Thursday, April 17, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Happy Birthday Kelli O’Hara!

Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara was born on April 16. Find out more about her career in the Playbill Vault.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: In 2009, Alice Ripley plays a suburban woman battling mental illness in Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s musical, Next to Normal, which opens on Broadway at the Booth Theatre. Directed by Michael Greif, the cast also includes J. Robert Spencer, Aaron Tveit and Jennifer Damiano. Ripley will win a Tony Award for her performance, and the musical will win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

For more on Next to Normal, including production photos and a look inside the show’s opening night Playbill, visit

Monday, April 14, 2014

TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: In 1960, the Elvis Presley phenomenon gets spoofed in the lighthearted musical Bye Bye Birdie, with a score by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams. Dick Van Dyke plays the put-upon manager of rocker Conrad Birdie, who is trying to get him to give “One Last Kiss” to a fan on the Ed Sullivan show before he’s drafted. The show opens at the Martin Beck Theatre today, and runs 607 performances.

For more on the original Broadway production of Bye Bye Birdie, including a look inside an original Playbill from the show, visit

Sunday, April 13, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014