Gower Champion News

 
Date Of Birth:
June 21, 1919
Date Of Death:
August 25, 1980 (61)
Birth Place:
Geneva, IL, USA
Gender: Male
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Gower Champion News

Date of Birth: June 21, 1919
Date of Death: August 25, 1980 (61)
Birth Place: Geneva, IL, USA
Gender: Male
42ND STREET Opens Tonight at The Duluth Playhouse42ND STREET Opens Tonight at The Duluth Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

The Duluth Playhouse is proud to present 42ND STREET, with music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Al Dubin and book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble. Based on the novel by Bradford Ropes, with original direction and dances by Gower Champion. Originally produced on Broadway by David Merrick. The show runs tonight, April 27, through May 8, 2016. (more...)

Cover Revealed for BARBARA COOK: THEN AND NOW MemoirCover Revealed for BARBARA COOK: THEN AND NOW Memoir
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

As previously announced, Barbara Cook's anticipated autobiography, BARBARA COOK: THEN AND NOW, will be released by HarperCollins Publishers on June 28, and you can check out the cover art on Amazon (and left) now! (more...)

42ND STREET Tour Coming to EJ Thomas Hall, 5/10-1142ND STREET Tour Coming to EJ Thomas Hall, 5/10-11
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

?The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic 42nd STREET will celebrate a limited two-night engagement at E.J. Thomas Hall with a sparkling new production, May 10-11, the final performances of the 2015-16 Broadway in Akron season.  42nd STREET will be directed by co-author Mark Bramble and choreographed by Randy Skinner, the team who staged the 2001 Tony Award winning Best Revival. (more...)

In The Wings Productions to Present 42ND STREET, 4/8-17In The Wings Productions to Present 42ND STREET, 4/8-17
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

In The Wings Productions, under the leadership of Artistic Director Tanya Glassman and Executive Producer Adam Glassman, presents the song and dance extravaganza 42ND STREET, with performances from April 8-17 at the historic Snug Harbor Music Hall. (more...)

Rehearsal Begins for BARBARA COOK: THEN AND NOW Off-BroadwayRehearsal Begins for BARBARA COOK: THEN AND NOW Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2016

Rehearsal begins today for BARBARA COOK: THEN AND NOW, a candid and intimate evening conceived by three-time Tony Award winner James Lapine and directed by ten-time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune. (more...)

42ND STREET to Run 4/19-24 at The Playhouse42ND STREET to Run 4/19-24 at The Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic 42nd STREET will celebrate a one week engagement at The Playhouse on Rodney Square with a sparkling new production, April 19-24.  42nd STREET will be directed by co-author Mark Bramble and choreographed by Randy Skinner, the team who staged the 2001 Tony Award winning Best Revival. (more...)

Broadway Legend Barbara Cook Will Return to the Stage This Spring in BARBARA COOK: THEN AND NOWBroadway Legend Barbara Cook Will Return to the Stage This Spring in BARBARA COOK: THEN AND NOW
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2016

Producer Roy Furman, in association with Sandy Robertson and Luigi Caiola, just announced the return to the stage of one of the greatest voices and storytellers of our time. The legendary Tony and Grammy Award winner Barbara Cook will share the stories and songs that shaped her life and career in Barbara Cook: Then and Now, a candid and intimate evening conceived by 3-time Tony Award winner James Lapine and directed by 10-time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune.  (more...)

KC Rep Announces Cast of THE FANTASTICKSKC Rep Announces Cast of THE FANTASTICKS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2016

Kansas City Repertory Theatre will continue its 2015-16 season with The Fantasticks, directed by Kansas City Repertory Theatre's Producing Director Jerry Genochio. (more...)

Broadway Musical Director Jack F. Lee Passes Away at 86Broadway Musical Director Jack F. Lee Passes Away at 86
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2016

Jack F. Lee (born John Francis Lee), beloved musical director of both stage and screen, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2016 in his home at the age of 86. Mr. Lee was one of Broadway's leading conductors and musical directors who worked with composers/lyricists John Kander & Fred Ebb, Cy Coleman & Dorothy Fields, Jule Styne, Richard Rogers, Stephen Sondheim, Charles Strouse, Alan Jay Lerner, Maury Yeston, Robert Wright & George Forrest, Sandy Wilson, Bob Merrill, Betty Comden & Adolph Green and Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones. (more...)

Bette Midler Led HELLO, DOLLY! Update - Auditions Set, Find Out What's Cast and What They're SeekingBette Midler Led HELLO, DOLLY! Update - Auditions Set, Find Out What's Cast and What They're Seeking
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2016

There's a new Dolly coming to town and today we've got the scoop on auditions to star alongside the legend via an Equity Casting Notice, available here.  (more...)

Bette Midler Will Make Bank Doing HELLO, DOLLY! Next YearBette Midler Will Make Bank Doing HELLO, DOLLY! Next Year
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

There's a new Dolly coming to town. As BroadwayWorld reported last week, Bette Midler will indeed return to Broadway in one of the most cherished shows in musical theater history when she takes on the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello, Dolly!, and according to Page Six, she'll make bank doing it. (more...)

Bernadette Peters to Perform with Pacific Symphony in Valentine's Day Concert, 2/12Bernadette Peters to Perform with Pacific Symphony in Valentine's Day Concert, 2/12
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2016

Grammy-, Golden Globe- Drama Desk- and three-time Tony Award-winning actress and singer Bernadette Peters-known for her raw talent and ability to knock the socks off an audience with her glorious voice-joins Pacific Symphony just in time for Valentine's Day weekend! The ageless Peters, who boasts a decades-long successful career on the Broadway, film and television stage, recently starred in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of "Follies" after a highly successful run at the Kennedy Center, and can be seen in the Golden-Globe winning TV series, "Mozart in the Jungle." Recent hit performances (backed by orchestras) have included Peters turning up the heat for Peggy Lee's "Fever"; Rodgers and Hammerstein's "There is Nothin' Like a Dame" (from "South Pacific"); "Children Will Listen" and "No One is Alone" (from "Into the Woods"); "In Buddy's Eyes" and "Losing My Mind" (from her turn as Sally Durant Plummer in the 2011 revival of "Follies"); and "Let Me Entertain You" (from the Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast album "Gypsy"), among many, many others. (more...)

From John Lithgow to Kevin Kline- Fans Chime in on the Ideal Horace for HELLO, DOLLY!From John Lithgow to Kevin Kline- Fans Chime in on the Ideal Horace for HELLO, DOLLY!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

Dolly is a great comic role, but it requires a great foil playing opposite her. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Dolly on Dolly- Carol Channing Chimes in on Bette Midler's Casting News!BWW Exclusive: Dolly on Dolly- Carol Channing Chimes in on Bette Midler's Casting News!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

There's a new Dolly coming to town, but how does the original star feel about it? BroadwayWorld has just checked in with Carol Channing, who is thrilled about this morning's news. Channing said, 'Bette will be brilliant! Dolly is the kind of character that everyone should be blessed to play. Dolly is an institution- the American musical equivalent to Hamlet.' (more...)

It Takes A Horace!  Who Should Star In HELLO, DOLLY! Opposite Bette Midler?It Takes A Horace! Who Should Star In HELLO, DOLLY! Opposite Bette Midler?
by Michael Dale - Jan 19, 2016

Dolly is a great comic role, but it requires a great foil playing opposite her. (more...)

Wow, Wow, Wow Fellas! Meet the Creative Team of Broadway-Bound HELLO, DOLLY!Wow, Wow, Wow Fellas! Meet the Creative Team of Broadway-Bound HELLO, DOLLY!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

As BroadwayWorld reported this morning, Bette Midler will indeed return to Broadway in one of the most cherished shows in musical theater history when she takes on the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi in Michael Stewart's (book) and Jerry Herman's (music and lyrics) masterpiece, Hello, Dolly!. Directed by four-time Tony AwardŽ winner Jerry Zaks, Hello, Dolly! will begin performances on Broadway on March 13, 2017, with an official opening night of April 20, 2017. Rehearsals begin one year from today. This new production of Hello, Dolly!, the first new production of this classic musical to appear on Broadway since it opened more than fifty years ago, will have at its helm Jerry Zaks as its director, and will feature choreography by Tony Award-winner Warren Carlyle. The new Dolly! will pay tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion, which has been hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Below, reacquaint yourself with the creative team, old and new! (more...)

It's Official: Bette Midler is Headed Back to Broadway in HELLO, DOLLY! in Spring of 2017; and We've Got the Dates, Creative Team & More!It's Official: Bette Midler is Headed Back to Broadway in HELLO, DOLLY! in Spring of 2017; and We've Got the Dates, Creative Team & More!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

Long rumored, and first reported last night by BroadwayWorld after the star teased the news on Twitter, it's now Official! Producer Scott Rudin announced this morning that Bette Midler will indeed return to Broadway in one of the most cherished shows in musical theater history when she takes on the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi in Michael Stewart's (book) and Jerry Herman's (music and lyrics) masterpiece, Hello, Dolly!. (more...)

Exclusive Photo Flash: BROADWAY: BEYOND THE GOLDEN AGE Premieres at Palm Springs International Film Festival!Exclusive Photo Flash: BROADWAY: BEYOND THE GOLDEN AGE Premieres at Palm Springs International Film Festival!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2016

BROADWAY: BEYOND THE GOLDEN AGE, Award-winning director Rick McKay's anxiously awaited sequel to his 2004 hit film, BROADWAY: THE GOLDEN AGE, just made its World Premiere to a sold-out crowd at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. Check out photos from the big night below! (more...)

42ND STREET Coming to State Theatre for Pair of Shows in February42ND STREET Coming to State Theatre for Pair of Shows in February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2016

The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic 42nd STREET will celebrate a TWO night engagement at the State Theatre with a sparkling new production, Wednesday February 3 and Thursday February 4.  42nd STREET will be directed by co-author Mark Bramble and choreographed by Randy Skinner, the team who staged the 2001 Tony Award winning Best Revival. (more...)

Stage Door Theatre to Present CARNIVAL, 1/22-2/28Stage Door Theatre to Present CARNIVAL, 1/22-2/28
by Carol Kassie - Jan 5, 2016

 Acclaimed for its 'magic', 'simplicity', and 'compassion', Carnival blends music, comedy, and pathos into what has been referred to as 'America's Magical Musical'.  Carnival will open at Margate's Stage Door Theatre on January 22nd and run through February 28th.  (more...)

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