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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Star-Studded Cast Explains How ‘Frozen’ Broke the Broadway Mold by Harry Haun

'Frozen' star Caissie Levy puts it succinctly: 'It’s a dream role, an amazing show and a love story centered around my sister and not a man.' It's also breaking Broadway records.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

TACT Bows Out: Why a Legendary NYC Theatre Company Is Closing by Harry Haun

After a quarter-century of commendable entertainment, The Actors Company Theatre will call it a run on April 14. But before they go, the company presents a rousing rendition of Damon Runyon'…

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

What the Legendary Cast of ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Taught a Broadway Rising Star by Harry Haun

'When somebody says Broadway, you just say yes,’ says Charlie Stemp, who has found himself in that very place, starring alongside Bernadette Peters and Victor Garber in 'Hello Dolly!'

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

‘Springer’: How TV’s Trashiest Talk Show Became…an Off-Broadway Opera! by Harry Haun

'A particularly violent episode—and a particularly profane one,' inspired the musical.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Paul Sparks on Why Directors Love Him for Seedy, Sinister Roles by Harry Haun

'There’s a seediness that hangs on a lot of the roles I’ve played,' admits Paul Sparks. His character in Edward Albee's 'At Home at the Zoo' is no exception.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Bob Martin Reprises His Award-Winning ‘Drowsy Chaperone’ Character at City Center by Harry Haun

He is the Tony-winning creation of Bob Martin, who also earned a Tony nomination for playing the character on Broadway in 2006 and 2007, and he's eager to tell you his opinions on musical th…

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Martin McDonagh’s ‘Hangmen’ Might Be the Writer/Director’s Darkest Yet by Harry Haun

McDonagh reports that his comedy about death by hanging is coming across 'much darker than in London' for it's New York debut.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Becky Ann Baker on Playing the Mom Role and Why She Never Watched Herself on ‘Girls’ by Harry Haun

'I kinda find it horrifying to watch myself [on TV], especially since the invention of high-definition,' says actor Becky Ann Baker, who opens up Second Stage's 'Cardinal' on Broadway this m…

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Former Child Star Hayley Mills on How Fans and Hollywood Tried to Make Her Stay Young by Harry Haun

'Parent Trap' actress Hayley Mills talks about why fans seem disappointed to see she's aged, the movies that got away and tackling the stage in 'Party Face.'

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

André De Shields Talks Turning 72, Taking on Two Full-Time Jobs by Harry Haun

Though already signed up to star in 'Mankind,' De Shields couldn't turn down the director gig for a new 'Ain't Misbehavin'' revival. He tells Observer, 'this has my name on it.'

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Ethan Slater on How He Prepares Each Night to Be ‘SpongeBob’ on Broadway by Harry Haun

“I still watch the TV show periodically, but I no longer study it," said Slater of his research process.

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

John Lithgow’s One-Man Tribute to His Father Is Broadway Bound by Harry Haun

John Lithgow's 'Stories by Heart' has three stories to tell: P.G. Wodehouse’s 'Uncle Fred Flits By,' Ring Lardner’s 'The Haircut' and a son's tribute to his father.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Dancer Robert Fairchild Tests His Chops by Becoming ‘Frankenstein’ by Harry Haun

'I’ve been trying to cultivate work for myself that stretches my abilities,' said Fairchild on taking on the role of Frankenstein.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Actress Francesca Annis on Feeling More Energized With Age by Harry Haun

'This play is about confronting the older generation and saying, ‘Don’t give up,'' said Annis of Lucy Kirkwood's New Play, 'The Children,' in which she stars.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Billy Crudup Plays a Man, His Alter Ego, and All His Friends in ‘Harry Clarke’ by Harry Haun

Crudup says that preparing to play an entire cast of characters, not to mention the titular alter ego of the mid-western protagonist, was "intimidating"

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Chloë Sevigny Revisits Washington Square Park in ‘Downtown Race Riot’ by Harry Haun

The New Group's 'Downtown Race Riot' returns actor-turned-it-girl Chloë Sevigny to the location that made her a star: Washington Square Park.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Female Friendship Takes Center Stage in Emily Mann’s ’20th Century Blues’ by Harry Haun

Emily Mann's new Broadway show, '20th Century Blues,' tells the story of four friends whose lives have been captured in a series of yearly photographs.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Thanks to Betty Corwin, Broadway’s Best Live on in Film by Harry Haun

No one cared about creating a record of theater history, until Betty Corwin came along.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Rising Star Katrina Lenk Finds Her Rhythm in Broadway’s ‘The Band’s Visit’ by Harry Haun

Katrina Lenk is another 15-years-in-the-making 'overnight star.' She returns to Broadway after a career-making role in 'Indecent' on November 9 in 'The Band’s Visit' at the Barrymore.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

There Are No Heroes in Ayad Akhtar’s Wall Street-Set Play, ‘Junk’ by Harry Haun

The tale of 1980s bankers is more complicated than good vs evil.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Marilyn Maye Shares Her Secret to a Happy Life at Jazz at Lincoln Center by Harry Haun

Marilyn Maye will be singing her way through classic American tunes this weekend—October 27 and 28—in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s gorgeous Appel Room.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

‘Lonely Planet’ Revival Sparks Stars’ Recollections of Life During AIDS Crisis by Harry Haun

Actors Arnie Burton and Matt McGrath recall New York of the 1980s during the AIDS crisis, which they return to nightly in the Broadway revival of 'Lonely Planet'.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Downton Ditto: Elizabeth McGovern Plays an Affluent Matriarch Across the Pond by Harry Haun

After 25 years, Elizabeth McGovern crosses the pond to star on Broadway as a Downton-esque affluent British matriarch.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Deanna Dunagan on Playing Yet Another Unlovable Mother by Harry Haun

Deanna Dunagan makes a specialty—and a rather good living—out of playing the hard-to-love matriarch.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Carrie Coon on Why the Stage Is More Empowering Than Film or TV by Harry Haun

“After doing TV and film, the thing you really start to appreciate about being on stage is you get to tell a story in order from beginning to end."

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Driving Robert De Niro: Rising Star C.J. Wilson on Getting His Start by Harry Haun

Writer-director Kenneth Lonergan was the first to spot the white-knight potential of the talented and handsome C.J. Wilson.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Playwright Sarah Ruhl’s New Work Is a Birthday Present to Her Mom by Harry Haun

Sarah Ruhl's new play opens in a hospital room where five quibbling siblings are doing a deathbed vigil for their dad.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Actress Julie White on Reinventing Nora in ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ by Harry Haun

Knock knock. You’ll never guess who’s there. Then, again—given it’s 'A Doll’s House, Part 2'—you will.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

No ‘Sweat’: Lynn Nottage’s Long-Overdue Broadway Debut, With Help From Johanna Day by Harry Haun

They aren’t. Johanna Day and Michelle Wilson play best friends and line workers on the floor since high school, caught up in an old socioeconomic squeeze play brought on by hard-nosed, cos…

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

‘Come From Away’: New Musical About 9/11 Reminds Us About the Kindness of Strangers by Harry Haun

When someone asks you where you were the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, not only do you know precisely where you were, you also know what you were doing and how you somehow made it through the r…

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Monday, March 6, 2017

In ‘Significant Other,’ Twentysomethings In Love and War by Harry Haun

The Franco-Prussian War almost started this week. That was the original title of the Joshua Harmon play that just bowed at the Booth, but the author chickened out. “I love that title,” h…

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