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Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito PuentePhoto Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 26, 2016

Last night Mercedes Ellington granddaughter of Duke Ellington and president and founder of The Duke Ellington Center For The Arts along with co-producer Judi Marks hosted a Triple Threat musical celebration at the legendary Friars Club.  It was a special evening that featured performances of the music of the three giants of Jazz and BroadwayWorld was there. (more...)

Photo Flash: Howard McGillin, Brad Oscar, Savannah Brown and More Join Jamie deRoy at BirdlandPhoto Flash: Howard McGillin, Brad Oscar, Savannah Brown and More Join Jamie deRoy at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was proud to present hostess-producer Jamie deRoy and her multi-MAC Award-winning variety show, Jamie deRoy & friends on Sunday, April 17. Scroll down for photos!  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch Begin Residency at Carlyle Hotel's Bemelmans BarPhoto Coverage: Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch Begin Residency at Carlyle Hotel's Bemelmans Bar
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 18, 2016

The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel, will welcome Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch to Bemelmans Bar for a Sunday night residency throughout the spring 2016 season. Featuring top artists from the worlds of jazz, cabaret and Broadway alongside special unannounced guests, Sunday nights at Bemelmans Bar have become a favorite spot for a wide range of performing musicians across the city. Additionally, the classic watering hole has drawn crowds consisting of socialites, politicians, movie stars and moguls for more than five decades. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Broadway at Birdland Welcomes Jamie deRoy & FriendsPhoto Coverage: Broadway at Birdland Welcomes Jamie deRoy & Friends
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 18, 2016

The Broadway at Birdland Concert Series welcomed Jamie deRoy & friends for a star-studded cabaret show last night and BroadwayWorld was there. (more...)

BOSSABRASIL, Ann Hampton Callaway, Laura Osnes and More Set for Birdland This MayBOSSABRASIL, Ann Hampton Callaway, Laura Osnes and More Set for Birdland This May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its May 2016 schedule, featuring: BOSSABRASIL, Ann Hampton Callaway, Iris Williams, Laura Osnes, Eliane Elias, Bill Charlap Trio, Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Birdland Big Band, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, and more. Scroll down for details! (more...)

BWW TV: A Musical Maid Hits Chicago! Watch Highlights of Klea Blackhurst and More in HAZEL at Drury Lane TheatreBWW TV: A Musical Maid Hits Chicago! Watch Highlights of Klea Blackhurst and More in HAZEL at Drury Lane Theatre
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 8, 2016

HAZELDrury Lane Theatre opens its 2016-2017 season with the World Premiere musical comedy HAZEL, A MUSICAL MAID IN AMERICA, based on the character from the Saturday Evening Post cartoon by Ted Key and the 1960s TV comedy series starring Shirley Booth. HAZEL features a book by Lissa Levin, music by Ron Abel, and lyrics by Chuck Steffan. This new musical is directed and choreographed by Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse with musical direction by Roberta Duchak. HAZEL opened this week and runs through May 29, 2016 at Drury Lane Theatre. BroadwayWorld has highlights from the show in the video below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Behind the Scene of HAZEL's Opening Night at Drury Lane TheatrePhoto Coverage: Behind the Scene of HAZEL's Opening Night at Drury Lane Theatre
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 8, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre opens its 2016-2017 season with the World Premiere musical comedy Hazel, A Musical Maid in America, based on the character from the Saturday Evening Post cartoon by Ted Key and the 1960s TV comedy series starring Shirley Booth. Hazel features a book by Lissa Levin, music by Ron Abel, and lyrics by Chuck Steffan. This new musical is directed and choreographed by Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse with musical direction by Roberta Duchak. Hazel through May 29, 2016 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. BroadwayWorld was on hand for opening night - check out more photos below! (more...)

Review Roundup: World Premiere of HAZEL in ChicagoReview Roundup: World Premiere of HAZEL in Chicago
by Review Roundups - Apr 8, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre opened its 2016-2017 season with the World Premiere musical comedy Hazel, A Musical Maid in America, based on the character from the Saturday Evening Post cartoon by Ted Key and the 1960s TV comedy series starring Shirley Booth. Hazel features a book by Lissa Levin, music by Ron Abel, and lyrics by Chuck Steffan. This new musical is directed and choreographed by Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse with musical direction by Roberta Duchak. Hazel through May 29, 2016 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of HAZEL, Starring Klea Blackhurst, at Drury Lane TheatrePhoto Coverage: Inside Opening Night of HAZEL, Starring Klea Blackhurst, at Drury Lane Theatre
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 7, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre opens its 2016-2017 season with the World Premiere musical comedy Hazel, A Musical Maid in America, based on the character from the Saturday Evening Post cartoon by Ted Key and the 1960s TV comedy series starring Shirley Booth. Hazel features a book by Lissa Levin, music by Ron Abel, and lyrics by Chuck Steffan. This new musical is directed and choreographed by Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse with musical direction by Roberta Duchak. Hazel through May 29, 2016 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. BroadwayWorld was on hand for opening night - check out photos below! (more...)

Robert Creighton, Brad Oscar & N'Kenge to Join Jamie deRoy at Birdland, 4/17Robert Creighton, Brad Oscar & N'Kenge to Join Jamie deRoy at Birdland, 4/17
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

The Broadway at Birdland Concert Series welcomes Jamie deRoy & friends for a star-studded cabaret show, Sunday, April 17, at 6 p.m. The iconic Birdland is at 315 W. 44th Street in New York's theatre district. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Klea Blackhurst, Ken Clark and More in World Premiere of HAZEL, A MUSICAL MAID IN AMERICA at Drury LanePhoto Flash: First Look at Klea Blackhurst, Ken Clark and More in World Premiere of HAZEL, A MUSICAL MAID IN AMERICA at Drury Lane
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre opens its 2016-2017 season with the World Premiere musical comedy Hazel, A Musical Maid in America, based on the character from the Saturday Evening Post comic strip by Ted Key and the 1960s TV comedy series starring Shirley Booth. Hazel features a book by Lissa Levin, music by Ron Abel, and lyrics by Chuck Steffan. This new musical is directed and choreographed by Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse with musical direction by Roberta Duchak. Hazel runs March 31 - May 29, 2016 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The Press Opening is Wednesday, April 6 at 8:00 p.m. Check out a first look below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Day Rehearsal of HAZEL, A MUSICAL MAID IN AMERICA at Drury LanePhoto Flash: First Day Rehearsal of HAZEL, A MUSICAL MAID IN AMERICA at Drury Lane
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre opens its 2016-2017 season with the World Premiere musical comedy Hazel, A Musical Maid in America, based on the character from the Saturday Evening Post comic strip by Ted Key and the 1960s TV comedy series starring Shirley Booth. Hazel features a book by Lissa Levin, music by Ron Abel, and lyrics by Chuck Steffan. This new musical is directed and choreographed by Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse with musical direction by Roberta Duchak. Hazel runs March 31 - May 29, 2016 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The Press Opening is Wednesday, April 6 at 8:00 p.m.  Check out a look at the first day of rehearsal below! (more...)

Drury Lane Presents the World Premiere of HAZEL, A MUSICAL MAID IN AMERICADrury Lane Presents the World Premiere of HAZEL, A MUSICAL MAID IN AMERICA
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre opens its 2016-2017 season with the World Premiere musical comedy Hazel, A Musical Maid in America, based on the character from the Saturday Evening Post comic strip by Ted Key and the 1960s TV comedy series starring Shirley Booth. Hazel features a book by Lissa Levin, music by Ron Abel, and lyrics by Chuck Steffan. This new musical is directed and choreographed by Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse with musical direction by Roberta Duchak. Hazel runs March 31 - May 29, 2016 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The Press Opening is Wednesday, April 6 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

VIDEO: Watch Klea Blackhurst and Company Rehearse Drury Lane Theatre's HAZELVIDEO: Watch Klea Blackhurst and Company Rehearse Drury Lane Theatre's HAZEL
by Michael Dale - Mar 23, 2016

Like THE ADDAMS FAMILY before it, the new musical HAZEL is based on a one-panel comic strip, though audiences are bound to be far more familiar with the character's hit TV series. (more...)

VIDEO: Check Out The Fun and Colorful 1960s Designs For Drury Lane's World Premiere of HAZELVIDEO: Check Out The Fun and Colorful 1960s Designs For Drury Lane's World Premiere of HAZEL
by Michael Dale - Feb 26, 2016

Klea Blackhurst stars in a new musical inspired by Ted Key's comic and the hit 1960s sitcom. (more...)

Official: Ken Clark, Summer Smart & More Join Cast of Original New Musical HAZEL at Drury LaneOfficial: Ken Clark, Summer Smart & More Join Cast of Original New Musical HAZEL at Drury Lane
by TV News Desk - Feb 23, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre kicks off the 2016 - 2017 Season with the world-premiere production of HAZEL, a musical maid in America. BroadwayWorld is excited to confirm the full cast for the production! (more...)

Photo Flash: BYE BYE BIRDIE Opening Night at Drury Lane TheatrePhoto Flash: BYE BYE BIRDIE Opening Night at Drury Lane Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

On January 21, guests gathered at Drury Lane Theatre for the Opening Night of their newest production, Bye Bye Birdie, directed and choreographed by Tammy Mader. With a cast led by Michelle Aravena as Rosie, Matt Crowle as Conrad's agent, Albert, and Jason Michael Evans as Conrad Birdie, audiences were treated to a throwback of the classic 1950's musical, brought to life again by this energetic and lively ensemble of 31. Check out photos from opening night, below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Klea Blackhurst and HAZEL Team Prepare for World Premiere at Chicago's Drury Lane TheatrePhoto Coverage: Klea Blackhurst and HAZEL Team Prepare for World Premiere at Chicago's Drury Lane Theatre
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 26, 2015

On April 6th 2016 The Drury Lane Oakbrook Theatre will present the World Premiere of Hazel, a new musical based on the popular comic strip character and 1960's TV show. With music by Ron Abel, Lyrics by Chuck Steffan, book by Lissa Levin, and directed by Joshua Bergasse, it stars Klea Blackhurst in the title role. Recently Klea and the creative team were making some finishing touches on the show and BroadwayWorld was there to capture the moment. Check out the photos below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Klea Blackhurst, Billy Stritch and Jim Caruso Return with A SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMASPhoto Flash: Klea Blackhurst, Billy Stritch and Jim Caruso Return with A SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2015

On Monday, December 20, Birdland regulars Klea Blackhurst, Billy Stritch and Jim Caruso premiered the sixth season of their yearly SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS run to a packed house at the historic music room. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

BYE BYE BIRDIE Begins Performances in January at Drury Lane TheatreBYE BYE BIRDIE Begins Performances in January at Drury Lane Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2015

Bye Bye Birdie, the four-time Tony Award-winning musical, begins performances at Drury Lane on January 14 to conclude the 2015 - 2016 Season. The funny, irreverent musical takes audiences back to 1959 in quiet Sweet Apple, OH, where rock star Conrad Birdie shakes things up when he arrives to give one lucky teenage girl a special goodbye kiss. With a cast led by 2015 Jeff Award Best Supporting Actor winners Michelle Aravena as Rosie and Matt Crowle as Conrad's agent, Albert, Bye Bye Birdie is directed and choreographed by multiple Jeff Award winner Tammy Mader. Featuring musical theater classics such as "Kids," "Put on a Happy Face," and "A Lot of Livin' to Do," the inspired cast and creative team promise to bring a decidedly fresh touch to the timeless story.  (more...)

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