Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad play the star-crossed lovers in the Broadway revival of Romeo and Juliet, which takes a new perspective on Shakespeare's play by incorporating elements of racial intolerance. Taking a break from his usual role as the show's Paris, Justin Guarini played tour guide and went behind the scenes of the production at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Guarini took a peek at cast warm-ups, bird rehearsal, fight call and the stage crew as they tested the show's moving "fire bars" which shoot flames high into the air during the performance. See all of the show's details in the Playbill Vault.
Highlights From The Snow Geese Starring Mary-Louise Parker
The Manhattan Theatre Club/MCC Theater world premiere of The Snow Geese, Sharr White's WWI-set drama about a newly widowed woman and her family bracing against a changing world, is now playing at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan, the production stars Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Mary-Louise Parker, four-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein, Tony Award winner Victoria Clark, Evan Jonigkeit and Brian Cross. For more on The Snow Geese, visit PlaybillVault.com.
Highlights From the West End Revival of Merrily We Roll Along
Stephen Sondheim himself described the recent critically acclaimed West End revival of Merrily We Roll Along (directed by Olivier Award winner Maria Friedman) as "the best I've seen." The 1981 musical, with book by George Furth and score by Sondheim, travels backwards in time to navigate the bumpy history of three friends who start their careers in show business together. Recorded in High Definition from multiple camera angles, the production was screened in cinemas across the U.S. Oct. 23 by CinemaLive and Digital Theatre. The 7 screening also included backstage interviews with the cast. Visit Fathomevents.com for ticket information.
Sarah Stiles (Into The Woods), Jed Resnick (Avenue Q), performance artist Erin Markey, cabaret star Molly Pope and Tony-nominee Eleanor Reissa starred in a concert reading of Dan Fishback's The Material World at Joe's Pub on Oct. 25. Set in the 1920s, the musical centers on a family of socialist Jews who live in a boarding house with Madonna and Britney Spears. Backstage at Joe's Pub, Molly Pope, Sarah Stiles and Jed Resnick preview two songs from the musical, and writer Dan Fishback talks a bit about his show. For more on The Material World, visit thematerialworldmusical.com. *This video contains some explicit language.
Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, the new Jeanine Tesori (music) and Lisa Kron (book and lyrics) musical Fun Home received a Sept. 30 world premiere at the Public Theater. Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris and Tony nominee Judy Kuhn head the cast in the story of the Bechdel family, whose one-of-a-kind patriarch (Cerveris) leaves lasting influences on his adult daughter (Beth Malone) even after his death. Directed by Sam Gold, the production opened Oct. 22 and runs through Nov. 3. See Playbill's Photo Call.
As National Breast Cancer Awareness Month rolled around, breast cancer survivor Lorna Luft wanted to give back, so she teamed with the Actors Fund for their 2013 edition of Nothing Like a Dame. Titled Lorna's Pink Party, the Oct. 14th concert (and its Oct. 21 encore) benefitted the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and the Dr. Philomena McAndrew Fund of Tower Cancer Research Foundation. Guests included Luft's legendary sister Liza Minnelli as well as Norm Lewis, Liz Callaway, Ann Hampton Callaway, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jim Caruso, Nick Adams, Marcia Strassman, Phyllis Newman and Kelly King. Read the Playbill story.
Lindsay Mendez and Donna English Preview Princesses Reunion Concert at 54 Below
Lindsay Mendez, Donna English, Sierra Boggess, Patti Murin, Marissa Perry, Mary Faber, Jenny Fellner, Brent Barrett and Anne Letscher reunited Oct. 21 for a concert version of the musical Princesses at 54 Below. Written by Tony winner David Zippel, Oscar and Grammy nominee Matthew Wilder and Emmy and Golden Globe winners Cheri and Bill Steinkellner, Princesses follows a group of jaded private-school girls forced by their teacher to put on a show. Reuniting ten years after first performing the musical, Mendez and English sing two songs from the show, and talk about the experience of revisiting the material. For more information, read the Playbill.com story.
Highlights From Rupert Holmes' A Time to Kill
Rupert Holmes' A Time to Kill (adapted from the best-selling John Grisham novel) tells the story of Carl Lee Hailey (John Douglas Thompson), a black man who guns down the two white men who assaulted his daughter. Attorney Jake Brigance (Sebastian Arcelus) must battle district attorney Rufus Buckley (Patrick Page) to defend his client, and fight the powers that be on both sides of the racially divided Mississippi town. The cast is headed by Tom Skerritt, Ashley Williams (both making Broadway debuts), Tonya Pinkins and Fred Dalton Thompson. The production opened Oct. 20 at the John Golden Theatre. Ethan McSweeny directs. See all of the show's details in the Playbill Vault.
Brian d'Arcy James Shares Some Higher Learning With PlaybillEDU
Brian d'Arcy James made a name for himself with turns in Broadway shows like Carousel, Shrek the Musical, Next to Normal and Time Stands Still, but his career started long before — his first professional job came while he was still a student at Northwestern University. James sat down with Playbill to chat about his higher education experiences in support of PlaybillEDU, a new website aimed at matching prospective students of theatre, music and dance to the perfect college or conservatory program. See Alice Ripley's chat with Playbill about her higher education experiences.