Playbill.com : Features Copyright (c) %2014 Playbill.com, Inc. All Rights Reserved. http://www.playbill.com/ Playbill.com : Features en-us 04/23/2014 07:33:48 PM 60 Tommy Tune Taps into the Café Carlyle Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/190351-Tommy-Tune-Taps-into-the-Caf-Carlyle Tony Award winner Tommy Tune made his Café Carlyle debut April 22. Playbill.com was there.

]]>
Steven Suskin
THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Nicholas Nickleby, A New Musical Star Luba Mason Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/190349-THEIR-FAVORITE-THINGS-Nicholas-Nickleby-A-New-Musical-Star-Luba-Mason-Shares-Her-Theatregoing-Experiences Playbill.com's feature series Their Favorite Things asks members of the theatre community to share the Broadway performances that most affected them as part of the audience.

This week we spotlight the choices of Broadway singing actress Luba Mason, who can currently be seen in Theater for the New City's Nicholas Nickleby, A New Musical through May 5 at the Joyce and Seward Johnson Theater.

]]>
Andrew Gans
PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Robin De Jesus, Teal Wicks, Natalie Weiss and Putting the Pieces Together Cast Pick Inspirational Songs Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/190350-PLAYBILL-PLAYLIST-Robin-De-Jesus-Teal-Wicks-Natalie-Weiss-and-Putting-the-Pieces-Together-Cast-Pick-Inspirational-Songs Two-time Tony Award nominee Robin De Jesus, Teal Wicks and Natalie Weiss are among the performers set for Putting the Pieces Together: Volume 2, a benefit concert for autism awareness, April 24 at 54 Below. In anticipation of the evening, members of the cast pick inspirational songs as part of this week's Playbill Playlist

]]>
Adam Hetrick
Brush Up Your Shakespeare: Ten Broadway Musicals Inspired By The Bard's Plays Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/190352-Brush-Up-Your-Shakespeare-Ten-Broadway-Musicals-Inspired-By-The-Bards-Plays The gangsters in Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate implore the audience to "Brush up your Shakespeare." In honor of William Shakespeare's 450th birthday, Playbill will help readers do just that — musical-theatre style — by taking a look back at ten Broadway musicals inspired by his plays, from Rodgers and Hart's The Boys From Syracuse to Joe DiPietro's All Shook Up.

]]>
David Gewirtzman
PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: The Velocity of Autumn — Spunk, Spark and Boom! Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:46 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/190326-PLAYBILL-ON-OPENING-NIGHT-The-Velocity-of-Autumn-mdash-Spunk-Spark-and-Boom Playbill.com offers a behind-the-scenes look at opening night of Eric Coble's The Velocity of Autumn.

]]>
Harry Haun
Broadway Grosses: April 14-20 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:14 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/190250-Broadway-Grosses-April-14-20 Andrew Ku PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: Violet — Saviors, Scars and Sutton Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:50 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/190271-PLAYBILL-ON-OPENING-NIGHT-Violet-Saviors-Scars-and-Sutton Meet the first-nighters at the Broadway opening — and long-awaited Broadway bow — of Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley's Violet. Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry and Colin Donnell were there — and so was Playbill.

]]>
Michael Gioia
PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: The Cripple of Inishmaan — Oh, Danny Boy Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/190272-PLAYBILL-ON-OPENING-NIGHT-The-Cripple-of-Inishmaan-mdash-Oh-Danny-Boy Playbill.com offers a behind-the-scenes look at the opening night of The Cripple of Inishmaan.

]]>
Harry Haun
Living La Vida LaChanze: Tony and Emmy Winner Talks Broadway Return in If/Then Mon, 21 Apr 2014 04:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/190262-Living-La-Vida-LaChanze-Tony-and-Emmy-Winner-Talks-Broadway-Return-in-If-Then Award-winning actress LaChanze talks with Playbill.com about returning to the Broadway stage for the first time in almost ten years in the new musical If/Then.

]]>
Karu F. Daniels
A LIFE IN THE THEATRE: The Nine Lives of Maury Yeston Mon, 21 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/190265-A-LIFE-IN-THE-THEATRE-The-Nine-Lives-of-Maury-Yeston- Meet Maury Yeston, award-winning composer of Nine, Grand Hotel and Titanic.

]]>
Mervyn Rothstein
"All the World's a Stage" for Barry Edelstein, Old Globe's Artistic Director and Shakespeare Aficionado Sun, 20 Apr 2014 04:03 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/190216-All-the-Worlds-a-Stage-for-Barry-Edelstein-Old-Globes-Artistic-Director-and-Shakespeare-Aficionado Old Globe Theatre's artistic director Barry Edelstein talks with Playbill.com about presenting works by William Shakespeare and bringing them to the West coast's Old Globe.

]]>
Evan Henerson
ON THE RECORD: A Gentleman's Guide, Les Misérables, Billy Porter and More Sun, 20 Apr 2014 04:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/190263-ON-THE-RECORD-A-Gentlemans-Guide-Les-Misrables-Billy-Porter-and-More This week's column discusses the cast recordings of A Gentleman's Guide, Les Misérables, Murder for Two, Privates on Parade and Billy Porter's solo CD "Billy's Back on Broadway," as well as Christine Ebersole's "Strings Attached."

]]>
Steven Suskin
PLAYBILL POLL: In What Role Should Tony Winner Kristin Chenoweth Return to Broadway? Readers Respond Sun, 20 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/190232-PLAYBILL-POLL-In-What-Role-Should-Tony-Winner-Kristin-Chenoweth-Return-to-Broadway-Readers-Respond Kristin Chenoweth, a Tony Award winner for her performance in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, recently announced on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" that she will be returning to Broadway. This statement made us think: What role would we like to see her play?

]]>
Playbill Staff
STAGE VIEWS: Broadway and "Boychoir" Star Janine DiVita Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/190202-STAGE-VIEWS-Broadway-and-Boychoir-Star-Janine-DiVita Playbill.com's series features actors commenting on their recent theatregoing experiences, what productions they're looking forward to and more.

]]>
Andrew Gans
Star Quality: Broadway's Best Belting Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/190214-Star-Quality-Broadways-Best-Belting- Playbill.com correspondent Ben Rimalower offers a collection of the best belting performances by Broadway leading ladies.

]]>
Ben Rimalower
From Playwrights Horizons to Broadway: A History of the Musical Violet Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/190215-From-Playwrights-Horizons-to-Broadway-A-History-of-the-Musical-Violet Playbill.com offers a look at the history of the musical Violet, which opens on Broadway April 20.

]]>
Robert Simonson
PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: Act One — Miles & Miles & Miles of Hart Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:31 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/190206-PLAYBILL-ON-OPENING-NIGHT-Act-One-mdash-Miles-Miles-Miles-of-Hart Act One, the stage adaptation of Moss Hart's show-business memoir, opened April 17 at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre. Santino Fontana, Andrea Martin and Tony Shalhoub were there. So was Playbill.com

]]>
Harry Haun
STAGE PORTRAIT: The Cripple of Inishmaan's Daniel Radcliffe Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/190190-STAGE-PORTRAIT-The-Cripple-of-Inishmaans-Daniel-Radcliffe Acclaimed illustrator Ken Fallin's drawings of the greatest stars and scenes of the theatrical world are a recurring part of Playbill.com.

]]>
Andrew Gans
PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "Still Dreaming of Paradise..." A Two-Show Day (and Opening Night!) With Paper Mill's South Pacific Star Erin Mackey Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:40 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/190136-PHOTO-EXCLUSIVE-Still-Dreaming-of-Paradise-A-Two-Show-Day-and-Opening-Night-With-Paper-Mills-South-Pacific-Star-Erin-Mackey Broadway soprano Erin Mackey (Wicked, Chaplin) stars as cockeyed optimist Nellie Forbush in Paper Mill Playhouse's new production of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific. She shares exclusive photos taken on April 13, the show's opening night.

]]>
Matthew Blank
From Romeo and Juliet to Of Mice and Men, A Look at the 2013-14 Season: The Play Revivals Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/190196-From-Romeo-and-Juliet-to-Of-Mice-and-Men-A-Look-at-the-2013-14-Season-The-Play-Revivals With the 2013-14 Broadway season coming to a close this month (April 24 is the cut-off date for eligibility for the 68th Annual Tony Awards), Playbill.com offers a four-part look at the current season. Here are this season's play revivals.

]]>
Playbill Staff
Learn Your Lessons Well: The Golden Rules of Etiquette for Broadway Audiences Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/190191-Learn-Your-Lessons-Well-The-Golden-Rules-of-Etiquette-for-Broadway-Audiences Playbill.com offers a guide to proper etiquette for theatregoing audience members.

]]>
Carey Purcell
PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: Of Mice and Men — See What the Boys in the Bunkhouse Will Have Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:31 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/190156-PLAYBILL-ON-OPENING-NIGHT-Of-Mice-and-Men-mdash-See-What-the-Boys-in-the-Bunkhouse-Will-Have Of Mice and Men opened April 16 on Broadway. Playbill.com was there.]]> Harry Haun From the Small Screen to the Great White Way: 11 TV Stars We'd Love to See on Broadway Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/190133-From-the-Small-Screen-to-the-Great-White-Way-11-TV-Stars-Wed-Love-to-See-on-Broadway Playbill.com offers a collection of actors recently seen on TV that we hope will soon perform on the Broadway stage. 

]]>
Benjamin Solomon
Broadway's Leading Ladies Go Commercial, Part 1: Florence Henderson, Ethel Merman, Carol Channing and More in Ads from 1950s-70s Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/190134-Broadways-Leading-Ladies-Go-Commercial-Part-1-Florence-Henderson-Ethel-Merman-Carol-Channing-and-More-in-Ads-from-1950s-70s Sit in front of a television set long enough, and you'll probably see a familiar Broadway face or two — and not just on your regularly scheduled programs, but in the commercials, too. In fact, there have been so many commercials featuring stars of the Great White Way over the years that we've decided to spend a few weeks looking back at some of our favorites. In part one, we take a look at ads starring Broadway's leading ladies that aired from the 1950s through the 1970s. Look out for Ethel Merman selling Vel with a familiar Jule Styne tune, Florence Henderson in an Oldsmobile ad inspired by a song from The Music Man and even Carol Channing in an ad for Atari.

]]>
David Gewirtzman
THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Tony Nominee and Under My Skin Star Kerry Butler Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/190078-THEIR-FAVORITE-THINGS-Tony-Nominee-and-Under-My-Skin-Star-Kerry-Butler-Shares-Her-Theatregoing-Experiences Playbill.com's feature series Their Favorite Things asks members of the theatre community to share the Broadway performances that most affected them as part of the audience.

This week we spotlight the choices of Tony-nominated singing actress Kerry Butler, who is currently starring in the new comedy Under My Skin at The Little Shubert Theatre.

]]>
Andrew Gans
PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Julia Murney, Jeremy Jordan, Caissie Levy and Wild Party Concert Cast Pick Favorite Andrew Lippa Songs Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/190079-PLAYBILL-PLAYLIST-Julia-Murney-Jeremy-Jordan-Caissie-Levy-and-Wild-Party-Concert-Cast-Pick-Favorite-Andrew-Lippa-Songs Julia Murney, who received a Drama Desk nomination for her performance as Queenie in Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party, is among the performers who will star in a special concert version of that Drama Desk Award-winning musical. In anticipation of the April 17 evening, Murney and the cast pick their favorite Lippa songs as part of Playbill.com's Playbill Playlist

]]>
Michael Gioia
PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill—Audra Takes a Holiday Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:30 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/190045-PLAYBILL-ON-OPENING-NIGHT-Lady-Day-at-Emersons-Bar-and-GrillAudra-Takes-a-Holiday Playbill.com offers a behind-the-scenes look at opening night of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill starring five-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald.

]]>
Harry Haun
Broadway Grosses: April 7-13 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:23 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/190003-Broadway-Grosses-April-7-13 Andrew Ku A LETTER FROM LONDON: Back to the Barricades of Les Misérables and Paying a Visit to Versailles Sun, 13 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/189981-A-LETTER-FROM-LONDON-Back-to-the-Barricades-of-Les-Misrables-and-Paying-a-Visit-to-Versailles The monthly missive from Across the Pond pays a return visit Les Misérables and explores the new productions The Full Monty, Versailles and The AZ of Mrs P, along with a production of Do I Hear a Waltz?

]]>
Ruth Leon
STAGE VIEWS: Jersey Boys Star Joseph Leo Bwarie Sat, 12 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/189958-STAGE-VIEWS-Jersey-Boys-Star-Joseph-Leo-Bwarie Playbill.com's series features actors commenting on their recent theatregoing experiences, what productions they're looking forward to and more.

]]>
Andrew Gans
Egregiously Overlooked: Top Ten Broadway Musical Performances That Should Have Been Tony-Nominated Sat, 12 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/189991-Egregiously-Overlooked-Top-Ten-Broadway-Musical-Performances-That-Should-Have-Been-Tony-Nominated Awards season is underway, and Playbill.com contributor Ben Rimalower shares his list of the top ten Broadway musical performers who were overlooked when Tony Award nominations were announced.

]]>
Ben Rimalower
Who Will Win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2014? Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:44 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/189959-Who-Will-Win-the-Pulitzer-Prize-for-Drama-in-2014 The juries for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama have delighted in confounding expectations the past couple years. The last two winners were the unexpected Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar in 2013 and Water By the Spoonful by Quiara Alegria Hudes in 2012. The 2014 winner, should there be one, will be announced April 14.

]]>
Robert Simonson
STAGE PORTRAIT: Bullets Over Broadway's Nick Cordero, Zach Braff, Marin Mazzie, Vincent Pastore and Heléne Yorke Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:08 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/189943-STAGE-PORTRAIT-Bullets-Over-Broadways-Nick-Cordero-Zach-Braff-Marin-Mazzie-Vincent-Pastore-and-Helne-Yorke Acclaimed illustrator Ken Fallin's drawings of the greatest stars and scenes of the theatrical world are a recurring part of Playbill.com.

]]>
Andrew Gans
PHOTO ARCHIVE: Neil Patrick Harris' Life in the Theatre Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:38 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/189933-PHOTO-ARCHIVE-Neil-Patrick-Harris-Life-in-the-Theatre Neil Patrick Harris is back on Broadway in a new production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Harris — who rose to fame as the young star of "Doogie Howser, M.D." — has chalked up an impressive theatre resume over the last 17 years.

]]>
Matthew Blank
From "Goodbye to Berlin" to I Am a Camera, A History of Cabaret's Journey to the Stage Fri, 11 Apr 2014 04:02 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/189945-From-Goodbye-to-Berlin-to-I-Am-a-Camera-A-History-of-Cabarets-Journey-to-the-Stage Cabaret and the process of collaborating with Harold Prince while adapting the novel and play into a musical.]]> Robert Simonson From A Time to Kill to Casa Valentina, A Look at the 2013-14 Season: The Plays Fri, 11 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/189961-From-A-Time-to-Killnbspto-Casa-Valentina-A-Look-at-the-2013-14-Season-The-Plays With the 2013-14 Broadway season coming to a close this month (April 24 is the cut-off date for eligibility for the 68th Annual Tony Awards), Playbill.com offers a four-part look at the current season. Here are this season's original plays.

]]>
Playbill Staff
PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: On the Road With Richard Cerato and the New Joseph... Tour, Starring Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:48 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/189910-PHOTO-EXCLUSIVE-On-the-Road-With-Richard-Cerato-and-the-New-Joseph-Tour-Starring-Ace-Young-and-Diana-DeGarmo The new 2014 national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat stars "American Idol" alums and newlyweds Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young. Richard Cerato, who is featured as "Gad," shares these exclusive photos from the road.

]]>
Matthew Blank
From Robert Goulet to Jonathan Groff: Broadway's Leading Men Get Animated Thu, 10 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/189885-From-Robert-Goulet-to-Jonathan-Groff-Broadways-Leading-Men-Get-Animated Have you ever been sitting in a movie theatre watching an animated film, or in front of a television watching a cartoon, and thought to yourself that the voice of that singing dog or fish or prince sounded strangely familiar?

]]>
David Gewirtzman
PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Tony Winner Steve Kazee Picks His Favorite Indie-Rock and Alt-Country Songs Wed, 09 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/189850-PLAYBILL-PLAYLIST-Tony-Winner-Steve-Kazee-Picks-His-Favorite-Indie-Rock-and-Alt-Country-Songs Tony Award-winning Once actor Steve Kazee will return to 54 Below April 11-12. In anticipation of the singer-actor-songwriter's return, Kazee picks his favorite indie-rock and alt-country songs as part of this week's Playbill Playlist.

]]>
Michael Gioia
THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Pippin Star Kyle Dean Massey Shares His Theatregoing Experiences Wed, 09 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/189851-THEIR-FAVORITE-THINGS-Pippin-Star-Kyle-Dean-Massey-Shares-His-Theatregoing-Experiences Playbill.com's feature series Their Favorite Things asks members of the theatre community to share the Broadway performances that most affected them as part of the audience.

This week we spotlight the choices of singing actor Kyle Dean Massey, who currently stars in the title role of the Tony-winning Broadway revival of Pippin at the Music Box Theatre.

]]>
Andrew Gans