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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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Guys and Dolls West End Star Richard Kind on the 'Loud Smiles' of British Audiences

Guys and Dolls West End Star Richard Kind on the 'Loud Smiles' of British Audiences

Richard Kind’s stage credits range from The Producers and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife to a 2013 Tony nomination for the Clifford Odets play The Big Knife, and now the ever-busy actor is making his London stage debut at the Phoenix Theatre as Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, opposite two-time Olivier Award winner Samantha Spiro as Miss Adelaide ...

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Tamzin Outhwaite on Dark Truths, Chaotic Dinner Parties and Not Singing in London's How the Other Half Loves

Tamzin Outhwaite on Dark Truths, Chaotic Dinner Parties and Not Singing in London's How the Other Half Loves

Tamzin Outhwaite is a major TV name in Britain, where her West End credits include Di and Viv and Rose and the title role in Sweet Charity, but the actress is returning to her roots by co-starring in the revival at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, of the classic Alan Ayckbourn comedy How the Other Half Loves. The engaging performer took ...

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Two-Time Emmy Winner Uzo Aduba on Being Proud of Her Orange is the New Black Co-Star & Making Her London Debut in The Maids

Two-Time Emmy Winner Uzo Aduba on Being Proud of Her Orange is the New Black Co-Star & Making Her London Debut in The Maids

Uzo Aduba is a two-time Emmy winner for her performance as Suzanne (a.k.a. "Crazy Eyes") in the prison drama Orange is the New Black and revealed her gifts as a belter as Glinda in NBC’s The Wiz Live! The New York theater veteran is now making a scorching London stage debut as Solange, one of two sibling housemaids ...

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People, Places & Things Star Denise Gough on Nicole Kidman as Her Awards Rival, Her Olivier Speech Prep & Being the Toast of the Town

People, Places & Things Star Denise Gough on Nicole Kidman as Her Awards Rival, Her Olivier Speech Prep & Being the Toast of the Town

Irish actress Denise Gough has gone from comparative unknown to West End star on the back of her acclaimed performance as Emma, an actress battling addiction in Duncan Macmillan’s People, Places & Things, the National Theatre hit that transfers to Wyndham’s Theatre in the West End this week. A Best Actress nominee at the forthcoming Olivier Awards, Gough took time ...

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Cedric Neal on the Miracle of Playing Berry Gordy in London's Motown & What He Misses Most About NYC

Cedric Neal on the Miracle of Playing Berry Gordy in London's Motown & What He Misses Most About NYC

Cedric Neal’s Broadway credits include After Midnight and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, but the Texas-born performer is now U.K.-based, to the benefit of audiences that can see him starring as Berry Gordy in the West End premiere of Motown the Musical, which opened this week at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Broadway.com caught up with the charming Neal ...

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Tony Nominee Tracie Bennett on Ignoring Judi Dench, Obsessing Over NYC and Starring in London's Mrs. Henderson Presents

Tony Nominee Tracie Bennett on Ignoring Judi Dench, Obsessing Over NYC and Starring in London's Mrs. Henderson Presents

Tracie Bennett was a 2012 Tony nominee for best actress in a play for End of the Rainbow, in which the pint-sized Englishwoman played Judy Garland. And now the powerhouse performer has returned to the West End to play the title role in the new musical Mrs. Henderson Presents, directed by Terry Johnson and based on the 2005 film that ...

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Ilan Goodman on Bad Jews Getting Banned on the Tube, Landing The Imitation Game & Giving Notes to His Famous Dad

Ilan Goodman on Bad Jews Getting Banned on the Tube, Landing The Imitation Game & Giving Notes to His Famous Dad

Ilan Goodman may be the son of Olivier Award-winning actor Henry Goodman (Assassins, Chicago) but the RADA-educated performer has been carving a name for himself as a fine talent in his own right. He can currently be seen at the West End's Theatre Royal Haymarket reprising his acclaimed performance as Liam in Joshua Harmon’s play Bad Jews. Broadway.com met ...

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Clear Eyes, Full Hearts! Janie Dee on How Friday Night Lights Helped Her in London's Hand to God

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts! Janie Dee on How Friday Night Lights Helped Her in London's Hand to God

Janie Dee has won two Olivier Awards and moved from classics to new plays, Shakespeare to musicals. But the protean talent is shifting gears big-time to inherit 2015 Tony nominee Geneva Carr’s role as the Texan mom Margery in the British premiere of Robert Askins’ subversively funny Broadway play Hand to God at the Vaudeville Theatre. Broadway.com met the ...

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Jennifer Mudge on Being Friends with Matthew Perry and Making Her West End Debut in The End of Longing

Jennifer Mudge on Being  Friends with Matthew Perry and Making Her West End Debut in The End of Longing

Jennifer Mudge has a slew of New York credits that range from The Philanthropist on Broadway opposite Matthew Broderick to the Witch in Fiasco Theatre’s revelatory Into the Woods off-Broadway. The actress can currently be found making her West End debut at the Playhouse Theatre opposite none other than Friends alum Matthew Perry, who also wrote The End of Longing ...

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Jeremy Secomb, London's Javert, on Playing a Baddie and the Reason Les Miserables Has Endured for So Long

Jeremy Secomb, London's Javert, on Playing a Baddie and the Reason Les Miserables Has Endured for So Long

Jeremy Secomb moved to London from his native Australia over 17 years ago, since then he has risen through the ranks to become a West End leading man. Last year, he won raves in the title role of Sweeney Todd in a pint-sized production just next door to the Queen’s Theatre, where he is currently starring as Javert in Les ...

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Thriller Live Star Haydon Eshun on Seven Years of Singing Like Michael Jackson in the West End

Thriller Live Star Haydon Eshun on Seven Years of Singing Like Michael Jackson in the West End

Now in its seventh year at the Lyric Theatre, Thriller Live has become a West End mainstay and a focal point for fans of Michael Jackson, who died not long after the show opened in January, 2009. Few get to acknowledge the superstar's legacy more buoyantly than lead vocalist Haydon Eshun, who is among the performers that rocks out to ...

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London's Kinky Boots Star Matt Henry on Finding His Inner Lola, Footwear Advice & Thoughts on Hamilton

London's Kinky Boots Star Matt Henry on Finding His Inner Lola, Footwear Advice & Thoughts on Hamilton

Matt Henry has understudied across a range of West End hits, from The Lion King to Avenue Q, and was a finalist on popular British reality TV show The Voice. But only now as the cross-dressing Lola (a.k.a. Simon) in the U.K. premiere at the Adelphi Theatre of Kinky Boots has the Englishman claimed a leading role ...

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West End Star Savannah Stevenson on the Wicked Sisterhood and Why She'll Never Play Elphaba

West End Star Savannah Stevenson on the Wicked Sisterhood and Why She'll Never Play Elphaba

English actress-singer Savannah Stevenson has become a mainstay in the West End production of Wicked, playing Glinda at the Apollo Victoria Theatre opposite a host of Elphabas that range from Willemijn Verkaik and Kerry Ellis to her current co-star, Emma Hatton. With the performance schedule for the blockbuster musical set to intensify over the holidays, the charming Stevenson took time ...

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Ron Cook on Comedy, Cruelty and Relishing His Role in Harold Pinter's The Homecoming in London

Ron Cook on Comedy, Cruelty and Relishing His Role in Harold Pinter's The Homecoming in London

The veteran actor Ron Cook needs little introduction to devotees of the British stage, given that he moves from show to show with consummate ease. With credits ranging from Brian Friel’s Faith Healer to Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good and on to his Olivier-nominated performance last year opposite Jude Law in Henry V, the actor is now winning raves for ...

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New London Beautiful Star Cassidy Janson Compares Carole King to Elphaba & Reveals the Broadway Star That Will Make Her a 'Blubbering Mess'

New London Beautiful Star Cassidy Janson Compares Carole King to Elphaba & Reveals the Broadway Star That Will Make Her a 'Blubbering Mess'

English actress-singer Cassidy Janson has appeared in many American shows in and around London, from blockbusters like Wicked to more intimate productions like Dessa Rose, opposite The Color Purple’s Cynthia Erivo, and alongside Neil Patrick Harris in tick, tick...BOOM! She recently took over from Olivier Award winner Katie Brayben as Carole King in Beautiful at the Aldwych Theatre ...

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After SAG Nomination, Saoirse Ronan Discusses Brooklyn's Resonance & Why Heading to Broadway Has Left Her 'Terrified'

After SAG Nomination, Saoirse Ronan Discusses Brooklyn's Resonance & Why Heading to Broadway Has Left Her 'Terrified'

Saorise Ronan has already picked up (among others) a New York Film Critics Circle Award and British Independent Film Award for her touching performance as Irish immigrant Eilis in Brooklyn, and on December 9, she garnered a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. She calls it a “whirlwind,” but there’s no slowing down: she’s set to make her Great White ...

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Hangmen Star Johnny Flynn on the Joy of Working with Martin McDonagh & Playing a Psychopath in London

Hangmen Star Johnny Flynn on the Joy of Working with Martin McDonagh & Playing a Psychopath in London

Johnny Flynn juggles two lives—one as the singer-songwriter who has toured America with his folk-rock band Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, the other as the fast-rising actor who has starred onscreen opposite Anne Hathaway in Song One and across the London stage. This week, Flynn leads the Royal Court company of Martin McDonagh’s thrilling new play Hangmen into Wyndham’s ...

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Brian d'Arcy James Discusses Spotlight's Disturbing Story & Returning to Hamilton

Brian d'Arcy James Discusses Spotlight's Disturbing Story & Returning to Hamilton

Pick your Brian d’Arcy James: On Broadway, he serves up laughs and musical references in Something Rotten!, but on screen, he’s among the leading cast in the antithesis of musical comedy. In the recently released Spotlight, the Tony nominee plays Matt Carroll, the real-life reporter who helped uncover the Boston archdiocese sexual abuse scandal as part of the The Boston Globe ...

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Natalie Dew on Learning to Sing and Kick for Her West End Role in Bend It Like Beckham

Natalie Dew on Learning to Sing and Kick for Her West End Role in Bend It Like Beckham

Natalie Dew plays Jess Bhamra, the football-loving London Sikh in the West End musical Bend It Like Beckham at the Phoenix Theatre, a career-making performance that has brought the actress a 2015 Evening Standard Theatre Award nod for Newcomer in a Musical—the winner will be announced November 22. As lively and spirited offstage as she is on, Dew chatted to ...

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Jonathan Slinger on Finding His Range and Having a Ball in London's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Jonathan Slinger on Finding His Range and Having a Ball in London's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

It's not every day that you have a West End musicals leading man who has also played Hamlet, Richards II and III, and Prospero in The Tempest, but the RSC veteran Jonathan Slinger comes to the starring role of Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane with only one musical credit behind him—the ...

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Danny Horn on Going from Punter to Leading Man in West End Hit Sunny Afternoon

Danny Horn on Going from Punter to Leading Man in West End Hit Sunny Afternoon

Sunny Afternoon won this year’s Olivier Award for Best Musical, and Danny Horn has stepped into the demanding leading role of Kinks frontman Ray Davies at the Harold Pinter Theatre. The delightful Horn spoke to Broadway.com about why this is the role and the musical for him, and getting acting tips from the great Gambon.

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West End Elf Star Ben Forster on Christmas Shopping, Superstar and Buddy vs. The Phantom

West End Elf Star Ben Forster on Christmas Shopping, Superstar and Buddy vs. The Phantom

Ben Forster played Magaldi in the most recent West End revival of Evita and is poised to take over as the Phantom in London in the New Year, but through the holiday season he can be found leading the company at the Dominion Theatre of Elf, playing Buddy, which was originated onscreen in 2003 by Will Ferrell. Broadway.com caught ...

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Kenneth Cranham on His French Beard, Frank Langella & Grappling with 'the Big A' in London's The Father

Kenneth Cranham on His French Beard, Frank Langella & Grappling with 'the Big A' in London's The Father

Kenneth Cranham has performed twice on Broadway—in Loot in 1968 and then again in 1994 in An Inspector Calls. But the veteran actor is getting some of the best reviews of his career for his performance as the Alzheimer’s-afflicted Andre in Frenchman Florian Zeller’s The Father. After two previous runs, James Macdonald’s production is now at Wyndham’s Theatre.

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