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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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New Beautiful Star Scott J. Campbell on His Pizza Delivery Guy Past & American Idiot Pal Jake Epstein

New Beautiful Star Scott J. Campbell on His Pizza Delivery Guy Past & American Idiot Pal Jake Epstein

Age: 29

Hometown: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Current Role: Gerry Goffin, Carole King’s talented but troubled first husband and songwriting partner in the Tony-nominated bio-musical Beautiful.

Stage & Screen Cred: Campbell made his Broadway debut as a swing in Jersey Boys and appeared in the national tour of American Idiot alongside Jake Epstein, who originated the role of Gerry Goffin in ...

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On the Town Stud Jay Armstrong Johnson on His Oatmeal Cream Pie Diet & New Bestie Alysha Umphress

On the Town Stud Jay Armstrong Johnson on His Oatmeal Cream Pie Diet & New Bestie Alysha Umphress

Jay Armstrong Johnson’s prior Broadway stints didn’t exactly include box steps, jazz hands and kicklines: He’s played contest hopeful Greg Wilhote in Hands on a Hardbody, a tribe member in Hair and the standby for Frank Abagnale, Jr. (played by a very healthy Aaron Tveit—Armstrong never got the chance to go on) in Catch Me If ...

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The Last Ship Standout Rachel Tucker on Wicked Wishes, Belfast Pubs & Her Honorary Dad Sting

The Last Ship Standout Rachel Tucker on Wicked Wishes, Belfast Pubs & Her Honorary Dad Sting

Age: 33

Hometown: Belfast, Northern Ireland

Current Role: A beautifully sung Broadway debut as Meg Dawson, the feisty center of a love triangle set in a northeast England shipping town, in Sting’s new Broadway musical The Last Ship.

Stage Cred: A professional singer since childhood, Tucker was a semifinalist in the 2008 BBC reality casting series I’d Do ...

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Sunny Afternoon’s John Dagleish on Bringing the Kinks Party to the West End & Why He Wants to ‘Storm Broadway’

Sunny Afternoon’s John Dagleish on Bringing the Kinks Party to the West End & Why He Wants to ‘Storm Broadway’

Amid a busy month for musical upgrades to the West End from smaller playhouses elsewhere, the Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon stands apart as a celebration of some of the most enduring songs in British rock and pop. Kinks frontman Ray Davies has been directly involved in director Edward Hall’s production and is played in a career-making performance by John ...

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