Marissa Sblendorio

Marissa Sblendorio Writer of all things stage and screen, both theatrical and desktop. Find me @MarissaSblen on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.


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HAMILTON's Okieriete Onaodowan Will Make His GREAT COMET Debut on July 11Okieriete Onaodowan Will Make His GREAT COMET Debut on July 11
Posted: Jun. 30, 2017


Is Casting a Role Correctly an Issue for Both Broadway and Hollywood?Is Casting a Role Correctly an Issue for Both Broadway and Hollywood?
Posted: Jul. 14, 2017


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BWW Flashback: AN ACT OF GOD, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, and LES MISERABLES Take Their Final BowsFlashback: GOD, CURIOUS INCIDENT & LES MIZ Take Final Bows
Posted: Sep. 4, 2016


 Ann Reinking Discusses Bob Fosse's Influence on Her After All These Years Ann Reinking Discusses Bob Fosse's Influence on Her After All These Years
Posted: Feb. 10, 2017


Oh What a Run! Flashback Through JERSEY BOYS' 11 Years on BroadwayOh What a Run! Flashback Through JERSEY BOYS' 11 Years on Broadway
Posted: Jan. 15, 2017


Look Out, Times Square: Mike Hot Pence is Here... Minus His PantsLook Out, Times Square: Mike Hot Pence is Here... Minus his Pants
Posted: Dec. 9, 2016


BWW Flashback: FINDING NEVERLAND Flies Away from Broadway Today!FINDING NEVERLAND Flies Away from Broadway
Posted: Aug. 21, 2016


Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You! The Stars of SHE LOVES ME Get Ready for the Big ScreenSHE LOVES ME Stars Ready for Big Screen
Posted: Nov. 27, 2016


Photo Flash: See The New York Post's Cindy Adams Make her Broadway Debut as Grizabella!See The New York Post's Cindy Adams Make her Broadway Debut as Grizabella
Posted: Dec. 2, 2016


Is Casting a Role Correctly an Issue for Both Broadway and Hollywood?Is Casting a Role Correctly an Issue for Both Broadway and Hollywood?
July 14, 2017

While this has been an issue for a long time, the public seems to finally be paying attention when it comes to controversial casting choices for not only race, but sexuality and disability.

HAMILTON's Okieriete Onaodowan Will Make His GREAT COMET Debut on July 11HAMILTON's Okieriete Onaodowan Will Make His GREAT COMET Debut on July 11
June 30, 2017

Okieriete 'Oak' Onaodowan, best known for originating the roles of Hercules Mulligan and James Madison in Hamilton, will join the cast of the new Broadway musical NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 as 'Pierre' beginning July 11th, 2017, a week later than expected.

It's the Ides of June! Inside Yesterday's Rally in Support of  of Public Theater's JULIUS CAESARIt's the Ides of June! Inside Yesterday's Rally in Support of of Public Theater's JULIUS CAESAR
June 16, 2017

Following news that two major sponsors, Delta Air Lines and Bank of America, had pulled financial support forThe Public Theaterin response to theirDonald Trump-Themed Shakespeare in the Park production of JULIUS CAESAR,New Yorkers showed their support of the Public with a rally, that took place yesterday evening at Astor Place.

Will THE KING AND I Head to the West End  with Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe?Will THE KING AND I Head to the West End with Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe?
June 9, 2017

Looks like the West End will be getting to knowKelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe.According to a report by the Daily Mail,Lincoln Center Theater's production of THE KING AND I 'has its eye on the London Palladium for a limited season next year.'

PURPLE RAIN Tribute Show May Be in Jeopardy Thanks to Legal Threats by Prince's EstatePURPLE RAIN Tribute Show May Be in Jeopardy Thanks to Legal Threats by Prince's Estate
June 9, 2017

The fate of upcoming U.K. tour and West End production of PURPLE RAIN, a Prince tribute show, might bein jeopardy thanks to legal threats by Prince's Estate.

Photo Flash: OG Elphaba, Idina Menzel, Takes a Trip Back to OZPhoto Flash: OG Elphaba, Idina Menzel, Takes a Trip Back to OZ
June 9, 2017

WhileIdina Menzel does have quite the Broadway career under her belt, there's no question that she became a bonafide star once she donned the black hat in WICKED. Ever since her departure from the show, fans have been waiting for her to make her triumphant return to OZ.

Broadway Gets Diplomatic- Meet the Cast of OSLO!Broadway Gets Diplomatic- Meet the Cast of OSLO!
April 13, 2017

Following its sold-out Off-Broadway run, OSLO is finally opening on Broadway tonight, April 13th, so it's time to meet the cast!

Julia Cameron's THE ANIMAL IN THE TREES Will Receive a Private Industry ReadingJulia Cameron's THE ANIMAL IN THE TREES Will Receive a Private Industry Reading
April 5, 2017

Producers Cameron Power & Light and La Vie Productions Inc. will present a private industry reading of The Animal in the Trees, a new play by internationally best-selling author Julia Cameron (The Artist's Way), on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 3 PM at NYC's Pearl Studios.

BWW Interview: Mara Lieberman, Director of BENEATH THE GAVEL, Discusses the Cross-Pollination of the Art and Theatre WorldsBWW Interview: Mara Lieberman, Director of BENEATH THE GAVEL, Discusses the Cross-Pollination of the Art and Theatre Worlds
April 4, 2017

Bated Breath Theatre Company, under the leadership of Executive Artistic Director Mara Lieberman, presents the NYC debut of its acclaimed immersive theater experience, BENEATH THE GAVEL, at 59E59 Theaters.The piece, drops its audience into the center of an art auction, giving them a behind the scenes look of the art world with a theatrical twist.

BWW Interview: THE OBJECT LESSON Director David Neumann Explains the Challenges When Faced with an Unpredictable AudienceBWW Interview: THE OBJECT LESSON Director David Neumann Explains the Challenges When Faced with an Unpredictable Audience
March 14, 2017

THE OBJECT LESSON, by Geoff Sobelle, which is now playing at the New York Theatre Workshop,is an extremely visual, tactile piece that fills the theatre with stuff and invites audience members to wander around and sort through the clutter. The piece addresses our tendencies to lean toward consumerism and materialism and our attachment to objects-what we collect and what we discard.

Photo Flash: Inside the YPC Gala, featuring Mandy Gonzalez and  Alexandra SochaPhoto Flash: Inside the YPC Gala, featuring Mandy Gonzalez and Alexandra Socha
March 10, 2017

The Young People's Chorus of NYC had its most successfulgalato dateon Monday, March 6th, 2017.The chorus members, ranging in ages from 8 to 18, were joined by Hamilton's Mandy Gonzalez, Spring Awakening's Alexandra Socha, and the extraordinary Time for Three ensemble, in one vibrant production number after the next.

Robert James Waller, Author of 'Bridges of Madison County' Novel, Passes AwayRobert James Waller, Author of 'Bridges of Madison County' Novel, Passes Away
March 10, 2017

According to a longtime friend,Robert James Waller, bestselling author of 'The Bridges of Madison County,' has passed away at the age of 77.

STAGE TUBE: Go Inside Opening Night of THE GIRLS with a Special Performance by Gary BarlowSTAGE TUBE: Go Inside Opening Night of THE GIRLS with a Special Performance by Gary Barlow
February 24, 2017

THE GIRLS, based on the true story, the film and the award-winning play byTim Firth, Calendar Girls, opened on Tuesday 21 February, at thePhoenix Theatrein London's West End, where it had previewed from 28 January 2017. The West End premiere follows sold-out runs at the Grand Theatre Leeds and the Lowry Salford late 2015/early 2016.

BWW Interview: Make a New Friend with SESAME STREET LIVE's Ernie, Kayla Renee SmithBWW Interview: Make a New Friend with SESAME STREET LIVE's Ernie, Kayla Renee Smith
February 17, 2017

SESAME STREET LIVE is a fun way for your kids to experience live theatre while seeing their favorite, familiar characters come to life right before their eyes.Because the show has made its way to the Theater at Madison Square Garden, BroadwayWorld was able to chat withKayla Renee Smith, who portrays everyone's favorite roommate (except Bert's) Ernie.

Go Behind the Scenes of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway Casts United!Go Behind the Scenes of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway Casts United!
February 10, 2017

Moments before the curtain went up on the Broadway revival ofSunset Boulevard, starringGlenn Close, the stars ofAndrew Lloyd Webber's productions came together to celebrate the legendary composer's historic achievement of having four musicals running simultaneously on Broadway with a commemorative photo.

 Ann Reinking Discusses Bob Fosse's Influence on Her After All These Years Ann Reinking Discusses Bob Fosse's Influence on Her After All These Years
February 10, 2017

If not for her skills as a dancer and choreographer, Broadway legendAnn Reinking is most known for her relationship withdirector and choreographerBob Fosse. Once he saw her in PIPPIN in 1972, she became Fosse's protege and romantic partner, with a relationship lasting until 1978.

Bid on Tickets to Meet Jake Gyllenhaal and See SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE with Charitybuzz!Bid on Tickets to Meet Jake Gyllenhaal and See SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE with Charitybuzz!
February 10, 2017

Were you one of the many fans who practically swooned at the sound ofJake Gyllenhaal's voice after watching that videoofhim singing, and thought to yourself 'I really need to see this man in the flesh?' Well, if you're looking to give back in 2017, your dream scenario is just one donation away!

BWW Interview: Take a Trip With the Director of THE OREGON TRAIL, Geordie BroadwaterBWW Interview: Take a Trip With the Director of THE OREGON TRAIL, Geordie Broadwater
February 10, 2017

For anyone who grew up playing the classic computer game "The Oregon Trail" (especially in computer class, and especially if you filled up your wagon with pop stars and classmates you had crushes on), Bekah Brunstetter's ("This Is Us," Be A Good Little Widow) new play THE OREGON TRAIL, is going to hit all the right buttons.

Oh, Goodbye! Flashback Through OH, HELLO's Broadway RunOh, Goodbye! Flashback Through OH, HELLO's Broadway Run
January 22, 2017

Today, January 22nd, 2017,the Broadway premiere of OH, HELLO on BROADWAY, starringthe two hottest voices in comedy today, Nick Kroll (Comedy Central's 'Kroll Show') and John Mulaney (Netflix's 'The Comeback Kid'), will close.

BWW Interview: Jay Armstrong Johnson Goes Back to Bernstein with CANDIDEBWW Interview: Jay Armstrong Johnson Goes Back to Bernstein with CANDIDE
January 6, 2017

Star of both stage and screen, Jay Armstrong Johnson has had a busy year, between his 54 Below shows, his album, and his roles on QUANTICO and 'My Gay Roommate.' He's finally making his return to the stage after dancing his way into our hearts in ON THE TOWN, by starring asthe titular role in New York City Opera's production of Leonard Berstein's CANDIDE.



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