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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.



JERSEY BOYS, CABARET, CHICAGO and More Set for Ruth Eckerd Hall's 2017-18 Broadway Season
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

Ruth Eckerd Hall announces the 2017-18 Broadway season, which includes, making its Clearwater debut, the Tony Award-winner for Best Musical Jersey Boys, along with multiple Tony Award Best Musical winners A Chorus Line, Cabaret and Chicago, family favorites A Charlie Brown Christmas Live Onstage and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella and Rain: A Tribute To The Beatles. (more...)

BWW Interview - Composers Michael Weiner & Alan Zachary Chat ONCE UPON A TIME's Musical Episode
by Caryn Robbins - May 5, 2017

Today, talented composers Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner speak exclusively to BWW and explain how they pulled off an original musical episode of this beloved series! (more...)

BWW Interview: Jeanne Sakata Spreading the Truth With HOLD THESE TRUTHS
by Gil Kaan - May 23, 2017

Ten years ago, actress/playwright Jeanne Sakata began writing down her various thoughts on her personal connections with the subject matter of her DAWN'S LIGHT: THE JOURNEY OF GORDON HIRABAYASHI. Through various reincarnations over the last decade, and a title change to HOLD THESE TRUTHS; Jeanne will be opening at The Pasadena Playhouse. I was most excited to get Jeanne's insight on this dark and deplorable episode of American history. (more...)

BWW Interview: Tony Winning Choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler Talks ABC's DIRTY DANCING & Finding an Honest Connection to the Music
by Courtney Savoia - May 22, 2017

Award-winning dancer, choreographer, and director, Andy Blankenbuehler, has worked on some of the most groundbreaking musicals of all time, including Hamilton and In the Heights, and has used movement to connect to the complex and beautiful truth of the human condition. His current project, choreographing the long-anticipated ABC revival of one of the most classic movies of all-time, Dirty Dancing, has allowed Blankenbuehler to keep flexing his artistic muscles, and enter into a world of increased depth and discovery with its cherished characters. Since the original first debuted, Blankenbuehler was moved by its powerful themes of strength, liberation, love, and allowing the art of dance to serve as a powerful voice. (more...)

ALADDIN's Clifton Davis Joins A BROADWAY MUSICAL at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2017

Aladdin's Clifton Davis will be joining Feinstein's/54 Below's concert presentation of Charles Strouse and Lee Adams' A Broadway Musical on Sunday July 16th, at 7pm and 9:30pm. (more...)

BWW Review: TITLE OF SHOW at Fells Point Corner Theatre Delights Musical Theater Lovers
by Kristen Price - May 2, 2017

It must be said. TITLE OF SHOW is an enigma. It's one of those shows that, even after someone has explained it to you, you don't really know exactly what to expect until you take your seat in the theater and the curtain goes up. It's a tricky premise - a show about its own creation. If you really start to think about it too closely, you may come to some sort of philosophical conclusions about life and its meaning. If you just go with it and don't contemplate too much, you'll have a fairly fabulous night at the theater. And honestly, a few good nights at the theater, could lead to a pretty happy life, so I suppose you could thank TITLE OF SHOW for providing you that… (more...)

Jason Graae to Lead A BROADWAY MUSICAL at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2017

Internationally acclaimed cabaret artist Jason Graae will be taking the lead role in Feinstein's/54 Below's concert presentation of Charles Strouse and Lee Adams' A Broadway Musical on Sunday July 16th, at 7pm and 9:30pm. (more...)

THE PRODUCERS to Bring Laughs to Breckenridge Backstage Theatre This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

Breckenridge Backstage Theatre is set to present The Producers at The Breckenridge Theater. Featuring music & lyrics by Mel Brooks, book by Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan, music direction by Trent Hines, choreography by Jessica Hindsley and direction by Robert Michael Sanders, the production will run June 9th through August 6th. (more...)

Ruth Eckerd Hall Announces 2017-18 Broadway Season. Tickets Go On Sale Friday 6/9
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

Ruth Eckerd Hall announces the 2017-18 Broadway season, which includes, making its Clearwater debut, the Tony Award-winner for Best Musical Jersey Boys, along with multiple Tony Award Best Musical winners A Chorus Line, Cabaret and Chicago, family favorites A Charlie Brown Christmas Live Onstage and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella and Rain: A Tribute To The Beatles. (more...)

Strouse, Adams & Brown's A BROADWAY MUSICAL, Which Closed on Broadway After One Show, to Return at 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

On Sunday July 16th, at 7pm and 9:30pm, Feinstein's/54 Below will be presenting Charles Strouse, Lee Adams, and William F Brown's A Broadway Musical, which closed on its opening night in 1978. Disappearing after one performance, and leaving no cast album behind, the score of A Broadway Musical has long been a mystery among musical theatre fans. (more...)

BrightSide Theatre Announces 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

Artistic Director Jeffrey Cass and Executive Director Julie Ann Kornak are proud to announce BrightSide Theatre's 2017-2018 Season - "Season Seven- Cinema to Stage" "Join us as we celebrate three entertaining pieces of theatre created from three award winning films. (more...)

2017 Air Show Season Hits Full Stride
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

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Celebrating International Women's Day: Five Fierce Females Who Made Theatre History
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 8, 2017

The question of gender parity in the theatre is a matter that has long been explored within our community. While recent Broadway seasons have taken encouraging steps toward better female representation, both on and offstage, the question of gender equality within the theatre continues to be a hotly debated issue across the theatrical sphere. (more...)

Mercury Theater Chicago Announces Disney's MARY POPPINS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Avenue - is delighted to announce the cast of the high-flying, family-musical MARY POPPINS. The magical nanny Mary Poppins will be played by newcomer Nicole Armold, and the loveable jack-of-all trades Bert will be played by Jeff Award winner Matthew Crowle. The production will be led by Jeff Award Winners L. Walter Stearns (Director), Eugene Dizon (Music Director) and Brenda Didier (Choreography). The show plays from March 29 through May 28, and the press opening is Friday, April 7th at 7:30pm  (more...)

Announcing the 17/18 Associated Bank Broadway at the Marcus Center Series!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

Associated Bank Broadway at the Marcus Center and Broadway Across America-Milwaukee invite you to experience the sounds and splendor of Broadway at the Marcus Center throughout 2017-2018. (more...)

BWW Interview: Shea Arender and THE LAS VEGAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
by Marina Kennedy - Mar 7, 2017

The Las Vegas Symphony Orchestra is returning to the stage following a 13-year public absence with a new owner, Shea Arender, who will join the Orchestra this Spring with a performance entitled 'The King Symphonic - The Music of Elvis Presley.' (more...)

Oscar-Nominated HIDDEN FIGURES to Be Adapted to Broadway Musical?
by Caryn Robbins - Mar 6, 2017

The Oscar-nominated film HIDDEN FIGURES was a box office smash, and now, according to Forbes.com, the film from 20th Century FOX may be getting a makeover as a new Broadway musical. (more...)

Elijah Rock 'Gershwin For My Soul' to Be Released 4/18
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2017

Long-dedicated to upholding and aligning himself with the first class carriage and aesthetic of timeless entertainment, singer/actor/dancer Elijah Rock is carrying the blazing torch for the legacy of George & Ira Gershwin (more...)

Chicago Opera Theater Presents Philip Glass's THE PERFECT AMERICAN, 4/22, 4/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2017

Chicago Opera Theater (COT) presents 'The Perfect American,' a Chicago premiere opera by American composer Philip Glass. Based on American novelist Peter Stephan Jungk's 2001 novel, 'Der Konig von Amerika,' Glass' opera imagines the last three months of Walt Disney's life. (more...)

BWW Feature: WHAT MAKES A HERO? What Makes A Villain?
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - Mar 3, 2017

Villain or hero, you're always the victor when it comes to seeing things through your own eyes. That's why so many villains have depth. That's why so many people want to read about villains these days. They don't want to watch the movies and TV shows of old where villains are static characters. (more...)

The Arc Stages Community Stage to Present THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2017

Pleasantville theatre company Arc Stages announces The Robber Bridegroom as the spring show for their Community Stage. (more...)

Peace Center Announces 2017-2018 Broadway Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2017

The 2017-2018 Broadway season at the Peace Center features Tony Award® winners, poignant plots, rousing music, classic love stories and celebrated blockbusters. (more...)

HAMILTON Arrives in Historic Boston, Massachusetts Septmeber 2018
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2017

Broadway In Boston has unveiled the upcoming 2017-2018 Lexus Broadway Season at its annual spring Announcement event this evening.  Eight theatrical productions take center stage at the Boston Opera House beginning next fall including the previously announced production of HAMILTON.  Over 1000 people from around the city gathered to celebrate today's announcement including Broadway In Boston's Season ticket holders, group leaders, arts and business leaders, city officials, partners from around the city, sponsors and the Boston media.  Highlights from the day included video messages from WAITRESS composer and six time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, seven time Grammy Award winner Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan composers of ON YOUR FEET!, the cast of the National Tour of HAMILTON and live performances from cast members of FUN HOME, DISNEY'S ALADDIN, WAITRESS and LOVE NEVER DIES. (more...)

Billy Joel Adds Record Breaking 44th Show At Madison Square Garden
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2017

The Madison Square Garden Company announced today the unprecedented 44th consecutive show by legendary musician and MSG franchise Billy Joel on August 21, 2017. (more...)

Pass Go, Collect $200! JERSEY BOYS Scribe Tapped for MONOPOLY THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2017

Monopoly better get ready for more than a game-piece change (though we love the new T. rex, rubber ducky and penguin)! As first reported last summer, the iconic board game is being adapted into A Broadway Musical. (more...)

Musical Revue 'CARRIE' THAT TUNE Brings the Flops to Los Angeles
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 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...)

Review Roundup: COME FROM AWAY Lands on Broadway - All the Reviews!
by Review Roundups - Mar 12, 2017

COME FROM AWAY opens tonight on Broadway, officially sharing the tale of a remarkable little town in Newfoundland with theatre goers. (more...)

MOVIES, MUSICALS, AND ME: AN EVENING WITH ME, HALPERT EVANS Comes to NYC
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2017

After a sold out run in Chicago, we are excited to announce the first New York showcase of Movies, Musicals, and Me: An Evening with Me, Halpert Evans, an all-new musical comedy satire. (more...)

Robert James Waller, Author of 'Bridges of Madison County' Novel, Passes Away
by Marissa Sblendorio - Mar 10, 2017

According to a longtime friend, Robert James Waller, bestselling author of 'The Bridges of Madison County,' has passed away at the age of 77.  (more...)

Review Roundup: Critics Attend the Tale of SWEENEY TODD at Barrow Street Theatre
by Review Roundups - Mar 1, 2017

The Tooting Arts Club production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street welcomes the stars of the original London incarnation of the production, Jeremy Secomb (as Sweeney Todd), Siobhan McCarthy (as Mrs. Lovett), Duncan Smith (as Judge Turpin) and Joseph Taylor (as Tobias), reprising their performances for New York audiences. (more...)

Carmen Cusack, Linda Eder, Mandy Gonzalez and More to Hit Feinstein's/54 Below This March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2017

This March, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. Scroll down for details! (more...)

BWW Interview: OKC Broadway's Elizabeth Gray on Bringing Variety and World Class Entertainment to Civic Center Music Hall
by Robert Barossi - Apr 7, 2017

If you caught the recent touring productions of Pippin or Motown: The Musical at Civic Center Music Hall, you've also been part of the first season for OKC Broadway presenting Broadway productions at the Music Hall. This young organization, formed through a partnership between the Civic Center Music Hall Foundation and the Nederlander Organization, is led by Elizabeth Gray, who is both the General Manager of OKC Broadway and Executive Director of the Civic Center Foundation. I spoke with Ms Gray about how OKC Broadway came to be, what audiences can expect in the near and long-term future, and how she sees OKC Broadway fitting into the arts community here in Oklahoma City. (more...)

Mason Street Warehouse Summer Line-Up Dazzles to Celebrate SCA's 15th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2017

Mason Street Warehouse housed at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts (SCA) is celebrating its 15th Anniversary, bringing a dazzling lineup to the stage. (more...)

WAITRESS' Sara Bareilles Says She 'Loves the Idea of Writing Another Musical'
by Caryn Robbins - Apr 5, 2017

In a new interview with Billboard, Sara Bareilles discusses what it has been like to make her Broadway debut as Jenna in the new musical WAITRESS, for which she composed the music. (more...)

Review Roundup: AMELIE's Broadway Dreams Come True Tonight! - All the Reviews!
by Review Roundups - Apr 3, 2017

Amelie is an extraordinary young woman who lives quietly in the world, but loudly in her mind. She covertly improvises small, but surprising acts of kindness that bring joy and mayhem. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amelie realizes that to find happiness she'll have to risk everything and say what's in her heart. Come be inspired by this imaginative dreamer who finds her voice, discovers the power of connection and sees possibility around every corner. In these uncertain times, Amelie is someone to believe in. (more...)

Billy Joel to Perform Record Breaking 46th Show at Madison Square Garden
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

The Madison Square Garden Company announced today the unprecedented 46th consecutive show by legendary musician and MSG franchise Billy Joel on Friday, October 20, 2017. (more...)

The Brooklyn Museum Hosts Alice Walker for Lecture, 5/25
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

On Thursday, May 25 at 7:30 pm, join acclaimed author and activist Alice Walker in an intimate lecture inspired by her life's work and the exhibition We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85. Walker won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1983 for The Color Purple, which was adapted as a movie in 1985 and A Broadway Musical in 2005. (more...)

KINKY BOOTS, GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE, THE LION KING and More Slated for 2017-18 Broadway in Boise Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017

The Morrison Center, in collaboration with MagicSpace Entertainment, has announced its exciting Fred Meyer Broadway in Boise 2017-2018 Season. This season's lineup includes something for everyone. (more...)

Houston Symphony Celebrates Dr. Seuss With 'Green Eggs and Ham' Concert, 4/29
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2017

The Houston Symphony celebrates the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss with a semi-staged, orchestral version of “Green Eggs and Ham” at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017.Led by Associate Conductor Robert Franz, the animated, fun-filled celebration of Dr. Seuss at the Symphony will also feature familiar music from animated television classics and lively musical works that capture the imagination. (more...)

BWW Review: Bette Midler's The Star Attraction, But HELLO, DOLLY! is The Star
by Michael Dale - Apr 23, 2017

Yes, yes, we all know… Bette Midler is the above the title attraction and her presence is the reason the latest Broadway revival of HELLO, DOLLY! is the season's hottest new ticket. And she delivers. As Dolly Gallagher Levi, one of the most grandly showcased leading characters ever written for the musical stage, Midler glows with the pure joy that comes with the need to entertain as she lands schticky gags, sings with moxie, conveys lovely sincerity and leads the colorful parade proudly strutting across the Shubert stage. (more...)

VIDEO: Jessie Mueller Sings from CAROUSEL for #FlashbackFriday
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

For #FlashbackFriday BroadwayWorld is looking back on Live from Lincoln Center's CAROUSEL following the exciting news that the musical will be revived on Broadway next season! (more...)

Tickets On Sale Next Week For Billy Joel's 45th Record Breaking Show At Madison Square Garden
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

The Madison Square Garden Company announced today the unprecedented 45th consecutive show by legendary musician and MSG franchise Billy Joel on Saturday, September 30, 2017. (more...)

Stratford School Announces Summer Performing Arts Camps
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

Looking for a fantastic summer camp experience for your third through seventh grader in the Los Angeles area? Stratford School in Los Angeles and Altadena will offer two unique performing arts programs to jump start creativity and inspire kids with A Broadway Musical Theater Camp and Intensive Short Film Camp. (more...)

Elijah Rock 'Gershwin For My Soul' to Be Released Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2017

Long-dedicated to upholding and aligning himself with the first class carriage and aesthetic of timeless entertainment, singer/actor/dancer Elijah Rock is carrying the blazing torch for the legacy of George & Ira Gershwin (more...)

Talking With...NICOLE VAN GIESEN About FUN HOME And Why It Matters So Much
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 17, 2017

During the 2017-18 season reveal gala at TPAC's Andrew Jackson Hall last week, Nicole Van Giesen, a member of the show's original Broadway cast, was on hand to perform 'Telephone Wire' from the score by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron. The response to the announcement that Fun Home will play Nashville October 10-15 was enthusiastic - some might even have called it 'thunderous' - and the audience filled with theater lovers rewarded Van Giesen with warm, generous applause. (more...)

Review Roundup: There Will Be Sun! GROUNDHOG DAY- All the Reviews!
by Review Roundups - Apr 17, 2017

Groundhog Day, the Olivier Award-winning new musical featuring music and lyrics by Tim Minchinand a book by Danny Rubin, and directed by Matthew Warchus, opens tonight, Monday April 17, on Broadway at the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street). Performances began on March 16. (more...)

Breaking: Jessie Mueller, Joshua Henry, Renée Fleming to Star in CAROUSEL on Broadway
by Alan Henry - Apr 16, 2017

The New York Times reports that producers Scott Rudin and Roy Furman will revive CAROUSEL on Broadway next spring with Jesse Mueller as Julie Jordan, Joshua Henry as Billy Bigelow, and Renee Fleming as Nettie Fowler. (more...)

TPAC Launches 2017-18 Season With New Dan Fogelberg Musical PART OF THE PLAN
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 12, 2017

Fun Home, Waitress and An American in Paris headline the 2017-18 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC Series, which leads off with the world premiere of a new musical in development - Part of the Plan, an original musical written by Kate Atkinson and Karen Harris and featuring songs from the catalog of famed singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg. (more...)

BWW Interview: Meet the Producers of A LITTLE NEW MUSIC
by Ellen Dostal - Apr 11, 2017

It takes a village to create a new musical. And it takes a village like A LITTLE NEW MUSIC to give musical theatre writers a place to showcase new material while their Broadway-hopeful shows are in development. Meet Peter Welkin, Christopher Maikish, Luke Klipp, Amy Francis Schott, and Kila Packett from A LITTLE NEW MUSIC. (more...)

Wynn Las Vegas Announces An Evening With Mel Brooks
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2017

Blazing Saddles. Young Frankenstein. The Producers. Mel Brooks has created some of the most iconic comedies in film history, and now he offers a behind-the-scenes look at his extraordinary life and career during an exclusive two-night event at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. (more...)

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