BroadwayWorld Interviews

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Lonny Price Opens Up About the Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened Backstage with Richard Ridge: Lonny Price Opens Up About the Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened
by BroadwayWorld TV - November 26, 2016

One of the truly legendary musicals in the history of Broadway, Merrily We Roll Along opened to enormous fanfare in 1981, and closed after sixteen performances. For the first time, Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened  draws back the curtain on the extraordinary drama of the show's creation - and tells the stories of the hopeful young performers whose lives were transformed by it. Directed by Lonny Price, a member of the original cast, the film is a bittersweet meditation on the choice... (more...)

Theater Latte Da RAGTIME's David L. Murray, Jr. Theater Latte Da RAGTIME's David L. Murray, Jr.
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - September 28, 2016 in Minneapolis

Conflicts due to race, immigration and gender... you would think this turn-of-the-century story would seem like ancient history but instead it feels fresh and relevant as today's headlines. RAGTIME plays through Oct. 23 at Theater Latte Da and stars a new local actor, David L. Murray, Jr., whom we g... (more...)
SENSE & SENSIBILITY's Alejandra Escalante SENSE & SENSIBILITY's Alejandra Escalante
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - September 23, 2016 in Minneapolis

Playing Dashwood sister Marianne, Alejandra Escalante gives a delightful, no nonsense interview in 6 Questions & a Plug -- just as you'd expect from SENSE & SENSIBILITY.... (more...)
PAINT YOUR WAGON's Robert Cuccioli PAINT YOUR WAGON's Robert Cuccioli
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - August 08, 2016 in Minneapolis

Tony nominee Robert Cuccioli has a long career on stage and an unusual path to get there. He comes to the Ordway stage in an all-new production of Lerner & Loewe's PAINT YOUR WAGON that the Ordway is collaborating with Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre on, which includes a new book and orchestrations.... (more...)
BWW Video Interview: THE LION KING's Frank Wright II, Veteran Cast Member Talks the Show's Origins in Minneapolis BWW Video Interview: THE LION KING's Frank Wright II, Veteran Cast Member Talks the Show's Origins in Minneapolis
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - July 26, 2016 in Minneapolis

THE LION KING's Frank Wright II (video) full circle of life comes back around to the scene where it all began as he plays Minneapolis' Orpheum Theater for the fourth time and shares stories of the beginnings here 19 years ago.... (more...)
6 Questions & a Plug with A NIGHT IN OLYMPUS' Chan Poling 6 Questions & a Plug with A NIGHT IN OLYMPUS' Chan Poling
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - May 18, 2016 in Minneapolis

Not often are we treated to a brand new musical theatre piece created by three local legends and acted by a dream cast of eight popular local performers. A NIGHT IN OLYMPUS is a rare treat on all counts. We get to hear directly from the creator and composer, Chan Poling, in this 6 Questions & a Plug... (more...)
6 Questions & A Plug with DON QUIXOTE's Jason Ballweber 6 Questions & A Plug with DON QUIXOTE's Jason Ballweber
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - May 16, 2016 in Minneapolis

Jason Ballweber and his Four Humors theatre company devises new works based on old stories; in this case, DON QUIXOTE. Catch their interpretation of the classic with projections and puppets and unique brand of storytelling through May 22, 2016, in the Guthrie's Dowling Studio.... (more...)
6 Questions & a Plug with Guthrie HARVEY's David Kelly 6 Questions & a Plug with Guthrie HARVEY's David Kelly
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - April 25, 2016 in Minneapolis

David Kelly debuts at the Guthrie Theater as Elwood P. Dowd in HARVEY. Learn a bit more about him and his thoughts on this old-school show on the Guthrie's Wuertle Thrust Stage, playing through May 15.... (more...)
A SHINING Hour for Mark Campbell and the Art of Libretto-Writing A SHINING Hour for Mark Campbell and the Art of Libretto-Writing
by Richard Sasanow - April 22, 2016 in Minneapolis

Do you remember that cataclysmal moment in the Stanley Kubrick film of Stephen King's “The Shining,” when Jack Nicholson axes his way through the bathroom door and says, wild-eyed, “Here's Johnny!” Well, you won't find it in King's book--or in Mark Campbell's libretto for THE SHINING, the new opera ... (more...)
6 Questions & a Plug with C.'s Bradley Greenwald 6 Questions & a Plug with C.'s Bradley Greenwald
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - April 15, 2016 in Minneapolis

The new triple threat may just be actor - singer- playwright. Bradley Greenwald is well known for acting and singing on stage, and now may be just as well known for his writing abilities.... (more...)
BULLETS OVER BROADWAY's Emma Stratton BULLETS OVER BROADWAY's Emma Stratton
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - April 08, 2016 in Minneapolis

Emma Stratton is a Minnesota native who'd taking the stage as Helen Sinclair in BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, the Midwest premiere of the musical based on the Woody Allen film. She answers 6 Questions but keeps the plug a secret in this interview.... (more...)
6 Questions & A Plug with BUYER AND CELLAR's Sasha Andreev 6 Questions & A Plug with BUYER AND CELLAR's Sasha Andreev
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - April 01, 2016 in Minneapolis

Crazy as it sounds, there's a mall in Barbra Streisand's basement. And Sasha Andreev plays the one man who knows what's in there in BUYER & CELLAR, playing now at Hennepin Theatre Trust's New Century Theatre in Minneapolis through April 24, 2016.... (more...)
6 Questions & A Plug with A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN's Q Smith 6 Questions & A Plug with A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN's Q Smith
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - March 29, 2016 in Minneapolis

While the title of the show is A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, other divas take the stage in the latest production at the Ordway, too, Imagine getting to see Aretha Franklin on stage. Or Nina Simone. These queens of music may not be in this show, but Q. Smith will portray them and other characters who w... (more...)
IF/THEN's Anthony Rapp Talks Life-Changing Moments and More IF/THEN's Anthony Rapp Talks Life-Changing Moments and More
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - March 08, 2016 in Minneapolis

Decisions big or small can alter your life forever. That's the lesson from IF/THEN, opening at Minneapolis' Orpheum Theatre, and of one of it's stars, Anthony Rapp.... (more...)
6 Questions & a Plug with A CHORUS LINE's Maria Briggs 6 Questions & a Plug with A CHORUS LINE's Maria Briggs
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - February 12, 2016 in Minneapolis

While she's living the dream in NYC, Maria Briggs is back in the Twin Cities this month to play Val in A CHORUS LINE at the Ordway in Saint Paul.... (more...)
6 Questions & a Plug with LULLABY's Annie Enneking 6 Questions & a Plug with LULLABY's Annie Enneking
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - January 11, 2016 in Minneapolis

Annie Enneking is an actor, singer and fight choreographer who plays Thea in new work, LULLABY, the world premiere in Theater Latte Da's new work initiative, NEXT 20/20. She tells a little about her part in this show and her future plans in this 6 Questions & a Plug.... (more...)
6 Questions & a Plug with THE COCOANUTS' Ann Michels 6 Questions & a Plug with THE COCOANUTS' Ann Michels
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - November 27, 2015 in Minneapolis

Whether she's in the lead role or in the chorus of the latest musical, Ann Michels is a Twin Cities actor/singer who stands out and who finds a connection with her audiences.... (more...)
6 Questions & a Plug with EMILIE/EURIDYCE's Isabel Nelson 6 Questions & a Plug with EMILIE/EURIDYCE's Isabel Nelson
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - November 16, 2015 in Minneapolis

Director talks about her show EMILIE/EURIDYCE at Illusion Theater... (more...)
6 Questions & a Plug with BROADWAY SONGBOOK OF THE 70s' Randy Schmeling 6 Questions & a Plug with BROADWAY SONGBOOK OF THE 70s' Randy Schmeling
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - October 08, 2015 in Minneapolis

James Rocco and the Ordway's BROADWAY SONGBOOK® series have been seen in this space many times before. Usually, the shows are a virtual musical theatre master class with a local slate of triple threats. This time is no exception but THE 70s SONGBOOK is a slightly different show, just as the decade w... (more...)
6 Questions & a Plug with SWEENEY TODD's Mark Benninghofen 6 Questions & a Plug with SWEENEY TODD's Mark Benninghofen
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - October 02, 2015 in Minneapolis

Mark Benninghofen is known to many from years of performances at the Guthrie, on screen and in the ad world but not so much in musicals. Learn more about the man and this musical and get to Latte Da to see it pronto.... (more...)
BWW Interviews: 6 Questions & a Plug with STAGE KISS' Cat Brindisi BWW Interviews: 6 Questions & a Plug with STAGE KISS' Cat Brindisi
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - July 20, 2015 in Minneapolis

Cat Brindisi has a familiar name but not just because of her parentage. You've seen her on many area stages and will soon see more from this busy actor who appears in the Guthrie's STAGE KISS. Learn more about her in 6 Questions & a Plug.... (more...)
BWW Interviews: 6 Questions & a Plug with MUSIC MAN's Tony Vierling BWW Interviews: 6 Questions & a Plug with MUSIC MAN's Tony Vierling
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - June 22, 2015 in Minneapolis

You are used to seeing the leads in local and touring shows get featured in this space but not as often the 'unsung' heroes of the stage - the ensemble cast who are out there hoofing it show after show. Actor Tony Vierling is filling that role this time and shared some thoughts in 6 Questions & a Pl... (more...)
BWW Interviews: 6 Questions & a Plug with DAMN YANKEES' Tari Kelly BWW Interviews: 6 Questions & a Plug with DAMN YANKEES' Tari Kelly
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - June 17, 2015 in Minneapolis

Whatever Lola wants... Tari Kelly gets? It would seem so with the resume this talented actor presents as she returns to the Ordway for her fourth production on the Saint Paul stage. Get to know more about her in 6 Questions & a Plug.... (more...)
BWW Interviews: THE CRUCIBLE's Erik Heger BWW Interviews: THE CRUCIBLE's Erik Heger
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - May 01, 2015 in Minneapolis

Erik Heger returns to the Guthrie as the man at the center of an Arthur Miller masterwork, THE CRUCIBLE. Directed by Joe Dowling in his final season as Guthrie artistic director, the play can be seen on the Wuertle thrust stage.... (more...)
BWW Interviews: HAPPY DAYS are Here Again with Director Joe Hendren BWW Interviews: HAPPY DAYS are Here Again with Director Joe Hendren
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - April 18, 2015 in Minneapolis

Director Joe Hendren talks about HAPPY DAYS - A NEW MUSICAL, which opens April 24 at New Century Theatre in Minneapolis. Based on the popular TV series, this area premiere introduces local audiences to a show that's new and yet feels very familiar.... (more...)
BWW Interviews: MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY's Anne Washburn Ponders Pop Culture After the Apocalypse BWW Interviews: MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY's Anne Washburn Ponders Pop Culture After the Apocalypse
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - March 20, 2015 in Minneapolis

Playwright Anne Washburn describes the inspiration and her thoughts behind the play that will open at the Guthrie Theater March 31, 2015, in this Q&A.... (more...)