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Meredith Willson News

Date Of Birth:
May 18, 1902
Date Of Death:
June 15, 1984 (82)
Birth Place:
Mason City, IA, USA
Gender:
Male
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BWW Reviews: There May Be A MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET But It's Not In The MusicalBWW Reviews: There May Be A MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET But It's Not In The Musical
by Herbert Paine - Dec 4, 2014

The musical version of Miracle on 34th Street is a weak substitute for the film classic, a point validated by The Palms Theatre's current production. (more...)

'Santa Claus is Coming to Town' Tops ASCAP's List of Holiday Songs of the Century 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town' Tops ASCAP's List of Holiday Songs of the Century
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2014

This year, ASCAP brings its 100th birthday celebration into the holiday season by unwrapping the top 30 ASCAP holiday songs of all time. Topping the list is 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,' written by Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie. (more...)

BWW Reviews: BOOK OF MORMON Scores a Red-State VictoryBWW Reviews: BOOK OF MORMON Scores a Red-State Victory
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 19, 2014

Two weeks after conservative Tennessee voters turned the Volunteer State a deeper shade of red and some three years after I was told The Book of Mormon likely would never play the Tennessee Performing Arts Center because its plot is too outlandish, its book too profane, its tenor too irreverent, the second national touring company of the nine-time Tony Award-winning musical came to Nashville and gave audiences a much-needed jolt of electricity that elicited one of the longest, uninterrupted standing ovations I've ever witnessed in TPAC's Jackson Hall. (more...)

BWW Reviews: RICK STARR SCHOLARSHIP CABARET CONCERT a Big WinnerBWW Reviews: RICK STARR SCHOLARSHIP CABARET CONCERT a Big Winner
by Don Grigware - Oct 28, 2014

On Sunday October 26, Clifford Bell presented the first Rick Starr Scholarship Fund Benefit Concert, entitled Starr Bucks, at Upstairs at Vitello's in Studio City. The beloved Starr, who passed away about a year ago, worked at Hollywood Sheet Music and served the Los Angeles musical theatre community in a most unusual, endearing way. Not only did he assist singers over the years to find unpublished songs for their various club acts and cabaret performances, but would go out of his way to find material for them depending on their individual preferences...and would call each and every customer on his or her birthday every year, just to wish them a Happy Birthday. A rare and delightful human being! Starr was remembered fondly with anecdotes by the three cabaret stars of the evening Mary Jo Mundy, Todd Murray and Shawn Ryan. Affable virtuoso pianist/singer Michael Sobie served as accompanist/musical director throughout the 90 minute set. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Denver Center Breathes New Life and Unexpected Delight into THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN!BWW Reviews: The Denver Center Breathes New Life and Unexpected Delight into THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN!
by Michael Mulhern - Oct 10, 2014

From the opening scene, we knew we were in for something familiar, yet completely different. (more...)

More Broadway for NBCUniversal - Jimmy Horowitz Will Continue to Expand Stage DivisionMore Broadway for NBCUniversal - Jimmy Horowitz Will Continue to Expand Stage Division
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2014

NBCUniversal today announced that the company is realigning its live stage division under Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment. Universal Stage Productions (USP), which will continue to be led by Universal Pictures President Jimmy Horowitz, will expand its focus to include all of NBCUniversal properties. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Backstage with THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN's Beth Malone and MoreSTAGE TUBE: Backstage with THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN's Beth Malone and More
by Stage Tube - Sep 29, 2014

The world premiere of a new version of the Meredith Willson musical, THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN, is open at the Denver Center Theatre Company. Host of 'In Focus', Eden Lane learns about the project from the creative team Dick Scanlan and the Director/Choreographer Kathleen Marshall. Beth Malone (Molly Brown) and Burke Moses (J.J. Brown) tell Eden about creating this new look at their characters. Click below to watch the interviews! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Beth Malone, Burke Moses and More in Opening Night of THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWNPhoto Flash: First Look at Beth Malone, Burke Moses and More in Opening Night of THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2014

The Denver Center Theatre Company presents the highly anticipated new adaptation of Meredith Willson's classic musical, THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN. Based on the book by Richard Morris, the revitalized production will feature a new book and additional lyrics by three-time Tony Award nominee Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie) and showcase never before heard songs from Willson's prolific body of work with musical adaptation by Michael Rafter(Violet). It is be directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes). Check out a first look at the opening night party. (more...)

Kathleen Marshall's THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN, Starring Beth Malone, Opens Tonight in DenverKathleen Marshall's THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN, Starring Beth Malone, Opens Tonight in Denver
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

The Denver Center Theatre Company presents the highly anticipated new adaptation of Meredith Willson's classic musical, THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN. Based on the book by Richard Morris, the revitalized production will feature a new book and additional lyrics by three-time Tony Award nominee Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie) and showcase never before heard songs from Willson's prolific body of work with musical adaptation by Michael Rafter (Violet). The production began previews on September 12 and opens tonight, September 19, in The Stage Theatre. It will be directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes). (more...)

Shirley Jones Joins Son Patrick Cassidy in THE MUSIC MAN Concert Tour, Beginning Tonight in Mason CityShirley Jones Joins Son Patrick Cassidy in THE MUSIC MAN Concert Tour, Beginning Tonight in Mason City
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

Meredith Willson's beloved family musical, THE MUSIC MAN, returns to the stage in an all-new concert staging starring the Marian of the classic film, Academy Award winner Shirley Jones, who will not only essay the role of Mrs. Paroo, but will serve as host and narrator. She will be joined on stage by her son, Patrick Cassidy as Prof. Harold Hill. A little known bit of Hollywood history: Shirley was pregnant with Patrick during the filming of The Music Man. Performances begin, appropriately enough, in Willson's home town (and model for River City) Mason City, Iowa tonight, September 18th. (more...)

Jim Brochu to Return to Barrington Stage in CHARACTER MAN This MonthJim Brochu to Return to Barrington Stage in CHARACTER MAN This Month
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2014

Barrington Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, announces the return of Drama Desk Award-winner Jim Brochu in his new show Character Man, following his wildly successful run of Zero Hour in 2011. A musical valentine celebrating the Golden Age of the American Musical, Character Man will be presented at BSC's St. Germain Stage at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center from September 18 through 28. The press opening is Saturday, September 20 at 7:30pm. (more...)

Shirley Jones to Reunite on Stage with Son Patrick Cassidy in THE MUSIC MAN Concert TourShirley Jones to Reunite on Stage with Son Patrick Cassidy in THE MUSIC MAN Concert Tour
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2014

Meredith Willson's beloved family musical, THE MUSIC MAN, returns to the stage in an all-new concert staging starring the Marian of the classic film, Academy Award winner Shirley Jones, who will not only essay the role of Mrs. Paroo, but will serve as host and narrator. She will be joined on stage by her son, Patrick Cassidy as Prof. Harold Hill. A little known bit of Hollywood history: Shirley was pregnant with Patrick during the filming ofThe Music Man. (more...)

BWW Reviews: NASHVILLE CAFE in Park City is Unique and UnforgettableBWW Reviews: NASHVILLE CAFE in Park City is Unique and Unforgettable
by Tyler Hinton - Aug 26, 2014

Last weekend's NASHVILLE CAFE concert in Park City was an unforgettable night of Nashville musicianship and Hollywood star power. Five stars of the critically acclaimed musical television series NASHVILLE performed last Saturday, August 23, 2014 in an unprecedented concert at Deer Valley Resort's Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater. It was a unique, one-night-only show that has never played anywhere else. (more...)

MARY POPPINS, THE MUSIC MAN, A CHRISTMAS CAROL and More Set for Sierra Rep's 2015 SeasonMARY POPPINS, THE MUSIC MAN, A CHRISTMAS CAROL and More Set for Sierra Rep's 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

Sierra Repertory Theatre announces its 2015 season, beginning with the musical Mary Poppins and concluding with a brand new adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Other highlights include new Broadway musical The Drowsy Chaperone starring SRT Artistic Director Scott Viets as the Man in the Chair, an exciting spring rock 'n' roll revue to be announced, everyone's favorite The Music Man, William Shakespeare's Macbeth, the country tribute Always, Patsy Cline, and a new comedy called Unnecessary Farce. Season Tickets go on sale September 2, with group and general admission tickets on sale October 1. Visit www.sierrarep.org or call 209-532-3120 for tickets and information. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from Transport Group's Star-Studded THE MUSIC MAN Concert!STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from Transport Group's Star-Studded THE MUSIC MAN Concert!
by Stage Tube - Aug 19, 2014

Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Betsy Wolfe, Andrew Samonsky, John Ellison Conlee, Ann Harada and more starred in Transport Group's concert presentation of THE MUSIC MAN last week. Hosted by Joe Iconis, the evening included 58 actors, and the original orchestration featuring 20 instruments, conducted by Joey Chancey, original choreography by Jeffry Denman. Check out highlights below! (more...)

BWW Blog: Rommy Sandhu of THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN - Storytelling is the KeyBWW Blog: Rommy Sandhu of THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN - Storytelling is the Key
by Guest Blogger: Rommy Sandhu - Aug 18, 2014

What a week this has been. The cast was excited to be on their feet, turning the cerebral into the physical. It's been a week of staging, cutting, adding, discussing and finessing. It's important to remember that everyone is valuable, and finding the best way to utilize their individual talents goes "part and parcel" with team leadership. (more...)

Runaway Stage Productions' 2015 to Include NEXT TO NORMAL, SWEENEY TODD & MoreRunaway Stage Productions' 2015 to Include NEXT TO NORMAL, SWEENEY TODD & More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Runaway Stage Productions (RSP) announces its 2015 season, highlighted at a Season Preview Gala on September 14. (more...)

Photo Coverage: He's a What? Inside Transport Group's THE MUSIC MAN Concert with Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Betsy Wolfe & More!Photo Coverage: He's a What? Inside Transport Group's THE MUSIC MAN Concert with Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Betsy Wolfe & More!
by Walter McBride - Aug 12, 2014

Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Betsy Wolfe, Andrew Samonsky, John Ellison Conlee, Ann Harada and more starred in Transport Group's concert presentation of THE MUSIC MAN. Hosted by Joe Iconis, the evening included 58 actors, and the original orchestration featuring 20 instruments, conducted by Joey Chancey, original choreography by Jeffry Denman. BroadwayWorld was there for the special night and you can check out photo coverage below! (more...)

BWW Blog: Rommy Sandhu of THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN - A Wonderful PlanBWW Blog: Rommy Sandhu of THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN - A Wonderful Plan
by Guest Blogger: Rommy Sandhu - Aug 12, 2014

The first week began on a high, a mile-high to be exact. Just like the miners who came to Colorado in search of treasure, the cast, crew and design team of The Unsinkable Molly Brown, led by Kathleen Marshall journeyed to the Denver Center to begin telling the story of Margaret 'Call Me Molly' Tobin Brown. As with most 'First Day of School' days, the energy, excitement and anticipation permeated the room. After a brief introduction, DCPA Producing Artistic Director Kent Thompson began by telling us how truly special Margaret 'Molly' Brown is to the people of Denver and how thrilled the community was to have this production premiere at the DCPA. (more...)

Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana and More Star in Transport Group's THE MUSIC MAN Concert TonightLaura Osnes, Santino Fontana and More Star in Transport Group's THE MUSIC MAN Concert Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

Betsy Wolfe, Andrew Samonsky, John Ellison Conlee, Ann Harada and more join Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana and more in Transport Group's concert presentation of THE MUSIC MAN. Hosted by Joe Iconis,the evening will include 58 actors, and the original orchestration featuring 20 instruments, conducted by Joey Chancey, original choreography by Jeffry Denman, to The Irene Diamond Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center tonight, August 11th, 2014. The evening will be directed by five-time Drama Desk nominee, Jack Cummings III. (more...)

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