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Backstage with Richard Ridge: From Sarah Brown to Lady Day- SAG Nominee Audra McDonald Shares Stories of Her Legendary Career Backstage with Richard Ridge: From Sarah Brown to Lady Day- SAG Nominee Audra McDonald Shares Stories of Her Legendary Career
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - January 29, 2017

She won 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.... (more...)

Simon Gleeson On Playing Jean Valjean In LES MISERABLES
BWW Interviews: Touring Veteran Reaches Milestone Performance In 42ND STREET
Kaleb Wells as Roger in RENT on Tour Kaleb Wells as Roger in RENT on Tour
by Kathy Strain - February 24, 2017 in San Antonio

With the 20th Anniversary of RENT currently touring North America, audiences are enjoying this production that is close to the original Broadway production. Kaleb Wells plays Roger who struggles with his own personal demons as he follows his dreams. Wells is living his dreams as he portrays Roger du... (more...)
Interview: Before The Parade! A Conversation With Michael Childers About His Upcoming HELLO JERRY! In The Desert Interview: Before The Parade! A Conversation With Michael Childers About His Upcoming HELLO JERRY! In The Desert
by David Green - February 24, 2017 in Phoenix

The last remaining tickets are on sale for the desert's most anticipated annual star-studded concert event, Michael Childer's 'One Night Only', benefiting Jewish Family Services Of The Desert (JFS), to be held Thursday, April 20, 2017 at The McCallum Theatre. This 10th season's theme is 'Hello Jerry... (more...)
 HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH'S Hannah Corneau Chats About 'Acceptance and Love' HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH'S Hannah Corneau Chats About 'Acceptance and Love'
by Rachel Weinberg - February 24, 2017 in NationalTours

I recently had the chance to speak with Hannah Corneau, who is currently taking on the role of Yitzhak in the national tour of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH following a successful revival on Broadway during the 2014-2015 theater season. The tour arrives in Chicago on March 7, and Corneau reflected on he... (more...)
Denise O'Neal Talks Directing A LESSON BEFORE DYING for Pearl Theater Denise O'Neal Talks Directing A LESSON BEFORE DYING for Pearl Theater
by Katricia Lang - February 23, 2017 in Houston

The Pearl Theater opened their production of A LESSON BEFORE DYING, which plays through this Sunday, February 26, a little over a week ago. So naturally, I decided to talk to the show's director, Denise O'Neal, yesterday.... (more...)
Cast and Creatives of CityRep's MR. BURNS Discuss the 'Average, Everyday, Post-Apocalyptic, Mind-Bending' Oklahoma Premiere Production Cast and Creatives of CityRep's MR. BURNS Discuss the 'Average, Everyday, Post-Apocalyptic, Mind-Bending' Oklahoma Premiere Production
by Ronn Burton - February 23, 2017 in Oklahoma

CityRep presents the Oklahoma premiere of the Off-Broadway hit MR. BURNS, A POST ELECTRIC PLAY. Members of the cast (Bob Hess, Kris Schinske, and Paul T. Taylor) and creative team (Donald Jordan and Daniel Leeman Smith) sat down with BroadwayWorld to discuss the relevance and delightful absurdity of... (more...)
Theatre Life with Jennifer L. Nelson Theatre Life with Jennifer L. Nelson
by Elliot Lanes - February 23, 2017 in Washington, DC

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Grammy-Nominated Violinist Andres Cardenes Joins ROCO for Conductor-less Concert PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE Grammy-Nominated Violinist Andres Cardenes Joins ROCO for Conductor-less Concert PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE
by Natalie de la Garza - February 23, 2017 in Houston

This weekend, Grammy-nominated violinist Andres Cardenes returns to Houston for ROCO's annual conductorless concert, PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE. The program features a world premiere violin concerto from composer Ricardo Lorenz, written specifically for Cardenes, and works from Luigi Rodolfo Boccherini, Aaro... (more...)
Shenandoah University's Four Leading Guys & Dolls Shenandoah University's Four Leading Guys & Dolls
by Christopher Castanho - February 22, 2017 in Washington, DC

Winchester, Virginia's very own Shenandoah Conservatory's production of Guys and Dolls runs this weekend only, from Friday, February 24th through Sunday, February 27th in the Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre on the campus of Shenandoah University. The boisterous and witty musical is led by Carolyn Coulson (D... (more...)
Tory Dobrin of TESTOSTERONE AND TUTUS at Overture Center Tory Dobrin of TESTOSTERONE AND TUTUS at Overture Center
by Scott Rawson - February 22, 2017 in Madison

Overture Center welcomes Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, also known as The TROCKS, to Overture Hall for one night only on Friday, February 24 at 8 p.m. The program will include Le Lac Des Cygnes, Pas de Six from Esmeralda and Don Quixote.... (more...)
Actress Kate Fleetwood Talks UGLY LIES THE BONE Actress Kate Fleetwood Talks UGLY LIES THE BONE
by Marianka Swain - February 22, 2017 in UK / West End

Kate Fleetwood's varied career encompasses everything from musicals London Road and High Society to Macbeth and Medea. She's currently starring in American writer Lindsey Ferrentino's play about a soldier who returns home to Florida after suffering a life-changing injury in Afghanistan. The producti... (more...)
Tony Danza Makes His Return to 54 Below with STANDARDS AND STORIES Tony Danza Makes His Return to 54 Below with STANDARDS AND STORIES
by Julie Musbach - February 21, 2017 in Broadway

After a triumphant series of concerts at Feinstein's/54 Below, the one and only Tony Danza is returning with his cabaret show Standards and Stories. Tony will be performing six shows,  February 24 & 25, March 17, 18 & 31 and April 1 at 7pm. He was kind enough to take some time out of his sunny day i... (more...)
Donald Rupe on Directing A FEW GOOD MEN Donald Rupe on Directing A FEW GOOD MEN
by Kimberly Moy - February 21, 2017 in Orlando

The play, A FEW GOOD MEN, preceded the film, but bubbled up in popular culture with the line, "You can't handle the truth." BroadwayWorld Orlando chatted with Director Donald Rupe to get some perspective about bringing this play to life.... (more...)
Shelley Keelor, 'Stage Mom' Extraordinaire Shelley Keelor, 'Stage Mom' Extraordinaire
by Trevor Durham - February 20, 2017 in Palm Beach

Keelor is a pure ball of sunshine with the performative strength of a bomb, even as she raises a son and tours the world.... (more...)
Tom Burch Talks THE CHILDREN'S HOUR at UNC CHARLOTTE Tom Burch Talks THE CHILDREN'S HOUR at UNC CHARLOTTE
by Linda Ann Watt - February 20, 2017 in Charlotte

When THE CHILDREN'S HOUR was written, the topic of lesbianism was taboo, and now society is shifting, understanding people's differences.... (more...)
Marlie Rodriguez Marlie Rodriguez
by Cary Ginell - February 20, 2017 in Thousand Oaks

Last month I went to a private showcase of music from the musical Hamilton. The showcase was organized by pianist/arranger/singer Justin Ramos, former director of vocal music at Newbury Park High School who is now living in New York. For his cast, Ramos utilized some of the more talented singers he ... (more...)
BWW TV: Adam Langdon of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME National Tour BWW TV: Adam Langdon of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME National Tour
by Jeffrey Kare - February 20, 2017 in NationalTours

Coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center from February 21st-26th is the national touring production of the Olivier & Tony-Winning play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TIme.... (more...)
David Reuther, George Banks in MARY POPPINS at the Fox Performing Arts Center Riverside David Reuther, George Banks in MARY POPPINS at the Fox Performing Arts Center Riverside
by Audrey Liebross - February 20, 2017 in Palm Springs

On Friday, February 24, 2017 and Saturday, February 25th, Riverside's Fox Performing Art Center (Fox PAC) will present Theatre Royale's production of MARY POPPINS. David Reuther, known to Inland Empire audiences for his fabulous portrayal of Jean Valjean in Theatre Royale's 2015 production of LES MI... (more...)
Jordan Craig of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Jordan Craig of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
by Justin Cole Adams - February 20, 2017 in Atlanta

Jordan Craig talks about how Atlanta theatre prepared him for the PHANTOM national tour.... (more...)
From the Underworld to Imperial Russia- Damon Daunno Makes His Move Off-Broadway From the Underworld to Imperial Russia- Damon Daunno Makes His Move Off-Broadway
by Nicole Rosky - February 18, 2017 in Broadway

In the title role is Damon Daunno, who was last seen playing 'Orpheus' in Anais Mitchell and Rachel Chavkin's Hadestown at New York Theatre Workshop. Daunno just chatted with BroadwayWorld about his latest role and you can check out the full interview below!... (more...)
Make a New Friend with SESAME STREET LIVE's Ernie, Kayla Renee Smith Make a New Friend with SESAME STREET LIVE's Ernie, Kayla Renee Smith
by Marissa Sblendorio - February 17, 2017 in NationalTours

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 with Kayla Renee Smith, who portra... (more...)
Actor Etai Benson on Touring, Films and Being AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Actor Etai Benson on Touring, Films and Being AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
by Natalie de la Garza - February 17, 2017 in Houston

Actor Etai Benson sings and dances his way to The Hobby Center this month in Theatre Under the Stars' production of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS. Today, Benson joins us to talk life on the road, dole out some advice, and explain what it's like playing an American in Paris -- spoiler -- 'S Wonderful'!... (more...)
Broadway Songstress N'Kenge Joins Houston Symphony's R&B MIXTAPE Broadway Songstress N'Kenge Joins Houston Symphony's R&B MIXTAPE
by Natalie de la Garza - February 16, 2017 in Houston

This weekend N'Kenge will join Grammy-nominated singer Ryan Shaw, Steven Reineke and the Houston Symphony for R&B MIXTAPE, a concert spanning decades of R&B hits from the U.S. to the U.K., including numbers from Stevie, Michael and Whitney, all the way to Amy, Adele and Beyonce.... (more...)
Laura Osnes On CRAZY FOR YOU's 25th Anniversary Concert: 'It's Exhilarating' Laura Osnes On CRAZY FOR YOU's 25th Anniversary Concert: 'It's Exhilarating'
by Leigh Scheps - February 16, 2017 in Broadway

'It's possible.' Especially for Broadway's original Cinderella, Laura Osnes, who is busier than ever these days rehearing for multiple shows and benefit concerts. On Sunday, February 19, the Tony Award nominated actress will play Polly Baker in Manhattan Concert Productions' one-night only 25th ann... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Touring Veteran Reaches Milestone Performance In 42ND STREET BWW Interviews: Touring Veteran Reaches Milestone Performance In 42ND STREET
by Kyle Christopher West - February 16, 2017 in NationalTours

Most actors receive a standard show contract for around 12 months, but that doesn't mean every actor hangs up their shoes and immediately walks into another show. In fact, not only do some actors extend their contracts, but some make an entire career out of an individual credit. Rob Ouellette, who i... (more...)
Actress Amy Morgan Talks TRAVESTIES Actress Amy Morgan Talks TRAVESTIES
by Marianka Swain - February 15, 2017 in UK / West End

Amy Morgan's credits include Red Velvet and Hay Fever in the West End, The Beaux' Stratagem at the National Theatre, and, on screen, Father Brown and Mr Selfridge. She's currently starring as Gwendolen in Tom Stoppard's Travesties, which has transferred to the Apollo Theatre following a hit run at t... (more...)