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  • 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...

  • Sonya Tayeh

    Sonya Tayeh may have choreographed one of the most dazzling spectacles to grace the Great White Way in years with Moulin Rouge! The Musical but her path to the Broadway stage has been anything but typical. Tayeh wasn't raised on jazz hands and time steps. In fact, she decided to become a choreographer before she'd ever taken a formal dance class.Tayeh later studied ballet and modern dance at Wayne State University, but it was her experience as "a teenager living in Detroit and being immersed in...

  • The green witch is back. Idina Menzel originated the role of Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway 15 years ago, and now she's taking flight (so to speak) for the special anniversary concert, which airs on NBC on October 29.We caught up with Menzel about what she learned from her time in Oz.Get Wicked tickets now.What do you bring to the songs now that you couldn't 15 years ago?You can either try to step back into your role when you sing songs like this as an actor, or you can sing the song as a vocal...

  • Kristin Chenoweth

    It's good to see her, isn't it? Fifteen years after Kristin Chenoweth first made her entrance in a magic bubble, she's back celebrating Wicked's anniversary. Decked out in pink sparkles, fitting for the good witch, Chenoweth performed her signature song "Popular" for the 15th anniversary celebration, which airs on NBC on October 29.We caught up with Chenoweth to discuss how the musical shaped her career and whether she'd ever return to Oz.Get Wicked tickets now.How do you feel Wicked has shaped...

  • Annie-B Parson doesn't want to put labels on her work, and you'd be hard-pressed to do so even if you tried. The accomplished choreographer has created movement and dance pieces for everything from musicians like David Bowie and St. Vincent to the Royal Ballet to modern ensembles like Martha Graham Dance Company to operas to a Jonathan Demme film to her own group, Big Dance Theater, to theatre. Basically, if there are bodies moving in space, Parson has a vision for them.Her latest venture comes...

  • Arielle Jacobs

    Most people wouldn't want to relive high school. But Arielle Jacobs is alright with the do-overs.In fact, playing young women in youthful stories has become one of Jacobs's specialties. Her first professional gig was as Gabriella in the High School Musical stage show (directed by Jeff Calhoun, who also helms Between the Lines), and many know her as Princess Jasmine in Broadway's Aladdin, a role she was playing on a Disney Princess Concert tour when we had our virtual interview.Next, she'll next...

  • Not every quarantine is created equal, and being in lockdown in a one-bedroom apartment with your significant other can prove challenging no matter how strong your relationship is. But for Broadway performers Max Clayton and Matt Doyle, isolating together has shone a light on each other's strengths. "Max makes me laugh so hard all the time that I think it's actually been the saving grace of all of this that I live with a big clown that keeps me laughing and pulls me out of my darker moments in...

  • Richard III

    This summer, Tony Award winner Ali Stroker is acting in Shakespeare in the Park for the first time in Richard III, and so far, it's been a very wet experience. It rained almost every night during the first week of performances. One night, the show even started 80 minutes late because of rain. But Stroker is taking it in strides."It's been amazing," she enthused one evening before the show. "It has always been on my bucket list."Stroker had never acted in a Shakespeare play professionally. In...

  • Katrina Lenk, Christopher Fitzgerald, and Nikki Renee Daniels in Company on Broadway. (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

    Christopher Fitzgerald has made a career out of playing the "nice guy." From the delightful oddball Ogie in Waitress (which earned him a Tony Award nomination) to the charming munchkin Boq in Wicked to now, David in Marianne Elliott's gender-flipped revival of Stephen Sondheim's Company, which won the Tony Award for Best Revival and is playing through July 31. "It's nice to evolve from playing creatures, and playing weird fantasy characters, like munchkins and leprechauns, to playing actual...

  • Mid-show standing ovations are rare on Broadway — unless you're at Paradise Square. When leading actress Joaquina Kalukango sings the penultimate number, a power ballad called "Let It Burn," she's met with a standing ovation nearly every night.So it's no wonder that when she performed the song at the 2022 Tony Awards, holding an impossibly long final note as tears rolled down her cheeks, the audience at Radio City Music Hall, too, rose to their feet. (It's worth seeing for yourself.)Kalukango's...

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