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The Closet, Revisited

In the Broadway revival of The Boys in the Band, he leads an all-star cast of openly gay actors back to the days when being out was career suicide.

By Amy Larocca and Tania Franco Klein

Out of Exile

A quarter century after her career-making album, she’s still writing songs first and foremost for herself.

By Radka Leitmeritz and Emily Gould

The Comeback Kid

For the first time in years, Shiri Appleby is the star of her own show. But she’s working harder than ever to be behind the camera.

By Maria Elena Fernandez and Benedict Evans

Where’s the Train Wreck?

The Recovering is a 534-page palimpsest of Jamison’s battle with alcoholism that doesn’t adhere to the typical recovery narrative structure.

By Ruth Shalit Barrett

Life on Oyelowo Street

He’s tackled roles from MLK to Othello. But with Gringo, he’s ready to make you laugh.

By Joy Press

Mary J. Blige Sees Herself Anew

“I learned that I’m a powerful woman because I don’t have to say much to be heard,” says the R&B star and double Oscar nominee.

By Carl Swanson

The Hangover Cure

After a sudden and not entirely welcome rise to fame, the comedian has found his place with the deliciously absurd quasi-sitcom Baskets.

By David Marchese

‘We Create the Culture’

The Emmy winner simply tells the stories that she knows best. The difference is that, suddenly, everyone wants to listen.

By Allison P. Davis

Fierce at Heart

This year, Dern’s career finally came to a full boil, with roles in Twin Peaks, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Downsizing, and, of course, Big Little Lies.

By Mary Kaye Schilling

John Early Is Laugh-Out-Loud Funny

The Search Party actor and comedian holds court onscreen, and during a dinner party. Tonight, it’s his homemade cacio e pepe. (Recipe included.)

By E. Alex Jung

Cardi B Was Made to Be This Famous

Only in 2017 could this particular strip-club, reality-television, rap-fame fairy tale have come true. And maybe only for Cardi B.

By Allison P. Davis