Playbill.com : News Copyright (c) %2014 Playbill.com, Inc. All Rights Reserved. http://www.playbill.com/ Playbill.com : News en-us 07/29/2014 08:57:08 AM 60 Tix on Sale for Bridget Everett's Rock Bottom at the Public Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193976-Tix-on-Sale-for-Bridget-Everetts-Rock-Bottom-at-the-Public Rock Bottom, the outrageous evening from downtown darling Bridget Everett, will open the Public Theater's season at its Astor Place home beginning Sept. 9 at Joe's Pub. Tickets are now on sale to members of the general public.

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Adam Hetrick
Infidelity Sparks Poor Behavior; Theresa Rebeck Comedy Arrives Off-Broadway Tonight Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193974-Infidelity-Sparks-Poor-Behavior-Theresa-Rebeck-Comedy-Arrives-Off-Broadway-Tonight Primary Stages' 30th anniversary season launches July 29 with Theresa Rebeck's Poor Behavior, which explores infidelity and America and stars Heidi Armbruster, Brian Avers and more.

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Adam Hetrick
A Closed/Open Experience: Behind the Scenes at the Sundance Theatre Lab Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193971-A-Closed-Open-Experience-Behind-the-Scenes-at-the-Sundance-Theatre-Lab In the third installment of his weekly blog, Sundance Institute Theatre Lab fellow and playwright Christopher Chen offers insight into the creative process behind the lab, which ran through July 27 in Utah.

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Christopher Chen
7 Fall Broadway Shows to Get Tickets to Now! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193965-7-Fall-Broadway-Shows-to-Get-Tickets-to-Now The 2014 fall Broadway season is filling up with star-driven comedies, mysterious new dramas, revivals of Pulitzer Prize-winning classics and buzzed-about musical premieres. Here's our list of seven fall shows to get tickets to now before they sell out.

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Playbill Staff
National Tour of Wicked Welcomes New Glinda and Boq Tonight Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193956-National-Tour-of-Wicked-Welcomes-New-Glinda-and-Boq-Tonight The company of the first North American tour of Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman's Wicked welcomes Chandra Lee Schwartz as Glinda and Etai BenShlomo as Boq beginning July 29 in Salt Lake City, UT.

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Andrew Gans
TV Stars Amber Tamblyn, Nick Gehlfuss and More Explore Reasons to Be Pretty at Geffen Playhouse, Beginning July 29 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193954-TV-Stars-Amber-Tamblyn-Nick-Gehlfuss-and-More-Explore-Reasons-to-Be-Pretty-at-Geffen-Playhouse-Beginning-July-29 The Geffen Playhouse continues its ongoing presentations of works by Neil LaBute with the dark comedy Reasons to Be Pretty, which begins performances July 29. 

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Carey Purcell
The Little Mermaid Swims to North Carolina Theatre Tonight Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193946-The-Little-Mermaid-Swims-to-North-Carolina-Theatre-Tonight The North Carolina Theatre production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid plays July 29-Aug. 3 at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

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Andrew Gans
Howie Michael Smith's Life Is a Musical, Beginning Tonight Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193944-Howie-Michael-Smiths-Life-Is-a-Musical-Beginning-Tonight Sag Harbor's Bay Street Theater presents the world premiere of My Life Is a Musical, which plays the New York venue July 29-Aug. 31.

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Andrew Gans
"Smash" Actor Hosts Dallas-Area Master Classes July 29-30 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193941-Smash-Actor-Hosts-Dallas-Area-Master-Classes-July-29-30 Actor Wesley Taylor, who created and stars in the comedy series "It Could Be Worse," offers master classes in Texas for performers interested in musical theatre July 29-30.

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Michael Gioia
Stars of Summer: Goodspeed's Fiddler on the Roof Star Elizabeth DeRosa on Hiking Trails and the Charm of Small Towns Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193853-Stars-of-Summer-Goodspeeds-Fiddler-on-the-Roof-Star-Elizabeth-DeRosa-on-Hiking-Trails-and-the-Charm-of-Small-Towns Playbill.com catches up with Elizabeth DeRosa, starring as Hodel in the Goodspeed Opera House production of Fiddler on the Roof, which continues through Sept. 12.

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Whitney Spaner
PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today in Theatre History: JULY 29 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/71130-PLAYBILL-VAULTS-Today-in-Theatre-History-JULY-29 1981 An ad in Variety today accuses theatre critic John Simon of being "racist, anti-Semitic, misogynist, vicious, and derisive." Included in the ad/protest are excerpts from Simon's review of Richard III. Simon is quoted as writing in this review that an actress in the show "should never be cast as anything but an itinerant gefilte fish with a nervous condition." Three hundred artists, etc. have signed the protest, but none are prominent in the theatre industry at that time and, as the ad explains, many people wished to remain anonymous.

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David Gewirtzman and Ernio Hernandez and Robert Viagas
Tony Winners Will Return to "American Horror Story"; "Normal Heart" Star is Series Newcomer Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:30 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193988-Tony-Winners-Will-Return-to-American-Horror-Story-Normal-Heart-Star-is-Series-Newcomer "American Horror Story" executive producer Tim Minear revealed further casting for the fourth installment of the FX series that will be titled "Freak Show," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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Adam Hetrick
NYMF 2014 Awards for Excellence Announced; Cloned! Is Best of Fest Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:15 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193981-NYMF-2014-Awards-for-Excellence-Announced-Cloned-Is-Best-of-Fest The New York Musical Theatre Festival has announced the winners of the NYMF 2014 Awards for Excellence. Cloned! took home this year's Best of Fest Award, with The Gig receiving honors for music, lyrics, orchestrations and more.

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Michael Gioia
Jayne Houdyshell Among The Shoplifters at Arena Stage; Complete Cast Announced Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:13 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193982-Jayne-Houdyshell-Among-The-Shoplifters-at-Arena-Stage-Complete-Cast-Announced Complete casting has been announced for the world premiere of Morris Panych's The Shoplifters, a satirical comedy about class and privilege in society at Arena Stage. 

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Carey Purcell
"Glee" Star Lea Michele Will Appear on Her Favorite FX Television Show Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:41 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193979-Glee-Star-Lea-Michele-Will-Appear-on-Her-Favorite-FX-Television-Show "Glee" star Lea Michele, who starred on Broadway in Spring Awakening, will make an appearance on her favorite television show, the FX drama series "Sons of Anarchy."

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Michael Gioia
New Work by Les Misérables Creator to Play 59E59 Theaters; Complete Fall Season Announced Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:30 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193978-New-Work-by-Les-Misrables-Creator-to-Play-59E59-Theaters-Complete-Fall-Season-Announced Political dramas, two one-act operas from Carlisle Floyd and music by Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen will be featured in the fall 2014 season at 59E59 Theaters.

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Carey Purcell
Natalie Weiss Will Host Barely Legal Show-Tune Extravaganza, Featuring Cast of College Newcomers Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:07 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193975-Natalie-Weiss-Will-Host-Barely-Legal-Show-Tune-Extravaganza-Featuring-Cast-of-College-Newcomers Sam Carner and Derek Gregor's sixth annual Barely Legal Show-Tune Extravaganza, the culmination of college student performers' week-long intensive with Broadway stars, will be held Aug. 21 at 54 Below.

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Michael Gioia
Broadway Grosses: July 21-27 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:59 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193972-Broadway-Grosses-July-21-27 Andrew Ku PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Poodles, Parrots and Pinterest; A Two-Show Day at Off-Broadway's Piece of My Heart With Leslie Kritzer Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:34 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193970-PHOTO-EXCLUSIVE-Poodles-Parrots-and-Pinterest-A-Two-Show-Day-at-Off-Broadways-Piece-of-My-Heart-With-Leslie-Kritzer Piece of My Heart, a new musical based on the life and songs of legendary songwriter Bert Berns. She shares a recent two-show day!]]> Matthew Blank Limited Run of Ruthless! Will Benefit BC/EFA; Creators Will Be Part of Cast Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:31 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193968-Limited-Run-of-Ruthless-Will-Benefit-BC-EFA-Creators-Will-Be-Part-of-Cast Ruthless! will be presented in September at Stage 72 at The Triad to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.]]> Andrew Gans Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito Cast in Disney's Live-Action "Jungle Book" Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:29 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193969-Christopher-Walken-and-Giancarlo-Esposito-Cast-in-Disneys-Live-Action-Jungle-Book Academy Award winner Christopher Walken and Emmy nominee Giancarlo Esposito have joined the voice cast for Disney's live-action adaptation of "The Jungle Book," Disney announced July 28.

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Michael Gioia
Broadway-Aimed Somewhere in Time Musical Sets Cast for NYC Industry Reading Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:11 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193967-Broadway-Aimed-Somewhere-in-Time-Musical-Sets-Cast-for-NYC-Industry-Reading Andrew Samonsky, who starred in the world-premiere staging of the new musical Somewhere in Time at Portland Center Stage last summer, will be joined by Mara Davi in an upcoming New York City industry reading of the Broadway-aimed musical.

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Adam Hetrick
ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: What Pop Star Stopped the Show in A Chorus Line When She Was a Teenager? Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193960-ONSTAGE-BACKSTAGE-What-Pop-Star-Stopped-the-Show-in-A-Chorus-Line-When-She-Was-a-Teenager A week in the life of actor, radio and TV host, music director and writer Seth Rudetsky.

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Seth Rudetsky
Bill T. Jones, John Kander and More Receive National Medal of Arts; Live Stream Starts at 3 PM ET Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:30 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193964-Bill-T-Jones-John-Kander-and-More-Receive-National-Medal-of-Arts-Live-Stream-Starts-at-3-PM-ET President Barack Obama presents the National Medals of Arts July 28 at 3 PM ET in an East Room ceremony at the White House.

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Carey Purcell
Anthem, With Music Based on Wartime Letters, Will Commemorate 200th Anniversary of Star-Spangled Banner Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193962-Anthem-With-Music-Based-on-Wartime-Letters-Will-Commemorate-200th-Anniversary-of-Star-Spangled-Banner Firefly Jars Entertainment will present the new musical Anthem, commemorating the 200th anniversary of The Star-Spangled Banner, beginning Aug. 8 as part of the 18th Annual NY International Fringe Festival.

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Michael Gioia
PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "Putting It Together!" Claybourne Elder, Brynn O'Malley and Cast Rehearse Signature's Sunday in the Park with George Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:41 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193961-PHOTO-EXCLUSIVE-Putting-It-Together-Claybourne-Elder-Brynn-OMalley-and-Cast-Rehearse-Signatures-Sunday-in-the-Park-with-George Sunday in the Park with George will begin performances Aug. 5 in the MAX Theatre. We offer an exclusive look inside the rehearsal studio!]]> Matthew Blank Matt Doyle Will Join Jasper in Deadland Co-Star Bonnie Milligan for Belting Bonnie's Bon Voyage Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:28 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193959-Matt-Doyle-Will-Join-Jasper-in-Deadland-Co-Star-Bonnie-Milligan-for-Belting-Bonnies-Bon-Voyage Matt Doyle, who starred in Off-Broadway's Jasper in Deadland, will join his Deadland co-star Bonnie Milligan for Belting Bonnie's Bon Voyage Aug. 16 at 54 Below.

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Adam Hetrick
Jason Bowen, Brian Quijada and More Will Star in My Mañana Comes at Playwrights Realm; Complete Cast Announced Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:48 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193958-Jason-Bowen-Brian-Quijada-and-More-Will-Star-in-My-Maana-Comes-at-Playwrights-Realm-Complete-Cast-Announced Playwrights Realm has announced complete casting for the world premiere of My Mañana Comes, a new play by Elizabeth Irwin.

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Carey Purcell
PHOTO CALL: Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell Heat Up Williamstown's Fool for Love Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:27 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193955-PHOTO-CALL-Nina-Arianda-and-Sam-Rockwell-Heat-Up-Williamstowns-Fool-for-Love Fool for Love, which opened July 24 on the Nikos Stage.]]> Matthew Blank PHOTO CALL: London Forbidden Broadway Spoofs Les Miz, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Miss Saigon and More Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:52 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193950-PHOTO-CALL-London-Forbidden-Broadway-Spoofs-Les-Miz-Charlie-and-the-Chocolate-Factory-Miss-Saigon-and-More Forbidden Broadway, which is currently running at London's Menier Chocolate Factory, where it recently extended its run through Aug. 30, will transfer to the West End's Vaudeville Theatre for an 11-week season, beginning performances Sept. 9 prior to an official opening Sept.15, for a run through Nov. 22.]]> Matthew Blank Estelle Parsons Will Star in Israel Horovitz's My Old Lady Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:52 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193951-Estelle-Parsons-Will-Star-in-Israel-Horovitzs-My-Old-Lady Oscar winner Estelle Parsons, most recently seen on Broadway in The Velocity of Autumn, will play a 92-year-old French matron in Palm Beach Dramaworks' production of My Old Lady.

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Andrew Gans
"La Mama Earth" Will Include Three Tempests, Authors Directing Authors and Queer NY International Arts Festival Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:23 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193949-La-Mama-Earth-Will-Include-Three-Tempests-Authors-Directing-Authors-and-Queer-NY-International-Arts-Festival "La Mama Earth," the 53rd season presented by the historic downtown theatre complex, will feature productions reflecting on climate change and worldwide global issues.

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Carey Purcell
PHOTO CALL: Broadway's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Cast Meets the Press Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:20 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193948-PHOTO-CALL-Broadways-The-Curious-Incident-of-the-Dog-in-the-Night-Time-Cast-Meets-the-Press The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the acclaimed new play by Simon Stephens that was adapted from Mark Haddon's 2003 best-selling novel of the same name, will begin Sept. 10, prior to an official opening Oct. 5, at Broadway's Barrymore (243 West 47th Street).]]> Matthew Blank Forbidden Broadway to Transfer to West End's Vaudeville Theatre Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193947-Forbidden-Broadway-to-Transfer-to-West-Ends-Vaudeville-Theatre Forbidden Broadway, which is currently running at London's Menier Chocolate Factory, where it recently extended its run through Aug. 30, will transfer to the West End's Vaudeville Theatre for an 11-week season, beginning performances Sept. 9 prior to an official opening Sept.15, for a run through Nov. 22.

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Mark Shenton
Lorna Luft Will Return to the U.K. in Puttin' On the Ritz Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:53 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193945-Lorna-Luft-Will-Return-to-the-UK-in-Puttin-On-the-Ritz Emmy Award-winning performer Lorna Luft will headline a U.K. tour of the song and dance revue Puttin' On the Ritz, which will launch in late August.

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Adam Hetrick
Lucie Arnaz Will Swing from Pippin's Trapeze on Tour Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:38 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193943-Lucie-Arnaz-Will-Swing-from-Pippins-Trapeze-on-Tour- Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of late actors Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, will play Berthe in the U.S. national tour of the Tony Award-winning revival of Pippin, producers announced July 28. The production launches Sept. 6 in Denver at the Buell Theatre.

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Michael Gioia
Tony-Winning Actress Cast in NBC Series and Jon Robin Baitz Miniseries Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:05 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193940-Tony-Winning-Actress-Cast-in-NBC-Series-and-Jon-Robin-Baitz-Miniseries Mary-Louise Parker, a Tony Award winner for her performance in Proof, has been cast in two projects for NBC: the miniseries "The Slap" and the series "The Blacklist," according to Deadline.com.

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Michael Gioia
Who Was the Inspiration for Tennessee Williams' Tragic Southern Belle Blanche DuBois? Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:03 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193942-Who-Was-the-Inspiration-for-Tennessee-Williams-Tragic-Southern-Belle-Blanche-DuBois Blanche Marvin, a producer, playwright, actress and critic, claims she was the inspiration for the character of Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams' play A Streetcar Named Desire, the Telegraph reports.

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Carey Purcell
Music Theatre International Nabs A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder Rights Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:55 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193938-Music-Theatre-International-Nabs-A-Gentleman39s-Guide-to-Love-and-Murder-Rights Music Theatre International has announced that it has acquired live performance rights for the Tony Award-winning musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.

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Adam Hetrick
HBO's "Game of Thrones" Will Welcome Tony and Olivier Winner in Upcoming Season Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:53 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193939-HBOs-Game-of-Thrones-Will-Welcome-Tony-and-Olivier-Winner-in-Upcoming-Season Tony and Olivier winner Jonathan Pryce will be part of the upcoming fifth season of the hit HBO series "Game of Thrones."

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Andrew Gans