Cast of La Jolla Playhouse's Side Show Transformed with Makeup and Costumes Side Show tells the true story of Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins who followed a journey from the streets to stardom. The current La Jolla Playhouse production reimagines the Henry Krieger (music) and Bill Russell (book and lyrics) musical with major book revisions, four new songs, rewritten songs and the return of songs that were originally cut from the show. Here, La Jolla Playhouse costume shop manager Sue Makkoo gives a backstage tour as the cast of the show gets into their elaborate makeup and costumes, which transform them into their otherworldly characters. A co-production with the Kennedy Center, the show is slated for a June 2014 opening in Washington, D.C. Bill Condon, who won an Oscar for his adaptation of "Gods And Monsters" directs. Read the Playbill story.
Legendary Burt Bacharach Performs at What's It All About? Bacharach Reimagined Curtain Call What's It All About? Bacharach Reimagined is a new revue featuring the music of Burt Bacharach (lyrics are by the late Hal David and others), currently playing as part of the New York Theatre Workshop's 2013-14 season. Kyle Riabko, who performs and penned the arrangements, developed the show after he and Bacharach hit it off after meeting in the studio. Playbill was on hand for the Dec. 5 opening night curtain call as the eclectic group of young performers closed the show with an electrified version of "What's New Pussycat?" only to return to the stage a moment later with Bacharach himself in tow for "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head." See Playbill's opening night Photo Call.
An Exclusive Tour of Immersive Theatre Experience Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Bloody Beginning Creator-writer-director Cynthia von Buhler weaves family history into Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Bloody Beginning, an interactive and immersive theatrical experience where each guest participates as a character in the story. Based on her grandparents' experiences owning two speakeasies in Prohibition-era New York City, the production features secret bookshelf passageways, burlesque dancers, adultery and, of course, murder. Here, von Buhler takes Playbill on an exclusive tour of the production which is performed at the Back Room, a speakeasy-style pub in NYC's Lower East Side. Click here for details and tickets.
The "Singing Baker" Hits the Road with Evita's National Tour: Part Three Dubbed the "singing baker" after a memorable appearance on Food Network's "Sweet Genius" baking competition, Alison Mahoney has been making baking-related television appearances since, most notably on WCBS' "Live From the Couch" morning show. With a love of fresh and tasty ingredients, Mahoney hit the road with the touring company of Evita ready to find the best baked treats across the nation. As the Evita tour found its way to St. Louis and the Fox Theatre, Mahoney discovered that Donna Lynch, one of the show’s dressers, just so happens to be an expert in a delicious Midwest classic — gooey butter cake.
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PLAYBILL EATS: Desmond’s Steakhouse Offers 100,000 Welcomes Located only a few short blocks from Times Square, Desmond’s Steakhouse takes a modern approach to the quintessential New York steakhouse. The menu features dry-aged (28-35 days) USDA prime beef, which is fired up on a 1500-degree grill. As chef Silvestre Mora tosses some steaks on the grill (accompanied by hash browns and asparagus), owner Paul Hurley chats about the mission of the restaurant and the origin of the Desmond’s name. For more details, click here.
EXCLUSIVE: Jonathan Groff Rehearses for Get Back Benefit Performance On Nov. 24, Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff will take the stage at the Five Angels Theater to perform a one-night-only benefit concert for the 52nd Street Project. Titled Get Back, the show draws inspiration from both Groff’s childhood days and the mission of the 52nd Street Project — to let kids explore their lives through theatre arts. Musical direction is by Mary-Mitchell Campbell. In this exclusive rehearsal studio peek, Groff runs through a variety of tunes including “Pure Imagination,” “The Age of Not Believing” and, of course, “Get Back.” For info, visit www.52project.org.