BroadwayWorld Interviews

InDepth InterView: Lilla Crawford Talks Rosie's Theater Kids Family Day, INTO THE WOODS Movie, ANNIE Revival & Much More
by Pat Cerasaro - January 28, 2015

Today we are talking to one of the most accomplished bring young stars on Broadway all about her many exciting endeavors including headlining the most recent revival of mega-hit ANNIE as well as playing a major part in the new Disney feature film edition of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's INTO THE WOODS - the gifted and talented Lilla Crawford. Opening up about her experiences participating in the big screen edition of the Sondheim classic, Crawford offers insight into her iconic character o... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Elizabeth Bunch Talks Alley Theatre's AS YOU LIKE IT
by Katricia Lang - January 30, 2015

AS YOU LIKE IT is pastoral romantic comedy featuring two heroines and, as always, starcrossed lovers, cross dressing and mistaken identities. Elizabeth Bunch is Rosalind, the beautiful, quick witted daughter of an exiled duke. Emily Trask is Celia, Rosalind's loyal cousin and closest friend. Togeth... (more...)
Beatles' RAIN on Tour: Jimmy Irizarry Shares Experiences Playing John Lennon
by Kathy Strain - January 30, 2015

Generations have loved listening to the Beatles music. RAIN is a beautiful walk down memory lane for many who grew up listening to the legendary music. It's also a chance for a younger generation to come appreciate how innovative the Beatles were for their time and how they shaped the music industry... (more...)
BWW Interviews: One Legend Tackles Another in Arena Stage's KING HEDLEY II
by Benjamin Tomchik - January 30, 2015

When Andre De Shields steps onto the stage next week in Arena Stage's revival of August Wilson's King Hedley II, it will mark another in a series of firsts in a remarkable career.... (more...)
BWW Interviews: The Guthrie's MIDSUMMER Queen Christina Acosta Robinson
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - January 29, 2015

Get to know Christina Acosta Robinson, who plays the two queens in in Joe Dowling's fantastical re-telling of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM on the Guthrie Theater's Wuertele Thrust stage.... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Deedee O'Malley and Janet Cole Valdez Dish on TUTS Underground's WAITING FOR JOHNNY DEPP
by Kristina Nungaray - January 29, 2015

Have you made it to TUTS Underground's world premiere of WAITING FOR JOHNNY DEPP? If you haven't, you don't have much time left! This one-woman musical follows the adventures of a New York actress, Rita Donatella, as she vies for her dream role in a film with Johnny Depp. Deedee O'Malley took time o... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Illustrious DICK CAVETT in Hellman v. McCarthy
by Don Grigware - January 29, 2015

Author/actor/TV talk show host Dick Cavett will star at Theatre 40 in the controversial play Hellman v. McCarthy beginning February 6. Cavett is best known for his TV talk shows from the 70s to present time on CBS, ABC, PBS, USA Network and currently on TCM hosting reruns of his classic 70s intervie... (more...)
BWW Interviews: John Kurzynowski and Jaclyn Backhaus YOU ON THE MOORS NOW
by Marina Kennedy - January 29, 2015

'You On The Moors Now' is written by Jaclyn Backhaus and directed by John Kurzynowski. The show will be on stage at HERE in New York City from February 13th to February 28th. interviewed Backhaus and Kurzynowski about their careers and the upcoming show.... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Alexandra Ncube of THE BOOK OF MORMON at Winspear Opera House
by Kyle West - January 29, 2015

Alexandra Ncube, of The Book of Mormon, talks about tripping onstage, auditions and life on the road!... (more...)
BWW Interviews: KINKY BOOTS' Jerry Mitchell
by Jeffrey Ellis - January 29, 2015

One of Broadway's quintessential renaissance men, Jerry Mitchell talked about the genesis of Kinky Boots the Musical and his unique collaboration with Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein... (more...)
HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA: Hume Fogg's Ray Gleaves
by Jeffrey Ellis - January 29, 2015

Today, we introduce you to Hume-Fogg Academic High School senior Ray Gleaves, a 17-year-old senior who's been an integral member of Daron Bruce's theater productions, as well as a four year member of the school concert choir (he's serving as president this year), a three year member of The Blue Note... (more...)
BWW Interviews: A Conversation with Beautiful City Theatre's Natalie Gershtein
by Noelle Hannibal - January 28, 2015

Natalie Gershtein, Beautiful City Theatre's (BCT) Artistic Producer, is taking on another role, directing BCT's upcoming CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Annie Baker. CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION marks the first time BCT will open a show in New York City and... (more...)
BWW Interviews: MSMT Builds a Season with Heart
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - January 28, 2015

'All our stories this year will be about families or individuals who are broken, but they come back to make the best of it - to survive. That is our job as human beings, and if our shows can give somebody the strength and courage to do just that, then we in the theatre are doing our jobs.' Curt D... (more...)
BWW Interviews: LAUREN SESSELMANN Professional Athlete and Fitness Expert
by Marina Kennedy - January 28, 2015 interviewed Lauren Sesselmann about her career as a professional soccer athlete, fitness expert and Olympic medalist.... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Flores Finds Common Thread with ANYTHING GOES Character
by Paul Batterson - January 28, 2015

The more he plays Luke, the Chinese convert and reformed gambler in the musical ANYTHING GOES, the more Roy Flores discovers how much he and his character have in common.... (more...)
BWW Previews: Mozart to Rock Houston!
by Katricia Lang - January 27, 2015

On January 30, Houston's two major opera houses will begin performances of Mozart's final two completed operas - LA CLEMENZA DI TITO and THE MAGIC FLUTE. Opera in the Heights will open LA CLEMENZA DI TITO for the first time in Houston since 1991, and Houston Grand Opera will open THE MAGIC FLUTE.... (more...)
KINKY BOOTS IN MUSIC CITY: Cyndi Lauper On Composing A Tony Winner
by Jeffrey Ellis - January 27, 2015

First-time Broadway composer Cyndi Lauper, who first conquered the music charts back in the 1980s, recently sat down to talk about her Kinky Boots experience and to share the show's impact on her own life - which provided much of her inspiration as she approached the project.... (more...)
COLLEGIATE THEATRICS: Lipscomb University's Emily Hughes
by Jeffrey Ellis - January 27, 2015

As hard as it may be to fathom, the calendar indicates we're practically to February already and 2015 is off and running like some out-of-control roller coaster. Perhaps no one is more acutely aware of this than Emily Hughes, an acting major at Nashville's Lipscomb University, who no sooner than she... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Ciaran Sheehan in FROM GALWAY TO BROADWAY Benefit Concert at STNJ
by Marina Kennedy - January 27, 2015

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will present 'From Galway to Broadway on Thursday, March 5th at 7:30 pm. The show stars Broadway stars, Ciaran Sheehan and Gwen Eagleton. had the opportunity to interview Ciaran Sheehan about his career and the show.... (more...)
BWW Interview: Ellyn Marie Marsh Gets 'Inappropriate' Before Her 54 Below Encore
by Matt Tamanini - January 26, 2015

Last week I spoke with KINKY BOOTS' Ellyn Marie Marsh about the encore performance of her solo show debut 'Inappropriate' at 54 Below. In that article we talked about how the show came to be, the songs in the show, the stories in the show, you know, the normal stuff. However, in this article, things... (more...)
Chef Spotlight: Executive Chef HEMANT MATHUR of Haldi in NYC
by Marina Kennedy - January 26, 2015

Executive Chef Hemant Mathur of Haldi in New York City is in our Chef Spotlight.... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Nicholas Park in ATGs TICK, TICK BOOM! at Hamilton Stage
by Marina Kennedy - January 26, 2015

American Theater Group's 'tick, tick...BOOM!' will be on Rahway's Hamilton Stage from January 28th through February 8th. The autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the creator of 'Rent' stars Nicholas Park as Jon.... (more...)
BWW Interview: Vinnie Jones Promises Big Twist in GALAVANT Finale
by Matt Tamanini - January 25, 2015

For the past 16 years, Vinnie Jones has been Hollywood's go-to British tough guy. Starting with Guy Ritchie's LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING in 1998, Jones has been beating guys up with a British accent for years. Now, he is starring as King Richard's loyal enforcer on ABC's comedy GALAVANT; just don't... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Getting to Know I LOVE LUCY'S Thea Brooks
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - January 23, 2015

Thea Brooks stars in the national tour of I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE, playing at Minneapolis' State Theatre through Jan. 25, 2014. BWW Minneapolis got to find out more about her and the unique show in this fun Getting to Know interview.... (more...)
BWW Interview: Brown, Murney, Scott, Young Chat Bringing JRB's SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD to Cocoa Beach
by Matt Tamanini - January 22, 2015

The incredible talent and empowering storytelling of Broadway will soon be gracing Florida's shores with two star-studded performances of Jason Robert Brown's beloved 1995 musical SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD. On Friday, January 23rd, an all-star cast of Broadway favorites will perform this incredible show... (more...)
BWW Interviews: TANNA FREDERICK on Train to Zakopane
by Don Grigware - January 22, 2015

Versatile actress Tanna Frederick, who played the quintessential Lizzie in The Rainmaker a couple of seasons back, is now performing in another Henry Jaglom production, his world premiere play The Train to Zakopane again at Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica. In our chat she talks about the... (more...)

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