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Photo Flash: Michael Feinstein, Stars of GREY'S ANATOMY and More Celebrate Freda Payne's Birthday, New AlbumPhoto Flash: Michael Feinstein, Stars of GREY'S ANATOMY and More Celebrate Freda Payne's Birthday, New Album
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2014

Well-loved entertainer Freda Payne kicked off the release of Come Back To Me Love with a performance at Catalina Jazz Club last weekend. Michael Feinstein, Quincy Jones and several stars from GREY'S ANATOMY appeared at the gig to help her celebrate both the album release and her birthday. Check out photos below! (more...)

Freda Payne Returns to Jazz Routes with New CD Release COME BACK TO ME LOVE, 9/19-20Freda Payne Returns to Jazz Routes with New CD Release COME BACK TO ME LOVE, 9/19-20
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

As iconic in 2014 for her timeless beauty and sex appeal as she is her artistic versatility as an all around entertainer, Ms. Freda Payne remains among music's and show business' brightest shining star survivors. When she is singing her heartbeat music - jazz - love, awe and yearning only grow stronger. Her new album, Come Back To Me Love (her first for Artistry Music) marks not only a return to the big band and strings-laden classics from her mid-`60s beginnings with Impulse!, but also marks a return to her hometown of Detroit. That makes this 14-song album featuring Grammy® Award-winner Bill Cunliffe's musical arrangements a beautiful homecoming. (more...)

Freda Payne Returns to Jazz Routes with New CD Release COME BACK TO ME LOVE This WeekendFreda Payne Returns to Jazz Routes with New CD Release COME BACK TO ME LOVE This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

As iconic in 2014 for her timeless beauty and sex appeal as she is her artistic versatility as an all around entertainer, Ms. Freda Payne remains among music's and show business' brightest shining star survivors. When she is singing her heartbeat music - jazz - love, awe and yearning only grow stronger. Her new album, Come Back To Me Love (her first for Artistry Music) marks not only a return to the big band and strings-laden classics from her mid-`60s beginnings with Impulse!, but also marks a return to her hometown of Detroit. That makes this 14-song album featuring Grammy® Award-winner Bill Cunliffe's musical arrangements a beautiful homecoming. (more...)

Theatre School at DePaul University's 2014 Awards for Excellence in the Arts to be Held 11/3Theatre School at DePaul University's 2014 Awards for Excellence in the Arts to be Held 11/3
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2014

The Theatre School at DePaul University will present The 2014 Awards for Excellence in the Arts gala on Monday, November 3, 2014, at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. The Four Seasons is located at 120 East Delaware Place. The event will begin with a 6 PM cocktail reception, followed by dinner and the awards presentation at 7 PM. (more...)

New York Pops to Honor Kathleen & Rob Marshall at 2015 GalaNew York Pops to Honor Kathleen & Rob Marshall at 2015 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2014

?On Monday, May 4, 2015, The New York Pops celebrates its 32nd birthday with a grand gala evening honoring three-time Tony Award-winning director-choreographer Kathleen Marshall and Academy Award-nominated director-choreographer Rob Marshall. The event will be a true family affair, featuring highlights from the siblings' greatest triumphs in theatre, television, and film. (more...)

Pride Films & Plays Presents 2014 Gay Play WeekendPride Films & Plays Presents 2014 Gay Play Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2014

PFP's Gay Play Weekend includes a dynamic musical about a tragedy in gay history, and a historical drama about Michelangelo. You will also see a murder mystery which takes place at a party where everyone is dressed as Joan Crawford, a fun piece about gay dating today, and a drama about abuse and healing. These are the themes of the five finalists in Pride Films and Plays' 2014 Gay Play and Musical Contest. (more...)

Christine Ebersole, Tony Sheldon, James Snyder, Margo Seibert and More Star in EVER AFTER, Beginning Tonight at Paper Mill PlayhouseChristine Ebersole, Tony Sheldon, James Snyder, Margo Seibert and More Star in EVER AFTER, Beginning Tonight at Paper Mill Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

Paper Mill Playhouse presents the world-premiere musical Ever After, directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes, Nice Work If You Can Get It), featuring a book and lyrics by Marcy Heisler and music by Zina Goldrich. Ever After begins performances tonight, May 21, 2015, and runs through Sunday, June 21, 2015. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  New York Pops Salutes Rob and Kathleen MarshallBWW Reviews: New York Pops Salutes Rob and Kathleen Marshall
by Michael Dale - May 11, 2015

A dazzling display of Broadway stars come out to celebrate the careers of one of the theatre's most successful brother/sister dance combos. (more...)

I'D RATHER BE DANCING! Runs 4/2-13 at Playhouse on ParkI'D RATHER BE DANCING! Runs 4/2-13 at Playhouse on Park
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2014

The popular song and dance extravaganza is back! The 2014 production by stop/time dance theater, I'd Rather Be Dancing!, marks the return of the annual crowd pleaser that features the resident dance company at Playhouse on Park. Conceived, directed and choreographed by Artistic Director Darlene Zoller, I'd Rather Be Dancing! is a guaranteed night of entertainment full of dancing, singing and live music. (more...)

Arizona Theatre Company Puts Spin on AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, 3/27-4/13Arizona Theatre Company Puts Spin on AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, 3/27-4/13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2014

The celebrated off-Broadway comedy, Around the World in 80 Days, which features five actors in a theatrical tour-de-force playing 39 characters from Jules Verne's classic adventure novel, will come alive through the Arizona Theatre Company production at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe, from March 27-April 13. (more...)

Arizona Theatre Company Puts Spin on AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, Now thru 4/13Arizona Theatre Company Puts Spin on AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, Now thru 4/13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

The celebrated off-Broadway comedy, Around the World in 80 Days, which features five actors in a theatrical tour-de-force playing 39 characters from Jules Verne's classic adventure novel, will come alive through the Arizona Theatre Company production at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe, from today, March 27-April 13. (more...)

Lewis Cleale Joins Mandy Gonzalez, Jonathan Groff and More in 92Y's GETTING TO KNOW YOU: RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN, 4/5-7Lewis Cleale Joins Mandy Gonzalez, Jonathan Groff and More in 92Y's GETTING TO KNOW YOU: RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN, 4/5-7
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II were established hit makers when they teamed up to make a musical about cowboys and farmers. What follows was a miracle-Oklahoma!, then Carousel and South Pacific; the list of extraordinary hits goes on. On April 5, 6 and 7 get to know these legends even better at Getting to Know You: Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lyrics & Lyricists first look at the two songwriters as a team. Guest artistic director, writer and host Ted Chapin, head of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, shares an insider's perspective on the pair, gleaned from his years with the Rodgers and Hammerstein families; joined by vocalists Lewis Cleale, Mandy Gonzalez, Jonathan Groff, Rebecca Luker, and Phillipa Soo. (more...)

Single Tickets Go on Sale This Sunday for Goodspeed's 'RELATIVITY', MY PARIS and INDIAN JOESingle Tickets Go on Sale This Sunday for Goodspeed's 'RELATIVITY', MY PARIS and INDIAN JOE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2015

?Be a part of it! Audiences at The Norma Terris Theatre not only see the hottest new shows first but they help shape the next big musical. Tickets go on sale for this intimate theater on Sunday and ticket seekers are encouraged to call early for great seats. Don't miss your chance to experience each of the three fantastic musicals set for the 2015 season at The Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, Connecticut - Goodspeed's home for new musicals. The Box Office will open at 10 a.m. on March 29th to offer single ticket deals for three unique and compelling musicals: The Theory of Relativity, it's about connection; My Paris, it's about Toulouse-Lautrec; and Indian Joe, it's about unexpected family. (more...)

Breaking News: Christine Ebersole, Tony Sheldon, James Snyder, Margo Seibert & More Will Lead All-Star Cast of EVER AFTER at Paper Mill PlayhouseBreaking News: Christine Ebersole, Tony Sheldon, James Snyder, Margo Seibert & More Will Lead All-Star Cast of EVER AFTER at Paper Mill Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2015

Paper Mill Playhouse has announced complete casting for the world-premiere musical Ever After, directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes, Nice Work If You Can Get It), featuring a book and lyrics by Marcy Heisler and music by Zina Goldrich. (more...)

Richard Maltby, Jr. to Direct Star-Studded Cast for DTC's AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', 4/2-27Richard Maltby, Jr. to Direct Star-Studded Cast for DTC's AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', 4/2-27
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

Delaware Theatre Company will close its 35th season with the 35th anniversary of the hit musical AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horwitz. Delaware Theatre Company's production will be directed by original Broadway director and co-creator Richard Maltby, Jr. and feature his own handpicked cast alongside the original designs from the 1978 Tony Award-winning production. (more...)

Next Stop... Broadway! Meet the Full Cast of ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, Opening TonightNext Stop... Broadway! Meet the Full Cast of ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, Opening Tonight
by Meet the Cast - Mar 15, 2015

Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway production of ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY officially opens tonight, March 15, 2015 at the American Airlines Theatre. This is a limited engagement through July 5, 2015. Scroll down to learn more about the full company and watch interviews with the cast (who celebrated their originally planned opening on March 12) below! (more...)

Stephen Schwartz and more of Broadway's Best at NJPACStephen Schwartz and more of Broadway's Best at NJPAC
by Contests - Broadway - Mar 10, 2015

See Broadway's best at the NJPAC; Stephen Schwartz, Norm Lewis, Rebecca Luker, and Audra McDonald. (more...)

Bobby Steggert, Mara Davi and More to Lead Cast of Goodspeed's MY PARISBobby Steggert, Mara Davi and More to Lead Cast of Goodspeed's MY PARIS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2015

Discover the story of Toulouse-Lautrec, the man whose art evoked the spirit of a changing society. Experience the vibrant nightlife of turn-of-the-20th century Paris and meet the characters who inspired Toulouse-Lautrec's most provocative and unforgettable paintings.  My Paris will run July 23 through August 16 at the Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, Conn. (more...)

Playhouse on Park to Stage HAIR, Beginning 6/10Playhouse on Park to Stage HAIR, Beginning 6/10
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2015

Starting on June 10, Playhouse on Park finishes its fabulous sixth season with Tony-award winning HAIR, a worldview-shattering musical that, upon its initial premiere, delivered social commentary with a punch that remains relevant to this day. With book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado, their work presents itself as a rock musical alive with timeless vitality. Original music by Galt McDermot include titillating numbers such as Aquarius, I Believe In Love, and Good Morning Starshine, which promise to evoke memories for all who lived through the exciting time that was post mid-century America. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  New BROADWAY BY THE YEAR Covers 1991-2015BWW Reviews: New BROADWAY BY THE YEAR Covers 1991-2015
by Michael Dale - Jun 29, 2015

The latest edition of Scott Siegel's acclaimed series shows the growing number of Broadway musicals without new scores. (more...)

Paper Mill Releases Final Block of Tickets for EVER AFTER World PremierePaper Mill Releases Final Block of Tickets for EVER AFTER World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2015

Paper Mill Playhouse released a block of great seats today for the world premiere musical, Ever After for Father's Day Weekend including Friday, June 19 at 7:00pm, Saturday, June 20 at 7:00pm and Sunday, June 21 at 1:30pm and 7:00pm. (more...)

Ogunquit Playhouse's VICTOR / VICTORIA, Starring Lisa Brescia, Hits the Stage This MonthOgunquit Playhouse's VICTOR / VICTORIA, Starring Lisa Brescia, Hits the Stage This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2015

It's the 20th anniversary of Broadway's tender and funny, smart and sexy Victor/ Victoria and the Ogunquit Playhouse is celebrating by mounting a full-scale glamorous production of the musical comedy June 24 to July 18, complete with the original Broadway and touring sets designed by Robin Wagner and costumes by Willa Kim. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: First Look at Lisa Brescia, George Dvorsky and More in Highlights of Ogunquit's VICTOR/VICTORIASTAGE TUBE: First Look at Lisa Brescia, George Dvorsky and More in Highlights of Ogunquit's VICTOR/VICTORIA
by Stage Tube - Jul 6, 2015

It's the 20th anniversary of Broadway's tender and funny, smart and sexy Victor/ Victoria and the Ogunquit Playhouse is celebrating by mounting a full-scale glamorous production of the musical comedy, June 24 to July 18, complete with the original Broadway and touring sets designed by Robin Wagner and costumes by Willa Kim.  Check out a first look at highlights below! (more...)

Freda Payne to Perform at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill for Release of New Album 'Come Back To Me Love,' 8/9Freda Payne to Perform at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill for Release of New Album 'Come Back To Me Love,' 8/9
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

As iconic in 2014 for her timeless beauty and sex appeal as she is her artistic versatility as an all around entertainer, Ms. Freda Payne remains among music's and show business' brightest shining star survivors. When she is singing her heartbeat music - jazz - love, awe and yearning only grow stronger. Her new album, Come Back To Me Love (her first for Artistry Music) marks not only a return to the big band and strings-laden classics from her mid-`60s beginnings with Impulse!, but also marks a return to her hometown of Detroit. That makes this 14-song album featuring Grammy® Award-winner Bill Cunliffe's musical arrangements a beautiful homecoming. (more...)

Freda Payne to Host COME BACK TO ME LOVE Album Release Concert at B.B. King Blues Club, 8/9Freda Payne to Host COME BACK TO ME LOVE Album Release Concert at B.B. King Blues Club, 8/9
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

As iconic in 2014 for her timeless beauty and sex appeal as she is her artistic versatility as an all around entertainer, Ms. Freda Payne remains among music's and show business' brightest shining star survivors. When she is singing her heartbeat music -- jazz -- love, awe and yearning only grow stronger. Her new album, Come Back To Me Love (her first for Artistry Music) marks not only a return to the big band and strings-laden classics from her mid-`60s beginnings with Impulse!, but also marks a return to her hometown of Detroit. That makes this 14-song album featuring Grammy Award-winner Bill Cunliffe's musical arrangements a beautiful homecoming. (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek at JIMMY VAN HEUSEN: SWINGIN' WITH FRANK AND BING, Coming to PBS This AugustVIDEO: Sneak Peek at JIMMY VAN HEUSEN: SWINGIN' WITH FRANK AND BING, Coming to PBS This August
by TV News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

Celebrate the Oscar-winning composer who wrote high-flying songs for Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, such as 'Moonlight Becomes You' and 'Come Fly With Me' in PBS's JIMMY VAN HEUSEN: SWINGIN' WITH FRANK & BING special, featuring interviews with Frank Sinatra, Jr., Harry Crosby, Tony Bennett, Shirley MacLaine and more. Go behind the scenes in the video below! (more...)

Christopher A. Coppula Releases JIMMY VAN HEUSEN SWINGING ON A STARChristopher A. Coppula Releases JIMMY VAN HEUSEN SWINGING ON A STAR
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2015

'Jimmy Van Heusen Swinging on a Star,' by Christopher A. Coppula, is the first official biography of the prolific composer James Van Heusen. Van Heusen wrote over 1,000 songs, including 50 standards. He is tied for most Academy Awards for Best Original Song. Van Heusen composed music for 5 of the 6 Road movies starring Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. You know his music, but chances are you don't know the composer behind such hits as Swinging on a Star, All the Way, Moonlight Becomes You, Love and Marriage, High Hopes, Come Fly With Me, and Imagination. While his legacy is inextricably linked with that of his best friend Frank Sinatra, Van Heusen was much more. Starting his career while in high school, Van Heusen worked from radio to the Cotton Club, from song plugger to songwriter, from New York to Hollywood. He was a brilliant musician, ware hero, and good and generous man (more...)

Norm Lewis and Rebecca Luker to Bring 'SWINGING ON A STAR' to NJPAC This SpringNorm Lewis and Rebecca Luker to Bring 'SWINGING ON A STAR' to NJPAC This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2015

New Jersey Performance Arts Center (NJPAC) announces the all the magical, timeless hits by Sinatra songwriter Jimmy Van Heusen -- "My Kind of Town," "All the Way," "Call Me Irresponsible" -- performed by Broadway royalty: Tony nominees Norm Lewis (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess) and Rebecca Luker (Mary Poppins, The Music Man) on Sunday, April 25th at 8PM. (more...)

Goodspeed Presents Works From Jason Robert Brown, Elizabeth A. Davis, Kathleen Marshall, and More for 2015 Festival of New MusicalsGoodspeed Presents Works From Jason Robert Brown, Elizabeth A. Davis, Kathleen Marshall, and More for 2015 Festival of New Musicals
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2015

Today at Goodspeed's 10th annual Festival of New Musicals, the two-time Tony Award-winning theatre announced plans for three new musicals to be produced at The Norma Terris Theatre in 2015. (more...)

Finalists for 2014 Great Gay Play And Musical Contest AnnouncedFinalists for 2014 Great Gay Play And Musical Contest Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2014

Five finalists have now been named in the 2014 Great Gay Play And Musical Contest sponsored by Pride Films and Plays. The works are as varied as the writers, and PFP will present enhanced staged readings of these works in May at Center on Halsted. (more...)

Felicia Fields, Chic Street Man & Sugaray Rayford to Star in Milwaukee Rep's LOW DOWN DIRTY BLUES, 3/20-5/24Felicia Fields, Chic Street Man & Sugaray Rayford to Star in Milwaukee Rep's LOW DOWN DIRTY BLUES, 3/20-5/24
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2015

Award-winning, multi-talented performers, Felicia Fields, Chic Street Man and Sugaray Rayford, will be heating up The Rep's Stackner Cabaret this March in Low Down Dirty Blues. Audiences will forget about the cold weather when they come see these powerhouse entertainers belt out the blues. Directed by Randal Myler, the production is set to begin performances in The Rep's Stackner Cabaret March 20, 2015 and runs through May 24, 2015. Opening night is Sunday, March 22, 2015. (more...)

Pride Films & Plays Announces Directors, Schedule for 2014 Gay Play Weekend, 5/9-11Pride Films & Plays Announces Directors, Schedule for 2014 Gay Play Weekend, 5/9-11
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2014

PFP's Gay Play Weekend includes a dynamic musical about a tragedy in gay history, and a historical drama about Michelangelo. You will also see a murder mystery which takes place at a party where everyone is dressed as Joan Crawford, a fun piece about gay dating today, and a drama about abuse and healing. These are the themes of the five finalists in Pride Films and Plays' 2014 Gay Play and Musical Contest. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Winter Rhythms' Opening Night Tribute to Iconic Bing Crosby Doesn't Quite Swing On a StarBWW Reviews: Winter Rhythms' Opening Night Tribute to Iconic Bing Crosby Doesn't Quite Swing On a Star
by Alix Cohen - Dec 3, 2014

Harry Lillis 'Bing' Crosby, Jr., who died in 1977 at age 74, was one of the most popular American singers and actors of the first half of the 20th-century, garnering millions of fans with recordings, radio, film, and live performance. The artist used his microphone as a route to intimacy, rather than volume, and was known for phrasing shaped to lyrical intention. Crosby's seemingly casual, bass/baritone style has often been imitated but never duplicated. On the same night that PBS was premiering a new American Masters documentary on the iconic singer, Bing Crosby Rediscovered, the venerable Urban Stages opened its 6th Annual and widely varied Winter Rhythms series with A Tribute to Bing Crosby, curated, hosted, and mostly performed by Musical Director Bill Zeffiro. (more...)

Terry Burrell & Lawrence Leritz Set for THEATRE CHAT, 12/4Terry Burrell & Lawrence Leritz Set for THEATRE CHAT, 12/4
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2013

Tune in tomorrow, Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 12:35 PM (ET) to join in the celebration with 'Mr. Showbusiness' on Jimmy Ferraro's THEATRE CHAT AND THIS 'N THAT, broadcasting live on WWJB -- regionally and nationally on the world wide web: www.wwjb.com/pages/4395150.php. This week's guests are actress and playwright Terry Burrell and actor, producer, and choreographer Lawrence Leritz. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2014

Producers Scott Landis and Philip Morgaman have confirmed that 4-time Grammy Award winner Renee Fleming will make her Broadway debut this spring in the new comedy Living on Love by two-time Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro, based on the play Peccadillo by Garson Kanin, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall. The production begins performances on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 and will open on Monday, April 20, 2015 at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street). Living on Love will play an 18-week engagement through Sunday, August 2, 2015.Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, December 29, 2014. (more...)

Rob McClure, Joshua Henry & More to Celebrate MGM Musicals at LYRICS & LYRICISTS on 1/11Rob McClure, Joshua Henry & More to Celebrate MGM Musicals at LYRICS & LYRICISTS on 1/11
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2013

Follow Lyrics & Lyricists over the rainbow to the West Coast and the glory days of MGM. On January 11, 12and 13 Tony Award® winner Kathleen Marshall makes her L&L debut as guest artistic director for Going Hollywood, a singing, dancing, Technicolor celebration of the silver screen's greatest musicals, featuring Cameron Adams, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Joshua Henry, Jeremy Jordan, Rob McClure and Rachel York. (more...)

LET'S MISBEHAVE to Run 1/22-2/16 at International City TheatreLET'S MISBEHAVE to Run 1/22-2/16 at International City Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2013

It's delightful. It's delicious. It's de-lovely! International City Theatre opens its 29th season with the California premiere of Let's Misbehave: The Music and Lyrics of Cole Porter, conceived by Karin Bowersock (book) and Patrick Young (musical arrangements) and directed and choreographed by Todd Nielsen. With musical direction by Darryl Archibald and starring triple-threats Lindsey Alley, Marc Ginsburg and Jennifer Shelton, Let's Misbehave opens Jan. 24 at International City Theatre in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. Two low-priced previews take place on Jan. 22 and Jan. 23. (more...)

Freda Payne Hosts COME BACK TO ME LOVE Album Release Concert at B.B. King Blues Club TonightFreda Payne Hosts COME BACK TO ME LOVE Album Release Concert at B.B. King Blues Club Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2014

As iconic in 2014 for her timeless beauty and sex appeal as she is her artistic versatility as an all around entertainer, Ms. Freda Payne remains among music's and show business' brightest shining star survivors. When she is singing her heartbeat music -- jazz -- love, awe and yearning only grow stronger. Her new album, Come Back To Me Love (her first for Artistry Music) marks not only a return to the big band and strings-laden classics from her mid-`60s beginnings with Impulse!, but also marks a return to her hometown of Detroit. That makes this 14-song album featuring Grammy Award-winner Bill Cunliffe's musical arrangements a beautiful homecoming. (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek at JIMMY VAN HEUSEN: SWINGIN' WITH FRANK AND BING, Airing on PBS TonightVIDEO: Sneak Peek at JIMMY VAN HEUSEN: SWINGIN' WITH FRANK AND BING, Airing on PBS Tonight
by TV News Desk - Aug 9, 2014

Celebrate the Oscar-winning composer who wrote high-flying songs for Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, such as 'Moonlight Becomes You' and 'Come Fly With Me' in PBS's JIMMY VAN HEUSEN: SWINGIN' WITH FRANK & BING special, featuring interviews with Frank Sinatra, Jr., Harry Crosby, Tony Bennett, Shirley MacLaine and more. Go behind the scenes in the video below! (more...)

Freda Payne Returns to Jazz Routes with New CD Release COME BACK TO ME LOVE, 9/19-20Freda Payne Returns to Jazz Routes with New CD Release COME BACK TO ME LOVE, 9/19-20
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2014

As iconic in 2014 for her timeless beauty and sex appeal as she is her artistic versatility as an all around entertainer, Ms. Freda Payne remains among music's and show business' brightest shining star survivors. When she is singing her heartbeat music - jazz - love, awe and yearning only grow stronger. Her new album, Come Back To Me Love (her first for Artistry Music) marks not only a return to the big band and strings-laden classics from her mid-`60s beginnings with Impulse!, but also marks a return to her hometown of Detroit. That makes this 14-song album featuring Grammy® Award-winner Bill Cunliffe's musical arrangements a beautiful homecoming. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - THE BOOK OF MORMONMeet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - THE BOOK OF MORMON
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 30, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. The craziness is almost upon us, but there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's THE BOOK OF MORMON below! (more...)

From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: Bing Crosby: The Silver Screen CollectionFrom Universal Studios Home Entertainment: Bing Crosby: The Silver Screen Collection
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Bing Crosby: The Silver Screen Collection presentsthe legendary performer in 24 of his most memorable films available November 11, 2014 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. (more...)

From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: Bing Crosby: The Silver Screen CollectionFrom Universal Studios Home Entertainment: Bing Crosby: The Silver Screen Collection
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Bing Crosby: The Silver Screen Collection presentsthe legendary performer in 24 of his most memorable films available November 11, 2014 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. (more...)

Broward Stage Door Theatre to Present WHAT'S NEW PUSSYCAT? THE SOUNDTRACK OF AN ERA, 8/22-9/28Broward Stage Door Theatre to Present WHAT'S NEW PUSSYCAT? THE SOUNDTRACK OF AN ERA, 8/22-9/28
by Carol Kassie - Aug 12, 2014

When Broward Stage Door Theatre's artistic director Derelle Bunn mentioned to director Michael Leeds and choreographer Kevin Black that she had an open time slot for a show, and asked them if they'd be interested in 'doing something', they jumped at the chance. "Kevin and I have wanted to work together for a while, and this was a terrific opportunity," says Leeds. "And then, of course, the question became - what should we do?!" (more...)

Mandy Gonzalez, Jonathan Groff and More Set for 92Y's GETTING TO KNOW YOU: RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN, Now thru 4/7Mandy Gonzalez, Jonathan Groff and More Set for 92Y's GETTING TO KNOW YOU: RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN, Now thru 4/7
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2014

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II were established hit makers when they teamed up to make a musical about cowboys and farmers. What follows was a miracle-Oklahoma!, then Carousel and South Pacific; the list of extraordinary hits goes on. Tonight, April 5 and April 6 and 7 get to know these legends even better at Getting to Know You: Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lyrics & Lyricists first look at the two songwriters as a team. Guest artistic director, writer and host Ted Chapin, head of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, shares an insider's perspective on the pair, gleaned from his years with the Rodgers and Hammerstein families; joined by vocalists Lewis Cleale, Mandy Gonzalez, Jonathan Groff, Rebecca Luker, and Phillipa Soo. (more...)

Rebecca Luker, Howard McGillin, Mandy Gonzalez & More Set for 54 SINGS TIME AND AGAIN, 5/11Rebecca Luker, Howard McGillin, Mandy Gonzalez & More Set for 54 SINGS TIME AND AGAIN, 5/11
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2014

54 BELOW announces the cast for their next big concert event '54 Sings Time and Again.' Playing for two performances only on May 11, the 7PM concert event will star Rebecca Luker (Phantom of the Opera, Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Nine), Howard McGillin (Phantom of the Opera, She Loves Me, The Secret Garden), and Jessica Molaskey (Parade, Dream, Sunday in the Park with George). (more...)

I'D RATHER BE DANCING! Runs Now thru 4/13 at Playhouse on ParkI'D RATHER BE DANCING! Runs Now thru 4/13 at Playhouse on Park
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2014

The popular song and dance extravaganza is back! The 2014 production by stop/time dance theater, I'd Rather Be Dancing!, marks the return of the annual crowd pleaser that features the resident dance company at Playhouse on Park. Conceived, directed and choreographed by Artistic Director Darlene Zoller, I'd Rather Be Dancing! is a guaranteed night of entertainment full of dancing, singing and live music. (more...)

Richard Maltby, Jr. Directs Star-Studded Cast for DTC's AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', Now thru 4/27Richard Maltby, Jr. Directs Star-Studded Cast for DTC's AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', Now thru 4/27
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2014

Delaware Theatre Company will close its 35th season with the 35th anniversary of the hit musical AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horwitz. Delaware Theatre Company's production will be directed by original Broadway director and co-creator Richard Maltby, Jr. and feature his own handpicked cast alongside the original designs from the 1978 Tony Award-winning production. (more...)

Casts Revealed for Pride Films and Plays' Gay Play Weekend, Running 5/9-11Casts Revealed for Pride Films and Plays' Gay Play Weekend, Running 5/9-11
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Pride Films and Plays' Gay Play Weekend is one of the most exciting events for LGBT theater lovers, as five great new scripts are brought to life in enhanced staged readings directed by Chicago's top directors. The first three years of the contest had produced finalists and award winners like At The Flash by Sean Chandler and David Leeper, Under A Rainbow Flag by Leo Schwartz, Learn to Be Latina by Enrique Urueta, and Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead by Martin Casella. (more...)

Staged Reading of Michael Leeds' MIRA Set for Lynn University, 4/20Staged Reading of Michael Leeds' MIRA Set for Lynn University, 4/20
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

'We haven't seen the finished script yet,' says Jan McArt, Florida's First Lady of Theater, who heads theater development at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL. 'We won't see it till the first day of rehearsals, when our playwright turns it in.' (more...)

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