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Jena Tesse Fox

Jena Tesse Fox Jena Tesse Fox is a lifelong theatre addict who has worked as an actress, a singer, a playwright, a director, a lyricist, a librettist, and a stage manager. While a student at Wells College, she also wrote for and edited the student newspaper, reviewing books, movies, and local theatre. By the time she graduated, Tesse knew that she was destined to be a theatre journalist, and so she is very excited to join the team of


BWW Interviews: David Burtka of BURTKA, DAVID at 54 Below
November 27, 2014

This week marks a notable homecoming on 54th Street: More than 10 years after he appeared as Tulsa in Gypsy, David Burtka is finally returning to the New York stage for two concerts at 54 Below, ending this evening.

BWW Interviews: Natascia Diaz of KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN at 54 Below
October 11, 2014

Natascia Diaz talks about returning to Kiss of the Spider Woman at 54 Below six years after first playing the title role in Washington, D.C.

BWW Interviews: Leslie Odom, Jr. Talks Tick, Tick...Boom
June 26, 2014

Leslie Odom, Jr. talks about starring in Tick, Tick...Boom at City Center's Encores! Off-Center series, performing on TV's Smash and choosing wings over cages.

BWW Reviews: Daisy Eagan at 54 Below
May 16, 2014

The youngest female Tony winner ever came to 54 Below with her new one-woman show about pregnancy, motherhood and all the changes a new baby can bring.

BWW Interviews: Lonny Price Talks SWEENEY TODD
March 4, 2014

Lonny Price talks about re-creating Sweeney Todd, working with movie stars and opera stars, and why Sondheim's masterpiece is more timely than ever.

March 2, 2014

Ted Stafford and Lorinda Lisitza find plenty of humor in this dark-themed cabaret at Don't Tell Mama.

BWW Interviews: Brian Stokes Mitchell Celebrates Holidays with New York Philharmonic
December 20, 2013

The Tony-winning star will sing holiday classics (and some new pieces) with the New York Philharmonic this weekend.

BWW Interviews: Into the Woods with Sweeney Todd: Phil Geoffrey Bond Talks Halloween Concerts and His New Role at 54 Below
October 31, 2013

Beyond a common composer, Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods are drastically different shows. But maybe they have more in common than one would believe at first glance. Phil Geoffrey Bond, who oversees the monthly Sondheim Unplugged concert at 54 Below, was inspired to combine songs from each show for a special Halloween concert, and found some surprising similarities between them. The result is Into Sweeney Todd's Woods, a one-night event at the year-old concert venue that will feature performers like Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd's original Sweeney), Sarah Rice (Sweeney Todd's original Johanna) and Pamela Winslow Kashani (Into the Woods' original Rapunzel).

BWW Interviews: Robin de Jesus Plays Ben Rimalower in Patti Issues
September 8, 2013

As he prepares to take over Ben Rimalower's one-man play at the Duplex, Robin de Jesus talks about creating and recreating roles and lives onstage and off.

BWW Interviews: Jennifer Ashley Tepper Looks Back, Ahead, and Below
September 3, 2013

As the new director of programming for 54 Below, Jennifer Ashley Tepper is looking to bring together new generations of musical theater performers and fans.

BWW Interviews: Judy Kuhn Talks Encores! and Cradle Will Rock
July 10, 2013

Judy Kuhn, who is starring in the inaugural Encores! Off Center production of Marc Blitzstein's The Cradle Will Rock, talks about the show, art, politics and how a 1937 musical can remain vital in 2013.

BWW Reviews: Richard III: Born with Teeth
April 29, 2013

Epic Theatre Ensemble's new adaptation of Shakespeare's classic brings the Wars of the Roses into the present day.

BWW Interviews: Tom Hewitt Takes On MEDEA
April 17, 2013

The Tony-nominated actor talks about bringing a new one-man play to life in an unlikely venue.

BWW Interviews: Smash's Megan Hilty Talks THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK
March 7, 2013

As she gears up for Friday's concert at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops and the release of her debut solo album, Megan Hilty talks about music, theater and the songs that move us.

BWW Interviews: Kelli O'Hara Talks CAROUSEL
February 19, 2013

As she gets ready to play Julie Jordan in the New York Philharmonic's upcoming production of Carousel, Kelli O'Hara shares her views on Rodgers & Hammerstein, women's choices and being ready for dream roles.

BWW Interviews: FIORELLO's Kate Baldwin: Getting Back to Basics
January 31, 2013

Kate Baldwin talks about Sheldon Harnick, Fiorello LaGuardia and one of the most unusual love songs on Broadway.

Recreating WORKING: Gordon Greenberg & Donna Lynne Champlin
December 27, 2012

The adapter/director and a featured performer talk about adapting a classic musical for a new generation, and connecting with a new kind of audience.

BWW Reviews: WORKING - All the Livelong Day
December 24, 2012

The 1978 musical is back for a limited run off-Broadway, courtesy of Prospect Theater Company.

BWW Reviews: Broadway Unplugged
December 10, 2012

Cheyenne Jackson, Julia Murney Andy Karl & Orfeh gathered at Town Hall for the ninth annual Broadway Unplugged concert this week.

November 17, 2012

Glee's Amber Riley makes her New York stage debut in this celebration of jazz, Harlem and the world of Duke Ellington.

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