The Act

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Majestic Theatre (New York, NY)
245 West 44th St.
New York, NY
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The Act is a musical with a book by George Furth, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and music by John Kander.

It was written to showcase the talents of Kander and Ebb favorite Liza Minnelli, who portrayed Michelle Craig, a fading film star attempting a comeback as a Las Vegas singer. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1977.

GE Software Solutions Enable Cincinnati's Metropolitan Sewer District to Stay on Top of Wet Weather Overflows
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2014

Cincinnati prides itself on being on the forefront of using technology to make things better in its community. The MSD will be working with GE Intelligent Platforms and its integration and solutions partner, Gray Matter Systems, located in Cincinnati, to apply Proficy Software to new and industry-leading solutions that can be replicated by other wastewater utilities faced with combined sewer overflows. (more...)

Life Coach Announces CREATING JOY DAILY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2014

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'STATE OF THE BIRDS' Releases Assessment of the Health of Nation's Birds
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2014

One hundred years after the extinction of the passenger pigeon, the nation's top bird science and conservation groups have come together to publish The State of the Birds 2014—the most comprehensive review of long-term trend data for U.S. birds ever conducted. The authors call the results unsettling. The report finds bird populations declining across several key habitats, and it includes a “watch list” of bird species in need of immediate conservation help. The report also reveals, however, that in areas where a strong conservation investment has been made, bird populations are recovering. The full report can be found at stateofthebirds.org. (more...)

Liza Minnelli Misses Joan Rivers' Funeral Due to Back Injury; Faces Upcoming Surgery
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2014

One star who was not able to make the ceremony was Broadway legend Liza Minnelli, a close friend of the comic. (more...)

Exelis Board of Directors Approves Spin-off of Vectrus as Separate, Publicly Traded Company; Sets Record and Distribution Dates
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2014

“The decision to create two well-capitalized independent companies underscores Exelis' commitment to ensuring that our strategic priorities are aligned with the best interests of our shareholders,” said Exelis Chief Executive Officer and President David F. Melcher. “Each company will have a solid strategy and strong leadership and be better equipped to serve the needs of its global customers. We are excited about the future for both Exelis and Vectrus.” (more...)

BWW Blog: Out of the Box's Audition Workshop Brings Out My Inner Performer
by Maggie Yates - Sep 8, 2014

Some people have the obsession to seek spotlight, the urgency to perform renditions of circumstances representative of the human experience. I do not feel that call, though I've stepped closer to understanding its appeal. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Don't Wait, Just Go See Seattle Shakes' GODOT
by Jay Irwin - Sep 8, 2014

Two tramps waiting by a tree in the middle of nowhere does not sound like the most engaging evening of theater. But when it comes from the absurdist mind of Samuel Beckett, you have one of the most thought provoking plays of the 20th century with his brilliant, "Waiting for Godot". But it's still not always engaging unless you have the right team putting it up. Fortunately Director George Mount has assembled a superb cast with an excellent take on the show that keeps it completely riveting. (more...)

Synaptic Motion Tickets Now on Sale
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2014

Synaptic Motion has been two years in the making, as you can see here. They will be unveiling their most ambitious project yet in The Forum at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, September 18-21. (more...)

Falcons Launch RISE UP FRIDAY Presented By YP
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2014

ATLANTA, Sept. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ To celebrate the start of the 2014 season and the Atlanta Falcons home opening game against the New Orleans Saints, the Falcons have announced RISE UP FRIDAY presented by YP. RISE UP FRIDAY will kickoff on Friday, September 5 and continue each Friday throughout the 2014 season. (more...)

NJPAC to Present HAUNTED ILLUSIONS, Starring David Caserta, Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2014

Haunted Illusions, starring David Caserta, comes to NJPAC next month, playing Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 5 PM and 7:30 PM. (more...)

LA SOIREE Celebrates 10 Years with Return to London, Nov 5
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2014

Roll up, roll up - the circus is back in town! Last seen in London in 2011, multi award-winning cult hit La Soiree returns to the capital celebrating a triumphant world tour and the 10 year anniversary of the troupe's first show. Fresh from a six month residency at the spectacular Union Square Theatre in New York, a whirl around Australia and touring the land of the midnight sun, La Soiree returns at last to London. (more...)

EmberClear Corp. Announces Closing of Full Exercise of the Over-Allotment Option Pursuant to the Private Placement for Aggregate Gross Proceeds of $2.3 Million
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2014

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Smithsonian to Present 'Wilderness Forever' Exhibit In Conjunction with Wilderness Act's 50th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2014

The Wilderness Act, a cornerstone of America's conservation laws, marks its 50th anniversary Sept. 3. The Act established the National Wilderness Preservation System that represents America's most wild and pristine federally protected lands. Today, these lands encompass 758 wilderness areas covering more than 109 million acres in 44 states and Puerto Rico. Together, they represent the largest, most highly protected body of wild lands in the country. (more...)

BWW Reviews: WICKED Defies Gravity Once Again Now Thru September 14th
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - Sep 3, 2014

Glinda and Elphaba have flown into San Jose to appear in Wicked and have broken box office records at San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts, grossing $1,516,245 during the first week of its three-week engagement. The two witches will be in town (along with a phenomenal cast) through September 14 only so get your tickets now before somebody drops a house on you. Hodges & Hodges are seasoned Wicked audience viewers, but we're here to tell you that this company is spectacular and you're in for a wonderful night of theatre at Broadway San Jose. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Dutch Apple's HAIRSPRAY Will Dance Into Your Hearts
by Marakay Rogers - Sep 3, 2014

Twist and shout your way through early 1960's Baltimore with the big-hearted, big-haired Tracy Turnblad and friends at Dutch Apple (more...)

BWW Reviews: Ideas Pop at Dog & Pony DC's TOAST
by Pamela Roberts - Sep 23, 2014

Toast playfully explores innovation, technology, crowd-sourcing and the very roots of inspiration. You don't 'see' a show at dog & pony dc, you become part of it. Dog & pony is committed to "Audience Integration" or participatory theatre - that means when you attend a show you are intimately knit into all that is unfolding. Dog & pony takes great delight in shattering the fourth wall that supposedly separates actors and audience. The Toast ensemble actively engages everyone in the room - questioning, touching, nudging, mumbling, seeking a reaction. (more...)

Oscar Nominated THE ACT OF KILLING to Premiere on PBS, 10/6
by Movies News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

Nominated for an Academy Award®, The Act of Killing is as dreamlike and terrifying as anything that Werner Herzog (an executive producer) could imagine. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Schmeater's SEASCAPE Evolves into Quirky Fun
by Jay Irwin - Sep 22, 2014

What would you do if a human sized, English speaking lizard walked up to you on the beach? How about two of them? Well get ready for that experience as Theater Schmeater explores two different sides of evolution in Edward Albee's "Seascape". And while it takes a bit of time for the show to evolve as well, once it does it's a quirky fun time. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE SHOPLIFTERS Offers Laughs, Chance to Ponder at Arena Stage
by Jennifer Perry - Sep 21, 2014

'The Shoplifters' is a perfect way to start the 65th Season at Arena Stage off right! (more...)

I AM ME Mobile Performances Begin this Month
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2014

I Am Me is a site un-specific play and mobile performance. I Am Me is a one woman interactive guerilla style performance piece. I Am Me blends storytelling with an immersive atmosphere. I Am Me is a glass through which the audience can experience familiar surroundings in a new way. (more...)

BreedIT Scientific Advisor, Dr. Alan Shackelford, Interviewed by CEOLIVE.TV
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2014

NEW YORK, September 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ (more...)

'WALTZ TO THE MAMBO', LOOPS AND BREAKS and WAITING Set for BEST OF BE FESTIVAL Tour This Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

For the fourth year, the highlights of Birmingham's European festival will be coming to London's Barbican Centre ahead of touring the UK and Madrid, introducing three of Europe's most exciting emerging theatre companies to London audiences. BE festival places a strong emphasis on collaboration, participation and exchange, and each of the pieces presented has been selected for their capacity to transcend cultural and linguistic boundaries. All performances throughout the tour will conclude with post-show discussions and each show will feature an extended dinner interval where the audience can talk with the performers. (more...)

Scoop: 20/20 on ABC - Today, September 19, 2014
by TV Scoop - Sep 18, 2014

Get all the scoop on 20/20, airing on ABC on today, September 19, 2014! (more...)

Liza Minnelli Gets Animated in FEMALE FORCE Comic Book
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

The legendary Liza Minnelli is now a comic book character! Now available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device through the iTunes Store, 'Female Force: Liza Minnelli' is a comic book about the Broadway favorite by Michael L. Frizell & Rafael Cordeiro. (more...)

UPDATE: Liza Minnelli Resting Comfortably Following Back Surgery
by TV News Desk - Sep 17, 2014

Liza Minnelli is reportedly resting comfortably in a California hospital following back surgery. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Turntable Returns to Orlando Shakespeare's LES MISERABLES
by Kimberly Moy - Sep 17, 2014

If you haven't heard of LES MISERABLES then you're probably living under a pop-culture rock. Since making it's English-language stage debut in 1983, this phenomenon has been thrilling audiences around the world and now in Orlando. To kick off Orlando Shakespeare's 26th Season, this mega musical packs a strong cast and an award winning score. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE INVISIBLE HAND at ACT Grabs You & Doesn't Let Go
by Jay Irwin - Sep 15, 2014

There are moments, Dear Reader, when you can encounter a work that can completely revitalize your love of good theater. Such was a moment for me the other night when I was lucky enough to catch ACT's production of "The Invisible Hand". I really wasn't sure what I was in for except that it was a play about politics and economics in Pakistan from Ayad Akhtar, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of "Disgraced". What I got was an absolutely gripping evening of theater thanks to a killer production and a riveting play that I cannot urge you enough to go see. (more...)

'Super Service Challenge' Rallies Companies to Serve Their Community; Offers Chance to Win Part of $1,000,000 to Benefit Local Charities
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) Launching today for its fifth year in a row, the Super Service Challenge asks companies and individuals from around the country to help make a memorable difference through community service, with a chance to win part of $1,000,000 for their nonprofit of choice. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Davis Musical Theatre Company's SHREK THE MUSICAL
by Meg Masterson - Sep 14, 2014

Given my initial feelings toward the show, I'm quite surprised to be telling you that Shrek is adorable, and well worth the time to see. The lyrics are clever, and the songs added to the show give the characters more depth. Shrek could be a good introduction to theater for young audiences. Kids who have seen the movie are already familiar with the story and characters, and the stage version is quite fun. (more...)

Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Announces PRELUDE 2014 Full Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2014

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at The Graduate Center, CUNY is pleased to announce the full lineup of its eleventh annual PRELUDE Festival. Dedicated to artists at the forefront of contemporary New York City theatre and performance, PRELUDE 2014 features an array of artists working in theatrical and interdisciplinary performance. (more...)

BWW Reviews: DanceNow NYC at Joe's Pub
by Ali Rosa-Salas - Sep 11, 2014

Ten choreographers say more with less at this year's DanceNow at Joe's Pub. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Town Players of Newtown Bring On the Laughs with THE ARTIFICIAL JUNGLE
by Cindy Cardozo - Sep 11, 2014

More than a lighthearted comedy, this silly and irreverent homage to classic film noir will leave you laughing in the aisles. (more...)

Andrea Rosen Gallery Presents Matt Keegan and Anne Truitt, Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2014

Andrea Rosen Gallery is delighted to present new sculpture and photographic works by Matt Keegan with Landfall, 1970, a totemic column by Anne Truitt (1921-2004). Keegan's body of new works builds upon his ongoing inquiry into the sociability and singularity of industrially produced forms, and together with Truitt hatches a sensuous investigation of material, surface and form. (more...)

Photo Flash: Publicity Shots for A Contemporary Theatre's THE INVISIBLE HAND
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

A Contemporary Theatre announces the west coast premiere of writer/actor Ayad Akhtar's The Invisible Hand, about an American investor kidnapped by a militant group in Pakistan. Akhtar won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 for his play Disgraced, which opens on Broadway this fall. The Invisible Hand premiered at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis studio series in 2012. Since then, Akhtar has continued development on the script, added a character, and he will participate in the creative process as the show develops in Seattle, spending time in the rehearsal room and audience preview process. (more...)

Foundations Recovery Network Announces Fourth Annual Heroes in Recovery 6k Run/Walk in Leiper's Fork, Tennessee on September 13
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2014

Heroes in Recovery, a movement celebrating the heroic efforts of those who seek addiction and mental health treatment, returns to Leiper's Fork for the fourth straight year for one of its family-friendly 6K Run/Walk events. The goal of the race is to garner support for people in recovery and to educate the community at large about behavioral health issues. The Heroes movement, ignited by Foundations Recovery Network (FRN), has been carried on the shoulders of supporters, advocates, friends, family members, and all those touched by the disease of addiction and mental health issues. (more...)

'SCENES AND SONGS FROM FANNIE LOU' to Play Carnegie Hall, 10/9
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

In a one night engagement, the Center for Law and Justice (CLSJ) will be presenting 'Scenes and Songs from Fannie Lou,' at Carnegie Hall on October 9th. (more...)

Creatacard'' iPad App Makes Grandparents Day Extra Special with Custom Cards from the Kids
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

CLEVELAND, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Is there anyone that loves handmade gifts from the kids more than grandma and grandpa? Make their Grandparents Day the most special one yet with one-of-a-kind 'handmade' cards from the kids with the Creatacard iPad app from American Greetings. Send smiles across the miles to grandparents that live out of town, or celebrate those that live close by, with a memorable Grandparents Day card. Creatacard is more than just a card app; it's the first and only app that brings your child's imagination to life with the exclusive capability to have their original designs professionally printed as real paper greeting cards and mailed anywhere in the world! (more...)

BWW Reviews: BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK Reveals A Stark Reality
by Herbert Paine - Aug 25, 2014

In By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, acclaimed dramatist Lynn Nottage (winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Ruined), has illuminated the irony and hurtful absurdity of the Black struggle in Depression-era Hollywood to break the chains of racial stereotyping and to land good roles with good lines. iTheatre Collaborative, a gem of a company in the heart of Phoenix boldly stages this play under the direction of Charles St. Clair and with a cast that artfully commands the stage. Nicole Belit is exquisite, endowing Vera with elegance, grace, and the self-assurance that was required to leap from handmaiden to film star. (more...)

Angelique Cassimatis to Star in Blue Saint's GUILTY PLEASURES at Chapel off Chapel, Oct 9-12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

Blue Saint Productions is a fresh company based in both Sydney and Melbourne that are striving toward producing original and existing works. Joshua Robson (Les Miserables) and Damien Bermingham (Strictly Ballroom) are the founders of the company. They met each other in King Kong: Live on Stage in 2013 and discovered their passion for producing when they produced "Together We Stand" (King Kong Charity Concert). They are very excited to be putting on their inaugural production of Guilty Pleasures at Chapel off Chapel in October 2014. (more...)

Finborough Scales Back THE WALLACE to Staged Reading, Sept 15
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2014

Finborough Theatre regrets that, due to funding issues, they have had to cancel the planned full production of The Wallace. Instead, Finborough will be presenting a staged reading of the play for one performance only on Monday, 15 September 2014 at 7.30pm. (more...)

BWW Reviews: A Very Chekhovian VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE at Shakespeare & Co
by Larry Murray - Aug 22, 2014

For those who think that Christopher Durang's popular VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE is a strawhat comedy, this production proves it's goat real heart too, just as in any Chekhov play. (more...)

Scotiabank BuskerFest Takes Over Toronto This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

Scotiabank BuskerFest in support of Epilepsy Toronto kicked off today at noon throughout Toronto's Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood for four wild days of fun for all ages - rain or shine! (more...)

The Y Discusses Back-to-School Healthy Habits
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

As the dog days of summer begin to fade into memory and a new academic year beckons, the YMCA of Greater New York reminds the City's children and families that staying fit and eating healthy is an important part of any back-to-school curriculum. (more...)

Act II Playhouse to Stage ROUNDING THIRD, 9/9-10/12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

Act II Playhouse begins its 16th season with Rounding Third by Richard Dresser, a comedy about two mismatched little league coaches. Previews begin Tuesday, Sept. 9. Due to popularity, the show has already extended until Oct. 12. (more...)

Scoop: 20/20 on ABC - Tuesday, August 19, 2014
by - Aug 19, 2014

Get all the scoop on 20/20, airing on ABC on Tuesday, August 19, 2014! (more...)

2015 Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival Lineup Announced; Runs Jan 14-25
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

Organizers of the inaugural Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival announced today the line-up of top contemporary puppets acts and artists from around the world, the U.S. and Chicago to be presented at venues large and small throughout the city January 14-25, 2015. (more...)

MAXIMUS Simplifies Medicaid Program Management with DecisionPoint Solutions
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

DecisionPoint combines comprehensive data with proven processes and technology to empower states to make fast, accurate Medicaid program decisions. DecisionPoint is designed to efficiently close information gaps across all subsidy categories at every stage of the Medicaid lifecycle. The DecisionPoint solutions address areas such as program integrity, provider management services, premium assistance, informal dispute resolution, and business intelligence. (more...)

First County in the Nation to be Powered by Community Solar
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

DENVER, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Denver-based SunShare announced today it has contracted with Adams County to provide the regional government with clean, reliable energy from Community Solar Gardens. Adams County will be the first county in the nation to power its buildings with privately developed Community Solar energy. SunShare is one of the nation's first Community Solar providers. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: FINDING NEVERLAND Needs to Find Its Voice
by Jan Nargi - Aug 17, 2014

Just as central character J. M. Barrie needs to find his true voice in order to break through the writer's block that is hampering his playwriting career, FINDING NEVERLAND, the new musical about the family that inspired the beleaguered author to create Peter Pan, needs to find its voice, too. Teetering abruptly between empty frivolousness and genuine pathos, FINDING NEVERLAND is an uneven adventure in its current pre-Broadway tryout at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass. (more...)

Queer New York International Arts Festival Announces 2014 Lineup; Kicks Off 9/17
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

The Queer New York International Arts Festival (QNYIA) -- a festival of contemporary performance that explores and broadens the concept of queer (in) art -- returns for a third year with a diverse slate of performances by international artists, many presenting their work in New York City for the first time. (more...)

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