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by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2006
Utilizing the political themes of the York Theatre's current production of Asylum: The Strange Case of Mary Lincoln, now in previews, internationally recognized musical theatre authority John Kenrick will continue his 'Musical Conversations' discussion series at York with four appropriate topics.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2010
Musicals Tonight!, now in its 13th year and honored with an Obie Award, is a not-for-profit theatre company in New York City primarily dedicated to the revival of 'neglected' musicals in a manner affordable to most audience members. Since its inception in 1998, we have revived well over 50 musicals in staged concert form (charging only $25 per ticket and operating under an Actor's Equity Association Showcase Code). The list of creators of the shows presented is a veritable Who's Who of American Musical Theatre - legendaries such as Cole Porter, George & Ira Gershwin, and Rodgers & Hart.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2009
‘Getting to Know You: Rodgers & Asia' - a symposium exploring the successes and controversies in Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals -- 'The King and I,' 'South Pacific,' and 'Flower Drum Song,' will be presented October 5 at David Henry Hwang Theater. The event will include musical performances by Jose Llana and Jennifer Paz. The symposium, presented by Reprise Theatre Company in association with East West Players, will be moderated by playwright David Henry Hwang. The symposium, presented by Reprise Theatre Company in association with East West Players, will be moderated by playwright David Henry Hwang.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2006
John Kenrick, will conclude his 'Red, White & Blue' series of Musical Conversations, jumping off the political theme of Asylum: The Strange Case of Mary Lincoln, with a discussion on George S. Kaufman.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2009
Reprise Theatre Company will present a month-long Richard Rodgers Celebration October 2-November 2 in a variety of venues across Los Angeles. The roster of talent involved continues to grow.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2009
‘Getting to Know You: Rodgers & Asia' - a symposium exploring the successes and controversies in Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals -- 'The King and I,' 'South Pacific,' and 'Flower Drum Song,' will be presented October 5 at David Henry Hwang Theater. The event will include musical performances by Jose Llana and Jennifer Paz. The symposium, presented by Reprise Theatre Company in association with East West Players, will be moderated by playwright David Henry Hwang. The symposium, presented by Reprise Theatre Company in association with East West Players, will be moderated by playwright David Henry Hwang.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2009
‘Getting to Know You: Rodgers & Asia' - a symposium exploring the successes and controversies in Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals -- 'The King and I,' 'South Pacific,' and 'Flower Drum Song,' will be presented October 5 at David Henry Hwang Theater. The event will include musical performances by Jose Llana and Jennifer Paz. The symposium, presented by Reprise Theatre Company in association with East West Players, will be moderated by playwright David Henry Hwang. The symposium, presented by Reprise Theatre Company in association with East West Players, will be moderated by playwright David Henry Hwang.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2009
Reprise Theatre Company will present a month-long Richard Rodgers Celebration October 2-November 2 in a variety of venues across Los Angeles. The series of concerts, symposiums, staged readings, screenings and cabarets will explore the diversity and scope of the work of one of the most important figures in the American Musical.
by Ben Peltz - Oct 11, 2010
This past Friday afternoon I read that this person has been meeting with producers to consider the possibility of appearing on Broadway, in order to, 'expand her brand by taking to the stage.'  That evening I heard the 82-year-old Marilyn Maye, after nearly ninety minutes of superlative interpretations of musical theatre classics from the likes of Jerry Herman, Frank Loesser and Kander and Ebb, tell her completely enthralled audience that it's still her ambition to one day be on Broadway, before emoting a beautifully vulnerable 'Losing My Mind' that segued into a classy and celebratory 'I'm Still Here' that brought just about the entire packed Metropolitan Room house to its feet in one of the most adoring ovations I've ever seen.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2009
Reprise Theatre Company will present a month-long Richard Rodgers Celebration October 2-November 2 in a variety of venues across Los Angeles. The series of concerts, symposiums, staged readings, screenings and cabarets will explore the diversity and scope of the work of one of the most important figures in the American Musical.
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2009
By George Productions presents the Los Angeles premiere of Cole Porter's 1936 hit musical comedy, 'Red, Hot and Blue!' With a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, this was the team's follow-up to 'Anything Goes.' This Depression era screwball comedy deals with a National Lottery offering a first prize to anyone who finds a long-lost love with a rare identification mark.
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2013
Surflight Theatre, under the leadership of Executive Director Ken Myers, presents the Yankee Doodle Dandy song and dance musical comedy George M!, from June 19 through July 7. Opening night is June 20 at 8:00pm.
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2009
By George Productions presents the Los Angeles premiere of Cole Porter's 1936 hit musical comedy, 'Red, Hot and Blue!' With a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, this was the team's follow-up to 'Anything Goes.' This Depression era screwball comedy deals with a National Lottery offering a first prize to anyone who finds a long-lost love with a rare identification mark.
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2009
By George Productions presents the Los Angeles premiere of Cole Porter's 1936 hit musical comedy, 'Red, Hot and Blue!' With a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, this was the team's follow-up to 'Anything Goes.' This Depression era screwball comedy deals with a National Lottery offering a first prize to anyone who finds a long-lost love with a rare identification mark.
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2008
By George Productions presents the Los Angeles Premiere of the 1937 Broadway musical comedy hit, 'I'd Rather Be Right', opening at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2007
Moss Hart and George S. Kauffman's Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy You Can't Take It With You will play a 5-week limited engagement at The Gloria Maddox Theater of the T. Schreiber Studio
by Michael Dale - May 15, 2006
Encores!'s latest production helps prove this classic and wholly original musical deserves a higher place in the standard American theatre repertory
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2010
Musicals Tonight presents I'D RATHER BE RIGHT February 8 through 20 2011.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2006
Symphony Space's Summer Stock series will launch with The Manhattan Madcaps of 1924, featuring a score by Rodgers and Hart and a book by esteemed librettist Jerzy Turnpike
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2013
Tony Award winner Richard Easton, Liz Larsen, Steve Vinovich, and Glory Crampton are set to star in The Peccadillo Theater Company's upcoming staged reading of Moss Hart's 1948 play LIGHT UP THE SKY this Monday, July 29th at 7 PM at Theatre at St. Clement's, 423 West 46th Street (between Ninth & Tenth Ave.) The evening will be hosted and directed by Christopher Hart, the son of playwright Moss Hart and actress Kitty Carlisle Hart. Featured in the cast of LIGHT UP THE SKY are Peter Cormican (Follies, The Rivalry), Charles E. Gerber ("Royal Pains," "Third Watch"), Lucy Martin (Children of a Lesser God, The Sister Rosensweig), Michael Quinlan ("Blue Bloods," Death of a Salesman w/Dustin Hoffman), Bruch Reed (Lombardi), Tony Triano (The Man Who Came to Dinner), Marisa Vitale ("Bored to Death"), and John Wernke (The Lyons, The Royal Family).
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2013
Tony Award winner Richard Easton, Liz Larsen, Steve Vinovich, and Glory Crampton are set to star in The Peccadillo Theater Company's upcoming staged reading of Moss Hart's 1948 play LIGHT UP THE SKY Monday, July 29th at 7 PM at Theatre at St. Clement's, 423 West 46th Street (between Ninth & Tenth Ave.)
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2013
Tony Award winner Richard Easton, Liz Larsen, Steve Vinovich, and Glory Crampton are set to star in The Peccadillo Theater Company's upcoming staged reading of Moss Hart's 1948 play LIGHT UP THE SKY, under the direction of Christopher Hart, Monday, July 29 at 7 PM at Theatre at St. Clement's, 423 West 46 Street (between Ninth & Tenth Ave.) The entire cast will be announced early next week.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2009
Reprise Theatre Company will present a month-long Richard Rodgers Celebration October 2-November 2 in a variety of venues across Los Angeles. The series of concerts, symposiums, staged readings, screenings and cabarets will explore the diversity and scope of the work of one of the most important figures in the American Musical.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2009
The Open Fist Theatre Company presents Moss Hart's classic and timeless comedy, LIGHT UP THE SKY which will be directed by Bj?rn Johnson. LIGHT UP THE SKY will preview on Saturday, January 10 at 8pm; Sunday, January 11 at 3pm and Thursday, January 15 at 8pm and will open on Friday, January 16 at 8pm and run through Saturday, March 7 at The NEW Open Fist Theatre, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd. (former home of The Actor's Gang) in Hollywood.
by Ben Peltz - Jan 31, 2011
Back in the 1930s, when hip New Yorkers got their doses of political satire by taking in the latest Broadway musical comedy, it wasn't uncommon for then-President FDR to pop up in a show; either in person, as played by George M. Cohan in Rodgers and Hart's I'd Rather Be Right or, more frequently, through comical lyrics, such as those penned by Harold Rome in Pins and Needles and Cole Porter in Leave It To Me!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2011
George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart have set their first musical collaboration with Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart in New York's Central Park on July 4th (1937).
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2013
The Town Hall will present the first of four concerts of their acclaimed series BROADWAY BY THE YEAR on Monday, February 11th. The season begins with 1937, a year that witnessed the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge, the sudden death of George Gershwin, the Hindenburg disaster and a world on the brink of war.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2009
The Open Fist Theatre Company presents Moss Hart's classic and timeless comedy, LIGHT UP THE SKY which will be directed by Bj?rn Johnson. LIGHT UP THE SKY will preview on Saturday, January 10 at 8pm; Sunday, January 11 at 3pm and Thursday, January 15 at 8pm and will open on Friday, January 16 at 8pm and run through Saturday, March 7 at The NEW Open Fist Theatre, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd. (former home of The Actor's Gang) in Hollywood.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2009
The Open Fist Theatre Company presents Moss Hart's classic and timeless comedy, LIGHT UP THE SKY which will be directed by Bj?rn Johnson. LIGHT UP THE SKY will preview on Saturday, January 10 at 8pm; Sunday, January 11 at 3pm and Thursday, January 15 at 8pm and will open on Friday, January 16 at 8pm and run through Saturday, March 7 at The NEW Open Fist Theatre, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd. (former home of The Actor's Gang) in Hollywood.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2011
Musicals Tonight presents I'D RATHER BE RIGHT February 8 through 20 2011.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2011
George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart have set their first musical collaboration with Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart in New York's Central Park on July 4th (1937).
by Ben Peltz - Feb 25, 2013
If the Broadway revival of a few years back demonstrated the deadly results that can occur when overthinking and underplaying a quality farce, the new Paper Mill mounting is a fast a furious example of Ken Ludwig's madcap Lend Me A Tenor done right.  Director Don Stephenson doesn't throw any fancy curveballs with the material, but he and his perfectly cast company of Broadway vets nail every door slam and verbal ping-pong volley with hilarious aplomb.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2011
Musicals Tonight presents I'D RATHER BE RIGHT February 8 through 20 2011.
by Stephen Sorokoff - Feb 12, 2013
The Town Hall just presented the first of four concerts of their acclaimed series BROADWAY BY THE YEAR last night, February 11th. The season begins with 1937, a year that witnessed the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge, the sudden death of George Gershwin, the Hindenburg disaster and a world on the brink of war. BroadwayWorld was there for the concert and you can check out full coverage below!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2013
The Town Hall presents the first of four concerts of their acclaimed series BROADWAY BY THE YEAR tonight, February 11th. The season begins with 1937, a year that witnessed the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge, the sudden death of George Gershwin, the Hindenburg disaster and a world on the brink of war.
by Ben Peltz - Feb 10, 2011
The biggest Broadway event of 1937 was undoubtedly the gala opening night of I'd Rather Be Right.  Not only did the new musical boast a score by Richard Rodger and Lorenz Hart and a book by George S. Kaufman (who also directed) and Moss Hart (the pair had just won that year's Pulitzer for You Can't Take It With You), but the star was no less than the grand old man of Broadway - who many will argue invented the book song and dance musical comedy as we know it today - George M. Cohan, playing the role of then-President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  Never before and never since has a sitting U.S. president been the leading character in a Broadway musical.
by Barnett Serchuk - Dec 31, 2012
Since December 28th was my birthday I looked around for something interesting to write about. And I did. But it happened on December 27, the same day Show Boat opened. But Show Boat opened in 1927 and this one in 1944. It was a musical titled Sing Out Sweet Land. What? Yes, I know that no one remembers it, let alone hearing about it), but after looking at some very impressive credits I saw that Charles Weidman had choreographed the production.
by Michael Dale - Aug 20, 2004
ont size="2"> When you go to a fringe theatre festival it's expected you'll be choosing your entertainment from an assortment of one-person plays, avant-guarde pieces, multi-media productions and cutting edge social commentaries. In such an atmosphere, perhaps the most experimental type of theatre piece you can do nowadays is a traditionally structured, show-tune laden book musical with a ten piece orchestra (no synthesizers), a full singing/dancing/acting chorus and a plot that lightheartedly spoofs American politics without holding a particular politician or party up to ridicule. Back in the 1930's, before Saturday Night Live and The Onion, theatregoers would often get their political satire by taking in the latest hit Broadway musical. But shows like I'd Rather Be Right and Leave It to Me, big hits in their day, would be quickly be considered unrevivable because, as satire, the issues they dealt with dated quickly. But one exception was the Pulitzer Prize winning Of Thee I Sing, which eschewed taking it's plot from the latest headlines and instead explored the timeless theme of swaying public sympathy. That silly, gentle-humored spirit is re-created in Seth Bisen-Hersh (music and lyrics) and Daniel Scribner's (book and lyrics) charming gumdrop of a musical, The Spickner Spin.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2013
Lyric Stage presents the premiere of the restored TOO MANY GIRLS April 26-May 5 in the Irving Arts Center's Carpenter Performance Hall. Performances are April 26, 27, May 2, 3 and 4 @ 8:00 PM and April 28 and May 5 @ 2:30 PM. Tickets are available online or by calling the box office @ 972-252-2787.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2009
By George Productions presents the Los Angeles premiere of Cole Porter's 1936 hit musical comedy, 'Red, Hot and Blue!' With a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, this was the team's follow-up to 'Anything Goes.' This Depression era screwball comedy deals with a National Lottery offering a first prize to anyone who finds a long-lost love with a rare identification mark.
by Michael Dale - Apr 14, 2005
What do you do when an older show's anti-racist satire can seem racist to modern audiences?