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Theatre Interviews with Top Broadway Stars

Check out our exclusive interviews with Broadway stars, playwrights, directors, and more working in New York theatre. Glimpse behind the scenes into the life and work of the people who bring Broadway shows, Off-Broadway productions, and musical films to life. Find out more about Broadway plays and musicals.

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  • Candace Bushnell in Is There Still Sex in the City?

    Candace Bushnell calls her new one-woman show Is There Still Sex in the City? Carrie Bradshaw's origin story. Bushnell created the iconic New York character decades ago as an alterego for her own sex and relationships column, but the character went on to lead an acclaimed television series, a film franchise, a series reboot, and generations of women who identify with her. "What's striking to me is how much Sex and the City is my life's work, really," Bushnell says. "And I think that's something...

  • Steven Levenson

    When Steven Levenson heard that Lin-Manuel Miranda was directing­­ a film adaptation of tick, tick...BOOM!, he was like, "Well, how can I possibly be involved with that?"At the time, Levenson was working on the mini-series Fosse/Verdon, on which Miranda was a producer, and the two started a years-long process and excavation into writer/composer Jonathan Larson's semi-autobiographical work. The film adaptation of Larson's show, which he wrote just before Rent turned him into a household name, is...

  • Andrew Garfield

    Andrew Garfield's career has taken him from England to America and back, from the stage to the screen. He's earned a British Academy Television Award for his film work in Boy A, an Olivier Award nomination and a Tony Award win for starring as Prior Walter in Angels in America in the West End and on Broadway, and critical acclaim for films like The Amazing Spider-Man series and plays like Death of a Salesman. For all his range, the one thing Garfield hasn't done, professionally at least, is a...

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Directing tick, tick... BOOM!, the Netflix film adaptation of Jonathan Larson's 1990 musical, was at once a familiar and unfamiliar process for Lin-Manuel Miranda. The project marks his directorial debut, but it's by no means his first time on a film set, as he's fresh off the release of In the Heights, the film adaptation of his own 2007 musical, this past summer. (He's been involved in films like Mary Poppins Returns, Moana, Encanto, and Vivo as either a composer, lyricist, performer, or a...

  • Photo credit: Ali Ahn (Photo courtesy of Second Stage Theater)

    When the casting notice came out that Letters of Suresh, the new play from Rajiv Joseph being produced at Second Stage Theater, actor Ali Ahn texted every Asian American actor friend she knew working in New York City. It was because the show had two prominent East Asian roles and one Indian role. "It's very rare to have a story that centers around an Asian American character's growth," said Ahn.Ahn ended up getting a role, and her character now opens the new play Letters of Suresh, currently...

  • Jocelyn Bioh

    Jocelyn Bioh continues to reign supreme in a lane she created for herself. Bioh is comedic playwright, focused on telling stories of the African diaspora. Her play School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play debuted at MCC Theater in 2017 and instantly moved her name into conversations of theatre's finest playwrights. The Ghanaian-American's newest play, Merry Wives, a modern adaptation of Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor, opened at the Delacorte Theatre to rave reviews that solidified...

  • Keegan-Michael Key in The Prom on Netflix (Photo by Melissa Gordon/Netflix)

    If you had told Keegan-Michael Key in theatre school that one day he would be kissing Meryl Streep on screen, he would have thought you were crazy. The comedian of Key & Peele fame plays school principal Mr. Hawkins, who falls for Streep's Dee Dee Allen in Netflix's The Prom."When you're a kid in theater school and you're 22 years old, if your future self came back and said, 'I just want you to know that in 2020, you're going to be Meryl Streep's love interest in a movie,' you'd just be...

  • Meryl Streep in The Prom on Netflix (Photo by Melissa Gordon/Netflix)

    Meryl Streep is no stranger to the movie musical. The Oscar winner has starred in Mamma Mia!, Into the Woods, and now The Prom, Ryan Murphy's Netflix adaptation of the Broadway musical about a group of Broadway actors who go to middle America to fight for a young lesbian's right to take her girlfriend to the prom.While Streep is an undeniable tour-de-force and triple threat, her favorite part about musicals is, surprisingly, not the singing. "More than anything I love the dancing because I'm not...

  • The cast of The Prom on Netflix (Photo by Melissa Gordon/Netflix)

    When Ryan Murphy went to see The Prom on Broadway, he was struck by the audience's reaction. The story of four theatre stars who band together to fight for a young lesbian who is told she can't take her girlfriend to the school dance inspired joy and celebration. But there was one audience member who it felt particularly personal for: himself. "The thing that was interesting to me is the heroine is from Indiana where she is denied, going to her poem and halfway through the musical, I realized...

  • Ariana DeBose and Kerry Washington in The Prom on Netflix (Photo by Melissa Gordon/Netflix)

    When you hear the word "bigot," the last person you think of is television and Broadway darling Kerry Washington, who has committed herself to projects with a social justice bent like the recent Hulu mini-series Little Fires Everywhere and the Broadway play-turned-Netflix adaptation American Son. But that's exactly how Washington would describe her character in Netflix's The Prom, another activist-minded movie that adapts the musical about a small-town lesbian who can't bring her girlfriend to...