Jessica has worked in theater for nearly ten years. She has worked in theatrical production for the producers of STOMP, DAMN YANKEES, NUNSENSE, DINNER WITH FRIENDS and more, and for over 5 years has been involved in the Whoopi Goldberg-produced White Noise, having discovered the production at the 2006 New York Musical Theatre Festival. She has since helped foster its growth through multiple large-scale workshops and two major commercial productions as an Associate Producer. After dedicating many years to theatrical and live entertainment production work that has taken her all over the world in 2009 she assumed the post of Senior Managing Editor at BroadwayWorld.com, the largest theater site on the net, for which she controls operations, routinely interviews Broadway's A-list talent and films/edits a bulk of the sites popular BWW TV content. She is a graduate of Brown University and has worked professionally in production for the Brown University Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance, Rights and Reasons Theatre, the New York Theatre Workshop and more.
BroadwayWorld has confirmed that Sara Jean Ford (THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA) will step into the shoes of 'Smitty' in HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING. Ford will be replacing Mary Faber, who originated the role in the revival.
Additional cast changes over a the Al Hirschfeld Theatre will also take effect on February 28 for the role of 'Rosemary Pillkington' when current star Rose Hemingway takes a leave from the production through April 29. No reason for her hiatus has been announced. Hemingway's understudy, Stephanie Rothenberg, will assume the role on her absence.BWW TV: Want a Broadway Body? Train Like a Ninja and Prepare to Be 'Snatched' January 10, 2012
My first introduction to Mark Fisher Fitness was this photo. A friend and colleague had just completed a several month stretch of fitness training with the muscle toning guru and posted this shot on Facebook. It is the photo I at least have always wanted; my regular, normal-looking self transformed into a perfectly healthy, perfectly sculpted version of model proportions, only this wasn't Photoshopped.
BWW Exclusive Video Coverage of BROADWAY DREAMS' THIRD ANNUAL NYC BENEFIT November 26, 2011
If you're a BWW.com regular, you know that we have taken a shine to a relatively new not-for-profit group, The Broadway Dreams Foundation.
We saw first-hand, last summer, in Philadelphia and were pretty much blown away. Monday night served as an explosive showcase for the group, who came from all over the country and the evening was put together by Director, Richard Jay-Alexander and Artistic Director, James Kinney. Now, as promised, we have assembled exclusive footage shot by BWW, for you, to see and feel, firsthand, the excitement of Broadway Dreams and what it's like.
Happy Thanksgiving! Daniel Radcliffe & Broadway's Best Celebrate at the 85th Annual Macy's Day Parade Today! November 24, 2011
Today, November 24, New York celebrates Thanksgiving with the 85th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The famed festival, which began in 1924, is the second-oldest Thanksgiving parade in the United States along with America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.
Ready for it 85th Anniversary edition, the Parade of wonder will feature 15 giant character balloons; 44 novelty/ornament balloons, balloonicles and balloonheads; 27 floats; 1,600 cheerleaders, dancers and performance group members; 800 clowns; 11 marching bands; a host of celebrity performers, and the one-and-only Santa Claus. The fun begins at 9am and lasts the morning through 12:00pm. As usual, Broadway will be well represented with performances from Anything Goes, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Priscilla How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Sister Act, and Newsies, in addition to appearances by Godspell's Hunter Parrish, Relatively Speaking's Steve Guttenberg and Laura Bell Bundy!BWW TV: Welcome Aboard Stephanie J. Block; First Look at the Star in ANYTHING GOES November 4, 2011
As previously reported, Stephanie J. Block will join the Tony Award winning company of Anything Goes performing the role of 'Reno Sweeney' while Sutton Foster is filming the television pilot, Bunheads, for 3 weeks beginning tonight, November 4. Block will fill the famed tap shoes though November 22. BroadwayWorld caught up with Block this week and was treated to a sneak peek of the star in costume as 'Reno'. Below, we give you glimpse!BWW TV: Guns A Blazin' - First Look at BONNIE & CLYDE in Rehearsal! October 4, 2011
BONNIE & CLYDE will play at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, beginning previews on Friday, November 4th and opening on Thursday, December 1st. The company met the press today and treated the audience to a sneak peek performance preview. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at BONNIE & CLYDE in rehearsal!BWW TV: Prepare Ye - First Look at GODSPELL in Rehearsal! September 26, 2011
Directed by Daniel Goldstein and choreographed by Tony Award nominee Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific), GODSPELL begins preview performances at Circle in the Square Theatre on Thursday, October 13, 2011. Opening Night is Monday, November 7 (7 p.m.).
The company met the press today, September 26, and BroadwayWorld brings you the very first look at the show in rehearsal below!BWW TV: Chatting with Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett & The Company of THE MOUNTAINTOP! September 20, 2011
Yestersay, the company of The Mountaintop, including stars Samuel L. Jackson (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,) and Angela Bassett, met the press to talk all about Katori Hall's highly anticipated new work. Directed by Tony Award nominee Kenny Leon (Fences, A Raisin in the Sun), the play features original music by Grammy Award-winner and Tony Award nominee Branford Marsalis. BroadwayWorld was there and introduces you to the crew below!BWW TV: Broadway Unites for Encore Performance of 'New York, New York' in Honor of 9/11 September 9, 2011
Today, September 9, The Broadway League presented a special 9/11 Tribute in Duffy Square, for which the Broadway community united for an encore rendition 'New York, New York' in honor of the iconic performance that took place one decade ago when Broadway performers helped inspire New Yorkers to return to normalcy with a landmark outdoor sing-a-long to the same tune. Click below to watch!BWW TV: BroadwayWorld Goes Inside NEWSIES Preview Day; Meet the Company! September 3, 2011
This week, September 1, the compeny of Paper Mill Playhouse's Newsies delivered their first performance preview to the press. BroadwayWorld was on hand and spoke with the cast and creative team following the performance. Click below to meet the company and see new performance footage! BWW TV: NEWSIES Performance Preview - First Look! September 1, 2011
Yesterday, August 1, BroadwayWorld visited New World Stages with Richie Ridge to meet the new cast of Rent! Previews for this revival production off-Broadway began on July 14 in anticipation of an August 11 opening. To meet the players filling these iconic roles, click below!BWW TV: Same-Sex Couples Say 'I Do' at HAIR! July 26, 2011
Tonight, July 25, several same-sex couples from the Broadway community wed onstage at the St. James Theatre immediately following this evening's performance of HAIR. These unions are among the very first in New York State, following the landmark bill recently passed by state legislators. The event is being arranged by HAIR and Broadway Impact. SCOTTSBORO BOYS' Colman Domingo officiated the ceremonies. BroadwayWorld was on hand and takes you inside the St. James for the event below!BWW TV: SISTER ACT Plays Broadway in Bryant Park! July 7, 2011
The best of Broadway is being presented FREE on six consecutive Thursdays this summer with '106.7 Lite fm Presents Broadway in Bryant Park 2011' - the annual lunchtime series that began today, Thursday July 7th on the Bryant Park Stage. Sponsored by Bank of America, and Clean Air NY, and hosted by Lite fm's on-air personalities, the eleventh annual presentation of open-air, On- and Off- Broadway lunch hour performances runs through August 11th.
106.7 Lite fm's Victor Sosa emceed todays event, which featured performances from the casts of BABY IT'S YOU, STOMP and SISTER ACT. Zarkana cast members were also on hand to entertain the crowd as they braved the heat. Below, we bring you the presentation from the SISTER ACT Company!BWW TV: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Promotes New Cast Album Release! June 30, 2011
On Tuesday, June 28, the stars of CATCH ME IF YOU CAN celebrated their cast album release at Barnes & Noble with an in-store performance and CD signing. The cast album is out under Ghostlight Records. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you complete coverage of the event, including the performances by Aaron Tveit, Norbert Leo Butz, Kerry Butler and Marc Shaiman!