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Striptease Artist Ursula Martinez on Spreading ‘Hanky Panky’ Off-Broadway in La Soiree

Striptease Artist Ursula Martinez on Spreading ‘Hanky Panky’ Off-Broadway in La Soiree

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You certainly can’t tell from Ursula Martinez’s prim and proper costume the magical shenanigans she unleashes with the help of a square red handkerchief in La Soiree. The mischievous look on her face is the first clue that this Spanish-born, British-based performer is going to give Gypsy Rose Lee a run for her money in this adults-only ...

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Joe Calarco on Directing a Wondrous New Adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Joe Calarco on Directing a Wondrous New Adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

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When it comes to paring a classic down to its essentials, Joe Calarco is an expert. Calarco first won raves back in 1998 for adapting and directing R&J, a fully realized version of Romeo and Juliet featuring a cast of four men. Now, the director of quirky musicals including Sarah, Plain and Tall, Floyd and Clea Under ...

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Martha Clarke on Combining Dance, Music & Theater to Create an ‘Incredible’ New Cheri

Martha Clarke on Combining Dance, Music & Theater to Create an ‘Incredible’ New Cheri

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See a production conceived by Martha Clarke, and a wild ride is almost guaranteed. Since her seminal work The Garden of Earthly Delights put her on the map as a choreographer in 1984, Clarke’s trademark hybrid of theater, music and dance captures a singular brand of raw sensuality. Cheri, her newest piece featuring prima ballerina assoluta Alessandra ...

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Jennifer Simard on Singing Stevie Wonder as a Nun in the Wacky 1970s Musical Spoof Disaster!

Jennifer Simard on Singing Stevie Wonder as a Nun in the Wacky 1970s Musical Spoof Disaster!

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Back in 1996, Jennifer Simard proved her comic mettle by helping launch the 12-year-long run of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Since then, Simard has delighted audiences in Forbidden Broadway, The Thing About Men, Broadway’s Spelling Bee and more. She’s an actress who elevates every show she is in, and that’s certainly the case with ...

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John Pollono on How a Hard Night of Drinking with Hometown Pals Drove Him to Write Small Engine Repair

John Pollono on How a Hard Night of Drinking with Hometown Pals Drove Him to Write Small Engine Repair

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After finishing college and film school in 2000, John Pollono moved to Los Angeles to establish a career as a screenwriter. And yet, as soon as the New Hampshire-born writer and actor began taking classes at Howard Fine Studio, he became enthralled by the character-, dialogue- and performance-driven stories coming out of theater. He started the Jabberwocky ...

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Billy Crystal on How 700 Sundays Helped Him Overcome His Grief and Reconnect With a Live Audience

Billy Crystal on How 700 Sundays Helped Him Overcome His Grief and Reconnect With a Live Audience

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Billy Crystal has brought his Tony-winning autobiographical show 700 Sundays back to Broadway for a limited engagement, and fans won't want to miss it! Crystal impersonates a ton of characters—from his nutty relatives to famous artists—who played a part in influencing the comedian and actor during his childhood in Long Beach, NY, with special emphasis on his ...

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Director Jack O’Brien on the Poetry of Macbeth and Why Ethan Hawke & Anne-Marie Duff Make a Great Pair of Killers

Director Jack O’Brien on the Poetry of Macbeth and Why Ethan Hawke & Anne-Marie Duff Make a Great Pair of Killers

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Only a director of Jack O’Brien’s immense talent and imagination could have a resume that includes Tony Awards for the musical Hairspray, Tom Stoppard’s epic trilogy The Coast of Utopia and a revival of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, plus nominations for helming Porgy and Bess, Two Shakespearean Actors, The Full Monty, The Invention of Love and Dirty Rotten ...

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Bring on the Night! Janis Joplin's Sister Reveals the Singer's Passions, from Voodoo to the Beatniks

Bring on the Night! Janis Joplin's Sister Reveals the Singer's Passions, from Voodoo to the Beatniks

Broadway theatergoers are getting an up-close-and-personal look at a rock icon who died too soon in A Night With Janis Joplin, featuring a sizzling performance by Mary Bridget Davies. The show was written by Randy Johnson with the cooperation of Joplin’s surviving siblings, Laura and Michael, all of whom were born and raised in Port Arthur, Texas. Laura, who was ...

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The Landing's Greg Pierce on Why Working with Tony-Winning Composer John Kander Is an 'Act of Joy'

The Landing's Greg Pierce on Why Working with Tony-Winning Composer John Kander Is an 'Act of Joy'

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A few years ago, Tony-winning composer John Kander (Cabaret, Chicago) asked Greg Pierce, an up-and-coming young playwright and short story author, to collaborate on a small-scale musical. Pierce, whose plays include Kick Stop, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Slowgirl, is Kander's first songwriting partner since the passing of lyricist Fred Ebb in 2004. The Landing, a new ...

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Wicked Original Cast Member Kristen Gorski-Wergeles Shares 10 Favorite Memories, from Giving Birth to Elphaba to Launching Glinda’s Bubble

Wicked Original Cast Member Kristen Gorski-Wergeles Shares 10 Favorite Memories, from Giving Birth to Elphaba to Launching Glinda’s Bubble

It’s a rare feat to remain with a Broadway show from first preview to 10th anniversary, but Wicked original cast member Kristen Gorski-Wergeles has done it, with one break of less than nine months last year for maternity leave. As a swing, dance captain and quick change artist, Gorski-Wergeles has seen and done it all—and Broadway.com asked her to ...

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