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3 items from 2009

The Power CD List

2 April 2009 1:59 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

The following is a list of the top 25 Power Casting Directors in film and television (including Casting Director of the Year, Debra Zane; see page 9). We began with more than 100 candidates. In some cases, collaborations were so closely tied that we considered multiple people as one entity. Several drafts later, all 25 spots were cast.Notably omitted from the list are in-house casting executives at studios and networks, the inclusion of whom would have ballooned our list to 50 or more. But read about them online at Focusing on independent casting directors leveled the playing field and highlighted people whose puissance is not affected by one scale-tipping affiliation. Now, on to the top 25!Kerry BardenCan you imagine Monster's Ball starring Erykah Badu, or American Psycho starring Leonardo DiCaprio? Kerry Barden can, because he saw them read the parts. "There are so many great actors that sometimes it's a »

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The 37 Hottest Guys in Theater

27 January 2009 6:50 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Hollywood is famous for its abundance of hot actors, but the New York theater has its own cadre of guys who are seething with sex appeal. Here's our tribute to some of the fabulous fellows you're likely to find performing on stage in NYC. We tried to cast a wide net, so in addition to such pretty Broadway faces as Cheyenne Jackson and Matt Cavenaugh, you'll find less well-known but no less smokin' hot men who have made their mark Off- and Off-Off-Broadway.

We'd love to have your feedback, but before you begin noting who we left out, please know the criteria we used for our selections. We wanted to focus on men who are truly part of the fabric of New York theater, so we leaned toward those who've been consistently active in this arena over the past few years and/or have had two or more major roles during that time. »

- michael

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A Step Up

9 January 2009 12:59 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

For former understudy Matthew Risch, replacing Christian Hoff as the title character in Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway production of Pal Joey has been a terrifying challenge and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. When an injured foot forced Hoff to bow out, Risch stepped into his first leading role since a high school production of Merrily We Roll Along. "The biggest challenge is to own the show," says the 20-something Salem, Mass., native. "I'm working with Stockard Channing and Martha Plimpton, who command the stage. The actor who plays Joey has to own them and every person in the audience. It's a huge challenge and very exciting." Risch also has to make the part his, while at the same time honoring the character and relationships already established by Hoff. "As an understudy, I follow in Christian's path," Risch says. "Christian left an amazing framework to build upon. He has a natural scrappy vibe »

- Simi Horwitz

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