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Bebe Neuwirth to Host 2017 Chita Rivera Awards at The Al Hirschfeld Theatre

Bebe Neuwirth two-time Tonyand Emmy award winner Chicago, A Chorus Line, Sweet Charity,'Cheers,' 'Frasier' will host the Chita Rivera Awards, taking place at The Al Hirschfeld Theatre 302 W. 45th Street on Monday, September 11 at 730 pm, it was announced today by Nikki Feirt Atkins, founder and producing artistic director of American Dance Machine of the 21st Century.
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Bebe Neuwirth to Receive The Players’ Helen Hayes Award

Bebe Neuwirth in “Madam Secretary

Bebe Neuwirth is already a triple threat — an actress, singer, and dancer — and soon she’ll be a Helen Hayes Award recipient. According to BroadwayWorld, the stage and screen vet will be honored with the prize from The Players, a private showbiz social club, in a ceremony on June 19. The award “honors women who have made an indelible contribution to the American theatre,” and was named after the first female member of The Players.

Bebe Neuwirth is a Broadway legend who has continually returned to her musical-theater roots while gaining millions of adoring fans through her illustrious career in film and television,” emphasized Michael Barra, president of The Players. “We are thrilled to celebrate her career with an award commemorating the great Helen Hayes, who, like Bebe, we are proud to claim as one of our most eminent members.”

Neuwirth’s first appeared on Broadway as Sheila in 1980’s “A Chorus Line.” Since then she has appeared in productions such as “Sweet Charity,” “Chicago,” “Damn Yankees,” and “Fosse.” “Cheers,” “Frasier,” “The Good Wife,” and “Blue Bloods” are among her screen credits. Neuwirth won two Emmys for her performance as Lilith on “Cheers,” and took home Tony awards for her work in “Sweet Charity” and “Chicago” as well. She has been a series regular on Barbara Hall’s CBS drama “Madam Secretary” since 2014.

The multi-hyphenate serves as vice-chair of The Actors Fund charity, “where she founded a program called The Dancers’ Resource, aimed at relieving the particular emotional and physical challenges faced by dancers,” BroadwayWorld writes.

Season 4 of “Madam Secretary” will air Sundays this fall on CBS.

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Rialto Chatter: Is Sweet Charity on its Way to Broadway?

The New York Post took a look at the ladies leading Broadway from behind the scenes, among which was widow of Cy Coleman, who now holds rights to Sweet Charity. When interviewed, Coleman was quoted referencing a Broadway transfer of The New Group's production, starring Sutton Foster, in the works for next season. She says they're 'going to have a lot more brass.'
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From Gene and Debbie to Ryan and Emma: The Movie Musicals That Influenced ‘La La Land’

From Gene and Debbie to Ryan and Emma: The Movie Musicals That Influenced ‘La La Land’
From its opening, traffic-stopping number to its romantic ending, La La Land is a love letter to the city of Los Angeles — as well as to the classic movie musicals of the ’40s and ’50s.

In his six-year quest to get the film — which earned a record-tying 14 Academy Award nominations — made, director Damien Chazelle called upon those original MGM song and dance numbers for inspiration.

Some of the film’s homages are more overt — for example, there’s a scene in which Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) have a date at the Griffith Observatory after attempting to watch
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What a Way to Go!

What a Way to Go!

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1964 / Color B&W / 2:35 enhanced widescreen 1:37 flat Academy / 111 min. / Street Date February 7, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring Shirley MacLaine, Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum, Dean Martin, Gene Kelly, Robert Cummings, Dick Van Dyke, Reginald Gardiner, Margaret Dumont, Fifi D’Orsay, Maurice Marsac, Lenny Kent, Marjorie Bennett, Army Archerd, Barbara Bouchet, Tom Conway, Peter Duchin, Douglass Dumbrille, Pamelyn Ferdin, Teri Garr, Queenie Leonard.

Cinematography: Leon Shamroy

Film Editor: Marjorie Fowler

Original Music: Nelson Riddle

Written by: Betty Comden, Adolph Green story by Gwen Davis

Produced by: Arthur P. Jacobs

Directed by: J. Lee Thompson

Want to know what the producer of Planet of the Apes was up to, before that milestone movie? Arthur P. Jacobs was an agent for big stars before he became a producer, which positioned him well for his first show for 20th Fox, What a Way to Go!
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Stage Legend Chita Rivera Performs Hits from Her Remarkable Career at The Ridgefield Playhouse on 11/20

Chita Rivera is at home on the biggest Broadway stages and at Carnegie Hall - now you can see her perform on the stage at The Ridgefield Playhouse Ingersoll Auto of Danbury World Music Series and Ridgefield Magazine Broadway and Cabaret Series presents a one-night-only celebration of the Tony Award winner onSunday, November 20th at 700 pm. Called a force of nature by the Associated Press, Chita will perform all the hits from her remarkable 65 year career including numbers from West Side Story Sweet Charity Chicago' Kiss of the Spider Woman Bye, Bye Birdie and more Ticket holders are invited to a free wine tasting in the lobby of The Playhouse at615 pm, courtesy of The Wine GroupBenziger Family Winery-and can start off their evening with a Prix Fixe Dinner at Bernard's 20 West Lane, Ridgefield. Partially underwritten by Adam Broderick Salon amp Spa, this show will also include a special tribute to Ms.
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Cabaret

They say tense sets often make for good movies and Cabaret is no exception. Desperate for a hit after the flop of Sweet Charity, director Bob Fosse rode herd on the cast, especially Joel Grey, who originated the role of the creepy Kit Kat Klub emcee on Broadway but almost lost his Oscar-winning part in the movie to Fosse’s initial choice….Ruth Gordon. At one point Fosse spitefully reduced all Grey’s musical numbers to snippets (the producers put it all back). The finished movie won eight Oscars including Best Director for Fosse and Best Actress for star Liza Minnelli, who never had a better role. Christopher Isherwood’s “Berlin Stories”, which introduced the character of Sally Bowles, had been filmed as a straight drama in 1955 under the title I Am a Camera.
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Broadway Actor John McMartin Dies at 86

Broadway Actor John McMartin Dies at 86
John McMartin, the Broadway veteran who created roles in landmark musicals including “Sweet Charity” and “Follies,” had died. He was 86.

The death of the longtime actor, whose face was familiar to TV audiences from roles on “The Golden Girls,” “Murder, She Wrote” and, most recently, “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” was attributed to cancer in a paid obituary announcement in the New York Times. On Broadway, he’d been seen in “All the Way,” the Tony winning 2014 production that starred Bryan Cranston, as well as musicals “Anything Goes” (2011) and “Grey Gardens” (2006).

McMartin, who was nominated for five Tony Awards over the course of his career, made his Broadway debut in 1961 play “The Conquering Hero,” but his first signature role came in 1966 Neil Simon-Cy Coleman musical “Sweet Charity,” in which he played the nebbishy accountant Oscar, a Tony-nominated performance he reprised in the 1969 movie version opposite Shirley MacLaine.

His association with composer Stephen Sondheim began with the
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Why Rita Moreno Thanked ‘Rockford’ Writer Juanita Bartlett in Her 1978 Emmy Win

Why Rita Moreno Thanked ‘Rockford’ Writer Juanita Bartlett in Her 1978 Emmy Win
By the time she won her first Emmy in 1977 for “The Muppet Show,” Rita Moreno already had an Oscar, Tony and Grammy. That officially made her an Egot winner — long before “30 Rock” popularized the phrase. She broke more Emmy ground in 1983 as the first Latina nominated for lead actress in a comedy [for “9 to 5”]. This season Moreno guest-starred on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Grace and Frankie” and multiple episodes of “Jane the Virgin.”

You won your first Emmy for “The Muppet Show” but couldn’t attend.

I was doing “Scapino” playing a male role in Milwaukee, Wis. What was fun about that is that the award actually happened during intermission. I had the TV on my dressing room, I yelled up and down. The management told the audience, so when I came on stage they whooped. It was pretty marvelous.

Then you won the next year, too, for “The Rockford Files.”

I was thrilled.
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Sutton Foster to Star in Off Broadway Revival of ‘Sweet Charity’

Sutton Foster to Star in Off Broadway Revival of ‘Sweet Charity’
Tony-winning “Younger” star Sutton Foster will star in a new Off Broadway revival of the classic 1966 musical “Sweet Charity” this fall, The New Group announced Wednesday. In addition, the company said “Girls” star Zosia Mamet and “The Affair” star Maura Tierney will lead a world premiere production of the drama “The Whirligig” by actor-turned-playwright Hamish Linklater. The two productions are among four projects announced for the company’s 2016-17 season. Also Read: 'Indecent' Theater Review: Who Knew Yiddish Theater Was So Gay-Friendly? The season will begin in November with a revival of the Cy Coleman-Dorothy Fields musical “Sweet Charity” on its 50th anniversary.
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 5/4/16- Sweet Charity

Today in 2005, the second Broadway revival of Sweet Charity opened at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, where it ran for 279 performances. Sweet Charity is a musical with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon. It was directed and choreographed for Broadway by Bob Fosse starring his wife and muse Gwen Verdon alongside John McMartin. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1966, where it was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, and also ran in the West End as well as having revivals and international productions. THe 2005 revival starred Christina Applegate in he title role.
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Lyrics & Lyricists to Celebrate Cy Coleman, 3/19-21

From Sweet Charity to City of Angels, Witchcraft to The Best is Yet to Come, Cy Coleman lived on both Broadway and the pop charts, with firm roots in the jazz world. He wrote standards made famous by such singers as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole, and partnered with lyricists like Carolyn Leigh, Dorothy Fields and Peggy Lee. Grammy-winning singer-pianist Billy Stritch, a friend and protege of Coleman, celebrates the jazz side of this versatile, quintessentially New York composer in Witchcraft The Jazz Magic of Cy Coleman.
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 1/29/16- Sweet Charity

Today in 1966, Sweet Charity opened at the Palace Theatre, where it ran for 608 performances. Featuring music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon, the musical was directed and choreographed for Broadway by Bob Fosse starring his wife and muse Gwen Verdon. It is based on Federico Fellini's screenplay for Nights of Cabiria. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1966, where it was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, and also ran in the West End as well as having revivals and international productions.
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 1/13/16- Gwen Verdon

Today in 1925, the late Broadway legend Gwen Verdon was born. Verdon was an actress and dancer who won four Tony awards for her musical comedy performances. With flaming red hair and an endearing quaver in her voice, Verdon was a critically acclaimed dancer on Broadway in the 1950s and 1960s. She is also strongly identified with her second husband, director-choreographer Bob Fosse, remembered as the dancer-collaborator-muse for whom he choreographed much of his work and as the guardian of his legacy after his death. Verdon is most remembered for starring in Sweet Charity, Chicago, and Damn Yankees.
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 11/10/15- Ann Reinking

Happy Birthday Ann Reinking Reinking came to critical notice in 'Over Here' Theatre World Award, and later went on to originate roles in 'Goodtime Charley' with Tony and Drama Desk nominations and 'Bob Fosse's Dancin' Tony nomination. She also took over leads in 'Chicago', 'A Chorus Line', and 'Sweet Charity'. She appeared in Fosse's semi-autobiographical film All That Jazz, as well as the films Annie and Micki and Maude.
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Chita Rivera to Open Cafe Carlyle's Winter Season

Cafe Carlyle will welcome Broadway legend Chita Rivera for a two-week engagement, January 12-23. An accomplished and versatile actresssingerdancer, Chita Rivera has won two Tony Awards as Best Leading Actress in a Musical and has received eight additional Tony nominations for an exceptional 10 Tony nominations. Her career is highlighted by starring roles in Bye Bye Birdie, The Rink Tony Award, Chicago, Jerry's Girls, Kiss of the Spider Woman Tony Award, The Visit and the original Broadway casts of Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven and Mr. Wonderful. Additionally, she has toured in Born Yesterday, The Rose Tattoo, Call Me Madam, Threepenny Opera, Sweet Charity, Kiss Me Kate, Zorba and Can-Can with The Rockettes.
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Oscar Nominated Moody Pt.2: From Fagin to Merlin - But No Harry Potter

Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s.[1] But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans.[2] The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures.[3] Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 5/4/15- Sweet Charity

Today in 2005, the second Broadway revival of Sweet Charity opened at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, where it ran for 279 performances. Sweet Charity is a musical with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon. It was directed and choreographed for Broadway by Bob Fosse starring his wife and muse Gwen Verdon alongside John McMartin. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1966, where it was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, and also ran in the West End as well as having revivals and international productions. THe 2005 revival starred Christina Applegate in he title role.
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InDepth InterView UpDate: Ben Vereen On Steppin' Out At 54 Below, Broadway Return & New Films, Plus A Look Back At Classic Musical Roles

Today we are once again speaking with a world renowned living legend all about his phenomenal career on Broadway and in Hollywood in honor of his new 54 Below engagement later this month, titled Steppin Out', the one and only Ben Vereen. Besides sharing what lucky attendees can expect from his 54 Below shows, Vereen also shares preliminary plans to bring a new biomusical to Broadway some season soon as well as the forthcoming release of a star-studded documentary all about his iconic show business legacy planned to be released later this year. Additionally, Vereen reflects on a number of recent milestones and looks back at some of his most memorable movie musical work in honor of the 45th anniversary of the release of Sweet Charity last month, plus the brand new Blu-ray editions of Funny Lady and All That Jazz now available. Plus, Vereen shines a light on his ongoing patronship
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April Nixon Stars in World Premiere of Truth The Musical; Musical to Be Streamed from DC

April Nixon Olivier Award nominee, B'wayNational Tour Cats, Tommy, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Damn Yankees, 9 to 5, Fosse, The Wiz, Sweet Charity, Dreamgirls, Caroline or Change, Ashley Ware Jenkins Celie Color Purple National Tour and Thaddeus McCants TV Boardwalk Empire - co-star, Young amp Restless - lead head the cast of Truth the musical, by Keni Fine and music by Keni Fine amp Tony Small, directed by Oscar Blustin. Opening out of town at Thearc Theater in Washington, D.C. Feb 26 - 28, 2015.
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