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Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Todd AndersonExclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Todd Anderson
by Broadway's Backbone - Dec 7, 2016

In this episode: Todd Anderson began is career with Twyla Tharp, made his Broadway debut with Hugh Jackman, and then went on to cover 36 tracks in 4 different companies as Wicked's universal swing. He grew up in Texas in the 80s when being 'different' wasn't always easy. With the mantra of 'I just never thought I couldn't,' he pounded the pavement, dancing with the skill of finding his quiet place to survive the concrete jungle. (more...)

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...)

GREASE LIVE's Jordan Fisher to Make Broadway Debut in HAMILTON; Anthony Ramos to Depart Next MonthGREASE LIVE's Jordan Fisher to Make Broadway Debut in HAMILTON; Anthony Ramos to Depart Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

Actor and Hollywood Records recording artist, Jordan Fisher will make his Broadway debut in Hamilton when he begins performances as John Laurens and Philip Hamilton on Tuesday, November 22. (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...)

Christopher Jackson Will Perform in HAMILTON One Last Time This Fall; Future MISS SAIGON Star Nicholas Christopher to Take OverChristopher Jackson Will Perform in HAMILTON One Last Time This Fall; Future MISS SAIGON Star Nicholas Christopher to Take Over
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

Tony Award nominee Christopher Jackson will play George Washington in the Broadway production of HAMILTON one last time on Sunday, November 13. Jackson is currently filming CBS-TV's 'Bull' and has recorded an original song written by Lin-Manuel Miranda for the new Disney film Moana in theaters this November. Mr. Jackson originated the role of George Washington and has played the role in HAMILTON since the musical began performances last year at the Public Theater. (more...)

Bob Dylan Named Recipient of Nobel Prize in Literature for Creating 'New Poetic Expressions'Bob Dylan Named Recipient of Nobel Prize in Literature for Creating 'New Poetic Expressions'
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

Legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has won the Nobel Prize in Literature 'for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.' Dylan is the first American to win the esteemed prize since Toni Morrison in 1993. (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...)

Photo Flash: Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Miller & Tysen and More Sign TUCK EVERLASTING Album at Barnes & NoblePhoto Flash: Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Miller & Tysen and More Sign TUCK EVERLASTING Album at Barnes & Noble
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

Celebrating the release of the original Broadway Cast Recording of TUCK EVERLASTING, cast members Andrew Keenan Bolger, Michael Parkand Michael Wartella joined composer Chris Miller, lyricist Nathan Tysen and co-bookwriter Tim Federle for a three-song performance, discussion and signing at the Barnes and Noble at 86th & Lexington Ave (150 East 86th Street, New York, NY 10028) earlier this month. BroadwayWorld has photos from the event below! (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...)

Celebrate TUCK EVERLASTING Album Release with Cast, Creators at Barnes & Noble 7/14Celebrate TUCK EVERLASTING Album Release with Cast, Creators at Barnes & Noble 7/14
by Contests - Broadway - Jul 8, 2016

Celebrating the release of the original Broadway Cast Recording of TUCK EVERLASTING, cast members Andrew Keenan Bolger, Michael Park and Michael Wartella join composer Chris Miller, lyricist Nathan Tysen and co-bookwriter Tim Federle for a three-song performance, discussion and signing. *This is a wristbanded event. Priority seating with CD purchase from B&N Upper East. Participants subject to change. (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...)

BWW Flashback: TUCK EVERLASTING Concludes Broadway Run TodayBWW Flashback: TUCK EVERLASTING Concludes Broadway Run Today
by BWW Special Coverage - May 29, 2016

TUCK EVERLASTING plays its final performance today, Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 7:30pm after playing 28 previews and 39 regular performances at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre (235 W. 44th St.).TUCK EVERLASTING began previews March 31 and officially opened on April 26, 2016. BroadwayWorld brings you a look back at TUCK EVERLASTING's journey on Broadway! (more...)

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