The Shows Classic TV Comes to the Stage: Highlights From The Beverly Hillbillies - The Musical
Theatre at the Center in Munster, IN presents the world premiere of The Beverly Hillbillies - The Musical, based on the classic 1960s sitcom. Jim Harms plays Jed Clampett, the head of a clan of simple country folk who brings his family to Beverly Hills after striking it rich in the oil game. Jeff Award nominee David Perkovich directs the production, which features a score by Gregg Opelka and a book by Tony nominee David Rogers and Amanda Rogers. Performances run through Aug. 10. Read the Playbill story.
Playbill Presents Michelle Obama Brings The King to the White House
The cast of the North American tour of Disney’s The Lion King made a special pit stop on their rounds. On July 18, a special "Kids' State Dinner" found them performing for First Lady Michelle Obama and guests at the White House. Cast members including Tshidi Manye, L. Steven Taylor and Jelani Remy performed "Circle of Life" and "He Lives in You" to celebrate the winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a national challenge to promote healthy eating as part of the First Lady's "Let's Move!" Initiative. See highlights from the Broadway production.
The Shows A Mother Lode of Pop Hits: Highlights From Piece of My HeartZak Resnick stars as songwriter Bert Berns in Piece of My Heart, which opens July 21 Off-Broadway. With a book by Daniel Goldfarb and direction and choreography by Denis Jones, the new musical features the hits of the legend including the titular tune, “Twist and Shout,” “Cry Baby,” “I Want Candy” and “Here Comes the Night.” The cast includes Leslie Kritzer, Linda Hart, Bryan Fenkart, Teal Wicks, de'Adre Aziza and more. Performances run therough Aug. 31 at The Pershing Square Signature Center/Irene Diamond Stage. Read the Playbill story.
The Shows Highlights From the West End Revival of Miss Saigon
Producer Cameron Mackintosh’s
West End revival of Miss Saigon recently recouped its initial investment — in less than a month of performances. Mackintosh promises the show is Broadway bound in 2015 if a suitable theatre is available. American actress Eva Noblezada, in her professional debut, stars as Kim. The recent high school grad was discovered during the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The Jimmy Awards) in New York City last June. Jon Jon Briones, who has played the Engineer in his native Philippines, London and on tour in the U.K., U.S. and Germany, reprises the role. Alistair Brammer plays Chris. See the the details of the original Broadway production.