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Industry News Ariana DeBose, Andrew Garfield, Michael R. Jackson, More Included on 2022 Time100 List

See why Billy Porter, Kristin Chenoweth, and Lynn Nottage think these stage favorites are prime for the annual list of the most influential people in the world.

Ariana DeBose, Andrew Garfield, and Michael R. Jackson

Time Magazine's annual Time100 list of the most influential people in the world is out, and among those recognized are stage favorites Ariana DeBose, Andrew Garfield, Michael R. Jackson, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Amanda Seyfried.

The list features introductions written by fellow luminaries. 

"When I saw Michael R. Jackson’s musical A Strange Loop Off-Broadway, I saw myself in the lead character of Usher," shares Tony winner Billy Porter of the 2022 Tony nominee and 2020 Pulitzer winner. "It was the first time I had ever seen a contemporary musical investigate this particular human being—from his feelings of unworthiness to his relationship with his Tyler Perry–loving, churchgoing mother. I felt so inspired."

Broadway favorite and Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth writes of DeBose, her Schmigadoon! co-star, sharing, "Ariana’s as authentic as they come, and whatever she does next, I will be cheering from fifth-row center. They’ll have to throw me out for screaming for her and clapping so loud. So go for it, baby girl!"

Current Broadway Plaza Suite star Sarah Jessica Parker is introduced to the list by her Sex and the City co-star and fellow stage favorite, Cynthia Nixon. "She isn’t tall, but she is a giant—as a performer, producer, and businesswoman. And she is, quite simply, beloved. We love her glamour, her vulnerability, her fearless oh-so-skilled physical comedy, her sexiness, and her sweetness. But most of all, we love the essence of who she is. Myself included. Because while superficial things about my friend have changed, when I look at Sarah Jessica, I see that same one-of-a-kind, diamond-in-the-rough 12-year-old. And I always will."

Another Broadway luminary involved with this year's introductions is current Tony nominee Lynn Nottage, writing about poet and educator Elizabeth Alexander. "In her six books of poetry, Alexander is an explorer who’s constantly finding new ways to tell the stories of Black America. ... It’s remarkable that Alexander had this extraordinary career as a poet, even reading at President Barack Obama’s Inauguration—and then decided that she wanted to uplift and amplify the voices of others. Of course, she’s still as creative as she ever was. It’s just that the canvas that she’s painting on is larger."

See the complete 2022 Time100 list at

See New Production Photos of A Strange Loop


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