October 03, 2015

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Amazing Grace Cast Performs Emotional Spoken Word Version of the Iconic Title Hymn

Playbill went backstage at the Nederlander Theatre to meet up with the cast of Amazing Grace as they come to the end of their Broadway run. In this exclusive video, Erin Mackey, Rheaume Crenshaw, Sara Brophy, Bret Shuford, Oneika Phillips, Miquel Edson, Clifton Samuels, Uyoata Udi, Sean Ewing, Rachael Ferrera and Harriett D. Foy shared a special spoken word version of the iconic hymn that titles the show. Performances run through Oct. 25. See show details.

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Spamalot Shows "Bright Side of Life" in New Production

Theatre at the Center presents Spamalot, the Tony-winning musical based on the 1975 film "Monty Python and The Holy Grail." The show features flatulent Frenchmen, dancing divas, deadly rabbits and clueless knights. Book and lyrics are by Eric Idle and music is by Eric Idle and John Du Prez. Performances run through Oct. 18 at the Munster, IN venue. See show details.

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From "Hot, Hot, Hot" to Camelot, Buster Poindexter Plays Café Carlyle

In the '70s, David Johansen made a name for himself in New York City's underground rock music scene as lead singer of the influential New York Dolls. In the '80s, he morphed into Buster Poindexter, a pompadour-coiffed crooner with a taste for cabaret and lounge tunes and hit it big with a cover of "Hot, Hot, Hot," a Caribbean party anthem. Playbill was on hand as Poindexter and band prepped for their current run at Café Carlyle with a rendition of "The Seven Deadly Virtues" from Camelot. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8:45 p.m. through Oct. 10. See show details.

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Ana Gasteyer Joins "The Goldbergs" For Fun With A Chorus Line

Ana Gasteyer guest stars as drama teacher Miss Cinoman in this week's episode of ABC's "The Goldbergs." Sean Giambrone stars as Adam Goldberg, who, as he enters puberty, is experiencing some awkward changes, including those with his voice. In this clip from the show, Miss Cinoman encourages Adam to be part of the school show, and Adam does his very best to perform "I Can Do That" from a A Chorus Line. The episode, titled "A Chorus Lie," was written by Marc Firek and directed by David Katzenberg. The show airs Sept. 30 at 8:30 PM, EST. Read the Playbill story.

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Lea Salonga, Telly Leung and Katie Rose Clarke Preview New Broadway Musical Allegiance

The cast of Allegiance took to the stage of the Longacre Theatre on Sept. 29 to preview three songs from the upcoming Broadway musical. Allegiance features music and lyrics by Jay Kuo, book by Jay Kuo, Lorenzo Thione and Marc Acito, and stars Tony Award-winner Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung, Katie Rose Clarke and Michael K. Lee. Previews begin Oct. 6 at the Longacre Theatre, ahead of a Nov. 8 opening night. See show details.

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Alli Mauzey, Michael Urie, Chad Kimball Bring Broadway Back to School

On Sept. 20, [title of show] pals Hunter Bell and Susan Blackwell hosted Broadway Back to School at Feinstein's/54 Below. The event featured Broadway stars as well as kids from The Beacon School Thespian Troupe performing classic musical theatre tunes. Alli Mauzey, Michael Urie, Seth Rudetsky, Chad Kimball and more lent their energy to this event which raised money for the Educational Theatre Association, an organization that helps young thespians live their dream. Donate here.

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Check Out a Rollicking Preview of Paper Mill's The Bandstand With Laura Osnes and Corey Cott

On Oct. 8, Paper Mill Playhouse will present the world premiere of The Bandstand, an original musical that takes place in the big band era as a group of mismatched World War II veterans come together to play the music they love. Can they win the radio contest that will make them stars? Here, the cast performs three swinging tunes from the show. The cast includes Laura Osnes, Corey Cott, Joe Carroll and Beth Leavel. Andy Blankenbuehler directs and choreographs. See show details.

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Broadway Flea Market Mashup Features Laura Benanti, Max von Essen, Corey Cott, Billy Porter

The 29th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction will be held Sept. 27. The outdoor event, benefitting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, takes place in and around Shubert Alley. Broadway shows and other vendors will have all sorts of Broadway memorabilia for sale. This year's autograph table will feature some 60 performers including Chita Rivera, Sierra Boggess, Jose Llana and Jonathan Groff. In this fun mashup video Laura Benanti, Max von Essen, Corey Cott, Susan Blackwell and other favorites promote the event. See Broadway Flea details.

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Christopher Sieber Becomes a Real-Life Miss Trunchbull When Matilda Kids Prove They Are Smarter Than 5th Graders!

At the world famous Sardi's Restaurant, Matilda The Musical's Christopher Sieber (he plays the conniving teacher Miss Trunchbull) hosted Mattea Conforti, Rileigh McDonald, MiMi Ryder and Alexandra Vlachos — the four youngsters who play Matilda — for a fun take on the popular quiz show "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" The foursome tackled some typical age appropriate questions, then took on some far more challenging topics when Sieber decided to channel his inner Trunchbull! See show details.

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New Musical Invisible Thread Shares Inspiring "Beautiful" Music Video

This summer, the cast of Invisible Thread journeyed to Uganda to meet the people that inspired the new Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews musical. While there, video cameras rolled and footage was collected. This, along with more video shot in New York City became the evocative and inspiring "Beautiful" music video. The Second Stage Theatre production is helmed by Diane Paulus. Previews begin on Oct. 31. See what Off-Broadway shows are opening this fall.


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