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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
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 Award® 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...)

Breaking: Rick McKay's BROADWAY: BEYOND THE GOLDEN AGE to Premiere at 2016 Palm Springs International Film FestivalBreaking: Rick McKay's BROADWAY: BEYOND THE GOLDEN AGE to Premiere at 2016 Palm Springs International Film Festival
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2015

BroadwayWorld is excited to report that BROADWAY: BEYOND THE GOLDEN AGE, Award-winning director Rick McKay's anxiously awaited sequel to his 2004 hit film, BROADWAY: THE GOLDEN AGE, is set to make its World Premiere at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, which takes place January 1-11, 2016. (more...)

Broadway Publicist Josh Ellis, Eric Bentley's 100th Birthday & More Set for THEATER TALK This WeekBroadway Publicist Josh Ellis, Eric Bentley's 100th Birthday & More Set for THEATER TALK This Week
by TV News Desk - Nov 18, 2015

An all-new episode of THEATER TALK features former Broadway publicist Josh Ellis on his one-man show, Call My Publicist! The Starry Education of A Broadway Press Agent, and an at-home interview with critic-performer-playwright- translator and writer Eric Bentley on the occasion of his 100th birthday. (more...)

42ND STREET Tour Comes to Segerstrom Center Tonight42ND STREET Tour Comes to Segerstrom Center Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2015

The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic 42nd STREET will celebrate a two-week engagement at Segerstrom Center for the Arts with a sparkling new production, tonight, November 10 - 22. 42nd STREET will be directed by co-author Mark Bramble and choreographed by Randy Skinner, the team that staged the 2001 Tony Award® winning Best Revival. (more...)

Come And Meet Those Dancing Feet! 42ND STREET Taps Its Way to The McCallum, 11/24-29Come And Meet Those Dancing Feet! 42ND STREET Taps Its Way to The McCallum, 11/24-29
by David Green - Oct 23, 2015

The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic 42nd STREET comes to the McCallum Theatre with a sparkling new production for seven performances Tuesday, November 24, through Sunday, November 29.42nd STREET is the song and dance fable of Broadway, with an American Dream story and some of the greatest songs ever written, including "We're In The Money," "Lullaby of Broadway," "Shuffle Off to Buffalo," "Dames," "I Only Have Eyes For You," and, of course, "42nd Street." Based on a novel by Bradford Ropes and Busby Berkeley's 1933 movie, 42nd STREET tells the story of a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer who leaves her Allentown home and comes to New York to audition for the new Broadway musical Pretty Lady. When the leading lady breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes a star. (more...)

American Dance Machine to Celebrate Broadway Choreography at Joyce TheaterAmerican Dance Machine to Celebrate Broadway Choreography at Joyce Theater
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2015

American Dance Machine for the 21st Century (ADM21), for those who love the dance in Broadway musicals, will return to New York City's Joyce Theater (175 Eighth Avenue) after their sold out run last year, it was announced today by founder and producing artistic director Nikki Feirt Atkins. Performances begin Monday, December 21st and run through Sunday, January 3rd. Tickets start at $10. (more...)

The FSCJ Artist Series to Present 42ND STREET in JanuaryThe FSCJ Artist Series to Present 42ND STREET in January
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2015

The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic 42nd STREET will celebrate a one week engagement at the Times-Union Center's Moran Theater with a sparkling new production, January 12-17. 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...)

42ND STREET Tour Comes to Merrill Auditorium Today42ND STREET Tour Comes to Merrill Auditorium Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2015

Portland Ovations brings the National Broadway Tour of 42nd Street to Merrill Auditorium for two performances at 2pm and 7:30pm today, October 17th. (more...)

BWW Interview: Broadway Director/Choreographer Randy Skinner Gets Tap-Happy with DAMES AT SEABWW Interview: Broadway Director/Choreographer Randy Skinner Gets Tap-Happy with DAMES AT SEA
by Bob Rizzo - Oct 7, 2015

Broadway director/ choreographer Randy Skinner talks about his new production of DAMES AT SEA. (more...)

42ND STREET Tour Coming to Merrill Auditorium, 10/1742ND STREET Tour Coming to Merrill Auditorium, 10/17
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2015

The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic 42nd STREET will celebrate a 2-performance engagement at Merrill Auditorium with a sparkling new production, on October 17th at 2pm and 7:30pm. 42nd STREET is directed by co-author Mark Bramble and choreographed by Randy Skinner, the team who staged the 2001 Tony Award® winning Best Revival. (more...)

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