Playbill.com : News Copyright (c) %2014 Playbill.com, Inc. All Rights Reserved. http://www.playbill.com/ Playbill.com : News en-us 07/24/2014 01:54:45 PM 60 If/Then Vocal Selections to Be Released in August Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:04 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193843-If-Then-Vocal-Selections-to-Be-Released-in-August The vocal selections from If/Then, the new musical by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal writers Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, which stars Tony winner Idina Menzel, will be published the week of Aug. 18 by Hal Leonard.

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Adam Hetrick
Julia Gytri and Avi Amon Talk The O'Neill, The White City and Setting Murder to Music Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193838-Julia-Gytri-and-Avi-Amon-Talk-The-ONeill-The-White-City-and-Setting-Murder-to-Music Julia Gytri and Avi Amon, attendees of the Eugene O'Neill National Music Theater Conference, chat with Playbill.com about their new musical The White City. 

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Ademola Bello
PHOTO CALL: Middleweight Champ Gennady Golovkin and Legendary Announcer Michael Buffer Make Cameo Appearances in Broadway's Rocky Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:40 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193841-PHOTO-CALL-Middleweight-Champ-Gennady-Golovkin-and-Legendary-Announcer-Michael-Buffer-Make-Cameo-Appearances-in-Broadways-Rocky Rocky at the Winter Garden Theatre.]]> Matthew Blank Before Closing, Over 30 Newsies Will Stop the Presses at 54 Below Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:30 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193840-Before-Closing-Over-30-Newsies-Will-Stop-the-Presses-at-54-Below Prior to Newsies' final performance Aug. 24 at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre, over 30 cast members from the Disney hit will Stop the Presses Aug. 14 at 54 Below.

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Michael Gioia
Audra McDonald Breaks Billboard Record with Lady Day Cast Album Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:28 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193837-Audra-McDonald-Breaks-Billboard-Record-with-Lady-Day-Cast-Album PS Classics' two-disc, live original Broadway cast album of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, starring six-time Tony Award-winning actress Audra McDonald as late singer Billie Holiday, took the #1 slot in four Billboard charts in its first week of release.

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Adam Hetrick
Original Wicked Star, "Sesame Street" and Rosie's Theater Kids Will Tell The Winter's Tale at the Delacorte Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:23 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193836-Original-Wicked-Star-Sesame-Street-and-Rosies-Theater-Kids-Will-Tell-The-Winters-Tale-at-the-Delacorte Casting has been announced for the Public Works production of The Winter's Tale, which will feature professional actors and performers alongside community organizations from across New York City. The Public Theater presents the free staging of the Shakespeare work that has been adapted by songwriter Todd Almond and director Lear deBessonet.

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Adam Hetrick
Tony-Winning Pippin Star Will Return to Broadway Revival Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:16 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193835-Tony-Winning-Pippin-Star-Will-Return-to-Broadway-Revival- Andrea Martin, who won 2013 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for creating the role of Berthe in the Tony Award-winning revival of Pippin, will reprise the role for 24 performances beginning Sept. 2 at the Music Box Theatre.

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Michael Gioia
The Verdict: Critics Review Shakespeare in Love Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:30 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193833-The-Verdict-Critics-Review-Shakespeare-in-Love- Shakespeare in Love, a stage version of the hit film of the same name that playwright Lee Hall has adapted from Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard's screenplay, opened July 23 at the West End's Noel Coward Theatre following previews that began July 2.

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Carey Purcell
Unpublished Letters Reveal My Fair Lady and Gigi Lyricist's Withdrawal from Phantom of the Opera Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:30 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193832-Unpublished-Letters-Reveal-My-Fair-Lady-and-Gigi-Lyricists-Withdrawal-from-Phantom-of-the-Opera Alan Jay Lerner, the Tony Award-winning lyricist of Gigi, My Fair Lady and more, originally planned to collaborate with Andrew Lloyd Webber on the long-running, hit Broadway musical The Phantom of the Opera — but was forced to withdraw — according to U.K. publication The Stage.

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Michael Gioia
Chicago Stage Vets Line Up for Regional Bow of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:13 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193830-Chicago-Stage-Vets-Line-Up-for-Regional-Bow-of-Women-on-the-Verge-of-a-Nervous-Breakdown The Theatre at the Center has announced casting for the post-Broadway, professional U.S. regional premiere of the short-lived Broadway musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, which will begin Chicago-area performances Sept. 11.

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Adam Hetrick
PHOTO CALL: Meet the Cast of Broadway's You Can't Take It With You, With James Earl Jones, Rose Byrne, Annaleigh Ashford and Elizabeth Ashley Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:09 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193828-PHOTO-CALL-Meet-the-Cast-of-Broadways-You-Cant-Take-It-With-You-With-James-Earl-Jones-Rose-Byrne-Annaleigh-Ashford-and-Elizabeth-Ashley You Can't Take It With You will begin previews Aug. 26 at the Longacre Theatre prior to an official opening Sept. 28.]]> Matthew Blank "Boogie Nights" Star Tapped for Neil LaBute's The Money Shot Off-Broadway Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:36 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193826-Boogie-Nights-Star-Tapped-for-Neil-LaButes-The-Money-Shot-Off-Broadway Heather Graham, known for her performances on screen in "Boogie Nights" and "Californication," will star in the MCC Theater world premiere of Neil LaBute's The Money Shot.

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Adam Hetrick
Charles Cermele Candidly Remembers Working with Elaine Stritch on At Home At The Carlyle Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:30 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193821-Charles-Cermele-Candidly-Remembers-Working-with-Elaine-Stritch-on-At-Home-At-The-Carlyle Charles Cermele, who, as producer of Contemporary Programming at Lincoln Center, has been responsible for Lincoln Center's American Songbook series for several years, recalls working with Tony and Emmy winner Elaine Stritch, who passed away earlier this month.

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Andrew Gans
First Preview of Off-Broadway's The Good and The True Postponed Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:28 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193823-First-Preview-of-Off-Broadways-The-Good-and-The-True-Postponed The first preview of the award-winning Czech drama The Good and The True, which was scheduled for July 24 at Off-Broadway's DR2 Theatre, has been postponed.

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Andrew Gans
Adam Kantor and Hubert Point-Du Jour Will Star in Old Globe The Two Gentlemen of Verona; Complete Cast Announced Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:24 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193825-Adam-Kantor-and-Hubert-Point-Du-Jour-Will-Star-in-Old-Globe-The-Two-Gentlemen-of-Verona-Complete-Cast-Announced The Old Globe Theatre will conclude its 2014 summer season with William Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona, which begins performances Aug. 10.

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Carey Purcell
Rocky's Margo Seibert to Make 54 Below Debut Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:23 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193824-Rockys-Margo-Seibert-to-Make-54-Below-Debut Margo Seibert, who made her Broadway debut as Adrian in the new musical Rocky earlier this season, will play 54 Below July 28 with her new solo concert Busy Being Free.

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Adam Hetrick
Audra McDonald Answers the Internet's Burning Questions Via Song (Video) Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:19 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193822-Audra-McDonald-Answers-the-Internets-Burning-Questions-Via-Song-Video Six-time Tony Award-winning actress Audra McDonald, who currently stars in Broadway's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, made a surprise guest appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" to answer the Internet's most-asked questions.

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Michael Gioia
Nancy Anderson, Michele Ragusa, Mark Price and More Inhabit The Cottage; Don Stephenson Directs Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:56 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193820-Nancy-Anderson-Michele-Ragusa-Mark-Price-and-More-Inhabit-The-Cottage-Don-Stephenson-Directs Sandy Rustin's The Cottage, the final production of Theatre Aspen's summer repertory season, opens July 24 in Colorado.

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Andrew Gans
AUDIO EXCLUSIVE: Liz Larsen Sings "I Just Ain't Lucky With Men," Cut from Bob Merrill's New Girl in Town Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:56 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193754-AUDIO-EXCLUSIVE-Liz-Larsen-Sings-I-Just-Aint-Lucky-With-Men-Cut-from-Bob-Merrills-New-Girl-in-Town UnsungMusicalsCo. (UMC) will continue its Unsung concert series with Unsung Bob Merrill Aug. 5 at 54 Below. In anticipation of the evening, UMC shares an exclusive Bob Merrill track with Playbill.com.

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Michael Gioia
Sundance… Sings! to Feature Christine Ebersole, Adriane Lenox, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Judy Kuhn, Steven Pasquale Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:27 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193819-Sundance-Sings-to-Feature-Christine-Ebersole-Adriane-Lenox-Celia-Keenan-Bolger-Judy-Kuhn-Steven-Pasquale Symphony Space's 36th season of music programs, which runs September 2014-June 2015, will kick off Sept. 29 in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater with an evening entitled Sundance… Sings!

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Andrew Gans
Tony-Winning Actress Lands Role in "The Family Fang," Featuring Screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:14 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193817-Tony-Winning-Actress-Lands-Role-in-The-Family-Fang-Featuring-Screenplay-by-David-Lindsay-Abaire Maryann Plunkett, who won a Tony Award for her performance in Me and My Girl, will be seen in the new film "The Family Fang," directed by Jason Bateman.

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Andrew Gans
PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Off-Broadway's Piece of My Heart Cast Members Pick Favorite Songs by Bert Berns Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193815-PLAYBILL-PLAYLIST-Off-Broadways-Piece-of-My-Heart-Cast-Members-Pick-Favorite-Songs-by-Bert-Berns Piece of My Heart, a new musical based on the life and songs of legendary songwriter Bert Berns, opened Off-Broadway July 21 at The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center. Members of the cast pick their favorite songs by Berns as part of this week's Playbill Playlist.

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Michael Gioia
PHOTO ARCHIVE: From Steel Pier to Promises, Promises; The Greatest Stage Moments of Birthday Gal Kristin Chenoweth Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193814-PHOTO-ARCHIVE-From-Steel-Pier-to-Promises-Promises-The-Greatest-Stage-Moments-of-Birthday-Gal-Kristin-Chenoweth Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth celebrates her birthday July 24. Playbill.com has compiled some favorite photos featuring the stage and screen star.

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Matthew Blank and Joseph Marzullo
Eric Meyers, Jordan Stanley, Zakiya Young Star in Free Off-Broadway Musical The Lightning Thief, Opening Tonight Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193806-Eric-Meyers-Jordan-Stanley-Zakiya-Young-Star-in-Free-Off-Broadway-Musical-The-Lightning-Thief-Opening-Tonight Theatreworks USA, the nation's leading not-for-profit professional theatre for young audiences, presents the new musical The Lightning Thief — the featured production of its 26th annual Free Summer Theatre Program in New York City — which officially opens July 24.

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Andrew Gans
Beth Leavel, Derek Klena, Jason Gotay, Christina Bianco, Natascia Diaz, Joy Franz Offer Tim Realbuto Plenty of Help July 24 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193803-Beth-Leavel-Derek-Klena-Jason-Gotay-Christina-Bianco-Natascia-Diaz-Joy-Franz-Offer-Tim-Realbuto-Plenty-of-Help-July-24 A host of Broadway artists join writer Tim Realbuto for Tim Realbuto: Alone (With Plenty of Help), which is presented July 24 at 54 Below.

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Andrew Gans
Stars from Phantom, Bullets Over Broadway, Avenue Q and More Are Part of Free Broadway in Bryant Park Concert Today Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193799-Stars-from-Phantom-Bullets-Over-Broadway-Avenue-Q-and-More-Are-Part-of-Free-Broadway-in-Bryant-Park-Concert-Today The Broadway in Bryant Park concert series continues July 24. Over 40 theatre artists are participating in the free event, the third concert of the 14th season of the outdoor presentations.

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Andrew Gans
The Protagonist Makes Los Angeles Premiere Tonight Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193795-The-Protagonist-Makes-Los-Angeles-Premiere-Tonight Carthay Films presents the Los Angeles premiere of The Protagonist, a new comic play by Tim Livingston, beginning July 24 at the Lillian Theatre.

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Andrew Gans
Blood and Puppets Collide in Puppet Titus Andronicus, Opening Tonight Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193791-Blood-and-Puppets-Collide-in-Puppet-Titus-Andronicus-Opening-Tonight The Puppet Shakespeare Players and STT Productions present the world premiere of Puppet Titus Andronicus – a new comedic take on Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus performed in the style of Avenue Q – at Theatre Row’s Beckett Theatre, opening July 24. 

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Philippe Bowgen
Bruce Vilanch, Lesli Margherita and More Star in Free Reading of I Had A Ball Today Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193790-Bruce-Vilanch-Lesli-Margherita-and-More-Star-in-Free-Reading-of-I-Had-A-Ball-Today Unsung Musicals Company continues its 2014 developmental reading series at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center with a special presentation of the 1964 musical comedy I Had A Ball July 24 at 2:30 PM.

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Philippe Bowgen
The Playbill Vault Celebrates Tony Award Winner Kristin Chenoweth Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193786-The-Playbill-Vault-Celebrates-Tony-Award-Winner-Kristin-Chenoweth Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth celebrates her birthday July 24. In honor of the special day, the Playbill Vault looks back at her Broadway stage career.

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Megan Dekic
Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell Heat Up Williamstown's Fool for Love, Opening Tonight Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193592-Nina-Arianda-and-Sam-Rockwell-Heat-Up-Williamstowns-Fool-for-Love-Opening-Tonight Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell star in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Sam Shepard's Fool for Love, which opens July 24 on the Nikos Stage.

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Adam Hetrick
Broadway-Studded Whodunnit Villain: DeBlanks Plays 54 Below Tonight Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193588-Broadway-Studded-Whodunnit-Villain-DeBlanks-Plays-54-Below-Tonight Villain: DeBlanks, a fill-in-the-blanks whodunnit featuring special guests from Broadway and beyond, is presented for three performances beginning July 24 at 54 Below. The late-night event is a fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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Adam Hetrick
PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today in Theatre History: JULY 24 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/71033-PLAYBILL-VAULTS-Today-in-Theatre-History-JULY-24 1920 Producer Alexander H. Cohen, known for bringing quality plays to Broadway for six decades, is born today. Lastly represented on Broadway by the Noel Coward play, Waiting in the Wings, starring Lauren Bacall and Rosemary Harris, he will produce 101 Broadway shows, including the 1964 Hamlet starring Richard Burton, Harold Pinter's drama The Homecoming, Peter Brook's Tony Award-winning La Tragedie de Carmen, James Joyce's Ulysses in Nighttown starring Zero Mostel, Dario Fo's Accidental Death of An Anarchist, Long Day's Journey Into Night and Ah, Wilderness!, both starring Jason Robards and Colleen Dewhurst. He will live to age 79.

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David Gewirtzman and Ernio Hernandez, Doug Nevin and Robert Viagas
Irish Rep Will Present Reading of The Moors Featuring Bianca Amato, Hannah Cabell and More Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193816-Irish-Rep-Will-Present-Reading-of-The-Moors-Featuring-Bianca-Amato-Hannah-Cabell-and-More The Irish Repertory Theatre will continue its eighth season of its Reading Series with The Moors by Jen Silverman, directed by Jackson Gay (These Paper Bullets at Yale Rep) July 28 at 3 PM.

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Philippe Bowgen
PHOTO ARCHIVE: Celebrating Daniel Radcliffe on Stage Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:04 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193813-PHOTO-ARCHIVE-Celebrating-Daniel-Radcliffe-on-Stage The Cripple of Inishmaan, his Broadway debut came in the 2008 production of Equus. Happy birthday, Daniel!]]> Matthew Blank LAST CHANCE: What's Closing This Week Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:43 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193812-LAST-CHANCE-Whats-Closing-This-Week- Here's Playbill.com's weekly "Last Chance" reminder to catch Broadway, Off-Broadway and world-premiere productions before they take a final bow.

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Michael Gioia
PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "Water in the Well!" A Two-Show Day at Broadway's Violet With "Young Violet," Emerson Steele Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:14 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193810-PHOTO-EXCLUSIVE-Water-in-the-Well-A-Two-Show-Day-at-Broadways-Violet-With-Young-Violet-Emerson-Steele Violet. The 14-year-old actress, who boasts a powerful voice and bears a striking resemblance to Sutton Foster, takes us behind the scenes!]]> Matthew Blank It's Only a Play, Starring Producers Co-Stars, Already Taking in Millions at the Box Office Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:58 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193808-Its-Only-a-Play-Starring-Producers-Co-Stars-Already-Taking-in-Millions-at-the-Box-Office The star-studded Broadway production of Tony Award winner Terrence McNally's comedy It's Only A Play has taken in $5.5 million in sales prior to its Aug. 28 start date, according to the New York Post. 

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Michael Gioia
Women's Project Theater Appoints New Producing Artistic Director Following Julie Crosby's Departure Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:39 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193807-Womens-Project-Theater-Appoints-New-Producing-Artistic-Director-Following-Julie-Crosbys-Departure Women's Project Theater announced July 23 that Lisa McNulty has been appointed the Off-Broadway theatre company's new producing artistic director. She succeeds Julie Crosby.

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Michael Gioia
Songwriting Legend Billy Joel Will Receive Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:44 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193804-Songwriting-Legend-Billy-Joel-Will-Receive-Library-of-Congress-Gershwin-Prize Singer, songwriter and pop legend Billy Joel will receive the Library of Congress' prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, according to RollingStone.com.

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Philippe Bowgen