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The Jungle Talks About the Labors of Love, the Seattle Music Scene, and His New EP, I Interview The Jungle Talks About the Labors of Love, the Seattle Music Scene, and His New EP, INFERNO
by Courtney Symes - April 17, 2020, Sacramento

Back in Sacramento and ready to enter the California music scene is Troy Jagan, better known as The Jungle. His sound is an appealing mix of jazz, funk, r&b, and pop music complemented by a falsetto that brings to mind a young Michael Jackson. BroadwayWorld Sacramento spoke to The Jungle about his r...
Jeff Brooks of A BRONX TALE Talks About His Mafia Roles, Racial Tensions, and Why Eve Interview Jeff Brooks of A BRONX TALE Talks About His Mafia Roles, Racial Tensions, and Why Everyone Loves Gaston
by Courtney Symes - March 01, 2020, Sacramento

America's obsession with the Mafia began long ago, after the Great Depression plunged many into poverty and the world saw how the a?oefamilya?? took care of its own. Popular movies like a?oeThe Godfathera?? and a?oeScarfacea?? further solidified our collective fascination with all things mob-related...
Kyle Holmes And David Taylor Gomes Talk About Their Album Debut and Where RANKED, A N Interview Kyle Holmes And David Taylor Gomes Talk About Their Album Debut and Where RANKED, A NEW MUSICAL is Going Next
by Courtney Symes - February 27, 2020, Sacramento

You might recall that, in early 2019, a little news story broke about a certain college admissions scandal. It was something that people suspected must happen in back rooms, but confirmation was finally being brought out into the light. What you might not know was that, a year before that, a local c...
Best-Selling Author Jodi Picoult Gives Insight Into Her New Musical, BETWEEN THE LINE Interview Best-Selling Author Jodi Picoult Gives Insight Into Her New Musical, BETWEEN THE LINES
by Courtney Symes - February 24, 2020, Sacramento

Over the second weekend of February, thousands of students and educators from around the globe gathered at the 4th annual Junior Theatre Festival (JTF) West here in Sacramento. For many, the highlight was hearing the incredible voices that come to the Festival each year to share their experiences an...
Timothy Allen McDonald, Founder and CEO of iTheatrics, Talks to BWW About the 4th An Interview Timothy Allen McDonald, Founder and CEO of iTheatrics, Talks to BWW About the 4th Annual Junior Theater Festival West
by Courtney Symes - February 14, 2020, Sacramento

Forget that other show. I was in the REAL room where it happened last weekend at the 4th Annual Junior Theater Festival West (JTF), which celebrates youth theatre and encourages students and teachers to keep theatre alive in their community. Each year it follows the Junior Theater Festival in Atlant...
Dennis Johnson Talks About His Upcoming Show With the Mississippi Ramblers at The Sof Interview Dennis Johnson Talks About His Upcoming Show With the Mississippi Ramblers at The Sofia
by Courtney Symes - January 22, 2020, Sacramento

Shakespeare once wrote, a?oeIf music be the food of love, play on!a?? Although he was talking about satiating an appetite for love, why not listen to music to celebrate love? You can extend the Valentine's Day festivities this year by going to see Dennis Johnson and the Mississippi Ramblers perform ...
Stephanie LaRochelle of DEAR EVAN HANSEN Talks About California, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Interview Stephanie LaRochelle of DEAR EVAN HANSEN Talks About California, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Erasing the Stigma
by Courtney Symes - January 13, 2020, Sacramento

In this digital age, we all want to be seen and heard-and not just online. As sentient beings, we crave and thrive on human interaction and affection. Perhaps this pertains to no group as much as teenagers, whose self-worth relies heavily (and sometimes solely) upon the image reflected back to them ...
Oisin Mac Diarmada of IRISH CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA Talks About Fiddles, Country Music, Interview Oisin Mac Diarmada of IRISH CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA Talks About Fiddles, Country Music, and Ancient Burial Grounds
by Courtney Symes - December 17, 2019, Sacramento

Christmas is a time that evokes many different feelings. For some, like me, the stress of finding the perfect gifts is balanced with the coziness of having everyone at home enjoying our family traditions. Warm fires, hot cocoa, maybe seeing a production of The Nutcracker or A Christmas Carol, and en...
CALL YOUR FRIENDS! Sam C. Jones Performs His New Hit and More at The Brickhouse Art G Interview CALL YOUR FRIENDS! Sam C. Jones Performs His New Hit and More at The Brickhouse Art Gallery
by Courtney Symes - November 11, 2019, Sacramento

Who would guess that what has been described as a sleepy little cowtown is actually a hotbed of young musical talent? The latest to join Sacramento's rank of up-and-coming people-to-watch is Sam C. Jones, a transplant from Virginia who landed on the west coast in 2016 and has quickly made a name for...
John Tesh Opens Up About Criminal Behavior, Fast Breaks, and His SONGS & STORIES FROM Interview John Tesh Opens Up About Criminal Behavior, Fast Breaks, and His SONGS & STORIES FROM THE GRAND PIANO Tour at the Harris Center
by Courtney Symes - October 11, 2019, Sacramento

Dynamic is the word that comes to mind when speaking with John Tesh. His passion for his life, family, and career come across clearly in his instantly recognizable made-for-performing voice. Tesh was a staple in the 1980s on the popular television show, a?oeEntertainment Tonight.a?? Sports fans know...
Doreen Montalvo of IN THE HEIGHTS Talks About Progress in Theatre, Latin Communities, Interview Doreen Montalvo of IN THE HEIGHTS Talks About Progress in Theatre, Latin Communities, and Performing in the Round
by Courtney Symes - August 17, 2019, Sacramento

In the Heights-it's the show that brought Lin-Manuel Miranda fame, before Hamilton catapulted him into the stratosphere of Broadway legends. In 2008, In the Heights was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards and won four, including Best Musical. Broadway at Music Circus has gathered a cast that combines...
Lynne Wintersteller of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE Talks About Her Favorite Roles at Broadwa Interview Lynne Wintersteller of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE Talks About Her Favorite Roles at Broadway at Music Circus, Iconic T.V. Shows, Staying Positive, and More!
by Courtney Symes - July 05, 2019, Sacramento

When it opened on Broadway in 2006, The Drowsy Chaperone boasted an all-star cast and garnered five Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. You can expect that same quality in Broadway at Music Circus' third production of the summer, with Lynne Wintersteller returning ...
Ryan Vasquez on Oklahoma!, Aaron Burr, and Bay Area Sports Interview Ryan Vasquez on Oklahoma!, Aaron Burr, and Bay Area Sports
by Courtney Symes - June 25, 2019, Sacramento

The much-anticipated run of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! at Broadway at Music Circus is finally here and brings with it some serious star power. Ryan Vasquez is taking a short break from starring in Hamilton on Broadway to join us in Sacramento as Curly. He is the only person to have played f...
Jennifer Leigh Warren Talks About Her Success, Famous Puppets, and What Makes Broadwa Interview Jennifer Leigh Warren Talks About Her Success, Famous Puppets, and What Makes Broadway At Music Circus So Special
by Courtney Symes - June 09, 2019, Sacramento

Summer can officially begin in Sacramento! Broadway at Music Circus kicks off its new season on June 11 with Shrek the Musical. Shrek brings something for the entire family to enjoy and is the perfect accompaniment to PRIDE month with its message of inclusion. As one of the Fairytale Creatures says,...
Kyle Holmes And David Taylor Gomes Speak About Their Original Musical, RANKED, And It Interview Kyle Holmes And David Taylor Gomes Speak About Their Original Musical, RANKED, And Its One-Night-Only Encore CONCERT AT THE CREST THEATRE
by Courtney Symes - June 05, 2019, Sacramento

When David Taylor Gomes and Kyle Holmes set out to write an original musical for their students at Granite Bay High School, they never could have foreseen the impact their work would have on high schools across the nation. Students are reacting to having their voices heard, and the effect is monumen...
Reggie DeLeon of ALADDIN Talks to Broadway World about Iago...Defeathered, Alpacas, T Interview Reggie DeLeon of ALADDIN Talks to Broadway World about Iago...Defeathered, Alpacas, Three Wishes, and More!
by Courtney Symes - May 15, 2019, Sacramento

The anxiously-anticipated arrival of Aladdin is finally here! The national tour stops in Sacramento through June 2 and brings with it the songs that you know and love from the 1992 animated movie, along with new numbers written specifically for the stage musical. After its debut on Broadway in 2014,...
MEOW MEOW & Thomas Lauderdale of PINK MARTINI Speak About Their New Album and Upcomin Interview MEOW MEOW & Thomas Lauderdale of PINK MARTINI Speak About Their New Album and Upcoming Show at the Crest Theatre
by Courtney Symes - March 17, 2019, Sacramento

Two spectacular performers will be in Sacramento for one night only on March 19. Thomas Lauderdale, founder and bandleader of the Portland, Oregon-based Pink Martini and the vivacious cabaret songstress, Meow Meow, have combined their talents on one much-anticipated album. Sacramento will get to wit...
Ottmar Liebert of OTTMAR LIEBERT & LUNA NEGRA at The Sofia Interview Ottmar Liebert of OTTMAR LIEBERT & LUNA NEGRA at The Sofia
by Courtney Symes - January 31, 2019, Sacramento

Global music sensation and contemporary flamenco guitarist Ottmar Liebert is returning to Sacramento for one night only with his band, Luna Negra. Liebert has been nominated for five Grammy Awards and boasts multiple gold and platinum records. His debut album, Nouveau Flamenco, is the best-selling i...
Ben Vereen of STEPPIN' OUT LIVE WITH BEN VEREEN at Stockton Symphony
by Courtney Symes - April 24, 2017, Sacramento

When an icon is as approachable, affable and humble as Ben Vereen is, it is easy to see why he has been so successful. The winner of a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for his role in Pippin, Vereen is, at the age of 70, showing no signs of slowing down. Luckily for us, he is bringing his energy and ...