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Jenni Barber on Wicked Fan Art, Her Donating Dentist & Why She Models Her Glinda After Nathan Lane

Jenni Barber on Wicked Fan Art, Her Donating Dentist & Why She Models Her Glinda After Nathan Lane

Try as you might, you simply can’t typecast Jenni Barber. The star made her Broadway debut as shy middle schooler Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and nabbed a regular gig on the kids’ TV series The Electric Company before moving on to more uh, adult fare, like a porn star in the short-lived comedy ...

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Paul Alexander Nolan on His New Once Gal, What It’s Like to Be on a Billboard & Those Crazy Socks

Paul Alexander Nolan on His New Once Gal, What It’s Like to Be on a Billboard & Those Crazy Socks

Eight months into playing Guy in the Tony-winning musical Once, Paul Alexander Nolan can’t recommend a good Irish pub in Manhattan. He’s too busy being a “Broadway monk” to imbibe much. Besides, sake is the crooning Canadian’s current drink of choice. But being a Broadway monk is a fair trade-off when your face is all over Times ...

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Kerry Ellis on Getting Green Again for London's Wicked, Her Rocker Chick Image and Going Solo

Kerry Ellis on Getting Green Again for London's Wicked, Her Rocker Chick Image and Going Solo

Who says you can’t go home again? Kerry Ellis has returned to her defining role as Elphaba in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre for a limited run through October, barring certain performances away from the hit musical in order to pursue her thriving concert career. A veteran of the global smash on both sides of the Atlantic, the ...

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It’s Only a Play’s Rupert Grint on His ‘Intimidating’ Co-Stars, Rooting For the Yankees & Why Wizards Want to Be on Broadway

It’s Only a Play’s Rupert Grint on His ‘Intimidating’ Co-Stars, Rooting For the Yankees & Why Wizards Want to Be on Broadway

This fall, Rupert Grint is moving from Hogwarts to the Great White Way. The Harry Potter favorite will make his Broadway debut in It’s Only a Play, a revamped revival of Terrence McNally’s 1986 off-Broadway comedy. Grint will play Frank Finger, the angsty young director of a play by a nervous playwright (played by Matthew Broderick) who is ...

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London Phantom Star Geronimo Rauch on Jumping from One Iconic Role to Another, His Broadway Dreams and Unique Name

London Phantom Star Geronimo Rauch on Jumping from One Iconic Role to Another, His Broadway Dreams and Unique Name

Geronimo Rauch not only has one of the best names on the West End, but the Argentinian actor has also had two of the best jobs. He first played Jean Valjean in Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre before shifting British mega-musicals to take on the equally iconic part of the lovesick anti-hero of the title in The Phantom ...

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Kinky Boots Tony Winner Billy Porter on His Favorite Lola Wigs, Finding Time to Date & Those Inspirational Tweets

Kinky Boots Tony Winner Billy Porter on His Favorite Lola Wigs, Finding Time to Date & Those Inspirational Tweets

Shazam! And bam! Yes ma’am, Billy Porter is still the queen of Broadway as Lola in Kinky Boots. Fierce, funny and moving, Porter’s Tony-winning performance has lost none of its intensity as the show heads toward its 600th performance. The star recently chatted about what makes Lola beautiful, how his own looks have changed and his double life ...

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Alexandra Burke on Being the Youngest, ‘Danciest’ & Last Rachel Marron in London's The Bodyguard

Alexandra Burke on Being the Youngest, ‘Danciest’ & Last Rachel Marron in London's The Bodyguard

After nearly two years in the West End, the musical adaptation of the Whitney Houston film The Bodyguard will play its final performance August 29 at the Adelphi Theatre. Thea Sharrock’s production in recent months has welcomed a new leading lady in British singer-songwriter and X Factor winner Alexandra Burke, who will celebrate her 26th birthday during the show ...

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Kathleen Turner on Her Love of Art, London and Playing 'Trailer Trash' in the West End's Bakersfield Mist

Kathleen Turner on Her Love of Art, London and Playing 'Trailer Trash' in the West End's Bakersfield Mist

Film star Kathleen Turner is no stranger to the British stage, having twice appeared out of town at the Chichester Festival Theatre (in the solo play Tallulah and Somerset Maugham’s Our Betters) and also twice in the West End (in The Graduate and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?). Turner is back on the London boards this summer appearing ...

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Nigel Havers on Starring in London’s The Importance of Being Earnest & Why He’s Way Too Old For It

Nigel Havers on Starring in London’s The Importance of Being Earnest & Why He’s Way Too Old For It

At age 62, Nigel Havers might seem long in the tooth to be playing witty young bachelor Algernon (Algy) Moncrieff in The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde's beloved comic masterpiece that opens July 17 at the Harold Pinter Theatre. But there’s a reason for the apparent age-inappropriateness on view in director Lucy Bailey’s new revival. The ...

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Paul Chahidi on Hugh Jackman's Soft Hands & Falling Head Over Heels for London's Shakespeare in Love

Paul Chahidi on Hugh Jackman's Soft Hands & Falling Head Over Heels for London's Shakespeare in Love

Paul Chahidi stole the spotlight on both sides of the Atlantic with his sublimely funny and commanding turn as Maria in Twelfth Night, the all-male production of Shakespeare’s comedy that stormed Broadway last season, netting the Englishman a Tony nomination in the process. Since that play—and its companion piece, Richard III—closed on Broadway in February, Chahidi has ...

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