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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Go Inside Rehearsal of the World Premiere of Bob Marley Musical Get Up, Stand Up! by Marc J. Franklin

The new biomusical, starring Arinzé Kene as Marley, is set to begin performances in the West End October 1.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:57AM
Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Take a First Look at the World Premiere of Flying Over Sunset on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The Lincoln Center Theater production, starring Harry Hadden-Paton, Carmen Cusak, and Tony Yazbeck, is set to begin performances November 11.

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:33PM
Monday, August 2, 2021

See Photos of Adrienne Warren’s Carnegie Hall Citywide Performance at Bryant Park by Marc J. Franklin

The Tina: The Tina Turner Musical star performed an in-person, outdoor concert July 30 as a part of Carnegie Hall’s summer series.

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:27PM
Thursday, July 29, 2021

All The World’s A Stage: 43 Musicals Theatre Fans Wish They Could Live Inside by Marc J. Franklin

From Great Comet to SpongeBob, check out the worlds Playbill readers wish they could inhabit.

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:58PM

Take a First Look at London’s Anything Goes Starring Sutton Foster by Marc J. Franklin

The production, directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, is set to officially open at the Barbican Theatre August 4.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:51AM
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Go Inside Rehearsal for 2:22-A Ghost Story With Lily Allen, Hadley Fraser, Julia Chan, and Jake Wood by Marc J. Franklin

The world premiere of Danny Robins’ supernatural thriller is set to begin performances in the West End August 3.

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:55AM
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Look Back at the All-Black 1976 Revival of Guys and Dolls On Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The production, featuring Motown musical arrangements, opened at the Broadway Theatre July 21, 1976.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Check Out Photos of the Return of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in London by Marc J. Franklin

The Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical began its limited engagement at the London Palladium July 12.

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:59AM
Friday, July 16, 2021

Check Out Photos of The Skivvies’ Little Shop of Rocky Horrors by Marc J. Franklin

The underwear-clad band played Feinstein’s/54 Below July 12.

SOURCE: Playbill at 08:51AM
Thursday, July 15, 2021

Take a First Look at Merry Wives at the Public Theater by Marc J. Franklin

Jocelyn Bioh’s adaptation of the Shakespearean classic, which marks the return of Shakespeare in the Park following the pandemic, is set to open at the Delacorte July 27.

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:32PM
Monday, July 12, 2021

The Queens Behind the Queens: A Look at Six's Pop Influences by Marc J. Franklin

Ahead of the show's return to Broadway, meet the artists that inspired Lucy Moss and Toby Marlow's score.

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:44PM
Thursday, July 8, 2021

38 Books Broadway Stars Are Currently Recommending by Marc J. Franklin

From Becoming by Michelle Obama to George Saunder's Lincoln in the Bardo, check out the books that are on the reading lists of some of theatre's biggest stars.

SOURCE: Playbill at 07:00AM
Sunday, July 4, 2021

Celebrate Neil Simon With A Look Back at the Shows He Brought to Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The prolific playwright was born July 4, 1927.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

A Look Inside Rehearsal of Merry Wives at the Public Theater by Marc J. Franklin

Jocelyn Bioh’s adaptation of the Shakespearean classic, set to begin performances July 6, marks the return of Shakespeare in the Park following the pandemic.

SOURCE: Playbill at 05:12PM

Check Out Photos of the Immersive Speakeasy: Times Square at Bond 45 by Marc J. Franklin

The supper club experience is set to continue in the Edison Hotel through July 31.

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:26PM

See Kyle Taylor Parker Bring Broadway Soul to Feinstein's/54 Below by Marc J. Franklin

The Kinky Boots alum celebrated New York City's Pride with a set from his recent album Broadway Soul, Vol. 2. June 25.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:54AM
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Check Out Photos of the London Return of Heathers the Musical by Marc J. Franklin

The musical adaptation of the cult film officially opened at the Theatre Royal Haymarket June 28.

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:01PM

Take a First Look at the NYC Premiere of Seven Deadly Sins by Marc J. Franklin

The outdoor theatrical experience, featuring works by Ngozi Anyanwu, Ming Peiffer, and more, opens in the Meat Packing District June 29.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:41AM
Monday, June 28, 2021

Go Inside Tina Landau’s Pride Concert With Shakina Nayfack, Amber Iman, and More by Marc J. Franklin

The Tony-nominated director hosted Tina & Friends: BYOB (Bring Your Own Beautiful) at NYC’s Little Island June 26.

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:13PM

Take a Look at Romeo and Juliet at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre by Marc J. Franklin

The Shakespearean tragedy, starring Joel MacCormack and Isabel Adomakoh Young, continues in London through July 24.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:26PM

Check Out Photos From Inside the (Re)opening Night of Springsteen on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The theatrical concert, the first Broadway production since the coronavirus pandemic began, opened at the St. James Theatre June 26.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:22AM
Monday, June 21, 2021

How One Illustrator Discovered Their Identity Through Musical Theatre by Marc J. Franklin

Philadelphia-based artist Laura Bonacci shares how theatre shaped their understanding of themself and the art they created in the process.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:29PM
Thursday, June 17, 2021

Go Inside Rehearsal for the London Return of Heathers the Musical by Marc J. Franklin

The production will play a limited engagement at the West End’s Theatre Royal Haymarket beginning June 22.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:26AM
Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Go Inside Rehearsal for The Shed’s Juneteenth Celebration The Revival: It’s Our Duty by Marc J. Franklin

The free musical service, written by and starring Troy Anthony, is scheduled to play an in-person performance and live stream June 19.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:05PM
Thursday, June 10, 2021

Go Inside Opening Night of Immersive Van Gogh With Kate Baldwin, Dorinda Medley, and More by Marc J. Franklin

The installation, with creative direction by Tony Award nominee David Korins, opened in its New York premiere at Pier 36 June 8.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:39PM
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

32 LGBTQIA+ Theatre Characters That Keep Us Inspired by Marc J. Franklin

We asked, you answered: Take a look at the queer characters that have moved you on the stage and beyond.

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:18PM

Take an Exclusive Sneak Peek at the Finale of Broadway Bares: Twerk From Home by Marc J. Franklin

The annual burlesque fundraiser, directed by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell, is set to go virtual June 20.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:53AM

33 LGBTQIA+ Theatre Characters That Keep Us Inspired by Marc J. Franklin

We asked, you answered: Take a look at the queer characters that have moved you on the stage and beyond.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:06AM
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

A Look at Raja Feather Kelly’s The KILL ONE Race at Playwrights Horizons by Marc J. Franklin

The virtual production—part-documentary, part-theatre, part-reality TV game show—continues through June 12.

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:24PM

Check Out Photos of Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2021 Gala, Starring Jane Krakowski by Marc J. Franklin

The event, featuring Adrienne Warren, Tituss Burgess, and more, was celebrated in Central Park June 7.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:54PM

Go Inside New 42’s Arts Education Celebration With Sara Bareilles, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and More by Marc J. Franklin

The non-profit organization hosted Let’s Get This Show on the Street in Times Square June 5.

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:04AM

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