On March 31, New York’s MCC Theater held its raucous Miscast gala, an annual fundraiser honoring one veteran theater artist — this year, the fearless Allison Janney — with a concert program line-up that features Broadway stars performing songs typically sung by the opposite gender. Last year, you might remember Jeremy Jordan and Jonathan Groff stopping the show with Smash’s “Let Me Be Your Star.” This year was no different, but we’ll get to that. First, Janney. READ FULL STORY
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'Six by Sondheim': Darren Criss, Jeremy Jordan, and America Ferrera sing 'Merrily We Roll Along' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
Theater fans, Gleeks and Ugly Betty mourners (I’m all three), get ready to lose your minds!
On Dec. 9, HBO premieres Six by Sondheim, a brand-new documentary that profiles arguably the greatest composer in contemporary musical theater, Stephen Sondheim. Directed by frequent Sondheim collaborator James Lapine and produced by former Times theater critic Frank Rich, the doc takes a deep look at six of Sondheim’s greatest songs, deconstructed and defined by Sondheim himself. READ FULL STORY
Jeremy Jordan and Jonathan Groff sing gender-bending cover of 'Let Me Be Your Star' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
It’s Smash as you’ve never seen it before.
What if Broadway vets Jeremy Jordan (Newsies) and Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening) had been vying to play Marilyn Monroe on the first season of the Broadway-set NBC drama instead of Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty? Well, alternate-universe shippers can rejoice! On Monday, Jordan and Groff belted out a gender-bent version of the show’s signature ballad, “Let Me Be Your Star,” at a benefit for the Off Broadway’s MCC Theater (whose current production, Really Really, stars Girls‘ Zosia Mamet and Parenthood‘s Matt Lauria).
This year’s “Miscast” fund-raiser featured a bunch of theater-friendly celebs performing tunes originally written for performers of decidedly different ages, genders, or ethnicities. Tony-winner Jane Krakowski tackled the title song from the Latino-centric musical In the Heights, while her former 30 Rock castmate Cheyenne Jackson paired with Jordan to play Side Show‘s conjoined twins Daisy and Violet on “Who Will Love Me As I Am.” But nothing can top Jordan and Groff’s wiggy take on “Let Me Be Your Star.”
Check out the clip below. READ FULL STORY
See the cast of Off Broadway's 'The Last Five Years' perform the song 'Shiksa Goddess' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
So you can’t wait for Jeremy Jordan (Smash) and Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) to star in the just-announced Richard LaGravenese-directed big-screen musical The Last Five Years? Well, this month Off Broadway’s Second Stage is staging a revival of composer Jason Robert Brown’s 2002 chamber musical, which follows an aspiring writer and a struggling actress through the ups and downs of twentysomething love in New York City. Brown’s show has garnered a cult following since it premiered a decade ago, thanks in part to its ingenious structure: His story unfolds chronologically from their first meeting, while hers is told backwards from the dissolution of their marriage.
And if you really, really can’t wait to see something of The Last Five Years, here’s an exclusive clip of Adam Kantor (Ezra from The Good Wife) belting the heck out of the number “Shiksa Goddess” in rehearsals. You’ll also catch a glimpse of costar Betsy Wolfe (most recently of Broadway’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood) and Brown himself. He’s directing the Second Stage revival, which starts performances March 7 for an April 2 opening.
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