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Friday, May 26, 2017

Chita Rivera, Ben Vereen, and More Sing Out at Concert for America May 24 by Marc J. Franklin

The event, held in UCLA's Royce Hall, is the 5th concert in the fundraising series to benefit five national organizations working to protect human rights.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Peek Inside Rehearsals of Kinky Boots with Brendon Urie by Marc J. Franklin

The Panic! At The Disco rock star begins performances as Charlie Price May 26.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Norm Lewis, Carolee Carmello, and the New Cast of Sweeney Todd Meet the Press by Marc J. Franklin

The new stars joined the immersive Off-Broadway production at the Barrow Street Theatre April 11.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Helen Mirren and Kelli O’Hara Hosted SAY’s 15th Anniversary Gala by Marc J. Franklin

The benefit featured performances by Krysta Rodriguez, Brandon Victor Dixon, and more.

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Mandy Patinkin, Josh Groban, and More Honored Matthew C. Blank at MTC Gala by Marc J. Franklin

The annual event, which honored Showtime Chairman Blank, featured performances by Dear Evan Hansen; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; and more.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Hamish Linklater’s The Whirligig, Starring Zosia Mamet and Norbert Leo Butz, Opens Off-Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The world premiere, directed by The New Group’s Artistic Director Scott Elliott, opened at the Pershing Square Signature Center May 21.

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Jennifer Hudson, Annette Bening, and More Celebrate Center Theater Group’s 50th Anniversary May 20 by Marc J. Franklin

The celebration at the Ahmanson Theatre included a star-studded one-night-only production to honor the Los Angeles theatre company.

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Broadway's Brightest Stars Celebrate Broadway Bakes at Schmackary's by Marc J. Franklin

The event, which raises funds for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, was hosted at the renowned Hell's Kitchen Bakery May 15–19.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Groundhog Day Celebrates Original Broadway Cast Album Release at Barnes and Noble by Marc J. Franklin

Andy Karl, Barrett Doss, and more came out for an in-store performance and CD signing May 19

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Friday, May 19, 2017

First Look at Waterwell’s Dual-Language Production of Hamlet by Marc J. Franklin

The production, starring Tony nominee Arian Moayed, officially opens at the Sheen Center May 21.

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The Band's Visit, Oslo, and More Celebrated at the 82nd Drama Critics’ Circle Awards Reception by Marc J. Franklin

The celebration, held at Feinsteins/54 Below May 18, also brought special citations to Paula Vogel, Taylor Mac, and Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Mary Testa and Michael Urie Star in The Government Inspector by Marc J. Franklin

The Red Bull Theater production, directed by Artistic Director Jesse Berger, began performances May 16.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

First Look at Glenn Slater and Wendy Wilf's Beatsville: The Beatnik Musical at Asolo Rep by Marc J. Franklin

The show, which is a co-production with Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, opened May 6 starring Max Crumm and Ann Morrison.

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Come From Away Celebrates 300th Performance May 16 by Marc J. Franklin

The Mayor of Gander Claude Elliott and pilot Beverley Bass joined the cast, crew, and creative team for the festivities.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Paula Vogel and Daryl Roth Honored at 68th Annual New Dramatists Luncheon May 16 by Marc J. Franklin

Broadway’s brightest stars came out to celebrate as the recipients received the 2017 Outstanding Career Achievement Award.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Sing For Hope Pianos Return to New York June 5 by Marc J. Franklin

The street pianos will be placed in public spaces across all 5 boroughs in New York through June 25

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Peek Inside the Rehearsal Room of Common at the National Theatre by Marc J. Franklin

DC Moore’s new play, directed by Jeremy Herrin, is set to begin performances May 30

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

See the Cast of A Bronx Tale Celebrate the Cast Album Release at Barnes & Noble by Marc J. Franklin

Ariana DeBose, Bobby Conte Thornton, and more took part in the event on May 12.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Go Inside the Rehearsal Room of Downstairs Starring Tyne Daly and Tim Daly by Marc J. Franklin

The world premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s new play will mark the first time the siblings perform together on stage.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Jekyll & Hyde Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Opening on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The original cast came out to celebrate with the show's creator May 9.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Christine Ebersole, Brandon Victor Dixon, and More Celebrate Playwrights Horizons by Marc J. Franklin

The annual gala honored the Grey Gardens and War Paint writing team of Scott Frankel, Michael Korie, and Doug Wright.

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Alice Ripley, Jay Armstrong Johnson, and More Strip Down with the Skivvies by Marc J. Franklin

The underwear-clad musical duo returned to Feinstein’s/54 Below May 5th and 7th.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Martha Plimpton and Cecily Strong Host Broadway Acts for Women May 7 by Marc J. Franklin

Ariana DeBose, Brian d’Arcy James and more came out for the karaoke concert to raise funds for reproductive rights at Feinstein's/54 Below.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Ready for Their Close-Up: Peek at Playbill’s Official Portraits of the 2017 Tony Award Nominees by Marc J. Franklin

The 2017 Tony Award nominees gathered at the Sofitel New York Hotel on May 3 to meet the press.

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First Look at Anna Ziegler’s Actually at the Geffen Playhouse by Marc J. Franklin

The co-world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s new play, directed by Tyne Rafaeli, is set to open May 10.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Kelli O’Hara and Bartlett Sher Honored at the New York Pops Gala by Marc J. Franklin

Judy Kuhn, Rebecca Luker, Marin Mazzie and more came out to celebrate the two Tony Award winners at Carnegie Hall.

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See Jane Krakowski and Christopher Jackson Announce the 2017 Tony Award Nominations by Marc J. Franklin

The Broadway stars announced the nominees for the 71st Annual Tony Awards May 2.

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Broadway Attends the Met Gala by Marc J. Franklin

Cynthia Erivo, Josh Groban, Andy Karl and more attend the annual gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art May 1.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Michael Greif Joins the Legendary Wall of Caricatures At Sardi’s by Marc J. Franklin

The three-time Tony Award nominee celebrated alongside cast, creatives, and colleagues from his vast career April 27.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Cast and Creative’s of Bella: An American Tale Meets the Press by Marc J. Franklin

The new musical by Kirsten Childs begins performances at Playwrights Horizons May 19.

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Jessie Mueller, Christopher Jackson, and More Celebrate Rosie’s Theater Kids Passing It On by Marc J. Franklin

The annual event awards four students with The SAM (Scholastic and Artistic Merit) scholarship, totaling $300,000.

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