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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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Prince Music Theatre

(Philadelphia, PA)
1412 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
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by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2019
The League of Professional Theatre Women an organization which has been championing women in the professional theatre for over three decades, will present an Oral History Project event with the legendary, five-time Tony Award-winning actress, Angela Lansbury on Thursday, November 14 starting at 6pm in the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (111 Amsterdam Avenue at 65th Street). Admission to the event is FREE and seats are available on a first-come-first-seated basis. Doors will open at 5:30pm. 
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2020
92Y has announced its upcoming schedule of online programming featuring Retta, John Lithgow, Paula Scher and more.
by Stage Tube - Sep 15, 2020
The renaming of the theatre was dedicated to Stephen Sondheim, the greatest and best known artist in American musical theatre on his 80th birthday. 
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2019
The League of Professional Theatre Women (Shellen Lubin and Catherine Porter, Co-Presidents), an organization which has been championing women in the professional theatre for over three decades, will present an Oral History Project event with the legendary, five-time Tony Award-winning actress, Angela Lansbury on Thursday, November 14 starting at 6pm (doors at 5:30pm) in the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (111 Amsterdam Avenue at 65th Street). Admission to the FREE event is currently sold out.
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 29, 2019
In this episode, Katie is joined in the kitchen by Beetlejuice's Girl Scout, Dana Steingold. Check out the recipe for Katie's Heart Stoppingly Good Samoa Cookies!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2019
BroadwayHD is heading into November with a stellar lineup, lead by knock-out performances of theater classics. The all-female production of Donmar Warehouse's Julius Caesar makes its way to the platform on November 7, giving subscribers a stunning twist on a classic play. Dan Goggin's internationally acclaimed musical anthology series, Nunsense and its 6 sequels will be making its exclusive digital streaming premiere on BroadwayHD beginning November 14. Just in time for the 20th Anniversary of its debut on Broadway, Putting It Together starring Tony and Emmy Award winners Carol Burnett and George Hearn as well as Emmy Award nominee Bronson Pinchot brings a heavy dose of humor to the library on November 21. In addition to all of this, the holidays arrive early when beautiful productions of A Christmas Carol, MeshugaNutcracker! and The Royal Ballet's The Nutcracker debut on BroadwayHD on November 26.
by Stephi Wild - Oct 24, 2019
Today's top stories: casting announced for My Fair Lady on tour, and more!
by Stephi Wild - Oct 16, 2019
Today's top stories: The Lightning Thief officially opens tonight, and more!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 16, 2019
It's time to celebrate because today is the birthday of legendary stage and screen actress Angela Lansbury! In honor of the occasion, we're looking back at the opening night of her Tony-winning performance in Blithe Spirit on Broadway! Check out the video to see Lansbury alongside her co-stars Christine Ebersole, Rupert Everett, and more on this special night!
by Stephi Wild - Oct 15, 2019
Today's top stories: The Rose Tattoo officially opens tonight, and more!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2019
On Friday, November 8 at 8:00pm, superstar Sutton Foster stars in An Evening with Sutton Foster, headlining the first show of Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) and McCarter Theatre Center's new PRINCETON POPS series collaboration. The Tony Award-winning singer, actor, and dancer Sutton Foster performs personal song favorites and Broadway classics including a?oeAnything Goes,a?? a?oeC'est Magnifique,a?? a?oeDown with Love,a?? a?oeI Get a Kick out of You,a?? a?oeSunshine on My Shoulders,a?? a?oeSinging in the Rain,a?? and so much more. The Princeton Symphony Orchestra accompanies Ms. Foster under the baton of John Devlin, former PSO assistant conductor, now music director of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. The performance takes place in McCarter's Matthews Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2019
On Friday, November 8 at 8:00pm, superstar Sutton Foster stars in An Evening with Sutton Foster, headlining the first show of Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) and McCarter Theatre Center's new PRINCETON POPS series collaboration.
by Ben Rimalower - Oct 14, 2019
In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk to Tony, Grammy, and Academy Award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz about Judy Collins' 1967 album 'Wildflowers.' They also discuss Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, The Supremes, 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf,' Motown, 'Bye Bye Birdie,' and Leonard Cohen. Stephen talks about the conception and creation of a number of his works, including 'Wicked,' 'Godspell,' 'Pippin,' 'The Baker's Wife,' 'Working,' 'Rags,' and 'The Prince of Egypt.' He tells stories about working with artists such as Howard Ashman, Charles Strouse, Steven Spielberg, and Whitney Houston, and talks about collaborating with Alan Menken, with whom he wrote the songs for the hit Disney films 'Pocahontas,' 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame,' and 'Enchanted.'
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2019
You oughtta know that Jagged Little Pill is officially in preview son Broadway!  The new musical is inspired by the themes and raw emotions laid bare in Alanis Morissette's seminal album of the same name. The Healys appear to be a picture-perfect suburban family - but looks can be deceiving. When the cracks beneath the surface begin to show, they must choose between maintaining the status quo or facing harsh truths about themselves, their community, and the world around them.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2019
The hills were alive this weekend as Tally Sessions took over BroadwayWorld's Instagram Story at Asolo Repertory Theatre's The Sound of Music, exactly 60 years after the iconic musical's original Broadway production opened! So in case you missed it (or just want to relive all of the fun and excitement), we compiled clips for you to enjoy. Check it all out!
by Linnae Medeiros - Nov 15, 2019
The hills are alive because Tally Sessions is taking over BroadwayWorld's Instagram Story at Asolo Repertory Theatre's The Sound of Music this Saturday, November 16th! Be sure to tune in throughout the day to get a peek behind the scenes of the iconic musical exactly 60 years after the original Broadway production opened!
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2020
The York Theatre Company will host special online weekly activities to include past York events, live chats and panel discussions with past production and creative team members, and special 'Happy Hour' Members Nights with a few games of York trivia thrown in.
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2020
On May 9 (7:30pm) PBS Poetry in America will air 'Finishing The Hat' - Stephen Sondheim. Sondheim is widely hailed as the greatest modern American musical theater composer.
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2020
On May 9 (7:30pm) PBS Poetry in America will air 'Finishing The Hat' - Stephen Sondheim. Sondheim is widely hailed as the greatest modern American musical theater composer. Series creator Elisa New speaks with Broadway stage actors including Melissa Errico, writer Adam Gopnik, and others to explore Sondheim's singular ability to blend lyrics and music-using as their case study this song from his Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Sunday in the Park with George.
by Stephen Mosher - May 28, 2020
Wendy Scherl's debut CD is a winner, and if you listen to it, YOU'LL SEE.
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2020
Cecelia Ticktin (Wicked) joins Adam Laird (Beetlejuice) for Songs From Our Living Rooms, a virtual concert that will be released on May 23.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2020
The Third Avenue Playhouse, located in historic downtown Sturgeon Bay, announces its lineup of six plays for the upcoming 2020 season. The plays include an early career work from playwright David Mamet, a 1964 musical by the legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, a multi-award winning classic about the unlikely friendship between an elderly lady and her driver, the story of an unconventional advice columnist, and a farcical take on the making of Gone With The Wind.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2020
New York City Center has canceled the remainder of the 2019–2020 season including Encores! Thoroughly Modern Millie.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2020
Today's flashback features quarantine MVP Patti LuPone in her stunning turn as Mama Rose in the classic musical. Gypsy, which ran at City Center in 2007.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2020
New York City Center is presenting the #EncoresArchives series! They will be posting daily highlights from their musical theater vault from Encores!, Encores! Off-Center, and Gala productions. In their first Instagram post about the new series they shared:
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2020
New York City Center is presenting the #EncoresArchives series! They will be posting daily highlights from their musical theater vault from Encores!, Encores! Off-Center, and Gala productions. In their first Instagram post about the new series they shared:
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2020
DIANA is officially in previews on Broadway! Tony Award®-winning director Christopher Ashley (Come From Away) and the writers behind the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis (Joe DiPietro and David Bryan) bring us face-to-face with one of the 20th century's most compelling figures in this landmark musical event, featuring an epic and sweeping contemporary score with music supervision and arrangements by Olivier Award® winner Ian Eisendrath, choreography by Olivier Award winner and Tony Award nominee Kelly Devine, and Diana's iconic style reimagined by six-time Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2020
Company is officially in previews on Broadway!  Following the engagement in London's West End, the new production of Sondheim and George Furth's landmark American musical, Company, directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Marianne Elliott comes to Broadway starring Tony and Grammy Award® winner Katrina Lenk as Bobbie and two-time Tony Award and two-time Grammy Award winner Patti LuPone as Joanne.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2020
Pear Theatre Presents SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM June 11 a?" July 12, 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2020
92Y has announced new dates for for The Good Fight, Joe Iconis, and talks about Sondheim and Bernstein.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2020
Kick off the holiday weekend with fifty of our favorite patriotic showtunes. From musicals about American history like Ragtime and Hamilton, to American anthems that come straight from the Broadway stage. Get ready to party like it's 1776!
by Stephi Wild - Jul 19, 2020
Looking for something new to read while staying inside, but still need your Broadway fix? We've rounded up 10 of our favorite books on directing!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2020
The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and rediscovery of musical gems from the past, as part of its 50th Anniversary season celebration, will present two special events during the month of January: A York Chat: '50 Years of The York,' first in a series of panel discussions, and a staged concert of the 1969 Broadway musical Celebration written by the legendary songwriting team Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones. Both special events will take place at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2020
Showtunes Theatre Company produced its first musical in concert on January 22, 2000 at Town Hall in Seattle. That first show was Anyone Can Whistle, a Stephen Sondheim/Arthur Laurents cult favorite that showcased 30+ local performers and musicians and enjoyed a sold-out-one-night-only performance. Now, 20 years and one month to the day, Showtunes has produced 40 musicals in concert, multiple cabarets and special events produced in and around Seattle since January of 2000 on the very stage it all began - Town Hall Seattle.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2020
Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra are pleased to announce a special concert, to celebrate the 90th birthday of the legendary Stephen Sondheim presented on his actual birthday, Sunday 22 March 2020, in QPAC's Concert Hall.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2020
Musical Theatre West (MTW) brings five-time Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime to the Carpenter Performing Arts Center February 7-23.  Based on E.L. Doctorow's acclaimed novel, the 13-time Tony-nominated musical tells the story of three families trying to find their way during the turn of the 20th century in New York City; each struggling with the changing cultural climate in America and each facing the promise of hope and new beginnings in the midst of prejudice and bigotry.  Showcasing music and lyrics by the Tony Award-winning team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens and a Tony Award-winning book by Terrence McNally, Ragtime features a score with such memorable songs as a?oeYour Daddy's Son,a?? a?oeWheels of a Dream,a?? a?oeTill We Reach That Daya?? and a?oeMake Them Hear You.a??
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2020
#CheerUpCharlie - The Show which will be taking place at The Actors' Church in Covent Garden on Sunday 3rd May at 7.30pm with an All-Star West End Cast celebrating their Ambassador Charlie Kristensen and his campaign with The Diana Award to raise awareness of anti-bullying. Proceeds from ticket sales are going to The Diana Award which runs the UK's leading anti-bullying school programme.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2020
The musical theatre came roaring back in the 1990s and began a new Golden Age for the art form. And there's a new book that takes you on a guided tour.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2020
What have you been doing during the pandemic? New Line Theatre Artistic Director Scott Miller has been writing a collection of horror stories, all inspired by the musical theatre. Yes, you read that right.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2020
Judith Light, Jason Danieley, Colin Jost, Seth Meyers, Chita Rivera, Illeana Douglas, and more have been announced for 92Y talks and classes online.
by Peter Nason - Apr 30, 2020
BWW Reviewer Peter Nason chooses the best musical theatre characters from 1940-2020; see if your favorites made the cut!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2020
Stephen Sondheim's 90th Birthday with 'Take Me To The World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration' raised over $400,000 dollars for ASTEP!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2020
Just last night, the stars came out to celebrate Stephen Sondheim's 90th Birthday with 'Take Me To The World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration'. The free online event, hosted by Raúl Esparza, on the exact 50th anniversary of the opening night of Sondheim's musical Company (the original production debuted on Broadway on April 26, 1970).
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2020
We've been compiling showcase videos from college seniors all around the country. Although their performances were cancelled, the show must go on-- virtually!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2020
Additional star performances were announced today for the all-star special virtual concert in celebration of Stephen Sondheim's 90th Birthday, 'Take Me To The World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration', this Sunday, April 26 at 8:00 PM ET.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2020
A star-studded lineup has been announced for a special virtual concert in celebration of Stephen Sondheim's 90th Birthday, Take Me To The World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration, this Sunday, April 26 at 8:00 PM. 
by Stage Tube - Apr 18, 2020
L. Steven Taylor and Holly Ann Butler performed a Rent parody, called 'The Tango Quarantine.'