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by Kathy Strain - Jan 9, 2020
Many people in attendance at the performance of MISS SAIGON at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio have vivid memories of the Vietnam War. Many may have actually fought over there, many protested in the United States in antiwar demonstrations, while others may have been living in the fighting zones as innocent villagers. No matter where your physical body was at the time, all can agree that the Vietnam War was a time of turmoil, fear, and uncertainty. No one understood the war but yet, the war dragged on. Although most U.S. Troops were pulled out of Vietnam in 1973, a small number remained until 1975 when President Ford ordered the helicopter evacuations of 7000 Americans and South Vietnamese from Saigon. This is the time just before the evacuations where MISS SAIGON takes place. No matter what your feelings about the Vietnam War, MISS SAIGON is a wonderful interpretation of the many real people who all just wanted to survive and find joy again in their lives.
by TV News Desk - Jan 8, 2020
Canvasback Music and Atlantic Records are proud to announce the eagerly-awaited new single from Grouplove. “Deleter” is available today at all DSPs and streaming services, accompanied by an anarchic, high-energy companion video (watch below).
by Noelle Hannibal - Jan 8, 2020
Jason O'Neill was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He became passionate about Irish dancing, Irish culture and music as a young boy and seeing RIVERDANCE changed his life. It became his goal to become a professional Irish dancer and perform in RIVERDANCE, which he has now done for 10 years. I had the chance to speak with O'Neill prior to his arrival in Montreal where the RIVERDANCE 25th ANNIVERSARY tour will play a limited engagement at Salle Wilfred-Pelletier, Place des Arts, January 10-12, 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2020
Tickets are now available for the Applause New York productions of BE MORE CHILL and HAIR, featuring actors from the Applause Company A Class (grades 9th-12th). The shows will run in rotation at The Rose Nagelberg Theater at Baruch Performing Arts Center from January 28th - February 2nd, 2020, with performances of HAIR on 1/28 @ 8pm, 1/29 @ 8pm, 2/1 @4pm, and 2/1 @8pm and BE MORE CHILL on 1/30 @8pm, 1/31 @8pm, 2/1 @12pm, and 2/2 @1pm.
by Peter Nason - Jan 5, 2020
With Latoya McCormick and Tron Montgomery leading the way in this Fats Waller revue, 'it's so nice, it should be illegal.'
by Barry Lenny - Jan 4, 2020
Be sure to get tickets before it sells out the entire season.
by Stephen Mosher - Jan 4, 2020
One of the cabaret community's newer artists, Deborah Stone, comes of age in her new show HERE I AM! After a run downtown at Pangea, she debuts at The Beach Cafe. In this interview with Stephen Mosher, Stone talks about the journey that got her where she is.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2020
On Thursday night before Christmas 2019, the Phoenix Hotel in downtown Washington DC was the scene of the 'Fourth Annual Holiday Cocktails and Songs of the Season' celebration, featuring international celebrity tenor, Anthony Kearns.
by TV News Desk - Jan 3, 2020
Prodigious producer Whethan has announced plans for a North American headline tour. The Fantasy tour begins March 26th at Los Angeles, CA's The Novo and followed by headline stops in San Francisco, Chicago, and Brooklyn (see details below). The Fantasy tour will feature Chrome Sparks and Ramzoid as supporting acts. The limited tour will operate as pop-up-like shows, with special surprises for fans at each stop. The four dates will be a sneak peek as to what is to come for the captivating artist. Artist presales run Wednesday, January 8th at 10 am local time through Thursday, January 9th at 10 am local time and will be available via Whethan's official website where fans can sign up for first access to tickets; Songkick and local presales follow on Thursday, January 9th at 10 am local time. General Admission sales begin Friday, January 10th at 10 am local time.  Additional dates will be announced soon. For complete details and ticket availability, please see www.whethan.com/tour.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2020
Based in Chicago, Illinois and helmed by Co-Founders Jessica Needham (Executive Director) and David Fiorello (Artistic Director), The Beautiful City Project will produce monthly cabarets and musicals in concert to raise money every month for a different, local Chicago charitable organization.
by Jay Irwin - Jan 1, 2020
a?oeSummer, The Donna Summer Musicala?? opened last night, New Year's Eve, at the Paramount like a shiny ball descending on Seattle signifying the new year. But just like the ball dropping and switching from one year to the next, it amounted to very little other than a reason to party. With a book that feels like a story conveyed by a 6-year-old with severe ADHD and staging so bad that it actually made me laugh out loud at one point, this flashy tale of the life of a Disco Diva, filled with mirror balls, strobe lights, and even a car chase on stage, falls squarely into the realm of a?oewhat were they thinking?!a??
by Review Roundups - Dec 6, 2019
Reviews are in for the second year of the national tour of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival of Hello, Dolly!, starring Carolee Carmello in the iconic title role. 
by Jeffrey Kare - Dec 6, 2019
From December 11th-22nd, Theatre in the Park will be presenting their 45th anniversary production of A Christmas Carol. I recently had the great pleasure of interviewing the show's playwright, Ira David Wood III, who is not only back directing this year, but he'll also be alternating the role of Ebenezer Scrooge with his oldest son, Ira David Wood IV.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2019
The Missoula Community Theatre has announced this season's sensory-friendly performance of Seussical on Wednesday, December 18 at 6:30 PM at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2019
Kim Katzberg's NY Innovative Theatre Award-winning play Dad in a Box is back for one night only! A prestigious improv comedy workshop seems like an ideal career boost for Katzberg, until she finds her fervid imagination hamstrung by generic critiques. '...Suicidal girl on a date? I'm not sure it's a network thing.' But the real improvisation starts when Katzberg's emotionally-distant father dies, paralyzing her psyche and forcing her to confront her California-cool brother and erratic, prodigal sister. Dad in a Box, a darkly comedic, multi-character, semi-autobiographical, solo play, follows queer theater artist Kim Katzberg as she struggles to gain access to her emotional core, while processing the impending death of her abusive father. The story traces Katzberg's efforts, through wildly inventive pieces in improv class, to prod and shock herself into facing and confronting her father's emotional hold on her.
by Linda Lenzi - Dec 5, 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), just opened 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').
by Review Roundups - Dec 5, 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), premieres at New York City Center Stage II (131 West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues).
by Stephen Mosher - Dec 4, 2019
Super Woman Luba Mason is breaking out with a return of her one-woman musical cabaret, a new cd and a return to Broadway. It's About Time.
by Lauren Yarger - Dec 4, 2019
Three playwrights present excerpts from holiday plays at a networking lunch sponsored by the CT Chapter of the League of Professional Theatre Women.
by Stephi Wild - Dec 4, 2019
Today's top stories: Jordan Fisher will join Dear Evan Hansen, and more!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2019
Planet Connections' starts out 2020 with 'DARK PLANET: Not Your Mother's Valentine's Day,' short plays unapologetically looking at life through a clever a?" albeit caustic a?" lens. Frank, Funny, Engaging, Engrossing, and Enlightening, Performing Thursdays & Fridays, February 6 a?" 21, at the Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E 14th St, NYC. This event a?" celebrating the diversity of the performing arts & artists of NYC a?" will be accompanied by an opening night party and special Valentine's Day event.
by TV News Desk - Dec 30, 2019
Global pop sensation Ava Max is wrapping up her incredible 2019 with one final release. “On Somebody” is available now at all DSPs and streaming services.
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 3, 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 Tomorrow, Wednesday, December 4.
by Michael Dale - Dec 29, 2019
When you consider that the two best-known plays by American authors dealing with the AIDS epidemic, Larry Kramer's THE NORMAL HEART and Tony Kushner's ANGELS IN AMERICA, are both decades old and set in the 1980s, it's no wonder if playgoers tend to think of the crisis as something of the past which is now primarily under control. Even Matthew Lopez's current, THE INHERITANCE, though set in the 21st Century, focuses on the loss of gay men of that preceding generation.
by Rakaputra Paputungan - Dec 28, 2019
Stephen Sondheim's cerebral, minimalist COMPANY might not be an obvious choice for a community theater here in Indonesia where musicals are still often seen as jazz-hands and kicklines, but director Fonnyta Amran and JPAC (Jakarta Performing Arts Community) made it work. The production of COMPANY was as game-changing as its original Broadway counterpart back in the day.
by Don Grigware - Dec 27, 2019
Actor/playwright Doug Haverty will become Group Rep's new artistic director in January 2020. In our conversation he tells our readers in great detail about the upcoming season and talks in depth about his vision for the theater. How long have you been a member of Group Rep? DH: I started in 1983, so 36 years.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 27, 2019
Brooklyn-based performer, Raquel Cion, is coming back for a January-March 2020 residency of her cabaret, Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie at Pangea, located at 178 Second Avenue New York, NY 10003. The 90-minute cabaret explores the lifelong 'soul love' that Cion has for David Bowie's artistry and David Jones's humanity.
by Review Roundups - Dec 26, 2019
The first national tour of The Band's Visit is now making its way across the country! After a mix-up at the border, an Egyptian Police Band is sent to a remote village in the middle of the Israeli desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways. THE BAND'S VISIT celebrates the deeply human ways music, longing and laughter can connect us all.
by Herbert Paine - Dec 23, 2019
The Phoenix Theatre Company's production of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, directed by Scott Weinstein, is a high-fidelity juke box tribute to the four icons who history records assembled for an impromptu jam session on December 4th, 1956. Dynamic vocal and instrumental performances by Kavan Hashemian (Elvis Presley), Chris Lash (Jerry Lee Lewis), Skye Scott (Carl Perkins), and Gregg Hammer (Johnny Cash) of that session's songs provoke an irrepressible audience outburst of finger-snapping, toe-tapping elation. Runs through February 16, 2020.
by Sophie Williams - Dec 22, 2019
by Stephen Mosher - Dec 22, 2019
Celebrating its tenth year, the classic holiday TV special performed live for Birdland audiences shows what it is that has made it last so long, so beautifully.
by Rakaputra Paputungan - Dec 21, 2019
After the artful, intimate INTO THE WOODS last year, TEMAN (Teater Musikal Nusantara) is back with the bombastic and bodacious HAIRSPRAY. Directed by Broadway's Brandon Bieber, the glam production was worthy of Broadway barring noticeable technical issues.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2019
The Belmont Theater District (BTD), Chicago's largest theater district located in the Lakeview West and Lakeview East neighborhoods, celebrates the holidays this November and December. The Belmont Theater District acts as an advocate to create, promote and strengthen the diverse artistic offerings of the Lakeview West and Lakeview East neighborhoods to its residents and visitors.
by Audrey Morabito - Dec 19, 2019
I first saw ELF when TUTS produced it back in 2013, and last year I had the absolute joy of working on a production of it at Queensbury Theatre. I'll be honest, it was a challenge for me to set aside my past experience with the show in order to see it with fresh eyes, giving myself a fair chance to experience a different cast, choreo, and designs from a reviewer's perspective. Setting aside my personal experiences with ELF, I found that this production reminded me of the things I loved most about it in the first place-the humorous quips written into the dialogue, the undeniably jolly holiday spirit, and the snappy songs that inevitably get stuck in my head.
by Zac Thriffiley - Dec 18, 2019
Through a combination of brilliantly creative stagecraft and psychologically complex characterizations, the current touring production of the ONCE ON THIS ISLAND revival immerses audiences in an experience unlike any other, one in which the power of a story creates a new world from every possible human emotion right before our eyes.
by Chris Struck - Dec 18, 2019
or anyone who happens to have ventured out to one of the Rescignos' holiday frolics over the last decade, you understand the incredible journey on which this epic twin duo takes their audience each year. Whether it's the puns and innuendos on Paul's latest costume, a massive stocking, or the a?oeserious-mindeda?? Robbie cracking a grin after the audience erupts into teary-eyed laughter, this duo deserves a ton of applause for yet another well-orchestrated show.
by Stephen Mosher - Dec 17, 2019
Two Variety show on consecutive nights in Midtown Manhattan are still taking NYC by storm every week, and it's all due to the hosts who created them
by TV News Desk - Dec 17, 2019
YOSHIKI appeared as a surprise guest last week (Dec. 11) during the Tokyo Dome performance of KISS's 'End of the Road World Tour.' He shocked the audience by performing piano and drums for two songs during the encore of KISS's only Tokyo show on the band's “Final Tour Ever.” YOSHIKI will also perform with KISS at their Osaka performance at the Kyocera Dome on December 17, 2019.
by Isabella Perrone - Dec 16, 2019
Following a transfer to the Elgin Theatre that lasted most of 2019, COME FROM AWAY has returned to its original Toronto home, the Royal Alexandra Theatre, in full form. Under director Christopher Ashley, writers and composers' Irene Sankoff and David Hein story of what happened in the town of Gander, Newfoundland, in the days following 9/11 maintains all the charm that it held before moving.
by Ron Bierman - Dec 16, 2019
The San Diego Opera's first Detour Series performance this season was 'One Amazing Night' with Soprano Ailyn Pérez, tenor Joshua Guerrero and accompanist Abdiel Vázquez. All are outstanding young award winners with impressive resumes. The first half featured operatic arias, enjoyable and worth the ticket price on their own. But the second half was something different--and special. In it the artists performed classic popular Mexican songs they grew up with, and their passionate affection was obvious. Vázquez was born in Mexico. Pérez and Guerrero are American children of Mexican immigrants.
by Jacob Ruscoe - Dec 16, 2019
Sarasota High School produced a heart-warming rendition of Irving Berlin's a?oeWhite Christmasa?? this past week. The show which is full of laughter, was engaging and entertaining, and another shining example of the incredible theatre productions our local schools produce.
by Stephen Mosher - Dec 15, 2019
A true blue original, Sam Harris returns to NYC with proof of his longevity in the business in an awe-inspiring new show at 54 Below
by Shari Barrett - Dec 14, 2019
The Troubies continues its 25th Silver anniversary season (bringing Los Angeles audiences a quarter century of mayhem!), with their 18th annual holiday offering of A CHRISTMAS CAROLE KING adapted & directed by Matt Walker with musical direction by Derrick Finely, in which the soulful sounds of songstress Carole King are combined with one of the most enduring stories of our time, and the result is 'So Far Away' from what you'd expect! The nine cast members who play a multitude of characters and change costumes more frequently than seems humanly possible, are (in alphabetical order): Rick Batalla, Chelle Denton, Beth Kennedy, Janelle Lillian, Luis a?oeL.T.a?? Martinez, Mike Sulprizio, Cloie Wyatt Taylor, Matt Walker and David C. Wright. And you could not ask for a more talented, off-the-wall group of entertainers to bring this holiday laugh fest back every December to appreciative local audiences!
by David Sousa Lopes - Dec 13, 2019
When the Grand Théâtre announced Yves Beaunesne's adaptation of Ruy Blas, we simply could not miss it. Despite our extremely tight schedule these last months, there are things for which you simply have to make time.
by Debbie Gilpin - Dec 13, 2019
Few English reigns have been quite as theatrical as that of Elizabeth I; from her fine gowns and jewellery to the youthful (or so she thought) wigs and makeup, she preserved her position as monarch by creating the characters of Gloriana and the Virgin Queen. This theatricality feeds into Ella Hickson's new play Swive, as a less familiar version of Elizabeth addresses the audience, tweaks history, and even plays with our expectations of the auditorium's surroundings.
by Monica Moore - Dec 11, 2019
Is there anything better than family and the anticipation of Christmas as December's end draws closer? That is the question we were delighted to answer at the opening night of 'A Christmas Story the Musical'. And it is a resounding 'No'. With all the negativity in the world at the moment it was lovely to have a night to sit back, relax and be transported to a time where childlike innocence and family values were paramount.
by Review Roundups - Dec 11, 2019
The New Group presents Donja R. Love's one in two, featuring Jamyl Dobson, Leland Fowler and Edward Mawere. Directed by Stevie Walker-Webb, plays through January 12 at The Pershing Square Signature Center.
by TV News Desk - Dec 10, 2019
NBC's Writers on the Verge welcomes eight new writers to its 2019-20 class: comedy writers Rishi Chitkara, Shirin Najafi and Min-Woo Park as well as drama writers Andi Delott, Maya Houston, Mitali Jahagirdar, Lira Kellerman and Shani Am. Moore. Chosen from an applicant pool of more than 2,300 submissions, the new class joins the long-tenured initiative for emerging writers of diverse backgrounds.