Backstage With Richard Ridge

Backstage With Richard Ridge Richard Ridge fell in love with the theatre at the age of five when he went through his parents record cabinet and stumbled upon their original cast album collection and the rest is history.He has toured the world as a performer and for the past twenty years he has been the host of the television program Broadway Beat and now, BACKSTAGE WITH RICHARD RIDGE.


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Backstage with Richard Ridge: Meet the Murphys- Hangin' with DEAR EVAN HANSEN's Michael Park & Jennifer Laura ThompsonMeet the Murphys- Hangin' with Michael Park & Jennifer Laura Thompson!
Posted: Sep. 13, 2017


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Backstage with Richard Ridge: The Final Frankie- JERSEY BOYS' Mark Ballas Brings His Act to Broadway!JERSEY BOYS' Mark Ballas
Posted: Nov. 13, 2016


Backstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee Mike Faist Reveals How He Found His Connor MurphyBackstage: Tony Nom Mike Faist on How He Found His Connor Murphy
Posted: Jun. 2, 2017


Backstage with Richard Ridge: Liev Schreiber Opens Up About His Double Life on Stage and ScreenBackstage with Richard Ridge: Liev Schreiber Talks His Double Life
Posted: Dec. 10, 2016


Backstage with Richard Ridge: Leading Lady Lea Salonga Is Ready to Break Records and Blur Lines This Spring!Backstage with Lea Salonga - Ready to Break Records & Blur Lines!
Posted: Apr. 9, 2017


Backstage with Richard Ridge: Michael Ball & Alfie Boe Get Ready to Come Together on the New York City Center Stage!Backstage with Richard Ridge: Ball & Boe Get Ready to Come Together on the City Center Stage!
Posted: May. 23, 2017


Backstage with Richard Ridge: Meet the Murphys- Hangin' with DEAR EVAN HANSEN's Michael Park & Jennifer Laura ThompsonBackstage with Richard Ridge: Meet the Murphys- Hangin' with DEAR EVAN HANSEN's Michael Park & Jennifer Laura Thompson
September 13, 2017

The love is real at the Music Box Theatre. Jennifer Laura Thompson and Michael Park play the heads of Murphy family, but offstage they are just as close with their stage children and the rest of the gang at Dear Evan Hansen. Below, watch as the hilarious duo chats about their tight-knit clan, the road to Broadway, and so much more!

Backstage with Richard Ridge: How to Make a High-Flying Hit- The COME FROM AWAY Cast and Creatives Explain How They Made Their Show SoarBackstage with Richard Ridge: How to Make a High-Flying Hit- The COME FROM AWAY Cast and Creatives Explain How They Made Their Show Soar
July 28, 2017

Come From Away has been 2017's little musical that could. Soon after opening at theGerald Schoenfeld Theatre, the show earned seven Tony nominations (picking up one for director Christopher Ashley), coming as quite a shock to the creative team that has been nurturing the project since the beginning. 'We expected Canadian high schools to do it... and now we're on Broadway,' explained creator David Hein.

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Broadway's Newest Waitress, Betsy Wolfe, Thinks Back on FALSETTOS- In Movie Theaters Today!Backstage with Richard Ridge: Broadway's Newest Waitress, Betsy Wolfe, Thinks Back on FALSETTOS- In Movie Theaters Today!
July 12, 2017

Beginning today, July 12, Live From Lincoln Center & Lincoln Center Theater will present Falsettos in movie theatres across the country. Nominated for five 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, Falsettos is a hilarious and poignant look at a modern family revolving around the life of a gay man Marvin, his wife, his lover, his soon-to-be-bar mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door. Originally created under the specter of the AIDS crisis, this timely musical about middle?class family dynamics manages to remain buoyant and satirically perceptive even as it moves towards its heartbreaking conclusion.

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Telly Leung Is Keeping One Jump Ahead as Broadway's New ALADDIN!Backstage with Richard Ridge: Telly Leung Is Keeping One Jump Ahead as Broadway's New ALADDIN!
June 27, 2017

Agrabah has got a new prince in town! Earlier this month Telly Leung inherited the lamp at the New Amsterdam Theatre as Broadway's newest Aladdin. Below, watch as he chats with Richard Ridge about how he got the part, why he joining the Disney legacy is so important to him, and so much more.Plus, watch him perform 'Proud of Your Boy!'

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Will Tony Day Be Johanna Day's Big Day?Backstage with Richard Ridge: Will Tony Day Be Johanna Day's Big Day?
June 7, 2017

After making her Broadway debut in 2000's Proof, Johanna Day earned her first Tony nomination for her performance as Claire. Now sixteen years later, she's back in her second Tony-nominated role- Tracey in Sweat. Below, watch as tells Richard Ridge why she's ready for it this time around!

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Is She Jonesing for Her First Tony?
Rachel Bay Jones Opens Up About Heidi HansenBackstage with Richard Ridge: Is She Jonesing for Her First Tony? Rachel Bay Jones Opens Up About Heidi Hansen
June 5, 2017

There is not a dry in in the Music Box Theatre after Rachel Bay Jones performs Heidi Hansen's heartbreaking 'So Big, So Small' in Dear Evan Hansen. Her emotionally raw performance has earned Jones her firstTony nominationand she tells Richard Ridge why it and the show mean so much to her below!

Backstage with Richard Ridge: From Nam to Nom- Broadway Baby Eva Noblezada Talks Bringing Kim HomeBackstage with Richard Ridge: From Nam to Nom- Broadway Baby Eva Noblezada Talks Bringing Kim Home
June 8, 2017

Eva Noblezada is living the American dream.She may bejust a Broadway baby, but after making her debut at the age of 21, the Miss Saigon star has earned a Tony Award for her portrayal of Kim. Below, watch as she explains to Richard Ridge how she ended up at the Broadway Theatre and why she never thought it would happen!

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee Kelly Devine Explains How She Made Gander Move in COME FROM AWAYBackstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee Kelly Devine Explains How She Made Gander Move in COME FROM AWAY
June 6, 2017

How do youtransformtwelve actors into 7000 people? Choreographer extraordinaire Kelly Devine has found a way in Come From Away, and she earned a Tony nomination in the process! Below, watch as she explains the process to Richard Ridge!

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee Richard Thomas Is More Than a Little Happy About THE LITTLE FOXESBackstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee Richard Thomas Is More Than a Little Happy About THE LITTLE FOXES
June 7, 2017

Richard Thomas made his Broadway debut at the age of seven, starring opposite James Earl Jones in Sunrise at Campobello. Now almost sixty years later, the stage and screen star is giving the performance of a lifetime as Horace Giddens in The Little Foxes. Below, watch as he chats with Richard Ridge about his first Tony nomination!

Backstage with Richard Ridge: FALSETTOS Star Brandon Uranowitz Gets His Second Shot at Tonys Glory!Backstage with Richard Ridge: FALSETTOS Star Brandon Uranowitz Gets His Second Shot at Tonys Glory!
June 4, 2017

Two-time Tony nominee Brandon Uranowitz's life in the theatre had humble origins... in the basement of his childhood home. The Falsettos star is one of four actors in his cast (along with Christian Borle, Andrew Rannells and Stephanie J. Block) to earn a nod this seasonand he couldn't be happier for the recognition. Watch as he chats about his journey from a life of homemade fog machines to a career on Broadway in the full interview below!

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee Mary Beth Peil on Living the Dowager Dream in ANASTASIABackstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee Mary Beth Peil on Living the Dowager Dream in ANASTASIA
June 3, 2017

Beloved stage and screen star Mary Beth Peil has picked up her second Tony nomination for her work in as the Dowager Empress in Anastasia. This time around she feels deserving of the honor, and she tells Richard Ridge why in the full interview below!

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee Mike Faist Reveals How He Found His Connor MurphyBackstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee Mike Faist Reveals How He Found His Connor Murphy
June 2, 2017

Just a little bit over a week away from Broadway's biggest night, star of Dear Evan Hansen, Mike Faist, is finally getting into the swing of awards season. The first-time Tony nominee has earned love from fans and critics alike for his complex portrayal of a teen in trouble. Below, watch as Faist chats with Richard Ridge about the complex Connor Murphy.

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!
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 Tusslein 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!

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
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!

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!
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 legendsMichael BallandAlfie Boewill perform their first-and-only U.S. performance tonight, May 23. at New YorkCity Center. Below, watch as the duo chats about performing together onstage, their friendship offstage and so much 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!
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.

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
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!

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
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!

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Let Her Give You the Low-Down... Susan Stroman Talks PRINCE OF BROADWAY, LITTLE DANCER, and Returning to CRAZY FOR YOU!Backstage with Richard Ridge: Let Her Give You the Low-Down... Susan Stroman Talks PRINCE OF BROADWAY, LITTLE DANCER, and Returning to CRAZY FOR YOU!
February 5, 2017

Five-time Tony Award winnerSusan Stromanwill direct and choreograph Manhattan Concert Productions'25th Anniversary concert performances of Crazy for You. In addition to Stroman's choreography from the original production, this performance features a stunning Broadway and television cast (led by Laura Osnes and Tony Yazbeck), including a professional creative team, a chorus of 240 singers from across the United States, and the enlarged forces of the New York City Chamber Orchestra.

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
January 29, 2017

Shewon 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.



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