All stories by Marc J. Franklin on BroadwayStars

Saturday, July 4, 2020

From The Odd Couple to Sweet Charity: Look Back at Neil Simon's Shows on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The prolific playwright was born July 4, 1927.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Broadway Checklist: How Many of These Shows at the Belasco Theatre Have You Seen? by Marc J. Franklin

Look back at the 10 most recent productions to play over 100 performances at the beloved theatre.

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Can You Name These Shows From Just Their 1st Lines? by Marc J. Franklin

Test your theatre knowledge.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Go Inside the Rally For Freedom With Stars of Hamilton, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, and More by Marc J. Franklin

The Claim Our Space Now and Krystal Joy Brown event, in alliance with Broadway For Racial Justice, took place June 27.

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

History Has Its Eyes on You: A Look at Hamilton’s Journey to Broadway and Beyond by Marc J. Franklin

Ahead of the production’s July 3 arrival on Disney+, look back at the history of the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical.

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Revisit the 1987 Revival of Dreamgirls Starring Lillias White by Marc J. Franklin

Following an international tour, the production opened at the Ambassador Theatre June 28, 1987.

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Revisit Vanessa Williams’ Broadway Debut in Kiss of the Spider Woman by Marc J. Franklin

The stage and screen star stepped into the Tony Award-winning musical June 27, 1994.

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Celebrate Sean Hayes With a Look Back at Promises, Promises on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee celebrates his birthday June 26.

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

A Sneak Peek at Lost In The Stars: Black Theatre Makers Drawn by Hirschfeld by Marc J. Franklin

The Al Hirschfeld Foundation presents the online exhibition through August 2.

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Broadway Checklist: How Many of These Shows at the August Wilson Theatre Have You Seen? by Marc J. Franklin

Look back at the 10 most recent productions to play over 100 performances at the beloved theatre.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

53 LGBTQ+ Heroes in the Theatre Who Inspire You by Marc J. Franklin

We asked, you answered: Check out the queer artists who keep Playbill readers inspired.

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Celebrating the Black Women of Broadway With Amber Iman, Jocelyn Bioh, and Danielle Brooks by Marc J. Franklin

The co-founders of the new Instagram account honoring the legacy of Black women on the Main Stem discuss how the platform came to be, the women who have influenced them, and more.

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Celebrating Black Women on Broadway With Amber Iman, Jocelyn Bioh, and Danielle Brooks by Marc J. Franklin

The co-founders of the new Instagram account honoring the legacy of Black women on the Main Stem discuss how the platform came to be, the women who have influenced them, and more.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Celebrate Bob Fosse With a Look at the Shows He Brought to Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The Tony, Oscar, and Emmy Award winner was born June 23, 1927.

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Take a Sneak Peek at Broadway’s Hamilton on Disney+ by Marc J. Franklin

The Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical arrives on the streaming platform July 3.

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Celebrate Christy Altomare With a Look Back At Anastasia on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The actor celebrates her birthday June 23.

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Revisit the 2016 Revival of Falsettos on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

BroadwayHD and Lincoln Center will present a free sing-along stream of the production June 25.

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Saturday, June 20, 2020

From She Loves Me to Hairspray: David Rockwell Unpacks His Favorite Broadway Designs by Marc J. Franklin

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

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Broadway Checklist: How Many of These Shows at the American Airlines Theatre Have You Seen? by Marc J. Franklin

Look back at the 10 most recent productions to play over 100 performances at the beloved theatre.

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Look Back at A Raisin in the Sun in Honor of Phylicia Rashad by Marc J. Franklin

The actor, who won a Tony Award for her performance as Lena Younger, celebrates her birthday June 19.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Revisit David Byrne’s American Utopia on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The theatrical concert, filmed by Spike Lee, is set to premiere on HBO later this year.

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Ahead of the Antonyo Awards, a Look at the Nominees for Best Play, Musical, and Revival by Marc J. Franklin

The awards ceremony, celebrating Black theatre artists and contributors from the Broadway and Off-Broadway community, is set for June 19.

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Can You Name the Longest-Running Show in Each Broadway House? by Marc J. Franklin

Test your theatre history knowledge!

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Revisit the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Fairview Off-Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

Jackie Sibblies Drury’s acclaimed drama opened at Soho Rep June 17, 2018.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Celebrate Laurie Metcalf With a Look Back at Her Broadway Highlights by Marc J. Franklin

The Tony and Emmy Award winner celebrates her birthday June 16.

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Monday, June 15, 2020

Celebrate Neil Patrick Harris With a Look Back at Hedwig and the Angry Inch by Marc J. Franklin

The Tony Award winner celebrates his birthday June 15.

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Saturday, June 13, 2020

26 LGBTQ+ 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.

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Friday, June 12, 2020

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

Test your knowledge of the Tony Award-winning musical.

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

29 Singers Who Brought Their Concerts to Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

From Patti LaBelle to Patti LuPone, look back at some of the performers who brought their musicianship to the Main Stem.

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Revisit the Gender-Swapped Revival of The Odd Couple Starring Rita Moreno and Sally Struthers by Marc J. Franklin

The production of Neil Simon’s comedy opened at the Broadhurst Theatre June 11, 1985.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Revisit the Past Decade of The Red Bucket Follies With Hamilton, Newsies, and More by Marc J. Franklin

In honor of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, look back at the beloved fundraising celebration.

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