Courtney Marie is a New Jersey native who first fell in love with the performing arts after seeing the Rockettes as a young girl. She has a degree in journalism from Marist College and currently works in media. In addition to devouring all the theater that both NJ and NYC has to offer, Courtney also takes to the stage with AfterWork Theater, and has performed in productions of Hairspray and Anything Goes. She is very grateful for the chance to share her experiences with friends and family.
Renown actress of the screen and stage, Harriet Harris (Tony Award; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Bebe Glazer on the hit show, Frasier) joins Berkshire Theatre Group this summer in the classic Joseph Kesselring's play, Arsenic and Old Lace. A play that has gone down in history for its dark humor, Arsenic and Old Lace revolves around the crazy lives of the Brewster family. Harris plays one half of a dynamic sister duo, Abby Brewster, who believes that they are doing the population of lonely, old gentleman a service by offering them their arsenic-laced wine. These twisted acts of charity are just one example of the casual nature that the play presents when it comes to death and other taboo subjects that give audience members permission to laugh at its absurd nature.BWW Interview: Stage and Screen Star, Daphne Rubin-Vega, On the 2017 REBEL VERSES YOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL July 18, 2017
In a new partnership with Vineyard Theatre, Developing Artists will present its REBEL VERSES Youth Arts Festival at a new home this summer - Vineyard Theatre (108 E. 15th St.) - with performances July 27th, 28th, 29th and August 3rd, 4th and 5th. Each night will provide the opportunity for a number of youth performing arts organizations from NYC and beyond to work with a celebrity show and put on between six to eight short performances a night. These young performers will have the chance to take part in workshops led by experts industry experts who will coach them in a variety of performing arts areas including voice, acting on camera, and more.BWW Interview: Anthony Rapp On His Role in the New Film, DO YOU TAKE THIS MAN and the Importance of the Commitment of Marriage July 12, 2017
Anthony Rapp has been breaking barriers to social change with his roles for decades. Opening up the hearts of audiences from his days as Mark Cohen in Rent, Rapp continues to challenge the status quo in the new film, Do You Take This Man. Rapp stars as Daniel, one half of a couple preparing for marriage, and on the eve of the wedding, family and friends gather with the couple to celebrate the upcoming marriage. The gathering ultimately sparks thoughts within Daniel about the core of his relationship to his partner, Christopher (Jonathan Bennett) and what it truly means to make a life-long commitment. In doing so, the film emphasizes the important fact that any marriage - gay or straight - takes a lot of work and requires a constant flow of communications and support from both partners, as well as their family and friends.BWW Interview: Megan Loomis of WOODY SEZ: THE LIFE & MUSIC OF WOODY GUTHRIE On Guthrie's Influence and Cherishing the Art of Storytelling July 3, 2017
As part of their 2017 summer season, Irish Repertory Theatre, is presenting the music, life, and legacy of folk icon, Woody Guthrie in the musical, Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie. Actress and musician, Megan Loomis, has starred in this production in Guthrie's home state of Oklahoma as well as internationally in Scotland and Vienna and is excited to bring Guthrie's influence to New York City this summer!
BroadwayWorld had an enlightening conversation with Loomis about Guthrie's impact on American music as well as around the world; performing the show in different cities; and cherishing the art of storytelling in this fast-paced technological age.BWW Interview: Director Joe O'Byrne Returns to Irish Rep this Summer with THE ARAN ISLANDS June 30, 2017
As part of their 2017 summer season, Irish Repertory Theatre, is presenting the US premiere of THE ARAN ISLANDS, directed by Joe O' Byrne. Returning to Irish Rep after 16 years, O'Byrne is looking forward to sharing Irish playwright, John Millington Synge's work with New York audiences and is grateful to this organization for making it possible to share the work of Irish artists. This classic work celebrates the art of storytelling and challenges audiences to step outside their own cultures for a brief time and immerse themselves in a whole new world of discovery and enlightenment.
BroadwayWorld had the incredible opportunity to speak with O'Byrne about his return to Irish Rep; the work of John Millington Synge; and how the themes and lessons are still applicable today.BWW Interview: Tony Winning Choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler Talks ABC's DIRTY DANCING & Finding an Honest Connection to the Music May 22, 2017
Award-winning dancer, choreographer, and director, Andy Blankenbuehler, has worked on some of the most groundbreaking musicals of all time, including Hamilton and In the Heights, and has used movement to connect to the complex and beautiful truth of the human condition. His current project, choreographing the long-anticipated ABC revival of one of the most classic movies of all-time, Dirty Dancing, has allowed Blankenbuehler to keep flexing his artistic muscles, and enter into a world of increased depth and discovery with its cherished characters. Since the original first debuted, Blankenbuehler was moved by its powerful themes of strength, liberation, love, and allowing the art of dance to serve as a powerful voice.NYC Working Professionals Share Friendship and Life Lessons in Presentation of Jason Robert Brown's 'Songs for a New World' May 17, 2017
A group of working NYC professionals with a talent and passion for the performing arts are coming together this May for a special presentation of Jason Robert Brown's first musical, Songs for a New World. This production uses the themes and adages from this profound work to illustrate the human response to change and the beauty of embracing the journey for all its worth. With the added bonus of getting to perform with a group of friends, this cast is also excited to prove that you can always follow your dreams and find that creative outlet that provides balance to the routine of everyday life and responsibilities.BWW Interview: Broadway's Max Chernin on 'SUNDAY IN THE PARK' and Keeping Art Alive April 18, 2017
Broadway's Max Chernin made his debut last spring in the Steve Martin and Edie Brickell musical, Bright Star, and is currently starring in the revival of Sondheim and Lapine's Sunday in the Park with George - a beautiful living portrait illustrating the complexity of art, love, and human relationships. The talented young actor joins a top-notch cast, headlined by Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford, and plays a soldier who doesn't speak, but is keenly aware of the world around him.
BroadwayWorld had the chance to speak with Chernin during the production's final days and learned more about his career experiences; the music and lessons of Sunday in the Park with George; and the importance of keeping art alive in this technological age.BWW Interview: Ringmaster David Williamson on Circus 1903 Coming to NYC, Magic Tricks, and Keeping Circus Traditions Alive April 4, 2017
David Williamson's love of magic began at a young age and has led him to an amazing career! His current role as the Ringmaster and emcee of Circus 1903 - The Golden Age of Circus has taken him all around the globe and now is in the heart of its North American tour, coming to The Theater at Madison Square Garden this April. This thrilling, nostalgic, and electric masterpiece, from the producers of The Illusionists and the puppeteers behind War Horse, features incredible stunts, acrobatics, and life-size puppets - making it perfect for the whole family!BWW Interview: Director Leigh Silverman On Her Longstanding Career in New York Theater and THE OUTER SPACE March 16, 2017
Screen and stage actor, George Merrick, has starred in some of the most unforgettable and entertaining productions, such as the revival of South Pacific and Honeymoon in Vegas, and measures his success by how much he is enjoying his work. He has learned from legends like Danny Burstein, and has discovered opportunities to create new work and walk into experiences with fresh eyes and an open heart. These projects have allowed his passion for performing to grow, and his current role in Ring Twice for Miranda explores the notion of being governed by emotions and longing in a tumultuous world where humans fight each day for survival.BWW Interview: LaChanze Is 'Feeling Good' About Her New EP, Highline Ballroom Concert, and Upcoming National Tour! January 28, 2017
NYC-based actor, stand-up comedian, and writer, Gianmarco Soresi, is leaving audiences in stitches once again with a new comedy sketch series, 'Matza Pizza' - his own creation with actor/producer Lindsay-Elizabeth Hand. With new videos each Monday, this highly entertaining series explores experiences and customs relative to Soresi's Jewish Italian heritage while asking the bigger questions related to the meaning of life and one's own existence.BWW Interview: Ryan Silverman of FINIAN'S RAINBOW at Irish Rep December 1, 2016
In these uncertain and often turbulent times, it's so important to have a glimmer of hope to see the journey through. Irish Rep, which showcases Irish & Irish-America productions Off-Broadway, is rediscovering those themes that have plagued our country for decades with their latest production of 'Finian's Rainbow.' First premiering on Broadway in 1947, this iconic show explore the notions of greed, prejudice, and conflict in our country while trying to keep an optimistic attitude about human nature, belonging, and the meaning of life.BWW Interview: Evan Greenberg and Cardozie Jones Building Community with AfterWork Theater in WEST SIDE STORY November 14, 2016
AfterWork Theater, a New York City nonprofit designed to make theater available to all, is magnifying the importance of community in its fall main stage production, West Side Story. While our world continues to experience conflict, uncertainty, and injustice, AfterWork Theater is that beacon of light in the darkness and brings together people of all backgrounds, ages, and walks of life to share one passion - - the joy of performing.BWW Interview: Jake Epstein Reflects On His Return to BEAUTIFUL and the Legacy of Gerry Goffin October 12, 2016
The abundantly talented Jake Epstein returns to Broadway's Beautiful :The Carole King Musical this fall and is savoring the experience of stepping back into a role he originated almost three years ago, as one of rock and roll's top songwriters. Gerry Goffin wrote the lyrics to some of the most celebrated masterpieces that not only defined a generation, but also continue to pierce the hearts of human beings everywhere -- as they stem from themes that are most pertinent to our nature. Themes of love, loss, confusion, joy, and pain all bleed into the words and melodies that Goffin created with songwriting partner and first wife -- the beloved Carole King. With immortal hits such as 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow' 'Up on the Roof,' and '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,' among countless others, Goffin and King were able to explore the depths of the human experience - regardless of gender - and have produced a legacy that will continue to remain timeless and evoke nostalgia for years to come.BWW Interview: Behind the Choreography of SLUMBER with Keone Madrid October 5, 2016
Don't miss the electric SLUMBER at @houseofyesnyc from Oct 6 - Nov 6