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  • "It's hard to think of living in a world where Phantom isn't playing at the Majestic Theatre." So said Broadway actress Sierra Boggess soon after The Phantom of the Opera, the longest-running show in Broadway history, announced its closing after 35 years. Her sentiment isn't unique. The closing news immediately multiplied ticket demand from die-hard "phans" and casual theatregoers alike — those who assumed Phantom would always be around and now have a deadline to check it off their bucket lists....

  • Batter up! The Tony Award-winning revival of Richard Greenberg’s thrilling baseball dramedy, Take Me Out, is back on Broadway for an encore run through February 5 with a key change in the lineup. Cabaret alum Bill Heck deftly slides into the role of shortstop Kippy Sunderstrom, aka “the most intelligent man in major league baseball.” Kippy narrates the play and interacts with other teammates including Darren Lemming (Jesse Williams), who throws a game-changing curveball when he announces to the...

  • When Audra McDonald read Adrienne Kennedy’s Ohio State Murders for the first time, her “gut was on the floor.” The six-time Tony-winning actress participated in a Zoom pandemic production of Kennedy’s seminal work, based on her own experience at the university, and she was stunned by the material. “My heart was on the floor. My brain was exploding,” McDonald says of the experience. “For days afterwards, I just kept thinking about the fact that I got to say those words. And I wanted to know more...

  • Casey Likes is almost famous. That's thanks to Almost Famous. The 20-year-old actor is taking on Patrick Fugit's role, of wide-eyed journalist William Miller, in the musical adaptation of Cameron Crowe's cult classic film about the '70s rock scene. And as if making his Broadway debut in a buzzy new musical wasn't enough, Likes is about to hit the big screen as Gene Simmons of KISS in the biopic Spinning Gold. Clearly, he's on a rock kick. Likes has been with Almost Famous since 2019, when...

  • Romantic. Quirky. Dreamlike. Fun. That describes Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson's signature songwriting style. The composer-lyricist duo are behind the animated musical comedies Olaf's Frozen Adventure, Central Park on AppleTV+, and now, the Off-Broadway fairytale musical Between the Lines, based on bestselling author Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer's novel. They've become the team to call for whimsical earworms you'd bust out at a Disney-inspired karaoke night.Samsel and...

  • Katy Sullivan

    Martyna Majok's play Cost of Living premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts in 2016, opened Off-Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club in 2017, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2018, and played in London in 2019. Now, the show will make its Broadway debut, also with MTC, this fall. Only two people have been involved in all those productions: Majok, of course, and Katy Sullivan.In Cost of Living, the stories of the disabled, the working-class, immigrants, and more converge with four...

  • Before starring as Jewish comedian Fanny Brice in Funny Girl on Broadway, Julie Benko had never seen the iconic 1968 film. Yes, she knows that's hard to believe. "I don't know how that happened, that a Jewish musical theatre girl didn't see Funny Girl growing up," she says, with self-deprecating charm. "I watched the movie after I found out I got a callback. So I've seen the movie once."It's well-known musical theatre lore that Funny Girl (created by Jule Styne, Bob Merrill, and Isobel Lennart)...

  • Jennifer Simard has shared her talents on New York City's most revered Broadway stages for years, and this season, Simard spends her evenings (and some afternoons) playing Sarah, the brownie-craving, diet-obsessed, workout-focused funny girl in the new gender-swapped revival of Stephen Sondheim's Company.But before making audiences chuckle in her current gig, Simard starred in hit Broadway shows like Hello, Dolly!, Mean Girls, and Disaster!, the last of which earned her a Tony Award nomination...

  • Aaron Tveit is the man everyone wants to be — or to have. His fervent fans, a sweet but somewhat frightening breed, refer to themselves as "Tveitertots," and listicles chronicling reasons to love him abound. There are even gifs about his hair. But perhaps the most striking thing about Tveit's appeal is his own indifference to the attention. Upon arriving at the lakefront cottage in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where the actor stayed while starring in Company at Barrington Stage, an exuberant...

  • If Nikki M. James could review Suffs in two words, it would be these: "Fucking good!" she exclaims, with no hesitation. Suffs is arguably one of the most anticipated new musicals this season. It's written by Shaina Taub and running off Broadway at The Public Theater. Suffs tells the messy, complicated, and inspiring story of the women who fought for the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which gave women the right to vote.Women of color didn't get the right to vote until decades after, with...

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