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TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: In 2005, Michael Cerveris and Patti LuPone star in an unusual revival of Sweeney Todd. Under the direction of John Doyle the ten cast members also serve as the orchestra, doubling on musical instruments when they are not performing in a scene. LuPone delights audiences with her capable tuba playing.

For more on the 2005 revival of Sweeney Todd, including a look inside the opening night Playbill, visit PlaybillVault.com.

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STAGE TUBE: Broadway Responds to Russian Government

The Russian Government recently shut down all theatrical performances, deeming them to be homosexual propaganda. Outraged, Russian Broadway came together and decided to respond in a witty performance. In the video below they discuss issues of love and sexuality, as well as social constraints and stereotypes.

The performance was directed by John Walton West and composed by Jason Michael Snow. The cast included a wide array of stars, including Jennifer Barnhart, Laura Benanti, Chirstina Bianco, Stephanie J. Block, Danny Burstein, Michael Cerveris, Joanna Gleason, Christine Pedi, Michael Rosen, Stephen Schwartz, and many more.

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Murder’s not a hobby for the cautious, thoughts of violence can make the timid nauseous…

Murderers in musical theatre!

Our lovely murderesses are here.

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That’s the rumor, anyway.

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TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: In 2004, the stage of Studio 54 turns into the underbelly of a carnival roller coaster — complete with shooting gallery, spinning wheel and unattainable prizes — as Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s 1990 musical Assassins premieres on Broadway. Directed by Joe Mantello, the cast includes Michael Cerveris, Neil Patrick Harris, Marc Kudisch and Denis O’Hare. The production will earn five Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.

For more on Assassins, including a look inside the show’s opening night Playbill, visit PlaybillVault.com.