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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Cat Matriarch Debra Monk on the Shows That Shaped Her Career, from Pump Boys to Curtains

  Cat Matriarch Debra Monk on the Shows That Shaped Her Career, from Pump Boys to Curtains

Since bursting onto the Broadway scene more than 30 years ago as co-writer and star of the deliciously down-home musical Pump Boys and Dinettes, Debra Monk has happily jumped between drama and comedy, plays and musicals. (Got an 11 o’clock number? Trust her to hit a home run with it.) “I’ve had so many great roles,” says Monk ...

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Jersey Boys Star Matt Bogart on Playing Romantics, Tough Guys and ‘Rock Star Patrick Swayze’

Jersey Boys Star Matt Bogart on Playing Romantics, Tough Guys and ‘Rock Star Patrick Swayze’

Matt Bogart can play lovers, fighters and everything in between. From Chris in Miss Saigon to his long run as Nick Massi, the most enigmatic of the four Jersey Boys, Bogart’s strong voice and heroic good looks have made him a welcome presence on musical stages across the country. For his Role Call, the down-to-earth star chatted about his ...

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Chicago's Christopher Sieber on 'Shows That Hurt,' Including Shrek & Spamalot

Chicago's Christopher Sieber on 'Shows That Hurt,' Including Shrek & Spamalot

Two-time Tony nominee Christopher Sieber is a theatrical life force: joyful, charismatic and up for anything. As he jokes, “My entire career so far has been in shows that hurt,” including Spamalot (losing his limbs as the Black Knight), La Cage aux Folles (donning heels and a corset on tour) and Shrek (acting, literally, on his knees). Now enjoying his ...

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Elizabeth Marvel on Shakespeare, Picnic and the Fun of Playing ‘Tenacious’ Women

Elizabeth Marvel on Shakespeare, Picnic and the Fun of Playing ‘Tenacious’ Women

When it comes to intense characters who aren’t afraid to do verbal battle with the guys (or gals) on stage, Elizabeth Marvel is every director’s dream. Marvel offers a magic mix of honesty and fearlessness, whether she is playing the author of a family expose in Other Desert Cities or Blanche DuBois lounging nude in a bathtub in ...

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Elf's Beth Leavel on How Getting Drowsy Changed Her Career & Other Favorite Musical Roles

Elf's Beth Leavel on How Getting Drowsy Changed Her Career & Other Favorite Musical Roles

When Beth Leavel is leading a show, the rest of the cast can relax in the knowledge that she will make them look good while nailing her own songs, dances, comic moments, love scenes and anything else she is asked to do. No wonder the audience at the 2006 Tony Awards cheered especially loudly when this 20-year Broadway veteran won ...

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Drood Star Chita Rivera on West Side Story, Chicago, Playing Liza’s Mom & More

Drood Star Chita Rivera on West Side Story, Chicago, Playing Liza’s Mom & More

When Chita Rivera takes the stage as Princess Puffer in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, audiences at Studio 54 erupt in cheers and applause. This great lady of the theater is nearing her 60th anniversary on Broadway, and fans are grateful to spend an evening in the company of a gorgeous, charismatic actress who knows exactly how to please a ...

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