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The Public Celebrates 50 Years of ‘Hair’ + More NYC Events 10/20–26

New York is the city that never sleeps, and with so many events and activities each week across all five boroughs, it can be hard to know what’s actually worthwhile. Here are the events New York City actors should have on their radars this week. Let the sun shine in.It’s been 50 years since the rock musical “Hair” debuted and changed the face of American theater. To honor the half-centennial milestone and raise funds for the Public Theater (where “Hair” got its start), Diane Paulus will direct a benefit celebration. Featuring stage stars including Jonathan Groff, Caissie Levy, Will Swenson, Allison Case, and several more, the concert will be preceded by a cocktail reception and dinner at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. Tickets are unfortunately exorbitant, but you can expect video footage to arise. (Tickets start at $750) Tony nominees will get in your face.
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There's a Reason the Actress Behind Pocahontas Looks So Much Like Her Character

Can you believe it has been 22 years since Walt Disney Pictures gifted us with the animated film Pocahontas? Neither can we, and it's honestly making us super nostalgic. While we still remember every single word to "Colors of the Wind," most fans probably don't know who voiced the original character. Well, plot twist: it was actually two people. While Tony-nominee Judy Kuhn lent her singing voice for the role, Irene Bedard was the main inspiration behind the Disney princess. Not only did the Native American actress voice Pocahontas, but she was also the physical model for the character. And the Disney magic doesn't end there. Bedard, along with several other princesses, will star in the upcoming the Wreck-It Ralph sequel in March 2018.
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Photo Flash: Raul Esparza, Jeremy Jordan, Patina Miller and More Celebrate Stephen Schwartz at Classic Stage Company's Spring Gala

Gabriel Ebert, Raul Esparza, Ann Harada, Judy Kuhn, Jeremy Jordan, Patina Miller, Jason Sudeikis, George Takei, Broadway Inspirational Voices and many others headlined 'Musical Masterworks, The Music of Stephen Schwartz,'a gala benefit for Off-Broadway's esteemed Classic Stage Company last night, May 15, 2017, at Alice Tully Hall 1941 Broadway. The performance was directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, Csc's Artistic Director. BroadwayWorld hasphotos from the evening below
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Live Now: Watch 'Concert for America' Featuring the Best of Broadway

BroadwayWorld is pleased to stream Live the star-studded 'Concert for America.'The sold-out show - created and produced bySeth RudetskyandJames Wesley- will feature performances and appearances byBetty Buckley, Michelle Collins, Lilla Crawford, Brian d'Arcy James, Sharon Gless, Judy Gold, Richard Kind, Judy Kuhn, Anika Larsen, Liz Larsen, Caissie Levy, Beth Malone, Carrie Manolakos, Stephanie Mills, Jessie Mueller, Kate Mulgrew, Julia Murney, Bebe Neuwirth, Kelli O'Hara, Piper Perabo, Rosie Perez, Billy Porter, Randy Rainbow, Caroline Rhea, Alice Ripley, Chita Rivera, Shayna Steele, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ben Vereen, Lillias White, Betsy Wolfeand more.
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Stars Head to Nola as Broadway @ Nocca Kicks Off 2016-17 Season

In the four seasons since the Broadway in New Orleans series first launched, Broadway and Television's brightest lights have blazed a path to the Big Easy each season thanks to Producing Artistic Director Mark Cortale and Sirius Xm radio star Seth Rudetsky. In this, the series' fifth season in New Orleans, the star-powered tradition continues with Judy Kuhn, Tony-nominated star of Fun Home and Broadway's original Cosette in Les Miserables and the voice of Disney's Pocahontas on October 6 at 730 Pm. She is followed by Gavin Creel, Olivier Award Winning star of She Loves Me and The Book of Mormon, on December 15 at 730 Pm, and Adam Pascal, the original Roger in the Broadway blockbuster Rent, as well as the London production, and the film version, on January 14, 2017 at 800 Pm.
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Backstage with the Bechdels: Five Fun Facts From Our Fun Home Panel

On September 10, the Bechdel family is flying away from Broadway's Circle in the Square Theater when the the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winner for Best Musical plays its final performance. But before the cast moves out of their Broadway home, BroadwayWorld brought a few of the Bechdel's together for one last interview to reminisce on some memories from their run, the emotional response to the piece, backstage camaraderie, and the political timeliness that has made Fun Home, as Judy Kuhn puts it, 'a show meant for right now.'
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Backstage with Richard Ridge: The Bechdel's Bid Farewell to Maple Avenue as the Cast of Fun Home Recalls Favorite Broadway Memories

On September 10, the Bechdelfamily will move out of the Fun Home or the Circle in the Square Theatre, when the the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning Best Musical, plays its final performance on Broadway. Before the doors close for good, however, BroadwayWorld brought the family together one last time to reminisce about some of the show's most amazing moments. Watch below as Richard Ridge chats withMichael Cerveris,Judy Kuhn,Beth Malone, and Emily Skeggs
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Fun Home's Judy Kuhn Performs Tonight in Provincetown

Judy Kuhn is currently starring in the Tony Award winning Broadway musical 'Fun Home,' for which she was nominated for Tony and Drama League Award Nominations and won the Lucille Lortel Award. Tonight, July 29,and tomorrow, July30, at 700 pm she joins the celebrated Broadway The Art House series, with Sirius Xm radio star Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host.
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Watch: Cynthia Erivo, Joel Grey, Chita Rivera and More Perform Live Version of 'What the World Needs Now Is Love' on Maya & Marty

Watch: Cynthia Erivo, Joel Grey, Chita Rivera and More Perform Live Version of 'What the World Needs Now Is Love' on Maya & Marty
Broadway all-stars come together for “What The World Needs Now Is Love” on #MayaAndMarty. #BroadwayForOrlandohttps://t.co/JfddFwZRjv

— Maya & Marty (@MayaAndMarty) June 22, 2016 Over 40 Broadway stars joined together for the first live performance of the Broadway for Orlando cover of "What the World Needs Now Is Love."

For Tuesday's episode of NBC's Maya & Marty, a star-studded ensemble gathered at Studio 6A in 30 Rockefeller Plaza to perform the Burt Bacharach-Hal David anthem they had recorded at Avatar Studios just three days after the June 12 massacre in Orlando.

The theater community banded together to raise their voices in support for the
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Watch: Cynthia Erivo, Joel Grey, Chita Rivera and More Perform Live Version of 'What the World Needs Now Is Love' on Maya & Marty

Watch: Cynthia Erivo, Joel Grey, Chita Rivera and More Perform Live Version of 'What the World Needs Now Is Love' on Maya & Marty
[Embedcode {Broadway all-stars come together for “What The World Needs Now Is Love” on #MayaAndMarty. #BroadwayForOrlandohttps://t.co/JfddFwZRjv— Maya & Marty (@MayaAndMarty) June 22, 2016 }] Over 40 Broadway stars joined together for the first live performance of the Broadway for Orlando cover of "What the World Needs Now Is Love." For Tuesday's episode of NBC's Maya & Marty, a star-studded ensemble gathered at Studio 6A in 30 Rockefeller Plaza to perform the Burt Bacharach-Hal David anthem they had recorded at Avatar Studios just three days after the June 12 massacre in Orlando. The theater community banded together to raise their voices in support for the loved ones of the 49 innocent victims of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub. Over 50 people were also injured. Among those in attendance
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Watch: Cynthia Erivo, Joel Grey, Chita Rivera and More Perform Live Version of 'What the World Needs Now Is Love' on Maya & Marty

Watch: Cynthia Erivo, Joel Grey, Chita Rivera and More Perform Live Version of 'What the World Needs Now Is Love' on Maya & Marty
[Embedcode {Broadway all-stars come together for “What The World Needs Now Is Love” on #MayaAndMarty. #BroadwayForOrlandohttps://t.co/JfddFwZRjv— Maya & Marty (@MayaAndMarty) June 22, 2016 }] Over 40 Broadway stars joined together for the first live performance of the Broadway for Orlando cover of "What the World Needs Now Is Love." For Tuesday's episode of NBC's Maya & Marty, a star-studded ensemble gathered at Studio 6A in 30 Rockefeller Plaza to perform the Burt Bacharach-Hal David anthem they had recorded at Avatar Studios just three days after the June 12 massacre in Orlando. The theater community banded together to raise their voices in support for the loved ones of the 49 innocent victims of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub. Over 50 people were also injured. Among those in attendance
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 6/10/16- She Loves Me

Today in 1993, the first Broadway revival of She Loves Me opened at Criterion Center Stage Right, where it ran for 354 performances. She Loves Me is a 1963 musical with a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock. The plot revolves around Budapest shop employees Georg Nowack and Amalia Balash who, despite being consistently at odds with each other at work, are unaware that each is the other's secret pen pal met through lonely-hearts ads. The Revival cast featured Boyd Gaines as Georg, Judy Kuhn as Amalia, Sally Mayes as Ilona, Howard McGillin as Kodaly, Lee Wilkof as Ladislav, Brad Kane as Arpad, and Louis Zorich as Mr. Maraczek. A revival cast recording was released by Varese Sarabande.
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Audra McDonald, Vanessa Williams, Matthew Morrison & More Join Provincetown's Broadway Lineup!

Mark Cortale, Producing Artistic Director of The Art House in Provincetown, Ma, has announced that 6-time Tony winner Audra McDonald will return to Provincetown on August 21 for one show only, joined by husband and fellow-Broadway star Will Swenson. Matthew Morrison star of Glee and Finding Neverland is also slated to join pianist amp host Seth Rudetsky for the Broadway Town Hall series on August 7th. The Art House's hotly anticipated 2016 summer season will also include artists like Vanessa Williams, Kristin Chenoweth, Patti LuPone, Cheyenne Jackson, the Indigo Girls, Megan Hilty, Judy Kuhn, Gavin Creel and Steve Grand, among others. This summer, the venue's marquee Broadway concert series will again encompass performances at both The Art House as well as Provincetown's Town Hall. The Broadway Town Hall concert series will help raise funds for the Tyler Clementi Foundation. For Tickets visit www.ptownarthouse.com or call 800-838-3006.
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20 years ago today: ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ series finale aired

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20 years ago today: ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ series finale aired
It was 20 years ago today that The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s sixth and final season concluded on NBC. In an emotional finale, fans watched the Banks family move out of their home as they left for the East Coast, leaving Will behind in California to finish his college studies. He does everything he can to prevent the house from selling, but eventually it’s time to say goodbye. But not without one final Carlton Dance first. Other notable May 20 happenings in pop culture history: • 1957: Frank Sinatra recorded “Witchcraft” at Capitol Records. • 1970: The Beatles documentary Let It Be opened in U.K. theaters. • 1980: Kiss released Unmasked, the last studio album to feature the band’s original lineup until Kiss reunited in 1996. • 1982: The series finale of cop sitcom Barney Miller aired on ABC. • 1983: The Police released the single “Every Breath You Take.” • 1987: Beverly Hills Cop II opened in theaters.
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 5/20/16- Judy Kuhn

Happy Birthday, Judy Kuhn Kuhn made her Broadway debut was in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. She then played Cosette in the 1987 multiple award winning Broadway production of Les Miserables brought her the first Tony Award nomination. The following year, Kuhn took on a transfer from London's West End, playing one of the main roles Florence Vassy in the Trevor Nunn-directed Chess, with music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus formerly of Abba and lyrics by Tim Rice. Later in 1993, Kuhn played the role of Betty Schaefer in the U.S premier production of Sunset Boulevard at the Shubert Theatre in Los Angeles. Kuhn sang the title role in the 1995 Disney animated film, Pocahontas, the film included her rendition of the song Colors of the Wind, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for its composers Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. On October 23, 2007, Kuhn returned to the
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How to Share Your ‘Fun Home’ Experience and Win Show Tickets

Broadway’s “Fun Home” is collaborating with national nonprofit oral history project StoryCorps ahead of the production’s one-year anniversary. The partnership emboldens fans to use StoryCorps’ free mobile app to record their own family stories and personal experiences seeing “Fun Home” live. StoryCorps aims to preserve conversations and stories in sound. All tagged stories will be streamable on-demand at StoryCorps.me and preserved in the StoryCorps archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The collaboration will continue across the country once “Fun Home” begins its national tour in Cleveland this October. “Fun Home” cast and creative team including Jeanine Tesori, Lisa Kron, Sam Gold, Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn, Beth Malone, Emily Skeggs, and Sydney Lucas recorded stories of their own available to listen to here. User stories submitted in April will be entered to win a contest with one randomly selected grand prize winner set
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Bww Interview: Wife Swap! Rebecca Luker Gets Ready to Take Residence at Fun Home

Four-time Tony Award nominee Judy Kuhn will temporarily depart Fun Home this spring to undergo hip surgery, and it's Rebecca Luker to the rescueOn April 5, the three-time Tony Award nominee will take over as the Bechdel family matriarch in the groundbreaking and Tony Award-winning Best Musical.Luker adds Fun Home to her long list of Broadway credits, which already includes The Secret Garden, The Sound Of Music, The Music Man, Mary Poppins,Cinderella, and many more. Now as she prepares for her latest role, she's checking in with BroadwayWorld to update us on the process so far
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 3/12/16- Les Miserables

Today in 1987, Les Miserables opened at the Broadway Theatre, where it ran for 6680 performances. Written by Claude-Michel Schonberg, based on the novel by Victor Hugo, Les Miserables is set in early 19th-century France. The plot follows the stories of many characters as they struggle for redemption and revolution. An ensemble that includes prostitutes, student revolutionaries, factory workers, and others joins the lead characters. In January 2010, it played its ten-thousandth performance in London, at Queen's Theatre in London's West End. On 3 October 2010, the show celebrated its 25th anniversary with three productions running in the same city the original show at London's West End the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary touring production at the original home of the show, the Barbican Centre and the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary concert at London's O2 Arena. The original Broadway cast included Colm Wilkinson as Jean Valjean, David Bryant as Marius, Judy Kuhn as Cosette, Michael Maguire as Enjolras,
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‘Fun Home’ Streams for Spotify Sessions

Spotify is streaming intimate in-studio performances and conversations of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Fun Home” beginning today. “Fun Home” is the first Broadway show to participate in Spotify Sessions. This particular session was originally recorded in front of a live studio audience on Jan. 19 in New York City. The “Fun Home” session contains new arrangements of songs from the musical. The session also includes inside information regarding how and why songs were written and created for the show. Tony winner Jeanine Tesori composed the score performed by “Fun Home” cast members Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn, Beth Malone, Emily Skeggs, Gabriella Pizzolo, Roberta Colindrez, and Joel Perez. “Fun Home” is the recipient of four Tony Awards including best musical, best book of a musical, best original score, and best leading actor in a musical (Cerveris). Listen to the new session on Spotify now. Inspired by this post? Check out our theater audition listings!
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Two-Time Tony Winner Patti LuPone Joins Csc's Star-Studded The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim Gala

Two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone has joined the star-studded Broadway roster for The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim, a gala benefit for Off-Broadway's esteemed Classic Stage Company on Monday, March 14 at Alice Tully Hall 1941 Broadway hosted and directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, who will become the company's new Artistic Director in July. In addition to LuPone, the evening will include performances from Sondheim's canon by Victoria Clark The Light in the Piazza, Cynthia Erivo The Color Purple, Joaquina Kalukango The Color Purple, Judy Kuhn Fun Home, Csc's Passion, Marin Mazzie Kiss Me, Kate and Alexandra Silber Fiddler on the Roof.
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