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Goodspeed Opera House (East Haddam, CT)
PO Box A, 6 Main Street
East Haddam, CT 06423

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The Jazz Age lives on in this light, romantic spoof of 1920's musical comedy. brbrThe setting is-where else?-the French Riviera. Polly, an English heiress attending Mme. Dubonnet's Finishing School, falls in love with Tony, a delivery boy. Recalling her father's warning to beware fortune seekers, she posses as a working girl, unaware Tony is in fact the missing son of the wealthy Lord Brockhurst. Things get complicated with the unexpected arrival in Nice of Polly's parents and Lord and Lady Brockhurst-but not to worry, a happy ending is in store for all. brbrThe show's many memorable roles include the flirtatious Mme. Dubonnet, her boy-crazy students and Polly (the role which turned Julie Andrews into an overnight sensation), making it ideal for theatre groups with a strong female ensemble. With its catchy tunes, period dances (including the inevitable Charleston) and winning sense of humor, "The Boy Friend" is a sparkling, tongue-in-cheek 1920's romp in the spirit of "No, No, Nanette."

Mercedes Ruehl to Star in Hampton & Wilson's FULL GALLOP at The Old Globe; Creative Team Set!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2015

Long before the devil wore Prada -- 20 years ago, in fact -- the story of the irrepressible Diana Vreeland first commanded the stage of the Globe in a world premiere in 1995. Oscar and Tony Award winner Mercedes Ruehl (The Fisher King, Lost in Yonkers) now brings "The Empress of Fashion" back in FULL GALLOP. Written by Mark Hampton and Mary Louise Wilson and directed by Andrew Russell, FULL GALLOP will run September 26 through October 25, 2015, with opening night on Thursday, October 1 at 8:00 p.m., in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. (more...)

Broadway & LAUGH IN Star Judy Carne Dies at 76
by TV News Desk - Sep 8, 2015

British actress Judy Carne, perhaps best known as the 'sock-it-to-me' girl on TV's LAUGH IN passed away on Thursday, September 3rd at the age of 76. (more...)

Remembering Judy Carne as a 1960s Song and Dance Swinger
by Michael Dale - Sep 8, 2015

Laugh-In's Sock-It-To-Me Girl also had a musical theatre career. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Appleton, WI - Week of 9/06/2015
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BWW's On This Day - September 30, 2015
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Now Playing Onstage in Dallas - Week of 9/27/2015
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Mercedes Ruehl Stars in Hampton & Wilson's FULL GALLOP, Beginning Tonight at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2015

Long before the devil wore Prada -- 20 years ago, in fact -- the story of the irrepressible Diana Vreeland first commanded the stage of the Globe in a world premiere in 1995. Oscar and Tony Award winner Mercedes Ruehl (The Fisher King, Lost in Yonkers) now brings 'The Empress of Fashion' back in FULL GALLOP. Written by Mark Hampton and Mary Louise Wilson and directed by Andrew Russell, FULL GALLOP will run tonight, September 26, through October 25, 2015, with opening night on Thursday, October 1 at 8:00 p.m., in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - September 25, 2015
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Now Playing Onstage in Appleton, WI - Week of 9/20/2015
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Duke Lafoon Stars as 'George Bailey' in Goodspeed's A WONDERFUL LIFE, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2015

Grammy and Emmy Award-winner Joe Raposo and Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Sheldon Harnick's uplifting musical A WONDERFUL LIFE reminds us how one person's life can touch that of so many others. Based on the beloved 1946 holiday movie classic, this charming musical is sure to inspire and entertain. A WONDERFUL LIFE will run tonight, September 18, through November 29 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. Official Press Opening will be October 14, 2015. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Appleton, WI - Week of 9/13/2015
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Two Lost Sandy Wilson Musicals to be Released on CD
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2015

Stage Door Records are pleased to announce the debut CD release of Sandy Wilson's 'His Monkey Wife' (1971) and 'Aladdin' (1979) on November 20th, 2015. The CD release continues Stage Door's London cast album series and commitment to preserve 'lost' British theatre scores of the past 50 years. (more...)

Goodspeed Announces Week-Long Extension for A WONDERFUL LIFE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2015

Grammy and Emmy Award-winner Joe Raposo and Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Sheldon Harnick's uplifting musical A WONDERFUL LIFE reminds us how one person's life can touch that of so many others. Based on the beloved 1946 holiday movie classic, this charming musical is sure to inspire and entertain. Just announced, A WONDERFUL LIFE will now play eight additional performances through Sunday, December 6, 2015 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in West Virginia - Week of 10/18/2015
by BWW - Oct 18, 2015

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AMERICAN IDIOT Announces National Tour Following West End Run, March 19; Amelia Lily to Reprise Role
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2015

Green Day's explosive, Tony Award® winning Broadway musical American Idiot, will now embark on a national tour from 19 March 2016, following on from its hugely successful and critically acclaimed West End run, which is currently running at the Arts Theatre, Leicester Square until 22 November 2015. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Company's MY FAIR LADY Begins This Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2015

The director and designers behind Rubicon Theatre Company's acclaimed environmental productions ofFiddler on the Roof and Man of La Mancha have reunited on the two-piano chamber version of the legendary Lerner and Loewe's classic My Fair Lady. Based on George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, the musical tells the story of Professor Henry Higgins, an arrogant and attractive phonetician who makes a wager that he can transform a 'deliciously low' Cockney flower-seller (Eliza Doolittle) into an elegant lady by teaching her to speak more beautifully. The magnificent score includes 'I Could Have Danced All Night,' 'On the Street Where You Live,' 'Wouldn't It Be Loverly,' and 'I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face.' For Rubicon's production, Director James O'Neil returns to the source material to explore the Shavian themes of class struggle, social reform and women's rights. (more...)

A WONDERFUL LIFE, with Duke Lafoon, Brings Holiday Classic to Goodspeed Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2015

Grammy and Emmy Award-winner Joe Raposo and Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Sheldon Harnick's uplifting musical A WONDERFUL LIFE reminds us how one person's life can touch that of so many others. Based on the beloved 1946 holiday movie classic, this charming musical is sure to inspire and entertain. A WONDERFUL LIFE is currently running through November 29 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. The official press opening is tonight, October 14, 2015. (more...)

VIDEO: Julie Andrews Talks Gaga's Oscar Performance & More on WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Oct 14, 2015

On last night's WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE! on Bravo, legendary actress Julie Andrews told host Andy Cohen what she thought about Lady Gaga's "Sound of Music" live performance at this year's Oscars. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in West Virginia - Week of 10/11/2015
by BWW - Oct 11, 2015

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WAKE UP with BWW 10/1/2015 - Keira Knightley Onstage and More!
by Jessica Khan - Oct 1, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: Keira Knightley makes her Broadway debut, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE hits the stage and more! (more...)

Mercedes Ruehl Stars in FULL GALLOP, Opening Tonight at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2015

Long before the devil wore Prada -- 20 years ago, in fact -- the story of the irrepressible Diana Vreeland first commanded the stage of the Globe in a world premiere in 1995. Oscar and Tony Award winner Mercedes Ruehl (The Fisher King, Lost in Yonkers) now brings 'The Empress of Fashion' back in FULL GALLOP. Written by Mark Hampton and Mary Louise Wilson and directed by Andrew Russell, FULL GALLOP runs now through October 25, 2015, with opening night tonight, October 1 at 8:00 p.m., in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 10/1/15- Julie Andrews
by Stage Tube - Oct 1, 2015

Happy Birthday, Julie Andrews! Andrews made her Broadway debut in 1954 with The Boy Friend, and rose to prominence starring in other musicals such as My Fair Lady and Camelot, and in musical films such as Mary Poppins (1964), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, and The Sound of Music (1965). She has starred in films such as The Princess Diaries (2001), its sequel The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), the Shrek animated films (2004-2010), and Despicable Me (2010). (more...)

UK's AMERICAN IDIOT Announces 'Rock-A-Long' Performance, Nov. 12
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2015

In celebration of the hugely successful and critically acclaimed London run of Green Day's explosive, Tony Award® winning Broadway musical American Idiot, which must end on 22 November 2015 at the Arts Theatre, Leicester Square, a special 'Rock-A-Long' performance will be held for one night only on 12 November 2015. (more...)

TheatreZone's Cast of BRIGADOON Blends Opera and Musical Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2015

TheatreZone founder Mark Danni and Steffanie Pearce, founder of Gulfshore Opera, today announced the 25 cast members of Brigadoon, the Tony-award winning musical about two American tourists who stumble upon a misty little Scottish village that reawakens for one day every one hundred years. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - November 29, 2015
by - Nov 29, 2015

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BWW's On This Day - November 28, 2015
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Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on November 28 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Madison Awards Update 11/27 - Kevin McAllister, Jim DeVita Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 27, 2015

Voting has opened for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Madison Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of November 27th. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

Matt Scott Steps in for Josh Franklin in Goodspeed's A WONDERFUL LIFE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2015

BroadwayWorld has just learned that Broadway's Matt Scott, who was last seen by Goodspeed audiences in the 2013 production of SNAPSHOTS at The Norma Terris Theatre, will assume the role of 'Sam Wainwright' for the remainder of the run of A WONDERFUL LIFE at Goodspeed Opera House through December 6th. (more...)

PTC to Premiere of IT HAPPENED ONE CHRISTMAS, 12/4-19
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2015

Pioneer Theatre Company presents the premiere musical event It Happened One Christmas, December 4 through December 19, 2015.    (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Vermont - Week of 11/15/2015
by BWW - Nov 15, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/15/2015 for Vermont (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 11/01/2015
by BWW - Nov 1, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/01/2015 for Los Angeles (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...)

BWW Interview: Barbara Andres in I REMEMBER MAMA at Two River Theater
by Marina Kennedy - May 20, 2016

Broadwayworld.com interviewed Barbara Andres about her career and upcoming performance in 'I Remember Mama' at Two River Theater. Directed by Jack Cummings III, the show will be on the Red Bank stage from Saturday, June 4th to Sunday, June 26th. (more...)

Broadway Legend Barbara Cook Will Return to the Stage This Spring in BARBARA COOK: THEN AND NOW
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2016

Producer Roy Furman, in association with Sandy Robertson and Luigi Caiola, just announced the return to the stage of one of the greatest voices and storytellers of our time. The legendary Tony and Grammy Award winner Barbara Cook will share the stories and songs that shaped her life and career in Barbara Cook: Then and Now, a candid and intimate evening conceived by 3-time Tony Award winner James Lapine and directed by 10-time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune.  (more...)

Tommy Tune to Bring TAPS, TUNES & TALL TALES to Landmark on Main
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

Raise the roof! Broadway's tallest tapper is coming to the Landmark on Main Street in TAPS, TUNES & TALL TALES on Friday, April 15 at 8 PM. (more...)

Rehearsal Begins for BARBARA COOK: THEN AND NOW Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2016

Rehearsal begins today for BARBARA COOK: THEN AND NOW, a candid and intimate evening conceived by three-time Tony Award winner James Lapine and directed by ten-time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune. (more...)

Lundstrum Center to Present THE BOY FRIEND, 8/5-7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

A diverse cast of 30 teenage students of dance, voice and drama will present Sandy Wilson's musical spoof The Boy Friend, August 5, 6 and 7 at the Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts in North Minneapolis. This witty play, set in the French Riviera, presents a rollicking review of courtship in the Roaring 20's, with amusing characters, mistaken identities, catchy tunes and up-beat dance numbers, including the memorable 'Won't You Charleston With Me?' (more...)

Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT to Hold 'Rock-A-Long' Performance This Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

The critically acclaimed production of Green Day's hit musical, American Idiot, will be performing a special 'Rock-A-Long' performance for one night only on Thursday 8 September 2016. Following the huge success of last year's event, audience members are encouraged to 'ROCK OUT' with the cast, following the musical's return to its London home at the Arts Theatre in July. (more...)

London Classic Theatre to Launch New Tour of Harold Pinter's THE BIRTHDAY PARTY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

Following successful tours of Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot in 2015, today London Classic Theatre Artistic Director Michael Cabot announces a new production of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party. Cabot directs a cast including Jonathan Ashley (Goldberg), Gareth Bennett-Ryan (Stanley), Cheryl Kennedy (Meg), Ged McKenna (Petey), Declan Rodgers (McCann) and Imogen Wilde (Lulu). The production tours to 37 venues around the UK this spring/summer, starting at Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham on 17 February. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - January 14, 2016
by - Jan 14, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on January 14 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - January 1, 2016
by - Jan 1, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on January 1 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Official: Newton Faulkner Joins Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT UK Tour as 'Johnny', May 2016
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Double Platinum selling artist Newton Faulkner joins the cast of Green Day's explosive Tony Award ® winning musical, American Idiot, on it's UK Tour. Newton will be taking on the role of Johnny from May 2016 after Matt Thorpe, who will open the role from 19 March at the Curve Theatre, Leicester until 7 May at the New Theatre, Oxford.  One of the UK's finest contemporary singer-songwriters, Newton's unique style of guitar playing and soaring vocals have made him a worldwide success since he burst onto the music scene back in 2007.  (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Madison Awards Update - Kevin McAllister, Terry Christopher Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 4, 2015

Voting has opened for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Madison Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of November 27th. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Madison Awards - Last Week to Vote!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 24, 2015

Happy Holidays! It's the last week to vote for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Madison Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 18. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31! (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Madison Awards Update - Kevin McAllister Big Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 18, 2015

Time is running out to vote for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Madison Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 18. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31! (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Madison Awards Update - Kevin McAllister in Big Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 11, 2015

Voting is fully underway for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Madison Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 11. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - August 9, 2015
by - Aug 9, 2015

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on August 9 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Duke Lafoon to Star as 'George Bailey' in Goodspeed's A WONDERFUL LIFE; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2015

Grammy and Emmy Award-winner Joe Raposo and Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Sheldon Harnick's uplifting musical A Wonderful Life reminds us how one person's life can touch that of so many others. Based on the beloved 1946 holiday movie classic, this charming musical is sure to inspire and entertain. A Wonderful Life will run September 18 through November 29 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. (more...)

Broadwaysted Podcast Welcomes 'Annoying Actor Friend' Andrew Briedis for Vodka & Julie Andrews!
by Broadwaysted - Aug 4, 2016

Get ready Twitterverse--this week the Broadwaysted Crew sits down and drinks vodka with everyone's favorite 'Annoying Actor Friend' Andrew Briedis! The conversation flows as easily as the booze as we discuss Andrew's time in the production of The Boy Friend directed by Julie Andrews--and Andrew does his best Julie Andrews impression! (more...)

Tommy Tune Named Guest of Honor of Shea's 90th Anniversary Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

Shea's Buffalo Theatre has announced that 10-time Tony Award Winner, Tommy Tune, will be coming to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Shea's Buffalo Theatre this Saturday, April 16th, 2016! (more...)

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