July 25, 2014

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EXCLUSIVE: Watch Lena Hall's Unbelievable (and Tony-Winning!) Transformation Lena Hall recently took home a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical (she keeps it on her fireplace mantle) for her turn as the gender-bending Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Playbill got an exclusive dressing room look as Hall readied for a performance and transformed from real life rocker chick (she fronts the loud and grungy band The Deafening) to a very convincing rocker dude. See Hedwig's sexy new artwork previewing Andrew Rannells in the title role.
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.
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The Lady with The Torch Kicks Off Patti LuPone’s 54 Below Multi-Year Deal Olivier and two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone stepped onto the 54 Below stage to preview The Lady with The Torch, the cabaret show that will kick off her multi-year deal with the speakeasy-styled nightspot — twice yearly through 2016, LuPone will play two-week engagements at the venue. Here, she performs "I'm Through With Love" and "Find Me A Primitive Man." Performances kicked off July 21 and run through Aug. 2. For more on The Lady with the Torch, read the Playbill.com story.
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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 Heart Zak 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 Disney’s West End Production of Shakespeare in Love Based on the Academy Award winning film (it took home 7 Oscars including Best Screenplay and Best Picture), Disney’s new play Shakespeare in Love is currently in previews at the West End’s Noël Coward Theatre. Adapted from Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard’s screenplay by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), the production features a company of 28 actors and musicians — and a dog. Declan Donnellan directs. Opening night is July 23. See a Photo Call from the show.
The Shows
A LOOK BACK: Highlights From A Little Night Music Starring Elaine Stritch and Bernadette Peters Playbill takes a look back at the career of Elaine Stritch with this video of highlights from the 2009 revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s A Little Night Music. Tony winners Elaine Stritch and Bernadette Peters joined the cast of the musical on July 13, 2010. See an interview with the pair about the show — and other topics.
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A LOOK BACK: Elaine Stritch and Bernadette Peters Ready for A Little Night Music Playbill takes a look back at the career of Elaine Stritch with this video shot in July of 2010, right as she and Bernadette Peters prepared to enter the revival of A Little Night Music. Here, the two legends of Broadway get on the same page, find the meaning of the show and recollect about Judy Garland's sense of humor. See highlights from the show.
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Les Miz Brings the Crowd for 106.7 FM's Broadway in Bryant Park Midtown NYC’s favorite green space was once again overflowing with theatre fans for week two of 106.7 FM's annual Broadway in Bryant Park series. Nikki M. James and the cast of Les Misérables made the audience forget about the heat as they belted out classics from the show including “On My Own,” “I Dreamed a Dream” and “Stars.” See Rocky stars Andy Karl and Margo Seibert perform at the week one event.
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.
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