UNDER THE INFLUENCE

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A celebrity scandal can be the undoing of even the shiniest Hollywood star. But behind every famous death or downfall is a mess of destructive friends, unfortunate circumstances and bad choices that enable the crash. Under the Influence explores the bad influences that send celebrities down the wrong path. In each one-hour episode we investigate two infamous star scandals with a fresh perspective; looking at the negative influences and the contributing factors that lead to the wildest celebrity downfalls of all time.

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BWW Feature: FREE ONLINE OPERA/SONG JULY 3-10 at Home Computer Screens Photo BWW Feature: FREE ONLINE OPERA/SONG JULY 3-10 at Home Computer Screens
by Maria Nockin - July 03, 2020

Los Angeles Opera's Music Director James Conlon sets the stage for the company's upcoming audio-stream of Richard Wagner's epic, four-part cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen with a new podcast. Commemorating the ten-year anniversary of the company's first complete presentation of the Ring Cycle, opera f...
Oregon Shakespeare Festival Launches Streaming Service, Shows on O! Photo Oregon Shakespeare Festival Launches Streaming Service, Shows on O!
by BWW News Desk - July 01, 2020

Shows on O!, Oregon Shakespeare Festival's new streaming service, will launch July 2, bringing the first full-length video recordings of OSF plays to living rooms, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, and wherever patrons and supporters of live performance theatre are....
Jamie Mann and More Take Part in Virtual Cabaret to Benefit Obi Ndefo Photo Jamie Mann and More Take Part in Virtual Cabaret to Benefit Obi Ndefo
by BWW News Desk - June 29, 2020

Join teen actor Jamie Mann on Tuesday, June 30, at 7:30 pm EDT/4:30 PDT, as he interviews actor/screenwriter Obi Ndefo about his harrowing experience losing his legs-and for a heartwarming line-up of singers sharing their voices to help him afford new prosthetic ones....
Music Conservatory Of Westchester To Premiere Virtual Faculty Concert Of Music By Bla Photo Music Conservatory Of Westchester To Premiere Virtual Faculty Concert Of Music By Black Composers
by BWW News Desk - June 29, 2020

In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, the Music Conservatory of Westchester will present a virtual faculty concert featuring music by Black composers on Wednesday, July 15 at 12pm on Facebook and YouTube....
Ben Labat Reflects On Life With “So Much More” Photo Ben Labat Reflects On Life With “So Much More”
by BWW News Desk - June 26, 2020

Ben Labat has released a new single, “So Much More,” (Labatique Music) today, from a three-song collection of tracks....
Killer Whale Releases Trippy New Single & Video 'Comfortable' Photo Killer Whale Releases Trippy New Single & Video 'Comfortable'
by BWW News Desk - June 25, 2020

New Orleans-based band Killer Whale has shared “Comfortable,” the lead single and video from their forthcoming album Tastes Like Yesterday, out September 18th via Devil In The Woods....
BWW Interview: Robert Kelley Looks Back on His Amazing 50-Year Run at the Helm of The Photo BWW Interview: Robert Kelley Looks Back on His Amazing 50-Year Run at the Helm of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
by Jim Munson - June 25, 2020

It is time for Robert Kelley to take a richly-deserved curtain call. June 30th will be his last day as Artistic Director of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley after a mind-blowing 50 years in that role. It is not hyperbole to state there isn't another individual who has had a more profound influence on the...
Grand Park Announces Programming for 4TH OF JULY BLOCK PARTY: HOME EDITION Photo Grand Park Announces Programming for 4TH OF JULY BLOCK PARTY: HOME EDITION
by BWW News Desk - June 24, 2020

For the first time, the eighth annual Grand Park + The Music Center's 4th of July Block Party: Home Edition has partnered with ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles, Southern California's most-watched television station, to broadcast the first hour of the highly popular celebration on Saturday, July 4, (7:00 p.m...
BWW Exclusive: In Honor of Gay Pride - THE 101 GREATEST LGBTQ SONGS/ANTHEMS OF ALL TI Photo BWW Exclusive: In Honor of Gay Pride - THE 101 GREATEST LGBTQ SONGS/ANTHEMS OF ALL TIME - from Judy Garland to Lady Gaga, from Gloria Gaynor to Frank Ocean
by Peter Nason - June 24, 2020

Happy Gay Pride! BWW Reviewer Peter Nason chooses the 101 greatest LGBTQ songs and anthems from 1920-2020. See if your favorite songs or artists made the grade!...
BWW Blog: The Importance of High School Theatre Photo BWW Blog: The Importance of High School Theatre
by Student Blogger: Caiti Ho - June 23, 2020

I think I can speak for all theatre kids when I say, High School, would've been awfully dreadful if we didn't have our school plays. From the actors to the techies. A community that is strong and full of love. ...
BWW Feature: Dulce Capadocia and The Silayan Dance Co. Honored At First Ever Filipina Photo BWW Feature: Dulce Capadocia and The Silayan Dance Co. Honored At First Ever Filipinafest
by Valerie-Jean Miller - June 19, 2020

Corona Choreographic Chronicles: Dulce Capadocia & The Silayan Dance Company were the featured honorees for the first ever FilipinaFest planned to honor the late Sonia Capadocia, Silayan Dance Company Founder in celebration of National Women's History Month.  Earlier this year, plans were set to...
Arts Centre Melbourne Introduces Fridays At The Playhouse Lounge Photo Arts Centre Melbourne Introduces Fridays At The Playhouse Lounge
by BWW News Desk - June 18, 2020

As part of Arts Centre Melbourne's reopening program, the first three Fridays in July will see new series Fridays at the Playhouse Lounge open with Australia's hardest hitting Hammond organ trio, Cookin' On 3 Burners....
BWW Exclusive: THE 101 GREATEST PROTEST SONGS OF ALL TIME - with Bob Dylan, Aretha Fr Photo BWW Exclusive: THE 101 GREATEST PROTEST SONGS OF ALL TIME - with Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, John Lennon, Kendrick Lamar & More
by Peter Nason - June 18, 2020

BWW Reviewer Peter Nason chooses the 101 greatest protest songs from 1939-2020. See if your favorite songs or artists made the list!...
BWW Blog: Our Duty to Confront Racism in the Theatre Industry Photo BWW Blog: Our Duty to Confront Racism in the Theatre Industry
by Student Blogger: Nora Rhein - June 18, 2020

In light of the current Black Lives Matter protests, many Americans are becoming more aware of their white privilege, and beginning to see aspects of their life they may not have known was affected by/made easier by this privilege....
Fuse Theatre Ensemble Presents The 2020 Outwright Theatre Festival BE-YOU-T Photo Fuse Theatre Ensemble Presents The 2020 Outwright Theatre Festival BE-YOU-T
by BWW News Desk - June 16, 2020

Fuse Theatre Ensemble presents The OUTwright Theatre Festival, centering our trans and gender nonconforming communities, June 24-28 7pm each night on Facebook & Instagram....
New Website 'Everything Conducting', A New Online Resource for Conductors Launches Photo New Website 'Everything Conducting', A New Online Resource for Conductors Launches
by BWW News Desk - June 16, 2020

Four American conductors-Ankush Kumar Bahl (Washington, D.C.), John Devlin (Wheeling, WV), Anna Edwards (Seattle, WA), and Enrico Lopez-Yañez (Nashville, TN)-announced today the launch of their joint venture, the new website EverythingConducting.com....
Ali Stroker Shares Story With Youth Wheelchair Racing Program Photo Ali Stroker Shares Story With Youth Wheelchair Racing Program
by BWW News Desk - June 16, 2020

Ali Stroker joined the participants of the Rising New York Road Runners Wheelchair Training Program this weekend to share her story and the influence that adaptive youth sports programs had on her life and career....
Edmonton's Jazz Festival Returns Online From Around The World Photo Edmonton's Jazz Festival Returns Online From Around The World
by BWW News Desk - June 11, 2020

The TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival presents the 2020 Festival from the comfort of your home. Join us online starting opening weekend June 19-21 and every weekend until July 31 to enjoy free performances and interviews from musicians locally and around the world....
HARLEM RENAISSANCE 100 Goes Virtual As Second Phase of the Celebration Kicks Off Photo HARLEM RENAISSANCE 100 Goes Virtual As Second Phase of the Celebration Kicks Off
by BWW News Desk - June 11, 2020

Organizers today announced the second phase of the Harlem Renaissance 100, a multi-year celebration originally kicked off in February of this year to commemorate the milestone 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance and the artistic brilliance born from that movement....
BWW Interview: Shashwita Sharma of JASHN-E-QALAM at Digital - Live Play Co-Founder O Photo BWW Interview: Shashwita Sharma of JASHN-E-QALAM at Digital - Live Play Co-Founder Of Jashn-E-Qalam
by Mary Anthony - June 08, 2020

A Rendezvous with the co founder of Jashn-E-Qalam Shashwita Sharma. Mesmerizing one act play rendition of short stories from well known writers....
Mandala Makers Festival Moves Online Photo Mandala Makers Festival Moves Online
by BWW News Desk - June 01, 2020

Mandala South Asian Performing Arts presents emerging artists working within and beyond South Asian traditions and culture through the Mandala Makers Festival. Originally scheduled June 13 and 14 at the Green Line Performing Arts Center, the festival's content instead will be available June 13 and 1...
Broadway on Demand Postpones Tony Award Celebration Set For June 7 Photo Broadway on Demand Postpones Tony Award Celebration Set For June 7
by BWW News Desk - June 01, 2020

Broadway On Demand has made the decision to postpone its Tony Awards celebration event that was scheduled for this Sunday, June 7. The announcement was made this morning by Broadway on Demand CEO/President, Sean Cercone....
BWW Review: A RAINY DAY IN NEW YORK, Home Premiere Photo BWW Review: A RAINY DAY IN NEW YORK, Home Premiere
by Jonathan Marshall - June 01, 2020

In a world of remakes, reboots and recycled stories, inimitability is hard to find. Woody Allen is a prolific playwright, comedian, actor, screenwriter and director who has carved out a cohesive career in film. Although many have drawn influence from the auteur, no one can replicate the authentic, w...
Portland Stage Announces The 31st Annual LITTLE FESTIVAL OF THE UNEXPECTED Will Be St Photo Portland Stage Announces The 31st Annual LITTLE FESTIVAL OF THE UNEXPECTED Will Be Streamed
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2020

The Portland Stage's New Works Program, the 31st Annual Little Festival of the Unexpected, will be presented free in livestream format on Facebook as series of digital readings and discussions....
BWW Exclusive: THE 101 GREATEST MOVIE SCENES of All Time - from CITIZEN KANE to PINK Photo BWW Exclusive: THE 101 GREATEST MOVIE SCENES of All Time - from CITIZEN KANE to PINK FLAMINGOS, from THE SOUND OF MUSIC to PARASITE
by Peter Nason - May 26, 2020

BWW Reviewer Peter Nason chooses the 101 greatest scenes in cinema from 1901 to 2020. See if your favorite movie moments made the list!...