October 31, 2014

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Highlights From Bedbugs!!! Off-Broadway

A darling of the 2008 New York Musical Theatre Festival, Bedbugs!!! ends its Off-Broadway run at The ArcLight Theatre on Nov. 2 after being extended by popular demand. Chris Hall, Grace McLean, Nicholas Park and Brian Charles Rooney head the cast of this sci-fi rock musical comedy that tells the tale of a bedbug exterminator who accidentally mutates the creatures into human-sized blood-sucking rockers. Music is by Paul Leschen, book and lyrics are by Fred Sauter. Robert Bartley directs. See what other shows are closing this week.

Playbill and the Players
Laura Osnes and Brian Stokes Mitchell Ready to Jump on Board City Center Encores! Production of The Band Wagon

Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Osnes, Tracey Ullman, Tony Sheldon and Michael McKean will lead the cast of The Band Wagon, an Encores! Special Event. In the rehearsal room, the cast ran through "Something You Never Had Before," "By Myself" and "That's Entertainment!" Performances run Nov. 6 - 16. Book is by Douglas Carter Beane adapted from the screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Music is by Arthur Schwartz and lyrics by Howard Dietz. Kathleen Marshall directs and choreographs. See a Photo Call from the press event.

Playbill Presents
Sierra Boggess Gets Spooked at Abracadabra, a Halloween Superstore

Right after wrapping her run in Phantom, Sierra Boggess helped to get Playbill in the Halloween spirit (no pun intended!) as she visited superstore Abracadabra in search of costume inspiration. This New York City institution (open year-round) deals in spooky and zany props, costumes and decorations as well as wigs, makeup, novelties and magic tricks and accessories. Boggess took a spin through the multi-tiered complex and sorted out costume ideas while recalling some of her greatest theatre roles, while "auditioning" for some others that she hasn't performed — yet! Watch Christine Pedi warm up for Halloween with her version of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" featuring all of her amazing impressions.

Playbill and the Players
Rob McClure, Tony Danza and Brynn O'Malley Preview Tunes from Jason Robert Brown's Honeymoon in Vegas

Rob McClure, Tony Danza, Brynn O'Malley and Nancy Opel lead the cast of Jason Robert Brown (music and lyrics) and Andrew Bergman's (book) Honeymoon in Vegas. The musical had a successful 2013 run at Millburn, New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse, and since has been in a holding pattern while waiting for a Broadway theatre to open up — the production begins previews at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre on Nov. 18. Here, th cast met the press to run through several of the show's numbers including "I Love Betsy," "Never Get Married" and "When You Say Vegas." See a Photo Call from the press event.

The Shows
Highlights From Sting's The Last Ship on Broadway

Inspired by the childhood experiences of pop superstar Sting (music and lyics), The Last Ship takes place in the English seafaring town Wallsend as residents make a desperate attempt to keep the local shipyard from dying. Michael Esper, Rachel Tucker, Jimmy Nail, Fred Applegate, Aaron Lazar and Collin Kelly-Sordelet head the cast. Book is by John Logan and Brian Yorkey. Joe Mantello directs the production at the Neil Simon Theatre. Read The Verdict on the show.

Playbill and the Players
Jeremy Jordan Will Be Breaking Character in Solo Cabaret Debut

Star of Newsies, Bonnie & Clyde, "Smash" and the upcoming film version of "The Last Five Years," Jeremy Jordan is on a roll. But in a search for his own voice, he will debut his cabaret show Breaking Character at speakeasy-styled nightspot 54 Below. In the show, he will finally be able to drop the façade of a character and perform as himself. The set will feature tunes from across the musical spectrum — Broadway, rock, country and even some of his own original songs. Here, Jordan runs through a jazzy version of Stephen Sondheim's "Losing My Mind." Performances begin Oct. 27. See show schedule and information.

Seth Rudetsky Celebrates Life on the Stage With "Seth's Broadway Diary" Book Release Party

Seth Rudetsky had a bevy of Broadway pals on hand for the release party of his latest book, which is the first offering in a continuing series titled "Seth's Broadway Diary." The publication chronicles his unique life on and around the Great White Way and features "hi-lairous" stories from the likes of Patti LuPone, Chita Rivera, Raúl Esparza and Jonathan Groff. Here, Chip Zien, Judy Kuhn, Matthew Broderick, Kelli O'Hara, Anika Larsen and more joined Seth to read from the book as well as perform some signature tunes to celebrate. Purchase the book here.

The Shows
Highlights From the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Disgraced on Broadway

Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize-winning Disgraced arrived on Broadway after successful runs in Chicago and at Lincoln Center Theatre. Hari Dhillon, Gretchen Mol, Karen Pittman and Josh Radnor star in the drama that pits a Pakistani-American lawyer who has renounced Islam and his white, liberal, artist wife against dinner guests as a friendly conversation escalates into something far more damaging. Check out where Disgraced's cast studied in Playbill's Schools of the Stars.

Playbill and the Players
Bradley Cooper, Castmates and Director Scott Ellis Discuss the Legacy of The Elephant Man

Bernard Pomerance's The Elephant Man tells the true story of John Merrick (Bradley Cooper), a 19th century British man with severe deformities known as a sideshow attraction who gained fame under the care of Dr. Frederick Treves (Alessandro Nivola) when London's high society embraced him. Here, Cooper, Nivola and castmates — along with director Scott Ellis — talk about the legacy and enduring interest in the redemptive story of John Merrick. See a Photo Call from the show's media event.

Playbill Presents
The "Singing Baker" Wraps Up Evita National Tour With a GIANT Cinnamon Bun With a love of fresh and tasty ingredients, "singing baker" Alison Mahoney hit the road with the touring company of Evita ready to find the best baked treats across the nation. Here, as the tour came to a close, she stopped in at Lulu's Bakery and Café in San Antonio to try one of their super gigantic (and super delicious!) three-pound cinnamon buns.

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