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BWW REVIEW: Sydney Symphony Orchestra Presents A Staged Concert Version of The Gershwin's PORGY AND BESS
by Jade Kops - Dec 4, 2016

The rarely performed 1930's American Opera, PORGY AND BESS is given a Staged Concert treatment by Director Mitchell Butel with the support of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: Questioning The Control Of Our Lives, RESPLENDENCE Takes A Glimpse Into The Chaotic Mind Of One Man
by Jade Kops - Dec 4, 2016

Angus Cerini's one man play RESPLENDENCE challenges late night theater goers at The Old Fitz to examine their control on their lives. (more...)

Critically Acclaimed Netflix Film BARRY Available on Netflix Beginning 12/16
by TV News Desk - Dec 3, 2016

The Netflix original film and one of the most talked about critically acclaimed films at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, BARRY, will stream on Netflix beginning December 16th. (more...)

Cumberland County Playhouse Announces 2017 Season
by Jeffrey Ellis - Dec 3, 2016

'Something that's sure to please everyone in 2017,' is the promise of Cumberland County Playhouse producing director Bryce McDonald while announcing the upcoming season at the award-winning theatrical venue located in the hill of Tennessee. (more...)

BWW Review: URINETOWN at Phantom Theatre Company
by Allison Rambler - Dec 3, 2016

Almost everyone in the English-speaking world is familiar with the phrase, 'One man's trash is another man's treasure.' However, at URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL, presented by the Phantom Theatre Company, they've taken this adage quite literally, and have transformed Harrisburg's trash into their own musical treasure. (more...)

BWW Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, Royal and Derngate, 2 December 2016
by Verity Wilde - Dec 3, 2016

Making the European premiere of Peter and the Starcatcher the not-panto Christmas show in Northampton's Royal Theatre may well have been an inspired move by the powers-that-be at Royal and Derngate. There are no soap stars, celebrities or Britain's Got Talent competitors here, but it does feel like it has some shared DNA with a pantomime. There's a dame - Michael Matus's Mrs Bumbrake; an evilly over-the-top baddie you can't take your eyes off in Greg Haiste's Lord Flashheart-eque Black Stache; and Evelyn Hoskins' Molly is practically a Principal Boy. And that's before you get to the fact that this is a prequel of sorts to Peter Pan. There's jokes about farts for children, about British colonialism for grown-ups and about Philip Glass for the geeks. (more...)

BWW Review: Lance Horne Unveils New Work (With a Little Help From His Friends) in First Show of His Residency at Joe's Pub
by Troy Frisby - Dec 3, 2016

Sitting in my seat watching Lance Horne and his many friends perform at NEW WORK NEW WORK I: EXTRAORDINARY DAYS at Joe's Pub, I couldn't help but feel like I was at a really great dinner party (if I were invited to dinner parties with some of the most talented artists in the city). The seats---and, in this case, the songs---were assigned, but the host didn't try and force conversation, and the whole affair was better for it. The purpose of the November 21 show, the first in a year-long residency, was for the successful composer and musical director to showcase his recent work, and, for new material, Horne's songs were quite polished. (more...)

BWW Review: LICENSED TO ILL, Southwark Playhouse, 2 December 2016
by Rona Kelly - Dec 3, 2016

Jukebox musicals seem to be as popular as ever in the West End, using familiar songs to tell stories on stage. Mamma Mia! is coming close to two decades in London, and newcomers like Motown the Musical are extending their runs. With audiences returning year after year, there is unquestionably an audience for ABBA. Licensed to Ill raises a question which a different band faced: is there an audience for the Beastie Boys? When I first heard there was a musical about this hip-hop group, I'll admit I questioned whether there was an audience for the show itself. Well, 'Ch-Check It Out': there is. This evolution of the Beastie Boys is a revolution for the London stage and storytelling. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Buckle Up! MCC's RIDE THE CYCLONE Celebrates Opening Night
by Jennifer Broski - Dec 2, 2016

The New York City premiere of MCC Theater's new musical Ride the Cyclone, the third musical in MCC's now-iconic 30-year history of producing new works for the American theater, began previews on November 9, 2016 at the Lucille Lortel Theater and opened just last night November 30.  (more...)

BWW Review: Cirque du Soleil Visits the World of Avatar in TORUK
by Harmony Wheeler - Dec 2, 2016

In its 32 year history, Cirque du Soleil never needed a defined story. The human body and artistry spoke for itself. But the company's latest production shifts gears, partnering with James Cameron to provide a sort of prequel to the 2009 film "Avatar." For its first attempt at creating a plot-driven Cirque, Soleil mostly succeeds. But believe the promoters when they tell you the acrobatics support The Story, rather than vice versa. It's true. "Toruk" has all the creativity of other Cirque du Soleil shows, but as a whole it comes across as something closer to the typical arena performance - "Batman Live" and "How to Train Your Dragon" to name a few - only it's far more spectacular. (more...)

BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON (2nd National Tour) at The Kentucky Center For The Arts
by Taylor Clemons - Dec 2, 2016

They're back!!! That's right! Everyone's favorite blasphemous musical comedy has returned to Louisville. (more...)

BWW Review: FUN HOME is an Exquisite Show Unlike Any Other at the Fisher Theatre!
by Katie Laban - Dec 2, 2016

Fun Home is a show unlike any other. The one hour and forty minute without an intermission production transports the audience into the life of Alison Bechdel as she looks back on growing up. And hopefully, when it is over, they are changed from taking the journey with her. (more...)

BWW Review: Nick Cordero Leads Robert De Niro/Jerry Zaks-Directed A BRONX TALE To Broadway
by Michael Dale - Dec 2, 2016

When the new musical based on Chazz Palminteri's autobiographical solo play, A BRONX TALE had its world premiere at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse earlier this year, it boasted a solid first act, a terrific star performance by Nick Cordero, an Alan Menken/Glenn Slater song that every Sinatra-styled saloon singer will want to grab. It also featured some of those traditional second act problems that often plague new musicals looking for a Broadway home. (more...)

ESPN Films' SEC Storied Series Continues with 'Before They Were Cowboys' on SEC Network
by TV News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

The next installment in ESPN Films' SEC Storied series, “Before They Were Cowboys,” premieres on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 9 p.m. ET on SEC Network. (more...)

BWW Review: DICK WHITTINGTON, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, 1 December 2016
by Jenny Ell - Dec 2, 2016

The Belgrade Theatre in Coventry has teamed up again with Imagine Theatre and panto veteran Iain Lauchlan this year to create a brand new production of Dick Whittington - a very popular title choice in the Midlands this year it seems! Remarkably busy for a school night, there was a very good mixture of adults and children alike making up last night's audience - all of whom were able to find plenty of elements to entertain them across the three-hour production. (more...)

OBERON Announces December - January Programming Featuring Sound Society, I.D. Festival, and More
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

OBERON, the American Repertory Theater's (A.R.T.) second stage and club theater venue on the fringe of Harvard Square, announces events to be presented at OBERON during December and January - including OBERON Presents, Visiting Artists, and Usual Suspects. (more...)

Photo Flash: Hulu Shares First Look at THE HANDMAID'S TALE
by TV News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

Hulu has shared a first look at Season One of THE HANDMAID'S TALE. All 10 episodes of the series will launch in April, 2017. Get a first look below! (more...)

Dale Martellino Releases PRECIOUS JEWELS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

When a young woman visits a convent in Italy, she uncovers an extraordinary story of courage and compassion in the face of the brutal Nazi regime. A New Author... A New Novel... Dale Martellino publishes 'Precious Jewels.' Prague is being torn apart by Hitler's army. The Jewish community is being shipped off to concentration and extermination camps. One young woman, Katarina, wants to help them. She has a position in the government social work office and forms an alliance with her superior, Mademoiselle Zelinsky. Meanwhile, Jewish underground members have secretly connected with the naïve Katarina. Zelinsky, however, has an agenda of her own-and she may lead the entire operation to ruin. Decades later, another young woman, Delilah, visits Tuscany, Italy. As she is touring the countryside with her friends and fiancé, she gets into a horrific car accident. Delilah is lucky there happens to be a doctor among the crowd of onlookers. He takes her to the convent of La Certosa di Pontignano to recover, where she meets Sister Katarina. Sister Katarina tells Delilah The Story of the other Katarina and makes an unexpected connection with the young woman. Dale Martellino blends history, suspense, and romance in this intricate tale. She addresses the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim European communities and modern issues of identity and devotion. The horrors of the Holocaust have left scars that will never be forgotten, but we should also celebrate the heroes who stood up to genocide and tyranny. Dale Martellino lives in Middletown, Rhode Island. She is a retired English teacher from the Newport School Department. In addition to writing, Martellino loves traveling the world, both in real life and through her daydreams. (more...)

BWW Interview: Anna-Jane Casey Talks ANNIE GET YOUR GUN
by Marianka Swain - Dec 2, 2016

Anna-Jane Casey made her West End debut in Cats, and has since starred in Chicago, West Side Story, Sunday in the Park with George and Billy Elliot, among others. She's currently in rehearsals for Sheffield Crucible's Christmas show, Annie Get Your Gun, in which she plays gun-totin' Annie Oakley. Previews begin on 9 December. (more...)

New Children's Book, THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF MR. WONDER is Released
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

Dr. Joyce's 'The Wonderful World of Mr. Walder' (published by Lulu) is a whimsical type of book that is similar to Dr. Seuss' types of stories, but is based on real situations, rather than fanciful ones. (more...)

Teri Stanton Announces TWO MINUS ONE
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

'Two Minus One; Our Abortion Story': a gripping and emotional journey through a young woman's abortion and the emotional turmoil that soon followed. 'Two Minus One; Our Abortion Story' is the creation of published author, Teri Stanton, a Florida based paralegal and a proud woman of God. (more...)

Abigail Breslin, Norbert Leo Butz and More Join The New Group's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

The New Group announces additional casting for productions coming up in the company's 2016-2017 Season. (more...)

BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! - THE MUSICAL, Edinburgh Playhouse, 30 November 2016
by Adam Robinson - Dec 2, 2016

Ripped torsos, fake tan, a man in a dress, gay anthems and flippers…No Priscilla Queen of the Desert has not drove its bus back to Edinburgh, Mamma Mia! has strutted its way to the capital. The Playhouse has transported itself from Australia to Greece, via Sweden for this year's festive residency. (more...)

Comedian Trae Crowder Lands Pilot Deal with FOX Network
by TV News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

Comedian Trae Crowder along with Spondoolie Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television have sold a pilot script plus penalty to FOX Network. (more...)

BWW Review: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE at Mile Square Theatre
by Adam Cohen - Dec 2, 2016

Mile Square Theatre brilliantly gives life to a holiday classic. (more...)

CHARM, Story About LGBTQ Youth, to Continue COMING OF AGE IN AMERICA Series at Mosaic Theater
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

Mosaic Theater Company of DC's 'Clamorous Encounters' series about coming-of-age in America continues with Philip Dawkins' groundbreaking comedy-drama CHARM (January 5-29, 2017), under the direction of one of DC's most innovative directors, Natsu Onoda Power (The T Party, Wind Me Up Maria: A Go-Go Musical). (more...)

BWW Review: HER ACHING HEART, The Hope Theatre, 1 December 2016
by Cindy Marcolina - Dec 2, 2016

Hosted in the ambiguously small The Hope Theatre, decked in ruby velvet and rather decadent furniture for the occasion, this 25th Anniversary production of Bryony Lavery and directed by Matthew Parker, Her Aching Heart is funny, energetic, and deliciously overdramatic. (more...)

Sandy Cressman Reaffirms Her Deep Connections with Brazilian Music on New CD 'Entre Amigos'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

As founder and leader of the group Homenagem Brasileira, San Francisco-based vocalist/educator Sandy Cressman has had many opportunities over the last 20-plus years to forge creative partnerships with like-minded musicians from the Bay to Brazil. (more...)

BWW Interview: Louis Baker of RAGTIME at Actors' Repertory Theatre Of Simi
by Cary Ginell - Dec 2, 2016

Louis Baker has had a varied career in the entertainment world. As an actor, he studied under three prestigious performers: Bill Duke, Haile Gerima, and Debbie Allen. He has worked as a voiceover artist in the animation world, co-produces with his wife a family-centered web series called Faces of Offense, and has played a variety of roles on stage in shows such as Tommy, West Side Story, and The Wiz. But none of those parts are as meaningful to Louis as his current one - playing the historically-based author/orator Booker T. Washington in the Actors Repertory Theatre of Simi's production of Ragtime. The show closes this weekend, but we cornered Louis after last Sunday's performance to talk about his character in the context of the current political turmoil in America, which, unfortunately, is not that much different from what was depicted in E. L. Doctorow's famous novel. (more...)

BWW Review: THIS HOUSE, Garrick Theatre, 1 December 2016
by Debbie Gilpin - Dec 2, 2016

James Graham's political masterpiece makes its long-awaited West End transfer after runs at the National Theatre in 2012-13 and Chichester Festival this September. It takes over from the Branagh Theatre Company at the Garrick for a timely, yet limited, season. (more...)

Cirque Mechanics to Bring Steampunk-Inspired PEDAL PUNK to Pepperdine
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

Step right up and marvel at the daredevil antics and mechanical wonders of Pedal Punk, Cirque Mechanics' steampunk-inspired show at Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 13. (more...)

BWW Review: 5th Avenue's THE LITTLE MERMAID is Swimmingly Magical
by Jay Irwin - Dec 2, 2016

The original animated film of "Disney's The Little Mermaid" is arguably one of the best of the Disney canon. With songs written by the incredible Alan Menken and Howard Ashman it marked the rebirth of the Disney animated musicals. The original conversion of it into a Broadway musical was not so great. With bad staging and flow, achieving the illusion of swimming by putting the actors on Heelys (shoes with wheels in the heels) so they would glide across stage, and additional songs from Menken and Glenn Slater (owing to the passing of the great Howard Ashman) the show lost much of it's core cleverness and heart in favor of the cliche and gimmicky. Now there's a new version with a reworked book and score and much improved staging which is currently being offered at the 5th Avenue Theatre and while it still may not have that magical greatness of the original film it does manage a magic of its own largely due to some new stage magic and a stellar cast including an Ariel (Diana Huey) who is the most layered, honest, real and still adorable Disney Princess ever. (more...)

THE VELVETEEN RABBIT Opens at Elmwood Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

The Elmwood Playhouse of Nyack NY will be presenting 'The Velveteen Rabbit', written by James Still adapted from The Story by Margery Williams and directed by Derek Tarson. 'The Velveteen Rabbit' is a funny, lovely, and adorable family show for children ages 4 to 104. "The Velveteen Rabbit" runs December 9th thru December 18th Fridays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 General Admission. (more...)

BWW Review: THE WOMAN IN BLACK, Fortune Theatre, 1 December 2016
by Gary Naylor - Dec 2, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a long-running West End haunted house mystery and revels in its unabashed theatricality (more...)

Telemundo to Premiere Eagerly-Awaited Super Series EL CHEMA, 12/6
by TV News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

The eagerly awaited premiere of the Super Series EL CHEMA comes to TELEMUNDO this Tuesday, December 6 at 10pm/9c. (more...)

Austin Pendleton to Direct Michael Weller's JERICHO Reading at Abingdon
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

Abingdon Theatre Company continues its Ghostlight Reading Series with JERICHO by Michael Weller on Monday, December 19 at 7pm. The reading is free and open to the public at Abingdon Theatre Company's June Havoc Theatre (312 West 36th Street). Austin Pendleton is set to direct. (more...)

BWW Review: Cleveland Orchestra Sublime, THE NUTCRACKER Uninspired
by Roy Berko - Dec 2, 2016

When the Cleveland Ballet left this area for San Jose, California, in 2000, it is rumored that the organization was over one-million dollars in debt. Lots of fingers were pointed as to why the deficit existed, but one thing is for sure, there will always be, it the minds of those who saw it, one lasting legacy of Dennis Nahat and his reign as the company's Artistic Director. From its 1979 debut, when it sold out every night of its two-week run, until its escape to the west coast, Nahat's THE NUTCRACKER reigned supreme. (more...)

ABE Presents the Nashville Premiere of Wickedly Funny HAND TO GOD
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

Actors Bridge Ensemble's 21st season continues with the Nashville premiere of smash hit Broadway comedy, HAND TO GOD by Robert Askins, directed by Mitch Massaro, December 9-18 at the Actors Bridge Studio at Darkhorse Chapel, 4610 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, 37209. The entrance to the Chapel is on 47th Avenue. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: The Cast of OTHELLO: THE REMIX Pokes Fun at That Other Hip Hop Musical, HAMILTON
by Stage Tube - Dec 2, 2016

There seems to only be one thing on every New Yorker's mind. The Cubs winning the World Series? Nope. Donald Trump becoming President? Nah. People only care about HAMILTON!  You can't blame them, though. Combining hip hop and musical theatre to tell The Story of America's founding fathers is quite an interesting subject. But, they're not the only ones using hip hop at their show.  (more...)

Scoop: 48 HOURS on CBS - Today, December 3, 2016
by - Dec 2, 2016

Get all the scoop on 48 HOURS, airing on CBS on today, December 3, 2016! (more...)

UN Representative Janice Wood Wetzel Tells Story In New Memoir
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

In words as clear and sharp as cut crystal glass, the memoir Sorrows & Songs: One Lifetime - Many Lives unflinchingly tells The Story of a bright, beautiful, and promising young child who forged towards a fully realized life in spite of years of physical and mental abuse at the hands of her parents and pervasive society-wide gender discrimination. (more...)

Tickets on Sale This Month for DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE in Winnipeg
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

Broadway Across Canada announced today that individual tickets for the Winnipeg premiere of Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage will go on sale Monday December 12 at 10am. (more...)

Grammy Winner to Lead Houston Symphony in Handel's MESSIAH
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

The Houston Symphony will celebrate Christmas with Houston's premier performances of Handel's English-language oratorio 'Messiah.' Grammy-winning conductor Stephen Stubbs will make his Houston Symphony debut leading the concert from the harpsicord. (more...)

BWW Review: Stoneham Theatre's Spirited MAME Just in Time for Christmas
by Nancy Grossman - Dec 1, 2016

Kathy St. George may be diminutive in stature, but she is a feisty force of nature as the title character in MAME at Stoneham Theatre. Mary Callanan returns from Broadway and national tours to play her sidekick Vera, and ten-year-old triple threat Cameron Levesque plays her precocious nephew Patrick. One of Jerry Herman's great works, MAME is a joyous celebration of living life with brio and without apologies. (more...)

ME AND MY GIRL Set to Dazzle on the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Stage
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

Find out at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre November 29 through December 18 as the hilarious romantic comedy Me and My Girl hits the stage. In the show-stopping musical, an unrefined charmer named Bill learns he is heir to the Earl of Hareford. His aristocratic family believes he can become a gentleman and earn his inheritance - but only if he gives up his true love. Will love or money win?  (more...)

December is Full of Cheer at Blue Note Hawaii
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

December at Blue Note Hawaii, the state's premier venue for the world's most celebrated artists, promises to be one of the most musically-diverse months yet. The club kicks off with two nights of the island's hottest reggae acts with Revive the Live Waikiki Edition, followed by tributes to Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington, singer-songwriter Imua Garza and a nostalgic run with Henry Kapono as he presents the Songs of C&K. Acoustic rock and reggae artist Trevor Hall, the legendary Willie K and soulful guitarist Tavana take us into the middle of the month, leading up to GRAMMY(R) Award-winning trumpeter Herb Alpert. Local favorites Streetlight Cadence and M?noaDNA are up next, with singer-songwriter-surfer Tom Curren making his Blue Note Hawaii debut as well. The month wraps up with jazz superstar Kenny G, playing four nights through New Year's Ev (more...)

MADELINE'S CHRISTMAS Opens Saturday!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

The girls of Madeline's Christmas are lined up in their two straight lines and are ready for you! (more...)

Leapin' Lizards! Youth Actors to Leap Onto Stage for Studio 3-Limelight Performing Arts' ANNIE JR.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

The Valley's best and brightest youth actors will leap onto stage at Mesa Arts Center in December for 'Annie Jr.,' a junior version of one of the world's most beloved musicals. (more...)

MU Performing Arts and Park Square Theatre Co-Produce FLOWER DRUM SONG
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

Park Square continues its 42nd season on the Proscenium Stage with a Mu Performing Arts and Park Square Theatre co-production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Flower Drum Song, directed by Mu Artistic Director Randy Reyes, based on the 2002 book adaptation by Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly, Yellowface, Chinglish).  Previously produced by Mu in 2009, this will be a fully reimagined production featuring new and familiar faces. Flower Drum Song, created by legendary musical theater duo Rodgers and Hammerstein takes audiences to the vibrant world of San Francisco's Chinatown in the 1950s to Club Chop Suey, a nightclub owned by a Chinese-American family. Old World tradition clashes with New World trends as two generations, father and son, struggle to honor and protect their cultural traditions while adapting to the changing times.  (more...)

National Holiday Theater Announces Two Holiday Shows, Each Celebrating Three Favorite Seasonal Holidays
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

As its second entertainment, National Holiday Theater will present two readers' theater productions, each celebrating three favorite seasonal holidays. Performances will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, December 28 and 29, at the STARLITE ROOM, 1001 Cocoanut Ave. (corner of 10th Street) at 7:30pm. Tickets are available online at www.NationalHolidayTheatre.com for $17, with seating on a "first come, first seated" basis. (more...)

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