Frank Loesser News

Date Of Birth:
June 29, 1910
Date Of Death:
July 28, 1969 (59)
Birth Place:
New York, NY, USA
Gender:
Male
Photo Flash: First Look at Riverside Theatre's HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2014

Riverside Theatre's celebrated 40th Anniversary Season comes to a close with the witty and exuberant How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. With a book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Willie Gilbert, and music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying is based on a best-selling, satirical book of the same name by Shepherd Mead. How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying performs on the Stark Stage now through April 27, 2014 and is sponsored by Marriott Spring Hill Suites and our Patron Producers. How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is a co-production between Riverside Theatre and the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

MARY POPPINS, REEFER MADNESS & More Set for FAC's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

The world's most beloved nanny and the world's most notorious vampire join a fine crew of stoners, gamblers and talking mice in the FAC's exciting 2014-15 theatre season lineup. (more...)

BWW CD Reviews: Billy Porter's BILLY'S BACK ON BROADWAY is Smooth and Relaxing
by David Clarke - Apr 15, 2014

Despite an extensive and impressive career, Billy Porter recently became a household name when he won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. The incandescent star released a solo album of Broadway standards, titled BILLY'S BACK ON BROADWAY. He applies a big band swing, jazz, and contemporary R&B soundscape to these hit songs, giving listeners a unique perspective on these songs. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 4/14- GUYS AND DOLLS
by Stage Tube - Apr 14, 2014

Today in 1992, the second Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls opened at the Martin Beck Theatre (now the Al Hirschfeld Theatre), where it ran for 1143 performances. Guys and Dolls is a musical with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. It is based on 'The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown' and 'Blood Pressure', two short stories by Damon Runyon, and also borrows characters and plot elements from other Runyon stories, most notably 'Pick the Winner'. Premiering on Broadway in 1950, the original production ran for 1200 performances and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The musical has had several Broadway and London revivals, as well as a 1955 film adaptation starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine. (more...)

New York Conservatory Pays Tribute to Broadway Journeyman, Herbert Greene, 4/28
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2014

Monday night, April 28, New York Conservatory presents a rare treat. We're used to concerts and benefits on the household names of musical theatre - especially the Golden Age - but here's one dedicated to one of the Great White Way's unsung heroes - Herbert Greene. A shrewd producer, natural conductor and orchestrator, and gifted composer, Greene was behind some of Broadway's classic productions. He worked side-by-side with Meredith Willson on the legendary The Music Man and with Frank Loesser onMost Happy Fella; built the enthralling orchestrations behind Sondheim's Anyone Can Whistle, a musical ahead of its time, even influencing the addition of a song which was a veiled 'Love Note" to Lee Remick; and even trained Broadway luminaries likeamong them were Rex Harrison, Rosalind Russell, Angela Lansbury, Barbara Cook, Robert Preston, Don Ameche, and Judy Holliday. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Indianapolis - Week of 4/13/2014
by BWW - Apr 13, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/13/2014 for Indianapolis (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 4/13/2014
by BWW - Apr 13, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/13/2014 for Philadelphia (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 4/13/2014
by BWW - Apr 13, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/13/2014 for Los Angeles (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/13/2014
by BWW - Apr 13, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/13/2014 for Chicago (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 4/13/2014
by BWW - Apr 13, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/13/2014 for Detroit (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: April 4 - April 11
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 11, 2014

Whether you've been living under a rock for the past week or you're just in the mood for a recap, BroadwayWorld's 'This Week in Pictures' is here to satisfy your end-of-the-week fix! Take a look below to catch up on the latest happenings from the Great White Way to The West End (and everywhere in between) with coverage of press events, rehearsals, opening nights and more. Highlights this week include a peek inside the closing night party for Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!, a look at the IF/THEN and ALADDIN casts in the recording studio, and a first look at A.R.T.'s THE TEMPEST! (more...)

Tony Winner Laura Benanti to Perform at The Old Globe's 2014 Gala, 7/26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

-The Old Globe will host the 2014 Globe Gala on Saturday, July 26 in support of the theatre's education and artistic programs. The annual event will feature a one-night-only performance by Broadway veteran and Tony Award winner Laura Benanti (Gypsy, Into the Woods, NBC's The Sound of Music Live!, 'The Good Wife,' 'Go On'), based on her smash hit New York cabaret (and new CD) In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention. Nina Doede, Deni Jacobs, and Sheryl White serve as Co-Chairs of the 2014 Globe Gala. (more...)

Riverside Theatre's HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 08, 2014

Riverside Theatre's celebrated 40th Anniversary Season comes to a close with the witty and exuberant How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. With a book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Willie Gilbert, and music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying is based on a best-selling, satirical book of the same name by Shepherd Mead. How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying performs on the Stark Stage from today, April 8 - 27, 2014 and is sponsored by Marriott SpringHill Suites and our Patron Producers. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside the Closing Night Party for Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Apr 07, 2014

The New York City Center Encores! production of Frank Loesser's The Most Happy Fella concluded its limited run last night, April 6. Starring Laura Benanti, Shuler Hensley, Cheyenne Jackson,Heidi Blickenstaff, Brian Cali, Bradley Dean, Zachary James, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Jessica Molaskey and Kevin Vortmann, The Most Happy Fella was directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, with music direction by Rob Berman. BroadwayWorld was there for the closing night party and you can check out photo coverage below! (more...)

Porchlight's 'HOW TO SUCCEED' Opens 4/29
by BWW News Desk - Apr 07, 2014

Porchlight Music Theatre and Managing Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the Tony Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize-winning How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, April 26 - June 1 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. The classic musical comedy, with book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert and songs by Frank Loesser features direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Rob Lindley, music direction by Kory Danielson, in his Porchlight debut and choreography by Porchlight Artistic AssociateBrenda Didier. Previews are Saturday, April 26 at 8 p.m., Sunday, April 27 at 2 and 6 p.m. and Monday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. Opening/press night is Tuesday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. The regular run schedule is Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There is an added matinee performance Thursday, May 29 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $30 for previews and $43.50 for all other performances. Single tickets are on sale now and may be purchased online at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by phone at Stage 773, 773.327.5252. Groups of ten or more may receive discounts on tickets purchased via Group Theater Tix at 312.423.6612 or grouptheatertix.com. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 4/5-4/6/2014
by - Apr 06, 2014

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, April 6, 2014 - Sunday, April 6, 2014. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE MOST HAPPY FELLA Is Sublimely Sung and Acted
by Michael Dale - Apr 06, 2014

Encores! serves up Frank Loesser's superb score with a 38 piece orchestra and an excellent cast. (more...)

BWW Reviews: 42nd St Moon is PAINTING THE CLOUDS WITH SUNSHINE
by Harmony Wheeler - Apr 06, 2014

42nd Street Moon's Greg MacKellan and Mark D. Kaufmann wrote 'Painting the Clouds with Sunshine' as a tribute to musical films of the depression era, but their end result may very well have been a successful film of that time. (more...)

Laura Benanti On THE MOST HAPPY FELLA & GYPSY Memories
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 06, 2014

In a revealing new interview, Laura Benanti shares her enthusiasm for participating in the new Encores! production of Frank Loesser's classic musical THE MOST HAPPY FELLA as well as shares memories from her Tony Award-winning role in the most recent Broadway revival of GYPSY. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 4/06/2014
by BWW - Apr 06, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/06/2014 for Philadelphia (more...)

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