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The latest interviews about live + streaming theatre in Chicago.

Interview: ANASTASIA's Willem Butler Talks Life After BroadwayWorld's NEXT ON STAGE & Interview Interview: ANASTASIA's Willem Butler Talks Life After BroadwayWorld's NEXT ON STAGE & Making His Touring Debut
by Chloe Rabinowitz - September 25, 2022

Willem Butler, winner of BroadwayWorld's first ever season of Next on Stage, is currently shining bright on stages across the country as Dmitry in the National Tour of Anastasia. A recent graduate from Elon University, Anastasia is Butler's touring debut! Read BroadwayWorld's interview with Willem B...
Interview: Andy Grammer Talks Touring with Fitz and The Tantrums and New Music Interview Interview: Andy Grammer Talks Touring with Fitz and The Tantrums and New Music
by Kevin Pollack - August 15, 2022, Chicago

Multiplatinum troubadour Andy Grammer continues to engage, energize and empower audiences with stomping stadium-size pop anthems meant to be shared at full volume. His observations and affirmations pick you back up when you need it, affirm your potential and encourage you to keep going. His catalog ...
Interview: Michael Bublé Talks New 'Higher' Tour and New Album Interview Interview: Michael Bublé Talks New 'Higher' Tour and New Album
by Kevin Pollack - August 08, 2022, Chicago

Michael Bublé started singing at age four in his family's home in Burnaby, Canada and hasn't stopped since that time. His self-titled debut album on Reprise Records was released in 2005. A series of multi-platinum, No. 1 albums followed including Call Me Irresponsible, Crazy Love, To Be Loved and Ch...
Interview: Peloton London Cycling Instructor Sam Yo on Bringing Broadway to the Bike Interview Interview: Peloton London Cycling Instructor Sam Yo on Bringing Broadway to the Bike
by Rachel Weinberg - July 26, 2022, Chicago

Peloton Studios London instructor and former West End performer Sam Yo has been bringing his unique energy and passion for musical theater to Peloton members since he joined the team as an instructor in 2019. For Peloton members familiar with Sam, it shouldn't come as a surprise that he was every bi...
Interview: Megan Masako Haley of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA Pre-Broadway Tryout Interview Interview: Megan Masako Haley of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA Pre-Broadway Tryout
by Rachel Weinberg - July 21, 2022, Chicago

Andy Sachs, Emily Charlton, and of course, the infamous Miranda Priestly from THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA are back following Lauren Weisberger’s 2003 novel and the cult-classic 2006 film...but this time, these iconic characters are taking to the stage in a brand-new musical with music from Elton John, lyr...
Interview: Josh Groban Talks New Album, 'Harmony', New Tour, and New Livestream Speci Interview Interview: Josh Groban Talks New Album, 'Harmony', New Tour, and New Livestream Special
by Kevin Pollack - June 23, 2022, Chicago

Tony®, EMMY®, and four-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer, songwriter, actor, and philanthropist Josh Groban possesses one of the most outstanding and instantly recognizable voices in music. Read our interview about his new album, tour and special! ...
New 'Evan Hansen' Anthony Norman Talks DEAR EVAN HANSEN National Tour, How He's Appro Interview New 'Evan Hansen' Anthony Norman Talks DEAR EVAN HANSEN National Tour, How He's Approaching the Role & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - June 21, 2022, Chicago

The National Tour of Dear Evan Hansen is in its fourth year of touring across North America, and will now have a new Evan Hansen! Anthony Norman (The Prom original Broadway cast, National Tour of Newsies, and more) is stepping into the lead role! Read BroadwayWorld's interview with the new star of D...
Academy Award-winner Billy Bob Thornton and J.D. Andrew of The Boxmasters Talk New Mu Interview Academy Award-winner Billy Bob Thornton and J.D. Andrew of The Boxmasters Talk New Music and Tour
by Kevin Pollack - May 24, 2022, Chicago

Formed in 2007, The Boxmasters have recorded an impressive and diverse catalogue of music that touches on their love of a wide array of influences, but most importantly, the rock and roll of the 1960's. Listening to The Boxmasters, one can hear obvious odes to the Beatles, Byrds and Beach Boys, but ...
Loose Cattle's Michael Cerveris & Kimberly Kaye Discuss New Album, Chicago Show & HBO Interview Loose Cattle's Michael Cerveris & Kimberly Kaye Discuss New Album, Chicago Show & HBO's 'The Guilded Age'
by Kevin Pollack - May 19, 2022, Chicago

Michael Cerveris is a singer/songwriter and guitarist who's toured the US and UK as a guitarist for Bob Mould, but also happens to have been declared 'possibly the most versatile actor on Broadway' by Playbill magazine, while The Wall Street Journal suggested he 'might just be the best musical-theat...
Jacqueline Williams of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD National Tour Presented By Broadway In C Interview Jacqueline Williams of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD National Tour Presented By Broadway In Chicago
by Rachel Weinberg - May 13, 2022, Chicago

It's not an overstatement to say that Jacqueline Williams is a staple of the Chicago theater community. She returns to her hometown in the role of Calpurnia in the current national tour of Aaron Sorkin's TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, coming to Broadway In Chicago from May 17,209, 2022. Williams reflected o...
Libby Lloyd from the MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL National Tour Presented by Broadway In Interview Libby Lloyd from the MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL National Tour Presented by Broadway In Chicago
by Rachel Weinberg - April 01, 2022, Chicago

Libby Lloyd takes on the role of Nini, one of the principal club dancers, in the MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL national tour. The Tony Award winning musical is currently making its tour premiere here in Chicago. Lloyd reflected on bringing the iconic Baz Luhrmann jukebox movie musical to life for tourin...
Tony & Grammy Winner Anaïs Mitchell Talks New Self-Titled Album, 'Hadestown' and More Interview Tony & Grammy Winner Anaïs Mitchell Talks New Self-Titled Album, 'Hadestown' and More
by Kevin Pollack - February 24, 2022, Chicago

As funny as it may sound, Anaïs Mitchell has spent the past 15 years in some kind of hell. Ok, not actual hell, but the multi-faceted world of Hadestown, a musical project she began in Vermont in 2006 that has grown into a Tony-and Grammy-award-winning Broadway phenomenon with touring editions now d...
Kelly O'Sullivan of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG National Tour Presented by Broadway In C Interview Kelly O'Sullivan of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG National Tour Presented by Broadway In Chicago
by Rachel Weinberg - January 28, 2022, Chicago

Local actor Kelly O'Sullivan brings her talents to the role of Sandra in the national tour of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, now in a sit-down Chicago run through early April....
Sasha Hutchings of OKLAHOMA! NATIONAL TOUR at Broadway In Chicago Interview Sasha Hutchings of OKLAHOMA! NATIONAL TOUR at Broadway In Chicago
by Rachel Weinberg - January 06, 2022, Chicago

The national tour of director Daniel Fish’s Tony Award-winning revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA! arrives in Chicago next week. Ahead of the show’s Chicago engagement, Sasha Hutchings reflected on her role as leading lady Laurey, her journey with the show, and how the show’s themes and t...
Performer Joshua Cruz Talks STOMP National Tour Interview Performer Joshua Cruz Talks STOMP National Tour
by Chloe Rabinowitz - December 27, 2021, Chicago

STOMP's percussive rhythms and electrifying performers have been wowing audiences for 30 years, and the stage phenomenon is currently making its way through the US on a National Tour! Blending dance and performance with music created using everyday objects, STOMP is a one-of-a kind experience you wo...
SARAH BRIGHTMAN TALKS UPCOMING CHRISTMAS TOUR AND 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF 'THE PHANTOM OF Interview SARAH BRIGHTMAN TALKS UPCOMING CHRISTMAS TOUR AND 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF 'THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA'
by Kevin Pollack - November 23, 2021, Chicago

Last year, the world’s biggest-selling soprano and legendary GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist Sarah Brightman entertained her first-ever Christmas livestream concert Sarah Brightman: A Christmas Symphony, and it warmed hearts worldwide as the ultimate holiday event. Given the overwhelming response, an...
Alexa Xioufaridou Moster of PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL NATIONAL TOUR Presented by Broa Interview Alexa Xioufaridou Moster of PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL NATIONAL TOUR Presented by Broadway In Chicago
by Rachel Weinberg - November 12, 2021, Chicago

Chicago native and recent Northwestern graduate Alexa Xioufaridou Moster reflects on making her national tour debut in PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL and why she’s excited to return to her hometown when the tour arrives here in December. ...
Dennis Quaid Talks Solo Tour, Film Career and Upcoming Ronald Reagan & Kurt Warner Bi Interview Dennis Quaid Talks Solo Tour, Film Career and Upcoming Ronald Reagan & Kurt Warner Bio Pics
by Kevin Pollack - November 03, 2021, Chicago

Audiences will experience the musicality and passion for playing live that have earned famed Hollywood actor Dennis Quaid rave reviews. A riveting performer, Dennis captivates the audiences with engaging stories about his illustrious film career and stories behind the highly personal songs that will...
Sara Sheperd Steps into Carole King's Shoes for the BEAUTIFUL National Tour Interview Sara Sheperd Steps into Carole King's Shoes for the BEAUTIFUL National Tour
by Rachel Weinberg - October 29, 2021, Chicago

Sara Sheperd steps into the lead role of musician, songwriter, and singer Carole King in the BEAUTIFUL national tour. She chatted with BroadwayWorld Chicago about her long-standing connection with the show, and her excitement about returning to live performance and this iconic role....
Javon King of the RENT 25TH ANNIVERSARY FAREWELL TOUR Coming to Broadway In Chicago Interview Javon King of the RENT 25TH ANNIVERSARY FAREWELL TOUR Coming to Broadway In Chicago
by Rachel Weinberg - September 17, 2021, Chicago

While Chicago audiences have waited far more than 525,600 minutes for live theater to return to the city, it's now just a few weeks before the RENT 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour makes its way back. Javon King returns to the role of Angel for this latest tour engagement, and he reflected on how his ...
Tony Award Winner Gavin Creel Chats About His Lyric Opera Debut Interview Tony Award Winner Gavin Creel Chats About His Lyric Opera Debut
by Rachel Weinberg - June 03, 2021, Chicago

Gavin Creel chatted about making his Lyric debut, his hopes for the future of equity and access on Broadway, and how he handled self-care during the height of the coronavirus pandemic....
Marc Antolin On Entering the ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS Bubble Interview Marc Antolin On Entering the ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS Bubble
by Gil Kaan - September 18, 2020, Chicago

Emma Rice, the creator and leader of the UK theatre company Wise Children, has remounted the interrupted U.S. tour of her ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS. Wise Children will present a LIVE production of ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS (with dancing and kissing) livestreaming from the Bristol Old Vic stage September 22 thro...
Bursting Emma Rice's ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS Bubble Interview Bursting Emma Rice's ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS Bubble
by Gil Kaan - September 08, 2020, Chicago

Emma Rice, the creator and leader of the UK theatre company Wise Children, will virtually premiere her ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS months after live theatre was shuttered aborting their U. S. tour. The livestreaming from the Bristol Old Vic stage September 22 through 28 will benefit 30+ theatres worldwide, ...
Will You Accept This Rose On Stage? Former Bachelorette Becca Kufrin Dishes on Her Ro Interview Will You Accept This Rose On Stage? Former Bachelorette Becca Kufrin Dishes on Her Role as BACHELOR LIVE Co-Host
by Rachel Weinberg - February 25, 2020, Chicago

Bachelor Nation fans of Chicago can experience all the drama of the popular reality show this March when THE BACHELOR LIVE ON STAGE arrives at Broadway In Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre. In advance of BACHELOR LIVE's arrival here, I chatted with former Bachelorette Becca Kufrin, who is co-hosting...
Brian Jagde of MADAME BUTTERFLY at Lyric Opera of Chicago Interview Brian Jagde of MADAME BUTTERFLY at Lyric Opera of Chicago
by Erica Miner - February 10, 2020, Chicago

The first thing to know about Brian Jagde is that his name is pronounced a?oeJade,a?? like the jewel...
Mike Iveson & WHAT Touring THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO Him Interview Mike Iveson & WHAT Touring THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO Him
by Gil Kaan - January 25, 2020, Chicago

Already in previews, Heidi Schreck's 2019 Tony-nominated Best Play and Pulitzer Prize finalist WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME has been extended twice at the Mark Taper Forum through February 28, 2020. Maria Dizzia assumes the role of Heidi in this national tour, with original Broadway cast member...
On Wednesdays, She Wears Pink — Jonalyn Saxer Reflects on Playing the Role of Karen S Interview On Wednesdays, She Wears Pink — Jonalyn Saxer Reflects on Playing the Role of Karen Smith in the MEAN GIRLS National Tour
by Rachel Weinberg - December 12, 2019, Chicago

Do you want to see Jonalyn Saxer fit her entire fist into her mouth? Actually, I don't know if the actor can do that, but she is showcasing her talents in the principal role of Karen Smith in the national tour of MEAN GIRLS (Fans of the original 2003 film will recognize that opening line as one of K...