January 30, 2015

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EXCLUSIVE: An American in Paris Cast Takes in the City of Light

Inspired by the Oscar-winning film of the same name, the new musical An American in Paris features a book by Craig Lucas and a score comprised of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin songs ("I Got Rhythm," "'SWonderful,") and orchestral pieces ("Concerto in F," "2nd Prelude"). After a Nov. 22-Dec. 10 world premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the production will arrive on Broadway March 13 at the Palace Theatre. Here, cast members Will Burton, Jill Paice, Rebecca Eichenberger, Sam Strasfeld, Heather Lang and Robert Fairchild lead the way as they tour Paris and take a look at the show both onstage and backstage. See show details.

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EXCLUSIVE: Kristin Chenoweth's "I Will Always Love You" Will Make You Cry

"I Will Always Love You" was made famous by Whitney Houston with the release of the 1992 film "The Bodyguard," but it was a number one country hit for Dolly Parton (she also wrote the song) in both 1974 and 1982. Here, Kristin Chenoweth — she will star in the upcoming Broadway production of On the Twentieth Century — takes on the classic tune in her "Coming Home" concert. Recorded live at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center in her hometown of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, the concert was broadcast on PBS and will be released on home video Feb. 3 by Concord Records. Purchase the CD of the show or pre-order the DVD.

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EXCLUSIVE: The Cast of Roundabout's Into the Woods Performs "It Takes Two"

Conceived and performed by Fiasco Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company's reimagined production of Into the Woods features only 10 actors and stripped-down arrangements. Playbill was on hand for an exclusive performance of "It Takes Two" as the cast (who double as the show's musicians) gave a sample that illustrates exactly what theatregoers can expect from the show. Take a look back at all of Playbill's Into the Woods videos.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jessie and Abby Mueller Sing Scott Alan's "Always/Goodnight" at 54 Below

Songwriter Scott Alan made his concert debut at 54 Below in an evening of songs celebrating his latest album "Greatest Hits: Volume One." On hand were James Monroe Iglehart, Joshua Henry, Chad Kimball, Julia Murney, Eden Espinosa and many more. Here, Tony winner Jessie Mueller and her sister Abby Mueller (a Kinky Boots cast member) perform "Always/Goodnight," a medley of two tunes from Alan's albums "Keys" and "Dreaming Wide Awake." The band included Charlie Rosen on bass, Chris Delis on guitar, Shannon Ford on drums, Allison Seidner on cello, Kiku Enomoto on violin, David Fallo on viola and Scott Alan on piano. See a Photo Call from the evening.

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Mamma Mia! Winter Newbie Celebrates His First Snow Day

No show tonight because of a blizzard? No Problem! Mamma Mia’s Neil Starkenberg is a native of California who only recently moved to New York City and has never experienced a “snow day” before. He met up with Playbill outside the Broadhurst Theatre to celebrate the extreme winter weather by trying his hand at making and tossing snowballs, sharing his newly discovered secrets on keeping warm and planning his evening inside and away from the snow and cold. Read about the cancellation of all Broadway shows due to the potentially historic blizzard.

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A Look Back at Phantom: How Do You Sing "Music of the Night" in Japanese?

To celebrate The Phantom of the Opera's 27th anniversary, Playbill takes a look back at a very special video feature. The longest-running show in Broadway history is also one of the most successful shows in the entire world. Some 100 million people have seen Phantom since it began in London in 1986. Long-time Broadway company member Marni Raab shares stories from her stint as Christine on the world-wide tour and shares clips of Phantom's international companies. See photos from the 25th anniversary.

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Highlights From Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at NJ's Paper Mill Playhouse

Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike plays Millburn, New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse through Feb. 15. When movie star Masha returns home to the family farm, she brings out feelings of regret and resentment in brother Vanya and stepsister Sonia who remained to care for their ailing parents. Add a cleaning lady who practices voodoo and Masha's boy toy Spike to the mix and you have a touching and outrageous comedy with characters and themes inspired by the world of Chekhov. Read Playbill's Stage View with star Carolyn McCormick.

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Highlights From The Who's Tommy at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, IL

Based on the classic double LP rock opera by one of the most musically adventurous bands of the 1960s and '70s, The Who's Tommy plays the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, IL through Feb. 15. Paramount Artistic Director Jim Corti directs the production, which features music and lyrics by Pete Townshend and a book by Townshend and Des McAnuff. Highlights include "Pinball Wizard," "See Me, Feel Me," "I'm Free" and "Christmas." See details from the original Broadway production of the show.

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Nevermore's Upcycled Props and Costumes Give Poe Musical Unique Gothic Vibe

From the mind of creator Jonathan Christenson (director, book, music and lyrics) comes Nevermore — The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe. The musical combines fact and the author's own macabre fiction to tell his life story. Playbill went backstage with production designer Bretta Gerecke to take a look at the unusual upcycled props and costumes that give the Off-Broadway show its striking gothic look. See a musical preview of the show, now playing at New World Stages.

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Kate Baldwin and Conor Ryan Preview Revival of John & Jen

The Keen Company will present a revival of John & Jen by Andrew Lippa (music and book) and Tom Greenwald (lyrics and book) Off-Broadway at The Clurman Theatre on Theatre Row. Here, stars Kate Baldwin and Conor Ryan perform "Just Like You" and "Bye Room" during a special open rehearsal of the show which tells the story of a woman dealing with the death of her brother and the fear of losing her son. Keen Company artistic director Jonathan Silverstein directs the production which will include the premiere of a brand-new song, "Trouble With Men." See the schedule for John & Jen and other upcoming Off-Broadway shows.

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