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Central Pennsylvania Interviews

Trevor Dorner of MILLLION DOLLAR QUARTET at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre Interview Trevor Dorner of MILLLION DOLLAR QUARTET at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
by Rich Mehrenberg - September 17, 2020, Central Pennsylvania

(Jerry Lee Lewis's) lifestyle and crazy antics onstage and off are what drove his success and fame and I think it is that element, rather than just his music, that has had the greatest impact on the future generations of rock and roll....
Darius Harper of KINKY BOOTS at The Fulton Theatre Interview Darius Harper of KINKY BOOTS at The Fulton Theatre
by Rich Mehrenberg - February 28, 2020, Central Pennsylvania

Based on the 2005 film by the same name, the musical 'Kinky Boots' tells the story of an unlikely partnership between a failing shoe manufacturer (Charlie) and a fabulous cabaret entertainer (Lola). Although they come from very different worlds, the two realize that they are not so different after a...
Clark Nicholson of AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE at Gamut Theatre Group Interview Clark Nicholson of AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE at Gamut Theatre Group
by Andrea Stephenson - February 26, 2020, Central Pennsylvania

Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen's 1882 work An Enemy of the People was adapted by Arthur Miller, opening at the Broadhurst Theatre in 1950. Originally written in response to Ibsen's challenging of the hypocrisy of morality in the 19th century exemplified in his play Ghosts, An Enemy of the People ...
Miranda Jane of GRUMPY OLD MEN at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre Interview Miranda Jane of GRUMPY OLD MEN at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
by Andrea Stephenson - February 14, 2020, Central Pennsylvania

The romantic comedy Grumpy Old Men first came to life as a film in 1993 starring Jack Lemon, Walter Matthau, and Ann-Margret. With book by Dan Remmes, music by Neil Berg, and lyrics by Nick Meglin, Grumpy Old Men was adapted to the stage as a musical described by critics as 'unconventional but since...
Gabriella DeCarli of AMELIE at Open Stage Of Harrisburg Interview Gabriella DeCarli of AMELIE at Open Stage Of Harrisburg
by Andrea Stephenson - January 29, 2020, Central Pennsylvania

The musical Amélie, first produced in 2015, is based on the 2001 film of the same name. The musical, by Daniel Messé, Nathan Tysen, and Craig Lucas, is charming and whimsical. It tells the tale of a French waitress, Amélie Poulain, who, inspired by Princess Diana's death and her own imagination, dec...
Rachel Landon of WHO'S HOLIDAY at Open Stage Interview Rachel Landon of WHO'S HOLIDAY at Open Stage
by Andrea Stephenson - November 14, 2019, Central Pennsylvania

Who's ready for some great holiday entertainment? There are so many great shows to see during the holiday season. If you need a break from all the holiday craziness and a chance to laugh until your cheeks hurt, hop on over to Open Stage for Who's Holiday. Who's Holiday, by Matthew Lombardo, is not y...
Brigitte Francis of HOLIDAY INN at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre Interview Brigitte Francis of HOLIDAY INN at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
by Andrea Stephenson - November 10, 2019, Central Pennsylvania

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Carrie Lyn Brandon of ONCE at Community Arts Center Interview Carrie Lyn Brandon of ONCE at Community Arts Center
by Rich Mehrenberg - October 22, 2019, Central Pennsylvania

Carrie Lyn Brandon is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, and began performing around there at an early age. She performed with the America Conservatory Theatre, sang the national anthem solo many times for the SF Giants and 49ers, was a featured soloist for the California Symphony and Reno ...
Alexa Niles And Kayleigh Jarkowsky of A LITTLE PRINCESS at DreamWrights Center For Co Interview Alexa Niles And Kayleigh Jarkowsky of A LITTLE PRINCESS at DreamWrights Center For Community Arts
by Andrea Stephenson - October 21, 2019, Central Pennsylvania

The musical A Little Princess by Andrew Lippa and Brian Crawley, is based on the 1905 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It first appeared on stage in Mountain View, California in 2004 and premiered in London in 2018. The story opens with Sara Crewe in her room at her school in London. She tells Beck...
Michael Santora of THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre Interview Michael Santora of THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
by Andrea Stephenson - September 22, 2019, Central Pennsylvania

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Jordon Ross Weinhold of THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER at Ephrata Performing Arts Center Interview Jordon Ross Weinhold of THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER at Ephrata Performing Arts Center
by Andrea Stephenson - August 31, 2019, Central Pennsylvania

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Cassie Smith of MADAGASCAR: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE at Gettysburg Community Theatre Interview Cassie Smith of MADAGASCAR: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE at Gettysburg Community Theatre
by Andrea Stephenson - August 12, 2019, Central Pennsylvania

One of the most impactful theatre experiences I've had in the last year was seeing the Gettysburg Community Theatre Penguin Project's production of The Wizard of Oz. I have been looking forward to their next production, and it is finally upon us. Between the teamwork displayed by the actors, the pas...
Kirk Lawrence of FINDING NEVERLAND at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre Interview Kirk Lawrence of FINDING NEVERLAND at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
by Andrea Stephenson - August 09, 2019, Central Pennsylvania

Finding Neverland, the 2004 Academy Award-winning film starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, was based on the 1998 play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee. In 2015, the stage version with music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and book by James Graham first appeared on Broadway....
Aliza Bardfield of BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS at Oyster Mill Playhouse Interview Aliza Bardfield of BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS at Oyster Mill Playhouse
by Andrea Stephenson - July 08, 2019, Central Pennsylvania

Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs is the first play in his semi-autobiographical trilogy, which also includes Biloxi Blues and Broadway Bound. The play tells the story of a family living in the Brighton Beach area of Brooklyn, New York during the depression. Since its Broadway premier at the Alvin...
Meagan Michelson of ANNIE at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre Interview Meagan Michelson of ANNIE at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
by Andrea Stephenson - June 22, 2019, Central Pennsylvania

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Matthew Blake Johnson of CAMELOT at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre Interview Matthew Blake Johnson of CAMELOT at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
by Andrea Stephenson - May 08, 2019, Central Pennsylvania

Arthur, Guenevere, Lancelot, Merlin-these names spark the imagination and bring to mind images of knights, swords, castles, and magic. The tales of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table, and the legendary Camelot are the subject of myriad novels, movies, TV shows, songs, plays, and musicals. F...
Kaitlyn Booth And Nova Lorraine of THE UNEXPECTED GUEST at Little Theatre Of Mechanic Interview Kaitlyn Booth And Nova Lorraine of THE UNEXPECTED GUEST at Little Theatre Of Mechanicsburg
by Andrea Stephenson - April 26, 2019, Central Pennsylvania

Add together a foggy night, dead body, clues that point in different directions, twists and turns, and what do you get? Agatha Christie's The Unexpected Guest. The Unexpected Guest opened in 1958 in the West End and was turned into a novel by Charles Osborne in 1999. Test out your detective skills a...
Aliza Bardfield And Michael Hosler of THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO at Oyster Mill Playh Interview Aliza Bardfield And Michael Hosler of THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO at Oyster Mill Playhouse
by Jessica Crowe - April 18, 2019, Central Pennsylvania

Oyster Mill Playhouse is working diligently to bring you their next production, The Last Night Of Ballyhoo. Set to debut on April 26th, this play transports us back to December of 1939 in Atlanta, Georgia, where the Freitag family is preparing for the annual Ballyhoo ball. As if the excitement surro...
J. Scott Lapp And Tayler Harris of GODSPELL at Prima Theatre Interview J. Scott Lapp And Tayler Harris of GODSPELL at Prima Theatre
by Andrea Stephenson - March 31, 2019, Central Pennsylvania

In 1970, John-Michael Tebelak's master's thesis, Godspell, was first performed at Carnegie Mellon. Then in 1971, after a run at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, Stephen Schwartz was hired to re-score the show before being produced off-Broadway. Godspell, which is primarily based on parables from t...
Christine Koslosky And Jack Hartman of MOON OVER BUFFALO at The Belmont Theatre Interview Christine Koslosky And Jack Hartman of MOON OVER BUFFALO at The Belmont Theatre
by Andrea Stephenson - March 23, 2019, Central Pennsylvania

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Erica Clare of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at Dutch Apple Dinner The Interview Erica Clare of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
by Andrea Stephenson - March 17, 2019, Central Pennsylvania

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the first publicly performed collaboration between Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, first appeared on Broadway in 1982. The musical actually began its life as a short pop cantata in London, and it was modified and expanded a number of times before it ap...
Fred Prestine And Anthony Geraci of BLACK COMEDY at Little Theatre Of Mechanicsburg Interview Fred Prestine And Anthony Geraci of BLACK COMEDY at Little Theatre Of Mechanicsburg
by Andrea Stephenson - February 26, 2019, Central Pennsylvania

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Shannon Connolly of LUCKY STIFF at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre Interview Shannon Connolly of LUCKY STIFF at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
by Andrea Stephenson - February 09, 2019, Central Pennsylvania

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Sharia Benn of FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE / WHEN THE RAINBOW IS EN Interview Sharia Benn of FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE / WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF at Open Stage Of Harrisburg
by Andrea Stephenson - January 18, 2019, Central Pennsylvania

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Thomas Hostetter of 'OH JOY, OH RAPTURE!' A CELEBRATION OF GILBERT & SULLIVAN at Thea Interview Thomas Hostetter of 'OH JOY, OH RAPTURE!' A CELEBRATION OF GILBERT & SULLIVAN at Theatre Harrisburg
by Andrea Stephenson - January 13, 2019, Central Pennsylvania

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Matt McClure of STAND BY YOUR MAN: TAMMY WYNETTE STORY at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre Interview Matt McClure of STAND BY YOUR MAN: TAMMY WYNETTE STORY at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
by Andrea Stephenson - January 09, 2019, Central Pennsylvania

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Theresa Walker, Timothe Bittle, And Alicia McGinty of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Dutch Appl Interview Theresa Walker, Timothe Bittle, And Alicia McGinty of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
by Andrea Stephenson - November 14, 2018, Central Pennsylvania

The classic novel A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a holiday favorite. Whether in book form, as a film, or on the stage, the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and Bob Cratchit never fails to tug at the heart-strings and remind us about the things that are really important. Scrooge is helped along his...
Chad-Alan Carr, Natalie Hurwitch, Maddie Greco, Ella Scott, Leah Watson, And TJ Willi Interview Chad-Alan Carr, Natalie Hurwitch, Maddie Greco, Ella Scott, Leah Watson, And TJ Williams of THE WIZARD OF OZ at Gettysburg Community Theatre
by Andrea Stephenson - November 12, 2018, Central Pennsylvania

The Wizard of Oz has been delighting audiences since it first appeared as a 1939 movie starring Judy Garland as Dorothy. The story, first created by L. Frank Baum in 1900, has inspired a number of adaptations, and the most popular stage version frequently finds its way to the stage at high schools a...
Ryan Boyles, Lindsay Bretz, Mamie Covell, And Brian Viera of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW at Interview Ryan Boyles, Lindsay Bretz, Mamie Covell, And Brian Viera of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
by Andrea Stephenson - October 30, 2018, Central Pennsylvania

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BWW Review: Dare to Enter VERONICA'S ROOM at the Belmont Interview BWW Review: Dare to Enter VERONICA'S ROOM at the Belmont
by Marakay Rogers - October 29, 2018, Central Pennsylvania

Ira Levin's thriller might have been written for the Belmont's black box Studio Theater....
Jenna Pastuszek And Ashley Sweetman of DOUBLE TREBLE with Nightcap Cabaret Interview Jenna Pastuszek And Ashley Sweetman of DOUBLE TREBLE with Nightcap Cabaret
by BWW News Desk - October 09, 2018, Central Pennsylvania

Last seen together as the famously conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton in Side Show at The Media Theatre, Jenna Pastuszek and Ashley Sweetman are long-time friends and fellow actors seeking to shatter the expectation of competition among women in show business who look and sound alike. Double Tr...
Co-Director, Dan Deal of THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER at Reverie Actor's Company Interview Co-Director, Dan Deal of THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER at Reverie Actor's Company
by Rich Mehrenberg - October 08, 2018, Central Pennsylvania

Dan Deal has been an active part of the Lancaster theatre community for more than 20 years. He is a long-time member of the Story Team at Sight & Sound Theatres where he has helped to produce and direct many shows in both their Lancaster and Branson, Missouri locations. He has spent much of his time...
Lindsay Bretz And Michael Zorger of CABARET at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center Interview Lindsay Bretz And Michael Zorger of CABARET at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
by Andrea Stephenson - September 23, 2018, Central Pennsylvania

The musical Cabaret is a show that has truly stood the test of time. Based on the short novel Goodbye to Berlin and the play I Am A Camera, Cabaret has captured the attention of audiences through its show-stopping musical numbers, complex characters, complicated relationships, and intense emotions. ...
Megan Opalinski of SISTER ACT at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre Interview Megan Opalinski of SISTER ACT at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
by Andrea Stephenson - September 08, 2018, Central Pennsylvania

Sister Act lights up the stage at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre starting on September 20th. Broadway World had an opportunity to get the inside scoop from actress Megan Opalinski, who can be seen portraying the rapping sister, Sister Mary Lazarus....
Director And Choreographer, Amy Marie McCleary of SWING! at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatr Interview Director And Choreographer, Amy Marie McCleary of SWING! at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
by Rich Mehrenberg - August 02, 2018, Central Pennsylvania

Broadway World had the pleasure of interviewing Ms. Amy Marie McCleary, the double-threat director/choreographer for Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre's production of Swing! which opens Thursday August 9th...
Ashleigh Thompson And Emily Perzan of THE WIZARD OF OZ at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre Interview Ashleigh Thompson And Emily Perzan of THE WIZARD OF OZ at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
by Andrea Stephenson - June 19, 2018, Central Pennsylvania

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Chuck Lambert & Sophie Stromberg of INTO THE WOODS at Gettysburg Community Theatre. Interview Chuck Lambert & Sophie Stromberg of INTO THE WOODS at Gettysburg Community Theatre.
by Rich Mehrenberg - May 24, 2018, Central Pennsylvania

Sometimes we can't get caught up in what we don't have, we must value what we do have. I think this perspective is like the message of 'Into the Woods'....
Chad-Alan Carr And Lindsay Bretz-Morgan of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at HMAC Stage On Interview Chad-Alan Carr And Lindsay Bretz-Morgan of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at HMAC Stage On Herr
by Andrea Stephenson - May 22, 2018, Central Pennsylvania

If you're looking for something to do this Memorial Day weekend, check out Hedwig and the Angry Inch. This rock musical tells a story written by John Cameron Mitchell through the lyrics and music of Stephen Trask. Originally performed off-Broadway, the story touches on a wide range of themes and emo...
Bruce Moore of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. at Gettysburg Community Theatre Interview Bruce Moore of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. at Gettysburg Community Theatre
by Andrea Stephenson - May 07, 2018, Central Pennsylvania

Beauty and the Beast, Jr. opened at Gettysburg Community Theatre on April 27th with a wonderfully talented cast of children and teens. With just one weekend left to see this family-friendly show, Broadway World had an opportunity to gain some perspective on this production from director Bruce Moore....
Kathleen Carter of GREASE at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre Interview Kathleen Carter of GREASE at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
by Andrea Stephenson - May 02, 2018, Central Pennsylvania

The film version of Grease celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and many of us probably still picture John Travolta and Olivia Newton John when we think about this show. First appearing on stage in 1971, Grease enjoyed an eight-year run on Broadway, two revivals, and of course many community t...