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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.





Nick Radu's IMAGINARY to Play 2016 New York New Works Theatre Festival
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

Nick Radu's Imaginary has been selected as part of the New York New Works Theatre Festival on September 7th at 7 PM at the Elektra Theater (Times Square Arts Center). Under the direction of Malini Singh McDonald, the company will present an excerpt of the play. (more...)

Cast Complete for ON YOUR FEET! First National Tour, Starting the Salsa in Buffalo This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2017

Producers James L. Nederlander, Estefan Enterprises, Inc and Bernie Yuman have announced complete casting for the First National Tour of the Broadway musical ON YOUR FEET!, starring Cuban-American Broadway actress Christie Prades as seven-time GRAMMY-winning international superstar Gloria Estefan, and acclaimed stage and television actor Mauricio Martinez, playing her 19-time Grammy-winning producer and husband Emilio Estefan. (more...)

Kevin McDonald's KEVIN MCDONALD SHOW Announces Special Guest: Ben Gibbard
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2017

Join us for a live recording of Kevin's Podcast Seattle 9/11 - Join Kevin McDonald (The Kids In The Hall) as he hosts a live, old-school variety show complete with famous friends, musical acts, original sketches and improv, and uninhibited tomfoolery. Joining Kevin will be Very Special Guest: Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie) and Unexpected Productions' improvisers. Get ready for way too much visual humor for a podcast (but a blast on our stage). Produced in conjunction with Forever Dog Productions. (more...)

Musical Theatre Factory Announces 2017-2018 Season Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2017

Now in its fourth year of operation, and its second season as a Resident Company of Playwrights Horizons, Musical Theatre Factory (MTF), announces its full season of programming for the 2017-2018 Season. (more...)

Ben Gibbard to Guest on Live Recording of Kevin McDonald's Podcast for Unexpected Productions
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2017

Join Kevin McDonald (The Kids In The Hall) as he hosts a live, old-school variety show complete with famous friends, musical acts, original sketches and improv, and uninhibited tomfoolery. (more...)

Cherry Jones to Make West End Debut in John Tiffany's THE GLASS MENAGERIE with Michael Esper, Brian J. Smith, and Kate O'Flynn
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

John Tiffany returns to the West End for the first time since the international critical hit Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two, to bring his acclaimed production of The Glass Menagerie to the Duke of York's Theatre for a limited season. (more...)

Cupcake Lady Productions to Present First NYC Revival of HAZELWOOD JR. HIGH
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

The first New York City revival of Hazelwood Jr. High will premiere at Mayday Space Classrooms on November 11th & 18th at 8:00 p.m. and on November 12th, 13th, and 19th at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

John Kern Releases LET'S DO WHAT IS RIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

'Let's Do What is Right': a wonderfully illustrated tale that teaches common sense and help children understand the concept of consequences. 'Let's Do What is Right' is the creation of published author, John Kern, loving father and delightfully creative writer. (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 11/21/2016 - Gala Time for Broadway Dreams and MTC!
by Jessica Khan - Nov 21, 2016

Today's big news: The stars of ANASTASIA perform at tonight's Broadway Dreams Gala celebrating Ahrens & Flaherty, and Manhattan Theatre Club's 2016 Fall Benefit honors Nathan Lane! (more...)

Imagine Children's Festival 2017 Embraces Nordic Culture
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2016

Southbank Centre's Imagine Children's Festival returns from 9 - 19 February 2017, taking over the Royal Festival Hall during half term with a packed programme of events including dance, music, theatre and installations, alongside readings and workshops with some of the top children's authors from the UK and Nordic region. (more...)

Harvey Fierstein & Jerry Mitchell Talk NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Reveal Details on Lake, Winokur Cameos!
by Caryn Robbins - Nov 21, 2016

Today, BWW participated in a media conference call with HAIRSPRAY LIVE's playwright and actor Harvey Fierstein and choreographer Jerry Mitchell.  (more...)

Arizona Theatre Company Brings Beloved FIDDLER ON THE ROOF To Life
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2016

The beloved musical Fiddler on the Roof, called 'one of the greatest musicals in history' by the New York Daily News and 'Indestructible' by The New Yorker magazine, brings a richly vibrant close to 2016 and a celebratory opening to 2017 in Arizona Theatre Company's epic production as part of ATC's 50th anniversary season. (more...)

deadmau5 Launches Single 'Let It Go' from Forthcoming Album 'W:/2016ALBUM/'
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

On December 2, deadmau5, a leading figure in electronic music, will unleash his sixth studio album W:/2016ALBUM/ (pronounced as 'w drive 2016 album') as his first release as an independent artist via his own label mau5trap. (more...)

Cupcake Lady Productions to Present First NYC Revival of HAZELWOOD JR. HIGH
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

The first New York City revival of Hazelwood Jr. High will premiere at Mayday Space Classrooms on November 11th & 18th at 8:00 p.m. and on November 12th, 13th, and 19th at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Out of the Blue- Meet BLUE MAN GROUP's Randall Jaynes!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 10, 2016

Below, watch as Richard Ridge checks in with long-time Blue Man Randall Jaynes to chat about 25 triumphant years of Blue Man Group! (more...)

Breaking News: ON YOUR FEET! Sets Summer Broadway Closing; Will Catch New Rhythm on the Road, Abroad
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2017

Producers James L. Nederlander, Estefan Enterprises, Inc and Bernie Yuman have announced that the Broadway musical On Your Feet! - based on the life story of seven-time GRAMMY winning international superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband, 19-time GRAMMY winning producer-musician-entrepreneur Emilio Estefan - is going global. (more...)

World Premiere Comedy THE ABCs Opens At Hollywood Fringe
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2017

Mooki Entertainment to present world premiere comedy The ABCs by Monica Trausch at The Complex Theatres as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. An all female cast of outrageous high school girls bent on getting what they want: total body perfection, like their idols, the Kardashians. (more...)

New Animated Series DC SUPER HERO GIRLS Coming to Cartoon Network in 2018
by TV News Desk - May 23, 2017

Production has begun on DC SUPER HERO GIRLS, an all-new animated action-comedy series from Warner Bros. Animation and based on characters from DC Entertainment. (more...)

Photo Flash: World Premiere of Dorothy Fortenberry's SPECIES NATIVE TO CALIFORNINA Hits Home in Trump's America
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

Everyone's a part of the family - until they're not. IAMA Theatre Company presents the world premiere of a deceptively gentle comedy about family, land, labor and loss. Eli Gonda directs Species Native to California by Dorothy Fortenberry continues through June 11 at Atwater Village Theatre. (more...)

IAMA Theatre Company Presents World Premiere of SPECIES NATIVE TO CALIFORNIA
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2017

Everyone's a part of the family - until they're not. IAMA Theatre Company presents the world premiere of a deceptively gentle comedy about family, land, labor and loss. Eli Gonda directs Species Native to California by Dorothy Fortenberry for a May 13 opening at Atwater Village Theatre. (more...)

Jerry Mitchell, Alex Rudzinski to Direct NBC's BYE BYE BIRDIE LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Mar 3, 2017

NBC's BYE BYE BIRDIE LIVE, the network's 2017 live holiday musical production starring Jennifer Lopez, has found its directorial duo (more...)

Nckelodeon to Debut New Animated Series RISE OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES This Fall
by TV News Desk - Mar 3, 2017

Nickelodeon, the number-one kids' network, will reimagine its iconic, global franchise, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with an all-new, 26-episode 2D-animated series, RISE OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Tempe - Week of 3/26/2017
by BWW - Mar 26, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/26/2017 for Tempe (more...)

2017 Elliot Norton Awards Celebrates Alternative Acts Theme & Announce Guest of Honor Cherry Jones
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

The Boston Theater Critics Association has announced that the 35th annual Elliot Norton Awards will feature the theme ALTERNATIVE ACTS, celebrating the Boston area's theater community, future artists, and the importance of the arts in our country. Two-time Tony Award-winning actress Cherry Jones will be the Guest of Honor at the much-anticipated annual event, which will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 7 PM, at the Huntington Theatre Company's BU Theatre. A portion of the evening's proceeds will be donated to the Boston Arts Academy to support the region's next generation of artists. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Tempe - Week of 3/19/2017
by BWW - Mar 19, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/19/2017 for Tempe (more...)

Nancy Anderson Joins Cast of NYMF's FOURTH MESSENGER
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2017

Fresh off the triumphant run of Sunset Boulevard, NANCY ANDERSON will play the role of world-famous spiritual teacher Mama Sid in New York Musical Festival and 4M Productions' East Coast premiere of THE FOURTH MESSENGER, a contemporary Western re-imagining of the Buddha legend featuring a flawed, female Buddha figure, as part of the New York Musical Festival. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Rhythm is Gonna Get Ya! ON YOUR FEET! Comes to Arsht Center
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2017

The Adrienne Arsht Center and Broadway in Miami are pleased to announce that tickets for the Miami engagement of the hit Broadway musical ON YOUR FEET! - based on the life story of seven-time GRAMMY® winning international superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband, 19-time GRAMMY® winning producer-musician-entrepreneur Emilio Estefan - will go on sale FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. The first national tour will celebrate its Grand Opening in the Estefans' home city of Miami, Florida at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County from October 5-15, 2017. (more...)

Christie Prades & Mauricio Martinez to Conga on Tour in ON YOUR FEET!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2017

Producers James L. Nederlander, Estefan Enterprises, Inc and Bernie Yuman have announced that Cuban-American Broadway actress Christie Prades will star as seven-time GRAMMY winning international superstar Gloria Estefan, and acclaimed stage and television actor Mauricio Martinez will play her 19-time Grammy-winning producer and husband Emilio Estefan, in the First National Tour of the Broadway musical On Your Feet! (more...)

Penton's WardsAuto UX Conference To Explore The Holistic User Experience In Tomorrow's Vehicles
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

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Tanya Shaffer & Vienna Teng's THE FOURTH MESSENGER to Bring Buddha Legend to NYMF
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2017

New York Musical Festival and 4M Productions will present the East Coast premiere of THE FOURTH MESSENGER, a contemporary Western re-imagining of the Buddha legend featuring a flawed, female Buddha figure, as part of the New York Musical Festival. (more...)

FOURTH MESSENGER Gets East Coast Premiere at NYMF
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2017

New York Musical Festival and 4M Productions will present the East Coast premiere of THE FOURTH MESSENGER, a contemporary Western re-imagining of the Buddha legend featuring a flawed, female Buddha figure, as part of the New York Musical Festival. The production, which begins performances on Tuesday, July 18th at The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street) includes book and lyrics by Tanya Shaffer and music and additional lyrics by Vienna Teng, and is directed by Broadway director Matt August (Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas: the Musical). Performances will continue through July 23rd. nymf.org/fourthmessenger (more...)

HIPPO! HIPPO! Coming to Glen Street Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

HIPPO! HIPPO!, an exciting new musical adventure for children, will visit Glen Street Theatre this July school holidays as part of its world premiere Australian tour. (more...)

Fan-Favorite Series ODD SQUAD Debuts First-Ever Movie This Summer on PBS KIDS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2016

On Monday, June 20, PBS KIDS will premiere a new season of the hit series ODD SQUAD with a one-hour special, followed by additional episode debuts throughout the week. (more...)

Kevin McDonald Returns to UP Improv to Teach How to Create a Sketch Show on 9/23
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2017

Join Kevin McDonald of the Kids in the Hall  as he returned to Unexpected Productions for a two-day sketch comedy workshop that will culminate in a show on the second night. (more...)

Libby Winters and Ito Aghayere Set For UNIFORMS Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Director Jimmy Maize (Spoon River Anthology at The Invisible Dog) and BOSS (En Garde Arts) will lead actresses Libby Winters (American Idiot) and Ito Aghayere (Lortel Nomination for Familiar at Playwrights Horizons) in Uniforms by Jeffrey James Keyes (The End of Days &Imaginary Friends) next month in the Samuel French 41st Annual Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival in New York City. (more...)

DCPA Announces Finalists for 2016-17 Regional High School Playwriting Competition
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is pleased to announce the finalists of the fourth annual Regional High School Playwriting Workshop and Competition for Colorado high school students. (more...)

12th Annual Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project Seeks Submissions
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

The Johnny Mercer Foundation and the American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University are seeking the nation's most talented songwriters, aged 18 to 30 years, for the 12th annual Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project. (more...)

Photo Flash: Shuler Hensley, Sydney Lucas, Julia Murney and More Take Part in MARY & MAX Industry Presentation
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

An invite-only presentation of the new musical Mary & Max took place yesterday starring Tony Winner SHULER HENSLEY (Oklahoma, Sweet Charity, The Whale), Tony Nominee SYDNEY LUCAS (Fun Home), Drama Desk Nominee JULIA MURNEY, The Color Purple's KYLE SCATLIFFE, and LAUREN ELDER (Sideshow, Hair). (more...)

Tony Nominee Stephen Bray to Teach at 12th Annual Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

The Johnny Mercer Foundation (JMF) and the American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University announce Stephen Bray, Tony, and Grammy-nominated songwriter for The Color Purple, will join the 12th annual Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project as a Master Teacher. (more...)

deadmau5 Reveals First Episode of YouTube Series for Cube 2.1 as well as VIP Packages for 'lots of shows in a row' Tour
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

With the start of his 'lots of shows in a row' tour about a month away, major international electronic musician deadmau5 has today (2/24) revealed the first of six behind-the-scenes videos with YouTube Music for Cube 2.1. The new video showcases deadmau5 and crew creatively developing his updated, custom-built cube--a kinetic version of his previous cube with many enhancements--at Tait in the middle of Amish Country, Pennsylvania (Lititz, PA). Standing at 17 ft. tall, 20 ft. wide and 31 ft. deep, making it larger than its predecessors, Cube 2.1 features internal robots that push the sides of the cube--consisting of state-of-the-art LED panels--up and around while projecting brand new graphics.  (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - BROADCHURCH Season 3 Premieres in 2017 on BBC America
by TV News Desk - Dec 28, 2016

BROADCHURCH Season 3 will premiere in 2017 on BBC America. Get a first look at the new season below! (more...)

deadmau5 releases 'W:/2016ALBUM/' on mau5trap
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

deadmau5, a leading figure in electronic music has unleashed his sixth studio album W:/2016ALBUM/ (pronounced as 'w drive 2016 album') out today, Friday, 2nd December. W:/2016ALBUM/ is his first release as an independent artist via his own label mau5trap. (more...)

Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Awards Come to Cherry Lane This Weekend; Nominees Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, New York's premiere socially conscious-eco-friendly theatre festival, caps off its latest season with its annual awards ceremony on Sunday, August 14, at 7pm, at the Cherry Lane Theatre, located at 38 Commerce Street. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: LITTLE KNOWN FACTS with Ilana Levine- featuring Jerry Mitchell
by Little Known Facts w/ Ilana Levine - Aug 7, 2017

BroadwayWorld has teamed up with Broadway alum Ilana Levine, who makes her entrance onto the podcast stage with her new show Little Known Facts. Ilana's unique brand of celebrity interview, 'Podcast Verite,' is unfiltered, raw, honest and uniquely funny. (more...)

Nick Radu's IMAGINARY to Play 2016 New York New Works Theatre Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

Nick Radu's Imaginary has been selected as part of the New York New Works Theatre Festival on September 7th at 7 PM at the Elektra Theater (Times Square Arts Center). Under the direction of Malini Singh McDonald, the company will present an excerpt of the play. (more...)

UMKC Theatre Announces 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2017

Known for high-quality productions and successful collaborations with Kansas City and nationwide theatre companies, and ranked by Hollywood Reporter as having the #17 best graduate acting program in the English-speaking world, UMKC Theatre announces its 2017-18 season. (more...)

Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Announces 2016 Award Winners
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

Planet Connections Theatre Festivity closed out its season on August 14 with its annual award ceremony, held at the Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village. (more...)

The Coterie Creates Theatre Announces Experiences for All Ages in Upcoming 2017/2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2017

Nationally-recognized Coterie Theatre's 2017/2018 season of plays selected by Producing Artistic Director Jeff Church aims to deliver engagement for family members of any age. One of the national leaders in producing theatre for youth and family audiences, The Coterie also enriches curriculum for schools looking for excellence in arts education. This coming season, The Coterie will have several productions where young theatre-goers will interact and participate during the performances. (more...)

Inspired by Chekhov, World Premiere of Dorothy Fortenberry's SPECIES NATIVE TO CALIFORNIA Hits Home in Trump's America
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2017

Everyone's a part of the family - until they're not. IAMA Theatre Company presents the world premiere of a deceptively gentle comedy about family, land, labor and loss. Eli Gonda directs Species Native to California by Dorothy Fortenberry for a May 13 opening at Atwater Village Theatre. (more...)

Billy Porter, Kristine Nielsen, Shoshana Bean & More Earn Elliot Norton Nominations; Diane Paulus Receives Prize for Sustained Excellence
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2017

Two dozen nominations of outstanding actors, directors, designers and ensembles were announced today by The Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA), with winners to be revealed at the 35th Annual Elliot Norton Awards on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 7 PM, at Huntington Theatre Company's BU Theatre.   (more...)

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