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John Heffernan on Playing an American, Being a Fanboy & Oppenheimer's Quick Move to the West End

John Heffernan on Playing an American, Being a Fanboy & Oppenheimer's Quick Move to the West End

J. Robert Oppenheimer has been called the father of the atomic bomb, and the American physicist has now given his name to a new Royal Shakespeare Company play, Oppenheimer. With a running time of three hours and a cast of 20, director Angus Jackson’s production gives pride of place to leading man John Heffernan, who seizes the title role like ...

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Teal Wicks on Her Elphaba Secret Society Membership & Why the Finding Neverland Kids Make Her Feel Lazy

Teal Wicks on Her Elphaba Secret Society Membership & Why the Finding Neverland Kids Make Her Feel Lazy

Wicked alum Teal Wicks is flying back to the Great White Way in Finding Neverland—and while she doesn’t get to explore her inner child while playing J.M. Barrie’s (Matthew Morrison) social-climbing wife Mary, she’s having a blast bringing the magical new musical to Broadway. Featuring a score by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James ...

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Lisa Howard on It Shoulda Been You’s Crazy Twist & Why ‘The Macarena’ Is a Wedding Must

Lisa Howard on It Shoulda Been You’s Crazy Twist & Why ‘The Macarena’ Is a Wedding Must

Here comes Lisa Howard, in her first-ever Broadway starring role in It Shoulda Been You! The Priscilla Queen of the Desert, 9 to 5 and Spelling Bee alum plays Jenny, who is walking down the aisle (well, to cheer on her sister, the bride) in the wacky musical comedy. Directed by Tony winner David Hyde Pierce and written by Barbara ...

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Nancy Wallinger on Why Flipping Out & Smashing Things in London’s The Play That Goes Wrong Keeps Her Sane

Nancy Wallinger on Why Flipping Out & Smashing Things in London’s The Play That Goes Wrong Keeps Her Sane

The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre contains lots of men behaving badly—or, at least clumsily—but the Olivier-nominated hit comedy owes much of its success to the two women in its cast, starting with Nancy Wallinger as Annie Twilloil, the stage manager who is attempting to keep calm even as everything is quite literally collapsing around her. Broadway ...

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Memphis' Beverley Knight on Her Thrilling Olivier Nod, The Wiz Dreams & Adventures in London's 'Theaterland'

Memphis' Beverley Knight on Her Thrilling Olivier Nod, The Wiz Dreams & Adventures in London's 'Theaterland'

English soul singer Beverley Knight has been batting a thousand in her stage forays to date. She first appeared on the West End in 2013 as Heather Headley’s replacement in The Bodyguard and is currently an Olivier Award nominee for her roof-raising turn as Felicia in the British premiere of Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre; the London version of Broadway’s ...

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Norbert Leo Butz on Playing a ‘Messed Up’ Guy in Netflix's Bloodline & Petting Dolphins with Aaron Tveit

Norbert Leo Butz on Playing a ‘Messed Up’ Guy in Netflix's Bloodline & Petting Dolphins with Aaron Tveit

Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz is unleashing his inner party animal in Bloodline, a gripping new Netflix drama premiering March 20 for your binge-watching convenience. But he’s also got a dark side—the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Catch Me If You Can favorite plays Kevin Rayburn, a hotheaded Florida boatyard owner whose deep family secrets are revealed when his older brother ...

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Jenna Augen on Her High-Octane Turn in London’s Bad Jews & Why She’s Like Her Singular Character

Jenna Augen on Her High-Octane Turn in London’s Bad Jews & Why She’s Like Her Singular Character

Breakout performances rarely come as high-voltage as Jenna Augen’s turn in Bad Jews, the Joshua Harmon play that is transferring to the Arts Theatre starting March 18 after previous runs both at the St. James Theatre and out of town in Bath. Inheriting Tracee Chimo’s New York role, Augen puts her own spiky, sparky spin on the religious Daphna, who ...

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Tituss Burgess on His Netflix Alter Ego: 'I Couldn't Be Less Like That Man!'

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Tituss Burgess on His Netflix Alter Ego: 'I Couldn't Be Less Like That Man!'

Tituss Burgess made a splash on Broadway in The Little Mermaid and Guys and Dolls, but in the new Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, his character—the divine, attention-grabbing musical theater hopeful Titus Andromedon—isn’t as #blessed. The comedy follows the titular Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), who reinvents her life in New York after escaping from a doomsday cult. Burgess reunites with co-creators ...

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Olivier Nominee George Maguire on Jamming in The Kinks Musical Sunny Afternoon & His Next Rock God Dream Role

Olivier Nominee George Maguire on Jamming in The Kinks Musical Sunny Afternoon & His Next Rock God Dream Role

Sunny Afternoon, the Edward Hall-directed jukebox musical salute to the legendary British band The Kinks, was just nominated for five Olivier Awards, but arguably none of its nods is more deserving than the one for George Maguire. Maguire plays plays Dave Davies, irrepressible brother to Kinks firebrand, Ray. Having previously played T. Rex frontman Marc Bolan in a different musical ...

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Chilina Kennedy on Why Her Beautiful Debut Is Like Mountain Climbing (with Only One Bathroom Break)

Chilina Kennedy on Why Her Beautiful Debut Is Like Mountain Climbing (with Only One Bathroom Break)

Stepping into a headlining role in a hit musical is tough—just ask Canadian actress and Broadway alum Chilina Kennedy, who is succeeding Tony winner Jessie Mueller in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on March 7. But try doing it with a five-month-old baby. And 15 costume changes. And only one pee break (which we learned ...

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