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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.


Open Book: JERSEY BOYS' Co-Bookwriter Rick Elice's Journey From Actor To Tony-Nominated Author
by Michael Dale - May 30, 2016

A chance meeting at an opening night party changed the career of a young actor. (more...)

BWW Review: CFTA's 42nd STREET Taps Your Troubles Away
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 26, 2016

If there is A Broadway Musical that more gleefully and accurately encapsulates the magic and mayhem of creating a brand spanking new blockbuster at the height of the Great Depression than 42nd Street, I want to see it post-haste! (more...)

Photo Flash: Terri Klausner, Valarie Pettiford & Ty Stephens Bring A SOPHISTICATED REUNION to Birdland
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was thrilled to present 'A Sophisticated Reunion' on Monday, May 23. The one-night-only event starred Terri Klausner, Valarie Pettiford and Ty Stephens, who met in Sophisticated Ladies, A Broadway Musical review based on the music of Duke Ellington, which opened in March of 1981. (more...)

BWW Review: WHEN YOU WISH Is A Wish Unfulfilled
by Herbert Paine - May 23, 2016

Phoenix Theatre premiering WHEN YOU WISH: THE STORY OF WALT DISNEY, a highly idealized and superficial portrait of the mogul of animated filmdom that leaves too many stones of character and relationship development unturned. (more...)

Local Dallas Kids Cast in RAGTIME Tour, Coming to Fair Park This Month
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

Dallas Summer Musicals is pleased to announce that James Hayes (age 7) and Anthony Taylor (age 5) from St. Phillip's School & Community Center have been cast as 'Young Coalhouse' in the upcoming Dallas engagement of the 2015/2016 National Tour RAGTIME at the Music Hall at Fair Park May 24 - June 5. (more...)

Broadway at the National Sets 2016-17 Season: FUN HOME, RENT & More
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Broadway at the National announces its 2016-17 season, with a total of 17 Tony® Awards - including three Best Musicals - among the productions being presented. The season features the Washington premiere of the five-time Tony®-winning Best Musical Fun Home, based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir; the 20th anniversary return of RENT, the Tony® Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning re-imagining of Puccini's La Boheme; the eight-time Tony®-winning Once; and the Washington premiere of the holiday classic Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. (more...)

Ilene Graff & Ben Lanzarone Set for Broadway at Birdland Concert Series, 6/13
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

The Broadway at Birdland concert series has announced that Grammy-nominated recording artist, television and Broadway star Ilene Graff, along with her husband, ASCAP-Award winning musical director Ben Lanzarone, will present their big band show "It's Better With A Band!" on the Birdland stage Monday, June 13, 2016 at 7 PM. For tickets, call 212-581-3080 or go to birdlandjazz.com. (more...)

The Huntington to Welcome Jack Viertel for Free Reading, Discussion This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2016

The Huntington Theatre Company presents a free reading and discussion with author and producer Jack Viertel at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA on Monday, June 20 at 7:30pm, moderated by Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois. A New York Times bestseller, The Secret Life of the American Musical is an insider's look at the anatomy of A Broadway Musical. Viertel writes about what he learned over the course of his career, including his observations about the egotists, geniuses, and workaday professionals who have sustained this unique American art form. (more...)

Megan Hilty Tapped to Star in TV Land Remake of THE FIRST WIVES CLUB
by Louisa Brady - Jun 4, 2016

According to Deadline, Tony Award nominee Megan Hilty has been tapped to star in TV Land's remake of 'The First Wives Club,' alongside How I Met Your Mother's Alyson Hannigan.  (more...)

Celebrating Mel Brooks On His 90th Birthday: A Classic Routine
by Michael Dale - Jun 28, 2016

A glimpse of the great American humorist in his younger days, explaining how applause was invented. (more...)

They Can't Take That Away... AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Sets Broadway Closing; Looks Ahead to U.S. Tour, London
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2016

Just announced, the Tony Award-winning musical An American in Paris will close on Sunday, January 1, 2017. Since the first performance at Broadway's Palace Theatre on March 13, 2015, An American in Paris will have played 719 regular performances and 29 previews. (more...)

Photo Coverage: SHUFFLE ALONG Chorus Presented with Equity's ACCA Award
by Jennifer Broski - Jun 21, 2016

Earlier today, Actors' Equity Association presented Shuffle Along Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed with the tenth 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...)

A New FROZEN Story is Coming! Disney to Release Book Series, Animated Lego Shorts ft. Beloved Characters
by Movies News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

Walt Disney has announced plans for a new FROZEN story featuring the characters from the beloved mega-hit animated film, which will be featured in a collection of books, and animated video shorts to air on Disney Channel. (more...)

A Prince Musical Could Be Heading to Broadway Based on 'Vaults Full' of Music
by TV News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

As the world still mourns the passing of rock legend Prince, who was found dead in his Paisley Park estate in April, EMI music executive Charles Koppelman reveals plans to 'honor' the artist's legacy in a special way (more...)

Breaking News: Robert Fairchild, Mara Davi, Jason Tam, Sabrina Bryan & More Will Lead A CHORUS LINE at The Hollywood Bowl
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2016

Casting for the Hollywood Bowl's upcoming production of A Chorus Line, which won the Tony® Award for Best Musical, has been announced: Sabrina Bryan as Valerie Clark, Robert Fairchild as Mike Costa, Spencer Liff as Larry, Ross Lynch as Mark Anthony, in addition to Mara Davi as Maggie Winslow, Denis Lambert as Gregory Gardner, J. Elaine Marcos as Connie Wong, Jason Tam as Paul San Marco, and Leigh Zimmerman as Sheila Bryant. Additional casting will be announced at a later date. (more...)

Broadway History Will be Made When CHICAGO Welcomes Back Bianca Marroquin This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

Broadway history will be made when, for the first time ever, two Mexican-born actors will lead A Broadway Musical. The producers of Chicago, Broadway's Longest Running American Musical, have announced that Latin superstars, and long-time friends, Bianca Marroquin and Jaime Camil will appear on stage opposite each other as 'Roxie Hart' and 'Billy Flynn' for 24 performances only beginning Monday, July 11th. Mr. Camil will end his run in the show on Sunday, July 31st and Ms. Marroquin will continue in her role through Sunday, August 21st at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St., NYC). (more...)

Bid To Meet HAMILTON's Daveed Diggs, Support Douglas Watt Family Fund
by Michael Dale - Jun 15, 2016

Charitybuzz's new auction offers a chance to meet one of HAMILTON's Tony-winning breakout stars. (more...)

SHUFFLE ALONG's Chorus to Receive Equity's 10th Annual ACCA Award
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2016

Actors' Equity Association (Equity) today announced that Shuffle Along Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed will receive the tenth 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...)

BWW Reviews: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at Starlight Theatre
by Sara Brown - Jun 15, 2016

Growing up with fairy tales we are used to a happy ending. In the movie, the guy always gets the girl. But THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY playing at Starlight Theatre changes all of those preconceived notions. (more...)

Mario Lopez, Krysta Rodriguez & More Join Cast of A CHORUS LINE at The Hollywood Bowl!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2016

New casting has been announced for the Hollywood Bowl's production of A Chorus Line, which won the Tony Award for Best Musical.  The additional cast members announced are Mario Lopez as Zach, Sarah Bowden as Cassie Ferguson, Krysta Rodriguez as Diana Morales, and Courtney Lopez as Kristine Ulrich. (more...)

IN THE HEIGHTS, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, FUN HOME & More Set for TUTS' 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2016

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) announced a new line up for its 2016-17 Season today. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Read an Excerpt from John Breglio's I WANNA BE A PRODUCER- The Idea
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2016

What does a 'producer' actually do? How does one travel from that great idea for a show to a smash hit opening night on Broadway? John Breglio cannot guarantee you a hit, but he does take the reader on a fascinating journey behind-the-scenes to where he himself once stood as a child, dreaming about the theatre.  (more...)

The First-Timers Club: Hats Off to the New Tony Nominees of 2016!
by Marissa Sblendorio - Jun 10, 2016

From royalty, to rockers; revolutionaries to refugees- check out who's new to the Tony block this year, below! (more...)

Dolly Parton Musical to Make it to Broadway in Two Years?
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2016

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, country music legend Dolly Parton has been hard at work on A Broadway Musical about her life. In a recent interview with Variety, she revealed that the show is well on its way. She told Variety: 'We're auditioning people and looking for all the right people. It will be probably two years before it actually hits the stage knowing how slow things go.' (more...)

Tickets to A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER and ONCE at Fabulous Fox on Sale 7/16
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2016

Tickets for A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER and ONCE at the Fabulous Fox Theatre will go on sale Saturday, July 16 at 10 a.m. online at MetroTix.com, by phone at 314-534-1111 and in person at the Fox Theatre Box office. Ticket prices for A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER start at $20; ticket prices for ONCE start at $25. Both shows are part of the Fabulous Fox's 2016 - 2017 U.S. Bank Broadway series. A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER is the first production in the six-show season ticket package; ONCE is an off-series special. (more...)

The Making of America's Musical- 1776: The Story Behind the Story
by Jeffrey Kare - Jul 4, 2016

As America celebrates its 240th Birthday today, let's talk about what is probably one of the greatest musicals ever written, and it only came about 46 years before Hamilton. 1776 dramatizes the story of how John Adams was able to persuade his colleagues to vote for American independence as well as signing the Declaration of Independence. While the musical does dramatize the most important event in American history, the story behind the musical is probably just as interesting. (more...)

THE ADDAMS FAMILY to Close Out Moonlight Stage's Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

When the daylight ends and the moon ascends, find yourself at Moonlight Amphitheatre for 'The Addams Family - A New Musical Comedy.' The creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky family we all know and love storms onto the Moonlight stage Wednesday, Sept. 14 through Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

BWW TV: In Rehearsal with the One, Singular, Sensational Cast of A CHORUS LINE at the Hollywood Bowl!
by Michael Sterling - Jul 28, 2016

The LA Phil's Hollywood Bowl production of A Chorus Line opening July 29 -31 for three performances has been in full tilt rehearsals since last week and BroadwayWorld's own Michael Sterling was there to talk to the stars and get a sneak peek at what audiences can expect on the legendary Hollywood Bowl's massive stage. (more...)

Acrobats, Broadway's FUN HOME, Jazz Greats and More Slated for Kimmel Center's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts announces programming for the 2016-17 season featuring internationally-acclaimed superstars in rock, dance, comedy, and jazz; family shows as part of the Family Discovery Series, returning favorites, the best of touring Broadway, and more! (more...)

Songwriting Partners Charles Strouse, Lee Adams in Legal Dispute Over Rights
by Michael Dale - Jul 27, 2016

The team wrote the Broadway hits BYE, BYE, BIRDIE and APPLAUSE and the classic song 'Once Upon a Time.' (more...)

Tim Federle, Bess Wohl, Marc Bruni, Leigh Silverman and More Slated for NYMF Panels
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

The New York Musical Festival (NYMF), previously known as The New York Musical Theatre Festival, has announced that they have partnered with The ASCAP Foundation, The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), and SDC Foundation to curate three panel conversations with industry professionals, aimed at providing more insight into the musical development process. (more...)

THE SOUND OF MUSIC to Sing at The Bristol Hippodrome This Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

Bill Kenwright's production of one of the greatest family musicals of all time, The Sound of Music, arrives at The Bristol Hippodrome from Tuesday 30th August - Saturday 3rd September 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: The Ritz Theater THE ADDAMS FAMILY Rises From the Ashes Just for Fun
by Pati Buehler - Jul 19, 2016

The Ritz Theater resurrects the ghouls dead and alive in a delightfully funny production. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com for 7/10/2016 - 7/17/2016
by BWW - Jul 17, 2016

Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com from 7/10/2016 - 7/17/2016. (more...)

HAMILTON's Leslie Odom Jr. to Appear in A NIGHT OF REVELS Gala at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

The Old Globe will celebrate A Night of Revels at the 2016 Globe Gala on Saturday, September 24, in support of the theatre's arts engagement and artistic programs. The annual event will feature an exclusive, one-night-only cabaret performance by Leslie Odom, Jr., the Tony Award-winning star of the Broadway smash hit musical Hamilton. (more...)

VIDEO: WAITRESS' Sara Bareilles 'Over The Moon' About Being Welcomed To Broadway
by Michael Dale - Jul 13, 2016

She participated in community theatre while growing up, but being invited into the Broadway community is something she never dreamed would happen. (more...)

Monty Python Meets Opera in Seattle Opera's COUNT ORY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

SEATTLE – Seattleites, you've been warned: There's a cheeky bad boy causing a ruckus this summer, and he's headed straight for McCaw Hall! Seattle Opera presents The Wicked Adventures of Count Ory—a brand-new production that packs the punch of A Broadway Musical with a nod to the humor and visual style of Monty Python. This Rossini comedy takes place in a medieval French village—while the men are off fighting the Crusades, the ladies are easily enticed by the notoriously naughty Count Ory. Australian Stage Director Lindy Hume and Production Designer Dan Potra have let their imaginations run wild, creating a mashup of medieval France and psychedelic '70s flower power. (more...)

MenAlive Chorus to Close 15th Season with B'WAY@15 Extravaganza
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

Under the direction of Artistic Director Bob Gunn, MenAlive -- now celebrating 15 seasons as Orange County's first and only Gay Men's Chorus -- will present a spectacular song-and-dance extravaganza showcasing some of Broadway's best musicals of the past 15 years... the very same time frame (from 2001 to 2016) of MenAlive's very existence. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Broadway History Is Made When Bianca Marroquin Joins Jaime Camil in CHICAGO!
by Jennifer Broski - Jul 12, 2016

Broadway history has been made! For the first time ever, two Mexican-born actors are leading A Broadway Musical. Latin superstars, and long-time friends, Bianca Marroquin and Jaime Camil will appear on stage opposite each other as 'Roxie Hart' and 'Billy Flynn' for 24 performances only through Sunday, July 31st  (when Mr. Camil ends his run).  Marroquin will continue in her role through Sunday, August 21st at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St., NYC). BroadwayWorld was on hand for Marroquin's first curtain call and you can check out photos below! (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 7/5/2016 - 7/12/2016
by - Jul 12, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 7/5/2016 - 7/12/2016. (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 7/11/2016 - CHICAGO Makes History and More!
by Jessica Khan - Jul 11, 2016

Today's big news: Two Mexican-born actors will lead A Broadway Musical for the first time when Bianca Marroquin returns to CHICAGO tonight! (more...)

CHICAGO Makes Broadway History with Returning Star Bianca Marroquin Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

Broadway history will be made when, for the first time ever, two Mexican-born actors will lead A Broadway Musical. The producers of Chicago, Broadway's Longest Running American Musical, have announced that Latin superstars, and long-time friends, Bianca Marroquin and Jaime Camil will appear on stage opposite each other as 'Roxie Hart' and 'Billy Flynn' for 24 performances only beginning tonight, July 11th. (more...)

VIDEO: Daniel Radcliffe 'Definitely' Wants to Return to Musical Theater As Soon As He Finds Perfect Role
by TV News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

Daniel Radcliffe discusses the London sensation HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD and reveals that he 'definitely' wants to do musical theater again, once he finds the perfect role. (more...)

Tickets on Sale Next Month for 2016-17 Broadway Season at the Fabulous Fox
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

Single tickets for the Fabulous Fox Theatre's 2016 - 2017 U.S. Bank Broadway Series shows will go on sale Saturday, September 10 at 10:00 a.m. (more...)

VIDEO: Trampolinist Lee Brearley Bounces From Sydney's Olympics To Broadway's PARAMOUR
by Michael Dale - Aug 22, 2016

Broadway audiences are accustomed to seeing world-class dancers take fight in the musicals that fill Times Square's stages, but Cirque du Soleil Paramour offers a rare opportunity to see world-class competitive athletes take to the air in the ensemble of A Broadway Musical. (more...)

Tickets on Sale Next Month for Broadway at the National's 2016-17 Season with FUN HOME & More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

Tickets for the Broadway at the National 2016-17 season go on sale Friday, September 16 at 10 a.m. (more...)

BWW Interview: Peter Marc Jacobson Climbing MOUNT VERNON on His Quest For the Perfect Broadway Project
by Gil Kaan - Aug 19, 2016

Director/Writer/Actor Peter Marc Jacobson's latest directorial project MOUNT VERNON re-opens August 26, 2016 at the Hudson Guild after its successful world premiere in this year's Hollywood Fringe Festival. (more...)

VIDEO: Jeremy Kushnier Belts 'The Hollywood Wiz' For PARAMOUR's Original Cast Recording
by Michael Dale - Aug 17, 2016

It's no secret that actors love a good entrance and PARAMOUR's Jeremy Kushnier gets a doozy of an introduction. (more...)

BWW Exclusive Sneak Peek: Megan Hilty Guest Stars on Today's SOFIA THE FIRST!
by Caryn Robbins - Aug 12, 2016

Tony Award-nominated Broadway and television star Megan Hilty guest-stars on today's all-new episode of Disney's SOFIA THE FIRST. Check out BWW's exclusive sneak peek below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Original Stars of A CHORUS LINE Visit the Show at the Hollywood Bowl
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2016

On Friday, July 29, the cast of the 2016 Hollywood Bowl production of A CHORUS LINE met members of the original 1975 Broadway cast backstage. Below, check out a photo featuring cast members of the Hollywood Bowl production of A CHORUS LINE side by side with the original Broadway cast members who created their roles! (more...)

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