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Prepare to Be Scared with Syfy's Annual '31 Days of Halloween' Celebration
by TV News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

The scare is everywhere during Syfy's 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN! All October, the network will unleash a mix of spooky Syfy originals and nightmare-inducing horror movies, in a cross-platform celebration of the most wickedly Wonderful Time of the year. (more...)

Sarah McLachlan's New Holiday Album Wonderland Due Out On Verve Records 10/21
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Sarah McLachlan will celebrate the most Wonderful Time of the year with the release of her new holiday album Wonderland, due out on Oct. 21 on Verve Records. (more...)

[Press Release} Fox Theatre Offers Four Unique Shows for ALL Audiences
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

Forgo the long lines at the airport and leave behind frantic Black Friday shopping. Instead, cap off your Thanksgiving festivities with family and friends by enjoying the world class entertainment presented by the Fox Theatre.  Guests will enjoy a diverse showcase and be amazed by surreal Cirque magic, serenaded by holiday melodies, thrilled by a retelling of a classic story, and of course, remember that no one can "put Baby in a corner."  (more...)

BWW Interview: Paige Silvester is 16 Going On 17 in THE SOUND OF MUSIC
by Heidi Scheuermann - Sep 20, 2016

Playing the oldest Von Trapp daughter, Liesl, is Paige Silvester. The role was made famous by the recently deceased Charmain Carr (may she rest in peace) in the 1965 film by the same name. Silvester hails from Sacramento, California; earned her BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan; is no stranger to the stage; and writes a really fun blog. She grew up dancing, singing, and acting, and has performed The Muny, Sacramento Music Circus, and was most recently seen in the ensemble of the Broadway 1st National Tour of EVITA. (more...)

BWW Blog: Casey Hebbel - Gala Celebration Rehearsals
by Guest Blogger: Casey Hebbel - Sep 2, 2016

Gala Celebration rehearsals are in full swing here at Transcendence! We are gearing up for our end of season celebration and fundraiser. Transcendence Artist Casey Hebbel gives blog readers a sneak peek at how it's all going!! (more...)

Neil Diamond's 'Acoustic Christmas' to Be Released 10/28; Pre-Order Now
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Capitol Records today announces the global release of Acoustic Christmas, a new holiday collection from Neil Diamond. Hitting October 28 with a vinyl version arriving November 19, pre-orders are now available (more...)

Batabano Cayman Islands Festival Astonishes With Thousands of Spectacular Costumes, Food, Drink and Music
by Anton Anderssen - May 4, 2016

The Batabano Cayman Islands Festival is a spectacle of color, dance, music, food, drink and celebration. Held annually in May, Miss Cayman Islands shares her passion about this theatrical event. (more...)

TWAS A GIRLS NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS to Play City Theatre, 12/1-4
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

From the producers of the box office smash "Girls Night: The Musical" comes the new must see holiday show, "Twas A Girls Night Before Christmas: The Musical." The show will make its City Theatre debut just in time for the holidays on Thursday, December 1 through Sunday, December 4. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Dame Judi Dench Discusses Shakespeare, Her Passion, CATS, Potential Broadway Return
by Matt Tamanini - May 27, 2016

Only some are able to ever identify their specific passion, far fewer are able to achieve, and only a select handful are able to make their passion their life's work; Judi Dench is one of those few. When I asked her why, despite a career spanning more than five and a half decades, and nearly every major acting award the world over, she continues to return to the plays of William Shakespeare, in a tone exceedingly gentle, yet slightly dismayed that the question need even be asked, she said, 'Cause that's my passion, Matt.' (more...)

TONY AWARD Nominations Announced LIVE Tomorrow; Nikki M. James to Replace Patina Miller
by TV News Desk - May 2, 2016

Each spring the entire Broadway community gets ready for the biggest announcement of the year: which shows and artists will receive nominations for the American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards®. (more...)

New Comedy LE SWITCH Opens 6/17 at Jungle Theater
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

? This summer, the Jungle Theater presents a witty, affectionate and timely comedy about what it means to be committed, alive and in love in the era of marriage equality. LE SWITCH, by "the richly talented Chicago writer" Philip Dawkins (Chicago Tribune), is on stage June 17-July 31 at the Lyn-Lake neighborhood theater, 2951 Lyndale Ave. S. in Minneapolis. The Playwrights' Center Artistic Director Jeremy Cohen makes his directorial debut at the Jungle with this production. (more...)

BWW Interview: GUYS AND DOLLS' Miss Adelaide, Samantha Spiro!
by Carrie Dunn - May 12, 2016

We talk to Samantha Spiro about playing Miss Adelaide in the West End production of Guys and Dolls! (more...)

Bobby Cannavale, Laura Linney, Peter Dinklage & More Set for Labyrinth's Benefit Reading of THE CHERRY ORCHARD
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2016

Labyrinth Theater Company, the award-winning, nationally renowned theater company, will stage a reading of Company Member Jonathan Marc Sherman's adaptation of The Cherry Orchard, Texas Red on April 24, benefiting the Company's new play development programs. This one-night-only event will feature Labyrinth Company Members Bobby Cannavale, Chris Chalk, Ethan Hawke, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Portia, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Yul Vazquez and guest artists Paul Dano, Peter Dinklage, Maya Hawke, Zoe Kazan, and Laura Linney. Cast subject to continuing availability. (more...)

San Diego Gay Men's Chorus to Present CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2016

Go west this spring as the award-winning San Diego Gay Men's Chorus premieres its highly anticipated new show California Dreamin' at the historic Balboa Theatre on April 23 and 24. (more...)

BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Raises Cain at the Orpheum
by Caroline Sposto - Mar 18, 2016

Typically the press night buzz at the Memphis Orpheum starts in the lobby . . . or at least inside the foyer. Last night, however, it radiated for two square blocks in all directions as Mormon missionaries turned out in force to meet and greet theater goers. These clean-cut, youth, armed with literature and disarming smiles had driven all the way from Little Rock. They weren't protesting the show, just using the opportunity to tell their side the world Trey Parker and Matt Stone (Creators of South Park) and Robert Lopez, composer of 'Avenue Q' so famously lampooned. (more...)

Emily Browning Joins Cast of STARZ Upcoming Series AMERICAN GODS
by TV News Desk - Mar 18, 2016

Starz and FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) announced today that Emily Browning ('Sucker Punch,' 'Legend') has been cast as Laura Moon, in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman's acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, AMERICAN GODS. (more...)

Emily Browning Joins Cast of Starz's AMERICAN GODS
by TV News Desk - Mar 17, 2016

Starz and FremantleMedia NORTH AMERICA (FMNA) announced today that Emily Browning ('Sucker Punch,' 'Legend') has been cast as Laura Moon, in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman's acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, American Gods. The series will begin shooting in April. (more...)

Bay Area Children's Theatre's ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! to Open Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2016

A party invitation?! Piggie is thrilled!  But when she remembers she has never been to a party, she asks her best friend Gerald, the elephant, to accompany her. Good thing Gerald knows how to party!  (more...)

BWW Blog: Nanjibah Khan - Growing in the Theatre
by Guest Blogger: Nanjibah Khan - Jun 6, 2016

My interest in the theatre had started at a very young age. The place where I finally pursued the theatre was at Parkway Middle School of the Arts. It feels like I had walked in here just a few days ago, but the fact that we're leaving in a few days is still surprising to me. I have noticed that a lot of us had started off as mere amateurs. We just decided to try something that seemed fun! But over the years, we've got to see each other grow and improve in so many aspects… And it's fascinating how far everyone has come. (more...)

BWW Interview: A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Tony Nominee Mark Strong Can't Wait To Get Back To Broadway
by Michael Dale - Jun 4, 2016

He won an Olivier Award for his performance in the Arthur Miller classic and now he's up for a Tony. (more...)

BWW Interview: Keith Carradine on the New Encores! Cast Album of PAINT YOUR WAGON
by Adrienne Onofri - Jun 3, 2016

The cast album from City Center's 'Paint Your Wagon', starring Carradine, has just come out. (more...)

SINGING TOGETHER Radio Play to Be Broadcast on BBC June 6
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2016

Eight young actors and three professional actors will soon be heard on a radio play set in Swindon and Wiltshire. In a first for Prime Theatre, Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival and BBC Wiltshire, 'Singing Together' is the story of a choir of World War Two evacuees coming to Swindon and being billeted all across the county. (more...)

Ann Barrett Pens DAUGHTER OF HONOR
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2016

Ann Barrett, a retired Army veteran and dedicated writer, has completed her new book 'The Black River': a charming and entertaining tale of a raccoon and an opossum that set out to find adventure, despite the warnings of their parents. (more...)

Colorado Shakespeare Festival to Continue Season with CYMBELINE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival continues its season of myths, legends and fairy tales with the classic, fantasy-like 'Cymbeline.' From battle scenes to mistaken identities to a magical love story, this timeless play still sweeps audiences of all ages off their feet more than 400 years after it was first staged. Performances run July 14-Aug. 7 in CU Boulder's University Theatre. (more...)

BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ Wows at The MUNY
by Chris Gibson - Jun 17, 2016

THE WIZARD OF OZ opens The MUNY's 98th season this year, and it's a lively and colorful production that provides an enjoyable experience for kids of all ages. This is an excellent presentation of one of The MUNY's most beloved shows, filled with fine performances and enough action to keep even the tiniest of tykes fully engaged. Yes, I know the unseasonably hot weather we're currently experiencing is a consideration for a lot of patrons, but with the fans running at full blast, you'll find it's a lot more comfortable than you would expect. My son and I had a blast, and this is the fourth production of the musical he's seen, and as he said, easily the best. It's a perfect show to take the family to, and one I know that you'll have an absolutely Wonderful Time seeing. It's also a larger than life spectacle that fits the expansive MUNY stage like a glove. (more...)

BWW Blog: Aimee Hunsinger - Full Swing at the Barn
by Guest Blogger: Aimee Hunsinger - Jun 16, 2016

Sorry for the late update but things are in full swing here at the barn. I am finishing up the first week of rehearsals for Peace Love and Cupcakes! The main stage show Smoke on the Mountain opened this week! (It's fantastic) The first show downstairs began rehearsals and it already sounds amazing! Everything is in full swing and the barn is busy once again. (more...)

BWW Interview - Lyricist Glenn Slater Talks SCHOOL OF ROCK, TANGLED & Possible GALAVANT Stage Show
by Caryn Robbins - Jun 1, 2016

Today Slater speaks exclusively with BWW about his remarkable career and shares details on the possibility that GALAVANT and TANGLED may one day make their way to the Great White Way! (more...)

BWW Review: MATILDA is the Must See Summer Musical
by Alan Henry - Jul 8, 2016

A brilliant production of Matilda the Musical opened last night in Toronto at The Ed Mirvish Theatre. The show, which I saw in in London with the original cast, is truly a family musical for the age we currently live in. (more...)

BWW Review: GILBERT AND SULLIVAN IN CHATHAM Guarantees Evening of Fun
by Kristen Morale - Jul 6, 2016

The Chatham Drama Guild, Chatham's own community theater group which brings a variety of entertaining performances to its audiences each year, presents Gilbert and Sullivan in Chatham: a musical revue dedicated to bringing forth an appreciation (or perhaps an even greater one depending on how familiar you are with the pair's works) of Gilbert and Sullivan musicals well and lesser-known alike. Actors at the Guild, many of whose familiar faces appear once again this time around, have brought many such past revues to life, giving audiences the chance to enjoy a pleasant, entertaining night out while giving the chance to become privy to different music and composers that may have otherwise gone unacknowledged. (more...)

BWW Review: SHREK Brings Laughs Both Big and Small
by Alexander Garza - Jul 29, 2016

The show is genuinely moving, entertaining, and a fast-paced, all around fun time for the entire family. Don't be quick to assume you can't take your date to see SHREK just because the production is part of Main Street Theater's Theatre for Youth program. The performance is open to the public, and the narrative and jokes will have both children and adults raving. (more...)

BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's MARY POPPINS
by Jeffrey Kare - Jul 27, 2016

Based on the children's novels by P.L. Travers as well as the classic 1964 Walt Disney film of the same name, Mary Poppins tells the story of a nanny who arrives on the doorstep of the Jane & Michael Banks. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Using a combination of magic and common sense, Mary Poppins must teach the family members how to value each other again. (more...)

BWW Interview: Tenor Barry Banks Counts Himself Lucky
by Erica Miner - Jul 25, 2016

From his early youth in Staffordshire, UK, Barry Banks had a burning desire to sing. (more...)

EDINBURGH 2016: BWW Q&A - Christina Bianco
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 25, 2016

We speak to star of the West End and Broadway, Christina Bianco about her Edinburgh Fringe run of Me, Myself and Everybody Else before heading out on her first UK tour! (more...)

Thou Hath No Fear to Shed All in Peregrine's FULL MONTY
by Kristen Morale - Jul 24, 2016

With a book by Terrence McNally, music and lyrics by David Yazbek and now under the direction of (and also featuring choreography by) Terry Norgeot, The Full Monty has arrived at the Provincetown Theatre, in association with Peregrine Theatre Ensemble. Based on the cult-hit film of the same name, this ten-time Tony-Award nominee is one of the most unconventionally 'real' musicals you are ever bound to say; it is a surprisingly dramatic story trapped in the body of a semi-comedic musical, and the songs are an added bonus in bringing both its characters and the audience away from real-life issues by the comedic way in which they are dealt with. (more...)

'The Museum Curator (First Edition 2016)' by Bruce Allsman is Released
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

YHS Press is pleased to announce the release of this book by Bruce Allsman: The Museum Curator (first edition 2016). This book is sold through Amazon Kindle at an offer price of $4.99. Description of book When accompanying her husband on a business trip to a city in Eastern Europe, Serena Crown and her four-year-old daughter Allison chooses to spend a day at a museum while her husband, Tom Crown, attends a business meeting. At the museum, Serena and Allison enjoys a Wonderful Time together until a sudden power outage disrupts them. Seconds later when the power resumes, Serena finds Allison missing. Her initial effort to search for Allison ends in failure. Desperate for help, she seeks the assistance of the museum security chief. And under the museum curator's directive, they conduct a thorough search throughout the museum. However, her nightmare begins when she discovers that Allison had been taken. To download this book visit: Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IEZ6I94 (more...)

10 on Tuesday with Cody Jamison Strand
by Misha Davenport - Jul 12, 2016

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Theater Project Jr presents GREASE at Hamilton Stage August 19-21
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

wenty New Jersey young people will present the musical GREASE, this year's presentation by THEATER PROJECT JR. Each summer, the program takes students (ages 8 & up) through an eight-week course that culminates in four performances for friends, family and the community. Along the way, students learn acting, build confidence in themselves, make friends and have a Wonderful Time. GREASE will be presented at the Hamilton Stage in Rahway, August 19-21.   (more...)

Norah Jones to Take DAY BREAKS Tour to The VETS This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2016

Norah Jones has announced the October 7 global release of Day Breaks (Blue Note Records), her stunning sixth solo album which is a kindred spirit to the singer's breakout debut Come Away With Me and finds the 9-time GRAMMY-winner returning to the piano and her roots. Norah has also announced Fall tour dates in North America and Europe including The VETS in Providence on December 8 at 8:00pm. (more...)

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra 2016-2017 Season Opens October 1st
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2016

 The Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra (HSO) opens its 2016-2017 Halekulani Masterworks season with "Tao Rachs!" on October 1 and 2 featuring pianist Conrad Tao's triumphant return to the Blaisdell Concert Hall with a  performance of Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme Paganini. Led by Maestro Gerard Schwarz (more...)

Windham Theatre Guild Set to Present CHILDREN'S LETTERS TO GOD
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

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BWW Review: Beautifully Orchestrated EVERYTHING'S COMING UP ROSIE for 10th Anniversary of Sterling's Upstairs
by Don Grigware - Aug 2, 2016

On Sunday July 31 Michael Sterling celebrated 10 years of his cabaret supper club now called Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal with a mega-delightful show headlining the music of his mentor Rosemary Clooney called Everything's Coming Up Rosie. On the bill were two exuberantly talented singers Kerry O'Malley and Mary Callanan. Backed by virtuoso musical director Richard Allen at the piano and his superb trio of musicians that included Ed Smith on drums and Randy Landas on bass, the two gals sent out glorious vibes in the 90-minute set. (more...)

Rorschach Theatre Announces 2016-2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

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Jane Lynch to Bring SWINGIN' LITTLE CHRISTMAS to Feinstein's at the Nikko
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

It's the most Wonderful Time of the year! Join award-winning singer, actress and comedian, Jane Lynch, as she rings in the holidays with her brand-new show, Swingin' Little Christmas, at Feinstein's at the Nikko. (more...)

CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE to Light Up the Holidays at the Fox Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

?CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE lights up the 2016 holiday season with its iconic holiday stage spectacular at the Fox Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m. for two unforgettable performances presented by the Fox Theatre and Steve Litman. (more...)

BWW Review: All the World's a Stage in CABARET at the Cape Playhouse
by Kristen Morale - Aug 12, 2016

This is the wonder of Kander and Ebb's masterpiece that is Cabaret, now brought to the Cape Playhouse in what can only be described, in the words of Fraulein Bowles, as 'perfectly marvelous,' although even that would be an understatement for such a show as this beautiful theater in the heart of Dennis Village now presents to a Cape Cod audience. (more...)

6,000 Performers Needed for ROALD DAHL'S CITY OF THE UNEXPECTED in Cardiff City Centre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

Wales Millennium Centre and National Theatre Wales have today called out to the people of Cardiff, Wales and Britain to take part in Roald Dahl's City of the Unexpected, Cardiff's landmark celebration of Wales' foremost storyteller. Director, Nigel Jamieson, leads the search for a cast of 6,000 volunteers, including 2,000 choristers, 1,000 dancers, 50 Morris Minor drivers, 40 bald men, 13 magicians, four brass bands, three excavator drivers, a Spitfire pilot, firemen, circus artists, aerialists, rockclimbers, grandparents, children and a performing mouse. Anyone interested in taking part, whether as a performer, a maker or an organiser, is encouraged to get in touch. (more...)

Joan Van Blarcom Releases NO BIG DEAL
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

As a middle school teacher the author Joan Van Blarcom has observed the many problems that children faced upon entering middle school. 'No Big Deal' (published by AuthorHouse) encompasses most of these problems and lends for a conversation with teachers, parents and their children to make their first few weeks in middle school easier. (more...)

BWW Review: AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY Returns Triumphantly to Rockwell
by Don Grigware - Apr 14, 2016

On Tuesday April 12 I eagerly returned to Rockwell Table and Stage for the third time to see An Evening of Classic Broadway. The show comes to Rockwell for one evening every couple of months. Why do I keep coming back? Produced by Dianne Fraser and musically directed by extraordinarily talented Brad Ellis ... and with a bevy of great singers on board, it's guaranteed fun, extra high on entertainment, and it incorporates Broadway standards both classic and contemporary. If that isn't enough, the structure is laid back and spontaneous, allowing one to sit back, relax and just savor the sounds. (more...)

April Wine to Rock Suncoast Showroom, 5/21
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

Canadian rockers April Wine will bring more than 40 years of hits to the Suncoast Showroom on May 21. (more...)

Pacific Symphony Releases Schedule for Upcoming Pops! Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

Orange County, Calif.—April 11, 2016—The stars come out for seven sensational concerts showcasing major names, top talent and a plethora of indelible music for Pacific Symphony's 2016-17 Pops season! Led for the 26th year by acclaimed Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman, the lighter side of the Symphony opens with the return of multiple Grammy Award-winner Amy Grant. Then, sit back and enjoy some good-natured hilarity when the hit movie “Home Alone” returns to the screen with the Symphony performing the score live! For the holidays, share the spirit of the season with The Ten Tenors, and spend Valentine's Day weekend with Michael Bolton. Get an early jump on summer with The Beach Boys, before being treated to the unique humor and talent of Jason Alexander, best known for his role in “Seinfeld.” Finally, a tribute to the legend responsible for so many unforgettable movie tunes—John Williams—finishes out this incredible season. (more...)

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