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Get to Know Broadway's 'Lempicka' Actor Andrew Samonsky with These 10 Fun Facts! (Exclusive)

The new Broadway musical Lempicka is one of the most-anticipated shows of the season and we’re catching up with Andrew Samonsky, one of the lead actors.

Lempicka is sweeping musical portrait of artist Tamara de Lempicka, a woman who changed art and culture forever. Spanning decades of political and personal turmoil and told through a thrilling, pop-infused score, the show boldly explores the contradictions of a world in crisis, a woman ahead of her era, and an artist whose time has finally come.

Andrew stars as Lempicka’s husband, Tadeusz, a role he created in the original production. He’s previously been seen on Broadway in South Pacific, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Scandalous.

Get to know Andrew with these exclusive 10 Fun Facts:

  1. I am an only child. When asked if I ever wanted a brother or sister, I said, “No, I’m fine.”
  2. I’m allergic to shellfish. I found out when I ate shrimp at Benihana when I was 10 and my eyes swelled shut. But the shrimp was delicious. My first and last bite. Sad face.
  3. In high school I sang in a punk rock bank called “Skinny Rodgers.” I couldn’t tell you why that name. Ha! But… We once opened for Sublime. I had long hair and got in the mosh pit every now and then. Oh to be young.
  4. I’ve been with the Broadway show Lempicka since its first production at Williamstown in 2018. It’s the longest I’ve ever been attached to a show.
  5. I’ve been living in Salt Lake City the last four years where my amazing, hilarious wife, Kate Reinders, was shooting High School Musical: The Musical: The Series as the drama teacher icon, Miss Jenn. We kind of love it there. It’s breathtakingly beautiful. And the people are so nice.

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Meet Broadway's 'Tommy' Star Ali Louis Bourzgui with These 10 Fun Facts! (Exclusive)

Ali Louis Bourzgui is currently winning over audiences with his performance as Tommy in the new hit revival of The Who’s Tommy.

We caught up with the 24-year-old rising star, who is making his Broadway debut after previously being featured in the national tour productions of Tony-winning musicals Company and The Band’s Visit.

Tommy just opened on Broadway to rave reviews and the production is currently running at the Nederlander Theatre in New York City.

Check out 10 Fun Facts about Ali below.

  1. Growing up in Massachusetts the other thing to do other than theatre was skiing. All through high school I was a part of the ski racing team and still know how to downhill ski race.
  2. I’m a vintage clothing collector. I love finding and styling clothes from the 60s and 70s. Give me a knit polo and a dagger collar any day. My favorite piece I’ve ever found is a wool polo with a Georges Seurat painting sewn into it.
  3. I have a deep love for songwriting and playing guitar. I’ve been working on an original album for a while now. Though in Tommy, I really dig into loud, rough rock vocals, the music I write at home is self coined “lullaby music.” Soft guitar, strings and vocal harmonies that attempt to evoke a peaceful sense of home and the album will be exploring the idea of what home means and how to reclaim it in a constantly shifting career in the arts.
  4. My dad is from Morocco and I take pride in being one of the very few Moroccan actors in this business. My brother and I recently got our Moroccan citizenships and I’ve been trying to work on getting more Darija (Moroccan Arabic) under my belt. I’ve also recently dove deep into the world of Moroccan music. The likes of Gnawa musicians like Hamid El Kasri and New York’s own Samir Langus (often seen in Brooklyn.)
  5. My favorite celebrity personality is Jeff Goldblum. He’s such a role model for me in how to dress sharp and not take the world too seriously. He’s a brilliant actor as well as jazz pianist and he exudes class and a sense of wonder. I do a pretty good impression of him and even feel like I do some Goldblum eyes in this show 👀.

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Get to Know The Way Home's Spencer Macpherson with These 10 Fun Facts!

It’s time to get to know Spencer Macpherson, Hallmark Channel’s new star!

The 26-year-old actor was introduced to Hallmark fans in season two of The Way Home in the role of Adult Jacob Landry. Spencer made his Adult Jacob debut on the February 25 episode of the show in a moment that fans had been eagerly anticipating.

We got the chance to catch up with Spencer and get to know him a little better. His other works include The CW’s Reign and Paramount+’s School Spirits, among many other credits.

See Spencer‘s 10 Fun Facts below…

  1. One thing about me is I love a game. Video games, board games, card games, billiards. I find on a long shoot it’s a great way to kill some time playing a mental game like password or 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon.
  2. I worked at a metal fabrication factory operating the laser cutter.
  3. I have matching tattoos with 4 separate people.
  4. When I was a kid I wanted to be a visual artist when I grew up.
  5. I have a deep passion for a genre of music I call “divorced dad rock”

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Get to Know J-Pop Singer & Model Anna Aya With These 10 Fun Facts!

Anna Aya is ready to break out on a global level!

The 18-year-old multi-lingual model (Japanese, Armenian, and English!), singer and actor just released her debut single “Someone Else,” out now, co-crafted with Louis Bell and Michael Africk.

The song includes both Japanese and English verses, and comes with a music video boasting brands like Fendi and Christian Louboutin.

Prior to launching her career as a singer, the formally trained dancer has also modeled since she was a young girl, appearing in campaigns and commercials for fashion houses like Dior, Chanel and Gucci, as well as brands like American Girl Doll, Ford and Target.

Her skill for speaking three languages fluently also landed her an appearance on Steve Harvey’s Little Big Shots, after which the show producers welcomed her as a season regular and host.

Ellen DeGeneres also enlisted her as a translator for Japanese guests on her show!

“I’m heavily influenced by my culture and experiences as a mixed person. The Japanese side is more reserved and diligent. Then, I have my loud, extroverted, and outgoing Armenian side. Of course, Los Angeles is super social and that influences me too. I’m a balance of the peaceful, calm, and collected self and louder self,” she says.

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Get to Know 'First Man' Singer Chris Garneau With These 10 Fun Facts! (Exclusive)

Chris Garneau is one of the rising stars in music we’re excited about, and Just Jared wants to give readers an opportunity to get to know him!

The New York singer-songwriter is releasing his EP, Out Of Love, featuring the heart-breaking title track, “Millions” and “First Man”, an alt-country track that tells the tale of a first crush from start to finish.

The openly gay singer shares that the song captures a spark of homoerotic desire from the perspective of a man looking back on the macho action stars who marked his adolescence.

“’First Man’ isn’t just about a first crush but more importantly an initial recognition of a person’s queerness. My boyfriend wrote the lyrics, basing it on his memories of falling in love with the macho action movie characters from his youth. The concept led to a laid back, folk rock country vibe, and that informed the other songs on the EP,” Chris says.

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Get to Know 'Green Lights' Singer-Songwriter Joseph Luca With These 10 Fun Facts! (Exclusive)

Joseph Luca is opening up about love and life with his new music, and we want Just Jared readers to get to know him better!

The Ojai, Calif.-raised singer-songwriter unveiled the first new EP in his upcoming three-part EP series, PART 1: Ouroboros (Life), in November.

Following previous singles “Nowhere” and “Full Time Lover,” he’s now sharing the audio video for the single, “Green Lights,” a track on which he reminds himself and his audience of the danger in moving too quickly in a new relationship.

“‘Green Lights’ is a song about how dangerous it can be to rush through the excitement of new love. To meet someone who you truly connect with on a deep level is a miraculous gift not to be taken for granted. The song begs two new lovers to take their time through the gift of romantic alignment. Green Lights only appear when the time’s right, 5 miles per hour’ll do just fine,” he explains.

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10 Fun Facts You Never Knew About Iconic Pop Band Bananarama!

Bananarama is one of the biggest pop acts of all time!

The British troupe, formed back in 1980, notched a Guinness World Record for the world’s highest number of chart entries by an all-female group: between 1982 and 2009 alone, they had 30 singles reach the Top 50 of the UK Singles Chart.

Glorious- The Ultimate Collection, the group’s upcoming compilation out on March 8, 2024, celebrates the many milestones of Bananarama members Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward‘s career, featuring personally curated career highlights and smashes like “Cruel Summer,” “Venus,” and “Love In The First Degree.”

Ahead of the release of their upcoming release, the duo is dropping two brand new remixes, out today (December 1).

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