July 30, 2014

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Previews Mind-Bending New Play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Previews Mind-Bending New Play
Based on Mark Haddon's 2003 best-selling novel, the National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will begin performances Sept. 10 at Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens, the new play tells the tale of a fifteen-year-old math whiz who, despite his problems in social interactions, sets about investigating the murder of a friendly neighborhood dog. Here, Playbill got a peek at the West End production of the show and chatted with cast and creatives about the critically acclaimed play. See a Photo Call from the press event.
EXCLUSIVE: Watch Lena Hall's Unbelievable (and Tony-Winning!) Transformation EXCLUSIVE: Watch Lena Hall's Unbelievable (and Tony-Winning!) Transformation
Lena Hall recently took home a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical (she keeps it on her fireplace mantle) for her turn as the gender-bending Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Playbill got an exclusive dressing room look as Hall readied for a performance and transformed from real life rocker chick (she fronts the loud and grungy band The Deafening) to a very convincing rocker dude. See Hedwig's sexy new artwork previewing Andrew Rannells in the title role.
A LOOK BACK: Elaine Stritch and Bernadette Peters Ready for A Little Night Music A LOOK BACK: Elaine Stritch and Bernadette Peters Ready for A Little Night Music
Playbill takes a look back at the career of Elaine Stritch with this video shot in July of 2010, right as she and Bernadette Peters prepared to enter the revival of A Little Night Music. Here, the two legends of Broadway get on the same page, find the meaning of the show and recollect about Judy Garland's sense of humor. See highlights from the show.
Les Miz Brings the Crowd for 106.7 FM's Broadway in Bryant Park Les Miz Brings the Crowd for 106.7 FM's Broadway in Bryant Park
Midtown NYC’s favorite green space was once again overflowing with theatre fans for week two of 106.7 FM's annual Broadway in Bryant Park series. Nikki M. James and the cast of Les Misérables made the audience forget about the heat as they belted out classics from the show including “On My Own,” “I Dreamed a Dream” and “Stars.” See Rocky stars Andy Karl and Margo Seibert perform at the week one event.
Maestro Bernstein: Conductor or Composer? Maestro Bernstein: Conductor or Composer?
Virtuoso pianist Hershey Felder brings Leonard Bernstein to life in Maestro Bernstein: A Play With Music. The show combines first-person narrative with the compositions of Bernstein and others to flesh out the complex life of the conductor, composer, pianist, author and teacher. Here, Felder sat down with Playbill to chat about the musical legend and perform some selections from the show, including West Side Story's "Maria." The July 17 performance takes place at The Town Hall.
"It Could Be Worse" and Lillias White's Ongoing Birthday Bash This Week at 54 Below
It's a busy week at nightspot 54 Below. Series creators Wesley Taylor and Mitchell Jarvis present a launch concert for season two of "It Could Be Worse," the acclaimed web series turned TV series. The one night performance (July 15 at 9:30 PM) will feature series guest stars who will sing tunes that were not featured in the show itself, but that highlight the characters' emotional arcs and storylines. Also, Broadway's Lillias White brings The Birthday Show (July 18 at 8:00 PM and July 19 at 8:00 and 11:00 PM) to the stage. Her set will feature songs from across the musical spectrum — from blues-rock to show tunes to jazzy classics. Visit 54Below.com for details.
Pump Boys and Dinettes Pump Up the Volume in Musical Preview Pump Boys and Dinettes Pump Up the Volume in Musical Preview
Jordan Dean, Hunter Foster, Mamie Parris, Randy Redd, Katie Thompson and Lorenzo Wolff met the press to perform two selections from the upcoming Encores! Off-Center production of Pump Boys and Dinettes. The show premiered Off-Broadway at the Chelsea West Side Arts Theatre in July 1981 and began a Broadway run in February 1982. It has been a regional favorite since then. Here, the cast gives a sample of the country, blues, gospel and bluegrass inflected score as they run through "Highway 57" and "Mamaw." Performances are Jul 16 – 19. See details of the Broadway production.
Pump Boys and Dinettes (and Their Director) Talk Encores! Off-Center Pump Boys and Dinettes (and Their Director) Talk Encores! Off-Center
Stars Jordan Dean, Hunter Foster, Mamie Parris, Randy Redd, Katie Thompson and director Lear deBessonet met the press to chat about the upcoming Encores! Off-Center production of Pump Boys and Dinettes, which features a score rife with blues, country, bluegrass, funk and gospel influences. The show had an Off-Broadway and Broadway run in the early '80s, and since has become a regional favorite. Performances are Jul 16 – 19. See a musical preview of the show.
Revolution in the Elbow… Previews Heady Tunes Revolution in the Elbow… Previews Heady Tunes
Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter is a world premiere musical by Ívar Páll Jónsson (music and lyrics) based on a story by Ívar and Gunnlaugur Jónsson which begins performances July 28 Off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre. Playbill was on hand for a musical preview of the show in which a prosperity machine makes life grand for all the residents of Elbowville — for short time at least. The cast includes Cady Huffman,
 Kate Shindle, Brad Nacht, Patrick Boll and more. Bergur Ţór Ingólfsson directs. See more info here.
Zombie Strippers Proves Sexy Ladies Love Zombie Strippers Proves Sexy Ladies Love "Brains"
Billboard charting pop star Sariah ("Deep N Luv") stars in Mark LaPierre's new musical Zombie Strippers which plays July 21, July 25 and July 26 at the Ford Foundation Studio Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center as part of the 2014 edition of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Here, Playbill takes a rehearsal room peek at the dance-pop show and what are, without a doubt, the sexiest zombies walking. Diane Englert directs with choreography by Kelby Brown. Music direction is by Andrew Wheeler. Take a look at NYMF's "Music Lives Here" photo series.
 
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