March 06, 2015

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CLASSIC OBSESSED!: Jessie Mueller (and Her Multiple Personalities) Sing "Beautiful"

As Jessie Mueller comes to the end of her run in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Playbill takes a look back at this classic episode of OBSESSED! Mueller has played a wide range of roles throughput her career. In studio with Seth Rudetsky, she shares stories about her formative years as a singer, then performs Carole King's "Beautiful" while giving each of her multiple Broadway personalities a chance to tackle part of the tune. The "real Jessie" even gets a chance to demonstrate her vocal chops. Read Seth’s weekly column. Visit SethTV.com, Seth’s online home.

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A LOOK BACK: Jessie Mueller Brings Down the House in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever In the 2011 revisal of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Jessie Mueller made her Broadway debut as Melinda Wells, a 1940s jazz singer who just so happened to be the past life of psychiatric patient David Gamble. Her show-stopping signature number "Ev'ry Night at Seven" (borrowed from the M-G-M film "Royal Wedding") made it clear to Broadway fans that she had indeed arrived. To see more from the the show, click here.
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"On Stage Across America": The Darrell Hammond Project Reveals Dark Details and Challenges of the Comedian's Life

Comedian, impressionist and long-time "Saturday Night Live" cast member Darrell Hammond is profiled in March's "On Stage Across America." In his new personally revealing solo show, The Darrell Hammond Project recounts the abuse he suffered as a child as well as his struggles with mental health issues. The production plays La Jolla Playhouse through March 8. See what’s up at LaDuca Shoes, Broadway's go-to spot for comfortable and fashionable dance shoes.

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Side Show "Twins" Emily Padgett and Erin Davie Reunite at 54 Below Side Show stars Emily Padgett and Erin Davie (they played conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton) take the stage tonight at 54 Below to perform a variety of tunes including Hilton sisters-inspired duets, standards and country tunes. The two will also take the time for solo material that will showcase their individuality.

Learn about the inextricable bond the two now share after appearing in the show together.
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"On Stage Across America": Laura Benanti and the High-Kicking New York Spring Spectacular

In March, "On Stage Across America" heads to Radio City Music Hall to check out the upcoming production of New York Spring Spectacular starring Laura Benanti, Derek Hough ("Dancing With the Stars") and of course, the world famous Rockettes. Warren Carlyle, Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner serve as co-creative directors of the show, which will feature elements of Broadway and cirque. Take a look at LaDuca Shoes, Broadway's favorite source for stylish and comfortable dance shoes.

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March's "On Stage Across America": LaDuca Shoes a Perfect Fit for Broadway In March's episode, "On Stage Across America" makes a visit to LaDuca Shoes and talks to founder Phil LaDuca, a dancer who pursued a new passion in flexible and comfortable dance footwear when a back injury forced him to rethink his career on stage. His custom designed shoes were first used in The Producers but are now omnipresent in the industry with clients ranging from Wicked to Katy Perry.
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Clinton The Musical: Sex, Sax, Politics and Scandals!

Billed as a "Hillary-ous new musical," Clinton The Musical explores the two different sides of the 42nd U.S. President by representing them in two different characters — WJ (played by Tom Galantich) is wholesome and scholarly; Billy (Duke Lafoon) is a sly, sexy charmer. Here, the cast — including Kerry Butler as Hillary Rodham Clinton and Judy Gold as Eleanor Roosevelt — run through three of the show's numbers. Performances begin March 25 at New World Stages. See show details.

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Highlights From Larry David in Fish in the Dark

TV's Larry David (he created "Seinfeld" along with Jerry Seinfeld and created and starred in "Curb Your Enthusiasm") makes his Broadway debut in Fish in the Dark, a play he also wrote. The cast includes Rita Wilson, 
Jayne Houdyshell,
 Rosie Perez,
 Ben Shenkman, 
Lewis J. Stadlen and 
Jake Cannavale in a story about the aftermath of a death in the family. Anna D. Shapiro directs the production at the Cort Theatre. Performances run through June 7. See David on "60 Minutes."

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Iconic Carole King Sings at Beautiful's West End Curtain Call

The iconic songwriter and performer Carole King was on hand for the Feb. 24 opening night of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at London's Aldwych Theatre. Reluctant to see her heartbreaks play out on stage, King had avoided the Broadway production for several months before seeing the show, but then quickly embraced it. Here, King takes the stage for the curtain call and leads the cast through a special tune. See highlights from the show.

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Highlights From Beautiful: The Carole King Musical in London

The West End production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical opened Feb. 24 and features Katie Brayben as Carole King, Alan Morrissey as Gerry Goffin, Lorna Want as Cynthia Weil and Ian McIntosh as Barry Mann. The show is scheduled through June 13 at the Aldwych Theatre. Read The Verdict on the show.

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