Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

A Broadway Musical - 1978 - Off-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.


Theatre of the Riverside Church

(New York, NY)
120th Street & Riverside Drive
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2020
The Broadway Education Alliance has announced the 10th annual presentation of The Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance, a celebration of high school musical programs, will be held on Monday, June 1 at 7:30 pm on BEA's YouTube channel.
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2020
BroadwayHD, the premier streaming platform for live theater, is honoring Broadway's biggest night with an award-worthy lineup of programming. Starting June 1, Tony Award®-winning and nominated performances will be highlighted each day leading up to the originally scheduled Tony Awards® on June 7.
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2020
In keeping with its mission to be a place for people of every age to learn about theater, learn to be in the theater and learn to love the theater a?" even when the coronavirus has forced cancellation of all in-person programming until fall a?" TheaterWorks remains a West Valley creative driver with the launching of SummerWorks Online classes for youth.
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2020
Steven Brault is a starting pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates who used his passion for musical theatre to release an entire album of showtunes this offseason titled A Pitch At Broadway. Prior to his time as a Major League Baseball player, Brault was a simultaneous collegiate ballplayer and Vocal Performance major at Regis University, and ever since his call-up to the big leagues in 2016, his love for both mediums has never wavered.
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2020
Stacy and Michael dream of being in a Broadway musical, but they are still at the bottom of the industry as non-equity (non-union) actors living in New York City.
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2020
The Ensemblist, the online advocate for artists working in theatre ensembles, has completed its recap podcast episodes of the first season of NBC's Smash.
by Annette Stolt - Mar 7, 2020
by TV News Desk - Mar 31, 2020
Variety has learned that the original cast of The Nanny is reuniting for a virtual table read of the pilot via Zoom! The table read will be posted on the Sony Pictures YouTube page the morning of Monday, April 6, according to Variety.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2020
The new podcast musical LITTLE DID I KNOW from The Audio Drama Initiative, based on the novel by Mitchell Maxwell, will release its first three episodes on Apple Podcasts on Tuesday, March 31.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2020
The Morrison Center, in collaboration with Broadway Across America, has announced its exciting Broadway In Boise 20/21 Season.   
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2020
The Morrison Center, in collaboration with Broadway Across America, has announced its exciting Broadway In Boise 20/21 Season.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2020
The upcoming Billy Joel concert scheduled to take place at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, May 2, 2020 has been postponed to Friday, November 13, 2020. Tickets for the May 2 show will be valid for the performance on November 13.
by Student Blogger: Blake Velick - Jun 30, 2020
Anyone in the business side of theatre must not only understand the theatre they produce, but they also must have an economic mindset when making decisions.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2020
Today (June 24) in live streaming: Darren Criss visits Backstage Live, Matt Doyle & Jelani Alladin bring back R&H Goes Live! and so much more!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2020
Have you been following the progress of Emergency The Musical on WFYL 1180 AM's broadcast of From Bullets To Broadway, Anatomy of A Broadway Show? Tony Award winning Producer Ken Davenport (Once On This Island, Kinky Boots) was the guest on the latest installment.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2020
Wicked alumni Idina Menzel and Megan Hilty have reunited for a touching send off to the class of 2020. 'To the class of 2020; the world needs you now more than ever,' writes Hilty. 'We hope you now help make a change, for good. Congratulations to you all.'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2020
This summer, come on along and listen to the lullaby of Broadway!  This summer The Ridgefield Playhouse is bringing two of musical theater's best to the big screen in HD for you and your family to enjoy as part of the Northern Trust Broadway & Cabaret Series with support from Teed & Brown. 
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2020
Today (June 10) in live streaming: Betty Buckley visits Stars in the House, Quarantine Cabaret is back, and so much more!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2020
The Roger Rees Awards is dedicated to honoring every voice, especially those who feel voiceless, allowing students to express themselves and celebrating that expression. We stand with the Black community. We stand with our Black students past, present, and future. We stand with our Black educators. We stand with their families. Black Lives Matter.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2020
The Broadway Education Alliance  presented the 10th annual Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance, a celebration of high school musical programs, in a special livestream event tonight.
by Kaitlin Milligan - Jul 8, 2020
This Friday, Apple TV is set to debut its highly-anticipated new drama series, Little Voice, from J.J. Abrams and the award-winning team behind the global hit musical “Waitress,” Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson.
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Jul 31, 2020
Nothing can stop BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge from bringing you interviews with your favorite Broadway stars! Watch below as he chats with Tony winner and Broadway Bares creator/Executive Producer Jerry Mitchell! 
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2020
Today (July 31) in live streaming: Jerry Mitchell visits Backstage Live, the Marie's Crisis Weekend-Warmup is back, and so much more!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2020
Today (July 3) in live streaming: Hamilton arrives on Disney+, the cast reunites on Sirius XM and so much more!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2020
Coachella Valley Rep has announced its upcoming July Theatre Thursday performances!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2020
The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has just announced exciting new performances for the 2020-2021 season. Single tickets for these performances go on sale Friday, July 24, 2020 at 10 a.m.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2020
On July 19th, Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP) will present an online event and fundraiser, The Art of Wellness: A Curated Evening of Conversation and Music. Proceeds from this event will go toward the ASTEP Arts Resilience Fund during COVID-19.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2020
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 BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2020
The British musical phenomenon turned global smash hit SIX, written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, is extending its reign on tour through to Christmas 2021. Since opening in Guildford in October 2019, SIX has sold out at every venue and the nation is demanding more! The extension kicks off with a two week run at Oxford Playhouse on 13 August 2020 and will enjoy new and return visits to venues countrywide including The Lowry, Salford Quays where it will play for a six-week Christmas season from 1 December to 10 January 2021. Watch this space for the new cast announcement. Once again, the Queens will be backed by the show's all female band, The Ladies in Waiting.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2020
Bill Kenwright's production The Sound of Music is currently touring the UK and Ireland - and it's been confirmed that the show will visit Chester during Spring 2020, the only tour dates in the North West.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2020
Musical Theatre West (MTW) brings Jerry Herman's musical masterpiece Mame to Southern California for a three-week run at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center March 27 a?" April 12.  Based on the novel, Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis and the play Auntie Mame by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, Mame lavishly delivers one of theater's all-time great heroines in a brassy, tuneful, hilarious and touching fashion.  Tickets are available at, by calling (562) 856-1999, or at the Musical Theatre West Ticket Office.  Tickets start at $20.
by Caryn Robbins - Feb 25, 2020
Today GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY's Todd Almond speaks with BroadwayWorld about making his Broadway debut in a play which explores the universal themes of struggle, loss, forgiveness, and ultimately, hope.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2020
Broadway March Madness is coming to THE BLACK BOX, the region's premier theater, music, and event venue in downtown Franklin. Stars of Broadway will be in residence at THE BLACK BOX throughout the month of March.
by Albert Gutierrez - Feb 22, 2020
The last time I attended a production at Osceola Arts, the stage had been transformed into 1899 New York City for a production of Newsies. Last night, I returned to Osceola Arts, but now found myself transported thirty-two years later and over four thousand miles eastward to Germany, specifically the Kit Kat Klub of Berlin as immortalized in the 1966 musical CABARET. Although we're now ninety years removed from the Weimar Republic, CABARET still feels timely as ever. Given what regime succeeded the Weimar Republic, maybe that should not be good news. Yet that is why we need shows like CABARET: reminders that the apathy and distractions we think help us get by should actually not be our only outlet for life and livelihood. The Kit Kat Klub becomes less a physical place than it does a state of mind, one that comments upon the action of the musical, but does so without the repercussions and consequences of the narrative, at least until the bitter end.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2020
Producers of Six have revealed that it has been streamed 100,000,000 times on Spotify and Apple Music.
by TV News Desk - Feb 20, 2020
REELZ today announced new programming for March 2020 with three new original specials, five new episodes of returning original series Autopsy: The Last Hours of... , the U.S. premiere of documentary ABBA: Secrets of Their Greatest Hits and the REELZ premiere of Dolly Parton: Here She Comes Again! Every Sunday in March a new episode of Autopsy: The Last Hours of... premieres celebrating the lives and examining the untimely deaths of celebrities including disco sensation Andy Gibb, Diff'rent Strokes star Dana Plato, WWE champion Chris Benoit, Academy Award(R) winning actress Audrey Hepburn and country music legend Glen Campbell. Natalie Morales hosts two new original Behind Closed Doors specials about hit family sitcom The Facts of Life and romantic comedy Pretty Woman which marks its 30th anniversary since hitting the big screen in March 1990. New original special House of Horrors: The Friends Speak explores the Turpin family nightmare in which 13 children were abused by their parents for decades.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2020
Actor and lyric translator Luis E. Mora (Naked Boys Singing, Pedro Pan, Opportunity) releases original translation of Dear Evan Hansen's 'For Forever,' originally performed by Ben Platt and written by Pasek & Paul, as a way to create Spanish language content for non-English speaking Broadway audiences.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2020
Digital Theatre+, the digital education service focusing on the study of the Performing Arts and English Literature, has signed a landmark deal to be the exclusive educational partner of BroadwayHD, the premiere streaming service for theater fans.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2020
BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that stage and screen actor Patti Karr has died at 88.
by Stephi Wild - Aug 1, 2020
Nothing can stop BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge from bringing you interviews with your favorite Broadway stars! He recently chatted with Tony winner and Broadway Bares creator/Executive Producer Jerry Mitchell!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 7, 2020
We then close out the show at the opening night of director Des McAnuff's revival of the classic Frank Loesser musical Guys and Dolls. Des said, 'I wanted to go back to Damon Runyon's time. He wrote the Broadway stories between '29 and '37 so, we set it very loosely in '35, it's a mythic landscape anyway, and I asked Jo Loesser about this idea and she thought Frank would like it, so that was good enough for me.'
by TV News Desk - Apr 6, 2020
The original cast of The Nanny, starring Fran Drescher, reunited on Monday, April 6, for a virtual table read of the show's first episode! 
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2020
Southern California's 3-D Theatricals' 3D+U has announced its special guests for 3D+U's free FANTASTICAL FRIDAYS for Friday, May 1.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2020
BroadwayHD, the premiere streaming service for theater lovers everywhere, is adding two new shows this month! The Last Five Years will be released on April 23rd and Sextette will be released on April 30th.
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 2, 2020
BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge continues his journey with the latest  Broadway Rewind, which  takes the audience to Town Hall for the 4th annual ABC Daytime Salutes BC/EFA, but we start things off by meeting the company and bringing you a sneak peek at the Broadway musical Cry Baby, which is based on the hit John Waters film. It starred James Snyder, Elizabeth Stanley and Harriet Harris. Waters told me how he felt about being asked to turn one of his other hit films into a Broadway musical. 'I was thrilled because I had just had such a wonderful experience with Hairspray and to be honest, Cry Baby was the only real musical movie I ever made. Hairspray was a dance movie. The music in this is such a breath of new talent on Broadway.'
by Nicholas Adler - Apr 18, 2020
Jeff Harnar is chock-full of the guy-next-door magnetism of the bygone era of Hollywood's Golden age of male stars.  He is someone that the audience knows they can trust, is easy to enjoy with just a hint of mischievousness to keep things interesting.  He is the modern day equivalent to film stars Van Johnson or Gene Kelly.  
by Peter Nason - Apr 16, 2020
The Beatles! Rihanna! Michael Jackson! Johnny Cash! Kanye West! The Rolling Stones! Aretha Franklin! Bob Dylan! Miles Davis! Nirvana! BWW Reviewer Peter Nason chooses the greatest albums from the rock and rap era (1950-2020); see if your favorites made the grade!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2020
Have you heard 1180AM WFYL News Radio programming From Bullets To Broadway, Anatomy of A Broadway Show?
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2020
For the past three weeks, the number one streaming show on BroadwayHD was Kinky Boots. This weekend, Oklahoma took the spot of number one. Here's a Top 10 list of most-streamed shows this past weekend.