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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Celebrate Arthur Laurents by Revisiting the Shows He Brought to Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The Tony Award-winning director and writer was born July 14, 1917.

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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Check Out These 25 Showstopping Broadway Cosplays by Marc J. Franklin

We asked and you answered: Playbill readers share their favorite theatre-inspired costumes from Six, Hamilton, Hadestown, and more.

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Look Back at Sahr Ngaujah in Fela! On Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

An encore engagement of the musical, produced by Jay-Z, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, opened on Broadway July 12, 2012.

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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Revisit Highlights From the History of Broadway Barks With Audra McDonald, Gavin Creel, and More by Marc J. Franklin

The 22nd installment of the annual pet adoption event, founded by Bernadette Peters and the late Mary Tyler Moore, will be held online July 16.

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Can You Name These Musicals Summarized From the Perspective of a Secondary Character? by Marc J. Franklin

Test your theatre knowledge based on these reimagined plots.

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Friday, July 10, 2020

Celebrate Jerry Herman With a Look Back at His Broadway Shows by Marc J. Franklin

The Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist, known for Hello, Dolly!, La Cage Aux Folles, and more, was born July 10, 1931.

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Broadway Checklist: How Many of These Shows at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre Have You Seen? by Marc J. Franklin

Look back at the 10 most recent productions to play over 100 performances at the beloved theatre.

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Celebrate Quentin Earl Darrington With A Look Back at His Career on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The actor celebrates his birthday July 9.

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Revisit Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy on Broadway in Honor of Tom Hanks by Marc J. Franklin

The Oscar winner celebrates his birthday July 9.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Celebrate the 11 O’Clock Number With These 25 Showstopping Songs by Marc J. Franklin

From classics like Gypsy to contemporary works like Hadestown, revisit these musical numbers in honor of Broadway.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Check Out Photos of Matthew Rhys, Tatiana Maslany, John Lithgow, and More in Perry Mason by Marc J. Franklin

The HBO Max series, adapted from the Earle Stanley Gardner stories, premiered June 21.

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Revisit the 2011 Revival of Terrence McNally’s Master Class on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The production, starring Tyne Daly, opened at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre July 7, 2011.

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Saturday, July 4, 2020

From The Odd Couple to Sweet Charity: Look Back at Neil Simon's Shows on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The prolific playwright was born July 4, 1927.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Broadway Checklist: How Many of These Shows at the Belasco Theatre Have You Seen? by Marc J. Franklin

Look back at the 10 most recent productions to play over 100 performances at the beloved theatre.

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Can You Name These Shows From Just Their 1st Lines? by Marc J. Franklin

Test your theatre knowledge.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Go Inside the Rally For Freedom With Stars of Hamilton, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, and More by Marc J. Franklin

The Claim Our Space Now and Krystal Joy Brown event, in alliance with Broadway For Racial Justice, took place June 27.

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

History Has Its Eyes on You: A Look at Hamilton’s Journey to Broadway and Beyond by Marc J. Franklin

Ahead of the production’s July 3 arrival on Disney+, look back at the history of the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical.

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Revisit the 1987 Revival of Dreamgirls Starring Lillias White by Marc J. Franklin

Following an international tour, the production opened at the Ambassador Theatre June 28, 1987.

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Revisit Vanessa Williams’ Broadway Debut in Kiss of the Spider Woman by Marc J. Franklin

The stage and screen star stepped into the Tony Award-winning musical June 27, 1994.

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Celebrate Sean Hayes With a Look Back at Promises, Promises on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee celebrates his birthday June 26.

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

A Sneak Peek at Lost In The Stars: Black Theatre Makers Drawn by Hirschfeld by Marc J. Franklin

The Al Hirschfeld Foundation presents the online exhibition through August 2.

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Broadway Checklist: How Many of These Shows at the August Wilson Theatre Have You Seen? by Marc J. Franklin

Look back at the 10 most recent productions to play over 100 performances at the beloved theatre.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

53 LGBTQ+ Heroes in the Theatre Who Inspire You by Marc J. Franklin

We asked, you answered: Check out the queer artists who keep Playbill readers inspired.

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Celebrating the Black Women of Broadway With Amber Iman, Jocelyn Bioh, and Danielle Brooks by Marc J. Franklin

The co-founders of the new Instagram account honoring the legacy of Black women on the Main Stem discuss how the platform came to be, the women who have influenced them, and more.

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Celebrating Black Women on Broadway With Amber Iman, Jocelyn Bioh, and Danielle Brooks by Marc J. Franklin

The co-founders of the new Instagram account honoring the legacy of Black women on the Main Stem discuss how the platform came to be, the women who have influenced them, and more.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Celebrate Bob Fosse With a Look at the Shows He Brought to Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The Tony, Oscar, and Emmy Award winner was born June 23, 1927.

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Take a Sneak Peek at Broadway’s Hamilton on Disney+ by Marc J. Franklin

The Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical arrives on the streaming platform July 3.

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Celebrate Christy Altomare With a Look Back At Anastasia on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The actor celebrates her birthday June 23.

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Revisit the 2016 Revival of Falsettos on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

BroadwayHD and Lincoln Center will present a free sing-along stream of the production June 25.

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Saturday, June 20, 2020

From She Loves Me to Hairspray: David Rockwell Unpacks His Favorite Broadway Designs by Marc J. Franklin

The Tony Award-winning designer gives Playbill an inside glimpse at his creative process.

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Broadway Checklist: How Many of These Shows at the American Airlines Theatre Have You Seen? by Marc J. Franklin

Look back at the 10 most recent productions to play over 100 performances at the beloved theatre.

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