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Gene Kelly & More Featured on 'Judy Garland: Classic Duets'; Out TodayGene Kelly & More Featured on 'Judy Garland: Classic Duets'; Out Today
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2017

JSP Records is proud to announce the release on August 4, 2017 of JUDY GARLAND: CLASSIC DUETS, a 4-CD 109-track set produced by John Stedman that will include 15 tracks never previously issued on CD. (more...)

BWW Review: A HARMONY BOYS CHRISTMAS Closed This Past Weekend As Part of the Hollywood FringeBWW Review: A HARMONY BOYS CHRISTMAS Closed This Past Weekend As Part of the Hollywood Fringe
by Don Grigware - Jun 26, 2017

Described as 'an evening of song, dance and holiday cheer in support of the 'Force Feed the World' charity fund', A Harmony Boys Christmas as a musical satire revels in being politically incorrect. It concentrates on traditions like Santa Claus coming down the chimney, crackers - fun toys that are popular with the Brits - and even the birth of the 'Sweet Little Jesus Boy' and tears them all to shreds. (more...)

Signature's SIZZLIN' SUMMER NIGHTS Cabaret Series AnnouncedSignature's SIZZLIN' SUMMER NIGHTS Cabaret Series Announced
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2017

Virginia's Signature Theatre opens its air-conditioned doors once again for the annual Sizzlin' Summer Nights Series. Two and a half weeks of live music and performances by Signature favorites and DC area stars. The cabaret series runs July 5 through July 22, with a different performance every night. (more...)

HILARY KNIGHT'S STAGE STRUCK WORLD Continues at Lincoln Center Library for the Performing ArtsHILARY KNIGHT'S STAGE STRUCK WORLD Continues at Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

Hilary Knight, the well known and honored illustrator, special exhibition: "Hilary Knight's Stage Struck World" continues at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, 40 Lincoln Plaza (Broadway bet. 63rd & 65th Streets). (more...)

JOHN EPPERSON: THE ARTIST PRINCIPALLY KNOWN AS LYPSINKA Encore Performance AnnouncedJOHN EPPERSON: THE ARTIST PRINCIPALLY KNOWN AS LYPSINKA Encore Performance Announced
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

Back by popular demand! After four packed houses and critical raves at Joe's Pub in 2016, and fresh from his acclaimed Off Broadway role in The New Group's production of Wallace Shawn's Evening at the Talk House, John Epperson returns to Joe's Pub in John Epperson: The Artist Principally Known as Lypsinka, a delightful evening of classic entertainment filled with stories, tunes, and a twist. (more...)

Hilary Knight's STAGE STRUCK WORLD Special Exhibit Begins TodayHilary Knight's STAGE STRUCK WORLD Special Exhibit Begins Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017

Hilary Knight, the well known and honored illustrator, will have a special exhibition: "Hilary Knight's Stage Struck World" begins today, Tuesday, April 25th at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, 40 Lincoln Plaza (Broadway bet 63rd & 65th Streets). (more...)

Aisha de Haas and Capathia Jenkins Join Billy Stritch in HAVEN'T WE MET? at Birdland TonightAisha de Haas and Capathia Jenkins Join Billy Stritch in HAVEN'T WE MET? at Birdland Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2017

The Broadway at Birdland concert series has announced that Broadway performers Aisha de Haas and Capathia Jenkins will return in tandem with pianist/singer/musical director Billy Stritch in "Haven't We Met?" (more...)

John Epperson Returns to Joe's Pub Due to Popular DemandJohn Epperson Returns to Joe's Pub Due to Popular Demand
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

Back by popular demand! After 4 packed houses and critical raves at Joe's Pub in 2016, and fresh from his acclaimed Off Broadway role in The New Group's production of Wallace Shawn's Evening at the Talk House, John Epperson returns to Joe's Pub in John Epperson: The Artist Principally Known as Lypsinka, a delightful evening of classic entertainment filled with stories, tunes, and a twist. (more...)

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Hosts Free Exhibit 'Hilary Knight's Stage Struck World'New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Hosts Free Exhibit 'Hilary Knight's Stage Struck World'
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2017

Hilary Knight, the well known and honored illustrator, will have a special exhibition: "Hilary Knight's Stage Struck World" beginning April 25th at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, 40 Lincoln Plaza (Broadway bet 63rd & 65th Streets). (more...)

Feinstein's/54 Below Launches Late Night Drag Series with Miss Vodka Stinger, Cacophany Daniels & MoreFeinstein's/54 Below Launches Late Night Drag Series with Miss Vodka Stinger, Cacophany Daniels & More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2017

After years of presenting some of New York's most beloved and fabulous drag performers, Feinstein's/54 Below launches an ongoing Late Night Drag Series. Curated by Garth Schilling (also known to the drag community as Miss Vodka Stinger), the new Late Night Drag Series features a rotating roster of up-and-coming and legendary New York City drag performers on select Thursday nights at 11:30PM with $20 tickets and a two-drink minimum. (more...)

VIDEO: Liza Minnelli and Michael Feinstein are Having (and Performing) a 'Great Day'VIDEO: Liza Minnelli and Michael Feinstein are Having (and Performing) a 'Great Day'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2017

Liza Minnelli and Michael Feinstein are two of Broadway's most recognizable figures, and their friendship and frequent collaborations are always a joy to witness. The two took to Facebook recently and performed a wonderful rendition of Kay Thompson's song Great Day. Check out the video below! (more...)

Comic Drama STOP KISS by Diana Son Comes to Birmingham Festival TheatreComic Drama STOP KISS by Diana Son Comes to Birmingham Festival Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2017

Stop Kiss is the third show of Birmingham Festival Theatre's 'All You Need Is Love' Season. It is a poignant comic drama written by American playwright Diana Son that tells the touching story of Callie, a traffic reporter, and Sara, a new schoolteacher from St Louis, coming to work in The Bronx. While making their way in 1998 NYC, their paths cross and hearts become entangled. Sharing confidences about their careers, boyfriends, and families their affection grows deeper until a sudden event changes their lives forever. The play is a contemporary story about the thrills of love and perils of intolerance that moves from laughter to sorrow without missing a beat. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at High-Flying BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL at Beck CenterPhoto Flash: First Look at High-Flying BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL at Beck Center
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2017

BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL, with Libretto by Jeff Whitty, Music by Tom Kitt & Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Lyrics by Amanda Green & Lin-Manuel Miranda, opens tonight, February 10, at Beck Center for a run through February 26, 2017. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Jim Caruso's 12 Days of Christmas... All Is Calm and Bright with Cynthia ErivoJim Caruso's 12 Days of Christmas... All Is Calm and Bright with Cynthia Erivo
by Jim Caruso - Dec 25, 2016

I will end my Twelve Days of Christmas clips with this performance by one of our newest Broadway stars, Cynthia Erivo. Thanks to YouTube, I was blown away by her extraordinary gifts long before she made her Broadway debut in Color Purple. Her welcome addition to the local scene has been like a shot of adrenaline - the word "powerhouse" can only scratch the surface when describing Cynthia. We shared a memorable evening together in the audience of a Barbra Streisand concert, where her entrance caused almost as much happy chaos as did Ms. Streisand's! Cynthia Erivo is the real deal, and this clip shows you why. The miracle of her singing voice is only matched by her laser-beam focus, and this simple performance of one of the most reverent songs ever written seems to be a prayer for a world gone slightly mad. I wish you all a happy holiday. Whatever you celebrate, may it be joyous and filled with music, hope and laughter! (more...)

Photo Flash: Birdland Presents 7th Annual A SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMASPhoto Flash: Birdland Presents 7th Annual A SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 24, 2016

Birdland is proud to present the seventh consecutive year of "A Swinging Birdland Christmas," starring Birdland regulars Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch.  This is a limited engagement of 3 performances, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 23, 24 and 25.  All shows are at 6pm. (more...)

Jim Caruso's 12 Days of Christmas... Happy Holidays from the Osmond Brothers & Williams Brothers!Jim Caruso's 12 Days of Christmas... Happy Holidays from the Osmond Brothers & Williams Brothers!
by Jim Caruso - Dec 24, 2016

This choice will not surprise one person who has ever met me. Here's the history: I grew up an only child. I unsuccessfully begged my mother for a brother or sister until she was well into her 80's. I discovered the Osmond Brothers during their "One Bad Apple" phase, which led me into a few unfortunate years of bell-sleeved shirts and fringed vests. The Osmonds' obvious joy at singing together, to say nothing of their vast musical talents, would bring tears to my eyes as I watched them perform. I knew that Andy Williams had discovered the brothers, and gave them their debut on his TV show. However, I was unaware that Andy and his brothers were the original clean-cut singing siblings…that is until I saw this production number on an Andy Williams Christmas special! Boy, were my eyes…and ears…opened! This performance of "Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells" features the two bro-acts harmonizing their heads off. The irony is that Kay Thompson discovered the Williams Brothers (crooning background vocals at MGM), and Andy discovered the Osmond Brothers (singing barbershop quartet at Disneyland). Little did I know back then, that I would spend three years of my life performing as one-fourth of the Williams Brothers, along with Liza Minnelli as Kay Thompson, in what would become the Tony-winning "Liza's At The Palace." During that period, I enjoyed a phoner with Andy and cavorted with Dick Williams (whom I played), and am happy to call Donny Osmond a pal. In a funny kind of way, I found my long-awaited brothers. (more...)

Jim Caruso's 12 Days of Christmas... Christmas Time is Here with Peanuts!Jim Caruso's 12 Days of Christmas... Christmas Time is Here with Peanuts!
by Jim Caruso - Dec 23, 2016

After an impressive career, jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi was hired to score "A Charlie Brown Christmas," followed by seventeen other Peanuts television specials, until his untimely death in 1976. Can you even imagine those animated features with any other soundtrack? Guaraldi and his trio gave sophisticated heart and depth to what could have been just another forgettable cartoon score. At least one night every Christmas season, I walk the cold sidewalks of New York City, headphones on, and Guaraldi playing. I can be the star of my own movie…enjoying my own slightly melancholy, wistful scene while I reminisce about another year spent in the city I adore. (more...)

Jim Caruso's 12 Days of Christmas... Leslie Odom Jr. Will Be Home for ChristmasJim Caruso's 12 Days of Christmas... Leslie Odom Jr. Will Be Home for Christmas
by Jim Caruso - Dec 22, 2016

I'm pretty sure there's nothing Leslie Odom, Jr. can't do. This recording of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" perfectly shows off his good taste, style and that exemplary voice. The song is, of course, an American classic, with lyrics by Kim Gannon and a melody by Walter Kent. Gannon wrote it from the point of a World War II soldier stationed overseas, telling his family that he'll be home for the holidays, and to prepare the Christmas fun. Of course, the last lyric is one of the most melancholy ever written - "I'll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams." When the song was first pitched to folks in the music business, it was roundly refused, since it all seemed incredibly sad. But Bing Crosby smartly threw caution to the wind and recorded the tune, with immense success. Interestingly, after the lyricist's death, he left the royalty rights to the American Heart Association, which has benefitted greatly ever since. (more...)

Jim Caruso's 12 Days of Christmas... Barbra Streisand Reinvents a ClassicJim Caruso's 12 Days of Christmas... Barbra Streisand Reinvents a Classic
by Jim Caruso - Dec 21, 2016

Love it or hate it, this souped-up arrangement of 'Jingle Bells?' has become an iconic recording by the one and only Barbra Streisand. Of course, it's from her first Christmas album, which came out in 1967, but I was introduced to it in 1970 when it was released on a special promo album for Maxwell House coffee, along with cuts by Doris Day and (yes) Jim Nabors. I thought it was funny then, and I think it's funny now. I especially love the Brooklyn-ese reading of the word 'upsot.' It was all very sophisticated and slightly oddball to the young Jimmy Caruso, and takes me right back to Wexford, Pennsylvania, where I'd listen over and over on my little record player. (Google that word, kids.) (more...)

Jim Caruso's 12 Days of Christmas... Nat King Cole Wishes You a Merry ChristmasJim Caruso's 12 Days of Christmas... Nat King Cole Wishes You a Merry Christmas
by Jim Caruso - Dec 20, 2016

I don't care how old you are, I'm pretty sure this recording sounds like home. Nat King Cole, with his velvety croon, sings one of the more perfect songs ever written with simplicity and good taste. It's been recorded thousands of times, in every conceivable style - with riffs and shrieks and all kinds of dazzlement. But this arrangement and performance is the only one I want to hear. (more...)

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