February 27, 2015

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Jelly's Last Jam – The August Wilson Play That Almost Was and the George C. Wolfe Musical It Became

Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins, currently starring in Rasheeda Speaking, shares her memories of working on the landmark musical Jelly's Last Jam, the 1992 production that garnered the actress her first Tony Award.

Avenue Q Writer Tied Up In New Punk Musical

Songwriter Jeff Marx shares how butting heads while creating Avenue Q and his departure from working with Robert Lopez on the Broadway blockbuster hit The Book of Mormon led to the creation of the new musical Home Street Home, a collaboration with punk musician Fat Mike and BDSM mistress Goddess Soma.

How Facebook and YouTube Help Broadway Licensing Companies Stop Illegal Shows

Recently, a war of words spilled out on the digital pages of Florida Theatre on Stage, a website dedicated to Sunshine State theatre news. They concerned a production of the musical Shenandoah by Delray Square Performing Arts. It had been mounted without a proper agreement with Samuel French, the longstanding play licensing house that handles thousands of scripts.

THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: "L.A. Law" Star Jill Eikenberry Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences

Playbill.com's feature series Their Favorite Things asks members of the theatre community to share the Broadway performances that most affected them as part of the audience.

This week we spotlight the choices of "L.A. Law" star Jill Eikenberry, who will be seen with husband Michael Tucker in New Jersey Repertory Company's world premiere of Tucker's The M Spot, which will play the Long Branch venue Feb. 26-March 29.

Inside Lady Gaga's "Sound of Music" Performance! Musical Director Stephen Oremus Shares Exclusive Details

The day after Lady Gaga set the Internet ablaze with her classical performance of a medley from Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music" at the 87th Annual Academy Awards, Playbill.com spoke with the show's musical director – two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Oremus (The Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots, Wicked) – about his first Oscars experience, hitting up the Vanity Fair party, perfecting the night's big opening number and what went into the creation of Gaga's transformative musical moment.

John Cameron Mitchell On Hedwig, Avoiding Social Media and "What It Means to Be Queer"

John Cameron Mitchell, the co-creator and original star of the Off-Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, had no intention of returning to the heels and wig of the character he first played in New York nightclubs. Back in the production after a week-long hiatus (the result of an on-stage knee injury), he discusses pulling the wig down from the shelf again.

Meet the "Blue-Collar" Workforce Who Keeps Broadway Going

“Blue-collar” and “Broadway” are not words you immediately associate with one another. While one brings up images of the grit, dirt and sweat that go along with challenging, hands-on jobs, the other has connotations of glitter and glamor.

Pivotal Moments in Broadway's Black History

In honor of Black History Month, Playbill.com offers a look at important moments and works with regard to African Americans in the history of theatre.


ADV: Plawrights

The Radium Girls

Assistant Producer

Key Brand Entertainment, Inc.

ADV: Song and Tap Dance Workshop!

Avital Asuleen

Bilingual Spanish Music/Drama Teacher

Green Ivy Schools



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