Phyllis Diller News

Date of Birth: July 17, 1917
Date of Death: August 20, 2012 (95)
Birth Place: Lima, OH, USA
Gender: Female
Breaking News: David Hyde Pierce Will Join Bette Midler in HELLO, DOLLY! Broadway Revival at Shubert Theatre!Breaking News: David Hyde Pierce Will Join Bette Midler in HELLO, DOLLY! Broadway Revival at Shubert Theatre!
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

According to promotional art just released, Tony Award winner David Hyde Pierce will join the legendary Bette Midler in the upcoming Broadway revival of HELLO, DOLLY! which will take the Shubert Theatre next spring. Performances begin March 13, 2017, with an official opening night of April 20, 2017. (more...)

BARBARA PORTEUS To Reprise Critically Acclaimed 2013 Show UP ON THE ROOF in 'New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits' Series, 6/13 at 7 pmBARBARA PORTEUS To Reprise Critically Acclaimed 2013 Show UP ON THE ROOF in 'New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits' Series, 6/13 at 7 pm
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Back in early 2013, veteran cabaret performer and actress Barbara Porteus presented a show at Don't Tell Mama called Up On The Roof, a celebratory recollection of her youth through adulthood, while spanning 40 years of pop music including Carol King and Joni Mitchell to John Mayer and Adelle. Three years later, Porteus is bringing back Up On The Roof to the Metropolitan Room as the June 2016 installment of Producer Stephen Hanks' monthly series, New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits (Associate Producer, Fr. Jeffrey Hamblin, MD). Porteus' all-strings band features Award-winning Jack Cavari as Musical Director, arranger, and lead guitarist, with Larry Saltzman on guitar and Zev Katz on bass. (more...)

BARBARA PORTEUS To Reprise Critically Acclaimed 2013 Show UP ON THE ROOF in 'New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits' Series, 6/13 at 7 pmBARBARA PORTEUS To Reprise Critically Acclaimed 2013 Show UP ON THE ROOF in 'New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits' Series, 6/13 at 7 pm
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Back in early 2013, veteran cabaret performer and actress Barbara Porteus presented a show at Don't Tell Mama called Up On The Roof, a celebratory recollection of her youth through adulthood, while spanning 40 years of pop music including Carol King and Joni Mitchell to John Mayer and Adelle. Three years later, Porteus is bringing back Up On The Roof to the Metropolitan Room as the June 2016 installment of Producer Stephen Hanks' monthly series, New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits (Associate Producer, Fr. Jeffrey Hamblin, MD). Porteus' all-strings band features Award-winning Jack Cavari as Musical Director, arranger, and lead guitarist, with Larry Saltzman on guitar and Zev Katz on bass. (more...)

Cast Announced for Three Cat Productions' MISTER KELLY'SCast Announced for Three Cat Productions' MISTER KELLY'S
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

 Three Cat Productions presents the world premiere of a new musical revue At Mister Kelly's at the Chicago Park District's Berger Park Coach House Theater at 6205 N. Sheridan Road (Edgewater by Granville el stop on Red Line).  Mister Kelly's was a tiny supper club located at 1028 N. Rush Street from 1957 to 1975.  (more...)

1812 Productions Sets 20th Anniversary Season1812 Productions Sets 20th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

1812 Productions is pleased to announce its 2016-2017 theatre season. The 2016-2017 season is 1812 Productions' 20th anniversary season and includes a variety of original, scripted, and revival works in styles classic and contemporary. (more...)

Adelaide Cabaret Festival Announces 2016 Program with Megan Hilty & MoreAdelaide Cabaret Festival Announces 2016 Program with Megan Hilty & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2016

Full program and tickets are on sale to subscribers from Sunday 3 April and the general public from Wednesday 6 April through BASS 131 246 or online www.adelaidecabaretfestival.com.au Program details are available in the Adelaide Cabaret Festival brochure, get one free by calling BASS 131 246 or log onto the Cabaret Festival website. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

Renown SF Celebrity Mosaic Portrait Artist Jason Mecier presents CELEBRITY TRASH - New Celebrity Portraits - as part of his CELEBRITY JUNK DRAWER ongoing series.  Check out a first look below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek - About Face Theatre to Host WONKA BALL: DRAGSTRIP GalaPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek - About Face Theatre to Host WONKA BALL: DRAGSTRIP Gala
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

Start your engines! About Face Theatre invites guests to put the pedal to the metal for a racy evening of wigs and wheels at WONKA BALL: DRAGSTRIP. The company's annual gala will take place Friday, April 15, 2016 at 8 pm (VIP Cocktail Reception at 7 pm) at Ravenswood Event Center, 4011 N. Ravenswood Ave. in Chicago. Scroll down for a look at last year's event! (more...)

Loni Ackerman Leads Broadway Hopeful MY MOTHER, MY SISTER & ME Premiere in NJLoni Ackerman Leads Broadway Hopeful MY MOTHER, MY SISTER & ME Premiere in NJ
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2016

On Thursday, April 7, 2016, MY MOTHER, MY SISTER & ME, Sherri Heller's world-class comedy about an indestructible working-class Jewish family in the Bronx, valiantly surviving the Sixties Cultural Revolution, will have its World Premiere at the Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ). (more...)

Riverside Theatre to Stage HELLO, DOLLY! This MarchRiverside Theatre to Stage HELLO, DOLLY! This March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2016

Riverside Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director/CEO Allen D. Cornell and Managing Director/COO Jon R. Moses, present the enduring Broadway classic, HELLO, DOLLY!, which performs on the Stark Stage from March 8 to 27, 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: THE ILLUSIONISTS Bring Their Magic Skills from B'way to Segerstrom CenterBWW Review: THE ILLUSIONISTS Bring Their Magic Skills from B'way to Segerstrom Center
by Michael L. Quintos - Feb 6, 2016

Filled with eye-popping visuals, optical trickery, risky stunts, hilarious audience participation, and lots of hammy showmanship (complete with Solid Gold-style background dancers-slash-magicians' assistants), THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY is a supremely entertaining if occasionally cheesy stage show that's like several caffeinated Vegas magic shows on steroids all mashed together. The first stop of this new leg of the post-Broadway national tour is Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, where it will attempt to wow local audiences for a strictly one-week engagement until February 7. (more...)

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...)

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