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Interview: Dancing with the Stars Winner Alan Bersten Shares What a Blessing the DWTS Interview Interview: Dancing with the Stars Winner Alan Bersten Shares What a Blessing the DWTS Live Tour Has Been
by Sally Henry - February 26, 2020

He got his first taste of the mirror ball trophy when his team won 2018's inaugural season of DANCING WITH THE STARS: JUNIORS, and his winning streak continued through the next year when he and Bachelorette star Hannah Brown won DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 28. And he's coming to Atlanta tomorrow....
Jeremy Aggers Steps Back into THIS WONDERFUL LIFE at the Aurora Theatre Interview Jeremy Aggers Steps Back into THIS WONDERFUL LIFE at the Aurora Theatre
by Sally Henry - December 11, 2019, Atlanta

It's not every year you win a Suzi Bass Award and certainly rarer to reprise the role for which you won. But this holiday season, that's exactly what Jeremy Aggers gets to experience....
Brad Raymond Brings an Age-Old Character to Life in CHILDREN OF EDEN at Aurora Theatr Interview Brad Raymond Brings an Age-Old Character to Life in CHILDREN OF EDEN at Aurora Theatre
by Sally Henry - July 24, 2019, Atlanta

With a challenging vocal range akin to the grandeur of opera, CHILDREN OF EDEN's Raymond is portraying God. No pressurea??...
A Groundbreaking Conversation With Aurora Theatre's Ann-Carol Pence, Anthony Rodrigue Interview A Groundbreaking Conversation With Aurora Theatre's Ann-Carol Pence, Anthony Rodriguez, and Al Stilo
by Josephine Tuso-Key - June 14, 2019, Atlanta

Broadwayworld recently had a conversation with Anthony Rodriguez, co-founder and Producing Artistic Director, Ann Carol Pence co-founder and Associate Producer, and Al Stilo, Marketing Director, where they shared their vision for the future of the space as well as their vision for the arts as a comm...
Daniel Jaquez Brings “Intelligent Comedy” to Life at Aurora Theatre Interview Daniel Jaquez Brings “Intelligent Comedy” to Life at Aurora Theatre
by Sally Henry - May 09, 2019, Atlanta

This weekend as NATIVE GARDENS continues at Aurora Theatre, director Daniel Jaquez will be showing his range as an artist....
Liam Redford of BILLY ELLIOT at City Springs Theatre Interview Liam Redford of BILLY ELLIOT at City Springs Theatre
by Josephine Tuso-Key - May 03, 2019, Atlanta

City Springs Theatre is the new kid on the block in the ATL theater scene, but they've been making a big splash with their last musical South Pacific. Now they're offering up BILLY ELLIOT, a musical based on the 2000 film. With music by Elton John and book and lyrics by Lee Hall, who also wrote the ...
 Director Michael Vine Shares How YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN Brings Iconic Comi Interview Director Michael Vine Shares How YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN Brings Iconic Comics To Life At Marietta Theatre Company
by Stephanie Robb - April 09, 2019, Atlanta

We spoke with director Michael Vine to discuss how the production elevates the storylines from the comic strip page to the stage....
Johnny Wexler on being Frankie Valli in JERSEY BOYS' US Tour Interview Johnny Wexler on being Frankie Valli in JERSEY BOYS' US Tour
by Josephine Tuso-Key - March 29, 2019, Atlanta

JERSEY BOYS has been a Broadway favorite since the jukebox musical premiered in 2005. It can still be seen Off-Broadway at New World Stages, but in case you're not traveling to Manhattan any time soon, you can catch the show as it travels across America to a city near you. The story of the Four S...
Daniel Wisniewski Talks 'All out Love,' Wealth, and Technicolor in Aurora Theatre's M Interview Daniel Wisniewski Talks 'All out Love,' Wealth, and Technicolor in Aurora Theatre's MEN WITH MONEY
by Sally Henry - March 20, 2019, Atlanta

Aurora Theatre's latest venture is a brand new musical told through the familiar lens of the golden age of Broadway, a la Frank Loesser, complete with bright colors, snappy dialogue, and of course a search for wealth and love....
Tony Award Recipient Baayork Lee Talks Collaboration, Broadway, and More with SOUTH P Interview Tony Award Recipient Baayork Lee Talks Collaboration, Broadway, and More with SOUTH PACIFIC at City Springs Theatre Company
by Sally Henry - March 08, 2019, Atlanta

This weekend when SOUTH PACIFIC opens at City Springs Theatre Company, audiences will get the rare privilege of seeing the handiwork of Broadway royalty....
Follow the Bluegrass Brick Road! Niki Badua Previews THE WIZARD OF OZ at The Alliance Interview Follow the Bluegrass Brick Road! Niki Badua Previews THE WIZARD OF OZ at The Alliance Theatre
by Stephanie Robb - March 05, 2019, Atlanta

In the cannon of uniquely American stories, THE WIZARD OF OZ is among the very best. We spoke with star Niki Badua (Dorothy) about the unique style of this show, and what makes this performance so meaningful to her. ...
DANCING WITH THE STARS' Val Brings Ballroom Dance to Atlanta Through Dance with Me Interview DANCING WITH THE STARS' Val Brings Ballroom Dance to Atlanta Through Dance with Me
by Sally Henry - February 06, 2019, Atlanta

Next week when DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE rolls into the Fox Theatre, Atlanta audiences will get a taste of the elegant show for one night, but fortunately for us, one of the dancers is leaving a 'microcosm of that experience' for us to engage with all year round....
Taryn Carmona Captures Reggae for Children in BOB MARLEY'S THREE LITTLE BIRDS at Sync Interview Taryn Carmona Captures Reggae for Children in BOB MARLEY'S THREE LITTLE BIRDS at Synchronicity Theatre
by David Muschell - January 15, 2019, Atlanta

Many of us remember Bob Marley's introduction of reggae to the world, and his great success with this style of music. Since his passing in 1981, several of his children have had their own successes, including Cedella, his oldest child, who wrote a children's book , which has now become a stage musi...
Matt Baum Brings Validity to the Everyday in A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD at Synchronici Interview Matt Baum Brings Validity to the Everyday in A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD at Synchronicity
by Sally Henry - December 14, 2018, Atlanta

It's not just another year in the life for a couple of beloved amphibians and their friends....
Mary Nye Bennett Directs Some of the Best Atlanta Singers for YOUR HAPPY HOLIDAY at A Interview Mary Nye Bennett Directs Some of the Best Atlanta Singers for YOUR HAPPY HOLIDAY at Atlanta Lyric Theatre
by David Muschell - December 03, 2018, Atlanta

I recently spoke with Mary Nye Bennett who is directing the inaugural holiday show for Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Your Happy Holiday, which will be performed at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre (548 South Marietta Pkwy., Marietta), Dec. 20-23....
Mary Lynn Owen's KNEAD at the Alliance Theatre is the perfect recipe for breaking bre Interview Mary Lynn Owen's KNEAD at the Alliance Theatre is the perfect recipe for breaking bread on stage
by Stephanie Robb - November 16, 2018, Atlanta

We spoke with Mary Lynn to discuss how the ingredients for her show came together, and how she believes baking is not only a metaphor for art, but for life....
Neil Goldberg of CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE Promises Fun For All at Fox Theatre Interview Neil Goldberg of CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE Promises Fun For All at Fox Theatre
by David Muschell - November 14, 2018, Atlanta

I recently had a chance to speak with Neil Goldberg, founder of Cirque Dreams, a huge entertainment brand that is bringing Cirque Dreams Holidaze, a holiday extravaganza, back to the Fox Theatre in Atlanta again this year, Nov. 24 and 25. Goldberg has been called "one of today's leading impresarios...
Cynthia Rintye Talks Life as a Town Madam and More in Lawrenceville Ghost Tours Interview Cynthia Rintye Talks Life as a Town Madam and More in Lawrenceville Ghost Tours
by Sally Henry - October 27, 2018, Atlanta

It's that time of year again. And thanks to the storytellers from the Aurora Theatre, that time of year means a variety of spooky experiences for the city of Lawrenceville....
Kristin Storla Brings the Magic of PETER PAN to the Center for Puppetry Arts Interview Kristin Storla Brings the Magic of PETER PAN to the Center for Puppetry Arts
by Sally Henry - October 01, 2018, Atlanta

The boy who wouldn't grow up is coming to life in an extraordinary way at the Center for Puppetry Arts this month....
STRANGER THINGS' Cynthia Barrett Talks Aurora's BE HERE NOW, Finding Artistic Home in Interview STRANGER THINGS' Cynthia Barrett Talks Aurora's BE HERE NOW, Finding Artistic Home in Atlanta, and More
by Sally Henry - September 25, 2018, Atlanta

You may remember her as Barb's mom from STRANGER THINGS, but while we're waiting for the next chapter in that series, Cynthia Barrett is appearing live at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville....
“Being Comedians, we had to poke holes.” Director Casey Holloway and Musical Director Interview “Being Comedians, we had to poke holes.” Director Casey Holloway and Musical Director L. Gamble discuss parodying a classic in VAPE at Sketchworks Comedy
by Stephanie Robb - September 21, 2018, Atlanta

After a group of actors with Atlanta's award winning comedy troupe Sketchworks Comedy saw a recent production of GREASE, they decided to take the beloved musical and poke fun at some of the more polarizing story elements in the classic show. VAPE, a musical parody of GREASE, represents the nostalgi...
Tony-Winner Shuler Hensley Applauds the 'Tapping Phenomenon,' Escapism, and More in 4 Interview Tony-Winner Shuler Hensley Applauds the 'Tapping Phenomenon,' Escapism, and More in 42ND STREET at City Springs Theatre Company
by Sally Henry - September 18, 2018, Atlanta

Amid Broadway, film, and television roles, Hensley has maintained his connection to Atlanta's arts scene by working with young artists on the Georgia High School Theatre Awards year after year, and now, he is bringing his performing talents home as he stars in 42ND STREET at the new City Springs The...
“Religious Vaudeville Meets Talent Show!” Kate Metroka and Sophia Decker Sing and Sho Interview “Religious Vaudeville Meets Talent Show!” Kate Metroka and Sophia Decker Sing and Shout About NUNSENSE at Marietta Theatre Company
by Stephanie Robb - August 20, 2018, Atlanta

Playing at the Lyric Studio on the Square, the hit musical comedy brings serious comedic and vocal chops to a hysterical and ridiculous plot - conveyed by what would traditionally be the most no-nonsense characters ever: a group of 5 nuns of the Little Sisters of Hoboken....
'Kids just want to be talked to like they are humans!' Amy Sweeney talks THE TORTOISE Interview 'Kids just want to be talked to like they are humans!' Amy Sweeney talks THE TORTOISE, THE HARE AND OTHER AESOP'S FABLES at Center for Puppetry Arts
by Stephanie Robb - August 13, 2018, Atlanta

THE TORTOISE, THE HARE AND OTHER AESOP'S FABLES playing at the Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts brings an exciting theme to these renowned stories that have been popular with children and adults for hundreds of years....
SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Choreographer David Rossetti Takes Classic Hits to a New Level Interview SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Choreographer David Rossetti Takes Classic Hits to a New Level
by Sally Henry - July 28, 2018, Atlanta

Fresh off the national tour of SOMETHING ROTTEN, multitalented performer David Rossetti has returned to Atlanta from New York to shake things up at Stage Door Players....
Greg Kamp Explores the Heart of a True Leader in NEWSIES at Aurora Theatre Interview Greg Kamp Explores the Heart of a True Leader in NEWSIES at Aurora Theatre
by Sally Henry - July 21, 2018, Atlanta

When Greg Kamp first performed at the Aurora Theatre in A CHORUS LINE, he was a college without a professional theatre credit to his name. Now eight years and many successful stage and screen productions later, Kamp is back from New York to lead NEWSIES on the Lawrenceville stage....
The Walking Dead's Jayson Warner Smith of BLACKBIRD at Robert Mello Studio Blackbox Interview The Walking Dead's Jayson Warner Smith of BLACKBIRD at Robert Mello Studio Blackbox
by Amy Zipperer - July 16, 2018, Atlanta

David Harrower's celebrated 2005 play, Blackbird, is coming to Atlanta this August at The Robert Mello Studio Blackbox. The Tony-nominated play, which The New York Times called 'gorgeous' and 'unsettling,' tells the story of Una, a young woman, who shows up at the office of Ray, her former lover, wh...
“It's a conversation that's never going to go away. “It's a conversation that's never going to go away." Kevin Clay highlights the message behind the comedy as THE BOOK OF MORMON returns to The Fox Theatre
by Stephanie Robb - July 15, 2018, Atlanta

Kevin Clay is no stranger to the popularity of THE BOOK OF MORMON.  Having been a cast member of the mega-hit's second National Tour for two years, he's especially thrilled to be returning to Atlanta for the show's limited engagement at The Fox Theatre, starring as Elder Price. ...
Christopher Sieber of CANDIDE at Alliance Theatre Interview Christopher Sieber of CANDIDE at Alliance Theatre
by Amy Zipperer - May 13, 2018, Atlanta

Two-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Sieber is back in Atlanta where he's taking on the roles of Dr. Pangloss and The Narrator in Leonard Bernstein's 1956 operetta, Candide, a collaboration between Alliance Theatre and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. BroadwayWorld caught up with Christopher Siebe...
T.K. Habtemariam of SORDID LIVES at Out Front Theatre Company Interview T.K. Habtemariam of SORDID LIVES at Out Front Theatre Company
by Amy Zipperer - May 02, 2018, Atlanta

Sordid Lives, a dark comedy by Del Shores, is playing at Out Front Theatre Company this month. BroadwayWorld caught up with T.K. Habtemariam, an Atlanta-based actor who plays Earl "Brother Boy" Ingram in Out Front's upcoming production, to talk about the show. I haven't seen this show before, bu...
Take a trip back in time with Marietta Theatre Company's THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES Interview Take a trip back in time with Marietta Theatre Company's THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES
by Stephanie Robb - April 08, 2018, Atlanta

We spoke with Director Elizabeth Weaver and star Meaghan Paetkau ahead of the show's April 13th opening....
Pearl Cleage of HOSPICE + POINTING AT THE MOON at Alliance Theatre Interview Pearl Cleage of HOSPICE + POINTING AT THE MOON at Alliance Theatre
by Amy Zipperer - March 26, 2018, Atlanta

The Alliance Theatre is making another stop on the road, this time at the Fulton County Southwest Arts Center where they're presenting a pair of one-act plays, Hospice and Pointing at the Moon, both by celebrated playwright Pearl Cleage.  BroadwayWorld caught up with Pearl Cleage to talk about her w...
Jennifer Alice Acker and Abby Holland Get Their Freak On in FREAKY FRIDAY at Horizon Interview Jennifer Alice Acker and Abby Holland Get Their Freak On in FREAKY FRIDAY at Horizon Theatre
by Stephanie Robb - March 18, 2018, Atlanta

We chatted with Jennifer Alice Acker and Abby Holland, who play mom Katherine (Acker) and daughter Ellie (Holland), on how FREAKY FRIDAY has been transformed into a musical with something for everyone....
James Taylor Odom Brings Dream Role in A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER to the Interview James Taylor Odom Brings Dream Role in A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER to the Fox Theatre
by Sally Henry - March 06, 2018, Atlanta

From watching a range of British television shows and movies when he was little to studying one-man show work in grad school, James Taylor Odom's background has prepared him perfectly to play all eight members of the ill-fated D'Ysquith family in the tour of A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER....
Elliott Folds Previews Upcoming Production of BUYER AND CELLAR at Out Front Theatre Interview Elliott Folds Previews Upcoming Production of BUYER AND CELLAR at Out Front Theatre
by Stephanie Robb - March 02, 2018, Atlanta

Elliott Folds is ready to tackle his duties as a leading man…and only man! The Atlanta actor chats with us about staring as Alex in Out Front Theatre Company's upcoming production of 'BUYER AND CELLAR', the one-man comedy about a struggling actor in LA who takes the odd job of working in the basemen...
Kristin Markiton Talks 'Big, Bold, Beautiful, and Fabulous' MAMMA MIA! at Aurora Thea Interview Kristin Markiton Talks 'Big, Bold, Beautiful, and Fabulous' MAMMA MIA! at Aurora Theatre
by Hannah Montgomery - February 26, 2018, Atlanta

Kristin Markiton blew audiences away last year when she appeared as Francesca in THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at the Aurora Theatre, which earned her a Suzi Bass Award....
Topher Payne Talks Hats and McCarthyism in PERFECT ARRANGEMENT Interview Topher Payne Talks Hats and McCarthyism in PERFECT ARRANGEMENT
by Sally Henry - February 13, 2018, Atlanta

One of Atlanta's local playwrights is bringing his published work home for the first time....
Shuler Hensley Expands Atlanta's Booming Theatre Industry with City Springs Theatre C Interview Shuler Hensley Expands Atlanta's Booming Theatre Industry with City Springs Theatre Company
by Sally Henry - February 09, 2018, Atlanta

In the fall, a new professional theatre company will treat Atlanta audiences to a season of timeless musicals. For Shuler Hensley, joining the City Springs Theatre Company creative team alongside Brandt Blocker and Natalie Barrow is the fulfillment of a longtime desire....
Melissa Foulger of MAYTAG VIRGIN at Aurora Theatre Interview Melissa Foulger of MAYTAG VIRGIN at Aurora Theatre
by Amy Zipperer - January 15, 2018, Atlanta

Maytag Virgin, a Southern drama by Audrey Cefaly, is making its Southeast regional premiere at Aurora Theatre this month, and BroadwayWorld sat down with director Melissa Foulger to talk about the production....
Hometown 'Princess Warrior' Nia Holloway Talks Returning to Atlanta in THE LION KING Interview Hometown 'Princess Warrior' Nia Holloway Talks Returning to Atlanta in THE LION KING Tour
by Sally Henry - January 06, 2018, Atlanta

The Atlanta native is bringing her performance back home to our own historic Fox Theatre January 10-28, with what she describes as a 'brand new Nala.' And she couldn't be more excited....