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Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Wes Pope & Richie MastascusaExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Wes Pope & Richie Mastascusa
by Broadway's Backbone - Nov 17, 2016

In this episode: Wes Pope & Richie Mastascusa have performed on Broadway, the West End, and at Radio City Music Hall. They've graced the silver screen and television in everything from Gap commercials to Dr. Oz. They we the first gay couple to be on 'Fear Factor' and are known for facing the fear factor of the next chapter of their careers. The thing that makes this episode so special is their joy of life or 'joie de vivre'. They solve everything from showbiz to politics with laughter, and its contagious. In today's climate, listen to these two talented men face the unknown, giggling all the way. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Michael CusumanoExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Michael Cusumano
by Broadway's Backbone - Oct 19, 2016

In this episode: Broadway's Michael Cusumano won the World's top medal for ballet at the age of 14 in Bulgaria, and at 15 was the youngest company member of ABT. In this episode, Michael talks about his transition from the ballet world to the world of musical theatre, how he confronted male body issues and learned to not hate his body, and says that teaching is what currently fills his heart. He has dealt with bullying and self-doubt, but has made brave decisions about his career because he now follows his inner-voice. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Living Legend Chita RiveraExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Living Legend Chita Rivera
by Broadway's Backbone - Sep 26, 2016

The Legendary Chita Rivera got her musical theatre start at the age of 17 on the 1st national tour of 'Call Me Madam' and every step since then has paved the way to making her Carnegie Hall debut on Monday Nov. 7th 2016 at 8:00 in Chita: Nowadays. Chita refers to herself as an eternal gypsy, talks about how dancing is acting without words, and that listening is the best way to learn the craft. With ten Tony nominations and two wins, and with consummate wisdom and skill, Chita shares that many of the disciplines that made her a star, she learned from dancing in the chorus. When the universe opens a door, Chita Rivera always peeks in.  (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with WICKED's Jerad BortzExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with WICKED's Jerad Bortz
by Broadway's Backbone - Sep 6, 2016

In this episode: Wicked's Jerad Bortz has lit up the Gershwin stage for 11 years and has the attitude of, 'I get to do this everyday' and shares that experience with his cast and audience. After getting his first encouragement from his Grandma, he learned how to swing in a theme park (36 tracks), made his Broadway in Mamma Mia!, and says 'Yes' to life. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Janelle A. RobinsonExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Janelle A. Robinson
by Broadway's Backbone - Aug 17, 2016

In this episode: Janelle A. Robinson trained in opera but always had a love for musical theatre. She has cake walked to "Can't Help Loving that Man" and gave out letters in "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.' Janelle talks about being classical trained, becoming a a teacher, race relations in theater, her truth on the myths of non traditional casting, and still being miffed she didn't get cast as Maria in "Sound of Music' as child. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with KINKY BOOTS' Nathan PeckExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with KINKY BOOTS' Nathan Peck
by Broadway's Backbone - Aug 3, 2016

Kinky Boots' Nathan Peck gives an honest take on the reality of aging as a dancer, the toll injuries take on the mind (not just the body), and the sadness one feels when one just cant do what he used to. That being said, Nathan is embracing becoming a character man, loves choreography as just acting with movement, is just a natural comedian, and can still kick 171 degrees. (loosing the 19 degrees is only noticeable to him) (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with ON YOUR FEET's David BaidaExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with ON YOUR FEET's David Baida
by Broadway's Backbone - Jul 14, 2016

In this episode: On Your Feet's David Baida- If you were to combine phrases like: 'Slow and steady wins the race,' 'Don't give up on your dreams,' 'Perseverance is the key,' you'd find the career of David Baida. His story spans 20 years of not giving up, finding his creativity outside NYC and within himself, and leaving the business many times. Now he can say its because of Lin-Manuel Miranda that he's working with Gloria Estefan. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Broadway History Is Made When Bianca Marroquin Joins Jaime Camil in CHICAGO!Photo Coverage: Broadway History Is Made When Bianca Marroquin Joins Jaime Camil in CHICAGO!
by Jennifer Broski - Jul 12, 2016

Broadway history has been made! For the first time ever, two Mexican-born actors are leading a Broadway musical. Latin superstars, and long-time friends, Bianca Marroquin and Jaime Camil will appear on stage opposite each other as 'Roxie Hart' and 'Billy Flynn' for 24 performances only through Sunday, July 31st  (when Mr. Camil ends his run).  Marroquin will continue in her role through Sunday, August 21st at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St., NYC). BroadwayWorld was on hand for Marroquin's first curtain call and you can check out photos below! (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Susann FletcherExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Susann Fletcher
by Broadway's Backbone - Jul 5, 2016

In this episode: Susann Fletcher- a whore for Tommy Tune, a Stripper for Jerome Robbins, and a damsel in distress in Bloodsucking Pharoahs in Pittsburgh. She has enough career stories to fill a novel. At her emotional core she is just grateful to still be in this business with her tribe. She plans to continue to break down barriers, mentor the future, and persevere when the inner demons want to set up shop in her head. All the greatness came out of the need to correct a childhood club foot. (more...)

BWW TV: ALLEGIANCE's Darren Lee Accepts Broadway's Backbone Best Musical Ensemble Award!BWW TV: ALLEGIANCE's Darren Lee Accepts Broadway's Backbone Best Musical Ensemble Award!
by Broadway's Backbone - Jun 28, 2016

Earlier this month, BroadwayWorld announced the results for our first annual Broadway's Backbone Best Musical Ensemble Award, which went to the company of Allegiance. Darren Lee accepted the award on behalf of his cast, with the help of Broadway favorite Sean Palmer and you can check out how it all went down below! (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Elma Linz KanefieldExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Elma Linz Kanefield
by Broadway's Backbone - Jun 20, 2016

In this episode: Elma Linz Kanefield is the only exclusive psychotherapist dealing specifically with the performing artist in New York City. She created the counseling services at Juilliard 30 years ago by herself and now it thrives with ten social workers. She discusses getting unstuck, getting out of your own way, training your gut and most importantly, the need to change self-talk and the insidious thinking that prevents performers from reaching their performance potential. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Gregg BarnesExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Gregg Barnes
by Broadway's Backbone - Jun 13, 2016

In this episode: Broadway Costume Designer Gregg Barnes- In order for the ensemble to finish the storytelling, they need certain tools, and costumes are one of them.  Two-time Tony-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes treats designing the ensemble as if each member is the star of the show.  His goal isn't only to make every person on stage look beautiful, but feel beautiful. In one of the most joyful interviews, this artistic genius talks about how to communicate with the designer, how the fitting room can be part of the characters creation, and how important it is to give everyone their dignity.  (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Tripp HansonExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Tripp Hanson
by Broadway's Backbone - Jun 7, 2016

In this episode: Tripp Hanson is currently in Act 2 of his career, and he sees the possibility of there being four. Tripp started as a street performer, landed on Broadway, toured with Tommy Tune, and now is an acupuncturist with his own practice. Few people are given the arts of healing and musical theatre, but Tripp is a one of a kind creation. When asked how it feels to have left showbiz, he responded, 'I didn't leave my tribe, I just went from warrior to medicine man.' (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Scott BarnhardtExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Scott Barnhardt
by Broadway's Backbone - May 31, 2016

In this episode: Broadways Scott Barnhardt- Scott was saying "Hello" years before Adele. As a self-proclaimed theatre nerd, this Book of Mormon original cast member discusses the differences between a workshop and a lab, how to survive a bad review and dares to ask the questions, "What else is out there?"  (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Susan StromanExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Susan Stroman
by Broadway's Backbone - May 17, 2016

In this episode: Susan Stroman maybe the most awarded female director/choreographer in history, but it is her truth as an artist that has made her work ever-evolving. She deservedly has received legendary status and her contributions to the theatre are far from over. In this podcast, "Stro" shares inspiration, guidance, laughter, and reality: with  a  quantity of quotes that are mantra-worthy.  It is Stroman's love for the theatre, respect for the craft and compassion for the performer that makes her an extraordinary woman in a creative yet complicated career.  (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Sean PalmerExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Sean Palmer
by Broadway's Backbone - May 4, 2016

In this episode: Sean Palmer- Before he was Prince Eric he was swinging and dancing Fosse, Cilento, and Blankenbuehler. Sean shares how to survive a face plant, find your magic, and come to terms with when your insides don't match your outside. At the heart of the interview is a shy leading man finding his true  authentic self in a industry of judgement. ? (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with WAITRESS' Lorin LatarroExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with WAITRESS' Lorin Latarro
by Broadway's Backbone - Apr 25, 2016

In this episode: Waitress' Lorin Latarro- as choreographer of Broadway's "Waitress', Lorin is serving as her main course storytelling through movement that is organic and inventive. As an artist, her menu has included: Swing, Understudy, Ensemble, Dance Captain, and Associate Choreographer. For dessert, make sure you grab a slice of her girl power.  (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Mary Ann LambExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Mary Ann Lamb
by Broadway's Backbone - Apr 18, 2016

In this episode: Broadway's Mary Ann Lamb. If you look up the word 'powerhouse' in the dictionary, you will find a picture of Mary Ann Lamb.  She lives her life fully onstage and off, and is a prime example of how you do one thing influences how you do another. She talks about the legends she's worked with, but in the eyes of the theatre community, she herself is a legend.  (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Jeffrey SchecterExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Jeffrey Schecter
by Broadway's Backbone - Apr 11, 2016

In this episode: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Jeffrey Schecter (aka Scheky) has understudied the masters, created his own path, and worked non-stop since putting on his tap shoes. After making his big break as 'Mike' in A CHORUS LINE and gaining recognition from "Every Little Step," he is gracious and grateful that the ensemble is a home he can return to, even if just temporarily.  (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with ALLEGIANCE'S Darren LeeExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with ALLEGIANCE'S Darren Lee
by Broadway's Backbone - Apr 4, 2016

In this episode: At the next Broadway-Con they should sell a game called '6 Degrees of Darren Lee,' because he's worked with the best of the best since being a child on the original Star Search.  In this episode, Darren talks about going from featured dancer to character man, working non-stop to taking a step back, and from playing against type and dealing with racial stereotypes. At the end of the day Darren talent got him his start, but acknowledging his weaknesses and making them better is what gave him longevity.  (more...)

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