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5 minutes with a Tony nominee: ‘Hell’s Kitchen’’s Shoshana Bean

In the first episode of Broadway News' audio series, hear from 2024 Tony Award nominee about her experience singing Alicia Keys' music, playing a mom and why she'll never leave the theater.

Shoshana Bean (Credit: Bradford Rogne Photography)

On May 2, two days after nominations were announced, the press had a chance to speak with the individual artists nominated for 2024 Tony Awards at a press junket. With approximately 140 nominees, I try to speak with as many as I can — which results in bite-size but rewarding conversations. With Broadway News’ new audio series, “5 minutes with a Tony nominee,” listeners will get to hear those chats.

First up is Shoshana Bean, who is Tony-nominated for her featured turn as Jersey in “Hell’s Kitchen.” 

Bean made her Broadway debut 22 years ago as one of the “Nicest Kids in Town,” Shelly, in “Hairspray.” A few years later, Bean became the standby for Elphaba in Broadway’s “Wicked,” and took on the role of the green girl full time in 2005. 

After a Broadway hiatus, Bean returned to the Main Stem as a replacement for the lead role of Jenna in “Waitress.” She originated the role of Susan Young in “Mr. Saturday Night,” playing the daughter of Billy Crystal’s character. Bean’s performance earned her a 2022 Tony nomination. 

Now, Bean is back on Broadway — this time as a mom to fellow Tony nominee Maleah Joi Moon’s character, Ali. Singing some of Alicia Keys’ most challenging R&B hits, Bean has been praised for her performance and redefining what it means to play a mother. Listen to what she has to say about her latest role.

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