Leigh Scheps (@LeighTVReporter) is an award winning journalist based in New York City. As a Broadway Buff, Leigh is elated to join the Broadway World team as a contributor. Leigh is currently the senior digital reporter for Inside Edition and Broadway contributor for Entertainment Tonight. Her stories ranging from Broadway, viral, trending, hard news and pop culture, can be seen on national platforms including Inside Edition, CBSN, AOL, MSN and Yahoo. Prior to this position, Leigh's reported for Fox News, Buzz60 and news stations in Philadelphia, Fort Myers, Binghamton, Bronx and Brooklyn.
There's not a day that goes by when someone doesn't mention The Birdcage to Nathan Lane. It's become such a loving film for so many people. This week, the Broadway veteran is getting ready for a screening of the 1996 film (based on the musical, Les Cage Aux Folles) with music by Stephen Sondheim at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, which will be followed by a Q&A session.BWW Interview: Valerie Harper Talks New Film & Not Letting Life Slip By October 5, 2017
She was given months to live. So now, five years later after being diagnosed with an incurable disease, Valerie Harper isn't letting life slip by. I am feeling good today, Harper, 78, tells BroadwayWorld's Leigh Scheps by phone. The actress most famous for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on the Mary Tyler Moore Show is starring in a new short film, My Mom and the Girl, which recently qualified for Academy Award consideration.BWW Interview: Cheech Manohar of MEAN GIRLS on His Parody Rap Audition August 10, 2017
The new musical, Hit Her with the Skates, by Christine Rea & Rick Briskin, directed by Michael Schiralli with musical direction by Brandon Ethridge and choreography by Gina Ventura, opened last weekend at Hamilton Stage (UCPAC, Rahway, NJ) from May 12 - 27, 2017.
BroadwayWorld's Leigh Scheps talks with star, Amy Toporek, about her involvement with the show since inception plus what it's like performing on stage with Broadway's John Treacy Egan.BWW Interview: Derek DelGaudio of IN & OF ITSELF at Daryl Roth Theatre May 15, 2017
'It's possible.' Especially for Broadway's original Cinderella, Laura Osnes, who is busier than ever these days rehearing for multiple shows and benefit concerts. On Sunday, February 19, the Tony Award nominated actress will play Polly Baker in Manhattan Concert Productions' one-night only 25th anniversary performance of Crazy for You at Lincoln Center.BWW Interview: Mykelti Williamson Says 'It's An Honor' to Star in New FENCES Film December 21, 2016
The inspiration behind the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company says he's never actually eaten there. Mykelti Williamson, the actor who played Forrest Gump's best friend Bubba in the 1994 Academy Award-winning film, admits he's never been to the restaurant featuring his character's name, despite performing only a few blocks away from its Times Square location.BWW Interview: Seth Rudetsky of BROADWAY'S BEST at NJPAC October 3, 2016
If Max Bialystock used to be the king of Broadway, Seth Rudetsky has since taken over the throne. Not only was he juggling the album release of Disaster! on the day we met for this interview in a (noisy from construction) park on the Upper West Side, but at the same time, spearheading a dance remix video to Broadway for Orlando's 'What The World Needs Now Is Love.' 'We are filming a whole video with the ladies who did Beyonce's 'Single Ladies,' Seth explained. 'We are hoping that raises more money and more awareness.'BWW Review: AN EVENING WITH SUTTON FOSTER at Axelrod Performing Arts Center September 26, 2016
Sutton Foster has an exciting week ahead. On Tuesday, she starts rehearsals for the off-Broadway production of Sweet Charity and will appear on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. On Wednesday, season 3 of Younger premieres on TVLand. But even with her busy schedule, the two-time Tony Award winner still made time for a visit to the Jersey Shore, where she performed for 90 minutes at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal.BWW Interview: Kristin Chenoweth of AN EVENING WITH KRISTIN CHENOWETH at Mayo Performing Arts Center September 19, 2016
Kristin Chenoweth opened the NFL season by singing the national anthem at a New England Patriots versus the Arizona Cardinals game on September 11. Now, she's kicking off the North Jersey theater season with a concert at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown.
Kristen admitted she likes to shake up her shows a bit. 'I never want to get bored myself,' she explained over the phone in a soft spoken voice. 'I want to keep looking in different directions and try some new songs.'BWW Review: AN EVENING WITH MATTHEW MORRISON at Mayo Performing Arts Center May 23, 2016
I've met Matthew several times over the last decade and a half. The first time was in 2002, right after Hairspray opened. The second instance was at 54 Below, when he was seeing his on-screen arch nemesis, Jane Lynch, perform. Most recently, I got the chance to briefly chat with him backstage after a performance of Finding Neverland. When I left the theater, I remember saying he was the most gracious star on Broadway.Friday, was no different.BWW Interview: DAVE COULIER Talks FULLER HOUSE, The Stress Factory Performance, and More January 17, 2016
He is everyone's favorite funny uncle. Dave Coulier has an exciting year ahead of him. The Netflix series of 'Fuller House' will be premiere on February 26th. In April, the stand-up comedian is releasing an electronic kid's book full of familiar voices. In the meantime, Coulier's spending time making people laugh and is set to appear at The Stress Factory in New Brunswick for a 3-night show. When I spoke to him, he dished about it all: from what happened to Mr. Woodchuck, being back on that famous 'San Francisco set,' to his brotherly bond with John Stamos and Bob Saget.BWW Preview: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM at Two River Theater November 13, 2015
Christopher Fitzgerald brings down the house with his comedic timing in every show he's in. The two-time Tony Award nominee starred on Broadway in Chicago, Amor, Wicked, Young Frankenstein, Finian's Rainbow, The Merchant of Venice, An Act of God and this season in Waitress. Right now, he's prepping for more 'Comedy Tonight' in an all-male production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the Two River Theater in Red Bank. I got to chat one-on-one with the Broadway star about the production, making history and his upcoming Broadway season.BWW Interview: Laura Benanti at NJPAC November 10, 2015
Tony Award winning actress Laura Benanti will perform in concert at NJPAC on November 21st. A week before her solo show, Laura ties the knot to Patrick Brown. I caught up with the busy Broadway and now 'Supergirl' star as she dishes on behind the scenes of 'The Sound of Music LIVE,' why her tweets get a lot of attention, and some recent sad news.BWW Preview: BERNADETTE PETERS at NJPAC October 5, 2015
No one tried to plug their cell phones into an outlet on the stage last night at Idina Menzel's World Tour concert. Maybe that's because it wasn't a Broadway house, but a concert venue in New Jersey's suburbs. But, some might think it was Broadway based on the set list for her solo show at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel Sunday night.