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|Terence Blanchard Releases New Album 'Magnetic'|
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2013
Magnetic, Terence Blanchard's stunning new album is set for release May 28 on Blue Note Records. The album features ten original songs written by Blanchard or a member of his quintet: saxophonist Brice Winston, pianist Fabian Almazon, bassist Joshua Crumbly, and drummer Kendrick Scott. Magnetic also showcases special guest appearances from bass legend Ron Carter, as well as label-mates saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and guitarist Lionel Loueke. (more...)
|Long Wharf Theatre Partners with New Haven Public Library for CLYBOURNE PARK Talks, May 2013|
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2013
Long Wharf Theatre and the New Haven Free Public Library announce a series of community conversations taking place in May about the complex issues of race and real estate in the city of New Haven.
The partnership between the two organizations, called "Stage. Page. Engage.", is being facilitated by the 'Co-Creating Effective and Inclusive Organizations' Project, a two-year pilot funded by Bill Graustein. The partnership began in April 2012.
Local historians Colin Caplan, Tom Ficklin, and with additional historians to be announced will lead a series of conversations specifically targeted to each branch of the New Haven Free Public Library system. The historians will discuss the evolution of the particular city neighborhood where the conversation is being held. In addition to the local historians, people from each neighborhood are encouraged to attend and offer their own personal perspectives on the place where they live.
Associate Artistic Director Eric Ting will introduce each neighborhood exploration with a scene from Long Wharf Theatre's production of Clybourne Park, by Bruce Norris, presented by local actors.
All talks are free and open to the public:
? Saturday, May 18, 1 p.m. at the Stetson Library, 200 Dixwell Avenue, 203-946-8119, with Ficklin and Graves leading the discussion.
? Monday, May 20, 6 p.m. at the Mitchell Library, 37 Harrison Street, 203-946-8117, with Ficklin and Caplan leading the discussion.
? Saturday, May 25, 1 p.m. at the Fair Haven Library, 182 Grand Avenue, 203-946-8115, with Ficklin and Caplan leading the discussion.
? Tuesday, May 28, 6 p.m. at the Wilson Library, 303 Washington Avenue, 203-946-2228, with Caplan leading the discussion.
Race and real estate collide in the play Clybourne Park. The action begins in 1959 in a Chicago neighborhood when we meet a nervous group of neighbors trying to talk their friends out of selling their home to a black family. Fast forward to the same house fifty years later when a white family attempts to move into the now predominantly African-American neighborhood. The play runs from May 8 through June 2.
"What is remarkable about Clybourne Park is that there is something we can all learn from," Ting said. "There is a Clybourne Park in every community and we cannot underestimate that fact."
"This is a unique opportunity for the NHFPL to marry a major city artistic event to the hyperlocal work we are doing daily in our branches," said Christopher Korenowsky, city librarian. "We are always seeking innovative ways to increase engagement and conversation amongst the people who live in our city."
Library and theatre administrators, through a series of monthly meetings with facilitators hired by CEIO, have been discussing issues of inclusivity, social justice, and conscious co-creation within their own organizations and the city at large, as well as how engagement in literature and theatre can help address these issues.
The partnership has already resulted in two simple, innovative, and successful initiatives - the creation of a microbranch at the theatre stocked with a collection of books based on the themes of the play, and the acreation of a Long Wharf Theatre pass for free tickets available for checkout at every New Haven Free Public Library branch.
For more information about Long Wharf Theatre, visit www.longwharf.org. For more information about the New Haven Free Public Library, visit www.nhfpl.org.
The 'Co-Creating Effective and Inclusive Organizations' Project began in April 2012 as a two-year pilot funded by Bill Graustein to increase inclusivity, justice and conscious co-creation in New Haven. Participating organizations, including Long Wharf Theatre and the New Haven Free Public Library, have the opportunity to partner with CEIO and receive training, support and direct funding to assist needed shifts in internal practices and external operations. The project is based on the core belief that organizations in which there is shared power and responsibility are more effective and poised for igniting transformational change. For more information, visit www.ceio.org.
Long Wharf Theatre (Gordon Edelstein, Artistic Director and Joshua Borenstein, Managing Director), in its 48th season, is recognized as a leader in American theatre, producing fresh and imaginative revivals of classics and modern plays, rediscoveries of neglected works and a variety of world and American premieres. More than 30 Long Wharf productions have transferred virtually intact to Broadway or Off-Broadway, some of which include My Name is Asher Lev, February House, The Glass Menagerie, the Pulitzer Prize-winning plays Wit by Margaret Edson, The Shadow Box by Michael Cristofer and The Gin Game by D.L. Coburn. The theatre is an incubator of new works, including Have You Seen Us? by Athol Fugard. Long Wharf Theatre has received New York Drama Critics Awards, Obie Awards, the Margo Jefferson Award for Production of New Works, a Special Citation from the Outer Critics Circle and the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.longwharf.org or call 203-787-4282.
The New Haven Free Public Library serves as a resource to provide information, education and recreation to the citizens of New Haven. The public library has three goals. Building strong neighborhoods. Ensuring the academic success of every school child. Helping the city of New Haven become a job generator through a progressive and dynamic job and career center. The NHFPL consists of five facilities: the Ives Main Library and the Fair Haven, Mitchell, Stetson and Wilson branches. Please visit www.nfhpl.org to learn more about the programs, services, collections and technology that your public library has to offer. (more...)
|SMASH Ticks Up In The Ratings By 13%|
by TV News Desk - Mar 13, 2013
Ratings from last night's episode of SMASH titled 'The Fringe' are currently up (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall) 0.1 of a point or 13 percent versus last week's official-national 0.8 rating in 18-49. (more...)
|Leslie Bibb, Jenna Fischer & Josh Hamilton to Lead MCC's REASONS TO BE HAPPY; Opens 6/11|
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2013
MCC THEATER (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive Director) has just announced that Leslie Bibb (Iron Man, ABC's 'GCB') and Jenna Fischer (NBC's 'The Office') will be making their New York City stage debuts opposite Josh Hamilton (The Coast of Utopia) and Fred Weller (MCC's Still Life and In a Dark Dark House) in the world premiere of MCC Playwright-in-Residence Neil LaBute's new play, Reasons to Be Happy, which LaBute will also direct. Reasons to Be Happy is a companion piece to LaBute's critically-acclaimed award-winning play, Reasons to Be Pretty, first produced at MCC Theater in 2008 before moving to Broadway where it was nominated for three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Play. Performances begin at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NYC) on May 16, 2013 and continue through June 23, 2013. An official opening is set for June 11, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are now on sale. (more...)
|Songs From Tonight's SMASH Episode Now Available on iTunes|
by TV News Desk - Mar 12, 2013
Select songs from tonight's episode of NBC's Golden Globe-nominated musical drama series 'Smash' (Tuesdays, 10-11pm ET) will be available today from NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products and Columbia Records in the 'Smash' iTunes store (more...)
|VIDEO: Sneak Peek - 'Fringe' Episode of NBC's SMASH|
by TV News Desk - Mar 06, 2013
On the next episode of the NBC musical drama SMASH titled 'The Fringe' - Derek (Jack Davenport) and Karen (Katharine McPhee) find themselves at a surprising crossroads, forcing one of them to make a difficult choice. Get a sneak peek below! (more...)
|InDepth InterView Exclusive : Nikki Blonsky Talks New SMASH Role, HAIRSPRAY, Upcoming Projects & More|
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 05, 2013
Today we are talking to a tremendously talented triple-threat who headlined the 2007 feature film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical HAIRSPRAY as Tracy Turnblad and who will be appearing in a recurring role on SMASH Season Two starting tonight - the spunky and adorable Nikki Blonsky. In this all-encompassing conversation, Blonsky and I dissect the HAIRSPRAY phenomenon and she reveals her affection for collaborators such as director Adam Shankman, co-stars John Travolta and Christopher Walken, as well as two more pairs of instrumental creative team members: songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman as well as producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, all four of whom serve the same roles on SMASH. Of course, Blonsky reveals details about her new SMASH character and what we can expect from her multi-episode arc, as well as her experiences sharing the small screen with Anjelica Huston, Christian Borle, Debra Messing and more. Additionally, Blonsky opens up about her exciting upcoming film projects, namely: THE ENGLISH TEACHER, co-starring Julianne Moore and Nathan Lane, as well as GEOGRAPHY CLUB, co-starring GLEE's Alex Newell. Plus, all about her collaboration in the recording studio with Duncan Sheik, her thoughts on HAIRSPRAY 2 and much, much more! (more...)
|Photo Coverage: REALLY REALLY's Opening Night Theatre Arrivals|
by Walter McBride - Feb 20, 2013
MCC Theater presents the New York premiere production of Paul Downs Colaizzo's Really Really, directed by David Cromer (the Obie Award and Lucille Lortel Award-winning director of hits Our Town, Adding Machine and Tribes). The production, which marks Colaizzo's New York playwriting debut, plays at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NYC) through March 10, 2013. The opening was last night, February 19.
BroadwayWorld was there for opening night and you can check out photos from the theatre arrivals below! (more...)
|Photo Coverage: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF's Opening Night Theatre Arrivals|
by Walter McBride - Jan 18, 2013
Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, starring Scarlett Johansson as Maggie, Ciarán Hinds as Big Daddy, Benjamin Walker as Brick and Debra Monk as Big Mama, directed by Rob Ashford, opened last night January 17, and BroadwayWorld.com was there to capture all of the excitement and glamour of the evening. Check out photos from the opening theatre arrivals below! (more...)
|Long Wharf Theatre Partners with New Haven Public Library on Inclusivity Initiative|
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2013
Wouldn't it be convenient to check out library books at Long Wharf Theatre reflecting the themes of the play just presented? Or get free theatre tickets at the public library? Long Wharf Theatre and the New Haven Free Public Library are working together on multiple initiatives marking the beginning of a long term partnership to increase access to both organizations. (more...)
|Neil LaBute Will Helm REASONS TO BE HAPPY for MCC Theater in 2013|
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2012
MCC Theater has announced that MCC Playwright-in-Residence Neil LaBute will direct the world premiere of his new play, Reasons to Be Happy, as part of its 2012-13 Season. Performances of Reasons to Be Happy begin at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NYC) on May 16, 2013 and continue through June 23, 2013. An official opening is set for June 2, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. Additional information, including complete casting, will be announced shortly. (more...)
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