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The Lady with The Torch Kicks Off Patti LuPone’s 54 Below Multi-Year Deal The Lady with The Torch Kicks Off Patti LuPone’s 54 Below Multi-Year Deal
Olivier and two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone stepped onto the 54 Below stage to preview The Lady with The Torch, the cabaret show that will kick off her multi-year deal with the speakeasy-styled nightspot — twice yearly through 2016, LuPone will play two-week engagements at the venue. Here, she performs "I'm Through With Love" and "Find Me A Primitive Man." Performances kicked off July 21 and run through Aug. 2. For more on The Lady with the Torch, read the Playbill.com story.
Michelle Obama Brings The King to the White House Michelle Obama Brings The King to the White House
The cast of the North American tour of Disney’s The Lion King made a special pit stop on their rounds. On July 18, a special "Kids' State Dinner" found them performing for First Lady Michelle Obama and guests at the White House. Cast members including Tshidi Manye, L. Steven Taylor and Jelani Remy performed "Circle of Life" and "He Lives in You" to celebrate the winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a national challenge to promote healthy eating as part of the First Lady's "Let's Move!" Initiative. See highlights from the Broadway production.
Barrett Foa Fawns Over Adorable Pooches at Broadway Barks 16 Barrett Foa Fawns Over Adorable Pooches at Broadway Barks 16
Buyer and Cellar's Barrett Foa recently adopted a dog himself, so he felt extra energized by the goings-on at Broadway Barks. The 16th edition of the adopt-a-thon once again filled Shubert Alley with adorable dogs and cats in need of forever homes. Foa mingled with human and critters alike at the Broadway Cares/Equity Fight AIDS produced event which was hosted by co-founder Bernadette Peters. Proceeds from the auction and all donations benefit the participating shelters and rescue groups as well as the Picasso Veterinary Fund. See a star-studded Photo Call from the event.
OBSESSED!: Daniel Radcliffe Gets an Unforgettable Porgy and Bess Surprise From Audra McDonald OBSESSED!: Daniel Radcliffe Gets an Unforgettable Porgy and Bess Surprise From Audra McDonald
Daniel Radcliffe joined Seth Rudetsky at the Sirius XM studios (Seth's a famous radio personality, don’t you know!) for the latest go 'round of OBSESSED! Radcliffe talked about a love of Broadway that was instilled by his mum and dad (he's British, don’t you know!) and fans who want to get a wee bit too personal during performances. When Seth challenged him to show off his skill for accents, Audra McDonald (she's a record-breaking Tony winner don't you know!) popped in for a very special surprise straight out of Catfish Row. Check out Seth's weekly column. Visit SethTV.com, Seth's online home.
On the Town Stars Take On the Town Stars Take "New York, New York" By Storm
On the Town is the iconic musical comedy created by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Jerome Robbins which returns to Broadway in a revival that will feature the show's original orchestrations. Here, stars Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alves took to the streets of New York City to perform "New York, New York" in the most realistic surroundings possible. Previews begin Sept. 20 at the Lyric Theatre (formerly the Foxwoods) prior to an official opening Oct. 16. Read the Playbill story.
NY1's NY1's "On Stage Across America" Features Motown On Tour
July's "On Stage Across America" finds Motown The Musical on tour and packing houses in Chicago. Smokey Robinson, Berry Gordy and Clifton Oliver (he plays Gordy in the show) chatted about taking the hit musical on the road. For more information on "On Stage Across America" (co-presented by Playbill) check local listings.
The Jimmy Awards Celebrate High School Musical Theatre in July's The Jimmy Awards Celebrate High School Musical Theatre in July's "On Stage Across America"
July's "On Stage Across America" takes a look at the 2014 Jimmy Awards, which featured 56 high school musical theatre performers who competed locally for an invitation to perform and compete at NYC's Minskoff Theatre. Andy Karl, Orfeh and Tommy Tune were on hand to celebrate the new generation of talent that will soon be taking over Broadway stages. For more information on "On Stage Across America" (co-presented by Playbill) check local listings.
Rocky's Andy Karl Takes the Stage at Broadway in Bryant Park: Rocky's Andy Karl Takes the Stage at Broadway in Bryant Park: "Yo! Playbill.com!"
Rocky star Andy Karl took video camera in hand to get an onstage (and backstage) view of the massive crowd that turned out for week one of 2014's 106.7 FM's Broadway in Bryant Park series. After a thundering "Hi Playbill.com!" shout from the legion of Broadway fans in attendance, Karl, Margo Seibert and Terence Archie ran through three of the show's Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty penned tunes including the rousing "Fight From the Heart." Read the Playbill story.
No Carbon Copy: Cloned! is a Unique NYMF Pick No Carbon Copy: Cloned! is a Unique NYMF Pick
NYMF's Cloned! opened rehearsal room doors for a sneak peek. Billed as "a two of a kind musical" and set in the Bill Clinton-era '90s, the musical follows the path of Wally (Alex Goley), an egghead who engages in weird science hijinks and mistakenly creates a clone of himself (Eric Mann) while building a teleporter. Can NYC contain two identical egomaniacs? Book is by Jacey Powers and Dan Wolpow. Music is by Adam Spiegel and lyrics are by Dan Wolpow. Additional story is by Adam Spiegel. See NYMF selection Zombie Strippers in rehearsal.
OBSESSED!: If Billy Porter Played Louise in Gypsy OBSESSED!: If Billy Porter Played Louise in Gypsy
Tony and Grammy Award-winning Kinky Boots star Billy Porter recently released his new solo album "Billy's Back On Broadway." He met up with his old friend Seth Rudetsky to reminisce about working together on Broadway in Grease! and talk about his reaction to 2014 Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller's performance in Beautiful. Seth also challenges Billy to take his least favorite song from Gypsy and "make it his own." Check out Seth's weekly column. Visit SethTV.com, Seth's online home.
 
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