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SHOW PEOPLE WITH PAUL WONTOREK is the ultimate talk show for theater lovers and those who wish to learn more about the Great White Way. Host Paul Wontorek sits down with Broadway’s brightest stars, behind-the-scenes power players and buzzed about newcomers to explore their theatrical triumphs, early beginnings and so much more.

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SHOW PEOPLE WITH PAUL WONTOREK is the ultimate talk show for theater lovers and those who wish to learn more about the Great White Way. Host Paul Wontorek sits down with Broadway’s brightest stars, behind-the-scenes power players and buzzed about newcomers to explore their theatrical triumphs, early beginnings and so much more.

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By Gracie Wags - Jul 23 2018
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I love the #LiveatFive podcast & now I have an easier way to digest Show People on the go too!

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30 Ratings
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By Gracie Wags - Jul 23 2018
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I love the #LiveatFive podcast & now I have an easier way to digest Show People on the go too!

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Show People with Paul Wontorek

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SHOW PEOPLE WITH PAUL WONTOREK is the ultimate talk show for theater lovers and those who wish to learn more about the Great White Way. Host Paul Wontorek sits down with Broadway’s brightest stars, behind-the-scenes power players and buzzed about newcomers to explore their theatrical triumphs, early beginnings and so much more.

Rank #1: Beth Leavel (THE PROM)

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Tony winner BETH LEAVEL is back on Broadway in The Prom. She is playing Dee Dee Allen, a delightfully narcissistic, Tony-touting Broadway diva. Not unlike her Prom evil twin, Great White Way powerhouse Leavel oozes fabulous, but Leavel credits her worker bee mentality for her success. Her many Broadway credits iclude 42nd Street, Crazy For You, Mamma Mia!, Elf, The Drowsy Chaperone (for which she won her Tony Award) and more. She recently stopped by Show People with Paul Wontorek to talk about her incredible career, that time her son booked the gig she went in for and more.

Nov 07 2018

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Rank #2: Stephanie J. Block (THE CHER SHOW)

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STEPHANIE J. BLOCK is a Broadway powerhouse who made her Great White Way debut portraying Liza Minnelli in The Boy from Oz. She went on to star in Wicked, The Pirate Queen, 9 to 5 and Anything Goes and was nominated for Tony Awards for her performances in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Falsettos. Now, she is having another star turn (appropriately) as Star in The Cher Show. Block took a break from portraying one of three ladies playing the one-named icon to discuss her deep dressing room chat with Cher, what it was like to film Falsettos and more on Show People with Paul Wontorek.

Apr 26 2019

29mins

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Rank #3: Patti Murin (FROZEN)

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Literally, PATTI MURIN is Broadway royalty. She is playing the princess Anna in Disney's Frozen. Prior to that, she appeared on Broadway in Lysistrata Jones, Xanadu as well as the tour of Wicked. She won praise and the heart of now-husband Colin Donnell in the Shakespeare in the Park production of Love's Labour's Lost. The acting couple have adorable pups Petey and Milo, who are the stars of popular Instagram account. Despite her handsome partner, perfect pets and dream job, Murin has been candid about the parts of her life that are less than ideal. What makes this Great White Way favorite truly admirable is her breezy honesty which tends to make others less alone. Murin stopped by Show People with Paul Wontorek to discuss her frankness on social media, the developing musical she and Donnell want to star in and much more.

Dec 05 2018

29mins

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Rank #4: Eva Noblezada (HADESTOWN)

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After making a triumphant (and Tony-nominated) Broadway debut as Kim in the 2017 revival of Miss Saigon, EVA NOBLEZADA is back on the boards in Hadestown. Anaïs Mitchell's musical, which premiered off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop in 2016, enjoyed a celebrated run in the West End at the National Theatre last year, with Noblezada and Reeve Carney playing the roles of lovers Eurydice and Orpheus, respectively. The young talent stopped by Show People with Paul Wontorek to discuss what's different for her this time on the Great White Way and more.

Apr 11 2019

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Rank #5: Caissie Levy (FROZEN)

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It's been a decade since stage favorite CAISSIE LEVY took her first steps on Broadway. In the last 10 years, she's become a checkerboard chick as Penny Pingleton in Hairspray, let the sun shine in in Hair, made out and made pottery in Ghost and so much more. Now, she's reigning as the ultimate ice queen: Elsa in Frozen. Despite the white hot spotlight, Levy continues to exude kindness and calm, focusing on how grateful she is to be a member of the theater community—and it helps having the hilarious Patti Murin as her on and offstage BFF. Here's what we learned from Levy about her audition for the Disney juggernaut, her adorable son Izaiah, her early days on the other side of the stage door and more on this week's Show People with Paul Wontorek.

Apr 26 2018

26mins

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Rank #6: Samantha Barks (PRETTY WOMAN)

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SAMANTHA BARKS is making a dazzling Broadway debut in Pretty Woman. Though Barks had high heels to fill as Vivian Ward, the working girl immortalized by Julia Roberts in the popular 1990 rom-com, she's added a unique flair to the character and earned approval from Roberts herself. Learn about Barks' breakout role as Eponine in the Les Miserables film, exactly what happened when Julia Roberts saw the show, who really is the Nederlander Theatre's "number one diva" and more on Show People with Paul Wontorek.

Apr 22 2019

26mins

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Rank #7: Katharine McPhee (WAITRESS)

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Fade in on a girl living Karen Cartwright's best life. American Idol season five finalist KATHARINE MCPHEE, who recently revealed the 2018 Tony nominees alongside Hamilton Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr., is making her Broadway debut in Waitress. The Smash favorite has truly become a part of the theater community. Nevertheless, McPhee's been a Broadway baby her entire life. She watched her mother in regional productions of Show Boat and Man of La Mancha growing up, booked roles in Into the Woods and The Pajama Game in high school and she even auditioned for the role of Amneris in Aida on Broadway, which makes us want that revival to happen even more. Learn all about why she chose to make her Great White Way debut in the piping hot hit Waitress, the Smash season three episode Christian Borle wrote years ago and more on this week's Show People with Paul Wontorek.

May 02 2018

28mins

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Rank #8: Matt Bomer (THE BOYS IN THE BAND)

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MATT BOMER has arrived. To be sure, the Texas native has been performing since childhood and has solidified his career as a screen star in White Collar, Magic Mike, American Horror Story and more. It's not just those gorgeous baby blues. The Carnegie Mellon grad nabbed a Golden Globe in 2015 for his heart-wrenching performance in HBO's The Normal Heart and cut his teeth in the early workshops for what feels like every musical theater fans worship (Thoroughly Modern Millie and Spring Awakening, to name a few). As Donald in Mart Crowley's iconic gay play The Boys in the Band, true stage man Bomer makes a Broadway debut for the books: a star-studded cast of proud and out men, Joe Mantello at the helm and a historic premiere of a play that was and remains a theatrical game-changer since its debut in 1970. Bomer sat down on Show People with Paul Wontorek to discuss his newfound passion for the director's chair, why the world is ready for that Magic Mike musical and more.

Jul 25 2018

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Rank #9: Lauren Ambrose (MY FAIR LADY)

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Seven years ago, it was announced that LAUREN AMBROSE would be playing the coveted role of Fanny Brice in the Bartlett Sher-directed Broadway revival of Funny Girl. Though the production never made it to the Great White Way, Ambrose is now starring in the Sher-helmed hit reincarnation of My Fair Lady at the Vivian Beaumont Theater and is having a loverly time doing so. She's earned a 2018 Tony nomination for her spunky, sparkling performance as Eliza Doolittle. Not unlike the iconic character's transformation, this musical theater milestone is truly a metamorphosis to witness, especially for those that know and love Ambrose from her Emmy-nominated time on HBO's Six Feet Under, the cult classic film Can't Hardly Wait and her past Broadway performances in the plays Awake and Sing! and Exit the King. The classically trained soprano stopped by on Show People with Paul Wontorek to talk about her least favorite haircut of her career, how she's been "threatening" to be in a musical forever and why My Fair Lady feels like the perfect first fit.

May 24 2018

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Rank #10: Katrina Lenk (THE BAND'S VISIT)

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KATRINA LENK is no stranger to ensnaring audiences, be it as the seductive viola player in Once or as spider goddess Arachne in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. Now her performance in Itamar Moses and David Yazbek's The Band's Visit has had audiences and critics buzzing since it premiered off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company in 2016. With awards season ramping up, The Band's Visit (and Lenk herself) is being hailed as a favorite on the Great White Way. Here's what we learned from Lenk about her hilarious dance teacher growing up, why she gets shy at the stage door, her octopus obsession, why awards season doesn't scare her and more on this week's Show People with Paul Wontorek.

Apr 17 2018

25mins

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Rank #11: Nathan Lane (ANGELS IN AMERICA)

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NATHAN LANE is a Broadway legend. Loved for his hilarious roles in The Producers, The Birdcage and many more, the two-time Tony winner is currently giving one of the most masterful dramatic performances of his career. Taking on real-life lawyer and Donald Trump mentor Roy Cohn in the Broadway revival of Tony Kushner's landmark two-parter Angels in America, Lane displays the deterioration of a giant. The performance captures his versatility as one of the most celebrated entertainers of our time.. Here's what we learned from Lane about why Angels in America "marathon days" are the best ones, his divalicious dog Mabel, what's up with that Death of a Salesman revival with Laurie Metcalf and more on this week's Show People with Paul Wontorek.

Apr 26 2018

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Rank #12: Orfeh (PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL)

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Tony-nominated for bending and snapping as Paulette in Legally Blonde, ORFEH is now back on the boards as another beltress BFF: Kit De Luca, the wise and sassy working girl who's got Vivian Ward's back in Pretty Woman:The Musical. Her powerhouse stage presence and one-of-a-kind vocals have made her a Broadway favorite. Orfeh recently opened up about learning the ropes of the Great White Way during her Footloose days, how she sees the glass as half full after the end of Or-N-More, why her co-star and hubby Andy Karl's onstage lip locks don't bother her and so much more on Show People with Paul Wontorek.

Aug 17 2018

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Rank #13: Ethan Slater (SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS)

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Skeptics who rolled their eyes at the thought of Nickelodeon’s hit animated series SpongeBob SquarePants heading to Broadway were quickly silenced when they experienced the talent of triple threat ETHAN SLATER. In less than a year, the young talent has gone from fresh-faced Broadway newcomer to 2018 Tony nominee, Outer Critics Circle Award winner and two-time Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner. His energetic performance in the role of SpongeBob SquarePants has wowed both audiences and critics. Not unlike the delightfully zany production he stars in, Slater has proven that the Bikini Bottom director Tina Landau has created at the Palace Theatre is a lot more than burgers and bubbles. This show, boasting 12 Tony nominations, has proven that it's not just a simple Great White Way show: it's a contender and more. Slater recently discussed making the optimistic yellow cartoon his own, learning about loss, counting his blessings and other takeaways on Show People with Paul Wontorek.

May 30 2018

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Rank #14: Joshua Henry (CAROUSEL)

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Two-time Tony nominee JOSHUA HENRY is bringing down the house as Billy Bigelow in the Broadway revival of Carousel. Not only is his "Soliliquy" one of the standout performance moments of the theatrical season; taking on a coveted, classic musical theater role traditionally played by white male leads is just another showcase of how Broadway continues to break down barriers in the entertainment world. With his golden voice and commanding stage presence, Henry has appeared on the road in Hamilton, alongside Tony winner Cynthia Erivo in the "anybody who's anybody was there" concert performance of The Last Five Years and in memorable Broadway productions like Shuffle Along, Violet, The Scottsboro Boys and more. Now, the longtime performer is being hailed as a favorite as awards season kicks into high gear. Here's what we learned from Henry about his early days hitting the books at the University of Miami, his entry into the In the Heights dream team (and coincidentally, the Hamilton cabinet), why he's just as obsessed with Jessie Mueller as you are and more on this week's Show People with Paul Wontorek.

Apr 23 2018

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Rank #15: Alex Newell (ONCE ON THIS ISLAND)

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ALEX NEWELL has always turned heads: From the time the young performer appeared on The Glee Project to his subsequent role on the hit musical series as transgender student Unique Adams to his pop music career, his talent (and wardrobe) knows no bounds. Newell is currently wowing audiences in the Tony-winning revival of Once On This Island as the goddess Asaka, Mother of the Earth. Whether he's twirling in a bright tablecloth or belting "Mama Will Provide" to the heavens, his is a performance that cannot escape notice. Newell stopped by Show People with Paul Wontorek to discuss his dream roles (guess which Schuyler sister he wants to play in Hamilton?), how he's triumphed despite losing The Glee Project and more.

Nov 21 2018

31mins

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