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BWW Interview: SO NOW YOU KNOW with Benny Benack, III Photo BWW Interview: SO NOW YOU KNOW with Benny Benack, III
by Nicholas Adler - August 01, 2020

One of the amazing things about working at Jazz at Lincoln Center for the past 12 years has been seeing the next generation of musicians and singers take steps along their careers. Someone from the Programming Team has heard a young artist play somewhere and has decided they have what it takes to be a part of one of JALCa??s performances, whether it be the late night set in Dizzya??s Club, teaching in one of the Jazz Education events or performing in the educational Jazz for Young People shows o...
BWW Interview: Blue Gate Hospitality VP, Andrew Rohrer, Talks A Safe Return to The Th Photo BWW Interview: Blue Gate Hospitality VP, Andrew Rohrer, Talks A Safe Return to The Theatre and THE GÜT LIFE
by Brian Hilbrand - August 03, 2020

The Güt Life is currently playing until September 25th at the Blue Gate Music Hall, in Shipshewana, Indiana making its theatrical debut.  The Blue Gate Restaurant and Theatre is the first venue in Southern Michigan/ Northern Indiana  to open back up, and I couldna??t be more excited to have a show to see!  In the spirit of welcoming back live theatre safely, I thought it would be a great idea to share some of the things that they are doing making it possible to have a safe opening for musical th...
Cabaret Legends Steve Ross and KT Sullivan Talk LOVE, NOEL at Irish Repertory Theatre Interview Cabaret Legends Steve Ross and KT Sullivan Talk LOVE, NOEL at Irish Repertory Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - August 11, 2020

As part of their Performance on Screen series, Irish Repertory Theatre is presenting Love, Noël: The Letters and Songs of Noël Coward, directed by Charlotte Moore, and starring cabaret legends Steve Ross and KT Sullivan....
Janie Dee Talks A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at Opera Holland Park Interview Janie Dee Talks A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at Opera Holland Park
by Marianka Swain - August 11, 2020, UK / West End

Among the hopeful shoots of returning theatre is a new concert version of Stephen Sondheima??s A Little Night Music, coming to Opera Holland Park on 15 August. West End leading lady Janie Dee is wearing two hats for this project: shea??s both starring as Desiree, and co-producing with Alex Parker. S...
Q&A: Army At The Virtual Fringe Interview Q&A: Army At The Virtual Fringe
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 10, 2020, Scotland

BWW catches up with Wendy Faux to chat about Army At The Virtual Fringe...
Sam Tutty Discusses The GODSPELL 50th Anniversary Concert Interview Sam Tutty Discusses The GODSPELL 50th Anniversary Concert
by Cindy Marcolina - August 10, 2020, UK / West End

West End star and Dear Evan Hansen's current title character Sam Tutty is taking part in Michael Strassen's 50th anniversary celebrations of Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebalak's Godspell. We had a chat with Sam to hear everything about the show's digital revamp and its topical importance....
Kerry O'Malley SINGing HAPPY Again With Kritzerland Interview Kerry O'Malley SINGing HAPPY Again With Kritzerland
by Gil Kaan - August 07, 2020, Los Angeles

Kritzerland will present its 108th show SING HAPPY! THE SONGS OF KANDER & EBB as a benefit for Group Rep this Sunday August 9, 2020 at 5p PST via their Facebook and YouTube pages. This tribute to legendary composers John Kander and Fred Ebb (hosted by its incomparably witty producer Bruce Kimmel and...
Rosie Day Chats INSTRUCTIONS FOR A TEENAGE ARMAGEDDON at BarnFest, Cirencester Interview Rosie Day Chats INSTRUCTIONS FOR A TEENAGE ARMAGEDDON at BarnFest, Cirencester
by Bella Bevan - August 07, 2020, UK / West End

Rosie Day will perform her self-devised one-woman show Instructions For A Teenage Armageddon at the upcoming BarnFest....
Sean Patrick Murtagh of CONCERTS AND COCKTAILS Interview Sean Patrick Murtagh of CONCERTS AND COCKTAILS
by Stephen Mosher - August 06, 2020, Cabaret

Concerts and Cocktails continues with STAYCATION and Stephen Mosher talks to MAC Award recipient Sean Patrick Murtagh about the drinks and the pants....
Caroline Friedman Talks SCENESAVER Interview Caroline Friedman Talks SCENESAVER
by Jonathan Marshall - August 06, 2020, UK / West End

In 2019, when we were all blissfully ignorant of the impending pandemic, award winning theatre and film producer Caroline Friedman had the idea to create an online platform to showcase fringe theatre performances. Her streaming site Scenesaver could not have arrived at a better time. While such t...
Jenny Ballard discusses upcoming Gala at Theatre Baton Rouge Interview Jenny Ballard discusses upcoming Gala at Theatre Baton Rouge
by Tara Bennett - August 05, 2020, New Orleans

With the novel coronavirus keeping theatres dark, audience members wonder what the future may hold for their beloved playhouses. The staff of one such playhouse, Theatre Baton Rouge, has been hard at work these past few months, updating their 75th season and altering their annual gala to fit an enti...
Eugene Rogers on Creating a New Season for The Washington Chorus During a Pandemic Interview Eugene Rogers on Creating a New Season for The Washington Chorus During a Pandemic
by Roger Catlin - August 04, 2020, Washington, DC

When Eugene Rogers became the fifth artistic director of The Washington Chorus in February, he wasn't counting on the worldwide pandemic to explode every plan just weeks later. Presenting a 200-person choir, shoulder to shoulder, mouths open was out of the question, even if they were emitting a glor...
Roxane Carrasco of MARGIN OF ERROR at The Roustabouts Theatre Co Interview Roxane Carrasco of MARGIN OF ERROR at The Roustabouts Theatre Co
by E.H. Reiter - August 04, 2020, San Diego

Interview with Roxanne Carrasco on her role in MARGIN OF ERROR from The Roustabouts Theatre Co, now streaming through August 23rd, 2020....
BWW Review: HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE—CVLT STREAMS VISITING MR. GREEN, EXAMINE PSYCH Interview BWW Review: HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE—CVLT STREAMS VISITING MR. GREEN, EXAMINE PSYCHOLOGY, MUSICAL STYLE AND CREATIVITY OF HAMILTON, PROJECT SING OUT!, and more
by Roy Berko - August 04, 2020, Cleveland

On Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26, CVLT will be streaming the archival video of Visiting Mr. Green for a pay-as-you-can admission. For details and advance reservation, visit https://cvlt.org/events/visiting-mr-green ...
Berko: THE ARTS--HERE AND THERE—U OF AKRON RIFFS THEATRE STAFF, APPOLLO'S FIRE PERFOR Interview Berko: THE ARTS--HERE AND THERE—U OF AKRON RIFFS THEATRE STAFF, APPOLLO'S FIRE PERFORMS, RADIO OF LAKE
by Roy Berko - August 04, 2020, Cleveland

According to Cleveland Critics Circle and Akron AKRON [Ohio]BEACON JOURNALEntertainment writer, Kerry Clawson, 'At the end of last school year, the University of Akron theater program had two full-time faculty members and three staff members. Now it has none.' ...
Paul Hart Discusses The Socially Distanced Summer Season at The Watermill Theatre Interview Paul Hart Discusses The Socially Distanced Summer Season at The Watermill Theatre
by Bella Bevan - August 04, 2020, UK / West End

We spoke to Paul about the process of putting together these summer shows so quickly, COVID-19 safety measure, and how the Watermill is surviving the pandemic....
Blue Gate Hospitality VP, Andrew Rohrer, Talks A Safe Return to The Theatre and THE G Interview Blue Gate Hospitality VP, Andrew Rohrer, Talks A Safe Return to The Theatre and THE GÜT LIFE
by Brian Hilbrand - August 03, 2020, UK / West End

The Güt Life is currently playing until September 25th at the Blue Gate Music Hall, in Shipshewana, Indiana making its theatrical debut.  The Blue Gate Restaurant and Theatre is the first venue in Southern Michigan/ Northern Indiana  to open back up, and I couldna??t be more excited to have a show t...
Actor Daniel Assetta Interview Actor Daniel Assetta
by Josh Stent - August 03, 2020, Australia - Melbourne

Daniel Assetta is one talented guy! Looking at his resume will bring out the green-eyed monster in any Australian theatre performer. ...
ISC's David Melville & Melissa Chalsma On Being Free, Social Awareness & The Future Interview ISC's David Melville & Melissa Chalsma On Being Free, Social Awareness & The Future
by Gil Kaan - August 03, 2020, Los Angeles

As live theatre remains in lockdown, Independent Shakespeare Company (ISC) is morphing their Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival into a free, livestreaming program of four FESTIVAL EVENTS on Saturdays in August, and a hybrid stage production of ROMEO & JULIET Labor Day weekend. ISC's co-founders...
Behind the Curtain: New Ohio Theatre Artistic Director Robert Lyons Talks Ice Factory Interview Behind the Curtain: New Ohio Theatre Artistic Director Robert Lyons Talks Ice Factory Festival and More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - August 01, 2020, Los Angeles

Today, our Behind the Curtain interview is with New Ohio Theatre Artistic Director Robert Lyons....
SO NOW YOU KNOW with Benny Benack, III Interview SO NOW YOU KNOW with Benny Benack, III
by Nicholas Adler - August 01, 2020, Cabaret

One of the amazing things about working at Jazz at Lincoln Center for the past 12 years has been seeing the next generation of musicians and singers take steps along their careers. Someone from the Programming Team has heard a young artist play somewhere and has decided they have what it takes to be...
Vikki Stone and Natasha J Barnes Chat FUNNY GALS at BarnFest, Cirencester Interview Vikki Stone and Natasha J Barnes Chat FUNNY GALS at BarnFest, Cirencester
by Fiona Scott - August 01, 2020, Cabaret

Award-winning comedy performer Vikki Stone and West End leading lady Natasha J Barnes teamed up during lockdown. They crafted a revue of the funniest comedy songs in musical theatre for female performers. The show, Funny Gals, will make its debut at the BarnFest, the Barn Theatre's premiere outdoor ...
Kwame Kwei-Armah Chats imagine... MY NAME IS KWAME Interview Kwame Kwei-Armah Chats imagine... MY NAME IS KWAME
by Fiona Scott - July 31, 2020, UK / West End

Kwame Kwei-Armah is the Artistic Director of the Young Vic, which is marking its 50th anniversary this  year. As part of the celebrations, Kwei-Armah is the subject of an episode of the latest BBC imagine... series. We spoke to him about lockdown and going back over his childhood as part of the proj...
Samantha Hannah on HOW TO FIND HAPPINESS IN A YEAR Interview Samantha Hannah on HOW TO FIND HAPPINESS IN A YEAR
by Natalie O'Donoghue - July 30, 2020, Scotland

BWW catches up with Samantha Hannah to chat about her show How To Find Happiness In A Year which is now streaming on Nextup Comedy....
James Haddrell Talks THE SECRET LOVE LIFE OF OPHELIA Interview James Haddrell Talks THE SECRET LOVE LIFE OF OPHELIA
by Gary Naylor - July 30, 2020, UK / West End

James Haddrell, Artistic and Executive Director of Greenwich Theatre, talks about life under lockdown and his new online production of Steven Berkoff's play, The Secret Love Life Of Ophelia....
Bryan Banville on Learn Academy's event for entertainment artists 'This event is to Interview Bryan Banville on Learn Academy's event for entertainment artists 'This event is to help in supporting our fellow artists'
by E.H. Reiter - July 29, 2020, San Diego

Interview with Bryan Banville, Learn Academy's Career Services Manager, on their event on Monday, August 3rd specifically for entertainment artists...
Neil Austin and Chinonyerem Odimba Discuss Freelancers Make Theatre Work Interview Neil Austin and Chinonyerem Odimba Discuss Freelancers Make Theatre Work
by Cindy Marcolina - July 28, 2020, UK / West End

We had a chat with lighting designer Neil Austin and playwright Chinonyerem Odimba to discuss the groundbreaking work done by Freelancers Make Theatre Work, an organisation that advocates for the rights of freelance workers in theatre. We learned their thoughts about the current artistic climate in ...
Kim David Smith of KIM DAVID SMITH LIVE AT JOE'S PUB Interview Kim David Smith of KIM DAVID SMITH LIVE AT JOE'S PUB
by Stephen Mosher - July 27, 2020, Cabaret

Cabaret upstart and original Kim David Smith has released his first live CD and chats with Stephen Mosher about why now, Kylie, and what this three named man likes to be called....
SO NOW YOU KNOW with Liz McCartney Interview SO NOW YOU KNOW with Liz McCartney
by Nicholas Adler - July 27, 2020, Cabaret

Singer/actress Liz McCartney has been on Broadway in 13 productions including originating two roles - Sue Tilley in the Boy George musical, TABOO and Rebecca in The Dance Of The Vampires. She has played several of coveted iconic diva roles on stage - Carlotta in The Phantom of the Opera, Rosie in ...
Mindy Sterling On Staying Home & Being a Groundling Interview Mindy Sterling On Staying Home & Being a Groundling
by Gil Kaan - July 27, 2020, Los Angeles

The Groundlings alumni and Austin Powers fan favorite Mindy Sterling will be special guesting on The Groundlings weekly online Wednesday show THE CRAZY UNCLE JOE SHOW July 29, 2020, zooming at 8p PST. This hour of improv starts with suggestions from the audience and weaves characters through time an...
Elizabeth Doran & Eric Woodall of North Carolina Theatre Interview Elizabeth Doran & Eric Woodall of North Carolina Theatre
by Jeffrey Kare - July 27, 2020, Raleigh

On June 8th, North Carolina Theatre announced that based on recommendations from the City of Raleigh and given the circumstances surrounding the current health pandemic, they ended up canceling the remainder of their 2019-20 Season, which includes productions of Memphis, The Sound of Music, and Edge...
Behind the Curtain: Meet Director/Choreographer Devon Sinclair Interview Behind the Curtain: Meet Director/Choreographer Devon Sinclair
by Chloe Rabinowitz - July 25, 2020, Raleigh

Today, our Behind the Curtain interview is with Devon Sinclair, director, choreographer and actor in the Philadelphia area, and teaching artist for the Walnut Street Theatre....
DIAVOLO's Jacques Heim Safely Creating THIS IS ME With Vets Interview DIAVOLO's Jacques Heim Safely Creating THIS IS ME With Vets
by Gil Kaan - July 24, 2020, Los Angeles

DIAVOLO/Architecture in Motion's The Veteran Project will premiere its THIS IS ME: LETTERS FROM THE FRONT LINES on The Soraya Facebook page Friday July 31 at 4p PST. Returning to The Soraya for their fourth engagement, DIAVOLO's latest movement piece deals with our current pandemic isolation from th...
BWW Previews: BERKO: CLEVELAND-CENTRIC ENTERTAINMENT IN THE PANDEMIC—PHSQUARE, SHAW F Interview BWW Previews: BERKO: CLEVELAND-CENTRIC ENTERTAINMENT IN THE PANDEMIC—PHSQUARE, SHAW FESTIVAL, CPT, GLTF AND MORE…
by Roy Berko - July 23, 2020, Cleveland

Cleveland's Play House Square has announced a buy it now and if something comes up, free ticket exchanges policy for the 2020-2021 season. The shows planned are: ...
Sheila E. of WE STAND TOGETHER Uses Her Musical Talents to Effect Change for Racial J Interview Sheila E. of WE STAND TOGETHER Uses Her Musical Talents to Effect Change for Racial Justice
by Jim Munson - July 23, 2020, San Francisco

We Stand Together, a one-night virtual benefit in support of justice for Black lives, will premiere at 7:00pm PDT on Thursday, July 23rd on both Youtube and Facebook. It will include appearances by Sheila E., Mahershala Ali, Misty Copeland, Ledisi and a host of other top artists, activists and commu...
Joy Yvonne Jones talks about writing, directing, and performing in A PROMISE OF NEW L Interview Joy Yvonne Jones talks about writing, directing, and performing in A PROMISE OF NEW LIFE at Common Ground Theatre & MOXIE Theatres
by E.H. Reiter - July 23, 2020, San Diego

An interview with writer, director, and performer Joy Yvonne Jones on A PROMISE OF NEW LIFE a part of the Dinner and Zoom live virtual theatre series of plays written, directed, and celebrating Black women presented by Common Ground Theatre and MOXIE Theatre....
Behind the Curtain: Arvind Ethan David and Brian Moreland Explain #WHILEWEBREATHE Interview Behind the Curtain: Arvind Ethan David and Brian Moreland Explain #WHILEWEBREATHE
by Chloe Rabinowitz - July 22, 2020, San Diego

Today, our Behind the Curtain interview is with Arvind Ethan David and Brian Moreland, the producers of #WhileWeBreathe: A Night of Creative Protest...
Merritt Janson and YOUR BLUES AIN'T SWEET LIKE MINE for Two River Theater's Benefit P Interview Merritt Janson and YOUR BLUES AIN'T SWEET LIKE MINE for Two River Theater's Benefit Play Readings
by Marina Kennedy - July 22, 2020, New Jersey

Two River Theater kicks off their exciting series of benefit play readings with 'Your Blues Ain't Sweet Like Mine' on Sunday, July 26 at 7:00pm EDT. The show originally premiered at Two River in 2015. This reading will feature an updated script by Tony-Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Broadwaywor...
Karen Ziemba of SHAKESPEARE IN VEGAS at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Lights up Stage a Interview Karen Ziemba of SHAKESPEARE IN VEGAS at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Lights up Stage and (Small) Screen
by Jim Munson - July 21, 2020, San Francisco

Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba and Tony Award nominee Patrick Page head the dynamic cast of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's benefit online reading of Shakespeare in Vegas, a rollicking comedy by Suzanne Bradbeer. Presented by TheatreWorks' New Works from Home program in partnership with Vegas Theatre ...
Source Material's Samantha Shay Navigating IN THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES Interview Source Material's Samantha Shay Navigating IN THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES
by Gil Kaan - July 20, 2020, Los Angeles

Source Material's IN THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES will world premiere via Zoom July 25, 2020 at 4pm PST. Directed by Source Material's artistic director Samantha Shay, IN THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES posits the state of theatre in these COVID-19 times using a mash-up of Chekov monologues, drinking duels and coron...
Jon Robyns and Alice Fearn Talk WEST END MUSICAL DRIVE-IN Interview Jon Robyns and Alice Fearn Talk WEST END MUSICAL DRIVE-IN
by Kerrie Nicholson - July 20, 2020, UK / West End

West End stars Jon Robyns and Alice Fearn tell us all about West End Drive-In, life in lockdown, and their hopes for the future of the industry...
Ella Road Talks SOMETHING WILL DISAPPEAR Interview Ella Road Talks SOMETHING WILL DISAPPEAR
by Jonathan Marshall - July 16, 2020, UK / West End

Playwright Ella Road achieved critical acclaim with her play The Phlebotomist, which was nominated for an Olivier Award after a run at both Hampstead Theatre Downstairs and its main stage. Road has now written a short film called Something Will Disappear for the Almeida Theatre's upcoming climate ch...