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by Andrew Child - Nov 9, 2019
The crotchety, old ushers at Emerson's Colonial Theatre prepared for battle as the two night run of John Leguizamo's Tony Award winning Latin History for Morons descended upon their gilded palace. The bawdy irreverence of the piece with its marked disdain for the systemic white-washing of American history draws an audience that is ready to laugh riotously at commentary on shared pain, jeer at mentions of oppressive forces, and cheer at the slightest acknowledgement of their heritage (utterances of 'Puerto Rico' and 'Columbia' drew equivalent reactions from the crowd as mentions of 'Boston'). As non-traditional theatre audience members (read as: people of color, people who like fun things, etc.) flocked en masse to see the acclaimed voice actor behind the lisping sloth from the Ice Age movies, tensions were palpable. Ushers raced about the theatre, continuing the never-ending Stanford Prison Experiment of commercial arts by exerting their authority over the crowd, but not even their hyper-vigilance could dampen spirits as a master entertainer worked the house.
by Larisa Amaya-Baron - Nov 8, 2019
'I've had several Japanese people come up to me before and say, 'This is our story.' They were an older married couple, and I thought, 'Oh? This is a New York story, why do you say that?' And they said, 'Because, back in the late 50s early 60s, our villages were feuding, and they wouldn't allow us to marry. So there was this tension, but seeing the movie in 1961 made us say, 'Let's do it!' And we eloped.'
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2019
Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2019
Executive and Artistic Director Keith Gerth and Associate Artistic Director Stephen Smith announce Oil Lamp Theater's 2019 holiday show, It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry. This special presentation, directed by Keith Gerth, will be performed from November 29 through December 29, 2019 - with extra Saturday matinees and Sunday evening performances added -- at 1723 Glenview Road, Glenview.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2019
On Saturday night, Dallas leaders, philanthropists and lovers of the arts came together to celebrate the magic of musical theatre at the 2019 DSM Gala – An Evening with the Best of Broadway presented by PNC.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2019
THEY CALL ME Q, Qurrat Ann Kadwani's hit solo play continues its national tour this Fall 2019. NYU Global Center is sponsoring a performance for International Education Week on Friday, November 15 at 7:30pm. Must be on the guestlist to attend. RSVP at theycallmeqshow@gmail.com
by Gil Kaan - Nov 7, 2019
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, winner of both a Tony and an Olivier for Best Play, has already begun previews at the Greenway Court Theatre, with opening night set for November 8, 2019. Kate Jopson directs an ensemble led by newcomer Iain Kohn in the pivotal role of Christopher, a boy who exhibits signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder. I had the chance to pitch a few questions to Iain.
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Nov 7, 2019
Harry Townsend's Last Stand a new play written by George Eastman (The Snow Job; Bitter Exchange) and directed by Karen Carpenter will premiere at New York City Center Stage II.
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 7, 2019
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Spongebob Squarepants, of course a?" and now, the ambitious but kind, optimistic yet somehow down-to-earth a?oesimple spongea?? is taking his show on the road in a colorful, fun-filled, peripatetic and eye-poppingly surreal musical fresh off Broadway: The Spongebob Musical. You don't have to be a longtime fan of the animated and timeless, eponymously titled Nickelodean series, but clearly it helps to have at least a passing knowledge of the Spongebob oeuvre to keep all the players straight in an apocalyptic, yet thoroughly entertaining, tale of imminent danger for all the Bikini Bottom inhabitants fans have come to love over the years.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2019
FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents 54 Loves Cast Albums! on Saturday, November 16th at 9:30pm at Feinstein's/54 Below (254 West 54th Street). Join us as we celebrate musical theater with songs sung by the very artists who recorded them for the cast albums we adore, in an evenit that will also showcase two rising stars. This event is presented in conjunction with the official launch of  http://castalbumreviews.com, a website featuring reviews of thousands of recordings of musicals from the dawn of the art form to the latest entries. 
by TV News Desk - Nov 6, 2019
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Matt Maeson has unveiled the official video for his emotional single, “Go Easy,” taken from his extraordinary debut album Bank On The Funeral. The video depicts the juxtaposition of Maeson in jail and as a free man, and the emotional distress being incarcerated can bring – an experience Maeson has dealt with first-hand.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2019
For the first time in its history, the French Institute Alliançe Francaise (FIAF) honored two women at its annual Trophée des Arts Gala on Monday, November 4th at The Plaza Hotel in NYC. This year's event honored actress and musician Charlotte Gainsbourg, who was recognized as someone who exemplifies FIAF's mission of French-American friendship and cross-cultural exchange. FIAF also fêted Ardian president Dominique Senequier, who received the Pilier d'Or for her contributions as a leading businesswoman to the French-American community.   
by Neil Shurley - Nov 6, 2019
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND runs through November 10 at the Peace Center
by Alan Portner - Nov 6, 2019
Need an evening that stretches your G-rated mind with a fun, supremely entertaining, ninety minute rib-tickling exercise? How about an evening free from national politics? Oddly, it is available in a show about the nation's founders and others. You will enjoy Spamilton, an American Parody literally on the stage at Starlight Theatre's reformatted Cohen Stage through Sunday November 17.
by Ron Bierman - Nov 6, 2019
Rafael Payare's honeymoon with the San Diego symphony orchestra has barely begun, but I'm ready to predict a long and happy marriage. His energetic and emotional conducting brought unexpected excitement to even an ultra-conservative program of Schumann, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. The opening Overture to Manfred by Schumann may have been the only piece quite a few regular concert-goers haven't heard often enough to be able to conduct themselves. Composed while Schumann was going through one of his bouts with mental illness, the overture is a stormy brooding affair, with romantic swelling waves of sound, perfectly realized in Payare's interpretation. The orchestra has never sounded better.
by Sarah Dussome - Nov 6, 2019
Divorced. Beheaded. Died. Survived. The six wives of the infamous King Henry VIII star in in Six, the Broadway-bound smash and Citadel Theatre's latest offering.
by Stephen Mosher - Nov 5, 2019
Former resident of OZ and Disney, Ryan McCartan comes of age in his debut solo show, currently playing at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Jade Kops - Nov 5, 2019
In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the release of the 'Complete Works' double CD of Leslie Bricusse (Book and Lyrics) and Frank Wildhorn's (Music) JEKYLL & HYDE, Concertworks presents the first Australian professional presentation of the gothic musical.
by TV News Desk - Nov 5, 2019
Grammy-nominated virtuosic guitar duo Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge have announced plans for a major U.S. tour, their first in nearly three years. The dates begin with an eagerly awaited two-night-stand at Nashville, TN's Station Inn on April 1 and 2 and then continue through mid-April. The tour includes stops in major markets including New York City, Chicago and Minneapolis along with visits to such iconic venues as Buck Owens' Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, CA. For complete tour details and ticket information, please visit www.lageeldridge.com.
by Michael Dale - Nov 23, 2019
'I've got a little favor to ask of you,' an American president asks the members of the Supreme Court on the night he's lost his re-election bid.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2019
Tony Award-winner Elizabeth Ashley and Tony Award-nominee Penny Fuller will star in a reading of Wharton/Williams, a work based on the short stories of novelist Edith Wharton and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams. Adapted by award-winning playwright/librettist Charles Leipart, Wharton/Williams will be directed by Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winner Michael Wilson.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2019
Seattle Center Winterfest Student Showcases, Nov. 30-Dec. 22, endure as a beloved tradition alongside the professional Winterfest entertainment on Seattle Center Armory Mainstage. The 100+ showcases enliven the Seattle Center Armory Food & Event Hall while offering public and private school groups the opportunity to share their artistic accomplishments with family, friends and the public. All performances are free of charge and present seasonal music, along with a varied selection of works for choral, dance and instrumental ensemble.
by Stephen Mosher - Nov 21, 2019
Ari Axelrod's musical cabaret A CELEBRATION OF JEWISH BROADWAY is just the Chanukah present you didn't even know you needed.
by Christine Swerczek - Nov 21, 2019
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR has been around for half a century and is still going strong. The national tour heading to Omaha in December has a new style and I'm particularly eager to see it. I spoke with Tommy McDowell who plays Peter to see what he has to say.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2019
Harry Townsend's Last Stand (www.HarryTownsendsLastStand.com) a new play written by George Eastman (The Snow Job; Bitter Exchange) and directed by Karen Carpenter (Love, Loss and What I Wore; Handle With Care), is currently playing at New York City Center Stage II (131 West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues) and is produced  by Dennis Grimaldi (A Gentlemen's Guide...; Love Letters, Angels in America, Other People's Money). Starring Three time Tony® Award Nominee and Tony® Award winner, Len Cariou  (title role in Sweeney Todd; A Little Night Music with Glynis Johns and Hermione Gingold; Applause starring Lauren Bacall; 'Blue Bloods') and Craig Bierko (Tony® Award  and Drama Desk Award nominee, Music Man; 'The Long Kiss Goodnight, 'UnREAL,' 'Blue Bloods'), Harry Townsend's Last Stand opens on Wednesday, December 4.
by Jo Fisher - Nov 20, 2019
We all know that you should never judge a book by its cover a?' but should you ever judge a person by their name? This is the question posed to us in What's In A Name?, which has landed at Nuffield Southampton Theatres at the end of its first-ever UK tour.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2019
Make Music Winter, a free, outdoor music-making celebration on the winter solstice that brings communities together and warms the spirit, returns this year on Saturday, Dec. 21 with more than 10 participatory musical parades across New York City. The daylong musical celebration on the shortest day of the year brings together New Yorkers of all ages, backgrounds, musical abilities and styles to sing, play, march and dance their way across streets, parks, plazas and other public spaces. Make Music Winter, which is being held in over 30 cities nationwide, is the cold-weather version of Make Music Day, the annual global celebration of music occurring on June 21, the summer solstice.
by Review Roundups - Nov 18, 2019
From the producers of The Lion King and Aladdin, Frozen launches a North American tour, commencing in Schenectady, NY prior to an official opening at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. Heralded by The New Yorker as 'thrilling' and 'genuinely moving,' Frozen has emerged as the biggest hit musical of the last two Broadway seasons, breaking four house records at its New York home, the legendary St. James Theatre. For more information, including a list of currently announced cities, visit FrozenTheMusical.com/Tour.
by Review Roundups - Nov 18, 2019
Geffen Playhouse presents the world premiere adaptation of Key Largo, directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt, Farragut North) and featuring Academy Award nominee Andy Garcia (Mama Mia! Here We Go Again, The Godfather: Part III) as Johnny Rocco. The Geffen Playhouse production is adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher and Andy Garcia, based on the play by Maxwell Anderson and the screenplay by Richard Brooks & John Huston. Original music is composed by 10-time GRAMMY Award winner and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Arturo Sandoval.
by Bobby Patrick - Nov 18, 2019
An unapologetic story of identity, racism, love, and belonging, Do You Dream in Spanish? weaves the songs of Frank Loesser, Steven Lutvak, and George Gershwin, with original music by Araujo and Michael Perrie, Jr. The show also uses Araujo's original photography.
by Barry Lenny - Nov 18, 2019
This production just gets better and better all the time
by Maria Nockin - Nov 17, 2019
On Saturday evening, November 16, 2019, Los Angeles Opera presented Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Emanuel Schickaneder's 1791 singspiel, The Magic Flute. The unusual production, which involved the appearance of screens reminiscent of 1920s silent films, was originally devised by Barry Kosky, Suzanne Andrade, and Paul Barritt for Berlin's Komische Oper. 
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2019
The bright lights of Broadway were focused on Manhattan's Jazz at Lincoln Center on Thursday night, Nov. 7 for the party celebrating the opening of the new 'Tina - The Tina Turner Musical' catered by Great Performances.
by Michael Quintos - Nov 16, 2019
Here's my understatement of the year so far: Broadway star Megan Hilty is one of the most delightful creatures that has ever graced a stage. This was wonderfully confirmed all throughout the Tony Award nominee's Segerstrom Center for the Arts Cabaret series solo debut, which recently opened to an enthusiastic, candlelit crowd Thursday night and continues for two more performances through November 16, 2019 at the Samueli Theater in Costa Mesa. Beautiful, quirky, bawdy, self-deprecating, and undeniably talented, Ms. Hilty was thoroughly engaging and entertaining during her nearly 80-minute acoustic set backed by musical director and principal pianist Matt Cusson and her bassist/guitarist husband, fellow Broadway performer Brian Gallagher.
by Stephen Mosher - Nov 16, 2019
Two Drag Queens bring their A-Game in their new show 80s Ladies, proving that Darienne Lake and Mrs. Kasha Davis are here to stay.
by Barry Lenny - Nov 16, 2019
Let's hope that The Wandering Circus wanders this way again soon.
by Craig Richardson - Nov 15, 2019
The American Theatre Guild opened their 2019-2020 season October 14th with the national Broadway touring production of Cats.
by Michael Dale - Nov 15, 2019
While there are many artistically pleasing moments to be savored on stage as the entrancingly funny Russian clown piece SLAVA'S SNOWSHOW returns to Broadway for a limited run through the holiday season, you can also have a heck of a good time if you just like having things thrown at you, dropped on you, sprayed at you or bouncing off of you.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2019
Harry Townsend's Last Stand (www.HarryTownsendsLastStand.com) a new play written by George Eastman (The Snow Job; Bitter Exchange) and directed by Karen Carpenter (Love, Loss and What I Wore; Handle With Care), will premiere at New York City Center Stage II (131 West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues) it was announced today by Dennis Grimaldi (A Gentlemen's Guide…; Love Letters, Angels in America, Other People's Money). Starring Three time Tony® Award Nominee and Tony® Award winner, Len Cariou  (title role in Sweeney Todd; A Little Night Music with Glynis Johns and Hermione Gingold ; Applause starring Lauren Bacall; “Blue Bloods”) and Craig Bierko (Tony® Award  and Drama Desk Award nominee, Music Man; “The Long Kiss Goodnight, “UnREAL,” “Blue Bloods”), Harry Townsend's Last Stand begins a strictly limited engagement on November 18th  with opening night set for December 4th.
by Michael Dale - Nov 14, 2019
The cleverest part of adaptor/director Erica Schmidt's new musical based on Edmond Rostand's classic CYRANO DE BERGERAC is that the two times a character makes mention of the title fellow's very large nose, there is a pause before the word, making it clear that the speaker was about to say something else, but thought better of it.
by Vince Vicentuan - Nov 13, 2019
CATS is not your ordinary musical. In fact, it's a sung-through piece of dance theater, which was conceived for the West End stage at a time when Andrew Lloyd Webber had never yet had a huge hit, and the emerging art form was heavily identified with the American Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2019
Carnegie Hall celebrates the holiday season with a variety of festive concerts this December. On Friday, December 20 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 21 at 8:00 p.m., jazz star Tony DeSare and Broadway star Capathia Jenkins join The New York Pops' annual holiday celebration, ringing in the most wonderful time of the year. Hear such favorites as a?oeHave Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,a?? Jenkins reprising Ella Fitzgerald's classic take on a?oeSanta Claus Is Comin' to Town,a?? DeSare revisiting Frank Sinatra's beloved arrangement of a?oeO Come, All Ye Faithful,a?? a rock shuffle duet of a?oeLet it Snow,a?? a?oeJingle Bell Rock,a?? a?oeWinter Wonderland,a?? the New York City premiere of a?oeEight Days of Lifea?? in celebration of Hanukkah, and more.
by Charlie Wilks - Nov 11, 2019
Music royalty arrives in full force, as international superstar Christina Aguilera brings her X Tour to the UK. Featuring all of her classic hits, as well as some less commonly known tracks, the night is a blast from start to finish.
by Perry Tannenbaum - Nov 11, 2019
With Hans Graf at the podium for the first time at Knight Theater, Charlotte Symphony and guest artist Angelo Xiang Yu were in top form on a program highlighted by Debussy's 'L'Après-midi,' Mozart's 'Turkish' Concerto, and a snippet of Piazzolla.
by TV News Desk - Nov 11, 2019
Rising rap superstar Roddy Ricch has announced plans for his first ever epic North American headline tour – The Antisocial Tour. The dates begin Saturday, December 28that Los Angeles, CA's world famous Hollywood Palladium and then continue into February 2020. Artist pre-sales run Tuesday, November 12th from 10 am to 10 pm (local); Songkick pre-sales run Wednesday, November 13th from 10 am to 10 pm (local); Local pre-sales are scheduled for Thursday, November 14th from 10 am to 10 pm (local); General Admission sales follow on Friday, November 15th at 10 am (local).
by TV News Desk - Nov 11, 2019
Singer/songwriter Pink Sweat$ has announced the release of an official remix to his hit single, “Honesty,” with Canadian singer/songwriter Jessie Reyez. The melodic record is available now on all digital retailers and streaming platforms. The release follows his recent collaboration with K-pop sensation Crush to deliver the rhythmic anthem, “I Wanna Be Yours.” 
by TV - Press Previews - Nov 11, 2019
Harry Townsend's Last Stand a new play written by George Eastman (The Snow Job; Bitter Exchange) and directed by Karen Carpenter will premiere at New York City Center Stage II.
by Bobby Patrick - Nov 10, 2019
Lainie has performed in Nightclubs, Grand Hotels, and Concert Halls around the world. She partnered with Hugh Hefner and opened a?oeLainie's Rooma?? and a?oeLainie's Room Easta?? at the Los Angeles and New York Playboy Clubs. Lainie recorded five albums for MGM and she produced her most recent CD's with David Benoit for Music Masters label a?oeIn The Groovea?? and a?oeBody and Soula??.