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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

PHOTO CALL: Neil LaBute’s Money Shot, Starring Elizabeth Reaser and Frederick Weller, Opens Off-Broa by Matt Blank

The MCC Theater world-premiere production of Neil LaBute's The Money Shot, which stars Elizabeth Reaser and Frederick Weller as two actors faced with a taboo decision that could revi…

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:31AM

PHOTO CALL: “Seize the Day!” Touring Cast of Newsies Offers Sneak Preview Before Hitting the Road by Matt Blank

The North American tour of the hit Broadway musical Newsies launches Oct. 11 in Schenectady, NY, at Proctors. The cast offered a preview the morning of Sept. 22.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:40AM

PHOTO CALL: Lea Salonga, Jonathan Pryce and More Join Miss Saigon For Sold-Out 25th Anniversary Gala by Matt Blank

The London revival of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil's Miss Saigon celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Vietnam War-set musical's premiere with a Sept. …

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:17AM

CUE & A: Dirty Dancing Leading Lady Jillian Mueller on Jessie J, Her Last-Minute Audition and Tongue by Matt Blank

Jillian Mueller, who stars as Frances "Baby" Houseman in the new North American tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, fills out's questionn…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Monday, September 22, 2014

PHOTO CALL: PigPen Theatre Company Brings Music to the Highline, Times Square, Bryant Park and Other by Matt Blank

The New Victory Theatre's upcoming 2014-15 season of family programming will include the Off-Broadway return of The Old Man and the Old Moon by PigPen Theatre Company. …

SOURCE: Playbill at 05:18PM

PHOTO CALL: An Exclusive First Look at the Ladies of the New Sister Act Tour in Nun Boot Camp by Matt Blank

Kerissa Arrington and Maggie Clennon Reberg will co-star in the new national tour of the Tony Award-nominated musical Sister Act, which will launch Oct. 14 at the DuPont Theatre in W…

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:18PM

PHOTO CALL: Stephanie D’Abruzzo, Julie Reyburn, Alexis Cole, Lane Bradbury,  Sarah Rice and More Sin by Matt Blank

Sondheim Unplugged, the cabaret-concert series created by Phil Geoffrey Bond that spotlights the work of Tony-winning composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, continued Sept. 21 at 54…

SOURCE: Playbill at 02:15PM

PHOTO CALL: An Exclusive First Look at Rehearsals for LCT3’s Brownsville Song by Matt Blank

The LCT3 New York premiere of Kimber Lee's brownsville song (b-side for tray) will begin performances Oct. 4 at the Claire Tow Theater.

SOURCE: Playbill at 02:04PM

PHOTO CALL: On the Town Stars and Producers Cut the Ribbon on the Reopened Lyric Theatre by Matt Blank

The stars of Broadway's new revival of On the Town took part in a special ribbon cutting ceremony the afternoon of Sept. 19, to celebrate the reopening of the newly-branded Lyric Th…

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:34PM

PHOTO ARCHIVE: “What More Can I Say?” Celebrating Tony Winner Michael Rupert on the New York Stage by Matt Blank

Tony Award winner Michael Rupert returns to Broadway in the new revival of On the Town. We look back on a Broadway career spanning 40 years, beginning with his debut at age 16 in The Happy …

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:55PM

PHOTO CALL:  Kate Baldwin, Jason Danieley and Cast Offer a Sneak Peek at Paper Mill’s Broadway-Bound by Matt Blank

The Broadway-bound production of Cole Porter's Can-Can will kick off the New Jersey venue's 2014-15 season. The cast offered a special preview performance in Manhattan S…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:32PM

PHOTO CALL: Theatre’s Biggest Stars Turn Out For the 28th Annual Broadway Flea Market by Matt Blank

The 28th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction, which benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, was held Sept. 21 in Shubert Alley and along W. 44th St., between Broadway and…

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:34AM
Friday, September 19, 2014

PHOTO CALL: Janine Divita, Aaron C. Finley and Bruce Winant Star in the Engeman Theater’s Evita by Matt Blank

The John W. Engeman Theater in Northport, NY presents a Broadway studded cast in Evita, which began Sept. 18.

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:35PM

PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: “Wedding Plans, Backstage Nudity and a Visit to Club Cumming!” A Two-Show Day With by Matt Blank

Kaleigh Cronin can be seen nightly in Roundabout's Broadway revival of Cabaret, rocking the saxophone as a Kit Kat Girl and cozying up to the Emcee as one of the "Two Ladies."…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:52PM

PHOTO CALL: Elizabeth Berkley, Vincent Pastore and More Celebrate Opening Night of Almost Home by Matt Blank

Joe Lisi (Take Me Out), James McCaffrey ("Rescue Me"), Jonny Orsini (The Nance), Brenda Pressley (The Lyons) and Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba (Contact) star in the world premiere…

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:29AM
Thursday, September 18, 2014

PHOTO CALL: Love Letters, Starring Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow, Opens on Broadway; Curtain Call by Matt Blank

The Broadway revival of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters, which features a rotating company of guest stars, officially opened Sept. 18 at 7 PM following previews that began Sept. 13 at the Bro…

SOURCE: Playbill at 08:57PM

PHOTO CALL: Love Letters, Starring Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow, Opens on Broadway; Red Carpet Arriv by Matt Blank

The Broadway revival of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters, which features a rotating company of guest stars, officially opened Sept. 18 at 7 PM following previews that began Sept. 13 at the Bro…

SOURCE: Playbill at 08:57PM

PHOTO SPECIAL: Looking Back at Over 20 Years of Broadway Flea Market Memories by Matt Blank

The 28th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction will be held Sept. 21 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. We dug through our archives and compiled a selection of our …

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:28PM

PHOTO CALL: A First Look at Denver’s New Adaptation of The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Starring Beth Mal by Matt Blank

The Denver Center Theatre Company's new adaptation of Meredith Willson's classic musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown began previews Sept. 12 in The Stage Theatre.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:54PM

PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Behind the Scenes With Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man Star Grant MacDer by Matt Blank

Matt Murphy's Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man, which is based on the best-selling book by Dan Anderson and Maggie Berman, continues its run at midtown's 777 Theatre. …

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:54AM

PHOTO CALL: Cynthia Nixon, Tonya Pinkins, Amy Schumer, Adam Horovitz and Dan Finnerty Celebrate Brid by Matt Blank

Rock Bottom, the new evening from downtown darling Bridget Everett, officially opened Sept. 17 after performances that began Sept. 9 at Joe's Pub. The new show opens the Public Theater&#…

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:31AM

PHOTO ARCHIVE: Celebrating Song and Dance and Bernadette Peters’ Greatest Stage Hits by Matt Blank

The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Song and Dance opened on this date in 1985. It would earn Bernadette Peters her first Tony Award. We look back at that show and other Bernadette Greatest Hits!

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:52AM
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

PHOTO CALL: Blythe Danner, Daniel Sunjata and Kate Jennings Grant Star in Broadway’s The Country Hou by Matt Blank

Manhattan Theatre Club's production of Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies' The Country House, starring Tony and Emmy winner Blythe Danner, began previews on Broadway Sept. 9 at t…

SOURCE: Playbill at 06:01PM

PHOTO CALL: West End Forbidden Broadway, Featuring Christina Bianco, Spoofs Les Miz, Miss Saigon, Wi by Matt Blank

Following an extended run at London's Menier Chocolate Factory, Forbidden Broadway transferred to the West End's Vaudeville Theatre for an 11-week season, beginning performances …

SOURCE: Playbill at 02:05PM

A COVER STORY: A First Look at the Playbill Covers for Side Show, On the Town, It’s Only a Play, The by Matt Blank

The autumn will be here soon and, along with it, a whole new slate of shows. Here is a first look at the Playbill covers for some of the new and upcoming productions.

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:21PM

PHOTO CALL: A First Look at The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Broadway by Matt Blank

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the acclaimed new play by Simon Stephens about a 15-year-old boy who must get to the bottom of the mysterious death of…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:31PM

PHOTO CALL: “Send My Love a Letterbomb!” New Rehearsal Pics from Shenandoah Conservatory’s College P by Matt Blank

Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University is currently in rehearsals for the first-ever college production of Green Day's American Idiot. Here is a look at the cast hard at wo…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:16PM

CUE & A: Once Star Jessie Fisher on Her Craziest Audition, Mark Rylance and Falling Asleep Onstage by Matt Blank

Jessie Fisher, who currently stars as Girl in the Tony-winning Broadway musical Once, fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tid…

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:41AM
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

PHOTO CALL: “Oh Muddy Water!” Daniel Jenkins, Michael McElroy, Marin Mazzie and Jennifer Leigh Warre by Matt Blank

Cast members from the original Broadway and revival cast of the Tony Award-winning country musical Big River reunited for a one-night-only Sept. 14 concert at 54 Below.

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:03PM

PHOTO CALL: LGBT Film “Pride,” With Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Dominic West, Receives Star-Stud by Matt Blank

"Pride," the new Matthew Warchus film based on the true story of gay and lesbian U.K. activists who raised funds to support striking members of the National Union of Mineworkers, w…

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:13PM

PHOTO CALL: Sheryl Lee Ralph, Lillias White, Melba Moore, Patina Miller, Brenda Braxton and More Cel by Matt Blank

AnthonyKen, LLC. and Sheryl Lee Ralph/The D.I.V.A. Foundation present Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical, officially opening Sept. 14, following previews that began Sept. 5, at the Th…

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:43PM

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