Phyllis Diller News

Date of Birth: July 17, 1917
Date of Death: August 20, 2012 (95)
Birth Place: Lima, OH, USA
Gender: Female
Bette Midler Led HELLO, DOLLY! Update - Auditions Set, Find Out What's Cast and What They're SeekingBette Midler Led HELLO, DOLLY! Update - Auditions Set, Find Out What's Cast and What They're Seeking
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2016

There's a new Dolly coming to town and today we've got the scoop on auditions to star alongside the legend via an Equity Casting Notice, available here.  (more...)

Bette Midler Will Make Bank Doing HELLO, DOLLY! Next YearBette Midler Will Make Bank Doing HELLO, DOLLY! Next Year
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

There's a new Dolly coming to town. As BroadwayWorld reported last week, Bette Midler will indeed return to Broadway in one of the most cherished shows in musical theater history when she takes on the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello, Dolly!, and according to Page Six, she'll make bank doing it. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY:  Jack Benny and George Burns in HELLO, DOLLY!?; It Might Have HappenedFLASH FRIDAY: Jack Benny and George Burns in HELLO, DOLLY!?; It Might Have Happened
by Michael Dale - Jan 22, 2016

Producer David Merrick brought in a parade of stars to follow Carol Channing, but there was one that got away. (more...)

BWW Interview: Jim J. Bullock from KINKY BOOTS on TourBWW Interview: Jim J. Bullock from KINKY BOOTS on Tour
by Kathy Strain - Jan 21, 2016

KINKY BOOTS has been touring North America for a while now and audiences have fallen in love with its story and the music that makes it unique. Currently in the role of George, Jim Bullock recently shared with Broadway World his show business history and how he came to play George in this great show. (more...)

It Takes a Woman! Bette Midler on Why She Said 'Yes' to HELLO, DOLLY!It Takes a Woman! Bette Midler on Why She Said 'Yes' to HELLO, DOLLY!
by Jessica Khan - Jan 20, 2016

BroadwayWorld has heard from Carol Channing, our amazing readers, and more since Bette Midler was announced for the role of 'Dolly Gallagher Levi' in the Broadway return of one of the most cherished shows in musical theater history, HELLO, DOLLY! And now the diva herself has chimed in on coming back to the Great White Way in an interview with The New York Times. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Dolly on Dolly- Carol Channing Chimes in on Bette Midler's Casting News!BWW Exclusive: Dolly on Dolly- Carol Channing Chimes in on Bette Midler's Casting News!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

There's a new Dolly coming to town, but how does the original star feel about it? BroadwayWorld has just checked in with Carol Channing, who is thrilled about this morning's news. Channing said, 'Bette will be brilliant! Dolly is the kind of character that everyone should be blessed to play. Dolly is an institution- the American musical equivalent to Hamlet.' (more...)

It's Official: Bette Midler is Headed Back to Broadway in HELLO, DOLLY! in Spring of 2017; and We've Got the Dates, Creative Team & More!It's Official: Bette Midler is Headed Back to Broadway in HELLO, DOLLY! in Spring of 2017; and We've Got the Dates, Creative Team & More!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

Long rumored, and first reported last night by BroadwayWorld after the star teased the news on Twitter, it's now Official! Producer Scott Rudin announced this morning that Bette Midler will indeed return to Broadway in one of the most cherished shows in musical theater history when she takes on the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi in Michael Stewart's (book) and Jerry Herman's (music and lyrics) masterpiece, Hello, Dolly!. (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater to Offer Pre-Show Dance Class Ahead of DANCING LESSONS PerformancesOrlando Shakespeare Theater to Offer Pre-Show Dance Class Ahead of DANCING LESSONS Performances
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2016

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF offers an evening of dancing and live theater to patrons attending the Theater's production of Mark St. Germain's Dancing Lessons on January 22, 2016. The one-of-a-kind introductory dance class led by Keith Wilson, Orlando Shakes' Spamalot Dance Captain, will take place prior to the evening's $25 Under 35 performance. No partner is required. Ticket holders of any age are invited to add on the pre-show entertainment package for just $20 (per person). Add-on packages may be purchased by calling (407) 447-1700 ext. 1 or by emailing boxoffice@orlandoshakes.org. Limited number of spaces available and activity subject to change. (more...)

Review Roundup: West End's GUYS & DOLLSReview Roundup: West End's GUYS & DOLLS
by Review Roundups - Jan 8, 2016

The West End transfer of GUYS & DOLLS opened at the Savoy Theatre on January 6, for a limited run through March 12. Sophie Thompson and Jamie Parker reprise their roles as Miss Adelaide and Sky Masterson, with David Haig as Nathan Detroit and Siubhan Harrison as Sarah Brown. Let's see what the critics had to say: (more...)

Rose Marie Honored w/Shirley Temple Award for Longest Active Career in HollywoodRose Marie Honored w/Shirley Temple Award for Longest Active Career in Hollywood
by TV News Desk - Nov 17, 2015

With a career that began at age 3 on stage in vaudeville, at age 5 had her own national radio show on NBC and still working (primarily in voice over) today, Miss Marie, now has the longest active career in entertainment (more...)

SIPPIN ON FIRE Set for Stage 72, TodaySIPPIN ON FIRE Set for Stage 72, Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2015

Sippin On Fire will be presented at Stage 72 at 158 West 72nd Street (bet Broadway-Columbus Ave) Today, November 13th at 9:00 p.m. Sippin' On Fire is a hot cabaret of five handsome, talented, versatile NYC-based performers --Ryan K. Bailer, Francesc Esteve, Matt Maretz, Conor McGee and Ryan Mulgrew.  They give the audience a feast for the ears and eyes. With piano, bass, drums and guitar accompaniment, the show has been conceived by with musical direction by Phil Hall.  This is a show based on pop music with some Broadway thrown as well as many songs, familiar--which gives each of the five guys to showcase their unique style and talent as well as sexiest interpretation to the stage. (more...)

Stage 72 Presents SIPPIN' ON FIREStage 72 Presents SIPPIN' ON FIRE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2015

Sippin On Fire will be presented at Stage 72 at 158 West 72nd Street (bet Broadway-Columbus Ave) next Friday, November 13th at 9:00 p.m. Sippin' On Fire is a hot cabaret of five handsome, talented, versatile NYC-based performers --Ryan K. Bailer, Francesc Esteve, Matt Maretz, Conor McGee and Ryan Mulgrew. (more...)

Unauthorized Karaoke Parody Musical PRAIRIE-OKE! to Return to the Cavern Club, 11/6-22Unauthorized Karaoke Parody Musical PRAIRIE-OKE! to Return to the Cavern Club, 11/6-22
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2015

PRAIRIE-OKE!, the musical mash-up parody that rocked Los Angeles, returns for three weekends only to the Cavern Club Theater. (more...)

Unauthorized Karaoke Parody Musical PRAIRIE-OKE! to Return to the Cavern Club, 11/6-22Unauthorized Karaoke Parody Musical PRAIRIE-OKE! to Return to the Cavern Club, 11/6-22
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2015

PRAIRIE-OKE!, the musical mash-up parody that rocked Los Angeles, returns for three weekends only to the Cavern Club Theater. (more...)

MY BIG HEART: ON Set for The Prince TheatreMY BIG HEART: ON Set for The Prince Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2015

Following a successful 6 month Off-Broadway run, Brandon Duncan will premiere MY BIG HEART: ON at The Prince Theatre (The Producers' Club 358 W. 44th st.) for a limited eight show run November 12th thru November 15th. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the theatre before each performance, or in advance online by visiting www.BrownPaperTickets.com and searching MY BIG HEART: ON. (more...)

SIPPIN ON FIRE Set for Stage 72, 11/13SIPPIN ON FIRE Set for Stage 72, 11/13
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2015

Sippin On Fire will be presented at Stage 72 at 158 West 72nd Street (bet Broadway-Columbus Ave) Friday, November 13th at 9:00 p.m. Sippin' On Fire is a hot cabaret of five handsome, talented, versatile NYC-based performers --Ryan K. Bailer, Francesc Esteve, Matt Maretz, Conor McGee and Ryan Mulgrew.  They give the audience a feast for the ears and eyes. With piano, bass, drums and guitar accompaniment, the show has been conceived by with musical direction by Phil Hall.  This is a show based on pop music with some Broadway thrown as well as many songs, familiar--which gives each of the five guys to showcase their unique style and talent as well as sexiest interpretation to the stage. (more...)

Original LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE Star Alison Arngrim Joins Cast of PRAIRIE-OKE!Original LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE Star Alison Arngrim Joins Cast of PRAIRIE-OKE!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2015

Producers Matthew Herrmann and Vickie Mendoza are thrilled to announce, Alison Arngrim will appear in two performances of PRAIRIE-OKE!, November 6 & 7, 2015. (more...)

Three Cat Productions Set 2015-16 SeasonThree Cat Productions Set 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2015

Three Cat Productions is excited to announce its third full season, three world premieres of new works by Chicago playwrights, produced in partnership with the Chicago Park District's Berger Park Cultural Center at 6205 N. Sheridan Road. The 2015/16 season kicks off in fall with Death in a Beulah, a play by Barbara Wells, about three 'transplants,' or African Americans who have escaped to the queer-friendly North Side. For the holidays, Three Cat presents Holiday Stories, nine playwrights explore what it means to be an outsider on the biggest, most commercial, and most televised event of the year! . Playwrights include David Bald, Hope Hommersand, Susan Lieberman, Paul Moulton, Paul Pasulka, Lisa Scott, Fouad Teymour, Helen Valenta, and Joe Weintraub. The season concludes in spring with the newly revised musical revue, At Mister Kelly's, about the history and music of Chicago's Rush Street's legendary night club with original music and lyrics by Gary Gimmestad. Tickets are now on sale at threecatproductions.com. (more...)

BWW Interview: Kathy Griffin at Carnegie Hall, Every Laugh is a Feminist StatementBWW Interview: Kathy Griffin at Carnegie Hall, Every Laugh is a Feminist Statement
by Michael Dale - Oct 7, 2015

'To be a woman, taking that stage alone, with just your mouth and a microphone, it is a feminist statement.' (more...)

Kathleen Madigan to Appear at the Paramount Theatre, TodayKathleen Madigan to Appear at the Paramount Theatre, Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2015

Kathleen Madigan's 'Madigan Again' tour is coming to Paramount Theatre today, Oct. 3 at 8 pm. (more...)

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