West of Broadway

West of Broadway Theater veteran Will Armstrong and theater enthusiast Lara Scott discuss the vibrant musical theater scene on the West Coast, covering movie musicals, region productions, national tours, and more with the cast, crew, producers, and supporters who make it all happen. If you want a lighthearted celebration of musical theater, you can find it all West of Broadway!


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The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Chats with Tony Winner Betty BuckleyPod: 'West of Broadway' Chats with Tony Winner Betty Buckley
Posted: Oct. 4, 2019


The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Chats GRUMPY OLD MEN with the Legendary Ken PagePod: 'West of Broadway' Chats GRUMPY OLD MEN w/ Ken Page
Posted: Sep. 26, 2019


The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Chats with the MISS SAIGON Tour's Star Emily BautistaPod: 'West of Broadway' Chats MISS SAIGON w/ Emily Bautista
Posted: Sep. 28, 2019


The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Chats with Blogger by Nikki Diaz about Pasadena Playhouse's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORSPod: 'West of Broadway' Chats about Pasadena's LITTLE SHOP
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The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Chats Hollywood Bowl's INTO THE WOODS, Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles ConcertPod: 'West of Broadway' Chats Hollywood Bowl INTO THE WOODS
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The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Chats with Verdi Chorus Guest Soloist Shana Blake Hill
October 15, 2019

On this episode of West of Broadway, Lara Scott gets to speak with acclaimed soprano Shana Blake Hill, who will be one of the Guest Soloists for the upcoming Verdi Chorus Fall Concert Sound and Fury being presented November 16 and 17 in Santa Monica.

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Chats with Tony Winner Betty Buckley
October 4, 2019

Will and Lara are honored to have an opportunity to speak with the ICONIC Betty Buckley about life, pets and her upcoming performances at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and LA's Saban Theater. The Tony winner will be at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts October 17 - 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Samueli Theater. Segerstrom Center for the Arts proudly presents Tony Award® winner Betty Buckley October 17 - 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Samueli Theater.

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Chats with Blogger by Nikki Diaz about Pasadena Playhouse's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
October 3, 2019

On this episode of West of Broadway, Will and Lara talk with Mom Blogger and Lifestyle Expert Nikki Diaz about her experience at Opening Night of Pasadena Playhouse's production of Little Shop of Horrors starring George Salazar, MJ Rodrigues, and Amber Riley.

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Chats with the MISS SAIGON Tour's Star Emily Bautista
September 28, 2019

The new national tour Of Cameron Mackintosh's dynamite Broadway revival of legendary musical Miss Saigon is on its way to Segerstrom Hall on October 1 a?" 13, 2019 and we got to talk with Emily Bautista who is starring as Kim!

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Chats GRUMPY OLD MEN with the Legendary Ken Page
September 26, 2019

On this episode of West of Broadway, Will talks about his experience at La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts seeing the West Coast premiere of 'Grumpy Old Men the Musical.' Spoiler alert, he loved it! and to top it off, the 2 are joined by Broadway, Film and television icon Ken Page to discuss his role as Chuck the loveable general store owner.

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Chats LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS with George Salazar
September 12, 2019

Will is FREAKING out over today's guest! George Salazar is coming off his iconic run in the hit 'Be More Chill' to mount a reinterpretation of the classic Little Shop of Horrors starring alongside Mj Rodriguez (Pose) As 'Audrey,' and Amber Riley (Glee) as 'Audrey II' in a classic boy meets girl, power-hungry, R&B singing, carnivorous plant strives for world domination.

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Talks THE CHINESE LADY with Star Trieu Tran
September 11, 2019

Will and Lara are talking Artists at Play and Greenway Arts Alliance's LOS ANGELES PREMIERE OFThe Chinese Lady with one of the stars Trieu Tran. September 7-29, 2019 | Greenway Court Theatre

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Chats Hollywood Bowl's INTO THE WOODS, Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles Concert
August 9, 2019

We are super excited about this episode! Lara and Will are joined in studio with 567 Broadway creator and friend of the pod Joseph Corella to discuss Will and Joseph's night at the Hollywood Bowl seeing opening night of the star studded three-day run of Into The Woods. 

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Chats MISS SAIGON Tour, SPITFIRE GRILL at Gary Marshall Theater
July 24, 2019

On this special episode of West of Broadway, Will and Lara talk with radio host Maggie McKay about opening night at The Pantages for 'Miss Saigon' and then screen and stage star Ashley Argota talks about her very special production of 'Spitfire Grill' at the Gary Marshall Theater.

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Chats PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, FRIENDS Parody Musical, ANOTHER ROLL OF THE DICE
July 18, 2019

On todays episode of West of Broadway, Lara talks about her experience at The Play that Goes Wrong. We talk with Mark Saltzman about his new show with a Guys and Dolls connection and we catch up with one of the creators of the Friends Musical Parody.

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Chats PHANTOM Tour, SHERLOCK HOLMES, and with Joseph Corella of 567Broadway
June 23, 2019

On this episode of West of Broadway, we discuss Lara's trip to the Pantages to see The Phantom of the Opera tour now playing until July 7th and then we touch on the Geffen Playhouse's production of Mysterious Circumstances. Inspired by The New Yorker article Mysterious Circumstances: The Strange Death of a Sherlock Holmes Fanatic by David Grann, the play centers around the true story of the mysterious death of Richard Lancelyn Green, the world's foremost scholar on Sherlock Holmes.

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Chats with CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Tour Star Noah Weisberg
May 31, 2019

On this special mini episode of West of Broadway, Will and Lara talk with Noah Weisberg who is currently staring as Willy Wonka in the National Tour of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Now playing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts til Sunday June 9th.

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Discusses Verdi Chorus' L'AMORE E LA VITA, Pasadena Playhouse's RAGTIME
March 7, 2019

On this episode of West of Broadway, Will and Lara get to speak with two of the stars of the 36th Season of The Verdi Chorus Spring 2019 Concert L'Amore e la Vita (Love and Life), playing two performances only April 6-7, 2019 and First United Methodist Church, Santa Monica. Two of our guest soloists, Los Angeles Opera favorite Jamie Chamberlin and acclaimed tenor Nathan Granner, who are actually married in real life! In fact, Nathan proposed to Jamie onstage last fall at the conclusion of the Verdi Chorus 35th Anniversary concert!

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Discusses the National Tour of CATS Currently in Los Angeles
March 1, 2019

On this episode of West of Broadway, Will and Lara sit down inside the Hollywood Pantages theater before the curtain rises on the National tour of Cats.

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Chats with Entertainment Reporter Amanda Salas about HELLO, DOLLY! at the Pantages
February 1, 2019

In this episode of West of Broadway Will and Lara talk with FOX 11 Entertainment Reporter Amanda Salas about the opening night of Hello Dolly at the Pantages Theater now playing until Feb 17th.

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Chats with Bryce Charles on Playing Sarah in Pasadena Playhouse's RAGTIME
January 28, 2019

In this special 'Mini Episode' of West of Broadway, Lara Scott talks with Bryce Charles who is starring as Sarah in Pasadena Playhouse's production of Ragtime. Bryce is ecstatic to be making her Pasadena Playhouse debut with Ragtime! She earned her BFA in Musical Theater from AMDA College and Conservatory. Regional Theater: Blues in the Night (dir. Sheldon Epps; The Wallis Annenberg). National Tour: The Book of Mormon (2nd National). TV: Encore, Blackish (ABC); Fuller House, Tales of the City (Netflix); Teachers (TV Land).

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Discusses the National Tours Coming to Los Angeles' Pantages and Ahmanson Theatres in 2019
January 9, 2019

It's our first show of 2019, an this is going to be another incredible year of musical theatre here in Southern California. We love that there are so many CLASSIC shows this season that a lot of us will get to see for the first time.

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Discusses the National Tour of COME FROM AWAY, ELF at Musical Theatre West, MARRY POPPINS RETURNS
December 6, 2018

On this episode we discuss the first national tour of the Tony Award-winning Broadway smash COME FROM AWAY which opened its Los Angeles engagement on November 28th at the Ahmanson theatre... and we were there!!!

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Heads to the Red Carpet of the A BRONX TALE Tour in Los Angeles
November 18, 2018

In this episode of West of Broadway, Will heads to the red carpet at the Pantages Theater for Opening Night of A Bronx Tale where he gets to talk one on one with the stars! Then we join Will and Lara to review A Bronx Tale before we are joined by Theater reviewer and new WOB Ensemble member Melanie Hooks to talk about In a Booth at Chasen's running at The El Portal Theater and then we meet Elizabeth Lucin and Craig Sherman fill us in on the Color Purple playing at Greenway Playhouse!

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Welcomes April Nixon, Gabrielle Jackson
November 12, 2018

Join us for a conversation with Greenway Arts Alliance's Production of The Color Purple's very own April Nixon and Gabrielle Jackson. On stage here in LA until December 9th. After that, we catch up with West of Broadway Ensemble Member Jennifer Lynn O'Hara's review of Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center's production of Guys & Dolls!



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