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Monday, March 12, 2018

Katharine McPhee Gets Set to Make a Smashing Broadway Debut in Waitress by Kathy Henderson

In the world of entertainment, there’s not much Katharine McPhee hasn’t done. Reality TV? She placed second on American Idol in 2006. Television dramas? After costarring in the cult hit …

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Children of a Lesser God Stars Lauren Ridloff and Joshua Jackson on Connection, Communication and Chemistry by Kathy Henderson

The spring theater season has officially begun, and a slew of highly anticipated musicals and plays, both brand-new and revisited, are set to bow.'s Spring Preview series ca…

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An A-List Ensemble Breaks New Ground in Revival of The Boys in the Band by Kathy Henderson

When The Boys in the Band debuted Off-Broadway in the spring of 1968, it caused a sensation as the first mainstream play centering on a group of gay men. With biting humor and no-holds-barre…

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Broadway’s New Home for Living American Playwrights by Kathy Henderson

Second Stage Theater’s road to Broadway began almost 40 years ago in a funky penthouse space atop the Park Royal Hotel on West 73rd Street. Led by cofounder and artistic director Carole Ro…

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Kenneth Lonergan on Lobby Hero’s Broadway Bow by Kathy Henderson

Kenneth Lonergan transforms the everyday lives of ordinary people into extraordinary art. His portrait of a grieving family in Manchester by the Sea earned the 2017 Academy Award for Best Or…

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tina Fey on Her Broadway Dreams and the Universal Appeal of Mean Girls by Kathy Henderson

Before Tina Fey created “30 Rock” and penned the best-selling memoir Bossypants, and before she earned one of her nine Emmy Awards for playing Sarah Palin on “Saturday Nigh…

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Classic Rock & Classical Masters Merge in the Broadway Bow of Rocktopia by Kathy Henderson

A night at the opera rarely resembles the floor-shaking roar of a rock concert. But Broadway veteran Rob Evan, a lover of both classical music and classic rock, had a vision in which masterw…

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Noah Galvin Steps Into Evan’s Iconic Blue Striped Polo by Kathy Henderson

The gorgeous hit musical Dear Evan Hansen — with music by Academy and Tony Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, and direction by four-time T…

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Twenty Years on Pride Rock: A Lion King Original Cast Member Reminisces by Kathy Henderson

In the summer of 1997, South African–born actress Lindiwe Dlamini was a new mom struggling to find work on the New York stage almost a decade after her Broadway debut in Sarafina. Her luck…

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Lion King and Broadway Direct Announce Lottery for 20th Anniversary by Kathy Henderson

In a birthday celebration fit for Pride Rock royalty, The Lion King will mark its 20th anniversary on Broadway with an extraordinary gift to the city of New York: a free performance on Wedne…

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Doctor Is In! Grammy Winner Jason Mraz Joins the Musical Waitress by Kathy Henderson

Jason Mraz is a singer with a deeply romantic streak, composing and performing hummable hits such as “I’m Yours,” “I Won’t Give Up,” and “Lucky.” Now the two-time Grammy Awar…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk Take a Transcendent Journey by Kathy Henderson

When an Egyptian police orchestra finds itself stranded in the Israeli desert after traveling to the wrong town, the newcomers’ presence sparks a night of unusual encounters and unexpected…

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Montego Glover on Getting Her Shot as Angelica Schuyler in Chicago's Hamilton by Kathy Henderson

Look around, look around, Chicago: A Tony-nominated powerhouse has landed in the Windy City, where she's assumed the role of Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton. Montego Glover is taking …

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Julie White on Shattering Glass Ceilings in A Doll’s House, Part 2, Unexpected Tony Award Perks & More by Kathy Henderson

Julie White brings an extra helping of humor and humanity to every role, even one as fierce and uncompromising as Nora Helmer in A Doll’s House, Part 2. Set 15 years after the heroine …

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Why Tony and Emmy Winner Lily Tomlin Insisted on Producing Her Own Broadway Play by Kathy Henderson

In this 1985 interview, Tomlin and her now-wife then-writer/co-producer Jane Wagner, talk about bringing The Search for Intelligent Signs of Life in the Universe to Broadway.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Anastasia's Mary Beth Peil & Miss Saigon's Eva Noblezada on the Best Part of Being Tony Nominees by Kathy Henderson

The youngest and eldest female Tony nominees of 2017 personify the season’s top trends: 21-year-old Best Actress hopeful Eva Noblezada is making a breakthrough debut as Kim in Miss Sai…

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Before Paula Vogel’s Indecent There Was How I Learned to Drive by Kathy Henderson

Paula Vogel’s 1998 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, starring Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse, painted a complex portrait of an abusive relationship.

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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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