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The X Factor Winner Matt Cardle on 'F**king Going For It' in London's Memphis

The X Factor Winner Matt Cardle on 'F**king Going For It' in London's Memphis

Hockadoo! Memphis the Musical has a new leading man. The West End incarnation of the Tony-winning Broadway hit recently welcomed stage first-timer Matt Cardle to the cast, playing radio DJ Huey Calhoun opposite soul singer and Olivier nominee Beverley Knight as club singer Felicia Farrell. Having come to fame in Britain for winning the seventh season of The X Factor ...

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The New York Story's Colin Quinn Reveals His Trainwreck Past, His Conclusion About Cosby & Why Comedians Are Lucky

The New York Story's Colin Quinn Reveals His Trainwreck Past, His Conclusion About Cosby & Why Comedians Are Lucky

Brooklyn native Colin Quinn is obsessed with three things: comedy, cultural stereotypes and New York City. This trio comes together in his new solo show The New York Story, directed by Jerry Seinfeld at the Cherry Lane Theatre. The SNL vet is having an exceptionally busy week: he's preparing to open his off-Broadway show just as the new movie Trainwreck, in which ...

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James Backway on His 'Ripped' Co-Stars in London's War Horse & Why He Won't Do a Musical Again

James Backway on His 'Ripped' Co-Stars in London's War Horse & Why He Won't Do a Musical Again

The National Theatre staging of War Horse has become a West End mainstay and continues at the New London Theatre after nabbing five Tony Awards on Broadway in 2011. The lead role of the equine-friendly Albert Narracott, which has been played over the years by Luke Treadaway and Game of Thrones heartthrob Kit Harington, just to name a few, has ...

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Chris Peluso on Mirror Messages From Neil Patrick Harris & Abruptly Moving to London to Star in Miss Saigon

Chris Peluso on Mirror Messages From Neil Patrick Harris & Abruptly Moving to London to Star in Miss Saigon

The 25th-anniversary revival of Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre has had some cast changes as it enters its second year—among them the arrival of Broadway alum Chris Peluso to play young American soldier Chris in the Boublil and Schonberg musical landmark. Recently seen on Broadway in Beautiful, the delightful Peluso was eager to share his thoughts on hitting ...

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Kate Fleetwood on Wearing 'Posh Frocks' in London’s High Society & Starring In Her Husband's Medea

Kate Fleetwood on Wearing 'Posh Frocks' in London’s High Society & Starring In Her Husband's Medea

Kate Fleetwood was a 2008 Tony nominee for her performance opposite Patrick Stewart in Macbeth and a 2012 Olivier nominee for the hit National Theatre production of London Road. But her current starring role at the Old Vic as the sought-after Long Island socialite Tracy Lord in the Cole Porter-scored High Society, running through August 22, marks the first time ...

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Beautiful's Katie Brayben on Emailing Jessie Mueller, Being Surprised by Carole King & Embodying Princess Diana

Beautiful's Katie Brayben on Emailing Jessie Mueller, Being Surprised by Carole King & Embodying Princess Diana

The West End has a, well, beautiful new star in Katie Brayben, the English actress who won an Olivier Award in April for her performance as Carole King in the London production of Beautiful at the Aldwych Theatre. Having gone to this show directly from appearing as Princess Diana in Mike Bartlett's Olivier Award-winning (and Broadway-bound) King Charles III, the immediately ...

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It's Imelda Staunton's Turn! The Gypsy Star on Drinking with Roses Past & Staying at the Top of Her Game

It's Imelda Staunton's Turn! The Gypsy Star on Drinking with Roses Past & Staying at the Top of Her Game

Imelda Staunton has already won Olivier Awards for her Baker’s Wife in the London debut of Into the Woods and as Mrs. Lovett opposite Michael Ball in the 2012 West End revival of Sweeney Todd—but even by those illustrious standards, her current performance as the mother of all stage mothers, Rose, in Gypsy exists a league apart. A pint-sized ...

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Dame Kristin Scott Thomas on Meeting the Queen, Emails From Helen Mirren & Her West End Reign in The Audience

Dame Kristin Scott Thomas on Meeting the Queen, Emails From Helen Mirren & Her West End Reign in The Audience

They say there’s nothing like a dame—but what about two dames? That’s the situation currently with Peter Morgan’s London and Broadway hit The Audience, which has one dame (Helen Mirren) playing Queen Elizabeth II in New York City and another (Kristin Scott Thomas) who has taken on Mirren’s Olivier award-winning role at the Apollo Theatre on the West End. A ...

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Amanda Seyfried on Battling Nerves in The Way We Get By & Why the Wicked Movie Is Her Number-One Plan

Amanda Seyfried on Battling Nerves in The Way We Get By & Why the Wicked Movie Is Her Number-One Plan

After appearing in big-screen musicals Mamma Mia! and Les Miserables, Amanda Seyfried is making her off-Broadway debut in Neil LaBute’s The Way We Get By at Second Stage Theatre—a concept that completely terrifies her. She’s battled anxiety and stage fright for years, but after taking a leap with co-star Thomas Sadoski and director Leigh Silverman, the screen star is feeling more ...

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Tony Nominee Alessandro Nivola on Forgetting His Lines & Traveling to the West End with The Elephant Man

Tony Nominee Alessandro Nivola on Forgetting His Lines & Traveling to the West End with The Elephant Man

It’s rare for a Broadway hit to cross the Atlantic intact, but that is currently happening with director Scott Ellis’ acclaimed revival of The Elephant Man, which has arrived in London for a summer run at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, with its starry Tony-nominated trio of Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola along for the ride. For Nivola in particular ...

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