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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Check Out These New In the Heights Character Portraits by Marc J. Franklin

The film adaptation of the Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes musical will arrive in theatres and on HBO Max June 11.

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36 Joyous Opening Night Photos to Celebrate the Upcoming Return of Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

With some shows gearing up to resume performances in September, look back at these shots honoring the joy of making live theatre.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

We Asked, You Answered: 32 Broadway Costumes Theatre Fans Wished They Owned by Marc J. Franklin

From Natasha’s coat from The Great Comet to Beetlejuice’s suit, check out Playbill readers' favorite theatre costumes.

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Look Back at The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The musical comedy opened at the Circle in the Square Theatre May 2, 2005.

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Saturday, May 1, 2021

A Celebration of Asian Joy in Honor of AAPI Heritage Month by Marc J. Franklin

Mean Girls star Riza Takahashi and photographer Rebecca J. Michelson welcomed 30 AAPI theatremakers for a celebratory photo shoot in Washington Square Park.

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

A First Look at the Return of Fragments, A Live Audio Story by Marc J. Franklin

The multimedia performance art piece is set to begin in-person performances at New York City’s Liberated Fitness May 1.

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Celebrate 25 Years of Jonathan Larson’s Rent on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical opened at the Nederlander Theatre April 29, 1996.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Check Out London-Based Theatre Photographer Manuel Harlan’s 16 Favorite Production Shots by Marc J. Franklin

Harlan reflects on some of his favorite theatre photos including August Wilson’s Two Trains Running; Tina: The Tina Turner Musical; and more.

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Sunday, April 25, 2021

It’s Showtime: Take a Look Back at Beetlejuice’s Journey to Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The Tony-nominated musical opened at the Winter Garden Theatre April 25, 2019.

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Saturday, April 24, 2021

Celebrate Waitress With a Look Back at Its Run on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The Tony-nominated musical opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre April 24, 2016.

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Friday, April 23, 2021

See the Skivvies Return to the Stage With Diana Huey and Matt Doyle by Marc J. Franklin

The underwear-clad band played their first in-person show since the pandemic April 16 at The Green Room.

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

From The Great Comet to An Octoroon, Mimi Lien Unpacks Her Favorite Set Designs by Marc J. Franklin

The Tony Award-winning designer gives Playbill an inside glimpse at her creative process.

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Look Back at the 2012 Revival of A Streetcar Named Desire Starring Blair Underwood and Nicole Ari Parker by Marc J. Franklin

The production, directed by Emily Mann, opened at the Broadhurst Theatre April 22, 2012.

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Revisit Brian d'Arcy James, John Cariani, and more in Something Rotten! on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The musical comedy opened at the St. James Theatre April 22, 2015.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Celebrate Broadway's Sister Act, Starring Patina Miller by Marc J. Franklin

The stage adaptation of the 1992 film opened at the Broadway Theatre April 20, 2011.

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Revisit American Idiot on Broadway With Stark Sands, John Gallagher, Jr, Michael Esper, and More by Marc J. Franklin

The rock musical opened at the St. James Theatre April 20, 2010.

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Monday, April 19, 2021

Celebrate the 6th Anniversary of Fun Home on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The musical, adapted from Alison Bechdel’s autobiographical graphic novel, opened at the Circle in the Square Theatre April 19, 2015.

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Sing It Again: A Look Back at Hadestown’s Journey to Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

Anais Mitchell’s Tony Award-winning musical opened at the Walter Kerr Theatre April 17, 2019.

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Look Back at Next to Normal With Alice Ripley, Aaron Tveit, More by Marc J. Franklin

Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's Pulitzer Prize–winning musical opened at the Booth Theatre April 15, 2009.

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Check Out These New Re-Imagined Broadway Marquees With The Ensemblist by Marc J. Franklin

Photographer Rebecca J. Michelson and graphic designer Tiffany Holt continue their series giving theatre classics a contemporary twist.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Celebrate the 61st Anniversary of Bye Bye Birdie on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The production, starring Dick Van Dyke and Chita Rivera, opened at the Martin Beck Theatre April 14, 1960.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Look Back at Toni Collette, Mandy Patinkin, and More in The Wild Party on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

Michael John LaChiusa’s Tony-nominated musical opened at the Virginia Theatre April 13, 2000.

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

A Look Back at Miss Saigon at 30 by Marc J. Franklin

The musical, featuring a Tony Award-winning performance by Lea Salonga, opened at the Broadway Theatre April 11, 1991.

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Can You Finish the Missing Lyrics to Waitress? by Marc J. Franklin

Test your theatre knowledge of the Tony-nominated score.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

See Lauren Patten and Derek Klena Perform at the Showfields Rooftop to Socially Distanced Audience by Marc J. Franklin

The Jagged Little Pill stars launched the new TodayTix concert series.

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Celebrate 50 Years of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s Follies With These Historic Photos by Marc J. Franklin

The original Broadway production of the beloved musical opened at the Winter Garden Theatre April 4, 1971.

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

51 Rehearsal Photos That Celebrate the Magic of Creating by Marc J. Franklin

With the recent announcements of theatre's return, go inside the rehearsal room to relive the joy that comes with making live performance.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Go Inside Rehearsal for The Lorax With the Old Vic: In Camera by Marc J. Franklin

The stage adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic is set to stream live beginning April 14.

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Look Back at Diane Paulus' Revival of Hair on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The production, starring Gavin Creel, Will Swenson, Caissie Levy, and more, opened at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre March 31, 2009.

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Friday, March 26, 2021

Finishing the Hat: Honor Stephen Sondheim With These 15 Brilliant Lyrics by Marc J. Franklin

We are revisiting our favorite lyrical lines from the legendary wordsmith.

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Check Out New Photos of Hamilton in Australia by Marc J. Franklin

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical is set to open at the Sydney Lyric Theatre March 27.

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