Imaginary Friends

Opened: December 12, 2002
Closing: February 16, 2003

Imaginary Friends - 2002 - Broadway History , Info & More

Old Globe Theatre
1363 Old Globe Way San Diego, CA 92101

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.

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Review: FRINGE FESTIVAL: FINAL ROUNDUP at Toronto Fringe by Ilana Lucas - Sep 1, 2023

This year, the Fringe Festival returned more than half a million dollars to its talented, hardworking artists. Toronto Fringe may be over, but other festivals aren't! Our critic saw 59 shows in this year's festival. Here are some of her final comments as we look forward to Fringe 2024.

Theatre Southwest to Present The Festival of Originals: A Showcase of New Plays by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 17, 2023

Theatre Southwest presents The Festival of Originals, a showcase of new plays by emerging playwrights from around the world.Don't miss this opportunity to experience the best of emerging playwriting talent. Performances run from July 28 - August 12.

David Rosenberg's WHAT ELSE IS TRUE? to be Presented at A.R.T./New York's Gural Theatre in August by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 27, 2023

Egg & Spoon Theatre Collective will present the world premiere of David Rosenberg’s What Else Is True?, a bittersweet comedy about the fuzzy line between youth and adulthood, set in the world of college improv.

Caitlin Rose to Release 'CAZIMI (Deluxe Edition)' in June by Michael Major - May 24, 2023

The deluxe version also includes a cover of Jason Molina’s “Nashville Moon,” as well as alternate versions of CAZIMI originals “How Far Away,” “Blameless” and “Carried Away.” Next week, Rose joins fellow Nashville favorite Andrew Combs to kick off their co-headlining tour in Louisville. Check out the tour dates now!

Full Casts & Complete Lineup Set for Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 8, 2023

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival has announced the complete principal casts, creative teams, and events planned for the previously announced summer season.

Jerry Mitchell Will Receive The 2023 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award by Stephi Wild - Apr 27, 2023

The Tony Awards Administration Committee has announced that Jerry Mitchell Will Receive The 2023 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award in recognition of his outstanding dedication and contributions to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) and for more than three decades of volunteer service through the arts. 

Interview: Get to Know KIMBERLY AKIMBO's Alli Mauzey & Why Victoria Clark Says She's an 'Inspiration' by Cara Joy David - Apr 18, 2023

During the second act of Kimberly Akimbo, eagle-eyed fans may notice that Alli Mauzey, playing the character of Pattie, switches the leg brace she is wearing from one leg to the other between scenes. The move is missed by the vast majority of the audience and it’s possible some who do catch it may think it an accident. But for Mauzey it has meaning. It saves her hips, but it also adds another layer to the character: Pattie, already established as a hypochondriac, is so much of one that she could easily forget which leg the brace belongs on.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Presents DPAC'S TRIANGLE RISING STARS by A.A. Cristi - Apr 10, 2023

DPAC has announced that Triangle Rising Stars, central North Carolina's High School Musical Theatre Awards will take place on May 18th, 2023 at 7:30 PM with host, Clay Aiken and special guest Tony Award Winner, Beth Leavel.  Triangle Rising Stars is presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

Emerson Theater Collaborative to Present PICKING UP STONES in April by Blair Ingenthron - Mar 26, 2023

Emerson Theater Collaborative will produce Picking Up Stones: An American Jew's Moral Dilemma, a play written by Sandra Laub on April 29, 2023 at the United Theatre in Westerly, RI.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC Tour to be Presented in Mumbai in May by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 14, 2023

The global tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein's THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien, will be the first Broadway touring musical to perform in India at the brand new 2000 seat musical theatre venue, The Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre at the Jio World Centre in Mumbai.

BOB FOSSE'S DANCIN's Karli Dinardo Takes Over Our Instagram Today! by Social Watch - Mar 11, 2023

Tune in to our Instagram story today as Karli Dinardo​​​​​​​ takes you behind the scenes of Bob Fosse's Dancin' on Broadway!

Meet the Cast of BOB FOSSE'S DANCIN', Beginning Previews on Broadway Tonight! by Stephi Wild - Mar 2, 2023

Bob Fosse's DANCIN' officially begins previews tonight, March 2. The musical will open on Sunday, March 19, 2023 at The Music Box Theatre. Meet the cast of Bob Fosse's DANCIN' here!

Rhodes Theatre Guild Presents YOU'LL GROW INTO IT This Month by Stephi Wild - Feb 6, 2023

Taking inspiration from imaginary friends, childhood games, and a delicious soup, Rhodes Theatre Guild will present an exciting new play cycle from Rhodes senior and budding playwright Eliana Mabe.

Industry Pro Newsletter: A Look at Broadway's Comeback, The Leadership Shuffle Continues by Alex Freeman - Jan 30, 2023

Audiences are buying tickets closer to the actual show date - but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re making the decision to see the show late. In a post-COVID era, audiences are more attuned to the fact that things can shift, and so in an effort to protect themselves from navigating a cancellation, they’re waiting to purchase their tickets.

Where Will the Tonys Have ROOM? by Cara Joy David - Jan 30, 2023

Sometimes seasons go by without any truly perplexing questions for the Tony Award Administration Committee to answer. This will not be one of those seasons. As I wrote last month, there are close calls on what will be considered a new play versus revival and now thrown into the mix is the play or musical decision involving ROOM.

Tony Nominee Grey Henson Joins SHUCKED on Broadway; Full Cast Announced by Team BWW - Jan 29, 2023

Complete casting has been announced as rehearsals commence tomorrow for Shucked, the new Broadway musical comedy. Check out all of the bios, ticket information and more.

Casa Mañana Presents A CHRISTMAS CARO: A NEW MUSICAL COMEDY by Stephi Wild - Nov 15, 2022

Casa Mañana gets in the holiday spirit and continues its Children’s Theatre season with A Christmas Carol: A New Musical Comedy.

Interview: Katelyn Schiller and Nick Rheinwald-Jones on Their Immersive Interactive DRAGON SHOW: THE EXTENDED TAIL by Shari Barrett - Sep 7, 2022

Dragons... fairies... knights... enchanted meadows... spooky caves... all part of an immersive experience into your favorite childhood fantasies in Spy Brunch's site-specific adventure, Dragon Show: The Extended Tail. Filled with original songs and a memorable cast of characters, just 12 audience members will be admitted into each performance to enjoy the kind of intimate and memorable experience that immersive theatre delivers best. As a true fan of the genre, how could I resist a production such as this? So, I decided to speak with Katelyn Schiller and Nick Rheinwald-Jones, writers/producers/directors from Spy Brunch to find about more about them and the creation of their immersive fantasy world.

The Tank Announces Programming for Eco-Forward Festivals TRASHFEST & DARKFEST 2022 by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 20, 2022

The Tank announced programming for their eco-forward festivals, TrashFest and DarkFest, from Saturday July 30 – Sunday August 7, 2022. Both festivals will take place in-person at The Tank NYC.

POWERPUFF GIRLS & FOSTER'S HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS to Be Rebooted by Michael Major - Jul 18, 2022

Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe (HBSE) has begun development work to reboot The Powerpuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. Emmy® Award-winning creator, producer, and director Craig McCracken, who first began his career at Hanna-Barbera Cartoons 30 years ago in 1992, is attached to develop both projects.

Mark Ballas, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Drew Seeley & More Join KINKY BOOTS at the Hollywood Bowl by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 6, 2022

Additional casting has been announced for the Hollywood Bowl’s upcoming production of Kinky Boots July 8–10,2022. Find out how to get tickets and see who else is in the cast!

IMAGINATION STATION is Now Playing as Esplanade by Stephi Wild - May 31, 2022

Bring the PLAYtime! experience straight into your classrooms with our special Digital Experience! Specially designed for pre-schools in collaboration with artists and educators to support curriculum objectives, receive exclusive access to a lesson plan strongly grounded in arts pedagogy.

Broadway's Michael Mendez, Marissa McGowan, and André Jordan Lead SHREK THE MUSICAL at Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre by Stephi Wild - May 31, 2022

In this musical production, based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animated film, unlikely hero Shrek finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and more than a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Shrek the Musical is irreverent fun for the whole family.

BWW Exclusive: Adrienne Warren Sings With the HELPSTERS on Apple TV+ by Michael Major - May 25, 2022

Watch an exclusive first look at Adrienne Warren as Concert Consuela in the upcoming third season of Helpsters, featuring a performance with the show's 'Scatterdays' for their 'Concert on the Corner.' The new season will also feature James Monroe Iglehart, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Christian Borle, André De Shields, Krysta Rodriguez, and more.

Apple TV+ Announces HELPSTERS Season Three Premiere by Michael Major - May 11, 2022

The third season features appearances by Bradley Cooper, James Monroe Iglehart, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Christian Borle, Adrienne Warren, André De Shields, Judy Gold, Jordan Carlos, Shakina Nayfack, Yasha Jackson, Krysta Rodriguez, Michael Cruz Kayne, Glo Tavarez, Jerah Milligan, Alex Song-Xia, and more.

Wayne Brady, Jake Shears, & Kelly Marie Tran to Lead KINKY BOOTS at the Hollywood Bowl by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 25, 2022

Get tickets get more information on the production this summer. First casting has been announced for the Hollywood Bowl’s upcoming production of Kinky Boots, featuring Wayne Brady in the role of Lola, Jake Shears as Charlie, and Kelly Marie Tran as Lauren. 

YPT Presents Marcus Youssef's The In-Between And Herbie Barnes' Russell's World On Demand by A.A. Cristi - Apr 14, 2022

This spring, Young People’s Theatre will round out its 56th season with two productions available on demand: The In-Between for teens, by internationally-celebrated playwright Marcus Youssef (produced by Montreal’s Geordie Theatre), and Russell’s World for families – written and directed by YPT Artistic Director Herbie Barnes. Both productions are on sale April 19.

Grey Delisle & the Roughhousers Announce New Album 'Princess Mike' by Michael Major - Apr 4, 2022

Grey DeLisle has joined forces with Eddie Clendening (Million Dollar Quartet), Deke Dickerson (Ecco-Fonics), Carl Sonny Leyland (Big Sandy and The Fly Rite Boys), Murry Hammond (Old 97’s), and DJ Bonebrake (Founding Member of X and The Knitters) to form The Roughhousers, who recorded a new roots rock album of children’s music called Princess Mike.

Greenwich Theatre Announces Children's Easter Theatre Programme by Stephi Wild - Mar 29, 2022

Fancy meeting The Gruffalo or playing with Margot & Mr Whatsit? Why not visit some endangered creepy crawlies with us at The Bug Hotel or experience an interactive infant opera by HurlyBurly Theatre? However old and whatever your kids are into, Greenwich Theatre have got you covered entertainment wise this Easter! 

The Philly POPS Celebrates Oscar Hammerstein in HAMMERSTEIN: The Song is You Next Month by Stephi Wild - Mar 9, 2022

Music Director and Principal Conductor David Charles Abell brings the fun and elegance of Oscar Hammerstein 2nd's masterworks to the POPS in HAMMERSTEIN: The Song is You, April 1–3 at the Kimmel Cultural Campus.

Meet the Cast of PARADISE SQUARE by Stephi Wild - Mar 15, 2022

Paradise Square begins previews on Broadway tonight, March 15, 2022, ahead of an opening night on April 3 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Learn more about the cast bringing this musical to life on stage here!

Bay Area Children's Theatre Presents THE IMAGINARIES: An Immersive Musical by A.A. Cristi - Jan 7, 2022

Coming to life March 5, 2022, Bay Area Children's Theatre has created the first ever immersive theatre experience made specifically for young audiences. Entitled THE IMAGINARIES!  Young audiences will enter a world unlike any they have seen before—inspired by the imagination of children.

CAROLINE, OR CHANGE Officially Opens Tonight on Broadway; Meet the Cast! by Stephi Wild - Oct 27, 2021

Caroline, or Change officially opens tonight, October 27 on Broadway at the Roundabout's Studio 54. Learn more about the cast bringing this show back to Broadway here!

FOOLS OF ANOTHER NATURE to be Presented by The Contemporary Theater by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 9, 2021

Fools of Another Nature is an original clown show that follows three fools through a normal day at home as they meet imaginary friends, sleep beside enormous monsters, and fall in love with inanimate objects.

Celebrate Father's Day With New Content on HBO Max 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.” 

Contemporary Theater Company Announces Summer Season by A.A. Cristi - 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.”

Contemporary Theater Company Summer Season Announced by A.A. Cristi - 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.'

Grubby Little Hands Share New Single 'Surf Lullaby' 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.

Streaming Production of Wendy' MacLeod's SLOW FOOD Announced from International City Theatre by A.A. Cristi - 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.

Cincinnati Fringe Festival Announces 2021 Lineup 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!

Nathan Day Releases New Single 'Fade Like You' 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.

ICT Streams Virtual Presentation Of Tender, Uproarious SLOW FOOD By Wendy MacLeod by A.A. Cristi - 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.

Who Won Awards at the GRAMMYS? See the Full List of Winners Here! 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.'

BWW Prompts: Which Broadway Characters Are Coming Over for the Holidays? 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.

Alvarez Keko Salazar Productions Presents Poseidon Theatre Company's DRAMA  by A.A. Cristi - 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).

Cherry Jones & Jason Segel Star in THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE 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.

Apple TV+ Announces New Kids' Series DOUG UNPLUGS and STILLWATER 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.

Amber Kusching Presents the 'Virtually Possible Theatre Festival' 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.

Jerry Mitchell Talks BROADWAY BARES: ZOOM IN, and More on Backstage LIVE With Richard Ridge 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!

VIDEO: Tony Winner Jerry Mitchell Is Getting Ready for Broadway Bares on Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge 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! 


Imaginary Friends has had 2 productions including Broadway which opened in 2002 and Broadway which opened in 2002.
Imaginary Friends has been nominated for the Outstanding Lyrics award at the Drama Desk Awards, with the nomination going to Craig Carnelia.
Imaginary Friends has won the Outstanding Lyrics award at the Drama Desk Awards for Craig Carnelia.



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