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42nd Street's Clare Halse on Being as Starry-Eyed as Peggy Sawyer, Her Wicked Dream Role & Working with Sheena Easton in the West End

42nd Street's Clare Halse on Being as Starry-Eyed as Peggy Sawyer, Her Wicked Dream Role & Working with Sheena Easton in the West End

The West End’s dance-heavy spring began with the U.K. premiere of An American in Paris and continues with a revival of 42nd Street, returning to the same venue—Drury Lane—where the show was first seen in London in 1984. Scottish actress-singer Sheena Easton gets top billing as Dorothy Brock, but all eyes will surely be on English newcomer Clare Halse in the pivotal role of ...

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An American in Paris Star Robert Fairchild on Returning to a Role That's in His Bones & Sharing the Show with London

An American in Paris Star Robert Fairchild on Returning to a Role That's in His Bones & Sharing the Show with London

S'marvelous indeed: there's no other way to describe the grace, panache and irresistible ease that ballet star Robert Fairchild is bringing to his starring part in the West End’s An American in Paris, repeating his performance as Jerry Mulligan that won a Tony nod and Drama Desk Award for his Broadway debut in the same part in 2015. With Tony ...

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Don Juan in Soho's Adrian Scarborough on Hitting It Off with David Tennant, Returning to the Stage & More

Don Juan in Soho's Adrian Scarborough on Hitting It Off with David Tennant, Returning to the Stage & More

The Olivier Award-winning actor Adrian Scarborough was last on the London stage early in 2014 when he played the Fool to Simon Russell Beale's King Lear and will soon be seen as the sidekick, Stan, to David Tennant's Don Juan when a revival of the 2006 Patrick Marber play Don Juan in Soho starts previews March 17 at Wyndham's Theatre ...

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Donna McKechnie, Star of London's The Wild Party on Working with Triple Threats, A Chorus Line Memories & More

Donna McKechnie, Star of London's The Wild Party on Working with Triple Threats, A Chorus Line Memories & More

Donna McKechnie is that increasing rarity: a Broadway legend whose vitality defies the years (was A Chorus Line really four decades ago?). She can now be seen back on the London stage in director-choreographer Drew McOnie's production of The Wild Party, at the newly named Other Palace playhouse through April 1. McKechnie inherits the part of the seen-it-all Dolores that brought ...

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Game of Thrones Star Conleth Hill on His Leap to London’s Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Game of Thrones Star Conleth Hill on His Leap to London’s Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Conleth Hill may be best known as the manipulative eunuch Lord Varys on the international TV hit Game of Thrones, but the gifted Northern Irish actor has two Olivier Awards and a 2001 Tony nomination (for the two-hander Stones in His Pockets) to his name—not to mention additional stage credits that include playing Macbeth opposite Frances McDormand at California’s Berkeley ...

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West End Travesties Star Freddie Fox on How Stoppard Makes You Smarter, John Hurt's Words of Wisdom & Not Going Hollywood

West End Travesties Star Freddie Fox on How Stoppard Makes You Smarter, John Hurt's Words of Wisdom & Not Going Hollywood

Freddie Fox has appeared on the London stage opposite Lindsay Duncan in Hay Fever and Rupert Everett in The Judas Kiss, among many other credits, but is currently giving the stage performance of his career so far as Tristan Tzara, the Romanian-born French Dadaist and poet at the seriocomic heart of Travesties. The director Patrick Marber's brilliant production of Tom ...

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Michael Esper on Playing Tom in London's Glass Menagerie, Working with David Bowie and Sting & His NYC Plans

Michael Esper on Playing Tom in London's Glass Menagerie, Working with David Bowie and Sting & His NYC Plans

Broadway actor Michael Esper has made a sizable impression on the London stage of late, moving from his acclaimed performance opposite Michael C. Hall in the U.K. stage debut of the David Bowie-scored Lazarus to his current run as Tom, opposite Cherry Jones's Amanda, in The Glass Menagerie at the Duke of York's Theatre. With a list of credits ...

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West End Star Joanna Riding on Singing Gary Barlow's Music in The Girls, Defying Nudie Show Expectations & Skipping the Gym

West End Star Joanna Riding on Singing Gary Barlow's Music in The Girls, Defying Nudie Show Expectations & Skipping the Gym

Two-time Olivier Award winner Joanna Riding has staked her formidable reputation on such musical theater classics as Carousel and My Fair Lady, now she is in previews at the Phoenix Theatre for the West End debut of a brand new British musical, The Girls, adapted from 2003 hit British film comedy Calendar Girls. Telling the true story of a ...

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Tony Nominee Paul Ritter on Throwing Paint on Rufus Sewell & Tim Key, Following Elton John on Tony Night & Starring in Art

Tony Nominee Paul Ritter on Throwing Paint on Rufus Sewell & Tim Key, Following Elton John on Tony Night & Starring in Art

Paul Ritter was a 2009 Tony nominee for his superb performance in Alan Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests and now the British stage and TV stalwart is appearing with Rufus Sewell and Tim Key in the 20th-anniversary revival of Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning play Art, the dark comedy about a friendship rent asunder by a painting is at the Old Vic Theatre. A veteran of ...

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Florence Andrews on Letting Her Hair Down in London's School of Rock & More

Florence Andrews on Letting Her Hair Down in London's School of Rock & More

Florence Andrews is lending some sterling vocals and whiplash timing to the London premiere of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical School of Rock, based on the Richard Linklater/Jack Black film and now running at the New London Theatre, the onetime home of Cats. The fast-rising performer plays the starchy—or maybe not—Rosalie Mullins, who also happens to be the principal ...

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Ben Turner on Not Being Pigeon-Holed, Playing an Eight-Year-Old Boy & Flying High in London's The Kite Runner

Ben Turner on Not Being Pigeon-Holed, Playing an Eight-Year-Old Boy & Flying High in London's The Kite Runner

Ben Turner's theater credits include the Eddie Redmayne Richard II at the Donmar and the Almeida's revival of Clifford Odets' Awake and Sing but the classically trained performer is now taking the West End lead in The Kite Runner, adapted from the Khaled Hosseini bestselling 2003 novel of the same name that was itself filmed in 2007. Playing the Afghani ...

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Matthew Seadon-Young on Playing Gerry Goffin in London's Beautiful, the Art of Taking Over a Role & Not Doing Side Show with His Brother

Matthew Seadon-Young on Playing Gerry Goffin in London's Beautiful, the Art of Taking Over a Role & Not Doing Side Show with His Brother

Matthew Seadon-Young's London musical credits include Billy Elliot, Urinetown and Les Miserables and now the ebullient performer is playing the American lyricist (and onetime husband of Carole King) Gerry Goffin in Beautiful at the Aldwych Theatre. A relatively new recruit to a production heading into its third year in the West End, Seadon-Young took time recently to talk about the ...

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She Loves Me's Scarlett Strallen on Singing 'Ice-Cream' with a British Accent, Meeting Barbara Cook & More

She Loves Me's Scarlett Strallen on Singing 'Ice-Cream' with a British Accent, Meeting Barbara Cook & More

No sooner had the gossamer-voiced Scarlett Strallen got herself a base in New York before the English star of such shows as Mary Poppins, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder and the West End's most recent A Chorus Line found herself back in her home country, this time to play the lovelorn Amalia in the Menier Chocolate Factory's enchanting ...

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'It Stays in Your Bloodstream': Russell Hornsby Discusses Revisiting Fences & Denzel Washington's 'Love Movement'

'It Stays in Your Bloodstream': Russell Hornsby Discusses Revisiting Fences & Denzel Washington's 'Love Movement'

Russell Hornsby is no stranger to the work of August Wilson; in addition to the 2010 revival of Fences, he's appeared off-Broadway in King Hedley II and Jitney. Now, he's taking the playwright's work to the screen as he reprises his performance as Lyons in the film adaptation of Fences, in theaters on December 25. Among his co-stars are four ...

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Every Brilliant Thing's Jonny Donahoe on Bringing the Show to HBO, Making Mental Health Approachable & the Genius of Feta Cheese

Every Brilliant Thing's Jonny Donahoe on Bringing the Show to HBO, Making Mental Health Approachable & the Genius of Feta Cheese

Following the film adaptations of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill and All the Way this year, HBO has once again brought the New York stage to the screen with Every Brilliant Thing. Comedian Jonny Donahoe headlined the solo show at the Barrow Street Theatre in 2015, having previously toured the U.K. with it. The play follows a ...

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An Inspector Calls' Barbara Marten on Soggy Costumes, a Collapsing Set & Her Show-Biz Marriage

An Inspector Calls' Barbara Marten on Soggy Costumes, a Collapsing Set & Her Show-Biz Marriage

Barbara Marten is a veteran presence on stage and screen with a sizable range of British TV credits that include a series regular on The Bill. The actress has returned to the West End to give a scorching performance as the imperious Sybil Birling in two-time Tony-winner Stephen Daldry’s legendary production of An Inspector Calls, the 1940s J.B. Priestley ...

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Finn Wittrock on Tackling Othello, Not Singing in La La Land, His ‘Magical’ Glass Menagerie Cast & More

Finn Wittrock on Tackling Othello, Not Singing in La La Land, His ‘Magical’ Glass Menagerie Cast & More

Since holding his own as a newcomer opposite powerhouses like Philip Seymour Hoffman, Linda Emond and Andrew Garfield in Mike Nichols’ Death of a Salesman on Broadway in 2012, Finn Wittrock has enjoyed many well-deserved big moments in Hollywood: an Emmy-nominated turn on American Horror Story: Freak Show (and showy roles on each subsequent season of the FX hit), a ...

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Nice Fish's Jim Lichtscheidl on Working with Mark Rylance, Meeting Celebs and How to Pronounce His Name

Nice Fish's Jim Lichtscheidl on Working with Mark Rylance, Meeting Celebs and How to Pronounce His Name

Jim Lichtscheidl has played London before, as part of an amalgam of Tony Kushner one-acts that came to the Tricycle Theatre in 2010 under the title Tiny Kushner. This season finds the Minnesota actor graduating to the West End to co-star alongside Oscar and three-time Tony winner Mark Rylance in Nice Fish, the Garrison Keillor-esque study in whimsy, American Midwest-style ...

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Philippa Stefani on Meeting Lin-Manuel Miranda, Keeping in Touch with Cynthia Erivo and Playing Mimi in London's Rent

Philippa Stefani on Meeting Lin-Manuel Miranda, Keeping in Touch with Cynthia Erivo and Playing Mimi in London's Rent

Philippa Stefani has a wide-ranging list of musical credits that include Imagine This, Wicked, GhostI Can't Sing! and In the Heights,  and now the performer is taking on the role of Mimi in director Bruce Guthrie's new revival of Rent at the St James Theatre. Broadway.com caught the charming actress during her pre-London tour with Jonathan Larson's era-defining show ...

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This House Star Nathaniel Parker on Politics, Star Vehicles and Memories of Wolf Hall's Tony Noms

This House Star Nathaniel Parker on Politics, Star Vehicles and Memories of Wolf Hall's Tony Noms

Nathaniel Parker has twice played Broadway, first opposite Dustin Hoffman in 1989 in The Merchant of Venice and then in 2015 in his Tony-nommed performance as Henry VIII in Wolf Hall, for which he won an Olivier the same year. Parker is remaining in the political realm with the now-previewing West End transfer to the Garrick Theatre of This House ...

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Samantha Barks on Keeping Cool in Front of Jason Robert Brown, Not Dissing Russell Crowe & Starring in London's The Last Five Years

Samantha Barks on Keeping Cool in Front of Jason Robert Brown, Not Dissing Russell Crowe & Starring in London's The Last Five Years

Samantha Barks came to worldwide attention as Eponine in the film of Les Miserables but has an extensive list of stage credits including Les Miz, Aladdin and City of Angels. The 26-year-old Isle of Man native can now be found in the intimate confines of the St James Theatre playing Cathy opposite Jonathan Bailey’s Jamie in The Last Five Years ...

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Buried Child's Amy Madigan on Working with Hubby Ed Harris, Making Her London Stage Debut & Redefining Family Drama

Buried Child's Amy Madigan on Working with Hubby Ed Harris, Making Her London Stage Debut & Redefining Family Drama

Chicago-born actress and 1985 Oscar nominee (Twice in a Lifetime) Amy Madigan has done TV, film and stage and is now about to make her London theater debut in Sam Shepard’s 1978 play Buried Child, opposite her husband, Ed Harris, with whom Madigan recently performed the play in New York. With previews at Trafalgar Studios about to begin November 14 ...

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Michael C. Hall on Shaving His Arms, Being Part of David Bowie's 'Posthumous Homecoming' & Making His London Stage Debut in Lazarus

Michael C. Hall on Shaving His Arms, Being Part of David Bowie's 'Posthumous Homecoming' & Making His London Stage Debut in Lazarus

Michael C. Hall is known for his award-winning work on TV’s Six Feet Under and Dexter but has been returning to the theater with increasing regularity of late, whether as one of Broadway’s Hedwigs or leading the starry ensemble of Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses. He is currently making his London stage debut reprising the iconic part of Thomas Newton ...

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Charlie Stemp on Going from Playing the 'Monkey Number Three' in Wicked to Starring in Half a Sixpence

Charlie Stemp on Going from Playing the 'Monkey Number Three' in Wicked to Starring in Half a Sixpence

Newcomer Charlie Stemp looks set to be stamped for stardom when a revival of the 1965 British musical Half a Sixpence starts previews on October 29 at the Noel Coward Theatre, in advance of a November 17 opening. A sensation in Chichester, south of London, where director Rachel Kavanaugh’s production was seen over the summer, the young leading man spoke ...

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Ramin Karimloo on Starring Opposite Kerry Ellis in London's Murder Ballad, Returning to Broadway in Anastasia & Why He Still Lifts Weights

Ramin Karimloo on Starring Opposite Kerry Ellis in London's Murder Ballad, Returning to Broadway in Anastasia & Why He Still Lifts Weights

Ramin Karimloo needs little introduction as a onetime Phantom in both The Phantom of the Opera and its West End sequel, Love Never Dies, as well as a storming Jean Valjean in Les Miserables on Broadway, which brought him a 2014 Tony nod. But he can currently be found opposite Wicked alumna Kerry Ellis as one of four leads in the ...

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