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Laurie Kynaston on Going Through a Tough Adolescence in Florian Zeller's The Son in the West End

Laurie Kynaston on Going Through a Tough Adolescence in Florian Zeller's The Son in the West End

The French writer Florian Zeller is rarely long absent from the London or New York stage. On Broadway he is represented at the moment by the transfer from the West End of The Height of the Storm and Zeller has a current West End show, The Son, that has transferred to the Duke of York’s Theatre following a successful run ...

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Jay McGuiness Dusts Off His Dancing Shoes for the West End's Big the Musical

Jay McGuiness Dusts Off His Dancing Shoes for the West End's Big the Musical

Jay McGuiness was a member of the popular English boy band The Wanted and won the 2015 edition of Strictly Come Dancing, the U.K. precursor to Dancing with the Stars. But he is currently returning to his musical theater roots as Josh Baskin, the manchild at the engaging heart of Big the Musical, the 1996 Broadway show readying for ...

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London Evita Headliner Samantha Pauly on Channeling Beyoncé and Ariana Grande to Find Her Inner Superstar

London Evita  Headliner Samantha Pauly on Channeling Beyoncé and Ariana Grande to Find Her Inner Superstar

Chicago actress Samantha Pauly has been in three previous productions of Evita, none of which can have been as conceptually daring as the director Jamie Lloyd’s provocative and edgy current take on the iconic Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical, now in its final weeks at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theater in London. Stripped bare and packed with balloons ...

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Jac Yarrow on the Thrill of His Professional Stage Debut in London's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Jac Yarrow on the Thrill of His Professional Stage Debut in London's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a regular visitor to the London stage but there's never in my extensive experience been as likable and vocally gifted a Joseph as current West End newcomer Jac Yarrow, who more than holds his own alongside such name performers as Jason Donovan and Sheridan Smith. (Donovan, of ...

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London Torch Song Star Matthew Needham on Making Harvey Fierstein's Iconic Protagonist His Own

London Torch Song Star Matthew Needham on Making Harvey Fierstein's Iconic Protagonist His Own

Matthew Needham has cut quite a swath through the American repertoire of late, between the Olivier Award-winning revival of Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke and the U.S.-set stage adaptation of The Twilight Zone. But neither of those plays offers quite the opportunity that comes with stepping into Harvey Fierstein's mighty shoes in the new London production of Torch ...

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Laura Pitt-Pulford on Starring in the U.K. Premiere of Falsettos and What Makes Her Feel Like 'Breaking Down' in Real Life

Laura Pitt-Pulford on Starring in the U.K. Premiere of Falsettos and What Makes Her Feel Like 'Breaking Down' in Real Life

Laura Pitt-Pulford was a 2016 Olivier nominee for her zesty alfresco performance at Regent’s Park in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, but the English performer has cut a distinctive swathe for herself in more contemporary American musicals—local airings of Side Show, Little Miss Sunshine and, any minute now, the European premiere of Falsettos, which starts performances August 30 at The ...

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London's Witness for the Prosecution Star Lewis Cope on His Famous Former Co-Star & Huge Family

London's Witness for the Prosecution Star Lewis Cope on His Famous Former Co-Star & Huge Family

Witness for the Prosecution, the Agatha Christie thriller directed by Lucy Bailey, has turned into a sleeper hit inside its unusual location of a onetime debating chamber at Westminster’s County Hall. And the play now boasts a delightful new leading man in Lewis Cope, who plays the central role of the accused young murderer Leonard Vole, but, in fact, first ...

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London Equus Star Ethan Kai on Getting Comfortable with Onstage Nudity, Raves from Ian McKellen & More

London Equus Star Ethan Kai on Getting Comfortable with Onstage Nudity, Raves from Ian McKellen & More

Ethan Kai may be known to fans of British TV from the Yorkshire-set drama, Emmerdale, but the 25-year-old actor is making one of the most astonishing West End debuts in years playing the disturbed stable boy, Alan Strang, in the current revival of Peter Shaffer’s Equus at the Trafalgar Studios. First seen earlier this year at the Theatre Royal, Stratford ...

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Andy Mientus on Starring in London's The View UpStairs, Talking about Smash Every Day and Projects with Michael Arden

Andy Mientus on Starring in London's The View UpStairs, Talking about Smash Every Day and Projects with Michael Arden

Andy Mientus has credits ranging from Spring Awakening and Les Miz to such TV series as Smash and Gone. But the Pittsburgh native can be found this summer within the intimate confines of London’s Soho Theatre, making his British stage debut in the local premiere of The View UpStairs, the Max Vernon musical seen off-Broadway at the Culture Project early ...

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Tony Nominee Lia Williams on Starring in London's The Night of the Iguana Opposite Anna Gunn and Clive Owen and Being in Her Prime

Tony Nominee Lia Williams on Starring in London's The Night of the Iguana Opposite Anna Gunn and Clive Owen and Being in Her Prime

Lia Williams needs no introduction as a supreme actress, whether on Broadway in Skylight [for which she was nominated for a 1997 Tony Award] or Arcadia or across a range of work closer to home ranging from Mamet’s Oleanna and Schiller’s Mary Stuart to her blazing star turn last year at the Donmar in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie ...

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Andrew Langtree on How the New West End Musical The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ Brings Up Cringeworthy Memories

Andrew Langtree on How the New West End Musical The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ Brings Up Cringeworthy Memories

Andrew Langtree has appeared in the world premiere productions of the musicals Mamma Mia!, Ghost and Groundhog Day, receiving a 2017 Olivier nomination for his performance as Ned Ryerson in the last-named musical, and has done many a straight play, as well. But the Englishman can now be found at the Ambassadors Theatre in the newly opened West End premiere ...

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Alex Mugnaioni on the Thrill of Making His West End Debut in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Alex Mugnaioni on the Thrill of Making His West End Debut in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Alex Mugnaioni has worked at Shakespeare’s Globe, touring the Bard to North and South America, but only now is the actor making his West End debut, and in a work well away from the Bard. Beginning on July 4, he can be seen as the Corelli of the title in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, adapted by Rona Munro from the beloved ...

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West End Mamma Mia! Star Mazz Murray on Graduating from Tanya to Donna, Performing in We Will Rock You for a Decade & More

West End Mamma Mia! Star Mazz Murray on Graduating from Tanya to Donna, Performing in We Will Rock You for a Decade & More

Mazz Murray (the snappy first name is short for Marianne) has lent her distinctive rock sound to such West End musical mainstays as We Will Rock You, as the Killer Queen, and Chicago. The gutsy, take-no-prisoners performer is now returning to Mamma Mia!, not in her previous supporting role as Tanya but, instead, taking on the leading part of Donna ...

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London's The Light in the Piazza Star Dove Cameron on Her Friendship with Ariana Grande and Dream of Playing Wicked's Glinda

London's The Light in the Piazza Star Dove Cameron on Her Friendship with Ariana Grande and Dream of Playing Wicked's Glinda

Onetime Disney Channel teen queen Dove Cameron has been spreading her theatrical wings of late. Last December the 23-year-old performer opened off-Broadway in the New Group production of the musical Clueless, and she is currently readying her British stage debut, opposite opera superstar and 2018 Tony nominee Renée Fleming, in The Light in the Piazza. The Adam Guettel musical ...

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New West End Tina Star Nkeki Obi-Melekwe on Meeting Ms. Turner & What Adrienne Warren Gave Her

New West End Tina Star Nkeki Obi-Melekwe on Meeting Ms. Turner & What Adrienne Warren Gave Her

Nkeki Obi-Melekwe at only 22 has stepped into the starring role of anyone’s dreams, succeeding 2019 Olivier nominee Adrienne Warren in the title role of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre. The chatty and engaging Bronx-born University of Michigan graduate spoke to Broadway.com one recent afternoon about channeling her inner rock star and getting to meet ...

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West End Star Adrianna Bertola on Entering The Twilight Zone and Memories of Matilda

West End Star Adrianna Bertola on Entering The Twilight Zone and Memories of Matilda

Adrianna Bertola was a pintsized powerhouse in the title role of Matilda the Musical, played Gretl Von Trapp in The Sound of Music and, now age 20, has made the transition with ease to an adult acting career. She can currently be found among the cast of the West End transfer at the Ambassadors of the Almeida Theatre production of ...

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West End Fiddler on the Roof Star Judy Kuhn on a Surprising Email from Trevor Nunn & Why She Doesn't Plan Ahead

West End Fiddler on the Roof Star Judy Kuhn on a Surprising Email from Trevor Nunn & Why She Doesn't Plan Ahead

Broadway veteran and four-time Tony nominee Judy Kuhn has given over the better part of the past year to London and to Trevor Nunn’s beautiful Menier Chocolate Factory revival of Fiddler on the Roof, which has since transferred to the Playhouse Theatre. Recently in Manhattan to perform her solo concert at Symphony Space, Kuhn has returned to the West End ...

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Olivier Winner Giles Terera on Starring in London's Rosmersholm and Sniffling Through Hamilton

Olivier Winner Giles Terera on Starring in London's Rosmersholm and Sniffling Through Hamilton

Giles Terera’s many and varied credits include Honk!, The Book of Mormon, and a revelatory National Theatre revival of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, but the versatile performer reached a new career plateau with his Olivier Award-winning turn as Aaron Burr in the London premiere of Hamilton. Terera left that musical smash late in 2018 after a year-long run and is ...

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Director Phyllida Lloyd on 20 Years of Mamma Mia! in London and Broadway's Upcoming Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Director Phyllida Lloyd on 20 Years of Mamma Mia! in London and Broadway's Upcoming Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Mamma Mia! has transformed the lives of a lot of people, not least its gifted and versatile director, Phyllida Lloyd, who came to the ABBA musical from a career in the British not-for-profit sector and has gone on to direct the Tina Turner bio-musical that will open on Broadway in November. Fresh from a day spent prepping her next film ...

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Kelly Mathieson on Having a Phantom of the Opera Birthday Cake to Starring as Christine Daae in the West End

Kelly Mathieson on Having a Phantom of the Opera Birthday Cake to Starring as Christine Daae in the West End

Kelly Mathieson grew up in Scotland and started ballet lessons when she was two. But after training at London's prestigious Royal College of Music, she forsook the world of actual opera to make her West End debut as Christine Daae in the ongoing Andrew Lloyd Webber phenomenon, The Phantom of the Opera, which continues at Her Majesty's Theatre in its ...

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Ben Edelman on Starring in London's Admissions Amid College Scandal Headlines

Ben Edelman on Starring in London's Admissions Amid College Scandal Headlines

Ben Edelman burst onto the New York theater scene like a proverbial comet in last year’s Lincoln Center Theater production of Admissions, the fiery play about family dynamics and race from Joshua Harmon, the author of Bad Jews and Significant Other. And Edelman is the one member of the New York company who has crossed the Atlantic for the play’s ...

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Joanna Riding on Stepping into London's Follies and Her Strong Take on "Losing My Mind"

Joanna Riding on Stepping into London's Follies and Her Strong Take on

Joanna Riding has won two Olivier Awards, starting with her matchless Julie Jordan in Nicholas Hytner’s landmark 1992 production of Carousel, and is now giving a career-defining performance as the lovesick Sally Durant Plummer in the National Theatre’s acclaimed revival of Stephen Sondheim/James Goldman musical Follies, in which she has replaced Imelda Staunton. Complete with a “Losing My Mind” ...

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Richard Fleeshman on Stripping Down in London's Company, His Olivier Nomination & What Patti LuPone Calls Him

Richard Fleeshman on Stripping Down in London's Company, His Olivier Nomination & What Patti LuPone Calls Him

Richard Fleeshman starred on the West End and Broadway opposite Caissie Levy in Ghost the Musical and was part of the British ensembles of Urinetown and The Last Ship. But it’s fair to say that he has never had quite the opportunity offered by the knockout, gender-flipped revival of Company, playing the barely-clothed air steward Andy—a character previously known as April. The winning ...

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London Come From Away Star Rachel Tucker on Her First Olivier Award Nomination and Her Long History with Wicked

London Come From Away Star Rachel Tucker on Her First Olivier Award Nomination and Her Long History with Wicked

Rachel Tucker is known both sides of the Atlantic as an especially thrilling Elphaba in Wicked and as a singer who has enlivened various concert halls and cabaret rooms, performing both solo and alongside Jason Robert Brown and Kristin Chenoweth, among many others. But the Belfast-born vocal powerhouse is reveling just now in her first show she has originated in ...

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Charity Wakefield on Making Her West End Debut in Emilia and Realizing She Resembles Shakespeare

Charity Wakefield on Making Her West End Debut in Emilia and Realizing She Resembles Shakespeare

Charity Wakefield has made a name for herself both sides of the Atlantic in TV shows like Bounty Hunters and Wolf Hall but is only now making her West End debut in the transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre of Emilia, currently in previews prior to a March 21 opening. Premiered last summer at Shakespeare’s Globe, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s play tells ...

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