Cynthia Nixon will star alongside Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal in the revival of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, which begins performances at the American Airlines Theatre on Oct. 2. Nixon is no stranger to the play — some 30 years ago she played the role of Debbie in a Broadway production that included Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons and Christine Baranski. At that same time, she was also playing Donna in the Broadway production of Hurlyburly only a few blocks away. Sounds confusing? Playwright, author and Playbill.com contributor Marc Acito was on hand to help sort it all out as he and Nixon went on a walking (and explaining!) tour of the blocks between the Schoenfeld Theatre (formerly the Plymouth Theatre) where The Real Thing played, and the Barrymore Theatre, where Hurlyburly played. Check out the latest updates on The Real Thing.
Known familiarly as KTP, Kyle Taylor Parker played one of the Angels in the Broadway production of Kinky Boots. For the national touring production, he will star as Lola alongside Steven Booth's Charlie Price. In this series of videos, KTP gives a glimpse at life on stage and backstage of a touring Broadway musical. Here, castmates bid him farewell and happy "trials" as he ends his run in the Broadway production. The videos are directed by Kyle Taylor Parker, editing is by Katherine Paige, special thanks are extended to Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig. See a high-energy musical preview of the tour.
Broadway-bound new musical The Last Ship wrapped a month-long Chicago run in July. This brand new commercial gives an exciting glimpse at the show that features music and lyrics by 16-time Grammy winner Sting and book by Tony winner John Logan and Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Yorkey. The open-ended Broadway engagement begins Sept. 29 with Tony winner Joe Mantello at the helm. Read the Playbill story.
Based on the 1987 film (which won an Oscar for Best Original Song), the national tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage begins performances Aug. 26 at The National Theatre in Washington D.C. Featuring a book by the film's screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein, the Equity tour is directed by James Powell with choreography by Michele Lynch based on the original choreography by Kate Champion. Samuel Pergande and Jillian Mueller star as Johnny Castle and Frances "Baby" Houseman. Early stops in the tour include Cincinnati, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Houston and Atlanta. Read the Playbill story.
Playbill and the Players Kinky Boots Brings Sexy Strut to National Tour
The national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots, featuring a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein and a score by Tony and Grammy winner Cyndi Lauper, will open Sept. 4 at the Smith Center in Las Vegas. Tour stops include Tempe, San Diego, Seattle, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and many more. Here, the cast readied for the road with a special press preview featuring three of the production's showstoppers — "Sex Is in the Heel," "The Soul of a Man" and "Raise You Up/Just Be." Watch highlights of the show with the original Broadway cast.
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