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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

London Evita Star Emma Hatton on What Eva Peron Would Do If She Met Wicked's Elphaba & More by Matt Wolf

Emma Hatton has staked out a formidable name for herself playing two iconic roles, Elphaba in Wicked and Eva Peron in Evita. The second part has this summer earned her rave re…

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

London Star Ashley Day on Reclaiming His Dancing Roots in An American in Paris in the West End by Matt Wolf

Ashley Day has appeared in Evita, Mary Poppins, and as Elder Price in The Book of Mormon in the West End. Now, the English musical theater triple-threat has danced his way int…

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London Theater Reviews: A ‘Night Music’ of Heightened Harmony, and Pub Theaters That Put Actors First by Matt Wolf

The staging of the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical not only sounds different from most revivals but also looks startlingly fresh.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

West End Star Stuart Neal on His Dancing Feet in 42nd Street & More by Matt Wolf

Stuart Neal has appeared on the West End in La Cage aux Folles, the Michael Grandage-directed Evita and alongside Dame Judi Dench in The Winter’s Tale, co-starring Kenneth Branagh, amo…

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

A London Musical With Energy to Burn, and Two Without It by Matt Wolf

"Bat Out of Hell" does justice to the Meat Loaf songs that make up its score. "The Wind in the Willows" and "Yank! A World War II Love Story" pale beside it.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Romola Garai on the the Powerful Lead Women at the Center of Queen Anne: 'A Change in Circumstance Can Eat Away at a Friendship' by Matt Wolf

Romola Garai found film renown early on in movies like Atonement and I Capture the Castle but returns often to the stage. In 2014, she appeared off-Broadway to transfixin…

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Monday, July 24, 2017

I Loved Lucy Star Matthew Scott on Booking His London Debut at the Broadway Stage Door & Discovering Lucille Ball on Nick at Nite by Matt Wolf

Matthew Scott has appeared on Broadway in such shows as Sondheim on Sondheim and as Adam in An American in Paris and is now marking his first-ever trip to London with his…

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

New West End Aladdin Star Matthew Croke on Flying High, His Wicked Past & Bare Chest Buzz by Matt Wolf

Matthew Croke started the summer by fulfilling any performer’s dreams: graduating from a career spent largely in supporting and understudy assignments to playing a bona fide star part …

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Monday, July 17, 2017

London Theater Reviews: Birth Pangs, Royal and Otherwise by Matt Wolf

Surrogacy brings challenges, a childless queen is upstaged by her dearest friend, and two writers vie for supremacy — all on London stages this summer.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

West End Mamma Mia! Star Sara Poyzer on Stealing from Meryl Streep and Bringing ABBA to the World by Matt Wolf

Sara Poyzer didn’t graduate from drama school until she was 27, but in the two decades since has established herself as an invaluable company member of several long-running musicals. S…

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Review: In ‘Ink,’ a Media Mogul Is Born — Rupert Murdoch by Matt Wolf

James Graham’s play focuses on Mr. Murdoch as a news baron in the making; and “Anatomy of a Suicide” is a shimmeringly powerful puzzle play.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

F. Murray Abraham on Returning to the West End in The Mentor, His Homeland Fame & Why He'll Never Retire by Matt Wolf

It’s been more than 30 years since F. Murray Abraham won the Oscar for his indelible screen performance as Salieri in Amadeus, since which time he has appeared regularly on s…

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Laura Donnelly on Starring in London's The Ferryman and the 'Hell' of Working with Hugh Jackman by Matt Wolf

Laura Donnelly appeared in London and on Broadway in Jez Butterworth’s intimate tease of a play The River and is now at the Gielgud Theatre in the West End in Butterworth&rsq…

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Andrew Polec on Headlining Jim Steinman's Rocktacular Bat Out of Hell in London by Matt Wolf

Shows don’t get much more “rocktacular,” or so one assumes, than Bat Out of Hell – The Musical, the vaunted Jim Steinman hymn to youthful passion whose stag…

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London Theater Reviews: Sharing Joy and Sacrifice from the Barber Shop Chair by Matt Wolf

As the cast of “Barber Shop Chronicles” gets a (simulated) trim and shave, the audience shares in the genuine, if sorrow-inflected, buoyancy of the piece.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Two-Time Tony Nominee Eve Best on Starring in Love in Idleness in London & Why Kevin Spacey Should 'Permanently' Host the Tony Awards by Matt Wolf

Two-time Tony nominee and onetime Nurse Jackie TV name Eve Best has returned to the London stage to give among the season’s most scintillating star turns in Love in Idle…

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Monday, June 5, 2017

London's School of Rock Star Gary Trainor on Andrew Lloyd Webber's Rockin' Roots & Why He Eats a Lot of Pasta by Matt Wolf

Gary Trainor has been with the West End company of School of Rock since it opened, initially as the alternate to leading man David Fynn in the mega-voltage part of rock ‘n&rs…

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Friday, June 2, 2017

London Theater Reviews: Ripping Up the Rule Book in ‘An Octoroon,’ and Making a Patchwork of ‘Woyzeck’ by Matt Wolf

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s “An Octoroon” reaches London and offers a mixture of disbelief and awe, while John Boyega steps into a troubled role of a German soldier.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Dawn Sievewright on Rocking Out in the Olivier-Winning Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour & More by Matt Wolf

Scottish actress Dawn Sievewright made her West End debut in 2010 in Legally Blonde and is now starring as the blowsy, take-no-prisoners Fionnula at the Duke of York’s Theatr…

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

James McArdle on Being the 'Baby' in London's Angels in America and Working with Andrew Garfield & Nathan Lane by Matt Wolf

James McArdle has been gradually hitting the big-time ever since the he co-starred first on the West End in Chariots of Fire, then at the National Theatre in both The James Plays&n…

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

James McArdle on Being the 'Baby' in London's Angels in America and What He Loves About Working with Andrew Garfield & Nathan Lane by Matt Wolf

James McArdle has been gradually hitting the big-time ever since the he co-starred first on the West End in Chariots of Fire, then at the National Theatre in both The James Plays&n…

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Friday, May 19, 2017

London Theater Reviews: Once Cryptic, ‘The Treatment’ Now Proves Trenchantly Funny by Matt Wolf

A London revival makes a strong case for Martin Crimp’s play, while versions of “Arturo Ui” and “Salomé” fall short.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Amber Riley on Finding Her Inner Beltress, Losing the Constraints of Glee & Broadway Plans for London's Dreamgirls by Matt Wolf

Onetime Glee star Amber Riley has caused a sensation in her first major theatrical role, winning this year's musical actress Olivier Award for her performance as Effie White in…

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Sophie Okonedo on Throwing Props, Why Damian Lewis Is a 'Titan' & the Humor and Tragedy of Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? by Matt Wolf

British actress and 2005 Oscar nominee Sophie Okonedo has cut a major swath through Broadway in recent years, winning a 2014 Tony for A Raisin in the Sun and a nomination last year…

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Giving ‘The Philanthropist’ an Infusion of Youth by Matt Wolf

Two premieres in London put foreboding at center stage.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

West End Star Craige Els on His Long Run in Matilda and the Idea of a Trunchbull Fitness Video by Matt Wolf

Craige Els has appeared at the National and Chichester Festival Theatres as well as in the West End in the musicals Spamalot and Never Forget and is currently enjoying an…

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Monday, April 24, 2017

London Theater Reviews: Adultery With a Difference on the London Stage by Matt Wolf

Portraying marriages under siege, Nina Raine’s blistering “Consent” and Edward Albee’s “The Goat” aim to shake up audiences.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Duncan Sheik on London's Whisper House, Being Pissed Off About American Psycho & a Spring Awakening Movie by Matt Wolf

Tony-winning Spring Awakening composer Duncan Sheik is no stranger to opening shows in London before New York. That was the path taken in 2013 by American Psycho, which had its world pr…

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead's Joshua McGuire on 'Spiraling Around' Co-Star Daniel Radcliffe & the Idea of Trading London for L.A. by Matt Wolf

Joshua McGuire has lit up the London stage in plays ranging from James Graham’s Privacy to Laura Wade’s Posh, but the 29-year-old actor is currently sharing marquee billing with …

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Tony Winner Lillias White on Revisiting The Life, Advice for Effies in Dreamgirls & Making Her London Stage Debut in This Joint is Jumpin’ by Matt Wolf

It has been 20 years since Broadway powerhouse Lillias White won a Tony Award for her performance as the seen-it-all hooker Sonja in The Life and now here she is in London, frontli…

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Masters of Seduction, Pumped-Up and Multiplied in London by Matt Wolf

Patrick Marber directs his own “Don Juan in Soho”; Dorothea Myer-Bennett brings grace and gravitas to “The Lottery of Love”; and “The Kid Stays in the Picture” has a too-brief ru…

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