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Mark Hellinger Theatre (New York, NY)
237 West 51st St.

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Merlin was a musical based on a concept by popular illusionist Doug Henning and Barbara De Angelis, written by Richard Levinson and William Link, with music (and incidental music) written by Elmer Bernstein and lyrics by Don Black.



Merlin opened on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on February 13, 1983 and closed on August 7, 1983 after 199 performances and 69 previews. It was directed by Ivan Reitman and choreographed by Christopher Chadman and Billy Wilson. The cast included Henning as Merlin, Chita Rivera as an evil sorceress and, in supporting roles, newcomer Nathan Lane and a young Christian Slater.



AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO Comes to North Coast Rep
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

Award-winning actor/director Frank Ferrante re-creates his acclaimed New York and London stage portrayal celebrating America's greatest comedian - Groucho Marx.  You will feel as though Groucho is back, as Ferrante sings, dances and performs classic routines on the North Coast Rep stage, June 12 and 13th at 7:30pm. (more...)

Scoop: LUCIFER on FOX - Monday, May 8, 2017
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Scoop: LUCIFER on FOX - Friday, May 12, 2017
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Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' with Two-Time Tony Nominee Lewis Stradlen
by Behind the Curtain - May 8, 2017

Brilliant. Hysterical. Dangerous. Those three words best sum up veteran character actor Lewis Stadlen. A two time Tony nominee, Lewis has seen it all and has worked with the best. His many credits include MINNIE'S BOYS, the 1974 revival of CANDIDE, the 1996 revival of A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, THE PRODUCERS, GUYS AND DOLLS, plus four Neil Simon premieres. And, now, Lewis sits down with Rob and Kevin to look back on his journey; unedited and unfiltered.  (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses the Tony Snubs with Theatre Historian Bryan Hobgood
by Behind the Curtain - May 31, 2017

In 1996, when Julie Andrews was the only artist involved with VICTOR/VICTORIA to receive a Tony nomination, she withdrew her name from the ballot. In a statement, she said, 'I have searched my conscience and my heart and find that I cannot accept this nomination, and prefer instead to stand with the egregiously overlooked --' (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Theatre Historian Bryan Hobgood to Discuss this Season's Plays
by Behind the Curtain - May 30, 2017

Tony! Tony! Tony! Rob and Kevin welcome back Tony Awards historian Bryan Hobgood to discuss the 2016-2017 Tony Award Nominations! This week's episode focuses on this season's dramatic works. From OSLO to INDECENT, THE LITTLE FOXES to SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, Kevin Kline to Laurie Metcalf, and everything in between, is discussed, dissected, and dismantled. (more...)

Shakespeare & Company Sets Casting for Summer 2017 Season of the Bard and More
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2017

Shakespeare & Company has announced casting for its upcoming summer performance season, under the direction of Artistic Director Allyn Burrows and Managing Director Adam Davis. The Company's 40th Anniversary Season includes a roster of audience favorite artists, critics' top pick actors and a multitude of newcomers joining the Company. The season opens Memorial Day Weekend with Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles. (more...)

Shakespeare & Company Announces Casting for 40th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

Shakespeare & Company is pleased to announce casting for its upcoming summer performance season, under the direction of Artistic Director Allyn Burrows and Managing Director Adam Davis. The Company's 40th Anniversary Season includes a roster of audience favorite artists, critics' top pick actors and a multitude of newcomers joining the Company. The season opens Memorial Day Weekend with Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Celebrates its Favorite Thing, Robbie Rozelle
by Behind the Curtain - May 24, 2017

This Week: One of Rob and Kevin's favorite people, Robbie Rozelle, swings by to discuss his illustrious career as a graphic designer for cast recordings AND to talk about his upcoming show at Feinstein's/54 Below, Songs From Inside My Locker, which is June 9th, 2017 at 9:30pm. (more...)

Chris Harcum's MARTIN DENTON, MARTIN DENTON to Premiere at The Kraine Theater 7/6-7/23
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade in association with Elephant Run District will present the World Premiere of Chris Harcum's Martin Denton, Martin Denton, directed by Aimee Todoroff, July 6-23 at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery) with performances Thursday through Saturday at 7pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets ($25/$20 students & seniors) may be purchased in advance at www.horseTRADE.info. The performance will run approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.  (more...)

Scoop: LUCIFER on FOX - Monday, May 22, 2017
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Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Talks Millie, Elle, and Lola with Tony-Winning Producer Hal Luftig
by Behind the Curtain - May 22, 2017

Everything today is thoroughly Hal....Luftig, that is! Four time Tony Award winning producer Hal Luftig swings by Shetler Studios to look back on his career of hits including THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, LEGALLY BLONDE, and KINKY BOOTS. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses Woody Allen's Only Musical and Spotify
by Behind the Curtain - May 18, 2017

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This Week: Woody Allen's only movie musical & a great resource for obscure cast recordings! (more...)

Magician David Blaine Comes to the CCA 7/2
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2017

It'll be magical when the Capitol Center for the Arts (Concord, NH) hosts illusionist, magician, and stunt artist DAVID BLAINE on Sunday, June 11 at 8pm as part of his first-ever North American tour.  The performance also features opener Asi Wind. (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - 'Sympathy for the Goddess' Episode of LUCIFER
by TV News Desk - May 16, 2017

On the next episode of LUCIFER titled 'Sympathy for the Goddess,' Charlotte helps Lucifer and Chloe find out who killed the man who had the last piece of the Flaming Sword. The episode airs Monday, May 22nd on FOX. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for GLORIA at Hampstead Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

Hampstead Theatre presents the UK premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Gloria, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2016, directed by Michael Longhurst. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Talks about the Job of a Broadway Music Coordinator with John Miller
by Behind the Curtain - May 15, 2017

What does a musical coordinator do, you ask? Well, John Miller, one of Broadway's most respected in the field, swings by to discuss this pivotal role and some of his 100 plus Broadway credits... yes, that's right, 100 plus Broadway credits!  (more...)

Scoop: LUCIFER on FOX - Monday, May 15, 2017
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Get all the scoop on LUCIFER , airing on FOX on Monday, May 15, 2017! (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Chats about WOMAN OF THE YEAR and KEAN
by Behind the Curtain - May 10, 2017

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This Week: The schizophrenia of the 1970s, Mrs. Garrett slays Kander & Ebb, Bacall belts her face, why Lee Roy Reams is the best bartender, and Wright & Forrest start anew. (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - 'God Johnson' Episode of LUCIFER on FOX
by TV News Desk - May 10, 2017

On the next episode of LUCIFER titled 'God Johnson', when a grisly murder takes place at an insane asylum, the prime suspect calls himself God (guest star Timothy Omundson). (more...)

Merlin Debuts on SOA Music with 'Lions of Justice EP'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2017

SOA Music presents a new two-track EP from up and coming talent Merlin. Merlin steps into the game with two dark Techno productions which are slow burners, and are sure to get the crowd moving. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Talks Forgotten (and Potential) Tony Categories with Bryan Hobgood
by Behind the Curtain - Jun 7, 2017

This week Rob, Kevin, and Tony Award historian Bryan Hobgood discuss categories that used to be part of the Tony Awards ceremony but have since been removed....plus, categories that we want to see added for future shows! (more...)

City Unveils its 2017/18 Prime-Time Schedule
by TV News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

Proven, powerful, and pedigreed. Today Rogers Media unveils City's 2017/18 programming schedule, building on last season's proven hits with bold new additions backed by some of the most creative minds in television today. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Talks Tony Nominated Musicals with Bryan Hobgood
by Behind the Curtain - Jun 5, 2017

5,6,7,8.....TONY! Rob and Kevin welcome back Tony Awards historian Bryan Hobgood to discuss the 2016-2017 Tony Award Nominations! This week's episode focuses on this season's musical works. From COME FROM AWAY to GROUNDHOG'S DAY. HELLO, DOLLY to SUNSET BOULEVARD. Josh Groban to Ben Platt, and everything in between that sings, is discussed, dissected, and dismantled. (more...)

BWW TV: Watch a Scene from RSC's JULIUS CAESAR, Screening Across North America as Part of 'Live from Stratford-Upon-Avon' Series
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 5, 2017

The Royal Shakespeare Company's Rome MMXVII Season of four Shakespeare plays will play in select movie houses across North America, directly from Shakespeare's home town, Stratford-upon-Avon, England. The productions are filmed for 'Live from Stratford-upon-Avon,' the RSC program that screens the world's greatest classical theatre company around the world through a continued partnership with Trafalgar Releasing (formerly Picturehouse Entertainment). Scroll down for a sneak peek at a full scene from Julius Caesar! (more...)

Scoop: LUCIFER on FOX - Friday, June 9, 2017
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Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for Shakespeare & Company's CYMBELINE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

Shakespeare & Company presents Shakespeare's Cymbeline, directed by Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer. This tale of love and passion, produced for the first time on the Company's Mainstage, runs in the Tina Packer Playhouse from July 4 to August 6, 2017. The production also marks a personal milestone for Packer, who, after opening her production of Cymbeline, will have directed all 37 plays in the Shakespeare canon. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below! (more...)

Full Casting Announced for THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 ¾ at Menier Chocolate Factory
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2017

The Menier Chocolate Factory today has announced the full company for their brand new production of Sue Townsend's The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ - The Musical which opens in Adrian's 50th birthday year. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Talks with Entertainment Lawyer Mark Sendroff
by Behind the Curtain - Jun 18, 2017

Order in the court because entertainment lawyer to the stars, Mark Sendroff, swings by the studios to discuss his life, career, and what he has learned from his legendary client list with Rob and Kevin. You'll hear no objection from us as Mark discusses his profession and what he loves most about his job. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses WOOP WOOP and THE MADWOMAN OF CENTRAL PARK WEST
by Behind the Curtain - Jun 14, 2017

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This Week: Rob goes to Central Park West and Kevin goes to WOOP WOOP. (more...)

John Hays Joins Merlin International as Director of Federal Healthcare Solutions
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2017

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Michael Chekhov Institute (MICHA) presents Five Studio Scholarships
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2017

MICHA, the not-for-profit association dedicated to attending to actor/director/author Michael Chekhov's artistic vision and technique, announced the recipients of its coveted Studio Scholarships today. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' with Tony-winning Lighting Designer, Ken Billington
by Behind the Curtain - Jun 11, 2017

Curtain up! Light the lights....literally, because this week's guest is Tony Award winning lighting designer Ken Billington, Ken swings by Shetler Studios to discuss his over one hundred Broadway credits including SWEENEY TODD, CHICAGO, and ON THE 20TH CENTURY. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Senator Elizabeth Warren Attends Opening NIght Shakespeare & Co.'s CYMBELINE
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 9, 2017

Senator Elizabeth Warren and the rest of the Opening NIght Audience at Shakespeare & Co's production of Cymbeline didn't have to fill the suggestion box labeled 'Tell Us Why You LIke Shakespeare'  in the lobby of the Tina Packer Playhouse with answers to that question.  They did it with their many standing ovations for the 9 actors and director Tina Packer at the conclusion of a magnificent and energetic performance of the complex plot driven play by Shakespeare.   There are a lot of exciting things going on at Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox MA. and artistic director Allyn Burrows in his toast at the jubilant after party stated 'first to the unknown and to the road ahead'! (more...)

Grammy-Winning Guitarist Jason Vieaux to Perform at Caramoor as Artist-in-Residence
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017

Grammy-winning classical guitarist Jason Vieaux is currently Caramoor's Artist-in-Residence, and will be performing two more concerts in July at the popular bucolic musical destination. On Sunday, July 16 at 4pm, he joins the Orchestra of St. Luke's to perform iconic tango composer Astor Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires with bandoneonist Julien Labro, a piece which he and Labro recorded in 2011 for Azica Records. Vieaux will also perform Vivaldi's beloved Guitar Concerto in D Major with the orchestra. Vivaldi's Four Seasons featuring violin soloist Krista Bennion Feeney completes the program. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at CYMBELINE at Shakespeare & Company
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017

Shakespeare & Company presents Shakespeare's Cymbeline, directed by Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer. This tale of love and passion, produced for the first time on the Company's Mainstage, runs in the Tina Packer Playhouse now through August 6, 2017. The production also marks a personal milestone for Packer, who, after opening her production of Cymbeline, will have directed all 37 plays in the Shakespeare canon. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Classic Spring Announces Initial Casting for Year-Long Oscar Wilde Celebration at Vaudeville Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017

Classic Spring, a new theatre company from former Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe Dominic Dromgoole, today announces first casting and creatives for a year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde at the Vaudeville Theatre. (more...)

ALADDIN, DREAMGIRLS, KINKY BOOTS, and More Join Mayor's 'London is Open for Summer' Campaign
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2017

London's status as the global leader for theatre was today celebrated by a host of top West End shows, as they came together to support the Mayor of London's campaign to tell the world that London is open for summer. (more...)

Casting Announced For WINDOWS at Finborough Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2017

Celebrating the 150th birthday of novelist and playwright John Galsworthy, the first professional UK production in 85 years of Windows by John Galsworthy opens at the Finborough Theatre for a three week limited season on Tuesday, 22 August 2017 (Press Nights: Thursday, 24 August and Friday, 25 August 2017 at 7.30pm). (more...)

New Virtual Reality F1 Experience At Madame Tussauds Singapore
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2017

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Elmhurst Ballet School Celebrates Graduate Employment 2017
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2017

Elmhurst Ballet School, in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet, announces details of its graduate destinations for 2017. (more...)

THE TEMPEST Coming to Shakespeare & Company's New Outdoor Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2017

Shakespeare & Company presents William Shakespeare's The Tempest in the Company's new outdoor theatre. (more...)

MEMEX Announces $500 thousand Deal with SEW-EURODRIVE for Plant-Wide Deployment of MEMEX MERLIN TEMPUS EE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2017

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Casting, Dates Set for Alan Ayckbourn's New Play THE DIVIDE at The Old Vic
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

The Old Vic today gives a sneak preview of what's to come in 2018 at The Old Vic during its bicentenary. The Divide, a new play by Alan Ayckbourn, will open at The Old Vic on 3 February 2018 with previews from 30 January 2018, following its premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival this summer. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - August 9, 2017
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Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on August 9 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

PICT Classic Theatre Announces 2017-2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2017

PICT Classic Theatre announces its 2017-2018 Season, with a focus on classic authors William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, and Charlotte Bronte, in new performance venues in Crafton, Oakland, and Point Breeze. (more...)

COMPLETELY IMPROVISED POTTER: Experience a Year at Hogwarts That Never Was
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2017

Harry; the boy who lived, the chosen one, seeker of snitches and horcruxes, boy- wizard with glasses. We all know the story, but what if the story was different? Completely Improvised Potter tells a Potter story that never was and in doing so recreates that magical feeling of picking up the book for the first time. (more...)

New UK Tour Announced For STRICTLY COME DANCING Stars Ian Waite and Oti Mabuse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2017

Strictly Come Dancing dance professionals Ian Waite and 2016 finalist Oti Mabuse are joining forces to embark on a 60-date tour of the UK with their new stage show. (more...)

Maryland Ensemble Theatre Presents YOUNG CAMELOT AND THE FIGHT FOR THE HOLY GRAIL
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2017

Maryland Ensemble Theatre's (MET) family theatre, The FUN Company presents their annual community collaboration with Frederick Community College and the youth of Frederick County with Young Camelot and the Fight for the Holy Grail by MET ensemble member Sarah Shulman. (more...)

National Theatre Wales Confirms Professional and Community Cast for WE'RE STILL HERE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2017

A combination of professional actors - including a local steelworker - and a community cast from Port Talbot will be performing in National Theatre Wales & Common Wealth's We're Still Here. This new production tackles one of the biggest symbols of Wales' industrial past and present; the Port Talbot steelworks. (more...)

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