Joseph Harrison

Joseph Harrison Joseph Harrison has been involved with the theatre in some form or fashion all his life. He holds a Journalism degree from the University of Georgia, but his true love is the theatre which he has been involved in as a spectator as well as an actor for the last 25+ years. He has performed in a variety of musicals over the years including PIPPIN, CITY OF ANGELS, 1776, WORKING, LITTLE WOMEN, WORKING, GODSPELL (Jesus) and JOSEPH..DREAMCOAT (Joseph) just to name a few. He currently resides in West Hartford, CT with his wife, Shannon and their two children.
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BWW Review: TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE at Playhouse On ParkBWW Review: TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE at Playhouse On Park
Posted: Oct. 5, 2015


BWW Interview: Andrew Wilson, Dance Captain for NEWSIES at The Bushnell in Hartford, October 13 - 18BWW Interview: Andrew Wilson, Dance Captain for NEWSIES
Posted: Oct. 12, 2015


BWW Review: PASSING STRANGE at Playhouse On ParkBWW Review: PASSING STRANGE at Playhouse On Park
Posted: Dec. 7, 2015


BWW Review: A WONDERFUL LIFE at Goodspeed Opera HouseBWW Review: A WONDERFUL LIFE at Goodspeed Opera House
Posted: Oct. 19, 2015


BWW Review: PASSING STRANGE at Playhouse On ParkBWW Review: PASSING STRANGE at Playhouse On Park
December 7, 2015

How does one find "the real"? That is the question that "Youth" the protagonist in PASSING STRANGE asks himself as he takes the audience along on his long journey of self-discovery. In this the second production of their seventh season, Playhouse on Park in West Hartford has taken a chance on a lesser known piece - one that, while it did receive critical acclaim in its original New York production, is not necessarily a household name, even among theater aficionados. But sometimes, a lack of previous knowledge or a following can be just the key to creating a new and fresh experience as an audience. And this reviewer certainly experienced something unique and brilliant, and dare I say "real" on the Playhouse stage.
BWW Review: MAN OF LA MANCHA at the Broad Brook Opera HouseBWW Review: MAN OF LA MANCHA at the Broad Brook Opera House
November 16, 2015

It's always a thrill to make your first visit to see a new theatre company. A lack of context creates a blank slate with limitless possibilities. That was my experience when I attend my first production by the Opera House Players at the lovely Broad Brook Opera House in Broad Brook, CT. Situated a bit off the beaten path, it is not the type of place you would simply stumble upon, but upon arrival I could immediately tell this place was certainly something special to the community. This feeling was further validated by the faithful theater-goers in attendance on opening night of The Opera House Players' current production of MAN OF LA MANCHA. The first thing I noticed was the excitement in the air from the audience. The packed house (which, by the way, is always a good sign, especially on opening night) was abuzz in anticipation of the show. The theater itself is set on the top floor of the former Broad Brook Woolen Company building which was built in 1892. With a long history of being a gathering place for the town, the theater obviously holds a special place in people's hearts.
BWW Review: A WONDERFUL LIFE at Goodspeed Opera HouseBWW Review: A WONDERFUL LIFE at Goodspeed Opera House
October 19, 2015

It's a tricky thing when a popular film is adapted for the musical stage. Sometimes it works and sometimes it simply falls flat. For A WONDERFUL LIFE, presented by Goodspeed Musicals, it falls somewhere in-between. To be fair, It's A Wonderful Life is not just a "popular film", it's practically an American institution, so the audience for A WONDERFUL LIFE, the musical adaptation by Sheldon Harnick (Book and Lyrics) and Joe Raposo (Music) most likely come to the show with a very clear expectation of what they will see. They expect encounters with George Bailey as he sacrifices his own dreams for those of his family and neighbors, the harrowing scene where, despondent, he decides to take his own life, Clarence the guardian angel, the truly detestable Mr. Potter, a lovely Mary, some fun "Hee Haw"s with Sam Wainwright, and let's not forget Zuzu's petals.
BWW Interview: Andrew Wilson, Dance Captain for NEWSIES at The Bushnell in Hartford, October 13 - 18BWW Interview: Andrew Wilson, Dance Captain for NEWSIES at The Bushnell in Hartford, October 13 - 18
October 12, 2015

When NEWSIES takes the stage at the Bushnell on Tuesday, October 13, Hartford audiences will have the rare opportunity to be the first to see six new principals perform in this smash hit musical. This high energy, youthful show relies heavily on its dancing to tell the timeless story of the underdogs standing up for what they believe in. So, I thought it fitting that I was able to chat with Andrew Wilson, NEWSIES Dance Captain and to hear about life on the road, some touching stories of devoted 'Fansies' and how it feels 'Carrying the Banner' all over the country in this feel good, family friendly production.
BWW Review: TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE at Playhouse On ParkBWW Review: TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE at Playhouse On Park
October 5, 2015

At the beginning of the premiere production of Playhouse on Park's seventh season, TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, we learn that we are present for the last class taught by Morrie Schwartz, and that Mitch Albom, the author of the book on which the play is based, will be the sole student. But seated in the audience, I felt that wasn't exactly true. I too, was a student of Morrie's, learning along with Mitch, the life lessons that he conveyed in such a straightforward and loving way.
Spring Preview: Atlanta Theatre - EQUUS, RAGTIME, DROWSY CHAPERONE and More!Spring Preview: Atlanta Theatre - EQUUS, RAGTIME, DROWSY CHAPERONE and More!
March 18, 2013

Spring has sprung and whether it means April showers or May flowers, one thing is certain - opportunities abound for some great theatre in Atlanta. In this, our first spring preview story we aim to highlight some of the most anticipated shows this season. From regional premiere musicals to emotional drama, there is certainly plenty to choose from for Atlanta theatre fans of all ages! Check out just a few of the great productions playing the Atlanta area this spring!
BWW Interview: MARY POPPINS' Leading Lady Maddy Trumble Talks Theatre Beginnings, Tour Life and MoreBWW Interview: MARY POPPINS' Leading Lady Maddy Trumble Talks Theatre Beginnings, Tour Life and More
March 17, 2013

There are certain stories that when they are mentioned bring a sparkle to both the young and the young at heart. One of those, I believe, is the timeless P.L. Travers classic, Mary Poppins. Whether you are talking about the original book, the classic Disney movie or the new theatrical production, Mary Poppins has truly lived up to her reputation - "practically perfect in every way." Carrying the baton, or rather, the parrot-handled umbrella when the show returns to Atlanta is Maddy Trumble and I had the pleasure of chatting with her and learning about her experience with the show. Here's a hint, it can be summed up in one word - supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Tony Award Winning MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Makes Atlanta Debut, Now thru 3/17Tony Award Winning MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Makes Atlanta Debut, Now thru 3/17
March 12, 2013

Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta will welcome the Tony Award Winning Broadway musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET as part of the 2012/2013 season, playing at the Fox Theatre from tonight, March 12-17, 2013.
THE ADVENTURES OF MIGHTY BUG Buzzes into Center for Puppetry Arts TodayTHE ADVENTURES OF MIGHTY BUG Buzzes into Center for Puppetry Arts Today
January 31, 2013

Atlanta families will want to make a beeline for the upcoming production of The Adventures of Mighty Bug at Center for Puppetry Arts. From today, January 31 - March 17, the Center takes audiences on a trip to Bugville, a jumpin' little insect community that swings to the Bugville Boogie and the sweet sounds of WBUG Radio star Morpha Butterfly. Watching over the ants, fleas, crickets, water spiders, beetles and bees is the one and only Mighty Bug, a superhero with super strength, smelling, hearing and flying abilities. But the evil arachnid, Scorpiana, also has her eye on Bugville, and she has assembled a group to attack the crawling city. Filled with plenty of insect trivia and facts, this comic book style adventure story will give audiences the chance to be a fly on the wall as good battles evil and the future of Bugville hangs on the line.
THE PRODUCERS Returns to the Fox Theatre, Now thru 1/31THE PRODUCERS Returns to the Fox Theatre, Now thru 1/31
January 25, 2013

THE PRODUCERS, the winningest musical in Broadway history, returns to Atlanta after an 8 year absence playing the Fox Theatre tonight, January 25 - 31.
BWW Interviews: Stacey Todd Holt, Leo Bloom in THE PRODUCERS at Atlanta's Fox Theatre, January 25 - 31BWW Interviews: Stacey Todd Holt, Leo Bloom in THE PRODUCERS at Atlanta's Fox Theatre, January 25 - 31
January 21, 2013

As an actor, there is nothing like playing a leading role in a hit Broadway musical. Add to that having the chance to perform the role in front of a hometown audience, filled with family and friends, and you have the story of Stacey Todd Holt, who will play Leo Bloom, the budding theatrical producer in Mel Brooks' hit musical, The Producers when it plays the Fabulous Fox Theatre January 25 - 31, produced by Theater of the Stars. I had the chance to talk to Stacey about his Atlanta roots, his long-time professional relationship with Susan Stroman and what exactly made him "Want to be a Producer".
BLUE MAN GROUP Comes to the Fox Theatre, Now thru 1/20BLUE MAN GROUP Comes to the Fox Theatre, Now thru 1/20
January 15, 2013

Following a 2011 smash hit opening engagement in Atlanta, BLUE MAN GROUP returns to the Fox Theatre tonight, January 15 -20 and tickets are on sale now.
BWW Interviews: Russell Rinker of BLUE MAN GROUP at Atlanta's Fox Theatre, January 15 - 20BWW Interviews: Russell Rinker of BLUE MAN GROUP at Atlanta's Fox Theatre, January 15 - 20
January 9, 2013

If you have heard of Blue Man Group or experienced one of their previous productions or tours, you know how unique and exciting their world famous productions can be. Filled with experiences that defy categorization, Blue Man Group is best known for multi-media performances that feature three bald and blue characters who take the audience on a journey that is funny, intelligent and visually stunning. When the tour returns to the Fabulous Fox Theatre January 15 - 20 after a highly successful visit in 2011, Atlanta audiences will have another chance to experience the Blue phenomenon. Featuring classic moments and brand new content, Blue Man Group is sure to please. The "Blue Men" are usually men of few (or more accurately, no) words, but I got one of them, Russell Rinker, a veteran Blue Man, to speak long enough to tell me a little about himself, this exciting new production and why audiences of all ages are in for a real treat.
Ring in the New Year with a Belly Full of Laughs at the Dad's Garage New Year's Eve Shizzazzle(s)Ring in the New Year with a Belly Full of Laughs at the Dad's Garage New Year's Eve Shizzazzle(s)
December 31, 2012

Ring in the New Year at Dad's Garage Theatre! Tonight, December 31st at 7pm and again at 10 pm - we'll be providing our audience with a belly full of laughs and somewhat palate-able champagne! As per usual, you'll see a cavalcade of ridiculous improvised games and scenes starring a collection of the finest improvisers from our Ensemble. And - because this show sells out every year, we've added a second show! There's one starting at 7pm for those of you that want to ring in the New Year somewhere else and one starting at 10pm for those of you that want to ring in the New Year with us jerks. Either way - you get a glass of champagne and a patented Dad's Garage toast. It's win/win! Come watch our peaches drop!
THE ADVENTURES OF MIGHTY BUG Buzzes into Center for Puppetry Arts, Jan 31THE ADVENTURES OF MIGHTY BUG Buzzes into Center for Puppetry Arts, Jan 31
December 21, 2012

Atlanta families will want to make a beeline for the upcoming production of The Adventures of Mighty Bug at Center for Puppetry Arts. From January 31 - March 17, the Center takes audiences on a trip to Bugville, a jumpin' little insect community that swings to the Bugville Boogie and the sweet sounds of WBUG Radio star Morpha Butterfly. Watching over the ants, fleas, crickets, water spiders, beetles and bees is the one and only Mighty Bug, a superhero with super strength, smelling, hearing and flying abilities. But the evil arachnid, Scorpiana, also has her eye on Bugville, and she has assembled a group to attack the crawling city. Filled with plenty of insect trivia and facts, this comic book style adventure story will give audiences the chance to be a fly on the wall as good battles evil and the future of Bugville hangs on the line.
ONE MAN CHRISTMAS CAROL Returns to the Aurora Theatre, Now thru 12/16ONE MAN CHRISTMAS CAROL Returns to the Aurora Theatre, Now thru 12/16
November 29, 2012

Anthony Rodriguez returns for a sixth year with his compelling solo performance of the holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. Similar to the way Charles Dickens performed his stories by the fireside in Victorian England, Mr. Rodriguez focuses on the classic art of storytelling. Using his voice and mannerisms, Rodriguez brings life to Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley and the astonishing ghosts found in the greatest Christmas story of all time.
Theater of the Stars Presents Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID in Southeastern Premiere at Fox Theatre, Jan 2014Theater of the Stars Presents Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID in Southeastern Premiere at Fox Theatre, Jan 2014
November 21, 2012

Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID will make its Southeastern Premiere when it swims onto the Fox Theatre stage in January of 2014.
Tony Award Winning MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET to Make Atlanta Debut, March 12-17Tony Award Winning MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET to Make Atlanta Debut, March 12-17
November 21, 2012

Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta will welcome the Tony Award Winning Broadway musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET as part of the 2012/2013 season, playing at the Fox Theatre from March 12-17, 2013.
ONE MAN CHRISTMAS CAROL Returns to the Aurora Theatre, 11/29-12/16ONE MAN CHRISTMAS CAROL Returns to the Aurora Theatre, 11/29-12/16
November 21, 2012

Anthony Rodriguez returns for a sixth year with his compelling solo performance of the holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. Similar to the way Charles Dickens performed his stories by the fireside in Victorian England, Mr. Rodriguez focuses on the classic art of storytelling. Using his voice and mannerisms, Rodriguez brings life to Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley and the astonishing ghosts found in the greatest Christmas story of all time.


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