THE HOT LIST: Playbill.com's Most-Read Stories of the Week

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04 Oct 2013

Playbill.com's list of the most-read news stories and features as well as the most-viewed photo galleries and videos of the week.



The Top 10 Songs by Stephen Sondheim
Playbill.com correspondent Ben Rimalower offers a list of his top 10 songs by Stephen Sondheim. "Indeed, choosing my ten favorite Sondheim songs is an absurdly 'Sophie's Choice' task," Rimalower writes. "I've decided to base the list on songs that work out of context — a tall order given Sondheim's mastery of crafting music and lyrics specifically tailored to the characters and situations within his musicals. That means many of his greatest songs are too tied to those characters and situations to be enjoyable outside those contexts, and therefore are ineligible for this list."

THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: The Last Five Years Star Adam Kantor Shares His Theatregoing Experiences
Members of the theatre community share the Broadway performances that most affected them as part of the audience. This week we spotlight the choices (in chronological order) of singing actor Adam Kantor, who co-starred opposite Betsy Wolfe in the acclaimed Second Stage Theatre revival of The Last Five Years.

Playbill Poll: Our Readers Share Their Favorite Musicals on Screen
In recent weeks Playbill.com shared Top Ten Lists for Movie Musicals and Musicals Captured Live on Stage. Our readers had a lot to say on the matter. Playbill.com wondered: What were some of your favorite movie musicals, or musicals filmed live on stage?

Inside the Emerald City: Wicked's Headmistress Madame Morrible
Playbill.com is looking back at the magical and mysterious characters who inhabit the untold tale of the witches of Oz and a selection of the actors who have filled their shoes. This week we look at Madame Morrible, the headmistress of Shiz.

Local Production of Inherit the Wind Canceled Due to Religious Objections
A local theatre production of the award-winning drama Inherit the Wind has been canceled following the withdrawal of the majority of the cast and the director.

Broadway on the Web: Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Kate Wetherhead Take "Submissions Only" in Theatrical Web Series
The trials and tribulations of life in the world of theatre are being materialized on computer screens. In the three-part series "Broadway on the Web," Playbill.com profiles the theatrical-themed web series "It Could Be Worse," "City of Dreams" and "Submissions Only."

A COVER STORY: Wicked Playbill Will Be Greenified for 10th Anniversary on Broadway; Cover Revealed
The long-running hit musical Wicked is approaching its tenth anniversary on Broadway, and in celebration of the monumental milestone, Playbill is going green.

PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Todd Graff, Writer and Director of Cult Film "Camp," Picks Influential Show Tunes
The 2003 musical film "Camp," the movie based on real-life experiences at famed theatre camp Stagedoor Manor that became a cult classic, will be screened at 54 Below Oct. 4 in celebration of its tenth anniversary. Todd Graff, the film's writer and director, picks show tunes that influenced his childhood as part of Playbill.com's Playbill Playlist.

Wicked Will Release Two-Disc Deluxe Album; Additional 10th Anniversary Events Planned
A new two-disc deluxe edition of the original Broadway cast album of Wicked will be released digitally and in stores to commemorate the musical's 10th anniversary on Broadway, which will take place Oct. 30 at the Gershwin Theatre.

Casting Announced for 2013-14 Tour of Mamma Mia!
Casting has been announced for the 2013-14 national tour of the international hit musical Mamma Mia!, which opened in Orlando, FL, Oct. 3.

The Top-Viewed Photo Galleries on Playbill.com

The Glass Menagerie, With Cherry Jones and Celia Keenan-Bolger, Opens on Broadway; Red Carpet Arrivals, Curtain Call and Cast Party
Tony Award winner Cherry Jones, Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger and Zachary Quinto are a family adrift in a sea of memory in the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' acclaimed 1945 drama The Glass Menagerie, which officially opened Sept. 26 at the Booth Theatre.

Fantasia, Dulé Hill, Adriane Lenox and the Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars Preview Broadway's After Midnight
The new musical After Midnight will begin performances Oct. 18 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Stars Fantasia, Dulé Hill, Adriane Lenox and the Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars offered a sneak peek to the press the morning of Oct. 1.

PHOTO ARCHIVE: Celebrating Stage Veteran Patrick Page
Patrick Page, who is now starring on Broadway in A Time to Kill, celebrates two decades on Broadway this season. Playbill.com takes a look at his stage career. Happy anniversary, Patrick!

PHOTO CALL: Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Kate Wetherhead, Colin Hanlon, Bebe Wood, Max von Essen and Cast Celebrate "Submissions Only"
The popular web series "Submissions Only" celebrated the start of its third season with a reception and private screening held Sept. 30 at Hudson Terrace.

PHOTO CALL: Meet Broadway's Macbeth Stars Ethan Hawke, Ann-Marie Duff, Daniel Sunjata, Malcolm Gets, Brian d’Arcy James and More
The Lincoln Center Theater revival of Macbeth begins performances Oct. 24 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. The cast greeted the press with an Oct. 1 photo op.

The Top-Viewed Videos on Playbill.com

PLAYBILL VIP SPOTLIGHT: Pace University Presents Pasek and Paul's Dogfight
With PlaybillVIP.com, theatrical organizations across the country can create authentic Playbills to promote their shows. This first Playbill VIP Spotlight video takes a look at the Pace University production of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's Dogfight, which will run Oct. 2-9.

OBSESSED!: Haven Burton Has Total Eclipses of the Brain and Legs
Haven Burton joins Seth Rudetsky in studio for the latest episode of OBSESSED!