BroadwayWorld Interviews

InDepth InterView: Max von Essen Talks AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, Tony Award Nomination, Paris Vs. NYC & More
by Pat Cerasaro - May 11, 2015

Today we are talking to a spectacularly talented triple threat who has made a prominent name for himself on Broadway in numerous notable roles over the last two decades, 2015 Tony Award nominee Max von Essen. Discussing all aspects of his integral role in the celebrated new stage adaptation of classic movie musical AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, von Essen opens up about what the part means to him and his influence on its development from its early roots at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris to its opening ... (more...)
BWW Interview: Veanne Cox Soars in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
by Naomi Serviss - May 13, 2015

Inspired by the acclaimed 1951 movie starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, this iteration plumbs emotional depths through music and romance in the City of Light.... (more...)
BWW Interview: Mary Louise Wilson Boards THE 20TH CENTURY
by Naomi Serviss - May 07, 2015

Wilson plays a straight-laced goofball with a supposedly flush checkbook in Scott Ellis's revival of the screwball comedy.... (more...)
BWW Interview: Jennifer Blake Chats MCCREADY THE MUSICAL, Opening in Silverlake 5/8
by Jennifer McHugh - May 07, 2015

The life of Mindy McCready was short, but it was a memorable one. A new theatrical production entitled MCCREADY THE MUSICAL is set to open in Silverlake this Friday that will bring her tragic story to the stage.... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Apollo Civic Theater to Present ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
by Johnna Leary - May 06, 2015

Opening this weekend at the Apollo Civic Theater, Once Upon a Mattress, directed by Lauren Hugg and musically directed by Paul Cabell, tells the real story of the fairy tale "The Princess and the Pea". Not so long ago in a kingdom not so far away, evil Queen Aggravain has declared no one in the king... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Cassidy Stirtz of ONCE
by Christine Swerczek - May 06, 2015

Cassidy Stirtz will return to her Nebraska roots and perform the role of Ex-Girlfriend as ONCE the musical takes the stage at Omaha's Orpheum Theater May 12-17.... (more...)
Chef Spotlight: JACK SINANAJ of Empire Steak House in NYC
by Marina Kennedy - May 06, 2015

Jack Sinanaj, the Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Empire Steak House in New York City is in our Chef Spotlight. Sinanaj is also the Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Ben and Jack's Steak Houses located in New York City and Scottsdale, Arizona.... (more...)
THE FRIDAY 5 ON WEDNESDAY: Focus on Motherhood the Musical
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 06, 2015

Today, the spotlight shines on Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva, Sue Fabisch, Jaclyn Lisenby Brown and Corrie Miller, the cast of director Kim Nygren's ensemble for Motherhood the Musical, opening tonight at TPAC's Andrew Johnson Theatre. Fabisch created the show, so let's hope she's happy with the way thing... (more...)
COLLEGIATE THEATRICS: Lipscomb University's Lacy Hartselle
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 05, 2015

Last fall, when we started this series - COLLEGIATE THEATRICS - we were talking to college students across the country about what lay ahead of them during the academic year and now we find ourselves at graduation time for the class of 2015, today represented by the beautiful, ethereal and brilliant ... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Tony Nominee Ann Hampton Callaway Channels Streisand
by Michael L. Quintos - May 05, 2015

Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa will be hosting Platinum Award-winning singer-songwriter and Tony Award®-nominated actress Ann Hampton Callaway for a series of cabaret concerts celebrating the music of living legend---and her personal musical heroine---Barbra Streisand. The intimate sho... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Brandy Collazo Talks Hillbarn's CURTAINS
by Harmony Wheeler - May 04, 2015

BroadwayWorld San Francisco spoke with Brandy Collazo of Hillbarn Theatre's production of 'Curtains,' the Kander and Ebb musical opening this weekend in Foster City. Collazo, who plays Nikki in the who-done-it comedy, has performed extensively throughout the Bay Area with PCRT, DTC, Palo Alto Player... (more...)
BWW Interviews: John Rubinstein of PIPPIN National Tour (and the Original Broadway Cast)
by Jeffrey Karasarides - May 04, 2015

The circus is coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center from May 12th-17th in the form of the national touring production of the Tony Award-Winning revival of Pippin! In this national tour happens to be John Rubinstein, who originated the title role in the orginal Broadway production back in 1972.... (more...)
BWW Interviews: 'Girl Singer' Stephanie Blythe, the Met's Bearded Lady and the Songbird of the South
by Richard Sasanow - May 04, 2015

Stephanie Blythe--who's at the Met these days singing Baba the Turk in Stravinsky's THE RAKE'S PROGRESS--“abhors labels.” That's why, despite a cavernous voice that has become even deeper with age and could easily be termed mezzo or contralto, she tells me to call her “a girl singer.”... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Tyce Green Talks TYCE GREEN LIVE
by Katricia Lang - May 02, 2015

Tyce Green Talks TYCE GREEN LIVE... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Claudia Weill Directs THE BELLE OF BELFAST at Irish Rep
by Marina Kennedy - May 01, 2015

BWW interviewed Claudia Weill who directed 'The Belle of Belfast.' The show currently on stage at Irish Rep through June 7th.... (more...)
BWW Interviews: THE CRUCIBLE's Erik Heger
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - May 01, 2015

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...)
THE FRIDAY 5: TAKE ME OUT's Hall, Jarvis & Whitsell
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 01, 2015

Inspired by's Friday Six, welcome to BroadwayWorld Nashville's latest installment of The Friday Five: five questions designed to help you learn more about the talented people you'll find onstage throughout the Volunteer state. This week the spotlight shines on Connor Hall, Kurt Jar... (more...)
A Golden Night with the New York Pops: Gala Honoree Kathleen Marshall on Falling Down Broadway's Rabbit Hole
by Tyler Peterson - April 30, 2015

Few directors and choreographers can get the sort of performance Kathleen Marshall drew out of Sutton Foster in the 2011 revival of ANYTHING GOES; few can get them to keep going, to push through an eight-minute act closer, with hefty tapping and belting. Fewer still can stitch it all up into one of ... (more...)
by Jeffrey Ellis - April 30, 2015

This week the spotlight shines early - it's Thursday, after all - on Raymond McAnally, a local boy from Franklin who's made good in the acting game and has brought his one-man show (Size Matters) home for a weekend run at the historic Franklin Theatre in his hometown. Give his interview the once-ove... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Emma Rice Talks Kneehigh's TRISTAN & YSEULT
by Katricia Lang - April 29, 2015

Emma Rice, joint artistic director of Kneehigh Theatre, talks about Kneehigh's TRISTAN & YSEULT.... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Georgia Kate Haege and Jeff Drushal from MAMMA MIA
by Amanda Finn - April 29, 2015

Mamma Mia has come to The Overture Center in downtown Madison this week! The feel good musical that is jam packed with catchy tunes is going to be in the capital city for a few more days. Georgia Kate Haege, who is playing Donna Sheridan for the second time, as well as Jeff Drushal (who plays Sam Ca... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Wade McCollum Stars in ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME at GSP
by Marina Kennedy - April 29, 2015

Wade McCollum stars in 'Earnest Shackleton Loves Me' at George Street Playhouse through May 17th. interviewed McCollum about his career and the show.... (more...)
BWW Interviews: MEMPHIS Star Zuri Washington on Race, Inequality and Broadway
by Jamie McGonnigal - April 28, 2015

Zuri Washington is the young star of a musical which tackles many of the issues we're seeing play out on the streets around the nation today. ... (more...)
by Jeffrey Ellis - April 28, 2015

With 2015 Tony Award nominations announced today, it only seems appropriate to turn our interview focus on someone who might be a Tony nominee in the not-so-distant future. Take Lydia Granered, for example: she's an alumna of Nashville's Christ Presbyterian Academy (class of 2013), where she studied... (more...)
BWW Interviews: The Pleasures, Perils, and Pitfalls of Casting a Season
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - April 28, 2015

Maine State Music Theatre Finds Its Talent for Summer 2015 When the audience thinks of casting for a Broadway musical, they conjure up the image of a darkened auditorium, an artist onstage peering into the glare and hearing Zach's voice from out of the void with its curt dismissal, 'Thank you.' S... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Talking with Actress Kerry Warren as Arena Stage Extends THE ORIGINALIST Through May 31
by Jeffrey Walker - April 27, 2015

Arena Stage audiences cannot get enough of Justice Antonin Scalia and John Strand's new play THE ORIGINALIST which has premiered in the Kogod Cradle. Performances continue through May 3 and a second extension is scheduled to run May 19 through May 31. Directed by Molly Smith, the play stars one of W... (more...)