November 24, 2014

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Highlights From A Delicate Balance Starring Glenn Close and John Lithgow

A starry revival of A Delicate Balance, Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning family drama starring Glenn Close and John Lithgow, is now playing on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre. Directed by Pam MacKinnon, the cast also includes Lindsay Duncan, Bob Balaban, Clare Higgins and Martha Plimpton. In A Delicate Balance, Agnes (Close) and Tobias (Lithgow), a long-married couple, must maintain their equilibrium as over the course of a weekend they welcome home their 36-year-old daughter (Plimpton) after the collapse of her fourth marriage, and give shelter to their best friends (Balaban and Higgins), all the while tolerating Agnes’ alcoholic sister Claire (Duncan). Check out what the critics had to say about the production.

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EXCLUSIVE: Meryl Streep Sings "Stay With Me" in "Into the Woods" Behind-the-Scenes Featurette premieres an exclusive video clip of Meryl Streep's performance of "Stay With Me" from the eagerly anticipated film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods. Directed by Rob Marshall, the film cast includes Streep as The Witch, MacKenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood, Johnny Depp as The Wolf, James Corden as The Baker, Emily Blunt as The Baker's Wife and Anna Kendrick as Cinderella. The film is scheduled to hit theatres Dec. 25. For more on "Into the Woods," read's interview with Rob Marshall and James Lapine.

The Shows
Highlights From the National Tour of Newsies

Disney Theatrical Productions' hit production of Newsies is currently touring North America. The cast is led by Dan DeLuca as Jack Kelly, Steve Blanchard as Joseph Pulitzer, Stephanie Styles as Katherine, Angela Grovey as Medda Larkin, Jacob Kemp as Davey and Zachary Sayle as Crutchie. Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman and a book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. For more on the tour, read the story.

An Exclusive Look at Tyler Perry’s Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned - The Play

Writer, director and producer Tyler Perry's unpredictable tale of a successful woman's life gone downhill, Tyler Perry's Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned - The Play, will be released on DVD, Digital HD and Video on Demand on Nov. 25. Taped in front of a live audience, it stars Patrice Lovely and Cheryl "Pepsii" Riley. In the play, a single woman is convinced by her best friend to find a man, but her life quickly spirals out of control after he convinces her to get married in Las Vegas. In this exclusive clip, Hattie (Patrice Lovely) finds out that Anita’s (Cheryl Pepsii Riley) bank account is missing money and everyone starts getting suspicious of Anita’s shady new boyfriend. For more on Tyler Perry's Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned - The Play, click here.

The Shows
Highlights From Side Show on Broadway

The reimagined production of Henry Krieger and Bill Russell's 1997 Tony-nominated musical Side Show is now playing on Broadway at the St. James Theatre. Academy Award winner Bill Condon directs the production, which stars Erin Davie and Emily Padgett as conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton. Inspired by the remarkable true story of the legendary vaudeville sisters, Side Show shows their heartwarming search for first love and acceptance amidst the spectacle of fame and scrutiny under the spotlight. For more on Side Show, read's history of the musical.

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Nathan Lane, Harold Prince and Bernadette Peters Celebrate Elaine Stritch in "Everybody, Rise!"

On November 17, 2014, Broadway paid tribute to the great Elaine Stritch in "Everybody, Rise! A Celebration of Elaine Stritch" at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Among those who took to the stage were Nathan Lane, Bernadette Peters, Harold Prince, Betty Buckley, Cherry Jones, Laura Benanti and Hunter Ryan Herdlicka. Here are highlights from the event, including Nathan Lane reminiscing about some of his favorite Stritch zingers, Harold Prince on Stritch's legendary performance as Joanne in Company, and Bernadette Peters singing an early Stritch hit. For more on the event, read the article.

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OBSESSED! Alysha Umphress and the "Simple Joys" of Riffing On the Town star Alysha Umphress joins Seth on the latest episode of OBSESSED! to perform one of the first songs he ever heard her sing: a jazzy version of "The Simple Joys of Maidenhood" from Camelot. But before they get to the song, Umphress talks about a shocking call she got from director Michael Mayer while appearing in American Idiot, and the time she turned on the radio to unexpectedly heard a familiar voice singing "Coronet Man." Check out Seth's weekly column. Visit, Seth's online home.
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Snow White, Cinderella and Mulan Get Real in New Musical Disenchanted!

Do you think life as a fairytale princess is just as wonderful as what you've seen in the movies? Well, Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and all the rest are ready to set the record straight in Dennis T. Giacino's new musical comedy Disenchanted!. At a recent press preview, the show's cast, including Michelle Knight (Snow White), Becky Gulsvig (Cinderella), Jen Bechter (Sleeping Beauty), Lulu Picart (Hua Mulan), Soara-Joye Ross (The Princess Who Kissed the Frog) and Alison Burns (The Little Mermaid), previewed four songs from the show. Previews begin November 26 at the Theatre at St. Clement's. For more on Disenchanted!, read the story.

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November's "On Stage Across America": Betty Buckley, Cinderella on Tour, Hammerstein Festival In November, "On Stage Across America" visits with Betty Buckley to talk about her new album "Ghostlight."
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Cabaret Cast Welcomes Emma Stone at Celebratory Curtain Call

On Nov. 11, Emma Stone took the stage for the first time as Sally Bowles in the Broadway revival of Cabaret. After a rousing finale, Alan Cumming presented her with a large bouquet of flowers at the curtain call as both cast and audience celebrated her arrival. Read the Playbill story.


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