Leigh Scheps

Leigh Scheps 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.


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BWW Interview: Valerie Harper Talks New Film & Not Letting Life Slip ByBWW Interview: Valerie Harper Talks New Film & Not Letting Life Slip By
Posted: Oct. 5, 2017


BWW Interview: Nathan Lane Talks THE BIRDCAGE & ANGELS IN AMERICA  on Broadway: 'It's Important The Play Be Seen Again'Interview: Nathan Lane Talks ANGELS IN AMERICA & More
Posted: Oct. 15, 2017


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BWW Interview: Valerie Harper Talks New Film & Not Letting Life Slip ByBWW Interview: Valerie Harper Talks New Film & Not Letting Life Slip By
Posted: Oct. 5, 2017


BWW Interview: Cheech Manohar of MEAN GIRLS on His Parody Rap AuditionInterview: Cheech Manohar of MEAN GIRLS on His Parody Rap Audition
Posted: Aug. 10, 2017


BWW Interview: Betty Buckley Chats About Her New Album, SPLIT, and Returning To BroadwayBWW Interview: Betty Buckley Chats New Album, SPLIT, Returning to B'Way
Posted: Mar. 1, 2017


BWW Interview: Mykelti Williamson Says 'It's An Honor' to Star in New FENCES FilmBWW Interview: Mykelti Williamson 'It's An Honor' to Star in FENCES
Posted: Dec. 21, 2016


BWW Interview: Nathan Lane Talks THE BIRDCAGE & ANGELS IN AMERICA  on Broadway: 'It's Important The Play Be Seen Again'BWW Interview: Nathan Lane Talks THE BIRDCAGE & ANGELS IN AMERICA on Broadway: 'It's Important The Play Be Seen Again'
October 15, 2017

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 ByBWW 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 AuditionBWW Interview: Cheech Manohar of MEAN GIRLS on His Parody Rap Audition
August 10, 2017

At 21-years-old and fresh out of college, Cheech Manohar's got it pretty grool. He's about to make his Broadway debut as suave virgin North Shore mathlete, Kevin Gnapoor, in the new musical Mean Girls, an adaption of the 2004 film of the same name.

BWW Interview: Playwright Neil LaBute Talks Latest Film SOME FREAKS: 'It's a Pretty Unconventional Romance'BWW Interview: Playwright Neil LaBute Talks Latest Film SOME FREAKS: 'It's a Pretty Unconventional Romance'
August 4, 2017

It's a story about a plus-sized girl, a one-eyed guy and a closeted gay teen. Some describe it as 'John Hughes-esque.' But Molly Ringwald isn't in this modern day ugly duckling love affair.

BWW Interview:  A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM's Shalita Grant Talks Return to TheaterBWW Interview: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM's Shalita Grant Talks Return to Theater
July 31, 2017

'It's a gift to come back. Shakespeare's hard,' Grant says of her return to theater. She hasn't performed Shakespeare since 2011 and hasn't been on a stage since 2014. 'I feel like an artist again.'

BWW Interview: Amy Toporek of HIT HER WITH THE SKATES at Hamilton StageBWW Interview: Amy Toporek of HIT HER WITH THE SKATES at Hamilton Stage
May 16, 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 TheatreBWW Interview: Derek DelGaudio of IN & OF ITSELF at Daryl Roth Theatre
May 15, 2017

Derek DelGaudio has got magic to do. The creator and star of the hit show, In & Of Itself, is currently wowing audiences in New York City until September 3, 2017 after a successful run in Los Angeles. The show is directed by Frank Oz, who is known for voicing both Yoda and Miss Piggy, and executive produced by Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris.

BWW Interview: Roger Bart Hopes SPEECH & DEBATE Full Of Broadway References Resonates With His DaughterBWW Interview: Roger Bart Hopes SPEECH & DEBATE Full Of Broadway References Resonates With His Daughter
March 31, 2017

While Roger Bart is known for his comedic chops in shows like Disaster!, Young Frankenstein and The Producers, he knows how to make people laugh even in some of his more serious roles.

BWW Interview: Betty Buckley Chats About Her New Album, SPLIT, and Returning To BroadwayBWW Interview: Betty Buckley Chats About Her New Album, SPLIT, and Returning To Broadway
March 1, 2017

It's been nothing but 'memories' for Betty Buckley this theater season. She won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Grizabella, the glamour cat, in Cats when it opened in 1982 and replaced Glenn Close as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. Both shows are in revival runs right now on Broadway.

BWW Interview: Laura Osnes On CRAZY FOR YOU's 25th Anniversary Concert: 'It's Exhilarating'BWW Interview: Laura Osnes On CRAZY FOR YOU's 25th Anniversary Concert: 'It's Exhilarating'
February 16, 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 FilmBWW 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 NJPACBWW 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 CenterBWW 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 CenterBWW 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 CenterBWW 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 MoreBWW 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 TheaterBWW 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 NJPACBWW 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 NJPACBWW Preview: BERNADETTE PETERS at NJPAC
October 5, 2015

Original roles being revived in movies & Broadway

BWW Reviews: IDINA MENZEL: WORLD TOUR 2015 at PNC Bank Arts CenterBWW Reviews: IDINA MENZEL: WORLD TOUR 2015 at PNC Bank Arts Center
July 14, 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.



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