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The latest interviews about live + streaming theatre in Los Angeles.

Interview: John Rubinstein Adds EISENHOWER To his Lengthy Resume of Impressive Portra Interview Interview: John Rubinstein Adds EISENHOWER To his Lengthy Resume of Impressive Portrayals
by Gil Kaan - October 16, 2022, Los Angeles

Tony Award-winning Broadway veteran John Rubinstein performs in his first one-man show Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground at Theatre West opening October 22, 2022. This world premiere (co-produced in association with New Los Angeles Repertory Company) is directed by Peter Ellenstein. John carved out s...
Interview: Jeff Gould Always Makes FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO DIVORCE, Marria Interview Interview: Jeff Gould Always Makes FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO DIVORCE, Marriage & Sex
by Gil Kaan - October 14, 2022, Los Angeles

The earlier run of Jeff Gould’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Divorce is being restarted at the ‘still unnamed theatre.’ Already opened, Marc Antonio Pritchett directs Divorce through November 20, 2022. Jeff managed to spare some time between writing and touch-up rehearsals to answer a few of...
Interview: Composer Ethan Iverson Connecting With Mark Morris For THE LOOK OF LOVE Interview Interview: Composer Ethan Iverson Connecting With Mark Morris For THE LOOK OF LOVE
by Gil Kaan - October 13, 2022, Los Angeles

Mark Morris and Ethan Iverson join creative forces for the world premiere of The Look of Love: An Evening of Dance to the Music of Burt Bacharach October 20, 2022 at The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage. The Mark Morris Dance Group (costumed in Isaac Mizrahi) will be accompanied by their MMDG Music Ensemb...
Interview: With One Life to Live Tuc Watkins Makes the Most of His INHERITANCE Interview Interview: With One Life to Live Tuc Watkins Makes the Most of His INHERITANCE
by Gil Kaan - October 12, 2022, Los Angeles

The Geffen Playhouse west coast premieres the Stephen Daldry production of four-time Tony Award winner The Heritance October 16, 2022 (already in previews). Mike Donahue directs the all-out cast of Bill Brochtrup, Tantoo Cardinal, Juan Castano, Jay Donnell, Israel Erron Ford, August Gray Gall, Adam ...
Interview: Chatting With Nikk Alcaraz About RENT, Cupcake & Food Art, and More Interview Interview: Chatting With Nikk Alcaraz About RENT, Cupcake & Food Art, and More
by Gil Kaan - October 11, 2022, Los Angeles

Jonathan Larson’s RENT is currently in residence at The Hollywood Majestic. Cupcake Theatre Company’s Brayden Hade directs this Pulitzer and Tony Award winner with a double cast. I had the chance to chat up ‘Benny’ cast member Nikk Alcaraz on his Angel Dumott Schunard and his Practical Peculiarities...
Interview: BROADWAY AT THE BOURBON ROOM's Tianna Louise Cohen Howling For Their HALLO Interview Interview: BROADWAY AT THE BOURBON ROOM's Tianna Louise Cohen Howling For Their HALLOWEEN BASH
by Gil Kaan - October 09, 2022, Los Angeles

Next up for Broadway At The Bourbon Room, their Halloween Bash October 21, 2022; at, of course, The Bourbon Room.  I had the opportunity to chat with Broadway At The Bourbon Room’ s newly appointed associate director Tianna Louise Cohen....
Interview: Director Leigh Silverman's Always SEARCHING FOR INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UN Interview Interview: Director Leigh Silverman's Always SEARCHING FOR INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE & Beyond
by Gil Kaan - October 06, 2022, Los Angeles

Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner’s re-imagined The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe has opened at the Mark Taper Forum to audience and critics’ raves. Leigh Silverman directs this one-woman show starring Saturday Night Live’s Cecily Strong. I got to chat with Leigh while she was makin...
Interview: Teri Hatcher Conjures Up 'Morticia' in THE ADDAMS FAMILY at The Kavli Thea Interview Interview: Teri Hatcher Conjures Up 'Morticia' in THE ADDAMS FAMILY at The Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks
by Gil Kaan - October 05, 2022, Los Angeles

Teri Hatcher returns to the theatrical spotlight as Morticia Addams in The Addams Family opening October 14, 2022, at the Kavli Theatre at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center in Thousand Oaks. Kirsten Chandler directs this creepy, spooky, mysterious and kooky regional premiere. I had the oppo...
Interview: Playwright Lori Marshall Boogie-ing with CINDY & THE DISCO BALL Interview Interview: Playwright Lori Marshall Boogie-ing with CINDY & THE DISCO BALL
by Gil Kaan - October 05, 2022, Los Angeles

Next up at the Garry Marshall Theatre, Lori Marshall and Joseph Leo Bwarie’s Cindy & The Disco Ball opening October 7, 2022. Joe co-directs (with Christine Lakin) the cast of Christopher Baker, Jasiana Caraballo, Malynda Hale, Hayden Kharrazi and Abigail Kate Thomas....
Interview: Gerald Sternbach's Making Music in JASON GRAAE'S GRAAETEST HITS & More Interview Interview: Gerald Sternbach's Making Music in JASON GRAAE'S GRAAETEST HITS & More
by Gil Kaan - October 04, 2022, Los Angeles

Jason Graae brings his Graaetest (not a typo!) Hits – The Sequel to the El Portal October 21, 2022, accompanied by musical director Gerald Sternbach. I got a chance to catch up with Jerry after years of path-crossing at benefits and concerts....
Interview: Nathan Frizzell's QUEER RADIO HOUR Broadcasting LIVE From Dynasty Typewrit Interview Interview: Nathan Frizzell's QUEER RADIO HOUR Broadcasting LIVE From Dynasty Typewriter
by Gil Kaan - October 04, 2022, Los Angeles

Nathan Frizzell's Queer Radio Hour, the Halloween Edition plays for one-night-only October 12th at Dynasty Typewriter. Tom DeTrinis directs this old radio show spoof with a cast of Joe Conti, Drew Droege, Nathan Frizzell, Tommy Hobson, Mitch Silpa, Cloie Wyatt Taylor, David Tran, and drag legend She...
Interview: Playwright David Goldyn's Having DADDY ISSUES Interview Interview: Playwright David Goldyn's Having DADDY ISSUES
by Gil Kaan - October 04, 2022, Los Angeles

The west coast premiere of David Goldyn’s Daddy Issues opens on October 14, 2022, at the Complex in Hollywood.  David directs the cast of Hannah Battersby, Jonathan Fishman, Noa Lev–Ari, Sherry Michaels, Josh Nadler, James Seifert, Pamela Shaw and Solly Werner....
LISTEN: Podcaster Ashton Marcus and A.J. Holmes Discuss YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Interview LISTEN: Podcaster Ashton Marcus and A.J. Holmes Discuss YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
by Ellen Dostal - September 29, 2022, Costa Mesa

A.J. Holmes stars as the hilariously eccentric Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts....
Interview: Karla Gordy Bristol's Labor of Love: MOTOWN: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC, THE MA Interview Interview: Karla Gordy Bristol's Labor of Love: MOTOWN: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC, THE MAGIC, THE LOVE
by Gil Kaan - September 27, 2022, Los Angeles

A descendant of Motown royalty, Karla Gordy Bristol will present Motown: Celebrating The Music, The Magic, The Love  October 1, 2022. This world premiere, created, produced and directed by Karla, will feature a panel and show that includes: Shelly Berger, Janie Bradford, Duke Fakir, William Goldstei...
Interview: Lyric Lewis Attending to LARRY GROUNDLINGS DDS, Her New Projects & Mom-ing Interview Interview: Lyric Lewis Attending to LARRY GROUNDLINGS DDS, Her New Projects & Mom-ing
by Gil Kaan - September 24, 2022, Los Angeles

The Groundlings latest Friday/Saturday night show LARRY GROUNDLINGS DDS opens September 30, 2022 (with previews already started). Deanna Oliver directs Lyric Lewis the hilarious cast of Alex Bonifer, Lauren Burns, Sam DeSurra, Julian Gant, Lyric Lewis, Emily Pendergast, Jay Renshaw and Leonard Robin...
Interview: Emma Hunton – GIRL's In EUPHORIA With Her Booked Schedule Interview Interview: Emma Hunton – GIRL's In EUPHORIA With Her Booked Schedule
by Gil Kaan - September 22, 2022, Los Angeles

Cherry Poppins presents their one-nighter XOXO Euphoria Girl – A Burlesque Musical Parody September 26, 2022, at The Bourbon Room. The team of Alli Miller-Fisher, Chadd McMillan and Sarah Haworth-Hodges direct this Burlesque musical parody mashup set to chart-topping music with the cast of: Ty Deran...
Interview: It's ALL IN THE TIMING For Talon Warburton Interview Interview: It's ALL IN THE TIMING For Talon Warburton
by Gil Kaan - September 16, 2022, Los Angeles

David Ives’ All In The Timing opens October 14, 2022, at The Zephyr Theatre. This production, a true family affair, pairs a director and his spouse Michael Yavnieli and Tania Gonzalez, as well as, for the first time, father and son acting on stage together – Patrick Warburton and Talon Warburton. Ot...
Interview: Julanne Chidi Hill On Her Career & Her GREAT JHERI CURL DEBATEs Interview Interview: Julanne Chidi Hill On Her Career & Her GREAT JHERI CURL DEBATEs
by Gil Kaan - September 15, 2022, Los Angeles

Next up at East West Players, playwright Inda Craig-Galván’s The Great Jheri Curl Debate opening September 17 (with previews beginning September 15). Scarlett Kim directs the cast of Julanne Chidi Hill, Ryun Yu, Ray Baker, Mildred Marie Langford and Bruce A. Lemon Jr. I got the chance to pepper Jula...
Interview: Choreographer Vincent Paterson's A Favorite of Michael Jackson & Madonna, Interview Interview: Choreographer Vincent Paterson's A Favorite of Michael Jackson & Madonna, But Not Sondheim
by Gil Kaan - September 15, 2022, Los Angeles

What do Madonna, Michael Jackson and Stephen Sondheim have in common? Choreographer extraordinaire Vincent Paterson! Vincent new book Icons and Instincts: Choreographing and Directing Entertainment’s Biggest Stars has just been released and Vincent will be appearing at Book Soup September 23, 2022, ...
Interview: Prolific Playwright Norm Foster's Consistently Making A CLEAN BRUSH Of His Interview Interview: Prolific Playwright Norm Foster's Consistently Making A CLEAN BRUSH Of His Vast Library Of Works
by Gil Kaan - September 15, 2022, Los Angeles

Next up at Theatre 40, Norm Foster’s A Clean Brush world premieres September 23, 2022. Howard Storm directs the cast of Mandy Fason, Susan Priver, Michael Kerr and James Lemire. I got the chance to pepper Norm (a.k.a. the Canadian Neil Simon) on this world premiere and his extensive resume of 67 pla...
Interview: Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 Bringing Authenticity to Her New Album, Her DRAG: Interview Interview: Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 Bringing Authenticity to Her New Album, Her DRAG: The Musical & Her Vodka
by Gil Kaan - September 14, 2022, Los Angeles

Alaska Thunderfuck 5000's DRAG: The Musical returns to Los Angeles at The Bourbon Room beginning September 23, 2022. Spencer Liff choreographs and directs the cast of Alaska with JuJubee, Jackie Cox, Jan Sport, Joey McIntrye, Nick Adams, Lagoona Bloo, Aria B. Cassadine and Alysha Deslorieux. Alaska ...
Interview: I'M More Than A COMEDIAN… I'M Ronnie Marmo Interview Interview: I'M More Than A COMEDIAN… I'M Ronnie Marmo
by Gil Kaan - September 10, 2022, Los Angeles

Like the proverbial phoenix, Theatre 68 has risen from its pandemic ashes to reclaim their Lankershim theatre space, now re-christened Theatre 68 Arts Complex. Inaugurating this newly re-modelled theatre, will be the reprise of Ronnie Marmo’s very successful I’m Not A Comedian… I’m Lenny Bruce openi...
Interview: Fritz Coleman UNASSISTED LIVING & Loving His Busy Retirement Interview Interview: Fritz Coleman UNASSISTED LIVING & Loving His Busy Retirement
by Gil Kaan - September 08, 2022, Los Angeles

A popular Southern California figure for many years as your friendly TV weatherman, Fritz Coleman will be bringing his latest stand-up comedy show to the El Portal stage October 16, 2022 for two performances he’ll also taping. Fritz managed to carve out some time to answer a few of my queries on Una...
Interview: Playwright Jessica Goldberg's Excited to Deliver Her Latest BABE Interview Interview: Playwright Jessica Goldberg's Excited to Deliver Her Latest BABE
by Gil Kaan - September 06, 2022, Los Angeles

Playwright, screenwriter and television writer Jessica Goldberg reunites with The Echo Theatre Company for the world premiere of her Babe opening September 17, 2022. Chris Fields directs the cast of Wylie Anderson, Julie Dretzin and Sal Viscuso. Jessica was most gracious in discussing Babe, her long...
Interview: EVERYBODY's Anne Gee Byrd Rifts On Her Long Ties To The L.A. Theatre Commu Interview Interview: EVERYBODY's Anne Gee Byrd Rifts On Her Long Ties To The L.A. Theatre Community
by Gil Kaan - September 06, 2022, Los Angeles

Next up at the Antaeus Theatre Company the Los Angeles premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Everybody September 16, 2022 (with previews beginning September 11th). Jennifer Chang directs the cast of Anne Gee Byrd, Dawn Didawick, Lisa Sanaye Dring, Cherish Monique Duke, Nicole Erb, Harry Groener, Alber...
Interview: An Experienced Tourer Barbara Walsh Traverses The U.S. With OKLAHOMA! Interview Interview: An Experienced Tourer Barbara Walsh Traverses The U.S. With OKLAHOMA!
by Gil Kaan - September 02, 2022, Los Angeles

Next up at The Ahmanson, the Los Angeles premiere of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s reimagined, Tony Award winning Oklahoma! opening September 15, 2022. I got a chance to toss out a few questions to the very game Barbara Walsh who plays Aunt Eller....
Interview: Luis Alfaro On Working His Magic With Center Theater Group's L.A. Writers' Interview Interview: Luis Alfaro On Working His Magic With Center Theater Group's L.A. Writers' Workshop Festival
by Gil Kaan - September 01, 2022, Los Angeles

Center Theatre Group’s co-artistic director playwright Luis Alfaro curates and leads CTG’s L.A. Writers’ Workshop Festival taking place over the course of two weekends, September 9-11 and September 16-18, 2022 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. I had the chance to obtain a few answers from this very busy,...
Interview: THE SECRET WORLD of Carolyn Hennesy Never Stops With ARCHY & MEHITABEL Interview Interview: THE SECRET WORLD of Carolyn Hennesy Never Stops With ARCHY & MEHITABEL
by Gil Kaan - August 31, 2022, Los Angeles

The always working Carolyn Hennesy has finally found some time to mount the L.A. boards again. Carolyn takes on the co-title role of Mehitabel in Dan Gilvezan’s The Secret World of Archy & Mehitabel opening September 10, 2022 at the Whitefire Theatre. Moosie Drier directs the cast of Bill Chott, Ric...
Interview: Emily Pendergast's Happy to SUPPORT Her Groundlings' GROUP Interview Interview: Emily Pendergast's Happy to SUPPORT Her Groundlings' GROUP
by Gil Kaan - August 26, 2022, Los Angeles

The next show up for The Groundlings is their one-nighter Support Group August 29, 2022. I got a chance to chat with Emily Pendergast, one of the very funny Main Company cast members....
Interview: Jenny Koons Confers On Her Creative Process Marrying Deaf West With OEDIPU Interview Interview: Jenny Koons Confers On Her Creative Process Marrying Deaf West With OEDIPUS
by Gil Kaan - August 25, 2022, Los Angeles

Next up at The Getty Villa, Sophocles' classic play Oedipus adapted by Jenny Koons, Andrew Morrill and Alexandria Wailes opening September 7, 2022. Jenny also does double duty directing the cast of Treshelle Edmond, Russell Harvard, Ashlea Hayes, Amelia Hensley, Matthew Jaeger, Gregor Lopes, Andrew ...
Interview: Katie DeShan's Always Having Fun in THE REVUE Interview Interview: Katie DeShan's Always Having Fun in THE REVUE
by Gil Kaan - August 16, 2022, Los Angeles

Producer/creator Jim Dooley reprises The Revue, his modern musical parody at The Bourbon Room September 17, 2022. In this edition, Rick Batalla takes over the directing reins from Matt Walker with the cast of Katie DeShan, Tiffany Daniels, Isaac Robinson-Smith and Philip McNiven. I had the chance t...
Interview: Funny Lady Allison Dunbar's Planting The Flag for SISTER GROUNDLING: MY CO Interview Interview: Funny Lady Allison Dunbar's Planting The Flag for SISTER GROUNDLING: MY COMEDY, MY CHOICE
by Gil Kaan - August 13, 2022, Los Angeles

When funny ladies Allison Dunbar and Emily Pendergrast decided to produce a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood September 16th, they simply picked up their phones and called their Sister Groundlings to participate. The roster for September 16th includes current main company members, as well as Groundl...
Interview: Patrick Wetzel & His History With THE PROM Interview Interview: Patrick Wetzel & His History With THE PROM
by Gil Kaan - August 05, 2022, Los Angeles

The national touring company of The Prom lands at the Ahmanson August 10, 2022 (with a preview August 9th). The story of a group of Broadway divas meshing with a small-town high school results in hijinks and lots of fantastic dancing. Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw reprises his Broadway directing ...
Listen: Podcaster Ashton Marcus and Jared Machado Discuss AMERICAN IDIOT Interview Listen: Podcaster Ashton Marcus and Jared Machado Discuss AMERICAN IDIOT
by Ellen Dostal - August 03, 2022, Costa Mesa

Jared Machado discusses his portrayal of Johnny in the musical American Idiot at Chance Theater....
Interview: Kristina Wong & Kirn Kim Making FROM NUMBER TO NAME Work Interview Interview: Kristina Wong & Kirn Kim Making FROM NUMBER TO NAME Work
by Gil Kaan - July 21, 2022, Los Angeles

Performance artist/comedian/ writer Kristina Wong (in partnership with API RISE) returns to East West Players with her new rendition of From Number To Name: Back To Life livestreaming August 5th through 7th. As Kristina described in her last interview with me: “From Number To Name is a devised theat...
Interview: KING LIZ's Fernanda Coppel Successfully Balancing Writing for Stage & TV Interview Interview: KING LIZ's Fernanda Coppel Successfully Balancing Writing for Stage & TV
by Gil Kaan - July 18, 2022, Los Angeles

Next up at the Geffen Playhouse, the west coast premiere of playwright Fernanda Coppel’s King Liz opening July 21, 2022 (previews already begun). Jesca Prudencio directs the cast of Ray Abruzzo, Oscar Best, Nancy Linari, Evan Morris Reiser, Michelle Ortiz and Sabrina Sloan. I had the opportunity to ...
Interview: Jason Alexander Never FORGETs His Tradition, His Friends Or His Fellow Art Interview Interview: Jason Alexander Never FORGETs His Tradition, His Friends Or His Fellow Artists
by Gil Kaan - July 18, 2022, Los Angeles

Next up at the Fountain Theatre, the L.A. premiere of Tony Award-winner Steven Levenson’s If I Forget beginning July 23, 2022 (with previews starting July 20th). Jason Alexander (also a Tony Award-winner) directs the cast of Síle Bermingham, Caribay Franke, Matt Gottlieb, Samantha Klein, Leo Marks, ...