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Alvin Theatre (New York, NY)
250 W. 52nd St.

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Nails Duquesne is a former manicurist turned wealthy widow. She holds a lottery to help her lawyer and pal, Bob Hale, find the lost love of his life. To assist in the search, Nails and her perennial debutantes arrange for the parole of several prison inmates. The leader, Policy Pinkle, is a sentimental jailbird who resents his release from luxurious prison life. The Senate Finance Committee eventually gets involved. The search for a missing heiress includes this plot point: Her identity can only be determined by a waffle iron mark on her behind.


Hilary Knight Exhibition Gets Extended Through October at New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2017

Best known as the illustrator of the American classic Eloise, Hilary Knight cites the performing arts as the single greatest influence on his life and career. Now for the first time, Knight's life-long love of the theatrical is the subject of a comprehensive exhibition, which has been extended through October 14, 2017 at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Hilary Knight's Stage-Struck World includes original artwork for posters, illustrations for Vanity Fair magazine (where Knight is a contributing editor), Knight's most recent work - three-dimensional portraits in stage-like settings - and costume and set designs for performances and revues that reveal that for Knight, all the world is indeed a stage. (more...)

Boston's Colonial Theatre, Where Broadway History Was Written, and Rewritten
by Michael Dale - Sep 4, 2015

Boston's 115-year-old Colonial Theatre, where so many notable (and not so notable) Broadway-bound productions worked out their kinks and licked their wounds, will be closing in October for at least a year, its future not determined. (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...)

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...)

Carolee Carmello to Lead PRESENTING ETHEL MERMAN Industry Reading; Aiming for Broadway in 2016-17
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2015

BroadwayWorld has just learned that an Equity staged reading of PRESENTING ETHEL MERMAN, a new play with music tracing the ups and downs of the famed Broadway star affectionately known as 'the Merm', is currently rehearsing for private presentations to industry producers and insiders. (more...)

Kristin Chenoweth and More Featured on COLE PORTER'S 'YOU NEVER KNOW' Album Reissue
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2017

Ghostlight Records has released a special digital only reissue of Cole Porter's You Never Know - the 2001 World Premiere Cast Recording - today, Friday, October 6. (more...)

Broadway-Aimed THE BOOK OF MERMAN Sets Cast for Industry Reading, Including Carolee Carmello and Mox Von Essen!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

An Equity staged reading of "The Book Of Merman", a new play with music tracing the ups and downs of the famed Broadway star affectionately known as "the Merm", is currently rehearsing for private presentations to industry producers and insiders. (more...)

Vote for Clinton Chicken or Donald Beef at Participating Red Hot & Blue Restaurants–Now Through November 8, 2016
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

Participating Red Hot & Blue Restaurant locations are offering the chance to show support of your candidate before the Presidential election! Cast your vote now by ordering either the 'Clinton Chicken' sandwich or the 'Donald Beef' burger between October 11, 2016, and November 8, 2016. The sandwich that is ordered most frequently-before November 9, 2016-will be offered at a special price of $6.99 for the three days of celebration (or mourning) following Election Day. (more...)

Carolee Carmello Leads PRESENTING ETHEL MERMAN Industry Reading Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2015

An Equity staged reading of PRESENTING ETHEL MERMAN, a new play with music tracing the ups and downs of the famed Broadway star affectionately known as 'the Merm', is being held today, October 13, in a private presentation for industry producers and insiders. (more...)

Deals and Discounts for Veterans and Military on Military.com
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

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Red Hot & Blue Barbecue Restaurants Celebrate Veterans Day for Three Days for Fourth Year in a Row
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

For three days, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday November 9-11, 2016, Red, Hot & Blue Restaurants in Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey and Virginia are offering veterans, active, inactive or retired servicemen and servicewomen, a free entrée (up to a maximum value of $10) with the purchase two drinks and the purchase of a second entrée of equal or greater value, and with proof of military service. Details are available at: http://www.redhotandblue.com/veterans (more...)

WINTER RHYTHMS 2016 Launches This Week at Urban Stages with KT Sullivan
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

Urban Stages has confirmed the line-up for this year's award-winning series, WINTER RHYTHMS 2016, which will begin tomorrow, Thursday, December 1, and will feature some of New York's best musical performances through Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Urban Stages Theatre (259 West 30th Street, just East of 8th Avenue). (more...)

Starry Marni Nixon Tribute, KT Sullivan, Klea Blackhurst and More Set for WINTER RHYTHMS at Urban Stages
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2016

Urban Stages has announced the line-up for this year's Award Winning series, WINTER RHYTHMS 2016, which will begin Thursday, December 1 and will feature some of New York's best musical performances through Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Urban Stages Theatre (259 West 30th Street, just East of 8th Avenue). (more...)

Ovation to Present ANYTHING GOES Upstairs at the Gatehouse This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2016

Ovation presents ANYTHING GOES, with Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter, and Book by Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, running 14th December 2016 - 29th January 2017 Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate Village, London. (more...)

42nd Street Moon to Host JUBILATE! 25th Anniversary Gala
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2018

San Francisco's 42nd Street Moon (Daren A.C. Carollo and Daniel Thomas, Co-Executive Directors), currently celebrating its 25th Anniversary in continuous operation, has announced that the company's 2018 Gala, JUBILATE!, will be headlined by Moon favorite Klea Blackhurst (42nd Street Moon's RED, HOT AND BLUE and CALL ME MADAM) and will feature special guest star Liz Callaway (Broadway's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, BABY and MISS SAIGON). (more...)

Rhett Guter and Samantha Bruce to Headline OKLAHOMA! at Goodspeed; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

'People will say we're in love' with this wild western cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved Oklahoma! Having directed last summer's hit Bye Bye Birdie Jenn Thompson returns to The Goodspeed to take on the show that changed American musicals forever. For the first time at Goodspeed, this country classic will welcome city slickers, cowboys and everyone in between! So kick up your boots and join us for this lively and legendary musical which runs July 14-September 23 at The Goodspeed in East Haddam, Conn [Official Press Opening will be August 2, 2017]. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: First Look at Nancy Anderson, Anthony Roach and More in Highlights of Goodspeed's GUYS & DOLLS
by Stage Tube - May 2, 2015

Goodspeed Musicals kicks off its 2015 season at theGoodspeed Opera House with the Broadway classic Guys and Dolls. Roll the dice on this winning musical comedy running April 10 - June 20 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn.  Check out a first look at highlights below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Nancy Anderson, Manna Nichols, Mark Price and More in Goodspeed's GUYS & DOLLS
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2015

Goodspeed Musicals kicks off its 2015 season at theGoodspeed Opera House with the Broadway classic Guys and Dolls. Roll the dice on this winning musical comedy running April 10 - June 20 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. Check out a first look at highlights below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of Godspeed's GUYS & DOLLS!
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2015

Goodspeed Musicals kicks off its 2015 season at theGoodspeed Opera House with the Broadway classic Guys and Dolls. Roll the dice on this winning musical comedy running April 10 - June 20 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. Check out a first look at the opening night below! (more...)

BWW Blog: Jordan Grubb and Noah Plomgren of Goodspeed's GUYS & DOLLS - Frank Loesser Fantasy Jukebox
by Guest Blogger: GUYS & DOLLS - May 19, 2015

What's up BroadwayWorld?! Welcome back to my weekly blog here at the Goodspeed Opera House! Last week I gave you a bit of an inside look at the rehearsal/production process of our show. This week, I thought it might be fun to get to know a bit more about the Composer / Lyricist of this masterpiece: Frank Loesser. (more...)

BCCM to Present RIDIN' HIGH, 5/16-18
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2015

BAYOU CITY CONCERT MUSICALS continues its popular cabaret series with RIDIN' HIGH: Cole Porter in the 1930s, at 7:30 p.m., Today, May 16; 4:00 p.m., Sunday, May 17; and 7:30 p.m., Monday, May 18, 2015. The evening of song will again be presented at the Performance Centre of the Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main between Holman and Berry Street, in the heart of Midtown. (Entrance to The Centre is located on the corner of Fannin and Berry directly behind the theatre and has convenient free parking, courtesy of Houston Community College.) (more...)

Darko Tresnjak Directs KISS ME, KATE, Beginning Tonight in Hartford
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak will helm Kiss Me, Kate-his first musical since winning the 2014 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. A co-production with The Old Globe in San Diego, Kiss Me, Kate will play for only four weeks, from tonight, May 14-June 14. (more...)

Mississippi Hot Catfish Available At Red Hot & Blue Restaurants For A Limited Time
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2017

True to their Southern roots, all of the Red Hot & Blue Barbecue restaurants across the nation are cooking up their secret and spicy recipe to offer a limited time menu item: Mississippi Hot Catfish Platter. Delicately hand-breaded Delta catfish filets are deep-fried to a crunchy perfection, and coated with the Red Hot & Blue secret blend of spices, hot sauce, and oil. The limited time menu offering includes two Delta catfish filets, speared with crispy, deep-fried pickle chips. Served with fries, creamy cole slaw and garnished with corn muffins. (*Hush puppies may be substituted for corn muffins at some locations.) Red Hot & Blue's Mississippi Catfish is hot-and full of flavor-but, afterall, it ain't called Red HOT & Blue for nothin'! (more...)

Quality Hill Playhouse Pays Tribute Cole Porter and Noel Coward with IT'S DELOVELY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2018

Lyrics take center stage at Quality Hill Playhouse in March as the company pays tribute to two songwriters known for their internal rhymes and worldly wit in the original cabaret revue IT'S DELOVELY: THE WIT OF COLE PORTER AND NOËL COWARD, opening March 2. (more...)

VIDEO: Watch Klea Blackhurst and Company Rehearse Drury Lane Theatre's HAZEL
by Michael Dale - Mar 23, 2016

Like THE ADDAMS FAMILY before it, the new musical HAZEL is based on a one-panel comic strip, though audiences are bound to be far more familiar with the character's hit TV series. (more...)

Opera Saratoga 2017 Summer Festival presents THE CRADLE WILL ROCK
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2017

Opera Saratoga's Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson announced today complete casting for the three exciting new productions that will comprise the company's 2017 Summer Festival, which will build on the company's commitment to producing masterpieces from the operatic cannon, important American works, and works in which dance plays an integral role. In addition, a wide variety of free and ticketed concert events will be presented from May 28th through July 16th at venues throughout the region. (more...)

Casting Announced for Opera Saratoga's 2017 Summer Festival Season, Featuring BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and More
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2017

Opera Saratoga's Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson announced today complete casting for the three exciting new productions that will comprise the company's 2017 Summer Festival, which will build on the company's commitment to producing masterpieces from the operatic cannon, important American works, and works in which dance plays an integral role. In addition, a wide variety of free and ticketed concert events will be presented from May 28th through July 16th at venues throughout the region. (more...)

Renee Fleming to Release Broadway Album Featuring DEAR EVAN HANSEN, Leslie Odom Jr., and More
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2018

Jumping genres with ease, Renee Fleming can currently be seen as Nettie Fowler in CAROUSEL, a role that has earned her a Tony nomination. According to OperaWire, the opera superstar now says she has an album in the works that will exclusively feature Broadway tunes.  (more...)

THE LION KING Will Welcome New Cast Members to Broadway Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2016

Broadway's award-winning best musical, The Lion King, will welcome Derek Smith, Cameron Pow and Adrienne Walker as Scar, Zazu and Nala, respectively, beginning performances Tuesday, July 5. (more...)

The (Los Altos) Hills are Alive with THE SOUND OF MUSIC
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2018

Los Altos Hills will be alive with The Sound of Music this summer, when multi-award winning Foothill Music Theatre presents the Tony, Grammy, and Academy Award-winning musical. This beloved musical, set in Austria in 1938, follows novice Maria Rainer who becomes the governess for the von Trapp family, capturing the hearts of the seven children and their father, a widowed naval captain. As the Nazis occupy Austria, the family is forced make decisions which forever change their lives, fleeing their home in pursuit of freedom. (more...)

Red Hot & Blue BBQ Restaurants Slide Through Summer with A New Smoked Meat Slider Platter
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2017

All of the Red Hot & Blue Barbecue Restaurants in Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas and Missouri are sliding through the summer season with a new limited time menu item: Sliders! The new Slider Platter includes three popular smoked meat sliders (one tender beef brisket, one delicious pulled pork and one spicy sausage) served with a side of potato salad and a Coke, for only $10. This promotion is available from July 5, 2017 until August 15, 2017. (more...)

Rib Lovers in Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina Texas, and Missouri Rejoice at Red Hot & Blue Restaurants $20 Rib Special
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

For a limited time, the Red Hot & Blue BBQ Restaurants in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Missouri, New Jersey and Texas are rallying all rib lovers with a $20 rib special. The Rib Lover's Special includes a full rack of ribs and two side items for only $20. And there has not be a better time to sample the Red Hot & Blue authentic St Louis-cut, Memphis-style ribs than now, as also available for a limited time is a two-bone sampler with the purchase of any sandwich or entrée for only $2.50. (more...)

Red Hot & Blue Restaurants Celebrate the New Year with "Ribfest"
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2018

Red Hot & Blue Restaurants across the country have been ringing in the New Year with 'Ribfest'. Red Hot & Blue's Ribfest celebration has become an annual event - for the month of January each year, a special limited time menu offering featuring Red Hot & Blue's signature, award-winning, hickory-smoked ribs has become a fan favorite. This year's Ribfest celebration includes an offering of a full rack of fall-off-the-bone-tender, St Louis-Style Slab of Hickory-Smoked Ribs with two Southern Side Items for only $19.99. The special-priced Rib Meal is good through February 4, 2018. (more...)

Provincetown Theater Sets 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2016

Provincetown Theater's new Executive Artistic Director, Tristan DiVincenzo has announced the theater's extensive 2016 season.  The year will explore a highly adventurous mix of theatre styles including: Shakespearean comedy; the side splitting farce of Oscar Wilde; the ground breaking dramatic work of Eugene O'Neill; the absurdism of Samuel Beckett and a completely re-imagined "A Christmas Carol".   (more...)

BWW TV: Ben Lipitz of THE LION KING National Tour
by Jeffrey Kare - Feb 8, 2016

Coming back to the Durham Performing Arts Center from February 16th-March 20th is the Tony Award winning Broadway musical, THE LION KING! Featuring Ben Lipitz in the role of Pumbaa, a role originated on screen by Ernie Sabella and on Broadway by Tom Alan Robbins. (more...)

Randall Craig Fleischer Leads Utah Symphony and Guest Vocalists in JERRY HERMAN: THE BROADWAY LEGACY CONCERT
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

On February 10 and 11 at 7:30 PM, conductor Randall  Craig Fleischer leads guest vocalists Debbie Gravitte, Klea Blackhurst, Ron Raines, Jason Graae, Scott Coulter, and John Boswell in a performance of "Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert". Tickets start at $21 ($15 for students), and can be purchased at www.utahsymphony.org or by calling (801) 533-6683. (more...)

VIDEO: Check Out The Fun and Colorful 1960s Designs For Drury Lane's World Premiere of HAZEL
by Michael Dale - Feb 26, 2016

Klea Blackhurst stars in a new musical inspired by Ted Key's comic and the hit 1960s sitcom. (more...)

BWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC National Tour Filled with Favorite Things
by Katie Becker - Feb 24, 2018

THE SOUND OF MUSIC National Tour kicked off a three night run in Sioux Falls, SD on Friday night at The Washington Pavilion, with plenty of memorable moments to add to anyone's list of favorite things about this timeless production. (more...)

Kate Shindle, Janet Dacal, and More Will Join Harry Connick, Jr in Paper Mill's THE STING
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2018

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director), recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, has announced today the cast and creative team of the world premiere production of the new musical The Sting, based on the 1973 film, and with book by Bob Martin, music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann & Greg Kotis with Harry Connick, Jr. (more...)

VIDEO: On This Day, February 15- Celebrating the Life and Career of Stage Legend, Ethel Merman
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 15, 2018

On this day in 1984, Ethel Merman, a Broadway institution known as the 'undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage, passed away at the age of 76.  (more...)

BWW Review: HIGH SOCIETY at Alex Theatre
by Cary Ginell - Feb 12, 2018

Cole Porter's 'High Society' sparkles with wit, glamour, and music in Musical Theatre Guild's concert version of the 1998 Broadway musical. (more...)

Debbie Gravitte, Klea Blackhurst, Ron Raines and More Join the Utah Symphony for JERRY HERMAN: THE BROADWAY LEGACY CONCERT
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2017

This weekend, February 10 and 11 at 7:30 PM, conductor Randall Craig Fleischer leads guest vocalists Debbie Gravitte, KLea Blackhurst, Ron Raines, Jason Graae, Scott Coulter, and John Boswell in a performance of 'Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert'. (more...)

Klea Blackhurst to Headline 42nd Street Moon Fundraising Gala in February
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2015

42nd Street Moon announces FALLING IN LOVE WITH LOVE, a fundraising gala that will honor Co-Founder and Artistic Director Greg MacKellan, who will complete his 23rd and final season with the company this June. Singer, actress, and veteran Moon performer Klea Blackhurst will serenade patrons in an exclusive concert during the evening. The event also includes cocktails, a live auction, dinner, and a "MoonLight Lounge" with Musical Director Dave Dobrusky and other 42nd Street Moon performers.  Cocktail attire is encouraged. For tickets ($375 - $7500) and more information, the public may call (415) 255-8207 or visit 42ndstmoon.org. (more...)

Ovation to Present ANYTHING GOES Upstairs at the Gatehouse This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2016

Ovation presents ANYTHING GOES, with Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter, and Book by Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, running 14th December 2016 - 29th January 2017 Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate Village, London. (more...)

Ovation to Present ANYTHING GOES Upstairs at the Gatehouse This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

Ovation presents ANYTHING GOES, with Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter, and Book by Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, running 14th December 2016 - 29th January 2017 Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate Village, London. (more...)

Samantha Massell, Christian Michael Camporin, Sean MacLaughlin, Lori Wilner and More to Star in Goodspeed's Reworked RAGS; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2017

Join Rebecca and David Hershkowitz as they journey to a 'brand new world' in Goodspeed's reinvented Rags. Original creators Charles Strouse and Stephen Schwartz have teamed up with David Thompson, who has adapted Joseph Stein's book, to rework this timely and inspiring piece. (more...)

I'D ENJOY BEING A GIRL ... ON BROADWAY! at the Colony Theatre this September
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2017

The Colony Theatre in Burbank has announced a four-performance run of I'd Enjoy Being a Girl … On Broadway! from September 14-17. Starring Mark C. Reis, the show is directed by Michele Lynch and features choreography by Lisa Mandel and musical direction by Scott Harlan. (more...)

Rhett Guter and Samantha Bruce to Headline OKLAHOMA! at Goodspeed; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2017

'People will say we're in love' with this wild western cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved Oklahoma! Having directed last summer's hit Bye Bye Birdie Jenn Thompson returns to The Goodspeed to take on the show that changed American musicals forever. For the first time at Goodspeed, this country classic will welcome city slickers, cowboys and everyone in between! So kick up your boots and join us for this lively and legendary musical which runs July 14-September 23 at The Goodspeed in East Haddam, Conn [Official Press Opening will be August 2, 2017]. (more...)

Nancy Anderson and More Lead Goodspeed's GUYS AND DOLLS, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2015

Goodspeed Musicals kicks off its 2015 season at the Goodspeed Opera House with the Broadway classic Guys and Dolls. Roll the dice on this winning musical comedy running now through June 20 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. Opening night is tonight, April 28, 2015. (more...)

BWW Review: AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY Returns Triumphantly to Rockwell
by Don Grigware - Apr 14, 2016

On Tuesday April 12 I eagerly returned to Rockwell Table and Stage for the third time to see An Evening of Classic Broadway. The show comes to Rockwell for one evening every couple of months. Why do I keep coming back? Produced by Dianne Fraser and musically directed by extraordinarily talented Brad Ellis ... and with a bevy of great singers on board, it's guaranteed fun, extra high on entertainment, and it incorporates Broadway standards both classic and contemporary. If that isn't enough, the structure is laid back and spontaneous, allowing one to sit back, relax and just savor the sounds. (more...)

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