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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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Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Casting of Cats Is a Difficult Matter by Diep Tran

The woman responsible for casting the current revival discloses what it takes to get invited to the Jellicle Ball.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

How One Jam Session Led to the Original Music for Broadway’s Indecent by Diep Tran

Why composers Lisa Gutkin and Aaron Halva and the actors of Paula Vogel’s Indecent play music throughout the new drama.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

I Am Miss Saigon, and I Hate It by Diep Tran

It's not just that the hit musical doesn't tell my family's story. It's that it perpetuates a narrative in which the Vietnamese are victims, not fighters.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Why Casting Sara Bareilles in Waitress Was a No-Brainer by Diep Tran

As Joe’s Diner prepares for a big staff turnover, Waitress casting director Bernie Telsey talks about finding three new leads—including composer Bareilles—come April.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

So, About Miss Saigon’s Real Onstage Helicopter… by Diep Tran

The blockbuster musical returns to Broadway—chopper intact.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Why Audiences Should Expect More From Arthur Miller’s Lesser-Known Play by Diep Tran

After years of trying, director Terry Kinney finally gets The Price to Broadway.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

When It Comes to Kinky Boots, the Casting is in the Heel by Diep Tran

How the casting director of Kinky Boots keeps the iconic shoes filled.

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With Kinky Boots, the Casting Is in the Heel by Diep Tran

How the casting director of Kinky Boots keeps the iconic shoes filled.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

It’s Not Stunt Casting, It’s Star Casting by Diep Tran

Chicago’s casting directors explain the art of finding big name celebrities to take on the long-running hit.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Making Chekhov Funny by Diep Tran

Director John Crowley finds the humor with Cate Blanchett in The Present.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Meet America’s Favorite Satanic Sock Puppet by Diep Tran

Puppet designers and actors talk about the zany challenges of creating and manipulating an ever-more-maniacal puppet onstage in productions of “Hand to God.”

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

How Mom and Dad Met, With Ninjas by Diep Tran

Qui Nguyen’s new play, a romantic comedy about his Vietnamese parents, sprinkles in the pop culture obsessions that got him hired by Marvel Studios.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Truth, Lies and Chinese Art Inspire ‘a Puzzle Box of a Play’ by Diep Tran

Christopher Chen’s “Caught” emerged from the controversy of Mike Daisey’s “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.”

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

At Clubbed Thumb, Nurturing a Theater of the Weird by Diep Tran

Now 20 years old, the Off Off Broadway company has kept its focus on shoestring productions that are “funny, strange and provocative.”

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Immersive Theater’s Next Stop: A Sexy ’70s Fantasy Island by Diep Tran

The team behind the immersive hit “Then She Fell” recreates the era in “The Grand Paradise,” a bigger production set at a hedonistic Florida resort.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Nottage Receives Steinberg Award by Diep Tran

Lynn Nottage, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for her play "Ruined," has been named the recipient of the 2010 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award.

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New Web Series Teaches the Business of Acting by Diep Tran

To succeed as an actor, you need to run your career as a business, and a new website, YourActorMBA.com, aims to teach actors how—through an 11-week Web series.

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The Turn of the Screw by Diep Tran

This two-person adaptation of Henry James' classic ghost story too often tells the audience to be scared rather than quietly allowing fear to take over.

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For 'Online Musical,' Audience Feedback Is Essential by Diep Tran

"Musical: The Online Musical" is far from your average musical. Now only is it online only, the plot is almost completely driven by audience suggestions.

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Knock Me a Kiss by Diep Tran

Charles Smith's romanticized retelling of the marriage between the daughter of civil rights activist W.E.B. DuBois and poet Countee Cullen traffics in superficial comedy at the expense of complex characters.Linked From Backstage at 05:58PM

Getting Stage Flight by Diep Tran

As part of his role as "Billy Elliot" on Broadway, Joseph Harrington swings across the stage suspended by cables in one of the dance numbers. The effect is thrilling for the performer.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

A Brief History of Sex by Diep Tran

Chiara Atik’s Five Times in One Night is the latest atypical offering from EST/Youngblood — Playwright Chiara Atik does not like watching sex. On stage at least. “I always …

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Thanksgiving is a Sport by Diep Tran

The everyday weirdness of Kate Benson’s new play — They’re just your typical American family, getting together for Thanksgiving dinner. Except there are no tables, chairs, …

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