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Alvin Theatre (New York, NY)
250 W. 52nd St.

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House of Flowers is a musical by Harold Arlen (music and lyrics) and Truman Capote (lyrics and book), based on his own short story, first published in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) as one of three extra pieces besides the titular novella. This was Capote's only musical, and is the first theatrical production outside of Trinidad and Tobago to feature the new Caribbean instrument - the steel pan.



After a Philadelphia try-out, the show opened on Broadway on December 30, 1954 at the Alvin Theatre and played for 165 performances. The director was Peter Brook. The cast included Pearl Bailey, Diahann Carroll, Juanita Hall, Ray Walston, Carmen de Lavallade, Alvin Ailey and Geoffrey Holder (who also provided a section of choreography). Although the show received generally poor reviews, the dance-rhythm infused score has been praised for its mix of blues and calypso. Most of the original orchestral score by Ted Royal has been lost, but the piano score survives. Oliver Messel won the Tony Award for Best Scenic Design, the show's only nomination.



Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses Frank Rich's GHOST LIGHT, Blue Gobo
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 8, 2016

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This week: The power of illumination!  (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Broadway Legend Karen Morrow
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 5, 2016

For over fifty years, the big, belt voice of Karen Morrow has been filling theatres and TV screens. While audiences across America will fondly remember her numerous appearances on The Merv Griffin Show, it is her live appearances on Broadway, blasting the roof of numerous theatres, that epitomize Karen Morrow. Joining Rob & Kevin via phone, Karen reminisces on how she became known as 'the flop queen', what it was like to share the spotlight with Buddy Hackett,  and how she counted Ethel Merman among her biggest fans. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Legendary Actor Ed Dixon
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 25, 2016

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This week: Two internet goodies! (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses Sondheim's Screenplay & MacFarlane's TV Show
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 21, 2016

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This week: Stephen & Seth! (more...)

The Public's TWELFTH NIGHT Musical Adaptation Runs This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2016

The Public Theater kicks off the 2016-17 season this month with a free Public Works musical adaptation of TWELFTH NIGHT, conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub, with music and lyrics by Shaina Taub. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Stage, Screen Star and 'Broadway Stories' Host Todd Buonopane
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 18, 2016

Get out your calendars as Rob, Kevin and special guest Todd Buonopane, host of the amazing podcast Broadway Stories, sit down and discuss all the shows slated to open in the 2016-2017 Season. From plays to musicals, revivals to special events, these three folks cover it all! Plus: Donny & Marie's summer stock appearances, the brilliance of The Great Muppet Caper, and Alton Brown's dinner theatre experience!  (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Tony-Winner Scott Wise
by Behind the Curtain - Sep 11, 2016

Fosse. Bennett. Robbins. Scott Wise got to know and work with them all. His incredible dancing skills were featured in 13 Broadway musicals including A CHORUS LINE, CATS, CARRIE, and JEROME ROBBINS' BROADWAY, for which he won the Tony Award. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Broadway Documentarian Rick McKay
by Behind the Curtain - Oct 9, 2016

BROADWAY: THE GOLDEN AGE (2004) is the greatest documentary ever made about the pleasures and pitfalls of working in the arts. Directed by Rick McKay, Broadway: The Golden Age received countless awards from over 17 different film festivals. In this in depth interview, Rick tells Rob & Kevin the inspiration behind the documentary, how Bea Arthur's mail triggered an incredible roster of subjects to interview, and reveals what incredible goodies are in store for the next two movies in the series! (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Back the Legendary Martin Charnin
by Behind the Curtain - Oct 31, 2016

Martin Charnin is back with Rob and Kevin to discuss the second part of his career which includes collaborations with Richard Rodgers, Charles Strouse, Dorothy Loudon, and Danny Kaye.  In part two of his interview, Martin discusses Streisand's audition for HOT SPOT, the 'joys' of working with Danny Kaye, and the advice he would like to share with all people performing ANNIE. Plus, Martin discusses the most bizarre production of ANNIE he has ever seen.  (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Tony-Nominated Funnyman Brad Oscar
by Behind the Curtain - Oct 3, 2016

One of Broadway's greatest clowns, two time Tony nominee Brad Oscar, swings by Shetler to kibbitz with Rob & Kevin about his amazing career on Broadway. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Tyler Mount to Discuss his Favorite Things
by Behind the Curtain - Oct 26, 2016

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This week: Tyler Mount from Broadway's The Tyler Mount Vlog stops by to share his favorite thing, which is divine....literally! (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Legendary Tony-Winning Writer Martin Charnin
by Behind the Curtain - Oct 24, 2016

He created the role of Big Deal in the original WEST SIDE STORY. He changed the face of musical theatre, and pop culture, when he wrote ANNIE. And, now, Martin Charnin is sitting down for a two part interview with Rob and Kevin to talk about how he went from being an actor, to a lyricist, to a director. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Second-Generation Broadway Alum Richard Roland
by Behind the Curtain - Oct 16, 2016

Great Grandpa Roland was a bandleader. Grandpa Roland was a trumpet player. Dad, Steve Roland, was in SOUTH PACIFIC. Mom, Liz Roland, was in MR. PRESIDENT. Their son, Richard Roland, was in THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, TITANIC, FOLLIES, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, and countless others. (more...)

Legendary Los Angeles Dance Icon Carmen de Lavallade to Celebrate 85th Birthday with AS I REMEMBER IT
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

For almost seven decades, Carmen de Lavallade has led an unparalleled career in dance, theater, film and television that began in her hometown of Los Angeles.  Now, Ms. de Lavallade returns to celebrate her 85th birthday onstage at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with As I Remember It, an intimate portrait of the legendary artist told through dance, film, music and her own personal writings. This one-night-only performance will take place on Friday, October 28 at 8pm. (more...)

VIDEO: HAMILTON's Brandon Victor Dixon Performs 'We Are' at Close of Election Night
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2016

Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon, who currently takes on the role of Aaron Burr in the smash Broadway hit HAMILTON, stopped by MTV's The People's Playhouse around midnight last night to perform 'We Are.' (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Famed Press Agent Susan L. Schulman
by Behind the Curtain - Nov 28, 2016

In part one of Behind the Curtain's most fascinating interviews to date, Rob and Kevin sat down with famed press agent Susan L. Schulman to discuss her life and career, including such projects as Applause, State Fair, Dancin' and the infamous Dream. Susan pulls back the curtain on working side by side with such legends as Lauren Bacall, Zero Mostel, Bob Fosse,  and the abominable showman himself, David Merrick.  (more...)

VIDEO: HAMILTON's Brandon Victor Dixon Responds to Critics on 'The View'
by TV News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

HAMILTON's Brandon Victor Dixon discussed Vice President elect Mike Pence's recent controversial visit to the Broadway musical, and responded to critics who believe that the statements made by the cast following the show, may not have been the right and place to be made.  (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Gets Scary with THE LORD OF THE RINGS Musical and Paul Lynde!
by Behind the Curtain - Nov 2, 2016

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This week: Witches, goblins, ghouls, turntables, and disco babies! (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Broadway Tenor Eddie Korbich
by Behind the Curtain - Nov 13, 2016

Everyone's favorite tenor, Eddie Korbich, is this week's guest on Behind the Curtain: Broadway's Living Legends. From starring in the original production of ASSASSINS, to playing Mr. Snow against newcomer Audra ANN McDonald, to surviving SEUSSICAL, Eddie Korbich has proven time and time again that he is not only one of Broadway's best, he is also one of its nicest. (more...)

HAMILTON's Brandon Victor Dixon Set for Recurring Role on Starz Drama POWER
by TV News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

Broadway's Brandon Victor Dixon, who currently takes on the role of Aaron Burr in the smash Broadway hit HAMILTON, will appear in a recurring role on the fourth season of the Starz drama POWER. (more...)

Tony Winner Nikki M. James Boards LA Opera's WONDERFUL TOWN, Starring Faith Prince & More
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2016

Nikki M. James, who won a Tony Award for her appearance in The Book of Mormon, will appear as Eileen Sherwood in LA Opera's December presentation of Wonderful Town. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses I LOVE MY WIFE and COLETTE COLLAGE
by Behind the Curtain - Mar 9, 2017

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This Week: Wife swapping set to music & Lady Holiday throws some shade! (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Tony-Nominated Actor Paul Kandel
by Behind the Curtain - Mar 5, 2017

Up there, high, high in the lovely apartment in midtown Manhattan, lives the mysterious Paul Kandel. Who is this creature? What is he? How did he come to be there? Hush! Rob and Kevin will tell you as they sit down with the wonderful Mr. Kandel, best known for his role as Uncle Ernie in THE WHO'S TOMMY and as the voice of Clopin in Disney's THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME.  (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses an Obscure Loesser Show and Scott Siegel's Genius
by Behind the Curtain - Mar 29, 2017

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business.This Week: Revisiting an obscure Frank Loesser & praising the genius of Scott Siegel. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Broadway Super-Producer, Barry Weissler
by Behind the Curtain - Mar 26, 2017

The words 'Just Do It' should be emblazoned across the office walls of  Tony Award winning producer Barry Weissler. On a beautiful Spring day, Barry invited Rob and Kevin into his offices to discuss his career and how he produced the revivals of CHICAGO, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, and GREASE and gave power to new shows like THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, FALSETTOS, and WAITRESS. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Chats Bea Arthur's Wicked Tongue, Audra McDonald's Golden Voice
by Behind the Curtain - Mar 22, 2017

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This Week: The wicked tongue of Bea Arthur & the golden voice of Audra McDonald.  (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Chats with Three-Time Tony-Nominee Rebecca Luker
by Behind the Curtain - Mar 19, 2017

The hills are alive with the warmth and wit of three time Tony nominee Rebecca Luker. Best known for her appearances in THE SECRET GARDEN, SHOW BOAT, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, MARY POPPINS, and FUN HOME, Rebecca makes a splash on today's episode! (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses COME FROM AWAY and 'Second Act Trouble'
by Behind the Curtain - Mar 15, 2017

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This Week: Rob and Kevin invent the Broadway Home Shopping Network! Plus, a new musical and a good read!  (more...)

Jean Shafiroff to Co-Chair Annual Mission Society Gala Again This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, the New York City Mission Society will hold its annual Champions for Children fundraising Gala. This year's event will honor legendary actress and singer Diahann Carroll and entrepreneur Don Peebles, as well as recognize three lifetime members of the Mission Society's Board of Directors. Co-chaired by Jean Shafiroff and Katrina Peebles, the benefit will support the Mission Society's programs and services that help youth and families in our city's most underserved communities break the cycle of poverty and achieve success. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Tony-Winner Chuck Cooper
by Behind the Curtain - Mar 13, 2017

It 'Don't Take Too Much' to be excited that Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper swings by Shetler Studios to talk to Rob and Kevin about his forty plus year career onstage in shows like THE LIFE, PASSION, and CAROLINE, OR CHANGE. Chuck pulls back the curtain on his career, including how he survived GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER, what was so magical about Cy Coleman's hands, and why he was the most musical washer machine you ever saw ! (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Celebrates a Great Director and a New Book
by Behind the Curtain - Mar 1, 2017

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This Week: Remembering a great director and celebrating a new book! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - January 28, 2017
by - Jan 28, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on January 28 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Brandon Victor Dixon Reflects on Mike Pence's Controversial Visit to HAMILTON
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

In the interview, the two time Tony nominee, currently starring as Aaron Burr in the hit Broadway musical HAMILTON, reflects back at a controversial visit from Vice President-elect Mike Pence last November. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Tony-Winning Composer Charles Strouse
by Behind the Curtain - Feb 5, 2017

Put on a happy face because the Tony Award winning composer of BYE BYE BIRDIE, APPLAUSE, ANNIE, and countless others, Charles Strouse, invites Rob and Kevin into his penthouse apartment for a two part interview about his life and career. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Legendary Tony-Winning Lyricist Lee Adams
by Behind the Curtain - Feb 27, 2017

Because he had a whole lot of livin' to do, Rob and Kevin's time with Tony Award winning lyricist Lee Adams was short but it did make them feel happy and rosy (or Rosie). The 93 year old Adams joined Rob and Kevin on the phone from his home in Briarcliff, NY.  (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Author and Actor Ron Fassler
by Behind the Curtain - Feb 20, 2017

Imagine taking the proceeds from your paper route, training into NYC by yourself, and, for only $2, seeing the original 1776, COMPANY, FOLLIES, PIPPIN, and 196 other shows. And, at your tender age, writing a detailed review of what you just saw. Well, that's exactly what our guest Ron Fassler has done. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Leans in with Jeanine Tesori and Betty Comden
by Behind the Curtain - Feb 15, 2017

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This Week: Leaning In with Jeanine Tesori & Betty Comden! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - February 13, 2017
by - Feb 13, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on February 13 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Tony-Winning Composer Charles Strouse for Part II
by Behind the Curtain - Feb 13, 2017

The sun will come out today because the Tony Award winning composer of Bye Bye Birdie, Applause, Annie, and countless others, Charles Strouse is back to discuss his life after being anointed Broadway's Golden Boy (pun, intended). (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Chat's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Documentary and Pee Wee's Christmas Special
by Behind the Curtain - Dec 21, 2016

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This week: Pee Wee gives us the gift of The Del Rubio Triplets & Stephen Sondheim gives us the gift of wisdom.  (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Tony-Winner Richard Maltby Jr. Part 2
by Behind the Curtain - Dec 19, 2016

Richard Maltby Jr, acclaimed lyricist and director, sits down again with Rob and Kevin to pull back the curtain on his illustrious career. In this episode, Richard discusses how he met David Shire, looks back on Love Match & How Do You Do I Love You, two musicals that never came to Broadway, and the process of working with choreographers. Plus, Richard pulls back the curtain on such legends as Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ronny Graham, and Cameron Mackintosh. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Celebrates HIGH FIDELITY and Bette Midler
by Behind the Curtain - Dec 14, 2016

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This week: Broadway gets down & Bette clams up. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Broadway Critic and Historian Peter Filichia
by Behind the Curtain - Aug 28, 2016

You would be hard pressed to find someone who loves the theatre more than Peter Filichia. For years, Peter's observations on musical theatre have inspired countless actors, directors, and writers to start a career in show business. Now, Peter talks to Rob and Kevin, his two biggest fans, about the importance of arts education, for whom a critic should be crafting their reviews, and why he still loves the theatre. Plus, memories of Senator Joe, The Wiz, and My Fair Lady!  (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: On New 'Behind the Curtain,' Mark Twain Needs a Melody & Nathan Lane Needs a Nyquil
by Behind the Curtain - Apr 5, 2017

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This Week: Nathan Lane needs a Nyquil & Mark Twain needs a melody! (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: Go 'Behind the Curtain' with Director, Producer, Actor Don Scardino
by Behind the Curtain - Apr 3, 2017

Yes, he has directed some of entertainment's greatest comedians, including Tina Fey, Steve Carrell, Alec Baldwin, and Jim Carrey, BUT its onstage where Don Scardino first made a name for himself. As one of Broadway's most sought after young actors, he appeared in such cult musicals as ANGEL, KING OF HEARTS, and PARK! But, then he donned his directing cap to bring A FEW GOOD MEN, LENNON, and countless others to life!  (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses Second Acting, Sammy Davis Jr., Ann Miller, and More
by Behind the Curtain - Apr 19, 2017

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This Week: Rob and Kevin debate leaving shows at intermission and 'second act'-ing a show. Plus, Ann Miller's fourth wall, Bob Fosse's debut, Sammy Davis Jr comes to Broadway, and Freddie Martinez makes a come back. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discuss the Making of MISS SAIGON with Richard Maltby Jr.
by Behind the Curtain - Apr 16, 2017

'I had such a great time with those two sessions, I'm wondering if you'd like to do a third. With MISS SAIGON opening in March, I wouldn't mind doing a detailed description about how that show was written. There's a real story there and it's never been told.' (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Celebrates Four Legends No Longer with Us
by Behind the Curtain - Apr 12, 2017

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This Week: Celebrating four legends who are no longer with us! Plus, Rob and Kevin recount some of the most bizarre theatre they have ever seen. (more...)

NYC Mission Society Honors Legendary Actress & Singer Diahann Carroll and Entrepreneur Don Peebles
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2017

On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, more than 340 people attended the New York City Mission Society's annual Champions for Children Gala, raising a half million dollars to help youth and families in the city's most underserved communities break the cycle of poverty and achieve success. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: Go 'Behind the Curtain' with Tony-Nominee Anita Gillette
by Behind the Curtain - Apr 10, 2017

The Secret Service might make her nervous but it doesn't stop the wonderful Anita Gillette from telling all in this fascinating interview. Anita invited Rob and Kevin over to her apartment to look back on her Broadway credits including GYPSY, ALL-AMERICAN, MR. PRESIDENT, CABARET, and many others.   (more...)

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