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by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2019
Ethel MermanÂ was a Broadway institution known as the 'undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage.' After being discovered byÂ Vinton FreedleyÂ as a singer at Brooklyn's Paramount movie theatre, she was signed to star in the Gershwin's new Broadway hit GIRL CRAZY where she stopped the show nightly with her performance of 'I Got Rhythm'.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 15, 2018
On this day in 1984,Â Ethel Merman,Â a Broadway institution known as the 'undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage, passed away at the age of 76.Â
by Michael L. Quintos - Mar 9, 2015
On the trailblazing March 2nd episode of ABC Family's hit critically-acclaimed drama series THE FOSTERS, viewers witnessed a pair of 13-year-old best friends explore one of the most time-honored, sometimes awkward rituals of typical adolescence: declaring their attraction for one another with a kiss. The only big difference this time around? The two pals at the center of this blooming romance are both male: Jude (stirringly portrayed by Hayden Byerly) and Connor (played by Gavin Macintosh). Prior to the airing of the history-making episode, BroadwayWorld contributing editor Michael L. Quintos posed a few questions to the young actor about his role, his life on set, and the significance of his character's existence in today's modern television landscape.
STAGE TUBE: It's 'A BROADWAY ROMANCE!' Laura Osnes & Santino Fontana Preview NY Phil's Valentine's Day Concert
by Stage Tube - Feb 6, 2015
Ted Sperling will conduct the New York Philharmonic and vocalists Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana in A Broadway Romance, a one-night-only Valentine's Day concert, Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. The program will feature songs from popular musicals ranging from Bernstein's West Side Story and Gershwin's Girl Crazy to Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel and Stephen Sondheim's Company, woven together to tell a unified narrative of a romance from beginning to end, from meeting to first date to falling in love to marriage.
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 8, 2014
As announced earlier this evening, AFTER MIDNIGHT's Warren Carlyle won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Choreography. BroadwayWorld's own Richard Ridge was in the press room to catch up with the winner on what the award means to him - hear what Carlyle had to say below!
STAGE TUBE: Stephanie J. Block and Jason Robert Brown Perform Tunes from THE LAST FIVE YEARS and More at Vulture Festival
by Stage Tube - May 20, 2014
Vulture.com welcomed actress Stephanie J. Block and composer Jason Robert Brown for 'The Art of Songwriting' at the first Vulture Festival, a weekend of pop culture events in New York City on May 10 and 11. During the event, Brown spoke to New York magazine theater critic Jesse Green about composing for musicals and played and sang some of his tunes with additional vocal accompaniment by Block. Song selections included 'Falling Into You' and 'Another Life' from The Bridges of Madison County and 'Still Hurting' from The Last Five Years. Click below to watch the full performance!
by Meet the Cast - Oct 14, 2013
Directed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (Contact, The Producers, The Scottsboro Boys), with music and lyrics by Grammy and Tony Award nominee Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, The Addams Family), and a book by Grammy and BAFTA Award nominee John August (Frankenweenie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Big Fish opened on Broadway on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 West 52nd Street). Scroll down to learn more about the cast!
by Stage Tube - Feb 19, 2012
Today in 1992, Crazy for You opened at the Shubert Theatre, where it ran for 1622 performances. Crazy for You is a musical with a book by Ken Ludwig, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and music by George Gershwin. Billed as 'The New Gershwin Musical Comedy', it is largely based on the songwriting team's 1930 musical, Girl Crazy, but interpolates songs from several other productions as well. Crazy for You won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Musical. The Broadway production was directed by Mike Ockrent and choreographed by Susan Stroman.The cast included Jodi Benson as Polly, Harry Groener as Bobby Child, Bruce Adler as Bela Zangler, John Hillner as Lank Hawkins, Michele Pawk as Irene Roth, Jane Connell as Mother, and Beth Leavel as Tess.
by Seth's Broadway Chatterbox - May 3, 2010
BroadwayWorld has been running the very popular Seth's Broadway Chatterbox on its radio station for several years. And, up until now, if you wanted to SEE the show you had to come to the live show in NYC. The raw, funny and insightful interview program really has no equal which is why it's on many of our readers wish lists year after year as something they'd love to be able to watch on demand. As promised in the new year, BroadwayWorld is pleased to grant that wish to you! BroadwayWorld.com and Seth's Broadway Chatterbox have teamed up again to not only bring you the show via the radio station - but now with full length videos - right here on the site! This week's edition featured special guest Michel Urie, Ugly Betty alum and winner of the 2010 Lortel Award for Best Lead Actor for his performance in off-Broadway's The Temperamentals, now playing at New World Stages. During the segment, Urie was visited by special surprised guest Becki Newton, who starred with Urie on Ugly Betty and was recently seen in the Encore's production of Girl Crazy this season. As a treat, the two performed highlights from their Feinstein's act, Becki and Michael Is Broadway.
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 12, 2010
In this clip Becki Newton asks Michael Urie to perform a cabaret show with her, and his reaction is less than enthused.
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 11, 2010
BROADWAY BACKWARDS 5, an annual benefit concert presented by Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, is a starry one night only event that will hit the stage at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on Monday, February 22nd at 8pm.
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 11, 2010
In a shameless attempt to land jobs on Broadway, Michael and Becki don not-so-well-fitting masks of musical cabaret geniusness for idiots, by idiots. As described on the Feinstein's website: 'In their misguided quest to go from secondary T.V. actors to bona fide Broadway stars, watch as these two fools plot to take The Great White Way by storm.' The pair will perform two concerts at Feinstein's at Lowe's Regency on February 21 at 8:00pm and 10:30pm. Lance Horne musical directs.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2009
Girl Crazy, the Gershwin's fanciful depression-era musical of 1930, is the tale of a sophisticated New Yorker (Chris Diamantopoulos) marooned in a dusty Western cow town with no one who understands him but the Yiddish-speaking cabbie (Wayne Knight) who brought him there and no one to love but the only woman (Becki Newton) within 50 miles. The show gave birth to one of the all-time flashiest Broadway scores, featuring 'I Got Rhythm,' 'Embraceable You,' 'But Not for Me' and 'Bidin' My Time,' among others. Girl Crazy opened at the Alvin Theatre on October 14, 1930 and ran for 272 performances.