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Get to Know ‘Waitress’ on Tour Actress Desi Oakley with These 10 Fun Facts (Exclusive)

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The hit Broadway musical Waitress will be arriving in Hollywood this week for the latest stop on its national tour and we caught up with the show’s star Desi Oakley to learn more about her!

The actress has previously been seen on Broadway in Wicked, Annie, and Les Miserables. Now she’s playing the role of Jenna, which has been performed by such stars as Jessie Mueller, Sara Bareilles, and Katharine McPhee.

Here are 10 Fun Facts from Desi:

  • 1. I was born in Kansas and I love visiting my family (niece and nephew!) who still live there.
  • 2. I’ve never broken a bone.
  • 3. I am a proud graduate of the University of Michigan. #goblue
  • 4. I have Lasik surgery. (I had glasses since I was eight so it’s a miracle to see better than 20/20.)
  • 5. I primarily only drink French red wine. (Their fermentation process leaves no residual sugar!) And I’m quite the connoisseur, if I do say so myself.

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  • 6. I studied classical piano for over fourteen years, and it’s my main way to compose music. (Find my album on Spotify and iTunes!)
  • 7. I slipped on some flour onstage during a scene and completely bit it. The audience laughed and the only thing that was really hurt was my pride.
  • 8. I absolutely love yoga. I live for an arm balance and an inversion.
  • 9. I have a crazy addiction to dips. Ranches, cremas, sauces, mayos, and the list goes on. I’ve never met an aioli I didn’t like.
  • 10. My main focus in life is to connect with other humans. Being on the stage is my art, and I’m so lucky to do it for a living. But the connection it brings me to people is the most rewarding part of it all.

Go see Waitress at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre from August 2-26!



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The hit Broadway musical Waitress will be arriving in Hollywood this week for the latest stop on its national tour and we caught up with the show’s star Desi Oakley to learn more about her! The actress has previously been seen on Broadway in Wicked, Annie, and Les Miserables. Now she’s playing the role of […]

Get to Know Broadway’s ‘Frozen’ Actress Patti Murin with These 10 Fun Facts! (Exclusive)

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Opening night has arrived for Frozen: The Broadway Musical and we caught up with the show’s star Patti Murin, who plays Anna, to learn more about her!

The actress is a Broadway vet and you might also know her from her work on Chicago Med opposite husband Colin Donnell.

Here are 10 Fun Facts about Patti:

  • 1. I’m allergic to apples and carrots, and whenever I kiss someone who has recently eaten them, my face blows up with hives. So my husband and anyone I have to kiss onstage aren’t allowed to eat them.
  • 2. I can do long division in my head.
  • 3. I started cheerleading in 8th grade and chose to do that instead of auditioning for the school musical. I kept cheering through high school and even at Syracuse University for a bit. It came in handy when one of the musicals I starred in on Broadway, Lysistrata Jones, was about cheerleaders.
  • 4. I’m a voracious reader and regularly read a book per day. I’m currently recommending one book a day via my Twitter account (@pattimurin) to encourage others to read more. Join in the fun at #PattiReadsBooks!
  • 5. The playlist I have on repeat as I get ready for Frozen is basically just Beyoncé, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, and Sara Bareilles. Their music inspires me almost as much as their spirits do.

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  • 6. My husband, Colin Donnell, and I had known each other for 7 years before we started dating. I never thought of him romantically before that, and somehow I didn’t realize he was a terribly attractive man until the first time we kissed. I’m still trying to figure out how I missed that very obvious fact.
  • 7. We have two dogs, Petey and Milo, but my real dream is to own a rescue/foster farm where I can actively help save the lives of as many puppies and dogs as possible.
  • 8. Office supply stores are my happy place.
  • 9. Pretty sure I could drink ranch dressing straight from the bottle.
  • 10. I’m obsessed with goats. If anyone can find me a baby goat to snuggle with, I will love you forever.

Get your tickets now to see Frozen on Broadway!



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Opening night has arrived for Frozen: The Broadway Musical and we caught up with the show’s star Patti Murin, who plays Anna, to learn more about her! The actress is a Broadway vet and you might also know her from her work on Chicago Med opposite husband Colin Donnell. Here are 10 Fun Facts about […]

Get to Know ‘Love, Simon’ Actor Joey Pollari with These 10 Fun Facts (Exclusive)

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Love, Simon is the inspiring and heartwarming movie you need to see this weekend and we caught up with actor Joey Pollari to learn more about him!

The 23-year-old actor plays the role of Lyle in the film and he previously was seen in season two of American Crime.

Joey just publicly came out as gay in an article with The Advocate.

Here are 10 Fun Facts about him:

  • 1. In my free time, I compose music. I’ve made scores for short films, plays, podcasts, and I’m currently scoring a web series.
  • 2. As a kid, my favorite meal was a bowl of mashed potatoes, beans, ketchup, and cheese.
  • 3. I once traveled to Florida with a competition dance team.
  • 4. Sometimes I have nightmares about getting eaten by an alligator.
  • 5. When I was a teenager, I had a near-death experience while scuba diving. To conquer my fear, I went diving last year in Koh Tao, Thailand. I ended up staying for a week and became Advanced Open Water scuba-certified.

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  • 6. When there is a new album I’ve been looking forward to, I lie down on my bed, put on my headphones, turn off my phone, and listen to it start to finish.
  • 7. Last year, when I traveled to an island off the coast of Cambodia, I walked into a resort, but I realized I only had 10 dollars; I worked as a waiter for five days to pay for my stay.
  • 8. When I auditioned for Love, Simon I accidentally pronounced the word ‘Hanukkah’ wrong.
  • 9. I’m still catching up, but my favorite movies of 2017 were A Quiet Passion, Phantom Thread, Good Time, Lady Bird, and Get Out.
  • 10. I’m releasing an album later this year. Hopefully you’ll want to sing along.

Make sure to catch Love, Simon, in theaters this weekend!



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Love, Simon is the inspiring and heartwarming movie you need to see this weekend and we caught up with actor Joey Pollari to learn more about him! The 23-year-old actor plays the role of Lyle in the film and he previously was seen in season two of American Crime. Joey just publicly came out as […]