A HAPPY END Plays Aaron Davis Hall, Now thru 9/19
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2015

'A Happy End' by Israeli playwright Iddo Netanyahu is the story of a well-to-do, well-integrated Jewish couple in 1932 Berlin deciding whether to remain in Germany or to flee to America. The production dramatizes a dilemma - whether to leave home, family and friends for an uncertain future in a foreign land, or stay, hoping the situation will improve - that has been shared and faced by most political emigrés. The piece will be presented as an Equity Showcase tonight, September 10, through September 19 at Aaron Davis Hall, 135th Street and Convent Avenue, by The City College Center for the Arts in partnership with the Division of Humanities and Arts. Jennifer Miranda Holmes directs. (more...)

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by BWW - Sep 27, 2015

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P.M. Sabin Moore Releases BRIGHTFIRE: A TALE OF SUTTON HOO
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2015

Though fierce battles and mindless drinking may at first appear to be the central theme of The Middle Ages, there is much more than meets the eye to this fascinating time period. (more...)

Iddo Netanyahu's A HAPPY END Begins Tonight at Aaron Davis Hall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2015

A HAPPY END by Israeli playwright Iddo Netanyahu is the story of a well-to-do, well-integrated Jewish couple in 1932 Berlin deciding whether to remain in Germany or to flee to America.  The production dramatizes a dilemma -- whether to leave home, family and friends for an uncertain future in a foreign land, or stay, hoping the situation will improve -- that has been shared and faced by thousands of emigres.  (more...)

Met Museum Announces Full Schedule of November Concerts at the Cloisters
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2015

For more than 50 years, the pioneering early music series Concerts at The Cloisters has provided New York music lovers with unique and unforgettable access to the vocal and instrumental music of The Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The superb acoustics of The Cloisters' performance space—the historic 12th-century apse from the church of San Martín from Fuentidueña, near Segovia, Spain—enhance every performance.  The 2015–2016 season features an outstanding roster of local and international ensembles—including many that are new to The Cloisters. (more...)

BWW Review: FREUD'S LAST SESSION - A Brilliant Duet
by Lynn Beaver - Oct 5, 2015

Jarrott Production's FREUD'S LAST SESSION by Mark St.Germain, features two veteran actors at the top of their game. (more...)

X'S AND O'S Begins Rehearsals at Center Stage
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2015

The NFL takes Center Stage in X's and O's, a new, ripped-from-the-headlines play about America's love of football and the often traumatic impact the sport has on many of its players and families. X's and O's is the final production at Center Stage before building-wide renovations move the company's last two productions of the season to a temporary residency at Towson University. (more...)

BROADSWORD: Age of Chivalry Smashes Onto Apple' iOS and iPads in the Americas and Asia
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2015

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Norvell Box Office to Open 11/9 for MAGIC TREE HOUSE: THE KNIGHT AT DAWN
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2015

Norvell Theater Box Office opens Monday, November 9, for Salisbury Academy and Piedmont Players' MAGIC TREE HOUSE: THE KNIGHT AT DAWN, with Book by Jenny Laird, Music and Lyrics by Randy Courts, and Additional Lyrics by Will Osborne.  (more...)

New Biography, VICTORIOUS CHARLES: A LADIES' MAN is Released
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2015

'Victorious Charles: A Ladies' Man - A Biography of King Charles VII of France (1403-1461)' recounts the extraordinary life and loves of this king who ruled during a most tumultuous time in French history. (more...)

BWW Review: The Orpheum Offers a Flippin' PIPPIN
by Joseph Baker - Nov 18, 2015

There are the warhorse musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin; there are the lavish productions befitting Phantoms in opera houses and French revolutionaries and revisionist fairy tales (and you know the ones I mean); there are the Disney powerhouses; and . . . there are musicals of a quaint, mind-nudging nature that don't quite fit into any category. Certainly THE FANTASTICKS comes to mind, and -- at least in the previous productions I have seen -- Stephen Schwartz's PIPPIN. Somewhere in my video collection is a filmed version of the musical with William Katt, and just a few years ago PIPPIN was the first musical staged at the shiny, new Playhouse on the Square (with Alvaro Francisco stepping in for a sidelined Jordan Nichols). I sometimes think that small-scale musicals are better suited to venues less grand than the Orpheum; I needn't have worried, however, as PIPPIN has acquired the kind of theatrical, Cirque du Soleil-style atmosphere that perfectly suits the show's opening number, 'Magic to Do.' (more...)

BWW Recap: THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER Ties Up Loose Ends on Tonight's Season Finale
by Kara McCoy - Nov 17, 2015

Alright, folks. It's season finale time, so let's just cut to the chase. Finales are all about tying up loose ends, and tonight's episode of THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER was no exception. First there's that little issue of vengeance that's been hanging over Wilk and Toran's heads since pretty much the pilot. Would tonight finally be the night to avenge their butchered wives? Well...Actually...No. And turns out, I am so okay with that, because all season long, I couldn't help but look at Leon and Locke and think, y'know what, they kinda seem...not...that...bad...? In the first of many showdowns tonight, Toran confronts Locke about his wife's slaughter. Locke admits that he acted under orders, but totally owns what he did. He takes responsibility, but he seems sorry for it--even if he doesn't come out and say it. He doesn't beg for mercy because he knows he doesn't deserve it. Toran, in turn, says that Locke has at least earned himself a fair fight. Which was really nice of him, but I don't think he actually expected to lose. Lucky for him, Locke is a pretty honorable guy and chooses to spare Toran's life, on the agreement that their score is now settled. So. There's Toran's vengeance. Check. (more...)

BWW Recap: THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER Ties Up Loose Ends on Tonight's Season Finale
by Kara McCoy - Nov 17, 2015

Alright, folks. It's season finale time, so let's just cut to the chase. Finales are all about tying up loose ends, and tonight's episode of THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER was no exception. First there's that little issue of vengeance that's been hanging over Wilk and Toran's heads since pretty much the pilot. Would tonight finally be the night to avenge their butchered wives? Well...Actually...No. And turns out, I am so okay with that, because all season long, I couldn't help but look at Leon and Locke and think, y'know what, they kinda seem...not...that...bad...? In the first of many showdowns tonight, Toran confronts Locke about his wife's slaughter. Locke admits that he acted under orders, but totally owns what he did. He takes responsibility, but he seems sorry for it--even if he doesn't come out and say it. He doesn't beg for mercy because he knows he doesn't deserve it. Toran, in turn, says that Locke has at least earned himself a fair fight. Which was really nice of him, but I don't think he actually expected to lose. Lucky for him, Locke is a pretty honorable guy and chooses to spare Toran's life, on the agreement that their score is now settled. So. There's Toran's vengeance. Check. (more...)

Jack Doherty Reveals HOW THE CATHOLIC CHURCH BECAME NAUGHTY....
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2015

OAKLAND, N.J., Nov. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ Two recent Vatileaks books did nothing but add more gossip to the putrefying accounts of corruption, misbehavior and incompetence among cardinals and bishops of the Vatican governing body, the Curia. In contrast, Jack Doherty, a Doctor of Theology and the author of How the Catholic Church Became Naughty...And the Real Hindrance to Reform, offers helpful solutions. (more...)

MAGIC TREE HOUSE: THE KNIGHT AT DAWN Begins Tonight at Norvell Theater
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2015

Salisbury Academy and Piedmont Players' MAGIC TREE HOUSE: THE KNIGHT AT DAWN, with Book by Jenny Laird, Music and Lyrics by Randy Courts, and Additional Lyrics by Will Osborne, begins tonight at Norvell Theater. (more...)

Art Institute of Chicago Announces Holiday Schedule of Events
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2015

The Art Institute of Chicago heralds the start of the holiday season by offering visitors from near and far extraordinary new additions to the museum, art-filled events and programs, music, miniatures, mistletoe, and more. Sponsored by Bank of America, the festivities begin with the museum's 24th annual Wreathing of the Lions on November 27, 2014 and continue through Wednesday, January 3.  (more...)

Art Institute of Chicago Announces Holiday Programming
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2015

The Art Institute of Chicago heralds the start of the holiday season by offering visitors from near and far extraordinary new additions to the museum, art-filled events and programs, music, miniatures, mistletoe, and more. (more...)

BWW Review: Circle Players' OF MICE AND MEN
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 1, 2015

In Of Mice and Men, writer John Steinbeck relates the tale of two lifelong friends whose hard-scrabble lives are played out against the backdrop of the Great Depression: two men whose bleak existence is made even more challenging by the cruel realities of the world at that time. Since its publication in 1937, Steinbeck's slim novella has inspired artists to offer different interpretations of the story - to varying degrees of success, to be certain - including numerous film versions, a Carlisle Floyd opera, ballets and stage productions, including a recent Broadway run and, closer to home, a production now onstage from Middle Tennessee's oldest community theater organization. (more...)

A Live-action Punch and Judy To Debut at Hollywood Fringe
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2016

The School of Night is pleased as punch to announce its participation in the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival with Punch and Judy. (more...)

Raue Center's Artful Women to Welcome Amy Ortiz in 'THE BODY AS CANVAS'
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

Raue Center's Artful Women is excited to welcome visual arts scholar Amy Ortiz with 'The Body as Canvas: Manipulations of the Female Form' at 3 p.m. on May 22, 2016. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWWVisual ArtsWorld.com for 5/22/2016 - 5/29/2016
by BWW - May 29, 2016

Hottest Articles on BWWVisual ArtsWorld.com from 5/22/2016 - 5/29/2016. (more...)

The Met Cloisters Extends Hours on Fridays, Thru Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

The Met Cloisters—the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art dedicated to the art and architecture of The Middle Ages—will be open for extended hours on Friday evenings this summer. From May 27 through September 2, the closing time on Fridays will be 7:30 p.m. (The regular summer daily closing time of 5:15 p.m. will be observed on all other days of the week.) The Met Cloisters is located in Fort Tryon Park in the Hudson Heights, Washington Heights, and Inwood neighborhoods of northern Manhattan. (more...)

BWW Review: CAMELOT Raises the Bar at Downriver Actors Guild
by Anton Anderssen - May 12, 2016

Now on stage at Downriver Actors Guild in Wyandotte is the exuberant musical Camelot. Filled with spectacular color, easy to love tunes, graceful and festive costumes, Camelot has a forbidden love story iconic of The Middle Ages. (more...)

COD Offers Lifelong Learning Scholarship to Adult Learners Age 55 and up
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

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Michelle DeYoung to Replace Eric Owens with the New York Philharmonic
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

Mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung will replace The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence Eric Owens, who has withdrawn due to illness, on advisement from his doctor, in selections from Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn, led by John Storga?rds in his Philharmonic debut, Thursday, May 12, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, May 13 at 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday, May 14 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

BWW Review: Theater Schmeater's CREATURE is Hellish, in a Great Way
by Amelia Reynolds - Jun 6, 2016

As a woman in The Middle Ages, there seemed to be only two options: be a mother, or a strumpet. This dilemma is not unfamiliar to any modern woman stressed by societal demands. In Heidi Schreck's 'Creature,' it is 1401, and Margery Kempe has found a third option: sainthood. (more...)

BWW Review: Theater Schmeater's CREATURE Hellish, in a Great Way
by Amelia Reynolds - Jun 6, 2016

As a woman in The Middle Ages, there seemed to be only two options: be a mother, or a strumpet. This dilemma is not unfamiliar to any modern woman stressed by societal demands. In Heidi Schreck's 'Creature,' it is 1401, and Margery Kempe has found a third option: sainthood. (more...)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art to Add More MetFriday Evenings This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2016

MetFridays: New York's Night Out is expanding this summer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art with the addition of thematic programming on June 24 and July 22 at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters, and extended evening hours at The Met Cloisters through Labor Day. (more...)

Casting Revealed for History's New Original Drama Series KNIGHTFALL
by TV News Desk - Jun 15, 2016

HISTORY(R) today announced casting for its new ten-episode drama series KNIGHTFALL from A+E Studios in association with Oscar(R) and Golden Globe(R) nominee Jeremy Renner's and Don Handfield's production company The Combine and Midnight Radio. (more...)

21C Media Group Previews 2016-17 of Opera, Choral and Vocal Music
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

21C MEDIA GROUP just released its season preview of opera, vocal and choral music for 2016-17. Scroll down for details! (more...)

D'yan Forest's New Solo Show Set for FRIGID Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

Cabaret Artist, Solo Performer and Stand Up Comic, D'yan Forest's new solo show, A Broad Abroad! will have its New York City Premiere at the 10th Annual FRIGID Festival on February 16th. The critically acclaimed solo show, which was written by D'yan Forest and Erik Kornfeld, premiered at The Orlando Fringe Festival last May. D'yan Forest performs her unique style of stand up, regularly at the Gotham Comedy Club in NYC. She also performs her solo shows in New York, throughout the US and in Paris. Erik Kornfeld, who has written for Bette Midler and for The Rosie O'Donnel Show, directs.  (more...)

The Cloisters to Hold Press Preview for THE WORLD IN PLAY, 1/19
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2016

What: Press preview for The World in Play: Luxury Cards, 1430–1540, an exhibition of more than 100 intricately hand-painted playing cards created for wealthy individuals in The Middle Ages.  Hunting, chivalry, and life at court are referenced on the cards, which originated in southern and southwestern Germany and in the Upper Rhineland. Suits include: falcons, hounds, ducks, and stags; nooses, collars, leashes, and hunting horns; parrots, roses, and pinks (a flower); Bohemia, France, Germany, and Hungary; and others. (more...)

Dutch Masterpieces Head to Sea with Holland America Line's New Rijksmuseum Partnership
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2016

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PFP Sets GREAT GAY PLAY AND MUSICAL Contest Semi-Finalists
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2016

?A slate of 11 vibrant and kinetic new LGBTQ+ plays and musicals have emerged as Semi-Finalists in Pride Films and Plays' 2016 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest. They come from writers across the United States, and were selected by a reading team from across the country doing blind readings of the manuscripts. (more...)

BWW Review: Australian Brandenburg Orchestra's 2016 Season Opener MAURICE STEGER: RECORDER REVOLUTIONARY Is A Sensational Showcase Of the Simple Instrument.
by Jade Kops - Feb 25, 2016

The energetic, engaging and enthusiastic Maurice Steger joins with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra to delight audiences with the amazingly complex music that he can produce from the seemingly simple instrument for RECORDER REVOLUTIONARY. (more...)

Astonishing PIPPIN at PPAC is a Spectacular Must-See
by Robert Barossi - Feb 17, 2016

There are some shows that tempt a reviewer to write a lengthy essay going into great detail about the many reasons why the show succeeds or fails. Other shows make a reviewer simply want to say, 'Just go see this show,' and nothing more. While there is, of course, much to say about the touring production of the Broadway musical Pippin, now at Providence Performing Arts Center, the production's merits can absolutely be summed up briefly: See. This. Show. (more...)

THE WRONG VIEW OF HISTORY is Released
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2016

Author Jack Paraskovich takes the 'other,' rarely taken, view of history that the majority of Western civilization conveniently pays no heed to in the way of living a truly civilized life. 'The Wrong View of History' (published by Xlibris) is a history that re-introduces readers to the warts and all aspects of life during two seminal periods in history. It is a provocative analysis of life, predominantly in The Middle Ages and Renaissance periods. People would shy away from the less palatable aspects of their history. Paraskovich, by reminding his readers of this, teaches precisely how humanity has progressed through the specific centuries, giving an organic and truer vision of how things were during those technologically deprived eras. (more...)

BWW Review: 'Will No One Rid Me of This Troublesome Wife?' Theatre Memphis' THE LION IN WINTER
by Joseph Baker - Feb 1, 2016

Let's see now -- older married man with mistress, seething ex-wife, resentful and mistrustful offspring -- where was Dr. Phil? Alas, nowhere in sight in Chinon during the Christmas of 1183, as the powerful English king Henry II has released his imprisoned wife (and sparring partner) Eleanor of Aquitaine and allowed her admittance to a family gathering (along with his mistress Alais). Is it for personal or political reasons? Perhaps a bit of both? Henry, great in stature and accomplishments, has to decide which of his sons (none of whom will historically 'measure up') will become the future King of England. It's a Lear-like choice, and poor Henry has 'slim pickings.' With the oldest son dead, the three remaining are a snarling, disgruntled lot -- in one corner (Eleanor's), there's the pillage-prone Richard (later Richard the Lionhearted, who will spend most of his time abroad); in the other (Henry's), there's the pimply, unwashed, and feckless John (later, a famously unpopular king who will be forced to capitulate to baronial pressure and sign a little document known as the Magna Carta). Oh, yes, and then there's the ignored, Machiavellian Geoffrey, mistrusted by both parents and willing to play anyone on the human chessboard. (more...)

Alessandra Belloni to Present MYSTICAL MUSIC IN HONOR OF THE BLACK MADONNA at TNC This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2015

Internationally honored, singer, percussionist, healer and director Alessandra Belloni, joined by her Italian folk music/theater/dance company I Giullari di Piazza, will present the special holiday celebration 'Mystical Music in Honor of the Black Madonna,' a musical journey around the world to the ancient sacred sites of the Black Madonna. (more...)

The Western Wind to Perform 'HOLIDAY LIGHT' at Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 12/19
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2015

The Western Wind vocal sextet will present Holiday Light - Joyous Music of Chanukkah and Christmas on Saturday, December 19 at 8:00 PM in Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 East 61st Street in Manhattan. (more...)

Aurora Theatre Company to Stage World Premiere of LITTLE ERIK
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2015

Aurora Theatre Company continues its 24th season with the World Premiere of LITTLE ERIK. Written and directed by award-winning Bay Area auteur Mark Jackson (The Letters, The Arsonists, Salomania), LITTLE ERIK features Marilee Talkington, Joe Estlack, Wilma Bonet, Greg Ayers, Mariah Castle, and Jack Wittmayer. LITTLE ERIK plays January 29 through February 28 at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. For tickets ($32-60) and information the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org. (more...)

'Treasures from the House of Alba' to Open at the Frist Center
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2015

Featuring works by Dürer, Goya, Murillo, Renoir,Ribera, Rubens, and more from the splendid palaces of the Alba dynasty in Spain, Treasures from the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and Collecting will make its second and final stop in the United States at Nashville's Frist Center for the Visual Arts from February 5 through May 1, 2016. Co-organized by the Meadows Museum and the Casa de Alba Foundation, the exhibition brings together more than 130 works of art, dating from antiquity to the twentieth century, drawn from one of the oldest and most impressive private collections in Europe. (more...)

Stage Harbor and IRT Theater Present THIS ENGLAND: COMPLETE KINGS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2016

Who is the rightful king of England? Eight actors perform over 40 roles in a condensed adaptation of Shakespeare's play cycle chronicling over a hundred years of war, murder, seduction, and betrayal as one family tries to answer the most hotly contested political question of The Middle Ages. (more...)

DEATH STEALS A HOLY BOOK Set for September Release
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

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BDT Stage to Present MID-LIFE 2 (#WHATDIDICOMEINHEREFOR)
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

According to Mid-Life 2 (#WhatDidIComeInHereFor), Forty is the New Thirty! And with songs like Another Trip to the Doctor being belted from our house, BDT Stage is here to remind you that laughter is always the best medicine! (more...)

BWW Interview: Tom Jacobson Waxes Poetic on Theatre, Church & Playwriting
by Gil Kaan - Aug 15, 2016

Prolific playwright Tom Jacobson will have the world premiere of his latest theatrical work CAPTAIN OF THE BIBLE QUIZ TEAM opening August 27, 2016  (weekends only) through October 3, 2016.  This immersive piece (with the audience as the congregation) will be presented at venues to include the Lutheran Church of the Master, St. Matthew's Lutheran Church and Hollywood Lutheran Church.   (more...)

The Center for Jewish History Announces September and October 2016 Programs
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

The Center for Jewish History has announced its September and October 2016 Programs. Highlights include programs focused on "Blood Libel;"  the 500th anniversary of the Venice ghetto;  a Berlin Films series; and a look at Rembrandt and the Jews. (more...)

GOLD. OBSESSION. SECRETS. is Now Available in English
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

Gold. Obsession. Secrets. (more...)

NY Cabaret Artist D'yan Forest To Take Solo Show To Orlando Fringe
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2016

?New York Cabaret Artist, Solo Performer and Stand Up Comic, D'yan Forest's brings her new solo show, A Broad Abroad! to the 25th Annual Orlando Fringe Festival. The cabaret show recently premiered at the 10th Annual New York FRIGID Festival where it received rave reviews and played to packed houses. (more...)

Haskell Small to Bring 'Journeys in Silence' to NYC, 5/9-10
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2016

Pianist and composer Haskell Small leads a quiet and contemplative life, despite living in the fast-paced urban environment of Washington DC. Small, an acclaimed composer and pianist, has long been fascinated with music that is primarily quiet, spacious and mystical. As part of his ongoing concert series, 'Journeys in Silence', Small has performed solo and chamber programs around the world. On May 9 and 10, he brings his penchant for quietude to New York City in two programs. (more...)

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