She's the Broadway Birthday Queen! Celebrate Idina's Birthday with our Favorite Menzel Moments
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2016

Does anyone do Broadway better than Idina Menzel? Tony Award-winning icon Idina Menzel has a diverse career that traverses stage, film, television and music. Menzel's voice can be heard as Elsa in Disney's global box office smash 'Frozen,' in which she sings the film's Oscar-winning song 'Let It Go,' and in the follow-up short, 'Frozen Fever.' After Menzel's performance of the multi-platinum song at the 86th Annual Academy Awards, she made history as the first person with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting. (more...)

Lady Antebellum & More Set for This Year's Country Summer Music Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

In its third year, Country Summer, Northern California's biggest country music festival, is June 3 to 5 at Sonoma County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road (more...)

BWW Review: Ray Charles Protégés Faithfully Honor the Icon's Songbook at Jazz at Lincoln Center
by Alix Cohen - May 26, 2016

Last Saturday night at the Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center presented a celebration on what would have been Ray Charles' 85th Birthday. The program was led by Musical Director and trumpeter Kenny Rampton (who once toured with the Ray Charles band), and included 10 longtime members of the icon's orchestra, along with the most recent “Rayettes” (backup singers Renee Georges, Katrina Harper, and Angela Workman). “Ray Charles Robinson, the genius of soul, his music was beyond genre,” Rampton told the audience. “Anything Mr. C. did from country to blues to The National Anthem was all Ray Charles . . .' (more...)

Judy Garland Tribute Set for Arthur Newman Theatre in Palm Desert, 6/12
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

A tribute to Judy Garland will be performed in a cabaret concert on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 2 PM in the Arthur Newman Theatre in Palm Desert. "Judy! Judy! Judy!" will star local singer Loretta Siani with piano accompaniment by Joel Baker. Tickets are $11 cash only, and it is presented by Les Michael's Sundays In Summer Cabaret Series. (more...)

Sandi Patty and Doo Wop Project Coming to Spencer Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Sandi Patty, the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music, presents the tour of a lifetime in celebration of hers. Entitled the 'Forever Grateful' world tour, the 10-month, 90+ city concert spree kicked-off in February and includes a special concert engagement at the Spencer Theater at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 28. Excellent seats are available for $39-$79. Visit www.spencertheater.com or call the box office at 575.336.4800 for tickets and information. (more...)

VIDEO: Idina Menzel to Release New Album of Original Music This Fall!
by TV News Desk - May 23, 2016

Idina Menzel graced the BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS red carpet last night and revealed the news that she is currently putting the finishing touches on an all-new album, due out this fall. (more...)

VIDEO: Idina Menzel Comments on #GiveElsaAGirlfriend Campaign: 'I Think It's Great'
by TV News Desk - May 23, 2016

At last night's BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS, ET asked Idina Menzel, who lent her voice to the role of the Disney princess, what she thought of the recent petition. (more...)

Ardea Arts Receives $14,000 NEA Grant
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects and partnerships in the NEA's second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2016. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $14,000 to Ardea Arts for the creation ofBOUNCE The Basketball Opera. The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields. (more...)

Photo Flash: LA Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Win 5th Annual Drag Queen World Series
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

On Saturday, May 14, 2016 The LA Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence won The 5th Annual Drag Queen World Series against the returning champions The West Hollywood Cheerleaders. The final score was 8 The LA Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to 5 The West Hollywood Cheerleaders. Scroll down for photos from the big event! (more...)

2016 Ben Vereen Award Nominees Announced; Ceremony Set for May 29
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Broadway/San Diego has announced the 2016 San Diego nominees in the categories of Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Musical Production, for the Ben Vereen Awards, sponsored by San Diego County Credit Union taking place on Sunday, May 29th at the historic Balboa Theatre, and is hosted by CBS News 8 anchor Marcella Lee. (more...)

Pacific Symphony Orchestra to Present JULY 4 SPECTACULAR, 7/4
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

 Orange County, Calif.—June 8, 2016—It's sure to be a “thriller”—when Pacific Symphony's blockbuster Summer Festival 2016 kicks off its final season at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre with a “July 4 Spectacular,” featuring a symphonic tribute to Michael Jackson's music. The first of five exceptional musical experiences under the stars, the Symphony's holiday extravaganza begins with picnic baskets packed with goodies and the company of family and friends—all just a prelude to a celebratory, rockin' good time with the orchestra and guest band, Windborne, whose lead singer James Delisco brings to life the genius of Michael Jackson. Showcasing the best-known hits of the legendary “King of Pop”—from The Jackson 5 to the singer's final film, “This Is It”—the concert includes music from the albums “Off the Wall,” “Thriller,” “Bad,” “Blood on the Dance Floor” and much more. Traditionally the best-attended concert of the year, this holiday celebration also honors American heroes and includes a moving fireworks finale orchestrated to patriotic classics. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: SPRING AWAKENING's Treshelle Edmond Performs 'I'm Here' from THE COLOR PURPLE in ASL
by Stage Tube - Jun 4, 2016

Treshelle Edmond, who made her Broadway debut as Martha in this season's revival of SPRING AWAKENING, performed 'I'm Here' from THE COLOR PURPLE, another musical that was revived this season. Edmond, a deaf actress, performed the song in American Sign Language. Watch her gorgeous interpretation below! (more...)

Craig Morgan to Play SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre, 7/18
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

?Country music superstar Craig Morgan burst onto the music scene 16 years ago, bringing with him the depth of a nearly decade-long military career in the U.S. Army and the country passion of his Tennessee roots. (more...)

DVR Alert - Idina Menzel to Co-Host THE TALK on CBS This Week!
by TV News Desk - Jun 28, 2016

CBS has announced that Tony Award-winning actress and singer Idina Menzel will be co-hosting CBS's THE TALK this Thursday, June 30th! (more...)

Chris Luciani Releases New Single 'Overload'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

? New Jersey based singer/songwriter Chris Luciani is proud to announce the release  of his new rock single 'Overload.'  Recorded with producer Alex  Morelli of AMM, the single features infatuating hooks and  powerful vocals by Luciani that drive this emotionally thrilling song.  The release of 'Overload' announces a new and exciting  voice in American music in Chris Luciani. This performer and  writer incorporates the music of his influences into his own  unique sound.  (more...)

Opera at the Ballpark to Feature Georges Bizet's CARMEN, 7/2
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

San Francisco Opera partners with the San Francisco Giants and presenting sponsor Taube Philanthropies for Opera at the Ballpark-a free live simulcast of Georges Bizet's Carmen-on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Baseball fans, opera lovers and tens of thousands from the Bay Area community will have the chance to experience a live performance of one of opera's most beloved and tuneful works while seated on the field or in the stands of San Francisco's AT&T Park. Register now for early entry to ensure best seating at sfopera.com/simulcast. (more...)

Make Music Day 2016 to Be Celebrated In Over 38 U.S. Cities Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Make Music Day, the annual global celebration featuring more than 3,000free, outdoor music making events in the United States, returns tomorrow June 21. (more...)

John Legend to Sing National Anthem at NBA Finals
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2016

Billboard.com reports that John Legend will be performing The National Anthem for the opening of the NBA Finals on Thursday night (June 2). (more...)

VIDEO: Nick Jonas & Demi Lovato Talk Touring Together & Lovato Takes the 30-Second 'Star Spangle Banner' Test
by TV News Desk - Jun 17, 2016

Demi Lovato and her touring mate Nick Jonas shared that they are often too busy to shower on tour, so they do it during photo shoots. Watch the clips below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Rena Strober and Student Raise Awareness for Blind Children's Music Education with SUDDENLY SEYMOUR
by Stage Tube - Jun 17, 2016

Rena Strober (Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, Disney's Liv & Maddie) is currently living & working in Los Angeles. When not working in TV/Film/Animation, she teaches singing at the Academy of Music for the Blind. One of Rena's students is 7 year old Gavin Stevens who was born blind from a rare condition known as LCA. Small in stature but big in voice, Gavin recently sang The National Anthem for the LA Lakers & Kings. He has won hearts all over the world. His voice and love of duets inspired Rena to produce a fully filmed recreation of the classic song in Little Shop of Horrors. Gavin is the perfect miniature Rick Moranis while Rena embodies Ellen Green. Watch the video below! (more...)

Instagram Star To Sing At WNBA Game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on 6/17
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

Pretty songbird Briana "Bri" Babineaux, who boasts almost a half million followers on Instagram including Drake and Rihanna, is all packed and headed west to sing The National Anthem when the Los Angeles Sparks take on the Phoenix Mercury on Friday, June 17 @7:30 PM PST at The Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. She will also perform during the halftime show. The Louisiana native's premiere album "Keys To My Heart" (Marquis Boone/Tyscot Records) recently debuted at No. 1 on Billboard magazine's Gospel Albums sales chart and her "I'll Be The One" (available on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/qo5lrx) radio single peaked at No. 6 on its Gospel Airplay chart. (more...)

Ardea Arts to Host Showcase Performances of BOUNCE THE BASKETBALL OPERA at Paerdegat Park, 6/25-27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2016

Ardea Arts announces BOUNCE The Basketball Opera, their latest project in development. Showcase performances will take place at Paerdegat Park in East Flatbush, Brooklyn Saturday-Monday June 25-27, 2016 at 6pm. BOUNCE is a free, non-ticketed event, open to the public. For more information, visit www.ardeaarts.com/bounce/. (more...)

Female Octogenarian Makes History as Member of Schaumburg Boomers
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2016

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Make Music Day 2016 Announces Full Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2016

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Photo Flash: THE BOOK OF MORMON's Ryan Bondy Pitches, Sings National Anthem at Wrigley Field
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

THE BOOK OF MORMON star Ryan Bondy (Elder Price) delivered the Ceremonial First Pitch and sang The National Anthem at the Chicago Cubs game yesterday, July 5 at Wrigley Field. Scroll down for photos of Bondy with his co-star, Cody Jamison Strand, on the diamond! (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 7/5/2016 - PTP/NYC, Fourth of July Hangover and More!
by Jessica Khan - Jul 5, 2016

Today's big news: 'NO END OF BLAME' and GOOD begin this evening off-Broadway! (more...)

Who Sang It Best? Watch Broadway Get Patriotic with the National Anthem!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 4, 2016

Oh, say can you see... all the Broadway stars who have sung this song? Well now you can! It's America's birthday, and what better way to celebrate than with some of Broadway's best renditions of our national anthem. Which version is your favorite? (more...)

Dia de los Muertos Celebrations Coming to Segerstrom Center This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

Segerstrom Center for the Arts will celebrate Mexico's revered Dia de los Muertos with performances by Perla Batalla, La Santa Cecilia, Pacifico Dance and Quetzal on November 2, 2016 in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall starting at 7:30 p.m. Four performances will take place in a single concert: Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Perla Batalla, LA bands La Santa Cecilia and Quetzal and Pacifico Dance Company. (more...)

Long Beach International Film Festival Announces its 5th Annual Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

The 5th Annual Long Beach International Film Festival (LBIFF) is thrilled to announce the musical entertainment line-up at this year's event, which runs August 3 - 5 in the City of Long Beach, New York.   The unique, beachfront film festival, presented by SVS Fine Jewelry Featuring Forevermark Diamond will screen an international slate of more than 40 films, including feature-length narratives, documentaries, as well as short and animated movies suitable for all ages. (more...)

California Teen Wins Top Honor at National Songbook Academy
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

Brighton Thomas is the 2016 winner of the Great American Songbook Youth Ambassador Award. The 17-year-old is from Burbank, CA. During the final concert on July 23, 2016, she sang American standards: "It Had to be You" and "Happy Days Are Here Again.' (more...)

VIDEO: HAMILTON's Christopher Jackson, Anthony Ramos Talkin' Mets Baseball
by Michael Dale - Jul 20, 2016

The baseball-loving HAMILTON stars talk about their favorite players and Mets moments. (more...)

Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies Of Dallas Hosts 5th Annual Summer Olympics, 7/22
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

DULUTH, Ga., July 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ In just two weeks, the world will collectively tune into the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies, a national early childhood education franchise with three decades of experience, along with 835 students from 14 of its centers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area will gather on July 22 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas to host their own summer Olympics the 5th Annual Kids 'R' Kids Summer Olympics. The event will benefit the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC). The games will kick off at 9 a.m. with an opening ceremony and The National Anthem sung by patient Skyler Wicke. Students will compete in 10 different events for trophies and celebrate a successful fundraising event with a closing ceremony and check presentation to the hospital from the school raising the most money on behalf of the organization. (more...)

Pacific Symphony to Present AN EVENING WITH RENEE FLEMING, 9/13
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

Pacific Symphony launches its upcoming 2016-17 season in glorious style this September with a one-night-only spectacular—“An Evening with Renée Fleming,” featuring “America's reigning diva” (The Washington Post) for more than a decade in a rare Orange County appearance! One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry and compelling stage presence. From the Metropolitan Opera and the White House to the Super Bowl and now the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, the internationally sought-after soprano arrives to inaugurate the Symphony's 10th season in its home. There is no better place in the world to hear this modern diva's sumptuous voice and dazzling technique than in the opulent and acoustically superior Segerstrom Concert Hall. (more...)

Opera Diva Renee Fleming to Launch Pacific Symphony's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

Pacific Symphony launches its upcoming 2016-17 season in glorious style this September with a one-night-only spectacular-'An Evening with Renee Fleming,' featuring 'America's reigning diva' (The Washington Post) for more than a decade in a rare Orange County appearance. (more...)

VIDEO: Idina Menzel Reveals 'Wicked' Crush on Matt Damon: 'He's My Soulmate'
by TV News Desk - Jul 1, 2016

While guest co-hosting yesterday's THE TALK on CBS, Tony winner Idina Menzel confessed to having a 'wicked' celebrity crush on 'Bourne' star Matt Damon joking, 'Celebrity crush, please! I believe he's my soulmate.' (more...)


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Rubicon Theatre Company to Present JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH JR. This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2016

Students from Rubicon Theatre Company are currently in rehearsals for what is sure to be a 'master-peach' of a production - a delightfully offbeat musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved book James and the Giant Peach JR. (more...)

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus To Perform For United States Navy's Naming Ceremony Honoring Harvey Milk
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus (SFGMC) and Dr. Timothy Seelig, SFGMC Artistic Director, announced today that the Chorus will perform The National Anthem at the celebrated USNS Harvey Milk Naming Ceremony on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 2:00PM, held by the United States Navy. The event will take place on Treasure Island at the Great Lawn in San Francisco, CA.  (more...)

NYC Rising Star Competition Returns for Second Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

After a tremendously successful first season, Rise Bar's talent contest returns! The new summer installment will be on TUESDAY nights! (more...)

Photo Flash: Gloucester Stage Presents SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2016

Gloucester Stage Company continues its 37th season of professional theater on Cape Ann with a limited run of Jason Robert Brown's Songs For A New World from August 4 through August 27 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Songs For A New World with music and lyrics by three time Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown is a stirring musical journey examining the moments of decision and difficult choices faced in everyday life. Known for such Broadway hits as Parade, The Bridges of Madison County, Honeymoon in Vegas, and The Last Five Years, Mr. Brown artfully blends pop, jazz and gospel in solos and ensemble styles to create this inspiring song cycle.  Directed by Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Robert Walsh, the production features five singers including Tony Award nominee Barbara Walsh, Broadway veterans Rockport's Wendy Waring and Jack Donahue, Berklee College of Music graduate Chris Pittman and  Brandeis' Nyah Macklin, all four in their Gloucester Stage debut. According to Director and GSC Artistic Director Walsh, "Songs For A New World is an enthralling evening of storytelling through song and movement reminiscent of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. We are so fortunate to have such a talented group of actor-singers to bring this work to our audience. It's a particular treat to work with my cousin Barbara again after so many years!  Wendy, Jack, Chris and Nyah are also incredibly fun, hugely talented and all working together in such a fun way - it's a thrill!' (more...)

Video: Idina Menzel Announces New Self Titled Album and Performs 'I See You'
by Alan Henry - Aug 5, 2016

Idina Menzel took to social media yesterday to announce a new self-titled album being released September 23rd. Coincidently her former Wicked co-star Kristin Chenoweth also announced a new album to be digitally released on the same day. (more...)

Maurice Hines to Bring His Story to Life in TAPPIN' THRU LIFE at Herberger Theater
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2016

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Scoop: THE CBS DREAM TEAM, IT'S EPIC! on CBS - Saturday, September 3, 2016
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Get all the scoop on THE CBS DREAM TEAM, IT’S EPIC!, airing on CBS on Saturday, September 3, 2016! (more...)

ESPN Coverage of U.S. OPEN Begins Today With First-Round Matchups
by TV News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

The all-ESPN US Open starts Monday, Aug. 29 – rain or shine thanks to the new retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium – with a slate full of intriguing first-round matchups (more...)

David Berry Cast as 'Lord John Grey' in Hit Starz Series OUTLANDER
by TV News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

Starz, in association with Sony Pictures Television, has announced today that David Berry (“A Place to Call Home”) will play the role of “Lord John Grey” in the hit series OUTLANDER. (more...)


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Explore Cole Porter's World with Michael Feinstein and the Pasadena POPS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

Michael Feinstein and the Pasadena POPS heat up the Los Angeles County Arboretum on August 20th with an evening solely devoted to one of America's most beloved musical icons for Cole Porter Night. (more...)

Burr on the Court! Leslie Odom Jr. Launch 2016 US Open with Phil Collins Duet
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

The USTA today announced that 'Hamilton' star and Tony Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr. will return to his native Queens, NY to perform a special duet with cultural legend Phil Collins during the Opening Night Ceremony for the 2016 US Open on the evening of Monday, August 29, in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. (more...)

FSCJ Artist Series to Welcome The Boston Pops This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

The Boston Pops Esplande Orchestra comes to Jacksonville's Times-Union Center on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 8 p.m. for one performance only. (more...)

Lexi Walker The 14-Year-Old YouTube Singing Sensation Releases Wishes & Dreams - 3-Song EP Available August 12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

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