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Date Of Birth:
April 08, 1943
Date Of Death:
July 02, 1987 (44)
Birth Place:
Buffalo, NY, USA
Gender: Male
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Michael Bennett News

Date of Birth: April 08, 1943
Date of Death: July 02, 1987 (44)
Birth Place: Buffalo, NY, USA
Gender: Male
The Friday 5: CFTA's DREAMGIRLS' Leading LadiesThe Friday 5: CFTA's DREAMGIRLS' Leading Ladies
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 12, 2016

Doubtless, there's a lot of hustling, bustling and what-not going on at Murfreesboro's Center For The Arts today as the company prepares for tonight's premiere of the musical extravaganza Dreamgirls. Directed by 2013 First Night Most Promising Actor Matthew Hayes Hunter (who may or may not answer to the name of "Matt" these days), the grand-scale production features four of the loveliest, most talented and mesmerizing leading ladies to be found on any stage, anywhere: Ra'Shaun Simon (playing Deena Jones), Brianna Booker (Lorell Robinson), Brittany Easley (Michelle Morris) and Robbyn "Vyrgo" Daniel, who plays the clarion-voiced Effie Melody White, the part made famous on Broadway by Jennifer Holliday. (more...)

UPDATED! BWW Exclusive: And the 2016 Hollywood Bowl Summer Musical Is...???UPDATED! BWW Exclusive: And the 2016 Hollywood Bowl Summer Musical Is...???
by Rialto Chatter - Feb 8, 2016

It's usually around this time of year that the Hollywood Bowl announces their summer musical, and this year we haven't heard yet, officially... so we sent out our spies in Los Angeles to see what we could find out. It didn't take long to zero in on what we suspect will be announced very shortly. So, what musical would they choose after LES MISERABLES, GUYS & DOLLS, THE PRODUCERS, RENT, HAIR and last summer's SPAMALOT? Drumroll please... we believe that the Hollywood Bowl Musical will be A CHORUS LINE. (more...)

She's Telling Us! West End-Bound DREAMGIRLS Star Amber Riley Belts Effie's SoloShe's Telling Us! West End-Bound DREAMGIRLS Star Amber Riley Belts Effie's Solo
by Jessica Khan - Feb 6, 2016

As BroadwayWorld reported just two days ago, GLEE and THE WIZ LIVE! star Amber Riley will take on the role of 'Effie' when DREAMGIRLS makes its UK debut at London's Savoy Theatre this winter. And Riley is no stranger to the musical's challenging anthems. (more...)

GLEE's Amber Riley to Lead DREAMGIRLS as 'Effie' in the West End This WinterGLEE's Amber Riley to Lead DREAMGIRLS as 'Effie' in the West End This Winter
by Jessica Khan - Feb 4, 2016

Big news in the DREAMGIRLS world tonight! The Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye just revealed the news that GLEE and THE WIZ LIVE! star Amber Riley will play 'Effie' when the musical makes its UK debut at London's Savoy Theatre this winter. (more...)

FOLLIES IN CONCERT Set for Melbourne Recital CentreFOLLIES IN CONCERT Set for Melbourne Recital Centre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

For three performances only in May, exclusive to Melbourne, a stellar line-up of Australian musical theatre stars including David Hobson, Lisa McCune and Nancye Hayes will come together for a must-see theatrical event, the celebrated FOLLIES IN CONCERT at the Melbourne Recital Centre. (more...)

Matthew LaBanca and Jennifer Knox Lead Secret Theatre's A CHORUS LINE, Opening TonightMatthew LaBanca and Jennifer Knox Lead Secret Theatre's A CHORUS LINE, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2016

Secret Theatre Musicals and Richard Mazda, Producer, present the legendary Broadway musical A CHORUS LINE at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City, opening tonight, January 28, for a three-week run. (more...)

BWW Review: PIPPIN at Shea's Buffalo TheatreBWW Review: PIPPIN at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
by Michael Rabice - Jan 27, 2016

The 1970's was an era of self discovery, rebellion and personal exploration. Broadway was morphing from the stock musical comedy formula towards the darker issues of life not usually seen on the musical stage . There was a young Stephen Sondheim delving into the deep interpersonal relations of marriage in COMPANY and FOLLIES, while Michael Bennett had gathered a group of young dancers who were exposing their inner demons and life stories in A CHORUS LINE. Meanwhile the composer Stephen Schwartz began his career with PIPPIN and would later write hit scores for GODSPELL and WICKED (more...)

VIDEO: Music: 10, Lyric: 10: HAMILTON Parody Tells of A CHORUS LINE's Mitzi HamiltonVIDEO: Music: 10, Lyric: 10: HAMILTON Parody Tells of A CHORUS LINE's Mitzi Hamilton
by Michael Dale - Jan 26, 2016

The dancer whose story of body-enhancement became one of A CHORUS LINE's most memorable songs, gets a number of her own. (more...)

BWW Review: CVRep's A CLASS ACT is Enjoyable Musical TheatreBWW Review: CVRep's A CLASS ACT is Enjoyable Musical Theatre
by Audrey Liebross - Jan 25, 2016

CVRep has undertaken something new -- a medium-sized musical comedy with a four-piece orchestra. The result of its production of A CLASS ACT, the story of A CHORUS LINE's lyricist, is an enjoyable evening of theatre, with fabulous dancing. (more...)

Molly Tynes, Tony Vierling, Tom Berklund and More Set for A CHORUS LINE at the Ordway, 2/16Molly Tynes, Tony Vierling, Tom Berklund and More Set for A CHORUS LINE at the Ordway, 2/16
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2016

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is excited to present A Chorus Line, Feb. 16-28. Tickets for the Ordway produced musical start at $37 and can be purchasedhere. A Chorus Line is sponsored by U.S. Bank. (more...)

The Ordway to Present A CHORUS LINEThe Ordway to Present A CHORUS LINE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2016

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is excited to present A Chorus Line, Feb. 16-28. Tickets for the Ordway produced musical start at $37 and can be purchased online at www.ordway.org, by phone at 651-224-4222 or in-person at the Ordway ticket office. (more...)

Tony Winner Laura Benanti to Join Jennifer Holliday for 42West Concert Next WeekTony Winner Laura Benanti to Join Jennifer Holliday for 42West Concert Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2016

Jacob Langfelder in partnership with Arts-For-All, Jill Bernard and Rashad Chambers will present a one night only concert featuring TONY and Grammy Award winner Jennifer Holliday along with the TONY Winning star of the upcoming Roundabout Theatre production of She Loves Me, Laura Benanti and The Color Purple¹s Rema Webb.  (more...)

THE COLOR PURPLE's Rema Webb to Join Jennifer Holliday for Concert at 42WestTHE COLOR PURPLE's Rema Webb to Join Jennifer Holliday for Concert at 42West
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2016

acob Langfelder in partnership with Arts-For-All, Jill Bernard and Rashad Chambers will present a one night only concert featuring TONY and Grammy Award winner Jennifer Holliday along with The Color Purple¹s Rema Webb.  Julie (more...)

Exclusive Photo Flash: BROADWAY: BEYOND THE GOLDEN AGE Premieres at Palm Springs International Film Festival!Exclusive Photo Flash: BROADWAY: BEYOND THE GOLDEN AGE Premieres at Palm Springs International Film Festival!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2016

BROADWAY: BEYOND THE GOLDEN AGE, Award-winning director Rick McKay's anxiously awaited sequel to his 2004 hit film, BROADWAY: THE GOLDEN AGE, just made its World Premiere to a sold-out crowd at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. Check out photos from the big night below! (more...)

Terrence Mann and Charlotte d'Amboise to Lead Triple Arts Intensive Master Class for VTA This FebTerrence Mann and Charlotte d'Amboise to Lead Triple Arts Intensive Master Class for VTA This Feb
by BWW News Desk - Dec 31, 2015

Just confirmed today, Broadway is coming to the Blue Ridge! Broadway royalty Terrence Mann (star of Broadway's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, LES MISERABLES, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, CATS, and next season's TUCK EVERLASTING) and Charlotte d'Amboise (star of Broadway's PIPPIN, CHICAGO, SWEET CHARITY, A CHORUS LINE and CONTACT) are coming to Lynchburg, VA, February 1-2, 2016. (more...)

2015 Flashback: A Year's Advice from the Stars2015 Flashback: A Year's Advice from the Stars
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 31, 2015

At the end of every 'backstage' interview, BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge asks his guest, 'What is the best bit of advice that you've been given that you still live by?' Below, we've rounded up all the sage responses from the stars of 2015! (more...)

Review Roundup: Broadway-Bound GOTTA DANCE Opens in Chicago - Updating Live!Review Roundup: Broadway-Bound GOTTA DANCE Opens in Chicago - Updating Live!
by Review Roundups - Dec 29, 2015

Let's check out what the critics had to say... (more...)

BWW Review: AMERICAN DANCE MACHINE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY Captivates Audiences with Legendary Musical Theater NumbersBWW Review: AMERICAN DANCE MACHINE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY Captivates Audiences with Legendary Musical Theater Numbers
by Caryn Cooper - Dec 24, 2015

This past Monday marked the opening night of the American Dance Machine for the 21st Century (ADM21) as they returned to New York City. Founded and Produced by Artistic Director Nikki Feirt Atkins, ADM21 is dedicated to creating a living and vibrant archive of classic and current notable musical theater choreography. Continuing the legacy of the late Lee Theodore, who established the original American Dance Machine in 1976 until her death in 1987, and believed that "many great choreographic works are lost with the musical they once embellished," the impetus to preserve these dances drove Theodore and continues to drive Ms. Atkins. (more...)

Photo Flash: Broadway Vets & More Take the Stage in ADM21 at The Joyce TheaterPhoto Flash: Broadway Vets & More Take the Stage in ADM21 at The Joyce Theater
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2015

American Dance Machine for the 21st Century (ADM21) returns to New York City's Joyce Theater (175 Eighth Avenue) from Monday, December 21st  through Sunday, January 3rd. Check out photos below! (more...)

Five Reasons Why 'Turkey Lurkey Time' is a Perfect Broadway Musical MomentFive Reasons Why 'Turkey Lurkey Time' is a Perfect Broadway Musical Moment
by Michael Dale - Dec 23, 2015

You've probably seen this video dozens of times, but did you ever seriously consider what makes this a perfect Broadway musical moment? (more...)

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