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A true theatrical event, this legendary masterpiece is considered by many to be the greatest musical ever created.brbrThe time is 1971, and theatrical impresario Dimitri Weissmann (famous for his garish Weissmann Follies of yesteryear) hosts a reunion of ex-Follies performers in his crumbling theatre, setting the stage for a parade of brilliant '20s, '30s and '40s pastiche numbers that have become every bit as famous as their models: "Losing My Mind," "I'm Still Here" and "Broadway Baby," to name a few. Amid the reminiscing, two middle-aged couples confront some unpleasant truths about their past and present and come face to face with the future.brbrSurreal, sophisticated, compelling, heart-wrenching and epic in scope, "Follies" uses the musical theatre as a metaphor for the collapse of American innocence and naivete in the post-Kennedy years. It is a showcase for powerful dramatic actors, featuring a large cast rich in character, which provides opportunities for seasoned older performers.


Hampstead Theatre Announces A New Version Of Anton Chekhov's UNCLE VANYA and Casting For The World Premiere Of THE HOES
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2018

Hampstead Theatre announces a new version of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya by Terry Johnson and casting for the world premiere of The Hoes. (more...)

Laura Osnes & Tony Yazbeck, Kate Baldwin, and More to Take the Stage at Feinstein's/54 Below in October
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2018

Next month, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. (more...)

VIDEO: Chicago Shakespeare Theater Presents NELL GWYNN
by Stage Tube - Sep 28, 2018

Chicago Shakespeare Theater announces the cast for the North American premiere of Jessica Swale's exuberant new comedy Nell Gwynn, September 20-November 4, 2018. The music- and dance-filled play took London audiences by storm when it debuted at Shakespeare's Globe, followed by a celebrated run on the West End. Director of the original London production, Christopher Luscombe, helms the new Chicago Shakespeare production. Star of Broadway and the West End Scarlett Strallen appears as Nell; Chicago leading actor Timothy Edward Kane performs the role of King Charles II. (more...)

Jim Walton Will Join Cast of COME FROM AWAY This November!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2018

Welcome to the Rock, Jim Walton! It was just announced that the Broadway veteran will join the company of Come From Away as 'Nick' beginning November 13. Jim replaces Lee MacDougal, who is a part of the original company. (more...)

Philip Chaffin to Release Song Cycle from LGBTQ Perspective WILL HE LIKE ME?
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2018

PS CLASSICS will release the groundbreaking new recording Philip Chaffin: Will He Like Me? online and in stores November 9, 2018. (more...)

Great Performances to Premiere AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, and More of 'Broadway's Best'
by TV News Desk - Sep 25, 2018

Great Performances presents more of the Great White Way's brightest stars with a new "Broadway's Best" lineup premiering Fridays, November 2-23 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Returning for a second year, this fall's lineup includes the beloved musicals "An American in Paris The Musical" and Rodgers & Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music," as well as documentaries about the making of John Leguizamo's Tony-nominated play "Latin History for Morons" and 21-time Tony-winning director and producer Harold Prince. All programs will be available to stream the following day via pbs.org/gperf and PBS apps. (more...)

Photo Flash: Chicago Shakespeare Theater Presents NELL GWYNN
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2018

Chicago Shakespeare Theater announces the cast for the North American premiere of Jessica Swale's exuberant new comedy Nell Gwynn, September 20-November 4, 2018. The music- and dance-filled play took London audiences by storm when it debuted at Shakespeare's Globe, followed by a celebrated run on the West End. Director of the original London production, Christopher Luscombe, helms the new Chicago Shakespeare production. Star of Broadway and the West End Scarlett Strallen appears as Nell; Chicago leading actor Timothy Edward Kane performs the role of King Charles II. (more...)

OPENING DOORS regresa a la Sala Clamores
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Sep 25, 2018

El homenaje a Stephen Sondheim dirigido por Romeo Urbano vuelve a Madrid después del éxito de su estreno (more...)

The New York Innovation Theatre Foundation Announces The Recipients Of The 2018 IT Awards
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2018

On Monday, September 24, 2018 Innovative Theatre Foundation, the organization who for the past 14 years has been dedicated to celebrating Off-Off-Broadway, presented 26 awards and four honorary awards for outstanding achievement in theatre at the 14th Annual New York Innovative Theatre Awards Ceremony, at Centennial Memorial Theatre (120 West 14th Street, NYC). If you were unable to attend, watch a replay online at www.nyitawards.com/live. (more...)

Brief 9/25: BERNHARDT/HAMLET Opens, THE WAVERLY GALLERY Begins Previews, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - Sep 25, 2018

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: Bernhardt/Hamlet officially opens, The Waverly Gallery begins previews, and more! (more...)

The McKittrick Hotel Announces Return Of Halloween Dance Party INFERNO
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2018

The McKittrick Hotel (530 West 27th Street, NYC), home of Sleep No More, announces the return of its annual Halloween extravaganza, The McKittrick Masquerade: Inferno. Three nights of deviant witchcraft and costumed revelry will take place at the legendary hotel on Friday 10/26, Saturday 10/27, and Halloween Wednesday 10/31. (more...)

Nominations Are Now Open For The 2018 BroadwayWorld UK Awards!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2018

Nominations are now open for the 2018 BroadwayWorld UK Awards! We've set the categories and now YOU get to nominate and vote for your favourites. Nominations are reader-submitted and will be open until 5 October. Submit your nominations here! (more...)

Full Casting Announced For West End's CAROLINE OR CHANGE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2018

Full casting has been announced for Caroline, Or Change, the celebrated musical written by Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America, with a soaring score from Tony Award-winning Jeanine Tesori, which will run at the West End's Playhouse Theatre from 20 November 2018 to 9 February 2019. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet The Fringe NYC Cast Of THE WAR PARTY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2018

The new political satire, THE WAR PARTY will have its New York City premiere at The New York International Fringe Festival in October. The limited run will play October 14 - 23 in Manhattan. (more...)

BWW Review: Laura Benanti's Astonishing One Night Only Cabaret at the Sarasota Opera House
by Peter Nason - Sep 22, 2018

It was like an entertaining musical mash-up tour of the Tony Award Winner's charmed life, and I didn't want it to end. (more...)

John Arthur Greene Stars In THESE ARE THE SHOWS I DIDN'T BOOK...AND WHY At Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2018

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents John Arthur Greene in "These are the shows I didn't book…and why" on November 25th, 2018.  (more...)

Theater Resources Unlimited Announces Additions To The Performance Lineup At 2018 TRU Love Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2018

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BWW Interview: Nathan Lee Graham Talks ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL: A SONDHEIM SALON at The Green Room 42
by David Clarke - Oct 8, 2018

Nathan Lee Graham returns to the cabaret setting with his newest show ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL at The Green Room 42. This world premiere concert will feature many of the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer's most beloved compositions, including 'Loving You,' 'Bounce,' and 'Being Alive.' We sat down and chatted with Graham to get the inside scoop on the show. (more...)

The Crazy Coqs Presents: The Greatest Movie Songs Of The 80s
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2018

Launching in June 'The Crazy Coqs Presents' is a new monthly showcase each with a different them hosted by lyricist Mark Petty, one half of the transatlantic writing team of Anderson & Petty. Show themes so far have included 'Classic Songs from the Musicals', 'Pride at the Musicals', 'The Disney Show' and last month 'The New Musical Theatre Showcase' which featured new material from Anderson & Petty, Kansley & Lidert, Oliver Boito, Kate Marlais & Alex Young and Webborn & Finn. These concerts have featured the cream of the West End including Rebecca Trehearn, Christina Bennington, Oliver Savile, Nadim Naaman, Charlotte Wakefield, David Shannon, Carolyn Maitland, Andy Coxon, Jane Milligan, Chloe Hart, Charlotte Jaconelli and Edward Baruwa to name but a few. (more...)

Brenda Braxton Joins The 2018 TRU Love Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2018

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces that Tony Award nominated Brenda Braxton joins the cast of the 2018 TRU Love Benefit, 'The Power of Community: Bringing People Together Through the Arts.' The event will honor legendary A Chorus Line co-star and co-founder of the National Asian Artists Project Baayork Lee, who will receive the TRU Spirit of Theater Award for a lifetime of creating opportunities for Asian artists; and off-off-Broadway maverick, creator of the former OOBR Awards and the Midtown International Theatre Festival, John Chatterton who will receive the TRU Entrepreneur Award for providing 17 years of developmental opportunities for a range of independent theater artists. It all takes place on Sunday, November 4, 2018 from 12pm-4pm at Caroline's on Broadway, 1626 Broadway, NYC. (more...)

Keith Carradine & Zachary Levi To Be Honored At The 2018 San Diego International Film Festival
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2018

The San Diego International Film Festival (SDiFF), produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, announced today that they have honored Oscar-winning performer Keith Carradine with the Gregory Peck Award, and Zachary Levi, star of New Line Cinema's upcoming superhero adventure Shazam!, with the Humanitarian Award for his work with Operation Smile. The awards will be presented October 11th at The Night of the Stars Tribute at the Pendry San Diego in Downtown San Diego, CA.   (more...)

BWW Review: STROKE OF LUCK at El Portal
by Cary Ginell - Oct 6, 2018

What do you do after suffering a debilitating stroke? Write a one-woman show, of course! On December 20, character actress Farley Cadena suffered an ischemic stroke, which left her unable to speak clearly, sing, or read. But she fought back, with this self-penned show helping in her rehabilitation. Cadena includes a number of familiar as well as obscure Broadway songs - with lyrics occasionally tweaked - to help illustrate her dilemma. The result is a moving, frightening, and also hilarious show about resilience and strength of character. (more...)

Casting Announced For The San Francisco Playhouse Production Of MARY POPPINS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2018

San Francisco Playhouse celebrates the magic of the holiday season with the hit Broadway musical Mary Poppins. Susi Damilano will direct the Playhouse production, with music direction by Katie Coleman and choreography by Kimberly Richards. (more...)

Theatre at St. John's, Daniel Neiden Productions and Robert Neapolitan Present NUCLEAR FOLLIES
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2018

Daniel Neiden Productions will bring back the 1980s musical revue Nuclear Follies by Gregory Langdon and Joseph R. Peret, directed by Daniel Neiden.  Nuclear Follies will have a limited run to add some laughs through the midterm elections, it will begin performances on November 1 and run through November 7, 2018.  Graphics and scenic elements designed by Oscar-Nominated Bill Plympton. (more...)

Wake Up With BWW October 3: MEAN GIRLS Day, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - Oct 3, 2018

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: Today is Mean Girls day, and more! (more...)

Dramatists Guild Foundation to Honor Sheldon Harnick At Gala
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2018

The Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) will honor writer, lyricist and composer Sheldon Harnick at their annual DGF Gala on Monday, November 12 at Manhattan Center in NYC. In addition to celebrating one of American theater's most-beloved creators, the evening will shine a light on two esteemed patrons of the arts: Estee Lauder Companies' Executive Group President John Demsey and Chairman of Douglas Elliman's Retail Group Faith Hope Consolo. (more...)

National Theatre New Season Announced; Includes Lenny Henry, Annie Baker, Caryl Churchill, Inua Ellams
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2018

The National Theatre has today announced its new season (more...)

Senate Candidate Beto O'Rourke Apologizes for Demeaning Broadway Review from 1991
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2018

In 1991, a nineteen year-old Beto O'Rourke wrote a theatre review for a Broadway show- The Will Rogers Follies. The review has recently come to light, and the Texas Senate candidate has a lot to answer for. The review in the October 10, 1991 edition of the Columbia Daily Spectator reads:  (more...)

Meet the Cast of THE FERRYMAN- Now in Previews!
by Julie Musbach - Oct 2, 2018

The Ferryman has come to Broadway hot off its acclaimed West End run. Get to know the cast below as they begin Broadway performances! (more...)

Dancers Over 40 Take the Stage In WE'RE STILL HERE This Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2018

DANCERS  OVER  40 ...and Friends Presents WE'RE  STILL  HERE! A Song and Dance Concert to Celebrate Dancers Over 40's 25th Anniversary and Broadway Cares/EFA (more...)

BWW Review: THE DROWSY CHAPERONE Shows Off at Nebraska Wesleyan University Theatre!
by Christine Swerczek - Oct 2, 2018

DROWSY CHAPERONE is clever, albeit not a never-done-before mashup. It is a musical within a comedy complete with colorful characters, catchy music, and a cast of toe tapping extras. If you want to be entertained, this is for you. It is one hour and forty minutes of just plain fun! (more...)

Principal Casting Announced For Menier Chocolate Factory's Major Revival Of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2018

The Menier Chocolate Factory today announces principal company for its major revival of one of the world's most-beloved musicals of all time, Fiddler on the Roof, in a new staging by Trevor Nunn. Joining the previously announced Andy Nyman (Tevye) is Judy Kuhn as Golde, with Harriet Bunton (Hodel), Dermot Canavan (Lazar Wolf), Stewart Clarke (Perchik), Matt Corner (Fyedka), Joshua Gannon (Motel), Louise Gold (Yente), Kirsty MacLaren (Chava) and Molly Osborne (Tzeitel). (more...)

Cady Huffman, Adrienne C. Moore, Alysia Reiner, Laura Gómez, And Ashley Williams Join The Cast Of WOMEN ON FIRE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2018

Royal Family Productions (Chris Henry, Artistic Director), a Times Square based non-profit theatre company known for its innovative productions and development of new original work, is proud to announce Women on Fire: Scorching the Dividing Lines. After a successful workshop in spring, Royal Family is pumped to bring back the second installment of the Women on Fire series for 2 NIGHTS ONLY. (more...)

Pioneer Theatre Company Presents SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2018

Just in time for the Halloween season, Pioneer Theatre Company presents the diabolical musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and book by Hugh Wheeler based on an adaption by Christopher Bond. (more...)

Danny Burstein to Host BROADWAY SALUTES; Special Performance by Nicolette Robinson
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2018

The Broadway League and The Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds (COBUG) announce that the tenth annual Broadway Salutes ceremony will take place on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Sardi's Restaurant (234 West 44th St). (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal For PUTTING IT TOGETHER at Hope Mill Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2018

The fifth in-house production of 2018 from Aria Entertainment and Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester is the musical revue Putting it Together. Putting it Together, which celebrates and showcases the songs of Stephen Sondheim, will be directed by Bronagh Lagan and runs from Wednesday 24 October to Saturday 24 November 2018. (more...)

DM Playhouse Honors Legends
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2018

The Des Moines Community Playhouse honors legends J Michael Kellar, Melissa Kellar, Greg Leavengood, Mark Morrison, and Antonia Nozicka on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. A reception begins at 3:00 PM with a program at 4:00 PM. (more...)

BC/EFA Re-Titles Gypsy of the Year After 29 Years; Newly Renamed THE RED BUCKET FOLLIES
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2018

Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring shows will begin six weeks of annual fall fundraising next Friday, October 19, 2018, a collective effort by the theatre community - those onstage, backstage and in the audience - in support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. (more...)

Broadway And Concert Star Christine Andreas Releases New Solo Album
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2018

Broadway award-winning star and concert star Christine Andreas will release her newest album Christine Andreas Piaf-No Regrets on PS Classics   on November 9th , 2018.  Christine is currently touring the U.S. and abroad with her much-acclaimed one-woman show Piaf, No Regrets.  This new CD was recorded in London this past summer with a 36- piece orchestra, conducted and orchestrated by Larry Blank and produced by Martin Silvestri. Singing both in English and in French, Andreas draws from her one-woman show, where she was   lauded by The New York Times...' Andreas's ravishing voice with its rapid vibrato, metallic edge…(and) snapping emotional electricity, has made her a potent interpreter of Piaf.' (more...)

Rarely Produced Alan Menken/Kurt Vonnegut Musical Opening In Portland Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2018

Cast Aside Productions-Portland, ME's professional musical theater company-presents the rarely staged Kurt Vonnegut's GOD BLESS YOU, MR. ROSEWATER at the Portland Ballet Studio Theater this October 19-28th. (more...)

Asolo Rep Announces Complete Casting For Jeff Calhoun-Helmed Production Of THE MUSIC MAN
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2018

Asolo Rep proudly kicks off its 60th season with a highly imaginative production of Meredith Willson's Tony Award-winning exuberant masterpiece THE MUSIC MAN. Directed by Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun (Newsies), this tap dancing-infused production stars legendary Broadway song and dance man Noah Racey as Harold Hill. Calhoun and Racey previously collaborated on the smash hit world premiere of Noah Racey's Pulse at Asolo Rep in 2013. The perfect family holiday outing, THE MUSIC MAN begins previews on November 13, opens November 17 and runs through December 29 in the Mertz Theatre, located in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Investec Opera Holland Park Announces 2019 Season Casts And Dates
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2018

Manon Lescaut, sponsored by Viking Cruises, opens the season with the British lyric soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn in the title role. Named 'Best newcomer in opera' by The Telegraph in 2010 following her operatic debut as Mimi in La boheme at English National Opera, Llewellyn has gone from strength to strength on the international stage. She was last at OHP in 2017, as Magda in La rondine. The Welsh bass-baritone Paul Carey Jones makes his OHP debut as Lescaut. His recent career highlights include his Royal Opera House debut in The Nose and the Scottish premiere of Philip Glass's The Trial with Scottish Opera. (more...)

The 'Broadwaysted' Podcast Welcomes Stage and Screen Star Colin Donnell
by Broadwaysted - Oct 10, 2018

This week the Broadwaysted crew is thrilled to be coming to you from the Windy City of Chicago with our new Friend of the Show, Broadway star and TV Doctor Colin Donnell! We're pouring out Casamigos Reposado Tequila and Hendrick's Gin while Colin spills about his love of Sondheim musicals, his experience operating on a panda, and his wife Patti Murin's rose expertise. (more...)

Amas Musical Theatre To Present THE ALGONQUIN KID In One-Night Only Special Event
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2018

Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) in celebration of its 50thseason, will present The Algonquin Kid, a musical revue about growing up in the Algonquin Hotel, written by Michael Colby. (more...)

Shanice Williams, Major Attaway, and More Join Aretha Franklin Tribute at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2018

Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul, who passed away on August 16th, will be celebrated in story and song at Feinstein's/54 Below on Sunday, October 7th, at 9:30pm, in a concert directed and produced by Robert W. Schneider. (more...)

BILLBOARD BY THE YEAR: 1988 Debuts On October 5th At 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2018

Robert W. Schneider, one of Feinstein's/54 Below original programming producers, will be launching the new BILLBOARD BY THE YEAR series at Feinstein's/54 Below on Friday, October 5th, at 9:30 pm. (more...)

BWW Interview: Travis W. Walter & Mary Robin Roth of ARSENIC AND OLD LACE at Meadow Brook Theatre Say It's Filled with Laughter and Surprises!
by Katie Laban - Oct 1, 2018

The classic comic face, Arsenic and Old Lace, by Joseph Kesserlring is kicking off Meadow Brook Theatre's 53rd season is opening this week and running through October 28th in Rochester. Two sweet, older ladies who look like they wouldn't hurt a fly have been adding a dash of something special to their elderberry wine - poison. But what happens when their nephew, his fiancee, his uncle (who thinks he's Teddy Roosevelt), and a bunch of other colorful characters come to visit? Hysterical chaos, that's what! BroadwayWorld Detroit had chance to talk with director, Travis W. Walter, and Mary Robin Roth, who plays the role of Abby, about the hilarious Arsenic and Old Lace before it opens this week. (more...)

BWW Feature: SPELLBOUND by The 7 Wonders Theatre
by Andee Shuster - Oct 1, 2018

It was a neat surprise to discover that The 7 Wonders Theatre has done an annual pop-up musical revue for the past three years. Their latest offering, Spellbound, hit the stage on Saturday September 22nd for just two performances at Mainline Theatre. (more...)

FASCINATING AIDA's Adele Anderson Joins Cast Of DOCTOR DOLITTLE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2018

Fascinating Aida's Adele Anderson is confirmed to join Mark Williams, who plays Doctor Dolittle, in the UK & Ireland Tour of Doctor Dolittle. Adele will play Lady Bellowes/Poison Arrow at the first six venues of the tour - Bromley, Salford, Oxford, Wolverhampton, Newcastle and Hull. There will be a national press night on Thursday 17 January 2019 at the Oxford New Theatre. (more...)

Casting Confirmed For Sondheim's PUTTING IT TOGETHER at Hope Mill Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2018

Casting has been confirmed for the fifth in-house production of 2018 from Aria Entertainment and Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester: the musical revue Putting it Together. Putting it Together, which celebrates and showcases the songs of Stephen Sondheim, will be directed by Bronagh Lagan and runs from Wednesday 24 October to Saturday 24 November 2018. (more...)

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