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BWW Review: Potted Potter Will Have You Cracking Up Just in Time For the HolidaysBWW Review: Potted Potter Will Have You Cracking Up Just in Time For the Holidays
by Alan Henry - Dec 20, 2014

I have to admit, I was skeptical when I heard that Potted Potter promises all seven Harry Potter books in just seventy minutes. And several times throughout the night, when the story telling stopped for comedic moments, I was worried they wouldn't finish in time. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Sydney Opera House Kicks Off CHRISTMAS AT THE HOUSE festivities with JINGLE BELL ROCKBWW Reviews: Sydney Opera House Kicks Off CHRISTMAS AT THE HOUSE festivities with JINGLE BELL ROCK
by Jade Kops - Dec 20, 2014

The Concert Hall at Sydney Opera House was filled with Christmas Cheer as Brian Castles-Onion, the Sydney International Orchestra, Christmas Choir and singers Emma Pask and Eddie Perfect presented a somewhat eclectic mix of seasonal songs in CHRISTMAS AT THE HOUSE's JINGLE BELL ROCK. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: 'Tomorrow' Is Today! ANNIE On Broadway & OnscreenFLASH FRIDAY: 'Tomorrow' Is Today! ANNIE On Broadway & Onscreen
by Pat Cerasaro - Dec 19, 2014

Today we are celebrating one of the most popular musicals of the modern age in honor of the new film version opening today, ANNIE! (more...)

The Gift Theatre's Annual Season Kickoff TEN Returns Next MonthThe Gift Theatre's Annual Season Kickoff TEN Returns Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2014

TEN, The Gift Theatre's annual season kickoff celebration of ten 10-minute plays, returns January 1-11, 2015. This year's premieres by The Gift and guests were curated by artistic director Michael Patrick Thornton and associate artistic director Paul D'Addario. Tickets to TEN are free for all at http://thegifttheatre.org/, however subscribers have the first opportunity to reserve. Advance reservations are recommended at 773-283-7071. (more...)

Time is Ticking to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Chicago AwardsTime is Ticking to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 19, 2014

Time is ticking on your last chance to vote for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 19th. Voting closes at the end of the year! (more...)

Time is Ticking to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Orlando AwardsTime is Ticking to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Orlando Awards
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 19, 2014

Time is ticking on your last chance to vote for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Orlando Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 19th. Voting closes at the end of the year! (more...)

PTC to Stage World Premiere of ALABAMA STORYPTC to Stage World Premiere of ALABAMA STORY
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2014

Pioneer Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Alabama Story by Kenneth Jones, January 9 - 24, 2015. The play was workshopped in Pioneer Theatre Company's new play reading series, Play-by-Play, last season. The play-a finalist in the 2014 National Playwrights Conference-coincides with the 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. (more...)

John Schneider and Tom Wopat's HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Album Hits Billboard Top 10John Schneider and Tom Wopat's HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Album Hits Billboard Top 10
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2014

John Schneider and Tom Wopat -- the original stars of 'The Dukes of Hazzard' -- have hit the Billboard Top 10 with their new album Home for Christmas. For the week of December 20, the recording debuts at #10 on the 'Traditional Jazz' chart. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside 'Broadway Sings for the Children of Honduras' with Robin de Jesus, Mandy Gonzalez & MorePhoto Flash: Inside 'Broadway Sings for the Children of Honduras' with Robin de Jesus, Mandy Gonzalez & More
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

Top Broadway stars performed at 'Brodway Sings for The Children of Honduras,' a concert at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia to benefit Amigos de Jesus, a home and safe haven for impoverished children in Honduras. (more...)

SnobSwap.com Plays Santa by Supporting The Salvation Army's Adopt a Child Holiday ProgramSnobSwap.com Plays Santa by Supporting The Salvation Army's Adopt a Child Holiday Program
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

Each year, there are many children who do not receive Christmas gifts or have winter necessities because their families are struggling financially. According to The Salvation Army, over 6,000 families will apply for emergency holiday help throughout September and October in hope of receiving toys, clothes, or other items to make Christmas happen. (more...)

Baxter's Bunch TV Show Pilot to Air on Comporium Cable CN2 Channels 102/1102Baxter's Bunch TV Show Pilot to Air on Comporium Cable CN2 Channels 102/1102
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

The show's pilot, entitled “Practice,” is based upon the reputation of Rock Hill being “Football Town USA.” It fits perfectly, according to the creators, because the show's animated characters are based on different sports balls as a way to teach children about exercise, healthy eating habits and literacy. (more...)

Weitz & Luxenberg Wins $20-Million Verdict for Mesothelioma VictimWeitz & Luxenberg Wins $20-Million Verdict for Mesothelioma Victim
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

The family of a former Navy shipfitter who died earlier this year of mesothelioma received a verdict of $20 million against a manufacturer of boilers that were insulated with asbestos, the law firm of Weitz & Luxenberg today announced. (more...)

Music Educators from 15 Countries Names Computerized Piano Curriculum 'Great Discovery of the 21st Century'Music Educators from 15 Countries Names Computerized Piano Curriculum 'Great Discovery of the 21st Century'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

HOUSTON, Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ SOFT WAY TO MOZART or SOFT MOZART is a patented computerized piano curriculum, examined at 13thInternational Academic Conference held by Peter Tchaikovsky's music school. (more...)

Hershey Unveils World's First Public 3-D Chocolate Candy Printing ExhibitHershey Unveils World's First Public 3-D Chocolate Candy Printing Exhibit
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

“We are now using 3-D technology to bring Hershey goodness to consumers in unanticipated and exciting ways,” said Will Papa, Chief Research and Development Officer, The Hershey Company. “3-D printing gives consumers nearly endless possibilities for personalizing their chocolate, and our exhibit will be their first chance to see 3-D chocolate candy printing in action.” (more...)

Sting, Brian Yorkey & Steven Lutvak to Join Broadway Inspirational Voices for 2014 Outreach Program at Ronald McDonald HouseSting, Brian Yorkey & Steven Lutvak to Join Broadway Inspirational Voices for 2014 Outreach Program at Ronald McDonald House
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

Broadway Inspirational Voices (BIV) is set for a special one-night-only presentation of their 2014 'Stories In The Key Of Me' outreach program to the seriously ill children and families at Ronald McDonald House New York on Thursday December 18th, 5pm. Joining the roster of Broadway composers/songwriters this year is 16-time Grammy award winner STING and Pulitzer Prize award recipient Brian Yorkey. STING is currently performing in his acclaimed new Broadway musical,'The Last Ship' at the Neil Simon Theatre for which he composed the music and lyrics and Brian Yorkey and John Logan penned the book. (more...)

Oregon Children's Theatre to Stage SKIPPYJON JONES, 1/17-2/15Oregon Children's Theatre to Stage SKIPPYJON JONES, 1/17-2/15
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

Oregon Children's Theatre presents Skippyjon Jones: A Musical, a premiere and co-commission with Dallas Children's Theater. Based on the book by Judy Schachner and adapted by Linda Daugherty, with music and lyrics by Nick Martin, the production is directed by Stan Foote and will run January 17-February 15, 2015 (more...)

Cast Announced for Giant Cherry and Glitterati's THE GLASS PROTEGE, Opening 2/26 at Theater WitCast Announced for Giant Cherry and Glitterati's THE GLASS PROTEGE, Opening 2/26 at Theater Wit
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

Giant Cherry Productions in association with Glitterati Productions presents the U.S. premiere of The Glass Protege, written by Dylan Costello with direction by John Nasca. Press opening is set for February 26, 2015 at 7:45 pm at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont, Chicago, Ilinois. (more...)

BWW Reviews: American Ballet Theatre's THE NUTCRACKERBWW Reviews: American Ballet Theatre's THE NUTCRACKER
by Jessica Abejar - Dec 17, 2014

The sights and sounds of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker are a staple to Christmastime in New York City. The American Ballet Theatre has brought this timeless tradition to the Brooklyn Academy of Music for the past five years. The Company began its final run of Artist in Resident Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker last weekend, delighting audiences at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and leaving a legacy of joy and wonder. (more...)

Kayla Lian, Lindsay Evans and More to Lead Arouet's THE CHILDREN'S HOUR, May 2015Kayla Lian, Lindsay Evans and More to Lead Arouet's THE CHILDREN'S HOUR, May 2015
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

Arouet (Roy Arauz, Artistic Director) is proud to announce casting for Lillian Hellman's "The Children's Hour," directed by Arouet alum Daniel Wood, previously seen in "The Temperamentals." (more...)

Isabella Products, Inc. Previews Tablet for Children Amidst Recent Findings of 200 Percent Increase in Children's E-book PurchasesIsabella Products, Inc. Previews Tablet for Children Amidst Recent Findings of 200 Percent Increase in Children's E-book Purchases
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

CONCORD, Mass., Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Isabella Products, Inc. this week showcased their anticipated children's tablet to publishers at a pre-launch event in Boston, Mass. The preview comes simultaneously with new industry research on children's increased engagement with digital content and field research on tablet-based learning. (more...)

GUYS AND DOLLS, MARY POPPINS & More Set for Millbrook Playhouse's 52nd SeasonGUYS AND DOLLS, MARY POPPINS & More Set for Millbrook Playhouse's 52nd Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

The Board of Directors along with Producing Artistic Director, David E. Leidholdt, have announced the 2015 Season of spectacular shows. (more...)

TTi Global Commitment to DMC Adopt-A-Family Program Becomes TraditionTTi Global Commitment to DMC Adopt-A-Family Program Becomes Tradition
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

The Adopt-A-Family program is sponsored by The Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation. This program connects families in need with generous people and organizations in the community, providing food and gifts they would otherwise go without. The families are identified by the hospital's social workers throughout the year. (more...)

The Arvada Center to Open CHARLOTTE'S WEB, Feb 12The Arvada Center to Open CHARLOTTE'S WEB, Feb 12
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

On Thursday, February 12 at noon, the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities opens The Children's theater production Charlotte's Web based on the book by E. B. White and adapted by Joseph Robinette. Charlotte's Web, directed by Edith Weiss will run February 12 to April 10, 2015. (more...)

Experian Data Quality sends employees to Ubuntu Education Fund Center in South Africa in support of educational partnershipExperian Data Quality sends employees to Ubuntu Education Fund Center in South Africa in support of educational partnership
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

BOSTON, Dec. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Experian Data Quality, a part of Experian Marketing Services and a leading provider of data quality software and services, in continuation of its relationship with Ubuntu Education Fund (Ubuntu), recently sent employees on a service trip to the Ubuntu Center in South Africa. Ubuntu Education Fund is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to fundamentally transforming the lives of children and their families in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (more...)

Wadsworth Development Group Expands Its Yardi Voyager Property Management PlatformWadsworth Development Group Expands Its Yardi Voyager Property Management Platform
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

"After evaluating four or five options, we selected Yardi Voyager as our new property management and accounting platform based on its ability to handle multiple property and investment management operations along with its Software as a Service capability," said Mike Gibbons, chief financial officer for WDG. (more...)

Festival d'Aix-en-Provence's 67th Season to Feature World Premieres, French Premieres & MoreFestival d'Aix-en-Provence's 67th Season to Feature World Premieres, French Premieres & More
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

The 67th season of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, under the leadership of General Manager Bernard Foccroulle, will present the world premiere productions of operas by Handel and Mozart; the French premiere of Jonathan Dove's children's opera The Monster in the Maze led by Sir Simon Rattle with the London Symphony Orchestra; and a revival of director Robert Carsen's acclaimed 1991 Festival production of Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The Festival's major vocal presentations this season will also include Serbian composer Ana Sokolovi?'s unconventional one-act a capella opera Svadba (Marriage), and a double bill presenting Persephone,Stravinsky's melodrama for tenor, female narrator, choir, children's choir, dancers and orchestra, with Tchaikovsky's last opera, Iolanta. (more...)

Howard County Arts Council Receives Grant from TargetHoward County Arts Council Receives Grant from Target
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) has received a $2,000 grant from Target for its Head StART in ART program. This grant will help the Arts Council continue its ongoing partnership with Howard County Head Start by providing teaching artists who will conduct residencies in visual and performing arts at the Ellicott City Head Start Center. (more...)

The Fun eReader Platform and Individual Book Receive AwardsThe Fun eReader Platform and Individual Book Receive Awards
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

The Fun eReader eBook reading platform by Arbordale Publishing has received the Quality Excellence Design seal of approval in the 2014 Digital Book Awards and 'Kali's Story: An Orphaned Polar Bear Rescue' won a Children's eBook award for non-fiction. The QED certification is considered the 'Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval' for eBooks and enhanced eBooks. Digital Book World, the publishing industry authority on eBooks, developed the 13 point inspection that each eBook must pass to receive this seal. This seal signifies that the Fun eReader platform and eBook design is of a high quality and perfect for any type of device. The individual eBook 'Kali's Story: An Orphaned Polar Bear Rescue,' by Jennifer Keats Curtis and photography provided by John Gomes, was recognized with a bronze award for non-fiction in a new digital book awards program, Children's eBook Awards. This awards program recognizes excellence in eBooks for both content and design in many categories. This is the first year for The Children's eBook Awards which was started to celebrate the greatest accomplishments in the growing field of digital books. 'Kali's Story' is one of the 107 titles offered by Arbordale Publishing on the Fun eReader platform. The innovative design is built for children to read or listen to any book in either English or Spanish. Like the print versions, each eBook includes the Arbordale signature For Creative Minds section of fun facts and activities for children, parents and educators to dive deeper into the book's subject. The platform allows for easy access to the additional resources provided by Arbordale and with the Fun eReader app available on iTunes or Google play children can access their library from any device. For schools, the Fun eReader is available by subscription, and classroom teachers have ready-made teaching activities, quizzes and usage tracking within the platform. About Arbordale Publishing Arbordale Publishing provides fun-to-read picture book stories with underlying, but subtle, science and math themes to 'light the fire' of inquisitiveness. The books have a 'cuddle factor' so that parents can comfortably read the books to children on their lap or at bedtime. Each book includes 3-6 pages of 'For Creative Minds' in the back of each book with easy-to-understand activities specifically designed so that parents and adults can become the 'teachers' even when they don't remember the underlying subject. The parents are given the tools they need to answer the 'why' questions. The activities are also designed to engage children and are so much more than a list of 'fun facts.' Activities may include matching, sequencing, and true/false questions to develop critical thinking skills. These activities make each book so much more than a picture book...the books become tools to get readers (The Children and the adults in their lives) excited about the underlying subjects and to become a 'launch pad' for more discussions and learning. (more...)

PW Brisley Releases FRED'S THE STAR Children's BookPW Brisley Releases FRED'S THE STAR Children's Book
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

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TRACEY TEA POT: CHRISTMAS EVE is ReleasedTRACEY TEA POT: CHRISTMAS EVE is Released
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

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BWW Reviews: Teco's Modernized, Youthful BLACK NATIVITY is a Resounding HitBWW Reviews: Teco's Modernized, Youthful BLACK NATIVITY is a Resounding Hit
by Buster Spiller - Dec 15, 2014

But even this self-professed Grinch has a soft spot so when my favorite children's Christmas tale The Little Drummer Boy comes on, I'm fixed in front of the TV like I was as a young boy and often find myself crying because the message in the story transcends a religious and biblical one; it is a story about the best in humanity. That childlike fascination and sentiment was evoked recently during Teco Theatrical Productions updated and modern version of Langstan Hughes The Black Nativity, produced annually by the company. I have seen many versions of this show, and nearly every one staged by Teco, and I can say with utter confidence this is by far the BEST Nativity I have ever witnessed. It's that good! (more...)

Film, Events & New Frontier Installations Set for 2015 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVALFilm, Events & New Frontier Installations Set for 2015 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
by Movies News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

Sundance Institute today announced the addition of 10 films, events and New Frontier installations to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, January 22 to February 1 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. (more...)

Brady Rymer Receives Grammy Nomination for 'Just Say Hi'Brady Rymer Receives Grammy Nomination for 'Just Say Hi'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

Brady Rymer, a GRAMMY-nominated family music artist known for making music with a “rock and roll heart” (New York Times), has received his second GRAMMY nomination for his 2014 album Just Say Hi! (more...)

Las Vegas Philharmonic Youth Concert Series to Kick Off Jan 12Las Vegas Philharmonic Youth Concert Series to Kick Off Jan 12
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

The Las Vegas Philharmonic will perform 10 free concerts to schoolchildren in its annual Youth Concert Series. From Monday, January 12 through Friday, January 16, the orchestra will perform two 45-minute concerts each morning in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, reaching 15,000 fourth and fifth grade students from 132 schools throughout the Las Vegas Valley. These concerts are not open to the general public. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Portland Playhouse's A CHRISTMAS CAROL Will Enrapture Even the Scroogiest Among YouBWW Reviews: Portland Playhouse's A CHRISTMAS CAROL Will Enrapture Even the Scroogiest Among You
by Patrick Brassell - Dec 15, 2014

When you walk into the theatre, you're greeted by ticket takers, ushers, and assorted others all in Dickensian costume, all sporting English accents; a young urchin who looked to be about eight tried to sell me a raffle ticket in a voice that came right out of Oliver Twist. (more...)

Oink Payments Expands Network to Millions of Gamers with New PartnershipOink Payments Expands Network to Millions of Gamers with New Partnership
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

Playerize specializes in monetization for the social and mobile gaming industry. The Playerize network has seen over 2 billion interactions from gamers to date and spans over 200 countries and territories with over 49,000 game publishers. (more...)

Final Two Weeks of Voting for the BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards - David Girolmo Leads!Final Two Weeks of Voting for the BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards - David Girolmo Leads!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 13, 2014

Voting has now opened for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 4th. (more...)

Final Two Weeks of Voting for the BroadwayWorld Orlando Awards - Sara Catherine Barnes Leads!Final Two Weeks of Voting for the BroadwayWorld Orlando Awards - Sara Catherine Barnes Leads!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 13, 2014

Voting has now opened for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Orlando Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 4th. (more...)

Chideo Kicks Off 12 Days of Giving Campaign, Shines a Spotlight on Roster of Leading Charity PartnersChideo Kicks Off 12 Days of Giving Campaign, Shines a Spotlight on Roster of Leading Charity Partners
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Chideo, the first interactive charity broadcast network, today launched its inaugural 12 Days of Giving campaign. From December 12 through 23, Chideo will showcase one of its notable charity partners each day, including their Santa 'Cause' wish lists for year-end donations and exclusive content from their celebrity ambassadors. Gift packages start at just $10, and consumers also are encouraged to share the wish lists with their friends and family using the hashtag #santacausewishlist. (more...)

Scoop: 60 MINUTES on CBS - Sunday, December 14, 2014Scoop: 60 MINUTES on CBS - Sunday, December 14, 2014
by TV Scoop - Dec 12, 2014

Get all the scoop on 60 MINUTES, airing on CBS on Sunday, December 14, 2014! (more...)

Play Club Celebrates the Best Of Cape Town and David Sedaris at MiaoPlay Club Celebrates the Best Of Cape Town and David Sedaris at Miao
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2014

This Sunday, Play Club kicks off its third year with the second annual Dassie Awards, celebrating theatrical excellence in Cape Town, along with the cynical and witty one-act one-hander THE SANTALAND DIARIES, all at the beautiful new space Miao in De Waterkant. (more...)

Luminary Theater Director from Latvia to Teach Drama Class at Marblehead School of BalletLuminary Theater Director from Latvia to Teach Drama Class at Marblehead School of Ballet
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2014

The Marblehead School of Ballet (MSB) welcomes prominent playwright, poet, and theater director Dace Mic?ne-Z?l?te to the staff. Ms. Mic?ne-Z?l?te, founder and director of The Children's Theatre, Ribeja Mute, in Latvia, will implement and teach the school's new drama class beginning in January. (more...)

Michael Slade's AND A CHILD SHALL LEAD Opens 12/18 in NYCMichael Slade's AND A CHILD SHALL LEAD Opens 12/18 in NYC
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2014

Out of the eerily emptied Terezin Ghetto established by the Nazis near Prague as a 'Jewish City' - which was in reality a way station to the death camps - a remarkable discovery was made at the close of World War II. The Children of Terezin, in the face of unspeakable horror and at constant risk of execution, built a thriving world of creativity and beauty.Words on a page can have deep meaning, but actually meeting people about whom those words were written can create memories that last a lifetime. Terezin's prisoners included more than 15,000 children. Fewer than 100 survived. The cast met one of them, along with another survivor at SelfHelp Community Services , and toured the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Rep's Glorious A CHRISTMAS CAROL Melts HeartsBWW Reviews: The Rep's Glorious A CHRISTMAS CAROL Melts Hearts
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Dec 12, 2014

This December, Milwaukee Repertory Theater relives a 39-year old tradition in the beautiful Pabst Theater: Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. In this recent adaptation by Joseph Hanreddy and Edward Morgan, familiar English carols and melodies echo through the theater so the audience believes they might be standing on the streets of London, Christmas Eve, mid-1800's. Director Aaron Posner returns to inspire another Ebenezer Scrooge, Milwaukee's own Jonathan Smoots. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  Theatre Memphis Spikes the Eggnog with A CHRISTMAS CAROLBWW Reviews: Theatre Memphis Spikes the Eggnog with A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Joseph Baker - Dec 12, 2014

As my hand was turning to mincemeat while writing personal notes in Christmas card after Christmas card, I persevered, knowing that at the end of my travails there would be a reward: A much anticipated performance of Theatre Memphis' annual 'gift' to Memphis, Charles Dickens' venerable A CHRISTMAS CAROL. I must admit: I have not attended every performance of that classic since its inception. I have, however, infrequently stopped to hang my wreath at its door; and I've seen some fine 'Ebeneezers' over the years (I recall a former teaching colleague, Tom Ford, offering a tight, clipped interpretation and, of course, one of the best and most frequent of the actors donning those tattered gloves, Memphis acting favorite Barry Fuller). As I wrote card after card, I began to think about all the other interpretations of A CHRISTMAS CAROL that I have encountered through the years - Seymour Hicks; Reginald Owen (in the role MGM intended for an ailing Lionel Barrymore, who had become famous for his radio performance and who would have, no doubt, been superior; a not-all-that-bad consolation prize was his equally tight-fisted 'Mr. Potter' in Frank Capra's IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE); Orson Welles (in a Mercury Theatre radio performance); Sir Ralph Richardson (a beautiful audio recording); Alastair Sim (in the early 1950's British film and offering my favorite interpretation of the role; Danny Peary, in his fascinating ALTERNATE OSCARS, selects him as Best Actor for that performance); and, certainly, George C. Scott, in what was considered to be the version to end all versions. (And does anyone recall Jim Backus' 'Mr. Magoo' in a delightful animated musical television special back in the 1960's?) (more...)

Festive Season in Full Swing at the Baxter TheatreFestive Season in Full Swing at the Baxter Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2014

Comedy and laughter dominate the festive season line-up, now in full swing at the Baxter Theatre, with three comedies, a children's theatre production and a New Year's Eve party on offer. (more...)

THE CASTLE OF SILENCE at Kalk Bay Community Centre HallTHE CASTLE OF SILENCE at Kalk Bay Community Centre Hall
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2014

Pedro 'The Music Man' Espi-Sanchis brings THE CASTLE OF SILENCE to the Kalk Bay Community Centre Hall for the holiday season. (more...)

Gaggle Trainer Named Google Certified EducatorGaggle Trainer Named Google Certified Educator
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ill., Dec. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ No one understands the importance of integrating educational technology inside the classroom better than Tracy Duncan, a trainer and account manager at Gaggle, who earlier this year was named a Google Certified Educator. (more...)

Warner Bros Delays Release of Hugh Jackman-Led PANWarner Bros Delays Release of Hugh Jackman-Led PAN
by Movies News Desk - Dec 11, 2014

Warner Bros has delayed the release of Joe Wright's action fantasy PAN, starring Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara. (more...)

BWW Review: Mary Poppins at Theatre Aquarius is the Best Holiday Show of the SeasonBWW Review: Mary Poppins at Theatre Aquarius is the Best Holiday Show of the Season
by Dennis Kucherawy - Dec 11, 2014

Toronto's best holiday family show is actually in Hamilton at Theatre Aquarius. It's Disney/Cameron Mackintosh's "Mary Poppins," featuring a stellar cast of Shaw, Stratford and Charlottetown Festival vets. It also stars Broadway vets award-winning Steven Sutcliffe and Chilina Kennedy as the beloved, magical nanny. This fabulous, fun-filled production runs until Dec. 28th. (more...)

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