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A Broadway Musical is a musical with a book by William F. Brown, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse. The Broadway production closed after 14 previews and only one performance on December 21, 1978.



The plot about a sleazy white theatre producer's attempt to adapt an African-American writer's serious play for a commercial stage musical was inspired by Adams and Strouse's real-life experiences with their 1964 Broadway production of Golden Boy. The star of the musical-within-the-musical (Sneakers, about a basketball star) closely resembles Golden Boy star Sammy Davis, Jr. When the star opts to leave the show, the playwright - who from the start had resisted turning his work into a musical - steps in and takes on the lead role in order to save the production.



Now Playing Onstage in Central Pennsylvania - Week of 10/30/2016
by BWW - Oct 30, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/30/2016 for Central Pennsylvania (more...)

Deirdre Madigan, Stephen Schnetzer and Lynn Cohen to Lead Reading of SOCIAL SECURITY at Westport Country Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2016

Westport Country Playhouse will present a Script in Hand playreading of "Social Security," a comedy by Andrew Bergman, one of Hollywood's top comedy screenwriters, on Monday, November 14, at 7 p.m.  (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 10/18/2016 - 10/25/2016
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Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 10/18/2016 - 10/25/2016. (more...)

The Smith Center Releases Final Round of Season Tickets for the 2016-2017 Broadway Las Vegas Series
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

Following two wildly successful limited-time engagements that brought THE SOUND OF MUSIC and BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL to Las Vegas, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is giving Broadway enthusiasts one last chance to become a season ticket holder for the 2016-2017 Broadway Las Vegas Series. Available for purchase now through Tuesday, Nov. 22, this special offer will include seven shows for the price of six starting at $203, ushering in the holiday season with some of Broadway's favorite smash-hits. For more information, please visit TheSmithCenter.com. (more...)

Annie Potts to Narrate National Chorale's Musical Premiere of GOODNIGHT MOON at Lincoln Center
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

National Chorale, New York's premier professional choral company, under the Artistic Direction of Everett McCorvey, continues its 2016-2017 Season at Lincoln Center with Beethoven's Symphony #9 and the World Premiere of a musical adaptation of Goodnight Moon on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 8pm at the David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, NYC. (more...)

Jared Grimes, Hayley Podschun, Donna McKechnie and More Sway in CAREFREE: DANCIN' WITH FRED AND GINGER Tryout Tour, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and RKO Stage present the world premiere of Carefree: Dancin' with Fred & Ginger, an all-new tribute to American cinema's most iconic pair, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Tony Award-winner Warren Carlyle directs and choreographs this original musical spectacular. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Lilla Crawford, Joshua Colley & More Dish on Fame, Fans, and Life as a Child Actor (Part 2)
by Matt Smith - Nov 3, 2016

In this comprehensive, two-part (!!!) BWW feature, our eclectic panel of child actors - including Lilla Crawford, Joshua Colley, Luca Padovan and Isabella Russo (with additional commentary from Savvy Crawford) - sound off on their most memorable career experiences, fan encounters, maintaining balance between work and school commitments and the ever-important topic of putting children in the spotlight.  (more...)

PHANTOM to Celebrate 12,000 Performances on Broadway! 11/28
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2016

Producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group announced today that the longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, directed by Harold Prince, will once again make theater history, reaching the unprecedented milestone of 12,000 performances. A feat achieved by no other Broadway show, the 12,000th performance will take place Monday evening, November 28 at 8PM at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street). (more...)

A Chorus Line at Downtown Cabaret
by Carissa Chesanek - Nov 21, 2016

The award-winning musical comes to the The Downtown Cabaret Main Theatre stage with soulful characters that offer gripping and touching stories. (more...)

Backlot Projects to Host Live Conversation with Mel Brooks and Screening of BLAZING SADDLES
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2016

Somebody give the Governor a harrumph! Join the incomparable Mel Brooks live on stage for an exclusive, inside look at his legendary career, and the making of the classic and groundbreaking movie Blazing Saddles on Friday, December 9, 2016 at The State Theatre at 7:30 PM. This outrageous masterpiece, considered one of the top comedy films of all time, will be presented on the big screen followed by a conversation and audience Q&A with Mel Brooks himself. Memorable and monumental, Mel Brooks and Blazing Saddles…back in the saddle again. (more...)

Broadway to Trump: Sit Down, Don
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2016

In a show of solidarity and support for their fellow artists, however, Broadway took to Twitter to express gratitude to the Hamilton cast and plea anew with Trump to respond to the rise in hate crimes since his election, the truth behind his settlement deal for defrauding thousands of Trump University students, and his plans to appoint known white nationalists—including Jeff Sessions, who, during the 1980s, was deemed too racist to be a federal judge—to his future cabinet. (more...)

Centenary Stage's Young Performers Workshop to Present Winter Festival of Shows
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

Centenary Stage Company's critically acclaimed Young Performers Workshop returns this holiday season with a delightful selection of musical favorites for the annual Winter Festival of Shows. (more...)

Billy Joel Adds February Show at Madison Square Garden
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

The Madison Square Garden Company announced today the 38th consecutive show by legendary musician and MSG franchise Billy Joel. (more...)

The Boss on Broadway? Bruce Springsteen Open to Idea of Musical Based on His Life!
by Caryn Robbins - Nov 16, 2016

From Asbury Park to Broadway? According to today's New York Post, The Boss, Bruce Springsteen is very open to the idea of turning his recent critically acclaimed memoir into A Broadway Musical! (more...)

New Book Will Chronicle the Journey Behind 'GREAT COMET'; Includes All-New Recordings!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

Follow the tail! NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812: THE JOURNEY OF A NEW MUSICAL TO BROADWAY, edited and compiled by Steven Suskin with script and annotations by Dave Malloy, will hit the shelves this month. (more...)

Casting Announced for PROMISES, PROMISES at Southwark Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

Final casting is today announced for the first London production in 20 years of the hit Burt Bacharach/Hal David/Neil Simon Broadway musical Promises, Promises, based on the Billy Wilder film The Apartment. (more...)

Casting Announced for the Burt Bacharach Hal David & Neil Simon Musical PROMISES PROMISES at Southwark Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

Final casting is today announced for the first London production in 20 years of the hit Burt Bacharach/Hal David/Neil Simon Broadway musical Promises, Promises, based on the Billy Wilder film The Apartment. (more...)

TV Land Passes on Megan Hilty-Led FIRST WIVES CLUB Reboot
by TV News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

Today, Deadline reports that the network has chosen to pass on the project, but shares that there is a possibility it could be redeveloped. (more...)

National Chorale Presents Beethoven's Symphony #9 and a Musical World Premiere of Goodnight Moon
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

National Chorale, New York's premier professional choral company, under the Artistic Direction of Everett McCorvey, continues its 2016-2017 Season at Lincoln Center withBeethoven's Symphony #9 and the World Premiere of a musical adaptation of Goodnight Moon. (more...)

37th Show Added for Billy Joel At Madison Square Garden in January 2017
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

???????The Madison Square Garden Company announced today the 37th consecutive show by legendary musician and MSG franchise Billy Joel. (more...)

VIDEO: J.B. Smoove Proves Why He Deserves to Be on Broadway
by TV News Desk - Nov 1, 2016

On last night's LATE SHOW, comedian, actor and star of 'Almost Christmas', JB Smoove reveals he will go to great lengths to prove he deserves the lead in A Broadway Musical. (more...)

Billy Joel in Concert at Dodger Stadium This May; Tix on Sale 1/13
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

Legendary musician Billy Joel is set to perform at LA's Dodger Stadium on Saturday, May 13th. (more...)

Batter Up! Bryan Cranston to Pitch for DAMN YANKEES on Broadway?
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

ALL THE WAY Tony winner Bryan Cranston has A Broadway Musical in his dugout. (more...)

40 Consecutive Sellouts! Billy Joel 41st Show Added At Madison Square Garden
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2017

The Madison Square Garden Company announced today the unprecedented 41st consecutive show by legendary musician and MSG franchise Billy Joel on May 25, 2017. The May show is part of his residency at The World's Most Famous Arena which began in January 2014 with Joel playing one show per month at The Garden as part of the Spectrum Concert Series. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsals for PROMISES, PROMISES at Southwark Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2017

This is the first London production in 20 years of the hit Burt Bacharach/Hal David/Neil Simon Broadway musical Promises, Promises, based on the Billy Wilder film 'The Apartment'. (more...)

LOVE NEVER DIES, SCHOOL OF ROCK, WAITRESS and More Set for Broadway in Fort Lauderdale's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2017

Broadway in Fort Lauderdale is proud to announce its 26th season of showcasing Broadway's greatest hits with a six-show subscription package that is power-packed with musical blockbusters. (more...)

Anne Hathaway Joins Cast of DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS Remake
by Movies News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

Oscar winner Anne Hathaway (LES MISERABLES) will join Rebel Wilson in a remake of the 1988 comedy DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS. (more...)

Billy Joel 42nd Show Added On June 6 At Madison Square Garden
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

The Madison Square Garden Company announced today the unprecedented 42nd consecutive show by legendary musician and MSG franchise Billy Joel on June 6. The June show is part of his residency at The World's Most Famous Arena which began in January 2014 with Joel playing one show per month at The Garden as part of the Spectrum Concert Series. (more...)

Musical Revue 'CARRIE' THAT TUNE Brings the Flops to Los Angeles
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2017

Proof Doubt Closer Theatre Company presents 'CARRIE' THAT TUNE: HIT SONGS FROM FLOP MUSICALS at BAR FEDORA starting Feb. 2. Conceived, written and directed by Trace Oakley, Musical Direction by Alena Bernardi, Choreography by Averi Quinn Yorek. Presented by Proof Doubt Closer Theatre Company. (more...)

Acclaimed Revue 'CARRIE' THAT TUNE: HIT SONGS FROM FLOP MUSICALS Returns to Los Angeles
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

A musical revue of great songs, many of them classics from the Great American Songbook. These songs came not from hit musicals, or from Tin-Pan-Alley songwriters. Each song was a bright spot in A Broadway Musical that flopped. (more...)

VIDEO: James Corden Challenges Neil Patrick Harris to Epic Broadway Musical Riff-Off!
by TV News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

On last night's LATE LATE SHOW, guest Neil Patrick Harris interrupted James Corden during the show to challenge him to a riff-off to settle a dispute and figure out who is truly more Broadway. (more...)

Rousing Bluegrass Musical THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM Coming to Broad Brook Opera House
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

Opera House Players, Inc. presents the bluegrass musical THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM at the Broad Brook Opera House, 107 Main Street, Broad Brook, CT 06016 on February 10 through February 26 (Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm). (more...)

KINKY BOOTS and 'GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE' Highlight Broadway in Thousand Oaks' 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

The Tony Award-winning Best Musicals KINKY BOOTS and A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER highlight the 2017-18 Broadway in Thousand Oaks Series, presented by Theater League at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. (more...)

Westport Country Playhouse Family Festivities Series Presents "Dr. Seuss' THE CAT IN THE HAT
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

Westport Country Playhouse's Family Festivities Series will present "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat" on Sunday, March 19, for two performances, at 1 p.m., and 4 p.m.  Produced by Childsplay, the show is recommended for ages 3 and up. Running time is approximately one hour.  Tickets are $20.  (more...)

HAMILTON to Anchor Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta is proud to announce that Broadway musical HAMILTON will play its premiere Atlanta engagement and anchor the 2017/2018 season at the Fox Theatre. (more...)

National Tour of LES MISERABLES to Launch This Fall in Providence; PPAC Sets 2017-18 Broadway Season!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

J.L. 'Lynn' Singleton, President of the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC), is pleased to announce PPAC's 2017/2018 Broadway Season, featuring the Taco/White Family Foundation Broadway Series and the Encore Series. The National Tour Launch of LES MISERABLES opens PPAC's 40th Anniversary Broadway Season in September and is part of the Encore Series. (more...)

BWW Interview: Drew Redington's 'Holiday Break' on Broadway
by Christopher Castanho - Feb 13, 2017

Drew Redington is one of the lucky few who decide to take a break from their college theatre program and study abroad on Broadway. An Elon Musical Theatre student, Redington just wrapped up his jump-roppin', tap dancin' role in the ensemble of 'Holiday Inn: The New Irving Berlin Musical' I was lucky enough to sit down with Drew and hear about the journey from his hometown of St Louis, Missouri to the Grand White Way. (more...)

The Titular Grey Gardens Home is on the Market
by Stephanie Wild - Feb 10, 2017

According to NewsDay.com, Grey Gardens, the famed East Hampton home once belonging to the relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, has hit the market for the first time since 1979. (more...)

BWW Review: Jerry Herman's MILK AND HONEY Gets A Spirited Concert Staging at The York
by Michael Dale - Feb 1, 2017

When Jerry Herman was pegged by producer Gerard Oestreicher to write the score for A Broadway Musical set in the fledgling State of Israel, he was a 28-year-old composer/lyricist mostly known for writing clever lyrics and snazzy tunes for Greenwich Village topical reviews like NIGHTCAP and PARADE. But now, instead of writing for hip, downtown performers like Charles Nelson Reilly and Dody Goodman, he'd be penning a romantic score for opera stars Mimi Benzell and Robert Weede, with special comic relief material for Yiddish Theatre legend Molly Picon. (more...)

Billy Joel to Perform Record Breaking 39th Show At Madison Square Garden in March
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

The Madison Square Garden Company announced today the 39th consecutive show by legendary musician and MSG franchise Billy Joel. (more...)

The Journey of HAIRSPRAY- From Screen to Stage and Back Again!
by Jeffrey Kare - Dec 7, 2016

Tonight, America shall be introduced to the fourth incarnation of Hairspray. The first was the 1988 original film, the second was the 2002 Broadway musical, the third was its 2007 film adaptation, and now the 2016 live television production on NBC. Hairspray takes place in Baltimore, Maryland in the year 1962, where we meet a plump teenage girl named Tracy Turnblad, whose lifelong dream is to dance on the local TV dance program known as The Crony Collins Show. When Tracy wins a role on the show and becomes an overnight sensation, she luanches a campaign to intergrate the show. As a Welcome to the 60's, let's go back to beginning to learn the history of the property itself. (more...)

BWW Review: ONCE Was Enough at PPAC
by Andria Tieman - Dec 5, 2016

ONCE, the award-winning stage musical based on the award-winning film of the same name, is an obvious addition to Broadway.  Featuring songs written by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, who also starred in the film, this production seems like it can't miss.  Unfortunately, despite excellent music and vocal and musical performances from an obviously talented cast, this production's book, by Irish playwright Enda Walsh,  seems to assume that the only people who would be interested in this show are those who have seen the movie.  Therefore, there is next-to-no character development, and random scenes inserted that make no sense to anyone not intimately familiar with the source material.  Since this is a show about music and musicians, one would think that story goes out the window then in favor of reworking this as almost a musical revue, rather than a traditional narrative.  That would have worked, since the story is a sweetly simple one and doesn't require much, but the choice was made instead to shoehorn in extra scenes of dialogue, most of which take far longer and meader far more than necessary to advance the plot, and wind up creating something that is just dull and lazy. (more...)

Mel Brooks and Quincy Jones Will Be Feted at 15th Annual BACKSTAGE AT THE GEFFEN
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

The Geffen Playhouse will honor legendary Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award-winning artists Quincy Jones and Mel Brooks at its 15th annual Backstage at the Geffen fundraiser, which honors the accomplishments of leaders in the artistic community and supports the theater's mission to produce original, quality works that inspire thought, evoke conversation, and engage the community in the live arts. (more...)

HAIRSPRAY's John Waters Doing Well Following Holiday Health Scare
by Caryn Robbins - Dec 28, 2016

The HAIRSPRAY scribe was forced to miss his annual holiday party on Friday due to a health scare which landed him in the hospital. (more...)

More Mash-Up Photos: Andrew Lloyd Webber Casts Cozy Up on GMA!
by TV News Desk - Dec 22, 2016

This morning, ABC's GOOD MORNING AMERICA celebrated legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber with an ultimate mash-up performance featuring all three of his currently running Broadway musicals, broadcast live from New York's Winter Garden Theatre. (more...)

VIDEO: Mariah Carey Teases Bringing GLITTER to Broadway: 'That's Something I've Been Thinking About'
by TV News Desk - Dec 20, 2016

Mariah Carey stopped by the WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE clubhouse on Sunday evening and was asked by a fan if she would consider turning her 2001 musical film GLITTER into A Broadway Musical. (more...)

BWW Review: 5th Avenue's THE LITTLE MERMAID is Swimmingly Magical
by Jay Irwin - Dec 2, 2016

The original animated film of "Disney's The Little Mermaid" is arguably one of the best of the Disney canon. With songs written by the incredible Alan Menken and Howard Ashman it marked the rebirth of the Disney animated musicals. The original conversion of it into A Broadway Musical was not so great. With bad staging and flow, achieving the illusion of swimming by putting the actors on Heelys (shoes with wheels in the heels) so they would glide across stage, and additional songs from Menken and Glenn Slater (owing to the passing of the great Howard Ashman) the show lost much of it's core cleverness and heart in favor of the cliche and gimmicky. Now there's a new version with a reworked book and score and much improved staging which is currently being offered at the 5th Avenue Theatre and while it still may not have that magical greatness of the original film it does manage a magic of its own largely due to some new stage magic and a stellar cast including an Ariel (Diana Huey) who is the most layered, honest, real and still adorable Disney Princess ever. (more...)

MARY POPPINS, HAIR, DRACULA and More Set for Mercury Theater Chicago's 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2016

Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Avenue, promises a season filled with laughter, love and entertainment. (more...)

Billy Joel Adds Record 40th Consecutive Show at Madison Square Garden
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2016

The Madison Square Garden Company just announced the unprecedented 40th consecutive show by legendary musician and MSG franchise Billy Joel. The Friday, April 14th show is part of his residency at The World's Most Famous Arena which began in January 2014 with Joel playing one show per month at The Garden as part of the Spectrum Concert Series. The April show will be Joel's 86th all-time performance at The Garden. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Kids Wait Outside To Go INSIDE BROADWAY at CATS
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 13, 2016

For it's 35th season Inside Broadway and it's Creating the Magic program invited 2,500 NYC school children inside the Neil Simon Theatre to get a behind the scenes look at how the musical CATS happens.  The cast and crew of CATS, along with Inside Broadway CEO Michael Presser were on hand to show the excited kids how A Broadway Musical comes to life. (more...)

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