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Let there be laughter! The first five books of the Old Testament get a good-natured ribbing in this hysterical tribute to all of those ordinary, everyday people who didn't make it into the Bible.

Unremarkable though they may be, these hardy Biblical bystanders somehow survive calamity after calamity in outrageous fashion, inventing some useful and practical devices along the way (including the Life Saver--the candy, that is), escaping enslavement in ancient Egypt and helping a young man named Cain find his redemption.


BWW Review: MY 80-YEAR-OLD BOYFRIEND World Premiere at Merrimack Rep
by Nancy Grossman - May 6, 2017

World premiere of MY 80-YEAR-OLD BOYFRIEND at Merrimack Repertory Theatre is based on the true story of Broadway singer/actress Charissa Bertels and her unlikely friendship with a decidedly older gentleman. The narrative is uplifting, the score floats along with the story like a raft on a lazy river, and the performer is delightful company. (more...)

Lulu Comes to Pawling for First-Ever Headlining Concert
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

Lulu's name is synonymous with rock and a whole lot of soul. She first burst onto the scene in the sixties at the tender age of 15, with the enduring mega-hit Shout. Since then she has topped the charts in every decade (working with everyone from Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash and The Beatles to Elton John, Sting, David Bowie and Paul McCartney) and also become an accomplished actress, in such notable works as the cult classic 'To Sir With Love' and legendary guest appearances on the BBC comedy, 'Absolutely Fabulous'. (more...)

BWW Interview: Sherry Vine & Joey Arias Chat About the Evolution of Drag and Their Stripped-Down New Show at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Troy Frisby - May 5, 2017

Between the two of them, drag icons Sherry Vine and Joey Arias have more than 50 years of performing experience combined. Not only that, but their working relationship and enduring friendship began more than 20 years ago. Though they've toured with one another around the world over the years, it's been a few years since they've teamed up for a big show in New York, where they first met. Thankfully, the legendary divas will reunite onstage in the city for a new show at Feinstein's/54 Below, as part of Garth Schilling's (also known as Miss Vodka Stinger) drag-themed Thursday night series called LATE NIGHT DRAG. The run will also include Cacophony Daniels, Marti Gould Cummings, Varla Jean Merman, Ray DeForest, RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE star Alexis Michelle, and Miss Vodka Stinger herself with the Martha Rayes. Prior to Vine and Arias' show, the pair pressed pause on their first day of rehearsal to speak with us over the phone about their individual careers, more than two decades of collaboration, and reuniting onstage in the city that brought them together. (more...)

Opening: THE NATIVES ARE RESTLESS returns to Hawaii Theatre thru May 6
by Anton Anderssen - May 5, 2017

They're back! Kumu Hula Patrick Makuakane and his award-winning dance troupe, Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu, are returning to the Hawaii Theatre for two performances only (May 5 and 6) of THE NATIVES ARE RESTLESS, a thrilling new reiteration of the troupe's iconic show that originally premiered in 1998. (more...)

Richard Tognetti AO Announced as the Recipient of the 2017 JC Williamson Award
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2017

Andrew Kay AM, President of Live Performance Australia, today announced that Richard Tognetti AO, Artistic Director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, will be the recipient of the 2017 JC Williamson Award.  (more...)

First Look: Steve Martin Covers June/July Issue of AARP The Magazine
by TV News Desk - May 31, 2017

Coming out of a decades-long hiatus from stand-up comedy, Steve Martin covers the June/July issue of AARP The Magazine with an article that talks about his return to that stage, family and keeping happy. (more...)

BWW Interview: Janique Charles On Joining THE LION KING
by Marianka Swain - May 25, 2017

Actress Janique Charles was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. She moved to the UK to join the touring cast of The Lion King in 2013, and is now playing Nala in the West End production. (more...)

Lookingglass Theatre presents the Return of MOBY DICK
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

Lookingglass Theatre Company concludes its 29th Season with its award-winning production of Moby Dick, adapted and directed by Ensemble Member David Catlin, from the book by Herman Melville, in association with The Actors Gymnasium. Moby Dick runs June 7 - September 3, 2017 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson. The Press Opening is Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW to Open Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park's 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

Shakespeare's raucous comedy The Taming of the Shrew opens Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park 2017 season on June 1st. (more...)

BWW Review: CAMELOT: Feeling Nostalgic for JFK
by Nancy Grossman - May 23, 2017

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston closes out the season with David Lee's adaptation of Lerner and Loewe's CAMELOT, a revision that hones in on the relationships among the three principals and retains the glorious score, while jettisoning considerable weight from the historically burdensome book. Producing Artistic Director Spiro Veloudos shapes the production with his vision for the 21st century, assisted by the virtuosic Music Director Catherine Stornetta and Rachel Bertone, whose choreography blends medieval style with modern dance steps. (more...)

European Literature Night to Land at Bohemian National Hall Next Month
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

European Literature Night (ELN) comes to Bohemian National Hall in New York City on June 2 from 7-10pm, with actors performing a curated selection of passages from fifteen exceptional literary works of fiction and poetry from across the European continent. The selected books will be available in a book fair along with other international titles. (more...)

BWW Review: THE OUTLIERS by Kimberly McCreight
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - May 22, 2017

THE OUTLIERS does a good job throwing readers into the mystery alongside Wylie. There is some messed up stuff going on, and she's in WAY over her head. The book also starts to answer a few questions--while at the same time handing readers even MORE questions. Do we have true answers at the end of book one? Do we have more lies due to the multiple webs of deceit still clinging to the pages? Who can we trust? We don't know, and neither does Wylie! (more...)

Hammer Strength Celebrates 25 Years
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2017

Hammer Strength, the world's foremost strength training equipment line, will host a strength training clinic from May 19-20 in Cincinnati, where the brand and its storied clinics were forged to celebrate 25 years of bringing athletic training and education to the athletic community. (more...)

NAM TAI PROPERTY INC. Reports Q1 2017 Results
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

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Francois van Coke to Headline ROCK IN MY TAAL Concert at Carnival City's Big Top Arena
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2017

ROCK IN MY TAAL promises to be the Afrikaans rock event of the year when it plays Carnival City's Big Top Arena next Saturday. Francois van Coke and his band, Die Gevaar, will share the stage with Die Heuwels Fantasties, Saarkie, National Incident and The Sweet Resistance at the concert. (more...)

BWW Interview: Snoopy Speaks! Houston's Own Ryne Nardecchia Explains THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SNOOPY
by Natalie de la Garza - Jun 7, 2017

Ryne Nardecchia - a product of the Humphreys School of Musical Theatre and recent Texas State grad - returns to Houston to play one of comics' most iconic characters and possibly America's most famous canine, Snoopy, in the Theatre Under the Stars production of THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SNOOPY. (more...)

WebLink Releases Member Benefits Management, Helps Associations More Easily Manage Membership Structures
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

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Re-Reading THE GOLDEN COMPASS as an adult: Does the love last???
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - Jun 30, 2017

Growing up, Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials was one of my all-time favorite series, surpassed only by The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I read both series again and again. The books shattered and broke me, but also filled my heart and took me away on dangerous, captivating adventures. (more...)

BRIC presents PILOBOLUS as Part of BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2017

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is pleased to present a free performance by the world-renowned and ever-creative dance company, Pilobolus, on Thursday, July 6. The performance will take place at the Prospect Park Bandshell (9th St. & Prospect Park West), is free to the public (with a suggested $5 contribution at the gate) and begins at 8:00 P.M. (more...)

New iGR study forecasts the Total Addressable Market and the Actual Deployments of Outdoor Small Cells in the U.S.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2017

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TheatreWorks Florida Announces Inaugural Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2017

TheatreWorks Florida is thrilled and proud to announce their inaugural 3-show season at their new theatre venue, Davenport Community Campus - TheatreWorks Florida Theatre! We are bringing our award-winning professional musical productions to the community of Davenport, FL and are so excited to share the magic of theatre with Polk County and all of Central FL. (more...)

BWW Review: National Tour of THE SOUND OF MUSIC Dazzles and Delights at Kennedy Center
by Jeffrey Walker - Jun 21, 2017

Is this a rave? You bet your favorite things it is! Refreshing, revived, and ridiculously entertaining, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, now playing at the Kennedy Center through July 16 is a dream come true. Director Jack O'Brien has breathed new life into this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic with vibrancy, an impeccable cast, and eye-popping designs set to delight audiences of any age. (more...)

BWW Interview: Barry Marder - The Comic Genius (Behind Many) Stands Up On Stage Himself (Sort of)
by Gil Kaan - Jun 21, 2017

The talented man wearing many hats (with a few noms de plume) - book author, late night talk show monologue scriber, stand-up comedian, and Jerry Seinfeld's maid (just kidding!); Barry Marder will mount the Audrey Stage of The Geffen Playhouse June 23 in LETTERS FROM A NUT BY TED L. NANCY, based on his book and produced by Jerry Seinfeld. (more...)

Carmen Cusack, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Matthew Morrison, Vanessa Williams, Solea Pfeiffer and More Set for SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM at The Hollywood Bowl
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2017

The Hollywood Bowl has announced the cast and creative team for a benefit performance of SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, conceived and directed on Broadway by James Lapine. (more...)

Full Casting & Creative Team Announced for LEGALLY BLONDE at The LEXington Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2017

The LEXington Theatre Company presents its third summer production, combining "Today's Broadway Stars and Tomorrow's Broadway Hopefuls." Lexington's own Laura Bell Bundy (Tony-Nominee for Legally Blonde), will be on hand to co-direct the show (schedule permitting), alongside The LEX Artistic Director, Lyndy Franklin Smith (A Chorus Line, The Little Mermaid). The production will feature the Tony-nominated original Broadway choreography, by Jerry Mitchell, recreated and adapted by Brooke Engen, (Gypsy, Hairspray) and Tiffany Engen (Legally Blonde). (more...)

BWW Interview: KINKY BOOTS' Blair Goldberg Talks Chipotle, Her Childhood on Broadway and Panic! at the Disco Heartthrob Brendon Urie
by Matthew Blank - Jun 15, 2017

A chat with KINKY BOOTS' Blair Goldberg, who made her Broadway debut as a child opposite Bernadette Peters in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. (more...)

Photo Flash: Lookingglass Theatre Company's Award-Winning Production of MOBY DICK
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

Lookingglass Theatre Company concludes its 29th Season with its award-winning production of Moby Dick, adapted and directed by Ensemble Member David Catlin, from the book by Herman Melville, in association with The Actors Gymnasium. Moby Dick runs June 7 - September 3, 2017 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson. The Press Opening is Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Mugadi Foundation Announces Michael O. Benefit Concert Event
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2017

The Mugadi Foundation, in association with Waynflete School, is proud to announce a Michael O. (Michael Odokara-Okigbo) benefit concert event 'ON MY OWN' to take place July 13, 2017 at the beautiful Westbrook Performing Arts Center in Westbrook, Maine. (more...)

BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Moves the Earth at Overture Center
by Scott Rawson - Jun 14, 2017

The opening Overture's combination of 'I Feel the Earth Move' flowing directly in to 'Jazz Man' set the audience's hook (more...)

Exclusive BWW Interview: David Winitsky & Creative Team of JEWISH PLAYS PROJECT at 14th Street Y
by Amy Oestreicher - Jun 14, 2017

'Why is this night different from all other nights?'  The Jewish Plays Project is known for putting bold, progressive Jewish conversations on world stages.  It made this Jewish playwright's dreams come true to do some 'kibbitzing' with the creative team of JPP's newest work. (more...)

BWW Review: RING OF FIRE Captivates at Syracuse Stage
by Natasha Ashley - Jun 12, 2017

Syracuse Stage ends its season with the jukebox musical Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash. The musical, created by Richard Maltby Jr. and conceived by William Meade with orchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff Lisenby, features the familiar and well-loved music of Johnny Cash. So, expect to hear hits such as “Ring of Fire,” “Get Rhythm,” “Going to Memphis,” “Jackson,” “I Walk the Line,” just to name a few. (more...)

Judith Butler, Julie Tolentino to Headline November BRIDGE PROJECT
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2017

Hope Mohr Dance has announced its seventh annual Bridge Project, the company's signature platform that approaches curating as a form of community organizing to convene interdisciplinary cultural conversations. (more...)

BWW Interview: Jennifer Gantwerker of THE PLEDGE at Brelby Theatre Company
by Jeanmarie Simpson - Jun 11, 2017

Jennifer Gantwerker is an Illinois native. She told me she made her theatrical debut at age eight in a summer camp production of Prejudice is an Ugly Color. 'There was definitely face paint and a candlelit performance of Imagine,' she said. She went on to graduate from the University of Southern California with degrees in Theater and International Relations. Having spent four years arguing cases for the nationally-competitive USC Mock Trial team, she said she 'ultimately decided to follow the career path that guaranteed her the smallest income.' (more...)

Guest Blog: Passport to China - Day 3
by Guest Blogger: Passport to Broadway - Jul 6, 2017

Last year, the American International School of Guangzhou converted an on-campus warehouse into a gorgeous 497-seat theatre. It still smells of fresh wood and polish. Yesterday we moved from the dance studio into the theatre for the remainder of our rehearsals. (more...)

Guest Blog: Passport to China Day 4
by Guest Blogger: Passport to Broadway - Jul 6, 2017

We've had a couple of challenging days, but we've also witnessed some breakthroughs among the cast. Acting is difficult, especially for students used to vocations in which there is one correct answer. It's easy to tell people they are singing the wrong notes; it's harder to tell them their intent isn't showing and expect them to fix it. It's also hard to remain alert and in character for nine hours on the eighth consecutive day of rehearsal. (more...)

Guest Blog: Passport to China Day #5
by Guest Blogger: Passport to Broadway - Jul 6, 2017

Today, the day of our performance, we delayed our start time by ninety minutes, and the extra sleep was nothing short of heaven. (more...)

Soho Rep. to Return to Walker Street with Two World Premieres
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2017

Soho Rep. has announced its 2017-18 season, which marks the return of the beloved New York City theater to the Lower Manhattan storefront it has called home for over 25 years. (more...)

BWW Review: Anoka's Lyric Arts Presents 'it's De-lovely' Anything Goes
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Jul 25, 2017

Anoka's Lyric Arts Main Street Stage returns this summer with the comedic and uplifting Cole Porter, Guy Bolton, PG Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse musical Anything Goes. First produced in 1934, In the Beginning of the Great Depression, Porter's memorable musical questions the country's status quo and then, the course of true love. Eighty two years later, the musical resonates with Porter's evocative lyrics from the title song: Good authors, too/Who once knew better words/ writing prose/ now use four letter words/ Anything goes/ truding in nude parties studios / Anything goes/ Why nobody will oppose/ Anything goes. (more...)

American Sephardi Music Festival Comes to the Center for Jewish History
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2017

Dynamic and diverse performances by world-class artists will be heard at the first American Sephardi Music Festival. (more...)

BWW Review: CLO's NEWSIES Out and On a Mission
by Dylan Shaffer - Jul 20, 2017

In a news story, the lede is the captivating opening paragraph, the exciting exposition that locks the reader's eyes to the text and incites them to continue on. The Disney musical Newsies finds its lede in leading paperboy Jack Kelly (Joey Barreiro), an unknowing hero who rallies his fellow paperboy troops to strike and protest Joseph Pulitzer's increased newspaper bundle cost of 10 cents. Delivering that with 1899 styles of dress, heavy New York accents, and large dance numbers, Mr. Barreiro and the cast of Disney's Newsies create a hot-off-the-press energized performance. (more...)

BWW Interview: Star Johnson of #BLACKGIRLJOY at NYMF
by Jamie McGonnigal - Jul 17, 2017

Now in it's 13th year, NYMF is ambitiously mounting 20 full productions of musicals and more than 30 concerts, readings and other events. Among those concerts is a showcase of music and lyrics by DC native Star Johnson. #BLACKGIRLJOY: STAR JOHNSON IN CONCERT will feature pieces from How to Quit Your Day Job (54 Below), Flattops and F Words (Kennedy Center), and other works created by Star. (more...)

Planetarium to Perform on THE LATE SHOW; 'Neptune' Video Debuts Today
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017

Planetarium, the first collaboration from the four musicians, unites Stevens' vocals, McAlister's beats, Dessner's guitar performance, and Muhly's instrumental compositions in a far-reaching musical journey: from lush piano ballads to rock anthems, classical cadenzas to electronic beats with Stevens' distinctive vocals providing a center of gravity. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with WHATEVER YOU SAY, DON'T SAY IT TWICE at Tmu-na Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2017

The show 'Whatever You Say Don't Say it Twice' is composed of two pieces. The first is 'Cassandra' and the second 'Whatever You Say Don't Say it Twice'. Both creations are duets- two men and man and woman. (more...)

Cincinnati Bell Inc. to Combine with Hawaiian Telcom and OnX Enterprise Solutions
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2017

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BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY Being Big, Groundbreaking and Beautiful in Israel
by Ronit Suzan - Aug 6, 2017

The highly anticipated hit musical of the Israeli summer Hairspray finally premiered and revealed a most professional and joyous production that was definitely worth waiting for. (more...)

BWW Review: THE WHITE HOUSE MURDER CASE at Holden Street Theatres – The Studio
by Barry Lenny - Aug 14, 2017

You'll need to be quick if you want to see the latest winning production by this exciting new company. (more...)

Opera Administrators Chosen for 2017 Hart Institute
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2017

The Dallas Opera is proud to announce the four distinguished professionals selected for the inaugural class of women opera administrators in the newly-expanded Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors and Administrators at The Dallas Opera: (more...)

BWW Interview: Lisa O'Hare and Bryce Pinkham Share Why It's 'Loverly' to Reunite for MY FAIR LADY
by Rachel Weinberg - Apr 28, 2017

Shortly before performances began for MY FAIR LADY at Lyric Opera, I had the opportunity to sit down with Lisa O'Hare (Eliza Doolittle) and Bryce Pinkham (Freddy Eynsford-Hill) for a conversation backstage at the opera house. O'Hare and Pinkham are no strangers to working together, as they both originated roles in the 2014 Tony Award-winning musical A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER. Pinkham in fact revealed that one of the reasons he signed on to MY FAIR LADY was to have a 'front-row seat' to see O'Hare's take on Eliza, a role she has performed previously in the West End and in a 2008 U.S. national tour. While dressed in street clothes but still wearing faces full of stage makeup, O'Hare and Pinkham chatted with me about what it's been like to reunite, why they're excited to be involved in this staging of Lerner and Loewe's classic musical, and how it feels to perform on the Lyric stage. Read on for excerpts from the conversation. (more...)

BWW Review: AN ACT OF GOD is a Hilarious Offering to Partake Of
by David Edward Perry - Apr 28, 2017

Laughs are bountiful in AN ACT OF GOD at Terrific New Theatre in Birmingham. (more...)

BWW Blog: Annalise Prentiss - ONCE UPON A MATTRESS JR. at Susquehanna Stage Company
by Guest Blogger: Annalise Prentiss - Apr 28, 2017

Most everyone knows the story of "The Princess and the Pea", but few know what actually happened. For instance, did you know that Princess Winnifred, from the Ragnarok Marsh Lilies, actually swam the moat to reach the castle? You'll learn about this and much more from Susquehanna Stage Company's next show, Once Upon a Mattress Jr.! (more...)

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