October 13, 2015

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Some Beauty and the Beast With a Side of Grease at Ellen's Stardust Diner

Ellen's Stardust Diner is a popular destination for Broadway fans. Located at 51st St. and Broadway, the 1950s/'60s-style eatery features delicious classic fare — and a singing wait staff! In this peek inside the diner, the staff struts their stuff with tunes from Grease and Beauty and the Beast. Read the Playbill story.

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Sierra Boggess and "Downton Abbey" Star Join New York Pops For a Night of Rodgers & Hammerstein

On Oct. 9, the New York Pops and music director-conductor Steven Reineke celebrated the music of Rodgers & Hammerstein. On hand were guest performers Sierra Boggess and "Downton Abbey" star Julian Ovenden to run through a list of classics from iconic shows like The Sound of Music and Oklahoma!, as well as lesser-known tiles like Allegro and Pipe Dream. See a Photo Call from the evening.

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Sara Bareilles Releases Special Lyrics Video of Waitress Tune As the run of Waitress came to a close at American Repertory Theater, Sara Bareilles (she wrote the show's music and lyrics) put together a special lyrics video of "She Used To Be Mine" to say thank you. The track is a solo version of a song from the show that will be included on her new album "What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress." The album will be released on Epic Records Nov. 6. The video features Jessie Mueller and other cast members, as well as performance from Bareilles.
The Shows
Highlights From Immersive Carrie The Killer Musical Experience in LA

On Oct. 1, Carrie The Killer Musical Experience returned to the Los Angeles Theatre after an acclaimed run at the La Mirada Theatre. Emily Lopez plays Carrie, a bullied teen with telekinetic powers; Misty Cotton plays her mother, an abusive religious zealot. Brady Schwind directs. Performances run through Nov. 22. Read the Playbill story.

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Hamlet in Bed: The Play's the Thing in Which to Catch the Conscience of…the Queen?

Michael Laurence's Hamlet in Bed finds a neurotic actor (Laurence) who was raised as an adopted child and is now living in a troubled relationship. When he comes upon the actress-turned-barfly (Annette O'Toole) that he believes is his real mother, he stages a production of the Bard's masterpiece in an attempt to discover if it's actually her. In this exclusive performance video, Laurence and O'Toole give glimpses into the inner lives of their emotionally damaged characters. Lisa Peterson directs the production at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Performances are through Oct. 25. See show details.

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EXCLUSIVE: How Aladdin's Magic Carpet Illusion Was Perfected

As Disney's "Aladdin" is set for re-release on Blu-ray and digital on Oct. 13, we take a look at clip from "Making Broadway Magic," a behind the scenes feature that tells the story of bringing the animated classic to the Broadway stage. In this video exclusive, Casey Nicholaw and Thomas Schumacher are joined by Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed to discuss the process of perfecting the design and operation of the show's magic carpet. Read about the Playbill story.

Darren Criss Rocks Elsie Fest With Songs From Les Miz, Katy Perry and "Glee"

On Sept. 27, Elsie Fest celebrated the music of stage and screen with a day-long concert featuring Aaron Tveit, Laura Osnes, Seth Rudetsky, Leslie Odom, Jr., StarKid and Darren Criss. In this peek at highlights from Criss' set, he and band rock out with tunes from "Mulan," "Glee," Cabaret, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and more. Watch for a special appearance from Neon Tree's frontman Tyler Glenn. See what Rudetsky had to say about the festival.

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A Frantic and Energetic Look at The Elephant in Every Room I Enter, New Show About Tourette Syndrome

In The Elephant in Every Room I Enter, Gardiner Comfort shares his life as an actor with a neurological disorder and discovers, for the first time in his life, how he can be himself after attending the Tourette Syndrome Association National Conference in Washington, DC. The show was created by Comfort and Kel Haney; Haney directs. Performances begin Oct. 15. See show details.

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EXCLUSIVE: Daddy Long Legs Stars Perform Touching "The Color of Your Eyes"

Daddy Long Legs stars Megan McGinnis and Paul Alexander Nolan took the stage at the Davenport Theatre to perform "The Color of Your Eyes" from the Paul Gordon (music and lyrics) and John Caird (book, director) musical. Based on the 1912 novel by Jean Webster, the story finds a mysterious benefactor paying an orphan's college tuition, with the stipulation that she write him a letter once a month. See show details.

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Prince of Broadway Preview Features Tunes From Show Boat, Sweeney Todd, Follies

Prince of Broadway is a musical retrospective that spans the career of Harold Prince, the multiple Tony-winning director and producer. Prince himself directs the production; Susan Stroman co-directs and choreographs. Book is by David Thompson. Arrangements and musical supervision are by Jason Robert Brown. The cast features Ramin Karimloo, Shuler Hensley, Nancy Opel, Emily Skinner, Mariand Torres, Bryonha Marie Parham, Tony Yazbeck, Kaley Ann Voorhees and Reon Yuzuki. Here, they run through tunes from Company, Flora, the Red Menace, It’s a Bird...It’s Plane...It’s Superman, Sweeney Todd and more. The show plays Japan's Tokyu Theatre Orb. Oct. 23-Nov. 22, then Osaka's Umeda Arts Theater Main Hall Nov. 28-Dec. 10.


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Hand to God

Mild-mannered Jason unhappily has to participate in a Jesus-themed puppet show at his church. However, he soon discovers that his puppet, Tyrone, has a mind of its own.

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