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Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco to Bring 'Why Would You Do That' Tour to Caesars Palace
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

Last year's Just for Laughs' Stand Up Comedian of the Year Sebastian Maniscalco continues to bring the laughs once again to Las Vegas with a highly anticipated stop of his "Why Would You Do That" tour at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Maniscalco is scheduled to perform Sunday, October 8. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, May 12 at noon PT. The event is presented jointly by AEG Presents and Caesars Entertainment. (more...)

Abrons Arts Center Announces Free Ticket Program for Veterans to Christina Masciotti's RAW BACON FROM POLAND
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

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Spencer Ludwig Releases Rac Mix For His Funky Pop Hit 'Diggy'
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2017

The Los Angeles-born, trumpeter, singer, producer and dancer releases the remix treatment from RAC for his funky pop hit,“Diggy.” (more...)

CD*NY Presents Memorial Day Weekend Contra and English Dancing Extravaganza
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2017

Country Dance*New York (CD*NY) is presenting a Contra & English Country Dance Extravaganza on Memorial Day Weekend (Friday, May 26 & Saturday, May 27, 2017) with live, high energy, unconventional, super psychedelic music by the six talented young musicians of Giant Robot Dance, considered among the best and most exciting contra dance bands in the U.S. (more...)

Sport For Jove Announces the Return of CYRANO DE BERGERAC
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

Sport For Jove Theatre Company is pleased to announce that its next production is an exciting return season for the many thousands who have heard or read about but haven't yet seen their acclaimed production of Cyrano de Bergerac; winner of the 2013 Sydney Theatre Award for the Best Independent Production, Director and Actor. (more...)

Odyssey Opera to Present Rare, Oscar Wilde-Inspired Gilbert & Sullivan Work
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

Described as 'one of the East Coast's most exciting and best opera companies (The Arts Fuse),' Odyssey Opera completes its Wilde Opera Nights series, a season-long exploration of operatic works inspired by the writings and world of Oscar Wilde. (more...)

Odyssey Opera Performs Rare Gilbert & Sullivan Work 6/2-3
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Described as “one of the East Coast's most exciting and best opera companies (The Arts Fuse),” Odyssey Opera completes its Wilde Opera Nights series, a season-long exploration of operatic works inspired by the writings and world of Oscar Wilde. For two nights, Odyssey Opera presents a fully-staged performance of Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert's early hit, Patience; or, Bunthorne's Bride (1881). Inspired by the aesthetes of Victorian England of the late 1800s, this two-act comic opera delves into the world that Wilde skewered with his pen. Directed by Frank Kelley, with conductor Gil Rose and full orchestra and chorus, Patience welcomes back several Odyssey Opera alumni to the stage including Aaron Engrebreth (baritone) as Reginald Bunthorne and Sara Heaton (soprano) as Patience.  (more...)

BWW Review: Cautionary TIMON OF ATHENS at Folger Theatre
by Roger Catlin - May 17, 2017

Ian Merrill Peakes begins and ends his role as 'Timon of Athens' standing in the center of Folger Shakespeare Theatre's stage. At the start, he's basking in his glory as a prosperous master of the universe, happily dispersing his gold; in the end he's alone, torn down, penniless emotionally, at the mercy of gods, or fate, or something quite different than the riches that once defined him. (more...)

Return to Castle Rock in Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

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Armitage, Buglisi, Monte, and Muller Join Forces for Shared Program Performances
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

Armitage Gone! Dance, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Elisa Monte Dance, and Jennifer Muller/The Works join forces to present a series of five Shared Program Performances featuring 6  Pieces –  3 Premieres – and 35 Dancers. (more...)

Off Broadway Alliance to Host 'MAKING IT WORK' Seminar on Sharing Theaters
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing firms, will hold the next event in its Seminars series focused on the Off Broadway Producing Process on Saturday May 20th, 2017. (more...)

Theater J Announces New Summer Show
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

They're back! The ladies of The Kinsey Sicks are throwing down their sequined gloves and itching for a fight in Things You Shouldn't Say, their most personal--and political--show ever.  It plays at Theater J for a limited run July 19-30, 2017. Full of their signature Panache, hilarity and perfect harmonies, this all new show takes a searing journey into Trumpism, racism, AIDS, giraffes, Bette Midler, oblong vegetables, and much, much more.  (more...)

Spencer Ludwig Releases 'Diggy Feels Part 1 (Remixes)
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2017

Show-stopping and stylish singer, songwriter, and trumpeter Spencer Ludwig releases Diggy Feels Part 1 (Remixes) today via all digital service providers. Listen to Diggy Feels Part 1 (Remixes) HERE. (more...)

BWW Review: THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, Churchill Theatre, Bromley
by Vikki Jane Vile - Jun 7, 2017

This take on the Hollywood classic Thoroughly Modern Millie last played Broadway back in 2002. However, regardless of the casts plucky efforts to inject some New York Panache to proceedings, 'Millie' emerges as a particularly poor choice for revisiting in 2017. The story features threads that sit uncomfortably in the present day. Mrs Meers with her chopstick clad hair and mock Chinese accent is amusing for ten minutes but after a couple of scenes just seems plain racist. Millie's chunk of the plot hangs on the idea that she needs to find a rich man to marry to get on in life. Where do I even start with that one? (more...)

BWW Review: MACBETH, St Paul's Church, Covent Garden
by Gary Naylor - Jun 30, 2017

A Macbeth that stays true to the 17th century origin of the play, yet feels bang up to date with plenty for teenage fans of Game of Thrones and Shakespeare veterans to enjoy. (more...)

Funk, Fatherhood and Motown Meet at Jackiem Joyner's Sax-Powered MAIN STREET BEAT
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2017

Jackiem Joyner has spent a lot of time on airplanes this month to pave the way for the arrival of his sixth album, “Main Street Beat,” a steamrolling sax set that was released Friday by Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Records. Jetting back and forth from his suburban Los Angeles base, Joyner is taking the album he produced, boasting nine of his original compositions, directly to audiences in all parts of the U.S. so they can dance with him to the funky new tracks that reflect his ardor and appreciation for the Motown sound while celebrating his joy of becoming a father. (more...)

July Entertainment Announced at Dino's Backstage and The Celebrity Room
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2017

Talented musicians sizzle on the performance stage at Dino's Backstage and the Celebrity Room in July. July's entertainment lineup begins with two performances by Michelle Lordi on July 7 and 8, followed by the talented cabaret singer and jazz vocalist Paula Johns on July 14. Then, on July 15, pianist/singer Jared Feinman will perform showing off his strong baritone voice. (more...)

Review Roundup: Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID at The Muny
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2017

The Muny's opening night performance of Disney's The Little Mermaid took place last night, June 20, 2017, and BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Review: Street Theatre Company's Social Media-Inspired PIPPIN
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 20, 2017

Musical theater lends itself to the "high concept" approach, to be certain, even if it doesn't always add to the overall success of a production. Case in point: Street Theatre Company's current revival of Stephen Schwartz's Pippin, onstage through June 25 at Holy Trinity Community Church in Nashville, which despite a cast of theatrical heavy hitters seems rather lost in a befuddling miasma of forced social media fun and games. (more...)

Spencer Ludwig Releases 'Diggy Feels Part 2 (Remixes)'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2017

Show-stopping and stylish singer, songwriter, and trumpeter Spencer Ludwig releases Diggy Feels Part 2 (Remixes) today via all digital service providers. (more...)

Pianist Luca Buratto, Honens Prize Laureate Makes New York Debut 10/11
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2017

Italian pianist Luca Buratto, the Honens International Piano Competition's 2015 Prize Laureate, will make his New York debut at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. His program features works by Ades, Jana?ek, Ligeti, Prokofiev and Schumann. The concert is presented by the Honens International Piano Competition. (more...)

Conductor Tito Muñoz, the Voxare String Quartet, and Brendan James Perform at CBMF
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017

The picturesque Crested Butte Music Festival (CBMF) in the mountains of Colorado offers an unspoiled summer destination for bluegrass, opera, classical music, children's programs, and more. CBMF's 21st Season, entitled 'Identity Unmasked,' will explore identity and its revelation or masking. (more...)

MetroStage Announces Fall/Winter 2017 Lineup and Summer Return
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017

Producing Artistic Director Carolyn Griffin has just announced the 2017 fall/winter season at MetroStage, which actually begins with a limited engagement weekend reprisal of Anne & Emmett in July. (more...)

Two Major New Musicals To Showcase At Liverpool Pride
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2017

Liverpool Pride is proud to announce a final special and exciting addition to the line-up this weekend. (more...)

BWW Review: The Gateway's MAMMA MIA!
by Melissa Giordano - Jul 26, 2017

The Gateway's latest offering is an absolutely thrilling production of the worldwide blockbuster hit Mamma Mia!. Running through August 5th at the Patchogue Theatre For The Performing Arts, this incarnation is excellently directed by Larry Raben. Indeed, this uplifting show, set to the fun music of ABBA, will leave you smiling and humming the score for days. (more...)

BWW Review: HIGH SOCIETY at SBCC Theatre Group
by Maggie Yates - Jul 21, 2017

While concepts in High Society may have been viewed as 'kitschy' when the play premiered two decades ago, in the age of Instagram stars and The Real Housewives, these characters, who are charming in their relative innocence as compared to the shameless celebrities of the information age (even our president is a faux-lebrity real estate mogul-turned-reality show host), seem tame. High Society is a pleasant enough way to spend an evening, but it doesn't really go anywhere. There are no risks, no extraordinary thrills: just a very safe presentation of feel-good music from a bygone era. (more...)

BWW Review: RAGTIME at Theatre Tuscaloosa Touches Your Heart With The American Dream
by David Edward Perry - Jul 18, 2017

Ragtime: The Musical is a timeless and moving musical with a powerhouse ensemble at Theatre Tuscaloosa (more...)

Photo Coverage: Wild Card Productions' LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 18, 2017

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, writer Lanie Robertson's insightful and moving look at jazz legend Billie Holiday and her life and career, continues its run at Brentwood's Towne Centre Theatre. Directed by Dave Ragland and starring Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva in her stunning onstage transformation to become Lady Day, it's one of the highlights of an especially impressive Nashville theater season filled with strong performances and shows both challenging and introspective. (more...)

Praise Pouring in For Trumpeter/Vocalist Bria Skonberg's New Album
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2017

Buzz is bubbling all over for trumpeter/vocalist Bria Skonberg's delightful new OKeh/Masterworks album With a Twist! (more...)

BWW Review: Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva's Dazzling and Stunning Billie Holiday Can't Be Missed
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 17, 2017

Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva's miraculous transformation into music legend Billie Holiday may well be the performance of 2017, theater-wise, in a city where we revere and venerate our favorite vocalists. But in Music City, where live theater is often perceived as a mere afterthought by the entertainment establishment, oftentimes performances such as hers may be given short shrift, overlooked by the so-called powers-that-be whose tastes tend toward the middle of the road, pop-infused, sound-like-everyone else, cookie cutter variety of singers. (more...)

Sebastian Maniscalco Continues Cross-Country with 'Why Would You Do That?' Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017

Let's face it: in our increasingly tepid, polite and politically correct culture we need more people like Sebastian Maniscalco. (more...)

Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco Adds Second Show at the Paramount Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017

Let's face it: in our increasingly tepid, polite and politically correct culture we need more people like Sebastian Maniscalco. (more...)

BWW Review: Heritage Players Perform Tuneful Feats Of Fun And Fantasy With SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL.
by Cybele Pomeroy - Jul 14, 2017

If you're anywhere close to Catonsville, if you have (or have access to) children between 4 and 14, do your family a favor and come see SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL, playing for one more weekend at the Rice Auditorium on the Spring Grove campus. It's a bright, juicy popsicle of a show, with fast moving action, familiar characters, child actors, audience interaction, and a temperature-controlled environment. (more...)

BEST OF PICK OF THE VINE to Showcase Best Short Plays from 15 Seasons at Little Fish Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

In commemoration of its 15th anniversary, Little Fish Theatre will present Best of Pick of the Vine as the crown jewel in its already sparkling 2017 season. (more...)

BWW Review: RICHARD RODGERS Tribute Is A Resounding Delight
by Herbert Paine - Aug 7, 2017

The spirit of Richard Rodgers remains alive and well as Lynn Timmons Edwards and fellow vocalists Jeanie Carroll and Christy Welty, accompanied by pianist Charly Spining and narrator Bob Edwards, deliver a rousing and inspired tribute in RICHARD RODGERS IN SONG & STORY. (more...)

BWW Review: SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES are Coming Out with Pride at Theatre Downtown
by David Edward Perry - Aug 4, 2017

There is no grey area in the meaning of the title 'Southern Baptist Sissies'. This emotional play addresses the turmoil faced when coming out in the shadow of religion. Dell Shores has written a string of thought provoking plays (The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife','Sordid Lives','Daddy's Dyin' ... Who's Got the Will') This offering is his GLAAD Award-winning play about four young gay men as they grow up struggling with homophobia, hatred and smothering religious condemnation. The boys grow up together in a southern Baptist church in Texas. They each come to terms with their adolescent homosexuality while seeking acceptance along with love. (more...)

Boney James to Release 'Honestly'; Celebrates New Singles and U.S. Tour
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2017

Genre-blurring artist Boney James is once again creating a multi-format success story at radio. “Tick Tock” the first instrumental single from James' upcoming album debuts high on the Mediabase Smooth AC Charts in its first week. (more...)

BWW Review: As Time Goes By: THE ALL NIGHT STRUT Revives Music and Memories
by Carla Maria Verdino-Sllwold - Aug 19, 2017

The memories are in the music, and Maine State Music Theatre and Portland Stage's latest co-production struts, sizzles smiles, and sparkles with energy and latent emotion. Classy, funny, lively, touching, vocally and instrumentally beautiful, this tightly constructed revue, The All Night Strut, offers a journey to an era where the world was in turmoil, time moved more slowly, hearts were worn on sleeves, and swing was the thing. Performed in a stylish production with a quartet of stunning soloists and a trio of fine musicians, this soundtrack of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s tells its story in song and dance and offers theatre-goers a wholly satisfying and warmly memorable experience. (more...)

Sax-Vocalist Michael J. Thomas Releases New Album 'Driven' Today
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2017

No sophomore slump for contemporary jazz-pop artist Michael J. Thomas, who released his second album, “Driven,” on Friday on the Harbor Breeze Records imprint. (more...)

BWW Review: Brick by Brick Arts Bring Back The Swinging 60's in SWEET CHARITY
by David Edward Perry - Aug 12, 2017

'Sweet Charity' is a late 60's period comedy musical with some muddy areas of sadness. (more...)

HUDSON AND HALLS LIVE! Cooks Up Delicious Comedy at Court Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2017

Christchurch will be served a riotous feast of slapstick, nostalgia, laughter and love when 80s Kiwi cooking show duo Peter Hudson and David Halls are celebrated in Hudson & Halls Live! (more...)

Oliver Conant and Justyna Kostek to Host World Premiere of DIETRICH RIDES AGAIN
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2017

On Thursday, August 31, Oliver Conant (Author/Director) and Justyna Kostek (Author/Star) will host the World Premiere of their anticipated one-woman tour-de-force musical, DIETRICH RIDES AGAIN, about the life and times of Marlene Dietrich. (more...)

Stephen Bogardus and More Featured on IRVING BERLIN REDISCOVERED Album, Out Today
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2017

ASCAP Award-winning writer/producer Chip Deffaa's new CD, 'Irving Berlin Rediscovered' - being released today - features such Broadway notables as Stephen Bogardus ('Bright Star'), Giuseppe Bausilio ('Hello, Dolly!'), and Jon Peterson ('Cabaret'), plus such nightclub and cabaret stars as Seth Sikes and Natalie Douglas. (more...)

May Entertainment Announced at Dino's Backstage and The Celebrity Room
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

April showers bring May flowers, but Dino's Backstage and The Celebrity Room brings outstanding entertainment to the stage all month long in May! First, Michael Richard Kelly honors pays tribute to an icon with "Songs of Judy Garland" on May 5 and 6. (more...)

Yellow Claw Unveil 'City on Lockdown' Music Video ft. Juicy J + Lil Debbie
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

YELLOW CLAW has released the music video to their trap single “City on Lockdown,” which features a collaboration with rappers Juicy J and Lil Debbie. (more...)

Can Can's Chris Pink Named Mayor of Pike Place Market
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017

With great excitement, Can Can Kitchen and Cabaret today announced that its artistic director and founder Chris Pink has been named the new Mayor of Pike Place Market. A tradition decades old, Mr. Pink is the third Mayor in the succession and was selected by leaders within the Pike Place Market vendor family, including the very first Mayor, for his keen eye for fun and spectacle, and ability to accent the true wonders that make up the world-famous destination. (more...)

Review Roundup: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Opens its Doors - All the Reviews!
by Review Roundups - Apr 23, 2017

The factory is open! CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY officially takes on Broadway tonight. (more...)

Sebastian Maniscalco Comes to Paramount Theatre This April
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2017

Sebastian Maniscalco's WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT? TOUR comes to Denver's Paramount Theatre today, April 22nd, 2017 at 7:00 PM.  Tickets go on sale Friday, September 30th at 10 AM, one day in advance of the premier of his highly anticipated SHOWTIME special of the same name.  Tickets are $39.75 - $59.75 with a limited number of VIP tickets available at $250, and can be purchased online at AltitudeTickets.com or by phone at 303-893-TIXS. (more...)

Centenary Stage Co. Presents Mel Brooks' Instant Classic YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation, The Producers, comes this monster musical comedy, Young Frankenstein. Presented by Centenary University and Centenary Stage Company's all student NEXTStage Repertory,Young Frankenstein will run April 27 through May 7 in the Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Performance Arts Center on the campus of Centenary University. (more...)

BWW Review: THE KING AND I: Still Something Wonderful
by Nancy Grossman - Apr 14, 2017

The National Tour of the Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's THE KING AND I brings its parade of adorable children, a pair of star-crossed lovers, an imperial ruler, and a strong-willed, warm-hearted educator to the Boston Opera House through April 23rd. One of the grande dames of the 1950s, THE KING AND I retains its exalted place in the R & H pantheon, thanks to the artistry of Director Bartlett Sher, a songbird by the name of Laura Michelle Kelly, and a flawed King of Siam for our times, Jose Llana. (more...)

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