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by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2019
BroadwayWorld is saddened to report the passing of Phyllis Newman. The news was shared on social media by her daughter, Amanda Green. Newman was 86 years old.
by TV News Desk - Sep 16, 2019
Craft Recordings is pleased to announce the release of the vinyl box set edition of The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions from The Miles Davis Quintet on November 8th. Celebrating the 70th anniversary of Prestige Records, the deluxe six-LP set presents the quintet's marathon sessions for the iconic jazz label, recorded between 1955–56, which resulted in classic albums such as Cookin', Relaxin', Workin', and Steamin'. Plus, the box set offers a bonus LP with audio from radio and TV appearances by the group. Pressed on 180-gram vinyl at RTI, the discs are housed in a collectible 20-page hardcover linen-wrapped portfolio-style book, featuring stunning photographs of Davis and the band, plus in-depth liner notes from esteemed jazz historian Bob Blumenthal.
by Walter McBride - Sep 16, 2019
As BroadwayWorld sadly reported yesterday, stage star Phyllis Newman passed away yesterday, September 15, at the age of 86. Newman got her start in show business at 4 years old imitating Carmen Miranda in theatres and clubs. Her portrayal of Martha Vail in the Jule Styne/Comden and Green musical Subways Are For Sleeping - costumed only in a bath towel - earned her a Tony Award. Her other Broadway credits include Bells Are Ringing, The Apple Tree, On the Town, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Awake and Sing, Wish You Were Here, First Impressions, and her one-woman musical The Madwoman of Central Park West, which she co-authored with Arthur Laurents. She garnered a Tony Award nomination for her highly-acclaimed performance in Neil Simon's Broadway Bound.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2019
BroadwayWorld is saddened to report the passing of Phyllis Newman. The news was shared on social media by her daughter, Amanda Green. Newman was 86 years old.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2019
BoucharDanse proudly presents its new production Congruence 2, composed of two commissions a?" 'Woman in Blue Softly Breathing' by Montréal choreographer Lina Cruz, performed by Sylvie Bouchard, and 'Gravity of Descent' by Toronto-based Gerry Trentham, performed by Sylvie Bouchard and Learie Mc Nicolls.
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 BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2019
The Louisville Orchestra will hold its first performance a?" titled a?oeTeddy's Soundchecka?? a?" at the city's newest state-of-the-art performance venue, Old Forester's Paristown Hall, on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. The concert will feature Louisville Orchestra conductor and music director Teddy Abrams and musicians performing music of traditional and contemporary American composers and the opening and closing sections of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. The concert features music of exciting young American composers Ellen Reid (2019 Pulitzer Prize winner) and Mason Bates (Grammy Award winner), including some a?oeorchestral electronica.a??
by Kathy Strain - Oct 26, 2019
Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS has won many awards over the years including seven Tony Awards. CATS has been rediscovered by audiences everywhere and will be coming to San Antonio, Texas and the Majestic Theatre from October 29-November 3, 2019. BWW caught up with Timothy Gulan who plays the part of Bustopher Jones among other cats. He shared with us some fun backstage secrets including make-up and costume preparations.
by Michael Quintos - Oct 24, 2019
The experience of seeing the Grammy and Tony Award-winning stage adaptation of ONCE - THE MUSICAL begins the minute you enter the theatre as you make your way to your assigned seat. It starts with a welcoming, celebratory environment where music is communally enjoyed by both the talented artists on stage and the audience who have come to immerse themselves in this euphoric special space. What's awesome is that this feeling never truly goes away. This is the feeling of synergetic glee and fulfillment one experiences when enveloped inside the world of ONCE - THE MUSICAL, the remarkably poignant, touching stage show about the ways music can inspire, attract, and bring people together in more ways than one. Currently, a brilliantly-staged, can't-miss new regional production has just emerged in Southern California by way of 3-D Theatricals under the thoughtful, eloquent direction of Kari Hayter. Performances of this impressive, Broadway-caliber local revival continue at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts through October 27, 2019.
by Marina Kennedy - Oct 15, 2019
New Jersey Repertory Company (NJ Rep) continues their successful season with Lily written by Christopher Daftsios and directed by Sarah Norris.
by Zac Thriffiley - Nov 8, 2019
While the current production of A CHORUS LINE at MainStage Irving-Las Colinas works hard to present a cohesive and coherent vision of what the show can be, the musical frequently feels more like an open cattle call than an exhibition of extraordinary talent.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2019
On December 7th and 8th, hot on the heels of 'GABRIELLE CHANEL' with Svetlana Zakharova at the Coliseum (December 3rd, 4th, 5th) MuzArts presents a triple bill like no other - a rare and wonderful treat for ballet fans.
by Peter Danish - Nov 7, 2019
Composer Jean-Féry Rebel was something of a rebel (sorry could not resist) in late 17th and early 18th century France for his use of unusual often dissonant harmony. Les Elémens ('The Elements') which describes the creation of the world was a radical work for its time and still feels surprisingly modern.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2019
The Lyric Theatre Singers return to Loyola Chapel (7141, Sherbrooke Street West), for the latest edition of their must-hear holiday event, CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS 2019. Tickets are now on sale for 4 performances from December 5th to 8th, 2019.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2019
Live Arts Bard (LAB), the residency and commissioning program of the Fisher Center at Bard, announces Where No Wall Remains, the third edition of the acclaimed LAB Biennial, temporarily reconfiguring the Fisher Center as a site for innovative and interactive performances and installations (November 21-24). Co-curated by Lebanese live artist Tania El Khoury, a 2019 Soros Art Fellow, and Gideon Lester, the Fisher Center's Artistic Director for Theater and Dance, this four-day festival considers the subject of borders: political borders, physical borders, historical and contemporary borders, borders seen and unseen, the borders of the body, borders between art forms, between performers and spectators, the borders that divide or define us, borders to be crossed, tested, resisted, destroyed, rebuilt, or transcended. Where No Wall Remains follows The House is Open (2014), which explored the relationship between visual and performing arts, and We're Watching (2017), which examined contemporary states of surveillance. This third edition of the festival features nine new performances and installations by contemporary artists from the Middle East and Central America, commissioned by Live Arts Bard. Please see below for dates and times for each work. 
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2019
We Are In Time is a striking new theatrical production a?" and a bold collaboration between four forward-thinking companies and artists directed by Stewart Laing a?" founder and Artistic Director of Untitled Projects, and one of Scotland's most forward-thinking theatre-makers a?" the production also features a new score from Bedroom Community artist Valgeir Sigurðsson and an ambitious new role for Scottish Ensemble musicians, who will act as an on-stage chorus as well as performing live.
by Maria Nockin - Nov 25, 2019
On November 24, 2019, San Francisco Opera presented Giacomo Puccini's third opera, MANON LESCAUT with two spectacularly large-voiced singers, Liana Haroutounian and Brian Jagde. In a most forthright manner, Director Olivier Tambosi told the story of Renato Des Grieux' unrequited love for Manon, the socially repressed convent school graduate who suddenly discovers a new world of fashion, jewels, and predatory men
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2019
San Francisco's annual Jewish Christmas tradition, Kung Pao Kosher Comedy is now in its 27th year! This year's shows take place on December 24-26. The legendary Jewish-comedy-on-Christmas-in-a-Chinese-restaurant extravaganza has been featuring famous Jewish comedians (including the late Henny Youngman and Shelley Berman), Chinese food, and Yiddish proverbs in its fortune cookies ('With one tuchus, you can't dance at 2 weddings') since 1993. Kung Pao is one of San Francisco's longest-running comedy shows, catering to over 2000 people annually: some have attended every year.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Nov 16, 2019
This season brings Matthew Lopez' Olivier Award-winning, two-part drama, The Inheritance, to the Broadway stage.
by Marianka Swain - Nov 15, 2019
How can you possibly put Joe Simpson's account of his hellish mountaineering accident on stage? Curiosity alone might well draw in viewers for this new adaptation, which premiered last year at Bristol Old Vic a?' swiftly followed by awe as they see just how inventively writer David Greig and director Tom Morris have engineered the translation.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2019
Following critically acclaimed runs at the Bristol Old Vic, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Hong Kong Festival and on Tour in the UK Tom Morris' production of Touching the Void opened in the West End last night at the Duke of York's Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2019
Live Arts Bard (LAB), the residency and commissioning program of the Fisher Center at Bard, announces Where No Wall Remains, the third edition of the acclaimed LAB Biennial, temporarily reconfiguring the Fisher Center as a site for innovative and interactive performances and installations (November 21-24).
by TV News Desk - Mar 30, 2020
Buckle up for another fright-fueled season of Travel Channel's 'Destination Fear' - a haunted road trip turned terrifying sleepover - premiering Wednesday, April 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Brother and sister duo, Dakota Laden and Chelsea Laden, and best friend Tanner Wiseman, along with camera operator Alex Schroeder, confront their fears once again, as they pile into their RV and hit the road on a nail-biting cross-country journey to pursue paranormal evidence, spending the night inside America's most haunted abandoned buildings over six hour-long episodes.
by Peter Nason - Mar 30, 2020
BWW Reviewer Peter Nason chooses the best film musicals since the sound era began; see if your favorites made the list!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2020
Center Theatre Group has released the following statement regarding the upcoming performance of Once On This Island:
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2020
A Message from Van Alen Institute
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2020
An update from TheaterWorksUSA in response to the current pandemic.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2020
Geffen Playhouse today announced six productions that will make up the 2020/2021 season in its Gil Cates and Audrey Skirball Kenis Theaters, with two additional productions to be announced. This marks the 25TH anniversary season for Geffen Playhouse, which will launch September 8, 2020, and run through July 25, 2021.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2020
West Coast Players will present Forever Plaid by Stuart Ross, directed by Ashlie Timberlake with musical direction by Donna Grabill, by special arrangement with Music Theatre International, January 24-February 9, 2020 at West Coast Players, 21905 US 19 North, near the corner of Drew St. and US 19 N.
by Rob Lester - Jan 26, 2020
Two prolific writers who put the a?oeGreata?? in a?oeThe Great American Songbooka?? were celebrated and explored in the same week at Manhattan's 92nd Street Y. In different presentations, there were embraces of the legacies of lyricist E.Y. (a?oeYipa??) Harburg and composer/lyricist Cole Porter.
by Don Grigware - Jan 22, 2020
Man of La Mancha /book by Dale Wasserman/music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion/ directed by Chuck Ketter/choreographed by Daniel Solis/ music direction by Douglas Austin/Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre/through February 22 This has to be my hundreth viewing of this show. As many times as I see Man of La Mancha, I relish the music and high dramatic moments of this classic piece of theatre. Such is the case when the production is top notch, with the perfect actors and highly skilled direction. Candlelight Pavilion's current revival is fantastic with artistic director John LaLonde stepping into the role of Cervantes for the sixth time. In spite of the entire cast's excellent performances, he is the main reason to see this fine production.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2020
Three intense and deeply immersive experiences in pitch darkness are waiting for you: Séance, Flight and Coma. Step inside, put on the headphones and soon the lights will go out.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2020
Abbotsford Convent and Victoria Chiu present What Happened in Shanghai in the Magdalen Laundry from 21 a?" 24 February, as part of Asia TOPA 2020.
by Sondra Forsyth - Feb 3, 2020
On the afternoon of February 2nd, 2020, a nearly sold-out audience for a performance of Pacific Northwest Ballet's “Cinderella” proved that diehard dancegoers and eager young ballet students will show up in full force even though plenty of other people decide to opt for watching Superbowl Sunday's football game.
by TV News Desk - Feb 20, 2020
REELZ today announced new programming for March 2020 with three new original specials, five new episodes of returning original series Autopsy: The Last Hours of... , the U.S. premiere of documentary ABBA: Secrets of Their Greatest Hits and the REELZ premiere of Dolly Parton: Here She Comes Again! Every Sunday in March a new episode of Autopsy: The Last Hours of... premieres celebrating the lives and examining the untimely deaths of celebrities including disco sensation Andy Gibb, Diff'rent Strokes star Dana Plato, WWE champion Chris Benoit, Academy Award(R) winning actress Audrey Hepburn and country music legend Glen Campbell. Natalie Morales hosts two new original Behind Closed Doors specials about hit family sitcom The Facts of Life and romantic comedy Pretty Woman which marks its 30th anniversary since hitting the big screen in March 1990. New original special House of Horrors: The Friends Speak explores the Turpin family nightmare in which 13 children were abused by their parents for decades.
by Annette Stolt - Feb 19, 2020
PRYDH is a relationship comedy by Anthony Neilson and already when Jessica (Louise Ryme) and Jens (Peter Eggers) arrive on stage they strike a warm tone with big smiles on their lips and a welcoming body language. The audience is invited to take part in the big event that will happen tonight. The couple have been together for nine years and tonight they have decided that now they are finally going to have sex after an involuntary celibacy in 14 months and 4 days. But now it's time!
by Isabella Perrone - Feb 17, 2020
It's time to escape Toronto's urban jungle for a real one, and this journey is one for the entire family to take together. Rudyard Kipling's classic works are adapted and directed by Craig Francis and Rick Miller in this modern, multimedia take on a beloved story of the connection between humanity and nature. Produced by Kidoons, WYRD Productions and The 20K Collective and presented by Young People's Theatre, JUNGLE BOOK takes the story of Mowgli and his animal friends and refreshes it for kids today; in this version, Mowgli (Levin Valayil) is a 25-year old architect living in the urban jungle of New York City and struggling to reconcile the harsh nature of urban architecture with his roots in nature. His crisis halts when his sister sends him the 'Jungle Book' that he used to document his childhood adventures with the wolves who raised him, Baloo the bear (Matt Lacas), Bagheera the panther (Mina James), and more.
by Robert Diamond - Feb 10, 2020
Phone rings, door chimes, and on Monday, March 2, in comes Company. Already the winner of 4 Olivier Awards including Best Musical Revival, 2 Evening Standard Awards and the Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical, Marianne Elliott's new production of Company arrives on Broadway in just week, following its triumphant run in London last year.
by Louis Train - Feb 1, 2020
Lucius is an exuberant, charismatic serial killer who claims to have found God while incarcerated. His exact religious philosophy is unclear - he preaches justice but cannot account for his own atrocities.  Angel was arrested for shooting the leader of a dangerous religious cult. He doesn't think he's done anything wrong, but he lacks Lucius'  energy and confidence; whereas Lucius can convince himself - and others - that God loves all sinners, Angel is plagued by doubts, first in the competence of his attorney, and, eventually, in himself.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2019
Lantern Theater Company continues the 2019/20 season with a remount of its original adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, commissioned and developed through the Lantern's New Play Program and co-created by Philadelphia-based artists Anthony Lawton, Christopher Colucci, and Thom Weaver.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2019
Hong Kong Repertory Theatre Presents SPEAKING IN TONGUES.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 31, 2019
The Exponential Festival will present Savannah Reich's CAVEMAN PLAY at Patch Works (98 Moore Street, Brooklyn) from January 8-11, 2020.
by Stephen Mosher - Dec 28, 2019
Award winning cabaret singer Lisa Viggiano enters her 20th year in cabaret by kicking off 2020 at The Beach Cafe with a new show. Stephen Mosher chats with the powerhouse performer as 2019 comes to a close.
by Cindy Marcolina - Dec 21, 2019
After 40 years of leadership, Jatinder Verma is stepping down as artistic director of Tara Arts in January. After its conception in 1977, he's turned his company from a community project to a prominent presence on the British theatre scene. In recent years, Tara Arts has also become the first (and so far only) BAME-led company with their own theatre building. We had the pleasure to have a chat with Verma, who summed up his groundbreaking journey and took a look at the state of the industry.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2019
Oakland University's School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present the opera Dialogues of the Carmelites a?" Francis Poulenc's moving tale of the martyrdom of Carmelite nuns during the French Revolution a?" from Jan. 16-19 in Varner Recital Hall.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2019
Jon Lawrence Rivera, Artistic Director of Playwrights' Arena – the first and oldest theater dedicated to discovering, nurturing, and producing original works written exclusively by Los Angeles playwrights – is thrilled to announce the cast for RED INK by Steven Leigh Morris, which includes Michelle Bonebright-Carter, Tracey A. Leigh, Leo Marks, Christopher Salazar, Jocelyn Towne, and Peter Van Norden.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2020
National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) today announced that, as a result of the extended closure of the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is postponing its presentation of The Tenth Man, the Tony-nominated play by Paddy Chayefsky.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2020
Heritage Theatre Festival officials announced today the postponement of the 2020 season. The announcement follows Monday's stay at home order from Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and the subsequent cancellation of summer programming at UVA this year.