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Which Role Would The Bridges of Madison County Star Hunter Foster Kill to Do Again?

Which Role Would The Bridges of Madison County Star Hunter Foster Kill to Do Again?

Hunter Foster can talk about musicals with an extra level of authority. Not only has the Tony-nominated actor starred in a fascinating variety of shows, he has actually written one—the book of the touching musical adaptation of Summer of ’42. Foster is currently taking on the challenge of creating a fleshed-out version of Bud Johnson, the husband of Kelli ...

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Chicago’s Christopher Fitzgerald on Star Turns in Young Frankenstein, Barnum & More

Chicago’s Christopher Fitzgerald on Star Turns in Young Frankenstein, Barnum & More

Christopher Fitzgerald has the skills and energy of an old-fashioned Broadway headliner: great voice, impressive comedy chops and a willingness to hop on a tightrope or don a gorilla suit if the role demands it. A Tony nominee for Young Frankenstein and Finian’s Rainbow (as the colorfully named Igor and Og, respectively), Fitzgerald is currently singing “Mister Cellophane” as ...

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Macbeth’s Brian d’Arcy James Looks Back at Shrek, Time Stands Still, a Joyful Holiday Musical & More

Macbeth’s Brian d’Arcy James Looks Back at Shrek, Time Stands Still, a Joyful Holiday Musical & More

Two-time Tony nominee Brian d’Arcy James is on a short list of stage stars who have earned equal acclaim in plays and musicals. His soaring baritone is a composer’s dream, but James—a lovely man in real life—doesn’t hesitate to take on bad guys, troubled guys or even sad sacks. With so many productions to choose ...

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Domesticated’s Mary Beth Peil on Moving from Opera to Musicals, Plays & The Good Wife

Domesticated’s Mary Beth Peil on Moving from Opera to Musicals, Plays & The Good Wife

There’s a lot more to Mary Beth Peil than her elegant stage presence in musicals and maternal roles in TV's The Good Wife and Dawson’s Creek. Peil spent two decades as an opera singer, appearing at the Met and many other companies. Musicals theater was a natural transition, but Peil has also pursued challenging roles in plays ...

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Godot and No Man’s Land Star Billy Crudup on Arcadia, Almost Famous & His Most Challenging Roles

Godot and No Man’s Land Star Billy Crudup on Arcadia, Almost Famous & His Most Challenging Roles

Few young stage actors can resist the lure of Hollywood once they’ve gotten a breakout film role. Billy Crudup, on the other hand, has made theater a priority for almost two decades, seeking out complex character roles that require much more than movie star handsomeness. Between screen credits in Almost Famous, Big Fish, Watchmen, Too Big to Fail and ...

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Cinderella’s Rebecca Luker on Her Brilliant Broadway Career & Moving Beyond Ingenue Roles

Cinderella’s Rebecca Luker on Her Brilliant Broadway Career & Moving Beyond Ingenue Roles

Rebecca Luker burst onto the Broadway scene two decades ago as the ultimate ingenue, debuting as one of the earliest Christines in The Phantom of the Opera and nabbing the first of three Tony nominations for playing Magnolia in Show Boat. Her all-American blonde looks and glorious soprano voice set her on a particular career path, but Luker has gently ...

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Tovah Feldshuh Looks Back on Three Tony-Nominated Roles, Her Sexy Star Turn in Pippin & More

Tovah Feldshuh Looks Back on Three Tony-Nominated Roles, Her Sexy Star Turn in Pippin & More

The irrepressible Tovah Feldshuh is celebrating her 40th anniversary as a Broadway actress, from ensemble member in the short-lived 1973 musical Cyrano to her current stint as the title character’s high-flying (literally) grandma Berthe in Pippin. Along the way, Feldshuh has amassed four Tony nominations and proved herself a master at playing strong, compelling women. For her Role Call ...

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The Landing’s Julia Murney Looks Back on Star Turns in Wicked, The Wild Party & More

The Landing’s Julia Murney Looks Back on Star Turns in Wicked, The Wild Party & More

Julia Murney is beloved among fans and fellow Broadway stars for all the right reasons: She has a gorgeous, unique voice, and she’s real—sympathetic and believable onstage and warmly supportive of her colleagues offstage. Best known as one of the earliest Elphabas in Wicked, Murney works steadily in regional theaters and off-Broadway, including an acclaimed dramatic performance last ...

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Natural Affection's Kathryn Erbe on Playing Strong Women, from Streetcar to Law & Order

Natural Affection's Kathryn Erbe on Playing Strong Women, from Streetcar to Law & Order

Law & Order fans remember Kathryn Erbe as unflappable detective Alexandra Eames on the Criminal Intent franchise, but the Massachusetts-born actress is also a Tony-nominated stage vet and ensemble member at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre. In the past 18 months alone, Erbe has taken on demanding roles in two off-Broadway premieres (Yosemite and Checkers), and she’s currently breathing new life ...

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Big Fish Star Bobby Steggert on Becoming Broadway’s Favorite Son & Sibling

Big Fish Star Bobby Steggert on Becoming Broadway’s Favorite Son & Sibling

The best stage actors transcend their offstage personalities, surprising audiences by bringing an extra dimension to the characters they play. That’s certainly the case with Bobby Steggert, a polite, mild-mannered young man whose intense, commanding performances have made him the go-to actor for youthful lead roles. Since playing Audra McDonald’s brother in 110 in the Shade, Steggert has ...

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