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Kerissa Arrington, Maggie Clennon Reberg & More to Star in SISTER ACT Second National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2014

Producers Whoopi Goldberg, TROIKA Entertainment, LLC and Sister Act On Tour, LLC, are pleased to announce that the second National Tour of SISTER ACT will launch on October 14 at the DuPont Theatre in Wilmington, DE. (more...)

Production to Begin on Disney's THE FINEST HOURS, Starring Chris Pine
by Movies News Desk - Sep 9, 2014

Production is scheduled to begin in September on “The Finest Hours,” starring Chris Pine (“Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” “Star Trek”), Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee Casey Affleck (“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” “Ocean's Thirteen”) and Holliday Grainger (“Cinderella,” “Bonnie & Clyde”). (more...)

Ridgefield Playhouse to Host GREAT GATSBY Film Event, 11/23
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2014

“In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.” So wrote the great American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald in one of the finest works of fiction by any of this country's great writers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession”, is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s and a true classic of twentieth-century American literature. The Great Gatsby, which depicts the dark side of the American dream, a world of gangsters, wild parties and reckless people who had a way of destroying people's lives, was the perfect story for the silver screen. (more...)

Bach Choir of Bethlehem Announces 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2014

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, one of America's most beloved and revered musical institutions, has announced plans for 2014-2015 which will culminate in the 108th Bach Choir Festival in May 2015. Artistic Director and Conductor Greg Funfgeld, now in his 32rd year at the helm of the Bach Choir, will again lead the Choir, Festival Orchestra, and illustrious soloists in numerous engaging programs throughout the season. (more...)

Andris Nelsons to Make BSO Music Director Debut Leading Gala Program, 9/27
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2014

On Saturday, September 27, at 8 p.m., the Boston Symphony Orchestra will shine a welcoming spotlight on Andris Nelsons as he makes his highly anticipated debut as BSO Music Director leading a gala program filled with works and guest artists that have inspired his musical life. When Mr. Nelsons takes on the title of BSO Music Director on September 27, at age 35, he will be the youngest conductor to hold that title with the orchestra in over 100 years. The fifteenth music director since the Boston Symphony Orchestra's founding in 1881, Mr. Nelsons is also the first Latvian-born conductor to assume the post. (more...)

Fermat Selects AIR's Touchstone to Manage Insurance-Linked Securities
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2014

Boston, Sept. 4, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) Catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide (AIR) today announced that Fermat Capital Management, a specialty investment management firm and one of the largest investors in catastrophe bonds, has implemented AIR's Touchstone® platform to perform more detailed modeling on its catastrophe-related financial instruments. Fermat has licensed AIR's CATRADER® since 2008 and this announcement marks the evolution of catastrophe modeling solutions for the ILS market. AIR is a Verisk Analytics (NasdaqVRSK) business. (more...)

First 'Tech Superwomen Summit' To Be Held January 29, 2015 In San Francisco
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Conference organizers of the Tech Superwomen Summit (TSWS) (techsuperwomensummit.com) today announced it is holding its inaugural Tech Superwomen Summit (TSWS) on January 29, 2015 in San Francisco at the Mission Bay Conference Center. The TSWS is committed to helping uncover the forces that are hindering women's mobility in the tech workplace and offering a venue for discussing ways to overcome these challenges. (more...)

TOLERANCE OF UNCERTAINTY is Released
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

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SISTER ACT Comes to Wilmington, October 14-19
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2014

Direct from Broadway, SISTER ACT, the hilarious, five-time Tony-nominated musical smash, is coming Wilmington, Delaware! SISTER ACT appears at the DuPont Theatre for eight performances only, from October 14-19, 2014. (more...)

New Clip From Disney's THE STORY OF FROZEN, Airing 9/2
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 2, 2014

A new sneak peek of the hotly anticipated new behind the scenes special spotlighting Disney's most successful film to date, FROZEN, is now available to view. (more...)

FROZEN Characters to Reunite for Upcoming Short Film, Updated Information!
by Matt Tamanini - Sep 2, 2014

During Tuesday's THE STORY OF FROZEN: MAKING A DISNEY ANIMATED CLASSIC, the House of Mouse announced that in addition to the upcoming sing-a-long DVD and FROZEN: ON ICE, the entire FROZEN cast of characters will be brought back together for a short film, complete with a new song. Host Josh Gad didn't reveal any other details, but fans ages 4 to 104 are probably already eagerly waiting. (more...)

Sneak Peek Of Disney's THE STORY OF FROZEN, Airing 9/2
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 2, 2014

A new sneak peek of the hotly anticipated new behind the scenes special spotlighting Disney's most successful film to date, FROZEN, is now available to view. (more...)

Elsa Showcased on Disney's THE STORY OF FROZEN, Airing Tonight
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 2, 2014

An Elsa-centric new look at the hotly anticipated new behind the scenes special spotlighting Disney's most successful film to date, FROZEN, is now available to view. (more...)

Quintessence Theatre Group Sets Fall 2014 Repertory - AS YOU LIKE IT and RICHARD II
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2014

Quintessence Theatre Group launches its fifth season of progressive classic theatre with an all-male Shakespeare repertory: AS YOU LIKE IT presented in rotating repertory with RICHARD II. Bringing together the best professional actors and designers from Philadelphia and across the country, Artistic Director Alexander Burns leads this collective of artists on a mission to ignite the classics through visceral, actor-focused and text-driven productions. (more...)

Evening with Big Head Todd & the Monsters Set for Boulder Theater, 12/27
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

97.3 KBCO and the Boulder Theater will present an Evening with Big Head Todd & the Monsters to the Boulder Theater on Saturday, December 27th, 2014. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, September 19th for $45.00 for general admission tickets. (more...)

Ben Foster Joins Cast of Disney's THE FINEST HOURS
by Movies News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

According to Variety, Ben Foster has joined the cast of Disney's FINEST HOURS, also starring starring Chris Pine , Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Casey Affleck and Holliday Grainger. (more...)

2014 International Centre for Women Playwrights 50/50 Applause Award Winners Announced
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) reported the extraordinary level of international support that is represented by the recipients for this year's 50/50 Applause Awards, which sets out to recognize theatres that produced 50% or more women playwrights in their season of shows. (more...)

Mildred's Umbrella Theater Wins ICWP Applause Award
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) reports the extraordinary level of international support that is represented by the recipients for this year's 50/50 Applause Awards, which sets out to recognize theatres that produced 50 percent or more women playwrights in their season of shows. In the spring, for the first time in the history of the awards, ICWP invited the public to nominate theatres that had produced the work of women playwrights throughout the world. (more...)

Widespread and Rapid Adoption of AIR's Touchstone Continues across the Industry
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

BOSTON, Sept. 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) Catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide today announced that more than 90 companies across the insurance industry have implemented its catastrophe modeling software platform, Touchstone®, to help manage their catastrophe risk. Touchstone was first introduced in January 2013, and Version 2.0 of the software was released in July 2014. Touchstone has gained wide acceptance across the global marketplace by some of the largest insurers, reinsurers, asset managers, and intermediaries, including China Re P&C, Endurance, Everest Re, Fermat, Korean Re, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, and XL Re Ltd. AIR is a Verisk Analytics (Nasdaq:VRSK) business. (more...)

BWW Reviews: FRAGMENTS Tantalizes
by John Walker Ross - Sep 12, 2014

The basic premise of Fragments–a collection of Marilyn Monroe's writings that ranges from bits of poetry and thoughts on psychoanalysis to rehearsed answers for upcoming interviews and favorite recipes (all complete with cross outs and noodlings)–is that the “mind of Marilyn” was, by definition, an interesting place to be. (more...)

The Story Of 'Let It Go' From Disney's THE STORY OF FROZEN, Airing 9/2
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 1, 2014

A sneak peek of the story behind the making of one of the biggest Disney songs of all time, 'Let It Go', as seen in the hotly anticipated new behind the scenes special spotlighting Disney's most successful film to date, FROZEN, is now available to view. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Jonathan Epstein's Adaptation of HENRY IV at Shakespeare & Company
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

A sweeping spectacle of bawdy buffoonery and bloody rebellion, director Jonathan Epstein's razor sharp and condensed adaptation of Henry IV delivers both parts in one dynamic evening of theatre at Shakespeare & Company. Performances run in the Tina Packer Playhouse August 2 - August 31. Press Opening is Friday, August 7, at 7:00pm. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsal below! (more...)

The Container Collective & SummerWorks Festival Present Canadian Premiere of THE CONTAINER, 8/7 - 8/17
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

Five migrants from Somalia, Afghanistan and Turkey have paid an Agent to smuggle them across Europe and into England. Inside a shipping container parked behind the Theatre Centre, the Container Collective invites Toronto audiences to experience the claustrophobic, dark, and cramped conditions that that five refugees endure in order to start a new life. Extremely limited seating is available for shows August 7-17th as part of the SummerWorks Festival. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at www.summerworks.ca or by calling 416.907.0468. (more...)

Touchstone and Allentown Public Theatre Announce Actor Training Program
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

Touchstone Theatre founder Bill George and Allentown Public Theatre artistic director Joshua Neth announce that they will be co-teaching a year-long program of actor training starting this fall. Entitled the Valley Actor's Lab (VAL), the program seeks to provide excellent and systematic training to seriously inclined actors in the Lehigh Valley. George and Neth describe themselves as “two theatre artists who hold their love of actors and the work of the actor above all earthly things”; coming from different backgrounds and different theatre educations, they have joined teaching skills in this unique effort to advance the life of the actor in the Lehigh Valley. Their intention in creating VAL is to strengthen the work of the Valley theatre community by deepening the base of well-trained artists in the region and facilitating collaboration between producers and performers. (more...)

CT Free Shakespeare to Present AS YOU LIKE IT, 7/30-8/3
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

1969. Protests. Love-ins. Woodstock. The height of a counter-culture movement-and the perfect time in which to set a 400 year old play according to Ellen Lieberman, Artistic Director of CT Free Shakespeare. For its 15th season, the company will present As You Like It, one of William Shakespeare's greatest comedies--and some say his silliest. It is also Shakespeare's most musical play, and this adaptation features soul-stirring songs from the 60's. (more...)

Keith Josef Adkins, Alex Kilgore, Emily Morse and More Will Judge Samuel French's 2014 OOB Short Play Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Samuel French has announced a talented roster of judges for the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival (OOB Festival), the nation's premiere short play competition, running from August 5th-10th at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre. (more...)

BWW Reviews: APT's Sarah Day Delivers Magnificent THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Jul 18, 2014

Perhaps the power of American Players Theatre can be determined by an audience's silence when exiting the Touchstone Theater after a Sunday evening performance, the haunting quiet almost reverent appreciation for what had transpired minutes before. In Spring Green, Sarah Day illuminates the stage in an approximately one hour forty five minute no intermission performance. APT's one woman play retells award winning author's Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking, a play she adapted in 2007 and based on her memoir from the year after her husband John Gregory Dunne died in 2003 A time when Didion simultaneously coped when her daughter Quintana suffered from septic shock, often lying n the hospital's ICU hovering between life and death. (more...)

Remastered PEE-WEE'S PLAYHOUSE The Complete Series Coming to Blu-ray 10/21
by TV News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

Experience Pee-wee's Playhouse like never before! All 45 wacky episodes, plus the Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special, have been meticulously remastered from the original film elements — and now you can see this ground-breaking series for the first time in beautiful high-definition! (more...)

BULRUSHER OPENS 8/23-24 at Skylight Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2014

Skylight Theatre Company and Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble present the Los Angeles Premiere of Pulitzer Prize Finalist Bulrusher, written by Eisa Davis and directed by Nataki Garrett. The show opens on 8pm on August 23rd and 3pm August 24th. RECEPTION TO FOLLOW BOTH PERFORMANCES. Runs 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, 3pm Sundays through September 28, 2014 at the Skylight Theatre, 1816 1/2 N. Vermont, LA, 90027 (more...)

San Francisco Opera to Open 2014 Season with Bellini's NORMA, 9/5-30
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2014

San Francisco Opera's 2014-15 Season opens September 5, 2014 with a dramatic new production of Vincenzo Bellini's bel canto masterpiece Norma, starring American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in one of opera's most dazzling and demanding roles. American mezzo-soprano Daveda Karanas is the young priestess Adalgisa; Italian tenor Marco Berti is Pollione; and American bass-baritone Christian Van Horn is Oroveso. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus and Director Kevin Newbury and set designer David Korins return to San Francisco Opera to premiere this vivid, large-scale new co-production with Toronto's Canadian Opera Company, Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Norma runs for seven performances through September 30. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Connecticut Free Shakespeare Brings Back the 60's with As AS YOU LIKE IT
by Cindy Cardozo - Aug 5, 2014

Connecticut Free Shakespeare has brought a delightful version of As You Like It to the outdoor stage. As envisioned by director, Ellen Lieberman, this production of Shakespeare's romantic comedy, set in 1969, is a family friendly, drug free 'Be-in' of the theatrical kind. (more...)

CARRIE - THE MUSICAL to Make Melbourne Premiere at Chapel off Chapel from Sept 25
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2014

Ghost Light in association with Moving Light Productions will present the Melbourne premiere of CARRIE- THE MUSICAL for a three-week season at Chapel Off Chapel from September 25. (more...)

Gad Hosts THE STORY OF FROZEN: MAKING A DISNEY ANIMATED CLASSIC 9/2
by TV News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

"The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic" is an all-new, original special in a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Lincoln Square Productions and Walt Disney Animation Studios. The special ventures behind-the-scenes for an exclusive look at the origins and evolution of the Academy Award®-winning film "Frozen," now the biggest animated feature of all time. A breathtaking and fantastic saga, the special tells the real story of making a modern movie based on a timeless tale that nearly overnight became a cultural Touchstone for legions of fans. (more...)

Producer Reveals More on ABC's 'THE STORY OF FROZEN' Special; Confirms Broadway Plans
by Movies News Desk - Aug 28, 2014

In an interview with TVGuide.com, FROZEN producer Peter Del Vecho revealed more details about ABC's upcoming 'STORY OF FROZEN' behind-the-scenes special, set to air next Tuesday, September 2. He also confirmed plans for the upcoming Broadway musical adaptation of the film as the 'next logical step' for the FROZEN universe. (more...)

Huntington/Coolidge's 'Stage & Screen' Series to Open 9/8 with JUNGLE FEVER
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

Stage & Screen, a collaboration between Coolidge Corner Theatre and Huntington Theatre Company that explores the depictions of shared themes in Huntington productions and acclaimed films announces four upcoming film screenings and post-screening conversations with Huntington artists and experts. Tickets to each screening are $11 ($8 for Coolidge members with member ID and Huntington Theatre Company subscribers with promo code) and may be purchased online at coolidge.org or at the Coolidge box office, located at 290 Harvard Street, Brookline. (more...)

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, Laurie King Book Signing, Auction and More Set for Lakewood Playhouse, Sept 2014
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

The Lakewood Playhouse is proud to announce a series of September events with something special for every mystery fan, including the opening show of their 76th Season -- Agatha Christie's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE. (more...)

Southwark Playhouse Announces Casting for AS YOU LIKE IT September 18-October 18
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2014

Peter Huntley Productions and W14 Productions present AS YOU LIKE IT, by William Shakespeare. Directed by Derek Bond. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Preview of INSIDE ACT: HOW TEN ACTORS MADE IT AND HOW YOU CAN TOO- with Robert Clohessy!
by Ken Womble - Aug 22, 2014

Why do some actors make it and others don't? Ken Womble sets out to find the answer to this question, one that has fascinated and tormented him for years, in his new book, INSIDE ACT: How Ten Actors Made it and How You Can Too (Hansen Publishing Group, 373 pages, $24.99). To celebrate the release, BroadwayWorld will be featuring chapter previews from the new book. Today, hear from Robert Clohessy! (more...)

Touchstone Theatre to Open Season with Maladype Theatre's KING UBU, 9/25-28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

Touchstone Theatre kicks off their 2014-15 season with Hungarian theatre company Maladype Theatre in Alfred Jary's King Ubu, a schoolboy farce turned social satire. The play performs September 25-28, 2014. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Carnival of Culture Tantalizes Audiences in TRAVESTIES
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Aug 21, 2014

How does someone begin to describe Tom Stoppard's triple award winning play Travesties staged at American Players Theatre this August? Spring Green's indoor Touchstone Theatre hosts the devilish, deliriously funny production directed by the renowned William Brown that rotates the ambiance of a carnival, an ordinary home or library, a political convention, an Oscar Wilde play and war zones. Where scenes quickly shift between poignant drama and an evening at Chippendale's completely at Stoppard's discretion to tantalize the audience. (more...)

Scoop: THE STORY OF FROZEN: MAKING A DISNEY ANIMATED CLASSIC on ABC - Tuesday, September 2, 2014
by - Aug 18, 2014

Get all the scoop on THE STORY OF FROZEN: MAKING A DISNEY ANIMATED CLASSIC, airing on ABC on Tuesday, September 2, 2014! (more...)

More Details Revealed on ABC's THE STORY OF FROZEN: MAKING A DISNEY ANIMATED CLASSIC
by TV News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

“The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic” is an all-new, original special in a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Lincoln Square Productions and Walt Disney Animation Studios. (more...)

Winners of 11th Annual Red Letter Awards Announced
by TV News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

The Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Southeast Chapter will honor the outstanding achievement and leadership of six of its members at the chapter's 11th annual Red Letter Awards Gala. (more...)

The Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach Presents The Celebrity Benefit Concert and Pageant, 8/23
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

The Celebrity Benefit Concert and Pageant, the most entertaining and star-studded night of the summer art season, will be held at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach on Saturday, August 23rd. This red carpet one-night affair will offer guests an evening of music and a special performance of this summer's popular Pageant of the Masters, titled 'The Art Detective.' (more...)

ABC to Air All-New Special THE STORY OF FROZEN: MAKING A DISNEY ANIMATED CLASSIC ft 'Exciting Announcements' on Film's Future!
by TV News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

'The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic' is an all-new, original special in a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Lincoln Square Productions and Walt Disney Animation Studios. (more...)

Smuin Ballet to Open Season with UNTAMED Dance Series, 10/3-11
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

Smuin Ballet will kick off its 21st Season in October at San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts Theatre with its Untamed Dance Series. The program features the West Coast premiere of Serenade for Strings by Wonderbound (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado) Artistic Director and choreographer Garrett Ammon, set to Tchaikovsky's breathtaking score. Also on the Untamed bill is Objects of Curiosity, an evocative ballet by Choreographer-in-Residence Amy Seiwert, set to a delicate score by Philip Glass and Foday Musa Suso. Smuin Ballet also brings back the tempestuous story ballet Frankie & Johnny. (NOTE: this ballet contains material that is intended for mature audiences.) The Untamed Dance Series plays October 3-11 at San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts Theatre. Tickets ($24-$67) are available at www.smuinballet.org or (415) 912-1899. (This program will also be presented in March 2015 in Walnut Creek, Mountain View, and Carmel). (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look - ABC's THE STORY OF FROZEN: Making a Disney Animated Classic
by TV News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

'The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic' is an all-new, original special in a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Lincoln Square Productions and Walt DisneyAnimation Studios. (more...)

WICT Announces 2014 Woman of the Year and Women to Watch Honorees
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

'WICT is proud to honor these three highly accomplished professionals,' said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO, WICT. 'Each honoree exemplifies the WICT Touchstones of Leadership, and as we celebrate their outstanding achievements, we encourage others to emulate their success.' (more...)

BWW Reviews: Theatreworks' AS YOU LIKE IT - A Rustic Revel in Rock Ledge
by Christi Esterle - Aug 10, 2014

Theatreworks' current Shakespeare in the Park production exudes warmth, love, and triumph over adversity--both onstage and off. (more...)

Wonderbound Presents ENDURING GRACE With the Colorado Symphony, 10/18-26
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2014

Denver's Wonderbound is gaining national attention this October as Artistic Director Garrett Ammon's "Serenade for Strings" premieres with San Francisco's Smuin Ballet. In addition, the work will be a part of Wonderbound's season opening production of "Enduring Grace" with musicians of the Colorado Symphony. "Enduring Grace" also features a world premiere work by Company Artist Sarah Tallman. (more...)

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