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InDepth InterView: Rob Morrow & Robert D. Wachs Discuss New Paul Jabara Disco Musical LAST DANCE & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 01, 2012

Today we are focusing a super-special spotlight on one of the Fall's most intriguing musical entries trying out in New York, the York Theatre Company's lab mounting of the new Paul Jabara jukebox musical LAST DANCE, by talking to the show's lead, recognizable TV and film star Rob Morrow, and the show's lead producer, noted comedic shepherd and filmmaker Robert D. Wachs, whom filled me in on all aspects of the show in a comprehensive chat late last week just prior to this week's start of rehearsals. In this all-encompassing conversation, Morrow, Wachs and I discuss the genesis of the new disco-themed musical celebrating the life and career of Jabara, the accomplished Emmy, Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer of Broadway shows (RACHAEL LILY ROSENBLOOM… AND DON'T YOU EVER FORGET IT), movie songs ("Last Dance" from THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY; the titular "The Main Event") and numerous pop/rock/disco hits, such as "It's Raining Men" by The Weather Girls, Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer's epic disco duet "Enough Is Enough (No More Tears)" and his many solo hits, as well as the finer points of the story, concept, casting and the ultimate goals of the new Philip William McKinley-directed production, which features a book by Shaun McKenna. Additionally, Morrow and Wachs each generously share showbiz tales from their storied careers involving such big names as Eddie Murphy, Michael Bennett, Jonathan Larson, Tony Scott and many more and both copiously convey their infectious enthusiasm for the forthcoming fully-produced lab presentation of the new musical that will play for five performances beginning September 20 as they prepare for its first viewing before a paying audience. All of that and much, much more awaits! (more...)

BWW Special: Albert Poland Remembers Ellen Stewart
by BWW - Jan 13, 2011

Earlier today, we confirmed the sad news via general manager Albert Poland that the legendary founder of LaMama, Ellen Stewart, had passed away at 91. (more...)

LaMama Founder Ellen Stewart Passes Away at 91
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2011 has confirmed via legendary general manager Albert Poland that Ellen Stewart has passed away at 91. (more...)

Easter Bonnet Competition Raises $3,734,129
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2008

The 22nd ANNUAL EASTER BONNET COMPETITION was a great success with a record-breaking, $3,734,129 being raised this year by the 53 participating Broadway, Off Broadway, and national touring theater companies. (more...)

Celebrity presenters & judges announced for Easter Bonnets
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2008

Easter Bonnet Competition announces celebrity presenters and judges including Mullally, Groff, O'Hara, and more (more...)

Photo Flash: Charlie Rose & 'The Homecoming' Honor Pinter
by BWW - Oct 29, 2007

Photo Coverage: Bill W. and Dr. Bob Opens
by Ben Strothmann - Mar 07, 2007

Bill W. and Dr. Bob, by Stephen Bergman and Janet Surrey, opened Off-Broadway at New World Stages on March 5 after beginning previews on February 16. (more...)

Photo Coverage: The Smiths' Holiday Party
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2006

Playwright Tricia Walsh-Smith and her husband Shubert president Philip J. Smith, recently held a holiday party in the stunning penthouse apartment of the late J.J. Shubert (more...)