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Mary Bridget Davies on Her Bluesy Broadway Debut in A Night with Janis Joplin

Mary Bridget Davies on Her Bluesy Broadway Debut in A Night with Janis Joplin

Age & Hometown: 35; Cleveland, OH

Current Role: Channeling legendary rock star Janis Joplin (and singing hits like “Piece of My Heart” and “Me and Bobby McGee”) in the new Broadway musical A Night with Janis Joplin.

Dancing Queen: Mary Bridget Davies got her start in competitive dance, then switched to acting and singing during a brief stint in college. “I ...

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Broadway Newbie Aaron Nelson on Landing His Dream Role and Learning About Fatherhood in The Lion King

Broadway Newbie Aaron Nelson on Landing His Dream Role and Learning About Fatherhood in The Lion King

Age & Hometown: 23; Chicago, IL

Current Role: A Broadway debut in his “dream role,” Simba, in Disney’s long-running hit The Lion King.

A Whole New World: Windy City native Nelson grew up mostly with his mom and was home-schooled through high school. “I was all about martial arts and football until I was 14,” he says. “My dream was ...

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Aaron C. Finley on Playing Hide-and-Seek By Day & Singing Twisted Sister By Night in Rock of Ages

Aaron C. Finley on Playing Hide-and-Seek By Day & Singing Twisted Sister By Night in Rock of Ages

Age & Hometown: 30; Bozeman, Montana

Current Role: An “awesome” Broadway debut as Drew, a Hollywood busboy who dreams of rock stardom, in Rock of Ages.

Shooting Star: Born and raised a “Montana boy,” Aaron C. Finley spent his days in the driveway, shooting hoops. “I’ve wanted to be a professional basketball player since I was five,” he says, “but ...

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Catherine Charlebois on Her 'Wild' Wicked Experience & Life with Newsies' Brendon Stimson

Catherine Charlebois on Her 'Wild' Wicked Experience & Life with Newsies' Brendon Stimson

Age & Hometown: 26; Andover, MA

Current Role: A Broadway debut as the wheelchair-bound Witch of the East, Nessarose, in the blockbuster musical Wicked.

Inspired by Oz: Broadway was not always on Catherine Charlebois' radar. “I grew up very, very sports centered,” the Massachusetts native says. “My family is not at all musical; I never thought [theater] was something I would ...

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Avenue Q's Darren Bluestone on Being a 'Dorky' Teen & Pursuing His Broadway Dreams

Avenue Q's Darren Bluestone on Being a 'Dorky' Teen & Pursuing His Broadway Dreams

Age & Hometown: 24; Santa Fe, NM

Current Role: Jauntily navigating the dual puppeteering roles of wide-eyed college grad Princeton and uptight and closeted Rod in the off-Broadway transfer of the Tony-winning musical Avenue Q.

That's Dr. Bluestone to You: If Darren Bluestone weren’t an actor, he might have become a doctor. “I was deciding between Northwestern or Washington ...

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Adepero Oduye on Growing Up Nigerian, Ditching Pre-Med & Her 'Surreal' Debut in The Trip to Bountiful

Adepero Oduye on Growing Up Nigerian, Ditching Pre-Med & Her 'Surreal' Debut in The Trip to Bountiful

Age & Hometown: “Whatever the character calls for”; Brooklyn, NY

Current Role: A tender Broadway debut as Thelma, a soft-spoken young bus passenger who befriends Mama Watts in The Trip to Bountiful.

Little Nigeria: Raised on the border of Sunset Park and Borough Park, Adepero Oduye was surrounded by neighbors of different cultures, including Vietnamese, Puerto Rican and Hasidic Jewish families ...

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Ryan Shaw on His Road from Grammy-Nominated Soul Singer to Playing Stevie Wonder in Motown

Ryan Shaw on His Road from Grammy-Nominated Soul Singer to Playing Stevie Wonder in Motown

Age & Hometown: 37; Decatur; GA

Current Role: A Broadway debut as Stevie Wonder in the smash hit Motown the Musical.

Born to Sing: Southern charmer Shaw has been thrilling audiences since he spontaneously began singing harmony in the church choir at age five. His mother, a Pentecostal minister, nixed top 40 at home, but Shaw listened to Aretha and Michael ...

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Natasha, Pierre Title Star Phillipa Soo on Russian Drinks, Annie Wigs and Being Spoiled by Steppenwolf

Natasha, Pierre Title Star Phillipa Soo on Russian Drinks, Annie Wigs and Being Spoiled by Steppenwolf

Age & Hometown: 23; Libertyville, IL

Current Role: Natasha, a young, naive Russian debutante (pulled straight out of Tolstoy’s War and Peace) in the innovative musical Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.

Shooting Star: Phillipa Soo’s career is taking off in front of your face—literally. “You’re sitting right next to people as you’re performing ...

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Once’s Joanna Christie on Getting Nude with Daniel Radcliffe and Her New 'Carrie Bradshaw' Lifestyle

Once’s Joanna Christie on Getting Nude with Daniel Radcliffe and Her New 'Carrie Bradshaw' Lifestyle

Age & Hometown: 31; Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England (the same town as Once director John Tiffany and choreographer Stephen Hoggett)

Current Role: Following in the footsteps of Cristin Milioti as the expressive, outspoken Girl in the Tony-winning musical Once.

Once More with Feeling: Joanna Christie says her Broadway debut is “every dream I’ve ever had come true,” but in fact, it ...

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Soul Doctor's Amber Iman on Following Her Mom Into Show Business and Feeling the Power of Nina Simone

Soul Doctor's Amber Iman on Following Her Mom Into Show Business and Feeling the Power of Nina Simone

Age & Hometown: 27; Atlanta, GA

Current Role: A “nerve-racking, exciting” Broadway debut as iconic singer and activist Nina Simone in the new musical Soul Doctor.

Early Start: The only child of actress Margo Moorer (Forrest Gump, Drop Dead Diva), Iman grew up watching her mother work in regional theaters and on TV and film sets. “I fell in love with ...

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