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Mark Hellinger Theatre (New York, NY)
237 West 51st St.

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Merlin was a musical based on a concept by popular illusionist Doug Henning and Barbara De Angelis, written by Richard Levinson and William Link, with music (and incidental music) written by Elmer Bernstein and lyrics by Don Black.



Merlin opened on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on February 13, 1983 and closed on August 7, 1983 after 199 performances and 69 previews. It was directed by Ivan Reitman and choreographed by Christopher Chadman and Billy Wilson. The cast included Henning as Merlin, Chita Rivera as an evil sorceress and, in supporting roles, newcomer Nathan Lane and a young Christian Slater.



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...)

BWW Interview: Anthony Head Talks BUFFY and LOVE IN IDLENESS
by Marianka Swain - Mar 9, 2017

Anthony Head's diverse work ranges from popular TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Merlin, Little Britain and Doctor Who to theatre work like Ticking, Six Degrees of Separation and The Rocky Horror Show. He's currently starring as Sir John Fletcher in Rattigan's Love in Idleness at Menier Chocolate Factory, directed by Trevor Nunn; the run begins on 10 March. (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...)

Full Casting Announced for Defibrillator's Major New Revival of A LIE OF THE MIND
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2017

With their critically acclaimed production of Stephen Karam's Speech & Debate running at the Trafalgar Studios, Defibrillator Artistic Director James Hillier today announces the full casting for their production of Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind. (more...)


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

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BWW Review: CAMELOT at Candlelight Music Theatre
by Greer Firestone - Mar 21, 2017

After a 3-month hiatus to create a new stage at the 70-year-old barn, Candlelight opens their second season with CAMELOT. Congratulations must be extended to their non-profit board President Tom Hornung and major contributor State Senator Cathy Cloutier who called in all their chips to fund the $300,000.00 project. (more...)

Luke Bryan Comes Face-To-Face With New Madame Tussauds Nashville Wax Figure
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2017

Madame Tussauds, the world-renowned wax attraction slated to open its newest location in Nashville on April 14, and Luke Bryan teamed up to reveal the country superstar's new wax figure in Time Square on March 1 prior to his sold-out show at Madison Square Garden this evening. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at CAMELOT IN CONCERT at The Barn Stage Company
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2017

In association with Temecula Presents and the Temecula Valley Symphony, The Barn Stage Company closes out its 2016/2017 Broadway Concert Series with Lerner & Loewe's classic musical Camelot in Concert. The production runs this weekend only, Thursday March 2nd, Saturday March 4th and Sunday March 5th at The Old Town Temecula Stage. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (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...)

Phoenix Theatre Ensemble Presents Staged Reading of WH Auden's Translation of THE KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2017

???????Yes, it's King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, and Lancelot in Camelot but not as you might expect them. Written in 1937 when Jean Cocteau was emerging from opium addiction, he dreamed Camelot as a barren wasteland. (more...)

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

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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...)

VIDEO: Freeform's New Digital Short-Form Series DINNER WITH DAD, Starring Jason Alexander
by TV News Desk - Mar 11, 2017

DINNER WITH DAD chronicles a young man's weekly get-together meal with his father. Only what does that look like if your father happens to be Jason Alexander from “Seinfeld”? (more...)

BWW Morning Brief March 10th, 2017 - PRESENT LAUGHTER, 'HONEYMOON' in London and More!
by Jessica Khan - Mar 10, 2017

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! This weekend's big news: PRESENT LAUGHTER, starring Kevin Kline, begins on Broadway tonight, and Samantha Barks and Arthur Darrell headline HONEYMOON IN VEGAS in London on Sunday! (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...)

The Actors Center Appoints New Executive and Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2017

For more than 20 years, The Actors Center has provided opportunities for NYC's professional stage, film, and television artists to deepen and develop their craft alongside likeminded peers. Now under the direction of longtime Center associate Charles Tuthill, the Center now boasts more than 200 peer-nominated members and is positioned to continue to impact the profession for generations to come. (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - LUCIFER Returns This May with 'Candy Morningstar' Episode
by TV News Desk - Jan 31, 2017

Check out the promo for Lucifer Season 2 Episode 14 titled 'Candy Morningstar' returning this May with all-new episodes on FOX. (more...)

Scoop: LUCIFER - Winter Finale on FOX - Monday, January 30, 2017
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Get all the scoop on LUCIFER - Winter Finale, airing on FOX on Monday, January 30, 2017! (more...)

American Bard Theater Explores Gender Roles, Race, and Death in VISIONARY VOICES
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2017

American Bard Theater Company presents Visionary Voices, three poignant, tantalizing plays by two pioneering women playwrights, exploring gender roles, race, and death in America's early twentieth century. Aimee Todoroff and Tonya Pinkins direct. The evening of one-act works include Trifles by Susan Glaspell (1916), Exit: An Illusion by Marita Bonner (1929), and The People by Susan Glaspell (1918). Performances will be staged at the Gloria Maddox Theatre, 151 West 26th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001 from February 15-March 5, 2017. (more...)

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by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

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Kara Tointon Stars In GASLIGHT At The Lyceum Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

???????One of the greatest psychological thrillers of all time, Gaslight, comes to the Lyceum Theatre from Monday 20 - Saturday 25 February, starring the celebrated stage and television actress Kara Tointon.  (more...)

Verhoeven's ELLE & Ozon's FRANTZ Top 2017 Cesar Award Nominations; Full List
by Movies News Desk - Jan 25, 2017

France's Academie des Arts et Techniques du Cinema announced the nominations for this year's Cesar Awards in Paris this morning. (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - Winter Finale Episode of LUCIFER on FOX
by TV News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

On the winter finale of LUCIFER on FOX titled 'A Good Day to Die,' Lucifer must find the antidote to the Professor's poison before it kills Chloe. (more...)

Steve Martin and Martin Short Add Second Show at Caesars Colliseum
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2017

Due to demand, Steve Martin and Martin Short have added two new 2017 dates of their hilarious show "An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Lives featuring the Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko" at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Tickets for the two new shows scheduled Friday, Aug. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 29 will go on-sale Friday, Jan. 27 at noon PT. The performances are presented jointly by AEG Live and Caesars Entertainment. (more...)

Scoop: LUCIFER on FOX - Monday, January 23, 2017
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Memex Inc. Re-appoints Sophic Capital
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

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VIDEO: Sneak Peek - 'Love Handles' Episode of LUCIFER on FOX
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On the next episode of LUCIFER on FOX titled "Love Handles",  Lucifer and Chloe investigate a mysterious masked killer who is poisoning college students. (more...)

BWW Review: In CAMELOT, The Dream Lives On
by Herbert Paine - Jan 16, 2017

Under James Rio's inspired direction, this version of CAMELOT, now on stage at Arizona Broadway Theatre, is an absorbing experience and an irresistible invitation to a momentary retreat to a world of romance and possibility. Matthew C. Thompson stands at the epicenter of the musical, drawing from his wide cup of talent and delivering a stirring and highly relatable performance as King Arthur. (more...)

Scoop: LUCIFER on FOX - Monday, January 16, 2017
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Get all the scoop on LUCIFER , airing on FOX on Monday, January 16, 2017! (more...)

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

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BWW Morning Brief February 3rd, 2017 - BEARDO, 'THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN' and More!
by Jessica Khan - Feb 3, 2017

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! This weekend's big news: Craig & Malloy's BEARDO starts tonight Off-Broadway, and the Taye Diggs & Jenny Parsinen-choreographed 'THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN' benefit production hits Royal Family this weekend! (more...)

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

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Finger Lakes Winery Invests in New Winemaking Equipment
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

When the Missick family purchased Bellangelo Winery in 2011, they purchased an existing, operational winery, but in many ways, had to start from scratch when it came to cellar equipment. With only a couple stainless steel tanks, the family knew it would take heavy investment to acquire the machinery necessary to produce premium wines. No stranger to investing in equipment, for the 2012 vintage, a new de-stemmer, crusher, must pump, tanks from Vance Metal Fabricators in Geneva, NY, and a gently used press were in place. A new robust chilling system, and forklift were also added. In anticipation of the 2017 vintage, the Missick family has made a series bold investments in the future of their wines and their winemaking program. (more...)

Pacific Symphony To Show KING ARTHUR AND THE LEGENDARY DRAGON LAIR At Family Musical Mornings
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

Journey back in time to the wondrous kingdom of Camelot, where gallant knights and fair damsels rule the land! Pacific Symphony's "Family Musical Mornings" concert-"King Arthur and the Legend of the Dragon's Lair"-is a rollicking ride, full of adventure, heroism, danger and excitement! (more...)

MEMEX Recognized as one of the Strongest Performing Companies on the TSX Venture Exchange
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

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Soothplayers to Present COMPLETELY IMPROVISED POTTER Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

???????From the company that brought you Completely Improvised Shakespeare, Soothplayers proudly present Completely Improvised Potter. They also offer their signature guarantee: laugh or get your money back! (more...)

Hulu Acquires Subscription Streaming Rights to Award-Winning Starz Series BLACK SAILS
by TV News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

In a new deal with Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), Hulu has acquired the subscription streaming rights to the hit, STARZ Original series premium cable network drama, BLACK SAILS. (more...)

Times Square Attraction Receives Huge Delivery From Legendary Pictures & Warner Bros' KONG: SKULL ISLAND
by Movies News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

Madame Tussauds have partnered with Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures to bring a larger than life KONG: Skull Island experience to the iconic wax attractions in New York and London, complete with an 18-foot high interactive animatronic head of the mythical monster. (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...)

Santiago Cabrera to Star in New CBS Suspense Drama SALVATION, Premiering This Summer
by TV News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

Santiago Cabrera will star in SALVATION, a new suspense drama series that centers on an MIT grad student and a tech superstar who bring a Pentagon official a staggering discovery (more...)

Upcoming CAMELOT IN CONCERT with Symphony Onstage!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

In association with Temecula Presents and the Temecula Valley Symphony, The Barn Stage Company closes out its 2016/2017 Broadway Concert Series with Lerner & Loewe's classic musical Camelot in Concert. (more...)

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

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Martin Kildare, Amy Gillette and Paul Kehler to Lead The Barn Stage Company's CAMELOT IN CONCERT
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

In association with Temecula Presents and the Temecula Valley Symphony, The Barn Stage Company closes out its 2016/2017 Broadway Concert Series with Lerner & Loewe's classic musical Camelot in Concert. (more...)

LEGOLAND Parks to Celebrate THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE with Exclusive Special Event in 2017
by Movies News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

Super Hero. Crime-fighter. Master Builder. LEGO Batman is all of those and so much more. With the scene-stealing star of 'The LEGO Movie' returning in his very own, highly anticipated big-screen adventure, 'The LEGO Batman Movie,' from Warner Bros. Picture (more...)

Smithsonian Channel to Celebrate Women's History Month with Two New Premieres
by TV News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

Smithsonian Channel is celebrating Women's History Month with new specials that highlight two of the most courageous and independent-spirited women of their time, both leaving a lasting impression for centuries to follow. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - February 13, 2017
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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...)

Cortland Repertory Theatre Downtown Presents Magic and Mystery with MYSTERIES OF THE MIND
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2017

???????Cortland Repertory Theatre prepares audience members to be astonished with mentalist and magician Paul Draper in his unique and fascinating show MYSTERIES OF THE MIND on Saturday, February 18 at 7:30.  (more...)

BEHIND THE CURTAIN: BROADWAY'S LIVING LEGENDS Celebrates 1st Year Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

Behind The Curtain: Broadway's Living Legends, the iTunes podcast dedicated to preserving the memories, wisdom, and anecdotes of Broadway's greatest artists, celebrates its first year anniversary on February 1st, 2017. (more...)

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