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  • Interview

    Amy Schumer Wants You (To Laugh)

    Comedy Central and standup star Schumer put in the work and paid her dues—even handing out comedy fliers to annoyed pedestrians—and now she’s reaping the rewards with “Inside Amy Schumer” and the upcoming Judd Apatow–directed, Schumer-starring “Trainwreck.”

  • Interview

    James Franco Trains His Sights on B’way

    The multihyphenate actor is at last making his Broadway debut in “Of Mice and Men,” co-starring Chris O’Dowd and Leighton Meester.

  • Interview

    Idina Menzel Takes the Worldwide Stage

    First came the blockbuster success of “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen.” Then there was “Adele Dazeem” at the Oscars. But Menzel proves with new Broadway musical “If/Then” that she’s got the talent to back up the chatter.

  • Interview

    The Quiet Dedication of Michael Peña

    The acclaimed performer—“Observe and Report,” “End of Watch”—takes on the role of his dreams as Cesar Chavez in Diego Luna’s new biopic.

  • Interview

    The Sweet Science of Andy Karl

    The Broadway mainstay steps into the spotlight as the titular fighter in the musical adaptation of “Rocky,” but his path to leading man status has been as bumpy as the Philly underdog’s.

  • Interview

    The Second Act of Gillian Anderson

    Anderson has kept busy since “The X-Files” and never more so than now, with a supporting role on “Hannibal,” a lead on “Crisis,” and the powerful, riveting “The Fall” available on Netflix.

  • Interview

    James Wolk Stays Sane on ‘The Crazy Ones’

    No stranger to disappointment (“Lone Star,” anyone?), Wolk is savoring his success on the Robin Williams sitcom and as Bob Benson on AMC’s “Mad Men.”

  • Interview

    Gillian Jacobs’ Big Year

    The stalwart “Community” star tells Backstage about her childhood onstage in Pittsburgh, surviving probation at Juilliard, and the importance of marrying technique with a love of acting.

  • Interview

    The Hard Work and Great Training of Lupita Nyong’o

    The Oscar-nominated star of “12 Years a Slave” and the upcoming “Non-Stop” tells Backstage about her time at Yale School of Drama, the cross-country reads that nabbed the role of Patsey, and her approach to auditions.

  • Advice

    Spring Prep Brings Summer Stock!

    If you’re already thinking about how to spend the warmer months, consider hitting national theaters for summer stock opportunities