Playbill.com : News Copyright (c) %2014 Playbill.com, Inc. All Rights Reserved. http://www.playbill.com/ Playbill.com : News en-us 04/24/2014 01:32:30 PM 60 Brian Stokes Mitchell and John Glover Join Cast of Much Ado About Nothing for Shakespeare in the Park Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:53 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190392-Brian-Stokes-Mitchell-and-John-Glover-Join-Cast-of-Much-Ado-About-Nothing-for-Shakespeare-in-the-Park Tony Award winners Brian Stokes Mitchell and John Glover will be part of the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of Much Ado About Nothing.

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Adam Hetrick
PHOTO CALL: Alan Cumming, Lesli Margherita, Christian Campbell, Jenna Leigh Green and Constantine Maroulis Offer Reefer Madness Concert Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:35 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190390-PHOTO-CALL-Alan-Cumming-Lesli-Margherita-Christian-Campbell-Jenna-Leigh-Green-and-Constantine-Maroulis-Offer-Reefer-Madness-Concert Reefer Madness, benefiting Baby Quest Foundation, was held at New World Stages April 19 at 11:59 PM.]]> Matthew Blank Pulitzer Winners Annie Baker and Dough Wright Tapped for Sundance Theatre Lab Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:25 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190389-Pulitzer-Winners-Annie-Baker-and-Dough-Wright-Tapped-for-Sundance-Theatre-Lab New works by Pulitzer Prize winners Annie Baker and Doug Wright have been selected for development at the Sundance Institute's 2014 Theatre Lab.

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Adam Hetrick
AIDS Memorial Quilt On Display at Broadway's Mothers and Sons Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:22 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190386-AIDS-Memorial-Quilt-On-Display-at-Broadways-Mothers-and-Sons The new Broadway play Mothers and Sons from four-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally announced April 24 that portions of The AIDS Memorial Quilt are on display in the lower lobby of the Golden Theatre, where the new play is housed.

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Michael Gioia
Over 20 Broadway Shows Set for Free Stars in the Alley Concert Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:21 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190388-Over-20-Broadway-Shows-Set-for-Free-Stars-in-the-Alley-Concert Stars in the Alley, a free outdoor concert presented by The Broadway League, will be offered May 21 beginning at 11 AM in Shubert Alley, between Broadway and 8th Avenue and 44th and 45th Streets.

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Andrew Gans
Broadway Return of Cabaret Extends Into 2015 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190385-Broadway-Return-of-Cabaret-Extends-Into-2015- Roundabout Theatre Company announced April 24 that a new block of tickets for the Broadway revival of Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall's Tony-winning production of Cabaret is on sale through Jan. 4, 2015. 

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Michael Gioia
PHOTO CALL: Stephen Flaherty, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jason Robert Brown and More Sound Off on Sheet Music Piracy Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:41 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190363-PHOTO-CALL-Stephen-Flaherty-Lin-Manuel-Miranda-Jason-Robert-Brown-and-More-Sound-Off-on-Sheet-Music-Piracy The Dramatists Guild's Anti-Piracy Committee hosted its first anti-piracy awareness event April 21 from 5 PM–7 PM in New York City.]]> Krissie Fullerton Soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" Spends 11th Week Atop Billboard 200, Scoring Biggest Sales Week to Date Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:40 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190381-Soundtrack-to-Disneys-Frozen-Spends-11th-Week-Atop-Billboard-200-Scoring-Biggest-Sales-Week-to-Date 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 an 11th nonconsecutive week atop the Billboard 200, having sold 259,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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Michael Gioia
Scandalous' Edward Watts Will Join Cast of The Fantasticks Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:35 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190382-Scandalous-Edward-Watts-Will-Join-Cast-of-The-Fantasticks Edward Watts, who was seen on Broadway in Scandalous, will join the cast of Off-Broadway's The Fantasticks April 28.

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Andrew Gans
Clive Davis Cites Frustration With New Musicals as Inspiration for My Fair Lady Revival Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:19 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190380-Clive-Davis-Cites-Frustration-With-New-Musicals-as-Inspiration-for-My-Fair-Lady-Revival In a new guest column published in the Hollywood Reporter, Grammy Award-winning producer Clive Davis cited a dearth in new musicals — as compared to the quality of those written by Rodgers and Hammerstein — as the impetus behind his plans for a 2014 Broadway revival of My Fair Lady.

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Adam Hetrick
"Life is a Cabaret, New Chum!" Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams Become Fast Friends in Broadway's Cabaret Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:02 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190373-Life-is-a-Cabaret-New-Chum-Alan-Cumming-and-Michelle-Williams-Become-Fast-Friends-in-Broadways-Cabaret Cabaret opens April 24.]]> Michael Gioia "Burning Blue" Film, Starring Trent Ford, Morgan Spector, Tammy Blanchard, Cotter Smith, Michael Cumpsty, Will Be Released in June Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190374-Burning-Blue-Film-Starring-Trent-Ford-Morgan-Spector-Tammy-Blanchard-Cotter-Smith-Michael-Cumpsty-Will-Be-Released-in-June "Burning Blue," a new film based on DMW Greer's play of the same name, will open in cinemas and on demand June 6.

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Andrew Gans
John Kander and Twyla Tharp Will Participate in Live Design Broadway Master Classes Conversations Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:49 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190376-John-Kander-and-Twyla-Tharp-Will-Participate-in-Live-Design-Broadway-Master-Classes-Conversations The 2014 Live Design Broadway Master Classes will feature conversations with Tony-winning composer John Kander and Tony-winning choreographer Twyla Tharp.

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Carey Purcell
Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Diane Paulus, Carrie Underwood and Benedict Cumberbatch Among "Time 100" Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:47 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190375-Robert-Lopez-and-Kristen-Anderson-Lopez-Diane-Paulus-Carrie-Underwood-and-Benedict-Cumberbatch-Among-Time-100 Time Magazine's "Time 100: The World's Most Influential People" list, which includes 100 "people who most affect our world," features Oscar-winning songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Tony winner Diane Paulus and more.

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Michael Gioia
Chicago Children's Theatre Will Present World Premieres of Frederick and Wonderland, Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure in 2014-15 Season Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:28 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190377-Chicago-Childrens-Theatre-Will-Present-World-Premieres-of-Frederick-and-Wonderland-Alices-Rock-Roll-Adventure-in-2014-15-Season The world premieres of Frederick and Wonderland, Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure, as well as the return engagement of The Selfish Giant, will be featured in the 2014-15 season at Chicago Children's Theatre.

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Carey Purcell
Christian Borle Will Be Part of Patrick Wilson & Friends Discussion in May Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:18 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190372-Christian-Borle-Will-Be-Part-of-Patrick-Wilson-Friends-Discussion-in-May The Montclair Film Festival will present an afternoon entitled Patrick Wilson & Friends May 4 at the Montclair Art Museum.

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Andrew Gans
The Verdict: Critics Review Harvey Fierstein's New Broadway Play Casa Valentina Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:10 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190370-The-Verdict-Critics-Review-Harvey-Fiersteins-New-Broadway-Play-Casa-Valentina Casa Valentina, a new play by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein about an upstate colony where heterosexual men dress as women, officially opened on Broadway April 23 at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

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Playbill Staff
THE SCREENING ROOM: Happy Birthday, Barbra Streisand (Video) Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:58 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190369-THE-SCREENING-ROOM-Happy-Birthday-Barbra-Streisand-Video Entertainment icon Barbra Streisand celebrates her birthday April 24. She rose to fame with her debut performance in I Can Get It for You Wholesale and later starred as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl.

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Playbill Staff
Henry Wishcamper Will Direct The Little Foxes at Chicago's Goodman Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:56 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190371-Henry-Wishcamper-Will-Direct-The-Little-Foxes-at-Chicagos-Goodman Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes is the final addition to the Goodman Theatre's upcoming 90th Anniversary “Season to Celebrate.”

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Andrew Gans
The Play That Goes Wrong to Transfer to West End's Duchess Theatre Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:33 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190366-The-Play-That-Goes-Wrong-to-Transfer-to-West-Ends-Duchess-Theatre The Play That Goes Wrong, which premiered on the London fringe at the Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington last year before a season at the Trafalgar Studios 2, is to transfer to the West End's Duchess Theatre, beginning performances Sept. 5 prior to an official opening Sept. 14.

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Mark Shenton
Casting Announced for Adler & Gibb at London's Royal Court Theatre Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:59 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190368-Casting-Announced-for-Adler-Gibb-at-Londons-Royal-Court-Theatre Casting has been announced for the premiere of Tim Crouch's Adler & Gibb, which will begin performances June 13 at London's Royal Court Theatre prior to an official opening June 19, for a run through July 5.

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Mark Shenton
Picture Perfect, Song Cycle of Work of Scott Evan Davis, to Feature Helen Hobson and Jerome Pradon Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:45 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190367-Picture-Perfect-Song-Cycle-of-Work-of-Scott-Evan-Davis-to-Feature-Helen-Hobson-and-Jerome-Pradon Picture Perfect, a contemporary song cycle featuring songs by American composer Scott Evan Davis, will premiere at London's St. James Studio in a production that will play four performances May 31 and June 1.

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Mark Shenton
PHOTO CALL: Harvey Fierstein's Casa Valentina, Starring Patrick Page, Opens on Broadway; Red Carpet Arrivals, Curtain Call and Cast Party Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:15 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190361-PHOTO-CALL-Harvey-Fiersteins-Casa-Valentina-Starring-Patrick-Page-Opens-on-Broadway-Red-Carpet-Arrivals-Curtain-Call-and-Cast-Party Casa Valentina, a new play by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein about an upstate colony where heterosexual men dress as women, officially opened on Broadway April 23 at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, following previews that began April 1.]]> Matthew Blank and Joseph Marzullo Lives of Barbara Hutton and Brenda Frazier Inspire Debutante, Beginning April 24 in NYC Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190360-Lives-of-Barbara-Hutton-and-Brenda-Frazier-Inspire-Debutante-Beginning-April-24-in-NYC Debutante, a new play by Ryann Weir that is inspired by the lives of real-life debutantes Barbara Hutton and and Brenda Frazier, begins performances April 24 in New York City.

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Adam Hetrick
Robin De Jesus, Teal Wicks, Natalie Weiss and More Are Putting the Pieces Together at 54 Below April 24 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190353-Robin-De-Jesus-Teal-Wicks-Natalie-Weiss-and-More-Are-Putting-the-Pieces-Together-at-54-Below-April-24 Two-time Tony Award nominee Robin De Jesus, Teal Wicks and Natalie Weiss are among the performers participating in Putting the Pieces Together: Volume 2, a benefit concert for autism awareness, April 24 at 54 Below.

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Adam Hetrick
Schools of the Stars: Where Cabaret Cast and Creators Went to College Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190345-Schools-of-the-Stars-Where-Cabaret-Cast-and-Creators-Went-to-College Where the principals of the musical Cabaret pursued their college studies.

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Robert Viagas
Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Cabaret, Christopher Sieber and More Added to Playbill Vault, Week Ending April 26 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190341-Hedwig-and-the-Angry-Inch-Cabaret-Christopher-Sieber-and-More-Added-to-Playbill-Vault-Week-Ending-April-26 When the Playbill Vault launched in December 2011, it included information on over 10,000 shows and 120,000 actors, creative teams and crew members who have worked or are currently working on Broadway. And, new content is added daily.

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Megan Dekic
CBS' "Bad Teacher" Comedy, Featuring Ari Graynor, Kristin Davis, David Alan Grier, Debuts April 24 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190338-CBS-Bad-Teacher-Comedy-Featuring-Ari-Graynor-Kristin-Davis-David-Alan-Grier-Debuts-April-24 "Bad Teacher," a single camera comedy based on the feature film of the same name, makes its TV debut April 24 at 9:31 PM ET on CBS; check local listings.

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Andrew Gans
Broadway's Leading Ladies Go Commercial, Part 2: Betty Buckley, Bernadette Peters, Megan Mullally and More in Ads from 1980s Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190336-Broadways-Leading-Ladies-Go-Commercial-Part-2-Betty-Buckley-Bernadette-Peters-Megan-Mullally-and-More-in-Ads-from-1980s 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 two, we take a look at ads with Broadway's leading ladies that aired in the 1980s. Watch out for Hermione Gingold shaking cans of Coco Goya, Bernadette Peters in a sexy Kleenex commercial and even Betty Buckley promoting Geritol.

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David Gewirtzman
Shatner's World: We Just Live in It, Starring William Shatner, Screened in Cinemas April 24 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190334-Shatner39s-World-We-Just-Live-in-It-Starring-William-Shatner-Screened-in-Cinemas-April-24 Shatner's World: We Just Live in It, which was seen on Broadway in February 2012 starring William Shatner, is screened in cinemas nationwide April 24 at 7:30 PM local time.

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Andrew Gans
"Welcome to Berlin!": Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall's Cabaret Opens April 24 on Broadway Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190331-Welcome-to-Berlin-Sam-Mendes-and-Rob-Marshalls-Cabaret-Opens-April-24-on-Broadway Alan Cumming, who won a Tony Award for his portrayal of the sexy and seductive Emcee in Cabaret, returns to the Kit Kat Klub in Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall's Tony-winning production of that musical, which officially opens April 24 at Studio 54. 

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Michael Gioia
The Great Immensity, Featuring Damian Baldet and Chris Sullivan, Opens at Public Theater April 24 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190330-The-Great-Immensity-Featuring-Damian-Baldet-and-Chris-Sullivan-Opens-at-Public-Theater-April-24 The New York premiere of The Civilians' The Great Immensity officially opens April 24 at the Public Theater following previews that began April 11. 

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Carey Purcell
PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: APRIL 24 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/69084-PLAYBILL-VAULTS-Today-In-Theatre-History-APRIL-24 1905 Sir Henry Irving's production of The Merchant of Venice was to have opened the annual Shakespeare Festival at Stratford-upon-Avon. But Irving was taken ill and Frank Benson and his company presented their version instead.

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PHOTO CALL: A Look at The Public's The Great Immensity, Featuring Damian Baldet and Chris Sullivan Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:59 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190364-PHOTO-CALL-A-Look-at-The-Publics-The-Great-Immensity-Featuring-Damian-Baldet-and-Chris-Sullivan The New York premiere of The Civilians' The Great Immensity officially opened April 24 at the Public Theater following previews that began April 11.]]> Krissie Fullerton PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: Hedwig and the Angry Inch — Neil in Heels Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190356-PLAYBILL-ON-OPENING-NIGHT-Hedwig-and-the-Angry-Inch-mdash-Neil-in-Heels Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Neil Patrick Harris, John Cameron Mitchell, Lena Hall and Yoko Ono were there. So was Playbill.com.]]> Harry Haun LAST CHANCE: What's Closing This Week Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:45 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190359-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 CALL: A First Look at Four Last Things, Starring Tony Nominee Elizabeth A. Davis Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:30 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190358-PHOTO-CALL-A-First-Look-at-Four-Last-Things-Starring-Tony-Nominee-Elizabeth-A-Davis Four Last Things, the story of a young woman struggling with her life, begins performances April 22 Off-Broadway at The American Globe Theatre.]]> Matthew Blank Stephen Flaherty, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jason Robert Brown, Kerrigan and Lowdermilk Sound Off on Sheet Music Piracy and Advice for Songwriters Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:19 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190357-Stephen-Flaherty-Lin-Manuel-Miranda-Jason-Robert-Brown-Kerrigan-and-Lowdermilk-Sound-Off-on-Sheet-Music-Piracy-and-Advice-for-Songwriters The Dramatists Guild's Anti-Piracy Committee hosted its first anti-piracy awareness event April 21 from 5 PM–7 PM in New York City. Playbill.com was there.

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Michael Gioia
Audience Members Share Surprise Engagement at Callaway Sisters' Sibling Revelry 54 Below Show (Plus Video) Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:36 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190355-Audience-Members-Share-Surprise-Engagement-at-Callaway-Sisters-Sibling-Revelry-54-Below-Show-Plus-Video Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway helped a dream come true for David Robeano, who proposed to his partner of seven years, Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, during the Tony Award nominees' April 19 performance at 54 Below.

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Adam Hetrick
Hedwig and the Angry Inch Audiences Also Receive Hurt Locker the Musical Playbills Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:09 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190354-Hedwig-and-the-Angry-Inch-Audiences-Also-Receive-Hurt-Locker-the-Musical-Playbills Theatregoers at the Broadway premiere of Hedwig and the Angry Inch may find an extra Playbill when seeing the show, along with the one for the rock musical starring Neil Patrick Harris.

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Carey Purcell