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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.

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Matrix Theatre

( Los Angeles, CA)
7657 Melrose Ave.
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by Team BWW - Sep 17, 2021
Broadway lovers had reason to rejoice this week when the industry's most beloved composer, Stephen Sondheim, announced that he has a new musical in the works. What do we know so far about Stephen Sondheim's new project? Let's review!
by Stage Tube - Sep 16, 2021
Stephen Sondheim appeared as a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night! Sondheim and Colbert have history, as Colbert starred in the 2011 production of Sondheim's musical, Company.
by Stephi Wild - Sep 11, 2021
Stephen Sondheim is coming to The Late Show! The Broadway legend will sit down with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday, September 15.
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 5, 2021
Porchlight Music Theatre begins its eighth season of Chicago's “lost” musicals series with Porchlight Revisits Nunsense, book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin+ with direction by Michelle Lauto*, musical direction by Kailey Rockwell* and choreography by Jenna Schoppe*.
by Stephi Wild - Oct 21, 2021
Today's top stories: Get a first look at Flying Over Sunset in a montage of clips, and more!
by Nicole Rosky - Oct 20, 2021
Ted Sperling, Artistic Director of MasterVoices, announced details of the celebrated chorus’ 80th season, celebrating the power of the human voice to unite, inspire and connect since 1941. One of the highlights includes a semi-staged concert production of the cult-favorite musical, Stephen Sondheim’s and Arthur Laurents’ Anyone Can Whistle, starring Vanessa Williams.
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 20, 2021
Apple Music Country's Hunter Kelly returns to 92 Online with his 'From Nashville' Music Talks. On November 8 at 7 PM Grammy Award-winning country star and lead singer of country-pop supergroup Sugarland, Jennifer Nettles joins Hunter Kelly for a conversation about her new Broadway album Always Like New, just as she steps into the lead in the current Broadway production of Waitress.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 19, 2021
Philomene Doucette, is a made-to-order assassin struggling between her programming and her desire for free will. Brainwashed and systematically fractured from the age of six, the pretty killer disassociates between her Six-Year-Old Self, the heart, Philomene, the head, and the Monarch Queen, the abyss who finds no issue with killing.
by Michael Dale - Nov 28, 2021
How my exposure to the diversity of New York theatre changed once I started going to Off-Off-Broadway more frequently than to Broadway.
by Peter Nason - Nov 27, 2021
The most important figure in musical theatre history is gone; let's celebrate his life by listening to his incredible works. Reviewer Peter Nason gets you started by listing his choices for the 91 greatest Sondheim songs.
by Stephen Mosher - Nov 27, 2021
Stephen Sondheim 1930 -2021
by Robert Diamond - Nov 26, 2021
Broadway icon Stephen Sondheim has passed away age 91.  The legendary composer is widely acknowledged as the most innovative, most influential, and most important composer and lyricist in modern Broadway history.
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 26, 2021
In the wake of Stephen Sondheim's passing, there has been an outpouring of grief from the Broadway community and beyond. Read them all here.
by Stephi Wild - Nov 2, 2021
Diana returns to Broadway and we've got all you need to know about the cast of the production. Learn more about them here!
by Stephi Wild - Nov 15, 2021
Company has officially returned to Broadway as of November 15. Meet the cast and learn more about who is bringing this production to the stage!
by A.A. Cristi - May 4, 2021
The Hill Country Community Theatre presents “Side By Side By Sondheim” for six performances only, June 4 – 13, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM.
by A.A. Cristi - May 18, 2021
The finesse, fun, insight, soul, and inventiveness of Broadways' most innovative and vital composer is at the center of this love letter to Stephen Sondheim. 
by Nicole Rosky - Mar 9, 2021
Everybody's got the right... to be vaccinated. On last night's reunion of the original company of Assassins, beloved Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim, who turns 91 later this month, revealed that he is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 
by Student Blogger: Michael Scuotto - Mar 9, 2021
When I was about 7, I saw the West Side Story movie for the first time, and I loved it. I memorized the entire script, snapped my way around the school yard during recess, you know, normal kid stuff. Even then, I remember thinking “hey, this Sondheim guy is pretty cool”.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 6, 2021
'IT TAKES TWO: A Stephen Sondheim & Andrew Lloyd Webber Birthday Celebration', featuring selections from the song catalogues of both groundbreaking Broadway composers, will be offered Saturday, March 13th, via exclusive live stream.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 5, 2021
PS CLASSICS has announced the release of All the Girls – the new album from Rebecca Luker and Sally Wilfert – on CD online and in stores today, Friday, March 5. It was released in digital and streaming formats in December. The album marks the final recording by Ms. Luker, a Broadway luminary for over 30 years, who passed away late last year.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 31, 2021
Who's ready to chase some cookies?! Well, you better grab a net and start making a list of who's safe and who's sane because hosts Bobby and Kristina are back with a brand new episode of the new podcast My Favorite Flop and it's all about the 1964 Stephen Sondheim/Arthur Laurents musical 'Anyone Can Whistle'!
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Mar 30, 2021
Everyone's favorite girl scout, Dana Steingold, is teaching a masterclass on April 18 at 12pm ET! Watch below as she shares what to expect in the class and teases all the fun topics you can discuss during the Q&A!
by Student Blogger: Emily Brooks - Mar 26, 2021
None of Sondheim's innovative works is just like another – so which one in particular you gravitate towards can say a lot. So in good, lighthearted fun, in celebration of a genius’s birthday, I bring you a very unscientific analysis of what your favorite Sondheim musical says about you!
by Peter Nason - Mar 18, 2021
BWW Reviewer Peter Nason chooses the 91 greatest Sondheim songs. See if your favorites made the cut! What's at #1?
by Team BWW - Mar 10, 2021
We're excited to announce that Wicked's Brittney Johnson and Beetlejuice's Dana Steingold are the next artists taking part in our Masterclass series!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 25, 2021
Multi-GRAMMY® Award winner Jennifer Nettles is offering a renewed sense of hope by leading the charge to usher in the return of Broadway with her new genre-defying album, Always Like New from Concord Records, which is out today.
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 21, 2021
At 91 years-old and with credits that range from “West Side Story” and “Gypsy” to “Sweeney Todd” and “Into The Woods” just to name a few, Stephen Sondheim remains one of Broadway's most pivotal voices.
by Team BWW - Jun 17, 2021
Jenn Colella is stopping by the Seth Rudetsky Concert Series this weekend! We're looking back at past performances before her show on Sunday!
by Ricky Pope - Jun 14, 2021
Thanks to the successful vaccines and the re-opening of clubs and cabaret rooms, we are starting to see a slow return to the normality of gathering to hear the work of fellow artists. I was privileged to be at such a gathering this afternoon when I attended the PANGEA SUNDAY OPEN MIC & JAZZ BRUNCH. Jazz Brunch was created before the pandemic by multi-award-winning cabaret artist, Sue Matsuki and her awesome musical director and composer, Gregory Toroian. And it is back with a bang, playing to a sold-out house.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 14, 2021
The 1 hour 40 minute production showcases Sondheim music from 'Sunday in the Park with George,' 'Merrily We Roll Along,' 'Follies,' 'Into the Woods,' 'A Little Night Music,' 'Company,' 'Sweeney Todd,' 'Assassins,' 'Anyone Can Whistle,' 'The Frogs,' 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,' 'Dick Tracy,' and 'Do I Hear a Waltz?'
by Nicole Rosky - Jul 5, 2021
Happy almost-Fourth of July! On this very special day that we celebrate our nation's independence, we can't help thinking about some of our favorite songs celebrating America... as featured in Broadway musicals! Kick off the holiday weekend with fifty of our favorite patriotic showtunes. Get ready to party like it's 1776!
by Stephi Wild - Jul 1, 2021
Writer Reuben Johnson's new re-imagining of this classic tale will take place outdoors in the beautiful gardens of the Actor's Church and features spoken word, original songs and is led by a cast of actor-musicians. Arthur/Merlin will run from 4 August – 22 August.  
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 5, 2021
In the first part of a collaboration between the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Paper Mill Playhouse, Broadway veteran Rema Webb and an NJSO string quintet give an at-home performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel tonight, January 5, at 7 pm.
by Stephen Mosher - Jan 3, 2021
The two-camera documentary concert film of the SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED series could lead to an all new venture for Phil Geoffrey Bond and his stable of supremely talented Sondheim singers.
by Stephi Wild - Feb 28, 2021
Happy Birthday to the one and only Bernadette Peters! Today, we're celebrating one of Broadway's favorite stars with a look back on some highlights from her career.
by Bobby Patrick - Dec 6, 2021
You see my dear ones, in the end, it’s all in his singing. Moss has one of those rare tonal qualities that can only be described as, “A tear in the voice” and it is this heartfelt vulnerability that draws you into his music as he travels from Hilariousville to Haunting Town and back again.
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Dec 3, 2021
The theater community around the world is mourning the loss of legend Stephen Sondheim after his passing on November 26, 2021. We asked our readers which Sondheim lyric meant the most to them and why. Read their answers here.
by Michael Major - Dec 3, 2021
On Stage will take a look back at the incredible life and career of legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, including tributes from members of the Broadway community such as Nathan Lane, Josh Groban, Mandy Patinkin, Donna Murphy, Laura Benanti, Joanna Gleason, Lonny Price, Raul Esparza and Michael Cerveris.
by Stephen Mosher - Dec 19, 2020
Ten years of SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED came to an abrupt halt in March. Now Phil Geoffrey Bond prepares for the first-ever film version of his creation to debut on December 26th, care of 54 Below.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 1, 2021
In 2020, Stephen Sondheim talked to 60 Minutes' Bill Whitaker about the different creative processes he experienced on his first Broadway musical, 'West Side Story.' 
by Bernie Siben - Aug 9, 2021
Charlotte Libov, a winner of MetropolitanZoom's 2021 giveaway contest, delivered a fun and pleasant collection of songs from the Broadway, film, and pop repertoires.
by Nicole Rosky - Apr 7, 2021
New York City Center today announced a new digital program as part of the 2020 – 2021 season, Sutton Foster|Bring Me to Light. Filmed live at City Center, the concert premieres Wednesday, April 28 at 7pm ET, with on demand viewing through Monday, May 31.
by Nicole Rosky - Apr 26, 2021
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Sutton Foster|Bring Me to Light. Filmed live at City Center, the concert is set to premiere Wednesday, April 28 at 7pm ET, with on demand viewing through Monday, May 31.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 22, 2021
Holmdel Theatre Company has announced their next installment of their 2021 Broadway Outside the Barn series with Melissa Errico: Sondheim by the Shore on Saturday, July 17th at 8 PM ET. 
by Nicole Rosky - Apr 20, 2021
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Sutton Foster|Bring Me to Light. Filmed live at City Center, the concert is set to premiere Wednesday, April 28 at 7pm ET, with on demand viewing through Monday, May 31. Check out a sneak peek!
by Nicole Rosky - Apr 17, 2021
Broadway might be dark, but that doesn't mean that theatre isn't happening everywhere! Below, check out where you can get your daily fix of Broadway this weekend, April 17-18, 2021.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 1, 2021
TheaterWorks Hartford in partnership with Goodspeed Musicals announced today that CHRISTIANE NOLL: COMING ALIVE AGAIN will stream on demand May 9 through 30, 2021.  A thoughtful, moving and funny concert experience exploring themes of motherhood and complex women, through the lens of a Broadway artist navigating a crazy Covid-paralyzed world.