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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As Sydney Lucas wraps up her run in Fun Home (she left the production Oct. 4), take a look back at this special video featuring Beth Malone, Emily Skeggs, Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn, Lucas herself and the entire cast of the show as they perform the anthem "Ring of Keys." Each cast member was asked to present the song in any style they chose. Some stuck to more traditional means of expression, but others chose to bring signs, interpretive movement, tiny stuffed bears, American Sign Language and "screamo" rock music into the equation. See highlights from the Tony-winning show.
Merri Sugarman of Tara Rubin Casting invited Candi Boyd and Quinn VanAntwerp to her home in the Upper West Side's Manhattan Valley for the latest episode of "Broadway Boroughs." Although small, her apartment often serves as meeting place for her many local friends — the fact that she has a working fireplace does not hurt! Read the Playbill story.
Playbill went backstage at the Nederlander Theatre to meet up with the cast of Amazing Grace as they come to the end of their Broadway run. In this exclusive video, Erin Mackey, Rheaume Crenshaw, Sara Brophy, Bret Shuford, Oneika Phillips, Miquel Edson, Clifton Samuels, Uyoata Udi, Sean Ewing, Rachael Ferrera and Harriett D. Foy shared a special spoken word version of the iconic hymn that titles the show. Performances run through Oct. 25. See show details.