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Friday, September 11, 2015

1,000 Performances, 100 Roles and One Man: Arnie Burton Reaches the Top of The 39 Steps by Carey Purcell

As Arnie Burton approaches his 1,000th performance in 39 Steps and prepares to depart the show, he reflects on his years with the Hitchcock-inspired comedy, playing more than 100 differe…

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

“We Want to Start a National Movement,” Say the Founders of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival by Carey Purcell

More than 50 of the Washington, D.C. region's professional theatres are joining together to present world premiere productions of works by women. The artistic directors of the originatin…

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Friday, September 4, 2015

How a Tony-Winning Dad Raised Three Performers, and They’re All Conquering The Biz by Carey Purcell

There's no family rivalry in the Cooper household over who does the dishes or who's won a Tony Award. Playbill.com sits down with the multi-talented quartet to discuss their live…

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

A Womans World: Hamiltons Leading Ladies, The Schuyler Sisters, on Being the Kardashians of the 1700 by Carey Purcell

Renee Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo and Jasmine Cephas Jones, who star as the pivotal women in Alexander Hamilton's life in Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical Hamilton, discuss la…

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

“They Weren’t Happy With It”  “Sweet Valley High” Author on Rewriting Her Brother’s Musical Mack & M by Carey Purcell

Mack & Mabel is a musical known for its brief run on Broadway more than 30 years ago, so what drove "Sweet Valley High" author Francine Pascal to rewrite the book for a run…

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Broadway Community Shares Support Over Tragic Death of Young Les Misrables Star Kyle Jean-Baptiste by Carey Purcell

Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the actor who made history July 23 when he went on as Jean Valjean in the Broadway revival of Les Misérables at just 21 years old, died Aug. 28.

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Broadway Community Rallies to Dim Lights for Les Misrables Star Kyle Jean-Baptiste by Carey Purcell

Members of the Broadway community have expressed support for theatres to dim their lights in memory of Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the actor who died Aug. 29 after making history July 23 when he…

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Filming Completed on Disney’s Live-Action Beauty and the Beast by Carey Purcell and Carey Purcell

Filming appears to have wrapped Disney's live-action movie musical Beauty and the Beast, which is scheduled for release March 17, 2017.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Benjamin Scheuer’s One-Man Show The Lion Begins Tour Today by Carey Purcell

The Lion, Benjamin Scheuer's acclaimed autobiographical coming-of-age musical, begins a country-wide tour Aug. 26 at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowe…

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Alan Cumming Will Tour the World Performing Sappy Songs by Carey Purcell

Tony Award winner Alan Cumming will embark on a tour performing his new concert series Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs. 

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

A Conversation Between Two Cancer Patients, and How Krysta Rodriguez Is More Open Than Ever Before by Carey Purcell

While in rehearsals for the Broadway debut of the Deaf West production of Spring Awakening, Krysta Rodriguez is also going through treatments for breast cancer. She opens up to Playbill abou…

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Tony Winner Lily Tomlin Is “Grandma” in Road Trip Comedy, Released Today (Plus Video) by Andrew Gans and Carey Purcell

"Grandma," the road trip comedy film starring Lily Tomlin, arrives in cinemas from Sony Pictures Classics Aug. 21.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Actress, Newly Elected Equity President and Former Miss America Kate Shindle On Still Trying to “Cob by Carey Purcell

Playbill.com sits down with newly elected President of Actors' Equity, and the youngest member to ever hold the position, Kate Shindle. She shares her journey from the beauty pageant sta…

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Watch Aaron Tveit Play a Villainous Gunman in “Big Sky” Film, Opening Today by Carey Purcell

Broadway star Aaron Tveit co-stars with Kyra Sedgwick, Bella Thorne, Frank Grillo and François Arnaud in the movie thriller "Big Sky," which premieres today.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

12 Women Chosen For Writers Lab Funded by Meryl Streep by Carey Purcell

The Writers Lab, a program devoted to female screenwriters over the age of 40 and funded by award-winning actress Meryl Streep, has selected its participants, according to The Hollywood …

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Career or Children? Why Theatre Parents Feel Forced to Choose by Carey Purcell

Working in the theatre and being a parent often appear to be life goals that contradict each other — or even prevent each other from happening. Veteran actors, writers and producer…

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Meet Hamilton’s Other Leading Man, Standing By for Lin-Manuel Miranda for More Than Ten Years by Carey Purcell

Javier Muñoz began working with Lin-Manuel Miranda long before he was cast as his standby in the new historic musical Hamilton. Learn about the 10 years of friendship between …

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Brian Stokes Mitchell and Audra McDonald Will Reunite on Broadway in Shuffle Along, Billy Porter Joi by Carey Purcell

Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, Brandon Victor Dixon and Joshua Henry will join record-breaking Tony winner Audra McDonald in the upcoming production of Shuffle Along, Or, The Makin…

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“Frozen” Songwriters’ New Musical, Up Here, Opens Tonight by Robert Viagas and Carey Purcell

Up Here, the new musical by the songwriters of Disney's blockbuster "Frozen," officially opens its world-premiere engagement Aug. 9 at La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, CA, f…

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Mamie Gummer on Being Mean to Her Mother, “Storming the Castle” in Hollywood and Why She Hates Karao by Carey Purcell

Mamie Gummer, starring in the new Diablo Cody film "Ricki and the Flash," tells Playbill.com about co-starring with her superstar mother, Meryl Streep — and how unfai…

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Meet Mama Lucas!  Wife, Mom of Two Child Stars, Awards Show Stylist, Chauffeur and Chef by Carey Purcell

With two of her three children now performing on Broadway, Karri Lucas can probably be found in the car, driving them from their schools to the theatre and back home again, packing meals and…

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Get to Know the Viral Campaign Aiming To #MakeItFair And the Women Behind It by Carey Purcell

As part of Playbill.com's Women in Theatre Week, some of the cast and creative team behind the #MakeItFair video share their thoughts on the representation of women in entertainment and …

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

We’ve Got a Crush! Playbill Staff Shares Their Woman Crush Wednesday (#WCW) Picks by Carey Purcell

As part of Playbill.com's ongoing week honoring women in theatre, the staff of Playbill.com shares their personal choices for Women Crush Wednesday.

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Fail, Raise Your Voice and Take Up Space: Game-Changing Women On How to Change the Industry by Carey Purcell

As part of Playbill.com's Women in Theatre Week, we look back at some of the inspiring women who have been profiled in the ongoing series A Woman's World, sharing their candid though…

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

7 Inspiring Women Working to Change the World And How! by Carey Purcell

As part of our Women in Theatre Week, Playbill.com recognizes some of the fearless females in the entertainment industry who are working to make the world a better place.

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“Frozen” Songwriters’ New Musical, Up Here, Takes Its First Bow Tonight by Robert Viagas and Carey Purcell

Up Here, the new musical by the songwriters of Disney's blockbuster "Frozen," begins its world-premiere engagement July 28 at La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, CA.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

They Keep Coming Back! Onstage Couples Who Have Stayed Together From Show to Show by Carey Purcell

Jose Llana stepping into the role of the King of Siam in the Tony-winning revival of The King and I marks a reunion for Llana and his onstage wife, Lady Thiang, played by Tony Award winn…

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Colman Domingo, Ari Graynor, Lilli Cooper, Duncan Sheik and More Join Powerhouse Lineup by Carey Purcell

Additional casting has been announced for New York Stage and Film and Vassar College's Powerhouse Season. The 31st season, which will feature various readings, workshops and mainstage pr…

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Watch Aaron Tveit Play a Villainous Gunman in Gripping New Trailer for “Big Sky” by Carey Purcell

A trailer has been released for the upcoming thriller "Big Sky," which follows a young woman suffering from agoraphobia struggling to survive after being attacked by armed robbers.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

“All the Words Came Out a Different Way”  Hamilton Cast Share Exclusive Reactions Performing for the by Carey Purcell

President Barack Obama attended the July 18 matinee of Hamilton as the culmination of a weekend trip to New York City.

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Stephen Schwartz Reveals What’s Next for Hunchback of Notre Dame by Andrew Gans and Carey Purcell

It looks like The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the new musical based on the Victor Hugo novel and the animated Disney film, will not transfer to Broadway following its recent run at the Paper Mi…

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