October 02, 2014

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Cinderella's Ashley Park Has Some Junk in Her (Tour) Trunk

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 Shows
Highlights From Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's Bright Star at San Diego's Old Globe

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.

The Shows
Keke Palmer and Sherri Shepherd Featured in Brand New Cinderella Highlights

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.

The Shows
Highlights From The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Broadway

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 work Punk Rock.

Playbill Presents
EXCLUSIVE: Lauren Worsham and Lisa O'Hare Go Victorian for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

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.


Cinderella Cast Previews Touring Production of Rodgers and Hammerstein Classic

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.

Playbill Presents
Kinky Boots' Kyle Taylor Parker Wraps Up Tour Vlogs

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!

The Shows
Highlights From The Country House Starring Blythe Danner

An adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull, Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies' new play The Country House takes a look behind the closed doors of a family of actors. Blythe Danner, Kate Jennings Grant, Eric Lange, David Rasche, Sarah Steele and Daniel Sunjata play the members of a clan that gathers in their Berkshire home during the summer theatre season to wrestle with fame, art and, as always, each other. Daniel Sullivan directs. A co-production of Manhattan Theatre Club and the Geffen Playhouse, the play is currently in previews at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre with an official opening on Oct. 2. The production runs through Dec. 9. See a Photo Call from the play.

Playbill Presents
Newsies Ready to "Seize the Day" on National Tour

Disney Theatrical Productions sends the hit Broadway musical Newsies on the road with a national tour that launches Oct. 11 in Schenectady, NY. During the 2014-15 season, the production will play 25 cities over the course of 43 weeks. Here, the cast, under the watchful eye of Harvey Fierstein (book), Jeff Calhoun (director), Christopher Gattelli (he won a Tony for his choreography) and Alan Menken (music), gets ready for the tour in this special rehearsal room video. See the complete cast and show details in the Playbill story.

Playbill and the Players
Kate Baldwin, Jason Danieley and Cast Preview Tunes From Broadway Bound Can-Can

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.

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