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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Citizens of Mockingbird: Jeff Daniels on Becoming Atticus Finch, the Iconic Hero Without a Cape by Paul Wontorek

In adapting Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird for the stage, award-winning scribe Aaron Sorkin looked at the iconic characters of the recently named "best-loved" American novel with fre…

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Citizens of Mockingbird: Gideon Glick on Unlocking the 'Ebullient Joy' in Dill by Paul Wontorek

In adapting Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird for the stage, award-winning scribe Aaron Sorkin looked at the iconic characters of the recently named "best-loved" American novel with fre…

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Citizens of Mockingbird: LaTanya Richardson Jackson on Revealing the Heart and Purpose of Calpurnia by Paul Wontorek

In adapting Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird for the stage, award-winning scribe Aaron Sorkin looked at the iconic characters of the recently named "best-loved" American novel with fre…

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Citizens of Mockingbird: Will Pullen on Playing the 'Last Bit of Sunlight of Boyhood' as Jem Finch by Paul Wontorek

In adapting Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird for the stage, award-winning scribe Aaron Sorkin looked at the iconic characters of the recently named "best-loved" American novel with fre…

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Citizens of Mockingbird: Dakin Matthews on the Good Old Boy Who Rules Over the Courtroom with Wisdom and Wit by Paul Wontorek

In adapting Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird for the stage, award-winning scribe Aaron Sorkin looked at the iconic characters of the recently named "best-loved" American novel with fre…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Citizens of Mockingbird: Gbenga Akinnagbe on Finding the Light in Playing Tom Robinson by Paul Wontorek

In adapting Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird for the stage, award-winning scribe Aaron Sorkin looked at the iconic characters of the recently named "best-loved" American novel with fre…

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Citizens of Mockingbird: Celia Keenan-Bolger on the Magic and Morality of Playing Scout Finch by Paul Wontorek

In adapting Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird for the stage, award-winning scribe Aaron Sorkin looked at the iconic characters of the recently named "best-loved" American novel with fre…

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Corbin Bleu and Stephanie Styles on Tapping, Flirting and Falling in Love in Kiss Me, Kate by Paul Wontorek

With its brassy songs, high-energy hoofing, outrageous plot and unabashed love of all things show, no classic musical screams “Broadway musical comedy” like Kiss Me, Kate. A fun tonic f…

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Hamilton’s Carvens Lissaint Takes Aim with His New Book of Poetry and Shares His Story of Rising Up by Paul Wontorek

"Young, scrappy and hungry" are the adjectives Lin-Manuel Miranda memorably uses to describe Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton, but he could have just as well been talking about the teenage yea…

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Prom’s Wayne ‘Juice’ Mackins on the Origin of His Nickname and the Best Part of His Day by Paul Wontorek

Wayne "Juice" MackinsWayne “Juice” Mackins burst onto the Broadway scene last fall as part of the spirited ensemble of the musical comedy The Prom. He plays a high schooler onstage and i…

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Spring Preview: Finding the Power in the Pioneer Women of Oklahoma! by Paul Wontorek

Oklahoma! is back, 76 years after its Broadway premiere, in a bold new staging by director Daniel Fish that is ready to make audiences hear its songs—and the stories of its iconic characte…

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Spring Preview: No Hate in Kiss Me, Kate for Kelli O'Hara and Will Chase by Paul Wontorek

Tony winner Kelli O'Hara and her Tony-nominated friend and co-star Will Chase have been testing out their chemistry for a big Broadway musical like Kiss Me, Kate! for a dozen years now. Fi…

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Anastasia Vet Lyrica Woodruff on Her Journey from Bunhead to Broadway Breakout by Paul Wontorek

Lyrica WoodruffLyrica Woodruff likes to joke that she was born at the ballet, as her mother took her directly from the hospital to pick up her sister from class days after birth. On the newe…

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Gotta Dance: Get to Know Head-Turning My Fair Lady Standout Steven Trumon Gray by Paul Wontorek

Steven Trumon Gray We’ve rebooted our popular series Gotta Dance, turning a well-deserved spotlight on the best and brightest dancers on the Broadway stage. This time out, meet Steve…

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Darren Criss Marries Longtime Girlfriend Mia Swier in New Orleans by Paul Wontorek

Darren Criss is married! The Broadway and TV favorite said “I do” to longtime girlfriend Mia Swier at a New Orleans ceremony on February 16, according to People. After finding s…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day from the Stars of Pretty Woman! See Their Hot Tips, Celeb Crushes, Pickup Lines & More by Paul Wontorek

Witches and wizards may reign supreme, but proof that Broadway is still for lovers can be found every night at the Nederlander Theatre, where Pretty Woman has become a favorite for audiences…

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Gypsy Movie Back in Motion, with Mrs. Maisel Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino In Talks to Direct by Paul Wontorek

Could everything be coming up roses again for a new big-screen adaptation of Gypsy? According to Deadline, TV queen Amy Sherman-Palladino (The Gilmore Girls, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) is in…

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Friday, February 1, 2019

25 Years of Firsts with Chad Beguelin and Matthew Sklar, the Songwriters Behind The Prom by Paul Wontorek

Chad Beguelin and Matthew Sklar (Photo by Caitlin McNaney) “I think we’ve fought maybe twice,” librettist/lyricist Chad Beguelin says, looking at his writing partner of 2…

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Here, Queer and Singing Out on Broadway: Tarell Alvin McCraney and Jeremy Pope Talk Choir Boy by Paul Wontorek

With rousing gospel songs and a talented cast of newcomers, the acclaimed new play Choir Boy tells of the students in a prep school struggling with the institution’s deep roots in trad…

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Exclusive! Daphne Rubin-Vega on Reuniting with Original Rent Stars and How the Telecast Was Like Black Mirror by Paul Wontorek

Idina Menzel shared this brunch photo with co-stars Aiko Nakasone, Anthony Rapp, Jesse L. Martin, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Adam Pascal, Rodney Hicks, Wilson Jermaine Heredia & Timothy Britten …

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Nonstop! Lin-Manuel Miranda on Mary Poppins Returns, Fosse/Verdon, The Little Mermaid, Tick, Tick...BOOM! and More by Paul Wontorek

Lin-Manuel Miranda is having a moment. To be fair, the likable Broadway multi-hyphenate has been having a lot of moments since first bursting on the entertainment scene as the star and write…

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Zazz Queen Angie Schworer Steps Into the Spotlight in The Prom by Paul Wontorek

Angie Schworer & Caitlin Kinnunen in "The Prom" (Photo by Deen Van Meer) “I get to do everything that I do. A little dance, a little acting, a little singing, a little …

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

The Phantom of the Opera Star Ben Crawford on Finding His Dark Side and Freaking Out His Daughter by Paul Wontorek

A devilishly handsome leading man with a killer voice, Ben Crawford has primarily shone on Broadway over the last decade in comedic roles—most notably charming audiences under a pile o…

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Tony Winner Kelli O'Hara on Why Her Broadway Turn in Kiss Me, Kate Will Be Good For Her Soul by Paul Wontorek

Over two decades on the stage, Kelli O’Hara has built a formidable career, and is one of the leading musical stars of her generation. And after six (!) nominations, the legit powerhous…

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Paula Wayne, Golden-Voiced Broadway Star of Golden Boy, Dead at 84 by Paul Wontorek

Paula Wayne, the golden-voiced leading lady of Broadway’s Golden Boy, died on November 9 at her South Florida home. She was 84 and had battled pancreatic cancer in recent years. Raise…

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The Nap and Transparent Standout Alexandra Billings on the Miracle of Broadway, Why Judith Light Is a Superhero and More by Paul Wontorek

As the stories of transgender life have stepped out of the shadows in recent years, the formidable talents of Alexandra Billings have demanded a brighter spotlight. As the 56-year-old favori…

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Karen Olivo on Going from Moulin Rouge! to Fun Home: ‘Comfortable Shoes and One Costume Is Quite a Gift!' by Paul Wontorek

In just two months, Karen Olivo went from the high-glamour world of courtesan Satine in the smashing Boston run of the Broadway-bound Moulin Rouge! The Musical to the quieter life of cartoon…

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Friday, October 26, 2018

After Record-Breaking Run, Huey Lewis Musical The Heart of Rock & Roll Is Still Beating, and Looking to Broadway by Paul Wontorek

Although it wrapped up a record-breaking run at the Old Globe Theatre on October 21, The Heart of Rock & Roll is definitely still beating. Chart-topper Huey Lewis, and show conceiver/pro…

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Everybody Cut, Everybody Cut! Jeremy Kushnier & Jennifer Laura Thompson Reunite 20 Years After Footloose by Paul Wontorek

Twenty years ago, they were the hottest thing in denim. When Jeremy Kushnier and Jennifer Laura Thompson took to the stage of the Richard Rodgers Theatre on opening night of Footloose on Oct…

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Let's Do This, Bitches! Broadway's Stephanie J. Block on Rising Up as Cher in The Cher Show by Paul Wontorek

The fall theater scene is kicking into high gear with an exciting crop of plays, revivals and new musicals hitting the stage. The Broadway.com 2018 Fall Preview highlights the stars and show…

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

SJB Fall Preview by Paul Wontorek

Intro. Is starring as Cher, one of the greatest stars of all, in The Cher Show making you feel like a star? You know what? Yes! I never knew I wanted to be a pop goddess until I was a pop g…

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