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The Top Ten Musicals Captured Live on Stage correspondent Ben Rimalower offers a list of the top ten musicals that were captured live on film or video. A musical on video can mean a lot of things. For the purposes of this list, it's a distinction from film adaptations of musicals, and it is limited to only musicals captured in live performance... Last week Rimalower shared his list of the Top 15 Movie Musicals of the Last 50 Years. Check that list out here.

Playbill Poll: What Should Patrick Wilson's Next Broadway Role Be? Readers Respond
Stage and screen star Patrick Wilson recently revealed that he will return to Broadway in spring 2014. polled our readers via Facebook and Twitter asking them to share their choices for roles they'd like to see Wilson take on in his Broadway return.

THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Chicago Star Roz Ryan Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences
Members of the theatre community share the Broadway performances that most affected them as part of the audience. This week we spotlight the choices of acclaimed musical theatre actress Roz Ryan, who is currently starring as Matron "Mama" Morton in the Tony-winning revival of Chicago.

PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Cinderella's Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Rebecca Luker Pick Rodgers & Hammerstein Favorites
Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana and Rebecca Luker, who star in the Broadway bow of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's Cinderella, pick their favorite Rodgers & Hammerstein songs as part of's Playbill Playlist series. EXCLUSIVE: Musical Preview of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Starring Tony Nominee Jessie Mueller (Audio)
Producers of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, the new production that tells the life story of the Grammy-winning musician, shared an exclusive musical track with Here's a listen to Jessie Mueller and company performing "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"/"I Feel the Earth Move"/"Beautiful."

"True Blood" Star Joe Manganiello Pauses Streetcar Performance to Address Photo-Taking Fan
Actor Joe Manganiello, who currently stars as Stanley Kowalski in the Yale Repertory Theatre production of A Streetcar Named Desire, addressed a photograph-taking audience member during the Sept. 25 performance of the Tennessee Williams classic.

One-Legged Tap Dancer and Musical Theatre Student Evan Ruggiero Fights Cancer One "Step" at a Time
Read the inspiring story of dancer Evan Ruggiero, a senior musical theatre student at New Jersey's Montclair State University, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and faced the amputation of his right leg at the age of 19. He will graduate college this school year, at 23 years old, successfully completing his degree in Fine Arts and continuing to dance — with only one leg.

Tony Nominee Christiane Noll Joins Cast of NBC's "Sound of Music"
Christiane Noll, most recently seen on Broadway in Chaplin, will be part of the cast of NBC's live Dec. 5 broadcast of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music.

Phantom of the Opera Star Howard McGillin Marries
Howard McGillin, a two-time Tony nominee for his performances in Anything Goes and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, married Richard Scott Samson Sept. 17 at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau.

Tony Winner Bernadette Peters Will Head Cast of Stephen Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis' A Bed and a Chair
Three-time Tony winner Bernadette Peters will head the cast of A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair, a collaboration between Tony-winning composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim and jazz musician-composer Wynton Marsalis for New York City Center.

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The Skivvies Heat Up 54 Below, With Special Guests Nick Adams, Matt Doyle, Lesli Margherita and More
Nick Adams, Matt Doyle, Leslie McDonel, Lesli Margherita and Tituss Burgess joined The Skivvies for their sold-out concert of stripped-down songs Sept. 23 at 54 Below.

PHOTO CALL: Joe Manganiello of "True Blood" Is Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire at Yale Rep
"True Blood" actor Joe Manganiello returns to the stage in the Yale Repertory Theatre production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, which officially opened Sept. 26 after previews that began Sept. 20 in New Haven, CT.

A First Look at Caroline Bowman, Josh Young, Sean MacLaughlin and Krystina Alabado in the Evita National Tour
The national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Evita, which is based on the 2012 Tony-nominated revival, kicked off Sept. 8 at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, RI.

PHOTO CALL: The Star-Studded 27th Annual Broadway Flea Market
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS presented the 27th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction Sept. 22 from 10 AM-7 PM along West 44th Street (between Broadway and Eighth Avenue) and in Shubert Alley.

Orlando Bloom - Romeo and Juliet, Starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad, Opens on Broadway; Red Carpet Arrivals, Curtain Call and Cast Party
Orlando Bloom ("The Lord of the Rings") and Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad (Stick Fly, The Trip to Bountiful) star as an interracial pair of young lovers doomed by intolerance in the Broadway revival of Romeo and Juliet, which officially opened Sept. 19 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

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Playbill and the Players We Will Rock You, Featuring the Hits of Queen, Ready to Roll Out U.S. Tour
Playbill checked in on a New York City rehearsal and got a performance sample including "Under Pressure" and "We Will Rock You," while the cast and director Ben Elton (who also wrote the book) chatted about the show and the timeless music.

Playbill Presents In Studio with the Cast Recording of The Last Five Years: Part Two
Adam Kantor performs "Shiksa Goddess" and Jason Robert Brown chats with Playbill about the unique energy that Betsy Wolfe and Kantor bring to the show.

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