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Friday, January 17, 2020

How Shereen Pimentel Is Balancing West Side Story, Juilliard and Working with John Mulaney by Diep Tran

Age: 21 Hometown: Born in Manhattan, raised in Teaneck, New Jersey  Current Role: Maria, the lead in the Ivo van Hove-directed Broadway revival of West Side Story, the classic musical b…

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What's New! See the Cast of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Revue Unmasked in Rehearsal by Diep Tran

Mauricio Martinez, Mamie Parris, Alex Finke and the cast of Unmasked gave a preview of the new Andrew Lloyd Webber revue on January 16 at Open Jar Studios. The show, which shares a title …

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

See Laura Linney and More on Opening Night of My Name Is Lucy Barton by Diep Tran

Laura Linney may be alone during the entirety of My Name Is Lucy Barton but she was not alone on the opening night red carpet. The one-woman show opened on Broadway on January 15, at the …

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Oh What a Beautiful Portrait! See Oklahoma! Star Damon Daunno Pose with His Sardi's Caricature by Diep Tran

Damon Daunno, the guitar-strumming leading man of Oklahoma! on Broadway, is finishing his run on the show with a bang. The Tony-winning revival of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's …

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

How Kingsley Leggs' Puppy Inspired His Audrey II Performance in Little Shop of Horrors by Diep Tran

Kingsley Leggs may not be on stage for Little Shop of Horrors, but his presence is felt the entire time. That’s because the actor is the voice of Audrey II, the sentient plant who convin…

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Two-Time Academy Award Nominee Scarlett Johansson Is Also a Two-Time Broadway Actress by Diep Tran

Scarlett Johansson may have just been nominated for her first Academy Award (actually two), but did you know the Marriage Story star is also a Tony winner? To celebrate their Oscar nominatio…

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You Lose, You Learn: How Theater Helped Jagged Little Pill’s Sean Allan Krill Overcome Grief by Diep Tran

Sean Allan Krill and Elizabeth Stanley in "Jagged Little Pill." (Photo: Matthew Murphy) Ten years ago, actor Sean Allan Krill lost the love of his life. The two were living in Chicago at t…

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Billy Crudup & James Corden Among Winners at Critics' Choice Awards by Diep Tran

The 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards, honoring film and television works, was held on January 12 at the Barker Hanger in Los Angeles, CA. It was hosted by screen actor, and original Rent c…

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Moulin Rouge! Star Tam Mutu on Singing Rihanna Every Night and Getting Hissed at by Audiences by Diep Tran

Karen Olivo and Tam Mutu in "Moulin Rouge!" (Photo: Matt Murphy) Tam Mutu almost didn’t audition for Moulin Rouge! The Musical. The actor is making audiences love and hate him nightly …

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

See Real Housewives Star Erika Jayne & Tony Winner Paulo Szot Take Their First Bow in Chicago by Diep Tran

The names on everybody's lips are Erika Jayne and Paulo Szot! The two stars took their first bows on January 6 in the Tony-winning revival of Chicago. Jayne plays Roxie Hart, the femme …

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How Casting Directors Duncan Stewart and Benton Whitley Cast Broadway's Chicago by Diep Tran

The musical's longtime casting directors explain the art of finding big name celebrities to take on the revival.

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Taylor Trensch Has Found His Inner Child in Broadway's To Kill a Mockingbird by Diep Tran

Taylor Trensch in "To Kill a Mockingbird." (Photo: Julieta Cervantes) Taylor Trensch may be known for starring in Dear Evan Hansen and Hello, Dolly!, but he actually prefers plays. “I h…

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Take a Look at Ed Harris and the New Stars of Broadway's To Kill a Mockingbird with These Fresh Photos by Diep Tran

On November 5, the new cast of Broadway's To Kill a Mockingbird took their first bow together. Now, the show has released a first look at the team of actors currently bringing Harper Lee…

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Get a First Look at the Rockin' Sing Street at New York Theatre Workshop by Diep Tran

Sing Street, the new musical based on the John Carney film of the same name, opens on December 16 at New York Theatre Workshop. Directed by Tony winner Rebecca Taichman, the show takes place…

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Hadestown Celebrates Vinyl Album Release with a Signing Party by Diep Tran

Hadestown celebrated the vinyl release of its Grammy-nominated cast album with an event on December 12 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. The cast and creatives were on hand to mingle with fans …

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Meet James Cromwell, Jane Alexander, Ashley Park & the Cast of Grand Horizons by Diep Tran

The cast of Grand Horizons by Bess Wohl met the press on December 11. The play follows a longtime married couple, played by Tony Award winner Jane Alexander and Oscar nominee and Emmy w…

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We Partied With the In the Heights Cast and Learned New Details About the Upcoming Movie by Diep Tran

Way uptown was the place to be on December 11, when the cast and creatives of the In the Heights film threw an exclusive party to celebrate the release of its first trailer. The second f…

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Four-Time Tony Nominee Laura Linney Gets Ready for Solo Show My Name Is Lucy Barton by Diep Tran

Laura Linney is about to step out on a Broadway stage by herself. Starting January 4, Linney will star in My Name is Lucy Barton, a solo show by Rona Munro, adapted from Elizabeth Strout's…

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Aladdin's Clinton Greenspan on the Superhero Aspects of His Character by Diep Tran

Clinton Greenspan in "Aladdin" (Photo: Deen Van Meer) Clinton Greenspan remembers clearly what happened the night he performed the role of Aladdin on Broadway for the first time. The actor…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

See Judith Ivey and the Cast of Greater Clements Celebrate Their Off-Broadway Opening Night by Diep Tran

On December 9, Greater Clements celebrated its opening night at Lincoln Center Theater. The new play by Samuel D. Hunter is set in a fictional mining town in Idaho thrown into turmoil by g…

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The Illusionists' Dom Chambers and Eric Chien Blow Our Minds with Magic by Diep Tran

"The Illusionists—Magic of the Holidays" (Photo: Joan Marcus) When magician Eric Chien was a sophomore at the University of Hawaii, he would do magic tricks on campus. Then one day, he d…

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Monday, December 9, 2019

American Utopia's Tendayi Kuumba and Chris Giarmo on Getting Comfortable on Broadway by Diep Tran

Chris Giarmo and Tendayi Kuumba perform with David Byrne in "American Utopia" (Photo: Matthew Murphy) Tendayi Kuumba and Chris Giarmo never thought they would be on Broadway. They’re cur…

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Is This Ironic? The Stars of Jagged Little Pill Have the Answers by Diep Tran

Ever since Alanis Morissette penned her hit song “Ironic” in the mid-90s, many have debated whether situations like “rain on your wedding day” is actually ironic. To solve that age-o…

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Broadway Training, Gangnam Style by Diep Tran

Six actors in search of K-pop authenticity star in a new musical that looks at the entertainment factories that produce genre-busting superstars.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

What Is the Biggest Challenge in Casting Disney’s Aladdin? by Diep Tran

When casting actors to live in Agrabah, it’s a whole new world.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

How Phantom of the Opera Finds The Man Behind the Mask by Diep Tran

The casting director reveals the key differences between a Phantom and a Piangi, a Carlotta and a Christine.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

How Casting Keeps ‘Beautiful’ From Becoming a Tribute Concert by Diep Tran

Casting director Stephen Kopel shares what it takes to play Carole King, The Temptations, and more in the Tony-winning musical.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Why The Lion King Casts Actors Differently From Any Other Broadway Show by Diep Tran

It’s not just the puppetry—Disney’s longest-running musical searches for performers with abilities that no other Broadway show needs.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

How This Casting Director Constantly Replenishes the Class in Broadway’s School of Rock by Diep Tran

What it takes to find kid rock stars in a show that demands near-constant turnover.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Nine Plays, One Truth: Mfoniso Udofia on Her Immigrant Experience, and Ours by Diep Tran

Ms. Udofia mined her family background for what she sees as a true portrait of immigrant experiences in her ongoing theater cycle.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Tony-Nominated Designer Susan Hilferty Reveals the Secrets Behind the Vintage Costumes of Present Laughter by Diep Tran

Handpicked by Kevin Kline, the mastermind behind the wardrobe of the Tony-nominated Broadway revival tells its own vibrant story.

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