August 21, 2014

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Kinky Boots Brings Sexy Strut to National Tour Playbill and the Players
Kinky Boots Brings Sexy Strut to National Tour
The national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots, featuring a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein and a score by Tony and Grammy winner Cyndi Lauper, will open Sept. 4 at the Smith Center in Las Vegas. Tour stops include Tempe, San Diego, Seattle, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and many more. Here, the cast readied for the road with a special press preview featuring three of the production's showstoppers — "Sex Is in the Heel," "The Soul of a Man" and "Raise You Up/Just Be." Watch highlights of the show with the original Broadway cast.
Not Once, But a Thousand Times: Glen Hansard Celebrates Landmark Performance Playbill and the Players
Not Once, But a Thousand Times: Glen Hansard Celebrates Landmark Performance
The winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Once is the story of a struggling musician about to give up on his craft until he comes upon a muse that inspires his art — and his heart. To celebrate the 1,000th performance of the Broadway hit, the cast was joined for a post-show jam session with special guest Glen Hansard who, along with Markéta Irglová, starred in the 2006 movie upon which the musical is based and wrote the music and lyrics. Here, Hansard and cast rock out with "Rocky Road to Dublin" and "The Auld Triangle." See show highlights featuring the original Broadway cast.
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"He Looks Great in a Dress!": Andrew Rannells Preps for Hedwig and the Angry Inch
In the midst of preparing to enter Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris' final performance is Aug. 17), Andrew Rannells — along with co-star Lena Hall (also a Tony winner for the role of Yitzak), book writer John Cameron Mitchell and songwriter Stephen Trask — met the press.

Here, the four discuss what Rannells — who played Hedwig 12 years ago — will bring to the Broadway production.
Tony Yazbeck Gets His Toes Tapping at 54 Below Playbill and the Players
Tony Yazbeck Gets His Toes Tapping at 54 Below
Tony Yazbeck performed and chatted in support of his upcoming 54 Below performances of The Floor Above Me. With shows Aug. 14 and 19, Yazbeck pays tribute to the MGM musicals of days gone by and influential performers like Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. Here, Yazbeck takes on the jazzy "Nothing I Do" and adds some tap steps that would do Astaire and Kelly proud. See Yazbeck chat about his "dream role" in On the Town.
On the Town's Tony Yazbeck: Playbill and the Players
On the Town's Tony Yazbeck: "It's a Dream Role"
At a 54 Below media day, Tony Yazbeck took a minute to chat with Playbill about the upcoming rehearsals for Broadway's On the Town, his admiration for Gene Kelly and having a dream come true. See a "New York, New York" set musical promo for the show.
OBSESSED!: You Can't Expect Shoshana Bean to Defy Gravity EVERY Time, Can You? Playbill Presents
OBSESSED!: You Can't Expect Shoshana Bean to Defy Gravity EVERY Time, Can You?
Shoshanna Bean (she doesn't "go by" ShoBean, but people seem to call her that for some reason) joined Seth Rudetsky in the studio for the latest and greatest episode of OBSESSED! Bean and Seth go back a ways — he saw her in the 2000 Off-Broadway production of Godspell and knows all the tech-based details of her "Defying Gravity" epic fail. The pair performs a mashup of several of Seth's ShoBean obsessions including "Coronet Man," "sassafras" mixed with Foghorn Leghorn (yes, this sound too nutty even for Seth, we know) and signature whistle tone to top it all off. Check out Seth's weekly column. Visit SethTV.com, Seth's online home.
50 Shades! The Musical Puts Beefcake on the Menu at Broadway in Bryant Park Playbill and the Players
50 Shades! The Musical Puts Beefcake on the Menu at Broadway in Bryant Park
The cast of 50 Shades! The Musical took the stage at week five of 106.7 FM's Broadway in Bryant Park. Under the summer sun, they ran through several numbers from the show, which skewers the sexy best-selling novel "50 Shades of Grey." Here, the ladies of the cast perform "Open Your Book" with a little help from some muscular castmates. See the cast of Cabaret in action.
Come to the Cabaret in the Summer Sun: Broadway in Bryant Park Week 5 Playbill and the Players
Come to the Cabaret in the Summer Sun: Broadway in Bryant Park Week 5
Midtown NYC’s favorite green space was once again overflowing with theatre fans for 106.7 FM's Broadway in Bryant Park. Week five of this annual series found the cast of Cabaret taking the stage to perform John Kander and Fred Ebb classics "Don't Tell Mama" and "Cabaret." See the cast of 50 Shades! The Musical perform a rousing number.
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"Pernicious, Envious Rogue!": On Stage Across America Takes a Look at Book of Shakespearean Insults
William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest playwright in history. His eloquent, elegant and witty prose is often credited for adding new words and phrases to the English language, or at least popularizing their usage. On Stage Across America met up with author Jillian Hofer whose mission it is to bring the language of Shakespeare to the masses. Her new book takes a slightly unusual approach, however — "Thou Spleeny Swag-Bellied Miscreant: Create Your Own Shakespearean Insults" allows the reader to flip through three columns of random words to assemble dire (and hilarious) insults. Buyer and Cellar's Barret Foa was on hand to demonstrate. Beggarly bacon-fed bloodsuckers everywhere rejoice! For more information on "On Stage Across America" (co-presented by Playbill) check local listings.
An Exclusive Look at the Love's Labour's Lost Cast Recording Playbill and the Players
An Exclusive Look at the Love's Labour's Lost Cast Recording
Songwriter Michael Friedman popped into the studio to give Playbill an exclusive peek at the original cast recording of Love's Labour's Lost, a musical adaptation of the William Shakespeare comedy. With special guest Rebecca Naomi Jones (she played Jaquenetta in the production) in tow, the pair ran through "Change of Heart" and "Love is a Gun." The album is now available on Ghostlight Records.

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