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Friday, May 24, 2024

Corey Stoll (‘Appropriate’) uses the ‘power of stillness’ to embody a ‘classic middle child’ [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

Corey Stoll leapt at the chance to work with director Lila Neugebauer on “Appropriate,” but admits that he wasn’t sold on his character Bo initially. “I think I was still judging the…

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Friday, May 17, 2024

2024 Drama League Award winners announced: Sarah Paulson (‘Appropriate’) claims the Distinguished Performance Award [Full List] by Sam Eckmann

The Drama League Awards unveiled their slate of winners at an in-person ceremony on Friday, May 17. The event was hosted by Frank DiLella at the Ziegfeld Ballroom, where attendees toasted th…

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Amber Iman (‘Lempicka’) on crafting a ‘vividly’ drawn character from ‘two pieces of information’ [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“It’s shock, disbelief, excitement, you want to throw up, and happiness,” exclaims Amber Iman as she recounts the emotions she felt after learning that she earned her first ever Tony n…

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Celia Keenan-Bolger (‘Mother Play’) on embodying Paula Vogel in one of ‘the most powerful’ scenes of her career [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

Celia Keenan-Bolger received her fifth Tony nomination for “Mother Play,” but beyond her own recognition, she is most excited that she gets to navigate awards season alongside her nomina…

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer (‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’) on ‘crowd surfing’ her way through ad libs and high notes [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

Twenty years since making her Broadway debut in “Hairspray,” Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer is finally a Tony nominee. “I just screamed,” admits the actress as she recalls seeing her name …

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Jim Parsons (‘Mother Play’) on the ‘elation’ of his 1st Tony nomination and ‘generosity’ of Paula Vogel [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“It was a certain sense of elation,” reveals Jim Parsons when recounting the emotions around his first Tony nomination. The actor scored this recognition for his performance in “Mother…

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

2024 Dorian Theater Awards nominations announced: LGBTQ journalists champion ‘Merrily We Roll Along,’ ‘Stereophonic,’ ‘Oh, Mary!’ by Sam Eckmann

GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics unveiled nominations for their 2nd annual Dorian Theater Awards on Monday, March 13. GALECA’s 39-member theater wing decided this season�…

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Monday, May 6, 2024

2024 Lucille Lortel Awards winners: Kecia Lewis and Eli Gelb scoop up victories ahead of Tony Awards by Sam Eckmann

Winners of the 2024 Lucille Lortel Awards, honoring outstanding achievements in Off-Broadway theater, were announced on Sunday, May 5, in a ceremony at NYU Skirball. The show was hosted by R…

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Sunday, April 28, 2024

Hey Tony Awards nominators! Don’t forget these 10 deserving contenders [WATCH] by Sam Eckmann

The 2023-2024 Broadway season has been positively packed with an abundance of talent as dozens of new productions danced across New York City stages. The nominating committee for the Tony Aw…

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Friday, April 26, 2024

2024 Tony Awards eligibility rulings (round 3): ‘Uncle Vanya’ stars Steve Carell and William Jackson Harper face off as leads, ‘Mary Jane’ con by Sam Eckmann

The Tony Awards Administration Committee met for the fourth and final time during the 2023-2024 Broadway season on April 26, to discuss eligibility of 12 productions for the 77th Annual Tony…

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

2024 Outer Critics Circle nominations: ‘Stereophonic’ and ‘Suffs’ receive an end-season boost by Sam Eckmann

Nominations for the 2024 Outer Critics Circle Awards were announced on Tuesday, April 23. The stars of the hit Broadway revival of “Merrily We Roll Along,” Jonathan Groff, Lindsay Mendez…

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Anika Noni Rose (‘Uncle Vanya’) on breaking the 4th wall and learning how to ‘crack open’ the truth within Chekhov [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“I’m always waiting for something different, a different and new challenge,” reveals Anika Noni Rose. A worthy challenge arose in the form of Anton Chekhov, and the latest Broadway rev…

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Matt Gould (‘Lempicka’) on depicting the tension between ‘machine-made sound’ and ‘human’ qualities within his score [Exclusive Video Inte by Sam Eckmann

It only took one look at a painting for Matt Gould to know he wanted to write the musical “Lempicka,” about the titular artist Tamara de Lempicka. “It’s usually a really fast, viscer…

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Jeremy Jordan (‘The Great Gatsby’) on the ‘romanticism’ and ‘mania’ of the classic literary figure [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“I really wanted to discover what wasn’t there,” explains Jeremy Jordan when asked about his portrayal of the titular figure in “The Great Gatsby.” The actor is embodying the enigm…

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Monday, April 22, 2024

2024 Drama League Award nominations: 54 contenders for Distinguished Performance by Sam Eckmann

The nominees for the 2024 Drama League Awards were announced April 22, 2024, by Vanessa Williams and past Drama League winner Bebe Neuwirth. Winners will be announced during the 90th Annual …

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Sunday, April 21, 2024

Camille A. Brown (‘Hell’s Kitchen’ choreographer) brings ‘spirit’ of new Alicia Keys song ‘Kaleidoscope’ to life [Exclusive Video Interv by Sam Eckmann

“It’s not just about setting time and space, but it’s also about the dancers being time and being space,” explains Camille A. Brown of her work on “Hell’s Kitchen.” The choreog…

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Lindsay Mendez (‘Merrily We Roll Along’) on how the ‘spark’ between co-stars helps deliver a ‘universal’ story about friendship [Exclusive by Sam Eckmann

“It’s so complicated, but I think it’s so universal to all of us who’ve grown up,” says Lindsay Mendez on the central friendships in “Merrily We Roll Along.” The current Broadw…

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Grace McLean (‘Suffs’) enjoys in ‘dissonance’ of portraying the patriarchy of Woodrow Wilson in a woman’s body [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“I try to think about what it would be like to just walk through the world with blissful confidence,” explains Grace McLean when describing her portrayal of president Woodrow Wilson in �…

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Grant Gustin (‘Water for Elephants’) learns to ‘follow the momentum’ within a ‘marathon’ of singing and circus [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“My dream had always been to originate something and it’s really fun to just kind of make it my own,” says Grant Gustin of starring in a Broadway musical. That aspiration is now a real…

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Friday, April 19, 2024

2024 Tony Awards eligibility rulings (round 2): ‘Appropriate’ is officially a revival, ‘The Notebook’ actors split up by Sam Eckmann

The Tony Awards Administration Committee met for the third time during the 2023-2024 Broadway season on April 19, to discuss eligibility of 8 productions for the 77th Annual Tony Awards in 2…

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Nichelle Lewis (‘The Wiz’) on processing loss in order to feel ‘Home’ on Broadway [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“I think it’s just about discovering yourself and knowing that who you are is enough,” says Nichelle Lewis when summing up the major themes in “The Wiz.” The actress is making her …

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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Schele Williams (‘The Notebook’ and ‘The Wiz’) makes her historic Broadway directorial debut by telling stories ‘with authenticity and integ by Sam Eckmann

“I’ve been directing for 20 years, and to finally have this moment happen is just extraordinary,” confesses Schele Williams. While she has previously appeared on Broadway as an actor, …

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Betsy Aidem (‘Prayer for the French Republic’) on Marcelle’s impossible choice: ‘I had nowhere to go but everywhere’ [Exclusive Video Interv by Sam Eckmann

During a pivotal moment in Joshua Harmon’s “Prayer for the French Republic,” Betsy Aidem desperately asks where she can take her family “to feel safe.” The question reverberates th…

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Chip Zien (‘Harmony’) explores guilt and history in ‘the role of a lifetime’ [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“It’s the role of a lifetime,” exclaims Chip Zien in reference to his character Rabbi in “Harmony.” The actor’s agents were initially hesitant to send him the script for the Barr…

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Monday, April 15, 2024

Eden Espinosa (‘Lempicka’) returns to Broadway after a 16 year absence in a ‘gift’ of a role that uses ‘every part’ of her range [Exclusiv by Sam Eckmann

It has been 16 years since Eden Espinosa graced a Broadway stage. After showcasing her powerhouse vocals in “Wicked,” “Brooklyn,” and the final cast of “Rent,” the actress took t…

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Friday, April 12, 2024

Carson Kreitzer (‘Lempicka’) on capturing the famed painter through lyrics: ‘My language has always wanted to ride with music’ [Exclusive Vide by Sam Eckmann

“I often write about women who were ahead of their time and paid a great price for pushing the boundaries of what women were allowed to do,” explains Carson Kreitzer. The writer contribu…

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Thursday, April 11, 2024

Andrew Samonsky (‘Lempicka’) finds the complicated ‘truth’ of a ‘man stuck in time’ [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

The Broadway musical “Lempicka” will undoubtedly mark many audience members’ introduction to the personal life of Tamara De Lempicka. While wealth of information exists about the titul…

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Natalie Gold (‘Appropriate’) on growing comfortable enough to ‘eviscerate’ Sarah Paulson every night [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“I think all great dramas are based in dysfunctional families,” confesses Natalie Gold. “Maybe there’s a part of us that are relieved that we get to watch it instead of that being ou…

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Monday, April 8, 2024

Jocelyn Bioh (‘Jaja’s African Hair Braiding’ playwright) explores the power ‘community and sisterhood’ in a Harlem salon [Exclusive Video In by Sam Eckmann

“Character is kind of where I start from,” explains Jocelyn Bioh, “I feel like all of my work is character driven narratives.” She made her Broadway debut as a playwright this season…

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Friday, April 5, 2024

Michael Esper (‘Appropriate’) on the ‘perfect storm’ of performing in an ‘insane highwire act of a play’ [Exclusive Video Interview] by Sam Eckmann

“It’s just a kind of perfect storm,” reveals Michael Esper of the new play “Appropriate.” Not only does the family drama provide the actor with juicy material to play, but it has p…

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Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri (‘Back to the Future: The Musical’) used their ‘entire arsenal of experience’ to bring the beloved film to Bro by Sam Eckmann

“As we investigated the story, the bones of the story itself, what we discovered was that it was ready made for the stage,” explains Glen Ballard of “Back to the Future: The Musical.�…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards