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Based on the novel The World of Henry Orient by Nora Johnson

Masur And Playten Are 'THE OLDSMOBILES' At The Flea Theatre 10/1 - 11/14Masur And Playten Are 'THE OLDSMOBILES' At The Flea Theatre 10/1 - 11/14
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2009

The Flea Theater will present the World Premiere of Roger Rosenblatt's THE OLDSMOBILES. Directed by Jim Simpson, the production stars Richard Masur and Alice Playten in the title roles. Performances of this Off-Broadway limited engagement begin previews on October 1st with opening night slated for Saturday, October 17th. (more...)

Off-Bway Premiere of Solms' 'IT MUST BE HIM,'  Ends 8/26Off-Bway Premiere of Solms' 'IT MUST BE HIM,' Ends 8/26
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2010

Producer Orin Wolf and Off the Aisle Productions have announced that It Must Be Him, a new comedy by Kenny Solms, co-creator and writer of the legendary, Emmy Award-winning 'Carol Burnett Show,' will premiere this summer at the Peter J. Sharp Theatre (416 West 42nd Street). Directed by Daniel Kutner, It Must Be Him began performances on Tuesday, August 24, and officially opened on Wednesday, September 1. The limited engagement ends Sunday, September 26. (more...)

James Rocco to Join Rob Ashford, Susan Stroman and More as BROADWAY SALUTES Inductee, TodayJames Rocco to Join Rob Ashford, Susan Stroman and More as BROADWAY SALUTES Inductee, Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2013

James Rocco (Vice President Programming and Producing Artistic Director of Ordway Center for the Performing Arts) is being recognized for his 25 Years of Dedication to the theatre at 3:30 p.m. on September 24, 2013 at the Times Square Visitor Center. The Broadway League and Coalition of Broadway Unions will be inducting James as well as Rob Ashford, Karen Azenberg, Jeff Calhoun, Sheldon Epps, Joey McKneely, Gregory Mosher and Susan Stroman into BROADWAY SALUTES. (more...)

Photo Coverage: 'If It Only Even Runs a Minute 3' at Le Poisson RougePhoto Coverage: 'If It Only Even Runs a Minute 3' at Le Poisson Rouge
by Monica Simoes - Sep 2, 2010

On Sunday, August 29, If It Only Even Runs A Minute 3 played Le Poisson Rouge. The concert was the third edition of an evening of rare and inspiring songs, anecdotes, and photos from Broadway musicals that may not have been fully appreciated the first time around. The evening features performances and stories from original cast members of several of the featured shows. BroadwayWorld was on hand and brings you photo coverage below. (more...)

James Rocco to Join Rob Ashford, Susan Stroman and More as BROADWAY SALUTES Inductee, 9/24James Rocco to Join Rob Ashford, Susan Stroman and More as BROADWAY SALUTES Inductee, 9/24
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2013

James Rocco (Vice President Programming and Producing Artistic Director of Ordway Center for the Performing Arts) is being recognized for his 25 Years of Dedication to the theatre at 3:30 p.m. on September 24, 2013 at the Times Square Visitor Center. The Broadway League and Coalition of Broadway Unions will be inducting James as well as Rob Ashford, Karen Azenberg, Jeff Calhoun, Sheldon Epps, Joey McKneely, Gregory Mosher and Susan Stroman into BROADWAY SALUTES. (more...)

BREAKING NEWS: Bobby Cannavale to Star Opposite Lauren Ambrose in FUNNY GIRLBREAKING NEWS: Bobby Cannavale to Star Opposite Lauren Ambrose in FUNNY GIRL
by BWW - Sep 13, 2011

Two-time Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Bobby Cannavale will star as Nick Arnstein opposite Lauren Ambrose, who will star as Fanny Brice, in the first Broadway revival of FUNNY GIRL since the 1964 original production. FUNNY GIRL, which features music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill and book by Isobel Lennart, will be directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher. (more...)

Review - If It Only Even Runs A Minute 3: The World Belongs To The YoungReview - If It Only Even Runs A Minute 3: The World Belongs To The Young
by Ben Peltz - Sep 12, 2010

After reading far too many obituaries claiming, while not exactly mourning, the death of the Broadway musical, insisting that the art form can only be revived by injections of the kind of music that appeals to today's young audiences, I decided to take a night off from cabarets and piano bars a couple of Sundays ago to see what kind of songs were going to save the hallowed grounds of Gershwin, Porter and Rodgers. (more...)

Baayork Lee Honored with Actors' Equity's 2014 Paul Robeson Citation AwardBaayork Lee Honored with Actors' Equity's 2014 Paul Robeson Citation Award
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2014

Asian American actor, dancer, singer, choreographer, director and author Baayork Lee has received the 2014 Paul Robeson Citation Award presented by the Actors' Equity Foundation. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Hal PrinceInDepth InterView: Hal Prince
by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 24, 2010

Last week I conducted an illuminating InDepth InterView with legendary producer and director Harold Prince in which we discussed his singular career, having won more Tony Awards than any other person on the planet for his near one-hundred productions since his start as George Abbott's assistant producer over fifty years ago. He produced such landmark musicals as DAMN YANKEES, THE PAJAMA GAME and WEST SIDE STORY in the 1950s and then went on to become a director in his own right with Kander & Ebb's FLORA, THE RED MENANCE (Liza Minnelli's Broadway debut), CABARET into the Sondheim series of masterpieces in the 1970s - COMPANY, FOLLIES, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, PACIFIC OVERTURES, SWEENEY TODD - bridging into his two biggest commercial successes, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals EVITA and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Celebrating its 23rd year on Broadway in January, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is the most successful entertainment of all time, more than any other musical, television show or even feature film in history. It's a juggernaut like no other and the mystery, magic and majesty that had made the show such a rousing success is thanks to the masterful eye-of-all-eyes, the true master director of the American Theatre, Harold Prince. But, will he be doing the sequel? (more...)

BWW Reviews: If It Only Even Runs a Minute 4BWW Reviews: If It Only Even Runs a Minute 4
by Jena Tesse Fox - Oct 18, 2010

Fans of forgotten musicals should be flocking to this freshman concert series, which celebrates Broadway's hidden treasures. (more...)

Masur And Playten Are 'THE OLDSMOBILES' At The Flea Theatre 10/1 - 11/14Masur And Playten Are 'THE OLDSMOBILES' At The Flea Theatre 10/1 - 11/14
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2009

The Flea Theater will present the World Premiere of Roger Rosenblatt's THE OLDSMOBILES. Directed by Jim Simpson, the production stars Richard Masur and Alice Playten in the title roles. Performances of this Off-Broadway limited engagement begin previews on October 1st with opening night slated for Saturday, October 17th. (more...)

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF SONG Begins Performances 12/13 at St. Luke'sTHE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF SONG Begins Performances 12/13 at St. Luke's
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2012

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF SONG: The Music of Harold Arlen, a musical revue featuring Stormy Weather, Come Rain or Come Shine, Paper Moon, Accentuate-The-Positive, Lets Fall in Love, and all the much-loved tunes from THE WIZARD OF OZ, begins previews at St. Luke's Theatre, 308 West 46th Street, NYC on Thursday, December 13 and opens officially on Thursday, January 10 at 8 PM. (more...)

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF SONG Begins Dec 13 at St. Luke'sTHE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF SONG Begins Dec 13 at St. Luke's
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2012

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF SONG: The Music of Harold Arlen, a musical revue featuring Stormy Weather, Come Rain or Come Shine, Paper Moon, Accentuate-The-Positive, Lets Fall in Love, and all the much-loved tunes from THE WIZARD OF OZ, begins previews at St. Luke's Theatre, 308 West 46th Street, NYC on Thursday, December 13 and opens officially on Thursday, January 10 at 8 PM. (more...)

Masur And Playten Are 'THE OLDSMOBILES' At The Flea Theatre 10/1 - 11/14Masur And Playten Are 'THE OLDSMOBILES' At The Flea Theatre 10/1 - 11/14
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2009

The Flea Theater will present the World Premiere of Roger Rosenblatt's THE OLDSMOBILES. Directed by Jim Simpson, the production stars Richard Masur and Alice Playten in the title roles. Performances of this Off-Broadway limited engagement begin previews on October 1st with opening night slated for Saturday, October 17th. (more...)

Masur And Playten Are 'THE OLDSMOBILES' At The Flea Theatre 10/1 - 11/14Masur And Playten Are 'THE OLDSMOBILES' At The Flea Theatre 10/1 - 11/14
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2009

The Flea Theater will present the World Premiere of Roger Rosenblatt's THE OLDSMOBILES. Directed by Jim Simpson, the production stars Richard Masur and Alice Playten in the title roles. Performances of this Off-Broadway limited engagement begin previews on October 1st with opening night slated for Saturday, October 17th. (more...)

DancersOver40 Hosts Tribute to Michael Bennett 5/17DancersOver40 Hosts Tribute to Michael Bennett 5/17
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2010

Dancers Over 40 continues its fascinating series of tributes to Broadway dance greats with Michael Bennett: A Joyful Noise, featuring an impressive roster of Broadway veterans who worked with the great choreographer/director, Monday May 17th at 8 PM, St. Luke's Theater. (more...)

DancersOver40 Hosts Tribute to Michael Bennett 5/17DancersOver40 Hosts Tribute to Michael Bennett 5/17
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2010

Dancers Over 40 continues its fascinating series of tributes to Broadway dance greats with Michael Bennett: A Joyful Noise, featuring an impressive roster of Broadway veterans who worked with the great choreographer/director, Monday May 17th at 8 PM, St. Luke's Theater. (more...)

CARNIVAL London Cast Recording Gets Limited Edition Release this SpringCARNIVAL London Cast Recording Gets Limited Edition Release this Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2011

On April 21, 1961, Broadway audiences and critics fellhead-over-heels in love with the new musical Carnival. Produced by David Merrick and adapted from the MGM film Lili by Michael Stewart (from thescreenplay by Helen Deutsch, itself adapted from a Paul Gallico short storyentitled The Man Who Hated People), theshow was directed and choreographed by Gower Champion and had a tuneful andmemorable score by Bob Merrill. The critics raved - in the Daily News, John Chapman wrote that Carnival was 'enchantment from the moment the houselights godown.' And so it was, pureenchantment, despite its darker elements - it ran on Broadway for 719 performances, and had a best-selling original cast recording (which debuted atnumber one on the Billboard chart) and 'Love Makes The World Go Round' became amuch-sung song, covered by many of the popular singers of the time. Carnival was nominated for seven Tony Awards, winning two(one for Alberghetti - in a tie with Diahann Carroll - and one for Will StevenArmstrong's scenic design). The show had a successful national tour, as well. (more...)

Kritzerland to Release CARNIVAL Album in MayKritzerland to Release CARNIVAL Album in May
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2011

On April 21, 1961, Broadway audiences and critics fell head-over-heels in love with the new musical Carnival. Produced by David Merrick and adapted from the MGM film Lili by Michael Stewart (from the screenplay by Helen Deutsch, itself adapted from a Paul Gallico short story entitled The Man Who Hated People), the show was directed and choreographed by Gower Champion and had a tuneful and memorable score by Bob Merrill. The critics raved - in the Daily News, John Chapman wrote that Carnival was 'enchantment from the moment the houselights go down.' And so it was, pure enchantment, despite its darker elements - it ran on Broadway for 719 performances, and had a best-selling original cast recording (which debuted at number one on the Billboard chart) and 'Love Makes The World Go Round' became a much-sung song, covered by many of the popular singers of the time. Carnival was nominated for seven Tony Awards, winning two (one for Alberghetti - in a tie with Diahann Carroll - and one for Will Steven Armstrong's scenic design). The show had a successful national tour, as well. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Lauren Molina's Newest Music Video 'Try to Say'STAGE TUBE: Lauren Molina's Newest Music Video 'Try to Say'
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 13, 2011

Lauren Molina has released her newest music video to the song 'Try to Say' off of her latest album 'Seat for Two.' According to Molina, the video concept was born out of the idea of an actor's nightmare, morphing int on 'Alice in Wonderland' like chacse through a mirror to find a run away heart. Molina teamed up with animator Noella Borie and the video was created using traditional paper cut animation. (more...)

Kritzerland at Sterling's Announces TAKE ME ALONG Bob Merrill Tribute for 4/1, North HollywoodKritzerland at Sterling's Announces TAKE ME ALONG Bob Merrill Tribute for 4/1, North Hollywood
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2012

Kritzerland at Sterling's will host TAKE ME ALONG, a tribute to the great songs of Bob Merrill, both as composer/lyricist and lyricist, on April 1st at 7pm. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Lauren Molina, Nick Cearley Strip Down Carole KingSTAGE TUBE: Lauren Molina, Nick Cearley Strip Down Carole King
by Stage Tube - Mar 1, 2012

Broadway veteran Lauren Molina recently started a Youtube series called 'Stripped Down' under the band name The Skivvies, with Nick Cearley. In the video below they perform 'I Feel the Earth Move' by Carole King. For updates subscribe to www.youtube.com/lomo212. (more...)

NEW GIRL IN TOWN Begins Previews 7/18 at Irish Repertory TheatreNEW GIRL IN TOWN Begins Previews 7/18 at Irish Repertory Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2012

Irish Repertory Theatre continues its 24th Season with Bob Merrill and George Abbott's NEW GIRL IN TOWN - a Tony-nominated musical based on Eugene O'Neill's ANNA CHRISTIE - with previews set to begin July 18, prior to an official press opening July 26 at Off-Broadway's award-winning Irish Repertory Theatre (132 West 22nd Street). (more...)

Alice Playten Passes Away at 63Alice Playten Passes Away at 63
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2011

Actress Alice Playten, whose career spanned nearly five decades in some of Broadway and television's most recognizable productions, passed away this morning from heart failure at Sloan Kettering Hospital. She was 63 years old. (more...)

Lauren Molina Records 'She Loves You' for Beatles Complete on UkuleleLauren Molina Records 'She Loves You' for Beatles Complete on Ukulele
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2011

Broadway veteran Lauren Molina has just released a cover of 'She Loves You' for Beatles Complete on Ukulele. Check it out by visiting: www.thebeatlescompleteonukulele.com. Molina said of the recording: 'I wanted to take a very different approach to the song, with a female voice, taking out the pop, and making it much more moody, layering cellos, and driving drum machine beats.' (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long-Running Hits - PIPPIN!Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long-Running Hits - PIPPIN!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 30, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's Pippin below! (more...)

NEW GIRL IN TOWN Begins Previews at Irish Repertory Theatre Tonight, 7/18NEW GIRL IN TOWN Begins Previews at Irish Repertory Theatre Tonight, 7/18
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2012

Irish Repertory Theatre continues its 24th Season with Bob Merrill and George Abbott's NEW GIRL IN TOWN - a Tony-nominated musical based on Eugene O'Neill's ANNA CHRISTIE - with previews beginning tonight, July 18, prior to an official press opening July 26 at Off-Broadway's award-winning Irish Repertory Theatre (132 West 22nd Street). (more...)

Scolari, D'Abruzzo, et al. Set for Off-Bway Premiere of Solms' 'IT MUST BE HIM,' 8/24Scolari, D'Abruzzo, et al. Set for Off-Bway Premiere of Solms' 'IT MUST BE HIM,' 8/24
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2010

Producer Orin Wolf and Off the Aisle Productions have announced that It Must Be Him, a new comedy by Kenny Solms, co-creator and writer of the legendary, Emmy Award-winning 'Carol Burnett Show,' will premiere this summer at the Peter J. Sharp Theatre (416 West 42nd Street). Directed by Daniel Kutner, It Must Be Him will begin performances on Tuesday, August 24, and officially open on Wednesday, September 1. The limited engagement ends Sunday, September 26. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Lauren Molina, et al. Cover Britney Spears!STAGE TUBE: Lauren Molina, et al. Cover Britney Spears!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 13, 2011

Molina starred in the 2005 hit Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd and the Broadway production of ROCK OF AGES. Off-Broadway credits include, Henry, Sweet Henry (The York), Meet Me in St. Louis and Just So Stories (National Tour, Theatreworks/USA). Pianist Scott Bradlee enlisted the help of Molina, bassist Adam Kubota, and drummer Allan Mednard, put together a jazzy cover of Britney Spears' Till the World Ends. Check it out below! (more...)

Ilene Kristen Joins MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING 2/3Ilene Kristen Joins MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING 2/3
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2011

Ilene Kristen joins the cast of My Big Gay Italian Wedding February 3rd! She will fill the role of Aunt Toniann, currently played by Carla Marie Mercun. (more...)

Priscilla Lopez-Led SOMEWHERE Opens Tonight at TheatreWorksPriscilla Lopez-Led SOMEWHERE Opens Tonight at TheatreWorks
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2013

TheatreWorks presents Priscilla Lopez in the Giovanna Sardelli-helmed SOMEWHERE, playing Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, January 16 through February 10. She'll be joined on stage by Michael Rosen, Leo Ash Evens, Eddie Gutierrez and Michelle Cabinian. (more...)

Ilene Kristen Joins MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING 2/3Ilene Kristen Joins MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING 2/3
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2011

Ilene Kristen joins the cast of My Big Gay Italian Wedding February 3rd! She will fill the role of Aunt Toniann, currently played by Carla Marie Mercun. (more...)

Do You Hear the People Sing? Welcome the Company of LES MISERABLES for the Show's Broadway Return!Do You Hear the People Sing? Welcome the Company of LES MISERABLES for the Show's Broadway Return!
by Meet the Cast - Feb 28, 2014

Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schonberg's Tony Award-winning musical masterpiece LES MISERABLES begins previews on Broadway tomorrow, Saturday, March 1 at the Imperial Theatre. The official opening night for LES MISERABLES is Sunday, March 23. Scroll down to learn more about the full cast, plus watch a video of the company in rehearsal! (more...)

A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS CAROL Plays Balagan Theatre, 12/10A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS CAROL Plays Balagan Theatre, 12/10
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2012

In Seattle, Seattle Equity Actors, Mainstreet Musicals and the Balagan Theatre are presenting a concert performance of A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS CAROL on December 10th, at 7:30 PM BALAGAN THEATRE 1524, Harvard Avenue, Seattle, Washington. (more...)

Priscilla Lopez to Lead SOMEWHERE at TheatreWorks, 1/16-2/10Priscilla Lopez to Lead SOMEWHERE at TheatreWorks, 1/16-2/10
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2012

TheatreWorks has just announced that Priscilla Lopez will lead the Giovanna Sardelli-helmed SOMEWHERE, playing Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, January 16 through February 10. She'll be joined on stage by Michael Rosen, Leo Ash Evens, Eddie Gutierrez and Michelle Cabinian. (more...)

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF SONG Begins Tonight at St. Luke'sTHE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF SONG Begins Tonight at St. Luke's
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2012

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF SONG: The Music of Harold Arlen, a musical revue featuring Stormy Weather, Come Rain or Come Shine, Paper Moon, Accentuate-The-Positive, Lets Fall in Love, and all the much-loved tunes from THE WIZARD OF OZ, begins previews at St. Luke's Theatre, 308 West 46th Street, NYC tonight, December 13 and opens officially on Thursday, January 10 at 8 PM. (more...)

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF SONG Begins Performances 12/13 at St. Luke'sTHE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF SONG Begins Performances 12/13 at St. Luke's
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2012

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF SONG: The Music of Harold Arlen, a musical revue featuring Stormy Weather, Come Rain or Come Shine, Paper Moon, Accentuate-The-Positive, Lets Fall in Love, and all the much-loved tunes from THE WIZARD OF OZ, begins previews at St. Luke's Theatre, 308 West 46th Street, NYC today, December 13 and opens officially today, January 10 at 8 PM. (more...)

A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS CAROL Plays Balagan Theatre TonightA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS CAROL Plays Balagan Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2012

In Seattle, Seattle Equity Actors, Mainstreet Musicals and the Balagan Theatre are presenting a concert performance of A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS CAROL tonight, December 10th, at 7:30 PM BALAGAN THEATRE 1524, Harvard Avenue, Seattle, Washington. (more...)

FLASH SPECIAL: A Marvin Hamlisch MemorialFLASH SPECIAL: A Marvin Hamlisch Memorial
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 8, 2012

One of the most revered and recognizable Broadway and Hollywood composers of the last fifty years passed away suddenly at the age of 68 yesterday - Marvin Hamlisch. Today we will celebrate his life with a collection of some of the most memorable and history-making clips culled from his many endeavors over his rich forty-year career. Carly Simon once comically recounted that when she first met Marvin Hamlisch on the day he played her what would become one of her biggest hits, the theme song for the 1977 James Bond film THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, "Nobody Does It Better", she had also arranged a meeting with a new lawyer and when she answered the door at her home "it was a toss-up" which would arrive first - it turned out to be Hamlisch, yet she didn't realize it until the unassuming figure sat down at the piano and began to play. Such was the relatability and likeability of not only the man, but his music, and, also, that story acts as a reminder of the folksiness for which Hamlisch was known by his many famous friends (Liza Minnelli and Barbra Streisand included) and one of the contributing factors to him becoming not only a respected, admired and highly-awarded composer and conductor, but also a household name along the lines of Leonard Bernstein, Richard Rodgers, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter; which came as a result of his apparent ubiquity in the 1970s, appearing everywhere from THE TONIGHT SHOW to the Academy Awards, Tony Awards, TV specials and beyond. Indeed, the 1970s were definitely Hamlisch's career peak, kicking off the decade in a big way by conducting LIZA WITH A Z, directed by Bob Fosse - the greatest TV concert ever, hands down. Of course, he had contributed solid work on Broadway (FUNNY GIRL, SEESAW) and in Hollywood (THE SWIMMER, TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN) from the age of 19 on when he got his first break after being discovered while playing piano at parties following his Juilliard graduation, but the 1970s were when Hamlisch mastered seemingly all mediums, all at once. Following his success scoring Woody Allen films and many others, arranging countless albums and concerts and capping it off with conducting LIZA WITH A Z, in 1973 Hamlisch quite quickly found Oscar gold with his Scott Joplin score adaptation for THE STING as well as his double-win that same night for original score and song for THE WAY WE WERE - having won three Oscars in one ceremony that evening, Hamlisch later made history again by going on to become only the second individual in history to be a PEGOT recipient (the other being Richard Rodgers); that is, he possessed the Pulitzer Prize, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony - and, in 1975 he even managed to somehow top his own prior unprecedented success. (more...)

Lauren Ambrose & Bartlett Sher Talk FUNNY GIRL CastingLauren Ambrose & Bartlett Sher Talk FUNNY GIRL Casting
by BWW - Aug 3, 2011

It's just been announced that Lauren Ambrose will star as Fanny Brice in FUNNY GIRL, in the first Broadway production of the musical since it originally opened in 1964. FUNNY GIRL, which features music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill and book by Isobel Lennart, will be directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher. (more...)

Cardenas, Rua et al. Lead Old Globe's SOMEWHERE this FallCardenas, Rua et al. Lead Old Globe's SOMEWHERE this Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2011

Executive Producer Lou Spisto today announced the cast and creative team for the World Premiere of Somewhere, a new play by Old Globe Playwright-in-Residence Matthew Lopez. Lopez's play The Whipping Man was a critical success in New York last season after receiving its West Coast Premiere at the Globe in a production directed by Giovanna Sardelli. Sardelli returns to direct Somewhere, which will run in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, Sept. 24 - Oct. 30. Preview performances run Sept. 24 - Sept. 28. Opening night is Thursday, Sept. 29 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are currently available by subscription only. Single tickets will go on sale on Sunday, Sept. 4. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. (more...)

Rodriguez, Larsen, et al. Lead IF IT ONLY EVEN RUNS A MINUTE 3 Concert Tonight 8/29Rodriguez, Larsen, et al. Lead IF IT ONLY EVEN RUNS A MINUTE 3 Concert Tonight 8/29
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2010

If It Only Even Runs A Minute 3 is the third edition of an evening of rare and inspiring songs, anecdotes, and photos from Broadway musicals that may not have been fully appreciated the first time around. The evening features performances and stories from original cast members of several of the featured shows. This is an essential concert for musical theatre nerds! (more...)

Scolari, D'Abruzzo, et al. Set for Off-Bway Premiere of Solms' 'IT MUST BE HIM,' 8/24Scolari, D'Abruzzo, et al. Set for Off-Bway Premiere of Solms' 'IT MUST BE HIM,' 8/24
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2010

Producer Orin Wolf and Off the Aisle Productions have announced that It Must Be Him, a new comedy by Kenny Solms, co-creator and writer of the legendary, Emmy Award-winning 'Carol Burnett Show,' will premiere this summer at the Peter J. Sharp Theatre (416 West 42nd Street). Directed by Daniel Kutner, It Must Be Him will begin performances on Tuesday, August 24, and officially open on Wednesday, September 1. The limited engagement ends Sunday, September 26. (more...)

Doug Liman directs Tony Shalhoub and Priscilla Lopez In A CHILDPROOF ROOM 8/2Doug Liman directs Tony Shalhoub and Priscilla Lopez In A CHILDPROOF ROOM 8/2
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2010

The Vineyard Playhouse and Andrew Asnes present a staged reading on August 2, 2010 of a new play by Johanna Baldwin directed by Doug Liman (Swingers, The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith). (more...)

BROADWAY RECALL:  Grace Notes on Marvin Hamlisch; Public Funeral Held Today at 11amBROADWAY RECALL: Grace Notes on Marvin Hamlisch; Public Funeral Held Today at 11am
by Michael Dale - Aug 14, 2012

Unless you're a Marx Brothers fan, you may not be aware of this fun little Marvin Hamlisch creation. (more...)

Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal Opens with Kritzerland Salute to Composer Bob MerrillSterling's Upstairs at the Federal Opens with Kritzerland Salute to Composer Bob Merrill
by Don Grigware - Apr 3, 2012

On Sunday April 1 Kritzerland presented its monthly show, this time Take Me Along saluting composer/lyricist Bob Merrill at the all new Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal in NoHo. This also marked the opening night for the new venue. Bruce Kimmel hosted a lovely evening with singers Melody Hollis, Juliana Hansen, Julie Garnye, Kristopher McNeeley, Jeffrey Christopher Todd and special guest Lainie Kazan. Christy Crowl served beautifully as musical director at the piano. Shelly Markham played for Miss Kazan. As always, Kimmel told some interesting stories about the composer. As for Merrill, he composed all of his tunes on a toy xylophone and had a series of pop tunes in the 50s long before he had a Broadway success. Songs performed in the 90-minute set included these tunes as well as Broadway fare from hits like Funny Girl, Carnival and Sugar, as well as from flops Pretty Belle, Henry, Sweet Henry, based on The World of Henry Orient and Holly Golightly otherwise referred to as Breakfast at Tiffany's. (more...)

Kritzerland to Release CARNIVAL Album in MayKritzerland to Release CARNIVAL Album in May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2011

On April 21, 1961, Broadway audiences and critics fell head-over-heels in love with the new musical Carnival. Produced by David Merrick and adapted from the MGM film Lili by Michael Stewart (from the screenplay by Helen Deutsch, itself adapted from a Paul Gallico short story entitled The Man Who Hated People), the show was directed and choreographed by Gower Champion and had a tuneful and memorable score by Bob Merrill. The critics raved - in the Daily News, John Chapman wrote that Carnival was 'enchantment from the moment the houselights go down.' And so it was, pure enchantment, despite its darker elements - it ran on Broadway for 719 performances, and had a best-selling original cast recording (which debuted at number one on the Billboard chart) and 'Love Makes The World Go Round' became a much-sung song, covered by many of the popular singers of the time. Carnival was nominated for seven Tony Awards, winning two (one for Alberghetti - in a tie with Diahann Carroll - and one for Will Steven Armstrong's scenic design). The show had a successful national tour, as well. (more...)

CARNIVAL London Cast Recording Gets Limited Edition Release this SpringCARNIVAL London Cast Recording Gets Limited Edition Release this Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2011

On April 21, 1961, Broadway audiences and critics fellhead-over-heels in love with the new musical Carnival. Produced by David Merrick and adapted from the MGM film Lili by Michael Stewart (from thescreenplay by Helen Deutsch, itself adapted from a Paul Gallico short storyentitled The Man Who Hated People), theshow was directed and choreographed by Gower Champion and had a tuneful andmemorable score by Bob Merrill. The critics raved - in the Daily News, John Chapman wrote that Carnival was 'enchantment from the moment the houselights godown.' And so it was, pureenchantment, despite its darker elements - it ran on Broadway for 719 performances, and had a best-selling original cast recording (which debuted atnumber one on the Billboard chart) and 'Love Makes The World Go Round' became amuch-sung song, covered by many of the popular singers of the time. Carnival was nominated for seven Tony Awards, winning two(one for Alberghetti - in a tie with Diahann Carroll - and one for Will StevenArmstrong's scenic design). The show had a successful national tour, as well. (more...)

Lauren Molina Performs at Duplex 4/14; Jarvis, Cearley & Mais GuestLauren Molina Performs at Duplex 4/14; Jarvis, Cearley & Mais Guest
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2010

ROCK OF AGES star Lauren Molina will go (mostly) solo at The Duplex on Wednesday night, April 14, 2010 from 9:30 - 10:45 PM. The show promises as 'an evening of ukulele driven originals, and playful covers, layered with cello, guitar, banjo, and melodica.' (more...)

Kritzerland at Sterling's Announces TAKE ME ALONG Bob Merrill Tribute for 4/1, North HollywoodKritzerland at Sterling's Announces TAKE ME ALONG Bob Merrill Tribute for 4/1, North Hollywood
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2012

Kritzerland at Sterling's will host TAKE ME ALONG, a tribute to the great songs of Bob Merrill, both as composer/lyricist and lyricist, on April 1st at 7pm. (more...)

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