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Two Mormon missionaries ring Ethel Merman's doorbell and hilarity ensues in this new musical comedy. THE BOOK OF MERMAN is a diva-driven journey featuring original songs and show-stopping ballads. It's delightful. It's delicious. It's de-Merman!


The Hilarious Varla Jean Merman Headlines The Copa Palm Springs In BAD HEROINE
by David Green - Sep 29, 2017

Varla Jean Merman brings her newest acclaimed show, 'Varla Jean Merman: Bad Heroine' to The Copa Room in Palm Springs for two standing room only performances in October. Jeffery Roberson aka Varla Jean Merman (who boasts that Ernest Borgnine is her father and Ethel Merman is her mother) is perhaps best known for her role in the 2003 independent film Girls will be Girls. (more...)

Photo Flash: THE BARDY BUNCH Celebrates Opening Night at Mercury Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

THE BARDY BUNCH: The War of the Families Partridge and Brady, the musical parody by Stephen Garvey that gained cult status during its Off-Broadway run in 2014, runs in a limited engagement in Chicago, September 16 through November 20, at the Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Avenue. The show's all-star cast will portray the Brady and Partridge families, just after the ABC Network ceased airing their chronicles in 1974, in a blood-soaked, vengeance-fueled, lust-filled crossover episode of Shakespearean proportions. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

Photo Flash: The Bardy Bunch at The Mercury Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

THE BARDY BUNCH: The War of the Families Partridge and Brady, the musical parody by Stephen Garvey that gained cult status during its Off-Broadway run in 2014, is excited to announce casting for its limited engagement in Chicago, September 16 through November 27, at the Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Avenue. The show's all-star cast will portray the Brady and Partridge families, just after the ABC Network ceased airing their chronicles in 1974, in a blood-soaked, vengeance-fueled, lust-filled crossover episode of Shakespearean proportions. (more...)

Pride Films and Plays presents HIS GREATNESS, 10/17
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2017

Three men - a great American playwright, his trusted and loyal assistant, and a young Canadian street hustler - find themselves together for two days in a hotel room in Vancouver. The ensuing battle for power, love and loyalty is frequently funny, engagingly dark and ultimately moving. HIS GREATNESS, inspired by a 'potentially true story' during the declining days of Tennessee Williams, is an intimate insight into the mind of a familiar public figure, grappling with the loss of former glory and desperate for a return to form and success. Pride Films and Plays will stage the play from October 14 November 12, 2017 in The Buena, the 50-seat venue of the Pride Arts Center. The Buena is located at 4147 N. Broadway, Chicago. The press opening will be Tuesday, October 17 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

THE BARDY BUNCH Announces Cast for Chicago Run at the Mercury Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

THE BARDY BUNCH: The War of the Families Partridge and Brady, the musical parody by Stephen Garvey that gained cult status during its Off-Broadway run in 2014, is excited to announce casting for its limited engagement in Chicago, September 15 through November 27, at the Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Avenue. (more...)

Hit Musical THE BOOK OF MERMAN Returns To Chicago - Casting Announced
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2018

Following a critically acclaimed, sell-out three-month run at Chicago's Apollo Theater in 2015, Flying Elephant Productions is pleased to announce the return of the hit musical comedy The Book of Merman, featuring a book by Leo Schwartz and DC Cathro, music and lyrics by Leo Schwartz, direction by DC Cathro, music direction by Tyler Miles and choreography by Jenna Schoppe.   (more...)

Flying Elephant Productions to Launch Inaugural Season with 'WE THE PEOPLE' at Stage 773
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2017

Flying Elephant Productions has announced its inaugural season, launching this winter with the world premiere of WE THE PEOPLE SONGS OF THE RESISTANCE, a political song cycle about the 2016 election, which takes audiences from the conventions through election night and its immediate aftermath into the realization of Trump's America and finally, a call to action from We The People. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE BOOK OF MERMAN at St. Luke's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2018

The Book of Merman, a new musical comedy featuring music and lyrics by Leo Schwartz and book by Schwartz and DC Cathro, starts previews this Friday, October 5 at St. Luke's Theatre (308 West 46th Street). Joe Langworth directs this new Off-Broadway musical, with an opening set for Sunday, October 21.   (more...)

Matthew Huston, William Dwyer, John Marshall Jr. and Molly LeCaptain to Lead YANK! at Pride Films and Plays
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2017

Casting for Pride Films and Plays' Chicago premiere of YANK! A WWII Love Story was announced today by David Zak, Executive Director of Pride Films and Plays. (more...)

Varla Jean Merman Brings A LITTLE WHITE MUSIC To The Copa Palm Springs
by David Green - Oct 5, 2016

Varla Jean Merman brings her hilarious new show Varla Jean Merman: A Little White Music ("a honky hit-parade of the whitest music you've ever suffered through!") to Palm Springs' Copa Nightclub and Cabaret on October 14 and 15 at 8PM. Jeffery Roberson aka Varla Jean Merman (who boasts that Ernest Borgnine is her father and Ethel Merman is her mother) is perhaps best known for her role in the independent film Girls will be Girls. She had a co-starring role in the 1997 film, Franchesca Page. Merman was also one of the performers featured in the HBO original documentary Dragtime. (more...)

Pride Films and Plays presents HIS GREATNESS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2017

Three men - a great American playwright, his trusted and loyal assistant, and a young Canadian street hustler - find themselves together for two days in a hotel room in Vancouver. The ensuing battle for power, love and loyalty is frequently funny, engagingly dark and ultimately moving. HIS GREATNESS, inspired by a 'potentially true story' during the declining days of Tennessee Williams, is an intimate insight into the mind of a familiar public figure, grappling with the loss of former glory and desperate for a return to form and success. Pride Films and Plays will stage the play from October 14 November 12, 2017 in The Buena, the 50-seat venue of the Pride Arts Center. The Buena is located at 4147 N. Broadway, Chicago. The press opening will be Tuesday, October 17 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

Flying Elephant Productions' Presents THE BOOK OF MERMAN
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2018

Flying Elephant Productions is pleased to present the return of the hit musical comedy The Book of Merman, featuring a book by Leo Schwartz and DC Cathro, music and lyrics by Leo Schwartz, direction by DC Cathro, music direction by Tyler Miles and choreography by Jenna Schoppe.  (more...)

Casting Announced For Flying Elephant Productions' WE THE PEOPLE SONGS OF THE RESISTANCE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2017

Flying Elephant Productions is pleased to announce casting for its inaugural production, the world premiere of WE THE PEOPLE SONGS OF THE RESISTANCE, a political musical song cycle about the turbulent 2016 election, with six actors playing 55 characters. (more...)

Photo Flash: Celebrating Opening Night of THE BOOK OF MERMAN
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2018

The Book of Merman, a new musical comedy featuring music and lyrics by Leo Schwartz and book by Schwartz and DC Cathro, starts previews this Friday, October 5 at St. Luke's Theatre (308 West 46th Street). Joe Langworth directs this new Off-Broadway musical, with an opening set for Sunday, October 21.   (more...)

Photo Flash: Bryan Cranston Attends Final Performance of THE BARDY BUNCH in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016

After a successful run at the Mercury Theatre, The Bardy Bunch: The War of the Families Partridge and Brady closed their doors on Sunday, October 23 to an excited crowd that included Bryan Cranston, the Emmy-winning actor best known for his role in Breaking Bad. 'I loved the show! A really fun, foot-tapping time in the theater,' said Cranston. Scroll down for photos of the cast and creative team posing outside the theater with the Oscar-nominated actor! (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 10/21/2016 - HAMILTON'S AMERICA Doc on PBS!
by Jessica Khan - Oct 21, 2016

This weekend's big news: The highly anticipated HAMILTON'S AMERICA documentary airs on PBS tonight! (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...)

Transgender Actress to Star as 'Bernadette' in PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT at Pride Films and Plays; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

Complete casting and creative team have been announced for Pride Films and Plays' production of the Tony Award-winning musical, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, which will open in January as the company's inaugural production in their two-stage Pride Arts Center. The musical will be performed in The Broadway, the center's 85-seat theatre at 4139 N. Broadway. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE BOOK OF MERMAN at St. Luke's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2018

The Book of Merman, a new musical comedy featuring music and lyrics by Leo Schwartz and book by Schwartz and DC Cathro, now in previews at St. Luke's Theatre (308 West 46th Street), releases production photos. Joe Langworth directs this new Off-Broadway musical, with an opening set for Sunday, October 21.   (more...)

THE BOOK OF MERMAN to Play Weekends at St. Lukes Theater
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2018

The Book of Merman, a new musical comedy featuring music and lyrics by Leo Schwartz and book by Schwartz and DC Cathro, will now play weekends at St. Luke's Theater beginning November 2, 2018. Directed by Joe Langworth, this new Off-Broadway musical officially opened on Sunday, October 21 at St. Luke's Theatre (308 West 46th Street). (more...)

Photo Flash: Underscore Theatre and The Den Theatre Present HAYMARKET
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2018

Underscore Theatre and The Den Theatre are pleased to present an all-new staging of the Jeff Award-nominated Best New Musical HAYMARKET (formerly Haymarket: The Anarchist's Songbook) the true story of Chicago's infamous Haymarket massacre. With book, music and lyrics by Alex Higgin-Houser and David Kornfeld, the actors accompany themselves to the stirring folk-infused score. Having spent the last two years workshopping the show, the authors alongside director Nick Thornton and musical director Robert Ollis have crafted an all-new theatrical experience - creating new songs, overhauling the book, and like the union workers from the show, building anew. (more...)

Pride Films And Plays' HIS GREATNESS To Be Performed At International Dublin Gay Play Festival
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2018

Pride Films and Plays' Chicago premiere production of Daniel MacIvor's HIS GREATNESS - inspired by a 'potentially true story' during the declining days of Tennessee Williams - will be performed at the 15th Annual International Dublin Gay Play Festival, to be held May 7-20, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. The entire original cast of last fall's production will travel to Dublin and will perform the play from May 14 - 19, with two performances on May 19th. In MacIvor's play, a great American playwright, his trusted and loyal assistant, and a young Canadian street hustler find themselves together for two days in a hotel room in Vancouver as the playwright is about to premiere a new play that he hopes will reinvigorate his career. The ensuing battle for power, love and loyalty is frequently funny, engagingly dark and ultimately moving.  Danne W. Taylor will repeat his role as "The Playwright," Andrew Kain Miller will return as "The Assistant" and Whitman Johnson will again play "The Young Man." Pride Films and Plays' Executive Director David Zak is again directing the play for this remount.  (more...)

Chicago Debuts of YANK! and PERFECT ARRANGEMENT Highlight Pride Films and Plays' 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

Pride Films and Plays' 2017-18 season - its first full season in residence at the Pride Arts Center - will bring Chicago its first look at three plays that examine gay and lesbian lives in earlier decades of the 20th Century, according to Executive Director David Zak and Artistic Director Nelson Rodriguez. (more...)

Cast Announced For Pride Films And Plays' FUCKING MEN, Opening 7/8
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2018

Full casting was announced today for Pride Films and Plays' production of Joe DiPietro's FUCKING MEN, which will begin a two-month run in the Broadway, Pride Arts Center, on July 1. In this present-day updating of Schnitzler's LA RONDE, ten men - a hustler, a soldier, two college students, a businessman and his husband, an adult film actor, a movie star, his agent and a playwright - all have physical and emotional desires to connect. Pride Films and Plays Executive Director David Zak, who will direct the production, announced the cast today. It will include Whitman Johnson of PFP's HIS GREATNESS (the Hustler), Luke Halpern (the Soldier), Kumar Rohit (Marco, the graduate student), Conor McGarry (the College Student), Matt Frye (Leo, the Teacher), Jay Espano (Leo's businessman husband Jack), Roy Samra (the Porn Star), Lars Ebsworth (Sammy, the Playwright), Alex Iacobucci (the Movie Star) and Nick Schrier (Donald, the Agent). (more...)

Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Jul. 8
by Audition Roundup - Jul 8, 2018

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, July 8, 2018 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition! (more...)

THE BARDY BUNCH Announces Cast for Chicago Run at the Mercury Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

THE BARDY BUNCH: The War of the Families Partridge and Brady, the musical parody by Stephen Garvey that gained cult status during its Off-Broadway run in 2014, is excited to announce casting for its limited engagement in Chicago, September 15 through November 27, at the Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Avenue. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Columbus - Week of 7/17/2016
by BWW - Jul 17, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 7/17/2016 for Columbus (more...)

FUN HOME and More Included in Terrific New Theatre's Season 33
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2018

Terrific New Theatre (TNT) announces its 33rd season, the third under Artistic Director Tam DeBolt. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Columbus - Week of 7/10/2016
by BWW - Jul 10, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 7/10/2016 for Columbus (more...)

Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Jul. 1
by Audition Roundup - Jul 1, 2018

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, July 1, 2018 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition! (more...)

Phoenix Theatre to Stage World Premiere of ACID DOLPHIN EXPERIMENT
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2016

Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis announces the World Premiere of Acid Dolphin Experiment opening July 21, 2016 on the Frank and Katrina Basile Stage. This production runs through August 14, with Bill Simmons serving as director. (more...)

Pride Films & Plays to Present 'JUDY GARLAND AND LIZA MINNELLI'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2016

Pride Films and Plays will enliven the New Year by bringing back two leading actresses from its recent acclaimed production of the musical The Boy From Oz in a new show entitled Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli - Once in a Lifetime: The London Palladium Concert - a Tribute, featuring Nancy Hays (as Judy Garland) and Michelle Lauto (as Liza Minnelli), with music direction and orchestral arrangements by Robert Ollis (co-producer).  This loving musical tribute recalls the historic concert by these two famous performers at the London Palladium, just as Liza's singing career was beginning to take off. The Boy from Oz veterans Cameron Turner (choreography) and John Nasca (costume design) will round out the creative team for this dynamic new show. (more...)

Flying Elephant Productions' WE THE PEOPLE: The Anti-Trump Musical Makes World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2018

Flying Elephant Productions is pleased to launch its inaugural season with the world premiere of WE THE PEOPLE: The Anti-Trump Musical, a political musical song cycle about the turbulent 2016 election, with six actors playing 55 characters. This powerful new musical features a book by Sean Chandler, music and lyrics by Leo Schwartz, direction by Derek Van Barham and music direction by Ty Miles (more...)

Photo Flash: Flying Elephant Productions Stages Anti-Trump Musical WE THE PEOPLE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2018

Flying Elephant Productions is pleased to launch its inaugural season with the world premiere of WE THE PEOPLE: The Anti-Trump Musical, a political musical song cycle about the turbulent 2016 election, with six actors playing 55 characters. This powerful new musical features a book by Sean Chandler, music and lyrics by Leo Schwartz, direction by Derek Van Barham and music direction by Ty Miles. WE THE PEOPLE will play January 26 - February 10, 2018 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at stage773.com, by calling (773) 327-5252 or in person at the Stage 773 box office. The press opening is Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 8 pm. (more...)

BWW Reviews: PFP Heats Things Up with BOYS IN BRIEFS
by Misha Davenport - Jan 29, 2016

Pride Films and Plays heats up the Uptown Underground with BOYS IN BRIEFS: AT THE BEACH! (more...)

Flying Elephant Productions to Launch Inaugural Season with 'WE THE PEOPLE' at Stage 773
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2018

Flying Elephant Productions has announced its inaugural season, launching this winter with the world premiere of WE THE PEOPLE SONGS OF THE RESISTANCE, a political song cycle about the 2016 election, which takes audiences from the conventions through election night and its immediate aftermath into the realization of Trump's America and finally, a call to action from We The People. (more...)

PFP Moves BOOK OF MERMAN, Announces Gay Play Weekend Finalists, Seeks Scripts for LezPlay Program
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

Pride Films and Plays is moving The Book of Merman to the Apollo, announces finalists for GAY PLAY WEEKEND, and seeks scripts for its renamed LezPlay program. (more...)

Transgender Actress Stars as 'Bernadette' in PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT, Beginning Tonight at Pride Films and Plays
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

Pride Films and Plays' production of the Tony Award-winning musical, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert opens this month as the company's inaugural production in their two-stage Pride Arts Center. The musical will be performed in The Broadway, the center's 85-seat theatre at 4139 N. Broadway. (more...)

Transgender Actress Stars as 'Bernadette' in PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT, Beginning Tonight at Pride Films and Plays
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Pride Films and Play presents the Tony Award-winning musical, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, playing this month as the company's inaugural production in their two-stage Pride Arts Center. The musical will be performed in The Broadway, the center's 85-seat theatre at 4139 N. Broadway. (more...)

Matthew Huston, William Dwyer, John Marshall Jr. and Molly LeCaptain to Lead YANK! at Pride Films and Plays
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2018

Casting for Pride Films and Plays' Chicago premiere of YANK! A WWII Love Story was announced today by David Zak, Executive Director of Pride Films and Plays. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for December 9th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Dec 9, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Details on the arrivals of 'Hamilton' and 'If/Then,' and Bill Pullinsi's and Michael Flatley's retirements mark the end of two eraa. 'Far From Heaven' and 'Heathers' will premiere locally, and 'Bel Canto' bows at the Lyric Opera. 'Daddy Long Legs' streams, 'Option Up!' debuts new works, and voting for the BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards heats up! (more...)

BWW Review: Hello! THE BOOK OF MERMAN's Coming Up Roses, at Triangle Productions!
by Krista Garver - Dec 7, 2015

What could be better than a THE BOOK OF MORMON parody featuring Ethel Merman? If you said 'nothing,' you're right! triangle productions! The Book of Merman is pure joy. (more...)

Flying Elephant Productions Presents WE THE PEOPLE: The Anti-Trump Musical
by BWW News Desk - Dec 27, 2017

Flying Elephant Productions is pleased to launch its inaugural season with the world premiere of WE THE PEOPLE SONGS OF THE RESISTANCE, a political musical song cycle about the turbulent 2016 election, with six actors playing 55 characters. This powerful new musical features a book by Sean Chandler, music and lyrics by Leo Schwartz, direction by Derek Van Barham and music direction by Ty Miles. WE THE PEOPLE will play January 26 February 10, 2018 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Portland - Week of 12/13/2015
by BWW - Dec 13, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 12/13/2015 for Portland (more...)

MORMON Parody Opens Season 33 At Terrific New Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2018

Terrific New Theatre opens its 33rd season Sept. 13 with the Alabama premiere of a new musical comedy that isn't scheduled to reach Off-Broadway until October. "The Book of Merman," a send-up of the Tony Award-winning smash hit "The Book of Mormon," will run for three weekends at TNT - including two Sunday matinees - closing on Sept. 29. (more...)

Alice Lee, Carly Sakolove, and More Star in PORN AWARDS: THE MUSICAL!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2018

Max Ziegfeld's Porn Awards: The Musical!, welcoming you to The 69th Annual Golden Dick Awards, will hit Rockwell: Table & Stage Aug. 27 at 8 PM. (more...)

Underscore Theatre's HAYMARKET Extends Through September 16
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2018

Due to popular demand, Underscore Theatre Company, in association with Theater Wit, is pleased to announce two additional weeks of performances of its hit musical HAYMARKET, extending through Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. (more...)

New York Premiere of New Musical THE BOOK OF MERMAN Announced
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2018

The Book of Merman, a new musical comedy featuring music and lyrics by Leo Schwartz and book by Schwartz and DC Cathro, is set to have its New York premiere in October. Joe Langworth will direct this new Off-Broadway musical, which will begin previews on Friday, October 5 at St. Luke's Theatre (308 West 46th Street), with opening set for Sunday, October 21.  (more...)

Phoenix Theatre to Present THE BOOK OF MERMAN
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis announces the Indiana Premiere of The Book of Merman opening May 12, 2016 on the Frank and Katrina Basile Stage. This production runs through June 12, with Emily Ristine serving as director. (more...)

PFP to Stage US Premiere of THE BOYS UPSTAIRS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

Pride Films and Plays is thrilled to present the US professional premiere of Jason Mitchell's zesty comedy The Boys Upstairs which The Village Voice called 'Sex in the City meets Boys in the Band.'  PFP Artistic Associate Nelson Rodriguez leads a cast including Gary Henderson as Seth, Tristien Winfree as Eric, Shaun Baer as Ashley, and PFP Company Member Luke Meierdiercks playing a variety of different roles. PFP Executive Director David Zak directs. (more...)

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