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BWW Interviews: Ali Ewoldt Embodies 'Maria' in WEST SIDE STORYBWW Interviews: Ali Ewoldt Embodies 'Maria' in WEST SIDE STORY
by Michael L. Quintos - Sep 6, 2011

Ali Ewoldt, the standout star of the on-going national tour of the latest Broadway revival of WEST SIDE STORY, wanted to really follow her dreams. Though always drawn to musical theater all her life, she decided to graduate from Yale with a degree in Psychology, thinking it was a 'safer' bet than to pursue a life in the theater. But her dreams proved to powerful to ignore, prompting her to take on musicals full-tilt, culminating in her Broadway debut as Cosette in LES MISERABLES. Now she's wowing audiences across America with her take on Maria, in the smash hit revival of WEST SIDE STORY, now playing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County, CA through September 18. Before landing in Costa Mesa with the tour, Ewoldt chatted with BroadwayWorld's Michael Lawrence Quintos to talk about her early theater experiences and working with the late Arthur Laurents. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2013

Mary J. Davis will present DISASTER! written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, at St. Luke's Theatre starting on October 14, opening Monday, November 4. DISASTER! is a musical based on 1970's disaster movies with a score consisting of 1970's pop, rock and disco hit songs. Directed by Jack Plotnick, choreographed by Denis Jones and music direction by Larry Pressgrove. Disaster! previously ran in 2012. (more...)

Broadway Bullet Interview: Ahrens and FlahertyBroadway Bullet Interview: Ahrens and Flaherty
by Michael Gilboe - Oct 28, 2007

ONE OF THE GREATEST musical theatre teams fo the modern theatre, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, have amassed a hug canon of songs and shows knownt he world over. They drop by to talk to us about their new show, The Glorious Ones, now playing at Lincoln Center at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. The team informs us of where they get their ideas, how they write, and the hardest hitting question: who comes first... Ahrens or Flaherty? (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Mary Testa and More in DISASTER!Photo Flash: First Look at Mary Testa and More in DISASTER!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2013

DISASTER!, a 1970's disaster movie musical written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick began previews Off-Broadway on Monday, October 14th at the St. Luke's Theatre (308 W. 46th Street). Directed by Mr. Plotnick, with choreography by Denis Jones, DISASTER! is a hilarious send up of the disaster movie genre featuring some favorite songs from the '70s. Opening night is Monday November 4th. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Two Brother Duos Set for Arena Stage's MAURICE HINES IS TAPPIN' THRU LIFE; Full Cast Announced!Two Brother Duos Set for Arena Stage's MAURICE HINES IS TAPPIN' THRU LIFE; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2013

Lifelong performer and Tony Award nominee Maurice Hines (Broadway's Sophisticated Ladies and Eubie!) captivates audiences with stories, songs and smooth choreography for his return to Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater with Maurice Hines is Tappin' Thru Life. Under the direction of Tony Award nominee Jeff Calhoun (Broadway's Newsies and Grey Gardens), Hines, who started performing at five years old, brings the history of American tap to life and pays tribute to his brother Gregory and the singers who inspired him, from Frank Sinatra to Lena Horne. A co-production with Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff and Cleveland Play House, Maurice Hines is Tappin' Thru Life runs November 15-December 29, 2013 in the Kreeger Theater. (more...)

Jason Robert Brown's 13 Coming to the Big Screen?Jason Robert Brown's 13 Coming to the Big Screen?
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2013

Composer Jason Robert Brown has a lot on his plate, with Honeymoon in Vegas currently playing at Paper Mill Playhouse and The Bridges of Madison County coming to Broadway in early 2014, and even more is coming soon. Brown revealed in a recent radio interview with David Kenney that his 2008 musical 13 is heading to the big screen. (more...)

Haven Burton, John Treacy Egan & Robb Sapp Board DISASTER!; Performances Begin. 10/14 at St. Luke's TheatreHaven Burton, John Treacy Egan & Robb Sapp Board DISASTER!; Performances Begin. 10/14 at St. Luke's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2013

Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick's musical DISASTER! presented by Mary J. Davis, proudly announces its full cast. Written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, DISASTER! will be directed by Jack Plotnick, choreographed by Denis Jones and music direction by Larry Pressgrove. Playing at St. Luke's Theatre, DISASTER! will begin performances on October 14, opening Monday, November 4. Tickets are: $49.50-$79.50 (previews - $39.50-$69.50) and can be purchased at www.DisasterMusical.com (more...)

BWW TV: In Rehearsal with Seth Rudetsky and the Cast of DISASTER!BWW TV: In Rehearsal with Seth Rudetsky and the Cast of DISASTER!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 14, 2013

Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick's musical Disaster! written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, will be directed by Jack Plotnick, choreographed by Denis Jones and music direction by Larry Pressgrove. Playing at St. Luke's Theatre, Disaster! will begin performances tonight, October 14, opening Monday, November 4. Tickets are: $49.50-$79.50 (previews - $39.50-$69.50) and can be purchased at www.DisasterMusical.com. The cast met the press last week and you can check out performance highlights below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Cast of DISASTER! Meets the Press!Photo Coverage: Cast of DISASTER! Meets the Press!
by Walter McBride - Oct 14, 2013

Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick's musical Disaster! written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, will be directed by Jack Plotnick, choreographed by Denis Jones and music direction by Larry Pressgrove. Playing at St. Luke's Theatre, Disaster! will begin performances tonight, October 14, opening Monday, November 4. Tickets are: $49.50-$79.50 (previews - $39.50-$69.50) and can be purchased atwww.DisasterMusical.com. The cast met the press last week and you can check out complete photo coverage below! (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2013

Mary J. Davis presents DISASTER!, written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, at St. Luke's Theatre beginning today, October 14, and opening Monday, November 4. DISASTER! is a musical based on 1970's disaster movies with a score consisting of 1970's pop, rock and disco hit songs. Directed by Jack Plotnick, choreographed by Denis Jones and music direction by Larry Pressgrove. Disaster! previously ran in 2012. For more information, visit www.disastermusical.com. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Capital City Men's Chorus Talks IT GETS BETTER and Their 25th Anniversary SeasonBWW Interviews: Capital City Men's Chorus Talks IT GETS BETTER and Their 25th Anniversary Season
by Jeff Davis - Oct 14, 2013

Capital City Men's Chorus, an outstanding staple of Austin's gay community, kicks off their 25th Anniversary Season tonight with a special Fall Benefit Concert. BroadwayWorld recently sat down with Jeffrey Jones-Ragona, the choir's Artistic Director, as well as members David Nielsen and Jimmy Hickey to discuss the choir's history, their recent involvement in the It Gets Better Project, and the camaraderie that comes from singing with 50 other voices. (more...)

FREEZE FRAME: Cast of DISASTER! Meets the PressFREEZE FRAME: Cast of DISASTER! Meets the Press
by Walter McBride - Oct 10, 2013

Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick's musical DISASTER! written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, will be directed by Jack Plotnick, choreographed by Denis Jones and music direction by Larry Pressgrove. Playing at St. Luke's Theatre, DISASTER! will begin performances on October 14, opening Monday, November 4. Tickets are: $49.50-$79.50 (previews - $39.50-$69.50) and can be purchased at www.DisasterMusical.com. The cast met the press earlier today and you can check out a photo preview below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: DISASTER! Cast Takes Opening Night Bows!Photo Coverage: DISASTER! Cast Takes Opening Night Bows!
by Walter McBride - Nov 5, 2013

Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick's musical Disaster! written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, is directed by Jack Plotnick, choreographed by Denis Jones and music direction by Larry Pressgrove. Playing at St. Luke's Theatre, Disaster! just opened last night, November 4. Tickets are: $49.50-$79.50 (previews - $39.50-$69.50) and can be purchased atwww.DisasterMusical.com. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the curtain call below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Tina Fey, Brian d'Arcy James & More Donate to BC/EFA at DISASTER! OpeningPhoto Coverage: Tina Fey, Brian d'Arcy James & More Donate to BC/EFA at DISASTER! Opening
by Walter McBride - Nov 5, 2013

Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick's musical Disaster! written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, is directed by Jack Plotnick, choreographed by Denis Jones and music direction by Larry Pressgrove. Playing at St. Luke's Theatre, Disaster! just opened last night, November 4. Tickets are: $49.50-$79.50 and can be purchased at www.DisasterMusical.com. After the show, the opening night guests opened their pocketbooks to donate to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. BroadwayWorld brings you photos below! (more...)

BWW EXCLUSIVE: Alan Menken Talks TANGLED, SISTER ACT, LEAP OF FAITH, HUNCHBACK, ALADDIN & MoreBWW EXCLUSIVE: Alan Menken Talks TANGLED, SISTER ACT, LEAP OF FAITH, HUNCHBACK, ALADDIN & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Nov 15, 2010

This weekend I spoke to multi-Academy Award-winning composer and Broadway tunesmith Alan Menken about everything from his early stage work with lyricist and director Howard Ashman on LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS to their tenure virtually re-inventing the movie musical with their string of stirring scores for Disney animated films starting with THE LITTLE MERMAID in 1989, through to BEAUTY & THE BEAST, ALADDIN and, following Ashman's death, working with Stephen Schwartz on THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, POCAHANTAS and, most recently, ENCHANTED. Menken has also participated in adapting almost all of those projects to the stage in the intervening years, oftentimes composing several new songs. His newest stage projects to reach Broadway will be this season's SISTER ACT and the recent out of town tryout eyeing Broadway, LEAP OF FAITH. In this exciting conversation, we touch upon nearly all of these projects, plus discuss casting possibilities for his new Broadway shows and the projects on the horizon - among them, stage adaptations of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, NEWSIES and ALADDIN - and, at some point soon, ENCHANTED 2! Plus, will Angela Lansbury reunite with her BEAUTY & THE BEAST Academy Award-garnering collaborator to do SISTER ACT on Broadway? Over the course of our discussion, the Mouse Maestro - this melodic mastermind known as Menken - proved himself to be as easily enjoyable and affably likeable as his many multi-award-winning melodies for those marvelous film and stage musicals - for many of us born in the eighties, our very first introduction to musical theatre. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Scott RC Levy, Max Ferguson and Cory Moosman Discuss Fine Arts Center's THE DROWSY CHAPERONEBWW Interviews: Scott RC Levy, Max Ferguson and Cory Moosman Discuss Fine Arts Center's THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
by Christi Esterle - May 9, 2013

Starting today, the Fine Arts Center is delivering a love letter to musical comedy with The Drowsy Chaperone, a show the New York Times praised as 'a revved-up spoof of a 1920s song-and-dance frolic.' At a recent dress rehearsal I was able to sit down with several members of the cast and crew, beginning with Scott RC Levy, director of the Fine Arts Center who is making his Colorado acting debut as Man in Chair, the character guides the audience through the cast recording of the titular Jazz Age musical. (more...)

HANKS ON HEALTH: Why Women Athletes Are More Prone to Knee Injuries--And How to Avoid ThemHANKS ON HEALTH: Why Women Athletes Are More Prone to Knee Injuries--And How to Avoid Them
by Stephen Hanks - May 7, 2013

Studies have shown that female athletes are more likely to damage their knee joint than their male counterparts. Here are the reasons why, and how active women of any age can attempt to keep serious knee injuries at bay. (more...)

Knock On Wood: One Man's Saga of War and Friendship
by Kerrie Smith - May 25, 2005

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An Interview with Jenna Leigh Green of 'Bare'An Interview with Jenna Leigh Green of 'Bare'
by Robert Diamond - May 14, 2004

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Jenna Leigh Green, known to many in the general public from her TV and film work, but she's most known these days, especially to New York theater audiences as Ivy, star of the Off-Broadway hit, 'Bare: A Pop Opera.' (more...)

 Library of Congress Hosts Events Celebrating Careers of Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine, 3/23 Library of Congress Hosts Events Celebrating Careers of Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine, 3/23
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2013

In conjunction with its exhibition "Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine: Two Kids from Brooklyn," the Library of Congress will present events on Saturday, March 23, focusing on the versatile entertainers. (more...)

"Cats" Eye View of Acting on the Road"Cats" Eye View of Acting on the Road
by James Howard - Mar 14, 2007

An interview with two of the stars of the 25th Anniversary Tour of Cats, now at DC's Warner Theatre through March 18th. (more...)

Select Seating For ALADDIN World Premiere Now AvailableSelect Seating For ALADDIN World Premiere Now Available
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 6, 2013

Select seating for the world premiere musical stage production of Disney's classic animated film ALADDIN has now been made available byway of special subscription packages for the tuner, with 20% discounted seats as well as early bird discounts available through June 30. (more...)

BWW Blogs: 'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for June 30th, 2010BWW Blogs: 'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for June 30th, 2010
by Paul W. Thompson - Jun 30, 2010

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Broadway In Chicago, 'Little Shop Of Horrors,' 'Nothing But The Blues,' 'Aida,' Jeff Bouthiette, more.... (more...)

BWW Interviews: Actor Stephen Anthony Bids Bon Voyage to CATCH ME IF YOU CAN TourBWW Interviews: Actor Stephen Anthony Bids Bon Voyage to CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Tour
by Michael L. Quintos - Jun 25, 2013

If you're one of the many people who have already caught a glimpse of CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: THE MUSICAL, the Broadway stage adaptation of Frank Abagnale, Jr.'s real-life adventures that has been touring the country since October of last year, then you would have no doubt sat up and took notice of the charming young man at the center of the show. That would be fresh-faced Stephen Anthony, whose impressive performance in the show was one of its most entertaining assets, introducing audiences to a brand new rising musical theater star we should all look out for in bigger and better things in the near future. But before the national tour plays its final-ever shows in Costa Mesa this week, Anthony agreed to answer a few silly questions from BroadwayWorld's Michael Lawrence Quintos. (more...)

Interview with Las Vegas Phantom Star Anthony CrivelloInterview with Las Vegas Phantom Star Anthony Crivello
by Stephanie Bossy - Jun 23, 2007

Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular's Anthony Crivello discusses life under the chandelier as the star of one of the theatre world's biggest hits! (more...)

Paramount Home Media Celebrates THE DANNY KAYE CENTENNIAL w/ Classic Films on iTunesParamount Home Media Celebrates THE DANNY KAYE CENTENNIAL w/ Classic Films on iTunes
by Movies News Desk - Jun 14, 2013

Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) announced today that four beloved films starring the incomparable Danny Kaye are available on iTunes for the first time ever in celebration of The Danny Kaye Centennial. (more...)

Photo Flash: DONNY & MARIE Light Up Toronto Skyline...Photo Flash: DONNY & MARIE Light Up Toronto Skyline...
by BWW - Jul 8, 2011

Toronto certainly has its share of 'headliners' this summer. Just this week, Hugh Jackman opened his one-man show at The Princess of Wales Theatre and Donny & Marie opened their two-week stint at the Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre, which is beautiful new venue that houses opera and ballets and has five tiers. Later this summer, Colm Wilkinson will be playing the same venue, in concert. (more...)

BWW Interviews:  JERSEY BOYS' Jason KappusBWW Interviews: JERSEY BOYS' Jason Kappus
by Heidi Scheuermann - Jan 7, 2013

Coming to the Mahalia Jackson Theater on January 8 is the national tour of the hit show JERSEY BOYS, which allows audiences a close up look at Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons' rise to stardom. The show features hit songs "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," and "Walk Like a Man." I recently spoke with Jason Kappus, who plays Four Seasons member Bob Gaudio, about the show, the music, and life on tour. (more...)

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Barrett Foa - from Dalton to Avenue QBarrett Foa - from Dalton to Avenue Q
by Craig Brockman - Feb 22, 2004

Barrett Foa, who understudies Rod/Princeton in Avenue Q already has some quite an intriguing list of roles to his credit. In the following interview, Barrett shares his thoughts on workshops, concerts, and his experience joing the Avenue Q family! (more...)


by Adrienne Onofri - Dec 19, 2007

Venturing out of the chorus, André has had a lead in 'Pippin' regionally and a featured role in an ABC soap storyline. (more...)

Memphis Music Fest to Bring Southern Funk & Soul to The Granada Theatre, 8/23Memphis Music Fest to Bring Southern Funk & Soul to The Granada Theatre, 8/23
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2013

The Granada Theatre will welcome the Memphis Music Fest to Santa Barbara on August 23, kicking off the 2013/2014 Granada Theatre Concert Series. This collaboration of Memphis' legendary names in funk, soul, and R&B promises to be an unforgettable night of musical talent. The Memphis Music Fest is a brilliant fusion of the sounds of Southern soul, featuring Booker T. Jones, The Bar-kays, William Bell, Jean Knight, and Eddie Floyd. (more...)

THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- Ryan Steele!THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- Ryan Steele!
by BWW - Aug 31, 2012

In this week's edition, we caught up with Ryan Steele, who is starring as 'Specs' in NEWSIES- currently playing at the Nederlander Theatre! (more...)

Exclusive Scoop! Disney's ALADDIN Set To Begin Broadway Previews 2/26; New Artwork & Opening InfoExclusive Scoop! Disney's ALADDIN Set To Begin Broadway Previews 2/26; New Artwork & Opening Info
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 29, 2013

BroadwayWorld is thrilled to confirm world exclusive news about the new stage adaptation of Disney's beloved modern animated classic ALADDIN including a first chance to check out the new musical as it premieres on Broadway this March. (more...)

SOUND OFF Special Interview: Robert Cuccioli At Feinstein'sSOUND OFF Special Interview: Robert Cuccioli At Feinstein's
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 28, 2011

Though most well-known to Broadway babies for his starring role in the original Broadway production of Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse's JEKYLL & HYDE, over the last few decades Robert Cuccioli has carved out quite a career for himself as a performer of considerable range, as his resume amply evidences: from LES MISERABLES and CAMELOT in the 80s and early 90s, to Maury Yeston's PHANTOM and the original Off-Broadway production of the Susan Stroman-directed Kander & Ebb revue AND THE WORLD GOES ROUND, as well as Woody Allen's CELEBRITY starring Kenneth Branagh, to JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS as well as a string of Shakespeare roles in the 00s, all the way up to today and his participation in three brand new original musicals - in between rehearsing Iago for an upcoming production of OTHELLO, of course - including: Bruce Hornsby's SCKBSTD, CUTMAN: THE BOXING MUSICAL, and his own solo show, A STANDARD LOVE. Discussing many aspects of these enterprises and much more - and even a comment or two on LONE STAR LOVE and the Quaids' shenanigans - Cuccioli also shares all about his upcoming appearance at Feinstein's in BROADWAY LIVE! and what we can expect from him on Monday night, as well as in the future, near and far - with his long-awaited solo album of romantic standards included! (more...)

Memphis Music Fest Brings Southern Funk & Soul to The Granada Theatre TonightMemphis Music Fest Brings Southern Funk & Soul to The Granada Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2013

The Granada Theatre will welcome the Memphis Music Fest to Santa Barbara tonight, August 23, kicking off the 2013/2014 Granada Theatre Concert Series. This collaboration of Memphis' legendary names in funk, soul, and R&B promises to be an unforgettable night of musical talent. The Memphis Music Fest is a brilliant fusion of the sounds of Southern soul, featuring Booker T. Jones, The Bar-kays, William Bell, Jean Knight, and Eddie Floyd. (more...)

Museum of the Moving Image Celebrates Danny Kaye, 4/27Museum of the Moving Image Celebrates Danny Kaye, 4/27
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2013

Danny Kaye (1913-1987) was one of the most versatile, charismatic, and beloved entertainers of the 20th century. Museum of the Moving Image will present a special centennial tribute hosted by Dena Kaye, Danny Kaye's daughter, on Sunday, April 27, 2013, at 2:00 p.m.The program will begin with a jam-packed, breathtaking 28-minute compilation "The Genius of Danny Kaye," with highlights from his remarkable career, followed by a conversation with Dena Kaye moderated by Chief Curator David Schwartz. Afterwards, the Museum will present a rare screening of Knock on Wood, which may be the best screen showcase for Kaye's many talents. (more...)

Jen Cody, Hunter Foster and Deven May talk about SNOOPY! benefit set for Monday, April 12th
by Craig Brockman - Apr 9, 2004

This Monday, April 12th, several of Broadway's finest will take to the stage at Symphony Space on the upper west side for a concert version of SNOOPY! The Musical. The event will benefit the Pied Piper Children's Theatre. I recently sat down with Jen Cody, Hunter Foster and Deven May to talk about their involvement in Monday's concert. (more...)

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