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BWW REVIEW: The Sydney Symphony Orchestra's Stage Concert of FUNNY GIRL Breaks The Mold Of Traditional Musical Theatre In Many Brilliant WaysBWW REVIEW: The Sydney Symphony Orchestra's Stage Concert of FUNNY GIRL Breaks The Mold Of Traditional Musical Theatre In Many Brilliant Ways
by Jade Kops - Jul 15, 2018

Director Mitchell Butel has gathered a wonderful group of women, and one man, to deliver a captivating expression of the life of Fanny Brice in FUNNY GIRL THE MUSICAL, presented in concert with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (more...)

SSO Announces Casting for FUNNY GIRL THE MUSICAL in ConcertSSO Announces Casting for FUNNY GIRL THE MUSICAL in Concert
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2018

After announcing the extraordinary line-up of leading ladies Michala Banas, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Casey Donovan, Virginia Gay, Verity Hunt-Ballard, Dami Im, Maggie McKenna, Zahra Newman, Caroline O'Connor, Queenie van de Zandt and Megan Washington who will share the role of 'Fanny Brice' on stage in FUNNY GIRL - THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra is delighted to announce the remainder of the cast. (more...)

SSO Announces Casting for FUNNY GIRL THE MUSICAL in ConcertSSO Announces Casting for FUNNY GIRL THE MUSICAL in Concert
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2018

After announcing the extraordinary line-up of leading ladies Michala Banas, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Casey Donovan, Virginia Gay, Verity Hunt-Ballard, Dami Im, Maggie McKenna, Zahra Newman, Caroline O'Connor, Queenie van de Zandt and Megan Washington who will share the role of 'Fanny Brice' on stage in FUNNY GIRL - THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra is delighted to announce the remainder of the cast. (more...)

'An Odd Book' Explores Life and Career of First Modern Pop Culture Reporter
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2017

On April 1, 2017, R. Scott Williams will release 'An Odd Book: How the First Modern Pop Culture Reporter Conquered New York,' a biography of the life of Oscar Odd McIntyre, the first modern pop culture and entertainment reporter. It will be available on Amazon.com and through IngramSpark. As the highest-paid and most-read columnist of his era, Odd McIntyre achieved great fame and fortune in the early twentieth century. Raised in Gallipolis, Ohio, eventually he moved to New York and became close friends with many of the leading personalities of the day, including writers Edna Ferber, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald; entertainers Fred Astaire, Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., Billie Burke, and Will Rogers; composers George Gershwin and Meredith Willson; actors Rudolph Valentino and Charlie Chaplin and many others. In his daily column, 'New York Day by Day,' and in national magazines like Cosmopolitan and Life, Odd captured a time and place undergoing great transition and innovation in communication, politics, art and entertainment. As the country shifted from the Gilded Age to the Progressive Era and through the Great Depression, new technologies and methods of communication were being quickly adopted around the world, as were new ideas regarding journalism and the role of media in American politics and society. Odd, living and writing in New York, was at the epicenter of this new modern age. 'Odd documented the stories of what was happening backstage and behind the scenes with popular culture around the world,' said Williams, who is the chief operating officer of the Newseum in Washington, D.C. 'Odd was there as the telegraph changed the news business, and then as radio changed everything. He covered live entertainment as it shifted from vaudeville to something new and exciting on Broadway, and he had a literal front-row seat as moving pictures evolved first to nickelodeons, then to silent films, and finally to talkies.' As a young journalist and editor in Ohio, Odd was one of the very first reporters to interview the Wright brothers in Dayton, and he worked side by side with early muckrakers to fight government corruption in Cincinnati. After moving to New York and working briefly as an assistant editor for Hampton's Magazine, he got a job as a Park Row newspaper reporter. One of his first assignments was interviewing Titanic survivors as they stepped onto the pier in New York. Later, McIntyre began working for music publisher Leo Feist on Tin Pan Alley, promoting songwriters, vaudeville and Broadway performers, musicians, and 'song pluggers.' His success there led to many years as the press agent for Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., where he got to know many of the most popular performers of the day. In Paris, he became friends with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and others who came to be known as the 'Lost Generation,' while back in New York, he had a long-time feud with members of the group known as the 'Algonquin Round Table.' His experience and connections in New York allowed him and his biggest champion, his wife Maybelle McIntyre, to start a daily column that they mailed from their small New York apartment to newspapers around the country. Eventually, Odd's column grew to reach more than seven million readers each day, making him a media superstar. In his 1938 obituary, a reporter for The New York Times wrote, 'His greatest stock-in-trade was his incarnate rapture at the glories of a New York recognizable to none but himself. To him the towers of Manhattan were studded with minarets and the neon lights of Broadway flickered like jewels.' Only Odd's wife and closest friends knew his biggest secret. Throughout adulthood, he struggled with social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and severe depression that were likely brought on by undiagnosed pernicious anemia. Despite the extroverted 'man-about-town' image he projected to the world, his disorder eventually drove him to a reclusive lifestyle. He left his home only at night, and observed New York's nightlife from the window of his chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce. A special launch event will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre in Odd's hometown of Gallipolis, Ohio where The Ohio Valley Symphony will perform Meredith Willson's 'O.O. McIntyre Suite.' In anticipation of the book, Williams has also launched several social media initiatives to help the public learn more about Odd McIntyre and his work. Photos of the people, places and pop culture icons that Odd covered in his daily column will be featured at Instagram.com/ anoddbook, and short excerpts from Odd's articles will be shared on Twitter.com/anoddbook. Williams noted, 'Because Odd's writing style frequently included short, cleverly written sentences, they still resonate remarkably well today in the 140-character Twitter format.' Additional content about Odd McIntyre and 'An Odd Book' will be shared on YouTube and at Facebook.com/anoddbook. Links to these social network accounts, along with much more information about Odd McIntyre and the book launch, can be found at AnOddBook.com. About R. Scott Williams R. Scott Williams is the author of 'An Odd Book: How the First Modern Pop Culture Reporter Conquered New York,' available April 1 on Amazon.com and through IngramSpark. Williams is the chief operating officer and senior vice president of sales and marketing at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Williams earned his degree in journalism from the University of Memphis. He then held positions at several advertising agencies and organizations, including Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. He currently serves on the board of the D.C. chapter of the American Advertising Federation and on the board of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. He lives with his wife and daughters in historic Arlington, Va. Passionate about discovering and sharing forgotten stories from the past, in his spare time he explores the history of the American South, especially around his home in West Tennessee. His first book was 'The Forgotten Adventures of Richard Halliburton: From Tennessee to Timbuktu.' High-resolution photos available on the book's press page at AnOddBook.com/press. (more...)

Anna K. Jacobs Selected for 2016 Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

The Ziegfeld Club has announced that Anna K. Jacobs has been selected to receive the 2016 Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award. The award will provide Jacobs with a grant of $10,000 and a year of professional mentorship from mentors including Tony Award-winning producer Barbara Whitman. Zoe Sarnak and Shaina Taub are the honorable mentions chosen by the awards panel. Recipients will be honored during a reception that will feature distinguished speaker Jeanine Tesori and a special musical performance by Masi Asare, who is the recipient of last year's inaugural award, on Monday, November 7, at the New Amsterdam Theatre. (more...)

Darryl Maximilian Robinson Set for FUNNY GIRL at The Historic Rialto Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

Two major revivals of sorts are occurring at The Historic Rialto Theatre at 1023 Fair Oaks Ave in South Pasadena, Calif. (more...)

Darryl Maximilian Robinson Will Appear as a Guest on THE ACTOR'S CHOICE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

Veteran and award-winning stage actor, play director and theatre producer Darryl Maximilian Robinson, the Founder of the award-winning, multiracial, professional classical and contemporary chamber theatre, The Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago, and who will be appearing Oct. 14th through the 16th as the great Broadway impresario extraordinaire Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.. in new Conundrum Theatre Company revival production of FUNNY GIRL at The Historic Rialto Theatre, will discuss his life and times in his new home of L A and his 42-year-long non-Equity professional stage career and involvement in the live performing arts at 11:30 am Monday September 19th 2016 as a guest on "THE ACTOR'S CHOICE" an internet informational arts program hosted by noted entertainment and performing arts journalist Ron Brewington.   (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Darryl Maximillian Robinson and John Ruskin
by Stage Tube - Sep 24, 2016

Actor Darryl Maximilian Robinson ( Los Angeles-based theatre artist and Founder, Artistic Director And Producer of The Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago ) and Actor John Ruskin ( Founder and Authorized Instructor of The Meisner Technique at The Ruskin School of Acting in Santa Monica ) were the guests Monday Septemper 19th on THE ACTOR'S CHOICE, the informational arts program hosted by noted entertainment and performing arts journalist Ron Brewington and which is currently streaming on Youtube.com. (more...)

Darryl Maximilian Robinson Will Appear as a Guest on THE ACTOR'S CHOICE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

Veteran and award-winning stage actor, play director and theatre producer Darryl Maximilian Robinson, the Founder of the award-winning, multiracial, professional classical and contemporary chamber theatre, The Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago, and who will be appearing Oct. 14th through the 16th as the great Broadway impresario extraordinaire Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.. in new Conundrum Theatre Company revival production of FUNNY GIRL at The Historic Rialto Theatre, will discuss his life and times in his new home of L A and his 42-year-long non-Equity professional stage career and involvement in the live performing arts at 11:30 am Monday September 19th 2016 as a guest on "THE ACTOR'S CHOICE" an internet informational arts program hosted by noted entertainment and performing arts journalist Ron Brewington.   (more...)

The Ziegfeld Club Extends Deadline for 2016 Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

The Ziegfeld Club has announced that applications for the 2016 Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award, which will provide a grant of $10,000 and a year of professional mentorship to an emerging female composer or composer/lyricist, will now be accepted through September 9, 2016. (more...)

Conundrum Theatre Company Announces Cast and Production Team of FUNNY GIRL
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

While full rehearsals are currently underway at multiple locations - including The Community Room of The South Pasadena Public Library, the new non-Equity professional theatre group of the Greater Pasadena Area, THE CONUNDRUM THEATRE COMPANY, has announced its complete cast of its Inaugural Production of 'FUNNY GIRL' the classic, Tony-nominated, Oscar-winning musical theatre hit that made the gifted Barbara Streisand into an international stage and screen star. (more...)

Second Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award Offers Grant For Woman Musical Theatre Composer
by Michael Dale - Aug 3, 2016

The grant's aim is to help eliminate the lack of women composers represented on Broadway today. (more...)

Impromptu Elate Season Ticket Holder Award Nominations
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

DARRYL MAXIMILIAN ROBINSON, who is set to appear as the great Broadway impresario extraordinaire FLORENZ ZIEGFELD, JR. Oct. 14 th -16 th of 2016 in the new CONUNDRUM THEATRE COMPANY revival production of FUNNY GIRL at THE HISTORIC RIALTO THEATRE in South Pasadena, is among the nominees for Best Actor for THE 2015 / 2016 ELATE SEASON TICKET HOLDER AWARDS. Mr. Robinson has been nominated for his performance as the debonair, but aging, leading man Ernest in Tad Mosel's classic one-act allegorical comedy- drama of life in The Theatre, IMPROMPTU, which was a part of THE EMMANUEL LUTHERAN ACTORS THEATRE ENSEMBLE - ELATE evening of four one-acts JUST 4 FUN presented at THE LINCOLN STEGMAN THEATRE in North Hollywood. In addition to Mr. Robinson, his fellow IMPROMPTU cast members: CASEY KRUBINER as Winnifred, JOEY TREZISE as Tony and LUCY KRUBINER as Lora, have all received Best Supporting Performance Award nominations for their fine work in Mosel's play. TAD MOSEL is best known as the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama ALL THE WAY HOME.  (more...)

Darryl Maximilian Robinson Set for FUNNY GIRL at The Historic Rialto Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

Two major revivals of sorts are occurring at The Historic Rialto Theatre at 1023 Fair Oaks Ave in South Pasadena, Calif. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Shoshana Bean and More in NSMT's FUNNY GIRL
by Stage Tube - Jun 14, 2016

Bill Hanney's award-winning North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) presents a new production of FUNNY GIRL, starring Broadway's Shoshana Bean in the lead role of Fanny Brice. FUNNY GIRL opened Tuesday, June 7 and plays through Sunday, June 19, 2016. BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW REVIEW: Shoshana Bean Makes FUNNY GIRL Her Own at NSMT
by Jan Nargi - Jun 12, 2016

It's a lot to ask of a leading lady to make audiences forget Barbra Streisand in the role that catapulted her to stardom. That's one of the reasons why FUNNY GIRL, the musical that forever linked Streisand to the title character Fanny Brice, has never been revived on Broadway. Well, look no more, producers. If ever there was an actress who could fill Streisand's shoes and make FUNNY GIRL her own, it's the star who's currently electrifying audiences in the role at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly: Shoshnna Bean. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Shoshana Bean and More in NSMT's FUNNY GIRL
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2016

Bill Hanney's award-winning North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) presents a new production of FUNNY GIRL, starring Broadway's Shoshana Bean in the lead role of Fanny Brice. FUNNY GIRL opened last night, Tuesday, June 7 and plays through Sunday, June 19, 2016. BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Watch Shoshana Bean Perform the FUNNY GIRL Finale at North Shore Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2016

Bill Hanney's award-winning North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) will soon stage a sparkling new production of FUNNY GIRL, starring Broadway's Shoshana Bean in the lead role of Fanny Brice. FUNNY GIRL began performances last night, June 7 and plays through Sunday, June 19, 2016. Below, watch as Bean performs the show's finale for the first time! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Shoshana Bean and More in Rehearsals for NSMT's FUNNY GIRL; Opening Tonight!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2016

Bill Hanney's award-winning North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) will soon stage a sparkling new production of FUNNY GIRL, starring Broadway's Shoshana Bean in the lead role of Fanny Brice. FUNNY GIRL starts performances tonight, Tuesday, June 7 and plays through Sunday, June 19, 2016. Check out a first look at rehearsals below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Finally Fanny! Shoshana Bean Previews 'Don't Rain on My Parade' from NSMT's FUNNY GIRL
by Stage Tube - May 27, 2016

Bill Hanney's award-winning North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) will soon stage a sparkling new production of FUNNY GIRL, starring Broadway's Shoshana Bean in the lead role of Fanny Brice. FUNNY GIRL starts performances on Tuesday, June 7 and plays through Sunday, June 19, 2016. The cast is currently in rehearsals, and Bean just released a preview of her take on the show's classic 'Don't Rain on My Parade' - check it out below! (more...)

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