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BWW Review: THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES at Goodspeed Opera HouseBWW Review: THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES at Goodspeed Opera House
by Joseph Harrison - May 13, 2018

Every once in a while, a person is born who is destined to influence the world in ways yet to be seen. Sometimes these men and women are born into a position of power, such as a king or queen, and other times they do whatever it takes to become great and powerful business or political leaders on the backs of others. But once in a blue moon there comes a man who gains fortune and fame for simply being someone who people connect with, who speaks the truth, and who does his best to make the world a better place than he left it. One such man is the sage from Oologah ,Oklahoma, William Penn Adair Rogers. As time passes, fewer and fewer people are alive who had first-hand experience reading Will Rogers' column, listening to him on the radio, or seeing his films. It is for that reason, that we are lucky a show like THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES exists, and even luckier that Goodspeed Musicals chose it for the opening production of its 2018 season. Telling his life story over the course of a Ziegfeld follies extravaganza (another thing that many today have no memory of), this dazzling, colorful, and heartwarming musical takes audiences on a journey from rags to riches with America's "Cowboy Philosopher". (more...)

Exclusive: Get A First Look At THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES at Goodspeed MusicalsExclusive: Get A First Look At THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES at Goodspeed Musicals
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2018

BroadwayWorld has a first look at Goodspeed's THE Will Rogers FOLLIES! Telling the life story of humorist Will Rogers, the Tony-Award winning musical features a book by Peter Stone, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and music by Cy Coleman.THE Will Rogers FOLLIES begins performances on April 13th and will run through June 21st. (more...)

VIDEO: Cast and Creative Talk THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES at GoodspeedVIDEO: Cast and Creative Talk THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES at Goodspeed
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2018

Goodspeed presents THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES! Telling the life story of humorist Will Rogers, the Tony-Award winning musical features a book by Peter Stone, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and music by Cy Coleman.THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES begins performances on April 13th and will run through June 21st. (more...)

Catherine Walker to Lead Goodspeed's THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIESCatherine Walker to Lead Goodspeed's THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2018

Goodspeed Musicals kicks off its 2018 season with the Broadway hit The Will Rogers Follies, A Life In Revue. The exuberant dance-filled musical will be running April 13 - June 21 at The Goodspeed in East Haddam, Conn. (more...)

Patriotic Throwback to 1940s Radio Coming to MPAC in ALL HANDS ON DECKPatriotic Throwback to 1940s Radio Coming to MPAC in ALL HANDS ON DECK
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2017

Enjoy a re-creation of an old-style 1940s Big Band radio broadcast when All Hands on Deck is performed at Mayo Performing Arts Center on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 3 pm. (more...)

The Players Catches Will-a-Mania with The Season Opener THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIESThe Players Catches Will-a-Mania with The Season Opener THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2017

From Sept. 27 through Oct. 15, catch Will-a-Mania with the Wilde Broadway Season opener The Will Rogers Follies. This first show in this fall series at The Players Centre for Performing Arts is a toe-tapping, dance-filled journey through the life of Will Rogers. (more...)

Review Roundup: PTC's THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIESReview Roundup: PTC's THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Pioneer Theatre Company previously announced Donny Osmond's involvement in the upcoming production of the musical The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Review, running May 5 - 20, 2017. Osmond will serve as the recorded voice of 'Florenz Ziegfeld,' a role recorded by Gregory Peck in the original Broadway production. Osmond has contributed his time and talent in support of Pioneer Theatre Company. (more...)

BWW Review: Pioneer Theatre Company's THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES is Glitzy, Homespun FunBWW Review: Pioneer Theatre Company's THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES is Glitzy, Homespun Fun
by Tyler Hinton - May 10, 2017

Pioneer Theatre Company's production of the rarely revived THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES is full of glitz; glamor; and simple, homespun fun. (more...)

THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES to Razzle Dazzle at Pioneer Theatre Company; Cast Announced!THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES to Razzle Dazzle at Pioneer Theatre Company; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2017

Pioneer Theatre Company presents The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Revue, running May 5 - 20, 2017. The musical was the toast of Broadway when it premiered in 1991, winning the 1991 Tony Award for best musical. (more...)

Local Stars to Shine in Glittering SISTER ACT at The WickLocal Stars to Shine in Glittering SISTER ACT at The Wick
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2016

The Wick Theatre will have audiences jumping for joy with their second show of the season, Sister Act. (more...)

Local Stars to Shine in Glittering SISTER ACT at The WickLocal Stars to Shine in Glittering SISTER ACT at The Wick
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2016

The Wick Theatre will have audiences jumping for joy with their second show of the season, Sister Act. (more...)

BWW Interview: Winter Park Playhouse's Roy Alan Talks Bringing Musical Theatre To FloridaBWW Interview: Winter Park Playhouse's Roy Alan Talks Bringing Musical Theatre To Florida
by Molly Tracy - Oct 4, 2016

BroadwayWorld sat down with Broadway Veteran Roy Alan, owner of the Winter Park Playhouse in Winter Park, Florida. Find out what happens when a Broadway Vet comes and owns one of the only musical theatres in Florida! (more...)

BWW Review: Swingin' with Winter Park Playhouse's ALL HANDS ON DECKBWW Review: Swingin' with Winter Park Playhouse's ALL HANDS ON DECK
by Libby Champion - Sep 28, 2016

1942 - it was the time of the big band, war bonds for the troops, and radio. Winter Park Playhouse's ALL HANDS ON DECK transports the audience back to that time with classic tunes, hilarious jokes, and so much more. Based on Bob Hope's 1942 USO tour during World War II, this roadshow turned radio show for the troops has stopped in Winter Park, Florida for the evening! (more...)

Pennington Players to One-Night-Only Performance of SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, 5/21Pennington Players to One-Night-Only Performance of SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, 5/21
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2016

The Pennington Players are pleased to announce a one-night only special event performance of Jason Robert Brown's song cycle, Songs for a New World, on Saturday evening, May 21, 2016 at 8:00PM.   (more...)

DANCING WITH THE STARS to Feature Broadway Vet Marla Maples; Donald Trump CommentsDANCING WITH THE STARS to Feature Broadway Vet Marla Maples; Donald Trump Comments
by TV News Desk - Mar 10, 2016

The celebrity cast of 'Dancing with the Stars' are slipping into their ballroom shoes and getting ready for their first dance on MONDAY, MARCH 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (more...)

Tom Wopat to Lead THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES at the Barn TheatreTom Wopat to Lead THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES at the Barn Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2015

Tom Wopat returns to the Barn to star as Will Rogers in the musical comedy THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES - A Life in Revue, playing August 25 - September 6. Set in the glitz and glamour of Rogers' Ziegfeld Follies days, the musical tells the life story of the cowboy rope trick artist turned political satirist, philosopher, write, movie star, humanitarian, champion of the underdog and friend of kings and presidents. (more...)

Stars from WICKED, IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU and KINKY BOOTS Set for THE CRACK IN THE CEILING at FringeNYC TonightStars from WICKED, IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU and KINKY BOOTS Set for THE CRACK IN THE CEILING at FringeNYC Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2015

CitySalt Theatricals proudly presents the new musical The Crack in the Ceiling, presented as part of the 19th Annual New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC. Featuring book, music, and lyrics by James Harvey,  directed by Stephen Tyler Davis. (more...)

Stars from WICKED, IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU and KINKY BOOTS Set for THE CRACK IN THE CEILING at FringeNYCStars from WICKED, IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU and KINKY BOOTS Set for THE CRACK IN THE CEILING at FringeNYC
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2015

CitySalt Theatricals proudly presents the new musical The Crack in the Ceiling, presented as part of the 19th Annual New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC. Featuring book, music, and lyrics by James Harvey,  directed by Stephen Tyler Davis. (more...)


by Heidi Scheuermann - Feb 11, 2015

Will Rogers, 'Oklahoma's Favorite Son,' was one of those do-it-all celebrities. Cowboy; trick roper; vaudeville performer; comedian; newspaper columnist; film actor; politician; husband to Betty Blake; and father to Bill, Mary, James, and Fred. The man did it all. Because Will's vaudeville trick rope act led him to headline the Ziegfeld Follies, THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES tells his life story as if it were being told through one of Mr. Ziegfeld's productions. It's quite clever. It's also the rootinest, tootinest, knee-slapping, wholesome humored, and down right All-American show I've ever seen. And I loved it. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at WILL ROGERS FOLLIES at Rivertown TheatersPhoto Flash: First Look at WILL ROGERS FOLLIES at Rivertown Theaters
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2015

Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts will bring back one of audiences' favorite musicals "The Will Rogers Follies" January 16 - 31, 2015. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

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