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Date Of Birth:
May 10, 1899
Date Of Death:
June 22, 1987 (88)
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BWW TV: BROADWAY QUICK CHANGE with Robert Hartwell- Christmas Edition!BWW TV: BROADWAY QUICK CHANGE with Robert Hartwell- Christmas Edition!
by Broadway Quick Change - Dec 23, 2014

BroadwayWorld.com, the most visited theatre site on the net, presents its newest, exclusive TV series - BROADWAY QUICK CHANGE. This newly minted series follows Broadway phenom Robert Hartwell on inspirational shopping outings, then into the dressing rooms of Broadway's hottest stars, where wielding his interior design chops, and extraordinary taste, transforms their home away from home, from the Drab to the Fab, the Blah to the Ahhhh! In this latest episode, watch Robert as he returns to MOTOWN for a special Christmas episode! (more...)

Goodspeed's HOLIDAY INN Raises Nearly $24,000 for BC/EFAGoodspeed's HOLIDAY INN Raises Nearly $24,000 for BC/EFA
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2014

Thanks to the efforts of the cast of Irving Berlin's HOLIDAY INN and the generosity of our Goodspeed's audience members, the theatre company has raised $23,935.58 this holiday season for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, it was announced today. (more...)

BUT, WAIT! WHAT? Holiday Gift Giving Guide for Pop Culture & Theatre JunkiesBUT, WAIT! WHAT? Holiday Gift Giving Guide for Pop Culture & Theatre Junkies
by Matt Tamanini - Dec 18, 2014

Ok, folks. This is getting dangerous. We are now exactly one week away from Christmas, and you still haven't started finished your shopping yet. And if you celebrate Hanukah, you're in a lot of trouble! So, I decided to help you out with a list of 10 items (in no particular order) that any pop culture fan with a modicum of taste would love to have this year. I've included classic movies, great TV shows, books, CDs, and a lot more; so if you don't find something for the entertainment lover on your list, I don't know what to tell you! (more...)

BroadwayWorld's Holiday Roundup 2014- Small Screen Edition!BroadwayWorld's Holiday Roundup 2014- Small Screen Edition!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 17, 2014

The holiday season is here at last, and in just weeks, the world will be spreading the yuletide cheer by decking the halls, wrapping the gifts and sipping the eggnog. There are plenty of ways to join in the spirit, but for theatre fans, there is even more to celebrate, as our favorite holiday programming and performances will be presented across all platforms this December. Whether you'd like to check out your favorite Christmas musical on stage, tune in for a festive concert on TV, or buy a movie ticket to a big holiday release, Broadway is everywhere this season... and BroadwayWorld has a complete guide of where to find it! Below, check out our all-inclusive Holiday Roundup for 2014! (more...)

BWW TV: BROADWAY QUICK CHANGE with Robert Hartwell & WICKED's Jenni Barber!BWW TV: BROADWAY QUICK CHANGE with Robert Hartwell & WICKED's Jenni Barber!
by Broadway Quick Change - Dec 11, 2014

BroadwayWorld.com, the most visited theatre site on the net, presents its newest, exclusive TV series - BROADWAY QUICK CHANGE. This newly minted series follows Broadway phenom Robert Hartwell on inspirational shopping outings, then into the dressing rooms of Broadway's hottest stars, where wielding his interior design chops, and extraordinary taste, transforms their home away from home, from the Drab to the Fab, the Blah to the Ahhhh! In this latest episode, watch Robert transform the dressing room of Broadway's resident diva- WICKED's Glinda, played by Jenni Barber. (more...)

Humphrey Bogart Marathon Part of getTV's December Holiday LineupHumphrey Bogart Marathon Part of getTV's December Holiday Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2014

Get into the holiday spirit with getTV this December, as the network delivers a loaded lineup of marathons, stunts, and festive favorites, headlined by the rarely-seen Christmas special HAPPY HOLIDAYS WITH BING AND FRANK. (more...)

Photo Flash: Dick Cavett Introduces Newest Book at W83 in ManhattanPhoto Flash: Dick Cavett Introduces Newest Book at W83 in Manhattan
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2014

Socrates in the City presented a very special onstage interview with legendary TV personality, Dick Cavett, December 3rd at W83 Space in Manhattan. The interview, conducted by bestselling author and founder of Socrates in the City, Eric Metaxas, focused on Cavett's new book Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments and Assorted Hijinks. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Playhouse Has a Right to 'Crow' About PETER PANBWW Reviews: Playhouse Has a Right to 'Crow' About PETER PAN
by Joseph Baker - Dec 8, 2014

Having witnessed the stultifying, bloated NBC production of PETER PAN LIVE (what were the 'powers that be' thinking would hold a child's attention span for three hours, however padded with yet more Peter Pan plugs from Walmart?), I was reluctant to attend Playhouse on the Square's annual production of the James Barrie children's classic. I am probably one of the handful of reviewers to recall the 1955 NBC production (and later one as well) with the legendary pairing of Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard (whose fruity, overly ripe 'Captain Hook' would make Johnny Depp's 'Jack Sparrow' seem more like a white collar executive). As an IPad-free child inured to black and white fare, it hardly mattered that Mary Martin was, to put it politely, mature; that the production values were clunky; that the wires and 'Tinker' herself were glaringly apparent. In short, I was captivated. Yet, Martin possessed the kind of spunk and spontaneity that made us children believe (not to mention that she had the kind of singing voice that made her a legendary Broadway performer, as evidenced by SOUTH PACIFIC and SOUND OF MUSIC). She could make a child want to fly. Allison Williams, last evening's 'Peter,' lacked that optimistic boyishness (though she had the tomboyish Hilary Swank look 'nailed') and, despite having a pleasant enough voice, often seemed out of breath; but Chrisopher Walken, whom I like and who I initially thought would be inspired casting, seemed to have wandered in from a cocktail party hosted by zombies. His dancing made that of the Monster in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN seem as nimble as that of Fred Astaire. Despite the wonderful lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and despite the 'ear candy' musical score by Mark Charlalp and Jule Stein, those long, middle stretches in Neverland made me wonder if it would Neverend. (more...)

FLASH SPECIAL: A Helluva Guy! An Adolph Green Centennial Celebration - ON THE TOWN, PETER PAN, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, Etc.FLASH SPECIAL: A Helluva Guy! An Adolph Green Centennial Celebration - ON THE TOWN, PETER PAN, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, Etc.
by Pat Cerasaro - Dec 6, 2014

Today we turn our attention to a Golden Age master who was celebrated earlier this week via PETER PAN LIVE! and rightly so given this is now his centennial year, Adolph Green. (more...)

Alan Burkitt and Charlotte Gooch Lead TOP HAT at Theatre Royal GlasgowAlan Burkitt and Charlotte Gooch Lead TOP HAT at Theatre Royal Glasgow
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2014

Let's Face the Music and Dance with Top Hat at the Theatre Royal until Saturday 13 December. Stepping into the tap dancing shoes of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the lead roles of Jerry Travers and Dale Tremont, are Alan Burkitt and Charlotte Gooch, who both return to Top Hat having previously performed these roles in the West End. (more...)

Dick Cavett to Appear at W83 TonightDick Cavett to Appear at W83 Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2014

Tonight (Wednesday) at 7 PM, Socrates in the City will present a very special onstage interview with legendary TV personality and star of Broadway's INTO THE WOODS and THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, Dick Cavett, at W83, 150 West 83rd Street (between Columbus & Amsterdam Ave.) The interview, conducted by bestselling author and founder of Socrates in the City, Eric Metaxas, will focus on Cavett's new book BRIEF ENCOUNTERS: CONVERSATIONS, MAGIC MOMENTS AND ASSORTED HIJINKS. (more...)

BWW Reviews: TOP HAT, Theatre Royal, Glasgow, December 2 2014BWW Reviews: TOP HAT, Theatre Royal, Glasgow, December 2 2014
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Dec 3, 2014

Winner of three Olivier awards for Best New Musical, Best Choreography, Best Costumes and the Evening Standard Award for Best Night Out, this spectacular West End production is now touring the UK, wowing audiences and sweeping the board with 5 star reviews. Top Hat brings the glamour of Hollywood's golden age and the glorious, tap-dancing magic of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to the stage in one of the greatest dance musicals of all time. (more...)

Tony Nominee Gavin Lee to Succeed Noah Racey in Goodspeed's HOLIDAY INNTony Nominee Gavin Lee to Succeed Noah Racey in Goodspeed's HOLIDAY INN
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2014

Broadway's Gavin Lee, who recently returned from London where he was playing the Fred Astaire role in the musical Top Hat, will assume the role of Ted Hanover for the four additional weeks of Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn now running through December 28th at Goodspeed Opera House. On Broadway and national tour Lee played Bert the chimney sweep in Disney's Mary Poppins for which he was nominated for a Tony award. (more...)

BWW Special Interview: Kelli O'Hara and Christian Borle Talk PETER PAN LIVE! on NBCBWW Special Interview: Kelli O'Hara and Christian Borle Talk PETER PAN LIVE! on NBC
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 1, 2014

BroadwayWorld.com's Richie Ridge was on hand at PETER PAN's press day where he talked to the stars and creative team about how they are putting together this live TV event. Here, Richie talks to Christian Borle and Kelli O'Hara. (more...)

Photo Flash: Jim Caruso, Jane Monheit & Billy Stritch in HOLLYWOODLAND: Songs From The Silver ScreenPhoto Flash: Jim Caruso, Jane Monheit & Billy Stritch in HOLLYWOODLAND: Songs From The Silver Screen
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2014

Singers Jane Monheit, Jim Caruso and singer/pianist/arranger Billy Stritch have joined forces in HOLLYWOODLAND: Songs From The Silver Screen, which is running at Birdland through Thanksgiving (Thursday) evening with a show at 6pm. Material includes beloved songs like 'Pennies From Heaven,' 'Let's Misbehave,' 'Over The Rainbow,' 'If I Only Had A Brain,' 'Whistle While You Work,' and 'It Happened In Sun Valley.' There is also a tribute to the songs introduced by Fred Astaire. The trio is accompanied by Rick Montalbano on drums and Neal Miner on bass. (more...)

BWW Features: BAR URBO in Midtown Manhattan Expands Live Music SeriesBWW Features: BAR URBO in Midtown Manhattan Expands Live Music Series
by Marina Kennedy - Nov 27, 2014

Bar Urbo in Midtown Manhattan is expanding their live music program with the success of recent performances (more...)

BWW Reviews: 4 GIRLS 4! McKechnie, McArdle, McGovern And Graff Kick Off The Annenberg's Starry Cabaret Season!BWW Reviews: 4 GIRLS 4! McKechnie, McArdle, McGovern And Graff Kick Off The Annenberg's Starry Cabaret Season!
by David Green - Nov 26, 2014

The Annenberg Theatre kicked off its' starry 2014-2015 Cabaret Season with four of Broadway's most celebrated leading ladies - Donna McKechnie, Andrea McArdle, Maureen McGovern and Randy Graff - in an unforgettable evening of song and story to a "standing room only" crowd dotted with several other Broadway luminaries including Carol Channing, Kaye Ballard and composer David Zippel. Under the masterful musical direction of John McDaniel, this quintessential quartet delivered well beyond my already high expectations and to say the evening was "memorable" would be nothing short of an understatement. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Billy Stritch & Jim Caruso Continue Residency at The CarlylePhoto Coverage: Billy Stritch & Jim Caruso Continue Residency at The Carlyle
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 24, 2014

The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel, continues to be home court for Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch. They are back at Bemelmans Bar for an extended Sunday night residency. The performances build upon their recent run of shows in the intimate, storied New York City lounge, favorites not only of music fans and critics, but also of fellow artists. Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch shows are a place where some of the city's foremost entertainers go to commune with their own-and sometimes sit-in for a song or two-on their nights off. The pair will be at Bemelmans with their evening of swinging standards Sunday nights, through Dec. 31st. Dropping in Sunday night were Ron Abel and Chuck Steffan creators of 'Hazel' a new musical bound for Broadway. Jane Monheit joined Billy & Jim for some great vocals as Giselle Wolf and Eda Sorokoff looked on approvingly (more...)

BWW Reviews: HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLINBWW Reviews: HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN
by Don Grigware - Nov 21, 2014

Once again the uniquely talented Hershey Felder endears his audience to him with his newest presentation, the life and work of the one and only composer Irving Berlin in Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin. Currently onstage at the Geffen Playhouse through December 21, Felder's tribute, although a bit long - coming in a tad short of two hours without an interval - is enriching, humorous and replete with most of the brilliant Berlin tunes. (more...)

BWW Interviews : STEFANO BRONDI, SPRING AWAKENING E IL RISVEGLIO TEATRALE MUSICALE IN ITALIABWW Interviews : STEFANO BRONDI, SPRING AWAKENING E IL RISVEGLIO TEATRALE MUSICALE IN ITALIA
by francesca silvestri - Nov 21, 2014

L'istruzione teatrale musicale in Italia e l'effetto che i musical hanno sugli spettatori. (more...)

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