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by Don Grigware - Sep 26, 2019
Director Carla Cackowski is delighted to be making her Actors Co-op debut with this wonderfully ridiculous play. Recent credits include directing shows at The Second City (LA), Curious Comedy Theater (Portland, OR), and Stephnie Weir's one woman show, Vanona Ray at the Comedy Central Stage. She regularly tours around the world performing comedic improv with her two person show Orange Tuxedo. Recent tours include the Copenhagen International Improv Festival, the Vancouver International Improv Fest, and the Warsaw Improv Festival. Carla proudly serves on the Board of Directors at Kickstand Comedy, a non-profit theater that seeks to serve the needs of the community, providing programming and educational outreach that helps people laugh, connect, and thrive together. She is about to open The Mystery of Irma Vep - A Penny Dreadful at Actors Co-op on October 4.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2020
Lady Gaga is the new face of Valentino Beauty. The performer's first campaign for the brand's latest fragrance VOCE VIVA has been unveiled.
by Karen Bovard - Sep 15, 2019
I'm all for efforts to create new ensemble musicals in tune with our times. RIDE THE CYCLONE was composed in 2008 by Canadian artists Brooke Maxwell and Jacob Richmond, played at the Toronto Fringe Festival, and has bumped across Canada and the US (including New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and Seattle) since then, collecting a fan club as it goes. Funny and tuneful, it has a dark but intriguing premise, a theatrically spooky setting, and some strong musical moments. I just wish it traded less on tired stereotypes. Warning: spoilers ahead.
by Review Roundups - Oct 30, 2019
Mike Birbiglia's one-man comedy a?oeThe New Onea?? opened October 25 at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre. Following its Drama Desk Award-winning Broadway debut, a?oeThe New Onea?? will play the Ahmanson through November 24.
by Kaija Bonde - Oct 3, 2019
I had the chance to catch the SECT season opener, Mamma Mia!, last weekend and it was sensational! The cast, a great mixture of high energy women and men ranging in age from young 20 and 30-something newcomers to some SECT theatre mainstays, all came together and blew the roof off the Orpheum with this tribute to the Swedish mega-hit band. You can't help but sing (and dance) along to every song, because you know them all by heart.
by TV News Desk - Oct 3, 2019
Tying in with the upcoming October 11 release of the Freddie Mercury 'Never Boring' solo box set this week will see a brand new version of perhaps Freddie's most (in)famous solo video – for his single “Living On My Own” from his 'Mr Bad Guy' album, released on YouTube.
by Shari Barrett - Oct 28, 2019
Beginning on a basically empty stage with a large center rug and one wooden stool, Birbiglia begins by talking about the first thing he bought as an adult for his first apartment a?' a new couch - and how much he loved sleeping on it. As he gushes about how he loved being wrapped in its warmth, that little stool literally becomes his beloved, overstuffed companion where he reads, writes, eats and sleeps. That is until THE NEW ONE arrives and changes everything!
by Michael Quintos - Oct 16, 2019
For playwright Adam Bock's endearing new gay romantic comedy THE CANADIANS---now having its infectiously giddy World Premiere production at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa through October 20, 2019---the typical blueprint for the usual girl-meets-boy trope gets a fresh, heady spin and an inspired recast that elevates it higher that your average rom com. Sweet and endearing without having to be too sanitized for a mainstream audience, the play, overall, is simply a winning play that both straight and queer audiences can equally cheer for. Don't be surprised if even you shed a tear or two for its touching, absolutely satisfying climax.
by Brian Hilbrand - Oct 11, 2019
Fiddler on the Roof, currently playing through Sunday, October 13th at DeVos Hall. Making its way back to Grand Rapids, where it also began the second season back in October 1989, it is a musical with full of hits you know and love.  They include the opening musical number a?oeTraditiona?? sung by Tevye (Yehezkel Lazarov), the beautiful and moving a?oeSabbath Prayera??, a?oeSunrise, Sunset,a?? to the always funny and humorous a?oeIf I Were A Rich Mana??. These songs will be sure to have you singing along and popping into your head on the way out!
by Ron Bierman - Nov 6, 2019
Rafael Payare's honeymoon with the San Diego symphony orchestra has barely begun, but I'm ready to predict a long and happy marriage. His energetic and emotional conducting brought unexpected excitement to even an ultra-conservative program of Schumann, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. The opening Overture to Manfred by Schumann may have been the only piece quite a few regular concert-goers haven't heard often enough to be able to conduct themselves. Composed while Schumann was going through one of his bouts with mental illness, the overture is a stormy brooding affair, with romantic swelling waves of sound, perfectly realized in Payare's interpretation. The orchestra has never sounded better.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2019
Chapter NY is pleased to announce Eyelids Are our Thinnest Skin, Ann Greene Kelly's second solo exhibition at the gallery. The exhibition will feature a selection of recent drawings accompanied by two floor-based sculptures. With greater emphasis on Kelly's works on paper, this presentation will highlight this significant element of the artist's practice and its relationship to her sculptural forms. 
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2019
A decade into its celebrated programming of immensely popular raucous adult pantomime; Above The Stag Theatre is delighted to announce it's 2019 Christmas show PINOCCHIO: NO STRINGS ATTACHED. Above The Stag pantomimes have developed a cult following, blossoming into a staple 'must-see' for the theatrically adventurous and LGBT+ friendly, in London's Christmas calendar; - regularly selling out its entire fifty-performance runs.
by Michael Dale - Nov 19, 2019
'In this town you're either a slut or a snob, no in-betweens,' explains the put-upon wife of a local celeb racecar driver in Abbie Spallen's tryptic of character studies, Pumpgirl, now getting a very well-acted production at the Irish Rep.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2019
A decade into its celebrated programming of immensely popular raucous adult pantomime; Above The Stag theatre is delighted to announce it's 2019 Christmas show PINOCCHIO: NO STRINGS ATTACHED. Above The Stag pantomimes have developed a cult following, blossoming into a staple 'must-see' for the theatrically adventurous and LGBT+ friendly, in London's Christmas calendar; - regularly selling out its entire fifty-performance runs.
by Roger Catlin - Nov 12, 2019
Before he became the last president of Czechoslovakia - and the first president of the Czech Republic -- the famous Eastern European freedom fighter Václav Havel was a playwright. His works before the revolution spoke to issues arising from Soviet rule, as did the plays that followed it.
by TV News Desk - May 6, 2020
Today, Lady Gaga announced that her highly anticipated sixth studio album Chromatica will be released on May 29th via Interscope Records. 
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2019
Two drowned girls, a perilous love triangle, a mother-less child and a child-less mother. Chloe Whitehorn's new play tackles the rippling impact of loss and the repercussions of drowning in every way a person can drown. Mourning After the Night Before premiered as a one act play at the Alumnae Theatre's New Ideas Festival last spring where it was praised as "Beautifully and sensitively written, it's haunting, darkly funny and mysterious.' (Cat McKim, Life With More Cowbell)
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2020
National Sawdust's physical doors are still closed but, thanks to a generous grant from the Alphadyne Foundation, the mission of providing artists the resources and support they need to create and present new work continues with the Digital Discovery Festival, featuring over 100 artists from May through August.
by TV News Desk - Mar 4, 2020
French electronic duo, neumodel, have released the second video off of their upcoming debut record, Rock. The video premiered with BlackBook, praising, 'Black Block' offers a more dreamy, melancholic release, seemingly inspired through the likes of Massive Attack and The xx.'
by DC Felton - Mar 28, 2020
With a large amount of postponement and delays, Broadwayworld Des Moines is making a list of each theatre in Des Moines and the surrounding area. We will keep this update with information as it comes in. This article will also be pinned to the top of our Facebook page through the COVID-19 shutdowns until theatres can open again.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2020
Flaunt French electronic duo, neumodel, have released the second video off of their upcoming debut record, Rock. The video premiered with BlackBook, praising, 'Black Block' offers a more dreamy, melancholic release, seemingly inspired through the likes of Massive Attack and The xx.'
by TV News Desk - Mar 12, 2020
Every hour, an area the size of a football field erodes from Louisiana's wetlands - a delta filled with rich estuarine life that supports a robust commercial fishing industry, fertile oil fields and millions of migrating waterfowl. An infinitely complex ecosystem, the bayous of Louisiana are the cradle of the state's economy. Located at the base of the Mississippi, this key navigation channel allows THE PASSAGE of goods worldwide. Yet each year 25-square miles of land are lost forever, displacing its marine life, damaging local oil and gas industries and threatening the citizens of New Orleans. LAST CALL FOR THE BAYOU follows the lives of those experiencing these catastrophic changes first-hand to discover the difficulties of life on the bayou and capture a way of life on the brink of collapse.
by Charles Shubow - Jun 4, 2019
Everyman Theatre is presenting two plays in repertory: QUEENS GIRL IN THE WORLD and QUEENS GIRL IN AFRICA. Olney Theatre's wonderful MARY STUART could be labeled QUEENS GIRLS IN ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND.
by Valerie-Jean Miller - Jun 30, 2019
Luminario Ballet of Los Angeles is a very unique and valuable, strong and powerful Dance Company. They offered up two fantastic evenings of Dance, Song, Music and a Q&A, last weekend at Club Fais Do Do, and this past weekend at the Skirball Center, in conjunction with a Fashion Exhibit of Rudy Gernreich's '60s fashions that tied in perfectly with the 2nd dance piece presented that evening. The costumes used in 'Inscape,' were originally created by Rudi Gernreich at the same time the piece was set, in 1976. 'Choose Your Identity' June 16, 2019 The evening began with singer Tawny Ellis and her band, performing several selections from her new upcoming album release 'Love Life.' Dressed in a beautiful, flowing, lacy white dress, she looked like an angel and sang like one, playing her matching white Lap Steel and omni chord instruments with a passionate, down-to-earth country sound that was soothingly sultry, with lyrics that commanded your attention. She and her talented band played selections from her upcoming release; one of them being 'Pretend Love,' which was accompanied by a beautiful dance, choreographed by the Artistic Director, Judith FLEX Helle, performed by the incredible Kelly Vittetoe, an extraordinary soloist, en pointe, accompanied by David Tai Kim and Cory Goel. The strongest ballerina I have ever seen, (Ms. Vittetoe) that up-close; performing magnificently, with one of the most beautiful bodies, face and feet, ever. She is exquisite, and her two partners were also equally impressive. The exactness of technique performed by all three dancers was just heavenly. Up close and personal. What a treat!
by Shari Barrett - Jun 2, 2019
there is an excellent staging of Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, directed by Jack Heller as a visiting production at the Odyssey Theatre, presented by Dance On Productions in association with Linda Toliver and Gary Guidinger, that will allow you to forget how much time passes due to the skill of its playwright, understanding by its director, the brilliance of its cast, and most importantly, Joel Daavid's incredible multi-level scenic design which fills every possible inch of the stage with not only the two-room Kowalski apartment but also several outdoor spaces including a winding New Orleans-style wrought iron staircase leading up to their neighbor's front-door balcony. And from the moment I walked in and sat down, it was easy to hear all the audience accolades rightly being thrown Daavid's way.
by DC Felton - Jun 12, 2020
Recently, the term intermission has taken on a new meaning in the theatre community.  While we usually use it as a term to signify a break in a show, we have recently modified it to a break in theatre productions due to COVID19. While we may not be able to gather as a theatre community to sit in a theatre for a show, some theatres are getting creative in how they present shows this summer.  One of them is Des Moines Playhouse.  I attended a dress rehearsal of their socially distanced production of 'Love Letters,' which opens on June 12.
by Peter Nason - Jun 11, 2020
BWW Reviewer Peter Nason chooses the 101 greatest Motown songs from 1960-1994. See if your favorite songs or artists made the list!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2020
It is with great sorrow, The Company Theatre announces the death of their beloved co-founder, artistic director, producer, and friend, Jordie Saucerman, at the age of 66.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2019
This autumn, Candoco Dance Company is to collaborate with internationally renowned choreographer and designer Theo Clinkard and Joe Newman of Mercury Prize winning band alt-J. An unpredictable and anarchic performance set to a pounding, eclectic score, Hot Mess is danced amidst a striking design, as art installation meets dance piece. The explosive new work, by the company that continues to expand perceptions of what dance can be, will mark the first time Newman has written music for the stage.
by Karen Bovard - Jul 2, 2019
With a youthful, multi-racial cast of 30, the Guthrie's current production of GUYS AND DOLLS bolsters its reputation as a theater that can mount classics with flair, fidelity, and design excellence. The lyrics crackle, as ever, the singing soars, the casting features multiple body types and skin tones, and the design pops.
by Jade Kops - Jul 15, 2019
The intimate Brunswick Picture House's small stage cabaret CHEEKY CABARET brings the burlesque and circus element to the inaugural SYDNEY CABARET FESTIVAL.
by Natasha Ashley - Jul 15, 2019
The Merry a?" Go a?" Round Playhouse is now enchanting audiences with a breathtaking production of Grand Hotel the Musical. Director Brett Smock's productions often are memorable and this one is no exception. With the lavish set, spot on casting, and impressive choreography this production is one of the top productions I've seen presented at The Merry - Go a?" Round Playhouse.
by TV News Desk - Jan 22, 2020
Cindy Lee is the experimental-pop project from Patrick Flegel, the former lead singer of the iconic and much beloved art-noise band Women. Their (they use gender neutral pronouns) new album What's Tonight To Eternity is out on February 14th. 
by Chantal Kunst - Feb 9, 2020
After Broadway, The West End and Germany, Tina - De Tina Turner Musical has finally landed in The Netherlands. Opening on 9th of February at the Beatrix Theater Utrecht during a raging storm and heavy rainfall. This was meant to be, preparing the audience for the whirlwind which is this show. Explosive, forceful and leaving you in awe.
by Cindy Marcolina - Feb 7, 2020
It's very hard to distillate horror and put it on stage. Theatre works on the separation between audience and performers, and the surprising effects that one can successfully employ live in performance are relatively limited by the realistic nature of the mean, therefore companies usually only rely on well-timed but ultimately cheap jump-scares to achieve their frightening goals.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2020
The Boch Center and NV Concepts announced that electronic trio Above & Beyond will bring their Acoustic III Tour to the Boch Center Wang Theatre on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 8:00PM. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 10:00AM. Acoustic III, the group's third acoustic album, is set for release this summer on the band's Anjunabeats imprint and will be supported by a tour of some of the most prestigious concert venues in the UK and North America.
by TV News Desk - Feb 6, 2020
Smithsonian Channel will explore the evolution of weapons throughout history and how they changed the course of mankind in the new documentary series WORLD OF WEAPONS. Weapons comprise an ever-evolving arsenal that has transformed combat - helping build empires, destroy them and deter aggression. This ten-part series highlights some of the world's most important and innovative weapons and how and why they work, what problems they solve on the battlefield and give fresh insight into their role in history. Along the way, renowned international experts look at weapons and war as a way to explain human progress and how they may determine our fate. WORLD OF WEAPONS premieres Sunday, March 15 at 9 PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2020
Truth, lies, and power - the thrilling play Describe the Night by Rajiv Joseph has announced an extension at Philadelphia's Wilma Theater. Due to popular demand, the award-winning epic, directed by Artistic Director Blanka Zizka, will now run to February 22, 2020.
by TV News Desk - Dec 2, 2019
Following the announcement of his surprise new album release coming on 6th December 2019, JOHNNY LLOYD has revealed further details and full track-listing of 'Low Fidelity: Volume 1'. 
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2019
Truth, lies, and power - the thrilling play Describe the Night by Rajiv Joseph takes the stage at the Wilma Theater from Jan. 28-Feb. 16, 2020. The award-winning epic, directed by Artistic Director Blanka Zizka, explores the blurred lines between lies, history, and conspiracy theories as it traces the origins of Russian President Vladimir Putin's power.
by Nancy Grossman - Dec 14, 2019
The much-anticipated MOBY DICK (A Musical Reckoning), from the team that brought you NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 in 2015, has finally surfaced at the Loeb Drama Center of the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge. Based on the iconic American novel by Herman Melville, the three-and-a-half-hour-long musical endeavors to theatricalize about 40 of the book's 135 chapters, taking a much larger bite from the source material than the mere 70- page section of Leo Tolstoy's WAR AND PEACE adapted for THE GREAT COMET. Oh, would that Dave Malloy (music, book, lyrics, and orchestrations) and Rachel Chavkin (director, co-developer) had approached this project with such surgical skill, rather than casting the broadest of nets upon the waters.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2020
vState Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick Cultural Center, New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, and Above Art Studios present the inaugural New Brunswick HEART Festival on Saturday, August 15, 2020, from 3pm-7pm; hosted by New Jersey Radio Hall of Famer Bert Baron and Co-Founder of CPRLive, Sharon Gordon.
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Aug 4, 2019
Online pornography addiction, debt collectors, unhappy marriages and acute boredom. This is the bleak world in which Australian playwright Declan Greene's play Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography is set. As part of the Orange Tree's Directors' Festival, Gianluca Lello directs the UK premiere of a show of acute awkwardness and the blackest of humour.
by Charles Shubow - Aug 23, 2019
It is not often one opens a theater program and on page one sees a letter from composer Stephen Sondheim. I had the privilege of attending the joint Jason Robert Brown and Stephen Sondheim concert on June 24, 2019 at Town Hall in New York City to raise funds for 'Brady United Against Gun Violence' (see link below). It was a very moving evening of great theatrical music by two of this country's best composers.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2020
Dreams Beyond, Sverre Knut Johansen's fifth offering on the Spotted Peccary label, is a wondrous adventure through musical visions and sonic dreamscapes, inspired by the album's striking and surreal cover artwork created by Michał Karcz.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2020
'Blue Peter' legend Peter Duncan - a critically acclaimed Panto Dame, Writer and DIrector - is planning his biggest and best a?oeHere's One I Made Earliera?? challenge.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2019
Colm Feore will utter the first words on the Stratford Festival's newest stage, an echo of the inaugural performance in 1953, when Alec Guinness's opening speech in Richard III anticipated the a?oeglorious summera?? that was to come for Stratford. Feore, an internationally acclaimed stage and screen actor, is just one of a diverse company of accomplished actors who will present a repertory season of 15 productions in four remarkable theatres.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2020
Soapbox Gallery, the intimate Prospect Heights' performance space that grew out of the studio of sculptor Jimmy Greenfield, will present three nights of live streaming performances, each dedicated to adventurous electronic looping sounds paired with video narratives, The Sonic Vision Looping Festival, August 26 - 28 at 8 PM.
by TV News Desk - Apr 28, 2020
The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS) today announced the Nominees for The 24th Annual Webby Awards