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 Discusses the National Tour of COME FROM AWAY, ELF at Musical Theatre West, MARRY POPPINS RETURNS'West of Broadway' on COME FROM AWAY, POPPINS RETURNS
Posted: Dec. 6, 2018


The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Welcomes Becky Baeling Lythgoe'West of Broadway' Welcomes Becky Baeling Lythgoe
Posted: Nov. 11, 2018


The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Welcomes April Nixon, Gabrielle Jackson'West of Broadway' Welcomes April Nixon, Gabrielle Jackson
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The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Welcomes Kelley Dorney, Brent Schindele and Chats THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS'West of Broadway' Welcomes Kelley Dorney, Brent Schindele
Posted: Nov. 11, 2018


The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Heads to the Red Carpet of the A BRONX TALE Tour in Los Angeles'West of Broadway' on the A BRONX TALE Tour Red Carpet in LA
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The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Discusses the ON YOUR FEET National Tour and THE JUNGLE BOOK at Pasadena PlayhousePodcast: 'West of Broadway' on ON YOUR FEET and THE JUNGLE BOOK
Posted: Jul. 17, 2018


The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Chats about the SCHOOL OF ROCK National TourPodcast: 'West of Broadway' Chats SCHOOL OF ROCK Tour
Posted: May. 22, 2018


The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Discusses the WAITRESS National Tour, Musical Theater West's MOST HAPPY FELLAPodcast: 'West of Broadway' on WAITRESS Tour, MOST HAPPY FELLA
Posted: Aug. 22, 2018


The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Chats with THE COLOR PURPLE's Gabrielle Reid and Clyde VocePodcast: 'West of Broadway' with THE COLOR PURPLE Cast
Posted: Jun. 6, 2018


The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Discusses the National Tour of COME FROM AWAY, ELF at Musical Theatre West, MARRY POPPINS RETURNSThe '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 AngelesThe '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 JacksonThe '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!

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Welcomes Kelley Dorney, Brent Schindele and Chats THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMSThe 'West of Broadway' Podcast Welcomes Kelley Dorney, Brent Schindele and Chats THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS
November 11, 2018

On this episode of West of Broadway, Lara gets to hear about Will's experience at the El Capitan Theater seeing the premier of the Disney film 'Nutcracker and the Four Realms.'Plus! they talk to Amanda Rafkin a Los Angeles-based composer, musical director, and pianist. She is the composer of the new musical The Lightning Howler, formerly titled 300 Bones, and is also the host, producer, pianist and musical director of Broadway LA Unplugged, a bi-monthly acoustic cabaret show.

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Welcomes Becky Baeling LythgoeThe 'West of Broadway' Podcast Welcomes Becky Baeling Lythgoe
November 11, 2018

In this episode of West of Broadway Podcast we sit down with host Lara Scott to hear all about her exciting voyage aboard the Disney Dream. And then we catch up with Becky Baeling Lythgoe out of Lythgoe Family Panto to talk about her exciting new production The Wonderful Winter of OZ playing at the Pasadena Civic Center December 14-30.

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Welcomes Anne Marie Ketchum, Todd Murray, MoreThe 'West of Broadway' Podcast Welcomes Anne Marie Ketchum, Todd Murray, More
October 17, 2018

Today we have not 1 not 2 but 3 guests on West of Broadway! Lara and Will start things off with the founding artistic director of the Verdi Chorus Anne Marie Ketchum (http://www.verdichorus.org/). We hop on the phone with Cabaret Legend Todd Murray (https://www.toddmurray.com/) to talk about his two new Christmas songs available on iTunes and Sharon who is manager of ticket sales for the El Capitan Theater (https://elcapitantheatre.com/)shares some valuable insider information about the legendary theater! It's a fun one! Hope you enjoy!

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Welcomes Broadway Diva Karen Mason from the National Tour of LOVE NEVER DIESThe 'West of Broadway' Podcast Welcomes Broadway Diva Karen Mason from the National Tour of LOVE NEVER DIES
September 19, 2018

In this episode of West of Broadway Lara and Will's Husband Bill discuss opening night of Beautiful the Carole King Story and we get a call from the DIVA Karen Mason while she's mid show of her production of Love Never Dies. Karen discusses her tour, cabaret and Hurricane Florence and then we wrap up with our very first report from our West of Broadway ensemble member Jennifer Lynn O'Hara.

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Welcomes Sarah Bockel from the BEAUTIFUL TourThe 'West of Broadway' Podcast Welcomes Sarah Bockel from the BEAUTIFUL Tour
September 17, 2018

In this episode of West of Broadway Will and Lara get to speak with Beautiful The Carole King Musical star Sarah Bockel opening at the Pantages Theater on September 13th and then they get a call from the creator of Tenor by Night and new musical appearing at the El Portal Theatre September 22nd and 23rd.

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Welcomes Returning Guest Laurie Wells, New Correspondent Jennifer Lynn O'HaraThe 'West of Broadway' Podcast Welcomes Returning Guest Laurie Wells, New Correspondent Jennifer Lynn O'Hara
September 17, 2018

On this episode of West of Broadway, we catch up with our very first guest, Laurie Wells and we introduce our listeners to our new correspondent Jennifer Lynn O'Hara.

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Welcomes Valerie Perri from Reprise 2.0's THE WORLD GOES ROUNDThe 'West of Broadway' Podcast Welcomes Valerie Perri from Reprise 2.0's THE WORLD GOES ROUND
September 4, 2018

Reprise 2.0 is presenting Kander and Ebbs THE WORLD GOES ROUND at UCLA's Freud Playhouse September 5th through the 16th and we are so thrilled to be joined by award-winning singer actress Valerie Perri!

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Discusses the WAITRESS National Tour, Musical Theater West's MOST HAPPY FELLAThe 'West of Broadway' Podcast Discusses the WAITRESS National Tour, Musical Theater West's MOST HAPPY FELLA
August 22, 2018

On this episode of West of Broadway, Lara talks about her 'Date Night' with her husband at the Pantages Theater seeing the National Tour of Waitress. Playing in LA until August 26th, it'll be back this way on November 13th at the Segerstrom Center.

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Discusses the ON YOUR FEET National Tour and THE JUNGLE BOOK at Pasadena PlayhouseThe 'West of Broadway' Podcast Discusses the ON YOUR FEET National Tour and THE JUNGLE BOOK at Pasadena Playhouse
July 17, 2018

In this episode ofWestofBroadwayWill and Lara are at the Pantages theater celebrating the opening night of the ON YOUR FEET! National Tour.Will and Lara meet in the lobby of the Pantages Theater for a 'Lobby Talk' about this exciting and groundbreaking production.ON YOUR FEET! is the inspiring true story about heart, heritage and two people who believed in their talent-and each other-to become an international sensation: Gloria and Emilio Estefan.

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Chats with THE COLOR PURPLE's Gabrielle Reid and Clyde VoceThe 'West of Broadway' Podcast Chats with THE COLOR PURPLE's Gabrielle Reid and Clyde Voce
June 6, 2018

In this episode of West of Broadway will and Lara are at the Pantages theater celebrating the opening night of the Color Purple National Tour. Listen to Will and Lara discuss their excitement before they enter the theater and their recaps of the first and second acts.You'll also get to hear Will talk backstage with two of the performers from the production. Gabrielle Reid and Clyde Voce discuss what it's like to tour with this remarkable production and the timeless message that seems more relevant today than ever before.

The 'West of Broadway' Podcast Chats about the SCHOOL OF ROCK National TourThe 'West of Broadway' Podcast Chats about the SCHOOL OF ROCK National Tour
May 22, 2018

On this episode of West of Broadway, Lara and Will sit down to discuss the national tour of School of Rock on stage now at the Pantages Theater. Lara raves about her opening night experience and Will shares his one on one interviews with the cast along with a very special audio clip of an acoustic performance from the ensemble.

Podcast: West of Broadway Chats with Wendy Rosoff and Will Collyer about SOME LIKE IT HOT Musical, SUGAR in LA 9/24Podcast: West of Broadway Chats with Wendy Rosoff and Will Collyer about SOME LIKE IT HOT Musical, SUGAR in LA 9/24
August 17, 2017

On this episode of West of Broadway, Lara Scott and Will Armstrong are back from break and sitting down with Musical Theatre Guild members Will Collyer & Wendy Rosoff to discuss this remarkable organization and the work that goes behind producing their one night only musicals.

Podcast: West of Broadway Chats with One of Broadway's Favorite Belters, Shoshana BeanPodcast: West of Broadway Chats with One of Broadway's Favorite Belters, Shoshana Bean
June 14, 2017

On this episode of West of Broadway, Will Armstrong and Lara Scott speak with the amazing Shoshana Bean. Shoshana is a veteran of the Broadway stage having made her debut in the original cast of HAIRSPRAY and starring as the very first replacement for Elphaba in WICKED. Most recently she appeared as Fanny Brice in FUNNY GIRL and in the pre-Broadway production of the new musical BEACHES as CeeCee Bloom, for which she earned a Jeff Award Nomination for best lead actress in a musical.

Podcast: West of Broadway Chats with JERSEY BOYS Star Mark BallasPodcast: West of Broadway Chats with JERSEY BOYS Star Mark Ballas
May 30, 2017

On this episode of West of Broadway, Lara Scott and Will Armstrong sit down to discuss their very busy theater schedule before Will takes off to the Ahmanson Theater to sit down with the current Frankie Valli, Mark Ballas.

Podcast: West of Broadway Chats with Judson Mills & Jasmin Richardson of THE BODYGUARD TourPodcast: West of Broadway Chats with Judson Mills & Jasmin Richardson of THE BODYGUARD Tour
May 10, 2017

On this episode of West of Broadway, Will and Lara swoon over their recent trip to the Pantages Theater to see the National Tour of The Bodyguard staring Deborah Cox. This episode kicks off with a visit fromK-Earth 101 Radio Host, Larry Morganwho shared some insight into the societal impact the Bodyguard Soundtrack had on the American Music scene.

Podcast: West of Broadway Chats with Broadway Arts Camp Co-Founder, Alexis CarraPodcast: West of Broadway Chats with Broadway Arts Camp Co-Founder, Alexis Carra
April 24, 2017

On this episode of West of Broadway, Will Armstrong sits down with Broadway Veteran and Co-founder of Broadway Arts Camp, Alexis Carra to discuss her journey from Broadway to Hollywood. Alexis also shares some stories from backstage and on set as well as her motivation behind her love of teaching and why her and her partner Chryssie Whitehead founded this west coast musical theater camp.

Podcast: West of Broadway Chats with Charles Chatelain about Fiasco's INTO THE WOODSPodcast: West of Broadway Chats with Charles Chatelain about Fiasco's INTO THE WOODS
April 13, 2017

On this episode of West of Broadway, Will Armstrong and Lara Scott sit down with the Charles Chatelain, President of the Center Theater Group's Young Producers Circle to discuss the Fiasco Theater's production of Into the Woods performing at the Ahmanson Theater from now until May 14th.