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Monday, May 9, 2016

Fiddler on the Roof's Rebellious Lovebirds Samantha Massell & Ben Rappaport on a Surprise Proposal and Interning with Lin-Manuel Miranda by Kathy Henderson

Samantha Massell and Ben Rappaport play the coolest couple in Anatevka, a dream come true for the young Fiddler on the Roof stars. As feisty middle daughter Hodel and radical tutor Perchik, …

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Shuffle Along Dream Team George C. Wolfe & Savion Glover on Collaborating Again, Capturing the Spirit of the ‘20s & Not Seeing Hamilton by Kathy Henderson

With a trio of Tony winners and a pair of Tony nominees above the title, Shuffle Along boasts the Broadway season’s starriest lineup. But two of the show’s most celebrated names …

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Crucible's Jim Norton & Ciaran Hinds on Frozen, Game of Thrones and Famous Co-Stars by Kathy Henderson

“Who is this man?” bellows Ciarán Hinds at the beginning of The Crucible’s sensational second act. Cast as the all-powerful Deputy Governor of Salem, Hinds is starin…

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Bright Star's Dee Hoty & Stephen Lee Anderson on the Joy of Cutting Loose Together Again by Kathy Henderson

Here’s a question for your next round of Broadway trivia: Name a pair of musical pros who played small-town spouses in shows that opened almost 20 years apart. The answer, of course, i…

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Prodigal Son Playwright John Patrick Shanley & Star Timothee Chalamet on the Pain, Poetry & Pride of Revisiting 15 by Kathy Henderson

“Do you remember 15?” Timothée Chalamet asks at the beginning and end of John Patrick Shanley’s irresistible memory play Prodigal Son. “For me, it was a specia…

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Old Hats Stars David Shiner & Bill Irwin on Clowning Around Together for 25 Years by Kathy Henderson

When the sublime clowns Bill Irwin and David Shiner saunter on stage in baggy tailcoats, loose ties and top hats, it’s impossible not to smile. Within seconds, that smile turns into no…

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Old Friends Jack Plotnick and Seth Rudetsky on Why Their Starry, Spoofy Disaster! is Like Summer Camp by Kathy Henderson

Growing up on Long Island, Seth Rudetsky developed a youthful obsession with disaster movies and a taste for 1970s pop hits like “Torn Between Two Lovers” and “Sky High.&rd…

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Sandra Mae Frank & Katie Boeck on Their Intense Connection as They Share the Role of Wendla in Spring Awakening by Kathy Henderson

Creating a character on stage is a very personal act of transformation, which makes the double casting of Spring Awakening so unusual. Sandra Mae Frank gives a blazing performance as Wendla …

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Wicked's Jonah Platt on Show Tunes in the Car, Advice from His Pitch Perfect Brother & Loving Fiyero by Kathy Henderson

Age: 28 Hometown: Los Angeles, CA Current Role: A Broadway debut in the megahit musical Wicked as Fiyero, the carefree prince who is transformed by his relationship with Elphaba. Stage an…

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Les Miserables Newbie Alex Finke on How Alfie Boe Makes Her Feel & the Challenges of Playing Cosette by Kathy Henderson

Age: 25 Hometown: Centerville, OH Current Role: A Broadway debut as Cosette, loyal adoptive daughter of Jean Valjean (Alfie Boe) and object of Marius’ affection, in Les Miserables. …

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Jasmine Cephas Jones on Learning from Philip Seymour Hoffman & Strutting Her Stuff in Hamilton by Kathy Henderson

Age: 26 Hometown: Brooklyn, NY Current Role(s): A dual Broadway debut in Hamilton as Peggy, the youngest of the beguiling Schuyler sisters, and Maria Reynolds, whose affair with the title …

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Catherine Walker on Her Soprano Idols, Crappy Jobs & Multi-Tasking in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder by Kathy Henderson

Age: "Young at heart." Hometown: Lancaster, PA Current Role: Phoebe D’Ysquith, the ladylike heiress who vies for the affection of murderous Monty Navarro in the Tony-w…

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Daveed Diggs on His Hebrew School Roots, Meeting Crazy Celebrities & Getting His Shot on Broadway in Hamilton by Kathy Henderson

Age: 33 Hometown: Oakland, CA Current Roles: A dynamic Broadway debut as French general Lafayette, “the Lancelot of the Revolutionary set,” and future U.S. president Thomas (&l…

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Gloria Star Ryan Spahn on the Strangeness of Offices & Why He's Not Marrying Michael Urie by Kathy Henderson

Age: 34 Hometown: Troy, MI Current Roles: An off-Broadway debut in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ dark comedy Gloria as Dean, an editorial assistant at a prominent magazine, whose ambitions…

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

An Act of God's Tim Kazurinsky on His Best Friend John Belushi & Why Jim Parsons Is Nicer Than the Lord by Kathy Henderson

Age: 65. “The fact that my crusty old kisser is considered a ‘fresh face’ is a minor miracle.” Hometown: Chicago, IL Current Role: A Broadway debut as Gabriel, the …

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Tony-Nominated The Audience Star Richard McCabe on Amusing Helen Mirren & Embracing His Evil Side by Kathy Henderson

Age: 54 Hometown: Born in Glasgow, Scotland; raised in London Current Role: A Tony-nominated Broadway debut in The Audience as British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, who enjoys bantering wi…

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Monday, May 25, 2015

A Small Fire's Celia Keenan-Bolger on Saying 'I Do' in Real Life and Onstage by Kathy Henderson

It's been a year of weddings for Celia Keenan-Bolger, including two on stage and her own in real life. In a union of Tony nominees (hers for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; his f…

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Other Desert Cities Star Stacy Keach Previews New FX Series Lights Out by Kathy Henderson

The new boxing drama Lights Out, which premieres on January 11 on the FX network, features a slew of stage actors, including two who are currently appearing in off-Broadway plays: Stacy Keac…

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What's Up, Stacy Keach? The Other Desert Cities Star on Highlights of His 50-Year Career by Kathy Henderson

Forty-five years after he directed a Chekhov workshop production in the newly constructed Mitzi Newhouse Theatre (then called the Forum), Stacy Keach is back in Lincoln Center's underground …

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Other Desert Cities Star Stockard Channing on Why She's the 'Worst Celebrity Ever' by Kathy Henderson

Stockard Channing is one of five theatrical all-stars assembled by director Joe Mantello for Lincoln Center Theater's off-Broadway world premiere of Other Desert Cities. Certainly the Tony-w…

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Alan Menken on His 19th Oscar Nomination: 'I Never Take It for Granted' by Kathy Henderson

Broadway-bound composer Alan Menken spent the morning of January 25 celebrating an amazing feat: his 19th Academy Award nomination. Along with lyricist Glenn Slater (his collaborator on the …

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Maggie Gyllenhaal on Having an Affair With Her Real-Life Husband in Three Sisters by Kathy Henderson

Maggie Gyllenhaal is a grounding presence in movies, whether she's playing a small-town reporter (an Oscar-nominated turn in Crazy Heart), a struggling addict and ex-con (SherryBaby) or a pe…

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What's Up, David Lindsay-Abaire? The Good People Scribe on Nicole Kidman, South Boston's Mystique & More by Kathy Henderson

As David Lindsay-Abaire preps for the Broadway debut of his latest play, Good People, he's also keeping track of this year's movie awards. Nicole Kidman is an Oscar nominee for Rabbit Hole, …

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Wilson Jermaine Heredia on Rent Memories and Why He's Willing to Don Heels Again in La Cage aux Folles by Kathy Henderson

No musical in the 1990s was more acclaimed than Rent, and the cast member who received the most critical praise--and took home a Tony Award--was a soft-spoken newcomer with a beautiful smile…

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Hard-Working Glee Cast 'Inspiring' to Good People Star Tate Donovan by Kathy Henderson

Tate Donovan is currently going head to head with Frances McDormand in the Broadway premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People, but the popular actor has spent most of the past year dire…

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What's Up, Remy Zaken? From Spring Awakening to Freckleface Strawberry, Plus, Columbia U! by Kathy Henderson

Remy Zaken was among the youngest original cast members of Spring Awakening, swooning that her hot schoolmate Melchior (played by Jonathan Groff) "is such a radical!" Five years later, Zaken…

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Tate Donovan on Strong Women, TV Stardom & Good People by Kathy Henderson

Depending on how old you are, you may be a fan of Tate Donovan's work on TV shows such as Damages (as Glenn Close's doomed law partner Tom Shayes), The O.C. (as Mischa Barton's shady dad) or…

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Behind the 'Absolute Madness' of War Horse's Amazing Life-Size Puppets by Kathy Henderson

When director Marianne Elliott was pitched the idea of creating a theater piece based on a children's book about cavalry horses in World War I, she responded, "It sounds like absolute madnes…

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Rose Hemingway on Her 'Strong Chemistry' With How to Succeed Co-Star Daniel Radcliffe by Kathy Henderson

Is Rose Hemingway the woman who'll make a man out of Daniel Radcliffe on the Broadway stage? "I am that woman!" the leading lady of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying laughingl…

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Tony Winner Douglas Hodge on His Cafe Carlyle Debut and Why He Wasn't Kelsey Grammer's Best Man by Kathy Henderson

Tony Award winner Douglas Hodge is prepping for what he calls "a quintessentially New York experience," his debut engagement at Cafe Carlyle March 15-26. "It's the most sophisticated arrange…

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Jenni Barber on the Fun of Playing a '60s Free Spirit in Cactus Flower by Kathy Henderson

Age and Hometown: 27; Mansfield, OhioCurrent Role: Toni Simmons, a kooky record store clerk involved in a tangled relationship with a much older man (Maxwell Caulfield) in the off-Broadway r…

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