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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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29 Ratings
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26
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YES

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: 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

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Rank #2: 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 #3: 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 #4: 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

33mins

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Rank #5: Laura Benanti (MY FAIR LADY)

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LAURA BENANTI is heading back to Broadway as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. The Tony winner, social media maven and Melania Trump impersonator begins performances at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on October 23. This year marks 21 years since Benanti's Broadway debut. Her resume is full of dream roles, including Maria in The Sound of Music, Cinderella in Into the Woods and Louise in Gypsy, for which she won a Tony Award. Benanti, who is the mother of toddler Ella Rose, who is as vocal and assertive as her mother, says that being a parent is her true role of a lifetime. The Broadway favorite stopped by Show People with Paul Wontorek to talk about the post-partum challenges, getting close to Amy Schumer during Meteor Shower and much more.

Oct 17 2018

31mins

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Rank #6: 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

34mins

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Rank #7: 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

29mins

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Rank #8: 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

32mins

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Rank #9: Andrew Garfield (ANGELS IN AMERICA)

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With hailed performances in The Social Network, The Amazing Spider-Man and many more film favorites, a 2017 Academy Award nomination for Hacksaw Ridge and a 2012 Broadway debut in Death of a Salesman alongside the late great Philip Seymour Hoffman, it's no secret that ANDREW GARFIELD is an exceptional actor. Nevertheless, his Tony-nominated performance in Tony Kushner's landmark play Angels in America as Prior Walter is a career high. He leans into his character's fantastical fabulousness just as wholeheartedly as he captures his despair and distress as a gay man living with AIDS in 1980s New York. Garfield stopped by on Show People with Paul Wontorek to talk about this truly transformative stage performance, his absolute favorite guilty pleasure show, his dad's favorite role in his repertoire and more.

May 10 2018

32mins

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Rank #10: 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 #11: 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 #12: 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

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Rank #13: Nicolette Robinson (WAITRESS)

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NICOLETTE ROBINSON is living her dream: the actress is making her Broadway debut in Sara Bareilles' Waitress, and she is proud to be the first performer of color to take on the leading role of Jenna. Robinson is also the first mother to play the role of the pregnant diner waitress and pie maker extraordinaire. The actress and her husband, Hamilton Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr., welcomed their daughter, Lucille Ruby in the spring of 2017. Robinson stopped by on Show People with Paul Wontorek to talk about her daughter, gush about her husband and rave about her first experience on the Great White Way.

Oct 17 2018

28mins

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Rank #14: Cherry Jones (THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT)

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CHERRY JONES is playing a no-nonsense editor alongside stage and screen favorites Daniel Radcliffe and Bobby Cannavale in The Lifespan of a Fact. On stage, the trio lands laughs and makes audiences ponder the necessity of truth versus a greta story as they over perfecting an important essay with a fast-approaching deadline. Off stage, Jones and her co-stars gush about working together during the run, which is scheduled to play at Studio 54 through January 13. The comedy marks two-time Tony winner Jones' 14th (15th if you count Angels in America's two plays) Broadway production. She recently stopped by Show People with Paul Wontorek to discuss her illustrious career, becoming a sex symbol and much more.

Dec 19 2018

26mins

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Rank #15: Gideon Glick (TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD)

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As a Broadway performer, GIDEON GLICK has had a wide range of experiences: He made his debut as a teenager in the Tony-winning musical Spring Awakening. He had a long road in the development of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Though he didn't make it to opening night of the production (his Geek Chorus character was written out of the show). Glick then went on to earn acclaim leading Joshua Harmon's Significant Other; though the play only ran for 61 performances. Now, he's landing laughs and touching hearts as Dill in a big Broadway hit: Aaron Sorkin's To Kill a Mockingbird. Glick stopped by Show People with Paul Wontorek to discuss going from Celia Keenan-Bolger fan to Broadway BFF, coming out of the closet without shame and much more.

Apr 25 2019

29mins

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