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Danny Wright Releases New Solo Piano Lullaby Album
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2013

Danny Wright treasures the daily interaction and harmonious relationship he has with his fans, so after years of hearing their requests for a lullaby album, the artist is thrilled to announce Dream a Little Dream: Classic Piano Lullabies. (more...)

Mary J. Blige Readies First-Ever Holiday Album
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2013

Iconic Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist Mary J. Blige has teamed up with the best musical talents in the business. Blige, for Matriarch Records/Verve Records/Interscope Records has completed her first-ever holiday album titled, A Mary Christmas making it the first album collaboration between Blige and legendary producer and Chairman of The Verve Music Group, David Foster. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 9/15/2013
by BWW - Sep 15, 2013

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/15/2013 for Philadelphia (more...)

BWW Reviews: Life of Walt Disney Musicalized Onstage Through Nov 3 in WHEN YOU WISH
by Don Grigware - Oct 18, 2013

When You Wish/The Story of Walt Disney. It is high time that the life and career of iconic artist/animator Walt Disney be honored artistically. Of course, his films all stand the test of time, but we know little about the man, his persona and the early years of struggle. Wouldn't it be assuring to learn that success even for a genius does not come easy? And just plain fun to find out where and how Mickey Mouse came about? Instead of a biopic, the producers have decided upon an original stage musical. Therein lies the biggest flaw. This new tribute is labeled/described as a Pre-Broadway production. Let's reflect a moment or two on what makes for a successful Broadway show. Disney's own The Lion King, from screen to stage, is a perfect example of that kind of huge success. It is a spectacle with grand theatricality, giant universal family conflicts and dynamite appeal in sight and sound to sustain long lines at the box office. As endearing as it is, this little musical When You Wish falls short in these respects... in spite of the fact that it has a dream cast and a superlative creative team. Now onstage through November 3 at the Freud Playhouse at UCLA, the show, nonetheless, does have a carload of merit. If Broadway is not the answer, it does deserve a place somewhere. (more...)

BWW TV: Behind the Scenes with the Cast and Creatives of WHEN YOU WISH: THE STORY OF WALT DISNEY at Freud Playhouse
by Michael Sterling and Jerry Evans - Oct 17, 2013

When You Wish: The story of Walt Disney officially opened October 16 at UCLA's distinguished Freud Theatre following four successful previews (October 11 - 13). BWW TV's Los Angeles correspondents Michael Sterling and Jerry Evans were invited to visit with the cast and creative team as the world premiere musical was approaching its first preview performance. When You Wish is the first ever musical about Walt Disney who is considered not only one of the most universally celebrated, award-winning figures in entertainment history, but one of the greatest showmen on earth. The long anticipated project features an original score of 17 songs with Music and Book by Dean McClure; Direction by Broadway's Larry Raben; and Choreography by Lee Martino. Still an active performer, author and business man... film and television star, and former pop recording superstar Pat Boone co-produces When You Wish with Dean McClure and Robert Rudolph. Check out the video below! (more...)

FIRST LISTEN: Barbra Streisand, Mary J. Blige Sing Holiday Duet 'When You Wish Upon a Star'
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2013

Below, get a first listen to a duet of 'When You Wish Upon A Star', featuring stage and screen legend Barbra Streisand and recording artist Mary J. Blige. The single will appear on Blige's new Christmas album, 'A Mary Christmas', which releases today, October 15th. (more...)

Tim Martin Gleason to Star in Walt Disney Musical WHEN YOU WISH at UCLA, 10/11-11/3
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2013

The life and times of Walt Disney, perhaps the most universally celebrated, award-winning figure in the history of entertainment, comes to the stage in When You Wish, the first ever musical about one of the greatest showmen on earth. When You Wish previews October 11 - October 13 followed by its official world premiere October 16 - November 3 at the Freud Playhouse at UCLA. (more...)

Ariana Grande Among Performers Set for NBC's CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER, 12/4
by TV News Desk - Nov 19, 2013

NBC will celebrate the lighting of the world's most famous Christmas tree with a live broadcast from Rockefeller Center in New York City on Wednesday, Dec. 4 (more...)

Mary J. Blige Brings Holiday Cheer to HSN With Special Live Concert Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2013

Tonight, November 17 th, leading entertainment retailer HSN will ring in the holiday season with the HSN Live Mary J. Blige Christmas Special presented by The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas. (more...)

Tommy J. Dose, Mark Jacoby and More to Star in ELF THE MUSICAL at TUTS; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2013

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) today announces the cast for the new holiday classic, Elf The Musical, running Dec. 6 - 22 at Hobby Center's Sarofim Hall. (more...)

ATG & FFE Partner for WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR this Holiday Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2013

First Family Entertainment (FFE) and the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) and have joined forces with the charity When You Wish Upon A Star this panto season to make dreams come true this Christmas! (more...)

Mary J. Blige to Bring Holiday Cheer to HSN With Special Live Concert, 11/17
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2013

On Sunday, November 17 th, leading entertainment retailer HSN will ring in the holiday season with the HSN Live Mary J. Blige Christmas Special presented by The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Rhode Island - Week of 11/10/2013
by BWW - Nov 10, 2013

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/10/2013 for Rhode Island (more...)

TUTS' HSMT Students Featured in Choreography DVDs
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2014

Students from the Humphreys School of Musical Theatre (HSMT) will perform in four nationally distributed choreography DVDs for the Music Theatre International (MTI) Broadway Junior collection of musicals. The news was announced today by Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) and educational musical theatre consultancy firm iTheatrics. iTheatrics, which is based in New York City, is producing the DVDs, which will feature original choreography by its chief choreographer, Steven G. Kennedy. (more...)

Jarrod Spector's 'A Little Help From My Friends' Live Album Gets 3/25 Release
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2014

Broadway Records will release Jarrod Spector's 'A Little Help From My Friends: Live At 54 BELOW' digitally and on CD on March 25th, 2014. The CD is available for pre-order at http://amzn.com/B00IP9ZAG2. The CD will be available in advance to those attending Jarrod's upcoming 54 BELOW concerts on March 10th, 23rd and 24th. Spector will be signing CDs at these 54 BELOW performances as well as at his engagement on March 31st at 54 BELOW. (more...)

Cabrillo Music Theatre Presents Regional Premiere of IN THE HEIGHTS at TOCAP Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2014

The American Dream takes on a Latin Beat, as Cabrillo Music Theatre will present the regional professional premiers of this 'new classic' - the multi-Tony-winning Best Musical of 2008, IN THE HEIGHTS. IN THE HEIGHTS fuses contemporary music with timeless family struggles, and its' warmth, humor and joyful message resonates with all ages. IN THE HEIGHTS opens tonight, March 28, 2014, playing until Sunday, April 6th, at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks. (more...)

Jarrod Spector to Celebrate A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Album Release at 54 Below, 3/23-24 & 3/31
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2014

Broadway Records is getting ready to release Jarrod Spector's 'A Little Help From My Friends: Live At 54 BELOW' digitally and on CD on March 25th, 2014, and the album will be available in advance to those attending Jarrod's upcoming 54 BELOW concerts on March 23rd and 24th. Spector will be signing CDs at these 54 BELOW performances as well as at his engagement on March 31st at 54 BELOW, so be sure to come see him live! (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: Even At a Brooklyn Church, Julie Reyburn's Award-Winning FATE IS KIND Is Enchanting Cabaret as Musical Bedtime Story
by Stephen Hanks - Mar 16, 2014

Sometimes you can stumble into stirring, soul-enriching cabaret in the unlikeliest places. Like at an Episcopal Church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, for example. On March 1 at Christ Church (Ridge Boulevard between 73rd and 74th Streets), one of New York cabaret's best and most-respected female singers Julie Reyburn, and her Musical Director Mark Janas (producer of the award-winning SALON, the open-mic held on Sunday nights at Manhattan's Etcetera, Etcetera Restaurant), resurrected Fate Is Kind, Reyburn's 2000 debut cabaret show, which earned her MAC and Bistro awards for “Best Female Debut,' and which is a magical work of cabaret art. (more...)

Westchester Broadway Theatre Features Ronan Tynan, The Duprees & More, Spring 2014
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

Westchester Broadway Theatre has some great shows coming up for varied tastes! Call the Box Office (914)592-2222 for details or visit www.BroadwayTheatre.com. (more...)

BWW TV: Jennifer Kranz Wins LA's Next Great Stage Star 2014
by Michael Sterling and Jerry Evans - Mar 12, 2014

Jennifer Kranz, a senior at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles majoring in Theatre and minoring in Musical Theatre, emerged victorious Sunday, February 16th as LA's Next Great Stage Star® 2014 produced and presented by Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal, the most critically acclaimed concert supper club in the greater Los Angeles area. (more...)

Laguna Playhouse Kicks Off 2014 with RING OF FIRE Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2014

The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors, Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham kick off the New Year with the legendary songs of that legendary man in black, RING OF FIRE, The Music of Johnny Cash, with choreography by Paula Hammons Sloan and musical direction and direction by Steve Steiner. 'What better way to begin 2014 than to offer our subscribers and audiences a musical tribute to an American Icon,' offers Wood. 'Who doesn't love such classics as 'I've Been Everywhere,' 'I Walk The Line' and so many more! A fascinating look at a fascinating man.' 'With thirty extraordinary songs performed by a talented cast of 10, this 'Ring' starts our new year off 'On Fire,' adds Wareham. RING OF FIRE will begin previews onToday, January 7 and will open on Saturday, January 11 at 7:30pm and run through Sunday, February 2, 2014 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. (more...)

LA'S NEXT GREAT STAGE STAR 2014 to Sing in the New Year at Sterling's Upstairs, 1/5-2/16
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2014

LA's Next Great Stage Star® 2014 sings in the New Year beginning Sunday, January 5 at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal, the most critically acclaimed concert supper club in the greater Los Angeles area. (more...)

Cabrillo Music Theatre Stages FOREVER PLAID, Now thru 2/9
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2014

Those heavenly voices are back! And they're better than ever! Cabrillo Music Theatre celebrates its 20th Anniversary Season by blending one of the original Plaids with four of musical theatre's top talents to create the definitive FOREVER PLAID especially for the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza! The fresh and funny FOREVER PLAID opens today, January 31st, 2014, playing until Sunday, February 9th, at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks. (more...)

Lyric Stage Company of Boston Presents WORKING, A MUSICAL, Now thru 2/1
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2014

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston presents WORKING, A MUSICAL, running today, January 3 - February 1, 2014. Press opening, Sunday, January 5, 3pm. (more...)

BILLY JOEL's Complete Studio Albums Catalog For iTunes, Available Today
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2014

Columbia Records and LegacyRecordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, announce therelease ofBilly Joel - The Complete AlbumsCollection, all ofthe artist's studio albums now Mastered For iTunes, available today on iTunes:iTunes.com/BillyJoel. (more...)

Skylight Theatre Company to Present THE WRONG MAN, Begin. 1/25
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2014

Skylight Theatre Company has announced the first show of its inaugural season, the world premiere of The Wrong Man. Written and performed by Ross Golan, this unique underground musical about the justice system gone wrong also features Jennifer Brasuell and will be directed and choreographed by Lee Martino. Preview performances of The Wrong Man begin January 25 with opening set for Saturday, February 8 at 8pm. The limited engagement will run through March 2 only. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: Disney's Biggest & Best Musical Blockbusters - SNOW WHITE To FROZEN
by Pat Cerasaro - Jan 10, 2014

Today, in honor of Disney's newest animated feature film musical FROZEN topping the charts as both the #1 film and its soundtrack becoming the #1 album in the country, we are taking a look at some of the biggest Disney blockbusters to date - and the unforgettable musical moments within them. (more...)

DISNEY ON ICE Celebrates 100 Years of Magic in South Africa
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2014

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and their friends from Disney's Mulan, The Lion King and Pinocchio, and Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Toy Story, take to the ice for a grand celebration in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic. Produced by Feld Entertainment, this fanfare production features more than 60 unforgettable Disney stars that span the decades, a sing-along score of award-winning Disney music, stunning choreography, elaborate sets and beautiful costumes will be in South Africa for the July school holidays. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Idina Menzel Lends Voice to Disney's Super Bowl Commercial!
by Stage Tube - Feb 3, 2014

The Seattle Seahawks took home the Vince Lombardi Trophy last night, and in true Super Bowl tradition, MVP Malcom Smith is going to Disney World to celebrate! Broadway favorite Idina Menzel sings 'When You Wish Upon a Star' in the commerical and you can check it out below! (more...)

Westchester Broadway Theatre to Feature Ronan Tynan, The Duprees, & More in Spring 2014
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2014

Westchester Broadway Theatre has some great shows coming up for varied tastes! Call the Box Office (914)592-2222 for details or visit www.BroadwayTheatre.com. (more...)

LoopUp and Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Join Forces for a Better Cloud Collaboration Experience
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2014

LoopUp, the provider of simple, pain-free conference calls and online meetings, today announced a technology and go-to-market partnership with Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise. (more...)

USC Student Jennifer Kranz Wins LA's NEXT GREAT STAGE STAR 2014
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2014

Jennifer Kranz, a senior at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles majoring in Theatre and minoring in Musical Theatre, emerged victorious Sunday, February 16th as LA's Next Great Stage Star® 2014 produced and presented by Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal, the most critically acclaimed concert supper club in the greater Los Angeles area. (more...)

Frost & Sullivan Commends LoopUp's Commitment to Simplifying Conferencing and Collaboration
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2014

LONDON, Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Based on its recent research on the conferencing services market, Frost & Sullivan presents LoopUp with the 2013 European Frost & Sullivan Award for Entrepreneurial Company of the Year. Frost & Sullivan finds that LoopUp provides an uncomplicated, hassle-free conferencing experience for its end users, without compromising on the conferencing must-haves of robust reliability and security. This simple, intuitive experience has helped it achieve 45 percent growth in its European business in 2013, and the company is all set to expand further. (more...)

Cabrillo Music Theatre to Present Regional Premiere of IN THE HEIGHTS at TOCAP, 3/28
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2014

The American Dream takes on a Latin Beat, as Cabrillo Music Theatre will present the regional professional premiers of this "new classic" - the multi-Tony-winning Best Musical of 2008, IN THE HEIGHTS. IN THE HEIGHTS fuses contemporary music with timeless family struggles, and its' warmth, humor and joyful message resonates with all ages. IN THE HEIGHTS opens on Friday, March 28, 2014, playing until Sunday, April 6th, at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks. (more...)

BWW TV: First Look at Highlights of ELF THE MUSICAL at TUTS!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 9, 2013

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) presents the new holiday classic, Elf The Musical, running tomorrow, Dec. 6 - 22 at Hobby Center's Sarofim Hall. Making his TUTS debut as the loveable 'elf' Buddy is Tommy J. Dose. He played Alfred Doolittle in the national tour of My Fair Lady and has circulated the regional theatre scene with companies including the Fulton Theatre, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, and the Cumberland County Playhouse. Check out a first look at highlights below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Tommy J. Dose and More in TUTS' ELF THE MUSICAL, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2013

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) presents Elf The Musical, running tonight, Dec. 6 - 22 at Hobby Center's Sarofim Hall. Making his TUTS debut as the loveable 'elf' Buddy is Tommy J. Dose. He played Alfred Doolittle in the national tour of My Fair Lady and has circulated the regional theatre scene with companies including the Fulton Theatre, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, and the Cumberland County Playhouse. BroadwayWorld has photos from the TUTS production below! (more...)

Tommy J. Dose, Mark Jacoby and More Star in ELF THE MUSICAL at TUTS, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2013

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) presents the new holiday classic, Elf The Musical, running tonight, Dec. 6 - 22 at Hobby Center's Sarofim Hall. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at ELF THE MUSICAL, Coming to TUTS Starring Tommy J. Dose and More!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2013

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) today announces the cast for the new holiday classic, Elf The Musical, running tomorrow, Dec. 6 - 22 at Hobby Center's Sarofim Hall. Making his TUTS debut as the loveable 'elf' Buddy is Tommy J. Dose. He played Alfred Doolittle in the national tour of My Fair Lady and has circulated the regional theatre scene with companies including the Fulton Theatre, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, and the Cumberland County Playhouse. Scroll down for a look at the Seattle production and stay tuned for original production photos from TUTS! (more...)

Audra McDonald & More Set for NBC's CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER Tonight
by TV News Desk - Dec 4, 2013

NBC will celebrate the lighting of the world's most famous Christmas tree with a live broadcast from Rockefeller Center in New York City tonight, Dec. 4 (8-9 p.m. ET). The star-studded holiday special is hosted by 'Today' anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales, and will feature performances from Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds, Goo Goo Dolls, Ariana Grande, Jewel, Leona Lewis, Audra McDonald and The Rockettes. (more...)

Ariana Grande Among Performers Set for NBC's CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER Tonight
by TV News Desk - Dec 3, 2013

NBC will celebrate the lighting of the world's most famous Christmas tree with a live broadcast from Rockefeller Center in New York City tonight, Dec. 4 (8-9 p.m. ET). The star-studded holiday special is hosted by 'Today' anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales, and will feature performances from Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds, Goo Goo Dolls, Ariana Grande and Jewel. (more...)

Laguna Playhouse to Kick Off 2014 with RING OF FIRE, 1/7
by BWW News Desk - Dec 26, 2013

The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors, Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham kick off the New Year with the legendary songs of that legendary man in black, RING OF FIRE, The Music of Johnny Cash, with choreography by Paula Hammons Sloan and musical direction and direction by Steve Steiner. 'What better way to begin 2014 than to offer our subscribers and audiences a musical tribute to an American Icon,' offers Wood. 'Who doesn't love such classics as 'I've Been Everywhere,' 'I Walk The Line' and so many more! A fascinating look at a fascinating man.' 'With thirty extraordinary songs performed by a talented cast of 10, this 'Ring' starts our new year off 'On Fire,' adds Wareham. RING OF FIRE will begin previews onTuesday, January 7 and will open on Saturday, January 11 at 7:30pm and run through Sunday, February 2, 2014 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. (more...)

Audra McDonald & More Join Line-Up of NBC's CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER
by TV News Desk - Dec 2, 2013

The special will feature performances from Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Goo Goo Dolls, Ariana Grande, Jewel, Leona Lewis, Audra McDonald and The Rockettes. (more...)

Cabrillo Music Theatre to Stage FOREVER PLAID, 1/31-2/9
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2013

Those heavenly voices are back! And they're better than ever! Cabrillo Music Theatre celebrates its 20th Anniversary Season by blending one of the original Plaids with four of musical theatre's top talents to create the definitive FOREVER PLAID especially for the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza! The fresh and funny FOREVER PLAID opens on Friday, January 31st, 2014, playing until Sunday, February 9th, at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks. (more...)

BWW Reviews: CINDERELLA, Bristol Hippodrome, December 10 2013
by Kathryn Pintus - Dec 14, 2013

Fun, festive frolics abound in the Bristol Hippodrome's production of Cinderella! A sparkly curtain sets the tone for the upbeat evening ahead, which is full of colour, sparkle and flair (and some blindingly pink tights!). (more...)

Lyric Stage Company of Boston to Present WORKING, A MUSICAL, 1/3-2/1
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2013

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston presents WORKING, A MUSICAL, running January 3 - February 1, 2014. Press opening, Sunday, January 5, 3pm. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/04/2013
by BWW - Aug 4, 2013

Upcoming Shows - Week of 8/04/2013 for Los Angeles (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/18/2013
by BWW - Aug 18, 2013

Upcoming Shows - Week of 8/18/2013 for Los Angeles (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 8/11/2013
by BWW - Aug 11, 2013

Upcoming Shows - Week of 8/11/2013 for Los Angeles (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 4/06/2014
by BWW - Apr 6, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/06/2014 for Detroit (more...)

Atherton, Jack, Khadime, Lonsdale and More In GIGGIN4GOOD: WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR, May 18
by Robert Gould - Apr 16, 2014

BWW:UK reports on the upcoming charity concert to raise money for Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital - 'Giggin4Good: When You Wish Upon A Star - The West End Meets Disney' (more...)

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