Michael Bennett News

 

Michael Bennett News

Date of Birth: April 08, 1943
Date of Death: July 02, 1987 (44)
Birth Place: Buffalo, NY, USA
Gender: Male
BWW TV Exclusive: BACKSTAGE WITH RICHARD RIDGE- Stage and Screen Star Michele Lee- Part 1!BWW TV Exclusive: BACKSTAGE WITH RICHARD RIDGE- Stage and Screen Star Michele Lee- Part 1!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Sep 1, 2015

Welcome to BWW's exclusive talk show, BACKSTAGE WITH Richard Ridge. Follow Richard as he visits the theater's best and brightest in their dressing rooms, on their stages and at their favorite hang outs to talk about their lives, careers and all of the things you don't know, but want to know. In the special interview below, Richard welcomes stage and screen legend Michele Lee. Watch as they discuss how things are going at the Gershwin Theatre, chat about her career highlights, and so much more! (more...)

Ocean Grove to Present Orchestra of St Peter by the Sea, 9/12Ocean Grove to Present Orchestra of St Peter by the Sea, 9/12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association will present its 2015 season finale concert by the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea, conducted by Father Alphonse Stephenson, on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the Great Auditorium.  Showtime is 8 pm.  Tickets are $25 reserved, $20 general admission.  Order online at www.oceangrove.org or call 800-590-4064.  The Great Auditorium is located at Pilgrim and Ocean Pathways in Ocean Grove, NJ.  All facilities are handicapped-accessible. (more...)

Palo Alto Players to Stage CHICAGO This SeptemberPalo Alto Players to Stage CHICAGO This September
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2015

Palo Alto Payers, the Peninsula's first theatre company, presents CHICAGO, a brilliant musical satire that brings you the razzle­dazzle music of vaudeville, show­stopping dance numbers - and all that jazz! Written by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, CHICAGO is the winner of six Tony Awards. CHICAGO will play for 11 performances, September 11-27, 2015 at the Lucie Stern Theater located at 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. (more...)

BW Interviews: Jessica Lee Goldyn: This Business Chooses YouBW Interviews: Jessica Lee Goldyn: This Business Chooses You
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Aug 10, 2015

'You really don't choose this business; it chooses you,' Jessica Lee Goldyn says of her becoming a professional dancer and actress while still in her teens. That bright career which has taken her to Broadway and around the country performing in musical theatre now brings her to Brunswick, Maine, to reprise the role of Elizabeth in Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, which opened at Maine State Music Theatre August 6th. The role of Frederick Frankenstein's glamorous and fickle wife has been tailored to her extraordinary dancing abilities by director Marc Robin, and, as she tells Broadway World a few days before opening, she is enjoying the experience enormously! (more...)

Donna McKechnie Talks SAME PLACE, ANOTHER TIME At 54 Below, A CHORUS LINE & MoreDonna McKechnie Talks SAME PLACE, ANOTHER TIME At 54 Below, A CHORUS LINE & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 7, 2015

A living legend is coming to 54 Below! (more...)

AMERICAN DANCE MACHINE, Celebrating Broadway Choreography, Returning to Joyce Theater, 12/22-1/3/2016AMERICAN DANCE MACHINE, Celebrating Broadway Choreography, Returning to Joyce Theater, 12/22-1/3/2016
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2015

American Dance Machine for the 21st Century (ADM21), for those who love the dance in Broadway musicals, will return to New York City's Joyce Theater (175 Eighth Avenue) after their sold out run last year, it was announced today by founder and producing artistic director Nikki Feirt Atkins.  Performances begin Tuesday, December 22nd and run through Sunday, January 3rd.  Tickets start at $10. (more...)

BWW Blog: The Best of the 2014-15 Season at North Carolina Theatre!BWW Blog: The Best of the 2014-15 Season at North Carolina Theatre!
by Jeffrey Kare - Jul 27, 2015

Since the 2014-15 Season at North Carolina Theatre just wrapped up, I decided to give you guys my top picks for what were some of the best productions I saw this past season. I've seen many quality productions within the past year, but these are my top 3. (more...)

BWW TV: Happy 40th! HAMILTON Cast Sings 'What I Did for Love' in Honor of A CHORUS LINE's 40th AnniversaryBWW TV: Happy 40th! HAMILTON Cast Sings 'What I Did for Love' in Honor of A CHORUS LINE's 40th Anniversary
by Stage Tube - Jul 25, 2015

Today, Broadway celebrates the 40th anniversary of the opening of one of the most iconic musicals of all time. Below, take a look back at the performance, and watch as the original cast of A CHORUS LINE joins the HAMILTON cast on stage! (more...)

Artistic Director Margo Sappington Departs ADM21Artistic Director Margo Sappington Departs ADM21
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2015

After three and a half years with ADM21, Artistic Director Margo Sappington announces her resignation from the organization. (more...)

THEATER TALK Welcomes Tommy Tune This WeekTHEATER TALK Welcomes Tommy Tune This Week
by TV News Desk - Jul 8, 2015

An all-new THEATER TALK welcomes 10-time Tony® Award winner Tommy Tune, recipient of a Tony Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's June ceremony. Tune visited THEATER TALK the afternoon after the awards, still aglow with his natural effervescence and warmth, and the conversation moved smoothly from an acknowledgement of his special award to an entertaining chronicle of his roots and love for musicals. (more...)

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE & More Set for Stratford Festival's 2016 SeasonSHAKESPEARE IN LOVE & More Set for Stratford Festival's 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2015

With the world marking the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare in 2016, Stratford Festival Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino has planned a number of exciting projects in honour of the occasion. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 1st, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 1st, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Jul 1, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. It's our TOP TEN HOT TOPIX for the first half of 2015! (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: Get The Doctor! Medical Musical Moments - A NEW BRAIN, NEXT TO NORMAL, TOMMY, Etc.FLASH FRIDAY: Get The Doctor! Medical Musical Moments - A NEW BRAIN, NEXT TO NORMAL, TOMMY, Etc.
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 26, 2015

In honor of the New York return of A NEW BRAIN, today we salute medically-themed moments from musicals. (more...)

THEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: She's Way Ahead! Happy Birthday To Michele LeeTHEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: She's Way Ahead! Happy Birthday To Michele Lee
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 25, 2015

Today we salute a Broadway and Hollywood star just announced to be making her return to Broadway later this year in WICKED. (more...)

Playhouse on Park Now Casting for Season 7Playhouse on Park Now Casting for Season 7
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

Award-winning professional theatre Playhouse on Park is now casting for its upcoming seventh season. Local auditions will be held at the Playhouse on August 30th and 31st, and NYC auditions will be held on July 10th and 11th.     (more...)

CHIEF CUSTOMER OFFICER 2.0 is ReleasedCHIEF CUSTOMER OFFICER 2.0 is Released
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2015

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SOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Thoughtful Wishes For CAMP 2: FREAKS IN NATURESOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Thoughtful Wishes For CAMP 2: FREAKS IN NATURE
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 17, 2015

Last night, acclaimed director Todd Graff unexpectedly announced plans to film a follow-up to 2003 cult favorite theatre-themed movie musical CAMP titled CAMP 2: FREAKS IN NATURE set to feature fellow Tony Award-winning icons Patti LuPone and Donna Murphy, among others, inspiring Broadway babies to excitedly anticipate the many musical selections that could potentially be presented as part of the project. Of course, the original film famously featured a young Anna Kendrick memorably belting out the COMPANY 11 o'clocker 'The Ladies Who Lunch' in addiiton to an unforgettable recreation of the original Michael Bennett-staged mini masterpiece from PROMISES, PROMISES, 'Turkey Lurkey Time' - plus some standout original tunes by the likes of Michael Gore and Lynn Ahrens, too - not to mention Stephen Sondheim himself appearing onscreen in a cameo role. Now, Graff himself promises at least one showstopper to match the ones in the first film, relaying, 'We're going to introduce some fabulous new additions, like Donna Murphy, Patti LuPone and a bevy of other reigning Broadway divas performing a demented version of 'Steppin' To The Bad Side' from DREAMGIRLS to be staged by the one and only Jerry Mitchell.' So, now, let's speculate on some must-see moments we would relish seeing onscreen in the sequel. (more...)

2015 Theatre World Awards Honor Betty Comden & ON THE TOWN Tonight2015 Theatre World Awards Honor Betty Comden & ON THE TOWN Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2015

The 71st Annual Theatre World Awards -- the first award created in 1945 to recognize a debut theatre performance on or off-Broadway -- will be honoring the legacy of Betty Comden and On The Town with a special recognition for 'Outstanding Contribution to the Theatre World.' The 71st Annual Theatre World Awards will take place tonight, June 1, 2015 at Broadway's Lyric Theatre (213 W. 42nd St, New York, NY 10036). (more...)

BWW Interview: Tommy Tune Reflects on SEESAW and Winning His First Tony AwardBWW Interview: Tommy Tune Reflects on SEESAW and Winning His First Tony Award
by Richard Ridge - May 30, 2015

Richard Ridge of 'Backstage with Richard Ridge' recently sat down with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and Broadway legend Tommy Tune, to discuss his past work, getting started on Broadway and if he would ever return to the Great White Way. Check out a sneak peek of the interview in which Tune discusses work in SEESAW and winning his first Tony Award. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Behind-the-Scenes of FOLLIES with National Theater Institute Alum Ted ChapinBWW Exclusive: Behind-the-Scenes of FOLLIES with National Theater Institute Alum Ted Chapin
by National Theater Institute - May 26, 2015

The National Theater Institute includes a vibrant community of over 3,500 alumni. The many talents of these actors, writers, directors, and designers can be seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in films, television, London's West End, and at every major regional theater in the U.S. Today, in an excerpt from EVERYTHING WAS POSSIBLE: THE BIRTH OF THE MUSICAL FOLLIES, we hear from Ted Chapin (NTI Fall '70) who called his semester-away at NTI an 'extraordinary' 'experimental off-campus theater program.' (more...)

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