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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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'A Turn of the Blinds' Plays Media Theatre's June Film Festival 6/8'A Turn of the Blinds' Plays Media Theatre's June Film Festival 6/8
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2011

Hamme Productions is proud to be a part of the Media Theatre's Ten Nights in June 2011 film festival! Join us for a screening of the award-winning, feel-good short film for all ages, A TURN OF THE BLINDS. (more...)

FOLLIES Cast Talk Kennedy Center Production and FOLLIES Past!FOLLIES Cast Talk Kennedy Center Production and FOLLIES Past!
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2011

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' production of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's Follies opened on May 21, 2011 after previewing since May 7. The cast features two-time Tony winner Bernadette Peters as Sally Durant Plummer, four-time Tony nominee Jan Maxwell as Phyllis Rogers Stone, two-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein as Buddy Plummer, Ron Raines as Benjamin Stone and Olivier Award winner Elaine Paige as Carlotta Campion. (more...)

Broadway Beat EXCLUSIVE: THE BEST IS YET TO COME, THE MUSIC OF CY COLEMAN!Broadway Beat EXCLUSIVE: THE BEST IS YET TO COME, THE MUSIC OF CY COLEMAN!
by Broadway Beat - May 27, 2011

Last night, May 25, 59E59 Theaters welcomed the Rubicon Theatre in California to Americas Off Broadway with their critically acclaimed production of THE BEST IS YET TO COME: THE MUSIC OF Cy Coleman, devised and directed by David Zippel. THE BEST IS YET TO COME: THE MUSIC OF Cy Coleman began previews on Tuesday, May 18 for a limited engagement through Sunday, July 3. Broadway Beat was exclusively invited to film show highlights! Below, they bring you a look at the special presentation and also take you down the opening night red carpet! (more...)

Review - The Best Is Yet To Come: The Music of Cy ColemanReview - The Best Is Yet To Come: The Music of Cy Coleman
by Ben Peltz - May 26, 2011

With an uneventful 6pm coming and going on the evening of May 21st, I rested comfortably that night secure in the knowledge that any predictions of the arrival of Judgment Day were, at the very least, miscalculations.  But the next evening, as I sat watching David Burnham, Sally Mayes, Howard McGillin, Billy Stritch, Lillias White and Rachel York perform eight-five minutes of songs composed by Broadway's heppist hepcat, Cy Coleman, you'd have a tough time convincing me I'd not been raptured into Heaven. (more...)

BWW TV: Ruggiero & More Talk Goodspeed's SHOW BOAT; Meet the Company!BWW TV: Ruggiero & More Talk Goodspeed's SHOW BOAT; Meet the Company!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 26, 2011

Goodspeed Musicals, the first two-time Tony Award winning theatre in the country, will breathe new life into the indelible American classic Show Boat. This heart-wrenching musical from the director who brought you Goodspeed's Camelot and 1776 will run from July 1 - September 11 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. Opening night is set for July 27, 2011. BroadwayWorld was on hand to meet the company this week and hear about the production from director Rob Ruggiero and more! (more...)

OR, BARRYMORE, & More Set for Rep Stage's Upcoming SeasonOR, BARRYMORE, & More Set for Rep Stage's Upcoming Season
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2011

Producing Artistic Director Michael Stebbins announces the lineup for the 19th season of Rep Stage, the award-winning professional theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC), featuring rarely seen plays produced with the creative and quality staging that audiences have come to expect. (more...)

'A Turn of the Blinds' Plays Media Theatre's June Film Festival 6/8'A Turn of the Blinds' Plays Media Theatre's June Film Festival 6/8
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2011

Hamme Productions is proud to be a part of the Media Theatre's Ten Nights in June 2011 film festival! Join us for a screening of the award-winning, feel-good short film for all ages, A TURN OF THE BLINDS. (more...)

Symphony Space Presents ENDLESS SUMMER LIVE! June 21-22Symphony Space Presents ENDLESS SUMMER LIVE! June 21-22
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2011

On June 21 and June 22, Jomama Jones returns to NYC on the heels of her critically-acclaimed show RADIATE, presented at Soho Rep last December. (more...)

Mercury Theater Presents FANNY BRICE- THE REAL FUNNY GIRL 5/25Mercury Theater Presents FANNY BRICE- THE REAL FUNNY GIRL 5/25
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2011

Join us on Wednesday MAY 25TH AT 7:30PM at The Mercury Theater for a very special event a staged reading of a new musical... FANNY BRICE THE REAL 'FUNNY GIRL' (more...)

Rep Stage Announces its 2011-12 Season; Features Or, BarrymoreRep Stage Announces its 2011-12 Season; Features Or, Barrymore
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2011

Producing Artistic Director Michael Stebbins announces the lineup for the 19th season of Rep Stage, the award-winning professional theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC), featuring rarely seen plays produced with the creative and quality staging that audiences have come to expect. (more...)

Photo Flash: MTS' GREENWICH VILLAGE FOLLIESPhoto Flash: MTS' GREENWICH VILLAGE FOLLIES
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2011

For the first time in its 11 year history, Manhattan Theatre Source - called 'one of the top Off-Off Broadway theatres in New York' by New York Magazine - will present an open-ended run of a theatre piece - THE GREENWICH VILLAGE Follies - that has been developed through the company's development process. With music and lyrics by Doug Silver and book and additional lyrics by Andrew Frank, THE GREENWICH VILLAGE Follies' opening night is set for June 28th, 2011. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Dancap Productions and Toronto Centre for the Arts Prepare for Arrival of 9 TO 5 Tour!STAGE TUBE: Dancap Productions and Toronto Centre for the Arts Prepare for Arrival of 9 TO 5 Tour!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 25, 2011

9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL, coming to the Toronto Centre for the Arts June 29-July 10, 2011, is a hilarious workplace comedy about friendship, revenge and a scheming secretarial pool who team up to take care of business by getting even with their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical, bigoted boss! (more...)

SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2011 TONY AWARDS:  DAY 13 - John Lithgow & SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS  SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2011 TONY AWARDS: DAY 13 - John Lithgow & SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS
by Pat Cerasaro - May 25, 2011

As a super-special Spring extension of BroadwayWorld's SOUND OFF column, every day until the Tony Awards on June 12 we will be presenting a spectacular new entry in the SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2011 TONY AWARDS series featuring a particularly entertaining, interesting, relevant and exciting Tony Awards-related clip from the last sixty-three years of the ceremonies (and subsequent seasons on Broadway) with a rundown and commentary on the sights, sounds and showmanship on display in each carefully chosen selection - all, of course, coming in anticipation of Broadway's biggest night, which will be broadcast on CBS this year, as always. Once again this year, BroadwayWorld is the official home of the 2011 Tony Awards and we will also be featuring exclusive interviews, articles, photos, video content, interactive features and more in the coming days and weeks leading up to the event so be sure to check back daily for your theatre fix! (more...)

Tickets Go on Sale for Paper Mill's NEWSIES, 6/13Tickets Go on Sale for Paper Mill's NEWSIES, 6/13
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2011

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee- Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director) is proud to announce that single tickets for all five mainstage productions go on-sale to the public on Monday, June 13th for the 2011-2012 season. Paper Mill Playhouse is offering an exciting lineup of four musicals and one play, including a brand new Disney musical. In September, Paper Mill Playhouse opens their season with the premiere of the new Disney stage musical, Newsies (September 15, 2011 - October 16, 2011), adapted for the stage from the live-action Disney feature film musical. In November, celebrate the holiday season with the New Jersey premiere of White Christmas (November 16, 2011 - December 18, 2011). Brightening the winter in January is the hit comedy Boeing-Boeing (January 18, 2012 - February 12, 2012). Then enjoy the legendary musical comedy Damn Yankees (March 7, 2012 - April 1, 2012) just in time for spring training. To close the 2011-2012 season comes a musical tale of romance, tragedy, redemption and rebirth in Once on This Island (May 30, 2012 - June 24, 2012). Investors Savings Bank is the proud sponsor of the 2011-2012 season. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for May 25th, 2011'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for May 25th, 2011
by Paul W. Thompson - May 25, 2011

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to New York. 'Smash,' new CD releases, 'Follies,' 'Trogg!,' 'Earthqueef,' 'Show Boat' at Lyric Opera, Alan Cumming, more.... (more...)

Kennedy Center Presents 'Theater Look-In' for FOLLIES TonightKennedy Center Presents 'Theater Look-In' for FOLLIES Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2011

On Tuesday, May 24th, the Kennedy Center will offer a look-in. Join company members from Follies for an insider's look, complete with lively discussion and the opportunity to ask questions of the artists. (more...)

Theatre By The Sea Presents THE 25TH... PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE 6/1Theatre By The Sea Presents THE 25TH... PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE 6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2011

Let the spelling begin! H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S is how many critics describe the Tony Award® winning musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, set to open the 78th season at Theatre By The Sea on June 1. (more...)

A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL to Launch National Tour in November!A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL to Launch National Tour in November!
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2011

This holiday season, America's #1 Christmas movie comes to life on stage as a hilarious holiday musical. A Christmas Story, The Musical! features a bright holiday score by composer/lyricist team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and a book by Joseph Robinette based on the writings of radio humorist Jean Shepherd and the 1983 holiday film favorite. Acclaimed director/choreographer Warren Carlyle (Broadway's Finian's Rainbow, Follies at The Kennedy Center, An Evening With Hugh Jackman) will helm the production. Peter Billingsley, who starred as Ralphie in the original 1983 film, serves as a producer for the holiday tour. (more...)

Review - Lucky Guy & Sister ActReview - Lucky Guy & Sister Act
by Ben Peltz - May 24, 2011

Unless the names 'Noel' and 'Coward' are involved, I tend to be a bit wary about musicals with the book, music, lyrics and direction all by the same person, but Willard Beckham makes a very entertaining go of it with his campy, country/western musical comedy, Lucky Guy. (more...)

George Lee Andrews Joins Sondheim Unplugged, 5/23George Lee Andrews Joins Sondheim Unplugged, 5/23
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2011

Sondheim Unplugged announces that Broadway Veteran GEORGE LEE ANDREWS, who created the role of Frid in A Little Night Music, has joined the company of our Monday, May 23 performance. Mr. Andrews is in the Guinness Book of World Records as 'the longest-running actor in the same Broadway show,' on behalf of his 23-year run in The Phantom of the Opera. (more...)

Review Roundup: FOLLIES at the Kennedy CenterReview Roundup: FOLLIES at the Kennedy Center
by BWW - May 23, 2011

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' production of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's Follies officially opened last night, May 21, 2011 after previews which began May 7. The cast features two-time Tony winner Bernadette Peters as Sally Durant Plummer, four-time Tony nominee Jan Maxwell as Phyllis Rogers Stone, two-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein as Buddy Plummer, Ron Raines as Benjamin Stone and Olivier Award winner Elaine Paige as Carlotta Campion. (more...)

SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2011 TONY AWARDS: DAY 11 - FOLLIESSPOTLIGHT ON THE 2011 TONY AWARDS: DAY 11 - FOLLIES
by Pat Cerasaro - May 23, 2011

As a super-special Spring extension of BroadwayWorld's SOUND OFF column, every day until the Tony Awards on June 12 we will be presenting a spectacular new entry in the SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2011 TONY AWARDS series featuring a particularly entertaining, interesting, relevant and exciting Tony Awards-related clip from the last sixty-three years of the ceremonies (and subsequent seasons on Broadway) with a rundown and commentary on the sights, sounds and showmanship on display in each carefully chosen selection - all, of course, coming in anticipation of Broadway's biggest night, which will be broadcast on CBS this year, as always. Once again this year, BroadwayWorld is the official home of the 2011 Tony Awards and we will also be featuring exclusive interviews, articles, photos, video content, interactive features and more in the coming days and weeks leading up to the event so be sure to check back daily for your theatre fix! (more...)

Arthur Newman Theatre Hosts JUDY SINGS JUDY, 6/12Arthur Newman Theatre Hosts JUDY SINGS JUDY, 6/12
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2011

BroadwayWorld.com's Critic's Choice Award-Winning show Judy Sings Judy is a theatrical concert starring Judy Ann Moulton that celebrates the music of the legendary Judy Garland. Judy Ann and her pianist will bring to life the classic Judy Garland catalog of songs for one show only on June 12, 2011 at the Arthur Newman Theatre at the Joslyn Center in Palm Desert, California. (more...)

Photo Coverage: New Photos from FOLLIES at the Kennedy Center!Photo Coverage: New Photos from FOLLIES at the Kennedy Center!
by BWW - May 23, 2011

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' production of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's Follies officially opened last night, May 21, 2011 after previews which began May 7. The cast features two-time Tony winner Bernadette Peters as Sally Durant Plummer, four-time Tony nominee Jan Maxwell as Phyllis Rogers Stone, two-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein as Buddy Plummer, Ron Raines as Benjamin Stone and Olivier Award winner Elaine Paige as Carlotta Campion. New photos have been released by the production and we've got them! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes at Kennedy Center's FOLLIES!STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes at Kennedy Center's FOLLIES!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 23, 2011

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' production of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's Follies officially opened last night, May 21, 2011 after previews which began May 7. The Kennedy Center has posted behind the scenes videos and we've got them! (more...)

Signature Theatre Announces CHESS, SUNSET BOULEVARD, & More in '10-'11 Season Signature Theatre Announces CHESS, SUNSET BOULEVARD, & More in '10-'11 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2011

Eric Schaeffer, Artistic Director of the Tony Award®-winning Signature Theatre, today announced the company's 2010-2011 season of four musicals and three plays, with the innovative company producing three world premieres and one regional premiere. (more...)

DPAC and Our State Magazine Hosts Broadway Backstage 5/20-22, 2011DPAC and Our State Magazine Hosts Broadway Backstage 5/20-22, 2011
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2011

DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center and Our State Magazine have partnered together to offer "Broadway Backstage: A Behind the Scenes Tour of Broadway and New York City" May 20-22, 2011 (more...)

Joan Arline's BALLET TO BURLESQUE Plays Arthur Newman Theatre 5/22Joan Arline's BALLET TO BURLESQUE Plays Arthur Newman Theatre 5/22
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2011

Joan Arline - former Sexquire cover girl, who toured the country as a headliner during the golden era of the burlesque circuit from 1953-1958, will perform her acclaimed night club and cabaret show 'Ballet To Burlesque' on Sunday, May 22nd at a 2 PM matinee in Palm Desert at The Joslyn Center's Arthur Newman Theatre. The show will feature stories and songs from the burlesque era, complete with a few of her original costumes, vintage posters, and a few other surprises. (more...)

Star-Studded FOLLIES Opens at Kennedy Center 5/21Star-Studded FOLLIES Opens at Kennedy Center 5/21
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2011

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' production of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's Follies will officially open tonight, May 21, 2011 after previews which began May 7. The cast will feature two-time Tony winner Bernadette Peters as Sally Durant Plummer, four-time Tony nominee Jan Maxwellas Phyllis Rogers Stone, two-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein as Buddy Plummer, Ron Raines as Benjamin Stone and Olivier Award winner Elaine Paige as Carlotta Campion. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Best Is Yet to Come: The Music of Cy ColemanPhoto Flash: The Best Is Yet to Come: The Music of Cy Coleman
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2011

59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer) welcomes the Rubicon Theatre in California to Americas Off Broadway with their critically acclaimed production of THE BEST IS YET TO COME: THE MUSIC OF Cy Coleman, devised and directed by David Zippel. (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: May 12-20THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: May 12-20
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2011

Whether you've been living under a rock for the past week, or you're just in the mood for a recap of everything theatre, BroadwayWorld's new feature, 'This Week in Pictures' is here to satisfy your end of the week fix. Take a look below to catch up on the latest happenings from the Great White Way to the West End (and everywhere in between) with coverage of press events, rehearsals, opening nights and more! (more...)

George Lee Andrews Joins Sondheim Unplugged, 5/23George Lee Andrews Joins Sondheim Unplugged, 5/23
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2011

Sondheim Unplugged announces that Broadway Veteran GEORGE LEE ANDREWS, who created the role of Frid in A Little Night Music, has joined the company of our Monday, May 23 performance. Mr. Andrews is in the Guinness Book of World Records as 'the longest-running actor in the same Broadway show,' on behalf of his 23-year run in The Phantom of the Opera. (more...)

THE SECRET GARDEN In Concert At The CaldwellTHE SECRET GARDEN In Concert At The Caldwell
by Beau Higgins - May 20, 2011

Following the success of their three previous Broadway Concert Presentations, Caldwell Theatre Company will now present the Tony Award Winning The Secret Garden with Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman and Music by Lucy Simon. The production will star Caldwell's Broadway Concert luminaries, Wayne LeGette and Melissa Minyard, while adding newcomer Amy Miller Brennan. (more...)

DPAC and Our State Magazine Hosts Broadway Backstage 5/20-22DPAC and Our State Magazine Hosts Broadway Backstage 5/20-22
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2011

DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center and Our State Magazine have partnered together to offer "Broadway Backstage: A Behind the Scenes Tour of Broadway and New York City" May 20-22, 2011 (more...)

Carly Ozzard Presents 'Somebody to Love' Tribute to Freddie Mercury at the Rrazz Room, 5/20 & 22Carly Ozzard Presents 'Somebody to Love' Tribute to Freddie Mercury at the Rrazz Room, 5/20 & 22
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2011

After a sold out performance in NYC in Feb. 2011, Critically-acclaimed musical theater singer and comedic cabaret artist Carly Ozard presents a return engagement of her acclaimed cabaret show Somebody to Love: My Musical Tribute To Freddie Mercury. (more...)

MTS Presents THE GREENWICH VILLAGE FOLLIESMTS Presents THE GREENWICH VILLAGE FOLLIES
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2011

For the first time in its 11 year history, Manhattan Theatre Source - called "one of the top Off-Off Broadway theatres in New York" by New York Magazine - will present an open-ended run of a theatre piece - THE GREENWICH VILLAGE Follies - that has been developed through the company's development process. (more...)

Alley Theatre Announces Cast and Creative Team for PygmalionAlley Theatre Announces Cast and Creative Team for Pygmalion
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2011

A unique masterpiece, Pygmalion is one of Bernard Shaw's most popular plays. (more...)

Tartuffe, ou l'Imposteur Adaptation Plays The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Tartuffe, ou l'Imposteur Adaptation Plays The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2011

Faith flies in the face of reason whenever the hypocrite is around! (more...)

BWW Interviews: Keith Lockhart Talks Boston Pops 2011 SeasonBWW Interviews: Keith Lockhart Talks Boston Pops 2011 Season
by Joseph F. Panarello - May 19, 2011

The Boston Pops really know how to open a new season at Symphony Hall! There's a wonderful cocktail party before the concert with delicious hors d'oeuvre and drinks. Then the actual concert hall is awash with attractive pastel lighting and projections of butterflies all about the auditorium. It's definitely springtime in Boston and once Maestro Keith Lockhart steps up to the podium, the music begins as America's most beloved orchestra plays and delights the sell-out crowd. Starting with Boyer's delightful "Silver Fanfare" and continuing with works by Herold, Rimsky-Korsakov and Gershwin, the audience relished every moment of the concert and joined in during the SOUND OF MUSIC sing-along that closed the first part of the program. The second half was devoted mostly to Broadway's Linda Eder, who wowed the crowd with her Judy Garland tribute and impressed everyone with her powerful and supple vocalizing. It was a remarkable evening. In a phone conversation two days prior to the event, Lockhart sounded slightly fatigued. He'd just returned to Boston from Abu Dhabi from where he conducted the BBC Concert Orchestra, for which he's been appointed Chief Conductor. It was a concert that featured Broadway's Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley who performed songs from KISS ME KATE, Follies, SOUTH PACIFIC and other Broadway classics, while the orchestra excited the place with what is frequently referred to as "The Symphonic Dances" from WEST SIDE STORY. It was a well-received performance but such travels keep Lockhart on-the-go. "It's hard to hit a moving target," he quipped. Looking ahead to the 2011 Pops season, Lockhart becomes extremely excited despite his jet lag: "I think it's a very strong season this year. It's a lot of the things that we normally do but there's a wonderful, wide variety of genres and they cross every American musical boundary that you can think of. We go from bluegrass to R&B to Broadway to Gospel. Everything seems to fall in there and we'll have many great artists performing with us. We'll also have a lot of the Boston Pops Orchestra featured in the concerts this year to show them off a bit." Speaking of Linda Eder, the maestro's admiration for her becomes very evident. "She's been with us a good deal over the years. She'll be doing a tribute to Judy Garland, who was one of the great voices of our time and age. Quite frankly, she was one of the great voices of all time." Eder is also an audience favorite because the Opening Night crowd cheered her first appearance on the stage and was enthusiastic in their applause after every one of her numbers. One person in the crowd was heard to say,"This woman must have six foot lungs!" Allowing for hyperbole, that was an apt description of Eder's vocal skills. "We're also emphasizing the fact that the Pops is and always has been an interactive experience where everybody gets to make music," continued the conductor. "We'll be having sing-alongs in many of our concerts throughout the season. We're kind of getting everyone actively involved in performing with the Pops." It seems to be effective because at the SOUND OF MUSIC segment on Opening Night, several people showed up dressed as their favorite characters. There were girls in dirndl skirts, boys in lederhosen, several nuns (of varying religious orders), a Captain Von Trapp in a smoking jacket, and a would-be Maria--who toted a guitar case with her. The sing-along prompted a great response from the crowd, many of whom were still singing snippets from the Rodgers and Hammerstein score during intermission. One of the most novel segments of the May 11th concert was the video montage of "Over The Rainbow" that was shown above the orchestra as Lockhart led a sweeping rendition of the Harold Arlen tune. Months prior to the event, a message went out over Facebook and other social networking sites for people of various talents--and equally varying musical skills-- to submit videos of themselves singing this beloved tune. "There are certain songs that have crossed all boundaries and everyone knows. We asked Pops fans to give us their best few bars of 'Over the Rainbow' and the video is a pastiche of these different renditions and takes on a classic tune." As edited by Supan Deb, the end result was remarkable; featuring people from various places across the nation singing their own versions of the song-there was even a girl dressed as Dorothy sitting in what appeared to be a wheat field warbling to good advantage. Broadway favorite Michael Feinstein will be performing with the Boston Pops this season. "The interesting thing about Michael is that I just saw him last month. We did a concert in London together. He and I are spending a lot of time together this year" chuckles Lockhart. "He's doing a Sinatra Tribute with us and as you know, Frank Sinatra is the master of the American Songbook." Michael Feinstein performs with the Pops on May 31st and June 1st. The Boston Pops will be welcoming the New York Pops' Steven Reineke as guest conductor. "Steve has been here before," Lockhart remarks. "It's no more crossing the line with the New York Pops than when Erich Kunzel from the Cincinnati Pops would join us. Each guest conductor brings his own repertoire and an interesting take on things." Reineke's concerts with the Boston Pops will take place on June 16th and 17th and will feature guest soloist Julia Murney who will sing "Back to Before" from RAGTIME, "Don't Rain on My Parade" from FUNNY GIRL and "Defying Gravity" from WICKED among other selections. This season also features what is billed as a "Family Concert" "It's a shorter, more compact sort of concert. We're trying to plan it as a concert that will appeal to adults but will also be an interesting first-experience to bring the kids to We'll be joined by the jazz trumpet player Brian Stripling who is, in himself, a walking educational concert because he has spent much of his career performing and talking about the music of some really big pioneering Black jazz musicians including Louie Armstrong , who he does an amazing tribute to," explains the conductor. "I think that's something great to expose the kids coming in to. We're also joined by the Varsity Girls who have a large fan base on Nickelodeon. Additionally, we're featuring a young artist who won the Boston Symphony's Concerto Competitions and it's always great for youngsters to see kids accomplishing a high level of artistry themselves. It'll be a very special sort of event." This Family Concert was scheduled for Saturday, May 14th. The month of August will be taken up on the Pops schedule with their first-ever Minor League Baseball Tour. The famed orchestra will visit ten Minor League Ballparks, a tour stretching from Birmingham, Alabama, to Buffalo, New York, August 16-30. Iconic singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins will join Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra for a program that features music inspired by three of this country's favorite pastimes--baseball, movies, and rock 'n' roll. "I think it's a great way to get families interested in the Boston Pops," said the maestro. "Hopefully we'll be getting whole families who wouldn't normally be coming to see us if we performed at their local concert hall. However, the combination of baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and the Boston Pops might appeal to them." The program will be a tribute to America's Favorite Past Times and includes music from Hollywood, the music of the Boston Pops, rock and roll and the music of baseball. Sounds like a winning combination regardless of the box scores. Of course, the Pops will be playing their famous Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular at Boston's Esplanade on July 3rd and 4th, portions of which will be telecast on the CBS Television Network. There will also be Boston Pops appearances at the Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, MA this summer. This outdoor venue will host "America's Favorite Orchestra" in their incredibly popular Movie Night, where John Williams is on the podium. Lockhart will lead the orchestra there when Broadway's Jason Danieley and Kelli O'Hara are in the spotlight singing some memorable music written by Cole Porter on July 17th. Whether the Boston Pops is enjoyed at a ball park, an outdoor venue like Tanglewood or in the elegance of Boston's Symphony Hall, audiences are guaranteed a memorable time. Under the skilled and sensitive baton of Keith Lockhart, the orchestra is in prime form. However, it seems that musicians aren't the only ones who respond so favorably to Maestro Lockhart. The Opening Night crowd at Symphony Hall was just as enthusiastic about the conductor as they were about the music he was so admirably conducting. Nothing could be more felicitous. To purchase tickets to Boston Pops concerts or to get further information about the orchestra, go to www.bso.org To visit Keith Lockhart's website, go to www.keithlockhart.com (more...)

BWW TV: NEWSIES Open Call in New York City!BWW TV: NEWSIES Open Call in New York City!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 19, 2011

Paper Mill Playhouse will open its 2011-2012 season with the premiere of a new Disney stage musical, Newsies. Featuring music by eight time Academy Award®-winning composer Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Sister Act, The Little Mermaid), lyrics by Jack Feldman and a new book by four-time Tony® Award winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy), Newsies is adapted for the stage from the live-action Disney feature film musical. The production is being directed at Paper Mill by Tony® nominee Jeff Calhoun (The Will Rogers Follies, Grey Gardens). The show begins performances on Thursday, September 15. The official press opening is scheduled for Sunday, September 25. Recently, BroadwayWorld stopped by the Newsies open call in New York City and went inside the audition room. Click below to watch the men's dance call and hear from Calhoun and the show's choreographer, Christopher Gattelli! (more...)

THE SECRET GARDEN In Concert At The CaldwellTHE SECRET GARDEN In Concert At The Caldwell
by Beau Higgins - May 18, 2011

Following the success of their three previous Broadway Concert Presentations, Caldwell Theatre Company will now present the Tony Award Winning The Secret Garden with Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman and Music by Lucy Simon. The production will star Caldwell's Broadway Concert luminaries, Wayne LeGette and Melissa Minyard, while adding newcomer Amy Miller Brennan. (more...)

Andrew Keates & Theatrica Ltd Present A Spotlight On... Leo AndrewAndrew Keates & Theatrica Ltd Present A Spotlight On... Leo Andrew
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2011

Andrew Keates & Theatrica Ltd Present A Spotlight On... Leo Andrew with Jonathan Eio (more...)

Goodspeed Announces SHOWBOAT Cast; Begins July 1Goodspeed Announces SHOWBOAT Cast; Begins July 1
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2011

Goodspeed Musicals, the first two-time Tony Award winning theatre in the country, will breathe new life into the indelible American classic Show Boat. This heart-wrenching musical from the director who brought you Goodspeed's Camelot and 1776 will run from July 1 - September 11 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. (more...)

Jeff Calhoun to Direct A STRANGE AND SEPARATE PEOPLE at Studio Theatre; Opens 7/14Jeff Calhoun to Direct A STRANGE AND SEPARATE PEOPLE at Studio Theatre; Opens 7/14
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2011

'A Strange and Separate People' by Jon Marans will be presented Off Broadway at Theatre Row - Studio Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street, beginning July 14th and Opening Tuesday, July 19th. Daryl Roth and Stacy Shane / ManUnderdog Prods., the original Off Broadway producers of Marans critically acclaimed, award-winning play from last season, The Temperamentals are producing the play. It will be directed by Jeff Calhoun. (more...)

Goodspeed Musicals' SHOWBOAT to Play at Opera House, 7/1 - 11/11Goodspeed Musicals' SHOWBOAT to Play at Opera House, 7/1 - 11/11
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2011

Goodspeed Musicals, the first two-time Tony Award winning theatre in the country, will breathe new life into the indelible American classic Show Boat. This heart-wrenching musical from the director who brought you Goodspeed's Camelot and 1776 will run from July 1 - September 11 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. (more...)

A STRANGE AND SEPARATE PEOPLE Opens Off-B'way July 14A STRANGE AND SEPARATE PEOPLE Opens Off-B'way July 14
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2011

"A Strange and Separate People" by Jon Marans will be presented Off Broadway at Theatre Row - Studio Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street, beginning July 14th and Opening Tuesday, July 19th. (more...)

BCP's SORDID LIVES Now Playing Through 6/5 at Little Firehouse TheatreBCP's SORDID LIVES Now Playing Through 6/5 at Little Firehouse Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2011

Bergen County Players (BCP) presents Sordid Lives, a black comedy about white trash by playwright Del Shores. Winner of 14 Drama Logue awards, including Best Production, Sordid Lives is a comedic twist on a story of unconditional love, acceptance and coming out in a Texas family as they all arrive for the matriarch's funeral. (more...)

Sarah Uriarte Berry Leads SHOW BOAT At Goodspeed July 1-September 11Sarah Uriarte Berry Leads SHOW BOAT At Goodspeed July 1-September 11
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2011

Goodspeed Musicals, the first two-time Tony Award winning theatre in the country, will breathe new life into the indelible American classic Show Boat. (more...)

9 to 5: The Musical Clocks in at the Benedum Center May 31-June 59 to 5: The Musical Clocks in at the Benedum Center May 31-June 5
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2011

Broadway hit and four-time Tony Award® nominee 9 to 5: The Musical kicks off Pittsburgh CLO's 65th Summer Season May 31 - June 5 at the Benedum Center in the heart of Pittsburgh's Cultural District. (more...)

Teri Ralston, Sarah Rice, et al. Set for SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED, 5/23Teri Ralston, Sarah Rice, et al. Set for SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED, 5/23
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2011

Following thirteen sold out shows, The Laurie Beechman Theatre will continue their hit series, SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED, for a fourteenth installment, Monday, May 23 at 7pm. Included in the cast are an array of Broadway and cabaret alums, including Eric Michael Gillett (The Frogs, Kiss Me, Kate, Sweet Smell of Success), Jana Robbins (Mazeppa in the 1989 revival of Gypsy), and Lucia Spina (B'way's Legally Blonde, South Pacific). We're also pleased to welcome three very special guests, each of whom created roles in Sondheim musicals: Crista Moore (Louise in the 1989 Broadway revival of Gypsy), Teri Ralson (Company's original Jenny and Mrs. Nordstrom in the original A Little Night Music) and Sarah Rice(Sweeney Todd's original Johanna). Recently, Sondheim Unplugged received the 2011 Bistro Award for Outstanding Cabaret Series, and was nominated for the 2011 MAC Award. (more...)

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