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Billy Magnussen making a name for himself

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http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/theater/hunk_if_you_love_sexy_bod_unmSG1tMgNdLKqAK3nlAWO


Buff, blond Billy Magnussen says he has the best job in town: “They’re paying me to make out with Sigourney Weaver and pinch David Hyde Pierce’s nipples!”

He does both in “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” Christopher Durang’s Chekhovian mash-up of a play. In it, within the cozy confines of Lincoln Center’s Mitzi Newhouse Theater, he even strips to his briefs and shakes his booty in the faces of the folks in the front row.

So far no one’s complained.

“I’ve had people, like, bongo-drumming on my butt,” he says happily. “Sometimes I do two people at once!”

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Congrats to Billy! I loved him as Casey, and IMO, he was one of the bright spots in a dark (and final) period of ATWT.

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BM, Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce. All together in a Christopher Durang play. I'm in heaven.

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I've managed to read the play--well a previous version-- (I'm a huge fan of Durang's writing) and it's *great*. I'm shocked it hasn't transfered to Broadway yet (it's still Off-Broadway) because by all reports it's the best new play of the New York season but maybe it has to do with the fairly high profile cast. But while his role is essentially a dumb stud, by all reports he makes a strong impression--and not just because of his body.

There are only a few glimpses of him in the clips from the show that have come out here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uLo4WMvcgE

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He was great on Boardwalk Empire and not just because of the obvious reasons.

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I was not a huge fan, but good for him.

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BM, Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce. All together in a Christopher Durang play. I'm in heaven.

SW and DHP were both in the original production of Durang's Beyond Therapy. I played DHP's role of the waiter Andrew in an off-off-B'way prod.

(Actually, you could probably add a few more off's to that.)

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Everything is "off" in a Durang play. ;)

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Everything is "off" in a Durang play. wink.png

Indeed. happy.png

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SW and DHP were both in the original production of Durang's Beyond Therapy. I played DHP's role of the waiter Andrew in an off-off-B'way prod.

(Actually, you could probably add a few more off's to that.)

SW is a huge friend of Durang's and went to drama school (Harvard?) with him, she's been in a ton of his plays. I want to say Meryl was in their class too, but...

Love Beyond Therapy. Robert Altman's film version is one of the worst stage to screen adaptations of all time (and that says a lot--but in hindsight Altman's style really doesn't suit a play where hearing clearly all the brilliant dialogue is of utmost importance). How long back did you do it SFK? (I'm always curious about your acting...)

Just to be anal, they weren't in the play together. SW was in the Off-Broadway original , DHP wasn't. Diane Weist took her role when it went to Broadway a year later (and inexplicably flopped--maybe because John Madden, who seems all wrong for the material, directed it and not Jerry Zacks who did the Off Broadway) and DHP *was* in that version as Andrew. He's also on the very good CD recording of the play done in 2000 or so--as Bruce which John Lithgow played on Broadway, no idea who played it Off--Catherine O'Hara plays SW's role, Prudence.. wink.png

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I loved me some Billy and thought he was a massive improvement over surfer dude Casey (though I was a ZR fan and still am). So glad to see he's making his way in the industry!

And yes, dat ass.

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(Harvard?)

No, Yale. Same year as Albert Innaurato and Wendy Wasserstein. (Meryl Streep was the year behind theirs, I think.)

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You're right, because all of them were in the bizarre mid 70s musical version of The Frogs that Burt Sheveloe and Stephen Sondheim wrote for Yale that was staged in their swimming pool--although all were in the chorus (I think cuz they were young students). I have a bootleg audio but it's pretty worthless as the reverberations from being in an indoor pool make it impossible to listen to.

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SW is a huge friend of Durang's and went to drama school (Harvard?) with him, she's been in a ton of his plays. I want to say Meryl was in their class too, but...

Yale School of Drama.

ETA: My bad Khan, didn't mean to step on your toes.

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