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Friday, March 25, 2016

Creating a Broadway Bluegrass Musical from Scratch Was New, Exciting and Bright by Harry Haun

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell have brought their Southern hospitality to Broadway with Bright Star.

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:18PM
Friday, March 18, 2016

The Company of She Loves Me Enjoys the Romantic Atmosphere on Opening Night by Harry Haun

The cast and creative team behind the latest revival of this parfumerie-set love story share their opening thoughts.

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:33PM
Friday, March 11, 2016

Nine Years Later, A Different Way of Looking at a Blackbird by Harry Haun

Director Joe Mantello and Jeff Daniels reflect on the differences between this Blackbird and the Off-Broadway original they worked on together almost a decade ago.

SOURCE: Playbill at 02:12PM
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

It\u2019s Smooth Sailing for Broadway\u2019s Disaster! as Seth Rudetsky's New Disco Musical Rocks the Nederlander by Harry Haun

Playbill catches up with Rudetsky and cast on the anything-but-disastrous opening night.

SOURCE: Playbill at 05:37PM
Monday, March 7, 2016

Danai Gurira, Liesl Tommy, Lupita Nyong\u2019o and the Cast of Eclipsed Make History On Opening Night by Harry Haun

Playbill catches up with the cast and creative team of the groundbreaking new play that marks Broadway debuts for these three women and history for all women.

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:40PM
Sunday, February 28, 2016

Quiz: Oscar Has Tony Ties, Challenge Your Awards Knowledge! by Harry Haun

Our readers know their Broadway trivia like nobody else, but when we turn the lens on the intersection of Broadway and Hollywood, does your knowledge hold up?

SOURCE: Playbill at 08:40PM
Friday, February 26, 2016

\u201CA Teller of Tales\u201D Forest Whitaker Talks His Broadway Debut at the Hughie After-Party by Harry Haun

Playbill chats with the cast and creative team behind Broadway's latest revival of Eugene O'Neill's Hughie on opening night.

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:10PM

'It\u2019s Not Asian. It\u2019s Not Black. It\u2019s Human.' Why Race Doesn't Matter For The Human's Iranian-Born Actor by Harry Haun

Arian Moayed embodies fully developed characters, regardless of ethnicity.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Friday, February 19, 2016

On Opening Night: Though Subtle and Sometimes Serious, Audiences Find Humor in Humans on Broadway by Harry Haun

Playwright Stephen Karam's The Humans bows at the Helen Hayes, marking the Pulitzer-finalist's Broadawy debut. Somewhere between its Off-Broadway run and op…

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:00PM
Friday, February 12, 2016

“Being Gay Was Not an Option”  Joel Grey Welcomes Us Into His Private Life by Harry Haun

On Feb. 16, Broadway legend Joel Grey will release his aptly titled book "Master of Ceremonies: A Memoir" before sitting down for a discussion and performance at the Ridgefield Pla…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:19AM
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going: The Man Behind “Black Broadway” and BroadwayHD by Harry Haun

Author of "Black Broadway," Palace Theatre co-owner and producer Stewart F. Lane — also known as Mr. Broadway — discusses his book, diversity on the Great W…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:18AM
Friday, January 15, 2016

On Opening Night: The Newest Rendition of Noises Off Is On The Mark by Harry Haun

Roundabout Theatre Company's latest revival of the arce introduces new humor to a beloved classic. Its stars share the backstories of their characters — and the characters-…

SOURCE: Playbill at 05:46PM
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Looking Back at “Harry Potter” Star Alan Rickman’s Final Interview with Playbill by Harry Haun

In memory of the acclaimed British actor Alan Rickman, we take a look back at his final interview with Playbill Magazine in which he discusses returning to Broadway, performing in "Swee…

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:49PM
Monday, January 11, 2016

“I Want the Audience to Know What It Was Like Working With Judy,” Maurice Hines On His Legend-Packed by Harry Haun

It's a world of starry names and once-in-a-lifetime collaborations for Maurice Hines. The hoofer extraordinaire gives audiences a glimpse at life as a tap dance kid.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Monday, December 21, 2015

Playbill On Opening Night: Why Audiences Are “Moved” By a New Fiddler and How Bartlett Sher Relates by Harry Haun

Fiddler on the Roof opened anew on Broadway (for the fifth time following its original in 1964), and we were there to ask the cast and creatives what makes this production so different than …

SOURCE: Playbill at 05:44PM
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Behind the New Autobiography Unlocking a Treasure Trove of Broadway Secrets and Setting the Record S by Harry Haun

Noel Coward. Cole Porter. Tallulah Bankhead. These are the known names of Broadway's glory days. But there's one name missing from that list: John C. Wilson. The mover-and-sh…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00PM
Friday, December 11, 2015

Playbill On Opening Night: A Surprise Guest Completes Color Purple’s Sisterhood Of Stars by Harry Haun

The star-studded revival of The Color Purple bowed Dec. 10 to rave reviews. We take you to the scene of opening night and behind the curtain at the VIP afterparty.

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:30PM
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Sharing the “Spotlight”  Brian d’Arcy James Does Double Duty By Working the Indie Film Scene and Bro by Harry Haun

Tony Award nominee Brian d'Arcy James has been pulling double shifts, peforming as the lead role in Something Rotten! and sharing the screen with the award-winning ensemble of the bu…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:12AM
Monday, December 7, 2015

Playbill On Opening Night: Sierra Boggess Meets Stevie Nicks, and Alex Brightman Lives the School of by Harry Haun

After Alex Brightman and the gang packed up their guitars, they hit the Hard Rock Café to celebrate the opening night of School of Rock – The Musical, and we were on han…

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:10PM
Friday, December 4, 2015

Playbill On Opening Night: “When Al Brings It, It’s Palpable,” Says China Doll’s Director by Harry Haun

David Mamet's new drama China Doll has made headlines since it began. Despite it being a surefire hit at the box office, audience reaction prompted the creative team to delay its Broadwa…

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:53PM
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

“Gay Rights Movement’s Midlife Crisis” Takes Center Stage in Dada Woof Papa Hot by Harry Haun

Marriage equality is federal law and more couples are becoming parents. But in Peter Parnell's latest play, stars Patrick Breen and John Benjamin Hickey pose the question: Is this what w…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Friday, November 20, 2015

Uncovering the Unexpected and Powerful Connection Between Allegiance’s George Takei and Fiddler’s Sh by Harry Haun

Over lunch, we discover the unlikely parallels between the Japanese-set drama Allegiance and the Broadway classic Fiddler on the Roof and why "Star Trek" hero George T…

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:54PM
Monday, November 16, 2015

Playbill On Opening Night: Misery Loves Laughter, According to Bruce Willis (Plus, Details on the Pr by Harry Haun

Bruce Willis made his Broadway debut in the stage adaptation of Stephen King's Misery, and we were there to learn why audiences were laughing throughout the play — and find out…

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:15PM
Friday, November 13, 2015

Playbill On Opening Night: Two Props, No Intermission and One Great Tragedy in A View From the Bridge by Harry Haun

Just five years after its most recent revival, Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge returned to Broadway in a radically re-conceived production. Learn how no intermission, a chair…

SOURCE: Playbill at 05:15PM
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Can’t Wait for The Wiz? Learn How the Team Behind Hamilton Once Went Over the Rainbow by Harry Haun

As theatre lovers eagerly await the NBC live broadcast of The Wiz, we look back on the most recent time Dorothy landed in Oz — at City Center, in summer 2009 — when the H…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

“Nothing Has Changed Except Some Names,” Says Hair Veteran Ben Vereen on Bringing the Tribal Love Mu by Harry Haun

Broadway song-and-dance man Ben Vereen, who originated the roles of Pippin's Leading Player and Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, returns to the musical that marked his Broadway d…

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:59PM
Monday, November 9, 2015

Playbill On Opening Night: How Allegiance Gave George Takei One More Chance to Tell His Father “I’m by Harry Haun

George Takei, known worldwide for his role in "Star Trek" as well as his popular social media presence, conquered another level of show business Nov. 8 when the new musical Allegia…

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:00PM
Friday, November 6, 2015

Playbill On Opening Night: How Gloria and Emilio Estefan Brought Their Empire to Broadway With On Yo by Harry Haun

The life story of Grammy Award winners Gloria and Emilio Estefan brought some Latin heat to the Broadway season Nov. 5, when the new musical On Your Feet! opened at the Marquis Theatre. Play…

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:50PM
Thursday, November 5, 2015

Learn How a Losing Hand at Poker Led to 10 Years of Jersey Boys Success on Broadway by Harry Haun digs into its archives to explore past articles. In the next installment, in honor of Jersey Boy's 10th anniversary on Broadway, revisits the opening night of t…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Monday, November 2, 2015

Playbill On Opening Night: Why King Charles III’s Star Fears the Play Might “Upset the Royal Family” by Harry Haun

King Charles III, the "future history play" crossed the pond to land at Broadway's Music Box Theatre, where it opened Nov. 1. How did the British cast research playing their li…

SOURCE: Playbill at 06:19PM
Friday, October 30, 2015

Playbill On Opening Night: Love Hurts — Literally — For an Injured Keira Knightley in Th by Harry Haun

Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley made her Broadway debut Oct. 29 in Thérèse Raquin, the stage adaptation of Emile Zola's novel of love, lust and murder. Her co…

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:55PM

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