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The Shows
Highlights From Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at NJ's Paper Mill Playhouse

Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike plays Millburn, New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse through Feb. 15. When movie star Masha returns home to the family farm, she brings out feelings of regret and resentment in brother Vanya and stepsister Sonia who remained to care for their ailing parents. Add a cleaning lady who practices voodoo and Masha's boy toy Spike to the mix and you have a touching and outrageous comedy with characters and themes inspired by the world of Chekhov. Read Playbill's Stage View with star Carolyn McCormick.

The Shows
Highlights From The Who's Tommy at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, IL

Based on the classic double LP rock opera by one of the most musically adventurous bands of the 1960s and '70s, The Who's Tommy plays the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, IL through Feb. 15. Paramount Artistic Director Jim Corti directs the production, which features music and lyrics by Pete Townshend and a book by Townshend and Des McAnuff. Highlights include "Pinball Wizard," "See Me, Feel Me," "I'm Free" and "Christmas." See details from the original Broadway production of the show.

Playbill Presents
Nevermore's Upcycled Props and Costumes Give Poe Musical Unique Gothic Vibe

From the mind of creator Jonathan Christenson (director, book, music and lyrics) comes Nevermore — The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe. The musical combines fact and the author's own macabre fiction to tell his life story. Playbill went backstage with production designer Bretta Gerecke to take a look at the unusual upcycled props and costumes that give the Off-Broadway show its striking gothic look. See a musical preview of the show, now playing at New World Stages.

Playbill Presents
Kate Baldwin and Conor Ryan Preview Revival of John & Jen

The Keen Company will present a revival of John & Jen by Andrew Lippa (music and book) and Tom Greenwald (lyrics and book) Off-Broadway at The Clurman Theatre on Theatre Row. Here, stars Kate Baldwin and Conor Ryan perform "Just Like You" and "Bye Room" during a special open rehearsal of the show which tells the story of a woman dealing with the death of her brother and the fear of losing her son. Keen Company artistic director Jonathan Silverstein directs the production which will include the premiere of a brand-new song, "Trouble With Men." See the schedule for John & Jen and other upcoming Off-Broadway shows.

Playbill Presents
Closing Night at Rock of Ages: Dozens of Show Alumni Sing "Don’t Stop Believin'"

Playbill was on hand for the closing night of Rock of Ages. After capturing moments from the final few numbers and the finale "Don’t Stop Believin'," the fans in attendance were treated to a very special encore. Dozens of show alumni including James Carpinello, Amy Spanger, Lauren Molina, Jeremy Jordan and Nick Cordero came onstage one last time for one final rendition of the Journey hit. See Constantine Maroulis’ curtain call speech.

Playbill Presents
Constantine Maroulis in Rock of Ages Closing Night Curtain Call: "This Show Has Changed My Life"

Playbill was on hand for the closing night of Rock of Ages. In a special curtain call, Constantine Maroulis (he originated the role of Drew in 2009 and returned to the production in 2014 after four years away) addressed the audience and spoke about the impact that the show has had on his life. Read an interview with Maroulis.

Playbill Backstage
A Backstage Farewell to Rock of Ages Starring Chester See, Part 1

After almost five years on Broadway (and before that a year-plus Off-Broadway run), Rock of Ages will rock no more. On Jan. 8, the show will close after 22 previews and 2,328 regular performances, making it the 27th longest-running Broadway show of all time. Here, YouTube sensation Chester See (he plays Stacee Jaxx) takes camera in hand to document the final days of the now iconic show. Watch Part Two.

Playbill Backstage
A Backstage Farewell to Rock of Ages Starring Chester See, Part 2

On Jan. 18, the now iconic Rock of Ages will lower its curtain for the last time. After 22 previews and 2,328 regular performances, the production will come to a close as the 27th longest-running Broadway show. Here, YouTube sensation Chester See (he plays Stacee Jaxx) documented the goings-on during a typical intermission, mostly involving the antics of Frankie James Grande. Watch Part Three.

Playbill Backstage
A Backstage Farewell to Rock of Ages Starring Chester See, Part 3

On Jan. 8, Rock of Ages will come to a close as the 27th longest-running Broadway show with 22 previews and 2,328 regular performances on the record. In this series of exclusive backstage videos, YouTube sensation Chester See (he plays Stacee Jaxx) takes Playbill behind the scenes. Here, he interviews cast and crew to find out what they will miss the most about working on the now iconic musical. Watch Part One.

Playbill Presents
Seth Rudetsky Looks Back at Broadway by the Sea With Laura Benanti, Faith Prince, Cheyenne Jackson, More

Playbill's inaugural Broadway by the Sea brought Tommy Tune, Laura Benanti, Faith Prince, Paulo Szot, Megan Hilty, Donna McKechnie, Cheyenne Jackson, and (returning for her fourth time in Playbill's travel series) Christine Ebersole to the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico from Dec. 8-15, 2014. This package featured concerts, interviews, dancing, autograph sessions and delicious food. Here, master of ceremonies, music director and performer Seth Rudetsky takes a look back at the "amahzing" time had by all. Visit playbilltravel.com for details on the Nov. 2015 Southeast Asia adventure.

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