Orlando Interviews

The latest interviews about live + streaming theatre in Orlando.

Interview: Cole Thompson of INTO THE WOODS at Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts
by Joseph Harrison - June 03, 2023

Here in Orlando, we are lucky to be a stop for many Broadway tours and also very fortunate that these get to play in the magnificent Dr. Phillips Center For the Performing Arts. But rarely do we have the chance to see a limited run of an acclaimed Broadway musical with much of its original cast in p...

Interview: Kathy Ramsberger, CEO of Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts
by Joseph Harrison - April 30, 2023

One of the first things I realized when I moved to Orlando back in 2020 was the extremely active and vibrant arts scene. This came as a real surprise because, as an outsider, I had previously only associated the area with theme parks and tourism. I quickly learned about the wealth of talent, artisti...

Interview: Jackson Chase, winner of the 2022 Applause Awards at the Dr. Phillips Center
by Joseph Harrison - April 19, 2023

What happens when you take nearly 300 students representing 52 productions from 33 high schools from across Central Florida and put them onstage at Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts? You get the Applause Awards – the annual ceremony, modeled after the Tony Awards which features p...

Interview: Megan Reinking of BROADWAY ON THE ROCKS at Hyatt Regency Orlando
by Joseph Harrison - February 28, 2023

A new cabaret series is now underway in Orlando featuring stars from some of Broadway’s most beloved musicals. The series, called “Broadway On the Rocks” will offer it’s next show on Saturday, March 4th at the newly renovated Rocks Lounge at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. During each one-hour show, perf...

Interview: Michael Marrero & Julio Trinidad Bring New Streaming Play REPAIR to The Studios of Key West's 'StudioWorks'
by Chloe Rabinowitz - February 15, 2023

Read BroadwayWorld's interview with Michael Marrero and Julio Trinidad, the creative team behind the new streaming play 'Repair' at The Studios of Key West's 'StudioWorks'....

Interview: Lindsay Northen And Jared Bradshaw performing in BROADWAY ON THE ROCKS cabaret at the Hyatt Regency Orlando
by Joseph Harrison - February 11, 2023

A new cabaret series is coming to the Orlando featuring stars from some of Broadway’s most beloved musicals. The series, called “Broadway On the Rocks” premieres on Saturday, February 18th at the newly renovated Rocks Lounge at the Hyatt Regency Orlando and is just the first of three concerts planne...

Interview: Jessica Vosk Launches MY GOLDEN AGE Concert Tour
by Jared West - January 27, 2023

Jessica Vosk is a celebrated singer and actress and she has just kicked off her “MY GOLDEN AGE” US tour and will be visiting your area shortly! You may recognize her from Broadway roles like Elphaba in WICKED, or as the Narrator in JOSEPH... at Lincoln Center. I had the opportunity to catch up with ...

Interview: Michael And Matthew Gardiner of RIVERDANCE at Dr. Phillips Center - January 20 - 22
by Joseph Harrison - January 14, 2023

Chances are you may have been scrolling through Tik Tok or Instagram over the last two years and happened upon a video of two brothers performing fresh, fun and amazing Irish dance routines together. Those brothers, Michael and Matthew Gardiner are currently on tour with the 25th Anniversary tour of...

Interview: Matthew Patrick Quinn of HADESTOWN at Dr. Phillips Center
by Joseph Harrison - December 10, 2022

You may have a certain idea of what a musical based on Greek mythology would look and feel like, but chances are you’ve never seen or heard anything like singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell masterpiece (and Tony and Grammy Award winning) HADESTOWN. Told through a haunting folk rock, blues, gospel and j...

Interview: Matt Shingledecker Stars in Dazzling Shows on the New DISNEY WISH Cruise
by Marina Kennedy - July 08, 2022

Broadwayworld had the pleasure to interview Matt Shingledecker, a Broadway Guest Artist on Disney Wish.  We spoke to him about his career and his exciting roles as a performer for the cruise's upcoming productions. ...

Caroline Innerbichler of FROZEN at Dr. Phillips Center
by Joseph Harrison - February 20, 2022

It’s hard to think of a more fitting production than FROZEN, to make an extended stay at Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center. As this Broadway hit musical makes its way to the City Beautiful for a run February 24th -  March 6th, I caught up with Caroline Innerbichler, who plays Princess Anna, to find out ...

Randall Keith Horton of BLACK, BROWN AND BEIGE at Steinmetz Hall At Dr. Phillips Center
by Joseph Harrison - January 24, 2022

Continuing with the celebration of the opening of Dr. Phillips Center’s Steinmetz Hall will be the professional world premiere of Duke Ellington’s BLACK, BROWN AND BEIGE, a piece that first played at Carnegie Hall in 1943 and was created to “provide a more accurate accounting of African American his...

Cole NeSmith, creative director of RISE & SHINE in Steinmetz Hall at Dr. Phillips Center
by Joseph Harrison - January 12, 2022

When a state-of-the-art venue like Dr. Phillips Center’s Steinmetz Hall opens and hosts its first live performances, it is truly a special event. The excitement of experiencing a new space, and the thrill of seeing (and hearing) artists in that space is something that doesn’t happen every day. That’...

Courtney Balan of THE PROM at Dr. Phillips Center
by Joseph Harrison - December 03, 2021

As Broadway reopens and theatrical tours resume, audiences all over the United States are getting the chance to experience the latest productions from the Great White Way. The thrill of once again sitting in an audience with fellow theatre lovers and hearing the first notes of an overture is palpabl...

Keaton Eckhoff of BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY at The King Center
by Joseph Harrison - November 22, 2021

Did you know there are new Broadway tours coming to the space coast? The Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Florida will kick off a new season of touring musicals with BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY on December 6th and 7th. Filling the famous shoes (and glasses) of the iconic...

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...

Michael Rodgers And Adonus Mabry of HEAD OVER HEELS at Encore! Performing Arts
by Joseph Harrison - June 06, 2021

What happens when you take a 16th-century prose romance and turn it into a musical with a score by the most successful all-female rock band in history, The Go Go’s? You get HEAD OVER HEELS, a musical that took Broadway by storm in 2018 and that will have its Central Florida premiere June 10 – 13th b...

Cliff Price, Orlando Theatrical Scenic Designer
by Joseph Harrison - October 03, 2020

As those of us who spend significant time in the theatre know, the last six months have been very difficult. With canceled productions, performers out of work, and audiences without the live entertainment that enlightens and enriches their lives, there has been much uncertainty, on top of all the co...

T.J. Dawe of OPERATIC PANIC ATTACK at Orlando Fringe
by Clarissa Moon - May 21, 2019

T.J. Dawe returns to the Orlando Fringe this year with OPERATIC PANIC ATTACK, the story of his struggle with anxiety in college, especially about his sexuality. In a special Fringe edition of 'Clarissa Moon Talks to the Stars,' I talk with Dawe about the show's themes, advice for his younger self...

Ralph Krumins, Raina Grabowski, and Alaric Frinzi of PRINCE(CESS) at Orlando Fringe
by Clarissa Moon - May 19, 2019

PRINCE(CESS) at the Orlando Fringe explores gender expectations and what it means to be yourself as two young heirs battle for the throne. In a special Fringe edition of 'Clarissa Moon Talks to the Stars,' I talked with Ralph Krumins (Creator), Raina Grabowski (Princess Ophelia), and Alaric Frinz...

J. Scott Browning and Adam Murray of FLORIDA MAN at Orlando Fringe
by Clarissa Moon - May 19, 2019

At the Orlando Fringe, FLORIDA MAN imagines that all of the 'Florida man' headlines were about one person. Each night, audiences get to choose which headline they would like to see onstage.  In a special Fringe edition of 'Clarissa Moon Talks to the Stars,' I talk to J. Scott Browning (Director/P...

C. Neil Parsons and Zara Lawler of THE FLUTE ON ITS FEET at Orlando Fringe
by Clarissa Moon - May 19, 2019

In THE FLUTE ON ITS FEET at the Orlando Fringe, Zara Lawler plays the flute while dancing with C. Neil Parsons, even going upside-down and on wheels!  In a special Fringe edition of 'Clarissa Moon Talks to the Stars,' I talked with Lawler and Parsons about the inspiration for the show, multitaski...

The Cast of CANDLES IN THE DARK at Orlando Fringe
by Clarissa Moon - May 19, 2019

CANDLES IN THE DARK tells the true stories of survivors of sexual abuse and assault in Central Florida.  In a special Fringe edition of 'Clarissa Moon Talks to the Stars,' I sat down with cast members Jana Henry, Sarah Holland, and Jedonn Bell to talk about speaking out, strength in numbers, and ...

Charlie Ross of ONE MAN STAR WARS at Orlando Fringe
by Clarissa Moon - May 19, 2019

Charlie Ross performs the entire original Star Wars trilogy by himself in ONE MAN STAR WARS at the Orlando Fringe. In a special Fringe edition of 'Clarissa Moon Talks to the Stars,' I sat down with Ross to talk about his adventures touring the show, doing what feels right, and more!...

John Mark Jernigan of GOODBYE at Orlando Fringe
by Clarissa Moon - May 19, 2019

The creative team behind last year's HELLO at the Orlando Fringe returns this year with GOODBYE, a play inspired by actor Robbie Pigott's experience of his father passing away.  In a special Fringe edition of 'Clarissa Moon Talks to the Stars,' I talked with John Mark Jernigan (Writer/Actor) abou...

Keith Alessi of TOMATOES TRIED TO KILL ME BUT BANJOS SAVED MY LIFE at Orlando Fringe
by Clarissa Moon - May 19, 2019

After a successful career as the CEO of several prominent companies, Keith Alessi retired to pursue his life-long passion of playing the banjo. Weeks later, he received a deadly cancer diagnosis. TOMATOES TRIED TO KILL ME BUT BANJOS SAVED MY LIFE at the Orlando Fringe tells Alessi's story of how mus...

Parker James Fullmore of BILLY ELLIOT at The Garden Theatre
by Clarissa Moon - May 14, 2019

Parker James Fullmore has been playing Billy Elliot across the country for the past three years. His latest stop is at the Garden Theatre, where he'll be performing the role through June 2. I sat down with Parker to talk about Orlando, the importance of Billy's story, advice for future Billys, an...

Laura Hodos of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Orlando Shakes
by Clarissa Moon - December 19, 2018

Orlando Shakes' reimagined version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, originally produced in 2014, returns this holiday season. The production is set in an attic, where a family recounts Dickens' classic story to its youngest member.  I sat down with Laura Hodos (Mrs. Cratchit and others) to discuss her past,...

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...

BWW Interviews: Kyle Selig, Victoria Clark, and Betsy Wolfe at THE JIMMY AWARDS Red Carpet
by Clarissa Moon - July 07, 2018

The Jimmy Awards celebrate outstanding high school performers from across the nation. Each year, around 80 students are chosen to participate in a week of workshops and masterclasses in New York City, all culminating in a final showcase at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway.  The event is attended ...

Jillian Gizzi of THE LITTLE MERMAID at Orlando Shakes
by Clarissa Moon - June 23, 2018

This summer, the Orlando Shakes takes audiences under the sea with Brandon Robert's new telling of Hans Christian Anderson's classic fairytale, THE LITTLE MERMAID.  I talked with the little mermaid herself, Jillian Gizzi, about what she's learned from playing Allura, human shoes, and more! ...

BWW Interviews: RACHEL BAY JONES On Connections, Theater's Impact, and How Art Will Save Us
by Trevor Durham - February 12, 2018

'People need theatre in small towns. People need theatre in smaller cities, in different cities. We need it everywhere. It's important as an artist to remember that. It's not just about going for the brass ring - sometimes the brass ring is right there, sitting at home.'...

BWW Interview - Stepping into RIVERDANCE with Will Bryant
by Kimberly Moy - January 09, 2018

With St. Patrick's Day is a couple months away, you can get an early dose of Irish culture by seeing RIVERDANCE, which is coming to the Dr. Phillips Center later this month. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the beloved RIVERDANCE still delights audiences around the world. For 23 year old princi...

Telling the Story of Theater on the Edge's ORPHANS with Marco DiGeorge
by Kimberly Moy - November 18, 2017

As we prepare to sit with our families this Thanksgiving, we all experience joy or dread about seeing our relatives. Like it or not, these people are blood - flaws and all. ORPHANS tells the story of two brothers. I had a chance to catch up with director, Marco DiGeorge about Theater on the Edge's l...

BWW Feature: From Christine to Meg with Mary Michael Patterson of LOVE NEVER DIES
by Kimberly Moy - November 17, 2017

LOVE NEVER DIES: The Phantom Returns is very high on my list to see. Based off a sequel novel, The Phantom of Manhattan by Frederick Forsyth, LOVE NEVER DIES continues the luxurious love story that will be soon celebrating 30 years on Broadway....

Kaitlyn Harrington on connecting with ELEEMOSYNARY at Rollins College
by Kimberly Moy - October 27, 2017

Eleemosynary is now a word I use in my daily vocabulary after learning about this play at Rollins College's Fred Stone Theatre. Written by Lee Blessing, it is the story of three strong women with distinct character traits. I had a chance to chat with student director Kaitlyn Harrington about her pro...

UCF's Kyle Laing on OF THEE I SING
by Kimberly Moy - October 23, 2017

UCF Senior Kyle Laing recently appeared in Theatre UCF's OF THEE I SING. We had a moment to chat with Kyle and his experience at UCF....

Getting ON YOUR FEET with Nancy Ticotin
by Kimberly Moy - October 13, 2017

Before Gloria Estefan became a Latin pop superstar, she was a young performer whose family immigrated from Cuba. Gloria's mother, Gloria Fajardo, made her own career sacrifices for her family, which caused strife between her and her daugher. I had a chance to speak with Nancy Ticotin who plays Glori...

Tara Whitman of BRIGHT STAR at West Orange High School
by Clarissa Moon - October 10, 2017

West Orange High School Theatre kicks off their season with the high school premiere of BRIGHT STAR. Written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, the musical follows the story of Alice Murphy at two different points of her life. I talked with director Tara Whitman about premiering the show, the live b...

Living in the Moment with Kavin Panmeechao of the KING AND I National Tour
by Kimberly Moy - September 09, 2017

Kavin plays Lun Tha, who is Tuptim's secret lover. Tuptim is of course a young slave girl brought to the King of Siam as a gift from the king of Burma. Lun Tha escorts her to the Siamese king's court. The pair hide their love, until Anna finds out and Tuptim and Lun Tha go on the run....



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King Center for Performing Arts (3/11 - 3/12)
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