Meredith Willson News

Two River Theater Highlights Grants, New Programs, Partnerships and More in 2013-14
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, has concluded its 20th Anniversary Season, highlighted by far-reaching new-play development activities supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The season was bookended by the Two River directorial debuts of acclaimed actors Joel Grey (Paul Osborn's On Borrowed Time) and Michael Cumpsty (Wendy Wasserstein's Third). (more...)

Burke Moses, Whitney Bashor, John Hickok & More Join Kathleen Marshall's UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN at Denver Center Theatre Company; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

The Denver Center Theatre Company today announced the complete cast and creative team for 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 opens for previews on September 12 in The Stage Theatre and will be directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes). (more...)

PTC to Present Kenneth Jones's ALABAMA STORY Premiere as Part of 2014-15 Season, Jan 9-24
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

Pioneer Theatre Company, Salt Lake City's major resident Equity theatre, will present the world premiere of Kenneth Jones' dramaAlabama Story January 9-24, 2015, as part of its eight-title 2014-15 season. PTC Artistic Director Karen Azenberg will direct. (more...)

MISS SAIGON, HAIR & More Set for Clocktower Players' 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

On Thursday, June 26, 2014, Westchester Magazine unveiled their annual Best of Westchester issue announcing the very best of what Westchester County has to offer. Clocktower Players, the resident theater company of Irvington Town Hall Theater, received two prestigious awards: Best Local Theater Group and Best Children's Theater. (more...)

Hackmatack Playhouse's THE MUSIC MAN Now Playing Through 7/26
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

This summer's revival of "The Music Man" at Hackmatack Playhouse in Berwick is providing a fun night out (and "day" out, although Matinees are sold out) at Hackmatack Playhouse in Berwick. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE MUSIC MAN at Dutch Apple is a Bright, Lively Take on Tradition
by Marakay Rogers - Jul 13, 2014

Brian Enzman gives the old classic a fresh look and feel, with some spectacular staging. (more...)

Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Andrew Keenan-Bolger & More Set to Lead Transport Group's THE MUSIC MAN Concert
by BWW News Desk - Jul 09, 2014

Initial casting for Transport Group's concert presentation of The Music Man has been announced. The evening will feature Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Alexandra Silber, Mary Testa, Jill Paice, Heather Mac Rae, Jeffry Denman, Stanley Bahorek, David Greenspan, and D.C. Anderson. Complete casting will be announced at a later date. The concert will be held at the Irene Diamond Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42 Street, on Monday, August 11, 2014, directed by five-time Drama Desk nominee, Jack Cummings III. (more...)

Hackmatack Playhouse to Present THE MUSIC MAN, 7/9-26
by BWW News Desk - Jul 02, 2014

What's your "Music Man" story? Were you in New York City for one of the 1,375 performances of "The Music Man" on Broadway in the late 1950's? Did you see the movie in the 1960's? The television remake in 2003? Maybe you encountered a similar salesman/con man like Harold Hill of "The Music Man." (more...)

BWW Reviews: Broadway Rose Brings 76 Trombones and a Lot of Exuberance to THE MUSIC MAN
by Patrick Brassell - Jun 30, 2014

Their new production of The Music Man isn't flashy and doesn't do anything radical with Meredith Willson's book and score, and that's the best decision they could have made. (more...)

Transport Group's THE MUSIC MAN Concert Will Now be Held at Irene Diamond Theatre, 8/11
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

To accommodate high ticket demand, Transport Group's concert presentation of The Music Man will move to The Irene Diamond Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center on Monday August 11, 2014. The evening will be directed by five-time Drama Desk nominee, Jack Cummings III. Casting will be announced at a later date. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Theatre Memphis Toots Its Horns in THE MUSIC MAN
by Joseph Baker - Jun 16, 2014

A number of years ago, I was ordering breakfast at the Dogwood Cabin in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and before the food arrived, a barbershop quartet began to harmonize. 'How delightful,' I thought - and then there was another song, followed by yet another: A barbershop quartet convention was in town, and several groups were scattered throughout the restaurant and waiting for their opportunity to perform. Before my pancake syrup was even out of the bottle, I was already craving some antidotal 'heavy metal.' Such experiences remind me of Mark Twain's story CAPTAIN STORMFIELD'S VISIT TO HEAVEN: Upon first arriving behind the Pearly Gates, the Captain is delighted to hear the heavenly harps; but as time passes, the harmonies become stultifying. Thankfully, the barbershop quartet that strolls through Theatre Memphis' colorful new production of Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN never overstays its welcome. (more...)

NBC President Bob Greenblatt Producing DCTC's Kathleen Marshall-Helmed THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

Bob Greenblatt, president of NBC and instrumental in bringing SMASH and THE SOUND OF MUSIC to the small screen, has set his sights, once again, on the stage. (more...)

The Actors Fund to Honor Barbara Cook with Julie Harris Award at 2014 Tony Awards Viewing Party, 6/8
by BWW News Desk - Jun 08, 2014

Broadway legend, Barbara Cook, will be honored with The Julie Harris Award for Artistic Achievement at The Actors Fund's 18th Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party on June 8th, 2014. (more...)

Jack Cummings III to Direct THE MUSIC MAN Concert at Transport Group, 6/23
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

Following the sold out concert sensations Baby and Once Upon a Mattress, Transport Group Theatre Company proudly presents The Music Man in concert on Monday, June 23 at 8pm at the The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre in The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street. The evening will be directed by five-time Drama Desk nominee, Jack Cummings III. Casting will be announced at a later date. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 5/25/2014
by BWW - May 25, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/25/2014 for Dallas (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 5/25/2014
by BWW - May 25, 2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 5/25/2014
by BWW - May 25, 2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Denver - Week of 5/25/2014
by BWW - May 25, 2014

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BWW Reviews: GCT's MUSIC MAN Brings Verve, Nostalgia and Hope to Valley Audiences
by Don Grigware - May 20, 2014

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 jubilant new production at GCT, 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 Valerie Rachelle and a terrific cast led by Brent Schindele, The Music Man offers a refreshing look at the way life should be. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 5/18/2014
by BWW - May 18, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/18/2014 for Los Angeles (more...)

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