July 31, 2014

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Side Show Lives Again at DC's Kennedy Center Side Show Lives Again at DC's Kennedy Center
Oscar winner Bill Condon ("Gods and Monsters," "Chicago," "Dreamgirls") directs the new Kennedy Center production of Bill Russell and Henry Krieger's Side Show. The musical — revised since it's 1997 Broadway premiere — follows conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton (Emily Padgett and Erin Davie), as they grow from a circus attraction to a legitimate stage act. Produced in association with the La Jolla Playhouse, the production runs through July 13. Read the Playbill story.
Holler If Ya Hear Me: Hip Hop on the Great White Way Holler If Ya Hear Me: Hip Hop on the Great White Way
Visionary rapper Tupac Shakur's songs and poetry-set-to-music comprise the score of Holler If Ya Hear Me, the new musical that tells a story of family, community and tragedy. Fresh off a Tony win for A Raisin in the Sun, director Kenny Leon helms the production featuring slam poet, actor, singer and musician Saul Williams ("Slam") as John, Christopher Jackson as Vertus, Saycon Sengbloh as Corinne and Tony winner Tonya Pinkins as Mrs. Weston. Book is by Todd Kreidler. Read the Playbill story.
Much Ado About Nothing Kicks Off Summertime Fun at Shakespeare in the Park Much Ado About Nothing Kicks Off Summertime Fun at Shakespeare in the Park
Much Ado About Nothing kicks off the 2014 season of the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe play the wise-cracking Beatrice and Benedick, who engage in a battle of wits while they fall in love in one of Shakespeare's funniest and most beloved plays. Jack O'Brien directs a cast including Brian Stokes Mitchell, John Glover, Carisa Cotera and Isabella Curti. David Yazbek provides original music. Asdmission is free. Visit publictheater.org for details.
Highlights From Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway Starring Zach Braff and Marin Mazzie Highlights From Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway Starring Zach Braff and Marin Mazzie
Zach Braff, Marin Mazzie, Betsy Wolfe and Brooks Ashmanskas lead the cast of Bullets Over Broadway, the new musical based on the 1994 Woody Allen film. The stage adaptation features a book by Allen and a score comprised of popular tunes from the 1920s and '30s. Susan Stroman directs and choreographs the production, which plays the St. James Theatre. Read the Playbill story.
Highlights From Broadway's All the Way Starring Bryan Cranston Highlights From Broadway's All the Way Starring Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") stars as 36th U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson in All the Way. When an assassin's bullet takes John F. Kennedy's life, Johnson is catapulted into the midst of Civil Rights legislation. Bullying yet beguiling, he throws the country into turmoil but wins the 1964 election in a landslide, while in faraway Vietnam a conflict looms. The cast includes Michael McKean, Rob Campbell, James Eckhouse, Brandon J. Dirden, John McMartin, Robert Petkoff and
 Roslyn Ruff. Bill Rauch directs the production which runs through June 29 at the Neil Simon Theatre. Read the Playbill story.
Highlights From Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill Starring Audra McDonald Highlights From Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill Starring Audra McDonald
Five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald stars as Billie Holiday in Lanie Robertson's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill. This one person play with songs looks at the fading career of the iconic jazz singer and recounts her life story through the songs that made her famous including "Strange Fruit," "God Bless the Child" and "What a Little Moonlight Can Do." Lonny Price directs the production at Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre. See the opening night Photo Call.
Highlights From Twelfth Night Starring Mark Rylance Highlights From Twelfth Night Starring Mark Rylance
Tony winner Mark Rylance stars in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night as the love-struck noblewoman Olivia. The play (presented in repertory with Richard III) features an all-male company playing both male and female roles, as was the custom in the Bard's day. Other traditional details include music performed live on Elizabethan-era instruments in a gallery above the Balasco Theatre's stage and stage lighting supplied almost exclusively by some 100 candles. Performances begin Oct. 15. See the productions' full cast at playbillvault.com.
Highlights From Jason Robert Brown's The Bridges of Madison County Starring Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale Highlights From Jason Robert Brown's The Bridges of Madison County Starring Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale
Adapted from the Robert James Waller novel of the same name, The Bridges of Madison County stars Steven Pasquale and Kelli O'Hara as a photographer on assignment and an Italian war bride who fall in love in 1965 Iowa. The musical features a book by Marsha Norman and songs by Jason Robert Brown. Bartlett Sher directs the production which opened Feb. 20th on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Read the Playbill story.
2014 Tony Preview: Boxers, Rockers, Revolutionaries are Best Actor in a Musical Nominees 2014 Tony Preview: Boxers, Rockers, Revolutionaries are Best Actor in a Musical Nominees
Neil Patrick Harris plays the transgendered lead singer of an East German rock band in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Ramin Karimloo plays a former thief seeking redemption in Les Misérables.

Andy Karl plays a down and out boxer who gets one last chance at the big time in Rocky.

Jefferson Mays plays multiple members of the D'Ysquith clan and Bryce Pinkham plays a black sheep relative who wants to murder them all in order to claim the family inheritance in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.

Preview the Best Actress in a Musical nominees.
2014 Tony Preview: Rock Stars and Women Pondering Life's Choices are Best Actress in a Musical Nominees 2014 Tony Preview: Rock Stars and Women Pondering Life's Choices are Best Actress in a Musical Nominees
Mary Bridget Davies channels late great rock and blues singer Janis Joplin in A Night With Janis Joplin.

Sutton Foster plays a woman who hopes a preacher can fix a scar from a long-ago accident in Violet.

Idina Menzel plays a woman rethinking paths she has taken in life in If/Then.

Jessie Mueller plays Carole King, a songwriter who became a pop star in her own right.

Kelli O'Hara plays an Italian war bride who falls for a traveling photographer in The Bridges of Madison County.

See the nominees for Best Musical.
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