Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Tracie Bennett to Lead London Revival of How to Succeed... in Gender-Swapped Role by Logan Culwell-Block

Find out which character the Olivier- and Tony-nominated End of the Rainbow and Follies star is taking on in the Frank Loesser musical.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:45AM

The Ziegfeld Follies of the Air by Trav S.D.

This post comes to you through the courtesy of the fact that March 21 is the birthday of Florenz Ziegfeld, and that I happen to be working on a book called Vaudeville in Your Living Room: A …

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 10:00AM
Saturday, March 18, 2023

HAPPY 96TH, JOHN KANDER by Ron Fassler

John Kander, born on this date March 18, 1927.March 18, 2023: Theatre Yesterday and Today, by Ron Fassler Today is the 96th birthday of the legendary composer John Kander, who is still doi…

SOURCE: ronfassler.medium.com at 11:58AM
Thursday, March 16, 2023

Stephen Sondheim’s Final Musical ‘Here We Are’ to Premiere Off-Broadway in Fall by Rebecca Rubin

Stephen Sondheim’s final musical “Here We Are” is hitting the stage in the fall. The legendary musical theater figure, who composed “Sunday in the Park with George,” “Follies,”…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:00AM
Wednesday, March 15, 2023


Mary McCarty leading the charge with “Who’s That Woman?” (1971). That’s Alexis Smith in red on the left and Dorothy Collins and Yvonne De Carlo on the right.March 15, 2023: Theatre …

SOURCE: ronfassler.medium.com at 09:24AM
Monday, March 13, 2023


Ethel Shutta belting out “Broadway Baby” in “Follies” (1971).March 13, 2013: Theatre Yesterday and Today, by Ron Fassler When the musical Follies opened on Broadway in 1971, a show …

SOURCE: ronfassler.medium.com at 09:50AM
Friday, March 10, 2023


Dual record set for “Sondheim: A Musical Tribute,” or as it’s commonly known, the “Scrabble Album” (1973).March 10, 2023: Theatre Yesterday and Today, by Ron Fassler On March 11,…

SOURCE: ronfassler.medium.com at 08:05AM
Tuesday, March 7, 2023

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Pacific Overtures and a Really Big Drum by Signature Theatre

This month on The Signature Show we are taking you behind the scenes into the upcoming production of Pacific Overtures. Taiko Consultant Mark H Rooney demonstrates the 6 foot tall Odaiko dru…

SOURCE: YouTube at 11:56AM
Monday, February 27, 2023

Broadway Who's Who: Howard McGillin by JK

This edition of Broadway Who's Who focuses on one of my all-time favorite actors, Howard McGillin, whose New York stage career I've been following since nearly its beginning. That beginning,…

SOURCE: www.jkstheatrescene.com at 06:30AM
Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Sunday in the Park With George by Wendy Caster

As made clear in James Lapine's must-read Putting It Together (review here), the development of his and Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park With George was hectic, odd, and messy. In man…

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 04:55PM

Follies at Upstage Theater - Performances March 17, 2023 to March 19, 2023 - Cover - PLAYBILLder

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Upstage Theater. 1676585. Copyright © 2023 Playbill Online Inc. All marks used by permission.

SOURCE: Google at 01:19PM
Wednesday, February 8, 2023

50 Years Ago: The NBC Follies by Trav S.D.

February 8, 1973 was the air date of the pilot of an interesting TV variety experiment called The NBC Follies. The show was subsequently picked up and ran for a single season, from September…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 09:53AM
Sunday, January 22, 2023

San Francisco Chinatown seniors welcome in the Lunar New Year with rap by Chloe Veltman

The Grant Avenue Follies are steeped in tap dance and the songs of the 1950s and '60s. But they are no strangers to hip-hop, as the track "That Lunar Cheer" shows.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:00AM
Tuesday, January 10, 2023


January 10, 2023: Theatre Yesterday and Today, by Ron Fassler Though the Tony Awards have been handed out since 1948, the citing of nominees didn’t enter the mix until 1956. Since then, a…

SOURCE: ronfassler.medium.com at 09:28AM
Friday, December 16, 2022

Musical Theatre Was the Best Gift My Mother Ever Gave Me - How a Broadway birthday tradition shaped my life by Daniel Guss

How a Broadway birthday tradition shaped my life --- They say a mother always knows. Even before a boy comes to realize he is "that way," it will be evident to his mother that he is destined…

SOURCE: TDF at 12:00AM
Thursday, December 15, 2022

Everything Was Possible: Ted & Anika Chapin by Signature Theatre

Friday at 5pm in the Mead Lobby, Director of Artistic Development Anika Chapin sits down with her father, former President of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, Ted Chapin to discuss hi…

SOURCE: YouTube at 05:28PM
Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Everything Was Possible: Ted and Anika Chapin by Signature Theatre

December 16, 2022 5PM - 6PM The Mead Lobby or Streaming Online Director of Artistic Development Anika Chapin sits down with author and former president of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organiza…

SOURCE: YouTube at 11:47AM
Saturday, December 10, 2022


As an inveterate theatergoer since the age of twelve, I’ve chronicled in these columns and elsewhere about the days when I saw shows on a weekly basis in the late 60s and early 70s. I’ve…

SOURCE: ronfassler.medium.com at 01:06PM
Friday, December 9, 2022
Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Everything Was Possible: Talkback and Book Signing by Signature Theatre

Everything is possible when you give Ted Chapin a talkback✨ Join us on YouTube December 16th from 5:00pm to 6:00pm for a talkback and book signing with Anika Chapin, our Director of Artis…

SOURCE: YouTube at 05:51PM
Friday, December 2, 2022

Susan Stroman's Crazy for You, Starring Charlie Stemp & More, to Play the West End by Lindsey Sullivan

Crazy for You will bow in the West End following a celebrated staging at Chichester Festival Theatre. The musical is set to play at the Gillian Lynne Theatre beginning on June 24, 2023. It w…

SOURCE: Broadway.com at 11:03AM
Thursday, November 3, 2022


Although many musical theater enthusiasts know that Stephen Sondheim criticized the lyrics of Lorenz Hart and Ira Gershwin, they may not know that he could be just as tough on Ted Chapin’s…

SOURCE: Masterworks Broadway at 11:44AM
Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Nathan Lane, Danny Burstein and Zoë Wanamaker to Star in Pictures From Home on Broadway by Caitlin Moynihan

Nathan Lane, Danny Burstein and Zoë Wanamaker are returning to the Broadway stage next year. They will star in Pictures From Home, a new play based on the photo memoir by Larry Sultan and …

SOURCE: Broadway.com at 01:03PM
Sunday, October 23, 2022

Remembering Susan L. Schulman by Lauren Yarger

  Press Agent Susan L. Schulman By Lauren Yarger With the death of Broadway Publicist Susan L. Schulman, we have lost not only one of our best press agents and a trailblazer for women in…

SOURCE: reflectionsinthelight.blogspot.com at 10:13AM
Friday, October 21, 2022

Red Buckets Return to Theatres October 21, Launching 6-Week Broadway Cares Fundraising Campaign by Andrew Gans

The Red Bucket Follies performances, which typically celebrate the end of the fall fundraising efforts, will remain on hiatus until fall 2023.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:33AM

Susan L. Schulman, Veteran Broadway Publicist, Has Died

Schulman worked on productions including Crazy for You, Follies, and Applause.

SOURCE: TheaterMania at 09:37AM
Thursday, October 20, 2022

Episode 83: Inside The Creation of FOLLIES by Automatic Episode Import

With special guest TED CHAPIN author of "Everything Was Possible - The Birth of the Musical FOLLIES"

SOURCE: broadwaypodcastnetwork.com at 03:58AM
Friday, October 14, 2022


Angela Lansbury (1925–2022).In yesterday’s column, Angela Lansbury’s whirlwind of activity in the 1970s was explored. Not only did she perform on Broadway and the West End, as well as …

SOURCE: ronfassler.medium.com at 12:50PM

Checking In With…Tony Winner Jayne Houdyshell, Star of The Music Man, The Humans, Well, Follies, More by Andrew Gans

The Broadway favorite reflects on her Main Stem debut in Well, the joys of The Music Man, and more.

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:55AM

Kurt Peterson’s “Proud Ladies” by Jk Clarke

By Ron Fassler . . .  Broadway veteran Kurt Peterson, a part of the original cast of Follies (in addition to a host of other musicals), offered a one-man show Monday evening that he has dub…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 05:51AM

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