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Based on the novel by Alice Walker and the Warner Brothers/Amblin Entertainment film

A teenager gives birth to two of her father's children and then is married off to a man who sought her sister. The man convinces the sisters' father to separate the two and makes sure they never communicate by intercepting letters between them. Abused and alone, the heroine struggles to find her identity and love.


HLTC to Open Fifth Season with DRIVING MISS DAISY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2014

The Harbor Lights Theater Company, led by Executive Artistic Director Tamara Jenkins, Co-Artistic Director Jay Montgomery, and Associate Producer Beth Gittleman, announces its fifth season as Staten Island's first and only Professional Equity theater company with the American classic Driving Miss Daisy. (more...)

IF/THEN Original Broadway Cast Recording Now Available For Pre-Order, Out 6/3
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 31, 2014

The original Broadway cast recording for new musical IF/THEN, starring Tony Award winner Idina Menzel, is now available for pre-order. (more...)

Ivan Rutherford, Quentin Earl Darrington, Jennie Sophia and More Star in Drury Lane Theatre's LES MISERABLES, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2014

In celebration of their 30th Anniversary, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, will present the legendary musical LES MISERABLES, previewing tonight, March 29, opening Tuesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. and running through June 8, 2014. (more...)

Photo Flash: Ivan Rutherford, Quentin Earl Darrington & Cast of Drury Lane Theatre's LES MISERABLES Celebrates Opening Night
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2014

In celebration of their 30th Anniversary, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, presents the legendary musical Les Miserables, which opened last night, Tuesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. and runs through June 8, 2014. Directed by multi-Jeff Award winner Rachel Rockwell (Ragtime, The Sound of Music, Sweeney Todd, and Oliver! at Drury Lane Theatre), the cast is led by Ivan Rutherford ("Jean Valjean" in over 2,000 performances of Les Miserables on Broadway, as well as in the 20th anniversary Broadway Revival and The National Tour ofLes Miserables, and Titanic on Broadway); Jeff Award-winner Quentin Earl Darrington as "Javert" (Ragtime on Broadway and at Drury Lane Theatre, Memphis: A New Musical on Broadway and The National Tours of The Lion King, The Color Purple, and Memphis: A New Musical); and Jennie Sophia as "Fantine" (The National Tour of The Lincoln Center's South Pacific and Oliver! and The Sound of Music at Drury Lane Theatre). (more...)

Idina Menzel Tweets A Behind The Scenes Look At IF/THEN Cast Recording Sessions
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 8, 2014

Broadway superstar and internationally recognized vocal artist Idina Menzel is currently starring in her Broadway return via brand new Broadway musical IF/THEN and the talented triple-threat has taken to Twitter to share a behind the scenes glimpse at the cast recording for the show. (more...)

Lake Bell, Whoopi Goldberg Among Jurors for 2014 Tribeca Film Festival
by Movies News Desk - Apr 8, 2014

The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, today announced its jurors – a diverse group of 33 industry leaders, including award-winning filmmakers, writers, producers, acclaimed actors, respected journalists and entrepreneurs. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside the Recording Studio with the Cast of IF/THEN!
by Walter McBride - Apr 8, 2014

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, MASTERWORKS BROADWAY will release the Original Broadway Cast Recording of If/Then. Produced by Steve Epstein, Tom Kitt and David Stone, the album was recorded yesterday, April 7 in anticipation of a June 3, 2014 release. BroadwayWorld was in the recording studio with the cast and you can check out photo coverage below! (more...)

Ivan Rutherford and More Star in Drury Lane Theatre's LES MISERABLES, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2014

In celebration of their 30th Anniversary, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, will present the legendary musical LES MISERABLES, opening tonight, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. and running through June 8, 2014. (more...)

Saul Williams, Christopher Jackson, Tonya Pinkins & More Set for Tupac Musical HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2014

Award-winning slam poet, actor, singer, musician Saul Williams (Slam), Christopher Jackson (After Midnight), Saycon Sengbloh (Motown The Musical, Fela!), Ben Thompson(Matilda), John Earl Jelks (Radio Golf - Tony nomination), Joshua Boone (Brownsville Song [b side for Tray] at Actors Theatre of Louisville), Dyllon Burnside ('Prison Break') and Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins (Jelly's Last Jam, Caroline or Change, Play On!) will star in HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, the new Broadway musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur. Written by Todd Kreidler and directed by Kenny Leon, HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME will begin performances on May 29, 2014 and open June 19, 2014 at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway at 47th Street). (more...)

FREEZE FRAME: IF/THEN Cast and Creative Team in the Recording Studio!
by Walter McBride - Apr 7, 2014

The cast and creative team of IF/THEN was at MSR Recording Studios in New York City today to work on the show's Original Broadway Cast Recording, which will be released by Masterworks Broadway on June 3, 2014. BroadwayWorld was there and brings you a sneak peek at the company below! Be sure to check back later for full coverage! (more...)

Meet the Broadway Class of 2014- Spring Edition!
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 6, 2014

With Broadway's 2014 season now in full swing, there's a solid group of performers making their Broadway debuts this Spring. Meet all of the Great White Way's newest stars below, and be sure to let us know who you're most looking forward to seeing onstage! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in New Jersey - Week of 4/06/2014
by BWW - Apr 6, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/06/2014 for New Jersey (more...)

BWW Reviews: Natalie Weiss' Personality Overshadows Vocal Talent in Houston Cabaret
by David Clarke - Apr 5, 2014

As a YouTube sensation, many are familiar enough with Natalie Weiss' voice and face, and the largely teenage/early 20s audience last night couldn't be more enthusiastic to see her perform live. Yet, somewhere along the way, her abrasive personality overshadowed her vocal talent. (more...)

Heidi Blickenstaff, Pamela Myers & Ron Raines Set for Signature Theatre's Sondheim Gala Honoring Jonathan Tunick, 4/7
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2014

On April 7, 2014, Broadway stars Heidi Blickenstaff, Pamela Myers, and Ron Raines will perform alongside an 18-piece orchestra as Virginia's Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre honors renowned orchestrator and longtime Stephen Sondheim collaborator, Jonathan Tunick. (more...)

Bailiwick Chicago to Stage DESSA ROSE at Victory Gardens, 3/6-4/5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2014

Bailiwick Chicago will launch its 2013-14 season with the Chicago premiere of the thrilling musical drama DESSA ROSE by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the Tony Award-winning team behind Ragtime, Once on This Island and Seussical!, directed by Artistic Director Lili-Anne Brown with music direction by Collective Member James Morehead. DESSA ROSE plays March 6 - April 5, 2014 at the Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are available at www.victorygardens.org, by calling (773) 871-3000 or in-person at the Victory Gardens Box Office. The press performance is Sunday, March 9 at 7 pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: Idina Menzel Performs from IF/THEN on 'Today'
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 3, 2014

Idina Menzel heated up The Today Show this morning as part of the Toyota Spring Concert Series. The Broadway star spoke about being part of the creative process of her new musical 'If/Then' from the project's inception. (more...)

VIDEO: Idina Menzel on Recent Success: 'It's Been an Amazing Ride'
by TV News Desk - Apr 3, 2014

Broadway's Idina Menzel appeared on this morning's TODAY to chat about lending her voice to Disney's Oscar winning animated film FROZEN and starring in her new Broadway musical 'If/Then.' (more...)

VIDEO: Idina Menzel Performs from IF/THEN on 'Today'
by TV News Desk - Apr 3, 2014

Idina Menzel heated up the TODAY show this morning as part of the Toyota Spring Concert Series. Below, watch Menzel perform 'Learn To Live Without' from Broadway's 'If/Then'! (more...)

VIDEO: Idina Menzel on FROZEN: 'I Had No Idea It Would Become a Phenomenon'
by TV News Desk - Apr 3, 2014

If/Then star Idina Menzel appeared on this morning's TODAY to chat about her hit song 'Let It Go' from Disney's Oscar-winning hit film FROZEN. (more...)

Photo Flash: Idina Menzel Channels Maria Callas in PEOPLE Magazine
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2014

Broadway favorite Idina Menzel is featured in this week's issue of People Magazine, channelling opera diva Maria Callas (who inspired Terrence McNally's Master Class) in a striking pose. Check out the beautiful photo and compare it to Mara herself below! (more...)

BONUS VIDEO: Idina Menzel, James Snyder Perform 'Here I Go' from IF/THEN
by TV News Desk - Apr 3, 2014

Broadway performers Idina Menzel and James Snyder perform the song 'Here I Go' from the new musical 'If/Then.' (more...)

Idina Menzel Admits She Was Thrown by Travolta Name Flub: 'Did That Just Happen?'
by TV News Desk - Apr 3, 2014

Broadway's Idina Menzel appeared on this morning's TODAY and spoke about how she has no hard feeling towards John Travolta for mispronouncing her name at this year's Oscars. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Highlights from Anderson & Petty's YOU ARE HOME IN LONDON at the St. James Studio
by Stage Tube - Apr 22, 2014

Last month, a stellar line-up of vocalists performed a concert of songs by acclaimed transatlantic songwriting duo Anderson and Petty at the St. James Theatre Studio on March 16 as part of the venue's season of 'Cabaret Nights'. Click below to watch highlights from the concert! (more...)

Palace Theatre to Add Stadium-Style Seating for This Summer's HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME
by Louisa Brady - Apr 22, 2014

According to the Wall Street Journal, audience members seated in the orchestra of the upcoming Broadway musical, 'Holler If Ya Hear Me,' will have a movie-theatre-esque experience. The production is spending $200,000 to alter the arrangement of seats in the orchestra, with hopes of augmenting the theatre's sense of intimacy. (more...)

Trent Armand Kendall's New 'Jazzical' LOUIS-AND-ELLA! Set for Reading, 4/24
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2014

LOUIS-AND-ELLA!, a new jazzical by Trent Armand Kendall reunites The Architect of Jazz and The First Lady of Song for one magical night and will receive a developmental table reading Thursday, April 24th in a donated studio from The Actors Fund. (more...)

FIRST LOOK - Variety's Power of Women NY Honoree: Idina Menzel
by Movies News Desk - Apr 22, 2014

In 2010, Tony winner Menzel co-created A Broader Way, an arts centered program for urban girls. (more...)

Broadway's Tupac Shakur Musical HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Begins Rehearsals
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

Rehearsals for HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, the new Broadway musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur begin today, Monday, April 21. Written by Todd Kreidler and directed by Kenny Leon, HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME will begin performances on May 29, 2014 and open June 19, 2014 at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway at 47th Street). (more...)

Twitter Watch: Jason Robert Brown Will Conduct THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY on Broadway Tomorrow Night
by BWW Staff - Apr 21, 2014

On Twitter Watch, Jason Robert Brown wrote 'Hey people, guess what! I'm conducting @BridgesBroadway tomorrow (Tuesday) night at 7 pm! Come say hi!' (more...)

BWW Reviews: Consummate Actress Annette Bening Brings RUTH DRAPER To Vibrant Life at Geffen
by Don Grigware - Apr 21, 2014

Ruth Draper's Monologues/written by Ruth Draper/directed & performed by Annette Bening/Geffen Playhouse/through May 18 (more...)

Richard 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...)

Alliance Theatre Presents MAURICE HINES IS TAPPIN' THRU LIFE, Now thru 5/4
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2014

Life-long performer and Tony nominee Maurice Hines (Uptown…It's Hot!; Sophisticated Ladies) narrates his glamorous career through tap as he inspires love and appreciation of this amazing art form. With song and dance, Hines pays tribute to his brother, Gregory Hines, his family, and the singers who have inspired him, from Frank Sinatra to Lena Horne. A charming storyteller, Hines will turn the expanse of the Alliance Stage into a place of intimate story-telling and dance moves that will make you realize you are in the presence of a song-and-dance legend. A once-in-a-lifetime stage experience you will remember for years. MAURICE HINES IS TAPPIN' THRU LIFE is a co-production with Arena Stage and Cleveland Play House. For tickets, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/tappin or call 404.733.5000. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: New Trailer Released for West End's I CAN'T SING! THE X FACTOR MUSICAL
by Stage Tube - Apr 2, 2014

I Can't Sing! The X Factor Musical opened just last week on March 26 at the London Palladium. Irreverent, mischievous, packed full of side-splittingly funny songs and eye-popping sets, I CAN'T SING! is the irrepressible new musical comedy that goes behind the microphones and under the judges' desks to reveal big bust-ups, huge voices and the cutest young love story the West End has ever seen. Today, the production has released an all new trailer - check it out below! (more...)

Tickets Go on Sale 4/7 for Broadway's Tupac Shakur Musical HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2014

Tickets go on sale this Monday, April 7 at 10am for HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, the new Broadway musical featuring the lyrics of Tupac Shakur. Written by Todd Kreidler and directed by Kenny Leon, HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME will begin performances on May 29, 2014 and open June 19, 2014 at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway at 47th Street). (more...)

GYPSY OF THE MONTH: Yurel Echezarreta of ALADDIN
by Adrienne Onofri - Apr 19, 2014

After playing a child, a Cagelle and a Shark, Yurel is now a denizen of Agrabah--and one of the 'hottest chorus boys' on Broadway. (more...)

SpeakEasy's Paul Daigneault to Receive 2014 Norton Award for Sustained Excellence
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2014

SpeakEasy Stage Company Founder and Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault has been named the recipient of the 2014 Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence, The Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA) announced today. (more...)

Harbor Lights Theater Offers Mother's Day Special for DRIVING MISS DAISY, Running 5/9-18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2014

The Harbor Lights Theater Company, led by Executive Artistic Director Tamara Jenkins, Co-Artistic Director Jay Montgomery, and Associate Producer Beth Gittleman, announces that special preparations are being made for the Mother's Day performances of Driving Miss Daisy, running May 9th through the 18th at the Music Hall at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens. (more...)

ON KENTUCKY AVENUE Set for Stage72, 4/22
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2014

On Tuesday, April 22nd @ 7pm Stage72/The Triad Theatre, 158 West 72nd Street, hosts On Kentucky Avenue: The Club Harlem Revue - an homage to Atlantic City's now defunct historical "Club Harlem," a performance venue, which hosted all "the greats" such as Nancy Wilson, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and many others. On Kentucky Avenue stars Broadway and recording artist Ty Stephens (Sophisticated Ladies), Cheryl Freeman (The Who's Tommy), recording artist Andricka Hall and features the shows creator, Jeree Wade as 'Damita Jo' and Lee Summers (Original Dreamgirls) as comedian 'Slappy Black.' (more...)

ALL THE WAY, Bryan Cranston, THE FLICK, ONCE, Andre De Shields and More Among 2014 Elliot Norton Award Nominations
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

The Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA) has announced over 25 nominations of actors, directors, designers and ensembles to be presented at 32nd Annual Elliot Norton Awards on Monday May 19 at The Wheelock Family Theatre. (more...)

Justin Timberlake & More Set for OPRAH'S MASTER CLASS Star-Studded Line Up; Watch Preview!
by TV News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

The acclaimed, Emmy award nominated series 'Oprah's Master Class" featuring an unprecedented first-person insight into the brilliant minds of entertainers we love, respect and admire, returns with an all-new season premiering Sunday, May 11 (more...)

ON THE RECORD Set to Play White Plains Performing Arts Center, 6/20-29
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Disney's On the Record, a musical revue and theatrical celebration of 75 years of Disney music, will have its tri-state regional premiere on the White Plains Performing Arts Center's main stage June 20 - 29. This show-stopping musical from Disney is set in a contemporary recording studio that sparkles with 64 of the most beloved songs ever written, from some of the most popular films ever made over the past 75 years. (more...)

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Debuts as No. 1 Broadway Cast Recording on iTunes
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

The Bridges of Madison County, the original Broadway cast recording of the new romantic musical from Ghostlight Records, has debuted on iTunes as the #1 Cast Recording, #2 Soundtrack (behind Frozen) and #14 for all digital albums. (more...)

IF/THEN Cast Album Tracklist Announced; Release Set for 6/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

MASTERWORKS BROADWAY just announced the signing of the Original Broadway Cast Recording of If/Then.Produced by Steve Epstein, Tom Kitt and David Stone, the album was recorded on April 7 in anticipation of a June 3, 2014 release. VisitMasterworksBroadway.com for more information. (more...)

Broadway-Themed Gala Dinner to Benefit Music Circus, Broadway Sacramento and Arts Ed Programs, 5/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

The Broadway Gala, California Musical Theatre's annual fund raising dinner, takes place on Saturday, May 3, starting at 6:00 p.m., at Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J Street in Sacramento. Memorial Auditorium will be elegantly decorated for the evening with a New York Broadway theme. (more...)

VIDEO: 'BRIDGES' Kelli O'Hara, Steven Pasquale Perform 'Falling Into You'
by TV News Desk - Apr 12, 2014

Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale stopped by this week's Good Day New York to perform 'Falling Into You' from the new musical The Bridges of Madison County, now playing at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. (more...)

Drury Lane to Offer Easter Brunch, 4/20
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

On Sunday, April 20 from 10:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., the newly renovated Drury Lane, 100 Drury Lane, will feature a festive Easter Brunch that diners of all ages will enjoy. Children will have a special opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Following Brunch, guests may also choose to attend the 7:00 p.m. performance of the Tony Award-winning musical, Les Miserables. Reservations are required by calling 630.530.8300 in advance. Limited brunch/theatre tickets are still available. (more...)

BWW TV: First Look at Ivan Rutherford, Quentin Earl Darrington and More in Highlights of LES MIS at Drury Lane
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 10, 2014

In celebration of their 30th Anniversary, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, presents the legendary musical LES MISERABLES, now running through June 8, 2014. Check out a first look below! (more...)

Marsha Norman and Jason Robert Brown's THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN Comes to the Wallis, 5/2-4
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents The Trumpet of the Swan, A Novel Symphony for Actors and Orchestra, adapted by Marsha Norman from E.B. White's timeless children's novel, with music by composer, Jason Robert Brown. Norman and Brown are also currently represented on Broadway with the new musical adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County. The Trumpet of the Swan, part of the Jack Elliott Family Concert Series, runs for a limited engagement, May 2 - 4, 2014 at the Bram Goldsmith Theater. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Ivan Rutherford, Quentin Earl Darrington & More in Drury Lane Theatre's LES MISERABLES
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2014

In celebration of their 30th Anniversary, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, presents the legendary musical Les Miserables, opening Tuesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. and running through June 8, 2014. Directed by multi-Jeff Award winner Rachel Rockwell (Ragtime, The Sound of Music, Sweeney Todd, and Oliver! at Drury Lane Theatre), the cast is led by Ivan Rutherford ("Jean Valjean" in over 2,000 performances of Les Miserables on Broadway, as well as in the 20th anniversary Broadway Revival and The National Tour ofLes Miserables, and Titanic on Broadway); Jeff Award-winner Quentin Earl Darrington as "Javert" (Ragtime on Broadway and at Drury Lane Theatre, Memphis: A New Musical on Broadway and The National Tours of The Lion King, The Color Purple, and Memphis: A New Musical); and Jennie Sophia as "Fantine" (The National Tour of The Lincoln Center's South Pacific and Oliver! and The Sound of Music at Drury Lane Theatre). (more...)

Idina Menzel, Sara Jessica Parker Among Honorees for Variety's 'Power of Women' Luncheon
by TV News Desk - Apr 1, 2014

Variety has announced that this year's annual Variety's Power of Women luncheon will honor Claire Danes, Nancy Dubuc, Idina Menzel, Iman, Sarah Jessica Parker and Susan Sarandon. (more...)

Filmaker William Hobbs is Using His Novel, NORTH OF THE GROVE, to Raise Money for a Film of the Same Name
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2014

First time filmmaker William Hobbs is using his novel 'North of the Grove' to raise $28K for his film of the same name. More than a dozen supporters including family members, colleagues, and the general public, have pledged to help show the flawed and selfish how to make a difference. The book that started it all is now being released and has a unique style of its own. An Indiegogo campaign has been launched to secure the necessary $28,000 budget to independently produce a short film by former in-home counselor and first-time filmmaker William Hobbs. Titled North of the Grove, the film's producer earned a doctorate in creative writing from Florida State University and has taught the discipline at the collegiate level for nine years. In order to raise more awareness for the project, he has recently published the novel he wrote that inspired the film. North of the Grove, the novel, is available on amazon.com. North of the Grove follows Howard Capelton, a black, educated, middle-class man from Pembroke Pines. The more than reluctant father to be and avid jogger seeks to stop running from his demons by trying to save the life of a young boy struggling with his single mother in a Coconut Grove housing project. Hobbs calls the novel experimental in that is tells the story through an epistolary style used in novels like The Color Purple, where the story is written through a series of letters. In North of the Grove, the novel gives the style a millennium feel by using facebook instant messages, texts and emails between the characters. Hobbs looks forward to upcoming book signings to read passages at the book signing. 'Although it's not a long book, the style makes for an even faster read and you'll feel as if you're spying into people's phones or computers.' With other independent short films like The Magic City and full length features like The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete garnering acclaim, the issue North of the Grove explores of children surviving with little to no guidance is timely. North of the Grove stands out from the others in that it explores what affects not only the child but those who appear to go against better judgment in order to help. 'There are people who recognize the growing issue but are unsure of whether they are equipped or have the time needed to make an impact. Howard deals with all of those concerns and more.' Hobbs states that in discussing his project with others, many men admit to not becoming involved because of delicate situations that don't appear to offer clear solutions and, therefore, leave them open to criticism. Others feel overwhelmed at home and are unsure of where to draw a line between sustaining their own family and trying to save someone outside of it. Hobbs understands the challenges, yet insists they must be addressed. 'Although Hollywood and the media push single motherhood to not only be accepted, but in many cases, exploited, more projects need to show that having a male role model as a positive influence is critical for children.' Hobbs acknowledges concerns with the character of those in mentorship. 'It was the primary reason having someone as conflicted as Howard adds such depth to the story. To bother or not to bother when it comes to mentoring is at the heart of so many issues. 'North of the Grove' helps us roll up our sleeves and start progressive dialogue with our neighbors.' The book has been published by Meroen Press, Hobbs' publishing company. If you would like to contribute to the film, please visit North of the Grove's Indiegogo page by clicking the link: www.northofthegrove.com (more...)

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