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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.


Primary Stages Announces Casting For FINAL FOLLIES And DOWNSTAIRS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2018

Primary Stages (Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director; Shane D. Hudson, Executive Director; Casey Childs, Founder) is proud to announce complete casting today for the first two productions of their 2018/19 season: Final Follies, by A.R. Gurney (Love Letters, Sylvia, Black Tie at Primary Stages) and directed by David Saint (Clever Little Lies), and Downstairs by Theresa Rebeck ("Smash," Dead Accounts, Poor Behavior at Primary Stages), directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt (What We're Up Against). All performances will take place at the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce St, New York, NY, 10014). (more...)

Bickford Theatre Announces 2018-19 Season - Shakespeare, FOLLIES, and More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2018

The Morris Museum has announced the 2018-19 season in its Bickford Theatre, adventuring into new programming directions, while continuing to support live theatre and jazz. Notable, new additions this season include an expanded program of documentary and classic film, storytelling workshops, a public lecture series, and a new relationship with National Theatre London. Seats for most of this season's events are reserved. Tickets are available online at www.morrismuseum.org or by phone at 973-971-3706. The Bickford Theatre continues to provide a diverse set of offerings, while taking advantage of a unique strength as a theatre within a museum 'ecosystem'. (more...)

Scoop: Coming Up On Rebroadcast of AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS on ABC - Sunday, August 19, 2018
by TV Scoop - Jul 30, 2018

Get all the scoop on Coming Up On Rebroadcast of AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS, airing on ABC on Sunday, August 19, 2018! (more...)

Photo Flash: Boston Can Can Can! Emerson Colonial Theatre Re-Opens with MOULIN ROUGE!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2018

Boston was the place to be last night, as the historic Emerson Colonial Theatre celebrated its Grand Re-Opening with a special Gala performance of Broadway-Bound Moulin Rouge! The Musical.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Stars Hit the Red Carpet at the Grand Re-Opening of Boston's Colonial Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2018

Boston was the place to be last night, as the historic Emerson Colonial Theatre celebrated its Grand Re-Opening with a special Gala performance of Broadway-Bound Moulin Rouge! The Musical. (more...)

Photo Flash: Tommy Tune Revisits the Emerson Colonial Theatre on Re-Opening Night!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2018

Boston was the place to be last night, as the Emerson Colonial Theatre celebrated its Grand Re-Opening with a Gala performance of Broadway-Bound Moulin Rouge! The Musical. Click here for photos from the big night. (more...)

Jeremy Jordan, Sierra Boggess, Stephanie J. Block, Liz Callaway, Emily Skinner, Alice Ripley Join Seth Rudetsky for Provincetown's Broadway Series In August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2018

Six of Broadway's most sought-after stars will join Mark Cortale's "Broadway @ The Art House" and "Broadway @ Town Hall" concert series in Provincetown in August. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Opening Night of BAREFOOT IN THE PARK at Sharon Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2018

Rex Smith (Broadway: The Pirates of Penzance, Grand Hotel, The Scarlett Pimpernel) stars as Victor Velasco in Neil Simon's classic hit comedy Barefoot In The Park at the historic Sharon Playhouse in Connecticut from July 27 through August 12. (more...)

The Rep Announces Cast, Production Team For Its Season-Opening EVITA
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2018

Meet the stars who will bring The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' lavish production of Evita to life. (more...)

BWW Review: THE SWINGAROOS, MUSIC OF THE NIGHT at Florida Studio Theatre
by Carolan Trbovich - Jul 29, 2018

The Swingaroos Bring Swinging Jazz & Broadway to Florida Studio Theatre (more...)

BWW Feature: Summer Stock Pioneer: John Kenley and the Kenley Players
by Bethany Sulecki - Jul 29, 2018

One person who we have to thank for the influencing the tradition of summer stock theatre is none other than John Kenley, whose legacy lives on today. From the 1940s - 1990s, John Kenley championed summer theatre and brought shows to small towns across America. (more...)

Basil Twist Joins SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE in Select Performances
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2018

Beginning tomorrow, July 28, designer, director, master puppeteer, and MacArthur "genius" Basil Twist will perform in his singular creation, Symphonie Fantastique, during all Saturdayevening performances. The 20th-anniversary production, which has received near universal acclaim and is scheduled to close on September 2, will include Twist on July 28, August 4, 11, 18, 25 and September 1 at 8:30pm. Set to Hector Berlioz's revolutionary 1830 score, Symphonie Fantastique, for the first time in New York, features live piano accompaniment by Christopher O'Riley. Hailed as a creative masterpiece when it debuted in 1998, the production, which opened on April 4, is a presentation from HERE's Dream Music Puppetry Program and a centerpiece of HERE's 25th anniversary season. (more...)

REPRISE 2.0 Announces THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2018

REPRISE 2.0, led by Producing Artistic Director Marcia Seligson, in association with the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Department of Theater (UCLA TFT) chaired by Brian Kite, announces its production of The World Goes 'Round with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and conceived by Scott Ellis, Susan Stroman, and David Thompson. It will play September 5 through September 16 at UCLA's Freud Playhouse.  The World Goes 'Round will be directed by Richard Israel with choreography by John Todd, and musical direction by Gerald Sternbach. (more...)

Rebecca Trehearn, Marc Elliot, Amy Ellen Richardson, and More Star in Nottingham Playhouse's SWEET CHARITY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2018

Subsequently adapted into an Oscar-nominated film, Sweet Charity is a modern Broadway classic following the trials and tribulations of Charity Hope Valentine (played by Trehearn). (more...)

Paul Iacono, Bob Stillman Headline Next Madame's Soiree
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2018

Cabaret patroness Madame Mathieu has selected two-time Tony Award nominee Bob Stillman (Grey Gardens, Kiss of the Spider Woman) and MTV's Paul Iacono (The Hard Times of RJ Berger, FAME) as guests of honor at the July 26th edition of Bistro Awards Critics' Pick Madame Mathieu's Soiree. The duo will be joined on the program by a distinguished group of emerging artists from a variety of disciplines. (more...)

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE Opens at Peninsula Players Theatre Today
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2018

Peninsula Players Theatre, America's Oldest Professional Resident Summer Theatre and Door County's theatrical icon, will produce the entertaining, Tony Award-winning "The Drowsy Chaperone" July 25 through August 12. This silly, yet smart, musical comedy, featuring music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison with book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, will delight audiences with its show-stopping song and dance numbers. (more...)

A CHORUS LINE Caps Richmond Triangle Players' 25th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2018

Richmond Triangle Players opens its 2018-19 Season with a new musical revue based around the work of the most heralded and influential theatrical composer of the last 60 years, Sondheim on Sondheim.  The production opens Friday, August 10, 2018 at 8 pm, following a two low-priced previews on Wednesday and Thursday August 8 and 9 at 8 pm.  (more...)

Pianist Christopher O'Riley Plays the Range in CABARET FANTASTIQUE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2018

HERE is thrilled to present Cabaret Fantastique, a culminating concert event featuring pianist Christopher O'Riley who performs his haunting solo piano arrangements of songs by Radiohead, Nirvana, Pink Floyd, The Smiths, Elliott Smith, Portishead, and Sun Kil Moon. Master puppeteer and MacArthur "genius" Basil Twist and company members from Symphonie Fantastique will accompany O'Riley with new puppet work. The one-of-a-kind event will take place on August 19 at 7pm. Known to millions as the host of NPR's From the Top, O'Riley is currently performing live piano accompaniment for Basil Twist's Symphonie Fantastique, which continues performances at HERE until September 2. (more...)

The New York Innovative Theatre Foundation Announces Off-Off-Broadway Nominees
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2018

On Monday, July 23, 2018, The New York Innovative Theatre Foundation, the organization who for the past 14 years has been dedicated to celebrating Off-Off-Broadway, announced the 2018 nominees at its annual event, The IT Party. Celebrating fourteen years and thousands of nominees at le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleeker Street. (more...)

Audible Original 'None of Our Business' Featuring Reggie Watts, Anna Sale and More Out July 31st
by TV News Desk - Jul 24, 2018

What's the weirdest conversation you've ever overheard while eavesdropping? Was it hilarious? Disturbing?  None of Our Business is a new Audible production based on stories of eavesdropping, hosted by comedians Gwynne Phillips  and Briana Templeton, who often perform together as award-winning sketch comedy duo The Templeton Philharmonic (voted "Best Duo" at the LA Comedy Festival, and "Producer's Pick" at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival). This new original audio series debuts on July 24th in Canada and July 31st, exclusively on Audible. (more...)

PROUD LADIES Spotlights Broadway Girl Power Broadway Star Kurt Peterson
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2018

Fifty years ago this summer, dozens of Springer patrons flew to New York to see hometown star Victoria Mallory make her Broadway debut in the leading role of Maria in West Side Story.   She was only 20 years old. (more...)

Three Weekends Remain of River Stage Festival on London's South Bank
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2018

River Stage, London's largest free outdoor arts festival organised by the National Theatre in partnership with five of the UK's leading arts and culture organisations has three weekends left, with leading dance venue Sadler's Wells making its debut this Friday. (more...)

Sexual Sparks Fly As ELECTRICITY Celebrates A One Year Run In The Desert
by David Green - Jul 24, 2018

The Producers of the hit LGBTQ play ELECTRICITY are happy to announce that August marks the production's one-year anniversary in Palm Springs, CA!  Outside of the legendary FABULOUS PALM SPRINGS Follies, few plays have run as long in this world-famous international resort destination.  The critically-acclaimed production of ELECTRICITY, a new American play written and starring TERRY RAY  ("My Sister is So Gay") and co-starring MEL ENGLAND ("Best Day Ever"), moved to Palm Springs after a run in Los Angeles, and has also played in cities across the country. (more...)

Brief 7/24: THIS AIN'T NO DISCO Opens Tonight, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - Jul 24, 2018

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: This Ain't No Disco officially opens tonight, and more! (more...)

BWW TV: Choreographer Parker Esse on North Carolina Theatre's NEWSIES
by Jeffrey Kare - Jul 23, 2018

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BWW Interview: Brian Shepard: I Never Had a Fallback
by Carla Maria Verdino-Sllwold - Aug 8, 2018

Replying to a question about how he has chalked up such an impressive performance roster, Broadway triple threat actor Brian Shepard, who plays Cosmo Brown in Maine State Music Theatre's new production of Singin' in the Rain, smiles and says," Good fortune, a lot of hard work, and I LOVE this! I am doing what I have always wanted to do. It was this or bust. I never had a fallback." (more...)

Photo Flash: Matt Cardle Joins STRICTLY BALLROOM Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2018

New images have been released as best-selling recording artist, X-Factor winner and West End star Matt Cardle officially joins the cast of Strictly Ballroom The Musical. Based on Baz Luhrmann's acclaimed film and now transformed into a spectacular and joyous West End musical, Matt plays the role of band leader Wally Strand at the Piccadilly Theatre. (more...)

Casting Announced for THE WORLD GOES ROUND at Reprise 2.0
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2018

REPRISE 2.0, led by Producing Artistic Director Marcia Seligson, in association with the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Department of Theater (UCLA TFT) chaired by Brian Kite, announces Dawnn Lewis (This Is Us, Major Crimes and IZombie), Valerie Perri (LA Shubert Theatre Evita, Jerome Robbins' Broadway) Larry Cedar (Deadwood), Kelley Dorney (Annie at Hollywood Bowl) and Michael Starr (Bright Star national tour) for its production of The World Goes 'Round with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and conceived by Scott Ellis, Susan Stroman, and David Thompson. It will play September 5 through September 16 at UCLA's Freud Playhouse.   (more...)

John Prignano Appointed to MTI's Newly Created Position of Director of Education & Development
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2018

Music Theatre International (MTI) announced today that John Prignano has been appointed to the newly created role of Director of Education and Development. Prignano will continue as the Company's Chief Operating Officer as well, having overseen MTI's licensing and internal operations for many years (more...)

The National Theatre Live Recording Of FOLLIES Will Be Screened This Weekend At National Theatre's River Stage Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2018

A screening of the National Theatre Live recording of the National Theatre's production of classic Stephen Sondheim musical Follies will be taking place this weekend at River Stage festival. Set in 1971, New York, the production follows the reunion of a group of showgirls at the theatre where they used to perform which is about to be demolished. (more...)

Photo Flash: Autumn Hurlbert Makes Feinstein's/54 Below Solo Debut
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2018

On Sunday, August 5th, Autumn Hurlbert (Something Rotten!, Legally Blonde), made her solo cabaret debut at Broadway's Supper Club, Feinstein's/54 Below.  (more...)

Loni Ackerman Stars In New Musical IMPOSSIBLY GEORGE Industry Reading
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2018

Loni Ackerman will star as George Sand in a private industry reading of the new musical IMPOSSIBLY GEORGE: A Soiree with Madame George Sand with music by Elliot Finkel, lyrics by Phillip Namanworth and book by Finkel and Namanworth, directed by Tony nominee Walter Willison on Monday August 6th, at Pearl Studios in New York City. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - August 6, 2018
by - Aug 6, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on August 6 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Craig Jessup Brings SONDHEIM TONIGHT To Feinstein's At The Nikko
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2018

???????One of the Bay Area's best entertainers celebrates the work of one of our greatest composers. Craig Jessup's Sondheim Tonight! brings together more than a dozen Sondheim gems from some of his earliest shows as a composer/lyricist (Saturday Night, Anyone Can Whistle) to some of his most beloved (Company, Follies, Merrily We Roll Along). And the show marks Jessup's debut at Feinstein's at the Nikko. (more...)

PUTTING IT TOGETHER Will Replace A CHRISTMAS STORY At Hope Mill Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2018

Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester and Aria Entertainment have announced that musical revue show Putting it Together will replace the previously announced A Christmas Story, as its fifth and final in-house production of 2018. (more...)

Alan Bennett's ALLELUJAH! To Be Shown In UK Cinemas This November
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2018

Allelujah! - the new play by Alan Bennett which received its world premiere at the Bridge Theatre last month - will be in cinemas on 1st November with National Theatre Live. (more...)

BWW Dance Interview: Kevin Winkler, Author of Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical.
by Barnett Serchuk - Aug 3, 2018

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Autumn Hurlbert To Make Solo Debut At Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2018

Autumn Hurlbert (Legally Blonde, Nobody Loves You, Something Rotten!) will make her solo debut at Feinstein's/54 Below this Sunday, August 5th, 2018, at 7:00pm. (more...)


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Hammer Theatre Announces Fall Season of Dance, Theatre, More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2018

The Hammer Theatre Center in downtown San Jose has unveiled a sensational line-up for its fall 2018 season, featuring appearances by acclaimed dancers and musicians, world-class theatre, and family-friendly events. The stellar season kicks off with the Hammer Plaza Celebration, a free event featuring live performances by innovative aerial dance troupe BANDALOOP and the innovative Bridgman|Packer Dance company performing "Truck." (more...)

Brief 8/14: Read the Reviews For GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - Aug 14, 2018

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: check out all the reviews for Gettin' the Band Back Together, which opened last night on Broadway! (more...)

Frederick Wiseman's MONROVIA, INDIANA to be Released in Theaters Starting on October 26
by TV News Desk - Aug 14, 2018

On the heels of the recent announcement of Frederick Wiseman's MONROVIA, INDIANA making its world premiere at the 2018 Venice Film Festival, Zipporah Films is pleased to announce that the documentary will open theatrically on October 26 at New York's Film Forum as it begins a national theatrical rollout. Los Angeles will open November 2 with additional top markets to follow in November and December. Following Venice, the film will also play at the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival. (more...)

Full Casting Announced For SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER Starring Richard Winsor
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2018

Full casting for Bill Kenwright's highly anticipated new production of Saturday Night Fever has been announced. Joining acclaimed dancer and actor Richard Winsor as Tony Manero, in his first leading role in a major musical, is: Kate Parr (Follies) in the role of Stephanie, Owen Broughton (Gus), Michael Cortez (Joey), Raphael Pace (Bobbie C) and Jared Thompson (Double Jay). (more...)

Katie Welsh Brings Cabaret Concert Series To Princeton This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2018

Get ready this Fall for three fabulous concerts by Katie Welsh, to be staged at the Arts Council in Princeton! (more...)

GOAT ON A BOAT At Bay Street Announces August Show Dates
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2018

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is pleased to announce GOAT ON A BOAT: Bugtown Follies on Thursday, August 16 at 11 am. Tickets range from $15 - $25 and are on sale now at baystreet.org and through the Box Office at 631-725-9500. Guests who purchase tickets to three Goat on a Boat summer performances will receive a fourth ticket free to a future Goat on a Boat performance.  (more...)

Extra Performances Added For The Run Of Jordan Seavey's HOMOS, OR EVERYONE IN AMERICA At The Finborough Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2018

Following critical acclaim and with the current run almost sold out, the European premiere of Jordan Seavey's Homos, or Everyone in America at the Finborough Theatre adds 3 extra Wednesday matinees due to public demand - 15, 22 and 29 August at 3pm. Josh Seymour directs Tyrone Huntley (The Academic), Harry McEntire (The Writer), Dan Krikler (Dan) and Cash Holland (Laila). The production completes its run on 1 September. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: New York's Palace Theatre- The Valhalla of Vaudeville
by Trav S. D. - Aug 10, 2018

Built in 1913 as the flagship for the big time vaudeville circuit run by E.F. Albee and Martin Beck, manager of the Western Vaudeville Managers Association, the Palace was the perfect showplace for the biggest of big time vaudeville during the last two decades of its existence. (more...)

Cast Announced For Goodspeed Musicals THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2018

Goodspeed Musicals is delighted to announce the cast of the spirited musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone. This high-speed spoof will run September 21 through November 25, 2018 at The Goodspeed in East Haddam, CT. [Official Press Opening will be October 10, 2018.] (more...)

Goat On A Boat @ Bay Street Announces CINDERELLA
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2018

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts will present GOAT ON A BOAT: CINDERELLA on Saturday, August 11 at 11 am. It is the fourth performance of Bay Street's Goat on a Boat Puppet Theater summer series. Tickets range from $15 - $25 and are on sale now at baystreet.org and through the Box Office at 631-725-9500. Guests who purchase tickets to three Goat on a Boat summer performances will receive a fourth ticket free to a future Goat on a Boat performance. (more...)

Christian Finnegan Comes to The Gilded Balloon
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2018

Shop with a bag for life, wear fair trade shoes, recycle your yoghurt pots, go vegan, recycle your vegan yoghurt pots, retweet the # that'll dismantle the patriarchy. The ingredients that go into what makes a person good can seem endless and a lot of hard work. Who's the 'better' human being: the guy who gives to charity but cheats on his girlfriend or the sweet old lady who loves animals but voted to keep the immigrants out? But better still, what is good and how do we truly know if we are? (more...)

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