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225 West 44th St.

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Based on the film The Apartment by Billy Wilder and I. A. L. Diamond

Promises, Promises is a musical based on the 1960 film The Apartment. The music is by Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David, and book by Neil Simon. Musical numbers for the original Broadway production were choreographed by Michael Bennett.


VIDEO: Kristin Chenoweth Reveals Her First Choice to Replace LIVE's Michael Strahan
by TV News Desk - May 9, 2016

Broadway's Kristin Chenoweth stopped by PEOPLE to discuss who she thinks would make the best replacement for LIVE co-host Michael Strahan. (more...)

Theater Resources Unlimited & The Playroom Theatre to Host 'Practical Playwriting: How to Write for Commercial Production,' 5/14
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and The Playroom Theatre present Practical Playwriting: How to Write for Commercial Production, on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 10:00am - 5:30pm at The Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th floor, NYC 10036. The workshop is one of a series of TRU BEGINNINGS workshops, opportunities for early development of new work. For more details and to download an application, please visit http://truonline.org/events/practical-playwriting/ (more...)

Diamond Head Theatre Presents PROMISES PROMISES, 5/20
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

Diamond Head Theatre (DHT) is excited to announce, Promises, Promises, opening on May 20, 2016.  (more...)

New Musical Revue L.A. NOW AND THEN Set for Caminito Theatre, 5/13-22
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

Conceived and Directed by Grammy nominated Producer, Director, Writer, and Composer Bruce Kimmel, L.A. NOW AND THEN, is a new musical revue about the city that was and the city that is. (more...)

BWW Blog: Jeff Blumenkrantz - Understudying on Broadway: Part One - Nuts and Bolts
by Guest Blogger: Jeff Blumenkrantz - May 5, 2016

Those of you who have seen Bright Star know what a tour de force the role of "Alice Murphy" is for our Tony/Drama Desk/Outer Critics Circle-nominated leading lady, Carmen Cusack. And while she seems to be indefatigable, ever in great voice, and able to do eight brilliant and emotional shows a week, plus any number of extracurricular appearances, it's only a matter of time (or vacation) before "Alice Murphy" will fall into the hands of one or both of her understudies, who have been preparing diligently for the big task. Lucky for us, those two women are the super-talented and highly experienced Sandra (Sandy) DeNise and Sarah Jane Shanks, who, in their regular Bright Star tracks, carry an already heavy load as members of the ensemble, acting, singing, dancing, and set-moving their way through almost every scene in the show.  (more...)

SEARED, THE CHRISTIANS and More Set for San Francisco Playhouse's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

San Francisco Playhouse Artistic Director Bill English and Producing Director Susi Damilano have announced five of six selections for the 2016-2017 Mainstage season. (more...)

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, NOISES OFF & More Set for San Francisco Playhouse's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

San Francisco Playhouse Artistic Director Bill English and Producing Director Susi Damilano announced their 2016-2017 Mainstage season. Complete information is available at www.sfplayhouse.org. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Merri Sugarman, CSA Auditions for LES MISERABLES' Fantine on TURNING THE TABLES!
by Turning the Tables - May 26, 2016

BroadwayWorld will be exclusively bringing you episodes of Turning the Tables- a new web series brought to you by the team that's brought you nothing before! Find out what happens when Broadway's hottest casting directors get the tables turned and audition for the actors. Below, watch as Merri Sugarman auditions for Fantine in Les Miserables! (more...)

Cape Playhouse to Open 90th Anniversary Season with LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

The historic Cape Playhouse's 90th season kicks off with one of Neil Simon's most irresistible comedies, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, starring Jennifer Cody and Daniel Pearce. Directed by Tim Threlfall, this classic comedy plays June 7 through 18.  (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes SPRING AWAKENING's Boniello, Mientus, Rodriguez
by Theater People Podcast - May 23, 2016

On Monday, May 23 the Theater People podcast welcomes Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus, and Alex Boniello. The three sit down to discuss the Tony nominated Deaf West Theater production of SPRING AWAKENING in which they all starred. Topic discussed include how they each came to the production, the unique and exciting challenges of working in a Deaf West production, and how it feels for their show to have been nominated for a Tony Award. (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 5/2/2016 - New York Pops Gala, August Wilson Monologues & More!
by Jessica Khan - May 2, 2016

Today's big news: Broadway's best gather for tonight's 2016 New York Pops Gala, this year's August Wilson Monologue Competition is this evening, and the cast of WAITRESS hits the recording studio, so stay tuned for coverage! (more...)

SCHOOL OF ROCK's Alex Brightman and Sierra Boggess to Lead Social Media for 2016 STARS IN THE ALLEY
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

Can't be there live? Don't sweat it. 2016 Tony Award Nominee Alex Brightman and his School of Rock The Musical co-star, Sierra Boggess have been named social media correspondents for the 2016 STARS IN THE ALLEY concert, presented by United Airlines. The pair will post on social media throughout the event, keeping fans up-to-date on all of the action behind the scenes and on stage. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - Kristin Chenoweth Stars in Coming-of-Age Drama HARD SELL
by Movies News Desk - May 18, 2016

Below, get a first look at Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth in the new drama HARD SELL, from Momentum Pictures. (more...)

Tony Winner Christine Baranski to Lead GOOD WIFE Spinoff on CBS
by TV News Desk - May 18, 2016

Christine Baranski will lead a new spinoff series of CBS's acclaimed drama THE GOOD WIFE, which ended its seven-season run on May 8th (more...)

VIDEO: Kristin Chenoweth Reveals Her Patented Line for People Who Give Her Attitude
by TV News Desk - May 17, 2016

On last night's LATE LATE SHOW, Broadway's Kristin Chenoweth revealed her patented line for anyone giving her attitude. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes BRIGHT STAR Tony-Nominee Carmen Cusack; Listen HERE!
by Theater People Podcast - May 16, 2016

On Monday, May 16 the Theater People podcast welcomes BRIGHT STAR's Tony nominated leading lady, Carmen Cusack. (more...)

Sean Hayes & Mo Rocca Will Host 2016 STARS IN THE ALLEY!
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

STARS IN THE ALLEY, presented by United Airlines, will be hosted by Sean Hayes and Mo Rocca. Sean Hayes will be starring in Broadway's An Act of God and was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in Promises, Promises and Mo Rocca is a Correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning and appeared on Broadway in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. (more...)

Musical Theatre Guild Sets 21st Season
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, has announced an exciting quartet of shows to celebrate its twenty-first season of Broadway in Concert musicals.  The MTG 2016-2017 season includes: Promises, Promises; THE SPITFIRE GRILL; HALLELUJAH, BABY! and STATE FAIR. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Kristin Chenoweth Opens Up About Her Special Meeting with Prince on THE TALK
by Stage Tube - May 16, 2016

Broadway's Kristin Chenoweth stopped by THE TALK today to discuss her film HARD SELL, out this week. During the interview, the Tony-winner revealed details of her private dinner with Prince, and the artistic advice he had to offer her. Watch the interview below! (more...)

Ilene Graff & Ben Lanzarone Set for Broadway at Birdland Concert Series, 6/13
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

The Broadway at Birdland concert series has announced that Grammy-nominated recording artist, television and Broadway star Ilene Graff, along with her husband, ASCAP-Award winning musical director Ben Lanzarone, will present their big band show "It's Better With A Band!" on the Birdland stage Monday, June 13, 2016 at 7 PM. For tickets, call 212-581-3080 or go to birdlandjazz.com. (more...)

Matthew Morrison, Laura Benanti Celebration and More Set for Next Week at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Next week, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. (more...)

Melissa Errico, Claybourne Elder, Sarah Stiles & More Star in DO I HEAR A WALTZ?, Starting Tonight at Encores!
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

The Encores! production of DO I HEAR A WALTZ?, the romantic, rarely-seen 1965 musical that marked the only collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim, opens tonight. (more...)

BWW Blog: Jeff Blumenkrantz - Understudying on Broadway: Part Two – Sandra DeNise and Sarah Jane Shanks
by Guest Blogger: Jeff Blumenkrantz - May 10, 2016

In this second part of Understudying on Broadway (you can find Part 1 here), I'm discussing the subject with two women who each have tons of experience, Sandra (Sandy) DeNise and Sarah Jane Shanks, both currently covering the demanding, central role of 'Alice Murphy' in Bright Star. (I should mention that they both also cover the role of 'Lucy Grant,' and additionally, Sandy covers 'Mama Murphy!') (more...)

Elena Shaddow, Jason Gotay, PJ Benjamin, Kevin Cahoon & More Join The Muny's 98th Season!
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

Following its initial casting announcement in April, The Muny announced today additional principal cast members for its spectacular 98th season. The 2016 Muny season opens with The Wizard of Oz followed by 42nd Street and The Music Man. The season includes the premieres of the popular Mel Brooks comedy, Young Frankenstein and world-wide megahit, Mamma Mia!, and closes with Fiddler on the Roof and Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Benjamin Eakeley Returns to Feinstein's/54 Below in BROADWAY SWINGER
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - May 10, 2016

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW - Broadway's Supper Club - just presented the return of BENJAMIN EAKELEY and his acclaimed solo concert debut, 'BROADWAY SWINGER,' on last night, May 9. When the show premiered to a sold-out house in January, Eakeley was praised for his 'bewitching stage presence' with 'decidedly sensual power and lush jazz vocals' by BroadwayWorld.com. Currently appearing on Broadway in She Loves Me, Eakeley and his four-piece jazz band reinterpret classic songs from the 1960s in a nightclub act that chronicles the American stage's evolution from conservative to carefree. 'BROADWAY SWINGER,' co-written byTim Murray (50 Shades: The Musical), is a groovy romp through the decade that gave us Oliver!, Cabaret, Hair and Promises, Promises. True to its name, this swingin' show examines shifting attitudes toward relationships and sex as it explores life, love and everything in between. (more...)

Lea Salonga, Donna McKechnie, SOMETHING ROTTEN! and More Coming to Feinstein's/54 Below This April
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

This April, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. (more...)

SAG-AFTRA to Live-Stream Ken Howard Celebration Next Monday
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

As BroadwayWorld reported last month, Kenneth Joseph 'Ken' Howard, Jr., a Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor and president of the performers union SAG-AFTRA died on March 23rd at his home near Los Angeles. He was 71. A celebration of his life will be held on Monday, April 11, 2016 and will be live-streamed at SAGAFTRA.org. (more...)

Tony Roberts Boards ABC's DIRTY DANCING Remake
by TV News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

Katey Sagal is the latest actor to sign on to ABC's upcoming three-hour reboot of DIRTY DANCING. (more...)

SHE LOVES ME's Benjamin Eakeley to Bring BROADWAY SWINGER to Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

?FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW - Broadway's Supper Club - will present the return of BENJAMIN EAKELEY and his acclaimed solo concert debut, "BROADWAY SWINGER," on Monday, May 9 at 7:00 PM. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes Emmy-Nominated Choreographer Spencer Liff
by Theater People Podcast - Apr 4, 2016

On Monday, April 4th, the Theater People podcast welcomes Emmy nominated choreographer Spencer Liff. As a performer, Liff made his Broadway debut at age 11 in the musical BIG. He went on to appear in THE WEDDING SINGER, CRY BABY, EQUUS, and  9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL, taking on more and more responsibility along the way. He was the Associate Choreographer and Dance Captain for CRY BABY, and was the Dance Captain on EQUUS.  (more...)

Breaking News: Melissa Errico, Claybourne Elder, Sarah Stiles & More to Star in Encores! DO I HEAR A WALTZ?
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

Encores! Artistic Director Jack Viertel today announced casting for the Encores! production of Do I Hear a Waltz?, the romantic, rarely-seen 1965 musical that marked the only collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim. Do I Hear a Waltz? will star Claybourne Elder, Melissa Errico, Sarah Hunt, Zachary Infante, Cass Morgan, Richard Poe, Michael Rosen, Sarah Stiles, and Richard Troxell. The ensemble includes Kristine Bendul, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Jenny Laroche, Jennifer Locke, Nathan Madden, Skye Mattox, Devin Roberts, Manny Stark, and Alex Wong. (more...)

BWW Interview: Kristin Chenoweth Brings AN INTIMATE EVENING to PPAC Stage
by Robert Barossi - Apr 4, 2016

While Kristin Chenoweth may best be known for originating the role of Glinda in the Broadway musical Wicked or one of her many film and television roles, the amazingly versatile performer has had a career spanning just about every medium and genre. Chenoweth's work on TV has included The West Wing, Glee and an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Pushing Daisies. In addition to Wicked, she has lit up the stage in Promises, Promises, On the Twentieth Century and You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, for which she won a Tony. She has also performed concerts to sold-out audiences around the world and has released five studio albums. Now, she arrives on the Providence Performing Arts Center stage with a very special concert performance, accompanied by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, all part of PPAC's annual gala event. (more...)

Tony Winner Betty Buckley Coming to Ridgefield Playhouse, 5/7
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

  The Ridgefield Playhouse and Ridgefield Magazine Broadway and Cabaret Series bring Tony Award winner Betty Buckley - Live in Concert on Saturday, May 7 at 8 p.m. in a special one night only performance!  (more...)

Simply Full of Jazz! Meet the Whole Cast of 'SHUFFLE ALONG', Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Apr 28, 2016

A re-imagined version of the 1921 musical SHUFFLE ALONG, one of the earliest stage hits starring, written and directed by African-Americans, opens tonight, April 28, on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre. SHUFFLE ALONG has a new book and is directed by George C. Wolfe, choreographed by Savion Glover. Scroll down to learn more about the company, plus watch SUNDAY MORNING's recent behind-the-scenes look at the show! (more...)

BWW Interview: Kevin Repich, Malissa Marlow, Leah Dalrymple of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE at California Lutheran University
by Cary Ginell - Apr 26, 2016

Playing a character is hard enough for many actors and actresses who are starting out in musical theater, but The Drowsy Chaperone throws its performers a curve because of the complicated nature of the show. A cloistered record collector, the character known only as Man in Chair, shares his favorite musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, with the audience, and as he talks about it, the characters come alive in front of them. But Man in Chair is also talking about the actors who play the characters in the faux musical. This causes a triple-layered dilemma for anyone who plays in the show because they have to fold two characters into their own personalities. We talked with three of the show's stars, who are all theater arts students at California Lutheran University. Kevin Repich is a third year Communications and Theater Arts major who is also in the college's Improv Troupe. Malissa Marlow, also a junior, is a Thousand Oaks High School graduate who has already appeared in productions of Spring Awakening (as Martha), Night of the Living Dead (as Corpse on the Stairs - really!), and Songs for a New World (Woman 1). Leah Dalrymple, also from Thousand Oaks High, is making her musical debut at CLU, but has received a Vee-Cee award for her performance as Fran Kubelik in Promises, Promises at Moorpark College. We talked with all three this week about this very funny show, which is packing in audiences at the CLU Black Box Theater. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - April 23, 2016
by - Apr 23, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on April 23 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie Brings A VISIT WITH KANDER & EBB to Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 21, 2016

Donna McKechnie is  brought her world premiere show A VISIT WITH KANDER AND EBB to Feinstein's/54 Below last night and BroadwayWorld was there. The show is running from April 19-22. (more...)

Jason Alexander to Serve as Master Teacher for 2016 Lunt-Fontanne Fellows; Class Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

Ten Chimneys Foundation has announced Jason Alexander will serve as the Master Teacher for the 2016 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program, a national program to serve the future of American theatre. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes FIDDLER's Danny Burstein
by Theater People Podcast - Apr 18, 2016

On Monday, April 18, the Theater People podcast welcomes Five-time Tony Award-nominee, Danny Burstein. Burstein, currently staring as Tevye in the Broadway revival of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, began his career on Broadway in the early 1990s working mostly as an ensemble member and understudy. After making the decision to turn down work that didn't challenge him artistically, Burstein would go on to become one of the most celebrated leading men of his generation, earning Tony nominations for his work in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, SOUTH PACIFIC, FOLLIES, GOLDEN BOY, and CABARET. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 4/16-4/17/2016
by - Apr 17, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, April 17, 2016 - Sunday, April 17, 2016. (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for April 18-24, Featuring Donna McKechnie, Santino Fontana, and More!
by Louisa Brady - Apr 17, 2016

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestras begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Bright Star Sings Jeff Blumenkrantz; The Legend of New York By Salzman & Cunningham Featuring Santino Fontana & Laura Osnes; Donna McKechnie: A Visit with Kander & Ebb; 54 Celebrates The Colonial Theatre; and The Girls in White: Songs from the Show. (more...)

PROMISES, PROMISES's Matthew Steffens Will Star in R.Evolución Latina's BOUNTIFUL: A TEACHER'S JOURNEY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2016

Matthew Steffens is one of the nine uniquely brilliant choreographers of BOUNTIFUL: A Teacher's Journey, R.Evolucion Latina's 2016 Choreographers Festival. He has served as the associate choreographer for the Broadway production of Doctor Zhivago and of the Off-Broadway immersive hit Queen of the Night. Matthew has performed on Broadway in Promises, Promises and Women on the Verge of A Nervous Breakdown and now he is starring in R.Evolucion Latina's (RL) new production.  (more...)

Broadway Stars Set to Perform THE SECRET GARDEN with Utah Valley Symphony
by Louisa Brady - Apr 16, 2016

According to The Daily Herald's entertainment section, the Utah Valley Symphony is set to perform THE SECRET GARDEN alongside some performers who have Broadway, Disney, and more on their performing resumes. (more...)

BWW TV: Donna McKechnie Chats A VISIT WITH KANDER AND EBB Cabaret at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 15, 2016

Donna McKechnie is bringing her world premiere show A VISIT WITH KANDER AND EBB to Feinstein's/54 Below from April 19 to 22. Click below to hear her talk about the upcoming event! (more...)

Donna McKechnie, Santino Fontana & Laura Osnes in THE LEGEND OF NEW YORK and More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Stage & Screen Star Christine Baranski to Speak at Juilliard Commencement; Cicely Tyson Among Honorees
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

The Juilliard School will confer honorary doctorates on five remarkable artists during its 111th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 20, 2016, at 11 a.m. in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center (Broadway at 65th Street, New York City). Christine Baranski will give Juilliard's Commencement Address. (more...)

13th Street Rep to Launch Celebration of Founder Edith O'Hara's 100th Year
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

New York's venerable 13th Street Repertory Company is the only theater company in the world headed by a centenarian. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes ON YOUR FEET's Andrea Burns in New Episode
by Theater People Podcast - Apr 11, 2016

On Monday, April 4, the Theater People podcast welcomes ON YOUR FEET star Andrea Burns. Burns made her professional New York debut in Jason Robert Brown's groundbreaking 1995 musical SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD. She then made her Broadway debut in 1996 as a replacement in the role of Belle in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and went on to co-star in the Broadway productions of THE FULL MONTY and THE RITZ. (more...)

SAG-AFTRA Live-Streams Ken Howard Celebration Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

As BroadwayWorld reported last month, Kenneth Joseph 'Ken' Howard, Jr., a Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor and president of the performers union SAG-AFTRA died on March 23rd at his home near Los Angeles. He was 71. A celebration of his life will be held today, April 11, 2016 and will be live-streamed at SAGAFTRA.org. (more...)

Tickets Go on Sale for AN ACT OF GOD's Broadway Return with Sean Hayes
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2016

As BroadwayWorld reported earlier this week, Tony® nominee and Emmy® winner Sean Hayes will play God in a limited 14-week engagement of the hit Broadway comedy An Act of God at Broadway's Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street) beginning May 28, 2016. David Javerbaum's comedy returns to New York after launching the 2015-2016 Broadway season in a sold-out, critically acclaimed run and a second Godly successful run starring Sean Hayes in Los Angeles. An Act of God goes on sale to the general public beginning today, April 1, 2016 through www.telecharge.com or 212-239-6200. Beginning Monday, May 2, tickets can also be purchased at the Booth Theatre box office (222 West 45th Street). (more...)

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