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Book Writer John August on Bringing the ‘Funny, Weird and Touching’ Story of Big Fish to Broadway

Book Writer John August on Bringing the ‘Funny, Weird and Touching’ Story of Big Fish to Broadway

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After adapting Big Fish for the big screen, John August knew that the 2003 film, based on the novel by Daniel Wallace, would make a thrilling, larger-than-life Broadway musical. The only problem? He’d never written for the theater! August, whose long list of screenplay credits includes Go, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dark Shadows and Corpse ...

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Romeo and Juliet's Jayne Houdyshell on Finding Humor and Freshness in Shakespeare's Tragedy

Romeo and Juliet's Jayne Houdyshell on Finding Humor and Freshness in Shakespeare's Tragedy

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Since receiving her first Tony nomination for her Broadway debut as a demanding mother in 2003’s Well, Jayne Houdyshell has played some outlandish characters on the Great White Way. She lorded over Shiz University as Wicked’s Madame Morrible, drew laughs as the meddling Mae Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie and delivered her best “Broadway Baby ...

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stop. reset. Playwright Regina Taylor on the Uncertain Future of Technology & How Books Shaped Her Life

stop. reset. Playwright Regina Taylor on the Uncertain Future of Technology & How Books Shaped Her Life

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Over the last three decades, Regina Taylor has had not one, but three versatile careers as an acclaimed actress, playwright and director. On the Great White Way, for example, Taylor has the distinction of being the first black woman to play Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. On the small screen, she garnered a Golden Globe Award and ...

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Women or Nothing’s Halley Feiffer on Embracing the Morally Confused World of Ethan Coen and David Cromer

Women or Nothing’s Halley Feiffer on Embracing the Morally Confused World of Ethan Coen and David Cromer

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What a year it’s been for actress and playwright Halley Feiffer! She co-wrote and starred in the well-reviewed film comedy He’s Way More Famous Than You, and her play How to Make Friends and Then Kill Them will be produced off-Broadway by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater beginning October 23. Rather than taking a late summer break ...

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Hallie Foote on Her Father Horton’s ‘Divine’ Writing Talent & the Off-Broadway Premiere of The Old Friends

Hallie Foote on Her Father Horton’s ‘Divine’ Writing Talent & the Off-Broadway Premiere of The Old Friends

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It's always an event to see Tony-nominated actress Hallie Foote in a play written by her father, the late Horton Foote. Hallie's dry delivery is a perfect match for Horton's understated humor, and this irresistible combination is now on display in The Old Friends at Signature Theatre Company. As Hallie notes, it's fitting ...

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Cinderella Orchestrator Danny Troob on the Secrets Behind Rodgers & Hammerstein's Irresistible Songs

Cinderella Orchestrator Danny Troob on the Secrets Behind Rodgers & Hammerstein's Irresistible Songs

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Danny Troob is a four-time Tony nominee for his work orchestrating the musicals Newsies, The Pajama Game, Shrek and now Cinderella. With 24 Broadway musicals under his belt, Troob knows a thing or two about how to make songs come alive on stage and affect an audience in just the right way. With Cinderella, Troob faced an ...

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Pippin Circus Creator Gypsy Snider Shares the Moving Story of How Growing Up Under the Big Top Prepared Her for Life

Pippin Circus Creator Gypsy Snider Shares the Moving Story of How Growing Up Under the Big Top Prepared Her for Life

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In the Tony-winning revival of Pippin, acrobats flip and fly through the air thanks to Gypsy Snider, the production's resident circus creator. Pippin marks Snider's first foray onto the Great White Way, but her career as a performer began at age four. After cutting her teeth in San Francisco at her parents’ Pickle Family Circus ...

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Exclusive! Robert Lopez on How Avenue Q Beat the Odds on the Road to Celebrating Its 10th Anniversary

Exclusive! Robert Lopez on How Avenue Q Beat the Odds on the Road to Celebrating Its 10th Anniversary

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Robert Lopez's first two Broadway musicals, Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon, became critical and commercial smash hits and Best Musical Tony Award winners. He shared Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Book as well as a Grammy Award for The Book of Mormon, and shared a Tony for Best Original Score and ...

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Dave Malloy on the 'Simple Beauty and Whirling Spectacle' of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

Dave Malloy on the 'Simple Beauty and Whirling Spectacle' of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

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One of the most critically acclaimed new shows of the year is an operatic and electropop throwback to Tsarist Russia, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. Dave Malloy is the composer, librettist, orchestrator and original star of this innovative, immersive off-Broadway musical, which was inspired by a juicy subplot of Leo Tolstoy’s War and ...

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Librettist Austin Winsberg on How Panic Attacks and Dating Disasters Inspired the New Musical First Date

Librettist Austin Winsberg on How Panic Attacks and Dating Disasters Inspired the New Musical First Date

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Austin Winsberg has been on quite a few bad dates, and he wants to share them with you! The playwright is bringing his own experience to the table as he makes his Broadway debut with the hysterical book for the brand new musical comedy First Date, which arrives at the Longacre Theatre after an acclaimed run at ...

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