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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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Sir Antony Sher on Bringing RSC’s Death of a Salesman to the West End & Why Willy Loman Is Like William Shakespeare

Sir Antony Sher on Bringing RSC’s Death of a Salesman to the West End & Why Willy Loman Is Like William Shakespeare

Antony Sher, the actor-knight who was nominated for a Best Actor Tony Award in 1997 for his performance as the British painter Stanley Spencer in Stanley, has played many of the great Shakespearean roles—now is he tackling one of the American theatrical Everests. The Royal Shakespeare Company mounting of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman officially transfers to the Noel ...

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Rachel Tucker on Beautiful Dreams & Unleashing Her Inner Dominatrix in London's Communicating Doors

Rachel Tucker on Beautiful Dreams & Unleashing Her Inner Dominatrix in London's Communicating Doors

After a passionate Broadway debut in the short-lived Sting musical The Last Ship, Belfast-born actress-singer Rachel Tucker has returned to London to head the cast of the Menier Chocolate Factory revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s Communicating Doors, currently in previews and opening May 13. A onetime Elphaba in Wicked, Tucker shifts gears in the comic thriller to play a dominatrix who ...

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Ruthie Henshall on Losing Her Mind in Follies & How London's Billy Elliot Kids Have Opened Her Heart

Ruthie Henshall on Losing Her Mind in Follies & How London's Billy Elliot Kids Have Opened Her Heart

Ruthie Henshall needs scant introduction as one of the West End’s leading musical theater lights, with credits spanning the Atlantic that include Chicago, Miss Saigon, Putting It Together and her current role as dance teacher Mrs. Wilkinson in Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre. In recent weeks she has been coupling her work in the long-running hit with rehearsals ...

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Elaine Paige on Her Farewell Concert Film, Nicole Scherzinger in Cats & Keeping Her Costumes

Elaine Paige on Her Farewell Concert Film, Nicole Scherzinger in Cats & Keeping Her Costumes

Elaine Paige is often referred to as the First Lady of British Musical Theater, having originated such iconic roles as Eva Peron in Evita and Grizabella in Cats. But now—50 years after her professional debut, the Olivier winner heads to the big screen in a broadcast of I’m Still Here, her Royal Albert Hall farewell concert from October. The touring swansong ...

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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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