A Broadway Musical

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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Theatre of the Riverside Church

(New York, NY)
120th Street & Riverside Drive
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by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2019
Mercury Theater Chicago announced today a partnership with the Music Box Theatre to present an exclusive screening of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” on Sunday, September 29
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2019
Pittsburgh CLO proudly welcomes two Tony Award-winning shows direct from Broadway, starting with THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL, the bold, original smash hit The New York Times declares, a?oeBRILLIANT!a?? Second up is the stunning ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, a visionary tale about a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world. Winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND features choreography by Camille A. Brown (Pittsburgh CLO's ONCE) and book/lyrics from Lynn Ahrens and CLO alum, Stephen Flaherty. ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is a timeless testament to theater's unlimited possibilities.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2019
The Syracuse University Department of Drama kicks off the 2019-2020 season with Michael Bennet's landmark musical a?oeA Chorus Line.a?? This production is directed and choreographed by faculty member Brian J. Marcum, who directed the Department's highly successful production of a?oeCrazy For You.a?? a?oeA Chorus Linea?? previews on Oct. 4, opens Oct. 5 and runs through Oct. 13 in the Storch Theatre at the Syracuse Stage/ SU Drama Complex, 820 E. Genesee St.
by Joanna Barouch - Sep 26, 2019
Opening Night at the Metropolitan Opera! The very words tingle with palpable electricity and anticipation. Whether you attend in person, or go to the Times Square simulcast, or whether you listen on the radio or on the Met website, you are participating in one of the most thrilling events of the New York City musical year.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2019
Children's Musical Theater San Jose (CMT San Jose), a nationally acclaimed theater company honored 11 times by the NEA and the oldest operating performing arts organization in San Jose, has announced its 52nd Season of shows.
by Jan Nargi - Sep 19, 2019
There's more gray than black and white in the scintillating new play THE PURISTS written by Dan McCabe and directed by Billy Porter. Receiving its rollicking world premiere at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, this rap versus Broadway battle for musical purity between an ex-rapper, a hip-hop DJ and a showtunes aficionado finds common ground among this disparate group of stoop dwellers and thus throws staunchly held beliefs about music, self, and others into serious question.
by Stephen Mosher - Sep 18, 2019
A lifelong passion for Liza Minnelli has brought Haley Swindal to the hearts of audiences who will, now, have a lifelong passion for Haley Swindal.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2019
Amas Musical Theatre is seeking an actor to play Shakespeare's Romeo, who has time-slipped into 1960's Brooklyn, for the upcoming premiere production (January 2020) of a?oeRomeo and Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn,a?? with a book by Mark Saltzman and music based on classic Italian melodies. Justin Ross Cohen is set to direct.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2019
Shenandoah University has announced the U.S. university premiere of the musical a?oeSomething Rotten!a?? The Tony Award-winning musical opened on Broadway in 2015 and has already completed two major tours.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2019
The beloved Broadway musical, 'Anastasia' hit the road this past fall to bring the royal tale to audiences nationwide. Check out what the critics from each tour stop have to say about the production in their reviews below!
by David Green - Oct 9, 2019
Outlandish launches its third season on Saturday, October 12 with America's favorite Nanny Fran Drescher, performing a show for the first time in Palm Springs. In a?oeSchmoozing With Fran Dreschera??, the legendary actress/comedian/activist shares, in her unique voice, both hilarious and poignant stories of her life. Produced by Logo TV Founder Matt Farber in partnership with the Palm Springs Cultural Center and benefiting the LGBT Community Center of the Desert (The Center), the Outlandish series will feature six iconic acts known in the LGBT and mainstream media for their cutting-edge wit and humor. I had the chance to chat with Ms. Drescher as she was preparing for her upcoming Palm Springs foray. Here are a few excerpts from that conversation.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2019
Stage and screen favorite Kristin Chenoweth is getting ready to return to Broadway this fall in a live concert celebrating the release of her new album FOR THE GIRLS. Kristin has Broadway plans beyond this next show, however. When asked on Variety's Stagecraft podcast about the idea of writing a musical, Chenoweth responded: 'I think about it a lot. I want someone to collaborate with me on a story I have, and it would be for Broadway.'
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2019
The Rochester Broadway Theatre League and Albert Nocciolino announce 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 Rochester debut at RBTL's Auditorium Theatre for a limited engagement November 19-24.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2019
Broadway's Belasco Theatre will soon be home to an all new type of presentation. Netflix has announced Martin Scorsese's The Irishman will have a unique and historic theatrical run at the Belasco. The Irishman, starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, will screen at the famed theater from November 1 - December 1.
by Angie Stanton - Oct 4, 2019
You know the iconic song, you recognize the ridiculously charismatic characters, and when you watched the cartoon with your kids, you likely never expected it come to life as a smash-hit Broadway musical. Neither did Lorenzo Pugliese, who adored the show as a child, and now plays the title character in this family friendly, wild romp through Bikini Bottom.
by Stephen Mosher - Oct 3, 2019
The new band Stereo Dawn will have a concert to celebrate the release of their first cd, Off The Ground, at Feinstein's/54 Below and Broadway's Will Van Dyke spoke with Stephen Mosher about the band, the concert, the cd and his friend and colleague in Stereo Dawn, Chris Dwan.
by Stephen Mosher - Oct 3, 2019
Emmy and Golden Globe nominee, star of many popular tv shows and member of the cast of Spielberg's LINCOLN, Gloria Reuben brings her incomparable vocals and musical talents to 54 Below in celebration of a new cd and her first book.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2019
Celebrate a?oeMean Girls Daya?? tomorrow a?" October 3rd a?" as the award-winning hit Broadway musical comedy Mean Girls partners with Paramount Pictures and Facebook to honor the 15th anniversary of the iconic film and host the ultimate film viewing party on Facebook Live. Get Reminded before the stream begins at 8:00pm ET, broadcast live from New York City.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2019
Buffalo announces 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 Buffalo debut at Shea's Buffalo Theatre for a limited engagement OCTOBER 15-20. COME FROM AWAY tickets are on sale now!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2019
CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE embarks on its latest, reimagined, live family holiday spectacular that will tour 58 cities this season between November 15th and January 5th. With over two million tickets sold to date, this critically-acclaimed extravaganza is both a Broadway musical and new cirque adventure wrapped into the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family! Tickets for all cities are on sale now.
by Alan Portner - Oct 12, 2019
Opening this past Friday was the Theatre In The Park, indoor, community theater production of 1966's 'Sweet Charity' The show is best known for several Cy Coleman/Dorothy Field songs that have long survived the play's original run and several revivals. The most well-known tunes are 'Big Spender,' 'If My Friends Could See Me Now,' and 'There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This.'
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2019
The Syracuse University Department of Drama kicks off the 2019-2020 season with Michael Bennet's landmark musical “A Chorus Line.” This production is directed and choreographed by faculty member Brian J. Marcum, who directed the Department's highly successful production of “Crazy For You.” “A Chorus Line” previews on Oct. 4, opens Oct. 5 and runs through Oct. 13 in the Storch Theatre at the Syracuse Stage/ SU Drama Complex, 820 E. Genesee St. 
by Stephi Wild - Oct 10, 2019
Today's top stories: Linda Vista officially opens tonight, and more!
by Jade Kops - Jul 7, 2019
Sydney Cabaret Festival Artistic Director Trevor Ashley opened the inaugural SYDNEY CABARET FESTIVAL with a delightful amuse-bouche of performances at the ALL STAR GALA. 
by Stephi Wild - Jul 7, 2019
BroadwayWorld is saddened to report the passing of Martin Charnin, Broadway lyricist and director. The news was reported on Facebook, by Charnin's daughter, Sasha. Charnin was 84.
by Aaron Wallace - Jul 5, 2019
We talk about his new STRINGS ATTACHED tour - which happens to be his biggest and most extravagant ever (and for 'Weird Al,' that's saying a lot) - his Broadway bucket list, whether he's changed his mind on doing a new Star Wars song, what it was like to grow up as an uncool genius, why no one needs to look forward to his death, and his affection for a certain stuffed pastry, among other things....
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2019
Single tickets for HELLO, DOLLY!, ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE, STOMP and CIRQUE DREAM HOLIDAZE at the Fabulous Fox Theatre will go on sale Monday, August 12
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2019
Wharton Center for Performing Arts has announced the national tour of COME FROM AWAY, a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world. COME FROM AWAY will make its Michigan debut at Wharton Center's Cobb Great Hall for a limited engagement September 10-15, 2019.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2019
The Kimmel Center Cultural Campus announces the upcoming national tour of Come From Away, a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world. Come From Away will make its Philadelphia debut October 22 through November 3 at the Academy of Music on the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus.
by Kelsey Lawler - Jul 25, 2019
This Anastasia is impeccably performed, gorgeously rendered, and entertaining to be sure. Still, to me, the new songs don't soar alongside the old ones. I wonder how I'd feel if I didn't already know those old songs by heart. That's the risk the show's creators took in translating Anastasia for Broadway.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2019
Wharton Center for Performing Arts is announcing the national tour of COME FROM AWAY, a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world.
by Review Roundups - Jul 25, 2019
Tonight's the night! Moulin Rouge! The Musical opens tonight, July 25 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre! See what the critics have to say!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2019
​​​​​​​Moulin Rouge! The Musical and RCA Records will record a cast album later this month, to be released in all formats by Baz Luhrmann's label, House of Iona, and RCA Records this fall.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2019
Broadway in Cincinnati is thrilled to announce 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 Cincinnati debut at the Aronoff Center for a limited engagement September 17 - 29. COME FROM AWAY tickets will go on sale Friday, July 19 at 9:00AM.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2019
CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE brings its latest electrifying and reimagined live family holiday spectacular to Spokane's First Interstate Center for the Arts 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!  Tickets are on sale Friday, July 19 at 10am. 
by Noelle Hannibal - Jul 16, 2019
Exhilarating. Feral. Thoughtful. These are just a few choice words from The Guardian's five-star review of Rachel Bloom's recent London show. Bloom will be bringing that energy on stage for a five-night run of What Am I Going To Do With My Life Now? at this years' Just For Laughs Festival.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2019
The Kimmel Center Cultural Campus announces the returning Family Discovery Series for the upcoming 2019-20 season, a selection of programming curated to appeal to burgeoning arts lovers.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 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.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2019
For his starring role in Netflix's groundbreaking first original series, 'Lilyhammer,' actormusician Steven Van Zandt explored uncharted waters as a New York mobster who flees to Norway under the witness protection program. In addition to acting in, co-writing and co-producing the acclaimed show as well as directing the final episode, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also scored the music for most of the three seasons, where just like his character, the musician best known as Little Steven of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and an accomplished solo artist who helped pioneer the rock-meets-soul sound, also delved into some terrain foreign to him: the worlds of New York jazz and Norwegian folk music.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2019
Broadway In Boston has announced that tickets for the national tour of COME FROM AWAY, a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world, will go on sale this Monday, July 15. COME FROM AWAY makes its Boston debut at the Citizens Bank Opera House for a limited engagement November 5 - 17, 2019 as part of the 20192020 Lexus Broadway In Boston Season.
by Sarah Hookey - Jul 11, 2019
Expect musical hijinks when The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC (PAS) presents The Producers,through special arrangement with Music Theatre International, for its summer musical.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2019
The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce that renowned graphic memoirist and comic book artist Alison Bechdel and former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will judge the 2020 National Poetry Month Poster Contest for Students. The winner of the contest will receive $500 and the winning artwork will be featured on the official April 2020 National Poetry Month poster, which the Academy will distribute to 100,000 libraries, schools, and bookstores nationwide during National Poetry Month. The winning student will also receive signed copies of books by this year's judges and be featured in American Poets magazine and on Poets.org, which reaches millions of readers each year.
by Bobby Patrick - Aug 26, 2019
So, my loves, what do you do when a YOUNG tween BROADWAY VETERAN named Eleanor Koski (of Les Miz) asks you to join her in a Cabaret she's producing? Well, when you are any of her teen peers with talent and that burgeoning thirst to perform, or her admirable adult colleagues, apparently you say yes - especially when proceeds are going to the very worthy National Association of the Deaf. Koski has put together an afternoon's entertainment that, at first blush, might make you think it's another installment of GR42's (YOUNG) series, but this is a presentation all her own, with expertly executed and acted ASL Interpretation by Beth Applebaum and Patrick Coble.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2019
Totem Pole Playhouse, America's summer theatre, located in Caledonia State Park between Gettysburg and Chambersburg, PA has announced the final production in the Playhouse's new summer subscription series, Wrong Turn at Lungfish by legendary writer/director, Garry Marshall and acclaimed screenwriter, Lowell Ganz. 
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2019
For the first time ever, five actors who portray the same role in a Broadway musical will gather in a virtual online conference room to share stories with the man they portray (Kevin Tuerff), and answer questions from fans.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2019
DPAC announces that 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 DPAC debut for a limited engagement January 14-19, 2020, as part of SunTrust Broadway's 2019 / 2020 season.  Tickets to individual shows of COME FROM AWAY go on sale Thursday, August 29th. 
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2019
Tony Award-nominated Producer Matthew Weaver (Rock of Ages) and Jeffrey Tick (former owner of Broadway's Helen Hayes Theater), alongside new general producing partner Richard Gay (5Pack Entertainment founder, and former EVP of Viacom's Music Networks & BET Networks) announce the creative team and producing team for the Broadway-bound musical SOUL TRAIN, inspired by the iconic television series created and hosted by Don Cornelius. SOUL TRAIN will feature a trailblazing creative team with 2019 Tony Award Nominated and MacArthur Genius Grant-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau (Ain't Too Proud, The Detroit Project), the Apollo Theater's Kamilah Forbes (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; The Mountaintop, Assoc.) as director, and 2019 Tony Award Nominee Camille A. Brown (Choir Boy, Emmy-winning Jesus Christ Superstar on NBC; Tony-winning revival of Once on This Island) as choreographer. The production is planning a Broadway premiere in 2021 in celebration of the landmark series' 50th Anniversary.
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Aug 17, 2019
The RENT 20th Anniversary tour rolls on for a fourth year and another swing through Minneapolis. The show's themes and heart still ring true for fans and this production's Maureen, Kelsee Sweigard.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2019
Since the beginning of summer 2019, Broadway has bid farewell to a whopping eleven productions. Some were pre-scheduled. limited runs; others long-running favorites; all equally missed. Before the end of August, six more will take their final bows.