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Imaginary Friends is a play by Nora Ephron. It includes songs with music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Craig Carnelia.



The play focuses on writers Lillian Hellman and Mary McCarthy, who reunite in hell and reflect on their decades-long antagonistic relationship. Dating back to their first meeting at a conference at Sarah Lawrence College in 1948, it came to a head in 1980 when McCarthy, in a television interview with Dick Cavett, asserted "every word she writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the'". Hellman subsequently sued McCarthy for slander. As the play progresses, the two women recall, among other things, Hellman's 1952 testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee, McCarthy's childhood abuse by an uncle, and their romantic involvements, McCarthy with Philip Rahv and Hellman with Dashiell Hammett. Throughout it all, McCarthy accuses Hellman of repeatedly presenting fiction as fact, while Hellman insists McCarthy always portrays fact as fiction.





Nick Radu's IMAGINARY to Play 2016 New York New Works Theatre Festival
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

Nick Radu's Imaginary has been selected as part of the New York New Works Theatre Festival on September 7th at 7 PM at the Elektra Theater (Times Square Arts Center). Under the direction of Malini Singh McDonald, the company will present an excerpt of the play. (more...)

Cherry Jones to Make West End Debut in John Tiffany's THE GLASS MENAGERIE with Michael Esper, Brian J. Smith, and Kate O'Flynn
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

John Tiffany returns to the West End for the first time since the international critical hit Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two, to bring his acclaimed production of The Glass Menagerie to the Duke of York's Theatre for a limited season. (more...)

Cupcake Lady Productions to Present First NYC Revival of HAZELWOOD JR. HIGH
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

The first New York City revival of Hazelwood Jr. High will premiere at Mayday Space Classrooms on November 11th & 18th at 8:00 p.m. and on November 12th, 13th, and 19th at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

John Kern Releases LET'S DO WHAT IS RIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

'Let's Do What is Right': a wonderfully illustrated tale that teaches common sense and help children understand the concept of consequences. 'Let's Do What is Right' is the creation of published author, John Kern, loving father and delightfully creative writer. (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 11/21/2016 - Gala Time for Broadway Dreams and MTC!
by Jessica Khan - Nov 21, 2016

Today's big news: The stars of ANASTASIA perform at tonight's Broadway Dreams Gala celebrating Ahrens & Flaherty, and Manhattan Theatre Club's 2016 Fall Benefit honors Nathan Lane! (more...)

Imagine Children's Festival 2017 Embraces Nordic Culture
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2016

Southbank Centre's Imagine Children's Festival returns from 9 - 19 February 2017, taking over the Royal Festival Hall during half term with a packed programme of events including dance, music, theatre and installations, alongside readings and workshops with some of the top children's authors from the UK and Nordic region. (more...)

Harvey Fierstein & Jerry Mitchell Talk NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Reveal Details on Lake, Winokur Cameos!
by Caryn Robbins - Nov 21, 2016

Today, BWW participated in a media conference call with HAIRSPRAY LIVE's playwright and actor Harvey Fierstein and choreographer Jerry Mitchell.  (more...)

Arizona Theatre Company Brings Beloved FIDDLER ON THE ROOF To Life
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2016

The beloved musical Fiddler on the Roof, called 'one of the greatest musicals in history' by the New York Daily News and 'Indestructible' by The New Yorker magazine, brings a richly vibrant close to 2016 and a celebratory opening to 2017 in Arizona Theatre Company's epic production as part of ATC's 50th anniversary season. (more...)

deadmau5 Launches Single 'Let It Go' from Forthcoming Album 'W:/2016ALBUM/'
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

On December 2, deadmau5, a leading figure in electronic music, will unleash his sixth studio album W:/2016ALBUM/ (pronounced as 'w drive 2016 album') as his first release as an independent artist via his own label mau5trap. (more...)

Cupcake Lady Productions to Present First NYC Revival of HAZELWOOD JR. HIGH
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

The first New York City revival of Hazelwood Jr. High will premiere at Mayday Space Classrooms on November 11th & 18th at 8:00 p.m. and on November 12th, 13th, and 19th at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Out of the Blue- Meet BLUE MAN GROUP's Randall Jaynes!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 10, 2016

Below, watch as Richard Ridge checks in with long-time Blue Man Randall Jaynes to chat about 25 triumphant years of Blue Man Group! (more...)

World Premiere Comedy THE ABCs Opens At Hollywood Fringe
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2017

Mooki Entertainment to present world premiere comedy The ABCs by Monica Trausch at The Complex Theatres as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. An all female cast of outrageous high school girls bent on getting what they want: total body perfection, like their idols, the Kardashians. (more...)

New Animated Series DC SUPER HERO GIRLS Coming to Cartoon Network in 2018
by TV News Desk - May 23, 2017

Production has begun on DC SUPER HERO GIRLS, an all-new animated action-comedy series from Warner Bros. Animation and based on characters from DC Entertainment. (more...)

Photo Flash: World Premiere of Dorothy Fortenberry's SPECIES NATIVE TO CALIFORNINA Hits Home in Trump's America
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

Everyone's a part of the family - until they're not. IAMA Theatre Company presents the world premiere of a deceptively gentle comedy about family, land, labor and loss. Eli Gonda directs Species Native to California by Dorothy Fortenberry continues through June 11 at Atwater Village Theatre. (more...)

IAMA Theatre Company Presents World Premiere of SPECIES NATIVE TO CALIFORNIA
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2017

Everyone's a part of the family - until they're not. IAMA Theatre Company presents the world premiere of a deceptively gentle comedy about family, land, labor and loss. Eli Gonda directs Species Native to California by Dorothy Fortenberry for a May 13 opening at Atwater Village Theatre. (more...)

Everybody Say Yeah! New KINKY BOOTS West End Cast Recording To Be Released!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2016

Kinky Boots, Broadway's huge-hearted, high-heeled hit, today announces the release of the West End cast recording on Sony Masterworks. The album was recorded live with the current West End cast at the Adelphi Theatre and is available to buy from Friday 1 April 2016 and pre-order on Friday 11 March 2016.  (more...)

Jerry Mitchell, Alex Rudzinski to Direct NBC's BYE BYE BIRDIE LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Mar 3, 2017

NBC's BYE BYE BIRDIE LIVE, the network's 2017 live holiday musical production starring Jennifer Lopez, has found its directorial duo (more...)

Nckelodeon to Debut New Animated Series RISE OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES This Fall
by TV News Desk - Mar 3, 2017

Nickelodeon, the number-one kids' network, will reimagine its iconic, global franchise, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with an all-new, 26-episode 2D-animated series, RISE OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Tempe - Week of 3/26/2017
by BWW - Mar 26, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/26/2017 for Tempe (more...)

2017 Elliot Norton Awards Celebrates Alternative Acts Theme & Announce Guest of Honor Cherry Jones
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

The Boston Theater Critics Association has announced that the 35th annual Elliot Norton Awards will feature the theme ALTERNATIVE ACTS, celebrating the Boston area's theater community, future artists, and the importance of the arts in our country. Two-time Tony Award-winning actress Cherry Jones will be the Guest of Honor at the much-anticipated annual event, which will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 7 PM, at the Huntington Theatre Company's BU Theatre. A portion of the evening's proceeds will be donated to the Boston Arts Academy to support the region's next generation of artists. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Tempe - Week of 3/19/2017
by BWW - Mar 19, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/19/2017 for Tempe (more...)

World Premiere Musical WANTING MISS JULIE Begins Previews Tonight, 3/19
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2016

Loft Ensemble is pleased to announce the world premiere musical, Wanting Miss Julie. This will be Loft's inaugural production of a musical. Loosely adapted from Strindberg's famous play, Wanting Miss Julie is a drama about isolation, temptation, and the consequences of giving into both. The show previews March 19 and March 20 with a special opening night on Monday, March 21 at 8PM. From there, the show will run on Saturdays at 8PM and Sundays at 7PM. Tickets are $25. (Please note - no performances on Saturday April 2 and Sunday April 3 due to a private event.) (more...)

Broadway's Got the Golden Ticket! Jack O'Brien-Helmed CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Will Arrive in Spring 2017
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2016

Broadway's got the golden ticket! Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Langley Park Productions and Neal Street Productions announced that Roald Dahl's CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY will open its gates on Broadway in the spring of 2017, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien and choreographed by Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse. Roald Dahl's CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY has music by Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award winner Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Grammy and Tony Award winners Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, and a book by Artistic Director of Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum theatre David Greig. Design team, Broadway theater and dates to be announced soon. (more...)

Penton's WardsAuto UX Conference To Explore The Holistic User Experience In Tomorrow's Vehicles
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

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HIPPO! HIPPO! Coming to Glen Street Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

HIPPO! HIPPO!, an exciting new musical adventure for children, will visit Glen Street Theatre this July school holidays as part of its world premiere Australian tour. (more...)

Fan-Favorite Series ODD SQUAD Debuts First-Ever Movie This Summer on PBS KIDS
by TV - On the Road - Jun 15, 2016

On Monday, June 20, PBS KIDS will premiere a new season of the hit series ODD SQUAD with a one-hour special, followed by additional episode debuts throughout the week. (more...)

Cupcake Lady Productions to Present IMAGINARY FRIENDS! at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2016

Cupcake Lady Productions is set to perform an original multimedia show entitled Imaginary Friends! in the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity (planetconnections.org), opening Friday, June 17th at 8:30pm. The production is a combination of stand up comedy, filmed comedic sketches, and short plays that explore the themes of dreams, instincts, the psyche, and of course, imagination. Listen to the voices inside your head, and discover a world where the impossible becomes possible.  (more...)

Libby Winters and Ito Aghayere Set For UNIFORMS Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Director Jimmy Maize (Spoon River Anthology at The Invisible Dog) and BOSS (En Garde Arts) will lead actresses Libby Winters (American Idiot) and Ito Aghayere (Lortel Nomination for Familiar at Playwrights Horizons) in Uniforms by Jeffrey James Keyes (The End of Days &Imaginary Friends) next month in the Samuel French 41st Annual Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival in New York City. (more...)

Funky Little Theater Company to Stage World Premiere of ITALY This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2016

Funky Little Theater Company, the newest, grooviest, funkiest theatre in town, has seen the regional premiere of six productions and one world premiere, as well as many other productions and special events in its short time here in Colorado Springs. FLTC is now very proud to present its newest production, ITALY, a world premiere comedy by Colorado playwright, Michele Berdinis. This World Premiere event will have performances January 15th - January 30th, 2015. (more...)

DCPA Announces Finalists for 2016-17 Regional High School Playwriting Competition
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is pleased to announce the finalists of the fourth annual Regional High School Playwriting Workshop and Competition for Colorado high school students. (more...)

12th Annual Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project Seeks Submissions
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

The Johnny Mercer Foundation and the American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University are seeking the nation's most talented songwriters, aged 18 to 30 years, for the 12th annual Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project. (more...)

Funky Little Theater Company's World Premiere of ITALY Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2016

Funky Little Theater Company, the newest, grooviest, funkiest theatre in town, has seen the regional premiere of six productions and one world premiere, as well as many other productions and special events in its short time here in Colorado Springs. FLTC is now very proud to present its newest production, ITALY, a world premiere comedy by Colorado playwright, Michele Berdinis. This World Premiere event will have performances tonight, January 15th - January 30th, 2015 (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm). (more...)

Funky Little Theater Company to Premiere Michele Berdinis' ITALY This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2016

Funky Little Theater Company, the newest, grooviest, funkiest theatre in town, has seen the regional premiere of six productions and one world premiere, as well as many other productions and special events in its short time here in Colorado Springs. FLTC is now very proud to present its newest production, ITALY, a world premiere comedy by Colorado playwright, Michele Berdinis. (more...)

Tarragon to Stage New Kat Sandler Play MUSTARD
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2016

Tarragon Theatre presents the world premiere of Mustard, a darkly comic fairytale by one of Toronto's hottest and most prolific young playwrights and directors, Kat Sandler, in her debut work for the company. This whimsical production about a mother and daughter navigating life after divorce is directed byAshlie Corcoran, who now helms her second work for Tarragon (the first was the Tarragon-Theatre Smash co-production of The Ugly One two seasons ago). Mustardpreviews from February 2, opens February 10 and runs to March 13 in Tarragon's Extraspace. (more...)

Photo Flash: Shuler Hensley, Sydney Lucas, Julia Murney and More Take Part in MARY & MAX Industry Presentation
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

An invite-only presentation of the new musical Mary & Max took place yesterday starring Tony Winner SHULER HENSLEY (Oklahoma, Sweet Charity, The Whale), Tony Nominee SYDNEY LUCAS (Fun Home), Drama Desk Nominee JULIA MURNEY, The Color Purple's KYLE SCATLIFFE, and LAUREN ELDER (Sideshow, Hair). (more...)

Pamela Reed to Star in Seattle's Rep LUNA GALE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2016

Seattle Repertory Theatre presents Rebecca Gilman's critically acclaimed new play, Luna Gale, a powerful and arresting drama that follows the story of a social worker - played by veteran film, television, and theatre actor Pamela Reed - grappling with decisions that will forever change the course of a foster child's life. Directed by Seattle Repertory Theatre's Artistic Director Braden Abraham, Luna Gale runs March 4-27, 2016 in the Bagley Wright Theatre. Tickets are available now through the Seattle Rep Box Office at (206) 443-2222 and online at seattlerep.org. (more...)

Tony Nominee Stephen Bray to Teach at 12th Annual Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

The Johnny Mercer Foundation (JMF) and the American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University announce Stephen Bray, Tony, and Grammy-nominated songwriter for The Color Purple, will join the 12th annual Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project as a Master Teacher. (more...)

deadmau5 Reveals First Episode of YouTube Series for Cube 2.1 as well as VIP Packages for 'lots of shows in a row' Tour
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

With the start of his 'lots of shows in a row' tour about a month away, major international electronic musician deadmau5 has today (2/24) revealed the first of six behind-the-scenes videos with YouTube Music for Cube 2.1. The new video showcases deadmau5 and crew creatively developing his updated, custom-built cube--a kinetic version of his previous cube with many enhancements--at Tait in the middle of Amish Country, Pennsylvania (Lititz, PA). Standing at 17 ft. tall, 20 ft. wide and 31 ft. deep, making it larger than its predecessors, Cube 2.1 features internal robots that push the sides of the cube--consisting of state-of-the-art LED panels--up and around while projecting brand new graphics.  (more...)

Tickets Go on Sale Today for KINKY BOOTS in Melbourne
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2016

Prepare to get Kinky! Tickets for the Australian season of feel-good, multi award-winning musical KINKY BOOTS go on sale today 18 February 2016. (more...)

Tickets to Go on Sale Tomorrow for KINKY BOOTS in Melbourne
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2016

Prepare to get Kinky! Tickets for the Australian season of feel-good, multi award-winning musical KINKY BOOTS go on sale tomorrow, Thursday 18 February 2016. (more...)

PTC to Continue Play-By-Play Series with TWO HENRYS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Pioneer Theatre Company presents Two Henrys, the second installment of PTC's play reading series called Play-By-Play. Two Henrys by Kenneth Jones runs February 5 and 6, 2016. PTC Artistic Director Karen Azenberg directs the production. (more...)

Funky Little Theater Company to Premiere Michele Berdinis' ITALY This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2015

Funky Little Theater Company, the newest, grooviest, funkiest theatre in town, has seen the regional premiere of six productions and one world premiere, as well as many other productions and special events in its short time here in Colorado Springs. FLTC is now very proud to present its newest production, ITALY, a world premiere comedy by Colorado playwright, Michele Berdinis. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - BROADCHURCH Season 3 Premieres in 2017 on BBC America
by TV News Desk - Dec 28, 2016

BROADCHURCH Season 3 will premiere in 2017 on BBC America. Get a first look at the new season below! (more...)

deadmau5 releases 'W:/2016ALBUM/' on mau5trap
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

deadmau5, a leading figure in electronic music has unleashed his sixth studio album W:/2016ALBUM/ (pronounced as 'w drive 2016 album') out today, Friday, 2nd December. W:/2016ALBUM/ is his first release as an independent artist via his own label mau5trap. (more...)

THE FRUIT BUGS Children's Book is Released
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2015

In her vibrant and charming new picture book, 'The Fruit Bugs' (published by AuthorHouse UK), author Claire Newby crafts a tale about a young boy and his Imaginary Friends. Bundled with absorbing illustrations and an amiable narrative, this delightful children's book reveals how children make both good and bad decisions as they grow up and that having an imaginary friend is part of their development. (more...)

Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Awards Come to Cherry Lane This Weekend; Nominees Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, New York's premiere socially conscious-eco-friendly theatre festival, caps off its latest season with its annual awards ceremony on Sunday, August 14, at 7pm, at the Cherry Lane Theatre, located at 38 Commerce Street. (more...)

Nick Radu's IMAGINARY to Play 2016 New York New Works Theatre Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

Nick Radu's Imaginary has been selected as part of the New York New Works Theatre Festival on September 7th at 7 PM at the Elektra Theater (Times Square Arts Center). Under the direction of Malini Singh McDonald, the company will present an excerpt of the play. (more...)

Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Announces 2016 Award Winners
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

Planet Connections Theatre Festivity closed out its season on August 14 with its annual award ceremony, held at the Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village. (more...)

Inspired by Chekhov, World Premiere of Dorothy Fortenberry's SPECIES NATIVE TO CALIFORNIA Hits Home in Trump's America
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2017

Everyone's a part of the family - until they're not. IAMA Theatre Company presents the world premiere of a deceptively gentle comedy about family, land, labor and loss. Eli Gonda directs Species Native to California by Dorothy Fortenberry for a May 13 opening at Atwater Village Theatre. (more...)

Billy Porter, Kristine Nielsen, Shoshana Bean & More Earn Elliot Norton Nominations; Diane Paulus Receives Prize for Sustained Excellence
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2017

Two dozen nominations of outstanding actors, directors, designers and ensembles were announced today by The Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA), with winners to be revealed at the 35th Annual Elliot Norton Awards on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 7 PM, at Huntington Theatre Company's BU Theatre.   (more...)

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