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A Broadway Musical - 1978 - Broadway

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 (Broadway)

(New York, NY)
205 West 46th St.
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by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2020
Megan Hilty’ has released a new Christmas song today, “We Made It To Christmas'! As we come to the end of a very hard year, Megan reminds us with this beautiful song that, despite all the sadness, confusion, and fear, somehow, We Made It to Christmas.
by Stephen Mosher - Nov 25, 2020
When he recorded the first complete recording of ANYONE CAN WHISTLE, John Yap didn't know it would be twenty-three years before anyone heard it. Well, they will be listening now.
by Stage Tube - Nov 24, 2020
Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev dance Freestyle to “Sparkling Diamonds” From “Moulin Rouge” on the Dancing with the Stars Finale!
by Stephi Wild - Mar 9, 2021
Today's top stories: The Queen's Gambit to be adapted into a Broadway musical, Chaka Khan and Idina Menzel sing 'I'm Every Woman', original Assassins cast reunites, and more!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2021
Ailey Extension is dancing into Spring with fresh new weekend workshops that introduce adults, children, and teens to new dance techniques. On Saturday, March 20, adult students are invited to mark the first day of Spring in three unique workshops.
by TV News Desk - Mar 8, 2021
The Queen’s Gambit tells the story of Beth Harmon, an orphan turned chess prodigy. The novel, published in 1983, depicts Beth’s journey from Kentucky to Paris to Moscow and beyond. It is a chronicle of a young woman’s struggle to overcome a broken past and the demons of addiction, set against the practices and prejudices of a male-centered world. 
by Student Blogger: Isabella Schiavon - Mar 31, 2021
You may not know her yet, but you have certainly heard of some of the projects she has been involved in. As a Producer at Level Forward, Dunetz has worked in great shows such as Slave Play. Now, the 24-year old is part of the musical adaptation of The Queen's Gambit.
by Fran Thomas - Mar 27, 2021
It's easy to see why the plot of She Loves You has seen so many iterations. All the tropes are there: enemies to lovers, curmudgeonly boss, bumbling sidekick, upwardly mobile messenger boy, sleazy villain, girl who always picks the wrong guy, and, in this version, a lot of music in three-quarter time.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2021
BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge will be chatting with Broadway star John Lloyd Young on the new audio platform Clubhouse!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2021
Today (March 26) in live streaming: Richard Ridge chats with John Lloyd Young on Clubhouse, a Ragtime reunion on Stars in the House, and more!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2021
We're rounding up 16 tweets from the week of 3/22/2021 to 3/26/2021 from Broadway stars and theater fans!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2021
Following the success of previous livestream concerts from The Space in Las Vegas, Tony and Grammy Award-winner John Lloyd Young returns on Saturday, May 1 with John Lloyd Young By Request: Live From Las Vegas, an up close and personal concert of songs chosen entirely by fans and ticket holders. 
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2021
The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is excited to announce 12 new guest artists who will appear in its virtual 'Meet the Artists' series this spring and summer. This free series of livestreamed conversations with local and national performing artists is curated to take audiences inside the Ordway's flagship series, Broadway at the Ordway.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2021
Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominated recording artist and activist Jon Batiste today released his highly anticipated album WE ARE (Verve Records). WE ARE represents a completely new sonic chapter for Jon Batiste.
by Student Blogger: Kat Mokrynski - Mar 10, 2021
The Queen’s Gambit has been one of my favorite shows of 2021. And after watching it, I can safely say that Beth Harmon is not the type of character who would sing out her feelings. She’s introverted, a young girl dealing with mental health issues in the harsh spotlight of the chess world.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2021
Tomorrow, March 2 (2pm EST) Marisha Wallace is back by popular demand to perform an encore performance of 'And I’m Telling You' on the Clubhouse app. Join the ON BROADWAY club for entry. 
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2021
Stars in the House continues tonight (8pm) with everything Effie with DREAMGIRLS Lillias White, Roz Ryan and Kecia-Lewis Evans.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2021
To celebrate the release of 'Eleven O'Clock Number,' a new red wine collaboration between with Patti Murin and Colin Donnell, Nocking Point Wines is hosting a virtual game night to support the arts & entertainment industry!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2021
As Americans celebrate the New Year, Nocking Point Wines has launched their first collaboration of 2021 with Broadway and TV stars Patti Murin and Colin Donnell. The extraordinarily talented married duo has fashioned a Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec red blend called Eleven O'Clock Number.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2021
Families may register now for TADA! Youth Theater's new online Winter Education Classes, designed for ages 4 to 14.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2021
Families may register now for TADA! Youth Theater's new online Winter Education Classes, designed for ages 4 to 18.
by Stephen Mosher - Jan 18, 2021
The Tony Award recipient seems to have mastered the art of online entertainment and he is at it for the fourth time in a concert that will stream from Las Vegas
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2021
Following the success of three previous live stream concerts from The Space in Las Vegas, Tony and Grammy Award-winner John Lloyd Young returns on Friday, February 12 with John Lloyd Young’s Vegas Valentine.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2021
On this day we celebrate the premiere of NBC's Broadway-centric drama, Smash, starring Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Anjelica Huston, and Brian d'Arcy James. 
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2021
The hit musical ​Dreamgirls ​will be live streamed in four unique performances on the Clubhouse app on ​Saturday, February 27 (3pm and 7pm EST) ​and on ​Sunday, February 28 (1pm and 7pm EST). ​
by Lora Strum - Feb 24, 2021
This reimagined 'The Phantom of the Opera' has its roots in the novel of the same name; a work immortalized in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway adaptation. Those roots, however, never grow into anything in Synetic’s take.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2021
Mandy Gonzalez took to Twitter today to share the cover of her first novel, Fearless- a middle grade novel about a group of young thespians who must face the ghost haunting their theater.
by Stephi Wild - Feb 19, 2021
Today's top stories: Liza Minnelli birthday concert will feature Chita Rivera, Joel Grey, Catherine Zeta Jones, Andrew Rannells, Nathan Lane, and more, plus @MCC_Theater's Miscast will stream for free, and more!
by Stage Tube - Feb 18, 2021
Is two-time Tony winner Bryan Cranston ready to start in a Broadway musical? His latest musical performance with Jimmy Fallon might not be the best measurement of his vocal chops, but is entertaining nonetheless. Watch as Cranston joins JImmy to perform an original song showcasing their love for fancy soaps.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2021
Today (February 12) in live streaming: soap stars unite on Stars in the House, Laura Osnes visits Backstage Live, and more!
by Team BWW - Feb 12, 2021
It’s all about love in John Lloyd Young’s next concert from The Space in Las Vegas.  
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2020
Families may register now for TADA! Youth Theater’s new online Winter Education Classes, designed for ages 4 to 18. Winter Semester Musical Theater Classes will be offered January 25, 2021, through April 17, 2021.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2020
Megan Hilty’ has released a new Christmas song today, “We Made It To Christmas'! As we come to the end of a very hard year, Megan reminds us with this beautiful song that, despite all the sadness, confusion, and fear, somehow, We Made It to Christmas.
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Dec 5, 2020
Richard recently caught up with with Tony winner John Lloyd Young, who headlines a holiday concert at The Space tonight, December 4 (9pm ET). '[The Space] acts like a soundstage and these livestreams are as exciting as you can get, because it feels like you're doing a TV shoot in a live theatre space,' said Young 'I like both of those types of performance. I like it and I find it kind of challenging and fun to play the cameras and figure out which one I need to sing to.'
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Dec 21, 2020
With the holidays well underway, we bet you’re looking for ways to escape into wintery fantasy. And you’re in luck! BroadwayWorld put together a list of where you can stream all of your favorite holiday films.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2020
New York-based musical theatre writing team Bird & Mirabella have announced two new episodes of their free musical podcast “What Will She Do Next?,” both celebrating notable women in the military. These family-friendly podcasts use interactive storytelling and Broadway-style songs to celebrate key moments in the lives of history's greatest women.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Dec 11, 2020
The Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Mike Viola will release his latest studio album, 'Godmuffin,' on December 11th. 
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2020
New York-based musical theatre writing team Bird & Mirabella are pleased to announce two new episodes of their free musical podcast “What Will She Do Next?,” both celebrating notable women in the military. Performed by Broadway, film and TV stars, these family-friendly podcasts use interactive storytelling and Broadway-style songs to celebrate key moments in the lives of history's greatest women. The educational and entertaining series also features 'Bite-Sized Biographies,” all-spoken, full length biographies (no singing or actors) – perfect for bedtime!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 9, 2021
The Nanny is now available to stream on HBO Max. It is also currently being developed into a Broadway musical! We spoke with Fran Drescher about The Nanny's enduring legacy, the development of the Broadway musical, if she'll ever return to a sitcom, how she's changed during this past year, and much more!
by Student Blogger: Caitlin Carter - Apr 9, 2021
My secret to surviving as an actor. I am always excited to share this with friends, and see if they've come up with the same theory on their own. It always stirs up deep emotions when discussed, and is something that every actor and human being must place importance on. So, what is it? 
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2021
Back by popular demand, Memphis rapper Tyke T releases his next hit 'Lottery'. Leaving the decision to his dedicated following, Tyke T's fans voted for 'Lottery' when asked what single he should drop next.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2021
Today (April 5) in live streaming: Mandy Gonzalez and Lin-Manuel Miranda unite to talk Fearless, Jay O. Sanders is Exploring Falstaff, and more!
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Apr 4, 2021
Looking for a way to pass the time while at home? BroadwayWorld has made a list of musicals and shows that you can watch from the comfort of your couch! Whether it's Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ or BroadwayHD, we have got you covered with all the must-watch titles! 
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2021
Pittsburgh CLO today announced it will bring Broadway back to the ‘Burgh this summer at Heinz Field in a first-ever partnership with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2021
Austin Artists Project in collaboration with Ground Floor Theatre will present Sing Out!: A Broadway Musical Revue on June 3, 2021. This outdoor concert will bring the talents of six Tony and Grammy Award winners and nominees together in Austin for an evening of Broadway’s most inspiring and life-affirming works.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2021
Theatre Communications Group has announced the 2021 TCG 60th Anniversary Gala: Our Stories will be held virtually on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 7:30pm ET with an afterparty to follow. The Gala will honor Ricardo Khan and the Performing Arts Alliance, and both the Gala and virtual live afterparty will be hosted by drag superstar Shequida. 
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2021
Lin-Manuel Miranda is joining Mandy Gonzalez for the launch of her new book, Fearless! The event is being hosted by The Strand book store on Monday April 05 07:00PM-8:00PM ET. This is a ticketed event.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2021
Flat Rock Playhouse has announced their education program, Studio 52, will be hosting in-person and virtual summer camps for Rising 1st - 12th Grade artists. Studio 52 Summer Camps offer training in Acting, Musical Theatre, Dance, and Improv with returning instructors Tania Battista, Lisa K. Bryant, Matthew Glover, Anna Kimmell, and Bill Muñoz.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2021
Glenn Close has given further information about the long-awaited film adaptation of Sunset Boulevard. Close was asked if we will ever get to see her revive her iconic role of Norma Desmond on the big screen.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2021
Providence Performing Arts Center has unveiled their 2021/2022 Broadway season! Along with the Broadway season, PPAC Board Chairman Joseph W. Walsh, Esq. and President and CEO J.L. “Lynn” Singleton announced the completion of the theatre’s façade restoration project.