On April 16, Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of the Public Theater’s production of Hamilton celebrated the 40th anniversary of A Chorus Line by presenting the original cast members of the show with a commemorative plaque that will hang in the lobby. The Hamilton cast then performed a stirring medley of "I Hope I Get It" and "What I Did For Love." Currently, Hamilton plays the Newman Stage, the same stage that A Chorus Line played before moving to Broadway. Read the Playbill story.
Cast member Kolette Tetlow joined Playbill at world-famous Sardi's Restaurant to sing from Jenny Schwartz and Todd Almond's new musical play Iowa.The "fanciful, absurdist and intoxicating" story follows a mother and her teenage daughter who uproot their lives and move to the titular state so mom can begin a relationship with a man she met online. Here, young Tetlow performs "I Am a Hawk" with musical director J. Oconer Navarro accompanying on piano. Performances are through May 10. See show details.
Lena Hall's series of Café Carlyle shows wraps up on April 18. Playbill got an exclusive look as she prepped for the performances. Here, Hall and her band (Watt White on guitar, Brian Fishler on drums, Lee Nadal on bass and John Deley on keyboards) tear it up with Jet's raucous rocker "Are You Gonna Be My Girl." Watch Hall and band cover Hozier's "Take Me to Church."
The new production of The King and I,directed by Bartlett Sher, opens April 16 at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater. Set in 1860's Bangkok, the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II classic tells the tale of a strong-willed English schoolteacher (Kelli O'Hara) brought to Siam to tutor the children of the King (Ken Watanabe) only to fall for her pupils — and possibly the King as well. Songs include Something Wonderful," "Shall We Dance," "I Whistle a Happy Tune" and "Getting To Know You." See show details.
Finding Neverland is based on the true story of the relationship between author J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired him to create Peter Pan. Matthew Morrison, Laura Michelle Kelly and Kelsey Grammer lead the cast of the production helmed by Diane Paulus. Music and lyrics are by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy. Book is by James Graham. See show details.
A five-year-old Baayork Lee was cast as Princess Ying Yaowalak in the original Broadway production of The King and I. As the latest revival of the show opens on Broadway at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater, Lee chatted with Playbill about her experiences auditioning for the show and falling in love with the production and the St. James Theatre itself. Watch Lee talk about her experiences in A Chorus Line, which celebrates its 40th anniversary today.
Baayork Lee played Connie Wong in A Chorus Line, celebrating its 40th anniversary. She was also the show's original dance captain and did the choreography re-staging for the 2006 revival. Lee sat down with Playbill to recall the hit Marvin Hamlisch (music) an Edward Kleban (lyrics) show. Read the Playbill story.
Annaleigh Ashford lobbied tirelessly to get her high school to stage a production of The Wiz in which she would play the Tinman. Sadly, her efforts failed and her dream went unfulfilled until now. At this year's Miscast benefit, Ashford finally got the opportunity to take on the role as she performed "Slide Some Oil to Me." See Betsy Wolfe stun the audience with a tune from Violet.
Joe DiPietro's Living on Love (based on Garsin Kanin's play Peccadillo) opens on Broadway April 20. When Maestro Vito (Douglas Sills), the husband of celebrated diva Raquel De Angelis (real-life opera diva Renée Fleming), becomes enamored with the woman (Anna Chlumsky) ghostwriting his memoirs, Raquel strikes back by hiring her own handsome young scribe (Jerry O'Connell). Kathleen Marshall directs the production at the Longacre Theatre. See show details.
Playbill peeked in on Lena Hall as she rehearsed for her Café Carlyle debut and ran through numbers made famous by Nirvana and Jet. Here, she takes on the passionate "Take Me To Church" by Irish rocker Hozier — the tune brought him to fame as a YouTube viral sensation. Hall and her band (Watt White on guitar, Brian Fishler on drums, Lee Nadal on bass and John Deley on keyboards) play Café Carlyle through April 18. Watch more rehearsal.