Joe Panarello is one of those people who have most certainly been born with theater in their blood. As an actor, Joe has played such varied roles as Harry Roat in Frederick Knott's Wait Until Dark, Jimmy Smith in No, No Nanette and Lazer Wolf in Fiddler on the Roof a vehicle he's performed in several times and designed the sets for on one occasion. He's also directed productions of Thornton Wilder's Our Town, Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park and Henrich Ibsen's Peer Gynt. Joe is a respected author who has written over 100 articles for BWW. Although his latest work, The Authoritative History of Corduroy won't be published until this summer, it is already being translated into several different languages by a group of polyglot nuns in Tormento, Italy.. The proceeds from their labors will go to the restoration of the nearby Cathedral of Gorgonzola.
When an audience is sitting in an intimate theater and watching a two-character play, the only way to gauge their appreciation is by the quality of the silence between the bon mots that are scattered throughout the text. Such is the case at New York's Theater For A New City, where Matt Morillo's new play All Aboard The Marriage Hearse is the current attraction.Jerry Herman: He'll Be Here Tomorrow December 29, 2007
Reached by telephone in Florida on the day after Christmas, Jerry Herman had just taken his morning swim and was enjoying the balmy weather. 'It's beautiful here. You know you take your chances with the weather this time of the year even in Miami, but it's just been beautiful.' After doing considerable reading about the composer and enjoying a lengthy conversation with him, it is quite apparent that much of this man's life has indeed been quite beautiful.Oscar, Tony and Keith Lockhart December 5, 2007
Conductor and Maestro Keith Lockhart is a true gem of a performer and one whose recordings and concerts with the Boston Pops that begs repeated hearings.Getting 'Ritz-y' with Brooks Ashmanskas November 12, 2007
Professionalism. It is a word that is bandied about with frequency in theater circles. When it is applied to a gaggle of pint-sized vagabonds who are rehearsing a middle school production of Oliver!, it becomes laughable. However, when its observed first-hand on one of New York's stages, it is truly appreciated. Such is the case at The Player's Theater on MacDougal Street. It is there that television actor John Driscoll has taken over two key roles in Matt Morillo's comedy Angry Young Women in Low-Rise Jeans with High-Class Issues. The Multiple Personalities of Stephen Lang August 1, 2007
Three time Tony Award-winner Boyd Gaines discusses his varied acting career, as well as his next role as Herbie in Encores! Summer Stars Gypsy, opposite Patti LuPone! There's Nothing Mute About Nick Spangler May 31, 2007
Nick Spangler chats about a performing career that has led him to the current Off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks, in which he plays the MuteIt's 'Curtains' Up for Jason Danieley March 19, 2007
Ryan Ward, a welcome new addition to the theatre community, wields a mean chainsaw-arm as Ash in Off-Broadway's Evil Dead: The MusicalThe Nun Sings But the Show Never Soars September 18, 2006
At the conclusion of the new musical on stage at the Theater at St. Clement's Church, an animated film of flowers blooming is projected on the cyclorama. It is supposed to represent a prayed-for miracle, however the lighting and the metallic confetti falling in front of it make the flowers appear out of focus and at times completely blurred. It seems a fitting way to end a show that has great promise but is completely out of focus in its present stateHe's Still Here: A Chat with Broadway's John McMartin August 22, 2006
For many years the theater community wondered why Tony Award wining actress Patti LuPone had never been cast as Mama Rose in the various revivals of the legendary musical GYPSY...Finally, the part and the actress were brought together at Ravinia's Music Festival and the results surpassed expectationsBehind the Stage Door with Danny Burstein July 6, 2006
Danny Burstein, the stage door favorite who plays narcissistic Latin Lover Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone, is anything but vain about his theatrical accomplishmentsGender Bending With Brian Charles Rooney June 5, 2006
A visitor walking into the Avatar recording studio in New York City last May was greeted with the most stirring rendition of Stephen Sondheim's 'Too Many Mornings'. The voices of Marin Mazzie and her husband, Jason Danieley, were so exceptionally suited to the music that a new dimension was added to the material.The World on a String: An Interview with Puppeteer Vit Horejs December 19, 2005
Joseph Panarello takes a look at the world famous Salzburg Marionettes and Puppeteer Vit Horejs.