Playbill.com : Combined Feed Copyright (c) %2014 Playbill.com, Inc. All Rights Reserved. http://www.playbill.com/ Playbill.com : Combined Feed en-us 07/31/2014 03:37:51 PM 60 Christopher Fitzgerald Will Make History in Broadway's Chicago in August Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:49 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194101-Christopher-Fitzgerald-Will-Make-History-in-Broadways-Chicago-in-August The long-running, Tony-winning Broadway revival of Chicago will welcome back two-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Fitzgerald beginning Aug. 5 in his second starring role in the production.

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Andrew Gans
Andy Karl, Orfeh and Perez Hilton Will Take It All Off with The Skivvies Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:48 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194100-Andy-Karl-Orfeh-and-Perez-Hilton-Will-Take-It-All-Off-with-The-Skivvies Rocky Tony Award nominee Andy Karl, Legally Blonde's Orfeh and celebrity blogger Perez Hilton are among the performers who will strip down with The Skivvies as part of the group's upcoming Aug. 2 late-night show at 54 Below.

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Adam Hetrick
PHOTO CALL: "The Time of My Life!" A Sneak Peek at the Steamy National Tour of Dirty Dancing Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:38 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194099-PHOTO-CALL-The-Time-of-My-Life-A-Sneak-Peek-at-the-Steamy-National-Tour-of-Dirty-Dancing Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage. Performances begin Aug. 26, prior to an official opening Sept. 2, at The National Theatre in Washington D.C.]]> Matthew Blank PHOTO CALL: Kristen Bell, Sarah Hyland, Amber Riley, Hunter Parrish and Benjamin Walker Rehearse For the Hollywood Bowl's Hair Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:44 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194098-PHOTO-CALL-Kristen-Bell-Sarah-Hyland-Amber-Riley-Hunter-Parrish-and-Benjamin-Walker-Rehearse-For-the-Hollywood-Bowls-Hair Hair plays the famed outdoor venue Aug. 1-2 at 8 PM and Aug. 3 at 7:30 PM. Adam Shankman directs and choreographs. Here's the cast in rehearsal.]]> Matthew Blank Hairspray Favorite Will Be Madame Dilly in Broadway Revival of On the Town Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:51 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194097-Hairspray-Favorite-Will-Be-Madame-Dilly-in-Broadway-Revival-of-On-the-Town Comedic actress Jackie Hoffman (Xanadu, Hairspray, The Addams Family) has landed the role of voice teacher Madame Dilly in the forthcoming Broadway production of On the Town, which begins performances Sept. 20 at the Lyric Theatre.

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Andrew Gans
PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Behind the Scenes With a Thoroughly Modern Fantine! Backstage at Dallas' Immersive, Modern-Dress Les Miz Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:41 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194096-PHOTO-EXCLUSIVE-Behind-the-Scenes-With-a-Thoroughly-Modern-Fantine-Backstage-at-Dallas-Immersive-Modern-Dress-Les-Miz Les Misérables to the Dallas Theater Center. Allison Blackwell, who stars as Fantine, takes us behind the scenes.]]> Matthew Blank Nikka Graff Lanzarone and Mo Brady Release New "Ensemblist" Episode About Shakespeare in the Park Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:27 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194094-Nikka-Graff-Lanzarone-and-Mo-Brady-Release-New-Ensemblist-Episode-About-Shakespeare-in-the-Park Mo Brady (The Addams Family, "Smash") and Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Chicago, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) have released the 28th episode of "The Ensemblist" — a podcast featuring Broadway backstage stories — entitled "Shakespeare in the Park." 

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Michael Gioia
Pornologues by Rajiv Joseph, Seth Numrich Will Be Performed in New York City Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:04 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194093-Pornologues-by-Rajiv-Joseph-Seth-Numrich-Will-Be-Performed-in-New-York-City Mermaid Sand Productions and Breezy Productions will present Pornologues by José Rivera, Rajiv Joseph, Seth Numrich, Daniel Talbott and more Aug. 4 at The Maggie Flanigan Studio.

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Michael Gioia
First Look! Watch Disney's Dark and Magical Trailer for "Into the Woods" (Video) Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:02 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194095-First-Look-Watch-Disneys-Dark-and-Magical-Trailer-for-Into-the-Woods-Video Disney has released the first trailer for its upcoming film adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical Into the Woods, which will hit theatres Dec. 25. Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp and Emily Blunt are among the stars.

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Adam Hetrick and Michael Gioia
Cast Recording of Avarice the Musical Released; Track List Announced Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194085-Cast-Recording-of-Avarice-the-Musical-Released-Track-List-Announced The cast recording of Avarice the Musical is now available for purchase.

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Andrew Gans
Watch Flashmob Created by Broadway Stars in Response to Death of Eric Garner (Video) Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:41 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194091-Watch-Flashmob-Created-by-Broadway-Stars-in-Response-to-Death-of-Eric-Garner-Video WalkRunFly Productions organized a flashmob July 29 in response to the death of Eric Garner, who died July 17 after allegedly being placed in a prohibited chokehold by a New York police officer in Staten Island.

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Michael Gioia
John Goodman and Helen Mirren Tapped for Bryan Cranston's "Trumbo" Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:35 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194090-John-Goodman-and-Helen-Mirren-Tapped-for-Bryan-Cranstons-Trumbo Golden Globe Award winner John Goodman is in talks to join Emmy and Tony Award winner Bryan Cranston in "Trumbo," a new film about the blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, according to the Wrap.

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Adam Hetrick
PHOTO CALL: Anna Gunn, Billy Magnussen, David Schwimmer, Kristine Nielsen, David Hyde Pierce, Duncan Sheik and More Celebrate Sex With Strangers Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:35 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194089-PHOTO-CALL-Anna-Gunn-Billy-Magnussen-David-Schwimmer-Kristine-Nielsen-David-Hyde-Pierce-Duncan-Sheik-and-More-Celebrate-Sex-With-Strangers Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) star in Second Stage Theatre's production of Laura Eason's Sex With Strangers, which is directed by David Schwimmer and officially opened July 30.]]> Matthew Blank Brian Dennehy, Mia Farrow, Alan Alda, Carol Burnett and More Will Write Love Letters on Broadway Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:30 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194086-Brian-Dennehy-Mia-Farrow-Alan-Alda-Carol-Burnett-and-More-Will-Write-Love-Letters-on-Broadway A Broadway revival of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters, featuring a rotating cast of stars, will begin previews Sept. 13 at the Nederlander Theatre, currently the home of the Disney musical Newsies.

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Andrew Gans
PHOTO SPECIAL: From Nathan Detroit to Pseudolus to The Nance; Celebrating Two-Time Tony Award Winner Nathan Lane Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:35 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194084-PHOTO-SPECIAL-From-Nathan-Detroit-to-Pseudolus-to-The-Nance-Celebrating-Two-Time-Tony-Award-Winner-Nathan-Lane The Nance, returns to the New York stage this fall in Terrence McNally's It's Only A Play. Playbill.com takes a look at Lane's prolific career.]]> Matthew Blank "American Horror Story" Star Will Receive 2014 Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:33 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194083-American-Horror-Story-Star-Will-Receive-2014-Kirk-Douglas-Award-for-Excellence-in-Film The Santa Barbara International Film Festival's ninth annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film will be presented to two-time Academy Award-winning actress Jessica Lange.

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Michael Gioia
Revival of David Hare's The Vertical Hour to Play London's Park Theatre; Casting Announced Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:26 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194082-Revival-of-David-Hares-The-Vertical-Hour-to-Play-Londons-Park-Theatre-Casting-Announced A new production of David Hare's The Vertical Hour, which premiered on Broadway in 2007 and was subsequently seen at London's Royal Court in 2008, is to be staged at London's Park Theatre, beginning performances Sept. 23 prior to an official opening Sept. 25, for a run through Oct. 26.

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Mark Shenton
PHOTO CALL: Cast Members From If/Then and Rock of Ages Celebrate Release of Janet Krupin's "The Aurora" EP Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:24 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194077-PHOTO-CALL-Cast-Members-From-If-Then-and-Rock-of-Ages-Celebrate-Release-of-Janet-Krupins-The-Aurora-EP If/Then actress Janet Krupin and musician-producer Alex Caraballo teamed up to create Trillium and "The Aurora" EP, which was released at an official EP party July 26 at New York City's Iron Bar.]]> Krissie Fullerton Box Office for Broadway's Starry It's Only a Play Opens Today Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:08 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194081-Box-Office-for-Broadways-Starry-Its-Only-a-Play-Opens-Today The box office for the star-studded Broadway production of Tony Award winner Terrence McNally's comedy It's Only A Play opens July 31. 

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Michael Gioia
Christine Ebersole, Beth Leavel, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka and More Will Pay Tribute to Elaine Stritch Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:53 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194080-Christine-Ebersole-Beth-Leavel-Hunter-Ryan-Herdlicka-and-More-Will-Pay-Tribute-to-Elaine-Stritch 54 Sings Elaine Stritch, a tribute to the late Tony and Emmy-winning singing actress, will be presented at 54 Below Sept. 12.

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Andrew Gans
Anthony Rapp and Eric Michael Krop Featured on Soundtrack to "Grind: The Movie," Due in August Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:34 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194079-Anthony-Rapp-and-Eric-Michael-Krop-Featured-on-Soundtrack-to-Grind-The-Movie-Due-in-August A five-track soundtrack to "Grind: The Movie," a short musical film, will be available on iTunes and other online outlets beginning Aug. 26.

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Andrew Gans
Gypsy Tony Winner Is Headed to ABC's "Nashville" Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:19 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194078-Gypsy-Tony-Winner-Is-Headed-to-ABCs-Nashville Laura Benanti, who won a Tony Award for her performance in the most recent Broadway revival of Gypsy, will be seen in the upcoming season of ABC's "Nashville."

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Andrew Gans
Grease Is the Word at the St. Louis Muny, Starting Tonight Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194047-Grease-Is-the-Word-at-the-St-Louis-Muny-Starting-Tonight The sixth show of the St. Louis Muny's 96th season, the 50s-themed Grease, begins performances at the famed outdoor venue July 31.

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Andrew Gans
Boxing Drama The Opponent Makes New York Premiere Tonight Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193985-Boxing-Drama-The-Opponent-Makes-New-York-Premiere-Tonight A Red Orchid NY, a new collaborative partnership between the Chicago-based A Red Orchid Theatre and Bisno Productions, inaugurates its initiative in New York with the premiere of the boxing drama The Opponent, which begins performances July 31 at 59E59 Theaters.

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Carey Purcell
Who's Getting Intimate? Cate Blanchett, Nellie McKay and John Lithgow Take to the Stage Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193952-Whos-Getting-Intimate-Cate-Blanchett-Nellie-McKay-and-John-Lithgow-Take-to-the-Stage In a monthly roundup of cabaret and nightlife, some of Broadway's biggest names opt for more intimate affairs.

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Steven Suskin
PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: On the Town's Tony Yazbeck Picks Favorite Show-Tune Classics Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/194102-PLAYBILL-PLAYLIST-On-the-Towns-Tony-Yazbeck-Picks-Favorite-Show-Tune-Classics Tony Yazbeck, who will star as Gabey in the upcoming Broadway revival of On the Town, will make his solo 54 Below concert debut this August with The Floor Above Me. In anticipation of his concerts, the singing actor picks his favorite show-tune classics as part of this week's Playbill Playlist.

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Michael Gioia
PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: On the Town's Tony Yazbeck Picks Favorite Show-Tune Classics Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194067-PLAYBILL-PLAYLIST-On-the-Towns-Tony-Yazbeck-Picks-Favorite-Show-Tune-Classics Tony Yazbeck, who will star as Gabey in the upcoming Broadway revival of On the Town, will make his solo 54 Below concert debut this August with The Floor Above Me. In anticipation of his concerts, the singing actor picks his favorite show-tune classics as part of this week's Playbill Playlist.

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Michael Gioia
Broadway-Aimed Somewhere in Time Tests Wings in NYC; Andrew Samonsky and Mara Davi Star Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194060-Broadway-Aimed-Somewhere-in-Time-Tests-Wings-in-NYC-Andrew-Samonsky-and-Mara-Davi-Star Andrew Samonsky, who starred in the world-premiere staging of the new musical Somewhere in Time at Portland Center Stage last summer, is joined by Mara Davi in a July 31 New York City industry reading of the Broadway-aimed musical.

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Adam Hetrick
Chita Rivera Pays a Visit to Revamped Kander and Ebb Musical at Williamstown Tonight Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194056-Chita-Rivera-Pays-a-Visit-to-Revamped-Kander-and-Ebb-Musical-at-Williamstown-Tonight Two-time Tony Award winner Chita Rivera stars as a woman seeking love and revenge in a new staging of the Kander and Ebb musical The Visit, which begins performances July 31 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival under the direction of Tony winner John Doyle.

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Adam Hetrick
Cady Huffman and Kate Shindle Start a Rock Musical Revolution Off-Broadway Tonight Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194045-Cady-Huffman-and-Kate-Shindle-Start-a-Rock-Musical-Revolution-Off-Broadway-Tonight Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter — a new musical with book, music and lyrics by Ívar Páll Jónsson, based on a story by Ívar and Gunnlaugur Jónsson — begins previews July 31 at the Minetta Lane Theatre.

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Andrew Gans
The Internet Is For Q! Social-Media Performance of Avenue Q Held Tonight Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194043-The-Internet-Is-For-Q-Social-Media-Performance-of-Avenue-Q-Held-Tonight The Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q celebrates its 11th anniversary in New York July 31 at 8 PM with a special interactive social media performance –The Internet Is For Q! – at New World Stages (340 W. 50th Street), at which all audience members are invited to post their experiences during the show on their mobile phones via Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Facebook and other social media platforms.

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Philippe Bowgen
Between Riverside And Crazy, Starring Stephen McKinley Henderson and Michael Rispoli, Opens Off-Broadway July 31 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193984-Between-Riverside-And-Crazy-Starring-Stephen-McKinley-Henderson-and-Michael-Rispoli-Opens-Off-Broadway-July-31 The world premiere of Tony nominee Stephen Adly Guirgis' new play Between Riverside And Crazy officially opens July 31 at Atlantic Theater Company following previews that began July 10. 

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Carey Purcell
Quartet, Featuring Roger Forbes, Robert Foxworth, Elizabeth Franz and Jill Tanner, Opens at Old Globe Tonight Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193983-Quartet-Featuring-Roger-Forbes-Robert-Foxworth-Elizabeth-Franz-and-Jill-Tanner-Opens-at-Old-Globe-Tonight Quartet, a comedy by Academy Award winner Ronald Harwood, officially opens at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre July 31 following previews that began July 25. 

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Carey Purcell
Broadway Real Estate Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/celebritybuzz/article/134444-Broadway-Real-Estate Like to keep track of what show is booked into which Broadway theatre? If so, then you will particularly enjoy Playbill.com's new feature, Broadway Real Estate, which is updated periodically.

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Jennifer Nason-Brown
PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today in Theatre History: JULY 31 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/71180-PLAYBILL-VAULTS-Today-in-Theatre-History-JULY-31 1967 Judy Garland is At Home at the Palace for a four week engagement at the famed theatre. Following a first act of vaudeville comic Jackie Vernon, soft-shoe and tap dancer John Bubbles and juggler Francis Brunn, Garland performs a concert of signature songs including "The Man That Got Away," "Rockabye My Baby," "Chicago" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." During the performance, Garland also introduces "her proteges" Joey and Lorna Luft.

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David Gewirtzman and Ernio Hernandez and Doug Nevin
Mike Birbiglia Will Thank God For Jokes at BAM Sept. 5 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:17 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194076-Mike-Birbiglia-Will-Thank-God-For-Jokes-at-BAM-Sept-5 Award-winning comedian, actor and filmmaker Mike Birbiglia will return to BAM Sept. 5 at 8 PM with his new show Thank God for Jokes, a painfully awkward evening of, "stories about jokes, and the trouble they incite."

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Philippe Bowgen
Bill T. Jones to Stage Free Dance Classic at the Delacorte Sept. 12-13 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:06 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194075-Bill-T-Jones-to-Stage-Free-Dance-Classic-at-the-Delacorte-Sept-12-13 New York City Center and the Public Theater will present two free evenings of dance at the Delactorte featuring Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Lil Buck and one more company to be announced Sept. 12 and 13 at 8 PM.

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Philippe Bowgen
Dustin Diamond Will 'Screech' Into Bayside! The Musical! Aug. 27 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:55 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194074-Dustin-Diamond-Will-Screech-Into-Bayside-The-Musical-Aug-27 National Lampoon will present more performances of Bayside! The Musical! – the "Saved by The Bell" parody – featuring original TV favorite 'Screech,' Dustin Diamond Aug. 27.

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Philippe Bowgen
Oh Hell No! Benefit Oct. 27 at New World Stages Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:38 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194073-Oh-Hell-No-Benefit-Oct-27-at-New-World-Stages Civil rights activist and author David Mixner will premiere his new stage work, Oh Hell No!, a one night only evening of autobiographical storytelling, Oct. 27 at 7:00 PM at New World Stages.

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Philippe Bowgen
It's Only Kickball, Stupid Bounces into Hartley House Aug. 28 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:29 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194072-Its-Only-Kickball-Stupid-Bounces-into-Hartley-House-Aug-28 A new immersive and interactive comedy by Caroline Prugh, It's Only Kickball Stupid, will open at the Hartley House (413 W. 46th Street) Aug. 28.

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Philippe Bowgen