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by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2019
This summer Goodspeed Musicals will produce the heartwarming new musical Because of Winn Dixie. This touching tale based on the award-winning novel by Kate DiCamillo will run June 28 - September 1 at The Goodspeed in East Haddam, Conn.
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2019
Mirus Promotions, Inc., a boutique field marketing agency located in San Diego, is part of 7-Eleven's new emerging brands test, supporting the launch of almost 100 better-for-you food and beverage items in 125 Los Angeles-area stores. In-store tastings will be conducted to provide a positive, engaging force to raise both awareness and sales for this program's brands. 'It's an honor and a great opportunity to partner with 7-Eleven to introduce customers to their new healthier-for-you emerging brand and product offerings,' said Mirus Promotions founder and CEO, Julie Seal-Gaustad. 'Our passion is to help build brands and brand loyalty, so partnering with 7-Eleven to maintain their reputation as the innovator in the convenience marketplace, as well as supporting emerging brands and educating consumers about healthier options available in stores is an exciting opportunity for us!' According to PRNewswire, the products of this program were hand-selected by 7-Eleven from 31 up-and-coming companies. "When our emerging brands team created this unique product assortment in collaboration with our category managers, the goal was to give customers drinks and snacks that they might not expect to find at a 7-Eleven store," said 7-Eleven vice president of new business development, Chris Harkness. "Customers are demanding healthier options, and we know LA customers are leading the country in health and wellness trends, always willing to try the newest and most innovative products and services. In the past, 7-Eleven's LA stores have shown great success with food and beverages on the leading edge of these trends." The selected snacks and beverages have a wide variety of healthy claims and certifications, including keto, paleo, vegan, organic, high-protein, low-glycemic, gluten-free, nutrient-dense, plant-based, and cold-pressed. 'Being the target consumer myself for this new better-for-you line of on-the-go snacks and beverages, I was immediately on board and wanted to be part of the launch and movement,' said Seal-Gaustad. 'I knew my internal team would love it and our ambassadors in Los Angeles would align really well with the goals of the program and be consumers themselves, too.' The products were installed in the 125 store locations as of May 11th and can be found on an end-aisle display and inside the open-air cold case. Activations, i.e. in-store samplings, are expected to commence mid-June and continue for about two months. The goal of these activations, serviced through Mirus Promotions, is to actively engage consumers at vital points of contact within the stores to promote products through positive and educational experiences. In addition to immediate and direct sales, these samplings are intended to encourage ongoing, recurring sales lasting beyond the program duration by converting target consumers into brand loyalists. 'Having our trained brand ambassadors in stores to directly engage and educate 7-Eleven shoppers will be integral to the success and growth of the product sets and the brands,' said Seal-Gaustad. The emerging brands items that can be found within these stores include Brew Dr. Kombucha, ROAR Organic, Bobo's Oat Bars, Shroom Bars, Brain Juice, and Buff Bake, to name a few. 'We are eager to see how these brands perform on our shelves and look forward to hearing directly from customers about these new items in the assortment,' Harkness said. Mirus Promotions' internal team is gearing up for the upcoming activations with enthusiasm and anticipation for what's to come.
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2019
Florida Studio Theatre kicks off its 6th Summer Cabaret Series with Come Together: When the 60s Met the 70s, a rockin' revue that explores the changing musical landscape from 1965-1975. Created by audience favorite Carole J. Bufford, Come Together examines one of the most exciting, controversial, and impactful decades in American history. With musical arrangements by Bufford and Ian Herman, Come Together starts June 11 in FST's Court Cabaret. Tickets can be purchased at floridastudiotheatre.org or at (941) 366-9000.
by Andee Shuster - May 27, 2019
Over the past decade or so, the Just for Laughs lineup has branched out from the classic scene of funny comics with microphone in hand; audiences can also enjoy humorous theatrical presentations as well. Aside from the plethora of impressive comedians and celebrities that are part of the festivities (and there are A LOT), JFL will be showing us its feminine side with some theatrical offerings that promise to be hilarious!
by Mike Noland - May 27, 2019
The Sound Of Music in Little Rock was as thrilling and beautiful as the mountains that served as it's backdrop. Spectacular sing and powerful acting made for a fabulous evening of classical Broadway theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2019
The open call is part of the theatre's artist development programme, ROAR. It will focus on the early development of ideas, drafts and works-in-progress of any performance style and size and offers a week of funded research and development, culminating in a public event at the theatre on Sunday 27 October.
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2019
Today (Wed 22 May) EdFest.com, a partnership between Assembly, Gilded Balloon, Pleasance and Underbelly celebrates twelve years of working together, with the launch of its new programme for 2019.
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2019
Meernaa, the indie-soul band fronted by vocalist/guitarist Carly Bond, released a new track from their forthcoming debut album Heart Hunger today, the ultra-romantic torch song 'Thinking Of You.' Paste premiered the song today, writing, 'Just as 'Thinking Of You' begins to melt into a spiral of synths, 'when everything is caving in,' Bond builds it back up again and reaches for Whitney Houston-level heights with a beautiful, high-pitched howl.'
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2019
With the roar of a motorcycle, '60 pop chanteuses The Shangri-Las introduced the world to a new tragic hero, the unforgettable bad boy heartthrob and the titular “Leader Of The Pack.” The year was 1964 and by that time “teenage tragedy songs” had become a genre unto itself with the likes of Jan & Dean's “Dead Mean's Curve,” Ray Peterson's “Tell Laura I Love Her” and many others. But none captured the melodrama of heartbreak as well as “Leader Of The Pack,” which would become a #1 pop hit and the defining song for The Shangri-Las. Now, two veterans of garage rock, trailblazing heartthrobs in their own right, have teamed up for a glorious new version of the tune. Famed Stooges guitarist James Williamson pours gasoline on the song's instrumental track and lights it on fire with his raw, heavy guitar playing, while Runaways vocalist Cherie Currie, aided with backup vocals by Leslie Koch Foumberg, amps up the theatricality for maximum emotional impact.
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - May 21, 2019
The Town Hall presented Broadway By The Year: Broadway Musicals of 1965 and 1978 on Monday, May 20 at 8pm. Check out the photos from backstage!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - May 21, 2019
The Town Hall presented Broadway By The Year: Broadway Musicals of 1965 and 1978 on Monday, May 20 at 8pm. Check out the photos from the performance!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2019
Bay Street Theater is pleased to announce THE PROMPTER, the first production of the 2019 Mainstage Season, had a successful opening night on June 1. The show runs through June 16. This World Premiere stars Tovah Feldshuh (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Walking Dead, Golda's Balcony) and Wade Dooley (Jersey Boys), who is also the playwright. Single tickets on sale now or tickets can be purchased now as part of the 3-play subscription package for the 2019 Mainstage Season. Call the Box Office at 631-725-9500; open daily 11 am - showtime or log on to baystreet.org.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2019
Concertworks today announced that two of Australia's most popular musical theatre performers, Anthony Warlow and Jemma Rix will star in the first Australian concert production of Jekyll & Hyde in Melbourne on Friday 25 October and in Sydney on Saturday 2 November 2019.
by Linnae Medeiros - Jun 6, 2019
We're gonna be living it up this weekend because Hadestown's Kay Trinidad is taking over BroadwayWorld's Instagram this weekend, June 8th and June 9th, to give us an inside look at The Tony Awards! Make sure to tune in starting on Saturday to get a peek at everything that goes into Broadway's biggest night! Get ready to head way down under the ground; you are not gonna want to miss it!
by David McKibbin - Jun 4, 2019
Summer has arrived in South Florida, and that means three things: schools are closed, temperatures are in the 90's and City Theatre has opened its annual Summer Shorts Festival at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts' Carnival Studio Theater. This year's Summer Shorts (City Theatre's 24th) features eight short one act plays--including two musicals.
by Nancy Grossman - Jun 30, 2019
There's an unmistakeable sound of thunder emanating from the Ogunquit Playhouse these days, commencing with the rhythmic pounding of nearly two dozen pairs of feet, and ending in a crescendo of audience applause. It is not fulsome praise to give DirectorChoreographer Randy Skinner multiple huzzahs and many pats on the back for this fresh and exciting production of 42ND STREET the iconic show-biz musical about a small town girl who pursues her dream and takes Broadway by storm. From the grownups to the kids in the chorus, Tony Award-nominee Skinner seamlessly blends stage veterans and non-Equity performers into one sparkling, magical troupe that really knows how to put on a show.
by David McKibbin - Jun 3, 2019
Summer has arrived in South Florida, and that means three things: schools are closed, temperatures are in the 90's and City Theatre has opened its annual Summer Shorts Festival at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts' Carnival Studio Theater. This year's Summer Shorts (City Theatre's 24th) features eight short one act plays--including two musicals.
by David McKibbin - Jun 3, 2019
Summer has arrived in South Florida, and that means three things: schools are closed, temperatures are in the 90's and City Theatre has opened its annual Summer Shorts Festival at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts' Carnival Studio Theater. This year's Summer Shorts (City Theatre's 24th) features eight short one act plays--including two musicals.
by Charlotte Downes - Jun 26, 2019
Once again, West End Live drew huge crowds to Trafalgar Square at the weekend to enjoy free performances from London's biggest musicals. The stage was set up at the foot of Nelson's Column, with stands in front of the National Gallery and stalls all around the Square.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 24, 2019
Today's top stories: The Jimmy Awards are held today, and more!
by Cristina Pla-Guzman - Jun 23, 2019
The roar of the audience's appreciation at the curtain call still rings loudly in my ear. Although I alternated between laughing and crying while watching the national tour of COME FROM AWAY at the Adrienne Arsht Center, what I remember feeling once the curtain came down was joy. I may have discovered for myself why this show is such a hit on Broadway and on tour because while it talks about a challenging time in our history, it also reminds us of how kind people were in the aftermath of 911. (Something that feels lacking in our current political climate.) It is easy to be kind to those you love, but the unquestionable kindness people can have for strangers - inspires. COME FROM AWAY is a story we need to keep telling. It's a story we should continue to tell to remind us that people can and should genuinely care for one another even and especially when they have nothing to gain. 
by Stage Tube - Jun 21, 2019
The company of King Kong is bringing the show's larger-than-life puppet to the stage eight times a week at the Broadway Theatre, including Jon Hoche, who voices the gorilla live each night for every roar, grunt, snort and growl. Fox 5 recently sat down with Hoche to get a peek behind the scenes and to chat all about what it's like bringing this icon to life. Check out the full video!
by Charlie Wilks - Jun 19, 2019
David Blaine is arguably the best magician currently living on this planet. But he isn't just a master of stagecraft; he is also an illusionist and stuntman. Rounding off his first-ever UK and Ireland tour, he performs to a packed out Eventim Apollo.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2019
This Christmas, Camden People's Theatre will host its first ever Christmas commission with Sh!t Actually (3 21 Dec), a playfully sideways look at Sh!t Theatre's guilty pleasure: the much-loved (and definitely problematic) festive favourite Love Actually. Co-commissioned with HOME Manchester, Sh!t Actually is a live action, two-woman reimagining of one of the most contentious Christmas films of all time. Fusing live songs with queer love stories in a version that gives women, and not just Emma Thompson, actual lines to ask if in 2019 we can still love it, actually. Alongside Sh!t Actually, Camden People's Theatre's alternative Christmas offering includes SheGoat's The Undefinable (10 21 Dec), exploring unconventional relationships and celebrating the unusual and underrepresented qualities of love.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2019
The Flea Theater is proud to announce the addition of six new Resident Directors to its intensive practicum for early-career directors. Rebecca Aparicio, Jake Beckhard, Daniella Caggiano, Lauren DeLeon, Will Steinberger, and Raz Golden will join the current group of Resident Directors. 
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2019
The National Theatre has announced 15 productions of new plays and fresh adaptations by leading writers.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2019
Since John Wettons passing in January 2017, his family, friends and management have been working on finding a fitting tribute to such a remarkable man and iconic artist. The result of this labour of love is a box set entitled 'An Extraordinary Life', dedicated entirely to John's solo career. The project has the full support of John's wife, Lisa, and his son, Dylan, who are wholly involved with compiling the contents.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2019
The Bridge Initiative: Women in Theatre is calling for submissions from local as well as national theatremakers for their next project, ROAR! A Celebration. The event will act as a benefit for The Bridge Initiative's future programming, and all proceeds will be split with a charity (TBA) whose work impacts womxn's issues.
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 10, 2019
We were living it up all weekend because Hadestown cast member Kay Trinidad gave us an inside look at all things Tonys, from the Walter Kerr Theatre to Radio City Music Hall! In case you missed any of the excitement (or want to relive it all again), we've compiled footage from the takeover for you to enjoy; be sure to check it all out!
by Debbie Gilpin - Jul 8, 2019
Remarkably, it's been 40 years since legendary rock band The Who performed at Wembley Stadium, back then sharing the stage with the likes of The Stranglers and ACDC. This weekend's return - featuring a line-up of four support acts - felt like something of a homecoming festival for the band, made all the more grandiose an occasion with the addition of an orchestra for the headliners' set. With the very recent loss of Pete Townshend's guitar technician Alan Rogan, it was also a chance to honour his long-term involvement with the band and to celebrate life.
by Charlie Wilks - Jul 6, 2019
Celine Dion is one of the most celebrated recording artists of all time. After finishing her triumphant run at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, she arrives in London to headline the Friday slot at British Summertime in Hyde Park. 70,000 adoring fans wait patiently to see their idol; there is a massive buzz in the air.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2019
The Executive Director and Co-Founder of Girl Be Heard was recognized and written into New York City history for her tireless service developing, amplifying, and celebrating the voices of NYC youth via socially conscious theatre-making, locally and globally. Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo presented the proclamation at their stated meeting on July 23rd, 2019 at 1pm, at City Hall.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2019
Concertworks today announced that due to popular demand, a second Melbourne performance of the Australian concert production of Jekyll and Hyde will be performed on Saturday 26 October. Featuring two of Australia's most popular musical theatre performers, Anthony Warlow and Jemma Rix, the second concert will go on sale to the public Monday 5 August at 10:00am.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2019
Bring the family for a free, outdoor day of fun! People's United Bank presents Shakespeare on the Green & Green Expo at The Ridgefield Playhouse. This much loved annual event brings in more than 500 attendees each year and is a "thank you" to the community. This year's event will take place on Sunday, August 4. 
by Amanda Prahl - Jul 27, 2019
While The Lion King's updated soundtrack doesn't quite roar to life, it does manage to pull off most of the iconic music and take its place in the story's own circle of life.
by Richard Sasanow - Jul 22, 2019
This week's opera performances--Teatro Nuova's LA STRANIERA by Bellini and Mostly Mozart's MAGIC FLUTE--proved that opera can be considered alive and well (and living in New York), as long as those producing it believe in it and give us some voices worth hearing.
by TV News Desk - Jul 2, 2019
WarnerMedia has ordered 'Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai,' a 10-episode, half-hour prequel to original 'Gremlins.'
by Sarah Hookey - Jul 17, 2019
Magic Theatre (Loretta Greco, Artistic Director and Kevin Nelson, General Manager) announced today the complete cast and creative team for Magic Arts & Community's Premiere Tenderloin Community Performance of Barbara Hammond's Visible From Four States. 
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2019
Casting has today been announced for Touching The Void. 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 will see original cast members Fiona Hampton, Patrick McNamee and Josh Williams return to the show, joined by Angus Yellowlees. The show will open in the West End at the Duke of York's Theatre previewing from November 9th for a strictly limited season with an opening night of November 14th.
by TV News Desk - Jul 11, 2019
Disney's 'The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau, journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother-and former heir to the throne-has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2019
Sometimes being brave means being yourself! This fall Goodspeed Musicals' production of Billy Elliot The Musical will spark with infectious energy. This tour-de-force of dance based on the British movie of the same name, will run September 13 a?' November 24 at The Goodspeed in East Haddam, Conn. [Official Press Opening will be October 2, 2019].
by TV News Desk - Aug 8, 2019
Toadies have enlisted Steve Albini to record their eighth studio album, the session scheduled for early 2020 in Chicago. Bassist Doni Blair refers to Albini as a “bucket list producer.” Guitarist Clark Vogeler adds “There are records in each of our collections that were recorded by him which mean the world to us.  The sound he brought to records likeThe Pixies' Surfer Rosa, and PJ Harvey's Rid of Me, capture the feeling of being in a room with a band while they play (quite loudly, it would appear).  A personal fave, Wedding Present'sSeamonsters saved me in a way that no other record has.  The emotion of the songs just pours out of the speakers.  His recordings of bands are honest; there's not much in the way of Pro Tools fixing (he records to tape) or studio trickery (no autotune in sight!).  It's mostly just a band in a room with microphones, playing the songs, and that appeals to us at this point.  We've always felt like we could deliver live, so why not record the band live?”
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2019
By popular demand, seminal rock bands +LIVE+ andBUSH are adding fall dates to their acclaimed ALT-IMATE Tour, which Billboard raved about as a night when the two bands 'roar through the classics.' The high-powered co-headline run sees these two iconic acts celebrating the 25th anniversary of their respective landmarkalbums Throwing Copper and Sixteen Stone.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2019
The Bridge Initiative: Women+ in Theatre (TBI) announces its next production, ROAR! A Celebration, to be presented at Tempe Center for the Arts, Saturday, September 14th, 7:30 p.m. This one-night-only event offers original music, dance, spoken word, and testimony to what it means to be women and non-binary individuals in America today. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to Southwest Indigenous Women's Coalition (www.swiwc.org) and TBI is also partnering with Arizona Jews for Justice to collect goods for asylum seekers.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2019
Juvenilia's Ubu Roar returns to the Modern Theatre for two weekends of raucous revelry and satire. This new translation of Alfred Jarry's play flirtatiously thumbs its nose in the face of yowling incompetence, greedy self-interest, and the immoral wielding of power. Ubu Roar is tons of fun and irreverent as anything recently tweeted.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2019
Shrek the Musical is now open at 3-D Theatricals! What did the critics think? Read all the reviews!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2019
The 101st Kritzerland show is also the ninth anniversary show!  Yes, it's Kritzerland's ninth anniversary and it's going to be a fun show, filled with classic songs from musical theatre and film, and, as always, some incredibly rare material you won't hear at any other shows.  Kritzerland did its very first show in September 2010 and the shows are still going strong. 
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2019
The New York Philharmonic and Music Director Jaap van Zweden's World Premiere performances of Julia Wolfe's Fire in my mouth will be released in digital formats on August 30, 2019, and in physical format on October 4, 2019, on Decca Gold, Universal Music Group's newly established US classical music label. It is now available for preorder at https://DeccaGold.lnk.to/Fireinmymouth. The release will mark Decca Gold's fifth New York Philharmonic album.
by Jini Rooney - Aug 14, 2019
Writers Peter McGann & John Morton have let loose The Roaring Banshees, part two of their Ripping Yarn Trilogy. The trilogy celebrates the centenary years of Ireland's independence. Part one: The Hellfire Squad successfully premiered in 2016 and told the tale of Micheal Collins' assassins. They are currently working on their final installment, The Folklore Commission. The Roaring Banshees are a fictionalised branch of Cumann na mBan, an Irish republican women's paramilitary organisation active during the Irish War of Independence and Civil War. Outlawed by the Irish Free State and sorely betrayed by both the Irish and English factions, the clan of 7 cross the pond and set up shop in Chicago.
by Barry Lenny - Aug 10, 2019
This was a memorable evening of Australian contemporary dance at its best.