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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Listening Party: Look Back at Songs for a New World Off-Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The High School Musical: The Musical: The Series creator Tim Federle recommends listening to both the original and the Encores! Off-Center revival of Jason Robert Brown’s 1995 song cycle.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Celebrating 10 Years of Sardi’s Portraits With Judith Light, Jim Belushi, and More by Marc J. Franklin

Check out highlights from the 2011 portrait unveilings at the famed midtown restaurant.

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Check Out Photos From Original Broadway Production of Once by Marc J. Franklin

The Tony Award-winning musical, starring Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti, opened at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre March 18, 2012.

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Listening Party: Look Back at the Original Broadway Production of Once on This Island by Marc J. Franklin

Broadway couple Stephanie J. Block and Sebastian Arcelus recommends listening to the 1990 Tony Award-winning musical.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Celebrating 10 Years of Sardi’s Portraits With Daryl Roth, Edie Falco, and More by Marc J. Franklin

Check out highlights from the 2010 portrait unveilings at the famed midtown restaurant.

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Look Back at the Smash Premiere Screening for the Broadway Community by Marc J. Franklin

As Playbill revisits the musical television series, look back at the premiere with Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, and More.

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Monday, March 16, 2020

From Damn Yankees to Hello, Dolly!: Look at the Stage Highlights of Victor Garber by Marc J. Franklin

The Tony-nominated actor celebrates his birthday March 16.

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Celebrate 50 Years of Broadway’s 1776, Starring Betty Buckley and William Daniels by Marc J. Franklin

The original production, directed by Peter Hunt, opened at the 46th Street Theatre March 16, 1969.

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Look Back at Jane Krakowski, Andrea McArdle, and More in Starlight Express on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe musical opened at the Gershwin Theatre March 15, 1987.

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Look Back at Diahann Carroll and Richard Kiley in No Strings on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The musical, featuring music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers and book by Samuel Taylor, opened March 15, 1962.

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Celebrate Pi Day With a Look Back at Waitress on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The hit Sara Bareilles-Jessie Nelson musical concluded its four-year run at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre January 5.

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Check Out Photos of John Hill’s The Feels: Live with Andy Cohen and Michelle Collins by Marc J. Franklin

The Hairspray and Boy From Oz alum played Feinstein’s/54 Below March 11.

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Check Out Photos of Coriolanus at London’s Crucible Theatre by Marc J. Franklin

The Shakespearean tragedy, starring Tom Bateman, opened March 12.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Inside Opening Night of the World Premiere of Back to the Future by Marc J. Franklin

The stage adaptation of the 1985 film opened at the Manchester Opera House March 11.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Inside Disney’s Women’s Day on Broadway With Hillary Clinton by Marc J. Franklin

The former Secretary of State offered the keynote address during the third annual event March 10.

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Watch Hillary Clinton's Keynote Address at Disney’s 2020 Women’s Day on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The third annual event was held March 10 at the New Amsterdam Theatre.

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Inside Jason Robert Brown’s 1-Night-Only Concert at The Bourbon Room by Marc J. Franklin

The Tony-winning composer-lyricist played the Los Angeles venue March 9.

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Check Out Photos of Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The production, directed by Matthew Dunster, will open at the John Golden Theatre March 19.

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Broadway’s Take Me Out, Starring Patrick J. Adams, Jesse Williams, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Meets the Press by Marc J. Franklin

The Second Stage revival of Richard Greenberg’s Tony-winning drama will begin performances at the Hayes Theatre April 2.

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Sunday, March 8, 2020

Ahead of Plaza Suite, Look Back at the Shows Neil Simon Brought to Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The revival of the Simon comedy, starring Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, will begin performances March 13.

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Ahead of Plaza Suite, Look Back at Other Neil Simon Shows on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The revival of the Simon comedy, starring Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, will begin performances March 13.

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Check Out Photos of Armie Hammer, Jessie Mueller, and More in The Minutes on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The Steppenwolf production of Tracy Letts’ new play will officially open at the Cort Theatre March 15.

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A Look at the World Premiere of Joe DiPietro’s Conscience by Marc J. Franklin

The production, starring Tony winner Harriet Harris and Lee Sellars, officially opens at the George Street Playhouse March 6.

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Inside the 13th Annual Yale Drama Series Prize Ceremony With Rachel Chavkin, Ayad Akhtar, and More by Marc J. Franklin

The ceremony, honoring playwright Liliana Padilla, was celebrated at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater March 3.

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

See Come From Away Celebrate Three Years on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The Tony-nominated musical opened at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre March 12, 2017.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Inside the Broadway Inspirational Voices Gala With Billy Porter, Kristin Chenoweth, and More by Marc J. Franklin

The event, commemorating the organization’s 25th anniversary, was celebrated at the Edison Ballroom March 2.

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Take a Look at the Latest Crop of Marquees for the 2019-2020 Season by Marc J. Franklin

See the newest show art decorating the Great White Way.

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Inside the First Performance of Company on Broadway With Katrina Lenk, Patti LuPone, and More by Marc J. Franklin

The gender-revised production, directed by Marianne Elliott, began performances at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre March 2.

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Inside Rehearsal for Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter in London by Marc J. Franklin

The 60th anniversary production, starring Philip Jackson and Harry Lloyd, will begin performances at Hampstead Theatre March 19.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

A Look at Dot-Marie Jones in Rock of Ages Off-Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The Glee star, the first woman to play the role of Dennis Dupree, joined the 10th anniversary production February 24.

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Check Out Photos of Debra Messing, Audra McDonald, and More at the 2020 Roundabout Theatre Company Gala by Marc J. Franklin

The event, honoring Tony winner Alan Cumming and fashion designers Michael Kors and Lance Le Pere, was celebrated March 2.

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