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EXCLUSIVE: Watch Betsy Wolfe's Jaw-Dropping Performance of "Let It Sing" From MCC's Miscast

On March 30, MCC Theater presented Miscast, an annual benefit in which Broadway stars perform songs from musical roles that they would be very unlikely to land in real life. Uzo Aduba, Laura Benanti, Jessie Mueller, Annaleigh Ashford, Christopher Fitzgerald, Joshua Henry and Jeremy Jordan were all in on the evening's fun. In this exclusive look at the event, Betsy Wolfe performs "Let It Sing" from Violet — and gets a little musical help from one of the show's stars. See a Photo Call from the event.

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Highlights From The 12, New Rock Musical Response to Jesus Christ Superstar The 12, a brand-new rock musical with book and lyrics by 2014 Tony Award winner Robert Schenkkan and music and lyrics by Neil Berg, closes out the Denver Center for the Performing Arts' 2014-15 season. Terence Archie, Christina Sajous, Tony Vincent and Jeannette Bayardelle head the cast in this story about the test of faith the disciples of Jesus Christ must face in the wake of their leader’s unthinkable death.
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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.

The Shows
Highlights From Spanish Language Rent in Havana, Cuba

Miami native Andy Señor added "director" to his Rent resume (he played Angel on Broadway and on tour and assistant-directed the recent Off-Broadway revival) when he helmed a Spanish language production in Havana for Cuba's first full-scale production of a Broadway show in over 50 years. The show was produced in partnership with the Cuban National Council of Performing Arts and Robert Nederlander, Jr.'s Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment. Here, the all-Cuban cast performs "Rent," "La Vie Boheme" and "Seasons of Love." Read the Playbill story.

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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.

The Shows
Highlights from New York Spring Spectacular Starring Laura Benanti, Derek Hough and the Rockettes

Radio City's New York Spring Spectacular is an interactive musical spectacular co-directed by Warren Carlyle, Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner. Laura Benanti and Derek Hough ("Dancing With the Stars") star alongside the world-famous Rockettes. The score includes original songs, classics and pop hits, including Taylor Swift's "Welcome to New York" and Kander and Ebb's "New York, New York." Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Whoopi Goldberg voice puppets of well-known NYC statues. 50 Cent, Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, Walt Frazier, John Leguizamo, Kelly Ripa, Mariano Rivera, Sam Rosen and more appear in video cameos. Read the Playbill story.

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