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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.


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BWW Preview: CINDERELLA'S MAKEOVER - Classical Music Seeks a Wider Audience in New Show
by Backstage Bunny - May 31, 2016

Music from a range of popular classics has been adapted for a show (Cinderella's Makeover) that aims to introduce classical music to people who might not generally come into contact with such music.The show opens at PASA on June 10 (more...)

Photo Flash: SIDEWAYS Opens Tonight at St James Theatre
by Marianka Swain - May 31, 2016

The European premiere of Rex Pickett's acclaimed comedy SIDEWAYS opens tonight at St James Theatre, directed by David Grindley, for a limited run until July 9. The cast features Daniel Weyman (Miles), Simon Harrison (Jack), Ellie Piercy (Maya), Beth Cordingly (Terra), Anne Kavanagh(Phyllis/Evelyn), Kirsten Hazel Smith (Rosie/Victoria) and Daniel Barry (Chris/Daryl). (more...)

London Classic Theatre Brings Pinter's THE BIRTHDAY PARTY to Belgrade Theatre
by Marianka Swain - May 31, 2016

Following successful tours of Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot in 2015, London Classic Theatre return to the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, with their new production of Harold Pinter's THE BIRTHDAY PARTY from Tues 14 to Sat 18 June. It's directed by Michael Cabot, with design by Bek Palmer and lighting by Andy Grange. (more...)

Nominees Announced for 28th Annual West Australian Screen Awards
by Marianka Swain - May 31, 2016

FTI announced the successful 2016 nominees for the 28th Annual West Australian Screen Awards (WASAs) at an event held on Monday 30 May 2016 at The Standard bar in Northbridge. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: The Behind the Curtain Podcast Welcomes Broadway Legend Howard McGillin
by Behind the Curtain - May 29, 2016

Howard McGillin holds the record for the most performances as The Phantom in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. But, before he sang The Music Of The Night over 2,000 times, Howard starred in THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, ANYTHING GOES, and many others! (more...)

BWW Preview: Shrek Meets Fantasia in New Take on CINDERELLA at PASA
by Backstage Bunny - May 24, 2016

Cinderella's Makeover, which has its world premiere at Performing Arts San Antonio (PASA) opening June 10, presents a Shrek-like version of the Cinderella story with music from some of the world's greatest classical composers. (more...)

Licensing Rights Now Available for GARFIELD and MAD LIBS Through R&H Theatricals
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

R&H Theatricals, a division of Rodgers and Hammerstein, An Imagem Company, has acquired the worldwide licensing rights for the popular kid's musicals GARFIELD, The Musical with Cattitude and MAD LIBS Live! GARFIELD and MAD LIBS join the previously existing TYA (Theater for Young Audiences) Collection of titles including: The Adventures of Pinocchio, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Magical Adventures of Merlin, Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale and Red Riding Hood. (more...)

Rose Art Museum Launches Sam Hunter Emerging Artists Fund
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

Christopher Bedford, Henry and Lois Foster Director of The Rose Art Museum, has announced the Sam Hunter Emerging Artists Fund, designed to discover promising artists, and the acquisition of the fund's first work, American painter David Schutter's “MMA 636 a2.” (more...)

Broadway Sound Designer Abe Jacob to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Live Design Awards
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

Legendary theatrical sound designer Abe Jacob will be honored for his pioneering career achievements at the Live Design Awards on Monday, June 13 in New York. Another legendary icon, Chita Rivera, will present the award to Jacob, whom she has known since the original Broadway production of CHICAGO (1975). (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look - Martin Short, Maya Rudolph Star in New NBC Comedy MAYA & MARTY
by TV News Desk - May 12, 2016

NBC's new comedy series MAYA & MARTY premieres Tuesday, May 31 at 10 p.m.  From executive producer Lorne Michaels, the incomparable Maya Rudolph and Martin Short join forces for an all-new comedy show (more...)

BWW Review: CAMELOT Raises the Bar at Downriver Actors Guild
by Anton Anderssen - May 12, 2016

Now on stage at Downriver Actors Guild in Wyandotte is the exuberant musical Camelot. Filled with spectacular color, easy to love tunes, graceful and festive costumes, Camelot has a forbidden love story iconic of the Middle Ages. (more...)

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Photo Flash: First Look - Martin Short, Maya Rudolph Star in New NBC Comedy MAYA & MARTY
by TV News Desk - May 12, 2016

NBC's new comedy series MAYA & MARTY premieres Tuesday, May 31 at 10 p.m.  From executive producer Lorne Michaels, the incomparable Maya Rudolph and Martin Short join forces for an all-new comedy show (more...)

Cast, Contributors Announced for History's Docu-Drama BARBARIANS RISING
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

HISTORY, announced today the cast and contributors for the global eight-part docu-drama, 'Barbarians Rising.' The cast portrays the legendary warriors as they're engaged in one of mankind's most timeless struggles - the fight for freedom. (more...)

Nathan Lane in Talks to Join Andrew Garfield & More in National Theatre's ANGELS IN AMERICA
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

National Theatre's upcoming production of ANGELS IN AMERICA is close to enlisting a stage legend for its starry company. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: Behind the Curtain Pick Winners in Tonys' Forgotten Categories
by Behind the Curtain - Jun 8, 2016

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and underappreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. (more...)

VIDEO: Tim Robbins and Marc Maron Visit LATE LATE SHOW
by - Jun 8, 2016

On last night's LATE LATE SHOW, after James shows a photo of Tim Robbins as Merlin on the "Top Gun" set, Tim explains that while working on the production was good for him at the time, he couldn't return for a sequel. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: Behind the Curtain Discusses this Season's Shows with Tony Historian Bryan Hobgood
by Behind the Curtain - Jun 6, 2016

It's Tony Time so its time to place your bets! Who will win? Who will lose? Who wasn't nominated? Who should be nominated? Rob, Kevin, and Tony historian Bryan Hobgood, debate the 2015-2016 Theatre season in two episodes and predict who will walk away with the coveted Tony Award! (more...)

BWW Interview: A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Tony Nominee Mark Strong Can't Wait To Get Back To Broadway
by Michael Dale - Jun 4, 2016

He won an Olivier Award for his performance in the Arthur Miller classic and now he's up for a Tony. (more...)

Memex Completes Early Payout of BDC
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

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BWW Interview: 6 Questions & a Plug with SOUTH PACIFIC's Christine Toy Johnson
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Jun 29, 2016

Christine Toy Johnson has come full circle in a career with many facets: from her first Equity role to her current stint as Bloody Mary in Guthrie Theater's SOUTH PACIFIC, this Rodgers & Hammerstein musical has been important to her. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: Behind the Curtain Talks Musical Comediennes; Dorothy Loudon, JUNO
by Behind the Curtain - Jun 29, 2016

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and underappreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This week Behind the Curtain celebrates two great comediennes of the American Musical Theatre, Dorothy Loudon and JUNO! (more...)

MTC to Honor Two-Time Tony Winner Nathan Lane at 2016 Fall Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2016

Lynne Meadow and Barry Grove have announced that Manhattan Theatre Club will present its 2016 Fall Benefit, honoring two-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane, on Monday evening, November 7 at 583 Park Avenue (63rd Street and Park Avenue). (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: Behind the Curtain Welcomes Record-Breaking Actor George Lee Andrews
by Behind the Curtain - Jun 26, 2016

George Lee Andrews holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the most performances in the same Broadway show, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. But, before he won that honor, he was Broadway's go-to character actor appearing in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, STARTING HERE, and ON THE 20TH CENTURY. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: Behind the Curtain Talks Intimate Musicals; THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG, SPITFIRE GRILL
by Behind the Curtain - Jun 22, 2016

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Memex's Senior Management and Directors Exercise Out-of-the-Money Warrants to Fund Anticipated Early Payout of BDC
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

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Chris Mayse Joins Seattle Musical Theatre as Managing Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Seattle Musical Theatre (SMT) is pleased to announce Chris Mayse as the company's Managing Artistic Director. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: Behind the Curtain Welcomes Tony-Winning Legend Len Cariou
by Behind the Curtain - Jun 19, 2016

Sweeney Todd. Frederik Egerman. Bill Samson. All of these roles, plus many others, were first brought to life by Tony Award winner Len Cariou. Sweeney Todd. Frederik Egerman. Bill Samson. All of these roles, plus many others, were first brought to life by Tony Award winner Len Cariou. Len dropped by Shetler Studios to share memories of his incredible career, including tackling Shakespeare, Sondheim, and everything in between. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: Behind the Curtain Talks STEEL PIER, Musical Theater Book in Need of Updating
by Behind the Curtain - Jun 15, 2016

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THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA Roars Into Cadogan Hall
by Marianka Swain - Jun 15, 2016

The Tiger Who Came to Tea roars into Chelsea this summer in the truly magical Olivier Award nominated West End production opening at Cadogan Hall on Saturday 6 August 2016 and running through to Sunday 4 September 2016. For tickets, call 020 7730 4500 or visit https://www.cadoganhall.com/ (more...)

THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA Set for Limited Summer Season at Cadogan Hall
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2016

The Tiger Who Came to Tea roars into Chelsea this summer in the truly magical Olivier Award nominated West End production opening at Cadogan Hall on Saturday 6 August 2016 and running through to Sunday 4 September 2016. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: Behind the Curtain Welcomes Living Legend Joan Copeland
by Behind the Curtain - Jun 12, 2016

She was Arthur Miller's sister, a victim of the House Un-American Activities Committee, and one of New York's most respected actresses. Joan Copeland is a living legend whose career includes standing by for Vivien Leigh and Katherine Hepburn, sharing the stage with Danny Kaye, and bringing the words of her brother to vivid theatrical life. (more...)

BWW Review: 15-Year-Old Stuns as Cinderella at PASA
by Backstage Bunny - Jun 11, 2016

PASA proves to be a crucible for emerging young talent with stunning performances in Cinderella's Makeover (more...)

Official: Ophelia Lovibond, Cornelius Booth & More to Join Dominic Cooper in THE LIBERTINE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2016

Further cast members are announced to join the previously confirmed star Dominic Cooper in Stephen Jeffreys' sexually charged masterpiece The Libertine this autumn. Directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winning Terry Johnson, the play will have a limited run from 31 August to 17 September at Bath Theatre Royal as part of the theatre's 2016 summer season, prior to a West End engagement at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 22 September to 3 December with opening night for press on 27 September. (more...)

BBC American Announces Summer and Fall Premiere Slate & More
by TV News Desk - Jun 1, 2016

Off the heels of the premiere of the newest season of Top Gear, and in advance of the July premiere of The Hunt, BBC AMERICA made a series of announcements today which include: a new slate of original scripted development projects (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: Behind the Curtain Explores 'Our Favorite Things' w/ Dorothy Fields, Corky St. Clair
by Behind the Curtain - Jun 1, 2016

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and underappreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This episode: Robert and Kevin discuss the brilliant lyrics of both Dorothy Fields & Corky St. Clair via SEESAW and WAITING FOR GUFFMAN. (more...)

Target Margin Theater to Present Reimagining of THE ICEMAN COMETH at HERE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

Target Margin Theater presents The ICEMAN Lab, a radical new reimaging of The Iceman Cometh, with four diverse theater artists each tackling a separate act of the play. This fresh take on O'Neill's classic will give audiences the opportunity to see each act as a separate experiment or all together in a single sitting. The four acts of The ICEMAN Lab will play a varied schedule at the HERE Arts Center (145 6th Avenue) from June 2 through June 25, with special marathon performances on June 11 and June 18. (more...)

Election Coverage, New & Returning Drama Series & Olympic-Themed Specials Set for PBS Summer Programming
by TV News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

The PBS summer schedule offers comprehensive election coverage, as well as specially themed programs around the 31st Olympiad in August 2016. (more...)

Breaking News: Martin Short & Derek Hough Join Cast of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Martin Short and Emmy Award-winner Derek Hough have joined the cast of NBC's 'Hairspray Live!,' the network's next live Broadway musical holiday event following the phenomenal success of 'The Wiz Live!' (more...)

Centenary Stage Company's Young Performers to Debut Spring Festival of Shows, 5/27-6/5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

Centenary Stage Company's Young Performers work tirelessly to perfect their dance moves, learn all of their lines, and get their vocal harmonies just right for the culmination of their training session and this spring is no exception. These talented young thespians between the ages of 8 and 18 to the Little Theater with their annual Spring Festival of Shows May 27 through June 5.  This year's festival features a variety of musical favorites to entertain audiences of all ages.  Hailed as a "state treasure" by Peter Filichia of the Star Ledger and bringing in youth from Morris, Warren, Hunterdon and Sussex counties, Centenary Stage Company's Young Performance Workshop is one of the few young actor training programs in the country that combines formal training with practical application. (more...)

BWW Review: CAMELOT - Royally Entertaining
by Lynn Beaver - Apr 27, 2016

CAMELOT by Lerner and Loewe, currently playing at the Georgetown Palace Theatre is certainly a bright, shining moment on stage. (more...)

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by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

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Scoop: LUCIFER on FOX - Monday, April 25, 2016
by TV Scoop - Apr 25, 2016

Get all the scoop on LUCIFER , airing on FOX on Monday, April 25, 2016! (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - 'Take Me Back to Hell' Season Finale of LUCIFER
by - Apr 21, 2016

On the next episode of LUCIFER on FOX titled "Take Me Back To Hell" (Season Finale), when Lucifer is framed for murder, he and Chloe must work together to clear his name and prove the identity of the true killer. (more...)

Birmingham Rep to Welcome Kenneth Cranham in THE FATHER This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

One of the most highly acclaimed new play of the last decade, THE FATHER, comes to Birmingham Repertory Theatre from Tuesday 3 to Saturday 7 May, with Olivier Award Best Actor winner, Kenneth Cranham recreating his West End role direct from a celebrated second London run. (more...)

Laura Embrey Pens THE LAST TRUE MERLIN OF BRITAIN
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

A hero's journey tale based on the legendary character Merlin, 'The Last True Merlin of Britain: A Memoir' (published by iUniverse) traverses the British Isles in the late 5th and early 6th centuries. When the current iteration of Merlin suffers betrayal at the hands of one of his pupils, he vanishes, embarking on a final voyage that takes him to the shores of a new continent. (more...)

Scoop: LUTHER on FOX - Monday, April 18, 2016
by - Apr 18, 2016

Get all the scoop on LUTHER, airing on FOX on Monday, April 18, 2016! (more...)

Free Online Collaboration Platform for Independent Film and Games Industry
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

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Calidore String Quartet Makes Carnegie Hall Debut on 5/10
by Louisa Brady - Apr 16, 2016

The acclaimed Calidore String Quartet caps their artistic residency at Stony Brook University with a Carnegie Hall debut performance on Tuesday, May 10th at 8 p.m. in Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall. The concert propels the quartet into their next high-profile residency with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center II, slated to begin in the 2016 fall concert season. CSQ is the first North American ensemble to be awarded the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni fellowship. This Carnegie recital will feature string quartet works by masterful composers, including two late works by Mozart and Mendelssohn - Mozart's String Quartet in D Major, K. 575 and Mendelssohn's String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80 - and an early yet radical chamber work by Hindemith, String Quartet No. 4, Op. 22. Tickets start at $35 and are available via CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800, at the box office at 57th Street and 7th Avenue or online at www.carnegiehall.org. (more...)

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