American Repertory Theater Is An Artistic Incubator For Top Talent

Audra McDonald. Steve Kazee. Andrea Martin. What do these actors have in common (other than Tony Awards)? They all started their Broadway-bound shows at the American Repertory Theater. Last year both Tony-winning musicals—“The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” and “Once”—originated there, and by March, the theater will have three shows represented in New York: “Once,” “Sleep No More,” and the forthcoming “Pippin” revival, helmed by artistic director Diane Paulus. Nestled among the ivy in Cambridge, Mass., A.R.T. couldn’t be farther away from the bright lights of Broadway, and this “artistic haven,” as Paulus calls it, just might be the ideal incubator for world-class actors and artists looking to perfect their craft. “It’s almost like a summer camp in the wintertime for New Yorkers,” says Emmy and Tony winner Cherry Jones after a long day in rehearsal for Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie,” directed by Tony
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