Playbill got an exclusive look at the manic goings-on of Off-Broadway's 39 Steps. In the show — a comic take on Alfred Hitchcock's classic film — only four actors play some 100 characters, so quick changes are the rule and a never-ending supply of costumes, accessories, props and set pieces fill the wings at the Union Square Theatre. This is the most organized chaos any theatre fan is bound to see! See show details.
Duke Ellington is one of the most revered musicians and composers in American history. In his 50 year career, he won 13 Grammy Awards, received a Pulitzer Prize and Medal of Freedom and even had his image put on a postage stamp. The ZACH Theatre (located in Austin, TX) production of Sophisticated Ladies celebrates his classic tunes like "Mood Indigo," "Take the A Train" and "It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)". Jennifer Holliday leads the cast of singers and dancers backed by a full onstage orchestra. Abe Reybold directs. Performances run through Aug. 23. See show details.
PennyWild is a DJ with a vast background in musical theatre. In this new video shot out and about in New York City, former Newsies cast members Tommy Bracco, Ryan Breslin, David Guzman, and Jacob Guzman give her a hand as she combines DJ, dance, theatre and choreography skills to give a millennial take on the classic song "Good Morning" made famous in the 1952 musical film "Singing in the Rain" starring Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor. Watch The King and I and On the Town cast members have a dance party featuring the hit song "Uptown Funk."
Looking to escape the crowds of Times Square for a little while this summer? Playbill met up with Paul Nolan (he will soon be starring Off-Broadway in Daddy Long Legs) for a bowl of delicious ramen at his favorite midtown getaway, Gotham West Market. Nolan talked favorite foods, online chess and the importance of being able to wind down while doing eight shows a week. Visit with Montego Glover in her favorite green getaway — Bryant Park.
Heather Headley, Erin Dilly, Rob McClure, Jason Gotay, Elena Shaddow, Ryan Silverman and more star in the Into The Woods at St. Louis' The Muny, the oldest and largest outdoor theatre in the U.S. Gary Griffin directs the Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine classic. Performances run through July 27. Read the Playbill story.
Jason Danieley played Frederich Kuhn in The Visit, John Kander and Fred Ebb's final Broadway show. In this special look behind the scenes at the original cast recording session for the show, Danieley steps up to the microphone to perform a stirring version of "The Only One." Purchase the album from Broadway Records.
On July 20, the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival presented Women of Note, a one-night-only concert celebrating the music of such luminaries as Lynn Ahrens, Amanda Green, Anna K. Jacobs, Kait Kerrigan, Lisa Kron, Georgia Stitt and Jeanine Tesori. Performers included Stephanie J. Block, Jennifer Damiano, Jessica Crouch, Kerrigan & Lowdermilk and more. Musicians for the evening were Charity Wicks on piano, Miles Aubrey on guitar, Mary Ann McSweeney on bass, Mary Jo Stilpe on violin, Christine Kim on cello and Joe Nero on drums. See highlights from NYMF's Tom Kitt and Friends concert.
James Lloyd Reynolds plays Georges and Jamison Stern is Albin in Goodspeed Musicals' production of La Cage aux Folles. Highlights from the show include "We Are What We Are," "With You on My Arm," "The Best of Times" and "I Am What I Am." Rob Ruggiero directs and Ralph Perkins choreographs. Performances run through Sept. 10. Read the Playbill story.
To celebrate the release of the show's original cast recording on CD, Brian d'Arcy James, John Cariani, Kate Reinders and 2015 Tony winner Christian Borle had a ball performing Something Rotten! tunes before a packed house at Barnes and Noble's East 86th St. location in NYC. Cast members Brad Oscar, Heidi Blickenstaff and Michael James Scott were also on hand to sign autographs for the many fans in attendance. Purchase the recording digitally. Purchase it on CD.
Sutton Foster and Steven Pasquale lead the cast of New York City Center's Encores! Off-Center production of Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party. Often, Encores! productions refer to the original productions as closely as possible — original arrangements are used and songs cut in later productions are reinstated. But this policy is not set in stone and artists sometimes will even tweak and add material. In this instance, Andrew Lippa wrote a brand new song for the The Wild Party. This extended clip from the show's finale presents Sutton Foster singing "A Happy Ending." See show highlights.
You've earned a day off! This summer, make your own vacation enjoying the best of New York City. Start your day at one of these amazing museums and then finish at a smash Broadway musical all for $100 per person!