March 01, 2015

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EXCLUSIVE: A First Look at Broadway's An American in Paris

Inspired by the Oscar-winning film of the same name, the new musical An American in Paris features a book by Craig Lucas and a score comprised of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin songs ("I Got Rhythm," "'SWonderful,") and orchestral pieces ("Concerto in F," "2nd Prelude"). In the story, a World War II veteran (Robert Fairchild) journeys to Paris to become a painter. But when he falls in love a beautiful shopgirl (Leanne Cope), it becomes clear that he has competition for her affection. Performances begin March 13. See show details.

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Highlights From John Kander and Greg Pierce's Kid Victory at Arlington, VA's Signature Theatre

A co-production with Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre, the world premiere musical of John Kander and Greg Pierce's Kid Victory plays Arlington, VA's Signature Theatre through March 22. Liesl Tommy directs the story of Luke, a seventeen-year-old who struggles in the return to normal family life after vanishing a year earlier. The cast includes Jake Winn, Sarah Litzsinger, Christiane Noll, Christopher Bloch, Laura Darrell, Jeffry Denman and Valerie Leonard. Read Playbill's Diva Talk with Christiane Noll.

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Highlights From LA Opera's The Ghosts of Versailles Featuring Patti LuPone

Patti LuPone performs alongside soprano Patricia Racette, baritone Christopher Maltman and tenor Robert Brubaker in LA Opera's production of John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles. Darko Tresnjak directs the first full-scale production of the opera in this century. The narrative examines the ghosts of Marie Antoinette and the court of Louis XVI as they reflect upon their pasts and the suffering they endured. Performances end March 1. See details about a live-streamed conversation between between Patti LuPone and operatic mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne.

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Matthew Morrison, Laura Michelle Kelly, Kelsey Grammer and Cast Preview Tunes From Finding Neverland

Matthew Morrison, Laura Michelle Kelly, Kelsey Grammer and the cast of Finding Neverland performed three of the show's Gary Barlow (music and lyrics) and Eliot Kennedy (music and lyrics) tunes for the press at a Feb. 26 media event. Titles include "Believe," "Stronger" and "What You Mean to Me." Diane Paulus directs the production, which begins performances March 15 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. See show details.

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"Frozen" Follow Up Will Warm Hearts Beginning in March Disney's "Frozen Fever" is a new short film based on the animated feature "Frozen," which spawned the hit song "Let It Go" and became a worldwide phenomenon. Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff and Kristen Bell return to voice the characters of Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and Anna, respectively. The film features a new song by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Opening March 13, it will play exclusively in theaters alongside Disney’s new live-action "Cinderella" starring Lily James and Cate Blanchett.
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Hamilton Sets Broadway Dates: "Lin-Manuel Miranda is Shakespearean"

The Public Theater held a press conference to make a very special and exciting announcement  —  after weeks of discussion and negotiations, Hamilton has secured a Broadway run. Here, The Public Theater's Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and the show's creator Lin-Manuel Miranda take the mic to talk about what's ahead. See highlights from the show.

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Tam Mutu, Kelli Barrett and Cast Preview Romantic Songs of Doctor Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago stars Tam Mutu, Kelli Barrett, Tom Hewitt, Lora Lee Gayer and Paul Nolan were on hand at a Feb. 24 press event to preview some of the show's tunes, penned by Lucy Simon (music), Michael Korie (lyrics) and Amy Powers (lyrics). Here, they run through the romantic "Love Finds You," "It Comes As No Surprise" and "Now." Des McAnuff directs. The show begins performances March 27. See show details.

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Highlights From Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame Coming to Paper Mill Playhouse

Produced in association with La Jolla Playhouse, the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame will feature Ciara Renée as Esmeralda, Michael Arden as Quasimodo and Patrick Page as Dom Claude Frollo. Book is by Peter Parnell, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Scott Schwartz directs. Performances begin March 4 with an opening date of March 15. Performances run through April 5. See show details.

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Paulo Szot Celebrates Sinatra's 100th Birthday in Bossa Nova Style

Tonight, Paulo Szot begins a series of shows at 54 Below celebrating the 100th birthday of iconic crooner Frank Sinatra. As a Brazilian, Szot was most affected by Sinatra's collaborations with Antônio Carlos Jobim, widely regarded as the primary force behind the creation of the bossa nova style. Szot's sets at 54 Below will draw from tunes recorded by the pair in 1967 and '69. Here, along with music director Klaus Muller on piano, Szot runs through "This Happy Madness." Read the Playbill story.

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Highlights From Big Love Starring Rebecca Naomi Jones, Bobby Steggert and Lynn Cohen

A modern take on of one of the world's oldest plays — The Danaids by Aeschylus — Signature Theatre Company's Big Love explores independence and the burden of tradition as fifty brides flee their betrothed and seek refuge in an Italian villa. Lynn Cohen ("The Hunger Games," "Sex and the City"), Rebecca Naomi Jones and Bobby Steggert head the cast. Signature's 2007-08 Playwright-in-Residence Charles Mee reunites with his longtime collaborator Tina Landau, who directs the production on the Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center. Read the Playbill story.

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