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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Why Horror Had to Be the Genre of Tonya Pinkins' Directorial Film Debut Red Pill by Mark Peikert

The upcoming thriller, which Pinkins wrote, directed, produced, and stars in, is a movie for our times.

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Monday, July 20, 2020

The Cher Show's Blaine Krauss Joins Built for the Stage for Monday Motivation by Mark Peikert

Founder Joe Rosko hosts the Broadway alum for a quick workout to get the week started.

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Monday, July 13, 2020

16 Cast Albums That Aren't Available to Stream—But Should Be by Mark Peikert

Why can't we listen to The Pirate Queen or Elaine Stritch in Sail Away right this second?

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Ian Paget Joins Built for the Stage for Playbill's Monday Motivation by Mark Peikert

The This Ain't No Disco and Mamma Mia! alum joins BFTS founder Joe Rosko for a quick round of ab exercises.

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Friday, July 3, 2020

Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap to Reopen in London This Fall by Mark Peikert

The world's longest-running play opened in 1952.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Merle Dandridge Talks About Growing With Greenleaf, Why Her Co-Stars Didn't Recognize Her in Once On This Island, and Her Tina Turner Moment in Dreamc by Mark Peikert

The stage and screen star joined Playbill's Stream Stealers June 30 to discuss the fifth and final season of the OWN series, as well as HBO Max's upcoming The Flight Attendant.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Built for the Stage Welcomes New Trainer Farouk Houssein to Playbill's Monday Motivation June 29 by Mark Peikert

The weekly exercise series finds founder Joe Rosko introducing a new 8-week challenge.

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Watch Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in 1st Trailer for Respect by Mark Peikert

The Oscar winner plays the legendary singer in the new biopic, directed by Liesel Tommy.

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Music Clearance Maven Deborah Mannis-Gardner on Navigating Song Rights in an Increasingly Digital World by Mark Peikert

The "Queen of Sample Clearance" shares the ins and outs of when and where music is OK to share.

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Monday, June 15, 2020

Why The Gorgeous Nothings, a Show About a Queer Prison in the '30s, Demands to Be a Musical by Mark Peikert

A concert presentation of the new show will stream on Playbill June 20.

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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Dance Theatre of Harlem Launches 7-Weeks of Online Programming by Mark Peikert

As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the venerable company is sharing full streams of works from its archives.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Watch Hannah Gadsby's Douglas, Now on Netflix by Mark Peikert

The Off-Broadway hit from the Nanette comedian was filmed in performance in Los Angeles.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Victoria Clark Recalls Her Time in Cats, a Rogue Turntable in Les Misérables, and More Stories From Her Career by Mark Peikert

The Tony winner—who was to have directed the first major revival of Love Life in March—also reveals the workshop she turned down to tour in Cats.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Stream Bombshell in Concert and the Smash Cast Reunion, Benefiting The Actors Fund, Here by Mark Peikert

The 2015 event streams May 20 with an introduction by Oscar winner Renée Zellweger and an intermission hosted by Julie Klausner.

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Watch Katharine McPhee Preview the Smash Reunion Before the Bombshell Concert Streams May 20 by Mark Peikert

The 2015 event will stream at 8 PM ET to benefit The Actors Fund.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

2015 Bombshell Concert to Be Streamed as Benefit for The Actors Fund by Mark Peikert

Introduced by Academy Award winner Renée Zellweger with an intermission hosted by Julie Klausner, the concert will stream May 20.

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Watch Trailer for Hannah Gadsby's Douglas on Netflix by Mark Peikert

The Off-Broadway hit from the Nanette comedian was filmed in performance in Los Angeles.

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Hamilton Film, With Original Broadway Cast, Will Now Stream on Disney+ This Summer by Mark Peikert

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical, filmed at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, was initially announced for a 2021 theatrical release.

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Sunday, May 10, 2020

The Cast of Blue Wishes You a Happy Mother's Day by Mark Peikert

The production, directed by Phylicia Rashad, was scheduled to open at the Apollo May 10.

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Watch Jake Gyllenhaal Sing New Song 'Across the Way' by Mark Peikert

Part of The 24 Hour Plays' Viral Monologues and written for the actor by Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire, the "bonus track" was released May 9.

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Friday, May 8, 2020

Kelli O'Hara on Filming The King and I London Production and Why Theatre Will Be Back 'With a Vengeance' by Mark Peikert

The King and I, co-starring Ken Watanabe and Ruthie Ann Miles, will stream on BroadwayHD for free beginning 8 PM ET May 8 and continuing through May 10.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The Lehman Trilogy and Lodge 49 Star Adam Godley Joins Stream Stealers May 11 to Discuss The Great by Mark Peikert

The Broadway alum stops by the virtual Playbill studio to discuss his new Hulu series about Catherine the Great, starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Nia Vardalos on Reuniting Her Tiny Beautiful Things Cast by Mark Peikert

Why the May 6 reunion for Stars in the House is a salve for their "shredded souls," and why Broadway needs a Connie and Carla musical ASAP.

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Monday, May 4, 2020

Kathryn Hahn Joins Playbill's Stream Stealers to Talk About New HBO Limited Series I Know This Much Is True by Mark Peikert

The Emmy nominee (who made a memorable Broadway debut in Boeing-Boeing) can be seen opposite Mark Ruffalo on the series, premiering May 10.

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Watch Glee and The Light in the Piazza Star Matthew Morrison Talk About His Stage Career and New Album Disney Dreamin' by Mark Peikert

The Tony- and Emmy-nominated performer shares stories from his stage career, and why his new album was inspired by his son.

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Friday, May 1, 2020

Join Playbill May 8 for a Movie Night With Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I Starring Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe by Mark Peikert

Stream the movie beginning at 8 PM Eastern and follow Playbill's Twitter for trivia, giveaways, and more.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Celebrate International Dance Day With 6 Decades of The King and I by Mark Peikert

From Gertrude Lawrence and Yul Brynner to Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe (and Elaine Stritch!), look back at these waltzing couples.

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Playbill Viewing: Fiddler on the Roof Came to the Big Screen in 1971 by Mark Peikert

Starring Topol as Tevye, the film earned eight Academy Award nominations.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Playbill Viewing: Hair Came to Movie Theatres a Decade After Opening on Broadway by Mark Peikert

Milos Forman's 1979 film adaptation of the quintessential '60s musical is its own vivid entity.

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Friday, April 24, 2020

1 Month Later: How The Actors Fund Is Navigating a Difficult Time for the Performing Arts Community by Mark Peikert

Find out how you can help, from donations to simply sharing resources on your social channels.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Playbill Viewing: Pauline Collins Reprised Her Tony-Winning Performance in the Film Adaptation of Shirley Valentine by Mark Peikert

Written by playwright Willy Russell, the movie transforms the acclaimed one-woman show into a tender romantic comedy, co-starring Julia McKenzie and Tom Conti.

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