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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

#QuarantineAMusical With These 17 Broadway Art Recreations by Marc J. Franklin

Creators Jeremy and Jeffrey West give the Great White Way a laugh with these timely updates on theatre favorites.

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Listening Party: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights by Marc J. Franklin

Heights alum and Hamilton star Mandy Gonzalez recommends listening to Miranda’s Tony Award–winning musical.

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11 Solo Turns on Broadway Everyone Should Know by Marc J. Franklin

Check out these socially distant performances that took the Great White Way by storm.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Listening Party: The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Hadestown by Marc J. Franklin

On Your Feet’s Ana Villafañe recommends listening to Anaïs Mitchell’s Tony Award-winning folk opera as well as Sondheim's Into the Woods.

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Check Out 6 Books Inspired by Musicals by Marc J. Franklin

In honor of National Reading Month, check out these literary adaptations inspired by the theatre.

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Look Back at the 1957 Premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella by Marc J. Franklin

The telecast, starring 22-year-old Julie Andrews, aired on CBS March 31, 1957.

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Listening Party: Check Out the Cast Recording of Floyd Collins by Marc J. Franklin

Fun Home Tony Award nominee Beth Malone recommends listening to Adam Guettel and Tina Landau’s 1996 musical.

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The Ensemblist's 2nd Annual Broadway’s Next Class Spotlight by Marc J. Franklin

The popular platform, continuing its series showcasing theatre's unsung heroes, gives Playbill a peek at the next generation of performers slated to hit the Great White Way.

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Look Back at If/Then on Broadway Starring Idina Menzel by Marc J. Franklin

The Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey musical opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre March 30, 2014.

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Listening Party: Look Back at Heathers: The Musical Off-Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

Six star Andrea Macasaet recommends listening to Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy’s musical adaptation of the 1988 cult film.

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Listening Party: Revisit Into the Woods by Marc J. Franklin

Falsettos alum Nick Adams recommends having a theatre-filled Saturday by listening to the Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine musical (as well as Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Moulin Roug…

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Celebrating 10 Years of Sardi’s Portraits With Tom Hanks, Cyndi Lauper, and More by Marc J. Franklin

Check out highlights from the 2013 portrait unveilings at the famed midtown restaurant.

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Listening Party: Revisit Michael John LaChiusa’s Hello, Again by Marc J. Franklin

Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson recommends the cast album for the steamy Off-Broadway musical, featuring Donna Murphy, Carolee Carmello, and more.

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Take a Look at Steven Spielberg’s Upcoming Film Adaptation of West Side Story by Marc J. Franklin

The musical, starring Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose, and more, is set to arrive in theatres December 18, 2020.

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Look Back at How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Starring Daniel Radcliffe by Marc J. Franklin

The Rob Ashford–helmed revival opened at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre March 27, 2011.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Look Back at Patti LuPone, Laura Benanti, and More in Gypsy on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The Tony-nominated revival opened at the St. James Theatre March 27, 2008.

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From Hairspray to Hadestown: Check Out 52 Photos Celebrating #ShowShirtWednesday by Marc J. Franklin

We asked, you delivered: See how theatre fans celebrated Broadway with their favorite production shirt!

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Listening Party: Revisit Broadway's The Wild Party With Toni Collette, Mandy Patinkin, and More by Marc J. Franklin

Hercules’ Jelani Alladin recommends revisiting Michael John LaChiusa’s Tony-nominated musical.

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Look Back at Tennessee Williams' Shows on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, known for The Glass Menagarie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and more, was born March 26, 1911.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Listening Party: Revisit Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley’s Violet by Marc J. Franklin

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical composer Rob Rokicki recommends checking out the Obie Award–winning musical.

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Celebrate Sarah Jessica Parker With a Look Back at Her Stage Roles by Marc J. Franklin

The stage and screen star celebrates her birthday March 25.

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Look Back at the Shows Terrence McNally Brought to Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

In honor of the prolific, Tony Award-winning writer, Playbill takes a look back at the shows he brought to Broadway throughout his six decade career.

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Celebrate Katharine McPhee by Revisiting Her Broadway Debut in Waitress by Marc J. Franklin

The Smash and American Idol star celebrates her birthday March 25.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Look Back at the Original Cast of The Book of Mormon on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The Tony Award–winning musical, written by the creators of South Park, opened at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre March 24, 2011.

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Celebrating 10 Years of Sardi’s Portraits With Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, David Alan Grier, and More by Marc J. Franklin

Check out highlights from the 2011 portrait unveilings at the famed midtown restaurant.

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Listening Party: Revisit Avenue Q on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt recommends listening to the irreverent, Tony Award-winning musical.

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Check Out the Shows Competing in the 4th Annual Broadway Brackets by Marc J. Franklin

Play along and help decide which musical based on a novel will reign supreme as the 2020 Broadway Brackets Champion.

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Celebrate Broadway’s All Shook Up at 15 by Marc J. Franklin

The musical, starring Cheyenne Jackson, Jenn Gambatese, and more, opened at the Palace Theatre March 24, 2005.

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Look Back at 65 Years of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning drama opened at the Morosco Theatre March 24, 1955.

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Revisit Bright Star on Broadway With Carmen Cusack and Paul Alexander Nolan by Marc J. Franklin

The Steve Martin and Edie Brickell musical opened at the Cort Theatre March 24, 2016.

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Celebrate National Puppy Day With These 15 Broadway Stars by Marc J. Franklin

Check out photos of Shoshana Bean, Matt Doyle, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, and more with their four-legged friends.

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