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A Sneak Peek at Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Starring Jessie Mueller Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, the new stage production that stars Tony Award nominee Jessie Mueller as the Grammy Award-winning musician, begins Broadway previews Nov. 21 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. The musical's cast also includes Jake Epstein as Gerry Goffin, Anika Larsen as Cynthia Weill, and Jarrod Spector as Barry Mann. On the afternoon before their first performance, Mueller, Larsen, Spector and the rest of the cast took to the stage of the Sondheim Theatre for a special preview performance of three songs from the show. For more on Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, read the Playbill.com story.
Stephen Sondheim Discusses Creative Challenges in HBO's "Six By Sondheim" "Six By Sondheim" is a new HBO documentary that takes a look at the life and art of musical theatre legend Stephen Sondheim through six of his iconic songs. Directed by Tony winner James Lapine, the film contains archival footage as well as new musical segments directed by Todd Haynes, Autumn de Wilde and Lapine. In this special peek at the film (courtesy of HBO), Sondheim discusses the challenges of writing new material, while Darren Criss, Jeremy Jordan, America Ferrera Laura Osnes, Montego Glover, Nathan Lane and the film's executive producer Frank Rich discuss why Sondheim is an icon of the musical theatre. "Six By Sondheim" debuts Dec. 9 on HBO.
Jeremy Jordan, America Ferrera and Darren Criss Perform "Opening Doors" From New HBO Documentary "Six By Sondheim" "Six By Sondheim" is a new HBO documentary that takes a look at the life and art of musical theatre legend Stephen Sondheim through six of his iconic songs. Directed by Tony winner James Lapine, the film contains archival footage as well as new musical segments directed by Todd Haynes, Autumn de Wilde and Lapine. In this special peek at the new performance of Merrily We Roll Along's "Opening Doors," (courtesy of HBO) Darren Criss, Jeremy Jordan, America Ferrera and Laura Osnes reflect on their experiences performing in the documentary. "Six By Sondheim" debuts Dec. 9 on HBO.
Robin De Jesus Brings Crush to Crushed to 54 Below Robin De Jesus'
Crush to Crushed hits upon points all along the spectrum of love. From the very first inklings of a crush to the end of a tumultuous relationship, De Jesus' eclectic mix of tunes illustrates the ups and downs of romance. Here, he previews two songs from the show, Jason Robert Brown's
"I Can Do Better Than That" and Blake Pfeil's "Chomp." Performances are Nov. 24 and 25. Visit 54Below.com for details. Read the Playbill story.
TDF's "Access for Young Audiences" Brings Broadway's Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella to Students with Hearing Loss On Oct. 30, Nov. 6 and Nov. 13, the matinee performances of Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella featured American Sign Language interpreters and open captioning sponsored by TDF's "Access for Young Audiences." Twice a year, this program makes Broadway accessible to some 1,500 youngsters who are deaf or hard of hearing. Playbill stopped by the Nov. 13 performance as students from New York School for the Deaf, Martin Van Buren HS, PS 347, Midland Park HS and Westinghouse HS enjoyed the show. Cinderella star Santino Fontana and Director of TDF Accessibility Programs Lisa Carling, along with students from Middle College High School, were on hand to chat about the importance of making Broadway theatre all-inclusive. Watch the lower video to view with closed captioning.
EXCLUSIVE: "Hot Off the Ivories" Features Adrienne Warren, Ben Fankhauser and More Performing Joey Contreras' "Constellation" Composer and producer Joey Contreras presents the latest episode of his “Hot Off the Ivories” web series. Here, Adrienne Warren along with Ben Fankhauser, Gregory Haney, Eric Michael Krop, Ryann Redmond, Maddy Trumble, and a group of youngsters from the Broadway Dreams Foundation perform Contreras' own "Constellation." The tune will be released as a single to benefit the BDF and proceeds will go towards a scholarship for those pursuing an education in musical theatre writing. Download the song and contribute here.
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Paper Mill Playhouse Previews Lionel Bart's Oliver! Lionel Bart's
family-friendly musical Oliver! will begin previews at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse Nov. 21. The cast features David Garrison
(Fagin), Betsy Morgan
(Mr. Bumble), Jose Llana (Bill Sikes), David Hess (Mr. Brownlow), Ethan Haberfield (Artful Dodger) and Tyler Moran as Oliver. Paper Mill artistic director Mark S. Hoebee helms the production, which runs through Dec. 29.
Chad Kimball Shares Some Higher Learning With PlaybillEDU™ A Tony nominee for playing early rock 'n' roll era disk jockey Huey Calhoun in Memphis (the 2010 Tony winner for Best Musical), Chad Kimball had his path to success charted much earlier in life. His years of study at the Boston Conservatory gave him all the tools he needed to succeed on the musical theatre stage. Here, Kimball chats with Playbill about his higher education experiences in support of PlaybillEDU™, a new website aimed at matching prospective students of theatre, music and dance to the perfect college or conservatory program. See Brian d'Arcy James' chat with Playbill about his higher education experiences.
Exclusive First Look at Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Tony Award nominee Jessie Mueller stars as the Grammy Award-winning musician in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Following an out-of-town San Francisco premiere, the production will arrive on Broadway Nov. 21 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. The cast includes Jake Epstein as Gerry Goffin, Anika Larsen as Cynthia Weil and Jarrod Spector as Barry Mann, King's Brill Building collaborators with whom she wrote tunes featured in the show. Here, Playbill presents an exclusive first look at the television spot for the show that uses some of King's most famous hits for its score. See the Playbill Verdict.
Theatre Dictionary Term of the Month: "Sides" Written by TDF's very own Mark Blankenship and starring the TKTS Patron Services team, the latest video entry into Theatre Development Fund's online dictionary of theatre terms focuses on one of the most important components of actor's casting process — the "sides." To see the ever-expanding theatre dictionary, visit www.theatredictionary.org.
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