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Wicked's Michael Wartella on Life in Oz, Twitter Superfans & His Drag Alter Ego

Wicked's Michael Wartella on Life in Oz, Twitter Superfans & His Drag Alter Ego

Age: 28

Hometown: The Berkshires, MA

Current Role: A Broadway debut as Boq, the Munchkin torn between Glinda and Nessarose in Broadway’s Wicked.

Stage Cred: Before touring the country with Wicked, Wartella appeared off-Broadway in Rent at New World Stages and in regional productions of Seussical, Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol.

“When I was seven, I saw Rocky ...

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Kerry Ellis on Getting Green Again for London's Wicked, Her Rocker Chick Image and Going Solo

Kerry Ellis on Getting Green Again for London's Wicked, Her Rocker Chick Image and Going Solo

Who says you can’t go home again? Kerry Ellis has returned to her defining role as Elphaba in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre for a limited run through October, barring certain performances away from the hit musical in order to pursue her thriving concert career. A veteran of the global smash on both sides of the Atlantic, the ...

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It’s Only a Play’s Rupert Grint on His ‘Intimidating’ Co-Stars, Rooting For the Yankees & Why Wizards Want to Be on Broadway

It’s Only a Play’s Rupert Grint on His ‘Intimidating’ Co-Stars, Rooting For the Yankees & Why Wizards Want to Be on Broadway

This fall, Rupert Grint is moving from Hogwarts to the Great White Way. The Harry Potter favorite will make his Broadway debut in It’s Only a Play, a revamped revival of Terrence McNally’s 1986 off-Broadway comedy. Grint will play Frank Finger, the angsty young director of a play by a nervous playwright (played by Matthew Broderick) who is ...

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Aladdin Star Don Darryl Rivera on His Secret Childhood Dream, Meeting Lea Salonga & His Seattle Showmance

Aladdin Star Don Darryl Rivera on His Secret Childhood Dream, Meeting Lea Salonga & His Seattle Showmance

Age: 30

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Current Role: A Broadway debut as Jafar’s wisecracking right-hand man Iago in the hit musical adaptation of Disney’s Aladdin.

Stage Cred: Before originating the role of Iago at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Rivera appeared in a variety of productions at the Seattle Children’s Theatre, The Children’s Theatre Company and ...

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London Phantom Star Geronimo Rauch on Jumping from One Iconic Role to Another, His Broadway Dreams and Unique Name

London Phantom Star Geronimo Rauch on Jumping from One Iconic Role to Another, His Broadway Dreams and Unique Name

Geronimo Rauch not only has one of the best names on the West End, but the Argentinian actor has also had two of the best jobs. He first played Jean Valjean in Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre before shifting British mega-musicals to take on the equally iconic part of the lovesick anti-hero of the title in The Phantom ...

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Lady Day Tony Winner Audra McDonald Is Taking Your Questions!

Lady Day Tony Winner Audra McDonald Is Taking Your Questions!

Have you ever wanted to sit down with Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill star Audra McDonald and ask her about channeling jazz great Billie Holiday, being married to Javert, what it's like to win six Tonys or how she got to be the ruler of Eggfartopia? We thought so, and now's your chance! Ask the Queen ...

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Kinky Boots Tony Winner Billy Porter on His Favorite Lola Wigs, Finding Time to Date & Those Inspirational Tweets

Kinky Boots Tony Winner Billy Porter on His Favorite Lola Wigs, Finding Time to Date & Those Inspirational Tweets

Shazam! And bam! Yes ma’am, Billy Porter is still the queen of Broadway as Lola in Kinky Boots. Fierce, funny and moving, Porter’s Tony-winning performance has lost none of its intensity as the show heads toward its 600th performance. The star recently chatted about what makes Lola beautiful, how his own looks have changed and his double life ...

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Cliff Saunders on Les Miz Superfans, Ramin Karimloo's Yoga Moves & Why He Loves Playing the Villain

Cliff Saunders on Les Miz Superfans, Ramin Karimloo's Yoga Moves & Why He Loves Playing the Villain

Age: 51

Hometown: Born and raised in Canada’s Ottawa Valley; now based in Toronto

Current Role: Scheming innkeeper Thenardier, the self-proclaimed “master of the house” and comic relief in Les Miserables.

Stage Cred: Saunders made his Broadway debut in 2008 juggling dozens of characters in the hit thriller The 39 Steps. At home in Canada, his credits include The ...

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Alexandra Burke on Being the Youngest, ‘Danciest’ & Last Rachel Marron in London's The Bodyguard

Alexandra Burke on Being the Youngest, ‘Danciest’ & Last Rachel Marron in London's The Bodyguard

After nearly two years in the West End, the musical adaptation of the Whitney Houston film The Bodyguard will play its final performance August 29 at the Adelphi Theatre. Thea Sharrock’s production in recent months has welcomed a new leading lady in British singer-songwriter and X Factor winner Alexandra Burke, who will celebrate her 26th birthday during the show ...

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Ryan Molloy on His American Psycho Pad & Why Starring in Jersey Boys Makes Him Feel Like a Ballerina

Ryan Molloy on His American Psycho Pad & Why Starring in Jersey Boys Makes Him Feel Like a Ballerina

Age: 41. “My Wikipedia ‘pop age’ is 37. When you go into pop music, you’re told, ‘This is your age,’ and it’s totally aboveboard.”

Hometown: North Shields, Newcastle, England

Current Role: A Broadway debut as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys, after more than six years as the show’s Olivier Award-nominated original West End star.

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