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Butterflies Are Free - 1969 - Broadway

Butterflies are Free is a romantic comedy that centers on a blind man's attempt at self-reliance, a young woman's fear of commitment, and a loving mother's struggle with letting her son go. The original Broadway production opened in 1969, and won a Supporting Actress Tony award for Blythe Danner. A successful movie version starred Goldie Hawn, Edward Albert and won Eileen Heckart an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress in 1972.

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Booth Theatre (Broadway)

(New York, NY)
222 West 45th St.
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by Julie Musbach - Sep 9, 2017
"Hamilton" Tony Award nominee and Grammy Award winner Jonathan Groff headlined Westport Country Playhouse's 2017 Gala on Saturday evening, September 9.
by Nicole Rosky - Sep 24, 2019
Stage and screen star Blythe Danner will join the third season of Starz's American Gods, according to Deadline. The Tony winner will play Demeter, goddess of the harvest, who has a romantic past with Mr. Wednesday, played by Ian McShane.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2017
Villanova Theatre will kick off the 2017-2018 season with the iconic musical Godspell, directed by Philadelphia favorite Matt Pfeiffer, who took home the Barrymore Award for Best Direction of a Play two years in a row.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2017
59E59 Theaters hosts the New York premiere of NO WAKE, written by William Donnelly and directed by Veronica Brady. Produced by Route 66 Theatre Company and Bella Vita Entertainment, NO WAKE plays a limited engagement through Sunday, October 15. Press Opening is tonight, October 4 at 7:30 PM.
by Stephi Wild - Oct 28, 2018
Composer Stephen Schwartz has revealed what's next for him in his most recent newsletter for The Schwartz Scene.
by Julie Musbach - Oct 24, 2018
Let the bells peal!  Ring in the holidays with a classic tale.  Long Island's newest theatrical venue The Argyle Theatrepresents the musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame, based on the novel by Victor Hugo and songs from the Disney film originally developed by Disney Theatrical Productions, with music by Alan Menkin, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and book by Peter Parnell.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2017
Judith Clurman, Silas Brown, Essential Voices and Tony & Grammy Award-winning producer Van Dean (Broadway Records) announced today the release of 'Testimony,' a new single written by award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin) with proceeds benefiting anti-bullying workshops in New York City Public Schools.
by Julie Musbach - May 7, 2018
The full cast for The 5th Avenue Theatre's spectacular new production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which stars Deaf actorJoshua Castille as Quasimodo, has been announced. Castille will use American Sign Language (ASL) throughout his performance, bringing new life and perspective to Quasimodo, who is deaf in the novel by Victor Hugo.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 3, 2021
Rover Dramawerks begins their 21st Season with the classic comedy Butterflies are Free by Leonard Gershe. Performances will be at The Core Theatre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd. in Richardson, running just two weekends: May 13-22 on Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m. and on Saturdays at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 27, 2020
Westport Country Playhouse has received a pledge from Darien residents Maureen and Edwin Schloss to match every dollar raised up to $250,000 between now and July 4.
by Stephi Wild - May 2, 2018
Legendary Broadway and Hollywood songwriter Stephen Schwartz was announced today as special guest of the annual 'OZ-Stravaganza!'/WIZARD OF OZ festival, June 1-3, in Chittenango, NY. The Oscar and Grammy Award-winning composer/lyricist will take part in two separate events on Saturday and Sunday that weekend, celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of WICKED, which opened on Broadway in 2003. The musical is among Schwartz's greatest international successes, recounting the saga of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda the Good Witch in the Land of Oz. Chittenango, just east of Syracuse, is the birthplace of L. Frank Baum, who introduced those characters in his iconic children's book, THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ (1900).
by Stephi Wild - May 2, 2018
SPRING AT THE WILLOWBROOK INN, a new play by Jonathan Van Dyke, will be featured at the Tampa International Fringe Festival at the HCC Studio Theatre in Tampa, FL. May 3 - 6, 2018, starring Wesley Eure (TV's Land of the Lost, Days of Our Lives, Dragon Tales), George Dvorsky (Broadway's Scarlett Pimpernel, Passion, and Madam Secretary), Justin Lore (Forbidden Broadway, Disney's Finding Nemo), and Jacob Thompson (The Perfect Murder). Directed by Jonathan Van Dyke, SPRING AT THE WILLOWBROOK INN was awarded Outstanding Production and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play at the All Out Arts: Fresh Fruit Festival in NYC.
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 18, 2021
Westport Country Playhouse Radio Theater, a free-of-charge broadcast series, in partnership with WSHU Public Radio, will present the new, audio play, “The Return,” on Saturday, May 29, at noon, followed by a rebroadcast on Sunday, May 30, at 4 p.m.
by Stephi Wild - May 15, 2018
Real life sweethearts, KEIR DULLEA (2001: A Space Odyssey) and MIA DILLON (TONY award nominee, Crimes of the Heart) bring A. R. Gurney's Love Letters to life in this one of a kind performance. As 'Melissa' and 'Andy,' these two stunning artists bring complexity and humanity to Gurney's timeless play about love, friendship, loss, challenges and the art of letter writing. Underscoring their love for New York's theatre scene, Ms. Dillon and Mr. Dullea share this production as a benefit for the award winning Articulate Theatre Company.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 6, 2019
As part of the closing week of the Brenda Starr, Reporter: The Art of Dale Messick exhibit at the Society of Illustrators (128 East 63rd Street New York, NY 10065), The Waverly Writers Collective will present a staged reading of Reporter Girl, a full-length play written by Laura Rohrman (My Life As You at Studio 54/Shetler), Dale Messick's Granddaughter and co-curator of the exhibit.
by Stage Tube - Mar 28, 2019
John Lithgow is a man obsessed with the future. Blythe Danner is a woman trapped in the past. Together they have a chance to embrace the present. Watch the trailer for THE TOMORROW MAN below!
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 26, 2021
Westport Country Playhouse will present a virtual Script in Hand playreading of “Rent Control,” the Off-Broadway hit comedy based on the true story of a struggling-to-survive actor in New York City who invents a moneymaking scheme that backfires. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 22, 2021
Award-winning producer and director, Paul Lazarus, in association with the Broadway Podcast Network, has announced the reissuing of his Anything Goes radio series as a new podcast.  ANYTHING GOES is available weekly beginning today, Monday, March 22nd, 2021 on Stephen Sondheim’s 91st birthday.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 14, 2021
Today's Theater Stories features the Booth Theatre! Learn about some of the theatre's best-known shows including Sunday in the Park with George, Next to Normal, Freestyle Love Supreme, and many more!
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 13, 2018
Meredith Baxter and Michael Gross, the parents from the five-time Emmy-winning NBC comedy "Family Ties," will make their Bucks County Playhouse debut, as part of the Visiting Artists Series, in A. R. Gurney's critically acclaimed "Love Letters." Running from April 4 - 8, 2018, 'Love Letters' is an especially meaningful show for Baxter and Gross who have continued as friends and colleagues since working together on "Family Ties" 30 years ago.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 12, 2018
The Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) will toast the life and work of one of American theatre's greatest writers, Stephen Schwartz, on Monday April 23rd at 7PM EST at the Hudson Theatre (141 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036). The star-filled concert, sponsored in part by the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) and the Hudson Theatre, will showcase and shine a spotlight on Schwartz's beloved songs, stories, and legacy in celebration of his 70th Birthday.
by Julie Musbach - Mar 1, 2018
5-STAR THEATRICALS (formerly Cabrillo Music Theatre) continues its 2017-2018 season with the Thousand Oaks premiere of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Peter Parnell (based on the Victor Hugo Novel and songs from the Disney film), musical direction by Dan Redfeld, choreography by Michelle Elkin and directed by Misti B. Wills. THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME opens on Friday, April 20, 2017 and runs through Sunday, April 29, 2018at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 1, 2018
The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) is proud to present La Frontera: Encounters Along the Border, an international exhibition of contemporary jewelry that explores the US-Mexico border as a complex landscape of human interaction. Opening today and running through September 23, the exhibition features forty-eight artists from the United States, Latin America, and Europe whose works expose the underlying currents of the border environment within geographic, ecological, political, economic, social, cultural, and ideological contexts.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 2, 2021
Westport Country Playhouse will present a Script in Hand play reading of the comedy, “The Savannah Disputation,” filmed on the Playhouse stage and broadcast virtually, premiering Monday, June 14, at 7 p.m., and streaming on-demand from Tuesday, June 15 through Sunday, June 20.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2018
Legendary Broadway and Hollywood songwriter Stephen Schwartz was announced today as special guest of the annual 'OZ-Stravaganza!'/WIZARD OF OZ festival, June 1-3, in Chittenango, NY. The Oscar and Grammy Award-winning composer/lyricist will take part in two separate events today and Sunday that weekend, celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of WICKED, which opened on Broadway in 2003. The musical is among Schwartz's greatest international successes, recounting the saga of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda the Good Witch in the Land of Oz. Chittenango, just east of Syracuse, is the birthplace of L. Frank Baum, who introduced those characters in his iconic children's book, THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ (1900).
by Julie Musbach - Jun 17, 2019
Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency (GAAR) in Greensboro, Vermont announces its 2019 Mainstage Summer Season, kicking off July 25-28
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 15, 2021
Ninety years ago on June 29, 1931, Westport Country Playhouse opened its doors to its very first stage production. This year, on the exact same day, the Playhouse will mark its 90th anniversary with the opening of the virtual production, “Tiny House,” written by Michael Gotch, and directed by Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director. The regional premiere of the timely comedy about escaping urban life in an isolated mountain paradise will stream on demand from Tuesday, June 29 through Sunday, July 18.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2018
Real life sweethearts, KEIR DULLEA (2001: A Space Odyssey) and MIA DILLON (TONY award nominee, Crimes of the Heart) bring A. R. Gurney's Love Letters to life in this one of a kind performance. As 'Melissa' and 'Andy,' these two stunning artists bring complexity and humanity to Gurney's timeless play about love, friendship, loss, challenges and the art of letter writing. Underscoring their love for New York's theatre scene, Ms. Dillon and Mr. Dullea share this production as a benefit for the award winning Articulate Theatre Company.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 7, 2018
Theatre Southwest has announced its 2018-19 Season! Read all about it below.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 30, 2020
Westport Country Playhouse will present a Script in Hand playreading of a?oeMiracle on South Division Street,a?? a comedy about family, faith, and adjusting to life's surprises, by Tom Dudzick, on Monday, February 24, at 7 p.m.  Co-curators and co-directors of the Script in Hand Series are Anne Keefe, Playhouse associate artist, and Mark Shanahan, director, actor, and playwright. 
by Caryn Robbins - Jan 18, 2018
WILL & GRACE will round out casting for Season 1 with the following guest stars, who will appear in future episodes. Alec Baldwin will reprise his role as Malcolm Widmark, Blythe Danner will reprise her role as Marilyn Truman (Will's mom), Sara Rue will reprise her role as Joyce (Grace's sister). Mary McCormack and Robert Klein will also guest star.
by Julie Musbach - Jan 11, 2018
ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY is thrilled to announce the third show of its 2017-2018 Season, the 2014-2015 Outer Critics Circle & Drama Desk award nominee for Best Play, THE CITY OF CONVERSATION, written by Anthony Giardina and directed by Cameron Watson.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 8, 2019
Gingold Theatrical Group (David Staller, Artistic Director) is proud to announce the 2019 Golden Shamrock Gala will be held on Saturday, March 16th at 3 West Club (3 West 51st Street), and will honor humanitarian and award-winning creator of Godspell, Pippin, and Wicked, Stephen Schwartz, and tireless supporter of the arts in New York, Mary Pamela Singleton.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 5, 2019
Thursday Night Theater Club announce their cast of fourteen for The Elephant Man by playwright Bernard Pomerance.  Robyn Cohen is delighted to be at the helm with such a notable group of actors.   The production opens at El Portal Theatre. Tickets are available at:  www.ElPortalTheatre.com. The show will open March 21 - 23 and April 3 - 14, 2019.
by Nicole Rosky - Feb 28, 2018
According to Deadline, an untitled musical project based on the life and works of Hans Christian Andersen was just picked up by Fox 2000. Featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a script by David Magee, the 'four quadrant epic musical fantasy' will be produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 21, 2018
Three television icons will take the stage in two different shows announced today by Bucks County Playhouse as part of their winter Visiting Artist Series. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 11, 2021
Westport Country Playhouse will present a virtual Script in Hand playreading of “A Sherlock Carol,” a new, mystery mashup featuring familiar characters from the literature of Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens.
by Stephi Wild - Feb 10, 2018
ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY is thrilled to announce the third show of its 2017-2018 Season, the 2014-2015 Outer Critics Circle & Drama Desk award nominee for Best Play, THE CITY OF CONVERSATION, written by Anthony Giardina and directed by Cameron Watson. Meredith Baxter and Sharon Lawrence star in this deeply moving and thought-provoking story about how the political divide tears apart an American family. THE CITY OF CONVERSATION begins previews on Thursday, February 8, opens on Saturday, February 10, and runs through Sunday, February 25, 2018 at The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria Street in Santa Barbara.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Dec 9, 2020
Westport Country Playhouse, in partnership with WSHU Public Radio, will present a free-of-charge audio play, “A Merry Little Christmas Carol,” on Saturday, December 19, at noon, followed by a rebroadcast on Saturday, December 26, at 8 p.m. WSHU frequencies and locations are listed at wshu.org in the About Us drop-down menu.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 17, 2019
Westport Country Playhouse has named director, actor, and playwright Mark Shanahan as co-curator of the 2020 Script in Hand Playreading Series. He will collaborate with Anne Keefe, Playhouse associate artist and current curator of the Series. The Playhouse's Script in Hand Series offers readings of dramas and comedies by professional actors using their skills to catapult the audience's imagination without benefit of scenery or costumes.
by Julie Musbach - Aug 19, 2019
Cleveland Play House opens its 2019-2020 season with the celebratory, heart-felt comedy Into The Breeches! written by George Brant. Directed by CPH Artistic Director Laura Kepley, the uplifting, laugh-out-loud comedy runs from September 14th through October 6th in the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 9, 2019
Today, National Queer Theater announced the inaugural Criminal Queerness Festival, an official WorldPride partner event, which will take place June 13 - July 7, 2019 at IRT Theater. Coinciding with WorldPride 2019 and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the festival explores the criminalization of LGBTQ communities in the 70 countries where it is still illegal to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or transgender.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Apr 4, 2019
The British Theatre Academy is to produce Disney's My Son Pinocchio Jr. as part of its second annual summer season takeover at Southwark Playhouse.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 3, 2018
The Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) today announced that Tony Award-winning performers Ben Platt (DEAR EVAN HANSEN), Rachel Bay Jones (DEAR EVAN HANSEN) and Laura Benanti (GYPSY); Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken; multiple Grammy and Academy Award-winning songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez (FROZEN, COCO) and double E.G.O.T.-winning songwriter Robert Lopez (FROZEN, COCO, AVENUE Q, BOOK OF MORMON); along with acclaimed soprano Renee Fleming (currently appearing on Broadway in CAROUSEL), will take the stage at the Hudson Theatre to toast the life and work of one of American theatre's greatest living composers, Stephen Schwartz, on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 7pm EST. The star-filled concert, sponsored in part by the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) and the Hudson Theatre, will showcase and shine a spotlight on Schwartz's beloved songs, stories, and legacy in celebration of his 70th Birthday.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 25, 2019
Troupe today announces full cast for the The Sweet Science of Bruising by Joy Wilkinson which transfers to Wilton's Music Hall, following its sold-out run at Southwark Playhouse last year. Kirsty Patrick Ward directs Owen Brenman (Professor Charlie Sharp), Celeste Dodwell (Violet Hunter), Jane How (Aunt George), Tom Lorcan (Paul Stokes), Emma McDonald (Anna Lamb) and Wilf Scolding (Gabriel Lamb) alongside returning cast, Ashley Cook (Doctor James Bell), Alice Kerrigan (Emily), Jessica Regan (Matilda 'Matty' Blackwell) and Fiona Skinner (Polly Stokes). The production opens at Wilton's Music Hall on 7 June, with previews from 5 June, and runs until 29 June.
by Walter McBride - Apr 24, 2018
Just last night, the Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) gathered the best of Broadway at the Hudson Theatre to toast the life and work of one of American theatre's greatest living composers, Stephen Schwartz, on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 7pm EST. The star-filled concert, sponsored in part by the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) and the Hudson Theatre, showcased and shined a spotlight on Schwartz's beloved songs, stories, and legacy in celebration of his 70th Birthday.
by Walter McBride - Apr 24, 2018
Just last night, the Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) gathered the best of Broadway at the Hudson Theatre to toast the life and work of one of American theatre's greatest living composers, Stephen Schwartz, on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 7pm EST. The star-filled concert, sponsored in part by the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) and the Hudson Theatre, showcased and shined a spotlight on Schwartz's beloved songs, stories, and legacy in celebration of his 70th Birthday. Check out photos from inside the special night below!
by Julie Musbach - Apr 23, 2018
Parsons Dance - under the Artistic Direction of David Parsons - is excited to announce that its annual gala will take place on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, as part of the company's recently announced two-week return engagement to New York City's Joyce Theater. This year's gala, honoring legendary Broadway composer and multiple award-winner Stephen Schwartz, will feature two pieces specially created for the evening, in addition to the previously announced Joyce Theater programing.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Apr 20, 2018
5-STAR THEATRICALS (formerly Cabrillo Music Theatre) continues its 2017-2018 season with the Thousand Oaks premiere of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Peter Parnell (based on the Victor Hugo Novel and songs from the Disney film), musical direction by Dan Redfeld, choreography by Michelle Elkin and directed by Misti B. Wills. THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME opens on Friday, April 20, 2017 and runs through Sunday, April 29, 2018 at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.  
by Julie Musbach - Apr 10, 2019
The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts announces today An Evening of Wicked Fun Honoring Stephen Schwartz.