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Date of Death: April 21, 1989
Birth Place: Hollywood, CA, USA
Gender: Male
UPDATED! BWW Exclusive: And the 2016 Hollywood Bowl Summer Musical Is...???UPDATED! BWW Exclusive: And the 2016 Hollywood Bowl Summer Musical Is...???
by Rialto Chatter - Feb 8, 2016

It's usually around this time of year that the Hollywood Bowl announces their summer musical, and this year we haven't heard yet, officially... so we sent out our spies in Los Angeles to see what we could find out. It didn't take long to zero in on what we suspect will be announced very shortly. So, what musical would they choose after LES MISERABLES, GUYS & DOLLS, THE PRODUCERS, RENT, HAIR and last summer's SPAMALOT? Drumroll please... we believe that the Hollywood Bowl Musical will be A CHORUS LINE. (more...)

Lineup Announced for 'Festival of the Emerging Musical' in PhiladelphiaLineup Announced for 'Festival of the Emerging Musical' in Philadelphia
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

The University of the Arts' Ira Brind School of Theater Arts announces the 2016 lineup for Polyphone, a "festival of the emerging musical" on the UArts campus in Philadelphia.  Running March 20-27, the 2016 the Polyphone festival produces staged concerts of new musicals and re-imagined canonical works offering professional composers, librettists and directors an opportunity to develop their work among the rich creative community of the Brind School at UArts.  The festival will program five musicals, including both classical and new works, with three performances each.   (more...)

Meadow Brook Theatre to Continue 50th Anniversary Season with LEGENDS!Meadow Brook Theatre to Continue 50th Anniversary Season with LEGENDS!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2015

Meadow Brook Theatre's 50th anniversary celebration continues with a comedic trip to the 1980s. Small-time theatre producer Martin Klemmer knows he's found the next big Broadway hit: "Star Wars: The Play." He just needs someone-anyone-powerful to return his calls! His best bet to get the attention he needs is to get a famous cast. He goes after big-name stars Sylvia Glenn and Leatrice Monsee for the leads. Unfortunately for Martin, Sylvia and Leatrice can't stand each other, but Martin is convinced that if he can just get them onboard, another big star will join, and he'll have a hit on his hands. (more...)

Cherry Lane Theatre Announces Playwright Pairings for MENTOR PROJECT 2016Cherry Lane Theatre Announces Playwright Pairings for MENTOR PROJECT 2016
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2015

MENTOR PROJECT - the Cherry Lane Theatre's Obie-winning program for new playwrights - will mark another milestone this year when three emerging writers are mentored by three previous Mentored Playwrights from the program's early years, with fully-staged productions presented by Cherry Lane (38 Commerce St. in NYC) from February 24 to April 23, 2016 it has been announced by the theater's Producing Artistic Director, Angelina Fiordellisi. (more...)

Cortland Rep Sets Summer 2016 SeasonCortland Rep Sets Summer 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2015

Cortland Repertory Theatre, one of New York State's longest running professional summer theatres, is announcing their 45th annual season for the summer of 2016. "We're absolutely thrilled to be bringing six CRT premieres in this coming season, including three regional debuts." Producing Artistic Director Kerby Thompson says.  (more...)

School of Theatre at Florida State to Present A CHORUS LINE, 10/16-25School of Theatre at Florida State to Present A CHORUS LINE, 10/16-25
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2015

The School of Theatre is bringing the beloved classic A Chorus Line to the stage of the Fallon Theatre October 16-25. This nine-time Tony Award®-winning show delves into the dreams and fears of the characters, revealing what they have done and would do for love. A Chorus Line features a stunning book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, with music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban. Under the direction of MFA Directing Candidate Jenna Tamisiea, A Chorus Line is sure to delight audiences young and old. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 10/5/15- A CHORUS LINESTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 10/5/15- A CHORUS LINE
by Stage Tube - Oct 5, 2015

Today in 2006, the first Broadway revival of A Chorus Line opened at the Schoenfeld Theatre, where it ran for 759 performances. A Chorus Line is a musical about Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line. The book was authored by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante, lyrics were written by Edward Kleban, and music was composed by Marvin Hamlisch. With nineteen main characters, it is set on the bare stage of a Broadway theatre during an audition for a musical. The show provides a glimpse into the personalities of the performers and the choreographer as they describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers. The original Broadway production received 12 Tony Award nominations and winning nine of them, in addition to the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. (more...)

Dancers Behind A CHORUS LINE Sold Their Life Stories for $1Dancers Behind A CHORUS LINE Sold Their Life Stories for $1
by TV News Desk - Oct 5, 2015

In an excerpt from his new book 'Razzle Dazzle The Battle for Broadway', writer Michael Riedel discusses the origins of the iconic Broadway musical A CHORUS LINE. (more...)

TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE Launches Playhouse on Park's 7th Season TonightTUESDAYS WITH MORRIE Launches Playhouse on Park's 7th Season Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2015

Playhouse Theatre Group, Inc. announces the seven plays and musicals that will comprise the 2015-16 Main Stage Season at Playhouse on Park. The award winning theatre continues its mission to ensure every performance in the Main Stage Season educates, entertains, and most importantly, challenges our audiences. Paramount to this mission is our diverse programming, which challenges our patrons to consider theatre in all forms. (more...)

Box Office for Meadow Brook Theatre's 50th Anniversary Season Now OpenBox Office for Meadow Brook Theatre's 50th Anniversary Season Now Open
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2015

The 50th Anniversary season promises to please with Michigan Premieres, a hilarious comedy, and a nostalgic musical sure to take you on a trip back in time! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/17/15- A CHORUS LINESTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/17/15- A CHORUS LINE
by Stage Tube - Aug 17, 2015

Today in 2008, the first Broadway revival of A Chrous Line closed at the Schoenfeld Theatre, where it ran for 759 performances. A Chorus Line is a musical about Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line. The book was authored by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante, lyrics were written by Edward Kleban, and music was composed by Marvin Hamlisch. With nineteen main characters, it is set on the bare stage of a Broadway theatre during an audition for a musical. The show provides a glimpse into the personalities of the performers and the choreographer as they describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers. The original Broadway production received 12 Tony Award nominations and winning nine of them, in addition to the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. (more...)

BWW TV: Happy 40th! HAMILTON Cast Sings 'What I Did for Love' in Honor of A CHORUS LINE's 40th AnniversaryBWW TV: Happy 40th! HAMILTON Cast Sings 'What I Did for Love' in Honor of A CHORUS LINE's 40th Anniversary
by Stage Tube - Jul 25, 2015

Today, Broadway celebrates the 40th anniversary of the opening of one of the most iconic musicals of all time. Below, take a look back at the performance, and watch as the original cast of A CHORUS LINE joins the HAMILTON cast on stage! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 7/25/15- A CHORUS LINESTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 7/25/15- A CHORUS LINE
by Stage Tube - Jul 25, 2015

Today in 1975, A Chrous Line opened at the Shubert THeatre, where it ran for 6137 performances. A Chorus Line is a musical about Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line. The book was authored by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante, lyrics were written by Edward Kleban, and music was composed by Marvin Hamlisch. With nineteen main characters, it is set on the bare stage of a Broadway theatre during an audition for a musical. The show provides a glimpse into the personalities of the performers and the choreographer as they describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers. The original Broadway production received 12 Tony Award nominations and winning nine of them, in addition to the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. (more...)

THE EXPLORERS CLUB, LEGENDS!, ATOMIC, CALENDAR GIRLS and More Set for Meadow Brook Theatre's 50th Anniversary SeasonTHE EXPLORERS CLUB, LEGENDS!, ATOMIC, CALENDAR GIRLS and More Set for Meadow Brook Theatre's 50th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2015

Meadow Brook Theatre's 2015-2016 season promises to please with Michigan Premieres, a hilarious comedy, and a nostalgic musical sure to take you on a trip back in time! (more...)

LYPSINKA! THE BOXED SET Cancelled Due to Actor InjuryLYPSINKA! THE BOXED SET Cancelled Due to Actor Injury
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2015

Kevin Malony and Joseph A. Berger, producers of the return summer engagement of LYPSINKA! THE BOXED SET, announce that the run will be canceled due to an injury sustained by star John Epperson. (more...)

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE & More Set for Stratford Festival's 2016 SeasonSHAKESPEARE IN LOVE & More Set for Stratford Festival's 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2015

With the world marking the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare in 2016, Stratford Festival Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino has planned a number of exciting projects in honour of the occasion. (more...)

LYPINSKA! THE BOXED SET Returning to NYC This MonthLYPINSKA! THE BOXED SET Returning to NYC This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2015

A glamorous dose of the legendary Lypsinka, John Epperson's iconic creation, will once again be doled out this summer when the acclaimed LYPSINKA! THE BOXED SET returns for a limited Off-Broadway engagement.  LYPSINKA! THE BOXED SET will be performed Wednesday, July 22nd through Saturday, September 12th at the ravishing jewel-box Connelly Theater, located at 220 East 4th Street (between Avenues A and B) in Manhattan's East Village. The Opening is Saturday, July 25th at 8 PM.  Tickets ($35 - $65) will go on sale on Monday, April 27th at 10 am online at www.lypsinka.com and www.tweedtheater.org/lypsinka, or by calling 866-811-4111. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  Mills Sisters, Juliet and Hayley Play Feuding Faded Stars In The Hilarious LEGENDS As It Tours AustraliaBWW Reviews: Mills Sisters, Juliet and Hayley Play Feuding Faded Stars In The Hilarious LEGENDS As It Tours Australia
by Jade Kops - Jun 24, 2015

Making LEGENDS a family affair, Producer John Frost's latest show teams Hayley Mills, Juliet Mills and Maxwell Caulfield in the update of James Kirkwood's 1986 comedy. (more...)

Playhouse on Park Now Casting for Season 7Playhouse on Park Now Casting for Season 7
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

Award-winning professional theatre Playhouse on Park is now casting for its upcoming seventh season. Local auditions will be held at the Playhouse on August 30th and 31st, and NYC auditions will be held on July 10th and 11th.     (more...)

Australian Tour of LEGENDS! Kicks Off Today in BrisbaneAustralian Tour of LEGENDS! Kicks Off Today in Brisbane
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2015

The Australian Premiere of James Kirkwood's hilarious and touching comedy Legends! is set for tonight 28th May. The national tour of this hilarious production stars screen and stage royalty, Hayley Mills and Juliet Mills. The Australian Premiere opens in Brisbane at QPAC in May for a strictly limited season, followed by seasons in Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne. (more...)

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