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Imperial Theatre (Broadway) (New York, NY)
249 West 45th St.

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Based on the play Clear All Wires by Sam and Bella Spewack


San Francisco Playhouse to Present INTO THE WOODS, 6/24-9/6
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2014

San Francisco Playhouse (Artistic Director Bill English & Producing Director Susi Damilano) concludes its provocative eleventh season with Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and James Lapine (book). The production runs June 24th to September 6th, 2014, with an official opening set for June 28. (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre to Continue Series with NEW FACES SING BROADWAY 1939
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber have announced the first production in its 2017 2018 season of Chicago's hit musical revue series, New Faces Sing Broadway 1939, hosted by Rob Lindley, directed by Keely Vasquez with music direction by David Fiorello, is Monday, Oct. 23 at Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave in Skokie and Tuesday, Oct. 24 at the Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Good Theater Stages NO BIZ LIKE SHOW BIZ, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2015

Good Theater, the professional theater company in residence at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, kicks off its 14th season tonight, September 23, with the original musical revue, NO BIZ LIKE SHOW BIZ. This show is a tribute to Mary Martin and Ethel Merman starring three singers: Marie Dittmer, Lynne McGhee and Jen Means. (more...)

Karen Akers, Karen Ziemba and More Lead SOME ENCHANTED EVENINGS Benefit for The Ziegfeld Society Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2016

The Ziegfeld Society of New York City launches its Eighth Season tonight, September 17, 2016 with Some Enchanted Evenings: The Glittering Life and Times of Mary Martin, written and hosted by David Kaufman, based on his new bestselling biography of the same name. (more...)

Karen Akers, Karen Ziemba and More to Lead SOME ENCHANTED EVENINGS Benefit for The Ziegfeld Society
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

The Ziegfeld Society of New York City launches its Eighth Season on September 17, 2016 with Some Enchanted Evenings: The Glittering Life and Times of Mary Martin, written and hosted by David Kaufman, based on his new bestselling biography of the same name. (more...)

Good Theater to Stage NO BIZ LIKE SHOW BIZ, Beginning 9/23
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2015

Good Theater, the professional theater company in residence at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, kicks off its 14th season on September 23 with the original musical revue, NO BIZ LIKE SHOW BIZ.  This show is a tribute to Mary Martin and Ethel Merman starring three singers:  Marie Dittmer, Lynne McGhee and Jen Means. (more...)

'REACHING FOR THE MOON' Concert to Feature 'Unsung' Songs of Irving Berlin at 1st Stage
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2017

Two veteran local performers, vocalist Lesley Hamilton and jazz pianist Eric Levin, are the featured artists in an upcoming concert designed to explore and pay tribute to some of the more neglected songs of the late Irving Berlin. (more...)

Perry Beekman Trio to Bring Cole Porter to the Met Room, Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2013

Perry Beekman sings and plays Cole Porter today, October 4th at 9:30 pm at The Metropolitan Room. (more...)

'REACHING FOR THE MOON' Concert to Feature 'Unsung' Songs of Irving Berlin at 1st Stage
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2017

Two veteran local performers, vocalist Lesley Hamilton and jazz pianist Eric Levin, are the featured artists in an upcoming concert designed to explore and pay tribute to some of the more neglected songs of the late Irving Berlin. (more...)

THEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: Judy Garland & Gene Kelly Commemorate Cole Porter
by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 16, 2014

Today we are honoring the 50th anniversary of Cole Porter's death with a tribute to the stage and screen composer extraordinaire. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - November 9, 2017
by - Nov 9, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on November 9 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

ESP Presents MY THREE ANGELS by Sam & Bella Spewack, 12/17
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2012

Endangered Species Project (ESP)'s holiday selection is an adaptation of a French play (La Cuisine des Anges by Albert Husson), by the American playwrights Sam and Bella Spewack. (more...)

Photo Flash: MY THREE ANGELS At Attic Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2009

Set in French Guiana, a region where on Christmas Eve the temperature has graciously dropped to 104 degrees, three amiable convicts are employed as roofers above the Ducotel's general store. The roof winds up being the least of the family's troubles. (more...)

San Francisco Playhouse to Present INTO THE WOODS, 6/24-9/6
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

San Francisco Playhouse (Artistic Director Bill English & Producing Director Susi Damilano) concludes its provocative eleventh season with Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and James Lapine (book). The production runs June 24th to September 6th, 2014, with an official opening set for June 28. (more...)

Of Thee I Sing: The Wild Party
by Michael Dale - May 15, 2006

Encores!'s latest production helps prove this classic and wholly original musical deserves a higher place in the standard American theatre repertory (more...)

BroadwayWorld.com's On This Day - May 13, 2010
by - May 13, 2010

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on May 13 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW Review: Another Take on SHANA FARR's Noel Coward/Cole Porter 'Concept' Show Proves It To Be More Than Award-Worthy
by Billie Roe - Mar 8, 2015

In a two-reviews-in-one column critiquing shows from last March, my esteemed editor, Stephen Hanks quoted the poet Robert Browning: “A man's reach should exceed his grasp. Or what's a heaven for?” Hanks pointed out that Browning's famous line is about setting goals, striving, and ambition, all of which are commendable desires. But, alas, in this particular review he felt the two singers in question “fell short.” One of those singers was Shana Farr and the show she has been performing throughout the past year, In The Still of the Night: Music of Noel Coward and Cole Porter. So here we are a year later, immersed in the revelry of the 2015 award season celebrating excellence in cabaret, and Farr's uniquely theatrical homage to Coward and Porter has recently won her the 2015 Bistro Award for “Outstanding Concept Show.” In spite of my editor's previous reservations about this show, he was open to hearing another perspective—whether positive or negative—so off to the Laurie Beechman Theatre I ventured on the last day of February to find out for myself whether Shana's show was truly award-worthy. Sorry, oh editor of mine, but you might have missed the boat on this one. (more...)

FST Begins NewInstallment Of LAUGHING MATTERS 3/24-6/6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2009

Florida Studio Theatre Opens a new installment of Laughing Matters on March 24, 2009. Laughing Matters has consistently remained the biggest hit in the Goldstein Cabaret! Laughing Matters Too broke all Cabaret attendance records in 2007 and returns with great enthusiasm in 2009! Parodying both local and national current issues, audiences can not only relate but find an escape with laughter! (more...)

BroadwayWorld.com's On This Day - March 20, 2010
by - Mar 20, 2010

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on March 20 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Mary Martin's SOUND OF MUSIC Tony Award Bought at Auction
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

According to Deadline, Mary Martin's 1960 Tony Award, which she earned for her performance in The Sound of Music, was purchased at auction today for $35,000. The trophy (which was one of four that she earned throughout her career onstage) came Boston's RR Auction as a part of the estate of Martin's son, Larry Hagman, who passed away in 2012 from complications of acute myeloid leukemia. (more...)

FST Begins NewInstallment Of LAUGHING MATTERS 3/24-6/6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2009

Florida Studio Theatre Opens a new installment of Laughing Matters on March 24, 2009. Laughing Matters has consistently remained the biggest hit in the Goldstein Cabaret! Laughing Matters Too broke all Cabaret attendance records in 2007 and returns with great enthusiasm in 2009! Parodying both local and national current issues, audiences can not only relate but find an escape with laughter! (more...)

Laughing Matters Brings The Laughs With 'Unconditional Surrender'
by Beau Higgins - Mar 17, 2011

Laughing Matters, the ultimate hit of the Goldstein Cabaret, is back and bigger than ever. Laughing Matters: Unconditional Surrender will parody national and local topics. From the new city commission to the new roundabouts, there's always something happening in Sarasota that we can all collectively laugh at. The show will have preview performances on March 30 and 31, with opening night on Friday, April 1. (more...)

FST Presents Laughing Matters: Unconditional Surrender, Opens April 1
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2011

Laughing Matters, the ultimate hit of the Goldstein Cabaret, is back and bigger than ever! (more...)

The Insights & Revelations Performance Series Announces Isaiah Sheffer
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2010

The Insights & Revelations Performance Series, now in residence at The Emelin Theatre of Mamaroneck, announces its April 22nd, 8:00 p.m. presentation (more...)

Keith Pinto to Lead COMPANY at San Francisco Playhouse; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2015

San Francisco Playhouse will complete its twelfth season with Stephen Sondheim's trailblazing musical comedy, Company, directed by Susi Damilano. The play will feature a cast of local favorites, with Keith Pinto (Into the Woods) starring as Robert, along with Teresa Attridge, Velina Brown*, Morgan Dayley, Michelle Drexler, Ryan Drummond*, Richard Frederick*, John Paul Gonzalez, Monique Hafen*, Stephanie Prentice*, Chris Reber*, Abby Sammons, Nicole Weber and Michael Scott Wells. (more...)

Perry Beekman Celebrates CD Release Tonight
by Devin MacDonald - Jun 9, 2013

For his first CD as a leader, Perry has selected one of the most beloved and prolific of these composers, Cole Porter, for SO IN LOVE - PERRY BEEKMAN SINGS AND PLAYS COLE PORTER. Accompanied by the remarkably empathetic paring of Peter Tomlinson and Lou Pappas on piano and bass respectively, Perry has selected 15 wonderful Porter songs, all but one culled from Broadway musicals made immortal by Porter's genius. (more...)

Perry Beekman Releases 'So in Love' Sings And Plays Cole Porter
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2013

From the time of his Jazz Epiphany - upon hearing "jazz guitar pioneer Charlie Christian, and the classic recordings of Billie Holiday and Lester Young" - at the age of 15, outstanding guitarist/vocalist Perry Beekman has committed himself to the classic traditions of jazz, particularly by means of the Great American Songbook. (more...)

Perry Beekman to Celebrate CD Release, 6/9
by Devin MacDonald - Jun 5, 2013

For his first CD as a leader, Perry has selected one of the most beloved and prolific of these composers, Cole Porter, for SO IN LOVE - PERRY BEEKMAN SINGS AND PLAYS COLE PORTER. Accompanied by the remarkably empathetic paring of Peter Tomlinson and Lou Pappas on piano and bass respectively, Perry has selected 15 wonderful Porter songs, all but one culled from Broadway musicals made immortal by Porter's genius. (more...)

Perry Beekman Celebrates CD Release, 6/9
by Devin MacDonald - Jun 5, 2013

For his first CD as a leader, Perry has selected one of the most beloved and prolific of these composers, Cole Porter, for SO IN LOVE - PERRY BEEKMAN SINGS AND PLAYS COLE PORTER. Accompanied by the remarkably empathetic paring of Peter Tomlinson and Lou Pappas on piano and bass respectively, Perry has selected 15 wonderful Porter songs, all but one culled from Broadway musicals made immortal by Porter's genius. (more...)

SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2011 TONY AWARDS: DAY 22 - Cher & Cole Porter
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 3, 2011

As a super-special Spring extension of BroadwayWorld's SOUND OFF column, every day until the Tony Awards on June 12 we will be presenting a spectacular new entry in the SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2011 TONY AWARDS series featuring a particularly entertaining, interesting, relevant and exciting Tony Awards-related clip from the last sixty-three years of the ceremonies (and subsequent seasons on Broadway) with a rundown and commentary on the sights, sounds and showmanship on display in each carefully chosen selection - all, of course, coming in anticipation of Broadway's biggest night, which will be broadcast on CBS this year, as always. Once again this year, BroadwayWorld is the official home of the 2011 Tony Awards and we will also be featuring exclusive interviews, articles, photos, video content, interactive features and more in the coming days and weeks leading up to the event so be sure to check back daily for your theatre fix! (more...)

Darko Tresnjak Helms Anastasia Barzee in KISS ME, KATE at The Old Globe; Full Cast, Creative Team Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

The complete cast and creative team have been announced for The Old Globe's presentation of Kiss Me, Kate, the classic musical comedy featuring a book by Sam and Bella Spewack and an iconic score by Cole Porter. (more...)

San Francisco Playhouse Presents INTO THE WOODS, Now thru 9/6
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

San Francisco Playhouse (Artistic Director Bill English & Producing Director Susi Damilano) concludes its provocative eleventh season with Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and James Lapine (book). The production runs today, June 24th to September 6th, 2014, with an official opening set for June 28. (more...)

Keith Pinto Leads COMPANY, Beginning Tonight at San Francisco Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2015

San Francisco Playhouse will complete its twelfth season with Stephen Sondheim's trailblazing musical comedy, Company, directed by Susi Damilano. The play will feature a cast of local favorites, with Keith Pinto (Into the Woods) starring as Robert, along with Teresa Attridge, Velina Brown*, Morgan Dayley, Michelle Drexler, Ryan Drummond*, Richard Frederick*, John Paul Gonzalez, Monique Hafen*, Stephanie Prentice*, Chris Reber*, Abby Sammons, Nicole Weber and Michael Scott Wells. (more...)

Farr Takes Up Residence in Flamingo Court at New World
by TJ Fitzgerald - Jul 6, 2008

Beloved TV M*A*S*H actor takes the stage in new comedy at New World Stages. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Patricia Kelly Discusses GENE KELLY @ 100, Lincoln Center Shows, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN HD & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 20, 2012

Today we are talking to Patricia Kelly, the widow of one of the most iconic and influential performers in entertainment history, Gene Kelly, all about her husband's incomparable career on Broadway and in Hollywood, in honor of his centennial. Tracing Gene Kelly's journey from his theatre roots starring in Cole Porter's Leave It to Me!, Rodgers & Hart's PAL JOEY and William Saroyan's Pulitzer Prize-winning THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE on Broadway to his unforgettable screen appearances in many of the greatest movie musicals ever made - COVER GIRL, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, THE PIRATE, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and many more included - Mrs. Kelly gives us a look into the life of one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. In addition to behind-the-scenes stories involving Kelly's frequent collaborators - such as esteemed director Vincente Minnelli, songwriter and producer Arthur Freed, arranger Saul Chaplin and others - Mrs. Kelly also shares candid anecdotes involving her husband's involvement with directing Rodgers & Hammerstein's FLOWER DRUM SONG on Broadway, helming the feature film adaptation of HELLO, DOLLY! starring Barbra Streisand, as well as his appearing in two idiosyncratic movie musicals later in his life, LES DEMOISELLES DE ROCHEFORT (THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT) for Jacques Demy, as well as his au revoir to movie musicals in form of the Olivia Newton-John roller disco starrer XANADU. Additionally, Mrs. Kelly fills us in on all the details about this weekend's two-night Gene Kelly retrospective celebration, which she leads and narrates, as part of GENE KELLY @ 100 and her future plans for the multimedia presentation - each evening titled AN EVENING OF GENE KELLY and CHANGING THE LOOK OF DANCE ON FILM, respective - as she begins to tour the show across the country. Plus, reflections on SINGIN' IN THE RAIN's 60th anniversary and the recent Fathom HD premiere presentation in theaters, the impact of Kelly's work behind the camera, his choreographic legacy, what a legend is like at home, memories of attending the opening night of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (starring HELLO, DOLLY! lead Michael Crawford), what the master would say about GLEE, SMASH, BUNHEADS and today's movie musical renaissance, as well as much, much more! (more...)

Biography of 'The Glittering Life and Times of Mary Martin' Released July 12th
by Michael Dale - Jul 11, 2016

David Kaufman writes of the life and career of one of the most beloved performers in American theatre. (more...)

FLASH SPECIAL: A Gene Kelly Jamboree
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 10, 2012

Today, in honor of this week's special one night only movie theater re-release of the iconic 1952 movie musical SINGIN' IN THE RAIN on July 12 we will be taking a look at some of the most heady and impressive highlights and the most cherished and memorable moments from the life and career of famed actor/director/choreographer/producer Gene Kelly. (more...)

Darko Tresnjak Helms Anastasia Barzee in KISS ME, KATE, Starting Tonight at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2015

The Old Globe's presentation of Kiss Me, Kate, the classic musical comedy featuring a book by Sam and Bella Spewack and an iconic score by Cole Porter, begins tonight, July 1, on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. (more...)

Review - Knickerbocker Holiday
by Ben Peltz - Jan 31, 2011

Back in the 1930s, when hip New Yorkers got their doses of political satire by taking in the latest Broadway musical comedy, it wasn't uncommon for then-President FDR to pop up in a show; either in person, as played by George M. Cohan in Rodgers and Hart's I'd Rather Be Right or, more frequently, through comical lyrics, such as those penned by Harold Rome in Pins and Needles and Cole Porter in Leave It to Me! (more...)

ActorQuest - Kristin Huffman Goes Inside 'Company' 32
by Kristin Huffman - Jan 18, 2008

In November 2006, Kristin Huffman made her Broadway debut as Sarah (flute, piccolo and sax) in John Doyle's production of Company. The actress, with a new series of tales that go inside the making of Company from an actor's perspective, starting at the Cincinnati Playhouse and on to New York, continues her stories about a 15-year career that has led her to the door of the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. (more...)

BURLESQUE TO BROADWAY Comes to Seattle, 2/23-25
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2011

With one show stopping number after another, Burlesque to Broadway splashes onto The Triple Door stage for three nights only, starring Quinn Lemley, her backup gals and an intoxicating 10-piece big band. (more...)

BILLY ELLIOT, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG and MEMPHIS Headline Porchlight Music Theatre's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2017

Michael Weber, artistic director of Porchlight Music Theatre, has announced Porchlight Music Theatre's 2017 - 2018 mainstage season. (more...)

BURLESQUE TO BROADWAY Comes to Seattle, 2/23-25
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2011

With one show stopping number after another, Burlesque to Broadway splashes onto The Triple Door stage for three nights only, starring Quinn Lemley, her backup gals and an intoxicating 10-piece big band. (more...)

WHITE CHRISTMAS Cast Celebrates 100th Year of New Haven's Shubert Theater
by Jeffrey Ellis - Dec 23, 2014

What better way to commemorate the 100th birthday of one of the nation's most storied theaters - The Shubert Theater in New Haven, Connecticut - than with a special video starring the national company of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, the first show to take the stage in the theater's centennial year? (more...)

ESP Presents MY THREE ANGELS by Sam & Bella Spewack Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2012

Endangered Species Project (ESP)'s holiday selection is an adaptation of a French play (La Cuisine des Anges by Albert Husson), by the American playwrights Sam and Bella Spewack. (more...)

Perry Beekman Trio to Bring Cole Porter to the Met Room, 10/4
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2013

Perry Beekman sings and plays Cole Porter on Friday, October 4th at 9:30 pm at The Metropolitan Room. (more...)

The Insights & Revelations Performance Series Announces Isaiah Sheffer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2010

The Insights & Revelations Performance Series, now in residence at The Emelin Theatre of Mamaroneck, announces its April 22nd, 8:00 p.m. presentation (more...)

Broadway by the Year: 1938
by Jena Tesse Fox - Apr 2, 2007

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Laughing Matters Brings The Laughs With 'Unconditional Surrender'
by Beau Higgins - Apr 1, 2011

Laughing Matters, the ultimate hit of the Goldstein Cabaret, is back and bigger than ever. Laughing Matters: Unconditional Surrender will parody national and local topics. From the new city commission to the new roundabouts, there's always something happening in Sarasota that we can all collectively laugh at. The show will have preview performances on March 30 and 31, with opening night on Friday, April 1. (more...)

FST Presents Laughing Matters: Unconditional Surrender, Opens April 1
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2011

Laughing Matters, the ultimate hit of the Goldstein Cabaret, is back and bigger than ever! (more...)

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