Seth Rudetsky had a bevy of Broadway pals on hand for the release party of his latest book, which is the first offering in a continuing series titled "Seth's Broadway Diary." The publication chronicles his unique life on and around the Great White Way and features "hi-lairous" stories from the likes of Patti LuPone, Chita Rivera, Raúl Esparza and Jonathan Groff. Here, Chip Zien, Judy Kuhn, Matthew Broderick, Kelli O'Hara, Anika Larsen and more joined Seth to read from the book as well as perform some signature tunes to celebrate. Purchase the book here.
Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize-winning Disgraced arrived on Broadway after successful runs in Chicago and at Lincoln Center Theatre. Hari Dhillon, Gretchen Mol, Karen Pittman and Josh Radnor star in the drama that pits a Pakistani-American lawyer who has renounced Islam and his white, liberal, artist wife against dinner guests as a friendly conversation escalates into something far more damaging. Check out where Disgraced's cast studied in Playbill's Schools of the Stars.
Bernard Pomerance's The Elephant Man tells the true story of John Merrick (Bradley Cooper), a 19th century British man with severe deformities known as a sideshow attraction who gained fame under the care of Dr. Frederick Treves (Alessandro Nivola) when London's high society embraced him. Here, Cooper, Nivola and castmates — along with director Scott Ellis — talk about the legacy and enduring interest in the redemptive story of John Merrick. See a Photo Call from the show's media event.
Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Clyde Alves, Alysha Umphress, Elizabeth Stanley and Megan Fairchild (a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet who is making her Broadway debut) lead the cast of Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green's classic On the Town. Directed by John Rando, the production's history dates back to a New York City Center Encores! concert presentation, then a successful Barrington Stage run. Joshua Bergasse choreographs, with a nod to Jerome Robbins. See an opening night Photo Call.
Can you #Can-Can? The high-kicking and high-energy dance takes a lot of practice and dedication as anyone who has seen Paper Mill Playhouse's production of the aptly named Can-Can can attest. But the dance takes more than practice and dedication. In this exclusive rehearsal room peek, Megan Sikora and cast mates show Playbill exactly what the three keys to a sexy and successful Can-Can are. See Jason Danieley show off some consumes and his mini-handlebar mustache.
The Broadway bound production of Amazing Grace opened at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre on Oct. 19. With music and lyrics by Christopher Smith and a book by Smith and Arthur Giron, the musical takes place at the height of the British Empire and tells the story of John Newton (Tony nominee Josh Young), a musically talented Englishman who must choose between his father, a slave trader, and his childhood sweetheart (Erin Mackey). Gabriel Barre directs with choreography by Tony winner Christopher Gattelli. Read the Playbill story.
Inspired by the true story of Violet and Daisy Hilton — conjoined twins who were at one time the highest paid performers on the vaudeville circuit — Bill Russell (book and lyrics) and Henry Krieger's (music) Side Show returns to Broadway on Oct. 28 in a reimagined production. Erin Davie and Emily Padgett (who play Violet and Daisy Hilton, respectively) lead the cast. Here, Playbill took an introductory peek at the fully costumed cast of outsiders who populate the show including the Three Legged Man, Human Pincushion, Bearded Lady and Dog Boy. Bill Condon directs the Production at the St. James Theatre.
Found is a new musical based on the magazine (and subsequent book) by Davy Rothbart which collected discarded notes, letters, flyers, photos, lists, and drawings found and sent in by readers. Here, Playbill met up with cast members Nick Blaemire, Barrett Wilbert Weed, Daniel Everidge and Betsy Morgan to see what everyday and surprising items they could find when they searched their own bags, backpacks and purses. The Atlantic Theater Company production runs through Nov. 9. Book is by Hunter Bell and Lee Overtree, music and original lyrics are by Eli Bolin and additional material was created in collaboration with Story Pirates. Overtree directs. Read The Verdict on the show.
Weeks before Paper Mill Playhouse's Broadway bound Can-Can opened, Jason Danieley showed his interest in France's Belle Époque era by posting images of clothing and hair styles he'd researched on social media. Playbill wanted to learn more and caught up with Daniley between shows in Millburn, NJ where he showed off some of his period costumes designed by Ann Hould-Ward and gave a quick tutorial on how to perfectly groom a mini-handlebar mustache. See highlights from the show.