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SPONGEBOB's Vivacious Méami Maszewski - A Pearl Of A Personality! Interview SPONGEBOB's Vivacious Méami Maszewski - A Pearl Of A Personality!
by Gil Kaan - March 02, 2020

The national tour of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL lands at the Dolby Theatre for its Los Angeles premiere March 24, 2020. This 50+-city tour brings the fun, colorful, inspirational tale of SpongeBob Squarepants and his fellow townsfolk of Bikini Bottom. The effervescent Méami Maszewski, who performs the ro...
Oklahoma Native John Tupy Joins National Tour of CHICAGO Interview Oklahoma Native John Tupy Joins National Tour of CHICAGO
by Adrienne Proctor - February 28, 2020

Oklahoma's Own John Tupy has joined the National Tour of CHICAGO: THE MUSICAL, now running on the West Coast. Check out his exclusive interview here!...
Alyah Chanelle Scott On Her Dream Role in THE BOOK OF MORMON Interview Alyah Chanelle Scott On Her Dream Role in THE BOOK OF MORMON
by Gil Kaan - February 19, 2020

The national tour of THE BOOK OF MORMON makes its latest missionary stop at the Ahmanson Theatre, opening February 18, 2020. Birthed from the comically fertile minds of South Park creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, THE BOOK OF MORMON follows the misadventures of newbie missionaries travelling glo...
Rob Clove of BANDSTAND at Times Union Performing Arts Center Interview Rob Clove of BANDSTAND at Times Union Performing Arts Center
by Jordan Higginbotham - February 11, 2020

So, I saw this show when it was premiered in movie theaters and it had an incredible impact on me. How has this show affected you?...
Janet Dacal of THE BAND'S VISIT at Dallas Summer Musicals Interview Janet Dacal of THE BAND'S VISIT at Dallas Summer Musicals
by Lorens Portalatin - February 02, 2020, NationalTours

An eternal love of music has guided Broadway Beltress Janet Dacal through a successful and extensive career. From recording alongside Grammy winning artists to winning her own Drama Desk Award for her role of Carla in IN THE HEIGHTS it's clear to see that Dacal brings her own spice and talent to her...
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, NationalTours

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...
SHAFIQ HICKS of RENT at Times Union Performing Arts Center Interview SHAFIQ HICKS of RENT at Times Union Performing Arts Center
by Jordan Higginbotham - January 09, 2020, NationalTours

Interview with the actor playing Tom Collins (Shafiq Hicks). RENT will be in Jacksonville, FL beginning January 14....
Carolee Carmello of HELLO DOLLY at Bass Performance Hall Interview Carolee Carmello of HELLO DOLLY at Bass Performance Hall
by Sarah Comley Caldwell - January 06, 2020, NationalTours

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LITTLE BLACK DRESS' Clint Hromsco Quick Changes From Choreographer/Director To Actor/ Interview LITTLE BLACK DRESS' Clint Hromsco Quick Changes From Choreographer/Director To Actor/Stripper/Perfect Man
by Gil Kaan - November 26, 2019, NationalTours

The national touring company of LITTLE BLACK DRESS arrives in Los Angeles December 3, 2019 playing at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. The combination musical and audience participation improv (directed by Christopher Bond) features co-creator Danielle Trzcinski with Jennette Cronk, Jenna Cormey and the so...
Mariah Lotz of ONCE at AT&T Performing Arts Center Interview Mariah Lotz of ONCE at AT&T Performing Arts Center
by Zac Thriffiley - November 07, 2019, NationalTours

BroadwayWorld DFW's Zac Thriffiley talks with Mariah Lots about the challenges and joys of playing one of the most complex roles in contemporary musical theatre....
Zach Bencal on Teaching Authenticity with ALADDIN Interview Zach Bencal on Teaching Authenticity with ALADDIN
by Rowena Winkler - November 05, 2019, NationalTours

The national tour of Aladdin is coming to the Hippodrome as part of its Broadway Series in November, and it's certainly a performance you do not want to miss. With 337 costumes, 111 moving lights, and 38 tons of scenery, lighting, and effects suspended from the grid, it's no wonder that it takes 75 ...
JITNEY's Nija Okoro - A Blessed August Wilson Aficionado Interview JITNEY's Nija Okoro - A Blessed August Wilson Aficionado
by Gil Kaan - November 04, 2019, NationalTours

The Mark Taper Forum will be the site of August Wilson's JITNEY's Los Angeles stop on its national tour, beginning November 22, 2019. Ruben Santiago-Hudson directs this 2017 Tony Award winner for Best Revival of a Play. I grabbed the chance to pose a few questions to Nija Okoro, who plays Rena in JI...
Tyler Dema of A BRONX TALE On Tour Interview Tyler Dema of A BRONX TALE On Tour
by Nicole Ackman - November 01, 2019, NationalTours

Tyler Dema plays Crazy Mario and is in the ensemble of the US tour of A Bronx Tale, coming to DPAC November 5-10. A Bronx Tale is set in the Bronx in the 1960s and is based on the writer Chazz Palminteri's true life story. With music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater, this musical is sure to...
Samantha Pollino of HAMILTON at Orpheum Interview Samantha Pollino of HAMILTON at Orpheum
by Christine Swerczek - September 10, 2019, NationalTours

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FRIENDS! THE MUSICAL PARODY's Sami Griffith Will Happily Be There For You Interview FRIENDS! THE MUSICAL PARODY's Sami Griffith Will Happily Be There For You
by Gil Kaan - July 08, 2019, NationalTours

While the beloved, hit sitcom Friends originally ran for ten seasons ending in 2004, you can still easily find reruns of these enduring episodes in continuous syndication. Right Angle Entertainment will be bringing Bob and Tobly McSmith's Off-Broadway theatrical hit FRIENDS! THE MUSICAL PARODY to th...
From Understudy to Lead, Brandon J. Ellis Can't Go WRONG Interview From Understudy to Lead, Brandon J. Ellis Can't Go WRONG
by Gil Kaan - July 05, 2019, NationalTours

The U.S. tour of the Olivier Award-winning THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG lands at the Ahmanson Theatre for its Los Angeles stop beginning July 9, 2019. This madcap play-within-a-play also won, among other laurels, the Tony for Best Scenic Design in 2017. I 'rightfully' got a chance to ask a few questions...
Nick Duckart of COME FROM AWAY at the Adrienne Arsht Center- Welcoming Home One of Ou Interview Nick Duckart of COME FROM AWAY at the Adrienne Arsht Center- Welcoming Home One of Our Own
by Cristina Pla-Guzman - June 14, 2019, NationalTours

Miami is thrilled to welcome one of our own Nick Duckart performing in the national tour of COME FROM AWAY, a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world after 9/11 when the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all. COME FROM AWAY will make its Miami deb...
Behind the Magic of ALADDIN with Kate McDoniel at Dallas Summer Musicals Interview Behind the Magic of ALADDIN with Kate McDoniel at Dallas Summer Musicals
by Lorens Portalatin - June 12, 2019, NationalTours

If you've never worked in a theatre you wouldn't know that the stage manager is the person running the whole show. Stage managers are your number one behind the scenes, they. National tour veteran Kate McDoniel has stage managed productions of La Cage aux Folles, Flashdance: the Musical and most rec...
Ephie Aardema of WAITRESS at the Fisher Theatre Says It Has A Lot of Heart... And Pie Interview Ephie Aardema of WAITRESS at the Fisher Theatre Says It Has A Lot of Heart... And Pie!
by Katie Laban - May 08, 2019, NationalTours

Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team that features original music from six-time Grammy nominee, Sara Bareilles, Waitress is playing until May 19th at the Fisher Theatre. Jenna is an expert pie maker and as the title suggests, a waitress, who dreams of a way out of her small t...
Eddie Noel talks Hurricane Maria, Becoming Emilio Estefan in ON YOUR FEET! The Musica Interview Eddie Noel talks Hurricane Maria, Becoming Emilio Estefan in ON YOUR FEET! The Musical Closing in Fort Worth
by Kathleen Anwar - April 09, 2019, NationalTours

This week I got the opportunity to speak with Eddie Noel on the phone as he wraps up the final 2 weeks of the National Tour of ON YOUR FEET! The Musical, closing in Fort Worth April 10-14th. As the interview began, I was so pleased to find such an easygoing, humble, and joyful person on the other e...
Zina Ellis Sees Impossible Things Happening in CINDERELLA at the Fox Theatre Interview Zina Ellis Sees Impossible Things Happening in CINDERELLA at the Fox Theatre
by Sally Henry - April 06, 2019, NationalTours

'Impossible things are happening every day,' or at least they are for Zina Ellis....
Matthew Baker of SOMETHING ROTTEN! at Lied Center For Performing Arts, Lincoln, NE Interview Matthew Baker of SOMETHING ROTTEN! at Lied Center For Performing Arts, Lincoln, NE
by Christine Swerczek - April 05, 2019, NationalTours

If you have not heard of SOMETHING ROTTEN! the musical, you soon will. If you have not seen SOMETHING ROTTEN!, you soon should! This crazy, hilarious musical farce is coming to the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska on April 26 and 27. If laughter is good medicine, this is my presc...
Nick Blaemire On Touring, Living Life & Bonding With FALSETTOS' Audiences Interview Nick Blaemire On Touring, Living Life & Bonding With FALSETTOS' Audiences
by Gil Kaan - April 04, 2019, NationalTours

The 2019 National tour of Lincoln Center Theater's production of FALSETTOS has already begun in San Francisco, with its next stop the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles (beginning April 16, 2019). I was afforded the most opportune chance to chat with Nick Blaemire in between shows at the SHN Golden Gat...
Renée Taylor Dishes On Her LIFE ON A DIET Interview Renée Taylor Dishes On Her LIFE ON A DIET
by Gil Kaan - March 28, 2019, NationalTours

Award-winning writer/actress Renee Taylor will be bringing her touring one-woman show RENEE TAYLOR'S MY LIFE ON A DIET back to her home town at The Wallis April 5, 2019. Known to many television fans of The Nanny as Fran Drescher's TV mom, Renee has collaborated on a multitude of movie and theatrica...
Sarah Smith Talks RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA at The Fox Theatre - It's Incred Interview Sarah Smith Talks RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA at The Fox Theatre - It's Incredible Magic!
by Katie Laban - March 27, 2019, NationalTours

Rodger's + Hammerstein's Cinderella, the 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, is here this weekend for a limited engagement at the Fox Theatre in Detroit as part of the Fox Theatre Series. With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a ...
Steven Good of WAITRESS Interview Steven Good of WAITRESS
by Dara Homer - March 15, 2019, NationalTours

Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to chat with actor and on-stage doctor Steven Good about his experience on tour with Waitress. The heartfelt new musical with a score by Sara Bareilles is opening at the Tulsa PAC in a little over a month. In honor of Pi Day, I'm excited to share this exclusi...
We Play 20 Questions with ALADDIN's Clinton Greenspan Interview We Play 20 Questions with ALADDIN's Clinton Greenspan
by Michael Quintos - March 10, 2019, Costa Mesa

The national tour of the hit stage adaptation of Disney's ALADDIN has finally arrived in Orange County, playing a three-week engagement at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa through March 23, 2019. The talented, terrifically nimble actor that can currently be found in the title role wearin...
Spenser Micetich of FINDING NEVERLAND at National Theatre Interview Spenser Micetich of FINDING NEVERLAND at National Theatre
by Kelle Long - February 25, 2019, Costa Mesa

In a city that is often associated with cynicism, you may soon feel a little fairy dust sprinkled over town. FINDING NEVERLAND is flying into the National Theatre in Washington DC this week, stoking our childlike wonder that can be easily lost in the daily grind. The musical, based on the Academy Aw...
Stephanie Jae Park of HAMILTON: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL at Aronoff Center Interview Stephanie Jae Park of HAMILTON: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL at Aronoff Center
by Anne Simendinger - February 25, 2019, Costa Mesa

Hear about what CCM alumna Stephanie Jae Park's job in 'Hamilton' entails, being "late to the Hamilton train," what her education and previous credits taught her and more in the Q&A below! ...
John Peterson's Cinderella Story Interview John Peterson's Cinderella Story
by Alyssa Biederman - February 23, 2019, NationalTours

When John Peterson was a South Jersey high schooler, he saw a touring production of West Side Story at The Academy of Music that changed his life....
Claudia Yanez of ON YOUR FEET! at Orpheum Theater Interview Claudia Yanez of ON YOUR FEET! at Orpheum Theater
by Christine Swerczek - February 19, 2019, NationalTours

Claudia Yanez, who plays Rebecca and understudies for the lead role of Gloria, will be on her feet as Gloria at the Orpheum from February 26 to March 3....
Scott Cote of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at Fisher Theatre Says It's a Two Hour Laugh R Interview Scott Cote of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at Fisher Theatre Says It's a Two Hour Laugh Riot!
by Katie Laban - February 11, 2019, NationalTours

Get ready to laugh as The Play That Goes Wrong arrives February 12th at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit! The hilarious Tony-Award winning hit Broadway comedy is co-written by Mischief Theatre company members' Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields about the fictitious Cornley University Drama S...
Alan Bersten Talks 'Amazing' Celebration of Dance in DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE! Tou Interview Alan Bersten Talks 'Amazing' Celebration of Dance in DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE! Tour
by Sally Henry - January 25, 2019, NationalTours

On February 11 when the cast of DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE hits the Fox Theatre stage, the dancers will be sharing their love for dance through an evening of pure celebration....
AN INSPECTOR CALLS Jeff Harmer To Tour & Enjoy The Awesome U.S. Sights Between Shows Interview AN INSPECTOR CALLS Jeff Harmer To Tour & Enjoy The Awesome U.S. Sights Between Shows
by Gil Kaan - January 15, 2019, NationalTours

Stephen Daldry's multi-award-winning revival of J.B. Priestley's AN INSPECTOR CALLS will land at The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts January 22 through February 10, 2019 as part of its international tour. This production, the longest running revival of a play in history, has already been...
Logan Marks of RENT 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR at Fisher Theatre says You Can Always Use M Interview Logan Marks of RENT 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR at Fisher Theatre says You Can Always Use More Love In Your Life!
by Katie Laban - January 07, 2019, NationalTours

RENT is coming back to Detroit! The Detroit engagement is part of the 20th Anniversary Tour and will be here from January 8th -20th at the Fisher Theatre. In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decade...
Mystic Inscho of SCHOOL OF ROCK THE MUSICAL says 'The Kids Will Leave Your Jaw Droppe Interview Mystic Inscho of SCHOOL OF ROCK THE MUSICAL says 'The Kids Will Leave Your Jaw Dropped,' and Sends a Message to The Kids!
by Brian Hilbrand - January 02, 2019, NationalTours

School of Rock will be arriving to DeVos Place on January 8th-13th in Grand Rapids to kick off the second half of the Broadway Grand Rapids season.  Bringing along with it is a talented cast of kids, who all play all their instruments live on stage every single night! Broadway World Detroit had a ch...
Christine Toy Johnson Utilizing the Arts To Make You COME AWAY More Knowledgeable & C Interview Christine Toy Johnson Utilizing the Arts To Make You COME AWAY More Knowledgeable & Compassionate
by Gil Kaan - December 12, 2018, Costa Mesa

Already a few cities into their 27-city national circuit, the touring company of COME FROM AWAY has landed in Los Angeles at the Ahmanson. Helmed by its Tony Award-winning director Christopher Ashley, COME FROM AWAY runs through January 6, 2019. Still fresh and reeling from the audience's passiona...
Phoebe Flynn Accomplishes Satisfaction DARE-ing TO DREAM Interview Phoebe Flynn Accomplishes Satisfaction DARE-ing TO DREAM
by Gil Kaan - December 12, 2018, Costa Mesa

Having just started in Denver, Colorado; the national tour of DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS DARE TO DREAM will land in southern California for dates at the STAPLES Center beginning December 13, 2018; with more cities through April 2019. Performance Director Phoebe Flynn was most gracious to take some time ...
Ron Bohmer of BOOK OF MORMON at Lied Center For Performing Arts Interview Ron Bohmer of BOOK OF MORMON at Lied Center For Performing Arts
by Christine Swerczek - December 08, 2018, NationalTours

Ron Bohmer, who plays Elder Price's father in the national tour of BOOK OF MORMON, talks about this controversial musical which he calls a 'Love Letter to Musical Theatre.' As Bohmer said, 'It really is, in my lifetime, the biggest love letter to this art form. And I love this art form! To be part o...
Bryan Hindle of JERSEY BOYS on His Role With The Iconic Show, on Tour and on Sea. Interview Bryan Hindle of JERSEY BOYS on His Role With The Iconic Show, on Tour and on Sea.
by Brian Hilbrand - November 22, 2018, NationalTours

They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note.  They had a sound nobody had ever heard... and the radio just couldn't get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story-a story that has made them an international sens...