A Home Away From Home: Behind the Scenes at Rosie's Theater Kids Rosie O'Donnell received the 2014 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award to honor her work tireless work with Rosie's Theater Kids, a Manhattan organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children through drama, dance, etiquette and academics. Playbill popped in at the Maravel Arts Center to see what all the fuss was about and two young students were helpful enough to lead a tour of the facilities that include classrooms, rehearsal rooms, private vocal rooms — and a pretty sweet roof deck designed by the one and only Rachael Ray. Read the Playbill story.
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: 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 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 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 "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 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.
You're invited to spend an evening filled with personal tales of difficult choices, bad breaks, worse men and some of the most glorious songs ever written. It's an intimate evening, up close with a legend.
So pull up a chair and order up a drink. Because she's got a life to sing. Tickets as low as $85!
Fuerza Bruta Wayra
Here Lies Love
On The Town
Piece of My Heart
Scenes From A Marriage
Sex With Strangers
The Country House
The Good and The True
This is Our Youth
You Can't Take It With You