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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...)

THE HUMMINGBIRD'S TOUR to Begin Off-Broadway in October
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2015

 The Award-winning ON YOUR WAY HOME PRODUCTIONS is pleased to present the Off-Broadway Premiere of Margaret Dulaney's (Sightseeing; Winner: Berrilla Kerr Award and www.listenwell.org) THE HUMMINGBIRD'S TOUR, directed by John Augustine. The limited engagement begins on Sunday, October 18th and continues through Sunday, November 22th, 2015. Official opening night is Monday, October 26th at 7:00 p.m.. THE HUMMINGBIRD'S TOUR will perform at the Theatre at St. Clement's (423 W. 46th Street, New York, NY   10036). Tickets are now on sale at www.hummingbirdoffbroadway.com (more...)

Elinor Donahue and David Mason Star in Judson Theatre's HARVEY, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2015

Judson Theatre Company welcomes Elinor Donahue in their production of the Pulitzer Prize comedy HARVEY by Mary Chase. Donahue, an Emmy nominee, is well known for her role as Betty on FATHER KNOWS BEST. HARVEY opens tonight, September 24 and runs through Sunday, September 27 at Owens Auditorium at Sandhills Community College, located at 3395 Airport Road in Pinehurst. (more...)

Elinor Donahue and David Mason Star in Judson Theatre's HARVEY, Starting Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2015

Judson Theatre Company has announced that Elinor Donahue has joined the cast of their upcoming production of the Pulitzer Prize comedy HARVEY by Mary Chase. Donahue, an Emmy nominee, is well known for her role as Betty on Father Knows Best. HARVEY opens tonight, September 24 and runs through Sunday, September 27 at Owens Auditorium at Sandhills Community College, located at 3395 Airport Road in Pinehurst. (more...)

TECHNICOLOR LIFE to Have World Premiere at Rep Stage
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2015

Rep Stage, the regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC), continues its 23rd season with Jami Brandli's "Technicolor Life," directed by Joseph W. Ritsch, Rep Stage's co-producing artistic director. Maxine, a book smart teenager, is caught between her older sister, a wounded soldier who just returned from the war in Iraq, and her ailing grandmother with a flair for American movie musicals. (more...)

Rehearsals Underway for 5th Avenue Theatre's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2015

Rehearsals started this week at The 5th Avenue Theatre for the exultant classic musical, Rodgers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music, the iconic show sweeping Seattle for the holidays. Boasting such beloved songs as 'Do Re Mi,' 'My Favorite Things,' 'Sixteen Going on Seventeen,' and 'Climb Ev'ry Mountain,' this production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music will be presented as only The 5th can do, complete with a sensational live orchestra, stunning costumes, and incredible sets. Under the direction of David Bennett and with choreography by Trina Mills and music direction by Kat Sherrell, this musical will feature an exuberant all-local cast of fresh faces and favorite performers that includes Anne Allgood as the Mother Abbess, joining the previously announced David Pichette as Max Detweiler and Jessica Skerritt as the Baroness Elsa Schraeder, with Hans Altwies as Captain Georg von Trapp and Kirsten deLohr Helland as Maria. (more...)

John Reeves Pens SLICES OF RAIN
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2015

John Reeves, an accomplished musician, singer and songwriter, has completed his new book 'Slices of Rain': a gripping and thought provoking collection of chilling short stories. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Off-Broadway's THE HUMMINGBIRD'S TOUR
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2015

On Your Way Productions is pleased to present a first look at the Off-Broadway premiere of Margaret Dulaney's THE HUMMINGBIRD'S TOUR, directed by John Augustine. The limited engagement is currently in previews and continues through Sunday, November 22th, 2015. Official opening night is Monday, October 26th at 7:00 pm. THE HUMMINGBIRD'S TOUR performs at the Theatre at St. Clement's (423 W. 46th Street, New York, NY 10036). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (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...)

TECHNICOLOR LIFE to Premiere at Rep Stage as Part of Women's Voices Theater Festival
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2015

Rep Stage, the regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC), continues its 23rd season with Jami Brandli's "Technicolor Life," directed by Joseph W. Ritsch, Rep Stage's co-producing artistic director. Maxine, a book smart teenager, is caught between her older sister, a wounded soldier who just returned from the war in Iraq, and her ailing grandmother with a flair for American movie musicals. (more...)

NAMT Report: Ben Crawford, Brad Oscar in IMAGINE HARRY: Life's Realities and Imaginary Friends
by Michael Dale - Oct 17, 2015

An imaginary friend has trouble hacking it in the real world. (more...)

Cherry Jones, Kathleen Chalfant & More to Star in WP Theater's DEAR ELIZABETH
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2015

Women's Project Theater, under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Lisa McNulty and Managing Director Maureen Moynihan, has announced the rotating casts for the New York premiere of DEAR ELIZABETH, the inaugural production at the WP's new theatrical home the McGinn/Cazale Theatre, 2162 Broadway (at 76th Street). (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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

The Dysfunctional Collective to Feature Art, Theater, Music & Dance on Governors Island This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2015

Dysfunctional Theatre Company presents The Dysfuncational Collective, featuring the works of Shana Pederson, Parts & Labor Vintage Outfitters, Mel DeLancey, Rebecca Davis, GeminiCollisionworks, Dysfunctional Theatre Company, The Pragmatists, The Dysfunctional Swingers, Story Gym & the Fifth Wall and Tribeca Lab, weekends through September 27 at Nolan Park on Governors Island. (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...)

XANADU Begins Tonight at CT Repertory Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2015

Connecticut Repertory Theatre completes its 2015 Nutmeg Summer Series with the musical comedy Xanadu. Directed by CRT's Artistic Director, Vincent J. Cardinal and choreographed by Cassie Abate, Xanadu tells the story of a muse named Clio who travels to 1980's Venice Beach, California disguised as a mortal to inspire chalk artist and beach boy Sonny Malone. Clio faces the jealousy of her two sisters, Melpomene and Calliope, the wrath of her father Zeus, and the struggles of fitting in as a mortal as she and Danny fight for their dream to open a roller disco with awesome mirror balls. Amandina Altomare stars in the lead role of Clio/Kira. Altomare was previously seen on the CRT stage as Lousie in Gypsy, Judy in A Chorus Line, and earlier this summer in LES MISERABLES: A Musical Celebration directed by Terrence Mann. Performances of Xanadu begin on July 9, 2015 and run through July 19, 2015 at Connecticut Repertory Theatre's Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre. Tickets are on sale now at crt.uconn.edu or 860-486-2113. (more...)

PBS Orders New Seasons of DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD and ODD SQUAD
by TV News Desk - Jul 7, 2015

The Fred Rogers Company has announced the production of new seasons of PBS KIDS series Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood and Odd Squad. (more...)

Go Behind-the-Scenes with Connecticut Rep's XANADU!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 4, 2015

Connecticut Repertory Theatre completes its 2015 Nutmeg Summer Series with the musical comedy Xanadu. Directed by CRT's Artistic Director, Vincent J. Cardinal and choreographed by Cassie Abate, Xanadu tells the story of a muse named Clio who travels to 1980's Venice Beach, California disguised as a mortal to inspire chalk artist and beach boy Sonny Malone. Clio faces the jealousy of her two sisters, Melpomene and Calliope, the wrath of her father Zeus, and the struggles of fitting in as a mortal as she and Danny fight for their dream to open a roller disco with awesome mirror balls. (more...)

Huggable Riot's OEDIPAL ARRANGEMENTS Opens Tonight at Gorilla Tango
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2015

Huggable Riot has announced the second in a series of summer sketch comedy revues when Oedipal Arrangements opens tonight, July 22, 2015 at Gorilla Tango Theater in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago.  (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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

BWW's On This Day - December 12, 2015
by - Dec 12, 2015

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 12 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (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...)

THE BALTIMORE WALTZ, 'ANTIGONE PROJECT' and More Set for Rep Stage's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2015

Rep Stage, the professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC), proudly announces its 2015-16 season lineup. (more...)

Elinor Donahue and David Mason to Star in Judson Theatre's HARVEY This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2015

Judson Theatre Company has announced that Elinor Donahue has joined the cast of their upcoming production of the Pulitzer Prize comedy HARVEY by Mary Chase. Donahue, an Emmy nominee, is well known for her role as Betty on Father Knows Best. HARVEY opens Thursday, September 24 and runs through Sunday, September 27 at Owens Auditorium at Sandhills Community College, located at 3395 Airport Road in Pinehurst. (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...)

TINSERELLA Set for Melbourne Fringe Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2015

'Tinserella- Putting the G'Day in Cabaret' is a one-woman comedy cabaret that pays no'tention to any storyline but purely craves to crack you up. Writer and performer Joana Simmons has collected her favourite alter egos and Imaginary Friends and flung them into a sack of satirical songs and physical comedy. Featuring the celebrity guest impersonations of Mariah Carey and Lindsay Lohan, it is a combination of quips and quirks guarantee to put the G'Day in Cabaret. (more...)

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