al factotum,' from The Barber of Seville) and ('Soliloquy' from Carousel), marking the first time Mr. Worth will have performed with The Hartt Orchestra. In addition, Jeffrey Hoffman, co-chairman of the family-run auto dealership Hoffman Auto Group, will guest conduct. The performance begins promptly at 8 p.m. and takes place at The Maxwell M. & Ruth R. Belding Theater located at The Bushnell Performing Arts Center in Hartford, Connecticut. For box office information, please visit www.Bushnell.org. Ticket prices start at $25.00. (more...)

Review Roundup: LES MISERABLES Opens on Broadway - All the Reviews!
by Review Roundups - Mar 23, 2014

Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg's Tony Award-winning musical Les Miserables opened last night, Sunday, March 23 on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre. (more...)

Violinist Yevgeny Kutik Gives Solo Recital at SubCulture Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2014

Twenty-eight-year-old Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik, who has been recognized for his old-world sound and technical virtuosity, will perform a solo recital in celebration of his new album, Music from the Suitcase: A Collection of Russian Miniatures, at SubCulture in New York City tonight, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Hale Orem's BIG RIVER Is Expertly Staged, Highly Entertaining — and Uplifting
by Blair Howell - Mar 2, 2014

It happens all too rarely, but at times you just want to say, 'Go see this show. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.' With Hale Center Theater Orem's current production, I just want to say, 'Go see 'Big River.' I'm sure you'll enjoy it.' (more...)

DE PROFUNDIS Wins Leicester Square Theatre's The New Musical Project
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

De Profundis, a new musical by Paul Dale Vickers, based on the letter playwright Oscar Wilde wrote to his young lover, Bosie, from his prison cell in Reading jail in 1897, has won Leicester Square Theatre's The New Musical Project, and will premiere in a six-week season in The Lounge at Leicester Square Theatre from Thursday May 1 - Sunday 8 June. (more...)

Choreographer Shirley Jenkins Presents WOMEN... GOTTA LUV 'EM, 1/24-26
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2014

On January 24 Seattle Choreographer Shirley Jenkins will premiere her newest and most personal modern dance pieces on the Cornish Playhouse stage. Women…Gotta Luv 'Em reflects Jenkins' triumphant and turbulent dance journey that includes her own battles with cancer and debilitating injury. As Jenkins explains, 'My choreographic intentions come from my heart's desire to express deep emotions from my life's experiences. Dance has always been my reason to live, and Women...Gotta Luv 'Em takes my stories and exposes them to the world. It is the culmination of the past few years of my life—my battles with cancer, my recovery and my rebirth to dance. I am bringing a total celebration of survival, strength, hope, and pure love of life to the stage.” (more...)

Broadway Shines at The Grammys: A Spotlight on 2014's 'Best Musical Theater Album' Nominees
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 26, 2014

BroadwayWorld has rounded up a sampling of each of the albums, featuring KINKY BOOTS' pop-inspired tunes by Cyndi Lauper, full of be-yourself spirit and catchy rhythms, MATILDA's imaginatively 'revolting' tracks by Tim Minchin, and the soulful hits of MOTOWN, featuring the works of stars such as Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and the Jackson 5! (more...)

Choreographer Shirley Jenkins Presents WOMEN... GOTTA LUV 'EM, Now thru 1/26
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2014

On January 24 Seattle Choreographer Shirley Jenkins will premiere her newest and most personal modern dance pieces on the Cornish Playhouse stage. Women…Gotta Luv 'Em reflects Jenkins' triumphant and turbulent dance journey that includes her own battles with cancer and debilitating injury. As Jenkins explains, 'My choreographic intentions come from my heart's desire to express deep emotions from my life's experiences. Dance has always been my reason to live, and Women...Gotta Luv 'Em takes my stories and exposes them to the world. It is the culmination of the past few years of my life—my battles with cancer, my recovery and my rebirth to dance. I am bringing a total celebration of survival, strength, hope, and pure love of life to the stage.” (more...)

BWW Review: Some Enchanted Evening with Brian Stokes Mitchell at Celebrity Series of Boston
by Nancy Grossman - Jan 24, 2014

Celebrity Series of Boston celebrates its 75th Anniversary Season and brings in Tony Award-winning baritone Brian Stokes Mitchell for his third appearance. With the virtuosic accompaniment of Tedd Firth on piano, Stokes plays a cast of characters from a range of Broadway musicals, from CAMELOT to CAROUSEL, and SOUTH PACIFIC to MAN OF LA MANCHA. (more...)

David Bousso Debuts New Ensemble, EMPIRE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, 2/8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2014

David Bousso, founder and artistic director of the EMPIRE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA(ECO) is very excited about launching the debut of his new ensemble, which will take place at 8:00 PM on February 8th at the Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church located on West 66th Street in New York City. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Vintage Theatre Has a Monstrous, Hilarious Hit with YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, The Musical!
by Michael Mulhern - Jan 12, 2014

Let's face it, a show can contain humor, but the side-splitting comedy is all in the timing and that's exactly what these talented actors demonstrated in this hilarious production of Young Frankenstein. (more...)

David Bousso Debuts New Ensemble, EMPIRE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2014

David Bousso, founder and artistic director of the EMPIRE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA(ECO) is very excited about launching the debut of his new ensemble, which will take place at 8:00 PM tonight, February 8th at the Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church located on West 66th Street in New York City. (more...)

BWW Reviews: MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD Opens at the Off Center Theatre in Kansas City
by Steve Wilson - Feb 8, 2014

Andy Parkhurst and Michael Grayman describe their current production of Motherhood Out Loud as, "our Valentine to all the parents who have supported, inspired, and endured us." Opening night for Motherhood Out Loud, an Off-Broadway Kansas City premiere produced by Spinning Tree Theatre at the Off Center Theatre is Saturday February 8, with previews the two preceding nights. (more...)

BWW Reviews: NextStop Theatre's Imaginative RICHARD III Is Mesmerizing and Chilling
by Audrey Liebross - Feb 7, 2014

The premise of RICHARD THE THIRD, as presented in NextStop Theatre Company's brilliant first professional production, which includes both deaf and hearing actors, is that the villainous Richard is deaf. Converting Richard from a character who feels alienated because of his appearance to one who feels alienated because he can't communicate effectively resonates with modern audiences. (more...)

Marquis Classics to Release Yevgeny Kutik's New Solo Album, MUSIC FROM THE SUITCASE, 4/15
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2014

Twenty-eight-year-old Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik's new solo album, Music from the Suitcase: A Collection of Russian Miniatures,will be released by Marquis Classics on Tuesday, April 15. The album features recordings of sheet music found in one of two suitcases the Kutik family brought to the United States when they emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1990. Along with works by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky, the album includes rarely recorded works by Andrei Eshpai, Aram Khachaturian, Anton Rubinstein, and Gyorgy Sviridov, along with a song by M. M. Warshawsky transcribed for violin. The album was recorded with pianist Timothy Bozarth, a Beethoven Fellow of the American Pianists Association, and includes liner notes written by Mr. Kutik. The album will be available for preorder on Amazon in early March. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Once More Unto the Breach, Dear Porters, in HENRY V
by Ellen Dostal - Feb 22, 2014

If 'all the youth of England are on fire,' as the first speech of HENRY V's Act II declares, then all the Porters of Hellsgate have carried the torch forward with guns blazing. Without a doubt, this is the Porters' finest stage work to date and a testament to the kind of theatre magic that can be created out of thin air by the willing and able. (more...)

BWW Reviews: A Fascinating PRINCE IGOR Finally Makes Back It to the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Feb 17, 2014

PRINCE IGOR was a glorious mess when Alexander Borodin died suddenly in 18, leaving it to others to finish a work he'd toiled on for nearly 20 years but hadn't quite made whole. With no definitive version of the opera, it was only performed by the Met in 1917--until Dmitri Tcherniakov's new production premiered last week. Musically rich, scenically fascinating, it's good to have it back where it belongs. (more...)

Ildar Abdrazakov Receives Praise for the Met's Production of Borodin's PRINCE IGOR
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2014

Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov – whom the Metropolitan Opera just announced will star in the title role of a new production of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro for its 2014-15 season-opening gala – has earned a chorus of praise for his performance as the eponymous character in Dmitri Tcherniakov's new production of Prince Igor at the Met, which last staged Borodin's work nearly 100 years ago. In the New York Times, Anthony Tommasini enthused over Abdrazakov at length: “Solid and ruggedly handsome, Mr. Abdrazakov is a confident actor. Though his voice is firm and robust, he is not one of those formidable, gravelly Russian basses. He is a fine singer of Italian repertory, and his Igor has moments of Italianate lyrical refinement. He brings passion, even a touch of neediness, to his exchanges with his devoted wife, Yaroslavna. … Mr. Abdrazakov does his most burnished, powerful singing in the prince's despairing Soliloquy [in Act II].” The New York Observer had a similar view: “Abdrazakov hurled his dark bass-baritone into Igor's soul-searching arias, the warm, lyrical tone suggesting the proud prince's underlying vulnerability.” WQXR likewise commended the bass's “sonorous” tone and Classical Review his “dramatic force.” (more...)

Diablo Theatre Company Presents Revue of Rodgers and Hammerstein A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING, 11/29-12/7
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2013

As a holiday treat, Diablo Theatre Company offers up the delightful A Grand Night for Singing, a romantic, entertaining revue of music by Rodgers and Hammerstein, the duo who created songs that are standards of musical theater and American popular culture. The show will run November 29-December 7 at Walnut Creek's Lesher Center for the Arts. (more...)

The Alex Tjoland Band Announces CD Release 'Silent Revelry'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2013

With the holidays right around the corner, the Alex Tjoland Band is keeping the spirit of Christmas alive with their new holiday CD release 'Silent Revelry'. (more...)

Surfside Players Stage CHRISTMAS CAROLERS, Now thru 12/22
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2013

One weekend only: CHRISTMAS CAROLERS, Songs for the Holidays will run this weekend, December 20 - 22 (Fri / Sat 8:00pm, Sun 2:00pm) at Surfside Players. This FREE concert for the holiday season, Christmas Carolers, will be directed by Joan Dunn. (more...)

Surfside Players to Stage CHRISTMAS CAROLERS, 12/20-22
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2013

One weekend only: CHRISTMAS CAROLERS, Songs for the Holidays will run December 20 - 22 (Fri / Sat 8:00pm, Sun 2:00pm) at Surfside Players. This FREE concert for the holiday season, Christmas Carolers, will be directed by Joan Dunn. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Next Act Portends the Future in THREE VIEWS OF THE SAME OBJECT
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Apr 9, 2014

What happens when someone "lives long enough to see everything you liked and loved crumble before you?" Playwright Henry Murray confronts the question of aging within the context of marriage, conceived completely in an intriguing contemporary format. (more...)

BWW Reviews: At the End of the Day, the Western Carolina LES MISERABLES Delivers Some Notable Performances
by Marakay Rogers - Apr 7, 2014

The Western Carolina University School of Stage and Screen presented a production of the classic musical directed by one of its original stars, Tony nominee Terrence Mann (more...)

BWW Reviews: Houston Grand Opera's DAS RHEINGOLD is Full-Throttle Spectacle
by David Clarke - Apr 15, 2014

Houston Grand Opera, which opened a lavish production of DAS RHEINGOLD this past weekend, is proudly kicking off their first Ring Cycle by Richard Wagner. Like any modern production of Wagner's Ring Cycle, Houston Grand Opera is sparing no expense. At Sunday's matinee, the audience leapt to their feet for curtain call and clamored excitedly about this show and what's still to come in the cycle. (more...)

Marquis Classics Release Yevgeny Kutik's New Solo Album, MUSIC FROM THE SUITCASE, Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

Twenty-eight-year-old Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik's new solo album, Music from the Suitcase: A Collection of Russian Miniatures,will be released by Marquis Classics today, April 15. (more...)

BWW Reviews: PMT Brings Gritty Edge to LES MISERABLES at the Byham Theatre
by Greg Kerestan - Apr 1, 2014

No celebrities, no turntable, (almost) no opera- Ken Gargaro's 'Les Miserables' takes the iconic musical back to its rock opera roots. (more...)

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