Backstage with Richard Ridge: GREAT COMET Bad Boy Lucas Steele Talks the Evolution of Anatole
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - March 5, 2017
In the opening song of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, audiences quickly learn that Anatole (who spends his money on women and wine) is hot. When Lucas Steele hits the stage at the Imperial Theatre, however, he brings a lot more depth to a character that he not only created, but has been playing in various incarnations over the past five years. Below, watch as Richard Ridge checks in with Steele about the evolution of Anatole, his relationship with his costars, and so much more! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Broadway's Newest Stars, Michael Xavier & Siobhan Dillon, Talk Navigating SUNSET BOULEVARD
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - February 26, 2017
Two of Broadway's newest stars come straight from the West End, where they've been navigating the twisting, frenzied SUNSET BOULEVARD, which opened earlier this month at the Palace Theatre. Michael Xavier and Siobhan Dillon, who star opposite Glenn Close in her triumphant return to the musical, met with Richard Ridge to open up about their famous co-star, their relationship on stage, and so much more! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: From Sarah Brown to Lady Day- SAG Nominee Audra McDonald Shares Stories of Her Legendary Career
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - January 29, 2017
She won your heart as Lottie Gee, Billie Holliday, and Bess (and that's been just the past few years). Audra McDonald has grown to be perhaps the greatest talent of this generation of live theatre- and she has six Tony Awards to prove it. From Ragtime to Macbeth, Carousel to A Raisin in the Sun, watch below as Richard Ridge chats with the 2017 SAG nominee as a part of SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Conversations series. (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: It's His Story- Chazz Palminteri Explains the Evolution of A BRONX TALE
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - December 28, 2016
Every night at the Longacre Theatre, the cast of A BRONX TALE tells his story. Chazz Palminteri has made a musical out of his epic story, and earlier this fall it landed on Broadway. Below, watch as Chazz explains the evoulution of the show to BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge as a part of SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations Q&A series. (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: How Do You Make a Live TV Musical? Insiders Tell All!
by BroadwayWorld TV - December 26, 2016
Marrying the most thrilling aspects of stage and screen, the recent resurgence of networks broadcasting live musicals has invigorated prime time 'appointment viewing' or 'event television.' (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Liev Schreiber Opens Up About His Double Life on Stage and Screen
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - December 10, 2016
Whether you've caught him onstage at the Booth Theatre or tune in on Sunday nights to watch him on Showtime, Liev Schreiber is everywhere this season. Below, watch as the stage and screen veteran chats about his current projects, how he got started in the business, and so much more! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Lonny Price Opens Up About the Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened
by BroadwayWorld TV - November 26, 2016
One of the truly legendary musicals in the history of Broadway, Merrily We Roll Along opened to enormous fanfare in 1981, and closed after sixteen performances. For the first time, Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened draws back the curtain on the extraordinary drama of the show's creation - and tells the stories of the hopeful young performers whose lives were transformed by it. Directed by Lonny Price, a member of the original cast, the film is a bittersweet meditation on the choices we all make, and the often unexpected consequences of those choices -- through success and failure. Featuring exclusive appearances by Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince, Jason Alexander, Mandy Patinkin, Adam Guettel, Frank Rich and the original Broadway cast of Merrily We Roll Along. Below, Richard Ridge chats with Price about his journey with the musical, the creation of the documentary, and so much more! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: The Final Frankie- JERSEY BOYS' Mark Ballas Brings His Act to Broadway!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - November 13, 2016
On Sunday, January 15, 2017, Tony, Grammy & Olivier Award-Winning Best Musical Jersey Boys will end its record-breaking, 11-year run after 4,642 performances at the August Wilson Theatre. Who better to conclude the show's epic run than renaissance man Mark Ballas, who is making his Broadway debut as Frankie Valli. Below, watch as the 'Dancing with the Stars' superstar updates us on life at the August Wilson so far! (more...)
THEN AND NOW: Welcome Back to Falsettoland with the Original Broadway Cast- Passing the Torch
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - September 16, 2016
BroadwayWorld has reunited the original cast (Michael Rupert, Stephen Borgardus, Carolee Carmello, Heather MacRae, Chip Zien and Jonathan Kaplan) to reminisce about all things Falsettos. In Part 3, watch as they chat about passing the torch to a new generation of performers and share advice for the new Broadway company. (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Mueller, Gehling & Ushkowitz Are Opening Up About Mishaps, Mayhem & Memories at WAITRESS!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - September 11, 2016
Five months into its Broadway run and WAITRESS is still going strong, selling out the pie-scented Brooks Atkinson Theatre on a nightly basis. Audiences have made their love for the show known, but they're not the the only ones who remain in awe of Sara Bareilles' first musical. Below, Jessie Mueller, Drew Gehling and Jenna Ushkowitz are updating us on life backstage at WAITRESS. It's not a bad idea to check out the full interview below! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: The Bechdel's Bid Farewell to Maple Avenue as the Cast of FUN HOME Recalls Favorite Broadway Memories
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - August 27, 2016
On September 10, the Bechdel family will move out of the Fun Home (or the Circle in the Square Theatre), when the the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning Best Musical, plays its final performance on Broadway. Before the doors close for good, however, BroadwayWorld brought the family together one last time to reminisce about some of the show's most amazing moments. Watch below as Richard Ridge chats with Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn, Beth Malone, and Emily Skeggs! (more...)
BWW Tonys Special: Hangin' with the Humans of THE HUMANS- Tony Nominees Reed Birney & Jayne Houdyshell!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - June 6, 2016
Jayne Houdyshell and Reed Birney play husband and wife onstage- Erik and Deirdre Blake in Stephen Karam's The Humans. The play, which originated at the Roundabout Theatre Company last year, earned six Tony nominations, including nods for the duo (Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Featured Role in a Play). Before the big day, they checked in with BroadwayWorld to tell us all about how they're holding up! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee David Rockwell Takes Us Inside the Mind of a Broadway Scenic Designer
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - May 29, 2016
The world that scenic designer David Rockwell has created in Roundabout Theatre Company' revival of SHE LOVES ME is nothing short of lovely. The musical, for which he was recently nominated for a Tony Award, marks his twentieth Broadway show and third of this theatre season. So how did he bring this one to life? What's as he explains to Richard Ridge! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: From BLACKBIRD to THE NEWSROOM - Tony Nominee Jeff Daniels Shares Advice for Actors!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 22, 2016
It's undeniable that Jeff Daniels' career has been a varied one. From his Emmy-winning role on Aaron Sorkin's THE NEWSROOM to one half of the comedy duo behind DUMB AND DUMBER, the stage and screen star has proven his versatility time and time again. Now he's back on Broadway in a role that has proven to be his most grueling yet. (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: What's Not to Love About SHE LOVES ME's Benanti, Krakowski, Levi & Creel?
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - May 2, 2016
What's not to love about the four leads of Roundabout Theatre Company's glorious revival of SHE LOVES ME? Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, Jane Krakowski and Gavin Creel just took part in SAG-AFTRA Foundation and BroadwayWorld.com's Conversations Q&A series, celebrating the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. Below, watch as the costars dish on what happens on and offstage at Studio 54! (more...)
BWW TV Exclusive: Backstage with Richard Ridge, featuring the Great David Tennant!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - April 10, 2016
He's played everything from Hamlet to Doctor Who; from Barty Crouch Jr. to Zebediah Kilgrave. Now he's taking on one of Shakespeare's greatest characters, and he's doing it right here in New York City, David Tennant is currently making his US stage debut in BAM's sold out run of Richard II, as a part of the King & Country: Shakespeare's Great Cycle Of Kings series. (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Broadway's Reigning Funny Lady Faith Prince is Back in Action in DIASTER!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - April 3, 2016
She has already taken on some of musical theatre's funniest characters- Adelaide, Audrey, Miss Hannigan... and the list goes on. Now she's back in action at the Nederlander Theatre as a part of the gut-busting DISASTER! ensemble. In the show, Tony winner Faith Prince plays Shirley, an ailing 70s housewife who finds herself in the middle of a series of earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos aboard the Barracuda casino and discotheque. In this latest episode of Backstage with Richard Ridge, Prince reveals why she is having the time of her life in the new show, plus watch as she tells stories of some of her iconic past roles! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: NOISES OFF's Megan Hilty is Back and Better than Ever!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - February 20, 2016
You might know her as Ivy Lynn, Doralee, or even Glinda, but this season she's all about Brooke Ashton. Broadway and television star Megan Hilty is currently starring in Roundabout's hilarious revival of Noises Off, portraying a role that she admits she never thought she'd play. Below, watch as Richard Ridge chats with Megan about the play, her personal life, and career highlights! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge- Broadway Legend Joel Grey Tells All About MASTER OF CEREMONIES and His Life on Stage
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - February 13, 2016
You know Joel Grey from his countless performances in such beloved Broadway shows as Cabaret, Chicago, George M, and Wicked, and at the ripe age of 83, he has another trick up his sleeve. On February 16, Flatiron Books releases his memoir- 'Master of Ceremonies.' Below, watch as Richard Ridge visits Grey in his New York City home to chat about the book and some of the highlights of his spectacular career on the stage. (more...)
2015 Flashback: A Year's Advice from the Stars
by BWW Special Coverage - December 31, 2015
At the end of every 'backstage' interview, BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge asks his guest, 'What is the best bit of advice that you've been given that you still live by?' Below, we've rounded up all the sage responses from the stars of 2015! (more...)
BWW TV: What Happens When GYPSY Meets Honey Boo Boo? Find Out Backstage with the Company of RUTHLESS!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - December 23, 2015
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 at their favorite hang outs to talk about their lives, careers and all of the things you don't know, but want to know. In this special edition, Richard welcomes the current company of off-Broadway's RUTHLESS!, including creators Marvin Laird and Joel Paley, plus cast members Kim Maresca, Rita McKenzie, Andrea McCullough, Jennifer Diamond, Tori Murray and Amie Bermowitz. Find out how they keep audiences laughing nightly below! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge- How Does She Transform Into a Dog Every Night? Tony Winner Annaleigh Ashford Tells All!
by BroadwayWorld TV - December 13, 2015
Annaleigh Ashford has been on a roll since taking home her Tony Award in June. Currently starring as Broadway's favorite pooch in SYLVIA, she also juggles her hit cabaret act, LOST IN THE STARS, and her role on Showtime's MASTERS OF SEX. In between it all, she joined a long list of guests for SAG-AFTRA Foundation and BroadwayWorld's Conversations Q&A series, recognizing and celebrating the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the union actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. Watch below as she updates us on how things have been going at the Cort Theatre and discusses everything from LEGALLY BLONDE to RENT. Check out the full interview below! (more...)
BWW TV Exclusive: Backstage with Richard Ridge- SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations Series with Blythe Danner!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - November 15, 2015
SAG-AFTRA Foundation and Broadway World have partnered for 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 Blythe Danner, moderated by BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge. Watch below as she discusses some of her career highlights as well as her latest film, I'll See You In My Dreams. Check out the full interview below! (more...)
BWW TV Exclusive: BACKSTAGE WITH RICHARD RIDGE- MATILDA's Christopher Sieber!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - November 8, 2015
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 at their 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 current star of MATILDA, Christopher Sieber. Watch as they discuss how things are going at the Shubert Theatre, how he has injured himself during almost every Broadway gig, and so much more! (more...)
BWW TV Exclusive: Backstage with Richard Ridge- SAG Foundation Conversations Series with Juliette Binoche!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - October 18, 2015
Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Broadway World have partnered for 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 Juilette Binoche, moderated by BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge. Watch below as she discusses some of her career highlights as well as what it's been like touring the world in Antigone. Check out the full interview below! (more...)