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"Obsessed!": Heidi Blickenstaff Sings From [title of show] with Something Rotten!-esque Olde English

Seth Rudestsky invited Something Rotten! star Heidi Blickenstaff to the studio for the latest go 'round of "Obsessed!" She spoke about recently getting married (right after Rotten! opened!) and then revisited her [title of show] days. There was, however, a twist — Seth rewrote the lyrics to "A Way Back To Then" and incorporated some Shakesperan-era wording. Check out Seth's weekly column. Visit SethTV.com, Seth's online home.

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Melba Moore Sizzles With "Don't Rain on My Parade" at 54 Below

Melba Moore's upcoming show at 54 Below (she performs May 22 and 23) is called Forever Moore. She will take a musical look at some of the great stars that have influenced her career and will sing tunes from the likes of Barbra Streisand, Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne. Here, she performs the iconic "Don't Rain on My Parade" from Funny Girl. See show details.

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Highlights From An Act of God With "The Big Bang Theory" Star Jim Parsons

A star of TV's "The Big Bang Theory," Jim Parsons returns to Broadway in An Act of God. Based on playwright David Javerbaum's book "The Last Testament: A Memoir," the show seeks to unravel Biblical mysteries and answer the universe's deepest questions. Christopher Fitzgerald and Tim Kazurinsky play Michael and Gabriel, two angels who do the bidding of (but sometimes question!) their divine master. Joe Mantello directs. See what the stars of the show would do if they had divine powers.

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EXCLUSIVE: Megan Hilty Sings From Bombshell in Café Carlyle Soundcheck

Over the next two weeks, Megan Hilty will play a dozen dates at New York City's Café Carlyle. Playbill popped in on her final soundcheck before the shows began and caught her performing a tune from "Smash." Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman's "They Just Keep Moving the Line" is featured in Bombshell, the Marilyn Monroe musical-within-the-show. See Hilty's upcoming performance schedule.

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EXCLUSIVE: Sketch Artist Andrea Selby Documents An American in Paris

Andrea Selby is an artist who has observed the life of An American in Paris from its early stages. Her sketches cover the show from rehearsals to Broadway and are used for merchandise, marketing and internal purposes. Here, she talks about the process of drawing from the complex and inventive Christopher Wheeldon choreography. See what Leanne Cope had to say about playing her character.

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EXCLUSIVE: Finding Neverland Kids Sing "We're All Made of Stars"

Hayden Signoretti, Sawyer Nunes, Jackson Demott Hill, Alex Dreier, Noah Hinsdale, Christopher Paul Richards and Aidan Gemme are the seven young actors that play the four Llewelyn Davies boys in Finding Neverland. They met up with Playbill at world-famous Sardi's Restaurant to perform "We're All Made of Stars," the signature tune that shows off their voices — and ukulele skills! See highlights from the show.

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EXCLUSIVE: Leanne Cope Investigates Her An American in Paris Character

A 2015 Tony Award nominee for Best Actress in a Musical, Leanne Cope plays ballerina Lise Dassin in An American in Paris. In this exclusive video, Cope takes a look inside the mind of Lise and talks about the hopes, dreams and fears that motivate her character to find herself — and the love of her life. See what Robert Fairchild had to say about his character Jerry Mulligan.

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EXCLUSIVE: What Motivates Robert Fairchild's An American in Paris Character?

A 2015 Tony Award nominee for Best Actor in a Musical, Robert Fairchild sat down to talk about the psychology and motivations of his character in An American in Paris. Jerry Mulligan is an American World War II veteran who remains in post-war Paris to take on a career as a painter. He trusts in his "Beginner's Luck" to succeed as an artist — and to get the girl of his dreams. See highlights from the show.

Make sure to follow us on social media for all of our awards season coverage, and visit TonyAwards.com for further details, photos and more.
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"Keep Killin' It!": 2015 Tony Nominees Talk Worst (and Best!) Showbiz Advice

2015 Tony nominees Sting, Tony Yazbeck, Emily Skeggs, Joshua Bergasse, Steven Boyer, Sarah Stiles, Micah Stock and more weighed in about the worst career advice they'd ever received. Whether it was "always wear a blue shirt "or "don't be yourself," it seems clear that the noms have certainly have been exposed to a lot of less-than-stellar input over the years! See the nominees get a little weird and wacky.

Make sure to follow us on social media for all of our awards season coverage, and visit TonyAwards.com for further details, photos and more.
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EXCLUSIVE: Soon-to-Be Star of The Color Purple Premieres New Scott Alan Tune

Set to make her Broadway debut in The Color Purple alongside Jennifer Hudson, West End star Cynthia Erivo took the stage at Scott Alan's sold out London concert to perform his new song "At All." Videographer Jamie Scott-Smith captured the doings at the May 3 performance at the St. James Theatre. The song features Alan on piano, Sophie Broadbent on cello, Andy Pasc on upright bass, Sarah Bowler on violin and Brian Wright on viola. String orchestrations are by Jeffrey Thomson. Read the Playbill story.

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