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Monday, February 8, 2021

Magic to ’Do: How Paul Huntley Became a Broadway Wig Master by Mark Peikert

With over 200 Broadway credits and a Tony Honor for Excellence to his name, the celebrated wig designer has announced that Diana will be his final show. In honor of his retirement, revisit …

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:53AM
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

The Come From Away Team Reunites Virtually to Share Memories From the Creation of the Hit Musical in Final Measured in Love Episode by Mark Peikert

In this new, exclusive roundtable, Christopher Ashley, Kelly Devine, David Hein, Irene Sankoff, Toni-Leslie James, and Caesar Samayoa share the intense collaboration that led to the internat…

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:00AM
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Hedwig and the Angry Inch Creator John Cameron Mitchell on His Quarantine Projects, Including Album New American Dream by Mark Peikert

The multi-hyphenate shares how the collaborative album and Spread the Vote PSA came about during the pandemic.

SOURCE: Playbill at 05:02PM
Friday, September 18, 2020

Celebrate Nina Arianda's Birthday With a Look Back at Her Tony-Winning Venus in Fur Performance by Mark Peikert

Also Tony nominated for Born Yesterday, the stage and screen star was born September 18.

SOURCE: Playbill at 08:14AM
Monday, September 14, 2020

Hit Musical Six Will Re-Open on London's West End by Mark Peikert

The international hit about the wives of Henry VIII will be the first musical to return to the West End.

SOURCE: Playbill at 08:06AM

Hit Musical Six Will Re-Open in London's West End by Mark Peikert

The international sensation about the wives of Henry VIII will be the first musical to return to the West End.

SOURCE: Playbill at 08:06AM
Sunday, September 13, 2020

Netflix Announces Premiere Date for Ryan Murphy's Film Adaptation of The Prom by Mark Peikert

Directed by Murphy, the movie musical stars Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Kerry Washington, Ariana DeBose, and more.

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:42PM
Saturday, September 12, 2020

6 Months Later: The Remarkable Work of The Actors Fund During COVID-19 by Mark Peikert

From financial assistance to job hunting seminars to support for the BIPOC community, The Actors Fund hasn't faltered since Broadway shut down March 12.

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:00AM
Friday, September 11, 2020

The 'High-Wire' Acts of HBO's Coastal Elites, Starring Bette Midler, Dan Levy, Issa Rae, Sarah Paulson, and Kaitlyn Dever by Mark Peikert

The behind-the-scenes joy and challenges of the satirical comedy, premiering September 12.

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:31PM
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Pulitzer Prize Announces New Eligibility Rules for the 2021 Drama Prize by Mark Peikert

Shows that premiere virtually in 2020 will now be eligible.

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:49PM

New York Times Theatre Critic Ben Brantley to Step Down by Mark Peikert

Currently the co-chief theatre critic with Jesse Green, Brantley's last day will be October 15

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:27AM
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Bernie Telsey On 20 Years of Miscast, How It's Changed His Perspective on Performers, and What to Expect From Miscast20 by Mark Peikert

The MCC co-artistic director and casting director shares memories from the beloved annual tradition ahead of its September 13 virtual installment.

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:38AM
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Tony-Winning Director-Choreographer Casey Nicholaw Kicks Off New Interview Series Measured in Love by Mark Peikert

Sponsored by Lexus, the eight-part series reveals how theatre stars first discovered their love of performing arts, and how much the industry relies on one another.

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:29AM
Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Why Horror Had to Be the Genre of Tonya Pinkins' Directorial Film Debut Red Pill by Mark Peikert

The upcoming thriller, which Pinkins wrote, directed, produced, and stars in, is a movie for our times.

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:11PM
Monday, July 20, 2020

The Cher Show's Blaine Krauss Joins Built for the Stage for Monday Motivation by Mark Peikert

Founder Joe Rosko hosts the Broadway alum for a quick workout to get the week started.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:21AM
Monday, July 13, 2020

16 Cast Albums That Aren't Available to Stream—But Should Be by Mark Peikert

Why can't we listen to The Pirate Queen or Elaine Stritch in Sail Away right this second?

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:13PM
Monday, July 6, 2020

Ian Paget Joins Built for the Stage for Playbill's Monday Motivation by Mark Peikert

The This Ain't No Disco and Mamma Mia! alum joins BFTS founder Joe Rosko for a quick round of ab exercises.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:13PM
Friday, July 3, 2020

Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap to Reopen in London This Fall by Mark Peikert

The world's longest-running play opened in 1952.

SOURCE: Playbill at 07:33AM
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Merle Dandridge Talks About Growing With Greenleaf, Why Her Co-Stars Didn't Recognize Her in Once On This Island, and Her Tina Turner Moment in Dreamc by Mark Peikert

The stage and screen star joined Playbill's Stream Stealers June 30 to discuss the fifth and final season of the OWN series, as well as HBO Max's upcoming The Flight Attendant.

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:03AM
Monday, June 29, 2020

Built for the Stage Welcomes New Trainer Farouk Houssein to Playbill's Monday Motivation June 29 by Mark Peikert

The weekly exercise series finds founder Joe Rosko introducing a new 8-week challenge.

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:31AM

Watch Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in 1st Trailer for Respect by Mark Peikert

The Oscar winner plays the legendary singer in the new biopic, directed by Liesel Tommy.

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:03AM
Monday, June 22, 2020

Music Clearance Maven Deborah Mannis-Gardner on Navigating Song Rights in an Increasingly Digital World by Mark Peikert

The "Queen of Sample Clearance" shares the ins and outs of when and where music is OK to share.

SOURCE: Playbill at 02:56PM
Monday, June 15, 2020

Why The Gorgeous Nothings, a Show About a Queer Prison in the '30s, Demands to Be a Musical by Mark Peikert

A concert presentation of the new show will stream on Playbill June 20.

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:27AM
Saturday, June 13, 2020

Dance Theatre of Harlem Launches 7-Weeks of Online Programming by Mark Peikert

As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the venerable company is sharing full streams of works from its archives.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:34AM
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Watch Hannah Gadsby's Douglas, Now on Netflix by Mark Peikert

The Off-Broadway hit from the Nanette comedian was filmed in performance in Los Angeles.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:34AM
Thursday, May 21, 2020

Victoria Clark Recalls Her Time in Cats, a Rogue Turntable in Les Misérables, and More Stories From Her Career by Mark Peikert

The Tony winner—who was to have directed the first major revival of Love Life in March—also reveals the workshop she turned down to tour in Cats.

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:10PM
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Stream Bombshell in Concert and the Smash Cast Reunion, Benefiting The Actors Fund, Here by Mark Peikert

The 2015 event streams May 20 with an introduction by Oscar winner Renée Zellweger and an intermission hosted by Julie Klausner.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00PM

Watch Katharine McPhee Preview the Smash Reunion Before the Bombshell Concert Streams May 20 by Mark Peikert

The 2015 event will stream at 8 PM ET to benefit The Actors Fund.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

2015 Bombshell Concert to Be Streamed as Benefit for The Actors Fund by Mark Peikert

Introduced by Academy Award winner Renée Zellweger with an intermission hosted by Julie Klausner, the concert will stream May 20.

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:16PM

Watch Trailer for Hannah Gadsby's Douglas on Netflix by Mark Peikert

The Off-Broadway hit from the Nanette comedian was filmed in performance in Los Angeles.

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:37AM

Hamilton Film, With Original Broadway Cast, Will Now Stream on Disney+ This Summer by Mark Peikert

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical, filmed at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, was initially announced for a 2021 theatrical release.

SOURCE: Playbill at 08:38AM

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