Playbill.com : News Copyright (c) %2014 Playbill.com, Inc. All Rights Reserved. http://www.playbill.com/ Playbill.com : News en-us 07/23/2014 05:51:38 AM 60 PHOTO CALL: Tony Winner Priscilla Lopez Stars in Broadway's Pippin Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:22 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193776-PHOTO-CALL-Tony-Winner-Priscilla-Lopez-Stars-in-Broadways-Pippin A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine and also created the role Diana Morales in the original Broadway production A Chorus Line, stepped into the role Berthe in the Tony-winning revival Pippin on July 22. Here's a look at some backstage shots.]]> Joseph Marzullo Box Office Opens Today for Broadway's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193766-Box-Office-Opens-Today-for-Broadways-The-Curious-Incident-of-the-Dog-in-the-Night-Time The Barrymore Theatre box office opens July 23 for tickets to the National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the acclaimed new play by Simon Stephens that was adapted from Mark Haddon's 2003 best-selling novel of the same name.

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Michael Gioia
THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Newsies Star Capathia Jenkins Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193734-THEIR-FAVORITE-THINGS-Newsies-Star-Capathia-Jenkins-Shares-Her-Theatregoing-Experiences Playbill.com's feature series Their Favorite Things asks members of the theatre community to share the Broadway performances that most affected them as part of the audience.

This week we spotlight the choices of singing actress Capathia Jenkins, who recently returned to the role of Medda Larkin, a part she created, in the Tony-winning musical Newsies at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre.

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Andrew Gans
O'Neill Cabaret Conference, with Betty Buckley, Mimi Hines, The Skivvies and More, Launches Today Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193587-ONeill-Cabaret-Conference-with-Betty-Buckley-Mimi-Hines-The-Skivvies-and-More-Launches-Today Betty Buckley, Mimi Hines, The Skivvies and more are part of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's 2014 Cabaret and Performance Conference, which begins July 23 in Waterford, CT.

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Adam Hetrick
Broadway-Aimed Finding Neverland, Starring Jeremy Jordan and Laura Michelle Kelly, Takes Flight Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193511-Broadway-Aimed-Finding-Neverland-Starring-Jeremy-Jordan-and-Laura-Michelle-Kelly-Takes-Flight Jeremy Jordan and Laura Michelle Kelly head the cast of the American Repertory Theater world-premiere musical Finding Neverland, which begins performances July 23 under the direction of Tony Award winner Diane Paulus.

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Adam Hetrick
PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today in Theatre History: JULY 23 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/71000-PLAYBILL-VAULTS-Today-in-Theatre-History-JULY-23 1938 Helen Hayes is named the stage's greatest performer when the New York Sun prints its list of great performers today. Compiled after polling 150 notable people, mostly in the theatre industry, the list names Katharine Cornell as runner-up. The pair of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne is third and others on the list include John Barrymore, Maude Adams and John Gielgud.

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David Gewirtzman and Ernio Hernandez, Robert Viagas
Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway to End Broadway Run Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:49 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193774-Woody-Allens-Bullets-Over-Broadway-to-End-Broadway-Run The new musical comedy Bullets Over Broadway, written by Woody Allen and based on the screenplay by Allen and Douglas McGrath for the 1994 film of the same name, will play its final performance Aug. 24 at the St. James Theatre.

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Andrew Gans and Adam Hetrick
Brooklyn Academy of Music, Bill T. Jones, John Kander and More Will Receive National Medal of Arts Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:15 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193773-Brooklyn-Academy-of-Music-Bill-T-Jones-John-Kander-and-More-Will-Receive-National-Medal-of-Arts President Barack Obama will present the National Medals of Arts July 28 at 3 PM ET in an East Room ceremony at the White House.

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Carey Purcell
PHOTO CALL: James Monroe Iglehart, Vincent Pastore, Ronnie Spector, Megan Hilty, Caissie Levy and More Celebrate Piece of My Heart Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:45 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193771-PHOTO-CALL-James-Monroe-Iglehart-Vincent-Pastore-Ronnie-Spector-Megan-Hilty-Caissie-Levy-and-More-Celebrate-Piece-of-My-Heart Piece of My Heart, a new musical based on the life and songs of legendary songwriter Bert Berns, opened Off-Broadway July 21 at The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center. Zak Resnick stars as the handsome and headstrong songwriter at its core.]]> Matthew Blank 92nd Street Y's Fall Programming to Feature Jersey Boys' "Midtown Men," John Doyle Talkback and More Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:36 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193770-92nd-Street-Ys-Fall-Programming-to-Feature-Jersey-Boys-Midtown-Men-John-Doyle-Talkback-and-More The 92nd Street Y has announced its fall 2014 programming of talks, classes, performances and more. Highlights include talkbacks with the "Midtown Men" of Jersey Boys and John Doyle on Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1947 musical Allegro.

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Michael Gioia
Fully Committed to Be Revived at London's Menier Chocolate Factory; Kevin Bishop to Star Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:08 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193768-Fully-Committed-to-Be-Revived-at-Londons-Menier-Chocolate-Factory-Kevin-Bishop-to-Star Becky Mode's Fully Committed, the Off-Broadway hit which received its British premiere at London's Menier Chocolate Factory in 2004, is to be revived there in a new production, directed by its original London and New York star Mark Setlock, and starring Kevin Bishop. 

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Mark Shenton
THE SCREENING ROOM: Happy Birthday, Alan Menken Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193767-THE-SCREENING-ROOM-Happy-Birthday-Alan-Menken Alan Menken, who won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Original Score of Broadway's Newsies, celebrates his birthday July 22. Playbill.com looks back at his career with clips from his musicals and more. 

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Broadway Box Office Analysis, July 14-20: Holler Closes With a Bang While Rocky Fights for an Audience Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193756-Broadway-Box-Office-Analysis-July-14-20-Holler-Closes-With-a-Bang-While-Rocky-Fights-for-an-Audience Playbill's new weekly feature examines the box-office trends of the past week.

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Robert Simonson
CUE & A: Stage and Screen Star Julia Stiles on Babysitting Allergies, Mamet Men and Her Current Project, Phoenix Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:40 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193763-CUE-A-Stage-and-Screen-Star-Julia-Stiles-on-Babysitting-Allergies-Mamet-Men-and-Her-Current-Project-Phoenix Film star Julia Stiles, who returns to the New York stage July 28 in Scott Organ's Phoenix at the Cherry Lane Theatre, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

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Matthew Blank
NYIT Award Nominees, Celebrating Off-Off-Broadway, Announced; Tandy Cronyn, The Gallery Players and More Nominated Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:04 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193764-NYIT-Award-Nominees-Celebrating-Off-Off-Broadway-Announced-Tandy-Cronyn-The-Gallery-Players-and-More-Nominated The New York Innovative Theatre Foundation, which celebrates Off-Off-Broadway, has announced the nominees for its annual awards.

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Carey Purcell
Zach Braff and Marin Mazzie Among 40 Artists Set for July 24 Broadway in Bryant Park Concert; Lineup Announced Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:45 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193762-Zach-Braff-and-Marin-Mazzie-Among-40-Artists-Set-for-July-24-Broadway-in-Bryant-Park-Concert-Lineup-Announced The lineup for the July 24 Broadway in Bryant Park concert, the third presentation in the 14th season of the annual lunchtime series, has been announced. Over 40 artists will be part of the free event.

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Andrew Gans
PHOTO CALL: Lena Hall, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Bryce Pinkham, Adam Chanler-Berat, Robin De Jesus and More Stand Up for Freedom Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:12 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193760-PHOTO-CALL-Lena-Hall-Celia-Keenan-Bolger-Bryce-Pinkham-Adam-Chanler-Berat-Robin-De-Jesus-and-More-Stand-Up-for-Freedom Broadway Stands Up for Freedom, which takes place July 21 at the Skirball Center.]]> Matthew Blank PBS Arts Festival Will Feature Sweeney Todd, The Nance, Porgy and Bess Plus Kristin Chenoweth and More; Broadcast Dates Announced Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:05 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193761-PBS-Arts-Festival-Will-Feature-Sweeney-Todd-The-Nance-Porgy-and-Bess-Plus-Kristin-Chenoweth-and-More-Broadcast-Dates-Announced Programming for the 2014 PBS Arts Fall Festival, which returns in September with 11 weekly programs, has been announced.

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Andrew Gans
Complete Casting Announced for New Adaptation of Unsinkable Molly Brown, Helmed By Kathleen Marshall Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:37 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193759-Complete-Casting-Announced-for-New-Adaptation-of-Unsinkable-Molly-Brown-Helmed-By-Kathleen-Marshall The Denver Center Theatre Company has announced complete casting for the new adaptation of Meredith Willson's classic musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown, which will begin previews Sept. 12 in The Stage Theatre.

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Andrew Gans
PHOTO CALL: The Legend Returns! Patti LuPone Ignites a Torch at 54 Below Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:19 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193758-PHOTO-CALL-The-Legend-Returns-Patti-LuPone-Ignites-a-Torch-at-54-Below Matthew Blank Contemporary Musicals Dogfight and Ordinary Days Will Hit Chicago Stages Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:53 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193757-Contemporary-Musicals-Dogfight-and-Ordinary-Days-Will-Hit-Chicago-Stages BoHo Theatre has announced its lineup for its 11th season, which will include the Chicago premiere of the Benj Pasek and Justin Paul-scored musical Dogfight, Adam Gwon's Ordinary Days and more.

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Michael Gioia
"The Last Five Years" Film, With Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick, Will Premiere at TIFF Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:31 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193755-The-Last-Five-Years-Film-With-Jeremy-Jordan-and-Anna-Kendrick-Will-Premiere-at-TIFF Richard LaGravenese's big-screen adaptation of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years, starring Tony Award nominees Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick, will premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, which will run Sept. 4-14.

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Michael Gioia
Shoshana Bean, Matthew Scott, Gabrielle Stravelli, Kacie Sheik, Steven Skybell Set for Reading of New Musical Lempicka Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:36 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193749-Shoshana-Bean-Matthew-Scott-Gabrielle-Stravelli-Kacie-Sheik-Steven-Skybell-Set-for-Reading-of-New-Musical-Lempicka By-invitation-only readings of the new musical Lempicka, concerning the tumultuous life of art deco artist Tamara de Lempicka, will be presented in Manhattan July 24-25.

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Andrew Gans
Hollywood Filmmaker Garry Marshall Finds New York Stage Project, Opening in October Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:14 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193751-Hollywood-Filmmaker-Garry-Marshall-Finds-New-York-Stage-Project-Opening-in-October Mike Bencivenga's new play Billy & Ray, a comedy about the birth of film noir, will make its New York debut at the Vineyard Theatre directed by Hollywood veteran Garry Marshall.

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Carey Purcell
Jazz Duo Lindsay Mendez and Marco Paguia Will Cover Sara Bareilles, The Cardigans and More at Birdland Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:43 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193750-Jazz-Duo-Lindsay-Mendez-and-Marco-Paguia-Will-Cover-Sara-Bareilles-The-Cardigans-and-More-at-Birdland Lindsay Mendez, who starred as Elphaba in Broadway's Wicked, and music director and jazz pianist Marco Paguia will play NYC's Birdland July 28. The jazz duo will cover Sara Bareilles, The Cardigans and more.

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Michael Gioia
Jason Robert Brown Will Offer Songs from Madison County, Last Five Years, Parade, Honeymoon in Vegas in August Concert Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:33 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193748-Jason-Robert-Brown-Will-Offer-Songs-from-Madison-County-Last-Five-Years-Parade-Honeymoon-in-Vegas-in-August-Concert Jason Robert Brown, who recently won a Best Score Tony Award for The Bridges of Madison County, and the Caucasian Rhythm Kings will bring their mix of rock/blues/jazz/folk/Gregorian chant/klezmer/polka/atonal cacophony/salsa to New York's SubCulture Aug. 4 at 7:30 PM.

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Andrew Gans
"Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner!" Dirty Dancing Tour Casts Its Leads Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:16 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193746-Nobody-Puts-Baby-in-a-Corner-Dirty-Dancing-Tour-Casts-Its-Leads Samuel Pergande and Jillian Mueller will star as Johnny Castle and Frances "Baby" Houseman, respectively, in the North American tour of 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. 

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Michael Gioia
Casting Now Complete for New York Production of Jason Robert Brown's Parade Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:58 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193747-Casting-Now-Complete-for-New-York-Production-of-Jason-Robert-Browns-Parade Complete casting has been announced for the White Plains Performing Arts Center's upcoming production of Jason Robert Brown's Tony-winning Parade, which will play the New York venue Aug. 8-10.

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Andrew Gans
Amy Ryan Joins Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance in New Steven Spielberg Film Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:50 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193744-Amy-Ryan-Joins-Tom-Hanks-and-Mark-Rylance-in-New-Steven-Spielberg-Film Amy Ryan will co-star with Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg's untitled Cold War spy thriller, Deadline.com reports.

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Carey Purcell
Film Forum Will Offer Tennessee Williams Festival; Lineup of Films Announced Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:46 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193745-Film-Forum-Will-Offer-Tennessee-Williams-Festival-Lineup-of-Films-Announced Manhattan's Film Forum will offer a Tennessee Williams Festival this fall.

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Andrew Gans
Aaron Tveit Lands Leading Role in New Romantic Comedy; Annaleigh Ashford Cast, Too Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:35 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193743-Aaron-Tveit-Lands-Leading-Role-in-New-Romantic-Comedy-Annaleigh-Ashford-Cast-Too Aaron Tveit, who was last seen on Broadway in Catch Me If You Can, has landed the leading role in the new romantic comedy "Stereotypically You," Deadline.com reports.

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Andrew Gans
London's Hampstead Theatre to Live-Stream Current Production Free Online Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:41 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193742-Londons-Hampstead-Theatre-to-Live-Stream-Current-Production-Free-Online London's Hampstead Theatre will live-stream the final performance of its current production of Wonderland free online July 26.

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Mark Shenton
World Premiere of The Infidel - the Musical to Play London's Theatre Royal; Complete Casting Announced Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:31 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193741-World-Premiere-of-The-Infidel---the-Musical-to-Play-Londons-Theatre-Royal-Complete-Casting-Announced Full casting has been revealed for the previously announced The Infidel - the Musical, a stage adaptation of David Baddiel's hit film comedy of the same name that was released in 2010. It is to premiere at London's Theatre Royal, Stratford East, Oct. 3 prior to an official opening Oct. 15, for a run through Nov. 2.

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Mark Shenton
Clive Rowe to Return to Olivier-Nominated Role in London; Sharon D. Clarke Stars, Too Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:11 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193740-Clive-Rowe-to-Return-to-Olivier-Nominated-Role-in-London-Sharon-D-Clarke-Stars-Too Clive Rowe is to reprise the title role of Mother Goose, for which he was Olivier-nominated in 2009, in the pantomime that will begin performances Nov. 22, prior to an official opening Nov. 27, for a run through Jan. 4 at London's Hackney Empire. 

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Mark Shenton
"The Magic of Sundance": Behind the Scenes at the Sundance Theatre Lab Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193731-The-Magic-of-Sundance-Behind-the-Scenes-at-the-Sundance-Theatre-Lab In the second installment of his weekly blog, Sundance Institute Theatre Lab fellow and playwright Christopher Chen offers insight into the creative process behind the lab, which runs through July 27 in Utah.

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John Tartaglia Is Cat in the Hat in St. Louis Muny Seussical, Beginning Tonight Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193721-John-Tartaglia-Is-Cat-in-the-Hat-in-St-Louis-Muny-Seussical-Beginning-Tonight The Muny's fifth show of its 96th season, the family-friendly musical Seussical, begins performances at the famed outdoor venue July 22.

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Andrew Gans
Adam Monley Is Javert in Broadway's Les MisÚrables, Starting Tonight; British Actor in the Wings Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193720-Adam-Monley-Is-Javert-in-Broadways-Les-Misrables-Starting-Tonight-British-Actor-in-the-Wings Adam Monley, who performs the roles of the Bishop of Digne and Combeferre in the Broadway revival of Les Misérables, steps into the part of Javert July 22-Aug. 10. British actor Earl Carpenter is scheduled to join the Tony Award-nominated revival Aug. 12-Oct. 3 in that role while original star Will Swenson is on leave.

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Michael Gioia
Forbidden Recording Comes Out Swinging! Today; Barnes & Noble Performance, Too Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193718-Forbidden-Recording-Comes-Out-Swinging-Today-Barnes-Noble-Performance-Too The original cast recording of Gerard Alessandrini’s Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging! is released on DRG Records July 22.

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Andrew Gans
A Chorus Line Star Takes the Trapeze in Broadway's Pippin Beginning Tonight Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193719-A-Chorus-Line-Star-Takes-the-Trapeze-in-Broadways-Pippin-Beginning-Tonight Priscilla Lopez, who earned a Tony Award for her performance in A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine and also created the role of Diana Morales in the original Broadway production of A Chorus Line, steps into the role of Berthe in the Tony-winning revival of Pippin beginning July 22. 

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Michael Gioia and Adam Hetrick
John Lithgow Crowned King Lear in Central Park Tonight Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193589-John-Lithgow-Crowned-King-Lear-in-Central-Park-Tonight The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of King Lear, starring Tony Award winner John Lithgow and Academy Award nominee Annette Bening, begins performances July 22 at the Delacorte Theater.

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Adam Hetrick