Playbill.com : News Copyright (c) %2014 Playbill.com, Inc. All Rights Reserved. http://www.playbill.com/ Playbill.com : News en-us 04/17/2014 11:33:21 PM 60 The Awesome 80s Prom Will Return to New York City for Five Performances Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:23 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190144-The-Awesome-80s-Prom-Will-Return-to-New-York-City-for-Five-Performances The Awesome 80s Prom, the long-running, immersive theatrical event that invited theatregoers to prom night, will return for five Saturday evening performances beginning May 17 at New York's new club 42West, located at the bottom of The OUT Hotel on West 42nd Street.

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Michael Gioia
New York City Ballet Gala to Feature Kristen Bell and Selections from Carousel Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:22 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190145-New-York-City-Ballet-Gala-to-Feature-Kristen-Bell-and-Selections-from-Carousel New York City Ballet's May 8 gala at the Koch Theater will feature performances by "Frozen" star Kristen Bell, who will offer selections from the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic Carousel, according to the New York Times.

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Adam Hetrick
Puppeteer Basil Twist Launches Kickstarter to Complete Work on Project With Late Trailblazer Lee Nagrin Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:37 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190143-Puppeteer-Basil-Twist-Launches-Kickstarter-to-Complete-Work-on-Project-With-Late-Trailblazer-Lee-Nagrin A Kickstarter campaign is underway to complete work on a feature-length documentary film that captures Behind the Lid, the downtown production by late trailblazing avante-garde artist Lee Nagrin and acclaimed puppeteer Basil Twist.

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Adam Hetrick
All The Way, Tribes, The Flick and The Jungle Book Nominated for Elliot Norton Awards Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:20 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190140-All-The-Way-Tribes-The-Flick-and-The-Jungle-Book-Nominated-for-Elliot-Norton-Awards The nominations for the 32nd Annual Elliot Norton Awards have been announced by the Boston Theater Critics Association.

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Carey Purcell
PHOTO CALL: A First Look at Wicked Tour Stars Laurel Harris, Kara Lindsay, Matt Shingledecker and Gene Weygandt Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:11 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190139-PHOTO-CALL-A-First-Look-at-Wicked-Tour-Stars-Laurel-Harris-Kara-Lindsay-Matt-Shingledecker-and-Gene-Weygandt Wicked welcomed Laurel Harris as Elphaba, Kara Lindsay as Glinda and Gene Weygandt as the Wizard beginning April 2 at the Saroyan Theatre in Fresno, CA.]]> Matthew Blank Playbill Will Alter Iconic Logo to Celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:55 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190137-Playbill-Will-Alter-Iconic-Logo-to-Celebrate-LGBTQ-Pride-Month For the first time in its 130 years, Playbill will alter its logo on the covers of all Broadway and Off-Broadway theatres from iconic yellow to rainbow in support of LGBTQ Pride Month this June. Playbill will commemorate LGBTQ Pride with a myriad of programs that celebrate the theatre's diverse community of artists, innovators and theatre lovers.

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Adam Hetrick
PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: Of Mice and Men — See What the Boys in the Bunkhouse Will Have Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:31 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190130-PLAYBILL-ON-OPENING-NIGHT-Of-Mice-and-Men-mdash-See-What-the-Boys-in-the-Bunkhouse-Will-Have Of Mice and Men opened April 16 on Broadway. Playbill.com was there.]]> Harry Haun PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "Still Dreaming of Paradise..." A Two-Show Day (and Opening Night!) With Paper Mill's South Pacific Star Erin Mackey Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:40 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190131-PHOTO-EXCLUSIVE-Still-Dreaming-of-Paradise-A-Two-Show-Day-and-Opening-Night-With-Paper-Mills-South-Pacific-Star-Erin-Mackey Broadway soprano Erin Mackey (Wicked, Chaplin) stars as cockeyed optimist Nellie Forbush in Paper Mill Playhouse's new production of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific. She shares exclusive photos taken on April 13, the show's opening night.

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Matthew Blank
PHOTO ARCHIVE: Rebecca Luker on the Musical Stage Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:24 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190121-PHOTO-ARCHIVE-Rebecca-Luker-on-the-Musical-Stage Show Boat.]]> Matthew Blank PHOTO CALL: A First Look at CBS Comedy "Bad Teacher," Starring Ari Graynor, Kristin Davis, David Alan Grier and Sara Gilbert Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:21 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190120-PHOTO-CALL-A-First-Look-at-CBS-Comedy-Bad-Teacher-Starring-Ari-Graynor-Kristin-Davis-David-Alan-Grier-and-Sara-Gilbert Matthew Blank "Into the Woods" and Annie Star Lilla Crawford Will Offer May Audition Workshop Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:41 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190119-Into-the-Woods-and-Annie-Star-Lilla-Crawford-Will-Offer-May-Audition-Workshop Lilla Crawford, who will star as Little Red Riding Hood in the upcoming film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, will offer an audition workshop May 4 in Manhattan.

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Michael Gioia
First "Jersey Boys" Trailer Airs April 17 on "Entertainment Tonight"; Film Receives R Rating from MPAA Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:34 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190118-First-Jersey-Boys-Trailer-Airs-April-17-on-Entertainment-Tonight-Film-Receives-R-Rating-from-MPAA The first trailer to Clint Eastwood's film adaptation of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys, which is scheduled to arrive in theatres June 20, airs on "Entertainment Tonight" April 17 and is released the same day on iTunes Trailers at 7:30 PM ET, representatives for Warner Bros. confirmed to Playbill.com. 

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Michael Gioia
Frank Wildhorn Musical Death Note Has NYC Reading With Andy Kelso, Robert Cuccioli and Adrienne Warren Prior to Japanese Premiere Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:18 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190117-Frank-Wildhorn-Musical-Death-Note-Has-NYC-Reading-With-Andy-Kelso-Robert-Cuccioli-and-Adrienne-Warren-Prior-to-Japanese-Premiere Death Note, the new Frank Wildhorn-Jack Murphy musical based on the Japanese manga series, received a New York workshop this week in anticipation of a 2015 Tokyo premiere. Andy Kelso, Robert Cuccioli and Adrienne Warren were among the cast.

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Adam Hetrick
Play Titles and Casting Announced for "Take Ten" Festival Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:48 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190116-Play-Titles-and-Casting-Announced-for-Take-Ten-Festival Theater Masters will present its eighth annual "Take Ten," eight ten-minute plays from award-winning MFA graduate playwriting students from across the country, April 22-26 at 7:30 PM at Off-Broadway’s The American Theater of Actors.

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Andrew Gans
Ari Graynor, Daoud Heidami, Jerry O'Connell and Erin Wilhelmi Will Star in Second Stage's American Hero Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:47 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190114-Ari-Graynor-Daoud-Heidami-Jerry-OConnell-and-Erin-Wilhelmi-Will-Star-in-Second-Stages-American-Hero Second Stage Theatre will kick off its 2014 Uptown Series with the New York premiere of American Hero, written by Bess Wohl and directed by Leigh Silverman, beginning May 12, prior to an official opening May 22.

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Michael Gioia
Sam Underwood Set for Free Reading of New Comedy Under The Boardwalk Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:21 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190104-Sam-Underwood-Set-for-Free-Reading-of-New-Comedy-Under-The-Boardwalk A reading of Ryan Gielen's Under The Boardwalk will be presented April 22 at The Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 416 W. 42nd Street.

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Andrew Gans
Soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" Spends Tenth Week Atop Billboard 200; Sales Surpass Two Million Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:12 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190111-Soundtrack-to-Disneys-Frozen-Spends-Tenth-Week-Atop-Billboard-200-Sales-Surpass-Two-Million The soundtrack to the Oscar-winning movie "Frozen," Disney's 3-D animated film that features the voices of Tony Award winner Idina Menzel, Tony nominee Jonathan Groff and stage and screen actress Kristen Bell, spends a tenth nonconsecutive week atop the Billboard 200, having sold 133,000 copies in the week ending April 13 (down 11 percent), according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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Michael Gioia
Fifteen-Minute Musicals, Featuring Work of Kate Anderson, Elyssa Samsel, Caleb Hoyer and More, Will Be Held April 18-19 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:58 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190109-Fifteen-Minute-Musicals-Featuring-Work-of-Kate-Anderson-Elyssa-Samsel-Caleb-Hoyer-and-More-Will-Be-Held-April-18-19 4@15: Four New Fifteen-Minute Musicals, performed in conjunction with University of California, Irvine, will be offered April 18-19 at the Playroom Theater.

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Michael Gioia
Inventing Mary Martin, Starring Emily Skinner, Cameron Adams, Lynne Halliday and Jason Graae, Extends Off-Broadway Run Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:50 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190108-Inventing-Mary-Martin-Starring-Emily-Skinner-Cameron-Adams-Lynne-Halliday-and-Jason-Graae-Extends-Off-Broadway-Run The York Theatre Company's world premiere of the new musical Inventing Mary Martin, which began previews at the Off-Broadway venue April 15, has extended its run prior to its official opening April 27.

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Andrew Gans
The Incubator Arts Project, Presenter of Cutting-Edge Work, Will Close in July Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:41 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190107-The-Incubator-Arts-Project-Presenter-of-Cutting-Edge-Work-Will-Close-in-July The experimental performance company The Incubator Arts Project will close in July.

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Carey Purcell
American Theater Company and Araca Group Partner to Develop New Plays With AracaWorks: Chicago Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:38 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190105-American-Theater-Company-and-Araca-Group-Partner-to-Develop-New-Plays-With-AracaWorks-Chicago The development of new American plays in Chicago will be supported by a partnership with the American Theater Company and The Araca Group. 

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Carey Purcell
Disney Announces New Same-Day Ticket Policies for Broadway's Aladdin and Newsies Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:36 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190106-Disney-Announces-New-Same-Day-Ticket-Policies-for-Broadways-Aladdin-and-Newsies Disney has announced new same-day ticket policies, which will begin April 21, for the Broadway musicals Aladdin and Newsies.

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Michael Gioia
Controversy Inspires Original Cast and Creators of Fun Home to Stage Concert Production at College of Charleston Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:16 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190103-Controversy-Inspires-Original-Cast-and-Creators-of-Fun-Home-to-Stage-Concert-Production-at-College-of-Charleston The original cast and creative team of Fun Home, a 2014 Pulitzer Prize finalist based on the graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, will reunite for two special concert stagings at the College of Charleston next week after South Carolina lawmakers attempted to withdraw funding from the school for including the source material in its curriculum.

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Adam Hetrick
PHOTO CALL: Of Mice and Men, Starring James Franco and Chris O'Dowd, Opens on Broadway; Red Carpet Arrivals, Curtain Call and Cast Party Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:14 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190090-PHOTO-CALL-Of-Mice-and-Men-Starring-James-Franco-and-Chris-ODowd-Opens-on-Broadway-Red-Carpet-Arrivals-Curtain-Call-and-Cast-Party The Broadway revival of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, which marks the Main Stem debuts of co-stars James Franco and Chris O'Dowd, officially opened April 16 at the Longacre Theatre following previews that began March 19.

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Matthew Blank and Joseph Marzullo
Broadway Records Will Release "Nice Fighting You," Celebration of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty; Track List Announced Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190102-Broadway-Records-Will-Release-Nice-Fighting-You-Celebration-of-Lynn-Ahrens-and-Stephen-Flaherty-Track-List-Announced Broadway Records will release "Nice Fighting You: A 30th Anniversary Celebration Live At 54 BELOW," which spotlights the Tony-winning collaboration of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, June 3.

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Andrew Gans
James Barbour and Anthony Fedorov Will Head Cast of La Mirada Les Miserables Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:47 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190101-James-Barbour-and-Anthony-Fedorov-Will-Head-Cast-of-La-Mirada-Les-Miserables Casting has been announced for the La Mirada Theatre and McCoy Rigby Entertainment production of Les Miserables, which will begin previews May 30 with an official opening the following day at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.

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Andrew Gans
Neil Patrick Harris, John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask Set for TimesTalks Event Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:32 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190100-Neil-Patrick-Harris-John-Cameron-Mitchell-and-Stephen-Trask-Set-for-TimesTalks-Event The TimesTalks discussion series will continue May 20 with an evening spotlighting the Broadway debut of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

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Andrew Gans
Seth Numrich to Return to London Stage in Fathers and Sons at Donmar Warehouse Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:05 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190095-Seth-Numrich-to-Return-to-London-Stage-in-Fathers-and-Sons-at-Donmar-Warehouse Seth Numrich, the Broadway actor who was named Best Newcomer in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2013 for his London debut in Sweet Bird of Youth at the Old Vic, is to return to the London stage to star in Brian Friel's Fathers and Sons, beginning performances June 5 prior to an official opening June 10, for a run through July 26.

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Mark Shenton
London's Hampstead Theatre to Premiere Wonderland, a New Play About U.K.'s 1980s Miners' Strike Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:03 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190098-Londons-Hampstead-Theatre-to-Premiere-Wonderland-a-New-Play-About-UKs-1980s-Miners-Strike London's Hampstead Theatre is to offer the world premiere of Beth Steel's Wonderland to mark the 30th anniversary of the Miners' Strike that changed the fabric of Britain forever. It will begin performances June 20 prior to an official opening June 26, for a run through July 26.

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Mark Shenton
Liliane Montevecchi Will Return to London with New Show Paris on the Thames Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:53 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190097-Liliane-Montevecchi-Will-Return-to-London-with-New-Show-Paris-on-the-Thames Tony winner Liliane Montevecchi, who has previously appeared in cabaret in London at Jermyn Street Theatre and Pizza on the Park and on the U.K. theatrical stage in Sandy Wilson's Divorce Me, Darling! at Chichester Festival Theatre in 1997, is to return to London to make her debut at Crazy Coqs with her new autobiographical show Paris on the Thames. She will begin performances June 24 for a run through June 28.

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Mark Shenton
Musical Adaptation of Thérèse Raquin to Transfer from London's Finborough to Park Theatre Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:27 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190096-Musical-Adaptation-of-Thrse-Raquin-to-Transfer-from-Londons-Finborough-to-Park-Theatre Thérèse Raquin, a new musical adaptation of Émile Zola’s classic French novel of the same name that is currently running at London's Finborough Theatre through April 19, is to transfer to the Park Theatre in Finsbury Park, beginning performances July 30 prior to an official opening Aug. 5, for a four-week run through Aug. 24.

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Mark Shenton
Richard E. Grant to Appear in Water Babies at Leicester's Curve Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:40 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190099-Richard-E-Grant-to-Appear-in-Water-Babies-at-Leicesters-Curve Richard E. Grant is to appear in the world-premiere production of Water Babies, a new musical by Chris Egan, Ed Curtis and Guy Jones, which will begin performances at Leicester's Curve April 24 prior to an official opening May 6, for a run through May 17.

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Mark Shenton
Andrew Lippa's Wild Party Gets Jazz Makeover, With Julia Murney, Jeremy Jordan and More, April 17 at 54 Below Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190077-Andrew-Lippas-Wild-Party-Gets-Jazz-Makeover-With-Julia-Murney-Jeremy-Jordan-and-More-April-17-at-54-Below Original The Wild Party star Julia Murney is joined by Jeremy Jordan, Leslie Kritzer, Michael Cerveris and more for a special one-night-only concert of re-imagined songs from that Andrew Lippa Drama Desk Award-winning musical April 17 at 54 Below.

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Adam Hetrick
From the Small Screen to the Great White Way: 11 TV Stars We'd Love to See on Broadway Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190091-From-the-Small-Screen-to-the-Great-White-Way-11-TV-Stars-Wed-Love-to-See-on-Broadway Playbill.com offers a collection of actors recently seen on TV that we hope will soon perform on the Broadway stage. 

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Benjamin Solomon
Schools of the Stars: Where Act One Cast and Creators Went to College Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190086-Schools-of-the-Stars-Where-Act-One-Cast-and-Creators-Went-to-College Where the principals of the Broadway play Act One pursued their college studies.

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Robert Viagas
Broadway's Leading Ladies Go Commercial, Part 1: Florence Henderson, Ethel Merman, Carol Channing and More in Ads from 1950s-70s Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190085-Broadways-Leading-Ladies-Go-Commercial-Part-1-Florence-Henderson-Ethel-Merman-Carol-Channing-and-More-in-Ads-from-1950s-70s Sit in front of a television set long enough, and you'll probably see a familiar Broadway face or two — and not just on your regularly scheduled programs, but in the commercials, too. In fact, there have been so many commercials featuring stars of the Great White Way over the years that we've decided to spend a few weeks looking back at some of our favorites. In part one, we take a look at ads starring Broadway's leading ladies that aired from the 1950s through the 1970s. Look out for Ethel Merman selling Vel with a familiar Jule Styne tune, Florence Henderson in an Oldsmobile ad inspired by a song from The Music Man and even Carol Channing in an ad for Atari.

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David Gewirtzman
Lauren Molina and Steel Burkhardt Lead Regional Premiere of Murder Ballad, Beginning April 17 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190084-Lauren-Molina-and-Steel-Burkhardt-Lead-Regional-Premiere-of-Murder-Ballad-Beginning-April-17 Lauren Molina and Steel Burkhardt star in the regional premiere of the Off-Broadway rock musical Murder Ballad, which begins performances April 17 at TUTS Underground in Houston, TX.

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Adam Hetrick
Act One, Stage Adaptation of Moss Hart's Theatrical Memoir, Opens on Broadway April 17 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190074-Act-One-Stage-Adaptation-of-Moss-Harts-Theatrical-Memoir-Opens-on-Broadway-April-17 Act One, the new stage production based on the memoir of Broadway playwright, director and lyricist Moss Hart, officially opens on Broadway April 17 at Lincoln Center Theater's Vivian Beaumont Theater. Santino Fontana, Tony Shalhoub and Andrea Martin star.

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Adam Hetrick and Michael Gioia
Gretchen Egolf Stars as Candida at the Pittsburgh Public Beginning April 17; Ted Pappas Directs Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190071-Gretchen-Egolf-Stars-as-Candida-at-the-Pittsburgh-Public-Beginning-April-17-Ted-Pappas-Directs Pittsburgh Public Theater's "Masterpiece" season continues with George Bernard Shaw's Candida, directed by Ted Pappas, beginning April 17, prior to an official opening April 25.

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Michael Gioia
Cast of 35, Culled from Worlds of Broadway, Cabaret and Opera, Are Part of Nicholas Nickleby, A New Musical, Beginning April 17 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190070-Cast-of-35-Culled-from-Worlds-of-Broadway-Cabaret-and-Opera-Are-Part-of-Nicholas-Nickleby-A-New-Musical-Beginning-April-17 Theater for the New City, which is under the leadership of executive director Crystal Field, presents Nicholas Nickleby, A New Musical April 17-May 5 at the Joyce and Seward Johnson Theater.

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Andrew Gans