April 23, 2014

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OBSESSED!: Jessie Mueller (and Her Multiple Personalities) Sing OBSESSED!: Jessie Mueller (and Her Multiple Personalities) Sing "Beautiful"
Currently starring in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Jessie Mueller has played a wide range of roles in her Broadway career. In studio with Seth Rudetsky, she shares stories about her formative years as a singer, then performs Carole King's "Beautiful" while giving each of her multiple Broadway personalities a chance to tackle part of the tune. The "real Jessie" even gets a chance to demonstrate her vocal chops. Read Seth’s weekly column. Visit SethTV.com, Seth’s online home.
Roslyn Kind and The Wild Party Come to 54 Below Roslyn Kind and The Wild Party Come to 54 Below
Roslyn Kind, the younger half-sister of Barbra Streisand, recorded her first album in 1968, a mere two months after graduating high school. Although she has tours as a cabaret performer, she has taken the stage on Broadway (3 From Brooklyn) and Off-Broadway (Show Me Where the Good Times Are). She brings her cabaret show to 54 Below April 20. Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party returns to the stage April 17 as a concert performance featuring Charlie Rosen's Big Band. Guest performers include Julia Murney, Ciara Renee, Jeremy Jordan and Michael Cerveris. Visit 54below.com for details.
Steven Pasquale Sings Rodgers and Hammerstein's Steven Pasquale Sings Rodgers and Hammerstein's "You'll Never Walk Alone" at MCC's Miscast Gala
On March 31, MCC presented Miscast, an annual benefit in which Broadway stars perform songs from musical roles which they would be very unlikely to land in real life. This year's event honored Allison Janney and was hosted by Victor Garber at the Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center. Here, Steven Pasquale sings "You'll Never Walk Alone" from Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel. Watch Jeremy Jordan sing "Let It Go" from Disney's animated film "Frozen."
The The "Singing Baker" Hits the Road with the Evita National Tour: Part Five
With a love of fresh and tasty ingredients, "singing baker" Alison Mahoney hit the road with the touring company of Evita ready to find the best baked treats across the nation. As the tour found its way to Portland, OR, Mahoney stopped by the famed Voodoo Doughnut. Known for its eclectic décor and rock 'n' roll attitude, this shop makes unusual doughnuts that feature ingredients like bacon, powdered fruit drink mix and breakfast cereal. See Part Four.
Carole King Surprises Cast of Broadway Musical Beautiful Carole King Surprises Cast of Broadway Musical Beautiful
Grammy Award-winning music icon Carole King surprised the cast of Broadway's Beautiful: The Carole King Musical during the April 3 curtain call at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. King, who watched the show from the audience, took the stage following the evening performance, surprising much of the cast. She also performed her hit "You've Got a Friend" along with the company in front of a delighted audience. For more on the surprise visit, read the Playbill.com story.
Rocky, Aladdin, All the Way and We Will Rock You on April's Rocky, Aladdin, All the Way and We Will Rock You on April's "On Stage Across America"
April's edition of "On Stage Across America" highlights the Broadway productions of Rocky, All the Way and Disney's Aladdin and takes a peek at the national tour of We Will Rock You, a West End staple that is based on the music of iconic '70s rock band Queen. Also, Jeff Daniels talks about the Purple Rose Theatre, a theatre company he founded in his hometown of Chelsea, Michigan. For more information on this national television program, co-presented by Playbill, check local listings.
Rory O'Malley Sings U2, Van Morrison and More in Pub Crawl at Joe's Pub Rory O'Malley Sings U2, Van Morrison and More in Pub Crawl at Joe's Pub
Rory O'Malley, a Tony nominee for his performance in The Book of Mormon, debuted his autobiographical show Pub Crawl on March 10 at Joe's Pub. In the show, O'Malley talks about being raised in an Irish pub on the west side of Cleveland by his single mom and all of the bar's eclectic patrons. Highlights from the show include songs by U2, Van Morrison and Mumford & Sons. We also spoke to O'Malley about the inspiration behind Pub Crawl, and his love of Irish music. For more information, read the Playbill.com story.
A Dozen Divas Sing A Dozen Divas Sing "I Dreamed a Dream"
Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's Tony Award-winning musical Les Misérables has returned to Broadway and brings with it some of the most popular songs in the contemporary musical theatre canon. On March 25, Playbill posted an audio quiz asking you to identify 12 divas performing the song "I Dreamed a Dream." Here now is the "answer key": a video combining 12 different versions of Fantine's famous ballad.
EXCLUSIVE: A Peek at EXCLUSIVE: A Peek at "August: Osage County" DVD Extras Featuring Tracy Letts
April 8 will find "August: Osage County" — the John Wells directed film of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize winning play — released on Blu-ray combo pack, Blu-ray and DVD. Here, Letts (who also served as the film's screenwriter and is currently taking the stage on Broadway in The Realistic Joneses) talks about the real life inspiration behind the dramatic story of the troubled Weston family. See highlights from the film starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Margo Martindale, Juliette Lewis, Julianne Nicholson, Abigail Breslin and Dermot Mulroney.
These Paper Bullets! Cast Records Billie Joe Armstrong's These Paper Bullets! Cast Records Billie Joe Armstrong's "Follow You Around"
The Yale Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere of These Paper Bullets! featuring Fab Four-inspired songs by Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong. This "modish ripoff of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing" adapted by Rolin Jones ("Smash," "Weeds," "Friday Night Lights") reimagines the play's returning war veterans as a rock group from Liverpool that returns to Swinging ’60s London after conquering the U.S. The production features orchestrations and arrangements by Tom Kitt. Jackson Gay directs. Performances run through April 5 at the University Theatre. Here, cast members take to the studio to record Armstrong's Beatle-esque "Follow You Around." Read the Playbill story.
 
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