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Imaginary Friends - 2002 - Broadway

Imaginary Friends is a play by Nora Ephron. It includes songs with music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Craig Carnelia.



The play focuses on writers Lillian Hellman and Mary McCarthy, who reunite in hell and reflect on their decades-long antagonistic relationship. Dating back to their first meeting at a conference at Sarah Lawrence College in 1948, it came to a head in 1980 when McCarthy, in a television interview with Dick Cavett, asserted "every word she writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the'". Hellman subsequently sued McCarthy for slander. As the play progresses, the two women recall, among other things, Hellman's 1952 testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee, McCarthy's childhood abuse by an uncle, and their romantic involvements, McCarthy with Philip Rahv and Hellman with Dashiell Hammett. Throughout it all, McCarthy accuses Hellman of repeatedly presenting fiction as fact, while Hellman insists McCarthy always portrays fact as fiction.



Schedule

Ethel Barrymore Theatre (Broadway)

(New York, NY)
243 West 47th St.
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by Sarah Jae Leiber - Sep 23, 2020
Cherry Jones and Jason Segel have joined the cast of 'The Sky is Everywhere,' a film from Apple Originals based on the book by Jandy Nelson.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Sep 17, 2020
Following its historic 18 Daytime Emmy Award nominations and win for Outstanding Children's or Family Viewing Programming for 'Ghostwriter,' Apple TV+ today announced that two new kids' series.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Oct 7, 2019
According to The Hollywood Reporter, actress Cherry Jones has joined the upcoming Tammy Faye Bakker biopic. The film also stars Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield.
by Stephi Wild - Oct 4, 2019
Marking the 150th anniversary of a?oethe biggest hoax in history,a?? IndieWorks Theatre Company, Inc., in association with Visceral Entertainment, presents The Giant Hoax a new musical based upon the true(?) story of New York's famous Cardiff Giant, with book, music and lyrics by Kit Goldstein Grant. Christopher Michaels directs a cast of 13, including Paul Aguirre*, Mary Albert, Henry Fin Berry, Greg Carter*, Sarah Chiu, Yvette Monique Clark*, Jianzi Colón-Soto, Daniel Moser*, Robyne Parrish*, Kevin Riddagh, Staci Stout, Ben Tostado*, and Forest VanDyke*. Sixteen performances will be staged on a varying scheduling at Theatre Row's Theatre One (formerly The Lion Theatre) 410 West 42nd Street in New York City from November 19-December 7, 2019. The Giant Hoax is recommended for ages six and up.
by Kaitlin Milligan - Oct 4, 2019
Today, October 4, electronic musician deadmau5 celebrates the release of here's the drop!, an album of remixes of material from his 2018 orchestral album where's the drop?  For it, plenty of revered tastemakers have been tapped for their talents to make this remix album a cerebral journey through sound. 
by Julie Musbach - Oct 24, 2019
The soprano Constance Barron will take part in the world premiere a new work by composer Laura Clayton, Queen of Heaven, Songs To Goddess Inanna with pianist Dr. Donna Coleman at this week's 2019 OutBach Festival of (Mostly) Women's Music at the San Miguel Mission in Santa Fe, NM on Thursday, October 24 at 7:00 PM.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Oct 21, 2019
MWM Universe, the IP engine of diversified entertainment media company MWM, and Frolic Media, the integrated media brand for Romance fans founded by Lisa Berger and Sarah Penna, have joined forces to form Frolic Podcast Network. The network launches today with 13 of the most popular romance-centric podcasts covering the range of topics and genres for Romance fans and everyone who loves a Happily Ever After. Frolic's podcast network is the first project that falls under a new overall deal with MWM Universe to develop and produce diversified, story-driven media experiences that cater to Romance fans.  
by Alexa Criscitiello - Oct 2, 2020
Alvarez Keko Salazar Productions Presents Poseidon Theatre Company's DRAMA - an aural experience - the podcast. Written by New York Times Best Selling Author Jeffrey James Keyes (Killer Chef with James Patterson). Directed by Aaron Salazar (Featured in the New York Times, NY Post, NY Daily News, TimeOut New York & Wall Street Journal & Winner of Immersion Nation Award for Best Environmental Immersion 2019, & Best Shows and Experiences 2018 from No Proscenium).
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Oct 15, 2019
Deadline reports that Ryan Reynolds and John Krasinski are in talks to join a new fantasy comedy, 'Imaginary Friends' at Paramount.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 4, 2019
After a run of hit shows in Palm Springs and Los Angeles, and an exclusive engagement onboard Norwegian Cruise Line's mega ship The Escape, Perry Laylon Ojeda (On The Town, Imaginary Friends) returns to New York for a one night solo act, a?oePERRY OJEDA - Just in Time: The Songs of Betty Comden and Adolph Green.a?? The Dec. 17th show is at Feinstein's/54 Below, 254 W. 54th Street in Manhattan. Showtime is 9:30PM and doors open at 8:45PM for dinner/cocktails.
by Joe Lombardi - Nov 30, 2019
In the musical Barnum, a song lyric compels you to 'join the circus like you wanted to, when you were a kid.'  In the family friendly new musical The Giant Hoax, a young farm girl named Emily will do just that.  She's heard about the Cardiff Giant and wants to see the amazing wonder for herself.  Emily runs away from home and will learn some valuable lessons, meet an assortment of colorful characters and sing about 'Wonderful Things.'
by Alexa Criscitiello - Nov 28, 2019
This Month, 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.
by Stephi Wild - Nov 25, 2019
Marking the 150th anniversary of 'the biggest hoax in history,' IndieWorks Theatre Company, Inc., in association with Visceral Entertainment, presents The Giant Hoax a new musical based upon the true(?) story of New York's famous Cardiff Giant, with book, music and lyrics by Kit Goldstein Grant, choreography by Molly Model, music direction by Jonathon Lynch and orchestrations by Mark Brymer. Christopher Michaels directs a cast of 13, including Paul Aguirre*, Mary Albert, Henry Fin Berry, Greg Carter*, Sarah Chiu, Yvette Monique Clark*, Jianzi Colón-Soto, Daniel Moser*, Robyne Parrish*, Kevin Riddagh, Staci Stout, Ben Tostado*, and Forest VanDyke*. Sixteen performances will be staged on a varying scheduling at Theatre Row's Theatre One (formerly The Lion Theatre) 410 West 42nd Street in New York City from November 19-December 7, 2019. The Giant Hoax is recommended for ages six and up.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 19, 2019
With performances beginning tonight on Theatre Row, IndieWorks Theatre Company, Inc., and Visceral Entertainment are pleased to announce that $18.69 rush tickets are available for each performance of The Giant Hoax, a new musical based upon the true(?) story of New York's famous Cardiff Giant. In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Cardiff Giant's discovery, rush tickets are available at the door one hour prior to each performance with a maximum of two tickets per person, subject to availability.
by Joe Lombardi - Nov 10, 2019
Truman Capote interviewed Marlon Brando in 1957.  The legendary actor was in Japan filming Sayonara.  Hilariously, we overhear one of the movie's sales pitches.  They are using 'real Japanese actors.'  This conversation is one level of the multi-media piece BrandoCapote.  On the flip side, this dance play is a commentary on men and toxic masculinity.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 19, 2021
“Surf Lullaby” is a lilting tune about a dream’s fading images as they are interrupted by the sun, while “Lula Fly,” ostensibly a typical pop anthem about a frustrating relationship, finds singer Donnie Felton puzzling over his own family history and weaving it into a fantastical ode to his great grandmother as a young woman.
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 19, 2021
It's been a quiet year at The Contemporary Theater Company, but this summer that is all going to change. With shows up to six nights a week on their outdoor patio, The Contemporary Theater Company is living up to their motto of “here to play.'
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 15, 2019
Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei today announced South Coast Repertory's 13-play, 2019-20 season, which builds on the theatre's 56-year foundation of stellar artistry. The offerings range from a two-person show to a large-cast musical and represent a kaleidoscope of classics and popular hits, along with four world premieres and three shows for young audiences and families. The season includes the world premiere of The Scarlet Letter by Kate Hamill, the musical She Loves Me (directed by Ivers), American Mariachi by Jose Cruz Gonzalez, Arcadia by Tom Stoppard and the beloved children's story, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Subscription packages are currently on sale; single tickets will go on sale on June 10. More information is available at www.scr.org.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 30, 2021
A vacationing couple heads to a Greek restaurant in Palm Springs for their anniversary dinner — but will the marriage survive the service? International City Theatre announces a virtual presentation of Slow Food, a tender, uproarious comedy by Wendy MacLeod, directed by Marya Mazor.
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Mar 2, 2020
Featuring the professional talents of Scott Daniel, Dan Franke, Georgia Mallory Guy, Colleen Cherry, Kara Sotakoun, Ryan Bernier, Kristin Carbone, Michael St. John and Young Artists Ensemble members Caroline Howard, Jamesyn Horton, Emily Stephens, Kate Shamblin, Jake Perez, Nikala Hale, Blase Roque, Collage also showcases over 20 students of HB Plant High School Theatre Company.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Mar 14, 2021
The awards honored six musicals from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and the West End with nominations for Best Musical Theatre Album - 'Jagged Little Pill,' 'American Utopia,' 'Little Shop of Horrors,' 'The Prince of Egypt,' 'Soft Power,' and Amélie.'
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 7, 2021
It's been a quiet year at The Contemporary Theater Company, but this summer that is all going to change. With shows up to six nights a week on their outdoor patio, The Contemporary Theater Company is living up to their motto of “here to play.”
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 5, 2019
Bay Street Theater is pleased to announce the cast of SAFE SPACE (June 25 - July 21) is now in rehearsal.The new play is by Alan Fox; directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien (All My Sons, Henry IV, Hairspray, The Coast of Utopia). The play will star Mercedes Ruehl (Torch Song, Hustlers, Bay Street's Viva la Vida!), Sasha Diamond (Blindspot, The Romanoffs, Murphy Brown) and Rodney Richardson (The Day Shall Come, CBS's FBI, Somebody's Daughter). Tickets are now on sale by calling the Box Office at 631-725-9500 or online at www.baystreet.org.  The Box Office is open daily from 11 am - show time.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 28, 2020
Summer is here, and that means an abundance of heat, sunshine, and creativity just waiting to be brought to life. While the global health crisis may still be keeping the doors to most theaters shut, theater companies around the country have risen to the challenge and created new doors to walk through- virtual ones!
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 26, 2020
Today we celebrate the life, work, and spirit of writer and director, Nora Ephron, who passed away on this day, June 26, 2012. She was 71.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 26, 2019
Today we celebrate the life, work, and spirit of writer and director, Nora Ephron, who passed away on this day, June 26, 2012. She was 71.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 24, 2019
Bay Street Theater is pleased to announce the World Premiere of SAFE SPACE begins tomorrow, June 25, and runs through July 21. This is a new play by Alan Fox; directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien (All My Sons, Henry IV, Hairspray, The Coast of Utopia).
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Jun 15, 2021
HBO Max will also feature “Watch With Dad” trays across its Series and Movies Page, the HBO Hub and its Kids and Family Genre Page, including favored flicks and beloved series like “Daddy Day Care,” “Tenet,” the “Pink Panther” collection, “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Speed,” “Ford v. Ferrari,” “Tiger,” and “Happy Gilmore.” 
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jul 8, 2019
In this workshop, Kevin McDonald will teach the Kids in the Hall method of writing sketch comedy through improv. July 27th & 28th
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Jul 31, 2020
Nothing can stop BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge from bringing you interviews with your favorite Broadway stars! Watch below as he chats with Tony winner and Broadway Bares creator/Executive Producer Jerry Mitchell! 
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jul 17, 2019
Kevin McDonald from Kids in the Hall just agreed to perform at Unexpected Productions with Artistic Director, Randy Dixon in After...Words, an original improv show created by Dixon. This special performance is ONLY on July 26th and 27th at 8:30. Tickets $12 - $15.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 17, 2020
New Yiddish Rep will present 'The Whore from Ohio' by Hanoch Levin, Israel's foremost playwright, at Theater for the New City February 19 to 23, performed in Yiddish with projected surtitles. This black comedy, which deals memorably with ultimate questions of fantasy, lust and mortality, is one Levin's most famous plays. It is translated into Yiddish from the original Hebrew by Eli Rosen. Gara Sandler directs.
by Stephi Wild - Feb 19, 2020
After receiving a staggering number of submissions from across the globe the Atlanta Fringe Festival is thrilled to announce the lineup for their 8th annual festival, taking place June 1 a?" 7, 2020. This year's festival will feature 25 performing arts groups a?" dancers, comedians, storytellers, clowns, and more a?" putting up live shows across five venues in and around Little Five Points throughout one jam-packed week.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 17, 2020
Newly appointed Music Director and Principal Conductor David Charles Abell brings the fun and elegance of Oscar Hammerstein 2nd's masterworks to Philly in HAMMERSTEIN: The Song is You.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Dec 2, 2019
The Belmont Theater District (BTD), Chicago's largest theater district located in the Lakeview West and Lakeview East neighborhoods, celebrates the holidays this November and December. The Belmont Theater District acts as an advocate to create, promote and strengthen the diverse artistic offerings of the Lakeview West and Lakeview East neighborhoods to its residents and visitors.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 19, 2019
From January 17 to 26, 2020, New Yiddish Rep will present a Yiddish language version of 'The Labor of Life' by Israeli playwright Hanoch Levin, translated by Eli Rosen, directed by Gera Sandler, at New Yiddish Rep's Cyrus and Rose Feldman Studio Theater, 315 W. 39 Street, 9th floor. This comedy, originally written in Hebrew, will be performed in Yiddish with projected English surtitles. It is a funny and very sad play of the missed opportunities, compromises and disillusionments demanded by the 'labor of life.' Originally presented at Israel's HaBima in June, 1989, it stands out among contemporary writings for its sardonic resonance to Israelis and Jews worldwide.
by BWW Prompts - Dec 18, 2020
We want to hear from you! Submit your response to our daily #BWWPrompts, where we ask our readers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram questions to spark some theater conversation.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 12, 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.
by Stephi Wild - Aug 3, 2020
The a?oeVirtually Possible Theatre Festivala?? is a theatre festival made virtually possible by Zoom and the infinite imagination of New Jersey-based playwright Amber Kusching.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Aug 21, 2019
Having supported the likes of M83 and Lily Allen, showcases at SXSW, and collaborations with Holy Holy and Charli XCX, the sought after producer and songwriter Gab Strum (aka Japanese Wallpaper) returns to North America with friends and collaborators Mallrat and Allday. Full dates below.
by Nicole Rosky - Aug 10, 2019
Earlier this year, on April 22, The Phantom of the Opera, reached a milestone that no other Broadway show has even come near. Phantom, the longest-running show in Broadway history, became the first Broadway show EVER to reach #13,000 performances. This is just one of many incredible achievements made by the show since it opened on Broadway over three decades ago.
by Stephi Wild - Aug 1, 2020
Nothing can stop BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge from bringing you interviews with your favorite Broadway stars! He recently chatted with Tony winner and Broadway Bares creator/Executive Producer Jerry Mitchell!
by Stephi Wild - Apr 30, 2020
Southern California's 3-D Theatricals' 3D+U has announced its special guests for 3D+U's free FANTASTICAL FRIDAYS for Friday, May 1.
by Julie Musbach - Apr 23, 2019
Osmunda Music announced the release of Munda, a collection of 11 songs created by Osmunda Music, a.k.a. Rebecca Trujillo Vest-an artist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music producer whose layered compositions achieve a lyrical, harmonic balance infused with a moving message of global positive change.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Apr 22, 2021
A vacationing couple heads to a Greek restaurant in Palm Springs for their anniversary dinner — but will the marriage survive the service? International City Theatre announces a virtual presentation of Slow Food, a tender, uproarious comedy by Wendy MacLeod, directed by Marya Mazor.
by Stephen Mosher - Apr 21, 2020
Recent MAC Award Winner Michael Kirk Lane is one of the cabaret community's greatest assets, and most gifted performers, teachers, and leaders. One the celebration of his birth, Stephen Mosher takes a look at the life that has led to this moment in time.
by Kaitlin Milligan - Apr 2, 2020
Apple is excited to share a clip from the live-action preschool series a?oeHelpsters,a?? returning to Apple TV+ on Friday, April 3 with seven all-new episodes. The clip showcases a new, original song and dance routine performed by Grammy Award-winning artist Ne-Yo alongside the Helpsters.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 19, 2021
The Cincinnati Fringe Festival is one of the city’s first beloved summer traditions to return to form. This year, you can choose from a wide variety of outdoor in-person events and online streaming entertainment for your Fringe experience!
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Apr 15, 2021
Day turns his imaginary friends into a reality by crafting an adventurous experimental magical world inhabited by the vibrant characters that live in his mind.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Apr 14, 2020
Southern California's 3-D Theatricals' 3D+U has announced its WEDNESDAY LINE-UP. The spotlight is on YOU and we can get through this together. Being socially distant may be the biggest role you will ever have to play. Let's come together while being apart with workshops, workouts, classes and talkbacks.