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WPA Theater (New York, NY)
519 West 23rd St.

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Based on the novel by Kurt Vonnegut

A rich man attempts a noble experiment with human nature resulting in an etched-in-acid portrayal of greed, hypocrisy, and follies of the flesh.


Lyricist David Zippel Departs Fierstein's MRS. DOUBTFIRE Stage Musical?
by TV News Desk - Sep 9, 2015

Today Page Six of the The New York Post reports hat the in-development production has hit a snafu. (more...)

Alice Ripley, Lilli Cooper & More to Introduce 2016 Jonathan Larson Award Winner at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

Introducing 2016 Jonathan Larson Award Winner Sam Salmond with a sneak peek at musicals in development, performed by a cast of Broadway's best including Tony Award Winner Alice Ripley* (NEXT TO NORMAL, AMERICAN PSYCHO), Ato Blankson-Wood (HAIR, THE TOTAL BENT), Lilli Cooper**(SPRING AWAKENING, SPONGEBOB), Michael Linden (SPRING AWAKENING tour), Bonnie Milligan (God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater), Shakina Nayfack (Hulu's :DIFFICULT PEOPLE,' MANIFEST PUSSY), Larry Owens (FAT CAMP), Jon Rua (HAMILTON), Preston Sadleir (NEXT TO NORMAL), Taylor Trensch (CURIOUS INCIDENT, BARE), Barrett Wilbert Weed (HEATHERS, FOUND), Noah Zachary (POSTER BOY), and more to be announced! (more...)

BrightSide Theatre Presents Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

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Rubicon Theatre's COPENHAGEN Begins Previews Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2015

Rubicon Theatre Company welcomes stage and screen veterans Linda Purl, Brett Rickaby and Peter Van Norden to star in the company's mainstage production of the Tony-Award winning play COPENHAGEN, directed by international artist Judy Hegarty Lovett. (more...)

Sam Salmond, 2016 Jonathan Larson Grant Winner, to Perform at Adelphi University
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (AUPAC) is proud to present the Larson Legacy Concert showcasing the work of Sam Salmond, a recipient of The American Theatre Wing's 2015 Jonathan Larson Grants, on Sunday, September 25, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. in the Olmsted Theatre. Join Sam and a gang of Broadway's best for an exciting preview of multiple new musicals in development.  It'll be an afternoon of pop rock, laughter and catharsis. Enjoy one-of-a-kind songs about outcasts, LGBT heroes, teenage romance, rock 'n roll housewives, mad scientists and more. (more...)

Linda Purl, Brett Rickaby and Peter Van Norden Lead COPENHAGEN, Opening Tonight at Rubicon
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2015

Rubicon Theatre Company welcomes stage and screen veterans Linda Purl, Brett Rickaby and Peter Van Norden in the company's mainstage production of the Tony-Award winning play COPENHAGEN, directed by international artist Judy Hegarty Lovett. (more...)

Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID Opens in June at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & McCOY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT invite you to journey "Under The Sea" as it presents the fifth and final show of its 2015-2016 season, THE LITTLE MERMAID, music by Alan Menkcn, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, book by Doug Wright, musical direction by Colin R. Freeman, choreography by John MacInnis and directed by Glenn Casale.  (more...)

Peninsula Players Host Free Reading of 'WHO AM I THIS TIME?'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

? Peninsula Players Theatre will present a reading of "Who Am I This Time? (& Other Conundrums of Love)" by Aaron Posner, adapted from stories by Kurt Vonnegut at Bjorklunden at 7590 Boynton Lane, Baileys Harbor at 7p.m., Monday, April 4.  Posner's charming comedy explores love, pure and complicated, by weaving short stories from Vonnegut's early masterpiece "Welcome to the Monkey House."   Join the Players reading of comedic love stories that explores, with warm hilarity, human foibles in a small town.  Admission is free. (more...)

New England Premiere of Kurt Vonnegut's GOD BLESS YOU, MR. ROSEWATER to Open at Cape Cod Community College
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2016

While the remarkable and long awaited New England Premier of Kurt Vonnegut's 'God Bless You Mr. Rosewater,' is just a few short weeks away from being played out on Cape Cod Community College's Tilden Arts Center Main Stage. (more...)

Want to Be in RUNAWAYS? Encores! Off-Center Will Hold Open Auditions for Teen Cast!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

Want to be in an Encores! production? This is your chance! New York City Center will hold an open audition for teen actors (ages 13-18) on Saturday, March 19, at Talent Unlimited High School (317 East 67th Street) for the Encores! Off-Center production of Runaways-Elizabeth Swados' landmark 1978 musical about the stories, fears, and fantasies of young people living on the streets. (more...)

VIDEO PROFILE: Remembering Howard Ashman On The 25th Anniversary Of His Passing
by Michael Dale - Mar 14, 2016

The lyricist of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, THE LITTLE MERMAID and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and was lost to AIDS at age 40. (more...)

BWW Livestream: Watch Lincoln Center's Artist to Artist with Stage and Screen Composer Alan Menken!
by Stage Tube - Jun 3, 2015

Best known for his scores to The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Pocahontas, multiple Academy Award winner Alan Menken will discuss artist process with emerging playwright and songwriter Michael Mitnick. A part of Lincoln Center's Artist to Artist series, the conversation will be held tonight at 7:30pm, at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage . BroadwayWorld is excited to invite you to tune in below to watch the livestream! (more...)

Tune in Tonight for Artist to Artist Livestream with Alan Menken!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2015

Best known for his scores to The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Pocahontas, multiple Academy Award winner Alan Menken will discuss artist process with emerging playwright and songwriter Michael Mitnick. A part of Lincoln Center's Artist to Artist series, the conversation will be held tonight at 7:30pm, at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage . BroadwayWorld will be bringing you a livestream of the conversation, and you can tune in at 7:30pm to watch the full event! (more...)

Maxamoo Podcast's July Preview Discusses NYMF, Encores' Off-Center, OSLO, THE GOLDEN BRIDE, More
by Maxamoo - Jun 29, 2016

Jack, David, and Lindsay discuss what we're looking forward to this month at the theater beyond Broadway. Runaways, Off-Center Jamboree! and Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater at Encores! Off-Center (We also get to hear about Jack's stage debut in a production of Runaways at age 11!) (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 6/28/2016 - WAR PAINT, Barbara Cook and More!
by Jessica Khan - Jun 28, 2016

Today's big news: WAR PAINT, starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, begins tonight at the Goodman, THE ROSE TATTOO with Marisa Tomei starts in Williamstown and more! (more...)

A WHOLE NEW WORLD OF ALAN MENKEN to Debut at Segerstrom Center This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2016

Disney aficionados, film buffs and musical theater lovers can expect an evening like no other when eight-time Oscar-winner Alan Menken comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts performing his own music and sharing entertaining anecdotes about his unrivaled career. (more...)

James Earl Jones, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Kate Wetherhead & More Join Cast of Encores! Off-Center's GOD BLESS YOU, MR. ROSEWATER
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2016

New York City Center today announced casting for the Encores! Off-Center production of Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. The first musical written by the blockbuster team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, the Off-Center productionwill star Skylar Astin, Derrick Baskin, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Nick Choksi, Eddie Cooper, Kevin Del Aguila, Santino Fontana, Clark Johnson, James Earl Jones, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Eddie Korbich, Marla Louissaint, Liz McCartney, Bonnie Milligan, Brynn O'Malley, and Kate Wetherhead. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes of Encores! First Off-Center Show of the Season- RUNAWAYS
by Nora Dominick - Jun 22, 2016

New Your City Center's Encores! Off-Center series is back and better than ever! The series will present RUNAWAYS from July 6-9th. Before the production goes up, BroadwayWorld has your first look behind the scenes at rehearsals this past weekend.  (more...)

Jeanine Tesori, Lisa Kron & More Set for Encores! Off-Center's Lobby Project
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

The Lobby Project, a series of free pre-show events presented in conjunction with New York City Center's Encores! Off-Center season, will take place July 6-9 & 27-30. These events provide an insightful exploration of the topics and themes presented in the season's musicals through performances, conversations with artists and experts, workshops, and a Menken Mixtape contest in which the winners will perform their Alan Menken remixes for Menken himself. The Lobby Project events take place in City Center's Grand Tier lobby one hour before curtain and are free for that evening's ticket holders. (more...)

Cool Off This Summer with NYC Theatre - A Complete Guide of the Hottest Shows of the Season!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2016

Where better to escape the New York City heat than in the comfort of a theatre? Below, we're rounding up some of the hottest shows of the summer- brought to you by The New York City Spectacular! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 9, 2016
by - Jul 9, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 9 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 4, 2016
by - Jul 4, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 4 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW Review: Encores! Off-Center's GOD BLESS YOU, MR. ROSEWATER Stresses The Importance of Being Earnest
by Michael Dale - Jul 30, 2016

The 1979 Off-Broadway musical was the first collaboration from Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. (more...)

Photo Flash: Broadway Catches Some Zzzs for Saturday Intermission Pics!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2016

It's Saturday, and that means it's time for what has become one of the theatre community's most beloved traditions- BroadwayWorld's 'Saturday Intermission Pics' roundup! This week's edition features some backstage shots from the Broadway company of Cats, The Phantom of the Opera and more! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 3, 2016
by - Jul 3, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 3 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 7/28/2016 - ENGAGEMENTS, QUIETLY, Darlene Love & More!
by Jessica Khan - Jul 28, 2016

Today's big news: ENGAGEMENTS opens at Second Stage Uptown, QUIETLY officially bows at Irish Rep, Darlene Love joins TRIP OF LOVE Off-Broadway, and BROADWAY AT BRYANT PARK continues with GREAT COMET's Denee Benton and more! (more...)

BWW TV: Watch Highlights from Encores! GOD BLESS YOU, MR. ROSEWATER
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 27, 2016

Next up at Encores! Off-Center is Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. The first musical written by the blockbuster team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, the Off-Center production will star Skylar Astin, Derrick Baskin, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Nick Choksi, Eddie Cooper, Kevin Del Aguila, Santino Fontana, Clark Johnson, James Earl Jones, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Kevin Ligon, Marla Louissaint, Liz McCartney, Bonnie Milligan, Brynn O'Malley, and Kate Wetherhead. Check out a sneak peek of the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 24, 2016
by - Jul 24, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 24 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 23, 2016
by - Jul 23, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 23 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 7/21/2016 - MOTOWN Re-Opens and More!
by Jessica Khan - Jul 21, 2016

Today's big news: The casts of PARAMOUR, LES MIZ and more will perform at BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK today, Broadway musicians gather in Times Square to support Nice, and MOTOWN re-opens on Broadway tonight! (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 7/20/2016 - 'PIRATES', MEN ON BOATS, Junie B. Jones and More!
by Jessica Khan - Jul 20, 2016

Today's big news: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, starring Will Swenson, opens tonight at Barrington Stage, MEN ON BOATS (more here) and Junie B. Jones arrive Off-Broadway, and the company of Encores! Off-Center's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater meets the press, so stay tuned for coverage! (more...)

BWW TV: Next Up at Encores! Off-Center... Preview Menken & Ashman's First Musical, GOD BLESS YOU, MR. ROSEWATER
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 20, 2016

Next up at Encores! Off-Center is Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. The first musical written by the blockbuster team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, the Off-Center production will star Skylar Astin, Derrick Baskin, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Nick Choksi, Eddie Cooper, Kevin Del Aguila, Santino Fontana, Clark Johnson, James Earl Jones, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Eddie Korbich, Marla Louissaint, Liz McCartney, Bonnie Milligan, Brynn O'Malley, and Kate Wetherhead. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 2, 2016
by - Jul 2, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 2 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 17, 2016
by - Jul 17, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 17 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 16, 2016
by - Jul 16, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 16 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Ruthie Ann Miles & More Set for THE ONE BEFORE as Part of New York City Center's Lobby Project
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

Prior to their breakthrough musicals, many writers had extraordinary early-career shows hit the stage that you may not have heard of. From Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty's Lucky Stiff to Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart's Poor Little Ritz Girl to William Finn's In Trousers, these pieces of work represent our best Broadway writers.... before Broadway knew their names. Join us to hear auspicious songs from the influential shows that shaped careers and lives, just as Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater shaped the futures of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 11, 2016
by - Jul 11, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 11 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 10, 2016
by - Jul 10, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 10 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Breaking News: Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Musical HAPPY TRAILS Coming to Broadway in 2016? Menken, Slater & McAnuff Join Creative Team
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2015

Producer Larry G. Spangler and The Spangler Group announced today the creative team for HAPPY TRAILS, a new musical based on the life and career of American icons Roy Rogers and his wife Dale Evans. The musical will feature original music by Tony and multiAcademy Award-winner Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act), lyrics by Tony nominee Glenn Slater (Sister Act, Tangled, ABC-TV's Galavant, upcoming School of Rock), a book by Academy Award-winner Marshall Brickman (Annie Hall, Manhattan, Jersey Boys, The Addams Family), and direction by two-time Tony Award-winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys, Big River, Tommy). (more...)

Alan Menken, David Zippel and Harvey Fierstein Are Writing a MRS. DOUBTFIRE Musical!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2015

Alan Menken, who just boarded Broadway's HAPPY TRAILS creative team, confirmed to Entertainment Weekly today that he is also collaborating with David Zippel and Harvey Fierstein on a musical adaptation of MRS. DOUBTFIRE. (more...)

Skyler Astin, Jonathan Groff & More Join Encores! Off-Center 2016 Season; Jeanine Tesori Will Depart as Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

The 2016 season will be Tesori's fourth and final season leading Encores! Off-Center. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: Remembering Howard Ashman and GOD BLESS YOU, MR. ROSEWATER
by Michael Dale - Feb 5, 2016

The first musical by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman was an adventurous sign of things to come. (more...)

Nikki Renee Daniels, Andre De Shields, John Larroquette & More Will Lead Starry Cast of Encores! 1776
by BWW News Desk - Feb 29, 2016

Encores! Artistic Director Jack Viertel today announced casting for the Encores! production of 1776, the classic Tony Award-winning musical about how the founding fathers drafted the Declaration of Independence and gave birth to a new nation. 1776 will star Terence Archie, John Behlmann, Larry Bull, Nikki Renee Daniels, Andre De Shields, Macintyre Dixon, Santino Fontana, Alexander Gemignani, John Hickok, John Hillner, John Larroquette, Kevin Ligon, John-Michael Lyles, Laird Mackintosh, Michael McCormick, Michael Medeiros, Christiane Noll, Bryce Pinkham, Wayne Pretlow, Tom Alan Robbins, Robert Sella, Ric Stoneback, Jubilant Sykes, Vishal Vaidya, Nicholas Ward, and Jacob Keith Watson.  (more...)

Breaking! Cleveland Play House's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Starring Lauren Molina, Announces Full Cast
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2015

Squeals of delight and blood-curdling screams of fright will fill the Allen Theatre as Cleveland Play House's (CPH) Centennial Season continues with a humorous and heartfelt production of Little Shop of Horrors. Hearkening back to its very first productions in 1915 that featured sophisticated marionettes, CPH is bringing the cheeky and blood-thirsty plant Audrey II to life in a production that will be every vocal coach's dream - and every hemophobic's worst nightmare! (more...)

Nick Cordero, Richard H. Blake, Bobby Conte Thornton, Ariana DeBose and More to Lead A BRONX TALE on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Producers Tommy Mottola, the Dodgers, and Tribeca Productions have just announced casting for the Broadway premiere of A BRONX TALE THE MUSICAL, the new musical featuring a book by Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri, music by Oscar, Grammy, and Tony Award winner Alan Menken, and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Oscar and Tony Award nominee Glenn Slater, co-directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo. (more...)

Twenty-Four to Make Broadway Debuts as 'GREAT COMET' Announces Complete Cast
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Complete casting has been announced for the new musical NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812, featuring the Broadway debuts of 24 cast and creative team members, including Josh Groban* as 'Pierre' and Denee Benton* as 'Natasha.' (more...)

Linda Purl, Brett Rickaby and Peter Van Norden to Lead Rubicon Theatre's COPENHAGEN; Sets Sept Opening!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

Rubicon Theatre Company just announced stage and screen veterans Linda Purl, Brett Rickaby and Peter Van Norden will star in the company's mainstage production of the Tony-Award winning play COPENHAGEN, directed by international artist Judy Hegarty Lovett. (more...)

Deaf Actor to Play Quasimodo in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME's Los Angeles Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts & McCoy Rigby Entertainment will present the first show of its 2016-2017 season, the Los Angeles premiere production of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Peter Parnell, musical direction by Dennis Castellano, choreography by Dana Solimando and directed by Glenn Casale. (more...)

Alan Menken, Robert De Niro & More to be Honored at Paper Mill Playhouse's Annual Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

Paper Mill Playhouse is hosting its largest fundraising event of the year, the Paper Mill Playhouse Gala on Friday, May 6, at the renowned Hilton Short Hills. The reception and silent auction begin at 6:00pm followed by dinner and dancing featuring The Eddie Bruce Band.  (more...)

Official: Composer-Lyricist Michael Friedman Will Take Over City Center's Encores! Off-Center Series
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Just announced, Obie Award-winning BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON composer and lyricist Michael Friedman will take over as artistic director of New York City Center's popular Encores! Off-Center summer musical theater series. (more...)

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