Cast of Broadway 'Matilda' chat with an astronaut

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This May 7, 2013 photo shows the cast of the Tony Award-nominated "Matilda" waving to Tim Marshburn, one of six astronauts aboard the International Space Station, via a satellite hook-up provided by NASA, at a gathering in New York. Cast members, including many children, packed a small room near Times Square on Tuesday to ask questions about life in space.  (AP Photo/Mark Kennedy)
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This May 7, 2013 photo shows the cast of the Tony Award-nominated "Matilda" waving to Tim Marshburn, one of six astronauts aboard the International Space Station, via a satellite hook-up provided by NASA, at a gathering in New York. Cast members, including many children, packed a small room near Times Square on Tuesday to ask questions about life in space. (AP Photo/Mark Kennedy)

NEW YORK (AP) — The cast members of the Tony Award-nominated "Matilda" are arguably all stars. This week, they chatted with a man closer to the actual cosmic ones.

About three dozen cast members — including many children — packed a small room near Times Square on Tuesday to speak to an astronaut aboard the International Space Station via a live satellite hookup provided by NASA.

The questions came rolling in from eager Broadway youngsters: Do you have any animals in space? Can you take a shower in space? Is space food tasty? Tom Marshburn, one of six astronauts on the station some 250 miles above the Earth, was happy to answer.

The unusual Broadway-NASA hookup was made possible because Marshburn's brother-in-law is John Sanders, who plays both Sergei and the Party Entertainer in "Matilda."

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