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Nicholas Afoa, Star of London's The Lion King, on Leaving Sports & Finding a Brotherhood of Simbas

Nicholas Afoa, Star of London's The Lion King, on Leaving Sports & Finding a Brotherhood of Simbas

Nicholas Afoa has only ever been in one professional musical ever and it happens to be that globe-trotting crowd-puller The Lion King. Having first played adult Simba in Australia, the 30-year-old New Zealander has now stepped into the same role at London’s Lyceum Theatre for a year-long run in the West End. Broadway.com caught up with the engaging performer ...

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The Sound of Music Tour Star Melody Betts on Tapping Into Her Own Faith, Audra Inspiration & Backstage Belting

The Sound of Music Tour Star Melody Betts on Tapping Into Her Own Faith, Audra Inspiration & Backstage Belting

In the final moments of The Sound of Music’s first act, Melody Betts takes center stage as Mother Abbess as she delivers the last verse of “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” with a pure, commanding soprano. Before taking on the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical in the current North American tour, Betts had audiences giving mid-show standing ovations as a featured ...

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Meet Tracy! Newcomer Maddie Baillio Discusses Headlining NBC's Hairspray Live!

Meet Tracy! Newcomer Maddie Baillio Discusses Headlining NBC's Hairspray Live!

Oh, oh, oh, Maddie Baillio woke up today, feeling the way she always does, except she had some big news to share: this December, she’ll take on the coveted role of Tracy Turnblad in NBC’s Hairspray Live! The Texas native just finished her sophomore year as a Theatre Arts major at Marymount Manhattan College, and now she’s getting ready to ...

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The Go-Between's Gemma Sutton on Getting to Play a Brit Again & the Joy of Co-Starring with the 'Extraordinary' Michael Crawford

The Go-Between's Gemma Sutton on Getting to Play a Brit Again & the Joy of Co-Starring with the 'Extraordinary' Michael Crawford

Gemma Sutton played Julie Jordan in a radical off-West End production in 2014 of Carousel and has the distinction of having played both June and then Louise opposite Imelda Staunton in 2016 Tony nominee Jonathan Kent's recent West End revival of Gypsy. The actress is currently starring opposite another iconic theater talent— Michael Crawford—in the new West End musical The ...

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London Sideways Star Simon Harrison on California Dreaming & Rewarding Himself with a Glass of Pinot Noir

London Sideways Star Simon Harrison on California Dreaming & Rewarding Himself with a Glass of Pinot Noir

Simon Harrison has a wealth of classical credits to his name but is putting his Shakespeare pedigree to one side to co-star alongside Daniel Weyman in the U.K. stage premiere of Sideways at the St. James Theatre. The play is based on the same novel that spawned the much-lauded 2004 film. Harrison inherits the role of Jack Cole, for ...

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Jenna Russell on Hitting Kit Harington Over a Big Games of Thrones Spoiler & Why Their Doctor Faustus Is 'Crazy'

Jenna Russell on Hitting Kit Harington Over a Big Games of Thrones Spoiler & Why Their Doctor Faustus Is 'Crazy'

Jenna Russell has a 2006 Olivier Award and a 2008 Tony nomination for her performance as Dot/Marie in Sunday in the Park with George, but the musical theater regular has since shifted to the classical stage to play Mephistopheles opposite Game of Thrones star Kit Harington in the title role of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus at the Duke of ...

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The Comedy about a Bank Robbery's Charlie Russell on Playing an American & Not Going Wrong with Mischief

The Comedy about a Bank Robbery's Charlie Russell on Playing an American & Not Going Wrong with Mischief

The Mischief Theatre Company has now had three West End shows, starting with the ongoing and Olivier-winning The Play That Goes Wrong, then Peter Pan Goes Wrong and now The Comedy about a Bank Robbery, which opened at the Criterion Theatre to rave reviews last month. Their first show set in the U.S., director Mark Bell’s production casts Charlie ...

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London Jersey Boys Star Matt Corner on His Frankie Valli Transformation & Longing to Visit the Garden State

London Jersey Boys Star Matt Corner on His Frankie Valli Transformation & Longing to Visit the Garden State

Jersey Boys has set up shop as a West End long-runner. The Olivier Award-winning musical all about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons is now on its second London theater, the Piccadilly, and is currently hosting a fresh set of principal actors. Broadway.com caught up with Matt Corner, the delightful actor now playing Frankie, to talk Jersey accents, singing ...

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Sam Mackay, Star of London's In the Heights, on Rapping at the Oliviers, Meeting Lin-Manuel Miranda and His Hamilton Dream

Sam Mackay, Star of London's In the Heights, on Rapping at the Oliviers, Meeting Lin-Manuel Miranda and His Hamilton Dream

Londoner Sam Mackay might seem an unexpected choice to inherit Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway role of the bodega-owning Usnavi for the British premiere of In the Heights, but Mackay earned raves for the production that won three Olivier Awards. He took time before a recent matinee to talk to Broadway.com about Manhattan neighborhoods, rapping at the Royal Opera House and—of ...

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West End Star Gina Beck on What Wicked's Glinda & Phantom's Christine Would Think of Her Role in Show Boat

West End Star Gina Beck on What Wicked's Glinda & Phantom's Christine Would Think of Her Role in Show Boat

Gina Beck has taken over leading roles in Wicked (as Glinda in the West End and also the U.S. tour) and The Phantom of the Opera (as Christine), but at long last the performer is opening a London production with the arrival in town of Daniel Evans’s Sheffield Theatre production of the 1927 Broadway landmark Show Boat at the ...

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