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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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    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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    Nashville Theater Calendar 8/3/15Nashville Theater Calendar 8/3/15
    by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 3, 2015

    Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. Thus, we are happy to present a new feature: The Nashville Theater Calendar, a comprehensive - maybe even exhaustive (lord knows we're exhausted from putting it together, gathering all the info from all over the interwebs!) - listing of theatrical openings for the 2015/16 season. We'll update the calendar every Monday, clearing out the shows that have closed and adding additional information on the shows still to come. Something's missing? That's an easy fix: just send us a message here, on Facebook, or by email at jeffreyellis37215@att.com. (more...)


    by Marina Kennedy - Jul 29, 2015

    Andy Donald is the Producer of Artistic Development and Community Program for New Jersey Performing Arts Center. We recently interviewed him to learn a little more about his career and the upcoming season at the Center. (more...)

    Barbara Cook Memoir to Hit Shelves at Last in 2016?Barbara Cook Memoir to Hit Shelves at Last in 2016?
    by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

    Back in 2011, it was announenced that Broadway living legend Barbara Cook would collaborate with New York Times theatre critic Charles Isherwood on a memoir. The book never made it to the shelves for its previously announced fall 2012 release, but now it seems that fans might still have reason to rejoice. According to Amazon, the still untitled memoir will be released by HarperCollins on May 16, 2016. (more...)

    BWW Reviews: THE FABULOUS LIPITONES Bring Back Barbershop at the ColonyBWW Reviews: THE FABULOUS LIPITONES Bring Back Barbershop at the Colony
    by Don Grigware - Jul 28, 2015

    In its California premiere The Fabulous Lipitones by John Markus and Mark St. Germain sounds like a silly promo for an overrated sexual enhancement product and with its initially corny lines could easily fall into the category of 'sitcom onstage' comedy, but thank heavens it rises far above and beyond. Lipitones is a deliciously funny and substantially reflective take on what might happen if a traditional barbershop quartet inducted a culturally un...suitable replacement. Now onstage at the Colony Theatre, Burbank, Lipitones will make you laugh your pants off! (more...)

    Nashville Theater Calendar 7/27/15Nashville Theater Calendar 7/27/15
    by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 27, 2015

    Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

    Drayton Festival Theatre to Present THE MUSIC MANDrayton Festival Theatre to Present THE MUSIC MAN
    by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2015

    Sound the trombones! Join the parade and march on over to the Drayton Festival Theatre for a beloved Broadway classic in celebration of the theatre's 25th Anniversary. Meredith Willson's The Music Man is guaranteed to hit a high note as it entertains audiences of all ages from August 5th to August 29th. (more...)

    BWW Interviews: Staging MUSIC MAN for a Contemporary AudienceBWW Interviews: Staging MUSIC MAN for a Contemporary Audience
    by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jul 24, 2015

    'I try to do every play I direct keeping in mind both people who have never seen it before and those who might know it well. I ask myself, 'What would today's audience want to hear and how can I tell the story for this a contemporary public?' I actively look for ways to put a spin on even a well-known show like the Music Man so that some things strike the audience as surprises, as fresh and different. I want them not to sing along with tunes they know, but be caught off guard a little and be so busy watching the story unfold that they forget they already know it.' Director/choreographer Marc Robin is discussing his latest staging of Meredith Willson's classic musical, the Music Man, for Maine State Music Theatre. Robin was part of a panel that also included the shows stars, Curt Dale Clark and Lauren Blackman, MSMT's Props Designer Kyle Melton, and the company Director of Communications Carol Marquis, moderated by BWW's Carla Maria Verdino-Sullwold, the fourth such talkback in the company's summer series, Peek Behind the Curtain, which drew a standing-room only crowd. (more...)

    Nashville Theater Calendar 7/20/15Nashville Theater Calendar 7/20/15
    by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 21, 2015

    Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

    BWW Review: THE MUSIC MAN Celebrates Good Old Fashioned American DreamsBWW Review: THE MUSIC MAN Celebrates Good Old Fashioned American Dreams
    by Shari Barrett - Jul 20, 2015

    THE MUSIC MAN with Book. Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson continues to be one of the most-loved American musicals of all time, regularly performed on stages across the country. What really makes the Aerospace Players production a joy to behold is the intricate and extremely varied choreography designed by Angela Asch who also portrays Zaneeta "Ye-Gods" Shinn to perfection. Director John Woodcock is to be commended for making sure each of the ensembles members, and there are many of all different ages, get a moment in the spotlight during the show either with a line during the many ensemble numbers or a featured spot while dancing. (more...)

    STAGE TUBE: First Look at Highlights of MSMT's THE MUSIC MANSTAGE TUBE: First Look at Highlights of MSMT's THE MUSIC MAN
    by Stage Tube - Jul 19, 2015

    Maine State Music Theatre (MSMT) presents Meredith Willson's beloved all-American classic THE MUSIC MAN. This six-time TONY Award-winning musical has been entertaining audiences since 1957. THE MUSIC MAN runs tonight, July 15, through August 1, 2015. Check out a first look below! (more...)

    BWW Reviews: MUSIC MAN Marches Melodically Onto Moonlight StageBWW Reviews: MUSIC MAN Marches Melodically Onto Moonlight Stage
    by Don Grigware - Jul 17, 2015

    What do the 1950s have in common with 1912? Ages of innocence, both. When Meredith Willson wrote his story with Franklin Lacey about a con artist bamboozling an Iowa town in 1912, which formed the substance of his musical The Music Man (1957), the effect became like that of N. Richard Nash's The Rainmaker. People were jubilant, ecstatic and welcomed Professor Harold Hill, as they craved a good old-fashioned love story coated with ironic excitement. He was a charmer, and they saw way past his bad side. Now in a spirited new production at Moonlight Amphitheatre, Vista , the company pulls out all the stops and yet presents a delightfully down.to.earth show that keeps the flavor of Meredith Willson in tact. With fast-paced direction from John Vaughn and a splendid cast led by David Engel as Hill , The Music Man offers an unrealistic yet refreshing look at the way life should be. (more...)

    Photo Flash: First Look at Curt Dale Clark, Lauren Blackman and More in MSMT's THE MUSIC MANPhoto Flash: First Look at Curt Dale Clark, Lauren Blackman and More in MSMT's THE MUSIC MAN
    by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2015

    Maine State Music Theatre (MSMT) presents Meredith Willson's beloved all-American classic THE MUSIC MAN. This six-time TONY Award-winning musical has been entertaining audiences since 1957. THE MUSIC MAN runs tonight, July 15, through August 1, 2015. Check out a first look below! (more...)

    Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Curt Dale Clark, Lauren Blackman and More in MSMT's THE MUSIC MANPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at Curt Dale Clark, Lauren Blackman and More in MSMT's THE MUSIC MAN
    by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

    Maine State Music Theatre (MSMT) presents Meredith Willson's beloved all-American classic THE MUSIC MAN. This six-time TONY Award-winning musical has been entertaining audiences since 1957. THE MUSIC MAN runs tonight, July 15, through August 1, 2015.  Check out a sneak peek below! (more...)

    Nashville Theater Calendar 7/13/15Nashville Theater Calendar 7/13/15
    by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 13, 2015

    Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

    Maine State Music Theatre's THE MUSIC MAN Opens 7/15Maine State Music Theatre's THE MUSIC MAN Opens 7/15
    by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2015

    Maine State Music Theatre (MSMT) presents Meredith Willson's beloved all-American classic THE MUSIC MAN. This six-time TONY Award-winning musical has been entertaining audiences since 1957. THE MUSIC MAN runs July 15 - August 1, 2015. (more...)

    Nashville Theater Calendar 7/6/15Nashville Theater Calendar 7/6/15
    by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 6, 2015

    Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

    BWW Reviews: HJT's THE MUSIC MANBWW Reviews: HJT's THE MUSIC MAN
    by Kristen Morale - Jun 30, 2015

    Harwich Junior Theater, a group that boasts productions of ten plays and musicals each year, numerous community outreach and educational programs and a variety of other annual events, is sure to amaze audiences with its current production. Performing such a well-known musical work and presenting it in a new, exciting way that can appeal to children and adults alike (and children were having their share of fun in the audience, which is always a wonderful thing to see) is a daunting task for any creative team; this is especially true because of how vibrant and exhilarating a musical The Music Man is, and keeping that constant energy alive throughout a rather lengthy production is no easy thing to do. It is without doubt, though, that Director Ethan Paulini truly got it right with this production. (more...)

    THE MUSIC MAN to Close Roxy Regional Theatre's 32nd Season, 7/17-8/22THE MUSIC MAN to Close Roxy Regional Theatre's 32nd Season, 7/17-8/22
    by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2015

    Seventy-six trombones will close the Roxy Regional Theatre's 32nd season with a nostalgic bang when Meredith Willson's great American musical classic THE MUSIC MAN marches onto the mainstage, July 17 - August 22. (more...)

    Upcoming Auditions in Nashville 6/25/15Upcoming Auditions in Nashville 6/25/15
    by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 25, 2015

    Directors and producers in the Nashville region are seeking actors for upcoming productions of The Bible in 30 Minutes...or less!, The Music Man and Harvey - and more! We've gathered the details together here to make your planning easier. So now you have no excuse! (more...)

    Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at The Theatre Group at SBCC's THE MUSIC MANPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at The Theatre Group at SBCC's THE MUSIC MAN
    by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2015

    The Theatre Group at SBCC will open the 2015/16 anniversary season with the well-loved musical, Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN, Book, Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson, Story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey.  Directed by R. Michael Gros and Musical Direction by David Potter, The Music Man will perform July 10-25, 2015 in the beautiful Garvin Theatre. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast below! (more...)

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