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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Recapping Smash 2.05: The Story of 2 Marilyns (Again) by Mark Peikert

Jimmy scowls, Julia gets insecure about her work, Ivy stares aghast as a man threatens to destroy her career, and Eileen gets misty-eyed a lot in the fifth episode of Season 2.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Recapping Smash 2.04: 'Connext With Your Body!' by Mark Peikert

Sheryl Lee Ralph stops by to add some class, while Jimmy scowls, Derek pushes his performers to be sexual, and Julia overreacts to criticism.

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Recapping Smash 2.04: 'Connect With Your Body!' by Mark Peikert

Sheryl Lee Ralph stops by to add some class, while Jimmy scowls, Derek pushes his performers to be sexual, and Julia overreacts to criticism.

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Los Angeles' Center Theatre Group Postpones Remainder of 2019-2020 Season by Mark Peikert

1776, Sakina's Restaurant, and King James will not go on as planned this summer.

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Theatre Barn Will Live Stream Excerpts From New Mommie Dearest Musical by Mark Peikert

Based on Christina Crawford's memoir about growing up with Joan Crawford, the show features a book by CRawford and score by Crawford and David Nehls.

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Manhattan Theatre Club Cancels 2 Off-Broadway Productions by Mark Peikert

Both Qui Nguyen’s Poor Yella Rednecks and Emily Feldman’s The Best We Could (a family tragedy) were scheduled to begin performances in May.

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Recapping Smash 2.03: Steam Heat by Mark Peikert

Ivy moves on, Julia proves she knows about sex, and Jimmy scowls. Yes, it's Season 2 of Smash!

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Playbill Viewing: Tony Winner Cady Huffman Goes Meta With Cady Did by Mark Peikert

The Producers and The Will Rogers Follies star plays a version of herself in her new YouTube comedy series.

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Recapping Smash 2.02: 'A Toast to Resurrection' by Mark Peikert

Derek's troubles deepen; Karen and Jimmy do not hit it off; Kyle runs after Bobby; and Ivy Lynn brings down the house with the show's greatest song.

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Recapping Smash 2.1: 'I'm Your Muse. It's What We Do.' by Mark Peikert

With the Season 2 premiere, Smash cleans narrative house and brings in some new faces while Karen and Ivy remain locked in perpetual battle.

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Recapping Smash 1.15: A Lot Can Happen in 12 Hours (and in 42 Minutes) by Mark Peikert

Bombshell is ready to start previews in Boston again in the Season 1 finale—but is it really?

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Recapping Smash 1.14: Let Me Take Time Out of My Troubled Job to Indulge in Personal Drama by Mark Peikert

Only Eileen manages to serenely rise above her troubles this episode, slinging one leg over another in a hotel bar to warble a tune.

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Selection of National Theatre Live Productions Will Be Available to Stream for Free by Mark Peikert

The venerable London theatre will launch National Theatre at Home April 2 with James Corden in One Man, Two Guvnors.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Recapping Smash 1.13: "I'm in Tech." by Mark Peikert

The gang travels to Boston, leaving behind their real lives but, in Ivy Lynn's case, perhaps bringing a framed photo of Bernadette Peters in Follies?

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Join the March 27 Watch Party for Hugh Jackman in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! by Mark Peikert

The recording of the 1988 National Theatre of London production will be made available for free on BroadwayHD for one night only, starting at 8 PM Eastern.

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Playbill Listening: Stephen Sondheim's 1971 Lyrics & Lyricists Talk by Mark Peikert

The composer, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, was the final speaker in the inaugural season of the 92nd Street Y series.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Recapping Smash 1.12: 'I'm Famous!' by Mark Peikert

Julia tries to track down her son, and Karen gets tabloid famous thanks to Rebecca Duvall.

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Playbill Viewing: The Wooster Group's 2002 To You, the Birdie! by Mark Peikert

The Off-Broadway adaptation of Phedre is available on Vimeo through March 30.

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Recapping Smash 1.11: Don't Listen to That Blonde Movie Star Playing a Blonde Movie Star, What Does She Know Anyway? by Mark Peikert

Rebecca Duvall is a movie star with ideas about how to give a better performance—so of course she must be just the most annoying person ever! Oh, Smash!

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Recapping Smash 1.10: Dev Gets the Opportunity of a Lifetime in This Week's Episode of the Gritty Political Drama by Mark Peikert

Who cares about Marilyn Monroe or musicals on a series about the making of a Marilyn Monroe musical when we can talk *checks notes* city politics mixed with office politics?

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Playbill Viewing: Slings & Arrows and More Theatre Titles on Acorn TV by Mark Peikert

The much-loved Canadian series is one of many theatre-related titles available on the streaming service.

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Recapping Smash 1.9: 'We're Not Best Friends Now, OK?' by Mark Peikert

It happens at some point in the lives of all New Yorkers: boozy shenanigans in Times Square!

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Broadway Revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Starring Laurie Metcalf and Rupert Everett, Has Closed by Mark Peikert

The Joe Mantello-helmed production was to have opened at the Booth Theatre April 9.

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Smash Recp 1.8: Eileen's Daughter Will Save the Day? by Mark Peikert

Backs get stabbed, songs get sung—it must be the most outrageous episode of Smash yet?

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Mean Girls Star Krystina Alabado Welcomes You Into Her Home by Mark Peikert

In a new video series, the American Idiot and American Psycho alum shares a peek into her self-isolation routines, from life with hunky husband Bob Lenzi to the results of her green thumb.

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Lesley Ann Warren Looks Back at Starring in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella by Mark Peikert

Join Playbill and the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization for a viewing party of the 1965 classic at 8 PM Eastern March 20

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Recapping Smash 1.7: Some Like It Hot—And That's Very, Very Bad in a Workshop by Mark Peikert

Bernadette Peters gets undermine-y, Michael Swift gets sweaty, Ivy Lynn gets teary, and Eileen is extremely thirsty in "The Workshop."

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Recapping Smash 1.6: $7 Martinis and Truth-Telling From Ivy Lynn by Mark Peikert

All those episodes of men being awful? They still are, but this time Ivy Lynn isn't backing down thanks to prednisone!

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Watch Vivien Leigh Sing and Dance in 1963's Tovarich by Mark Peikert

The musical (which earned Leigh a Tony Award) opened at the Broadway Theatre March 18, 1963.

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Playbill Viewing: The Loves, the Fashions, the Songs (and Bernadette!) of Katy Keene on the CW by Mark Peikert

When a series begins with a character auditioning for Mannequin The Musical on Broadway, a theatrelover knows they have a new binge watch.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Recapping Smash 1.5: "I Know Exactly What I Bring to the Party" by Mark Peikert

The men of Smash get somehow even worse, and Ivy Lynn and Karen are not the support they need.

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