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.
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.BWW Interview: Three-Time Oliver Winner Maria Friedman on Her Debut at Feinstein's/54 Below and Exploring the Work of the Greats September 19, 2017
Broadway's Lindsay Mendez (Wicked, Godspell, Grease, Significant Other) is returning to Feinstein's/54 Below this September with a brand new solo show that will explore the Golden Age of Broadway! Drawing from the gifted actress and singer's own musical favorites and influences, the show will also be reflective of Mendez's work as a teacher and how her students have inspired her journey as an artist.
BroadwayWorld had the incredible opportunity to connect with Mendez before her shows to discuss her return; her biggest musical influences; and introducing the next generation to classic repertoire.BWW Interview: Playwright Andre F. Degas on His New Play, THE HOUSE OF CHARITY, and the Healing Power of Giving Back September 5, 2017
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
Playwright David Harms is soaking up the joy of returning to a passion he had in school, as his first produced play in NYC hits the stage this January. This talented lawyer by day, creator by night, has trained as an actor and has spent years discovering his voice as a writer. Inspired by shows he sees, as well as the greatphilosophers, Harms is using theater as a vehicle to generate conversation and challenge audiences to open their minds. His new play, WHAT WE WANTED, provides a thoughtful analysis and approach to polygamy and its impact on human relationships.