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BWW Spotlight Series: Meet Jon Lawrence Rivera, Co-Founder of Playwrights' Arena, Dedicated to Producing Original Works for Adventurous Minds
by Shari Barrett - Jun 11, 2020
This Spotlight focuses on Jon Lawrence Rivera, co-founder of Playwrights' Arena with Steve Tyler in 1992 during the LA Riots. At the time, and for at least two decades, we were the only theater dedicated to discovering, nurturing, and producing new works for the stage written exclusively by Los Angeles playwrights to be enjoyed by adventurous minds. I first discovered Playwrights' Arena when their 2017 production of Bloodletting was selected to be presented during Center Theatre Group's 2018 Block Party at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.
BWW Spotlight Series: Meet Daniel Sugimoto, a Talented Entertainer Who Found Himself Stuck at Sea When COVID-19 Forced Ports to Close
by Shari Barrett - May 30, 2020
This Spotlight focuses on the super-talented Daniel Sugimoto who I first met at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe 'Best In Cabaret' show Thenardier's Inn by CAC Studios, I knew I would be following his progress as one of the finest musical theater progenies I had ever met. Not only is he a triple threat onstage as well as a brilliant musical director, his skill with composing musical numbers that movingly tell a story imbues each of his characters with deep-felt heart and soul through his incredible imagination and understanding of human nature. But 2020 has certainly proven to be a challenge since Daniel was entertaining at sea in mid-March when COVID-19 forced worldwide ports to close.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2020
School of Rock's Jaygee Macapugay wants to tell Filipino American stories through musical theatre. See behind the scenes photos ofÂ The Language Lesson, her debut musical short film
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2020
National Asian Artists Project's Rediscover Series presented Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella- In Concert starring Ali Ewoldt (Phantom of the Opera) and Josh Dela Cruz (Aladdin, 'Blues Clues And You') as Ella and Prince Topher on March 2 at The Alvin Ailey Citicorp Theater. Scroll down to see who came to the ball.
by Jennifer Broski - Mar 12, 2020
Rehearsals are underway for Roundabout Theatre Company's New York premiere of Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle, directed by Vivienne Benesch. The new play will starÂ Emmy Award winner Debra Messing as 'Ernestine,'Â Andre Braugher as 'Matt' and Enrico Colantoni as 'Kenneth,' Crystal Finn as 'Joan/Alex/Beth,' Susannah Flood as 'Alice/Madeline/Ernie,' and Christopher Livingston as 'Billy/John.'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2020
CHICAGO is BACK ON TOUR and its PURE ENTERTAINMENT!Â Â With a legendary book byÂ Fred EbbÂ andÂ Bob Fosse, music byÂ John KanderÂ and lyrics byÂ Fred Ebb,Â CHICAGOÂ is now the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history -- and it still shows no sign of ever slowing down!
by Jennifer Broski - Mar 11, 2020
Roundabout Theatre Company presents the world premiere of 72 Miles to Go..., by Hilary Bettis, directed by Jo Bonney. 72 Miles to Go... opened officially on Tuesday, March 10. This will be a limited engagement at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street).
by Steve Callahan - Mar 9, 2020
St. Louis's wonderful Winter Opera closes it's thirteenth season with a fine production of a rarely-seen work by Puccini--La fanciulla del West, or The Girl of the Golden West. Now Puccini was fond of choosing exotic settings for his operas--look at Madama Butterfly and Turandot. Well, to a European, Fanciulla is equally exotic. It's set in a mining camp in the Sierra Nevadas during the California Gold Rush of 1848.
Photo Flash: Ali Ewoldt, Josh Dela Cruz, Ann Harada, Jason Ma, and More In NAAP's CINDERELLA Concert
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2020
National Asian Artists Project's Rediscover Series presented Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella- In Concert, starring Ali Ewoldt (Phantom of the Opera) and Josh Dela Cruz (Aladdin, 'Blues Clues And You') as Ella and Prince Topher, on March 2 at The Alvin Ailey Citicorp Theater.
by Walter McBride - Mar 5, 2020
BroadwayWorld remembersÂ James Lipton, executive producer, writer, and host of the Bravo cable television series InsideÂ The Actors Studio.
by Mati Ficara - Mar 4, 2020
On Monday night,Â Michael McElroy and Broadway Inspirational Voices celebrated the 'Silver Anniversary Gala Concert & Live Auction', honoring Disney Theatrical Productions for their commitment to diversity and inclusion.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2020
'The idea that music has healing power goes back to ancient times,' said Dr. Ali Taher to the crowd gathered in the lobby of American University of Beirut Medical Center. The healing power of the arts, increasingly prioritized by the arts and science worlds alike, is encapsulated in the unique partnership of American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) and the Sing for Hope HandaHarmony program, which activates the arts as a driver of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
by Kevin Alvey - Feb 28, 2020
Marilyn Maye opened her latest show at Dizzy's Club in the Jazz at Lincoln Center complex just one week after Valentine's Day. But the love for this singer and her mastery of the American Songbook kept everyone in the holiday's spirit. After all it's never too late for a Marilyn Maye lovefest for, as the singer herself said, 'Each day is Valentine's Day.'
Photo Flash: Ali Ewoldt, Ann Harada, and More In Rehearsal For National Asian Artists Project's Concert Of Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2020
Ali Ewoldt (Phantom of the Opera) and Josh Dela Cruz (Blue's Clues & You, Aladdin) will star as Ella and Topher in the National Asian Artists Project (NAAP) presentation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella- In Concert, as part of its 'Rediscover Series' which explores classic American musicals, with professional artists of Asian descent, proving that great works of theater speak to all communities. The one night only event will take place on Monday, March 2 at 8PM at The Alvin Ailey Citicorp Theater (405 West 55th Street - between 9th & 10th Avenues). Scroll down for rehearsal photos.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2020
The Broadway at Birdland concert series was elated to present Jared Grimes, protegÃ© of Wynton Marsalis, in an evening of high energy, non-stop, genre-fusing music and dance on the Birdland stage on Monday, February 24. The band included Mark Meadows, Anwar Marchall, Bret Puchir, Jonathan Michel, and Brent Birckhead.
Photo Flash: Rehearsals Begin For MAGGIE MAY By Queen's Theatre Hornchurch, Leeds Playhouse And Curve
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2020
Rehearsals have begun at Leeds Playhouse for Frances Poet's heart-warming new play, Maggie May. The cast and crew spend 2 weeks in rehearsals in Leeds before transferring down to Queen's Theatre Hornchurch, where the show opens on 13 March.
by Linda Lenzi - Feb 24, 2020
Irish Repertory Theatre presents the US premiere ofÂ Incantata,Â which premiered to wide acclaim at the 2018 Galway International Arts Festival and was most recently staged at Dublin's famed Gate Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2020
Join Paramount Theatre for its world premiere musicalÂ The Secret of My Success, a hilarious, heartfelt new romp about corporate culture, unbridled ambition, mistaken identity and making your own way in life.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2020
Everybody's Talking About Jamie will be heading on aÂ 2020 UK tour, coming to Theatre Royal Brighton from Monday 6 â Saturday 11 April. The castÂ includes Layton Williams (Bad Education, Beautiful People, Billy Elliot the Musical) who currently stars as Jamie in the West End and EastEnders' much loved Shane Richie who played Hugo/Loco Channelle in the West End earlier in 2019. They are joined by Shobna Gulati (Coronation Street, Dinnerladies, Eveybody's Talking about Jamie West End and upcoming film) as Ray and George Sampson (winner of Britain's Got Talent) as Dean.