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On the Town Stud Jay Armstrong Johnson on His Oatmeal Cream Pie Diet & New Bestie Alysha Umphress

On the Town Stud Jay Armstrong Johnson on His Oatmeal Cream Pie Diet & New Bestie Alysha Umphress

Jay Armstrong Johnson’s prior Broadway stints didn’t exactly include box steps, jazz hands and kicklines: He’s played contest hopeful Greg Wilhote in Hands on a Hardbody, a tribe member in Hair and the standby for Frank Abagnale, Jr. (played by a very healthy Aaron Tveit—Armstrong never got the chance to go on) in Catch Me If You Can. But ...

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Photos! It's a Wonderful Sneak Peek of Broadway’s On the Town in Rehearsal

Photos! It's a Wonderful Sneak Peek of Broadway’s On the Town in Rehearsal
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The taptastic new revival of On the Town is headed to Broadway, beginning September 20, 2014 at the Lyric Theatre. Click to see Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Clyde Alves and the cast in rehearsal on September 3!

Tickets Now On Sale for Broadway Revival of On the Town, Starring Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson & Clyde Alves

Tickets Now On Sale for Broadway Revival of On the Town, Starring Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson & Clyde Alves

There's nothing like a man in uniform! Tickets are now available for the Broadway revival of On the Town. Directed by John Rando and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse, the production will star Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alves. Previews will start at the Lyric Theatre (formerly the Foxwoods) on September 20, with opening night set for October 16 ...

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Ahoy, Sailors! Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson & Clyde Alves Suit Up and Go On the Town

Ahoy, Sailors! Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson & Clyde Alves Suit Up and Go On the Town

On the Town gents Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alves have officially arrived in NYC, and boy, do they look good in uniform! The stars explored New York, New York in their new duds, just like Gabey, Chip and Ozzie do in the splashy musical. Well, except they documented the entire thing on Instagram, which we’re pretty sure ...

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Megan Fairchild, Alysha Umphress & Elizabeth Stanley Join the Cast of On the Town on Broadway

Megan Fairchild, Alysha Umphress & Elizabeth Stanley Join the Cast of On the Town on Broadway

Megan Fairchild, Alysha Umphress and Elizabeth Stanley will join the previously announced Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alveshave in On the Town. Directed by John Rando and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse, the Broadway revival will begin performances at the Lyric Theatre (formerly the Foxwoods) on September 20 with opening night set for October 16.

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Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson & Clyde Alves Will Lead On the Town on Broadway

Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson & Clyde Alves Will Lead On the Town on Broadway

The three are back in uniform! Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alves will reprise their roles as Gabey, Chip and Ozzie, respectively, in the upcoming Broadway revival of On the Town. The trio recently donned the sailor caps when the new staging played at the Barrington Stage Company last summer. The tuner will begin performances at the Lyric ...

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God, That’s Good! Emma Thompson & Bryn Terfel Kill It In New York Philharmonic's Sweeney Todd

God, That’s Good! Emma Thompson & Bryn Terfel Kill It In New York Philharmonic's Sweeney Todd
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See post-show photos from the first night of the New York Philharmonic’s Sweeney Todd concert on March 5, starring Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel. See the murderous pair through March 8 at Avery Fisher Hall!

Tony Winner Christian Borle & More Join Emma Thompson in New York Philharmonic’s Sweeney Todd

Tony Winner Christian Borle & More Join Emma Thompson in New York Philharmonic’s Sweeney Todd

Ladies and gentlemen you can't imagine the rapture in store! Tony winner Christian Borle, along with Jeff Blumenkrantz, Kyle Brenn, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Erin Mackey and Olivier winner Philip Quast, will take to the stage in the New York Philharmonic’s sure-to-be-rousing presentation of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. Starring Grammy winner Bryn Terfel as the titular demon barber and Oscar winner ...

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Romeo and Juliet Musical The Last Goodbye, Featuring the Songs of Jeff Buckley, Aims for Broadway

Romeo and Juliet Musical The Last Goodbye, Featuring the Songs of Jeff Buckley, Aims for Broadway

One of the most talked about musicals of the fall season is The Last Goodbye, an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet set to the music of the late Jeff Buckley. But a Broadway transfer of the show, which opened on October 6 at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, may have to wait.

“My guess is gonna be we’re ...

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Hot Shot! Jay Armstrong Johnson and Talisa Friedman Reinvent Romeo & Juliet in Jeff Buckley’s The Last Goodbye

Hot Shot! Jay Armstrong Johnson and Talisa Friedman Reinvent Romeo & Juliet in Jeff Buckley’s The Last Goodbye

There may be two productions of Romeo and Juliet going on in New York City, but there’s a scorching hot musical version coming this month in San Diego! Rising musical theater stars Jay Armstrong Johnson and Talisa Friedman will give Romeo and Juliet a modern makeover in The Last Goodbye, Michael Kimmel’s new adaptation of the Bard’s classic tragedy, which ...

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Jay Armstrong Johnson & Talisa Friedman to Rock Out as Romeo & Juliet in The Last Goodbye, Featuring the Music of Jeff Buckley

Jay Armstrong Johnson & Talisa Friedman to Rock Out as Romeo & Juliet in The Last Goodbye, Featuring the Music of Jeff Buckley

Jay Armstrong Johnson and Talisa Friedman will headline The Last Goodbye, a new musical fusing William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with the songs of Jeff Buckley. Johnson and Friedman will star as Shakespeare's famous star-crossed lovers. The Last Goodbye will begin previews at the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre on September 20. Opening night is ...

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Jay Armstrong Johnson, Tony Yazbeck, Clyde Alves & More Set for Barrington Stage Company’s On the Town

Jay Armstrong Johnson, Tony Yazbeck, Clyde Alves & More Set for Barrington Stage Company’s On the Town

Broadway vets Jay Armstrong Johnson (Hands on a Hardbody), Tony Yazbeck (Chicago) and Clyde Alves (Nice Work If You Can Get It) will play the trio of sailors Chip, Ozzie and Gabey in Barrington Stage Company’s season opener, On the Town. Directed by Tony winner John Rando (A Christmas Story) and choreographed by Emmy-winning Smash choreographer Joshua Bergasse, the ...

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Drive Into the Recording Studio with Hunter Foster & the Cast of Hands on a Hardbody

Drive Into the Recording Studio with Hunter Foster & the Cast of Hands on a Hardbody
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The Broadway production of Hands on a Hardbody drove off into the sunset on April 13—but on April 25, Hunter Foster, Allison Case and the cast reunited to preserve the musical on Ghostlight Records. Hands on a Hardbody tells the story of 10 Texans who compete to win a fully loaded pick-up truck. Broadway.com was on the scene ...

Hands Off the Truck! Hands on a Hardbody Sets Broadway Closing Date

Hands Off the Truck! Hands on a Hardbody Sets Broadway Closing Date

Hunter Foster, Keith Carradine and the cast of Hands on a Hardbody are taking their hands off the truck and driving into the sunset. The new musical will play its final performance on April 13, having played 28 previews and 28 regular performances at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre at the time of closing.

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It’s a Wild Ride for the Cast of Hands on a Hardbody on Opening Night

It’s a Wild Ride for the Cast of Hands on a Hardbody on Opening Night
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Buckle up! Hunter Foster, Keith Carradine and the cast of Hands on a Hardbody brought a taste of the American dream to Broadway on March 21, when they took their first official bows at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Based on a real-life competition in Texas, Hands on a Hardbody tells the story of ten down-on-their-luck contestants who enter a contest ...

Composers Trey Anastasio & Amanda Green on the 'Soulful,’ All-American Tunes in Hands on a Hardbody

Composers Trey Anastasio & Amanda Green on the 'Soulful,’ All-American Tunes in Hands on a Hardbody

From gospel to rock, Hands on a Hardbody's score is packed with catchy songs. Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green chat about composing “Joy of the Lord," “Stronger" and more, with new clips from the show.

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Keep on Trucking! All-American Musical Hands on a Hardbody Opens on Broadway

Keep on Trucking! All-American Musical Hands on a Hardbody Opens on Broadway

Hands on a Hardbody is burning rubber on the Great White Way! The new, all-American musical opens on March 21 at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre, starring Keith Carradine, Hunter Foster and Allison Case. Directed by Neil Pepe, Hands on a Hardbody features music by Phish frontman Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green, lyrics by Green and a book by Doug Wright ...

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Feel the Joy of Hands on a Hardbody! Watch a Video First Look of the Uplifting New Musical

Feel the Joy of Hands on a Hardbody! Watch a Video First Look of the Uplifting New Musical

Hands on a Hardbody is speeding toward its opening night! Get a sneak peek of the new Broadway musical starring Hunter Foster, Keith Carradine, Allison Case, Jay Armstrong Johnson and more as contestants fighting to win a new pickup truck.

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In It to Win It! Get a First Look at Hunter Foster, Keith Carradine & More in Hands on a Hardbody

In It to Win It! Get a First Look at Hunter Foster, Keith Carradine & More in Hands on a Hardbody
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Hands on a Hardbody has parked at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, and there’s an intense competition going on over there! In the new musical, 10 down-on-their-luck contestants from Texas must keep their hands on a brand new truck in order to win it. Featuring music by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green, a book by Doug Wright and directed by Neil ...

Exclusive! Keith Carradine on Capturing the Real ‘Grit’ of the Hands on a Hardbody Competition

Exclusive! Keith Carradine on Capturing the Real ‘Grit’ of the Hands on a Hardbody Competition

Go behind the scenes with Hands on a Hardbody star Keith Carradine, who stars as contestant JD Drew in the high-stakes new musical. Hear the true story behind the intense endurance contest, then catch the show at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre!

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Squigs Captures the Cutthroat Contestants of Hands on a Hardbody, Starring Keith Carradine & Hunter Foster

Squigs Captures the Cutthroat Contestants of Hands on a Hardbody, Starring Keith Carradine & Hunter Foster

Hunter Foster, Keith Carradine, Allison Case and the talented cast of Hands on a Hardbody are vying for the piece of the American dream: a fully loaded red pickup truck! Directed by Neil Pepe and featuring lyrics by Amanda Green, music by Trey Anastasio and Green, and a book by Doug Wright, the musical tells the story of 10 hard-luck Texans ...

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Caissie Levy, Corey Cott, Jay Armstrong Johnson & More Set For Broadway Sings Stevie Wonder Concert

Caissie Levy, Corey Cott, Jay Armstrong Johnson & More Set For Broadway Sings Stevie Wonder Concert

A slew of stage stars including Caissie LevyNewsiesCorey Cott and Hands on a Hardbody’s Jay Armstrong Johnson will lend their talents to Broadway Sings Stevie Wonder. The one-night-only event will take place at Le Poisson Rouge on April 14.

Joining Levy, Cott and Johnson for the musical tribute are Keala Settle (Hands on a Hardbody ...

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Exclusive! Hands on a Hardbody Choreographer Sergio Trujillo & Director Neil Pepe on ‘Learning to Dance With the Truck’

Exclusive! Hands on a Hardbody Choreographer Sergio Trujillo & Director Neil Pepe on ‘Learning to Dance With the Truck’

Hands on a Hardbody officially rolls into Broadway on March 21! Check out interviews with director Neil Pepe and choreographer Sergio Trujillo about their vision for the new musical, rehearsal footage and more in this exclusive video.

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Hands on a Hardbody's Real-Life Ride from Cutthroat Competition to Broadway Musical

Hands on a Hardbody's Real-Life Ride from Cutthroat Competition to Broadway Musical

A contest at an auto dealership isn’t typical fodder for a Broadway musical, but Hands on a Hardbody, a new rock-and-roll tuner by Trey Anastasio, Amanda Green and Doug Wright, has a truckload of heart. Find out the real-life story behind this new musical, and follow the journey of Hands on a Hardbody from a Texas car lot to the ...

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Jay Armstrong Johnson Shows Off His 'Boys' & Lone Star Love Backstage at Hands on a Hardbody

Jay Armstrong Johnson Shows Off His 'Boys' & Lone Star Love Backstage at Hands on a Hardbody

Ever wonder what Hands on a Hardbody star Jay Armstrong Johnson does during his downtime? He’s hanging out backstage, drinking coconut water, chowing down on cough drops and doing yoga on his non-slip mat, of course!

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