A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

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by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2019
As the supermarkets start to release their newest festive fodder and the TV schedulers begin to announce their line up of seasonal delights... we too are thrilled to spread our little bit of early Christmas cheer and announce the hugely talented and musical cast set to star in our first ever pantomime: Cinderella - The Rockin' Panto written and directed by Peter Rowe - running at artsdepot from Saturday 30 November a?" Sunday 5 January 2020.
by Charles Shubow - Sep 7, 2019
Alan Paul directs and demonstrates the power of live theater.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2019
Take a trip back to the Renaissance with the regional premiere of SOMETHING ROTTEN! at Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr. in Lincolnshire, previewing Wednesday, August 28th, opening Thursday, September 5th at 7:30 p.m., and closing Sunday, October 20th. Nominated for ten Tony Awards including Best Musical, this hilarious smash hit tells the tale of two playwright brothers who are desperate to outshine Shakespeare and end up producing the first ever musical! Jeff Award winner Scott Weinstein (Murder for Two and Shrek at Marriott Theatre; National Tour, Las Vegas and Chicago productions of Million Dollar Quartet) returns to the Marriott Theatre to direct, along with musical direction by Jeff Award winnerRyan T. Nelson and choreography by Jeff Award nominee Alex Sanchez.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2019
They're Playing Our Song, the smash Broadway and West End hit musical comedy, inaugurates Congregation Tifereth Israel's new theatrical troupe, CTI Theatre of Glen Cove. This first production of CTI Theatre opens on Thursday, October 24, continuing for three performances through Sunday, October 27.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2019
Geva Theatre Center presents La Cage Aux Folles, with book by Harvey Fierstein, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, based on the play by Jean Poiret, directed by Melissa Rain Anderson, with musical direction by Don Kot, and choreography by Sam Hay in the Elaine P. Wilson Stage from September 3 through October 6. 
by Broadwaysted - Sep 25, 2019
This week, the Broadwaysted Crew are all feeling like Jacob's Favorite Sons because we're sharing cocktails and laughs with the choreographer of the West End's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, JoAnn M Hunter!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2019
The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is opening its 28th season over the next two months with 14 dynamic, diverse and audience-pleasing presentations.
by Stage Tube - Sep 23, 2019
EGOT and host of 'The View' Whoopi Goldberg stopped by 'Good Morning America' to share her new book, 'The Unqualified Hostess.' Watch the clip below!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2019
Bruce Dow won 2 Dora Mavor Moore Awards for his work at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. The Broadway Bound (again!) Bruce, Actor/Singer, and Stratford Festival Veteran presents his solo, cabaret experience - A FUNNY PROPOSITION - for ONE NIGHT ONLY - October 10, 2019 at 7:30 pm @ Tallulah's Cabaret, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2019
Bruce Dow won 2 Dora Mavor Moore Awards for his work at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. The Broadway Bound (again!) Bruce, Actor/Singer, and Stratford Festival Veteran presents his solo, cabaret experience - A FUNNY PROPOSITION - for ONE NIGHT ONLY - October 10, 2019 at 7:30 pm @ Tallulah's Cabaret, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2019
Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2019
International theater and concert star, Isaac Sutton, will welcome two Broadway Guest Stars upon his return, on Oct. 5th, to Feinstein's/54 Below, with an encore performance of his acclaimed show, BROADWAY ISRAEL.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2019
A star-studded cast of Broadway artists joins Pacific Symphony to take audiences on a journey through the theatrical worlds of musical masterminds Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber, featuring selections from a?oePhantom of the Opera,a?? a?oeSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,a?? a?oeJesus Christ Superstar,a?? a?oeA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,a?? a?oeCats,a?? a?oeGypsya?? and many more! Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman leads the 2019-20 Pops Season opening night with special guest artists Debbie Gravitte, Scarlett Strallen and Hugh Panaro.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2019
The Broadway community mourns the loss of beloved Production Stage Manager, Arthur a?oeArtiea?? Gaffin, who passed away on September 13, 2019. To commemorate his life and work, the Committee of Theatre Owners will dim the lights of the American Airlines, Marquis, New Amsterdam, St. James, and Broadhurst Theatres in New York for one minute on Wednesday, September 18 at exactly 7:45pm.
by Stage Tube - Sep 15, 2019
The renaming of the theatre was dedicated to Stephen Sondheim, the greatest and best known artist in American musical theatre on his 80th birthday. 
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2019
BroadwayWorld is saddened to learn that Broadway stage manager, Arthur Gaffin, has passed away.
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2019
Regent's Park Theatre have today confirmed full casting for their production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar. The production played two sell-out seasons at the Open Air Theatre, winning both the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival and Evening Standard Award for Best Musical, before transferring to the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2018. It will embark on a North American tour from October.
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2019
The 11-Time Tony Award-nominated musical, Tootsie, has been acquired for worldwide licensing by Music Theatre International (MTI).
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2019
Metropolis presents Stephen Sondheim's classic musical farce A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum through June 29, 2019. Broadway's greatest farce promises to have audiences rolling in the aisles. This fast-paced, witty, and irreverent comedy is one of the funniest musicals ever written.
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2019
Caroline Sheen will return to the role of 'Violet Newstead' in 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL at the Savoy Theatre, London from 4 July 2019.
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2019
As the 2019 Summer Shakespeare Festival kicks off, The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team with As You Like It, the Bard's fabulously charming romantic comedy, whose heroine is one of his most remarkable creations. Director Jessica Stone's recent body of work-including Barefoot in the Park, Ken Ludwig's Robin Hood!, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and Arms and the Man-has had Globe audiences rolling in the aisles. Her Shakespearean directing debut will run June 16 - July 21, 2019 outdoors under the stars in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Tickets start at $30.00 and are on sale to the general public now. Previews run June 16-21 with opening night on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
by Aaron Kaburick - May 22, 2019
To get you started, here is a list of baritone audition songs: My Girlfriend Who Lives in Canada, I Don't Remember You, Good Thing Going, Shall We Dance, When I First Saw You, Tonight at Eight and She Loves Me, I'll Be Here, Shine on Your Shoes, and more!
by Jeffrey Kare - May 20, 2019
Coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center from May 21st-26th is the national tour of Broadway's classic musical comedy, HELLO, DOLLY! starring the legendary Tony Award winner Betty Buckley. I recently had the great pleasure of interviewing actor Lewis J. Stadlen, who stars opposite Betty as the wealthy half-a-millionaire Horace Vandergelder.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2019
Chasing a life under the bright lights is challenging enough, but when Crohn's Disease threatened to take everything away, Lauren Lee Innis-Youren chose to fight back. Hold My Hummus: The Secret Life Of A Stubborn Soprano is the war-cry of a girl who listened to her gut, even when her gut tried to kill her.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2019
Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts has announced Andrea McArdle and Donna McKechnie: Celebrate Sondheim & Hamlisch on Monday, July 8 at 8 pm as part of Bay Street Theater's Music Mondays concert series. Tickets range from $79 - $125 and are on sale now at baystreet.org and through the Box Office at 631-725-9500, open daily from 11am to showtime. 
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2019
The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre's 2018/2019 Season has been a landmark for what has become a staple of the region's theatrical community. As the season opened this past September with its production of the family-favorite Annie, Way Off Broadway kicked off its 25th year of bringing live entertainment to the stage.  
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2019
The Library of Alexandria, Egypt. 415 C.E. Society is on the brink. A rising tide of religious fundamentalism threatens to wipe out the wisdom of classical antiquity. But one woman vows to save the knowledge of our ancestors no matter the cost.
by Barb Burke - Jun 2, 2019
Theatre by the Sea presents the world premiere of Love and Other Fables
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2019
Multi-award winning Foothill Music Theatre presents Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific, legendary songwriting team Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2019
The producers of 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL today announced casting for the second production of the show when it embarks on an 11 city tour of the UK and Ireland from 6 September 2019. Full casting for each venue will be announced soon.
by Carol Kassie - Jul 9, 2019
The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and MNM Theatre Company are pleased to announce that casting is complete for their upcoming co-production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, which will run from November 22 -  December 8 in the Kravis' Rinker Playhouse.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 6, 2019
BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that composer and orchestrator Sid Ramin, best known for his work on West Side Story, has died, according to The New York Times. Ramin was 100 years old.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2019
Cameron Mackintosh today announces he is delighted that in honour of Stephen Sondheim's 90th birthday next March, the Queen's Theatre will be renamed the Sondheim Theatre, making him the only living artist to have a theatre named in his honour both in the West End and on Broadway. Following the renovation of wartime bomb damage and a major restoration of the auditorium and the complete backstage, the newly named Sondheim Theatre will continue as the home of world's longest running musical Les Miserables as it enters its 35th year.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 4, 2019
Porchlight Music Theatre is proud to announce the 14th Annual Chicago Sings concert: Chicago Sings 25 Years of Porchlight, Monday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m., at The Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave, directed by Christopher Pazdernik and Artistic Director Michael Weber with music direction by David Fiorello. Reception begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour and light appetizers. Performances, awards ceremony and paddle raising begins at 7 p.m. in the Edlis Neeson Theatre. Tickets are on sale for $125 at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org or by calling 773.777.9884. Tickets at the door will be $150. The event has reserved seating and supports Porchlight Music Theatre's educational and artistic programming.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2019
The Broadway community mourns the loss of prolific producer, director, writer, and the individual recipient of the most Tony Awards in multiple categories in history, Harold Prince, who passed away on July 31, 2019 at age 91. To commemorate his life and work, the Committee of Theatre Owners will dim the lights of Broadway theatres in New York for one minute on Wednesday, July 31 at exactly 7:45pm.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2019
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis has announced the creative team that will shape its epic production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America: Parts One and Two, running September 4 a?" October 6.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2019
Dave Lawrence, President & CEO of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County today announced the 2019-2020 season of the popular series CULTURE & COCKTAILS. For the 15th season in a row, from November 2019 through April 2020, five fascinating conversations will be held at The Colony Hotel's Coral Ballroom, located at 155 Hammon Avenue in Palm Beach.
by Peter Nason - Jul 19, 2019
When it comes to Tony Award snubbing, there are several artistic high crimes and misdemeanors. For instance, Fiorello! winning Best Musical over Gypsy, or the good Music Man besting the better West Side Story. Or how about this awful upset: Two Gentlemen of Verona (the since-forgotten musical) beating both Grease and Follies for the top honor. Perhaps worst of all is this: Even though A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM was Stephen Sondheim's first and most successful Broadway show as a composer and lyricist, and even though it would win six of its eight nominated Tony Awards in 1962-1963 (including Best Musical), Mr. Sondheim himself was not even nominated for his lyrics and score. A show that features some of the most beloved comic songs from the early 1960's--'Comedy Tonight,' 'Lovely,' and 'Everybody Ought to Have a Maid'--wasn't even nominated for these iconic numbers. (For the record, Oliver! won that year for Best Score.) Broadway's greatest composer would have to wait almost a decade to receive his first Tony Award.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2019
Fraser Entertainment Group's AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY will be back at LA's Rockwell Table and Stage with another new cast of performers. The celebration of the Broadway Songbook will take place on Sunday, July 21st at 8PM (doors open at 6:30).
by Peter Nason - Jul 12, 2019
It's a marvelous production of a so-so musical.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2019
Encore by popular demand! Andrea McArdle and Donna McKechnie, two of Broadway's most endearing leading ladies, who starred in two of Broadway's most iconic shows (Annie and A Chorus Line) bring their ever vibrant talent and personal connection to this celebration of two of America's most beloved musical theatre composers: Stephen Sondheim and Marvin Hamlisch.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2019
This Month, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2019
Porchlight Music Theatre's 25th anniversary season began with the 14th Annual Chicago Sings concert: Chicago Sings 25 Years of Porchlight, Monday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m., at The Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave, directed by Christopher Pazdernik and Artistic Director Michael Weber with music direction by David Fiorello and a band featuring Kelsey Boltz, Cara Hartz, John McCreary, Greg Strauss, Celeste Park and Jake Saleh.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2019
Take a trip back to the Renaissance with the regional premiere of SOMETHING ROTTEN! at Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr. in Lincolnshire, previewing Wednesday, August 28th, opening Wednesday, September 4th at 7:30 p.m., and closing Sunday, October 20th. Nominated for ten Tony Awards including Best Musical, this hilarious smash hit tells the tale of two playwright brothers who are desperate to outshine Shakespeare and end up producing the first ever musical! Jeff Award winner Scott Weinstein (Murder for Two and Shrek at Marriott Theatre; National Tour, Las Vegas and Chicago productions of Million Dollar Quartet) returns to the Marriott Theatre to direct, along with musical direction by Jeff Award winner Ryan T. Nelson and choreography by Jeff Award nominee Alex Sanchez.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2019
Geva Theatre Center presents La Cage Aux Folles, with book by Harvey Fierstein, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, based on the play by Jean Poiret, directed by Melissa Rain Anderson, with musical direction by Don Kot, and choreography by Sam Hay in the Elaine P. Wilson Stage from September 3 through October 6.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2019
The Tony Award-Winner for Best Musical, Monty Python's Spamalot, opens TheaterWorks' 34th season on Friday, September 6, 2019 at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts. This hilarious musical is lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail where audiences join King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table on their quest to find the Holy Grail featuring a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls? Book and lyrics for the production written by Eric Idle; music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2019
Cincinnati Landmark Productions announced this week its four-show 2020 Summer Classics Season at the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2019
Pride Films and Plays will stage the first Chicago production in more than a decade of A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE, the heartwarming musical created by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and Terrence McNally, the team that wrote RAGTIME and ANASTASIA. A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE is based on a 1994 film starring Albert Finney as a Dublin bus conductor and features a gorgeous Irish-influenced score. Donterrio Johnson, the Jeff award-winning actor who directed PFP's BUYER AND CELLAR earlier this year and is currently appearing in THE SPITFIRE GRILL with American Blues Theater, will direct. Music direction is by Robert Ollis, who most recently music directed SOUTHERN COMFORT for Pride Films and Plays and was a 2019 Jeff nominee for his music direction of HAYMARKET: A NEW FOLK MUSICAL. Ollis was Music Director for the 2008 production of A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE, which earned five Jeff Award nominations for Bailiwick Repertory.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2019
Nothing Like Live!a?"that's the theme of the 28th season of the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Always responsive to audience requests for a?oemore Broadway, more comedy, more music superstars from Bach to rock,a?? Palm Beach County's largest and most popular entertainment venue promises a dynamic playbill of award-winning shows, world-class talents and powerful performances that will generate enthusiastic standing ovations from discerning audience members of every age and demographic.