October 26, 2014

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Seth Rudetsky Celebrates Life on the Stage With "Seth's Broadway Diary" Book Release Party

Seth Rudetsky had a bevy of Broadway pals on hand for the release party of his latest book, which is the first offering in a continuing series titled "Seth's Broadway Diary." The publication chronicles his unique life on and around the Great White Way and features "hi-lairous" stories from the likes of Patti LuPone, Chita Rivera, Raúl Esparza and Jonathan Groff. Here, Chip Zien, Judy Kuhn, Matthew Broderick, Kelli O'Hara, Anika Larsen and more joined Seth to read from the book as well as perform some signature tunes to celebrate. Purchase the book here.

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Bradley Cooper, Castmates and Director Scott Ellis Discuss the Legacy of The Elephant Man

Bernard Pomerance's The Elephant Man tells the true story of John Merrick (Bradley Cooper), a 19th century British man with severe deformities known as a sideshow attraction who gained fame under the care of Dr. Frederick Treves (Alessandro Nivola) when London's high society embraced him. Here, Cooper, Nivola and castmates — along with director Scott Ellis — talk about the legacy and enduring interest in the redemptive story of John Merrick. See a Photo Call from the show's media event.

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The "Singing Baker" Wraps Up Evita National Tour With a GIANT Cinnamon Bun With a love of fresh and tasty ingredients, "singing baker" Alison Mahoney hit the road with the touring company of Evita ready to find the best baked treats across the nation. Here, as the tour came to a close, she stopped in at Lulu's Bakery and Café in San Antonio to try one of their super gigantic (and super delicious!) three-pound cinnamon buns.

The 3 Keys to a Perfect Can-Can

Can you #Can-Can? The high-kicking and high-energy dance takes a lot of practice and dedication as anyone who has seen Paper Mill Playhouse's production of the aptly named Can-Can can attest. But the dance takes more than practice and dedication. In this exclusive rehearsal room peek, Megan Sikora and cast mates show Playbill exactly what the three keys to a sexy and successful Can-Can are. See Jason Danieley show off some consumes and his mini-handlebar mustache.

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Come Look at Side Show's Freakishly Cool Characters

Inspired by the true story of Violet and Daisy Hilton — conjoined twins who were at one time the highest paid performers on the vaudeville circuit — Bill Russell (book and lyrics) and Henry Krieger's (music) Side Show returns to Broadway on Oct. 28 in a reimagined production. Erin Davie and Emily Padgett (who play Violet and Daisy Hilton, respectively) lead the cast. Here, Playbill took an introductory peek at the fully costumed cast of outsiders who populate the show including the Three Legged Man, Human Pincushion, Bearded Lady and Dog Boy. Bill Condon directs the Production at the St. James Theatre.

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Look What I Found in My Bag! Off-Broadway Cast Digs Deep for Everyday (and Unusual!) Personal Items

Found is a new musical based on the magazine (and subsequent book) by Davy Rothbart which collected discarded notes, letters, flyers, photos, lists, and drawings found and sent in by readers. Here, Playbill met up with cast members Nick Blaemire, Barrett Wilbert Weed, Daniel Everidge and Betsy Morgan to see what everyday and surprising items they could find when they searched their own bags, backpacks and purses. The Atlantic Theater Company production runs through Nov. 9. Book is by Hunter Bell and Lee Overtree, 
music and original lyrics are by Eli Bolin
 and additional material was created in collaboration with Story Pirates.
 Overtree directs. Read The Verdict on the show.

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Wax On, Wax Off: Jason Danieley on Can-Can Costumes and Proper Mustache Grooming Techniques

Weeks before Paper Mill Playhouse's Broadway bound Can-Can opened, Jason Danieley showed his interest in France's Belle Époque era by posting images of clothing and hair styles he'd researched on social media. Playbill wanted to learn more and caught up with Daniley between shows in Millburn, NJ where he showed off some of his period costumes designed by Ann Hould-Ward and gave a quick tutorial on how to perfectly groom a mini-handlebar mustache. See highlights from the show.

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Beth Leavel, Betty Buckley and Christine Ebersole Pitch in for Clay Aiken's Congressional Campaign

"American Idol" and Broadway star Clay Aiken hopes to move from entertainment to politics as he campaigns for Congress in North Carolina’s Second District. But Aiken is far more than an entertainer — he has an extensive background in special education, has participated in UNICEF programs and created the National Inclusion Project, a foundation dedicated to promoting the inclusion of children with disabilities in activities with their non-disabled peers. Playbill was on hand at a recent fundraising event as Aiken spoke about his campaign and Broadway pals Beth Leavel, Betty Buckley and Christine Ebersole offered up some tunes for the donors in attendance. Read the Playbill story.

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Lena Hall Bids a Very Special Farewell as Andrew Rannells Departs Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Andrew Rannells ends his run as the title character in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Oct. 12 with Michael C. Hall waiting in the wings to step into the role on Oct. 16. Here, co-star Lena Hall (she won a Tony for her portrayal of gender-bending Yitzhak) gives very special good-bye wishes to Rannells as she prepares to move on to her third Hedwig — her original "show husband" Neil Patrick Harris won a Tony for the role. See the Hedwig gang wonder who might be a perfect for the role.

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Which Actors (and Rockers!) Would the Hedwig and the Angry Inch Gang Like to See in the Title Role?

The newest addition to the cast of Hedwig and the Angry Inch is Michael C. Hall (made famous on TV's "Dexter" and "Six Feet Under") who will replace Andrew Rannells starting Oct. 16. John Cameron Mitchell (the show's book writer who originated the role Off-Broadway) revealed that the three Hedwigs (Neil Patrick Harris won a Tony for his portrayal) in this production were all top choices, but might there be more Hedwigs to come? Mitchell, Stephen Trask (music and lyrics) and Lena Hall (co-starring as Yitzhak) weigh in who they'd like to see take a turn as the iconic East German transgender glam-rocker. See what Michael C. Hall has to say about joining the cast.


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