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Watch Courtney Reed Transform Into Aladdin's Jasmine, the Disney Princess of Her Childhood Dreams

Watch Courtney Reed Transform Into Aladdin's Jasmine, the Disney Princess of Her Childhood Dreams

Broadway.com watch Courtney Reed turn into a Disney princess for her role in the hit Broadway adaptation of Aladdin.

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Character Study: See Sutton Foster Prepare to Get Vulnerable in Broadway's Violet

Character Study: See Sutton Foster Prepare to Get Vulnerable in Broadway's Violet

See why playing the title role in Broadway's Violet might be Sutton Foster's most vulnerable role to date.

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Character Study: Watch Andy Karl Prepare to Step In the Ring as Rocky Balboa Backstage at Rocky

Character Study: Watch Andy Karl Prepare to Step In the Ring as Rocky Balboa Backstage at Rocky

Watch Andy Karl go from New York stage star to Sylvester Stallone's iconic 'Italian Stallion' backstage at Rocky on Broadway.

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Character Study: Watch Hugh Panaro Transform Into Erik aka The Phantom of the Opera

Character Study: Watch Hugh Panaro Transform Into Erik aka The Phantom of the Opera

Broadway.com brings back its popular Character Study series by spending some private time with Hugh Panaro, Broadway's Phantom of the Opera!

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See Judy McLane Prepare for 'Playtime' as Disco-Dancing Mama Donna in Mamma Mia!

See Judy McLane Prepare for 'Playtime' as Disco-Dancing Mama Donna in Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia! star Judy McLane says she has a lot in common with her onstage alter ego, independent, fun-loving Donna Sheridan. Broadway.com documented McLane's pre-show routine, complete with yoga moves, angel cards and more.

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Andile Gumbi on the ‘Pride’ and ‘Blessing’ of Playing Simba, The Lion King's Title Character

Andile Gumbi on the ‘Pride’ and ‘Blessing’ of Playing Simba, The Lion King's Title Character

In the final Lion King character study video, South African actor Andile Gumbi brings us behind the scenes as he transforms into the “energetic” Simba. Find out what similarities Prince Simba has to an African warrior.

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The Lion King’s Tshidi Manye Shares Rafiki’s Otherworldly Abilities and the Connection to Her Culture

 The Lion King’s Tshidi Manye Shares Rafiki’s Otherworldly Abilities and the Connection to Her Culture

As the shaman Rafiki, Tshidi Manye kicks off The Lion King with the signature song “Circle of Life.” Hear how the South African actress prepares before each show and how the role is a connection to her culture.

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Chantel Riley Takes Pride in Her Transformation into Nala, the ‘Very Fierce’ Lion King Princess

Chantel Riley Takes Pride in Her Transformation into Nala, the ‘Very Fierce’ Lion King Princess

Chantel Riley has dreamed of playing Nala since she first saw The Lion King movie. Now, she embraces her Broadway transformation into the "strong and powerful" lioness. See the history behind her makeup and how the role helped her grow.

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See Patrick R. Brown Transform into Scar, The Lion King’s ‘Larger Than Life’ Villain

See Patrick R. Brown Transform into Scar, The Lion King’s ‘Larger Than Life’ Villain

The Lion King Character Study series kicks off with Patrick R. Brown. Watch how he describes Scar’s evil actions, and how his costume and makeup design work to make Scar sharp and unlovable.

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Watch Rob McClure’s Cane-Swinging, Tightrope-Walking Chaplin Metamorphosis

Watch Rob McClure’s Cane-Swinging, Tightrope-Walking Chaplin Metamorphosis

Eight shows a week, Chaplin star Rob McClure transforms into the Little Tramp at the Barrymore Theatre. Broadway.com went to his dressing room to find out why “there’s nothing more rewarding” than portraying the legendary icon.

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See Nice Work Star Judy Kaye’s Regal Transformation Into Estonia Dulworth, the Duchess of Woodford

See Nice Work Star Judy Kaye’s Regal Transformation Into Estonia Dulworth, the Duchess of Woodford

Judy Kaye earned her second Tony Award for her portrayal of duchess-turned-prohibitionist Estonia Dulworth in Nice Work If You Can Get It. Find out why stepping into Estonia's “wonderful clothes” makes Kaye feel like a kid again.

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Watch Evita Star Michael Cerveris’ ‘Mysterious’ Transformation Into Juan Peron

Watch Evita Star Michael Cerveris’ ‘Mysterious’ Transformation Into Juan Peron

Tony winner Michael Cerveris is nominated again this year for his arresting portrayal of Argentine President Juan Peron in Evita. Go behind the scenes with Cerveris to see how yoga, vinyl records and photos help him transform into the famed leader.

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Character Study: See Jackie Burns Become Wicked’s Beautiful Witch Elphaba

Character Study: See Jackie Burns Become Wicked’s Beautiful Witch Elphaba

Eight years ago, Jackie Burns sat in the second row of the Gershwin Theatre and watched Idina Menzel play Elphaba in Wicked, and now she’s living her dream playing the green girl herself. “She’s helped me be strong in my own convictions,” Burns said of her iron-willed character. “She’s been an outcast her whole life and she’s dealt with ...

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Character Study: See Paul Nolan Combine Love, Anger, Joy and Hair to Become Jesus Christ Superstar

Character Study: See Paul Nolan Combine Love, Anger, Joy and Hair to Become Jesus Christ Superstar

When Paul Nolan is making his powerful transition into the title character in Jesus Christ Superstar eight times as week, it’s as much an emotional transformation as a physical one. “Some nights I come in to play Jesus and I feel deeply sad,” he says, “And sometimes I’m way too happy to play Jesus Christ. But I use it ...

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Character Study: See Other Desert Cities' Judith Light Transform into ‘Flamboyant’ Aunt Silda

Character Study: See Other Desert Cities' Judith Light Transform into ‘Flamboyant’ Aunt Silda

Some might say that recovering alcoholic and meddling aunt Silda Grauman is the most tragic figure in Jon Robin Baitz’s acclaimed drama Other Desert Cities, but as embodied by Emmy Award winner Judith Light, she is also perhaps the most fascinating. The actress says she is “the most blessed girl on Broadway” to have the opportunity to embody Silda on ...

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Character Study: See Sister Act’s Patina Miller Get Glitzy in Her Deloris Van Cartier ‘Drag’

Character Study: See Sister Act’s Patina Miller Get Glitzy in Her Deloris Van Cartier ‘Drag’

It takes more than just thigh-high boots and false eyelashes for Sister Act star Patina Miller to reinvent herself as the truly fabulous Deloris Van Cartier. As Miller layers on the glittery eyeshadow, she digs deep to bring to life a character who is herself a reinvention. Miller says Deloris changed her name from Doris Carter in her quest to ...

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Character Study: Watch Rock of Ages Star Jeremy Woodard Be Reborn as Rock God Stacee Jaxx

Character Study: Watch Rock of Ages Star Jeremy Woodard Be Reborn as Rock God Stacee Jaxx

Most stars on Broadway are living out a childhood dream every night, but Rock of Ages' Jeremy Woodard is living out two: he gets to be a stage star and and rock legend. Woodard, who plays over-the-top frontman Stacee Jaxx in the musical, goes through quite a transformation from 21st century actor to 1980s rock legend.  Leopard print ...

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Character Study: Watch Priscilla's Tony Sheldon Morph from 'Middle-Aged Man' to Fetching Feminine Star

Character Study: Watch Priscilla's Tony Sheldon Morph from 'Middle-Aged Man' to Fetching Feminine Star

When Priscilla Queen of the Desert Tony nominee Tony Sheldon sits down at his dressing room table at Broadway's Palace Theatre, he's a self-proclaimed "gray-haired middle-aged man." By the time he's ready to take the stage, Sheldon has bloomed into glamorous nightclub singer Bernadette. To get himself in the proper spirit, Sheldon covers his walls with posters of classic ...

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Character Study: Watch Sutton Foster Transform from Broadway Sweetheart to 'Bad Ass' Reno Sweeney of Anything Goes

Character Study: Watch Sutton Foster Transform from Broadway Sweetheart to 'Bad Ass' Reno Sweeney of Anything Goes

Ever want to hear the inner thoughts of your favorite stars as they’re transforming to make magic on the stage? Welcome to the new Broadway.com video series, Character Study, which will bring you Broadway’s biggest talents talking intimately about their onstage alter egos as our cameras watch them transform. First up is Broadway golden girl Sutton Foster, who shares ...

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