All stories by Carey Purcell on BroadwayStars

Monday, May 15, 2017

For the men writing and directing female roles on Broadway, an exercise in empathy by Carey Purcell

A pivotal moment pauses a boisterous cocktail hour in the second act of “Oslo,” the new Tony-nominated play chronicling behind-the-scenes moments in international diplomacy. The unusual …

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Broadway Stars Gather to Resist, Raise Money and Sing for Planned Parenthood by Carey Purcell

Sunday night is the one night each week that Broadway actors have free. After a week of performances, including two-show

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Ten Years Later, a One-Woman Show is Still One Man’s Work by Carey Purcell

Kris Andersson keeps on touring as Dixie Longate, an indefatigable Tupperware queen.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

'Sunday in the Park With George': Jake Gyllenhaal brings the tortured artist to Broadway by Carey Purcell

No one can accuse Jake Gyllenhaal of being a slacker. The Oscar-nominated actor is known for playing intense, perhaps tortured characters: Nightcrawler, Brokeback Mountain and Zodiac are jus…

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Josh Groban: how the pop sensation became Broadway's leading man by Carey Purcell

The singer with 20m album sales to his name has realized a dream by making his Broadway debut starring in Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812Last year might have been an annus horrib…

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Thursday, November 17, 2016
Monday, November 14, 2016
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Shrewd Taming | The Nation by Carey Purcell

Despite its all-female cast, a new production of The Taming of the Shrew is still a man’s story.

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

'That Was Unheard Of' - Why 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Star Donna Lynne Champlin Never Saw A Woman Like Herself On TV Until Now by Carey Purcell

Donna Lynne Champlin’s big break into television came with its share of concerns — the main one being that someone had been secretly recording her for years. The singer and actress, who …

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Beth Malone: Do Clothes Make the Woman? by Carey Purcell

The Fun Home star talks about tackling gender identity onstage and off and how it relates to her style.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Julian Fellowes Wants to Stick It To The Man! The Creator of “Downton Abbey” Is Ready to Rock by Carey Purcell

American audiences might associate Julian Fellowes with his hit TV show "Downton Abbey," which returns to PBS Jan. 3. But the prolific writer's latest project, School of Rock &…

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Drama at the Dinner Table! A Look at 10 Dysfunctional Dinners on Broadway by Carey Purcell

Don't think that you're the only one whose family gets rowdy 'round the holidays! We get in the spirit by offering a round-up of the most dysfunctional family dinners seen on…

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

“It’s Been an Extreme Learning Curve,” Says Sheryl Crow About the Long Road to Diner’s Stage Bow by Carey Purcell

Sheryl Crow has joined the ranks of musical theatre composers with the new musical Diner. As the musical takes shape in its latest out-of-town tryout, we catch up with the busy Gramm…

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

“Bart Calls Us ‘The Coven’”  Over Drinks, Fiddler’s Three Daughters Talk Revolutionizing Tradition by Carey Purcell

The timeless musical Fiddler on the Roof is the story of Tevye the milkman coming to terms with a rapidly changing world. The three actresses playing his eldest daughters share thei…

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Come from Away, Musical About Travelers Stranded on 9/11, Opens in Seattle by Adam Hetrick and Carey Purcell

Come from Away, the new rock musical that explores the lasting connection forged between a group of travelers whose planes were diverted to a small Newfoundland town on Sept. 11, 2001, offic…

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Watch Fun Home Kids Give Adorable Ham4Ham Performance! by Carey Purcell

The untold stories of Alexander Hamilton’s children were told at the Nov. 14 Ham4Ham performance, when cast members of Fun Home joined the latest in the series of impromptu concert…

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Come from Away, Musical About Travelers Stranded on 9/11, Arrives in Seattle by Adam Hetrick and Carey Purcell

Come from Away, the new rock musical that explores the lasting connection forged between a group of travelers whose planes were diverted to a small Newfoundland town on Sept. 11, 2001, begin…

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Watch #TappyTroops Honor Veterans on the Intrepid (Video) by Carey Purcell and Robert Viagas

In honor of Veterans Day, choreographer, director and dancer Christopher Rice (The Book of Mormon) created a tap-dancing salute to those who gave so much for their country.

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

“I Was Fed Up”  The 180-Degree Decision to Stage Shakespeare With Only Women by Carey Purcell

Phyllida Lloyd, director of the all-female Henry IV playing St. Ann's Warehouse, reveals the moment she decided to disrupt the status quo by casting a Shakespeare play completely wit…

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

“I’m Totally Fangirling!” Broadway’s Best Share Bernadette Peters Memories — While Standing Ne by Carey Purcell

How did Bernadette Peters help Gloria Estefan feel better about her hair? How did Joel Grey know Peters was star material when she was only 18 years old? Grey, Sydney Lucas and the current c…

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

True Confessions! Broadway Stars Admit to Padding Their Resumes to Get a Job by Carey Purcell

It may seem like Broadway stars can do anything, but even talented folk sometimes need to pad their resumes. Broadway's brightest stars recently confessed to exaggerating a skill or two …

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Stories of Breast Cancer Loss and Survival — “Put Yourself First,” “More Has To Be Done” by Carey Purcell

Kristin Chenoweth, Edie Falco and Steve Kazee are among those in the Broadway community who have been effected by breast cancer. As October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) comes to a close, …

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

"You Are Actually in Charge" — Lauren Pritchard On Graduating from Actor to Creator With Her Off-Broadway Songbird by Carey Purcell

Songbird, the new musical at 59E59, is the latest effort by Spring Awakening alum Lauren Pritchard and producer Allison Bressi. The two open up about being young women in charge of …

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Phantoms, Zombies and Ghosts Thrills and Chills from Your Favorite Frightening Musicals by Carey Purcell

Musical theatre abounds with sparkling dance numbers and happy endings, but stories of ghosts and ghouls have also graced the stage. Take a look at some of the scary stories that have spooke…

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Cars, Kids and Career Changes: Sylvia Cast Shares Stories of Their Midlife Crises by Carey Purcell

A.R. Gurney's comedy Sylvia follows a man as he goes through a midlife crisis and adopts a new dog, much to the chagrin of his wife. The stars of the show share stories of their own cris…

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Laura Osnes, Corey Cott and The Bandstand Team on the Songs That Helped Them Survive: The Beatles, J by Carey Purcell

The stars of The Bandstand, the new musical at Paper Mill Playhouse, share the singers and songs that helped them through challenging times in their own lives. 

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Kathleen Turner and Co-Stars on Being “Enough of a Women” Within an Onstage Transgender Love Story by Carey Purcell

Kathleen Turner and the cast of Would You Still Love Me If... offer a frank conversation about opportunities for women in theatre and the challenges of presenting a transgender love story.

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Sondheim on Sondheim, Exploring Life of Legendary Composer, Receives Los Angeles Premiere Tonight by Carey Purcell

Sondheim on Sondheim, the musical exploration of the life of award-winning composer Stephen Sondheim, opens at the International City Theatre Oct. 16 following preview performances that …

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

John Cariani’s Almost, Maine Will Go From Stage to Page by Robert Viagas and Carey Purcell

Some good news for one of the co-stars of Broadway's Something Rotten! John Cariani, who plays Nigel Bottom in the hit musical and who also maintains a second career as a playwright,…

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Get to Know the Crawfords! Sisters, Co-Stars and Each Other’s Biggest Fans by Carey Purcell

There's no question who Savvy Crawford's biggest fan is. The nine-year-old actress, who plays the young incarnation of the title character in the new musical Améli…

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