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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Join the March 27 Watch Party for Hugh Jackman in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! by Mark Peikert

The recording of the 1988 National Theatre of London production will be made available for free on BroadwayHD for one night only, starting at 8 PM Eastern.

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:00AM

Playbill Listening: Stephen Sondheim's 1971 Lyrics & Lyricists Talk by Mark Peikert

The composer, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, was the final speaker in the inaugural season of the 92nd Street Y series.

SOURCE: Playbill at 06:00AM
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Recapping Smash 1.12: 'I'm Famous!' by Mark Peikert

Julia tries to track down her son, and Karen gets tabloid famous thanks to Rebecca Duvall.

SOURCE: Playbill at 08:50PM

Playbill Viewing: The Wooster Group's 2002 To You, the Birdie! by Mark Peikert

The Off-Broadway adaptation of Phedre is available on Vimeo through March 30.

SOURCE: Playbill at 07:00AM
Monday, March 23, 2020

Recapping Smash 1.11: Don't Listen to That Blonde Movie Star Playing a Blonde Movie Star, What Does She Know Anyway? by Mark Peikert

Rebecca Duvall is a movie star with ideas about how to give a better performance—so of course she must be just the most annoying person ever! Oh, Smash!

SOURCE: Playbill at 08:50PM
Sunday, March 22, 2020

Recapping Smash 1.10: Dev Gets the Opportunity of a Lifetime in This Week's Episode of the Gritty Political Drama by Mark Peikert

Who cares about Marilyn Monroe or musicals on a series about the making of a Marilyn Monroe musical when we can talk *checks notes* city politics mixed with office politics?

SOURCE: Playbill at 08:50PM

Playbill Viewing: Slings & Arrows and More Theatre Titles on Acorn TV by Mark Peikert

The much-loved Canadian series is one of many theatre-related titles available on the streaming service.

SOURCE: Playbill at 08:29AM
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Recapping Smash 1.9: 'We're Not Best Friends Now, OK?' by Mark Peikert

It happens at some point in the lives of all New Yorkers: boozy shenanigans in Times Square!

SOURCE: Playbill at 08:50PM

Broadway Revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Starring Laurie Metcalf and Rupert Everett, Has Closed by Mark Peikert

The Joe Mantello-helmed production was to have opened at the Booth Theatre April 9.

SOURCE: Playbill at 08:55AM
Friday, March 20, 2020

Smash Recp 1.8: Eileen's Daughter Will Save the Day? by Mark Peikert

Backs get stabbed, songs get sung—it must be the most outrageous episode of Smash yet?

SOURCE: Playbill at 08:50PM

Mean Girls Star Krystina Alabado Welcomes You Into Her Home by Mark Peikert

In a new video series, the American Idiot and American Psycho alum shares a peek into her self-isolation routines, from life with hunky husband Bob Lenzi to the results of her green thumb.

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:39AM

Lesley Ann Warren Looks Back at Starring in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella by Mark Peikert

Join Playbill and the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization for a viewing party of the 1965 classic at 8 PM Eastern March 20

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:47AM
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Recapping Smash 1.7: Some Like It Hot—And That's Very, Very Bad in a Workshop by Mark Peikert

Bernadette Peters gets undermine-y, Michael Swift gets sweaty, Ivy Lynn gets teary, and Eileen is extremely thirsty in "The Workshop."

SOURCE: Playbill at 08:50PM
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Recapping Smash 1.6: $7 Martinis and Truth-Telling From Ivy Lynn by Mark Peikert

All those episodes of men being awful? They still are, but this time Ivy Lynn isn't backing down thanks to prednisone!

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:00PM

Watch Vivien Leigh Sing and Dance in 1963's Tovarich by Mark Peikert

The musical (which earned Leigh a Tony Award) opened at the Broadway Theatre March 18, 1963.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:31PM

Playbill Viewing: The Loves, the Fashions, the Songs (and Bernadette!) of Katy Keene on the CW by Mark Peikert

When a series begins with a character auditioning for Mannequin The Musical on Broadway, a theatrelover knows they have a new binge watch.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:12AM
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Recapping Smash 1.5: "I Know Exactly What I Bring to the Party" by Mark Peikert

The men of Smash get somehow even worse, and Ivy Lynn and Karen are not the support they need.

SOURCE: Playbill at 08:54PM
Monday, March 16, 2020

Smash Recap 1.4: These Wolves Love to Howl by Mark Peikert

Nick Jonas drops by to show Ivy Lynn some bedrooms, and Karen proves her status as Miss Golden Sprout.

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:00PM

Enjoy a Virtual Broadway Backwards Concert on YouTube by Mark Peikert

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has curated a playlist of the last decade of the concert's most popular performances for audiences to enjoy after the cancellation of the March 16 event.

SOURCE: Playbill at 05:00PM

Stream Slings & Arrows and More Theatre Titles on Acorn TV by Mark Peikert

The much-loved Canadian series is one of many theatre-related titles available on the streaming service.

SOURCE: Playbill at 02:12PM
Sunday, March 15, 2020

Small Theatres, Concert Venues to Close in NYC Effective March 17 by Mark Peikert

The announcement from Mayor Bill de Blasio comes on the heels of the CDC's updated guidance against all gatherings of more than 50 people for eight weeks.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:49PM

Smash Recap 1.3: 5 Scarves, 2 Cocktails to the Face, 1 Marilyn by Mark Peikert

Eileen throws good Manhattan, and Julia severely underestimates Ellis in the third episode.

SOURCE: Playbill at 08:00PM

Celebrate 50 Years of Purlie With 'I Got Love' by Mark Peikert

The musical adaptation of Purlie Victorious, which turned Melba Moore into a star, opened March 15, 1970.

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:01PM
Saturday, March 14, 2020

Recapping Smash 1.2: Crazy Dreams Do Come True! by Mark Peikert

What can top the audition to end all auditions? A callback!

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:00PM

Frozen 2 Will Be Available to Stream 3 Months Early by Mark Peikert

In response to calls for self quarantine, the Disney company will make the animated sequel available on Disney+.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:48PM
Friday, March 13, 2020

Recapping Smash 1.1: Everyone Loves a Baseball Number by Mark Peikert

Looking back at the episode that introduced audiences to two girls with a hunger for fame.

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:27PM
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

What Did Critics Think of Endlings Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop? by Mark Peikert

Directed by Sammi Cannold, Celine Song's play opened March 9.

SOURCE: Playbill at 08:02AM

$50 Tickets Offered for To Kill a Mockingbird, The Book of Mormon, West Side Story, More by Mark Peikert

The ticket offer from producer Scott Rudin will begin March 12, amid rising coronavirus concerns.

SOURCE: Playbill at 07:48AM
Monday, March 9, 2020

Why Putting a Woman at the Center of Company Is Even More Radical Than You Think by Mark Peikert

Director Marianne Elliott and star Katrina Lenk share insights about the gender-flipped revival of the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical.

SOURCE: Playbill at 07:00AM
Sunday, March 8, 2020

Rob McClure Honors the Mrs. Doubtfire You Know, While Creating a Hilarious New Nanny You Don’t by Mark Peikert

The Tony Award nominee brings sensitivity and comedy to the up-to-date musical version of the beloved Robin Williams-led film.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:00AM
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Ethan Slater, Karen Ziemba, Lesli Margherita, More Set for March 30 Broadway By the Year Concert by Mark Peikert

The second installment dedicated to the musicals of the last two decades highlights shows that played Broadway between 2005 and 2009.

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:30AM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards