Welcome to BWW's exclusive talk show, BACKSTAGE WITH Richard Ridge. Follow Richard as he visits the theater's best and brightest in their dressing rooms, on their stages and favorite hang outs to talk about their lives, careers and all of the things you don't know, but want to know. In the special interview below, Richard welcomes Pippin princes of past and present- current leading man Kyle Dean Massey and John Rubinstein, who originated the role in 1972 and is now back playing 'Charles'. Watch as they discuss the challenges of the role, how the show has changed since the original production, and so much more. Check out the full interview below! (more...)
Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play You Can't Take It With You will begin previews on August 26, 2014, at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street), with an opening night set for September 28, 2014. The production will be directed by six-time Tony Award-nominee and Drama Desk Award winnerScott Ellis (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Twelve Angry Men, 1776) and will play a limited run for 19 weeks only. Tickets are on sale by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting Telecharge.com.
The company met the press yesterday and BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was on hand for interviews with the whole gang. Check out what they had to say about bringing the play back to Broadway below! (more...)
DRG Records just kicked off the release of Gerard Alessandrini's Forbidden Broadway: Comes Out Swinging! (2014 Un-Original Cast Album), produced by Grammy Award winner Hugh Fordin, yesterday at Barnes & Noble (150 East 86 Street). The cast along with writer/creator and director Gerard Alessandrini and longtime Forbidden Broadway illustrator and CD cover artist Ken Fallin, were on hand to sign the CD and for performances. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from inside the big event below! (more...)
Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story, a new musical based on the life and songs of legendary songwriter Bert Berns, produced by Merged Work Productions (lead producers) and Jack Thomas(Executive Producer), opened last night, July 21, 2014, at the The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center. BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was on hand for the festivities and you can check out what the full gang had to say after the curtain went down below! (more...)
Camp Broadway's Original Summer Program for theater-loving kids, ages 10-17, kicked off last week and just concluded on Friday, July 18, 2014. The week-long program immerses campers in an authentic Broadway rehearsal process that culminated in a Family Finale presentation yesterday. Inspired by Broadway's cherished works and steeped in its grand traditions, Camp Broadway is designed to build confidence, inspire creative expression, and instill well-being in both aspiring artists and future audiences.
BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was on hand for this year's finale and you can check out highlights from the special event below! (more...)
Holler If Ya Hear Me, written by Todd Kreidler and directed by Kenny Leon, plays its final Broadway performance today after 30 performances. The Tupac inspired musical originally opened on June 19 at the Palace Theatre. (more...)
BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge spoke with Stritch at one of her last red carpet appearances in February, to celebrate the NYC premiere of her documentary Elaine Stritch: SHOOT ME. You can check out Stritch's interview below. (more...)
After a sold-out benefit run for BC/EFA this February, PAGEANT - THE MUSICAL returns in a limited Off-Broadway engagement at The Davenport Theatre (354 West 45th Street). The show officially opened last night, July 14, 2014. The cast of tiara-crazed beauties includes Nick Cearley ('The Skivvies'),Nic Cory (Signs of Life), Alex Ringler (West Side Story), Marty Thomas (Wicked, Xanadu),Seth Tucker (Our Kiki), and Curtis Wiley (Motown), with John Bolton (A Christmas Story, 'Gossip Girl') as the host. BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was on hand for the opening night festivities and you can check out interviews with the full company below! (more...)
The new production of Scott Organ's play PHOENIX, starring Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Julia Stiles and James Wirt, begins performances at the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street) Monday, July 28. Presented by Nicholas Jabbour, PHOENIX will play a limited engagement through Saturday, August 23, and is produced by Poverty Row Entertainment, Rian Patrick Durhamand Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, by special arrangement with The Cherry Lane Theatre.
The company met the press just yesterday and BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was there to chat with the gang about the new play. Check out what Stiles, Wirt, and Delia had to say below! (more...)
The longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Harold Prince, has again made theater history, reaching the unprecedented milestone of 11,000 performances. A feat achieved by no other Broadway show, the 11,000th performance was celebrated last night at the Majestic Theatre, and BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was on hand to catch the special curtain call and backstage celebration with the company. Check out what Norm Lewis, Sierra Boggess and more had to say on the big night below! (more...)
As BroadwayWorld announced just last week, BroadwayWorld's longtime TV host, Richard Ridge married his partner of 37 years, Preston Ridge in a small and private ceremony on Wednesday morning. Here's to many happy years of health, love and happiness. Prior to his long tenure with BroadwayWorld.com, Ridge toured the world as a performer and hosted the popular television program Broadway Beat.
We are excited to bring you photos from inside the ceremony below! (more...)
Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Broadway World have partnered for an filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the union actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. The most recent conversation featured 2014 Tony nominee Estelle Parsons, who most recently starred on Broadway in The Velocity of Autumn, moderated by BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge. Check out the full interview below! (more...)
Producers Scott Sanders and Wynton Marsalis brought us After Midnight, directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle and featuring the big-band sounds of nine-time Grammy Award-winner Wynton Marsalis' Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars. After 273 performances, After Midnight is closing today. Below, BroadwayWorld takes you back through After Midnight's beginnings on Broadway! (more...)
Casa Valentina, the new play by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, closes today, June 29, 2014, after having played 79 performances. Below, BroadwayWorld takes you back through Casa Valentina's beginnings on Broadway! (more...)
All the Way, the new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, starring Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, directed by Bill Rauch, closes on Broadway today, June 28, 2014, after playing a total of 131 and recouping its initial capitalization. Below, BroadwayWorld takes you back through All the Way's beginnings on Broadway! (more...)
BroadwayWorld.com couldn't be more excited today to extend our extra-special congratulations this morning to longtime TV host, Richard Ridge who married his partner of 37 years, Preston Ridge in a small and private ceremony this morning. (more...)