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Based on the film by Mel Brooks

A New Mel Brooks Musical. Adapted by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan from Brooks’ 1968 film of the same name, with lyrics by Brooks and music by Brooks and Glen Kelly. As in the film, the story concerns two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in a Broadway flop. Complications arise when the show unexpectedly turns out to be successful.

The original production opened on Broadway on April 19, 2001, starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, and ran for 2,502 performances, winning a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards. It spawned a successful London production running for three years, national tours, many productions internationally and a 2005 film version.


BWW Reviews: 'Dinner and a Show' - Media theatre's ADDAMS FAMILY and IRON HILL BREWERY
by Pati Buehler - Sep 30, 2014

What to do when you have a sure hit film or TV show that everyone's heard of? Make a Broadway Musical, of course. (more...)

Nathan Lane and Partner Devlin Elliott Will Release NAUGHTY MABEL Picture Book in Fall 2015
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2014

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers announced today that it will publish Naughty Mabel, the first-ever book by Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor Nathan Lane and his partner Devlin Elliott. It will be illustrated by acclaimed illustrator and animator Dan Krall. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Mel Brooks Musical of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Wicked Fun at DOMA
by Don Grigware - Sep 29, 2014

I revert to childhood when I see a Mel Brooks movie or show. The sillier the better: the sight gags, the double entendres, the more the merrier. The New Mel Brooks Musical, Young Frankenstein is a real rip-roaring hoot of a show from start to finish as produced by DOMA with a great cast and zippy fast-paced direction and fine staging from Marco Gomez. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: ALL EYES ON ANGELA LANSBURY; Richard Jay-Alexander Talks to the Accomplished Star
by Richard Jay-Alexander - Sep 29, 2014

Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury. I saw her in Mame, my first Broadway show seen ON BROADWAY at The Winter Garden Theatre from the front row of the mezzanine in seats my dad bought from a scalper because he knew I wanted to see it so badly. I would never recover from the splashy front of The Winter Garden Theatre. (more...)

BWW TV: Watch Harvey Weinstein Dump a Bucket of Ice on Michael Riedel at FINDING NEVERLAND
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 29, 2014

As BroadwayWorld reported yesterday, in reaction to a piece written by New York Post journalist Michael Riedel criticizing the new musical Finding Neverland, The Producers of the show found out that Riedel had not seen the show and had been writing speculatively. (more...)

Tickets for DISNEY'S THE LION KING on Sale at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale 10/10
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2014

Disney Theatrical Productions and Broadway Across America announced today that tickets for the long-awaited return engagement of DISNEY'S THE LION KING will go on sale to the public on Friday, October 10th at 10:00a.m. Fort Lauderdale's most eagerly awaited return will once again leap onto the Au-Rene stage on Wednesday, January 7 for a limited engagement of 4 weeks through Sunday, February 1. The opening night is Friday, January 9 at 8:00p.m. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Candlelight Pavilion's SPAMALOT Is Tunefully Staged
by Don Grigware - Sep 29, 2014

Monty Python'sSpamalot/book & lyrics by Eric Idle/music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle/directed by Chuck Ketter/Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre, Claremont/through October 19 (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 9/29/14 - THE LAST SHIP Sets Sail, 'BOGEYMAN' Opens and More!
by Jessica Showers - Sep 29, 2014

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: THE LAST SHIP sets sail on Broadway, STALKING THE BOGEYMAN opens at New World Stages, CHICAGO welcomes a new 'Mama', Kevin Spacey performs in D.C. and more! (more...)

THE LAST SHIP Sets Sail on Broadway Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2014

THE LAST SHIP - the new musical with music and lyrics by 16-time Grammy Award-winner Sting and book by Tony Award winner John Logan and Pulitzer Prize-winner Brian Yorkey - begins previews tonight, September 29 on Broadway, prior to opening night on October 26. (more...)

Harvey Weinstein vs. Michael Riedel Update - FINDING NEVERLAND Producer 'Wins', Ice Bucket Ensues
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2014

In reaction to a piece written by New York Post journalist Michael Riedel criticizing the new musical Finding Neverland, The Producers of the show found out that Riedel had not seen the show and had been writing speculatively. (more...)

FINDING NEVERLAND Producer Harvey Weinstein Wins 'Riedel Challenge'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2014

In reaction to a piece written by New York Post journalist Michael Riedel criticizing the new musical Finding Neverland, The Producers of the show found out that Riedel had not seen the show and had been writing speculatively. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 9/27-9/28/2014
by - Sep 28, 2014

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, September 28, 2014 - Sunday, September 28, 2014. (more...)

Emma Thompson Says SWEENEY TODD Is 'As Good As It Ever Gets'
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 27, 2014

Emma Thompson looks back at last night's PBS telecast of SWEENEY TODD and shares her excitement for the upcoming ENO production set for 2015! (more...)

Photo Flash: MET Theatre in Hollywood Presents YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2014

It's alive! DOMA Theatre Company is back with yet another Broadway smash hit musical. Young Frankenstein, adapted for the stage by the Tony award-winning team of Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan (The Producers) from the 1974 cult comedy film by Brooks and Gene Wilder, opens Sept. 26 at the MET Theatre in Hollywood. BroadwayWorld brings a first look below! (more...)

Miss Last Night's Broadcast of SWEENEY TODD on PBS? Watch it Online!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2014

Good news - PBS has put the concert online, where you can watch it in both standard and in HD. Click here to tune in, and watch your necks! (more...)

Scoop: 60 MINUTES on CBS - Sunday, September 28, 2014
by TV Scoop - Sep 26, 2014

Get all the scoop on 60 MINUTES, airing on CBS on Sunday, September 28, 2014! (more...)

Live From Lincoln Center's SWEENEY TODD Will Air in Toronto on 9/29
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2014

Canadians who tuned in to see the concert version of Sweeney Todd on PBS/WNED tonight need not to worry! The Live from Lincoln Center broadcast will air on WNED Toronto/Buffalo on Monday, September 29th at 9 PM. (more...)

Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson Star in SWEENEY TODD, Airing Tonight on PBS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2014

Stage and screen great Emma Thompson joins opera star Bryn Terfel in tonight's LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER telecast of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's SWEENEY TODD, featuring the New York Philharmonic. (more...)

Simon Jones to Join Angela Lansbury in BLITHE SPIRIT North American Tour
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2014

The Producers of the North American tour of Noel Coward's smash-hit comedic play, BLITHE SPIRIT announced today that Simon Jones ("Hitchhiker's Guide, The Real Thing) will return to the role of Dr Bradman, which he performed during the sold-out engagements on Broadway and London's West End. (more...)

Lindsay Lohan Pitches MEAN GIRLS Sequel with Cheating Housewives!
by Movies News Desk - Sep 25, 2014

In an all-new interview with TimeOut London, Lindsay Lohan talks about making her West End theatrical debut in David Mamet's Speed-The-Plow and a recent idea she had for a sequel to her hit film, 'Mean Girls.' (more...)

Lyric Stage Company of Boston Names New Managing Director
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2014

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston's Producing Artistic Director, Spiro Veloudos, and its Board of Directors today announced that they have named Matt Chapuran as the 40-year-old theater company's new managing director. He will assume his full-time duties at The Lyric Stage on October 20, 2014. (more...)

Broadway's THE LAST SHIP Announces $30 Ticket Lottery!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2014

Producers Jeffrey Seller and Kathryn Schenker announceD that THE LAST SHIP will offer a limited number of tickets for each performance to be sold by lottery. Entries will be accepted at the box office beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance. Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $30 each. Only one entry is allowed per person. Each person drawn may purchase up to two tickets. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Tickets must be purchased in cash. Tickets are subject to availability. (more...)

MAMMA MIA! Comes to Austin This Winter; Tickets on Sale Now
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2014

Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus' MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to Bass Concert Hall in January 2015. Performances begin on January 20 and run through January 25. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Backstage Special with 6 of Theatre's Hottest Costume Designers, Part 2 - PRESENTED BY BERGDORF GOODMAN
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Sep 25, 2014

A very special edition of Backstage with Richard Ridge comes to you today, presented by Bergdorf Goodman. The panel features 6 of the theatre world'ss most celebrated and influential costume designers. In this special discussion, they explore current trends in costume design, as well as the impact design has on consumer fashions, and how contemporary fashion influences costume design. BWW TV Exclusive: Backstage Special - 6 of Theatre's Hottest Costume Designers Talk Trends, Fashion & More - PRESENTED BY BERGDORF GOODMANClick and drag to moveA New York landmark since 1901, Bergdorf Goodman represents the pinnacle of style, service and modern luxury. Located at 5th Avenue and 58th Street, it is the leading fashion authority and a singular destination for the most discerning customers from around the world. This special panel was filmed at Eric Winterling Costumes Inc., who have been making costumes for shows on Broadway and beyond for more than 20 years. Featured on the panel are Jess Goldstein, William Ivey Long,Rita Ryack, Carrie Robbins, Gregg Barnes, and David Zinn. Check out Part 2 of the conversation below, and CLICK HERE to watch Part 1! (more...)

RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES to Return to Bass Concert Hall, Feb 6-7; Tickets on Sale Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2014

Direct from their phenomenally successful Broadway engagement, the internationally-acclaimed Beatles concert, RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles, makes its returns to Bass Concert Hall for three performances. (more...)

Extended Clip Of Emma Thompson's 'Worst Pies In London' From PBS SWEENEY TODD
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 25, 2014

Glimpse an extended clip of Emma Thompson's show-stopping 'The Worst Pies In London' from SWEENEY TODD! (more...)

Joe Layton to Lead New BBC America Drama TATAU; Full Cast Announced
by TV News Desk - Sep 25, 2014

Joe Layton (New Worlds, Father Brown) and Theo Barklem-Biggs (Silk, The Inbetweeners Movie) have been cast as Kyle Connor and Paul 'Budgie' Griffiths – the lead roles in BBC AMERICA's new drama Tatau. (more...)

BWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING, Wolverhampton Grand, September 24 2014
by Jenny Antill - Sep 25, 2014

Dirty Dancing is iconic. An immeasurable amount of people have seen the 1987 film and adapting it for a stage show was a very clever move by The Producers. The last time I saw this production was at Birmingham Hippodrome in 2012 so I was interested to see it again in a different venue. This is its second UK and Ireland tour and last night's sell out performance at the Wolverhampton Grand shows that the allure is still there. (more...)

Behind The Scenes Of This Week's PBS SWEENEY TODD
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 25, 2014

Go behind the scenes of the new SWEENEY TODD! (more...)

THRILLER LIVE Becomes West End's 20th Longest-Running Musical
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2014

Thriller Live has entered the record books to officially become the 20th longest running musical in West End history! (more...)

Emma Thompson's 'Worst Pies In London' PBS SWEENEY TODD Sneak Peek
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 24, 2014

Emma Thompson shines in a new rehearsal and performance clip from SWEENEY TODD! (more...)

Jennifer Ashley Tepper's THE UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY, Volume 2 Gets November Release Date
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2014

The Untold Stories of Broadway, Volume 2 can be pre-ordered by visiting Dress Circle Publishing and will officially release on November 18, 2014. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Aretha Franklin Visits ALADDIN
by Jennifer Broski - Sep 24, 2014

The LEGENDARY Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, was in the house last night at Disney's hit production of ALADDIN on Broadway and after the show posed with the excited cast -- and BroadwayWorld.com was there to capture the magic moment (no lamp required!). (more...)

INSPIRED 5: A Benefit Concert for Animal Haven & The Second Chance Rescue Set for 10/18 at Laurie Beechman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2014

Adam Gwon, Julianne Wick Davis, Bobby Cronin, Sam Willmott, Ewalt & Walker, and Andre Catrini star in INSPIRED 5: A Benefit Concert for Animal Haven & The Second Chance Rescue, on SATURDAY 10/18 at 7pm at The Laurie Beechman Theatre. (more...)

VIDEO: Andrea Martin Talks New Book, PIPPIN & More on 'The View'
by TV News Desk - Sep 24, 2014

Star of stage and screen Andrea Martin talks about her new book 'Lady Parts', her Tony Award winning role in Broadway's Pippin and an upcoming sequel to the hit film 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding.' (more...)

BWW Interviews: Clark Gregg Talks MARVEL's AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D, Hydra & His New Title
by E.H. Reiter - Sep 24, 2014

A few minutes with Clark Gregg to talk about his hit show MARVELS AGENTS OF SHIELD, his Character Agent Coulson, and what to expect in season two! (more...)

Will Connell, John Greer and More Set for A DRINKING GAME: NYC PRESENTS THE GOONIES, 9/25
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2014

"A Drinking Game: NYC" mixes a live stage reading with a cult classic film--and tops it off with alcohol. Actors improvise the script, while both actors and audience drink when favorite buzzwords occur. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for September 24th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Sep 24, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. All the scoop from the amazing FWD Theatre Project gala, and 'The Last Unicorn' gets some big backers. Plus concerts by Chita Rivera, Felicia P. Fields, Sierra Boggess and Donna McKechnie, 'Sweeney Todd' on PBS and 'From Here To Eternity' on movie screens, plus the Marriott announces two casts! (more...)

THE RIVER, Starring Hugh Jackman, Announces Standing Room Policy; Plus New Seating
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

THE RIVER, a new play by Jez Butterworth, starring Hugh Jackman, Laura Donnelly and Cush Jumbo and directed by Ian Rickson, has announced three new ticket access policies for $35 day-of seats, standing room and an additional ticket block which is being added to the theatre's seating configuration for the production. (more...)

THE RIVER, Starring Hugh Jackman, Announces New Ticket Access Policies
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

THE RIVER, a new play by Jez Butterworth, starring Hugh Jackman, Laura Donnelly and Cush Jumbo and directed by Ian Rickson, has announced three new ticket access policies for $35 day-of seats, standing room and an additional ticket block which is being added to the theatre's seating configuration for the production. The River begins preview performances on Friday, October 31 and will open on Sunday, November 16 at the Circle in the Square Theatre (50th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue). The production will play a strictly limited 13-week engagement through Sunday, January 25, 2015. (more...)

Andrea Martin to Reprise Tony-Winning Role in PIPPIN National Tour for Second Half of San Francisco Run
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

SHN has announced that Andrea Martin, who won the 2013 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for creating the role of 'Berthe' in the Broadway production, will reprise the role in the final two weeks (October 7-19) of the San Francisco engagement at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre. (more...)

Eric Michael Gillett to Bring MAN ABOUT TOWN: THE WIT AND WISDOM OF NOEL COWARD to the Laurie Beechman, 10/10-11/3
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

Eric Michael Gillett brings 'Man About Town: The Wit and Wisdom of Noel Coward' to the Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 W. 42 Street, between 9th and 10th avenues), October 10, 11, 20, 27, and November 3, 2014. (more...)

Bryn Terfel Discusses This Week's PBS SWEENEY TODD
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 23, 2014

Opera superstar Bryn Terfel discusses his participation alongside stage and screen notable Emma Thompson in this week's LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER telecast of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's acclaimed musical thriller SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET in a new clip now available available to view. (more...)

2014 LA STAGE ALLIANCE OVATION AWARDS Nominees Announced - Theatre at Boston Court Leads; Geffen, La Mirada Follow
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

Nominees for the 2014 LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards were announced on the evening of Monday, September 22 at Native Voices at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. The nominations were revealed by past Ovation Award recipients Gigi Bermingham, Brighid Fleming, Parmer Fuller, Jennifer Haley, Brian Kite, Glynn Turman, and John Zalewski, along with LA STAGE Alliance Chief Executive Officer Terence McFarland. (more...)

Quinn VanAntwerp Rejoins Cast of Broadway's JERSEY BOYS Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

The Producers of the Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical Jersey Boys are pleased to announce that Quinn VanAntwerp has re-joined the Broadway cast tonight, September 23, 2014 in the role of 'Bob Gaudio.' He assumes the role from Drew Gehling who departed the production following Sunday's performance. (more...)

CM Performing Arts Center to Stage YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, 10/10-11/2
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

It's alive! The electrifying adaptation of Mel Brooks' monstrously funny film will leave you in stitches. (more...)

Producers Guild of American to Honor MARK GORDON with the 2015 Norman Lear Achievement Award
by TV News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that prolific television and film producer Mark Gordon will be honored with the 2015 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television. The award will be presented to Gordon at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. (more...)

USA Network to Premiere Original Comedy BENCHED, 10/28
by TV News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

Courtroom drama is no laughing matter…until now! USA Network's new original half hour comedy BENCHED will premiere Tuesday, October 28th (10:30-11 p.m. ET/PT) immediately following USA's laugh-out-loud reality hit CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST. (more...)

Theatre @ Boston Court, the Geffen and La Mirada Lead 2014 Ovation Award Nominations; Full List!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

Nominees for the 2014 LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards were announced on the evening of Monday, September 22 at Native Voices at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. The nominations were revealed by past Ovation Award recipients Gigi Bermingham, Brighid Fleming, Parmer Fuller, Jennifer Haley, Brian Kite, Glynn Turman, and John Zalewski, along with LA STAGE Alliance Chief Executive Officer Terence McFarland. (more...)

Half Moon Theatre Partners With Culinary Institute of America; Cady Huffman to Headline 10/25 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

The Culinary Institute of America and Half Moon Theatre, the Hudson Valley's leading year-round professional theatre company, are excited to announce a partnership that will bring New York-style theatrical performances to the Hyde Park campus of the world's premier culinary college. The CIA's new 800-seat, state-of-the-art Ecolab Auditorium in the Marriott Pavilion makes it possible for visitors to experience one of Half Moon Theatre's productions after enjoying a meal at The Bocuse, American Bounty, or Caterina de' Medici restaurants on the CIA campus. (more...)

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