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Date of Birth: March 23, 1931
Date of Death: January 07, 1999 (67)
THE UNDERSTUDY by Ellen Tovatt Leary Released Today Photo THE UNDERSTUDY by Ellen Tovatt Leary Released Today
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2020

The Understudy by Ellen Tovatt Leary is marking its release today. The charming, evocative, and authentic novel portrays the life of a Broadway actress in the 1970s, evoking the familiar rooms, smells, situations and romance of the industry in a way that only a true veteran of the Great White Way can do.

Ellen Tovatt Leary to Release New Novel THE UNDERSTUDY Photo Ellen Tovatt Leary to Release New Novel THE UNDERSTUDY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2020

On July 1st, Hansen Publishing Group will release The Understudy by Ellen Tovatt Leary, a charming, evocative, and authentic novel about the life of a Broadway actress in the 1970s, evoking the familiar rooms, smells, situations and romance of the industry in a way that only a true veteran of the Great White Way can do.

San Francisco Playhouse Has Announced Casting for the World Premiere of BORN IN EAST  Photo San Francisco Playhouse Has Announced Casting for the World Premiere of BORN IN EAST BERLIN
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2020

San Francisco Playhouse announced casting for the second production of their 2019/2020 Sandbox Series of World Premieres: Born in East Berlin, written by Rogelio Martinez. Margarett Perry will direct the world premiere production, presented at The Creativity Theater.

TheatreWorks Unveils New Works Fest Line-Up Photo TheatreWorks Unveils New Works Fest Line-Up
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2018

Lovers of new theatre will gather this August for an advance look at tomorrow's hits at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's 2018 New Works Festival at Palo Alto's Lucie Stern Theatre. This unique festival offers audiences an extraordinary opportunity to experience new plays and musicals in their early stages of development, and hear about the creative process in a "Meet the Artists" panel discussion. With multiple performances of each work, playwrights and composers are able to rewrite scenes, add or delete songs, revise and refine, allowing audiences to return and watch the exciting evolution of brand new pieces of American theatre.

BWW Review: STATE FAIR at Alex Theatre
by Cary Ginell - May 9, 2017

The corn was high as an elephant's eye at the Alex Theatre in Glendale last Sunday as Musical Theater Guild presented a staged reading of Rodgers and Hammerstein's bucolic musical State Fair, the only musical R&H wrote specifically for the screen. State Fair wasn't adapted for the stage until 1996, the final show produced by David Merrick, Broadway's notorious 'abominable showman.'

Taylor Mac's Sly, Subversive Comedy HIR Set for BLUEBARN Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

The BLUEBARN Theatre will continue Season 28 with the sly, subversive comedy, HIR by Taylor Mac.

Taylor Mac's Sly, Subversive Comedy HIR Set for BLUEBARN Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

The BLUEBARN Theatre will continue Season 28 with the sly, subversive comedy, HIR by Taylor Mac.

Opening Night 20 Years Ago: I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2016

I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE opened at the Westside Theatre on August 1, 1996 and continued for a whopping 12 years making it the second longest-running musical in Off-Broadway history after THE FANTASTICKS.

BWW Reviews: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Opens 2015 Season at Porthouse
by Roy Berko - Jun 15, 2015

What do 'West Side Story,' 'Gypsy,' 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,' 'Company,' 'Follies,' 'Sweeney Todd' 'Sunday in the Park with George,' and 'Into the Woods,' all have in common? Yes, they are shows which have music written by Steven Sondheim.

Taylor Mac's A 24 DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC: 1900-1950s Runs Now thru 1/25 as Part of Under the Radar
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

Theater artist Taylor Mac makes his New York Live Arts debut with A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: 1900-1950s, presented by New York Live Arts as part of The Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival, today, January 13-25, 2015.

Taylor Mac's A 24 DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC: 1900-1950s to Run 1/13-25 as Part of Under the Radar
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2014

Theater artist Taylor Mac makes his New York Live Arts debut with A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: 1900-1950s, presented by New York Live Arts as part of The Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival, January 13-25, 2015.

Limited Number of Tickets Now on Sale for CSC's THE LAST TWO PEOPLE ON EARTH Workshop with Mandy Patinkin & Taylor Mac
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2013

Classic Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Brian Kulick and Executive Director Greg Reiner, in association with Staci Levine, will present Tony Award winner Mandy Patinkin and acclaimed actor/performance artist Taylor Mac in THE LAST TWO PEOPLE ON EARTH: AN APOCALYPTIC VAUDEVILLE, a workshop presentation with direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Susan Stroman, and music direction by Paul Ford, for a strictly limited engagement from Saturday, December 14 thru Tuesday, December 31. Performances of THE LAST TWO PEOPLE ON EARTH: AN APOCALYPTIC VAUDEVILLE will be presented at the Abrons Arts Center (466 Grand Street, NYC).

Only Make Believe Joins Bloomberg Tradebook's 2nd Annual Charity Day Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2013

Only Make Believe (OMB), the New York City and Washington D.C. based non-profit organization that brings laughter and imagination to children suffering from chronic illnesses and disabilities, will be joining Bloomberg's agency broker, Bloomberg Tradebook, on its Second Annual Charity Day today, October 17th, 2013 in New York City.

Only Make Believe Joins Bloomberg Tradebook's 2nd Annual Charity Day, 10/17
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2013

Only Make Believe (OMB), the New York City and Washington D.C. based non-profit organization that brings laughter and imagination to children suffering from chronic illnesses and disabilities, will be joining Bloomberg's agency broker, Bloomberg Tradebook, on its Second Annual Charity Day on October 17th, 2013 in New York City.

BWW Reviews: Impressive SWEENEY TODD Slashes its Way Into the Emotions at Great Lakes Theater
by Roy Berko - Oct 7, 2013

The recent release of a list of the 100 greatest musicals of all times has brought about much controversy in the theatre community. Though there has been conflict created by the plays on the list, there was no controversy over who was the best composer. Stephen Sondheim was the only writer/lyricist/composer who had five selections in the top sixteen. GYPSY placed number one, SWEENEY TODD 3rd, WEST SIDE STORY 8th, COMPANY 15th and SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE was 16th.

Lark Play Development Center Announces 2013-14 Playwrights' Workshop Fellows
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2013

The Lark Play Development Center named five New York City-based playwrights as Playwrights' Workshop Fellows for the 2013-14 season. The group spans a wide range of backgrounds and professional experiences and will meet regularly throughout the year to develop new plays.

Only Make Believe Hosts SPiN Out Of Spring, 5/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2013

Only Make Believe, the New York City and newly, Washington D.C., based non-profit organization that brings laughter and imagination to children suffering from chronic illnesses and disabilities will be hosting their first ever SPiN OUT OF SPRING event, an extravaganza for young professionals and the young at heart on May 3rd at SPiN: NYC from 7:00pm-9:30pm. The evening will include a ping-pong tournament, music, complimentary beer/wine, silent auctions, special guests, and more! Co-chairs for the event include, Susan Sarandon, Rachel Weisz, Petra Nemcova, John Hardiman, Brad Oscar, with Josh Lucas confirmed for attendance! For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit: spin.charityhappenings.org.

Only Make Believe Expands to D.C. Hospitals
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2012

Only Make Believe, the New York City based non-profit organization that brings laughter and imagination to children suffering from chronic illnesses and disabilities is expanding their reach to help children and families in Washington D.C.

Patti Murin, Lorna Luft, Eric Anderson & More to Lead ROOM 16 Reading, 3/8
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2012

On March 8th at 2 p.m. there will be a reading of ROOM 16 by Stephen Sislen (composer/lyricist), Andrea Lepcio (book) and Ben H. Winters (lyrics), directed by Kim Weild with music direction by Vadim Feichtner.

Photo Coverage: Only Make Believe 2011
by Linda Lenzi - Nov 15, 2011

Hosts Brooke Shields and Brad Oscar welcomed celebrities, Broadway greats, philanthropy influencers and the New York elite to celebrate the 12th Annual Make Believe on Broadway, on November 14 at the Shubert Theatre. The evening showcased Broadway and Hollywood's brightest stars as they united in a benefit performance on behalf of Only Make Believe, a non-profit that brings the magic of theater to children in hospitals and care facilities.

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