April 26, 2015

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On the Town Hunks in Photo Shoot Action at NYC's South Street Seaport

The hunky sailors of On the Town joined Playbill at New York, New York's South Street Seaport for day of photographic adventure. The shoot started off with some simple portraits that captured the feel of the show in the seaside location. Then the guys — Julius C. Carter, Stephen Hanna, Brandon Leffler, Jess LeProtto, Cory Lingner, Michael Rosen, Ricky Ubeda, Cody Williams, and Mikey Winslow — upped their energy and showed off favorite dance steps, flexed some muscles, did some gymnastic stunts and even made some flying leaps through the air! See the entire Photo Call here.

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The Secrets Behind Designing Fun Home on Broadway

When audiences first walk into Circle in the Square to see Fun Home, they're greeted with what appears to be a simply set, almost empty stage. What they don't see is all of the hidden artistry and technology that goes into creating that "simple" design. Take a journey with us behind the scenes of Fun Home, as we talk to the show's design team, and unmask what is hidden beneath the stage. Read Playbill's report on the opening night of Fun Home.

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Jessie Mueller and Judith Light Announce the 2015 Drama Desk Nominations

Nominations for the 2015 Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced April 23 at 54 Below. Previous Drama Desk winners Judith Light and Jessie Mueller made the announcement, which included 13 nominations for Hamilton, 12 nominations for An American in Paris, 9 nominations for Something Rotten! and 7 nominations for The Visit. The 60th Annual Drama Desk Awards, hosted by Laura Benanti, will take place May 31 at The Town Hall in Manhattan. For more on the nominations, read the Playbill story.

The Shows
Highlights From The Visit Starring Chita Rivera

The Visit is a tale of love, greed and revenge. John Kander and Fred Ebb's final Broadway musical stars Chita Rivera as the world's wealthiest woman who returns to her hometown to make a deal with the residents — if they kill the man who broke her heart decades earlier (Roger Rees), she will make them all rich. Book is by Terrence McNally. John Doyle directs the production at the Lyceum Theatre. Read the Playbill story.

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Brandy Norwood in Rehearsal for Chicago: "I Want to Be Great!"

Best know for TV roles ("Moesha," "Cinderella") and pop music hits ("Baby," "The Boy Is Mine") Brandy Norwood is taking on a new challenge — Broadway. On April 28th, she steps into the role of the villainous Roxie Hart in John Kander and Fred Ebb's Chicago. In this open rehearsal, Norwood demonstrated her affinity for the Bob Fosse choreography and ran through 'Roxie" and "Nowadays." See her perform live in Times Square.

The Shows
Highlights From Something Rotten! Starring Brian d'Arcy James and Christian Borle

Something Rotten! stars Brian d'Arcy James and John Cariani as the Bottom brothers, a pair of struggling writers who, with the help of a soothsayer (Brad Oscar), try to outdo their arch nemesis William Shakespeare (Christian Borle) by bringing the world's first musical to the stage. Casey Nicholaw directs and choreographs. Music and lyrics are by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick. Book is by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell. Read the Playbill story.

The Shows
Highlights From Airline Highway on Broadway

In Lisa D'Amour's play Airline Highway, a ragtag group of hustlers, strippers and philosophers gather at a seedy motel on New Orleans' Airline Highway to stage a "funeral" for the very-much-alive burlesque performer Miss Ruby. The production previously played Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre. Joe Mantello directs. The limited engagement runs through June 14 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. See show details.

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Just Peachy!: "Glee" and Hedwig Star Darren Criss Wows 'em With Pasek and Paul Tune

Darren Criss begins performances in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on April 29. But before he was slated to take over the role of the transgender rocker, he had the opportunity to surprise some 4,000 youngsters at this past January's Junior Theatre Festival, held annually in Atlanta, GA. In this exlcusive peek at his performance, Criss sings "Middle of a Moment" from Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's James and the Giant Peach. See what Criss had to say about prepping for Hedwig.

The Shows
Highlights From Doctor Zhivago Starring Tam Mutu and Kelli Barrett

The new musical Doctor Zhivago is based on Boris Pasternak's Nobel Prize-winning novel and the 1965 film which won five Academy Awards. The epic takes the 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. Book is by Michael Weller, music is by Lucy Simon, with lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers. See show details.

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Mamma Mia! Cast Busts a Rhyme for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

The cast of Mamma Mia! has fundraising down to a science. When it's time to ask the audience to give to Broadway Cares/Equity Fight AIDS, they break out their very own signature rap tune that explains the many pros of donating to the worthwhile organization. Make sure you put some money in that red bucket on the way out of the show! Read about BC/EFA's Easter Bonnet fundraiser, with performances April 20 and 21.


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When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life.

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