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Mama Foundation to Bring ALIVE! to The Dempsey Theater in Harlem This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2014

The Mama Foundation for the Arts presents ALIVE!, a celebration of a generation in song, featuring a full company of performers who are age 55 and over. (more...)

Mica Paris to Join CHICAGO UK Tour as 'Mama Morton' This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2016

David Ian, producer of the international award-winning musical CHICAGO, has announced that platinum selling singer, Mica Paris, will star as 'Mama Morton' when the show plays Sunderland Empire from 28 November to 3 December 2016 and Birmingham's New Alexandra Theatre for the Christmas season, from 12 December to 31 December 2016. (more...)

??????? A Play with Hat-titude: Theater Project Opens CROWNS, The Gospel Musical
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Expectations are high -- The Theater Project had previously produced CROWNS in 2010, so "In 2016, we expect to raise the roof at each and every performance in Maplewood," says artistic director Mark Spina. "The music in CROWNS makes you want to join right in - and people do!"   The production, made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, begins its four-week run September 29.   (more...)

Mama Foundation to Stage WE ARE! in Rep with ALIVE!, Begin. 10/11
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

The Mama Foundation for the Arts presents WE ARE!, an original family musical about and starring the acclaimed Gospel for Teens Choir. Conceived and written by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro (the creators of Mama, I Want To Sing), and directed by Mr. Wydro, WE ARE! will be performed (in repertory with other Mama Foundation musicals) at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 W. 127 St.) this Fall on the following dates: Saturdays, October 11 at 2 pm, Saturday, October 25 at 2 pm, and Saturday, November 8 at 2 pm. Tickets to WE ARE! are $35 and can be arranged by calling the Mama Foundation for the Arts at 212-280-1045, or online at SmartTix.com. (more...)

Mama Foundation Brings ALIVE! to The Dempsey Theater in Harlem Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2014

The Mama Foundation for the Arts presents ALIVE!, a celebration of a generation in song, featuring a full company of performers who are age 55 and over. Conceived and written by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro (the creators of Mama, I Want To Sing), and directed by Mr. Wydro, ALIVE! returns to The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 W. 127 St.) this Fall -- performing Saturday matinees tonight, October 4th and October 18th, November 1st, 15th and 22nd at 2 PM. (more...)

Mama Foundation Stages WE ARE! in Rep with ALIVE!, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2014

The Mama Foundation for the Arts presents WE ARE!, an original family musical about and starring the acclaimed Gospel for Teens Choir. Conceived and written by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro (the creators of Mama, I Want To Sing), and directed by Mr. Wydro, WE ARE! will be performed (in repertory with other Mama Foundation musicals) at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 W. 127 St.) this Fall on the following dates: Todays, October 11 at 2 pm, Today, October 25 at 2 pm, and Today, November 8 at 2 pm. Tickets to WE ARE! are $35 and can be arranged by calling the Mama Foundation for the Arts at 212-280-1045, or online at SmartTix.com. (more...)

Two Time Tony Award Winner Michael Blakemore to Direct the UK Premiere of THE LIFE Starring Sharon D. Clarke & Cornell S. John
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

Arriving in the UK for the first time, hit musical The Life makes its long awaited London debut, directed by the show's original Broadway director Michael Blakemore. (more...)

Mama Foundation Extends ALIVE! at The Dempsey Theater Into August
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

The Mama Foundation for the Arts will extend the summer engagement of their acclaimed musical production, ALIVE! The show, originally scheduled to close on July 25, will now extend through August 8 at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 West 127th  Street, between Lenox and Seventh Avenues). ALIVE! - from the creators of the worldwide musical sensation Mama, I Want To Sing! - is a musical celebration of a generation, featuring a full company of performers who are age 55 and over. The show was seen in a hit engagement last fall and an in-depth feature on CBS-TV's "60 Minutes" (available here). (more...)

Sian Reeves, Shaun Williamson And Ben Lewis Join Cast Of LOVE ME TENDER Tour
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2015

Adam Spiegel Productions, Robert G. Bartner and the Ambassador Theatre Group are delighted to announce the full cast for the UK and Ireland tour of "LOVE ME TENDER" - the new musical inspired by and featuring the music of Elvis Presley. (more...)

West End & Ireland's LOVE ME TENDER Announces Full Cast, Including Shaun Williamson
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2015

Adam Spiegel Productions, Robert G. Bartner and the Ambassador Theatre Group are delighted to announce the full cast for the UK and Ireland tour of "LOVE ME TENDER" - the new musical inspired by and featuring the music of Elvis Presley.  (more...)

New Musical WE ARE! to Receive Industry Workshop
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

WE ARE!, an original musical by the creators and producers of Mama, I Want To Sing, will have an industry workshop performance on Saturday, June 4 at 4:30PM at the Dempsey Theater, 127 West 127th Street (between Adam Clayton Powell Blvd and Malcolm X Blvd in Harlem). www.WeAreTheMusical.com. (more...)

Cissy Houston to be Honored at Benefit Gala for Harlem's Mama Foundation for the Arts, 6/16
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2014

Harlem's Mama Foundation for the Arts will celebrate its 15th Anniversary at its second annual Gala, which will take place at St. Martin's Cathedral (230 Lenox Avenue at 122nd Street) on Monday, June 16th from 6 - 9 PM. The special evening of food and entertainment -- which benefits Gospel for Teens, a program of the Mama Foundation for the Arts' School for Gospel, Jazz, and R&B Arts -- is graciously underwritten by Larry Scott and Lawrence Scott Events. Tickets for the Gala are $250.00 and $500 (VIP) and are now available by calling the Mama Foundation for the Arts at (212) 280-1045. (more...)

Theater Project Receives NEA Grant
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

The award-winning professional company The Theater Project has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to produce the musical CROWNS at its home base in Maplewood's Burgdorff Center for the Arts. Tickets, group rates and information are available at www.thetheaterproject.org. (more...)

Adam Sank to Star in MAMA, I WANT TO SING SHOWTUNES! at the Duplex, 6/19 & 6/27
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2014

For the first time ever, popular New York comic Adam Sank stars in his own cabaret show, complete with songs, comedy and humiliating childhood stories, at the legendary Duplex Cabaret Theatre in 'Mama, I Want To Sing Showtunes!' on Thursday, June 19 and Friday, June 27th at 7 p.m. (more...)

More Than LBJ! Meet the Full Company of ALL THE WAY, Opening Tomorrow on Broadway!
by Meet the Cast - Mar 5, 2014

All the Way, the new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, starring BREAKING BAD's Bryan Cranston, is currently in previews on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre. The production officially opens on Thursday, March 6, 2014 for a strictly limited engagement. The play is directed by Bill Rauch, Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where All the Way began its theatrical life. Scroll down to learn more about the full cast of ALL THE WAY, plus watch interviews with the company below! (more...)

Tony Award-Winning Actor Ben Vereen Brings a Night of Career Highlights to The Ridgefield Playhouse on 5/21
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2017

 The Ridgefield Playhouse and Ridgefield Magazine Broadway and Cabaret Series presents a night with the Legendary Tony Award-winning actor Ben Vereen on Sunday, May 21 at 8 p.m.  Ben Vereen's performances transcend time and are woven into the fabric of this country's artistic legacy. In this special evening, partially underwritten by Adam Broderick Salon and Spa,  you will take a whirlwind trip through Vereen's career and favorite songs - including numbers from Pippin (for which he won the Tony Award) and Jesus Christ Superstar, interspersed with loving and sometimes hilarious anecdotes about some of the Broadway greats he has worked with.  The night winds its way through various autobiographically-inspired segments.  Media sponsor for this special event is CPBN Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network. (more...)

Mama Foundation for the Arts to Present WE ARE! at Dempsey Theater on Saturdays
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2014

The Mama Foundation for the Arts presents WE ARE!, an original musical about and starring the acclaimed Gospel for Teens Choir. Conceived and written by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro (the creators of Mama, I Want To Sing), and directed by Mr. Wydro, WE ARE! is now performing in repertory on Saturday afternoons at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 W. 127 St.). Tickets to WE ARE! are $35 and can be arranged by calling the Mama Foundation for the Arts at 212-280-1045, or online at SmartTix.com. (more...)

Mama Foundation for the Arts' ALIVE! Now Playing
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2014

The Mama Foundation for the Arts announces their musical production, ALIVE!, a musical celebration of a generation featuring a full company of performers who are age 55 and over; at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 W. 127 St.). ALIVE! Is playing in repertoire with the Harlem Musical Theatre Series. Conceived and written by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro, and directed by Mr. Wydro. 'Real people, telling real stories!' The cast of ALIVE! is comprised of everyday, 'ordinary' citizens from all walks of life; people with amazing talent, who never realized their desire to perform live. Each cast member now taking center stage, proves that it's never too late to live a dream. ALIVE! features a unique blend of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop music - songs that served as a soundtrack for this generation. Through the music, and through authentic stories and testimonies, the ALIVE! cast tell how it used to be, and how life could be going forward . . . at any age. They are ALIVE! . . . and kickin.' (more...)

Elijah Ahmad Lewis, Musically Known as E, Releases New Single 'BELIEVE'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

On Friday, March 10th, Elijah Ahmad Lewis, musically known as E, released his new pop dance single 'BELIEVE' which is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3, Tidal and all digital music stores. (more...)

THE BOOK OF MORMON to Say 'Hello' to Detroit, July 1-13
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2014

Back by popular demand, THE BOOK OF MORMON, which played a record breaking two week run in 2013, returns for a limited engagement at the Detroit Opera House, July 1 through July 13, 2014. (more...)

Adam Sank Stars in MAMA, I WANT TO SING SHOWTUNES! at the Duplex Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2014

For the first time ever, popular New York comic Adam Sank stars in his own cabaret show, complete with songs, comedy and humiliating childhood stories, at the legendary Duplex Cabaret Theatre in 'Mama, I Want To Sing Showtunes!' tonight, June 19 and Friday, June 27th at 7 p.m. (more...)

Rebecca Naomi Jones, Shaina Taub and More to Lead Public Works' AS YOU LIKE IT Musical at the Delacorte
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2017

The Public Theater will kick off the 2017-18 season in September with a free Public Works musical adaptation of William Shakespeare's As You Like It, adapted by Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery, with music and lyrics by Shaina Taub, and the company has just been announced! (more...)

Adam Sank Returns to The Duplex with MAMA, I WANT TO SING SHOWTUNES: A ONE 'MO SHOW!, 8/14 & 21
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2014

In a return engagement at the legendary Duplex Cabaret Theatre, popular New York comic Adam Sank stars in his own cabaret show, complete with songs, comedy and humiliating childhood stories. (more...)

TRU & The Actors Temple to Host Writer-Producer Speed Date, 7/26
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2015

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU), in association with The Actors Temple, present the Writer-Producer Speed Date, The Art of the Pitch, on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 5:30pm and 6:30pm at a **NEW LOCATION: The Actors Temple, 339 W. 47th Street, NYC** If accepted into the program, the cost is $65 for TRU members and $75 for non-members (and yes, you can always join as a member to qualify for the discount - we'd like that). (more...)

Cast Complete for New Temptations Musical AIN'T TOO PROUD at Berkeley Rep
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2017

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced the full casting and creative team for the world premiere of AIN'T TOO PROUD-THE TEMPTATIONS MUSICAL. The musical stage production will be directed by Tony Award winner Des McAnuff. Berkeley Rep presents the show by special arrangement with Ira Pittelman and Tom Hulce (American Idiot, Spring Awakening). (more...)

Here They Come! Meet the Cast of MOTOWN, Returning to Broadway Tonight
by Meet the Cast - Jul 12, 2016

Motown the Musical returns to Broadway tonight, Tuesday, July 12 at The Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41Street) for a strictly limited 18-week-only engagement through Sunday, November 13, 2016. Scroll down to learn more about the company and watch highlights from the original production below! (more...)

Fisayo Akinade, Sharon D Clarke and Alex Hassell Join Caryl Churchill's PIGS AND DOGS
by Marianka Swain - Jul 1, 2016

Fisayo Akinade, Sharon D Clarke and Alex Hassell have been cast in Caryl Churchill's new 10-minute play PIGS AND DOGS. Rehearsals start on Monday 11 July 2016. Pigs and Dogs runs from Wednesday 20 July 2016 to Saturday 30 July 2016 in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs. Press night is on Friday 22 July 2016, 6.30pm. (more...)

THE BOOK OF MORMON to Say 'Hello' to Detroit, July 1-13
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2014

Back by popular demand, THE BOOK OF MORMON, which played a record breaking two week run in 2013, returns for a limited engagement at the Detroit Opera House, July 1 through July 13, 2014. (more...)

Audrey Brisson, Joseph Drake & More to Star in ROMEO + JULIET at Rose Theatre Kingston
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2015

Executive Producer Jerry Gunn today announces full casting for the company's production of Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet. Sally Cookson returns to theatre to direct Sharon D Clarke (Nurse), Matt Costain (Paris/Prince), Chris Bianchi (Friar Lawrence/ Montague), Audrey Brisson (Juliet), Joseph Drake (Romeo), Laura Elphinstone (Mercutio), Felix Hayes (Tybalt) and Javier Marzan (Peter). The production opens on 4 March, with previews from 28 February, and runs until 14 March. (more...)

VIDEO: Ciara Unveils Acoustic Version of 'I Bet'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2015

Grammy-winner singer Ciara just unveiled an acoustic version of her song, 'I Bet,' from her latest album. Check it out below! (more...)

T'Shan Williams, David Albury, and More Announced for UK Premiere of THE LIFE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2017

Full casting of the hit Broadway musical, The Life, includes John Addison (Jojo), David Albury (Fleetwood), Jalisa Andrews (Chichi), Matthew Caputo (Oddjob), Lawrence Carmichael (Snickers), Omari Douglas (Slick), Aisha Jawando (Carmen), Thomas-Lee Kidd (Bobby), Charlotte Reavey (April), Jo Servi (Lacy), Lucinda Shaw (Tracy), Johnathan Tweedie (Theodore), T'Shan Williams (Queen) and Joanna Woodward (Mary). They join the previously announced musical theatre stars Sharon D. Clarke (Sonja), who was recently appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 Queen's New Year Honours for services to drama, and Cornell S. John (Memphis). (more...)

TV One to Premiere All-New Season of R&B DIVAS LA, 2/11
by TV News Desk - Jan 26, 2015

TV One aims the spotlight on Wednesday nights with the season three return of its most watched series, R&B Divas LA premiering February 11th at 10PM/ET (more...)

Footloose, US X-FACTOR & CELEB BIG BROTHER House Mate, Stacy Francis First UK Solo Concert
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

The Hippodrome London, Club 11 London and Cole Kitchenn are excited to announce that Stacy Francis will be performing her first UK concert at the Hippodrome Casino, Leicester Square on 9th March 2017, 8pm. (more...)

BWW Interviews: VY HIGGINSEN Executive Director, The Mama Foundation for the Arts and Co-Creator, ALIVE! 55+ AND KICKIN'
by Marina Kennedy - Jan 15, 2015

Broadwayworld.com interviewed Vy Higginsen, Executive Director, The Mama Foundation for the Arts and Co-Creator, ALIVE! 55+ AND KICKIN' about her career and the show. (more...)

The Empress of R&B, Natasha C. Coward, to Play The Metropolitan Room
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

She is known as The Empress of Real R&B. With a vocal range that cause listeners to jump to their feet in awe Natasha C. Coward's amazing voice has been compared to the likes of Patti Labelle, Yolanda Adams, Aretha Franklin and the late Whitney Houston. From the moment you listen to her, you're captivated by a voice that stimulates the mind, body and soul. Natasha C. Coward is awakening musical souls throughout the music industry with her style and grace. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - February 2, 2016
by - Feb 2, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on February 2 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Broadway's Stacy Francis Becomes Latest 'Diva' on TV One's Unscripted Show
by TV News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

Stacy Francis, who starred on Broadway as 'Rusty' in 'Footloose' and 'Smokey Joe's Cafe' is now the latest 'Diva' on TV One's hit unscripted series, 'R&B Divas: LA'. (more...)

TV One Premieres All-New Season of R&B DIVAS LA Tonight
by TV News Desk - Feb 11, 2015

TV One aims the spotlight on Wednesday nights with the season three return of its most watched series, R&B Divas LA premiering tonight, February 11th at 10PM/ET, with an immediate encore at 11PM/ET. (more...)

HOLIDAY INN's Bryce Pinkham to Co-Host Zara Aina's 4th Annual BIG OL' FANCY PANTS Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Bryce Pinkham (Holiday Inn, Gentleman's Guide, Mercy Street) and Lucas Caleb Rooney (Red Speedo) will co-host Zara Aina's 4th Annual Big Ol' Fancy Pants Benefit on Monday, December 12, 2016. (more...)

Mama Foundation Musical ALIVE! Set for 60 MINUTES
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2014

The Mama Foundation for the Arts announces that its original musical ALIVE! -- a celebration of a generation in song, featuring a full company of performers who are age 55 and over -- will be profiled by Lesley Stahl in "60 Minutes" news segment which will air on CBS this Sunday, January 4th at 7:00 PM (EST). Ms. Stahl previously profiled The Mama Foundation's world-renowned Gospel for Teens program in a 2012 Emmy Award-winning feature. (more...)

Full Cast Set for World Premiere of A WOLF IN SNAKESKIN SHOES at Tricycle Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2015

Tricycle Theatre Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham today announces the full cast for the world premiere of A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes, by multi-award winning American playwright Marcus Gardley. Sharon D. Clarke and Lucian Msamati lead the company which also includes Adjoa Andoh, Ayesha Antoine, Michelle Bonnard,Wil Johnson, Karl Queensborough and Angela Wynter in the production which opens on 14 October, with previews from 8 October, and runs until 14 November.   (more...)

ALIVE! at The Dempsey Theater to be Featured on 60 MINUTES
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

The Mama Foundation for the Arts presents ALIVE!, a celebration of a generation in song, featuring a full company of performers who are age 55 and over. Conceived and written by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro (the creators of Mama, I Want To Sing), and directed by Mr. Wydro, ALIVE! returns to The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 W. 127 St.) this Fall - performing Saturday matinees on October 4th and 18th, November 1st, 15th and 22nd at 2 PM. ALIVE! will be profiled by Lesley Stahl in an upcoming "60 Minutes" news story that will air later this year (Ms. Stahl previously profiled The Mama Foundation's Gospel for Teens program in a 2012 Emmy Award-winning feature). Tickets to ALIVE! are $35 and are available by calling the Mama Foundation for the Arts at 212-280-1045, or online at mamafoundation.org (or through SmartTix.com). (more...)

Mama Foundation for the Arts to Stage Vy Higginsen & Ken Wydro's ALIVE! in Harlem, Starting This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

The Mama Foundation for the Arts proudly announces the return of their acclaimed musical production, ALIVE! From the creators of Mama, I Want To Sing! -- the worldwide musical sensation -- ALIVE! is a musical celebration of a generation, featuring a full company of performers who are age 55 and over; at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 West 127th Street, between Lenox and Seventh Avenues). (more...)

Harlem Records Release Gospel Album 'Hey Jude' Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2014

Harlem Records announces its first full-length album release. (more...)

Ben Vereen to Celebrate Career at Ridgefield Playhouse Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

The Ridgefield Playhouse and Ridgefield Magazine Broadway and Cabaret Series presents a night with the Legendary Tony Award-winning actor Ben Vereen on Sunday, May 21 at 8 p.m. (more...)

New Musical WE ARE! to Receive Pair of Industry Workshops This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

WE ARE!, an original musical by the creators and producers of Mama, I Want To Sing, will give two industry workshop performances, on Saturday, April 30, and Saturday, June 4 at 4:30PM at the Dempsey Theater, 127 West 127 Street (between Adam Clayton Powell Blvd and Malcolm X Blvd in Harlem). (more...)

Mica Paris to Lead UK and Ireland Tour of LOVE ME TENDER
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2015

Adam Spiegel Productions, Robert G. Bartner and the Ambassador Theatre Group are delighted to announce that award-winning singer and platinum selling artist MICA PARIS will star as 'Sylvia' in the UK and Ireland tour of 'LOVE ME TENDER' - the new musical inspired by and featuring the music of Elvis Presley. The tour will open on Friday 5 June 2015 at the Manchester Opera House. Full casting to be announced shortly. Full tour schedule below. www.LoveMeTenderMusical.com (more...)

Mama Foundation for the Arts Presents ALIVE!, Starting This Weekend in Harlem
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2015

The Mama Foundation for the Arts proudly announces the return of their acclaimed musical production, ALIVE! From the creators of Mama, I Want To Sing! -- the worldwide musical sensation -- ALIVE! is a musical celebration of a generation, featuring a full company of performers who are age 55 and over; at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem (127 West 127th Street, between Lenox and Seventh Avenues). After a hit engagement last fall and an in-depth feature on CBS-TV's '60 Minutes' (available here), ALIVE! will take the stage once again from today, April 11 to July 25. (more...)

Harlem Records to Release Gospel Album 'Hey Jude', 4/29
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

Harlem Records announces its first full-length album release. (more...)

Mica Paris To Star In LOVE ME TENDER UK Tour
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2015

Adam Spiegel Productions, Robert G. Bartner and the Ambassador Theatre Group are delighted to announce that award-winning singer and platinum selling artist MICA PARIS will star as 'Sylvia' in the UK and Ireland tour of "LOVE ME TENDER" - the new musical inspired by and featuring the music of Elvis Presley. (more...)

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