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Monday, February 20, 2017

Why a Musical About the Sex-Crazed Mystic Rasputin Plays a Church in Brooklyn by Michael C. Gioia

St. John’s Lutheran Church becomes home to the Russian mystical faith healer in a racy, immersive staging of Dave Malloy’s new musical.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Why Bronx Tale’s Bobby Conte Thornton Learns a Song From Every Era by Michael C. Gioia

The star of the new Broadway musical takes us through his audition repertoire.

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Tony Winners Eddie Redmaye and Dan Fogler Bring J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World to Life by Michael C. Gioia

The two lead the latest filim in the Harry Potter franchise, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, now in theatres.

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Tony Winners Eddie Redmayne and Dan Fogler Bring J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World to Life by Michael C. Gioia

The two lead the latest film in the Harry Potter franchise, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, now in theatres.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Sunday, October 30, 2011

CHART TOPPERS: Most-Read Playbill.com Stories, Week of Oct. 16-22 by Michael C. Gioia

Here are the most-read Playbill.com stories for the week of Oct. 16-22, 2011, from information compiled by Playbill.com Stephanie J. Block Will Temporarily Fill in for Sutton Foster in Broad…

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

CHART TOPPERS: Top-Grossing Broadway Productions, Week of Oct. 17-23 by Michael C. Gioia

Here are the top-grossing Broadway productions for the week of Oct. 17-23, 2011, as reported by The Broadway League. MUSICALS Wicked (Gerswhin Theatre), $1,698,824 The Lion King (Minskoff Th…

SOURCE: Playbill at 07:08AM
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Corbin Bleu and Tony Winner Kristin Chenoweth Perform on Broadway Week of "Dancing With the Stars" (Video) by Michael C. Gioia

Broadway week continued on the Oct. 25 broadcast of the ABC reality series "Dancing With the Stars." Corbin Bleu, who was seen on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical In the He…

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:07PM

Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin Invite Fans to Their Upcoming Broadway Concert (Video) by Michael C. Gioia

Tony Award winners and original Evita co-stars Patti LuPone (Gypsy, Company, Anything Goes) and Mandy Patinkin (The Wild Party, Sunday in the Park With George) will bring their acclaimed con…

SOURCE: Playbill at 02:21PM

Original Dreamgirl Sheryl Lee Ralph Talks Reuniting with Loretta Devine and Jennifer Holliday (Video) by Michael C. Gioia

Tony Award nominee Sheryl Lee Ralph, who created the role of Deena Jones in the original Broadway company of Dreamgirls, recently talked with Heath Daniels backstage at the 21st annual Divas…

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:46PM

She’s Flying! Cathy Rigby Chats With Playbill Video About Taking Off in Peter Pan’s National Tour (Video) by Michael C. Gioia

Tony Award nominee Cathy Rigby has taken her green tights out of storage to reprise her role as the title character, also known as the boy who wouldn’t grow up, in the national tour of Pet…

SOURCE: Playbill at 11:53AM
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Behind the Scenes at Evita’s Photo Shoot With Ricky Martin and Elena Roger (Video) by Michael C. Gioia

Evita will return to the New York City stage when it begins performances at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre this spring. The revival will star Elena Roger and Ricky Martin, who will play Ev…

SOURCE: Playbill at 02:54PM

Adam Pascal Joins Seth Rudetsky on Playbill Video’s "Obsessed!" (Video) by Michael C. Gioia

Adam Pascal, who was nominated for a Tony Award and Drama Desk in 1996 for creating the role of Roger Davis in the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent, sat down with Seth Rudetsky o…

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:52PM

"Hock-Adieu!": Tony Nominee Chad Kimball Takes His Final Bow in Broadway’s Memphis (Video) by Michael C. Gioia

Tony Award nominee Chad Kimball took his final bow in the Tony Award-winning production of Memphis at the Shubert Theatre Oct. 23. Original Rent star Adam Pascal succeeds Kimball and takes …

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:28PM

Sister Act and Tony Winner Kristin Chenoweth Perform on "Dancing With the Stars" Broadway Week (Video) by Michael C. Gioia

Broadway hit the ballroom on the Oct. 24 broadcast of the ABC reality series "Dancing With the Stars." Popular showtunes backed the celebrity contestants throughout the evening and, …

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:47AM
Monday, October 24, 2011

"Fabulous, Baby!": Sister Act’s Patina Miller Performs for Wendy Williams (Video) by Michael C. Gioia

Tony Award nominee Patina Miller, along with her Sister Act co-stars, visited the "Wendy Williams Show" Oct. 21 and offered a performance of "Fabulous, Baby!" from the Tony …

SOURCE: Playbill at 02:35PM

Watch a Preview to Broadway Episode of "South Park" Co-Authored by Robert Lopez (Video) by Michael C. Gioia

Tony Award winner Robert Lopez reunited with his Book of Mormon collaborators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. This time, the Mormon team is bringing Broadway to "South Park" in an episod…

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:40PM

Tony Winner Idina Menzel Sings From Wicked and The Wild Party at LA’s Greek Theater (Video) by Michael C. Gioia

Idina Menzel, who took home the Tony Award for her performance as Elphaba in the Broadway musical Wicked, was seen over the weekend at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA, where she perform…

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:07PM
Sunday, October 23, 2011

CHART TOPPERS: Most-Read Playbill.com Stories, Week of Oct. 9-15 by Michael C. Gioia

Here are the most-read Playbill.com stories for the week of Oct. 9-15, 2011, from information compiled by Playbill.com Michael Douglas and Matt Damon Set for Liberace Film “Behind the …

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Hugh Dancy, Nina Arianda and Creative Team Sound Off on Broadway’s Venus in Fur (Video) by Michael C. Gioia

Tony Award nominee Nina Arianda (Born Yesterday) stars opposite Emmy Award nominee Hugh Dancy (Journey’s End, "The Big C") in Manhattan Theatre Club’s Broadway premiere of Da…

SOURCE: Playbill at 07:50AM
Saturday, October 22, 2011

Playbill Video Visits Hugh Jackman in Rehearsals for His Broadway Return (Video) by Michael C. Gioia

Tony Award winner Hugh Jackman (The Boy from Oz) is making a return to Broadway in his solo show Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway, which is scheduled to begin previews Oct. 25, prior to an off…

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:46PM

Play-by-Play: Patti Murin Shares the Story Behind Lysistrata Jones (Video) by Michael C. Gioia

Patti Murin, who will again play the title role in Lysistrata Jones when the musical hits Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre Nov. 12, is offering her play-by-play on "Fierce Females…

SOURCE: Playbill at 08:47AM
Friday, October 21, 2011

CHART TOPPERS: Top-Grossing Broadway Productions, Week of Oct. 10-16 by Michael C. Gioia

Here are the top-grossing Broadway productions for the week of Oct. 10-16, 2011, as reported by The Broadway League. MUSICALS Wicked (Gerswhin Theatre), $1,675,421 The Lion King (Minskoff Th…

SOURCE: Playbill at 05:52PM

A First Look at "The Glee Project" Winner Damian McGinty in "Glee" (Photos) by Michael C. Gioia

Damian McGinty, who tied with Samuel Larsen for winner of the reality contest "The Glee Project," will make his way to McKinley High in the fourth episode of the third season of "…

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:32PM

Will Chord Overstreet Make a Return to Fox’s "Glee"? by Michael C. Gioia

Chord Overstreet, who played "Trouty Mouth" Sam Evans on the Fox hit series "Glee," may make a return to the show in the middle of the third season, according to TVLine.com. …

SOURCE: Playbill at 02:45PM

Watch Highlights from the National Tour of Memphis With Bryan Fenkart (Video) by Michael C. Gioia

The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Memphis opened its national tour Oct. 16, following previews that began Oct. 14, at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN. The musical, set in the 1950s,…

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:26PM
Thursday, October 20, 2011

Tony Winner Idina Menzel Discusses "Glee" With the Ladies of "The Talk" (Video) by Michael C. Gioia

Tony Award winner Idina Menzel (Rent, Wicked, Aida) recently sat down with the ladies of “The Talk” and chatted about her first encounter with husband Taye Diggs, family life and…

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:09PM

Lea Salonga Invites Fans to Upcoming Suites by Sondheim Concert (Video) by Michael C. Gioia

PhilDev Celebrates Broadway: Suites by Sondheim, Philippine Development Foundation USA’s annual fundraising gala, will be held Nov. 7 at Alice Tully Hall. Here, Tony winner Lea Salonga…

SOURCE: Playbill at 02:01PM
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Win Tickets to Seminar’s Broadway Dress Rehearsal by Michael C. Gioia

Producers of Seminar have announced a special contest for tickets to the exclusive final dress rehearsal of the upcoming Broadway play by Theresa Rebeck. To enter, visit Seminar’s Face…

SOURCE: Playbill at 02:00PM
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

How to Succeed… Holds Talkback at Performance Benefiting The Trevor Project (Video) by Michael C. Gioia

The producers of the Tony Award-nominated revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying teamed up with The Trevor Project for a special benefit performance of the musical Oct. …

SOURCE: Playbill at 02:40PM

"Prepare Ye": Godspell Hits Times Square With Flash Mob Performance (Video) by Michael C. Gioia

Godspell began previews at the Circle in the Square Theatre Oct. 13 and will officially open on Broadway Nov. 7. In celebration of the show’s return to New York, a flash mob broke out …

SOURCE: Playbill at 10:00AM
Monday, October 17, 2011

Paper Mill Playhouse's Newsies Cast Says Thank You to the "Fansies" (Video) by Michael C. Gioia

Newsies, the world premiere stage adaptation of the 1992 Disney movie musical, wrapped up its run Oct. 16 at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse. However, before the newsboys would "Ca…

SOURCE: Playbill at 01:56PM

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