Lee Cooley

Lee Cooley

Lee Cooley started as a freelance film critic in 1978. After more than 20 years in TV, radio and advertising, he started the non-profit phase of his career (Make-A-Wish America, Valley Youth Theatre) and is now communications manager for the largest trade association in Arizona. Cooley is past president of Irish Network Arizona and the Arizona Southwest Heritage Foundation. With roots in community theater, he has played a variety of character roles including Mort in CALIFORNIA SUITE (Players By the Sea), Sheriff Thomas in RAINMAKER (Hale Centre Theatre) and Elwood in HARVEY (Don Bluth Front Row Theatre).




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BWW Review: DIE HARD: A CHRISTMAS STORY at Playhouse On The ParkBWW Review: DIE HARD: A CHRISTMAS STORY at Playhouse On The Park
Posted: Dec. 4, 2017


BWW Previews: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE at Don Bluth Front Row TheatreBWW Previews: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre
Posted: Nov. 18, 2017


BWW Exclusive Interview: Tom LaMarr author of ZERO GRAVITYBWW Exclusive Interview: Tom LaMarr author of ZERO GRAVITY
Posted: Oct. 20, 2017


BWW Review: IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT at Don Bluth Front Row TheatreBWW Review: IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre
Posted: Apr. 13, 2018


BWW Review: ANCIENT MUSICAL TREASURES FROM CENTRAL CHINA at Musical Instrument MuseumBWW Review: ANCIENT MUSICAL TREASURES FROM CENTRAL CHINA at Musical Instrument Museum
Posted: Feb. 19, 2018


BWW Review: LOW DOWN DIRTY BLUES at Herberger Theater CenterBWW Review: LOW DOWN DIRTY BLUES at Herberger Theater Center
Posted: Apr. 16, 2018


BWW Review: BLACK PANTHER at Theaters EverywhereBWW Review: BLACK PANTHER at Theaters Everywhere
Posted: Feb. 19, 2018


BWW Interview: Dan Edwards of THE RAYFORD BROTHERSBWW Interview: Dan Edwards of THE RAYFORD BROTHERS
May 30, 2018

The Rayford Brothers took rockabilly and tiki clubs by storm in So-Cal and now they're starting to rock the Western U.S. including Chopper John's in Phoenix on June 14.

BWW Previews: CALLING ALL  EARTHLINGS at ILLUMINATE Film FestivalBWW Previews: CALLING ALL EARTHLINGS at ILLUMINATE Film Festival
May 27, 2018

The documentary CALLING ALL EARTHLINGS has something for everyone: alien abduction, conspiracy theories, time machines and a real-life cast of characters you can't make up.

BWW Review: LOW DOWN DIRTY BLUES at Herberger Theater CenterBWW Review: LOW DOWN DIRTY BLUES at Herberger Theater Center
April 16, 2018

If you've ever wondered what kind of music led to The British Invasion of the 1960s, go see LOW DOWN DIRTY BLUES, now through April 22 at the Herberger Theater in Phoenix, Ariz.

BWW Review: IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT at Don Bluth Front Row TheatreBWW Review: IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre
April 13, 2018

Adapting a classic film to the stage is no easy task. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT director Erica Parrish found it 'a challenge, but lots of fun.'

BWW Review: BLACK PANTHER at Theaters EverywhereBWW Review: BLACK PANTHER at Theaters Everywhere
February 19, 2018

What can be said about the film adaptation of Marvel Comics' BLACK PANTHER that hasn't been reported already?

BWW Review: ANCIENT MUSICAL TREASURES FROM CENTRAL CHINA at Musical Instrument MuseumBWW Review: ANCIENT MUSICAL TREASURES FROM CENTRAL CHINA at Musical Instrument Museum
February 19, 2018

Ancient Chinese Secret? Harmony in music is a metaphor for harmony in life. Hear it, feel it during the Ancient Musical Treasure exhibit through May 6 at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix.

BWW Review: DIE HARD: A CHRISTMAS STORY at Playhouse On The ParkBWW Review: DIE HARD: A CHRISTMAS STORY at Playhouse On The Park
December 4, 2017

What happens when you mix puppets with cult classics like DIE HARD, A WONDERFUL LIFE and A CHRISTMAS CAROL? Just ask the All Puppet Players artistic director and movie buff Shaun Michael McNamara or better yet, see it.

BWW Previews: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE at Don Bluth Front Row TheatreBWW Previews: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre
November 18, 2017

This year's melting pot production of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE @donbluththeatre starring Harmon Swartz and Erica Parrish!

BWW Exclusive Interview: Tom LaMarr author of ZERO GRAVITYBWW Exclusive Interview: Tom LaMarr author of ZERO GRAVITY
October 20, 2017

After two acclaimed novels and a memoir, author Tom LaMarr returns with his first Young Adult novel, ZERO GRAVITY.

BWW Review: THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD Opening August 18BWW Review: THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD Opening August 18
August 10, 2017

THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD is an action-packed formula film with all the right ingredients.

BWW Review: 1070 at Herberger Theater CenterBWW Review: 1070 at Herberger Theater Center
June 24, 2017

New Carpa Theater's #1070theplay shows the impact S.B. 1070 had on one Mexican family and the damage done to @ArizonaTourism.

BWW Feature: NEAL MCDONOUGH Q&A at Phoenix ComiconBWW Feature: NEAL MCDONOUGH Q&A at Phoenix Comicon
May 28, 2017

Neal McDonough reveals the future of Damien Darhk on CW's LEGENDS OF TOMORROW.

BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Tour Two at ASU GammageBWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Tour Two at ASU Gammage
May 21, 2017

THE BOOK OF MORMON is just as irreverently funny now as it was when it opened in 2011.

BWW EXCLUSIVE: Dick Van Dyke to star in CAPTURE THE FLAGBWW EXCLUSIVE: Dick Van Dyke to star in CAPTURE THE FLAG
May 3, 2017

Tony-Emmy-Grammy Winner Dick Van Dyke to star in heartwarming vet flick CAPTURE THE FLAG with military-veteran actors Barry Corbin, John Amos and Paul Dooley.

BWW Review: NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS at Hale Centre TheatreBWW Review: NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS at Hale Centre Theatre
April 16, 2017

NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS flashes back to simpler, slower-paced times. Great for 1950s sitcom fans 65+.

BWW Feature: ANDYLAND - An Amalgam of Music (Brontosaurus Records)BWW Feature: ANDYLAND - An Amalgam of Music (Brontosaurus Records)
February 20, 2017

Percussionist Andy Robinson has been playing professionally in California bands since the 1970s. His latest instrumental album, ANDYLAND (Brontosaurus Records), is an amazing amalgam of world beat, bluegrass and rock!

BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at ASU GammageBWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at ASU Gammage
December 8, 2016

#MammaMia Farewell as good/better than previous national tours @ASUGammage

BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROL KING MUSICAL at ASU GammageBWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROL KING MUSICAL at ASU Gammage
November 25, 2016

Thanks to @BwayAmerica for sharing Julia Knitel as Carole King with Phoenix @ASUGammage. #SomeKindOfWonderful

BWW Interview: Anthony Kearns to perform at Irish 'oasis' in PhoenixBWW Interview: Anthony Kearns to perform at Irish 'oasis' in Phoenix
October 15, 2016

Youngest member of #IrishTenors shares memorable moments, favorite sopranos and more!




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