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Saturday, July 25, 2015

We Need This Show! 40 Fun Facts in Honor of the 40-Year Anniversary of A Chorus Line by Gemma Wilson

Forty years ago, A Chorus Line, the beloved downtown musical celebrating the lives of Broadway's hard-working dancers, made its way uptown to the spotlights and footlights of Broadw…

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Fabulous Fashion! Ranks the Top 10 Best-Dressed Stars at the 2015 Tony Awards by Gemma Wilson

Tonight's the night! The seats are filled and the lights are dimming at Radio City Music Hall, which can only mean that it's time for our favorite part of the Tony Awards: ranking th…

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Monday, May 25, 2015

What's Up, Kathy Fitzgerald? Wicked's Latest Madame Morrible Talks Elphaba Casting and Her New BFF Glinda by Gemma Wilson

Kathy Fitzgerald is used to blockbuster musicals, but there's something special about her current gig as the villainous Madame Morrible in the mega-hit Wicked: it thrills her 11-year-old dau…

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What's Up, Natasha Lyonne? The Blood From a Stone Star Opens Up on Surviving Her Own Career by Gemma Wilson

Natasha Lyonne's career path has been anything but straight and narrow. The indie film darling burst onto the scene in 1998's Slums of Beverly Hills, paid her mainstream dues in American Pie…

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Earnest's Dana Ivey on the Wonders of Wilde and Joining ‘The Greatest Club in the World' by Gemma Wilson

The lilting rhythms of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest may as well be Dana Ivey's mother tongue. The indomitable actress is tackling her fourth production of the play (one of h…

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Wicked's Etai BenShlomo on How Brando Led Him to Broadway by Gemma Wilson

Age and Hometown: 23. Coral Springs, Florida.Current role: Making his Broadway dubut as the lovelorn Boq in Broadway's Wicked. Movie Buff Fom Birth: Unlike many young Broadway stars, Etai (…

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Milk Train's Olympia Dukakis on Cher, Camera Fright and her Rose-Colored Career by Gemma Wilson

Olympia Dukakis may be best known for iconic film roles like Clairee in Steel Magnolias and her Oscar-winning turn as the sardonic Rose Castorini in Moonstruck, but she has certainly never g…

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What's Up, Jennifer Carpenter? The Gruesome Playground Injuries Star on Not Having a Backup Plan by Gemma Wilson

It's been almost nine years since Kentucky-bred, Juilliard-trained Jennifer Carpenter made her Broadway debut in The Crucible alongside Liam Neeson and Laura Linney. She's been in Hollywood …

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Merchant's Heather Lind on Papa Pacino and Playing Good Girls by Gemma Wilson

Age and Hometown: 27, Guilderland, NY.Current role: Making her Broadway debut as Shylock's lovestruck daughter Jessica in The Merchant of Venice.Double the Fun: While Lind was premiering in …

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Teal Wicks, Wicked's Newest Elphaba, Talks Rent, Idina and Her Tenacious ‘Twickies' by Gemma Wilson

On February 1, sunny Sacramento native Teal Wicks made her Broadway debut belting out some of the Great White Way's biggest notes as Wicked's latest Elphaba. Wicks, who has played the green …

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They Can Act, But Can They Bowl? Bobby Cannavale, Jesse L. Martin and More Roll One for Second Stage by Gemma Wilson

There's no doubt that Broadway stars are immensely talented people, but their confidence dips when it comes to one thing: bowling. "I'm not a good bowler, I've never been a good bowler, I wi…

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Earnest Ingenue Sara Topham on the Generosity of Gavin Creel and Getting to Know All About Julie Andrews by Gemma Wilson

Age and hometown: 34, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.Current role: Flouncing into her Broadway debut as the fickle Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest.The Kindness of Strangers:…

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Joey Curatolo on Fulfilling his Fab Four Fate as Paul McCartney in Rain by Gemma Wilson

Age and hometown: "Late 40s." Brooklyn, NYCurrent role: Charming three generations of Beatles fans in a Broadway debut performance as Paul McCartney in Rain.No Place Like Home: For those who…

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Brian Cox on His Championship Co-Stars, Hollywood Hits and Oscar Host James Franco by Gemma Wilson

In an acting career spanning nearly 50 years, Brian Cox has taken on everything from stage classics like King Lear to tiny independent films to blockbusters like Braveheart and The Bourne Id…

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The ‘Reviews' Are In! Kathy Griffin Peddles Her Broadway Tony Bid by Gemma Wilson

Broadway-bound comedienne Kathy Griffin rolled up her sleeves on March 8 and started shilling in front the Belasco Theatre, papering the street with "reviews" of her solo show Kathy Griffin …

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Championship Season Star Jim Gaffigan Spills a Boozy Stage Secret: 'We Gargle with Jameson' by Gemma Wilson

From the moment the all-male cast of That Championship Season sets foot on the stage of the Jacobs Theatre, one thing is very clear: These guys are a team. Kiefer Sutherland, Chris Noth, Jas…

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Track the Evolution of Epic Love Story Doctor Zhivago, From Banned Book to Broadway Musical by Gemma Wilson

Just when things are finally thawing out in New York City, an icy blast from Russia is blowing onto Broadway courtesy of Doctor Zhivago! Tony winner Des McAnuff directs the world premiere mu…

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Straight on ‘Til Broadway! How Finding Neverland Flew From the Big Screen to the Great White Way by Gemma Wilson

Since J.M. Barrie published Peter Pan in the early 20th century, the boy who never grew up has flown through the imagination of generations of children, along with visions of the Darling chi…

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

History Lesson! Trace the Timeline of Juicy Drama Wolf Hall From 15th Century England to Broadway by Gemma Wilson

For hundreds of years, Thomas Cromwell was a villainous footnote in the spectacular story of Henry VIII, until Hilary Mantel turned a spotlight on the humble lawyer-turned-royal right hand a…

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Start a Revolution! Trace the Evolution of Wendy Wasserstein's Groundbreaking Play The Heidi Chronicles by Gemma Wilson

When Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles opened on Broadway in 1989, it was nothing short of revolutionary. The play tracks 20 years in the life of art historian Heidi Holland, from…

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Let's Start at the Very Beginning! 50 Fun Facts About The Sound of Music on the Film's 50th Anniversary by Gemma Wilson

Can you believe that the hills have been alive with The Sound of Music for 50 years? It's been five decades since the beloved film version of the musical, starring Julie Andrews as an Au…

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Nine Weird Things We Learned About Fish in the Dark Scribe & Star Larry David by Gemma Wilson

Larry David, everyone's favorite professional curmudgeon, has plenty of experience with the small screen. As the co-creator and head writer of Seinfeld (and the voice of George Steinbren…

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Nine Wonderfully Weird Things We Learned About Fish in the Dark Scribe & Star Larry David by Gemma Wilson

Larry David, everyone's favorite professional curmudgeon, has plenty of experience with the small screen. As the co-creator and head writer of Seinfeld (and the voice of George Steinbren…

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Valentine's Day Picks! The Best Broadway Shows to Take Your Kinky One-Night Stand, Office Crush & More by Gemma Wilson

Ah, Valentine's Day. The most magical, romantic, chocolate-and-flower-filled day of the year is almost upon us. And by magical and romantic, we mean insanely stressful and totally overwh…

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Closing Time! Don't Miss These Eight Fabulous Broadway Shows Taking Their Final Bows Soon by Gemma Wilson

January may be all about "out with the old, in with the new," but we're still seriously sad to see a wonderful bunch of Broadway shows go! You only have a few more weeks to cat…

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cocktails, Accordions & Shared DNA: Chart the History of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance by Gemma Wilson

Edward Albee turned the drawing room comedies and dramas of the 1950s upside-down with his brilliantly brutal works, including the blistering one-act The Zoo Story and his game-changing barn…

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Stalking a Great Story: Five More This American Life Tales We Want to See on Stage by Gemma Wilson

Good theater boils down to one thing: a great story, told well. Since 1995, nerd heartthrob Ira Glass and his team have been unearthing compelling stories from around the country for the ube…

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

This Week's Picks! Party with Patti LuPone, Get Classy with Kristin Chenoweth & a Big Reveal from Jonathan Groff by Gemma Wilson

The insanity of spring's flurry of Broadway opening nights is behind us, which can only mean one thing: it's almost time for the insanity of Tony Awards season! Don't worry, ther…

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cabaret Undressed! The Real-Life Stories Behind the Gritty, Glittering Broadway Hit by Gemma Wilson

Willkommen back to Broadway, Cabaret! The classic Kander and Ebb musical has arrived for a return engagement on the Great White Way, with Alan Cumming reprising his Tony-winning performance …

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Follow The Cripple of Inishmaan’s Journey From Rural Ireland to Broadway, Starring Daniel Radcliffe by Gemma Wilson

On the surface, Irish playwright Martin McDonagh and British stage and screen star Daniel Radcliffe aren't the most likely pair. After all, McDonagh was the enfant terrible of the Britis…

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Behind the Curtain of Act One! Chart Theater Legend Moss Hart’s Extraordinary Journey to Broadway by Gemma Wilson

Get ready for a little Broadway on Broadway! Act One is based on the autobiography of famed playwright, director and storyteller Moss Hart, which chronicles his astonishing rise from poverty…

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