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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Who’s Next: Matthew Lopez by Blake Ross

As part of Playbill Pride 2016, we set our sights on the next generation of LGBTQ artists. Meet playwright Matthew Lopez.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Who’s Next: Staceyann Chin by Blake Ross

As part of Playbill Pride 2016, we set our sights on the next generation of LGBTQ artists. Meet writer, artist, activist and mother Staceyann Chin.

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Who’s Next: Roberta Colindrez, Actress by Blake Ross

As part of Playbill Pride 2016, we set our sights on the next generation of LGBTQ artists. Meet actress Roberta Colindrez.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

What It Means to Be Trans in the Theatre by Blake Ross

Six trans artists weigh in on identity, representation and theatre.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Plotnick and Rudetsky: How “Awful Last Names” Made For a Powerful Comedic Combination by Blake Ross

Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick are the creative duo behind Disaster! The pair tell star Roger Bart how a meeting over 20 years ago led to their show opening on Broadway.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

The WEEK AHEAD: Sept. 25-Oct. 1 by Blake Ross

The Broadway fall season gets off to a running (and flying) start with two new openings this WEEK AHEAD.NYMF ushers in new tunes and talent… An Encounter of the aerobatic kind… L…

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The WEEK AHEAD: Oct. 2-8 by Blake Ross

Talk about girl power! This WEEK AHEAD features offerings from many a fabulous female. Julie Taymor and a starry “Tempest”…Mrs. Warren Brings Cherry Jones back to Broadway…

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Getting Teller to Talk by Blake Ross

Teller (the mostly silent half of Penn & Teller) will finally get his two cents in when he joins us for a talk-balk following a special Playbill Club Halloween performance of his new sho…

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The WEEK AHEAD: Sept. 25-Oct. 1 by Blake Ross

The Broadway fall season gets off to a running (and flying) start with two new openings this WEEK AHEAD. NYMF ushers in new tunes and talent… An Encounter of the aerobatic kind… …

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The WEEK AHEAD: Oct. 9-15 by Blake Ross

The temperature may be getting cooler, but things are just starting to heat up for the Great White Way this WEEK AHEAD.Broadway gets “Twisted”…Molly Shannon “Promises…

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The WEEK AHEAD: Oct. 16-22 by Blake Ross

A lot is touching down on Broadway and beyond this WEEK AHEAD.The Normal Heart keeps beating…Anne Hathaway out in Public… Betty Buckley back to her roots…and Lombardi bring…

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About Last Night: The Normal Heart, (Unfortunately) Still "Normal" 25 Years Later by Blake Ross

A simple black and white backdrop with names like “Freddie Mercury,” “Rock Hudson,” and “Larry Levan” written across it, a gurney, some stools and a wheel…

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Secretary Clinton Joins LGBT Rights Campaign (video) by Blake Ross

Regardless of your political affiliation, it’s nice to see a politician speak freely on the subject of LGBT rights as opposed to hiding behind political rhetoric.Clinton joins countles…

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The WEEK AHEAD: Oct. 24-29 by Blake Ross

Spectacles of all kind come alive this WEEK AHEAD!Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones drive back to Broadway…More Beatlemania for the Main Stem…Angels in America returns to New…

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The WEEK AHEAD: Oct.30-Nov.5 by Blake Ross

Halloween hits Broadway!…Kander & Ebb bringing minstrelsy back to the boards…Women have a musical breakdown…and For Colored Girls' starry makeover.Trick-or-Treat!BlakeS…

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The WEEK AHEAD: Nov. 6-12 by Blake Ross

Pull up a Chairry this WEEK AHEAD!Pee-wee finds a new playhouse…Colin Quinn gives Broadway a history lesson…Kristin Chenoweth sings for Julie Andrews…and Santa comes early …

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Broadway Stars Team Up for the ‘It Gets Better’ Fight by Blake Ross

Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS is an all-hands-on-deck kind of operation, as was evident when I caught their Tony-winning executive director Tom Viola this past Sunday quietly joining th…

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The WEEK AHEAD: Nov. 13-19 by Blake Ross

Here's this WEEK AHEAD's daily specials:Neil LaBute breaks David Duchovny in for the stage…Joan Collins on her own dynasty… A Free Man of Color brings freewheeling New Orleans to…

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Japan’s Robot Actor (video) by Blake Ross

Forget canned music—how about canned acting? Japan’s newest acting sensation isn’t a human but rather an android. That’s right—a robot named Geminoid F is the n…

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The WEEK AHEAD: Thanksgiving Edition! by Blake Ross

Get over your Tryptophan-induced coma with a theatre-packed WEEK AHEAD.Denis O'Hare and Brendan Fraser bring the crazy back to Broadway…Stephen Sondheim celebrates the longest birthday…

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ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Sondheim on the critics, GLEE, fellow lyricists and not being finished with his hat by Blake Ross

Before Frank Rich was “Frank Rich of the New York Times,” he was a writer at his alma mater's paper, The Harvard Crimson. It was in Boston that a young Rich saw the tryout of St…

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The WEEK AHEAD: Nov. 27-Dec. 3 by Blake Ross

Kick-off December with this WEEK AHEAD.B.B King’s celebrates Jimi Hendrix…Spidey finally spins his web in New York…Bob Woodruff on Times Stands Still…and World AIDS D…

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About Last Night: Top 10 Gypsy of the Year Moments by Blake Ross

A huge congratulations to our friends at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS for another spectacular Gypsy of the Year competition! This year had many highlights. Here are my Top 10 moments of…

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The WEEK AHEAD: Dec. 11-17 by Blake Ross

Baby, it's cold outside! Why not get inside a warm theatre this WEEK AHEAD?Liza and the Family…The Scottsboro Boys exit Broadway…Lance Bass and his Big Gay Wedding…and Chri…

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The WEEK AHEAD: Dec. 18-24 by Blake Ross

The countdown to Christmas (and, more importantly, Christmas vacation!) will begin this WEEK AHEAD. Check out our Broadway Christmas Week Schedule to find out which shows will be running dur…

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Best of Broadway’s Christmas by Blake Ross

I'm dreaming of a Broadway Christmas! For this edition of WEBway, I give you my favorite picks for Broadway carols.“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” became a holiday clas…

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Attention Playbill.com readers! What was your most memorable theatre moment of the year? by Blake Ross

You’ve heard from us, now we want to hear from you! What was your most memorable theatre moment of 2010?From the triumphant Broadway debuts from the likes of Douglas Hodge and Scarlett…

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UPDATED: The Plight of a Winter Playbill by Blake Ross

UPDATE: The buses are gone, so it looks like, the show will go on without a hitch for Playbill! We are thankful to the MTA that they heard our cries and rectified the problem. We’re ho…

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The Most Memorable Theatre Moments of 2010: Playbill’s Annual Poll by Blake Ross

Every year, Playbill asks our friends in the community — actors, producers, directors, playwrights, journalists and readers — to tell us their favorite theatre moment of the year…

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The WEEK AHEAD: Jan. 15-21 by Blake Ross

This holiday WEEK AHEAD gives us a chance to reflect on the legacy of some historic Americans and one of Broadway’s angels.Rep. Ruth Messinger hosts a free evening of song and dance in…

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The WEEK AHEAD: Jan. 22-28 by Blake Ross

Now that you've gotten past “Blue Monday,” it's all uphill from here, this WEEK AHEAD!NYC kicks-off a “week” of good food and good shows for a good price!….Mame…

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