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Michael Esper on Starring with Sting in The Last Ship & Why He's Scared to Watch the American Idiot Documentary

Michael Esper on Starring with Sting in The Last Ship & Why He's Scared to Watch the American Idiot Documentary

Grab Michael Esper's cell phone and you'll find several Grammy-winning rock stars in his contacts list. After playing Will in the hit Green Day musical American Idiot, he sailed back to Broadway in The Last Ship this fall, written and conceived by Sting, who will step into the production beginning December 9. In The Last Ship, Esper plays ...

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Holly Hunter on Her Theater Roots & Leading David Rabe's Cathartic Vietnam War Drama Sticks and Bones

Holly Hunter on Her Theater Roots & Leading David Rabe's Cathartic Vietnam War Drama Sticks and Bones

Holly Hunter’s film and television career is packed with memorable roles, but she’s also a stage veteran—in fact, the Coen Brothers wrote her part in Raising Arizona after seeing her in Crimes of the Heart on Broadway in 1981. The Oscar and Emmy winner is returning to her roots in the New Group production of Sticks and ...

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This Is Our Youth's Tavi Gevinson on Her Theater Kid Past, Being a Rookie & Her Pal Taylor Swift

This Is Our Youth's Tavi Gevinson on Her Theater Kid Past, Being a Rookie & Her Pal Taylor Swift

Age: 18

Hometown: Oak Park, IL

Current Role: A Broadway debut as opinionated and jittery fashion student Jessica, who's the object of Warren's (Michael Cera) affection in Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth.

Screen Cred: Gevinson appeared in 2013's Enough Said, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini, and in NBC's Parenthood. She's also the ...

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John Lithgow on the Role That Almost Killed Him & the 'Sparkly Brilliance' of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance

John Lithgow on the Role That Almost Killed Him & the 'Sparkly Brilliance' of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance

Playing King Lear in Central Park would be enough career excitement for most actors on the cusp of their 69th birthday, but it was only the start of an action-packed season for John Lithgow. The two-time Tony winner jumped from Lear to Edward Albee’s uber-WASP Tobias opposite Glenn Close in the current Broadway revival of A Delicate Balance and ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong Star Dave Hearn on Stunt Man Fantasies & His West End Cinderella Story

The Play That Goes Wrong Star Dave Hearn on Stunt Man Fantasies & His West End Cinderella Story

The West End has a sleeper success in The Play That Goes Wrong, the delicious play-within-a-play that chronicles all manner of onstage and offstage mishaps during a performance of an old-style mystery called Murder at Haversham Manor. A hybrid of Noises Off and The Mousetrap, director Mark Bell’s production at the Duchess Theatre asks a lot of its young ...

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Cush Jumbo on Her Unusual Name, Her New Buddy Hugh Jackman & Starring in the 'Shocking' Drama The River

Cush Jumbo on Her Unusual Name, Her New Buddy Hugh Jackman & Starring in the 'Shocking' Drama The River

Age: 29

Hometown: London, England

Current Role: A Broadway debut as “The Woman,” who accompanies her new boyfriend (Hugh Jackman) to a remote cabin for night of fly-fishing in Jez Butterworth’s mysterious drama The River.

Stage Cred: A rising star of the British stage, Jumbo won raves as Mark Antony in an all-female Julius Caesar (which transferred to St ...

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Natalie Mendoza on Healing After Spider-Man & Heating Up the Dance Floor in London’s Here Lies Love

Natalie Mendoza on Healing After Spider-Man & Heating Up the Dance Floor in London’s Here Lies Love

Amid a busy fall season in London for musicals, Natalie Mendoza’s powerful performance as Imelda Marcos in the European premiere of Here Lies Love at the National Theatre stands apart. Mendoza had a short-lived stint as Arachne in the original Broadway incarnation of Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark when she suffered a concussion early in previews and had to ...

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Jackie Burns on Being Mistaken for Idina, Learning to Love Blazers & Taking Center Stage in If/Then

Jackie Burns on Being Mistaken for Idina, Learning to Love Blazers & Taking Center Stage in If/Then

If/Then’s “blazing supernova” Idina Menzel is taking a few well-deserved days off this week—wait, don’t break out the tissues and start sobbing just yet! Menzel’s stellar standby Jackie Burns is stepping out of the wings and taking center stage November 11 through 13, playing Elizabeth in the hit musical by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey ...

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Oh, Soph! Billy & Ray's Sophie von Haselberg on Growing Up With Bette, Craving TV & Her Five-Year Plan

Oh, Soph! Billy & Ray's Sophie von Haselberg on Growing Up With Bette, Craving TV & Her Five-Year Plan

Age: 27—“But I turn 28 next week!"

Hometown: Although she was born and spent a chunk of her childhood in Los Angeles, von Haselberg calls New York City home.

Current Role: Helen, the sassy and smart secretary to legendary Hollywood director Billy Wilder in the Vineyard Theater’s Billy & Ray, her New York stage debut.

Stage & Screen Cred: Many ...

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Made In Dagenham’s Gemma Arterton on Becoming a Belting Bond Girl & Finding 'the Balls' to Sing in the West End

Made In Dagenham’s Gemma Arterton on Becoming a Belting Bond Girl & Finding 'the Balls' to Sing in the West End

Stage and screen star Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace, Tamara Drewe) has come a long way since she last appeared in the West End in the  American comedy The Little Dog Laughed in 2010. This time around, Arterton is making her musical theater debut, inheriting Sally Hawkins’ screen role in Made in Dagenham, the film-turned-stage musical about a real-life strike ...

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