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Friday, February 24, 2017

The Doctor Is in! Chris Diamantopoulos to Join Sara Bareilles in Waitress by Kathy Henderson

There’s a new gynecologist in town: TV favorite Chris Diamantopoulos will join the cast of Waitress on March 31 as Dr. Pomatter opposite incoming leading lady and composer Sara Bareill…

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Sienna Miller & Jack O’Connell to Headline London Revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Kathy Henderson

Meet the Pollitts! Stage and screen stars Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell have signed on to play Maggie and Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on London’s West End. The Young V…

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Oscar Isaac to Headline Hamlet at the Public Theater, Co-Starring Keegan-Michael Key, Peter Friedman & More by Kathy Henderson

The long-delayed production of Hamlet starring Oscar Isaac has found a summer home at the Public Theater. Sam Gold’s production of the Shakespeare classic will begin previews on June 2…

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From Split to Story Songs, Betty Buckley Is on a Roll by Kathy Henderson

More than three decades after her Tony-winning performance in Cats, Betty Buckley is savoring a hit movie and a hot new album. On the big screen, the Broadway legend won raves as James McAvo…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Additional Casting Set for Six Degrees of Separation, Starring Allison Janney & John Benjamin Hickey by Kathy Henderson

Broadway vets Lisa Emery (Casa Valentina), Michael Countryman (Wit) and Michael Siberry (The Sound of Music) are among the additional cast members announced for the forthcoming Broadway revi…

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Tracy Letts' Man From Nebraska, Starring Reed Birney, Extends at Second Stage by Kathy Henderson

The critically praised New York debut of Tracy Letts’ Man From Nebraska, starring Tony winner Reed Birney and Annette O’Toole, will get a two-week extension at Second Stage, thro…

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Dear Evan Hansen's Rachel Bay Jones & Jennifer Laura Thompson on the Joys & Burdens of Motherhood On Stage and Off by Kathy Henderson

Family life is messy in the new hit musical Dear Evan Hansen, and that’s exactly the way Rachel Bay Jones and Jennifer Laura Thompson like it. After years of solid work in Broadway mus…

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Betsy Wolfe & Tracie Thoms on Playing the 'Lesbians Next Door' in Falsettos, Looking Like Their Mothers & Not Crying During 'Unlikely Lovers' by Kathy Henderson

Two of the most beloved supporting characters in modern-day musicals are “the lesbians next door,” kosher caterer Cordelia and internist Dr. Charlotte, in Falsettos. Introduced b…

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Get to Know Jess LeProtto and Shonica Gooden, Who Play Cats' Iconic Duo Mungojerrie & Rumpleteazer by Kathy Henderson

Of all the frisky felines in Cats, Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer are the biggest mischief-makers, grabbing Sunday dinner from the oven one minute and swiping a string of pearls the next. Thes…

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Kinky Boots Stars Alan Mingo Jr. & Aaron C. Finley on Their Onstage Bromance, Not Fighting Heels & Why the Show Gives Them Chills by Kathy Henderson

A glamorous drag queen and a strait-laced shoe manufacturer form an unconventional alliance in Kinky Boots, a relationship that’s both funny and touching thanks to Cyndi Lauper’s…

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Oslo's Jefferson Mays & Jennifer Ehle on Who Would Make a Better Spy and What They'll Be Doing in Their 80s by Kathy Henderson

The new play Oslo tells the unlikely story of how a Norwegian sociologist and his wife, a foreign minister in the title city, managed to broker the historic 1993 peace agreement between Isra…

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Eclipsed's Tony-Nommed Director Liesl Tommy and Playwright Danai Gurira on Diversity, Drive & Dresses by Kathy Henderson

While earning raves and 2016 Tony nominations for their work on Eclipsed, playwright Danai Gurira and director Liesl Tommy have been living double lives, creatively speaking: Gurira plays zo…

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Daphne's Dive Stars Vanessa Aspillaga & Daphne Rubin-Vega on Sisterhood, Diversity and Turning into Benny from Rent by Kathy Henderson

Sisterhood is powerful in Daphne’s Dive, the new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes. In the title role, Vanessa Aspillaga runs a neighborhood bar in North Philad…

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Father Star Frank Langella & Director Doug Hughes on How Not to Be Intimidating, So-Called Celebrities & Awards Season by Kathy Henderson

At 78, three-time Tony winner Frank Langella is enjoying one of his best years ever, with juicy TV roles as a Russian spy in The Americans and a racist Southern senator in HBO’s adapta…

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Monday, May 16, 2016

American Psycho's Alice Ripley & Jennifer Damiano on Fervent Fans, Adoring Benjamin Walker & Their Incredible Bond by Kathy Henderson

Among the many reasons to love American Psycho is the show’s inspired casting of Alice Ripley and Jennifer Damiano in featured roles. The actresses forged a deep bond during multiple a…

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Fiddler on the Roof's Rebellious Lovebirds Samantha Massell & Ben Rappaport on a Surprise Proposal and Interning with Lin-Manuel Miranda by Kathy Henderson

Samantha Massell and Ben Rappaport play the coolest couple in Anatevka, a dream come true for the young Fiddler on the Roof stars. As feisty middle daughter Hodel and radical tutor Perchik, …

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Shuffle Along Dream Team George C. Wolfe & Savion Glover on Collaborating Again, Capturing the Spirit of the ‘20s & Not Seeing Hamilton by Kathy Henderson

With a trio of Tony winners and a pair of Tony nominees above the title, Shuffle Along boasts the Broadway season’s starriest lineup. But two of the show’s most celebrated names …

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Crucible's Jim Norton & Ciaran Hinds on Frozen, Game of Thrones and Famous Co-Stars by Kathy Henderson

“Who is this man?” bellows Ciarán Hinds at the beginning of The Crucible’s sensational second act. Cast as the all-powerful Deputy Governor of Salem, Hinds is starin…

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Bright Star's Dee Hoty & Stephen Lee Anderson on the Joy of Cutting Loose Together Again by Kathy Henderson

Here’s a question for your next round of Broadway trivia: Name a pair of musical pros who played small-town spouses in shows that opened almost 20 years apart. The answer, of course, i…

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Prodigal Son Playwright John Patrick Shanley & Star Timothee Chalamet on the Pain, Poetry & Pride of Revisiting 15 by Kathy Henderson

“Do you remember 15?” Timothée Chalamet asks at the beginning and end of John Patrick Shanley’s irresistible memory play Prodigal Son. “For me, it was a specia…

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Old Hats Stars David Shiner & Bill Irwin on Clowning Around Together for 25 Years by Kathy Henderson

When the sublime clowns Bill Irwin and David Shiner saunter on stage in baggy tailcoats, loose ties and top hats, it’s impossible not to smile. Within seconds, that smile turns into no…

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Old Friends Jack Plotnick and Seth Rudetsky on Why Their Starry, Spoofy Disaster! is Like Summer Camp by Kathy Henderson

Growing up on Long Island, Seth Rudetsky developed a youthful obsession with disaster movies and a taste for 1970s pop hits like “Torn Between Two Lovers” and “Sky High.&rd…

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Sandra Mae Frank & Katie Boeck on Their Intense Connection as They Share the Role of Wendla in Spring Awakening by Kathy Henderson

Creating a character on stage is a very personal act of transformation, which makes the double casting of Spring Awakening so unusual. Sandra Mae Frank gives a blazing performance as Wendla …

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Wicked's Jonah Platt on Show Tunes in the Car, Advice from His Pitch Perfect Brother & Loving Fiyero by Kathy Henderson

Age: 28 Hometown: Los Angeles, CA Current Role: A Broadway debut in the megahit musical Wicked as Fiyero, the carefree prince who is transformed by his relationship with Elphaba. Stage an…

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Les Miserables Newbie Alex Finke on How Alfie Boe Makes Her Feel & the Challenges of Playing Cosette by Kathy Henderson

Age: 25 Hometown: Centerville, OH Current Role: A Broadway debut as Cosette, loyal adoptive daughter of Jean Valjean (Alfie Boe) and object of Marius’ affection, in Les Miserables. …

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Jasmine Cephas Jones on Learning from Philip Seymour Hoffman & Strutting Her Stuff in Hamilton by Kathy Henderson

Age: 26 Hometown: Brooklyn, NY Current Role(s): A dual Broadway debut in Hamilton as Peggy, the youngest of the beguiling Schuyler sisters, and Maria Reynolds, whose affair with the title …

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Catherine Walker on Her Soprano Idols, Crappy Jobs & Multi-Tasking in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder by Kathy Henderson

Age: "Young at heart." Hometown: Lancaster, PA Current Role: Phoebe D’Ysquith, the ladylike heiress who vies for the affection of murderous Monty Navarro in the Tony-w…

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Daveed Diggs on His Hebrew School Roots, Meeting Crazy Celebrities & Getting His Shot on Broadway in Hamilton by Kathy Henderson

Age: 33 Hometown: Oakland, CA Current Roles: A dynamic Broadway debut as French general Lafayette, “the Lancelot of the Revolutionary set,” and future U.S. president Thomas (&l…

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Gloria Star Ryan Spahn on the Strangeness of Offices & Why He's Not Marrying Michael Urie by Kathy Henderson

Age: 34 Hometown: Troy, MI Current Roles: An off-Broadway debut in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ dark comedy Gloria as Dean, an editorial assistant at a prominent magazine, whose ambitions…

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

An Act of God's Tim Kazurinsky on His Best Friend John Belushi & Why Jim Parsons Is Nicer Than the Lord by Kathy Henderson

Age: 65. “The fact that my crusty old kisser is considered a ‘fresh face’ is a minor miracle.” Hometown: Chicago, IL Current Role: A Broadway debut as Gabriel, the …

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Tony-Nominated The Audience Star Richard McCabe on Amusing Helen Mirren & Embracing His Evil Side by Kathy Henderson

Age: 54 Hometown: Born in Glasgow, Scotland; raised in London Current Role: A Tony-nominated Broadway debut in The Audience as British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, who enjoys bantering wi…

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