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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.


Sarah Hammond, Shaina Taub, and Charlie Sohne Receive Kleban Prize For Musical Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2019

The Kleban Foundation has announced the recipients of the 29th Annual Kleban Prize for Musical Theatre. The judges declared a tie in the most promising musical theatre lyricist category between Sarah Hammond and Shaina Taub. The Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre librettist has been awarded to Charlie Sohne. The 2019 prizes will be presented on Monday, February 4, 2018, in a private ceremony (by invitation only) hosted by ASCAP and BMI at ASCAP. (more...)

Corey Cott and Mikaela Bennett to Lead Lyric Opera's WEST SIDE STORY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2019

Acclaimed Broadway performer Corey Cott and rising star Mikaela Bennett will headline Lyric Opera of Chicago's premiere of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's groundbreaking American musical West Side Story, presented from May 3 - June 2, 2019 at the Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago (press opening May 4, 2019). (more...)

Primary Stages Announces Read-A-Longs Of Leah Nanako Winkler's KENTUCKY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2019

PRIMARY STAGES will present two public "read-a-longs" of Leah Nanako Winkler's Kentucky, a companion piece to her play God Said This, later this month. Presented by Primary Stages, God Said This begins performances at the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce St) on January 16, 2019, with an opening night set for January 29, for a limited run through February 15, 2019. (more...)

BWW Interview: Damien Atkins on Aliens, UFOs, and His Examination of Extraterrestrial Encounters for WE ARE NOT ALONE
by Isabella Perrone - Jan 9, 2019

It's been four years since Damien Atkins's WE ARE NOT ALONE first premiered, but the play is finally making its Toronto homecoming at the Streetcar Crowsnest Theatre in a production directed by Chris Abraham and Christian Barry, and backed by Crow's Theatre, Segal Centre for Performing Arts, and 2b theatre company. (more...)

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Discusses the National Tours Coming to Los Angeles' Pantages and Ahmanson Theatres in 2019
by West of Broadway - Jan 9, 2019

It's our first show of 2019, an this is going to be another incredible year of musical theatre here in Southern California. We love that there are so many CLASSIC shows this season that a lot of us will get to see for the first time. (more...)

Javier Munoz, Maury Yeston, and Kristy Cates Join 54 Celebrates The Richard Rodgers Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2019

The Richard Rodgers Theater, which has played host to such musicals as Guys and Dolls, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Raisin, Chicago, In The Heights, and, its current tenant,Hamilton, will be celebrated at Feinstein's/54 Below on Sunday, February 10th, 2019 at 7pm and 9:30pm in 54 CELEBRATES THE RICHARD RODGERS THEATER. (more...)

Rosie O'Donnell Joins THE MUSIC MAN at the Kennedy Center
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2019

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced today that Broadway, film, and television star Rosie O'Donnell will play Mrs. Paroo in the Broadway Center Stage production of Meredith Willson's The Music Man. O'Donnell joins Tony Award® nominee Norm Lewis (Porgy and Bess) as Harold Hill and Tony Award®–winning actress Jessie Mueller (Waitress, Carousel, Beautiful) as Marian Paroo in the starry semi-staged concert production directed by Marc Bruni (Beautiful, Broadway Center Stage: How to Succeed…) with choreography by Chris Bailey (Jerry Springer: The Opera, The New Yorkers at Encores!) and music direction by James Moore (Miss Saigon, the Kennedy Center's Follies and Ragtime). (more...)

Spotlight Theatre Company Introduces The Smash Hit MAMMA MIA!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2019

Spotlight Theatre Company, a Staten Island theatre and production company, is introducing the smash hit musical, MAMMA MIA!. This entertaining performance features principals Amy Decker, Charlie Siedenburg, Jennifer Neuland Gerlach, John Watson Stewart, Shelby Caffrey, and Steve Witting and many more cast members. (more...)

54 Celebrates Aretha Franklin Will Have Encore Performance February 17
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2019

Back by popular demand, 54 CELEBRATES ARETHA FRANKLIN, will return for one performance only on February 17th, at 9:30pm, in a concert directed and produced by Robert W. Schneider. (more...)

BWW Jr: Mama Will Decide: Knowing What's Appropriate
by Remy Holzer - Jan 7, 2019

'How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman...' So begins, as we all know, a musical that has, perhaps unexpectedly, enjoyed more popularity among children than any other in recent history. And yet, even in its first moments, the show confronts children with words they (especially younger children) may not have heard before and may not understand. When a group of small children in our elementary school talent show performed this song, they sang 'bastard' but labeled Hamilton the son of 'a girl and a Scotsman.' I don't know what parental or directorial input led to this alteration, but I do wonder what the children thought about it, both the original and the substitute lyric. (more...)

Video Flashback: Bernadette Peters, Cher, and Bob Mackie on The John Davidson Show in 1981
by Stage Tube - Jan 6, 2019

We all know and love these three icons, but who knew that Bernadette Peters, Cher, and Bob Mackie all appeared on the same episode of The John Davidson Show in 1981? (more...)

BWW's On This Day - January 4, 2019
by - Jan 4, 2019

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on January 4 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

The Drama League Announces Complete Cast For DIRECTORFEST 2019
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2019

The Drama League (Executive Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks) has announced casting for DirectorFest 2019: The 35th Annual Directors Festival, the only festival in the United States exploring the art of contemporary stage directing. DirectorFest takes place at various locations around NYC: New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher Street), The Drama League Theater Center (32 Avenue of the Americas), LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (31-10 Thompson Avenue, Long Island City), and Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette Street). Festival programming, tickets and additional details are available at www.directorfest.org, or by calling (212) 244-9494. (more...)

EVERYTHING'S COMING UP BERNADETTE! Multiple Tony Winner Bernadette Peters Lights Up The McCallum
by David Green - Jan 2, 2019

Throughout her illustrious career, Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters has dazzled audiences and critics with her performances on stage and television, in concert, and on recordings. The McCallum Theatre presents Bernadette Peters, with Marvin Laird, Musical Director, on Thursday, January 24, at 8:00pm. (more...)

Jonathan David Sloate Releases New Single 'If You Believe'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2019

Composer, lyricist and playwright Jonathan David Sloate releases new single entitled 'If You Believe' featuring stellar performances from Broadway's Rodney Hicks (Come From Away, The Scottsboro Boys, Jesus Christ Superstar, Rent) and Max von Essen (Anastasia, An American in Paris, Evita, Les Miserables) along with the 59-piece Prague Symphony Orchestra. 'If You Believe' is available on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, CDBaby, and all other major digital platforms worldwide. (more...)

Warner Classics and National Theatre Present the FOLLIES 2018 Cast Recording
by TV News Desk - Jan 18, 2019

WARNER CLASSICS and the NATIONAL THEATRE announce the digital download and streaming release of Stephen Sondheim's legendary musical Follies - 2018 National Theatre Cast Recording today. (more...)

Photo Flash: Maltz Jupiter Theatre Presents MAMMA MIA!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2019

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is kicking off the New Year with a rare four-week run of the sunny and funny musical that took Broadway by storm: Mamma Mia! (more...)

National Theatre Announces Lineup For First Half of 2019
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2019

The National Theatre has announced its upcoming lineup for the first half of 2019. (more...)

Public Booking For West End MARY POPPINS Begins 28 January
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2019

Public booking for Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Mary Poppins will open at 10am GMT on 28 January 2019. The musical, based on the stories of P. L. Travers and the original film, returns to its original West End home at the Prince Edward Theatre after fifteen years. Mary Poppins will begin previews on 23 October 2019 with opening night on 13 November and initially go on sale until 29 March 2020. (more...)

Music Hall Presents its 90th Anniversary Archive Gallery
by TV News Desk - Jan 18, 2019

It's time! Ninety dazzling years of Music Hall's history are now on display and ready to welcome the public for a very special event on Saturday, February 9, from 2pm – 6pm. (more...)

National Theatre FOLLIES Cast Recording To Drop Tomorrow
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 17, 2019

According to Baz Bamigboye of The Daily Mail a cast album of ?the acclaimed National Theatre? production of Stephen Sondheim's Follies will be available for download and streaming on iTunes? and ?Spotify? beginning after midnight, Friday January 18. (more...)

Photo Flash: A Loverly First Look at Danny Burstein & Christian Dante White in MY FAIR LADY!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2019

Earlier this month, six time Tony nominee Danny Burstein and Christian Dante White  assumed the role of Alfred P. Doolittle and Freddy Eynsford-Hill in Lerner & Loewe's My Fair Lady, directed by Bartlett Sher, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street). Check out a first look at the duo in action below! (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Lamon's Terms- Gettin' Zazzy with Angie Schworer!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 17, 2019

What happens when one of Broadway's funniest actors decides to interview one of Broadway's funniest actors? You're about to find out, because The Prom star Josh Lamon is getting the 411 from not one, not two, not three... but four of his hilarious co-stars! (more...)

Judy Garland WORLD'S GREATEST ENTERTAINER Gets World Premiere In March
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2019

The NEW book musical, JUDY GARLAND "World's Greatest Entertainer" premieres at the baby grand in Wilmington on March 22 - March 30 for six performances. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: Go 'Behind the Curtain' with CITY OF ANGELS, WILL ROGERS FOLLIES, BRIGHT STAR Legend, Dee Hoty
by Behind the Curtain - Jan 15, 2019

She's Dee-lightful, she's Dee-licious, she's Dee Hoty! Three time tony nominee Dee Hoty swings by Shetler Studios to look back on her illustrious performing career which includes starring roles in Barnum, Me and My Girl, City of Angels, The Will Rogers Follies, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, Follies, Footloose, Mamma Mia, Gigi, and Bright Star! (more...)

Primary Stages' Season to Include Works by Billy Porter, Charles Busch, and More
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2019

PRIMARY STAGES announces its complete 2019/20 Season, celebrating its 35th anniversary. (more...)

Scott Silven's AT THE ILLUSIONIST'S TABLE and WONDERS AT DUSK Extend Through March
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2019

This fall, The McKittrick Hotel (530 West 27th Street, NYC), home of Sleep No More, welcomed the arrival of Wonders at Dusk, an enchanted new evening of mystery and mind reading by acclaimed mentalist and illusionist Scott Silven. The production joined Silven's other hit show, the extremely intimate magic and dining experience At The Illusionist's Table, which continues to play to sold out audiences. Due to demand, both have now been extended to March in The Club Car. (more...)

Broadway Veteran Stephanie Pope Returns To Teach Fosse Master Class at Playhouse on Park
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2019

Playhouse on Park's education department, Playhouse Theatre Academy, is thrilled to welcome back Stephanie Pope for another Fosse Adult Master Class on Monday, January 21 from 6-8pm at The 224 Ecospace! All performers (ages 16 and up!) who have a vested interest in the performing arts are encouraged to attend this amazing class. (more...)

BWW Previews: JUDY GARLAND 'WORLD'S GREATEST ENTERTAINER' at The Baby Grand
by Greer Firestone - Jan 14, 2019

The NEW book musical, JUDY GARLAND 'World's Greatest Entertainer' opens at the baby grand in Wilmington on March 22 - March 30 for 6 performances. Written by Delaware native Playwright Greer Firestone, the show takes place in 1961, 2 weeks after Judy's legendary concert at Carnegie Hall which critics termed 'the greatest night in show business history'. This ORIGINAL musical has aspirations past the baby grand. National producers will be invited. (more...)

BWW Previews: RED HOT MAMA: THE SOPHIE TUCKER SONGBOOK at Rubicon Theatre Company
by Cary Ginell - Jan 14, 2019

Tony Award nominee Sharon McNight stars as legendary vaudeville entertainer Sophie Tucker, 'the last of the red hot mamas' in 'Red Hot Mama: The Sophie Tucker Songbook,' a bravura performance of one of the great performers of the 20th century. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at MARRY ME A LITTLE at DirectorFest 2019
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2019

The Drama League (Executive Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks) opened DirectorFest 2019: The 35th Annual Directors Festival, the only festival in the United States exploring the art of contemporary stage directing, last evening with the musical Marry Me A Little, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Directed by 2018 Leo Shull Musical Theatre Directing Fellow Kemar Jewel, with music direction by Josh Kight at New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher Street). Festival programming, tickets and additional details are available at www.directorfest.org, or by calling (212) 244-9494. (more...)

BWW Interview: Jim Walton Gets Screeched In as COME FROM AWAY's New Nick!
by Nicole Rosky - Jan 12, 2019

Just over a month ago, Come From Away welcomed a new 'Nick' to the Rock, as Broadway veteran Jim Walton took over for original company member Lee MacDougal. (more...)

#YoSoyTeatroMusical - 12 - Javier Naval (Foto + Diseño)
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Jan 11, 2019

Hoy en nuestra seccion hablamos con el diseñador de carteles y fotografo Javier Naval que nos habla sobre su experiencia en Teatro Musical (more...)

Jill Eikenberry, Aaron Tveit, Brittain Ashford, Luann De Lesseps Come to Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2019

Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

BEFUDDLED 101 Comes to The Brick
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2019

Monologist Max Silver is jolted from his mundane existence into a schizophrenic Max Headroom style dystopia. An immediate intersection of his parental resentments, his painful breakup, a deficient understanding of American politics, Russian history, artistic manifestos, and every bit of media he's ever consumed result in a hilariously failed journey of self-discovery. (more...)

Photo Coverage: BroadwayWorld Remembers Those We've Lost in 2018
by Walter McBride - Dec 31, 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, we are reflecting on those we have lost in the Broadway and theatre communities throughout the year. (more...)

International Smash Hit MAMMA MIA! Set To Sparkle At The Maltz Jupiter Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2018

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is kicking off the New Year with a rare four-week run of the sunny and funny musical that took Broadway by storm: Mamma Mia! (more...)

Sutton Foster Lights-Up Christmas On PBS And Detroit Public Television
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2018

Sutton Foster is an award-winning actor, singer and dancer who has performed in 11 Broadway shows and originated roles in the Broadway productions of Little Women, Young Frankenstein, Shrek The Musical, and her Tony Award-winning performances in Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie. (more...)

BWW Review: SOUTH PACIFIC at Rubicon Theatre Company
by Cary Ginell - Dec 21, 2018

The Rubicon Theatre Company brings back a Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, 'South Pacific,' in a uniquely intimate two-piano version, featuring stellar performances and a ravishing set design. This one will be talked about for years to come. (more...)

Daisy Eagan and More Will Sing the Songs of Rusty Magee at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2018

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents "Rusty Magee: Revisited", a celebration of the life and music of Rusty Magee, the legendary cabaret staple of the 80s and 90s with one of the most distinct and creative musical voices of all time. (more...)

Dan Sharkey Joins The Cast Of Off-Broadway's PERFECT CRIME
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2018

PERFECT CRIME, the Off-Broadway 'whodunit' that just recently celebrated 31 years and 13,000 performances has announced that Dan Sharkey has joined the cast, as Lional, replacing Patrick Noonan in the role. The smart, funny and fast-paced thriller at the Anne L. Bernstein Theater in The Theater Center in Times Square (1627 Broadway) is the longest running play in NYC history and first opened in 1987 and its leading lady Catherine Russell has performed in all 13,000 performances - earning her a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records!  (more...)

BWW Review: Bravo to GMCLA for a Dazzling HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR
by Don Grigware - Dec 19, 2018

I am forever excited with GMCLA's Holiday Spectacular, this year entitled Calling All Angels....and this is their 40th anniversary season. The concert was performed Saturday and Sunday December 15 and 16 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. The level of singing under Dr. Joseph Nadeau's superior direction was top notch. What we as an audience looked forward to was solemnity...and ... fun. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Company Presents Sharon McNight in RED HOT MAMA - THE SOPHIE TUCKER SONGBOOK
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2018

Rubicon Theatre Company's 2018-2019 Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Concert Series continues with Tony Award-nominee Sharon McNight in her critically-acclaimed one-woman show "Red Hot Mama - the Sophie Tucker Songbook." This biographical concert, written by McNight, chronicles the life and career of the first lady of show business, whose remarkable career spanned six decades. Sophie Tucker was a consummate performer on stage screen and radio, was part of the Ziegfield Follies early in her career, and in addition to her legendary artistry, was a great humanitarian. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal For LEAVE TO REMAIN at the Lyric Hammersmith
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2018

The world premiere of Leave to Remain, a new play with songs by Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke and writer Matt Jones (Doctor Who, Mr Selfridge), runs 18 January - 16 February 2019 at the Lyric Hammersmith. Kele has written 14 original new tracks for the show and the soundtrack will be released on press night, Thursday 24 January 2019. (more...)

Muny Announces 101st Season Creative Teams - Including KINKY BOOTS, MATILDA, GUYS AND DOLLS, and More!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2018

The Muny announced today the directors, choreographers and music directors for its 2019 season, which opens on June 10 with Guys and Dolls. (more...)

BWW TV: Andrea McArdle Gives a Sneak Peek of Sondheim/Hamlisch Show at Feinstein's/54 Below!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 18, 2018

Andrea McArdle and Donna McKechnie, two of Broadways most endearing leading ladies, who starred in two of Broadway's most iconic shows (Annie and A Chorus Line) will bring their ever vibrant talent and personal connection to this celebration of two of Americas most beloved musical theatre composers: Stephen Sondheim and Marvin Hamlisch. The duo will come to Feinstein's/54 Below on January 1-5, 2019. (more...)

Christian Borle, John Tartaglia to Direct at Muny; Full Creative for 101st Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2018

The Muny announced today the directors, choreographers and music directors for its 2019 season, which opens on June 10 with Guys and Dolls. (more...)

Tina Fey and More Among Lineup for MEAN GIRLS at BroadwayCon
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2018

BroadwayCon has announced the award-winning Mean Girls cast and creative team has joined the BroadwayCon 2019 lineup. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 17, 2018
by - Dec 17, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 17 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (LATINX) Returns to LA in January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2018

After a sold out run last fall, the recent revival of The Diary of Anne Frank, by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman ('97 Broadway version) will return for a limited engagement previewing January 11, 2019. (more...)

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