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InDepth InterView Exclusive: Stephen Daldry Talks BILLY ELLIOT: THE MUSICAL Fathom Event, WICKED Movie, THE AUDIENCE & SKYLIGHT On Broadway, Netflix's THE CROWN & More
by Pat Cerasaro - November 11, 2014

Today we are talking to one of the most powerful directors on Broadway, in the West End and in Hollywood all about the breathtaking screen-to-stage-to-screen adaptation of his Tony Award- and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical BILLY ELLIOT: THE MUSICAL, coming to Fathom movie theaters nationwide this week, the affable and gifted Stephen Daldry. Discussing originally adapting the hit British indie alongside composer Elton John and screenwriter/lyricist Lee Hall into the worldwide sensation that t... (more...)
BWW Interview: Etai Benshlomo Talks About WICKED, San Diego, and More!
by E.H. Reiter - November 21, 2014

Etai Benshlomo talks about San Diego, WICKED, and what it's like performing in this blockbuster musical.... (more...)
THE FRIDAY FIVE: Abigail Davis Haggard from The Keeton Theatre's CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 21, 2014

Our second spotlight of the week focuses on Abigail Davis Haggard, one of Music City's busiest actresses, who opens tonight in the Keeton Theatre's seasonal production of A Christmas Carol, the Musical, directed by Jamie London and music directed by Ginger Newman.... (more...)
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 21, 2014

Inspired by's Friday Six, welcome to BroadwayWorld Nashville's freshest 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's spotlight falls on Cumberland County Play... (more...)
BWW Interviews: WHITE CHRISTMAS' Jeremy Benton Hits the Road for the Holidays
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 21, 2014

Jeremy Benton is a journeyman actor, plying his trade all over the world, proving himself the consummate song and dance man in performances in countless theaters. Clearly, the charming and talented Benton has come a long way since he was dancing in his hometown of Springfield, Tennessee.... (more...)
by francesca silvestri - November 21, 2014

L'istruzione teatrale musicale in Italia e l'effetto che i musical hanno sugli spettatori.... (more...)
BWW Interview: Martha Plimpton's Balancing Act
by Naomi Serviss - November 20, 2014

Plimpton, though weaned on Edward Albee plays, "never had that kind of intimate thing with it," but now she's immersed as Julia in A DELICATE BALANCE.... (more...)
HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA: Harley Seger of Christ Presbyterian Academy
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 20, 2014

We kick off this new series with the enormously talented, big-voiced Harley Seger, a 16-year-old junior at Christ Presbyterian Academy, who has been onstage for half her life. A stalwart of CPA theater under the direction of Paula Flautt, earlier this spring Harley was named best actress at the firs... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Talking with Tevye, Jonathan Hadary of Arena Stage's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
by Jeffrey Walker - November 20, 2014

As the landmark American musical FIDDLER ON THE ROOF celebrates its 50th anniversary, Arena Stage is bringing the show to audiences new and old in production on the intimate and iconic Fichlander Stage. Arena's artistic director Molly Smith directs the production which features the original Jerome R... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Love Goddess Judy Tenuta Celebrates A BIRTHDAY BASH At The Copa Palm Springs, 11/21-22
by David Green - November 19, 2014

The self described "Love Goddess" and "Aphrodite Of The Accordion", Judy Tenuta, brings her no-holds-barred comedy to The Copa Palm Springs for two "sure to sell out" performances, November 21 and 22 at 8:00 pm. Tenuta has made hundreds of guest and co-hosting appearances on such popular television... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Director Mark Adams and Actress Kelley Peters Talk MADELINE'S CHRISTMAS
by Katricia Lang - November 19, 2014

Madeline is in a pickle again. It's Christmas time and all her friends and teachers are sick! Will her classmates get well enough to go home for Christmas? How will our damsel work under distress? Hopefully, she'll keep her trademark head and heart. She'll need to if she wants to save Christmas.... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Golde Speaks! Ann Arvia Talks Arena Stage's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
by Jeffrey Walker - November 19, 2014

Jeffrey Walker of BroadwayWorld-DC caught up with two of Anatevka's most prominent citizens, Golde and Tevye. Actually, we spoke to actors Ann Arvia and Jonathan Hadary who are bringing these characters to life in the new and exciting production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF wowing audiences on the iconic ... (more...)
BWW Interview: Ricky Ubeda & Valerie Rockey Chat SYTYCD Tour, Living in Close Quarters, Future Plans
by Matt Tamanini - November 19, 2014

As I've said numerous times in my reviews and recaps, I don't think there is a show on television more important for the future of the arts than SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. In addition to exposing the public to a much more emotionally honest and raw form of creativity than we are used to seeing in t... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Donald Corren in GSP's THE FABULOUS LIPITONES
by Marina Kennedy - November 18, 2014

Donald Corren stars in George Street Playhouse's 'The Fabulous Lipitones' no onstage through December 14th. Directed by Michael Mastro, this new musical comedy is written by John Markus and Mark St. Germain.... (more...)
by Katricia Lang - November 18, 2014

Want to experience IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA live at the MET without going to New York? The Metropolitan Opera's Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series of live performance transmissions returns to cinemas across the United States this fall with the ninth season of The Met: Live in HD.... (more...)
Chef's Spotlight: Executive Chef EFRAIM NAHON of Bustan on the Upper West Side
by Marina Kennedy - November 18, 2014

Executive Chef Efraim Nahon is our 'Chef's Spotlight.' Chef Nahon is at the helm of Bustan, the popular pan-Mediterranean restaurant on the Upper West Side of New York City.... (more...)
BWW Interview: Alisen Down Chats about GRACEPOINT's Pillar of Integrity
by Courtney Henley - November 18, 2014

Deceit, secrets, and lies. Not exactly solid building blocks for a small, tight-knit community, but somehow, the tiny town of Gracepoint manages to thrive despite this rocky foundation – or, at least, it did until Danny's murder rattled the entire village. There is one pillar, though, that has so fa... (more...)
BWW Interviews: ELF: THE MUSICAL's Jesse Sharp is Looking Forward to Appearing at Riverside's Fox Performing Arts Center
by Audrey Liebross - November 18, 2014

ELF: THE MUSICAL will appear at Riverside's Fox Performing Arts Center on Friday and Saturday, December 6 & 7, 2014, the 2014 tour's only Southern California stop. ELF closely follows the story line of its nonmusical parent, the 2003 hit movie starring Will Ferrell. Actor Jesse Sharp, who plays Walt... (more...)
BWW Interview: Juan Chioran Talks About The Motherf**ker With the Hat and More!
by Dennis Kucherawy - November 17, 2014

It's unlikely anyone leaving a performance of 'The Motherf**ker With the Hat' (MOFO) will be indifferent. That makes actor Juan Chioran happy. 'To be indifferent is the biggest crime in theatre,' he says on a day off from the popular show now playing at the new Coal Mine Theatre on the Danforth. He ... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Dena Scheh Talks OH's HANSEL UND GRETEL
by Katricia Lang - November 17, 2014

I talk with Dena Scheh, well-respected Houston costume designer and frequent collaborator with Opera in the Heights, about her work on Opera in the Height's currently running production HANSEL UND GRETEL. Despite the German title, it is the story of Hansel and Gretel you know and love. There is a wi... (more...)
BWW Interview: Angela Bassett Spills about Life at the FREAK SHOW
by Courtney Henley - November 17, 2014

Angela Bassett. If that name doesn't mean anything to you, shame! The Academy Award nominee has appeared in everything from HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK, to MEET THE ROBINSONS, and most recently, AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW. Bassett appeared last season in COVEN as Marie Lalaurie, the voodoo... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Arena Stage Gives FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE the Boy Band Treatment
by Benjamin Tomchik - November 17, 2014

Boy bands have long been a staple of American pop culture. They're also a staple of Arena Stage's re-imagined production of Five Guys Named Moe which opens this Thursday and is being billed as "big band meets boy band."... (more...)
BWW Interviews: NICE TIME TO BE ALIVE: The New Christy Minstrels Appear At The McCallum Theatre 11/16
by David Green - November 15, 2014

The McCallum Theatre presents "The New Christy Minstrels", with special guest star Barry McGuire for one very special performance, Sunday, November 16, at 3:00pm, Founded by Randy Sparks in 1961, the group's 1962 debut album, "Presenting the New Christy Minstrels", won a Grammy, remained on the Bill... (more...)
BWW Interviews: BCT's Luke Hamilton, Jake Volke, and Colton Berry Talk bctEDU and FOOTLOOSE
by Katricia Lang - November 14, 2014

I talked to Bayou City Theatrics' Luke Hamilton, Jane Volke, and Colton Berry about the BctEDU program and the company's foray into the tiny town of FOOTLOOSE.... (more...)
THE FRIDAY FIVE: TWAIN AND SHAW'S Brian Hill and Michael Roark
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 14, 2014

This week the spotlight falls on two actors who are sharing the stage in the Nashville premiere of 2012 First Night Honoree Chambers Stevens' Twain and Shaw Do Lunch, directed by veteran director Melissa Carelli: Brian Hill and Michael Roark, arguably two of Music City's finest actors, onstage toget... (more...)
by Don Grigware - November 14, 2014

Actor John LaLonde, artistic director of Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre in Claremont is preparing to mount his Christmas show It's Christmas Everyday at Candlelight, opening the weekend after Thanksgiving. In our chat, he talks in detail about the show, the upcoming season and some of his favor... (more...)