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BWW Spotlight Series: Meet Anzu Lawson - Asian-American Actress, Playwright, Stand-Up Comic, and Yoko Ono Doppelganger
by Shari Barrett - Mar 25, 2020
With the current theatre world on hiatus, I have created a Spotlight Series of interviews with some of am the many talented artists who make our Los Angeles theatre community so exciting and vibrant thanks to their ongoing contribution to keeping the arts alive in the City of the Angels. And like all of us, how are they dealing with the abrupt end of productions in which they were involved? This Spotlight focuses on Anzu Lawson, an Asian-American Actress, Playwright, Stand-Up Comic, and Yoko Ono doppelganger who I first met during the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2020
Fresh off sold-out tours in Australia and the UK,Â Songs For NobodiesÂ by Olivier Award nominated playwright Joanna Murray-Smith, asks the question, âWhat if an essentially unremarkable human being had an encounter or connection with a huge star that changed the course of their life?â Ten women, all played by one extraordinary actress inÂ Songs For NobodiesÂ is running January 23rdÂ through February 2ndÂ at the Kranzberg Arts Center Black Box Theater in the Grand Center Arts District. VisitÂ maxandlouie.comÂ or call (314) 534-1111 for tickets.
by Shari Barrett - Oct 10, 2019
For those too young to remember, from 1957 to 1962 The Everly Brothers sold more than 35 million records and had 35 Billboard top-100 singles, 26 in the top 40, and to this day, carry the record for most Billboard charting hits of any American Duo. Their success at that time was only rivaled by Elvis. The Zmeds are absolutely thrilled to be able to contribute to a cause that supports the recognition and preservation of the intimate origins of America's greatest Rock 'n Roll sibling duo, stating, 'We are not impersonators. Our aim is to honor the aesthetics of the Everly Brothers' iconic sound and their unique place in music history, all while having a little fun telling our own personal story.' And that they certainly did with great style, talent, and humor.
by Walter McBride - Sep 16, 2019
As BroadwayWorld sadly reported yesterday, stage star Phyllis Newman passed away yesterday, September 15, at the age of 86. Newman got her start in show business at 4 years old imitating Carmen Miranda in theatres and clubs. Her portrayal of Martha Vail in the Jule Styne/Comden and Green musical Subways Are For Sleeping - costumed only in a bath towel - earned her a Tony Award. Her other Broadway credits include Bells Are Ringing, The Apple Tree, On the Town, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Awake and Sing, Wish You Were Here, First Impressions, and her one-woman musical The Madwoman of Central Park West, which she co-authored with Arthur Laurents. She garnered a Tony Award nomination for her highly-acclaimed performance in Neil Simon's Broadway Bound.
by Shari Barrett - Aug 27, 2019
I was unaware of how Anzu's personal history inspired Ono's spirit to speak so directly to her until I was in the audience at her World Premiere solo show, DEAR YOKO, in which Anzu opened her heart and soul as she revealed how her personal history of non-acceptance as an Asian woman and her overwhelming depression was turned around when she discovered Ono as she studied her story and writings. During her 90-minute performance, directed by Jessica Lynn Johnson at the Whitefire Theatre, Anzu not only portrayed Ono with her signature dialect, hat and sunglasses, but also personal family members, rock musicians she met while touring as a singer/songwriter, agents and entertainment moguls who brought on the need for the #MeToo movement, and others who assisted her in turning her life around and accepting herself as the person she really was meant to be. And that road was never easy but so worth the journey.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2019
Madison Lyric Stage, an award-winning, professional theater company serving the Connecticut Shoreline, will present the fairytale musical Into the Woods July 18-28 in a storybook cottage setting inside the historic Deacon John Grave House in Madison, CT. This will be an audience-immersive production for a limited number of people per performance.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2019
Madison Lyric Stage, an award-winning, professional theater company serving the Connecticut Shoreline, will present the fairytale musical Into the Woods July 18-28 in a storybook cottage setting inside the historic Deacon John Grave House in Madison, CT.Â This will be an audience-immersive production for a limited number of people per performance.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2019
The Theatre Group at SBCC opens the 2019-20 season with the lively musical HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, July 10-27, 2019, in the Garvin Theatre. Â Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
by Jennifer Broski - Jun 12, 2019
The Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, directed by Kenny Leon, opened justÂ last night at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, running through Sunday, June 23.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2019
Production photos have been released for acclaimed theatre company The Wardrobe Ensemble's production of Education, Education, Education, in co-production with Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Shoreditch Town Hall. The Scotsman Fringe First Award and The Stage Edinburgh Award winning, smash-hit production will play a strictly limited four week run in London's West End this summer.
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2019
Last night, Sadler's Wells Wild Card returned for its ninth season offering bespoke evenings of works curated by the next generation of dance makers. The evening invited dance artist Keira Martin to the Lilian Baylis Studio to present the world premiere of Where Ye From.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2019
On Saturday and Sunday April 6 & 7, A Class Act NY, the award-winning acting studio, proudly presented The Addams Family at the beautiful Off-Broadway Riverside Theatre. Talented actors, ages 12-18, brought these beloved characters to life in four stellar performances.
BWW Review: BritWeek Launches with the World Premiere of THE CAVERN CLUB: THE BEAT GOES ON at the Wallis
by Shari Barrett - Apr 26, 2019
To celebrate the longstanding relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States, BritWeek launched its annual event in the Bram Goldsmith Theater at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills on Wed, 4-24-19 with the World Premiere of the new 60th anniversary documentary film 'THE CAVERN CLUB: The Beat Goes On' which shares the story of a Club whose fortunes have ebbed and flowed in tandem with that of the city of Liverpool itself. Not just the launch pad for The Beatles, The Cavern is landmark place that has embraced the ever-changing music scene, enduring the highs and lows, the dramas, the battles, the heartache, but above allâ¦ the music.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2019
Theatre NOVA, Ann Arbor's professional theatre with an exclusive focus on new plays and playwrights, presents the world premiere of "Mazel Tov, John Lennon" byÂ David Wells.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2019
Here she comes, world! The first national tour of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival of Hello, Dolly!, starring Tony Award winner Betty Buckley, launched earlier this year from the Stanley Theatre in Utica, New York. The show just opened at LA's Pantages Theatre and we're taking you to the red carpet below!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2018
On Wednesday, legendary ballet dancer and founder of National Dance Institute (NDI), Jacques d'Amboise, honored Harry Belafonte at the Fall installation of Jacques' Art Nest Series, âDance for Change.â
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2018
"The answer's in the skyâ¦" With the success of its August and September shows, STARRY - a new pop-rock musical about brothers Theo and Vincent van Gogh - has been extended at Rockwell Table & Stage both October 7th and over Thanksgiving weekend, November 23rd and 24th at 7PM.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2018
The wait is almost over until theÂ premiereÂ of theÂ new stage playÂ By The Waters Of LiverpoolÂ opens at theÂ Liverpool EmpireÂ in less than two weeks.
BWW REVIEW: Sharing Australian History And Women's Stories THE HARP IN THE SOUTH: PART ONE AND PART TWO Is A Theatre Experience Everyone Needs To See
by Jade Kops - Aug 29, 2018
Kate Mulvany's adaptation for stage of Ruth Park's much loved The Harp In The South trilogy directed by Kip Williams is a unequivocal success.Â
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2018
The Broadway at Birdland concert series was proud to present 'More About The Melody,' hosted by Broadway cellist Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf. The one-night-only event took place on Monday, August 6.