Ahmanson Theatre:

book: Bruce Sussman; lyrics: Bruce Sussman; music: Barry Manilow; dir: Tony Speciale.


Forrest Theatre

(Philadelphia, PA)
1114 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
by Alan Portner - Feb 9, 2020
FOREVER PLAID is a delightful stroll down memory lane for you. This new production designed at Musical Theatre Heritage inside Crown Center is a hoot and one of those “best in kind” experiences.
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - Feb 9, 2020
you might expect on March 3rd. The book, written for ages 9-12, is entitled IF WE WERE GIANTS, and written by musician Dave Matthews of the Grammy Awarding Winning Dave Matthews Band and Clete Barrett Smith (Known for his Disney Hyperion middle-grade series The Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast).
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2020
Plaid is the new black at Curtain Call Theatre with their upcoming production of Stuart Ross' internationally acclaimed musical, Forever Plaid. a?oeI literally just bought my first ever plaid shirt,a?? Director/Choreographer David Costa shared. a?oeThere's a whole lot of plaid going on around here.a??
by David Green - Feb 7, 2020
In the 1960s, Collins evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 55-album body of worka?"and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century. The McCallum Theatre will welcome folk-music legend Judy Collins, with special guest Kirsten Maxwell, at 8:00pm, Tuesday, Feb. 25.
by Alyssa Biederman - Feb 7, 2020
What is exceedingly special about the Wilma's production is that all storytelling elements work together in perfect harmony to create a visually stunning, entertaining and thought-provoking production. 
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2020
Exploring the breadth and depth of American dance, Segerstrom Center for the Arts is pleased to announce a diverse lineup of programming this Spring. It all begins with the World Premiere of American Ballet Theatre's new work from ABT Artist-in-Residence Alexei Ratmansky titled Of Love and Rage.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2020
Primal Forces will present an outrageous new comedy A Funny Thing Happened...on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City, written by Halley Feiffer, runs February 7 through March 1 at The Sol Theater in Boca Raton. Tickets are $40-$45; Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 8pm and Sunday matinees are at 2pm. For more information or call 866-811-4111.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2020
Beigel's Bakery, which has made more than 100 million black-and-white cookies since opening their first store in 1949, is pairing up with a new Off-Broadway play A BLACK AND WHITE COOKIE, a provocative new drama about racial harmony, which will run at the Theater for the New City March 26 - April 12. The pairing comes about as New York is battling surging anti-Semitism. The famed bagel maker will be sponsoring the show by handing out hundreds of their signature black and white cookies in an effort to raise visibility of the timely new show and its important and unifying subject matter.
by Audrey Morabito - Feb 20, 2020
“This—something, life and...breath?” my friend read as she tried to decode my jumbled mess of notes while I drove us home from the show. “Oh no,” I answered, 'that says, 'This musical lives and breathes.” That short phrase is the most indicative of my experience at ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, a show whose movement, melodies, and people formed together before us, seemingly as a new animate creature. A tale of “two worlds never meant to meet”, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND delivers a 90-minute sung-through litany of joyous song, dance, and storytelling.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2020
Performing Artservices, Inc. will present a new production of eL/Aficionado by the late American composer Robert Ashley, to take place at New York Live Arts, May 21-24, 2020. Written in 1987 and last performed in 1995, eL/Aficionado (72 minutes) is an opera scored for four voices and an orchestra of electronic instruments. Mezzo-soprano Kayleigh Butcher will sing the lead role of the Agent, a part originally written for baritone (Thomas Buckner). The other vocalists are Bonnie Lander, Paul Pinto, and Brian McCorkle. Music direction and sound design are by Tom Hamilton, and lighting and stage design are by David Moodey.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2020
The Charlotte Symphony (CSO) announces details for the 2020a?"21 season, Christopher Warren-Green's eleventh as Music Director. From symphonic masterworks by Beethoven and Mahler to the entertaining Pops Series, movies-in-concert, family favorites, and performances throughout the community, the CSO's 2020a?"21 season reaffirms its strong commitment to serving as Charlotte's symphony through diverse and compelling programming, exceptional live concert experiences, and deep engagement with the community.
by TV News Desk - Feb 19, 2020
Portland-based artist AC Sapphire will release her debut EP Omni Present (pre-order). Today AC Sapphire shared the official video for 'Desert Stars' from the forthcoming release with WXPN The Key. About the single WXPN The Key says,' Inspired by the surrealism and sense of wonder found in the desert, AC Sapphire channeled the unique energy she saw in that environment into song, while mourning the ability to share it with those who are no longer with her. The irreverent video that accompanies “Desert Stars” captures the ethereal desert experience as interpreted by AC Sapphire and Mabel Albright the clown.' AC Sapphire adds, ''Desert Stars' is dedicated to three dear friends of mine that have passed. The song was written for one them, the video was inspired by one of them and the video was filmed in the location of an art piece made by one of my dear friends that have passed. I want to dedicate 'Desert Stars' to anyone who is  going through the grief of losing a loved one.” 'Desert Stars' is available to share now at Soundcloud and will be on all streaming services this Friday. 
by TV News Desk - Feb 19, 2020
In an age when independence is idolized and every person seems to be seeking their own lone wolf career path, Seattle-based roots band Western Centuries believe that the way forward is better together. Collaboration, inspiration and mutual admiration are what Cahalen Morrison, Ethan Lawton, and Jim Miller cite as the heart of their project. Western Centuries are set to release their third album, Call the Captain—a tongue-in-cheek reference to the band's lack of hierarchy—on April 3rd via Free Dirt Records. Yesterday, Billboard premiered “Heart Broke Syndrome,” the album's first single and one of the two tracks on Call the Captain which include guest vocals from the King of Broken Hearts himself, Nashville songwriter and entertainer, Jim Lauderdale. “This song, written for a close friend, talks about the recovery process when the sudden loss of someone innocent and dear brings on grief so severe that it induces physical symptoms requiring medical attention,” says Miller, a founding member of roots-jam band Donna The Buffalo and lead vocalist on “Heart Broke Syndrome.” “The last verse tries to project some hope; that our community of family and friends can help provide strength to get through the dark time.” Fans can hear “Heart Broke Syndrome” here and pre-order Call the Captain here. 
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2020
EXIT Theatre has announced the winners of our 2020 San Francisco Fringe Festival lottery. Held on Saturday, February 15, at 2PM, in front of a live audience of Fringe fans, and streamed on Facebook Live, we pulled the names of festival applicants from the official 'Fringe Bucket.' The San Francisco Fringe Festival, in accordance with CAFF (Canadian/North American Association of Fringe Festivals) principles, is non-curated and open-access, with performers from multiple disciplines invited to apply. Altogether, EXIT Theatre drew a total of 48 companies as performers and waitlist for the 29th annual San Francisco Fringe Festival, running September 10 - 19, 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2020
National Sawdust, the Williamsburg music incubator and non-profit performing arts space, with support from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, has announced the winners of its third annual Hildegard Competition for emerging female, trans, and nonbinary composers: Flannery Cunningham of the USA, Jimena Maldonado of Mexico, and Sonja Mutić of Serbia.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2020
This spring and summer artists at Joe's Pub a?" a program and venue of The Public Theater a?" will shine a light on the breath of Latinx art. This group of artists explore music styles with roots in Mexico, Chile, Cuba, the afrolatino traditions of the Caribbean, and more. Seasoned ears will be able to discern the influence of a myriad of traditions while newbies will be granted delightful access to the nuances under the Latinx umbrella at Joe's Pub.
by TV News Desk - Feb 18, 2020
Today, West Virginia Public Broadcasting premiered Miss Tess' Mountain Stage performance of 'True Flood,' a track which features Lake Street Dive's Rachael Price, from her recently-released LP The Moon Is An Ashtray. Miss Tess, who performed to a sold-out Mountain Stage crowd with her band The Talkbacks, had this to say about the song: “This tune started with a bass line. I was at a songwriting retreat on a rustic island in the middle of a lake in New Hampshire, fooling around on my guitar. I started making a basic demo and wanted to experiment with an interesting vocal harmony, so I asked Rachael (Price) to come over to my cabin to sing it with me, knowing she would be the perfect duet partner. Rachael and I have been friends and musical soul sisters ever since we started sharing a Boston apartment in 2005 as a result of a Craigslist ad. We have a very similar singing background, and used to have a band together (The Sweet & Lowdown). When it came time to record she came down to Nashville and we cut the vocals live in the studio, both singing into the same vintage RCA mic.”
by Valerie-Jean Miller - Feb 18, 2020
Cleverly and wittingly written, not only the book, but the intricate, explanatory and humorous lyrics to the ten musical numbers written for the show with wonderful vocal arrangements to match; Law and Order; The Musical, delivers the clues, the facts, the suspects, the crime and plenty of hilarity during this mock-up and laugh-a-minute parody spoofing the epic long-running TV drama.  The spiffy and caricatured choreography was an added bonus to the already lively, full of energy cast of characters we meet.  Being a long-time fan of the series, it was fun to mix and match the characters to the different actors you've seen playing those roles.   The woman behind all this creativity is Ilyse Mimoun, who plays one of the leads, and has written, directed and is executive producer of this brand new endeavor.  Kudos to the entire cast for mastering the extensive dialogue, lyrics, musical staging, choreography, and some really great harmony!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2020
The touring sensation that has crisscrossed the nation while delighting audiences for a decade, the hit-filled Happy Together package tour returns to The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas for one night only, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets starting at $40 go on sale at 10 a.m. on Feb. 24 and will be available at and at The Smith Center box office.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2020
Quartet 131 will be featured on the Arion Chamber Music Series on Friday February 21, 2020, from 8:00 - 9:30 PM. The concert will take place at Christ & St. Stephen's Church located at 120 W. 69th St., NYC. Tickets are $30. Students under 25 with ID are $15 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2020
Segerstrom Center for the Arts doubleheader evening of two performances by multi-Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant and the esteemed Aaron Diehl Trio on March 28, 2020. Performances will be at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. in Samueli Theater. Since winning the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2010, Salvant has evolved into one of today's most prescient forces in jazz She opens the evening with a fearless approach to art that transcends the conventional. Said Rolling Stone, 'Salvant is regularly and rightly considered one of the greatest jazz singers of her generation, but that label sells her short.' She is joined by her musical director and jazz piano virtuoso Aaron Diehl at the helm of his trio who then take Center stage as one of the preeminent interpreters of the Great American songbook.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2020
In the summer of 2016, Samite Mulondo began an artist residency at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ). Since then, Samite has performed musical concerts, mentored students, and taught in campus departments. He returns to the USJ stage with a family-friendly matinee, The Story of Mutoto, on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 at 1 p.m., followed by an evening concert with his band at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at or 860.231.5555 for $20-$14. Performances will be held in the Bruyette Athenaeum at the University of Saint Joseph, located at 1678 Asylum Ave. in West Hartford, Conn.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2020
IAMA Theatre Company presents the West Coast premiere of Found, a new musical inspired by Davy Rothbart's popular Found Magazine, which features scores of actual discarded notes and letters that have been 'found' in the real world by everyday people.
by Kathleen Anwar - Feb 17, 2020
Many American theater-goers have either read Little Women in High School, or seen the play, musical, or recent star-studded film.  When staging this show, the challenge therefore becomes- how do you keep it fresh and original?  Luckily for us, Dallas Theater Center has never had a problem with a lack of creativity, and they didn't start with this production of Little Women! 
by TV News Desk - Feb 17, 2020
Lauren Records has announced the new LP from Diners and unveiled the first single from “Leisure World” via the Ambar Navarro-directed (SWMRS, CUCO, Soccer Mommy, etc.) video for “Cup of Coffee.”....
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2020
Mark Cortale, producer of the acclaimed Seth Rudetsky Broadway Concert Series, will present Stephanie J. Block, this year's Tony Award® winning Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her title role in The Cher Show, performing live at the Parker Playhouse on Saturday, February 22 at 8 PM. The series, co-presented by the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, delivers intimate evenings of incredible music and hilarious conversations hosted and music directed by Sirius XM Radio star Seth Rudetsky, whom the New York Times dubbed 'The Mayor of Broadway.' Ms. Block follows her fellow Tony Award® winner Kelli O'Hara's recent January season opener. Next up on April 3 will be Santino Fontana, this year's Tony Award® winner as Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his starring role in Tootsie. For tickets and information, please visit and; by phone at 954.462.0222; in person at the Parker Playhouse box office Tuesday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and at the Broward Center's AutoNation Box Office in Holiday Park at 707 N.E. Eighth Street in Fort Lauderdale.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2020
The Center for Cultural Power, formerly CultureStrike, in partnership with 5050by2020 announced today the launch of The Disruptors Fellowship a?" a five-month program that will be awarded to ten artists of color who identify as trans and/or non-binary, disabled, undocumented and/or formerly undocumented immigrants.
by Michael Quintos - Feb 14, 2020
Fifteen years after its first production of the musical, Musical Theatre West revisits the Tony Award-winning musical RAGTIME for only its second time---smartly reviving the musical in a similarly lavish production that beautifully converges the show's classic staging and vibe with wonderfully integrated 21st Century tech upgrades that help elevate the material rather than hinder its storytelling. Under the enlightened direction of Paul David Bryant (who also provides the production's high-energy choreography), this brand new, spectacularly engrossing production bellows with an emotional fervor and is one of my favorite iterations of this musical I have seen in recent years. This local revival---which continues performances at the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts in Long Beach through February 23, 2020---is a feast for the senses.
by TV News Desk - Feb 14, 2020
Today, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Kerry Hart releases her debut album I Know A Gun. The album, which has already seen notable critical acclaim, has been met with enthusiastic fan response, with over 2M streams on Youtube, and well past half a million streams on Spotify and Apple Music. Today Hart is also spotlighting her new track 'Great Water' for fans. She describes the song as 'a modern hymnal, a worship song to the water, to the sky, and to the Great Spirit. It's an offering of one's burden on to the alter of Spirit, a pledge of faith to a higher power, a wider perspective. Within it, a potent lamentation, and a prayerful willingness to receive absolution.'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2020
Laurissa 'Lala' Romain has released her latest single that she wrote called, 'Tough Love', produced by Dan McEntee.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2020
Fairfield Halls in Croydon- one of the biggest arts centres in the UK, the largest in South London, and the largest multi-disciplinary arts and entertainment space in South London and the South East a?" will be offering an exciting new season of shows and events in the first half of 2020, including an eclectic mix of theatre, music, comedy and family entertainment. Croydon has just been named the London Borough of Culture 2023, and the venue will work closely with the council in producing a varied programme that inspires and includes local communities that shows 'This is Croydon'.
by Barry Lenny - Feb 13, 2020
Becca and Lou have created, and perform, a solid gold production.
by TV News Desk - Feb 13, 2020
Disney Junior's animated series 'Mira, Royal Detective' will premiere in the U.S. on FRIDAY, MARCH 20 (11:00 a.m. EDT/PDT on Disney Channel and 7:00 p.m. EDT/PDT on Disney Junior). Disney Channel India will also be premiering a sneak-peek that same day, followed by the series premiere on Sunday, March 22. Set in the magical Indian-inspired land of Jalpur, the series introduces a brave and resourceful girl named Mira, a commoner who is appointed to the role of royal detective by the queen. Following its premiere in the U.S. and India, the series will roll out worldwide in an estimated 160 countries on Disney Channel and Disney Junior platforms globally.
by TV News Desk - Feb 13, 2020
Grammy and Tony Award-winning vocalist, songwriter, author and actor Leslie Odom, Jr. has unveiled the music video for “Go Crazy.” 
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2020
The Cole Foundation has announced the latest grant winners for the Intercultural Conversations-Conversations Interculturelles (IC-CI) programme, created to motivate the production of professional theatre that features intercultural dialogue and introduces Montrealers to other cultural heritages and social realities.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2020
Pennsylvania Ballet begins the spring season with Artistic Director Angel Corella's first ever re-staging of the passionate and dramatic masterpiece La Bayadère. Visually and technically impressive, this iconicballet runs from March 5 - 15 at the Academy of Music.
by TV News Desk - Feb 13, 2020
The 35th annual Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival – the third longest running festival of its kind in North America – will present 11 award-winning and critically acclaimed films from around the world including Israel, Hungary, Mexico, Argentina, Germany and the United States.
by TV News Desk - Feb 12, 2020
Nashville rockers Country Westerns are excited to announce their self-titled debut album, to be released on May 1, 2020 via Fat Possum Records. American Songwriter broke the news of the signing and shared new track 'Gentle Soul,' calling it 'the band's not-so-subtle entrance to the Nashville rock scene' and praising its 'poetic punk rock sneer.' Hear 'Gentle Soul' HERE, and pre-order the album HERE.
by Gil Kaan - Feb 12, 2020
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and Four Larks have teamed up to present their world premiere of Four Lark's adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic FRANKENSTEIN, beginning February 12, 2020. In conjunction with the novel's 200th anniversary, the collaborative creative forces of Four Larks, headed by its co-founders Mat Sweeney and Sebastian Peters-Lazaro, re-imagine Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN to question the moral responsibility of each new generation. Mat managed to squeeze a few spare moments between rehearsals and being honored with his latest award to respond to my quizzical questions.
by TV News Desk - Feb 12, 2020
Bay Area bluegrass matriarch, Laurie Lewis, is no stranger to sharing a song and microphone with those lucky enough to share a stage with her, but not often does one catch that energy behind the closed door of a recording studio. Never one to back down from anything, Lewis called upon a number of her West Coast cohorts to bottle up these little jolts of collaborative lightning on her newest release, and Laurie Lewis. Out March 27th, Lewis's 13-track collection of duets isn't a release for release's sake, but a thoughtful contribution to the American music canon, honoring the relationships and friendships that have brought her to the present moment, and also supporting the young musicians who will help carry her legacy into the next generation. “There are things that you can communicate musically together, which are hard to put into words,” Lewis explains. “To have those conversations with people I love and who have been so significant throughout my career is a beautiful thing.”
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2020
The New York Youth Symphony (NYYS) continues its 2019-2020 season with a performance by the 17-member NYYS Jazz ensemble on Monday, March 9, 2020 in two sets at 7:30pm and 9:30pm, at Dizzy's Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, led by Director Andy Clausen. Titled Celebrating Charlie Parker @ 100, and featuring saxophonist Steve Wilson, the performances pay homage to Charlie Parker's centennial, musical legacy, and bebop innovations with selections by Parker, Wilson, Bennie Moten, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, and more. NYYS Jazz will also give the world premiere of the NYYS First Music commission In the Shadow of Tall Giants by Devin Reilly.
by TV News Desk - Feb 12, 2020
Cannery Casino Hotel will bring various top entertainers to The Club in March, including “Mad Dogs & The Englishman – Tribute to Joe Cocker,” funk band WAR, R&B and jazz singer-songwriter Jeffrey Osborne and rock bands LIT & Marcy Playground. Guests can also enjoy free live entertainment at Pin-Ups Bar throughout March.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2020
American Blues Theater, under the continued leadership of Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside, announces the winner of the 2020 Blue Ink Playwriting Award is Recent Unsettling Events by Andrea Stolowitz. A staged reading of the play will be presented as part of the 2020 Blue Ink Playwriting Festival, along with new work by finalists Football Football Football Football (or I Love Lave Dash) by Kristoffer Diaz, The Mermaids' Parade by Gina Femia, and Crying on Television by R. Eric Thomas. The Blue Ink Playwriting Festival runs May 2-4, 2020 at 4809 N Ravenswood, Suite #126, in Chicago.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2020
Ego Actus Theatre Company today announced that it will present A BLACK AND WHITE COOKIE, a new play about racial harmony, written by Gary Morgenstein and directed by Joan Kane, March 26th through April 12th at Theater for the New City, 133 First Avenue.
by TV News Desk - Feb 11, 2020
The B.B. King Blues Band are thrilled to announce their new partnership with The B.B. King Estate. This joint venture now finds the two forces working together to bring the world The B.B. King Experience, the band's new working name. In addition to the upcoming world tour (dates listed below), the single 'Rock Me Baby' featuring George Benson, Tito Jackson and Claudette King will be released this summer.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2020
With music composed, script written and directed by Bongani Titana, Egoli is a musical theatre piece which follows one woman's quest for her husband.
by TV News Desk - Feb 10, 2020
LGBTQ artist Bridesmen just premiered a new track and visuals via Billboard. Entitled 'The Times' the powerful track depicts life as we know it and the trials and tribulations that we face every waking day.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2020
The York Theatre Company will present the Off-Broadway premiere of Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood, a song and dance celebration featuring the music and lyrics of the legendary Irving Berlin, with book by Barry Kleinbort (13 Things About Ed Carpolotti) and music direction by David Hancock Turner (York's Desperate Measures), directed and choreographed by four-time Tony Award nominee Randy Skinner (42nd Street, Dames at Sea, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, and Ain't Broadway Grand). Performances begin Friday, April 17, 2020 for a limited engagement through Sunday afternoon, May 17, 2020 at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). Opening Night is set for Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 6:45 p.m. Cast and creative team will be announced shortly.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2020
Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and WOW (Women of the World) Australia 2020 will present the critically acclaimed Spinifex Gum, a powerful and political musical snapshot of life in The Pilbara, for one night only in the Concert Hall on Sunday 5 April.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2020
Grand Rapids Symphony's popular Picnic Pops returns this summer with the pop/rock sound of Hanson plus the eclectic folk/classical crossover virtuosity of Kittel & Co., the smooth all-male vocal harmonies of The Doo Wop Project, and the joyful, infections world music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo all joining the Grand Rapids Symphony at Cannonbsurg Ski Area in July for the 2020 D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops.