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Da Pennebaker’s ‘Original Cast Album: Company’ Is the Best Musical Theater Documentary Ever

Da Pennebaker’s ‘Original Cast Album: Company’ Is the Best Musical Theater Documentary Ever
There’s a scene in D.A. Pennebaker’s “Original Cast Album: Company” that unites all Elaine Stritch fans. Of course, younger audiences know her Emmy-winning turn as Jack Donaghy’s sharp-tongued mother in “30 Rock,” and Broadway fans will never forget her Tony-winning one woman show “Elaine Stritch at Liberty,” the film version of which incidentally united her with Pennebaker decades later.

But it is her increasingly desperate attempts to record the most famous number of her career, the 11 o’clock number “The Ladies Who Lunch” from Stephen Sondheim’s “Company,” that Pennebaker captured and edited so sensationally, that shows a rare peek behind the curtain at the ferocious talent at her most vulnerable.

Less Broadway-inclined cinephiles may be unfamiliar with “Original Cast Album: Company.” The documentary legend, who died over the weekend at the age of 94, was known as a groundbreaking figure in the evolution of documentary filmmaking, helming
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Georgia Engel, Television And Broadway Star, Dies At 70

Georgia Engel at the Leonard Goldenson Theatre in 2008 (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Veteran television and broadway star Georgia Engel has died. She was 70 years old. The beloved actress enjoyed an incredible career on stage and screen that lasted almost 50 years.

Engle was cast as Georgette Franklin Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1972. She played the character until 1977 when the show ended. During that time, she garnered two Emmy Award nominations.

When the show ended, she teamed up with fellow Mary Tyler Moore Show co-star Betty White on The Betty White Show. The show lasted one season (1977-1978).

On Broadway, Engle was known for roles such as Mrs. Tottendale in The Drowsy Chaperone, The Boys From Syracuse, and My One and Only with Tommy Tune. She also played the role of Minnie Fay in Hello, Dolly! where she co-starred alongside Ethel Merman.

She also performed in Off-Broadway productions
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Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the mid-1970s, including ‘I’m Easy,’ ‘Evergreen’

Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the mid-1970s, including ‘I’m Easy,’ ‘Evergreen’
This article marks Part 13 of the Gold Derby series analyzing 84 years of Best Original Song at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at the timeless tunes recognized in this category, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the winners.

The 1974 Oscar nominees in Best Original Song were:

“I Feel Love” from “Benji

Blazing Saddles” from “Blazing Saddles

“Wherever Love Takes Me” from “Gold

“Little Prince” from “The Little Prince

“We May Never Love Like This Again” from “The Towering Inferno

Won: “We May Never Love Like This Again” from “The Towering Inferno

Should’ve won: “I Feel Love” from “Benji

While 1973 marked perhaps the strongest Best Original Song line-up of the decade, 1974 nearly competes with the truly dreadful 1972 as the decade’s bottom of the barrel in original music for the big screen. If not for a couple of these nominees, this category would be
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‘Younger’ Star Sutton Foster Recalls One of Her Early ‘Terrible’ Auditions

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The road to success for Sutton Foster was not always an easy journey, but it was a trip she looks back on with laughter.

“Auditions are terrible. They really are,” the “Younger” star told Variety at New York City Center’s 75th anniversary gala, which included a performance of the Broadway audition musical “A Chorus Line.”

“I was auditioning for the revival of ‘Annie’ back in 1996,” Foster recalled. “I came in and the only sheet music I had was ‘Oklahoma.’ I had on horrible Velcro sandals because it was the ’90s. The director said, ‘I want you to come back. I want you to sing a different song. And, I want you to wear different shoes. And, please bring a picture and resume,’ since I didn’t have one.”

The singular moment on the stage didn’t scare her, but rather galvanized her to kick her career in motion. “I
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The 'Broadwaysted' Podcast Talks Paper Mill's Half Time with Jerry Mitchell, Donna McKechnie, Georgia Engel, More

On this week's episode, the Broadwaysted crew is thrilled to shine a spotlight on the Tony-winning regional theatre just a hop, skip, and a jump away from NYC the incredible Paper Mill Playhouse The Broadwaysted crew is pouring out Flur de Cana Rum, Montelobos Mezcal, and rose while we chat about Paper Mill's brand new musical Half Time and share our opening night chats with DirectorChoreographer Jerry Mitchell, Paper Mill Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hobee, and Half Time legendary cast members Donna McKechnie, Georgia Engel, and Nancy Ticotin
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Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for April 18-24, Featuring Donna McKechnie, Santino Fontana, and More!

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars Well after Broadway orchestras begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including Bright Star Sings Jeff Blumenkrantz The Legend of New YorkBy Salzman amp CunninghamFeaturing Santino Fontana amp Laura Osnes Donna McKechnie A Visit with Kander amp Ebb 54 Celebrates The Colonial Theatre and The Girls in White Songs from the Show.
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Stage Tube: See Donna McKechnie and More in Highlights from In Your Arms at The Old Globe

The Old Globeopens its 2015-2016 Season with In Your Arms, a World Premiere dance-theatre musical featuring direction and choreography by Tony Award winnerChristopher GattelliNewsies, Godspell,Lincoln Center Theater's The King and I and South Pacific and original music by Tony Award winnerStephen FlahertyRagtime, Once on This Island two-time Oscar nominee for Anastasia. The production opened last night,September 24, and runs through October 25, 2015. Below, watch highlights of the 10 dance vignettes, featuring Donna McKechnie and more
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Bww Exclusive: A Chorus Line's 'Casey' Speaks! Hunter Agnew Talks Gender-Bended Canadian Production

One of the hottest stories of the summer has been Canadian regional theater Blue Canoe Theatrical Productions' game-changing and gender-bended mounting of classic Pulitzer Prize-winning musical A Chorus Line featuring a male actor in the leading role of Cassie, now referred to as Casey. Today, Kingston actor Hunter Agnew speaks exclusively to BroadwayWorld about how he became involved in the production, the revolutionary take on the show envisioned by the creative team for this production as well as his own thoughts on portraying a character traditionally played by an actress - of course, Broadway legend Donna McKechnie famously originally essayed the part and won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress In A Musical for her efforts. Go inside the production and learn all about a buzz-worthy new take on a familiar classic below and be sure to check out BroadwayWorld's previous coverage of the production that closed late last month,
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Smash's Marilyn Monroe Musical Bombshell Headed for Stage Run

Smash's Marilyn Monroe Musical Bombshell Headed for Stage Run
Let’s not turn this into a referendum on whether Megan Hilty or Katharine McPhee makes the better Marilyn Monroe, Ok?

Oh, who are we kidding? That’s half the fun of the news that Universal Stage Productions has begun development on a stage musical version of Bombshell — the fictional Broadway show at the center of NBC’s two-season musical-within-a-musical drama Smash.

VideosSmash‘s Broadway ‘Bombshell’ Videos: Watch the Marilyns’ ‘Big Finish,’ ‘The 20th Century Fox Mambo’ and More

News of Bombshell‘s resurgence comes a week after a buzzy Actors Fund benefit featuring the show’s music that starred Smash cast members Hilty,
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Smash’s Live ‘Bombshell’ Concert Adds Jeremy Jordan, Jaime Cepero & More

Apparently, it’s Ellis’ turn to sing “Let Me Be Your Star.” Jamie Cepero, who played the detestable, blackmailing assistant during the first season of NBC’s musical drama Smash (and became the most hated TV character of the 2011-12 season), and Jeremy Jordan (Season 2’s Jimmy, although he’ll soon be seen in CBS’ Supergirl as Winn Schott) are the latest stars to join the cancelled series’ one-night-only concert event based on its Marilyn Monroe musical, Bombshell. The Smash concert will take place on June 8 at New York City’s Minskoff Theatre. In addition to Cepero and Jordan, Playbill.com reports that Leslie Odom, Jr. (Sam), Brian d’Arcy James (Frank), Ann Harada (Linda), Donna McKechnie, and Wesley Taylor (Bobby) will also be taking part in Bombshell. All seven new additions to the event’s lineup join the previously announced cast of stars, which includes Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty,
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Smash's Broadway Event Expands! Who's Joining Ellis (!) in Bombshell?

Smash's Broadway Event Expands! Who's Joining Ellis (!) in Bombshell?
Smash‘s Broadway concert just became a Byos (Bring Your Own Smoothie) event.

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Jaime Cepero, who played universally loathed, smoothie-poisoning Ellis Boyd in Season 1 of NBC’s musical drama, is among the latest additions to the cast of Bombshell, a one-night-only concert event based on Smash‘s Marilyn Monroe musical, which takes place June 8 at New York City’s Minskoff Theatre.

Cepero isn’t the only late addition to the cast. Playbill.com reports that Leslie Odom, Jr. (Sam), Brian d’Arcy James (Frank), Jeremy Jordan (ugh, Jimmy), Ann Harada (Linda), Donna McKechnie and,
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Photo Coverage: Inside Career Transition For Dancers' Inbetween Show Dinner!

The Shubert Organization and Career Transition For Dancers along with the host committee Andy Blankenbuehler, Graciela Daniele, Mercedes Ellington, Donna McKechnie, Jerry Mitchell, amp Chita Rivera welcomed The Broadway Dance Community for a Buffet Dinner amp Between-Shows-Get-Together at Sardi's, Eugenia Room 234 West 44th Street on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 500pm-700pm. This event is generously underwritten by The Shubert Organization. Past client Andy Blankenbuehler award-winning choreographer of the hit musical Hamilton addressed the group on his relation with the organziation and how beneficial they have been for him and thousands of others.
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Breaking News: Broadway Legend Donna McKechnie Will Standby for Chita Rivera in The Visit on Broadway!

Producers announced today that Tony Award-winner Donna McKechnie will be the Standby for the lead role of Claire Zachannassian in the highly anticipated musical, The Visit, soon to open on Broadway. The Visit will begin performances at the Lyceum Theatre 149 West 45th Street on Thursday, March 26 with an Opening Night set for Thursday, April 23. Tickets are now available on Telecharge.com.
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Donna McKechnie, Grover Dale and Randy Skinner Set for Steps Beyond's Hear It From The Pros Tonight

Please mark your calendars for the next Steps Beyond's Artists Talk 'Hear It From The Pros,' a discussion on working in the business of Broadway with three stars who have enjoyed successful and long-term careers. Donna McKechnie, Grover Dale, and Randy Skinner will share fascinating stories and information about their years on Broadway, TV, film, and cabaret, discussing how to thrive, survive, and stay relevant in a competitive and ever-changing business. The artists will also take questions, and a reception will follow. Today January 24, 7 Pm, at Steps on Broadway, 2121 Broadway.
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Donna McKechnie, Grover Dale and Randy Skinner Set for Steps Beyond's Hear It From The Pros, 1/24

Please mark your calendars for the next Steps Beyond's Artists Talk 'Hear It From The Pros,' a discussion on working in the business of Broadway with three stars who have enjoyed successful and long-term careers. Donna McKechnie, Grover Dale, and Randy Skinner will share fascinating stories and information about their years on Broadway, TV, film, and cabaret, discussing how to thrive, survive, and stay relevant in a competitive and ever-changing business. The artists will also take questions, and a reception will follow. Saturday January 24, 7 Pm, at Steps on Broadway, 2121 Broadway.
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Bww Interviews: Phyllis Newman Talks Broadway, Husband Adolph Green, and the Great On The Town

Broadway veteran Phyllis Newman has not only graced the stage with performers such as Bernadette Peters and Donna McKechnie, and worked directly with other Broadway greats such as Leonard Bernstein, but she was even nominated for a Tony Award against Barbra Streisand- and won Despite her extensive career and success, she finds her greatest joy and pride in the work of her husband, the late Tony Award-winning lyricist Adolph Green. In light of his upcoming 100th birthday and the opening of his first masterpiece, On The Town, Newman graciously shared with us her experiences as a Broadway veteran and wife of a lyricist.
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Mandy Patinkin, Ben Vereen, Andrea McArdle, Faith Prince and More Highlight Eisemann Center Presents' 2014-15 Season

The Eisemann Center and the City of Richardson announced the 2014-2015 Season of Eisemann Center Presents Ecp at the Annual Season Preview Party on Thursday, May 8, 2014. The season will include the popular Theatre Comedy Series with four productions and 23 performances the Methodist Richardson Family Theatre Series with five productions and Jeffrey Siegel's Keyboard Conversations with a total of four concerts. In addition, there are eight MainStage Shows featuring a diverse mix of programming and artistic disciplines. Some of the more popular productions and artists from the past twelve years are returning to join the season - Mandy Patinkin, Steve Solomon, the Paul Taylor Dance Company and The Church Basement Ladies. They will be joined by some outstanding new artists and shows for the Eisemann Center, including Ben Vereen, Darlene Love, Dennis DeYoung, Arlo Guthrie, Taylor Mac, Andrea McArdle, Faith Prince, Donna McKechnie, and Maureen McGovern.
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Photo Flash: First Look at Leslie Caron and David Engel in Laguna Playhouse's Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks

The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors,Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham present screen legend Leslie Caron, in her first Southern California theatrical performance in over 25 years Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks, written by Richard Alfieri, with choreography by Donna McKechnie A Chorus Line and directed by Michael Arabian Waiting for Godot. Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks also features six-time Ovation Award-winning actor David Engel. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the stars in action below
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Photo Flash: Andrea McArdle Joins Donna McKechnie in 'Good Company' at Birdland

On Monday, March 24, the Broadway at Birdland concert series was thrilled to present another installment of Donna McKechnie In Good Company. In this outing, Donna's very special guest was Andrea McArdle. The two Broadway icons chatted, sang, and dished like the old friends that they are - having co-starred in the Broadway production of State Fair. The musical director for the show was Ian Herman. Check out a look back below
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