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A Broadway Musical is a musical with a book by William F. Brown, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse. The Broadway production closed after 14 previews and only one performance on December 21, 1978.



The plot about a sleazy white theatre producer's attempt to adapt an African-American writer's serious play for a commercial stage musical was inspired by Adams and Strouse's real-life experiences with their 1964 Broadway production of Golden Boy. The star of the musical-within-the-musical (Sneakers, about a basketball star) closely resembles Golden Boy star Sammy Davis, Jr. When the star opts to leave the show, the playwright - who from the start had resisted turning his work into a musical - steps in and takes on the lead role in order to save the production.

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Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

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by Linnae Medeiros - Oct 31, 2019
You asked, and we've answered! We asked BroadwayWorld readers to give us their most burning questions about theatre's inner workings, and we received a question asking about the Legacy Robe. We've put together a guide to let you know all about the history behind the ritual of the robe and to give you a glimpse inside what the ceremony is like. Check it all out!
by TV News Desk - Oct 29, 2019
When music industry veteran and independent pioneer Allen Kovac first founded Eleven Seven Music and Eleven Seven Label Group in 2006, he recognized that major record companies were no longer focusing on artist development and marketing. Thirteen years later, E7LG, the industry's global rock powerhouse, has been renamed Better Noise Music.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2019
Remember how that movie 'Elf' starring Will Ferrell made you laugh? And how heartwarming it was? Well, 'Elf' is also a Broadway musical, and it's coming to The Media Theatre this holiday season (November 13-January 12). Christian Ryan directs and choreographs. Ben Kapilow is Resident Music Director.
by Review Roundups - Oct 28, 2019
MCC Theater presents the New York premiere of Seared by Pulitzer Prize finalist and two-time Emmy Award nominee Theresa Rebeck.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2019
City Springs Theatre, Atlanta's newest professional theatre company, presents Broadway performers Lauren Gemelli, Tyler Hanes, Haley Podschun, Nicholas Rodriguez, and Jan Neuberger in the regional premiere of the new Irving Berlin Broadway musical Holiday Inn, playing Byers Theatre at The Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center (1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs) December 13-22, 2019. Tickets are $30-$65, with discounts for seniors, students, groups, and active and retired military personnel. Visit www.CitySpringsTheatre.com or call 404-477-4365 for more information. Holiday Inn is generously sponsored by PNC Bank.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2019
The writers of the film Zombieland 2 chatted with Deadline recently, where they talked about what could be next for the franchise.
by Jim Munson - Oct 25, 2019
BroadwayWorld spoke with Jackie Evancho in advance of her November 1st concert in San Jose. It's hard to believe, but the little girl with the big voice who rose to instant fame on 'America's Got Talent' is now a young adult. Her most recent album is titled 'The Debut' and is comprised entirely of contemporary theater music. Talking to her, it's evident that she is eager to spread her wings as she more fully explores musical theater opportunities. She retains her girl-next-door approachability even as she's become a seasoned professional with clear ideas on where she'd like to take her career.
by BWW Special - Oct 25, 2019
BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature Once On This Island, The Light in the Piazza, Sweeney Todd and more!
by TV News Desk - Oct 24, 2019
The Madison Square Garden Company announced today that legendary musician and MSG music franchise Billy Joel will continue his record-breaking monthly residency on Saturday, January 25, 2020 with his 72nd consecutive show at Madison Square Garden. Nearly 42 years after his debut performance at The Garden, the January 2020 show will mark Joel's 118th lifetime performance, all sell-outs, with more than one million tickets sold.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2019
Cirque Dreams Holidaze brings its latest electrifying and reimagined live holiday family stage spectacular to Sarasota's Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall with two unforgettable performances on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 2 p.m. This critically acclaimed extravaganza is a Broadway musical and a cirque adventure wrapped into the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family!
by Stephen Mosher - Oct 22, 2019
Acclaimed actress Mare Winningham is months away from opening on Broadway in The Girl From the North Country. What better time to bring her own brand of folk rock country music to New York City, and in a room as beautiful as the one at The Cafe Carlyle?
by TV News Desk - Oct 18, 2019
Deadline has reported that Oscar nominee David Weisman has died at age 77. He is best known as a producer on 'Kiss of the Spider Woman,' and as an accomplished graphic artist.
by Krista Garver - Oct 18, 2019
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2019
STAGES St. Louis announces its stellar 34th Season!
by Peter Danish - Oct 17, 2019
Aida is widely considered one of the grandest of grand operas. The task of converting it to a Broadway musical was a daunting one. Book writers Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls, and David Henry Hwang took liberties with the original libretto in a manner they believed would make the plot more relatable to the general public - while that is a question of taste, what is could not be changed was the epic size of the story - Pharaohs, Kings, and Princesses implicitly carry a certain about of gravitas. And the WPPAC production delivers in a big - very big way.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2019
One Singular Sensation dances into Irving this fall as MainStage Irving-Las Colinas takes the Irving Arts Center stage with the multiple Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, A Chorus Line. Written about the true lives of the onstage chorus stars, MainStage's A Chorus Line is helmed by a headliner himself: Broadway's Michael Serrecchia. Tickets are on sale now at www.IrvingArtsCenter.com.
by Review Roundups - Oct 16, 2019
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical opens officially tonight, October 16, at the Longacre Theatre (220 W. 48th Street).
by TV News Desk - Oct 15, 2019
Variety reports that a sequel to the upcoming 'Addams Family' animated film has been announced. It will be released on October 22, 2021.
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Oct 15, 2019
A little over 13 months ago, Katie Welch applied her Masters in Exceptional Student Education and a Bachelors in Theatre to open an all-inclusive theater, Broadway Everyday Star Theater (B.E.S.T.). On November 8 and 9, actors from 9 to 28 years old will perform a Broadway Musical Review with an original musical written by Katie.
by Charles Shubow - Nov 8, 2019
Do not miss this superb rendition of a classic musical.
by Roy Berko - Nov 7, 2019
It's '1996, the Alexandria [Egypt] Ceremonial Police Orchestra, just arrived in Israel, and are waiting in Tel Aviv's central bus station. They expect to be welcomed by a representative from a local Arab cultural organization, but no one shows up.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2019
The Big Easy Award-winning theatre company, See 'Em On Stage ('Lizzie'-Best Musical 2016), presents CABARET (1998 Version) with music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb and book by Joe Masteroff. 'Cabaret' is based on the true stories of Christopher Isherwood which he documented in his book 'Goodbye to Berlin'. 'Cabaret' made its Broadway debut in 1966 before becoming a 1972 Oscar-winning movie starring Liza Minnelli. In 1998, 'Cabaret' returned to Broadway in the Tony Award-winning production starring Alan Cumming. This production uses the script and score from that version.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2019
Kimmel Center has announced its December 2019 programming a?" ranging from holiday favorites like the FREE Tuba Christmas and FREE Silent Night Sing-In; to family-friendly, seasonal programming like Charlie Brown and Cirque Dreams: Holidaze. We are presenting the Philadelphia premiere of The SpongeBob Musical, as well as renowned artists known for jazz, cabaret, spoken word, and more.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2019
by Rich Mehrenberg - Nov 3, 2019
by Stephen Mosher - Nov 25, 2019
Opera star on the rise brings his larger than life voice to the smaller and more intimate cabaret room at 54 Below, and audiences swoon.
by Stage Tube - Nov 25, 2019
A look back at comedy icon Mel Brooks' legendary career in film and television, debuts December 13 on HBO.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2019
Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) and Broadway Across America (BAA) have announced the national tour of Come From Away, a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world, will make its Dallas debut at the Music Hall at Fair Park for a limited engagement March 10-22, 2020. Come From Away tickets are on sale now!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2019
The national tour of COME FROM AWAY, a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world, will make its Indianapolis debut at Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler Arts Center for a limited engagement January 21-26. COME FROM AWAY tickets are on sale now at the Butler Arts Center box office, online at ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 1-800-982-2787. Groups of 10 or more can book now by calling 317-632-7469 x103.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2019
The Kimmel Center Cultural Campus is pleased to announce a diverse array of holiday-themed programming & family-friendly events, including: returning favorites from the Kimmel Center's esteemed Resident Companies like The Philadelphia Orchestra, Pennsylvania Ballet, and The Philly POPS; FREE Gospel events; and opportunity for community outreach & city-wide celebrations like the FREE 15th annual New Year's Day celebration. This year, the Kimmel Center partners with Urban Affairs Coalition for 'Warmth for the Holidays 2019' donation drive, collecting new hats, scarves, mittens and gloves for children and adults. This collection supports Grand Central and Center For H.O.P.E.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2019
CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE brings its latest electrifying and reimagined live family holiday spectacular to The State Theatre for one unforgettable performance. This critically-acclaimed extravaganza is both a Broadway musical and new Cirque adventure wrapped into the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family!
by TV News Desk - Nov 14, 2019
The Madison Square Garden Company announced today that legendary musician and MSG music franchise Billy Joel will continue his record-breaking monthly residency on March 19, 2020 with his 74th consecutive show at Madison Square Garden. Nearly 42 years after his debut performance at The Garden, the March 2020 show will mark Joel's 120th lifetime performance, all sell-outs, with more than one million tickets sold.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2019
Five For Fighting, the one-man band of Grammy Award-nominated singer and songwriter John Ondrasik, will be accompanied by a dynamic string quartet when he rings in the festive holiday season at SOPAC on Thursday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2019
Memorial Hermann Broadway at the Hobby Center has announced the national tour of Come From Away, a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world, will make its Houston debut at the Hobby Center for a limited engagement March 3 - 8, 2020. Come From Away tickets will go on sale Friday, November 15 at 10 AM.
by TV News Desk - Nov 1, 2019
 The Madison Square Garden Company announced today that legendary musician and MSG music franchise Billy Joel will continue his record-breaking monthly residency on Thursday, February 20, 2020 with his 73rd consecutive show at Madison Square Garden. Nearly 42 years after his debut performance at The Garden, the February 2020 show will mark Joel's 119th lifetime performance, all sell-outs, with more than one million tickets sold.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2019
a?oeIf, after the events of recent weeks you need any reason at all to embrace life again, the musical you've been waiting for has arrived.a??
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2019
The Old Globe's 2020 Summer Season brings to Balboa Park an extraordinarily talented group of artists who will delight audiences with their unique takes on four great works of theatre. The season incudes a classic American musical, a new adaptation of a 20th century thriller, and two of Shakespeare's masterworks on our outdoor stage.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2019
Riverside Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director/CEO Allen D. Cornell and Managing Director/COO Jon R. Moses, is proud to present the exuberant Broadway hit musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie. Sponsored by Bill & Laura Frick and Judy & Bill Schneebeck and presented by Riverside Theatre's Patron Producers Group, Thoroughly Modern Millie performs on the Stark Stage from January 7-26, 2020.
by Review Roundups - Dec 5, 2019
Following its record-breaking, sold-out world premiere at American Repertory Theater last summer, Jagged Little Pill the musical celebrates opening night tonight, December 5, at the Broadhurst Theatre.
by Stage Tube - Dec 5, 2019
Alanis Morissette shares details with Jimmy about transforming her international hit album, Jagged Little Pill, into a Broadway musical with Diablo Cody and reveals how that classic album was initially rejected from every label.
by TV News Desk - Dec 5, 2019
The Madison Square Garden Company announced today that legendary musician and MSG music franchise Billy Joel will continue his record-breaking monthly residency on Friday, April 10, 2020 with his 75th consecutive show at Madison Square Garden. Nearly 42 years after his debut performance at The Garden, the April 2020 show will mark Joel's 121st lifetime performance, all sell-outs, with more than one million tickets sold.
by Stage Tube - Dec 4, 2019
The Broadway cast of Mean Girls performed a rendition of the classic holiday song, 'Jingle Bell Rock' on NBC's broadcast of the '87th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center' this evening. 
by Andria Tieman - Dec 4, 2019
On the morning of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, there were a lot of other planes in the sky that had to be re-routed and emergency landed wherever pilots were able to find a runway. Thirty-eight of those emergency landings took place in the tiny town of Gander, Newfoundland's quiet airport that was on the verge of being shut down for lack of use. The people of Gander, rather than being overwhelmed by the massive influx of 7000 scared and confused people from all over the world, sprang into action, set up shelters, made food and took people into their homes for five days until they could safely travel home. This is the rare 9-11 story that doesn't focus much on the attack itself, but instead on the ripple effect it had on the whole world, and how even in the midst of tragedy, people come together to help each other. While the premise might sound a bit corny, the execution is absolutely brilliant and the story balanced in a way that feels true to human nature and not at all saccharine. COME FROM AWAY is a rare new musical based on true events that is original, unique and absolutely wonderful.
by TV News Desk - Dec 3, 2019
Jennifer Lopez revealed that she would produce a Broadway show based on her recent film Hustlers, according to Extra.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2019
The Broadway cast of MEAN GIRLS will perform a special holiday song on NBC's broadcast of the a?oe87th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller Centera?? tomorrow.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2019
Five New Shows Just Announced At The King Center! See the new lineup below!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2019
Whether you live in New York or London, San Francisco or Sydney, Boston or Seattle, we've got the best prices on theater tickets this Cyber Monday. Looking to plan a trip to New York? Buy your tickets today. Planning a family outing for the holidays? We've got the deals. Basically wherever you live, whatever you want to see, we've got our best prices of the year on theater tickets for shows around the world. Check out some of the deal highlights below!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2019
Let's face it: You probably have enough stuff. While deals on vacuums and toothbrushes can feel satisfying in the moment, wouldn't you rather get tickets to an unforgettable theatrical experience? That's where we come in. This Cyber Monday (i.e. today!) deals on theater tix are so good they feel like a steal. Whether it's a show you've been planning to see forever, or a deal that's just too good to pass up, today's the day to buy those tickets. Check
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2019
Rumors have been swirling about a potential sequel for the film Hustlers since it came out. But director Lorene Scafaria has another idea in mind, according to Showbiz411.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2019
The Sound of Music returns to the UK and Ireland in 2020. This musical masterpiece tells the true story of the world-famous Trapp family, from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their thrilling escape to freedom as their beloved Austria becomes part of the Third Reich at the start of the Second World War. The tour begins on 10 January 2020 at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin.