Bob Merrill News

Date of Birth: May 17, 1921
Date of Death: February 17, 1998 (76)
Birth Place: Atlantic City, NJ, USA
Gender: Male
Darryl Maximilian Robinson Set for FUNNY GIRL at The Historic Rialto TheatreDarryl Maximilian Robinson Set for FUNNY GIRL at The Historic Rialto Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

Two major revivals of sorts are occurring at The Historic Rialto Theatre at 1023 Fair Oaks Ave in South Pasadena, Calif. (more...)

BWW Review: Maureen Taylor Dazzlingly Celebrates Unheralded Composer Bob Merrill in New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits at Metropolitan RoomBWW Review: Maureen Taylor Dazzlingly Celebrates Unheralded Composer Bob Merrill in New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits at Metropolitan Room
by Victoria Ordin - Jul 21, 2016

In her A-line black and white polka dot dress with petticoats, a lively (and lithe!) Maureen Taylor delivered an entertaining tribute to lyricist Bob Merrill at the Metropolitan Room (on July 13). Originally directed by Peter Napolitano when the show debuted in 2008-09, Taylor Made is the latest installment of Producer/Promoter Stephen Hanks' outstanding New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits, which almost always lives up to its name. (more...)

Cast Recording Of FUNNY GIRL Featuring Sheridan Smith To Be Released 5 August 2016Cast Recording Of FUNNY GIRL Featuring Sheridan Smith To Be Released 5 August 2016
by Edward Baker - Jul 13, 2016

Sheridan Smith brings her unique vocals and phenomenal performance as Fanny Brice to the London cast recording of the critically-acclaimed West End production of Funny Girl, to be released on Decca Records on 5th August. (more...)

Sheridan Smith Will Return to West End's FUNNY GIRL TonightSheridan Smith Will Return to West End's FUNNY GIRL Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2016

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Sheridan Smith has taken a leave of absence from Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre due to 'stress and exhaustion.' Today, producers have confirmed that the actress will return to the West End production tonight in the role of Fanny Brice. Natasha J. Barnes has subbed for Smith since the end of May. (more...)

VIDEOS: Barbra Streisand's Broadway! Part Six: The 2010sVIDEOS: Barbra Streisand's Broadway! Part Six: The 2010s
by Michael Dale - Jun 15, 2016

The last of a six-part, decade-by-decade video series sampling the legendary artist's performances of musical theatre classics. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Shoshana Bean and More in NSMT's FUNNY GIRLSTAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Shoshana Bean and More in NSMT's FUNNY GIRL
by Stage Tube - Jun 14, 2016

Bill Hanney's award-winning North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) presents a new production of FUNNY GIRL, starring Broadway's Shoshana Bean in the lead role of Fanny Brice. FUNNY GIRL opened Tuesday, June 7 and plays through Sunday, June 19, 2016. BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW REVIEW: Shoshana Bean Makes FUNNY GIRL Her Own at NSMTBWW REVIEW: Shoshana Bean Makes FUNNY GIRL Her Own at NSMT
by Jan Nargi - Jun 12, 2016

It's a lot to ask of a leading lady to make audiences forget Barbra Streisand in the role that catapulted her to stardom. That's one of the reasons why FUNNY GIRL, the musical that forever linked Streisand to the title character Fanny Brice, has never been revived on Broadway. Well, look no more, producers. If ever there was an actress who could fill Streisand's shoes and make FUNNY GIRL her own, it's the star who's currently electrifying audiences in the role at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly: Shoshnna Bean. (more...)

Sheridan Smith Expected to Return to West End's FUNNY GIRL in JulySheridan Smith Expected to Return to West End's FUNNY GIRL in July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2016

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Sheridan Smith has taken a leave of absence from Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre due to 'stress and exhaustion.' (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Shoshana Bean and More in NSMT's FUNNY GIRLPhoto Flash: First Look at Shoshana Bean and More in NSMT's FUNNY GIRL
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2016

Bill Hanney's award-winning North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) presents a new production of FUNNY GIRL, starring Broadway's Shoshana Bean in the lead role of Fanny Brice. FUNNY GIRL opened last night, Tuesday, June 7 and plays through Sunday, June 19, 2016. BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Watch Shoshana Bean Perform the FUNNY GIRL Finale at North Shore Music TheatreWatch Shoshana Bean Perform the FUNNY GIRL Finale at North Shore Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2016

Bill Hanney's award-winning North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) will soon stage a sparkling new production of FUNNY GIRL, starring Broadway's Shoshana Bean in the lead role of Fanny Brice. FUNNY GIRL began performances last night, June 7 and plays through Sunday, June 19, 2016. Below, watch as Bean performs the show's finale for the first time! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Shoshana Bean and More in Rehearsals for NSMT's FUNNY GIRL; Opening Tonight!Photo Flash: First Look at Shoshana Bean and More in Rehearsals for NSMT's FUNNY GIRL; Opening Tonight!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2016

Bill Hanney's award-winning North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) will soon stage a sparkling new production of FUNNY GIRL, starring Broadway's Shoshana Bean in the lead role of Fanny Brice. FUNNY GIRL starts performances tonight, Tuesday, June 7 and plays through Sunday, June 19, 2016. Check out a first look at rehearsals below! (more...)

Summer Stages: Our Top Seven Picks For Summer TheatreSummer Stages: Our Top Seven Picks For Summer Theatre
by Frank Benge - Jun 7, 2016

With a host of summer offerings in Austin, here are the Austin Editorial staff's Top Seven Picks for summer theatre excitement: (more...)

Full Cast Announced for Caroline O'Connor-Led FUNNY GIRL at Arts Centre MelbourneFull Cast Announced for Caroline O'Connor-Led FUNNY GIRL at Arts Centre Melbourne
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2016

Ken Mackenzie-Forbes, Artistic Director today announced the full cast for Funny Girl. Opening The Production Company's 2016 Season on 23 July in the State Theatre at Arts Centre Melbourne, Funny Girl features a cast of thirty and an orchestra of twenty-seven. (more...)


by Iris Moebius - May 31, 2016

Die Spielzeit 2016/2017 des Theater Pforzheim fugt sich in ein großes Jubilaum der Stadt ein - 2017 wird  feiert Pforzheim den 250. Geburtstag der Schmuck- und Uhrenindustrie. Dementsprechend stehen Sinn und Unsinn des Goldrauschs, das Funkeln und die Widerspruchen des Strebens nach Macht und Reichtum auch im Zentrum des Programms. In der Sparte Oper stehen zwei Musicalpremieren auf dem Program, SUGAR basierend auf dem Billy Wilder Film, und die deutsche Erstauffuhrung von SHYLOCK! inspiriert von Der Kaufmann Von Venedig. Aus der letzten Saison wiederaufgenommen werden WEST SIDE STORY und das TRIBUTE TO THE BLUES BROTHERS. (more...)

Maureen Taylor Brings Back Critically Praised 2009 Tribute Show to Songwriter Bob Merrill in NEW YORK CABARET'S GREATEST HITS at Metropolitan Room, 7/13 at 7 pmMaureen Taylor Brings Back Critically Praised 2009 Tribute Show to Songwriter Bob Merrill in NEW YORK CABARET'S GREATEST HITS at Metropolitan Room, 7/13 at 7 pm
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2016

In 2009 and 2010, opera singer turned cabaret performer Maureen Taylor staged a cabaret show tribute to Bob Merrill's music at the Metropolitan Room in New York and critics raved. Six years later, on July 13 at 7 pm, Maureen Taylor will reprise her highly praised show, Taylor Made: Bob Merrill, at the Metropolitan Room in cabaret's hottest monthly series, New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits, produced by Stephen Hanks (with Fr. Jeffrey Hamblin, MD, Associate Producer). Taylor's Musical Director is Matt Castle on piano, with Joe Brent on guitar, mandolin, and violin. Her special guest performer is two-time MAC Award winner Rev. Yolanda (Roger Anthony Yolanda Mapes). (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Finally Fanny! Shoshana Bean Previews 'Don't Rain on My Parade' from NSMT's FUNNY GIRLSTAGE TUBE: Finally Fanny! Shoshana Bean Previews 'Don't Rain on My Parade' from NSMT's FUNNY GIRL
by Stage Tube - May 27, 2016

Bill Hanney's award-winning North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) will soon stage a sparkling new production of FUNNY GIRL, starring Broadway's Shoshana Bean in the lead role of Fanny Brice. FUNNY GIRL starts performances on Tuesday, June 7 and plays through Sunday, June 19, 2016. The cast is currently in rehearsals, and Bean just released a preview of her take on the show's classic 'Don't Rain on My Parade' - check it out below! (more...)

Ira Lee Collings Returning to Don't Tell Mama in Celebration of 80th BirthdayIra Lee Collings Returning to Don't Tell Mama in Celebration of 80th Birthday
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

Singer IRA LEE COLLINGS returns to Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC to celebrate his 80th birthday with his new show Simply, Ira Lee (A Gay Geezer Celebration Through the Looking Glass..warts and all) on Wednesday, June 15th and Monday, June 20th at 7 PM. He will be joined by Musical Director John M. Cook on piano. (more...)

BWW Review: Laurie Krauz & Daryl Kojak Celebrate 25-Year Collaboration With Magnificent Show in 'New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits' Series at Metropolitan RoomBWW Review: Laurie Krauz & Daryl Kojak Celebrate 25-Year Collaboration With Magnificent Show in 'New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits' Series at Metropolitan Room
by Remy Block - May 19, 2016

We are lucky in New York City. The talent here is unbelievable. Sometimes you settle in for an intimate evening at a little local club and you get your socks blown off. On Friday the 13th (of May, to be exact), I had such an experience at the latest monthly installment of Stephen Hanks' Metropolitan Room series (Associate Producer, Fr. Jeffrey Hamblin, MD), New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits. The featured performers were Vocalist Laurie Krauz and her Musical Director Daryl Kojak celebrating their 25-year musical collaboration “It's a 'Greatest Hits' show within a Greatest Hits series!” Hanks extolled before introducing his stars for the evening. (more...)

Sheridan Smith FUNNY GIRL Cast Recording To Be Released July 8thSheridan Smith FUNNY GIRL Cast Recording To Be Released July 8th
by Michael Dale - May 18, 2016

Pre-orders for the Menier Chocolate Factory production that transferred to the West End's Savoy Theatre are now being taken by Amazon. (more...)

Full Company Announced for Shoshana Bean-Led FUNNY GIRL at North Shore Music TheatreFull Company Announced for Shoshana Bean-Led FUNNY GIRL at North Shore Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

Bill Hanney's award winning North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) is announcing full cast and creative team is being announced for the sparkling new production of FUNNY GIRL. They will be joining Shoshana Bean who was previously announced in the role of Fanny Brice. FUNNY GIRL starts performances on Tuesday, June 7 and plays thru Sunday, June 19, 2016.  (more...)

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