November 26, 2015

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Get "Sparklejollytwinklejingley" With New Holiday Production of Elf

Alex Goodrich stars as Buddy in Elf, the Matthew Sklar (music), Chad Beguelin (lyrics), Bob Martin (book) and Thomas Meehan (book) musical based on the 2003 film starring Will Ferrell. Songs include "Happy All the Time," "Nobody Cares About Santa" and "Sparklejollytwinklejingley." Marc Robin directs the production at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, IL. See show details.

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The Vault: Lauren Pritchard and Her Magical Time in the Original Spring Awakening

Lauren Pritchard (she wrote the music and lyrics for Songbird which plays Off-Broadway at 59E59 through Dec. 6) played Ilse in the original production of Spring Awakening. For this special segment of The Vault, she sat down with Playbill to talk about the show's quick evolution from an unknown Off-Broadway production to a Broadway sensation. See Pritchard and Kate Baldwin perform from Songbird.

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Exclusive: Daddy Long Legs Stars in the Studio For Cast Recording

Stars Megan McGinnis and Paul Alexander Nolan (Adam Halpin has since replaced Nolan in the show) took to the vocal booth at Avatar Studios for the cast recording of Daddy Long Legs. The musical, now running Off-Broadway at the Davenport Theatre, finds a mysterious benefactor paying an orphan's college tuition with the stipulation that she is to write him a letter once a month. Here, the pair runs through "Like Other Girls" and "Thing I Didn't Know." The album is now available digitally and will be in stores on Dec. 18.

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Finding Neverland, The King and I, Fiddler and On Your Feet! Rehearse for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

The 89th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be broadcast live on NBC Nov. 26 at 9 AM ET. We stopped by Monday night's rehearsals, held in front of Macy's on 34th Street, to give you a sneak peek at the performances from Broadway's Finding Neverland, The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof and On Your Feet! Read more about this year's parade performances.

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Dames at Sea Star Clowns Around at the Big Apple Circus

Dames at Sea's Danny Gardner is a multi-talented performer who is always looking to expand upon his skill set. He joined the Big Apple Circus' Mr. Joel (Joel Jeske) and Skip (Brent McBeth) to learn the nuts and bolts of clowning — the tutorial featured makeup, costumes, squeaky horns and slapstick gags aplenty. The Big Apple Circus resides at Lincoln Center through Jan. 10. See details.

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Lesli Margherita Sings Sexy, Sultry "Why Don't You Do Right?"

Broadway star Lesli Margherita (Dames at Sea, Matilda) debuts her new solo show Broad at Birdland on Monday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7. The evening celebrates the controversial women of the 1920s, 30s and 40s with the songs that landed them in hot water. Here, in a preview of the show, Margherita sings Kansas Joe McCoy's "Why Don't You Do Right?" For more information, visit

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Exclusive: Montego Glover's Powerful Medley of Classics Including Les Miz, Memphis Tunes

Montego Glover has had a busy year. After wrapping up her run as Annie in It Shoulda Been You, she joined the cast of Les Misérables as Fantine. In this exclusive performance at the world famous Sardi's Restaurant, Glover ran through a medley of her very favorite tunes including classics from Les Miz, Memphis, St. Louis Woman and the pens of Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh. Composer Alison Holman provided the arrangement and accompanies on piano. See Glover's favorite spot to detox in NYC.

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Paper Mill's A Christmas Story, The Musical Shares Holiday Cheer in First Look Preview

Paper Mill Playhouse's production of A Christmas Story, The Musical stars Chris Hoch and Elena Shaddow as the parents of Ralphie, a young boy who longs for a very special, albeit dangerous, Christmas present. Judah Immanuel and Colton Maurer share the role of Raphie, Hudson Loverro plays his younger brother Randy. Here, the cast previews three tunes from the show. The Benj Pasek and Justin Paul musical was adapted from the stories of Jean Shepherd and the subsequent 1983 film. Book is by Joseph Robinette. Read the Playbill story.

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Sara Bareilles Previews Emotional Waitress Tunes in Outdoor Mini-Concert

Sara Bareilles took the stage at New York City's Bloomberg Beacon Court to celebrate the unveiling of Bloomingdale's holiday window displays designed by florist Jeff Leatham. She and her band performed tunes from her Broadway-bound musical Waitress which stars Jessie Mueller, Keala Settle, Christopher Fitzgerald and Eric Anderson. Check out the show's new poster art.

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Touring Cast of The Bridges of Madison County Preview Lush Jason Robert Brown Score

Elizabeth Stanley and Andrew Samonsky star in the touring production of The Bridges of Madison County. The Marsha Norman (book) and Jason Robert Brown (music and lyrics) musical is an adaptation of Robert James Waller's best-selling novel. In the rehearsal studio, Stanely, Samonksy and cast ran through several numbers including "To Build a Home" and "You're Never Alone." Bartlett Sher directs; Tyne Rafaeli serves as tour director. Tour stops include Des Moines, Los Angeles, Houston and Dallas. See the announced schedule.


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