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Ritz Theatre (New York, NY)
219 W. 48th St.

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Adaptation of a story by J. M. Kookolis and Scott Fagan

A group of young musicians achieve success in New York City, but pay the price.



LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017 to Feature Willie Nile, Chuck Prophet, Jeffrey Gaines, Ben Arnold, More
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

With a goal of topping last year's record-breaking $525,000 raised in its ongoing battle against Parkinson's disease, LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017: The Beat Goes On, presented by the Asbury Park Press, is kicking off in Montclair, NJ as LIGHT OF DAY NORTH JERSEY: Artists Up Close & Personal, an intimate concert event for the world-renowned Light of Day Foundation. The 10-day Light of Day Winterfest will bring over 150 music acts to 30 venues in three New Jersey cities, New York City, and Philadelphia, January 6-16, following holiday season tours of Europe and Canada. (more...)

The Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts presents Justin Roberts and The Not Ready for Naptime Players
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Called the 'Judy Blume of kiddie rock' (The New York Times), Grammy-nominated Justin Roberts and The Not Ready for Naptime Players dish out intelligent and whimsically-rocking music for kids and their parents at Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 21. (more...)

Niall Horan, Shawn Mendes & More to Perform on DICK CLARK'S NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE on ABC
by TV News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Niall Horan, Lukas Graham, Shawn Mendes, Emeli Sande and Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink and Ty Dolla $ign join the biggest celebration of the year, performing from the Billboard Hollywood Party on DICK CLARK'S NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE WITH RYAN SEACREST 2017. (more...)

Dame Harriet Walter to Chat, Sign New Book at The Drama Book Shop This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

The Drama Book Shop will welcome back Dame Harriet Walter for a discussion about her new book, Brutus and Other Heroines: Playing Shakespeare's Roles for Women, on Monday, February 6th at 5:00PM. (more...)

Starry, Harold Prince-Helmed CANDIDE Adds Performances at New York City Opera
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

This January, the legendary Broadway visionary Harold Prince returns to New York City Opera to direct a new production of Leonard Bernstein's Candide. The production, choreographed by Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated choreographer Patricia Birch, brings together a versatile cast of Broadway veterans and rising opera stars to tell the story of Candide's adventures and tribulations in the "best of all possible worlds."  (more...)

CASA 0101 Theater & TNH Productions in Association with Gilbert A. Cedillo Present the West Coast Premiere of Disney's ALADDIN Dual Language Edition
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

To kick off the new year a family friendly musical fantasy set in the fictional Middle Eastern city of Agrabah will come to life on the Main Stage of CASA 0101 Theater in Boyle Heights, CA. (more...)

Review Roundup: Run & Tell That - Critics Weigh In On NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE aired last night, Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and originated from Los Angeles. Let's see what the critics had to say! (more...)

Dialogue with Three Chords and BrooklynONE Team Again for THE KRAMPUS: A PUNK ROCK PLAY WITH SONGS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Dialogue with Three Chords (D3C) and BrooklynONE (bkONE) Productions team to present THE KRAMPUS: A PUNK ROCK PLAY WITH SONGS from playwright Stephen Gracia. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: TAILS OF BROADWAY- Beowulf Boritt Gets Hugs from Hermione
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - Dec 8, 2016

In this edition, meet a pup whose name has appeared in many of her dad's Broadway designs- Beowulf Boritt's dog, Hermione! (more...)

Centaur Theatre Sets 20th Annual Wildside Theatre Festival Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

For its 20th anniversary, Centaur Theatre's Wildside Festival, running from January 5 to 15, 2017, presents one of its most eclectic line-ups for the 'hottest two weeks in winter'! Seven stimulating shows packed with humanity, humour and music, explore themes of female, cultural, and sexual identity, family relationships, journalistic responsibility, the search for authenticity and marginalization.   (more...)

BWW Dance Interview: Mark DeGarmo
by Barnett Serchuk - Dec 7, 2016

Entering its 30th anniversary year, Mark DeGarmo Dance is a not-for-profit that integrates three focal concerns: educate underserved New York City communities, especially children, through dance arts; create, perform and disseminate original dances, artistic and scholarly work; and build intercultural community. The organization's vision is to enliven bodies, shift perspectives and change lives. With programming that has been called 'a national model' by the National Endowment for the Arts, Mark DeGarmo Dance has maintained New York City Department of Education contracts for arts education services since 1987. MDD's artistic pillar in particular presents original artist-scholar works that reflect and celebrate the multicultural experience of our communities. Mark DeGarmo has created and produced over 100 dances and 28 international tours involving cultural diplomacy and exchange in 12 countries across Latin America and Europe. In 2015, DeGarmo received the Martha Hill Dance Fund's 15th Anniversary Mid-Career Award and the Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth Foundation's Recognition. (more...)

BWW Review: PENTATONIX WORLD TOUR at American Airlines Center
by Kyle Christopher West - Dec 7, 2016

In August 2015, the a cappella group Pentatonix visited Dallas as an opening act for superstar Kelly Clarkson, although which act received more vocal support is certainly up for discussion. Fast-forward a year later, and the popular group just made a return stop in town - only this time, they were the headliner of an epic evening at the massive American Airlines Center. (more...)

BWW Review: THE NUTCRACKER at Kansas City Ballet
by Alan Portner - Dec 7, 2016

Lavish settings and sumptuous music frame classic story (more...)

ATMA Classique Presents FRANCOIS DOMPIERRE CONCERTANGO GROSSO
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

ATMA Classique proudly presents the world premiere recording of the vibrant, latin-infused Concertango grosso performed by pianist Louise Bessette and the Appassionata Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Myssyk.  (more...)

GAC Motor unveils its first smart electric concept car at Auto Guangzhou, highlighting R&D innovation in Global Outreach
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

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New Singles from LA Based Artists Tyler Hilton and Olivia May
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

With new single 'Next to You' released next week, Tyler Hilton has made his first appearance in American television drama Pitch. (more...)

DETECTING DECEIT is Released
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ Detecting Deceit, released this past month in all formats by Amazon, discusses a threat to our teenagers that the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) has dubbed 'the grooming dynamic.' This issue is on the cusp of becoming part of the global consciousness, and none too Soon, as the only defense against 'grooming' is wide spread knowledge of what types of behavior to look for in victims and predators alike. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Todd Anderson
by Broadway's Backbone - Dec 7, 2016

In this episode: Todd Anderson began is career with Twyla Tharp, made his Broadway debut with Hugh Jackman, and then went on to cover 36 tracks in 4 different companies as Wicked's universal swing. He grew up in Texas in the 80s when being 'different' wasn't always easy. With the mantra of 'I just never thought I couldn't,' he pounded the pavement, dancing with the skill of finding his quiet place to survive the concrete jungle. (more...)

Trulia's American Dream Survey Reveals Renewed Republican Housing Optimism In 2017
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

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Tickets Still Available for New Gabrielle Date at Parr Hall
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Pop star Gabrielle will be making "Dreams" come true with a visit to Parr Hall on Sunday 18 December. (more...)

Farewell Angelina to Sing National Anthem at Chiefs/Raiders Game
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Dreamlined Entertainment's Farewell Angelina return to the city where they made their National Anthem debut, when they sing the hallowed song prior to the high profile NFL game (more...)

Award-Winning Composer Comes to the Hamilton Stage
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Award winning composer, Steve Dorff, will perform many of his hits songs on Thursday, December 22nd, at 8pm at the Hamilton Stage. (more...)

Rose Cousins Debuts New Track 'Freedom' from Forthcoming Album
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Natural Conclusion, the forthcoming album by acclaimed singer/songwriter Rose Cousins, is set for release February 3 on her own Old Farm Pony Records. Second single, “Freedom,” is out today and may be streamed and shared HERE. (more...)

Caprices Festival in Switzerland Announces First Acts for 2017
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

For its 14th edition, multi-stage underground gathering Caprices Festival is sure to capitalize on last year's success, and will again become the destination for clubbers looking for an exceptional experience across an almost continuous celebration lasting four days. (more...)

One Day Only! NO MAN'S LAND to be Broadcast in Cinemas Internationally via National Theatre Live
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Ian McKellen plays 'Spooner', Patrick Stewart plays 'Hirst', Owen Teale plays 'Briggs' and Damien Molony plays 'Foster' in Sean Mathias' production of Harold Pinter's No Man's Land, which will be broadcast internationally on 15 December to cinemas in over 55 countries including the UK, Europe, the USA, Canada, Japan, South America and Russia. (more...)

Chef Mike Ward to Host New Food Show DEVOUR on SiriusXM Canada
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

SiriusXM Canada announces satellite radio's hottest new food show, Devour with Chef Mike Ward on SiriusXM, channel 167 Canada Talks. (more...)

BWW Review: THEBES LAND, Arcola Theatre
by Gary Naylor - Dec 6, 2016

Gary Naylor sees an innovative and thought-provoking play from South America that has plenty to say about fathers, and about theatre too. (more...)

Stealth Technologies Announces 911 Help Now Generation II Product
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

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BWW Review: GROUNDED at Southern Rep
by Tara Bennett - Dec 6, 2016

What happens when a pilot has her wings clipped? (more...)

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble Announces 'The Mind/Body Connection' 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble announces its 2017 Season, 'The Mind/Body Connection.' The season includes three new plays linked under this mind/body connection and told from distinctly female perspectives. These bold works explore how we separate our primal, instinctive physical beings from our intellectual and emotional selves. The season will be performed at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Avenue in Chicago. (more...)

Chris Rock to Start His Tour at DPAC this February
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Grammy and Emmy Award winning comedian, actor, director, writer and producer, Chris Rock, announced today a highly anticipated return to live comedy with an all-new tour. (more...)

PickUp USA Fitness to Open in Chandler, AZ
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

CHANDLER, Ariz., Dec. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ PickUp USA Fitness (www.pickupusafitness.com), a full-service basketball-focused fitness club, has announced they will be opening Soon in Chandler, AZ. 'I am extremely excited to bring this concept to the valley,' says PickUp USA Owner, Jay Bhakta, an experienced business owner who has owned and operated up to a dozen franchises in Arizona. 'I can't think of a better business that combines my passion for fitness and basketball.' (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - Alison's Return Creates Impossible Situation on Next THE AFFAIR
by - Dec 6, 2016

On the next episode of THE AFFAIR on Showtime, Cole is put in an increasingly impossible situation by Alison's return. The series stars Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Joshua Jackson, and Maura Tierney. (more...)

Ditka and Reeves Launch 'After The Impact Fund' for Treatment of Military Veterans and Former NFL Players
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

CHICAGO, Dec. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ Legendary Coaches and Board Members, Mike Ditka and Dan Reeves announced the launch of After The Impact Fund (ATIF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, created to facilitate comprehensive treatment and provide a support network for military veterans, professional athletes and their families. (more...)

Solara Holdings Announces Milestone Beta Test with Major U.S. (East Coast) Regional Media Company
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

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Defiant Labs Launches Next Gen Drone: DX-3
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

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THE GREAT COMET Creator Dave Malloy Will Make His Broadway Debut as Pierre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Dave Malloy, creator of the "intoxicatingly good, rapturous" (Isherwood, NY Times) new musical NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812, will make his Broadway performing debut in the show this spring, stepping into the role of 'Pierre' for 10 performances across May and June 2017. (more...)

GLEE Star Signs On To Upcoming Thriller MISFORTUNE
by TV News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

GLEE star Jacob Artist will join John Cusack in the upcoming drama MISFORTUNE. (more...)

Oakland Raiders Visit Kansas City Chiefs in First-Place Showdown on NBC's THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
by TV News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

The only network with two primetime NFL packages, NBC continues its coverage of Thursday Night Football this Thursday, December 8, with an AFC West first-place showdown, when Derek Carr and the AFC-leading Oakland Raiders (10-2) host Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs (9-3) at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Coverage starts at 7:30 p.m. ET with Football Night in Kansas City on NBC. (more...)

BWW Review: The BODYGUARD at Paper Mill Playhouse is Thrilling
by Marina Kennedy - Dec 6, 2016

See 'The Bodyguard' now though January 1st at Paper Mill Playhouse. Based on the hit 1992 movie, this thrilling production is directed by Thea Sharrock, choreographed by Karen Bruce and features an all-star cast that includes Grammy Award noninee, Deborah Cox. (more...)

BWW Interview- Charlie Frye (aka 'The Eccentric') Talks Broadway's THE ILLUSIONISTS
by Caryn Robbins - Dec 6, 2016

Today, THE ILLUSIONISTS' Charlie Frye speaks exclusively with BWW and explains why he takes his art seriously, but never takes himself seriously! (more...)

BWW Review: BWW Award Winner EMRHYS COOPER First Western Actor to Star in Buhtanese Film KUSHUTHARA
by Don Grigware - Dec 6, 2016

Karma Deki's Bhutanese film Kushuthara Pattern of Love has won tremendous praise throughout Asia and is currently preparing its American release. It has done very well on the international film festival circuit picking up many awards.  The film is stunning on many levels. First, it is a fascinating romance that develops between an American journalist/ photographer Charlie (Emrhys Cooper) and native weaver Chokimo (Kezang Wangmo). Set in the village of Kurtoe-Menjey in the Kingdom of Bhutan, the plot has Chokimo already in love with villager Bumpala. When Charlie and Chokimo meet for the first time, they experience a kind of deja vu. Their attraction goes very, very deep. It is an example of what the natives believe to be Karmic reincarnation. Charlie and Chokimo were somehow connected in many past lives. (more...)

LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO to Return to Vancouver This January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Show One Productions presents the return of world-infamous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo on January 20 & 21, 2017 at 8pm at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Returning by popular demand following Vancouver's 2015 sold out smash hit, the sensational evening will see the all-male, cross-dressing troupe apply breathtaking technical prowess and rampant sauciness to a new batch of ridiculously re-interpreted classical ballets, including Swan Lake, La Esmeralda, and Don Quixote. (more...)

Iceland's Secret Solstice 2017 Unveils First Lineup with Foo Fighters and More
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Iceland's largest music festival Secret Solstice has been making waves since its first edition in 2014, with a concept that several media outlets have dubbed it “the world's most unique music festival.” And now they've lifted the lid on their initial lineup announcement for their 4th edition in 2017, taking place in the capital city Reykjavik on June 16-18, 2017 during the epic summer solstice featuring 72 hours of sunlight. (more...)

Plays by Anna Ziegler, Tanya Saracho and More Set for 2017 Powers New Voices Festival at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

The Old Globe today announced it will present the fourth annual New Voices Festival-with a new moniker: the Powers New Voices Festival, a weekend of readings of new American plays by professional playwrights, playing January 13 - 15, 2017. (more...)

Chris Rock: THE TOTAL BLACKOUT TOUR Comes to Playhouse Square This April
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Grammy and Emmy Award winning comedian, actor, director, writer and producer, Chris Rock, announced today a highly anticipated return to live comedy with an all-new tour. The TOTAL BLACKOUT TOUR 2017 kicks off on February 14, 2017 in Durham, NC at the Durham Performing Arts Center. The first leg of the TOTAL BLACKOUT TOUR 2017 will be the acclaimed comedian's first tour in over 9 years and will visit cities throughout the U.S. including Atlanta, Minneapolis, Denver, Houston, Detroit and more. More dates will be announced Soon.  A full list of tour dates is below. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 9 at www.livenation.com and other outlets.  (more...)

Special Holiday Show Coming to Birmingham Festival Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

It's the 100th annual Nativity pageant in the town of Goosepatch, Alabama and every young girl in town has got her heart set on playing Mary, and Edie May Tubbins wants to be the Virgin Mother more than anybody! (more...)

THRONES! THE MUSICAL PARODY Extends Through 1/1
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Six Actors! 51 Roles! Six Seasons! Royal Mile Entertainment is thrilled to announce that the smash-hit, critically-acclaimed, Los Angeles Premiere of THRONES! THE MUSICAL PARODY, written by Chris Grace, Zach Reino, Al Samuels, Nick Semar and Dan Wessels, choreography by Kimberly McVicar and directed by John Flynn is EXTENDING through SUNDAY, JANUARY 1 at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood.   (more...)

Donald M. Ephraim PALM BEACH JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL to Showcase 30 Movies from Around the World
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

The upcoming 27th annual The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival will present movies from around the world, opening with ON THE MAP, the true story of Israel's 1977 basketball team, the first to ever bring the coveted European Cup to Israel. Film director Dani Menkin and basketball legend Tal Brody will attend and participate in a post-film discussion at the January 19 screening at the Kravis Center's Cohen Pavilion. (more...)

Earvin 'Magic' Johnson Returns to ESPN as NBA Countdown Analyst
by TV News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

ESPN today announced that Earvin “Magic” Johnson, the two-time Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and sports icon, will return to the company and re-join NBA Countdown as a studio analyst this season (more...)

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