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iPad App Release: Stage Write® for Directors & Choreographers Out March 1

From a media release: STAGE WRITE® THE REVOLUTIONARY NEW IPAD APP FOR DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO GENERAL PUBLIC ON MARCH 1, 2012 Press Event/Launch Party At The MPE Penthouse In NYC With Broadway’s Tony Award Winning Director/Choreographer Susan Stroman, Sierra Boggess Joshua Henry, And Tony Nominee Will Swenson (New York, NY) - The revolutionary new iPad app Stage Write® which allows directors, choreographers and stage managers to easily document choreography, staging and blocking for theatrical productions and events will be made available to the general public on March 1, 2012 - via iTunes App Store. The debut will coincide with a NYC press event, headlined by a growing number of Broadway celebrities including Tony Award winning Director/Choreographer Susan Stroman, Sierra Boggess, Joshua Henry, and Tony Nominee Will Swenson – Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 3 - 5PM, at the MPE Penthouse (432 West 45th Street). Created by Broadway Associate Direc

CD Release: New York Gypsy All-Stars' Romantech March 6

From a media release: CD Release: New York Gypsy All-Stars, Romantech (Traditional Crossroads - March 6, 2012) Nuyorbalkan: New York Gypsy All-Stars Jump the Turnstiles of Balkanalia, Turkish Roots, and Gypsy Soul with Funky Refinement NEW YORK CITY - A Greek bassist ducked into a little bar in New York’s Alphabet City and heard the Eastern Mediterranean and Southern Balkans pouring across the packed room. The clarinet was keening and singing, and he knew every tune. From this blown-away moment of discovery, the New York Gypsy All-Stars sprang, uniting bi-musical virtuosi raised on the lush sounds of Macedonian, Greek, Turkish, and American roots and forged in the halls of the world’s best music schools. With composer like ears and a madcap relish for ill and crunky sounds, the quintet of crack musicians tears through the tollgates separating the region’s interlocking roots on the long-awaited album of original pieces, Romantech (Traditional Crossroads; release: March 6, 2012) and

Tiger Princess Dance Projects Premiere at Citadel Theatre Toronto March 7-11

From a media release: tiger princess dance projects presents 'Frequency' and 'Untitled Solo' An ensemble quintet and a solo work created by Yvonne Ng Citadel Theatre, Toronto - March 7 to 11, 2012 Toronto. Internationally acclaimed Toronto-based dance company tiger princess dance projects will premiere 'Frequency' and 'Untitled Solo' at the newly renovated Citadel Theatre in Regent Park on Thursday, March 8th 2012. 'Frequency', an ensemble work for five dancers is an abstract exploration of the connections between individuals and how social cohesion is built and torn down. Individual frequencies clash, mingle and synchronize in a collective peak. The dancers perform with an honesty and immediacy, struggling with technologies from the last four decades: from cassette players to iPhones. Scenes blur the line between performance and reality, with dancers transitioning in and out of their “onstage” personas. It was Ng’s experiences in Labrador

CD Release: Zieti's Zemelewa (Grigri Discs, March 6)

From a media release: Beautiful Struggle: American-Ivorian Trans-Atlantic Band Zieti Turns War, Separation, and MIDI Madness into Perfect Afropop on Zemelewa Zemelewa (Grigri Discs; March 6, 2012) Far across the lagoon, people swayed as the music from battery-powered amps and sardine-powered jams drifted over the water. They were dancing to the beach rehearsal of Zieti, two Americans (guitarist Michael Shereikis and drummer Alex Owre) and two Ivorians (lead singer Yeoue Narcisse and guitarist/vocalist Tiende Laurent) who had unexpectedly become fast friends. By the water near Abidjan’s oceanfront shantytowns or in a tiny rehearsal studio built from shipping crates, the quartet developed an exuberant rapport in skillful, insistent songs. Now a decade removed from Abidjan's mellow beaches, after years of political turmoil and violence, and despite the players' radically different backgrounds, Zieti has done the impossible: make roots-rich music that sounds utterly fresh a

CD Release Party: Sabrina Lastman at Joe's Pub New York City March 4

From a media release: Sabrina Lastman Quartet: CD Release The Candombe Jazz Sessions March 4, 2012 at Joe's Pub, NYC 7:30 PM NEW YORK CITY - Sabrina Lastman is a New York-based vocalist and songwriter from Uruguay/ Israel. The Candombe Jazz Sessions -her latest album released by ZOHO Music display Sabrina's unique, multifaceted vocal style, singing in Spanish and Portuguese. The Sabrina Lastman Quartet is an innovative music project that brings together jazz, South American rhythms and contemporary music. Candombe is the percussion-driven genre with origins in African Bantu, primarily played in Uruguay, and a precursor of the Tango. Accompanied by world class musicians pianist Emilio Solla, dummer/percussionist David Silliman and bassist/ Grammy nominee Pablo Aslan, Sabrina delivers a stunning, soulful tour de force. "Telling a story in song does not require words. Of course, if you are a singer, you might then need an exceptional vocal instrument, imaginat

Wazimbo: the Golden Voice of Mozambique in Toronto March 8

From a release:         Batuki Music Society presents WAZIMBO & Orchestra Marrabenta de Toronto the Golden Voice of Mozambique, the magical Marrabenta style... direct from Maputo, first tour in Canada! March 8, 2012 at Lula Lounge Tickets: $15 at the door (open at 8:00 pm) Info: Contact: TORONTO - WAZIMBO’s music is a mix of big band sounds, Latin melodies and unique African dance rhythms, typical of Lusophone (Portuguese speaking Africa). Humberto Carlos Benfica, known as Wazimbo, is one of the greatest voices of Mozambique and one of the most famous singers for the style of music called marrabenta. Wazimbo started his musical career in 1964 with the Silverstars (continued as a singer with the Geiziers), performing a colonial mix of international pop music with a Brazilian tinge in Mozambique’s capital Maputo. After independence from Portugal in 1975, Wazimbo was the only singer employed by state radio and worked with its band, ‘Radio

World Premiere: The Happy Woman on Stage March 5 - 24 in Toronto

From a media release: Maev Beaty and Barbara Gordon star in the World Premiere of The Happy Woman March 5 to March 24, 2012 at The Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs Produced by Nightwood Theatre Toronto, ON… Nightwood Theatre is thrilled to present the World Premiere of Rose Cullis’ The Happy Woman. The play will open March 7 and run until March 24, 2012 at The Berkeley Street Theatre downstairs. Fast on the heels of success with The Penelopiad and reuniting the same production trio of Thornton, Karn and Purtell, Nightwood is delighted to bring this new Canadian play to the Toronto stage. Cassie wants to be normal, Christian wants to be perfect and Margaret just wants to be happy. But what's lurking beneath this family's glossy veneer? The Happy Woman is a darkly comic exploration of what happens when bliss gets in the way of truth and threatens to destroy the very foundation we rely on. Cullis’ play explores our struggle for “the pursuit of happiness” and the tension b

Malagasy Blues: Madagascar Slim at the NOW Lounge March 2

From a release: Batuki Music Society presents MADAGASCAR SLIM Malagasy guitar maestro & multiple JUNO award winner launching AFRICA UP CLOSE: a Monthly Series in an intimate setting every FIRST FRIDAY, DJ APOLLO spinning. March 2, 2012 at the NOW Lounge Tickets: $10 at the door (open at 7:00 pm) Info: Contact: TORONTO - AFRICA UP CLOSE is a series of concerts that would exclusively take place at the NOW Lounge, a cozy room that holds a maximum of eighty people. This is an opportunity for the audience to experience music in an intimate setting, as well as interact with the artists. You will not only enjoy the music and ambient atmosphere but also be able to eat healthy, organic, and locally sourced food from the NOW Lounge’s kitchen. MADAGASCAR SLIM Randriamananjara Radofa Besata Jean Longin is a Canadian Malagasy folk and blues guitarist who records and performs under the stage name Madagascar Slim. Slim was inspired by the music of J

Visual Arts in Toronto: The Artist Project March 1 - 4

From a media release: The Artist Project Celebrates Five Years of Supporting New & Emerging Artists March 1 - 4, 2012 in Toronto (Toronto) From seasoned collectors and first time art buyers, to gallerists and interior designers, The Artist Project offers visitors a rare opportunity to meet and purchase work directly from Canadian and international artists. This face-to-face approach allows patrons to experience the thrill of discovering new talent and take home a great story along with their artwork. Special features such as Art Chats, the Untapped Emerging Artist Competition and expert-led tours also give visitors an insider’s view on new trends in the art world. This March, The Artist Project marks its fifth anniversary with yet another exciting show featuring original works by a juried selection of over 200 independent contemporary artists. The fair has grown dramatically through the years – from 90 to over 200 artists, and more than 12,000 visitors are expected to attend i

Jesus Christ Superstar on Broadway - Previews March 1, Opening Night March 22

Update: There are THREE Sheridan College alums in this production,including Chilina Kennedy as Mary Magdalene, Aaron Walpole as Annas and Mark Cassius as Matthew! From a media release: THE STRATFORD SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL’S PRODUCTION OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER AND TIM RICE’S JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR ON BROADWAY PREVIEW PERFORMANCES BEGIN MARCH 1 OPENS MARCH 22 AT NEIL SIMON THEATRE • Get Jesus Christ Superstar Tickets NEW YORK CITY - The box office opened Thursday, January 26 at 10:00 AM, for The Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s hit production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR.  Directed by the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s Artistic Director Des McAnuff, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR will open March 22, 2012 (previews begin March 1) at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 West 52nd Street). The cast will feature Paul Nolan as Jesus Christ, Josh Young as Judas Iscariot, Chilina Kennedy as Mary Magdalene, Tom Hewitt as Pontius Pilate, Bruce Dow as King Herod, Marcu

March 2012 Concerts at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto

From a media release: GODS AND MORTALS IN PURSUIT OF LOVE. CABARET. TANGO. BRASILIAN, MEXICAN, AFRICAN, AND MIDDLE EASTERN MUSIC CELEBRATED AT THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY TORONTO IN MARCH 2012 TORONTO - March brings the start of the new Kabaret at Koerner! concert series in high style as Max Raabe and Palast Orchester return to Koerner Hall for two nights, having sold out  their performance at The Royal Conservatory  two years ago. The audience is transported to the Berlin cabaret circa 1920s with authentic dance band arrangements of classics by Kurt Weill, Cole Porter, and Franz Lehár, performed with elegance and humour in both German and English. “Like Fred Astaire, [Raabe] can croon his way to tenorial highs or dip to playfully earthy basso lows.” (The New York Times) Celebrating the release of their latest CD, One Cannot Kiss Alone, the concerts on March 8 and 9 were made possible with the help of Presenting Partner, the Goethe-Institut Toronto. Spanish viol master Jordi Savall (p

Free Shakespeare in Central Park 50th Anniversary in 2012

From a media release: The Public Theater Announces 50th Anniversary of Free Shakespeare in the Park   At The Delacorte AS YOU LIKE IT Directed by Daniel Sullivan With Lily Rabe as Rosalind INTO THE WOODS Directed by Timothy Sheader Co-Directed by Liam Steel Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by James Lapine NEW YORK CITY – The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Patrick Willingham) announced the line-up for the 50th Anniversary Shakespeare in the Park season at the Delacorte. Daniel Sullivan, who directed acclaimed productions of All’s Well That Ends Well, The Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night in the Park, will return to direct AS YOU LIKE IT in June with Lily Rabe (pictured) as Rosalind. The second show of the 50th Anniversary summer season will be Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s beloved musical INTO THE WOODS, directed by Timothy Sheader with co-direction by Liam Steel. Based on the Olivier Award-winning Regent’s Park Ope

Toronto Premiere: Chloë Moss' This Wide Night March 1 - 17

From a media release: M E R M A I D  P A R A D E presents... This Wide Night March 1 - 17, 2012 in Toronto "Not everyone can be all right, Marie. The world isn't like that..." TORONTO - Mermaid Parade is proud to present Chloë Moss’ award-winning THIS WIDE NIGHT, a site-specific production at Toronto’s Red Sandcastle Theatre, from March 1-17, 2012. THIS WIDE NIGHT is a funny, gutsy, poignant drama about the complex relationship between two women, former cellmates, trying to cope with the uncertain freedom of life on the outside. Directed by Jon Michaelson, THIS WIDE NIGHT is being staged in a gritty Queen St. East store-front venue. • Advance tickets are available for credit card purchase ; door tickets are cash-only. On her release from prison, Lorraine (Astrid Van Wieren) heads straight to Marie's (Claire Burns). On the inside they shared everything, but the friendship that once protected them now threatens to smother the freedom they seek. Over the cours

Toronto Indie Film Screening: Rohan Fernando's Snow - February 24

Toronto Indie Film Screening: Snow Written & directed by Rohan Fernando Screening in Toronto on February 24, 2012 Snow is a beautifully shot movie that takes a nuanced look at the experiences of a new Canadian immigrant through the eyes of Parvati, a young Sri Lankan woman who loses both her family and her home in the Boxing Day tsumani of 2004. She arrives in Canada to live with her aunt and uncle, left to navigate her way through the newly strange - and strangely cold - landscape of Southern Ontario suburbia. Parvati takes a dismal job cleaning rooms in a hotel and dutifully meets the nice young man her relatives are eager to marry her off to. It's the connections she makes on her own, however, with a troubled tenant of the hotel and a homeless woman, who lead her out of the traditional enclave of her aunt and uncle's home and on the road to Nova Scotia. The characters and their relationships are nicely complicated and have a realistic feel that goes along with do

Once, A New Musical Moves to Broadway on February 28 2012

From a media release: Once - a new musical Based on the 2007 Academy Award-winning film   TO MOVE TO BROADWAY’S BERNARD B. JACOBS THEATRE BEGINNING TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2012 OPENING NIGHT SET FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2012 Music & Lyrics by Academy Award Winners GLEN HANSARD & MARKÉTA IRGLOVÁ Book by ENDA WALSH Directed by JOHN TIFFANY Scenic and Costume Design by BOB CROWLEY Lighting by NATASHA KATZ Movement by STEVEN HOGGETT • TICKETS ON SALE ONLINE • OR CALL 212-239-6200. (New York City, NY) Producers Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo, Brian Carmody, Michael G. Wilson, and Executive Producer Robert Cole are pleased to announce that ONCE, the new musical based on the 2007 Academy Award-winning film, will play Broadway’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre this spring. • Previews will begin Tuesday, February 28, 2012 with opening night set for Sunday, March 18, 2012. ONCE began performances Tuesday, November 15 and opened Tuesday