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Austin McKenzie on His Craiglist Roommates, Why He Pretends to Smoke & Making His Broadway Debut in Spring Awakening

Austin McKenzie on His Craiglist Roommates, Why He Pretends to Smoke & Making His Broadway Debut in Spring Awakening

Age: 22

Hometown: Mesa, AZ

Current Role: A powerful Broadway debut as the charming and thoughtful Melchior in Deaf West Theatre's revival of Spring Awakening, in which he is utlizing American Sign Language, which he studied at Columbia College Chicago with the aim of being an interpreter.

Stage Cred: McKenzie sent a video to Deaf West for a job as ...

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L. Steven Taylor on Strong Roots, the Business of His Name and Ruling Broadway in The Lion King

L. Steven Taylor on Strong Roots, the Business of His Name and Ruling Broadway in The Lion King

Age: 36

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Current Role: Mufasa, king of the Pride Lands and father of Simba, in the Broadway blockbuster musical The Lion King.

Stage and Screen Cred: Taylor made his Broadway debut in The Lion King in 2006. His film and TV credits include The Electric Company, Last of the Ninth, Made For Each Other and Game Over ...

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Jasmine Cephas Jones on Learning from Philip Seymour Hoffman & Strutting Her Stuff in Hamilton

Jasmine Cephas Jones on Learning from Philip Seymour Hoffman & Strutting Her Stuff in Hamilton

Age: 26

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Current Role(s): A dual Broadway debut in Hamilton as Peggy, the youngest of the beguiling Schuyler sisters, and Maria Reynolds, whose affair with the title character [Lin-Manuel Miranda] nearly derails his political career.

Stage and Screen Cred: After graduating from LaGuardia High School and the Neighborhood Playhouse, Jones joined her father, Broadway vet Ron ...

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Chris Myers on a King Lear Crash Course, Retail Hell & Being Behind Bars in Whorl Inside a Loop

Chris Myers on a King Lear Crash Course, Retail Hell & Being Behind Bars in Whorl Inside a Loop

Age: 27

Hometown: New York City

Current Role: Playing convicted felon Jeffrey, who is more vulnerable and shy than his fellow inmates, as well as a lisping female minister, a five-year-old boy and a certain crisply coiffed presidential candidate in Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott’s prison-set drama Whorl Inside a Loop.

Stage Cred: Myers won an Obie Award for ...

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Book of Mormon Standout Grey Henson on Wanting to Be Cinderella & How Rory O'Malley Was His Agent

Book of Mormon Standout Grey Henson on Wanting to Be Cinderella & How Rory O'Malley Was His Agent

Age: 25

Hometown: Macon, GA

Current Role: A side-splitting Broadway debut as closeted Mormon leader Elder McKinley in the Tony-winning hit musical The Book of Mormon.

Stage & Screen Cred: Henson played Elder McKinley in the first national tour of The Book of Mormon, which kicked off in June 2012. He appeared on screen in ABC sitcom Suburgatory.

“Growing up ...

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Catherine Walker on Her Soprano Idols, Crappy Jobs & Multi-Tasking in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Catherine Walker on Her Soprano Idols, Crappy Jobs & Multi-Tasking in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Age: "Young at heart."

Hometown: Lancaster, PA

Current Role: Phoebe D’Ysquith, the ladylike heiress who vies for the affection of murderous Monty Navarro in the Tony-winning musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.

Stage Cred: An original cast member of GGLAM, Walker stepped up to the role of Phoebe in October 2014. The Carnegie Mellon grad made her ...

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Jelani Remy on His Wild Journey in The Lion King, From His Childhood Bedroom to Sin City to Broadway

Jelani Remy on His Wild Journey in The Lion King, From His Childhood Bedroom to Sin City to Broadway

Age: 27

Hometown: Cedar Grove, NJ

Current Role: A Broadway debut as Simba, who, after his father’s death, fights to ascend the throne as King of the Pride Lands in Disney’s The Lion King.

Stage Cred: After graduating from Montclair State University, Remy toured the country in High School Musical and High School Musical 2 and played Simba in the Las ...

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Daveed Diggs on His Hebrew School Roots, Meeting Crazy Celebrities & Getting His Shot on Broadway in Hamilton

Daveed Diggs on His Hebrew School Roots, Meeting Crazy Celebrities & Getting His Shot on Broadway in Hamilton

Age: 33

Hometown: Oakland, CA

Current Roles: A dynamic Broadway debut as French general Lafayette, “the Lancelot of the Revolutionary set,” and future U.S. president Thomas (“What’d I miss?”) Jefferson in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s epic musical Hamilton.

Stage Cred: After earning a theater degree from Brown University, Diggs acted in plays on the West Coast and began writing ...

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Meet 11-Year-Old Firecracker Tori Murray, the 'Scary' Star of Off-Broadway's Ruthless! The Musical

Meet 11-Year-Old Firecracker Tori Murray, the 'Scary' Star of Off-Broadway's Ruthless! The Musical

Age: 11

Hometown: Long Valley, NJ ("But we’re in the process of moving to Westfield this summer.”)

Current Role: Tina Denmark, a talented third grader who will do absolutely anything to become a star (including bumping off her classmates) in the off-Broadway revival of Ruthless! The Musical.

Stage & Screen Cred: The young actress got her big break in ...

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Hand to God's Michael Oberholtzer on Wanting to Be MacGyver & Goofing Off with Vince Vaughn

Hand to God's Michael Oberholtzer on Wanting to Be MacGyver & Goofing Off with Vince Vaughn

Age: “Older than my character.”

Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN

Current Role: A gut-busting Broadway debut as Timothy, a sullen high schooler who bullies the shy and puppet-possessed Jason in Hand to God.

Stage & Screen Cred: Oberholtzer has been involved with Hand to God since its off-Broadway incarnation and was featured in Second Stage Theatre's The Talls. He has appeared ...

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