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DRIVING WHILE BLACK Will Air on PBS Photo DRIVING WHILE BLACK Will Air on PBS
by TV News Desk - Sep 4, 2020

This week, PBS announced DRIVING WHILE BLACK: RACE, SPACE AND MOBILITY IN AMERICA – a ground-breaking, two-hour documentary film by acclaimed historian Dr. Gretchen Sorin and Emmy–winning director Ric Burns – will air on PBS on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings).

DRIVING WHILE BLACK Will Air on PBS Oct. 13 Photo DRIVING WHILE BLACK Will Air on PBS Oct. 13
by TV News Desk - Aug 31, 2020

PBS announced today  DRIVING WHILE BLACK: RACE, SPACE AND MOBILITY IN AMERICA – a ground-breaking, two-hour documentary film by acclaimed historian Dr. Gretchen Sorin and Emmy–winning director Ric Burns – will air on PBS on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

Tarrant Actors Regional Theatre Exits Fort Worth Community Arts Center; Mainstage Pro Photo Tarrant Actors Regional Theatre Exits Fort Worth Community Arts Center; Mainstage Productions Shutter
by Kyle Christopher West - May 25, 2020

After seven years of producing live theatre in Fort Worth, Tarrant Actors Regional Theatre (TART) has announced their plan to cease operations on all mainstage productions, effective immediately. With a mission to a?oeentertain, inspire, challenge, and educate its audiences through live theatre,a?? TART has produced both plays and musicals at The Fort Worth Community Arts Center since 2013.

Abandoned Arts: Inside Denton's Fine Arts Theater Photo Abandoned Arts: Inside Denton's Fine Arts Theater
by Kyle Christopher West - Apr 26, 2020

Rockwall Summer Musicals Cancels 2020 Season Photo Rockwall Summer Musicals Cancels 2020 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2020

Broadway's Ken Davenport and Rachel Hoffman join COLLEGE AUDITION PREP at Texas Woman Photo Broadway's Ken Davenport and Rachel Hoffman join COLLEGE AUDITION PREP at Texas Woman's University
by Kyle Christopher West - Mar 12, 2020

Texas Woman's University's College Audition Prep Program is back better than ever this year with two great options for high school musical theater and acting students: a new two week Intensive stay camp hosted by Texas Woman's University on their beautiful Denton, Texas campus OR a four day Weekend event packed with master classes, dance classes, mock auditions and college program overview presentations.

Melissa Errico, Peggy Noonan and More are Coming to The Sheen Center This Spring Photo Melissa Errico, Peggy Noonan and More are Coming to The Sheen Center This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2020

The Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, the arts center of the Archdiocese of New York, has announced highlights of its 2020 Spring season, a rich mix of theater, film, music, author's nights, gallery exhibitions, and talk events featuring artists and thought leaders including Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal columnist and author Peggy Noonan; New York Times columnist and bestselling author David Brooks, and Director of The Philanthropy Roundtable's Character Initiative and author Anne Snyder; Director of the Vatican Observatory and President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ; a rousing evening of gospel music from Vy Higginsen's Sing Harlem choir; celebrated composer and big bandleader Darcy James Argue plus the New England Conservatory Alumni Big Band; Tony Award nominee Melissa Errico and multi-award winning New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik; singer, songwriter, and acclaimed clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn and genre-bending composer, guzheng virtuoso and vocalist from Beijing Wu Fei; and events tackling thought-provoking topical themes including justice in underserved communities, the protection of immigrants to America, and the inspiration of Sr. Thea Bowman and other Servants of God.

BWW Interview: Lorenzo Pugliese of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL at Bass Hall Photo BWW Interview: Lorenzo Pugliese of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL at Bass Hall
by Kyle Christopher West - Feb 10, 2020

MainStage Irving-Las Colinas Presents Kate Hamill's Adaptation of PRIDE & PREJUDICE Photo MainStage Irving-Las Colinas Presents Kate Hamill's Adaptation of PRIDE & PREJUDICE
by Kyle Christopher West - Jan 6, 2020

Welcome to the Bennet household, where love is a game and the stakes are higher than ever. MainStage Irving-Las Colinas kicks-off the new year with Kate Hamill's inventive adaption of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice directed by Dennis Yslas Trainor. Performances run January 24-February 8 in the Dupree Theatre at Irving Arts Center. Tickets range from $19-$28 and are on sale now at the Irving Arts Center Box Office (972-252-2787 / www.IrvingArtsCenter.com).

BWW Interview: Mariah Lyttle of THE COLOR PURPLE at Bass Hall and AT&T Performing Art Photo BWW Interview: Mariah Lyttle of THE COLOR PURPLE at Bass Hall and AT&T Performing Arts Center
by Kyle Christopher West - Dec 23, 2019

Newcomer Mariah Lyttle hasn't exactly pounded the New York City pavement quite yet, but it's not a reflection on her motivation or hard work. In fact, the young actress barely crossed the graduation stage before headlining a regional production of THE WIZ, which closed only moments before she booked the coveted role of Celie in the latest THE COLOR PURPLE national tour. While back at home for the holidays with her family, Ms. Lyttle sat down to share how the role has helped her find her voice, and how this classic story inspires hope and faith in audiences of all backgrounds and beliefs.

BWW Interview: Courtnee Carter of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND at AT&T Performing Arts Center Photo BWW Interview: Courtnee Carter of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND at AT&T Performing Arts Center
by Kyle Christopher West - Dec 14, 2019

It wasn't long after moving to New York City before actress Courtnee Carter made her Broadway debut understudying the lead character Ti Moune in the highly celebrated revival of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND. This week, we caught up with Ms. Carter while on tour with the show from Charleston, North Carolina where she now performs the role full time. She spoke about breaking down barriers and building a better community through love and hope. Read our full conversation below.

A MERRY MAINSTAGE Encore Returns To The Irving Arts Center Photo A MERRY MAINSTAGE Encore Returns To The Irving Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2019

It's beginning to look a lot like Broadway at the Irving Arts Center as MainStage Irving-Las Colinas returns with their second annual holiday fundraiser, HAVE YOURSELF A BROADWAY LITTLE CHRISTMAS. Get ready to deck the hall with your favorite local performers, because this cheerful winter concert is even bigger and better than before.

BWW Review: CATS is PAWSitively PURRfect at Dallas Summer Musicals Photo BWW Review: CATS is PAWSitively PURRfect at Dallas Summer Musicals
by Kyle Christopher West - Nov 9, 2019

It's been 38 years since Andrew Lloyd Webber's mega-hit CATS made its stage debut. 42 years earlier, T.S. Eliot had unknowingly penned the musical's lyrics in Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, his 1939 collection of feline inspired poetry. While his poems were an unexpected source material for a song-and-dance operetta, the family-friendly musical quickly became a Broadway landmark, adopting the tagline a?oeNow and Forevera?? during its impressive 18-year New York City run.

Queen Musical WE WILL ROCK YOU Rolls Into Irving at Toyota Music Factory Photo Queen Musical WE WILL ROCK YOU Rolls Into Irving at Toyota Music Factory
by Kyle Christopher West - Oct 16, 2019

Written in 2002, the Queen and Ben Elton musical WE WILL ROCK YOU has taken the globe by storm, featuring record-breaking pop and rock hits of the 1970s and beyond. Following the success of the Oscar®-winning film “Bohemian Rhapsody,” WE WILL ROCK YOU, recently returned to North America and is currently en route to Irving's Toyota Music Factory for one night only on Tuesday, October 22nd.

Photo Flash: Grand Prairie Arts Council's LEGALLY BLONDE Opens Tonight at Uptown Thea Photo Photo Flash: Grand Prairie Arts Council's LEGALLY BLONDE Opens Tonight at Uptown Theater
by Kyle Christopher West - Oct 4, 2019

LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL, presented by the Grand Prairie Arts Council, opens at the historic Uptown Theater on Friday, October 4, 2019, and runs through Sunday, October 13, 2019. The beautifully restored 1950's theater is located at 120 E Main St, Grand Prairie, TX 75050.

THE CHOIR OF MAN Returns to U.S. for Second North American Tour Photo THE CHOIR OF MAN Returns to U.S. for Second North American Tour
by Kyle Christopher West - Aug 15, 2019

Back by popular demand, the runaway international hit is coming back to the states! Known across the globe as a?oethe ultimate-feel good show, THE CHOIR OF MAN offers up 90 minutes of indisputable joy! It's a party. It's a concert. It's a pint-filled good time that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance, and foot-stomping choreography. The multi-talented cast of nine handsome blokes sings everything a?' pub tunes, pop, Broadway, classic rock a?' all to roof-raising heights. It's the best singing, dancing, stomping, concert pub-crawl you'll ever attend.

BWW Review: A Mouthful of Magic with Trigg Watson at Checkered Past Winery Photo BWW Review: A Mouthful of Magic with Trigg Watson at Checkered Past Winery
by Kyle Christopher West - Jul 2, 2019

I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I received an invitation to a Wine & Magic show located under an artsy Dallas apartment building. But being a sucker for live theatre, dinner and drinks (where's the dinner theatre, DFW?), I accepted with an open mind and empty stomach. And while I may not have left the captivating event with the secrets to the show, I did succeed in making some incredible eats disappear. And I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

A Not So Casual Affair with Corey Cott Ohlook Performing Arts Center Photo A Not So Casual Affair with Corey Cott Ohlook Performing Arts Center
by Kyle Christopher West - Jun 9, 2019

How do you celebrate an expansion eighteen years in the making? You throw a swanky, "Not So Casual Affair"!

MainStage Irving-Las Colinas Announces Sensational 2019-20 Season Photo MainStage Irving-Las Colinas Announces Sensational 2019-20 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2019

MainStage Irving-Las Colinas has announced their 2019-2020 season to be produced at their award-winning theatre in the heart of the metroplex located at Irving Arts Center (3333 N MacArthur Blvd., Irving TX). This season is to be presented from September 2019 to August 2020 including five main-stage productions plus two special season add-ons.

BWW Interview: Brooke Singer of CRUEL INTENTIONS: THE 90'S MUSICAL at Dallas' Winspea Photo BWW Interview: Brooke Singer of CRUEL INTENTIONS: THE 90'S MUSICAL at Dallas' Winspear Opera House
by Kyle Christopher West - May 14, 2019

Texas-born Brooke Singer is no stranger to the stage. In fact, she's been performing professionally since before most of her peers had picked their first extra-curricular activity. And now, after years of sailing the world playing famous Disney characters like Belle and performing in the world premiere of the stage version of TANGLED, she's got an opportunity to show off her less family-friendly skills by taking the new stage musical version of the nostalgic 90's film Cruel Intentions on the road. We caught up between shows while the tour was stopped in sunny Washington DC. Read more, below:

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