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Anyone Can Whistle - 2003 - Regional (US) Tickets, News, Info & More

A legendary cult show, this wacky, intelligent, highly unconventional musical satire points ahead to Stephen Sondheim's groundbreaking work in the 1970s even as it keeps a foot firmly rooted in the musical theatre's "golden age."brbrAn absurdist fantasy by Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim (two of the authors of "West Side Story" and "Gypsy") "Anyone Can Whistle" tells the story of a corrupt mayoress who fakes a miracle to revitalize her bankrupt town (through the resulting pilgrim trade) and the ill-fated romance between the rational nurse out to expose the fraud and the easy-going doctor determined to enjoy the chaos it brings. In the end, the show delivers a poignant message about the importance of the individual in a conformist society-but not before aiming its still-relevant barbs at government, religion, science and anything else that stands in its way!brbrWith its circus-like atmosphere, "Anyone Can Whistle" features plenty of memorable, lovably cartoonish roles of all sizes. The dazzling, melodic Broadway-style score overflows with the youthful energy of experimentation, consisting of one showstopper after another, including two extensive ballets which provide opportunities for some inspired choreography.

History:

Revival
Run Type: Limited Run
Market: Regional (US)
Previews: February 18, 2003
Closing: April 13, 2003

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by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2011
Edith Meiser Oral History will be presented on Monday, November 7, 2011 at 6pm at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Bruno Walter Auditorium. Two-time Tony Award winner, DONNA MURPHY, will be interviewed by producer/director RICK MCKAY, the award-winning filmmaker of 'Broadway: The Golden Age.' ADMISSION IS FREE! The event is FIRST COME - FIRST SEATED.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2011
Philippine Development Foundation ('PhilDev') announces that Filipino American actor, Deedee Magno Hall, best known for her role as Kim in Miss Saigon on Broadway and Nessarose in Wicked's first national tour, has been added to the impressive list of Filipino American Broadway stars led by Tony Award winner Lea Salonga for its upcoming gala concert, PhilDev Celebrates Broadway: Suites by Sondheim, on Monday, November 7th at 7:30PM at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2011
Philippine Development Foundation USA ('PhilDev') will hold its annual fundraising gala at the prestigious AlIce Tully Hall, Lincoln Center with a concert event entitled 'PhilDev Celebrates Broadway: Suites by Sondheim,' directed by Victor Lirio, on Monday, November 7th, 2011 at 7:30PM. Tom Myron will serve as conductor and music director.
by Michael L. Quintos - Nov 7, 2011
Sometimes even in disappointment, comes something wonderful, which was certainly the case with the magnificent impromptu showcase that occurred at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa on Saturday, October 29. A mixed blessing if there ever was one, the evening's original agenda--a one-on-one candid conversation between ASCAP's Director of Musical Theatre Michael Kerker and legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim--instead morphed into an enchanting 100-minute expanded tribute concert featuring two veteran Broadway powerhouses in their own right: Tony Award winners Christine Ebersole and Brian Stokes-Mitchell. This ad-hoc concert quickly assembled that afternoon ended up being such a magical night, filled with gorgeous, soul-stirring performances, lots of hearty laughs, and even the occasional tear-jerker.
by Pat Cerasaro - Nov 4, 2011
Today we are completing BroadwayWorld's seven part analysis of Shakespeare's works, all with an eye towards the new movie ANONYMOUS - which questions the authorship of William Shakespeare - with a look at the greatest moments of deception in theatre taken from the last few decades. While deception and betrayal are both tried and true tactics of creating some tense, terse, taught drama by playwrights and filmmakers the world round - both onstage and onscreen - and it is certainly as much a hackneyed trope used today as it was used five hundred years ago in Shakespeare's time - the acts themselves that we will be focusing on today are the most surprising, effective and entertaining examples of them all. Analyzing moments from entities as diverse as SWEENEY TODD, CARRIE, WICKED, GYPSY, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, ANYONE CAN WHISTLE, THE MUSIC MAN, SISTER ACT, SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, HAMLET, ENRON and more - split into three categories: musical tragedies, musical comedies and straight plays - it becomes quite clear over the course of analyzing these double-crosses that Shakespeare was not the only dramatist who could make the drama's biggest twist also be the moment that stays with us long after the curtain has come down or the screen has gone black. Note: given the nature of today's topic, be forewarned that spoilers copiously abound from here on out!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 4, 2011
Philippine Development Foundation ('PhilDev') will present it's upcoming gala event, PhilDev Celebrates Broadway: Suites by Sondheim,on Monday, November 7, 2011 at 7:30pm at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City. Headlining the event are Tony Award winners Robert Lopez, who will be honored with an Award of Excellence, and international star Lea Salonga. Yesterday, BroadwayWorld caught up with Salonga in rehearsal for the event and was given a sneak peak of her rendition of Sondheim's 'Move On'!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2011
As previously reported, Roundabout Theatre Company has announced that Stephanie J. Block will join the Tony Award winning company of Anything Goes performing the role of 'Reno Sweeney' while Sutton Foster is filming the television pilot, Bunheads, for 3 weeks in November. Specific dates have been announced today and Block will officially be stepping into the role November 4 through November 22.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2011
An opening night soiree will benefit Theatre Memphis on November 4, 2011, with the first public performance of A Sondheim Celebration conceived and directed by Bennett Wood with musical direction from Dr. Gary Beard.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2011
An opening night soiree will benefit Theatre Memphis on November 4, 2011, with the first public performance of A Sondheim Celebration conceived and directed by Bennett Wood with musical direction from Dr. Gary Beard.
by Gabrielle Sierra - Nov 29, 2011
Break out the tinsel, pour the eggnog, and light up the yule log! The holiday season is here and that means Signature Theatre will be hosting its annual holiday celebration, Holiday Follies from December 13th - December 23rd.
by Beau Higgins - Nov 24, 2011
The show, which is approximately two hours in length with one intermission, features songs from such Sondheim gems as Gypsy, Company, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, West Side Story, Anyone Can Whistle, and many more.
by Gabrielle Sierra - Nov 23, 2011
Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces The 3 Divas, a special one night-only Valentine's Day event with Susie McMonagle, Heidi Kettenring and Christine Sherrill.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2011
An impressive ensemble of Broadway leading men and women are traveling to Romania to perform A Medley of Sondheim, a concert presentation of Stephen Sondheim's iconic musical numbers, presented within the framework of the 4th edition of the International Festival for Musical Performing Arts 'Life is Beautiful.'
by Beau Higgins - Nov 15, 2011
The show, which is approximately two hours in length with one intermission, features songs from such Sondheim gems as Gypsy, Company, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, West Side Story, Anyone Can Whistle, and many more.
by Nicole Rosky - Nov 10, 2011
An impressive ensemble of Broadway leading men and women are traveling to Romania to perform A Medley of Sondheim, a concert presentation of Stephen Sondheim's iconic musical numbers, presented within the framework of the 4th edition of the International Festival for Musical Performing Arts 'Life is Beautiful.'
by Gabrielle Sierra - Nov 10, 2011
An impressive ensemble of Broadway leading men and women are traveling to Romania to perform A Medley of Sondheim, a concert presentation of Stephen Sondheim's iconic musical numbers, presented within the framework of the 4th edition of the International Festival for Musical Performing Arts 'Life is Beautiful.'
by Nicole Rosky - Nov 1, 2011
Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner CANDICE BERGEN, five-time Tony Award winner ANGELA LANSBURY, Tony and Emmy Award winner JOHN LARROQUETTE and Drama Desk Award winner and Academy Award nominee MICHAEL McKEAN will join the previously announced JAMES EARL JONES in the Spring 2012 Broadway revival of Gore Vidal's THE BEST MAN.
by Robert Diamond - Jan 26, 2012
BroadwayWorld.com reported the news exclusively on January 9, 2012 and now the The Public Theater has officially announced the line-up for the 50th Anniversary Shakespeare in the Park season at the Delacorte. Daniel Sullivan, who directed acclaimed productions of All's Well That Ends Well, The Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night in the Park, will return to direct AS YOU LIKE IT in June with Lily Rabe as Rosalind. The second show of the 50th Anniversary summer season will be Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's beloved musical INTO THE WOODS, directed by Timothy Sheader with co-direction by Liam Steel. Based on the Olivier Award-winning Regent's Park Open Air Theatre London production in 2010, The Public Theater's INTO THE WOODS will be an all new production with an American cast and designers and will be staged in one of the most beautiful outdoor venues in the world-the Delacorte Theater. INTO THE WOODS will begin performances at the end of July.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2012
Internationally renowned contemporary pianist Anthony de Mare presents LIAISONS: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano - an intrepid program featuring 36 short solo piano pieces based on the music of the legendary composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim.
by Kelsey Denette - Jan 2, 2012
Turner Classic Movies has named Angela Lansbury its Star of the Month. Wednesdays throughout January will be devoted to the star, featuring some of her many film roles during primetime and into the early morning hours.
by Nicole Rosky - Jan 18, 2012
Casting has been completed for New York City Center's upcoming Encores! production of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, the first New York City Center Encores! production of the season. Merrily We Roll Along, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth, will be directed by James Lapine with music direction by Rob Berman and musical staging by Dan Knechtges. Merrily has been extended for a two-week run and will play for 15 performances, February 8-19, 2012, at New York City Center, 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.
by Don Grigware - Jan 17, 2012
On Sunday January 15 producers Michael Sterling and Tony Monsour presented the second week of the annual six-week competition LA's Next Great Stage Star 2012, now in its sixth knockout year. Twenty very talented contestants are competing for the title which will be announced at the end of the finale on Sunday February 12.
by Robert Diamond - Jan 14, 2012
Laura Osnes has been cast as Suzy in the New York City Center Encores! production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Pipe Dream running March 28 - April 1. Pipe Dream will be directed by Marc Bruni with music direction by Rob Berman and choreography by Kelli Barclay, and will play for seven performances at New York City Center, West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. The Encores! presentation marks the first time the musical will be seen on the New York stage since the original production closed in June 1956.
by Nicole Rosky - Jan 13, 2012
Classic Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Brian Kulick, will next season present new production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning musical PASSION, to be directed by John Doyle (the Tony Award-winning revivals of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and Company). PASSION is slated to begin performances in February, 2013.
by Kelsey Denette - Jan 11, 2012
Pull-Tight Theatre of Franklin, Tennessee is proud to announce auditions for Side by Side by Sondheim. This production is a musical revue celebrating Stephen Sondheim's work as lyricist, composer and dramatist, and includes songs from West Side Story, Gypsy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Follies, Pacific Overtures, Anyone Can Whistle and Company.
by Nicole Rosky - Feb 9, 2012
Tom Wopat and Will Chase have joined the previously announced Laura Osnes in the New York City Center Encores! production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Pipe Dream, running March 28 - April 1. Pipe Dream will be directed by Marc Bruni with music direction by Rob Berman and choreography by Kelli Barclay, and will play for seven performances at New York City Center, West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.
by Max Schwager - Feb 8, 2012
Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces a special one night-only Valentine's Day event with Susie McMonagle, Heidi Kettenring and Christine Sherrill. This cabaret with three of Chicago's best-loved performers will run at 8:00pm on February 14, 2012 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie.
by Oliver Oliveros - Feb 7, 2012
Broadway Barkada, a group of New York-based Filipino actors, singers, and dancers who've been performing on various Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, will hold a fundraiser via a pre-valentine concert titled "So This Is Love: An Evening of Love Songs" at Trump Place (220 Riverside Boulevard) on Friday, February 10, 8 p.m. Proceeds will be used for the three-year-old organization's upcoming projects.
by Kelsey Denette - Feb 3, 2012
CENTERSTAGE and Westport Country Playhouse announced today casting for their co-production of Into the Woods, and Broadway fans will be excited to hear that the original Little Red Riding Hood, Danielle Ferland, is making her way back Into the Woods. The production is set to run March 7-April 15 at CENTERSTAGE before moving to Westport Country Playhouse in May. Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's beloved fairy tale musical will be directed by Westport Country Playhouse's Artistic Director Mark Lamos.
by Vicky Croisant - Feb 2, 2012
Check out what's playing Cleveland and Akron for the month of February!
by Roy Berko - Feb 17, 2012
When Martin Friedman, Artistic Director of The Lakeland Civic Theatre, announced he was staging Stephen Sondheim's ANYONE CAN WHISTLE, there were some raised eyebrows in the theatre community. Friedman is a Sondheimophile. He knows the master's works well. Why would he even adventure into Whistle land, which is fraught with land mines?
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2012
Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces a special one night-only Valentine's Day event with Susie McMonagle, Heidi Kettenring and Christine Sherrill. This cabaret with three of Chicago's best-loved performers will run at 8:00pm on February 14, 2012 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2012
Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces The 3 Divas, a special one night-only Valentine's Day event with Susie McMonagle, Heidi Kettenring and Christine Sherrill.
by Robert Diamond - Feb 1, 2012
Megan Hilty has been cast as Lorelei Lee, the diamond-loving blonde made famous by Carol Channing, in the Encores! production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, opening May 9 at New York City Center. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes will be directed by John Rando with music direction by Rob Berman and choreography by Randy Skinner and will play for seven performances, May 9 - 13, at New York City Center, 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.
by Gabrielle Sierra - Dec 6, 2011
The Public Theater has announced the return of Stephen Sondheim and Tony Kushner to The Public Forum on Tuesday, January 17 at 8:00 p.m.
by Don Grigware - Dec 6, 2011
On Sunday December 4 Las Vegas' popular female trio Dangerous Curves performed @ Sterling's Upstairs @ Vitello's. Lisa Smith, Karen Michaels & Margaret Menzies, who comprise Dangerous Curves sang solo and together in a 75 minute varied set that just about blew their audience away. All three are distinctly different beauties in talent, personality and looks, and when they come together, what voices and what beautiful harmony! Not that easy to find nowadays amongst vocalists who strive to overdo style, and scream and screech to grab instant recognition. These gals can really sing and harmonize, and indeed they did with fabulous musical director Dan Ellis at the piano throughout.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2011
Celia Keenan-Bolger and John Ellison Conlee will appear at The Play Group Theatre's 6th Annual Holiday Benefit, honoring Broadway Producer and Chair Emeritus, Barbara Whitman, on Monday December 19that The Play Group Theatre, One North Broadway, White Plains, NY.
by Gabrielle Sierra - Dec 16, 2011
York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director) announces two December events; the concert and reception awarding the York Theatre Company Noël Coward Prize, celebrating individual musical theatre talent, to Barry Wyner (Calvin Berger); as well as a special party celebrating the release of the Original Cast Recording of the 2011 York Mainstage production, The Road to Qatar!
by Gabrielle Sierra - Dec 13, 2011
Internationally renowned contemporary pianist Anthony de Mare presents LIAISONS: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano - an intrepid program featuring 36 short solo piano pieces based on the music of the legendary composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2011
Break out the tinsel, pour the eggnog, and light up the yule log! The holiday season is here and that means Signature Theatre will be hosting its annual holiday celebration, Holiday Follies from December 13th - December 23rd.
by Gabrielle Sierra - Dec 1, 2011
Celia Keenan-Bolger and John Ellison Conlee will appear at The Play Group Theatre's 6th Annual Holiday Benefit, honoring Broadway Producer and Chair Emeritus, Barbara Whitman, on Monday December 19that The Play Group Theatre, One North Broadway, White Plains, NY.