Monday, May 25, 2015

Student Theatre Arts Festival Kids Perform From Little Shop of Horrors and a Reimagined The Crucible

On May 18, the fifth annual Student Theatre Arts Festival took place at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre. More than 150 students participated in Roundabout Theatre Company's Educ…

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Raps From Hamilton and Recounts 9/11 Experience For Wesleyan’s Commencement Speec by Michael Gioia

Lin-Manuel Miranda, who penned the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights during his sophomore year at Wesleyan University, delivered the commencement speech at the University'…

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Photo Archive: Inside the Press Room With Audra McDonald, Neil Patrick Harris and More of the 2014 T by David Gewirtzman

In anticipation of the 2015 Tony Awards, here's a look back at the last year's Tony winners, including Audra McDonald, Neil Patrick Harris and Jessie Mueller.

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How a Lifetime in Banking Paved the Way to Predicting Broadway Audiences by Robert Simonson

Lee Gallagher was active in the arts in the small town where he grew up. When he went to college, he at one point contemplated switching his major from business to the arts, but he was dissu…

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Playbill Vault’s Today In Theatre History: May 25 by Robert Viagas and Anne Bradley

1878 Birthday of legendary dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (1878-1949), whose Broadway appearances will include Memphis Bound!, The Hot Mikado and Blackbirds of 1928.

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Exclusive From The 2015 Tonys Playbill! How “Glee” and “Smash” Brought Backstage Life Into The Spotl by Robert Viagas

What happens backstage at Broadway shows is supposed to be secret, private and not really important compared with what is happening onstage. But try telling that to the public.

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A Woman’s World: How Ever After Made Its Cast See Cinderella “With All New Eyes” by Carey Purcell

The cast of Ever After, a new musical adaptation of the Cinderella story, share their thoughts on a new, feminist approach to the popular fairy tale.

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10 Text-Message Conversations Between Broadway Characters You Wish Existed by Playbill Staff

Doesn't everyone have an iPhone nowadays? Well, if Broadway characters were texting back and forth, here's what it would look like. 

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Comedian Anne Meara Dead at 85 by Robert Viagas

Anne Meara, actress, playwright and half of the comedy team of Stiller & Meara, died May 23 at age 85. The cause of death was not immediately reported.

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Comedian Anne Meara Dead at 88 by Robert Viagas

Anne Meara, actress, playwright and half of the comedy team of Stiller & Meara, died May 23 at age 85. The cause of death was not immediately reported.

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Photo Archive: Gertrude Lawrence, Angela Lansbury, Donna Murphy and More in The King and I by David Gewirtzman

In celebration of its 2015 Tony nomination for Best Revival of a Musical, Playbill presents a look back at The King and I on stage, from the original Broadway production with Gertrude Lawren…

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Playbill Poll: Who Should Star in the Tour of the Phantom Sequel, Love Never Dies ? by Olivia Clement

Following the recent news that Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom sequel, Love Never Dies may tour the U.S., Playbill.com took to social media to see which leading man readers would most like…

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The Battle of the Blondes: Comparing Madeline Kahn and Kristin Chenoweth’s Rides On the Twentieth Ce by Mark Robinson

Decades after its first Broadway bow, the madcap musical comedy On the Twentieth Century has returned to Broadway — and released a cast recording. How does this anticipated revival…

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Photo Exclusive: The Sketches and Models Behind the 2015 Tony Nominated Sets and Costumes by David Gewirtzman

Playbill presents an exclusive look at the models and sketches created by this year's Tony Award nominated set and costume designers.

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9 Stages of Being an Annoyed Theatregoer (as Told Through GIFs) by Carey Purcell

We've all been there: You sit down to watch a Broadway show. The lights go down and the curtain goes up... and the person next to you pulls out his/her phone. Or a candy. Or begins talki…

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Laura Benanti, Laurence Fishburne and More Are Part of Tonight’s PBS “National Memorial Day Concert” by Andrew Gans

The "National Memorial Day Concert" is broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol May 24 beginning at 8 PM ET on PBS; check local listings.

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Original Cast Members Reunite for Grand Hotel: The 25th Anniversary Concert Tonight by Andrew Gans

The 54 Sings series continues May 24 with Grand Hotel: The 25th Anniversary Concert at the intimate Manhattan nightspot 54 Below.

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Playbill Vault’s Today In Theatre History: May 24 by David Gewirtzman and Robert Viagas, Ernio Hernandez and Anne Bradley

1925 Godfrey Tearle is Hamlet in the Fellowship Players production at the Prince of Wales Theatre. The Fellowship offers Sunday performances so these employed professionals have the chance t…

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Intimate Titanic, A Hit in London, Opens in Toronto Tonight by Adam Hetrick

An intimate revival of Maury Yeston and Peter Stone's Tony Award-winning musical Titanic, featuring opera tenor Ben Heppner in the role of Isidor Straus, officially opens May 24 at T…

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How The Wiz Went from Nearly Closing On Opening Night to Becoming a Tony-Winning Hit Here’s What Ha by Colette Dowling

Playbill.com digs into its archives to explore past articles and uncover the history behind some of Broadway's biggest shows. This original piece, "Selling a Broadway Show Or How Th…

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Pitch Perfect 2 Film Sings Up a Storm at the Box Office by Robert Viagas

The new film musical “Pitch Perfect 2” grossed more than $135 million in the first week of release in the U.S., making it the fastest-breaking musical film in history.

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Raise a Pint! Broadway Reacts to Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage in Ireland by Michael Gioia

Ireland became the first nation to legalize same-sex marriage by a popular national vote, with 62 percent of voters in favor of allowing gay couples to wed. Following the news, Broadway …

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The Visit Star Will Be Out “For a Number of Performances” by Adam Hetrick, Michael Gioia

Roger Rees, who stars as Anton Schell — the former lover of Claire Zachanassian, played by Chita Rivera — in The Visit, will be out from the Ka…

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Preludes, New Musical from Great Comet of 1812’s Dave Malloy, Begins Tonight by Olivia Clement

Lincoln Center Theater's LCT3 production of Preludes, the new musical by Dave Malloy, developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin, begins performances May 23. The world premiere featur…

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Photo Call: Cherry Jones, Brooke Shields and More Celebrate Public Theater Opening Nights by David Gewirtzman

The Public Theater celebrated two opening nights this week: The Mobile Shakespeare Unit’s Macbeth opened on May 20, and Elevator Repair Service’s The Sound and the Fury opened on May 21.

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Stage Views: “Sopranos” Star On Hamilton, Glengarry Glen Ross and “If I Were a Rich Man” by Andrew Gans

Playbill.com's series features actors commenting on their recent theatregoing experiences, what productions they're looking forward to and more.

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Liza Minnelli and Hippies? 11-Year-Olds and Tony Winners? The 10 Greatest Tony Awards Mash-Ups by Ben Rimalower

Playbill.com correspondent Ben Rimalower offers a collection of the 10 best musical mash-up performances broadcast on the Tony Awards.

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Ethel and Angela and Patti, Oh My! Who Is the Fiercest Mama Rose of All? by Mark Robinson

Playbill.com looks at the various leading ladies and dynamic divas who have played the infamous stage mother, Mama Rose, in Gypsy.

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Read the Original 1984 Interview with Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera in Rehearsals for The Rink! by Harry Haun

Playbill.com digs into its archives to explore past articles. This original interview, "Two Ringers In The Rink," was published in the February 1984 edition of Playbill Magazine. T…

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Playbill Vault’s Today In Theatre History: May 23 by Anne Bradley and Ernio Hernandez

1904 The Southerners, with a score by black composer Will Marion Cook, is the first time an entire black chorus is used in a show with a white cast. Lead Eddie Leonard appears in blackface i…

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Photo Archive: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Dan Fogler and More in The 25th Annual Put by David Gewirtzman

Earlier this week it was announced that the nine original cast members of the hit Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will reunite for a special one-night-onl…

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