May 30, 2015

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Judy Kuhn and Jeanine Tesori Celebrate 20 Years of Disney's "Pocahontas" 20 years ago, the animated Disney movie musical "Pocahontas" opened in cinemas. A 2015 Tony nominee for her role in Fun Home, Judy Kuhn was the singing voice of the film's title character; her signature tune was "Colors of the Wind." To celebrate the anniversary, Kuhn sat down with a fellow Tony nominee — Fun Home's composer Jeanine Tesori — and sang through the Alan Menken/Stephen Schwartz classic incorporating many of the fun sounds an electronic keyboard can provide!

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Sheldon Harnick and Fiddler on the Roof Tribute Cast Rehearse Cut Songs

The 92nd Street Y presents To Life! Celebrating 50 Years of Fiddler on the Roof with Sheldon Harnick from May 30 - June 1. In this special look at the rehearsal process, the cast, along with lyricist Harnick, runs through "Get Thee Out" and "When Messiah Comes," two songs that were cut from the production. See show details.

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Aladdin Presents "A Whole New World" Music Video

Broadway's Aladdin released a brand new music video of Alan Menken and Tim Rice's classic "A Whole New World." The video feature stars Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed in the recording studio as well as never-before-seen footage from rehearsal. See show details.

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Watch 2015 Nominees Practice Their Tony Speeches

Max Von Essen, Judy Kuhn, Leanne Cope, Sarah Stiles, Tony Yazbeck, Brad Oscar and more nominees got a chance to practice their potential Tony thank you speeches when Playbill presented each one of them with the Playbill Award! The theatre artists all looked inward, responded with introspective thoughts and thanked everyone including moms, fellow company members and their cats! See what Tony nominees thought was the worst advice they'd ever heard.

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Highlights From New Revival of Titanic

U.K. director Thom Southerland helms the revival of Maury Yeston and Peter Stone's Tony-winning musical Titanic at Toronto's Princess of Wales Theatre. The production was inspired by a recent chamber production that played London's Southwark Playhouse. Performances are scheduled through June 21. A national tour will commence during the 2015-16 season. Read the Playbill story.

The Shows
Highlights From "Real-Life" Cinderella Musical Ever After

Paper Mill Playhouse presents the world premiere of Ever After based on the 1998 film starring Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston. Kathleen Marshall directs and choreographs the musical which takes a realistic look at the mythology of Cinderella. The cast includes Margo Seibert, Tony Sheldon, Christine Ebersole, James Synder and Andrew Keenan-Bolger. Performances run through June 21. Read the Playbill story.

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Student Theatre Arts Festival Kids Perform From Little Shop of Horrors and a Reimagined The Crucible

On May 18, the fifth annual Student Theatre Arts Festival took place at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre. More than 150 students participated in Roundabout Theatre Company's Education at Roundabout residencies and after school programs, and they took the stage to show everyone what they'd been up to. After an inspiring Andy Karl spoke about the power of theatre, the kids presented excerpts from their shows including Little Shop of Horrors, a reimagined The Crucible and original works that focused on climate change, AIDS awareness and dealing with sexual assault. Read the Playbill story.

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"Obsessed!": Heidi Blickenstaff Sings From [title of show] with Something Rotten!-esque Olde English

Seth Rudestsky invited Something Rotten! star Heidi Blickenstaff to the studio for the latest go 'round of "Obsessed!" She spoke about recently getting married (right after Rotten! opened!) and then revisited her [title of show] days. There was, however, a twist — Seth rewrote the lyrics to "A Way Back To Then" and incorporated some Shakesperan-era wording. Check out Seth's weekly column. Visit, Seth's online home.

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Melba Moore Sizzles With "Don't Rain on My Parade" at 54 Below

Melba Moore's upcoming show at 54 Below (she performs May 22 and 23) is called Forever Moore. She will take a musical look at some of the great stars that have influenced her career and will sing tunes from the likes of Barbra Streisand, Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne. Here, she performs the iconic "Don't Rain on My Parade" from Funny Girl. See show details.

The Shows
Highlights From An Act of God With "The Big Bang Theory" Star Jim Parsons

A star of TV's "The Big Bang Theory," Jim Parsons returns to Broadway in An Act of God. Based on playwright David Javerbaum's book "The Last Testament: A Memoir," the show seeks to unravel Biblical mysteries and answer the universe's deepest questions. Christopher Fitzgerald and Tim Kazurinsky play Michael and Gabriel, two angels who do the bidding of (but sometimes question!) their divine master. Joe Mantello directs. See what the stars of the show would do if they had divine powers.


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