BroadwayHD, an on-demand service that streams recorded theatre productions as Netflix and Hulu have been doing for broadcast media, has launched… And, we asked our readers what productions they would like to see streamed directly from Broadway to their TV.
It was recently announced that Sydney Lucas will star as Mary Lennox in Manhattan Concert Productions' concert staging of The Secret Garden, the musical based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, at Lincoln Center Feb. 21, 2016. Playbill.com took to social media to see who its readers thought should star opposite the young actress.
Villains. We love to hate them. Or do we hate to love them? The Little Mermaid has Ursula, Wicked has Madame Morrible, Les Miz has Javert. Playbill.com took to Twitter to find out our readers' favorite Broadway villains.
Reunion concerts. Newsies had one. The Wedding Singer also. And, Spring Awakening's reunion included members of the new Broadway cast as well. So, who's next? Playbill.com took to Twitter to ask its readers which other shows deserve a reunion concert at Feinstein's/54 Below.
Sequels. The Phantom of the Opera has one, so does Annie and Bye Bye Birdie... It seems that audiences just can't get enough of certain stories. Playbill.com took to Facebook and Twitter to ask its readers which show most deserved a sequel.
Absorbent and yellow and coming to Broadway is he! It was recently announced that SpongeBob is ready to make his Main Stem debut. While the role has already been cast — though not announced — Playbill.com thought it might be fun to poll its readers to see which actor they thought would be best suited to live in a pineapple under the sea in The SpongeBob Musical.
London's West End features some exciting new musicals, as well as highly praised revivals. Among them are Gypsy, starring Imelda Staunton; Hamlet, starring Benedict Cumberbatch; and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Playbill.com took to Twitter to ask its readers which shows they'd most like see make the transatlantic leap.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which currently stars Taye Diggs, recently announced its closing date on Broadway with plans to open in London. Playbill.com took to social media to ask its readers who they thought would be the best fit for Hedwig's wig and heels on the other side of the Atlantic.
The 2015-16 Broadway season includes many exciting new productions, as well as some highly anticipated revivals. Among them: Waitress with music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles, Deaf West's Spring Awakening, and Lin-Manuel Miranda's recently-opened Hamilton. Playbill.com took to social media to ask its readers which shows they're most excited to see.
The 2014-15 Broadway season brought many new musicals, as well as several revivals, and with those came new cast recordings, including those for Fun Home, Something Rotten!, Finding Neverland and more. Playbill.com took to social media to ask its readers which cast recording was their favorite.
Lea DeLaria, known for her work as "Carrie 'Big Boo' Black" on "Orange is the New Black," is no stranger to the Broadway stage. With a new album just released, and multiple Broadway credits under her belt, Playbill.com asked readers what role DeLaria should play next.
Over the next week, Playbill.com will feature stories focused on the talents of women in the theatre, curated by Features Editor Carey Purcell. We asked our readers to choose their favorite women in theatre.
As the Encores Off-Center series comes to a close at New York City Center with the revival of Andrew Lippa's Wild Party, Playbill.com polled readers as to which Off-Broadway musicals they would most like to see brought to life again on the stage next season.
"Magic Mike XXL," the sequel to the steamy comedy about the lifestyle of male strippers, hit theatres July 1. With a Broadway musical version of the franchise also in the works, we asked our readers to tell us who they want to see strip down and belt it out in Magic Mike the Musical. Here's who made the list!
The stage adaptation of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's animated feature "Anastasia" is set to have its world premiere at Hartford Stage next spring. The new musical will incorporate characters not seen in the film and will feature songs from the original and new numbers. Playbill.com took to social media to poll which actress should star in the title role.
Following the recent announcement that Megan Hilty will star in a New York City Center concert staging of the Tony-winning musical Annie Get Your Gun, Playbill.com took to social media to see which star was most deserving of playing alongside Hilty as her love interest, the straight-talking Frank Butler.
Following the recent casting announcements of Jennifer Hudson, Danielle Brooks and Cynthia Erivo in the upcoming Broadway production of The Color Purple, Playbill.com took to social media to see which performer readers would most like to see in the role of Mister. The production begins previews Nov. 9 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.
Following the recent news that Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom sequel, Love Never Dies may tour the U.S., Playbill.com took to social media to see which leading man readers would most like to see in the starring role. Set ten years after the conclusion of The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies follows soprano Christine Daae to New York's Coney Island.
Following the recent buzz that Broadway producer Kevin McCollum has set his sights on a "Devil Wears Prada" stage musical adaptation, Playbill.com took to social media to see which actresses our readers would most like to see take on the iconic role of infamous magazine editor Miranda Priestly, played by Oscar winner Meryl Streep in the film.
It's an exciting time of year for New York theatre lovers — awards season! One question everyone on or off Broadway is asking is who will host the 2015 Tony Awards. We took to social media to see which Broadway star Playbill.com readers thought should host the 69th Annual Awards ceremony.
Pop and musical theatre fans recenlty united in their common love of Josh Groban and Kelly Clarkson's cover of the romantic Phantom duet"All I Ask of You." Playbill.com took to social media to see which pop singers covered their favorite Broadway tunes the best.
This spring on Broadway sees the premieres of numerous musical adaptations of award-winning films, including Gigi, Finding Neverland, Doctor Zhivago and American in Paris. Playbill.com took to social media to see which screen classic readers would like to see adapted to the stage next.
Following this week's exciting announcement that the next NBC live broadcast will be a reimagining of The Wiz, Playbill.com took to social media to ask readers to dreamcast the TV production that will subsequently arrive on Broadway.
With the news that development of Tina Fey's "Mean Girls" musical is progressing, fans are pondering whether Fey will reprise her film role as Ms. Norbury on stage. Playbill.com took to social media to see in which roles readers would dream cast the multi-talented comedienne.
In celebration of the legendary composer's 85th birthday, Playbill.com took to social media to see which performance of a Stephen Sondheim song readers considered most memorable. The answers ranged from Broadway productions to anniversary concerts to "Glee" covers.
The Twittersphere is abuzz with Broadway! Playbill.com asked our readers to share which stars they were following on the popular social media platform. From hashtags to selfies, tweets to trends, here's a look at some of Broadway's popular Tweeters.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of "The Sound of Music," the Oscar-winning film about a postulant-turned-governess named Maria who becomes enamored with a widower Austrian naval captain and his seven children, Playbill.com took to social media to see which moments they considered most memorable from the stage and screen versions of the property. The beloved musical features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.
William Finn and James Lapine's Tony-winning musical Falsettos will return to Broadway in spring 2016, with Tony winner Lapine again at the helm. Part intimate family drama, part neurotic urban comedy, Falsettos was groundbreaking in its original 1992 Broadway staging through its exploration of AIDS and observations on the shifting definition of the American family. While casting won't be announced for some time, we took to social media to ask Playbill.com readers how they would dream cast the revival. To see whom Playbill.com would dream cast, click here.
The Academy Awards often feature exciting performances from Broadway talent: Hugh Jackman, Idina Menzel and Neil Patrick Harris are just a few who have graced the stage in front of Hollywood's A-listers and the world. In celebration of the 87th Annual Awards this weekend, Playbill.com took to social media to see which Oscar performance readers liked best.
Famed comedic sketch show "Saturday Night Live" will soon celebrate its 40th anniversary with a host of celebrities set to be part of the telecast. Playbill.com took to social media to see which Broadway star readers would most like to see host an upcoming episode of the NBC program.
This week, Playbill.com reported that "Harry Potter" star Emma Watson would star as Belle in Disney's live action adaptation of its award-winning musical Beauty and the Beast. With this highly anticipated production slated to begin later this year, we asked our readers to name the actor they would pick to star alongside Watson in the role of the Beast.
Oprah Winfrey, the former talk show-host who also boasts an internationally recognized brand and empire, has continued to prove herself a talented actress by tackling a range of challenging on-screen roles. Her film credits include "The Color Purple," "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "Beloved" and this year's Oscar-nominated "Selma." This week it was reported that Winfrey hopes to appear in a new stage adaptation of The Visit, which is not the first time she has hinted at a Broadway debut. Playbill.com took to social media and asked readers which Broadway role they'd most like to see Winfrey play.
The highly anticipated spring season kicks off on Broadway this week with the openings of Constellations and Honeymoon in Vegas. Playbill.com took to social media to gauge which productions readers are looking forward to most.
Playbill.com asked readers to select their favorite performances from the past year, one filled with numerous standouts and excellent productions. Some of the responses, culled from Facebook and Twitter, follow.
The year is winding to an end, and 2014 has been a stellar one for theatre both on and Off-Broadway. As Playbill.com looks back on the year that was through favorite cast albums and top theatre stories, we took to social media to see which shows Playbill.com readers considered their picks of the season.
New York City Center's Encores! Off-Center series will offer a one-night-only performance of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's Little Shop of Horrors. Ellen Greene, who created the role of the lovably ditzy Audrey both on stage and screen, will reprise that performance July 1, 2015. Playbill.com took to social media to gage who our readers think should star opposite Greene in the role of Seymour.
Anna Kendrick, who made her Broadway debut in High Society, proved her vocal dexterity in "Pitch Perfect" and will soon be seen in the anticipated films "Into the Woods," "The Last Five Years" and "Pitch Perfect 2." Playbill.com took to social media to see which role our readers would like to see the versatile singing actress play on Broadway.
It was recently announced that Tony winner Laura Benanti will portray Lucille Frank in the one-night-only concert presentation of Jason Robert Brown’s Tony Award-winning musical Parade. Playbill.com wondered who our readers would like to see star opposite the Tony winner, so we took to social media to gather your predictions and top picks.
The arrival of winter has the Playbill.com staff dreaming of white sandy beaches and blue seas. We asked readers to tell us which cast album they would take with them if they were stranded on a desert island. Choosing just one was, expectedly, problematic for many.
On Nov. 23 the Tony Award-winning revival of Chicago, which is currently playing the Ambassador Theatre, becomes the second-longest running show in Broadway history. We took this opportunity to ask Playbill.com readers, via Facebook and Twitter, who were their favorite performers in the show's 18-year history.
As we eagerly anticipate the film release of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, we wondered: Which other favorite fairy tales would our readers like to see transformed into a Broadway musical? We polled readers via Facebook and Twitter.
Last week, lyricist and co-creator of Bat Boy Laurence O’Keefe told Playbill.com that he hoped the cult musical would finally get a chance to make it to Broadway. Playbill.com polled our readers via Facebook and Twitter asking them who should be cast in a possible Broadway production of the musical.
Tony Award nominees Laura Osnes and Constantine Maroulis are just two of the talents who have made careers on Broadway following successful runs on television talent competition shows. With "The Voice" contestants Josh Kaufman and Chris Mann set to take over roles in Pippin on Broadway and the tour of Phantom of the Opera, respectively, we asked our readers who they'd like to see venture into theatrical territory next.
Ariana Grande made her Broadway debut in 2008 as part of the cast of Jason Robert Brown's 13. After Gloria Estefan revealed Grande was among her picks to portray her in On Your Feet, the new musical about the Grammy-winning musician's life, Playbill.com wondered: What role would you like to see Ariana Grande play on Broadway?
With Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger making her West End stage debut as Grizabella in the London revival of Cats this winter, we wanted to know who our readers thought should play that role in a Broadway revival of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.
Last week, Playbill.com shared some of our favorite songs composed by six-time Tony nominee Stephen Schwartz. This week, we wanted to know which of his songs have changed our readers "For Good." With selections ranging from songs from Wicked to "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," click through to see our readers' favorite tunes by this celebrated composer.