Bob Merrill News

Date of Birth: May 17, 1921
Date of Death: February 17, 1998 (76)
Birth Place: Atlantic City, NJ, USA
Gender: Male
Brian Stokes Mitchell, HENRY, SWEET HENRY and More Coming Up Next Week at Feinstein's/54 BelowBrian Stokes Mitchell, HENRY, SWEET HENRY and More Coming Up Next Week at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2017

Next week, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. (more...)

SCHOOL OF ROCK's Brandon Niederauer Rounds Out HENRY, SWEET HENRY Concert Cast at 54 BelowSCHOOL OF ROCK's Brandon Niederauer Rounds Out HENRY, SWEET HENRY Concert Cast at 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2017

Complete casting has been announced for Feinstein's/54 Below concert presentation of the short-lived musical Henry, Sweet Henry. (more...)

Joel Grey and Surprise Guests to Honor Liza Minnelli with the Pasadena POPSJoel Grey and Surprise Guests to Honor Liza Minnelli with the Pasadena POPS
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2017

Principal POPS Conductor Michael Feinstein opens the 2017 Pasadena POPS Sierra Auto Concert Series at the Los Angeles Arboretum on Saturday, June 17th with Broadway: The Golden Age. (more...)

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for May 17, 2017GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for May 17, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 17, 2017

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI! It's May 17, 2017, and summer - or a reasonable facsimile thereof - has arrived in Nashville, with temperatures already climbing toward the 90s! When prompts the musical question: What's on your agenda for the summer of 2017? Anything we should know about and, more importantly, write about? (more...)

James A. Rocco to Depart the Ordway at the End of the YearJames A. Rocco to Depart the Ordway at the End of the Year
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts announced today that James A. Rocco has decided to step down from his role as Vice President of Programming and Producing Artistic Director to pursue his freelance career. After more than a decade of remarkable service to the Ordway, Mr. Rocco's departure date is planned for December 22, 2017. (more...)

BWW Review: THE GREAT BROADWAY BELT SHOW! at Feinstein's/54 Below is Sugary, Showstopping GoodnessBWW Review: THE GREAT BROADWAY BELT SHOW! at Feinstein's/54 Below is Sugary, Showstopping Goodness
by Troy Frisby - May 9, 2017

If showstoppers are the sugary-sweet dessert of any Broadway show, you might think eating nothing but cake would leave you sick to your stomach. But in the case of THE GREAT BROADWAY BELT SHOW! at Feinstein's/54 Below, you'd be wrong. At the April 25 show, dessert for dinner never looked so good. (more...)

'WOMEN ON THE VERGE', HONEYMOON IN VEGAS Highlight Musical Theatre Guild's 22nd Season'WOMEN ON THE VERGE', HONEYMOON IN VEGAS Highlight Musical Theatre Guild's 22nd Season
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, has announced an exciting quartet of shows, all based on acclaimed films, to celebrate its twenty-second season of Broadway in Concert musicals. The MTG 2017-2018 season includes: SUGAR, WOMEN OF THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, HIGH SOCIETY and HONEYMOON IN VEGAS. (more...)

Sharing is Caring: A Short History of Tony Ties,  Multiple Wins, and Split Performances on the Great White WaySharing is Caring: A Short History of Tony Ties, Multiple Wins, and Split Performances on the Great White Way
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 6, 2017

This season, Manhattan Theatre Club stunned and excited theatregoers when it was announced that Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon, two of the most formidable females of stage and screen, would be returning to the boards in an unconventional new revival of Lillian Hellman's family drama, The Little Foxes. (more...)

BWW Review: In Tandem's Enchanting CARNIVAL Circles Audiences In Retro MagicBWW Review: In Tandem's Enchanting CARNIVAL Circles Audiences In Retro Magic
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - May 5, 2017

Similar to an actual carved and decorated carousel, In Tandem's musical Carnival circles audiences with the sentiment 'Love Makes the World Go Round.' The familiar song from the 1960's production written by Bob Merrill and Michael Stewart in their book, lyrics and music adapted from a 1950's novel titled 'Lilli' happens outside Paris, circa 1920. Carnivals and circuses played to packed audiences before World War ! and the depression, and in their enchanting story a young orphan named Lilli travels from hr past home when her father dies to search for her future, 'where everyone knows her name,' and of course, true love. (more...)

Highlights in Jazz Series to Continue with Joe Bushkin Centennial Concert in TribecaHighlights in Jazz Series to Continue with Joe Bushkin Centennial Concert in Tribeca
by BWW News Desk - May 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 tonight, 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 all Highlights In Jazz shows, a surprise special guest. (more...)

BWW Review: The Fugard's FUNNY GIRL - with Ashleigh Harvey as a Powerhouse Fanny Brice - a Valentine to Gentler and Jollier TimesBWW Review: The Fugard's FUNNY GIRL - with Ashleigh Harvey as a Powerhouse Fanny Brice - a Valentine to Gentler and Jollier Times
by David Fick - Apr 29, 2017

The Fugard's first new musical production of 2017 puts FUNNY GIRL on South African stages, and the results are delightful - with a powerhouse performance from Ashleigh Harvey as Fanny Brice, the stage, radio and film personality around whom everyone and everything in the show revolves. (more...)

Rhinebeck Writers Retreat presents First Reading of BHANGIN' ITRhinebeck Writers Retreat presents First Reading of BHANGIN' IT
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

Rhinebeck Writers Retreat is presenting the first reading of the new musical, BHANGIN' IT, book by Rehana Lew Mirza and Mike Lew and music and lyrics by Sam Willmott, on May 1 in New York City for an invited industry audience. The reading includes actors Shoba Narayan (Natasha Pierre & The Great Comet), Tony Sheldon (Amelie), Dan Rosales (Spamilton), Angel Desai (Company), and Salena Qureshi.  The reading is directed by David Ruttura (School of Rock) and music directed by James Dobinson (The View UpStairs). (more...)

SCHOOL OF ROCK's Evie Dolan Signs on for HENRY, SWEET HENRY at Feinstein's/54 BelowSCHOOL OF ROCK's Evie Dolan Signs on for HENRY, SWEET HENRY at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

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

Showers in the Mother City Won't Rain on The Fugard's Parade as FUNNY GIRL Opens in Cape TownShowers in the Mother City Won't Rain on The Fugard's Parade as FUNNY GIRL Opens in Cape Town
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

There may have been a thunderstorm in the Mother City today, but nobody is gonna rain on The Fugard's parade as FUNNY GIRL celebrates its opening tonight. Having commenced performances on 18 April, The Fugard will welcome the media and special guests from the Cape Town entertainment scene at a special performance of the show this evening. (more...)

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...)

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