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42nd Street's Tom Lister on Why He's Jealous of His Co-Stars, Performing for Kate Middleton & More

42nd Street's Tom Lister on Why He's Jealous of His Co-Stars, Performing for Kate Middleton & More

Tom Lister is a renowned TV star in England on the back of the popular series Emmerdale but has lately been commanding the capacious Theatre Royal, Drury Lane as none other than the directorial autocrat Julian Marsh in that ever-exhilarating musical theater chestnut, 42nd Street. The engaging Lister took time early in the New Year to talk about musicals of ...

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London Young Frankenstein Star Summer Strallen on Her Near-Burnout, Memories of Snogging Ewan McGregor & More

London Young Frankenstein Star Summer Strallen on Her Near-Burnout, Memories of Snogging Ewan McGregor & More

Summer Strallen was a 2013 Olivier nominee for her swellegant performance in the Olivier Award-winning musical Top Hat, since which time she has been largely absent from the London stage. That changed this fall with her delicious star turn as that nubile Transylvanian, Inga, in the West End bow of the Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein at the Garrick Theatre ...

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Ben Lewis on Starring in London's The Phantom of the Opera and How It Compares to His Role in Love Never Dies

Ben Lewis on Starring in London's The Phantom of the Opera and How It Compares to His Role in Love Never Dies

It’s a busy time for Australian performers in Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals in London, what with Anna O’Byrne appearing in the new revival of The Woman in White and Ben Lewis, her former co-star from the Oz premiere of Love Never Dies, starring a few streets away in the title role of The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s ...

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The Woman in White Star Anna O'Byrne on Love Never Dies, Julie Andrews & Her Surprising Dream Role

The Woman in White Star Anna O'Byrne on Love Never Dies, Julie Andrews & Her Surprising Dream Role

Australian actress Anna O’Byrne has the distinction of playing Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, directed by none other than Dame Julie Andrews, as well as starring as Christine Daae in the successful Australian premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies. Now based in London, she is among those headlining the Charing Cross Theatre revival of an earlier Lloyd ...

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Marisha Wallace on Starring in London's Dreamgirls, Her New Album & Thanking Jennifer Holliday

Marisha Wallace on Starring in London's Dreamgirls, Her New Album & Thanking Jennifer Holliday

Broadway’s Marisha Wallace has had quite a London year, between stepping into the seismic role of Effie White in Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre, recording her first-ever album (Soul Holiday), and fitting in two intimate concerts on December 3 at the Charing Cross Theatre to celebrate its release. The North Carolina native found time one recent lunchtime to talk about ...

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Star John McCrea on Making a Splash in the West End, Broadway Dreams & More

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Star John McCrea on Making a Splash in the West End, Broadway Dreams & More

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the new British musical about a teenager’s triumphant redefinition of himself as a drag queen, has also been a major triumph for its leading actor, John McCrea, who was more or less unknown before the show opened at the Apollo Theatre and has since become the toast of the town. McCrea spoke to Broadway.com about ...

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West End Star David Seadon-Young on the Joys of An American in Paris, Not Skyping with Brandon Uranowitz & More

West End Star David Seadon-Young on the Joys of An American in Paris, Not Skyping with Brandon Uranowitz & More

David Seadon-Young’s performance as Adam, the piano-playing narrator of An American in Paris, has been one of the musical theater glories of this year: an unwavering presence across the four times I’ve seen the West End premiere of the acclaimed Broadway musical, adapted from the 1951 Oscar-winning film. Broadway.com caught the English performer backstage late one afternoon at the ...

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The Ferryman's Sarah Greene on the Enduring Allure of Her Secret Celebrity Crush & More

The Ferryman's Sarah Greene on the Enduring Allure of Her Secret Celebrity Crush & More

Irish actress Sarah Greene was a 2014 Tony nominee for her Broadway debut appearing opposite Daniel Radcliffe in the revival of The Cripple of Inishmaan and was on the London stage earlier this year opposite Star Wars actor John Boyega in a revival of Woyzeck. Now she has stepped into the lead role of Jez Butterworth’s Broadway-bound The Ferryman, playing ...

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West End Glengarry Glen Ross Star Stanley Townsend on Working with Christian Slater & the Surprise Contents of His Stage Briefcase

West End Glengarry Glen Ross Star Stanley Townsend on Working with Christian Slater & the Surprise Contents of His Stage Briefcase

Stanley Townsend is the distinguished Irish actor whose credits include Conor McPherson’s Shining City and The Weir, but he’s been on a bit of an American jag of late, moving from the Minnesota-set Girl from the North Country to his current gig as Shelley “the machine” Levene in Glengarry Glen Ross—the contemporary classic about real estate salesmen at their ...

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West End Oslo Star Philip Arditti on Stepping Into a Tony-Winning Role & Trying to Dislike His Co-Stars

West End Oslo Star Philip Arditti on Stepping Into a Tony-Winning Role & Trying to Dislike His Co-Stars

J.T. Rogers’ provocative and poignant Oslo has arrived in London not long after winning the 2017 Tony for Best Play and a further Tony for featured actor Michael Aronov playing the Israeli negotiator Uri Savir who was among the key players at the Oslo Peace Accords in Norway in 1993. Recast for its National Theatre premiere in September, Bartlett ...

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London Venus in Fur Star David Oakes on Turning On the Audience, Getting Tied Up at Work and More

London Venus in Fur Star David Oakes on Turning On the Audience, Getting Tied Up at Work and More

David Oakes played Christopher Marlowe in the 2014 West End stage premiere of Shakespeare in Love only to segue to TV stardom in such series as The Borgias and Victoria. He is back on the London stage for a limited run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in the British premiere of the popular American two-hander Venus in Fur, playing the New York ...

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Rising Star Crystal Clarke on Appearing in the West End's A Woman of No Importance & Two Star Wars Movies

Rising Star Crystal Clarke on Appearing in the West End's A Woman of No Importance & Two Star Wars Movies

New Jersey-born actresses not long out of drama school don’t often end up co-starring in the West End in Oscar Wilde revivals alongside the likes of Eve Best, Emma Fielding and Anne Reid. That is nonetheless the astonishing situation in which Crystal Clarke finds herself as the alumna of several of the recent Star Wars films prepares her London stage debut ...

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West End Young Frankenstein Star Hadley Fraser on Two Forces of Nature: Mel Brooks & Ramin Karimloo

West End Young Frankenstein Star Hadley Fraser on Two Forces of Nature: Mel Brooks & Ramin Karimloo

Hadley Fraser needs no introduction as one of the West End’s best and brightest, a talent at home both in musicals (Les Miserables, City of Angels) and the classics (he was Aufidius in 2013 to Tom Hiddleston’s Coriolanus). More recently, he has branched out as co-author of the recent, politically themed Donmar musical Committee… and can now be found leading ...

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Apologia Star Stockard Channing on Returning to the London Stage, 'Creepy' Grease Fixations & Not Writing a Memoir

 Apologia Star Stockard Channing on Returning to the London Stage, 'Creepy' Grease Fixations & Not Writing a Memoir

Stockard Channing needs no introduction as a Broadway legend, but London’s good fortune is to have welcomed the Tony and Emmy-winning actress at regular intervals. She first appeared on the U.K. stage in Six Degrees of Separation, only to return in a 2007 Almeida revival of Awake and Sing and now, at the Trafalgar Studios, in Apologia—the Alexi ...

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Olivier Winner Philip Quast on Why Follies Is His Last Musical, the Road Not Taken & More

Olivier Winner Philip Quast on Why Follies Is His Last Musical, the Road Not Taken & More

The clarion-voiced Philip Quast has three Olivier Awards to his name and is bound to be considered for a fourth in due course for his soul-stirring performance as Ben Stone in the National Theatre’s sell-out revival of the Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman musical Follies, which will be screened in cinemas via NT Live on November 16. Broadway.com spoke to the ...

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Tyrone Huntley on Returning to London's Jesus Christ Superstar & Working with Amber Riley in Dreamgirls

Tyrone Huntley on Returning to London's Jesus Christ Superstar & Working with Amber Riley in Dreamgirls

Tyrone Huntley won an Olivier nomination and the Evening Standard’s Emerging Talent Award for his seismic performance as Judas in the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre revival of the celebrated Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar and is back with the show this season for an encore engagement. In between, the slight-of-build performer with the ...

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Tony Winner Jim Norton on Revisiting the Work of Conor McPherson in London's Girl from the North Country

Tony Winner Jim Norton on Revisiting the Work of Conor McPherson in London's Girl from the North Country

Jim Norton is a beloved theater stalwart on both sides of the Atlantic, having won an Olivier and then a Tony for his performance in fellow Irishman Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer. The genial veteran is working with writer-director McPherson once again on Girl from the North Country at the Old Vic, a play that weds an original Depression-era story set ...

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London Les Miserables Star Killian Donnelly on Kinky Broadway Memories & Getting Tips from Colm Wilkinson

London Les Miserables Star Killian Donnelly on Kinky Broadway Memories & Getting Tips from Colm Wilkinson

Killian Donnelly has stormed the West End in such diverse shows as Memphis, The Commitments and Kinky Boots, in which he also starred on Broadway. Now, he’s returned to the U.K. in no less an iconic role than Jean Valjean in Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre, so what better time could there be to check in with the ...

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Rising British Star Christian Cooke on Headlining Knives in Hens at London's Donmar, Being Paid in Burgers & More

Rising British Star Christian Cooke on Headlining Knives in Hens at London's Donmar, Being Paid in Burgers & More

The fast-rising English film and TV actor Christian Cooke was Dennis Quaid’s co-star in the recent series The Art of More and has even directed a short film, Edith, starring Michelle Fairley from Game of Thrones. Cook has of late turned his attentions to the stage, first at the Hampstead Theatre in Experience and now at the Donmar in Knives ...

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London Evita Star Emma Hatton on What Eva Peron Would Do If She Met Wicked's Elphaba & More

London Evita Star Emma Hatton on What Eva Peron Would Do If She Met Wicked's Elphaba & More

Emma Hatton has staked out a formidable name for herself playing two iconic roles, Elphaba in Wicked and Eva Peron in Evita. The second part has this summer earned her rave reviews for the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical’s latest revival, this time at the Phoenix Theatre. Hatton took time prior to a recent evening performance to talk about roles ...

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London Star Ashley Day on Reclaiming His Dancing Roots in An American in Paris in the West End

London Star Ashley Day on Reclaiming His Dancing Roots in An American in Paris in the West End

Ashley Day has appeared in Evita, Mary Poppins, and as Elder Price in The Book of Mormon in the West End. Now, the English musical theater triple-threat has danced his way into the star part of Jerry Mulligan in An American in Paris at the Dominion Theatre, following on from Tony nominee Robert Fairchild, who came to London to open ...

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West End Star Stuart Neal on His Dancing Feet in 42nd Street & More

West End Star Stuart Neal on His Dancing Feet in 42nd Street & More

Stuart Neal has appeared on the West End in La Cage aux Folles, the Michael Grandage-directed Evita and alongside Dame Judi Dench in The Winter’s Tale, co-starring Kenneth Branagh, among many other shows. But the triple threat talent can be found currently raising the roof in 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, playing the young hoofer and amorous ...

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Romola Garai on the the Powerful Lead Women at the Center of Queen Anne: 'A Change in Circumstance Can Eat Away at a Friendship'

Romola Garai on the the Powerful Lead Women at the Center of Queen Anne: 'A Change in Circumstance Can Eat Away at a Friendship'

Romola Garai found film renown early on in movies like Atonement and I Capture the Castle but returns often to the stage. In 2014, she appeared off-Broadway to transfixing effect in Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink. Garai can currently be found on the West End in the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) production of Queen Anne, playing the elegant and ambitious Sarah ...

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I Loved Lucy Star Matthew Scott on Booking His London Debut at the Broadway Stage Door & Discovering Lucille Ball on Nick at Nite

I Loved Lucy Star Matthew Scott on Booking His London Debut at the Broadway Stage Door & Discovering Lucille Ball on Nick at Nite

Matthew Scott has appeared on Broadway in such shows as Sondheim on Sondheim and as Adam in An American in Paris and is now marking his first-ever trip to London with his UK stage debut in the Lee Tannen play I Loved Lucy, opening on July 24 at the Arts Theatre. The charming performer took time before his second preview ...

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New West End Aladdin Star Matthew Croke on Flying High, His Wicked Past & Bare Chest Buzz

New West End Aladdin Star Matthew Croke on Flying High, His Wicked Past & Bare Chest Buzz

Matthew Croke started the summer by fulfilling any performer’s dreams: graduating from a career spent largely in supporting and understudy assignments to playing a bona fide star part in the West End. London’s new Aladdin in the Disney musical of the same name at the Prince Edward Theatre was giddy with delight when Broadway.com caught him during rehearsals for a chat, not least as ...

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