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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.



ALADDIN's Major Attaway Joins A BROADWAY MUSICAL at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2017

Aladdin's Major Attaway will be joining Feinstein's/54 Below's concert presentation of Charles Strouse and Lee Adams' A Broadway Musical on Sunday July 16th, at 7pm and 9:30pm. (more...)

BWW Review: JONAH Makes a Big Splash at Sight & Sound Theatre in Lancaster
by Jennifer Perry - May 30, 2017

From now through October 14, visitors to the theatre can expect to be - like I was - impressed by how the creative team, its stellar cast, and some exceedingly talented technicians bring this well-known story to life on its massive stage. (more...)

VIDEO: Jamie Foxx Puts Broadway Spin on 'Who Let the Dogs Out?'
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2017

On last night's TONIGHT SHOW, guest Jamie Foxx took the musical genre challenge, singing popular songs in different musical styles like 'Who Let the Dogs Out' as A Broadway Musical!  (more...)

BWW Previews: CLOWNTOWN at Judy Bayley Theatre At The University Of Nevada, Las Vegas
by Debbie Hall - May 25, 2017

In a world where clowns are born, "Clowntown" is an original musical combining murder, romance, laughs and big shoes. The musical created by Le Reve Musical Director Michael Brennan and Composer's Showcase Co-founder John Masse will debut at the Judy Bayley Theatre May 27-28. (more...)

BWW Interview: Jeanne Sakata Spreading the Truth With HOLD THESE TRUTHS
by Gil Kaan - May 23, 2017

Ten years ago, actress/playwright Jeanne Sakata began writing down her various thoughts on her personal connections with the subject matter of her DAWN'S LIGHT: THE JOURNEY OF GORDON HIRABAYASHI. Through various reincarnations over the last decade, and a title change to HOLD THESE TRUTHS; Jeanne will be opening at The Pasadena Playhouse. I was most excited to get Jeanne's insight on this dark and deplorable episode of American history. (more...)

BWW Interview: Tony Winning Choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler Talks ABC's DIRTY DANCING & Finding an Honest Connection to the Music
by Courtney Savoia - May 22, 2017

Award-winning dancer, choreographer, and director, Andy Blankenbuehler, has worked on some of the most groundbreaking musicals of all time, including Hamilton and In the Heights, and has used movement to connect to the complex and beautiful truth of the human condition. His current project, choreographing the long-anticipated ABC revival of one of the most classic movies of all-time, Dirty Dancing, has allowed Blankenbuehler to keep flexing his artistic muscles, and enter into a world of increased depth and discovery with its cherished characters. Since the original first debuted, Blankenbuehler was moved by its powerful themes of strength, liberation, love, and allowing the art of dance to serve as a powerful voice. (more...)

ALADDIN's Clifton Davis Joins A BROADWAY MUSICAL at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2017

Aladdin's Clifton Davis will be joining Feinstein's/54 Below's concert presentation of Charles Strouse and Lee Adams' A Broadway Musical on Sunday July 16th, at 7pm and 9:30pm. (more...)

World Premiere Jazz Opera Opens 40th Season of Pittsburgh Festival Opera
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2017

Kicking off its 40th season of innovative and intimate opera and music events, Pittsburgh Festival Opera expands to a six-week season in multiple venues in 2017. Opening on June 15 with the world premiere of its commissioned jazz opera A Gathering of Sons, the acclaimed American summer opera festival also presents Handel's Xerxes, Richard Strauss' Intermezzo, and Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street on the Mainstage in Falk Auditorium, Winchester Thurston School in Pittsburgh thriving East End. (more...)

Kyle Scatliffe Joins A BROADWAY MUSICAL at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2017

The Color Purple's Kyle Scatliffe will be joining Feinstein's/54 Below's concert presentation of Charles Strouse and Lee Adams' A Broadway Musical on Sunday July 16th, at 7pm and 9:30pm. (more...)

Cyndi Lauper and NEW GIRL Writer to Adapt WORKING GIRL for Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

Producers Fox Stage Productions and Aged In Wood Productions have announced plans to adapt the blockbuster film WORKING GIRL into A Broadway Musical with music and lyrics by Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winner Cyndi Lauper and book by FOX TV's 'New Girl' writer and Tigers Be Still playwright Kim Rosenstock. WORKING GIRL is based upon the Twentieth Century Fox motion picture written by Kevin Wade. (more...)

54 SINGS 1776, Kyle Dean Massey, Samantha Barks and More Coming Up at Feinstein's/54 Below This July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2017

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

Neva Small Joins A BROADWAY MUSICAL at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2017

Fiddler On The Roof's Neva Small will be joining Feinstein's/54 Below's concert presentation of Charles Strouse and Lee Adams' A Broadway Musical on Sunday July 16th, at 7pm and 9:30pm. (more...)

Second Show Added to Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra's Vocal Jazz Summit
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 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...)

Original Cast Members of A BROADWAY MUSICAL to Reunite at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2017

Members of the original Broadway company of Charles Strouse and Lee Adams' A Broadway Musical , which only played one night on Broadway in 1978, will reunite for a concert presentation of the musical at Feinstein's/54 Below on Sunday, July 16th, 2017 at 7pm & 9:30pm. (more...)

Photo Coverage: GREAT COMET Receives Actors' Equity Association's ACCA Award
by Jennifer Broski - Jun 21, 2017

Actors' Equity Association just presented Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 with the ninth annual "ACCA" Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus. Presented by Equity's Advisory Committee on Chorus Affairs (ACCA), the ACCA Award is the only industry accolade of its kind to honor the distinctive talents and contributions made by the original chorus members of A Broadway Musical. (more...)

AVENUE Q Partners with Pride to Benefit Point Foundation
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

The Tony Award winning and coming of age musical comedy, Avenue Q, will celebrate NYC PRIDE WEEKEND by donating $25 for every ticket purchased to Point Foundation, the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit.  (more...)

BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Taylor Stanley
by Elliot Lanes - Jun 2, 2017

Today's subject Taylor Stanley is living his theatre life as a company member of  New York City Ballet (NYCB), one of the most famous and prestigious ballet companies in the country. With repertoire works that feature choreography by such greats as George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, it's easy to understand why the company has that status. NYCB begins a one week engagement at the Kennedy Center's Opera House on June 6. The two programs will feature the works of George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon, Justin Peck, and the DC premiere of a work by Alexei Ratmansky. (more...)

Glory Crampton Joins A BROADWAY MUSICAL in Concert at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2017

Glory Crampton will be joining Feinstein's/54 Below's concert presentation of Charles Strouse and Lee Adams' A Broadway Musical on Sunday July 16th, at 7pm and 9:30pm. (more...)

Actors' Equity Association Honors GREAT COMET with Outstanding Broadway Chorus Award
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2017

Actors' Equity Association today announced that Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 will receive the ninth annual 'ACCA' Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus. Presented by Equity's Advisory Committee on Chorus Affairs (ACCA), the ACCA Award is the only industry accolade of its kind to honor the distinctive talents and contributions made by the original chorus members of A Broadway Musical. (more...)

Sarah Routh Ellis Joins A BROADWAY MUSICAL at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2017

A Gentleman's Guide To Love And Murder's  Sarah Routh Ellis will be joining Feinstein's/54 Below's concert presentation of Charles Strouse and Lee Adams' A Broadway Musical on Sunday July 16th, at 7pm and 9:30pm. (more...)

Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID Makes a Splash with Five Shows at Wolf Trap
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2017

Disney's The Little Mermaid will bring the beloved fairy tale to life onstage at Wolf Trap's Filene Center, June 29, 30 and July 1, 2. Audiences of all ages are sure to fall in love with this Broadway-style underwater spectacular! Visit WolfTrap.org for more information and to purchase tickets. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' with Tony-winning Lighting Designer, Ken Billington
by Behind the Curtain - Jun 11, 2017

Curtain up! Light the lights....literally, because this week's guest is Tony Award winning lighting designer Ken Billington, Ken swings by Shetler Studios to discuss his over one hundred Broadway credits including SWEENEY TODD, CHICAGO, and ON THE 20TH CENTURY. (more...)

Billy Joel Slates 47th Consecutive Show at Madison Square Garden
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

The Madison Square Garden Company announced today the unprecedented 47th consecutive show by legendary musician and MSG franchise Billy Joel on Saturday, November 18, 2017. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 9, 2017
by - Jul 9, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 9 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW Feature: Best of Broadway comes to Tulsa Performing Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2017

Celebrity Attractions will bring seven Broadway hit shows to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center for its 2017-2018 season. Here's the awesome line-up! (more...)

Elijah Rock to Celebrate GERSHWIN FOR MY SOUL Release at Catalina Jazz Club
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2017

Make your reservations now for Elijah Rock at Catalina Jazz Club, Hollywood, CA, on August 3rd at 8:30pm. Featuring: Kevin Toney: Musical Director, Piano; John B. Williams: Bass; Greg Paul: Drums; and John Storie: Guitar. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Chats DOONESBURY, THE FIG LEAVES ARE FALLING, and A BROADWAY MUSICAL
by Behind the Curtain - Jul 5, 2017

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This Week: Rob & Kevin discuss their summer plans, Kevin finds his DOONESBURY, haggling with record stores, HELLO MUDDAH, HELLO ALLAN SHERMAN, and a forgotten musical makes a return after 40 years! (more...)

Centenary Stage Co. presents YOUNG PERFORMERS WORKSHOP SUMMER FESTIVAL OF SHOWS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2017

Celebrating over 20 years of acclaimed musical theatre training for young thespians, the Centenary Stage Company's Young Performers Workshop returns to the Little Theater August 4 through August 13 with the annual Summer Festival of Shows.  These talented young thespians between the ages of 8 and 18 will present a variety of musical theater favorites including; The Robber Bridegroom, She Loves Me, Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr., Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs and the ever-popular One-Act Festival.  (more...)

BWW Exclusive: David Moscow Shares His Secrets From NEWSIES on Its 25th Anniversary! Read All About It!
by Wayman Wong - Jul 31, 2017

When David Moscow made his 'Big'-screen debut in 1988, it was huge. Penny Marshall had plucked this precocious, 11-year-old kid from the Bronx to play the younger version of Tom Hanks' character, Josh Baskin. This comic fantasy-fable about a boy who literally became 'Big' overnight, was a giant box-office hit. Moscow was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Comedy. And in that same season, another kid won for Best Young Actor in a Drama: Christian Bale for 'Empire of the Sun.' (more...)

BLACK UHURU Comes to Fox Theater 9/26
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2017

Derrick "Duckie" Simpson the "Gong Gong Gullie" is the founder and leader for reggae's BLACK UHURU. Although going through numerous lead singers and musicians they have remained to be one of the most recognized and prolific reggae band for over 50 years. (more...)

Major Attaway, Glory Crampton, and More to Lead A BROADWAY MUSICAL at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2017

Full casting has been announced for Feinstein's/54 Below's concert presentation of Charles Strouse and Lee Adams' A Broadway Musical on Sunday July 16th, at 7pm and 9:30pm. (more...)

Peninsula Players Hosts Pre-Show Seminar 'How Novels, Films Impact Tourism'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2017

Peninsula Players Theatre, in conjunction with its production of the Tony Award-winning musical "The Bridges of Madison County" by Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman, will host a pre-show seminar Thursday, August 10 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the theater. "The Bridges of Madison County"first captured the nation's attention in 1992 when Robert James Waller's novel became a best-seller, then again in 1995 as a major motion picture starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. The film was shot on location in Madison County, Iowa and six covered bridges were featured.  Nowhere else in the Midwest can so many covered bridges be found so closely grouped together, thus Madison County and the bridges have become a tourist destination. (more...)

Gettysburg Community Theatre Announces Casting for IF YOU GIVE A KID A COSTUME
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2017

Gettysburg Community Theatre, the non-profit 501c3 organization located in the original Elks Lodge building at 49 York Street within the first block of Lincoln Square in historic downtown Gettysburg, announces their casts of upcoming productions of the children's play If You Give A Kid A Costume, CATS the musical, and The Penguin Project of GCT's production of Elf jr. the musical. (more...)

Mandy Patinkin to Return to Broadway as 'Pierre' in THE GREAT COMET
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2017

Tony and Emmy Award winner Mandy Patinkin will make his long-awaited return to Broadway in NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812, starring as 'Pierre' from August 15 - September 3 only. (more...)

BWW Flashback: We're Thinkin' Patinkin- The Best of THE GREAT COMET's New Star!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2017

We've got Mandy on the brain. As BroadwayWorld reported earlier today, Tony and Emmy Award winner Mandy Patinkin will make his long-awaited return to Broadway in NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812, starring as 'Pierre' from August 15 - September 3 only. (more...)

DREAMGIRLS' Loretta Devine Signs On to Indie Comedy HEADSHOP
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2017

Loretta Devine, who starred as Lorrell Robinson in the original Broadway production of DREAMGIRLS, has signed on to star in the upcoming indie comedy HEADSHOP. (more...)

BWW Review: THE KING AND I at the Kennedy Center - It is 'Something Wonderful'
by Charles Shubow - Jul 24, 2017

Oh how delightful it was to hear a spectacular overture before A Broadway Musical. When is the last time you heard one? We heard snippets of great music to come such as 'Something Wonderful', Whistle a Happy Tune', 'Shall We Dance' and 'Hello Young Lovers' all played by the talented orchestra (the massive 15 pieces) under the baton of Gerard Steichen. (more...)

BWW Review: NEWSIES Is Exceptionally Entertaining, Bursting With Raw Energy!
by Robert Encila - Jul 18, 2017

Disney's Newsies is a Tony Award-winning musical derived from the motion picture of the same title. Produced for the first time in Manila, it has commanded the day's headlines and kept a viewing public abuzz with excitement. We can assume Disney's ubiquitous brand had preceded its product, given the film's relative failure to draw critical and commercial acclaim in the early '90s. Considering its cult following after the release of the home video, it makes sense to bring musical theater back to its logical milieu where live performance of A Broadway Musical is unparalleled. This production has been every bit as advertised: it's electric, witty, and poignant. (more...)

BWW Interview: Star Johnson of #BLACKGIRLJOY at NYMF
by Jamie McGonnigal - Jul 17, 2017

Now in it's 13th year, NYMF is ambitiously mounting 20 full productions of musicals and more than 30 concerts, readings and other events. Among those concerts is a showcase of music and lyrics by DC native Star Johnson. #BLACKGIRLJOY: STAR JOHNSON IN CONCERT will feature pieces from How to Quit Your Day Job (54 Below), Flattops and F Words (Kennedy Center), and other works created by Star. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 15, 2017
by - Jul 15, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 15 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 14, 2017
by - Jul 14, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 14 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 13, 2017
by - Jul 13, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 13 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Announcing the Winners for the 2017 BWW Dance World Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

BWW is excited to announce the winners for the first annual BWW Dance World Awards! The awards honor professional dance that took place from January 1st to December 31st 2016. Our editors set the categories, our readers submitted the nominees and voted for their favorites!  (more...)

BWW Previews: Broadway Classics and Recent Faves at Washington Pavilion
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

Broadway classics and recent favorites will be making their way to the Washington Pavilion in 2017  and 2018 as part of the Pavillon Performance Series. Here's the exciting line-up! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 11, 2017
by - Jul 11, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 11 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Tickets on Sale for Harris Center's 2017-18 Season, Featuring DIRTY DANCING, Los Lobos, Mannheim Steamroller and More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2017

Bringing great shows from around the world, across the country and throughout the region, the Harris Center for the Arts' new 2017-18 season is on sale now. (more...)

Centenary Stage Co Announces YPW: SUMMER FESTIVAL OF SHOWS & FALL REGISTRATION
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2017

Celebrating over 20 years of acclaimed musical theatre training for young thespians, the Centenary Stage Company's Young Performers Workshop returns to the Little Theater August 4 through August 13 with the annual Summer Festival of Shows.  These talented young thespians between the ages of 8 and 18 will present a variety of musical theater favorites including; The Robber Bridegroom, She Loves Me, Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr., Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs and the ever-popular One-Act Festival.  (more...)

CATS Dances Into Stockholm This Fall!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 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...)

CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE to Launch 10th Anniversary National Tour at PPAC
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

The National Tour of CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE launches in Providence at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) with its 10th Anniversary National Tour for 3 unforgettable performances, November 18 - 19, 2017. This critically-acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza is A Broadway Musical, new cirque adventure, and family show wrapped in one! (more...)

A CHORUS LINE Opens the Arvada Center 42nd Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities will open its 42nd theatre season with the hit Broadway musical A Chorus Line directed by Rod A. Lansberry, on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. A Chorus Line spans one day in the lives of 17 dancers all vying for a coveted spot in the chorus of A Broadway Musical. Considered groundbreaking when it opened on Broadway in 1975, the musical went on to win nine Tony Awards and the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Today, it remains as touching and powerful as when it debuted and is one of the longest running musicals on Broadway. The 2017 - 2018 Theatre Season is sponsored by Lutheran Medical Center. A Chorus Line is underwritten byDr. and Mrs. Richard A. Patt and The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. (more...)

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