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by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2019
Strut presents the first definitive retrospective of an icon of 1970s and '80s soul, jazz and disco, Patrice Rushen, covering her peerless 6-year career with Elektra / Asylum from 1978 to 1984.
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2019
Celebrating 15 years as the only citywide jazz festival in the Mid-Atlantic region, DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) is proud to announce the addition of acclaimed genre-bending vocalist Cassandra Wilson, perennial poll-winning alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett, and tenor sax titan Joshua Redman to its already stellar lineup celebrating Great Masters of Jazz, Sunday, June 16 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. The DC JazzFest presented by Events DC takes place throughout the District from June 7-16.
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2019
DC Jazz Festival (DCJF), with the only city-wide jazz festival in the mid-Atlantic region, today announced that Nick Cannon will host Great Masters of Jazz, on June 16 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Co-presented by the DC Jazz Festival and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, with support from Events DC, Great Masters of Jazz will celebrate the life and work of the legend Quincy Jones; the trailblazing trumpeter-bandleader Roy Hargrove; the highly influential song stylist Nancy Wilson; and DC's own peerless pianist-vocalist Shirley Horn and saxophonist-educator Fred Foss. Featured performers and presenters include the Roy Hargrove Big Band, Patti Austin, Kenny Garrett, Justin Kauflin, Adam Clayton Powell III, Angela Stribling, Paxton Baker, Sharón Clark, Princess Mhoon Dance Project, and very special guests.
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2019
The fourth Musco Center for the Arts season at Chapman University will run September 2019 through May 2020 with a packed schedule of artists and groups from the worlds of opera, dance, theatre, and classical music as well as Broadway, jazz, country, and American roots music. Among the special events will be several spectacular holiday celebrations, culturally specific performances and festivals, and a live orchestra accompaniment of Disney's Pixar movie music to screened excerpts from the studio's most popular films.
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2019
Art enthusiasts gathered last night (May 22) at Montalvo Arts Center for an exclusive members-only unveiling of its 2019-2020 Carriage House Theatre Concert Series line-up. The historic Silicon Valley venue announced a thrilling roster of performers from Meow Meow to The Second City, from Pablo Cruise to Loudon Wainwright III, tributes to The Beatles, Cream, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and an appearance by NPR's hit radio show and podcast "Selected Shorts." The season launches in October, offering a stellar line-up of theatre, comedy, magic, Grammy Award nominees/winners performing jazz, bluegrass, pop, rock, classical, new age, folk, Hawaiian music, and more. Tickets are now available to Montalvo members, and go on-sale to the general public beginning May 30. For more information or to purchase tickets, the public can visit montalvoarts.org or call 408-961-5858.
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2019
Second Stage Theater has announced complete casting for the Broadway production of Tracy Letts's Linda Vista. Directed by Dexter Bullard, the production will feature Ian Barford (Wheeler), Sally Murphy (Margaret), Caroline Neff (Anita), Chantal Thuy (Minnie), Jim True-frost (Paul), Cora Vander Broek (Jules) and Troy West (Michael).
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2019
Following the final performance of Follies in the Olivier on 11 May, the National Theatre announces the CD release of Stephen Sondheim's legendary musical Follies - 2018 National Theatre Cast Recording this Friday, 17 May.
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2019
The rustic elegance of The Wallis's Sorting Room continues its third season with nine eclectic programs from June 13 - 29, 2019.  The Sorting Room transforms the Lovelace Studio Theater into a 140-seat custom built nightclub space that offers Los Angeles audiences a rare opportunity to experience some of the best and emerging talent in cabaret, live contemporary music, spoken word, and more. Named in honor of the room's original purpose as a mail sorting room during Hollywood's Golden Age, The Sorting Room's summer session includes:
by TV News Desk - Mar 6, 2019
Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed a deal to represent the catalog of legendary singer-songwriter Dolly Parton.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2019
Go inside opening night of Endlings at A.R.T.! Endlings plays through Saturday, March 17. Tickets on sale now: online at americanrepertorytheater.org, by phone at 617.547.8300, and in person at the Loeb Drama Center Ticket Services Offices (64 Brattle Street, Cambridge).
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2019
Simply stated, Zakir Hussain is one of the greatest musicians of our time. A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, his consistently brilliant and exciting performances have led to historic collaborations with Shakti, which he founded with John McLaughlin and L. Shankar; Planet Drum with Mickey Hart; Sangam with Charles Lloyd and Eric Harland, and recordings and performances with artists as diverse as George Harrison, Yo-Yo Ma, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Mark Morris and Pharoah Sanders.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2019
YALE REPERTORY THEATRE the multiple Tony Award-winning theatre dedicated to the production of new plays and bold interpretations of classic works, has announced its 2019-20 Season.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2019
Red Bull Theater will open John Webster's The White Devil at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street between Bleecker & Hudson Streets) this Sunday March 31st. The limited Off-Broadway engagement will continue through April 14th.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2019
Drumming not only crosses cultures, but unites all of us in the dance of the heart.  Zakir Hussain is the acknowledged master tabla player of one the world's most sophisticated musical heritages, the classical North Indian, and also a student of an astonishing array of percussion traditions. On his return visit to Purdue University Fort Wayne, Zakir will bring with him an incredible group of master percussionists.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2019
Appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large as an international phenomenon and one of the greatest musicians of our time, Zakir Hussain is a classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order. In Masters of Percussion, the Grammy-winning Hussain leads a mesmerizing ensemble of masters in Indian classical music including the astonishing Niladri Kumar on sitar, the peerless Eric Harland on Western drums, and the Kerala Drummers from the southwestern coast of India.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2019
Red Bull Theater begins performances tonight Tuesday March 19th for John Webster's The White Devil at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street between Bleecker & Hudson Streets). Opening Night is set for March 31st. The limited Off-Broadway engagement will continue through April 14th.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2019
Red Bull Theater (Jesse Berger, Artistic Director | Jim Bredeson, Managing Director) begins performances tonight Tuesday March 19th for John Webster's The White Devil at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street between Bleecker & Hudson Streets). Opening Night is set for March 31st. The limited Off-Broadway engagement will continue through April 14th.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2019
The AA Arts Incubator Program of Asian Improv Arts Midwest (AIRMW) is pleased to announce that its historic series, 'Our Perspective: Asian American Play Readings,' continues with its second reading in 2019. The next reading is the comedic full length play Lucy and Charlie's Honeymoon by Matthew C. Yee, Monday, May 13, at the Steppenwolf 1700 Theatre, 1700 N Halsted St, at 6:30 p.m. The running time is 90 minutes with no intermission. Tickets are $8 for general admission seating and may be reserved online at steppenwolf.org. Seating is limited. For any additional information about the event, go to Our-Perspective.com or call 773.972.6745.
by TV News Desk - Mar 12, 2019
The World's Largest Bourbon Festival, Bourbon & Beyond, will make its anticipated return to Louisville, KY Friday, September 20, Saturday, September 21, and Sunday, September 22, expanding to three days full of incredible music, unique culinary events, and unmatched experiences from the region's best distilleries at the new Highland Festival Grounds At KY Expo Center. In addition to an unforgettable lineup of bourbon and chefs, music performers include a unique mix of rock, roots, bluegrass and folk acts headlined by Foo Fighters, Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters (returning after originally being scheduled to appear in 2018) and the Zac Brown Band. Additional acts include John Fogerty, Daryl Hall & John Oates, ZZ Top(celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2019), Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Trey Anastasio Band, Leon Bridges, The Flaming Lips, Alison Krauss, Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeroes, +LIVE+, Grace Potter, Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul, and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, among many others. In total, more than 45 artists will play on three stages, including the side-by-side Oak and Barrel main stages and a bluegrass stage that will be curated by the genre's leading authority, The Bluegrass Situation.
by Cindy Sibilsky - Mar 11, 2019
The Joyce Theater catapults its scintillating 2019 season that encapsulates an entire spectrum of contemporary international movement with a renowned and acclaimed audience-favorite, COMPLEXIONS Contemporary Ballet.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2019
McCarter will welcome a group of esteemed and emerging playwrights and theater artists to Princeton for the Sallie B. Goodman Artists' Retreat. The annual retreat in June is a centerpiece of McCarter's LAB, a platform and creative incubator devoted to ongoing theatrical development and artist cultivation. The 2019 Retreat will take place from June 12 - June 19.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2019
Bay Street Theater is pleased to announce the cast of SAFE SPACE (June 25 - July 21) is now in rehearsal.The new play is by Alan Fox; directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien (All My Sons, Henry IV, Hairspray, The Coast of Utopia). The play will star Mercedes Ruehl (Torch Song, Hustlers, Bay Street's Viva la Vida!), Sasha Diamond (Blindspot, The Romanoffs, Murphy Brown) and Rodney Richardson (The Day Shall Come, CBS's FBI, Somebody's Daughter). Tickets are now on sale by calling the Box Office at 631-725-9500 or online at www.baystreet.org.  The Box Office is open daily from 11 am - show time.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2019
In 2017, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig began recording a set of songs about a breakup that had yet to happen. Her partnership had drifted into a comfortable state of indecision, stalling when it came time to make big life moves or chase new horizons. She had the sense that she needed to slip the relationship in order to pursue everything else life might have in store-more music, more adventures, a general sense of the unknown. Those feelings drifted steadily into a set of songs that lamented the inevitable loss but, more important, outlined the promise of the future. Recording the ten tracks that became her stunning solo debut, Dawnbreaker, under the new name Daughter of Swords gave Sauser-Monnig permission to go.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2019
Creation myths and family histories meld in a wildly theatrical, startling new comedy that explores what it means to walk the edge between cultures. 
by TV News Desk - Jun 25, 2019
In August 1969, half a million young people from all walks of life journeyed from every corner of the country to a dairy farm in upstate New York for a concert unprecedented in scope and influence. Woodstock examines the tumultuous decade that led to those three historic days — years that saw the nation deeply divided by Vietnam and racial, generational and sexual politics — through the voices of those who were present for the event that would become the defining moment of the counterculture revolution. In conjunction with the 50th anniversary, Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation, directed by Barak Goodman, written by Goodman and Don Kleszy, and produced by Goodman and Jamila Ephron, premieres Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS, pbs.org and the PBS Video App.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2019
Bay Street Theater is pleased to announce the World Premiere of SAFE SPACE begins tomorrow, June 25, and runs through July 21. This is a new play by Alan Fox; directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien (All My Sons, Henry IV, Hairspray, The Coast of Utopia).
by Marina Kennedy - Jun 21, 2019
Gifting is something we do all year round. If you're attending a summer get together, don't arrive empty handed. Broadwayworld recently attended a Gift Guide Preview by Colangelo & Partners at Gattapardo in Midtown where we enjoyed the opportunity to do some tastings. Here are some of their great gift ideas for our readers.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2019
Ball State University's Music Media Production program recently hosted a recording workshop with legendary engineers Chuck Ainlay and George Massenburg using JBL by HARMAN 708P studio monitors.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2019
Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents a unique discussion celebrating the historic and contemporary importance of True West to Steppenwolf.
by Jim Munson - Jun 17, 2019
San Jose Stage Company concludes its 2018-19 season with the musical juggernaut 'Mamma Mia!.' On the plus side, it's refreshing to see a show created largely by women that focuses on strong female characters. On the minus side, the show requires a high tolerance for groan-inducing jokes and song lyrics that make no sense when shoehorned into an alien context.
by BWW Staff - Jun 10, 2019
Bat For Lashes -- aka Natasha Khan -- will release her fifth studio album, entitled Lost Girls, on September 6th, 2019 via AWAL Recordings.  The album's first song, “Kids In The Dark,” is available to hear now; click HERE to listen to it.  
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2019
Nashville/New York City based harpist Kirsten Agresta Copely released her new solo acoustic The Covers Album for digital distribution today. Comprising of twelve hit singles spanning decades from Tom Petty and Fleetwood Mac to Radiohead, Rihanna and Lady Gaga, each track sonically “washes over you like an aural massage,” Nightsongs Music gushes. Ambient, yet true to the original, Copely showcases her versatility and command of modern music while impeccably expressing the wide technical range of the instrument.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2019
FOREIGNER and Eagle Vision today announced the release of the concert film, Foreigner Live At The Rainbow '78, which is available on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital video from March 15th.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2019
Seattle's critics' circle announces Nominees of Excellence in Seattle theatrical productions. Spanning dozens of theater companies and productions, from large and prominent to small and humble, the Gypsy Rose Lee Awards honor the excellence found in the myriad of professional theater productions that we reviewers attend in a year.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2019
In a revival version never before staged on the West Coast, David Henry Hwang's audacious, Tony Award-winning M. BUTTERFLY - inspired by a bizarre true story of illusion, obsession and betrayal - will open at ArtsWest on January 24. Performances will run Today through Sunday until February 17.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2019
As its programming for 2019/20 again affirms, the spirit of Wigmore Hall is exemplified by both continuity and renewal: artists who have enjoyed decades of association with the Hall and artists it has nurtured into the primes of their careers; the indispensable composers of the past and the innovators and improvisers of today; participatory projects for older people and for children; the irreplaceable immediacy of live concerts and their mediation through technology, bringing them to ever wider audiences via Wigmore Hall's own streaming service or via partners like the BBC.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2019
American Repertory Theater (A.R.T) announces the cast and creative team for Endlings by Celine Song. Directed by Sammi Cannold and featuring Wai Ching Ho, Emily Kuroda, Jiehae Park, and Jo Yang, Endlings begins previews Tuesday, February 26; opens Friday, March 1; and closes Sunday, March 17, 2019 at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, MA.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2019
Rainy Day Productions will present industry readings of the new play Chasing the River by Jean Dobie Giebel. Directed by Illana Stein, the six-member cast will feature Tony Carlin, Aaron Costa Ganis, Annie Golden, Deborah Rayne, Chet Siegel, and Wendy Rich Stetson. The readings will be held on Monday, January 28 at 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m., and Tuesday, January 29 at 4:00 p.m. For more information, please email victoria@PSTheatricals.com.
by TV News Desk - Jan 18, 2019
WARNER CLASSICS and the NATIONAL THEATRE announce the digital download and streaming release of Stephen Sondheim's legendary musical FOLLIES - 2018 National Theatre Cast Recording today.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2019
The Grammy Award-nominated Seraphic Fire, joined by the American Brass Quintet, will make their West Coast debut when they bring their acclaimed program "A Spanish Pilgrimage" to St. James Music Series on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 4 p.m. at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect Street in La Jolla. Conducted by founder and artistic director Patrick Dupre Quigley, the American Brass Quintet and Seraphic Fire explore the rich Spanish tradition of music for voice and brass. Audiences will join a journey across the Camino de Santiago via the music of Victoria, Morales, Guerrero, and a world premiere, "O Antiphons," by Australian-Canadian composer Julian Revie.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2019
First Floor Theater continues its seventh season with the world premiere of Dan Giles' twisted and timely MIKE PENCE SEX DREAM, directed by Artistic Director Hutch Pimentel, playing February 16 - March 16, 2019 at FFT's resident home,The Den Theatre (2B), 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2019
Brooklyn-based label Fool's Gold debuts FGTV today. FGTV is a new video content series devoted to telling the stories of the creatives that continue to play an integral role in A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs' iconic brand.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2019
An afternoon of heartfelt, soulful acoustic music.  Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman, himself a Grammy Award-winning guitarist, joins three musicians he has produced over the years: Todd Mosby, an acclaimed guitarist and sole performer of the Imrat Guitar; Trevor Gordon Hall, a kalimbatar/guitarist and acoustic guitar phenom; and acoustic guitar maestro Todd Boston.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2019
Endlings by Celine Song begins previews tonight, Tuesday, February 26 at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA. It opens Friday, March 1, and plays through March 17. Tickets on sale now: online at americanrepertorytheater.org, by phone at 617.547.8300, and in person at the Loeb Drama Center Ticket Services Offices (64 Brattle Street, Cambridge).
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2019
Red Bull Theater today announced the cast for the first of its two upcoming Off-Broadway productions at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.
by Stage Tube - Feb 12, 2019
Endlings begins previews on Tuesday, February 26 at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA. It opens Friday, March 1, and plays through March 17. Tickets on sale now: online at americanrepertorytheater.org, by phone at 617.547.8300, and in person at the Loeb Drama Center Ticket Services Offices (64 Brattle Street, Cambridge).
by TV News Desk - Feb 11, 2019
Seven time GRAMMY winner (including 2014 Album of the Year for Morning Phase) Beck has confirmed a return to the road in the form of a co-headlining tour with Cage The Elephant—with support from Spoon—beginning July 11th at Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, WA.  
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2019
Primary Stages announced today that the Primary Stages 2019 Spring Fling will benefit the Primary Stage Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 6:00 pm.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2019
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE will present a special salute to “Women in History” this May with encore broadcasts of four films that celebrate extraordinary women: Amelia Earhart, Annie Oakley, Emma Goldman and Rachel Carson. From the groundbreaking work of the scientist who launched the modern environmental movement to the fearless aviator who set world records, these stories explore the lives of women who became famous — or controversial — for following their own paths, regardless of the consequences, and whose achievements are still remembered today.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2019
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents The Boston Pops on Tour, Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.