Highlights From The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream on Broadway In the mid-1960s Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati, Dino Danelli and Gene Cornish helped popularize "blue-eyed soul" as The Rascals. After 40-plus years, they reunite for The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream, a concert performance featuring hits like "Good Lovin'," "Lonely Too Long," "It's a Beautiful Morning," "How Can I Be Sure" and "Groovin'." Along with the music, the history of the group is told through archival footage, narration and dramatic film segments. Steven Van Zandt (star of "The Sopranos" and guitarist in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band) and Marc Brickman direct the production at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. See all of the show's details at Playbillvault.com.
Highlights From The Nance Starring Nathan Lane Late 1930's New York and the twilight of the burlesque era come to life in Douglas Carter Beane's The Nance, a new dark comedy starring Tony Award winner Nathan Lane as a gay entertainer with everything to lose, now playing on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre. Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien directs a cast that also includes Tony winner Cady Huffman, Tony nominee Lewis J. Stadlen, Jenni Barber, Andrèa Burns, Geoffrey Allen Murphy and Jonny Orsini. For more information on The Nance, including a look inside the opening night Playbill, visit PlaybillVault.com.
Highlights From Hands on a Hardbody on Broadway Based on the 1997 S. R. Bindler documentary about an endurance contest in which entrants must keep one hand on the surface of a vehicle at all times in order to win a brand new pickup truck, Hands on a Hardbody charts the course of ten hard-luck Texans striving for the American dream. With music by Phish frontman Trey Anastasio and music and lyrics by Amanda Green, the tunes draw from influences such as Dr. John, Aretha Franklin and ZZ Top. After a successful 2012 run at the La Jolla Playhouse, the production arrives on Broadway under the direction of Neil Pepe and stars Keith Carradine, Allison Case and Hunter Foster. For more on the production, read the Playbill story.
Highlights From The Big Knife Starring Bobby Cannavale Clifford Odets' The Big Knife is the story of Charlie Castle (Bobby Cannavale), a dynamic stage actor who has become a Hollywood star at the expense of his art, his values and his marriage. Longing to walk away from his studio contract, he makes one last attempt to restore his honor. Directed by Doug Hughes, the production plays the American Airlines Theatre. Read Playbill's A Life in the Theatre with The Big Knife's costume designer Catherine Zuber.