"Forever Flamenco! at the Ford" Celebrates 20 Yearsby BWW News Desk - May 8, 2013
The Fountain Theatre presents an all-star line-up of local, national and international flamenco artists to celebrate Forever Flamenco! founder Deborah Lawlor's 20-year dedication to producing, nurturing and broadening the art form in Los Angeles. Forever Flamenco! at the Ford, under the artistic direction of internationally renowned flamenco dancer Maria Bermudez, takes place on Saturday, June 15 at 8:30 pm at the Ford Theatres in Hollywood.
Since 1990, the dancers, musicians and singers of Forever Flamenco! have been delighting Fountain Theatre audiences with the intensity, precision and exhilaration for which flamenco is known. Now Forever Flamenco! returns to the outdoor stage at the Ford Theatres with this passionate expression of Spanish culture in a tribute to Lawlor.
"Forever Flamenco! was born out of Deborah's love and total immersion into flamenco," says Bermudez. "Young dancers, up-and-coming dancers, seasoned professionals and international dancers - all of us have all come through Forever Flamenco! at the Fountain. I took my first baby steps there."
Forever Flamenco! at the Ford will be a once-in-a-lifetime gala event gathering some of flamenco's finest artists together on stage for the first time, including dancers Fanny Ara, Maria Bermudez, Alejandro Granados (from Spain), Manuel Gutierrrez, Timo Nuņez, Linda Vega and Yaelisa; singer/dancer Roberto Amaral; singers Jose Cortez, Ana de los Reyes (from Spain) and Jesus Montoya; singer/composer Pele de los Reyes (from Spain) of the Grammy-nominated group Navajita Platea; guitarists Adam del Monte, Jason Maguire, Antonio Triana and Ben Woods; and percussionist Joey Heredia. Watch for more surprise artists, as well as a few guests from Bermudez' flamenco puro company Sonidos Gitanos, which has been presented at the Ford by Lawlor and the Fountain eight times since 1995.
Deborah Lawlor's Forever Flamenco! series plays monthly to enthusiastic crowds at the Fountain Theatre. She and the Fountain have presented Bermudez and her Sonidos Gitanos/Gypsy Flamenco Company from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, for eight summer engagements at the Ford - including, in 2010, its new off-shoot, The Chicana Gypsy Project - and in 2007 at the Japan American Theatre. The 2009 Ford season included Forever Flamenco!: LA Ole featuring an all-star cast assembled from Forever Flamenco! at the Fountain. Lawlor began her career as a dancer, choreographer and actor in New York's "downtown" scene. After living in South India for five years, where she was involved in the initial development of the international township of Auroville, she created two full-length outdoor dance/theater pieces celebrating the community. She spent the next 10 years in Australia and France studying ancient cultures of India and Egypt and translating several books in these fields from French into English. Returning to the U.S. in 1986, she became deeply involved in the intimate theater scene and, in 1990, she and Stephen Sachs co-founded the Fountain Theatre, which is now in its 23rd season of theatrical and dance events. Lawlor is responsible for the Fountain's extensive dance involvement. The 1995 season included The Women of Guernica, Lawlor's flamenco-based adaptation of Euripides' The Trojan Women, which she also directed. She directed two one-act plays by Tennessee Williams and created and directed three full-evening dance-theater pieces for the Fountain: Declarations: Love Letters of the Great Romantics; The Path of Love, which she also directed in South India; and the dance opera, The Song of Songs, with music by Al Carmines. Actors Equity Association honored Lawlor with its Diversity Award, for her dedication to presenting work at the Fountain that is culturally diverse.
Considered to be one of the foremost international flamenco artists in the world today, Bermudez resides in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, the "birthplace" of flamenco. There, she has worked with renowned artists such as Juana del Pipa, Andres Peņa, Antonio El Pipa, Alejandro Granados, Navajita Platea, El Capullo and many others. She was honored by the artists of the city for her relentless dedication in exposing the artistry of this region. Bermudez' outstanding and critically acclaimed performances include the Hollywood Bowl, Ford Amphitheatre, Fountain Theater and the Music Center in Los Angeles; Central Park, Lincoln Center and the Joyce Theater in New York City; the Teatro Palacio das Artes in Brazil; Peņa Cernicalos, Los Gallos and Teatro Lope de Vega and Festival de Jerez in Spain; guest appearances with the Santa Cecilia California; and numerous venues throughout the world. Most recently she formed Chicana Gypsy Project which draws on her Mexican-American heritage and her immersion into Adulucian Gypsy culture. Her life and career have inspired the award-winning documentary film, Streets of Flamenco.
Forever Flamenco! at the Ford takes place on Saturday, June 15. Doors open for picnicking at 6:30 pm and the show starts at 8:30 pm. Reserved seating is $50 and $75; VIP tickets, which include preferred seating, pre-concert private VIP catered party with artists and a gift bag, are available for $100. Purchase tickets on or before June 8 and save $5. Tickets are available at www.FordTheatres.org or 323 461-3673 (for non-visual media 323 GO 1-FORD). To learn about discounts for groups of 8 or more, please call 323 769-2147. (more...)
FUNNY GIRL, PINK SKIES, Marcia Ball and More Set for Napa Valley Opera House, May 2013by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2013
The Napa Valley Opera House today announced the following schedule of performances taking place throughout the month of May 2013. (more...)
92nd Street Y Announces Lyrics & Lyricists 2014 Lineup: MGM Musicals, Fanny Brice, & More!by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2013
92nd Street Y announces the 2014 line-up for Lyrics & Lyricists, with Deborah Grace Winer in her sixth season as series artistic director. To offer their unique perspectives on the American Songbook, L&L guest artistic directors this year feature three Tony Award winners-a director (Kathleen Marshall, in her L&L debut), music director (Ted Sperling) and lyricist (David Zippel)--a top musical theater historian (Robert Kimball), and Broadway royalty (Ted Chapin of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization). (more...)
2013 Tony Awards Clip Countdown: #11 - The 1974 Showby Pat Cerasaro - May 30, 2013
Today we are continuing BroadwayWorld's 2013 Tony Awards Clip Countdown with a special spotlight focused on the Tony Awards broadcast from 39 years ago, all the way back in 1974! (more...)
Hero Kit Helps Cyclists Make Common Repairsby BWW News Desk - May 29, 2013
The bike community is changing. Riding can mean road, mountain, cruiser, cross, downhill or commuting, and like the style of riding, more women are choosing to ride. Hero Kit repair kits is there with tools, including a step-by-step manual on how to make the most common bicycle repairs, a great solution for first time and the growing market of women cyclists. (more...)
Leslie Caron to Star in 6 DANCE LESSONS IN 6 WEEKS at Laguna Playhouse, 11/26-12/29by TV News Desk - May 28, 2013
The Laguna Playhouse is thrilled to present film great Leslie Caron (An American In Paris, Gigi, Fanny) in a comic and heartfelt valentine to the human condition, SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS, written by Richard Alfieri and directed by Michael Arabian (Waiting for Godot). Additional exciting casting news to be announced shortly! SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS will begin previews on Tuesday, November 26 and will open on Saturday, December 7 at 7:30pm and run through Sunday, December 29, 2013 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. (more...)
Donmar Warehouse Announces 2013 Autumn Season - ROOTS, THE SAME DEEP WATER AS ME & Moreby BWW News Desk - May 20, 2013
Donmar Warehouse announces 2013 Autumn Season (more...)
Glee-Cap: Wonder-Fulby Robert Lawlor - May 2, 2013
Gleeks - it's going to be a WONDERful night! No, Glee isn't going to do a tribute to Wonder Woman, although - I'd be all over that, let's be real. Nope, Glee is paying tribute to a living legend that changed the game and defied the odds - Stevie Wonder. Tonight, the glee clubbers challenge superstition and someone just might for once in their life, they have someone who needs them! Cherie Amour, Gleeks! (more...)
Jacques Lacombe to Conduct NJSO in RITE OF SPRING, 6/7-9by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2013
Music Director Jacques Lacombe and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra present Stravinsky's groundbreaking, riot-inducing The Rite of Spring on its 2012-13 classical season finale program, June 7-9 in Newark and Morristown. The NJSO opens the program with the Prelude and 'Liebestod' from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde as part of a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth; the program also features the concert suite from Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande. (more...)
Ringwald Theatre Announces 2013 Gay Play Series Lineup, 6/7-24by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2013
The Ringwald Theatre has announced the 4th installment of its wildly popular Gay Play Series (GPS). Last year's outing was attended by hundreds of people over a two weekend period. This year the program will run three consecutive weekends and will feature a two-week run of the past three winning scripts, a serialized staged reading of a beloved classic, a new one-woman show, a brand new cabaret, and performances of 8 new, one act LGBT plays. (more...)
AAA Inspectors Select Favorite Historic Restaurantsby BWW News Desk - May 15, 2013
As Memorial Day approaches, bringing the start of the summer travel season, many Americans look for ways to connect with our nation's history during getaways and get-togethers. To help travelers enjoy a taste of our colorful beginnings, AAA inspectors gathered their selections for favorite historic restaurants. In locations that vary from an 1885 school building to a rustic stone and wood lodge in the heart of a national park, these restaurants invite diners to step back in time while enjoying a memorable meal.
SOUND OFF: GLEE Goes Out Singing 'I Love It'by Pat Cerasaro - May 10, 2013
'I don't care / I love it!' And so goes the chorus of Icona Pop's current chart-climbing hit covered on last night's GLEE. And, so, too, goes Glee 4.0 as it is - or, now, as it was. Indeed, this was a game-changing year for the pop culture mainstay and the season finale was a fulfilling sampling of many of the reasons why. Plus: Patty Duke! (more...)
FLASH SPECIAL: A SWAN LAKE Celebrationby Pat Cerasaro - Jun 6, 2013
Today we are highlighting even more clips from a flight of fancy celebrated for over 150 years - Tchaikovsky's classic SWAN LAKE, arriving this Thursday in 3D! (more...)
Metropolitan Opera Recital Schedule at SummerStageby BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2013
The Metropolitan Opera and SummerStage continue their long-time collaboration to present some of The Met's finest young singers in showcase recitals taking place across New York City. (more...)
Mary Testa to Star in Asolo Rep's THE BRILLIANT DIVORCE, 6/26-7/14by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2013
Is laughter really the best medicine? The popular adage is put to the test in this hysterically funny, one-woman tour de force about picking up the pieces of a broken heart and beginning life again, My Brilliant Divorce. In its only second major American regional production, Asolo Rep's Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards directs celebrated Broadway star Mary Testa, a two-time Tony Award nominee, as Angela, the 40-something housewife blindsided by her philandering husband's desertion in Aron's engaging, mid-life crisis comedy. (more...)
BWW Interviews: Caroline O'Connor Takes Her Turn as Mama Rose in Melbourneby Jacqueline Bublitz - Jun 14, 2013
It is curtain up in Melbourne for The Production Company as they celebrate their 15th anniversary by welcoming back one of their best and brightest to headline an American classic. (more...)
BWW Interviews: PATTI ISSUES Star Ben Rimalower Shares his Favorite LuPone Momentsby Misha Davenport - Jun 11, 2013
Ben Rimalower, star of the hit off-Broadway show 'Patti Issues' shares his 10 favorite LuPone moments with Broadway World Chicago (more...)
Barbra Streisand Kicks Off European Tour Today in London; Celebrates Launch with Q&A!by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2013
Barbra Streisand kicks off her European tour today, June 1st, in London, and in celebration of the launch, Streisand's official website posted a 'Barbra Tour Q&A'. Check it out below! (more...)
VIDEO: Trailer - AVENUE Q's John Tartaglia in SILENT BUT DEADLYby Movies News Desk - Apr 30, 2013
In New York City in 2004, a fun and raunchy little Broadway musical called Avenue Q escalated to stardom across the entertainment industry, nabbing the Tony Award for Best Musical. Leading the way was Best Actor nominee, John Tartaglia, who then went on to grace NY stages in Beauty and the Beast and Shrek: The Musical. Now, fans and audiences of the multi-talented comedian can anticipate his breakthrough performance into the world of feature films as John plays 'Dale,' the quirky manager of an offbeat retirement home in the upcoming Silent But Deadly. The comedy/horror will be screening as an Official Selection of the 8th annual Hoboken International Film Festival at the Paramount Theatre in Middletown, NY on the evening of June 5, 2013. Check out the trailer below! (more...)
BWW Interviews: Katharine Mehrlingby Marcel Konrath - Apr 30, 2013
Frau Mehrling, in kurzem Abstand spielen Sie zwei der interessantesten und vielschichtigsten Figuren der Musicalgeschichte: 'Funny Girl' Fanny Brice und die Showlegende Judy Garland. Beide Rollen sind ziemliche Kraftakte... (more...)
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