Bob Merrill News

Date of Birth: May 17, 1921
Date of Death: February 17, 1998 (76)
Birth Place: Atlantic City, NJ, USA
Gender: Male
Bob Merrill Celebrates Joe Bushkin's Musical Legacy with 'Tell Me Your Troubles: Songs by Joe Bushkin, Vol. 1'Bob Merrill Celebrates Joe Bushkin's Musical Legacy with 'Tell Me Your Troubles: Songs by Joe Bushkin, Vol. 1'
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2017

Coinciding with the centennial of pianist/composer Joe Bushkin's birth, the release on May 19 by trumpeter and singer Bob Merrill of 'Tell Me Your Troubles: Songs by Joe Bushkin, Vol. 1' (Accurate Records) celebrates the musical legacy of a man who was revered by many of America's foremost entertainers for his wizardry at the keyboard and skills as a tunesmith. (more...)

VIDEO: Chris Isaacson Presents I'VE WRITTEN A LETTER TO DADDY Dance Performance as Baby JaneVIDEO: Chris Isaacson Presents I'VE WRITTEN A LETTER TO DADDY Dance Performance as Baby Jane
by Stage Tube - Apr 19, 2017

Capping a weeklong celebration of the premiere of Ryan Murphy's new anthology series Feud: Bette and Joan on FX Networks, the Drag-Tacular Live Concert Event, an evening of old Hollywood glamour, took place on Friday, March 3 at Spectra Lounge at Wolfgang Puck (in the Pacific Design Center) in West Hollywood, CA. Special guest host Tony Award-nominee Sam Harris anchored the evening which featured shimmering chanteuse Niki Haris, singer Jake Simpson, Kay-Ta Matsuno's 10-piece band, DJ Laszlo (Adele, Christina Aguilera, Demi Levato), and special appearances by Heklina, Peaches Christ, and BIANCA Del Rio in the LA debut of Whatever Happened to BIANCA Del Rio? (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

Capping a weeklong celebration of the premiere of Ryan Murphy's new anthology series  Feud: Bette and Joan on FX Networks, the Drag-Tacular Live Concert Event, an evening of old Hollywood glamour, took place on Friday, March 3 at Spectra Lounge at Wolfgang Puck (in the Pacific Design Center) in West Hollywood, CA.  (more...)

Jack Kleinsinger's Highlights In Jazz presents THE JOE BUSHKIN CENTENNIALJack Kleinsinger's Highlights In Jazz presents THE JOE BUSHKIN CENTENNIAL
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2017

Jack Kleinsinger's Highlights In Jazz, New York's longest running jazz concert series, concludes its record breaking 45th season at 8:00 PM on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street, New York City, with The Joe Bushkin Centennial concert, celebrating the rich musical legacy of the legendary pianist/composer with an all-star revue featuring Wycliffe Gordon, Harry Allen, Eric Comstock, John Colliani, Nicki Parrott, Ted Rosenthal, Steve Johns and Spike Wilner, under the musical direction of Bob Merrill, plus, as in allHighlights In Jazz shows, a surprise special guest. (more...)

BWW Review: NEW GIRL IN TOWN at 42nd Street MoonBWW Review: NEW GIRL IN TOWN at 42nd Street Moon
by Harmony Wheeler - Apr 4, 2017

Based on playwright Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie, Bob Merrill and George Abbott's New Girl in Town is a romance mixed with near-tragedy. Its title character's foggy past sets the ground for a beautiful story of redemption and hope, but vaudeville-style humor and dance still feel perfectly at home in this masterpiece of musical theatre. The unexpected treasure plays at 42nd Street Moon through April 16. (more...)

Countdown to Opening Night for FUNNY GIRL at The Fugard TheatreCountdown to Opening Night for FUNNY GIRL at The Fugard Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2017

With only two weeks to go before its first performance, The Fugard Theatre is gearing up to welcome Capetonian audiences to a brand new production of the classic 1964 musical, FUNNY GIRL. (more...)

BWW Review: Shows That Never Made It to Broadway Find a Home at Feinstein's/54 Below with BROADWAY BOUNDBWW Review: Shows That Never Made It to Broadway Find a Home at Feinstein's/54 Below with BROADWAY BOUND
by Troy Frisby - Mar 29, 2017

'That's really niche.' Those words from one of the night's emcees, Feinstein's/54 Below Programming Director Jennifer Ashley Tepper, were technically used in reference to Linda Lavin's propensity to play love interests for superheroes. But, really, they could've been used to describe BROADWAY BOUND: THE MUSICALS THAT NEVER CAME TO BROADWAY, which played at the aforementioned venue March 21. (more...)

'Over The Rainbow', THE WIZ Among Titles Added to National Recording Registry'Over The Rainbow', THE WIZ Among Titles Added to National Recording Registry
by Caryn Robbins - Mar 29, 2017

Judy Garland's 'Over the Rainbow' Barbra Streisand's 'People' and the original cast album of Broadway's THE WIZ are among the 25 titles which will be preserved by the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry for 2016. (more...)

Highlights In Jazz presents WOMEN IN JAZZ Thursday, 4/6Highlights In Jazz presents WOMEN IN JAZZ Thursday, 4/6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2017

Jack Kleinsinger's Highlights In Jazz, New York's longest running jazz concert series, continues its record breaking 45th season at 8:00 PM on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street, New York City, with a special Women In Jazz program featuring the festive multi-dimensional music of Cynthia Sayer and her Joyride Band with clarinetist Adrian Cunningham, the innovative vocal stylings of Rene Marie plus International Women in Jazz Youth in Action Award Winner pianist Leonieke Scheuble, and, as in all Highlights In Jazz concerts, a surprise special guest. (more...)

NEW GIRL IN TOWN Makes its San Francisco Debut at 42nd Street MoonNEW GIRL IN TOWN Makes its San Francisco Debut at 42nd Street Moon
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

San Francisco's acclaimed 42nd Street Moon has announced the San Francisco debut of Bob Merrill and George Abbott's New Girl in Town. (more...)

METROSTAR Audience Favorite Josephine Bianco Makes Metropolitan Room DebutMETROSTAR Audience Favorite Josephine Bianco Makes Metropolitan Room Debut
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

2015 METROSTAR Audience Favorite Josephine Bianco debuts her first show. In 2015 she wowed the judges and finished 7th out of 60 contestants, Since then she  has gone gone to sing in front of Michael Feinstein, and most recently she made her New York City Cabaret Convention Debut all at just the age of 15.    (more...)

Liza Minnelli, Alan Cumming, Jessie Mueller and More to Join Michael Feinstein and the Pasadena POPS This SummerLiza Minnelli, Alan Cumming, Jessie Mueller and More to Join Michael Feinstein and the Pasadena POPS This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2017

Principal Conductor Michael Feinstein leads the Pasadena POPS for its star-studded 2017 Summer Concert Series at the Los Angeles Arboretum with extraordinary multiple award winning guests artists Liza Minnelli, Alan Cumming, Joel Gray, Hair Spray Live's Madelyn Baillio, Beautiful's Jessie Mueller and Jarrod Spector, Grey Garden's Rachel York, Phantom of the Opera's Jordan Donica, the Midtown Men and Michael Feinstein in concert. (more...)

Ira Lee Collings to Encore SIMPLY, IRA LEE at Don't Tell Mama This FridayIra Lee Collings to Encore SIMPLY, IRA LEE at Don't Tell Mama This Friday
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

Singer Ira Lee Collings returns to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC on Friday, February 24th at 7 PM with an encore presentation of Simply, Ira Lee (A Gay Geezer Celebration Through the Looking Glass..warts and all). (more...)

Highlights In Jazz to Present WOMEN IN JAZZ  at Tribeca Performing Arts CenterHighlights In Jazz to Present WOMEN IN JAZZ at Tribeca Performing Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

Jack Kleinsinger's Highlights In Jazz, New York's longest running jazz concert series, continues its record breaking 45th season at 8:00 PM on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street, New York City, with a special Women In Jazz program. (more...)

Original Star Neva Small to Narrate HENRY, SWEET HENRY Concert at Feinstein's/54 BelowOriginal Star Neva Small to Narrate HENRY, SWEET HENRY Concert at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

As prevously announced, Feinstein's/54 Below will present the short-lived musical Henry, Sweet Henry in concert for one performance only. Joining the cast as the evening's narrator is the show's original star, Neva Small (Henry, Sweet Henry, Something's Afoot), best known for her turn as Chava in the film version of Fiddler On The Roof. Ms. Small originated the role of Marian Gilbert in Henry, Sweet Henry's original 1967 production. (more...)

Stars Announced for HENRY, SWEET HENRY at Feinstein's/54 BelowStars Announced for HENRY, SWEET HENRY at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

Feinstein's/54 Below will present the short-lived musical Henry, Sweet Henry in concert for one performance only. (more...)

BWW Review: FUNNY GIRL Presented by CenterStage at The Jewish Community CenterBWW Review: FUNNY GIRL Presented by CenterStage at The Jewish Community Center
by Taylor Clemons - Feb 3, 2017

Once again this classic (yes, I would say classic) musical fable has once again made it's way to Louisville, in a fine new production mounted by CenterStage with director John Leffert at the helm. (more...)

HENRY, SWEET HENRY to Shine Again at Feinstein's/54 BelowHENRY, SWEET HENRY to Shine Again at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

Feinstein's/54 Below is pleased to present the short-lived musical Henry, Sweet Henry in concert for one performance only. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: See Rare Footage of Mary Tyler Moore in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'sSTAGE TUBE: See Rare Footage of Mary Tyler Moore in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY's
by Stage Tube - Jan 25, 2017

Take a look at Mary Tyler Moore onstage in this vintage footage shot during a dress rehearsal during the Philadelphia run of Breakfast at Tiffany's the musical. Filmed by a cast member, the silent, color 8mm footage includes clips from rehearsal as well as footage of the cast traveling to the Forrest Theater for the show's out of town tryout. (more...)

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks Headline Highlights In Jazz 44th Anniversary GalaVince Giordano and the Nighthawks Headline Highlights In Jazz 44th Anniversary Gala
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2017

Jack Kleinsinger's Highlights In Jazz, New York's longest running jazz concert series, proudly kicks off it 45th season at 8:00 PM on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center of Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street, NYC with The Highlights In Jazz 44th Anniversary Gala featuring the swinging jazz and blues of Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks with vocalist Ms Vinnie Knight and the festive multi-dimensional music of Cynthia Sayer and her Joyride Band featuring clarinetist Adrian Cunningham, plus, as in all Highlights In Jazz concerts, a surprise guest. (more...)

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