December 18, 2014

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Playbill Presents
"Carols for a Cure 16": Pippin, Gent's Guide, Kinky Boots Ring in the Holidays for a Worthy Cause

Since 1999, producer Lynn Pinto and her crew have put together the holiday CD set "Carols for a Cure" to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The compilation album features casts from Broadway and Off-Broadway shows performing traditional or original holiday tunes — and sometimes a bit of both! Here, the casts of Pippin, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder and Kinky Boots join Pinto and engineer Andros Rodriguez in the studio to record their respective festive tracks. Visit the Playbill Store for more info.

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Idina Menzel Previews Top 10 Christmas Album "Holiday Wishes"

Idina Menzel gave a special performance outside of Bloomingdale's to help usher in the holiday season. Along with the unveiling of Bloomies' holiday windows, Menzel previewed tracks from her brand new Christmas album "Holiday Wishes" which features a bevy of classic tunes. Here, she performs "White Christmas" and "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and chats about what holiday time means to her. Read the Playbill story.

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December's "On Stage Across America": All Disney All the Time With Aladdin, Newsies Tour and The Hunchback of Notre Dame

In December, "On Stage Across America" swings by the New Amsterdam Theatre to meet up with the gang at Disney's Aladdin.

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New Album "Have Faith" Finds Mary Testa and Michael Starobin Asking the Big Questions

Mary Testa was joined in studio by Michael Starobin to preview their new album "Have Faith" which is now out on Ghostlight Records. For this album that "addresses issues of faith and doubt from a variety of perspectives," the duo have taken well known tunes and interpreted them in a way that sheds new light on them without cloaking any familiarity. Here, the two run through the standard "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries" and Alanis Morissette's "Thank U." They play CD release concerts at the Laurie Beechman Theatre January 4, 5, 11 and 12. Read the Playbill story.

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Honeymoon in Vegas Talks the Perfect Honeymoon and the Crazy Things That Happen in Vegas

Rob McClure, Tony Danza and Brynn O'Malley head the cast of Honeymoon in Vegas, the Jason Robert Brown (music and lyrics) and Andrew Bergman (book) musical based on the 1992 film penned by Bergman. Here, the show's cast and creatives chatted with Playbill about what makes for a great honeymoon.

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Six-Year-Old Theatre Critic Iain Armitage Breaks Down All Your Favorite Broadway Shows

Pint-sized theatre critic Iain Armitage set the Internet ablaze when he began posting YouTube reviews of his favorite DC and Broadway shows. The six-year-old aspiring performer was in New York City for several weeks and Playbill sent Christine Pedi to Sardi's to chat him up about the shows he saw while in town. Iain broke down Wicked, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Side Show, On the Town and more while plugging his favorite event — Kids Night on Broadway. This annual happening allows kids to see Broadway shows for free with the purchase of adult tickets. Read the Playbill story.

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Preview NBC's Broadcast of Peter Pan Live! Starring Allison Williams and Christopher Walken

"Girls" star Allison Williams takes flight as the boy who wouldn't grow up in NBC's Dec. 4 live broadcast of the Broadway musical Peter Pan, which co-stars Academy Award winner Christopher Walken as Captain Hook. The one-night-only event, which boasts newly added songs to show's classic score, airs at 8 PM ET. In this special video presentation, preview the show via promo shots and rehearsal photos. Read the Playbill story.

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A LOOK BACK: Cathy Rigby Talks Peter Pan
Cathy Rigby's success as a gymnast might have made the transition to playing the flying boy-who-won't-grow-up a lot easier, but it was her background as a mischievous kid who would leap off the roof with a homemade parachute that made her perfect for the role. Some 25 years after her first performance as Peter Pan, Rigby prepared to return to Neverland (this time at New York's Theater at Madison Square Garden) by singing and reading to some young "pirates" and "pixies" from the Garden of Dreams Foundation, a non-profit organization helping kids facing life's obstacles.
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Cheyenne Jackson and Gena Rowlands Star in Film Adaptation of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

Cheyenne Jackson and Gena Rowlands star in the film adaptation of Richard Alfieri's Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks. Arthur Allan Seidelman, who also helmed the stage production, directs the screenplay adapted by Alfieri from his play. In these clips, Jackson and Rowlands preview the antagonistic relationship between their characters Michael Minetti, a dance instructor, and Lily Harrison, the retired woman who hires him for private lessons. Watch the trailer.

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A Sneak Peek at Paper Mill's Elf Starring James Moye and Heidi Blickenstaff

The holiday musical Elf, based on the 2003 film starring Will Ferrell, is currently in previews at the the Paper Mill Playhouse, ahead of a Nov. 30 opening. Elf has a book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin, music by Matthew Sklar and lyrics by Chad Beguelin. The Paper Mill production stars James Moye as Buddy, Kate Fahrner as Jovie, Paul C. Vogt as Santa, Heidi Blickenstaff as Emily, Robert Cuccioli as Walter and Jake Faragalli as Michael. At a recent press event for the show, the cast offered previews of four songs, including "Christmastown," "Never Fall in Love," and "There Is a Santa Claus." For more on Elf at the Paper Mill Playhouse, read the Playbill.com story.


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