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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LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Interview: Barry Yellen Took Broadway to Puerto Rico 50 Years Before HAMILTONBWW Interview: Barry Yellen Took Broadway to Puerto Rico 50 Years Before HAMILTON
Posted: Sep. 23, 2019


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BWW Review: SISTERS IN LAW at Phoenix Theater CompanyBWW Review: SISTERS IN LAW at Phoenix Theater Company
Posted: Apr. 10, 2019


BWW Review: PAS D'ACTION at Theatre Artists StudioBWW Review: PAS D'ACTION at Theatre Artists Studio
Posted: Mar. 20, 2019


BWW Review: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND on NetflixBWW Review: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND on Netflix
Posted: Feb. 20, 2019


BWW Review: ON YOUR FEET! at ASU GammageBWW Review: ON YOUR FEET! at ASU Gammage
Posted: Nov. 7, 2018


BWW Review: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN is a Hale Centre Hit!BWW Review: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN is a Hale Centre Hit!
Posted: Feb. 17, 2019


BWW Preview: 2019 WORLDWIDE WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL at Harkins Shea 14 includes two Irish entriesBWW Preview: 2019 WORLDWIDE WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL at Harkins Shea 14 includes two Irish entries
Posted: Jan. 7, 2019


BWW Review: S#!TFACED SHAKESPEARE at BLK BOX PHXBWW Review: S#!TFACED SHAKESPEARE at BLK BOX PHX
Posted: Dec. 11, 2018


BWW Interview: Barry Yellen Took Broadway to Puerto Rico 50 Years Before HAMILTON
September 23, 2019

After graduating from Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts in 1953, Barry Yellen wore many hats: stage manager, lighting designer, car show producer, managing director, touring show booker, film producer and distributor, fund manager.

BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS at Mesa Encore Theatre
September 10, 2019

It's not be the most lavish production, but it's got a lot of chudzpah. If you're a Sondheim fan who's not adverse to long and sometimes less than pitch-perfect performances, then pack a lunch and get your tix! https://bit.ly/2lGsKT8

BWW Review: SISTERS IN LAW at Phoenix Theater Company
April 10, 2019

The makings of a great play include an interesting story, stimulating dialogue, a convincing cast, skillful direction and a crackerjack creative team. The world premiere of SISTERS IN LAW at Phoenix Theatre has many of these elements.

BWW Review: PAS D'ACTION at Theatre Artists Studio
March 20, 2019

The world premiere of Hal Corley's PAS D' ACTION at Theatre Artists Studio (The Studio) is about fractured family dysfunction at its finest.

BWW Review: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND on Netflix
February 20, 2019

On a TV kids show, Pat McMahon played everything from a brat to a superhero. Then one of his biggest fans, #OrsonWelles, combined the two and created Marvin Fassbender, a wannabe Welles. This is one of the best backstories behind THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND. #Netflix

BWW Review: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN is a Hale Centre Hit!
February 17, 2019

@haletheatreaz has another hit with SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, now thru Mar. 30. Strong performances by Vaughn Sherman, Allan DeWitt, Abbi Cavanaugh & Erica Parrish are highlighted with iconic scenes recreated by director-choreographer Cambrian James & musical director Lincoln Wright.

BWW Preview: 2019 WORLDWIDE WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL at Harkins Shea 14 includes two Irish entries
January 7, 2019

The second annual WORLDWIDE WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL returns to the Harkins Shea 14 Theatre in Scottsdale, February 8-10, 2019. Among the entries from 21 countries are two from Ireland, a comedy called THE HOLY FAIL and a documentary entitled LOVERS OF THE NIGHT.

BWW Review: S#!TFACED SHAKESPEARE at BLK BOX PHX
December 11, 2018

S#!TFACED SHAKESPEARE doth not fall on its countenance, but one cast member per night could indeed given the imbibing that precedes and continues throughout each performance. Drink along or merrily watch...lest ye be called up on stage! Tickets at www.blkboxphx.com thru NYE.

BWW Review: ON YOUR FEET! at ASU Gammage
November 7, 2018

The touring company production of ON YOUR FEET! (The Emilio & Gloria Estefan Broadway Musical) personifies the evolution of 80's Cuban-pop music by the Miami Sound Machine.

BWW Review: DOCTOR WHO SEASON 11 on BBC America
October 8, 2018

DOCTOR WHO Season 11 is off to a shaky start. Despite Jodie Whittaker (the 13th and first female Doctor) and her merry band of ethnically-diverse traveling companions, the first episode was trite and sloppy. Let's hope she isn't struck off the register as George Lazenby was for his one-and-done portrayal of James Bond. #DoctorWho #SpoilerAlert

THE FUTURE OF FILM IN ARIZONA at Sun Studios Of Arizona
September 20, 2018

The Future of Film in Arizona looks promising according to motion picture industry movers and shakers during a second town hall meeting @StudiosOf in Tempe, AZ. #AZProductionAssn #AZOfficeOfFilm #TucsonFilmOffice #CityOfPhoenixFilmOffice #AZFilm&MediaCoaltion

BWW 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 18
August 10, 2017

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



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