JARED WEST is a Dallas-based actor and is thrilled to join the ranks of BroadwayWorld.com writers. Previously, he worked as Senior Editor and Freelance Writer (Travel/Entertainment) for Outlook Magazine. On stage, he was recently seen in A New Brain (Roger), Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik; BroadwayWorld.com award winner), Ragtime (Younger Brother), Guys and Dolls (Sky Masterson), Hairspray (Brad), The Music Man (Marcellus; MET award nominee), and Cabaret (Cliff).
This afternoon, I had the opportunity to speak with James Hayden Rodriguez, who is currently playing Luke/Ares in the national tour of THE LIGHTNING THIEF, based on the Rick Riordan novel of the same title. I reached him in beautiful, breezy Eugene, Oregon, where the weather was great and he was enjoying some time before his show this evening.BWW Review: The National Tour of FALSETTOS at Winspear Opera House February 14, 2019
Love: it brings joy and fear and peace and pain. You don't always know what you're going to get. Is love worth stepping into the unknown? What would you do for love? FALSETTOS, now playing at the Winspear Opera House, addresses these questions and the risks we take in loving.BWW Review: FLY BY NIGHT at Runway Theatre January 26, 2019
We are all connected to everything we can see and can't see. That is one of the themes of the hilarious, heart-filled, not-to-be-missed musical FLY BY NIGHT, opening this weekend at Runway Theatre.BWW Review: BLOOD BROTHERS at Imprint Theatreworks October 28, 2018
For those in the musical theatre world, you have probably heard of BLOOD BROTHERS, even if you don't really know the music or the plot. It is the third longest-running show in the West End (after Les Miz and Phantom), and played for over 10,000 performances! Imprint Theatreworks has taken on this show as the closer to their season. However, due to weakness in the writing of both the book and the music, it is difficult to imagine this being a smash hit here in the States like it was across the pond.BWW Review: DOGFIGHT at Onstage In Bedford June 23, 2018
Teenagers can be mean to one another. Add to that the stress and fear of war, as well as the traditions of their fathers, and it can turn downright cruel. Yet, cruelty doesn't have to be the end result: it can lead to teachable moments, understanding and love. That's the foundation for the plot of DOGFIGHT, a thought-provoking and heart-touching musical currently playing at Onstage in Bedford, directed by Lon Barrera.MTD's MEMPHIS has powerful message, but lacks heart May 6, 2018
Love is love. That is the overarching message to the storyline of MEMPHIS. Love who you love: male, female, black or white. In the case of this particular show, the historically societal boundary being crossed is one of race. However, the words and songs in the script could apply to many current-day issues. Sadly, the performance at Music Theatre of Denton misses the mark and the message is lost amid uneven performances and questionable direction.BWW Review: A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS at Dallas Children's Theater November 19, 2017
As the Christmas holiday approaches, people turn to family, friends and traditions. One tradition that continues to connect generations is A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, and you can now see it come to life onstage at Dallas Children's Theater.BWW Review: Janelle Lutz is approved in APPLICATION PENDING October 22, 2017
Everyone can agree on the importance of proper education. But, what if you don't get into the right school? And, do you have to attend a private school to make it into an Ivy League school? There can be a lot of stress and strain around the application process. In Circle Theatre's latest production, Janelle Lutz proves she isn't solely a musical theatre genius and shows off her acting chops by transforming herself into over forty different roles, taking the audience through the roller coaster of emotions that surrounds the high stakes of kindergarten admissions in the wildly funny, often irreverent APPLICATION PENDING.BWW Review: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at THEATRE THREE June 13, 2017
Opening night at Theatre Three's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC got off to a slow start, due to the late arrival of one of the theatre technicians. The show itself followed suit, starting off slow, but finding its stride as the evening continued, and ultimately ending in a heartwarming finale. While it may not be everyone's cup of tea, this production is strong and well worth seeing.BWW Review: GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! at Tarrant Actors Regional Theatre May 14, 2017
Gutenberg. Without Johannes Gutenberg and his invention of the printing press, life would be very different in our world. We wouldn't have widely distributed books. Most of us wouldn't know how to read or write. And, tragically, we wouldn't have this wildly ridiculous, often inappropriate and hilarious show, GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! being produced by Tarrant Actors Regional Theatre.BWW Review: CALENDAR GIRLS at MainStage Irving-Las Colinas March 19, 2017
Everyone has those friends who have been with you through thick and thin, who know your ins and outs and for whom you'd do pretty much anything. Lon Barrera, in his Director's notes for MainStage Irving-Las Colinas' latest show CALENDAR GIRLS, calls them "framily," and this play is about the meaning of friendship and just how far you would go for those people in your circle.BWW Review: Dallas Theater Center Takes Us to Church with THE CHRISTIANS February 5, 2017
Yesterday, I had a chance to speak with Felicity Jones Latta, who is currently playing Judy (the mother) in the national tour of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME. She was in Chicago getting ready for a packed day.BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON at Winspear Opera House December 22, 2016
When you think of SOUTH PARK and its no-holds-barred, foul-mouthed humor, you don't tend to think of stories of faith and hope. But, when writers Trey Parker and Matt Stone (along with Robert Lopez of AVENUE Q and FROZEN fame) got together to write a musical based on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (better known as Mormons), that's exactly what resulted. THE BOOK OF MORMON is a satirical masterpiece - and it has become a Broadway sensation.BWW Review: Rudolph Takes Flight at Dallas Summer Musicals November 28, 2016
You know Dasher and Dancer . . . and, unless you've been living without television since the TV special first aired in 1964, you know the most famous reindeer of all: RUDOLPH, THE RED-NOSED REINDEER. And now, he's here in Dallas, starring in a stage musical! This marks the third year of the national tour and it is quickly becoming a holiday tradition.