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Broadway First Dates: Max von Essen and Daniel Rowan

The actors recount the time they didn't meet at a performance of Xanadu.

Max von Essen, currently starring as Gleb in Broadway's Anastasia, and his boyfriend of six years Daniel Rowan, almost didn't meet — several times. Despite the universe's best efforts, they finally made it to their first date at coffee shop and have been together ever since. Call it kismet biding its time, but after our chat with the lovable pair of performers, it's clear that the real hero in this story is the "Poke" function on Facebook.

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