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York's Conversations with John Kenrick Begin Sept. 9
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2006

Utilizing the political themes of the York Theatre's current production of Asylum: The Strange Case of Mary Lincoln, now in previews, internationally recognized musical theatre authority John Kenrick will continue his 'Musical Conversations' discussion series at York with four appropriate topics. (more...)

PANAMA HATTIE, THEODORE & CO et al. Set for Musicals Tonight in '10-'11
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2010

Musicals Tonight!, now in its 13th year and honored with an Obie Award, is a not-for-profit theatre company in New York City primarily dedicated to the revival of 'neglected' musicals in a manner affordable to most audience members. Since its inception in 1998, we have revived well over 50 musicals in staged concert form (charging only $25 per ticket and operating under an Actor's Equity Association Showcase Code). The list of creators of the shows presented is a veritable Who's Who of American Musical Theatre - legendaries such as Cole Porter, George & Ira Gershwin, and Rodgers & Hart. (more...)

David Henry Hwang, Jose Llana, Jennifer Paz Featured In GETTING TO KNOW YOU: RODGERS AND ASIA on 10/5
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2009

‘Getting to Know You: Rodgers & Asia' - a symposium exploring the successes and controversies in Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals -- 'The King and I,' 'South Pacific,' and 'Flower Drum Song,' will be presented October 5 at David Henry Hwang Theater. The event will include musical performances by Jose Llana and Jennifer Paz. The symposium, presented by Reprise Theatre Company in association with East West Players, will be moderated by playwright David Henry Hwang. The symposium, presented by Reprise Theatre Company in association with East West Players, will be moderated by playwright David Henry Hwang. (more...)

Kaufman's Daughter Set for York Talkback, Sept. 30
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2006

John Kenrick, will conclude his 'Red, White & Blue' series of Musical Conversations, jumping off the political theme of Asylum: The Strange Case of Mary Lincoln, with a discussion on George S. Kaufman. (more...)

Prince, Alexander, Hilty, Weber, Lewis Nixon and Ballard Among Starry Roster for Reprise's Richard Rodgers Celebration Events
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2009

Reprise Theatre Company will present a month-long Richard Rodgers Celebration October 2-November 2 in a variety of venues across Los Angeles. The roster of talent involved continues to grow. (more...)

David Henry Hwang, Jose Llana, Jennifer Paz Featured In GETTING TO KNOW YOU: RODGERS AND ASIA on 10/5
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2009

‘Getting to Know You: Rodgers & Asia' - a symposium exploring the successes and controversies in Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals -- 'The King and I,' 'South Pacific,' and 'Flower Drum Song,' will be presented October 5 at David Henry Hwang Theater. The event will include musical performances by Jose Llana and Jennifer Paz. The symposium, presented by Reprise Theatre Company in association with East West Players, will be moderated by playwright David Henry Hwang. The symposium, presented by Reprise Theatre Company in association with East West Players, will be moderated by playwright David Henry Hwang. (more...)

David Henry Hwang, Jose Llana, Jennifer Paz Featured In GETTING TO KNOW YOU: RODGERS AND ASIA on 10/5
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2009

‘Getting to Know You: Rodgers & Asia' - a symposium exploring the successes and controversies in Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals -- 'The King and I,' 'South Pacific,' and 'Flower Drum Song,' will be presented October 5 at David Henry Hwang Theater. The event will include musical performances by Jose Llana and Jennifer Paz. The symposium, presented by Reprise Theatre Company in association with East West Players, will be moderated by playwright David Henry Hwang. The symposium, presented by Reprise Theatre Company in association with East West Players, will be moderated by playwright David Henry Hwang. (more...)

Reprise Theatre Company Presents Richard Rodgers Celebration 10/2-11/2; Porter, Gaynor, Bean And More To Star
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2009

Reprise Theatre Company will present a month-long Richard Rodgers Celebration October 2-November 2 in a variety of venues across Los Angeles. The series of concerts, symposiums, staged readings, screenings and cabarets will explore the diversity and scope of the work of one of the most important figures in the American Musical. (more...)

Reprise Theatre Company Presents Richard Rodgers Celebration 10/2-11/2; Porter, Gaynor, Bean And More To Star
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2009

Reprise Theatre Company will present a month-long Richard Rodgers Celebration October 2-November 2 in a variety of venues across Los Angeles. The series of concerts, symposiums, staged readings, screenings and cabarets will explore the diversity and scope of the work of one of the most important figures in the American Musical. (more...)

By George Productions Present RED, HOT AND BLUE! 5/29-6/5
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2009

By George Productions presents the Los Angeles premiere of Cole Porter's 1936 hit musical comedy, 'Red, Hot and Blue!' With a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, this was the team's follow-up to 'Anything Goes.' This Depression era screwball comedy deals with a National Lottery offering a first prize to anyone who finds a long-lost love with a rare identification mark. (more...)

RED, HOT AND BLUE! Premieres In LA At Whitefire Theatre 5/29-7/5
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2009

By George Productions presents the Los Angeles premiere of Cole Porter's 1936 hit musical comedy, 'Red, Hot and Blue!' With a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, this was the team's follow-up to 'Anything Goes.' This Depression era screwball comedy deals with a National Lottery offering a first prize to anyone who finds a long-lost love with a rare identification mark. (more...)

By George Productions Present RED, HOT AND BLUE! 5/29-6/5
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2009

By George Productions presents the Los Angeles premiere of Cole Porter's 1936 hit musical comedy, 'Red, Hot and Blue!' With a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, this was the team's follow-up to 'Anything Goes.' This Depression era screwball comedy deals with a National Lottery offering a first prize to anyone who finds a long-lost love with a rare identification mark. (more...)

Photo Flash: By George Productions Presents 'I'd Rather Be Right'
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2008

By George Productions presents the Los Angeles Premiere of the 1937 Broadway musical comedy hit, 'I'd Rather Be Right', opening at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre (more...)

'You Can't Take It With You' Returns to NY, May 24
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2007

Moss Hart and George S. Kauffman's Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy You Can't Take It With You will play a 5-week limited engagement at The Gloria Maddox Theater of the T. Schreiber Studio (more...)

Of Thee I Sing: The Wild Party
by Michael Dale - May 15, 2006

Encores!'s latest production helps prove this classic and wholly original musical deserves a higher place in the standard American theatre repertory (more...)

Musicals Tonight Presents I'D RATHER BE RIGHT 2/8 - 2/20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2010

Musicals Tonight presents I'd Rather Be Right February 8 through 20 2011. (more...)

'Lost' Rodgers & Hart Show Launches Summer Stock on Bway
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2006

Symphony Space's Summer Stock series will launch with The Manhattan Madcaps of 1924, featuring a score by Rodgers and Hart and a book by esteemed librettist Jerzy Turnpike (more...)

Reprise Theatre Company Presents Richard Rodgers Celebration 10/2-11/2; Porter, Gaynor, Bean And More To Star
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2009

Reprise Theatre Company will present a month-long Richard Rodgers Celebration October 2-November 2 in a variety of venues across Los Angeles. The series of concerts, symposiums, staged readings, screenings and cabarets will explore the diversity and scope of the work of one of the most important figures in the American Musical. (more...)

Open Fist Theater Presents LIGHT UP THE SKY On 1/16
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2009

The Open Fist Theatre Company presents Moss Hart's classic and timeless comedy, LIGHT UP THE SKY which will be directed by Bj?rn Johnson. LIGHT UP THE SKY will preview on Saturday, January 10 at 8pm; Sunday, January 11 at 3pm and Thursday, January 15 at 8pm and will open on Friday, January 16 at 8pm and run through Saturday, March 7 at The NEW Open Fist Theatre, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd. (former home of The Actor's Gang) in Hollywood. (more...)

Review - Knickerbocker Holiday
by Ben Peltz - Jan 31, 2011

Back in the 1930s, when hip New Yorkers got their doses of political satire by taking in the latest Broadway musical comedy, it wasn't uncommon for then-President FDR to pop up in a show; either in person, as played by George M. Cohan in Rodgers and Hart's I'd Rather Be Right or, more frequently, through comical lyrics, such as those penned by Harold Rome in Pins and Needles and Cole Porter in Leave It To Me! (more...)

Musicals Tonight presents I'D RATHER BE RIGHT, 2/8-2/20
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2011

George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart have set their first musical collaboration with Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart in New York's Central Park on July 4th (1937). (more...)

Brian d'Arcy James, Tonya Pinkins and More Set for THE BROADWAY MUSICALS OF 1937, 2/11
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2013

The Town Hall will present the first of four concerts of their acclaimed series BROADWAY BY THE YEAR on Monday, February 11th. The season begins with 1937, a year that witnessed the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge, the sudden death of George Gershwin, the Hindenburg disaster and a world on the brink of war. (more...)

Open Fist Theater Presents LIGHT UP THE SKY On 1/16
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2009

The Open Fist Theatre Company presents Moss Hart's classic and timeless comedy, LIGHT UP THE SKY which will be directed by Bj?rn Johnson. LIGHT UP THE SKY will preview on Saturday, January 10 at 8pm; Sunday, January 11 at 3pm and Thursday, January 15 at 8pm and will open on Friday, January 16 at 8pm and run through Saturday, March 7 at The NEW Open Fist Theatre, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd. (former home of The Actor's Gang) in Hollywood. (more...)

Open Fist Theater Co Presents LIGHT UP THE SKY Previews 1/10
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2009

The Open Fist Theatre Company presents Moss Hart's classic and timeless comedy, LIGHT UP THE SKY which will be directed by Bj?rn Johnson. LIGHT UP THE SKY will preview on Saturday, January 10 at 8pm; Sunday, January 11 at 3pm and Thursday, January 15 at 8pm and will open on Friday, January 16 at 8pm and run through Saturday, March 7 at The NEW Open Fist Theatre, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd. (former home of The Actor's Gang) in Hollywood. (more...)

Musicals Tonight Presents I'D RATHER BE RIGHT 2/8 - 2/20
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2011

Musicals Tonight presents I'd Rather Be Right February 8 through 20 2011. (more...)

Musicals Tonight presents I'D RATHER BE RIGHT, 2/8-2/20
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2011

George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart have set their first musical collaboration with Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart in New York's Central Park on July 4th (1937). (more...)

Musicals Tonight Closes I'D RATHER BE RIGHT 2/20
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2011

Musicals Tonight presents I'd Rather Be Right February 8 through 20 2011. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Tonya Pinkins, Brian d'Arcy James, and More in BROADWAY BY THE YEAR 1937
by Stephen Sorokoff - Feb 12, 2013

The Town Hall just presented the first of four concerts of their acclaimed series BROADWAY BY THE YEAR last night, February 11th. The season begins with 1937, a year that witnessed the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge, the sudden death of George Gershwin, the Hindenburg disaster and a world on the brink of war. BroadwayWorld was there for the concert and you can check out full coverage below! (more...)

Brian d'Arcy James, Tonya Pinkins and More Set for THE BROADWAY MUSICALS OF 1937 Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2013

The Town Hall presents the first of four concerts of their acclaimed series BROADWAY BY THE YEAR tonight, February 11th. The season begins with 1937, a year that witnessed the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge, the sudden death of George Gershwin, the Hindenburg disaster and a world on the brink of war. (more...)

Review - I'd Rather Be Obama?
by Ben Peltz - Feb 10, 2011

The biggest Broadway event of 1937 was undoubtedly the gala opening night of I'd Rather Be Right.  Not only did the new musical boast a score by Richard Rodger and Lorenz Hart and a book by George S. Kaufman (who also directed) and Moss Hart (the pair had just won that year's Pulitzer for You Can't Take It With You), but the star was no less than the grand old man of Broadway - who many will argue invented the book song and dance musical comedy as we know it today - George M. Cohan, playing the role of then-President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  Never before and never since has a sitting U.S. president been the leading character in a Broadway musical. (more...)

Charles Weidman - Who?
by Barnett Serchuk - Dec 31, 2012

Since December 28th was my birthday I looked around for something interesting to write about. And I did. But it happened on December 27, the same day Show Boat opened. But Show Boat opened in 1927 and this one in 1944. It was a musical titled Sing Out Sweet Land. What? Yes, I know that no one remembers it, let alone hearing about it), but after looking at some very impressive credits I saw that Charles Weidman had choreographed the production. (more...)

The Spickner Spin
by Michael Dale - Aug 20, 2004

ont size="2"> When you go to a fringe theatre festival it's expected you'll be choosing your entertainment from an assortment of one-person plays, avant-guarde pieces, multi-media productions and cutting edge social commentaries. In such an atmosphere, perhaps the most experimental type of theatre piece you can do nowadays is a traditionally structured, show-tune laden book musical with a ten piece orchestra (no synthesizers), a full singing/dancing/acting chorus and a plot that lightheartedly spoofs American politics without holding a particular politician or party up to ridicule. Back in the 1930's, before Saturday Night Live and The Onion, theatregoers would often get their political satire by taking in the latest hit Broadway musical. But shows like I'd Rather Be Right and Leave It to Me, big hits in their day, would be quickly be considered unrevivable because, as satire, the issues they dealt with dated quickly. But one exception was the Pulitzer Prize winning Of Thee I Sing, which eschewed taking it's plot from the latest headlines and instead explored the timeless theme of swaying public sympathy. That silly, gentle-humored spirit is re-created in Seth Bisen-Hersh (music and lyrics) and Daniel Scribner's (book and lyrics) charming gumdrop of a musical, The Spickner Spin. (more...)

Drew Aber, Mary McElree and More Lead Lyric Stage's TOO MANY GIRLS - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2013

Lyric Stage presents the premiere of the restored TOO MANY GIRLS April 26-May 5 in the Irving Arts Center's Carpenter Performance Hall. Performances are April 26, 27, May 2, 3 and 4 @ 8:00 PM and April 28 and May 5 @ 2:30 PM. Tickets are available online or by calling the box office @ 972-252-2787. (more...)

James Earl Jones to Star in Scott Ellis-Helmed YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU on Broadway; Opens 9/28
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2014

According to the New York Times, James Earl Jones will return to Broadway later this year- this time in the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy You Can't Take It With You. The play will open at a Shubert theatre on September 28, 2014, with previews beginning in August. Scott Ellis is set to direct the revival. (more...)

RED, HOT AND BLUE! Premieres In LA At Whitefire Theatre 5/29-7/5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2009

By George Productions presents the Los Angeles premiere of Cole Porter's 1936 hit musical comedy, 'Red, Hot and Blue!' With a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, this was the team's follow-up to 'Anything Goes.' This Depression era screwball comedy deals with a National Lottery offering a first prize to anyone who finds a long-lost love with a rare identification mark. (more...)

Purlie: The Pleasures and Problems of a Dated Musical
by Michael Dale - Apr 14, 2005

What do you do when an older show's anti-racist satire can seem racist to modern audiences? (more...)

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