Johnny Mercer News

Also Credited As: John Mercer
 
Date Of Birth:
November 18, 1909
Date Of Death:
June 25, 1976 (66)
Birth Place:
Savannah, GA, USA
Gender: Male
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Johnny Mercer News

Date of Birth: November 18, 1909
Date of Death: June 25, 1976 (66)
Birth Place: Savannah, GA, USA
Gender: Male
Musical Theatre Factory Presents Heath Saunders' Joe's Pub Debut on 5/9Musical Theatre Factory Presents Heath Saunders' Joe's Pub Debut on 5/9
by Louisa Brady - Apr 30, 2016

Musical Theatre Factory (MTF) will present Heath Saunders in concert at Joe's Pub featuring special guests Jason Gotay (Bring it On: The Musical), F. Michael Haynie (Wicked), Ashley Perez-Flanagan (Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812), Ally Bonino (Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat at MTF), Nikko Benson (Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat at MTF), and Trent Saunders (Aladdin) on May 9 at 9:30 p.m. at Joe's Pub. Tickets are $20 and available at http://bit.ly/1rFOGLR. (more...)

Shaina Taub to Release SONGS FROM OLD HATS Collection Next WeekShaina Taub to Release SONGS FROM OLD HATS Collection Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2016

Ghostlight Records will release a special EP of world-premiere recordings by acclaimed singer/songwriter SHAINA TAUB - which she wrote for and performed in the hit Off-Broadway production of Old Hats - on Friday, April 29. (more...)

BWW Review: SuperMAS Leaps Tall BuildingsBWW Review: SuperMAS Leaps Tall Buildings
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 20, 2016

Oh, for the love of God, we get it, we get it: The superwomen – who might best be described as the superheroines of Nashville's theaterati and assorted non-stagey types – of SuperMAS love each other, admire each other's mad musical theater skills and get along as well as a bunch of Canadians trying to out-courteous one another! But just imagine how much fun it would be if the quintet of superior performers could somehow show us the seamy underbelly of their interactions and artistic collaborations, exposing us to the histrionics of the Real Housewives reality of their relationships…complete with overturned tables, repeated air kisses and trips to faraway lands where they redefine the term “ugly Americans.” (more...)

New Musicals SKIN & BONES and U.G.L.Y. Set for SigWorks: Musical Theater LabNew Musicals SKIN & BONES and U.G.L.Y. Set for SigWorks: Musical Theater Lab
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

The Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre has announced the two musicals that have been chosen for the SigWorks: Musical Theater Lab, a new developmental workshop for musical theater writers - SKIN & BONES by Ben Clark and Andrew Kramer and U.G.L.Y. by Darius Smith. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Lindsay Mendez, Daniel Quadrino, Troy Iwata and More Sing the Music of Tim Rosser & Charlie SohneSTAGE TUBE: Watch Lindsay Mendez, Daniel Quadrino, Troy Iwata and More Sing the Music of Tim Rosser & Charlie Sohne
by Stage Tube - Apr 14, 2016

After a sold-out concert in 2013, Jonathan Larson and Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Award winners Charlie Sohne & Tim Rosser came back to the Feinstein's/54 Below stage for the first time in over 2 years. Audiences heard selections from some of their latest projects including Run Away Home, Talk To Me, The Boy Who Danced on Air, and their new slash fiction boy band pilot Truth Slash Fiction. (more...)

The Engeman to Present SIMON & GARFUNKEL: LIVE IN CENTRAL PARK [REVISITED]The Engeman to Present SIMON & GARFUNKEL: LIVE IN CENTRAL PARK [REVISITED]
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

On April 18, 2016 the John W. Engeman Theater will present Simon & Garfunkel: Live in Central Park [Revisited]. (more...)

FANCY NANCY, THE MUSICAL to Return to the Chance This SpringFANCY NANCY, THE MUSICAL to Return to the Chance This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

Due to overwhelming demand, Chance Theater is delighted to present an encore presentation of Fancy Nancy, The Musical as part of its second Theater for Young Audiences Series. (more...)

MIDNIGHT AT THE NEVER GET Extends at Don't Tell MamaMIDNIGHT AT THE NEVER GET Extends at Don't Tell Mama
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

The premiere staging of the new musical MIDNIGHT AT THE NEVER GET, which opens this week at Manhattan cabaret institution Don't Tell Mama, has announced that it will extend. A fifth performance will be added to the limited run due to popular demand. The show, which stars Sam Bolen and Mark Sonnenblick, was written by Sonnenblick, and directed by Don't Tell Mama's Associate Director of Programming Max Friedman. (more...)

Taylor Swift to be Honored with First-Ever 'Taylor Swift Award' at 64th Annual BMI Pop AwardsTaylor Swift to be Honored with First-Ever 'Taylor Swift Award' at 64th Annual BMI Pop Awards
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) will present Taylor Swift with an award bearing her name in recognition of her incomparable creative and artistic talent and influence on music lovers throughout the world. (more...)

Dan Rosales, Spencer Glass and More to Lead WRINGER Premiere at City CenterDan Rosales, Spencer Glass and More to Lead WRINGER Premiere at City Center
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

The full cast and creative team have been announced for the world-premiere production of WRINGER, a new musical by Jacob Yandura and Rebekah Greer Melocik. Produced by the award-winning New York City Children's Theater, WRINGER will play New York City Center Stage II April 8-17, 2016. (more...)

Yale Institute for Music Theatre Announces 2016 SelectionsYale Institute for Music Theatre Announces 2016 Selections
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2016

The YALE INSTITUTE FOR MUSIC THEATRE announces the two original book musicals which have been selected for this year's two-week summer lab:  Blessing, music and lyrics by Andrew R. Butler and book by Andrew Farmer, directed by Kent Nicholson; and The White City, music by Avi Amon and book and lyrics by Julia Gytri, directed by Mark Brokaw. The 2016 Institute, which runs June 12-25 at Yale School of Drama, will culminate with open rehearsal readings of each project, presented as part of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, on June 24 and 25. (more...)

Nathan Lee Graham, Robin De Jesus, Jason Tam Lead Industry Readings of THE VIEW UPSTAIRS This WeekNathan Lee Graham, Robin De Jesus, Jason Tam Lead Industry Readings of THE VIEW UPSTAIRS This Week
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

The workshop of award-winning composer/lyricist/playwright/performer Max Vernon's new musical THE VIEW UPSTAIRS, directed by Scott Ebersold and with choreography by Spencer Liff and music direction by Matt Aument, will hold their industry presentations this week, starting today, March 31st, and continuing tomorrow, Friday, April 1st, in New York City. (more...)

Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch, Tony DeSare & More Set for Bemelmans Bar in The Carlyle's Spring SeasonJim Caruso & Billy Stritch, Tony DeSare & More Set for Bemelmans Bar in The Carlyle's Spring Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel, will welcome Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch, The Brandon McCune Trio,and Tony DeSare and to Bemelmans Bar for Sunday night residencies throughout the spring 2016 season. Featuring top artists from the worlds of jazz, cabaret and Broadway alongside special unannounced guests, Sunday nights at Bemelmans Bar have become a favorite spot for a wide range of performing musicians across the city. Additionally, the classic watering hole has drawn crowds consisting of socialites, politicians, movie stars and moguls for more than five decades. More information on acts performing this winter can be found below. (more...)

BWW Review: Six Performers ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE in A Salute to Iconic Lyricist Johnny MercerBWW Review: Six Performers ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE in A Salute to Iconic Lyricist Johnny Mercer
by Alix Cohen - Mar 29, 2016

Johnny Mercer (1909-1976) wrote the lyrics to more than 1500 songs, including dozens upon dozens for movies and Broadway shows. He received 19 Academy Award nominations, and won four Best Original Song Oscars. Mercer was also a composer, a vocalist and the foresighted founder of Capitol Records. To appreciate The American Songbook, one must be familiar with this multifaceted artist. In a revue presented last Thursday to Sunday at the Studio Theater on West 42nd Street, Accentuate The Positive staged its title song as an evangelical meeting. You've got to ac-cen-tu-ate the positive/E-li-mi-nate the negative/Latch on to the affirmative/Don't mess with Mister In-Between…(Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer) Stephen Belida played a preacher while around him Lynne Halliday, Tom Hafner, Madison Stratton, Lou Steele, and Carey Van Driest chanted, sung, snapped, clapped, circled, and raised their arms in Hallelujah fashion. An auspicious beginning. (more...)

HIMSELF AND NORA Composer Jonathan Brielle to Perform at BirdlandHIMSELF AND NORA Composer Jonathan Brielle to Perform at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

Composer and lyricist Jonathan Brielle will perform in an evening of his original songs - 'I Saw Broadway,' on Monday, April 25 at 7pm at Birdland Jazz Club (315 W. 44th Street). (more...)

New Musical MIDNIGHT AT THE NEVER GET to Premiere at Don't Tell Mama, 4/6-14New Musical MIDNIGHT AT THE NEVER GET to Premiere at Don't Tell Mama, 4/6-14
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

Manhattan cabaret institution Don't Tell Mama will host the premiere staging of the new musical MIDNIGHT AT THE NEVER GET by Mark Sonnenblick, starring Sam Bolen, and directed by Associate Director of Programming Max Friedman. (more...)

Carson Kreitzer, Cesar Alvarez & More Honored with American Theatre Wing's Larson Grants TodayCarson Kreitzer, Cesar Alvarez & More Honored with American Theatre Wing's Larson Grants Today
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2016

The American Theatre Wing celebrates its 2016 Jonathan Larson Grants recipients: Cesar Alvarez (book, music and lyrics), Nikko Benson (music and lyrics), Carson Kreitzer (book and lyrics), and Sam Salmond (book, music, and lyrics). (more...)

Max Vernon's THE VIEW UPSTAIRS Begins Workshop Rehearsals; Full Cast AnnouncedMax Vernon's THE VIEW UPSTAIRS Begins Workshop Rehearsals; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2016

The workshop of award-winning composer/lyricist/playwright/performer Max Vernon's new musical THE VIEW UPSTAIRS, directed by Scott Ebersold and with choreography by Spencer Liff and music direction by Matt Aument, began rehearsals last week in New York City and will culminate in three industry presentations on March 31st and April 1st. THE VIEW UPSTAIRS is produced by Invisible Wall Productions, and they are proud to announce the cast and creative team. (more...)

BWW Review: Alex Leonard and His Colleagues Mellow Midtown Saint Peter's Church in Midday Jazz ConcertBWW Review: Alex Leonard and His Colleagues Mellow Midtown Saint Peter's Church in Midday Jazz Concert
by Alix Cohen - Mar 17, 2016

Every time I attend something in jazz pianist Ronny Whyte's estimable weekly series at the welcoming, modern Saint Peter's Church (619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street), I'm glad I came. The place is airy, peaceful, and sunny with spacious pew and tiered seating. Acoustics are splendid. The audience is respectful. And they have Billy Strayhorn's piano. Yesterday's easy-going hour featured Alex Leonard on piano and vocals (one forgets how fine a vocalist he is), David Kingsnorth on bass, and veteran Al Gafa on guitar. (more...)

Nick Adams, Natalie Weiss & Jacob Yandura to Judge Second Round of RISING STAR Singing CompetitionNick Adams, Natalie Weiss & Jacob Yandura to Judge Second Round of RISING STAR Singing Competition
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2016

This Sunday, March 13, RISE BAR is seeking it's next RISING STAR! Hosted by Broadways Marty Thomas (Xanadu, The Secret Garden, Wicked), the RISING STAR competition begins Sunday March 6! The contestants will be competing in an 8 week elimination style contest for a $1000 cast prize and paid bookings at RISE Bar with their respective solo show. In addition to it's cash and prize package, RISING STAR is offering networking opportunities with guest celebrity judges, fantastic exposure and valuable live stage experience. (more...)

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