November 29, 2014

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A Sneak Peek at Paper Mill's Elf Starring James Moye and Heidi Blickenstaff

The holiday musical Elf, based on the 2003 film starring Will Ferrell, is currently in previews at the the Paper Mill Playhouse, ahead of a Nov. 30 opening. Elf has a book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin, music by Matthew Sklar and lyrics by Chad Beguelin. The Paper Mill production stars James Moye as Buddy, Kate Fahrner as Jovie, Paul C. Vogt as Santa, Heidi Blickenstaff as Emily, Robert Cuccioli as Walter and Jake Faragalli as Michael. At a recent press event for the show, the cast offered previews of four songs, including "Christmastown," "Never Fall in Love," and "There Is a Santa Claus." For more on Elf at the Paper Mill Playhouse, read the Playbill.com story.

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Highlights From Fiddler on the Roof at Arena Stage

The classic musical Fiddler on the Roof is currently being presented in an in-the-round staging by Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Helmed by Arena Stage artistic director Molly Smith, the musical, which features a book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and is based on Sholem Aleichem stories, will continue through Jan. 4, 2015 on the Fichandler Stage. The cast includes Tony Award nominee Jonathan Hadary as Tevye, Ann Arvia as Golde, Dorea Schmidt as Tzeitel, Hannah Corneau as Hodel, Maria Rizzo as Chava, Shayna Blass as Shprintze and Maya Brettell as Bielke. For more on the production, read the Playbill.com story.

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THANKSGIVING FLASHBACK: Priscilla Queen of the Desert Prepares for the Macy's Parade It's a tradition that every Thanksgiving morning audiences pack Herald Square or turn on their TVs to watch the floats, balloons and Broadway musical performances in front of Macy's flagship 34th Street store in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Those appearances of Broadway casts aren't simply plugged in at the last minute, as Playbill learned in an exclusive look at a parade rehearsal hosted by Tony Sheldon and Nick Adams of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Watch the Priscilla cast prepare for the 2011 parade.
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Highlights From the National Tour of Cinderella

The national tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, the family-friendly musical that continues at New York's Broadway Theatre, launched Oct. 10 in Providence, RI, at the Providence Performing Arts Center. Paige Faure, who starred in the Broadway production, heads the cast in the title role with Andy Jones as Prince Topher. For more on the national tour of Cinderella, read the Playbill.com story.

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Ann Hampton Callaway Prepares for Her "Turning Point" at 54 Below

Tony nominee Ann Hampton Callaway is celebrating Thanksgiving at 54 Below with her new show "Turning Point," now through Nov. 29. Exploring the milestones of her life through song, the evening includes both original music and songs from musicals she has appeared in. Here is a preview of Callaway singing "Blues in the Night," which she performed on Broadway in Swing!. For more on Ann Hampton Callaway's "Turning Point," visit 54Below.com.

The Shows
Highlights From A Delicate Balance Starring Glenn Close and John Lithgow

A starry revival of A Delicate Balance, Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning family drama starring Glenn Close and John Lithgow, is now playing on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre. Directed by Pam MacKinnon, the cast also includes Lindsay Duncan, Bob Balaban, Clare Higgins and Martha Plimpton. In A Delicate Balance, Agnes (Close) and Tobias (Lithgow), a long-married couple, must maintain their equilibrium as over the course of a weekend they welcome home their 36-year-old daughter (Plimpton) after the collapse of her fourth marriage, and give shelter to their best friends (Balaban and Higgins), all the while tolerating Agnes’ alcoholic sister Claire (Duncan). Check out what the critics had to say about the production.

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EXCLUSIVE: Meryl Streep Sings "Stay With Me" in "Into the Woods" Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

Playbill.com premieres an exclusive video clip of Meryl Streep's performance of "Stay With Me" from the eagerly anticipated film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods. Directed by Rob Marshall, the film cast includes Streep as The Witch, MacKenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood, Johnny Depp as The Wolf, James Corden as The Baker, Emily Blunt as The Baker's Wife and Anna Kendrick as Cinderella. The film is scheduled to hit theatres Dec. 25. For more on "Into the Woods," read Playbill.com's interview with Rob Marshall and James Lapine.

The Shows
Highlights From the National Tour of Newsies

Disney Theatrical Productions' hit production of Newsies is currently touring North America. The cast is led by Dan DeLuca as Jack Kelly, Steve Blanchard as Joseph Pulitzer, Stephanie Styles as Katherine, Angela Grovey as Medda Larkin, Jacob Kemp as Davey and Zachary Sayle as Crutchie. Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman and a book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. For more on the tour, read the Playbill.com story.


An Exclusive Look at Tyler Perry’s Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned - The Play

Writer, director and producer Tyler Perry's unpredictable tale of a successful woman's life gone downhill, Tyler Perry's Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned - The Play, will be released on DVD, Digital HD and Video on Demand on Nov. 25. Taped in front of a live audience, it stars Patrice Lovely and Cheryl "Pepsii" Riley. In the play, a single woman is convinced by her best friend to find a man, but her life quickly spirals out of control after he convinces her to get married in Las Vegas. In this exclusive clip, Hattie (Patrice Lovely) finds out that Anita’s (Cheryl Pepsii Riley) bank account is missing money and everyone starts getting suspicious of Anita’s shady new boyfriend. For more on Tyler Perry's Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned - The Play, click here.

The Shows
Highlights From Side Show on Broadway

The reimagined production of Henry Krieger and Bill Russell's 1997 Tony-nominated musical Side Show is now playing on Broadway at the St. James Theatre. Academy Award winner Bill Condon directs the production, which stars Erin Davie and Emily Padgett as conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton. Inspired by the remarkable true story of the legendary vaudeville sisters, Side Show shows their heartwarming search for first love and acceptance amidst the spectacle of fame and scrutiny under the spotlight. For more on Side Show, read Playbill.com's history of the musical.

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