Fran Brill News

Date of Birth: September 30, 1946 (70)
Birth Place: Chester, PA, USA
Gender: Female
Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Christine Pedi and Stephanie Umoh to Star in JERRY'S GIRLS at York Theatre CompanyStephanie D'Abruzzo, Christine Pedi and Stephanie Umoh to Star in JERRY'S GIRLS at York Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2017

Light the Candles! Get the Ice Out! Blow the Bugle! The York Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals and preserving musical gems from the past, has announced Tony Award-nominee Stephanie D'Abruzzo (Avenue Q), Christine Pedi (NEWSical the Musical), and Stephanie Umoh (Ragtime) will lead the parade of the special Summer 2017 Musicals in Mufti presentation of the hit Broadway revue Jerry's Girls. (more...)

Center for Puppetry Arts Announces 2017-18 Programming and Performance SeasonCenter for Puppetry Arts Announces 2017-18 Programming and Performance Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2017

Center for Puppetry Arts is pleased to announce a 2017-2018 season unlike any other in the organization's history! With the Worlds of Puppetry Museum open for more than a year, the Center will begin to expand its program offerings from performances, workshops and films, to special exhibits and spectacular events as well. (more...)

Paula Vogel's HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE Set for Cleveland Play House This MarchPaula Vogel's HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE Set for Cleveland Play House This March
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2017

Cleveland Play House shifts gears from playful (Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery) to profound with the Pulitzer Prize-winning play How I Learned to Drive. Written by Paula Vogel - one of the preeminent figures in American theater today - How I Learned to Drive traverses taboo territory with humor, heart, and empathy. (more...)

Paula Vogel's HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE Set for Cleveland Play House This MarchPaula Vogel's HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE Set for Cleveland Play House This March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

Cleveland Play House shifts gears from playful (Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery) to profound with the Pulitzer Prize-winning play How I Learned to Drive. Written by Paula Vogel - one of the preeminent figures in American theater today - How I Learned to Drive traverses taboo territory with humor, heart, and empathy. (more...)

Moving Image Celebrates JIM HENSON: THE BIOGRAPHY with Panel Discussion, Rare Clips, Reception TonightMoving Image Celebrates JIM HENSON: THE BIOGRAPHY with Panel Discussion, Rare Clips, Reception Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2013

Museum of the Moving Image and The Jim Henson Legacy will celebrate the publication of Jim Henson: The Biography (2013, Ballantine Books), by Brian Jay Jones, with a special event featuring a reception, screenings of rare clips, a panel discussion, and book signing tonight, October 1 (more...)

STAGE TUBE: National Museum of American History Receives Jim Henson Puppets for BirthdaySTAGE TUBE: National Museum of American History Receives Jim Henson Puppets for Birthday
by Stage Tube - Sep 25, 2013

The National Museum of American History received a new donation of more than 20 Jim Henson puppets and props on the anniversary of his birthday—Sept. 24, 1936—from the Henson family. Miss Piggy and the Swedish Chef from The Muppet Show, Bert and Elmo from Sesame Street, and Red Fraggle and Traveling Matt from Fraggle Rock are among the new additions. They will join the museum's current Jim Henson Collection, which includes Oscar the Grouch, Kermit the Frog and the cast of Sam and Friends. (more...)

Moving Image to Celebrate JIM HENSON: THE BIOGRAPHY with Panel Discussion, Rare Clips, Reception, 10/1Moving Image to Celebrate JIM HENSON: THE BIOGRAPHY with Panel Discussion, Rare Clips, Reception, 10/1
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2013

Museum of the Moving Image and The Jim Henson Legacy will celebrate the publication of Jim Henson: The Biography (2013, Ballantine Books), by Brian Jay Jones, with a special event featuring a reception, screenings of rare clips, a panel discussion, and book signing on Tuesday, October 1. Jones's eagerly awaited biography, written with the cooperation of Jim Henson's family, covers the full arc of Henson's all-too-brief life, exploring the creation of the Muppets, Henson's contributions to Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live, his nearly ten-year campaign to bring The Muppet Show to television, and such non-Muppet projects as the richly imagined movies The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. (more...)

Museum of the Moving Image Hosts Jerry Nelson Tribute Today, 10/27Museum of the Moving Image Hosts Jerry Nelson Tribute Today, 10/27
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2012

Jim Henson's key collaborator and one of the original Muppet performers, Jerry Nelson's life and work will be celebrated today, October 27, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. in cooperation with The Jim Henson Legacy and Museum of the Moving Image. Mr. Nelson passed away on August 23, 2012 at his home in Truro, Massachusetts. (more...)

Museum of the Moving Image Announces Jerry Nelson Tribute, 10/27Museum of the Moving Image Announces Jerry Nelson Tribute, 10/27
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2012

Jim Henson's key collaborator and one of the original Muppet performers, Jerry Nelson's life and work will be celebrated on Saturday, October 27, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. in cooperation with The Jim Henson Legacy and Museum of the Moving Image. Mr. Nelson passed away on August 23, 2012 at his home in Truro, Massachusetts. (more...)

Moving Image Extends Popular Exhibition Jim Henson's Fantastic WorldMoving Image Extends Popular Exhibition Jim Henson's Fantastic World
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2012

Carl Goodman, Executive Director of Museum of the Moving Image, today announced a seven-week extension for Jim Henson's Fantastic World, the Smithsonian traveling exhibition that explores the creative process of the world-renowned puppeteer, filmmaker, and television pioneer. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2012

Jim Henson's Fantastic World will be on view at Museum of the Moving Image for only one more week-closing on Sunday, March 4. The final weekend of the show, Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4, 2012, features several special programs to mark the close of the successful national tour of this Smithsonian traveling exhibition, organized in partnership with The Jim Henson Legacy. On these two days, the Museum will give away a free limited-edition commemorative bookmark to ALL visitors (while supplies last). (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2012

Jim Henson's Fantastic World will be on view at Museum of the Moving Image for only one more week-closing on Sunday, March 4. The final weekend of the show, Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4, 2012, features several special programs to mark the close of the successful national tour of this Smithsonian traveling exhibition, organized in partnership with The Jim Henson Legacy. On these two days, the Museum will give away a free limited-edition commemorative bookmark to ALL visitors (while supplies last). (more...)

Moving Image Extends Popular Exhibition Jim Henson's Fantastic WorldMoving Image Extends Popular Exhibition Jim Henson's Fantastic World
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2011

Carl Goodman, Executive Director of Museum of the Moving Image, today announced a seven-week extension for Jim Henson's Fantastic World, the Smithsonian traveling exhibition that explores the creative process of the world-renowned puppeteer, filmmaker, and television pioneer. (more...)

Appearances from Frank Oz, Brian Henson, et al. Accompany Museum of Moving Image's Jim Henson ExhibitionAppearances from Frank Oz, Brian Henson, et al. Accompany Museum of Moving Image's Jim Henson Exhibition
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2011

A very rare personal appearance by Frank Oz, conversations with Brian Henson and illustrator Brian Froud, 25th anniversary screenings of Labyrinth, a preview of the new movie The Muppets, and rare showings of Jim Henson's experimental television works, are among the highlights of the next three months of programs to be presented by Museum of the Moving Image in conjunction with the exhibition Jim Henson's Fantastic World. (more...)

Museum of The Moving Image Presents Jim Henson: Friends and Family 9/18Museum of The Moving Image Presents Jim Henson: Friends and Family 9/18
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2011

Museum of the Moving Image will present 'Jim Henson: Friends and Family,' a special program with discussion and rare archival material. (more...)

Museum of The Moving Image Presents Jim Henson: Friends and Family 9/18Museum of The Moving Image Presents Jim Henson: Friends and Family 9/18
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2011

Museum of the Moving Image will present 'Jim Henson: Friends and Family,' a special program with discussion and rare archival material. (more...)

Essman, Moss, Falco et al. Set for Writer's Guild Awards, 2/20Essman, Moss, Falco et al. Set for Writer's Guild Awards, 2/20
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2010

Susie Essman of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' will host the 62nd annual Writers Guild Awards, being held on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at the Hudson Theatre. (more...)

Essman, Moss, Falco et al. Set for Writer's Guild Awards, 2/20Essman, Moss, Falco et al. Set for Writer's Guild Awards, 2/20
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2010

Susie Essman of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' will host the 62nd annual Writers Guild Awards, being held on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at the Hudson Theatre. (more...)