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Michael Esper on Starring with Sting in The Last Ship & Why He's Scared to Watch the American Idiot Documentary

Michael Esper on Starring with Sting in The Last Ship & Why He's Scared to Watch the American Idiot Documentary

Grab Michael Esper's cell phone and you'll find several Grammy-winning rock stars in his contacts list. After playing Will in the hit Green Day musical American Idiot, he sailed back to Broadway in The Last Ship this fall, written and conceived by Sting, who will step into the production beginning December 9. In The Last Ship, Esper plays Gideon, a ...

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Photos! Sting & The Last Ship Crew Sail the Seven Seas on Opening Night

Photos! Sting & The Last Ship Crew Sail the Seven Seas on Opening Night
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Michael Esper, Aaron Lazar, Rachel Tucker, Jimmy Nail and the cast of Sting’s The Last Ship celebrated their official opening night on October 26, 2014. Click for photos of the post-show party at Chelsea Piers, then see The Last Ship at the Neil Simon Theatre.

Photos! Sail to England with Rachel Tucker, Michael Esper, Aaron Lazar & the Cast of Sting's The Last Ship

Photos! Sail to England with Rachel Tucker, Michael Esper, Aaron Lazar & the Cast of Sting's The Last Ship
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Click for photos from the Broadway production of Sting’s The Last Ship, starring Michael Esper, Aaron Lazar and Rachel Tucker. The new musical opens October 26, 2014 at the Neil Simon Theatre.

Get a Sneak Peek of Michael Esper, Aaron Lazar, Rachel Tucker & More in Broadway-Bound The Last Ship

Get a Sneak Peek of Michael Esper, Aaron Lazar, Rachel Tucker & More in Broadway-Bound The Last Ship

Gangway! The Last Ship, featuring an original score by Grammy winner Sting, celebrates its pre-Broadway opening night in Chicago on June 25. The tuner will play the Windy City through July 13 before beginning performances at the Neil Simon Theatre on September 29 (opening night is set for October 26). We got a taste of some of the music earlier ...

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All Hands On Deck! Tickets Now Available for Sting's The Last Ship on Broadway

All Hands On Deck! Tickets Now Available for Sting's The Last Ship on Broadway

Tickets for the new musical The Last Ship, featuring an original score by Grammy winner Sting, are now on sale. West End star Rachel Tucker and Broadway faves Michael Esper and Aaron Lazar star in the tuner under the direction of Joe Mantello. Broadway performances begin on September 29 at the Neil Simon Theatre. Opening night is set for October ...

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Photos! Meet Michael Esper, Aaron Lazar & the Cast of The Last Ship Before They Set Sail

Photos! Meet Michael Esper, Aaron Lazar & the Cast of The Last Ship Before They Set Sail
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Sting and the cast of his new musical The Last Ship took a break from rehearsal to snap a few cast photos on April 28. Click to meet the stars, then see The Last Ship at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre beginning September 30!

Feel the Passion on Opening Night of Tales From Red Vienna, Starring Nina Arianda & Michael Esper

Feel the Passion on Opening Night of Tales From Red Vienna, Starring Nina Arianda & Michael Esper
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David Grimm's Tales From Red Vienna, starring Tony winner Nina Arianda, Michael Esper and Kathleen Chalfant, opened off-Broadway on March 18. Check out photos from opening night of the new Manhattan Theatre Club production and the party at Brasserie 8 1/2!

Nina Arianda's Opening Night Arrives in Tales from Red Vienna Off-Broadway

Nina Arianda's Opening Night Arrives in Tales from Red Vienna Off-Broadway

The world premiere of David Grimm’s Tales from Red Vienna has its official opening night off-Broadway March 18. Starring Nina Arianda and Michael Esper, the Manhattan Theatre Club production is playing at MTC at New York City Center — Stage I.

Directed by Kate Whoriskey, Tales From Red Vienna tells the story of Helena (Arianda), a woman who, having lost ...

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Michael Esper Drags Nina Arianda into an Illicit Underworld in New Tales From Red Vienna Photos

Michael Esper Drags Nina Arianda into an Illicit Underworld in New Tales From Red Vienna Photos
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Get a first look at photos from the Manhattan Theatre Club mounting of David Grimm’s Tales From Red Vienna, starring Tony winner Nina Arianda and Michael Esper. See the new production, opening March 18 at New York City Center’s Stage 1!

Michael Esper, Aaron Lazar, Rachel Tucker & More Will Lead the Cast of Sting's The Last Ship on Broadway

Michael Esper, Aaron Lazar, Rachel Tucker & More Will Lead the Cast of Sting's The Last Ship on Broadway

Broadway favorites Michael Esper and Aaron Lazar, along with U.K. star Rachel Tucker, will lead the Main Stem cast of 16-time Grammy winner Sting's new musical The Last Ship. Directed by Tony winner Joe Mantello, the musical will begin previews September 30 at the Neil Simon Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for October 26. The Last Ship will sail ...

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Christmas Comes Early! Tina Fey, Michael Shannon & More Headline Benefit Reading of Reckless

Christmas Comes Early! Tina Fey, Michael Shannon & More Headline Benefit Reading of Reckless

Emmy winner Tina Fey, along with stage favorites (from left above) Jenni Barber, Leslie KritzerMichael Esper, Daniel Breaker, Michael Shannon, Quincy Tyler Bernstine and playwright-turned-stage-directions-reader Amy Herzog, joined forces to bring Craig Lucas' hallucinatory Christmas fable Reckless to New York audiences on October 28. The dark comedy (which debuted at off-Broadway's Circle Repertory Theatre in 1989 and ...

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Lauren Ambrose, Michael Shannon, Kathy Najimy & More to Star in Benefit Reading of Reckless

Lauren Ambrose, Michael Shannon, Kathy Najimy & More to Star in Benefit Reading of Reckless

Housewives and husbands and hit-men, oh my! Craig Lucas’ acclaimed 1983 dark comedy Reckless is returning to New York City for one night only, starring stage and screen favorites Lauren Ambrose, Michael Shannon, Kathy Najimy and more. Directed by Kate Whoriskey, the reading will benefit Safe Horizon, an organization that helps victims of violence overcome crisis and restore their lives ...

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American Idiot Documentary, Starring Billie Joe Armstrong, to Rock the Big Screen in October

American Idiot Documentary, Starring Billie Joe Armstrong, to Rock the Big Screen in October

Since Broadway Idiot premiered at South By Southwest in March, American Idiot fans have been patiently waiting to catch a screening of the documentary, which charts the journey of Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and the cast to the Great White Way. The wait is over! The movie will hit NYC theaters on October 11, with a wider release ...

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American Idiot Documentary, Starring Billie Joe Armstrong, to Premiere at SXSW Film Festival

American Idiot Documentary, Starring Billie Joe Armstrong, to Premiere at SXSW Film Festival

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and the cast of Broadway’s American Idiot are heading to Austin! Broadway Idiot, a new documentary featuring Armstrong and the cast on the road to the Great White Way, will premiere at the Texas film and music festival South By Southwest. The festival officially kicks off March 8 and will run through March 16 ...

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NBC Thriller Do No Harm, Starring Steven Pasquale, Phylicia Rashad & Michael Esper, Sets Premiere Date

NBC Thriller Do No Harm, Starring Steven Pasquale, Phylicia Rashad & Michael Esper, Sets Premiere Date

The premiere of NBC's new Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde-esque medical drama Do No Harm will air January 31, 2013, according to The Hollywood Reporter. With a pilot episode directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer, the new drama will run Thursday nights at 10 PM EST. 

Do No Harm stars stars Steven Pasquale as neurosurgeon Jeffrey Kohn, a man who ...

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Mad Men’s Charlie Hofheimer to Replace Michael Esper in The Lyons

Mad Men’s Charlie Hofheimer to Replace Michael Esper in The Lyons

Mad Men’s Charlie Hofheimer will assume the role of Curtis Lyons in Nicky Silver’s The Lyons beginning June 12 at the Cort Theatre. Hofheimer will take over the role from its originator Michael Esper, who will leave the production June 8 to begin work on the new NBC drama Do No Harm. Hofheimer joins a cast headed by 2012 ...

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Hear The Lyons Roar in an All-New Squigs Portrait

Hear The Lyons Roar in an All-New Squigs Portrait

Nicky Silver’s side-splitting comedy The Lyons stars 2012 Tony nominee Linda Lavin and Tony winner Dick Latessa as Rita and Ben Lyons, the unconventional and emotionally abusive parents of Curtis (Michael Esper) and Lisa (Kate Jennings Grant) Lyons. As the show begins, the Lyons family is at a crossroads as their patriarch lies dying and the three remaining family members ...

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NBC Picks Up Steven Pasquale Medical Drama Do No Harm

NBC Picks Up Steven Pasquale Medical Drama Do No Harm

NBC has ordered Do No Harm, the medical drama featuring Steven Pasquale in dual lead roles, to series, according to Deadline.com. Tony-winning director Michael Mayer, who recently helmed the pilot of Smash, also directed the show's initial episode. The cast also features Tony winner Phylicia Rashad and The Lyons star Michael Esper. No start date has been announced ...

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Rant Alert! Five 2012 Tony Snubs That Totally Suck

Rant Alert! Five 2012 Tony Snubs That Totally Suck

The announcement of the Tony nominations is always exciting, but with only five available slots per category, there are sure to be a performers who don't get those congratulatory phone calls. Below, Broadway.com looks at five snubbed actors we hoped to see included on the ballot. Talk about a competitive season for this year's male headliners! Have your own ...

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Meet the Matriarch! Linda Lavin & Co. Celebrate the Opening of The Lyons

Meet the Matriarch! Linda Lavin & Co. Celebrate the Opening of The Lyons

Nicky Silver’s celebrated comedy The Lyons opened on the Great White Way on April 23, and the entire off-Broadway company couldn’t be happier to bring this show to the Main Stem. After the show’s hilarious and talented stars Linda Lavin, Dick Latessa, Michael Esper and Kate Jennings Grant took their bows, the cast joined their famous guests for an old-fashioned ...

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Going for 2012 Tony Gold! Handicapping the Race for Best Featured Actor in a Play

Going for 2012 Tony Gold! Handicapping the Race for Best Featured Actor in a Play

It’s almost Tony time, and let's face it: We’re obsessed! In anticipation of the 2012 Tony nominations, which will be announced on May 1, the Broadway.com editorial staff clocked 12 of the top races. Take a look at our forecast, including frontrunners, hopefuls and a “shout out” to one performer or show we hope the Tony nominators won’t forget ...

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The Lyons Star Michael Esper Admits His Obsessions with Record Stores, Wizards & Hologram Tupac

The Lyons Star Michael Esper Admits His Obsessions with Record Stores, Wizards & Hologram Tupac

Broadway stars know what’s hot in entertainment, fashion and pop culture, so Broadway.com decided it was high time to tap in to the after-hours obsessions of our favorite stage actors. Hip stage star Michael Esper, who is currently giving an acclaimed performance as Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa's troubled son, Curtis, in The Lyons, took time out to tell ...

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Linda Lavin, Dick Latessa & More Make a Triumphant Return to Broadway in The Lyons

Linda Lavin, Dick Latessa & More Make a Triumphant Return to Broadway in The Lyons
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Broadway embraced its newest dysfunctional family, The Lyons, on April 23, when Nicky Silver’s acclaimed play officially opened at the Cort Theatre. The comedy about a family dealing with the impending death of their patriarch first premiered off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre in the fall of 2011. The show's stars Linda Lavin, Dick Latessa, Kate Jennings Grant and Michael Esper ...

Did Our Word of Mouth Panelists Go Wild for Linda Lavin and The Lyons?

Did Our Word of Mouth Panelists Go Wild for Linda Lavin and The Lyons?

Nicky Silver’s The Lyons roars onto Broadway after an acclaimed off-Broadway debut. Directed by Mark Brokaw, the comedy stars Linda Lavin, Dick Latessa, Michael Esper and Kate Jennings Grant as the Lyons family, who must deal with the imminent death of the patriarch and their isolated lives. Broadway.com Word of Mouth panelists Kim, Kean and Scott headed to the ...

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Get a Sneak Peek at Linda Lavin, Dick Latessa & More in The Lyons on Broadway

Get a Sneak Peek at Linda Lavin, Dick Latessa & More in The Lyons on Broadway

Tony winners Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa return to Broadway as the Rita and Ben Lyons, the less-than-stellar parents of Michael Esper and Kate Jennings Grant in Nicky Silver’s comedy The Lyons. Directed by Mark Brokaw, this hilarious play about a dysfunctional New York family opens April 23 at the Cort Theatre. Check out a deliciously funny preview below and ...

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