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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.

Bid To Meet WAITRESS' Sara Bareilles, Support Girls Rock Camp Foundation
by Michael Dale - May 9, 2016

Sara Bareilles' Tony-nominated score ranks as one of the top debuts of the Broadway season. (more...)

BWW Review: Lively and Hilarious BULLETS OVER BROADWAY at The Peabody Opera House
by Chris Gibson - May 6, 2016

If you think about it, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY is the perfect Woody Allen film to turn into A Broadway Musical, especially since it pokes fun at the process of producing one. Add some particularly well drawn characters (book by Allen, based on the original screenplay written with Douglas McGrath) and a copious amount of humor, and combine that with a score that cherry-picks a wealth of classic period music, and you've got a winning combination. The current touring production, which is stopping briefly at The Peabody Opera House (one night only - May 5, 2016), is a hilariously engaging show, full of flashy song and dance numbers from a bygone era, that shouldn't be missed. (more...)

Lucy O'Byrne & Andrew Lancel to Appear in THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Birmingham Hippodrome
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

BBC1's The Voice star Lucy O'Byrne to play Maria and Coronation Street's Andrew Lancel to play Captain Von Trapp in 'The Sound of Music' at Birmingham Hippodrome this May. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for THE SOUND OF MUSIC UK Tour, Coming to Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

Bill Kenwright's production of one of the greatest family musicals of all time, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, will tour to Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Tuesday 4 - Saturday 8 October 2016. (more...)

Exclusive: Get A First Look at Stratford's Reimagined A CHORUS LINE
by Alan Henry - May 6, 2016

BroadwayWorld is pleased to present an exclusive first look at the first ever professional production of A Chorus Line to have approved new choreography at The Stratford Festival in Canada. The production is directed and choreographed by Donna Feore. (more...)

Groupon Makes Every Day Mother's Day: 3D Print a Life-Size Replica of Yourself, Send to Mom for $30,000
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016


THE SOUND OF MUSIC UK Tour to Welcome Andrew Lancel to Company
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

Bill Kenwright's production of one of the greatest family musicals of all time, The Sound of Music, recommences its UK tour on Wednesday 18 May at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. (more...)

Scoop: ONE MAGNIFICENT MORNING on THE CW - Saturday, May 14, 2016
by TV Scoop - May 4, 2016

Get all the scoop on ONE MAGNIFICENT MORNING, airing on THE CW on Saturday, May 14, 2016! (more...)

BWW Review: A Stunning PORGY AND BESS With the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Morgan State University Choir
by Charles Shubow - May 3, 2016

What a thrill it was to hear George Gershwin's opera with the BSO under Maestra Marin Alsop. (more...)

AXS TV to Premiere 9 Acclaimed Music Documentaries In All-New REEL TO REEL Series
by TV News Desk - May 3, 2016

AXS TV, the premier destination for music festivals and everything rock and roll, expands its music based programming lineup with the launch of REEL TO REEL an all-new series premiering a different critically acclaimed documentary on the last Tuesday of each month. (more...)

BWW Review: Everyman Theatre Presents the Great American Rep - A Rotating Rep of Epic Scale
by Charles Shubow - May 3, 2016

Two shows in Repertory: DEATH OF A SALESMAN and A STREETCAR NAMED just doesn't get better than this. (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 (more...)

Encores! PAINT YOUR WAGON Cast Recording Gets 5/27 Release
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

Masterworks Broadway will release the New York City Center Encores! cast recording of Lerner & Loewe's Paint Your Wagon starring Keith Carradine, Justin Guarini and Alexandra Socha, on May 27, 2016. Filled with gorgeous standards such as "They Call the Wind Maria," "I Talk to the Trees," and "Wand'rin' Star," Paint Your Wagon is Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's sweepingly ambitious and surprisingly realistic take on freedom, family, and racism in the Gold Rush-happy America of 1853. (more...)

Lorraine Hansberry Awards to Honor Five Native Chicagoans
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

On May 24, The Lorraine Hansberry Awards, presented by Goodman Theatre Resident Director Chuck Smith and Woodie King, Jr., New Federal Theatre Artistic Director, will honor five women: Micki Grant, Lynn Hamilton, Shauneille Perry, Dr. Glory Van Scott and Camille Yarbrough. (more...)

Billy Joel Sells Out 36th Consecutive Show at Madison Square Garden
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

The Madison Square Garden Company announced today that legendary musician and MSG franchise, Billy Joel, has sold out his 36th consecutive show as part of his record-breaking residency at The World's Most Famous Arena. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 3/26/16- ANNIE
by Stage Tube - Mar 26, 2016

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...)

'BITING BROADWAY' Vampire Musical Comedy Gets Reading in Los Angeles
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2016

'BITING BROADWAY...The first successful Vampire Musical' with Book by Richard Hochberg, Lyrics by Jordan Beck and Music by Gerald Sternbach, will be directed by J. Scott Lapp in a reading on April 8th at the Lyric Hyperion Theatre (2106 Hyperion Ave. in Los Angeles) at 4pm. (more...)

FUN HOME, FINDING NEVERLAND, INTO THE WOODS, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and More Set for Playhouse Square's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

An eager and enthusiastic crowd of 2,800+ filed into the Connor Palace this evening to be among the first in the country to hear the lineup of hit shows coming to Cleveland as part of Playhouse Square's 2016-2017 KeyBank Broadway Series. Tonight's event included performances from the Broadway smash hit FINDING NEVERLAND, and the 2015 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, FUN HOME, which announced it will be opening its national tour right here in Cleveland. (more...)

Anshe Emet's 14th Annual Kaplan Concert Pays Tribute to Broadway Musicals
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

In tribute to Broadway Musicals, Cantors from several states will come together this May at Anshe Emet Synagogue's 14th Annual Dr. Arnold H. Kaplan Memorial Concert, Cantors on Broadway! (more...)

'GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE', THE BODYGUARD and More Set for Broadway Sacramento's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

California Musical Theatre announced the 2016-17 Broadway Sacramento season at the Community Center Theater, featuring four shows not previously presented in the series, one of which has been produced in the round at Music Circus a number of times but never before part of Broadway Sacramento. (more...)

FUNNY GIRL Begins Tonight at The Broadway Palm
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

?Funny Girl took the world by storm as A Broadway Musical in 1964 starring Barbra Streisand, was adapted into a movie musical in 1968 where Barbra reprised her role and now it is hitting the Broadway Palm stage from April 7 through May 14, 2016. It's a production full of big musical numbers along with big personalities! (more...)

Broadway's Loni Ackerman Set for Bickford Theatre Fundraiser
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

? Broadway's Loni Ackerman is set to take her one-woman show to the Bickford stage on Saturday, April 30 at 7:00PM. This annual fundraising event will include great food and beverages, a 50/50 cash raffle, the always popular wine "Cork Pull," and a theatre ticket raffle. (more...)

Bid To Meet SHUFFLE ALONG's Audra McDonald and Support Covenant House
by Michael Dale - Apr 5, 2016

Have a backstage visit with Audra McDonald after enjoying SHUFFLE ALONG from house seats. (more...)

Rialto Chatter: Carl Reiner's ALL KINDS OF LOVE Being Adapted for the Stage?
by Rialto Chatter - Apr 4, 2016

Actor and comedian Carl Reiner just revealed that he might have a broadway show in the works! He wrote today on Twitter: (more...)

BWW Review: Broadway Divas and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Bring Girl Power to the Strathmore
by Vanessa Michaud - Apr 4, 2016

Talented vocalists Christina Bianco, N'Kenge, Kristen Plumley, and Mandy Gonzalez, in conjunction with Jack Everly and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, headlined the concert of classic songs from the Great White Way to honor some of the most beloved Broadway divas and musicals of our time at the Music Center at Strathmore. (more...)

BWW Interview: Kellie Pickler Talks Idol, Reality Series & Broadway Dreams
by Caryn Robbins - Apr 30, 2016

Today, Pickler speaks exclusively with BWW about her recent appearance on the Series Finale of AMERICAN IDOL, her recent partnership with Flonase Allergy Relief and her dream of one day starring in A Broadway Musical! (more...)

BWW Review: George C. Wolfe's SHUFFLE ALONG, An Exhilarating Demand For Recognition
by Michael Dale - Apr 29, 2016

The director/bookwriter tells the story of a groundbreaking 1921 musical that has since been reduced to a footnote. (more...)

Fabulous Fox Theatre Will Host Open House & Season Preview, 5/15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

?The public is invited to an Open House and Preview Event showcasing the Fabulous Fox Theatre's 2016-2017 U.S. Bank Broadway Series on Sunday, May 15 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Fox Theatre, 527 N. Grand Blvd. Visitors will be treated to live previews of FUN HOME and A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER along with video previews from the other season shows.  (more...)

Dolly Parton Hopes to See Her Life Story Unfold as a Broadway Musical
by TV News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

In a new interview with Paper magazine, country music legend Dolly Parton revealed that seeing her LIFE STORY unfold on a Broadway stage is among the many items on her bucket list. (more...)

Season Tickets to 2016-17 Broadway Las Vegas Season at The Smith Center on Sale Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

Season tickets for the highly anticipated 2016-2017 Broadway Las Vegas season at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts will be available for purchase beginning Monday, May 2. Sponsored by Southern Nevada Ford Stores, the season will feature Tony Award-winning productions, Broadway smashes and first-ever national tours. For more information visit (more...)

BWW Blog: Micah Young - I Got The Horse Right Here
by Guest Blogger: Micah Young - Apr 26, 2016

If you rush the process, any process, your liable to miss a step or two along the way, and end up with a less than stellar product.  If it takes 30 minutes to bake a cake, but you want it done in 10, it's not going to be a very good cake.  Likewise trying to get results too quickly, without respecting the time of the process is putting the cart before the horse.   (more...)

Check Out The Complete Video Playlist For The Hit Concert Series IF IT ONLY EVEN RUNS A MINUTE
by Michael Dale - Apr 21, 2016

How many of these great songs do you know from underappreciated musicals? (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 4/21/16- ANNIE
by Stage Tube - Apr 21, 2016

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...)

HAMILTON Book Hits USA Today's Best Seller List
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION hits USA Today's Best-Seller List. (more...)

BWW Feature: From Page to Stage, Broadway Draws Inspiration From Literary Classics
by Alexa Spiegel - Apr 2, 2016

In a time where source material is a controversial topic, many people state that there have been a lack of original ideas for Broadway shows. Recently, movie adaptations have been the newest trend to hit the stage. However, adaptations are certainly not a new phenomenon. Since the beginning of what is generally considered the traditional Broadway musical, shows have been adapted from other works. Classic shows such as SHOW BOAT and THE KING AND I found the origins to their stories in novels. More recently, novel adaptations have found success with THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, and the 2014 Tony Winner for Best Musical, A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Read the First Chapter of Tony-Winning Producer Jack Viertel's Book THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL
by Matt Tamanini - Apr 19, 2016

In THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL, Jack Viertel takes about musicals, puts them back together, sings their praises, marvels at their unflagging inventiveness, and occasionally despairs over their more embarrassing shortcomings. In the process, he invites us to fall in love with the art form all over again by showing us how musicals happen, what makes them work, how they captivate audiences, and how one landmark show leads to the next-by design or by accident, by emulation or by rebellion from OKLAHOMA! to HAMILTON and onward. (more...)

BWW Interview: SHE LOVES ME'S Zachary Levi Dances With the Fans
by Joseph F. Panarello - Apr 18, 2016

Actor Zachary Levi discusses his role in SHE LOVES ME, his film career and the upbeat way he entertainsfans at the stage door! (more...)

Blumenthal Performing Arts Announces 2016-2017 PNC Broadway Lights Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2016

Blumenthal brings the largest Broadway season yet, with more than 20 shows on tap in the 2016-2017 PNC Broadway Lights and Broadway Extras lineup.  A season filled with award-winning titles, show fans can be sure Broadway's latest and greatest are headed to Charlotte. (more...)

Audible Offers Free HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION Audiobook Today
by Louisa Brady - Apr 16, 2016

HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION, co-authored by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter, was released earlier this week. The book's popularity has so far matched the show's popularity itself, delighting readers around the world and selling out on Amazon. But today, Amazon has released a special offer: a free audio version of the book, widely known as the Hamiltome, with a 30-day free trial of Audible.  (more...)

by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 15, 2016

Onstage through Saturday night at Lipscomb University's Collins Auditorium, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, represents a musical theater genre that has fallen out of favor in the 21st Century: its very innocence and perceived lack of guile guarantee that it will ultimately become the stuff of community theater, academic theater and their ilk. After watching the show play out on stage - even when it's directed by Kari Smith with gleeful exuberance - you can't help but wonder how it ever played Broadway (Twice, even!), even after a rather successful mid-1960s off-Broadway stand. (more...)

BWW Review: NEWSIES are the Kings of Sacramento
by Harmony Wheeler - Apr 14, 2016

'Newsies' made the headlines as a flop Disney film back in 1992, but the musical garnered a cult following that led to its 2012 revamp on Broadway. The national tour of that production, now on its final leg, carries the banner to Sacramento this week with its own outstanding effects worthy of above-the-fold, front page attention. (more...)

Megan Hilty and Other 'Really Good' Broadway Talent to Guest on THE GOOD WIFE
by TV News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

THE GOOD WIFE recurring star and Broadway vet Matthew Morrison recently revealed to the New York Post that more stage talent is headed to the CBS series. (more...)

FIRST LISTEN: Miranda, Hargitay Read from HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION Audiobook!
by TV News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

EW has an exclusive first listen to the highly anticipated audiobook HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION, which hit bookshelves yesterday, April 12th. Check it out at left! (more...)

Are You a Reality TV Addict? Patti Murin Picks the Perfect Broadway Shows for You!
by Patti Murin - Apr 13, 2016

I love musicals. The excitement of seeing a performance that only exists for one singular moment in time, so exquisitely choreographed in a hundred different ways to flow seamlessly, will never get old for me. I love when the lights go down at the beginning of a show, because literally anything is possible. (more...)

Amazon Says Expect Nine to Twelve Day Wait For Already Out Of Stock HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION
by Michael Dale - Apr 13, 2016

After an amazing first day of sales, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter's book is going into 3rd printing. (more...)

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