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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Exclusive Look Inside the Return to the Forbidden Planet Benefit Concert by Marc J. Franklin

Red Bull Theater’s one-night-only benefit concert, starring Patrick Page, Steven Boyer, and Mary Testa, was presented at Symphony Space October 21.

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Watch Moments From the World Premiere of Scotland, PA Off-Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

Adam Gwon and Michael Mitnick’s new musical plays the Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theatre.

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Celebrate 20 Years of the West End’s The Lion King With Lebo M by Marc J. Franklin

To commemorate the occasion, the South African composer gave a special gala performance with the Drakensberg Boys Choir October 19.

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See Inside Rehearsals for Bandstand National Tour by Marc J. Franklin

The first tour of the Broadway musical will begin its preview run October 25 in Oklahoma City before launching in College Station, Texas.

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Check Out Photos From Cinderella With the London Musical Theatre Orchestra by Marc J. Franklin

The one-night-only concert, starring Christine Allado, Jac Yarrow, and Jérôme Pradon, was presented October 20 at London’s Cadogan Hall.

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Inside Opening Night of David Byrne’s American Utopia on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The theatrical concert from former Talking Heads front man opened at the Hudson Theatre October 20.

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

16 Spooky Shows That Played Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

We asked, you answered: Playbill readers share their favorite Broadway shows full of magic and mayhem.

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

Megan Hilty and Jessie Mueller Are Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn in Patsy & Loretta October 19 by Marc J. Franklin

The Lifetime television movie follows the friendship of the two country singers.

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Friday, October 18, 2019

In Celebration of Ntozake Shange, Revisit For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Marc J. Franklin

The acclaimed writer, known for her Obie Award-winning choreopoem, was born October 18, 1948.

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Look Back at the Original Broadway Production of Once On This Island by Marc J. Franklin

The Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty musical, starring LaChanze, opened at the Booth Theatre October 18, 1990.

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Go Inside Opening Night of Little Shop of Horrors Off-Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The production, starring Jonathan Groff, Tammy Blanchard, and Christian Borle, opened at the Westside Theatre October 17.

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See Photos of Gary Busey in Off-Broadway Musical Only Human by Marc J. Franklin

The Oscar nominee stars in the new show, opening October 21 at Theatre at St. Clements.

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Go Inside Opening Night of The Lightning Thief on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The production, recently seen in a national tour, opened at the Longacre Theatre October 16.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

See Off-Broadway’s Broadbend, Arkansas Meet the Press by Marc J. Franklin

The world premiere, tracing the experience of an African-American family over three generations, will begin performances with the Transport Group and Public Theater October 25.

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Step Inside Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre by Marc J. Franklin

The Virginia Theatre was rechristened after the playwright on October 16, 2005.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Meet the Cast of the National Tour of Disney’s Frozen by Marc J. Franklin

The tour, starring Caroline Bowman and Caroline Innerbichler, will launch in Schenectady, New York, November 10–24.

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A Look at Summer: The Donna Summer Musical on Tour by Marc J. Franklin

The touring production of the Donna Summer bio-musical launched in Rochester, New York, September 29.

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Check Out Photos of New Pop Musical & Juliet in the West End by Marc J. Franklin

The musical sequel to Romeo & Juliet, featuring songs such as "Baby One More Time," begins performances November 2 at Shaftesbury Theatre.

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Watch Highlights From New Pop Musical & Juliet in the West End by Marc J. Franklin

The musical sequel to Romeo & Juliet, featuring songs such as "Baby One More Time," begins performances November 2 at Shaftesbury Theatre.

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Backstage With Bette Midler, Gavin Creel, and More at Christian Dante White’s Solo Concert by Marc J. Franklin

The Hello, Dolly! and My Fair Lady star celebrated his birthday with a performance at The Green Room 42 October 14.

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In Celebration of Gavin Lee, Look Back at Mary Poppins on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The Tony Award nominee, who celebrates his birthday October 15, made his Broadway debut in the hit Disney musical.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

From Hello, Dolly! to Wicked, See the Ensemblist Celebrate Broadway’s Double Swings by Marc J. Franklin

Continuing with its series spotlighting Broadway’s unsung heroes, the popular platform paid to tribute to the performers who swung in two musical in one season.

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From Mean Girls to Wicked, See the Ensemblist Celebrate Broadway’s Double Swings by Marc J. Franklin

Continuing with its series spotlighting Broadway’s unsung heroes, the popular platform paid to tribute to the performers who swung in two musical in one season.

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Check Out Production Photos of Once With 3-D Theatricals by Marc J. Franklin

The production of the Tony-winning musical opened in Cerritos, California, October 12.

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

An Exclusive Look Inside the First Performance of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

Following the first preview October 12, Playbill captured the post-show celebration at the stage door.

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Look Back at Broadway's Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson by Marc J. Franklin

The rock musical, starring Tony nominee Benjamin Walker, opened at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre October 13.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

A First Look at Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls… Off-Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The Public Theater revival of the groundbreaking choreopoem began performances October 8.

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Go Inside Rebecca Naomi Jones’ Sardi’s Portrait Unveiling by Marc J. Franklin

The Oklahoma! star joined the New York restaurant’s famed wall of caricatures October 10.

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New Photos of the Kennedy Center’s Footloose by Marc J. Franklin

The Washington, D.C., staging, starring J. Quinton Johnson, Isabelle McCalla, Michael Park, Rebecca Luker, and more, began performances at the Eisenhower Theater October 9.

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Inside Opening Night of Tracy Letts’ Linda Vista on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The new comedy from the Pulitzer Prize winner, starring Ian Barford, opened at the Hayes Theater October 10.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

A First Look at Jesus Christ Superstar 50th Anniversary National Tour by Marc J. Franklin

The touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical launched in Austin, Texas, October 8.

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