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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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Luis Bravo on How the 'Intoxicating Passion' of Forever Tango Leaves Audiences Breathless

Luis Bravo on How the 'Intoxicating Passion' of Forever Tango Leaves Audiences Breathless

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Luis Bravo's Forever Tango first took Broadway by storm in 1997, when the Latin dance revue about the birth of the world's most romantic dance arrived on the Great White Way for what was expected to be an eight-week engagement. Instead, the show ran for 14 months and earned a Tony nomination for Best Choreography ...

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Here's to the Very First Time! Adam Dannheisser Reveals the 'Drunken Bra-Flingers, Wild Parties' & More at Rock of Ages

Here's to the Very First Time! Adam Dannheisser Reveals the 'Drunken Bra-Flingers, Wild Parties' & More at Rock of Ages

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Ever since its headbanging opening night in April 2009, Rock of Ages star Adam Dannheisser has been on hand to offer words of wisdom, lots of laughs and rocking riffs as Dennis Dupree, the owner of the Bourbon Room, in the ‘80s rock musical. Although he’s been cracking wise as Dennis for nearly five years (longer ...

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Choir Boy Scribe Tarell Alvin McCraney on the Untold Story of African-American Gospel Singers

Choir Boy Scribe Tarell Alvin McCraney on the Untold Story of African-American Gospel Singers

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Best known for his acclaimed trilogy The Brother/Sister Plays, Tarell Alvin McCraney has been described as the heir to August Wilson's legacy and “without question, the hottest young playwright in America” by the Chicago Tribune. His play Head of Passes recently premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where he is a member of the ensemble, and ...

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Producers Tom and Michael D’Angora on the Celebrities That Make Headlines at NEWSical The Musical

Producers Tom and Michael D’Angora on the Celebrities That Make Headlines at NEWSical The Musical

Producing partners and (real-life spouses) Tom and Michael D’Angora are the masterminds behind the audience favorites NEWSical The Musical, A Broadway Diva Christmas, Icons and Naked Boys Singing. This summer, as Naked Boys expanded again from Theatre Row to Provincetown’s Crown & Anchor, NEWSical celebrated a landmark 1,000 performance at off-Broadway’s Kirk Theatre on June 3. Tom ...

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Nell Benjamin on Laughing at Bullies & the Sentimental Inspiration Behind Her Play The Explorers Club

Nell Benjamin on Laughing at Bullies & the Sentimental Inspiration Behind Her Play The Explorers Club

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Nell Benjamin co-wrote music and lyrics for Legally Blonde, which earned her and her husband, Laurence O’Keefe, a 2007 Tony Award nomination for best score. Benjamin and O'Keefe began collaborating while attending Harvard together, and their shows include The Mice, Sarah, Plain and Tall, Cam Jansen, and Huzzah! Along the way, she has won a ...

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Martin Moran on Finding Fresh Inspiration from John Guare's Acting Debut in 3 Kinds of Exile

Martin Moran on Finding Fresh Inspiration from John Guare's Acting Debut in 3 Kinds of Exile

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The acclaimed solo performer and Broadway vet Martin Moran is currently in previews in Atlantic Theater Company’s world premiere of John Guare’s 3 Kinds of Exile. Moran kicks the evening off with a fascinating monologue about a young refugee who leaves Eastern Europe for England in 1939, followed by a section in which Guare himself ...

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Vanya Playwright Christopher Durang on Making Stage Magic With Three of His Closest Friends

Vanya Playwright Christopher Durang on Making Stage Magic With Three of His Closest Friends

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It’s been a special season for Christopher Durang, whose latest comedy, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, has already won Best Play honors from the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and New York Drama Critics’ Circle and is nominated for six 2013 Tony Awards. Even sweeter: the fact that Durang is sharing the experience of ...

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