Michael Bennett News

Date Of Birth:
April 08, 1943
Date Of Death:
July 02, 1987 (44)
Birth Place:
Buffalo, NY, USA
Gender:
Male
Nathaniel Shaw, Jessica Lee Goldyn and More to Star in NC Theatre's A CHORUS LINE; Mitzi Hamilton Directs
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

North Carolina Theatre, the region's premiere nonprofit professional regional theatre producing professional Broadway musical revivals, announces the cast of its first production of the 2014/15 season, A Chorus Line, playing October 14 to October 19, 2014 at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

THE SONDHEIM REVIEW Presents - Elaine Stritch holds forth about Stephen Sondheim ... and more
by The Sondheim Review - Sep 18, 2014

BroadwayWorld.com is very excited to kick off a brand new partnership with THE SONDHEIM REVIEW. Each month we'll be bringing you special, and exclusive archives from the quarterly magazine dedicated to the work of the musical theatre and Broadway's foremost composer and lyricist, Stephen Sondheim. Each issue contains news, interviews, features, reviews, historical information, upcoming productions in your area, puzzles, and more. Our correspondents in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, and all over the world bring you the latest, most accurate information and insights. (more...)

BWW Reviews: 5th Avenue's A CHORUS LINE Is Almost a Triple Threat
by Jay Irwin - Sep 12, 2014

There's something to be said for seeing a company of incredible dancers performing the classic “A Chorus Line” especially when they're doing much of the original Michael Bennett choreography as is currently being presented at the 5th Avenue Theatre. Even better when you've got an entire company of incredible singers as well. You've almost got the triple threat that the show needs to be great. Unfortunately it's that third element, the acting, where the 5th Avenue's production falls a little short and so the story of these Broadway gypsies suffers a bit. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Surflight Theatre's A CHORUS LINE, Now Playing Through 9/14
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2014

Broadway veteran Mitzi Hamilton, one of the dancers inMichael Bennett's original developmental workshop that provided the inspiration for the character of Val in A Chorus Line, directs and choreographs the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical at Surflight Theatre, now playing through September 14. (more...)

The Aurora Fox to Bring Caribbean Fairy Tale to Life in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, 9/12-10/5
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2014

The Aurora Fox will present Once On This Island (directed and choreographed by Candy Brown) from September 12 - October 5, 2014 at The Aurora Fox Arts Center (9900 East Colfax Avenue). (more...)

CHORUS LINE Memorabilia Auction to Benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 05, 2014

Starting today and continuing throughout September, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is running the ultimate auction of A Chorus Line memorabilia on eBay. More than 50 lots of singularly sensational and unforgettable collectibles from the unique collection of Gary Stevens and the late Alan George will be auctioned online with a portion of proceeds benefiting Broadway Cares. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Surflight's Singular Sensation
by Michael T. Mooney - Sep 02, 2014

It seems right that Surflight Theatre closes it's 2014 season with A CHORUS LINE. After 65 years as a New Jersey theatrical institution, Surflight must have hosted hundreds of such auditions, giving that first 'big break' to scores of performers. (more...)

Original A CHORUS LINE Star Mitzi Hamilton Directs and Choreographs at Surflight Theatre, Now thru 9/14
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

Broadway veteran Mitzi Hamilton, one of the dancers in Michael Bennett's original developmental workshop that provided the inspiration for the character of Val in A Chorus Line, will direct and choreograph the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical at Surflight Theatre, tonight, August 27-September 14. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Tony Winner Jennifer Holliday Leads Dazzling BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS Concert
by Michael L. Quintos - Aug 22, 2014

When you've been given the privilege to watch and, of course, listen to legendary Tony winner Jennifer Holliday sing live---in that signature inimitable style---it's practically akin to a religious experience. She is, to put it mildly, still one of the world's most treasured, gifted musical voices. Even more awesome? Holliday served as the finale headliner that capped off an impressive line-up of Broadway stars that included Erich Bergen, Rogelio Douglas, Jr., Danny Gurwin, and Tony nominee Chad Kimball. And the highly entertaining evening---a pleasant mixture of amusing anecdotes and enthralling showtune performances---was hosted by Holliday's Tony nominated DREAMGIRLS co-star, Obba Babatunde. (more...)

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND to Play the Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9/12-10/5
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

A high energy Caribbean fairy tale musical the whole family will enjoy. A young peasant girl (SuCh, the award-winning actress and R&B singer who played Celie in The Color Purple) rescues and falls in love with a rich boy (Carter Edward Smith) from the other side of the island. Guided by the gods of earth, water and love, the naive girl finds herself torn between two very different worlds.? What is she willing to sacrifice in pursuit of a dream? (more...)

Original A CHORUS LINE Star Mitzi Hamilton to Direct & and Choreograph at Surflight Theatre, Running 8/27-9/14
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

Broadway veteran Mitzi Hamilton, one of the dancers in Michael Bennett's original developmental workshop that provided the inspiration for the character of Val in A Chorus Line, will direct and choreograph the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical at Surflight Theatre, August 27-September 14. (more...)

Theater People Podcast Welcomes Tony-Winner Jerry Mitchell
by Matt Tamanini - Aug 17, 2014

On Monday, August 18th the Theater People Podcast welcomes Tony-winner Jerry Mitchell. Mitchell discusses directing and choreographing the Tony winning mega-hit KINKY BOOTS. He also discusses making his director/choreographer debut with the popular LEGALLY BLONDE as well as his collaborations with the great Jack O'Brien on HAIRSPRAY, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, THE FULL MONTY and others. The episode is available now for iTunes subscribers. (more...)

Jennifer Tepper Announces Eight Theaters Explored in THE UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY, Volume 2!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 09, 2014

Volume 2 of writer and musical theater historian Jennifer Tepper's 'THE UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY: Tales from the World's Most Famous Theaters' series is in the works, and the author just took to Twitter to announce the eight theaters featured in the second installment. Learn all the details in her announcement, plus check out the table of contents below! (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Preview of INSIDE ACT: HOW TEN ACTORS MADE IT AND HOW YOU CAN TOO- with Tony Yazbeck!
by Ken Womble - Aug 08, 2014

Why do some actors make it and others don't? Ken Womble sets out to find the answer to this question, one that has fascinated and tormented him for years, in his new book, INSIDE ACT: How Ten Actors Made it and How You Can Too (Hansen Publishing Group, 373 pages, $24.99). To celebrate the release, BroadwayWorld will be featuring chapter previews from the new book. Today, hear from Tony Yazbeck! (more...)

James Patterson Releases Latest Book, INVISIBLE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 05, 2014

James Patterson has released a new book with David Ellis, INVISIBLE. (more...)

A CHORUS LINE Set for First Spotlight Night of 5th Avenue Theatre's 2014-15 Season, 8/19
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

The 5th Avenue Theatre welcomes audiences to the first Spotlight Night of the 2014/15 season with a free exclusive preview of the show where hopes and dreams take center stage, A Chorus Line. This Spotlight Night is an evening of story and song exploring what makes A Chorus Line one of the most enduring musicals of all time and the life of creative genius that crafted it. Hosted by Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong, Spotlight Night gives the exclusive backstage access and a sneak preview of this groundbreaking hit show. (more...)

Harold Prince Discusses COMPANY & The Perfect Musical
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 29, 2014

Legendary producer and director Harold Prince discusses his idea of the perfect musical as it pertains to the classic Stephen Sondheim/George Furth concept musical COMPANY as part of a new video interview. (more...)

New Kickstarter For SAVE A DANCE! To Preserve Work of Robbins, Fosse, Bennett, Etc.
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 25, 2014

A new Kickstarter account has been created in support of the new dance preservation and presentation initiative SAVE A DANCE! (more...)

Chryssie Whitehead to Star as 'Cassie' in 5th Avenue Theatre's A CHORUS LINE This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

5th Avenue Theatre just announced via its Facebook page that Chryssie Whitehead will star as 'Cassie' in A CHORUS LINE this fall. (more...)

Weston Playhouse Theatre Company to Stage A CHORUS LINE, 7/31-8/23
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company continues its summer of quality theatre with the eagerly anticipated production of the legendary Broadway show A Chorus Line. This iconic American musical won nine Tonys, a Pulitzer Prize for drama, and ran for 15 years on Broadway. It runs on the Playhouse MainStage from July 31 to August 23. (more...)

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