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Flowers for Hermes: An Interview with Performing Activist André De Shields

From creating the title role in The Wiz to winning an Emmy for Ain't Misbehavin', André De Shields reflects on his roles in more than four decades of iconic musicals, including the GRAMMY and Tony Award-winning Hadestown.

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Carol Hall: The Final Interview

The beloved composer of the smash-hit 1978 Broadway musical, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, was also a singer/songwriter on one of the decade's most prestigious labels. Her 1972 album Beads and Feathers is arguably an overlooked masterpiece. Prior to her October 2018 passing, she spoke with PopMatters about this less celebrated period of her career.

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Mahalo, Mary Magdalene: An Interview with Chart-Topping Grammy Winner Yvonne Elliman

Fifty years after leaving Honolulu for London, Yvonne Elliman retraces the road from Hawaii to Jesus Christ Superstar and Saturday Night Fever ... and back again.

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'Springsteen on Broadway' Is Springsteen Fully Owning the Myth of the Working Class Hero

Springsteen on Broadway is a powerful audio document of Bruce Springsteen's 14 month one-man performance run at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theater.

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'Summer' Fever: An Interview with Tony-Nominated Triple Threat Ariana DeBose

Putting the sizzle in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Ariana DeBose charts her own course to Broadway stardom.

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"A Lady Must Live": Interview with Broadway Legend Vivian Reed

As Broadway powerhouse Vivian Reed preps her critically acclaimed Lena Horne tribute for New York's Green Room 42, the two-time Tony Award nominee recalls a lifetime of career triumphs.

Theatre

Back to Bond Street: An Interview with West End Legend Ray Shell

Forty years after Ray Shell left New York for London, the original Rusty in Starlight Express finds his way home to the East Village.

Interviews

Not a Common Man: Duncan Sheik and the Crafting of an American (and London) Pyscho

After winning a Tony for his work on Spring Awakening, pop craftsman Sheik now tackles bringing American Psycho to the stage.

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Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in a Well-Made BBC Biopic

Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West capture the emotional truth of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor's relationship in the BBC biopic, Burton and Taylor.

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A Brilliant Bomb: 'Smash: Season One'

Camp audiences have long recognized the pleasures of "bad", of the delectably ridiculous. We delight in their extravagant nonsense. We get disappointed if they fall into realism or normalcy. We like it bad. In fact, amp it up, will you?

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"I Want People to Really Hear My Heart": An Interview with Cheyenne Jackson

Whether dominating Broadway in Xanadu, showcasing his comedy chops on 30 Rock, or recording full-length albums with Michael Feinstein, there is very little Cheyenne Jackson can't do. He talks to PopMatters about all of the above and more, including what it's like being an openly gay celebrity in this day and age ...

Jose Solís
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'Lonesome' Is a Nearly Lost Classic of Urban Alienation and Fairytale Romance

A poignant and visually spectacular portrait of life and love in the big city, restored and released after eight decades in obscurity.

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'Once' A New Musical: Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre - Broadway

Once is a passionate story that will work wonders on Broadway.

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'Seminar' by Theresa Rebeck - Broadway

One aspect of the play made me feel uncomfortable and queasy, with the reminder that words and laughter matter and have consequences.

Betsy Kim
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Out of the Desert, Into Drag: An Encounter with Priscilla the Queen

Unlike the mock enthusiasm, he had prepared prior to the show, our writer found that he genuinely loved his first Broadway experience.

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Streamers

This film is a smoldering evisceration of male hypocrisy, pretense, racial anxiety, and sexual panic that would give Neil LaBute pause.

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Passing Strange

A melding of serious drama, sarcastic humor, and brash power pop attitude, this marks a watershed moment in the life of a musical adventurer who has yet to bask in the spotlight.

Books

Theatre World 65: 2008-2009 by Ben Hodges

Now in its 65th year, the grande dame of American theatrical reference books proves that it's still both indispensable and addictive.

Books

The Playbill Broadway Yearbook

With generous helpings of both vital information and insider tidbits, this is an impressive resource for the theatre journalist or fan.

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'In the Heights' raises image of Latinos on Broadway

Linda Winer
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Returning shows give Broadway a happy glow

Robert Feldberg and Matthew Van Dusen
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The House That George Built by Wilfrid Sheed

By the 1950s, the golden age of popular music was just about over. America "wasn't a listening nation anymore," writes Wilfrid Sheed, but a televisual "shaking, rattling and rolling one."

Glenn C. Altschuler
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Broadway: The American Musical

Even if it sometimes fails to give powerful figures their full due, Broadway: The American Musical offers an outstanding overview of a decidedly American art form.

Bill Gibron

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