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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Santino Fontana and Lilli Cooper Bring Laughter and Love to Tootsie by Kathy Henderson

How far would you go to make your professional dreams come true? For Michael Dorsey, a New York actor whose egotism wrecked his career, a fresh start as “Dorothy Michaels” — an actress…

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Magic Begins Before the Show at Harry Potter’s Beautiful Broadway Home by Kathy Henderson

The world of J.K. Rowling’s stupendously popular Harry Potter books expanded in thrilling fashion last spring when the two-part theatrical event Harry Potter and the Cursed Child arrived o…

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

From the Archives: A Conversation with The Heiress's Cherry Jones by Kathy Henderson

Playbill looks back to when Jones, currently on Broadway in The Lifespan of a Fact, first broke out in her Tony-winning turn in The Heiress.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Michael Cera on the Laugh-Filled Humanity of The Waverly Gallery by Kathy Henderson

In a film and television career that spans 20 of his 30 years, Michael Cera has shared the screen with charismatic leading ladies Emma Stone (Superbad), Jessica Walter (Arrested Development)…

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

From Fan to Broadway Star, Nicolette Robinson Gets Set to Join Waitress by Kathy Henderson

Long before she was tapped to play pregnant pie chef Jenna Hunterson in Waitress, Nicolette Robinson had memorized every song from the hit musical’s cast recording. Within months of seeing…

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Broadway Love Story of Pretty Woman Stars Andy Karl and Orfeh by Kathy Henderson

One of the most romantic love stories ever filmed is now on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre, with a real-life couple in the cast. But there’s a twist: That real-life couple isn’t th…

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Monday, July 2, 2018

From the Archives: Liliane Montevecchi's 'Grand' Friendship by Kathy Henderson

In honor of the Tony-winning star, we look back at her November 1989 interview about working with Nine director Tommy Tune again on the then-upcoming Grand Hotel.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

A Trio of Triple Threats Play the Ultimate Superstar in The Cher Show by Kathy Henderson

More than half a century after an adventurous teenager recorded “I Got You Babe” with her boyfriend Sonny Bono, the life and career of Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere Bono Allman is being tr…

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The Cher Show Turns Back Time on a Pop Icon’s Six Decades of Stardom by Kathy Henderson

You may cherish Cher as the sassy star of 1970s TV variety shows, as a deep-voiced disco-era diva, as an Oscar-winning actress, as a Las Vegas headliner, or as the wittiest person on Twitter…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Original Star Laurence Luckinbill on the Risk and Reward of The Boys in the Band by Kathy Henderson

At age 83, Laurence Luckinbill lives in Palm Springs with his wife of almost 38 years, Lucie Arnaz, and is working on a memoir wittily titled Famous Enough. A sure-to-be-fascinating chapter …

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

King Kong Heads to Broadway With a Larger-Than-Life Star by Kathy Henderson

The mythic creature most associated with New York City is headed to Broadway this fall in the spectacular new musical King Kong — and when it comes to the title character, spectacular is m…

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Strengthening Family Connections at the Hit Musical Dear Evan Hansen by Kathy Henderson

Ten minutes before curtain time at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre, there’s the usual rush to snap and post stageside selfies. What’s surprising is that many of the cellphone paparazzi at…

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Step Inside the Sumptuous Sets, Costumes, Music & Dancing of My Fair Lady by Kathy Henderson

More than 60 years after its Broadway debut, My Fair Lady remains the jewel in the crown of American musical theater. Every element is perfect, from Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s g…

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Children of a Lesser God Star Lauren Ridloff on Early Life Lessons & Seeing Eye to Eye with Co-Star Joshua Jackson by Kathy Henderson

Every Broadway season generates at least one “star is born” moment from a charismatic newcomer. The fact that this year’s breakout performer, Lauren Ridloff, had never acte…

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Meet the Magical Stars of the Hit Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Kathy Henderson

The final volume of J.K. Rowling’s seven-book saga of young wizard Harry Potter ends with an intriguing epilogue. Jumping ahead 19 years, Harry and his wife, Ginny, are sending their son A…

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

From Studio 54 to Broadway, Donna Summer’s Hits Fuel an Exciting New Musical by Kathy Henderson

In the heyday of Studio 54, Donna Summer’s megahit “Last Dance” signaled an end to the evening’s revelry, recalls Ron Melrose, a keyboard player at the time in Liza Minnelli’s Broa…

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A Trio of Stars Share the Role of a Lifetime in the New Broadway Musical Summer by Kathy Henderson

During the disco era, Donna Summer reigned as queen of the dance floor, infusing pop music with sexiness and glamour. But there was a lot more to Summer — born LaDonna Adrian Gaines — th…

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Katharine McPhee Gets Set to Make a Smashing Broadway Debut in Waitress by Kathy Henderson

In the world of entertainment, there’s not much Katharine McPhee hasn’t done. Reality TV? She placed second on American Idol in 2006. Television dramas? After costarring in the cult hit …

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Children of a Lesser God Stars Lauren Ridloff and Joshua Jackson on Connection, Communication and Chemistry by Kathy Henderson

The spring theater season has officially begun, and a slew of highly anticipated musicals and plays, both brand-new and revisited, are set to bow.'s Spring Preview series ca…

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An A-List Ensemble Breaks New Ground in Revival of The Boys in the Band by Kathy Henderson

When The Boys in the Band debuted Off-Broadway in the spring of 1968, it caused a sensation as the first mainstream play centering on a group of gay men. With biting humor and no-holds-barre…

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Broadway’s New Home for Living American Playwrights by Kathy Henderson

Second Stage Theater’s road to Broadway began almost 40 years ago in a funky penthouse space atop the Park Royal Hotel on West 73rd Street. Led by cofounder and artistic director Carole Ro…

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Kenneth Lonergan on Lobby Hero’s Broadway Bow by Kathy Henderson

Kenneth Lonergan transforms the everyday lives of ordinary people into extraordinary art. His portrait of a grieving family in Manchester by the Sea earned the 2017 Academy Award for Best Or…

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tina Fey on Her Broadway Dreams and the Universal Appeal of Mean Girls by Kathy Henderson

Before Tina Fey created “30 Rock” and penned the best-selling memoir Bossypants, and before she earned one of her nine Emmy Awards for playing Sarah Palin on “Saturday Nigh…

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Classic Rock & Classical Masters Merge in the Broadway Bow of Rocktopia by Kathy Henderson

A night at the opera rarely resembles the floor-shaking roar of a rock concert. But Broadway veteran Rob Evan, a lover of both classical music and classic rock, had a vision in which masterw…

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Noah Galvin Steps Into Evan’s Iconic Blue Striped Polo by Kathy Henderson

The gorgeous hit musical Dear Evan Hansen — with music by Academy and Tony Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, and direction by four-time T…

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Twenty Years on Pride Rock: A Lion King Original Cast Member Reminisces by Kathy Henderson

In the summer of 1997, South African–born actress Lindiwe Dlamini was a new mom struggling to find work on the New York stage almost a decade after her Broadway debut in Sarafina. Her luck…

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Lion King and Broadway Direct Announce Lottery for 20th Anniversary by Kathy Henderson

In a birthday celebration fit for Pride Rock royalty, The Lion King will mark its 20th anniversary on Broadway with an extraordinary gift to the city of New York: a free performance on Wedne…

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Doctor Is In! Grammy Winner Jason Mraz Joins the Musical Waitress by Kathy Henderson

Jason Mraz is a singer with a deeply romantic streak, composing and performing hummable hits such as “I’m Yours,” “I Won’t Give Up,” and “Lucky.” Now the two-time Grammy Awar…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk Take a Transcendent Journey by Kathy Henderson

When an Egyptian police orchestra finds itself stranded in the Israeli desert after traveling to the wrong town, the newcomers’ presence sparks a night of unusual encounters and unexpected…

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Montego Glover on Getting Her Shot as Angelica Schuyler in Chicago's Hamilton by Kathy Henderson

Look around, look around, Chicago: A Tony-nominated powerhouse has landed in the Windy City, where she's assumed the role of Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton. Montego Glover is taking …

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Julie White on Shattering Glass Ceilings in A Doll’s House, Part 2, Unexpected Tony Award Perks & More by Kathy Henderson

Julie White brings an extra helping of humor and humanity to every role, even one as fierce and uncompromising as Nora Helmer in A Doll’s House, Part 2. Set 15 years after the heroine …

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