August 03, 2015

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EXCLUSIVE: Laura Osnes Sings Mashup of Classics at Birdland

On August 3, Laura Osnes will make her debut at Birdland, one of New York City's most historic jazz clubs. Osnes will perform alongside music director Fred Lassen on piano and will draw from a songbook that includes Bonnie & Clyde, Anything Goes and Rodgers & Hammerstein. Here, she and 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. See show details.

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Hilarious Women of #MakeItFair Shred Nasty Online Comments

#MakeItFair is an online campaign that calls into question the perception and representation of women in entertainment. Rita Wilson, Mamie Gummer, Orfeh, Jessica Hecht, Donna Lynne Champlin, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Lilli Cooper, Jenn Lyon, Patricia Noonan, Olga Merediz, Cusi Cram, Nadia Quinn and more helped to create a public service announcement parody video in support of their cause. When the video went viral, the negative comments on YouTube followed. Here, the women of #MakeItFair sat down with Playbill to read — and give hilarious responses to — some of the comments. Read the Playbill story.

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Marc Kudisch's NYC Getaway: West 79th Street Boat Basin Brings a Bit of Beach Town to NYC

Looking to escape the crowds of Times Square for a little while this summer? Playbill met up with Marc Kudisch, currently starring alongside Broadway's favorite evil puppet in Hand to God. Kudisch is an aficionado of boats and the open water, so he suggested a meetup at New York City's West 79th Street Boat Basin. Tucked below the Henry Hudson Parkway, the marina channels the feel a beach town mere seconds away from the buzz of the city. Kudisch enjoyed lunch at the Boat Basin Café and chatted about his love of the water and a need to detox when working eight shows a week. See Paul Nolan's favorite foodie getaway.

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EXCLUSIVE: Quick Changes, Crazy Props, Whiskey and Controlled Chaos in the Wings of 39 Steps

Playbill got an exclusive look at the manic goings-on of Off-Broadway's 39 Steps. In the show — a comic take on Alfred Hitchcock's classic film — only four actors play some 100 characters, so quick changes are the rule and a never-ending supply of costumes, accessories, props and set pieces fill the wings at the Union Square Theatre. This is the most organized chaos any theatre fan is bound to see! See show details.

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Former Newsies Join DJ PennyWild for "Good Mornin Remix" Dance Across NYC

PennyWild is a DJ with a vast background in musical theatre. In this new video shot out and about in New York City, former Newsies cast members Tommy Bracco, Ryan Breslin, David Guzman, and Jacob Guzman give her a hand as she combines DJ, dance, theatre and choreography skills to give a millennial take on the classic song "Good Morning" made famous in the 1952 musical film "Singing in the Rain" starring Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor. Watch The King and I and On the Town cast members have a dance party featuring the hit song "Uptown Funk."

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A Big Bowl of Ramen at Paul Nolan's Favorite NYC Culinary Getaway

Looking to escape the crowds of Times Square for a little while this summer? Playbill met up with Paul Nolan (he will soon be starring Off-Broadway in Daddy Long Legs) for a bowl of delicious ramen at his favorite midtown getaway, Gotham West Market. Nolan talked favorite foods, online chess and the importance of being able to wind down while doing eight shows a week. Visit with Montego Glover in her favorite green getaway — Bryant Park.

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Jason Danieley Offers an Emotional Rendition of "The Only One" at The Visit Cast Recording

Jason Danieley played Frederich Kuhn in The Visit, John Kander and Fred Ebb's final Broadway show. In this special look behind the scenes at the original cast recording session for the show, Danieley steps up to the microphone to perform a stirring version of "The Only One." Purchase the album from Broadway Records.

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Brian d'Arcy James, Christian Borle and Something Rotten! Stars Ham It Up for CD Release

To celebrate the release of the show's original cast recording on CD, Brian d'Arcy James, John Cariani, Kate Reinders and 2015 Tony winner Christian Borle had a ball performing Something Rotten! tunes before a packed house at Barnes and Noble's East 86th St. location in NYC. Cast members Brad Oscar, Heidi Blickenstaff and Michael James Scott were also on hand to sign autographs for the many fans in attendance. Purchase the recording digitally. Purchase it on CD.

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The King and I Bids Farewell to Ken Watanabe with Fun and Funny Lip-Synch Video

Ken Watanabe played his final performance as the King of Siam in Broadway's The King and I this past weekend and everyone wanted to celebrate. In this video shot and edited by Ashley Park, the show's cast and crew perform a hilarious lip-synch version of Ashford & Simpson's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." Read about Jose Llana joining the cast.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Takes Requests, Sings "Bohemian Rhapsody" at Hamilton Ticket Lottery

Creator and star Lin-Manual Miranda greeted the crowd at Hamilton's ticket lottery in an encouraging — as well as entertaining — fashion. Miranda explained that tickets are hard to come by, but worry not, Hamilton will be around for a good long time. Then he took song requests from the assembled crowd and performed, with the help of music director Alex Lacamoire, a bit of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and In the Heights' "96,000." See show details.


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