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    Casting History’s Icons in ‘Selma’

    Aisha Coley, the casting director for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. biopic—directed by Ava DuVernay and written by DuVernay and Paul Webb—underlines the importance of balancing character similarities with performance chops.

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    Emmy Nominations: Margo Martindale on 'The Americans'

    Margo Martindale spent 10 episodes alternating chastising Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys’ Soviet agents and being threatened by them on FX’s “The Americans”—and she has an Emmy nomination for outstanding guest actress in a drama for her troubles. She speaks to us about checking her odds, cleaning up ...

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    Ed Asner Returns to Broadway in 'Grace'

    Television legend Ed Asner discusses his return to Broadway in "Grace," starring Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon, and Kate Arrington.

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    Finding a ‘Wallflower’ Cast

    When his novel “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” was published in 1999, Stephen Chbosky intended to adapt it into a film. Thirteen years later, he is seeing his dream realized with Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, and Emma Watson in starring roles. Chbosky spoke with Backstage about finding his leads.

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    Proving a 'Theory'

    Simon Helberg is using his time off from the CBS series "The Big Bang Theory" as an opportunity to cram in as much stage work as humanly possible.

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    ITVFest Presents Now Streaming: ‘Darwin’

    Friends and collaborators Karl Kenzler, Lynn Rosen, Christopher Gerson, and Carrie Preston have created “Darwin,” a very funny new Web series about a life coach whose own life is a disaster—and they rave about the freedom granted by the form.

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    The ‘Heart’ of Off-Broadway

    “Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story” director-choreographer Denis Jones talks about the happy coincidence that landed him triple-threat actors, why he didn’t worry about taking on the jukebox musical format, and how he builds on dance moves from the past.

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    Lauren Bittner: A Back Stage Exclusive

    "I remember loving movies as a kid and if they would've done a sequel I would've been so disappointed if it didn't live up to my expectations. And I think we did that!" Lauren Bittner admits happily.

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    Finding Common Ground in 'Dirty Paki Lingerie'

    Aizzah Fatima's solo show, "Dirty Paki Lingerie," slated to be presented at the Midtown Festival, explores the lives of six Pakistani-American women, each struggling to define herself while caught between two worlds.

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    Video: Tony Nominee Keala Settle On Hanging On To Your Dreams

    The Tony Awards are coming up on June 9! Leading up to Broadway's biggest night, we'll be sharing some of our exclusive videos with the nominees as we chat with them about the lessons they've learned along the way.