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12th Annual JOHNNY MERCER FOUNDATION SONGWRITERS PROJECT Participants Are Announced12th Annual JOHNNY MERCER FOUNDATION SONGWRITERS PROJECT Participants Are Announced
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2017

The 12th annual Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project participants will take residency at Northwestern University from June 18 to 24 for an intensive week-long program of master classes and workshops that culminate with a public concert. (more...)

12th Annual Songwriters Project Participants Announced12th Annual Songwriters Project Participants Announced
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

The 12th annual Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project participants will take residency at Northwestern University from June 18 to 24 for an intensive week-long program of master classes and workshops that culminates with a public concert. (more...)

AN EVENING WITH STEPHEN SCHWARTZ Coming to Toronto This MayAN EVENING WITH STEPHEN SCHWARTZ Coming to Toronto This May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

A once in a lifetime opportunity to experience an intimate evening of music and Broadway memories with Stephen Schwartz, the Tony, Oscar, and Grammy Award-winning composer/lyricist of the classic musicals Wicked, Pippin, and Godspell, the Walt Disney films The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Enchanted, and Pocahontas, and the DreamWorks film The Prince of Egypt. (more...)

Chilina Kennedy and More to Join Stephen Schwartz at Mirvish This MayChilina Kennedy and More to Join Stephen Schwartz at Mirvish This May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2017

A once in a lifetime opportunity to experience an intimate evening of music and Broadway memories with Stephen Schwartz, the Tony, Oscar, and Grammy Award-winning composer/lyricist of the classic musicals Wicked, Pippin, and Godspell, the Walt Disney films The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Enchanted, and Pocahontas, and the DreamsWorks film The Prince of Egypt. (more...)

New Musical YOUR NAME ON MY LIPS Starts Tonight at Theater for the New CityNew Musical YOUR NAME ON MY LIPS Starts Tonight at Theater for the New City
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2017

Playwright/composer/lyricist Eric B. Sirota, who also happens to be a physicist by trade, scrutinizes the changing nature of love in 'Your Name On My Lips,' a new musical about a young artist who fights to hold on to his soulmate as the materialistic world tugs at her. Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave., will present the work tonight, March 2, through March 19. (more...)

New Musical YOUR NAME ON MY LIPS to Play TNC This MarchNew Musical YOUR NAME ON MY LIPS to Play TNC This March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

Playwright/composer/lyricist Eric B. Sirota, who also happens to be a physicist by trade, scrutinizes the changing nature of love in 'Your Name On My Lips,' a new musical about a young artist who fights to hold on to his soulmate as the materialistic world tugs at her. Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave., will present the work March 2 to 19. (more...)

WICKED Stars Lindsay Mendez, Derek Klena, and Kara Lindsay Reunite for An Evening with Stephen Schwartz TonightWICKED Stars Lindsay Mendez, Derek Klena, and Kara Lindsay Reunite for An Evening with Stephen Schwartz Tonight
by Louisa Brady - Apr 2, 2016

WICKED alums Lindsay Mendez, Derek Klena, and Kara Lindsay will join together tonight at Connecticut's Ridgefield Playhouse for An Evening with Stephen Schwartz. Their performances will be interwoven throughout the evening, which will consist primarily of an interview between Michael Kerker and Stephen Schwartz himself. (more...)

Stephen Schwartz, Michael Gennaro & Geoffrey Walsky Set for STATE OF THE ARTS on WPKN This WeekStephen Schwartz, Michael Gennaro & Geoffrey Walsky Set for STATE OF THE ARTS on WPKN This Week
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

Stephen Schwartz, Michael Gennaro and Geoffrey Walsky will headline this week's (April 1) State of the ARTS, heard LIVE every Friday from 12noon to 1pm on WPKN-FM (89.5) in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Co-hosts of the weekly arts & entertainment show are Richard Pheneger and Peggy Nelson. (more...)

Scott Coulter to Bring THE FELLA SINGS ELLA to Feinstein's at the Nikko, 5/11Scott Coulter to Bring THE FELLA SINGS ELLA to Feinstein's at the Nikko, 5/11
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2016

Lauded for his soaring high notes, purity of tone and way with a lyric, Scott Coulter has been called 'the male Ella Fitzgerald,' which explains why his show celebrating the songs made famous by this iconic singer has been so successful. Scott Coulter brings his acclaimed show, The Fella Sings Ella, to Feinstein's at the Nikko for one performance only on Wednesday, May 11 at 7 p.m. Tickets for Scott Coulter range in price from $30 - $50 and are available now by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.ticketweb.com. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Sam Carner and Sam Willmott Receive 2015 Kleban Prizes!Photo Coverage: Sam Carner and Sam Willmott Receive 2015 Kleban Prizes!
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - Jun 23, 2015

The 25th annual Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre lyricist has been awarded to Sam Willmott and the 25th annual Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre librettist has been awarded to Sam Carner. The 2015 prizes were presented yesterday, June 22, 2015, in a private ceremony hosted by ASCAP and BMI at ASCAP. BroadwayWorld was there for the presentation and you can check out photos below! (more...)

ASCAP/Grow A Show Workshop Returning to Lied CenterASCAP/Grow A Show Workshop Returning to Lied Center
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2015

Following the marked success of its first American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) event in 2013, the Lied Center for Performing Arts announces the return of the ASCAP/Grow A Show New Musical Theatre Workshop Sept. 9-11, 2015. The workshop seeks new musical theatre works with the potential to be developed and produced into full-scale productions. The Lied Center is currently accepting submissions from musical theatre playwrights and composers from across the country. Submissions must be received by Friday, May 1, 2015 to be considered. (more...)

Photo Flash: Stephen Schwartz, Ana Gasteyer and More Have 'WICKED-ly' Good Time at Bay Area Cabaret's 2014-15 GalaPhoto Flash: Stephen Schwartz, Ana Gasteyer and More Have 'WICKED-ly' Good Time at Bay Area Cabaret's 2014-15 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2014

There was plenty of Magic to Do in a Wicked-ly delightful evening with Schwartz and company at Bay Area Cabaret's opening night. San Francisco's venerable Bay Area Cabaret launched its 11th season with a Gala Evening honoring songwriter/composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell, Pocahontas, Enchanted, Prince of Egypt) at the Fairmont San Francisco's historic Venetian Room. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Theatre Honors Joel Grey and Jeanine TesoriPhoto Coverage: Encompass New Opera Theatre Honors Joel Grey and Jeanine Tesori
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - Oct 27, 2014

Joel Grey and Jeanine Tesori were honored last night at the Encompass New Opera Theatre's Gala celebration at The National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South, New York City), starring in the Musical Salute are Jeffry Denman, David Garrison, Lisa Kron, Judy Kuhn, Karen Mason, Michael McElroy, Bebe Neuwirth, Tonya Pinkins, David Pittsinger, Ron Raines, Patricia Schuman, Christopher Sieber, and Betsy Wolfe. BroadwayWorld brings you phtoos from inside the gala below! (more...)

Stephen Schwartz, Ana Gasteyer and More Set for Bay Area Cabaret's 2014 Opening Gala TonightStephen Schwartz, Ana Gasteyer and More Set for Bay Area Cabaret's 2014 Opening Gala Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2014

Bay Area Cabaret, devoted to presenting audiences with top performers who expand the definition of cabaret, launches its 11th season this fall at the Fairmont San Francisco's historic Venetian Room with an Opening Night Gala celebrating the work of songwriter/composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell, Pocahontas, Enchanted, Prince of Egypt). The evening will feature two on-stage interviews with Mr. Schwartz by ASCAP's Director of Musical Theatre Michael Kerker, and performances by Today Night Live's Ana Gasteyer, who performed the role of 'Elphaba' in Wicked on Broadway, and by two masterful interpreters of Schwartz' work, Liz Callaway and Michael McCorry Rose. Bay Area Cabaret's Opening Night Gala Tribute to Stephen Swartz will take place 8 pm, Today, September 27, 2014 at the Venetian Room of the Fairmont San Francisco, 950 Mason Street, atop Nob Hill, San Francisco. (more...)

Stephen Schwartz, Leslie Uggams, Sierra Boggess and More Highlight Bay Area Cabaret's 2014-15 LineupStephen Schwartz, Leslie Uggams, Sierra Boggess and More Highlight Bay Area Cabaret's 2014-15 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2014

Bay Area Cabaret, devoted to presenting audiences with top performers who expand the definition of cabaret, enters its 11th season this fall with a sparkling lineup at the Fairmont San Francisco's historic Venetian Room. The new season features a star-studded lineup of performers making their Bay Area Cabaret debuts, as well as the return of a few favorites. The season kicks off today, September 27, 2014 with a tribute to songwriter Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell, Pocahontas, Enchanted, Prince of Egypt), starring Mr. Schwartz, SNL's Ana Gasteyer, Broadway's Liz Callaway and Michael McCorry Rose. The season continues November 2 with Tony winner Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah, Baby!, Beulah, Roots) and December 7 with Andrew Lloyd Webber protege and star of Broadway's Phantom of the Opera and Little Mermaid Sierra Boggess. (more...)

Musical Version of THE FRONT Set for Hollywood's Festival of New American Musicals TonightMusical Version of THE FRONT Set for Hollywood's Festival of New American Musicals Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

America's blacklisted writers are back in lights again and this time they're singing. (more...)

Stephen Schwartz, Ana Gasteyer and More Set for Bay Area Cabaret's 2014 Opening Gala, 9/27Stephen Schwartz, Ana Gasteyer and More Set for Bay Area Cabaret's 2014 Opening Gala, 9/27
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

Bay Area Cabaret, devoted to presenting audiences with top performers who expand the definition of cabaret, launches its 11th season this fall at the Fairmont San Francisco's historic Venetian Room with an Opening Night Gala celebrating the work of songwriter/composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell, Pocahontas, Enchanted, Prince of Egypt). The evening will feature two on-stage interviews with Mr. Schwartz by ASCAP's Director of Musical Theatre Michael Kerker, and performances by Saturday Night Live's Ana Gasteyer, who performed the role of 'Elphaba' in Wicked on Broadway, and by two masterful interpreters of Schwartz' work, Liz Callaway and Michael McCorry Rose. Bay Area Cabaret's Opening Night Gala Tribute to Stephen Swartz will take place 8 pm, Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the Venetian Room of the Fairmont San Francisco, 950 Mason Street, atop Nob Hill, San Francisco. (more...)

Stephen Schwartz, Leslie Uggams, Sierra Boggess and More Highlight Bay Area Cabaret's 2014-15 LineupStephen Schwartz, Leslie Uggams, Sierra Boggess and More Highlight Bay Area Cabaret's 2014-15 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2014

Bay Area Cabaret, devoted to presenting audiences with top performers who expand the definition of cabaret, enters its 11th season this fall with a sparkling lineup at the Fairmont San Francisco's historic Venetian Room. The new season features a star-studded lineup of performers making their Bay Area Cabaret debuts, as well as the return of a few favorites. The season kicks off on Saturday, September 27, 2014 with a tribute to songwriter Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell, Pocahontas, Enchanted, Prince of Egypt), starring Mr. Schwartz, SNL's Ana Gasteyer, Broadway's Liz Callaway and Michael McCorry Rose. The season continues November 2 with Tony winner Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah, Baby!, Beulah, Roots) and December 7 with Andrew Lloyd Webber protege and star of Broadway's Phantom of the Opera and Little Mermaid Sierra Boggess. (more...)

Musical Version of THE FRONT Set for Hollywood's Festival of New American Musicals, 8/19-20Musical Version of THE FRONT Set for Hollywood's Festival of New American Musicals, 8/19-20
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2014

America's blacklisted writers are back in lights again and this time they're singing. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan AwardPhoto Coverage: Martin Charnin Honored with ASCAP Foundation's George M. Cohan Award
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 12, 2013

The ASCAP Foundation just honored Tony Award-winning lyricist and director of Annie Martin Charnin with the first-ever ASCAP Foundation George M. Cohan Award at their 18th annual Awards Ceremony last night, December 11th. The invitation-only event, hosted by ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams, was held at the Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. (more...)

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