PLAYBILL VIDEO WEEK IN REVIEW: Pippin, Macbeth, Bette Midler, Leslie Kritzer and More

By Playbill Staff
April 28, 2013

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.



Tony and Olivier Award winner Alan Cumming brings "toil and trouble" to Broadway in his one-man adaptation of Macbeth, staged by Tony-winning Once director John Tiffany. Set in a psychiatric unit, Cumming plays a patient who is reliving the story of Macbeth by inhabiting all of the characters in Shakespeare's bloody work, while Jenny Sterlin and Brendan Titley perform as ward attendants. The production plays Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre. See a Playbill Photo Call of the show.

 

Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson's Tony Award-winning 1972 pop musical Pippin dares audiences to enter the tent of a new circus-inspired staging, now playing on Brodway at the Music Box Theatre. Conceived by Tony Award-nominated director Diane Paulus and circus artist Gypsy Snider, the production stars Matthew James Thomas in the title role, Tony and Olivier Award nominee Patina Miller as the Leading Player, Tony Award winner Andrea Martin as Berthe, Tony nominee Terrence Mann as King Charles and Tony nominee Charlotte d'Amboise as Fastrada. For more information on Pippin, including a look inside the opening night Playbill, visit PlaybillVault.com.

 

 

More highlights from Pippin.

 

Laurie Veldheer, Brenda Braxton, Jeff Kready, Burke Moses and Lenora Nemetz star in Paper Mill Playhouse's new production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Paper Mill producing artistic director Mark S. Hoebee directs the production, which runs through May 5. Here, the cast performs "I Turned the Corner," "They Don't Know," "Only in New York" and "Jimmy." See a Photo Call from the show.

 

Tony winner John Logan's one-character play I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers stars Bette Midler as Sue Mengers, a self-invented woman in the boys' club of Hollywood agents. Outshining her contemporaries with her wit and intelligence, she came to represent some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, including Barbra Streisand, Steve McQueen, Cher and Burt Reynolds. Joe Mantello directs the production at the Booth Theatre. See a Photo Call from the show.

 

Playbill was joined by star Bette Midler and playwright John Logan on the opening night of the new one-person play I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers. The 80-minute show features Midler channeling the late, great agent (she represented Burt Reynolds, Cher, Steve McQueen and Barbra Streisand amongst others) as she charts her path through the man's world of Hollywood. Here, Midler talks about what Mengers means to her and Logan reveals what it took to convince Midler to return to Broadway after more than 30 years. See highlights from the production.

 

The hit web series returns after a brief hiatus to find Jacob (series co-creator Wesley Taylor) cleaning up after a wild party and contending with both his ex-boyfriend (Gideon Glick) and current romantic interest (Adam Chanler-Berat). Of course there's more trouble: Jacob's co-star (Alison Fraser) tries to manipulate him into buying a painting of hers, and a concerned neighbor (guest star Jeremy Jordan) tries to keep Jacob's troubled agent (series co-creator Mitchell Jarvis) out of their building. Watch the series from Episode 1.

*Includes adult situations and language. Viewer discretion is advised.

 

Broadway's Leslie Kritzer (Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Sondheim on Sondheim) returns to Joe's Pub April 29 for the next installment of her current show Beautiful Disaster. The one-woman comedy features Kritzer revisiting her life circa 1995 and performing songs ranging from Alanis Morissette and Nirvana to Jule Styne as she channels a colorful array of New Jersey characters. Written by Randy Blair (Fat Camp, Spidermusical) and Kritzer, Beautiful Disaster is directed by Blair, with music direction by Vadim Feichtner (Spelling Bee, Little Miss Sunshine). Visit joespub.com for details.