Marilyn Monroe News

Alhambra Theatre & Dining to Welcome Barbara Eden in SOCIAL SECURITY, 5/7-6/8
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

On May 7, Barbara Eden will take her magic to the longest running professional dinner theater in the country when the Alhambra Theatre & Dining opens Social Security, a comedy that was originally directed on Broadway by Mike Nichols. Social Security is presented by WEJZ-FM (more...)

Mississippi Mud to Present SHOTGUN COTTAGE PLAYS, Begin. 5/9
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

NYC based theatre company Mississippi Mud Productions announces its first production in Lido Beach, NY located about 25 miles outside of NYC. The company produces Tennessee Williams' one-acts Moony's Kid Don't Cry, directed by Jen Danby; The Lady of Larkspur Lotion, directed by Daniel Capalbo, Jr, with Miss Danby as Mrs. Hardwicke-Moore, an early sketch of Blanche DuBois; and Interior: Panic, an early sketch of A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Edward Bergen and starring Jen Danby and Colleen Leone as sisters Blanche and Grace. Three plays, music, raffles and refreshments. Tickets on sale online @ - $25 General Admission, $15 Student/Senior, $10 Under 18. (more...)

Award-Winning Austin Pendleton to Direct a Staged Reading of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, 4/28
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2014

Tony-nominated and Obie-winning director Austin Pendleton directs a staged reading of A Streetcar Named Desire as a fundraiser for the Long Beach Martin Luther King Center. Starring Geoffrey Owens* (The Cosby Show, Romeo and Julietwith Orlando Bloom on Broadway) as Stanley; Jen Danby* (The Blonde Bombshell Project: Marilyn Monroe, Sharon Tate in Heaven) as Blanche DuBois; Colleen Leone (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) as Stella Kowalski. With: Michael Arena, Edward Bergen, Charles Black, Daniel Capalbo, Jr., Cheryl Halliburton, Patricia Perales, Jody Prusan, and Michael Robinson. *These actors appear courtesy of Actors' Equity Association (more...)

Espo Productions to Present World Premiere of JACKIE AND MARILYN at Theatre Row, 4/17-5/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 09, 2014

Espo Productions, in association with MC of NY and World Tree Productions, are pleased to announce the Off-Broadway world premiere of JACKIE AND MARILYN, written by Sheri Graubert and directed by Sanja Bestic. JACKIE AND MARILYN, a play with music about one of the most talked about possible love triangles in American history, will play a four week limited engagement at The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, Manhattan). Performances begin Thursday, April 17 and continue through Saturday, May 3. Opening Night is Friday, April 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18-65 and are now available online at, by calling 212-239-6200 or by visiting the Theatre Row box office. (more...)

Playboy Magazine Reprints Copies Of Its First Issue
by BWW News Desk - Apr 08, 2014

LOS ANGELES, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ As part of its year-long 60 th anniversary celebration, Playboy magazine today announced it has reprinted copies of its inaugural issue, which first hit newsstands in December 1953. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal Celebrates 2nd Anniversary with THESE APRIL FOOLISH THINGS
by Shari Barrett - Apr 07, 2014

On the first Sunday of each month, Bruce Kimmel's Kritzerland Records' presents a supper club musical cabaret at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal in NoHo. Sunday, April 6, 2014, the group celebrated its two-year anniversary with THESE APRIL FOOLISH THINGS with not only foolish songs but ones having to do with Spring or the month of April in general. (more...)

BWW CD Reviews: South African BLOOD BROTHERS a Fascinating Listening Experience for Musical Theatre Fans
by David Fick - Apr 07, 2014

The cast album of BLOOD BROTHERS offers an interesting listening experience to fans of the show and musical theatre enthusiasts - and the fact that it exists at all is to be commended and valued. (more...)

Meet the Broadway Class of 2014- Spring Edition!
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 06, 2014

With Broadway's 2014 season now in full swing, there's a solid group of performers making their Broadway debuts this Spring. Meet all of the Great White Way's newest stars below, and be sure to let us know who you're most looking forward to seeing onstage! (more...)

Smuin Ballet to Conclude 20th Season With Two World Premieres in XXCENTRIC Spring Dance Series, 5/2-6/7
by BWW News Desk - Apr 03, 2014

Smuin Ballet closes its 20th Anniversary Season with two World Premieres and a Michael Smuin classic, touring the Bay Area May 2 - June 7, 2014 in the XXcentric Spring Dance Series. The program will feature one act of Michael Smuin's ebullient Dancin' With Gershwin ballet, back on the Smuin stage for the first time since 2008. XXcentric will also include World Premieres from Smuin's Choreographer in Residence Amy Seiwert and Val Caniparoli, internationally renowned choreographer and principal character dancer at San Francisco Ballet. The XXcentric Spring Dance Series will kick off its tour at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco (May 2-11), continuing at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek (May 16-17); the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts (May 21-25); and at the Sunset Center in Carmel (June 6-7). Tickets ($24-$70) are available by calling the individual venues or visiting (more...)

BWW Reviews: Recognizable Local Characters Inhabit L.A. DELI, A New Comedy by Sam Bobrick
by Shari Barrett - Mar 30, 2014

Certainly those of us who frequent any Jewish deli in Los Angeles will recognize these characters. Playwright Sam Bobrick admits some of the events in the play's 12 sketches actually happened to him, some to his friends, and some to people he just happened to be sitting next to at lunch. After working in the entertainment business for over 50 years, he's not sure which is which. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Vintage Theatre's LEND ME A TENOR Stumbles but Prevails in Comedy!
by Michael Mulhern - Mar 26, 2014

While the physical staging and door play were spot on, it was the interpretation of the genius comedic dialogue that kept getting lost in the shuffle. (more...)

'Abraham Marilyn Lincoln Monroe' to Be Released in 2015
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

In a near-distant future, no more dystopian than our present day, in vivo fertilization methods have made cloning easy and common. But after a spot of bother with a Baby Hitler, the cloning of dictators, monarchs and other 'crucial' historical figures has been prohibited, punishable by incarceration of both host parents after the fact-and, if caught in time, enforced abortion of the embryo. (more...)

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome! Meet the Full Cast of Roundabout's CABARET, Beginning Tomorrow on Broadway!
by Meet the Cast - Mar 20, 2014

Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Joe Masteroff, John Kander and Fred Ebb's Tony winning musical Cabaret, starring Tony Award-winner Alan Cumming and Golden Globe-winner Michelle Williams, begins previews tomorrow, Friday March 21. Cabaret officially opens on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street). This is a 24-week limited engagement. Scroll down to learn more about the full company, plus watch a TV spot for the production below! (more...)

New York Pops to Celebrate the Works of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, 4/28
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2014

On Monday, April 28, 2014, The New York Pops marks its 31st birthday with a grand gala evening celebrating the work of composer, lyricist, and arranger Marc Shaiman and director, lyricist, and writer Scott Wittman (more...)

Harold Sanditen, Lauren Fox, KT Sullivan, Bryan Batt and More Set for The Crazy Coqs, May-June 2014
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2014

May and June sees some new artists and some returns at The Crazy Coqs, including: Harold Sanditen (May 2-3); Simon Green with David Shrubsole (May 6-10); Lauren Fox with Jon Weber (May 13 - 17); Gary Williams (May 20 -24); KT Sullivan and Mark Nadler (May 26-28); Opera Tottie (May 29 - 31); Bryan Batt (June 3 - 7); Judy Carmichael with Colin Oxley (June 10 -14); Elaine Delmar (June 17 - 21) and more. Details below! (more...)

Julien's Auction to Host Music Memorabilia for THE BEATLES 5/16-17
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

Julien's Auctions, the world's premier entertainment and music memorabilia auction house, has announced Music Icons 2014 to be held Friday, May 16, 2014 and Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Hard Rock Cafe New York located at 1501 Broadway in Times Square (more...)

Hastings Entertainment, Inc. Enters into an Agreement and Plan of Merger with Affiliate of Joel Weinshanker
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

AMARILLO, Texas, March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Hastings Entertainment, Inc. (HAST), a leading multimedia entertainment retailer ('Hastings'), today reported that it has entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the 'Merger Agreement') with Draw Another Circle, LLC ('Parent') and Hendrix Acquisition Corp. ('Merger Sub'), which are each wholly-owned, directly or indirectly, by Joel Weinshanker. Mr. Weinshanker is the President and sole shareholder of National Entertainment Collectibles Association, Inc., which holds approximately 12% of Hastings' outstanding shares ('NECA'). Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, Merger Sub will be merged with and into Hastings, with Hastings surviving the merger as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent, and each share of Hastings common stock held by a shareholder of Hastings (other than Mr. Weinshanker and his affiliates) will, upon completion of the merger, be converted into the right to receive a cash payment of $3.00 per share. (more...)

Historic North Theatre Goes Green; Presents Irish Fiddler Michael Burke, 3/17
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

In addition to hosting an Irish show, the Historic North Theatre has also gone "green" when it comes to conservation and recycling. The majority of the lights throughout the theatre have been refitted with compact fluorescent bulbs or other energy conserving bulbs. Metal, paper and plastic are also recycled after all of the shows. The stage crew has even been able to reuse some set pieces for different shows. On Monday, March 17, St. Patrick's Day, at 8:00 PM on the main stage, world famous Irish Fiddler Michael Burke will perform in concert. He has been called Ireland's most lyrical fiddler. At the forefront of traditional music for over 30 years, he is known for his highly individual style--vibrant, expressive, relaxed, and, at times, humorous. He is well known to international audiences for his work with superlative Irish groups, from the Bothy Band to Patrick Street and Celtic Fiddle Festival. (more...)

Marilyn Monroe Tribute Star Erika Smith Set for Series of Shows at at Metropolitan Room this Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

New York based Marilyn Monroe tribute star Erika Smith will be performing her show "Marilyn and Friends" at the Metropolitan Room on April 16, May 19, June 26 and July 26. (more...)

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