July 28, 2014

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Kit Kat Boys Delve into the Darkest Depths Backstage at Cabaret Kit Kat Boys Delve into the Darkest Depths Backstage at Cabaret
Caleb Damschroder and Dylan Paul who play Kit Kat Boys and also play musical instruments in Cabaret took Playbill on a tour of Studio 54 where the revival of the John Kander and Fred Ebb classic plays eight shows a week. The pair explored the house (seats were removed so tables and chairs could be brought in to create an authentic cabaret experience) and backstage where the show's unseen magic takes place. See Cabaret stars chat about the sexual politics of the show.
PLAYBILL BACKSTAGE: The Bridges of Madison County, Part Two PLAYBILL BACKSTAGE: The Bridges of Madison County, Part Two
Cast member Derek Klena (he plays the role of Michael) took camera in hand and brought Playbill along on an exclusive tour of the backstage doings at the new Jason Robert Brown (music and lyrics) and Marsha Norman (book) musical The Bridges of Madison County. In Part Two, Klena gives us a peek at "Dollar Fridays" as well as a dressing room poker game. Then he journeys to the basement of the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre where the hair and costume departments are located and where the all-important coffee station resides. To cap off the tour, Klena pops in on leading man Steven Pasquale (he plays traveling photographer Robert Kincaid), then gives a glimpse of a pre-show ritual. See Part One.
PLAYBILL BACKSTAGE: The Bridges of Madison County, Part One PLAYBILL BACKSTAGE: The Bridges of Madison County, Part One
Cast member Derek Klena (he plays the role of Michael) took camera in hand and brought Playbill along on an exclusive tour of the backstage doings at the new Jason Robert Brown (music and lyrics) and Marsha Norman (book) musical The Bridges of Madison County. In Part One, Klena gives us a peek of New York City from his dressing room window, meets with the ladies of the cast and visits with his onstage parents Hunter Foster (he plays Bud, an Iowa farmer) and Kelli O'Hara (she plays Francesca, Bud's Italian war bride). Watch Part Two.
Backstage with Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul at the Junior Theater Festival Backstage with Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul at the Junior Theater Festival
Produced by the Junior Theater group in partnership with iTheatrics, the Junior Theater Festival is an annual event that unites over 4,500 young theatre lovers from across the nation. Attendees gather in Atlanta to participate in workshops and lectures, perform highlights from their respective productions and watch special performances from musical theatre personalities. This year, guest performers included Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Carrie Manolakos and Andrew Keenan-Bolger. Here, Keenan-Bolger takes camera in hand to give Playbill a special behind the scenes peek at the festival goings-on. See the Photo Call from the festival.
Playbill Backstage: Big Fish, Part Two Playbill Backstage: Big Fish, Part Two
Big Fish's Alex Brightman (he plays Zacky Price) took camera in hand and led Playbill backstage at the Neil Simon Theatre during a two-show day. In Part Two of this two-part series, Brightman annoys his cast mates between shows, fetches coffee for a pal, gets some fresh air and encounters some startled fans, then takes the stage for show number two, after which he presents a very special dance number. See Part One.
Playbill Backstage: Big Fish, Part One Playbill Backstage: Big Fish, Part One
Big Fish's Alex Brightman (he plays Zacky Price) took camera in hand and led Playbill backstage at the Neil Simon Theatre during a two-show day. Brightman documented his daily routine, which includes a very appropriate candy-based breakfast, chatting with fans of the production, plenty of wacky dressing room antics and warming up for the day's first show with one of the stars. See highlights from the show.
EXCLUSIVE: Justin Guarini Goes Backstage at Romeo and Juliet EXCLUSIVE: Justin Guarini Goes Backstage at Romeo and Juliet
Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad play the star-crossed lovers in the Broadway revival of Romeo and Juliet, which takes a new perspective on Shakespeare's play by incorporating elements of racial intolerance. Taking a break from his usual role as the show's Paris, Justin Guarini played tour guide and went behind the scenes of the production at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Guarini took a peek at cast warm-ups, bird rehearsal, fight call and the stage crew as they tested the show's moving "fire bars" which shoot flames high into the air during the performance. See all of the show's details in the Playbill Vault.
Nikka Graff Lanzarone Gets Nikka Graff Lanzarone Gets "Documentary" Treatment For Joe's Pub Gig
Broadway's Nikka Graff Lanzarone, who recently appeared in The Jungle Book at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, and who along with Mo Brady created and hosts the Broadway insider podcast "The Ensemblist," will bring her show Keep Me Posted (a live rock documentary) to Joe's Pub on Aug. 22. Here, along with guitarist Geoff Packard, she runs through several tunes from her set including songs made famous by The Rolling Stone, Wilco and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. For tickets and info, visit joespub.com.
Monkeying Around Backstage at Monkey: Journey to the West Monkeying Around Backstage at Monkey: Journey to the West
Conceived of, written and directed by Chen Shi-Zheng and with music by Damon Albarn (best known for his work with the Gorillaz musical collective), Monkey: Journey to the West is based on an ancient Chinese tale about a Monkey King who leads a monk on a journey to find the Buddha. Aerial choreographer and coach Heather Hammond went backstage at the production to give Playbill a peek at the intricate workings of the show which features a cast of Chinese acrobats, singers, contortionists and martial artists. The production plays the Lincoln Center Festival through July 28. Read the Playbill story.
Playbill Backstage: Annie, Part Two Playbill Backstage: Annie, Part Two
Sadie Sink — a standby in Annie on Broadway — takes a camera backstage at the Palace Theatre to give Playbill an exclusive look at what goes on behind the scenes. In the second part of this two-part video series, Sink visits some of the other children who play orphans in the musical to find out their favorite things in their dressing rooms. She also stops by the "swoffice" to chat with the show's adult swings. To watch part one of Sadie Sink's backstage tour, click here.
 
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