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by Jim Munson - Sep 9, 2020
Ah, just when we need it the most, here is the perfect tonic for our troubled times! The Marsh is bringing back comedic legend Geoff Hoyle in his latest work 'What Will I Be When You Grow Up?' Presented for one night only on Saturday, March 20th at 7:00PM PDT, this filmic version of Hoyle's show will be followed by a live post-performance Q&A with The Marsh Founder/Artistic Director Stephanie Weisman. Visit The www.themarsh.org for more information. Born and raised in England before coming to America in the 1970a??s, Hoyle has had a fascinating career and at this point has become a veritable Bay Area institution. After first coming to local attention as part of the Pickle Family Circus, he went on to perform with Cirque du Soleil, create the role of Zazu in the original Broadway company of The Lion King, act in plays at virtually all the major Bay Area theater companies, and create numerous solo shows, many of them at The Marsh. BroadwayWorld recently caught up with Hoyle by phone from his home in Inverness, California.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2020
Surf Rocker Dylan Garcia will release his new single I Wont Back Down on Friday, October 9, 2020, 11 years to the day Garcia was released from a mental institution. The track is a cover of Tom Petty's hit song released in April 1989 as the lead single from his first solo album, Full Moon Fever. The song was co-written by Petty and Jeff Lynne, also his writing partner for the album.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 23, 2020
We spoke with Pig Iron Theatre co-founder and co-artistic director Dan Rothenberg about bringing Toshiki Okada's Zero Cost House to the screen, how Pig Iron is developing theatre in the midst of the ongoing pandemic, what the future holds for Pig Iron and more!
by Eleni Cashell - Sep 22, 2020
Award-winning scenic and costume designer Peter McKintosh was meant to be working on a production of 12 Angry Men at the Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon in Tokyo until Covid-19 hit. But with social distancing now in place, the show is going ahead, with McKintosh working his magic virtually instead.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2020
Online storytelling show It's Personal: WTF will be taking place on Thursday, September 24th at 5:30pm pst. They know what you are thinking, 'Another online theatre show... What's the big deal?' It's Personal is nothing like you have seen before.
by TV News Desk - Sep 21, 2020
Zoon (aka Zoongide’ewin) released his widely celebrated 'moccasin-gaze' debut LP Bleached Wavves, via Paper Bag Records on June 19, 2020. 
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2020
Tony and Grammy Award-winner John Lloyd Young returns to The Space in Las Vegas on Saturday, October 3 with John Lloyd Young's Broadway, an intimate and unforgettable evening of Broadway favorites and classic showtunes. While we await he big night, we're getting inside John's head as he counts down ten Broadway performances that have excited, entertained, and inspired him throughout his life and career!
by Hannah Wing - Sep 15, 2020
Will on the Hill...or Wona??t They? is almost like attending a lecture on Shakespeare by multiple enthusiast professors, but it leaves the audience with a major case of a?oeZoom fatigue.a?? 
by Student Blogger: Josie Reynolds - Sep 14, 2020
In this world we live in now, it can feel like we are floating all alone on an island. Personally for me it has felt like I am the only one going through what I am going through. In actuality, the more I have talked to my peers and my friends has made me realize that we are all going through this together. 
by Krista Garver - Sep 12, 2020
Fertile Ground 2021, which takes place Jan. 28 - Feb. 7, will a virtual, curated festival. To learn more about what both artists and audiences can expect, I spoke with managing director Dré Slaman.
by Student Blogger: Janelle Murray - Sep 11, 2020
Ia??m not perfect. I never will be. I definitely want to be, but I need to stop trying to be. I share this because I just got out of my acting class and Ia??m laying on my bed reflecting on my day. As someone with social anxiety this is a pretty normal thing.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2020
Parsona??s Nose Theater (PNT) known for introducing fun, condensed, broad-stroke, professional presentations of classic comedies by Shakespeare, Molière, Goldoni, Shaw, Belasco, Grimm, Hans Andersen, Goldsmith, Perrault, Boucicault and others, has expanded its  Radio Theater of the Air  podcast series.
by Jim Munson - Oct 29, 2020
The name Ariel Craft evokes an improbable combination of magic and skill, whimsy and rigor. If that weren't already her real name, I honestly don't think you could invent a more apt moniker for the director of Charles L. Mee's Utopia now enjoying a virtual world premiere from San Francisco's Cutting Ball Theater. After all, it takes a person of uncommon prowess and boundless creativity to bring this kind of unorthodox play to life. Utopia is a quirky, multidisciplinary work incorporating contemporary dance and animated artworks by disabled artists to offer a delightful commentary on life, love and the absurdity of the everyday. Utopia is available for streaming on demand through November 15th. For further information or to order tickets visit cuttingball.com or call (415) 525-1205. BroadwayWorld caught up with Craft from her home in Berkeley while she was in the thick of rehearsals for Utopia.
by Vikki Jane Vile - Oct 16, 2020
Strictly Come Dancing is going to look very different to any of its previous 15 years, as producer of the annual sequinned extravaganza, Sarah James, explained when she recently addressed the media to reveal how the Coronavirus-friendly edition of the show will work.
by TV News Desk - Oct 15, 2020
GRAMMY winner Christopher Cross was diagnosed with COVID-19 and it nearly killed him, he says.
by Student Blogger: Holden Childress - Nov 4, 2020
Will this become the new normal? Or will we be able to go back to the way things used to be? All we can do now is keep our fingers crossed… and our masks on.
by TV News Desk - Nov 27, 2020
CREOLE LOVE PT.2 was written by Josh X and produced by BMC Beats and Jean Max Valcourt and the visuals were directed by Wildrey.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2020
On Friday, November 27 at 3 PM Central, Jacob Cohen and Holly Weis of Highland Park Players will be the guests on It's Showtime with Rikki Lee – a weekly half hour informational radio show focused on the entertainment industry that airs on suburban Chicago station 101.5 FM. Those outside the broadcast area can stream the show for free by going to www.HuntleyRadio.com and clicking on the “Listen Live” icon.
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Nov 23, 2020
“At Good Theater we have put ourselves in mothballs, declares Executive/Artistic Director Brian P. Allen. Maine State Music Theatre’s Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark concurs, “ For me the hardest part is the feeling of treading water.” “My Grandfather taught me that life was a staircase,” Clark recounts. “He would say,’ Always make sure you are moving forward; if you have to stay on a step for a while, no big deal. Try not to take a step backwards, but if you have to, figure out why, fix it, and keep moving forward.’ Right now,” Clark says sadly, “it does not feel possible to keep climbing. Everything is stacked against us and all the people we need to help us.”” On a brisk fall day nine months into the pandemic the two are taking a moment to share their experiences in this unprecedented time of crisis – a crisis that has shuttered their theatres and forced them to engage all their energies in survival of the institutions and the art form they love.
by TV News Desk - Nov 23, 2020
On Friday, November 27th, 2020 at 7 PM CT, Nicole Atkin hosts Natkins Funhouse Presents: The Last Waltz at Home livestream.
by Stephen Mosher - Nov 2, 2020
The renowned singer-songwriter is known and loved for all her talents and the fun that comes with her when she walks in the door. But her cookies!
by TV News Desk - Nov 18, 2020
Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Cybill Shepherd (Cybill, Moonlighting) has signed on to star in the half-hour comedy pilot I LOVE THIS FOR YOU (fka BIG DEAL), starring and executive produced by Emmy nominee Vanessa Bayer (Saturday Night Live).
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Nov 16, 2020
After 22 years locked in the Warner Brother water tower, 'Animaniacs' will make its triumphant return on Friday, November 20th - this time streaming on Hulu. 
by Ronn Burton - Mar 1, 2021
Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre remembers and celebrates one of their founding members MICHAEL JONES, who passed away a year ago. An Emmy winner and recipient of the Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award, Michael was a co-founder and Artistic Associate at OKC Rep. While Michael was a pillar of the OKC theatre community, he also worked all over the country. Michael touched the lives and hearts of so many he worked with. The OKC theatre community remembers Michael Jones.
by TV News Desk - Jan 6, 2021
For the first time in MLB history, a Black woman will take to the diamond and coach professional baseball.
by BWW Staff - Jan 6, 2021
Winners have been announced for the 2020 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards - which were back bigger than ever, celebrating the best in local theatre of the past decade!
by Student Blogger: Isabella Schiavon - Jan 29, 2021
In a year of uncertainty, and fear one could argue, “it is okay to postpone your plans.” “Nothing is happening anyway.” “It’s okay. Things will happen when they happen.” And I agree with those statements. However, while many segments of our lives are on hold (leases are not getting increased, student loans are frozen, etc.), many are still running, just like my student visa deadline. 
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2021
Isaac Mizrahi presents the third show of his virtual concert series, ISAAC@CAFECARLYLE, full of stories and songs, delivered right to your living room. The show will premiere on February 12 at 8pm EST with special guest Lea DeLaria, best known for her role as “Big Boo” on the hit Neflix series Orange Is The New Black.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2021
Tony nominee Valarie Pettiford ( Fosse) discusses her tv career ( Half & Half, Blacklist and The Family Business) and the legacy of Fosse and Ann Reinking on Broadway's Calling with Lance Roberts.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Jan 22, 2021
BroadwayWorld had the absolute pleasure of speaking to Yeardley Smith, the actress who has voiced Lisa for over thirty years. Yeardley also hosts the true crime podcast 'Small Town Dicks.' 
by Jim Munson - Feb 26, 2021
Indian American actress and playwright Dipti Mehta’s award-winning work, HONOUR: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan kicks off Women’s History Month at The Marsh, which will focus the spotlight on female performers throughout the month of March. Offered via a MarshStream livestream, HONOUR incorporates original music, the dazzling colors of India, and a riveting plot worthy of Bollywood. Described as Memoirs of Geisha meets Slumdog Millionaire, it is a vibrant coming-of-age story set in the red-light districts of Mumbai. Centering on a mother-daughter duo, it examines inter-generational prostitution and why it exists, and addresses the issues of sex trafficking and human rights. This compelling work was named “Best Solo Show” at New York’s FRINGE in 2016 and was hailed as “beautiful and devastating” in a five-star review by Time Out NYC. Following the performance, Dipti will join the Solo Arts Heal host to discuss raising awareness and how to make a difference in the community of sex workers. HONOUR: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan will be streamed at 7:30pm PST on Wednesday, March 3. For more information, visit www.themarsh.org/marshstream. The performance will also be archived and available to watch on demand via The Marsh’s YouTube channel. BroadwayWorld recently spoke with Mehta while she was spending some time in Mumbai before heading back to her current home base in New York. To say that she has led an atypical life would be an understatement. An ardent feminist from a very young age in Mumbai, she became an actress and radio host in her teens before coming to America to get her doctorate Molecular & Cellular Biology and work in cancer research at Sloan Kettering. In recent years, she has returned to her true passion of theater with a focus on telling stories we haven’t heard before. In a wide-ranging conversation, we talked about the genesis of HONOUR, her unorthodox career path, and the current status of South Asian representation in the arts.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2021
Isaac Mizrahi presents the fourth and final show of his virtual concert series, ISAAC@CAFECARLYLE, full of stories and songs, delivered right to your living room.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2021
The Realm’s Play-A-Thon, returning March 15-25 following its success in 2020, creatively activates the potential of virtual gathering to bring people together in direct engagement with the work of some of today’s most captivating writers.
by TV News Desk - Feb 18, 2021
Enlisting the help of some of his famous friends, the album will feature a few duets as well as solo tracks. The first single off the new project is a cover of “Church On The Cumberland Road” featuring Shenandoah’s Marty Raybon. Pre-save the single here before it is released on March 5.
by Matt Wolf - Feb 15, 2021
We've looked across successive weeks at a range of plays over time that offered crucial opportunities to an array of then little-known men and women who have since shot to varying degrees of renown. Now, it's time to cast a glance at those stage musicals in London that brought to the attention of keen-eyed playgoers various names whom the world would get to know later.
by TV Scoop - Feb 1, 2021
Find out what's happening on Coming Up on a New Episode of BLACKISH and if it's a new episode, airing on ABC on Tuesday, February 16, 2021!
by TV News Desk - Dec 9, 2020
Stationed along downtown Los Angeles' Main Street stands an infamous hotel with a checkered past beset by multiple suicides, murders, devil worshipping and serial killers.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2020
Soprano Lisette Oropesa has been forced to miss the opportunity to be the first American to sing a title role in the gala season opener at La Scala since the 1950s.
by Student Blogger: Leah Packer - Dec 7, 2020
All I can do is draw on my past experiences for guidance, find the people who care about me, and trust in myself that I can do this. I can also make lists.
by Jim Munson - Dec 2, 2020
It's hard to believe, but the ever-youthful, trailblazing actor/writer/comedian Marga Gomez is now well into the fourth decade of her remarkable career. Known for her funny and touching solo theater pieces as well as her uproarious standup comedy, Gomez recently revived her hit play Not Getting Any Younger for the MarshStream International Solo Fest where it won the award for Best Solo Show. In the play, Gomez weaves commentary through hilarious surreal life vignettes like little Marga visiting the worst amusement park ever with her showgirl mom in tow, and adult Marga trying to get a senior discount at Forever 21. In a swift 55 minutes, Gomez looks back on how even an outspoken lesbian can find herself in the closet for women of a certain age. Luckily for viewers everywhere, Gomez is now reprising the show for two more livestreamed performances on December 5th and 6th. Additional details can be found on the MarshStream website. BroadwayWorld recently chatted by phone with Gomez from her home in the Glen Park neighborhood of San Francisco. Our conversation delved into how she adapted Not Getting Any Younger for virtual performance, her experience as one of the first successful, out lesbian comedians, and her colorful family history in the Latino variety show world. Offstage, she is much as you would expect - naturally warm, funny and down-to-earth - but also surprisingly nerdy about the careful technique that goes into making a successful virtual performance.
by Gil Kaan - Dec 11, 2020
Garry Marshall Theatre and Dark Blue Mondaze presents​​​​​​​ HOLIDAZE HARMONY, a virtual concert featuring recording artists and Broadway stars Terron Brooks and Kamilah Marshall. HOLIDAZE HARMONY's director/producer Joseph Leo Bwarie shares some backstory in creating HOLIDAZE HARMONY, playing Frankie Valli in JERSEY BOYS, and his journey with Garry Marshall - the man and the theatre.
by Stephen Mosher - Dec 10, 2020
One of the lucky few who has been able to perform in public this year, Dawn Derow has also spent a little time working indoors. WHITE CHRISTMAS is the result of some of that work.
by Jim Munson - Dec 10, 2020
While performing arts organizations around the world are dusting off existing productions of the usual chestnuts during the month of December, Opera San José is taking a more audacious approach with its holiday programming. They are presenting a new, fully-staged production of Jake Heggie’s immensely moving chamber opera, Three Decembers, featuring world-renowned mezzo-soprano Susan Graham in the central role, alongside celebrated Opera San José Resident Artists soprano Maya Kherani and baritone Efraín Solís. Based on the unpublished play Some Christmas Letters by Tony-winning playwright Terrance McNally, Three Decembers follows the story of a famous actress, Madeline Mitchell, and her two adult children, Beatrice and Charlie over three decades (1986, 1996, and 2006). With a witty and touching libretto by Gene Scheer and a soaring musical score by Jake Heggie, Three Decembers is a 90-minute fullhearted American opera about family – the ones we are born into and those we create. The world-class digital production is offered via on-demand streaming through December 31, 2020. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit operasj.org or call (408) 437-4450. BroadwayWorld speaks with charismatic baritone Efraín Solís, who plays son Charlie.
by Student Blogger: Allison Kephart - Aug 26, 2020
Auditions, Rehearsal, Improv, and meetings are all on Zoom.