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Stuart Avery Gold Releases PING THE RESCUE OF EDEN
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2014

NEW YORK, May 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ PING THE RESCUE OF EDEN, an eco-parable about an inner responsibility to the outside world, is the newest book by author Stuart Avery Gold. Based on his international bestseller PING, the storied heroic jumping frog returns in a new third installment on the heels of the just released National Climate Assessment, which scientists and the White House are calling the most detailed and U.S.-focused scientific report on global warming. (more...)

BWW Previews: LOOKING FOR LILITH Probes and Challenges with 'Body Awareness'
by Todd Zeigler - May 9, 2014

The Touchstone of good drama - even good comedy - is putting rigidly defined characters together and letting them at each other. Louisville's Looking For Lilith Theatre Company takes this tactic in "Body Awareness," a new comedy by award-winning playwright Annie Baker that received its local premiere May 8 at the University of Louisville's Thrust Theatre. (more...)

SISTER ACT National Tour Coming to the Orpheum, 5/27-6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2014

Sister Act, the hilarious, five-time Tony-nominated musical smash hit is coming to Minneapolis. Called "Divine!" by the Associated Press, Sister Act premieres at the Orpheum Theatre, May 27-June 1, 2014. Tickets are on sale now. Sister Act is presented by Hennepin Theatre Trust as part of its 2013-2014 Broadway Across America-Minneapolis Season. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit or call 1.800.982.2787. (more...)

Novato Theater Co to Present AS YOU LIKE IT, 5/23-6/15
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2014

The comedy plays May 23 through June 15, with one preview May 22. Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Tickets $25, with special pricing for Children, Seniors, and NTC Members. Online ticketing at NTC Playhouse, 5420 Nave Drive, Novato. (more...)

Oratorio Society of New York Coming to Carnegie Hall, 5/20
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2014

To conclude the OSNY's 2013-14 Carnegie Hall season, Tritle will lead the Oratorio Society in their first performance together of Bach's choral masterpiece on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at 8:00 PM. The vocal soloists joining the OSNY are tenor Nicholas Phan as the Evangelist, bass-baritone Kevin Deas as Jesus, and soprano Leslie Fagan, mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer, tenor Matthew Plenk, and baritone Mischa Bouvier. (more...)

30 Days Of The 2014 Tony Awards: Day #9 - THE LION KING Vs. RAGTIME
by Pat Cerasaro - May 31, 2014

Today we continue the 2014 edition of our annual BroadwayWorld feature series spotlighting the very best Tony Awards-related moments of all time with a special focus on another major battle for Best Musical in 1998 with THE LION KING versus RAGTIME. (more...)

BILLY IDOL to Release Self-Written Memoir 'Dancing With Myself', 10/7
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

Rock icon BILLY IDOL will release his self-written memoir DANCING WITH MYSELF on October 7, 2014 with Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc (more...)

30 Days Of The 2014 Tony Awards: Day #19 - THE PRODUCERS
by Pat Cerasaro - May 21, 2014

Today we continue the 2014 edition of our annual BroadwayWorld feature series spotlighting the very best Tony Awards-related moments of all time with a special focus on the musical to win more Tony Awards in a single night than any other, THE PRODUCERS. (more...)

SISTER ACT National Tour Coming to Hippodrome Theatre, 6/4-15
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2014

SISTER ACT, the family friendly, over the top spectacle with nuns that rock, opens at the Hippodrome Theatre on June 4 through June 15, 2014 (more...)

AMERICAN IDOL Preview: IDOL Needs a Mount Rushmore Champion
by Matt Tamanini - May 20, 2014

No matter what happens in tonight's performances, Jena not only deserves to be crowned this season's champ, but IDOL needs her to be crowned this season's champ. It is no secret that the once indomitable singing competition has taken an unceremonious dive in the ratings in recent years. While the show's total numbers are respectable in this proliferated entertainment environment, if the show is ever to reclaim even a piece to its previous status as a cultural Touchstone, it needs to again produce a star that reminds America of the show's power. (more...)

ARRIS Unveils New Additions to its European Cable CPE Portfolio
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2014

COLOGNE, Germany, May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ ANGA COM 2014ARRIS Group, Inc. (ARRS) today is unveiling five new CPE solutions for European cable operators to transform broadband and video delivery in the home. These solutions address consumer demand for quick and reliable content access on a variety of deviceswith the latest wireless technology and cost-effective, attractive form factors. (more...)

John Jacobs Golf Schools Launches 14th Location at Grand Elk in Granby, Colorado
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2014

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ John Jacobs Golf Schools and Academies, The World' Leader in Golf Instruction, announced today that they will be joining forces with Grand Elk Golf Club in Granby, CO. and adding another location to its roster making this the fourteenth location for John Jacobs Golf Schools. The grand opening will take place at Grand Elk Golf Club on May 24 26, 2014. John Jacobs will not only be offering complementary golf instruction clinics and instruction presentations, but each attendee will receive a 20% discount on any program that will be offered at this location as well as get the chance to enter to win rounds of golf, merchandise, golf lessons and much more. (more...)

30 Days Of The 2014 Tony Awards: Day #21 - RENT
by Pat Cerasaro - May 19, 2014

Today we continue the 2014 edition of our annual BroadwayWorld feature series spotlighting the very best Tony Awards-related moments of all time with a special spotlight on a revered rock musical which also won the Pulitzer Prize, RENT. (more...)

Touchstone Theatre's 9th Annual Young Playwrights' Festival & Gala Set for Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2014

Touchstone Theatre will be presenting the ninth year of its acclaimed Young Playwrights' Festival, a showcase of new plays written by local elementary and middle school students, tonight, May 17 at Zoellner Arts Center's Baker Hall. Immediately following the performance will be a gala reception in the Lehigh University Art Galleries. (more...)

Josh Groban to Host ABC's RISING STAR; Kesha, Ludacris to Judge
by TV News Desk - May 16, 2014

Josh Groban has signed on to host ABC's new singing compeition RISING STAR, premiering Sunday, June 22 (more...)

What's Trending and Ford Motor Company Team up with the Biggest Social Influencers to See Who Can Top the Social Leaderboard and "Escape to Bonnaroo"
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2014

'Escape to Bonnaroo' will culminate at the 2014 Bonnaroo Music Festival in The Garage by Ford. Here, festival-goers can relax and take advantage of the air-conditioned lounge space, charge their cell phones and screen print their own custom Ford inspired t-shirts. The Garage by Ford will host the 'Escape to Bonnaroo' winner in addition to highly anticipated, intimate musical performances from other up and coming Bonnaroo artists. Select artists will plug into a 2014 C-MAX Hybrid to amplify the sounds of their acoustic set and the road trip ready 2014 Escape will also be parked onsite for Bonnaroovians to check out. (more...)

Open Road Films Acquires Rights to Jon Stewart's Directorial Debut ROSEWATER
by Movies News Desk - May 12, 2014

Open Road Films announced today that it has acquired U.S. distribution to Jon Stewart's ROSEWATER (more...)

Smuin Ballet to Conclude 20th Season With Two World Premieres in XXCENTRIC Spring Dance Series, 5/2-6/7
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2014

Smuin Ballet closes its 20th Anniversary Season with two World Premieres and a Michael Smuin classic, touring the Bay Area May 2 - June 7, 2014 in the XXcentric Spring Dance Series. The program will feature one act of Michael Smuin's ebullient Dancin' With Gershwin ballet, back on the Smuin stage for the first time since 2008. XXcentric will also include World Premieres from Smuin's Choreographer in Residence Amy Seiwert and Val Caniparoli, internationally renowned choreographer and principal character dancer at San Francisco Ballet. The XXcentric Spring Dance Series will kick off its tour at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco (May 2-11), continuing at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek (May 16-17); the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts (May 21-25); and at the Sunset Center in Carmel (June 6-7). Tickets ($24-$70) are available by calling the individual venues or visiting (more...)

Austin Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off Today with AS YOU LIKE IT
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2014

In celebration of its 30th Free Shakespeare in Zilker Park, The City of Austin, Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theatre, in coordination with Austin Shakespeare, present As You Like It. The show brings new actors and company alumni together in a RenFaire-style As You Like It. Performances run 8 pm Thurs-Sun., from today, May 1 - May 25, with a preview on April 30. (more...)

Theater at Monmouth Presents Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT, 7/10-8/23
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

William Shakespeare's pastoral comedy, As You Like It, opens at Theater at Monmouth on Friday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. Set in the 1940s, As You Like It explores the ups and downs of love and courtship. Filled with mistaken identities and misplaced devotion, As You Like It lampoons the often puzzling, yet utterly gratifying, labor of love. (more...)

Comedy Central Will Head to 2014 Bonnaroo
by TV News Desk - Jun 3, 2014

It's going to be a raging good time as fans get animated and hang out with a couple of broads (more...)

Fran Briggs Announces the Best of Summer Reading 2014, Part I
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

School may be out for the summer, but summer reading is in. From poolside to bedside, a sun-lit hill or treadmill, Americans are reading. Fran Briggs recently announced Part I of The Best of Summer Reading, 2014. The selections include mystery, humor, spiritual, urban literature, wit and wisdom. 'We are proud to recognize authors who are at the forefront in their genre; but we also seek to help readers make quality decisions as it pertains to their reading selections,' stated Briggs, Director of Operations at eMediaCampaigns!. The Best of Summer Reading list meets these objectives. It is organized by title, publisher, the author's name, a short synopsis of each book, and a link for additional information and purchase. This is the first list of 10 of 30 selections. In each case, the pages turn quickly. 'The books were chosen to showcase the author's literary vision through their subject, creativity, impact, influence, and quality,' stated Briggs. 'This list is not a 'greatest hits', but rather part of the best of summer reading for 2014. They're all wonderful reads. These authors deserve the recognition,' she concluded. Below are the first 10 of 30 picks. The numerical order does not coincide with ranking. 1. 'Major Pettigrew's Last Stand' (Random House) by Helen Simonson The shy romance between a retired British officer and a Pakistani shopkeeper 2. 'The Lady Blue's Story' (Shamonj Gifts LLC) by Movie Geek Can the popular R & B singer and her bodyguard survive and escape the most powerful gangsters in Detroit who is chasing them with guns? 3. 'The Husbands and Wives Club' (Touchstone) by Laurie Abraham Want to know what really happens in couples' therapy? Be careful what you ask for. 4. 'The Lovely Knowing' (Amazon Create Space) by Mishi McCoy Memoirs of how to take the joys, horrors, and unfathomable situations from life to create a foundation of love, faith, and undying optimism. 5. 'The Three Billy Goats' (Barefoot Books) by Roberta Arenson An artfully-told children's book rich in poetic language featuring the daily lives of clever Billy goats. 6. 'The Autobiography of an Execution' (Twelve) by David R. Dow A riveting memoir by an intelligent and feeling attorney whose clients are on death row. 7. 'Initial Kill' (CreateSpace) by Jana JJ McGraw When a woman dies in a house explosion, two detectives fear something deadly has crawled into their quiet Southern town, and soon discover that someone is going to murderous lengths to expose nasty hidden secrets. 8. 'Love Edy' (Razor's Edge) by Shewanda Pugh Best friends since birth, Edy and Hassan face all the drama and conflict of high school life, but nothing so challenging as their growing love for each other; it's a love that stands against centuries of tradition and threatens to tear two families apart. 9. 'Healthy Food for Diabetes, Celiac Disease, and You!' (Southern Hospitality Books) by Sharon Fox Vital information and recipes for Diabetics Gluten-Free diets, and anyone who wants to live a healthier life. 10. 'Is The Beautiful Lady Gone Forever?' (CreateSpace) by Larry Toombs The romantic biracial love story of Shelia Williams, a 38-year-old, black female and 38-year-old, ultra-attractive nuance, Gerald. (more...)

Northlight Theatre Announces Casting for 'PENSACOLA', THE MOUSETRAP, and WHITE GUY ON THE BUS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces casting for the first three productions of the 40th Anniversary Season. (more...)

BWW Reviews: CSC's AS YOU LIKE IT - You'll Like It Like That
by Jack L. B. Gohn - Jun 21, 2014

It's often been observed of Shakespeare that his plays don't tell you what he thinks about most subjects. But it is hard to doubt that he believed in romantic love, that mad, intoxicating, all-encompassing feeling that inspires courtship and marriage. Many of his comedies are essentially love delivery vehicles, giddy confections that give the audience an extraordinarily broad license just to roll in the bliss of it. I think especially of Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. But the most love-mad of all is surely As You Like It. And thankfully, that love-mad champagne feeling is served up nearly full-force in the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's latest rendering of the play. (more...)

BWW Reviews: GA Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT is a Delightful Shakespearean Cartoon
by Matt Tamanini - Jun 20, 2014

To borrow a phrase from a less-comedic Bard classic, Georgia Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE is "a hit, a palpable hit." As has come to be expected, Courtney Patterson is exceedingly captivating as Rosalind, the show's female (and male) lead. The Suzi Bass Award winner leads this fantastic ensemble through a marvelously musical take on this story of betrayal, love-at-first-sight, and cross-dressing. With much discussion lately about women in theatre, it was exciting that Georgia Shakespeare chose a show that not only features strong female characters driving the story, but also to include women in central supporting roles that otherwise could have been portrayed by men. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Mamet's Legacy of AMERICAN BUFFAFO Endures at APT
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Jun 19, 2014

The distinguished experience of Director Kenneth Albers returns to American Players Theatre (APT) in rural Spring Green for David Mamet's multiple award winning play, American Buffalo. First produced in 1975, the three person drama fills the indoor Touchstone Theater with the talents of Brian Mani, James Ridge and Brendan Meyer in perhaps one of the most poetic uses of profanity heard and placed on stage. (more...)

BWW Reviews: CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES - Top of Your 'Must-See' List
by Jimmy Ferraro - Jun 18, 2014

Definitely see "Church Basement Ladies" and this incredible new space. ...the outstanding performances, character bonding and the truths of these four women will resonate. The sold-out audience was enthralled the night I went, appreciative at seeing professional performers shining on a brand new stage. As for the Jimmy Ferraro Studio Theatre, it looks like it will be a New Port Richey Touchstone for a long time to come. And with that, we all would like to say to Mr. Ferraro as well as to the cast and crew of "Church Basement Ladies": Welcome home! (more...)

BWW Reviews: DISSOCIA Will Broaden Your Horizons
by Alan Katz - Jun 16, 2014

The Wonderful World of Dissocia, which is wonderful indeed, is lovingly crafted by Theater Alliance, who have bounced back in a big way in their new space. (more...)

Santa Cruz Shakespeare's Inaugural Summer Season Begins July 1
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2014

The newly formed Santa Cruz Shakespeare is proud to present its inaugural summer repertory season starting with previews on July 1 and playing through August 10, in the Sinsheimer-Stanley Festival Glen at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Tickets are available online at (more...)

BILLY IDOL to Release First New Album In Almost a Decade This October
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2014

Rock icon BILLY IDOL announced today that he will release his first new album in almost a decade, this October. (more...)

Phillip Phillips, The Muppets Join PBS' A CAPITOL FOURTH
by TV News Desk - Jun 16, 2014

Joining the all-star line-up for the 34th annual broadcast of PBS' A CAPITOL FOURTH,live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, are platinum recording artist and songwriter Phillip Phillips and the world-famous Muppets. (more...)

Summer Stages: Summer Stages in Wisconsin Provide Theater Under the Stars
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Jun 11, 2014

Wisconsin theater moves to the magnificent outdoors this summer with diverse venues presenting great classical and original productions throughout the state. In Spring Green, Wisconsin, American Players Theatre (APT) has been performing legendary playwrights under the stars for more than 30 years. At the Up the Hill Theatre, Shakespeare's comedy that spars witty conversations between the sexes Much Ado About Nothing features acclaimed actors Colleen Madden and David Daniel in the beloved roles of Beatrice and Benedict. In the company's new indoor Touchstone Theatre, Brenda DeVita directs her first production as APT's new Artistic Director. Sarah Day plays Joan Didion in the adaptation from Didion's award winning memory in her play The Year of Magical Thinking. APT extended their season in 2014 with five Up the Hill Play and now four productions instead of three in the Touchstone that runs through November. (more...)

The Critical Press Announces Publication of Three New Books
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C., June 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ The CriticalPress announces three new titles to join its list in 2015. (more...)

HIGH FIDELITY to Begin 9/11 at Chapel Off Chapel
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

Tickets are on sale for the Australian premiere of Broadway rock musical High Fidelity, which will debut at Chapel Off Chapel later from September 11th this year. (more...)

URINETOWN, AS YOU LIKE IT, 21 & More Set for Point Park's Conservatory Theatre Company's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

Point Park University's Conservatory Theatre Company will produce five works, including the world premiere of a new musical about the life of the legendary Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, in the 2014-2015 season. (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 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...)

InDepth InterView: Martin Charnin Talks New ANNIE Movie & National Tour, Plus ANNIE WARBUCKS Broadway Plans, Vivid Mary Rodgers Memories & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 2, 2014

Today we are talking to a remarkably accomplished writer and director who has amassed numerous top entertainment trophies over the course of his long and distinguished career, including multiple Emmy Awards, Tony Awards and even a Grammy - the uniquely talented Martin Charnin. Sharing his thoughts on the forthcoming big screen adaptation of his hit musical property ANNIE as well as previewing what we can expect from the forthcoming 2014-2015 national tour, Charnin also reflects on the original production of the classic Depression-era musical and analyzes why it remains a continual cultural Touchstone for generations new and old while also looking ahead to a potential Broadway production of the sequel, written with original composer Charles Strouse, ANNIE WARBUCKS. Also, Charnin touches upon his time as a member of the original cast of iconic musical WEST SIDE STORY and recounts working alongside legends such as Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Laurents and more. Additionally, Charnin sheds some light on his illustrious string of collaborations with recently deceased composer Mary Rodgers Guettel, ranging from more than 50 songs written as a team to a string of special TV musicals as well as working together on the stage musicals HOT SPOT and THE MADWOMAN OF CENTRAL PARK WEST. Besides of all of that, Charnin also looks back to his heyday as a TV variety special helmer, having created award-winning tributes to a slew of Broadway's best composers and lyricists including George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter and many more. Plus, Charnin shares his thoughts on GLEE, how show business has changed, the possible future life for TWO BY TWO and much, much more in this wide-ranging chat with a major Broadway notable. (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...)

Netflix & Walt Disney Studios Announce Multi-Year Premium Pay TV Window Agreement
by TV News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

Netflix Inc. and The Walt Disney Studios today announced a new multi-year licensing agreement that will make Netflix the exclusive Canadian subscription television service (more...)

Netflix and The Walt Disney Studios Announce Multi-Year Premium Pay TV Window Agreement in Canada
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Netflix Inc. and The Walt Disney Studios today announced a new multi-year licensing agreement that will make Netflix the exclusive Canadian subscription television service for first-run Disney live-action and animated feature films. (more...)

AIR Worldwide Releases Updated Severe Thunderstorm Model for the United States
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

For Immediate Release: (more...)

BWW Reviews: Surflight's 50th Anniversary FIDDLER
by Michael T. Mooney - Jul 15, 2014

Very rarely a Broadway musical transcends mere entertainment and becomes part of the cultural landscape. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is such a musical. Although the word 'iconic' has been overused of late, I daresay FIDDLER has reached that status. Its themes of family, love, community and yes - tradition - have made it a transformative experience for five decades of theatergoers. (more...)

Ben Schwartz Debuts with THE DRIFT OF THINGS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

MANCHESTER, N.H., July 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) In 2008 Ben Schwartz-a young New Hampshire English and special education teacher-decided it was time to get that first novel written. He entered Southern New Hampshire University's low-residency MFA in Fiction and Nonfiction program, and wrote that novel-'The Drift of Things'-as his thesis. Last month 'The Drift of Things' was named the Silver Medal Winner in the Piscataqua Press's 2014 Novel Contest, one of three manuscripts plucked from some 120 submissions. And as quickly as that-in a world that now includes print-on-demand publishing-Schwartz's novel is available from Piscataqua. 'We're all very happy for Ben,' said novelist/essayist Benjamin Nugent, the director of Southern New Hampshire's MFA program. 'And we're looking forward to books by other alumni coming out soon from presses like Viking and Da Capo.' While at Southern New Hampshire, Schwartz worked primarily with novelists Katherine Towler ('Snow Island') and Merle Drown ('The Suburbs of Heaven') in crafting his story of a middle-aged man who has blamed himself for the drowning death of his best friend in high school, and who then returns for his mother's funeral to the town from which he has exiled himself. 'Funny, smart, unpredictable, and true, 'The Drift of Things' is that rare book in contemporary fiction, one with both heart and intelligence,' wrote Katherine Towler in her response to the finished work. 'Ben Schwartz has delivered a cast of characters so real you expect to find them watching TV in the living room. In a beautifully-crafted story about what remains broken and yet healed in all of us, Schwartz has established himself as a writer to watch.' Schwartz's story marks the latest publishing success for an MFA program that was founded in 2006 by historical novelist Robert Begiebing and that has only recently reached its full complement of 65 students and 15 faculty members. Begiebing's vision involved a two-year program-with 'Go Write Your Book' as its motto-in which students would immediately apply themselves to the completion of a publishable, professional-level manuscript, as Schwartz did. Though the program's alumni community remains small, there were some immediate post-graduate successes: 'If I Told You So' by Timothy Woodward '08, a novel that came out from Kensington in 2012; and 'Lost and Found Hanoi,' a work of photojournalism co-authored by Elizabeth Rush '11, which came out from the Things Asian Press earlier this year. But now the floodgates are open, as a number of new alumni have recently turned their theses into book contracts, some with large commercial houses. Pratima Cranse '12 has a so-far-untitled novel in the works from Viking. 'The Trees Beneath Us,' a novel by Darren R. Leo '13, will initiate a new literary line of fiction from the Stark House Press. And Charlie Stella '13 is co-authoring a biography, 'Dogfella,' due out from Da Capo. Other Southern New Hampshire alumni have novels on the production line at several small presses like Piscataqua. 'The Holy Fool' by Ken Butler '12 is forthcoming from the Touchstone Press; 'They Call Me Crazy' by Kelly Stone Gamble '12 from Red Adept Publishing; 'Fallen' by Mike Hancock '08 and 'The Keepers of Mercia' by James Marino '09, both from Black Rose Writing. 'This is a hard thing to do, taking your very first attempt at long-form fiction or nonfiction and getting it published,' said Nugent. 'But we're proving now that we can make Bob's go-write-your book model work. At the very least, our students are leaving the program with stories that have a fighting chance in the marketplace, and the skills to write more.' Nonetheless, Nugent said, he and his faculty are moving to diversify the program by also offering a curriculum track for those who want their MFA work to simply prepare them to write that first novel or nonfiction narrative-rather than to require writing it immediately. 'We think some students would benefit more from being able to experiment,' Nugent said. 'This would involve, for example, trying out lots of short stories or essays and throwing them out, or trying out a few novel or memoir ideas, and finally settling on one and getting it started. Students will still complete a thesis, but the parameters will be more flexible.' (more...)

Shakespeare & Company's HENRY IV PARTS I & II to Run 8/2-31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 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. Performances run in the Tina Packer Playhouse August 2 - August 31. Press Opening is Friday, August 7, at 7:00pm. To RSVP or for interview opportunities contact Communications & Press Director Elizabeth Aspenlieder: (more...)

Investigation Discovery to Revisit America's Most Controversial Trial on OJ: TRIAL OF THE CENTURY, 6/12
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2014

Every era has its 'crime of the century.' The Lindbergh abduction, the Manson murders and JonBenet Ramsey have all gone down in history as crimes that defined their times. (more...)

Silicon Labs Announces First Quarter 2014 Results
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2014

Q1 Financial Highlights (more...)

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