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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.



PHANTOM to Celebrate 12,000 Performances on Broadway! 11/28
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2016

Producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group announced today that the longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, directed by Harold Prince, will once again make theater history, reaching the unprecedented milestone of 12,000 performances. A feat achieved by no other Broadway show, the 12,000th performance will take place Monday evening, November 28 at 8PM at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street). (more...)

A Chorus Line at Downtown Cabaret
by Carissa Chesanek - Nov 21, 2016

The award-winning musical comes to the The Downtown Cabaret Main Theatre stage with soulful characters that offer gripping and touching stories. (more...)

Broadway to Trump: Sit Down, Don
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2016

In a show of solidarity and support for their fellow artists, however, Broadway took to Twitter to express gratitude to the Hamilton cast and plea anew with Trump to respond to the rise in hate crimes since his election, the truth behind his settlement deal for defrauding thousands of Trump University students, and his plans to appoint known white nationalists—including Jeff Sessions, who, during the 1980s, was deemed too racist to be a federal judge—to his future cabinet. (more...)

Centenary Stage's Young Performers Workshop to Present Winter Festival of Shows
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

Centenary Stage Company's critically acclaimed Young Performers Workshop returns this holiday season with a delightful selection of musical favorites for the annual Winter Festival of Shows. (more...)

Billy Joel Adds February Show at Madison Square Garden
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

The Madison Square Garden Company announced today the 38th consecutive show by legendary musician and MSG franchise Billy Joel. (more...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

Billy Joel in Concert at Dodger Stadium This May; Tix on Sale 1/13
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

Legendary musician Billy Joel is set to perform at LA's Dodger Stadium on Saturday, May 13th. (more...)

Batter Up! Bryan Cranston to Pitch for DAMN YANKEES on Broadway?
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

ALL THE WAY Tony winner Bryan Cranston has A Broadway Musical in his dugout. (more...)

40 Consecutive Sellouts! Billy Joel 41st Show Added At Madison Square Garden
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2017

The Madison Square Garden Company announced today the unprecedented 41st consecutive show by legendary musician and MSG franchise Billy Joel on May 25, 2017. The May show is part of his residency at The World's Most Famous Arena which began in January 2014 with Joel playing one show per month at The Garden as part of the Spectrum Concert Series. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsals for PROMISES, PROMISES at Southwark Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2017

This is the first London production in 20 years of the hit Burt Bacharach/Hal David/Neil Simon Broadway musical Promises, Promises, based on the Billy Wilder film 'The Apartment'. (more...)

LOVE NEVER DIES, SCHOOL OF ROCK, WAITRESS and More Set for Broadway in Fort Lauderdale's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2017

Broadway in Fort Lauderdale is proud to announce its 26th season of showcasing Broadway's greatest hits with a six-show subscription package that is power-packed with musical blockbusters. (more...)

Anne Hathaway Joins Cast of DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS Remake
by Movies News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

Oscar winner Anne Hathaway (LES MISERABLES) will join Rebel Wilson in a remake of the 1988 comedy DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS. (more...)

Billy Joel 42nd Show Added On June 6 At Madison Square Garden
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

The Madison Square Garden Company announced today the unprecedented 42nd consecutive show by legendary musician and MSG franchise Billy Joel on June 6. The June show is part of his residency at The World's Most Famous Arena which began in January 2014 with Joel playing one show per month at The Garden as part of the Spectrum Concert Series. (more...)

Musical Revue 'CARRIE' THAT TUNE Brings the Flops to Los Angeles
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 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...)

Acclaimed Revue 'CARRIE' THAT TUNE: HIT SONGS FROM FLOP MUSICALS Returns to Los Angeles
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

A musical revue of great songs, many of them classics from the Great American Songbook. These songs came not from hit musicals, or from Tin-Pan-Alley songwriters. Each song was a bright spot in A Broadway Musical that flopped. (more...)

VIDEO: James Corden Challenges Neil Patrick Harris to Epic Broadway Musical Riff-Off!
by TV News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

On last night's LATE LATE SHOW, guest Neil Patrick Harris interrupted James Corden during the show to challenge him to a riff-off to settle a dispute and figure out who is truly more Broadway. (more...)

Rousing Bluegrass Musical THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM Coming to Broad Brook Opera House
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

Opera House Players, Inc. presents the bluegrass musical THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM at the Broad Brook Opera House, 107 Main Street, Broad Brook, CT 06016 on February 10 through February 26 (Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm). (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...)

Billy Joel to Perform Record Breaking 43rd Show at Madison Square Garden
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

The Madison Square Garden Company announced today the unprecedented 43rd consecutive show by legendary musician and MSG franchise Billy Joel on July 5, 2017. The July show is part of his residency at The World's Most Famous Arena which began in January 2014 with Joel playing one show per month at The Garden as part of the Spectrum Concert Series. The July show will be Joel's 89th all-time performance at The Garden. (more...)

KINKY BOOTS and 'GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE' Highlight Broadway in Thousand Oaks' 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

The Tony Award-winning Best Musicals KINKY BOOTS and A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER highlight the 2017-18 Broadway in Thousand Oaks Series, presented by Theater League at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. (more...)

Westport Country Playhouse Family Festivities Series Presents "Dr. Seuss' THE CAT IN THE HAT
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

Westport Country Playhouse's Family Festivities Series will present "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat" on Sunday, March 19, for two performances, at 1 p.m., and 4 p.m.  Produced by Childsplay, the show is recommended for ages 3 and up. Running time is approximately one hour.  Tickets are $20.  (more...)

HAMILTON to Anchor Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta is proud to announce that Broadway musical HAMILTON will play its premiere Atlanta engagement and anchor the 2017/2018 season at the Fox Theatre. (more...)

National Tour of LES MISERABLES to Launch This Fall in Providence; PPAC Sets 2017-18 Broadway Season!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

J.L. 'Lynn' Singleton, President of the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC), is pleased to announce PPAC's 2017/2018 Broadway Season, featuring the Taco/White Family Foundation Broadway Series and the Encore Series. The National Tour Launch of LES MISERABLES opens PPAC's 40th Anniversary Broadway Season in September and is part of the Encore Series. (more...)

BWW Interview: Drew Redington's 'Holiday Break' on Broadway
by Christopher Castanho - Feb 13, 2017

Drew Redington is one of the lucky few who decide to take a break from their college theatre program and study abroad on Broadway. An Elon Musical Theatre student, Redington just wrapped up his jump-roppin', tap dancin' role in the ensemble of 'Holiday Inn: The New Irving Berlin Musical' I was lucky enough to sit down with Drew and hear about the journey from his hometown of St Louis, Missouri to the Grand White Way. (more...)

The Titular Grey Gardens Home is on the Market
by Stephanie Wild - Feb 10, 2017

According to NewsDay.com, Grey Gardens, the famed East Hampton home once belonging to the relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, has hit the market for the first time since 1979. (more...)

BWW Review: Jerry Herman's MILK AND HONEY Gets A Spirited Concert Staging at The York
by Michael Dale - Feb 1, 2017

When Jerry Herman was pegged by producer Gerard Oestreicher to write the score for A Broadway Musical set in the fledgling State of Israel, he was a 28-year-old composer/lyricist mostly known for writing clever lyrics and snazzy tunes for Greenwich Village topical reviews like NIGHTCAP and PARADE. But now, instead of writing for hip, downtown performers like Charles Nelson Reilly and Dody Goodman, he'd be penning a romantic score for opera stars Mimi Benzell and Robert Weede, with special comic relief material for Yiddish Theatre legend Molly Picon. (more...)

Billy Joel to Perform Record Breaking 39th Show At Madison Square Garden in March
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

The Madison Square Garden Company announced today the 39th consecutive show by legendary musician and MSG franchise Billy Joel. (more...)

The Journey of HAIRSPRAY- From Screen to Stage and Back Again!
by Jeffrey Kare - Dec 7, 2016

Tonight, America shall be introduced to the fourth incarnation of Hairspray. The first was the 1988 original film, the second was the 2002 Broadway musical, the third was its 2007 film adaptation, and now the 2016 live television production on NBC. Hairspray takes place in Baltimore, Maryland in the year 1962, where we meet a plump teenage girl named Tracy Turnblad, whose lifelong dream is to dance on the local TV dance program known as The Crony Collins Show. When Tracy wins a role on the show and becomes an overnight sensation, she luanches a campaign to intergrate the show. As a Welcome to the 60's, let's go back to beginning to learn the history of the property itself. (more...)

BWW Review: ONCE Was Enough at PPAC
by Andria Tieman - Dec 5, 2016

ONCE, the award-winning stage musical based on the award-winning film of the same name, is an obvious addition to Broadway.  Featuring songs written by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, who also starred in the film, this production seems like it can't miss.  Unfortunately, despite excellent music and vocal and musical performances from an obviously talented cast, this production's book, by Irish playwright Enda Walsh,  seems to assume that the only people who would be interested in this show are those who have seen the movie.  Therefore, there is next-to-no character development, and random scenes inserted that make no sense to anyone not intimately familiar with the source material.  Since this is a show about music and musicians, one would think that story goes out the window then in favor of reworking this as almost a musical revue, rather than a traditional narrative.  That would have worked, since the story is a sweetly simple one and doesn't require much, but the choice was made instead to shoehorn in extra scenes of dialogue, most of which take far longer and meader far more than necessary to advance the plot, and wind up creating something that is just dull and lazy. (more...)

Mel Brooks and Quincy Jones Will Be Feted at 15th Annual BACKSTAGE AT THE GEFFEN
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

The Geffen Playhouse will honor legendary Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award-winning artists Quincy Jones and Mel Brooks at its 15th annual Backstage at the Geffen fundraiser, which honors the accomplishments of leaders in the artistic community and supports the theater's mission to produce original, quality works that inspire thought, evoke conversation, and engage the community in the live arts. (more...)

HAIRSPRAY's John Waters Doing Well Following Holiday Health Scare
by Caryn Robbins - Dec 28, 2016

The HAIRSPRAY scribe was forced to miss his annual holiday party on Friday due to a health scare which landed him in the hospital. (more...)

More Mash-Up Photos: Andrew Lloyd Webber Casts Cozy Up on GMA!
by TV News Desk - Dec 22, 2016

This morning, ABC's GOOD MORNING AMERICA celebrated legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber with an ultimate mash-up performance featuring all three of his currently running Broadway musicals, broadcast live from New York's Winter Garden Theatre. (more...)

VIDEO: Mariah Carey Teases Bringing GLITTER to Broadway: 'That's Something I've Been Thinking About'
by TV News Desk - Dec 20, 2016

Mariah Carey stopped by the WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE clubhouse on Sunday evening and was asked by a fan if she would consider turning her 2001 musical film GLITTER into A Broadway Musical. (more...)

BWW Review: 5th Avenue's THE LITTLE MERMAID is Swimmingly Magical
by Jay Irwin - Dec 2, 2016

The original animated film of "Disney's The Little Mermaid" is arguably one of the best of the Disney canon. With songs written by the incredible Alan Menken and Howard Ashman it marked the rebirth of the Disney animated musicals. The original conversion of it into A Broadway Musical was not so great. With bad staging and flow, achieving the illusion of swimming by putting the actors on Heelys (shoes with wheels in the heels) so they would glide across stage, and additional songs from Menken and Glenn Slater (owing to the passing of the great Howard Ashman) the show lost much of it's core cleverness and heart in favor of the cliche and gimmicky. Now there's a new version with a reworked book and score and much improved staging which is currently being offered at the 5th Avenue Theatre and while it still may not have that magical greatness of the original film it does manage a magic of its own largely due to some new stage magic and a stellar cast including an Ariel (Diana Huey) who is the most layered, honest, real and still adorable Disney Princess ever. (more...)

MARY POPPINS, HAIR, DRACULA and More Set for Mercury Theater Chicago's 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2016

Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Avenue, promises a season filled with laughter, love and entertainment. (more...)

Billy Joel Adds Record 40th Consecutive Show at Madison Square Garden
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2016

The Madison Square Garden Company just announced the unprecedented 40th consecutive show by legendary musician and MSG franchise Billy Joel. The Friday, April 14th show is part of his residency at The World's Most Famous Arena which began in January 2014 with Joel playing one show per month at The Garden as part of the Spectrum Concert Series. The April show will be Joel's 86th all-time performance at The Garden. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Kids Wait Outside To Go INSIDE BROADWAY at CATS
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 13, 2016

For it's 35th season Inside Broadway and it's Creating the Magic program invited 2,500 NYC school children inside the Neil Simon Theatre to get a behind the scenes look at how the musical CATS happens.  The cast and crew of CATS, along with Inside Broadway CEO Michael Presser were on hand to show the excited kids how A Broadway Musical comes to life. (more...)

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