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BWW Reviews: Take a Chance on Them: MAMMA MIA! Hits DC's National Theatre
by Jamie McGonnigal - Mar 5, 2014

The good news is, fifteen years later the songs are still being sung beautifully. The touring company that is briefly visiting the nation's capital sure enough has the audience dancing in the aisles by the time they wrap things up. (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Announces Their 2014-15 Pops Series, Which Includes FLY ME TO THE MOON, VERTIGO and More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2014

Mega-watt stars light up the stage for Pacific Symphony's highly anticipated 2014-15 Pops series featuring seven not-to-be-missed concerts that include a bit of nostalgia, romance, celebration and a plethora of memorable music—all enhanced by the “Hollywood” sound of the orchestra. Led by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman, the season blasts off with a tribute to the iconic Frank Sinatra, with such jazz standards as “Fly Me to the Moon.” Add to that legendary stars Paul Anka, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall and, just in time for Christmas— (more...)

Commack Massage Therapy And Day Spa to Participate In Spa Week, 4/21
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

Hands on Healthcare Massage Therapy and Wellness Day Spa has announced that they well be participating in Spa Week, a bi-annual, national spa and wellness event. This Spa Week takes place April 21st through the 27th. During this week, Hands On will offer full-service spa treatments that are discounted down to $50 a session. (more...)

Lea Salonga Sends Social Media Support To LES MISERABLES 2014 Broadway Revival
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 2, 2014

Acclaimed multi-award-winning vocalist, actress and concert performer Lea Salonga has taken to social media to share her support of the new 2014 Broadway production of international hit mega-musical LES MISERABLES in a posting earlier this weekend. (more...)

'Audi R8 30 Years of Quattro AWD' is Released
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

The Audi R8 series is one of the most iconic sports cars in the automotive history, and is famed for its power and speed and the hardiness of its design. And time and time again, this magnificent car has evolved to surprise and inspire sports car enthusiast all over the world. In 'Audi R8 30 Years of Quattro AWD' author and Audi enthusiast Alan Crawford has written a highly detailed and informative history on one of the most magnificent cars in the world. (more...)

Interview with Librettist, Joe Masteroff
by Roundabout Theatre Company - Mar 13, 2014

Education Dramaturg Ted Sod spoke with Joe Masteroff, originalCabaret librettist, about his experience and journey with this musical. (more...)

BWW Interview: Opera Is About People: Andrew Sinclair Interview Part 'Deux'
by Erica Miner - Jan 31, 2014

In part one of my recent interview with Director Andrew Sinclair, he shared his insights and experiences directing San Diego Opera, from Aida to the 2014 opening of the powerful verismo opera 'Pagliacci.' In part two, Sinclair delves further into the subject of character in opera. (more...)

Berkeley Rep Premieres THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND, Now thru 3/16
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2014

Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces the world premiere of The House that will not Stand, a historical comedic drama commissioned from award-winning poet-playwright and Oakland native Marcus Gardley. Sensuous, witty, heartbreaking, and uplifting - The House that will not Stand unearths a story about free women of color in 1836 New Orleans, where black Creole women entered into common-law marriages with affluent white men. When her wealthy lover mysteriously dies, Beartrice Albans' foundation of security hangs precariously by a thread. She is left to fend for her three unwed daughters in a world where freedom must be carefully negotiated. Told in a rich and lyrical river of words, this new play was developed through The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep's Center for the Creation and Development of New Work. It's helmed by Patricia McGregor, whose many credits include the celebrated production of Spunk at California Shakespeare Theater. The House that will not Stand begins previews on Berkeley Rep's intimate Thrust Stage today, January 31, opens on Wednesday, February 5 and runs through Sunday, March 16, 2014. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Berkeley Rep's THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2014

Berkeley Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere of The House that will not Stand, a humorous and gripping historical drama commissioned from award- winning poet-playwright and Oakland native Marcus Gardley. Sensuous, witty, heartbreaking, and uplifting - The House that will not Stand unearths a story about free women of color in 1836 New Orleans, where black Creole women entered into common-law marriages with affluent white men. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Berkeley Rep's THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2014

Berkeley Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere of The House that will not Stand, a humorous and gripping historical drama commissioned from award- winning poet-playwright and Oakland native Marcus Gardley. Sensuous, witty, heartbreaking, and uplifting - The House that will not Stand unearths a story about free women of color in 1836 New Orleans, where black Creole women entered into common-law marriages with affluent white men. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Las Vegas Welcomes First Resident Show From China...and It's Most Welcome
by Ellen Sterling - Jan 21, 2014

As an audience member, if you can suspend your disbelief, you'll have a Wonderful Time at Panda!, the new show at the Palazzo Theatre and the first on the Strip imported from China. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Horizon Theatre's THE BOOK CLUB PLAY
by Laura Blatterman Brown - Jan 21, 2014

I recently had the pleasure of an invitation from the Horizon Theater to see their performance of The Book Club Play. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Group Rep Gives Back to the Community at Christmas
by Don Grigware - Jan 2, 2014

It's the most Wonderful Time of the year, especially for the Group Repertory Theatre Company, which for more than three decades has provided holiday cheer for children-in-need. (more...)

Roundabout's DINNER WITH FRIENDS to Begin PreviewsToday
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2014

Roundabout Theatre Company has announced that Dinner with Friends by Pulitzer Prize winnerDonald Margulies, directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon will open on February 13, 2014. The cast will include Jeremy Shamos as 'Gabe,' Darren Pettie as 'Tom', Marin Hinkle as 'Karen,' and Maria Dizzia as 'Beth.' (more...)

Cruise Passengers Can Soak Up Pre- and Post-Cruise Cultural Fun in Fort Lauderdale with Riverwalk A&E District Partners' Exciting 'Cruise & Play' Offers
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2014

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Pre-and post-cruise cultural adventures in Fort Lauderdale can be the perfect complement to any cruise vacation, and Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment (A&E) partners are offering great values for passengers to soak up the area's renowned entertainment, art, beauty, history and more. As part of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau's 'Cruise & Play' promotion, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Florida Grand Opera, Nova Southeastern University's Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society and Historic Stranahan House Museum are presenting special values for passengers sailing in and out of Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades. (more...)

Freescale Announces Robust Program, New Speakers for Freescale Technology Forum Americas April 8-11 2014
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2014

What's new for FTF Americas 2014: (more...)

BWW Reviews: Caustic, Hilarious BOOK OF MORMON at Hippodrome
by Jack L. B. Gohn - Feb 28, 2014

So, after trashing Mormonism, and by implication most other faiths (since most have foundational myths about as likely-sounding as the LDS ones, and taboos that are no less but also no more sensible than those which restrain the Mormons), there are two natural places to end up. One would be in some kind of existential humanism, the other in some kind of existential despair. But the creators don't want to go either place. So they have to fudge it, with a huge spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down and a philosophically confused but dramatically permissible twist. There is some kind of reason for the whole cast and the audience to be exultant at the end. (more...)

BWW Reviews: NEW YORK CITY BALLET Delivers Two Hits and a Miss in a Triple Bill
by Sondra Forsyth - Feb 14, 2014

With Fashion Week 2014 under way in the tents at Lincoln Center from February 6th to 13th, New York City Ballet dusted off Peter Martins' 2012 tribute to iconic designer Valentino for the evening performance at Koch Theater on Saturday, February 8th. A description of 'Bal de Couture' on the company's web site enthused that we would feel as though we were 'on a runway at the ballet'. Not so much. The unwieldy black and white ball gowns with red petticoats, described in a handout available in the lobby as 'dazzling', managed to make the svelte ballerinas appear to be thick-waisted as they maneuvered through Peter Martins' uninspired choreography along with male dancers in black suits. Three dancers in tutus darted in and out of the scenes set to the waltz and the polonaise from Tschaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, looking as though they had ended up at the wrong party. The central section, a cliched love triangle to Tschaikovsky's Elegie in G for Strings, went on far too long - as often happens in ballets by Martins. (more...)

Light Reading Gets Its Components Mojo Back
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2014

NEW YORK, Feb. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Light Reading(www.lightreading.com), the market-leading online community for the global communications sector, has renewed its focus on the communications networking components and modules sector with the launch of a new content track ahead of two major industry gatherings Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (February 24 to 27) and OFC in San Francisco (March 9 to 13). (more...)

BWW Interviews: Stephanie Saland
by Barnett Serchuk - Feb 11, 2014

Stephanie Saland entered The School of American Ballet just before her 15th birthday. Three years later she was invited by George Balanchine to join the New York City Ballet for the remarkable Stravinsky Festival. In a 21year career with City Ballet, she was showcased in leading roles under Balanchine's direction, as well as principal roles in Jerome Robbins' repertoire. Before moving to Seattle in the fall of 1993, she taught movement for student actors at Playwrights' Horizons and helped develop a body-awareness class for actors with theater teacher Caymichael Patten. (more...)

2013 South African Theatre Retrospectives: Comedy, Variety and Storytelling
by David Fick - Dec 31, 2013

The penultimate column in BroadwayWorld's South African Theatre Retrospective series takes a look at some of the stand-up comedy, variety shows and storytelling performances that have been produced on stage in 2013. (more...)

Berkeley Rep to Premiere THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND, 1/31-3/16
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2013

Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces the world premiere of The House that will not Stand, a historical comedic drama commissioned from award-winning poet-playwright and Oakland native Marcus Gardley. Sensuous, witty, heartbreaking, and uplifting - The House that will not Stand unearths a story about free women of color in 1836 New Orleans, where black Creole women entered into common-law marriages with affluent white men. When her wealthy lover mysteriously dies, Beartrice Albans' foundation of security hangs precariously by a thread. She is left to fend for her three unwed daughters in a world where freedom must be carefully negotiated. Told in a rich and lyrical river of words, this new play was developed through The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep's Center for the Creation and Development of New Work. It's helmed by Patricia McGregor, whose many credits include the celebrated production of Spunk at California Shakespeare Theater. The House that will not Stand begins previews on Berkeley Rep's intimate Thrust Stage on Friday, January 31, opens on Wednesday, February 5 and runs through Sunday, March 16, 2014. (more...)

BroadwayGirl's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide!
by BroadwayGirl NYC - Dec 21, 2013

They say it's the most Wonderful Time of the year. I can't say I disagree! The holidays in New York City are magical... ice skating at Bryant Park, the huge trees lit up in Rockefeller Center and Lincoln Center, and snow falling softly on Times Square (let's just ignore the black post-snow slush). New shows opening on Broadway just in time for the holiday crowds, and of course... the chance to scour the BC/EFA Holiday Gift Guide to find the perfect items for everyone on your list. (more...)

Photo Coverage: In Rehearsal with Ashley Brown & Steven Reineke with New York Pops
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 20, 2013

Continuing December 20, 2013 at 8:00 PM, The New York Pops will present an evening full of holiday cheer at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with Ashley Brown and Essential Voices USA. Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke - described byThe New York Times as a 'polished, welcoming host' who is 'young and vigorous, with a playful attitude' - will lead the orchestra and guest artist Ashley Brown in a festive concert featuring traditional favorites and new holiday hits. Below, check out photos from rehearsal! (more...)

ALL EYES ON WHAT MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS ALBUM: Record Executive Jay Landers 'Weighs-in' with Richard Jay-Alexander
by Richard Jay-Alexander - Dec 20, 2013

Jay is an enormous fan of Broadway and all its denizens and has done many Broadway Cast Albums, but he has also worked with every great star of our time in every category of music. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Go UNDER THE MISTLETOE with Ashley Brown & the NY Pops
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Dec 20, 2013

Continuing December 20, 2013 at 8:00 PM, The New York Pops will present an evening full of holiday cheer at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with Ashley Brown and Essential Voices USA. Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke - described byThe New York Times as a 'polished, welcoming host' who is 'young and vigorous, with a playful attitude' - will lead the orchestra and guest artist Ashley Brown in a festive concert featuring traditional favorites and new holiday hits. Below, check out photos from the show! (more...)

SOUND OFF: 2013 Holiday Gift Guide
by Pat Cerasaro - Dec 19, 2013

Today, we are spotlighting the absolute must-haves for the Broadway baby on Santa's shopping list - all of the very best theatre-related music, movies, events and more - well, at least sixteen or seventeen of them… (more...)

Matthew Morrison to Star on West End Following GLEE Run?
by TV News Desk - Dec 19, 2013

Glee star Matthew Morrison revealed that following the sixth and final season of the FOX musical dramedy, he is hoping to work in London's West End (more...)

'Tis the Season to Keep Pets Safe! ThunderWorks Wishes All Pet Parents an Anxiety-Free Holiday
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2013

The holidays can be a Wonderful Time of year for families and friends to get together and celebrate. However, for pets, holidays can pose additional safety threats and spur on anxiety. Many times, dogs and cats can become anxious or fearful of party guests, visitors and unfamiliar decorations such as trees, blinking lights and holiday figures. As a result, negative behavior like clawing, chewing, barking, whining and indoor elimination can arise. ThunderWorks, the makers of the ThunderShirt and pet anxiety experts, provide a variety of solutions to help keep pets calm during the holidays. (more...)

BWW Reviews: CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE is an Oddly Fascinating Holiday Treat at the Denver Center!
by Michael Mulhern - Dec 19, 2013

This is the oddest Christmas show that I have ever seen and it was fascinating! (more...)

Debbie Gravitte's Holiday Spectacular Set for Ridgefield Playhouse Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2013

The most Wonderful Time of the year gets even brighter with music of the season presented by Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte and her star-studded cast who will deck the halls at The Ridgefield Playhouse in three performances this year -- tonight, December 19, at 7:30 p.m., and Friday, December 20, at 5 p.m. & 8 p.m. (more...)

Johnny Mathis Brings IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR to the Grand Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2013

Nothing says 'Christmas' better than the Johnny Mathis: It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year production starring two-time Grammy Hall of Fame legend, Johnny Mathis - on stage at The Grand 1894 Opera House. This special holiday performance is set for tonight, December 19 at 8pm. (more...)

VIDEO: Matthew Morrison Performs Christmas Song Mash-Up on 'This Morning'
by TV News Desk - Dec 18, 2013

Matthew Morrison and his musical director, Brad Ellis, performed a mash-up of Christmas songs on the UK show 'This Morning'. Check out the appearance below! (more...)

Fox's AMERICAN IDOL & ENLISTED Will Offer Gift Wrapping Services Nationwide
by TV News Desk - Dec 18, 2013

AMERICAN IDOL XIII and new FOX comedy ENLISTED are getting into the spirit of the holidays with a special gift during the most Wonderful Time of the year! From Friday, Dec. 20 - Tuesday, Dec. 24, AMERICAN IDOL XIII will provide complimentary gift wrapping in local shopping centers in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Tampa and Nashville. At the festive stations, shoppers can have their purchases wrapped in exclusive IDOL-themed paper, watch clips and exclusive IDOL content from the all-new season. Also at each station, ENLISTED will provide shoppers with free postcards to write letters of appreciation to our service members deployed in harm's way. In partnership with Operation Gratitude, the collected postcards will be sent overseas in Operation Gratitude Care Packages. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Historic Boston, a City for All Seasons
by Naomi Serviss - Dec 17, 2013

Enjoy a frosty drink in an ice bar, come back in the spring for the swan boats. (more...)

Support the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra This Holiday Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2013

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to your Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra this Holiday Season. Your generosity makes the music happen—on stage, in our area classrooms, libraries, senior centers and day care facilities. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Tucson - Week of 12/15/2013
by BWW - Dec 15, 2013

Upcoming Shows - Week of 12/15/2013 for Tucson (more...)

Jinkx Monsoon Brings Holiday Show to Cornish Playhouse Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2013

Cornish College of the Arts welcomes back our two alums, Jerick Hoffer and Richard Andriessen aka Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales, following their acclaimed run in the Off-Broadway sleeper hit The Vaudevillians. They return to the Emerald City to share the holidays with their fans in two exclusive performances of Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales: Unwrapped after a week of performances of Unwrapped at The Laurie Beechman Theater in New York City. (more...)

South Street Doubles Holiday Fun with New Christmas Village and Santa's Stumble Bar Crawl Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2013

South Street Headhouse District (SSHD) doubles the holiday fun today, December 14, 2013 with the first Christmas Village and Santa's South Street Stumble. (more...)

Pacific Symphony Presents Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, 12/12 - Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2013

Gorgeous and grand, one of the repertoire's most-loved and instantly recognizable concertos, Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, becomes the centerpiece of an orchestral showcase led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, continuing Pacific Symphony's 35th anniversary season. (more...)

Ridgefield Theater Barn Hosts 'Holiday Piano Bar...n' Event This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2013

The holidays put almost everyone in the mood to sing. You find yourself singing along to carols on the radio, or just randomly humming a few bars of Jingle Bells. So the Ridgefield Theater Barn has decided to adapt their wildly popular Piano Bar…n event in a special holiday offering! If you've been to the annual April event, you know it's a wickedly entertaining evening filled with live music, talented performers and good company where you may even be shaken out of your comfort zone to hop on the stage yourself. (Don't worry, they won't force you). All that and more await you December 13th & 14th at 8pm, when the Theater Barn brings the Manhattan club scene to Ridgefield, this time with a holiday theme. (more...)

BWW Reviews: BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL Sings 'Happy Holidays' with NSO - What a Performance!
by Charles Shubow - Dec 13, 2013

NSO presents a wonderful holiday celebration. (more...)

KILLING MY LOBSTER WINTER FOLLIES Plays Now thru 12/15 at Z Below
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2013

Pass the Peppermint Schnapps! It's time to get your Scroogy soul sloshed on some holiday humor. The harsh San Francisco winter is upon us and we're snowballing in to our next show with a stocking full o' seasonal sketches. So shovel out that driveway, put on your parka and come join Killing My Lobster for a comedic kick in the ol' chestnuts from today, December 12 - 15, 2013 at Z Below. (more...)

Pacific Symphony Presents Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, Now thru 12/14
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2013

Gorgeous and grand, one of the repertoire's most-loved and instantly recognizable concertos, Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, becomes the centerpiece of an orchestral showcase led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, continuing Pacific Symphony's 35th anniversary season. (more...)

Choice Hotels International Announces Winter Promotion
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2013

What could you do with 50,000 Choice Privileges bonus points? The possibilities are endless, thanks to Choice Hotels (NYSE: CHH) winter travel promotion. Starting today, members of the Choice Privileges rewards program can earn up to 50,000 Choice Privileges bonus points by earning 3,000 points after every two qualifying trips with arrival between December 12, 2013 and February 19, 2014. (more...)

Pacific Symphony Features Joyce Yang in Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2013

Gorgeous and grand, one of the repertoire's most-loved and instantly recognizable concertos, Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, becomes the centerpiece of an orchestral showcase led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, continuing Pacific Symphony's 35th anniversary season. Demanding virtuosity and superb technique to deliver its pounding parallel chords and rapid finger work, Tchaikovsky's masterpiece is in the skillful hands of Korean pianist Joyce Yang, who has been hailed by the Washington Post for her “poetic and sensitive pianism… capable of hurtling thunderbolts.” Yang returns to the Symphony after a performance two seasons' ago of another Russian masterwork, Rachmaninoff's Third, when she was praised by the Orange County Register for her “genuine enthusiasm” and “singing elegance.” The evening opens with Glinka's joyous Overture to “Russlan and Ludmilla,” showing off the orchestra with loud, fast and virtuosic playing. The finale then bursts with color as each of the instruments are treated like soloists in Bartók's “Concerto for Orchestra.” (more...)

BWW Reviews: ANNIE Again Lights up Beck Center for the Holidays
by Roy Berko - Dec 11, 2013

She's Back! (more...)

A MATT CONNER CHRISTMAS Begins Tonight at Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2013

Signature Theatre presents two limited-run shows that bring the spirit of the holidays to the stage for family, friends, and music lovers of all ages. The fun begins this week with composer and Signature favorite Matt Conner (Crossing, The Hollow, Nevermore), who will warm up the intimate ARK Theatre with his new show A Matt Conner Christmas. (more...)

Jimmy Shoffman Returns to Desert Stages Theatre in THE LAST 5 YEARS, Now thru 5/18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2014

Jimmy Shoffman never set out to be an actor. As a film screenwriting major at Arizona State University he was 'dragged' to his first audition by his classmate in a beginning acting class, a requirement for his degree. His first show at Desert Stages Theatre was the iconic 'West Side Story' in which he played 'Action' and the rest as they say is history! Shoffman has become one of the who's who of local valley actors and his talent and drive has rewarded him with 2 AriZoni Awards for acting for his work in DST's 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' and the legendary John Merrick in 'The Elephant Man'. (more...)

Yale Rep to Stage World Premiere of THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND, 4/18-5/10
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2014

Yale Repertory Theatre, in a co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, presents the world premiere of The House that will not Stand by Marcus Gardley, directed by Patricia McGregor. The House that will not Stand will be performed at Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street) April 18-May 10. Opening Night is Thursday, April 24. (more...)

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