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West End Kinky Boots Star David Hunter on Being the Go-To Takeover Guy & Wanting a 'Sleeping Ovation'

West End Kinky Boots Star David Hunter on Being the Go-To Takeover Guy & Wanting a 'Sleeping Ovation'

British actor-singer David Hunter previously inherited the leading role of Guy in London in the Tony-winning musical Once and has now stepped into the co-starring role of Charlie Price in the Tony and Olivier Award-winning Kinky Boots, opposite Matt Henry at the Adelphi Theatre. A veteran of such other London shows as One Man, Two Guvnors and Seussical, the charming ...

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The Book of Mormon's Stephen Ashfield Reveals What Guilty Pleasure Makes His Heart Go On & His Personal 'Spooky Hell Dream'

The Book of Mormon's Stephen Ashfield Reveals What Guilty Pleasure Makes His Heart Go On & His Personal 'Spooky Hell Dream'

Age: 36

Hometown: Glasgow, Scotland

Current Role: Stephen Ashfield plays Elder McKinley, the tap-dancing, lightswitch-turning Mormon district leader in Uganda, in Broadway's The Book of Mormon.

Stage & Screen Cred: The Book of Mormon marks Ashfield's Broadway debut; he received an Olivier Award for his performance as Elder McKinley in the original London production. His other West End ...

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Laverne Cox on Finding Her Voice for The Rocky Horror Picture Show & Her Dream Stage Roles

Laverne Cox on Finding Her Voice for The Rocky Horror Picture Show & Her Dream Stage Roles

Laverne Cox is no stranger to the screen, from her Emmy-nominated turn on Orange is the New Black to appearances in the films Grandma, 36 Saints and Grand Street. Now, she has audiences shivering with antici...pation to hear her sing out as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in Fox’s TV remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In the interview below, Broadway ...

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Celinde Schoenmaker on Gifts from Sierra Boggess, a Community of Christines & 30 Years of London's Phantom

Celinde Schoenmaker on Gifts from Sierra Boggess, a Community of Christines & 30 Years of London's Phantom

Dutch actress-singer Celinde Schoenmaker will mark West End history on October 10 when she appears as Christine Daae opposite Ben Forster as the Phantom in the 30th-anniversary performance of The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre. With only one other London stage credit to her name (Fantine in Les Miserables), an animated Schoenmaker took time early one recent ...

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Why Les Liaisons Dangereuses' Elena Kampouris Wants to 'Chill' with Marie Antoinette & Billy Eichner

Why Les Liaisons Dangereuses' Elena Kampouris Wants to 'Chill' with Marie Antoinette & Billy Eichner

Age: 19

Hometown: Bridgewater, NJ

Current Role: Elena Kampouris makes her Broadway debut in Les Liaisons Dangereuses as Cécile Volanges, a young convent girl who is ensnared in La Marquise de Merteuil (Janet McTeer) and Le Vicomte de Valmont's (Liev Schreiber) games of seduction as lovers-turned-rivals.

Stage & Screen Cred: While this role marks Kampouris' Broadway bow, she ...

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Cats' Christine Cornish Smith on Her Dream Jellicle Date, Her Delicious Obsession & More

Cats' Christine Cornish Smith on Her Dream Jellicle Date, Her Delicious Obsession & More

Age: 25

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Current Role: Christine Cornish Smith is making her Broadway debut in Cats as flirtatious feline Bombalurina.

Stage Cred: Cornish Smith appeared in the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Her regional credits include Oklahoma!A Chorus Line, Guys and Dolls, Victor/Victoria and Fiorello!. She has appeared as a ...

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The Bodyguard Star Ben Richards on Not Singing in a Musical & Why He Likes Being a Replacement

The Bodyguard Star Ben Richards on Not Singing in a Musical & Why He Likes Being a Replacement

Ben Richards is a major TV name in Britain who has distinguished himself across a range of musicals, including Grease and Guys and Dolls to The Full Monty and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. He can currently be seen at the Dominion Theatre opposite star Beverley Knight in a fresh run of The Bodyguard, the stage version of the iconic ...

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Gabriela Garcia on Meeting Lin-Manuel Miranda, Auditioning for Hamilton & Playing Nina in London's In the Heights

Gabriela Garcia on Meeting Lin-Manuel Miranda, Auditioning for Hamilton & Playing Nina in London's In the Heights

Gabriela Garcia has risen from ensemble player to the leading role of Nina in the much-acclaimed London production of In the Heights, the 2008 Tony-winning best musical now enjoying an extended run at the King's Cross Theatre. Still only 25, the Mexican-born Garcia chatted exuberantly to Broadway.com about living her dream role and her continued excitement at finding the ...

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Heisenberg's Denis Arndt on Mary-Louise Parker, His Jet-Setting Backup Plan & What He Always Carries with Him

Heisenberg's Denis Arndt on Mary-Louise Parker, His Jet-Setting Backup Plan & What He Always Carries with Him

Age: "This is my 78th orbit! Imagine that. Most guys my age are dead."

Hometown: Clyde, OH

Current Role: Denis Arndt plays Alex, a butcher who has a chance meeting with a stranger in King's Cross Station that changes the course of his life in Simon Stephens' Heisenberg.

Stage & Screen Cred: Arndt is making his Broadway ...

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Meow-velous! Ask Cats' Glamorous Leona Lewis Anything!

Meow-velous! Ask Cats' Glamorous Leona Lewis Anything!

Cat got your tongue, Broadway fans? Well, that's a shame because Cats' Leona Lewis is taking your questions! The Great White Way newcomer and "Bleeding Love" chart-topper is next on tap to play a round of Ask a Star. Want to know which celebrity crush she would take to the Jellicle Ball or ask about what it's ...

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Damien Molony on the Length of His Sideburns & the Thrill of Working with Stewart & McKellen in London's No Man's Land

Damien Molony on the Length of His Sideburns & the Thrill of Working with Stewart & McKellen in London's No Man's Land

The fall theater season in London gets off to a starry start with the opening at Wyndham’s Theatre of No Man’s Land, the 1975 Harold Pinter play starring the actor-knights Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, who played the same roles on Broadway in 2013. Joining them this time around are 1997 Tony winner Owen Teale and the fast-rising Irish actor ...

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Isabella Russo on Moonwalking, Being a Goofball & Which Into the Woods Witches Need to See School of Rock

Isabella Russo on Moonwalking, Being a Goofball & Which Into the Woods Witches Need to See School of Rock

Age: 12

Hometown: "New Jersey, but I've been to every state except Alaska!"

Current Role: Isabella Russo plays Summer, a prim teacher's pet who brings her perfectionist A-game as the pint-sized band manager in School of Rock.

Stage Cred: School of Rock marks Russo's Broadway debut. Her powerful pipes have landed her concert spots as an opener ...

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Mauricio Perez on Performing at House Parties, the Secret to Jersey Boys' Perfect Hair & More!

Mauricio Perez on Performing at House Parties, the Secret to Jersey Boys' Perfect Hair & More!

Age: 31

Hometown: Miami, FL

Current Role: Pérez takes on the role of Frankie Valli, the Four Seasons frontman with that signature falsetto, in the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys.

Stage Cred: Pérez returns to the jukebox smash hit, which he has appeared in both on Broadway and on the first national tour. His off-Broadway credits include Miss Abigail's Guide ...

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Hear Ye! Something Rotten! Stars Rob McClure & Will Chase Are Taking Your Questions!

Hear Ye! Something Rotten! Stars Rob McClure & Will Chase Are Taking Your Questions!

Renaissance rock stars Rob McClure and Will Chase are taking a break from the slings and arrows of outrageous musical comedy to answer your questions. Whether 'tis nobler to ask the Something Rotten! guys questions about the show they do eight times a week or previous roles in Honeymoon in Vegas, Noises Off, Chaplin and Avenue Q (that's all McClure ...

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London Sunny Afternoon Star Oliver Hoare on Swinging from a Chandelier & Leaving a Note for Mark Rylance

London Sunny Afternoon Star Oliver Hoare on Swinging from a Chandelier & Leaving a Note for Mark Rylance

Sunny Afternoon, the hit London show scored to the back catalog of iconic British rock group The Kinks, is entering its final months at the Harold Pinter Theatre. What better time, then, to check in with the Olivier Award-winning musical and have a word with Oliver Hoare, who has replaced Olivier winner George Maguire as the irrepressible bad boy Dave ...

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Hamilton's Lexi Lawson on Being Super Punny, a Boxing Ballerina & a Schuyler Sister Who 'Werks' for the Camera

Hamilton's Lexi Lawson on Being Super Punny, a Boxing Ballerina & a Schuyler Sister Who 'Werks' for the Camera

Age: "54! I look great, don't I?"

Hometown: Newburgh, NY

Current Role: Lawson plays Hamilton's Eliza, the founding father's wife who, despite unimaginable circumstances, carries out his revolutionary legacy, truly proving herself as the best of wives and best of women.

Stage & Screen Cred: Lawson makes her Broadway debut in Hamilton; however, she is no ...

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And It's Not Even Thanksgiving! The Humans' Reed Birney & Jayne Houdyshell Are Taking Your Questions

And It's Not Even Thanksgiving! The Humans' Reed Birney & Jayne Houdyshell Are Taking Your Questions

It's been a big year for Reed Birney and Jayne Houdyshell, who took home Tonys for their respective roles and stirring performances in Stephen Karam's Tony-winning play The Humans. After recently relocating to Broadway's Schoenfeld Theatre, the onstage couple will play a round of Ask a Star at Broadway.com HQ! Want to ask about performing in the production's new ...

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Simon Bailey on Visiting New Jersey, Joining Blockbuster Musicals and Playing Tommy DeVito in London's Jersey Boys

Simon Bailey on Visiting New Jersey, Joining Blockbuster Musicals and Playing Tommy DeVito in London's Jersey Boys

The Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical Jersey Boys has been running eight years in London, first at the Prince Edward and now the Piccadilly Theatre, and earlier this year welcomed a new set of principals to tell the rousing story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Among this latest cast, few have as accomplished a resume as Simon Bailey ...

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Cats' Ricky Ubeda on Contouring, Stranger Things & Why Patti LuPone Would Be the Perfect Jellicle Ball Date

Cats' Ricky Ubeda on Contouring, Stranger Things & Why Patti LuPone Would Be the Perfect Jellicle Ball Date

Age: 20

Hometown: Miami, FL

Current Role: Ubeda plays the magical Mr. Mistoffelees, whose wardrobe is just as flashy as his dance moves, in the Broadway revival of Cats.

Stage & Screen Cred: Ubeda's fancy footwork earned him the title of So You Think You Can Dance's season 11 champion. He appeared in Freddie Falls in Love ...

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Alan Morrissey on Meeting Carole King, His Connection with Cynthia Erivo and Starring in the West End's Beautiful

Alan Morrissey on Meeting Carole King, His Connection with Cynthia Erivo and Starring in the West End's Beautiful

Alan Morrissey is a well-known TV name in Britain from series like Holby City who has branched out of late into musicals. He co-starred opposite Tony winner Cynthia Erivo in I Can't Sing! the X Factor Musical at the London Palladium, and for the past 18 months, has starred opposite first Olivier winner Katie Brayben and now Cassidy Janson in ...

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Wicked's Michael Campayno on Dancing Through Life to *NSYNC, Hanging with the Fans & His Sweet Tooth

Wicked's Michael Campayno on Dancing Through Life to *NSYNC, Hanging with the Fans & His Sweet Tooth

Age: 26

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Current Role: Campayno makes his Broadway debut in Wicked as Fiyero, Elphaba (Jennifer DiNoia) and Glinda's (Carrie St. Louis) dashing, mischievous classmate who captures both of their hearts.

Stage & Screen Cred: Campayno appeared as Rolf in NBC’s The Sound of Music Live!. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, his regional ...

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Aladdin Star Trevor Dion Nicholas on Sympathy for Standbys, Friendship with Broadway's Genie & Loving London

Aladdin Star Trevor Dion Nicholas on Sympathy for Standbys, Friendship with Broadway's Genie & Loving London

The Disney musical Aladdin has hopped a magic carpet to London for what looks set to be a long run at the Prince Edward Theatre in a West End premiere that has made a star out of American performer Trevor Dion Nicholas as the Genie. An alum of the ongoing Broadway production, where he was the standby for three roles ...

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Paramour's Ryan Vona on Backstage Pranks, Songwriting on the Toilet & Why Flavor Flav Needs to See the Show

Paramour's Ryan Vona on Backstage Pranks, Songwriting on the Toilet & Why Flavor Flav Needs to See the Show

Age: 24

Hometown: Newtown, MA

Current Role: Vona plays Paramour's Joey, a gifted composer offered a rags-to-riches deal if he can create a musical masterpiece for A.J.'s (Jeremy Kushnier) latest Hollywood hit—and give up his muse and lady love, Indigo (Ruby Lewis), to the hotshot director.

Stage & Screen Cred: Vona made his Broadway debut ...

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Naomi Frederick on Comparisons to Margaret Thatcher & the Importance of Boots in London's Hobson's Choice

Naomi Frederick on Comparisons to Margaret Thatcher & the Importance of Boots in London's Hobson's Choice

The 1916 Harold Brighouse play Hobson's Choice is an English theatrical warhorse, and its latest London run at the Vaudeville Theatre comes anchored by a commanding star turn from Naomi Frederick. An alum of Shakespeare's Globe and the touring company Kneehigh, Frederick plays Maggie, the starchiest and also most enterprising of three daughters of the heavy-drinking scold of a father ...

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Want the Dish from Waitress' Jenna Ushkowitz? She's Taking Your Questions!

Want the Dish from Waitress' Jenna Ushkowitz? She's Taking Your Questions!

Glee's Jenna Ushkowitz is back on the Great White Way! Currently serving up a delicious performance as sweet-as-pie Dawn in Waitress, Ushkowitz made her debut as a Broadway baby in The King and I in 1996. She returned to the stage in the original production of Spring Awakening, which starred her fellow Gleek Lea Michele. Want the dish ...

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