Known familiarly as KTP, Kyle Taylor Parker played one of the Angels in the Broadway production of Kinky Boots. For the national touring production, he will star as Lola alongside Steven Booth's Charlie Price. In this series of videos, KTP gives a glimpse at life on stage and backstage of a touring Broadway musical. Here, he pops in for his costume fitting with designer Gregg Barnes, gives a tour of the rehearsal room set and gives a sneak peek at the cast in action. The videos are directed by Kyle Taylor Parker, editing is by Katherine Paige, special thanks are extended to Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig. See Part One.
Julie James is known as a Sirius XM radio personality with an expertise in all things Broadway, but she is a classically trained vocalist in her own right. As OBSESSED! fans more than likely recall, Seth Rudetsky (who also happens to have a Sirius XM gig) is also classically trained. So, what happens when two Broadway megafans got together in a studio with a piano? Why, they skewer the pretensions of conservatory training, of course! With straight tone, skipped beats and atonal sounds in tow, the pair ran through Aaron Hagen's hilarious "New Music," an ode to twentieth-century composers who use, shall we say, less than traditional song writing and musical techniques. Check out Seth's weekly column. Visit SethTV.com, Seth's online home.
Cynthia Nixon will star alongside Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal in the revival of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, which begins performances at the American Airlines Theatre on Oct. 2. Nixon is no stranger to the play — some 30 years ago she played the role of Debbie in a Broadway production that included Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons and Christine Baranski. At that same time, she was also playing Donna in the Broadway production of Hurlyburly only a few blocks away. Sounds confusing? Playwright, author and Playbill.com contributor Marc Acito was on hand to help sort it all out as he and Nixon went on a walking (and explaining!) tour of the blocks between the Schoenfeld Theatre (formerly the Plymouth Theatre) where The Real Thing played, and the Barrymore Theatre, where Hurlyburly played. Check out the latest updates on The Real Thing.
Known familiarly as KTP, Kyle Taylor Parker played one of the Angels in the Broadway production of Kinky Boots. For the national touring production, he will star as Lola alongside Steven Booth's Charlie Price. In this series of videos, KTP gives a glimpse at life on stage and backstage of a touring Broadway musical. Here, castmates bid him farewell and happy "trials" as he ends his run in the Broadway production. The videos are directed by Kyle Taylor Parker, editing is by Katherine Paige, special thanks are extended to Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig. See a high-energy musical preview of the tour.
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.
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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