Bob Merrill News

Date of Birth: May 17, 1921
Date of Death: February 17, 1998 (76)
Birth Place: Atlantic City, NJ, USA
Gender: Male
BWW Reviews: Stellar LIZ CALLAWAY Shares and Soars with Ease at Metropolitan RoomBWW Reviews: Stellar LIZ CALLAWAY Shares and Soars with Ease at Metropolitan Room
by Alix Cohen - Jul 29, 2015

Liz Callaway's For the Record show last night at The Metropolitan Room was literally the live recording of songs in preparation for her upcoming autumn CD release, The Essential Liz Callaway, 'and another recording I have up my sleeve later.' Except for a pause between numbers, choices with seemingly little cohesive rhyme or reason were so fluently bridged by amiable, explanatory patter one might've thought this was a thematic show. The eminently likeable performer made us feel we were in her living room, while never letting down professional standards. (more...)

Sterling's Upstairs Announces 9th Year Anniversary Celebration With Broadway, Pop and Great American Songbook Concerts!Sterling's Upstairs Announces 9th Year Anniversary Celebration With Broadway, Pop and Great American Songbook Concerts!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2015

Founded by BroadwayWorld TV's own Michael Sterling (On-air Producer and Host for live entertainment news events in Los Angeles), Sterling's Upstairs first opened its doors at the renowned Vitello's Restaurant in Studio City, CA. where it single handedly brought back to Los Angeles the art of intimate upscale cabaret concerts which had all but vanished from the cultural scene in movie town, USA.á However, in due time, the venue was whole heartedly embraced by enthusiasts of LA's performing arts community and continued to thrive for 6 successful years in a former storage room that was transformed by Sterling into a true supper club environment. á (more...)

Michael Feinstein Joins Pasadena POPS for THE SINATRA PROJECT, 8/1Michael Feinstein Joins Pasadena POPS for THE SINATRA PROJECT, 8/1
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2015

Pasadena Pops Conductor Michael Feinstein puts down the conducting baton and picks up the microphone for one night only to sing a full concert devoted to the legacy of Frank Sinatra. (more...)

Pittsburgh CLO's GYPSY Opens 7/10Pittsburgh CLO's GYPSY Opens 7/10
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2015

Join one-of-a-kind mother, Rose, and her two talented daughters as they search for fame in Pittsburgh CLO's production of GYPSY, July 10-19 at the Benedum Center. This entertaining musical is complete with memorable performances, mother-daughter struggles and the hardships of show business life, all while set during the infamous vaudeville era. (more...)

Sheridan Smith-Led FUNNY GIRL Heading to West End and Broadway?Sheridan Smith-Led FUNNY GIRL Heading to West End and Broadway?
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2015

As BroadwayWorld reported last week, Sheridan Smitháhas beenáin negotiations to star as 'Fanny Brice' in FUNNY GIRL at the Menier Chocolate Factory, directed byáMichael Mayer. An official announcement has not been made, and according to the Daily Mail, the team is still working out if the show might transferáafter its run in Southwark. Baz Bamigboye writes that the production could be heading to the West End, or even New York in the future. (more...)

Sheridan Smith in Talks to Lead FUNNY GIRL at Menier Chocolate FactorySheridan Smith in Talks to Lead FUNNY GIRL at Menier Chocolate Factory
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2015

According to the Daily Mail, Sheridan Smith is in negotiations to star as 'Fanny Brice' in FUNNY GIRL at the Menier Chocolate Factory in Southwark. She met with director Michael Mayer today. No word yet on the final decision, but it seems if Smith is out, the musical will go back in storage for now. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Barry Kleinbort Discusses Broadway at  Backstage with Peter LeDonnePhoto Coverage: Barry Kleinbort Discusses Broadway at Backstage with Peter LeDonne
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 28, 2015

Barry Kleinbort, director, composer, lyricist, and librettist shared his vast theatre knowledge with the 970am radio audience this past Sunday. Barry paid a visit to his longtime friend Jamie deRoy at Backstage with Peter LeDonne. This informative hour is available on Podcast at http://am970theanswer.com. Mr. Kleinbort is one of the select of creative people who are called upon to write special material for many cabaret and theatre performers. (more...)

La SDM porta in scena a Milano FUNNY GIRLLa SDM porta in scena a Milano FUNNY GIRL
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2015

La SDM - la Scuola Del Musical di Milano, fondata da Saverio Marconi e diretta da Federico Bellone, presenterÓ per la prima volta in Italia, grazie a uno speciale accordo con la prestigiosa agenzia americana Tams-Witmark, il musical di Broadway 'Funny Girl'. (more...)

THEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: Robert Morse Turns 84THEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: Robert Morse Turns 84
by Pat Cerasaro - May 21, 2015

Today we are saluting an iconic stage and screen star in honor of his 84th birthday this week, Robert Morse. (more...)

BWW Reviews: There's No Raining on FUNNY GIRL's Parade at Dutch AppleBWW Reviews: There's No Raining on FUNNY GIRL's Parade at Dutch Apple
by Marakay Rogers - Apr 14, 2015

Don;t let April showers rain on your parade over to Dutch Apple for one of America's favorite musicals. (more...)

Billy Porter Brings BROADWAY AND SOUL to LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER TonightBilly Porter Brings BROADWAY AND SOUL to LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2015

Live From Lincoln Center - the pioneering, award-winning performing arts series - continues its 40th anniversary season with another concert from Lincoln Center's American Songbook series, featuring Billy Porter tonight, April 3, in BROADWAY AND SOUL. Tony Award-winning actress and singer Audra McDonald hosts the broadcast. (more...)

Billy Porter Talks DREAMGIRLS & Looks Ahead To LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER ConcertBilly Porter Talks DREAMGIRLS & Looks Ahead To LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER Concert
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 1, 2015

Billy Porter looks back and looks forward! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Preview Billy Porter's BROADWAY AND SOUL Concert; Airs Friday on PBS!STAGE TUBE: Preview Billy Porter's BROADWAY AND SOUL Concert; Airs Friday on PBS!
by Stage Tube - Apr 1, 2015

Live From Lincoln Center - the pioneering, award-winning performing arts series - continues its 40th anniversary season with 'Billy Porter: Broadway and Soul' Friday, April 3, 2015. (more...)

FUNNY GIRL and More Set for Segal Centre's 2015-16 SeasonFUNNY GIRL and More Set for Segal Centre's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2015

The Segal Centre for Performing Arts today announced the programming for its 2015-2016 Theatre Season. Artistic and Executive Director Lisa Rubin invites audiences to discover seven spectacular Montreal premieres starting next fall with a rare production of the showbiz musical FUNNY GIRL by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill. (more...)

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER Continues in April with Billy Porter & Norm LewisLIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER Continues in April with Billy Porter & Norm Lewis
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

Live From Lincoln Center - the pioneering, award-winning performing arts series - continues its 40th anniversary season with two outstanding concerts form Lincoln Center's American Songbook series, featuringBilly Porter (April 3) and Norm Lewis (April 10). Six-time Tony Award-winning actress and singer Audra McDonald will host each broadcast. Details follow below. (more...)

Kelly Clarkson Wants to Star in Broadway Revival of FUNNY GIRLKelly Clarkson Wants to Star in Broadway Revival of FUNNY GIRL
by Caryn Robbins - Feb 27, 2015

In a new interview featured in this week's print edition of Entertainment Weekly, multi-Grammy Award winning singer Kelly Clarkson shared her wish to come to the Great White Way. (more...)

Michael Feinstein Returning to Feinstein's at the Nikko for Series of ShowsMichael Feinstein Returning to Feinstein's at the Nikko for Series of Shows
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2015

Considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards, the two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy nominated Michael Feinstein returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko for five performances only - April 29 - May 3, 2015. The performance schedule is as follows: Wednesday, April 29 at 7 p.m.; Thursday, April 30 at 8 p.m.; Friday, May 1 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 2 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, May 3 at 7 p.m. A celebration of Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday, Feinstein will pay tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes by performing some of Sinatra's most beloved classics, including "New York, New York," "The Lady is a Tramp," and "All the Way." Tickets for Michael Feinstein range in price from $80 - $95 and are available now by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.ticketweb.com. (more...)


by Clemente Sanchez - Feb 2, 2015

La ediciˇn 2014 de Broadway por Amor, hizo un digno homenaje a grandes temas del Cine. (more...)

BWW CD Reviews: Kimberly Faye Greenberg's FABULOUS FANNY: THE SONGS & STORIES OF FANNY BRICE Channels the IconBWW CD Reviews: Kimberly Faye Greenberg's FABULOUS FANNY: THE SONGS & STORIES OF FANNY BRICE Channels the Icon
by David Clarke - Jan 28, 2015

Kimberly Faye Greenberg, again playing the legendary Fanny Brice, released FABULOUS FANNY: THE SONGS & STORIES OF FANNY BRICE last summer. With deft skill, she brings Fanny Brice back to life on the recording, allowing modern audiences a chance to enjoy a taste of the woman who inspired the hit musical FUNNY GIRL. (more...)

Charles Busch to Make 92Y 'Lyrics & Lyricists' Debut with HERE'S TO THE GIRLS!, 2/7-9Charles Busch to Make 92Y 'Lyrics & Lyricists' Debut with HERE'S TO THE GIRLS!, 2/7-9
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2015

Artistic director Charles Busch -- in his Lyrics & Lyricists debut -- serves up a cavalcade of stories and songs about the legendary women of Hollywood's movie musical Golden Age in 'Here's to the Girls!' on February 7, 8 and 9, 2015 at 92Y. (more...)

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