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A true theatrical event, this legendary masterpiece is considered by many to be the greatest musical ever created.brbrThe time is 1971, and theatrical impresario Dimitri Weissmann (famous for his garish Weissmann Follies of yesteryear) hosts a reunion of ex-Follies performers in his crumbling theatre, setting the stage for a parade of brilliant '20s, '30s and '40s pastiche numbers that have become every bit as famous as their models: "Losing My Mind," "I'm Still Here" and "Broadway Baby," to name a few. Amid the reminiscing, two middle-aged couples confront some unpleasant truths about their past and present and come face to face with the future.brbrSurreal, sophisticated, compelling, heart-wrenching and epic in scope, "Follies" uses the musical theatre as a metaphor for the collapse of American innocence and naivete in the post-Kennedy years. It is a showcase for powerful dramatic actors, featuring a large cast rich in character, which provides opportunities for seasoned older performers.


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BWW Interview: Melissa Errico Talks Singing Sondheim at Feinstein's/54 Below and the Composer's Warmth/Ruthlessness
by Ashley Steves - May 31, 2017

Melissa Errico is no stranger to Stephen Sondheim. She played Dot/Marie at The Kennedy Center in the first revival of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, Clara in PASSION in 2013 Off-Broadway, and, most recently, Leona in New York City Center's production of DO I HEAR A WALTZ?. Three shows and many performances later, Errico has become a major interpreter of the composer's work, daring but reverent, and hyper-focused on all of the minutiae and layers found per page of just one song. On June 3, she will bring her MELISSA ERRICO SINGS STEPHEN SONDHEIM to Feinstein's/54 Below for its New York debut, following raves from its original incarnation in Washington, D.C. In between rehearsals prior to the show, we discussed her subliminal start on Sondheim, the composer's 'warmth [and] ruthlessness,' and how his work may or may not be a religion. (more...)

Paper Mill's MARY POPPINS to Offer Autism-Friendly Performance
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2017

Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is pleased to announce a special Autism-Friendly performance of its hit musical Mary Poppins on Friday, June 23 at 1:30PM. (more...)

East Lynne Theater Company to Launch Summer Season with WILL ROGERS' U.S.A.
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2017

The award-winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company is pleased to offer several evenings with Rogers, as portrayed by Tom Bryn, in 'Will Rogers' U.S.A.' This funny and smart show runs from June 14 through July 22, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. (more...)

BWW CD Review: WAR PAINT's Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep
by Remy Holzer - May 30, 2017

It's not often that listening to a cast album makes one think of Richard Strauss, but such is the genius of Scott Frankel and Michael Korie. The composer-lyricist team best known for the brilliant GREY GARDENS is back with WAR PAINT, the story of rival beauty moguls Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden. Here both story and emotion are thinner, but the music is gorgeous--Straussian in its elegiac beauty and bell-like notes--and worthy of its two stars, Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, two of the most unique and exciting voices in musical theater. Like a golden-age Hollywood director 'managing' the two stars of a women's picture, the score has to find ways to manage its two leads, giving each an equal role. Ebersole gets an old-fashioned entrance--her Red Door spa staff sings breathlessly, 'She's coming, she's coming...,' bursting into a triumphant 'She's here!' LuPone's entrance is less heralded but equally dramatic (and separate), as she steps off a ship in New York. From then on, many of the songs are duets, in which one star sings half of a song about her own experience, and the second sings the other half, with lyrics expressing her different but parallel experience. Occasionally they sing in unison. What sounds tedious as a show (a narrative in which two separate characters have similar, not highly dramatic arcs and don't meet until the very end) enchants on the album. Without the strain of the storytelling, we can simply enjoy the gorgeous songs and their peerless purveyors. (more...)

A Conversation with Cathy Burns of the Lyric Theatre Singers
by Noelle Hannibal - Jun 9, 2017

Cathy Burns was born and raised in Dorval, a suburb just outside Montreal, the fifth of seven children. She attended John XXIII High School in Dorval, which was known for it's excellent Drama Department. All of her siblings went through the John VIII Drama Department and excelled, most receiving special recognition, 'a Burns tradition.' (more...)

Tony Awards Close-Up: How Does Mary Beth Peil Feel Returning to the Tony Awards 32 Years Later? Find Out!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 9, 2017

After a career in opera, Mary Beth Peil made her Broadway debut in 1985's THE KING AND I, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award. Now, 32 years later, she's back on the ballot, earning herself a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performances as the dazzling Dowager Empress in Anastasia. Below, watch as she explains the promises she made to herself 32 years ago, and how surreal this moment is for her! (more...)

Boston Pops, Chita Rivera, A CHORUS LINE and More Set for MPAC's 2017-18 Season; Tickets on Sale Monday!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2017

Boston Pops, Ringo Starr, Randy Newman, Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune, Sutton Foster and A Chorus Line are just a few of the headline events coming to Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) during its 2017-2018 season. (more...)

Full Casting Announced for FOLLIES at National Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2017

1971, New York. There's a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. (more...)

Karen Ziemba Replaces Nancy Opel in PRINCE OF BROADWAY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2017

Just announced, Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba will join Manhattan Theatre Club's upcoming Broadway premiere of Prince of Broadway, a musical celebration that highlights the extraordinary six-decade career of director and producer Harold Prince. (more...)

Who Will Win at the 2017 Tony Awards? We Compare Year By Year!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 8, 2017

The 71st Annual Tony Awards are this Sunday June 11th at 8/9c hosted by Kevin Spacey. It's the biggest award show of the Broadway season and it closes out a long awards season for Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals and plays. We can't help but wonder what chances this year's Best Musical and Best Play nominees have of taking home the ultimate prize... (more...)

Trey Ellett and Natalie Weiss will Join Joan Vazquez at his Feinstein's/54 Below Debut
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2017

Joan Vazquez will make his New York City debut with 'Something's Coming - a Sondheim tribute' at the renowned 54 Below on Wednesday 5th July at 9.30pm. (more...)

Theater Works Presents GREAT SONGS FROM BOMB SHOWS Featuring Kelli James and James May
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2017

Broadway star Kelli James joins forces with Broadway Conductor James May once again on the Theater Works stage for Great Songs From Bomb Shows on Saturday, June 24 at 7pm in the McMillin Theater of the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Heather Olt & Sarah Chaney Announce Launch of New Production Company, 6 With Heels Productions
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2017

Award-winning producers Sarah Chaney and Heather Olt are launching their female-driven production company, 6 With Heels Productions, LLC. The new company already has multiple projects in the works including the feature film, Fat Camp Massacre, written by Lindsay Hollister.  This female driven, teen horror/comedy explores the concepts of bullying, body image, and friendship and will shoot in Ohio and Los Angeles this fall.  (more...)

Meet ELTC's Will Rogers at After-Show Q&A
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

For those who didn't have the opportunity to meet Tom Byrn, the actor portraying the title role in East Lynne Theater Company's 'Will Rogers' U.S.A.' at the after-show party at The Washington Inn, another chance is to be had on Friday, June 23 at an after-show Q&A.  It's a wonderful opportunity for patrons to ask the actor and the director such questions as how characters are created, what goes into selecting a season of plays, and where they have previously worked.    (more...)

Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune to Join Forces on Tour in 'TWO FOR THE ROAD'; Dates Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2017

Chita Rivera & Tommy Tune have announced their Fall 2017 and early 2018 concert dates for CHITA & TUNE - Two For The Road.  (more...)

Diana Vickers to create the role of Kat in SON OF A PREACHER MAN
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jun 5, 2017

Son of a Preacher Man today announces that X-factor finalist Diana Vickers will create the role of Kat for the 2017 tour of this heart-warming new musical. (more...)

Diana Vickers to Star in SON OF A PREACHER MAN at Manchester Palace
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2017

Son of a Preacher Man today announces that X-factor finalist Diana Vickers will create the role of Kat for the 2017 tour of this heart-warming new musical. (more...)

Marin Shakespeare Company Announces 2017 Festival Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2017

Marin Shakespeare Company, Marin County's professional and award-winning outdoor summer Shakespeare festival, announces its 2017 season. Presented under the summer stars at Forest Meadows in San Rafael from June 23 to Sept. 24, Marin Shakespeare Company's 28th season features 'Much Ado About Nothing,' 'The Three Musketeers' and 'Love's Labour's Lost.' The summer season will feature a non-repertory schedule, with designated performance runs for each production with shows at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 4 p.m. Sundays; and 8 p.m. on select Sundays. (more...)

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee Mary Beth Peil on Living the Dowager Dream in ANASTASIA
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Jun 3, 2017

Beloved stage and screen star Mary Beth Peil has picked up her second Tony nomination for her work in as the Dowager Empress in Anastasia. This time around she feels deserving of the honor, and she tells Richard Ridge why in the full interview below! (more...)

Broadway Actress Terri White Continues Fight Against Rare Blood Disease
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2017

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, friends of actress Terri White have set up a GoFundMe page to help offset medical costs for a rare blood disease that she is fighting. (more...)

Sharon Playhouse Sets Star-Studded Casts for 2017 Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2017

Sharon Playhouse has announced complete casting for its 2017 Season. The season kicks off with MINOR CHARACTER: SIX TRANSLATIONS OF UNCLE VANYA, created by New Saloon (Morgan Green, Madeline Wise, and Milo Cramer), followed by FAR AWAY by Caryl Churchill (Love and Information). The season will conclude with a new, intimate chamber production of Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN. In a shift that begins this season, Morgan Green (William Shakespeare's Mom) will direct all three productions, showcasing the talents and range of the rising director. (more...)

Theater Works to Present GREAT SONGS FROM BOMB SHOWS This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2017

On June 24, Kelli James and James May, the creative duo behind last season's YouthWorks production of Les Miserables, return to Theater Works in Great Songs From Bomb Shows. (more...)

Dance Now Boston/NYC Weekend of Cabaret to Feature Free Snap•Crackle•BANG! Celebration
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2017

Dance Now Boston/NYC, David Parker's vision, now in its 4th season, to foster a choreographic bridge between Boston and New York, returns to The Dance Complex, June 16-18, 2017 for a showcase of performance and celebration. (more...)

Elaine Paige, Ashley Banjo & Diversity, Gary Wilmot And Charlie Stemp Join Palladium DICK WHITTINGTON
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2017

Elaine Paige (Queen Rat), Ashley Banjo and Diversity (The Sultan and his Entourage), Gary Wilmott (Sarah the Cook) and Charlie Stemp (Dick Whittington) will join the previously announced Julian Clary (Spirit of the Bells), Paul Zerdin (Idle Jack) and Nigel Havers (Captain Nigel) in the line-up for Qdos Entertainment's London Palladium production of Dick Whittington. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - June 19, 2017
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Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on June 19 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW Review: MAD Theatre of Tampa Presents Stephen Sondheim's Iconic COMPANY at the Shimberg
by Peter Nason - Jun 18, 2017

Ricky Marenda as Bobby leads a strong cast in a show that, nearly fifty years after it first opened, still resonates. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - June 18, 2017
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Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on June 18 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Photo Flash: Max von Essen, Zach Rand, and More Raise Money at Sardi's
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2017

On, Monday, June 5th, 2017, many popular and talented Broadway performers shined a light on Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) at the 3rd annual breathless on Broadway benefit at Sardi's Restaurant, NYC. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - June 16, 2017
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Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on June 16 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW Review: Lyric Theatre Singers Present HELLO BROADWAY! at the D.B. Clarke Theatre
by Maggie Owen - Jun 16, 2017

The Lycric Theatre Singers captivated audiences with their opening night, spring show Hello Broadway! at the D.B. Clarke Theatre in Montreal, QC (more...)

Debra Stephenson Joins Diana Vickers in SON OF A PREACHER MAN at the New Alexandra Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

Son of a Preacher Man today announced that Bad Girls and Coronation Street star Debra Stephenson will create the role of Alison in this heart-warming new musical, joining Diana Vickers in the 2017 tour. (more...)

National Theatre Announces June 2017-January 2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

National Theatre has announced today the new season for June 2017 - January 2018. Take a look at the shows coming to the theatre! (more...)

Melissa Errico, Karrin Allyson, Cast Party and More Coming Up at Birdland This July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its July 2017 lineup, featuring The Django Reinhardt NY Festival All Stars, Alicia Olatuja, Karrin Allyson, Louis Hayes Quintet, Joe Alterman Trio, Nestor Torres, Melissa Errico, Mark Winkler, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, and more. Scroll down for details! (more...)

Danni Smith to Star in FUN HOME at Victory Gardens; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

Victory Gardens Theater begins its 43rd season with Fun Home, with music written by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics written by Lisa Kron and directed by Gary Griffin. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - June 15, 2017
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Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on June 15 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

THE CRUSADE OF CONNOR STEPHENS Starts Off-Broadway This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

The Crusade of Connor Stephens, a new play written and directed by Dewey Moss, will begin an open-ended run at Off-Broadway's Jerry Orbach Theater at The Theater Center on June 17, 2017. Opening night is scheduled for June 26. (more...)

VIDEO: Hal Prince Chats with Andrew Lloyd Webber Live At the Other Palace!
by Stage Tube - Jun 15, 2017

Earlier this week, Live at The Other Palace streamed a conversation between Broadway legend Hal Prince and Andrew Lloyd Webber, who is currently represented by four shows on Broadway. Watch below as they chat about hits, flops, and everything Broadway! (more...)

Chicago Debuts of YANK! and PERFECT ARRANGEMENT Highlight Pride Films and Plays' 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

Pride Films and Plays' 2017-18 season - its first full season in residence at the Pride Arts Center - will bring Chicago its first look at three plays that examine gay and lesbian lives in earlier decades of the 20th Century, according to Executive Director David Zak and Artistic Director Nelson Rodriguez. (more...)

Podcast: West of Broadway Chats with One of Broadway's Favorite Belters, Shoshana Bean
by West of Broadway - Jun 14, 2017

On this episode of West of Broadway, Will Armstrong and Lara Scott speak with the amazing Shoshana Bean. Shoshana is a veteran of the Broadway stage having made her debut in the original cast of HAIRSPRAY and starring as the very first replacement for Elphaba in WICKED. Most recently she appeared as Fanny Brice in FUNNY GIRL and in the pre-Broadway production of the new musical BEACHES as CeeCee Bloom, for which she earned a Jeff Award Nomination for best lead actress in a musical. (more...)

Broadway Under the Stars Hosts FANTASTCAL FAMILY NIGHT 2017
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2017

Transcendence Theatre Company's popular Broadway Under the Stars show series will present "Fantastical Family Night" for two nights only July 14 and 15 in the 150-year old open-air Winery Ruins at Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen. This is a fun family outing that begins with pre-show picnics and activities including face painting and pony rides at 5 pm, prior to the 7:30 pm show. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - June 12, 2017
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Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on June 12 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - June 10, 2017
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Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on June 10 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Doris Dear to Host FREE TO BE ME Pride Kickoff Benefit for HRC and LGBT Center
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2017

Joseph Macchia presents Free To Be Me A Kick Off To Pride! June is Gay Pride Month. And What better way then to Kick Off Pride Week with a benefit HRC and The LGBT Center in New York. Free To Be Me will be hosted by the one and only Doris Dear. The evening will feature a lineup of male performers who will sings songs they were told they could never sing because they are men. Well on the 19th we will be singing them. (more...)

ATTACK OF THE ELVIS IMPERSONATORS Debuts Off-Broadway Tonight at Theatre Row
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

Performances begin TONIGHT for the New York premiere of Attack of the Elvis Impersonators, the zany new musical that will leave you howling for more, with book, music and lyrics by Lory Lazarus, at The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenues). Opening Night is Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - June 1, 2017
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Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on June 1 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Female Stars to Share the Adventure Cruise to Alaska
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

Holland America Line and O, The Oprah Magazine's Share the Adventure Cruise is adding Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout, comedian Rita Rudner and O, The Oprah Magazine books editor Leigh Haber to the list of visionaries and authorities who will be on board the July 15 sailing to Alaska. In addition to having the opportunity to enjoy performances by Rudner, guests aboard the ms Eurodam will also be able to join O's Onboard Book Club where Haber will lead the discussion as Strout shares the process and inspiration behind her latest novel, Anything Is Possible. (more...)

Ensemble Theatre Announces Final Show Selection for 2017-2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (ETC) is pleased to announce the much-anticipated addition to its 2017-2018 Season, which already includes an impressive line up of leading contemporary theatre titles. In addition to the five titles previously announced, ETC will present the regional premiere of Larry Parr's His Eye is on the Sparrow, the powerful, heartbreaking, and uplifting account of the legendary Ethel Waters, who overcame a spirit-breaking childhood and racial injustice to become a legendary jazz and blues singer, Broadway pioneer, and Oscar-nominated actress. Playing April 24-May 19, 2018, this musical biography will feature celebrated local actress and Ensemble Theatre veteran Torie Wiggins in the leading role, singing some of Waters's most famous songs, including 'Stormy Weather,' 'Black and Blue," and 'This Joint is Jumpin'.' Sharing the stage in telling Ms. Waters's remarkable story is pianist Scot Woolley. (more...)

FUN HOME to Arrive at 5th Avenue Theatre This July; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

Producers Fox Theatricals (Kristin Caskey, Mike Isaacson) and Barbara Whitman are thrilled to announce the casting for the Seattle engagement of the first National Tour of Fun Home, the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning Best Musical. The tour will premiere in Seattle at The 5th Avenue Theatre July 11-30, 2017. (more...)

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for June 1, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 1, 2017

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI! It's Thursday, June 1, 2017 - or, as we like to call it #TheaterThursday, 'June is busting out all over…' as a song from Carousel reminds us, and there's no better way to kick off a new month than by planning our theater outings for the weekend! Tomorrow night at Cumberland County Playhouse, the company, cast and crew unveil the 2017 model of Smoke on the Mountain, which marks the 24th year of the musical playing in Crossville. Weslie Webster directs and her cast includes Daniel W. Black and Lauren Marshall as Sanders family father and mother Burl and Vera. (more...)

Max von Essen and More to Join Zach Rand for BREATHLESS ON BROADWAY Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

On Monday, June 5th, 2017, many popular and talented Broadway performers will shine a light on Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) at the 3rd annual 'breathless on Broadway' benefit at Sardi's Restaurant, 234 West 44th Street, NYC.  (more...)

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