Pint-sized theatre critic Iain Armitage, known on Twitter as @IainLoveTheatre, was back in New York City to see another round of Broadway (and soon-to-be-on-Broadway) shows and he met up with Playbill to talk shop. Iain laid out his thoughts on Hamilton, Finding Neverland, The King and I, The Visit, Something Rotten and many others. He also made some Tony picks and revealed which shows he just HAS to see again! See what Iain had to say about some of his other favorite shows.
At the 2015 New York Pops Gala, Sutton Foster, Laura Benanti, Alan Cumming, Queen Latifah, Kelli O'Hara and many more stars celebrated the Pops' 32nd year by honoring the sister and brother duo Kathleen Marshall and Rob Marshall. The stars sang from productions from which the two director/choreographers have been involved, including Cabaret, Victor/Victoria, Anything Goes and Chicago. See Playbill's Stage Portrait of Kathleen and Rob Marshall.
Irving Berlin wrote for more Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers films than any other composer, including classics like "Top Hat," "Easter Parade" and "White Christmas." The 92nd Street Y celebrates these tunes and films with All Dancing! All Singing! Irving Berlin in Hollywood. Playbill stepped into the rehearsal room with artistic and stage director and choreographer Randy Skinner to get a peek at the opening number "Let Yourself Go" and to see how some of the complex choreography for the show was put together. See show details here.
Goodspeed Musicals' production of Guys and Dolls kicks off the company's 2015 season at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT. The cast includes Tony Roach, Nancy Anderson, Manna Nichols, Mark Price, and Scott Cote. The show has music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and a book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. Don Stephenson directs, performances run through June 20. Read the Playbill story.
Aladdin star James Monroe Iglehart is a member of hip hop collective Freestyle Love Supreme, which counts Lin-Manuel Miranda and Christopher Jackson amongst its members. In this preview of his 54 Below show titled How the Heck Did I Get Here?, Iglehart displayed his freestyle abilities by coming up with an off the cuff rap about Steve Jobs and his most famous creation: the iPhone. The show also features rock, country and gospel tunes. Performances are May 4 and 18. See details.
Robin De Jesus will bring #TheStruggleIsReal to 54 Below on May 4. In the show, he wonders about the milestones that New Yorkers are supposed to meet by age 30. The song list will feature pop tunes, Broadway songs and possibly even some reimagined old-school rap. Here, he previews the show with Miley Cyrus' smash hit "Wrecking Ball." See event details.
On the same day she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, Chita Rivera took the stage at The Visit. The audience greeted the living legend with admiration and appreciation — Rivera has won two Tonys; this is her tenth nomination. Watch Bruce Willis and Mary-Louise Parker announce all of the nominees.
Hosts Bruce Willis and Mary-Louise Parker took the stage at the Paramount Hotel's Diamond Horseshoe to announce the nominees for the 2015 Tony Awards. Broadway hits Something Rotten!, Fun Home, An American in Paris and Wolf Hall were all well represented. See what Willis and Parker had to say after the announcements.
Bruce Willis (he's Broadway bound in Misery, the stage adaptation of Stephen King's best-selling novel) and Mary-Louise Parker (a 2001 Tony winner who will star Off-Broadway in Simon Stephen's Heisenberg) announced the nominations for the 2015 Tony Awards. After the event, they chatted with Playbill about their upcoming projects. See all of the Tony nominees here.