August 27, 2014

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New Commercial Promos Broadway-Bound The Last Ship With Music and Lyrics by Sting

Broadway-bound new musical The Last Ship wrapped a month-long Chicago run in July. This brand new commercial gives an exciting glimpse at the show that features music and lyrics by 16-time Grammy winner Sting and book by Tony winner John Logan and Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Yorkey. The open-ended Broadway engagement begins Sept. 29 with Tony winner Joe Mantello at the helm. Read the Playbill story.

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Highlights from the National Tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage

Based on the 1987 film (which won an Oscar for Best Original Song), the national tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage begins performances Aug. 26 at The National Theatre in Washington D.C. Featuring a book by the film's screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein, the Equity tour is directed by James Powell with choreography by Michele Lynch based on the original choreography by Kate Champion. Samuel Pergande and Jillian Mueller star as Johnny Castle and Frances "Baby" Houseman. Early stops in the tour include Cincinnati, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Houston and Atlanta. Read the Playbill story.

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Cast and Playwright of It's Only a Play Talk the "Tension and Misery" of Reading Reviews

Broadway heavyweights Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally, Stockard Channing and F. Murray Abraham, along with newcomers Rupert Grint (world-famous as Ron Weasley in the "Harry Potter" films) and Micah Stock, round out the cast of Terrence McNally's It's Only a Play. This revisal of the 1982 production finds a group of theatre professionals waiting on the opening night review of their production. Here, Broderick, Grint, Channing, McNally and more chat about their own experiences reading — and dealing with the aftermath — of reviews. Watch Grint chat about his Broadway debut.

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Seth Rudetsky Presents a Mystery Guest Singing From The Sound of Music for Not Since High School Radio host, author, musician, actor and Playbill.com personality Seth Rudetsky presents Not Since High School, an Aug. 24 concert at 42West that will benefit the music program at MS 245, a New York City public middle school. Guests including Sierra Boggess, Christine Ebersole, Keala Settle and Jose Llana will perform tunes that were the highlights of their school days. Here, a special mystery guest (you'll see why!) rehearses a tune from The Sound of Music. Watch Sierra Boggess rehearse a Guys and Dolls favorite.
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Not Since High School (Well, Carnegie Hall Actually…) Has Sierra Boggess Sung This Guys and Dolls Classic Radio host, author, musician, actor and Playbill.com personality Seth Rudetsky presents Not Since High School, an Aug. 24 concert at 42West that will benefit the music program at MS 245, a New York City public middle school. Guests including Jessie Mueller, James Monroe Iglehart, Julia Murney, James Snyder and Sierra Boggess (she'll have Norm Lewis in tow to help her out) will perform the songs that made them stand out back in their school days. Here, Boggess rehearses a tune from Guys and Dolls and throws in her signature Lez Miz line for good effect. Watch Emily Skinner rehearse an unusual tune with Seth.
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Emily Skinner and Seth Rudetsky Rehearse for Not Since High School Radio host, author, musician, actor and Playbill.com personality Seth Rudetsky presents Not Since High School, an Aug. 24 concert at 42West that will benefit the music program at MS 245, a New York City public middle school. Guests including Sierra Boggess (with her favorite Phantom in tow), Christine Ebersole, Emily Skinner and Keala Settle will perform the songs that defined their very early careers. Here, Emily Skinner rehearses a tune from Really Rosie with book and lyrics by Maurice Sendak and music by Carole King. Read the Playbill story.
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From Boy Wizard to Broadway Star: Rupert Grint Readies for It’s Only a Play Famous across the globe for playing Ron Weasley in the “Harry Potter” series of films, Rupert Grint will make his Broadway debut in Terrence McNally's comedy It's Only A Play. In this revisal of the 1982 Off-Broadway production, Grint finds himself playing Frank Finger, a theatre director who hopes a bad review of his current project will set him on a path that will rejuvenate his career. Grint sat down with Playbill to talk about his boyhood theatre experiences as well as the trepidation of working with a star-studded cast of Broadway heavyweights including Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane and Megan Mullally. Read the Playbill
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Kinky Boots Brings Sexy Strut to National Tour The national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots, featuring a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein and a score by Tony and Grammy winner Cyndi Lauper, will open Sept. 4 at the Smith Center in Las Vegas. Tour stops include Tempe, San Diego, Seattle, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and many more. Here, the cast readied for the road with a special press preview featuring three of the production's showstoppers — "Sex Is in the Heel," "The Soul of a Man" and "Raise You Up/Just Be." Watch highlights of the show with the original Broadway cast.
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EXCLUSIVE: Transport Group's The Music Man in Concert With 58 Performers, a 20 Piece Orchestra and "76 Trombones" Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Ann Harada and Betsy Wolfe were just some of the 58 performers who took the stage for the Transport Group's sold-out concert presentation of Meredith Willson's The Music Man. This Aug. 11 one night only event featured a 20 piece orchestra playing the show's classics including "Shipoopi," "Seventy-Six Trombones," "Wells Fargo Wagon" and "Rock Island." Read the Playbill story.
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Not Once, But a Thousand Times: Glen Hansard Celebrates Landmark Performance The winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Once is the story of a struggling musician about to give up on his craft until he comes upon a muse that inspires his art — and his heart. To celebrate the 1,000th performance of the Broadway hit, the cast was joined for a post-show jam session with special guest Glen Hansard who, along with Markéta Irglová, starred in the 2006 movie upon which the musical is based and wrote the music and lyrics. Here, Hansard and cast rock out with "Rocky Road to Dublin" and "The Auld Triangle." See show highlights featuring the original Broadway cast.
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