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Blast! is a Broadway production created by James Mason for Cook Group Incorporated, the director and organization formerly operating the Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps. It was the 2001 Winner of the Tony Award for "Best Special Theatrical Event" and also won the 2001 Emmy Award for "Best Choreography".



BWW Review: Take a Tumble down the Rabbit Hole in the Delightful ALICE AND THE BOOK OF WONDERLAND at Annapolis Shakespeare Company
by Kristen Price - Jul 31, 2017

The delightful production of ALICE AND THE BOOK OF WONDERLAND, produced by the Annapolis Shakespeare Company has found a way to make the story of Alice and Wonderland new and fresh for children and adults alike. That's no easy feat. Alice and Wonderland is a reliable classic that most people know back to front. What ASC has managed to do is keep all the standard parts of the story that everyone loves, while telling the story in an entirely new and creative way. They've also managed to throw a few very funny nods in to current events that seem to bring the classic further into current times (more...)

Michael Feinstein, BANDSTAND, Tovah Feldshuh and More Coming Up This August at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2017

This August, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. Scroll down for details! (more...)

BWW Exclusive: David Moscow Shares His Secrets From NEWSIES on Its 25th Anniversary! Read All About It!
by Wayman Wong - Jul 31, 2017

When David Moscow made his 'Big'-screen debut in 1988, it was huge. Penny Marshall had plucked this precocious, 11-year-old kid from the Bronx to play the younger version of Tom Hanks' character, Josh Baskin. This comic fantasy-fable about a boy who literally became 'Big' overnight, was a giant box-office hit. Moscow was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Comedy. And in that same season, another kid won for Best Young Actor in a Drama: Christian Bale for 'Empire of the Sun.' (more...)

BWW Interview: 6 Questions & a Plug with JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR's James Rocco
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Jul 28, 2017

Always a fun conversationalist, director and choreographer James Rocco shares some thoughts about this work on the Ordway's summer hit, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. (more...)

Palo Alto Players Announce First Ever Staged Reading Companion Series for 2017-18
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2017

Palo Alto Players, the Peninsula's first theatre company, announces its inaugural staged reading companion series for the company's 87th season. (more...)

3rd Annual Big Buggs Island Blues Bash Features Best Lineup Yet
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2017

Announcing the 3rd Annual Big Buggs Island Blues Bash, Saturday, September 30, from 2pm-10pm (rain or shine), on the Lake at Robbins Ballpark, 104 Woodland Drive in Clarksville, VA. (more...)

BWW Interview: We Go Together: GREASE Ensemble Discusses Challenges and Camaraderie
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jul 28, 2017

'We are all there for each other,' Kevin Nietzel asserts, affirming the bond that is making Maine State Music Theatre's Grease so electric. 'It is very rewarding,' adds Neil Starkenberg, MSMT's Danny Zuko. Co-star Chelsea Williams, who plays Sandy to Starkenberg's Danny, continues the thought: 'Neil and I have had conversations about how we could do this show for a really long time. It is so much fun, and I think that must be obvious to the audience. The energy is so palpable that it is a special joy to work that hard every night. Everyone is having the time of his life!' These three actors together with principals Gerrianne Perez (Rizzo), Charis Leos (Miss Lynch), Costume Designer Travis M. Grant, and MSMT Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark all joined BWW's Maine editor Carla Maria Verdino-Sullwold for the third panel discussion in the theatre's Peek Behind the Curtain series held each summer at Curtis Memorial Library. In an especially lively and far-ranging conversation that highlighted not only the challenges but also the camaraderie of this ensemble, the panel and capacity audience explored the history, characters, and production process for MSMT's summer mega hit. (more...)

K'NEX Launches 'Show Us Your #COASTERFACE' Photo Contest
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2017

K'NEX, the construction toy company where creativity clicks, has announced the 'Show Us Your #COASTERFACE' Photo Contest. (more...)

CLOCKTOWER PLAYERS 2017-18 Season Celebrates the First 40 Years of Amazing!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2017

The award-winning Clocktower Players, resident theater company of the landmark Irvington Town Hall Theater marked the beginning of its 40th season with a glittering gala on June 9th.  The New York Senate proclaimed it "Clocktower Players Day" and the creative accomplishments, commitment to diversity and dedication to the community were recognized by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assemblyman Thomas J. Abinanti, and Greenburg Town supervisor Paul J. Feiner. (more...)

Ricky Skaggs to Perform First Country Concert in 20 Years
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2017

For the first time in two decades, the legendary Ricky Skaggs is returning onstage to perform a full-blown country music concert featuring the hit songs that made him a household name. (more...)

Englewood Art Center Announces Sixth Annual ChalkFest
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2017

For the sixth year in a row, Englewood's ChalkFest will transform the Dearborn Street sidewalk into an oversized canvas for chalk-art masterpieces. Professional artist demonstrations include the creation of a trompe l'oeil -or visual illusion-work of art by Johan Bjurman, a noted classically trained painter. (more...)

VIDEO: Darren Criss Unveils Stripped Down 'I Dreamed A Dream', Saves Date for 3rd Annual Elsie Fest!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2017

In honor of the return of Elsie Fest - NYC's first outdoor music festival celebrating stars and songs from the stage and screen - Emmy-nominated composer, musician and actor Darren Criss released his stripped-down rendition of 'I Dreamed a Dream' from the multi-award winning Broadway musical and film, Les Miserables. Check it out below! (more...)

Theatre NOVA Kicks Off 2017-2018 Season with THE REVOLUTIONISTS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2017

Theatre NOVA, Ann Arbor's professional theatre with an exclusive focus on new plays and playwrights, presents the Michigan premiere of "The Revolutionists" by Lauren Gunderson. (more...)

BWW Review: Rivertown Leads Audiences Under the Sea in A Magical Rendition of Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID
by Heidi Scheuermann - Jul 24, 2017

If you need a break from this summer's wet 'n wild weather, swim on over to Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts for some inside fun as you enjoy their last show of the 2016-2016 season: Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID. (more...)

Interview: MAMMA MIA! Director Kathleen Marshall and Stars Lea DeLaria and Corbin Bleu Share Their Excitement About This Summer's Hollywood Bowl Musical Extravaganza
by Shari Barrett - Jul 21, 2017

This year, the Bowl's annual staged musical visits the 2001 international phenomenon about a young woman's plot to uncover the identity of her father among three of her mother's former loves, all of whom are invited to her wedding on a Greek island. But which man turns out to be her father and walks her down the aisle? Filled with ABBA's timeless songs, including 'Dancing Queen' and 'Voulez Vous,' get ready to have the time of your life July 28-29-30 seeing MAMMA MIA! at the Hollywood Bowl, directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall and conducted by David Holcenberg. Kathleen Marshall is one of Broadway's most celebrated artists. Honored numerous times for her work on stage and screen, she has won three Tony Awards (with six more nominations) and two Drama Desk Awards (four additional nominations). Marshall has also been nominated for both an Olivier and an Emmy. The MAMA MIA! production at the Hollywood Bowl marks her Los Angeles debut as a director/choreographer, and I recently was fortunate to speak with her, and stars Corbin Bleu and Lea DeLaria, about their excitement being involved in the musical extravaganza. (more...)

FRIDAY 5 (+1): THE MOTHERF*CKER WITH THE HAT Opens Tonight
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 21, 2017

Shawn Whitsell's Destiny Theatre Experience celebrates its tenth anniversary starting tonight with the opening of Stephen Adly Guirgis' The Motherfucker With the Hat at Nashville's iconic Darkhorse Theater. Directed by Kurt Jarvis and featuring a cast of local stage favorites, along with some intriguing newcomers, including Michael Carlo, Megan Blevins, Matt N. Smith, Amie Lara and Tony Insignares. (more...)

Willie Nile to Play Dylan Tribute CD Release Show at City Winery
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2017

In a consistently colorful musical career that spans nearly four decades, Willie Nilehas established a reputation as a world-class rock 'n' roller, and as a singular songwriter with deep roots in rock's rich history. So it's not surprising that he'd choose to tip his hat to one of his most enduring musical inspirations with his eleventh studio album, Positively Bob: Willie Nile Sings Bob Dylan, a heartfelt, personally charged set of Dylan covers that honors its subject while exemplifying the same qualities that have distinguished Nile's work since the beginning. (more...)

BWW Review: SHREK Welcomes Audiences Back to Allenberry
by Marakay Rogers - Jul 20, 2017

Keystone Theatrics and Artistic Director Dustin LeBlanc have revived theatre at Allenberry after an absence from the scene. Things are looking up and not just in Duloc. (more...)

BWW Interview: TJ Jones IS The King for Centre Stage's MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
by Neil Shurley - Jul 20, 2017

'I hope the old will reminisce, the young will find interest in these characters, and everybody will wanna just dance.' (more...)

Blast Onto PCs Today With Guns Blazing In PWND, Skydance Interactive's Ultra High-Mobility First-Person Rocket Arena Shooter
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2017

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Interactive G.E.T. Together Series Comes to The Carnegie
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2017

The Carnegie is thrilled to announce the return of the G.E.T. Together Series, a collaborative, interactive series bringing together the talents of The Carnegie's Gallery, Education, and Theatre departments. (more...)

BWW Review: Readers Theatre Series: BENT at The 5 & Dime
by Heather Vollman - Jul 19, 2017

BENT doesn't request the audience's permission to turn your heart upside down. It forcefully attacks your places of comfort in exchange for a meaningful conversation, for provoking consideration, for basic human empathy. (more...)

Raue Center Announces New Cabaret Series
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2017

Raue Center For The Arts is excited to announce their new Cabaret Series! Patrons are invited to come experience a more intimate evening at Raue Center with this new series, which kicks off with "The Real Royal Family: Kings and Queens of the Music Industry" at 8 p.m. on August 12, 2017. (more...)

Stephen Bogardus to Star in SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES Musical Adaptation at Delaware Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2017

Delaware Theatre Company captures lightning in a bottle with the World Premiere musical adaptation of Something Wicked This Way Comes, based on the classic best-selling novel by Ray Bradbury. The spine-tingling tale of a traveling carnival that mysteriously arrives in a small town is woven on stage with music and lyrics by Neil Bartram and book by Brian Hill (Broadway: The Story of My Life). (more...)

Taylor Grey Releases Official Video for 'Miami' Featuring Spencer Kane
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2017

Emerging music sensation, Taylor Grey has released the official music video for her most recent single, 'Miami.' The infectious, feel-good track features solo artist Spencer Kane and captures Taylor's flirtatious personality and encompasses her ability to craft captivating lyrics. (more...)

GLEE, WAITRESS Star Jenna Ushkowitz Visits the Broadwaysted Podcast
by Broadwaysted - Aug 7, 2017

Don't Stop Believin' Broadwaysted Fans...this week we are thrilled and full of...glee...because we're sitting down for some drinks and some laughs with the incredible Jenna Ushkowitz! (more...)

Ruth Eckerd Hall On The Road Presents JONNY LANG at the Palladium Theatre on 1/8
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2017

Ruth Eckerd Hall on the Road Presents Jonny Lang at the Palladium Theatre in St. Petersburg on Thursday, January 11 at 8 pm.  Tickets go on sale Friday, August 11 at 10 am.  Jonny  is on tour in support of his new album, Signs that will be released on September 8 via SayRai/Concord Records. The album (hissixth major label release) is his first in four years.  For a complete list of tour dates and information on VIP tickets, please visit www.jonnylang.com. (more...)

BWW Interview: From Argentina to the Streets Of New York: Matt Farcher Returns to MSMT
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Aug 5, 2017

'It has been a very cool year for me!' Matt Farcher exclaims, as he reminisces about the last twelve months since he made his Maine State Music Theatre debut as Che Guevara in Evita last summer. The actor, who will star as Jack Kelly in the upcoming production of Disney's Newsies that begins performances at Brunswick's Pickard Theater August 9, has had a very busy and artistically stimulating year - 'working back to back shows for most of the time' - appearing as the Beast in Beauty and the Beast and in his role debut as Jack Kelly at the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, PA. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at DI AND VIV AND ROSE at Stephen Joseph Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2017

Three women are thrown together in their late teens. They are very different people, but it isn't long before they're living in each other's pockets. Life is a blast, and together they can do anything. But life also has unexpected plans for themÂ… (more...)

BWW Review: Beautifully Poignant FUN HOME Tour Moves Into OC's Segerstrom Center
by Michael Quintos - Aug 4, 2017

Riveting, powerful and beautifully poignant at every step, FUN HOME—the Tony Award-winning musical based on Alison Bechdel's 2006 autobiographical graphic memoir—is one of those rare, great stage musicals that represents an astonishingly unique point-of-view that is somehow miraculously universal and inclusive at the same time. Armed with a moving, deeply personal story that's filled with heartache and heartbreak, yet with still plenty of room to be profoundly heartwarming, the musical's truly excellent national tour production continues performances at Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa through August 6. (more...)

Taylor Grey Released Official Video for 'Miami'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2017

Emerging music sensation, Taylor Grey has released the official music video for her most recent single, “Miami.” (more...)

ELboy80 & Melodic Jaye Share 2-Track 'Time Splash' EP
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2017

Up next on SOA Music sees ELboy80 & Melodic Jaye unleash yet another sublime two track EP called 'Time Splash', which ozzes with a vast amount of heavy Tech House vibes. (more...)

BWW Feature: Broadway's Ricky Ubeda and Amy Yakima Give Advice To This Season's Contestants of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE
by Gianluca Russo - Aug 21, 2017

As anticipated, season 14 of So You Think You Can Dance is rounding out to be a talented-packed hit. From contemporary, to ballroom, to hip hop, we can't wait to see this phenomenal group of dancers knocked it out of the park. Behind the glitz and glamour, however, is an intensive and exhausted rehearsal process each week. Having been through it themselves, Broadway's Ricky Ubeda, season 11 winner of SYTYCD, and Amy Yakima, season 10 winner, chatted with us about their advice for newcomers and how the show changed their entire life. (more...)

BWW Interview: Janaya Jones and SDMT Take Us Back to the 90's
by E.H. Reiter - Aug 2, 2017

Janaya Jones talks about PUMP UP THE VOLUME: A MUSICAL 90'S PALOOZA at San Diego Musical Theatre and reminisces about some of her favorite things from the 90's. (more...)

Scoop: INSECURE on HBO - August 2017 Episodes
by TV Scoop - Aug 2, 2017

Get all the scoop on INSECURE on HBO - August 2017 Episodes (more...)

Utah Shakespeare Festival Presents HOW TO FIGHT LONELINESS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2017

Modern-day husband and wife Brad and Jodie are at a life-changing crossroads and struggling to make a monumental decision about their life and love. First workshopped at the Festival in 2016, How to Fight Loneliness is full of insight and angst as the characters search for their own answers to difficult questions. (more...)

King Kullen Celebrates Family Fun Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2017

Summer days spent with family are priceless. Since August is Family Fun Month, King Kullen, Long Island's original family-owned supermarket, has put together suggestions for enjoying the season of sunshine. Add trying something new to this summer's bucket list. Whether it's a new recipe or activity, everyone in the family can join in on the fun. (more...)

'It's The Ship' Reveals Phase 1 Line Up with Headliners Yellow Claw and Krewella
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2017

After months of speculation and excitement, Asia's Largest Festival at Sea, It's The Ship, today (17th August) reveal their first phase line up. (more...)

Smith and Wesley Crack the Top 25 with 'The Little Things'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2017

Powerhouse duo Smith & Wesley are proving their staying power as they cracked the Top 25 for the first time with their latest single, 'The Little Things.' The corresponding music video premiered on The Heartland Network and has received well over 700,000 views on the Smith & Wesley Facebook page. (more...)

Nona Hendryx & Gary Lucas Reimagine Beefheart Repertoire On New Album
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2017

The World of Captain Beefheart is a comprehensive overview oof the man also known as Don Van Vlie's towering legacy, re-imagined and infused with new blood by vocalist extraordinaire Nona Hendryx and avant-guitar legend Gary Lucas (more...)

Science Channel Premieres MYSTERIES OF THE ABANDONED: CHERNOBYL'S DEADLY SECRETS, 8/21
by TV News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

This investigation is chronicled in a special episode of the Science Channel series, MYSTERIES OF THE ABANDONED: CHERNOBYL'S DEADLY SECRETS, premiering Thursday, August 31 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. (more...)

Greenbrier Valley Theatre to Present Fun-Filled Musical THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES: DREAM ON
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Greenbrier Valley Theatre, the State Professional Theatre of West Virginia, is proud to bring you the fun-filled musical The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On. (more...)

The Voice Finalist Koryn Hawthorne Releases Debut EP 'Koryn Hawthorne'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2017

The acclaimed singer and former 'The Voice' finalist Koryn Hawthorne unveils her eagerly-awaited debut project today, collaborating with a lineup of hitmaking producers/songwriters, including Warryn Campbell, Bernie Herms, and more! Check out 'Won't He Do it' (Remix) and 'Speak The Name' from Koryn's EP below. (more...)

Rock Royalty Black Star Riders To Visit Parr Hall With Team Of Special Guests
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2017

Rock royalty Black Star Riders will be calling in to Parr Hall in November as part of a tour to celebrate the release of their third studio album Heavy Fire. (more...)

LORD ARTHUR SAVILE'S CRIME Opens 8/16 at Peninsula Players Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2017

???????Lord Arthur, a pillar of Victorian society, is about to marry the lovely Sybil Merton, his childhood sweetheart, and is deliriously happy at the start of Peninsula Players Theatre's forthcoming comedy, "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime," by Constance Cox, based on a story by Oscar Wilde.  Laughter will fill the theater-in-a-garden August 16 through September 3 while Lord Arthur takes the stage with his muddled murder attempts.   (more...)

Cristin Milioti, William Jackson Harper to Lead Zoe Kazan's AFTER THE BLAST for LCT3
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2017

Eboni Booth, Will Connolly, William Jackson Harper, Ben Horner, Cristin Milioti, David Pegram, and Teresa Yenque will comprise the cast of the LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater production of AFTER THE BLAST, a new play by Zoe Kazan, to be directed by Lila Neugebauer.  (more...)

BWW Review: The Â"HartÂ" of Theater Beats for Peregrine's CHICAGO
by Kristen Morale - Aug 10, 2017

When the unconquerable Billy Flynn and the ensemble sing of that "old razzle dazzle," they sing of corruption and deceit - of wicked things turned into truth when presented in just the right light. Under the pretense of being decent in a world of easy exploitation and unremorseful women, Billy's smile is a falsity he doesn't care to hide - his performance as showy as the lights which illuminate the stage. Transforming the lives of the potentially dead murderesses of Chicago into a form of entertainment for the masses is manipulation at its core - it is just one of the reasons Kander and Ebb's Chicago has remained one of our favorite musicals for so long. Now, we can all be grateful for Peregrine Theatre Ensemble's current production of the longest running American musical in Broadway history, happening right in the heart of Provincetown. (more...)

New Live Action Sketch Comedy Show For Kids Coming from SNL's Kenan Thompson
by TV News Desk - Aug 1, 2017

ay announced that it has partnered with Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live, Nickelodeon's All That, Kenan and Kel) to create an all new live-action sketch comedy for kids. (more...)

British Rock Legends UFO To Release First Ever Covers Album 'The Salentino Cuts'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2017

British rock legends UFO offer up their first ever covers album paying homage to a dozen of their personal favorites! “The Salentino Cuts” includes several unexpected choices such as Mad Seasons's “River Of Deceit,” John Mellencamp's “Paper In Fire,” and Bill Withers' “Ain't No Sunshine” alongside more traditional but nonetheless thrilling versions such as The Yardbirds' “Heartful Of Soul,” ZZ Top's “Just Got Paid” and lots more! (more...)

Ozzfest Meets Knotfest Announces $99 Two Day Ticket and Free Friday Pre-Event
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2017

This year's OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST--Saturday, November 4 (OZZFEST) and Sunday, November 5 (KNOTFEST) at Glen Helen Amphitheater And Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, CA--will once again kick off with a special campers only pre-event concert. (more...)

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