December 01, 2015

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Exclusive: Hamilton Spreads "Joy to The World" in BC/EFA Benefit

The cast of Hamilton hit the studio to record their offering for the 2015 installment of "Carols For a Cure," an annual collection of holiday tunes supporting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Leslie Odom, Jr. took the lead on a unique orchestration (provided by Kurt Crowley and Benny Reiner) of the traditional "Joy to the World." Additional lyrics were written by Crowley and Okieriete Onaodowan and performed by Onaodowan. Cast members Carleigh Bettiol, Andrew Chappelle, Alysha Deslorieux, Sydney James Harcourt, Sasha Hutchings, Stephanie Klemons, Morgan Marcell, Javier Muñoz, Anthony Ramos, Austin Smith and Ephraim Sykes joined in on the holiday fun. Purchase the 2 CD set at the Playbill Store.

The Shows
Highlights From Pasek and Paul's A Christmas Story at Paper Mill

Chris Hoch and Elena Shaddow star as the parents of Ralphie, a young boy who longs for a very special, albeit dangerous, Christmas present in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's A Christmas Story, The Musical. Adapted from the biographical stories of Jean Shepherd and the subsequent 1983 film, the musical features a book by Joseph Robinette. See show details.

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Lena Hall Rocks Out With Psychedelic Classic "White Rabbit"

Lena Hall brings her new cabaret show The Villa Satori: Growing Up Haight Ashbury to Feinstein's 54 Below from Nov. 28 to Dec. 7. The show recounts her experiences growing up in San Francisco's most famous enclave of hippies and artists. Hall will perform an eclectic selection of songs that feature soul, new wave, punk, and, of course, psychedelic sounds. Here, she performs the classic Jefferson Airplane anthem "White Rabbit." See show details.

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Highlights From Sheldon Harnick 's Heartwarming A Wonderful Life Musical

The Goodspeed premiere of A Wonderful Life brings the classic holiday film "It's a Wonderful Life" to the stage with a musical re-imagining. Duke Lafoon stars as George Bailey, Ed Dixon is Mr. Potter, Ella Briggs is Zuzu and Kirsten Scott is Mary Hatch. Music is by Joe Raposo; book and lyrics are by Sheldon Harnick. See show details.

The Shows
Get "Sparklejollytwinklejingley" With New Holiday Production of Elf

Alex Goodrich stars as Buddy in Elf, the Matthew Sklar (music), Chad Beguelin (lyrics), Bob Martin (book) and Thomas Meehan (book) musical based on the 2003 film starring Will Ferrell. Songs include "Happy All the Time," "Nobody Cares About Santa" and "Sparklejollytwinklejingley." Marc Robin directs the production at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, IL. See show details.

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The Vault: Lauren Pritchard and Her Magical Time in the Original Spring Awakening

Lauren Pritchard (she wrote the music and lyrics for Songbird which plays Off-Broadway at 59E59 through Dec. 6) played Ilse in the original production of Spring Awakening. For this special segment of The Vault, she sat down with Playbill to talk about the show's quick evolution from an unknown Off-Broadway production to a Broadway sensation. See Pritchard and Kate Baldwin perform from Songbird.

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Exclusive: Daddy Long Legs Stars in the Studio For Cast Recording

Stars Megan McGinnis and Paul Alexander Nolan (Adam Halpin has since replaced Nolan in the show) took to the vocal booth at Avatar Studios for the cast recording of Daddy Long Legs. The musical, now running Off-Broadway at the Davenport Theatre, finds a mysterious benefactor paying an orphan's college tuition with the stipulation that she is to write him a letter once a month. Here, the pair runs through "Like Other Girls" and "Thing I Didn't Know." The album is now available digitally and will be in stores on Dec. 18.

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Finding Neverland, The King and I, Fiddler and On Your Feet! Rehearse for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

The 89th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be broadcast live on NBC Nov. 26 at 9 AM ET. We stopped by Monday night's rehearsals, held in front of Macy's on 34th Street, to give you a sneak peek at the performances from Broadway's Finding Neverland, The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof and On Your Feet! Read more about this year's parade performances.

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Dames at Sea Star Clowns Around at the Big Apple Circus

Dames at Sea's Danny Gardner is a multi-talented performer who is always looking to expand upon his skill set. He joined the Big Apple Circus' Mr. Joel (Joel Jeske) and Skip (Brent McBeth) to learn the nuts and bolts of clowning — the tutorial featured makeup, costumes, squeaky horns and slapstick gags aplenty. The Big Apple Circus resides at Lincoln Center through Jan. 10. See details.

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Lesli Margherita Sings Sexy, Sultry "Why Don't You Do Right?"

Broadway star Lesli Margherita (Dames at Sea, Matilda) debuts her new solo show Broad at Birdland on Monday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7. The evening celebrates the controversial women of the 1920s, 30s and 40s with the songs that landed them in hot water. Here, in a preview of the show, Margherita sings Kansas Joe McCoy's "Why Don't You Do Right?" For more information, visit


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Fiddler On The Roof

Featuring the Broadway classics “To Life (L’Chaim!),” “If I Were A Rich Man,” “Sunrise Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “Tradition,” Fiddler on the Roof will introduce a new generation to this uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!

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