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Anyone Can Whistle - 2005 - Regional (US)

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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Ravinia Theatre

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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 Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 6, 2020
Texas Performing Arts announced today that it will present Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway featuring two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone on October 24, Tony Award winner Laura Benanti on November 14, and critically acclaimed actress and singer Vanessa Williams on December 5.
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 A.A. Cristi - Oct 5, 2020
Marcus Performing Arts Center announced today that it is one of a select group of nonprofit arts organizations participating in a three-part virtual concert series, Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway featuring two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone on October 24, Tony Award winner Laura Benanti on November 14, and critically acclaimed actress and singer Vanessa Williams on December 5. Tickets go on sale October 7 at Noon.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 29, 2020
After lots of books for hardcore musical theatre lovers, Miller has finally written one for everybody else, The ABC's of Broadway Musicals: A Civilian's Guide, a fun, short, easy-to-read introduction to the art form, famous shows, famous artists, books and videos to check out, and a short but informative stroll through the history of musicals.
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Oct 27, 2020
Beetlejuice star Dana Steingold took over our Instagram story yesterday, October 26 to chat about phone banking for Broadway for Biden! Missed all the fun? No worries-- check out highlights from her takeover below!
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Oct 26, 2020
Beetlejuice star Dana Steingold is taking over our Instagram story today, October 26, to chat about phone banking for Broadway for Biden!
by Stage Tube - Oct 24, 2020
Today we celebrate Broadway favorite and Tony- nominee, Raul Esparza!
by Stephi Wild - Oct 21, 2020
This week's list includes Laura Benanti's debut solo album, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing Disney music, the 2020 West End Mary Poppins cast recording, and more.
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 16, 2020
Angela Lansbury has enjoyed a career without precedent. Her professional career spans more than half-a-century, during which she has flourished, first as a star of motion pictures, then as a four-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical star, and most recently as the star of 'Murder, She Wrote,' the longest running detective drama series in the history of television.
by Stephi Wild - Oct 16, 2020
Yesterday, the nominees for the 2020 Tony Awards were announced! Jagged Little Pill leads with 15 noms. Did your favorite get nominated? Check out the full list below, as well as reactions from some of the nominees! 
by Stephen Mosher - Nov 25, 2020
When he recorded the first complete recording of ANYONE CAN WHISTLE, John Yap didn't know it would be twenty-three years before anyone heard it. Well, they will be listening now.
by Stephi Wild - Nov 19, 2020
Today's top stories: Tina Fey is set to host 'One Night Only: The Best of Broadway,' which will air Thursday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC, New York City Center has announced a future Encores! production of INTO THE WOODS, and more!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 18, 2020
17 years after being recorded, Jay Records will release the cast recording for Anyone Can Whistle on December 4. This is the first 'complete' recording of the musical, which includes all songs, dances, overtures, entr'acte and underscoring. Pre-order today!
by Stephi Wild - Nov 17, 2020
17 years after being recorded, Jay Records will release the cast recording for Anyone Can Whistle on December 4. This is the first 'complete' recording of the musical, which includes all songs, dances, overtures, entr'acte and underscoring.
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 Stephi Wild - Dec 2, 2020
Need something new to read, watch, or listen to? Check out this week's list of new and upcoming releases! This week's list includes the new Christmas album from Michael Ball & Alfie Boe, new music from Linda Eder, Liz Callaway, and more.
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 18, 2020
PS CLASSICS will release All the Girls – the new album from Rebecca Luker and Sally Wilfert – on Friday, December 25 in digital and streaming formats. A CD will be available on Friday, January 15, 2021. The pair have recorded a celebration of womanhood in all its complexities and expressions.
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.