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by Tara Olivero - Oct 31, 2019
Attention, Fort Wayne: you have one more weekend to see CHOIR BOY at the Parkview Physicians Group ArtsLab, as part of Genesis Outreach, Inc.'s 2019 Gala. There are two reasons why you should make time to see this play. Number one: all proceeds go directly towards Genesis Outreach and assisting homeless and in-need individuals in our community. And number two: this is one heck of a show. So much so, in fact, that I'm still thinking about it almost a week later.
by Zofeen Maqsood - Oct 31, 2019
ssar is taking the magnum opus play Mahabharat across the country. Produced by Felicity Theatre the play is getting houseful shows
by Kathy Strain - Oct 31, 2019
At any given day, in any given town, in any given house, in any given room, cats are beloved pets of millions of people all over the world. As such, stories can be told about how this cat or that cat stood out from the rest of the cat population to the cat owner who adores their fun furballs. But, has it ever really been understood what really goes on in a cat's mind? Do we really understand cats? Is it ever possible? T.S. Eliot adored cats and because of that, wrote Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. This was the inspiration behind Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS. This acclaimed and beloved musical is currently playing in San Antonio, Texas at the Majestic Theatre and opening night proved to the audience that the story of CATS continues to entertain and enthrall theater goers.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 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 Stephen Mosher - Oct 31, 2019
There was so much heart, love and entertainment on the stage of The Rose Theater last night, as The Cabaret Convention celebrated the legacy and the music of the legendary Judy Garland
by Stephen Mosher - Oct 30, 2019
Revered film and stage actress Mare Winningham brings a new sound to The Café Carlyle and makes many new friends and fans in the process.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2019
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Nicole Scherzinger will host and perform two intimate shows in New York City on October 30 and 31 at Django, located in the Roxy Hotel in Tribeca.
by Chelcy Harrell - Oct 28, 2019
BWW met with Lyric Theatre's own Frank-N-Furter, Eric Ulloa, for an in-depth look beneath the layers of glue stick and glitter at Ulloa's physical and mental transformation into the cult classic's sweet transvestite.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2019
Miro Magloire's New Chamber Ballet celebrates its 15th anniversary with two world premieres to music by Schubert and Dvorak, and solos for departing dancers Elizabeth Brown and Sarah Atkins, November 22 at 8 PM and November 23 at 7:30 PM at City Center Studio 5, 130 West 56th Street.  As always, all music is played live by the Company's superb musicians, pianist Melody Fader and violinist Doori Na.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2019
Clarence Brown Theatre patrons donated $16,306 to the Highlander Center during the run of the theatre's world premiere production of Anthony Clarvoe's a?oePeople Where They Area?? in the Carousel Theatre October 2-20, 2019, directed by Calvin MacLean and Dee Dee Batteast.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2019
Metro Theater Company (MTC) presents It's a Wonderful Life at the Grandel Theatre in the Grand Center Arts District, November 17 - December 15. The beloved American holiday classic leaps to captivating life on stage in this heartwarming, enchanting adaptation by St. Louis playwright John Wolbers.
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 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
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, 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
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2019
The Event, 'Run for SDG 3 'Good Health and Well-Being' ', one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, hosted by the UCT International Culture Development, was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The organizer (UCT International Culture Development, Inc., a member group in consultative status with the management of the NGO of the UN Economic and Social Council) invited the executive vice chairman of China Adventure Association, the famous explorer/mountain climber/runner from Yunnan and the founder of “Colorful Yunnan·Mysterious Baima,” Feibao Jin, to attend the event and share his running life and social welfare with the guests. Sports enthusiasts from more than a dozen countries and members of UNESCO and its affiliated club centers and associations, as well as numerous guests from the art and financial sectors were invited to attend the event.
by Braden Allison - Nov 3, 2019
Through the past few years, experimental theatre has crept its way into South Bend's Fine Arts scene. Original works, heavy audience participation, deaf theatre projects, non-traditional all-female casts: these are just a handful of the ideas South Bend's theatre companies have introduced to the region and continue to play with. Art4's intimate production of Ghost Quartet is no exception.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2019
Harry Townsend's Last Stand ( 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??.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2019
Hudson Theatre Works' Artistic Director Frank Licato will perform in the classic drama, a?oeTwelve Angry Mena?? with The Company Theatre Group, Hackensack. The play runs at The Hackensack Performing Arts Center from Friday, November 8 through Sunday November 17.
by Valerie-Jean Miller - Nov 1, 2019
One Performance Only! This Sunday, November 3, 2019! Long ago but not far away at all, there were many TV Variety Shows, Award Ceremonies, Music Centers and Theatre abounding with live Musical Performances, all with massive budgets; and dancers in this town, Los Angeles, made a darn good living, albeit having to work their asses off to do so, but it was a good and plentiful, fulfilling life. Besides myself, there was a plethora of working, professional dancers who ended up bonding together pretty easily, as a dancer's life is one of a nomad, or gypsy, going from one job to another, but in doing so, finding kindred spirits and lifelong connections. Jay Johnson, husband of one of these dancers and artistically gifted himself, was part of the artistic community, as was his wife, Sandi, and, typical with dancers, became close friends and comrades with other dancers, choreographers, and like-minded performers. As Jay was earning international fame as a ventriloquist, actor and comedian, and starring on the hit TV Series 'Soap,' us dancers were slaving away, happy to be able to make a living doing what we loved. Jay is best known for his role on ' Soap' as Chuck Campbell, a ventriloquist who believed his puppet Bob was real and demanded everyone treat Bob as human.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2019
National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that collaborate in innovative ways to develop, produce, and extend the life of new plays, announces its 91st Rolling World Premiere (RWP): Alabaster by Audrey Cefaly. The Roll will begin in Fort Myers, FL and crisscross the country for nearly a year, before wrapping up its record-breaking roll in November 2020. The theaters, locations, and dates of these productions are:
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2019
The Adelphi Symphony Orchestra will perform a program of selections from the classical and romantic periods at the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Thursday, November 14. The program will be under the direction of visiting guest conductor Stefano Miceli. Maestro Miceli is one of the foremost Italian pianists and conductors performing today, and he has earned the applause of audiences from around the world.
by Erica Cataldi-Roberts - Nov 1, 2019
Nearly six years after opening on Broadway and 27 years after appearing as a beloved animated Disney film, the national touring cast of the musical ALADDIN soars into the Providence Performing Arts Center. This version of the story contains many callbacks to the original 1992 film, but also adds many new elements, such as new songs, new characters, and even a new spin on the Genie. No matter one's familiarity with the source material, audience goers are in for a flashy and thoroughly entertaining evening, suitable for adults and children alike.
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Nov 1, 2019
GETTING SARA MARRIED features a workaholic, an engaged financial advisor with short-term memory loss, and frightening food allergies. Mix in a loving, albeit busybody aunt, a frustrated fiancé, and a teddy bear of a sort-of-shady delivery guy, and you have yourself an incredibly funny farce. In the real world, the script would make no sense, but somehow the talent of the five actors makes a storyline where you have to suspend belief, plausible.