Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Broadway From A to Z: B

Today, we continue our new series that is strictly to the letter. Broadway From A to Z, will look at the people, shows and history of The Great Bright Way! Obviously, with each entry, we'll only be able to scratch the surface of all there is out there. If we don't include your favorites this time, we'll get back to it in the next round! Check out A here.

Broadway From A to Z: B

8 People

John Lee Beatty (scenic designer) - 115+ Broadway shows; 2 Tony Awards, 15 nominations; Talley's Folly, The Nance, Proof, Doubt, The Color Purple

Michael Bennett (actor/dancer/director/choreographer/producer) - 1943 - 1987; Pulitzer Prize, 7 Tony Awards, 15 nominations; A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls, Follies, Company, Seesaw, Ballroom, Promises, Promises, Bajour, Subways Are For Sleeping

Laura Benanti (actor) - 1 Tony Award, 5 nominations; Gypsy, She Loves Me, My Fair Lady, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, In the Next Room (The Vibrator Play), The Wedding Singer, Into the Woods, Swing!, The Sound of Music

Christian Borle (actor) - 2 Tony Awards, 4 nominations; Something Rotten!, Peter and the Star Catcher, Legally Blonde, Falsettos, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mary Poppins, Spamalot

Beatty, Bennett, Benanti

Borle, Brooks

Brown, Buckley, Burstein

Mel Brooks (writer/composer/lyricist/producer) 
- 3 Tony Awards; The Producers, Young Frankenstein, All-American, Shinbone Alley

Jason Robert Brown (composer/lyricist/orchestrator/conductor) - 3 Tony Awards, 4 nominations; The Bridges of Madison County, Parade, Urban Cowboy, Honeymoon in Vegas, The Last 5 Years, Mr. Saturday Night

Betty Buckley (actor/goddess) - 1 Tony Award, 2 nominations; Cats, Triumph of Love, Sunset Boulevard, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Song and Dance, Carrie, Pippin, 1776

Danny Burstein (actor) - 1 Tony Award, 7 nominations; Moulin Rouge!, Follies, Golden Boy, South Pacific, The Drowsy Chaperone, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, My Fair Lady, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Titanic

5 Shows

Terrence Mann and Susan Egan

Beauty and the Beast
 - Palace Theatre, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre: Opened April 18, 1994; 5,462 performances; Book by Linda Woolverton, Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice; Original Cast included Susan Egan, Terrence Mann, Burke Moses, Gary Beach, Beth Fowler and Tom Bosley

Judy Holliday, Sydney Chaplin and Company

Bells Are Ringing
 - Shubert Theatre, Alvin Theatre: Opened November 29, 1956; 924 performances; Book and Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Music by Jule Styne; Original Cast included Judy Holliday, Sydney Chaplin

Con O'Neill and Mark Michael Hutchinson

Blood Brothers
 - The Music Box Theatre: Opened April 25, 1993; 840 performances; Book, Music and Lyrics by Willy Russell; Original Cast included Stephanie Lawrence, Con O'Neill, Mark Michael Hutchinson, Warwick Evans, Jan Graveson, Barbara Walsh

Matthew Broderick and Company

Brighton Beach Memoirs
 - Alvin/Neil Simon Theatre, 46th Street Theatre: Opened March 27, 1983; 1,299 performances; By Neil Simon; Original Cast included Matthew Broderick, Elizabeth Franz, Zeljko Ivanek

Judy Holliday and Paul Douglas

Born Yesterday
 - Lyceum Theatre, Henry Miller's Theatre: Opened February 4, 1946; 1,642 performances; By Garson Kanin; Original Cast included Judy Holliday, Paul Douglas, Gary Merrill

6 Songs

1994 Revival Cast - Billy Porter and Jessica Stone

"Beauty School Dropout" - Grease
Sung by Teen Angel (Alan Paul), Frenchy (Marya Small); Music and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey

Larry Kert

"Being Alive" - Company
Sung by Bobby (Dean Jones); Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Original Broadway Cast

"Big D" - The Most Happy Fella
Sung by Herman (Shorty Long), Cleo (Susan Johnson) and Ensemble; Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser

Original Broadway Cast

"Big Spender
" - Sweet Charity
Sung by Nickie (Helen Gallagher), Helene (Thelma Oliver) and the Fan-Dango Girls; Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by Dorothy Fields

Phillipa Soo

"Burn" - Hamilton
Sung by Eliza Hamilton (Phillipa Soo); Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Faith Prince
1992 Revival Cast

"Bushel and a Peck, A" - Guys and Dolls
Sung by Miss Adelaide (Vivian Blaine) and the Hot Box Girls; 
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser

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