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by Student Blogger: Meg Graff - Oct 9, 2019
When I was around 15 or 16, there were auditions in my town for The Miracle Worker. I was so excited. My younger brother has special needs, and is non-verbal, so the play meant a lot to me and I really, really wanted to play Annie. I practiced the accent, read the script a bunch, watched the movie, and did everything I could to prepare. (I now realize this should've been a sign that dramaturgy is the path for me).
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2019
The EMERSON STRING QUARTET, arguably the world's best chamber music ensemble, returns to Wharton Center for one night only on Friday, October 18, 2019. Wowing the world for four decades, the quartet has made more than 30 acclaimed recordings and has been honored with nine Grammys® (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America's Ensemble of the Year. Emerson String Quartet frequently collaborates with some of today's most esteemed composers to premiere new works, keeping the string quartet art form alive and relevant. They have also partnered in performance with stellar soloists including Renée Fleming, Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman, to name a few.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2019
Casting for Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg's legendary musical MISS SAIGONa?"a smash hit in London, Broadway and across the UKa?"has been announced for its highly anticipated engagement at Portland's Keller Auditorium for one week only.
by Zofeen Maqsood - Oct 8, 2019
Conceptualised and Directed by Padmashri Mrs Shobha Deepak Singh, who is the Director and Vice Chairperson of Shri Ram Kala Kendera, the show will continue till October 25th
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2019
The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, in partnership with SHOW- SCORE.COM, recently launched ALL NEW YORK'S A STAGE, the first-ever campaign dedicated to raising the visibility of our vibrant local theater industry, which is made up of small venues, companies and related organizations throughout the five boroughs.
by Paul Batterson - Oct 7, 2019
Even after close to three decades of performing, sales of over 15 million records, twice being named as group of the year at the Juno awards, and a selection into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Steven Page still feels he has to win his audience over at every show.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2019
Musco Center for the Arts and Chapman University's Office of the Provost welcome bestselling British science writer Matt Ridley on November 6, 2019 for an eye-opening look at everything. Ridley's The Evolution of Everything, based on his 2015 book of the same name, brings the same encompassing understanding that made that book, The Origins of Virtue, and The Rational Optimist bestsellers. 
by Student Blogger: Meg Graff - Oct 30, 2019
This tech week is a rough one. Now, I know that no tech is a walk in the park, but trying to manage a particularly rough spot with my own mental health and to be fully present and active as a member of a creative team doesn't make things any easier.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2019
Author C. S. Boyack is pleased to announce the release his new paranormal superhero novel, Viral Blues. Independently released in September 2019, the book is already receiving rave reviews from readers and reviewers.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2019
Celebrating eight decades of a historic jazz record label, the Harris Center welcomes Blue Note Records 80th Birthday Celebration--The State of Jazz 2019, featuring three jazz stars, each with a stellar band ready to sizzle Stage One. Performing with her trio, a?oeKandace Springs has a voice that would melt snowa?? (Prince). James Francies has worked with jazz royalty from Christian McBride to Pat Metheny; performing with his trio, he's a?oea pianist with liquid dynamism in his toucha?? (New York Times). Finally, saxophonist James Carter has 18 recordings under his own name; he a?oecan be sumptuously romantic or exhilaratingly funkya?? He's at his earthiest and most accessible with this classic Hammond organ trio lineupa?? (Guardian) which he'll have in tow with him for the tour.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2019
The de Blasio Administration today announced the launch of the IDNYC renewal campaign, new and returning benefit partners, and the IDNYC Middle School Card. With the fifth anniversary of the IDNYC program approaching and the first set of cards set to expire beginning in January 2020, the program has also introduced a new card design and a comprehensive, citywide advertising and targeted outreach campaign to promote renewals. IDNYC is the largest and most successful municipal ID program in the country with over 1.3 million cardholders.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2019
San Francisco Opera presents Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, November 15–December 7. Last seen on the War Memorial Opera House stage nearly two decades ago, the popular fairy-tale opera returns in an “enchanting” (The Times, UK) new co-production with London's Royal Opera by director and production designer Antony McDonald. Humperdinck's sweeping score will be conducted by Christopher Franklin and sung in English translation by a cast including mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke as Hansel, Heidi Stober as Gretel and Robert Brubaker as the Witch.
by Cary Ginell - Oct 29, 2019
An interview with Beverly and Kirby Ward, producers and directors of the new production of 'Big River' at the Rubicon Theatre Company.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2019
Town Hall Theatre celebrates the holidays with a delightfully original take on the classic Brothers Grimm story, CINDERELLA: A Fairytale, as part of our 75TH 'TRANSFORMATIONS' Season. CINDERELLA: A Fairytale will have 12 performances, including two previews, December 5 through December 21, 2019, at Town Hall Theatre Company, 3535 School Street, in Lafayette, CA. Tickets are $18 - $30, and are available through the Box Office at (925) 283-1557 or online at
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2019
More than 40 years ago, before the Village Halloween Parade was even a glimmer in the eye of Greenwich Village, Theater for the New City launched its own Village Halloween Costume Ball. That started with a parade and party that gradually led to today's huge Village Halloween parade.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2019
A workshop of Leslie Bricusse's musical SAMMY will be presented by Anthology Theatre Productions and Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment on Thursday 31 October to an invited audience of producers, theatre owners and investors. Olivier Award-winning actor, singer, writer, and director, Clarke Peters will direct recent Olivier Award-winner Giles Terera in the title role in this rousing musical written by Oscar and Grammy Award winning composer, lyricist and playwright Leslie Bricusse.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2019
Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Everyman Theatre Cheltenham today announce a brand new production and UK tour of Ronald Harwood's highly acclaimed drama The Dresser starring the much loved UK entertainer Julian Clary as Norman and Olivier Award winner Matthew Kelly as 'Sir'. Directed by Terry Johnson, The Dresser will run at Cheltenham Everyman Theatre from 10 to 19 September 2020 followed by Theatre Royal Bath from 21 to 26 September where it will have its opening night for press on 23 September 2020. The production will continue to tour until Spring 2021 with further dates and venues to be announced in due course. Tickets for Cheltenham and Bath go on sale tomorrow.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2019
The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, announces the recipients of the tenth annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition: Chanel DaSilva, Tsai Hsi Hung, Pablo Sánchez (recipient of the inaugural Zach Lazar Winning Works Fellowship, named in honor of former Joffrey Board Chair Zach Lazar) and Durante Verzola.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2019
Following the September release of her album 'My Time Is Now'a?"the first recording to make use of George Gershwin's recently restored piano at the University of Michigana?"violinist and New York City-based alumna Haerim Elizabeth Lee will perform with pianist Alex Brown at Britton Recital Hall Oct. 28.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2019
Gingold Theatrical Group continues the 14th Season of Project Shaw, Art as Activism: A Theatrical Survival Guide, a special series of evenings of plays that embrace human rights and free speech. All of GTG's programming, inspired by the works of George Bernard Shaw, are designed to provoke peaceful discussion and activism.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2019
The Los Angeles Children's Chorus (LACC), led by Artistic Director Fernando Malvar-Ruiz and  considered among the world's leading children's choirs, announces its 2019-2020 season.
by Andrea Stephenson - Oct 21, 2019
The musical A Little Princess by Andrew Lippa and Brian Crawley, is based on the 1905 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It first appeared on stage in Mountain View, California in 2004 and premiered in London in 2018. The story opens with Sara Crewe in her room at her school in London. She tells Becky, a maid at the school, about her life growing up in Africa and how she came to be in London. The musical takes the audience on a journey filled with memories, wild flights of imagination, magic, heartbreak, friendship, and love.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2019
Duncan Macmillan's Lungs is directed by Matthew Warchus and stars Claire Foy and Matt Smith. The show began previews on 14 October. Let's see what the critics are saying...
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2019
Dialogue with Three Chords (D3C) continues their ninth season of original indie theatre with SHE WROTE 'I LOVE YOU' ON THE WALL OF DEATH! The three new plays, inspired by Pulp novels, debut on Thursday, October 24 at 8pm, downstairs at Von Bar on 3 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012. Written by Stephen Gracia and directed by Michael LoPorto, the show is the last installment of D3C's fall 2019 season. Admission is free.
by Stage Tube - Oct 18, 2019
New York's school system is among the most segregated in the country. Student activists are demanding change. Can a new schools chancellor finally deliver equal opportunities for all?
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2019
The Center for the Arts at George Mason University continues the 2019/20 season this November and December with an array of dance, theater, opera, and music from around the world through programs from Great Performances at Mason, the Family Series, as well as signature events from Mason's College of Visual and Performing Arts.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2019
Multi-instrumentalist, composer and renowned trumpet master Nicholas Payton will be performing live in concert with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic on Friday, Oct. 25 at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2019
Evan Yionoulis, Richard Rodgers Director of Juilliard's Drama Division, announced today that Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman will step down as co-director of Juilliard's Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at the end of the 2019-20 academic year
by Debbie Hall - Oct 16, 2019
Hard to believe, on Jan. 12, 1959, Berry Gordy, Jr. borrowed $800 from his family to begin Tamla Record Company as part of Motown Records Corporation in Detroit. The company was briefly known as Hitsville USA before becoming the soundtrack of life, Motown. Motor City Nights brings this significant time in American music history with its tribute show on the M Pavilion stage at The M Resort Spa and Casino on Oct. 19.
by Stephen Mosher - Oct 16, 2019
A true original continues to stake her claim as one of cabaret's greats with a new show titled DECADENT STANDARDS.
by DC Felton - Oct 16, 2019
Theatre companies always hope a show will do well, but every so often a show comes that exceeds their expectations, and eventually, they bring the show back. For Noce, known for bringing the best jazz artist to Des Moines, their show is a play ironically called a?oeSouvenira?? which is returning to the end of October. I missed it the first time the show was produced, and after seeing the show this weekend, this a?oeSouvenira?? was certainly worth taking another look at.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2019
He walked into a Marine Corps recruiting station in Phoenix on his 18th birthday to enlist, only to discover his parents hadn't told him that he was an undocumented immigrant. But this DREAMer didn't give up on serving the only country he had ever knowna?"he did it in other powerful ways instead. 
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2019
Rehearsals have begun and it feels like sha la la for Love in Hate Nation, an original rock romance set in a 1960s Juvie Hall that features book, music and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Joe Iconis, directed by John Simpkins.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2019
Prolific ambient producer Alaskan Tapes has released his LP Views From Sixteen Stories, on 19 September via AT Recordings. Recent release 'And, We Disappear' was premiered on Electronic Groove, the title track premiered via Clash Magazine and prior to that 'Times are Tired' was premiered on Son of Marketing and Youtube channel Ambient, and has been added to When We Dip's Best New Chill Spotify Playlist. The music of Alaskan Tapes has seen multiple playlist adds and millions of hits across digital streaming platforms (with over 20 million hits on Spotify alone) and has been used in multiple commercial projects. His 2018 music video for 'Places' (written and directed by Andrew De Zen) was nominated for the Juno Awards Best Video of The Year in 2019 and was featured on NOWNESS and Boooooooom's list of the 15 Best Music Videos of 2018. Music from Alaskan Tapes can also be found in a variety of short films, including 'Childhood Trauma' and 'Mag Sein' by Director Eliot Rausch, and 'ABADDON' by Director Rogerio Silva, just to mention a few. He also received continuous plays on KEXP's Pacific Notions.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2019
The Panamanian International Film Festival in Los Angeles (PIFF/LA) presents PANAFEST 5.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2019
Casting for Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg's legendary musical MISS SAIGONa?"a smash hit in London, Broadway and across the UKa?"has been announced for its highly anticipated engagement in Salt Lake City at the Eccles Theater for one week only, October 15-20, 2019. To purchase tickets, visit, call 801-355-ARTS (4787) or visit the box office at 131 South Main Street. Ticket prices start at $40 plus fees.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2019
Tina a?" The Tina Turner Musical: Original Cast Recording is available worldwide on CD, both online and in stores, starting today, Friday, October 11. Featuring the original London cast, the album was released for download and streaming earlier this year. The release will coincide with the musical's first Broadway preview at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street) on Saturday, October 12. The CD features a 20-page booklet, which includes liner notes, synopsis, and production and studio photography. The album was recorded in February 2019 at Angel Studios and RAK Studios, produced by the show's Music Supervisor Nicholas Skilbeck and Kurt Deutsch, and co-produced by Tom Kelly. To download or stream the album, or order the CD, please visit
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2019
The Grammy-nominated Imani Winds returns to the Chamber Music Society of Detroit series with three metro area concerts, appearing at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial at 7:30 PM on Friday, November 1, the Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton at 7:30 PM on Saturday, November 2 and Varner Recital Hall on the Oakland University campus at 3:00 PM on Sunday, November 3.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2019
WICKED, the West End and Broadway musical sensation that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, last night (Wednesday 9 October 2019) welcomed its 10 millionth visitor at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre. Geeta Ozdural from London, together with her cousin Lopa Shah from New Jersey (who were seeing each other for the first time in ten years), celebrated with the cast after the performance.
by Cara Joy David - Oct 10, 2019
Years ago, when the popularity of cell phones started exploding, theaters in other countries started experimenting with the idea of using signal jammers to prevent cell phone use in the theater. It never took off. And more and more people started using cell phones in the theater. There is the photo before, the texting during, the random cell phone ring and sometimes the recording of the performance. Most of it is not supposed to occur. We've all heard stories about performers stopping the show until phones are put away. But some wonder what can be done to stop it or even if it should be stopped.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2019
Broadway in Chicago is delighted to announce the internationally-acclaimed hit theatre show THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY is extended through December 8. Additional tickets will go on sale at 10 AM CT on Friday, October 11. THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY will play at Broadway In Chicago's Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut) November 19 through December 8, 2019.
by TV News Desk - Oct 10, 2019
Greenwich Entertainment announced today the acquisition of North American distribution rights to Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy, the directorial debut of Elizabeth Carroll. The film about the celebrated chef of Mexican cuisine premiered to glowing reviews at SXSW and Hot Docs earlier this year.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2019
Michael Billington, the Guardian's chief theatre critic, has announced he is stepping down from the role, according to The Stage.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2019
The WICKED YOUNG WRITER AWARDS, created by the producers of the musical WICKED in partnership with the National Literacy Trust, is pleased to announce that entries are now open for the celebratory 10th anniversary year of a?oethe prestigious awardsa?? (The Times). Full details can be found at
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2019
The Showstoppers (Best Entertainment and Family Show Olivier Award winners 2016) will be returning to London's West End this November and December, to make all your kids' Christmas story wishes come true! The Showstoppers' Christmas Kids Show! can be found in The Paradiso Speigeltent as part of 'Christmas in Leicester Square' from 23rd November - 1st December 2019.
by Walter McBride - Nov 4, 2019
This holiday season, Times Square celebrates the creativity of Broadway designers and the power of live theater with four Show Globes. These globes feature designs inspired by some of the most-loved musicals on Broadway and invite passersby to admire the imagination and talent that give life to every show. The 2019 Show Globes are inspired by the designs of Ain't Too Proud a?" The Life and Times of The Temptations, Dear Evan Hansen, The Lion King, and Wicked.
by TV News Desk - Nov 1, 2019
“I try to write things that make me chuckle, and that chuckling is usually making peace with the existential dilemma of both the times and life in general,” Nashville singer and storyteller Darrin Bradbury says of his music. “A lot of times, it's like a challenge. It is like, 'All right, I'm starting this song off about squirrels, comparing them to Romeo and Juliet. Can I bring this sucker home? Can I make that idea work?'”
by - Nov 1, 2019
Check out the latest in upcoming releases of Broadway and theatre related CDs for November, 2019.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2019
The Times Square Alliance unveiled today the first holiday “Show Globes” in Times Square on the Broadway Plaza between 44th and 45th Streets. The event included remarks by the Alliance President, Tim Tompkins as well as representatives from each of the four Broadway shows. “Show Globes” will be on display in Times Square through December 26, 2019.
by Cary Ginell - Nov 1, 2019
An innovative immersive production, in which orchestra musicians step on stage to perform with the cast and an in-the-round configuration, highlights Rubicon Theatre Company's evocative, atmospheric production of 'Big River.' With a score by country music's Roger Miller, 'Big River' won 7 Tonys in 1985. The cast features Broadway veterans Josey Montana McCoy, David Aron Damane, and, in a special appearance, Renn Woods as Alice.