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2012 Tony Awards Clip Countdown - Day 19: Michael Bennett & A CHORUS LINE
by Pat Cerasaro - May 30, 2012

Continuing our extensive countdown considering many of Broadway's best clips as represented on Tony Awards telecasts recent and distant, today we look to the third and final clip from a Michael Bennett musical on our countdown - and, many would argue, the creme de la creme of them all - the only; the one; A CHORUS LINE. A 5, 6, 7, 8... (more...)

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Donna & Company
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 18, 2010

Today we are taking a look at some particularly jaw-dropping performances from Donna McKechnie, Tony winning Broadway legend who created roles two of the greatest musicals of all time - COMPANY and A CHORUS LINE - performing some of Broadway's best songs with some particularly dazzling dancing on the level we have come to expect from Cassie herself. A 5,6,7,8... (more...)

BroadwayWorld.com's On This Day - July 9, 2010
by - Jul 9, 2010

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 9 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Segerstrom's SIX DAYS OF BROADWAY Summer Camp Set for 6/23-7/6; Erin Dilly to Lead Program
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2014

A "5, 6, 7, 8," the countdown begins for Segerstrom Center's popular Six Days of Broadway musical theater summer camps returning June 23 through July 6. During the week-long sessions, students learn and participate in musical performance, monologue interpretation, audition technique, scene work, dance and much more. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: A Michael Bennett Musical Birthday (with Company!)
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 8, 2011

On this very day in 1943, Michael DiFiglia was born in Buffalo, New York, and the world of Broadway would simply never be the same. Cutting his teeth with the accomplished choreography for A JOYFUL NOISE, PROMISES, PROMISES, SEESAW and COCO was merely the beginning of a career that would virtually rewrite and revolutionize the ways and means by which a director could yield ultimate control over a project. With COMPANY and FOLLIES, the later co-directing with Hal Prince, Bennett solidified himself as one of the most talented and brilliant choreographers of his generation and, shortly thereafter, proved with A CHORUS LINE that he was a master theatrical engineer with few, if any, peers. Worldwide success, Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize were just the gravy. Who else but Michael Bennett would then, or ever, receive - or should I say, earn - the credit "Entire Production Conceived, Produced and Directed by," besides him? While BALLROOM failed to live up to A CHORUS LINE in mostly every way, he soon after reinvented the wheel yet again with DREAMGIRLS in 1981. We never got to see his productions of CHESS and SCANDAL, both of which he was in the latter stages of developing at the time of his death in 1988. Broadway has never been the same since he's been gone. So, today, on the day following a glittering new production of COMPANY at Lincoln Center - with the complete dance sequence "Tick Tock" fully restored, now with five dancers - we take a tip of the top hat to the tops in taps, temerity and truthfulness onstage - the one and only Michael Bennett. (more...)