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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 Jacksonville - Week of 3/09/2014
by BWW - Mar 9, 2014

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Photo Coverage: Meet ROCKY's Creative Heavyweights Alex Timbers, Steven Hoggett & Kelly Devine!
by Walter McBride - Mar 9, 2014

The new musical Rocky is currently in previews at Broadway's historic Winter Garden Theatre ahead of an official bow on March 13. ROCKY brings to life the iconic and inspiring story of struggling small time Philly boxer, Rocky Balboa, who gets a once-in-a-lifetime shot to go the distance against heavyweight champ Apollo Creed. The production is directed by Alex Timbers, and features choreography by Steven Hoggett and Kelly Devine. BroadwayWorld was with the trio as they were hanging out in Times Square and you can check out photos from the special photo shoot below! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 3/09/2014
by BWW - Mar 9, 2014

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST National Tour Plays Van Wezel, 3/17-18
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2014

NETworks presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast, the smash hit Broadway musical, at the Van Wezel on March 17 & 18, 2014. (more...)

BWW Previews: Kristin Hanggi Comes to Musical Monday with ROCK OF AGES
by Steve Wilson - Mar 5, 2014

Musical Theater Heritage announced this week that Tony Award nominated director Kristin Hanggi will participate in the April Musical Monday series. Another special feature of the series is the addition of a second night's performance. The production will run on Monday April 14 and Tuesday April 15, with both shows beginning at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Cyndi Lauper Shares About Early Love Of Theatre Music & Talks Broadway
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 31, 2014

2013 Tony Award-winning Best Score composer/lyricist Cyndi Lauper is currently riding high on the success of her hit screen-to-stage adaptation of KINKY BOOTS and the multi-talented music icon opens up about her early love of Broadway and how she came to write KINKY BOOTS as part of a new interview. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Wichita - Week of 3/30/2014
by BWW - Mar 30, 2014

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STAGE TUBE: On This Day 3/3- DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS
by Stage Tube - Mar 3, 2014

Today in 2005, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels openend at the Imperial Theatre, where it ran for 627 performances.Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is A Broadway Musical, with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Jeffrey Lane; it is based on the 1988 film of the same name. The director was Jack O'Brien, choreographer was Jerry Mitchell, scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Gregg carves, and lighting design was by Kenneth Posner. The cast included John Lithgow, Norbert Leo Butz, and Sherie Rene Scott, with Joanna Gleason and Gregory Jbara. (more...)

Gersh to Represent Writer Budd Schulberg's Estate as Centennial of His Birth Approaches
by Movies News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

On the centennial anniversary of the legendary Academy Award winner Budd Schulberg's birth, Gersh announced today that they have signed a deal with his widow Betsy Schulberg to represent the estate of the late author and screenwriter. Though Schulberg died in 2009 at the noble age of 95, the impact of his writings and the legacy of his works are as alive today as ever during his lifetime. Gersh and Betsy Schulberg will work together to shepherd the multiple adaptations and revivals currently in preparation. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 3/26- ANNIE
by Stage Tube - Mar 26, 2014

Today in 1997, Annie opened at the Martin Beck Theatre (now the Al Hirschfeld Theatre), where it ran for 239 performances. Annie is A Broadway Musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan. The original Broadway production opened in 1977 and ran for nearly six years, setting a record for the Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon Theatre). It spawned numerous productions in many countries, as well as national tours, and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The musical's songs 'Tomorrow' and 'It's the Hard-Knock Life' are among its most popular musical numbers. (more...)

New Adventure Novel, 'Glimpse of Sunlight: Jonathan Dickinson Odyssey Book 1' to be Released, 4/25
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2014

Why did Jonathan Dickinson leave Port Royal, Jamaica for Philadelphia, and more importantly, why did he leave his dazzling riches behind? His life spun out of control when he encountered Oumar Seydou and Blair Brannigan. Escape with these three unlikely adventurers and their descendants to Port Royal, Jamaica the wickedest city known to mankind in Leona DeRosa Bodie and G.E. Gardiner's sweeping saga of passion and resistance to tyranny, 'Glimpse of Sunlight' (ISBN: 9780989624756, WRB Publishing,2014). (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Wichita - Week of 3/23/2014
by BWW - Mar 23, 2014

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Portland Ovations Presents MAN OF LA MANCHA at Merrill Auditorium Today
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2014

Portland Ovations brings one of the most enduring works of musical theater, Man of La Mancha to Portland for two-performances today, March 22nd at 2pm and 8pm. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 3/02/2014
by BWW - Mar 2, 2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 3/02/2014
by BWW - Mar 2, 2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 3/02/2014
by BWW - Mar 2, 2014

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Angela Lansbury Stars in BLITHE SPIRIT, Opening Tonight at the Gielgud Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

Jemima Rooper, Sandra Dickinson, Simon Jones and Patsy Ferran join Janie Dee, Charles Edwards and Angela Lansbury in Blithe Spirit, directed by Michael Blakemore. This new production of Noel Coward's sharp comedy of social mores opens at the Gielgud Theatre tonight, 18 March 2014. (more...)

Angela Lansbury, Janie Dee, and Charles Edwards Star in the Gielgud Theatre's BLITHE SPIRIT
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

Jemima Rooper, Sandra Dickinson, Simon Jones and Patsy Ferran join Janie Dee, Charles Edwards and Angela Lansbury in Blithe Spirit, directed by Michael Blakemore. This new production of Noël Coward's sharp comedy of social mores opens at the Gielgud Theatre on 18 March 2014, with previews from 1 March. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, Opening Todayth
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

Jemima Rooper, Sandra Dickinson, Simon Jones and Patsy Ferran join Janie Dee, Charles Edwards and Angela Lansbury in Blithe Spirit, directed by Michael Blakemore. This new production of Noël Coward's sharp comedy of social mores opens at the Gielgud Theatre on 18 March 2014, with previews from 1 March. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Jacksonville - Week of 3/16/2014
by BWW - Mar 16, 2014

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Review Roundup: ROCKY Opens on Broadway - All the Reviews!
by Review Roundups - Mar 13, 2014

The new musical ROCKY, starring Andy Karl and Margo Seibert, opens tonight, March 13, at Broadway's historic Winter Garden Theatre. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

Buck Creek Players to Feature THINGS MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME, A DICKENS' CHRISTMAS CAROL and More in 2014-15
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

The Buck Creek Players have announced their 41st season of quality theater in 2014-2015. All performances will be held at the Buck Creek Playhouse on the southeast side of Indianapolis at 11150 Southeastern Avenue. (more...)

PIPPIN, NEWSIES & More Set for PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2014

Tony Award-winning productions including 2013 TONY AWARD-WINNER for BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL! (PIPPIN) and 2012 TONY AWARD-WINNER for BEST SCORE & BEST CHOREOGRAPHY! (NEWSIES) will take to Cultural District stages for the 2014-2015 PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh season, along with critically-acclaimed audience favorites and the triumphant return of THE BOOK OF MORMON as part of the season specials. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Encores! Kicks the 'Improvements' Out of LITTLE ME
by Michael Dale - Feb 9, 2014

The hilarious Neil Simon/Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh musical gets a sharp concert revival by going back to the original Broadway script. (more...)

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts Presents Film Noir Style CITY OF ANGELS Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2014

The rarest of musical comedies, City of Angels is written in contemporary jazz idiom and filled with sidesplitting comedy. Set in the glamorous, seductive Hollywood of the 40's, the world of film studios and flimsy negligees, the show chronicles the misadventures of Stine, a young novelist, attempting a screenplay for movie producer/director, Buddy Fidler. City of Angels opens tonight, February 7 and runs through February 22, 2014. (more...)

LEND ME A TENOR, WHITE CHRISTMAS and More Make Up Fulton Theatre's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2014

Marc Robin, the Artistic Director of the historic Fulton Theatre in downtown Lancaster, has announced the company's lineup for its 2014/2015 Mainstage Season and the first fully produced play of the Ellen Arnold Groff Studio Series. The lineup includes a hilarious farce, a holiday hit based on a classic Irving Berlin film musical, an Agatha Christie thriller, a Broadway hit that's a sexy game of cat and mouse, the Mel Brooks musical that took home the most Tony® Awards in history, a feel-good musical based on a Best Picture Oscar® Nominated Film, and perhaps the most magical musical of all time. (more...)

Duplicity Ensemble to Premiere FOLK BOUND as Inaugural Production
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2014

Duplicity Ensemble presents the world premiere of Anne Walaszek's Folk Bound, the story of a young woman's trek through a world made up of folk stories. Beginning with a telegram from a bird, Lucy senses that something has gone terribly wrong. She sets out on a great journey to return to her mother, only to find that things are worse than she could possibly have imagined. Filled with original music by composer Pamela Maurer (a.k.a Baby Money) and choreography by Annaleah Tubbin, the story follows Lucy on her quest for home, wherever and whatever that may be. (more...)

BWW Interview: Singer-Songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway Talks STREISAND SONGBOOK; At The McCallum Tonight
by David Green - Feb 26, 2014

Platinum Award-winning singer-songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway celebrates the music of one of America's most powerful and enduring musical artists at The McCallum Theatre for one very special evening, tonight, February 26 at 8:00 pm. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in New Jersey - Week of 2/23/2014
by BWW - Feb 23, 2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Omaha - Week of 2/23/2014
by BWW - Feb 23, 2014

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Portland Ovations to Present MAN OF LA MANCHA at Merrill Auditorium, 3/22
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2014

Portland Ovations brings one of the most enduring works of musical theater, Man of La Mancha to Portland for two-performances on Saturday March 22nd at 2pm and 8pm. (more...)

Review Roundup: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Opens on Broadway - All the Reviews!
by Review Roundups - Feb 20, 2014

The Bridges of Madison County, the new musical based on the best selling novel by Robert James Waller, opens tonight, February 20, 2014, at 8:00 PM at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street). Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

BWW Reviews: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Anything But a Drag
by Paul Batterson - Feb 20, 2014

Having future in-laws meet can often be a pretty awkward experience, especially when the two sets of parents reside on opposite sides of the political fence. Few meetings could be more awkward than the ones in LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, a two-act musical being presented by Imagine Productions at Wall Street Nightclub in downtown Columbus. (more...)

Haven Entertainment and Firefly Theater & Films to Stage Short Plays in UNSCREENED, 3/3-31
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2014

Haven Entertainment and Firefly Theater & Films will present the fourth annual Unscreened, a lively evening of four world-premiere short plays by some of Hollywood's fastest-rising writers and featuring a multi-star cast, opening Monday night, March 3 at the Lillian Theater. (more...)

Celebrating Streisand! A Conversation With Singer-Songwriter Ann Hampton Calloway As She Prepares To Bring THE STREISAND SONGBOOK To The McCallum Theatre 2/26
by David Green - Feb 18, 2014

Platinum Award-winning singer-songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway celebrates the music of one of America's most powerful and enduring musical artists at The McCallum Theatre for one very special evening, February 26 at 8:00 pm. Singing timeless classics from five decades of Barbra Streisand's multi-faceted career, Callaway crafts a loving musical portrait of the icon. I had the opportunity to talk with Ms. Calloway about her life, her career and the current concert tour in her burgeoning 'Legends' series, THE STREISAND SONGBOOK. Here are a few excerpts from that conversation. (more...)

Tickets to Pre-Broadway Premiere of Sting's THE LAST SHIP On Sale this Friday
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2014

Broadway In Chicago and producers Jeffrey Seller and Kathryn Schenker have announced that individual tickets for THE LAST SHIP, with an original score by 16-time Grammy Award® winner Sting, will go on sale this Friday, February 14, at 10 AM. THE LAST SHIPwill have its pre-Broadway World Premiere at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre (18 West Monroe) from June 10 - July 13, 2014. THE LAST SHIP will open on Broadway in the fall of 2014. An epic yet intimate tale inspired by Sting's own childhood experiences, this World Premiere production features direction by two-time Tony Award® winner Joe Mantello (Wicked), a book by Tony Award® winner John Logan (Red) and Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal) and choreography by Olivier Award winner and Tony Award® Nominee Steven Hoggett (Once). (more...)

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts Postpones CITY OF ANGELS Opening to 2/13 Due to Illness
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2014

Due to illness among cast and crew members, WICA's Theatre Series Production of CITY OF ANGELS has been postoned to next week, now set to open today, February 13th. (more...)

Showtime to Air Green Day Documentary BROADWAY IDIOT This May
by TV News Desk - Feb 10, 2014

Showtime releases its spring 2014 original programming slate Including 'Penny Dreadful', 'Californication', 'Nurse Jackie' and the Green Day documentary Broadway Idiot. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Wichita - Week of 4/06/2014
by BWW - Apr 6, 2014

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WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Thursday, April 3, 2014 - A RAISIN IN THE SUN on Broadway, GUYS AND DOLLS at Carnegie and More!
by Jessica Showers - Apr 3, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: A RAISIN IN THE SUN, starring Denzel Washington, opens tonight on Broadway, and GUYS AND DOLLS plays in concert with an all-star cast at Carnegie Hall! (more...)

Ali Ewoldt, Ken Robinson & More Set for EASTER MYSTERIES 2014 at Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, 4/11-13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2014

It was announced today that Ken Robinson (Memphis, Baby It's You), Ali Ewoldt (Les Miserables), and Mark Campbell (Mama Mia) will lead in Easter Mysteries. Joining them are J. B. Adams (Far From Heaven, Parade), Michael Andrako (Fiddler on the Roof), Eileen Aurelia, Stella Boonshoft, A. J. Cedeno, Sarah Charles, Alma Cuervo (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Caberet), Michael Deleget (Goodspeed's The Most Happy Fella), Jazmin Gorsline (My Fair Lady), Jessica Kahkoska, Laura Kaldis, Paul Louis Lessard, Michael Pesce, Spencer Plachy (Romeo and Juliet, The Mystery of Edwin Drood), A. J. Shively (La Cage aux Folles), Tony-nominee Walter Willison (Two by Two, Pippin). The performances are set for church of St. Paul and St. Andrew on April 11-12 at 8:00pm, and April 13 at 7:00pm. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 4/21- ANNIE
by Stage Tube - Apr 21, 2014

Today in 1977, Annie opened at the Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon Theatre), where it ran for 2377 performances. Annie is A Broadway Musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan. It spawned numerous productions in many countries, as well as national tours, and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The musical's songs 'Tomorrow' and 'It's the Hard-Knock Life' are among its most popular musical numbers. (more...)

Producer Dan Jinks Relives the Triumphs and Tears of BIG FISH's Journey to Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

Television and film producer Dan Jinks, the man behind such hits as Milk, Pushing Daisies and American Beauty, learned a valuable lesson when Big Fish closed after a four-month run on Broadway last year: a few bad reviews can mean the end of a ten-year dream. (more...)

Kurt Cobain Musical Heading to Broadway?
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2014

According to the NME, Courtney Love has just revealed plans to develop a Kurt Cobain musical. Love told NME: 'After being swarmed by tons of Nirvana fanmail and social media posts pushing for a musical to become a reality, both Frances [Bean Cobain, Kurt and Courtney's daughter] and I have thought long and hard and agreed that if we can reach up to the highest shelf and select a team of the greatest and most respected writers, producers and directors, then A Broadway Musical is very likely to happen.' (more...)

BWW Interviews: Being in the LES MISERABLES Broadway Orchestra is Not the Pits
by Kathy Strain - Apr 17, 2014

Will Curry and David Cresweill may not be names you associate immediately with the current run of Les Miserables on Broadway, but they play a very important role in the success of this popular show. (more...)

Louis Armstrong House Museum and Moving Image to Host Special Screening of HELLO, DOLLY!, 5/10
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

On Saturday, May 10th, 2014 the Louis Armstrong House Museum and the Museum of the Moving Image will host a dessert reception and special screening of the beloved film musical Hello, Dolly! in honor of Ambassador Satch knocking the Fab Four off Billboards' #1 spot at the height of Beatlemania. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Sioux Falls - Week of 4/13/2014
by BWW - Apr 13, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/13/2014 for Sioux Falls (more...)

KISS ME, KATE Completes Pasadena Playhouse's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse announced that the Cole Porter Broadway musical KISS ME, KATE, directed by Epps, will open the 2014 - 2015 Season and run from September 16 - October 12, 2014. (more...)

BWW Interview: Rebecca Hart of THE GREAT IMMENSITY at the Public
by Adrienne Onofri - Apr 10, 2014

The star of the Civilians' new musical about climate change shares her thoughts on the company's unique brand of investigative theater. (more...)

Tony Awards to Honor Rosie O'Donnell with 2014 Isabelle Stevenson Award!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2014

The Tony Awards® Administration Committee has announced that Rosie O'Donnell will receive the 2014 Isabelle Stevenson Award. This award will be presented at the 2014 Tony Awards on Sunday, June 8th. The 2014 Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. (more...)

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