Playbill popped in on the touring cast of Cinderella to catch up with them as they readied for the road. When a production heads out on tour, each cast member gets a large trunk to fill with belongings of their choice that will be delivered to each theatre that the production plays. Here, Ashley Park (who plays stepsister Gabrielle) opened up her trunk to show off some of the expected (and unexpected!) items a performer might need while out on the road. See the cast in rehearsal.
The world premiere production of Bright Star, the new musical by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, opened at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre Sept. 28. The show was inspired by the duo's bluegrass music collaboration, which earned their tune “Love Has Come For You" a Grammy for Best American Roots Song. Directed by Walter Bobbie, Bright Star takes place in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina between 1923 and 1945 when a young soldier (A.J. Shively) returns from war and, along with the editor of a literary journal (Carmen Cusack), discovers a secret that alters their lives. Described as "Americana with a touch of rock," the show's nearly twenty songs evoke images of enduring love, family ties and forgiveness. Performances run through Nov. 2. Read the Playbill story.
Keke Palmer and Sherri Shepherd recently joined the cast of Broadway's Cinderella. In a casting coup, Palmer became the first African American to play the role of Cinderella on Broadway and both actresses (and talk show hosts) get their first taste of musical theatre. The show runs through January 3. Read the Playbill story.
Adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is based on Mark Haddon's 2003 best-selling novel about a fifteen-year-old math whiz who, despite his problems with social interactions, sets about investigating the murder of a neighborhood dog. The National Theatre production, a West End hit which won seven 2013 Olivier Awards including Best New Play, began performances on Sept. 10 at Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Alex Sharp, Francesca Faridany and Ian Barford, Enid Graham and Helen Carey head the cast. Marianne Elliott directs. Read about Simon Stephens' new workPunk Rock.
The glamorous ladies of Tony–winning A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (2014's Best Musical) invited Playbill to roll some video as they put aside their twenty-first century identities in order to transform into their larger than life Victorian Era characters. Lauren Worsham and Lisa O'Hare opened dressing room doors to give an up close look at hair and makeup routines as well as sharing pre-show rituals that prepare them for yet another performance of the hit show. Watch Tony winner Lena Hall transform into the very masculine Yitzhak for Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
The Tony Award-nominated production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella will launch a national tour in Providence, RI (performances are Oct. 10-18) then move on to Tampa, Miami, Charlotte, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and many more cities across the U.S. Here, the cast (including Paige Faure as Cinderella and Andy Jones as the Prince) ran through the classics "The Prince is Giving a Ball" and "Ten Minutes Ago" for an eager array of press members. Check out the tour itinerary and details.
In the final video of this vlog series, it's opening night on the Kinky Boots tour and Kyle Taylor Parker (he's more well known as KTP) and the rest of the cast are ready to roll! Jerry Mitchell pumps them up with an inspiring speech as they hit the stage to perform for a Las Vegas crowd including the likes of Shoshana Bean and Jerry Lewis. Visit www.kinkynation.net for more of KTP's great vlogs as the national tour winds its way all across the country!
Paper Mill Playhouse will open its 2014-2015 season with a Broadway-bound revival of Can-Can.Kate Baldwin stars as Pistache, the owner of café featuring the naughty titular dance, and Jason Danieley stars as Aristide, a judge out to close the dance hall and put an end the scandalous goings-on . Here, the cast performs three tunes from the timeless Cole Porter score — "Never, Never Be an Artist," "I Love Paris" and "Can-Can." The musical features a book by Abe Burrows and a revised script by Joel Fields and David Lee. Lee directs, Patti Colombo serves as choreographer. Previews begin Oct. 1 and performances will continue through Oct. 26.
Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.