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Sunday, May 10, 2020

The Cast of Blue Wishes You a Happy Mother's Day by Mark Peikert

The production, directed by Phylicia Rashad, was scheduled to open at the Apollo May 10.

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Watch Jake Gyllenhaal Sing New Song 'Across the Way' by Mark Peikert

Part of The 24 Hour Plays' Viral Monologues and written for the actor by Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire, the "bonus track" was released May 9.

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Friday, May 8, 2020

Kelli O'Hara on Filming The King and I London Production and Why Theatre Will Be Back 'With a Vengeance' by Mark Peikert

The King and I, co-starring Ken Watanabe and Ruthie Ann Miles, will stream on BroadwayHD for free beginning 8 PM ET May 8 and continuing through May 10.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The Lehman Trilogy and Lodge 49 Star Adam Godley Joins Stream Stealers May 11 to Discuss The Great by Mark Peikert

The Broadway alum stops by the virtual Playbill studio to discuss his new Hulu series about Catherine the Great, starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Nia Vardalos on Reuniting Her Tiny Beautiful Things Cast by Mark Peikert

Why the May 6 reunion for Stars in the House is a salve for their "shredded souls," and why Broadway needs a Connie and Carla musical ASAP.

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Monday, May 4, 2020

Kathryn Hahn Joins Playbill's Stream Stealers to Talk About New HBO Limited Series I Know This Much Is True by Mark Peikert

The Emmy nominee (who made a memorable Broadway debut in Boeing-Boeing) can be seen opposite Mark Ruffalo on the series, premiering May 10.

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Watch Glee and The Light in the Piazza Star Matthew Morrison Talk About His Stage Career and New Album Disney Dreamin' by Mark Peikert

The Tony- and Emmy-nominated performer shares stories from his stage career, and why his new album was inspired by his son.

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Friday, May 1, 2020

Join Playbill May 8 for a Movie Night With Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I Starring Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe by Mark Peikert

Stream the movie beginning at 8 PM Eastern and follow Playbill's Twitter for trivia, giveaways, and more.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Celebrate International Dance Day With 6 Decades of The King and I by Mark Peikert

From Gertrude Lawrence and Yul Brynner to Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe (and Elaine Stritch!), look back at these waltzing couples.

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Playbill Viewing: Fiddler on the Roof Came to the Big Screen in 1971 by Mark Peikert

Starring Topol as Tevye, the film earned eight Academy Award nominations.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Playbill Viewing: Hair Came to Movie Theatres a Decade After Opening on Broadway by Mark Peikert

Milos Forman's 1979 film adaptation of the quintessential '60s musical is its own vivid entity.

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Friday, April 24, 2020

1 Month Later: How The Actors Fund Is Navigating a Difficult Time for the Performing Arts Community by Mark Peikert

Find out how you can help, from donations to simply sharing resources on your social channels.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Playbill Viewing: Pauline Collins Reprised Her Tony-Winning Performance in the Film Adaptation of Shirley Valentine by Mark Peikert

Written by playwright Willy Russell, the movie transforms the acclaimed one-woman show into a tender romantic comedy, co-starring Julia McKenzie and Tom Conti.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Jagged Little Pill and On the Town Star Elizabeth Stanley Shares Stories and Photos From Her Career by Mark Peikert

From Company with Raúl Esparza to a month-long run in Xanadu in Japan with Max von Essen, Stanley talks about the ups and downs of being a professional performer.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

1 Month Later: Producer Daryl Roth Looks to Balance Optimism With Reality by Mark Peikert

The Tony-winning producer talks about the difficult jigsaw puzzle of rescheduling with a return date still uncertain.

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Playbill Viewing: Streaming Series Understudies Goes Behind the Scenes of a Vampire-Filled Breakfast at Tiffany's Play by Mark Peikert

Starring show co-creator Elisabeth Gray, the series also features Alison Fraser, Elizabeth Ashley, Richard Kind, and more stage favorites.

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Sing Street Songwriter Gary Clark Shares Behind-the-Scenes Stories About the Show's New Album by Mark Peikert

Out now from Sony Masterworks Broadway, the cast album for the upcoming Broadway musical features a New Wave-influenced score by Clark and John Carney.

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Playbill Viewing: The Rehearsal Blurs Theatre and Reality by Mark Peikert

In the streaming series, a young actor begins to have difficulty keeping her life and a role in Miss Julie separate.

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Checking In With... Tony-Winning Tootsie Bookwriter Robert Horn by Mark Peikert

From Quibi series to Randy Rainbow's videos, here's what Horn is up to in quarantine.

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Friday, April 17, 2020

1 Month Later: How the Team at Stewart/Whitley Casting Offices Are Moving Forward by Mark Peikert

As theatres remain shuttered, Duncan Stewart and Benton Whitley are finding ways to contribute positivity and address the "hunger of the spirit."

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Playbill Viewing: The Puppets of Avenue Q Discover a Backstage Murder by Mark Peikert

In the original 2011 online series Avenue Clue, Rod must discover who killed one of their own before it happens again!

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Playbill Viewing: Santino Fontana and David Furr Give Jersey Shore Wit and Flair by Mark Peikert

During their run in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of The Importance of Being Earnest, the two performers created a video series melding Snooki and Oscar Wilde.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

How Famed Piano Bar Marie's Crisis Is Keeping the Sing-Alongs Alive Online by Mark Peikert

A digital speakeasy where everyone knows the password, the beloved Village institution is beaming show tunes directly into your home—no line required.

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Monday, April 13, 2020

Playbill Viewing: Dave Malloy's Beardo Now Available to Stream From Shotgun Players by Mark Peikert

The 2011 world premiere of Malloy and Jason Craig's Rasputin musical is now on Vimeo for two weeks.

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Hannah Gadsby's Douglas Will Premiere on Netflix by Mark Peikert

The Off-Broadway hit from the Nanette comedian was filmed in performance in Los Angeles.

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Sunday, April 12, 2020

Recapping Smash 2.16 & 2.17: Smashing the 4th Wall by Mark Peikert

Everyone gets a man—some get a man and a Tony! Some go to prison. And some like it hot, and that ain't bad.

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Recapping Smash 2.15: 'You're a Marilyn. Not a Norma Jeane.' by Mark Peikert

Tom and Julia bid adieu with a song, Derek is in trouble, and Eileen has a martini.

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Recapping Smash 2.14: Kyle Is Dead... But Hit List Lives by Mark Peikert

Also deceased: Julia's Gatsby, Derek and Karen's infatuation with one another, and Eileen's no-drink-throwing streak.

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Playbill Viewing: Hailee Steinfeld, Jane Krakowski, Anna Baryshnikov, and More Reinvent the Belle of Amherst in Dickinson by Mark Peikert

Apple TV+'s series about the poet, currently streaming for free, is not your Julie Harris version.

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Recapping Smash 2.13: 'This Is Our Last Goodbye' (Except for the One Coming Up in the Series Finale) by Mark Peikert

Characters act unprofessionally, Eileen starts to feel optimistic, and Ivy just wants to watch Girls.

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Watch Idina Menzel Sing 'Easy to Be Hard' From the 2001 Encores! Hair by Mark Peikert

Menzel played Sheila in the staging, which also included Tom Plotkin, Luther Creek, Miriam Shor, and more.

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