BroadwayWorld Interviews

BWW EXCLUSIVE: A CHORUS LINE's 'Casey' Speaks! Hunter Agnew Talks Gender-Bended Canadian Production
by Pat Cerasaro - August 03, 2015

One of the hottest stories of the summer has been Canadian regional theater Blue Canoe Theatrical Productions' game-changing and gender-bended mounting of classic Pulitzer Prize-winning musical A CHORUS LINE featuring a male actor in the leading role of Cassie, now referred to as Casey. Today, Kingston actor Hunter Agnew speaks exclusively to BroadwayWorld about how he became involved in the production, the revolutionary take on the show envisioned by the creative team for this production as wel... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Alric Davis, Artistic Director of The Bayou Theatre Company Talks The Real of PASSING STRANGE
by Katricia Lang - August 03, 2015

Artistic Director and Director Alric Davis talks The Bayou Theatre's place in the Houston theater community, the joys and fears of directing the unconventional musical PASSING STRANGE and, of course, 'The Real.'... (more...)
Chef Spotlight: SAFONE AHMED of Hummus 21 in NYC
by Marina Kennedy - August 02, 2015

Meet Chef Safone Ahmed of Hummus 21, a Kosher Mediterranean restaurant located on First Avenue between 57th and 58th Streets.... (more...)
BWW Interview: Megan McGinnis Is Coming Home At Last with DADDY LONG LEGS
by Nicole Rosky - August 02, 2015

Megan McGinnis is heading back to the New York stage, starring alongside Paul Alexander Nolan in John Caird and Paul Gordon's musical adaptation of DADDY LONG LEGS. Based on the 1912 novel by Jean Webster, DADDY LONG LEGS tells the extraordinary tale of Jerusha Abbott (McGinnis), the oldest orphan i... (more...)
BWW Interview: Robert Michael Morris on THE COMEBACK's Comeback
by Courtney Henley - July 31, 2015

I'm gonna make this nice and simple: if you're not watching the HBO comedy series THE COMEBACK, you should be. The sitcom stars Lisa Kudrow as Valerie Cherish, a former A-list actress who agrees to document her attempt at rediscovering fame by being the subject of a reality show. It's genuinely hila... (more...)
BWW Interviews: 'Greased Lightnin' Strikes in Columbus - Columbus Children's Theatre Performs GREASE
by Amanda Etchison - July 31, 2015

Summer days are rapidly drifting away, but the Columbus Children's Theatre pre-professional company is striving to make the remaining summer nights a blast from the past with its production of "Grease."... (more...)
BWW Interviews: ANDY DONALD – Producer of Artistic Development and Community Programming of NJPAC
by Marina Kennedy - July 29, 2015

Andy Donald is the Producer of Artistic Development and Community Program for New Jersey Performing Arts Center. We recently interviewed him to learn a little more about his career and the upcoming season at the Center.... (more...)
BWW Interviews: PIPPIN's Sam Lips
by Jillian Weimer - July 29, 2015

Sam Lips, star of the national tour PIPPIN talks about getting started in the business, life on tour, and how the role has changed his life.... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Book Writer Christian Struppeck About New Collaboration with Stephen Schwartz in Vienna - EMANUEL & ELEONORE
by Iris Moebius - July 29, 2015

Internationally renowned, Oscar- Grammy- and Golden Globe winning composer Stephen Schwartz is currently developing a brand new musical that is set to premier in the fall of 2016 in Vienna. The project is a collaboration with Christian Struppeck, artistic director of the Vereinigte Buhnen Wien (VBW)... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Rebecca French Talks THE RITE OF SUMMER
by Alexander Garza - July 29, 2015

FrenetiCore Dance is reviving its 2013 show, THE RITE OF SUMMER, for the Wortham Center's Cullen Theater on August 1, 2015. Artistic Director Rebecca French's THE RITE OF SUMMER was created to commemorate Stravinsky's 1913 masterpiece, THE RITE OF SPRING. THE RITE OF SUMMER by FrenetiCore Dance is a... (more...)
BWW Interview: Bobby Steggert Discusses Playing Toulouse-Lautrec in MY PARIS
by Joseph F. Panarello - July 28, 2015

Bobby Steggert discusses MY PARIS, in whiuch he plays French artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, The show is now playing at Connecticut's Norma Terris Theater in Chester.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: STATION LIC - Extraordinary Brunch and So Much More
by Julia Katherine - July 28, 2015

Station LIC in Long Island City offers a wonderful restaurant and bar experience that includes a fantastic weekend brunch and an inspired beverage program.... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Bent's MARTIN SHERMAN Talks About The Play and the Taper's Production
by Don Grigware - July 28, 2015

Playwright Martin Sherman, most famous for his Pulitzer and Tony-nominated play Bent is in town for the Mark Taper Forum's revival of  the classic directed by Moises Kaufman. We sat down at Vespaio at the after party Sunday July 26 and chatted briefly about the play and this production. What rese... (more...)
BWW Interview: Getting to Know Him- Meet Broadway's New Royalty, THE KING AND I's Jose Llana!
by Nicole Rosky - July 28, 2015

Earlier this month, Jose Llana stepped into the role of the King of Siam in Lincoln Center Theater's Tony Award-winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I, directed by Bartlett Sher, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street). This marks Llana's second experience in the ic... (more...)
BWW Interview: Chatting with the Seven Helen Kellers of THREE DAYS TO SEE
by Naomi Serviss - July 28, 2015

Barbara Walsh and six other actors bring Helen Keller to life in an inventive production that uses her own words.... (more...)
BWW Dance TV Interviews: Fadi J. Khoury
by Barnett Serchuk - July 27, 2015

Fadi J. Khoury, who serves as FJK Dance Company's Artistic Director, choreographer and principal dancer, connects Argentinean tango, Middle Eastern movement, classical ballet and ballroom dance in an innovative contemporary dance setting.... (more...)
Chef Spotlight: STEVEN GALLO Chef and Co-Owner of Galli in NYC
by Marina Kennedy - July 27, 2015

Steven Gallo of Galli, the popular Italian restaurant in two New York City locations, is in our 'Chef Spotlight.'... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Actor & Spoken Word Artist Don Capers
by Mark C. Lloyd - July 25, 2015

Don Capers is a Buffalo actor and spoken word artist.... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Staging MUSIC MAN for a Contemporary Audience
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - July 24, 2015

'I try to do every play I direct keeping in mind both people who have never seen it before and those who might know it well. I ask myself, 'What would today's audience want to hear and how can I tell the story for this a contemporary public?' I actively look for ways to put a spin on even a well-kno... (more...)
BWW Interviews: GREGG T. DANIEL Talks About Directing LOMBARDI at Group rep
by Don Grigware - July 24, 2015

Director Gregg T. Daniel returns to The Group Rep to direct Eric Simonson's critically acclaimed play LOMBARDI based on the book When Pride Still Mattered:  A Life of Vince Lombardi by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss.  In our conversation, Gregg talks about the play, his fascination wit... (more...)
BWW Interview: Annoying Actor Friend Explains Why #SOBLESSED Live at 54 Below is Like the Hamilton Lottery
by Matt Tamanini - July 23, 2015

In 2013, Actor Friend published his/her first book #SOBLESSED, with the follow-up #GRATEFUL available this year just in time for the holidays. With the success of #SOBLESSED, and its star-studded audio version, A.F. brought the book to the stage in concert form. After two sold-out runs at 54 Below, ... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Director Josh Rhodes Dons Sherlock's Cap for Old Globe BASKERVILLE
by Erica Miner - July 22, 2015

Known for his bold, fearless style, Rhodes switches caps to direct the west coast Premiere of Ken Ludwig's 'Baskerville' at the Old Globe... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Ryan J-W Smith and his Fringe Favorite, LOVE LABOURS WON
by Ellen Dostal - July 22, 2015

Shakespeare was a clear favorite this year at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Among the award-winning productions was Ryan J. Smith's LOVE LABOURS WON, which received two fringe awards: The International Award and an Encore Producers' Award. Back by popular demand, the show has extended through ... (more...)
BWW Features: Meet the New Abbey Theatre Directors
by Chris McCormack - July 22, 2015

Neil Murray and Graham McLaren believe in the concept of a National Theatre that 'reaches all of the country'.... (more...)
BWW Interviews: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL's Jarvis B. Manning Jr.
by Kyle West - July 21, 2015

Last week, I had the opportunity of speaking with Jarvis B. Manning Jr., a Texas native from the national tour of MOTOWN The Musical. In addition to speaking about returning to his hometown as a professional performer, Jarvis spoke about the unique experience of touring the country during the Michae... (more...)
BWW Interview: He's Ready to Rock! Meet Broadway's New Leading Man, SCHOOL OF ROCK's Alex Brightman
by Nicole Rosky - July 21, 2015

Brightman recently took part in a series of concert workshops at the Gramercy, which gave fans a sneak peek of the new musical. Now with just months left until the curtain rises at the Winter Garden, he is looping in BroadwayWorld on what he is up to in the meantime. Check out the full interview bel... (more...)