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.
As part of The Transport Group's 2018-2019 season, the compelling and provocative musical, Renascence, premieres in New York City this fall. Broadway musical director, (If/Then, American Idiot) Carmel Dean, celebrates her debut as a composer on this captivating new musical about the story of Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) - a fearless female poet who was tremendously ahead of her time. Ms. Millay dove deep into her soul to express the rawest thoughts and feelings associated with the human experience - especially around the women's issues that still affect our society in 2018.
BroadwayWorld had the opportunity to connect with Dean about making her compositional debut; what she admires most about Edna St. Vincent Millay; and how we can learn from the powerful leaders who came before us.BWW Interview: LEWISTON/CLARKSTON's Leah Karpel on Looking Back and Forging Ahead October 25, 2018
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is treating New York audiences to a very special experience this fall with Lewiston / Clarkston, two plays by Samuel D. Hunter presented together - with a communal meal break in between! The plays ask the big questions through the modern-day descendants of Lewis and Clark as they ponder the idea of the legacy of the American push west. While Lewiston focuses on the past, Clarkston focuses on the future - dealing with the obstacles that come with the journey and seeing life differently through the eyes of another person.
BroadwayWorld had the opportunity to chat with cast member, Leah Karpel, who stars in Lewiston about the unique structure of the evening; the most important lessons of the journeys; and why building community is so important in the theater industry.BWW Interview: The Legendary Lorna Luft on Her Return to Feinstein's/54 Below and the Importance of Gratitude October 15, 2018
Legendary television, stage and film actress and singer Lorna Luft returns to Feinstein's/54 Below this October with a brand new show, To 'L' and Back! The evenings are an opportunity to say thank you and celebrate all of the goodness that life has to offer. Join Luft, during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in standing together when it comes to the unpredictable ride of life and savoring the joyful moments. September 25, 2018
Family fun will be reaching new heights this fall, as Machine de Cirque lands at the New 42nd Street New Victory Theater this September! This award-winning circus from Quebec features awe-inspiring moves, such as teeterboard backflips, trapeze work, juggling, and bicycle tricks, while set to live percussion. Not only will children be swept up in the sights and sounds, but adults will also be captivated!BWW Interview: Irish Actor, Shane O'Regan, on PRIVATE PEACEFUL and Contemplating the Purpose of War August 27, 2018
War! What is it good for? Private Peaceful, adapted and directed by Simon Reade, will make its New York debut at The TBG Mainstage Theatre this August and leave it up to audiences to answer this age-old question. Irish actor, Shane O' Regan, plays 40 characters over the course of this 90-minute play, centered on young solider, Tommo Peaceful, and the bond he has with older brother, Charlie. With war and destruction plaguing his family's small English town, Tommo reflects on the meaning of life and what's most important. Through it all, he works to see the humanity in others, reminding us all of our innate purpose - to love.BWW Interview: Theater Mitu's, Scott Spahr On Bridging the Gap Between Human Loss and Connection in New Show, REMNANT August 24, 2018
Celebrating the world premiere of Remnant in their new space, MITU580, the company of Theater Mitu has made navigating the journey of loss a communal one. Founding member, Scott Spahr (Broadway's Chicago, On the Town, Jerome Robbins' Broadway) has made theater a vehicle for connection among his company and the larger community. While life is sprinkled with hard times and seasons of grief, there's one important truth we cannot ignore: We are never truly alone.BWW Interview: SPRING AWAKENING Alum, Emily Kinney, Talks New Album 'Oh, Jonathan'- Out Aug. 24! August 20, 2018
Identical twin brothers, Peter and Will Anderson, have kept a pure love of music and discovery from their childhood at the forefront, as they've built successful careers and found their place in the jazz community. Playing the clarinet and saxophone since grade school, this duo went on to study at The Juilliard School, and through the support of their mentors, were introduced to different sounds and styles and guided to performance opportunities all throughout New York City. Building impressive resumes, they have toured all throughout the United States, as well as internationally, and have worked on composing their own music for numerous albums. Inspiring audiences of all ages, these modern-day trailblazers are keeping the legacies of the greats alive by sharing the soulful history and sounds of jazz that have influenced generations.BWW Interview: Acclaimed Director and Choreographer, Spencer Liff on Love, Acceptance, and the Joy of Dance in the New Go-Go's Musical HEAD OVER HEELS July 17, 2018
Acclaimed director and choreographer, Spencer Liff, has made a name for himself in the worlds of theater, television, and film and is flexing his creative muscles once again for the new Broadway musical featuring the music of the Go-Go's - Head Over Heels! Receiving two Emmy nominations for his work on "So You Think You Can Dance," Spencer has choreographed routines that have been viewed by millions across the globe and brings his artistry and talent to this high-energy and fun show that emphasizes messages of love and acceptance for our world, no matter the time period!BWW Interview: FIRE IN DREAMLAND's Kyle Beltran on Resilience, Re-Building, and Reigniting the Light July 3, 2018
No stranger to the Public Theater, Kyle Beltran, has performed in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Head of Passes, and The Fortress of Solitude, and now returns to the stage for Fire in Dreamland. Coming to audiences from playwright, Rinne Groff and directed by Marissa Wolf, this thought-provoking play examines uncovering possibility and new life in the face of destruction. Beltran plays Lance, a young man who is moving from youth into adulthood and dealing with all the challenges that come up along the way.BWW Interview: Irish Rep's William Bellamy on Finding His Second Home and The Enchantment of ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER June 27, 2018
This summer, Irish Rep is bringing the beauty and wonder of one of Broadway's most captivating musicals, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever back to New York City. With music by Burton Lane, theatergoers can soak up the magical score comprised of classics such as 'What Did I Have That I Don't Have?' as well as the title song 'On a Clear Day You Can See Forever' - among countless others.
BroadwayWorld recently caught up with ensemble and chorus member, William Bellamy, who covers multiple roles in the production, about the unforgettable score; how he finds balance in playing numerous parts on stage; and uncovering his past self.BWW Interview: Last Call! Paul Alexander Nolan Reflects on ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE & Navigating the Journey of Life June 22, 2018
New York-based performer, director, and cabaret star, Seth Sikes, returns to Feinstein's/54 Below this May with his exciting new show -- The Songs That Got Away. These songs, paying tribute to the legendary Judy Garland, have not yet been performed for audiences and will be sure to leave fans feeling inspired and deeply moved. BroadwayWorld had the opportunity to speak with Sikes in advance about Ms. Garland's influence; the songs that have not yet been performed; and his contemporary twist on the classics that have defined generations.BWW Interview: HEDWIG Alum, Hannah Corneau, Shares Her Truth, Life Lessons, and Light in New Visual EP April 16, 2018
The incredibly talented and inspirational Hannah Corneau, most recently seen playing Yitzhak in the national tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, is getting ready to release the first of three videos with her new visual EP, ??? this April! Reflecting on her experiences on stage (Evita at the Marriott Theatre, Off-Broadway's Daddy Long Legs), as well as performing with NYC's RANGE a cappella, Corneau takes listeners on a journey of discovering truth in all of life's moments and recognizing how limitless our potential as human beings really is, as we prepare to soar!BWW Interview: Evanna Lynch on the 20th Anniversary Revival of DISCO PIGS and the Complexity of Growing Up February 27, 2018
Irish actress of the screen and stage, Evanna Lynch, knows a thing or two about the complexities of growing up. From her role in the Harry Potter films as Luna Lovegood to her time on stage in Disco Pigs at Irish Rep as Runt, Lynch has felt the deepest emotions of these characters as they navigate adolescence. Coming from across the pond, this special 20th anniversary revival has made Chelsea's Irish Repertory its home and gives US audiences the opportunity to celebrate the milestone - through March 4th only!2017 MAC Award Winner, Rick Skye, Brings Bazaaz! A Sequined Variety, to NYC's Don't Tell Mama! December 17, 2017
The talented and vivacious, Rick Skye, has drummed up tremendous praise and accolades -- most recently, the 2017 Manhattan Association of Cabarets (MAC) Award -- from his performances both in the United States and abroad. Performing as the iconic Liza Minelli, Skye has starred in many hit shows, such as Barbra and Liza LIVE!; A Slice O' Minnelli; as well as toured with Liza LIVE! throughout England. He has also written and performed in the Flip Side of Neil Sedaka, which earned him a Bistro Award. His most recent success was Judy and Liza Together Again which closed after an incredible seven-year run at Don't Tell Mama and earned him two MAC Awards.BWW Interview: Jeanna de Waal Talks the Next Phase of Broadway Weekends & Offering Access to Theater, Community, Fun, & Confidence for All December 12, 2017
Broadway actress, Jeanna de Waal (American Idiot, Kinky Boots) is using her love for theater, community, and self-expression to give back with her phenomenal program, Broadway Weekends. Made up of a team of professional Broadway actors, dancers, and musicians, this program creates a fun, fulfilling, and safe environment for people to reawaken the theatre kid within themselves - from doctors to lawyers to parents and their teenagers. Proof that anyone and everyone can get involved and uncover their true potential and passion for performing!BWW Interview: Janine DiVita Brings Her Intoxicating Show, LIT, to Feinstein's/54 Below November 13, 2017
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's gorgeous musical, Bright Star, will be coming to the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles this fall and will feature a number of original cast members. The talented and charismatic A.J. Shively will reprise his role as Billy Cane, the young soldier who returns from war and pursues his dream of being a writer at home in North Carolina. Shively's character is full of hope and optimism, as he is figuring out what's most important in life and coming full circle with the individuals who have shaped his personal story.