Richard Ridge fell in love with the theatre at the age of five when he went through his parents record cabinet and stumbled upon their original cast album collection and the rest is history.He has toured the world as a performer and for the past twenty years he has been the host of the television program Broadway Beat and now, BACKSTAGE WITH RICHARD RIDGE.
In the opening song of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, audiences quickly learn that Anatole (who spends his money on women and wine) is hot. When Lucas Steele hits the stage at the Imperial Theatre, however, he brings a lot more depth to a character that he not only created, but has been playing in various incarnations over the past five years. Below, watch as Richard Ridge checks in with Steele about the evolution of Anatole, his relationship with his costars, and so much more!Backstage with Richard Ridge: Broadway's Newest Stars, Michael Xavier & Siobhan Dillon, Talk Navigating SUNSET BOULEVARD February 26, 2017
Five-time Tony Award winnerSusan Stromanwill direct and choreograph Manhattan Concert Productions'25th Anniversary concert performances of Crazy for You. In addition to Stroman's choreography from the original production, this performance features a stunning Broadway and television cast (led by Laura Osnes and Tony Yazbeck), including a professional creative team, a chorus of 240 singers from across the United States, and the enlarged forces of the New York City Chamber Orchestra.Backstage with Richard Ridge: From Sarah Brown to Lady Day- SAG Nominee Audra McDonald Shares Stories of Her Legendary Career January 29, 2017
Shewon your heart as Lottie Gee, Billie Holliday, and Bess (and that's been just the past few years). Audra McDonald has grown to be perhaps the greatest talent of this generation of live theatre- and she has six Tony Awards to prove it. From Ragtime to Macbeth, Carousel to A Raisin in the Sun, watch below as Richard Ridge chats with the 2017 SAG nominee as a part of SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Conversations series.Backstage with Richard Ridge: It's His Story- Chazz Palminteri Explains the Evolution of A BRONX TALE December 28, 2016
On Sunday, January 15, 2017, Tony, Grammy & Olivier Award-Winning Best MusicalJersey Boyswill end its record-breaking, 11-year run after 4,642 performances at theAugust WilsonTheatre. Who better to conclude the show's epic run than renaissance man Mark Ballas, who is making his Broadway debut as Frankie Valli. Below, watch as the 'Dancing with the Stars' superstar updates us on life at the August Wilson so far!THEN AND NOW: Welcome Back to Falsettoland with the Original Broadway Cast- Passing the Torch September 16, 2016
Five months into its Broadway run and WAITRESS is still going strong, selling out the pie-scented Brooks Atkinson Theatre on a nightly basis. Audiences have made their love for the show known, but they're not the the only ones who remain in awe of Sara Bareilles' first musical.Below, Jessie Mueller, Drew Gehling and Jenna Ushkowitz are updating us on life backstage at WAITRESS.
It's not a bad idea to check out the full interview below!THEN AND NOW: Welcome Back to Falsettoland with the Original Broadway Cast- Getting to Broadway September 14, 2016
BroadwayWorld has reunited the original cast (Michael Rupert, Stephen Borgardus, Carolee Carmello, Heather MacRae, Chip Zien and Jonathan Kaplan) to reminisce about all things Falsettos. In Part 2, watch as they recall the long road to Broadway- from March of the Falsettos, to Falsettoland and beyond.
Click here to watch Part 1 and check back Friday, September 16, to watch the final edition!THEN AND NOW: Welcome Back to Falsettoland with the Original Broadway Cast- The Beginning September 12, 2016
On September 10, the Bechdelfamily will move out of the Fun Home (or the Circle in the Square Theatre), when the the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning Best Musical, plays its final performance on Broadway. Before the doors close for good, however, BroadwayWorld brought the family together one last time to reminisce about some of the show's most amazing moments. Watch below as Richard Ridge chats withMichael Cerveris,Judy Kuhn,Beth Malone, and Emily Skeggs!BWW Tonys Special: Hangin' with the Humans of THE HUMANS- Tony Nominees Reed Birney & Jayne Houdyshell! June 6, 2016
Jayne HoudyshellandReed Birneyplay husband and wife onstage- Erik and Deirdre Blake inStephen Karam'sThe Humans. The play, which originated at the Roundabout Theatre Company last year, earned six Tony nominations, including nods for the duo (Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Featured Role in a Play). Before the big day, they checked in with BroadwayWorld to tell us all about how they're holding up!BWW Tonys Special Interview: Nominee Alex Brightman is Climbing to the Top of Mount Broadway June 4, 2016
Christopher Fitzgerald goes up against a jazz-age composer, two of America's founding fathers and an angry British monarch in his Tonys category on June 12. His role in Waitress, which earned him a nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical, is Ogie- a 'strange but beautiful' tax auditor with a heart of gold. As he gears up for the big night, find out how the role came together, why he 'can't stand'leading lady Jessie Mueller, and so much more!Backstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee David Rockwell Takes Us Inside the Mind of a Broadway Scenic Designer May 29, 2016
What's not to love about the four leads of Roundabout Theatre Company's glorious revival of SHE LOVES ME? Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, Jane Krakowski and Gavin Creel just took part inSAG-AFTRA Foundation and BroadwayWorld.com's Conversations Q&A series, celebrating the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. Below, watch as the costars dish on what happens on and offstage at Studio 54!Backstage with Richard Ridge: Hell Yes! Danielle Brooks Opens Up About Her Life-Changing Role in THE COLOR PURPLE May 1, 2016
She's one of Broadway's sassiest new starsand she's making a splash this season as 'Sofia' in the critically acclaimed revival of THE COLOR PURPLE.Danielle Brooksjust told us all about her journey to TV and and Broadway in SAG-AFTRA FoundationandBroadwayWorld.com'sConversationsQ&Aseries,celebrating thevibrant theatre community in New York City and the actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. Below, watch as she explains to Richard Ridge how this role has changed her life- in more ways than one!BWW TV Exclusive: Backstage with Richard Ridge, featuring the Great David Tennant! April 10, 2016
She has alreadytaken on some of musical theatre's funniest characters-Adelaide, Audrey, Miss Hannigan... and the list goes on. Now she's back in action at the Nederlander Theatre as a part of the gut-busting DISASTER! ensemble. In the show, Tony winner Faith Prince plays Shirley, an ailing 70s housewife who finds herself in the middle of a series ofearthquakes, tidal waves, infernos aboard the Barracuda casino and discotheque.
In this latest episode of Backstage with Richard Ridge, Prince revealswhy she is having the time of her life in the new show, pluswatch as she tells stories of some of her iconic past roles!