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Top Banana Broadway

Top Banana is a musical with music and lyrics by Johnny Mercer and book by Hy Kraft which premiered on Broadway in 1951. The show was written as a star vehicle for comedian Phil Silvers, who played the host of a television variety show program. Silvers won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical in 1952.

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by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2011
LOVE SONG, John Kolvenbach's offbeat comedy, is the second offering of the season at Eastpointe's Broadway Onstage Live Theatre when it opens on Friday, September 9.
by Richard Jay-Alexander - Sep 26, 2017
The film is called, 'WAIT FOR YOUR LAUGH' and is directed by Jason Wise and produced by Christina Wise, Jason Wise, and co-produced by Jackson Myers. To get right to the point, the documentary is utterly fantastic. But the 33 minutes and 42 seconds I spent on phone with Rose Marie will be forever unforgettable.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2009
In a special ceremony today, Disney Theatrical Productions donated objects from the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical 'The Lion King' to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Costume elements from the show's protagonist Simba and the tribal shaman Rafiki will join objects from the musicals 'Cats,' 'Rent' and the 'King and I' in the museum's permanent entertainment collections.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2015
On Friday, October 9, noted orchestrator and conductor Fred Barton will bring the music of Broadway and the American Songbook to the Schimmel Center at Pace University, in American Showstoppers: An Evening of Johnny Mercer. In his seventh concert at Pace, Fred Barton now brings the power of Mercer's music and lyrics front and center, with a 14-piece orchestra and a cast of 16 Broadway singers and dancers, with direction and choreography by Scott Thompson. The cast is headlined by Damon Kirsch, Tony nominee Lee Roy Reams, two time Tony nominee Vivian Reed, Nick Spangler, Tony Nominee Lauren Worsham, and Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba. The cast also features Jesse Luttrell, Sean McGibbon and Molly Pope.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2011
Ms. Tina Cione' and Shane Webb bring you a night of bumpin' and grindin' with comedic timin' at their vaudeville themed variety show.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2015
Tonight, October 9, noted orchestrator and conductor Fred Barton will bring the music of Broadway and the American Songbook to the Schimmel Center at Pace University, in American Showstoppers: An Evening of Johnny Mercer. In his seventh concert at Pace, Fred Barton now brings the power of Mercer's music and lyrics front and center, with a 14-piece orchestra and a cast of 16 Broadway singers and dancers, with direction and choreography by Scott Thompson. The cast is headlined by Damon Kirsch, Tony nominee Lee Roy Reams, two time Tony nominee Vivian Reed, Nick Spangler, Tony Nominee Lauren Worsham, and Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba. The cast also features Jesse Luttrell, Sean McGibbon and Molly Pope.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2011
On Sunday, Oct 2nd, The Omni Youth Music & Actor Awards proudly presented their most prestigious awards to actress/comedienne Rose Marie with '2011 OMNI YOUTH LIFETIME CAREER ACHIEVEMENT' award and actress/activist Tippi Hedren with the '2011 OMNI YOUTH HUMANITARIAN/CAREER ACHIEVEMENT' award.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2015
Last Friday, October 9, noted orchestrator and conductor Fred Barton presented the music of Broadway and the American Songbook to the Schimmel Center at Pace University, in AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS: AN EVENING OF JOHNNY MERCER. In his seventh concert at Pace, Fred Barton brings the power of Mercer's music and lyrics front and center, with a 14-piece orchestra and a cast of 16 Broadway singers and dancers, with direction and choreography by Scott Thompson. The cast was headlined by Damon Kirsche, Tony nominee Lee Roy Reams, two time Tony nominee Vivian Reed, Nick Spangler, Tony Nominee Lauren Worsham, and Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba. The cast also featured Jesse Luttrell, Sean McGibbon and Molly Pope. Scroll down for photos from the concert!
by Michael Dale - Oct 14, 2013
The 1944 comic romp that starred Bobby Clark and June Havoc returns to New York for the first time.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2017
Earlier today, Sardi's unveiled a caricature for showbiz legend Rose Marie, to coincide with 'Wait For Your Laugh: The Longest Career in Showbiz History,' starring Dick Van Dyke, Carl Reiner, Tim Conway, Peter Marshall and, of course, Miss Rose Marie. She wasn't able to make it to the unveiling, but check out a photo of the legend posing with her new portrait below!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Nov 3, 2017
Sardi's Restaurant unveiled a long-awaited caricature of showbiz legend, Miss Rose Marie, Friday, Nov. 3rd.
by Behind the Curtain - Nov 26, 2017
It's not going to be a lazy afternoon when the great Golden Age musical comedy star, Kaye Ballard, sits down with Rob in her Palm Springs home to look back on her incredible career that includes the original productions of THE GOLDEN APPLE, CARNIVAL, MOLLY, PLUS TOP BANANA with Phil Silvers, THE MOTHERS-IN-LAW with Eve Arden, CINDERELLA with Julie Andrews, and countless appearances on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JOHNNY CARSON, THE LOVE BOAT, FANTASY ISLAND, and THE MUPPET SHOW.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2017
National Chorale, New York's premier professional choral company, under the Artistic Direction of Everett McCorvey, continues its 2017-2018 Season at Lincoln Center with the 50th presentation of Handel's Messiah Sing-In onFriday, December 15, 2017 at 7:30pm at the David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, NYC. Tickets are $30-100 and are available at www.nationalchorale.com, or by calling (212) 333-5333.
by TV News Desk - May 3, 2012
CNBC's HOW I MADE MY MILLIONS goes behind the curtain to reveal how everyday people have taken ordinary ideas and turned them in extraordinary businesses. Companies that have surpassed that magic number of a million dollars. The series will premiere on May 14th at 9:00 pm/ET on CNBC.
by TV News Desk - May 14, 2012
CNBC's HOW I MADE MY MILLIONS goes behind the curtain to reveal how everyday people have taken ordinary ideas and turned them in extraordinary businesses. Companies that have surpassed that magic number of a million dollars. The series will premiere tonight, May 14th at 9:00 pm/ET on CNBC.
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017
Returning for a fifth year in 2017, The Point is proud to once again present the Eastleigh Unwrapped Festival on Saturday 17th June. 
by Movies News Desk - May 11, 2013
Acclaimed actress Judi Dench is not only amazing on screen, but amazing at word games, specifically the game Bananagrams.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2017
On April 8 at 8 PM, a performance will come to the Union County Performing Arts Center that embodies the vaudeville spirit the historic theater was founded on in 1928. Uncle Floyd's Last Authentic Traveling Burlesque Show, led by television and radio personality Uncle Floyd, is a nostalgic variety show featuring comedians, a live band and of course, burlesque performers. Within the two hour performance, there will be songs, dances, laughs and strip-tease in the spirit of the time honored art form.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2011
A Noise Within (ANW), the acclaimed classical repertory theatre company, sends in the clowns for WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE's freewheeling farce, THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, directed by Michael Michetti, opening Saturday, March 5 and closing Saturday, May 14, 2011 (previews begin Saturday, February 26).
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2011
The 2010-2011 Season comes to a close at Eastpointe's Broadway Onstage Live Theatre when A MUSICAL SALUTE TO VAUDEVILLE AND BURLESQUE opens on Friday, April 15. Running Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Select Sundays at 2pm, this original musical comedy takes a fond look back at an era from long ago in Show Business.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2008
The Tony Awardâ-winning Manhattan Theatre Club (Peter J. Solomon, Chairman of the Board; Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) today announced it will rename its Broadway house, the landmarked Biltmore Theatre, the 'Samuel J. Friedman Theatre' in recognition of the pioneering Broadway publicist.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2018
This Saturday 23rd June Eastleigh Unwrapped, produced by The Point, returns for a free day of festival fun.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2018
It's just two weeks to go until Eastleigh Unwrapped returns for a sixth year on Saturday 23rd June.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2015
OBERON, the American Repertory Theater's (A.R.T.) second stage and club theater venue on the fringe of Harvard Square, announces all the offerings to be presented at OBERON during July and August, in addition to the previously announced productions, including Visiting Artists, Artists in Residence, and Usual Suspects.
by Ali Leskowitz - Jul 15, 2009
The Magic Castle is on a roll, after the successful launch of their 'Legend Series' last month with Phyllis Diller, as they proudly introduced Rose Marie as the second featured artist in the series.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2009
Morgan Sills Sings the Johnny Mercer Songbook, the first New York show celebrating the centennial of the noted lyricist, will be presented at The Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street between 5th & 6th Avenues). Beginning Tuesday, January 6th at 7PM (and playing each Tuesday at 7PM through the month of January)
by Stephi Wild - Jan 2, 2019
Don McKay, the original Tony in the 1958 London premiere of West Side Story, has died, according to Deadline. The actor was 93.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2011
A Noise Within (ANW), the acclaimed classical repertory theatre company, sends in the clowns for WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE's freewheeling farce, THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, directed by Michael Michetti, opening Saturday, March 5 and closing Saturday, May 14, 2011 (previews begin Saturday, February 26).
by BWW - Feb 1, 2008
At a special ceremony in the historic El Portal Theater in North Hollywood on Tuesday January 29, nine legendary leading ladies of American motion pictures, television and Broadway productions donated objects from their award-winning careers to the National Museum of American History.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 28, 2017
The longest active career in entertainment history has come to an end. Rose Marie, Star of Broadway, Film and TV (The Dick Van Dyke Show / The Doris Day Show / Hollywood Squares) has passed at the age of 94.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2012
Another event, another packed house! DO40 presented its fourth annual Legacy Awards at their Holiday Dinner, this year again at the over-the-top LIPS restaurant in NYC. Honorees Norma Doggett-Bezwick, Larry Fuller, Carol Lawrence, George Marcy and Lee Roy Reams felt the warmth waft up to the dais. Check out photos from the awards inside!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2012
In a historic ceremony on Monday, December 17th, the blockbuster musical WICKED's iconic Elphaba costume, hat and broom were inducted into the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Tony Award-winning costume designer Susan Hilferty was on hand to sign the deed of gift as well as Broadway cast members Donna Vivino and Tiffany Haas who sang a selection of song from WICKED to commemorate this significant event. The costume elements will join objects from the musicals King and I, Rent and The Lion King in the museum's permanent entertainment collections.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2008
Morgan Sills Sings the Johnny Mercer Songbook, the first New York show celebrating the centennial of the noted lyricist, will be presented at The Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street between 5th & 6th Avenues). Beginning Tuesday, January 6th at 7PM (and playing each Tuesday at 7PM through the month of January)
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2014
For the first time in 25 years, The Barn Theatre proudly presents the Tony Award winning musical, HELLO, DOLLY! Kim Zimmer stars as the beloved matchmaker Dolly Levi in this classic Broadway hit!
by TV News Desk - Aug 8, 2011
THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW was been selected as a 2011 Television Critics Association Award winner. The series was the top vote getter in the category of 'Heritage Award.' The TCA presents this prestigious award to one long-standing program that has culturally or socially impacted society. Carol Reiner, Larry Mathews and he first Lady of Las Vegas, Rose Marie, were on hand to accept the honor. 'Sheldon Leonard told me that if you want the best, to get Rose Marie,' recalled Carl Reiner. Ms. Marie said, 'When they first approached me about being part of The Dick Van Dyke Show, I said 'What's a Dick Van Dyke?'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2015
Schimmel Center at Pace University is proud to announce the 2015 | 2016 season at The Schimmel Center at Pace University, located at 3 Spruce Street between Park Row and Gold Street in downtown Manhattan, adjacent to City Hall and the Brooklyn Bridge.  Schimmel Center is a world-class performing arts and culture series with an emphasis on showcasing the globe's greatest talents in the areas of theatre, music, cabaret, dance, film and family entertainment. 
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2011
LOVE SONG, John Kolvenbach's offbeat comedy, is the second offering of the season at Eastpointe's Broadway Onstage Live Theatre when it opens on Friday, September 9.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014
For the first time in 25 years, The Barn Theatre presents the Tony Award winning musical, HELLO, DOLLY! Kim Zimmer stars as the beloved matchmaker Dolly Levi in this classic Broadway hit!
by TV News Desk - Aug 15, 2016
Happy Birthday to the Legendary Miss Rose Marie!  The woman with the longest active career in Entertainment, isnow preparing to celebrate her 90th year as a performer
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2013
Today, August 15th, 2013, another entertainment legend, Miss Rose Marie, joins a remarkable sorority of fellow nonagenarian friends and colleagues including Carol Channing, Betty White, Angela Lansbury, and has chosen to celebrate by asking fans to help her TV co-star and dear friend, Doris Day, with donations to the 'Doris Day Animal Foundation'. 'It is the finest organization that I know, taking care of God's finest creations - animals,' remarks Miss Marie.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2013
On August 15th, 2013, another entertainment legend, Miss Rose Marie, joins a remarkable sorority of fellow nonagenarian friends and colleagues including Carol Channing, Betty White, Angela Lansbury, and has chosen to celebrate by asking fans to help her TV co-star and dear friend, Doris Day, with donations to the 'Doris Day Animal Foundation'. 'It is the finest organization that I know, taking care of God's finest creations - animals,' remarks Miss Marie.
by TV News Desk - Aug 1, 2013
On August 15th, 2013, another entertainment legend, Miss Rose Marie, joins a remarkable sorority of fellow nonagenarian friends and colleagues and has chosen to celebrate by asking fans to help her TV co-star and dear friend, Doris Day, with donations to the 'Doris Day Animal Foundation'
by Michael Dale - Apr 24, 2013
I suppose the problem with being the greatest Broadway comic actor of your generation is that once the label sticks you rarely get the opportunity to prove that you can also turn in great dramatic performances.  (Conversely, not since Garbo laughed has anyone been surprised to see a great dramatic actor excel in a comic part.)  In Douglas Carter Beane's ambitious, provocative and lovely protest drama/romantic comedy, The Nance, Nathan Lane finally gets to originate the kind of role that highlights what makes him a genuine stage star.  He sings, he says funny lines, he plays love scenes… but most of all he perceptively plays a strikingly original character in what will most likely be considered, up to this point, the best stage performance of his career.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2018
On Saturday 23rd June Eastleigh Unwrapped - a free day of performance for families produced by The Point - returns to the Town Centre and Leigh Road Recreation Ground for a sixth year of festival fun.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2018
The National Comedy Center is proud to announce the acquisition of an expansive archive chronicling the nine-decade career of pioneering comedienne Rose Marie, who passed away at the age of 94 in December 2017.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2011
The 2010-2011 Season comes to a close at Eastpointe's Broadway Onstage Live Theatre when A MUSICAL SALUTE TO VAUDEVILLE AND BURLESQUE opens on Friday, April 15. Running Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Select Sundays at 2pm, this original musical comedy takes a fond look back at an era from long ago in Show Business.
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