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A true theatrical event, this legendary masterpiece is considered by many to be the greatest musical ever created.brbrThe time is 1971, and theatrical impresario Dimitri Weissmann (famous for his garish Weissmann Follies of yesteryear) hosts a reunion of ex-Follies performers in his crumbling theatre, setting the stage for a parade of brilliant '20s, '30s and '40s pastiche numbers that have become every bit as famous as their models: "Losing My Mind," "I'm Still Here" and "Broadway Baby," to name a few. Amid the reminiscing, two middle-aged couples confront some unpleasant truths about their past and present and come face to face with the future.brbrSurreal, sophisticated, compelling, heart-wrenching and epic in scope, "Follies" uses the musical theatre as a metaphor for the collapse of American innocence and naivete in the post-Kennedy years. It is a showcase for powerful dramatic actors, featuring a large cast rich in character, which provides opportunities for seasoned older performers.

Photo Flash: Remembering John McMartin
by Walter McBride - Jul 8, 2016

As BroadwayWorld sadly reported yesterday, award-winning Broadway actor John McMartin has passed away at the age of 86. McMartin most recently appeared on Broadway in 2014's ALL THE WAY and the 2011 revival of ANYTHING GOES.  (more...)

Star of Stage and Screen, John McMartin Passes Away at 86
by TV News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

According to multiple reports, award-winning Broadway actor John McMartin has passed away at the age of 86. McMartin most recently appeared on Broadway in 2014's ALL THE WAY and the 2011 revival of ANYTHING GOES. (more...)

VIDEOS: Remembering John McMartin On Stage and Screen
by Michael Dale - Jul 7, 2016

Video highlights of the the charming and versatile star from Broadway, television and film. (more...)

Emily Skinner, Christiane Noll & More Will Star in Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' FOLLIES
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (The Rep) will kick off its 50th anniversary season with an all-star cast performing in Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece Follies. Directed by Rob Ruggiero, this brilliant and innovative musical runs September 7 - October 2 on the Browning Mainstage of the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

VIDEO: So You Think You Can Bottle Dance? Take FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Tutorial
by Michael Dale - Jul 6, 2016

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's bottle dance during the first act's climactic wedding scene has become one of Broadway's most iconic dance moments. (more...)

Writers Theatre Extends Stephen Sondheim's COMPANY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, announces a one-week extension to Company, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth. The production is directed by William Brown. Company features original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, Orchestral Reductions by Ian Weinberger, music direction by Tom Vendafreddo and choreography by Brock Clawson. The show, originally slated to run through July 31, 2016, will add an additional week, through August 7, in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. (more...)

FUNNY GIRL, Starring Barbra Streisand Set for REEL 13 July Lineup
by TV News Desk - Jul 5, 2016

Legendary leading ladies Elizabeth Taylor, Greta Garbo, Rita Hayworth and Barbra Streisand are featured in the July Reel 13 schedule.  (more...)

Directors Announced for WaterTower Theatre's 2016-17 Main Stage Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2016

?WaterTower Theatre Managing Director Gregory Patterson and Associate Artistic Director Kelsey Leigh Ervi today announced the directors for the upcoming 2016-2017 WaterTower Theatre Main Stage Season in The Canterbury Family Main Stage at the Addison Theatre Centre.   Directing the season opener, Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash (October 7- 30, 2016) is B.J. Cleveland with Musical Direction by Sonny Franks.  Next up, the regional premiere of Silent Sky (January 20-February 12, 2017) will be directed by Kelsey Leigh Ervi.  The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord (April 14-May 7, 2017) will be directed by Emily Scott Banks.  Rene Moreno will return to direct Native Gardens (June 2- 25, 2017). Sunday in the Park With George (July 28-August 20, 2017) will be directed by Terry Martin, with Musical Direction by Jeff Lankov. (more...)

Kyle Selig, Ron Bohmer, Kerry O'Malley and More to Look to the Stars in OCTOBER SKY at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team of the West Coast premiere of OCTOBER SKY, which will blast off the Globe's 2016-2017 Season with a tale of boys, rockets, and big dreams. (more...)

MEN ON BOATS Regional Debut, 'T.' World Premiere and More Set for American Theater Company's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

American Theater Company (ATC) has restructured its 2016-17 Season and will present three of four previously announced plays, with an updated production schedule. (more...)

Photo Flash: Remembering Marni Nixon
by Walter McBride - Jul 28, 2016

As BroadwayWorld sadly reported earlier this week, Marni Nixon, perhaps best known for dubbing the singing voices of the leading actresses in films, including THE KING AND I, WEST SIDE STORY and MY FAIR LADY, passed away from breast cancer on July 24th. She was 86. (more...)

Lauren Molina and Bri Sudia to Star in WONDERFUL TOWN at Goodman Theatre; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

The cast and creative team is set for Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman's revival of WONDERFUL TOWN - Leonard Bernstein's classic musical that with lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and book by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov. (more...)

Jarrod Emick, William Selby and Matthew Marks to Glitter in PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT at Ogunquit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

Get your glitter on and take the ride of your life with the hilarious and heartwarming Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, based on the Oscar-winning film on stage at the Ogunquit Playhouse August 10 to September 3. (more...)

Up on the Marquee: THE HUMANS Moves to the Schoenfeld
by Walter McBride - Jul 28, 2016

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, on the heels of winning four Tony Awards including Best Play,The Humans will move into Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street) to extend its limited run. The Humans will play its first performance in its new home on Tuesday, August 9. It played its final performance at the Helen Hayes Theatre on July 24, and is in the midst of a two-week hiatus to allow for the move. As previously announced, the Hayes is set to undergo significant renovations beginning in August. CLICK HERE to find out how the show will make the switch! (more...)

Photo Flash: Maine State Music Theatre Presents FOOTLIGHT FOLLIES
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

The 2016 season marks Maine State Music Theatre's 4th annual FOOTLIGHT Follies, this year featuring 2 Ring Circus and a live auction. Follies takes place at the Pickard Theater on August 15 at 7:30 PM. (more...)

Segerstrom Center's Cabaret Series Opens with Broadway's Leading Lady Betty Buckley
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

Tony Award®-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts with her new show, Story Songs, October 27 - 29 in Samueli Theater. A renowned interpreter with an eclectic taste for songs from all genres, Buckley will share a collection of tunes by Radiohead as well as theater greats Stephen Schwartz and Jason Robert Brown. The evening will also include works by members of the new generation of exciting young theater composers, Joe Iconis and Ben Toth. Buckley will be joined by her long time Musical Director and arranger, jazz pianist Christian Jacob. (more...)

Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway to Continue Crown & Anchor Broadway Series
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

Producer Rick Murray's Crown & Anchor Broadway Series continues its 2016 season at the Paramount Cabaret in Provincetown, MA with Liz Callaway & Ann Hampton Callaway in Concert. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Music Circus' CABARET, Starring Robin De Jesus, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka and More!
by Stage Tube - Jul 27, 2016

The 66th Music Circus season continues with the multiple Tony Award-winning musical theatre classic CABARET. Performances began last night and will continue through Sunday, July 31 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: They've Got Rhythm! First Look at CRAZY FOR YOU at Finger Lakes
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival presents the classic Gershwin musical comedy CRAZY FOR YOU. Performances run from tonight, July 27, through August 17 at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse as part of the Festival's 2016 season. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Robin De Jesus, Kaleigh Cronin, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka and More in CABARET at Music Circus
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

The 66th Music Circus season continues with the multiple Tony Award-winning musical theatre classic CABARET. Performances began last night and will continue through Sunday, July 31 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion.  BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Kokandy Productions Announces 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

Kokandy Productions is pleased to celebrate its fifth anniversary with an expanded season featuring four fully produced musicals, including two Chicago premieres and two guest directors. The 2017/18 Season will also include numerous readings and workshops - adding fresh voices to Kokandy's "New Works Initiative" and emphasizing the company's commitment to becoming an increasingly relevant part of Chicagoland's musical theater and new work development communities. The new season also marks Kokandy's transition to a not-for-profit organization. (more...)

Broadway Theatre Titan James M. Nederlander Passes Away at 94
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

According to the New York Post, Broadway James M. Nederlander passed away last night, July 25. He was 94 years old.  (more...)

Darryl Maximilian Robinson Set for FUNNY GIRL at The Historic Rialto Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

Two major revivals of sorts are occurring at The Historic Rialto Theatre at 1023 Fair Oaks Ave in South Pasadena, Calif. (more...)

Marni Nixon, Singing Voice Behind WEST SIDE STORY, THE KING AND I & More, Dies at 86
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

The New York Times reports that Marni Nixon, perhaps most famous for dubbing the singing voices of the leading actresses in films, including THE KING AND I, WEST SIDE STORY and MY FAIR LADY, passed away from breast cancer on July 24th. She was 86. (more...)

The Rep Receives $1 Million to Endow its Artistic Director Position
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

Michael Oberlander, president of the Board of Directors of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, announced today that the Augustin family has given $1 million to The Rep to endow its artistic director position. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Moving House- How a Tony-Winning Play Switches Theatres
by Nicole Rosky - Jul 24, 2016

Broadway shows changing houses is not a totally uncommon thing, though it has happened just a handful of times over the past few years. In 2013, Mamma Mia! packed up at the Winter Garden to continue its run at the Broadhurst Theatre. Rock of Ages moved three blocks from the Brooks Atkinson to the Helen Hayes in 2011. Before that, such shows as The 39 Steps, August: Osage County, The Lion King, and Chicago did the same. So what exactly goes into moving from Broadway's smallest theatre to a 1093-seat house? (Hint: Despite the show's apartment-style set, it's more than just cardboard boxes and a U-Haul.) Stage Manager Billy Barnes explains: (more...)

EXCLUSIVE UPDATE: Seth Rudetsky, Liz Callaway, Melissa Errico Part of Televised Performance Wednesday Night at Democratic Convention
by Michael Dale - Jul 22, 2016

A trio of Broadway and cabaret favorites, Seth Rudetsky, Liz Callaway and Melissa Errico will be giving a televised performance Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley
by Theater People Podcast - Jul 22, 2016

On Friday, July 22, the Theater People podcast welcomes Broadway favorites Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley. Skinner and Ripley first worked together when they were cast as Daisy and Violet Hilton in the 1998 production of SIDE SHOW. The pair reunited on stage in 2000 in the Broadway production of JAMES JOYCE'S THE DEAD. (more...)

Andrew Lippa's THE LIFE OF THE PARTY Makes US Premiere at TheatreWorks this August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will bring U.S. audiences their first look a London hit, when it presents the American Premiere of the joyous musical revue The Life of the Party. Directed and co-created by David Babani, the Artistic Director of London's Menier Chocolate Factory, this rollicking musical journey celebrates the songs of Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, The Addams Family, Big Fish) who takes the stage as a featured performer, along with a cast of Broadway and West End veterans, bringing to life a hilarious, uplifting, memorable evening that was declared "Sexy, sophisticated, and funny" and awarded five stars by London's Telegraph. The Life of the Party will be presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley August 24-September 18 (press opening: August 27) at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St, Mountain View. For tickets ($19-$80) and information the public may visit www.TheatreWorks.org or call(650) 463-1960. (more...)

Damian Humbley, Sally Ann Triplett and Teal Wicks to Join Andrew Lippa in THE LIFE OF THE PARTY at TheatreWorks
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's 47th season will feature American Premiere of the surprise London hit, THE LIFE OF THE PARTY, running August 24 - September 18, starring Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes WAITRESS' Three-Time Tony-Nominee Christopher Fitzgerald
by Theater People Podcast - Jul 20, 2016

On Wednesday, July 20th, the Theater People podcast welcomes three-time Tony Award-nominee, Christopher Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald began working professionally in New York theater in the late 1990s. His early work includes roles in the controversial Terrance McNally play CORPUS CHRISTI and the Broadway production of AMOUR. (more...)

Dance, Bluegrass, Music, Comedy, Lectures and More Set for Schimmel Center's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

Schimmel Center is proud to announce the 2016-2017 season at The Schimmel Center at Pace University located at 3 Spruce Street between Park Row and Gold Street in downtown Manhattan, near City Hall, the new Fulton Street stop and the Brooklyn Bridge. (more...)

AUDIO: Stephen Sondheim Chats About Favorite Rhymes and Musicals Ahead Of Their Times
by Michael Dale - Jul 19, 2016

The senior statesman of American musical theatre in a casual chat with BBC's Mark Lawson. (more...)

Light Opera Works to Present MAME This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

Jerry Herman's Broadway classic MAME, with 26-piece orchestra, will be staged by Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium in Evanston, August 20 through 28. (more...)

The National Tour of Curve's New Production of SISTER ACT Announces Casting
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

Jamie Wilson is delighted to announce casting for the national tour of Curve's all new production of the hit musical comedy SISTER ACT, directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood and opening at Curve on Saturday 30 July 2016 and visiting The Bristol Hippodrome from the 19th - 24th September 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: MARY POPPINS Storms into North Shore Music Theatre
by Justin J Sacramone - Jul 18, 2016

If North Shore Music Theatre's production of Mary Poppins was conceived to prove Murphy's Law right (Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong), then producer Bill Hanney and director Kevin P. Hill have crafted a masterpiece. Perhaps it's best described through the disbelief of Michael Banks following an afternoon spent rollicking in the park with his mystical nanny; 'Did that really just happen?' It certainly did and with a calamitous kerplunk. (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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CABARET, Starring Robin de Jesus and Kaleigh Cronin, Coming to Music Circus This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

The 66th Music Circus season continues with the multiple Tony Award-winning musical theatre classic Cabaret. Performances are Tuesday, July 26 through Sunday, July 31 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. (more...)

BWW Review: MARY POPPINS Storms into North Shore Music Theatre
by Justin J Sacramone - Jul 15, 2016

If North Shore Music Theatre's production of Mary Poppins was conceived to prove Murphy's Law right (Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong), then producer Bill Hanney and director Kevin P. Hill have crafted a masterpiece. Perhaps it's best described through the disbelief of Michael Banks following an afternoon spent rollicking in the park with his mystical nanny; 'Did that really just happen?' It certainly did and with a calamitous kerplunk. (more...)

Set Designer Derek McLane Garners Two Emmy Nominations for THE WIZ LIVE & THE OSCARS
by Caryn Robbins - Jul 15, 2016

Yesterday, Tony and Emmy Award-winning production designer Derek McLane was the recipient of two Outstanding Production Design Emmy Award nominations for NBC's THE WIZ LIVE! and the 2015 ACADEMY AWARDS. (more...)

SHEAR MADNESS, Starring Cady Huffman, Returns Tonight at New Home
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Shear Madness, the hit comedy whodunit, resumes performances at the Davenport Theatre (354 West 45th Street) tonight, Friday July 15th. (more...)

Bloom & Wolf's INSOMNIA: A NEW MUSICAL to Play MITF This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

The Midtown International Theater Festival (MITF) presents Insomnia with music and lyrics by Charles Bloom and book by Theo Wolf. Ovi Vargas directs a cast of seven, including Philip Skinner, Jesse Manocherian*, Anette Michelle Sanders*, Lauren Lukacek*, Chris Brick*, Tyler Milliron*, and Dennis Holland* (Bway: The Music Man, Peter Pan). Insomnia is being staged at the Main Stage, 312 West 36th Street in New York City from August 2-7, 2016. (more...)

Named Las Vegas' "Comedian Of The Year" Nine Years in a Row; Rita Rudner Comes to The Colonial
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

Tickets to Rita Rudner are $35 and $65. Contact the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield by calling 413-997-4444. Tickets can also be bought online at www.berkshiretheatregroup.org. The Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of SEUSSICAL at Music Circus - Jason Graae, Sharon Wilkins and More!
by Stage Tube - Jul 14, 2016

The 66th Music Circus season continues with the delightful and enduring musical Seussical. Explore the witty, wild and whimsical world of Dr. Seuss as you've never seen it before. Travel back to your childhood to the land of the Whos and the Jungle of Nool, and rediscover the delightfully zany characters imagined by one of the most beloved storytellers of all time. Created by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island), this is one visit to the doctor that neither kids nor parents will mind, an enchanting musical where anything's possible.  BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Jason Graae, Sharon Wilkins, John Treacy Egan, Bets Malone and More in SEUSSICAL at Music Circus
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

The 66th Music Circus season continues with the delightful and enduring musical Seussical, playing now thru July 17. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Cast Recording Of FUNNY GIRL Featuring Sheridan Smith To Be Released 5 August 2016
by Edward Baker - Jul 13, 2016

Sheridan Smith brings her unique vocals and phenomenal performance as Fanny Brice to the London cast recording of the critically-acclaimed West End production of Funny Girl, to be released on Decca Records on 5th August. (more...)

Amy Stiller to Kick Off Solofest at Cornelia Street Cafe
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

Actress/writer Amy Stiller, daughter of comedy duo Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, sister of Hollywood powerhouse, Ben Stiller, will kick off  SOLOFEST at The Cornelia Street Cafe on Wednesday, July 13, at 6pm. (more...)

Broadway to Dim Lights This Week in Memory of John McMartin
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

The Broadway community mourns the loss of five-time Tony Award-nominated actor John McMartin, who passed away on July 6th at age 86. The marquees of Broadway theaters in New York will be dimmed in his memory on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes ALADDIN Tony-Winner James Monroe Iglehart
by Theater People Podcast - Jul 11, 2016

On Monday, July 11, the Theater People podcast welcomes Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart. Iglehart made his Broadway debut in 2007 as Mitch in THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE. In 2009 he originated the role of Bobby in the Tony Award winning Best Musical, MEMPHIS. (more...)

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine Ponder Their Success as INTO THE WOODS Opens at The Menier Chocolate Factory
by Michael Dale - Jul 10, 2016

Guess which one is the optimist of the pair and which one thinks everything will flop. (more...)

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