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Monday, December 17, 2018

Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw on Playing the Adult Banks Children in Mary Poppins Returns by Ruthie Fierberg

The actors share the backstory of their grown-up Jane and Michael Banks

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

3 Reasons the World Was Ready for Mary Poppins Returns Right Now by Ruthie Fierberg

Executive producer Marc Platt reveals the key ingredients without which he would not have attempted the movie musical sequel.

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

WATCH: What Secret Melody From the Frozen Film Is Woven Into Broadway’s New Song ‘True Love’? by Ruthie Fierberg

Tony-nominated songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez uncover Easter eggs in the melodies of Broadway's Frozen.

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How Tony- and Oscar-Nominated Rob Marshall Conceived the Story Behind Mary Poppins Returns by Ruthie Fierberg

Where did the Chicago director find the plot to the sequel to 1964's Mary Poppins?

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Mary Poppins Returns Star Emily Blunt Shares the Secret Behind Making This Movie Musical Work by Ruthie Fierberg

The actor explains how Marshall cured her fear of not being able to do a musical.

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Broadway Stars Share Their Favorite Holiday Recipes—So You Can Make Your Table Look Like Theirs by Ruthie Fierberg

Actors from Dear Evan Hansen, Once On This Island, and more share the secret family recipes they cook each holiday season.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Behind the Scenes of Broadway’s To Kill a Mockingbird With Aaron Sorkin, Jeff Daniels, and More by Ruthie Fierberg

The cast and playwright talk about putting together the new Broadway play, ahead of its December 13 opening.

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Who Was Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Biggest Inspiration for His Mary Poppins Returns Character? by Ruthie Fierberg

In his feature film debut, the Hamilton creator and star talks about focusing on just acting—for once.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof Sets Full Cast for Off-Broadway Transfer by Ruthie Fierberg

The new mounting of the production at Stage 42 will star Steven Skybell, Jackie Hoffman, and Jennifer Babiak.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Releases Jefferson’s Cut Hamilton Rap Battle by Ruthie Fierberg

As the Hamilton Tony winner “declutters” before the New Year, listen to him in this discarded demo.

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Watch the Cast of Broadway’s Ain’t Too Proud Visit the Home of Motown in Detroit by Ruthie Fierberg

Writer Dominique Morisseau and the cast of Aint Too Proud–The Life and Times of the Temptations explore the Motown roots of their musical story.

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Mary Poppins Returns’ Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda Talk the Magic of Making the Movie Musical by Ruthie Fierberg

The stars of the film, director Rob Marshall, and executive producer Marc Platt reveal secrets behind their work on the sequel to Mary Poppins.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Full Cast Announced for Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Marys Seacole at LCT3 by Ruthie Fierberg

Find out who will be joining Quincy Tyler Bernstine in the new play directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz.

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What Changed for Network’s Bryan Cranston Between the London Production and Broadway by Ruthie Fierberg

The Tony-winning actor shares the epiphany he had playing Howard Beale in Ivo van Hove’s production.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Releases Another Cut Song From Hamilton by Ruthie Fierberg

This time the creator shares the lyrics and a demo for “George Washington’s Death,” cut from the Broadway smash.

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Why Norm Lewis Put Some Unconventional Tunes on His Norm Lewis Christmas Album by Ruthie Fierberg

Plus, watch an exclusive performance of “My Favorite Things” in this fireside chat with Playbill

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Stranger Things Parody Will Return to New York for Encore Performance by Ruthie Fierberg

Stranger Sings! An Unauthorized Parody Musical will play Feinstein’s/54 Below in 2019 with Christina Bianco channeling Winona Ryder.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Watch Bryan Cranston, Tony Goldwyn, Tatiana Maslany, and More Talk Broadway’s Network On the Red Carpet by Ruthie Fierberg

The stars share pre-show rituals—including advice from Audra McDonald—while director Ivo van Hove reveals the intention behind his post-curtain call message.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Jeff Daniels Didn’t Read To Kill a Mockingbird Until After Being Cast as Atticus Finch by Ruthie Fierberg

The Emmy-winning actor reveals the two men who inspire his version of Atticus for the new Broadway play.

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Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof to Sing at Benefit Concert for Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue by Ruthie Fierberg

The cast of the Off-Broadway production join the December 6 event at The Green Room 42.

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Why Taylor Trensch’s Evan Makes Dear Evan Hansen a Brand New Show by Ruthie Fierberg

His show-shifting point of view reveals new layers to Broadway’s favorite outcast.

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Playbill Mixtape: Mean Girls’ DeMarius Copes Shares His Pre-Show Playlist by Ruthie Fierberg

The soundtrack that Copes and the ensemble boys use to pump up for Tina Fey's musical.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

16 Stage Favorites to See in Season 2 of Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel by Ruthie Fierberg

With the new season of the Emmy-winning comedy now available, audiences can watch Broadway faves like Tony Shalhoub, Zachary Levi, Brandon Uranowitz and more.

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Cast Members of Moulin Rouge!, Hello, Dolly!, and More Named Ensemblists of the Year by Ruthie Fierberg

Four of Broadway’s most esteemed chorus members earn the coveted award.

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Margo Siebert and Andrew Durand Lead Industry Reading of New Musical It’s The Bear by Ruthie Fierberg

From the choreographer of Broadway’s upcoming Beetlejuice comes a new murder mystery musical.

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Hugh Jackman and Emily Blunt Want to Do a Musical Together by Ruthie Fierberg

The actors talk collaboration, Mary Poppins Returns, and how Pharrell Williams nearly wrote the Greatest Showman score.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Lucas Hedges Embraces His Inner Jellicle Cat With Stephen Colbert by Ruthie Fierberg

The Oscar-nominated star of Broadway’s The Waverly Gallery shares his musical pre-show ritual.

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Watch Stars Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks, Micaela Diamond, Designer Bob Mackie, and More Talk The Cher Show on Opening Night by Ruthie Fierberg

The actors who “Cher” the role of the Goddess of Pop and the cast of the new Broadway musical reveal secrets behind the production that opened December 3.

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Performer You Should Know: Say Something Bunny!’s Alison S. M. Kobayashi by Ruthie Fierberg

The creator and sole performer of a theatrical experience you’ve never had before.

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Monday, December 3, 2018
Friday, November 30, 2018

Hugh Jackman Tells Audiences What to Expect From His World Arena Tour by Ruthie Fierberg

The Tony winner and Oscar nominee shares how he's picking the tunes he plans to revisit on the stage.

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