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BWW Interview: Leslie Odom, Jr. Reflects on the 'Gift' of HAMILTON and Giving it Back to the World
July 2, 2020

You were willing to wait for it, and now you get him! Today, Richard Ridge chats with Aaron Burr (sir)- Tony winner Leslie Odom, Jr. He discusses how the musical changed in life in huge ways and how he hopes it will have an equally big impact on others.

BWW Interview: Phillipa Soo Explains Why She Hopes HAMILTON Will Inspire Political Action
July 1, 2020

Today's guest will leave you feeling helplessly obsessed with Eliza Hamiton all over again. Richard Ridge chats with Phillipa Soo about what she hopes young audiences will take from the experience and how she hopes it inspires viewers to take political action!

BWW Interview: Renee Elise Goldsberry Explains Why This is the Time for HAMILTON
June 30, 2020

Today's guest played the eldest Schuyler sister, Angelica- Tony winner Renée Elise Goldsberry! Richard Ridge chats with her about how she expects the story will continue to change lives and how it changed hers.

BWW Interview: Okieriete Onaodowan Reflects on Why the America of Today Needs HAMILTON
June 29, 2020

Today's guest needs no introduction... Okieriete Onaodowan! Richard Ridge chats with Oak about favorite Hamilton memories and how the show changed his life.

BWW Interview: Jasmine Cephas Jones Explains the Importance of Today's Youth Tuning in for HAMILTON on Disney+
June 28, 2020

Today, Richard Ridge chats with one of the Schuyler trio! Jasmine Cephas Jones made her Broadway debut playing Maria Reynolds and Peggy when the show opened in 2015. Now, she looks back on how the show has changed her life, both personally and professionally.

OVER HERE! - Back with the Beat at The Triad
November 13, 2019

On Monday night, Over Here! The Big Band Musical was back in New York at The Triad Theatre for the first time since its original 1974 Broadway production and the joint was jumpin'. Veteran's Day proved to be the perfect time to revive this beloved celebration of the American spirit and optimism that defined the 1940's. To make it even more worthwhile, a portion of the proceeds from the evening was donated to Vietnam Veterans of America. Over Here! is one of this journalist's favorite musicals, so I was thrilled to have it back on the boards. Under the razor-sharp direction of Will Nunziata, who is quickly becoming a go-to director, this feel-good show sparkled and shined like a freshly polished diamond. It featured a stellar cast of 19, plus an 11-piece swing band, under musical director extraordinaire Blake Allen. Choreographer Andrew Black used every inch of space to give us one eye-popping musical number after another.

BWW Interview: Christian Holder Gets Ready to Bring AT HOME AND ABROAD to Laurie Beechman Theatre
October 9, 2019

On Friday, November 1, the venue will welcome the star for an intimate and elegant evening spotlighting Christian's vivid theatrical life in London and New York. His autobiographical performance features songs by Noel Coward, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, Paul McCartney, Sting, Annie Lennox, and Al Green. These are interwoven with personal and surprising anecdotes and stories that illuminate the musical material. Christian was a star dancer with The Joffrey Ballet in New York in the 60s and 70s. He has choreographed and designed costumes for ballet companies across the US and Europe, as well as designing stage wardrobe for Ann Reinking and Tina Turner.

BWW Interview: Susie Mosher Wants You to Take Your Tuesdays to THE LINE UP!
July 30, 2019

Monday nights belong to Jim Caruso's Cast Party at the legendary Birdland and now in less than a year the place to be on Tuesday night is Birdland's new downstairs theatre and The Line Up with Susie Mosher.

BWW Interview: Haley Swindal Gets Ready to Sing Happy at Feinstein's/54 Below
July 15, 2019

Haley Swindal, the latest Mama Morton in Broadway's longest running American musical 'Chicago' is returning to Feinstein's 54 Below with her brand new show ' Sing Happy: The Songs of Liza Minnelli' on July 26th and Broadway World's own Richard Ridge caught up with Haley to chat about living in the musical world of the legendary Liza.

BWW Interview: Cady Huffman and Will Nunziata Talk Bringing Peggy Lee Back to Life at the Green Room 42
July 9, 2019

Tony award winner Cady Huffman returns to The Green Room 42 with her critically acclaimed sold out one woman show Miss. Peggy Lee: In Her Own Words and Music for two more shows on Weds. July 24th and Weds. July 31st. Broadway World's own Richard Ridge caught up with Cady and her long time collaborator, writer director Will Nunziata during a break in rehearsal to chat about bringing the life and career of the legendary Peggy Lee to the stage.

BWW Interview: Tony Winner John Lloyd Young Gets Ready for an Epic, Sexy and Mysterious Return to Cafe Carlyle
February 14, 2019

Tony Award winner John Lloyd Young returns to Cafe Carlyle with an all-new show, February 19 to March 2. At this residency, he will perform an expertly curated set of rock and pop classics. From the raw emotionality of Roy Orbison the retro cool of 007, Young will bring the iconic room alive with a timelessness, mystery and warmth that hearkens back while heralding into the future and Broadway World's own Richard Ridge caught up with Young a few days before his opening.

BWW Exclusive: Inside the National Asian Artists Project Gala with Baayork Lee and More!
December 7, 2018

The 2018 Inaugural NAAP (National Asian Artists Project) Gala took place on December 2nd celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Rodgers & Hammerstein's groundbreaking musical 'Flower Drum Song'. Cast members from numerous productions including the original 1958 Broadway company, tours, the 1961 film and the 2002 Broadway revival took over the Golden Unicorn Restaurant in the heart of Chinatown for a magical evening that included a spectacular eight course Chinese banquet and a sensational show.

BWW Interview: Linda Purl Gets Ready to Make Her Cabaret Debut at Feinstein's/54 Below!
August 31, 2018

Renowned actress and singer Linda Purl, best known for 'Happy Days', 'Matlock' and 'The Office' will make her solo cabaret debut at Feinstein's 54 Below on September  4th and 5th with her sensational new show 'Big Band Romance' featuring the all- female Diva Jazz Orchestra.

BWW Interview: Gina Gershon is Gina Wild for Her Cafe Carlyle Debut!
May 29, 2018

In a career that spans over 30 years, actress, writer, singer, composer and cult icon Gina Gershon will make her highly anticipated Cafe Carlyle debut with her new show 'Wild Women Don't Get the Blues' and our own Richard Ridge caught up with her shortly before her opening.

BWW Interview: The Great Kathleen Turner Opens Up About Her Cafe Carlyle Debut
May 14, 2018

One of the most celebrated actresses of her generation, the sensual, smokey-voiced Kathleen Turner is making her eagerly awaited Cafe Carlyle debut and our own Richard Ridge caught up with the Oscar and Tony nominated star a few days before her opening night.

BWW Interview: Linda Lavin Is Living for Her Cafe Carlyle Debut!
May 3, 2018

For over five plus decades Linda Lavin has enraptured audiences on stage, screen and television. She won the triple crown- Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her heart -breaking performance in Neil Simon's 'Broadway Bound'. She is known to million of fans as 'Alice' on her 9 -year ground breaking TV Series for which she won two Golden Globes. Celebrated playwrights Nicky Silver, Donald Margulies, Richard Greenberg and Charles Busch have written memorable and award winning roles for her. This renaissance woman does everything.

BWW Exclusive: Producing a Classic- On the Set of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE with Producer Neil Meron
March 23, 2018

What's the buzz on the set of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert? Neil Meron is telling us what's a-happening as John Legend, Sara Bareilles, Alice Cooper and more make their final preparations to bring the beloved classic to your living room.

BWW Interview: Josh Radnor & Rosie Perez Head Back to High School for NBC's RISE
March 10, 2018

In just days, NBC will premiere its newest drama, Rise, which airs Tuesday, March 13th at 10pm ET/PT following the season finale of 'This Is Us,' and debuts in its regular time period on Tuesday, March 20th at 9pm ET/PT on NBC.

BWW Interview: Lena Hall Gets Ready to Bring THE ART OF THE AUDITION to the Cafe Carlyle
March 6, 2018

Tony-winner and Grammy nominee Lena Hall returns to Cafe Carlyle with an all-new show, The Art Of The Audition: From Falling Apart to Nailing The Part, March 13-17. Experience the ups and downs of a Broadway life through reenactments of Lena Hall's most unforgettable-and regrettable-musical theater auditions. From epic fails to career-defining 'Nailed it!' moments. Featuring songs from Wicked, Cats, Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Rent and more. Accompanied by the incredible Brian Nash.

BWW Interview: John Lloyd Young Gets Ready to Put His Heart Back on His Sleeve at the Cafe Carlyle
February 9, 2018

BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge caught up with Tony Award-winning star John Lloyd Young just days before kicking off his return, two-week Valentine's engagement at the famed Cafe Carlyle.