Opened: May 7, 1953

Can-Can - 1953 - Broadway History , Info & More

Forrest Theatre
1114 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA

The musical comedy takes place in turn-of-the-century Paris, where La Mome Pistache, proud owner of the Bal du Paradis, famous for its sexy can-can girls, spars with Aristide Forestier, a self-righteous judge determined to close all Parisian dance halls.

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Celebrate The Holiday Season With Symphony Of The Americas HOLIDAY POPS! Conducted By Artistic Director Pablo Mielgo
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 13, 2023

Celebrate the sounds of the holiday season with Symphony of the Americas Holiday POPS! Conducted by Artistic Director Pablo Mielgo and featuring soprano Kyaunnee Richardson, enjoy a program of holiday classics, pop hits, and musical compilations that will bring joy to audiences. Don't miss this festive performance at Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Chamber Music Northwest Presents Return of Grammy Award-winning Catalyst Quartet
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 10, 2023

Grammy Award-winning Catalyst Quartet returns with Latin-inspired program ¡Viva la Música! for final Artists-in-Residence concert at The Old Church on November 30.

Park University International Center for Music Presents CONCERT FOR THE PIANO LOVER, November 30
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 2, 2023

Park University International Center for Music (Park ICM) announced today that their 2023-2024 Season would continue on November 30  at 7:30 p.m., with an entire concert devoted to piano lovers. The concert will be held at the 1900 Building in Mission Woods, Kansas (1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Mission Woods, KS 66205). 

Kelly Clarkson to Host & Perform at NBC's CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER Tree-Lighting Special
by Michael Major - Oct 26, 2023

Kelly Clarkson will not only host NBC’s iconic Christmas special, but also deliver festive performances – all from the historic NYC spot that is now also home to her eponymous talk show “The Kelly Clarkson Show.” Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Al Roker and Craig Melvin will once again join the tree lighting for a special appearance. 

Lorenzetti's Carmine Crucifix Returns To Pinacoteca In Siena After Restoration Funded By Friends Of Florence
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 24, 2023

The Carmine Crucifix, a 14th-century masterpiece by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, has returned to the Pinacoteca in Siena after a meticulous restoration. Discover the details of the restoration process and how you can see this exceptional artwork on display until January 8, 2024.

Anthony Davis's OPERA X: The Life And Times Of Malcolm X to Premiere at The Met in November
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 24, 2023

Don't miss the historic premiere of Anthony Davis's groundbreaking opera, X: The Life And Times Of Malcolm X, at The Met on November 3. Find out all the details about this highly anticipated production and experience the powerful story of Malcolm X on stage.

Nikki Shaffeeullah's A POEM FOR RABIA Has World Premiere This Month
by Stephi Wild - Oct 16, 2023

The world premiere of A Poem for Rabia, a Tarragon Theatre Production in association with Nightwood Theatre and Undercurrent Creations, opens this week.

Porchlight to Launch The Cole Porter Festival - A Celebration Of The Man And His Music This October
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 4, 2023

Porchlight Music Theatre is launching the Cole Porter Festival - A Celebration of the Man and his Music this October. The festival includes a production of Anything Goes starring Meghan Murphy. Don't miss this incredible tribute to Cole Porter's career.

by Brett Cullum - Oct 4, 2023

You are never going to see a more definitive version of this show in Houston, and CATASTROPHIC is the company to bring it to you.

Review: Arthur Miller's THE CRUCIBLE Staged in Unique Form At ThinkTank Theater And Tampa Rep
by Drew Eberhard - Oct 3, 2023

Arthur Miller’s Masterpiece The Crucible is a 1953 play that is both dramatized and fictionalized around the true events of the Salem Witch Trials between 1692-93. Written as a Political Allegory on McCarthyism, Miller used its dramatizations to detail a time in which the United States Government persecuted people who were accused of being a part of the Communist Party. The Crucible was first performed on January 22, 1953 at the Martin Beck Theatre on Broadway. The original production featured performances from E.G. Marshall, Beatrice Straight, and Madeline Sherwood. Though the play was widely criticized often through hostile remarks, Miller’s play went on to win the Tony Award for Best Play of 1953. A year later, a remounted production was performed and in its wake, the play became a classic. Later esteemed as a central piece in the Canon of American Drama, and regarded as one of Miller’s finest works.

Sarasota Orchestra Receives Grant From The Exchange For Young Person's Concerts
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 22, 2023

Sarasota Orchestra has received a $35,000 grant from The Exchange in support of the 2023-2024 Young Person's Concerts (YPC). Sarasota Orchestra's YPC are experienced by nearly 9,000 students annually and have been presented since 1953.

Review: THE CRUCIBLE At Theatre Memphis
by Kevin Shaw - Sep 22, 2023

The word crucible is not a term often used in everyday language. In fact, it seems to only be used when referencing Arthur Miller’s classic 1953 play, THE CRUCIBLE. But, for those not familiar with the story itself, the term means “a severe test.”

Find Out What Halloween Horror Is Coming to Peacock This October
by Michael Major - Sep 18, 2023

No tricks, just treats. With over 500 titles to explore, Peacock has something to get everyone in the Halloween spirit. Please see below for new and recently added titles as well as a scary line-up of seasonal content. Check out what TV episodes, movies, documentaries, specials and more you can stream on Peacock this October!

United Solo Theatre Fall Festival Opens This Month
by Stephi Wild - Sep 12, 2023

Currently in its fifteenth season, United Solo Theatre’s fall festival opens on September 25 and runs through November 19, 2023. Learn more about the season lineup here!

THE FOREVER WAVE Radio Play Comes to Philly Fringe
by Stephi Wild - Aug 29, 2023

Inspired by Dylan Thomas’ iconic radio play Under Milk Wood, The Forever Wave is set in a drowned San Francisco, circa 2070. The survivors of this speculative, water-logged world occupy the hilltops of San Francisco, California—now become individual islands, jutting up from a climate-change induced tide that rolled in one day and never rolled out.  

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey to Present WAITING FOR GODOT Beginning Next Month
by Blair Ingenthron - Aug 27, 2023

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (STNJ) will continue its 2023 Main Stage season with Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot. Hailed “one of the true masterpieces of the century” by the New York Times, Godot has fascinated and infuriated audiences since it burst upon the world in 1953. This funny, cruel, moving, enigmatic metaphor is “theatre of the absurd” at its most breathtaking pinnacle.

Park International Center For Music Announces 2023-2024 Season
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 22, 2023

Park University International Center for Music (Park ICM), under the direction of founder, Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch, has for the last 20 years taken magnificent young instrumentalists, already identified as superior performers, and molded them into international virtuosos. Based upon the European master/apprentice relationship, this rare combination of time, talent, attention, location, and commitment has made Park ICM triumphant in a very short time, demanding the attention of the international music community. Having just completed the celebration of the Center's 20th Anniversary, the next season brings virtuoso friends old and new, and continues to showcase ICM's own award-winning faculty and students, resulting in a season packed with musicianship of the highest order.

Bringing Together a Shakespeare Classic and Songs by Cole Porter KISS ME, KATE! Opens in Sao Paulo
by Claudio Erlichman - Aug 16, 2023

Kiss Me, Kate! is a musical written by Bella and Samuel Spewack ,with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The story involves the production of a musical version of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and the conflict on and off-stage between Fred Graham, the show's director, producer, and star, and his leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi.

The Lincoln Park Health & Wellness Weekend Returns August 26-27
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 9, 2023

Log off, shut down and go outside! Soak in the dog days of Summer with the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce (LPCC) as they announce the return of the Lincoln Park Health & Wellness Weekend, inviting fitness fanatics both novice and advanced to a weekend long health and wellness extravaganza.

Frank Sinatra Tribute Artist Gary Thomas to Perform IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR: SINATRA, '54 at Venus Cabaret Theater
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 3, 2023

Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Frank Sinatra as tribute artist Gary Thomas takes you back to the iconic year of 1954. Get ready to be captivated by the timeless music and charisma of Sinatra in 'It Was a Very Good Year: Sinatra, '54,' exclusively at Venus Cabaret Theater. Don't miss this unforgettable tribute performance.

Michael Shannon & Paul Sparks Led WAITING FOR GODOT & More Set for TFANA 2023-24 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 27, 2023

Discover the exciting lineup for the TFANA 2023-24 season, featuring the talented duo Michael Shannon and Paul Sparks in the iconic play Waiting for Godot. Get all the details on the dates and venue, and make sure not to miss this powerful and highly anticipated production.

Compagnie Käfig Integrates Dance and Technology into the Final Week of the 2023 Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 26, 2023

In the exciting final week of Festival 2023, Lyon-based Compagnie Käfig will return to Jacob's Pillow for the first time in ten years with a unique performance bridging dance and technology from Aug. 23-27 in the Ted Shawn Theatre. On the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage, Tulsa Ballet will make their Pillow debut as the first company from Oklahoma to perform at the Festival, in a week-long engagement from Aug. 23-27. Tickets for performances are on sale now. 

Morgan Freeman Honored at Oceana's 16th Annual SeaChange Summer Party in Orange County
by Michael Major - Jul 24, 2023

The event honored Academy Award-winning actor and advocate Morgan Freeman, and recognized president of the Surf Industry Members Association and CEO of Vissla, Paul Naudé, as its Ocean Champion. Hosted by actress, comedian, screenwriter, and producer June Diane Raphael, the event concluded with a private concert by Third Eye Blind.

PERSONALITY: THE LLOYD PRICE MUSICAL to Complete Limited Engagement in Chicago This Month
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 13, 2023

Immerse yourself in the captivating world of 'PERSONALITY: THE LLOYD PRICE MUSICAL' as it takes center stage in Chicago this month. Witness the incredible journey of Lloyd Price's musical career and be enthralled by his iconic hits.

Review: Encore Performing Arts Found Its Grail with MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT at Dr. Phillips Center
by Albert Gutierrez - Jul 9, 2023

Encore Performing Arts has a long and varied history of selecting projects for their appeal to the audience, both within the immediacy of the moment, as well as in the endurance it will hold in the memory for years to come.


Maidens Typical of France
Never Give Anything Away
C'est Magnifique
Come Along with Me
Live and Let Live
I Am in Love
If You Loved Me Truly
The Garden of Eden Ballet
Eve's Dance
Never, Never Be an Artist
It's All Right with Me
Every Man Is a Stupid Man
Apache Dance
I Love Paris
The Law
I Shall Positively Pay You Next Monday
A Man Must His Honor Defend
Nothing to Do But Work
Laundry Scene
Her Heart Was in Her Work
Who Said Gay Paree?
What a Fair Thing Is a Woman
Am I in Love?
To Think That This Could Happen to Me
I Do
If Only You Could Love Me
When Love Comes to Call
I Like the Ladies
Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love
You Do Something to Me
Just One of Those Things
Why Shouldn't I?
The Cocotte
You Don't Know Paree
All of You
Nobody's Chasing Me
I've Got You Under My Skin
Can-Can has had 13 productions including Broadway which opened in 1953, Broadway which opened in 1953, West End which opened in 1954, US Tour which opened in 1955, Off-Broadway which opened in 1959, Off-Broadway which opened in 1962, Broadway which opened in 1981, Broadway which opened in 1981, which opened in 1988, West End which opened in 1988, Off-Broadway which opened in 2004, London which opened in 2007 and Los Angeles which opened in 2007.
Can-Can has been nominated for the Theatre World Awards for Performance, specifically for Gwen Verdon.
Can-Can has won the Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Gwen Verdon.



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