September 16, 2014

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Paul Iacono Remembers Elaine Stritch With a Hilarious (and Painful!) Story and a Tune From Company

Best known for his work on MTV's scripted series "The Hard Times of RJ Berger," Paul Iacono began performing as a child and shared the stage with the likes of Christine Ebersole in Mame, Mickey Rooney in The Wizard of Oz and Sherie Rene Scott in Landscape of the Body. Here, he took the stage at 54 Sings Elaine Stritch to perform from Company and recall the time he, as an 11 year-old, shared the stage with Elaine Stritch in concert performances of Noël Coward's Sail Away — to hilarious and very painful results.

The Shows
Highlights From the 54 Sings Elaine Stritch Tribute Concert

Broadway's Christine Ebersole, Beth Leavel, Harriet Harris, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Edward Hibbert, Sara Jean Ford and more were on hand Sept. 12 for 54 Sings Elaine Stritch, a tribute concert celebrating the life of the late Broadway legend. The performers ran through tunes including "Broadway Baby," "Zip," "Something Good" and "The Ladies Who Lunch." Watch Paul Iacono pay tribute with a crazy (and painful!) "Stritchy" story and a song from Company.

The Shows
Highlights From Nice Work If You Can Get It on Tour

The national tour of Nice Work If You Can Get It launched September 2 in Dallas, TX and will play 30 cities before concluding in March 2015 in Costa Mesa, CA. Alex Enterline and Mariah MacFarlane star as wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter and feisty bootlegger Billie Bendix, respectively, taking on the roles originated by Matthew Broderick and Kelli O'Hara on Broadway. The production features music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a book by Joe DiPietro, inspired by material by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse. See highlights from the Broadway production.

The Shows
Highlights From Kenneth Lonergan's This is Our Youth Starring Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson

Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson star in Kenneth Lonergan's play about wayward young New Yorkers stumbling toward adulthood. Anna D. Shapiro directs the production, which began its life at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company prior to its Broadway arrival. This marks the Broadway debut of Lonergan as well as the show's three stars. Original music is by Vampire Weekend member and Grammy Award winner Rostam Batmanglij. Read the Playbill story.

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"Be Our Guest!" Beauty and the Beast Previews Two Simultaneous Touring Productions

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the show, NETworks, Broadway Entertainment Group and Disney Theatrical Productions presented a media preview of two simultaneous tours of Disney's Beauty and the Beast — one is a U.S.A. company, the other will handle international markets including Kazakhstan, United Arab Emirates, Singapore and Indonesia. Rob Roth directs and Matt West choreographs. Costume design is by Ann Hould-Ward who won a Tony for her work on the Broadway production. Here, both companies take turns performing some of the show's biggest numbers including "Gaston," "Human Again" and "Beauty and the Beast." See tour details.

Playbill Presents
Broadway Remembers 9/11, Part One On the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, Playbill asked members of the Broadway community to reflect on the uncertain time, the shared hope and the role that theatre played following the destruction of the twin towers of New York City's World Trade Center. Former Broadway League president Jed Bernstein, along with performers Karen Mason, Nancy Opel and Brad Oscar, who were working on Broadway at the time, talk about where they were when the world changed — and what it was like to be part of a creative community that went dark in a time of national tragedy. For Part Two, click here.
Playbill Presents
Broadway Remembers 9/11, Part Two On the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, Playbill asked members of the Broadway community to reflect on the uncertain time, the shared hope and the role that theatre played following the destruction of the twin towers of New York City's World Trade Center. In Part Two of two, former Broadway League president Jed Bernstein, along with performers Karen Mason, Nancy Opel and Brad Oscar, who were working on Broadway at the time, talk about the mayor's request to relight Broadway theatres two days after 9/11, and how artists and audiences responded to performances in the wake of the national tragedy. To see Part One, click here.
Playbill Presents
On the Road With Kinky Boots: Tour Vlog Parts 4 and 5

Kyle Taylor Parker stars as Lola alongside Steven Booth's Charlie Price in the national touring production of Kinky Boots. Here, KTP (as Parker is more familiarly known) pops in on the cast in rehearsal as they deal with the challenging numbers that include the use of conveyor belts. Then he takes a look at trunk day, as the cast packs up items they'll need while they are on the road. See Part 3.

Playbill Presents
September's "On Stage Across America" Gets Sexy With the National Tour of Dirty Dancing After 10 years of performances in Australia, Europe, Africa, and a long run in London's West End, Dirty Dancing finally comes home to the U.S. with a national tour that recently kicked off in Washington, D.C. "On Stage Across America" chats with cast and creatives and gives a sneak peek at the sexy show which promises fans a new theatrical experience which remains true to the classic film. For more information on "On Stage Across America" (co-presented by Playbill) check local listings.
Playbill Presents
September's "On Stage Across America" Features It's Only a Play, the History of The Sound of Music and Dirty Dancing on Tour

September's edition of "On Stage Across America" previews the new production of Terrence McNally's It's Only a Play, visits Salzburg, Austria for a look back at the history of the The Sound of Music's von Trapp family and goes on the road with the sexy touring production of Dirty Dancing. For more information on "On Stage Across America" (co-presented by Playbill) check local listings.

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