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"Do You Hear the People Sing?": Friends Gather in Central Park to Celebrate the Life and Dreams of Kyle Jean-Baptiste

On Aug. 31, a crowd of well over a hundred gathered at Central Park's Bethesda Fountain to celebrate the life of Kyle Jean-Baptiste. Brandyn Day, a musical theatre performer and longtime friend of Broadway's first African-American Jean Valjean, spoke about his college roommate's dream-come-true of performing in Les Misérables on Broadway, then led everyone in a tearful rendition of "Do You Hear the People Sing?" See Kyle Jean-Baptiste' stunning audition for the show.

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Kyle Jean-Baptiste Performs "Bring Him Home" in Stunning Lez Miz Audition

Les Misérables cast member Kyle Jean-Baptiste, 21, died on Aug. 29 after a fall from a fire escape. He recently made history by being the first African-American and the youngest ever to play Jean Valjean on Broadway. In this look at back at his audition for the show, he performs a stunning version of "Bring Him Home" as well as "Who Am I?" Read Playbill coverage here.

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"Obsessed!": Once Again, Lindsay Mendez's Backup Harmonies Steal The Show Lindsay Mendez joined Seth Rudetsky in studio for the latest go 'round of the "Obsessed!" series. Mendez recreates her backup harmonies from Grease and then goes toe-to-toe with a special guest from The King and I to demonstrate how her vocal chops turn backup singing in a West Side Story tune into "frontup" singing! Read Seth’s weekly column. Visit SethTV.com, Seth’s online home.
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Highlights From World-Premiere Musical October Sky

Based on the 1999 film starring Jake Gyllenhaal, the new musical October Sky gets a world premiere at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, IL. Nate Lewellyn stars as Homer Hickam, a young man who begins to build rockets after Sputnik lights up the sky of his small Appalachian mining town. Book is by Aaron Thielen; music and lyrics are by Michael Mahler. Rachel Rockwell directs. Performances run through Oct. 11. Read the Playbill story.

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Something Rotten! Stars Get Collegiate With "Dorm Room" Dining and Snacks Something Rotten! stars Brooks Ashmanskas and Brad Oscar both graduated college so recently that they consider their dressing room to be just another dorm room. In this exclusive behind the scenes video for Playbill's Back to School Week, the duo give a tour of their digs and show off the myriad of snacks they've stashed away, their hot dog machine and the full bar that could fuel a more-than-respectable toga party.

Playbill.com is posting a week's worth of features to help our student, parent and teacher readers get set for the new school year. To see more of our Back to School stories, click here!
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Spring Awakening Cast Offers Musical Peek at English/American Sign Language Production

Andy Mientus, Krysta Rodriguez and the cast of Spring Awakening met the press to present some numbers from the upcoming Broadway production. Utilizing deaf, hard of hearing and hearing actors, the show is presented in both spoken English and American Sign Language. Here, the company runs through "Mama Who Bore Me," "The Bitch of Living," "The Song of Purple Summer" and "Touch Me." See show details.

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Newsboys of New York Reunite at 54 Below! Soundcheck With Side Show, "Pocahontas" and Bruno Mars Tunes

Former Newsies cast members collect tonight for two Newsboys of New York Reunite at 54 Below! concerts that celebrate the anniversary of the Broadway production coming to a close. In this exclusive peek at soundcheck, the performers run through tunes from Broadway favorite Side Show, Disney favorite "Pocahontas" and pop music favorites Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. See show details.

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Young Stars of The King and I, Fun Home, School of Rock, More, Help Playbill Prep for Back to School Week

Playbill was out and about in Times Square with the young stars of The King and I, Fun Home, The Lion King, Kinky Boots and School of Rock — The Musical to shoot some photos promoting our Back to School Week. Photographer Monica Simoes snapped shots of the kids posing, goofing around, jumping about and having tons of fun in Shubert Alley and then on the famous red steps of Duffy Square.

Playbill.com is posting a week's worth of features to help our student, parent and teacher readers get set for the new school year. To see more of our Back to School stories, click here!

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EXCLUSIVE: Sierra Boggess, David Burtka, Tyne Daly in the Studio for It Shoulda Been You Original Cast Recording

Sierra Boggess, David Burtka, Tyne Daly, Harriet Harris, Lisa Howard, Montego Glover, Josh Grisetti, Chip Zien and castmates hit the studio for the original cast recording of It Shoulda Been You on Ghostlight Records. They chatted about their appreciation for the show and ran through "Perfect," "That's Family," "Jenny's Blues" and many more from the score by Barbara Anselmi (music) and Brian Hargrove (lyrics), with additional by Jill Abramovitz, Carla Rose Fisher, Michael Cooper, Ernie Lijoi and Will Randall. Read the Playbill story. Purchase the album digitally or preorder the CD, available Oct. 9.

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Broadway Stars Sleep Out to Raise Money for Homeless Kids

On Aug. 17, Covenant House held their third annual Sleep Out: Broadway Edition to raise money and awareness — their mission is to aid and shelter homeless youth. Some 60 Broadway personalities slept outdoors on the facility's sidewalk to show solidarity with homeless kids across New York City. Here, Stephanie J. Block, Chuck Cooper, Lilli Cooper and Capathia Jenkins give some insight into what it means to be homeless and what working with Covenant House has taught them. The event rasied over $260,000. Read the Playbill story. Donate now.

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