Photo Flash: TED Talks Live Presents War & Peace
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2015

TED, the nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, and PBS will host the first ever TED TALKS LIVE, a six-night speaker event featuring TED Talks, short films and performances at The Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street) in New York's famed Theater District. (more...)

HAMILTON Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and Biographer Ron Chernow Will Be Feted at N-Y Historical Society 'Makers Gala' Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2015

BroadwayWorld has learned that the New-York Historical Society will present Alexander Hamilton biographer Ron Chernow and HAMILTON creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda with the distinguished 2015 History Makers Award during its annual History Makers Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, November 9, 2015.  (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Rehearsals for A.R.T.'s NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2015

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, under the leadership of Artistic Director Diane Paulus, is pleased to present Dave Malloy's musical adaptation of an excerpt from Leo Tolstoy's monumental novel War and Peace, directed by Rachel Chavkin, with choreography by Sam Pinkleton.  Check out a first look at rehearsals below! (more...)

WOMEN AND WAR Month-Long Festival to Open in July
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

Women and War is a month long festival examining the effect of warfare on women worldwide. (more...)

The Mariinsky Orchestra Performs 'Pray for Palmyra. Music Revives Ancient Ruins' Concert
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

On May 5, at 17:00 Moscow time [14:00 GMT], the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, conducted by People's Artist of Russia Valery Gergiev, held the 'Pray for Palmyra. Music Revives Ancient Ruins' concert on the stage of Palmyra's world-famous amphitheater. (more...)

Full Cast Set for Trevor Nunn's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at New Wolsey Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

?Today, rehearsals have begun for Sir Trevor Nunn's production of William Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, running at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich from Thursday 16 June to Saturday 9 July 2016. (more...)

Photo Flash: James Norton, Kate Fleetwood and More in Rehearsal for BUG at Found111
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

Tense and blackly comic, BUG by multi-award-winner Tracy Letts (August Osage County, Killer Joe), is a taut exploration of two people on the edge; where the lines between reality and delusions become blurred. BUG celebrates its 20th anniversary with a production at Found111 from March 24 - May 7, 2016. Press night is March 29. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below! (more...)

BWW Interview: Director CALVIN REMSBERG Talks Leipzig at Group rep
by Don Grigware - Mar 7, 2016

alvin Remsberg is well known as both actor and director on both coasts. Favorite stage credits: Sweeney Todd (First National, and Television productions), CATS, the acclaimed Los Angeles' Phantom of the Opera, Man of La Mancha, and Oliver!  Favorite film credits: 'Pretty Woman,' 'Shrek,' 'The X-Files,' 'Twilight of the Golds,' 'Silk Stalkings.' Favorite Directing credits: The Medium,  Educating Rita, Chapter Two, Dracula,  Triumph of Love, The Sound of Music, Urinetown, Sunday in the Park with George (Ovation Nomination), Into the Woods, Hello, Dolly!, The Last Five Years, Glory Days, F**king Men (American premiere), and Sweeney Todd (Ovation nomination), and ten musicals for The Musical Theatre Guild. This is his directing debut at The Group Rep. by Steve Peterson (more...)

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre Announces Casting for 2016 Season - Michelle Terry Leads HENRY V, Declan Bennett in JC SUPERSTAR and More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2016

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre today announced Michelle Terry to play the title role of Henry V in director Robert Hastie's new production. (more...)

Breaking News: NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 Will Begin Performances at the Imperial Theatre This October!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2016

Just in! BroadwayWorld has just learned that producer Howard Kagan has announced that NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 will begin Broadway performances this October at the Imperial Theatre. Grammy-nominated multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban will make his long-awaited Broadway debut as 'Pierre' alongside Denee Benton as 'Natasha.' (more...)

Business and Media Forum in Uruguay: Prospects for Cooperation Between Russia and Latin America Countries Discussed
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

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STAGE TUBE: Josh Groban Plays Accordion in Rehearsal for 'GREAT COMET' Opening Number
by Stage Tube - Mar 30, 2016

A rehearsal video has surfaced of Josh Groban and the cast of Broadway's NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 practicing the show's opening number -- complete with Groban (a man of many talents) on the accordion! Watch it below! (more...)

Breaking News: Lucas Steele, Grace McLean, & More Will Join Josh Groban in GREAT COMET OF 1812 on Broadway; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

Full casting has been announced for the new musical THE GREAT COMET, featuring the Broadway debuts of 18 cast and creative team members including Josh Groban as 'Pierre' and Denee Benton as 'Natasha.' Created by Dave Malloy (Preludes, Ghost Quartet) and directed by Rachel Chavkin (Small Mouth Sounds, Preludes) - also making their Broadway debuts - THE GREAT COMET will blaze intoBroadway's Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street) beginning in the first week of October with opening night set for Monday, November 14, 2016.Ticketing info will be announced shortly. To sign up for news updates and presale ticketing opportunities, visit www.greatcometbroadway.com. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Production Images Released of James Norton and Kate Fleetwood in BUG at Found111
by Marianka Swain - Mar 28, 2016

James Norton and Kate Fleetwood star in BUG, the tense and blackly comic play from award-winning writer Tracy Letts (August Osage County, Killer Joe) at Found111. Bug, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, is a taut exploration of two people on the edge, where the lines between reality and delusions become blurred. (more...)

SIR IVAN Releases New Version of 'Imagine' To Help Victims Of PTSD
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

Singer, songwriter and philanthropist SIR IVAN, also known as Peaceman, has released a new (EDM) electronic dance music version of John Lennon's 'Imagine'. (more...)

Alyssa Milano to Return as Host of PROJECT RUNWAY ALL-STARS Season 5, 2/11
by TV News Desk - Jan 8, 2016

Thirteen of television's most memorable and talented designers make their way back to the workroom to try to sew up a win on season five of Lifetime's hit series PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STARS (#PRAllStars), premiering Thursday, February 11 at 9pm ET/PT. (more...)

Sian Thomas to Replace Francesca Annis as 'Mrs. Fox' in Donmar's WELCOME HOME, CAPTAIN FOX!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

Sian Thomas will be taking on the role of Mrs Fox in the Donmar's production of Welcome Home, Captain Fox! replacing Francesca Annis who regrettably has had to withdraw from the production for personal reasons. (more...)

COC Music Director Johannes Debus Renews Contract Through 2020-21 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2016

Canadian Opera Company audiences can look forward to five more years with Johannes Debus as the company's Music Director. The news of Debus' contract renewal through to the company's 2020/2021 season was announced today by COC General Director Alexander Neef at the public launch of the COC's 2016/2017 season at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Theatre Unleashed to Launch New Spotlight Series
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2016

 Theatre Unleashed has been an active participant in the Hollywood Fringe Festival since its inception; producing, co-producing, sponsoring an award, volunteering and more. According to Artistic Director Jenn Scuderi Crafts, one of the highlights of the festival is not only the number of talented people you get to meet but the creative relationships you can build. So when she thought of how to kick off TU's new Spotlight Series, she knew exactly where to go. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for Tracy Letts' BUG at Found111
by BWW News Desk - Feb 29, 2016

The final cast has been confirmed to appear alongside the previously announced James Norton (War and Peace, Happy Valley) and Kate Fleetwood (London Road, Medea) in the 20th anniversary production of Bug by multi award-winner Tracy Letts (August Osage County, Killer Joe). (more...)

West End's WELCOME HOME, CAPTAIN FOX! Will Launch at Donmar Warehouse, Feb. 18
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2016

Welcome Home, Captain Fox!, Anthony Weigh's new version of Jean Anouilh's hit 1937 comedy Le Voyageur Sans Bagage, will begin previews at The Donmar Warehouse from Thursday 18 February . The production is directed by Blanche McIntyre, and a cast that includes Michelle Asante, Barnaby Kay, Rory Keenan, Katherine Kingsley, Trevor Laird, Sian Thomas, Danny Webb, Fenella Woolgar and Daniel York. (more...)

Photo Flash: Poster Revealed for West End's BUG, Starring James Norton & Kate Fleetwood
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2016

Tracy Letts' play BUG will mark its 20th anniversary with a starry production at Found111 this spring. (more...)

Alumnae Theatre Announces New Ideas Festival for March of 2016
by Louisa Brady - Feb 14, 2016

The Alumnae Theatre's New Ideas Festival is an annual, three-week, juried festival of new writing, works-in-progress and experimental theatre, with a different program of plays each week and staged readings on Saturdays at noon. The 2016 festival takes place in the Studio at Alumnae Theatre and runs from March 9-27, 2016. (more...)

James Norton and Kate Fleetwood to Lead Tracy Letts' BUG at Found111 This Spring
by Jessica Khan - Feb 11, 2016

Tracy Letts' play BUG will mark its 20th anniversary with a starry production at Found111 this spring. (more...)

George R. Pitman Releases WHY WAR?
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2015

Debut author George R. Pitman in 'Why War?' investigates the multifaceted reasons of why war has been so ubiquitous among human societies since they separated from chimpanzees more than six million years ago. His examination begins by confronting the grim and stubborn fact of the ubiquity of war suggests that war has a genetic basis that evolved in man's prehistory or even before in his common ancestor that he shares with the chimpanzee that, as territorial animals, fought to enlarge their territories to increase the fertility of their females. After describing prehistoric human warfare, Pitman discusses the role that war played in the rise of civilizations. Pitman then discusses how racial, ethnic and religious xenophobia drives humans into wars and genocides. Although many people can live in peace with those who are different, whether because of ethnicity, religion or race, hidden xenophobes remain that can light a match over minor problems, leading to violent conflict. 'Why War?' discusses the pleasures and excitement that soldiers receive from killing their enemies and the strong bonds of comradeship that develop between men who fight together. When a nation is attacked or when its leaders propose a war of conquest, a war fever - a 'rage militarie' - develops among its population that usually dissipates into war fatigue as the causalities and costs of the war rise. 'Why War?' also discusses the biological, neurological and hormonal factors that cause aggressiveness in humans, especially in boys and men and how other hormones can modulate this aggressiveness. Young men and boys make good soldiers because of their willingness to take risks that older men will not take. Children are often recruited into the armies of tyrants because of their immaturity and lack of a moral consciousness. The human mind is slow to mature and often does not reach its full maturity until a person is in his or her late twenties. Hubris or overconfidence in ones abilities often results in poor decision making that leads to catastrophic consequences as it did in the U.S. decision to invade Iraq in 2003. The book concludes with a discussion of wars and conflicts in the contemporary world including Russia's aggression in Ukraine, China's assertiveness in Eastern Asia and in the South and East China Seas, the rise of militant Islam in the Middle East and Africa and in the ethnic and religious wars in Africa. George R. Pitman is uniquely qualified to investigate the genetic, evolutionary, neurological and social sources of human warfare. Trained as a physicist who once designed missile guidance systems, he then studied international relations at UCLA and served as the science advisor to the strategic arms control bureaus of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and the U.S. State Department and to the delegations that negotiated the strategic arms control treaties with the Soviet Union. After his retirement he decided to devote his time to studying the causes of human warfare. As a result, he felt the need to study the biology of human evolution, neurology and anthropology. Pitman has published books and papers on the subjects of War and Peace including 'Neither War nor Peace: A History of the Cold War and Strategic Arms Control: 1945 -1972,' 'A Calculus of Military Stability' and 'Arms Races and Stable Deterrence.' For additional information please visit www.whywargeorgepitman.com Why War? An Inquiry into the Genetic and Social Sources of Human Warfare George Pitman Dog Ear Publishing ISBN: 978-1-4575-3548-2 320 pages $15.95 US Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Dog Ear Publishing reviews services and other book marketing services are available to connect great content with interested readers. Self-publishing services are available globally at www.dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis. Dog Ear Publishing ñ self-publishing that actually makes sense. (more...)

Photo Flash: NATASHA, PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 Soars Again at the A.R.T.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2015

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, under the leadership of Artistic Director Diane Paulus, presents Dave Malloy's musical adaptation of an excerpt from Leo Tolstoy's monumental novelWar and Peace, directed by Rachel Chavkin, with choreography by Sam Pinkleton. Check out a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Go Behind the Scenes with THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 and PIRATE PRINCESS at American Repertory Theatre
by Stage Tube - Dec 26, 2015

Below, go behind-the-scenes and watch the set transform from a pirate ship to 19th century Russia, plus watch interviews with GREAT COMET director Rachel Chavkin and more! (more...)

BWW REVIEW: A.R.T. Preps NATASHA, PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET for Broadway
by Jan Nargi - Dec 22, 2015

If the thought of seeing a contemporary opera based on Tolstoy's War and Peace sends Siberian shivers down your spine, fear not. All that Russian angst and all those convoluted relationships between 'people with nine different names' are brought forth with ingenious musical clarity in NATASHA, PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Audience Reactions and Footage of NATASHA, PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812
by Stage Tube - Dec 21, 2015

Take a look inside #GreatCometART with this exclusive video including audience testimonials.  Check it out below! (more...)

WAR & PEACE to Be Simulcast on Lifetime, A&E & History Beg. 1/18
by TV News Desk - Dec 2, 2015

Simulcasting on Lifetime, A&E and HISTORY beginning Monday, January 18, at 9pm ET/PT, the epic WAR & PEACE features an award-winning cast including SAG Award(R) and Film Independent Spirit Award winner Paul Dano (more...)

LES PECHEURS DE PERLES to Return to the Met Stage for the First Time Since 1916
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2015

A new production of Bizet's LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES (The Pearl Fishers), a rarity by the composer of Carmen that has not been seen at the Met in nearly a century, opens in a new production this New Year's Eve. (more...)

Review Roundup: Broadway-Bound NATASHA, PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 Opens at the A.R.T.
by Review Roundups - Dec 18, 2015

THE GREAT COMET is currently playing a limited engagement (must end January 3, 2016) at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, where its innovative design has been expanded to bring the show's signature intimate staging to a traditional proscenium-style theatre. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

The Utah Symphony to Pay Homage to Vienna and More in New Year's Celebration Concert, 1/2
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2015

Music Director Thierry Fischer leads the Utah Symphony in the New Year's Celebration concert on Saturday, January 2 at 7 PM in Abravanel Hall. Kick-off 2016 beautifully with traditional Strauss waltzes, polkas, and other Old World dance hall favorites as the orchestra pays homage to the Vienna Philharmonic's enduring New Year's Day concert. (more...)

Josh Groban on Broadway Debut: 'There Was This Nice Stars-Aligning-Thing Happening'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2015

Grammy-nominated multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban will make his long-awaited Broadway debut as 'Pierre' in NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 on Broadway next Fall. (more...)

BREAKING! Josh Groban to Make Broadway Debut in NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 in September 2016
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2015

Grammy-nominated multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban will make his long-awaited Broadway debut as 'Pierre' in NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 (more...)

Josh Groban Does Broadway; A Look Back at the Grammy Nominee's Finest Takes on Stage Numbers!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2015

As BroadwayWorld reported this morning, multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban will officially make his Broadway debut as 'Pierre' in NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 on Broadway next Fall., with performances slated to begin in September 2016. In honor of the big news, BWW brings you a brief look back at some of Groban's performances of the stage's finest numbers. Check them out below! (more...)

Scoop: HAPPY NEW YEAR, CHARLIE BROWN on ABC - Monday, December 28, 2015
by TV Scoop - Dec 14, 2015

Get all the scoop on HAPPY NEW YEAR, CHARLIE BROWN, airing on ABC on Monday, December 28, 2015! (more...)

Opera News Announces Winners for 2016 OPERA NEWS AWARDS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2015

New York, NY (December 10, 2015) – OPERA NEWS Editor in Chief F. Paul Driscoll today announced the recipients of the 11th Annual OPERA NEWS Awards. This year's honorees — Joseph Calleja, El?na Garan?a, Waltraud Meier, Anna Netrebko, and José van Dam — will be feted at a black tie gala celebration on April 10th at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.  (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes on the Making of NATASHA, PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812
by Stage Tube - Dec 11, 2015

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, under the leadership of Artistic Director Diane Paulus, presents Dave Malloy's musical adaptation of an excerpt from Leo Tolstoy's monumental novelWar and Peace, directed by Rachel Chavkin, with choreography by Sam Pinkleton. Check out a behind the scenes look at the making of the show below! (more...)

Hon. Roberta Pevear Announces Documentary HEARTACHE: A Woman and the Civil War
by Movies News Desk - Dec 11, 2015

Hon. Roberta Pevear, co-author of Write Quick: War and a Woman's Life in Letters, 1835-1867, has announced that HEARTACHE: A Woman and the Civil War is presently in development. (more...)

Donmar Warehouse Announces 2016 Spring Season - World Premiere of ELEGY, Revival of FAITH HEALER and More!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2015

Donmar Warehouse Announces the 2016 Spring Season! (more...)

NATASHA, PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 Launches Official Countdown to Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

The show has just launched a countdown teaser on its official website showing the comet's distance from the Great White Way, along with the opportunity to sign up for THE GREAT COMET's exclusive presale, starting April 24. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: 'GREAT COMET' Star Josh Groban Shows Off Piano Skills with Seth Rudetsky
by Stage Tube - Apr 5, 2016

We already saw the multi-talented Josh Groban rock the accordion in rehearsal for Broadway's NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812. Now, get a taste of the Broadway newbie's piano skills in his latest sit-down with DISASTER!'s Seth Rudetsky. Check it out below! (more...)

Anne-Marie Duff and Yolanda Kettle Set for OIL at the Almeida This Autumn
by Jessica Khan - Apr 28, 2016

Anne-Marie Duff, who last starred on Broadway in MACBETH opposite Ethan Hawke, is slated to star in Ella Hickson's new play OIL at the Almeida Theatre this autumn. (more...)

Full Cast Set for Regent's Park Open Air Theatre's HENRY V
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2016

Ahead of celebrating Shakespeare400, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre announce their full casting for Henry V. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at New Art for THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

Created by Dave Malloy (Preludes, Ghost Quartet) and directed by Rachel Chavkin (Small Mouth Sounds, Preludes) -- making their Broadway debuts -- NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 will blaze into Broadway's Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street) beginning in the first week of October with opening night set for Monday, November 14, 2016. Check out a first look at the new art for Broadway below! (more...)

Arizona Theatre Company to Present Scott Carter's 'THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO...' in May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord, a blistering comedy battle of wits from Scott Carter, Executive Producer of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, that examines what happens when great men of history are forced to repeat it, comes to the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe, May 5-29. I. Michael and Beth Kasser are Arizona Theatre Company's 2015-16 Season Sponsors.  (more...)

BWW Feature: From Page to Stage, Broadway Draws Inspiration From Literary Classics
by Alexa Spiegel - Apr 2, 2016

In a time where source material is a controversial topic, many people state that there have been a lack of original ideas for Broadway shows. Recently, movie adaptations have been the newest trend to hit the stage. However, adaptations are certainly not a new phenomenon. Since the beginning of what is generally considered the traditional Broadway musical, shows have been adapted from other works. Classic shows such as SHOW BOAT and THE KING AND I found the origins to their stories in novels. More recently, novel adaptations have found success with THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, and the 2014 Tony Winner for Best Musical, A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER. (more...)

BWW Review: DISCORD at Temple Of Music And Art
by Maria Rita Meli - Apr 18, 2016

If you were ever curious as to what would occur if you locked our third president of the United States, the author of A Christmas Carol, and the author of War and Peace in an exitless room, you'll need to make it down to the Temple of Music and Art before April 30th. (more...)

Found111 Extends Tracy Letts' BUG, Starring James Norton and Kate Fleetwood
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

James Norton and Kate Fleetwood are currently leading BUG, the tense and blackly comic play from award-winning writer Tracy Letts (August Osage County, Killer Joe) at Found111 - and now, audiences have a greater chance to catch it. (more...)

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