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The latest interviews about live + streaming theatre in New Orleans.

Interview: Jaclyn Bethany of The Fire Weeds with OUTRAGED HEARTS
by Tara Bennett - March 28, 2024


Exciting news is happening in New Orleans for Tennessee Williams enthusiasts. The Fire Weeds, a new female-focused, grassroots theatre company, is currently running their debut production OUTRAGED HEARTS: THE PRETTY TRAP and INTERIOR: PANIC in association with the Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Li...

Interview: James Monroe Iglehart On Pre-Broadway A WONDERFUL WORLD
by Tara Bennett - October 12, 2023


BroadwayWorld sat down with star James Monroe Iglehart while the production played its first pre-Broadway engagement in New Orleans to chat about bringing Louis' story to life, the care that goes into telling stories through musicals, and if he can play a certain instrument....

Interview: Gabe Martinez of MOULIN ROUGE at Saenger Theatre
by Tara Bennett - April 11, 2023


The Saenger Theatre invites everyone to can-can now through April 16 as the present MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL....

Interview: Sara DeGennaro of SOFIA'S FIRST BALLET CLASS
by Tara Bennett - March 21, 2023


A dancer from the age of three, Sara DeGennaro has had a love of ballet for most of her life. Now an instructor who has her own dance studio, she shares the excitement of learning ballet in her new children’s book, “Sofia’s First Ballet Class: Ballet is Fun!”...

Interview: Elizabeth Newcomer & Tenea Intriago of CRY IT OUT At Crescent City Stage
by Tara Bennett - January 24, 2023


New Orleans production company Crescent City Stage is about to kick off 2023 with its latest production of CRY IT OUT by Molly Smith Metzler. This comedy takes an honest (and sharp) look at the double-edged sword of motherhood in all the joys and tribulations that come with it. Directed by Jana Mest...

Interview: Ethan Hardy Benson of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Saenger Theatre
by Tara Bennett - January 11, 2023


The iconic musical phenomenon JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is celebrating 50 years with a new touring production in North America, and is currently running at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans....

Interview: Tommy Jamerson of THE JUNGLE BOOK at Columbia Theatre For The Performing Arts
by Tara Bennett - December 31, 2022


Tommy Jamerson is no stranger to putting his spin on beloved children's stories. From Alice in Wonderland to Pinocchio to Hercules, he's captured well-known stories that make us remember why we fell in love with them. Now, he's done the same magic with Rudyard Kipling's famous story in his latest pl...

Interview: Cecilia Snow of SIX at Saenger Theatre
by Tara Bennett - December 13, 2022


A witty, pop-fueled musical on par with a Spice Girls concert, SIX THE MUSICAL remixes the history of the six wives of the notorious King Henry VIII as they take to the microphone to reclaim their HERstories once, and for all....

Interview: Khalifa White of THE LION KING at Saenger Theatre
by Tara Bennett - October 28, 2022


The North American tour of Disney’s THE LION KING, celebrating an epic anniversary, hits the Saenger Theatre starting this week....

Interview: Olivia Valli of PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL at Saenger Theatre
by Tara Bennett - October 03, 2022


The national tour of PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL lands at the Saenger Theatre, running October 4 through October 9. The beloved ’90s rom-com directed by Garry Marshall comes to the stage with some updates, musical twists and a lot of love....

Interview: ANASTASIA's Willem Butler Talks Life After BroadwayWorld's NEXT ON STAGE & Making His Touring Debut
by Chloe Rabinowitz - September 25, 2022


Willem Butler, winner of BroadwayWorld's first ever season of Next on Stage, is currently shining bright on stages across the country as Dmitry in the National Tour of Anastasia. A recent graduate from Elon University, Anastasia is Butler's touring debut! Read BroadwayWorld's interview with Willem B...

Interview: Edred Utomi of HAMILTON at Saenger Theatre
by Tara Bennett - July 05, 2022


The Broadway phenomenon that is HAMILTON is back in the Crescent City. This epic, historical reimaging by Lin-Manuel Miranda is currently running at the Saenger Theatre now through July 10th. As one of the most impactful musicals to ever hit the bar, the question isn’t so much are you going, but whe...

Cecil Baldwin of WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE at Civic Theatre
by Tara Bennett - March 30, 2022


A groundbreaking podcast known for pushing the boundaries of storytelling celebrates 10 years as WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE returns to New Orleans this Thursday. WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a radio-style show focusing on the community of the eerie desert town of Night Vale. Featuring announcements from the ...

Sue McLaughlin of FROZEN at Saenger Theatre
by Tara Bennett - February 04, 2022


Disney’s staged version of FROZEN, set to arrive at the Saenger Theatre February 10-20, brings the world of Arrendale to life with jaw-dropping pageantry. One of the biggest (and smallest) reasons behind the magic goes to the two non-human roles of reindeer Sven and snowman Olaf, created through the...

Belén Moyano of HADESTOWN at Saenger Theatre
by Tara Bennett - December 21, 2021


The national tour of the Tony award-winning musical HADESTOWN is getting ready to make its way down to New Orleans at the Saenger Theatre, running from December 28 through January 2....

Jellicle CATS Come to Saenger Theatre Next Week
by Tara Bennett - December 09, 2021


Andrew Lloyd Webber’s memorable musical CATS comes to the Saenger Theatre next week, beginning December 14....

Lyndie Moe of RENT
by Tara Bennett - November 26, 2021


For a quarter of a century, Jonathan Larson’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece RENT has inspired us to choose love over fear and to live without regret. Its immeasurable emotional impact has forever changed the world of musical theatre....

Kathy Halenda of TOOTSIE at Saenger Theatre
by Tara Bennett - November 09, 2021


TOOTSIE, the comedy musical based on the Oscar-nominated film is coming to the New Orleans Saenger Theatre Nov. 9-14....

Shane Stewart of COMEDY OF ERRORS at Acorn Theatre At Pointe-Marie
by Tara Bennett - August 04, 2021


The Acorn Theatre is up to some Shakespeare Shenanigans with its rendition of the Bard's THE COMEDY OF ERRORS. Directed by Shane Stewart, this production turns Pointe-Marie into a Hawaiian luau while the story focuses on a series of incidents caused by mistaken identity when two sets of twins set ou...

Shane Stewart of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Playmakers Baton Rouge
by Tara Bennett - May 13, 2021


Despite the challenges COVID-19 has created for theatre artisans, Playmakers Baton Rouge will see a return to live theatre in its outdoor production of William Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM....

Lily McGill, Joshua McClymont, Natalie Overall of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A RADIO PLAY at Theatre Baton Rouge
by Tara Bennett - December 14, 2020


Tis the season for holiday classics, and what could be better (and much needed) than a live production of one of the most beloved holiday stories of all time? IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY is the latest production brought to you by Theatre Baton Rouge as part of their 75th season....

of AN ACT OF GOD at Theatre Baton Rouge
by Tara Bennett - November 11, 2020


Theatre Baton Rouge presents its second live production during its current 75th season with written by David Javerbaum. This hilarious comedy takes place during a question and answer session with God himself....

Jenny Ballard discusses upcoming Gala at Theatre Baton Rouge
by Tara Bennett - August 05, 2020


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...

Nathaniel Twarog of NO PANTS SHAKESPEARE - AS YOU LIKE IT at Tennessee Williams Theatre Company
by Tara Bennett - April 03, 2020


Fans of The Bard and wearing their sweats at home are in for a treat as the Tennessee Williams Theatre Company brings to you NO PANTS SHAKESPEARE a?" AS YOU LIKE IT....

Connor Lyon of JERSEY BOYS at The Saenger Theatre
by Heidi Scheuermann - March 06, 2020


Get ready, New Orleans, one of the most rockin' shows of the season opens at the Saenger Theatre tonight!  JERSEY BOYS is coming to us for the third time in recent years, and I couldn't be happier.  In the show we learn about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, their rise to stardom, and the work it...

Jason Breaux of FOX ON THE FAIRWAY at Theatre Baton Rouge
by Tara Bennett - February 26, 2020


Ken Ludwig's A FOX ON THE FAIRWAY a?' billed as a?oea charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man's eternal love affair with...golfa?? a?' opens Friday night at Theatre Baton Rouge....

Audrey Belle Adams of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY at The Saenger Theatre
by Heidi Scheuermann - February 04, 2020


Get ready kids and former kids, for the most magical show we've had at the Saenger Theatre all season!  CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY is opening next week, and the cast is ready to take us on a journey to Willy Wonka's candy kingdom....

GUYS AND DOLLS at Theatre Baton Rouge
by Tara Bennett - January 27, 2020


Theatre Baton Rouge wants local audiences to roll the dice this weekend with their spring musical production of GUYS AND DOLLS running from January 30 through February 2 as part of TBR's Young Actors Program....

Chris Carsten of A CHRISTMAS STORY at Saenger Theatre
by Tara Bennett - December 17, 2019


From the songwriting team behind the smash hit, Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen comes A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL which brings the classic 1983 movie to hilarious life on stage at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans Dec. 17 - 22....

Tom Flynn of WICKED at Saenger Theatre
by Tara Bennett - September 27, 2019


If audience appeal is any indication of a show's worth, WICKED casts a spell that has created a multimillion-dollar treasure to the musical theatre world. With memorable music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a heartwarming book by Winnie Holzman, the production is based on the 1995 Gregory Maguir...

Theatre Baton Rouge Hosts WILDest Party of The Year
by Tara Bennett - August 12, 2019


Theatre Baton Rouge will proudly present Andrew Lippa's THE WILD PARTY directed by Lily McGill from August 16-25!...

Ashley North of KINKY BOOTS at Saenger Theatre
by Tara Bennett - June 03, 2019


Coming soon to the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans is KINKY BOOTS, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein and Grammy Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony Award-winner for Best Score for KINKY BOOTS). The show runs June 14-16....

Ally Guay of THE EXPLORERS CLUB at Theatre Baton Rouge
by Tara Bennett - May 03, 2019


The fast-paced Nell Benjamin's comedy THE EXPLORERS CLUB has come to Theatre Baton Rouge and fans of British comedy are in for a real treat....

Jorrel Javier of THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL at Mahalia Jackson Theatre
by Tara Bennett - April 03, 2019


If you're a fan of the Percy Jackson novels, mark your calendars because lightning will strike the Mahalia Jackson Theatre with the arrival of THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL this April....

Lily McGill of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at Theatre Baton Rouge
by Tara Bennett - March 06, 2019


Theatre Baton Rouge will hold a run of PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE opening this Friday, March 8. Before seeing the show, check out our Q&A with the show's director Lily McGill as we learn what it takes to create a spelling bee of a lifetime....

Courtney Murphy of IN THE NEXT ROOM at Theatre Baton Rouge
by Tara Bennett - February 11, 2019


It's not every day that sex toys will play any significance in Baton Rouge theatre, but in Sarah Ruhl's play, "IN THE NEXT ROOM, or the Vibrator Play" it's easy to see how its role is quite electric....

Andy Huntington Jones of THE BOOK OF MORMON at Saenger Theatre
by Tara Bennett - February 04, 2019


Like THE BOOK OF MORMON, Andy Huntington Jones is making a triumphant return to New Orleans....

Beth Malone of BROADWAY @ NOCCA at New Orleans Center For Creative Arts
by Jenny Bravo - January 29, 2019


Beth Malone is bringing the Fun Home to New Orleans this week at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). Malone, in her first time in New Orleans, will bring her voice to the NOCCA stage alongside Sirius XM Star Seth Rudetsky....

Christine Toy Johnson Utilizing the Arts To Make You COME AWAY More Knowledgeable & Compassionate
by Gil Kaan - December 12, 2018


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...

Karen Ziemba of IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS Tour
by Kyle Christopher West - November 14, 2017


Not only does actress Karen Ziemba have a career for the history books, but her work in 2017 alone has been jam-packed with credits most performers would trade their career for. Since making her Broadway debut in A CHORUS LINE in 1975, Ms. Ziemba has worked steadily on the stages of New York, starri...



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