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On the Town Stars Take Playbill Presents
On the Town Stars Take "New York, New York" By Storm
On the Town is the iconic musical comedy created by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Jerome Robbins which returns to Broadway in a revival that will feature the show's original orchestrations. Here, stars Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alves took to the streets of New York City to perform "New York, New York" in the most realistic surroundings possible. Previews begin Sept. 20 at the Lyric Theatre (formerly the Foxwoods) prior to an official opening Oct. 16. Read the Playbill story.
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NY1's "On Stage Across America" Features Motown On Tour
July's "On Stage Across America" finds Motown The Musical on tour and packing houses in Chicago. Smokey Robinson, Berry Gordy and Clifton Oliver (he plays Gordy in the show) chatted about taking the hit musical on the road. For more information on "On Stage Across America" (co-presented by Playbill) check local listings.
The Jimmy Awards Celebrate High School Musical Theatre in July's Playbill Presents
The Jimmy Awards Celebrate High School Musical Theatre in July's "On Stage Across America"
July's "On Stage Across America" takes a look at the 2014 Jimmy Awards, which featured 56 high school musical theatre performers who competed locally for an invitation to perform and compete at NYC's Minskoff Theatre. Andy Karl, Orfeh and Tommy Tune were on hand to celebrate the new generation of talent that will soon be taking over Broadway stages. For more information on "On Stage Across America" (co-presented by Playbill) check local listings.
Rocky's Andy Karl Takes the Stage at Broadway in Bryant Park: Playbill Presents
Rocky's Andy Karl Takes the Stage at Broadway in Bryant Park: "Yo! Playbill.com!"
Rocky star Andy Karl took video camera in hand to get an onstage (and backstage) view of the massive crowd that turned out for week one of 2014's 106.7 FM's Broadway in Bryant Park series. After a thundering "Hi Playbill.com!" shout from the legion of Broadway fans in attendance, Karl, Margo Seibert and Terence Archie ran through three of the show's Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty penned tunes including the rousing "Fight From the Heart." Read the Playbill story.
No Carbon Copy: Cloned! is a Unique NYMF Pick Playbill Presents
No Carbon Copy: Cloned! is a Unique NYMF Pick
NYMF's Cloned! opened rehearsal room doors for a sneak peek. Billed as "a two of a kind musical" and set in the Bill Clinton-era '90s, the musical follows the path of Wally (Alex Goley), an egghead who engages in weird science hijinks and mistakenly creates a clone of himself (Eric Mann) while building a teleporter. Can NYC contain two identical egomaniacs? Book is by Jacey Powers and Dan Wolpow. Music is by Adam Spiegel and lyrics are by Dan Wolpow. Additional story is by Adam Spiegel. See NYMF selection Zombie Strippers in rehearsal.
Pump Boys and Dinettes Pump Up the Volume in Musical Preview Playbill and the Players
Pump Boys and Dinettes Pump Up the Volume in Musical Preview
Jordan Dean, Hunter Foster, Mamie Parris, Randy Redd, Katie Thompson and Lorenzo Wolff met the press to perform two selections from the upcoming Encores! Off-Center production of Pump Boys and Dinettes. The show premiered Off-Broadway at the Chelsea West Side Arts Theatre in July 1981 and began a Broadway run in February 1982. It has been a regional favorite since then. Here, the cast gives a sample of the country, blues, gospel and bluegrass inflected score as they run through "Highway 57" and "Mamaw." Performances are Jul 16 – 19. See details of the Broadway production.
Pump Boys and Dinettes (and Their Director) Talk Encores! Off-Center Playbill and the Players
Pump Boys and Dinettes (and Their Director) Talk Encores! Off-Center
Stars Jordan Dean, Hunter Foster, Mamie Parris, Randy Redd, Katie Thompson and director Lear deBessonet met the press to chat about the upcoming Encores! Off-Center production of Pump Boys and Dinettes, which features a score rife with blues, country, bluegrass, funk and gospel influences. The show had an Off-Broadway and Broadway run in the early '80s, and since has become a regional favorite. Performances are Jul 16 – 19. See a musical preview of the show.
Revolution in the Elbow… Previews Heady Tunes Playbill and the Players
Revolution in the Elbow… Previews Heady Tunes
Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter is a world premiere musical by Ívar Páll Jónsson (music and lyrics) based on a story by Ívar and Gunnlaugur Jónsson which begins performances July 28 Off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre. Playbill was on hand for a musical preview of the show in which a prosperity machine makes life grand for all the residents of Elbowville — for short time at least. The cast includes Cady Huffman,
 Kate Shindle, Brad Nacht, Patrick Boll and more. Bergur Ţór Ingólfsson directs. See more info here.
Zombie Strippers Proves Sexy Ladies Love Playbill and the Players
Zombie Strippers Proves Sexy Ladies Love "Brains"
Billboard charting pop star Sariah ("Deep N Luv") stars in Mark LaPierre's new musical Zombie Strippers which plays July 21, July 25 and July 26 at the Ford Foundation Studio Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center as part of the 2014 edition of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Here, Playbill takes a rehearsal room peek at the dance-pop show and what are, without a doubt, the sexiest zombies walking. Diane Englert directs with choreography by Kelby Brown. Music direction is by Andrew Wheeler. Take a look at NYMF's "Music Lives Here" photo series.
Meet the VERY Wacky Contestants in a Very Unusual Pageant Playbill and the Players
Meet the VERY Wacky Contestants in a Very Unusual Pageant
Directed by Matt Lenz, Pageant is a drag competition musical that lets the audience vote to select the winner for each performance. Here, Playbill interviwed the zany contestants played by Alex Ringler, Marty Thomas, Nick Cearley (The Skivvies), Nic Cory (Signs of Life), Seth Tucker (Our Kiki) and Curtis Wiley (Motown) to get a glimpse at which one might be the frontrunner to take home the glittering tiara. Read the Playbill story.
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