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The show had its Broadway premiere in 1947, which ran for 725 performances and won three Tony Awards, including one for star David Wayne and one for legendary choreographer Michael Kidd who made his Broadway debut with the show. One of the first of the socially conscious postwar musicals, Finian's Rainbow is unusual in that it deals in a satirical way with issues of class, race, and economics, most specifically in the character of a bigoted Southern senator who is accidentally turned black. It was also notable in its time for featuring an integrated cast at a time when most shows did not and for featuring a mute character who expresses herself solely through dance. The musical was revived in 1955 at City Center and in 1960 at Broadway's 46th Street Theatre.


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The Theater People Podcast Chats with Tony-Winner Gabriel Ebert About MATILDA, GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM, More
by Theater People Podcast - May 8, 2017

On Monday, May 8 the Theater People podcast welcomes Tony Award winner Gabriel Ebert. Ebert is currently starring alongside Harvey Fierstein in the critically acclaimed gay history play Gently Down the Stream which was written by Martin Sherrman (BENT, THE BOY FROM OZ). Gently Down the Stream plays at the Martinson Theater at The Public Theater through May 21st. (more...)

AUGUST WILSON'S JITNEY's Toni-Leslie James Wins 2017 Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Play
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

Toni-Leslie James has won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Play for AUGUST WILSON'S JITNEY. (more...)

HELLO, DOLLY!'s Kate Baldwin Wins 2017 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

Kate Baldwin has won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for HELLO, DOLLY!. (more...)

Breaking News: HELLO, DOLLY! & COME FROM AWAY Top Outer Critics Circle Winners; Full List!
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators for media covering New York theatre announced today its award winners for the 2016-17 season in 27 categories. (more...)

Chad Kimball, Laurel Harris, The Doo Wop Project and More Set for NF HOPE CONCERT at SubCulture
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2017

An impressive collection of Broadway talent will come together Monday, May 8, 2017 for New York City's inaugural NF Hope Concert at SubCulture New York. (more...)

Paper Mill's MARY POPPINS to Offer Autism-Friendly Performance
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2017

Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is pleased to announce a special Autism-Friendly performance of its hit musical Mary Poppins on Friday, June 23 at 1:30PM. (more...)

CHITA RIVERA AWARDS Dance in Film Nominations Announced
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2017

The Dance in Film nominations for the 2017 Chita Rivera Awards were announced today at a reception at The Lambs Club. In keeping with the mission of the Chita Rivera Awards, nominators considered films that opened during the 2016-2017 theater season. (more...)

Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre Announces 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2017

Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's founding artistic director Fred Anzevino today announced the company's lineup for the 2017-18 season, its last in its Rogers Park venue, the No Exit Café. The company will move into a new home in Evanston for the 2018-19 season. Their '17-'18 season will open in September with William Finn and James Lapine's 1998 off-Broadway hit, A New Brain. The musical, which was inspired by a real-life medical crisis Finn experienced, concerns a songwriter who while in a coma and awaiting life-threatening brain surgery, hallucinates about the songs he has yet to write and the people in his life. Its score includes some of Finn's most romantic, humorous and joyous songs, such as “I'd Rather Be Sailing,” “The Music Still Plays On” and “I Feel So Much Spring.” A New Brain will be directed by Anzevino, with music direction by Jeremy Ramey and choreography by Cameron Turner. It will run from September 15  through October 29. (more...)

Recorded Books Narrators Honored with 2017 Tony Award Nominations
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2017

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The Set List Welcomes Theatre's Favorite Podcast Guest, Robbie Rozelle
by The Set List - May 28, 2017

On the latest episode of 'The Set List' podcast, director/writer/producer Robbie Rozelle sits down with Victor Legra to talk about his solo cabaret debut "Songs From Inside My Locker". Robbie Rozelle in 'Songs From Inside My Locker' plays Feinstein's/54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on June 9, 2017 at 9:30.  (more...)

Melissa Errico to Put on BROADWAY FIRECRACKER Summer Holiday Concert at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2017

Broadway leading lady and Tony Award nominee Melissa Errico will return to the Broadway at Birdland Concert Series with 'Broadway Firecracker' on Monday, July 3 at 7pm at Birdland Jazz (315 West 44th Street), bringing this special summer holiday concert to her favorite jazz venue. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Chats with the Legendary Betty Buckley
by Theater People Podcast - May 23, 2017

On Tuesday, May 23rd the Theater People podcast welcomes Tony winner and Broadway legend Betty Buckley. For the episode, Buckley shares hilarious and fascinating stories from her nearly five decades as a Broadway and West End star. She also shares cuts from her new album STORY SONGS. (more...)

Len Cariou, Michael Cerveris and More Join Irish Rep's SONDHEIM AT SEVEN Gala
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2017

Irish Repertory Theatre has announced more performers for SONDHEIM AT SEVEN, this season's Gala Benefit production, on Tuesday, June 13th at 7 PM at The Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street, NYC). (more...)

Alice Ripley, Well-Strung and More Join Broadway @ The Art House Lineup in Provincetown
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2017

Mark Cortale, Producing Artistic Director of Provincetown's famed Art House theater, has announced four more additions to his largest music and comedy lineup yet. (more...)

Broadwaysted Podcast has Another Round with Broadway Records' Robbie Rozelle
by Broadwaysted - May 19, 2017

This week we're pouring out 'Another Round' with a close #FriendOfTheShow: Broadwaysted Buddy Robbie Rozelle! This week we're being fancy (not really) and drinking champagne (but really champagne, Bryan!) as we chat with Robbie about his upcoming solo cabaret debut at 54 Below. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Company presents MY LIFE UPON THE WICKED STAGE
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

On the heels of a thrilling performance by Phantom star DAVIS GAINES, the 2017 Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Broadway Concert Series at Rubicon Theatre Company continues with a concert starring Emmy Award-winner and multiple-Tony nominee NANCY DUSSAULT in MY LIFE…UPON THE WICKED STAGE. Perhaps best known to audiences as the first host of "Good Morning America," and for her co-starring role on TV on "Too Close for Comfort," Dussault's remarkable career began on the stage. Her concert includes anecdotes about Dussault's remarkable career and songs by many of her favorite composers, such as Richard Rodgers, Jule Styne, Burton Lane and Stephen Sondheim. Dussault's extraordinary musicality and comedic storytelling infuse new meaning into beloved classics such as "Getting Married Today," "Look to the Rainbow," "Old Friend" and her iconic "Make Someone Happy." Nancy is joined by Musical Director Christopher Marlowe and Director Valentine Mayer. NANCY DUSSAULT: MY LIFE…UPON THE WICKED STAGE comes to Ventura for three-performances-only: Saturday, May 20 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 21 at 2 p.m. (more...)

ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME and INDECENT Top 2017 Off Broadway Alliance Awards; Winners Announced!
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing professionals, today announced the winners of the 7th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit Off Broadway productions that opened during the 2016-2017 season. (more...)

BANDSTAND, CATS, HOLIDAY INN, SWEET CHARITY Among 2017 Chita Rivera Award Nominees
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

Nominations for the 2017 Chita Rivera Awards were announced today. In keeping with the mission of the Chita Rivera Awards, nominators considered shows and films that opened during the 2016-2017 season. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes MISS SAIGON's Breakout Star, Eva Noblezada
by Theater People Podcast - May 1, 2017

On Monday, May 1st Theater People podcast welcomes MISS SAIGON star Eva Noblezada. For the episode, Noblezada shares her story of being discovered by casting director Tara Rubin at the 2013 National High School Musical Theater Awards (AKA The Jimmy Awards) and being fast-tracked to audition for the West End revival of MISS SAIGON. (more...)

Carrie St. Louis and Kyle Scatliffe to Star in 54 SINGS 1776
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Carrie St. Louis and Kyle Scatliffe in "54 Sings 1776" on July 3 and July 4, 2017. The Fourth of July meets Broadway in the fourth annual concert staging of the beloved musical, 1776, at Feinstein's/54 Below. Showcase your patriotism with some of Broadway's brightest stars singing numbers such as "Sit Down, John," "He Plays The Violin," "Molasses To Rum," and more as we celebrate the great sacrifices our friends, family, and founding fathers have made to shape our nation. (more...)

York Theatre Company to Showcase Scenic Designs by James Morgan in Summer Exhibition
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

The York Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals and the preservation of musical gems from the past, will present an exhibit of James Morgan's other career as a Scenic Designer with a retrospective look at over 40 years of his designs at The York Theatre Company at Theater at Saint Peter's. (more...)

Melissa Errico and Richard Troxell to Lead KISS ME, KATE Concerts in The Hamptons
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2017

Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor has announced the Bay Street Under the Stars series which will include FREE concerts in Mashashimuet Park this summer as Bay Street presents the classic Broadway musical Kiss Me, Kate on August 25 & 26 at 7pm. (more...)

Harlem Repertory Theatre To Revive Harburg & Saidy's JAMAICA
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2017

The Harlem Repertory Theatre, under the direction of its Founding Artistic Director Keith Lee Grant, has announced that it will present JAMAICA, Yip Harburg and Fred Saidy,'s powerful story about a Jamaican woman's dream of moving to New York City, July 29th - March 24th at The Tato Laviera Theatre (240 East 123rd Street). (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Chats with ANASTASIA's Derek Klena
by Theater People Podcast - Jun 26, 2017

On Monday, June 26th, the Theater People podcast welcome's ANASTASIA star Derek Klena. For the podcast, Klena tells all about creating the role of Dmitri in the new Broadway production alongside his friend and CARRIE: THE MUSICAL co-star Christy Altomare. (more...)

Joshua Jackson-Led CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD, Helmed by Kenny Leon, Opens Tonight at BTG
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2017

Berkshire Theatre Group announces the final production of its upcoming 2017 Summer Season will be Mark Medoff's Tony, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Award-winning play, Children of a Lesser God, which began performances on Thursday, June 22 at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage. Opening night is set for tonight, June 24 at 8pm. (more...)

Paper Mill's MARY POPPINS to Offer Autism-Friendly Performance
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2017

Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is pleased to announce a special Autism-Friendly performance of its hit musical Mary Poppins today, June 23 at 1:30PM. (more...)

54 SINGS 1776 Offering $17.76 Ticket Deal This Fourth of July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2017

Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Carrie St. Louis and Kyle Scatliffe in "54 Sings 1776" on July 3 and July 4, 2017. (more...)

Harlem Rep's THE WIZARD OF OZ to Close 8/20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

'The Wizard of Oz,' presented by Harlem Repertory Theater and Yip Harburg Foundation, will now close August 20, 2017 after 26 performances.  A previously scheduled September 9 performance has been canceled. The production has played since October 8, 2016 at Tato Laviera Theatre, 240 East 123rd Street (near 2nd Ave.), Manhattan, and has been extended twice. (more...)

Broadway Actress Terri White Continues Fight Against Rare Blood Disease
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2017

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, friends of actress Terri White have set up a GoFundMe page to help offset medical costs for a rare blood disease that she is fighting. (more...)

Max von Essen Joins Starry, Sold-Out Benefit HOLLYWOOD NURSES
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2017

It was announced that Tony nominee Max von Essen (An American in Paris, Evita, Les Mis) will play Dr.Brad/Kris in the sold out, one-night-only benefit reading of HOLLYWOOD NURSES, the new pulp comedy written by Sheila Head (Head Games, PBS's 'Cyberchase') and Peter Michael Marino (Desperately Seeking the Exit, Late with Lance!), and directed by Carl Andress (Die, Mommie, Die!, The Tribute Artist). Von Essen joins Golden Globe Award winner Kathleen Turner (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), Tony Award nominee Geneva Carr (Hand to God), Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita (Matilda) and Taylor Louderman (Kinky Boots). (more...)

Ciaran Sheehan and Sarah Muirhead to Headline SHOW BOAT at Reagle Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2017

Broadway's "Phantom," Ciaran Sheehan, returns to Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston to take on the role of GAYLORD RAVENAL in Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's 1927 masterpiece Show Boat. Running from July 6-16 for 8 performances only, Show Boat will also star Boston's own Sarah Oakes Muirhead (Sunday in the Park with George) as MAGNOLIA HAWKS.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Angela Lansbury & More Celebrate Irish Repertory Theatre at SONDHEIM AT SEVEN
by Walter McBride - Jun 14, 2017

Just yesterday, Irish Repertory Theatre presented SONDHEIM AT SEVEN, this season's Gala Benefit production, at The Town Hall. Featuring an introduction by Special Guest Angela Lansbury, SONDHEIM AT SEVEN honored Carmine D. Boccuzzi, Jr., Partner at Cleary Gottlieb LLP, and recognized the extraordinary contributions of Anne Anderson, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States; Barbara Jones, Consul General of Ireland in New York; and David Donoghue, Ambassador of Ireland to the United Nations. (more...)

Andrea Burns, Bryan Terrell Clark, Lilli Cooper and More to Star in Concert Reading of Maltby & Shire's THE COUNTRY WIFE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2017

Red Bull Theater today announced a very special Revelation Reading: for two nights only, on Sunday, June 18th and Monday June 19th at The Duke on 42nd Street (229 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues) Red Bull will present a concert reading of  THE COUNTRY WIFE, a new musical adapted from the play of the same name by William Wycherley by Richard Maltby Jr. with lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. and music by David Shire, and direction by Mr. Maltby.   (more...)

Diana Huey, Eric Kunze, Joey Barreiro, Matt Bogart, James Snyder and More Slated for Pittsburgh CLO's 2017 Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

Pittsburgh CLO celebrates 71 years of musical theater magic with an incredible line-up of musicals featuring a team of Pittsburgh CLO alumni and Broadway's very best artists. (more...)

Ciaran Sheehan and Sarah Muirhead to Headline SHOW BOAT at Reagle Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017

Broadway's "Phantom," Ciaran Sheehan, returns to Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston to take on the role of GAYLORD RAVENAL in Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's 1927 masterpiece Show Boat. Running from July 6-16 for 8 performances only, Show Boat will also star Boston's own Sarah Oakes Muirhead (Sunday in the Park with George) as MAGNOLIA HAWKS.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Melissa Errico Croons at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was pleased to present Broadway leading lady Melissa Errico, who performed a special summer holiday concert on Monday, July 3. (more...)

BWW Review: MasterVoices' Babes in Toyland: "I did dwell within it and was forever happy there!"
by Nicholas Pontolillo - Jul 5, 2017

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Kate Baldwin and Kate Shindle Honored with 2017 Sarah Siddons Society Award
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2017

The Sarah Siddons Society of Chicago has announced 2017 winners of the prestigious Actor of the Year Award. (more...)

Melissa Errico Reflects on the Pursuit of Pleasure in Column for THE PURIST Magazine
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2017

Tony Award nominee Melissa Errico has penned her second column in Cristina Cuomo's new magazine The Purist (in the current July issue). For her column 'Stories' in the June issue of this glossy wellness publication, Melissa wrote a piece on mindfulness and second thoughts, in which she next tackles the pursuit of pleasure. (more...)

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, Starring Harriet Harris and Mia Dillon, Begins This Month in the Berkshires
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

Berkshire Theatre Group presents celebrated playwright Joseph Kesselring's Arsenic and Old Lace. Filled with colorful characters and witty plot twists, this quirky comedy is one for the ages. (more...)

Thom Southerland to Direct First London Revival of THE WOMAN IN WHITE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

Acclaimed rising star director Thom Southerland (Titanic, Grey Gardens, Grand Hotel) is to direct the first ever revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony and Olivier Award-nominated musical The Woman in White. (more...)

Melissa Errico to Perform at The Art House in Provincetown This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

Producer Mark Cortale's acclaimed Broadway @ The Art House series in Provincetown, MA, will feature Melissa Errico, Broadway star of Finian's Rainbow, High Society, Anna Karenina, and a Tony nominee as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, starring on July 28 & 29, with Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host. (more...)

Maureen Lipman to Direct the World Stage Premiere of THE KNOWLEDGE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

Acclaimed actress and writer Maureen Lipman is to direct the world stage premiere of Jack Rosenthal's The Knowledge. (more...)

Cast Complete for New Temptations Musical AIN'T TOO PROUD at Berkeley Rep
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2017

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced the full casting and creative team for the world premiere of AIN'T TOO PROUD-THE TEMPTATIONS MUSICAL. The musical stage production will be directed by Tony Award winner Des McAnuff. Berkeley Rep presents the show by special arrangement with Ira Pittelman and Tom Hulce (American Idiot, Spring Awakening). (more...)

Disney's NEWSIES, Starring Joey Barreiro and Daniel Quadrino, to Sell Papes at Pittsburgh CLO Soon
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2017

Pittsburgh CLO will produce Disney's NEWSIES for the first time, July 18-23 at the Benedum Center. Inspired by the Newsboy Strike of 1899 and based on the cult-hit Disney film, NEWSIES tells a tale of strife and triumph with Tony Award-winning music, daring choreography and a touch of New York City grit. (more...)

BWW Morning Brief July 12th, 2017 - 54 SINGS MAN OF LA MANCHA and More!
by Jessica Khan - Jul 12, 2017

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Today's big news: William Michals, Lesli Margherita and Anthony Santelmo, Jr. star in 54 SINGS MAN OF LA MANCHA tonight! (more...)

New York Premiere of Brian Friel's THE HOME PLACE to Play Irish Rep
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

Irish Repertory Theatre announced today that their Fall 2017 Mainstage production will be the New York Premiere of Brian Friel's THE HOME PLACE. Directed by Charlotte Moore (Finian's Rainbow), THE HOME PLACE will begin performances in Fall 2017 on the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage at Irish Rep Theatre (132 West 22nd Street).   (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Chats with BANDSTAND's Laura Osnes and THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG's Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer
by Theater People Podcast - Jul 10, 2017

On Monday, July 10, the Theater People podcast welcomes two-time Tony nominee Laura Osnes and Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. For the first part of the episode, host Patrick Hinds chats with Osnes (who is making her fourth appearance on Theater People) about her work in BANDSTAND. Osnes, who has been with the show since it's very first reading, shares stories about how the show has developed, why she turned down other roles to stay with the piece, and a personal family story about why she feels so connected to the role. (more...)

Full Casting Announced for GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY at The Old Vic
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

Casting is today announced for Girl from the North Country which previews from Monday 10 July 2017 with a press night on Wednesday 26 July 2017. (more...)

Spinning Tree Theatre to Stage ASSASSINS This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

Widely considered the most controversial musical ever written, ASSASSINS premiered off-Broadway in 1990 at Playwrights Horizons and won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival. This is a unique vision of American history told through imagined interactions between antiheroes from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald…from Charles Guiteau to John Hinckley. ASSASSINS is recommended for mature audiences. (more...)

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