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Ledisi Channels & Honors Nina Simone in LEDISI: THE LEGEND OF LITTLE GIRL BLUE Interview Ledisi Channels & Honors Nina Simone in LEDISI: THE LEGEND OF LITTLE GIRL BLUE
by Gil Kaan - December 10, 2019

The powerhouse singer that she is, Ledisi takes on the songs of legendary Nina Simone, honors them and makes them uniquely her own in LEDISI: THE LEGEND OF LITTLE GIRL BLUE (A MUSICAL JOURNEY INTO THE LIVES OF NINA SIMONE AND LEDISI), opening at The Wallis December 13, 2019. Transcending a wide rang...
Magician/Producer/Humanitarian Derek McKee Shares What's Up His Sleeves Interview Magician/Producer/Humanitarian Derek McKee Shares What's Up His Sleeves
by Gil Kaan - December 07, 2019, Los Angeles

A workshop production of Pure Imagination Projects' MARVELS OF MAGIC will have its world premiere the weekend of December 13, 2019 at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre. Written by Andrew Simmons and directed by Enrico De La Vega, this coming-of-age story of Pure Imagination Projects' creator Derek McKee ...
Director/Choreographer Daniel Pelzig Returns To Musical Theatre West With Irving Berl Interview Director/Choreographer Daniel Pelzig Returns To Musical Theatre West With Irving Berlin's HOLIDAY INN!
by Jonas Schwartz-Owen - December 06, 2019, Los Angeles

Ballet, opera and musical theater director Daniel Pelzig helms the musical version of Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn, playing at Musical Theatre West. This is Pelzig's fourth production with MTW, after My Fair Lady in 2015, Mary Poppins in 2017 and The Little Mermaid earlier this year....
Anna Abbott's A Nice Evangelical Christian in A VERY HAPPY GOYISHA HANUKKAH Interview Anna Abbott's A Nice Evangelical Christian in A VERY HAPPY GOYISHA HANUKKAH
by Gil Kaan - December 05, 2019, Los Angeles

The very first line on Anna Abbott's press release for her December 15th & 17th performances of A VERY HAPPY GOYISHA HANUKKAH reads, 'How did a nice Evangelical Christian girl from Arizona wind up doing a one-woman comical cabaret show at the Jewish Women's Theatre (JWT) in Santa Monica?'...
Director Karen Maruyama Shares Her Secrets in Guiding GROUNDLINGS SKIS HAUS Interview Director Karen Maruyama Shares Her Secrets in Guiding GROUNDLINGS SKIS HAUS
by Gil Kaan - December 02, 2019, Los Angeles

The Groundlings' latest Friday/Saturday show GROUNDLINGS SKIS HAUS (opening December 6, 2019) will be helmed by Groundlings alumnae Karen Maruyama, who joined The Groundlings sometime in the 20th century. The ageless Karen had performed in innumerable sketches before earning her alumnae status. Asid...
 For The Record, Shane Scheel's An Expert At Producing LIVE Hits Interview For The Record, Shane Scheel's An Expert At Producing LIVE Hits
by Gil Kaan - November 20, 2019, Los Angeles

After a most successful run last December, For The Record's LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE encores at The Wallis beginning November 27, 2019. FTR pairs the actual screening of the 2003 perennial holiday hit film Love Actually with live singers and a 15-piece orchestra on stage complementing the movie's soundtra...
Joely Fisher Thrilled To Be On Stage Again - This Time As Andy Garcia's Moll in KEY L Interview Joely Fisher Thrilled To Be On Stage Again - This Time As Andy Garcia's Moll in KEY LARGO
by Gil Kaan - November 14, 2019, Los Angeles

The world premiere adaptation of KEY LARGO, already in previews, will open tonight, November 14, 2019 at the Geffen Playhouse. Packed with award winners all around, Oscar nominated actor Andy Garcia stars as Johnny Rocco in his co-adaptation with Jeffrey Hatcher (based on the play by Maxwell Anderso...
SALVAGE Playwright Tim Alderson - From Music To Farming & Back Interview SALVAGE Playwright Tim Alderson - From Music To Farming & Back
by Gil Kaan - November 11, 2019, Los Angeles

Former music creative and fifth-generation farmer Tim Alderson's first initial foray into playwriting SALVAGE opens Saturday, November 16, 2019 at The Lounge Theatre. With music from his long-time cohorts Mark Heard, Pat Terry, and Randy VanWarmer, SALVAGE revolves around struggling singer-songwrite...
Russian Tenor Bogdan Volkov Tuned In On His LA Opera Debut in THE MAGIC FLUTE Interview Russian Tenor Bogdan Volkov Tuned In On His LA Opera Debut in THE MAGIC FLUTE
by Gil Kaan - November 10, 2019, Los Angeles

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's classic THE MAGIC FLUTE opens this week at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Saturday November 16, 2019; under the baton of James Conlon (with Grant Gershon conducting on December 1, 12 and 15). This will be the third LA Opera mounting of 1927 and Barrie Kosky's avant-garde ...
CURIOUS INCIDENT's Iain Kohn Owning His Autism & His New Doppelganger Role Interview CURIOUS INCIDENT's Iain Kohn Owning His Autism & His New Doppelganger Role
by Gil Kaan - November 07, 2019, Los Angeles

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, winner of both a Tony and an Olivier for Best Play, has already begun previews at the Greenway Court Theatre, with opening night set for November 8, 2019. Kate Jopson directs an ensemble led by newcomer Iain Kohn in the pivotal role of Christopher, ...
BD Wong Taking THE GREAT LEAP To New Perspectives Interview BD Wong Taking THE GREAT LEAP To New Perspectives
by Gil Kaan - November 06, 2019, Los Angeles

In his Broadway debut in 1988, BD Wong won his Tony Award (Best Featured Actor in a Play) for his ground-breaking role of Song Liling in David Henry Hwang's M. BUTTERFLY. Over the last year, in between shooting his two television series (as Whiterose on Mr. Robot, and as Awkwafina's father in Comedy...
Indigenous Playwright Larissa FastHorse Setting The Table With Truths In THE THANKSGI Interview Indigenous Playwright Larissa FastHorse Setting The Table With Truths In THE THANKSGIVING PLAY
by Gil Kaan - October 30, 2019, Los Angeles

Playwright Larissa FastHorse is having one hell of a year. Her THE THANKSGIVING PLAY has already been produced in various cities across the United States this year, with her next production already in previews at the Geffen Playhouse, and opening November 5, 2019. Michael John Garcés directs Larissa...
Scott Waara of ONCE, THE MUSICAL at 3-D Theatricals Interview Scott Waara of ONCE, THE MUSICAL at 3-D Theatricals
by Jeffrey Scott - October 23, 2019, Los Angeles

Broadway veteran Scott Waara has made a career of playing heartfelt characters and bringing something personal to each and every part he plays. Currently performing in 3-D Theatricals production of 'Once, The Musical', Waara re-creates the role he has performed (now for the 3rd time) and I had a cha...
Circa's Martin Evans Dancing & Flipping For HUMANS Interview Circa's Martin Evans Dancing & Flipping For HUMANS
by Gil Kaan - October 21, 2019, Los Angeles

A most limber cast of ten acrobat/dancers from the internationally-acclaimed Australia's Circa Contemporary Circus will be performing CIRCA: HUMANS for two nights only November 1 & 2 at The Wallis. This Wallis engagement marks their southern California debut after a world tour that began 2017 in Syd...
Writer/Performer Justin Sayre Horror-ibly Camps in RAVENSWOOD MANOR Interview Writer/Performer Justin Sayre Horror-ibly Camps in RAVENSWOOD MANOR
by Gil Kaan - October 15, 2019, Los Angeles

Justin Sayre's camp-horror-soap-opera, twelve-episode serial RAVENSWOOD MANOR will take the Celebration Theatre stage beginning October 17, 2019 for a six-week run. Novelist/playwright/TV scripter/performer/host Justin took some time to answer a few of my questioning queries on his various functions...
Nick Hardcastle On Bringing the Life of Orry-Kelly To The Thea-ta Interview Nick Hardcastle On Bringing the Life of Orry-Kelly To The Thea-ta
by Gil Kaan - October 13, 2019, Los Angeles

A limited 'sneak peek' run of Gentleman-George Production's ORRY will begin November 1, 2019 at The Lee Strasberg Theatre. Writer/performer Nick Hardcastle has adapted Oscar-winning costume designer Orry-Kelly's memoirs Women I've Dressed for a ninety-minute stage production (directed by Wayne Harri...
Michael Leoni Taking FAMOUS To a New Level Interview Michael Leoni Taking FAMOUS To a New Level
by Gil Kaan - October 05, 2019, Los Angeles

Just ending its very successful, unprecedented fourteen-month run this past Sunday, Michael Leoni's FAMOUS will be looking to conquer another medium - film. Michael Leoni, a multi-media writer/director, has always envisioned his creations to be presented in both mediums of stage and film. Got to cat...
A PLAY IS A POEM's Peter Jacobson - From Seedy Nightclub Owner & Wily Film Exec to Ia Interview A PLAY IS A POEM's Peter Jacobson - From Seedy Nightclub Owner & Wily Film Exec to Iago & Richard III
by Gil Kaan - September 25, 2019, Los Angeles

The world premiere of filmmaker/playwright Ethan Coen's A PLAY IS A POEM currently lives on the Mark Taper Forum stage, produced by Center Theatre Group, in association with Atlantic Theater Company. A collection of five short plays from Ethan Coen's unique take on Americana had been connected toget...
A Glee-ful Amber Riley From DREAMGIRL Effie To LITTLE SHOP's Audrey II Interview A Glee-ful Amber Riley From DREAMGIRL Effie To LITTLE SHOP's Audrey II
by Gil Kaan - September 24, 2019, Los Angeles

Next up at Pasadena Playhouse, the sci-fi musical comedy LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, already in previews, will open September 25, 2019. Promising new twists and surprises, this cult hit written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken over thirty-five years ago, will be directed by Mike Donahue. I had a chance ...
SISTERS IN LAW's Tovah Feldshuh - A Supreme Match for RBG Interview SISTERS IN LAW's Tovah Feldshuh - A Supreme Match for RBG
by Gil Kaan - September 20, 2019, Los Angeles

When I reached for my phone to call Tovah Feldshuh to interview her on her upcoming role as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the west coast premiere of SISTERS IN LAW at The Wallis, I never expected to be so enthralled for the fifty minutes that followed; not only by the irascible, most delightful Tov...
Evie Abat of NEVER IS NOW at Skylight Theatre Interview Evie Abat of NEVER IS NOW at Skylight Theatre
by Jeffrey Scott - September 20, 2019, Los Angeles

The Skylight Theatre Company continues to provoke and encourage conversation and education. Their latest offering, opening September 21st, is a strong continuation of that tradition....
Playwright Bekah Brunstetter On MISS LILLY & Her Other Writing Loves Interview Playwright Bekah Brunstetter On MISS LILLY & Her Other Writing Loves
by Gil Kaan - September 17, 2019, Los Angeles

The much in-demand playwright Bekah Brunstetter will west coast premiere her latest MISS LILLY GETS BONED in a Rogue Machine production opening September 21, 2019 at the Electric Lodge. Robin Larsen directs Brunstetter's story involving a captive elephant and its unexpected effects on a virginal Sun...
Playwright E. M. Lewis' Having a Good Year In THE LIGHT Interview Playwright E. M. Lewis' Having a Good Year In THE LIGHT
by Gil Kaan - September 16, 2019, Los Angeles

Next up at Boston Court Pasadena, the world premiere of E. M. Lewis' HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN, with previews beginning September 19th and opening set for September 28th. Emilie Pascale Beck directs the cast of Amy Sloan, Ryun Yu, Chelsea Kurtz and Dieterich Gray who play four lonely people who find eac...
Will Brittain On Travelling Coast-To-Coast To Make It SKINTIGHT Interview Will Brittain On Travelling Coast-To-Coast To Make It SKINTIGHT
by Gil Kaan - September 07, 2019, Los Angeles

Playwright Josh Harmon's SKINTIGHT receives its west coast premiere at the Geffen Playhouse, already in previews. Daniel Aukin directs this neurotic family drama featuring the original stars of the Broadway production (Idina Menzel, Will Brittain and Eli Gelb), with Harry Groener, Kimberly Jürgen an...
Playwright Lloyd Suh Introducing His CHINESE LADY With Empathy Interview Playwright Lloyd Suh Introducing His CHINESE LADY With Empathy
by Gil Kaan - September 07, 2019, Los Angeles

The Los Angeles premiere of Lloyd Suh's THE CHINESE LADY launches the Greenway Court Theatre's 2019-2020 season, with opening night September 7, 2019. In a co-production with Artists At Play, THE CHINESE LADY (based on a true story) features Amy Shu (as Afong Moy, the first female Chinese immigrant ...
FORMULAE & FAIRY TALES' Laura Karlin's Taking A Bite Out Of The Proverbial Apple Interview FORMULAE & FAIRY TALES' Laura Karlin's Taking A Bite Out Of The Proverbial Apple
by Gil Kaan - September 04, 2019, Los Angeles

Invertigo Dance Theatre's FORMULAE & FAIRY TALES will world premiere at The Broad Stage September 13th and 14th, before going on tour beginning of next year. FORMULAE & FAIRY TALES re-imagines the life of mathematical genius and WWII codebreaker Alan Turing in a mash-up with the Disney classic Snow ...
Pam Trotter On Going From PURPLE to BLONDE Interview Pam Trotter On Going From PURPLE to BLONDE
by Gil Kaan - September 03, 2019, Los Angeles

Fresh from the combined creative minds of Jake O'Flaherty and Tom Misuraca, their SUICIDAL BLONDE will world premiere September 19, 2019 at the Whitefire Theatre. Their dark comedy take on suicide will be directed by Candi Milo. I had the opportunity to field a few questions to Pam Trotter, who play...
Actress Beau Garrett Pass the Catwalk & Through buildOn to SAUGERTIES Interview Actress Beau Garrett Pass the Catwalk & Through buildOn to SAUGERTIES
by Gil Kaan - August 26, 2019, Los Angeles

Playwright Susan Eve Haar's new play SAUGERTIES has just opened at the Hudson Guild Theatre. Directed by Abigail Zealey Bess, SAUGERTIES stars Chad L. Coleman as Rog and Beau Garrett as Jen, a pair of couples in relationship crisis. I had the opportunity to ask a few quick questions of Beau Garrett ...
Playwright Jen Silverman Spells Out Conjuring Up Her WITCH Interview Playwright Jen Silverman Spells Out Conjuring Up Her WITCH
by Gil Kaan - August 24, 2019, Los Angeles

The west coast premiere of Jen Silverman's WITCH will launch the Geffen Playhouse's 2019/2020 season, having begun previews August 20, 2019. Originally commissioned by and premiering at Writers Theatre, WITCH centers on a charming outsider arriving to the quiet village of Edmonton bargaining for sou...
Erik Patterson of HANDJOB at Echo Theatre Company Interview Erik Patterson of HANDJOB at Echo Theatre Company
by Jonas Schwartz-Owen - August 23, 2019, Los Angeles

Erik Patterson has made a name for himself in the LA Theater community. A mentor to burgeoning playwrights and a stinging satirist who has racked up nominations and awards, such as the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Writing award for 2017's ONE OF THE NICE ONES, Patterson writes confrontational pl...
Expert Class Clown Kasey Mahaffy Transforms Seriously in FRANKENSTEIN Interview Expert Class Clown Kasey Mahaffy Transforms Seriously in FRANKENSTEIN
by Gil Kaan - July 26, 2019, Los Angeles

The California premiere of Nick Dear's adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic novel, FRANKENSTEIN, launches A Noise Within's 2019-2020 season August 11, 2019. Much in-demand director Michael Michetti helms Michael Manuel as The Creature and Kasey Mahaffy as Dr. Victor Frankenstein, presenting Shelley'...
Patina Miller On Her Path From SISTER ACT To PIPPIN, INTO THE WOODS Interview Patina Miller On Her Path From SISTER ACT To PIPPIN, INTO THE WOODS
by Gil Kaan - July 25, 2019, Los Angeles

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning INTO THE WOODS opens this weekend Friday July 26, 2019, as this year's Hollywood Bowl's annual fully-staged Broadway musical. I had the enviable opportunity to interview the Tony Award-winning, über-talented Patina Miller who'll be portraying th...
Chita Parol's Enjoying Letting Her Freak Flag FLY with CHICO'S ANGELS Interview Chita Parol's Enjoying Letting Her Freak Flag FLY with CHICO'S ANGELS
by Gil Kaan - July 16, 2019, Los Angeles

CHICO'S ANGELS latest episode FLY CHICA FLY will premiere at the Colony Theatre August 1 - 4, 2019. Birthed from the creative minds of Kurt Koehler and Oscar Quintero, CHICO'S ANGELS: FLY CHICA FLY's the eighth episode in their series of hilarious drag parodies of Charlie's Angels, the now classic t...
Playwright Mark Saltzman's A Runyonesque Accomplice In ANOTHER ROLL OF THE DICE Interview Playwright Mark Saltzman's A Runyonesque Accomplice In ANOTHER ROLL OF THE DICE
by Gil Kaan - July 03, 2019, Los Angeles

Emmy-winning writer Mark Saltzman will be back on the theatrical boards with the world premiere of his ANOTHER ROLL OF THE DICE, beginning July 10, 2019 at the North Coast Rep Theatre. Mark has based ANOTHER ROLL OF THE DICE, his companion piece to GUYS AND DOLLS, on the short stories of Damon Runyo...
THE SPITFIRE GRILL's Ashley Argota's Always Killing It With Her Beyoncé-esque Vocals Interview THE SPITFIRE GRILL's Ashley Argota's Always Killing It With Her Beyoncé-esque Vocals
by Gil Kaan - June 28, 2019, Los Angeles

THE SPITFIRE GRILL begins its previews July 10, 2019 at the Garry Marshall Theatre under the direction of its artistic director Dimitri Toscas. This musical (by James Valcq and Fred Alley) takes place in the rural town of Gilead, Wisconsin during a simpler era. I had the opportunity to interview a ...
GOOD BOYS' Betsy Brandt: Being Maternal's A Mother Of A Role Interview GOOD BOYS' Betsy Brandt: Being Maternal's A Mother Of A Role
by Gil Kaan - June 27, 2019, Los Angeles

The Los Angeles premiere of multi-genre writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's GOOD BOYS has just begun previews at the Pasadena Playhouse. As the adult in this situation, Brandon's mother Elizabeth must face the myriad of new choices that her family must now select. Betsy Brandt (known to television viewe...
Rob Morrow Debuts On The L. A. Boards As SALESMAN's Willy Loman Interview Rob Morrow Debuts On The L. A. Boards As SALESMAN's Willy Loman
by Gil Kaan - June 17, 2019, Los Angeles

Known to many television viewers as Numb3rs' Don Eppes or Northern Exposure's Dr. Joel Fleischman, Rob Morrow will be making his Los Angeles Theatre debut as Willy Loman in Ruskin Group Theatre's DEATH OF A SALESMAN opening June 21, 2019. Rob found some time to answer a few of my curious inquiries....
MYSTERIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES' Alan Tudyk Aims To Put On A Show - Not Just Make Content! Interview MYSTERIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES' Alan Tudyk Aims To Put On A Show - Not Just Make Content!
by Gil Kaan - June 15, 2019, Los Angeles

A man of many voices and talents (you may not readily recognize by voice - he has so many), Alan Tudyk will be mounting the Geffen stage, undertaking dual roles in Michael Mitnick's MYSTERIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES. Under the direction of Geffen Playhouse artistic director Matt Shakman, previews for MYSTERI...
MARK MORRIS' PEPPERLAND SPICES UP THE BEATLES SGT. PEPPER'S GROOVE say Mica Bernas & Interview MARK MORRIS' PEPPERLAND SPICES UP THE BEATLES SGT. PEPPER'S GROOVE say Mica Bernas & Noah Vinson at The Segerstrom Center For The Arts
by Valerie-Jean Miller - June 13, 2019, Los Angeles

“Pepperland” Premiered two years ago in Liverpool, the Beatles birthplace, when the famous 'Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band' album turned 50 and the UK celebrated it spectacularly. It is coming to the Segerstrom Center Of the Arts this weekend, June 14th and 15th, 2019. Choreographed and Dir...
Theatre Royale's Sarah Cleveland Dance Directing Her NEWSIES Family Troupe Interview Theatre Royale's Sarah Cleveland Dance Directing Her NEWSIES Family Troupe
by Gil Kaan - June 13, 2019, Los Angeles

Theatre Royale will be bringing their production of NEWSIES to The Soraya for two performances June 29 and 30. Winner of two Tony Awards in 2012 (Best Score and Best Choreography), NEWSIES follows a band of orphan and runaway newspaper boys striking against the powerful corporate newspaper publisher...