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InDepth InterView: Lilla Crawford Talks Rosie's Theater Kids Family Day, INTO THE WOODS Movie, ANNIE Revival & Much More
by Pat Cerasaro - January 28, 2015

Today we are talking to one of the most accomplished bring young stars on Broadway all about her many exciting endeavors including headlining the most recent revival of mega-hit ANNIE as well as playing a major part in the new Disney feature film edition of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's INTO THE WOODS - the gifted and talented Lilla Crawford. Opening up about her experiences participating in the big screen edition of the Sondheim classic, Crawford offers insight into her iconic character o... (more...)
BWW Interviews: A Conversation with Beautiful City Theatre's Natalie Gershtein
by Noelle Hannibal - January 28, 2015

Natalie Gershtein, Beautiful City Theatre's (BCT) Artistic Producer, is taking on another role, directing BCT's upcoming CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Annie Baker. CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION marks the first time BCT will open a show in New York City and... (more...)
BWW Interviews: MSMT Builds a Season with Heart
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - January 28, 2015

'All our stories this year will be about families or individuals who are broken, but they come back to make the best of it - to survive. That is our job as human beings, and if our shows can give somebody the strength and courage to do just that, then we in the theatre are doing our jobs.' Curt D... (more...)
BWW Interviews: LAUREN SESSELMANN Professional Athlete and Fitness Expert
by Marina Kennedy - January 28, 2015

Broadwayworld.com interviewed Lauren Sesselmann about her career as a professional soccer athlete, fitness expert and Olympic medalist.... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Flores Finds Common Thread with ANYTHING GOES Character
by Paul Batterson - January 28, 2015

The more he plays Luke, the Chinese convert and reformed gambler in the musical ANYTHING GOES, the more Roy Flores discovers how much he and his character have in common.... (more...)
BWW Previews: Mozart to Rock Houston!
by Katricia Lang - January 27, 2015

On January 30, Houston's two major opera houses will begin performances of Mozart's final two completed operas - LA CLEMENZA DI TITO and THE MAGIC FLUTE. Opera in the Heights will open LA CLEMENZA DI TITO for the first time in Houston since 1991, and Houston Grand Opera will open THE MAGIC FLUTE.... (more...)
KINKY BOOTS IN MUSIC CITY: Cyndi Lauper On Composing A Tony Winner
by Jeffrey Ellis - January 27, 2015

First-time Broadway composer Cyndi Lauper, who first conquered the music charts back in the 1980s, recently sat down to talk about her Kinky Boots experience and to share the show's impact on her own life - which provided much of her inspiration as she approached the project.... (more...)
COLLEGIATE THEATRICS: Lipscomb University's Emily Hughes
by Jeffrey Ellis - January 27, 2015

As hard as it may be to fathom, the calendar indicates we're practically to February already and 2015 is off and running like some out-of-control roller coaster. Perhaps no one is more acutely aware of this than Emily Hughes, an acting major at Nashville's Lipscomb University, who no sooner than she... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Ciaran Sheehan in FROM GALWAY TO BROADWAY Benefit Concert at STNJ
by Marina Kennedy - January 27, 2015

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will present 'From Galway to Broadway on Thursday, March 5th at 7:30 pm. The show stars Broadway stars, Ciaran Sheehan and Gwen Eagleton. Broadwayworld.com had the opportunity to interview Ciaran Sheehan about his career and the show.... (more...)
BWW Interview: Ellyn Marie Marsh Gets 'Inappropriate' Before Her 54 Below Encore
by Matt Tamanini - January 26, 2015

Last week I spoke with KINKY BOOTS' Ellyn Marie Marsh about the encore performance of her solo show debut 'Inappropriate' at 54 Below. In that article we talked about how the show came to be, the songs in the show, the stories in the show, you know, the normal stuff. However, in this article, things... (more...)
Chef Spotlight: Executive Chef HEMANT MATHUR of Haldi in NYC
by Marina Kennedy - January 26, 2015

Executive Chef Hemant Mathur of Haldi in New York City is in our Chef Spotlight.... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Nicholas Park in ATGs TICK, TICK BOOM! at Hamilton Stage
by Marina Kennedy - January 26, 2015

American Theater Group's 'tick, tick...BOOM!' will be on Rahway's Hamilton Stage from January 28th through February 8th. The autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the creator of 'Rent' stars Nicholas Park as Jon.... (more...)
BWW Interview: Vinnie Jones Promises Big Twist in GALAVANT Finale
by Matt Tamanini - January 25, 2015

For the past 16 years, Vinnie Jones has been Hollywood's go-to British tough guy. Starting with Guy Ritchie's LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING in 1998, Jones has been beating guys up with a British accent for years. Now, he is starring as King Richard's loyal enforcer on ABC's comedy GALAVANT; just don't... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Getting to Know I LOVE LUCY'S Thea Brooks
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - January 23, 2015

Thea Brooks stars in the national tour of I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE, playing at Minneapolis' State Theatre through Jan. 25, 2014. BWW Minneapolis got to find out more about her and the unique show in this fun Getting to Know interview.... (more...)
BWW Interview: Brown, Murney, Scott, Young Chat Bringing JRB's SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD to Cocoa Beach
by Matt Tamanini - January 22, 2015

The incredible talent and empowering storytelling of Broadway will soon be gracing Florida's shores with two star-studded performances of Jason Robert Brown's beloved 1995 musical SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD. On Friday, January 23rd, an all-star cast of Broadway favorites will perform this incredible show... (more...)
BWW Interviews: TANNA FREDERICK on Train to Zakopane
by Don Grigware - January 22, 2015

Versatile actress Tanna Frederick, who played the quintessential Lizzie in The Rainmaker a couple of seasons back, is now performing in another Henry Jaglom production, his world premiere play The Train to Zakopane again at Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica. In our chat she talks about the... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Dana Solimando on Chairs, Ballet Girls, and BILLY ELLIOT
by Ellen Dostal - January 22, 2015

Recently, choreographer Dana Solimando took on the monumental task of choreographing Billy Elliot The Musical for La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. The production opened to sold out crowds over the weekend and will run through February 8th. Here Dana talks about making the steps her own and... (more...)
BWW Interviews: THE ABDUCTION to Premiere at Apollo Civic Theater
by Johnna Leary - January 22, 2015

For fans of popular TV crime series like NCIS or Criminal Minds, imagine how much more suspenseful a show about a kidnapping would be if it was actually happening, in real time, right in front of you..... onstage. The Abduction, opening on January 23 at the Apollo Civic Theater is a modern mystery-t... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Roz Ryan Chats CHICAGO National Tour and Years of Show Business Experience
by Kathy Strain - January 22, 2015

Roz Ryan seems to have done it all from Broadway, to movies, to television to voiceovers. She started at such a young age in Detroit after winning a talent show and she has been entertaining audiences ever since. Currently playing in CHICAGO's National Tour as Big Momma, Roz shares with BWW her root... (more...)
HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA: CPA'S Holly Hill
by Jeffrey Ellis - January 22, 2015

This week we introduce you to one of Paula Flautt's outstanding actors: Holly Hill, an 18-year-old senior at Christ Presbyterian Academy, who is busy doing her college auditions while preparing for what could well be the most challenging role any young actress could aspire to: Mary Poppins in CPA's ... (more...)
Meet the Sommelier: ARIEL LACAYO of Espoleta in NYC
by Marina Kennedy - January 21, 2015

Meet Ariel Lacayo, the Sommelier of Espoleta which recently opened at 334 Bowery in New York City. This distinctive tapas and wine bar offers guests a wonderful dining experience.... (more...)
BWW Interview: San Diego Jewish Film Festival Promises Something for Everyone
by Erica Miner - January 20, 2015

This year's events promise to be more exciting than ever... (more...)
NASHVILLE THEATER 101: James Rudolph & Shawn Knight
by Jeffrey Ellis - January 20, 2015

Why do you do theater? We've been putting that question to members of the Nashville theater famiy for the past month to find out what it is that motivates creative types to pursue an illusory and challenging career, while for others the theater gives them a creative avocation that helps keep them sa... (more...)
COLLEGIATE THEATRICS: Boston Conservatory's James Spencer Dean
by Jeffrey Ellis - January 20, 2015

One of Nashville's favorite young actors is quickly growing up. As a teenager, he was onstage for countless area theater companies, but now he's known as James Spencer Dean and he's pursuing his bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theater at The Boston Conservatory. Who'd have thought that Spenc... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Columbus Immersive Theater Heats Up with PSYCHO BEACH PARTY
by Amanda Etchison - January 20, 2015

With lazily leaning palm trees, fluffy beach towels and sunbathing teenagers in 1960s-era bikinis, the frigid stage of Columbus' Garden Theater is transformed into the sun-kissed surf and sand of a Malibu beach town in Charles Busch's "Psycho Beach Party."... (more...)
BWW Interview: KINKY BOOTS' Ellyn Marie Marsh Discusses 'Inappropriate' Encore at 54 Below
by Matt Tamanini - January 20, 2015

Do you love musical theatre? Of course you do. Do you love ridiculously talented musical theatre professionals delivering insanely funny versions of classic songs? That goes without saying, right? Well in that case, you must get to 54 Below on January 31st at 11:30pm for the encore presentation of E... (more...)

 
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