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Movie Stars on Broadway

December 30th, 2014

Episode 406 of 447 episodes

It’s hard to stage a successful Broadway production these days without the draw of a movie star—“The Real Thing,” with Maggie Gyllenhaal and Ewan McGregor, and “The Elephant Man,” starring Bradley Cooper, are just a couple of the current productions with Hollywood actors on their marquees. But greatness on film does not always translate to greatness on the stage. On this week’s episode of Out Loud, Hilton Als and Nathan Heller join Amelia Lester to discuss why film actors are drawn to theatre, what their presence indicates about the state of the dramatic arts, and what, exactly, it means for an actor to learn to project. “Often actors confuse it with speaking loudly,” Als says. “But, in fact, it’s a soul response.”