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Newsies Director Jeff Calhoun Looks Back on the 'One-Off' Regional Production That Became a Broadway Hit

Newsies Director Jeff Calhoun Looks Back on the 'One-Off' Regional Production That Became a Broadway Hit

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Disney's Newsies will close on August 24 after more than 1,000 performances on Broadway. But while "fansies" are distraught by this news, director Jeff Calhoun isn't mourning loss of the hit musical—he's celebrating. The adaptation of the 1992 movie was initially intended to play a limited engagement at New Jersey's Paper ...

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Book Writer Chad Beguelin on the Cut Songs, Scenes & Camels That Paved Aladdin’s Road to Broadway

Book Writer Chad Beguelin on the Cut Songs, Scenes & Camels That Paved Aladdin’s Road to Broadway

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After penning the book and lyrics for The Wedding Singer, lyrics for Elf, and the book for Disney’s On the Record, you’d think that writing a catchy, crowd-pleasing musical would be a breeze for Aladdin scribe Chad Beguelin. But as he reveals in his First Person feature for Broadway.com, the Great White Way can ...

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11 Lessons If/Then Writer Brian Yorkey Learned on the Road to Broadway (Gotta Love #8!)

11 Lessons If/Then Writer Brian Yorkey Learned on the Road to Broadway (Gotta Love #8!)

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After earning almost every accolade imaginable (including a Tony Award and oh, a little thing called the Pulitzer Prize) for his first Broadway musical Next to Normal, writer Brian Yorkey is teaming up again with composer Tom Kitt to bring If/Then to Broadway. The production, which marks Tony winner Idina Menzel’s long-awaited return to the ...

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Bronx Bombers Star Bill Dawes On the Pressure to 'Not Suck' as Baseball Great Mickey Mantle

Bronx Bombers Star Bill Dawes On the Pressure to 'Not Suck' as Baseball Great Mickey Mantle

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Bringing an iconic sports hero like Mickey Mantle to life could be an intimidating job for an actor, but Bill Dawes is prepared to step up to the plate. In fact, Dawes already knows a thing or two about embodying professional athletes onstage. In 2010, he portrayed football player Paul Hornung in Eric Simonson's Lombardi, about ...

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Godot and No Man’s Land Director Sean Mathias on How Broadway Audiences Made His ‘American Dream’ Come True

Godot and No Man’s Land Director Sean Mathias on How Broadway Audiences Made His ‘American Dream’ Come True

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Sean Mathias began his wide-ranging theatrical career as an actor and playwright before establishing himself as an in-demand director. A Tony nominee for Indiscretions, Mathias has helmed a London revival and film version of Martin Sherman’s Bent, Company at the Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Celebration, A Little Night Music at the National Theatre and Breakfast at ...

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Anika Larsen on Her Life-Saving Surgery and the BeautifuI Show That Made Her Love Acting Again

Anika Larsen on Her Life-Saving Surgery and the BeautifuI Show That Made Her Love Acting Again

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When Broadway.com asked Anika Larsen to write an essay about her experience playing songwriter Cynthia Weil in the new Carole King bio musical Beautiful, we expected a lighthearted piece from one of NYC's most winning musical comedy performers. After all, as Larsen cheekily notes on her personal website, she's the only actress who can ...

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Top Casting Director Jen Rudin Offers Audition Advice for Stagestruck Kids (and Their Parents)

Top Casting Director Jen Rudin Offers Audition Advice for Stagestruck Kids (and Their Parents)

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Ever wonder what it takes to catch the eye of a busy casting director who sifts through hundreds of resumes for every role? Jen Rudin began her show business career as a child actress before switching sides of the audition room table, and now she is sharing three decades of on-the-job experience in the excellent new book ...

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Dori Berinstein Recalls the 'Musical Genius' Behind Her Documentary Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love

Dori Berinstein Recalls the 'Musical Genius' Behind Her Documentary Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love

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After filming the award-winning documentary Carol Channing: Larger Than Life, Dori Berinstein jumped to a equally exciting and challenging project: capturing on film the life and legacy of EGOT winner Marvin Hamlisch, who died in August 2012 at age 68. The result, Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love, debuts on PBS’ American Masters on December 27 ...

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Striptease Artist Ursula Martinez on Spreading ‘Hanky Panky’ Off-Broadway in La Soiree

Striptease Artist Ursula Martinez on Spreading ‘Hanky Panky’ Off-Broadway in La Soiree

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You certainly can’t tell from Ursula Martinez’s prim and proper costume the magical shenanigans she unleashes with the help of a square red handkerchief in La Soiree. The mischievous look on her face is the first clue that this Spanish-born, British-based performer is going to give Gypsy Rose Lee a run for her money in ...

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Joe Calarco on Directing a Wondrous New Adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Joe Calarco on Directing a Wondrous New Adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

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When it comes to paring a classic down to its essentials, Joe Calarco is an expert. Calarco first won raves back in 1998 for adapting and directing R&J, a fully realized version of Romeo and Juliet featuring a cast of four men. Now, the director of quirky musicals including Sarah, Plain and Tall, Floyd and Clea ...

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