Playbill.com : News Copyright (c) %2014 Playbill.com, Inc. All Rights Reserved. http://www.playbill.com/ Playbill.com : News en-us 07/24/2014 12:23:25 AM 60 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/news/article/193815-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 ARCHIVE: From Steel Pier to Promises, Promises; The Greatest Stage Moments of Birthday Gal Kristin Chenoweth Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193814-PHOTO-ARCHIVE-From-Steel-Pier-to-Promises-Promises-The-Greatest-Stage-Moments-of-Birthday-Gal-Kristin-Chenoweth Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth celebrates her birthday July 24. Playbill.com has compiled some favorite photos featuring the stage and screen star.

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Matthew Blank and Joseph Marzullo
Eric Meyers, Jordan Stanley, Zakiya Young Star in Free Off-Broadway Musical The Lightning Thief, Opening Tonight Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193806-Eric-Meyers-Jordan-Stanley-Zakiya-Young-Star-in-Free-Off-Broadway-Musical-The-Lightning-Thief-Opening-Tonight Theatreworks USA, the nation's leading not-for-profit professional theatre for young audiences, presents the new musical The Lightning Thief — the featured production of its 26th annual Free Summer Theatre Program in New York City — which officially opens July 24.

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Andrew Gans
Beth Leavel, Derek Klena, Jason Gotay, Christina Bianco, Natascia Diaz, Joy Franz Offer Tim Realbuto Plenty of Help July 24 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193803-Beth-Leavel-Derek-Klena-Jason-Gotay-Christina-Bianco-Natascia-Diaz-Joy-Franz-Offer-Tim-Realbuto-Plenty-of-Help-July-24 A host of Broadway artists join writer Tim Realbuto for Tim Realbuto: Alone (With Plenty of Help), which is presented July 24 at 54 Below.

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Andrew Gans
Stars from Phantom, Bullets Over Broadway, Avenue Q and More Are Part of Free Broadway in Bryant Park Concert Today Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193799-Stars-from-Phantom-Bullets-Over-Broadway-Avenue-Q-and-More-Are-Part-of-Free-Broadway-in-Bryant-Park-Concert-Today The Broadway in Bryant Park concert series continues July 24. Over 40 theatre artists are participating in the free event, the third concert of the 14th season of the outdoor presentations.

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Andrew Gans
The Protagonist Makes Los Angeles Premiere Tonight Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193795-The-Protagonist-Makes-Los-Angeles-Premiere-Tonight Carthay Films presents the Los Angeles premiere of The Protagonist, a new comic play by Tim Livingston, beginning July 24 at the Lillian Theatre.

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Andrew Gans
Blood and Puppets Collide in Puppet Titus Andronicus, Opening Tonight Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193791-Blood-and-Puppets-Collide-in-Puppet-Titus-Andronicus-Opening-Tonight The Puppet Shakespeare Players and STT Productions present the world premiere of Puppet Titus Andronicus – a new comedic take on Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus performed in the style of Avenue Q – at Theatre Row’s Beckett Theatre, opening July 24. 

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Philippe Bowgen
Bruce Vilanch, Lesli Margherita and More Star in Free Reading of I Had A Ball Today Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193790-Bruce-Vilanch-Lesli-Margherita-and-More-Star-in-Free-Reading-of-I-Had-A-Ball-Today Unsung Musicals Company continues its 2014 developmental reading series at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center with a special presentation of the 1964 musical comedy I Had A Ball July 24 at 2:30 PM.

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Philippe Bowgen
The Playbill Vault Celebrates Tony Award Winner Kristin Chenoweth Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193786-The-Playbill-Vault-Celebrates-Tony-Award-Winner-Kristin-Chenoweth Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth celebrates her birthday July 24. In honor of the special day, the Playbill Vault looks back at her Broadway stage career.

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Megan Dekic
Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell Heat Up Williamstown's Fool for Love, Opening Tonight Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193592-Nina-Arianda-and-Sam-Rockwell-Heat-Up-Williamstowns-Fool-for-Love-Opening-Tonight Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell star in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Sam Shepard's Fool for Love, which opens July 24 on the Nikos Stage.

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Adam Hetrick
Broadway-Studded Whodunnit Villain: DeBlanks Plays 54 Below Tonight Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193588-Broadway-Studded-Whodunnit-Villain-DeBlanks-Plays-54-Below-Tonight Villain: DeBlanks, a fill-in-the-blanks whodunnit featuring special guests from Broadway and beyond, is presented for three performances beginning July 24 at 54 Below. The late-night event is a fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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Adam Hetrick
PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today in Theatre History: JULY 24 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/71033-PLAYBILL-VAULTS-Today-in-Theatre-History-JULY-24 1920 Producer Alexander H. Cohen, known for bringing quality plays to Broadway for six decades, is born today. Lastly represented on Broadway by the Noel Coward play, Waiting in the Wings, starring Lauren Bacall and Rosemary Harris, he will produce 101 Broadway shows, including the 1964 Hamlet starring Richard Burton, Harold Pinter's drama The Homecoming, Peter Brook's Tony Award-winning La Tragedie de Carmen, James Joyce's Ulysses in Nighttown starring Zero Mostel, Dario Fo's Accidental Death of An Anarchist, Long Day's Journey Into Night and Ah, Wilderness!, both starring Jason Robards and Colleen Dewhurst. He will live to age 79.

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David Gewirtzman and Ernio Hernandez, Doug Nevin and Robert Viagas
Irish Rep Will Present Reading of The Moors Featuring Bianca Amato, Hannah Cabell and More Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193816-Irish-Rep-Will-Present-Reading-of-The-Moors-Featuring-Bianca-Amato-Hannah-Cabell-and-More The Irish Repertory Theatre will continue its eighth season of its Reading Series with The Moors by Jen Silverman, directed by Jackson Gay (These Paper Bullets at Yale Rep) July 28 at 3 PM.

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Philippe Bowgen
PHOTO ARCHIVE: Celebrating Daniel Radcliffe on Stage Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:04 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193813-PHOTO-ARCHIVE-Celebrating-Daniel-Radcliffe-on-Stage The Cripple of Inishmaan, his Broadway debut came in the 2008 production of Equus. Happy birthday, Daniel!]]> Matthew Blank LAST CHANCE: What's Closing This Week Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:43 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193812-LAST-CHANCE-Whats-Closing-This-Week- Here's Playbill.com's weekly "Last Chance" reminder to catch Broadway, Off-Broadway and world-premiere productions before they take a final bow.

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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/news/article/193810-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 It's Only a Play, Starring Producers Co-Stars, Already Taking in Millions at the Box Office Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:58 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193808-Its-Only-a-Play-Starring-Producers-Co-Stars-Already-Taking-in-Millions-at-the-Box-Office The star-studded Broadway production of Tony Award winner Terrence McNally's comedy It's Only A Play has taken in $5.5 million in sales prior to its Aug. 28 start date, according to the New York Post. 

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Michael Gioia
Women's Project Theater Appoints New Producing Artistic Director Following Julie Crosby's Departure Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:39 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193807-Womens-Project-Theater-Appoints-New-Producing-Artistic-Director-Following-Julie-Crosbys-Departure Women's Project Theater announced July 23 that Lisa McNulty has been appointed the Off-Broadway theatre company's new producing artistic director. She succeeds Julie Crosby.

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Michael Gioia
Songwriting Legend Billy Joel Will Receive Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:44 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193804-Songwriting-Legend-Billy-Joel-Will-Receive-Library-of-Congress-Gershwin-Prize Singer, songwriter and pop legend Billy Joel will receive the Library of Congress' prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, according to RollingStone.com.

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Philippe Bowgen
No One Asked Me Will Explore True Stories of Undocumented Immigrants in NYC Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:35 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193797-No-One-Asked-Me-Will-Explore-True-Stories-of-Undocumented-Immigrants-in-NYC The 18th annual New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) will present No One Asked Me, a new play by Kate Ballen inspired by the true stories of undocumented immigrant NYC students, Aug. 8-22.

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Michael Gioia
PHOTO CALL: Nicola Hughes, Phillip Boykin, Cedric Neal, Jade Ewen and Rufus Bonds Jr. Star in Porgy and Bess at London's Open Air Theatre Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:20 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193801-PHOTO-CALL-Nicola-Hughes-Phillip-Boykin-Cedric-Neal-Jade-Ewen-and-Rufus-Bonds-Jr-Star-in-Porgy-and-Bess-at-Londons-Open-Air-Theatre Porgy and Bess began performances July 17 prior to an official opening July 28 at London's Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park.]]> Matthew Blank Daniel Sunjata, Kate Jennings Grant and More Will Join Blythe Danner in Broadway's Country House Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193798-Daniel-Sunjata-Kate-Jennings-Grant-and-More-Will-Join-Blythe-Danner-in-Broadways-Country-House Manhattan Theatre Club has announced complete casting for Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies' The Country House, which will begin previews on Broadway Sept. 9 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

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Andrew Gans
Bootycandy, Sex-Education Comedy About Growing Up Gay and Black, Will Play Off-Broadway; Complete Cast Announced Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:49 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193800-Bootycandy-Sex-Education-Comedy-About-Growing-Up-Gay-and-Black-Will-Play-Off-Broadway-Complete-Cast-Announced Playwrights Horizons will present the New York premiere of Bootycandy, a new play written and directed by Obie Award winner Robert O'Hara, beginning Aug. 22, prior to an official opening Sept. 10.

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Michael Gioia
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/news/article/193772-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
Of Mice and Men, Starring James Franco, Will Be First Broadway Show Filmed for National Theatre Live Series Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193793-Of-Mice-and-Men-Starring-James-Franco-Will-Be-First-Broadway-Show-Filmed-for-National-Theatre-Live-Series David Binder announced July 23 that the hit revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, starring James Franco, Chris O'Dowd, Leighton Meester and Jim Norton, has been selected as the first Broadway show to be filmed by National Theatre Live.

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Andrew Gans
PHOTO CALL: Marcelo Gomes, Complexions, Ailey II, Sara Mearns and More Heat Up the 20th Anniversary Fire Island Dance Festival Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:56 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193796-PHOTO-CALL-Marcelo-Gomes-Complexions-Ailey-II-Sara-Mearns-and-More-Heat-Up-the-20th-Anniversary-Fire-Island-Dance-Festival If/Then choreographer Larry Keigwin co-hosted the 20th Anniversary Fire Island Dance Festival, which runs July 18-20 in the Pines. New works by Josh Bergasse, Nick Kenkel and the Broadway-aimed Standard Time were among the pieces offered.]]> Matthew Blank Boxing Champ and "Let's Get Ready to Rumble" Announcer Make Broadway Debuts in Rocky Tonight Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:32 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193794-Boxing-Champ-and-Lets-Get-Ready-to-Rumble-Announcer-Make-Broadway-Debuts-in-Rocky-Tonight World Middleweight boxing champion Gennady Golovkin and announcer Michael Buffer make their Broadway debuts July 23 at the 8 PM performance of Rocky at the Winter Garden Theatre.

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Michael Gioia
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/news/article/193792-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 "Glee" Star Naya Rivera Ties the Knot in Secret Ceremony in Mexico Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:05 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193789-Glee-Star-Naya-Rivera-Ties-the-Knot-in-Secret-Ceremony-in-Mexico "Glee" star Naya Rivera, who called off her engagement to rapper Big Sean in April, tied the knot with longtime friend Ryan Dorsey July 19 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, according to People magazine.

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Michael Gioia
Tom Hiddleston Quotes Richard II in High-Speed Jaguar Spot; Ad Banned in U.K. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:52 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193787-Tom-Hiddleston-Quotes-Richard-II-in-High-Speed-Jaguar-Spot-Ad-Banned-in-UK A Jaguar Land Rover spot, featuring actor Tom Hiddleston quoting Richard II, has been banned by the U.K. advertising watchdog for encouraging irresponsible driving, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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Michael Gioia
Sierra Boggess, Christine Ebersole, James Monroe Iglehart, Jose Llana, Julia Murney and More Set for Not Since High School Concert Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:50 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193788-Sierra-Boggess-Christine-Ebersole-James-Monroe-Iglehart-Jose-Llana-Julia-Murney-and-More-Set-for-Not-Since-High-School-Concert Actor, musician and Playbill.com columnist Seth Rudetsky will host and music direct Not Since High School, an Aug. 24 concert at 42West that will benefit the music program at MS 245, a New York City public middle school.

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Andrew Gans
Original Jersey Boys Star to Make Solo Birdland Debut Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:38 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193785-Original-Jersey-Boys-Star-to-Make-Solo-Birdland-Debut Daniel Reichard, who created the role of Bob Gaudio in the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys, will play Birdland Aug. 4.

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Andrew Gans
"Frozen" Is Not Cooling Down: Film Tops List of Digital Movie Purchases and Rentals Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:19 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193783-Frozen-Is-Not-Cooling-Down-Film-Tops-List-of-Digital-Movie-Purchases-and-Rentals The Oscar-winning movie "Frozen" — Disney's 3-D animated film that features the voices of Tony Award winner Idina Menzel, Tony nominee Jonathan Groff and stage and screen actress Kristen Bell — topped the list of digital movie purchases and rentals of the first half of 2014.

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Michael Gioia
Full Casting Announced for Return of To Kill a Mockingbird to London's Open Air Theatre; U.K. Tour Will Follow Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:05 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193781-Full-Casting-Announced-for-Return-of-To-Kill-a-Mockingbird-to-Londons-Open-Air-Theatre-UK-Tour-Will-Follow Full casting has been announced for the return of To Kill a Mockingbird to the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, where it was previously staged in 2013 and will begin performances Aug. 28 for a run through Sept. 13, prior to an extensive U.K. national tour.

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Mark Shenton
Broadway's Rock of Ages Will Welcome Return of Original Tony-Nominated Star Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:03 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193782-Broadways-Rock-of-Ages-Will-Welcome-Return-of-Original-Tony-Nominated-Star "American Idol" finalist Constantine Maroulis, who received a Tony nomination for his portrayal of Drew in the Tony-nominated musical Rock of Ages, will return to that production Aug. 4 at the Helen Hayes Theatre.

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Andrew Gans
THE CALL BOARD: Available Theatrical Administrative Positions Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193775-THE-CALL-BOARD-Available-Theatrical-Administrative-Positions Playbill.com's Job Listings offer an extensive selection of available jobs within the theatre industry. From auditions to administrative roles, Playbill.com is the online source for careers in theatre.

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Playbill Staff
London Production of Sweeney Todd Finds Its Sweeney, Mrs. Lovett, Johanna, Anthony and More Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:49 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193780-London-Production-of-Sweeney-Todd-Finds-Its-Sweeney-Mrs-Lovett-Johanna-Anthony-and-More A new production of Sweeney Todd that will mark the first in-house show at the new Twickenham Theatre in West London will star David Bedella in the title role with Sarah Ingram as Mrs. Lovett. It begins performances Sept. 10 prior to an official opening Sept. 16, for a run through Oct. 4.

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Mark Shenton
The Bodyguard Will Launch Two-Year Tour in February 2015 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:32 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193777-The-Bodyguard-Will-Launch-Two-Year-Tour-in-February-2015 The Bodyguard, the West End musical version of the 1992 film of the same name, is to embark on a two-year U.K. and Ireland tour after its current run at the Adelphi Theatre ends Aug. 29. The tour will launch at Southampton's Mayflower Theatre Feb. 12, 2015, for a run through Feb. 28.

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Mark Shenton
Forbidden Broadway Extends Run at London's Menier Chocolate Factory Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:08 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193779-Forbidden-Broadway-Extends-Run-at-Londons-Menier-Chocolate-Factory The current London stand of Gerard Alessandrini's Forbidden Broadway has extended its run by a fortnight, to end Aug. 30. It was previously booking through Aug. 16.

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Mark Shenton
West End's The Phantom of the Opera Will Welcome a New Raoul and More Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:53 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193778-West-Ends-The-Phantom-of-the-Opera-Will-Welcome-a-New-Raoul-and-More Liam Tamne will take over as Raoul in London's The Phantom of the Opera beginning performances Sept. 1. He will join Gerónimo Rauch and Harriet Jones who continue as The Phantom and Christine, respectively.

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Mark Shenton