An Exclusive Tour of Immersive Theatre Experience Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Bloody Beginning Creator-writer-director Cynthia von Buhler weaves family history into Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Bloody Beginning, an interactive and immersive theatrical experience where each guest participates as a character in the story. Based on her grandparents' experiences owning two speakeasies in Prohibition-era New York City, the production features secret bookshelf passageways, burlesque dancers, adultery and, of course, murder. Here, von Buhler takes Playbill on an exclusive tour of the production which is performed at the Back Room, a speakeasy-style pub in NYC's Lower East Side. Click here for details and tickets.
The "Singing Baker" Hits the Road with Evita's National Tour: Part Three Dubbed the "singing baker" after a memorable appearance on Food Network's "Sweet Genius" baking competition, Alison Mahoney has been making baking-related television appearances since, most notably on WCBS' "Live From the Couch" morning show. With a love of fresh and tasty ingredients, Mahoney hit the road with the touring company of Evita ready to find the best baked treats across the nation. As the Evita tour found its way to St. Louis and the Fox Theatre, Mahoney discovered that Donna Lynch, one of the show’s dressers, just so happens to be an expert in a delicious Midwest classic — gooey butter cake.
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Desmond’s Steakhouse Offers 100,000 Welcomes Located only a few short blocks from Times Square, Desmond’s Steakhouse takes a modern approach to the quintessential New York steakhouse. The menu features dry-aged (28-35 days) USDA prime beef, which is fired up on a 1500-degree grill. As chef Silvestre Mora tosses some steaks on the grill (accompanied by hash browns and asparagus), owner Paul Hurley chats about the mission of the restaurant and the origin of the Desmond’s name. For more details, click here.
EXCLUSIVE: Jonathan Groff Rehearses for Get Back Benefit Performance On Nov. 24, Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff will take the stage at the Five Angels Theater to perform a one-night-only benefit concert for the 52nd Street Project. Titled Get Back, the show draws inspiration from both Groff’s childhood days and the mission of the 52nd Street Project — to let kids explore their lives through theatre arts. Musical direction is by Mary-Mitchell Campbell. In this exclusive rehearsal studio peek, Groff runs through a variety of tunes including “Pure Imagination,” “The Age of Not Believing” and, of course, “Get Back.” For info, visit www.52project.org.
Stephen Sondheim Discusses Creative Challenges in HBO's "Six By Sondheim" "Six By Sondheim" is a new HBO documentary that takes a look at the life and art of musical theatre legend Stephen Sondheim through six of his iconic songs. Directed by Tony winner James Lapine, the film contains archival footage as well as new musical segments directed by Todd Haynes, Autumn de Wilde and Lapine. In this special peek at the film (courtesy of HBO), Sondheim discusses the challenges of writing new material, while Darren Criss, Jeremy Jordan, America Ferrera Laura Osnes, Montego Glover, Nathan Lane and the film's executive producer Frank Rich discuss why Sondheim is an icon of the musical theatre. "Six By Sondheim" debuts Dec. 9 on HBO.