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Monday, February 22, 2016

A Two-Show Day at Something Rotten! With New “Brother Jeremiah” (and Proud Papa) David Beach by Matthew Blank

Broadway veteran David Beach recently took over the role of Brother Jeremiah in Something Rotten! He invites us to join him as he balances a busy day preaching puritanical values onstage wit…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Friday, February 19, 2016

See Sydney Lucas, Ramin Karimloo, Cheyenne Jackson and More Rehearse All-Star Secret Garden! by Matthew Blank

The Tony Award-winning musical The Secret Garden, featuring book and lyrics by Marsha Norman and music by Lucy Simon, will a starry concert presentation Feb. 21-22 at David Geffen Ha…

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:11PM

Old Hats Returns! Mariska Hargitay, Tonya Pinkins, Robert Cuccioli and More Were There to Celebrate by Matthew Blank

Bill Irwin and David Shiner return to Off-Broadway's Signature Theatre with their family-friendly show Old Hats, . Playbill was there for their Feb. 18 opening night.

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:24AM
Thursday, February 18, 2016

Must See! Benjamin Walker and Co. Bring Back the 80s With Killer Sneak Peek at American Psycho by Matthew Blank

Take a thrilling first look at the new musical American Psycho, which offered a sneak peek for the media Feb. 18! Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, it will begin performances at Broad…

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:38PM
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Nicole Scherzinger Enjoys Something Rotten! on Broadway by Matthew Blank

Nicole Scherzinger was in the audience at the Feb. 16 performance of Something Rotten! After the show, she took to the stage to meet and clown around with the cast.

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:18PM

Fran Drescher Surrounds Herself in Pirates As She Visits Finding Neverland by Matthew Blank

Fran Drescher and husband Shiva Ayyadurai spent Valentine's Day taking in a performance of Finding Neverland. The actress took time to meet up with some of the show's pirates after…

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:18PM

Andre De Shields, Lillias White, Chita Rivera and Regis Philbin Visit Maurice Hines Tappin' Thr by Matthew Blank

Andre De Shields, Lillias White, Chita Rivera and Regis and Joy Philbin have all paid a visit to Maurice Hines Tappin' Thru Life in recent weeks. Check 'em out!

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:02PM

Adam Chanler-Berat, Grace McLean, Sara Kapner, Theo Stockman Perform New Musical Fallout by Matthew Blank

Nick Blaemire and Kyle Jarrow's new musical Fallout, centering on the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, took shape at Feinstein's/54 Below Feb. 9. Check out pics from the evening!

SOURCE: Playbill at 02:57PM

One Year Ago! Hamilton Opens at the Public; Celebrity Arrivals, Curtain Call and Cast Party by Matthew Blank

Hamilton, the new musical by Tony Award-winning In the Heights star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, which explores the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, officially…

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:46PM

See Ed Harris, Rich Sommer, Taissa Farmiga and Paul Sparks in New NYC Buried Child by Matthew Blank

See the first pics from the New Group's revival of Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child , which officially opens Feb. 17 following previews that began…

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:26PM
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

See Adam Jacobs, Bryce Pinkham, Marissa McGowan and More Bring Marvin Hamlisch’s Nutty Professor to by Matthew Blank

Composer Marvin Hamlisch's final complete stage score wass performed in New York City for the first time Feb. 15 when the cast of the 2012 world-premiere production reunites for a co…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:10PM
Saturday, February 13, 2016

We Offer a Photographic Look Back at the Numerous Presidents to Be Portrayed Onstage! by Matthew Blank

While there is a long history of our commanders-in-chief appreciating the limelight and sometimes even treading the boards themselves, a number have actually been portrayed onstage. …

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Thursday, February 11, 2016

As Audra McDonald Prepares For Her Latest Show, We Look Back at the Six-Time Tony Winner’s Most Thri by Matthew Blank

Six-time Tony Award-winning actress Audra McDonald is headed back to Broadway soon, as she is in rehearsals for this season's Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensati…

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:48AM
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

See Sutton Foster and Andra Burns Teach Master Classes and Offer a Special Concert in New Zealand by Matthew Blank

Sutton Foster, currently in Sydney preparing for a star-studded concert of Stephen Schwartz music, first stopped off in New Zealand to perform and offer master classes at Christchurch In…

SOURCE: Playbill at 02:03PM

From Town to Town, Go On the Road With the New National Tour of Wizard of Oz by Matthew Blank

Go on the road with the new national tour of The Wizard of Oz, featuring additional songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber! Cast member Justin G. Nelson takes us from the start of rehears…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:54PM
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

See Phillipa Soo, Steven Pasquale, Andrew Lippa, Corey Cott and More Celebrate The Woodsman! by Matthew Blank

It was a festive star-studded opening night for the Off-Broadway engagement of The Woodsman, the untold story of Oz's Tinman and the woman he loved. See who was there fo…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:57PM

In Honor of Black History Month, Author Stewart F. Lane Highlights His Favorite Leading Ladies by Matthew Blank

Broadway producer and author Stewart F. Lane recently spoke to about his book "Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way." To kick off Black History mon…

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:56AM
Monday, February 8, 2016

Pics! See Broadway’s New Fiddler on the Roof Head Into the Recording Studio by Matthew Blank

The 50th Broadway staging of the classic American musical Fiddler on the Roof, starring Danny Burstein as Tevye, headed into the recording studio Feb. 8 to lay down tracks for a cast album s…

SOURCE: Playbill at 05:01PM

From Maureen to Mermaid! Celebrating the Stage Work of Birthday Gal Sherie Rene Scott by Matthew Blank

Sherie Rene Scott celebrates a birthday Feb. 8. In celebration, looks back at her onstage career so far. Happy birthday, Sherie!

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:10PM

Take a First Look at Forest Whitaker’s Broadway Debut in Eugene O’Neill’s Hughie by Matthew Blank

We have the first pics from the new Broadway revival of Eugene O'Neill's Hughie, featuring Academy and Golden Globe Award winner Forest Whitaker's Broadway debut.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:04PM
Sunday, February 7, 2016

From Morning Yoga to Stage Door Selfies, Spend a Two-Show Day With The Color Purple’s Kyle Scatliffe by Matthew Blank

Spend a day with Kyle Scatliffe, currently starring as Harpo in the acclaimed Broadway revival of The Color Purple. He shares his morning routines and invites us backstage to meet the talent…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Saturday, February 6, 2016

Broadway Makeover! See New Marquees For Waitress, Shuffle Along, Bright Star and More by Matthew Blank

It may still be winter, but Broadway is gearing up for a much-anticipated spring season! As a slew of shows prepare to take their first bow, the theatre exteriors have received an extrem…

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Friday, February 5, 2016

Check Out Daveed Diggs, Anthony Ramos, Ral Esparza, Andy Karl and Steve Rosen On This Week’s “Law & by Matthew Blank

Daveed Diggs and Anthony Ramos of the Broadway hit Hamilton guest starred on the Feb. 3 episode of "Law & Order." They joined fellow Broadway actors and series regulars Ra�…

SOURCE: Playbill at 02:38PM

Randy Harrison and Andrea Goss Look Perfectly Marvelous in Sizzling New Pics From the Cabaret Tour by Matthew Blank

We have brand new pics from the recently-launched national tour of Kander and Ebb's Cabaret, starring Randy Harrison and Andrea Goss. Willkommen!

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:55PM

See Matthew Morrison, Lindsay Mendez and More Visit the Stars of Fiddler on the Roof Backstage by Matthew Blank

Matthew Morrison, Lindsay Mendez and other special guests were in the Feb. 4 audience of the new Fiddler on the Roof revival, which officially opened Dec. 20 at the Broadway Theatre. Pics he…

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:44AM
Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Bronx Tale Is Told at Paper Mill; See First Pics From the New Musical! by Matthew Blank

The Paper Mill Playhouse world premiere of Chazz Palminteri's A Bronx Tale: The Musical, featuring a score by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, begins previews at the New J…

SOURCE: Playbill at 06:14PM

Pics! Steven Pasquale, Leslie Kritzer and the Cast of The Robber Bridegroom Greet the Press by Matthew Blank

Rehearsals are underway for the New York revival of Alfred Uhry and Robert Waldman’s musical comedy The Robber Bridegroom, starring Steven Pasquale as Jamie Lockhart. Joining The B…

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:59PM

It’s Coming! See the Killer Marquee Go Up at American Psycho by Matthew Blank

On Feb. 4 the marquee for the new musical American Psycho officially went up! Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, it will begin performances at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre …

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:14PM

“It’s Getting Hot in Here!” The Best Moments of Broadway’s Sexiest Group, The Skivvies by Matthew Blank

Since their inaugural concert in the summer of 2012, The Skivvies have gained a loyal following, played dozens of shows and welcomed a wide roster of scantily-clad guests. Led by Lauren …

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:49AM

From Steel Pier to Twentieth Century; The Greatest Stage Moments of Kristin Chenoweth by Matthew Blank has compiled some favorite photos featuring the stage and screen star. She returns to the New York concert stage on Feb. 8, as part of the lineup for Alan Cumming Sings Sappy So…

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:37AM
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Spend a Day With Joey Taranto at Cleveland Play House’s New Little Shop of Horrors! by Matthew Blank

Joey Taranto, seen on Broadway in Kinky Boots and Rock of Ages, is playing Orin in Cleveland Play House's new production of Little Shop of Horrors. He shared a recent two-show day!

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:52PM

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