Ashley Park
Ashley Park in Mean Girls (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Mean Girls Tony nominee Ashley Park has been ruling North Shore High School since the show's pre-Broadway engagement in Washington, D.C. As previously reported, the triple threat will take her final bow at the August Wilson Theatre on March 10. "It's a little community. I'm feeling super, super nostalgic," Park told Paul Wontorek on’s daily talk show #LiveatFive on February 22. "It really has been such a family. It's like graduating. I was recently traveling on an airplane. 'I See Stars' came up on my shuffle. I just started weeping. The man next to me handed me a tissue. I was really going through it."

Ashley Park (Photo by Caitlin McNaney)

Understandably, Park may be sad that her time in Mean Girls is ending, but that hardly means she'll be bored. On top of starring in the show eight times a week, she has also been filming the first season of Netflix's eagerly anticipated Tales of the City. "It's just a magical group of people. It takes place twenty years later. There's a whole new slew of characters living in Barbary Lane," Park ... #LiveatFive with Ashley Park of Mean Girls

Source: | Posted: February 22 2019 @ 3:34 pm

Ashley Park stops by HQ to chat about Mean Girls and more with Paul Wontorek.

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Dear Evan Hansen's Phoenix Best to Make Solo Concert Debut
Phoenix Best, the rising star currently appearing as Alana Beck in Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway, has announced her solo concert debut at Feinstein's/54 Below. The cabaret, titled Phoenix Rising, will appear at the midtown hotspot on March 31 at 9:30pm. Following her journey from the beginning, Best will share stories about the shows, people and musical influences that carried her to a starring role on Broadway. Featuring songs from The Color Purple, Dear Evan Hansen and Wicked, tunes from artists like Alicia Keys and Beyoncé and even some original music, Phoenix Rising will show how anyone can rise from the ashes. Best will be joined by some of her current and former castmates.

Off-Broadway Hit Puffs to Release Companion Book
Del Rey Books has announced the release of Puffs: The Essential Companion, an official behind-the-scenes tome to the off-Broadway sensation Puffs or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic. The illustrated guide will include a full script of the play annotated with insights from creator Matt Cox, interviews with cast ...

Andrew Barth Feldman first caught our eye this past June when he stole the show at the Jimmys, or the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, winning Best Actor for his performance as Frank Jr. in Catch Me if You Can. We’re not the only ones who took notice, either. Dear Evan Hansen producer Stacey Mindich and casting director Tara Rubin were in the audience that night, and invited Feldman to audition for the Tony-winning musical. The freshest face to play high schooler Evan (he’s actually 16) talked to about his journey to Broadway, his career as an amateur producer, rebooting Smash and more.

Humble Beginnings
Feldman says he grew up as a shy kid, reluctant to get on stage. "They would have to put a chair on stage for me when everyone else was standing," he says. "I wouldn't do it, I would be so scared." After taking piano lessons for four years, he started performing at age eight. As he gained more confidence and a "big head," he became more entrepreuneurial, casting his friends in made-up musicals. "Like an adaptation of some like Disney Channel TV show or something," he remembers. "It was so ...

Kristolyn Lloyd stuns on the evening of her Broadway opening. Dear Evan Hansen marks her Great White Way debut.

Kristolyn Lloyd has been cast in the central role of Jo in Primary Stages' upcoming production of Little Women, set to run at Cherry Lane Theatre this spring. Adapted by and featuring Kate Hamill (Sense & Sensibility) as Meg, the new version of Louisa May Alcott's play will begin previews on May 15 and open on June 4. Sarna Lapine (Sunday in the Park with George) will direct.

Lloyd is an original cast member of Dear Evan Hansen. She has also been seen onstage in Blue Ridge, Paradise Blue, Hamlet, Invisible Thread, The Liquid Plain and Heathers.

Joining Lloyd and Hamill in the cast will be Paola Sanchez Abreu (The Wolves) as Beth, Megan Byrne (Arcadia) as Hannah/Mrs. Mingott, Michael Crane (Gloria) as Brooks/Parrot/Dashwood, Andrew Long (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) as Mr. Laurence/Robert March, Maria Elena Ramirez (Mary Page Marlowe) as Marmie/Aunt March, Carmen Zilles (Small Mouth Sounds) as Amy and Nate Mann in his New York debut as Laurie.

Little Women will feature scenic design by Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams, costume design by Valérie Thérèse Bart, lighting design by Paul Whitaker and sound design by Leon Rothenberg, with original music by Deb Abramson ...

The critics aren’t wrong: We really do want that crisp, new snap. But Broadway has deep roots in vaudeville — no story, just acts — so audiences are right: We’ll always crave performances that revel in that singing, dancing beat. – Washington Post

Mazel tov! The new Yiddish-language production of Fiddler on the Roof opened at off-Broadway's Stage 42 on February 21 following an acclaimed world premiere at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Directed by Tony winner Joel Grey, Fiddler on the Roof stars Steven Skybell as Tevye and Emmy nominee Jackie Hoffman as Yente. Check out the photos of arrivals on opening night and make sure to visit Anatevka soon.

Jackie Hoffman plays Yente in Fiddler on the Roof.
Director Joel Grey with lyricist Sheldon Harnick and his wife Margery Grey.

Off-Broadway's Public Theater has announced an extension for Pulitzer winner Suzan-Lori Parks' world premiere play White Noise. The new work, previously announced to conclude its upcoming limited engagement on April 14, will now run through April 21. Tony winner Daveed Diggs, Tony nominee Thomas Sadoski, Sheria Irving and Zoë Winters are set to star.

White Noise follows longtime friends and lovers Leo (Diggs), Misha (Irving), Ralph (Sadoski) and Dawn (Winters), who are educated, progressive, cosmopolitan and woke. When a racially motivated incident with the cops leaves Leo shaken, he decides extreme measures must be taken for self-preservation.

White Noise will feature scenic design by Clint Ramos, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Xavier Pierce, sound design by Dan Moses Schreier and projection design by Lucy Mackinnon.

Directed by Artistic Director Oskar Eustis, previews are slated to begin on March 5 ahead of a March 20 opening night.

They clean up nice! The Play That Goes Wrong’s writers and stars Henry Shields, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Lewis snap a photo for their Broadway opening.

There's nothing wrong with this! The BBC has announced the new television series The Goes Wrong Show, based on the celebrated stage comedy The Play That Goes Wrong, according to Variety. The six-part limited series will be filmed this March in front of a live audience in Manchester, England.

"Ever since we first began to make things go wrong all the way back in 2012 it has been a dream of ours to bring a series based on this joyful brand of humor to the screen, and so when the BBC commissioned The Goes Wrong Show it was a dream come true," said Mischief Theatre's Henry Lewis, the play's co-author and original cast member. "We're so grateful for this incredible opportunity and we can't wait to get started on making some truly terrible programs."

The series will be written by Lewis with Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, his co-writers and original co-stars of the play. Each episode will parody a familiar genre such as spy thriller or courtroom drama.

This won't be the first time BBC has brought Mischief Theatre comedies to the small screen. The two entities collaborated on past TV specials Peter Pan Goes Wrong and ...

It has been a few months since theatregoers ecstatically received the news that Audra McDonald would be returning to the Broadway stage, accompanied by two-time Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon, in a revival of Terrence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Now we have received more specific details about the forthcoming production.…

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