April 01, 2015

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EXCLUSIVE: The Lincoln Center Crystal Ball Sees Carner and Gregor in Broadway's Future

The March edition of Broadway's Future celebrated the music of Sam Carner and Derek Gregor, an award-winning songwriting team known for their musicals Unlock'd and Island Song.Guest performers Tituss Burgess, Leslie Kritzer, Natalie Weiss, Teal Wicks, Jackie Burns, David Perlman and more were on hand at Lincoln Center's Bruno Walter Auditorium to interpret the duo's songs from shows old and new. Watch Tituss Burgess preview the new Carner and Gregor single.

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EXCLUSIVE: Riffer Natalie Weiss Looks Into Broadway's Future

Natalie Weiss is a singer/actress/teacher/riffer known for her YouTube series "Breaking Down The Riffs." In this exclusive look at Lincoln Center's Broadway's Future concert held on March 30, Weiss takes on "So Far From Pennsylvania," a heart-rending tune from Sam Carner and Derek Gregor's musical Island Song. Watch Tituss Burgess preview his new Carner and Gregor single.

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EXCLUSIVE: Watch Tituss Burgess Preview New Carner and Gregor Single

"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" star Tituss Burgess stepped to the microphone to sing Sam Carner and Derek Gregor's "Advice to a Young Firefly" at the March 30 performance of Broadway's Future, presented by Lincoln Center's Public Library for the Performing Arts. The tune is from Carner and Gregor's musical Toast. The song was released yesterday as a single and is available for download.

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EXCLUSIVE: How Well Do Aladdin Stars Know Each Other?

Disney's Aladdin recently celebrated its first year on Broadway. In honor of the anniversary, we challenged the cast to see how well they know their co-stars. It's a contest between James Monroe Iglehart (Genie) and Adam Jacobs (Aladdin); Clifton Davis (Sultan) and Courtney Reed (Jasmine); Brian Gonzales (Babkak), Steel Burkhardt (Kassim) and Jonathan Schwartz (Omar); and Jonathan Freeman (Jafar) and Don Darryl Rivera (Iago). Which co-stars know each other the best? Watch and find out. Take a look at photos from Aladdin's first anniversary celebration.

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EXCLUSIVE: Ciara Renée Transforms into The Hunchback of Notre Dame's Esmeralda

Ciara Renée opened her dressing room door at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse to offer a peek as she prepped hair and makeup for her character Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She talked vocal exercises, the need for lots of steam and why wearing two microphones is key. The production runs though March 29. See highlights from the show.

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EXCLUSIVE: Ladies of The Hunchback of Notre Dame Share Fave Costumes, Have "Shake It Off" Dance Party

The Hunchback of Notre Dame cast members Samantha Massell, Nora Menken, Beth Kirkpatrick and Anise Ritchie took Playbill backstage to show off their favorite (and sometimes most challenging!) costumes to wear and shared the doo-dads, good luck charms and tchotchkes that they keep on hand in their dressing room. When all of that was said and done, a special guest popped in for a "Shake It Off" dance party! The show runs through March 29 at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse. Watch Ciara Renée prep her hair and makeup for her character Esmeralda.

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PLAYBILLder Spotlight: NYC's Beacon School Presents Caroline, or Change

New York City's Beacon School "offers an inquiry-based college preparatory program with technology and arts infused throughout the curriculum" and is a hotbed of young theatre talent. The school presents Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori's Caroline, or Change through March 28. Playbill was on hand for the first performance of the show featuring Marla Louissaint in the role of Caroline Thibodeaux, an African-American maid confronting life changes in the burgeoning civil rights era. Jo Ann Cimato directs. See all cast and crew details here. For tickets and info, visit beaconschool.org. Make your own Playbill at playbillder.com.

Doctor Zhivago's Kelli Barrett Speaks About Originating New Roles

The epic musical Doctor Zhivago is based on the Boris Pasternak Nobel Prize-winning novel which takes its characters on a search for love during the final days of Czarist Russia, the First World War and the chaos of the Russian revolution. Tam Mutu, Kelli Barrett, Tom Hewitt, Paul Nolan and Lora Lee Gayer head the cast. As the show readies for the Great White Way, Kelli Barrett talked about her desire to create new roles based on authentic aspects of her personality. See what Tam Mutu has to say about making his Broadway debut.

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Chita Rivera Previews Kander and Ebb's The Visit

Two-time Tony Award winner Chita Rivera returns to Broadway on March 26, when John Kander, Fred Ebb and Terrence McNally's new musical The Visit begins previews at the Lyceum Theatre. On March 24, in anticipation of the start of performances, Chita Rivera took to the stage of the Lyceum to perform the song "Love and Love Alone," accompanied by Michelle Veintimilla. The production is directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, and choreographed by Tony nominee Graciela Daniele. Read more about the history of the long awaited musical.

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EXCLUSIVE: Leslie Kritzer Previews Emotional Cast Recording of The Memory Show

The Off-Broadway cast recording of Transport Group Theatre Company’s The Memory Show was released online March 12 but CD sales began yesterday at your favorite stores. The Zach Redler (music) and Sara Cooper (book and lyrics) musical featured stars Catherine Cox and Leslie Kritzer as a mother and daughter trying to overcome conflicting versions of their shared past. In this exclusive preview, Kritzer and Redler met at the Yellow Sound Label recording studio to perform the heart-rending "Me and My Mother." Order the album at yellowsoundlabel.com.



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