VideoWatch Your Favorite Female Broadway Superstars Sing!
Mar 08, 2016
From Barbra Streisand to Jennifer Hudson, from Sutton Foster to Alysha Umphress, Playbill celebrates International Women's Day with a salute to these unforgettable performances. Listen to some of musical theatre’s most inspiring voices.
Playbill popped in on Megan Hilty's final soundcheck before her recent shows at New York City's Café Carlyle and caught her performing a tune from "Smash." Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman's "They Just Keep Moving the Line" is featured in Bombshell, the Marilyn Monroe musical-within-the-show.
Sutton Foster made her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Pops and music director-conductor Steven Reineke. Foster's set list included songs from Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie along with a special performance of "Rose's Turn," a tune she presented as a gift to herself in celebration of her 40th birthday.
Lisa Howard starred in It Shoulda Been You as a woman trying to help her sister navigate the insanity of her wedding day. Playbill met up with her at Sardi's Restaurant to take a tour through some of the musical highlights of her career. In this medley arranged by Alison Holman, Howard runs through tunes from Les Misérables, The Royal Family of Broadway and 9 to 5 and It Shoulda Been You.
Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks star in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple. In this video preview of one of the show's most memorable numbers, Jennifer Hudson hit the recording studio to perform "Too Beautiful for Words" as the cast struts their stuff at a promotional photo shoot.
Legendary multiple Grammy, Emmy, Golden Globe and Oscar winner (and recipient of a Special Tony Award) Barbra Streisand made a triumphant homecoming as she took the stage at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
The latest album by Kristin Chenoweth is titled "Coming Home" and was recorded live in her hometown of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. In conjunction with the album release, a PBS television special of a concert performance was recorded and is available on both CD and DVD. Here, Chenoweth performs "Bring Him Home" from Les Misérables.
What if Julie Andrews sang Jessie J's hit "Bang Bang"? What if Celine Dion sang Sia's "Chandelier"? What if Barbra Streisand, Kristin Chenoweth, Alice Ripley, Patti LuPone and Bernadette Peters teamed up for "Ring of Keys"? Wonder no more!
Montego Glover has had a busy year. After wrapping up her run as Annie in It Shoulda Been You, she joined the cast of Les Misérables as Fantine. In this exclusive performance at the world famous Sardi's Restaurant, Glover ran through a medley of her very favorite tunes including classics from Les Miz, Memphis, St. Louis Woman and the pens of Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh. Composer Alison Holman provided the arrangement and accompanies on piano.
Laura Osnes recently made her debut at Birdland, one of New York City's most historic jazz clubs. Her show drw from a songbook including Bonnie & Clyde, Anything Goes and Rodgers & Hammerstein. Here, she and Fred Lassen sizzle through a mashup of Maury Yeston's "Shimmy Like They Do In Paree" from Death Takes a Holiday and "I Want To Go to Hollywood" from Grand Hotel.
To celebrate National Hot and Spicy Food Day, On the Town released a special clip of the saucy Alysha Umphress showing co-star Jay Armstrong Johnson how it's done with a red hot performance of "I Can Cook Too."