Playbill.com : News Copyright (c) %2014 Playbill.com, Inc. All Rights Reserved. http://www.playbill.com/ Playbill.com : News en-us 08/23/2014 07:26:10 AM 60 CELEBRITY BUZZ: Neil Patrick Harris Leaves Hedwig, Jeremy Jordan in Neverland, Kristin Chenoweth for Gay Marriage, Broadway Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and More Sat, 23 Aug 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194831-CELEBRITY-BUZZ-Neil-Patrick-Harris-Leaves-Hedwig-Jeremy-Jordan-in-Neverland-Kristin-Chenoweth-for-Gay-Marriage-Broadway-Takes-the-ALS-Ice-Bucket-Challenge-and-More Check out the latest celebrity interviews, features, news and multimedia from Playbill.com this week.

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Jared Clough
The Long Shrift, Directed by James Franco, Ends Off-Broadway Run Aug. 23 Sat, 23 Aug 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194805-The-Long-Shrift-Directed-by-James-Franco-Ends-Off-Broadway-Run-Aug-23 The Off-Broadway production of The Long Shrift, directed by James Franco, ends its run at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater Aug. 23. 

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Carey Purcell
STAGE VIEWS: "The Grind" Star Eric Michael Krop On Alan Cumming, On the Town and More Sat, 23 Aug 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194808-STAGE-VIEWS-The-Grind-Star-Eric-Michael-Krop-On-Alan-Cumming-On-the-Town-and-More Playbill.com's series features actors commenting on their recent theatregoing experiences, what productions they're looking forward to and more.

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Andrew Gans
Stephen Adly Guirgis Premiere, Between Riverside And Crazy, Closes at the Atlantic Sat, 23 Aug 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194802-Stephen-Adly-Guirgis-Premiere-Between-Riverside-And-Crazy-Closes-at-the-Atlantic The world premiere of Tony nominee Stephen Adly Guirgis' new play Between Riverside And Crazy, which officially opened July 31 at the Atlantic Theater Company, ends its extended run Aug. 23 Off-Broadway

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Adam Hetrick and Carey Purcell
THE WEEK AHEAD Aug. 23-29: Two Starry Shows Begin on Broadway and We Say Goodbye to Newsies and Bullets Sat, 23 Aug 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194796-THE-WEEK-AHEAD-Aug-23-29-Two-Starry-Shows-Begin-on-Broadway-and-We-Say-Goodbye-to-Newsies-and-Bullets- Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that fall shows begin previews, bringing Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Rose Byrne and others to the Main Stem… TV's biggest night borrows some Broadway razzle dazzle… Newsies' last delivery… and it's over for Bullets Over Broadway.

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Blake Ross
Kill Your Darlings, Keep Your Cast Albums: 10 Broadway Songs You Won't Believe Were Cut From Movies Sat, 23 Aug 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194767-Kill-Your-Darlings-Keep-Your-Cast-Albums-10-Broadway-Songs-You-Wont-Believe-Were-Cut-From-Movies Playbill.com correspondent Ben Rimalower offers his selection of the top ten Broadway musical songs that were cut for film adaptations.

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Ben Rimalower
A Whole New "Ball" Game: Keke Palmer and Sherri Shepherd Make Historic Broadway Debuts in Cinderella Sat, 23 Aug 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194738-A-Whole-New-Ball-Game-Keke-Palmer-and-Sherri-Shepherd-Make-Historic-Broadway-Debuts-in-Cinderella Playbill.com catches up with Keke Palmer and Sherri Shepherd, who are about to make their Broadway debuts in Rodgers and Hammerstein's fairy-tale musical Cinderella.

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Karu F. Daniels
Over a Dozen Broadway Artists Sing The Songs of Anderson & Petty at 54 Below Tonight Sat, 23 Aug 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194806-Over-a-Dozen-Broadway-Artists-Sing-The-Songs-of-Anderson-Petty-at-54-Below-Tonight The Songs of Anderson & Petty, featuring the work of transatlantic songwriters Barry Anderson and Mark Petty, is presented Aug. 23 at 11 PM at 54 Below.

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Andrew Gans
PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today in Theatre History: AUGUST 23 Sat, 23 Aug 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/71646-PLAYBILL-VAULTS-Today-in-Theatre-History-AUGUST-23 1852 Broadway premiere of Uncle Tom's Cabin, based on the novel about slavery by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

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Robert Viagas and Doug Nevin
Lorna Luft Will Make 54 Below Debut in December Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:12 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194834-Lorna-Luft-Will-Make-54-Below-Debut-in-December Emmy Award-winning performer Lorna Luft, who will tour the U.K. with the musical revue Puttin' on the Ritz this fall, will make her 54 Below debut in December.

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Adam Hetrick
Wicked Actor Will Celebrate "Ginger Love" With NYC Concert Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:02 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194833-Wicked-Actor-Will-Celebrate-Ginger-Love-With-NYC-Concert Jesse J.P. Johnson, who has been seen on Broadway in Wicked, will celebrate the release of his new EP "Ginger Love" with a concert Sept. 8 at The Bitter End.

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Michael Gioia
THE CALL BOARD: Available Theatrical Internships Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194828-THE-CALL-BOARD-Available-Theatrical-Internships Playbill.com's Job Listings offer an extensive selection of available jobs within the theatre industry. From auditions to administrative roles, Playbill.com is the online source for careers in theatre.

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Jared Clough
Molly Hager, Alex Wyse and Andrew Kober Join Lineup for Oyen Sings Oyen Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:45 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194832-Molly-Hager-Alex-Wyse-and-Andrew-Kober-Join-Lineup-for-Oyen-Sings-Oyen Molly Hager (Heathers), Alex Wyse (Lysistrata Jones) and Andrew Kober (Les Misérables) have joined the lineup for Oyen Sings Oyen, intimate evenings with songwriter Alexander Sage Oyen that will be held Aug. 25 and Aug. 28 at 7:30 PM at Don't Tell Mama.

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Michael Gioia
Broadway's Been Nominated! Idina Menzel, Neil Patrick Harris, Ramin Karimloo and More Join the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:19 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194830-Broadways-Been-Nominated-Idina-Menzel-Neil-Patrick-Harris-Ramin-Karimloo-and-More-Join-the-ALS-Ice-Bucket-Challenge The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, raising awareness and funds for Lou Gehrig's disease, has taken the Internet by storm. Broadway has been nominated, and below are videos from casts, actors, singers and more.

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Michael Gioia
Spider-Man Star Jason Gotay Will Direct Youth Production of Shrek, Featuring Over 60 Actors Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:40 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194827-Spider-Man-Star-Jason-Gotay-Will-Direct-Youth-Production-of-Shrek-Featuring-Over-60-Actors Jason Gotay, who starred in Broadway's high-flying musical Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, will swing over to Brooklyn to direct a youth production of Shrek the Musical, featuring a cast of over 60.

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Michael Gioia
PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, Aug. 16-22: TV Stars Flock to CSC and Motown's Leaving Broadway - For Now Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:30 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194812-PLAYBILLCOMS-THEATRE-WEEK-IN-REVIEW-Aug-16-22-TV-Stars-Flock-to-CSC-and-Motowns-Leaving-Broadway---For-Now Like once-hot restaurants that suddenly shut their doors "for renovations," Motown, the Broadway show featuring music from the legendary Motown catalogue, has announced that it is not exactly closing, but taking a break from Broadway business for a while.

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Robert Simonson
THE SCREENING ROOM: "Don't Feed the Plant!" Little Shop of Horrors Throughout the Years Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:24 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194824-THE-SCREENING-ROOM-Dont-Feed-the-Plant-Little-Shop-of-Horrors-Throughout-the-Years The Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors  ended its run Aug. 22, 2004. To mark the occasion, Playbill.com looks back at various productions of the famed musical comedy.

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Playbill Staff
Volleygirls and Mamma Mia!'s Allison Strong Will Release Dual-Language Album Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:17 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194823-Volleygirls-and-Mamma-Mias-Allison-Strong-Will-Release-Dual-Language-Album Allison Strong, who was last seen on Broadway in Mamma Mia! and starred in the NYMF production of Volleygirls, will release her debut, dual-language album "March Towards the Sun" Aug. 31.

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Michael Gioia
PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: The Demon Barber Goes Rock! Behind the Scenes at DC's Sweeney Todd - Prog Metal Version Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:17 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194818-PHOTO-EXCLUSIVE-The-Demon-Barber-Goes-Rock-Behind-the-Scenes-at-DCs-Sweeney-Todd---Prog-Metal-Version Sweeney Todd. Associate Artistic Director and cast member Steve Custer, who plays the Birdman, takes us behind the scenes at the groundbreaking production.]]> Matthew Blank THE CALL BOARD: Upcoming Audition Listings Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:15 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194819-THE-CALL-BOARD-Upcoming-Audition-Listings Playbill.com's Job Listings offer an extensive selection of available jobs within the theatre industry. From auditions to administrative roles, Playbill.com is the online source for careers in theatre.

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Jared Clough
Motown's Morgan James Will Sing Soul at SubCulture Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:13 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194788-Motowns-Morgan-James-Will-Sing-Soul-at-SubCulture- Morgan James, who was seen on Broadway in Godspell and Motown, will play SubCulture Sept. 3.

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Michael Gioia
STAGE PORTRAIT: Six-Time Tony Winner Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:32 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194807-STAGE-PORTRAIT-Six-Time-Tony-Winner-Audra-McDonald-in-Lady-Day-at-Emerson39s-Bar-and-Grill Acclaimed illustrator Ken Fallin's drawings of the greatest stars and scenes of the theatrical world are a recurring part of Playbill.com.

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Andrew Gans
Karen Ziemba and "Rescue Me" Star Among Cast of Off-Broadway's Almost Home Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:28 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194814-Karen-Ziemba-and-Rescue-Me-Star-Among-Cast-of-Off-Broadways-Almost-Home Joe Lisi (Take Me Out), James McCaffrey ("Rescue Me"), Jonny Orsini (The Nance), Brenda Pressley (The Lyons) and Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba (Contact) will star in the world premiere of Walter Anderson's debut play Almost Home, producers announced Aug. 22.

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Michael Gioia
Intimate Version of Titanic Will Dock in Chicago; Cast Announced Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:27 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194815-Intimate-Version-of-Titanic-Will-Dock-in-Chicago-Cast-Announced A new, intimate version of the Tony Award-winning musical Titanic, which dramatizes the maiden voyage of the ill-fated luxury liner, will play Chicago's Griffin Theatre Company this fall. Casting has been revealed.

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Adam Hetrick
Ron Rifkin and Brian d'Arcy James Among Guest Stars for Upcoming "SVU" Season Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:20 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194813-Ron-Rifkin-and-Brian-dArcy-James-Among-Guest-Stars-for-Upcoming-SVU-Season Tony Award winner Ron Rifkin (Cabaret) and two-time Tony nominee Brian d'Arcy James (Shrek, "Smash") are among the actors who will guest star on the upcoming season of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," according to EW.com.

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Michael Gioia
Will New York City Welcome a New Broadway House? Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:39 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194810-Will-New-York-City-Welcome-a-New-Broadway-House The Shubert Organization, which owns 17 of the 40 Broadway theatres, plans to build a state-of-the-art, 1,500-seat Broadway theatre between West 45th and 46th streets, according to the New York Post.

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Michael Gioia
Wicked Star Lindsay Mendez Joins Central Park Winter's Tale Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:38 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194809-Wicked-Star-Lindsay-Mendez-Joins-Central-Park-Winters-Tale Lindsay Mendez, who appeared as Elphaba in the Broadway production of Wicked, is among the latest artists to join the Public Works production of The Winter's Tale, which will feature professional actors and performers alongside community organizations from across New York City.

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Adam Hetrick
PHOTO SPECIAL: Celebrating Stage Veteran Valerie Harper Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:19 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194804-PHOTO-SPECIAL-Celebrating-Stage-Veteran-Valerie-Harper Signed, Sealed, Delivered, celebrates her birthday Aug. 22. Playbill.com takes a look at her stage career. Happy birthday, Valerie!]]> Joseph Marzullo The Object Lesson Wins Big at Edinburgh Fringe; Production Will Play BAM in November Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:15 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194803-The-Object-Lesson-Wins-Big-at-Edinburgh-Fringe-Production-Will-Play-BAM-in-November The Object Lesson, a play that examines our relationships with material possessions and the role they play in our lives, is the winner of the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, the New York Times reports.

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Carey Purcell
Performers and Presenters Announced for 49th Annual Broadcast of Muscular Dystrophy Telethon Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:52 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194799-Performers-and-Presenters-Announced-for-49th-Annual-Broadcast-of-Muscular-Dystrophy-Telethon The "MDA Show of Strength Telethon," benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association, will be broadcast on ABC Aug. 31 beginning at 9 PM ET.

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Andrew Gans
Casting Now Complete for Israel Horovitz's My Old Lady, Starring Academy Award Winner Estelle Parsons Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:46 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194798-Casting-Now-Complete-for-Israel-Horovitzs-My-Old-Lady-Starring-Academy-Award-Winner-Estelle-Parsons Casting is now complete for Palm Beach Dramaworks' upcoming production of My Old Lady, which casts the Oscar-winning Estelle Parsons as a 92-year-old French matron.

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Andrew Gans
NYC Premiere of Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) Will Feature Victoria Clark, Marc Kudisch, Lauren Worsham Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:25 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194797-NYC-Premiere-of-Not-the-Messiah-Hes-a-Very-Naughty-Boy-Will-Feature-Victoria-Clark-Marc-Kudisch-Lauren-Worsham The Collegiate Chorale's 2014-15 season will include the New York City premiere of Eric Idle and John DuPrez's Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) at Carnegie Hall, followed by George F. Handel's Susanna at Town Hall, and the U.S. premiere of Kurt Weill and Franz Werfel's The Road of Promise at Carnegie Hall.

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Andrew Gans
Complete Casting Announced for U.K. Premiere of Theresa Rebeck's Seminar, Featuring Original Les Miz Star Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:15 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194793-Complete-Casting-Announced-for-UK-Premiere-of-Theresa-Rebecks-Seminar-Featuring-Original-Les-Miz-Star The British premiere production of Theresa Rebeck's 2011 Broadway play Seminar at London’s Hampstead Theatre has now announced the full cast as well as an extension to its run.

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Mark Shenton
Lennon: Through a Glass Onion Will Play Off-Broadway's Union Square Theater Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:14 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194795-Lennon-Through-a-Glass-Onion-Will-Play-Off-Broadways-Union-Square-Theater Lennon: Through a Glass Onion, which celebrates the genius, music and phenomenon of John Lennon, will arrive in New York this fall at The Union Square Theater.

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Andrew Gans
Shakespeare in Love Extends Booking Period Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:29 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194794-Shakespeare-in-Love-Extends-Booking-Period The West End production of Shakespeare in Love, a stage version of the 1998 Oscar-winning film of the same name that is currently running at the Noel Coward Theatre, is to extend booking through Jan. 10, 2015. Almost 76,000 more tickets will be released and will go on sale beginning Sept. 1.

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Mark Shenton
Top College Experts on What You Need to Know to Survive Your Performing Arts Freshman Year Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194724-Top-College-Experts-on-What-You-Need-to-Know-to-Survive-Your-Performing-Arts-Freshman-Year Survival tips based on years of watching freshmen stumble–and succeed.

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Robert Viagas
Lesli Margherita and Natalie Joy Johnson Strip with The Skivvies Tonight Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194785-Lesli-Margherita-and-Natalie-Joy-Johnson-Strip-with-The-Skivvies-Tonight The Skivvies welcome Nicholas Rodriguez, Lesli Margherita and Natalie Joy Johnson for their Aug. 22 late-night show at 54 Below.

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Adam Hetrick
Off-Broadway Gets Bootycandy! Sex-Education Comedy About Growing Up Gay and Black Begins Tonight Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194766-Off-Broadway-Gets-Bootycandy-Sex-Education-Comedy-About-Growing-Up-Gay-and-Black-Begins-Tonight Playwrights Horizons presents the New York premiere of Bootycandy, a new play written and directed by Obie Award winner Robert O'Hara, beginning Aug. 22, prior to an official opening Sept. 10.

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Michael Gioia
Domenica Cameron-Scorsese, Daughter of Martin Scorsese, Makes Chicago Stage Debut Aug. 22 in Reasons to Be Happy Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194762-Domenica-Cameron-Scorsese-Daughter-of-Martin-Scorsese-Makes-Chicago-Stage-Debut-Aug-22-in-Reasons-to-Be-Happy Profiles Theatre opens its 26th season by presenting the Midwest premiere of Reasons to Be Happy, penned by resident artist Neil LaBute, beginning Aug. 22. 

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Carey Purcell
DIVA TALK: Paige Faure Discusses Her Journey to Cinderella, How to Succeed Leading Men and More Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194713-DIVA-TALK-Paige-Faure-Discusses-Her-Journey-to-Cinderella-How-to-Succeed-Leading-Men-and-More News, views and reviews about the multi-talented women of the musical theatre and the concert/cabaret stage.

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Andrew Gans