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One of the most unique musicals ever created, the original production of DAMES AT SEA pulled off the feat of creating a magnificent musical extravaganza experience with a tight, multi-talented cast of six. DAMES AT SEAopened Off-Broadway at the Bouwerie Lane Theatre on December 20, 1968, and became an immediate smash hit and quickly transferred to the Theater de Lys on April 22, 1969, were it went on to run for 575 performances. The production starred a young ingénue named Bernadette Peters as Ruby, launching the career of one of Broadway's greatest stars. DAMES AT SEA successfully crossed the Atlantic twice to play the West End's Duchess Theatre in 1969 and again in 1989 to play the West End's Haymarket Theatre.



Directed and choreographed by the three-time Tony Award-nominated choreographer Randy Skinner, DAMES AT SEA is a tap-happy, navy-crazy celebration of the golden era of movie musicals with a heart as big as the ocean! Ruby steps off a bus from Utah and into her first Broadway show, but hours before the opening night curtain is to rise, the cast learns their theater is being demolished. Ruby and the cast, with the help of some adoring sailors, set a plan in motion to perform the show on a naval battleship. Featuring rollicking tap dancing, love at first sight, joyful music and a boatload of laughs, this glittering musical extravaganza has everything you need to sweep your glooms away.

BWW's On This Day - May 29, 2016
by - May 29, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on May 29 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Tony Awards Close-Up: DAMES AT SEA's Randy Skinner Has Tapped His Way to Another Nomination!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 21, 2016

Randy Skinner is a tap dancing master and his resume is proof of it. The four-time Tony nominee just earned a nod for his work on Dames at Sea (Best Choreography) and he is just as happy about it as he was the first time! (more...)

Lin-Manuel Miranda, HAMILTON, THE COLOR PURPLE & More Win Big at the 2016 Drama League Awards!
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

The Drama League (Executive Artistic Director, Gabriel Shelian-Shanks) gathers today for the 82nd Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony, hosted by 2016 Tony® Award-nominees, Zachary Levi (She Loves Me) and Megan Hilty (Noises Off), in the Broadway Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis Times Square (1535 Broadway).  (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Go Inside Opening Night of THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL UK Premiere
by Stage Tube - May 19, 2016

Garry Lake and Waterloo East Theatre present THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL by David Nehls & Betsy Kelso. The hit off-Broadway show finally receives its London premiere, running now through 5 June 2016. Go inside opening night below! (more...)

LIKE YOU LIKE IT Gets Studio Cast Recording, Out This Fall!
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

Broadway Records has announced that the star-studded studio cast recording of LIKE YOU LIKE IT will be released digitally and in stores on September 23, 2016. (more...)

Full Casting Announced for Music Circus Season - Lauren Zakrin in LEGALLLY BLONDE, Jacquelyn Piro Donovan in HELLO, DOLLY! and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

After auditioning performers in New York City, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, California Musical Theatre has confirmed casting for all six shows in the 66th Music Circus season. The stellar cast for the season is loaded with Broadway veterans--some of whom are making their Music Circus debuts--Tony nominees, and audience favorites from previous Music Circus productions. (more...)

BWW Interview: Danny Gardner Comes to Life as George M. Cohan in the NEW YORK SPECTACULAR
by Bob Rizzo - Jun 7, 2016

He made his mark on the New York stage in 2015 playing the Fred Astaire role in Lady, Be Good at City Center's Encores! This past season he made his Broadway debut as Lucky in the tap-happy revival of Dames at Sea. Now Danny Gardner shuffles onto the grand stage at Radio City making his debut in the New York Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes. As part of the principal cast, Danny joins eighty performers in this new show that celebrates New York City in the summertime. It's centered around the trip of a lifetime for two kids, who, while on a vacation in New York, are separated from their parents. The city magically comes to life and helps to reunite their family in the end. It's all directed and choreographed by Emmy Award-winner Mia Michaels, and is written by Drama Desk Award-winner Douglas Carter Beane. (more...)

Lesli Margherita to Bring BROAD to Birdland in July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2016

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is thrilled to announce that Broadway's Lesli Margherita will reprise her sold-out solo show, BROAD, at the historic music room on Mondays, July 18 and 25 at 7pm. Mae West. Sophie Tucker. Lesli Margherita. (more...)

BWW Interview: Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee & The Starry History of Tony-Winning Paper Mill Playhouse
by Michael Dale - Jun 6, 2016

Millburn, New Jersey's Playhouse since 1938 receives this year's Regional Theatre Tony Award. (more...)

FULL LIST! The Winners of the 2016 Drama Desk Awards!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2016

Drama Desk Award winner Michael Urie (Buyer and Cellar, 'Ugly Betty') will serve as host of the 61st Annual Drama Desk Awards tonight, June 5, 2016 at 8:00 PM at The Town Hall (123 W. 43rd Street). (more...)

Saint Michael's Playhouse to Open BASKERVILLE This July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2016

Artistic Director Chuck Tobin today announced the July 6th opening of the Vermont Premiere of Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, at Saint Michael's Playhouse (July 6 - 16). (more...)

Tony Danza, Alice Ripley & Emily Skinner and More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below in July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2016

This July, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

TWITTER WATCH: Lesli Margherita Offers Aspiring Performers Encouragement With Essay 'Here Is What I Know'
by Michael Dale - Jun 30, 2016

The Olivier Award-winner warns of the danger of losing your confidence because of negative feedback. (more...)

Andrea McArdle & Sally Struthers Will Star in Ogunquit Playhouse's ANYTHING GOES
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2016

The Ogunquit Playhouse sets sail with the delightful, Tony Award-winning Anything Goes June 15 to July 9. This splendid madcap musical comedy stars Broadway's Andrea McArdle as Reno Sweeney and features two-time Emmy Award winner Sally Struthers as Evangeline Harcourt. The pair are currently leading ANYTHING GOES at Gateway Performing Arts Center. (more...)

USITT to Once Again Sponsor 2016 Collaborator Party on Tony Night
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2016

USITT will once again sponsor The Collaborator Party, a Tony Night party celebrating sound designers and collaborators who have supported them since the Tony Awards scrapped sound design as an award category two years ago. (more...)

Leanne Borghesi Will Return to Feinstein's at the Nikko in August
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

The sumptuously talented Leanne Borghesi returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko with her all-new comedic show, BDSM (Beautiful Dirty Sexy Me) for two performances only - Friday, August 5 (8 p.m.) and Saturday, August 6 (8 p.m.). (more...)

Broadway Veterans Will Lead Goodspeed's New 1960s Musical A SIGN OF THE TIMES
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2016

This is the story of Cindy, a 20-something whose dreams are bigger than her Midwestern hometown will allow. Set against the backdrop of New York City in the 1960s -women's liberation, the civil rights movement, and protests of the Vietnam war-Cindy searches for her place in the world. A Sign of the Times, featuring chart-topping hits from the 1960s, celebrates friendship, love, and discovering one's sense of self. This pop-fueled musical will run July 29 - September 4 at The Terris Theatre in Chester, Conn. A Sign of the Times will be sponsored by Essex Savings Bank. (more...)

Entertainment Firm RWS & Associates to Acquire Binder Casting
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

Emmy Award-winning NYC based entertainment firm RWS & Associates (Ryan Stana, CEO and Bruston Manuel, COO) has announced the acquisition of Binder Casting, the 12-time Artios Award winning Broadway casting office led by industry veteran Jay Binder, along with his associates Mark Brandon and Jack Bowdan. (more...)

Photo Flash: Laura Osnes, Zachary Levi, Jeremy Jordan & More Bring THE BROADWAY PRINCESS PARTY Back to Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

On June 20th, Broadway's Cinderella, Tony nominee Laura Osnes and music director Benjamin Rauhala hosted the third installment of THE BROADWAY PRINCESS PARTY at Feinstein's/54 Below, featuring Adrienne Warren, Taylor Louderman, Zachary Levi, Jeremy Jordan, and and over a dozen more princesses and special guests. Check out photos below! (more...)

Niamh McGrady and Will Featherstone Board NIGHT MUST FALL UK Tour; Full Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

?Niamh McGrady and Will Featherstone will star as Olivia and Dan respectively in the national tour of Emlyn Williams's psychological thriller, NIGHT MUST FALL, directed by Luke Sheppard, joining the previously announced Gwen Taylor as Mrs Bransom and Daragh O'Malley as Inspector Belsize, along with Alasdair Buchan as Hubert, Anne Odeke as Nurse Libby, Mandi Symonds as Mrs Terence and Melissa Vaughan as Dora.  (more...)

John Bolton, Ryan Cavanaugh & More to Star in Pittsburgh CLO's DAMN YANKEES!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Batter up! Just in time for the thick of baseball season comes the muscular musical about baseball super-fan Joe Boyd. Joe is transformed into a star slugger after he makes a deal with the devil and his sexy associate, Lola, for a chance to lead his home team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. (more...)

Jennifer Damiano, Victoria Clark, Mandy Gonzalez, Tony Sheldon & More Will Take Part in NYMF 2016
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

The New York Musical Festival (NYMF), previously known as The New York Musical Theatre Festival, announced today the initial slate of artists participating in NYMF 2016, taking place from July 11 through August 7 in Midtown Manhattan. (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 at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for June 20-26, Featuring Alexandra Silber, Laura Osnes, and More!
by Louisa Brady - Jun 19, 2016

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestras begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Al(exandra) Silber's Casual Monday, The Broadway Princess Party feat. Laura Osnes, Barbara Cook, Lorna Luft Celebrates Pride Week, and Anything But Love the Musical in Concert. (more...)

Barbara Cook, Lorna Luft & More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2016

Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Krysta Rodriguez, The Skivvies & More to Celebrate The Muppets at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

For over 60 years, the Muppets have been entertaining the world through laughter, learning, love - and lots of music. For one night only, join some of Broadway and comedy's brightest stars in a celebration of the songs they've brought us and the stories they've told us - those most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, muppetational Muppets! (more...)

Tony Yazbeck, Lesli Margherita & More Coming to Birdland in July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2016

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its July 2016 schedule, featuring Stacey Kent, The Birdland Big Band 10-Year Celebration, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, Nicholas Payton Quintet, Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Tony Yazbeck, Lesli Margherita, Ravi Coltrane, Laila Biali, Barbara Carroll, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, and more! (more...)

Tonight's the Night! Complete Guide to Our Tonys Coverage - All You Need to Know; Nominees, Schedule & More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 12, 2016

It's almost here! The 2016 Tony Awards will air on CBS tonight, June 12 at 8pm and as usual, BroadwayWorld.com will be your one-stop shop for all things Tonys on Tonys Day, Night and Beyond! (more...)

BWW TV: Broadway Crash Course- Brush Up on the Nominated Musicals of the Season!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 12, 2016

Need a refresher on the nominated musicals before the Tonys on Sunday night? We've gotcha covered. Catch a full review below! (more...)

2016 Tony Awards - From HAMILTON to THE HUMANS, All the Winners!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2016

The 2016 Tony Awards celebrated 70 years of honoring the best of Broadway last night at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. In addition to the class of 2016 Tony Nominees, the star-studded evening featured appearances by Cate Blanchett, Claire Danes, Common, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Glenn Close, Josh Groban, Jake Gyllenhaal, Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Hayes, James Earl Jones, Daniel Dae Kim, Carole King, Diane Lane, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury, Lucy Liu, Bebe Neuwirth, Saoirse Ronan, Keri Russell, Meg Ryan, Barbra Streisand, Oprah Winfrey and many more. As predicted, HAMILTON was the big winner of the night, taking home a whopping eleven awards, including the coveted Best Musical.  (more...)

BWW Tonys Special: Ultimate Guide to This Season's Cast Recordings
by David Clarke - Jun 11, 2016

It's that time of year, and I can't help but wonder if your CD collection and iPod are Tonys ready. It's just a handful of hours until the 70th annual Tony Awards, and New York City and theatre fans across the world are excitedly buzzing about this year's ceremonies which will be broadcast live on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 8/7c on CBS. This Broadway season has some exciting contenders in the musical categories, and to get you ready for the big night, I'm recapping the albums you should be listening to (or at least pre-ordering). (more...)

It's Only A Day Away! Complete Guide to BWW's Tonys Coverage - All You Need to Know; Nominees, Schedule & More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 11, 2016

Tomorrow, tomorrow! The 2016 Tony Awards will air on CBS tomorrow night, June 12 at 8pm and as usual, BroadwayWorld.com will be your one-stop shop for all things Tonys on Tonys Day, Night and Beyond! (more...)

Get Ready for Sunday! Complete Guide to BWW's Tonys Coverage - All You Need to Know; Nominees, Schedule & More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 10, 2016

The 2016 Tony Awards will air on CBS on Sunday night, June 12 at 8pm and as usual, BroadwayWorld.com will be your one-stop shop for all things Tonys on Tonys Day, Night and Beyond! (more...)

Bebe Neuwirth, Lesli Margherita & More Will Unite to Celebrate NYC Pride
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2016

On Monday, June 20, 2016, non for profit BROADWAY SINGS FOR PRIDE will premiere their 6th anniversary benefit concert in New York City at the JCC Manhattan! This milestone event will be filled with singing (from pop to Broadway), stories, special celebrity guests and more! The show will honor the Tyler Clementi Foundation and AIDS pioneer and activist Ruth Coker Burks.  Broadway Sings for Pride, is a multiple award-wining is a non-for-profit organization that brings together Broadway talent, activists and celebrities to educate the public, raise awareness of the needs of LGBTQ youth, and support these young people so that they may reach their full potential. (more...)

BWW Review: THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE at the Engeman
by Melissa Giordano - Jun 1, 2016

Closing out a spectacular 9th season at Long Island's John W. Engeman Theatre is a first-rate incarnation of the Tony winning musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. Is this show done consistently? Perhaps. But let me tell you everything about this production, running through July 10th, is absolutely top-notch and certainly a must-see for this season. (more...)

Lesli Margherita, Count Basie Orchestra & More Set for Birdland, Week of 7/18
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2016

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its schedule for July 18-24, including the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, Lesli Margherita, Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, and more! (more...)

Alice Ripley & Emily Skinner, 54 CELEBRATES THE MUPPETS and More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2016

Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Donna McKechnie, Victoria Clark, Mary Testa Among Stars Taking Part in NYMF 2016
by Michael Dale - Jul 5, 2016

The New York Musical Festival regularly attracts Broadway favorites, Tony nominees and even a legend or two. (more...)

TRU Announces New Program Directors for TRU Producer Development & Mentorship Program
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the new Broadway-credited program directors for the TRU Producer Development & Mentorship Program and the 2016-2017 Applications. (more...)

Photo Flash: Lesli Margherita Reprises BROAD at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is thrilled to present Lesli Margherita in a reprisal of her sold-out show, BROAD, at the historic music room on Mondays, July 18 and 25 at 7pm. Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

Nine Shows Extended at New York Musical Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

The New York Musical Festival (NYMF), previously known as The New York Musical Theater Festival, has announced extensions for nine productions - A SCYTHE OF TIME, LISA AND LEONARDO, CHILDREN OF SALT, EH DAH? QUESTIONS FOR MY FATHER, TINK!, DUST CAN'T KILL ME, SINGLE, NEWTON'S CADLE and CAMP ROLLING HILLS. (more...)

Steve Pacek to Star in HAND TO GOD at Alley Theatre; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd announces the cast and creative team for Robert Askins' Tony-nominated play Hand to God, which opens the 2016-2017 Season on August 19 in the Neuhaus Theatre.  (more...)

VIDEO: Lesli Margherita Joins The Skivvies For a Post-Show Set at SEX TIPS FOR STRAIGHT WOMEN FROM A GAY MAN
by Michael Dale - Jul 18, 2016

The Olivier-winning star is the first special guest during The Skivvies' 3-week run in SEX TIPS. (more...)

Nicholas Payton's Afro-Caribbean Mixtape and More Coming Up This Month at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its lineup for July 25-31, including Nicholas Payton's New Afro-Caribbean Mixtape, Lesli Margherita, Bob Corwin and Rose Kingsley Celebrate Johnny Mercer, and more. Scroll down for details! (more...)

DONNA McKECHNIE: SAME PLACE, ANOTHER TIME Set to Play Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

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BWW Review: TAP TREASURES SHOWCASE Pays Tribute to the History of Tap
by Melanie Votaw - Jul 15, 2016

According to Artistic Director/Producer Tony Waag, Tap Treasures Showcase "reinvestigates and revisits eight historic locations in Manhattan that contributed to the evolution of tap dance." The hour-long show was performed at The Duke on 42nd Street on Thursday, July 14, 2016. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Stars Bring Laughter, Learning & Love in 54 CELEBRATES THE MUPPETS - All the Performances!
by Stage Tube - Jul 13, 2016

For over 60 years, the Muppets have been entertaining the world through laughter, learning, love - and lots of music. For one night only, some of Broadway and comedy's brightest stars came together in a celebration of the songs they've brought us and the stories they've told us - those most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, muppetational Muppets. Click below to watch the performances from the sold-out 54 CELEBRATES THE MUPPETS, hosted by Griffin Newman (HBO's Vinyl, Amazon's The Tick)! (more...)

Photo Flash: James Monroe Iglehart, Rick Lyon, The Skivvies and More Perform at 54 CELEBRATES THE MUPPETS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

For over 60 years, the Muppets have been entertaining the world through laughter, learning, love - and lots of music. For one night only, some of Broadway and comedy's brightest stars came together in a celebration of the songs they've brought us and the stories they've told us - those most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, muppetational Muppets. Scroll down for photos from the sold-out 54 CELEBRATES THE MUPPETS, hosted by Griffin Newman (HBO's Vinyl, Amazon's The Tick)! (more...)

Stage Tube: Lesli Margherita Teases Her Return to Birdland Jazz in New Promo Video for BROAD
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

In a nod to the brassy, ballsy, bawdy broads who inspired her, Olivier Award Winner Lesli Margherita teases her upcoming appearance in BROAD at Birdland Jazz Monday July 18 & 25, 7pm.  (more...)

Broadway-Themed OPENING NIGHT, Starring Lesli Margherita, Gets Fall Release
by TV News Desk - Jul 1, 2016

The Broadway-themed drama OPENING NIGHT will be released this fall. Directed by Isaac Rentz, the film stars Topher Grace, Lauren Lapkus, Alona Tal, Taye Diggs, Anne Heche, J.C. Chasez, Rob Riggle, Paul Scheer, Brian Husky and Lesli Margherita (MATILDA, Dames at Sea). (more...)

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