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Maestro Bernstein: Conductor or Composer? Playbill and the Players
Maestro Bernstein: Conductor or Composer?
Virtuoso pianist Hershey Felder brings Leonard Bernstein to life in Maestro Bernstein: A Play With Music. The show combines first-person narrative with the compositions of Bernstein and others to flesh out the complex life of the conductor, composer, pianist, author and teacher. Here, Felder sat down with Playbill to chat about the musical legend and perform some selections from the show, including West Side Story's "Maria." The July 17 performance takes place at The Town Hall.
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"It Could Be Worse" and Lillias White's Ongoing Birthday Bash This Week at 54 Below
It's a busy week at nightspot 54 Below. Series creators Wesley Taylor and Mitchell Jarvis present a launch concert for season two of "It Could Be Worse," the acclaimed web series turned TV series. The one night performance (July 15 at 9:30 PM) will feature series guest stars who will sing tunes that were not featured in the show itself, but that highlight the characters' emotional arcs and storylines. Also, Broadway's Lillias White brings The Birthday Show (July 18 at 8:00 PM and July 19 at 8:00 and 11:00 PM) to the stage. Her set will feature songs from across the musical spectrum — from blues-rock to show tunes to jazzy classics. Visit 54Below.com for details.
OBSESSED!: Daniel Radcliffe Gets an Unforgettable Porgy and Bess Surprise From Audra McDonald Playbill Presents
OBSESSED!: Daniel Radcliffe Gets an Unforgettable Porgy and Bess Surprise From Audra McDonald
Daniel Radcliffe joined Seth Rudetsky at the Sirius XM studios (Seth's a famous radio personality, don’t you know!) for the latest go 'round of OBSESSED! Radcliffe talked about a love of Broadway that was instilled by his mum and dad (he's British, don’t you know!) and fans who want to get a wee bit too personal during performances. When Seth challenged him to show off his skill for accents, Audra McDonald (she's a record-breaking Tony winner don't you know!) popped in for a very special surprise straight out of Catfish Row. Check out Seth's weekly column. Visit SethTV.com, Seth's online home.
On the Town Stars Take Playbill Presents
On the Town Stars Take "New York, New York" By Storm
On the Town is the iconic musical comedy created by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Jerome Robbins which returns to Broadway in a revival that will feature the show's original orchestrations. Here, stars Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alves took to the streets of New York City to perform "New York, New York" in the most realistic surroundings possible. Previews begin Sept. 20 at the Lyric Theatre (formerly the Foxwoods) prior to an official opening Oct. 16. Read the Playbill story.
NY1's Playbill Presents
NY1's "On Stage Across America" Features Motown On Tour
July's "On Stage Across America" finds Motown The Musical on tour and packing houses in Chicago. Smokey Robinson, Berry Gordy and Clifton Oliver (he plays Gordy in the show) chatted about taking the hit musical on the road. For more information on "On Stage Across America" (co-presented by Playbill) check local listings.
The Jimmy Awards Celebrate High School Musical Theatre in July's Playbill Presents
The Jimmy Awards Celebrate High School Musical Theatre in July's "On Stage Across America"
July's "On Stage Across America" takes a look at the 2014 Jimmy Awards, which featured 56 high school musical theatre performers who competed locally for an invitation to perform and compete at NYC's Minskoff Theatre. Andy Karl, Orfeh and Tommy Tune were on hand to celebrate the new generation of talent that will soon be taking over Broadway stages. For more information on "On Stage Across America" (co-presented by Playbill) check local listings.
Rocky's Andy Karl Takes the Stage at Broadway in Bryant Park: Playbill Presents
Rocky's Andy Karl Takes the Stage at Broadway in Bryant Park: "Yo! Playbill.com!"
Rocky star Andy Karl took video camera in hand to get an onstage (and backstage) view of the massive crowd that turned out for week one of 2014's 106.7 FM's Broadway in Bryant Park series. After a thundering "Hi Playbill.com!" shout from the legion of Broadway fans in attendance, Karl, Margo Seibert and Terence Archie ran through three of the show's Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty penned tunes including the rousing "Fight From the Heart." Read the Playbill story.
No Carbon Copy: Cloned! is a Unique NYMF Pick Playbill Presents
No Carbon Copy: Cloned! is a Unique NYMF Pick
NYMF's Cloned! opened rehearsal room doors for a sneak peek. Billed as "a two of a kind musical" and set in the Bill Clinton-era '90s, the musical follows the path of Wally (Alex Goley), an egghead who engages in weird science hijinks and mistakenly creates a clone of himself (Eric Mann) while building a teleporter. Can NYC contain two identical egomaniacs? Book is by Jacey Powers and Dan Wolpow. Music is by Adam Spiegel and lyrics are by Dan Wolpow. Additional story is by Adam Spiegel. See NYMF selection Zombie Strippers in rehearsal.
Pump Boys and Dinettes Pump Up the Volume in Musical Preview Playbill and the Players
Pump Boys and Dinettes Pump Up the Volume in Musical Preview
Jordan Dean, Hunter Foster, Mamie Parris, Randy Redd, Katie Thompson and Lorenzo Wolff met the press to perform two selections from the upcoming Encores! Off-Center production of Pump Boys and Dinettes. The show premiered Off-Broadway at the Chelsea West Side Arts Theatre in July 1981 and began a Broadway run in February 1982. It has been a regional favorite since then. Here, the cast gives a sample of the country, blues, gospel and bluegrass inflected score as they run through "Highway 57" and "Mamaw." Performances are Jul 16 – 19. See details of the Broadway production.
Pump Boys and Dinettes (and Their Director) Talk Encores! Off-Center Playbill and the Players
Pump Boys and Dinettes (and Their Director) Talk Encores! Off-Center
Stars Jordan Dean, Hunter Foster, Mamie Parris, Randy Redd, Katie Thompson and director Lear deBessonet met the press to chat about the upcoming Encores! Off-Center production of Pump Boys and Dinettes, which features a score rife with blues, country, bluegrass, funk and gospel influences. The show had an Off-Broadway and Broadway run in the early '80s, and since has become a regional favorite. Performances are Jul 16 – 19. See a musical preview of the show.
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