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Broadway Producer Kevin McCollum Talks Creating the Something Rotten! Musical From Scratch

Broadway Producer Kevin McCollum Talks Creating the Something Rotten! Musical From Scratch

Kevin McCollum is the creative producer—well known for his previous hits including Rent, Avenue Q and In the Heights—who spearheaded the development of Something Rotten! from a handful of songs to a Broadway smash. McCollum is based in New York, but he is also a visiting professor at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.

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Maddie Baillio Talks Playing Tracy Turnblad, Which Hairspray Live! Co-Star Makes Her Geek Out & More

Maddie Baillio Talks Playing Tracy Turnblad, Which Hairspray Live! Co-Star Makes Her Geek Out & More

Age: 20

Hometown: League City, TX

Current Role: Following in the footsteps of Hairspray Tony winner Marissa Jaret Winokur and original film star Ricki Lake, Maddie Baillio adds her own unstoppable beat as Tracy Turnblad, an aspiring Corny Collins Show star who inspires all those around her with her big, beautiful heart and boundless optimism.

Stage Cred: Plucked ...

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Laverne Cox on Finding Her Voice for The Rocky Horror Picture Show & Her Dream Stage Roles

Laverne Cox on Finding Her Voice for The Rocky Horror Picture Show & Her Dream Stage Roles

Laverne Cox is no stranger to the screen, from her Emmy-nominated turn on Orange is the New Black to appearances in the films Grandma, 36 Saints and Grand Street. Now, she has audiences shivering with antici...pation to hear her sing out as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in Fox’s TV remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In the interview below, Broadway ...

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The Sound of Music Tour Star Melody Betts on Tapping Into Her Own Faith, Audra Inspiration & Backstage Belting

The Sound of Music Tour Star Melody Betts on Tapping Into Her Own Faith, Audra Inspiration & Backstage Belting

In the final moments of The Sound of Music’s first act, Melody Betts takes center stage as Mother Abbess as she delivers the last verse of “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” with a pure, commanding soprano. Before taking on the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical in the current North American tour, Betts had audiences giving mid-show standing ovations as a featured ...

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Meet Tracy! Newcomer Maddie Baillio Discusses Headlining NBC's Hairspray Live!

Meet Tracy! Newcomer Maddie Baillio Discusses Headlining NBC's Hairspray Live!

Oh, oh, oh, Maddie Baillio woke up today, feeling the way she always does, except she had some big news to share: this December, she’ll take on the coveted role of Tracy Turnblad in NBC’s Hairspray Live! The Texas native just finished her sophomore year as a Theatre Arts major at Marymount Manhattan College, and now she’s getting ready to ...

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Tuck Everlasting Star Sarah Charles Lewis on the Thrill of the Stage Door, Her Dream Disney Co-Star & More

Tuck Everlasting Star Sarah Charles Lewis on the Thrill of the Stage Door, Her Dream Disney Co-Star & More

Age: 11

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Current Role: Winnie Foster, who discovers a mysterious family and a life beyond the walls of her family's home, in the new Broadway musical Tuck Everlasting. She first played the role at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta last year.

Stage & Screen Cred: Prior to Tuck, Lewis appeared in many local theater productions in ...

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Tell Us Everything! Beautiful's Liam Tobin Lets You Sneak a Peek at His Road Diary

When we think about our favorite performers, so many burning questions come to mind. What do they like to do for fun? Where do they like to shop? Who are their favorite artists? What food do they love? Would we be BFFs? You think about all of these things, too, right?! Of course you do! So, we decided we wanted ...

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Carlos PenaVega on Grease: Live, Greasy Foods and His Hip-Hopping and High-Flying Broadway Dream Roles

Age: 26

Hometown: Born in Missouri, raised in Miami.

Current Role: Playing wingman Kenickie to Aaron Tveit's Danny Zuko in the January 31 broadcast of Grease: Live on Fox. 

Stage and Screen Cred: As a kid, PenaVega performed in local Florida productions of musicals like Man of La Mancha, Titanic and, yes, Grease before landing regular TV ...

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Tell Us Everything! Kinky Boots' Tiffany Engen Lets You Sneak a Peek at Her Road Diary

When we think about our favorite performers, so many burning questions come to mind. What do they like to do for fun? Where do they like to shop? Who are their favorite artists? What food do they love? Would we be BFFs? You think about all of these things, too, right?! Of course you do! So, we decided we wanted ...

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Tell Us Everything! Kinky Boots' Adam Kaplan Lets You Sneak a Peek at His Road Diary

When we think about our favorite performers, so many burning questions come to mind. What do they like to do for fun? Where do they like to shop? Who are their favorite artists? What food do they love? Would we be BFFs? You think about all of these things, too, right?! Of course you do! So, we decided we wanted ...

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Tell Us Everything! Newsies' Joey Barreiro Lets You Sneak a Peek at His Road Diary

When we think about our favorite performers, so many burning questions come to mind. What do they like to do for fun? Where do they like to shop? Who are their favorite artists? What food do they love? Would we be BFFs? You think about all of these things, too, right?! Of course you do! So, we decided we wanted ...

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Tell Us Everything! Kinky Boots' J. Harrison Ghee Lets You Sneak a Peek at His Road Diary

When we think about our favorite performers, so many burning questions come to mind. What do they like to do for fun? Where do they like to shop? Who are their favorite artists? What food do they love? Would we be BFFs? You think about all of these things, too, right?! Of course you do! So, we decided we wanted ...

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On Your Feet Star Ana Villafane on Her Dream Diva Roles, Fake Equestrian Skills & Never Going Barefoot

Age: 26

Hometown: Miami, FL

Current Role: A star-making performance singing such iconic songs as "Conga," "The Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" and "1-2-3" as Grammy-winning sensation Gloria Estefan in Broadway's On Your Feet, which charts the rise of Estefan and her husband Emilio.

Stage and Screen Cred: A Broadway newbie, Villafañe racked up a number of stage and screen ...

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Paige Faure on Stepping Into Cinderella's Glass Slippers, Her Les Miz Love & Being a Dance Moms Kid

Age: 27

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Current Role: After a stint in the Cinderella ensemble, Faure is now donning the glass slippers as Broadway's Ella—she’ll continue the role in the production’s first national tour beginning this October. She also plays mom to 17-month-old Hank.

Stage & Screen Cred: Faure made her Broadway debut in the ensemble of How to Succeed in ...

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How The Grinch Stole Christmas! Star Stefan Karl Explains the Unique (and Scary) Customs of an Icelandic Christmas

As the title green menace in the national tour of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, Icelandic actor Stefan Karl is all about the holiday season. The actor, who is best known for playing the villain Robbie Rotten on Nickjr's popular Lazy Town, is embarking on his sixth season playing the Grinch on tour. Broadway.com caught up with the ...

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Mamma Mia!’s Composers Benny and Björn on Their ‘Trojan Horse’ Hit and Why the Musical’s Success was a Shock

In Mamma Mia!, Sophie’s dilemma of discovering who her father is out of three possible candidates on the eve of her wedding is a staggering task. But the premise equated to a massive musical hit, currently running 10 years on Broadway, and an international tour that has played over 50 foreign cities. Broadway.com takes you on a look back ...

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Tony Nominee Douglas Sills on Touring in a Dramatically Different Addams Family and On-stage Chemistry with Sara Gettelfinger

Douglas Sills made a splashy Broadway debut 14 years ago in the title role of Frank Wildhorn’s musical version of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Tall, dashing and hilarious, the big-voiced actor nabbed a Tony nomination for his performance as French aristocrat-turned-swashbuckling superhero Percy Blakeney. Since then, Sills has worked mostly from Los Angeles, with extended periods helping to run a family ...

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Broadway Buzz: How to Succeed Star Beau Bridges Reawakens His Musical Theater Senses

Beau Bridges may be new on the Broadway musical scene, but this show-biz vet has more than a few theatrical productions under his belt. Bridges debuted on the Great White Way 45 years ago in William Inge's Where’s Daddy? and made a foray into musicals in the 2009 Hollywood Bowl production of Guys and Dolls. He co-starred with his brother ...

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