Kathy Strain grew up outside of Philadelphia and has enjoyed Broadway shows for most of her life. Kathy moved to San Antonio, Texas in 2001 with her husband Ken and 3 children. She holds a degree in Public Relations from the University of Texas at San Antonio and works at a local college. She loves to contribute pieces on the arts to several outlets and enjoys writing about talent and sharing it with the world.
San Antonio, Texas has a rich history especially that of the Alamo and many military bases that have existed over the years. But, along with its history, San Antonio also has a lot of talent that has been seen at many of the local theaters rich in history. One such theater is that of the Harlequin Theatre located on Ft. Sam Houston Military Base.BWW Mini Blog: Woodlawn Theatre - The View From Fiona's Tower: Entry 4 June 26, 2017
Yesterday was the big one: Tech Day.
For those unfamiliar, that means we do a rough run of the show where we add technical elements like set changes or lighting, stopping and starting to adjust or solidify traffic patters, take a dinner break, and then run the show again from start to finish.BWW Mini Blog: Woodlawn Theatre - The View From Fiona's Tower: Entry 2 & 3 June 24, 2017
Nathan Sharp started his career desiring to pursue Top 40 music. Along the way, he took some detours that lead him to create his own YouTube channel, natewantstobattle. As his popularity soared, so did his creativity and originality. His YouTube channel has over 1.1 million subscribers who enjoy his music and creativity. Nathan's newest album is Sandcastle Kingdoms. The music is a departure from his usual covers and nods to video games. As Sharp chatted with BWW, he discussed how he ended up creating his own YouTube channel and how his fans have come along for the ride.BWW Review: MATILDA THE MUSICAL is Family Fun in San Antonio June 8, 2017
Matilda is a beloved story written by Roald Dahl and enjoyed by children all over the world. It's hugely popular story led Dennis Kelly to adapt the story and Tim Minchin to pen the music and lyrics for MATILDA THE MUSICAL. As it first premiered in in UK in 2010, MATILDA THE MUSICAL made its way to the United States and Broadway to debut in 2013. With the huge success in the UK and US, the show went on to tour in the US in 2015. This family-friendly show is making its way across the country and continues to entertain audience members from three to one hundred.BWW Interview: Darcy Stewart as Mrs. Wormwood in MATILDA THE MUSICAL on Tour May 30, 2017
Have you ever looked back on your childhood and wished you could do things differently? Have you known people who had less than perfect childhoods? Bullying and parental neglect are just part of poor Matilda's young life as she tries to find her way. MATILDA THE MUSICAL is a family-fun show and is currently touring around North America.BWW Interview: Scott Cote as Brother Jeremiah in SOMETHING ROTTEN on Tour May 16, 2017
When Nick and Nigel Bottom decided they wanted to write a new hit play, they knew they had a lot of work ahead of them. With William Shakespeare as their competition, they knew they had to be new and innovative. The hilarious show SOMETHING ROTTEN is an original musical comedy with a book by John O'Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick and music and lyrics by Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick. It follows their adventures in writing the first musical and the cast of characters that add to the humor of the show. Scott Cote plays Brother Jeremiah and can be called the 'villain' of the show. BWW caught up with Scott as he prepares to come to Austin, Texas with the cast to share this fun show.BWW Interview: Susan McFadden CELTIC WOMAN Got Her Start in Theater May 10, 2017
CELTIC WOMAN was an idea imagined in Ireland in 2004 that included classically trained Irish female musicians. As the group has enjoyed success all over the world, audiences come again and again to enjoy "all things Celtic - from bagpipes and bouzouki to Irish dances. But it's also so much more than that. It's a universal celebration of life. It's traditional. It's contemporary. It's yesterday, today and tomorrow." - Dave Kavanagh (Executive Producer of CELTIC WOMAN).BWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND is Endearing to Audiences in San Antonio May 3, 2017
Going to see FINDING NEVERLAND for the first time didn't raise any specific expectations. Having heard a little bit about it over the years, there were a few things to consider. It was the story of J.M. Barrie and how he came to write the famed Peter Pan story many years ago. It was well received by audiences on Broadway but was snubbed by the Tony Awards. But, still going in with an open mind and desire to know what the story was all about, it was pleasantly surprising.BWW Interview: Billy Harrigan Tighe as J.M. Barrie in FINDING NEVERLAND on Tour April 25, 2017
With PHANTOM OF THE OPERA playing to sold-out audiences all over the world, the current North American tour is no exception. Derrick Davis took over the role of the Phantom last year and spent a lot of time considering his dream role. While playing the famed Phantom, Davis chatted with BWW about his take on the character and what life lessons he's learned along the way.BWW Interview: Dom Kelly of A Fragile Tomorrow Talks New Solo Album April 3, 2017
Dom Kelly grew up around music. As part of the group, A Fragile Tomorrow, Dom along with brothers Sean, Brendan and friend Shaun Rhodes, Dom has travelled all over the world performing and entertaining. From the time he was 11 years old, Dom enjoyed the opportunity to make music with his band. With many challenges and obstacles to overcome early in their lives, A Fragile Tomorrow has been a source of strength for the family. Dom Kelly decided it was time to try to make some music on his own and his first solo album entitled Everything is Just Enough will be released on April 7, 2017. BWW caught up with Dom recently as he shared his thoughts and insights on his first album.SXSW 2017 COVERAGE: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds, Red Carpet Premiere Movie LIFE March 27, 2017
SXSW saw a lot of opportunities for new films and documentaries to be premiered. One in particular was a documentary called MAY IT LAST: A PORTRAIT OF THE AVETT BROTHERS that explored the Avett Brothers' journey into making their latest album that was recently released called True Sadness. In creating this documentary, directors Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio wanted to share all aspects of the lives' of the Avett Brothers and their band.BWW Interview: Ben Fankhauser as Barry Mann in BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL on Tour March 20, 2017
BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL tells the true story of King's rise to fame as being part of a songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin. With such hits as 'The Locomotion,' 'Up on the Roof,' '(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman,' and 'I Feel the Earth Move,' BEAUTIFUL blends King's life with the music that helped define a generation.SXSW 2017 COVERAGE: Nile Rogers, Frank Oz and More! March 15, 2017
How can one cover all the events of SXSW and keep up the schedule for an entire week? It's impossible to see everything. You are bound to miss things you wished you could have seen. And sleep, don't even worry about that. You can sleep when it's all over.SXSW 2017 COVERAGE: Austin Music Awards Honor Local Austin Talent March 13, 2017
Awards, awards, and more awards. That's what the Austin Music Awards were all about last night. Sponsored by the Austin Chronicle, and held at Austin City Limits, the awards are a chance for Austin talent to be recognized for talent in many different categories of music.