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What's Up, Mike Birbiglia? The Comedian Gets Romantic in My Girlfriend's Boyfriend

What's Up, Mike Birbiglia? The Comedian Gets Romantic in My Girlfriend's Boyfriend

Mike Birbiglia took a break from standup comedy two years ago to write and star in the hit off-Broadway solo show Sleepwalk With Me. This sweet-faced, self-described geek shared often harrowing tales of his chronic sleepwalking and later transformed the script into a bestselling book. Now the 32-year-old comic writer and performer is back onstage at the Barrow Street Theatre ...

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What's Up, Trey Parker and Matt Stone? The Book of Mormon Scribes on Their Broadway Debut, South Park and Tony Plans

What's Up, Trey Parker and Matt Stone? The Book of Mormon Scribes on Their Broadway Debut, South Park and Tony Plans

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have often looked to the world of musical theater for inspiration. In 1999 they teamed with Tony-winning Hairspray composer Marc Shaiman to craft songs for the big screen's South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, and 2004's Team America: World Police featured an outrageously memorable send-up of Rent. Now the duo is stepping ...

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What's Up, Kathy Griffin? The Comedy Queen on Dishing Dirt and Going Broadway

What's Up, Kathy Griffin? The Comedy Queen on Dishing Dirt and Going Broadway

Former D-Lister Kathy Griffin has truly hit the big time with her new Broadway stand-up show, Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony. Hot off a very public feud with Sarah Palin and perfect for a world high off the fumes of Charlie Sheen’s recent media tour, the comedienne has already extended her run at the Belasco Theatre, where she opens March ...

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What's Up, Van Hughes? The American Idiot Rocker On Taking the Jump From Standby to Star

What's Up, Van Hughes? The American Idiot Rocker On Taking the Jump From Standby to Star

For the past year, Van Hughes has sat in the wings of the St. James Theatre as a standby for American Idiot’s three leading roles. Now, as a slew of new cast members join Green Day’s rock opera, Hughes (a veteran of 9 to 5 and Hairspray) has been called up to the big time to take over as ...

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What's Up, Remy Zaken? From Spring Awakening to Freckleface Strawberry, Plus, Columbia U!

What's Up, Remy Zaken? From Spring Awakening to Freckleface Strawberry, Plus, Columbia U!

Remy Zaken was among the youngest original cast members of Spring Awakening, swooning that her hot schoolmate Melchior (played by Jonathan Groff) “is such a radical!” Five years later, Zaken has stepped into the title role of the off-Broadway family musical Freckleface Strawberry as a feisty seven-year-old who hates her red hair and freckles. The bubbly actress may be ...

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What's Up, David Lindsay-Abaire? The Good People Scribe on Nicole Kidman, South Boston's Mystique & More

What's Up, David Lindsay-Abaire? The Good People Scribe on Nicole Kidman, South Boston's Mystique & More

As David Lindsay-Abaire preps for the Broadway debut of his latest play, Good People, he’s also keeping track of this year’s movie awards. Nicole Kidman is an Oscar nominee for Rabbit Hole, the big-screen adaptation of the play that won Lindsay-Abaire a Pulitzer Prize. Meanwhile, Oscar winner Frances McDormand is in previews at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre ...

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What’s Up, Alexis Bledel? The Love, Loss Star Talks Fashion, Gilmore Girls & Robert Redford

What’s Up, Alexis Bledel? The Love, Loss Star Talks Fashion, Gilmore Girls & Robert Redford

After seven seasons as intelligent, driven and devoted daughter Rory on TV’s Gilmore Girls, Alexis Bledel has gone on to star in films such as Post Grad and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. These days, Bledel’s attention is focused not just on pants, but dresses, purses, boots and plenty of other clothing items as she makes her stage debut ...

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What’s Up, Jennifer Carpenter? The Gruesome Playground Injuries Star on Not Having a Backup Plan

What’s Up, Jennifer Carpenter? The Gruesome Playground Injuries Star on Not Having a Backup Plan

It’s been almost nine years since Kentucky-bred, Juilliard-trained Jennifer Carpenter made her Broadway debut in The Crucible alongside Liam Neeson and Laura Linney. She’s been in Hollywood ever since, starring in films like The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Quarantine and creating the role of badass, foul-mouthed cop Debra Morgan in Showtime's Dexter. (Unfortunately, her personal life has had its ...

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What's Up, Nikki Blonsky? The Love, Loss Star on Her Stage Debut and Kissing Zac Efron

What's Up, Nikki Blonsky? The Love, Loss Star on Her Stage Debut and Kissing Zac Efron

After dancing from teenage ice cream shop server to overnight movie star thanks to the 2007 film adaptation of Hairspray, it seemed inevitable that Nikki Blonsky would end up on the New York stage. However, post-Hairspray the charming young actress moved on to weight-sensitive projects such as Queen Sized and TV’s Huge. Now the Long Island native is finally ...

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What's Up, Stacy Keach? The Other Desert Cities Star on Highlights of His 50-Year Career

What's Up, Stacy Keach? The Other Desert Cities Star on Highlights of His 50-Year Career

Forty-five years after he directed a Chekhov workshop production in the newly constructed Mitzi Newhouse Theatre (then called the Forum), Stacy Keach is back in Lincoln Center’s underground space starring as patriarch Lyman Wyeth in Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities. Although Keach is a living legend of the classical stage—from Hamlet in Central Park to King Lear at D ...

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What's Up, Hayley Podschun? The Freckleface Strawberry Star on the Joys of Playing a Seven-Year-Old

What's Up, Hayley Podschun? The Freckleface Strawberry Star on the Joys of Playing a Seven-Year-Old

Blessed with an irresistible grin and a bucketload of singing and dancing talent, Hayley Podschun is currently giving a winning star turn in Freckleface Strawberry, the off-Broadway musical adaptation of Julianne Moore’s bestselling children’s book. Podschun—pronounced Pa-CHUNE, “like a sneeze”—jumped to the role of a plucky, freckle-hating seven-year-old after a busy couple of years in the Broadway companies of Hairspray ...

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What's Up, Michael Shannon? The Mistakes Were Made Star Talks Onstage Producing and Boardwalk Empire

What's Up, Michael Shannon? The Mistakes Were Made Star Talks Onstage Producing and Boardwalk Empire

After wrapping the first season of HBO's Prohibition-era hit Boardwalk Empire, Michael Shannon is back at off-Broadway's Barrow Street Theatre for the second time this year (he stepped in as Our Town's Stage Manager this spring) in Craig Wright's Mistakes Were Made. Shannon stars as beleaguered theater producer Felix Artifex, who believes he's found a bonafide hit play about ...

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What’s Up, Natasha Lyonne? The Blood From a Stone Star Opens Up on Surviving Her Own Career

What’s Up, Natasha Lyonne? The Blood From a Stone Star Opens Up on Surviving Her Own Career

Natasha Lyonne's career path has been anything but straight and narrow. The indie film darling burst onto the scene in 1998’s Slums of Beverly Hills, paid her mainstream dues in American Pie, and famously hit rock bottom several years ago with a period involving stays in jail, the hospital and rehab. Now 31, Lyonne is on the off-Broadway stage in ...

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What’s Up, David Harbour? The Merchant Star Talks Pacino, Winslet and Dancing with Madonna

What’s Up, David Harbour? The Merchant Star Talks Pacino, Winslet and Dancing with Madonna

Before he joined the cast of The Merchant of Venice as Portia's love Bassanio, David Harbour hadn’t been seen on a New York stage in three years. Instead, the actor, known for roles in The Coast of Utopia, The Invention of Love and a Tony-nominated turn as Nick in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, has been in Hollywood, landing parts ...

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What’s Up, Kathy Fitzgerald? Wicked’s Latest Madame Morrible Talks Elphaba Casting and Her New BFF Glinda

What’s Up, Kathy Fitzgerald? Wicked’s Latest Madame Morrible Talks Elphaba Casting and Her New BFF Glinda

Kathy Fitzgerald is used to blockbuster musicals, but there's something special about her current gig as the villainous Madame Morrible in the mega-hit Wicked: it thrills her 11-year-old daughter. Fitzgerald, who spent an unbelievable six years in Broadway's The Producers opposite Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, is loving her role as the malicious Morrible."I love that in Wicked ...

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What's Up, Keith Nobbs? The Lombardi Actor Talks Packers Fans and Drinking With Judith Light

What's Up, Keith Nobbs? The Lombardi Actor Talks Packers Fans and Drinking With Judith Light

Legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi may be the title character of the new football drama Lombardi, but it’s Keith Nobbs who helps reveal Lombardi’s persona to the audience. As fictional Look Magazine reporter Michael McCormack, Nobbs is sent to Green Bay to break down the guarded walls of the jovial but easily angered coach. “He gets that crazed ...

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What's Up, Paul Dano? The Rising Star on His Broadway Expedition in A Free Man of Color

What's Up, Paul Dano? The Rising Star on His Broadway Expedition in A Free Man of Color

The list of actors who can go toe to toe with Daniel Day-Lewis is not terribly long, and one of them is a low-key 26-year-old named Paul Dano. You may have seen his award-winning film debut as an abused teen in L.I.E., his sly comic turn as the mute older brother in Little Miss Sunshine or his galvanizing ...

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What’s Up, Denis O’Hare? The Elling Star on His Peculiar New Play and Camping It Up on True Blood

What’s Up, Denis O’Hare? The Elling Star on His Peculiar New Play and Camping It Up on True Blood

After an over-the-top turn as Russell Edgington, the murderous vampire king of Mississippi, on HBO’s True Blood, Tony winner Denis O’Hare is back on Broadway as the title character in the comedy Elling, based on a popular series of Norwegian novels and subsequent film adaptation. O’Hare plays a man who is unable to cope with the death of his mother ...

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What's Up, Alicia Goranson? The Love, Loss and What I Wore Star Talks Fashion and Growing Up on Roseanne

What's Up, Alicia Goranson? The Love, Loss and What I Wore Star Talks Fashion and Growing Up on Roseanne

As Becky Conner, the eldest TV daughter to Roseanne Barr on her hit series, Roseanne, Alicia Goransan spent her formative years in front of a live TV audience. After five seasons Goranson decided to part ways with the show and made her way to college. She returned to the series intermittently through 1996, then found work off-Broadway in The Fourth ...

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What's Up, Laura Benanti? Dishing About Women on the Verge and Why She's in Her Best Shape Ever

What's Up, Laura Benanti? Dishing About Women on the Verge and Why She's in Her Best Shape Ever

After detouring into a pair of plays with supersize titles (Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them and In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play), Laura Benanti has returned to her musical roots in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. As the adorably ditzy model Candela, the Tony-winning star totters around the stage in ...

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What's Up, Bill Heck? The Marathon Man Takes Flight in Angels in America

What's Up, Bill Heck? The Marathon Man Takes Flight in Angels in America

Twelve hours of Horton Foote. Two Shakespeare plays, performed in rep in Central Park. Seven hours of Angels in America. How on earth is Bill Heck still standing, after the artistic marathons he’s run in the past year? “The variety and quality of the material I’ve been blessed to be a part of is a little overwhelming,” Heck says ...

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What's Up, Lisa Brescia? The Real-Life Newlywed Steps Into the Lead in Mamma Mia!

What's Up, Lisa Brescia? The Real-Life Newlywed Steps Into the Lead in Mamma Mia!

Less than a year after her real-life wedding to Tony-nominated composer/lyricist Craig Carnelia (Sweet Smell of Success, Working), Lisa Brescia is headed to the Winter Garden Theatre as Spandex-clad mother-of-the-bride Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia! Brescia has spent the last decade as Broadway’s standby of choice, including a drama-filled stint in The Woman in White that included subbing for ...

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What’s Up, Dee Snider? The Rock of Ages Star on His Twisted Broadway Debut

What’s Up, Dee Snider? The Rock of Ages Star on His Twisted Broadway Debut

If you haven’t been keeping up with rocker Dee Snider in recent years, you might see him as a relic of the metal era. But you’d be wrong. Sure, he’s the frontman of Twisted Sister, the 1980s metal band behind rock anthems like “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” and “I Wanna Rock,” but Snider is more renaissance man ...

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What’s Up, John Kander? The Legendary Composer Talks Scottsboro Boys, Cabaret and Liza

What’s Up, John Kander? The Legendary Composer Talks Scottsboro Boys, Cabaret and Liza

Few men have left their mark on Broadway quite like composer John Kander. Alongside the late lyricist Fred Ebb, Kander created some of Broadway’s most popular and iconic musicals, including Chicago and Cabaret. He’s won three Tony Awards, two Grammys and two Emmys, the latter of which resulted from his longtime collaboration with Liza Minnelli. Kander's music is now back ...

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What’s Up, Alison Fraser? The Divine Sister Star Sermonizes on Film Villains, Lawn Virgins and Stripping in Gypsy

What’s Up, Alison Fraser? The Divine Sister Star Sermonizes on Film Villains, Lawn Virgins and Stripping in Gypsy

Two-time Tony nominee Alison Fraser is sharing the stage with her old friend Charles Busch in his latest madcap off-Broadway comedy, The Divine Sister. In the nun-centric show Fraser takes on the role of Sister Walburga, a shifty German nun sent to monitor a Pittsburgh convent who brings her own conspiracy-based agenda. “There’s more of a show backstage than there ...

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