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Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (Beverly Hills, CA)
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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With music and lyrics by Sondheim and book by George Furth, Merrily We Roll Along tells the powerful and moving story of a composer's idealism and friendships, corrupted by success, in an emotionally charged journey through the lives of three friends. Told backwards, this rarely-staged musical begins with the disillusioned present, travelling in time throughout seven different periods, and ending with the friends' optimistic early years. Based on the Kaufman and Hart play, Merrily We Roll Along features some of Sondheim's most beautiful and at times haunting songs including, "Good Thing Going," "Our Time," "Old Friends" and "Not a Day Goes By." Initially presented on Broadway in 1981, it ran for 52 previews and only 16 performances before quickly closing. That production is now the subject of a new documentary film, Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened opening in theaters in November.


Disney On Broadway Holds Open Call Auditions for FROZEN, ALADDIN, and More This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2018

Disney Theatrical Productions will hold open auditions for its current and future productions of the award-winning musicals Aladdin, Frozen and The Lion King in cities across North America this winter. Casting representatives from all three productions will hold open auditions for local performers in Chicago November 9-11, 2018 at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago; Honolulu January 19, 2019 (location TBA); and Los Angeles February 15-17, 2019 at Downtown Dance and Movement. (more...)

Griffin Theatre Welcomes Nine New Ensemble Members
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2018

Griffin Theatre Company Artistic Director William Massolia today announced the addition of nine new ensemble members: Isa Arciniegas, Larry Baldacci, Peter Byrne, Jermaine Hill, Nicole Laurenzi, Ryan McBride, Rochelle Therrien, Jason VonRohn and Scott Weinstein. Additionally, Griffin is pleased to add six new artistic associates: Will Kiley, Dorothy Milne, Mechelle Moe, Alexander Ridgers, Rachel Sypniewski and Brandon Wardell. (more...)

Ringwald Presents THE CAKE Beginning Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2018

Opening November 16 at The Ringwald, Bekah Brunstetter's acclaimed comedy-drama The Cake takes a political hot-button and bakes it into something deeply and sweetly personal. (more...)

Colin Anderson and Gina Naomi Baez to Lead Argyle's THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2018

Let the bells peal!  Ring in the holidays with a classic tale.  Long Island's newest theatrical venue The Argyle Theatrepresents the musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame, based on the novel by Victor Hugo and songs from the Disney film originally developed by Disney Theatrical Productions, with music by Alan Menkin, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and book by Peter Parnell. (more...)

BATSU! Celebrates 1000 Performances
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2018

On October 22, 2018 at 7 PM, the cast of BASTU! will take the stage in the lower level of Jebon Sushi and suffer punishments for the 1000th time. But this time, it will be in an effort to recreate their first performance which took place on Monday, December 9, 2010. (more...)

Liz Callaway Releases Single of GODSPELL's 'Beautiful City' Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2018

Working Girl Records announced today that Tony nominee and Emmy winner Liz Callaway will release "Beautiful City" on Friday, November 9, 2018. The single is available on iTunes, Amazon.com, Spotify, Apple Music and all digital outlets. (more...)

Wake Up With BWW 11/9: On the Red Carpet at Opening Night of KING KONG, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - Nov 9, 2018

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: we took you on the red carpet at opening night of King Kong, and more! (more...)

Ben Steinfeld, Emily Young & More Will Star in Fiasco's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2018

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) has just announced complete casting for Fiasco Theater's new production of Merrily We Roll Along, book by George Furth, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Fiasco's production will be directed by Fiasco Co-Artistic Director Noah Brody, is based on and with additional material from the original play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, and will feature Music Direction & Orchestrations by Alexander Gemignani and Choreography by Lorin Latarro. (more...)

Jason Alexander Will Direct THE LAST FIVE YEARS at Syracuse Stage
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2018

Syracuse Stage welcomes TV star and Tony Award-winning actor Jason Alexander to the 2018-2019 season as the director of "The Last Five Years,"written and composed by Jason Robert Brown. (more...)

BWW Review: TICK, TICK... BOOM! the Autobiographical Musical of RENT's Composer Opens in Sao Paulo
by Claudio Erlichman - Nov 6, 2018

Before RENT, there was tick, tick... BOOM!. This autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning composer of RENT, is the story of a composer and the sacrifices that he made to achieve his big break in theatre. The show takes you on the playwright/composer's journey that led to a Broadway blockbuster. For the first time in Brazil, Companhia Paralela brings tick, tick... BOOM! at Teatro FAAP starring Bruno Narchi, Thiago Machado and Giulia Nadruz with direction by Leopoldo Pacheco and Bel Gomes (more...)

Astoria Performing Arts Center To Present Benefit Concert Of LUNA PARK: A NEW MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2018

This December, Astoria Performing Arts Center will bring the magic of Coney Island to Queens. For two performances only, Luna Park: A New Musical will bring audiences back to 1903 Brooklyn when the lights of the world's most iconic amusement park went on for the very first time. (more...)

54 Sings AS THOUSANDS CHEER At Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2018

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents 54 Sings As Thousands Cheer on May 24, 2018 at 9:30 PM. Before there was SNL, The Daily Show, and Last Week Tonight, there was As Thousands Cheer, Irving Berlin and Moss Hart's famed musical revue. Opening on Broadway in September 1933, As Thousands Cheer brought laughter and joy to audiences at the Music Box Theatre. Now, 85 years after its Broadway premiere and 20 years since its last production in New York, Feinstein's/54 Below and a cast of New York's finest perform Irving Berlin's score. With classic songs including "Easter Parade," "How's Chances?," "Heat Wave," and "Harlem On My Mind,"  As Thousands Cheer will be a delightful evening of comedy, politics, showstopping songs, and everything in between! (more...)

FROZEN Releases New Block of Tickets Through June 30, 2019
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2018

Tickets for Disney Theatrical's newest hit musical, Frozen, are now on sale through Sunday, June 30, 2019. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - November 28, 2018
by - Nov 28, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on November 28 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

The Ringwald Presents MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE! (EXCEPT CHRISTINA)
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2018

Taking a break from the usual SantaLand Diaries performances, this year The Ringwald will stuff your stockings with Merry Christmas to Everyone! (Except Christina), a sort-of Mommie Dearest Christmas! (more...)

Save on the Gift of Theatre on Cyber Monday from Roundabout, WAITRESS, THE BAND'S VISIT
by Contests - Broadway - Nov 26, 2018

It's the Monday after Thanksgiving, the first time that many Americans are back at work, in front of a computer following the holidays. And, while you might have gone out into the wild and crazy wilderness of Black Friday, today you can lean back and relax and enjoy the deals from the comfort of your home or office.  (more...)

NYCO & NYTF To Produce World Premiere Of DEAR ERICH
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2018

New York City Opera has announced that it will produce the world premiere of the award-winning jazz composer/pianist Ted Rosenthal's DEAR ERICH.  This new jazz opera, to be co-produced with the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, will open Wednesday, January 9 and will play four performances only through Sunday, January 13 at the Edmond J. Safra Hall at 36 Battery Place, in lower Manhattan. (more...)

Vote For The 2018 BroadwayWorld Columbus Award; Weathervane Playhouse Leads Theatre of the Year!
by BWW Staff - Nov 26, 2018

There's just one month left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Columbus Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - November 23, 2018
by - Nov 23, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on November 23 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Roundabout to Offer Major Cyber Monday Discounts on their Entire Season
by Contests - Broadway - Nov 23, 2018

Now that we've made it through Thanksgiving, and are well into Black Friday, it's time to focus on the next major 'holiday,' Cyber Monday. On Monday, Nov. 26, the Roundabout Theatre Company will have incredible deals on their entire season of shows, featuring APOLOGIA, TRUE WEST, Merrily We Roll Along, KISS ME, KATE, ALL MY SONS, and TONI STONE.  (more...)

Tonya Pinkins Brings Holiday Show NAUGHTY & NICE To The Green Room 42
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2018

THE GREEN ROOM 42 will present Tonya Pinkins and Brad Simmons in a new holiday show 'Naughty & Nice' on Sunday, December 16 at 9:30 PM. The Tony, Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning actress Tony Pinkins is known to theater, film, and television audiences everywhere, and perfectly pairs with Broadway music director and concert artist Brad Simmons. Together they bring a provocative and eclectic evening of music to The Green Room 42, just in time for the holidays. (more...)

Cast Announced For The UK Premiere Of PLAID TIDINGS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2018

Casting is announced for the UK premiere of Plaid Tidings, the seasonal sequel to the hugely successful West End hit musical Forever Plaid by Stuart Ross, ahead of its UK premiere at London's Bridge House Theatre SE20 from 26 November - 23 December. (more...)

NaTasha Yvette Williams, Gavin Creel, Carolee Carmello, and Elizabeth Stanley Join A.R.T.'s EXTRAORDINARY
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2018

American Repertory Theater (A.R.T) has announced the final roster of featured guests that will appear in ExtraOrdinary, a celebration of musical theater at the A.R.T. directed by Paulus. (more...)

Eden Espinosa Returns to ELENA OF AVALOR
by TV News Desk - Nov 2, 2018

Eden Espinosa and Richard Kind return to Elena of Avalor as Orizaba and Cacahuate, respectively, in the new episode premiering Saturday, November 3 at 11:30 a.m. ET/PT on Disney Junior and Disney Now!  (more...)

Lonny Price Signs at Paradigm Talent Agency
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2018

According to Variety, director, actor, and writer Lonny Price has signed with Paradigm Talent Agency for representation in all areas. (more...)


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Liz Callaway, Beth Malone, Lillias White, & More Bring Broadway To LGBTQ Synagogue for Benefit With Seth Rudetsky
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2018

SiriusXM Broadway host and acclaimed artist Seth Rudetsky and guest performers present a benefit for Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (130 West 30th Street), New York's LGBTQS synagogue, on December 10 at 7:00pm. Attendees will enjoy an intimate performance - capped at just 180 seats - in CBST's magnificent Wine Family Sanctuary, and a Meet-The-Stars reception. Tickets available now at cbst.org. (more...)

VIDEO: On This Day, November 16- MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Rolls Onto Broadway!
by Alexa Criscitiello - Nov 16, 2018

On this day in 1981, Hal Prince and Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along opened on Broadway! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - November 16, 2018
by - Nov 16, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on November 16 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW Interview: Media's Witches - ELISA MATTHEWS AND JENNIE EISENHOWER
by Pati Buehler - Nov 15, 2018

Media Theater in Media PA is taking on the classic masterpiece; The Wizard of OZ with a stellar cast which includes two of a handful of elite, highly talented, respected ladies of the stage in the Delaware Valley. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Company Concludes 20th Anniversary Season With SOUTH PACIFIC
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2018

Rubicon Theatre's 20th Anniversary Season culminates with a two-piano version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's soaring epic South Pacific, helmed by award-winning director KATHARINE FARMER and featuring a cast of 28 led by Tony honoree BEN DAVIS (Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme) and MADISON CLAIRE PARKS (Luisa in The Fantasticks Off-Broadway).  (more...)

Tonya Pinkins & Brad Simmons Bring Their Holiday Show NAUGHTY & NICE To The Green Room 42
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2018

THE GREEN ROOM 42 will present Tonya Pinkins and Brad Simmons in a new holiday show 'Naughty & Nice' on Sunday, December 16 at 9:30 PM. The Tony, Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning actress Tony Pinkins is known to theater, film, and television audiences everywhere, and perfectly pairs with Broadway music director and concert artist Brad Simmons. Together they bring a provocative and eclectic evening of music to The Green Room 42, just in time for the holidays. (more...)

Photos: Josh Gad Stops In For Warm Hugs At FROZEN On Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2018

Tonight, Frozen film star Josh Gad stopped by the kingdom of Arendelle on Broadway with a visit to Frozen The Musical! See photos from Josh's visit to the show below! (more...)

Actress Tonya Pinkins & Art Historian Sherry Turner DeCarava Present THE SWEET FLYPAPER OF LIFE At Brooklyn Museum
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2018

The voices of Sister Mary Bradley and The Sweet Flypaper of Life, the 1955 bestseller by photographer Roy DeCarava and poet Langston Hughes, come alive when actress Tonya Pinkins takes guests on a journey through daily moments in Harlem on Thursday, November 8, 7:00-9:00 pm, at Brooklyn Talks: The Sweet Flypaper of Life with Sherry Turner DeCarava at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY. (more...)

Meet the Cast of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD- Now in Previews!
by Julie Musbach - Nov 1, 2018

The Broadway production of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, a new play by Aaron Sorkin, starring Jeff Daniels as Atticus Finch, begins previews tonight, Thursday, November 1. Get to know the cast below as they begin Broadway performances! (more...)

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: FIrst Look at Hope Mill Theatre's PUTTING IT TOGETHER
by Stage Tube - Nov 1, 2018

Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester presents the musical revue Putting it Together. Putting it Together, which celebrates and showcases the songs of Stephen Sondheim, will be directed by Bronagh Lagan and runs from Wednesday 24 October to Saturday 24 November 2018. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Rubicon Theatre Company's SOUTH PACIFIC
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2018

Rubicon Theatre's 20th Anniversary Season culminates with a two-piano version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's soaring epic South Pacific, helmed by award-winning director KATHARINE FARMER and featuring a cast of 28 led by Tony honoree BEN DAVIS (Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme) and MADISON CLAIRE PARKS (Luisa in The Fantasticks Off-Broadway). (more...)

West End and Broadway Stars Jenna Russell and Judy Kuhn Will Join Seth Rudetsky For Broadway @ Leicester Square Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2018

Olivier Award winner & Tony Award nominee Jenna Russell (Sunday In The Park With George, Merrily We Roll Along and Fun Home at the Young Vic) and four-time Tony nominee Judy Kuhn (star of Trevor Nunn's new Fiddler On The Roof at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Broadway's Fun Home, Chess and Les Miserables) will join Seth Rudetsky as music director/host for two intimate concerts on Sunday, February 3 as part of the long-running Broadway @ Leicester Square Theatre series. (more...)

Idina Menzel Joins Roundabout Spring Gala, Honoring John Lithgow
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2018

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) announces Idina Menzel will join the 2019 Gala evening celebrating John Lithgow with The Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre on Monday, February 25, 2019 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom. Menzel will perform a unique concert created exclusively for the special occasion. (more...)

Theater Resources Unlimited Announces December Panel - What It Means To Be A Producer (and Why I Do It)
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2018

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the December Panel: What It Means to Be a Producer (and Why I Do It) on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 7:30pm (networking at 7pm) at Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Polaris North, 245 W. 29th St. 4th floor, NYC, 10001. This panel is free for TRU members; $12.50 for non-members in advance ($15 at door). (more...)

Vote For The 2018 BWW Columbus Awards; 42ND STREET Leads Best Musical!
by BWW Staff - Dec 3, 2018

There's just one month left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Columbus Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

La Jolla Playhouse Extends World-Premiere Musical DIANA
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2018

Due to popular demand, La Jolla Playhouse announces a week-long extension for its upcoming world premiere musical Diana, featuring the Tony Award-winning Memphis creative team of Joe DiPietro (librettist/lyricist), David Bryan (composer/lyricist) and Playhouse Artistic Director and 2017 Tony recipient Christopher Ashley (director), along with Tony Award nominee Kelly Devine (choreographer) and Ian Eisendrath (music supervisor). (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret: Santino Fontana, George Salazar & Joe Iconis, Liz Callaway, & More
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2018

What good is sitting alone in your room this week? If you don't already have plans to see a Broadway show, come out to see your favorite Broadway stars in a cabaret act instead. Highlights this week include: George Salazar & Joe Iconis, Santino Fontana, Pronoun Showdown, Liz Callaway, and Jason Kravits. (more...)

Wake Up With BWW 12/12: OKLAHOMA! Will Transfer to Broadway, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - Dec 12, 2018

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: Oklahoma! will transfer to Broadway, and more! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Roundabout and Fiasco Theater's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Meets the Press!
by Jennifer Broski - Dec 12, 2018

Roundabout Theatre Company will soon present Fiasco Theater's new production of Merrily We Roll Along, book by George Furth, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Fiasco's production will be directed by Fiasco Co-Artistic Director Noah Brody, is based on and with additional material from the original play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, and will feature Music Direction & Orchestrations by Alexander Gemignani and Choreography by Lorin Latarro. (more...)

Cain Park To Produce RAGTIME In 2019
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2018

The City of Cleveland Heights announces RAGTIME will be produced in the Alma Theater June 13-30, 2019 as part of Cain Park?s 81st season; preview is June 13 with opening night on June 14. Cain Park Theater Artistic Director Joanna May Hunkins directs RAGTIME with musical direction by Jordan Cooper. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: Go 'Behind the Curtain' with Tony-Winning Legend Tonya Pinkins
by Behind the Curtain - Dec 11, 2018

She is as passionate offstage as she is on and her philosophy on life, art, and everything in between, makes Tonya Pinkins one of Broadway's fiercest artists. From her Broadway debut in Merrily We Roll Along, to appearances in Jelly's Last Jam (for which she won the Tony), The Wild Party, Play On, Caroline, Or Change, Radio Golf, and Holler If You Hear Me, plus her controversial associations with Mother Courage and Rasheeda Speaking, Tonya is one of the industry's most, no pun intended, courageous artists.  (more...)

Win 2 Orchestra Tickets & Backstage Tour At COME FROM AWAY
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2018

You and a lucky guest will enjoy the 2017 multi-award winning Broadway hit Come from Away in the heart of Times Square! (more...)

Win 2 House Seats to SCHOOL OF ROCK on Broadway Plus a Backstage Tour
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2018

Bid to win 2 house seats to School of Rock on Broadway plus a backstage tour after the show from ensemble member, Joel Waggoner! (more...)

Three Weeks Left To Vote For the BWW Columbus Awards!
by BWW Staff - Dec 10, 2018

There's just two weeks left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Columbus Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

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