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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 Exclusive Interview: Alanna Saunders, PETER PAN LIVE's Tiger Lily, Chats Whirlwind Casting, Authentic Updates, and Christopher Walken
by Matt Tamanini - November 28, 2014

With Thanksgiving now past, we are less than one week away from the television event of the season, at least for musical theatre fans, PETER PAN LIVE!. As anyone who reads BroadwayWorld or watches NBC knows, PETER PAN LIVE! is the follow up to last year's enormously successful THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIV... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Gilgamesh Taggett of ANNIE National Tour
by Jeffrey Karasarides - November 28, 2014

Coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center from December 9th-14th the new national touring production of Annie features Gilgamesh Taggett in the iconic role of Oliver 'Daddy' Warbucks.... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Kirby Burgess, Kurt Phelan, Nadia Coote of DIRTY DANCING at Sydney Lyric Theatre
by - November 28, 2014

In the lead up to the international hit musical DIRTY DANCING returning to Sydney, 10 years after the world premiere in Sydney, I had the opportunity to chat to the lead performers Kurt Phelan (Johnny Castle), Kirby Burgess (Frances “Baby” Houseman) and Nadia Coote (Penny Johnson) along with getting... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Abigail Shapiro Talks A LITTLE PRINCESS at 54 BELOW
by David Clarke - November 28, 2014

At the age of 14, actress Abigail Shapiro is quite the busy lady. With credits like Cindy Lou Who in HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! and the titular character in LIBERTY under her belt, she is currently gearing up to portray Sara Crewe in a special cabaret presentation of Andrew Lippa's musical A LI... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Potomac Playmakers to Present Non-Traditional Christmas Tale in JACOB MARLEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Johnna Leary - November 28, 2014

The Potomac Playmaker's production of Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, directed by Charles Kopack, will open December 5 at the Hagerstown Women's Club in Hagerstown, MD. The show tells the story of A Christmas Carol, but from Jacob Marley, Scrooge's best friend and business partner's, point of view... (more...)
by Katricia Lang - November 28, 2014

I was welcomed to Leighzaland and graciously introduced to the powerful presence of Leighza Walker. We talked about a variety of topics: family, theatre and, of course, her series of one woman shows.... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Olympic Gold Medalist, CHARLES AUSTIN, His Career and Total Body Board
by Marina Kennedy - November 28, 2014

Charles Austin has had a successful athletic career that includes earning Olympic Gold in high jump. He has created a revolutionary piece of exercise equipment, Total Body Board. BWW interviewed Austin about his career and Total Body Board.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: It's a Wonderful IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE at Center Stage
by Jack L. B. Gohn - November 28, 2014

At the end, the audience for this show is pulled not merely into the studio but into Bedford Falls, as the stage snow falls not only on the characters in the story set there but on the performers in the studio and on the audience as well. It is a perfectly magical double fourth-wall violation. Indee... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Migguel Anggelo Talks BETWEEN DREAMS/ENTRE SUEÑOS & Upcoming LA CASA AZUL Album
by David Clarke - November 27, 2014

On September 24, 2014 Migguel Anggelo enchanted audiences with his concert BETWEEN DREAMS/ENTRE SUEÑOS. Luckily for those who missed it or for those who want to see it again, he and Joe's Pub are bringing the concert back on December 2, 2014. Recently, he and I sat down together to discuss the upcom... (more...)
BWW Interviews: David Burtka of BURTKA, DAVID at 54 Below
by Jena Tesse Fox - November 27, 2014

David Burtka... (more...)
BWW Interviews: ANYTHING GOES Sails Into The McCallum Theatre; Meet Reno Sweeney, Emma Stratton!
by David Green - November 26, 2014

Winner of three 2011 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival, ANYTHING GOES sails into the McCallum just in time for the holiday weekend, November 28 through 30. Cole Porter's most popular musical comedy features one of Broadway's most memorable scores including such classics as "I Get A Kick Ou... (more...)
HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA: Hume-Fogg's Shawn Sookram Has His Moment in the Spotlight
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 26, 2014

This week, the High School Drama spotlight falls upon the tremendously versatile Shawn Sookram from Hume-Fogg Academic High School. Having just completed a run in the school's fall production of The King and I, earlier in 2014 he gave a stunning performance as the Emcee in Cabaret.... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Gloria McLean
by Barnett Serchuk - November 26, 2014

Gloria McLean, a New York-based dancer, choreographer and teacher, is the founder and artistic director of LIFEDANCE/Gloria McLean and Dancers. From 1982-1993, Ms. McLean was a member of the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, performing in New York, the U.S., and internationally. She is considered one of ... (more...)
BWW Exclusive Interview: PETER PAN LIVE's Taylor Louderman on Playing Wendy Darling & More
by Caryn Robbins - November 25, 2014

Louderman took time out from rehearsals for PETER PAN LIVE! to speak exclusively with BWW about learning to fly, the new original song she will perform in the show and what she is most looking forward to when the cameras go live on December 4th!... (more...)
BWW Interviews: MICHAEL ARDEN Talks About Playing Quasimodo at La Jolla
by Don Grigware - November 25, 2014

Actor Michael Arden, who has played Broadway and sung on a European tour with Barbra Streisand, is currently blowing audiences away at La Jolla Playhouse as Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, playing through December 14.... (more...)
Chef's Spotlight: Executive Chef CARMINE DI GIOVANNI of Holden & Astor
by Marina Kennedy - November 24, 2014

Executive Chef Carmine Di Giovanni of Holden & Astor in the Meatpacking District of New York City is in our 'Chef's Spotlight.'... (more...)
BWW Interview: THE ILLUSIONISTS' Kevin James Will Fool You Now
by Naomi Serviss - November 24, 2014

Seven bewitching illusionists will go way beyond rabbit-out-of-a-hat magic when THE ILLUSIONISTS - WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE hits Broadway.... (more...)
BWW Interview: Etai Benshlomo on What Makes WICKED So Good, Stephen Schwartz, and Advice to Young Actors
by E.H. Reiter - November 24, 2014

Etai Benshlomo on what makes WICKED so good, Stephen Schwartz, and advice to young actors!... (more...)
BWW Interview: 'Catch a Rising Star' - Eagle Theater's Tim Rinehart
by Pati Buehler - November 24, 2014

Covering theater since 2001 has allowed me to enjoy an abundance of amazingly talented people both on Broadway and Regionally. As part of a new series "Catch a Rising Star", please say "hello" to South Jersey's Tim Rinehart.... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Dennis Setteducati is Having Fun Playing Moonface in ANYTHING GOES, Coming to Riverside
by Audrey Liebross - November 24, 2014

The national tour of ANYTHING GOES, Cole Porter's classic musical, will appear at Riverside's Fox Performing Arts Center for two performances, on Tuesday, November 25th and Wednesday, November 26th, at 7:30 p.m. each night. Dennis Setteducati, who plays Moonface Martin, spoke to Broadway World.... (more...)
NASHVILLE THEATER 101: Ashley Diggs, Tom Angland & Memory Strong
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 24, 2014

Today, in Nashville Theater 101, we're happy to introduce you to three members of our family: Ashley Michelle Diggs, Tom Angland and Memory Strong. We asked our actors some very basic questions-Why do you do theater? And why do you choose Nashville as your home base? This is how they answered.... (more...)
BWW Interviews: ERIC L. WILLIAMS, A Life in the Theatre
by Jeffrey Ellis - November 24, 2014

Eric L. Williams is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, who calls himself "an eternal student of his craft": acting. Most recently, he was onstage in Lakewood Theatre's production of The Outsiders, but he's also performed in a wide variety of works including Oedipus Rex, Jitney, The Dance on Widow's Ro... (more...)
BWW Interview: Danielle Wade Talks Trading Her Ruby Slippers for Glass Shoes in Ross Petty's CINDERELLA
by Alan Henry - November 24, 2014

For Danielle Wade playing iconic, female characters on stage is a dream come true. Fresh off the national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of The Wizard of OZ - which played Toronto during an extended sit down, Wade is trading her ruby slipper for ones made of glass in Ross Petty's annual pa... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Rahul Varma Talks BHOPAL
by Katricia Lang - November 23, 2014

I talk to Rahul Varma, Canadian playwright and Artistic Director of Teesri Duniya Theatre. We discuss his play BHOPAL, now for a limited time at Houston's own Shunya Theatre. He talks critiquing India, critiquing Canada and spinning the messy straw of life into first words on a page, and then people... (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...)

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