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Jeremy Jordan, Krysta Rodriguez and Andy Mientus Bring "Smash" Musical Hit List to Life Hit List, the fictional musical from the NBC television drama "Smash" comes to life in several concerts at Manhattan nightspot 54 Below. Here, Jeremy Jordan, Andy Mientus, Krysta Rodriguez and Carrie Manolakos took the stage to preview three tunes from the show. The score is comprised of songs by composers from the world of musical theatre and pop, including Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, Drew Gasparini, Lucie Silvas and Joe Iconis. Read the Playbill story. For details, visit 54below.com.
EXTENDED LOOK: Jeremy Jordan, Darren Criss and America Ferrera Perform "Opening Doors" in New HBO Documentary "Six By Sondheim" "Six By Sondheim" is a new HBO documentary that takes a look at the life and art of musical theatre legend Stephen Sondheim through six of his iconic songs. Directed by Tony winner James Lapine, the film contains archival footage as well as new musical segments directed by Todd Haynes, Autumn de Wilde and Lapine. In this special extended peek at the film (courtesy of HBO), Darren Criss, Jeremy Jordan and America Ferrera are featured in a brand new performance of Merrily We Roll Along's "Opening Doors" created especially for the film.
"Six By Sondheim" debuts Dec. 9 on HBO.
Stars of David Shine Brightly in Musical Review of Jewish Personalities Based on the book by Abigail Pogrebin that compiled interviews with dozens of well-known Jewish personalities, Stars of David features original songs by some of the biggest names in musical theatre including Marvin Hamlisch, Steven Sater, Tom Kitt
and Jeanine Tesori. Conceived by Aaron Harnick and Pogrebin and produced by Daryl Roth, the production features direction by Gordon Greenberg. The cast includes Janet Metz, Alan Schmuckler, Aaron Serotsky and Donna Vivino who perform as a bevy of famous folks including Aaron Sorkin, Joan Rivers, Norman Lear and Gwyneth Paltrow. Read the Playbill story.
Cast and Creatives of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Meet the Press Beautiful: The Carole King Musical stars Tony Award nominee Jessie Mueller as the Grammy Award-winning musician. Mueller and cast mates Jake Epstein (he plays Gerry Goffin), Anika Larsen (Cynthia Weill) and Jarrod Spector (Barry Mann) — as well as director Marc Bruni and songwriters Cynthia Weill and Barry Man — met the press to chat about the music of and legacy of Carole King. See a musical preview of the show.
Paper Mill Playhouse Previews Lionel Bart's Oliver! Lionel Bart's
family-friendly musical Oliver! will begin previews at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse Nov. 21. The cast features David Garrison
(Fagin), Betsy Morgan
(Mr. Bumble), Jose Llana (Bill Sikes), David Hess (Mr. Brownlow), Ethan Haberfield (Artful Dodger) and Tyler Moran as Oliver. Paper Mill artistic director Mark S. Hoebee helms the production, which runs through Dec. 29.
Norm Lewis, Bernadette Peters and Jeremy Jordan Preview A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair Directed by John Doyle (who directed both Company and Sweeney Todd on Broadway), A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair features more than two-dozen Stephen Sondheim compositions with arrangements by Wynton Marsalis and performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Broadway stars Norm Lewis, Bernadette Peters and Jeremy Jordan and jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimée will perform the tunes, which are taken from an array of Sondheim works. Here, the four preview "Happily Ever After," a song cut from Company but later used in Marry Me a Little. See the Playbill Photo Call.
Julia Murney, Joel Grey and Wicked Alumni Celebrate 10th Broadway Anniversary Wicked alumni Julia Murney, Joel Grey, Teal Wicks, Jayne Houdyshell, Katie Rose Clarke and Michelle Federer chatted with Playbill immediately following the historic 10th anniversary performance of the Broadway production. The group reflected on their own experiences in the show, the current cast and why the Stephen Schwartz musical has become a modern classic. See the interviews with the current . Wicked cast
Wicked Cast Flying High After 10th Anniversary Performance Lindsay Mendez, Alli Mauzy, Derek Klena and their Wicked cast mates chatted with Playbill immediately following the performance of the historic 10th anniversary show. They spoke about the experience on stage that night, the supportive and dedicated audience and the qualities of the show that make Wicked an enduring modern Broadway classic. Read the Playbill story.
A Look Back as Lindsay Mendez Prepared to Fly Into Wicked as Elphaba Lindsay Mendez followed in the footsteps of such performers as Idina Menzel, Eden Espinosa, Mandy Gonzalez, Shoshana Bean and Ana Gasteyer when she joined the cast of Stephen Schwartz’s long-running musical Wicked as the green-skinned Elphaba, a wicked witch in the making. Mendez met up with Playbill during a break from rehearsal and chatted about her experiences preparing for such a large — and beloved — Broadway show. For more, read the Playbill story.
The Touring Company of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess Previews the Classic Show The national touring company of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess prepared to head out on the road by offering a special press preview. Stars Alicia Hall Moran (Bess), Nathaniel Stampley (Porgy) and Kingsley Leggs (Sportin' Life) led the company through "Summertime," "I Got Plenty of Nothing" and "It Ain't Necessarily So." The production will begin previews Nov. 10 and officially open in San Francisco Nov. 13. Additional cities on the tour include Los Angeles, Seattle, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Naples, Greenville, Cleveland, Tempe and St. Paul. Read the Playbill story.
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