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Monday, June 5, 2017

Interview: Director Jesse Marchese on ‘The Lucky One’ and Why A.A. Milne Deserves to be Remembered for More Than Winnie-the-Pooh by Matt Smith

It’s that age-old adage everyone knows: “You can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your family.” Such is the idea explored in The Lucky One, Mint Theatre Company’s revitalizati…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 03:00PM
Thursday, May 11, 2017

More Than Eloise: Hilary Knight’s Iconic Broadway Posters by Matt Smith

The famed illustrator puts his working collection on display in Hilary Knight’s Stage Struck World at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Three-Time Tony Nominee Brian d’Arcy James On His Return to Broadway’s Hamilton by Matt Smith

Off-Broadway’s original King George talks about returning to the Broadway smash—and how he knew from the start it would be a sensation.

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:33AM
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Interview: Urban Stages’ Frances Hill and Stephen Hamilton on Immigration and “Angry Young Man” by Matt Smith

There’s no question immigration is a hot-button issue in America today. With protesters crowding the streets of America as our President sends out executive orders left and right, it’s…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 12:22PM
Saturday, March 25, 2017

What Does Ben Platt’s Dear Evan Hansen Standby Do When He’s Not Onstage? by Matt Smith

Colton Ryan, currently the standby for the title role in the Broadway hit, reveals his take on Evan and his new side project.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Sunday, February 26, 2017

Social: Broadway's Best and Brightest Sound Off on a Very Theatrical Oscars by Matt Smith

Grab your popcorn and get those tweeting fingers ready Oscar Night is officially upon usAs mentioned earlier, while Hollywood's annual toast to the best in film is not as 'full-on Broadway' …

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 08:00PM
Friday, February 24, 2017

BWW Flashback: A Look Back at Seven Times Oscar and Broadway Met in the Middle by Matt Smith

Set your clocks and pop your popcorn... the Oscars are just TWO days away While the annual salute to Hollywood's best and brightest has never been as 'full-on Broadway' as, say, that other t…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 01:32PM
Saturday, February 4, 2017

When Stephen Karam Couldn’t Get Cast, He Found Speech & Debate by Matt Smith

The Tony-winning playwright and the cast of his upcoming film adaptation give us behind-the-scene access into the motivations behind the April film.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Sunday, January 29, 2017

What Is It Like To Return to a Show in a Different Role? by Matt Smith

Four-time Tony nominee Judy Kuhn, Alexandra Silber, Tony winner Daisey Eagan, and Judine Somerville talk about revisiting a show at BroadwayCon.

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:23PM
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

BWW Recap: EVERYTHING Changes (No, Really!!) on YOUNGER's Explosive, Revealing, See-It-To-Believe It Season Finale by Matt Smith

So, remember last week when I teased an explosive season finale I wasn't kidding and the cast is certainly all in agreement as well these two episode change everything. Liza encounters troub…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 11:02PM
Wednesday, December 7, 2016

BWW Recap: Pigeons, Pregnancy & More Make a Big, Bold Return on YOUNGER by Matt Smith

What a whirlwind this week's installment is Yes, the much-hyped two part season finale is just a week away, and the YOUNGER writers waste no time in preparing us for the events to come. With…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 10:30PM

You Can't Stop the Tweets! Broadway's Best and Brightest Weigh In on HAIRSPRAY LIVE!? by Matt Smith

Hey there, teenage Baltimore and St. Louis, Detroit, Houston, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Philadelphia, New York, and pretty much every other city out there in America Don't change that channel…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 07:00PM
Thursday, December 1, 2016

BWW Recap: Liza's 'Summer Friday' Isn't Without Its Ups and Downs on YOUNGER by Matt Smith

So, apparently while we're finishing up our turkey leftovers, prepping for a visit from the big man with the bag, and above all, bracing for snow it's bright and shiny summer in the YOUNGER-…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 12:24AM
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

BWW Recap: Liza's Twisted Love Triangle Gets Even Twistier When Worlds Collide on YOUNGER by Matt Smith

Wow What a week it's been And I'm not just talking about what you think I'm talking about. It's messy for Liza this week... made all the worse by the fact that she's essentially drugged up a…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 10:42PM
Thursday, November 10, 2016

BWW Recap: Liza Covers for Aubrey, Kelsey Dates Again on YOUNGER by Matt Smith

Let's face it. In the last 24 hours, life hasn't been the best for us Americans. But who says we can't take a break with our favorite Sutton Foster-led TVLand series This week's installment …

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 08:18AM
Thursday, November 3, 2016

BWW Exclusive: Lilla Crawford, Joshua Colley & More Dish on Fame, Fans, and Life as a Child Actor (Part 2) by Matt Smith

In this comprehensive, two-part BWW feature, our eclectic panel of child actors - including Lilla Crawford, Joshua Colley, Luca Padovan and Isabella Russo with additional commentary from Sa…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 10:18AM

BWW Exclusive: Lilla Crawford, Joshua Colley & More Dish on Fame, Fans, and Life as a Child Actor (Part 1) by Matt Smith

In this comprehensive, two-part BWW feature, our eclectic panel of child actors - including Lilla Crawford, Joshua Colley, Luca Padovan and Isabella Russo with additional commentary from Sa…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 10:18AM
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

BWW Recap: Liza Discovers an Author with a Secret, Michael Urie Returns on YOUNGER by Matt Smith

As far as YOUNGER episodes go, this week's installment was pretty HUGE for both Liza and Empirical in so many more ways than oneOur favorite 40-year-old-posing-as-26 makes a shocking discove…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 11:18PM
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

BWW Recap: P is for Pigeon, Pancake, and Pregnancy on YOUNGER by Matt Smith

As you can tell from the title of the recap, P is for a lot of things on this week's installment. In addition to finally canning Bryce and making progress with the CharlesLiza ship, the epis…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 10:54PM
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

BWW Recap: Liza Pursues the 'Stoopid Girls', & More, on YOUNGER by Matt Smith

Hello, YOUNG'ns Tryin' out a new fan name you dig Welcome to another week of YOUNGER shenanigans with Liza and the gang After their special bonding moment last week, Charles and Liza get a l…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 11:04PM
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

BWW Recap: Krysta Rodriguez, Jennifer Simard Guest on YOUNGER as Liza Saves a Bookstore by Matt Smith

Liza's got it all in for herself in this week's installment and yes, I know I say that every week, but with this show and her predicament, would you really expect anything less After settlin…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 10:41PM
Wednesday, October 5, 2016

BWW Recap: Liza's Livin' in a Marshmallow World, & More, on YOUNGER by Matt Smith

As the familiar song goes, it's a marshmallow world in the winter, but it seems like winter's come early for Liza, who's all about the sticky s'mores snack this week, using it to prove a poi…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 10:39PM
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

BWW Recap: Liza & Friends Kiss Things and Let Them Go on YOUNGER's Season Premiere by Matt Smith

The wait is over, YOUNGER fans and yes, it's a bit shorter than usual That's right, the TV Land gods have rewarded us with a slightly less lengthy wait between seasons launching four months…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 10:34PM
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

BWW Interview: YOUNGER's Dan Amboyer Talks Returning to Hit Series in New Role (SPOILER ALERT!) by Matt Smith

When TV Land's YOUNGER returns for its third season premiere on September 28th, fans will no doubt be clamoring around their TVs, eagerly awaiting the outcome of Liza's life and love-changin…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 11:01AM
Monday, August 1, 2016

The American Theatre Wing’s New Chairman Talks Change by Matt Smith

As David Henry Hwang assumes the role of Chairman of the Board for the Wing, he names one big priority for his tenure.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Broadway Sings for Pride Proves “We’re All in This Together” by Matt Smith

The annual LGBT event celebrated Pride month, but took on new meaning following the mass shooting in Florida. Playbill was there, as the Broadway and LGBT communities honored the lives lost.

SOURCE: Playbill at 05:21PM
Friday, May 27, 2016

Roundabout Theatre Company: 50 Defining Moments in 50 Years by Matt Smith

This year, Roundabout Theatre Company (RTC) celebrated its 50th anniversary. To mark the occasion, Playbill put together a timeline of the institution’s history. From hosting the stage deb…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Skip the SparkNotes! The Key to Understanding Shakespeare by Matt Smith

The cast of the Bard-centric Something Rotten! sounds off on the importance of William’s work and how to make it more accessible to audiences everywhere.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

BWW Recap: Liza Leaves Empirical (!!!), We Meet Chad on YOUNGER Season Finale by Matt Smith

Well it's all come down to this. Though nothing can really compare to last week's shocking ending, this week's outing comes pretty close, offering surprise after surprise while simultaneousl…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 10:51PM
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

BWW Recap: Liza Keeps a Few More Secrets, Bewares the Wrath of the Sky on YOUNGER by Matt Smith

Beware the wrath of the sky Too soon And also, more seriously, beware of spoilers No really. As much as I love people reading my recaps, if you have not yet seen the episode and do not want …

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 10:40PM
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

BWW Recap: Liza Gets Under Her Ex, Discovers Secret About Thad on YOUNGER by Matt Smith

Hey, you YOUNGER fans Hope you've recovered from last week's traumatic sheep incident and are ready to plow through sorry this week's recap.We're heading toward the finish line after this we…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 10:30PM