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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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