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Thursday, September 20, 2018

SJB Fall Preview by Paul Wontorek

Intro. Is starring as Cher, one of the greatest stars of all, in The Cher Show making you feel like a star? You know what? Yes! I never knew I wanted to be a pop goddess until I was a pop g…

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Cherry Jones, Bobby Cannavale & Daniel Radcliffe Explore Truth, Art and The Lifespan of a Fact by Paul Wontorek

The fall theater scene is kicking into high gear with an exciting crop of plays, revivals and new musicals hitting the stage. The 2018 Fall Preview highlights the stars and show…

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Summer TV Standouts Billy Porter and Mj Rodriguez on Staying True to Yourself and the Power of Pose by Paul Wontorek

While TV mastermind Ryan Murphy made his Broadway producing debut with The Boys in the Band and the just-closed Angels in America revival took audiences back to the tragic heart of the AIDS …

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Exclusive! Karen Olivo and Aaron Tveit Are Ready for the High Romance, Drama (and Laughs!) of Moulin Rouge! The Musical by Paul Wontorek

On the stage of the legendary Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston on July 10, glamorous, doomed starlet Satine will once again descend on a swing center stage at the famed Parisian nightclub …

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Nick Scandalios on His 30-Year Broadway Career, Feeling the Community’s Embrace and Being Honored at the 2018 Tony Awards by Paul Wontorek

With his long history on the Great White Way, Nick Scandalios is one of the engines that makes Broadway run. is kicking off our new series, Industry Insider, which looks at the …

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

David Morse and Austin Butler on Their Heartbreaking Iceman Cometh Duo and Why O’Neill is Never Easy by Paul Wontorek

Tony Award and Oscar winner Denzel Washington may be the name above the title in George C. Wolfe’s acclaimed new staging of The Iceman Cometh, but he’s actually just one in a sta…

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Friday, May 18, 2018

2018 Tony Nominees LaChanze and Hailey Kilgore on the Power of Ti Moune, Their Dream Pairing & More by Paul Wontorek

An unknown young star bursts onto the Broadway scene playing a headstrong island girl who risks it all for the love of a man in Once On This Island, breaking hearts with her unforgettable pe…

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

No More Tears: Donna Summer Gets the Broadway Bio-Musical She Dreamt Of, With Three Diva Stars by Paul Wontorek

Just a few of Donna Summer's hit albums. Hot stuff indeed. According to Spotify, the world’s most popular music streaming service, over two million users have listened to a Donna…

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Lights Up on Ana Villafane! The In the Heights Star on Embracing Lin-Manuel Miranda and Letting Go of Gloria Estefan by Paul Wontorek

Headlining a big, splashy Broadway musical is a dream-come-true opportunity for any young wannabe star. Ana Villafañe's debut moment, playing pop music icon Gloria Estefan in the …

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez Win Second Oscar for "Remember Me" from Coco by Paul Wontorek

Married Frozen songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez have won their second Oscar for “Remember Me” from the film Coco, beating out fellow Broadway songwriters …

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Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez Win Second Oscar for "Remember Me" from Coco by Paul Wontorek

Married Frozen songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez have won their second Oscar for “Remember Me” from the film Coco, beating out fellow Broadway songwriters …

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

LaChanze Embraces Her Diva Side in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical by Paul Wontorek

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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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Daphne Rubin-Vega and Gizel Jimenez Face America in Miss You Like Hell by Paul Wontorek

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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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hot Tub Parties & Working Out at the Y: How Alison Luff & Paul Alexander Nolan Got Ready to Escape to Margaritaville by Paul Wontorek

In their last Broadway outings, Alison Luff and Paul Alexander Nolan were decidedly not "nibbling' on a sponge cake, watchin' the sun bake," to quote Jimmy Buffett's me…

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Harry Connick Jr. to Star in Broadway-Aimed The Sting at Paper Mill Playhouse by Paul Wontorek

Broadway vet Harry Connick, Jr. will take on the role of Henry Gondorff, made famous by Paul Newman onscreen, in the upcoming musical adaptation of the 1973 film The Sting. The Broadway-aime…

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Kiki on Broadway: Pop King Jake Shears on How His Go-Go-Boy Past Got Him Ready for Kinky Boots by Paul Wontorek

After the glam-pop group Scissor Sisters burst onto the music scene in 2004, their wild theatricality and irresistible dance grooves landed them on the British charts immediately and subsequ…

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Phantom of the Opera Is Here and 30! Looking Back at the Magic and Romance of Broadway's Longest-Running Show by Paul Wontorek

As "The Phantom of the Opera" celebrates its 30th anniversary on Broadway on January 26, looks back at the show's start and the secret to its success and shines th…

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Alec Baldwin May Bring Acclaimed Donald Trump Impression to Broadway by Paul Wontorek

Will Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump impression be huuuuge on Broadway? On a December 11 interview on The Howard Stern Show, the stage vet said he's mulling the opportunity to turn hi…

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Laura Benanti and Keegan-Michael Key Talk Smart and Silly About Their Hilarious Broadway Pairing in Meteor Shower by Paul Wontorek

As Laura and Gerald, a wild couple that shakes up the lives of a more straight-laced married pair, Tony Award winner Laura Benanti and Emmy winner Keegan-Michael Key are having a blast in th…

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Bow Down! Meet the Immortal Gods of Broadway's Once on This Island by Paul Wontorek

When the well-loved 1990 musical Once on This Island returns to Broadway—previews start at the Circle in the Square on November 9—the gods who rule the Caribbean setting will hav…

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Wicked's Ashley Parker Angel on Dancing Through His Career and Getting (Almost) Naked for a Good Cause by Paul Wontorek

As the Winkie Prince who captures the attention of both green girl and popular girl in Wicked, Ashley Parker’s nightly job on Broadway fits him just as snugly as Fiyero’s famous …

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Wicked Stars Jackie Burns and Amanda Jane Cooper on Glitter, Getting Green & Their Every Night Halloween Party by Paul Wontorek

For close to 14 years, the blockbuster Wicked has been bringing together big-belting divas and funny ingenues in its leading roles, creating magic with the power of two. Current stars Jackie…

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Michael Friedman, Composer of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and More, Dies at 41 by Paul Wontorek

Michael Friedman, the rising young musical theater composer and lyricist, died at age 41 on September 9. According to a press release from the Public Theater, where he often worked, the caus…

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Fall Preview 2017: 33 Top Show Picks for Theater Fans This Fall by Paul Wontorek

Bummed that summer is over? Don’t be! In rehearsal rooms all around Manhattan, some of the most innovative theater artists in the world are prepping a fall season filled with hilarious…

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Rise and Reboot of Broadway's Beloved Once on This Island by Paul Wontorek

The 2017-2018 theater season has officially begun, and a slew of highly anticipated musicals and plays, both brand new and revisited, are set to bow.'s Fall Preview series c…

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Lortel Awards Host Taran Killam on Being a Theater Nerd, Plans to Reign Again in Hamilton and Love for Little Shop's Ellen Greene by Paul Wontorek

After turning in delicious performances as King George in Hamilton and Orin Scrivello, D.D.S. in the 2015 Little Shop of Horrors at City Center, Taran Killam has officially made the leap fro…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Back on the Case! Nick & Nora Stars Barry Bostwick & Joanna Gleason on Bringing Their Flop Pride to 54 Below by Paul Wontorek

It started as the hottest new musical of the 1991-1992 season. An a-list creative team with shows like West Side Story, Gypsy, Annie, Bye Bye Birdie and Miss Saigon under their belts bringin…

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Glass Menagerie Stunner Madison Ferris on Bad Audition Tapes, Nude Paintings and Getting Distracted by Daniel Craig by Paul Wontorek

Only 25, Madison Ferris is making theatergoers sit up and take notice. Most obviously, the Broadway newbie who is playing Laura opposite Sally Field’s Amanda in The Glass Menagerie has…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Showtune Showdown! Thirteen Musicals Duke It Out for Tony Nominations in Historically Competitive Year by Paul Wontorek

Nobody does musicals like Broadway. Every Broadway season feels chock full of big-hearted, big-singing shows that all compete for that final trophy on Tony Awards night: the one engraved wit…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

In Her Own Words: Hello, Dolly! Star Bette Midler on the Bliss and Burnout of Her Early Days on Broadway by Paul Wontorek

The world’s been waiting for entertainment icon Bette Midler to return to the Broadway musical stage for close to 50 long years. Now that the opening of Hello, Dolly!, with the incompa…

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

After Record-Breaking Opening Weekend, Beauty and the Beast to Become Most Successful Movie Musical Ever by Paul Wontorek

Disney’s big-screen remake of Beauty and the Beast is on track to become the most successful live-action movie musical of all time, raking in an estimated $170 million in its opening w…

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