September 21, 2014

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OBSESSED!: Andrea Martin Shows Off Her "Lady Parts"

Seth Rudetsky's pal Andrea Martin has had a long and storied career. She made a name for herself in the 1972 Toronto production of Godspell (alongside cast members Gilda Radner, Martin Short, Eugene Levy, Victor Garber and musical director Paul Shaffer), rose to fame on sketch comedy show Second City Television, and has since performed in countless television shows as well as many films and Broadway productions including My Favorite Year, Young Frankenstein and Pippin. Here, Martin visits Seth in studio to chat about her new book "Lady Parts" which takes a look back at her remarkable career and life. She also raps about her leopard print-clad character Edith Prickley and talks about how she impressed Mel Brooks — well, to a certain degree, anyway. Check out Seth's weekly column. Visit SethTV.com, Seth's online home.

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Meet the "Student Bodies" of Bayside! The Musical!, a Naughty "Saved by the Bell" Parody

Zack, Kelly, Lisa, Jessie, A.C. Slater and Screech are back as Bayside! The Musical! revisits the hallways of Bayside High and the characters made famous on the beloved kids' show "Saved by the Bell." In this exclusive video, meet the students in this raunchy musical parody as they contend with romantic dilemmas, pill addiction, egos and paranoia all under the watch of their principal Mr. Belding and… Dustin Diamond? Yes, the original Screech himself is on hand to help the gang deal with all of their teen troubles. See show details.

The Shows
Highlights From Sweeney Todd at Lincoln Center Preview New London Production

Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson will take the stage together once again in Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd. This semi-staged production, which was originally produced by the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center earlier this year, begins March 30, 2015 at the English National Opera’s London Coliseum. Lonny Price directs, orchestrations are by Jonathan Tunick. Read the Playbill story.

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Kinky Boots On Tour: Vlog Parts 6 and 7

Kyle Taylor Parker stars as Lola alongside Steven Booth's Charlie Price in the national touring production of Kinky Boots. Here, KTP (as Parker is more familiarly known) arrives in Las Vegas for the first stop on the tour and gives a backstage peek at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Then, the cast readies for the first preview by running through the show’s numbers with the live orchestra and getting an inspirational speech from director Jerry Mitchell. Watch Parts 4 and 5.

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Paul Iacono Remembers Elaine Stritch With a Hilarious (and Painful!) Story and a Tune From Company

Best known for his work on MTV's scripted series "The Hard Times of RJ Berger," Paul Iacono began performing as a child and shared the stage with the likes of Christine Ebersole in Mame, Mickey Rooney in The Wizard of Oz and Sherie Rene Scott in Landscape of the Body. Here, he took the stage at 54 Sings Elaine Stritch to perform from Company and recall the time he, as an 11 year-old, shared the stage with Elaine Stritch in concert performances of Noël Coward's Sail Away — to hilarious and very painful results.

The Shows
Highlights From the 54 Sings Elaine Stritch Tribute Concert

Broadway's Christine Ebersole, Beth Leavel, Harriet Harris, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Edward Hibbert, Sara Jean Ford and more were on hand Sept. 12 for 54 Sings Elaine Stritch, a tribute concert celebrating the life of the late Broadway legend. The performers ran through tunes including "Broadway Baby," "Zip," "Something Good" and "The Ladies Who Lunch." Watch Paul Iacono pay tribute with a crazy (and painful!) "Stritchy" story and a song from Company.

The Shows
Highlights From Nice Work If You Can Get It on Tour

The national tour of Nice Work If You Can Get It launched September 2 in Dallas, TX and will play 30 cities before concluding in March 2015 in Costa Mesa, CA. Alex Enterline and Mariah MacFarlane star as wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter and feisty bootlegger Billie Bendix, respectively, taking on the roles originated by Matthew Broderick and Kelli O'Hara on Broadway. The production features music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a book by Joe DiPietro, inspired by material by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse. See highlights from the Broadway production.

The Shows
Highlights From Kenneth Lonergan's This is Our Youth Starring Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson

Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson star in Kenneth Lonergan's play about wayward young New Yorkers stumbling toward adulthood. Anna D. Shapiro directs the production, which began its life at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company prior to its Broadway arrival. This marks the Broadway debut of Lonergan as well as the show's three stars. Original music is by Vampire Weekend member and Grammy Award winner Rostam Batmanglij. Read the Playbill story.

Playbill and the Players
"Be Our Guest!" Beauty and the Beast Previews Two Simultaneous Touring Productions

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the show, NETworks, Broadway Entertainment Group and Disney Theatrical Productions presented a media preview of two simultaneous tours of Disney's Beauty and the Beast — one is a U.S.A. company, the other will handle international markets including Kazakhstan, United Arab Emirates, Singapore and Indonesia. Rob Roth directs and Matt West choreographs. Costume design is by Ann Hould-Ward who won a Tony for her work on the Broadway production. Here, both companies take turns performing some of the show's biggest numbers including "Gaston," "Human Again" and "Beauty and the Beast." See tour details.

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Broadway Remembers 9/11, Part One On the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, Playbill asked members of the Broadway community to reflect on the uncertain time, the shared hope and the role that theatre played following the destruction of the twin towers of New York City's World Trade Center. Former Broadway League president Jed Bernstein, along with performers Karen Mason, Nancy Opel and Brad Oscar, who were working on Broadway at the time, talk about where they were when the world changed — and what it was like to be part of a creative community that went dark in a time of national tragedy. For Part Two, click here.
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