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BWW Reviews: GEE'S BEND Debuts in DC
by Cecily Sampson - Sep 20, 2013

From the heart of Elizabeth Gregory-Wilder and the community at MetroStage comes Gee's Bend, an emotive account of a woman and her family living in the bend of Boykin, Alabama during the Civil Rights movement. The story begins with a dream, narrated to us by the play's heroine, Sadie (Roz White). Her story gives insight to the lives of the Pettway women, ladies who brave the trials of segregation and other hardships, not without reminding us of the values they hold dear. (more...)

Eric Roberts to Direct BENEATH MY FATHER'S SKY as Part of Packed United Solo Festival Line-Up, Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2013

United Solo, the world's largest solo theatre festival and a resident company at Theatre Row on 42nd Street in New York City, presents a lineup of shows from six continents, twenty-three countries, and twenty-eight states. The fourth season of the annual festival will take place between October 3 and November 24, 2013, and will feature premieres and award-winning solo shows in various categories including drama, storytelling, documentary, multimedia acts, stand?up, magic, dance, and musical theatre. (more...)

Dark Thriller TRUTH Screening at Festivals this Fall
by Movies News Desk - Oct 7, 2013

Left of Center Entertainment and Border 2 Border Entertainment are excited to announce that Rob Moretti's Truth will screen at several film festivals across the US and in Europe during the fall. A suspenseful psychological thriller, Truth is headlined by producers Sean Paul Lockhart and Rob Moretti. The film also features an impressive supporting performance from Emmy Winner Blanche Baker. (more...)

VOICE OVER: Each Performer Takes a Risk for NBC's The Voice!
by Sally Henry - Oct 31, 2012

The Knock-Out Rounds on NBC's The Voice continued tonight as the last performers from Teams Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera took the stage, hoping to be passed on to next week's Live Playoff Rounds. Tonight, it seemed like every single contestant had thought before choosing their songs, "What do you say to Taking Chances?" (more...)

TRUTH to Screen at Chicago's Reeling Film Festival 11/8
by Movies News Desk - Oct 30, 2013

Left of Center Entertainment and Border 2 Border Entertainment are excited to announce that Rob Moretti's Truth will screen at Chicago's Reeling Film Festival November 8th. (more...)

Live Nation Presents Nick Offerman at the Chicago Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2013

Live Nation welcomes Nick Offerman to The Chicago Theatre tonight, October 3, 2013 at 8pm for a 'Homecoming Show' on his American Ham Tour. (more...)

TRUTH Screening at FilmOut San Diego and Reeling Film Festival
by Movies News Desk - Oct 17, 2013

Left of Center Entertainment and Border 2 Border Entertainment are excited to announce that Rob Moretti's Truth will screen at several film festivals across the US and in Europe during the fall. (more...)

TRUTH Screens at Chicago's Reeling Film Festival Today
by Movies News Desk - Nov 8, 2013

Left of Center Entertainment and Border 2 Border Entertainment are excited to announce that Rob Moretti's Truth will screen at Chicago's Reeling Film Festival today, November 8th. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Jim Vagias from The American Theater Group
by Gregory G. Allen - Nov 7, 2012

The American Theater Group presents a new musical series hosted by Stephen Schwartz. Bubble Boy: The Musical will be presented on Saturday, November 10. (more...)

Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks 10th Anniversary Tour Set for State Theatre, 12/4
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2013

For over 30 years, Brian Setzer has seen success as a solo act, a member of the Stray Cats and as the leader of an 18-piece orchestra. He brings The Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks 10th Anniversary Tour to the State Theatre on Wednesday, December 4th. (more...)

Brian Setzer Orchestra Brings CHRISTMAS ROCKS Tour to Detroit's Fox Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2013

The Brian Setzer Orchestra, fronted by three-time Grammy Award-winner Brian Setzer, brings their 'Christmas Rocks 10th Anniversary Tour' to the Fox Theatre tonight, November 23 at 8 p.m. (more...)

Son Lux to Perform at New Amsterdam's Year-End Benefit 12/16 in Brooklyn
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2013

New Amsterdam -- a non-profit artist service organization dedicated to supporting the public's engagement with new music through presentation and distribution -- will celebrate a banner year with a benefit party at the beautiful brand new Williamsburg venue/restaurant, Baby's All Right. (more...)

bergenPAC Announces Holiday Events
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2012

NJ Ballet, The Nutcracker: For more than 40 years, New Jersey Ballet's Nutcracker has been cherished holiday tradition with three generations of families from Bergen to Cape May. (more...)

Opera Company of Middlebury to Present THE ITALIAN GIRLS IN ALGIERS, 5/30-6/7
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2014

A critic once wrote that if the Three Stooges had written an opera libretto, it would look something like Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers (L'Italiana in Algeri). (more...)

AMERICAN IDOL Recap: Contestant Delivers Moving Performance Worthy of IDOL Hall of Fame (Updated w/ pictures)
by Matt Tamanini - May 8, 2014

To make sure that the viewers make fully informed decisions, the finalists performed three songs each; a break-up song, a dedication (a la Casey Kasem), and then a make-up song. As always with IDOL Season XIII, the results were a mixed bag. There were some painful performances and one that I believe will go down in the IDOL Hall of Fame. (more...)

Richard 'Dickie' Long, Carol Channing's Cousin and Supporter of the Arts, Passes Away at 99
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2013

California native, longtime Palm Springs resident and supporter of the arts, Richard 'Dickie' Long passed away last night at home at 10:55pm at the age of 99. (more...)

BRIAN SETZER: Set to Release 'ROCKABILLY RIOT: ALL ORIGINAL'
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2014

Iconic guitarist, songwriter and vocalist BRIAN SETZER will release ROCKABILLY RIOT: ALL ORIGINAL--a straight-ahead rockabilly album from start to finish--via Surfdog Records Tuesday, August 12. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Susan Stroman Talks PBS Mel Brooks Doc, BIG FISH, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, SCOTTSBORO BOYS In LA/UK, BLAZING SADDLES & More
by Pat Cerasaro - May 19, 2013

Today we are talking to a five-time Tony Award-winning director/choreographer celebrated for her stupendous work on CRAZY FOR YOU, THE PRODUCERS, CONTACT, THE FROGS, THOU SHALT NOT, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS and many more - the master musicals director Susan Stroman. In discussing a vast array of topics, Stroman and I touch upon many of her past projects as well as look ahead to her current and future endeavors - that is: the forthcoming Broadway bow of the new musical BIG FISH, starring Norbert Leo Butz, as well as the world premiere of Ahrens & Flaherty's LITTLE DANCER next year. Most importantly, Stroman shines a light on her enduring artistic partnership with Mel Brooks in bringing to life the screen-to-stage musical adaptations of both THE PRODUCERS and YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, with BLAZING SADDLES on the way - their rich collaboration also being highlighted in this week's AMERICAN MASTERS tribute to Mel Brooks on PBS. Additionally, Stroman reflects on some of her lesser-known entities and casts a light on some of her foremost influences as well as candidly discusses her specialty work for a bevy of major stars - such as at SONDHEIM: A CELEBRATION AT CARNEGIE HALL in 1992 - and the finer points of working with Stephen Sondheim and Nathan Lane on Sondheim's most recent original Broadway musical, THE FROGS. Plus, Stroman shares first details of her upcoming collaboration with comedy master Woody Allen on the musical stage adaptation of Allen's Academy Award-winning BULLETS OVER BROADWAY and also offers the 411 on the upcoming Los Angeles and West End productions of Kander & Ebb's THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS - including the real-life role the musical has played in the pardoning of the originally accused nine just last month. Stroman also comments on her work with Hal Prince on the career revue PRINCE OF BROADWAY, opening in Japan in 2015, and also touches upon her ongoing desire to pursue a film adaptation of her multi-Tony Award-winning and genre-redefining 2000 Best Musical, CONTACT. All of that and much, much awaits in this wide-ranging conversation! (more...)

BWW Interviews: Bronwen Carson - Acting for Dancers
by Mary Callahan - Mar 8, 2013

It is a common stigma that dancers 'can't act.' Acting coach, director, and choreographer, Bronwen Carson, tells BWW why it is so important for dancers to hone their acting skills in order to have meaningful and lasting careers in the performing arts. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Banks' Kids Hall of Fame - 6+ Years of 44 Janes and Michaels, Life on Broadway, Where They Are Now & More
by BWW - Mar 2, 2013

As the Broadway production of MARY POPPINS comes to a close, we tracked down all the past and current kids who played the iconic roles of Jane and Michael Banks, from the original cast in 2006 to the current group as they take their final bow on March 3, 2013. (more...)

SocialChorus Wins PR News Social Media Icon Award
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, June 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ SocialChorus, the leading Advocate Marketing solution for brands people love, today announced that the company was recognized for its industry-leading Advocate Marketing solution with a PR News Social Media Icon Award. The prestigious award, which honors companies for cutting-edge work in the social media space, was announced on June 2, 2014. (more...)

3rd Annual EDMbiz Conference & Expo Wraps with Expanded Producton
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

The Third Annual EDMbiz Conference & Expo—which took place this past week on June 17, 18 and 19 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas—was the epicenter of industry and innovation for the EDM community. (more...)

THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA Announces 2014 'Christmas Rocks Tour'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

The annual Christmas tour from THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA has become one of the most exciting annual rockin' Christmas events on the planet. (more...)

BWW Previews: Behind the Scenes in Vermont Summer Theater
by Erin McIntyre - Jun 20, 2014

Summer in Vermont provides a multitude of theater opportunities for performers and audience members alike, and Broadway World got a behind-the-scenes look at a few of the state's companies and productions. This is by no means a complete list of all the extraordinary summer theater that happens in Vermont, and should be used as a starting point for further exploration. (more...)

Neil Patrick Harris Joins LG Electronics' 'Art of the Pixel' Campaign
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor, producer, director and modern art enthusiast Neil Patrick Harris is teaming up with LG Electronics USA to help recognize some of the nation's top art students through the new media competition: The Art of the Pixel: Powered by LG Ultra HD 4K and OLED TV. Students from nine art schools across the country will be submitting their digital masterpieces through July 13 for a chance to win prizes for themselves and their schools*. (more...)

Sen. Bob Menendez & More on NBC's MEET THE PRESS; Read Full Transcript
by TV News Desk - Jul 8, 2013

Yesterday's “Meet the Press with David Gregory” on NBC featured the latest update on the SFO plane crash from NBC's Tom Costello and NTSB Chair Deborah Hersman; a report on the situation in Egypt from NBC's Ayman Mohyeldin and former Egyptian ambassador to the United States Nabil Fahmy. (more...)

Tickets to bergenPAC's Holiday Offerings On Sale 7/11
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2014

It's Holiday Cheer in July at Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey who is presenting some of the greatest Christmas shows this year… Brian Setzer returns to bergenPAC with Christmas Rocks on Wednesday, December 3rd and then it's the annual New Jersey Ballet Nutcracker performances taking place on Saturday, December 6th and Sunday, December 7th with show times at 1PM and 5PM. (more...)

Brian Setzer Orchestra to Return to the State Theatre in Easton as Part of CHRISTMAS ROCKS Tour, 12/2
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

The annual Christmas tour from THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA has become one of the most exciting annual rockin' Christmas events on the planet and the iconic guitarist, songwriter and vocalist BRIAN SETZER and his 18-piece THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA have announced the 11th annual "Christmas Rocks Tour." Pre-sale tickets for a select number of shows will be available beginning this week here: briansetzer.com/tour. (more...)

Brian Setzer Orchestra to Bring CHRISTMAS ROCKS Tour to Detroit's Fox Theatre, 11/23
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2013

The Brian Setzer Orchestra, fronted by three-time Grammy Award-winner Brian Setzer, brings their 'Christmas Rocks 10th Anniversary Tour' to the Fox Theatre on Saturday, November 23 at 8 p.m. (more...)

SHAPING SOUND Coming to A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater, 10/29
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

BREAK THE FLOOR PRODUCTIONS and Broadway Series South are pleased to announce that North America's hottest new dance show -- SHAPING SOUND -- will perform one night only at A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater located in the Duke Energy Center in Raleigh, Wednesday, October 29th at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 8th at 10 a.m. at any Ticketmaster Outlet, Duke Energy Center Box Office, DukeEnergyCenterRaleigh.com or call 800-745-3000. Experience the exhilarating collaboration of North America's newest dance visionaries as they mash-up music genres and dance styles in an explosive dance theater experience perfect for all ages. (more...)

Anastazia Ozarowski Offers Love and Adventure in WINDSWEPT
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2013

Since Sam's family had moved during the summer, she was faced with two options: go to a different school for senior year or ride the subway every day. She chose the latter. But the mere mention of the subway brought back memories of that young boy who is constantly looking at her, giving her that same odd smile. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 7/16/14 - PUMP BOYS & DINETTES, 'WIDOW' at Powerhouse, 'LOVE' at WTF, 'FIDDLER' at Goodspeed and More!
by Jessica Showers - Jul 16, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: Encores! Off-Center's PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES opens tonight, and the regional theatre scene explodes tonight with Kyra Sedgwick starring in Powerhouse's THE DANISH WIDOW, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF opening at Goodspeed, and LIVING ON LOVE making its world premiere with Renee Fleming in Williamstown! (more...)

Live Nation Presents Nick Offerman at the Chicago Theatre, 10/3
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2013

Live Nation welcomes Nick Offerman to The Chicago Theatre on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 8pm for a 'Homecoming Show' on his American Ham Tour. (more...)

Peter Cincotti, David Wong & High Strung, THE GRUFFALO'S CHILD and More Set for TPAC's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, the longest operating performance venue in lower Manhattan, presents Peter Cincotti, performing on Saturday, October 25 at 8PM, the first of four major concerts in the 2014-2015 Main Event Series. (more...)

Eric Roberts to Direct BENEATH MY FATHER'S SKY as Part of Packed United Solo Festival Line-Up, 9/3
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2013

United Solo, the world's largest solo theatre festival and a resident company at Theatre Row on 42nd Street in New York City, presents a lineup of shows from six continents, twenty-three countries, and twenty-eight states. The fourth season of the annual festival will take place between October 3 and November 24, 2013, and will feature premieres and award-winning solo shows in various categories including drama, storytelling, documentary, multimedia acts, stand?up, magic, dance, and musical theatre. (more...)

TRUTH, Starring Sean Paul Lockhart, Opens at New York's Quad Cinema Today
by Movies News Desk - Jan 9, 2014

Left of Center Entertainment and Border 2 Border Entertainment are excited to announce that Rob Moretti's Truth will open at New York's Quad Cinema January 10th. (more...)

TRUTH, Starring Sean Paul Lockhart, to Open at New York's Quad Cinema, 1/10
by Movies News Desk - Jan 6, 2014

Left of Center Entertainment and Border 2 Border Entertainment are excited to announce that Rob Moretti's Truth will open at New York's Quad Cinema January 10th. (more...)

Natalia Lesz Premieres New Music Video for 'In Love' on VEVO
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2014

Rising pop star, and Poland superstar, EMI Music Poland artist Natalia Lesz released her video for the ballad and newest single, 'In Love.' The haunting video brings out her powerful voice in this heart-wrenching ballad. (more...)

I HATE HAMLET Comes to the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 2/5-2/24
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2013

The premise of this incredibly witty comedy is much more about Taking Chances in life and far less about Hamlet! Onstage at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina this February, this play, which the NY Times called "hilarious," centers around a young, successful television actor who relocates to New York from L.A., where he rents a marvelous apartment in Greenwich Village. With his career in turmoil, the actor named Andrew Rally [played by Ethan Saks] is offered the role of Hamlet. But alas - you guessed it - he hates Hamlet! (more...)

ESPN2 Airs BEST OF COLIN CAGE'S CONFESSIONALS Tonight
by TV News Desk - Jan 22, 2014

Colin Cowherd will host a countdown of the best moments from the inaugural season of Colin's New Football Show tonight, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The 30-minute show, Best of Colin's Cage Confessionals, will take a look back at the season's best 'Cage Confessional' segments. In addition to counting down the best of, Cowherd will debut a new Cage Confessional as part of the show with actor and comedian Kevin Hart. (more...)

TRUTH, Starring Sean Paul Lockhart, Opens at New York's Quad Cinema, 1/10
by Movies News Desk - Jan 2, 2014

Left of Center Entertainment and Border 2 Border Entertainment are excited to announce that Rob Moretti's Truth will open at New York's Quad Cinema January 10th. (more...)

ESPN2 to Air BEST OF COLIN CAGE'S CONFESSIONALS, 1/22
by TV News Desk - Jan 16, 2014

Colin Cowherd will host a countdown of the best moments from the inaugural season of Colin's New Football Show on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The 30-minute show, Best of Colin's Cage Confessionals, will take a look back at the season's best 'Cage Confessional' segments. In addition to counting down the best of, Cowherd will debut a new Cage Confessional as part of the show with actor and comedian Kevin Hart. (more...)

TRUTH, Starring Sean Paul Lockhart, Opens at New York's Quad Cinema, Today
by Movies News Desk - Jan 10, 2014

Left of Center Entertainment and Border 2 Border Entertainment are excited to announce that Rob Moretti's Truth will open at New York's Quad Cinema today, January 10th. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Tom Wopat Has a New Number
by Naomi Serviss - Feb 1, 2013

The DUKES OF HAZZARD star has a new CD and a concert date at 54 BELOW. (more...)

Rachel Hundert to Bring IF I HAD WINGS to Metropolitan Room, 1/18
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2013

Rachel Hundert, "this generation's BETTE MIDLER" according to Eric Rauch of Papermill will stand on the ledge of life in order to explore the ways in which we travel from one moment to the next. How do we keep moving on? How do we find the courage to jump through vulnerability and off of the proverbial edge? IF I HAD WINGS is a show about taking risks, Taking Chances and the music that lives in that space of deciding whether or not to spread your wings and…fly. Featuring music from Stephen Schwartz, Jason Robert Brown, David Shire, MIKA, Leonard Cohen and more with exciting original arrangements. (more...)

Son Lux Performs at New Amsterdam's Year-End Benefit Today in Brooklyn
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2013

Admission is $20 suggested minimum donation at the door and includes complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drink specials. New Amsterdam Presents' Inaugural Year-end Benefit feat. Son Lux and the Trevor Wilson & Vocal Ensemble tonight, Monday, December 16th from 6-8 PM at Baby's All Right, 146 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211. (more...)

PETUNIA, THE 99%: OCCUPY EVERYWHERE & More From FilmBuff Set for VOD Release this Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2013

FilmBuff has just announced their slate for films set for VOD release this month. Check out details, trailers, and dates for the movies below! (more...)

BRIAN SETZER Releases New Album 'ROCKABILLY RIOT!'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Today (8/12), the iconic guitarist, songwriter and vocalist BRIAN SETZER releases his much-anticipated new album ROCKABILLY RIOT!: ALL ORIGINAL (more...)

Brian Setzer Orchestra Will Return to the Fox Theatre, 11/21
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2014

The Brian Setzer Orchestra, fronted by three-time Grammy Award-winner Brian Setzer, will return to the Fox Theatre for one of the most exciting and rockin' events of the season, the “Christmas Rocks Tour” on Friday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. Setzer's concert will include his legendary guitar magic on hits such as “Rock This Town,” “(She's) Sexy +17,” “Stray Cat Strut,” “Jump, Jive and Wail” and his re-imagined and acclaimed Holiday classics. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Off The Wall Theatre Retells Shakespeare's Ageless Romeo and Juliet
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Apr 3, 2014

Milwaukee's tiny black box Off the Wall Theatre seats approximately 40 people for their innovative production of William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet (R&J). While small in size, the theatre company offers huge rewards for anyone who attends their performances. The company's Artistic Director Dale Gutzman continually probes the intricacies of theater, often reinventing timeless stories including the classics, into avant garde productions on a miniscule budget that his audiences marvel at and revitalize a play's evocative power. (more...)

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