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Highlights From "Real-Life" Cinderella Musical Ever After

Paper Mill Playhouse presents the world premiere of Ever After based on the 1998 film starring Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston. Kathleen Marshall directs and choreographs the musical which takes a realistic look at the mythology of Cinderella. The cast includes Margo Seibert, Tony Sheldon, Christine Ebersole, James Synder and Andrew Keenan-Bolger. Performances run through June 21. Read the Playbill story.

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Watch 2015 Nominees Practice Their Tony Speeches

Max Von Essen, Judy Kuhn, Leanne Cope, Sarah Stiles, Tony Yazbeck, Brad Oscar and more nominees got a chance to practice their potential Tony thank you speeches when Playbill presented each one of them with the Playbill Award! The theatre artists all looked inward, responded with introspective thoughts and thanked everyone including moms, fellow company members and their cats! See what Tony nominees thought was the worst advice they'd ever heard.

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Student Theatre Arts Festival Kids Perform From Little Shop of Horrors and a Reimagined The Crucible

On May 18, the fifth annual Student Theatre Arts Festival took place at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre. More than 150 students participated in Roundabout Theatre Company's Education at Roundabout residencies and after school programs, and they took the stage to show everyone what they'd been up to. After an inspiring Andy Karl spoke about the power of theatre, the kids presented excerpts from their shows including Little Shop of Horrors, a reimagined The Crucible and original works that focused on climate change, AIDS awareness and dealing with sexual assault. Read the Playbill story.

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"Obsessed!": Heidi Blickenstaff Sings From [title of show] with Something Rotten!-esque Olde English

Seth Rudestsky invited Something Rotten! star Heidi Blickenstaff to the studio for the latest go 'round of "Obsessed!" She spoke about recently getting married (right after Rotten! opened!) and then revisited her [title of show] days. There was, however, a twist — Seth rewrote the lyrics to "A Way Back To Then" and incorporated some Shakesperan-era wording. Check out Seth's weekly column. Visit SethTV.com, Seth's online home.

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Melba Moore Sizzles With "Don't Rain on My Parade" at 54 Below

Melba Moore's upcoming show at 54 Below (she performs May 22 and 23) is called Forever Moore. She will take a musical look at some of the great stars that have influenced her career and will sing tunes from the likes of Barbra Streisand, Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne. Here, she performs the iconic "Don't Rain on My Parade" from Funny Girl. See show details.

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Highlights From An Act of God With "The Big Bang Theory" Star Jim Parsons

A star of TV's "The Big Bang Theory," Jim Parsons returns to Broadway in An Act of God. Based on playwright David Javerbaum's book "The Last Testament: A Memoir," the show seeks to unravel Biblical mysteries and answer the universe's deepest questions. Christopher Fitzgerald and Tim Kazurinsky play Michael and Gabriel, two angels who do the bidding of (but sometimes question!) their divine master. Joe Mantello directs. See what the stars of the show would do if they had divine powers.

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EXCLUSIVE: Megan Hilty Sings From Bombshell in Café Carlyle Soundcheck

Over the next two weeks, Megan Hilty will play a dozen dates at New York City's Café Carlyle. Playbill popped in on her final soundcheck before the shows began and caught her performing a tune from "Smash." Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman's "They Just Keep Moving the Line" is featured in Bombshell, the Marilyn Monroe musical-within-the-show. See Hilty's upcoming performance schedule.

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EXCLUSIVE: Sketch Artist Andrea Selby Documents An American in Paris

Andrea Selby is an artist who has observed the life of An American in Paris from its early stages. Her sketches cover the show from rehearsals to Broadway and are used for merchandise, marketing and internal purposes. Here, she talks about the process of drawing from the complex and inventive Christopher Wheeldon choreography. See what Leanne Cope had to say about playing her character.

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EXCLUSIVE: Finding Neverland Kids Sing "We're All Made of Stars"

Hayden Signoretti, Sawyer Nunes, Jackson Demott Hill, Alex Dreier, Noah Hinsdale, Christopher Paul Richards and Aidan Gemme are the seven young actors that play the four Llewelyn Davies boys in Finding Neverland. They met up with Playbill at world-famous Sardi's Restaurant to perform "We're All Made of Stars," the signature tune that shows off their voices — and ukulele skills! See highlights from the show.

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EXCLUSIVE: Leanne Cope Investigates Her An American in Paris Character

A 2015 Tony Award nominee for Best Actress in a Musical, Leanne Cope plays ballerina Lise Dassin in An American in Paris. In this exclusive video, Cope takes a look inside the mind of Lise and talks about the hopes, dreams and fears that motivate her character to find herself — and the love of her life. See what Robert Fairchild had to say about his character Jerry Mulligan.

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