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Joanna Lumley Lends Support To The Actors Centre Fundraising Appeal Photo Joanna Lumley Lends Support To The Actors Centre Fundraising Appeal
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 20, 2020

BAFTA award-winning actress, presenter and activist, Joanna Lumley, has lent her support to The Actors Centre fundraising campaign. Lumley has shared the #SupportTheActorsCentre message, which encourages urgent donations to The Actors Centre during its period of closure due to COVID-19.

Varla Jean Merman, Kool Keith, Mad Scene, And More Announced At Joe's Pub Photo Varla Jean Merman, Kool Keith, Mad Scene, And More Announced At Joe's Pub
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 31, 2019

Check out the Joe's Pub lineup for the tip-top of the year a?" a new Country Music night from Jim, Jenn & Neal; Haitian singer-songwriter BeLO; two of the three Ultramagnetic MCs Kool Keith and CED-GEE; Kittel & Co, Rev Billy, a very fun showcase from DANCE NOW and, as always, a ton more.

WET PAINT New Play Festival Announced At New Ohio Theatre Photo WET PAINT New Play Festival Announced At New Ohio Theatre
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 19, 2019

In only it's second year, the Wet Paint - New Play Festival has managed to round up B'way veterans (Johanna Leister, Layan Elwazani), TV stars (Christopher Shyer, Rachel Handler), & Amazon Best-Selling authors (Edward Medina) to participate in a barebones development series of short-performances. This year's festival has a theme: Walls, and with that theme, Point-Blank Theatre Co. received a unique submission. William Hobbs, a member of Voices Inside, an inmate writing/theatre program at Northpoint Training Center in KY, submitted his play, A Spider's Web and was accepted among dozens of NYC playwright applicants.

Thessaly Chamber Music Festival Returns This June Photo Thessaly Chamber Music Festival Returns This June
by Alan Henry - Jan 28, 2019

Chamber music comes to the mythical land of the centaurs this June 14-24th, 2019!

Thessaly Chamber Music Festival Returns This June Photo Thessaly Chamber Music Festival Returns This June
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 9, 2019

January 9, 2019: The program for the 2019 Thessaly Chamber Music Festival was announced today by Chamber Music Hellas President Vasos Papagapitos, and Artistic Director, Lowell Liebermann. Set in the mythical land of the gods in central Greece, the Thessaly Chamber Music Festival, now in its second year, will take place June 14-24, 2019 and will offer seven concerts of iconic masterpieces of the chamber music literature alongside compositions of Greek classical composers, as well as other neglected and unusual masterworks. The performances will be offered free of charge to the residents of the region and Master Classes are planned at the music conservatories in Larissa and Volos.

2019 Thessaly Chamber Music Festival Announced for June 14-24 Photo 2019 Thessaly Chamber Music Festival Announced for June 14-24
by Kaitlin Milligan - Jan 9, 2019

The program for the 2019 Thessaly Chamber Music Festival was announced today by Chamber Music Hellas President Vasos Papagapitos, and Artistic Director, Lowell Liebermann.

Broadway @ NOCCA Series Kicks Off With Marisol Montalvo Photo Broadway @ NOCCA Series Kicks Off With Marisol Montalvo
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2018

Producer Mark Cortale's sixth annual Broadway @ NOCCA series kicks off today, November 1, 2018 at 7:30pm when internationally renowned star of opera and musical theatre, Marisol Montalvo, brings her acclaimed new show MAD SCENE to NOCCA's Lupin Hall! Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased at BroadwayNOLA.com or by calling 800-838-3006. Lupin Hall is located on the NOCCA campus at 2800 Chartres Street.

Opera Star Marisol Montalvo Debuts New Show MAD SCENE Photo Opera Star Marisol Montalvo Debuts New Show MAD SCENE
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 18, 2018

Producer Mark Cortale is kicking-off the seventh season of his celebrated Broadway @ NOCCA concert series on November 1 with internationally renowned opera star Marisol Montalvo, bringing her acclaimed new show Mad Scene for its New Orleans debut. The show was written and directed by Jeffery Roberson (aka Varla Jean Merman) and features William Hobbs at the piano. The series will continue with two-time Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole on December 15, Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller on January 31, and Tony nominee & star of TV's Supergirl and Smash, Jeremy Jordan on March 29 - with each joined by Sirius XM radio star Seth Rudetsky as music director and host.

Lineup Announced For Broadway @ NOCCA's 2018/19 Season Photo Lineup Announced For Broadway @ NOCCA's 2018/19 Season
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 15, 2018

Producer Mark Cortale has announced a star-studded lineup for the sixth season of his celebrated Broadway @ NOCCA concert series in New Orleans. Three of Broadway's biggest names will share the marquee with one of opera's premiere stars in 2018-19.

Broadway @ NOCCA Series Kicks Off With Marisol Montalvo Photo Broadway @ NOCCA Series Kicks Off With Marisol Montalvo
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 10, 2018

Producer Mark Cortale's sixth annual Broadway @ NOCCA series kicks off on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 7:30pm when internationally renowned star of opera and musical theatre, Marisol Montalvo, brings her acclaimed new show MAD SCENE to NOCCA's Lupin Hall! Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased at BroadwayNOLA.com or by calling 800-838-3006. Lupin Hall is located on the NOCCA campus at 2800 Chartres Street.

Lineup Announced For Broadway @ NOCCA's 2018/19 Season Photo Lineup Announced For Broadway @ NOCCA's 2018/19 Season
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 28, 2018

Producer Mark Cortale has announced a star-studded lineup for the sixth season of his celebrated Broadway @ NOCCA concert series in New Orleans. Three of Broadway's biggest names will share the marquee with one of opera's premiere stars in 2018-19.

Mark Cortale Productions Makes Plans To Relocate Provincetown Theatre Base For Summer Photo Mark Cortale Productions Makes Plans To Relocate Provincetown Theatre Base For Summer 2019
by Stephi Wild - Jun 19, 2018

Mark Cortale, Producing Artistic Director of Provincetown's internationally known Art House theater, has announced that he has begun to search for a new summer location for 2019. Cortale learned last week that the twin 120-seat theaters at The Art House will be gutted by the property owner after the current summer season due to restaurant expansion plans. The news comes on the heels of seven consecutive seasons of remarkable success; thriving outposts of its famed 'Broadway @' music series in major venues across the country and abroad; and the recent announcement of its largest lineup of Broadway, comedy and music stars yet for its P-Town home.

Jeremy Jordan, Bianca del Rio, Stephanie J. Block, and More Announced for Provincetow Photo Jeremy Jordan, Bianca del Rio, Stephanie J. Block, and More Announced for Provincetown This Summer
by Julie Musbach - Apr 2, 2018

For the eighth consecutive season since taking the helm as Producing Artistic Director at Provincetown's Art House, Mark Cortale has upped the ante - announcing his largest music and comedy lineup yet.

Opera Star Marisol Montalvo to Debut MAD SCENE at Provincetown Art House Photo Opera Star Marisol Montalvo to Debut MAD SCENE at Provincetown Art House
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017

Mark Cortale, Producing Artistic Director of The Art House in Provincetown, MA, has announced that internationally acclaimed opera star Marisol Montalvo will perform the world premiere of her new show Mad Scene, directed by Jeffery Roberson aka Varla Jean Merman, on August 27 for one performance only. 

NYFOS Next Festival of New Songs Launches Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

New York Festival of Song's contemporary song series NYFOS Next -- dubbed 'invaluable' by The New Yorker and The New York Times -- enters its sixth season and continues its new format: a three-concert February mini-festival in the intimate state-of-the-art recital hall at OPERA America's National Opera Center. The Thursday concerts take place today, February 4, as well as February 11, and 18, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

NYFOS Next Festival of New Songs Sets Casts, Programs for February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2016

New York Festival of Song's contemporary song series NYFOS Next -- dubbed 'invaluable' by The New Yorker and The New York Times -- enters its sixth season and continues its new format: a three-concert February mini-festival in the intimate state-of-the-art recital hall at OPERA America's National Opera Center. The Thursday concerts take place February 4, 11, and 18, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Filmaker William Hobbs is Using His Novel, NORTH OF THE GROVE, to Raise Money for a Film of the Same Name
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2014

First time filmmaker William Hobbs is using his novel 'North of the Grove' to raise $28K for his film of the same name. More than a dozen supporters including family members, colleagues, and the general public, have pledged to help show the flawed and selfish how to make a difference. The book that started it all is now being released and has a unique style of its own. An Indiegogo campaign has been launched to secure the necessary $28,000 budget to independently produce a short film by former in-home counselor and first-time filmmaker William Hobbs. Titled North of the Grove, the film's producer earned a doctorate in creative writing from Florida State University and has taught the discipline at the collegiate level for nine years. In order to raise more awareness for the project, he has recently published the novel he wrote that inspired the film. North of the Grove, the novel, is available on amazon.com. North of the Grove follows Howard Capelton, a black, educated, middle-class man from Pembroke Pines. The more than reluctant father to be and avid jogger seeks to stop running from his demons by trying to save the life of a young boy struggling with his single mother in a Coconut Grove housing project. Hobbs calls the novel experimental in that is tells the story through an epistolary style used in novels like The Color Purple, where the story is written through a series of letters. In North of the Grove, the novel gives the style a millennium feel by using facebook instant messages, texts and emails between the characters. Hobbs looks forward to upcoming book signings to read passages at the book signing. 'Although it's not a long book, the style makes for an even faster read and you'll feel as if you're spying into people's phones or computers.' With other independent short films like The Magic City and full length features like The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete garnering acclaim, the issue North of the Grove explores of children surviving with little to no guidance is timely. North of the Grove stands out from the others in that it explores what affects not only the child but those who appear to go against better judgment in order to help. 'There are people who recognize the growing issue but are unsure of whether they are equipped or have the time needed to make an impact. Howard deals with all of those concerns and more.' Hobbs states that in discussing his project with others, many men admit to not becoming involved because of delicate situations that don't appear to offer clear solutions and, therefore, leave them open to criticism. Others feel overwhelmed at home and are unsure of where to draw a line between sustaining their own family and trying to save someone outside of it. Hobbs understands the challenges, yet insists they must be addressed. 'Although Hollywood and the media push single motherhood to not only be accepted, but in many cases, exploited, more projects need to show that having a male role model as a positive influence is critical for children.' Hobbs acknowledges concerns with the character of those in mentorship. 'It was the primary reason having someone as conflicted as Howard adds such depth to the story. To bother or not to bother when it comes to mentoring is at the heart of so many issues. 'North of the Grove' helps us roll up our sleeves and start progressive dialogue with our neighbors.' The book has been published by Meroen Press, Hobbs' publishing company. If you would like to contribute to the film, please visit North of the Grove's Indiegogo page by clicking the link: www.northofthegrove.com

OPERA America to Release the Opera America Songbook
by Kelsey Denette - Sep 19, 2012

The Rose Theatre Announces THREE MUSKETEERS, Through 2 Jan. 2011
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2011

This Christmas the Rose Theatre will join forces with Broadway producer Bud Martin to present The Three Musketeers, a brand new musical adapted from the classic novel by Alexandre Dumas. The Three Musketeers will play thru 2 January, prior to the West End.

Art of Bel Canto Comes to Wilton 12/5
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2010

The Wilton Playshop will present a special evening of beautiful music when Ray Hornblower, lyric tenor and bel canto specialist, takes to the stage singing songs and arias of Scarlatti, Gluck, Handel, Schubert, Bellini and Mozart.

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