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Date of Birth: June 21, 1919
Date of Death: August 25, 1980 (61)
Birth Place: Geneva, IL, USA
Gender: Male
Tony Nominee Michel Bell Joins SHOW BOAT at Reagle Music TheatreTony Nominee Michel Bell Joins SHOW BOAT at Reagle Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2017

Tony Award nominee and renowned Broadway actor Michel Bell will make his Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston debut this July!  (more...)

BWW Interview: Producer/Director Bruce Kimmel Talks About Directing DIAL M FOR MURDERBWW Interview: Producer/Director Bruce Kimmel Talks About Directing DIAL M FOR MURDER
by Don Grigware - Jun 20, 2017

Bruce Kimmel wrote, directed and starred in the cult movie hit, "The First Nudie Musical."  He also co-created the story for the hit film, "The Faculty," directed by Robert Rodriguez.  As an actor, Mr. Kimmel guest-starred on most of the long-running television shows of the 1970s.    Mr. Kimmel is a legendary Grammy-nominated producer of theatre music on CD, having produced over 180 albums. Most recently he has directed the shows L.A. Now and Then, Hit Song, The Musical, Welcome to My World, Li'l Abner, and Inside Out.  Mr. Kimmel is the author of seventeen books, many musicals, and is an award-winning songwriter. Bruce Kimmel serves as director on the Group Rep's upcoming production of Frederick Knott's mystery thriller Dial "M" for Murder which opens on the Main Stage, June 30th, at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood at the edge of the NoHo Arts District.  Written by Steve Peterson (more...)

HELLO, DOLLY! Beats Its Own Record For Highest Gross In Shubert Organization HistoryHELLO, DOLLY! Beats Its Own Record For Highest Gross In Shubert Organization History
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2017

The new Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler just had its best week ever on the heels of its four Tony Award wins, including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical (Ms. Midler), Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Gavin Creel), and Best Costume Design of a Musical (Santo Loquasto).  (more...)

Hello, Donna! Donna Murphy Joins HELLO, DOLLY! Once a Week Beginning TonightHello, Donna! Donna Murphy Joins HELLO, DOLLY! Once a Week Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2017

Fresh off of the show's four Tony wins, Hello, Dolly! welcomes two-time Tony AwardŽ-winner and one of Broadway's most treasured stars, Donna Murphy, stepping into the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi for Tuesday evening performances beginning tonight, June 13. (Ms. Murphy will also take over the role during Ms. Midler's vacations.) (more...)

VIDEO: HELLO DOLLY's David Hyde Pierce Performs on THE TONYSVIDEO: HELLO DOLLY's David Hyde Pierce Performs on THE TONYS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2017

HELLO DOLLY's David Hyde Pierce performed 'Penny in my Pocket' on tonight's TONY AWARDS. The actor portrays Horace Vangergelder in the hit revival. Watch the performance below. (more...)

HELLO, DOLLY!'s Bette Midler Wins 2017 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a MusicalHELLO, DOLLY!'s Bette Midler Wins 2017 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2017

Bette Midler has won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for HELLO, DOLLY!. (more...)

HELLO, DOLLY! Wins 2017 Tony Award for Best Revival of a MusicalHELLO, DOLLY! Wins 2017 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2017

Hello, Dolly! has won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Michael Stewart's (book) and Jerry Herman's (music and lyrics) masterpiece, Hello, Dolly!, returns to Broadway starring none other than Bette Midler. Directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, Hello, Dolly! is playing Broadway's legendary Shubert Theatre. (more...)

HELLO, DOLLY!'s Gavin Creel Wins 2017 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a MusicalHELLO, DOLLY!'s Gavin Creel Wins 2017 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2017

Gavin Creel has won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for HELLO, DOLLY!. (more...)

HELLO, DOLLY!'s Santo Loquasto Wins 2017 Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a MusicalHELLO, DOLLY!'s Santo Loquasto Wins 2017 Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2017

Santo Loquasto has won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical for HELLO, DOLLY!. (more...)

BWW Review: 42ND STREET at St. Dunstan's is Big, Beautiful and Amazing! Thru June 17BWW Review: 42ND STREET at St. Dunstan's is Big, Beautiful and Amazing! Thru June 17
by Anton Anderssen - Jun 9, 2017

St. Dunstan's Theatre Guild of Cranbrook closes out their season this year with the show-stopping 42ND STREET.   Experience "theatre under the stars," as this classic musical is performed in the beautiful outdoor Greek Theatre, located right behind the St. Dunstan's pavilion in Bloomfield Hills. (more...)

Woodstock Playhouse Presents 42nd STREET and Announces GalaWoodstock Playhouse Presents 42nd STREET and Announces Gala
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2017

The Quintessential American Musical, '42ND STREET' - based on the Lloyd Bacon, Busby Berkeley 1933 film - originally made its debut on the Broadway stage in 1980 and now comes to the stage of the iconic Woodstock Playhouse. (more...)

Ribbons Down Their Backs: The Supporting Ladies of HELLO, DOLLY!Ribbons Down Their Backs: The Supporting Ladies of HELLO, DOLLY!
by Julie Musbach - May 29, 2017

Hello, Dolly! is one of the most famous Broadway star vehicles, and no production has yet made that clearer than the one with Bette Midler's name floating high atop the marquee (and the 'sold out' sign). But what about the supporting ladies that fill the stage alongside the whirlwind Dolly Levi? (more...)

Patti LaBelle Wants To Play Dolly After Bette MidlerPatti LaBelle Wants To Play Dolly After Bette Midler
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2017

Patti LaBelle wants her shot at Dolly Levi! In an interview with WWD.com she says she was offered the lead role for the current revival four years ago, but turned it down. (more...)

42ND STREET Opens Friday 6/2 in Outdoor Greek Theatre - Bloomfield Hills42ND STREET Opens Friday 6/2 in Outdoor Greek Theatre - Bloomfield Hills
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

St. Dunstan's Theatre Guild of Cranbrook will close out their season this year with the show-stopping 42ND STREET. Come experience "theatre under the stars," as this classic musical will be performed in the beautiful outdoor Greek Theatre, located right behind the St. Dunstan's pavilion in Bloomfield Hills. (more...)

VIDEO: HELLO, DOLLY!'s Bette Midler Featured on CBS SUNDAY MORNINGVIDEO: HELLO, DOLLY!'s Bette Midler Featured on CBS SUNDAY MORNING
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2017

BWW has learned that CBS SUNDAY MORNING anchor Jane Pauley will sit down with legendary actress Bette Midler, now starring in the hit Broadway revival of HELLO DOLLY. (more...)

DVR Alert: HELLO, DOLLY!'s Bette Midler to Be Featured on CBS SUNDAY MORNINGDVR Alert: HELLO, DOLLY!'s Bette Midler to Be Featured on CBS SUNDAY MORNING
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2017

BWW has learned that CBS SUNDAY MORNING anchor Jane Pauley will sit down with legendary actress Bette Midler, now starring in the hit Broadway revival of HELLO DOLLY. (more...)

Photo Flash: Hello, Reba! Midler Hangs Backstage with McEntire at HELLO, DOLLY!Photo Flash: Hello, Reba! Midler Hangs Backstage with McEntire at HELLO, DOLLY!
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

Earlier this week, the Shubert Theatre got a special visit from Broadway veteran and recording artist Reba McEntire, and leading lady Bette Midler welcomed her backstage! (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...)

Broadway Legend Barbara Cook Reveals Her RetirementBroadway Legend Barbara Cook Reveals Her Retirement
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2017

According to the New York Times (via the star's son), the long and legendary career of Barbara Cook, now 89, has come to an end.  (more...)

Tony Awards Close-Up: Which Broadway Bestie is HELLO, DOLLY!'s Gavin Creel Happiest For? Find Out!Tony Awards Close-Up: Which Broadway Bestie is HELLO, DOLLY!'s Gavin Creel Happiest For? Find Out!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 5, 2017

As described by Gavin Creel himself, this Hello, Dolly! is a 'musical theatre miracle.' Equally miraculous is his performance as Cornelius Hackl, which just earned him a Tony nomination for Featured Actor in a Musical. Below, watch as he chats about the role, plus explains why he is extra-excited for one of his fellow nominees! (more...)

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