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MORE THAN THE RAINBOW to Open 13th Annual Coney Island Film Festival, 9/20; Full Lineup Announced
by Movies News Desk - Sep 9, 2013

The 13th annual installment of the Coney Island Film Festival (named one of the '25 Coolest Film Festivals' by MovieMaker Magazine) hits the shores of Coney Island from Friday, September 20th through Sunday, September 22nd. This year's festival features 88 films from around the world; a stunning array of high and low-brow fare, as diverse as the neighborhood it represents. Subjects range from the profound to the profane, showcasing the independent spirit and irreverent nature of the one and only Coney Island. (more...)

Naked Angels, The Amoralists and More Set for (NOT JUST) 3 NEW PLAYS, Now thru 9/29
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2013

Three New Playwrights (Allison Bressi, Executive Producer) has announced a lineup of 45 new works by more than 60 artists, as part of (not just) 3 New Plays, a month-long pop-up event hosted by Tom Noonan's Paradise Factory (64 East 4th Street, Between Bowery & Second Avenue) today, September 8-29, 2013. (more...)

2013 Coney Island Beard and Moustache Competition Set for Sideshows by the Seashore Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2013

Coney Island USA Presents: The 6th Annual Coney Island Beard and Moustache Competition at Sideshows by the Seashore! (more...)

A.J. Shively, Meghann Fahy & More Set for (not just) 3 New Plays at Tom Noonan's Paradise Factory, Begin. Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2013

Three New Playwrights announced casting for killers by Kevin Armento, Shoot The Freak by Jaclyn Backhaus, and Eudaemonia by Jerry Lieblich, as part of (not just) 3 New Plays, a month-long pop-up event hosted by Tom Noonan's Paradise Factory (64 East 4th Street, between Bowery & Second Avenue) September 8 - 29, 2013. (more...)

Tom Noonan's Paradise Factory to Host (not just) 3 New Plays, Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2013

Three New Playwrights (Allison Bressi, Executive Producer) announce (not just) 3 New Plays, a month-long pop-up event featuring new plays, comedy, poetry, art and music, will be hosted by Tom Noonan's Paradise Factory (64 East 4th Street, between Bowery & Second Avenue) September 7 - 29, 2013. The event's cornerstone productions are KILLERS by Kevin Armento, directed by Stefanie Abel Horowitz; SHOOT The Freak by Jaclyn Backhaus, directed by Andrew Neisler; and EUDAEMONIA by Jerry Lieblich, directed by Marshall Pailet; the three world premiere plays will perform in repertory with other curated events. (more...)

Naked Angels, The Amoralists and More Set for (NOT JUST) 3 NEW PLAYS, 9/8-29
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2013

Three New Playwrights (Allison Bressi, Executive Producer) announced today a lineup of 45 new works by more than 60 artists, as part of (not just) 3 New Plays, a month-long pop-up event hosted by Tom Noonan's Paradise Factory (64 East 4th Street, Between Bowery & Second Avenue) September 8-29, 2013. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Actor James Marsters Talks About THE BELLS OF WEST 87TH at Greenway Court
by Don Grigware - Sep 3, 2013

Actor James Marsters, popular star of TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel (1997-2004) as Spike returns to the stage with his costar from Buffy Juliet Landau in a world premiere comedy The Bells of West 87th at Greenway Court Theatre opening September 7. In our chat, Marsters talks confidently about his successful rock band Ghost of the Robot, acting, doing other plays he would like to pursue as actor/director/producer...and of course, this new play by Elin Hampton The Bells... where he claims fans will not recognize him...his character is so radically different from the villains they're so used to seeing him play... (more...)

Bill Condon & Henry Krieger Tease New SIDE SHOW Revival; Movie Musical Version, Too?
by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 31, 2013

Versatile screen director Bill Condon has set his sights on the stage following the international success of his stage-to-screen adaptation of DREAMGIRLS with another musical featuring a score by Henry Kreiger, that of the beloved late-'90s cult musical SIDE SHOW, written with Bill Russell and now preparing for an out-of-town tryout at the La Jolla Playhouse in a vastly revised and rewritten new version set to continue on to the Kennedy Center next year. (more...)

Crystal Grenade Releases Debut Album this Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2013

Manchester is a strange city; the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, the world's most popular soccer team, and the Trades Union Congress, its musical legacy is unparalleled. Bands such as The Hollies, The Smiths, The Bee Gees and - of course - Joy Division have changed the world. To quote Morrissey out of context: 'Oh Manchester, so much to answer for'. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Costume Sketches and Renderings of Re-Imagined SIDE SHOW at La Jolla
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2013

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in association with La Jolla Playhouse, presents a re-imagining of Henry Krieger and Bill Russell's Side Show. Directed by Academy Award winning director Bill Condon, the musical plays at La Jolla Playhouse now through December 17 and will open at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater in spring 2014. The musical features book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Henry Kriegerwho will revise the show before its debut at La Jolla. Check out some costume sketches by designer Paul Tazewell and renderings for some of the "freak" character special makeup effects by Dave and Lou Elsey below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Reinvented SIDE SHOW World Premieres at La Jolla Playhouse
by Don Grigware - Nov 19, 2013

Side Show/book & lyrics by Bill Russell/music by Henry Krieger/directed by Bill Condon/La Jolla Playhouse/through December 15 (more...)

Norm Lewis, Hugh Panaro, Alice Ripley and More Set for I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU: 54 SINGS SIDE SHOW Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2014

Lauren Kennedy, Norm Lewis, Jeff McCarthy, Hugh Panaro, Alice Ripley, The Skivvies and more will take part in 'I Will Never Leave You: 54 Sings Side Show' tonight, March 9, 2014 at 54 Below. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE ELEPHANT MAN from STAGEright Spotlights All Kinds of Freak Shows
by Jay Irwin - Mar 8, 2014

We all love to gawk at things different from what we call "normal". The internet is full of such things. Hell, one might even view our love of theater as such as it's a window into the lives of others. And that's the focus of Bernard Pomerance's stirring play, "The Elephant Man", as we view a freak show from all angles. And while STAGEright's production has some outstanding moments, at times it feels a little too ambitious for the company and the space. (more...)

BWW Reviews: University of Central Oklahoma Presents Oklahoma Premiere of SIDE SHOW
by Jay Prock - Mar 8, 2014

When I hear the words side show, I think of a carnival or a circus and all The Freaky, crazy attractions you'd see, such as the "bearded lady" or "strongest man" or "the girl with two heads." As the opening song of Side Show quickly gets to the point, "come look at The Freaks." Come to the Oklahoma Premier of Side Show and see all these dazzling freaks. (more...)

CHARLATAN Opens Tonight at Ars Nova
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2014

Ars Nova presents the world premiere of Charlatan, in a limited Off-Broadway engagement through Saturday, April 12 at Ars Nova (511 West 54th Street). Official Opening Night takes place tonight Monday, March 31 at 7:00 PM. (more...)

54 SINGS SIDE SHOW, Beth Leavel & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2014

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, the performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond: (more...)

Pete Wentz to Host Oxygen's BEST INK Season 2 - April Highlights Announced!
by TV News Desk - Mar 28, 2013

Tattoos and art collide when Oxygen's BEST INK returns for season two with new host Pete Wentz on Wednesday, April 3, AT 10 PM ET/PT. (more...)

Elizabeth Alderfer, Eshan Bay and More Join Cast of DEBUTANTE. World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

Producer Robb Nanus (Andrew Lippa's I Am Harvey Milk) is pleased to announce the full cast for the world-premiere production of DEBUTANTE., written by Ryann Weir and directed/created by Annie Tippe. After a sold out presentation at Ars Nova's ANT Fest last June, DEBUTANTE. returns to New York City this spring at the Bernie Wohl Center (647 Columbus Avenue) starting April 23. (more...)

Ars Nova's CHARLATAN Begins Performances Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

Ars Nova presents the world premiere of Charlatan, in a limited Off-Broadway engagement, Tuesday, March 18 through Saturday, April 12 at Ars Nova (511 West 54th Street). Official Opening Night takes place Monday, March 31 at 7:00 PM. (more...)

Abrons Arts Center Presents BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Now thru 3/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

What do you get when a born freak, a former beauty queen, and an award-winning maverick director take on a classic romance? From today, March 13-­31, Abrons Art Center will present Beauty and the Beast, starring Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz, directed by Improbable's Phelim McDermott. Fraser, the consistently inventive, provocative and entertaining British disabled actor/writer and Muz, the Downtown NYC performance legend and former Miss Coney Island, breath complexity and life into the eponymous characters, weaving an adult fairytale like no other. (more...)

Abrons Arts Center Welcomes Julie Atlas Muz and Mat Fraser in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Now thru 3/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

What do you get when a born freak, a former beauty queen, and an award-winning maverick director take on a classic romance? From today, March 13-31, Abrons Art Center will present Beauty and the Beast, starring Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz, directed by Improbable's Phelim McDermott. (more...)

Abrons Arts Center to Present BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, 3/13-30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

What do you get when a born freak, a former beauty queen, and an award-winning maverick director take on a classic romance? From March 13­31, Abrons Art Center will present Beauty and the Beast, starring Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz, directed by Improbable's Phelim McDermott. Fraser, the consistently inventive, provocative and entertaining British disabled actor/writer and Muz, the Downtown NYC performance legend and former Miss Coney Island, breath complexity and life into the eponymous characters, weaving an adult fairytale like no other. (more...)

VIDEO - Victoria Justice's 'Freak the Freak Out' Music Video
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2013

Billboard.com reports that Victoria Justice has been working on new material that will comprise her debut album. Check out the 'Freak The Freak Out' video below! (more...)

HEDWIG, YOU'RE THE EXPERT & More Set for A.R.T.'s OBERON in July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2013

OBERON, the American Repertory Theater's second stage and club theater venue, continues its mission to bring exciting and original programming. A destination for theater and nightlife on the fringe of Harvard Square, OBERON is the home of the A.R.T.'s hit productions of Pirates of Penzance, The Lily's Revenge, Futurity, The Donkey Show, Cabaret, Prometheus Bound, and Ryan Landry's Rocky Horror Show, OBERON is also a thriving incubator for local and visiting talent. (more...)

Summer Stages: BWW's Top Summer Theatre Picks in NYC
by Michael Dale - Jun 14, 2013

City Center Encores! Off-Center and The Lobby Project (http://www.nycitycenter.org/content/stage/off-center.aspx). It's exciting enough that Encores! will be exploring Off-Broadway this summer with concert performances of three landmark musicals, The Cradle Will Rock, Violet and I'm Getting My Act Together And Taking It On The Road, but ticket-holders will also be invited to attend The Lobby Project, a series of free pre-show exhibitions and discussions. Participants and topics include Oskar Eustis, Amy Herzog and Sam Gold discussing how personal politics impacts art, Idina Menzel talking about A BroaderWay Foundation, an arts camp she created in 2010 with Taye Diggs for girls from underserved communities and Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford discussing their creation of Getting My Act Together… (more...)

Pinchbottom's NAKED PLANET Burlesque to Relaunch 7/12 at Coney Island
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2013

Porkpie International & Burlesque at the Beach present Pinchbottom's NAKED PLANET sci-fi burlesque on Friday July 12 at 10pm at Coney Island USA. (more...)

Tom Noonan's Paradise Factory to Host (not just) 3 New Plays, 9/7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2013

Three New Playwrights (Allison Bressi, Executive Producer) announce (not just) 3 New Plays, a month-long pop-up event featuring new plays, comedy, poetry, art and music, will be hosted by Tom Noonan's Paradise Factory (64 East 4th Street, between Bowery & Second Avenue) September 7 - 29, 2013. The event's cornerstone productions are KILLERS by Kevin Armento, directed by Stefanie Abel Horowitz; SHOOT The Freak by Jaclyn Backhaus, directed by Andrew Neisler; and EUDAEMONIA by Jerry Lieblich, directed by Marshall Pailet; the three world premiere plays will perform in repertory with other curated events. (more...)

Pinchbottom's NAKED PLANET Burlesque Relaunches Tonight at Coney Island
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2013

Porkpie International & Burlesque at the Beach present Pinchbottom's NAKED PLANET sci-fi burlesque tonight, July 12 at 10pm at Coney Island USA. (more...)

Ars Nova Announces Cast for GAME PLAY, Running 1/29-2/8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2014

Ars Nova kicks off 2014 with Game Play, this year's incarnation of Ars Nova's annual Play Group production. An evening of original short plays and live music inspired by classic board game titles, Game Play features Peter Benson, Marcia DeBonis, Dashiell Eaves, Brandon Gill, Ben Graney, Susan Heyward, Jessica Love and Carmen Zilles. This production plays 10 performances, January 29 - February 8. (more...)

Christopher Sieber, Linda Eder, Jeff Daniels, Beth Leavel and More Set for 54 Below, Feb-March 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2014

This February and March at 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond, including Christopher Sieber, Annaleigh Ashford, Randy Graff, Melinda Doolittle, Jeff Daniels, Linda Eder, Andrea McArdle, Sondheim Unplugged, Taboo: 10th Anniversary Reunion Concert, Beth Leavel, Lindsay Mendez and Derek Klena. (more...)

Ars Nova Kicks Off 2014 With GAME PLAY Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2014

Ars Nova kicks off 2014 with Game Play, this year's incarnation of Ars Nova's annual Play Group production. An evening of original short plays and live music inspired by classic board game titles, Game Play features Peter Benson, Marcia DeBonis, Dashiell Eaves, Brandon Gill, Ben Graney, Susan Heyward, Jessica Love and Carmen Zilles. This production plays 10 performances, today, January 29 - February 8. (more...)

Ars Nova Kicks Off 2014 with GAME PLAY Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2014

Ars Nova kicks off 2014 with Game Play, this year's incarnation of Ars Nova's annual Play Group production. Game Play, set to play 10 performances from today, January 29 - February 8, features original short plays and live music inspired by classic board game titles (more...)

Abrons Arts Center to Welcome Julie Atlas Muz and Mat Fraser in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, 3/13-30
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2014

What do you get when a born freak, a former beauty queen, and an award-winning maverick director take on a classic romance? From March 13-31, Abrons Art Center will present Beauty and the Beast, starring Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz, directed by Improbable's Phelim McDermott. (more...)

CEO and Small Business Expert Joe Mechlinski Launches First Book, GROW REGARDLESS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2013

Joe Mechlinski, CEO of entreQuest, today announced the release of his first book, GROW REGARDLESS: Of Your Business' Size, Your Industry or the Economyand Despite the Government!, a practical guide for transforming your business to realize high growth. Early excitement and pre-orders for the book by the Baltimore-based entrepreneur resulted in launching #1 on the Barnes & Noble Top 100 Bestseller list. (more...)

HONEYMOON IN VEGAS Concert, Jeff Daniels, Judy Kaye, Beth Leavel & More Set for 54 Below in Coming Months
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2014

This March, April and May at 54 BELOW presents a lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. For a detailed schedule of upcoming performances at 54 Below and to purchase tickets, visit www.54Below.com. (more...)

Tickets to CHARLATAN at Ars Nova Now On Sale
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2014

Ars Nova presents the world premiere of Charlatan, in a limited Off-Broadway engagement, Tuesday, March 18 through Saturday, April 12 at Ars Nova (511 West 54th Street). Official Opening Night takes place Monday, March 31 at 7:00 PM. (more...)

Norm Lewis, Hugh Panaro, Alice Ripley and More Set for I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU: 54 SINGS SIDE SHOW, 3/9
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2014

Lauren Kennedy, Norm Lewis, Jeff McCarthy, Hugh Panaro, Alice Ripley, The Skivvies and more will take part in 'I Will Never Leave You: 54 Sings Side Show' on March 9, 2014 at 54 Below. (more...)

Ars Nova to Present CHARLATAN, 3/18-4/12
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2014

Ars Nova presents the world premiere of Charlatan, in a limited Off-Broadway engagement, Tuesday, March 18 through Saturday, April 12 at Ars Nova (511 West 54th Street). Official Opening Night takes place Monday, March 31 at 7:00 PM. (more...)

MTV Orders Cyber Thriller EYE CANDY to Series; Victoria Justice to Star
by TV News Desk - Feb 11, 2014

MTV has put in a 10-episode order for their drama pilot EYE CANDY, starring Victory Justice. (more...)

Christopher Sieber, Linda Eder, Jeff Daniels, Beth Leavel and More Set for 54 Below, Feb-March 2014
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2014

This February and March at 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond, including Christopher Sieber, Annaleigh Ashford, Randy Graff, Melinda Doolittle, Jeff Daniels, Linda Eder, Andrea McArdle, Sondheim Unplugged, Taboo: 10th Anniversary Reunion Concert, Beth Leavel, Lindsay Mendez and Derek Klena. (more...)

Ars Nova to Kick Off 2014 with GAME PLAY, 1/29-2/8
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2013

Ars Nova kicks off 2014 with Game Play, this year's incarnation of Ars Nova's annual Play Group production. Game Play, set to play 10 performances from January 29 - February 8, features original short plays and live music inspired by classic board game titles. (more...)

A.J. Shively, Meghann Fahy & More Set for (not just) 3 New Plays at Tom Noonan's Paradise Factory, Begin. 9/8
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2013

Three New Playwrights announced casting for killers by Kevin Armento, Shoot The Freak by Jaclyn Backhaus, and Eudaemonia by Jerry Lieblich, as part of (not just) 3 New Plays, a month-long pop-up event hosted by Tom Noonan's Paradise Factory (64 East 4th Street, between Bowery & Second Avenue) September 8 - 29, 2013. (more...)

2013 Coney Island Beard and Moustache Competition Set for Sideshows by the Seashore, 9/7
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2013

Coney Island USA Presents: The 6th Annual Coney Island Beard and Moustache Competition at Sideshows by the Seashore! (more...)

Pipeline's CLOWN BAR Will Return for Extended Run, 5/10-7/26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2014

After a critically acclaimed and extended run in 2013, Award-winning Pipeline Theatre Company will present an encore engagement of CLOWN BAR by Adam Szymkowicz, with music & additional lyrics by Adam Overett. Staged in a Lower East Side 'dive' bar, this environmental production is directed by Andrew Neisler. Previews begin May 10 at Parkside Lounge with opening slated for June 6. (more...)

Ryann Weir and Annie Tippe's DEBUTANTE. World Premiere Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2014

Tonight, April 24, 2014, producer Robb Nanus (Andrew Lippa's I Am Harvey Milk) announces the opening of DEBUTANTE., a new play written by Ryann Weir and created and directed by Annie Tippe. (more...)

Unscripted Series FREAKSHOW, SMALL TOWN SECURITY to Premiere on AMC 5/6
by TV News Desk - Apr 2, 2014

AMC announced today that its unique and unexpected unscripted series “Freakshow” and “Small Town Security” will premiere new seasons on TUESDAY, MAY 6 (more...)

BWW Review: For the Love of VENUS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2013

'The Venus Hottentot is dead. There won't be any show tonight.' This is one of the first lines you hear in the opening scene of Venus. You don't know who or what the Venus Hottentot is, or how they died, but you already want to know what happened. You want to know what kind of impact she had on these people. Was it good, was it bad? This show had me hooked within the first scene. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Alley's THE ELEPHANT MAN is Powerfully Evocative and Emotionally Stirring
by David Clarke - Apr 18, 2013

Last night, The Alley Theatre hosted the press opening night of Bernard Pomerance's well-known 1977 tragic drama THE ELEPHANT MAN. The nearly 100-minute one act production is a fascinating look at the life of Joseph 'John' Carey Merrick, who began developing severe bone and skin abnormalities by age two. The play takes place from 1884 to 1890, focusing primarily on the parts of Joseph Merrick's life when he was acquainted with and studied by Dr. Frederick Treves, a surgeon in London. Throughout Joseph Merrick's life these abnormalities worsened, significantly increasing the physical strain these deformities subjected his body to. Joseph Merrick passed on April 11, 1890, at the age of 27. The official cause of death is asphyxia. (more...)

CHARLATAN Opens Tonight at Ars Nova
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

Ars Nova presents the world premiere of Charlatan, in a limited Off-Broadway engagement through Today, April 12 at Ars Nova (511 West 54th Street). Official Opening Night takes place tonight Monday, March 31 at 7:00 PM. (more...)

New Photos, Clips From Danish LOVE NEVER DIES
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 10, 2013

Andrew Lloyd Webber's controversial stage sequel to the world's most successful entertainment of all time THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, titled LOVE NEVER DIES, has made its way to Denmark and first photos and clips from the completely new production have surfaced. (more...)

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