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Pippin’s Charlotte d’Amboise on Six Smashing Musical Roles and Why She’s ‘More Gwen Than Chita’

Pippin’s Charlotte d’Amboise on Six Smashing Musical Roles and Why She’s ‘More Gwen Than Chita’

Children of celebrated performers often wilt under the pressure of being compared to their parents, but not Charlotte d’Amboise: The daughter of ballet superstar Jacques d’Amboise made her Broadway debut in Cats, and in the three decades since then, she has graced the stage in iconic musicals such as Damn Yankees, Chicago and now the Tony-winning revival of ...

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Cinderella Star Santino Fontana on the Unexpected Joy of Playing Prince Charming, Plus Hamlet, Earnest & More

Cinderella Star Santino Fontana on the Unexpected Joy of Playing Prince Charming, Plus Hamlet, Earnest & More

Santino Fontana laughingly describes a casting director’s reaction to the news that the young actor would be playing Prince Charming in Cinderella. “He said to my agent, ‘Is this the dark version?’” After all, Fontana had previously been seen as angry older brother Tony in Billy Elliot and a depressed and ailing writer’s assistant in the acclaimed drama ...

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Annie Star Anthony Warlow on Five Classic Roles & the Show He Dreams of Bringing to Broadway

Annie Star Anthony Warlow on Five Classic Roles & the Show He Dreams of Bringing to Broadway

A superstar in his native Australia, Anthony Warlow has spent the past 10 months giving a commanding Broadway debut performance as Daddy Warbucks in Annie, a run he has just extended opposite Faith Prince as Miss Hannigan. Given the depth of his stage resume Down Under, Warlow could choose from a long list of musical heroes for his Role Call ...

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Tom Durnin’s David Morse on Making Movie Magic in The Green Mile and Finding the Humanity in Monstrous Men

Tom Durnin’s David Morse on Making Movie Magic in The Green Mile and Finding the Humanity in Monstrous Men

From St. Elsewhere to The Green Mile to John Adams to Treme, David Morse has worked steadily on TV and in feature films for more than 30 years. His stage work is less well known, but anyone who saw his performance as Uncle Peck in the 1997 premiere of Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning How I Learned to Drive knows ...

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Aaron Lazar on Romantic Leads, Working With Legends, and the ‘Simple’ Joy of Mamma Mia!

Aaron Lazar on Romantic Leads, Working With Legends, and the ‘Simple’ Joy of Mamma Mia!

Since arriving in New York just over a decade ago, Aaron Lazar has proved himself a master at falling in love in musicals—and he has suited up in period costumes with aplomb in shows such as Les Miserables, A Tale of Two Cities and A Little Night Music. But there’s more to this handsome star than the ability ...

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Choir Boy’s Chuck Cooper on August Wilson, Tony Kushner & His Regrets About His Tony-Winning Role

Choir Boy’s Chuck Cooper on August Wilson, Tony Kushner & His Regrets About His Tony-Winning Role

Chuck Cooper exudes power on stage, both as a singer and a dramatic actor. His charismatic performance as a pimp named Memphis in Cy Coleman’s 1997 musical The Life earned the Ohio-born actor a Tony Award. Cooper has done tons of Shakespeare (including Othello) in regional theater, and he shared his passion for the plays of August Wilson during ...

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Will Chase on Hits, Flops, and the Joy of His Tony-Nominated Star Turn in Drood

Will Chase on Hits, Flops, and the Joy of His Tony-Nominated Star Turn in Drood

Will Chase is the first to admit that his Broadway career has had its share of speed bumps. But for every disappointment (High Fidelity, The Story of My Life, Lennon), there has been a highlight (Miss Saigon, Billy Elliot, the final company of Rent), culminating in his Tony-nominated performance as John Jasper, the suave but possibly dastardly choirmaster in The ...

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Tony Winner Victoria Clark on Her Best-Loved Roles, from How to Succeed to Cinderella

Tony Winner Victoria Clark on Her Best-Loved Roles, from How to Succeed to Cinderella

Victoria Clark is one of Broadway’s most valuable players, a star who can carry a show (as in her indelible, Tony-winning performance in The Light in the Piazza) or bring vibrant life to a featured role (as in her Tony-nominated turns in Sister Act and now Cinderella). In a career spanning almost three decades, the Yale-trained Clark has also ...

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Richard Kind on Playing ‘Men of Power,’ Including His Tony-Nominated Role in The Big Knife

Richard Kind on Playing ‘Men of Power,’ Including His Tony-Nominated Role in The Big Knife

Tony nominee Richard Kind could come up with a dozen versions of Broadway.com’s Role Call. He’s been a sitcom regular (Spin City, Mad About You, Curb Your Enthusiasm), an animated voice performer (Cars, A Bug’s Life), and has starred in musicals (The Producers, Sondheim’s original Bounce) and scads of plays in theaters across the country ...

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Pippin’s Terrence Mann on Les Miserables, Cats & More Roles of a Lifetime

Pippin’s Terrence Mann on Les Miserables, Cats & More Roles of a Lifetime

Two-time Tony nominee Terrence Mann created leading roles in three of Broadway’s longest running musicals: Cats, Les Miserables and Beauty and the Beast. His intensity onstage and rich, deep voice have kept him in demand for more than three decades, and he’s currently having a wonderful time playing Charlemagne, the title character’s war-loving father, in the Broadway ...

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