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Breaking Through - 2015 - Los Angeles


BREAKING THROUGH is told through the eyes of a young, talented singer/songwriter, as she tries to navigate the treacherous shark-filled waters of the music business. She embarks on a compelling journey to find her way back to her authentic self and in the process rediscovers the music that truly makes her alive. BREAKING THROUGH features a score by Emmy award-winning songwriter and producer Cliff Downs ("The Voice," "American Idol,"), and Katie Kahanovitz (Girls Night Out Pop Radio), with a book by Kirsten Guenther (Mrs. Sharp, 2008 Richard Rodgers Award-winner; the upcoming Benny and Joon). BREAKING THROUGH originated as a HOTHOUSE staged reading at The Pasadena Playhouse.


Pasadena Community Playhouse

(Pasadena, CA)
39 S. El Molino Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101


by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2020
The 23rd Beijing Music Festival (BMF), held annually each October, promises to be the most special and unusual one yet.
by TV News Desk - Sep 4, 2020
There’s something to be said about the ingenuity it takes to put a group of great musicians together in a great room to record great songs and having them all coming together in one take.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2020
Last week, Kevin Lyman (Founder of the Vans Warped Tour, USC Professor, and CEO of the Kevin Lyman Group and Unite the United) and Trevor Swenson (Dynamic Talent International) announced a new and timely one-of-a-kind event, The ADAPT Conference. Today, they have announced The ADAPT Unemployment Scholarship.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2019
Art House Productions has announced the 2019-2020 cohort of its INKubator Program. INKubator is a year-long generative process for a select group of 6 playwrights in residence at Art House Productions. This year's playwrights are Kev Berry, J. Julian Christopher, Alyssa Haddad, Christopher-Rashee Stevenson, Leila Teitelman, and Colin Waitt.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2019
Councilmember Gilbert A. Cedillo, First District, will present his 6th Annual FREE Latin Jazz & Music Festival on Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. a?" 8:30 p.m. in Sycamore Grove Park, 4702 N. Figueroa Street (between Avenue 49 and Woodside Drive), Los Angeles, CA 90042. Learn more at or call 213-473-7001.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2019
Crystal Lisbon began and ended her time as artistic director of Hackmatack Playhouse directing her favorite shows. A longtime actor, director, and choreographer, Lisbon got to tackle a?oeWest Side Storya?? in 2015 during her first season directing at Hackmatack, a theater she had worked and performed at since she was 17. And last month, as she brought her time as artistic director to a close, Lisbon got to direct another longtime favorite, a?oePeter and the Star Catcher.a??
by TV News Desk - Sep 16, 2019
Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed a worldwide deal to represent the entire song catalog of global superstar Rihanna
by TV News Desk - Oct 4, 2019
Dim Mak boss Steve Aoki joins Will Sparks on festival-ready single 'Send It.' By incorporating Aoki's vocals over a tech-leaning production, the duo bring a much welcomed update to the Melbourne Sound that Sparks helped establish.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2019
Theatre Row has announced the recipients of the first-ever Kitchen Sink Residency, its most ambitious initiative yet, designed to nurture smaller, emerging performing arts companies
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2019
Keen Company announces new accessibility programs for blind or low vision patrons for the acclaimed production of Brian Friel's Molly Sweeney starring Paul O'Brien, Pamela Sabaugh and Tommy Schrider, directed by Keen's Artistic Director Jonathan Silverstein. Performances for the limited Off-Broadway engagement of Molly Sweeney will continue through November 16th only. 
by TV News Desk - Oct 24, 2019
Breaking through the glass ceiling of dreamland and into a disorienting realm of nightmare noir, 'Will My Dreams Be Electric Tonight?' is the new cut from Leeds five-piece Household Dogs.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2019
Alessandra Corona Performing Works returns to the Theatre St. Jean Baptiste with a program of works by four choreographers: Alessandra Corona, Maiya Redding, Isaies Santamaria Perez, and Manuel Vignoulle, Saturday & Sunday, October 26 at 7:30 PM and October 27 at 6:30 PM
by TV News Desk - Oct 2, 2020
Zephyrus, the new EP from acclaimed brother-sister duo The Oh Hellos, is set for release on October 16.
by TV News Desk - Oct 18, 2019
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced today the first wave of recipients to receive the Virtuosos Award presented by UGG®, an honor created to recognize a select group of talent whose noteworthy performances in film have elevated them into the national cinematic dialogue. Awkwafina (The Farewell), Taron Egerton (Rocketman), Florence Pugh (Midsommar), and Taylor Russell (Waves) will receive the award on Saturday, January 18th, which will be moderated for the tenth year by Turner Classic Movies host and IMDb special correspondent host Dave Karger. The tribute will take place at the historic Arlington Theatre during the 35th Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2020
Theater Breaking Through Barriers Artistic Director Nicholas Viselli today announced the Third Virtual Playmakers' Intensive: INUNION, scheduled for October 19th through November 1st, on YouTube nightly at 7:30pm or Facebook at 8:15pm, via ZOOM.
by TV News Desk - Oct 15, 2020
Julie Byrne and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma have shared "Love's Refrain," a collaboration featuring lyrics and vocals from Byrne and music from Cantu-Ledesma, for Mexican Summer's Looking Glass series. 
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2019
Alessandra Corona Performing Works returns to the Theatre St. Jean Baptiste with a program of works by four choreographers: Alessandra Corona, Maiya Redding, Isaies Santamaria Perez, and Manuel Vignoulle, Saturday & Sunday, October 26 at 7:30 PM and October 27 at 6:30 PM. 
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2019
Alessandra Corona Performing Works returns to the Theatre St. Jean Baptiste with a program of works by four choreographers: Alessandra Corona, Maiya Redding, Isaies Santamaria Perez, and Manuel Vignoulle, Saturday & Sunday, October 26 at 7:30 PM and October 27 at 6:30 PM. Part I of the performance will show works by choreographers Redding, Perez and Corona, each presenting a 10-minute vignette with the possibility of developing a future full production for Corona Performing Works. Part 2 features W2! (Women Too!), choreographed by noted choreographer Manuel Vignouelle.
by TV News Desk - Nov 7, 2019
Hip-hop sensation Lil Tecca joins MTV's SnowGlobe Music Festival lineup, North America's premiere New Year's destination experience, taking place in South Lake Tahoe, C.A. on Dec. 29-31, 2019. Lil Tecca also is a 2020 MTV PUSH Artist, taking over a full month during the first quarter of 2020, with exclusive performances, and custom never before seen content.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2019
Comedian, author and, most recently, idiot who agreed to be tortured on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!, Shappi Khorsandi is a woman of many parts, but live comedy is where she's in her element. Following her 2019 tour, which included a sold-out 7 night run at Edinburgh's Fringe Festival, Shappi is delighted to be extending her tour in to 2020 with a further 12 dates announced between February and May next year.
by Faeron Wheeler - Nov 16, 2020
We are reaching the end of 2020 and we could probably all use a really good laugh! That's why we're chatting to Nicola Date, one of the comedians who will be entertaining the audience at COMEDY NEAR THE LESS FLIPPEN COLD SEA at Masque Theatre.
by Derek McCracken - Nov 10, 2019
Set in contemporary Ballybeg, Ireland, the image-laden story of MOLLY SWEENEY commands our attention as we listen closely to visualize what is being described to us from contrasting perspectives. In words and movement, the measured cadence of this economically directed nested narrative metes out minor revelations, each shedding a little more light on how agency and ambition create conflict in an ocularcentric society.
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2020
IAMA Theatre Company has named playwright Ryan J. Haddad as the 2020 recipient of the Rhimes Unsung Voices Playwriting Commission. The commission, sponsored by award-winning writer and producer Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy, Scandal), was created to help grow and nourish budding playwrights and artists.
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2020
Theater Breaking Through Barriers today announced their first-ever Virtual Playmakers' Intensive. This unique online workshop will feature the world premiere of seven original works, created by and for TBTB artists and written exclusively to be performed on the Zoom conferencing platform.
by TV News Desk - May 12, 2020
Quibi today ordered critically-acclaimed sketch series 'ALTERNATINO' from series creator, writer and star Arturo Castro ('Broad City,' 'Narcos,' 'Flipped') and Comedy Central Productions.  
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2020
Sing for Hope today announced it has launched a new initiative called 'SingforHopeGrams' to bring moments of music and connection directly to people's lives while providing employment for artists from Broadway, opera, and more as the world's stages remain dark due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The premise is simple: a professional musician personally calls and performs for the designated recipient, brightening their day through music and interaction.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2020
The Global Theater Initiative invites all theatres, individual artists, institutions, and audiences to celebrate the 59th annual World Theatre Day on March 27, 2020. Each year, a renowned theatre artist is invited by the International Theatre Institute Worldwide in Shanghai to craft an international message to mark the global occasion.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2020
Theater Breaking Through Barriers today announced that the scheduled revival of Brecht on Brecht, directed by TBTB Artistic Director Nicholas Viselli and scheduled for a limited Off-Broadway engagement beginning April 25th at Theatre Row, would be postponed until the Fall.
by TV News Desk - Mar 16, 2020
Other Lives are set to release their long-awaited new album For Their Love on ATO Records on April 24, and today the band shares their new single “Hey Hey I.” The track comes via a striking black-and-white video shot in the A-frame house studio in the Oregon mountains where the band recorded For Their Love. “The video is a reflection of the recording process of the album, that took place in the A-frame in the woods,” says frontman Jesse Tabish. “We wanted to portray this process in a natural, organic way, without telling a story but rather showing glimpses of us working together as well as coming together with friends.” 
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2020
Arts journalist and editor Mark Blankenship announced the debut of The Flashpaper: Theatre's Thoughts on Right Now, a new journal dedicated to the urgent ideas of contemporary theater artists.
by TV News Desk - Jun 17, 2020
HBO will present Paul Rudnick's comic satire COASTAL ELITES, featuring an all-star cast playing characters from New York to Los Angeles coping with politics and the pandemic.
by TV Scoop - Jun 11, 2020
Get all the scoop on Upcoming Storylines for ONE MAGNIFICENT MORNING, airing on THE CW on Saturday, June 13, 2020!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2020
The show must go on a?" outdoors!  For the first time since early March, The Ridgefield Playhouse will be doing its first live performance.  American Idol Finalist Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon and Award-winning comedian Christine O'Leary will headline a fun night of stand-up comedy and music on Saturday, July 25 at 7pm. 
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2020
Theater Breaking Through Barriers Artistic Director Nicholas Viselli today announced the Second Virtual Playmakers' Intensive: Voices from the Great Experiment, scheduled for August 3rd through 10th, on YouTube nightly at 7:30pm or Facebook at 8:15pm, via ZOOM.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2020
Atlanta's Alliance Theatre has announced the productions of the Alliance's 52nd season. This season, the Alliance is reimagining how to gather, where to take the stage, and how a story comes to life.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2020
An Iowa teen has spent the last three months in virtual rehearsals for Hemophilia: The Zoomsical, as featured in The Gazette.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2020
Fyah Roiall (pronounced 'royal') is one of Jamaica's most exciting rappers at the forefront of the emerging 'grimehall' sound (also sometimes referred to as 'traphall'), a new forward-facing subgenre of Jamaican music that combines American trap, UK grime, and dancehall.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2020
Guerilla Opera's thirteenth season of live performances ended as soon as it began, but the company has not been silent. Here are their most recent upcoming events, new initiatives they've launched and ways to interact with the Guerillas that are truly interactive.
by TV News Desk - Jul 13, 2020
With 'Praise You', his second single on Virgin Records Germany, British artist Harrison releases his own interpretation of the song by the same name by Fatboy Slim.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2020
Baruch Performing Arts Center will present a work-in-process presentation of Siachen from April 30-May 2, 2020 at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue (25th Street between Third and Lexington Avenues), NYC. Tickets are $11-$26 and can be purchased online at
by TV News Desk - Jan 30, 2020
Indie heroes Embrace have announced their first three albums will be reissued on vinyl for the first time since their original release. The titles—The Good Will Out, Drawn From Memory and If You've Never Been—are available through UMC on March 6th for the UK, with the latter two being released through Craft Recordings on March 20th for North America. The vinyl format of these have been long out-of-print since their original release, making them in-demand for collectors and fans alike.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2020
Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) has announced the lineup for the 2020 Ted Snowdon Reading Series.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2020
The Kimmel Center Cultural Campus, along with Resident Company support from Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and The Philadelphia Orchestra, celebrates Women's History Month in March 2020 with an array of programming honoring a breadth of female artistry and expression. Additionally, in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, Philadelphia and Drexel University's Vision 2020's 'Women 100' National Women's Equality Initiative will host a series of events, including the Seat at the Table FREE and interactive exhibition, opening in March and running through September in the Kimmel Center's Commonwealth Plaza.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2019
FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents The On Broadway Dream Connector Showcase. Broadway's Rema Webb (upcoming production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Unmasked, Disney's Hercules, Escape to Margaritaville, The Lion King, The Book of Mormon, Violet, The Color Purple) has long believed in the power of dreams. She's chased them, caught them, and made them real - challenges and fears be darned. For some time now, she's also been committed to helping young aspiring performers realize the power of their own dreams through her non profit organization.
by TV News Desk - Dec 18, 2019
With 3-day loyalty passes having sold-out in just a few days, pioneering new festival experience SAGA is proud to announce the latest batch of names joining an already star-studded billing in Romania next summer. The latest lineup announcement is headlined by the one and only Tiësto. Cementing a reputation as an icon of the industry worldwide, the multi-platinum selling DJ & GRAMMY-winning producer has pioneered several pivotal landmark moments for dance music throughout the course of his hugely successful career to date, and will mark a Romanian summer exclusive with his SAGA performance.
by Little Known Facts w/ Ilana Levine - Dec 16, 2019
Ryan J. Haddad is an actor and writer, he is gay and he has cerebral palsy. All of these facts about this extraordinary star of the Netflix series 'The Politician' are part of Ilana's deep dive conversation with Ryan in her latest episode of Little Known Facts. Listen as they discuss his upcoming one man show, Falling for Make Believe (Joe's Pub, January 8-17, 2020), and so much more!
by TV News Desk - Aug 5, 2020
From playwright and screenwriter Paul Rudnick and directed by Jay Roach, HBOa??s socially distanced comedy Coastal Elites debuts Saturday, September 12 (8:00-9:30 P.m. ET/PT).
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2020
Dutch producer Vato Gonzalez has linked up with grime artist Yizzy on new single 'Two Two Riddim', out 21st August.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2020
The trailer for HBO's Coastal Elites has been released! This brand-new special tells stories of breaking down and breaking through in the summer of 2020 that are funny, searing, poignant and now.
by Kaitlin Milligan - Aug 16, 2020
While Broadway is shut down, many theater fans are itching to see their favorite stars perform. Luckily, there are many new television shows premiering that feature your favorite stage performers.