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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Technology Brings Theater to the Home by Jena Tesse Fox

The constrictions the theater community has faced in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic are unlike anything we have had to face in our lifetime. And while there is no way of knowi…

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Spotlight: Michael John LaChiusa by Jena Tesse Fox

The Spotlight podcast is hosted by Jena Tesse Fox. Guest: Michael John LaChiusa Michael John LaChiusa is a five–time Tony Award-nominated composer, lyricist and librettist for the Broadway…

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Andrew Rannells on Taking a Supporting Role and Why Being King of Hamilton Brings Him to Tears by Jena Tesse Fox

Andrew Rannells originated the demanding lead role in one of the biggest box-office smashes in Broadway history when he played Elder Price in The Book of Mormon. So why now is he taking …

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

All It Took Was a Text! Learn How Marlee Matlin and Russell Harvard Got On Board for Spring Awakenin by Jena Tesse Fox

The Deaf West production of Spring Awakening marked the Broadway debuts of two acclaimed actors who have — by their presence in film, TV and live theatre — increased the …

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Why Michael John LaChiusa is “Obsessed” With Exploring Unheard Stories of Women Especially in the W by Jena Tesse Fox

This fall marks a homecoming of sorts for Tony-nominated composer and lyricist Michael John LaChiusa. More than 20 years after one of his first musicals, First Lady Suite, began at the P…

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Why Michael John LaChuisa is “Obsessed” With Exploring Unheard Stories of Women Especially in the W by Jena Tesse Fox

This fall marks a homecoming of sorts for Tony-nominated composer and lyricist Michael John LaChiusa. More than 20 years after one of his first musicals, First Lady Suite, began at the P…

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

A Sequel to Cats and “American Horror Story” the Musical? Imagining the Most Unexpected Musicals for by Jena Tesse Fox

While the recent announcement of the upcoming Spongebob Squarepants musical may have raised some eyebrows, it's no more surprising than some other theatrical offerings. Here are a few im…

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

How Continuing Education Can Help You Become a Better Actoror Just a Better Audience Member by Jena Tesse Fox

Theatre lovers don't have to be children or teenagers to continue their education in performing arts. As part of Playbill.com's ongoing coverage of education in our Back to School we…

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Wild Party Wars: Why Fans Still Debate the Two Musicals More Than a Decade Later by Jena Tesse Fox

While New York plays host to its first revival of Andrew Lippa's musical The Wild Party, Playbill.com looks back to the spring of 2000, when Lippa's musical opened at Manhattan Theat…

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Monday, June 15, 2015

LGBTQ Community Shares How Theatre Helps Them “See the World in New Ways” at Playbill Family Day by Jena Tesse Fox

As part of Playbill's 30 Days of Pride, theatre lovers of all ages gathered for Playbill's Family Day June 13. Organizers and participants of the event shared their excitement with P…

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Producers of Fun Home, Hand to God and Something Rotten! On Why They Risked Millions On Unknown Titl by Jena Tesse Fox

The producers behind three of this year's Tony-nominated shows discuss the risks and rewards of bringing original works to Broadway. With millions of dollars on the line and titles t…

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

With Millions at Stake, These Four Broadway Producers Took Risks On Unknown Shows and Are Heading to by Jena Tesse Fox

The producers behind three of this year's Tony-nominated shows discuss the risks and rewards of bringing original works to Broadway. With millions of dollars on the line and titles t…

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Michael Urie on Sharing the Stage With Patti LuPone and the Fight for “Full Equality” by Jena Tesse Fox

As part of Playbill's 30 Days of Pride, actor and activist Michael Urie talks about the importance of LGBTQ-themed art supporting the movement for equal rights.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Judy Kaye Rings Some Bells by Jena Tesse Fox

The Tony-winner, currently in Bells Are Ringing at City Center, talks about Comden and Green and the importance of real orchestras.

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Cooper, Breaker & Boone - Three Stars Get 'Lost' by Jena Tesse Fox

Chuck Cooper, Sherry Boone and Daniel Breaker talk about Lost in the Stars at Encores

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2011 Nightlife Awards Report by Jena Tesse Fox

Last week's concert moved faster than previous years' had, but also felt calmer and gentler, with plenty of ballads and crooned jazz standards.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

What You Missed on “Glee”: Where Are the New Directions in 2020? by Jena Tesse Fox

The final episode of "Glee" jumps ahead to 2020 and we see what became of Will, Sue, Rachel, Kurt, Blaine and all the rest of the New Directions. Did all of their dreams come true?

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

What You Missed on “Glee”: See How the Glee Club Got Started in 2009 by Jena Tesse Fox

In the penultimate episode of "Glee," we see how the Old New Directions got started and why Kurt, Mercedes, Artie Tina and even Rachel wanted to join. Get your tissues ready.&n…

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

What We’ll Miss on Glee: Where Are Rachel, Kurt, Blaine and The New Directions Now? by Jena Tesse Fox

"Glee" is ending, but we still want to know what happens to our favorite show choir students. Does Rachel win a Tony Award? Does Mr. Schuester ever stop wearing sweater vests? Are …

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

What You Missed on “Glee”: The New New Directions and Vocal Adrenaline Head to Sectionals by Jena Tesse Fox

In this week's "Glee," the choirs head to Sectionals as Sue tries to sabotage her former school's chances and Rachel decides her professional path.

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

What You Missed on “Glee”: Sue’s Schemes Catch Up to Her as the New New Directions and the Warblers by Jena Tesse Fox

In this week's "Glee," a fire forces the New New Directions and the Dalton Academy Warblers to sing together as Sue is forced to finally answer for her years of lies, crime and…

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

What You Missed on “Glee”: New New Directions Perform at a Bar Mitzvah and Get a New Diva by Jena Tesse Fox

In this week's episode, Sue agrees to let the New New Directions perform for Superintendent Harris' nephew's bar mitzvah as Spencer tries to encourage Roderick and impress a pote…

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

What You Missed on “Glee”: The Brittana Wedding Takes Shape as Klaine Gets Back Together by Jena Tesse Fox

In a largely non-musical episode, Brittany and Santana prepare for their wedding while Kurt and Blaine discuss their future together.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

What You Missed on “Glee”: Coach Beiste Returns, Blaine & Dave Have a Heart-to-Heart and Unique Belt by Jena Tesse Fox

In this week's "Glee", Unique returns to welcome Coach Sheldon Beiste back to McKinley High School, Will takes stock of his career and Rachel says goodbye to her childhood home.

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

What You Missed on “Glee”: New Directions Celebrate Burt Bacharach as Rachel Returns to New York by Jena Tesse Fox

In this week’s Glee, Rachel takes her first steps toward rebuilding her Broadway career and Brittany tries to repair Santana’s relationship with her grandmother, all set …

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Friday, January 30, 2015

What You Missed on “Glee”: Sue Stoops to Kidnapping as the Invitational Competition Heats Up by Jena Tesse Fox

In this week’s "Glee", the Warblers and the New New Directions compete at the Invitational while Sue goes to criminal lengths to get Kurt and Blaine back together.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

What You Missed on “Glee”: Sue Brainwashes Sam and Tries to Get Klaine Back Together by Jena Tesse Fox

In this week's "Glee," Sue tries to manipulate Blaine and Kurt back together again and organizes an informal competition among the Warblers, Vocal Adrenaline and the New New Di…

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

What You Missed On “Glee”: Carole King and Alanis Morissette Get Mashed-Up While a McKinley Sets the by Jena Tesse Fox

In this week's Glee, the kids sing mashups of Carole King and Alanis Morissette songs—and since Carole King's songbook is on Broadway and Alanis' biggest album will soo…

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

What You Missed on “Glee”: New Directions Gets New Members; Ryan Murphy Doesn’t Include a Single Sho by Jena Tesse Fox

We recap the back-to-back Season Six premiere episodes of "Glee." Check out what the Lea Michele and the kids of McKinley High are up to in their final season.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

What You Missed on “Glee”: Lea Michele Belts “Let It Go,” Kurt and Blaine On the Rocks, Plus Brian S by Jena Tesse Fox

In the premiere episode of the final season of "Glee," we catch up with the club kids from William McKinley High School, most of whom have found their way back to Ohio after strugg…

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

“The Place Wasn’t Big Enough For the Both Of Us”: Ari Roth and Carole Zawatsky Sound Off on Theater by Jena Tesse Fox

Ari Roth was dismissed from the Jewish Community Center in Washington, D.C., where he served as artistic director of the Center's Theater J for 18 years, in early December. The dismissal…

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