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Kinky Boots Star Jeanna de Waal on Wicked Tattoos, Prom Shoes & Her Brush with Prince Harry

Kinky Boots Star Jeanna de Waal on Wicked Tattoos, Prom Shoes & Her Brush with Prince Harry

Age: 25

Hometown: Solihull, Birmingham, UK

Current Role: A hilarious turn as Lauren, a kooky factory girl who has bad luck with guys in the Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots.

Stage Cred: Broadway debut as Heather in American Idiot, Glinda in the national tour of Wicked, Chris in off-Broadway’s Carrie.

“The kinkiest shoes I own are these amazing white stilettos ...

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Leigh Zimmerman on Getting Scolded by Madonna and Playing a Diva in London's Relative Values

Leigh Zimmerman on Getting Scolded by Madonna and Playing a Diva in London's Relative Values

Leigh Zimmerman is known for her leggy allure on both sides of the Atlantic, having starred in either the West End or on Broadway (and sometimes both) in Chicago, The Producers and The Will Rogers Follies. A 2013 Olivier recipient for her tart-tongued Sheila in A Chorus Line, Zimmerman is back in the West End in the non-singing role of ...

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Champagne! Caviar! Naps! Bullets Over Broadway's Marin Mazzie Teaches Us How to Be the Ultimate Diva

Champagne! Caviar! Naps! Bullets Over Broadway's Marin Mazzie Teaches Us How to Be the Ultimate Diva

If there’s one leading lady who knows how to play the ultimate diva, it’s Bullets Over Broadway star Marin Mazzie. The three-time Tony nominee is back on the boards as Helen Sinclair, a glamorous Broadway star who practically invented the word. But according to Mazzie, divas have gotten a bad rap in recent years. “I think divas can ...

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Rocky Star Terence Archie on His Transformation from Alien in Pink Tights to Heavyweight Champion

Rocky Star Terence Archie on His Transformation from Alien in Pink Tights to Heavyweight Champion

Age: 38

Hometown: Detroit, MI

Current Role: A breakout performance as high-rolling heavyweight champion Apollo Creed in Broadway's Rocky, after originating the role in the German production.

Stage & Screen Cred: Archie made his Broadway debut in the 2009 revival of Ragtime; he has appeared on the small screen in Law & Order and One Life to Live.

“Growing up in ...

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Martin Quinn on Why the West End Vampire Thriller Let the Right One In Is Like a Backwards Peter Pan

Martin Quinn on Why the West End Vampire Thriller Let the Right One In Is Like a Backwards Peter Pan

Stage debuts don’t come much more striking than that of 19-year-old Scotsman Martin Quinn, who plays the put-upon Oskar in Let the Right One In. Helmed by Tony winner John Tiffany, the vampire thriller adapted by Jack Thorne has transferred to the Apollo Theatre after an earlier London run at the Royal Court. Based on the Swedish novel and ...

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Violet Star Joshua Henry on Life Lessons From Audra & Sutton and How to Eat Cheesecake While Staying Fit

Violet Star Joshua Henry on Life Lessons From Audra & Sutton and How to Eat Cheesecake While Staying Fit

On Broadway, talented people tend to rise to the top, especially young triple threats like Joshua Henry. (Make that quadruple, if good looks are factored in.) Since his 2007 off-Broadway debut in the ensemble of In the Heights, Henry has climbed the musical theater ladder with supporting roles in American Idiot and Porgy and Bess and a fabulous, Tony-nominated lead ...

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Meet Ryan McCartan! The Heathers Star on His Transformation From Disney Dream Date to Serial Killer

Meet Ryan McCartan! The Heathers Star on His Transformation From Disney Dream Date to Serial Killer

Age: 20

Hometown: Excelsior, MN

Current Role: An off-Broadway debut as bad boy J.D. (a role made famous by Christian Slater in the 1988 movie), who convinces his girlfriend Veronica to knock off the popular kids in Heathers.

Stage & Screen Cred: Winner of the 2011 National High School Musical Theater “Jimmy” Awards; appears on the Disney Channel hit Liv ...

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Samantha Bond on Visiting Downton & Her Disastrous Audition for London’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Samantha Bond on Visiting Downton & Her Disastrous Audition for London’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Samantha Bond was a Tony nominee for Amy’s View, played Moneypenny in the Bond (no relation) films, and appeared in Downton Abbey as Lady Rosamund—but only now is the 52-year-old actress tackling her first-ever musical. The new production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre features Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound as two con artists let loose ...

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Nikki M. James on Being the Idina Menzel of the Mormon Movie and Why Les Miz Is Like Star Trek

Nikki M. James on Being the Idina Menzel of the Mormon Movie and Why Les Miz Is Like Star Trek

Ask Nikki M. James to name her favorite musicals, and she lights up, talking a mile a minute about Cats, Phantom, Miss Saigon and Les Miz. The little girl who used to wait at the stage door for autographs has transformed into a bona fide Broadway star—not to mention a Tony Award winner for her unforgettable performance as Nabulungi ...

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A Raisin in the Sun's Sean Patrick Thomas on Denzel Fandom & His Save the Last Dance Sex Symbol Status

A Raisin in the Sun's Sean Patrick Thomas on Denzel Fandom & His Save the Last Dance Sex Symbol Status

Age: 43

Hometown: Wilmington, DE

Current Role: A Broadway debut as Joseph Asagai, the charming Nigerian student who sweeps Beneatha Younger (played by Anika Noni Rose) off her feet in A Raisin in the Sun.

Stage and Screen Cred: After starring in the teen flick Save the Last Dance, Thomas appeared in Barbershop, TV’s The District, the 2008 small-screen ...

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