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The latest interviews about live + streaming theatre in Kansas City.

Interview: J. Daughtry of MJ THE MUSICAL at Broadway Across America
by Alan Portner - April 17, 2024


I remember seeing a remarkable, ten-year-old Michael Jackson with his brothers on Sunday’s Ed Sullivan Show in the late 1960s.  He was a heck of a performer even then.   It seems remarkable that the man that little boy became passed away more than fifteen years ago. More unbelievably, Michael would ...

Interview: Jason Chanos of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Kansas City Repertory Theatre
by Alan Portner - November 14, 2023


The Kansas City holiday season officially begins on November 21st with the forty-second annual iteration of the Kansas City Repertory Theatre Production of Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella “A Christmas Carol.  Director Jason Chanos is excited about this new mounting of the annual classic. Chanos is bot...

Interview: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD's Maeve Moynihan Shares her Journey to Becoming Scout in the National Tour
by Chloe Rabinowitz - September 26, 2023


In BroadwayWorld's exclusive interview, Maeve Moynihan discusses her journey and excitement of starring in the national tour of To Kill a Mockingbird. Read on to learn more about her experience and role as Scout....

Video: Richard Thomas Is Bringing TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD to a City Near You
by Backstage Live with Richard Ridge - September 23, 2023


In this video, watch as we catch up with star of the To Kill a Mockingbird National Tour, Richard Thomas! He chats about the importance of this story, why it still resonates with audiences, and so much more! ...

Performer Joshua Cruz Talks STOMP National Tour
by Chloe Rabinowitz - December 27, 2021


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...

Scott Moreau of JOHNNY & JUNE at New Theatre Restaurant
by Alan Portner - December 08, 2021


“Johnny & June” at New Theatre Restaurant is an outstanding, original, tribute concert reminiscent of what TV audiences might have enjoyed at home between the premiere of the “Johnny Cash TV Show” in 1969 and the final “Johnny Cash Christmas Special” in 1985.   This New Theatre Restaurant origina...

Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy Talk MAKS & VAL: STRIPPED DOWN Tour, DANCING WITH THE STARS & More!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - August 10, 2021


Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy are back on stage with their 'Stripped Down' tour, showing audiences a whole new side of the dancing duo. Featuring dance, comedy, and personal stories from the lives of the Chmerkovskiy brothers, the Maks & Val: Stripped Down tour will make you laugh, cry, and everything i...

VIDEO: Christopher Sieber Visits Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge- Watch Now!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - November 05, 2020


Tune in right here as he chats with one of Broadway's most beloved actors, Christopher Sieber, who will perform a very special concert tonight, November 5 (7pm), as a part of the Radio Free Birdland series....

VIDEO: Beth Malone Visits Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge- Watch Now!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - October 29, 2020


Tune in right here today, October 29 (3pm ET), as he chats with one of Broadway favorite Beth Malone. Beth will soon join Seth Rudetsky for two very special concerts on Sunday, November 1 (8pm) and Monday, November 2 (3pm)....

VIDEO: Rafael Casal & Adrienne Warren Visit Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge- Watch Now!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - October 28, 2020


Tune in right here today, October 28 (12pm ET), as he chats with Rafael Casal and Adrienne Warren, who star in one-night-only virtual Halloween benefit concert presentation of The Nightmare Before Christmas, benefitting the Actors Fund and the Lymphoma Research Foundation. ...

VIDEO: LaChanze Visits Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge- Watch Now!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - October 21, 2020


Tune in right here today, October 21 (12pm ET), as he chats with one of Broadway's favorite leading ladies, LaChanze. LaChanze will soon join Seth Rudetsky for two very special concerts on Sunday, October 25 (8pm) and Monday, October 26 (3pm). ...

VIDEO: Company of STICKS & STONES Visits Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge- Watch Now!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - October 16, 2020


Tune in right here as he chats with composer John McDaniel, Javier Muñoz, George Salazar, and Joshua Colley from Stick and Stones, which premieres today, October 16, 2020, as part of National Bullying Prevention Month....

VIDEO: Jennifer Holliday Visits Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge- Watch Now!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - October 16, 2020


Tune in right here today, October 16 (12pm ET), as he chats with Broadway's original Dreamgirl, Jennifer Holliday, who celebrates her 60th birthday in concert on Monday, October 19 (8pm)!...

VIDEO: Keala Settle Visits Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - October 15, 2020


Tune in right here today, October 15 (4:30pm ET), as he chats with Broadway beltress Keala Settle. Keala will soon Seth Rudetsky for two very special concerts on Sunday, October 18 (8pm) and Monday, October 19 (3pm)....

VIDEO: Jenn Colella & Chilina Kennedy Visit Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - October 14, 2020


Tune in right here today, October 14 (5pm ET), as he chats with Broadway couple Jenn Colella and Chilina Kennedy about Divas For Democracy: United We Slay, which streams this Sunday, October 18 (8pm). ...

VIDEO: Heidi Schreck & Oliver Butler Visit Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - October 14, 2020


Tune in right here today, October 14 (3:30pm ET), as Richard chats with Heidi Schreck and Oliver Butler, whose What the Constitution Means to Me premieres Friday on Prime Video!...

VIDEO: Kate Rockwell Visits Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - October 14, 2020


Tune in right here today, October 14 (12pm ET), as Richard chats with the wonderful Kate Rockwell. Kate who headlines a concert with Radio Free Birdland on Thursday, October 15 at 7PM ET....

VIDEO: Tiler Peck Visits Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - October 13, 2020


Tune in right here today, October 13 (3:30pm ET), as Richard chats with New York City Ballet Principal Dancer, Tiler Peck, curates and stars in A New Stage. Available to stream starting October 16, A New Stage gives you a front-row seat to experience world-class artistry from the comfort of your hom...

VIDEO: Beth Leavel Visits Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge- Watch Now!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - October 08, 2020


Tune in right here today, October 8 (12pm ET), as he chats with Tony winner Beth Leavel who will headline concerts with Seth Rudetsky on October 11 (8pm) and 12 (3pm)....

VIDEO: Boy•Friends' Noam Ash, Mike Heslin and Jay Armstrong Johnson Visit Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - October 07, 2020


Tune in right here today, October 7 (12pm ET), as Richard Ridge chats with Noam Ash, Mike Heslin and Jay Armstrong Johnson from the new web series, BoyFriends....

VIDEO: Orfeh & Andy Karl Visit Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge
by Robert Diamond - October 01, 2020


Tune in right here today, October 1 (12pm ET), as he chats with Broadway's favorite couple, Orfeh and Andy Karl, who will headline concerts with Seth Rudetsky on October 4 (8pm) and 5 (3pm)....

Owen O'Neill of THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre At The Warwick Theatre
by Paul Bolton - April 14, 2019


The Shawshank Redemption performs at the Warwick Theatre on Main Street in Kansas City, MO from April 4-21, 2019 The show runs close to 2 hours and has an intermission between the two acts. There are some scenes of brief nudity and simulated assault. Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre is located at 3...

Chris Roady & Keenan Ramos of THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION at Metropolitan Theatre Ensemble At The Warwick Theatre
by Paul Bolton - March 31, 2019


The Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King and adapted to the stage by Owen O'Neill and David Johns. Directed by Bob Paisley and being performed at the Metropolitan Theatre Ensemble in the Warwick Theatre Kansas City MO April 4-21, 2019 World Premier...

BWW Exclusive: What Makes A CHRISTMAS CAROL the Story of the Holiday Season? Theatres Around the Country Explain!
by Julie Musbach - December 07, 2018


By the time December hits (and oftentimes well before), it's impossible to browse theatre listings without running across half a dozen productions of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. But what makes it so long lasting? We reached out to companies across the US and more to find out just what makes ...

Karen Paisley of THE ORPHANS' HOME CYCLE at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre
by Alan Portner - October 31, 2018


Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre (MET), now located in the historic Warwick Theater on Main Street in Kansas City adjacent to the Plaza District presents 'The Orphans' Home Cycle' continuing in repertory until November 18....

Jason Chanos of 'OF MICE AND MEN' at Kansas City Repertory Theatre
by Alan Portner - October 26, 2018


Now directing his first major show for the Kansas City Repertory Theatre is Interim Artistic Director Jason Chanos.   Chanos has been the Associate Artistic Director at the Rep since 2015 in addition to teaching acting at UMKC.  He holds a BA from the University of Northern Colorado and an MFA from ...

Josh Davis of LES MISERABLES at Kansas City Broadway Series
by Alan Portner - December 04, 2017


New Les Miz tour features new lighting, new energy, new orchestrations, and new backdrops by Victor Hugo himself with a young cast excited to perform a more personal Les Miz....

Eric Rosen of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Kansas City Repertory Theatre
by Alan Portner - November 17, 2017


New version by Director Eric Rosen stresses original Dickens text and humor...

Ron 'OJ' Parson And AC Smith of FENCES at Kansas City Repertory Theatre part II
by Alan Portner - October 13, 2017


Get deep into the play making process with AC Smith and Ron Parson...

Ron 'OJ' Parson And AC Smith of FENCES at Kansas City Repertory Theatre
by Alan Portner - October 10, 2017


Next up at Kansas City Repertory Theatre is a new production of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize winning 1983 play 'Fences' at the KC Rep Copaken Theatre in downtown Kansas City with an exceptional cast. Directing 'Fences' is Ron OJ Parson Director/Resident Artist at Court Theatre of Chicago. AC Smith...

BWW Interviews: Touring Veteran Reaches Milestone Performance In 42ND STREET
by Kyle Christopher West - February 16, 2017


Most actors receive a standard show contract for around 12 months, but that doesn't mean every actor hangs up their shoes and immediately walks into another show. In fact, not only do some actors extend their contracts, but some make an entire career out of an individual credit. Rob Ouellette, who i...

Mandy Morris Returns to Kansas City at The New Theater
by Steve Wilson - May 15, 2015


Reprising her role from the New Theatre production of Hairspray, Mandy Morris returns to Kansas City as Amber Von Tussle. Hairspray with book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Mark Shaiman runs through July 12 at Ithe dinner theater. Dennis...

BWW Interviews: A Touring Soprano: Audra McDonald Serenades America This Fall
by Paul Proffett - October 25, 2013


How do you follow up a Tony Award? Good question. How do you follow up a record-setting fifth Tony Award? Better question...




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