Milton Berle News

Date of Birth: July 12, 1908
Date of Death: March 27, 2002 (93)
Birth Place: New York, NY, USA
Gender: Male
BWW Interview: Jonathan Watton Tackles Hitchcock in Mirvish's NORTH BY NORTHWESTBWW Interview: Jonathan Watton Tackles Hitchcock in Mirvish's NORTH BY NORTHWEST
by Taylor Long - Sep 19, 2017

A North American premiere is set to stun Toronto audiences when NORTH BY NORTHWEST, a stage adaption of Alfred Hitchcock's renown film, graces the stage at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. BroadwayWorld's Taylor Long spoke with leading man, Jonathan Watton, on playing Roger O. Thornhill. (more...)

Marsha Mason Directs Arizona Theatre Company's Season-Opening Performance CHAPTER TWOMarsha Mason Directs Arizona Theatre Company's Season-Opening Performance CHAPTER TWO
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2017

Arizona Theatre Company (ATC; David Ivers, Artistic Director; Billy Russo, Managing Director) is pleased to welcome back four-time Academy Award-nominee Marsha Mason, who will direct Neil Simon's autobiographical romantic comedy Chapter Two to open ATC's 51st season, Oct. 5-22 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe in Phoenix. (more...)

getTV Remembers Legendary Comedians Jerry Lewis And Dick Gregory With A Special Programming Bloc Of TV AppearancesgetTV Remembers Legendary Comedians Jerry Lewis And Dick Gregory With A Special Programming Bloc Of TV Appearances
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2017

getTV will honor the memories of legendary comedy stars Jerry Lewis, who died August 20 at age 91, and Dick Gregory, who died August 19 at age 84, with a special programming bloc of television appearances by Lewis, Gregory and other comic superstars on Sunday, September 3, beginning at 10PM ET/9 CT.  Lewis who rose to fame as singer/straight man Dean Martin's partner, then went onto write, produce and direct himself in a run of successful slapstick comedy films while raising money and awareness for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Gregory was a groundbreaking African-American standup comedian and satirist who became a leading figure in in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. (more...)

Oscar Nominee Marsha Mason Returns To Arizona Theatre Company To Direct CHAPTER TWOOscar Nominee Marsha Mason Returns To Arizona Theatre Company To Direct CHAPTER TWO
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2017

Arizona Theatre Company (ATC; David Ivers, Artistic Director; Billy Russo, Managing Director) is pleased to welcome back four-time Academy Award-nominee Marsha Mason, who will direct Neil Simon's autobiographical romantic comedy Chapter Two to open ATC's 51st season, Sept. 9-30 at the Temple of Music & Art, 333 S. Scott Ave. in Tucson, Oct. 5-22 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe in Phoenix. (more...)

Cynthia Erivo Joins American Theatre Wing's Board of Trustees; New Appointments!Cynthia Erivo Joins American Theatre Wing's Board of Trustees; New Appointments!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2017

The American Theatre Wing has announced new appointments to its Board of Trustees and Advisory Committee. (more...)

Ian Finkel & Elliot Finkel to Take Center Stage at The Metropolitan RoomIan Finkel & Elliot Finkel to Take Center Stage at The Metropolitan Room
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2017

The Metropolitan Room in conjunction with Bernie Furshpan has announced the appearance of Ian Finkel, The World's Greatest Xylophonist and renowned pianist Elliot Finkel,  backed by some of New York's finest musicians. (more...)

BWW Interview: Finding Authenticity in RunyonlandBWW Interview: Finding Authenticity in Runyonland
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jul 6, 2017

'It's a warhorse and has been a guaranteed sellout since 1950, but that doesn't mean a production doesn't need a little spark. DJ [Salisbury] did exactly what I asked him to do,' says Maine State Music Theatre's Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark. 'I asked him not to reinvent the wheel, but to tweak the show with some new nuances.' Clark is talking about MSMT's new production of Guys and Dolls which opened last week to glowing reviews. Clark was part of the popular MSMT community series, PEEK BEHIND THE CURTAIN panel that also featured Guys and Dolls stars, James Beaman (Nathan Detroit), Kristen Hahn (Sarah Brown), and Stephen Mark Lukas (Sky Masterson), as well as Props Master Elizabeth Frino. Moderated by Broadway World's Maine editor Carla Maria Verdino-Sullwold, the participants at the capacity-crowd event discussed the making of this exciting new production in Midcoast Maine. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Pays Tribute to Barry DoughertyPhoto Coverage: Friars Club Pays Tribute to Barry Dougherty
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 29, 2017

Longtime communications director of the Friars Club was given a heartfelt Bon Voyage in the Milton Berle Room yesterday and many show business notables were present and in video to honor the man who has written most of the published words and history of The Friars for the last 25 years.  Barry Dougherty's words... (more...)

Photo Coverage: Marilyn Maye Kicks It Up At The Friars Club Metropolitan Room ShowPhoto Coverage: Marilyn Maye Kicks It Up At The Friars Club Metropolitan Room Show
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 20, 2017

Bernie Fusrhpan, managing partner of the Metropolitan Room moved his club into the Friars Club last night and BroadwayWorld was there for the entertainment super special.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: David Friedman Brings His Music & Friends To The Friars ClubPhoto Coverage: David Friedman Brings His Music & Friends To The Friars Club
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 6, 2017

Photographs of America's most treasured composers are on the walls of the Friars Club. By some oversight David Friedman's is not.  After an evening of David and friends performing his music he will take his rightful  place among the music greats who have had their music echo through the hallowed rooms of the club. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Bobby Rydell Has An Evening At The Friars ClubPhoto Coverage: Bobby Rydell Has An Evening At The Friars Club
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 17, 2017

 An Evening With… are three of the most powerful words in the entertainment world and they are so often posted and signify an event that can only happen at the Friars Club.  In the early days of the club it was  an evening with James Cagney, George M. Cohan and other show business greats.  Then came evenings with Milton Berle, Frank Sinatra, and many other legends.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Comedy At WHINE WOMEN & WINEPhoto Coverage: Friars Club Comedy At WHINE WOMEN & WINE
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 4, 2017

There was only high comedy and some serious wine from one of the highest mountains in Greece at the Friars Club last night as Laura Slutsky hosted 'Whine Women & Wine'.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Chazz Palminteri Tells Tales From Hollywood & The Bronx At The Friars ClubPhoto Coverage: Chazz Palminteri Tells Tales From Hollywood & The Bronx At The Friars Club
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 25, 2017

Chazz, or 'C' as his friends called him in The Bronx told some great stories to his fellow Friars in the Frank Sinatra Room last night. It was after an Italian  Buffet Feast in the Milton Berle and Barbra Streisand Rooms at the 'Monastery' on 55th street that Chazz explained that he was doing nothing different then what he used to do as a youngster in The Bronx.  His friend's would say 'let Chazz tell the story.'   (more...)

Actors' Temple to Honor Tovah Feldshuh and Jackie Hoffman at Centennial GalaActors' Temple to Honor Tovah Feldshuh and Jackie Hoffman at Centennial Gala
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

Theater District institution the Actors' Temple celebrates its centennial with an entertainment-packed dinner and show at the Friars Club, 57 East 55th Street, on Monday, March 13, at 6pm. (more...)

Laura Osnes and Will Swenson Star in Waterwell's BLUEPRINT SPECIALS, Opening Tonight at the IntrepidLaura Osnes and Will Swenson Star in Waterwell's BLUEPRINT SPECIALS, Opening Tonight at the Intrepid
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

Waterwell welcomes Broadway regulars, Military veterans, and civilian artists for the Blueprint Specials, presented in association with the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and The Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Sheldon Margery & Matt Harnick Host Book Launch PartyPhoto Coverage: Sheldon Margery & Matt Harnick Host Book Launch Party
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 19, 2016

The 90th Macy's Day parade balloons will not pass by the Friars Club on 55th street but the celebrity guests at the club got to see some great photos of them yesterday at the club.  Sheldon and Margery Harnick hosted a Book Launch Party for Matt Harnick who has a wonderful new book © Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: A New York City Holiday Tradition, Rizzoli N.Y. 2016, which is filled with exclusive photography by Matt, along with archival images of the spectacular floating balloons.  The book offers a never-before-seen look at the planning and preparation of the parade.  Italy features text by Stephen M. Silverman, Foreword by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Afterword by Terry J. Lindgren, Chairman & CEO of Macy's Inc. in conjunction with this milestone anniversary.  The guests in the Milton Berle Room of the Friars Club were also treated to a performance by Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin and a conversation with Sheldon Harnick, Matt Harnick and Amy Kule, Executive Producer of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  It was a great afternoon and it was nice and warm watching the parade go by inside the club. (more...)

Laura Osnes and Will Swenson to Star in Waterwell's BLUEPRINT SPECIALS Musicals at Under the Radar 2017Laura Osnes and Will Swenson to Star in Waterwell's BLUEPRINT SPECIALS Musicals at Under the Radar 2017
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2016

Waterwell announced today the revival of the Blueprint Specials, a series of lost WWII-era musicals composed principally by Broadway legend Frank Loesser to be presented in association with the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and The Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival. The production will star Tony Award nominees Laura Osnes (Cinderella, Bonnie and Clyde) and Will Swenson (Hair) and be directed by Drama Desk nominee Tom Ridgely. (more...)

Photo Coverage: HELLO DERE Comic Marty Allen Hosted By The Friars ClubPhoto Coverage: HELLO DERE Comic Marty Allen Hosted By The Friars Club
by Stephen Sorokoff - Oct 20, 2016

Still witty, smart and funny at 95 years of age, the legendary comic Marty Allen was hosted (not roasted) at a Friars Club lunch.  Emmy Award winning Friar Bill Boggs interviewed Marty about his long career in show business.  Marty worked as an opening act for stars such as Sarah Vaughan, Eydie Gorme and Nat King Cole gained enormous fame when he teamed up with singer Steve Rossi and made 44 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.  In 1961 and 1962 Allen appeared on Broadway in Let It Ride! at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre and then went on to perform in the pre-Broadway tour and Broadway performances of I Had A Ball. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Ben Vereen's Surprise Birthday Party at Friars ClubPhoto Coverage: Inside Ben Vereen's Surprise Birthday Party at Friars Club
by Stephen Sorokoff - Oct 18, 2016

The Friars Club hosted a one night only event last night that will be remembered for many years by Ben Vereen.  Chita Rivera brought him to the club for what Ben thought was a small dinner in his honor.  When Ben walked out of the elevator the huge mahogany  doors of the Milton Berle Room and Barbra Streisand Room swung open to a capacity crowd of Friars shouting "SURPRISE" and singing Happy Birthday.   It was an emotional happy celebration as Ben's many friends toasted the legendary performer and humanitarian.  Friar Board Member and Chairman of the Friars Admission Committee Bill Boggs officially made Ben Vereen an Honorary Friar.  As Bill pointed out to Ben in his presentation,  " I have the power to bestow this title on you….. being an Honorary Member entitles you to walk into the club at any time, enjoy a great meal in the Frank Sinatra dinning room…..and pay for it! "   (more...)

Rita McKenzie's ETHEL MERMAN'S BROADWAY Encores at Feinstein's/54 Below TonightRita McKenzie's ETHEL MERMAN'S BROADWAY Encores at Feinstein's/54 Below Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

Feinstein's/54 Below is presenting the triumphant return of Rita McKenzie's award-winning Ethel Merman'S BROADWAY, the country's longest-running one-woman musical, tonight, September 28th, at 7 PM. (more...)

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