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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.



VIDEO: Postmodern Jukebox Puts a Broadway Twist on 'Despacito' Featuring Mandy Gonzalez and Tony DeSare
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2017

Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox teamed up with Mandy Gonzalez and Tony DeSare in their latest Broadway style cover, Despacito by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber to help raise money for relief efforts in Puerto Rico. (more...)

Charles Busch, Laura Benanti, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS and More Coming Up This October at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2017

This October, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. Scroll down for details! (more...)

Bruce Springsteen Reveals Why He'll Never Write a Broadway Musical
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2017

In an all-new interview with The New York Times, Bruce Springsteen discusses his highly anticipated Broadway concert debut, Springsteen on Broadway, a solo show opening at the Walter Kerr Theatre (more...)

Photo Coverage: Laura Osnes Returns to Cafe Carlyle with Ted Sperling and Special Guest Ryan Silverman
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 27, 2017

Even If you have premium seating at A Broadway Musical or nightclub you still will not be able to feel that the beautiful girl with the spectacular voice performing on stage is singing just for you, and in your living room! Laura Osnes at Cafe Carlyle last night was acting and singing a few feet away from all of us in The Carlyle's legendary living room with her show called Cockeyed Optimists and as they say, you had to see it to believe it . Together with Ted Sperling and Laura's special guest Ryan Silverman they created The World of Rodgers and Hammerstein and it probably would be nominated for a Tony Award if it were in a theatre. The lucky audience that got to be up close and personal with Broadway royalty in Cafe Carlyle were at times overwhelmed with the beauty of the music being made by these three artists, who possess many theatre awards between them. So if you can join them, like all good hosts they are going to make sure there's plenty of good food, wine and conversation during your visit. You will even get to give them a hug and say goodnight to Laura, Ted, and Ryan after the show. (more...)

BWW Review: SUGAR at Alex Theatre
by Cary Ginell - Sep 25, 2017

The temptation to take a film classic and turn it into A Broadway Musical is a road fraught with peril. How do you take something perfect and make it better? This was the question posed in 1972 when producer David Merrick decided to musicalize the uproarious 1959 farce Some Like It Hot. The result was Sugar, which enjoyed a respectable 14-month run on Broadway (505 performances) and received four Tony nominations, including one for lead actor Robert Morse, who played Jerry/Daphne. The 86-year-old Morse was on hand at the Alex Theatre in Glendale Sunday night as Musical Theatre Guild presented a rousing staged reading of the musical. Morse and the audience clearly enjoyed the show (he could be seen doing a virtual karaoke act of the score from his seat), but most of what works for the show is what worked for the film, with little new of substance added to the musical. (more...)

BWW Review: Latin Rhythms Overcome ON YOUR FEET Shortfalls at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
by Michael Rabice - Sep 24, 2017

LATIN RHYTHMS OVERCOME 'ON YOUR FEET' SHORTFALLS No one would be more surprised to see a Cuban-American immigrant turn into an international superstar than a young Gloria Estefan herself. But years later her story is being retold on stage in ON YOUR FEET- The Emilio and Gloria Estefan Broadway Musical. After a near 2 year run on Broadway that recently closed in August, the National Tour has been in Buffalo rehearsing for weeks and opened to an energetic audience on Saturday night at Shea's Buffalo Theatre. (more...)

FSCJ Artist Series presents CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2017

CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE lights up Jacksonville in 2017 at the Times-Union Center with its 10th Anniversary National Tour for two unforgettable performances on November 18 and 19, 2017, presented by the FSCJ Artist Series. This critically-acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza is A Broadway Musical, NEW CIRQUE ADVENTURE AND FAMILY SHOW WRAPPED IN ONE! Tickets are on sale now! (more...)

Breaking: Betsy Wolfe Departs CAROUSEL Revival
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2017

Scott Rudin said, We wish Betsy well and are enormously disappointed she won't be able to join the company at the Imperial. (more...)

Second Show Added to Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra's Vocal Jazz Summit
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2017

Due to popular demand, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announces an added second show of Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra's Vocal Jazz Summit. (more...)

VIDEO: Mandy Gonzalez is 'Fearless' as She Belts Out New Lin-Manuel Miranda Tune at VIVA BROADWAY!
by Stage Tube - Sep 15, 2017

Tonight at the Viva Broadway! celebration hosted by Tony Award-winner, Lin-Manuel Miranda and star of stage and screen, John Leguizamo, Hamilton's current Angelica Schuyler, Mandy Gonzalez, debuted a new song from her solo record. (more...)

HAMILTON's Mandy Gonzalez to Release Debut Recording 'Fearless' Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2017

Fearless the remarkable debut solo recording bridging pop and R&B from Broadway and TV star Mandy Gonzalez will be released in digital formats on October 20. (more...)

Orlando Fringe Reinvents Halloween with a Spin on a Cult Classic
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

The Orlando Fringe has been listening. Patrons say that they miss the Halloween Fringe event of years past. Orlando Fringe announces its return to the Halloween season with their spin on a cult classic with Young FRINGEnstein. (more...)

CATS Dances Into Stockholm This Fall!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2017

The international tour of CATS is set to perform in Stockholm, Sweden this fall on October 6 and 7 at the Ericsson Globe. (more...)

HAMILTON's Mandy Gonzalez Unveils 'Fearless' Single, Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2017

Broadway and TV star Mandy Gonzalez has released the title song from Fearless - her debut solo recording bridging pop and R&B - today, Friday, October 6. Earlier this month as part of the Viva Broadway! event, she sang the tune, written for her by Lin-Manuel Miranda, saying 'this is for the dreamers.' Watch her performance below! (more...)

Bryan Fuller Wants Tim Minchin to Write PUSHING DAISIES Musical
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2017

It's been a decade since it premiered, and all these years later, Bryan Fuller wants to bring Pushing Daisies to Broadway. (more...)

BWW Interview: Kyle Riabko of CLOSE TO YOU: BACHARACH REIMAGINED at Cabaret 313 is Something Different for Detroit!
by Katie Laban - Oct 27, 2017

Cabaret 313 is presenting multi-talented artist Kyle Riabko for two one-night only performances of his Burt Bacharach themed show, Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined on Saturday, October 28th at the Black Box Theatre at the Detroit Opera House in Detroit. The main thing is I pack thirty-five songs into about an hour and twenty minutes, and you start to realize just how many hits Burt has written that you know such as 'Close to You,' 'Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,' 'Say a Little Prayer,' and 'And Something There to Remind Me.' The list just goes on and on and on, said Kyle Riabko. It's really a journey through the music and career of Burt Bacharach, but it will also appeal to the people who grew up, like I did, not listening to him, but to Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and that kind of stuff because I play it from a guitar player's point of view. (more...)

UCLA School Of Theater Announces 2017-18 Season; Steel Pier, Trojan Barbie, Spring Awakening, The Glass Menagerie & More
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2017

The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television's (UCLA TFT) Department of Theater announced today its upcoming Mainstage theater season for the academic year 2017-18, which includes the West Coast premiere of Steel Pier and Christine Evans' Trojan Barbie. (more...)

BWW Interview - Debut of the Month - THE BAND'S VISIT's Ari'el Stachel
by Caryn Robbins - Oct 23, 2017

Today Ari'el Stachel speaks with BWW about making his Broadway debut and explains why THE BAND'S VISIT has been 'utterly life-changing' on a very personal level. (more...)

BWW Review: JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at 5-Star Theatricals
by Cary Ginell - Oct 23, 2017

5-Star Theatricals (formerly Cabrillo Music Theatre) unveils its first production, an ambitious reworking of 'Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.' Did it work? Read our review to find out! (more...)

VIDEO: Mandy Gonzalez Shares Sneak Peek of 'Fearless' Music Video
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2017

Broadway and TV star Mandy Gonzalez released Fearless - her remarkable debut solo recording bridging pop and R&B - on Friday, October 20 from East West Records. Now she's shared a clip from the song's official music video, watch below! (more...)

Billy Joel Announces 48th Record-Breaking Show at Madison Square Garden 1/11
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2017

The Madison Square Garden Company announced today the unprecedented 48th consecutive show by legendary musician and MSG franchise Billy Joel on Thursday, January 11, 2018. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Columbus - Week of 10/20/2017
by BWW - Oct 20, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/20/2017 for Columbus (more...)

HAMILTON's Mandy Gonzalez Releases Debut Album FEARLESS Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2017

Broadway and TV star Mandy Gonzalez has released Fearless - her remarkable debut solo recording bridging pop and R&B - today, Friday, October 20 from East West Records. (more...)

Eve Ensler's THE FRUIT TRILOGY and More Slated for Abingdon's 25th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2017

Abingdon Theatre Company announces the initial lineup for its 25th Anniversary Season. With a list of celebrated and promising new artists, Abingdon Theatre Company's 2017 - 2018 season features premiere productions on the main stage, a one-night-only gala event honoring and featuring legendary artists, and ongoing initiatives fostering the work of emerging theater-makers. (more...)

Jason Danieley to Give Free Concert at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2017

On Sunday, November 12 at 3 pm, Broadway star Jason Danieley will be performing a free concert at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center as part of Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concert series. (more...)

Official: Lindsay Mendez and John Douglas Thompson Join Broadway's CAROUSEL!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2017

BroadwayWorld has just confirmed that stage star Lindsay Mendez has joined the revival of Carousel! (more...)

Review Roundup: SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY - All the Reviews!
by Review Roundups - Oct 12, 2017

Bruce Springsteen makes his Broadway with Springsteen on Broadway, a solo show at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street). Springsteen on Broadway opens officially tonight, Thursday, October 12. Springsteen will perform five shows a week through February 3, 2018. (more...)

ON YOUR FEET!, LOVE NEVER DIES, THE KING AND I and More Set for Starlight Theatre's 2018 Broadway Series
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2017

Starlight Theatre has announced that its 2018 Broadway series will be newly sponsored by Shawnee Mission Health and will feature a wide selection of shows designed to satisfy the varied entertainment tastes of Kansas City theatergoers. (more...)

Broadway Jill Santoriello Visits CenterPoint Legacy Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2017

Jill Santoriello, the award-winning playwright and composer of the Broadway musical 'A Tale of Two Cities' and a new show 'It Happened in Key West', will be flying out from New York City to visit CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, where 'A Tale of Two Cities' is presently showing to enthusiastic crowds. (more...)

Rialto Chatter: Is Lindsay Mendez Joining Broadway's CAROUSEL?
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2017

The revival of Carousel is on its way to Broadway and it looks like stage star Lindsay Mendez may be joining the cast. No official announcement has been made, but an eagle-eyed viewer caught the actress's name up on the Imperial's marquee. (more...)

Madison Square Garden Announces Billy Joel's Recorded-Breaking 50th Show
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2017

The Madison Square Garden Company announced today the unprecedented 50th consecutive show by legendary musician and MSG franchise Billy Joel on March 28, 2018. (more...)

Tickets on Sale Next Week for Billy Joel's 50th Show at the Garden this March
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2017

The Madison Square Garden Company announced today the unprecedented 50th consecutive show by legendary musician and MSG franchise Billy Joel on March 28, 2018. (more...)

Pleasantville High School To Present 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2017

Pleasantville High School's Drama department will present their fall play The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee next week at the Pleasantville Event Center. (more...)

Actress Kira Guloien Dishes on Her New Role in HADESTOWN
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2017

Kira Guloien is one of the Canadian actors cast in Ana s Mitchell and Rachel Chavkin's much-anticipated pre-Broadway Canadian Premiere of Hadestown. (more...)

BWW Review: Matthew Bourne Brings Screen Dance Classic THE RED SHOES To The Stage
by Michael Dale - Nov 4, 2017

As anyone who has ever seen A CHORUS LINE will tell you, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger's screen classic THE RED SHOES has been tantalizing young dancers with dreams of ballet stardom since premiering in 1948. (more...)

Lucy O'Byrne And Neil McDermott Star In 2018 Tour Of THE SOUND OF MUSIC
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2017

Bill Kenwright's 'Brilliant' (The Mail) and 'Stunning' (The Echo) production of one of the greatest family musicals of all time, The Sound of Music, launches its 2018 tour around the UK on Tuesday 9 January at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley following a Christmas season at the Bord G is Energy Theatre in Dublin from 19 December 2017. (more...)

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY at Boise Little Theater
by Leesa Williams - Nov 27, 2017

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 34 years, you have seen the 1983 Christmas comedy film, A CHRISTMAS STORY. The classic film, based on Jean Shepherd's semi-fictional 1966 book, In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash, has been adapted into a two-act play and A Broadway Musical. (more...)

MWA Announces 2018 Grand Master, Raven & Ellery Queen Award Recipients
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2017

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Starlight Theatre Welcomes Shawnee Mission Health as New Broadway Series Sponsor
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2017

Starlight Theatre has announced that Shawnee Mission Health, the only five-star-rated hospital in Kansas City, is the new series sponsor of the theatre's summer Broadway season. (more...)

BWW Review: MEAN GIRLS Makes Strong World Premiere at DC's National Theatre
by Jennifer Perry - Nov 19, 2017

I hope this one has great success on Broadway. It has the potential to be an audience favorite. (more...)

BWW Interview: Caissie Levy at Feinstein's at the Nikko
by Robert Sokol - Nov 18, 2017

Caissie Levy shares some thoughts on fitting in some cabaret gigs between Frozen runs and how motherhood has changed her approach to her career. (more...)

The Sarasota Orchestra Season Features Symphonic Carnival December 8 - 10
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2017

The Sarasota Orchestra season features Symphonic Carnival December 8 - 10. The second Masterworks concert of the Sarasota Orchestra season will feature a program with popular composers and guest conductor Larry Rachleff. (more...)

Peter Joback to Don the Mask for PHANTOM OF THE OPERA's 30th Anniversary on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2017

Producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group announced today final principal casting for the 30th Anniversary of the longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Harold Prince. One of the most successful stage productions of all-time, the musical will welcome back international stage star and Platinum-selling Swedish recording artist Peter J back to lead the 30th Anniversary. (more...)

Dynamic New Works Will Develop During Village Theatre's Second Season of BETA SERIES
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2017

Village Theatre is excited to announce the second season of the Beta Series. Built on Village Theatre's long-standing commitment to new musicals, Beta Series productions help to launch promising new works into the next phase of development by providing writers with actors, basic sets and costumes, and an audience of smart, sophisticated, and savvy theatre-goers. Beta Series audiences are given the opportunity to provide feedback as changes are made following every performance based on audience responses. No two shows are alike, and audiences are encouraged to attend multiple times to see the evolution of the script and score. (more...)

VIDEO: Mandy Gonzalez Shares a Broadway Soundbite Featuring Her 'Sisters'
by Stage Tube - Nov 12, 2017

Mandy Gonzalez is back with her latest Broadway Soundbite and it features her stage sisters Lexi Lawson and Joanna Jones. Watch the Schuylers croon below! (more...)

'Betty Boop' Composer David Foster Makes the Big Move to The Big Apple
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2017

NY Daily News has reported that Grammy-Award winning composer David Foster has made the move to New York to get 'Betty Boop' to Broadway. (more...)

Rocker Todd Rundgren Hopes to Combine New & Old Music into New Broadway Musical
by TV News Desk - Dec 5, 2017

In a new interview with The Hype Magazine, Rundgren reveals that he hopes to bring his music, spanning five decades, to the Broadway stage. (more...)

BWW Previews: 313 Presents a Line-Up of Holiday Shows for Detroit including ELF THE MUSICAL, TSO, & More!
by Katie Laban - Dec 4, 2017

The holidays are upon us in Detroit and the 313 Presents has quite the line-up of holiday shows for everyone a girl's night, a date night, or a fun night out with the whole family this season! Take a look at what 313 Presents has to offer and come downtown for a fun night out to enjoy what the city has to offer this holiday season! (more...)

Billy Joel Adds 52nd Madison Square Garden Show After 51 Sold Out Shows
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2017

The Madison Square Garden Company announced today the unprecedented 52nd consecutive show by legendary musician and MSG franchise Billy Joel on May 23, 2018. The May show is part of his residency at The World's Most Famous Arena which began in January 2014 with Joel playing one show per month at The Garden. The May 2018 show will be Joel's 98th all-time performance at The Garden. Please note, the May 23, 2018 performance is subject to change if it conflicts with a playoff game. (more...)

BWW Review: SYMPHONIC CARNIVAL at Sarasota Orchestra
by Carolan Trbovich - Dec 12, 2017

Berlioz's 'Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9', Barber's 'Violin Concerto, Op. 14', Berstein's 'West Side Story, Symphonic Dances', Stravinsky's 'Suite from the Firebird' (1919) was a part of the stunning repertoire presented by the Sarasota Orchestra under the magnificent direction of celebrated Guest Conductor Larry Rachleff. (more...)

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