PLAYBILL VIDEO WEEK IN REVIEW: Miscast, Phantom, Ahrens & Flaherty, Backstage at Hardbody
By Adam Hetrick
In the new series Playbill Video Week in Review, Playbill.com recaps its weekly coverage of Broadway performances, celebrity interviews, web series and opening nights – in case they were missed the first time around.
Click through to check out exciting videos from the week of March 25.
The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary Cast.
More Highlights From MCC's 2013 Miscast: Groff, Jordan, Borle, Boggess, Krakowski
Hosted by Victor Garber, MCC Theater's 2013 Miscast gala honored Tony winner Judith Light. The annual benefit, which brings together Broadway stars to perform songs from shows and roles in which they'd never be cast, counted Christian Borle, Jonathan Groff, Megan Hilty, Jane Krakowski, Jeremy Jordan, Sierra Boggess, LaChanze, Jason Danieley and Cheyenne Jackson among its featured performers. In these highlights from the evening's festivities, Borle and Groff team up for "If Momma Was Married" from Gypsy, Krakowski spouts Latin-infused hip hop from In the Heights, Boggess puts Britney Spears spin on "Think of Me" from Phantom of the Opera, and Jordan teams with Groff for a "Smash" duet. Watch, in its entirety, as Jackson and Jordan sing a Side Show classic.
PLAYBILL BACKSTAGE: Hands on a Hardbody
Hands on a Hardbody stars Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone and Jon Rua team up to lead Playbill on an exclusive backstage tour of the Brooks Atkinson Theatre as the cast and crew prepare for showtime. Monteleone and Rua reveal secrets (where to take a last-minute emergency bathroom break), chat with some fellow cast members (birthday girl Allison Case scats a la Ella Fitzgerald!) and talk sexy costumes, birthday cakes, coconut water and tchotchkes that celebrate the great state of Texas.
EXCLUSIVE: "Hot Off the Ivories" Series Premieres With Joey Contreras' "Great, Cool"
Composer-lyricist Joey Contreras' 2010 album "Love Me, Love Me Not: The Music of Joey Contreras" featured Jeremy Jordan, Marla Mindelle and Rachel Potter on 11 original tracks. Playbill now gets a first look at Contreras' new video series, "Hot Off the Ivories," a collection of contemporary musical theatre songs by the hottest up-and-coming composers (including his own new songs) to be sung by musical theatre's brightest young stars. In this first episode, Contreras is on piano for his tune "Great, Cool" in an intimate studio setting with Spring Awakening's Blake Daniel and Newsies star Ben Fankhauser on vocals. Look for more videos in this series in the future.
Mitchell Jarvis and Wesley Taylor's "It Could Be Worse": Episode 9
Up-and-coming actor Jacob Gordon (series co-creator Wesley Taylor ) has lunch with his new boyfriend, television actor Ben (Adam Chanler-Berat). Seeing the end of his current apartment's sublet as an opportunity, Jacob suggests moving in together. This sets in motion a series of unfortunate events that ends with Jacob alone, apartment-hunting (with realtor Brian d'Arcy James) and eventually being coaxed into inviting diva Veronica Bailey (Alison Fraser) to a housewarming party at his new Harlem studio.
Seth's Broadway Chatterbox: Ahrens and Flaherty Remember a Sondheim Blessing
Songsmiths Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Seussical, Once on This Island) join Seth Rudetsky on his weekly chat show to perform a tune from Lucky Stiff and recall how Stephen Sondheim bestowed an early-career blessing on a young Flaherty.
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