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May 11, 2016

If anyone has the lowdown on all things Broadway, it’s Lena Hall, winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance of Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and former Kinky Boots star. So when the actress and singer was on hand to celebrate Chloë Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale’s new flick, Love & Friendship, in New York Tuesday night, we had to ask her why seeing a play or musical in the Big Apple is unlike any other experience.

“What’s great about a show is it’s happening live, in front of you. You can actually, if you wanted to, which I don’t think you should, you could throw something and it would hit the person and it would affect them, do you know what I mean?” she told InStyle. “There’s no editing involved, there are no tricks, there’s nothing. It is talent in front of you; it’s a living story while it’s happening in front of you. There’s something extremely tangible about being in the same room as the action that’s happening live right there that you don’t get from film, from TV, from music recordings. Everything is very carefully picked and edited and it’s good, it’s just that there’s that special bond between a live actor and the audience that you can't find anywhere else.”

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Tapping into that special bond is also what Hall looks forward to—and suggests you partake in—after any show comes to an end. “Go to the stage door and wait for the cast to come out, and tell them they did a good job!” she says of what you as a viewer should do. “That’s one of the only places where right after you see someone perform, you can actually say hi to them after the show. It’s the only way.”

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