Playbill.com : Features Copyright (c) %2014 Playbill.com, Inc. All Rights Reserved. http://www.playbill.com/ Playbill.com : Features en-us 07/31/2014 01:40:53 PM 60 PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "The World According to Chris!" Backstage at the DC Premiere of Carrie With Cast Member Eben Logan Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:32 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194062-PHOTO-EXCLUSIVE-The-World-According-to-Chris-Backstage-at-the-DC-Premiere-of-Carrie-With-Cast-Member-Eben-Logan Carrie, based on the Stephen King novel, which officially opened July 13 at the Studio Theatre. Eben Logan, who plays mean girl Chris Hargensen, offers a look backstage.]]> Matthew Blank Everyone's a Critic: Chris Jones on the Changing State of Journalism and Interacting With Readers Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194058-Everyones-a-Critic-Chris-Jones-on-the-Changing-State-of-Journalism-and-Interacting-With-Readers Chicago Tribune theatre critic and director of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Critics Institute Chris Jones talks with Playbill.com about the state of theatre criticism in present-day culture.

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Ademola Bello
THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Beautiful Tony Nominee Anika Larsen Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194057-THEIR-FAVORITE-THINGS-Beautiful-Tony-Nominee-Anika-Larsen-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 singing actress Anika Larsen, a 2014 Tony nominee for her performance as Cynthia Weil in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

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Andrew Gans
PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Poodles, Parrots and Pinterest; A Two-Show Day at Off-Broadway's Piece of My Heart With Leslie Kritzer Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:34 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194024-PHOTO-EXCLUSIVE-Poodles-Parrots-and-Pinterest-A-Two-Show-Day-at-Off-Broadways-Piece-of-My-Heart-With-Leslie-Kritzer Piece of My Heart, a new musical based on the life and songs of legendary songwriter Bert Berns. She shares a recent two-show day!]]> Matthew Blank 7 Fall Broadway Shows to Get Tickets to Now Before It's Too Late! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:02 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194019-7-Fall-Broadway-Shows-to-Get-Tickets-to-Now-Before-Its-Too-Late The 2014 fall Broadway season is filling up with star-driven comedies, mysterious new dramas, revivals of Pulitzer Prize-winning classics and buzzed-about musical premieres. Here's our list of seven fall shows to get tickets to now before they sell out.

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Stars of Summer: Goodspeed's Fiddler on the Roof Star Elizabeth DeRosa on Hiking Trails and the Charm of Small Towns Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194018-Stars-of-Summer-Goodspeeds-Fiddler-on-the-Roof-Star-Elizabeth-DeRosa-on-Hiking-Trails-and-the-Charm-of-Small-Towns Playbill.com catches up with Elizabeth DeRosa, starring as Hodel in the Goodspeed Opera House production of Fiddler on the Roof, which continues through Sept. 12.

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Whitney Spaner
Broadway Grosses: July 21-27 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:59 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193973-Broadway-Grosses-July-21-27 Andrew Ku PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "Putting It Together!" Claybourne Elder, Brynn O'Malley and Cast Rehearse Signature's Sunday in the Park with George Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:41 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193966-PHOTO-EXCLUSIVE-Putting-It-Together-Claybourne-Elder-Brynn-OMalley-and-Cast-Rehearse-Signatures-Sunday-in-the-Park-with-George Sunday in the Park with George will begin performances Aug. 5 in the MAX Theatre. We offer an exclusive look inside the rehearsal studio!]]> Matthew Blank Lindsey Ferrentino on Survival Instinct and Bringing Virtual Reality to the Stage in Ugly Lies the Bone Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193963-Lindsey-Ferrentino-on-Survival-Instinct-and-Bringing-Virtual-Reality-to-the-Stage-in-Ugly-Lies-the-Bone Lindsey Ferrentino chats with Playbill.com about her play Ugly Lies the Bone.

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Ademola Bello
Impassioned New York City Students Find Home Away From Home at Rosie's Theater Kids Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193980-Impassioned-New-York-City-Students-Find-Home-Away-From-Home-at-Rosies-Theater-Kids Rosie O'Donnell received the 2014 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award for her work with Rosie's Theater Kids, the Manhattan arts education organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children through the arts. Playbill.com stopped by the Maravel Arts Center, home to RTKids, to check out the children's work.

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Michael Gioia
Robert Schenkkan Talks LBJ Tragedy in All The Way Follow Up The Great Society Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:02 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193953-Robert-Schenkkan-Talks-LBJ-Tragedy-in-All-The-Way-Follow-Up-The-Great-Society Playbill.com catches up with award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan and actor Jack Willis, starring as Lyndon Baines Johnson in The Great Society, Schenkkan's second installment of plays about President Johnson.

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Evan Henerson
ON THE RECORD: Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry and Colin Donnell "Let It Sing" in Broadway Recording of Violet Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193934-ON-THE-RECORD-Sutton-Foster-Joshua-Henry-and-Colin-Donnell-Let-It-Sing-in-Broadway-Recording-of-Violet- This week's column visits the recording of the Broadway production of Violet.

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Steven Suskin
PLAYBILL POLL: Readers Share Their Favorite Elaine Stritch Performances Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193935-PLAYBILL-POLL-Readers-Share-Their-Favorite-Elaine-Stritch-Performances In honor of Tony and Emmy Award-winning singing actress Elaine Stritch, Playbill.com asked readers to share their favorite performances by the late, celebrated and iconic artist.

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Jared Clough
STAGE VIEWS: Wicked's Christine Dwyer On Beautiful, Hedwig and Gypsy Sat, 26 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193932-STAGE-VIEWS-Wickeds-Christine-Dwyer-On-Beautiful-Hedwig-and-Gypsy Playbill.com's series features actors commenting on their recent theatregoing experiences, what productions they're looking forward to and more.

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Andrew Gans
"Being Alive": The Essential 11 O'Clock Numbers for Men Sat, 26 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193936-Being-Alive-The-Essential-11-OClock-Numbers-for-Men- Playbill.com correspondent Ben Rimalower offers a collection of the top 10 show-stopping 11 o'clock numbers sung by men.

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Ben Rimalower
Stars of Summer: Elizabeth Stanley Multi-Tasks Through a Summer of Leading Roles Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193933-Stars-of-Summer-Elizabeth-Stanley-Multi-Tasks-Through-a-Summer-of-Leading-Roles Playbill.com speaks with Elizabeth Stanley, currently starring in Cats at Pittsburgh CLO, in our new feature that catches up with actors who are spending their summers on stages out of town. 

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Whitney Spaner
Sundance Playwrights Sound Off on Female Emergence, Blacklisting and Advocacy Group The Kilroys Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193903-Sundance-Playwrights-Sound-Off-on-Female-Emergence-Blacklisting-and-Advocacy-Group-The-Kilroys Sundance Theatre Lab participants Dominique Morisseau, Annie Baker and Sheila Callaghan open up to Playbill.com about the roles women are playing in the theatre — both onstage and off.

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Carey Purcell
PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "Here on Who..." A Week at the St. Louis Muny With Raymond J. Lee and the Cast of Seussical Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:43 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193905-PHOTO-EXCLUSIVE-Here-on-Who-A-Week-at-the-St-Louis-Muny-With-Raymond-J-Lee-and-the-Cast-of-Seussical Anything Goes) is currently performing in family-friendly musical Seussical at St. Louis' famed Muny. With help from castmate Koh Mochizuki, Lee documented his first Muny experience for Playbill.com!]]> Matthew Blank Julia Gytri and Avi Amon Talk The O'Neill, The White City and Setting Murder to Music Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193898-Julia-Gytri-and-Avi-Amon-Talk-The-ONeill-The-White-City-and-Setting-Murder-to-Music Julia Gytri and Avi Amon, attendees of the Eugene O'Neill National Music Theater Conference, chat with Playbill.com about their new musical The White City. 

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Ademola Bello
PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Off-Broadway's Piece of My Heart Cast Members Pick Favorite Songs by Bert Berns Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193860-PLAYBILL-PLAYLIST-Off-Broadways-Piece-of-My-Heart-Cast-Members-Pick-Favorite-Songs-by-Bert-Berns Piece of My Heart, a new musical based on the life and songs of legendary songwriter Bert Berns, opened Off-Broadway July 21 at The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center. Members of the cast pick their favorite songs by Berns as part of this week's Playbill Playlist.

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Michael Gioia
PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "Water in the Well!" A Two-Show Day at Broadway's Violet With "Young Violet," Emerson Steele Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:14 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193829-PHOTO-EXCLUSIVE-Water-in-the-Well-A-Two-Show-Day-at-Broadways-Violet-With-Young-Violet-Emerson-Steele Violet. The 14-year-old actress, who boasts a powerful voice and bears a striking resemblance to Sutton Foster, takes us behind the scenes!]]> Matthew Blank PLAYBILL PICKS: Playbill.com Staff Members Choose Their Favorite YouTube Performances By Broadway Actors Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:30 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193839-PLAYBILL-PICKS-Playbillcom-Staff-Members-Choose-Their-Favorite-YouTube-Performances-By-Broadway-Actors Move aside, ladies! Last week, we shared favorite YouTube performances featuring Broadway actresses. This week, we scoured the Internet to find performances that feature the men of the Great White Way. Click through to see a selection of our staff's favorite videos.

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Jared Clough
PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Meet the Girls! The Contestants of Off-Broadway's Drag Musical Pageant Share Their Inspirations, Beauty Tips and More! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:20 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193802-PHOTO-EXCLUSIVE-Meet-the-Girls-The-Contestants-of-Off-Broadways-Drag-Musical-Pageant-Share-Their-Inspirations-Beauty-Tips-and-More Pageant, which opened July 14 after previews that began June 29, recently extended through Sept. 21 at the Davenport Theatre. Meet the girls and get on down to the show to vote for your favorite!]]> Matthew Blank THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Newsies Star Capathia Jenkins Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193809-THEIR-FAVORITE-THINGS-Newsies-Star-Capathia-Jenkins-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 singing actress Capathia Jenkins, who recently returned to the role of Medda Larkin, a part she created, in the Tony-winning musical Newsies at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre.

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Andrew Gans
Broadway Grosses: July 14-20 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:22 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193737-Broadway-Grosses-July-14-20 Andrew Ku A Killer Among Us: Gentleman's Guide Tony Nominee Bryce Pinkham Chats About Being Broadway's Bad Boy Mon, 21 Jul 2014 04:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193732-A-Killer-Among-Us-Gentlemans-Guide-Tony-Nominee-Bryce-Pinkham-Chats-About-Being-Broadways-Bad-Boy Bryce Pinkham, a 2014 Tony Award nominee for his performance in Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, is the go-to Broadway badass and enjoys taking a stab at the challenge.

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Michael Gioia
In Her Own Words: Little Shop's Ellen Greene Remembers Her Friend and Mentor, Filmmaker Paul Mazursky Mon, 21 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193752-In-Her-Own-Words-Little-Shops-Ellen-Greene-Remembers-Her-Friend-and-Mentor-Filmmaker-Paul-Mazursky Stage and screen star Ellen Greene, forever linked with the role of the lovably ditzy Audrey in both the stage and screen incarnations of The Little Shop of Horrors, remembers her friend and mentor, filmmaker Paul Mazursky, who cast the gifted actress in her first motion picture, "Next Stop, Greenwich Village."

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Andrew Gans
THE BOOK SHELF: Historical Peeks at the Group Theatre and Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Vocals for Beautiful, Gent's Guide and More Sun, 20 Jul 2014 04:02 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193725-THE-BOOK-SHELF-Historical-Peeks-at-the-Group-Theatre-and-Eugene-ONeill-Theater-Center-Vocals-for-Beautiful-Gents-Guide-and-More This month's column discusses Helen Krich Chinoy's new book about The Group Theatre; Jeffrey Sweet's 50th anniversary celebration of The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center; a bookful of monologues by Eric Bogosian; and vocal selection folios of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and Ahrens and Flaherty's Rocky.

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Steven Suskin
A LETTER FROM LONDON: Thomas Cromwell Comes to the Stage and Miss Saigon's Helicopter Lands Again Sun, 20 Jul 2014 04:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193709-A-LETTER-FROM-LONDON-Thomas-Cromwell-Comes-to-the-Stage-and-Miss-Saigons-Helicopter-Lands-Again The monthly missive from Across the Pond reflects on the stage adaptations of Hilary Mantel's novels and the revival of the blockbuster musical Miss Saigon.

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Ruth Leon
Bring Some Drama To The Beach! Our Best Broadway Summer Reads Sun, 20 Jul 2014 04:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193730-Bring-Some-Drama-To-The-Beach-Our-Best-Broadway-Summer-Reads Don't miss your Broadway fix while you're soaking up the rays this July and August. Playbill.com has compiled a list of Broadway history, memoirs and story-telling that will bring the drama to your deck chairs. Let yourself lounge with selections from Patti LuPone's memoirs or take a dive into the world of Arthur Laurents. Put away the remote, dig your toes into the sand and pick up one of our summer favorites below.

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Playbill Staff
PLAYBILL POLL: Readers Share Their Favorite YouTube Performances Featuring Broadway Actors Sun, 20 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193729-PLAYBILL-POLL-Readers-Share-Their-Favorite-YouTube-Performances-Featuring-Broadway-Actors Last week, we asked our readers to share their favorite YouTube performances featuring a Broadway actress. This week, we wanted to know what male vocal performances our readers can't stop watching. Click through to see their favorite YouTube performances featuring a Broadway actor.

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Jared Clough
"This Time For Me": The Essential 11 O'Clock Numbers Sat, 19 Jul 2014 04:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193706-This-Time-For-Me-The-Essential-11-OClock-Numbers- Playbill.com correspondent Ben Rimalower offers a collection of the most exciting 11 o'clock numbers from Broadway musicals.

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Jarrod Spector and Anika Larsen Find "That Lovin' Feelin'" in Beautiful Sat, 19 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193690-Jarrod-Spector-and-Anika-Larsen-Find-That-Lovin-Feelin-in-Beautiful- Anika Larsen and Jarrod Spector, starring as husband and wife in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, chat with Playbill.com about what makes their relationship work, both onstage and off.

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Brandon Voss
STAGE VIEWS: They Call Me Q Star On Proof, Once, Gentleman's Guide and More Sat, 19 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193707-STAGE-VIEWS-They-Call-Me-Q-Star-On-Proof-Once-Gentlemans-Guide-and-More Playbill.com's series features actors commenting on their recent theatregoing experiences, what productions they're looking forward to and more.

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Andrew Gans
Jambalaya and Jazz Hands: 18 Can't-Miss Spots for Pre- and Post-Show Dining Fri, 18 Jul 2014 04:03 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193680-Jambalaya-and-Jazz-Hands-18-Cant-Miss-Spots-for-Pre--and-Post-Show-Dining Playbill.com's staff offers a collection of restaurants that offer the best dining in Hell's Kitchen, from quick, casual places to fancy spots for a special night on the town.

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Carey Purcell
Booking It! Casting Director Tara Rubin On Auditioning for Long-Running Shows, First Impressions, Callback Pitfalls and More Fri, 18 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193677-Booking-It-Casting-Director-Tara-Rubin-On-Auditioning-for-Long-Running-Shows-First-Impressions-Callback-Pitfalls-and-More Playbill.com's new feature series Booking It asks leading industry members to share professional insights, need-to-know tips and essential tricks of the trade for up-and-coming and established theatre artists. This week we speak with casting director Tara Rubin.

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Michael Gioia
PLAYBILL PICKS: Playbill.com Staff Members Choose Their Favorite YouTube Performances By Broadway Actresses Fri, 18 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193689-PLAYBILL-PICKS-Playbillcom-Staff-Members-Choose-Their-Favorite-YouTube-Performances-By-Broadway-Actresses Last week Playbill.com asked our readers to share their favorite Broadway-related YouTube videos. After viewing our readers' choices, we couldn't help but share our own. Click through to see what YouTube performances help get us through the workday.

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Jared Clough
Everybody Rise: Patti LuPone, Stephen Sondheim, Bernadette Peters, Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Kristin Chenoweth and More Reflect on Elaine Stritch Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:23 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193661-Everybody-Rise-Patti-LuPone-Stephen-Sondheim-Bernadette-Peters-Alec-Baldwin-Tina-Fey-Kristin-Chenoweth-and-More-Reflect-on-Elaine-Stritch Glorious. Larger than life. Dangerous. These are just a few of the words used to describe late Tony Award-winning stage veteran Elaine Stritch by some members of the theatre and entertainment industry who were influenced by her singular talent.

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Adam Hetrick
Remembering a Legend: The Essential Elaine Stritch on Disc Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193662-Remembering-a-Legend-The-Essential-Elaine-Stritch-on-Disc Elaine Stritch, the Broadway icon who defined theatrical life on and off stage, died July 17 at the age of 89. Playbill.com looks back at the irreplaceable veteran with our retrospective of her numerous recordings.

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Steven Suskin
Here's To the Lady Who Lunched: Dozens of Broadway Stars Remember Elaine Stritch Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:45 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193665-Heres-To-the-Lady-Who-Lunched-Dozens-of-Broadway-Stars-Remember-Elaine-Stritch Elaine Stritch, the theatrical icon who took home a 2002 Special Tony Award for Elaine Stritch at Liberty, died July 17. Broadway stars sent personal messages to Playbill.com and took to Twitter to remember the beloved member of the theatre community.

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Michael Gioia