November 27, 2014

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THANKSGIVING FLASHBACK: Priscilla Queen of the Desert Prepares for the Macy's Parade It's a tradition that every Thanksgiving morning audiences pack Herald Square or turn on their TVs to watch the floats, balloons and Broadway musical performances in front of Macy's flagship 34th Street store in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Those appearances of Broadway casts aren't simply plugged in at the last minute, as Playbill learned in an exclusive look at a parade rehearsal hosted by Tony Sheldon and Nick Adams of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Watch the Priscilla cast prepare for the 2011 parade.
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Ann Hampton Callaway Prepares for Her "Turning Point" at 54 Below

Tony nominee Ann Hampton Callaway is celebrating Thanksgiving at 54 Below with her new show "Turning Point," now through Nov. 29. Exploring the milestones of her life through song, the evening includes both original music and songs from musicals she has appeared in. Here is a preview of Callaway singing "Blues in the Night," which she performed on Broadway in Swing!. For more on Ann Hampton Callaway's "Turning Point," visit

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EXCLUSIVE: Meryl Streep Sings "Stay With Me" in "Into the Woods" Behind-the-Scenes Featurette premieres an exclusive video clip of Meryl Streep's performance of "Stay With Me" from the eagerly anticipated film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods. Directed by Rob Marshall, the film cast includes Streep as The Witch, MacKenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood, Johnny Depp as The Wolf, James Corden as The Baker, Emily Blunt as The Baker's Wife and Anna Kendrick as Cinderella. The film is scheduled to hit theatres Dec. 25. For more on "Into the Woods," read's interview with Rob Marshall and James Lapine.

An Exclusive Look at Tyler Perry’s Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned - The Play

Writer, director and producer Tyler Perry's unpredictable tale of a successful woman's life gone downhill, Tyler Perry's Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned - The Play, will be released on DVD, Digital HD and Video on Demand on Nov. 25. Taped in front of a live audience, it stars Patrice Lovely and Cheryl "Pepsii" Riley. In the play, a single woman is convinced by her best friend to find a man, but her life quickly spirals out of control after he convinces her to get married in Las Vegas. In this exclusive clip, Hattie (Patrice Lovely) finds out that Anita’s (Cheryl Pepsii Riley) bank account is missing money and everyone starts getting suspicious of Anita’s shady new boyfriend. For more on Tyler Perry's Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned - The Play, click here.

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Nathan Lane, Harold Prince and Bernadette Peters Celebrate Elaine Stritch in "Everybody, Rise!"

On November 17, 2014, Broadway paid tribute to the great Elaine Stritch in "Everybody, Rise! A Celebration of Elaine Stritch" at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Among those who took to the stage were Nathan Lane, Bernadette Peters, Harold Prince, Betty Buckley, Cherry Jones, Laura Benanti and Hunter Ryan Herdlicka. Here are highlights from the event, including Nathan Lane reminiscing about some of his favorite Stritch zingers, Harold Prince on Stritch's legendary performance as Joanne in Company, and Bernadette Peters singing an early Stritch hit. For more on the event, read the article.

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OBSESSED! Alysha Umphress and the "Simple Joys" of Riffing On the Town star Alysha Umphress joins Seth on the latest episode of OBSESSED! to perform one of the first songs he ever heard her sing: a jazzy version of "The Simple Joys of Maidenhood" from Camelot. But before they get to the song, Umphress talks about a shocking call she got from director Michael Mayer while appearing in American Idiot, and the time she turned on the radio to unexpectedly heard a familiar voice singing "Coronet Man." Check out Seth's weekly column. Visit, Seth's online home.
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Snow White, Cinderella and Mulan Get Real in New Musical Disenchanted!

Do you think life as a fairytale princess is just as wonderful as what you've seen in the movies? Well, Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and all the rest are ready to set the record straight in Dennis T. Giacino's new musical comedy Disenchanted!. At a recent press preview, the show's cast, including Michelle Knight (Snow White), Becky Gulsvig (Cinderella), Jen Bechter (Sleeping Beauty), Lulu Picart (Hua Mulan), Soara-Joye Ross (The Princess Who Kissed the Frog) and Alison Burns (The Little Mermaid), previewed four songs from the show. Previews begin November 26 at the Theatre at St. Clement's. For more on Disenchanted!, read the story.

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November's "On Stage Across America": Betty Buckley, Cinderella on Tour, Hammerstein Festival In November, "On Stage Across America" visits with Betty Buckley to talk about her new album "Ghostlight."
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Cabaret Cast Welcomes Emma Stone at Celebratory Curtain Call

On Nov. 11, Emma Stone took the stage for the first time as Sally Bowles in the Broadway revival of Cabaret. After a rousing finale, Alan Cumming presented her with a large bouquet of flowers at the curtain call as both cast and audience celebrated her arrival. Read the Playbill story.

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Mobile Device-Friendly Blank! The Musical Lets the Audience Create the Show

Blank! The Musical is an interactive theatrical event co-created by by Michael Girts, T.J. Shanoff (director) and Mike Descoteaux (musical director). With a specially designed mobile app (developed in partnership with Livecube) audience members pick a show title, write lyrics and music and direct the action using their mobile devices. The cast comprises musical improvisers from around the country, including Katie Dufrense, Nicole C. Hastings, Tessa Hersh, Andrew Knox, TJ Mannix, Matthew Van Colton and Douglas Widick. The six-week limited engagement continues through Dec. 14. Read the Playbill story.


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