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Star Quality! Our Picks for the 10 Best Broadway Debuts of 2013

Star Quality! Our Picks for the 10 Best Broadway Debuts of 2013

Every year, a new crop of actors—some famous, some unknown—subject themselves to the ultimate challenge: Broadway! Looking back at 2013, we’re struck by the depth and variety of the debut performances we admired. Below, in alphabetical order, are our choices for the 10 best Main Stem debuts of the year:


Orlando Bloom in Romeo and Juliet
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Judge Judy Gets the Verdict Backstage at Broadway's Tony-Winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Judge Judy Gets the Verdict Backstage at Broadway's Tony-Winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
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Judith Sheindlin (a.k.a. Judge Judy) is no stranger to sensational drama, but nothing could have prepared her for the salacious goings-ons of Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. The daytime TV legend took in an evening performance of the Tony-winning comedy on August 15 at Broadway's John Golden Theatre. After the show, Sheindlin ...

Enjoy a First Look at Tony-Winning Star Julie White in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Enjoy a First Look at Tony-Winning Star Julie White in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
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Tony Award-winning comic actress Julie White joins the dysfunctional family at the center of Christopher Durang’s Tony-winning play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike on July 30. White takes over the role of the self-absorbed movie star Masha, who surprises her suburban siblings (2013 Tony nominees David Hyde Pierce and Kristine Nielsen) with an extended visit. Broadway.com ...

Tony-Winning Comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Recoups on Broadway

Tony-Winning Comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Recoups on Broadway

Looks like Broadway audiences love a good laugh. Christopher Durang’s Tony-winning comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, starring Sigourney WeaverDavid Hyde Pierce and Kristine Nielsen, has recouped its full $2.75 million investment in just 17 weeks.Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will run through August 25 at the Golden Theatre.

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Tony Honoree Mayor Bloomberg Visits Tony-Winning Comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Tony Honoree Mayor Bloomberg Visits Tony-Winning Comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who received the 2013 Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre, enjoyed a night out at this year's Tony-winning Best Play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Bloomberg, who was honored for his support of the Broadway community and his dedication to New York City tourism, took in the June 18 performance with ...

Jane Fonda Goes Backstage at the Tony-Winning Comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Jane Fonda Goes Backstage at the Tony-Winning Comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
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The Tony-winning Best Play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, welcomed two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda to the Golden Theatre on June 15. Fonda, who appeared on the Great White Way in 2009 in 33 Variations, took in the matinee performance of the Christopher Durang play about an aging movie star who travels the world and her bitter siblings ...

Candice Bergen Visits Pal Sigourney Weaver and Gang at Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Candice Bergen Visits Pal Sigourney Weaver and Gang at Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Back in 1984, Candice Bergen replaced Sigourney Weaver in the original Broadway production of David Rabe’s Hurlyburly. Almost three decades later, these talented ladies are still friends, and Bergen (who returned to Broadway last year in Gore Vidal's The Best Man) headed to the Golden Theatre on June 12 to see Weaver in the newly crowned Best Play ...

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The Ladies of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Get Giddy with Tony Winner Christopher Durang

The Ladies of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Get Giddy with Tony Winner Christopher Durang

When Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, the entire theatrical community cheered for Christopher Durang—and so did his cast members! Broadway.com photographer Bruce Glikas caught up with the Vanya company at the show's after-party at Rockefeller Center's Sea Grill, where Durang felt the love from Tony nominees ...

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Ultimate Red Carpet Gallery! 120 Photos from the 2013 Tony Awards

Ultimate Red Carpet Gallery! 120 Photos from the 2013 Tony Awards
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It’s here! The biggest night in theater has arrived, and Broadway.com photographer Bruce Glikas is at the center of the red carpet capturing all your favorite nominees, presenters and guests as they enter Radio City Music Hall for the 2013 Tony Awards. Click below to see all the red carpet action in one easy-to-access place. Our photo gallery ...

Puppet Sex, Intoxication, Naked Confessions & Dream Roles: 68 Secrets of the 2013 Tony Nominees

Puppet Sex, Intoxication, Naked Confessions & Dream Roles: 68 Secrets of the 2013 Tony Nominees

Before the awards are given out on June 9, Broadway.com is looking back on the shocking secrets, compelling confessions and awesome advice offered up by this year’s nominees. From nasty fan encounters to drunken public appearances, this year’s Tony hopefuls really made our jaws drop. Read on to really get to know the 2013 Tony Award nominees ...

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