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Behind the Curtain: 'After Midnight' cast to perform for President Obama, more

President Barack Obama (Getty Images)

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After Midnight’
Although “After Midnight,” the new revue celebrating Duke Ellington and Harlem’s Cotton Club, does not start previews on Broadway until next month, the cast gave a sneak preview to President Barack Obama on Monday as part of a reception at the United Nations, as first reported by Playbill.com.

Harris to direct magic show before ‘Hedwig’
Before Neil Patrick Harris heads back to Broadway later this season in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” he will direct “Nothing to Hide,” a quirky magic show created by and starring Derek DelGaudio and Helder Guimaraes, which will play a short run at Off-Broadway’s Signature Center starting next month. Harris previously staged the show in L.A. “I’m positively proud to present this pair of unprecedented prestidigitators,” Harris said.

Sutton Foster ends club run due to emergency
With just a handful of performances left in her three-week run at the Café Carlyle, it was announced on Tuesday that Sutton Foster has been forced to cancel the rest of the run due to a family emergency. Other performers, most notably Tony winner Christine Ebersole, will take Foster’s place.

Free musical ‘Train’ to play Grand Central
Sure, there are plenty of performers each day in the city’s train stations. But when was the last time you saw a full-scale musical there? “Orphan Train: The Musical,” which depicts the efforts of charities to move orphans out of the streets and into safe homes during the 19th century, will be performed for free at Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal on Oct. 11 and 12. Reservations can be made at orphantrain musical.com.

Spotted …
Angela Lansbury and Nathan Lane at “The Glass Menagerie” … Al Roker, Ian McKellen and Liev Schreiber at opening night of “Romeo and Juliet.”
 

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