Playbill.com : Features Copyright (c) %2014 Playbill.com, Inc. All Rights Reserved. http://www.playbill.com/ Playbill.com : Features en-us 07/23/2014 04:57:24 AM 60 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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Ben Rimalower
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
Pump Boys and Dinettes Serves Up Delicious Evening at City Center Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:30 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193643-Pump-Boys-and-Dinettes-Serves-Up-Delicious-Evening-at-City-Center Encores! Off-Center concludes its 2014 season with Pump Boys and Dinettes, starring Hunter Foster and Katie Thompson.

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Steven Suskin
PLAYBILL POLL: Who Should Kill It as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho? Readers Respond Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:26 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193664-PLAYBILL-POLL-Who-Should-Kill-It-as-Patrick-Bateman-in-American-Psycho-Readers-Respond Second Stage has announced that American Psycho, the musical based on the 1991 Bret Easton Ellis novel of the same name, will begin performances in February 2015. The production has already had legs in London, where "Doctor Who" leading man Matt Smith played the iconically terrifying role of Patrick Bateman, a part originated on film by Christian Bale. The novel, movie and London production were bloody, sinister and terrifying for audiences of all shapes and sizes...so which actor will take on the deadly feat of bringing Patrick Bateman back to New York City?

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Philippe Bowgen
Director Liesl Tommy on Her Revolutionary Production of Les Misérables at Dallas Theater Center Thu, 17 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193638-Director-Liesl-Tommy-on-Her-Revolutionary-Production-of-Les-Misrables-at-Dallas-Theater-Center It seems like director Liesl Tommy is everywhere. And deservingly so. Having recently directed Appropriate at the Signature Theatre Off-Broadway to high acclaim, making several appearances throughout some of the largest theatres in the country and winning multiple awards, she is a “revolutionary” presence on the American theatre scene. Playbill.com caught up with the award-winning leader of Dallas Theater Center’s new, contemporary production of Les Misérables and got a chance to hear what inspired Tommy to create a personal, dangerous production of a classic with a diverse group of actors, designers and collaborators.

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Philippe Bowgen
PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Barrett Wilbert Weed, Lilli Cooper, Jennifer Damiano and More Pick Favorite Taylor Swift Performances Thu, 17 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193639-PLAYBILL-PLAYLIST-Barrett-Wilbert-Weed-Lilli-Cooper-Jennifer-Damiano-and-More-Pick-Favorite-Taylor-Swift-Performances A Taylor Swift Love Story, featuring the music of Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift, will be held July 22 at 54 Below. In anticipation of the concert, members of the cast and creative team pick their favorite Swift performances as part of this week's Playbill Playlist.

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Michael Gioia
"God Bless the Child": A Track-by-Track Breakdown of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, Starring Audra McDonald Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:04 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193595-God-Bless-the-Child-A-Track-by-Track-Breakdown-of-Lady-Day-at-Emersons-Bar-and-Grill-Starring-Audra-McDonald PS Classics released a two-disc, live original Broadway cast album of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, starring six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, July 15. Playbill.com staff writer Michael Gioia breaks down the score track by track.

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Michael Gioia
"God Bless the Child": A Track-by-Track Breakdown of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, Starring Audra McDonald Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:04 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193609-God-Bless-the-Child-A-Track-by-Track-Breakdown-of-Lady-Day-at-Emersons-Bar-and-Grill-Starring-Audra-McDonald PS Classics released a two-disc, live original Broadway cast album of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, starring six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, July 15. Playbill.com staff writer Michael Gioia breaks down the score track by track.

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Michael Gioia
PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Chaplin Tattoos, Midnight Tech and Mustache Maintenance! A Week at The Muny With Addams Family Star Rob McClure Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:54 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193596-PHOTO-EXCLUSIVE-Chaplin-Tattoos-Midnight-Tech-and-Mustache-Maintenance-A-Week-at-The-Muny-With-Addams-Family-Star-Rob-McClure The Addams Family, takes Playbill readers behind the scenes at the famed outdoor venue where 7 shows are staged back-to-back every summer (with 11 total days of rehearsal each).]]> Matthew Blank THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: If/Then Star James Snyder Shares His Theatregoing Experiences Wed, 16 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193594-THEIR-FAVORITE-THINGS-If-Then-Star-James-Snyder-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 James Snyder, who is currently starring opposite Idina Menzel in the new musical If/Then at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

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Andrew Gans
Broadway on a Budget! A Gentleman's Guide to Rush, Lotto, SRO and More Tue, 15 Jul 2014 04:03 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193552-Broadway-on-a-Budget-A-Gentlemans-Guide-to-Rush-Lotto-SRO-and-More Playbill.com offers a guide to navigating the rush and lottery lines for Broadway shows with tips and tricks from seasoned veterans.

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Richard Patterson
Broadway Grosses: July 7-13 Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:22 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193502-Broadway-Grosses-July-7-13
All data provided by The Broadway League.

View Broadway Grosses in a sortable table or view by show at the Playbill Vault.
 

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David Gewirtzman
"Nate" Author Tim Federle's Book Tour Takes Him To Every School But His Own Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193527-Nate-Author-Tim-Federles-Book-Tour-Takes-Him-To-Every-School-But-His-Own Tim Federle, author of the novel "Better Nate Than Ever," opens up to Playbill.com about reaching young adult readers who feel they don't fit in — and being turned away from some schools where his voice may be needed.

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Whitney Chitwood
ON THE RECORD: Brian Stokes Mitchell, LaChanze and More Celebrate Ahrens and Flaherty in Starry Recording of Nice Fighting You Sun, 13 Jul 2014 04:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193472-ON-THE-RECORD-Brian-Stokes-Mitchell-LaChanze-and-More-Celebrate-Ahrens-and-Flaherty-in-Starry-Recording-of-Nice-Fighting-You This week's column looks at Nice Fighting You, a celebration of work by award-winning composers Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. 

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Steven Suskin
PLAYBILL POLL: Readers Share Their Favorite YouTube Performances Featuring Broadway Actresses Sun, 13 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193474-PLAYBILL-POLL-Readers-Share-Their-Favorite-YouTube-Performances-Featuring-Broadway-Actresses What better way is there to beat the heat than to binge-watch your favorite YouTube videos? Playbill.com asked our readers to share the videos they can't stop watching: From Audra McDonald's silky voice to Natalie Weiss' riffs, here are our readers' favorite YouTube performances featuring Broadway actresses.

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Jared Clough
It's Too Darn Hot! The Top 10 Summer Showtunes Sat, 12 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193470-Its-Too-Darn-Hot-The-Top-10-Summer-Showtunes- Playbill.com correspondent Ben Rimalower offers a collection of the best Broadway showtunes to sing along to during the summer.

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Ben Rimalower
STAGE VIEWS: Broadway's Curt Bouril On Gentleman's Guide, Cabaret, Million Dollar Quartet and More Sat, 12 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193471-STAGE-VIEWS-Broadways-Curt-Bouril-On-Gentlemans-Guide-Cabaret-Million-Dollar-Quartet-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
Let Her Entertain You: Leslie Uggams on Surviving Childhood Stardom and Playing Legendary Role of Mama Rose Sat, 12 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193473-Let-Her-Entertain-You-Leslie-Uggams-on-Surviving-Childhood-Stardom-and-Playing-Legendary-Role-of-Mama-Rose Tony and Emmy Award winner Leslie Uggams continues her streak of classic leading lady roles by taking on Mama Rose in a groundbreaking multiracial production of Gypsy at Connecticut Repertory Theatre.

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Karu F. Daniels
PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "Chim Chim Cher-ee!" Robert Creighton Invites Playbill Behind the Scenes at Music Circus' Mary Poppins Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:25 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193446-PHOTO-EXCLUSIVE-Chim-Chim-Cher-ee-Robert-Creighton-Invites-Playbill-Behind-the-Scenes-at-Music-Circus-Mary-Poppins Mary Poppins. Broadway regular Robert Creighton (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), who plays leading man Bert, takes readers behind the scenes at the famed Northern California venue.]]> Matthew Blank Beignets, Booze and Broadway: 10 Hidden Gems for Brunching You Gotta Try Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193467-Beignets-Booze-and-Broadway-10-Hidden-Gems-for-Brunching-You-Gotta-Try Brunch and Broadway are two of our favorite things here at Playbill. What could be better than a delicious meal, a refreshing drink and an afternoon performance? We put together a collection of our favorite brunch spots in Hell's Kitchen, where theatregoers can enjoy a relaxing meal and make it to the show in time for the overture. 

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Carey Purcell
What's Your Damage? A Track-by-Track Breakdown of the Heathers: The Musical Cast Album Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:24 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193476-Whats-Your-Damage-A-Track-by-Track-Breakdown-of-the-Heathers-The-Musical-Cast-Album The world-premiere cast recording of Off-Broadway's Heathers: The Musical was released last month, and Playbill.com staff writer Michael Gioia breaks down the score track by track.

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Michael Gioia
PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "It's Getting Hot in Here!" The Best Moments of Broadway's Sexiest Group, The Skivvies Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:02 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193433-PHOTO-EXCLUSIVE-Its-Getting-Hot-in-Here-The-Best-Moments-of-Broadways-Sexiest-Group-The-Skivvies Since their inaugural concert in the summer of 2012, The Skivvies have gained a loyal following, played dozens of shows and welcomed a wide roster of scantily-clad guests. Led by Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley, Broadway's sexiest group shows no signs of slowing. We've compiled a selection of our favorite moments with The Skivvies.

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Matthew Blank
PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: From Joel to Alan to Raúl to NPH; Looking Back at the Many Mysterious Emcees of Cabaret Fri, 11 Jul 2014 05:28 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193385-PHOTO-EXCLUSIVE-From-Joel-to-Alan-to-Ral-to-NPH-Looking-Back-at-the-Many-Mysterious-Emcees-of-Cabaret Cabaret plays a return engagement. With Alan Cumming reprising his Tony-winning performance as the seductive Emcee, we look back at some of the other men (and ladies) who have bid audiences "willkommen" over the years.]]> Matthew Blank "Mad Men" and In Your Arms Star Robert Morse on Making Jon Hamm Cry Fri, 11 Jul 2014 04:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193425-Mad-Men-and-In-Your-Arms-Star-Robert-Morse-on-Making-Jon-Hamm-Cry Robert Morse, a two-time Tony Award winner for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Tru, returns to the stage after seven years on "Mad Men" in Christopher Gattelli’s dance ensemble piece In Your Arms. 

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Robert Simonson
Halley Feiffer on Writing Her Play in One Day — And Spending Three Years Revising It Fri, 11 Jul 2014 04:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193426-Halley-Feiffer-on-Writing-Her-Play-in-One-Day-And-Spending-Three-Years-Revising-It Playbill.com sits down with Halley Feiffer, whose play I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard is part of the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. 

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Ademola Bello
From Central Park to a Downtown Parking Lot: Summer Shows to See Outdoors Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/193377-From-Central-Park-to-a-Downtown-Parking-Lot-Summer-Shows-to-See-Outdoors New York is heating up — the summer theatre scene as well as the city itself. Playbill.com offers a collection of outdoor productions for theatregoers ready to brave the heat and enjoy seeing a show under the stars.

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Carey Purcell