The Hunchback of Notre Dame cast members Samantha Massell, Nora Menken, Beth Kirkpatrick and Anise Ritchie took Playbill backstage to show off their favorite (and sometimes most challenging!) costumes to wear and shared the doo-dads, good luck charms and tchotchkes that they keep on hand in their dressing room. When all of that was said and done, a special guest popped in for a "Shake It Off" dance party! The show runs through March 29 at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse. Watch Ciara Renée prep her hair and makeup for her character Esmeralda.
Ciara Renée opened her dressing room door at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse to offer a peek as she prepped hair and makeup for her character Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She talked vocal exercises, the need for lots of steam and why wearing two microphones is key. The production runs though March 29. See highlights from the show.
New York City's Beacon School "offers an inquiry-based college preparatory program with technology and arts infused throughout the curriculum" and is a hotbed of young theatre talent. The school presents Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori's Caroline, or Change through March 28. Playbill was on hand for the first performance of the show featuring Marla Louissaint in the role of Caroline Thibodeaux, an African-American maid confronting life changes in the burgeoning civil rights era. Jo Ann Cimato directs. See all cast and crew details here. For tickets and info, visit beaconschool.org. Make your own Playbill at playbillder.com.
The epic musical Doctor Zhivago is based on the Boris Pasternak Nobel Prize-winning novel which takes its characters on a search for love during the final days of Czarist Russia, the First World War and the chaos of the Russian revolution. Tam Mutu, Kelli Barrett, Tom Hewitt, Paul Nolan and Lora Lee Gayer head the cast. As the show readies for the Great White Way, Kelli Barrett talked about her desire to create new roles based on authentic aspects of her personality. See what Tam Mutu has to say about making his Broadway debut.
The Off-Broadway cast recording of Transport Group Theatre Company’s The Memory Show was released online March 12 but CD sales began yesterday at your favorite stores. The Zach Redler (music) and Sara Cooper (book and lyrics) musical featured stars Catherine Cox and Leslie Kritzer as a mother and daughter trying to overcome conflicting versions of their shared past. In this exclusive preview, Kritzer and Redler met at the Yellow Sound Label recording studio to perform the heart-rending "Me and My Mother." Order the album at yellowsoundlabel.com.
Today, Ghostlight Records releases the original cast album of the world premiere musical The Fortress of Solitude both online and in stores. Produced by The Public Theater, the show is based on Jonathan Lethem’s best-selling novel of the same name. The score features sounds of soul, funk, punk and rap. In this exclusive peek into the recording studio, cast members run through "Superman/Sidekick." Music and lyrics are by Michael Friedman; book is by Itamar Moses. The production was conceived and directed by Daniel Aukin. A concert event will be held April 13 at Joe's Pub to celebrate the release. To order the album, visit www.sh-k-boom.com.
Director Sam Gold took to microphone at the Circle in the Square Theatre to reveal the brand new in-the–round staging for the Broadway production of Fun Home. This concept differs from The Public Theater's production that featured a rotating turntable-based stage, but retains the intimate atmosphere of the downtown theatre. He also explained the complex workings below the floor—the advanced automation system belies what would appear to be a very simple set. Check out a teaser for the show, which begins previews March 27.
To celebrate the dual birthday of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim (they both celebrate on March 22), Playbill enlisted the help of Benjamin Rauhala to create a special tribute to these two all-time greats of musical theatre. On location at the world-famous Sardi's Restaurant, Ruhala (on piano) was joined by friends Lindsay Mendez (vocals) and Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf (cello) to perform a mashup of "You Must Love Me" (written especially for the film adaptation of Evita and then included in later stage productions) and "Children Will Listen" (from Into the Woods). Watch an exclusive clip from Disney's Into the Woods film.