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SUGAR SKULL GIRLS Lands Distribution Deal with SGL Entertainment for USA and Canada
by TV News Desk - May 6, 2016

SGL Entertainment is pleased to announce that they will be releasing “SUGAR SKULL GIRLS” the Teenage Comedy Adventure Movie and TV Series on Blu-ray, DVD, Cable TV and VOD in early 2017. (more...)

Welcome to the Renaissance, Rob McClure! Tony Nominee Will Succeed Brian d'Arcy James in SOMETHING ROTTEN!
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Broadway's ten-time Tony Award-nominated smash hit musical comedy Something Rotten! will welcome Tony Award-nominated Broadway favorite Rob McClure (Chaplin, Honeymoon in Vegas, Noises Off) as "Nick Bottom" the first week of June when he assumes the role from Brian d'Arcy James, who will play his final performance on Sunday, May 29. (more...)


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Stephen Bower Releases I'M TIM MAUDE AND I'M A SOLDIER
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

He grew up in The Shadow of a military installation. He served in Vietnam. He served in the part of the Army that serves others, providing commanders with the skilled, knowledgeable, and motivated people needed to accomplish missions and ensuring the well-being and care of those soldiers. He dedicated his life to the United State Army and serving the American people. (more...)

Talbot Davis Releases Fourth Bible Study Book
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ With the success of his last three Bible study books, Talbot Davis is releasing 'Solve' on May 17, 2016, with publisher Abingdon Press. 'Solve' will present readers, life groups, and preachers in training with a path that moves them from problems to solutions, giving them valuable takeaways from the book of Nehemiah to use in their everyday lives. (more...)

BWW Review: ArtsWest's DEATH OF A SALESMAN Filled with Pathos but Lacks Connection
by Jay Irwin - May 3, 2016

One of the major problems with the Loman family in Arthur Miller's masterpiece "Death of a Salesman", currently closing out the season at ArtsWest, is that the family doesn't communicate with each other. They bluster and puff up about things that may or may not have happened but they never really talk to each other about what's important. And while that lack of communication may serve the story well it does not serve the performance as the same could be said for the production at ArtsWest itself. During it's over 3 hour runtime there were a lot of emotion and stirring speeches being made but for the most part the actors were not connecting with each other and if they aren't connecting with each other then the audience cannot connect with them. (more...)

Pear Theatre Announces 2016/17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Pear Theatre is proud to announce its 2016/2017 season, an intriguing blend of classic stage works and contemporary gems. In this, its 15thseason, the Pear is offering special discounts to dual subscribers; patrons who purchase two full subscriptions earn a complimentary ticket to be used at any time during the season (subject to availability). All performances are held at the Pear Theatre's new space at 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View. For subscriptions and individual tickets the public may visit www.thepear.org or call (650) 254-1148. (more...)

BWW Review: Albee Exorcises his Demons in THREE TALL WOMEN at convergence-continuum
by Roy Berko - May 23, 2016

Edward Albee's THREE TALL WOMEN, a version of which is now on stage at convergence-continuum, has quite a pedigree. In 1994 it won Best Play recognition from the Drama Critics Circle and the Outer Critics Circle, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. (more...)

SEVEN DECEMBERS Makes Debut at the Hollywood Fringe Festival This June
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2016

Nothing Important Productions takes to the Hollywood Fringe Festival with its original play, Seven Decembers. First presented to sold-out audiences as a workshop at LACC's Theatre Academy, Seven Decembers makes its official debut this June. (more...)

The Kitchen's DANCE AND PROCESS Series Continues This Week
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

The Kitchen presents the next installment of the institution's longest ongoing series, Danceand Process. The program of new works features artists Karen Bernard, Benjamin Van Buren, Niall Jones, and Ander Mikalson. These performances are the culmination of a ten-week group process of sharing work and feedback. Dance and Process is facilitated by Moriah Evans, Yve Laris Cohen, and Sarah Michelson. (more...)

Tony, Olivier and Pulitzer winner CLYBOURNE PARK to Play the Fugard Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (2011), the Olivier Award for Best New Play (2011) and the Tony Award for Best Play (2012), Bruce Norris's acclaimed black (and white) comedy CLYBOURNE PARK is set to have its South African premiere at the Fugard Theatre this year. (more...)

The CW Announces 2016-17 Fall Schedule
by TV News Desk - May 19, 2016

The CW Network presented its 2016-17 schedule to advertisers, affiliates and national media at New York City Center in New York City today, kicked off by the rock band Fitz and the Tantrums performing their hit singles “Handclap” and “The Walker.” (more...)

Promethean Theatre Ensemble Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

Promethean Ensemble Theatre will enter its second decade with three plays that view characters and stories of the past through the eyes of modern playwrights. Leading off the season in December will be Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, Moises Kaufman's 1997 biographical play about playwright Oscar Wilde's 1895 trials and ultimate conviction for the crime of homosexuality. Promethean Theatre Ensemble Artistic Director Brian Pastor will direct. (more...)

BWW Review: LAST OF THE BOYS, Southwark Playhouse, May 13 2016
by Gary Naylor - May 14, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a play that covers some old ground in old and insensitive ways and concludes that it wasn't the best choice of what was available. (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - Peter Gallagher Returns for 3rd Installment of CENTER STAGE: ON POINTE, Premiering 6/25
by TV News Desk - May 12, 2016

Time to get your dancing shoes on for the third installment of the Center Stage franchise with the world premiere of Lifetime's original movie, CENTER STAGE: ON POINTE, premiering Saturday, June 25 at 8pm ET/PT. (more...)

SUPERGIRL Headed to The CW for Season 2
by TV News Desk - May 12, 2016

Following weeks of speculation, The CW has officially picked up SUPERGIRL from CBS, giving the Greg Berlanti-created series a second season, according to Deadline. (more...)

CENTER STAGE: ON POINTE to Premiere in June on Lifetime
by TV News Desk - May 11, 2016

Time to get your dancing shoes on for the third installment of the Center Stage franchise with the world premiere of Lifetime's original movie, Center Stage: On Pointe, premiering Saturday, June 25 at 8pm ET/PT. (more...)

Crackle Acquires Popular '80's Anime Series ROBOTECH
by TV News Desk - May 11, 2016

Crackle, Sony's free streaming network, announced today that they have acquired the complete series to Harmony Gold's popular '80s anime series ROBOTECH, as well as the feature film Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles. (more...)

AGENT OF INFLUENCE Comes To Edinburgh Fringe Festival
by Natalie O'Donoghue - May 11, 2016

Lady Pamela, fashion columnist and socialite, is recruited by MI5 to keep notes on Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII, suspected to be colluding with the German Embassy. But, Pamela suddenly realises that what began as an adventure has led to a deadly struggle for power in a world in The Shadow of war. (more...)

BWW Interview: WENDY OSSERMAN Celebrates 40 Seasons
by Matt Hanson - Mar 31, 2016

Wendy Osserman spoke to BWW on the phone from New York. Osserman is a bright, youthful 74-year-old, reflecting on a life that exemplifies her peerless character as a fixture of downtown New York dance since the late '60s. Her light-hearted, joyful voice touched on themes ranging from her first memories dancing as a child in front of the mirror, to producing a dance festival on the Greek island of Paros while considering the current crisis of human movement in Greece. The Wendy Osserman Dance Company will perform two world premieres at the Theater for the New City from April 20-23, featuring her new solo work, 'Timed' alongside her classic, 'Udjat' inspired by ancient Egyptian motifs. With a comfortable modesty, she speaks to overcoming the challenges of being a woman in the dance world and of the irresistibility of her continuing aspirations as the leader of a company signature that she has fostered for the last four decades. (more...)

VIDEO: How Many Broadway Hits Can You Spot In SOMETHING ROTTEN!'s 'A Musical'?
by Michael Dale - Mar 31, 2016

A new video of the Broadway showstopper highlights the musical theatre classics referenced. (more...)

Photo Flash: SUPERGIRL Risks Everything in Season One Finale!
by TV News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

On the first Season Finale of CBS's SUPERGIRL titled “Better Angels”, Supergirl is forced to do battle with an unexpected foe and must risk everything – including her life – to prevent Non and Indigo from destroying every person on the planet. (more...)

BWW Review: Aakash Odedra is a Rising Talent
by Olga El - Mar 30, 2016

The debut of the Aakash Odedra Company's RISING at the NYU Skirball Center featured four works by four choreographers, all performed solo by Odedra. All four pieces proved Odedra to be an incredibly talented dancer who can easily shift and merge styles, though the similarity in tone for much of the night may have shortchanged our access to the full range of Odedra's abilities. (more...)

Center for Puppetry Arts Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

Highlights of the 2016-2017 Family Series include the brand-new puppet production of Pete the Cat, adapted from the widely popular and imaginative book series by Atlanta artist James Dean. Inspired by Dean's real-life cat, Pete pounces from the page to the stage as his laid-back, easy-going spirit takes him and his fine friends on a host of groovy adventures including surfing, skateboarding and playing guitar. Pete goes with the flow, and his positive outlook carries him through whatever obstacles come his way. Also debuting is an original production for children ages 2 and older, Old MacDonald's Farm. This Theatre for the Very Young production is a barnyard bonanza of fun and furry animals. Soaring back to the Center's Mainstage for its seventh consecutive holiday season is the Center's own beloved adaptation of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. (more...)

Brown/Trinity Rep to Stage SIDE SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

The Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Programs present Bill Russell and Henry Krieger's Side Show directed by Ashley Teague '17 beginning May 5, 2016.   (more...)

Scoop: SUPERGIRL on CBS - Monday, April 18, 2016
by TV Scoop - Mar 29, 2016

Get all the scoop on SUPERGIRL, airing on CBS on Monday, April 18, 2016! (more...)

Photo Flash: Little Radical Theatrics Presents 20th Anniversaray Production of RENT
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2016

Little Radical Theatrics, Inc. (Fatima Viegas, Executive Producer; Michael Mirra, Artistic Director) presents its spring 2016 production, a 20th Anniversary mounting of RENT, featuring book, music & lyrics by Jonathan Larson. (more...)

Simon & Schuster Children's Books Acquires Two Novels from Abi Elphinstone
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

Simon & Schuster Children's Books (UK) today announced the acquisition of two further novels from rising star in the children's Middle Grade arena Abi Elphinstone. (more...)

American Composers Forum Announces Recipients of Champion of New Music Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2016

The American Composers Forum (ACF) Board of Directors has voted to present its 2016 “Champion of New Music” award to four outstanding recipients: Pianist and Contemporary Chamber Ensemble founding member Gilbert Kalish; Opera Parallèle's artistic director, conductor, and founder Nicole Paiement; new music writer, blogger and New Yorker magazine columnist Alex Ross; and conductor, pianist, composer and pedagogue Robert Spano at public ceremonies this year. The “Champion of New Music” award was established by ACF in 2005 as a national mark of recognition to honor individuals or ensembles that have made a significant contribution to the work and livelihoods of contemporary composers. ACF President and CEO John Nuechterlein will present the awards at three events in the coming months: (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 4/29/16- RENT
by Stage Tube - Apr 29, 2016

Today in 1996, Rent opened at the Nederlander Theatre, where it ran for 5123 performances. Rent is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La boheme. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under The Shadow of HIV/AIDS.On Broadway, Rent gained critical acclaim and won a Tony Award for Best Musical among other awards. The Broadway production closed on September 7, 2008 after a 12-year run. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for Theatre Royal Plymouth's MONSTER RAVING LOONY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

Simon Stokes, Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Plymouth, today announces full cast for the London run of Monster Raving Loony. Samuel James reprises his role as Screaming Lord Sutch, alongside original cast members including Joseph Alessi, Joanna Brookes, Jack Brown, and composer/musician Tom Attwood and they are joined by Vivienne Acheampong who completes the cast for the London run. Set & Costume Design is by Bob Bailey with lighting design by Chahine Yavroyan, audio visual design by Duncan McLean and sound design by Gregory Clarke.  Guest Director is Cal McCrystal (with a trademark bravura farce contribution). (more...)

B.S. INCORPORATED Exposes Life in Corporate America
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS, April 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ Authors Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss announced today that their debut novel B. S., Incorporated will be released in May 2016, published by Wise Ink Creative Publishing. (more...)

Discovery Life Channel Celebrates Nurses Day with 'The American Nurse' and 'Emergency'
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

National Nurses Day is celebrated annually on May 6th to raise awareness of the important role the medical field's frontline caregivers play in society. (more...)

Mark Gatiss, Anne Archer, JB Priestley and Two Musicals in New Park Theatre Season
by Marianka Swain - Apr 25, 2016

Details have been announced today for Park Theatre's Autumn-Winter 2016 Season. Mark Gatiss, who recently won an Olivier Award for Three Days in the Country at the National Theatre, will join forces with husband Ian Hallard for a revival of THE BOYS IN THE BAND, Golden Globe winner Anne Archer stars in the London premiere of THE TRIAL OF JANE FONDA, and there's new work from Jonathan Maitland and Peter Quilter, as well as a major JB Priestley revival. (more...)

Tribeca Film Festival Announces Audience Award Winners
by Movies News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, announced tonight at the Festival wrap party the winners of the two Audience Awards, powered by Infor. (more...)

Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Apr. 24
by Audition Roundup - Apr 24, 2016

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, April 24, 2016 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition! (more...)

Photo Coverage: SOMETHING ROTTEN Celebrates First Year on Broadway with Shakespeare Selfie
by Jennifer Broski - Apr 23, 2016

Last night, the company of SOMETHING ROTTEN! celebrated its first year of performances on Broadway! Check out photos from the special night below, including the world's largest Shakespeare selfie with the Bard himself! (more...)

World Premiere of Craig Lucas' I WAS MOST ALIVE WITH YOU Begins in May at Huntington Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

The Huntington Theatre Company presents the world premiere of I Was Most Alive with You written and directed by Craig Lucas (Prelude to a Kiss at the Huntington and An American in Paris on Broadway) and performed both in English and American Sign Language. Performances begin Friday, May 27 and continue through June 26, 2016 at the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.  (more...)

LINCOLN'S BODYGUARD Now Available in Trade Paper
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

The Story: In Lincoln's Bodyguard, an alternative version of American history, President Lincoln is saved from assassination. Though he prophesied his own death-the only way he believed the South would truly surrender-Lincoln never accounted for the heroics of his bodyguard, Joseph Foster. A biracial mix of white and Miami Indian, Joseph makes an enemy of the South by killing John Wilkes Booth and preventing the death of the president. His wife is murdered and his daughter kidnapped, sending Joseph on a revenge-fueled rampage to recover his daughter. When his search fails, he disappears as the nation falls into a simmering insurgency instead of an end to the War. Years later, Joseph is still running from his past when he receives a letter from Lincoln pleading for help. The President has a secret mission. Pursued from the outset, Joseph turns to the only person who might help, the woman he abandoned years earlier. If he can win Molly over, he might just fulfill the President's urgent request, find his daughter, and maybe even hasten the end of the War. (more...)

History Has Its Eyes on HAMILTON, Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Raise a glass! It was just announced by Pulitzer Prize administrator Mike Pride that HAMILTON has officially won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. (more...)

Mandy Patinkin to Perform in Toronto This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Broadway's master songman, Mandy Patinkin, accompanied by Adam Ben-David on piano, will bring his critically acclaimed theatre concert, MANDY PATINKIN in Concert, Dress Casual, to the Ed Mirvish Theatre for two performances only on June 15 and 16, 2016, at 8 PM. Tickets go on sale to Mirvish subscribers today, Monday, April 18, to American Express cardmembers on Wednesday, April 20 and to the general public on Tuesday, April 26. Mandy Patinkin has been fortunate to carve out a varied career including theatre, the concert stage, film, television, and as a recording artist. (more...)

Class Act Books Released Third Entry in New Family Saga
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

'You're a menace, Padraig, an' I see no hope o' you changin'. Is there?' Quinton McCoy paused, giving his son a gimlet stare out of eyes as green as the serpentine in Connemara marble. 'Is there?' Padraig pretended to think, then shook his head. 'No, Da, I don't believe there is. I'm enjoyin' it too much.' 'Ah!' Quinton threw up his hands, then recovered. He stalked back around his desk but didn't sit. 'I'm afraid you leave me no choice.' Briefly his anger fell away. His gaze wavered, then he appeared to force himself to speak. 'Padraig, lad...I'm turnin' you out.' 'You...you're disownin' me?' Padraig's voice trembled. 'Ah, I'd ne'er do that.' Quinton said. 'What I'm sayin' is...I want you t' leave this house, indeed this country, an' ne'er come back.' Thus begins the story of Padraig Aloysius McCoy, third son and bad seed of Tipperary's branch of the McCoy clan. Unlike Books 1 and 2, set in Regency England and Ireland, The Man from Tipperary ranges from the gracious homes of landed gentry in Tipperary to an isolated cattle ranch in the American West in the years prior to and including the War Between the States. Settling in Nebraska, the misplaced young Irishman learns the hardship and heartache of being a cowboy in the mid-19th century, as well as the adventure of living in a time of social transition. He sees the Nebraska Territory gain statehood and discovers Love when it steps off a Wells Fargo stage. Full of history, humor, and romance, Padraig's story embodies the traits of many who went West and fought for their destinies instead of waiting for Life to hand it to them. The Man from Tipperary is author Toni V. Sweeney's fifty-third novel published by Class Act Books. Since the publication of her first novel in 1989, Ms. Sweeney divides her time between writing SF/Fantasy under her own name and romances under her pseudonym Icy Snow Blackstone. She has reviewed books for Two Lips Reviews and recently join the review staff of the New York Journal of Books and also the Paranormal Romance Guild. She is an amazon reviewer with over 570 reviews listed on the American amazon website, a professional reader for Netgalley, and is in the 1% of reviewers for Goodreads. Her Western novel NEBRASKA: Walk The Shadow Trail was award 1st Place in Historical Romance for 2015 by the Paranormal Romance Guild's Reviewers Choice, and also was voted #2 in General Genre by the Preditors & Editors Readers Poll for 2015. She has two new scifi/space opera series upcoming for 2016-2017. In 2013, Class Act Books came under new ownership. Based in Port Townsend, Washing, their goal is to supply quality fiction in all genres for the discerning reader. Their novels are available in paperback and electronic form on amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and on the publisher's website. (more...)

2016 Pulitzer Prizes Will Be Announced This Afternoon; Watch the Live Stream at 3pm!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Today's the day! The 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners and Nominated Finalists will be announced on today, April 18 at 3pm eastern daylight time via live-stream on pulitzer.org. (more...)

BWW Review: IT'S JUST SEX! Tries to Figure It Out
by Stacy Davies - Apr 18, 2016

The battle of the sexes. The battle of sex. Maybe, even, the battle for sex. However it's termed, men and women have scrambled to make sense of their insidious attraction versus spectacular confusion with each other since the Big Bang (ahem). (more...)

Who Will Win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama? Tune In to the Live Stream at 3pm!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Today's the day! The 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners and Nominated Finalists will be announced in just minutes- April 18 at 3pm eastern daylight time via live-stream on pulitzer.org. (more...)

BWW Feature: FUSION FORUM: Cool Right Now
by Devon Hoffman - Apr 14, 2016

What is the FUSION forum? A 'cultural collider,' as Dennis Gromelski (Executive Director of FUSION, New Mexico's longest-running professional theater company) explains: Similar to the goals of the particle collider in CERN, the Fusion Forum will bring charged artists together to unfold the secrets of the universe. (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - 'Better Angels' Season Finale of SUPERGIRL
by - Apr 12, 2016

On the Season Finale of CBS's SUPERGIRL titled "Better Angels", Supergirl is forced to do battle with an unexpected foe and must risk everything – including her life – to prevent Non and Indigo from destroying every person on the planet. (more...)

Theatre Royal Plymouth Presents MONSTER RAVING LOONY, May 17
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

With its UK premiere earlier this year at The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth's fast-paced, hilarious and (slightly) bonkers Monster Raving Loony brings its party fun and punkish anarchy to Soho Theatre next month.  Opening on 17 May,Monster Raving Loony by James Graham will preview from 14 May, and run until 18 June. (more...)

Ellen McLaughlin Joins Ensemble for the Romantic Century's 'ANNA AKHMATOVA' at BAM
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

The Ensemble for the Romantic Century has announced additional cast members for its upcoming Anna Akhmatova: The Heart Is Not Made of Stone run at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). (more...)

Winthrop Playmakers to Present THE SHADOW BOX, 4/21-24
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

The Winthrop Playmakers will present the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize for Drama winning play, 'The Shadow Box' by Michael Cristofer, April 21 - 24, 2016. As directed by Nicholas Raponi, this powerful production is being performed at Memorial Hall at Winthrop High School, which will be reconfigured to an intimate black box space onstage. The Winthrop Playmakers are also spotlighting three local organizations associated with topics faced by the families in the play: AIDS Action Committee, Survivors by the Sea, and the Winthrop Council on Aging/Senior Center. (more...)

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