"Pitch Perfect" and Book of Mormon actor Ben Platt stars in Dear Evan Hansen, the new musical from Benj Pasek and Justin Paul with a book by Steven Levenson. The cast features Rachel Bay Jones, Laura Dreyfuss, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Michael Park, Alexis Molnar and Will Roland. Michael Greif directs. Read the Playbill story.
On August 3, Laura Osnes will make her debut at Birdland, one of New York City's most historic jazz clubs. Osnes will perform alongside music director Fred Lassen on piano and will draw from a songbook that includes Bonnie & Clyde, Anything Goes and Rodgers & Hammerstein. Here, she and Lassen sizzle through a mashup of Maury Yeston's "Shimmy Like They Do In Paree" from Death Takes a Holiday and "I Want To Go to Hollywood" from Grand Hotel. See show details.
#MakeItFair is an online campaign that calls into question the perception and representation of women in entertainment. Rita Wilson, Mamie Gummer, Orfeh, Jessica Hecht, Donna Lynne Champlin, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Lilli Cooper, Jenn Lyon, Patricia Noonan, Olga Merediz, Cusi Cram, Nadia Quinn and more helped to create a public service announcement parody video in support of their cause. When the video went viral, the negative comments on YouTube followed. Here, the women of #MakeItFair sat down with Playbill to read — and give hilarious responses to — some of the comments. Read the Playbill story.
Looking to escape the crowds of Times Square for a little while this summer? Playbill met up with Marc Kudisch, currently starring alongside Broadway's favorite evil puppet in Hand to God. Kudisch is an aficionado of boats and the open water, so he suggested a meetup at New York City's West 79th Street Boat Basin. Tucked below the Henry Hudson Parkway, the marina channels the feel a beach town mere seconds away from the buzz of the city. Kudisch enjoyed lunch at the Boat Basin Café and chatted about his love of the water and a need to detox when working eight shows a week. See Paul Nolan's favorite foodie getaway.
Playbill got an exclusive look at the manic goings-on of Off-Broadway's 39 Steps. In the show — a comic take on Alfred Hitchcock's classic film — only four actors play some 100 characters, so quick changes are the rule and a never-ending supply of costumes, accessories, props and set pieces fill the wings at the Union Square Theatre. This is the most organized chaos any theatre fan is bound to see! See show details.
Duke Ellington is one of the most revered musicians and composers in American history. In his 50 year career, he won 13 Grammy Awards, received a Pulitzer Prize and Medal of Freedom and even had his image put on a postage stamp. The ZACH Theatre (located in Austin, TX) production of Sophisticated Ladies celebrates his classic tunes like "Mood Indigo," "Take the A Train" and "It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)". Jennifer Holliday leads the cast of singers and dancers backed by a full onstage orchestra. Abe Reybold directs. Performances run through Aug. 23. See show details.
PennyWild is a DJ with a vast background in musical theatre. In this new video shot out and about in New York City, former Newsies cast members Tommy Bracco, Ryan Breslin, David Guzman, and Jacob Guzman give her a hand as she combines DJ, dance, theatre and choreography skills to give a millennial take on the classic song "Good Morning" made famous in the 1952 musical film "Singing in the Rain" starring Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor. Watch The King and I and On the Town cast members have a dance party featuring the hit song "Uptown Funk."
Looking to escape the crowds of Times Square for a little while this summer? Playbill met up with Paul Nolan (he will soon be starring Off-Broadway in Daddy Long Legs) for a bowl of delicious ramen at his favorite midtown getaway, Gotham West Market. Nolan talked favorite foods, online chess and the importance of being able to wind down while doing eight shows a week. Visit with Montego Glover in her favorite green getaway — Bryant Park.
Heather Headley, Erin Dilly, Rob McClure, Jason Gotay, Elena Shaddow, Ryan Silverman and more star in the Into The Woods at St. Louis' The Muny, the oldest and largest outdoor theatre in the U.S. Gary Griffin directs the Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine classic. Performances run through July 27. Read the Playbill story.
Jason Danieley played Frederich Kuhn in The Visit, John Kander and Fred Ebb's final Broadway show. In this special look behind the scenes at the original cast recording session for the show, Danieley steps up to the microphone to perform a stirring version of "The Only One." Purchase the album from Broadway Records.