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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.

VS. Theatre and Firefly Theater & Films to Present Revised Version of COMPLETENESS, 11/6-12/7
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2014

The award-winning companies VS. Theatre and Firefly Theater & Films are co-producing the West Coast Premiere of a newly revised version of Itamar Moses' COMPLETENESS. (more...)

InDepth InterView Flashback 2011: Joan Rivers Talks Broadway, Hollywood, Reality TV & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 6, 2014

Today we remember stage and screen icon Joan Rivers in honor of her death this week at the age of 81 with this 2011 InDepth InterView. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Preview of INSIDE ACT: HOW TEN ACTORS MADE IT AND HOW YOU CAN TOO- with John Tartaglia!
by Ken Womble - Sep 12, 2014

Why do some actors make it and others don't? Ken Womble sets out to find the answer to this question, one that has fascinated and tormented him for years, in his new book, INSIDE ACT: How Ten Actors Made it and How You Can Too (Hansen Publishing Group, 373 pages, $24.99). To celebrate the release, BroadwayWorld will be featuring chapter previews from the new book. Today, hear from John Tartaglia! (more...)

BWW Reviews: ONCE at the Paramount - Touching and Simple Storytelling
by Jay Irwin - May 28, 2014

We all know the annoying trend of turning every well-regarded or sellable movie into A Broadway Musical. Do we really need a stage version of the popular film especially when that film is pretty much a musical already such as with the indie sleeper hit "Once"? Well, I don't know if we need it but in this case I'm actually glad we have it as they have taken this lovely romance and just simply let it be told through it's gorgeous music and some very simple staging and the result is a great big sigh (and maybe even a few tears) at the end of a truly entertaining evening. (more...)

BWW Review: THE SECRET GARDEN Needs Nurturing
by Nancy Grossman - May 22, 2014

THE SECRET GARDEN needs a good dose of Miracle-Gro to overcome a lack of vitality. A beautiful, lush score is weighed down by the sluggishness of the tale and static direction. The company has the vocals to do justice to the music and several performers shine, but this garden has a dearth of color. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Denzel Washington Celebrates Talented Youth at BROADWAY JUNIOR!
by Jessica Gordon - May 20, 2014

Denzel Washington, currently starring in the acclaimed Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun, served as Host of the Shubert Foundation/MTI Broadway Junior Student Share celebration while hundreds of students from middle and intermediate New York City Public Schools made their Broadway debut on stage at the Broadhurst Theatre yesterday, May 19th. (more...)

A RAISIN IN THE SUN Star Denzel Washington to Host 'Broadway Junior' Event, 5/19
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

Denzel Washington, currently starring in the acclaimed Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun, will serve as Host of the Shubert Foundation/MTI Broadway Junior Student Share celebration while hundreds of students from middle and intermediate New York City Public Schools make their Broadway debut on stage at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 W. 44 St.) on Monday, May 19th at 10:30 a.m. (Press set up at 9:30 a.m.; select pre-show photo ops at 10 a.m.). (more...)

Tickets to ROCKY on Broadway Now Available Through March 2015!
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2014

Stage Entertainment USA and Sylvester Stallone just announced a new block of tickets are now on sale the new musical, ROCKY. Tickets are now available through March 29, 2015 and can be purchased at the Winter Garden box office (1634 Broadway), by visiting Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200. Please visit ROCKYBROADWAY.com for more information. (more...)

Scoop: THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON on NBC - Week of May 12, 2014
by TV Scoop - May 12, 2014

Get all the scoop on THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON, airing on NBC for the week May 12, 2014! (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - Debra Messing Stars in New NBC Fall Series THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA
by TV News Desk - May 12, 2014

Below, get a first look at Debra Messing (Outside Mullingar, Smash) in NBC's new fall series THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA. (more...)

Blumenthal Performing Arts to Welcome MYTHBUSTERS: BEHIND THE MYTHS Tour, 11/24; Tickets on Sale 5/16
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2014

Blumenthal Performing Arts has announced that the all-new live show MythBusters: Behind the Myths, starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series 'MythBusters,' will debut at the Belk Theater (130 N Tryon St.) for one night only on Monday, November 24, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Exceptional Artists to Present Live Show MYTHBUSTERS: BEHIND THE MYTHS at the Orpheum Theater, 12/9
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2014

Exceptional Artists is thrilled to announce that the all-new live show MythBusters: Behind the Myths, starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy- nominated Discovery series 'MythBusters,' will debut at the Orpheum Theater for one night only on Tuesday, December 9 at 7:30 PM. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Baltimore - Week of 5/11/2014
by BWW - May 11, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/11/2014 for Baltimore (more...)

Playhouse on Park to Host Vocal Coaching Class, 7/14
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2014

On Monday, July 14th, Playhouse on Park is offering a master class called Vocal Coaching for Musical Theatre from 7 pm to 9 pm. This class will show students what to expect when asked to sing at A Broadway Musical audition. Students should bring a book of music that they are comfortable singing, and will perform a song that they feel shows them at their best. The instructor will give each student feedback, and will conclude with a question and answer session. (more...)

Photo Exclusive: Angela Lansbury Honored in Special Cabaret at Cafe de Paris
by Darren Bell - Jun 4, 2014

The cast of West End's Blithe Spirit performed a special cabaret in honor of Angela Lansbury at the Cafe de Paris, directed by Michael Blakemore. Featured performers included Janie Dee, Charles Edwards, Simon Jones, and Jemima Rooper. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for June 4th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Jun 4, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. The Jeff Awards, Theo Ubique's future plans, Jennifer Hudson performs, 'Damn Yankees' at LOW, 'The Beverly Hillbillies,' 'Coraline,' 'The Last Ship' and the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival debut, 'Spelling Bee' starts, 'Avenue Q' extends and BroadwayWorld Chicago hosts a Tony Party! (more...)

Matthew Crowle, Kathryn Markey & More to Star in The Playhouse's YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, 6/17-28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2014

Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Chuck Tobin today announced casting for the production of the new Mel Brooks Broadway Young Frankenstein (June 17 - 28, 2014). Young Frankenstein features a book by three-time Tony Award-winner Mel Brooks and three-time Tony Award-winner Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Brooks. (more...)

BWW Chicago Reviews: THE LAST SHIP
by Misha Davenport - Jun 26, 2014

Sting's heartfelt and emotional musical 'The Last Ship' is mostly sea-worthy in its pre-Broadway tryout. (more...)

BEHIND THE SCENES: On Stage With DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

Tony Cross joined the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels digital media night - where guests were invited to dance, watch the show, and then quiz the stars. What did he make of it? (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lindsay Mendez and Anthony Ramos in 'What the Heck I Gotta Do' from 21 CHUMP STREET
by Stage Tube - Jun 24, 2014

On June 7, Lin-Manuel Miranda's new mini-musical, 21 Chump Street, was featured at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's THIS AMERICAN LIFE as part of the 2014 'RadioLoveFest'. As a part of the event, nearly 50 actors, singers, dancers, musicians and comedians joined Ira Glass onstage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Opera House...to try some things they'd never tried before. The result? Journalism turned into opera, into plays, into A Broadway Musical. Below, check out 'What the Heck I Gotta Do' as performed by Lindsay Mendez, Anthony Ramos, Alex Boniello, Gerard Canonico, and Antwaun Holley. Click here to download music from the mini-musical now! (more...)

Music from Lin-Manuel Miranda's 21 CHUMP STREET Available of iTunes!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

Music from Lin-Manuel MIranda's new mini-musical, 21 Chump Street, is now available to download on iTunes. Featuring Lindsay Mendez and Anthony Ramos, the project was featured at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's THIS AMERICAN LIFE on June 7th as part of the 2014 'RadioLoveFest'. As a part of the event, nearly 50 actors, singers, dancers, musicians and comedians joined Ira Glass onstage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Opera House...to try some things they'd never tried before. The result? Journalism turned into opera, into plays, into A Broadway Musical. (more...)

THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON Lineup for 6/19-27
by TV News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

'THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON' LISTINGS: JUNE 19 - 27 (more...)

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lindsay Mendez & More Featured in THIS AMERICAN LIFE's RadioLoveFest Show at BAM; Stream It Online Now!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

The full video for THIS AMERICAN LIFE's 'wildest' show ever at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on June 7th as part of the 2014 'RadioLoveFest' is now available to stream online for just $5. Check out a video trailer for the program here, and hear the radio promo for the episode below! (more...)

Northwestern Theatre Schedule for Summer 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2014

A hilarious musical adaptation of a Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera, a return engagement of a popular Imagine U family production and a National Theatre Live broadcast of a classic Shakespeare tragedy are highlights of Northwestern University's SummerStage 2014 season. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Actors' Equity Association Presents BEAUTIFUL Ensemble ACCA Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus
by Walter McBride - Jun 18, 2014

Actors' Equity Association ('AEA' or Equity) just presented Beautiful - The Carole King Musical with the eighth annual 'ACCA' Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus. Presented by Equity's Advisory Committee on Chorus Affairs (ACCA), the ACCA Award is the only industry accolade of its kind to honor the distinctive talents and contributions made by the original chorus members of A Broadway Musical. (more...)

The Williamston Theatre Presents THE BIG BANG, 7/10-8/17
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2014

Mid-Michigan's award winning professional theatre company, Williamston Theatre, located at 122 S. Putnam Street in downtown Williamston, presents The Big Bang, Music by Jed Feuer with Book and Lyrics by Boyd Graham. Performances begin Thursday, July 10 and run through Sunday, August 17. Tickets for this outrageous, musical comedy are now on sale. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Peggy Eason's New Cabaret Show at Don't Tell Mama is a Poignant Message of Personal Empowerment
by Stephen Hanks - Jun 14, 2014

Peggy Eason is one of those characters who seem to have been made for the New York cabaret scene. She's a bodacious woman who is ubiquitous at the local clubs, possesses a passion for singing, and bills herself as the 'Chocolate Diva,' although on stage she's more like a Red Hot Mama. Eason opened her third solo cabaret show, I'll Show Them All, at Don't Tell Mama on Monday night (she's appearing again at the club on Sunday at 7pm) with the decidedly politically incorrect titled song written especially for her by David Conforte, 'Black, Blind and Beautiful' (Hey, 'African American, Visually Challenged and Beautiful' doesn't have the same ring to it.). But there was little that was incorrect about her fast-paced and entertaining show that was often poignant and funny at the same time. (more...)

Saint Michael's Playhouse to Present YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, 6/17-28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Chuck Tobin today announced the opening of the Playhouse's 2014 summer theater season with the new Mel Brooks Broadway Young Frankenstein (June 17 - 28, 2014). Young Frankenstein features a book by three-time Tony Award-winner Mel Brooks and three-time Tony Award-winner Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Brooks. Young Frankenstein, directed by Keith Andrews with music direction by Thomas Cleary, will feature Matthew Crowle as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, Kathryn Markey as Frau Blucher, Christian Kohn as the Monster, Abby Lee as Elizabeth, Brett Figel as Igor, Ashley McKay as Inga, Bill Carmichael as Inspector Kemp/Hermit, and Zachary Pesner as Ziggy. The ensemble includes Eugenio Contenti, Shelby Davis, Danielle Diniz, Antoinette DiPietropolo, Ian Frazier, Christopher Holloway, Kate Kramitz, Kevin Metzger, Vincent Ortega, and Chelsey Whitelock. (more...)

BWW Reviews: From Everything to Nothing: GREY GARDENS the Musical (Actors' Theatre)
by Cassandra Sandros - Jun 11, 2014

based upon the 1976 documentary of the same name, by Albert and David Maysles, the offbeat and somewhat perplexing musical Grey Gardens acts as a pseudo-documentary of the rise and fall of the reclusive mother/daughter duo of 'Big' Edith Bouvier Beale and 'Little' Edith Bouvier Beale. Aunt and cousin, respectively, of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the story follows their lives from high society to abject poverty, living in a decomposing mansion overrun with flea-infested cats. (more...)

BEAUTIFUL Receives Actors' Equity's 8th Annual ACCA Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

Actors' Equity Association ("AEA" or Equity) today announced that Beautiful - The Carole King Musical will receive the eighth annual "ACCA" Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus. Presented by Equity's Advisory Committee on Chorus Affairs (ACCA), the ACCA Award is the only industry accolade of its kind to honor the distinctive talents and contributions made by the original chorus members of A Broadway Musical. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: Mid-Year Cabaret Review--Best (and Favorite) 20 Shows and Performances (So Far) for 2014
by Stephen Hanks - Jul 5, 2014

Since I attended more than 50 shows over the past eight months (a few more than once)--the large majority of which were reviewed on these web pages—I felt I had more than enough cabaret show inventory to present my second-annual “Mid-Year Cabaret Review” citing the “20 Best Cabaret Shows and Performances” for the first half of 2014. Since the eligibility period for 2014 BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Award consideration begins with shows staged since last November (late October if it was the first of a run), I've included a few of those late 2013 shows in this group. And with the announcement of the BWW Award nominees just four months away, I've offered some projections on the Award categories for which these shows very well might receive consideration. (more...)

Broadway Actress Gay Marshall Meets with Cast of Hathaway Brown Theatre Institute's A CHORUS LINE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

'Thrilling,' 'exciting' and 'amazing' is how the cast members of Hathaway Brown Theatre Institute's upcoming production of A CHORUS LINE described the time they spent with Broadway veteran Gay Marshall. Marshall, whose credits include both the Broadway and National Touring companies of A CHORUS LINE, grew up in Cleveland and caught the theatre bug taking classes at the Cleveland Playhouse. She recently observed a rehearsal at the Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights and shared stories and tips with the fascinated group of young performers as they readied their show for its August 1 opening. (more...)

Maine State Music Theatre to Present FOOTLOOSE, 8/6-23
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

Maine State Music Theatre (MSMT)'s 2014 season is 'still rockin' with their remarkable season closing production of the high-energy dance musical, FOOTLOOSE, running August 6 - 23. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Surflight's 50th Anniversary FIDDLER
by Michael T. Mooney - Jul 15, 2014

Very rarely A Broadway Musical transcends mere entertainment and becomes part of the cultural landscape. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is such a musical. Although the word 'iconic' has been overused of late, I daresay FIDDLER has reached that status. Its themes of family, love, community and yes - tradition - have made it a transformative experience for five decades of theatergoers. (more...)

ALADDIN Vocal Selections Now Available For Pre-Order, Out 8/1
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 12, 2014

The vocal selections for hit Disney screen-to-stage property ALADDIN are now available to order, set to be released next month. (more...)

VIDEO: Taye Diggs Reveals He Wants to Return for a Broadway Musical!
by TV News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

During the appearance, a fan called in and asked if he has plans to return to Broadway and if so, what would be his dream role. (more...)

Jonathan Groff On FROZEN Broadway Adaptation, GLEE & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 1, 2014

Breakout Broadway-to-Hollywood star Jonathan Groff addresses his participation in the hit musical properties GLEE and FROZEN as part of a new interview. (more...)

VIDEO: Daniel Radcliffe Discusses Possible HARRY POTTER Broadway Musical on Bravo!
by TV News Desk - Aug 8, 2014

On last night's WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE, Daniel Radcliffe discussed whether or not he would ever consider playing 'Harry' in A Broadway Musical based on the HARRY POTTER films. (more...)

BWW Reviews: SPAMALOT Brings Old Jokes and New to Pittsburgh CLO
by Greg Kerestan - Aug 7, 2014

If you think you know what the Knights who Formerly Said 'Ni' say now, you may be in for a pleasant surprise at the CLO's irreverent comedy. (more...)

Maine State Music Theatre Stages FOOTLOOSE, Now thru 8/23
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2014

Maine State Music Theatre (MSMT)'s 2014 season is 'still rockin' with their remarkable season closing production of the high-energy dance musical, FOOTLOOSE, running today, August 6 - 23. (more...)

BWW Reviews: All-Star Cast Brings Lively HAIR to the Hollywood Bowl
by Michael L. Quintos - Aug 3, 2014

Directed by Adam Shankman and featuring a talented, impossibly photogenic cast that includes Kristen Bell, Hunter Parrish, Benjamin Walker, Amber Riley, Mario, Jenna Ushkowitz and Jonah Platt, the Hollywood Bowl production of the 60's hippie-centric HAIR is lively and unabashedly joyful to the core. This must-see event continues for additional performances through the weekend, August 2 and 3. (more...)

Broadway Casting Directors to Appear on ABC's EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS this Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2014

Broadway casting directors Duncan Stewart and Benton Whitley will take center stage on the next new episode of ABC's award-winning reality television series 'Extreme Weight Loss,' airing Tuesday, September 2 at 8pm ET (7pm CT). (more...)

BWW Reviews: Theatre By the Sea Summer Ends with Splendid SPAMALOT
by Robert Barossi - Aug 27, 2014

For audience member's of a certain age, it's likely that they have heard of Monty Python. Younger audiences, on the other hand, may or may not want to do a quick Google search before seeing Monty Python's Spamalot at Theatre By the Sea. It all depends on just how surprised you are willling to be, just how comfortable you are at being caught off guard by a unique brand of comedy that Python's fans know only too well. Pre-show Googling or not, the true enjoyment of the show comes from just sitting back, relaxing and letting yoruself be wrapped in the warm embrace of some of the most weird, wacky, irreverant and witty comedy you ever likely to see in A Broadway Musical. (more...)

Stephen Sondheim, Billy Joel Among Music Icons to Receive ASCAP Centennial Awards
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

Those confirmed to receive this prestigious accolade are ASCAP members Joan Baez, Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, Stephen Sondheim and Stevie Wonder. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for August 20th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Aug 20, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. A BIC 'Beautiful' announcement, dates confirmed for Estefan musical 'On Your Feet,' both versions of 'The Wild Party' get local productions, Porchlight sings Disney, 'Toulouse' takes a stage, Tony winners Levi Kreis and Chita Rivera set solo dates here, and much more! (more...)

Debbie Reynolds to be Honored with 2014 SAG Life Achievement Award
by Movies News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

Debbie Reynolds – actor, singer, dancer, author, champion for the preservation of the artifacts of film history and for the understanding and treatment of mental illness – has been named the 51st recipient of SAG-AFTRA's highest honor: (more...)

Angela Lansbury to Bring BLITHE SPIRIT Stateside Following Sold-Out London Run?
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

BLITHE SPIRIT may be making a journey stateside. (more...)

Austin Theatre Project's GODSPELL Opens Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Tomorrow, August 15th, the curtain will rise on Austin Theatre Project's tenth mainstage production. Godspell, the Broadway hit from the composer of Wicked and Pippin, is a delightfully engaging musical based on the story and teachings of Jesus. (more...)

St. Luke's United Methodist Church's BIG FISH Opens 8/15
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

St. Luke's United Methodist Church's production of Big Fish opens Friday, August 15. The church, located at 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road in Orlando, is elated to be the first community theater group in the country to open this larger than life musical since the show ended its run on Broadway in December of 2013. (more...)

Ryann Redmond, Kevin Duda & Ben Cameron Set for The Ensemblist's READING AND WORKSHOPS Episode
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

Mo Brady and Nikka Graff Lanzarone announce the release of The Ensemblist's 29th episode: 'Readings and Workshops.' (more...)

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