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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Stage Legend Rosemary Harris on Her Lifetime Achievement Tony Award and Why Her My Fair Lady Role is a 'Real Tonic' by Kathy Henderson

Just after her Wednesday matinee performance as Mrs. Higgins in My Fair Lady, Rosemary Harris is seated at her dressing table in the Vivian Beaumont Theater, a picture of calm on a two-show …

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Ready, Set, Tony! The Five Nominees for Best Featured Actress in a Musical Are Funny, Fierce and Fabulous by Kathy Henderson

When the Tony Awards telecast begins on Sunday, June 9, 40 nervous and excited actors will take their seats at Radio City Music Hall, hoping to win Broadway’s biggest prize. Throughout the…

SOURCE: at 09:42PM
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Ready, Set, Tony! Spotlight on the Acting Powerhouses Up for the Leading Actor in a Play Tony Award by Kathy Henderson

When the Tony Awards telecast begins on Sunday, June 9, 40 nervous and excited actors will take their seats at Radio City Music Hall, hoping to win Broadway’s biggest prize. Throughout the…

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Ready, Set, Tony! Spotlight on the Category of Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play by Kathy Henderson

When the Tony Awards telecast begins on Sunday, June 9, 40 nervous and excited actors will take their seats at Radio City Music Hall, hoping to win Broadway’s biggest prize. Throughout the…

SOURCE: at 09:24PM
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Ready, Set, Tony! All About the 2019 Tony Award Nominees for Best Leading Actress in a Play by Kathy Henderson

When the Tony Awards telecast begins on Sunday, June 9, 40 nervous and excited actors will take their seats at Radio City Music Hall, hoping to win Broadway’s biggest prize. Throughout the…

SOURCE: at 06:18PM
Monday, April 22, 2019

From the Archives: Michael Cerveris on Starring in Tommy on Broadway by Kathy Henderson

The Who's Tommy opened at the St. James Theatre April 22, 1993.

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:34PM
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Brian d’Arcy James on Headlining the Exhilarating Family Drama The Ferryman by Kathy Henderson

When an actor with two decades of Broadway credits calls his current production “the best play I have ever seen or been in,” savvy theatergoers should take note — and head to the Berna…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 05:58AM
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Stars of Moulin Rouge! Preview the Spectacular New Broadway Musical by Kathy Henderson

A miraculous world awaits inside the ultimate pleasure palace at Moulin Rouge! The Musical. Swathed in crimson velvet and twinkling lights, with a twirling windmill on one wall and a giant e…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 06:00AM
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon on Making Sparks Fly in Frankie and Johnny by Kathy Henderson

There’s a man and a woman. Not young, not old. No great beauties, either one. They meet where they work: a restaurant and it’s not the Ritz. In four simple phrases, Terrence McNally desc…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 05:52AM
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Kelli O’Hara and Will Chase on Teaming Up in Kiss Me, Kate by Kathy Henderson

Kiss Me, Kate offers a rare mix of passionate romance, theatrical hijinks, and knockabout comedy, set to a Cole Porter score that’s as captivating today as in 1948, when the show won the f…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 04:52AM
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

A Sparkling New Tootsie Is the Season’s Must-See Comedy Musical by Kathy Henderson

Tootsie came to life on screen in 1982 as a smash hit comedy about the ultimate transformation. A self-centered stage actor named Michael Dorsey finds the success he craves by posing as a fe…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 04:46AM

Santino Fontana and Lilli Cooper Bring Laughter and Love to Tootsie by Kathy Henderson

How far would you go to make your professional dreams come true? For Michael Dorsey, a New York actor whose egotism wrecked his career, a fresh start as “Dorothy Michaels” — an actress…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 04:42AM
Friday, November 16, 2018

Magic Begins Before the Show at Harry Potter’s Beautiful Broadway Home by Kathy Henderson

The world of J.K. Rowling’s stupendously popular Harry Potter books expanded in thrilling fashion last spring when the two-part theatrical event Harry Potter and the Cursed Child arrived o…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 04:05AM
Sunday, September 30, 2018

From the Archives: A Conversation with The Heiress's Cherry Jones by Kathy Henderson

Playbill looks back to when Jones, currently on Broadway in The Lifespan of a Fact, first broke out in her Tony-winning turn in The Heiress.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:13AM
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Michael Cera on the Laugh-Filled Humanity of The Waverly Gallery by Kathy Henderson

In a film and television career that spans 20 of his 30 years, Michael Cera has shared the screen with charismatic leading ladies Emma Stone (Superbad), Jessica Walter (Arrested Development)…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 06:09AM
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

From Fan to Broadway Star, Nicolette Robinson Gets Set to Join Waitress by Kathy Henderson

Long before she was tapped to play pregnant pie chef Jenna Hunterson in Waitress, Nicolette Robinson had memorized every song from the hit musical’s cast recording. Within months of seeing…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 03:35PM
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Broadway Love Story of Pretty Woman Stars Andy Karl and Orfeh by Kathy Henderson

One of the most romantic love stories ever filmed is now on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre, with a real-life couple in the cast. But there’s a twist: That real-life couple isn’t th…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 05:27AM
Monday, July 2, 2018

From the Archives: Liliane Montevecchi's 'Grand' Friendship by Kathy Henderson

In honor of the Tony-winning star, we look back at her November 1989 interview about working with Nine director Tommy Tune again on the then-upcoming Grand Hotel.

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:21PM
Thursday, June 21, 2018

A Trio of Triple Threats Play the Ultimate Superstar in The Cher Show by Kathy Henderson

More than half a century after an adventurous teenager recorded “I Got You Babe” with her boyfriend Sonny Bono, the life and career of Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere Bono Allman is being tr…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 05:00AM

The Cher Show Turns Back Time on a Pop Icon’s Six Decades of Stardom by Kathy Henderson

You may cherish Cher as the sassy star of 1970s TV variety shows, as a deep-voiced disco-era diva, as an Oscar-winning actress, as a Las Vegas headliner, or as the wittiest person on Twitter…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 05:00AM
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Original Star Laurence Luckinbill on the Risk and Reward of The Boys in the Band by Kathy Henderson

At age 83, Laurence Luckinbill lives in Palm Springs with his wife of almost 38 years, Lucie Arnaz, and is working on a memoir wittily titled Famous Enough. A sure-to-be-fascinating chapter …

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

King Kong Heads to Broadway With a Larger-Than-Life Star by Kathy Henderson

The mythic creature most associated with New York City is headed to Broadway this fall in the spectacular new musical King Kong — and when it comes to the title character, spectacular is m…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 05:20AM
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Strengthening Family Connections at the Hit Musical Dear Evan Hansen by Kathy Henderson

Ten minutes before curtain time at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre, there’s the usual rush to snap and post stageside selfies. What’s surprising is that many of the cellphone paparazzi at…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 12:06PM
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Step Inside the Sumptuous Sets, Costumes, Music & Dancing of My Fair Lady by Kathy Henderson

More than 60 years after its Broadway debut, My Fair Lady remains the jewel in the crown of American musical theater. Every element is perfect, from Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s g…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 04:27AM
Friday, April 27, 2018

Children of a Lesser God Star Lauren Ridloff on Early Life Lessons & Seeing Eye to Eye with Co-Star Joshua Jackson by Kathy Henderson

Every Broadway season generates at least one “star is born” moment from a charismatic newcomer. The fact that this year’s breakout performer, Lauren Ridloff, had never acte…

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Meet the Magical Stars of the Hit Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Kathy Henderson

The final volume of J.K. Rowling’s seven-book saga of young wizard Harry Potter ends with an intriguing epilogue. Jumping ahead 19 years, Harry and his wife, Ginny, are sending their son A…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 11:41AM
Thursday, March 22, 2018

From Studio 54 to Broadway, Donna Summer’s Hits Fuel an Exciting New Musical by Kathy Henderson

In the heyday of Studio 54, Donna Summer’s megahit “Last Dance” signaled an end to the evening’s revelry, recalls Ron Melrose, a keyboard player at the time in Liza Minnelli’s Broa…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 10:40AM

A Trio of Stars Share the Role of a Lifetime in the New Broadway Musical Summer by Kathy Henderson

During the disco era, Donna Summer reigned as queen of the dance floor, infusing pop music with sexiness and glamour. But there was a lot more to Summer — born LaDonna Adrian Gaines — th…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 10:34AM
Monday, March 12, 2018

Katharine McPhee Gets Set to Make a Smashing Broadway Debut in Waitress by Kathy Henderson

In the world of entertainment, there’s not much Katharine McPhee hasn’t done. Reality TV? She placed second on American Idol in 2006. Television dramas? After costarring in the cult hit …

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 12:35PM
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Children of a Lesser God Stars Lauren Ridloff and Joshua Jackson on Connection, Communication and Chemistry by Kathy Henderson

The spring theater season has officially begun, and a slew of highly anticipated musicals and plays, both brand-new and revisited, are set to bow.'s Spring Preview series ca…

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An A-List Ensemble Breaks New Ground in Revival of The Boys in the Band by Kathy Henderson

When The Boys in the Band debuted Off-Broadway in the spring of 1968, it caused a sensation as the first mainstream play centering on a group of gay men. With biting humor and no-holds-barre…

SOURCE: Broadway Direct at 04:35AM

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Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards