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Lisa Brescia of Mamma Mia! Reveals Her V-Day Broadway Crush

Lisa Brescia of Mamma Mia! Reveals Her V-Day Broadway Crush

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and Broadway.com reached out to some of the most romantic people we know—Broadway stars—to get the scoop on heart-melting gifts, swoon-worthy tunes and more.

LISA BRESCIA (Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia!)

What character from any Broadway show could you fall in love with and why?
Any character played by Mark Rylance. That kind of ...

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Dates Set for Jerusalem, Mark Rylance's Second Star Turn of the Broadway Season

Dates Set for Jerusalem, Mark Rylance's Second Star Turn of the Broadway Season

Jez Butterworth’s West End hit Jerusalem will bow on Broadway with original star Mark Rylance reprising his Olivier Award-winning role as Johnny “Rooster” Byron, according to The New York Times. The limited 16-week engagement will begin performances on April 2, 2011, ahead of an April 21 opening. The play will be presented at the Music Box Theatre, where Rylance is ...

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La Bete Star Mark Rylance Hopes to Dance into 2011

La Bete Star Mark Rylance Hopes to Dance into 2011

As the curtain goes down on 2010, Broadway.com is looking ahead to the new year. We’ve asked the brightest stars on Broadway to reflect on their personal highlights from the past year and to reveal their hopes for 2011. Check out what they had to say, and have a Happy New Year!

MARK RYLANCE (Valere in La Bete)

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La Bete’s Mark Rylance on Playing the Fool and Heading to Jerusalem

La Bete’s Mark Rylance on Playing the Fool and Heading to Jerusalem

In La Bete, Mark Rylance not only has the difficult task of performing a script written entirely in rhyming verse, but as the buffoonish street clown Valere, he delivers a nearly 40-minute-long comic monologue, offending the intellectually esteemed playwright Elomire (David Hyde Pierce) by vulgarly stripping and drunkenly burping throughout. The British actor, who served as artistic director of London’s ...

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La Bete Playwright David Hirson on the Thrill of Getting a Broadway Second Act

La Bete Playwright David Hirson on the Thrill of Getting a Broadway Second Act

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At age 29, David Hirson completed the daunting task of writing a play composed entirely in rhyming verse. The next task was even more daunting: getting his script produced. Two decades later, the play in question, La Bête, is enjoying its second Broadway mounting in an acclaimed revival at the Music Box Theatre starring Tony ...

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La Bete Sets Broadway Closing Date

La Bete Sets Broadway Closing Date

The first Broadway revival of David Hirson's comedy La Bete will play its final performance on January 9, 2011. The production, which stars Tony winners Mark Rylance and David Hyde Pierce alongside Joanna Lumley, first played London's West End earlier this year before opening on Broadway on October 14. The show is directed by Tony winner Matthew Warchus. At the ...

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David Hyde Pierce, Mark Rylance and Joanna Lumley Crack Up on La Bete's Opening Night

David Hyde Pierce, Mark Rylance and Joanna Lumley Crack Up on La Bete's Opening Night

Even after the curtain came down on La Bete's October 14 opening night performance, the show's comedic trio of  David Hyde Pierce, Mark Rylance and Joanna Lumley (who perform the incredibly word-filled show entirely in rhyming verse) still managed to keep up the banter as they praised David Hirson's clever comedy. After the performance, the stars headed to Gotham ...

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A Royal Riot of an Opening for La Bete's Mark Rylance, Joanna Lumley and David Hyde Pierce

A Royal Riot of an Opening for La Bete's Mark Rylance, Joanna Lumley and David Hyde Pierce
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On October 14 the first Broadway revival of David Hirson's clever rhyming comedy La Bete roared its way back onto Broadway charged with the star power of Mark Rylance, David Hyde Pierce and Joanna Lumley. After a performance continually greeted with laughter from the audience, the trio finally got to break character and have some laughs of their own as ...

Do Our Word of Mouth Critics Think La Bete is a Safe Bet for Theatergoers?

Do Our Word of Mouth Critics Think La Bete is a Safe Bet for Theatergoers?

Throughout the rhyme-filled comedy La Bete, the characters played by David Hyde Pierce, Mark Rylance and Joanna Lumley discuss the importance of pleasing audiences when writing plays. Appropriately enough, we sent three members of our new Word of Mouth panel to check out the comedy and see if it stayed true to its crowd-appealing beliefs. After heading to the Music ...

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Squigs Brings Some Artistic Beauty to La Bete

Squigs Brings Some Artistic Beauty to La Bete

For his latest creation, Broadway.com resident artist Justin 'Squigs' Robertson has captured the animosity between La Bete's resident intellectual Elomire (David Hyde Pierce) and buffoonish clown Valere (Mark Rylance) while the play's prickly Princess (Joanna Lumley) and her court's adoring actors look on. Much like playwright David Hirson uses a highly stylized rhyming verse format to win laughs ...

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Joanna Lumley Talks About Her Absolutely Fabulous Broadway Debut as La Bete’s Hot-Tempered Princess

Joanna Lumley Talks About Her Absolutely Fabulous Broadway Debut as La Bete’s Hot-Tempered Princess

In addition to a pair of Tony-winning leading men, David Hirson's La Bete has arrived on Broadway with a member of British TV royalty above the title: Iconic star Joanna Lumley is making her Broadway debut as the play's strong-willed Princess. Performed entirely in iambic pentameter, the comedy centers on what happens when the Princess forces a newly discovered clownish ...

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Enter the Rhyming World of La Bete, Starring Mark Rylance, David Hyde Pierce & Joanna Lumley

Enter the Rhyming World of La Bete, Starring Mark Rylance, David Hyde Pierce & Joanna Lumley
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Broadway theatergoers are heading back to 17th century France in the comedy romp La Bete, starring Mark Rylance as a rude and raffish street clown, David Hyde Pierce as a proper (and slightly pompous) playwright and Joanna Lumley as the princess who brings them together. David Hirson’s comedy, written in Moliere-style verse, opens on October 14 at the Music Box ...

Squigs Captures the New Stars of Broadway's Busy Fall Season in Grand Style

Squigs Captures the New Stars of Broadway's Busy Fall Season in Grand Style

September has special meaning for Broadway fans: It’s time to welcome a fresh batch of new shows! Broadway.com’s resident artist Justin ‘Squigs’ Robertson has captured the excitement of the coming season in a grand Fall Preview drawing that includes stars of this fall's forthcoming productions. See if you can find Sherie Rene Scott, Patti LuPone, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Danny ...

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First Look: David Hyde Pierce, Mark Rylance and Joanna Lumley Clown Around in La Bete

First Look: David Hyde Pierce, Mark Rylance and Joanna Lumley Clown Around in La Bete

The Music Box Theatre is sure to rumble with the sounds of howling laughter when the comedic power team of Tony winners David Hyde Pierce and Mark Rylance as well as Absolutely Fabulous funny lady Joanna Lumley bring La Bete to the Great White Way this fall. Broadway.com has an exclusive sneak peek at the revival of this 17th-century-set ...

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Photo Sneak Peek at David Hyde Pierce, Mark Rylance & Joanna Lumley in La Bête

Photo Sneak Peek at David Hyde Pierce, Mark Rylance & Joanna Lumley in La Bête
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Look out Broadway: A pair of Tony-winning comic masters and their absolutely fabulous leading lady are headed to the Great White Way in a revival of David Hirson’s La Bête. We’re talking about David Hyde Pierce, Mark Rylance and Joanna Lumley, who are already winning laughs at London’s Comedy Theatre (through September 4; previews begin at the Music Box Theatre ...

A Touch of the Poet: Mark Rylance's Bizarre Approach to Tony Acceptance Speeches

A Touch of the Poet: Mark Rylance's Bizarre Approach to Tony Acceptance Speeches

Over the years we’ve heard every kind of acceptance speech under the sun: impassioned (paging Ms. Alice Ripley), multiplied (original Billy Elliots Trent Kowalik, David Alvarez and Kiril Kulish, in stereo), teary (Karen Olivo), sardonic (Tracy Letts) and even rapped (thank you, Lin-Manuel Miranda). However, nothing could prepare us for the understated absurdity presented by 2008 Best Actor in ...

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La Bête Revival Books the Music Box Theatre

La Bête Revival Books the Music Box Theatre

The previously announced Broadway revival of La Bête has found a home at the Music Box Theatre. The production, which stars Tony winner David Hyde Pierce, Tony winner Mark Rylance and Joanna Lumley, will begin performances on September 23 ahead of an October 14 opening night, directed by Matthew Warchus. The Music Box’s current tenant, Lend Me a Tenor, is ...

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La Bête Revival, Starring Rylance, Pierce & Lumley, Sets Dates for London and Broadway Runs

La Bête Revival, Starring Rylance, Pierce & Lumley, Sets Dates for London and Broadway Runs

The previously announced revival of David Hirson’s La Bête starring Tony winners Mark Rylance (Boeing-Boeing) and David Hyde Pierce (Curtains; TV's Frasier) and Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley has set dates for a summer run in London and Broadway premiere in the fall. Directed by Matthew Warchus, the production will premiere at the West End’s Comedy Theatre from June 26 ...

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Lumley, Pierce & Rylance Team Up for La Bête on West End and Broadway

 Lumley, Pierce & Rylance Team Up for La Bête on West End and Broadway

Joanna Lumley, David Hyde Pierce and Mark Rylance will team up for a revival of David Hirson's La Bête in London and on Broadway, according to the Daily Mail. Directed by Matthew Warchus, the comedy will play a limited run in the West End before transferring to New York in the fall.

Lumley is best known for playing boozy fashion ...

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A Gaggle of Stars to Hit Shubert Alley at Broadway Flea Market

A Gaggle of Stars to Hit Shubert Alley at Broadway Flea Market

Broadway’s biggest stars will descend on Shubert Alley on September 27 for the 23rd annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction. Fans will have a chance to meet a slew of Broadway favorites, as well as purchase exclusive autographed memorabilia, win opening night tickets to nearly a dozen new shows and bid on items in the annual auction. The free ...

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Top 10 Holiday Hams

If laughter is the best medicine, then the following list may very well hold the antidote to the winter doldrums and whatever else ails you. Fear not, performers and fans: when we say hams, we’re not talking about piggish overactors who hog the spotlight and play perfectly good jokes into the cold, dead ground. Rather, it’s the fiercely talented comic ...

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Boeing-Boeing Sets Broadway Closing Date

Boeing-Boeing Sets Broadway Closing Date

The Broadway revival of Marc Camoletti’s Boeing-Boeing has set a closing date of January 4, 2009 after 17 previews and 280 regular performances. Directed by Matthew Warchus, the comedy opened on May 4 at the Longacre Theatre.

Boeing-Boeing centers on Bernard Greg Germann, an American living in Paris in the swinging 1960s, who manages to conduct relationships with three flight ...

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Paige Davis and Rebecca Gayheart Fly Into Boeing-Boeing

Paige Davis and Rebecca Gayheart Fly Into Boeing-Boeing

Trading Spaces hostess Paige Davis and film star Rebecca Gayheart are packing their bags and joining the cast of Broadway’s hit comedy Boeing-Boeing as two sexy stewardesses. They start performances at the Longacre Theatre on October 7.

Davis, who will replace Kathryn Hahn as plucky American stewardess Gloria, is best known as the host of the popular TLC home redecoration ...

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Greg Germann and Missi Pyle Onboard for Boeing-Boeing

Greg Germann and Missi Pyle Onboard for Boeing-Boeing

Ally McBeal veteran Greg Germann and up-and-coming Hollywood funny lady Missi Pyle will join the cast of the Tony Award winning Boeing-Boeing revival beginning September 9 at the Longacre Theatre. The pair will join current stars Gina Gershon, Kathryn Hahn, Christine Baranski and Tony Award winner Mark Rylance.

Germann, who replaces Boeing's onstage playboy Bradley Whitford, has appeared on ...

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Mary McCormack

As you watch Mary McCormack, the statuesque blonde who nabbed a Tony nomination as airline Amazon Gretchen in the Tony-winning revival of Boeing-Boeing, you understand why she has made a career of playing smart, thick-skinned ladies, from Howard Stern's infinitely patient wife in 1997's Private Parts to a willful Navy commander on TV's The West Wing to her newest gig ...

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