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New Novel, SLEEPING TRUTH, is ReleasedNew Novel, SLEEPING TRUTH, is Released
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2014

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Discussion on Role of Luxury in Today's Society Set for MAD TodayDiscussion on Role of Luxury in Today's Society Set for MAD Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2014

Luxury in Today's Society: Between Excellence and Excess, a half-day program by the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) and by La Fondazione NY, will gather luxury brand CEOs and international academics to discuss and debate luxury's position today and map out a vision of luxury for the future. Moderated by Elizabeth Paton, US Fashion and Luxury Correspondent for the Financial Times, the program brings together an influential circle of experts, including David Yurman, designer and CEO of the David Yurman jewelry brand and company; Alberto Milani, CEO of Buccelatti in the US; and Enrico Libani, the US co-founder and CEO of Cesare Attolini, the exclusive Neapolitan menswear brand that opened a Madison Avenue flagship in 2012. They will be joined by professors of sociology, philosophy, and business from Columbia University, NYU, and Milano-Bicocca University, as well as by the authors of the just published Real Luxury: How Luxury Brands Can Create Value for the Long Term (Palgrave Macmillan). (more...)

Pacific Northwest Ballet Presents George Balanchine's JEWELS TonightPacific Northwest Ballet Presents George Balanchine's JEWELS Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2014

Pacific Northwest Ballet sweeps onstage and into a spectacular new season arrayed in emerald green, ruby red, and luminous white. A triple-treat for both eyes and ears, the trio of gems in George Balanchine'sJewels pay tribute to golden ages of music and dance: Emeralds' graceful clouds of tulle whisper French fashion and fragrance; Rubies' jazzy, sassy merger with Stravinsky mirrors the carefree candor of America; and Diamonds' glittering splendor recalls the great choreographer's heritage, so that 'if the entire Imperial Russian inheritance of ballet were lost, Diamonds would still tell us of its essence' (Mary Clarke and Clement Crisp). Jewels runs from tonight, September 26 through October 5 at Seattle Center's Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. (more...)

The Pacific Northwest Ballet Presents George Balanchine's JEWELS, 9/26-10/5The Pacific Northwest Ballet Presents George Balanchine's JEWELS, 9/26-10/5
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2014

Pacific Northwest Ballet raises the velvet curtain on its 2014-2015 season with George Balanchine's Jewels. Costumed in emerald green, ruby red and luminous white, the trio of gems in Jewels pays tribute to golden ages of music and dance. Evoking the birthplace of Romantic ballet, Emeralds' graceful clouds of tulle whisper French courtesy, fashion, and fragrance. A sassy, jazzy collaboration with composer Igor Stravinsky, Rubies mirrors the carefree spontaneity of America, Balanchine's beloved adopted country. The splendor of Diamonds recalls the great choreographer's heritage, so that "if the entre Imperial Russian inheritance of ballet were lost, Diamonds would still tell us of its essence" (Mary Clarke and Clement Crisp). Jewels runs from September 26 through October 5 at Seattle Center's Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets and more information are available through the PNB Box Office, 301 Mercer Street at Seattle Center, 206.441.2424, or online at PNB.org. (more...)

The National Gallery Introduces MembershipThe National Gallery Introduces Membership
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2014

For the first time in its 190 year history, the National Gallery is introducing Membership. (more...)

Program to be Held Discussing Role of Luxury in Today's Society, 9/27Program to be Held Discussing Role of Luxury in Today's Society, 9/27
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

New York, NY (September 18, 2014)—Luxury in Today's Society: Between Excellence and Excess, a half-day program by the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) and by La Fondazione NY, will gather luxury brand CEOs and international academics to discuss and debate luxury's position today and map out a vision of luxury for the future. Moderated by Elizabeth Paton, US Fashion and Luxury Correspondent for the Financial Times, the program brings together an influential circle of experts, including David Yurman, designer and CEO of the David Yurman jewelry brand and company; Alberto Milani, CEO of Buccelatti in the US; and Enrico Libani, the US co-founder and CEO of Cesare Attolini, the exclusive Neapolitan menswear brand that opened a Madison Avenue flagship in 2012. They will be joined by professors of sociology, philosophy, and business from Columbia University, NYU, and Milano-Bicocca University, as well as by the authors of the just published Real Luxury: How Luxury Brands Can Create Value for the Long Term (Palgrave Macmillan). (more...)

Forum Theatre's 2014-15 to Feature MISMATCHED, MOTHERHOOD & MoreForum Theatre's 2014-15 to Feature MISMATCHED, MOTHERHOOD & More
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2014

Forum Theatre Producing Artistic Director Peter J Loewy has just announced 3 shows scheduled for the 2014-15 season. A world premier musical, a James Sherman comedy and the NJ Premier of a new musical by the author of last seasons David Michael Finkelstein's Bar Mitzvah. With a fourth show TBD. (more...)

People's Light to Present ARTHUR AND THE TALE OF  THE RED DRAGON: A MUSICAL PANTO, Begin. 11/19People's Light to Present ARTHUR AND THE TALE OF THE RED DRAGON: A MUSICAL PANTO, Begin. 11/19
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2014

As part of the Company's 40th Anniversary Season, People's Light continues what has become a unique trademark holiday experience and presents the world premiere of Arthur and the Tale of the Red Dragon: A Musical Panto, written by Pete Pryor and Samantha Bellomo with music and lyrics by Michael Ogborn. It runs November 19, 2014-January 11, 2015 on the Leonard C. Haas Stage. Associate Artistic Director Pete Pryor directs. People's Light is located at 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, PA 19355. For tickets call 610.644.3500 or visit PeoplesLight.org. Arthur and the Tale of the Red Dragon: A Musical Panto is sponsored by PECO. (more...)

Met Museum's Cloisters Concerts in 2014-15 to Feature Expanded Range, New LocationsMet Museum's Cloisters Concerts in 2014-15 to Feature Expanded Range, New Locations
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2014

The pioneering early music series Concerts at The Cloisters will expand its offerings in winter and spring 2014-15 to include musical performances from the Latin and Byzantine traditions; songs from northeastern France; a scholarly reconstruction of a Palm Sunday procession; and a mesmerizing concert of medieval, Baroque, and contemporary music set to the text of Psalm 116. Concerts will take place within the historic apse of the 12th-century church of San Martin from Fuentidueña near Segovia, Spain, or -- new this season -- in galleries at The Cloisters. The unique settings and superb acoustics at The Cloisters provide audiences with an unforgettable concert experience. (more...)

Stefan Haupt's SAGRADA: THE MYSTERY OF CREATION Opens Dec 19 at Film Society of Lincoln CenterStefan Haupt's SAGRADA: THE MYSTERY OF CREATION Opens Dec 19 at Film Society of Lincoln Center
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2014

The Film Society of Lincoln Center presents Sagrada: the Mystery of Creation on Dec. 9. One of the most iconic structures ever conceived, Barcelona's La Sagrada Familia is a unique and unfinished architectural project designed by the controversial architect Antoni Gaudi in the late 19th century. Stefan Haupt's new documentary Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation celebrates the genius of Gaudi's vision while exploring the continuing work of the thousands of artisans, laborers, and designers as they strive to complete the colossal project. (more...)

The Music Hall's Writers in the Loft Series to Continue with Kathryn Harrison, 12/2The Music Hall's Writers in the Loft Series to Continue with Kathryn Harrison, 12/2
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2014

The Music Hall's Writers in the Loft series welcomes Kathryn Harrison, the New York Times bestselling author and celebrated essayist for The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, and O Magazine, on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. Harrison will discuss JOAN OF ARC: A Life Transfigured, her expertly woven account of a young peasant girl who became a heroine of profound historical and almost mythical stature. (more...)

Winchester Bible Exhibit to Be Displayed at Medieval Europe Gallery, 12/9Winchester Bible Exhibit to Be Displayed at Medieval Europe Gallery, 12/9
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2014

Masterfully illuminated pages from two volumes of the magnificent, lavishly ornamented Winchester Bible—a pivotal landmark of medieval art from around 1200—will be shown at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for three months, beginning December 9, in the exhibition The Winchester Bible: A Masterpiece of Medieval Art. Probably commissioned around 1155–60 by the wealthy and powerful Henry of Blois (1129–1171), who was the Bishop of Winchester (and grandson of William the Conqueror and King Stephen's brother), the manuscript is the Cathedral's single greatest surviving treasure. Renovations at Winchester Cathedral provide the opportunity for these pages, which feature the Old Testament, to travel to New York. This presentation marks the first time the work will be shown in the United States. At the Metropolitan Museum, the pages of one bound volume will be turned once each month; three unbound bi-folios with lavish initials from the other volume—which is currently undergoing conservation—will be on view simultaneously for the duration of the exhibition. (more...)

Illuminated Pages from Winchester Bible to be Displayed at Met MuseumIlluminated Pages from Winchester Bible to be Displayed at Met Museum
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2014

Masterfully illuminated pages from two volumes of the magnificent, lavishly ornamented Winchester Bible-a pivotal landmark of medieval art from around 1200-will be shown at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for three months, beginning December 9, in the exhibition The Winchester Bible: A Masterpiece of Medieval Art. Probably commissioned around 1155-60 by the wealthy and powerful Henry of Blois (1129-1171), who was the Bishop of Winchester (and grandson of William the Conqueror and King Stephen's brother), the manuscript is the Cathedral's single greatest surviving treasure. Renovations at Winchester Cathedral provide the opportunity for these pages, which feature the Old Testament, to travel to New York. This presentation marks the first time the work will be shown in the United States. At the Metropolitan Museum, the pages of one bound volume will be turned once each month; three unbound bi-folios with lavish initials from the other volume-which is currently undergoing conservation-will be on view simultaneously for the duration of the exhibition. (more...)

People's Light's ARTHUR AND THE TALE OF  THE RED DRAGON: A MUSICAL PANTO Begins TonightPeople's Light's ARTHUR AND THE TALE OF THE RED DRAGON: A MUSICAL PANTO Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2014

As part of the Company's 40th Anniversary Season, People's Light continues what has become a unique trademark holiday experience and presents the world premiere of Arthur and the Tale of the Red Dragon: A Musical Panto, written by Pete Pryor and Samantha Bellomo with music and lyrics by Michael Ogborn. It runs tonight, November 19, 2014-January 11, 2015 on the Leonard C. Haas Stage. (more...)

Bookworks Presents Its November Edition of IT'S ABOUT BOOKSBookworks Presents Its November Edition of IT'S ABOUT BOOKS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2014

It is all about how an author carefully and purposely beckons each word to each page until those words pull together into a magnificent creation having a life of its own. The book I am reviewing,All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, is one such masterful creation. Don't wait for the paperback, don't wait for the movie, buy the book, now. Buy it as a gift, buy it for yourself, insist that your book club adds it to the list of must reads. Read it when you have the time to savor each and every word that has been so carefully placed. This book puts to shame many of the other books I have read this year. The characters, the story line, the settings, the time periods, the premise and purpose that stand behind the book are knitted together flawlessly, satisfying the reader completely. Every sentence is fraught with beautiful imagery. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAMEBWW Reviews: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
by Don Grigware - Nov 18, 2014

Victor Hugo's monumental romantic/gothic novel of the mid 15th century The Hunchback of Notre Dame centers in, around and on top of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. The new musical of the same name written by Peter Parnell, Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menken, which is receiving its U.S. premiere at La Jolla Playhouse, capitalizes on this fact. Alexander Dodge's massive set of the cathedral replete with gargoyles, multiple statues, stained-glass window and huge overhanging bells is a work of art that dominates the action onstage in front of it. In fact, it is impossible to take your eyes off at least a part of it for a split second. (more...)

Rev. Dr. Kenneth Patrick Launches New Marketing Campaign for JOURNEYING TO THE END OF LIFERev. Dr. Kenneth Patrick Launches New Marketing Campaign for JOURNEYING TO THE END OF LIFE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2014

BERRYVILLE, Va. (more...)

Matthew Polenzani to Make Texas Debut in Dallas Opera RecitalMatthew Polenzani to Make Texas Debut in Dallas Opera Recital
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2014

The Dallas Opera, in the latest installment of The Robert E. and Jean Ann Titus Art Song Recital Series, will present the phenomenal American tenor, Matthew Polenzani, in an exclusive, one-time-only recital on the afternoon of Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Southern Methodist University's popular Caruth Auditorium (an intimate 490-seat venue located in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop, Dallas, TX 75205). The two o'clock recital will also feature the exciting and accomplished playing of Mr. Polenzani's frequent recording partner, pianist Julius Drake. (more...)

The Dallas Opera Presents TENOR MATTHEW POLENZANI, 1/11The Dallas Opera Presents TENOR MATTHEW POLENZANI, 1/11
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2014

The Dallas Opera, in the latest installment of The Robert E. and Jean Ann Titus Art Song Recital Series, will present the phenomenal American tenor,Matthew Polenzani, in an exclusive, one-time-only recital on the afternoon of Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Southern Methodist University's popular Caruth Auditorium (an intimate 490-seat venue located in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop, Dallas, TX 75205). The two o'clock recital will also feature the exciting and accomplished playing of Mr. Polenzani's frequent recording partner, pianistJulius Drake. (more...)

Review Roundup: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at La Jolla PlayhouseReview Roundup: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at La Jolla Playhouse
by Review Roundups - Nov 13, 2014

Let's see what the critics have had to say so far... (more...)

The National Gallery Presents MAKING COLOUR, 6/18-9/7The National Gallery Presents MAKING COLOUR, 6/18-9/7
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2014

Making Colour, the first exhibition of its kind in the UK, offers visitors an exceptional opportunity to discover the wide-ranging materials used to create colour in paintings and other works of art. Using the National Gallery's own paintings and loans from major UK cultural institutions, the exhibition traces the history of making colour in Western paintings, from The Middle Ages to the end of the 19th century. (more...)

Elizabeth 'Emac' MacDonald Releases Skirting Heresy: The Life & Times of Margery KempeElizabeth 'Emac' MacDonald Releases Skirting Heresy: The Life & Times of Margery Kempe
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2014

NEW YORK, June 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Acclaimed journalist Elizabeth MacDonald, who created Forbes Magazine's 'The World's 100 Most Powerful Women' annual ranking, has now turned her attention from the world of finance to an unsung trailblazer of The Middle Ages. Skirting Heresy: The Life & Times of Margery Kempe (published June 2014, by Franciscan Media), is a bold, new look at the mysterious and misunderstood Margery Kempe, the first autobiographer in the English language. It brings the 15 th century mystic to a new level of understanding, including the revelation that Kempe is indeed the Patron Saint of Gossipthere currently is no Patron Saint of Gossip for those who suffer from malicious talk. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Houston Ballet's SWAN LAKE is BeautifulBWW Reviews: Houston Ballet's SWAN LAKE is Beautiful
by David Clarke - Jun 9, 2014

Houston Ballet is closing their 2013-2014 season with a gorgeous revival of Stanton Welch's SWAN LAKE. Settling in for the lengthy production, I could barely contain my excitement. Impressed as I was by the show, I discovered that Darren Aronosky's Black Swan left me with expectations for the ballet that were not delivered. (more...)

MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL to Screen at Orpheum with Medieval Fair, 6/20MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL to Screen at Orpheum with Medieval Fair, 6/20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2014

Hear ye! The Orpheum Theatre's 2014 Summer Movie Series, presented by Orion Federal Credit Union, brings the comedy classic MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL to the Orpheum big screen on Friday, June 20th at 7:00 PM. To celebrate the movie's Middle Age setting, the Orpheum has partnered with the Memphis Chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) to offer historically inspired pre-show demonstrations and activities. (more...)

THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, SEUSSICAL, POE and More Set for Berkshire Theatre Group's 86th Summer Theatre Season, Beg. TodayTHE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, SEUSSICAL, POE and More Set for Berkshire Theatre Group's 86th Summer Theatre Season, Beg. Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

Berkshire Theatre Group and Artistic Director/CEO, Kate Maguire have announced the Summer 2014 Theatre Season offering classic works coupled with contemporary plays. (more...)

David Adkins, Corinna May, Barbara Sims & Walton Wilson to Star in Berkshire Theatre Group's BENEFACTORS, 7/9-26David Adkins, Corinna May, Barbara Sims & Walton Wilson to Star in Berkshire Theatre Group's BENEFACTORS, 7/9-26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2014

Berkshire Theatre Group presents Michael Frayn's Benefactors, a summer stages critic's pick by The New York Times at The Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge. Opening Night is July 12 at 8pm. Preview performances begin on July 9 at 7pm and the production closes July 26 at 8pm. (more...)

MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL Screens at Orpheum with Medieval Fair TonightMONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL Screens at Orpheum with Medieval Fair Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

Hear ye! The Orpheum Theatre's 2014 Summer Movie Series, presented by Orion Federal Credit Union, brings the comedy classic MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL to the Orpheum big screen tonight, June 20th at 7:00 PM. To celebrate the movie's Middle Age setting, the Orpheum has partnered with the Memphis Chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) to offer historically inspired pre-show demonstrations and activities. (more...)

The National Gallery Presents MAKING COLOUR, Now thru 9/7The National Gallery Presents MAKING COLOUR, Now thru 9/7
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

Making Colour, the first exhibition of its kind in the UK, offers visitors an exceptional opportunity to discover the wide-ranging materials used to create colour in paintings and other works of art. Using the National Gallery's own paintings and loans from major UK cultural institutions, the exhibition traces the history of making colour in Western paintings, from The Middle Ages to the end of the 19th century. (more...)

BWW Blog: David Finckel, Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center - An Adriatic Music CruiseBWW Blog: David Finckel, Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center - An Adriatic Music Cruise
by Guest Blogger: David Finckel - Jul 9, 2014

The journeys organized by Travel Dynamics combine first-class accommodations and stimulating sight-seeing with intimate chamber music performances in extraordinary locations. As co-Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society, along with my wife, the pianist Wu Han, we program the concerts and select additional musicians from the Society's artist roster to join us as collaborators. The passengers include music lovers who join the cruises through two of our prominent chamber music institutions New York's Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Silicon Valley's Music@Menlo. Joining us on this adventure were Suzanne Davidson and Edward Sweeney, the executive directors of each organization respectively, as well as violinists Kristin Lee and Arnaud Sussmann, two of the most exciting young performers on the classical music scene today. (more...)

David Adkins, Corinna May, Barbara Sims & Walton Wilson Star in Berkshire Theatre Group's BENEFACTORS, Now thru 7/26David Adkins, Corinna May, Barbara Sims & Walton Wilson Star in Berkshire Theatre Group's BENEFACTORS, Now thru 7/26
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

Berkshire Theatre Group presents Michael Frayn's Benefactors, a summer stages critic's pick by The New York Times at The Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge. Opening Night is July 12 at 8pm. Preview performances begin tonight, July 9 at 7pm and the production closes July 26 at 8pm. (more...)

APOLLO'S FIRE with Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, The Sebastians and More Set for Houston Early Music's 2014-15 SeasonAPOLLO'S FIRE with Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, The Sebastians and More Set for Houston Early Music's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

Join Houston Early Music for its expanded 2014-2015 Concert Season featuring six renowned early music ensembles. Dedicated to showcasing music from The Middle Ages through the 18th century, Houston Early Music presents concerts performed with historical instruments and styles true to the period. This season will encompass both masterworks and little-known gems with the goal of inspiring audiences to reimagine the past. (more...)

BWW Reviews: DEATHTRAP With Marsha Mason at Bucks County PlayhouseBWW Reviews: DEATHTRAP With Marsha Mason at Bucks County Playhouse
by Marakay Rogers - Jul 7, 2014

Off-Broadway's Evan Cabnet directs a DEATHTRAP with Marsha Mason as the ever-amazing Helga ten Dorp. There are some other amazing things here as well, of all sorts. (more...)

Anjelica Huston, Mia Farrow, Carol Burnett, Alan Alda & More Will Rotate Through All-Star Broadway Revival of A.R. Gurney's LOVE LETTERS at the NederlanderAnjelica Huston, Mia Farrow, Carol Burnett, Alan Alda & More Will Rotate Through All-Star Broadway Revival of A.R. Gurney's LOVE LETTERS at the Nederlander
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

A.R. Gurney's enduring romance about first loves and second chances, LOVE LETTERS, will have its first Broadway revival, beginning performances Saturday, September 13, 2014, at 8pm, at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41 Street). (more...)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Announces an Annual Attendance of 6.2 MillionThe Metropolitan Museum of Art Announces an Annual Attendance of 6.2 Million
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that 6.2 million people—from New York City, the tri-state area, across the United States, and 187 foreign countries—visited the Museum during the fiscal year that ended on June 30. For the third year in a row, attendance at the Museum has exceeded six million—the highest levels of visitorship since the Museum began tracking admission statistics more than 40 years ago. The number includes attendance at both the main building on Fifth Avenue and The Cloisters museum and gardens in upper Manhattan, the branch of the Metropolitan devoted to the art and architecture of The Middle Ages. The Cloisters experienced a remarkable 50% increase in attendance in the past fiscal year, attracting nearly 350,000 visitors. (more...)

The Pacific Northwest Ballet Presents George Balanchine's JEWELS, 9/26-10/5The Pacific Northwest Ballet Presents George Balanchine's JEWELS, 9/26-10/5
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Pacific Northwest Ballet raises the velvet curtain on its 2014-2015 season with George Balanchine's Jewels. Costumed in emerald green, ruby red and luminous white, the trio of gems in Jewels pays tribute to golden ages of music and dance. Evoking the birthplace of Romantic ballet, Emeralds' graceful clouds of tulle whisper French courtesy, fashion, and fragrance. A sassy, jazzy collaboration with composer Igor Stravinsky, Rubies mirrors the carefree spontaneity of America, Balanchine's beloved adopted country. The splendor of Diamonds recalls the great choreographer's heritage, so that "if the entre Imperial Russian inheritance of ballet were lost, Diamonds would still tell us of its essence" (Mary Clarke and Clement Crisp). Jewels runs from September 26 through October 5 at Seattle Center's Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets and more information are available through the PNB Box Office, 301 Mercer Street at Seattle Center, 206.441.2424, or online at PNB.org. (more...)

Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre's MID-LIFE 2! (THE CRISIS CONTINUES) Begins TonightActors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre's MID-LIFE 2! (THE CRISIS CONTINUES) Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

Brand new and hot off the press, Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of MID-LIFE 2! (The Crisis Continues) from today, July 16 - August 17, 2014. (more...)

Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre to Present MID-LIFE 2! (THE CRISIS CONTINUES), Begin. 7/16Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre to Present MID-LIFE 2! (THE CRISIS CONTINUES), Begin. 7/16
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

Brand new and hot off the press, Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of MID-LIFE 2! (The Crisis Continues) from July 16 - August 17, 2014. (more...)

The Gamm's Unique MORALITY PLAY Offers Big Ideas but Lacks DepthThe Gamm's Unique MORALITY PLAY Offers Big Ideas but Lacks Depth
by Robert Barossi - Jan 7, 2015

An audience member sitting by me at the Gamm's performance of Morality Play mentioned that one of the reasons she loves the company is their penchant for putting on plays that are daring, challenging and different. They do not just do the same old thing, she said, and she's absolutely correct. It is one of the characteristics of the Gamm that make it stand out among the theatrical crowd, that they take on plays that are more unique or risky than other companies might dare to produce. Morality Play is, arguably, a bit of a risk. While successful at being something unique, it is not as successful at being an entertaining, compelling or enjoyable piece of theater. Based on a novel of the same name, by Barry Unsworth, Morality Play is adapted for the stage by the Gamm's Tony Estrella. The story revolves around a roving troupe of actors, traveling the harsh English countryside in the winter of 1361. This gang of thespians are among the earliest practitioners of theater, actors who performed morality plays, one of the three major types of drama in The Middle Ages (the other two being miracle plays and mystery plays). In morality plays, a figure representing the common man, often called something like Everyman, is tempted by the personification of qualities such as Vice, Avarice or Lust, but is then saved by the appearance of, for example, Truth, Faith or Conscience. In the case of this play, our actors have just suffered the death of one of their company. Almost immediately, they meet a runaway priest who they allow to join them as a player, to take on the roles of the dead actor. Shortly thereafter, the troupe, very short on funds, arrives at a town where they will perform one of their morality plays. After that play fizzles, they decide to perform a new kind of play, one based on an actual real-life event, a true crime that has just occurred, the murder of a young boy. While doing so, they begin to solve the crime and put their own lives in jeopardy. If that sounds like an interesting idea, actors solving a crime using their powers of performance, it truly is. Unfortunately, this play is more of a collection of interesting ideas and concepts than an engaging piece of theater. Much of the play's early going feels like the Theater History 101 class that every theater major takes in college. It's as if the professor said, “Come up with a morality play and put it on for the class, just how the actors of the time would have.” And I'm willing to give Estrella and director Tyler Dobrowsky the benefit of the doubt that they have accurately recreated the feeling of the times and created an accurate and true recreation of the drama of The Middle Ages. Still, most of it is fascinating but boring and uninspired, not likely to excite many audience members, other than those who took that class in college. After getting through all of the “this is what theater was like in the 1300's” stuff (and it takes a long time), we finally reach the play's central story, the true-crime murder mystery. Unfortunately, this part of the play just demonstrates how many times we've seen all of this before. It quickly becomes an episode of C.S.I.: Broadway, with actors, instead of scientists, running around investigating and solving the crime. And in the third act, there are enough twists and turns to fill a season's worth of Law & Order episodes, with everything from corrupt heads of state to pedophiles and mysterious diseases. Yes, I realize that part of the point is that things that happened way back then are still relevant today, but in this case, they just make for a dull, predictable mystery, rather than an exciting and compelling story. One reason why it's not compelling is that we never really get to know any of these characters, not well enough to really connect with or care about them. The runaway priest, Nicholas Barber, is given a bit of backstory here and there, but not enough (he also may suffer from the fact that he is no longer the central character and narrator of the story, as he is in the novel). The “master player,” Martin Bell, also has some hints thrown his way about a possible checkered past, but not enough is provided to really make us feel for him. The other players are almost nameless and mostly interchangeable. Most of the rest of the characters, the King's Justice, for example, are just stereotypes, given no depth whatsoever, as they are only there to further the plot. Not helping is the actors milling about before the show, interacting with the audience as themselves, not in character, as far as I can tell. It adds to the feeling that we are watching Providence actors giving us a demonstration of early drama, not watching real, developed and believable people who lived at that time. Having said that, the Gamm has assembled an all-star team of some of the area's best acting talent. The dashing and charismatic Jesse Hinson makes his Gamm debut as the priest, Nicholas Barber. Hinson is masterful in the role and provides a number of the play's highlights, from his scene with the accused woman's father to another scene with the acting troupe's “whore,” who is about to get out before it's too late. Hinson makes every moment count and is impossible to not watch when he's in a scene. On the other end of the “who is the protagonist?” tug-of-war is Martin Bell, played by Tony Estrella. Bell is the leader of the troupe of actors, their motivator and moral compass, or at least he tries to be. Estrella, as usual, plays all of the nuances with skill and dexterity. At times, he is the seeker of truth and justice, and at other seems like a bit of a snake-oil salesman. It's a balancing act that he's able to pull off better than most. Our travelling troupe of performers are played by an excellent ensemble, all giving fine performances, even if they aren't ever given the chance or reason to dig very deep emotionally. Steve Kidd is a standout as Stephen, as is Elliot Peters as Springer. Jed Hancock Brainerd is also wonderful, though given a bit less to do. All three shine especially bright during the scenes when the troupe puts on their plays, from the biblical story of Adam to the true-crime tale of murder. All of the movement and physical action in those scenes is especially interesting and partly due, I assume, to Normand Beauregard, who plays one of the actors, Tobias, but is also one of the area's best fight choreographers. In what seems at times like a cast of thousands, a number of other actors appear and vanish. The wonderful Jeanine Kane, as the Innkeeper and wearing a hat she stole from Pharrell Williams, is mostly wasted. Jim O'Brien also gets little to do but does give a brilliant turn in one scene as the weaver, the father of the accused woman. And that woman herself, who is deaf and mute, is played by Clara Weishahn, providing one of the show's best performances. Her scene with Estrella, where they communicate without words, is beautiful and mesmerizing. It's unfortunate that the rest of play could not be as spellbinding or entertaining as that one scene. Instead, it relies of far too much speechifying and talking a lot about big ideas. Much of it is also heavy handed, as if they really want to make sure the audience gets the message, loud and clear. There are certainly some interesting themes and messages for the audience to ponder as they leave the theater, but the rest of the production may leave them cold and wanting more. (more...)

Houston Early Music Festival to Welcome Ciaramella, 2/15Houston Early Music Festival to Welcome Ciaramella, 2/15
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2015

Los Angeles-based Ciaramella will perform songs, dances and sacred chants from medieval and Renaissance times as a part of Houston Early Music's 2014-2015 season series. Presented as a main-stage concert for the Houston Early Music Festival, the ensemble's performance, titled 'Make a Joyful Noise' will take place at Houston's First Evangelical Lutheran Church on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 3 p.m. (more...)

B Street Theatre Takes 'QUEENS AND KINGS, JOKERS AND JACKS' on Winter Tour; Public Show Set for 2/7B Street Theatre Takes 'QUEENS AND KINGS, JOKERS AND JACKS' on Winter Tour; Public Show Set for 2/7
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2015

This week the B Street Theatre Winter School Tour hits the road! In addition to the annual highly acclaimed and wildly successful 'Fantasy Festival' playwriting contest, this year for the first time B Street Theatre solicited student written plays for their Winter Tour show: 'Queens and Kings, Jokers and Jacks: Historical Adaptations of Medieval and Ancient History!' Out of over 60 plays submitted, 4 have been selected for the tour. The resulting show featuring all 4 winning plays will be performed at 84 assemblies in 80 schools in northern California between January 12 and February 20, 2015, with a special public performance at the B Street Theatre on February 7 at 10:00am. (more...)

BWW Review: Broadway-Bound THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD Opens To Great Fanfare in TorontoBWW Review: Broadway-Bound THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD Opens To Great Fanfare in Toronto
by Alan Henry - Jan 15, 2015

The Toronto production of 'The Heart of Robin Hood' opened to great fanfare yesterday evening at The Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. The audience leapt to its feet at curtain call to cheer on the cast - and it was well deserved. 'The Heart of Robin Hood' is a great, feel-good night out at the theatre - with a fun twist on the story you probably already know and love. (more...)

Winchester Bible Exhibit Opens at Medieval Europe Gallery TodayWinchester Bible Exhibit Opens at Medieval Europe Gallery Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2014

Masterfully illuminated pages from two volumes of the magnificent, lavishly ornamented Winchester Bible-a pivotal landmark of medieval art from around 1200-will be shown at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for three months, beginning today, December 9, in the exhibition The Winchester Bible: A Masterpiece of Medieval Art. (more...)

Met Museum's Cloisters Concerts in 2014-15 Feature Expanded Range, New Locations, Beginning TodayMet Museum's Cloisters Concerts in 2014-15 Feature Expanded Range, New Locations, Beginning Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2014

The pioneering early music series Concerts at The Cloisters will expand its offerings in winter and spring 2014-15 to include musical performances from the Latin and Byzantine traditions; songs from northeastern France; a scholarly reconstruction of a Palm Sunday procession; and a mesmerizing concert of medieval, Baroque, and contemporary music set to the text of Psalm 116. Concerts will take place within the historic apse of the 12th-century church of San Martin from Fuentidueña near Segovia, Spain, or -- new this season -- in galleries at The Cloisters. The unique settings and superb acoustics at The Cloisters provide audiences with an unforgettable concert experience. (more...)

THE WINCHESTER BIBLE Exhibit to Debut at MoMA, 12/8THE WINCHESTER BIBLE Exhibit to Debut at MoMA, 12/8
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2014

Masterfully illuminated pages from two volumes of the magnificent, lavishly ornamented Winchester Bible—a pivotal landmark of medieval art from around 1200—will be shown at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for three months, beginning December 9, in the exhibition The Winchester Bible: A Masterpiece of Medieval Art. Probably commissioned around 1155–60 by the wealthy and powerful Henry of Blois (1129–1171), who was the Bishop of Winchester (and grandson of William the Conqueror and King Stephen's brother), the manuscript is the Cathedral's single greatest surviving treasure. Renovations at Winchester Cathedral provide the opportunity for these pages, which feature the Old Testament, to travel to New York. This presentation marks the first time the work will be shown in the United States. At the Metropolitan Museum, the pages of one bound volume will be turned once each month; three unbound bi-folios with lavish initials from the other volume—which is currently undergoing conservation—will be on view simultaneously for the duration of the exhibition. (more...)

Berkeley Rep Presents the World Premiere of X'S AND O'S (A FOOTBALL LOVE STORY)Berkeley Rep Presents the World Premiere of X'S AND O'S (A FOOTBALL LOVE STORY)
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2014

Berkeley Repertory Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of X's and O's (A Football Love Story), a hard-hitting docudrama that examines our country's passion for a game that is life-giving yet lethal. Our singularly American sport is intricately woven into our culture and rituals, yet its traumatic effect on players and their families has us reexamining its place in our country's story. (more...)

The Music Hall's Writers in the Loft Series Continues with Kathryn Harrison TonightThe Music Hall's Writers in the Loft Series Continues with Kathryn Harrison Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2014

The Music Hall's Writers in the Loft series welcomes Kathryn Harrison, the New York Times bestselling author and celebrated essayist for The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, and O Magazine, tonight, December 2, 2014. Harrison will discuss JOAN OF ARC: A Life Transfigured, her expertly woven account of a young peasant girl who became a heroine of profound historical and almost mythical stature. (more...)

September's Featured Events at Bookworks Includes Deborah Madison Brunch, Lisa Lenard-Cook and MoreSeptember's Featured Events at Bookworks Includes Deborah Madison Brunch, Lisa Lenard-Cook and More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

Below are Bookworks' featured events for the month of September. For more information on any of the events, visit bkwrks.com/event. (more...)

Pacific Northwest Ballet Presents George Balanchine's JEWELS, 9/26Pacific Northwest Ballet Presents George Balanchine's JEWELS, 9/26
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2014

Pacific Northwest Ballet sweeps onstage and into a spectacular new season arrayed in emerald green, ruby red, and luminous white. A triple-treat for both eyes and ears, the trio of gems in George Balanchine'sJewels pay tribute to golden ages of music and dance: Emeralds' graceful clouds of tulle whisper French fashion and fragrance; Rubies' jazzy, sassy merger with Stravinsky mirrors the carefree candor of America; and Diamonds' glittering splendor recalls the great choreographer's heritage, so that 'if the entire Imperial Russian inheritance of ballet were lost, Diamonds would still tell us of its essence' (Mary Clarke and Clement Crisp). Jewels runs fromSeptember 26 through October 5 at Seattle Center's Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets and more information are available through the Pacific Northwest Ballet Box Office, 301 Mercer Street at Seattle Center, 206.441.2424, or online at PNB.org. (more...)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Announces the MET MUSEUM PRESENTS' 2014–15 SeasonThe Metropolitan Museum of Art Announces the MET MUSEUM PRESENTS' 2014–15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2014

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is more than just a splendid showcase of brilliant artifacts; it is home to a broad range of ideas and personal narratives from every civilization. The 2014–15 season of Met Museum Presents brings these stories to life through theater, performance, and discussions that celebrate the enormous breadth, depth—and surprising relevance—of these narratives. (more...)

Alessandra Belloni to Host RHYTHM IS THE CURE Dance & Percussion Workshop at Synod Hall, Begin. 4/26Alessandra Belloni to Host RHYTHM IS THE CURE Dance & Percussion Workshop at Synod Hall, Begin. 4/26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2014

Internationally renowned singer/percussionist/dancer ALESSANDRA BELLONI, artist-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine & REMO artist, will present 'RHYTHM IS THE CURE' on Three Saturdays, April 26 & May 3 & 10 at Cathedral of St. John the Divine's Synod Hall. Times are 2-5 pm. Fee: $225 for all three sessions; $75 per session. To register: 212.932.7325 or education@st.johndivine.org. (more...)

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