Anna Louizos' Broadway Design Exchange is the New Online Home for Theatrical Memorabilia Anna Louizos is a set designer known for her work on Cinderella, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, In the Heights, Curtains and Avenue Q. Curerntly in the midst of prepping designs for the national tour of Cinderella, Louizos is also kicking off another project. Here, Playbill stops by her studio as she chats about her new online venture www.broadwaydesignexchange.com. This website will be a marketplace where Broadway and theatre creatives can sell and trade design items, costumes, posters, props and all manner of theatrical memorabilia. Items are available starting March 3. Visit the site for details and purchases.
"LIFE WITH LAURA": Laura Benanti Teaches a Master Class for Young Actors It is common knowledge that Tony winner Laura Benanti is one of the most respected actresses on Broadway and television. But with a reputation like that, there comes a profound responsibility — she must pass along the amazing amount of knowledge about her craft that she has accumulated over the years. Here, Benanti does just that as she gathers together a group of youngsters from the Broadway Artists Alliance for a master class. Engaging the young thespians with innovative and somewhat unorthodox techniques, Benanti delivers lessons that will not soon be forgotten. See the previous episode of "Life with Laura."
Radio City Music Hall Previews Heart and Lights Featuring the Rockettes Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Doug Wright's new show Heart and Lights features dazzling costumes, innovative technology and 3D effects, elaborate animatronics and GPS elements as well as dynamically different Rockettes choreography. With a soundtrack of original music coupled with songs by some of the most influential musical artists of the past 50 years, the production tells the story of two cousins who discover secrets of New York City while investigating their grandmother's surprising past. Here, Playbill took a peek at rehearsal of the groundbreaking show. Previews begin March 27. Read the Playbill story.
OBSESSED!: The Signature Riffs of Disaster! It's common knowledge that Seth Rutdetsky approves of performers who can take well-known tunes and make them their own. In his (he co-wrote it with Jack Plotnick and plays disaster expert Dr. Ted Scheider) Off-Broadway show Disaster! A '70s Disaster Movie Musical, Seth encouraged the performers to do just that. Here, cast members Haven Burton, Matt Farcher, Charity Dawson and Saum Eskandani (along with a top secret special guest) perform some of the productions' 1970s hits — with and without their signature riffs included. Read Seth’s weekly column. Visit SethTV.com, Seth’s online home.
Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Kristen Bell Celebrate the Music of "Frozen" The cast of "Frozen" celebrated the movie's success with a live performance at Los Angeles’ Vibrato Grill Jazz club on Feb. 9. Idina Menzel (voice of Elsa), Kristen Bell (voice of Anna), Josh Gad (voice of Olaf) and Santino Fontana (voice of Hans) took the stage, accompanied by a live orchestra, to perform songs from the film, including the Oscar-nominated "Let It Go." To see photos from the event, click here.
All The Way
Art of the Brick
Bullets over Broadway
Heart and Lights
Of Mice and Men
The Bridges of Madison County
The Realistic Joneses
The Velocity of Autumn
Tony n' Tina's Wedding