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Ben Platt and Dear Evan Hansen Co-Stars Win Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award

The original company of Dear Evan Hansen earned Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards alongside The Today Show for their April 25, 2017 performance of “You Will Be Found” on the NBC program.

Ben Platt on The Today Show
Ben Platt on The Today Show

The Tony-winning musical marked the only Broadway company to be nominated in the Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program category. The win was shared by The Today Show and Tony winners Ben Platt and Rachel Bay Jones, Mike Faist, Laura Dreyfuss, Kristolyn Lloyd, Michael Park, Jennifer Laura Thompson, and Will Roland.

This marked the second consecutive year the award went to a performance by the company of a Broadway musical on the NBC morning show; last year, the award went to the Cynthia Erivo-led performance from the cast of The Color Purple.

Platt and his co-stars also picked up Grammy Awards earlier this year for their work on the Original Broadway Cast Recording.

Also among the 2018 Creative Arts winners were In the Heights Tony winner Bill Sherman, for his Original Song “A Song About Songs” for Sesame Street (shared with lyricist Molly Boylan), as well as BroadwayHD’s presentation of Disney’s Broadway Hits at Royal Albert Hall for director Jay Hatcher and the sound mixing team of Dan Scott and Matt Kraus.

The 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony will take place April 29. For the full list of nominees and announced Creative Arts winners, visit EmmyOnline.tv.

Platt took his final bow in the Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Steven Levenson musical November 19; Taylor Trensch currently takes on the title role at the Music Box Theatre.

Bette Midler Will Return to Broadway’s Hello, Dolly!; Tony-Winning Revival Sets Closing Date

Bette Midler, who earned a Tony Award for her star turn in Hello, Dolly!, will return to the Broadway production this summer. She’ll play a limited engagement July 17 through August 25, at which point the Tony-winning revival will close.

Midler will succeed Bernadette Peters, who stepped into the title role of Dolly Gallagher Levi at the Shubert Theatre beginning January 20. Peters will take her final bow July 15.

Also set to return to the show are Midler’s original co-stars David Hyde Pierce as Horace Vandergelder (currently played by Victor Garber) and Gavin Creel, who won a Tony for his performance as Cornelius Hackl. Creel left the show in February to recover from back surgery; Santino Fontana has filled in temporarily.

Tickets for the production’s final six weeks will go on sale April 28.

The current cast also includes Kate Baldwin as Irene Molloy, Charlie Stemp as Barnaby Tucker, Molly Griggs as Minnie Fay, Will Burton as Ambrose Kemper, Melanie Moore as Ermengarde, and Alli Mauzey as Ernestina.

The Jerry Zaks-helmed revival officially opened April 20, 2017.

Midler’s original run brought multiple box office highs and shattered records (including the highest pre-performance advance in Broadway history) to both the Shubert Theatre and Organization as a whole. In her final week, the Scott Rudin production grossed nearly $2.5 million in seven performances, with proceeds from the eighth going to the Actors Fund.

A national tour, starring Tony winner Betty Buckley, will launch October 2 at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square.

See Smash Star Megan Hilty Perform at Café Carlyle

Smash and Broadway star Megan Hilty returns to the Café Carlyle with an all-new show through April 28.

The Tony-nominated actor celebrates some of her favorite musical theatre composers: Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, Jeanine Tesori, Alan Menken, Sara Bareilles, and more.


Flip through photos of her concert below:

Performances take place Tuesday–Saturday at 8:45 PM. Reservations can be made by phone at 212-744-1600 or online via Ticketweb. Café Carlyle is located in The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel (35 East 76th Street, at Madison Avenue).

Hilty has also been a special guest performer on Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Tickets are now on sale for the Broadway on the Rhône River 2 cruise April 7–14, 2019, and the Broadway on the High Seas 10: Odyssey Through the Greek Isles cruise June 24–July 1, 2019. Lineups of top Broadway stars will be announced at a later date. Call Judy Perl Worldwide for tickets at (844) 561-3625. Visit PlaybillTravel.com for booking and information.

Celebrate Kelli O’Hara on the Broadway Stage

Kelli O’Hara made her Broadway debut in the ensemble of Jekyll & Hyde. She has gone on to appear in such shows as Follies, Sweet Smell of Success, Dracula, The Light in the Piazza, The Pajama Game, South Pacific, The Bridges of Madison County, Nice Work If You Can Get It, and was last seen in The King and I at Lincoln Center Theater, for which she earned her first Tony Award after five previous nominations.

O’Hara will return to Broadway in February 2019 in a revival of Kiss Me, Kate. She will take on the leading role of Lilli Vanessi in the musical from Cole Porter and Sam and Bella Spewack, reprising her performance from Roundabout’s 2016 benefit concert.

Flip through photos of her career below:

Katharine McPhee Sits Down With Sara Bareilles Before First Waitress Bow

Ahead of her official Broadway debut April 10, new Waitress star Katharine McPhee sat down with the musical’s Tony- and Grammy-nominated composer, Sara Bareilles, to discuss what goes into taking on the central role of Jenna.

“My brain exploded, and you did warn me that it would explode,” McPhee tells Bareilles, who has played two limited engagements in the musical herself (the second ending last month).

The Smash and Scorpion star revealed what makes her most nervous about taking the Brooks Atkinson Theatre stage: not knowing where to go from scene to scene, and breaking character in a fit of the giggles.


Bareilles provided some words and wisdom and comfort: If you don’t know where you’re going, “someone will literally come and push you there,” and breaking does happen occasionally (and when it does, the audience will love it).

Watch the full interview above.

Recording of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert Released Digitally April 6

Masterworks Broadway releases Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, the original soundtrack of the NBC television event, digitally on April 6. The physical CD will arrive April 20.


Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, aired April 1 from the Marcy Armory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Oscar and Grammy winner John Legend starred as Jesus with Waitress’ Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene, Brandon Victor Dixon as Judas, Alice Cooper as King Herod, Ben Daniels as Pontius Pilate, Norm Lewis as Caiaphas, Jason Tam as Peter, Jin Ha as Annas, and Erik Gronwall as Simon Zealotes.

The complete track listing for the recording follows:

Disc 1
1. Overture
2. Heaven on Their Minds
3. What’s The Buzz / Strange Thing Mystifying
4. Everything’s Alright
5. This Jesus Must Die
6. Hosanna
7. Simon Zealotes / Poor Jerusalem
8. Pilate’s Dream
9. The Temple
10. Everything’s Alright (Reprise)
11. I Don’t Know How to Love Him
12. Damned for All Time / Blood Money

Disc 2
1. The Last Supper
2. Gethsemane (I Only Want to Say)
3. Transition
4. The Arrest
5. Peter’s Denial
6. Pilate and Christ
7. King Herod’s Song
8. Transition After Herod
9. Could We Start Again, Please?
10. Judas’s Death
11. Trial Before Pilate (Including The 39 Lashes)
12. Superstar
13. The Crucifixion
14. John Nineteen: Forty One
15. Curtain Call

READ: The 7 Best Things About Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert

The David Leveaux-helmed concert was staged in front of an audience at Williamsburg’s Marcy Armory. Alex Rudzinski, who earned an Emmy for his work on Fox’s Grease and an additional nod for NBC’s Hairspray, returned to the live musical format as television director.

Lloyd Webber and Rice executive produced the live event along with Marc Platt, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Legend, Mike Jackson, Ty Stiklorius, and Rudzinski.

Jesus Christ Superstar premiered on Broadway in 1971 and was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Original Score for Lloyd Webber and Rice. The show was subsequently revived in 1977, 2000, and 2012.

(Updated April 6, 2018)