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Backstage with Richard Ridge: They Know Where They've Been- Kristin Chenoweth & Neil Meron Reminisce About HAIRSPRAY LIVE!Backstage with Richard Ridge: They Know Where They've Been- Kristin Chenoweth & Neil Meron Reminisce About HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - May 26, 2017

Just a few months ago, Kristin Chenoweth was complaining about the new girl and singing about her time as Miss Baltimore Crabs as Velma Von Tussle in NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Now she has joined producer Neil Meron to reminisce about the experience with BroadwayWorld and SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Check out the full interview below! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee Andrew Rannells Opens Up About His Winning WhizzerBackstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee Andrew Rannells Opens Up About His Winning Whizzer
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - May 25, 2017

Earlier this year, Andrew Rannells returned to Broadway in Falsettos, giving perhaps his most poignant performance to date as Whizzer. Below, watch as the Tony nominee joins BroadwayWorld and Sag-Aftra Foundation for a Career Conversation about how he found the character, why he adores his Falsettos family, and so much more! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: From Olivier to Tony? How GROUNDHOG DAY's Andy Karl Found His PhilBackstage with Richard Ridge: From Olivier to Tony? How GROUNDHOG DAY's Andy Karl Found His Phil
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 24, 2017

Andy Karl may have only just begun his Broadway journey as Phil Connors in Groundhog Day, but his road to Punxsutawney was a long one. Below, watch as the 2017 Tony nominee joins SAG-AFTRA Foundation and BroadwayWorld to chat about winning his first Olivier Award, getting through his pre-opening night injury, and so much more! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Michael Ball & Alfie Boe Get Ready to Come Together on the New York City Center Stage!Backstage with Richard Ridge: Michael Ball & Alfie Boe Get Ready to Come Together on the New York City Center Stage!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - May 23, 2017

Following the phenomenal success of their double platinum selling #1 UK album Together (released in the US by Decca Records), and a major sold out UK tour, musical legends Michael Ball and Alfie Boe will perform their first-and-only U.S. performance tonight, May 23. at New York City Center. Below, watch as the duo chats about performing together onstage, their friendship offstage and so much more! (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: The HAMILTON Cast Takes Their Shot- Watch the FULL Conversation!Backstage with Richard Ridge: The HAMILTON Cast Takes Their Shot- Watch the FULL Conversation!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 22, 2017

Hamilton was in da house! Just last week, Hamilton stars Javier Munoz,  Brandon Victor Dixon, James Monroe Iglehart, Mandy Gonzalez, and Bryan Terrell Clark joined SAG-AFTRA Foundation and BroadwayWorld for a filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen.    (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Leading Lady Lea Salonga Is Ready to Break Records and Blur Lines This Spring!Backstage with Richard Ridge: Leading Lady Lea Salonga Is Ready to Break Records and Blur Lines This Spring!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - April 9, 2017

Regardless of how you know her, you probably love her for it. Since her broadway debut in 1991, Lea Salonga has been melting the hearts of audiences all over the world with her star turns in such shows as MISS SAIGON, LES MISERABLES, ALLEGIANCE, and even her voice work in Disney classics like MULAN  and ALADDIN. (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: GREAT COMET Bad Boy Lucas Steele Talks the Evolution of AnatoleBackstage 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 BOULEVARDBackstage 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 CareerBackstage 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 TALEBackstage 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!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 ScreenBackstage 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 HappenedBackstage 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!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 TorchTHEN 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: The Bechdel's Bid Farewell to Maple Avenue as the Cast of FUN HOME Recalls Favorite Broadway MemoriesBackstage 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!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 DesignerBackstage 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!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?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!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!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!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 StageBackstage 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 Stars2015 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...)

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