Opened: December 16, 1960

Wildcat - 1960 - Broadway History , Info & More

Erlanger Theatre
N 21st St. & Market St. Philadelphia, PA

Wildcat, with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, and book by N. Richard Nash, tells the story of a frontier woman named Wildcat Jackson who arrives in a border town in the American southwest with dreams of striking oil and tricks foreman Joe Dynamite into helping her.

It opened on December 16, 1960 and is best remembered forbeing the sole Broadway appearance of comedienne Lucille Ball, although the cast also featured Keith Andes, Paula Stewart, Edith King, and a young Valerie Harper (Rhoda) in the dance ensemble. Wildcat closed on June 3, 1961 after two hiatuses and 171 performances.

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Comedy Magic Show HORSE - PLAY Comes to the Santa Paula Theater Center
by Stephi Wild - Aug 23, 2023

The Santa Paula Theater Center will present HORSE - PLAY, a Comedy Magic Show performed by Wildcat Jackson and Josiah Bunde on Wednesday September 13th at 7:00 pm on the Main Stage. Doors open at 6:30 PM.

Interview: Carol Stanley, Tod Harrick, Anna Vizzare of SEUSSICAL at Kitsap Forest Theater
by Kelly Rogers Flynt - Aug 17, 2023

Kitsap Forest Theater is celebrating its 100th anniversary this season. As the summer winds down, I took this opportunity to talk with a few of the actors in their summer show, Seussical. Whether in excitement for the current show (closing next weekend) or reflecting on their many years at KFT, the underlying emphasis was that they love this place.

Riverside Studios Reveals Winners of Bitesize Awards
by Stephi Wild - Aug 4, 2023

Riverside Studios has announced the winners of the inaugural Bitesize Awards for their 2023 Bitesize Festival, which marked the largest programme in its history.

Playwrights Announced For 2023 Ojai Summer Conference & New Works Festival
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 28, 2023

Ojai Playwrights Conference (OPC), under the leadership of new Producing Artistic Director Jeremy B. Cohen, today announced the selection of playwrights for its 26th Annual New Works Festival to be held August 2 – 6 in Ojai, CA.

Upper Darby Summer Stage to Kick Off Season 48 With Disney's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2, JR.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 26, 2023

Upper Darby Summer Stage will kick off its 48th season with the dynamic Disney's High School Musical 2, Jr.

Playwrights Announced For Ojai 2023 Summer Conference & New Works Festival
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 22, 2023

Playwrights receive a week-long workshop to develop their new plays followed by a public presentation in OPC's 26th Annual New Works Festival, August 2 - 6.

RENFIELD to Be Released Digital, Blu-ray & DVD in June
by Michael Major - May 30, 2023

Soaked with bloody fun and overflowing with toxic relationships, RENFIELD comes home in a Dracula Sucks Edition with 60 minutes of darkly humorous and captivating never-before-seen bonus content, including deleted scenes and featurettes that dives deeper into the cutting-edge comedy and the secrets.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute At Ringling College Announces Its Spring Semester CONNECTIONS Documentary Film Series
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 3, 2023

Registration is now open for the 2023 spring semester at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Ringling College (OLLI at Ringling College). The term, which runs March 13-May 5, 2023, once again includes the popular documentary film series CONNECTIONS, held at Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Fleet Foxes Announce 2023 North American Tour
by Michael Major - Feb 16, 2023

Fleet Foxes will return to the road for a summer North American tour, which will begin June 13 in Cleveland and feature support from Uwade. The itinerary includes three previously announced shows with My Morning Jacket in August, marking the first time the two bands have ever shared a stage.

Cry Havoc Theater Company's Final Performance ENDLINGS Happening In Partnership With Dallas Children's Theater This February
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 9, 2023

Dallas Children's Theater will present the final production of Cry Havoc Theater Company. ENDLINGS, running February 12 - February 19, at DCT, is a powerful play that challenges all of us to think about the world we are leaving to the young people.

Review: NEWSIES, Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
by Gary Naylor - Dec 9, 2022

The foundations of musical theatre are sacrificed for spectacle and energetic enthusiasm in a venue with acoustics that fail to do justice to the quality of the singing and musicianship

Fleet Foxes Release 'A Sky Like I've Never Seen' Featuring Tim Bernardes
by Michael Major - Nov 9, 2022

Fleet Foxes release “A Sky Like I’ve Never Seen,” featuring Tim Bernardes. Recorded in Amsterdam and New York City, the stunning original song was written exclusively for the Amazon Studios documentary Wildcat. This is the first song from Fleet Foxes since the group appeared on the 2022 Post Malone track “Love/Hate Letter to Alcohol.”

Feature: Join the Laugher at The Comedy Corner at Vegas Beyond the Strip
by Debbie Hall - Sep 6, 2022

Comedienne, actress, singer, and tribute artist Barbara Brighton will deliver when she hosts The Comedy Corner for Vegas Beyond the Strip on Sept. 12.

Broadway Creative Team And Top High School Students Present HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL At Midland Center For The Arts
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 18, 2022

It's time to get'cha head in the game and bring out your inner Wildcat for the upcoming production of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL on the Center's Outdoor Stage, June 23 – 25.

Riverside Studios Announces Full Line-up For The Return Of Bitesize Festival
by Stephi Wild - Jun 16, 2022

Riverside Studios today announces the full line-up of shows for the return of its innovative Bitesize Festival. This follows the success of the launch of this initiative in January, that saw 9 shows take to Riverside's stage, showcasing work from new and emerging theatre makers.

Riverside Studios Announces The Return Of Bitesize Festival
by Stephi Wild - May 31, 2022

Riverside Studios today announces the return of its innovative Bitesize Festival, following the success of the launch of this initiative in January that saw 9 shows take to Riverside's stage showcasing work from new and emerging theatre makers.

THE GREAT WILDCAT JACKSON Comes to the Hollywood Fringe Festival
by A.A. Cristi - May 23, 2022

THE GREAT WILDCAT JACKSON Comes to the Hollywood Fringe Festival, June 4, 17 & 25 only.

THE GREAT WILDCAT JACKSON Comes to the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June
by Stephi Wild - May 19, 2022

Wildcat Jackson is the self-proclaimed monarch of the west. With his silly yet edgy brand of bizarre magic, he entertains as an old-west showman in a modern world. This bargain-basement Buffalo Bill Cody works a crowd with his larger-than-life charisma and offbeat Comedy Sideshow. Due to the graphic nature of the sideshow stunts in the performance parental guidance is strongly suggested.

Lybica, Feat. KsE Drummer Justin Foley, Shares Double Single 'Palatial' & 'Ferment'
by Michael Major - Apr 28, 2022

Lybica, a dynamic and instrumental band from South Florida that seamlessly blends flavorful guitar melody with powerful metallic crunch and which features Killswitch Engage drummer Justin Foley on guitar, have today shared the double single 'Palatial' and 'Ferment.' The band also dropped the official video for 'Palatial.'

South Carolina Pep Band Serenades Women's Basketball Champions With Broadway Fight Song
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 8, 2022

Shortly after the final seconds of the University of South Carolina Lady Gamecocks championship win ticked off the clock and the women launched into celebration, Dr. Quintus Wrighten and his beloved Carolina Basketball Band (the Gamecocks’ pep band), unbeknownst to them, had their own “One Shining Moment” coming their way.    

Edinburgh Playhouse Celebrates World Theatre Day With Seat Dedications To Audience Members
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 25, 2022

The Edinburgh Playhouse celebrates World Theatre Day on 27th March by granting Seat Dedications to the 11 winners of our ‘Your Theatre Your Story’ competition.

BWW Interview: Reginald Smith, Jr. in SAN DIEGO OPERA'S COSI FAN TUTTE at San Diego Civic Center
by Ron Bierman - Feb 10, 2022

'I'm just Reggie from Atlanta' baritone Reginald Smith, Jr. explained during our hour-long discussion on Zoom. That may be how he would like to view himself, but it's hardly how most others do since he's also a Grammy winning opera star who's performed at the Met. Until high school, neither opera, much less the Met were in his plans. Then when 13 he saw an Atlanta Opera production of Tosca. 'A classical voice was not new to me.' But the spectacle of unamplified voices together with theatrical staging, an orchestra, and eye-catching scenery was a revelation. 'I vividly remember the show going along, the tenor comes out, the soprano. But when Scarpia made his first big entrance, I thought Whoa, that's a different voice. It just went, boom, you know, like, like an arrow right into my heart. And I thought, what is this person?'

Birdland to Present Jeff Harnar in A COLLECTIVE CY
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 5, 2022

BIRDLAND will present acclaimed vocalist Jeff Harnar in his salute to Emmy, Grammy, Tony winning songwriter Cy Coleman in his award-winning show “A Collective Cy” on Monday, January 31 at 7:00 PM.

VIDEO: Charles Ellsworth Shares 'Trouble' Music Video
by Michael Major - Dec 15, 2021

Charles Ellsworth is a NYC transplant by way of the White Mountains of Arizona where he was raised on Mormon hymns and Top 40 country music. He was first exposed to classic and alternative rock in his teens and started taking guitar lessons in the back of a local furniture store. Watch the new music video now!

The Collaborative Series to Return to The Studio Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 6, 2021

The Long Beach Playhouse has announced the return of its Collaborative series. The Collaborative is one of the ways the Playhouse supports local performance artists and theater groups by offering its upstairs Studio Theatre, to mount their own shows.

Review Roundup: THE LION KING Tour Roars Back to the Stage; What Are The Critics Saying?
by Review Roundups - Oct 26, 2021

The cast includes Spencer Plachy as 'Scar,' Gerald Ramsey as 'Mufasa,' Gugwana Dlamini as 'Rafiki,' Nick Cordileone as 'Timon,' Jürgen Hooper as 'Zazu,' Ben Lipitz as 'Pumbaa,' Darian Sanders as 'Simba,' Kayla Cyphers as 'Nala,' Keith Bennett as 'Banzai,' Martina Sykes as 'Shenzi' and Robbie Swift as 'Ed.' Jaylen Lyndon Hunter alternates the role of 'Young Simba', along with Charlie Kahler.

VIDEO: Watch the New Trailer for WOLF Starring Lily-Rose Depp and George McKay
by Michael Major - Sep 30, 2021

Believing he is a wolf trapped in a human body, Jacob (George MacKay) eats, sleeps, and lives like a wolf – much to the shock of his family. Once he meets the mysterious Wildcat (Lily-Rose Depp), their friendship blossoms into an undeniable infatuation.

The Hope Theatre Announces Further Details Of Its Autumn Season
by Stephi Wild - Jul 23, 2021

Running alongside Fever Pitch in the late slot will be THE GOOD DAD from 31 August – 11 September, followed by KING, from 21 – 25 September. RAT KING will play from 5 – 9 October, LOVESICK will play from 2 – 6 November, followed by DARLING from 9 – 27 November, and this year's festive offering will be a live adaptation of one of the Hope at Home shows put out digitally during the pandemic, 21 ROUND FOR CHRISTMAS, playing from 30 November – 18 December.

Summit Players Theatre Returns to Offer Free Shakespeare Play with Workshops in 24 State Parks 
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 8, 2021

Wisconsin-based traveling theatre company Summit Players Theatre  is returning to live, outdoor performance after a year off due to COVID-19 and will be performing  Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale from June 12 to August 22 in 24 different Wisconsin State Parks. All  performances will be free and preceded by a 45-minute educational workshop. 

The Hope Theatre Announces Relaunch Plans
by Stephi Wild - May 25, 2021

Closed since March 2020, this acclaimed 50 seat pub theatre in the heart of Islington will reopen on the public on 29 June at full capacity, in accordance with the government's roadmap.

Play Me Again Pianos Unveils New Public Piano at the Dunwoody Nature Center
by A.A. Cristi - May 14, 2021

Play Me Again Pianos, a nonprofit aspiring to make metro Atlanta more musical through 88 public piano installations, will cut the ribbon on its newest donated piano Saturday, May 22, at 3:00 p.m. at the Dunwoody Nature Center.

Singer Jill Corey Dies at 85
by Stephi Wild - Apr 17, 2021

Singer Jill Corey, an overnight sensation in 1953, when she landed on the cover of Life Magazine, passed away from natural causes on April 3 at UPMC Sunnyside in Sunnyside, PA.  She was 85. 

Scots Makar Jackie Kay Joins Board Of Citizens Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Feb 8, 2021

The award-winning poet and writer, Jackie Kay has been appointed to the board of directors of the Citizens Theatre.

BWW Blog: How Adam Kantor Helped Save My Quarantine
by Student Blogger: Sammi Tapper - Oct 1, 2020

As I read some more about it, I learned there would be a live-aired Passover Seder featuring some of my favorite performers including Ben Platt, Indian Menzel, and Northwestern alum Adam Kantor. 

DC Songwriter Alan Scott to Perform at Eric Garner Day Celebration
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Sep 14, 2020

In commemoration of the birthday of Eric Garner, D.C. songwriter and recording artist Alan Scott is performing at the Eric Garner Day Celebration outside Brooklyna??s Barclays Center tomorrow, September 15.

University of Arizona Theater Cancellations Lead Students to Build Masks for Health Workers
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 13, 2020

The Daily Wildcat has reported that the students and faculty of the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television have responded to the need for face masks and have begun making them for health health workers across Tucson.a??a??a??a??a??a??a?? 

Upcoming CD Releases for April 2020
by - Apr 1, 2020

Check out the latest in upcoming releases of Broadway and theatre related CDs for April, 2020.

New Book and Music Releases For the Week of March 30 - PRINCE OF EGYPT; ALMOST, MAINE; and More!
by Stephi Wild - Mar 31, 2020

Need something new to listen to or read? Check out this week's list of new and upcoming releases!

VIDEO: Hal Linden Talks His Career, New Album, and More on SHOWBIZ NATION LIVE!
by Stage Tube - Mar 24, 2020

Stage and screen legend Hal Linden recently appeared on Showbiz Nation Live! at Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood.

Elaine C. Smith and Steven McNicoll to Star in MRS PUNTILA AND HER MAN MATTI
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 28, 2020

The Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, with Citizens Theatre and DOT Theatre Istanbul, will present a brand new adaptation of Brecht's classic master and servant comedy Mrs Puntila and her Man Matti by award-winning writer Denise Mina and directed by DOT Theatre's Murat Daltaban, who returns to the Lyceum Theatre to direct, following the celebrated Zinnie Harris adaptation of Rhinoceros in 2018.

Jeremiah Johnson to Release HEAVEN'S TO BETSY on February 14
by Kaitlin Milligan - Jan 22, 2020

Jeremiah Johnson, acclaimed St. Louis blues rocker, is readying the release of his sophomore set Heaven's to Betsy, due out via Ruf Records on February 14th. The St. Louis bandleader is a beacon of time-honored songcraft, writing on acoustic guitar, digging deep for raw lyrics and insisting on studio production that bottles the sweat of his shows. 

Kid Nobody Shares 'ready or not' Single
by Kaitlin Milligan - Jan 7, 2020

On Febraury 7, Kid Nobody will release their debut EP discretion. (pre-order). Today the band have revealed 'ready or not' the latest single to be lifted from the forthcoming EP. The track premiered today at Atwood Magazine and will be available on all digital streaming services this Friday. About the song Atwood Magazine says ''ready or not' is the kind of song that grows and grows, reaching its apex not once a minute through the chorus, but at the very end through some  melodic resolution that ties the whole four-minute experience together in a tight, cathartic knot. In this instance, such relief comes from the increasingly hot repetition, “ready or not, here we come” – a mantra capturing not only the heat of the moment, but also the ambitions of a band on the rise.' Singer Michael Wilson explains, “It's hard for me not to love the lyrics and poetic nature of this song. I wrote 'ready or not' for my then girlfriend (now wife). Our first few dates ended with us driving the canyons in the Santa Monica Mountains. There was just something so simple and pure about hitting the road with someone and having this shared anticipation, tension even, and then that being met with fading city lights, a dark open road, and just heading for an unknown horizon — it was thrilling and unexpected.”

BWW Review: THE DEAD at Scena Theatre
by Mary Lincer - Dec 15, 2019

by Kaitlin Milligan - Dec 13, 2019

Nearly 14 years after the debut of Disney Channel's massively popular sensation 'High School Musical,' the beloved movie and its newest extension, the critically acclaimed, 'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' for Disney+, are the subject of a special telecast, 'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: The Special,' to be presented beginning SATURDAY, DEC. 14, on ABC owned television stations and FRIDAY, DEC. 20, on Disney+.

Kid Nobody Share 'christmas 4/4' Single
by Abigail Charpentier - Dec 12, 2019

Los Angeles-based band Kid Nobody have shared their holiday single 'Christmas 4/4.' The song is available to share at Soundcloud and will be on digital streaming services this Friday to add to your favorite holiday playlists. About the song Kid Nobody's Jesse Carmichael says, 'This is a very reimagined version of 'The Christmas Waltz' which was made popular by Frank Sinatra (written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne). It's a lyrics-only cover with all original music, melodies, arrangement and production. It's called “christmas 4/4” because we un-waltzed it (straightened it out into four quarter time instead of three quarter) and made it about as sexy as a christmas song is gonna get. We recorded the whole thing on a writing retreat in Big Bear in late September/early October (we highly recommend staying with our friends at Noon Lodge up there). It was actually a little cold (compared to still being 90 in LA) so it felt right to work on a holiday song.'

BWW Review: TRUTH, INCORPORATED ~ A Bold And Compelling Film On Behalf Of Freedom Of The Press
by Herbert Paine - Dec 4, 2019

Carlotta Summers's short film, TRUTH INCORPORATED, is necessary viewing ~ a poignant and compelling tribute to freedom of the press and to resistance in the face of efforts to undermine and suppress that freedom. Directed by Gabriel Barreto and produced by Ms. Summers, this powerful and compelling 8-minute film is an invitation into imagining the frighteningly possible and an implicit warning to beware of those who peddle distrust of a free press.

Daryl Roth, Jodi Picoult and Steve Kluger are Coming to 92Y
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 2, 2019

How does a musical based on a book go from a dream to reality? 92Y presents Tony Award-winning producer Daryl Roth, and authors Jodi Picoult and Steve Kluger in an illuminating panel moderated by Gordon Cox.

Winterfest Student Showcases Are Coming to the Armory Food & Event Hall
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 22, 2019

Seattle Center Winterfest Student Showcases, Nov. 30-Dec. 22, endure as a beloved tradition alongside the professional Winterfest entertainment on Seattle Center Armory Mainstage. The 100+ showcases enliven the Seattle Center Armory Food & Event Hall while offering public and private school groups the opportunity to share their artistic accomplishments with family, friends and the public. All performances are free of charge and present seasonal music, along with a varied selection of works for choral, dance and instrumental ensemble.

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal For ESCAPE FROM PLANET TRASH at Pleasance
by Stephi Wild - Nov 20, 2019

Reuniting the whole team behind last year's hugely successful How To Catch a Krampus, Sink The Pink and Ginger Johnson return to Pleasance Islington for five-weeks of queer, campy, Christmas fun all set to an out- of-this-world live score.

ABC, Disney Channel, and Freeform to Premiere First Episode of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL: THE SERIES on November 8
by Kaitlin Milligan - Oct 11, 2019

In a tip of the Wildcat hat to fans of 'High School Musical,' three television networks a?" ABC, Disney Channel and Freeform a?" will present the first episode of 'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' for one night only, FRIDAY, NOV. 8 (8:00 p.m. EST), in advance of the series' bow on the highly anticipated streaming service, Disney+ (launching Tuesday, Nov. 12).


I Hear
Hey, Look Me Over
You've Come Home
That's What I Want for Janie
What Takes My Fancy
You're a Liar
One Day We Dance
Give a Little Whistle
Tall Hope
Tippy Tippy Toes
El Sombrero
Corduroy Road
Ain't It Sad
Far Away from Home
Bouncing Back for More
Little What-If, Little Could-Be
The Day I Do
We Have So Much in Common
Joe Dynamite's Dentistry Song
Foller It Through
I Like the Ladies
I Got My Man
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