Meredith Willson News

 

Meredith Willson News

Date of Birth: May 18, 1902
Date of Death: June 15, 1984 (82)
Birth Place: Mason City, IA, USA
Gender: Male
STAGE TUBE: New Promo for Roving Production of THE MUSIC MAN in BarrieSTAGE TUBE: New Promo for Roving Production of THE MUSIC MAN in Barrie
by Stage Tube - Sep 14, 2016

Talk Is Free Theatre (TIFT) will convert downtown Barrie into the song & dance filled streets of River City, Iowa in its upcoming rendition of Meredith Willson's The Music Man, tonight, Sept. 14, to Oct. 2, 2016. During this revolutionary, immersive production, audiences will be whisked from one city site to the next to witness the witty & whimsical tale as its cast marches through town amongst unsuspecting Barrie. Click below to watch a new trailer for the production! (more...)

Barbara Cook Postpones Discussion and Book-Signing at The Drama Book ShopBarbara Cook Postpones Discussion and Book-Signing at The Drama Book Shop
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

As previously announced, the Tony Award-winning Drama Book Shop will host actress and singer Barbara Cook for a discussion and signing of her new memoir, Then and Now this fall. Previously scheduled for  Thursday, October 13th at 5:00pm, Miss Cook will sit down with playwright Steven Carl McCasland for an in intimate conversation about her life, career and revealing autobiography. The event will be rescheduled for a later date to be announced shortly. (more...)

Patrick Breen, Sophina Brown and Arden Myrin Join Steve Martin's METEOR SHOWER at Long Wharf Theatre; Cast Announced!Patrick Breen, Sophina Brown and Arden Myrin Join Steve Martin's METEOR SHOWER at Long Wharf Theatre; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Long Wharf Theatre, in conjunction with the Old Globe in San Diego, presents the world premiere of Steve Martin's Meteor Shower, directed by Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein, running from September 28 through October 23, 2016. The full cast has just been announced! (more...)

Bellevue Little Theatre Opens Season with THE MUSIC MANBellevue Little Theatre Opens Season with THE MUSIC MAN
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

Bellevue Little Theatre will open the 48th season with Meredith Willson's classic musical  'The Music Man' on Friday Sept. 16. This production will run for three week-ends, closing on Sunday Oct. 2. Showtimes are 7:30 PM Friday and Saturday evenings and 2 PM on Sundays.   (more...)

Barbara Cook to Chat & Sign THEN AND NOW Memoir at The Drama Book ShopBarbara Cook to Chat & Sign THEN AND NOW Memoir at The Drama Book Shop
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

The Tony Award-winning Drama Book Shop will welcome legendary actress and singer Barbara Cook for a discussion and signing of her new memoir, Then and Now, on Thursday, October 13th at 5:00pm. (more...)

Talk Is Free Theatre to Take Over Barrie with Roving Production of The Music ManTalk Is Free Theatre to Take Over Barrie with Roving Production of The Music Man
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Talk Is Free Theatre (TIFT) will convert downtown Barrie into the song & dance filled streets of River City, Iowa in its upcoming rendition of Meredith Willson's The Music Man, Sept. 14 to Oct. 2, 2016. During this revolutionary, immersive production, audiences will be whisked from one city site to the next to witness the witty & whimsical tale as its cast marches through town amongst unsuspecting Barrie (more...)

BWW Interview: Baayork Lee - A CHORUS LINE Original Still Stepping Up to the LineBWW Interview: Baayork Lee - A CHORUS LINE Original Still Stepping Up to the Line
by Gil Kaan - Jul 25, 2016

To any A CHORUS LINE aficionado, the mere mention of Baayork Lee will conjure up vivid memories of the original Connie Wong - the youthful-looking, 4'10' Asian-American, perky dynamo who repeatedly evaded revealing her biological age to Zach, the interviewing choreographer. Now in 2016, Baayork will be choreographing and directing her most recent production of A CHORUS LINE at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. (more...)

City of Fairfax Theatre Company to Present THE MUSIC MAN This JulyCity of Fairfax Theatre Company to Present THE MUSIC MAN This July
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

The City of Fairfax Theatre Company's production of The Music Man by Meredith Willson runs at Sydney Lanier Middle School, July 22 - July 30, 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: Join the Parade that is THE MUSIC MAN at Cape PlayhouseBWW Review: Join the Parade that is THE MUSIC MAN at Cape Playhouse
by Kristen Morale - Jul 13, 2016

Meredith Willson's six-time, Tony Award-winning musical The Music Man has arrived at the Cape Playhouse, a wonderful professional theater one can visit to see Broadway-quality productions right in the heart of Dennis, and has invited each and every one of us to join this miraculous parade that is considered "America's favorite family musical." (more...)

BWW TV: They've Got Trouble at the MUNY! Watch Highlights of Hunter Foster & More in THE MUSIC MAN!BWW TV: They've Got Trouble at the MUNY! Watch Highlights of Hunter Foster & More in THE MUSIC MAN!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 6, 2016

The Muny continues its spectacular 98th season this week with The Music Man, starring Hunter Foster (Harold Hill), Elena Shaddow (Marian Paroo), Mark Linn-Baker (Mayor Shinn), Liz McCartney (Mrs. Paroo), Todd Buonopane (Marcellus) and more. BroadwayWorld is excited to bring you highlights from the show, which runs through July 11, below! (more...)

Michael Lowe is the 2016 Welsh Young Musical Theatre Singer of the YearMichael Lowe is the 2016 Welsh Young Musical Theatre Singer of the Year
by Robert Gould - Jul 4, 2016

Michael Lowe, born in Chepstow and a recent graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, is the 2016 Welsh Young Musical Theatre Singer Of The Year. Michael - the 2016 winner of the RWCD Stoutzker Prize for Outstanding Musicianship, and who recently performed as a soloist for HRH the Prince Of Wales at Buckingham Palace - was awarded the prestigious title after a closely fought contest with fellow finalists Dafydd Gape, Jonathan Radford and Rachel Lee Stephens at the Tailiesin Arts Centre in Swansea on Sunday 3 July. (more...)

Annette Warren Coming to Catalina Jazz Club, 7/13Annette Warren Coming to Catalina Jazz Club, 7/13
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2016

Annette Warren, the "secret" singing voice of Ava Gardner and Lucille Ball in such films as the MGM classic "Show Boat," and a nightclub, TV and recording star who career spans the past 70 years, will celebrate her 94th birthday with a special performance of her new one-woman show, "I Ain't Done Yet" at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood on Wed., July 13 at 8:30 PM.  The show will trace her life with songs and stories from her beginning in Cleveland, through her successes in New York, London and Los Angeles. (more...)

The Ziegfeld Theater to Continue Season with THE MUSIC MANThe Ziegfeld Theater to Continue Season with THE MUSIC MAN
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2016

Continuing its season "The Best of Times is Now," The Ziegfeld Theater presents family entertainment at its finest with The Music Man. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 6/8/16- Robert PrestonSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 6/8/16- Robert Preston
by Stage Tube - Jun 8, 2016

Happy Birthday, Robert Preston! best remembered for his performance as 'Professor' Harold Hill in Meredith Willson's musical The Music Man (1962). He had already won a Tony Award for his performance in the original Broadway production, in 1957. In 1965 he was the male part of a duo-lead musical, I Do! I Do! with Mary Martin, for which he won his second Tony Award. He played the title role in the musical Ben Franklin in Paris and originated the role of Henry II in the original production of The Lion in Winter. In 1974 he starred alongside Bernadette Peters in Jerry Herman's Broadway musical Mack & Mabel as Mack Sennett, the famous silent film director. That same year (1974) the film version of Mame, another famed Jerry Herman musical, was released with Preston starring, alongside Lucille Ball, in the role of Beauregard Burnside. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 6/4-6/5/2016Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 6/4-6/5/2016
by - Jun 5, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, June 5, 2016 - Sunday, June 5, 2016. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 6/5/16- THE MUSIC MANSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 6/5/16- THE MUSIC MAN
by Stage Tube - Jun 5, 2016

Today in 1980, The Music Man opened at City Center, where it ran for 21 performances. The Music Man is a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. The plot concerns con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys' band organizer and leader and sells band instruments and uniforms to naive townsfolk before skipping town with the cash. In 1957, the show became a hit on Broadway, winning five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and running for 1,375 performances. (more...)

New Musical LIKE A FLY IN AMBER Set for Toronto Fringe FestivalNew Musical LIKE A FLY IN AMBER Set for Toronto Fringe Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

A new Canadian musical, "Like a Fly in Amber", by Vancouver writer Karen Kelm, debuts at the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival. Through breaking hearts and belly laughs, the show dares the audience to laugh in the face of the inevitability of deterioration and death, and cry for their own missteps on the relationship path. (more...)

Rialto Chatter: Kathleen Marshall's Reworked THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN Heading to Broadway?Rialto Chatter: Kathleen Marshall's Reworked THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN Heading to Broadway?
by Rialto Chatter - May 6, 2016

Could the recently reworked version of Meredith Willson musical THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN soon land on Broadway? (more...)

Las Vegas Philharmonic to Conclude Season with 'DREAM OF NOW, DREAM OF THEN,' 6/4Las Vegas Philharmonic to Conclude Season with 'DREAM OF NOW, DREAM OF THEN,' 6/4
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

The Las Vegas Philharmonic performs its final concert of the season, Dream of Now, Dream of Then: Lisa Vroman Brings Broadway to Las Vegas on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center.  The performance will feature sixteen Broadway selections with arrangements sung by esteemed vocalist, Lisa Vroman.   (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 4/27/16- THE MUSIC MANSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 4/27/16- THE MUSIC MAN
by Stage Tube - Apr 27, 2016

Today in 2000, the second Broadway revival of The Music Man openened at the Neil Simon Theatre, where it ran for 699 performances. The Music Man is a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. The plot concerns con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys' band organizer and leader and sells band instruments and uniforms to naive townsfolk before skipping town with the cash. In 1957, the show became a hit on Broadway, winning five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and running for 1,375 performances. The cast album won the first Grammy Award for 'Best Original Cast Album'. The show's success led to revivals and a popular 1962 film adaptation and a 2003 television remake. (more...)

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