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Jamaica is a musical with a book by Yip Harburg and Fred Saidy, lyrics by Harburg, and music by Harold Arlen. Harburg was blacklisted in Hollywood at the time of the writing of the musical. Set on a small island off the coast of Jamaica, the musical tells about a simple island community fighting to avoid being overrun by American commercialism.



Arlen's music parodies the popular form of Calypso, which was in vogue in the 1950s, largely as a result of the popularity of Harry Belafonte, for whom the musical was originally written. Belafonte withdrew from the production due to illness, and the musical was then tailored around the talents of Lena Horne.


Pop Reggae Music Artist Gia Yee Releases Self-Titled Solo EP, and Three New Music Videos
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2017

Gia Yee's newly released self-titled EP tracks and smooth reggae fusion artist stylings, have been getting a lot of attention, airplay, and enthusiastic reviews. The EP contains multiple exciting new tracks, including "NO EMOJI", "KARMA", and "QUE SERA", along with earlier single releases "ONE HEART", and "QUENCH THE FEAR". In addition to theses 5 reggae rooted tracks, an easy listening remix version of Quench the Fear, entitled "QUENCH YOUR FEARS" was added as a bonus, in hopeful anticipation of its inclusion in an upcoming soundtrack. (more...)

Simone Dinnerstein and A Far Cry Premiere New Philip Glass Concerto
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

In its 2017-18 season, the Grammy-nominated self-conducted chamber music collective A Far Cry joins pianist Simone Dinnerstein to premiere a new concerto for piano and strings composed for Dinnerstein by Philip Glass. In celebration of the composer's 80th birthday, select premiere performances of the concerto, paired with J. S. Bach's Keyboard Concerto in G minor, will take place in Boston, MA; New London, CT; at the Miller Theatre at Columbia University, NY; in Worcester, MA;  Palm Beach, FL; and at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. A recording of the work for Glass' Orange Mountain Music label is scheduled for release in 2018. (more...)

Shaggy and Tara Wallace to Host Image Entertainment Distinction Awards
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2017

For the past four years the Image Entertainment & Distinction Awards show has honored and highlighted influential celebrities, philanthropists, and business men and women who proudly serve their communities. (more...)

Double Edge Theatre Heads to L.A. for Encuentro Festival 
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2017

This November, Double Edge Theatre will tour to Los Angeles to perform music from Cada Luna Azul (Once a Blue Moon) at the 2017 Encuentro de las Americas ("Encuentro 2017"): Celebrating Dynamic Contemporary Latinx and Latin American Theatre. This international festival seeks to bring together Latinx and Latin American artists from across the hemisphere to share work, approaches, and methodologies with other theater makers in the pursuit of a common, multi-faceted understanding of the field at large. (more...)

Five Boroughs Music Festival presents Rolston String Quartet, 10/13
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2017

Five Boroughs Music Festival (5BMF) presents the Rolston String Quartet winner of the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition and current Quartet-in-Residence at the Yale School of Music on Thursday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. at South Oxford Space in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. The quartet performs Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 18, No. 3, Debussy's String Quartet No. 10, and Schumann's String Quartet Op. 41, No. 3. (more...)

Pegasus Opera Company present CELEBRATE PEGASUS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2017

Pegasus Opera Company honours the life of its founder Lloyd Newton and Black History month by staging Celebrate Pegasus! concert on Thursday 5 October at the Actors Church (St Paul's) Covent Garden, Bedford Street, London WC2E 9ED. The concert will be performed from 7.30-9.30pm with a reception following the concert. (more...)

FAFI D'ALOUR AND THE DELINQUENTS Continues SoHo Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2017

Darren Lee Cole, producing director of the not-for-profit, SoHo Playhouse recently announced the final round of selections for this year's Fringe Encore Series. This completes this year's selection of productions hailing from Adelaide, Brighton, Hollywood, Edinburgh and Winnipeg Fringe Festivals and takes place now through October 22, 2017. You are invited to escape into the wonderful world of Fafi D'Alour and The Delinquents, an evening of exquisite performance and sensual titillation. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Grace Jones & More Attend TIFF Premiere of GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI
by Walter McBride - Sep 14, 2017

Grace Jones and more attended the premiere of GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI at the Toronto Film Festival. Check out photos below! (more...)

C&W Communications Joins Major Relief Effort for Markets Affected by Hurricane Irma
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

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A Far Cry & Simone Dinnerstein to Tour New Philip Glass Concerto to Boston, NYC and More
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

In its 2017-18 season, the Grammy-nominated chamber music collective A Far Cry joins pianist Simone Dinnerstein to premiere a new concerto for piano and strings by Philip Glass. (more...)

Wild Belle Debuts Double A-Side 'Untamed Heart' b/w 'Morphine Dreamer'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

Celebrated brother and sister duo Wild Belle premieres a surprise double A-side single today featuring new tracks Untamed Heart and Morphine Dreamer ahead of their fall North American tour (more...)

Gorillaz Announces New Collection of Clothing and Accessories
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2017

In celebration of Gorillaz' September 16th headline set at the Meadows Music & Arts Festival at New York's Citi Field, G Foot—the new collection of clothing and accessories designed by Gorillaz co-founder Jamie Hewlett—will be setting up a blink-and-you'll-miss-it pop-up store September 15th and 16th in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. (more...)

Food Festival Vendors & Entertainment Announced for Wasatch Food Festival!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2017

???????Are you hungry yet? We are, because we're looking at a list of food vendors participating this year's Wasatch International Food Festival! Find your favorite (or soon-to-become-new-favorite?) below: (more...)

Basement Bhangra to Perform at SummerStage in Central Park for One Final Mic Drop
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2017

Basement Bhangra --the longest continuously running party in NY nightlife history and the most high-profile club night dedicated to South Asian music in North America--comes to an end of its 20-year run this August. (more...)

BLACK UHURU Comes to Fox Theater 9/26
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2017

Derrick "Duckie" Simpson the "Gong Gong Gullie" is the founder and leader for reggae's BLACK UHURU. Although going through numerous lead singers and musicians they have remained to be one of the most recognized and prolific reggae band for over 50 years. (more...)

FESTIVAL LATINO Returns to Genoa Park Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2017

Honored by an EXPY Award from Experience Columbus in 2016, Festival Latino is now in its 21st year and the largest Latin event in Ohio. (more...)

Broadway Meets Dreams in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM INTERPRETATION at Queens Library
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2017

New York's own Queens Library presents a fun and entertaining Dream Interpretation workshop, interspersed with live music performed by Broadway's Lauren Elder (Hair, Side Show), Composer/Lyricist Bobby Cronin (Mary & Max, The Cover) and Dream Interpreter Jefferson Harman (Star Dreams Cafe, Life Unedited Radio). (more...)

Emily Mure Comes to Falcon Ridge Folk Festival 8/4
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2017

New York City native Emily Mure has journeyed from playing concert halls as a classically trained oboist to busking as a singer-songwriter on the streets of Ireland. Her third album, Worth (releasing September 22), brings together all of her rich experiences as a musical traveler, spotlighting both her technical ability and gift for vulnerable, heartfelt songwriting.  Recorded last winter at Dimension Sound Studios in Jamaica Plain, Mass., Worth blends Mure's clear vocals with a variety of instruments – including strings, piano, organ, and ukulele. It also takes listeners through a complex collection of themes that aren't always easy to mine, such as coping with anxiety, saying goodbye to one's hometown, and learning to cultivate self-acceptance.  (more...)

Damian Marley Produces Single 'Eyes Are Up On You'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2017

Celebrating over 40 years in music, one of the most pivotal reggae bands of all time Third World will drop their new single 'Eyes Are Up On You' (out July 28, 2017) off their upcoming full-length album. The song and album are both produced by Damian Marley and will be released on Ghetto Youths International.  (more...)

Shows from Adelaide, Hollywood Fringe and More Slated for SoHo Playhouse's 2017 FRINGE ENCORE SERIES
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2017

Darren Lee Cole, producing director of the not-for-profit, SoHo Playhouse has announced the first round of selections for this year's Fringe Encore Series. The first set of productions hail from Adelaide, Brighton, and Hollywood Fringe Festivals and will take place between September 5 - October 22, 2017. (more...)

Pop Reggae Music Artist Gia Yee Releases Self-Titled Solo EP & New Music Videos
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2017

Gia Yee's newly released self-titled EP tracks and smooth reggae fusion artist stylings, have been getting a lot of attention, airplay, and enthusiastic reviews. (more...)

Second Menu of Dance Companies Announced for Rural Dance Touring Initiative
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2017

Second menu of dance treats from the Rural Dance Touring Initiative arrives at local venues this Autumn including the first show especially commissioned for village halls. (more...)

Jesse Royal Releases New Lyric Video for 'Always Be Around'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2017

Jesse Royal released the first single, “Always Be Around,” from his upcoming debut full-length on Friday, May 26. Two days earlier, the song premiered on Wednesday, May 24, via the Mass Appeal website. (more...)

2017 IAAF World Track & Field Championships from London Continue on Olympic Channel This Week
by TV News Desk - Aug 8, 2017

Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA continues coverage of the 2017 IAAF World Track & Field Championships from London, England, with action airing each weeknight at 8 p.m. ET. (more...)

FIAF Presents Nora Chipaumire's #PUNK at the Crossing the Line Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2017

As part of the 2017 edition of its acclaimed Crossing the Line Festival, the French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF), New York's premiere French cultural center, presents the US Premiere of Nora Chipaumire's #PUNK, Thursday, September 14 and Friday, September 15, in FIAF's Tinker Auditorium. (more...)

Photo Flash: Downtown Demimonde Turn Out For TRINKETS Opening Night
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2017

Fashion and nightclub icons turned out in force to celebrate the opening of their friend and colleague, Paul Alexander, and his new musical TRINKETS playing now at Gene Frankel Theater. Performances are on Aug 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12  & 16. Gene Frankel Theater is located at 24 Bond Street, New York. Tickets are $30 at Brownpapertickets.  212 777-1767. (more...)

Glance Technologies Provides Update on Cannapay Financial
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2017

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Phina Oruche Brings IDENTITY CRISIS to SoHo Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2017

British-Nigerian, former U.S. model Phina Oruche is bringing her highly acclaimed one-woman show IDENTITY CRISIS to New York City's historic SoHo Playhouse as a part of the 12th Annual Fringe Encore Series.  Identity Crisis is a comic tale that examines Oruche's own observations on what others have made of her black identity as she worked her way through being a fashion model, actress, radio presenter and writer in a world of fickle media. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased at SoHo Playhouse box office, online athttp://www.sohoplayhouse.com or by calling 212 691-1555.  Tickets are $24. Showtime varies. (more...)

Yosvany Terry and Baptiste Trotignon Team Up for ANCESTRAL MEMORIES
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2017

The blues born of slavery, the sophistication of the salon, chants and rhythms of the African diaspora transformed under French colonization in the Caribbean – those are elements Grammy-nominated saxophonist and composer Yosvany Terry and acclaimed Parisian pianist-composer Baptiste Trotignon forge into a suite for impassioned modern jazz quartet on “Ancestral Memories” (Okeh/Sony Music France). The CD releases in the U.S. onSeptember 5. (more...)

SoHo Playhouse Selects Full Slate of Shows for FRINGE ENCORE SERIES
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2017

Darren Lee Cole, producing director of the not-for-profit, SoHo Playhouse has announced the final round of selections for this year's Fringe Encore Series. (more...)

Introducing Elesia Iimura: The Australian/Japanese Singer Debuts New Song - COME FOR ME
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2017

Australia's latest sensation ELESIA iiMURA debuts her new single today 'Come For Me' featuring Assassin a.k.a. Agent Sasco. The song will drop 9/8 (via Orchard distribution) and is available now for pre-order.  (more...)

Five Boroughs Music Festival Season Features Concerts by Rolston Quartet, Lorelei Ensemble, ICE, UpBeat NYC, and TENET
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2017

Five Boroughs Music Festival (5BMF) announces programming for its 2017-2018 season, continuing its mission of bringing affordable, world-class performances of traditional and contemporary chamber music to all five boroughs of New York City. (more...)

URBANO ENCOUNTERS Exhibition About Creative Activism on View This Fall in Boston
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2017

Urbano Project will present Urbano Encounters, a retrospective exhibition chronicling Urbano's eight years of bringing together local youth and professional artists to create public participatory art projects as a catalyst for personal transformation, community cohesion and social change, September 21 - November 11, 2017. (more...)

Backstage Bite with Katie Lynch: Barrett Doss Whips Up Groundhog Crumbles!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 29, 2017

In this latest episode, we bring you a very special guest from Groundhog Day- Barrett Doss! For the recipe for Katie's Groundhog Crumbles, visit: www.backstagebite.com (more...)

Unruly Win Red Bull Culture Clash ATL; Jermaine Dupri & More Among Special Guests
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2017

The world's biggest music battle made its debut in Atlanta on Friday, August 25. Inspired by Jamaican sound clashes, the Atlanta installment took place at 787 Windsor and featured four of the top crews from around the globe (more...)

Neighborhood Concerts, Family Days and More Among Carnegie Hall's Fall 2017 Community Programs
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2017

Carnegie Hall's community and family programs for September, October and November include Free Neighborhood Concerts, kicking off this fall with classical, American roots, and Argentine music in Manhattan; island swing in Brooklyn; big band and Broadway hits in Queens; and Puerto Rican rhythms in the Bronx. The series, now in its 42nd year, brings established mainstage artists as well as rising stars of jazz, pop, and world music to communities throughout New York City. (more...)

NeON Arts Summer 2017: GOING PUBLIC Set for Tonight at Carnegie Hall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2017

On Monday, August 28 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., youth from across New York City will present original paintings, songs, films, beats, poetry and more in Carnegie Hall's Resnick Education Wing as part of NeON Arts, a program of the NYC Department of Probation (DOP) in partnership with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. (more...)

Lineup Announced for SoHo Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2017

Darren Lee Cole, producing director of the not-for-profit, SoHo Playhouse has announced the first round of selections for this year's Fringe Encore Series. (more...)

Longtime Broadcaster Jenna Wolfe Joins FS1's FIRST THINGS FIRST WITH CRIS CARTER AND NICK WRIGHT
by TV News Desk - Aug 25, 2017

As FOX Sports descends on New York City for the launch of its new early morning show, FIRST THINGS FIRST WITH CRIS CARTER AND NICK WRIGHT, the network makes a critical addition to its roster. (more...)

Showtek Reveal Official Music Video for 'Don't Shoot'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2017

Hot on the heels of their 2-track EP earlier this month, Showtek now unveil the music video for 'Don't Shoot'. (more...)

311: Announce '311 Day 2018' And New Fall Tour Dates
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2017

311 announced today, that '311 DAY 2018' will take place on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11 at Park Theater at Monte Carlo in Las Vegas. Pre-sales for the two-day event start on August 29 with the official on-sale starting August 31 (more...)

Nick Cannon's KING OF THE DANCEHALL Now Streaming on YouTube Red
by TV News Desk - Aug 2, 2017

Following its debut last year at the Toronto International Film Festival, KING OF THE DANCEHALL, produced by Nick Cannon's NCREDIBLE Productions, will make its debut on YouTube Red tomorrow, August 2 on Russell Simmons's All Def Digital channel. (more...)

Harlem Rep Extends THE WIZARD OF OZ Through December 16th
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

'The Wizard of Oz,' presented by Harlem Repertory Theater (HRT) and Yip Harburg Foundation, will not close August 20. It has been extended through December 16, 2017 due to continuing and steady audience interest. (more...)

Miller Theatre to Open 2017-18 Season with BACH + GLASS, Featuring Simone Dinnerstein & A Far Cry
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

In Miller's 2017-18 Season Opener, the acclaimed pianist and Bach specialist Simone Dinnerstein and Boston's self-conducted chamber orchestra A Far Cry (in its Miller debut) will perform the New York premiere of a new piano concerto that Glass has written especially for them. As a follow up to Bach + Glass, Simone Dinnerstein will perform a recital that pairs Glass with Schubert at Miller Theatre on January 18, 2018. (more...)

Creative Time Raises Artist Nari Ward's PLEDGES OF ALLEGIANCE Flag
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017

Creative Time has announced the hoisting of the third public artwork in the Pledges of Allegiance series, Breathing Flag by artist Nari Ward, which took take place today, August 14. (more...)

ELEGANT YOU TEA PARTY to Present Women of Purpose Award
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2017

The following esteemed Black Female Politicians, who have been and continue to be trail blazers will be honoured for their contributions to the political and social justice platforms in Canada. (more...)

BWW Interview: Ripton Lindsay talks WOMAD Takeover
by Rona Kelly - Aug 13, 2017

This weekend, WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) has brought a world of culture to the South Bank. Part of the National's River Stage series, acts such as beat boxer Grace Savage and musicians Afro Cluster have taken over the stage. As Sunday kicked off, BroadwayWorld thought we'd try our hands (and feet and hips) at some dance. Leading a Jus Dance session, Ripton Lindsay chatted to us about workshops, WOMAD and why he loves to perform. (more...)

Cast Complete for London Transfer of TROUBLE IN MIND
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2017

Today, Print Room at the Coronet announced the full cast for the London transfer of Alice Childress' Trouble in Mind. (more...)

Usain Bolt Races in the Men's 100m Opening Heats This Friday on NBC Sports
by TV News Desk - Aug 1, 2017

Usain Bolt will compete in the final meet of his illustrious career as NBC Sports Group presents nearly 100 hours of 2017 IAAF World Track & Field Championships coverage from London, England. An eight-time Olympic gold medalist, Bolt will run in the men's 100m opening heats this Friday, August 4, with live coverage beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. The men's 100m final will air within NBC's live coverage of the event this Saturday, August 5, beginning at 3 p.m. ET. Bolt is also expected to be part of Jamaica's team for the 4x100m relay, which will air within NBC's live coverage next Saturday, August 12, also beginning at 3 p.m. ET. (more...)

THIEVERY CORPORATION On Tour This Fall; Racquel Jones To Make U.S. Debut!
by TV News Desk - Aug 1, 2017

Following a thorough transatlantic tour playing festivals and headlining shows throughout Europe, THIEVERY CORPORATION will be returning to the U.S. to play a packed round of dates around the country (tour dates below). The band is very happy to announce the U.S. debut of vocalist RACQUEL JONES who co-wrote and sings on 'Letter To The Editor,' the first single and video from the latest album, The Temple of I & I.  The Jamaica-based artist will join Thievery Corporation at Red Rocks in Morrison, CO on Saturday, August 5th. (more...)

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