Playbill.com : Features Copyright (c) %2014 Playbill.com, Inc. All Rights Reserved. http://www.playbill.com/ Playbill.com : Features en-us 08/22/2014 05:48:02 PM 60 STAGE PORTRAIT: Six-Time Tony Winner Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:32 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194821-STAGE-PORTRAIT-Six-Time-Tony-Winner-Audra-McDonald-in-Lady-Day-at-Emerson39s-Bar-and-Grill Acclaimed illustrator Ken Fallin's drawings of the greatest stars and scenes of the theatrical world are a recurring part of Playbill.com.

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Andrew Gans
Top College Experts on What You Need to Know to Survive Your Performing Arts Freshman Year Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194820-Top-College-Experts-on-What-You-Need-to-Know-to-Survive-Your-Performing-Arts-Freshman-Year Survival tips based on years of watching freshmen stumble–and succeed.

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Robert Viagas
PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "Welcome to Sidekick Alley!" A Two-Show Day at Broadway's Aladdin With "Iago," Don Darryl Rivera Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:37 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194780-PHOTO-EXCLUSIVE-Welcome-to-Sidekick-Alley-A-Two-Show-Day-at-Broadways-Aladdin-With-Iago-Don-Darryl-Rivera Aladdin. He shares a series of photos from a recent two-show day!]]> Matthew Blank PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Paying the Rent in Provincetown! Behind the Scenes at Peregrine Theatre Ensemble's P-Town Staging Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:45 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194829-PHOTO-EXCLUSIVE-Paying-the-Rent-in-Provincetown-Behind-the-Scenes-at-Peregrine-Theatre-Ensembles-P-Town-Staging Rent. Executive Producer Adam Berry, who also stars as Roger, shares these photos and comments on the experience of bringing the show to P-Town crowds.]]> Matthew Blank Noises Off Stage and Beyond: Buzz from Sex With Strangers Star Anna Gunn, Julia Stiles and Tony Yazbeck Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:02 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194783-Noises-Off-Stage-and-Beyond-Buzz-from-Sex-With-Strangers-Star-Anna-Gunn-Julia-Stiles-and-Tony-Yazbeck Playbill.com correspondent Harry Haun provides the latest insight into the buzz Off-Broadway and beyond.

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Harry Haun
First-Timers! 12 Broadway Debuts to Look Out For This Fall Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194782-First-Timers-12-Broadway-Debuts-to-Look-Out-For-This-Fall- With the fall Broadway season ready to take off, Playbill.com looks at a dozen artists who will make their Main Stem debuts this season.

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Michael Gioia
PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Off-Broadway's Pageant Contestants Pick Songs They'd Do Drag To Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194784-PLAYBILL-PLAYLIST-Off-Broadways-Pageant-Contestants-Pick-Songs-Theyd-Do-Drag-To Cast members from the Off-Broadway revival of Bill Russell, Frank Kelly and Albert Evans' Pageant, the musical that puts its stars in drag and has them compete for a glittering tiara, pick songs they would do drag to as part of this week's Playbill Playlist.

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Michael Gioia
PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Usher By Day, Diva by Night! A Two-Show Day With Seth "Miss West Coast" Tucker of Pageant Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:50 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194756-PHOTO-EXCLUSIVE-Usher-By-Day-Diva-by-Night-A-Two-Show-Day-With-Seth-Miss-West-Coast-Tucker-of-Pageant Seth Tucker is currently leading a double life. The actor, who works as an usher at Broadway's Jersey Boys, spends some of his evenings glam-ing it up as "Miss West Coast" Karma Quinn in the Off-Broadway drag musical comedy Pageant. Tucker shares a recent day at both offices!

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Matthew Blank
Schedule of Upcoming Musical Television Series Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194775-Schedule-of-Upcoming-Musical-Television-Series The following is a list of upcoming television series that are musicals or have musical elements. If you would like to submit any updates, please email dgewirtzman@playbill.com.

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David Gewirtzman
THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Emmy-Winning Producer Dori Berinstein Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences Wed, 20 Aug 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194735-THEIR-FAVORITE-THINGS-Emmy-Winning-Producer-Dori-Berinstein-Shares-Her-Theatregoing-Experiences Playbill.com's feature series Their Favorite Things asks members of the theatre community to share the Broadway performances that most affected them as part of the audience.

This week we spotlight the choices of Broadway producer Dori Berinstein, who won a 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Award for Best Documentary Series for "Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love" (American Masters).

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Andrew Gans
Broadway Grosses: Aug. 11-17 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:23 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194647-Broadway-Grosses-Aug-11-17 Andrew Ku "Lift Up Your Hands!" Neil Patrick Harris Bids a Tearful Goodbye to Hedwig and the Angry Inch Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194673-Lift-Up-Your-Hands-Neil-Patrick-Harris-Bids-a-Tearful-Goodbye-to-Hedwig-and-the-Angry-Inch- Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris, who won a Tony Award for his performance in the title role of the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, played his final in that Tony-winning show Aug. 17 at 7 PM. Playbill.com was there.

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Carey Purcell
Nobody's Fool: Theresa Rebeck On New Play and Corporate Storytelling Mon, 18 Aug 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194643-Nobodys-Fool-Theresa-Rebeck-On-New-Play-and-Corporate-Storytelling Theresa Rebeck, prolific playwright and creator of the NBC TV show "Smash," talks ventures into new territory with her latest play, the farce Fool.

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Harry Haun
Pay Attention to the Women Behind the Curtain: 10 Works By Female Playwrights You Don't Want to Miss Sun, 17 Aug 2014 04:03 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194618-Pay-Attention-to-the-Women-Behind-the-Curtain-10-Works-By-Female-Playwrights-You-Dont-Want-to-Miss Playbill.com offers a look at some exciting new works by female playwrights that will be presented during the fall season.

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Carey Purcell
PLAYBILL POLL: What Musicals Are Overdue for a Broadway Revival? Readers Respond Sun, 17 Aug 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194617-PLAYBILL-POLL-What-Musicals-Are-Overdue-for-a-Broadway-Revival-Readers-Respond Playbill.com staff members recently shared the shows they would like to see return to the Great White Way (check out the article here). After making our selections, we wondered which musicals our readers would like to see revived.

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Jared Clough
This Is Our Youth Throws Times Square Tantrum Across Broadway Marquee Sun, 17 Aug 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194621-This-Is-Our-Youth-Throws-Times-Square-Tantrum-Across-Broadway-Marquee Upon first sighting the marquee for the upcoming Broadway play This Is Our Youth, at the Cort Theatre, you’d be forgiven for concluding that the production is being done on a shoestring budget. 

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Robert Simonson
Donna Murphy Gets Passionate: The Essential Albums Sat, 16 Aug 2014 04:02 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194619-Donna-Murphy-Gets-Passionate-The-Essential-Albums Playbill.com correspondent Ben Rimalower offers a collection of his favorite recordings by two-time Tony Award winner Donna Murphy.

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Ben Rimalower
James Earl Jones Serves as Ringmaster of Family Circus in You Can't Take It With You Sat, 16 Aug 2014 04:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194620-James-Earl-Jones-Serves-as-Ringmaster-of-Family-Circus-in-You-Cant-Take-It-With-You James Earl Jones, star of the Broadway revival of You Can't Take It With You, talks with Playbill.com about the play's relevancy and political message to a 21st-century audience. 

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Robert Simonson
STAGE VIEWS: Mamma Mia! Star Elena Ricardo On James Franco, Hunchback and Spin Classes Sat, 16 Aug 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194588-STAGE-VIEWS-Mamma-Mia-Star-Elena-Ricardo-On-James-Franco-Hunchback-and-Spin-Classes Playbill.com's series features actors commenting on their recent theatregoing experiences, what productions they're looking forward to and more.

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Andrew Gans
Like Mother, Like Daughter: Swoosie Kurtz and Her Mom (Re-) Release Books on Same Day Sat, 16 Aug 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194622-Like-Mother-Like-Daughter-Swoosie-Kurtz-and-Her-Mom-Re--Release-Books-on-Same-Day Tony winner Swoosie Kurtz shares stories of her family — and by her family — with Playbill.com.

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Harry Haun
ON THE SCENE: Newsies Storm 54 Below, Tap Their Hearts Out, Answer Fan Questions and Say Goodbye Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:51 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194623-ON-THE-SCENE-Newsies-Storm-54-Below-Tap-Their-Hearts-Out-Answer-Fan-Questions-and-Say-Goodbye Stop the Presses, a concert event prior to Newsies' final performance at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre — featuring over 30 cast members from the Disney hit — was held Aug. 14 at 54 Below. Playbill.com was there.

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Michael Gioia
An American in Chichester: Director Gordon Greenberg Brings Guys and Dolls to the U.K. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194598-An-American-in-Chichester-Director-Gordon-Greenberg-Brings-Guys-and-Dolls-to-the-UK American director Gordon Greenberg is spending his summer abroad, immersing himself in the Golden Age of Broadway with a new production of the Frank Loesser classic Guys and Dolls, currently playing the Chichester Festival Theatre.

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Adam Hetrick
STAGE PORTRAIT: Nick Cearley, Nic Cory, Marty Thomas, John Bolton in Off-Broadway's Pageant Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:42 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194587-STAGE-PORTRAIT-Nick-Cearley-Nic-Cory-Marty-Thomas-John-Bolton-in-Off-Broadways-Pageant Acclaimed illustrator Ken Fallin's drawings of the greatest stars and scenes of the theatrical world are a recurring part of Playbill.com.

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Andrew Gans
PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Barely Legal's Sam Carner and Derek Gregor Pick Best Breakout Performances Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194585-PLAYBILL-PLAYLIST-Barely-Legals-Sam-Carner-and-Derek-Gregor-Pick-Best-Breakout-Performances Sam Carner and Derek Gregor's sixth annual Barely Legal Show-Tune Extravaganza, featuring college students discovered through breakout performances, will be held Aug. 21 at 54 Below. In anticipation of the evening, Carner and Gregor pick their favorite breakout performances as part of this week's Playbill Playlist

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Michael Gioia
PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "I Still Believe": Rehearsal, Backstage and Summer Fun at Flat Rock Playhouse's Miss Saigon With Leading Lady Diana Huey Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:41 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194542-PHOTO-EXCLUSIVE-I-Still-Believe-Rehearsal-Backstage-and-Summer-Fun-at-Flat-Rock-Playhouses-Miss-Saigon-With-Leading-Lady-Diana-Huey Diana Huey is currently starring as Kim in the Flat Rock Playhouse's production of the international hit musical Miss Saigon. She documented the experience and shares these pics from rehearsal, backstage and free time in and around the scenic North Carolina venue.

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Matthew Blank
A Few Good Men: Musicians Play the Blues With Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill Thu, 14 Aug 2014 04:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194546-A-Few-Good-Men-Musicians-Play-the-Blues-With-Audra-McDonald-in-Lady-Day-at-Emerson39s-Bar-and-Grill Meet the men behind the music at Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill: Shelton Becton, Clayton Craddock and George Farmer.

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Karu F. Daniels
THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Sunday in the Park's Brynn O'Malley Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences Wed, 13 Aug 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194498-THEIR-FAVORITE-THINGS-Sunday-in-the-Parks-Brynn-OMalley-Shares-Her-Theatregoing-Experiences Playbill.com's feature series Their Favorite Things asks members of the theatre community to share the Broadway performances that most affected them as part of the audience.

This week we spotlight the choices of singing actress Brynn O'Malley, who is currently playing Dot in the Signature Theatre's production of Sunday in the Park with George.

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Andrew Gans
Carnegie Mellon Theatre Students Offer Freshman Survival Tips Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:05 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194484-Carnegie-Mellon-Theatre-Students-Offer-Freshman-Survival-Tips Student-made video shares hard-earned advice from outgoing freshmen.

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Robert Viagas
Broadway Grosses: Aug. 4-10 Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:19 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194418-Broadway-Grosses-Aug-4-10 All data provided by The Broadway League

View Broadway Grosses in a sortable table or view by show at the Playbill Vault
 

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David Gewirtzman
PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "Sex Is in the Heel!" A Two-Show Day at Broadway's Kinky Boots With Kyle Post Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:32 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194423-PHOTO-EXCLUSIVE-Sex-Is-in-the-Heel-A-Two-Show-Day-at-Broadways-Kinky-Boots-With-Kyle-Post Kinky Boots. He documents a recent two-show day, offering an up-close look at the transformation into his drag persona, “Widdi Bantour.”]]> Matthew Blank A LETTER FROM LONDON: Kevin Spacey Cleans Out His Desk at the Old Vic Mon, 11 Aug 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194454-A-LETTER-FROM-LONDON-Kevin-Spacey-Cleans-Out-His-Desk-at-the-Old-Vic The monthly missive from Across the Pond reflects on Kevin Spacey's work as artistic director at the Old Vic Theatre as well as Maureen Lipman's performance in the Haymarket production of Daytona.

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Ruth Leon
PLAYBILL POLL: Readers Share Their Favorite Stage-to-Screen Adaptations Sun, 10 Aug 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194412-PLAYBILL-POLL-Readers-Share-Their-Favorite-Stage-to-Screen-Adaptations With the eagerly awaited screen version of Into the Woods scheduled for a Christmas Day arrival, Playbill.com polled its readers to find out their all-time favorite stage-to-screen adaptations. Click through to see some of their choices.

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Jared Clough
"When I'm Drunk I'm Beautiful": The Eight Essential Guilty Pleasure Musicals Sat, 09 Aug 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194411-When-Im-Drunk-Im-Beautiful-The-Eight-Essential-Guilty-Pleasure-Musicals Ben Rimalower Back to Before: Playbill.com Staff Pick Broadway Musicals Ripe for Revival Sat, 09 Aug 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194416-Back-to-Before-Playbillcom-Staff-Pick-Broadway-Musicals-Ripe-for-Revival Playbill.com staff members share their wishlists for musicals they'd like to see return to Broadway. From classics to rock operas, Tony-winning hits and rarely-seen flops, here's what made our list.

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STAGE VIEWS: Sunday in the Park's Claybourne Elder On John Doyle, Disgraced, Nicky Silver and More Sat, 09 Aug 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194460-STAGE-VIEWS-Sunday-in-the-Parks-Claybourne-Elder-On-John-Doyle-Disgraced-Nicky-Silver-and-More Playbill.com's series features actors commenting on their recent theatregoing experiences, what productions they're looking forward to and more.

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Andrew Gans
The Bard and Beyond: 7 Tristate Classical Productions Not to Miss This Fall Fri, 08 Aug 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194351-The-Bard-and-Beyond-7-Tristate-Classical-Productions-Not-to-Miss-This-Fall Didn't get to the Delacorte to see King Lear or Much Ado this summer? Itching for some classical texts to keep you muttering, paddling palms and pondering your existence on your daily commute as the leaves change colors? The tristate area, including New York City itself, has a wealth of renowned theatres putting on exciting classical work – from Moliére to Marlowe to Chekhov and the Bard himself.

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PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "Opening Night!" A Two-Show Day at Williamstown With Chris Newcomer of The Visit, Starring Chita Rivera Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:59 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194359-PHOTO-EXCLUSIVE-Opening-Night-A-Two-Show-Day-at-Williamstown-With-Chris-Newcomer-of-The-Visit-Starring-Chita-Rivera Two-time Tony Award winner Chita Rivera stars in a new staging of the Kander and Ebb musical The Visit at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Cast member Chris Newcomer shares these exclusive photos from opening night!

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Matthew Blank
Being Bold, Battling Bullies and Broadway: Why I Became a Counselor at French Woods Theatre Camp Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194357-Being-Bold-Battling-Bullies-and-Broadway-Why-I-Became-a-Counselor-at-French-Woods-Theatre-Camp French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts is molding children into artists and nurturing theatrical creativity in the western Catskills of New York State. Playbill.com spent a moment in the woods at the famed theatre camp, where students and counselors return year after year.

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Michael Gioia
PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Pippin's Ariana DeBose and Benjamin Rauhala Pick Performances That Defy "Type" Thu, 07 Aug 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194330-PLAYBILL-PLAYLIST-Pippins-Ariana-DeBose-and-Benjamin-Rauhala-Pick-Performances-That-Defy-Type Ariana DeBose, a cast member in Broadway's Pippin, will return to 54 Below Aug. 15 with her original solo show Typed Out. In anticipation of the concert, DeBose and musical director Benjamin Rauhala pick performances that defy "type" as part of this week's Playbill Playlist

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Michael Gioia
Cate Blanchett Slips Into Couture and Carnage of Jean Genet's Murderous Maids Thu, 07 Aug 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194331-Cate-Blanchett-Slips-Into-Couture-and-Carnage-of-Jean-Genets-Murderous-Maids Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett, starring in Jean Genet's The Maids at City Center, discusses the 1947 plays relevance to a 2014 audience as well collaborating with her husband, Andrew Upton.

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Carey Purcell