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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.



Tickets on Sale NOW for Bernadette Peters in HELLO, DOLLY!, CAROUSEL, THE ICEMAN COMETH and More
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2017

Tickets are now on sale for four of the most anticipated shows on Broadway this season: Bernadette Peters in HELLO, DOLLY!; Glenda Jackson, Laurie Metcalf, and Alison Pill in Edward Albee's THREE TALL WOMEN; Joshua Henry, Jessie Mueller, and Renee Fleming in Rogers & Hammerstein's CAROUSEL; and Denzel Washington in Eugene O'Neill's THE ICEMAN COMETH. Plus, group sales start up for Aaron Sorkin's new adaptation of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. (more...)

Tickets on Sale Tomorrow for Bernadette Peters in HELLO, DOLLY! and More
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

Tickets go in sale tomorrow, September 9, at 10 a.m. for four of the most anticipated shows on Broadway this season: Bernadette Peters in HELLO, DOLLY!; Glenda Jackson, Laurie Metcalf, and Alison Pill in Edward Albee's THREE TALL WOMEN; Joshua Henry, Jessie Mueller, and Renee Fleming in Rogers & Hammerstein's CAROUSEL; and Denzel Washington in Eugene O'Neill's THE ICEMAN COMETH. (more...)

Nancy Anderson and Eddie Korbich Join THE PAJAMA GAME at Arena Stage; Full Company Announced
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the complete company for The Pajama Game directed by Alan Paul in his Arena Stage debut, with music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, and book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell. (more...)

Up on the Marquee: CAROUSEL Arrives!
by Jennifer Broski - Sep 7, 2017

Producers Scott Rudin and Roy Furman will soon present Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic musical Carousel, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien and choreographed by Justin Peck. Carousel will begin preview performances on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, and will officially open on Thursday, April 12 at the Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street).  (more...)

Kate Atkinson and Karen Harris' PART OF THE PLAN Set to Debut at Nashville's Tennessee Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 6, 2017

Though it may not have started out that way - and it was never a part of their plan - Kate Atkinson and Karen Harris, the two women who are responsible for bringing the new musical Part of the Plan to life onstage, may be proof positive that women, indeed, are getting the job done. (more...)

Breaking: Betsy Wolfe, Alexander Gemignani and Margaret Colin Join CAROUSEL on Broadway; Cast & Theatre Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2017

Producers Scott Rudin and Roy Furman announced today that Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic musical Carousel, directed by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O'Brien and choreographed by Justin Peck, will play the Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street) when it makes its return to Broadway next spring in one of the most deeply anticipated productions of the new season. (more...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

Kickshaw Theatre Announces 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2017

Kickshaw Theatre, Ann Arbor's pop-up professional theatre, is pleased to announce their 2017-18 season. With two full productions, a musical revue fundraiser, and staged readings, this season will be Kickshaw's most ambitious since the company's founding in 2015. We've been encouraged by the positive audience response to our productions, and the growth of our organization says Executive Director Jane Griffith. This season will showcase our commitment to producing high-quality professional theatre with stories that beg to be told live! (more...)

The Day of the Show: PART OF THE PLAN Opens Tonight
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 10, 2017

With Nashville's theater/music/entertainment/arts communities now abuzz about the world premiere of Part of the Plan, a new musical by Kate Atkinson and Karen Harris that is inspired by the music of American troubadour Dan Fogelberg, and which features a score of songs from among the singer/songwriter's catalog of biggest hits. (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...)

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...)

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...)

BWW's On This Day - October 10, 2017
by - Oct 10, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on October 10 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (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...)

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...)

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...)

Neighborhood Concerts, Family Days and More Among Carnegie Hall's Fall 2017 Community Programs
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2017

Carnegie Hall's community and family programs for September, October and November include Free Neighborhood Concerts, kicking off this fall with classical, American roots, and Argentine music in Manhattan; island swing in Brooklyn; big band and Broadway hits in Queens; and Puerto Rican rhythms in the Bronx. The series, now in its 42nd year, brings established mainstage artists as well as rising stars of jazz, pop, and world music to communities throughout New York City. (more...)

Tony Winner Alex Sharp Signs on for DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS Remake
by Movies News Desk - Aug 24, 2017

Alex Sharp, Tony winner for Broadway's THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, has signed on for the upcoming DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS remake titled NASTY WOMEN, starring previously announced Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson. (more...)

Tickets on Sale Next Week for Broadway In Thousand Oaks' 2017-18 Season, Featuring KINKY BOOTS and More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2017

Theater League has announced that individual tickets go on sale for the 2017-18 Broadway In Thousand Oaks Series Monday, August 28, 2017. (more...)

BWW Review: Theatre by the Sea's Oddly Timely THE PRODUCERS
by Andria Tieman - Aug 23, 2017

THE PRODUCERS has the odd pedigree of being a movie (1967) that became A Broadway Musical (2001) and then returned to the silver screen as a movie version of the 2001 musical (2005).  With this many iterations on offer, it's clear that this is a show with staying power that it beloved by many.  The mind of Mel Brooks is a twisted space to spend some time in, but even the subtle cringiness that comes with good satire doesn't last long, as the laughs keep coming. It can be difficult to find humor in mocking nazis so close on the heels of the white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, VA, but it's still very satisfying to, probably even more than when the musical premiered. Even so, there is a bit of queasiness that comes from looking at so many swastikas, and it's hard to shake. (more...)

BWW Review: Levi Kreis Brings BROADWAY AT THE KEYS to LA
by Don Grigware - Aug 21, 2017

A small town Tennessee Southern Baptist sissy Levi Kreis has taken LA, New York and the world by storm within this millenium. When he performs not only gays flock to see him. He has many, many straight fans as well. Why? Because this phenomenon is one enormous talent who, as my mom used to say, can make a piano TALK. He won a Tony for playing Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet and has developed a fast-paced, heart-pounding style like no other singer of this generation. He is mesmerizing to watch and a dynamite pleasure to listen to.  On Saturday August 19 Kreis (pronounced like Christ without the t by his own admission) performed his solo show at LGBT in Hollywood . He is on tour to promote his latest CD Broadway at the Keys. To say the show was a hit with the audience is an understatement, as most lined up in the lobby following the 80-minute set to purchase the CD and to meet the charismatic singing/songwriting star for a selfie and a signature. (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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