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BWW Review: MURDER AT THE HOWARD JOHNSON'S at Desert Theatreworks is Funny and Imagin Photo BWW Review: MURDER AT THE HOWARD JOHNSON'S at Desert Theatreworks is Funny and Imaginative.
by Audrey Liebross - Nov 9, 2021

Desert Theatreworks' production of Ron Clark's and Sam Bobrick's farce, MURDER AT THE HOWARD JOHNSON'S, is funny and imaginatively staged, and improves upon the source material. It will run Thursdays through Sundays, through November 21st

BWW Review: THE PRODUCERS at Desert Theatreworks Photo BWW Review: THE PRODUCERS at Desert Theatreworks
by Audrey Liebross - Oct 18, 2021

THE PRODUCERS, the first post-lockdown Desert Theatreworks (DTW) show, is perfect to welcome eager audiences back - a true winner. Ron and Lance Phillips, the married couple that operates DTW, took the opportunity of the hiatus to completely rework the Indio Performing Arts Center, adding a new 250-seat main stage for musicals. As most people know, the Mel Brooks show is loaded with bad taste, but is hilarious nonetheless.

Desert Theatreworks Announces its 2021-22 Season Photo Desert Theatreworks Announces its 2021-22 Season
by Audrey Liebross - Aug 11, 2021

Desert TheatreWorks (DTW) has announced its 2021-2022 season and invites interested actors, singers and dancers to audition.¬† There will be four musicals (two of which will feature live bands) and three plays. Artistic Director Lance Phillips has chosen programs that he describes as ‚Äúupbeat, fun, and an escape to a happy place.‚ÄĚ

Multi-Instrumentalist Howard Johnson Dies at 79 Photo Multi-Instrumentalist Howard Johnson Dies at 79
by Stephi Wild - Jan 12, 2021

Howard Johnson, veteran jazz musician, tuba innovator and founding member of the Saturday Night Live band, died at home in New York on Jan. 11, 2021, following a long illness, according to his longtime partner, Nancy Olewine. 

Walker County Arts Alliance Cancels Annual Dinner Theatre Production Photo Walker County Arts Alliance Cancels Annual Dinner Theatre Production
by Stephi Wild - Oct 22, 2020

The Walker County Arts Alliance has cancelled its annual Dinner Theater this year.

VIDEO: Watch New Music Video from Todrick Hall's QUARANTINE QUEEN Album! Photo VIDEO: Watch New Music Video from Todrick Hall's QUARANTINE QUEEN Album!
by Stage Tube - Apr 29, 2020

Broadway veteran Todrick Hall has just released a music video for 'Mask, Gloves, Soap, Scrubs'- a song featured on his new album, Quarantine Queen.

Mingus Dynasty & Interschool Orchestras Of NY Concert Announced At Kumble Theater Bro Photo Mingus Dynasty & Interschool Orchestras Of NY Concert Announced At Kumble Theater Brooklyn
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 30, 2019

InterSchool Orchestras of New York and the Mingus Dynasty are collaborating to present MINGUS.  This concert features never-before-heard full orchestra arrangements of popular Mingus tunes arranged by Earl McIntyre.  It will also feature solo performances by the Mingus Dynasty.

EVERYBODY UNDER THE SUN: VOICES OF SOLSTICE VOLUME I: THE SINGERS to be Released Dece Photo EVERYBODY UNDER THE SUN: VOICES OF SOLSTICE VOLUME I: THE SINGERS to be Released December 6
by Kaitlin Milligan - Oct 16, 2019

¬†Everybody Under the Sun: Voices of Solstice ‚Äď Volume I: The Singers¬†will be released on¬†December 6, 2019. This two-disc anthology presents live recordings of 22 guest singers from 13 cultures of the world who have been featured in¬†Paul Winter's solstice celebrations¬†in the world's largest cathedral, New York's St. John the Divine, over the past 38 years.

Broadway Playwright and SAVED BY THE BELL Creator Sam Bobrick Passes Away at 87 Photo Broadway Playwright and SAVED BY THE BELL Creator Sam Bobrick Passes Away at 87
by Nicole Rosky - Oct 14, 2019

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that author, playwright, television writer, and lyricist, Sam Bobrick, best known for creating the television series Saved By the Bell, has passed away after suffering a stoke. He was 87 years old.

The InterSchool Orchestras of New York Focuses Upcoming Season on Cross-Cultural Musi Photo The InterSchool Orchestras of New York Focuses Upcoming Season on Cross-Cultural Music
by Julie Musbach - Jul 23, 2019

The InterSchool Orchestras of New York (ISO), a nonprofit organization, is changing the face of youth orchestra music with its focus on cross-cultural genres in announcing its 2019-2020 Season in New York City.  New partnerships with many diverse and prestigious organizations highlight the rich cultural heritage of the City and expose young musicians to a wide range of musical collaborations.

A Tribute To Howard Johnson Comes to Merken Hall Photo A Tribute To Howard Johnson Comes to Merken Hall
by Stephi Wild - Jul 18, 2019

InterSchool Orchestras of New York Presents Its Gala Celebration: A TRIBUTE TO HOWARD JOHNSON Featuring Taj Mahal, Gravity, The Levon Helm Horns, the Beartones, and Students of InterSchool Orchestras of New York InterSchool Orchestras of New York (ISO) is proud to announce its 2019-2020 gala celebration, A Tribute to Howard Johnson, at Kaufman Music Center's Merkin Hall, September 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm. The special event will honor the musical legend, who, in his five-decade career, has played alongside luminaries in multiple genres and pioneered the voice of the tuba in jazz. The event will also feature the talents of two-time Grammy-winning musician Taj Mahal and students of ISO. All proceeds from the event will support financial aid and scholarships for ISO students.

A TRIBUTE TO HOWARD JOHNSON Announced At Kaufman Music Center's Merkin Hall Photo A TRIBUTE TO HOWARD JOHNSON Announced At Kaufman Music Center's Merkin Hall
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 28, 2019

InterSchool Orchestras of New York (ISO) is proud to announce its 2019-2020 gala celebration, A Tribute to Howard Johnson, at Kaufman Music Center's Merkin Hall, September 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm. The special event will honor the musical legend, who, in his five-decade career, has played alongside luminaries in multiple genres and pioneered the voice of the tuba in jazz. The event will also feature the talents of two-time Grammy-winning musician Taj Mahal and students of ISO. All proceeds from the event will support financial aid and scholarships for ISO students.

Stream Bay Area Duo, The Pendletons' Soul Drenched Single LIFE TO ME. Photo Stream Bay Area Duo, The Pendletons' Soul Drenched Single LIFE TO ME.
by Tori Hartshorn - Apr 10, 2019

The Pendletons take a bold step with their first full forthcoming length album, 2 Steps Away, releasing this spring on the Bastard Jazz imprint. Recorded in San Francisco with a rock-solid band consisting of some of the best musicians in the Bay Area, including guitarist Carl Locket (Shalamar, Rick James) and Star Creature recording artist Elive, the duo taps into a classic soul/boogie sound that rides a wave of '70s and early '80s funk with ease but somehow remains true to the excitement of those classic recordings without being overly nostalgic.

TCU Announces 42nd Annual Jazz Festival Featuring Duffy Jackson Photo TCU Announces 42nd Annual Jazz Festival Featuring Duffy Jackson
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 8, 2019

One of the Southwest's largest jazz festivals will return to Texas Christian University March 22-23, 2019, for its 42nd year, featuring legendary American jazz drummer Duffy Jackson to the exciting theme,  "Tribute to the music of Count Basie and Buddy Rich." The 2019 TCU Jazz Festival will host more than 700 middle and high school students at Ed Landreth Auditorium and PepsiCo Recital Hall during the annual competition, encompassing two days of performances from some of the most highly-regarded names in jazz, TCU ensembles and young artists from across the state.

BWW Interview: Life Coach and Writer Chet Fery Photo BWW Interview: Life Coach and Writer Chet Fery
by Mark C. Lloyd - Feb 24, 2019

LIFE COACH & WRITER CHET FERY

THE BIG EVENT Extended For Two More Weekends! Photo THE BIG EVENT Extended For Two More Weekends!
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 29, 2018

The famous Billy Wilder quote serves as the backbone of a poignant, ambitious and disturbingly funny project from acclaimed local playwright Christian Levatino and his gangbusters theatre company. Now in their 15th season, gangbusters is partnering with the newly reorganized Complex Hollywood to launch a repertory run of three dark comedy plays from Levatino's 'Black Bag Pentalogy,' a series of works that holds a magnifying glass to five very distinct moments in American history between 1954 and 1972.  

gangbusters theatre brings The Big Event to The Complex Hollywood Photo gangbusters theatre brings The Big Event to The Complex Hollywood
by Stephi Wild - Nov 14, 2018

The famous Billy Wilder quote serves as the backbone of a poignant, ambitious and disturbingly funny project from acclaimed local playwright Christian Levatino and his gangbusters theatre company. Now in their 15th season, gangbusters is partnering with the newly reorganized Complex Hollywood to launch a repertory run of three dark comedy plays from Levatino's "Black Bag Pentalogy," a series of works that holds a magnifying glass to five very distinct moments in American history between 1954 and 1972. Sunny Afternoon, King Dick and ...meantime at HoJo's will run in rep from Oct. 26 to Dec. 2 (except for Thanksgiving weekend) at The Complex Hollywood, including "The Big Event" on Sundays, which will feature all three shows performed back to back to back.

gangbusters theatre's THE BIG EVENT Is Pay-What-You-Want For This Weekend Only Photo gangbusters theatre's THE BIG EVENT Is Pay-What-You-Want For This Weekend Only
by Stephi Wild - Nov 8, 2018

The famous Billy Wilder quote serves as the backbone of a poignant, ambitious and disturbingly funny project from acclaimed local playwright Christian Levatino and his gangbusters theatre company. Now in their 15th season, gangbusters is partnering with the newly reorganized Complex Hollywood to launch a repertory run of three dark comedy plays from Levatino's "Black Bag Pentalogy," a series of works that holds a magnifying glass to five very distinct moments in American history between 1954 and 1972. Sunny Afternoon, King Dick and ...meantime at HoJo's will run in rep from Oct. 26 to Dec. 2 (except for Thanksgiving weekend) at The Complex Hollywood, including "The Big Event" on Sundays, which will feature all three shows performed back to back to back.

NCTC Presents International LGBTQ Love Story CARDBOARD PIANO Photo NCTC Presents International LGBTQ Love Story CARDBOARD PIANO
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2018

In October, New Conservatory Theatre Center is pleased to present the regional premiere of Cardboard Piano by Whiting Award-winning playwright, Hansol Jung, in partnership with Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) . Directed by Tom Bruett, this "deeply moving new play" (Courier Journal) is a sweeping tale of love, redemption, and the ongoing fight for international LGBTQ rights. 16-year old Chris just wants to find a safe place to live with the girl she loves- not an easy task in 1999 Uganda. Determined to be together, Chris, the daughter of American missionaries and Adiel, a local girl, meet in the village church to marry in secret. When the war outside the church walls breaks its way into their sanctuary in the form of a wounded child-soldier, all three lives become tied together forever. Cardboard Piano is a riveting testament to the power of the past to shape the future, and the bonds of love, family, and forgiveness.

gangbusters theatre brings The Big Event to The Complex Hollywood! Photo gangbusters theatre brings The Big Event to The Complex Hollywood!
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 30, 2018

"If you're going to tell the truth, at least make it funny."

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