PLAYBILL VIDEO WEEK IN REVIEW: Kinky Boots, The Last Five Years, Tom Hanks in Lucky Guy and More

By Playbill Staff
April 7, 2013

In the new series Playbill Video Week in Review, Playbill.com recaps its weekly coverage of Broadway performances, celebrity interviews, web series and opening nights – in case they were missed the first time around.



Click through to check out our videos from the week of April 1.

Nora Ephron’s new play Lucky Guy dramatizes the real-life story of tabloid journalist Mike McAlary's meteoric rise, fall and rise again, ending with his coverage of the Abner Louima case for which he won the Pulitzer Prize, shortly before his untimely death on Christmas Day, 1998. Tom Hanks stars and George C. Wolfe directs. See the opening night Photo Call.

 

In this exclusive video, lyricist Martin Charnin looks back at the 1970 Broadway production of Two by Two, the Richard Rodgers, Charnin and Peter Stone musical that retells the story of Noah and the ark with Noah and his family characterized in a modern Jewish manner. See all the details from the production at Playbillvault.com.

 

A contemporary musical love story about an emerging novelist enjoying his first taste of success and the struggling actress with whom he traverses a five-year relationship, Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years takes a bold look at one young couple's hope that love endures the test of time. Betsy Wolfe and Adam Kantor star in the Second Stage Theatre production directed by Brown himself. Read the Playbill story.

 

Stark Sands and Billy Porter star in Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein's new musical Kinky Boots. When Charlie Price (Sands) is forced to step in and save his family's shoe factory in Northern England following the sudden death of his father, help comes from the unlikeliest angel, a fabulous drag performer named Lola (Porter). Together, this improbable duo revitalizes the failing business while stepping out from their fathers' shadows and transforming an entire community through the power of acceptance. Jerry Mitchell directs and choreographs. Read the Playbill Cue & A with Kinky Boots star Celina Carvajal.

 

Clifford Odets' The Big Knife is the story of Charlie Castle (Bobby Cannavale), a dynamic stage actor who has become a Hollywood star at the expense of his art, his values and his marriage. Longing to walk away from his studio contract, he makes one last attempt to restore his honor. Directed by Doug Hughes, the production plays the American Airlines Theatre. Read Playbill's A Life in the Theatre with The Big Knife's costume designer Catherine Zuber.

 

Laurie Veldheer, Brenda Braxton, Jeff Kready, Burke Moses and Lenora Nemetz are set to star in Paper Mill Playhouse's new production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Here, the cast gave an early in-studio preview of tunes including "Not for the Life of Me," "What Do I Need With Love?" and "Forget About the Boy." Paper Mill Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee will direct the production; Denis Jones will choreograph. Read Playbill's Diva Talk with star (and Tony Nominee) Brenda Braxton.

 

When Jacob (series co-creator Wesley Taylor) invites friends to a small gathering at his new apartment, he has no idea it will turn into a crazed party fueled by the drug-laced cake provided by his off-kilter co-star Veronica Bailey (Alison Fraser). Things become even more complicated and uncomfortable when Jacob's ex-boyfriend Phillip (Gideon Glick) arrives unexpectedly. Watch the series from Episode 1.