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Photos: On the Red Carpet of SOME LIKE IT HOT Opening Night Photo Photos: On the Red Carpet of SOME LIKE IT HOT Opening Night
by Bruce Glikas - Dec 12, 2022

See photos from the opening night red carpet of Some Like It Hot, now playing at the Shubert Theatre.

Jenni Barber, Jason Veasey & Maya Days to Star in FOUNTAIN OF YOU at the Green Room 4 Photo Jenni Barber, Jason Veasey & Maya Days to Star in FOUNTAIN OF YOU at the Green Room 42
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 8, 2022

The Green Room 42 will present a special concert reading of the new musical, Fountain of You, on Monday, September 26 at 7:00 PM. Fountain of You features book and lyrics by Tasha Gordon-Solmon and music by Faye Chiao, and stars Jenni Barber, Jason Veasey and Maya Days.

See Eva Noblezada, James Jackson Jr. & John-Andrew Morrison and More at The Green Roo Photo See Eva Noblezada, James Jackson Jr. & John-Andrew Morrison and More at The Green Room 42 This Month
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 8, 2022

The Green Room 42 has announced their September line-up for in-person cabaret performances, featuring See Eva Noblezada, James Jackson Jr. & John-Andrew Morrison and more. See the full lineup here!

Listen: Randy Rainbow Releases New Single 'Gay!' Photo Listen: Randy Rainbow Releases New Single 'Gay!'
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 21, 2022

Just in time for Pride weekend, Broadway Records announced the release of Randy Rainbow's newest single, 'Gay!' Listen here!

The Lost Colony Makes History While Honoring The Past for 85th Anniversary Photo The Lost Colony Makes History While Honoring The Past for 85th Anniversary
by A.A. Cristi - May 27, 2022

Under direction of Jeff Whiting and Executive Director Chuck Still, the 85th Season of The Lost Colony will feature brand new theatrical technology (3D projections, dynamic lighting) to transform the experience for audiences attending the longest-running outdoor symphonic drama of the Tony Award recipient, beginning performances on May 27th.

Broadway Method Academy Announces 2022 Stephen Sondheim Award Nominees Photo Broadway Method Academy Announces 2022 Stephen Sondheim Award Nominees
by A.A. Cristi - May 23, 2022

Broadway Method Academy, in association with the Shubert Theatre of New Haven and Sacred Heart University's Theater Arts Department has announced the nominees for the fifth annual Stephen Sondheim Awards.

VIDEO: Randy Rainbow Sings 'GAY!' to Ron DeSantis in New Parody of ONCE UPON A MATTRE Photo VIDEO: Randy Rainbow Sings 'GAY!' to Ron DeSantis in New Parody of ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
by Stephi Wild - Apr 4, 2022

The song is Produced, Orchestrated, Mixed, Mastered By Michael J Moritz Jr, with Vocal Arrangement by Jesse Kissel. Piano is by Michael J Moritz Jr, with Guitar from Jakob Reinhardt, Adam DeAscentis on Bass, Tom Jorgensen on Drums, and Ryan Saranich on Sax. Jacob Reinhardt serves as Engineer.

BWW Review: TORI SCOTT Leaves It All on the Stage in JETLAGGED at Joe's Pub Photo BWW Review: TORI SCOTT Leaves It All on the Stage in JETLAGGED at Joe's Pub
by Ricky Pope - Mar 31, 2022

There is a phenomenon that occurs at Joe’s pub sometimes. Once in a while, you feel a little tremor underneath the seats while you’re watching a show like you’re experiencing a small earthquake. It’s attributable to the 6 train that runs directly below the Public Theatre on Lafayette Street. However last night, the tremor that was felt was completely due to the act onstage. Tori Scott was in complete command of the room, a room packed with fans there to celebrate her return to Joe’s Pub after a 2-year absence. For ten years she has been making appearances at the downtown cabaret and has developed a sizeable following. If her show, TORI SCOTT: JETLAGGED is any indication, it’s no wonder she has such devoted followers.

VIDEO: Randy Rainbow Parodies LITTLE SHOP With New Song 'Gurl, You're A Karen' Photo VIDEO: Randy Rainbow Parodies LITTLE SHOP With New Song 'Gurl, You're A Karen'
by Stephi Wild - Mar 14, 2022

Randy Rainbow is back with an all new song parody, this time taking on 'Dentist!' from Little Shop of Horrors, and putting his own spin on it for 'GURL, YOU'RE A KAREN'.

Broadway's Soara-Joye Ross Will Be the Featured Performer At Rising Ground Gala Photo Broadway's Soara-Joye Ross Will Be the Featured Performer At Rising Ground Gala
by Stephi Wild - Mar 4, 2022

As the capstone of the year-long celebration of its 190th anniversary year, Rising Ground will hold the '190th Anniversary Hope and Opportunity Gala' on March 7th at a midtown Manhattan club, and honor John R. Greed, Chairman, President, & CEO of Mutual of America Financial Group for his enduring commitment to the work of Rising Ground and New York's children and families.

Jesse Kissel Videos

VIDEO: Randy Rainbow Sings 'GAY!' to Ron DeSantis in New Parody of ONCE UPON A MATTRE Videoplay
VIDEO: Randy Rainbow Sings 'GAY!' to Ron DeSantis in New Parody of ONCE UPON A MATTRESS

by Stephi Wild - Apr 4, 2022

The song is Produced, Orchestrated, Mixed, Mastered By Michael J Moritz Jr, with Vocal Arrangement by Jesse Kissel. Piano is by Michael J Moritz Jr, with Guitar from Jakob Reinhardt, Adam DeAscentis on Bass, Tom Jorgensen on Drums, and Ryan Saranich on Sax. Jacob Reinhardt serves as Engineer.

VIDEO: Randy Rainbow Parodies LITTLE SHOP With New Song 'Gurl, You're A Karen' Videoplay
VIDEO: Randy Rainbow Parodies LITTLE SHOP With New Song 'Gurl, You're A Karen'

by Stephi Wild - Mar 14, 2022

Randy Rainbow is back with an all new song parody, this time taking on 'Dentist!' from Little Shop of Horrors, and putting his own spin on it for 'GURL, YOU'RE A KAREN'.

VIDEO: Randy Rainbow Parodies RENT With 'The Tango: Vaccine' Videoplay
VIDEO: Randy Rainbow Parodies RENT With 'The Tango: Vaccine'

by Stephi Wild - Feb 8, 2022

'The Tango: Vaccine' is Produced, Orchestrated, Mixed, Mastered By Michael J Moritz Jr, with Vocal Arrangement by Jesse Kissel. Piano is by Michael J Moritz Jr, with Guitar from Jakob Reinhardt, Adam DeAscentis on Bass, and Ryan Saranich on Sax. Jacob Reinhardt serves as Engineer.

BWW TV: Randy Rainbow Tells Us All About His New Christmas Album, NYC Show & More! Videoplay
BWW TV: Randy Rainbow Tells Us All About His New Christmas Album, NYC Show & More!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 7, 2019

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Broadway Records will release Randy Rainbow: Hey Gurl, It's Christmas! tomorrow, November 8, 2019. The album is currently available for pre-order at BroadwayRecords.com and Amazon.com.

BWW TV: Stephanie J. Block & Aaron Lazar Join Forces at 54 Below for New York Pops' A CABARET EVENING
by Randy Rainbow - Oct 11, 2015

Earlier this month, Broadway stars Stephanie J. Block and Aaron Lazar performed in 'A Cabaret Evening' at 54 Below (254 West 54th Street). The evening was a joint benefit in support of The New York Pops PopsEd Programs and Ronald McDonald House New York. The two organizations partner to provide music education programs that serve as creative outlets for the children and families in residence.

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from Signature's KID VICTORY in D.C.
by Stage Tube - Feb 25, 2015

Virginia's Signature Theatre presents the world premiere production of Kid Victory, a new musical from legendary composer John Kander (Chicago, Cabaret) and acclaimed playwright Greg Pierce (Slowgirl). The production began performances at Signature Theatre's MAX Theatre on February 17 and will play for five weeks, through March 22, 2015. Click below to watch just-released footage from the musical!

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes of KID VICTORY at Signature Theatre with John Kander!
by Stage Tube - Feb 13, 2015

With the opening night of the world premiere musical Kid Victory fast approaching at Signature Theatre, the company has unveiled a first behind the scenes look with creators John Kander (Cabaret, Chicago), Greg Pierce (Slowgirl) and Liesl Tommy. Check it out below!

STAGE TUBE: First Look at Trailer for Signature Theatre's KID VICTORY
by Stage Tube - Jan 21, 2015

Virginia's Signature Theatre has announced the full cast for the world premiere production of Kid Victory, a new musical from legendary composer John Kander (Chicago, Cabaret) and acclaimed playwright Greg Pierce (Slowgirl). Check out a first look at the trailer below!

BWW TV: BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF- Performance Highlights!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 28, 2013

Broadway's Julie Halston hosted the Third Annual Broadway Belts for PFF!to benefit the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) Monday night, February 25 at Birdland Jazz Club (315 West 44th Street) as part of Broadway at Birdland series. All proceeds will benefit The Michael Kuchwara Fund for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Research, Education, and Advocacy. BroadwayWorld was there for the special concert and you can check out highlights below!

BWW TV EXCLUSIVE: Broadway Belts and Raises $50,000 for PFF! Joel Grey, Adam Pascal, Julie Halston & More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 28, 2012

With honors ranging from the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame to the Tony Awards, Broadway's best performers gathered last night, February 27, to raise awareness of the rare disease, pulmonary fibrosis, and honor the memory of Associated Press theater critic, Michael Kuchwara (today would have been Kuchwara's 65th Birthday). Hosted by award-winning actress and devoted Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) advocate Julie Halston, Broadway Belts for PFF! returned to Birdland in New York City for a second successful year. The event raised almost $50,000 to benefit the Foundation.