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School of Rock’s Sierra Boggess on the Roles that Scared Her, Stayed with Her and Gave Her Folks Something to Talk About

School of Rock’s Sierra Boggess on the Roles that Scared Her, Stayed with Her and Gave Her Folks Something to Talk About

The Broadway favorite, now starring in School of Rock gets down and dirty with her resume in our new feature, Role Call.

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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 O’Hara ...

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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 unloved ...

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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 from in a two-decade career ...

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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, including her current ...

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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 many ...

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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, the ...

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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 season ...

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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 into ...

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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 earned a ...

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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 Pippin. D’Amboise ...

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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 Sons ...

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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 that ...

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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 to sing ...

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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 the ...

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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 acted ...

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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. Did we mention feature ...

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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 revival of ...

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The Assembled Parties’ Jessica Hecht on Favorite Roles & Strong Male Co-Stars, From Liev Schreiber to Bryan Cranston

The Assembled Parties’ Jessica Hecht on Favorite Roles & Strong Male Co-Stars, From Liev Schreiber to Bryan Cranston

If there was a theatrical equivalent to baseball’s All-Star team, Jessica Hecht would be the starting shortstop. Her range encompasses comedy (Harvey, TV’s Friends), drama (Julius Caesar, a Tony-nominated performance in A View From the Bridge), supporting roles (the short-but-sweet revival of Brighton Beach Memoirs, Sideways) and star turns (regional productions of Talley’s Folly and A Streetcar Named Desire). Now ...

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Tony-Winning Cinderella Star Harriet Harris on Her Favorite Comic Villains & Most Unforgettable Roles

Tony-Winning Cinderella Star Harriet Harris on Her Favorite Comic Villains & Most Unforgettable Roles

When Harriet Harris declares, “I am a very shy, reserved person,” fans of her work might assume she’s kidding. In the three decades since this Tony-winning Texan graduated from Juilliard, she has made the most of every juicy role in classics, comedies and musicals, with a specialty in larger-than-life villains we can’t help rooting for. Currently “having a blast” ...

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Two-Time Tony Nominee Courtney B. Vance on the Roles of His Life, From Fences to Lucky Guy

Two-Time Tony Nominee Courtney B. Vance on the Roles of His Life, From Fences to Lucky Guy

It’s great to have Courtney B. Vance back on Broadway in the starry ensemble of Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy. Vance received Tony nominations for his first two Main Stem performances, but he’s been away from the New York stage for more than 20 years, working steadily in film and TV and raising young twins with his wife, actress Angela Bassett ...

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The Madrid’s Edie Falco on Carmela, Jackie and the High School Musical That Launched Her Career

The Madrid’s Edie Falco on Carmela, Jackie and the High School Musical That Launched Her Career

Before Edie Falco donned mob wife couture as Carmela in The Sopranos, she won a Theatre World Award for her harrowing performance as the embittered wife of a jazz musician in Warren Leight’s Tony-winning drama Side Man. Falco continued to make stage acting a priority while becoming only the second person in history to win lead acting Emmys in both ...

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