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Firsts & Worsts: Andy Karl on meeting Stallone and the 'Rocky' fan who hates him

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Every actor has to start somewhere — and when it comes to theater performers, their roots are often similar, right down to the roles they cut their teeth on or the songs they first used at an audition.

Rocky star Andy Karl has roamed the Broadway musical boards for years, from playing the sexy UPS guy in Legally Blonde to Wicked‘s Fiyero and Jersey Boys‘ Tommy DeVito. It’s only natural, then, that Karl becomes the second star in Entertainment Weekly’s Firsts & Worsts series, which charts the early theater stories of some of your favorite stage actors. (Lady Day‘s Audra McDonald kicked things off last week.) READ FULL STORY

Firsts & Worsts: Audra McDonald looks back on bad stage deaths and making out with 80-year-olds -- VIDEO

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Every actor started somewhere — and when it comes to theater performers, their roots are often similar, right down to the roles they cut their teeth on or the songs they first used at an audition.

Entertainment Weekly is launching a brand-new video series called Firsts & Worsts, dedicated to getting the unheard stories behind the beginnings of some of your favorite stage stars. Kicking off this exciting new project is the one and only Audra McDonald, a record-setting five-time Tony Award winner who recently earned her monumental eighth nomination. Lady McDonald is currently delivering one of Broadway’s most exquisite and haunting performances as the late jazz singer Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, a role that McDonald says is, terrifyingly, her first time portraying a real-life legend. READ FULL STORY

'The Bridges of Madison County' stars Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale take EW's Pop Culture Personality Test

It’s no surprise that Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale, stars of The Bridges of Madison County (running at Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre through May 18), lit up when asked about their go-to karaoke song and junior high jams. But that’s not where the retro fun ends.

Beyond Joni, Joel, and Journey, see what got them nostalgic from back in the day, then learn what about Bridges makes them happy to go to work eight times a week. READ FULL STORY

Kristin Chenoweth, Peter Gallagher to star on Broadway in 'On the Twentieth Century'

Kristin Chenoweth’s long-rumored return to the Broadway stage has been confirmed: The Tony and Emmy winner will star opposite Peter Gallagher in a new revival of the classic Coleman-Comden-Green musical On the Twentieth Century.

Set aboard the Twentieth Century, a luxury train en route from Chicago to New York, the musical follows a bankrupt theater producer (Gallagher) who tries to persuade his former lover — glamorous Hollywood star Lily Garland (Chenoweth) — to appear in a new show of his that doesn’t actually exist.

The classic musical boasts a score by Cy Coleman and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Scott Ellis will direct, with Warren Carlyle choreographing.

The Roundabout Theatre Company production will open on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre on March 12, 2015, following previews which begin on February 12. The 20-week engagement replaces the previously announced production of Noises Off, which has been postponed to the fall of 2015.

This Week on Stage: Hugh Jackman's back!

It seems Hugh Jackman can’t get Broadway out of his system. After the May 23 opening of the supersized Marvel opus X-Men: Days of Future Past, he will preside over the 2014 Tony Awards on CBS June 8 (where we can possibly see a taste of the song-and-dance man of The Boy From Oz and Oklahoma!), and it was just announced that he will return to the NYC stage this fall in a brand-new play by acclaimed playwright Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem) called The River, set in a remote rural cabin and featuring only three actors. And despite the fact that Jackman could likely sell out Radio City Music Hall (the site of the current Tonys), the play will take shape on the 776-seat thrust stage of Circle in the Square, where the back row is still only mere feet away from the performers. And even better news: there will be $35 seats reserved for each performance so that the premium-seat gobblers do not claim all the glory (much like what was done with the smash-hit Shakespeare revivals with Mark Rylance this past season to ensure a broader audience). The River begins previews on Oct. 31, and will open on Nov. 16.

And on the complete opposite size spectrum, the mammoth Lyric Theatre (formerly the Foxwoods, where Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark swung through controversy for several seasons), will host a revival of the beloved musical On the Town (come to think of it, wouldn’t Jackman make an amazing Gabey in this?), which begins previews Sept. 20 for a scheduled opening on Oct. 16. And if you’re not in the New York City area but need some theater fixes this fall, you’re in luck: PBS will broadcast the live NY Philharmonic concert version of Sweeney Todd starring Oscar-winner Emma Thompson on Sept. 26, and the network will also present the filmed production of The Nance from last year. Nathan Lane (delighting us on The Good Wife this season), who earned a Tony nomination and starred in the period comedy about the vaudeville era, gave one of his greatest performances to date. One will not want to miss his tour-de-force work in it; The Nance is slated to air sometime in the fall. And EW continues covering the new weekly openings, including Off Broadway favorite Forbidden Broadway, back to skewer all the past year’s new Great White Way contenders (click on the links below for full reviews): READ FULL STORY

Tupac musical 'Holler If Ya Hear Me': Watch the cast record Shakur classics -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Tupac Shakur was an exceptional rapper, writer, actor, and incendiary public figure who was cut down in his prime in 1996. But his work lives on, and his legacy will be getting its boldest treatment yet when Holler If Ya Hear Me opens on Broadway.  READ FULL STORY

Hugh Jackman sets dates for Broadway return in 'The River'

Hugh Jackman on Broadway is a hot enough ticket. Hugh Jackman on Broadway in one of Broadway’s smallest theaters? Go form a line outside now, why don’t you?

The Tony-winning actor will return to the stage this fall in The River, a new play (in the States, at least) by Jez Butterworth and directed by Ian Rickson. Also starring Laura Donnelly and Cush Jumbo, the intimate production will begin previews on October 31 at the Circle in the Square Theatre (current home to Audra McDonald’s Tony-nominated turn in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill). Opening night is slated for November 16; the engagement will play a strictly limited 13-week engagement through January 25, 2015.

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Chris O'Dowd, Audra McDonald and more Tony nominees share weird warm-ups, campaign slogans -- VIDEO

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The month of campaigning for the 2014 Tony Awards is well underway, and that’s why you’ll see this year’s crop of nominees—from Bryan Cranston and Chris O’Dowd, to Audra McDonald and Idina Menzel—popping up all over the place as they remind you just why they all deserve to take home Broadway’s top honor this year at the Hugh Jackman-hosted ceremony on June 8.

The day after the nominations were announced, EW sat down with a slew of this year’s nominated performers (some first-timers, some veterans, all excited) to chat about their quirky backstage rituals necessary for warming up for the show. And since this is awards season after all, we also asked them to come up with a campaign tagline that sums up their Tony race.

Check back at EW.com all month long for a deeper dive into this year’s nominees, as well as interviews and analysis from our stage team. Let the Tony race commence! READ FULL STORY

This Week on Stage: Tony nominations aftermath and fun facts!

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The 2014 Tony nominations were announced on Tuesday, and left many elated and just as many puzzled. No Denzel? Or Daniel Radcliffe? And nothing for everyone’s favorite traveling NYC duo? But there were some wonderful surprises (four acting nods for Twelfth Night!) and the lack of frontrunners (minus Neil Patrick Harris, Bryan Cranston, and perhaps this divine gal) will make the Hugh Jackman-hosted ceremony on CBS June 8 full of nail-biters. But here are some fun trivia bits about this year you can chew over until then (many of them compiled by our own Jake Perlman): READ FULL STORY

'The Bridges of Madison County' to close May 18

Broadway’s love affair with The Bridges of Madison County is ending quickly.

Producers said Thursday that the show based on Robert James Waller’s novel, which was made into a 1995 movie starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, will close May 18 after just 137 performances. READ FULL STORY

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