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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Clyde Alves, Alysha Umphress, Elizabeth Stanley and Megan Fairchild (a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet who is making her Broadway debut) lead the cast of Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green's classic On the Town. Directed by John Rando, the production's history dates back to a New York City Center Encores! concert presentation, then a successful Barrington Stage run. Joshua Bergasse choreographs, with a nod to Jerome Robbins. See an opening night Photo Call.
Can you #Can-Can? The high-kicking and high-energy dance takes a lot of practice and dedication as anyone who has seen Paper Mill Playhouse's production of the aptly named Can-Can can attest. But the dance takes more than practice and dedication. In this exclusive rehearsal room peek, Megan Sikora and cast mates show Playbill exactly what the three keys to a sexy and successful Can-Can are. See Jason Danieley show off some consumes and his mini-handlebar mustache.